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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. 4, November 21

Born with a Vision
"WHAT IS A HIT RECORD?Kendrick Lamar asks, reclining on a couch at Milk Studios in Hollywood after his hours-long photo shoot.There's a certain irony in the question, because if anyone should know how to define a hit, it's him. And it's key to Lamar's...
Breaking ‘Redbone’
Childish Gambino's "Redbone" is an irresistible slice of sweaty, sultry, vintage R&B - but it's also a song that's difficult to imagine on the radio alongside DJ Khaled, The Chainsmokers or Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito." Add to that,...
Comedies Speak Truth to Power
TYPICALLY, THE GOLDEN Globe Award for best motion picture comedy/ musical has been a mixed bag. Only once in the last decade has the victor - 2012's "The Artist" - gone on to win the best picture Oscar. And, in 2015, "Birdman" lost to "The Grand Budapest...
Country ‘Road’ to Pop
BRAD BELANGERHOMESTEAD MANAGEMENTZACH CROWELL, SHANE MCANALLY & JOSH OSBORNESONGWRITERS AND PRODUCERGREG MARELLACAPITOL MUSIC GROUP EXECUTIVE VP OF PROMOTIONEven among Sam Hunt's team, you won't find a lot of people who'll brag that they knew "Body...
Deep Talent Pool for Globes Slots
WHEN IT COMES to voting for television series and stars at the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is often applauded for thinking outside the usual box and recognizing a broad cross-section of small screen talent, and being the first to...
Devour
EatGo Native With Angeleno FlairChef Nyesha Arrington incorporates global flavors seen through an Angeleno's lens at her new Santa Monica restaurant Native. Dishes like short rib-rolled dumplings with brussels sprouts and roast duck with cabbage emphasize...
Dj Khaled ‘Hustle in My Blood’
It's easy for anyone who's heard a DJ Khaled song or seen him onstage to think that all he does is get up there and yell, then rope in famous friends who inexplicably do all the real work for him. After all, he's not singing, rapping, dancing or playing...
Exposure
Governors AwardsRAY DOLBY BALLROOM, HOLLYWOOD, NOV. 11Glasses were raised to filmmakers Charles Burnett and Agnès Varda, actor Donald Sutherland and cinematographer Owen Roizman at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' fete. Alejandro G. Iñárritu...
Finding Decor and Costumes for a Sultry Summer
TWO LONGTIME FRIENDS of director Luca Guadagnino added their personal touch to "Call Me by Your Name," his sensual summer romance from Sony Pictures Classics that's set in northern Italy in 1983.An interior decorator by trade, first-time set decorator...
First-Time Hopefuls Go for the Globes
AS AN ORGANIZATION made up of journalists, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (HFPA) seems to pride itself on celebrating programs and talent that are breaking new ground in any given year. Last year, Netflix's "The Crown" and FX's "Atlanta" both broke...
Future Is Cloudy for ‘Transparent’ after Tambor Exit
JEFFREY TAMBOR ANNOUNCED Nov. 19 that he would leave Amazon's "Transparent" in the wake of two sexual misconduct allegations. But he's not going gently."Playing Maura Pfefferman on 'Transparent' has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences...
Going Behind the Music
The music industry is built on artists, but where is an artist without a song and a team that ensures it gets heard? For Variety's inaugural Hitmakers list, we used BuzzAngle data for the 30 most-consumed songs of 2017 (through Nov. 2), based on audio...
Have Disruptors Won Battle of Hollywood?
INDUSTRY VETERANS ARE struggling to wrap their heads around a notion that would have seemed laughable a year ago: Rupert Murdoch, a seller?The heightened level of activity around the possible sale of some big 21st Century Fox assets is forcing Hollywood...
He Aligns the Stars
Story by Nick Williams Scooter Braun helps steer the careers of some of today's top stars as manager to Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Tori Kelly and more, but despite the glamour his celebrity clientele carries, philanthropy is a cornerstone...
How a Down-to-Earth Superhero Was Made
IN FOX BLOCKBUSTER "Logan," the title character says, "I'm not whatever you think I am." The same is true of the movie, an "X-Men" sequel that's more classic Hollywood film noir/Western than superhero movie. Director and co-writer James Mangold talks...
How Ed Sheeran’s No. 1 ‘Shape of You’ Was Shaped
"Shape of You," the No. 1 song of 2017, could have ended up an album track by Rihanna or U.K. girl group Little Mix. Its eyebrowraising, sense-stimulating line about the scent of bedsheets came close to being "My T-shirt smells like you." It certainly...
Ira Glass Lists Renovated Condo in N.Y.’S Chelsea
Just over a year ago, longtime "This American Life" radio host Ira Glass was sued by the board of his New York City condo building for allegedly refusing to properly address an alleged bedbug infestation - he and estranged wife, writer/editor Anaheed...
Justice League
FILM REVIEWJustice LeagueDirector: Zack SnyderStarring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Ezra Miller, Jason MomoaIn superhero movies, sheer lively deliver-the-goods competence can be a quality you're grateful for - or one that seems awesomely...
Marvel’s Runaways
TV REVIEWMarvel’s RunawaysDrama: 10 episodes (4 reviewed); Hulu; 3 episodes debut Tues., Nov. 21; weekly episodes thereafter Starring: Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, James Marsters, Kevin Weisman, Brigid BrannahIn its opening episodes, "Marvel's Runaways"...
Music to My Ears
Welcome to our inaugural Hitmakers issue.I want to congratulate Shirley Halperin, our phenomenal executive editor of music, for the Herculean job she did putting together this amazing package of stories.Halperin's brainchild was born of her idea to create...
MY FIRST TIME IN VARIETY: James Mangold
"[My teacher Alexander Mackendrick] thought most filmmakers focus on the technical aspects of making a movie but are lost when it comes to acting."James Mangold was first mentioned in Variety on June 30, 1982, when he won a $1,000 student prize for the...
Oscar Voters’ Myth of ‘Pure’ Moviegoing
Some voters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences are worried about new delivery systems such as Netflix and Amazon; as Oscar voters, they don't want to support a system that endangers traditional moviegoing.I hate to say this, but the...
Political Animal
With Braun rumored to be eyeing public office, is a run for governor of California in his future? "I did consider it," he says. "But as a private citizen, I feel like this team [at SBP] can do a lot, and I'm going to focus on that." In the meantime,...
Push for Indie Films to Gain Recognition
On Sept. 30, 1991, John Turturro and the late Jonathan Demme were the first of seven New Yorkers to garner a Gotham Award. Trophies were handed out at the Roseland Ballroom without much fanfare. The celebratory dinner, a fundraiser for the Independent...
Quavo with the Secret Sauce
For a hot rapper, a guest appearance can make for a nice payday no matter how off-brand it is (witness Kendrick Lamar's featured spot on Maroon 5's "Don't Wanna Know"). Far rarer is when the rapper brings the golden touch to a song - as seems to be the...
Quirky Category Embraces Big Ideas
COMEDY/MUSICALBaby Driver 1SonyEdgar Wright's summer sleeper married an infectious soundtrack to a heist movie, filled with bad and badass characters and some of the most eyepopping stunt driving this side of the "Fast and Furious" crew. A dark horse...
Rep with a Heart
SCOOTER BRAUN IS NEVER NOT ON THE PHONE.But hours after a terrorist bomb killed 22 people in May outside Britain's Manchester Arena, where client Ariana Grande was performing, his fingers were working overtime. Within days, Braun hustled up an allstar...
Roster Roll Call: Sbp Is Home to 20 Active Acts
ARIANA GRANDEThe four-time Grammy nominated singer is currently in the studio working on her fourth album and Braun hints at a more mature sound. "She has such an extraordinary voice and it's time for her to sing the songs that define her," he says....
Sbp on Big Screen
In 2011, Scooter Braun made a splashy debut in the world of feature films, producing the concert documentary "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never." The movie, which carried a $13 million budget, grossed $100 million worldwide. Two years later, "Believe,"...
Scooter Braun’s A-Team
ALLISON KAYE36, PRESIDENT OF MUSICScooter Braun's second in command, Kaye oversees the careers of every client on the SB Projects roster and has played an integral role in the company's movie soundtrack supervision, film production, and philanthropic...
‘Scorpion’ Rising
Nobody lands a long-running broadcast drama with their first scripted television project. But Scooter Braun did."Scorpion," starring "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee, is in its fourth season on CBS. The procedural drama grew out of a deal that...
Secret Weapons
JUSTIN TRANTER & JULIA MICHAELSSONGWRITERS/COLLABORATORSFor former Semi Precious Weapons front man and in-demand collaborator Justin Tranter, the key to songwriting is to "elevate the essence" of the artist's truth. "At this point in my life, it's...
Sky TV Spends Big on Content, Plans for Changes
JEREMY DARROCH'S FIRST 10 years at Sky saw the U.K.-based pay-TV operator expand across Europe and branch out beyond sports and movies. As the 55-year-old exec enters his second decade as CEO, his company faces an existential challenge from U.S. streaming...
Tech Gear Puts Film Close to Castro
PARTICIPANTS IN THE personal video revolution of the 1970s will be thrilled as they watch the credits roll at the end of Jon Alpert's documentary "Cuba and the Cameraman," which debuts on Netflix and in theaters on Nov. 24.Alpert, the pioneering journalist...
The Duffer Brothers: ‘We Shared the Same Fears as Kids’
The Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross, got their start as writer-producers on the 2015 Fox series "Wayward Pines." Their Netflix show, "Stranger Things," about supernatural events in the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., saw the brothers nominated for Emmy...
The Label of the Year
REPUBLIC RECORDSGUIDING BREAKOUTS AND PROVEN STARS ALIKEWith seven entries on BuzzAngle's Top 30 songs, Republic Records is having a very good year. Or, as anyone working at the Universal Music Group imprint would tell you, another very good year. "We're...
‘Titans’ Get Animated about Big Milestone
Warner Bros. Animation may be best known for a legacy library of titles that range from "Scooby Doo" to "Tom and Jerry" to Bugs Bunny and Batman, but "Teen Titans Go!" is quickly inching up on the list of important players for the studio. Just in time...
Trying to Unpack a Packed Actress Field
It was clear at least as early as Labor Day, when the Telluride Film Festival played host to a number of contenders, that this year's lead actress Oscar race was going to be overloaded. By now it's pretty much untenable; great work is sure to be lefton...
Window into the South
VENTANA SUR, by far Latin America's biggest movie-TV market, unspools its ninth edition over Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Here are seven key points about this year's market for visitors:THE BIG TITLES Are foreign markets, like Hollywood, now suffering from...
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