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Founded in 1905, Variety is an entertainment newspaper published weekly by Reed Business Information. The subtitle of the paper is The International Entertainment Weekly. Variety features stories and columns pertaining to theatre, television, radio, music, records and movies. Variety's Vice President and Editor-in-Chief is Peter Bart. Charles Koones serves as President and Publisher. Dana Harris is the Editor and Olivia Hemaratanatorn is the Managing Editor.

Articles from Vol. 338, No. 1, November 7

A Bad Moms Christmas
FILM REVIEWA Bad Moms ChristmasDirectors: Jon Lucas, Scott MooreStarring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski, Susan SarandonLast year's "Bad Moms" was a foul-mouthed, let's-gettrashed- at-the-supermarket party comedy,...
Adams Reluctantly Accepts Accolades
Amy Adams can rise to any challenge: sparkle as a princess, brawl like a Boston barmaid, dance with Muppets, kiss Superman, earn five Oscar nominations and hold her own against Meryl Streep - twice. Still, on Nov. 10, the deeply private, craftdriven...
Agencies Shaken by Harassment Claims
THE ENTERTAINMENT and media world has been upended in recent weeks by a deluge of allegations of sexual harassment and assault leveled at powerful and prominent figures, ranging from Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner and Kevin Spacey to journalists such...
Awards Categories Dig a Bit Deeper
All the Money in the World 1TriStarIt's unknown yet if the true story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty's grandson will turn out to be a major player but with the pedigree involved, don't be surprised to see nominations in all the top categories -...
Beginners in Thick of Race
IT'S NEVER EASY being green, but if you're a documentary filmmaker it can have its advantages. Especially come Oscar season.In the past two decades, 12 directors have taken home the Academy Award for their very first documentary theatrical feature. They...
Belles and Whistles Tied to Authenticity
DISNEY'S "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" earned $1.26 billion at the box office, turning it into the year's most successful movie. Why remake a classic? Director Bill Condon says a big reason was the brilliant score that merited "a new, grown-up approach." The...
Changing of the Guard
During her stint at the BBC, a rite of passage for many British TV execs, Sophie Turner Laing was charged with helping implement former chief Greg Dyke's Making It Happen campaign, a drive to change the culture at the pubcaster. "I still have the yellow...
Cinema’s Great Defender
There have been extensive doom-and-gloom scenarios about the demise of movies lately, but writer-director Christopher Nolan isn't among those sounding the death knell. Last summer, as the box office and attendance careened toward their lowest levels...
Classic Films Find Laughter in the Pain
HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO (1944) Preston Sturges' outrageous comedy concerns a man (Eddie Bracken) who is discharged from the Marines for hay fever, but is mistakenly honored by friends and family as a war hero. This wartime comedy spoofs everything that...
Curating a ‘Museum’ of the Year in Cinema
Over the past decade, the AFI Film Festival has grown from a scrappy, indie-leaning fest into something of an x-factor in the thick of award season. Similar to the earlier New York Film Festival, the Hollywood event has hosted late-breaking world premieres...
Damnation
TV REVIEWDamnationDrama: 9 episodes (4 reviewed); USA Network, Tues., Nov. 7, 10 p.m.Starring: Killian Scott, Logan Marshall-Green, Christopher Heyerdahl, Sarah JonesThe second episode of "Damnation" pivots on a striking scene: A protest group of shabby...
Digs
Taraji P. Henson Selling Chicago CondoTaraji P. Henson has listed a three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom condo - it has a wedge-shaped living room - in a glass-clad high-rise in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood at a bit more than $1.5 million. MARK DAVIDLuxury...
Documentaries in the Mix
Abacus: Small Enough to JailSteve James"Hoop Dreams" and "Life Itself" helmer James directed this Toronto debut about Manhattan's tiny, family-owned Abacas Federal Savings Bank, which bizarrely became the only financial institution to be charged with...
Don of the Ball
DESPITE A STORIED career and some 180 screen credits, Donald Sutherland has never been nominated for an Academy Award. The closest he can recall being involved is he got to present one once. So he was shocked when he learned he had been selected as one...
Exposure
'A Bad Moms Christmas' PremiereREGENCY VILLAGE THEATER, WESTWOOD, OCT. 30The STX pic is being released a mere 15 months after the original "Bad Moms." Co-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore were giddy on the red carpet, detailing their hopes for the...
Fest Tributes Honor Exceptionally Versatile Group of Film Artists
WILL FERRELLMaverick Award1 The actor, of course, is best-known for his comic creations: Ron Burgundy from the "Anchorman" films, Chazz Michael Michaels from "Blades of Glory," Ricky Bobby in "Talledega Nights" and Brad Whitaker, from "Daddy's Home."...
Film Festival Rises after Local Tragedy
Watching as Northern California's wine country became engulfed by flames that scorched 220,000 acres and claimed the lives of 42 people, Napa Valley Film Festival co-founders and directors Marc and Brenda Lhormer teetered on the brink of canceling this...
Global Village Bonds over a Simple Tale, Well-Told
It takes a lot of work to make something simple. Exhibit A: "Call Me by Your Name," the coming-of-age first romance of a 17-yearold American in 1983 Italy. "We had a little movie about the simplest story, yet it took a global effort of 10 years to get...
Indie Players Earn Place in Oscar Race
WHILE INDIES HAVE consistently played a big part in awards seasons over the past two decades, in the rapidly changing production and distribution climate, the studios have been putting a big focus on four-quadrant blockbusters with only a handful of...
Jessi Klein Lands above Reservoir in Silver Lake
Comedy writer-producer Jessi Klein, head writer for the "Inside Amy Schumer" sketch comedy series and winner of a 2015 Emmy as one of its executive producers, has shelled out a bit more than $2.4 million for a renovated, 1920s Spanish villa just above...
Junk
THEATER REVIEW / OFF BROADWAYJunkTheater: Lincoln Center Theater / Vivian Beaumont; 1,059 seats; $147 topPlaywright: Ayad Akhtar Starring: Steven Pasquale, Joey SlotnickSomething momentous happened on Wall Street in the mid-1980s. "I sensed something...
Man with the Cinematic Eye
IF OWEN ROIZMAN had lived his childhood dream, he would have played baseball. Rather than keeping his eye on the literal ball, he focused on camera work instead - a decision that paid offwith five Academy Award nominations for cinematography on "The...
Mother of a Film Movement
"I DON'T FEEL LIKE filming people that have power. I'm much more interested in the rebels, the people who fight for their own life," says Agnès Varda, the French new wave legend, who will become the first female director to receive an honorary Academy...
Moviemaker with a Message
GIVEN THE AMOUNT of recognition he's received from film critics and the number of awards he's received over the course of his career, it's not surprising that Charles Burnett was selected to receive an honorary Academy Award - unless you're Charles Burnett,...
Murder on the Orient Express
FILM REVIEWMurder on the Orient ExpressDirector: Kenneth BranaghStarring: Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi DenchOver the course of his 28-year directing career, Kenneth Branagh has adapted everything...
Netflix Has Few ‘Cards’ It Can Play
WITH PRODUCTION HALTED on the sixth and final season of "House of Cards," Netflix and producer Media Rights Capital are taking the first steps toward the firing of actor Kevin Spacey and considering options for the future of the drama series that put...
New Wave’s Leading Lady
IN HIS BOOK "The Judgment of Paris," art historian Ross King points out that in the 1860s, France's most esteemed artist was a man named Ernest Meissonier, a celebrated painter of horses and military tableaux whom few recall today. By contrast, many...
No Laughing Matter
Hollywood insiders are joking that by the time the sexual harassment and abuse scandal is fully exposed, there will be few top executives, producers, directors, stars and their agents leftunscathed.Naturally, this is no laughing matter.Hundreds of women...
Not Kidding Around
Alexander Skarsgård debuts a hair-raising look, while Millie Bobby Brown schools her elders in styleNew YorkO pulent? Yes. Tasteful? Not so much.There's entirely too much velvet happening - pants, shoes and clutch - and it's hardly broken up by the multipatterned...
On the Warpath: Transitioning from Soldier to Civilian
Hollywood loves war movies. Many great films depict people during combat, in various wars: WWI ("Paths of Glory"), WWII ("Hacksaw Ridge," "Saving Private Ryan"), Korea ("MASH"), Vietnam ("Platoon," "Deer Hunter," "Full Metal Jacket"), and the Middle...
Paddington 2
FILM REVIEWPaddington 2Director: Paul KingStarring: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville"Bears always fall on their feet." So goes a running punch line in Michael Bond's series of "Paddington" books, and so it proves in the second...
Putting Hulu on the Map for Original Comedy
By the time the opportunity came up for Hulu to pick up new seasons of former Fox comedy "The Mindy Project" as an original, the streamer had already been in the production game for four years. It started in 2011 with Morgan Spurlock's docu-series "A...
Putting ‘Orient Express’ on Track
IN THE 1974 VERSION of "Murder on the Orient Express," adapted from the classic Agatha Christie crime novel, a plethora of big Hollywood names came aboard, including director Sidney Lumet and stars Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Sean...
Redefining Romcom Relationships on TV
In the early aughts Mindy Kaling was best known as a writer and actor on the workplace comedy "The Office." Taking that training with her own interest in romantic comedies, she conceived a vehicle for herself that set out to blend the two genres. First...
Romantics Anonymous
THEATER REVIEW / LONDONRomantics AnonymousTheater: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; 320 seats; $81 (top)Book: Emma Rice Music: Michael KoominLyrics: Christopher DimondStarring: Dominic Marsh, Carly BawdenEmma Rice is an old-fashioned romantic - no doubt about...
‘Runaways’ Score Goes Electronic
HULU SERIES "Runaways" marks the third entry in a trio of fall projects showcasing the diverse range of composer Siddhartha Khosla. Unlike his organic-infused instrumentation for NBC's "This Is Us" or surf guitar sounds in CBS' "Me, Myself and I," "Runaways,"...
Salute to Service: Impact List
When it comes to preserving the safety and guiding principles of our nation, Americans serve in many different ways, whether it's on the battlefield brandishing weapons, writing screenplays about the brave and dedicated men and women who every day put...
Sebastian Lelio ‘I like the Idea of Seeing a Film Where No One Else Sees a Film’
One of the brightest lights of Chile's golden generation of filmmakers, Sebastián Lelio emerged into international prominence with his fourth film, 2013's "Gloria." This year, he returned to the festival circuit with two films: the Spanish-language "A...
Sid Grauman Honoree IMAX Has Set Large Ambitions for Itself
In an era of fast-multiplying home-entertainment options such as streaming video and video games, Imax continually strives to provide unique experiences that will draw people out of their dwellings, from giant screens to location- based virtual reality....
‘Similau’ Meets Samsung
It's the TV spot that launched a million Shazam searches.Peggy Lee's haunting take on "Similau (See-Me- Lo)," a 78 RPM single released on Capitol Records in 1949, forms the soundtrack to a television ad campaign by Samsung for the new Galaxy Note8, a...
Soldiering Ahead in Hollywood
Even before "Wings" won the first Academy Award for best picture in 1929, stories about soldiers and the military were already a staple of the big screen. Nearly ninety years later, the circumstances of their service have changed, but the nobility of...
Spacey Scandal Calls Broadway to Action
The sexual harassment headlines have touched Broadway, and Broadway is on high alert.In the cascade of public figures to face accusations in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, one name, Kevin Spacey, had a high-profile link to the New York theater...
Standups Prove to Be Political Animals
Late-night talk-show hosts have lately been commanding center stage in the nation's political conversation. So it's fitting that the centerpiece of the nation's premiere comedy festival will bring together four of the biggest names in the field on one...
Studios, Indies Stake Claim for Globes Gold
From popular Sundance pickups to prestige awards bait, this year's Golden Globes race for comedy picture promises a solid balance of indie gems and studio offerings - and less category shopping.Almost every major studio is in the mix with a serious contender....
The Breadwinner
FILM REVIEWThe BreadwinnerDirector: Nora TwomeyVoices: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Laara Sadiq, Shaista LatifIf "The Breadwinner" were a live-action film, it would be virtually unbearable to watch, but as animation, it's not only possible but somehow...
The Long Road Home
TV REVIEWThe Long Road HomeLimited series: 8 episodes (4 reviewed); NatGeo; Tues., Nov. 7, 8 p.m.Starring: Michael Kelly, Jason Ritter, E.J. Bonilla, Sarah Wayne Callies, Kate BosworthThe Iraq War miniseries "The Long Road Home" contains some powerfully...
Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts is having a busy fall. The writer-actor, who's won Tonys both for a play ("August: Osage County") and a performance ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"), not to mention a Pulitzer for "August: Osage County," has a new play, "The Minutes,"...
Virtual Vision Award
VR HAS LONG BEEN seen as the future of entertainment, yet no film or TV production has been able to capture the true need for a 360-degree canvas - that is, until now. At Cannes, Alejandro Iñarritu unveiled his virtual reality experience, "Carne y Arena"...
When Scores Become Concerts
Just a few years ago, "film music in concert" translated to short suites by big-name movie composers (Henry Mancini, John Williams) performed at summer pops concerts. Today, established American orchestras that once didn't look at the merging of screen...
Yes & No
a new film by Claude LelouchYes or NoNeither Yes nor NoFor a Yes, for a NoThese two words that we use the most have made the world what it is today, and each and every one of us is a synthesis of the yes's and no's that we have used.There are people...
You Can Go Home Again
ENTERTAINMENT industry giants have made a notable commitment to help America's armed forces transition to civilian life, and in particular to welcome them to Hollywood.It's a complex, difficult transition. Those who've put their lives on the line, often...
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