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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. 321, No. 10, September 10

ABC Wields 'SHIELD' in Hopes of Turning Tuesday Around
FALL FOLLIESAlphabet faces the tough task of opening seven f rosh seriesLooking to rebound after falling to fourth place last season, ABC is rolling out seven new shows this fall, including a quartet that might be called Extreme Makeover: Tuesday Edition.The...
Amid Massive Opportunity, China Remains a Reluctant Partner
Despite increased access for their movies, and a territory that continues to grow, the studios face a number of headachesWith more and more foreign films now being allowed into China, and potential revenues that can be earned having risen to 25% (from...
Another Curtain-Raiser Revives Apple TV Talk
SCREEN GRABTime may be nigh for Tim Cook's 'grand vision' as competitors riseAnother day, another Apple TV rumor.While Apple isn't tipping its hand as to what new products will be unveiled at a Sept. 10 press conference, there's renewed speculation that...
Argentina's MEDIA FIREWORKS
Grupo Clarin's battle against a restrictive law is nearing an end, but no one knows what the future media landscape will look likeIt's big media vs. big government, a scenario being played out all over Latin America. But in Argentina, the battle is especially...
Audiences May Not Plead for Busy 'Fifth'
Audiences May Not Plead for Busy 'Fifth'Ripped from headlines that still feel wet (even if its subjects might suggest that phrasing gives print media too much credit), "The Fifth Estate" dramatizes the fast, controversial rise of anonymous-whistleblower...
Brutal Slave Saga Has a Spirit That Can't Be Broken
Brutal Slave Saga Has a Spirit That Can't Be BrokenHad Steve McQueen not already christened his previous picture thus, "Shame" would have been the perfect oneword title to capture the gut-wrenching impact of his third and most essential feature, "12...
Budding Actress, Meteorologist Make a Wish
Bizzers help foundation's kids experience their career dreamsMake-A-Wish is accustomed to granting requests to meet celebs from children with life-threatening illnesses. But a pair of recent biz-related appeals had more to do with becoming a star than...
Can't Get Enough of Barry White
A&R man emerged from behind the scenes to singing successOne of soul music's most enduring and impactful figures, Barry White is finally set to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 12. If the honor feels a bit overdue for a man...
Church Adopts Role of the Heavy
Church Adopts Role of the HeavyPhilomenaDirector: Stephen FrearsStarring: Judi Dench Steve CooganA howl of anticlerical outrage wrapped in a tea cozy, "Philomena" applies amusing banter and a sheen of good taste to the real-life quest of Philomena Lee,...
Congloms Fire Up Channel Launchpad as Climate Improves
The death of linear television startups has been greatly exaggeratedAspike in construction of new homes is always seen as a sign of an improving national economy. The same is true for channel launches.A new channel is fundamentally an expression of faith...
Danish Epic Wins FUNDING WAR
Miso Film's historical saga '1864' will sell at Mipcom as a mini while eyeing a 2015 Berlin fest slot as a featureEntrusted with delivering both an eight-hour TV miniseries and a feature film in "1864," the most expensive Danish production ever, one...
'Darlings' Shows Radcliffe a Wiz at Career Moves
RESURRECTION STONEThe actor is redefining himself via tough roles and smart choices. His latest is as a young Allen GinsbergDaniel Radcliffe, in Toronto to promote "Kill Your Darlings" and two other new films, described his post-"Harry Potter" career...
Do Film Festivals Have Oscar's Ear?
AWARDS EDGEEver since the Acad opted to hold its shindig a month early, winners have unspooled first at top festsIS THERE SUCH A THING as tOO much awards buzz?That's a question worth asking as this year's awards chatter emanating from Cannes, Venice...
Enter the Dragon
China's evolving movie biz shows an increasing sophistication and diversity that challenges Hollywood to rethink its approach in the fast-growing territoryCHINA MIGHT BE OUTGROWING HOLLYWOOD.In the past few years, Westerners have exulted in the country's...
Feedback
GRAVITATIONAL PULLDavid S. Cohen and Dave McNary's cover story on Alfonso Cuaron's return to the director's chair elicited praise from readers, who lauded his use of cutting edge technology, as well as Sandra Bullock's performance ("Force of Gravity:...
Film School of the Future
MEDIA MENTOR OF THE YEARDodge College dean Bassett designs media program from the ground up ByiainBiairOver the past three decades, as the founding dean of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman U., Bob Bassett has continually pushed to innovate...
Greenlighting Movies: A High-Risk Game
David Picker's memoir recalls era of Bond, Beatles and the BritpackStudio executives are very talented at running for cover. Hence when a movie tanks it's often impossible to determine who gave it the greenlight. Who really said yes to "The Lone Ranger?"Picking...
Hired
E! has hired Noah Pollack as senior VP of programming and development. Pollack joins the company from Lifetime, where he served as VP of reality programming. At E!, he will be responsible for series development and original programming.Dick Clark Prods,...
Howard's Exhilarating 'Rush' Keeps Foot on Gas
Howard's Exhilarating 'Rush' Keeps Foot on GasMozart vs. Salieri. Kennedy vs. Khrushchev. Gates vs. Jobs. Add to that list of epic clashes Formula One car-racing adversaries James Hunt and Niki Lauda, whose larger-than-life bout for the 1976 world championship...
If PewDiePie Is YouTube's Top Talent, We're All Doomed
Meet the gibberish-spouting clown who's bringing Western civilization to a screeching haltAs an entertainment industry professional, you are obligated to check out anything and everything in the media business that's attracting buzz out there. How can...
Kabam Goes Boom!
Videogame developer finds a winning formula with a free-to-play model and moviebased properties, enticing Warners and MGM to invest in the companyNEARLY 40 YEARS after "The Godfather" was first released in theaters, Paramount Pictures was made an offer...
Leaner 'Miss Saigon' Flies without Rotors
Leaner 'Miss Saigon' Flies Without RotorsMiss SaigonSignature Max Theater, Arlington, Va.; 275 seats; $98 top.Director: Eric SchaefferStarring: Diana Huey, Jason Michael Evans, Thom Sesmaho needs a helicopter anyway? In an inventive and satisfying remount...
Marketers' Mettle Gets Put to the Test
FALL FLAVORBlurb departments help viewers get the scoop on network lineupsHOW MUCH will it cost to get people to watch "Lucky 7?" For ABC, the answer is at least $100,000.The network is launching a sweepstakes to get people interested in sampling the...
Rebounding 'Riddick' Finds Its 'Pitch' Niche
Rebounding 'Riddick' Finds Its 'Pitch' NicheHaving been left for dead in more ways than one after the critical and commercial failure of 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick," Vin Diesel's futuristic fugitive gets his lean, mean, R-rated mojo back for "Riddick,"...
'Saigon' Comes out of the Shadows as Anni Nears
BUTTERFLY EFFECTCameron Mackintosh hopes to set the enduring tuner on the 'Les Miz' path to Rialto and film renown"MISS SAIGON" is back. With a West End revival bowing in May and a smaller-scale, stand-alone production now running at the D.C. area's...
Schooled in Cinema
American Film InstituteLOS ANGELESThe two-year grad program, under the new artistic direction of producer James L. Brooks this year, grants degrees in cinematography, directing, editing, producing, production design and screenwriting.Claim to feme: Gregory...
Scrutiny on the Bounty
Scrutiny on the BountyFour years after it made headlines, the harrowing ordeal of commercial shipping captain Richard Phillips gets the bigscreen treatment, care of verite specialist Paul Greengrass in "Captain Phillips." The result is a kinetic docudrama...
Searing 'Prisoners' Is Tale of Two Kidnappings
Searing 'Prisoners' Is Tale of Two KidnappingsThe wages of sin, guilt, vengeance and redemption weigh heavy on the characters of "Prisoners," a spellbinding, sensationally effective thriller with a complex moral center that marks a grand-slam English-lingo...
Shell-Shock at NBCU Shakeup
FILMNew role for longtime TV exec is sign of changing times for bizThe Comcast imprint is finally coming to Universal Pictures.Comcast vet Jeff Shell has been installed as chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, forcing out Adam Fogelson, who...
Tales of the Northeastern Wild
Tales of the Northeastern WildSleepy HollowSeries; Fox, Mori. Sept. 16, 9 p.m.Director. Len WisemanStarring: Tom Mison, Nicole BeharieRemember "New Amsterdam," a 2008 Fox series starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a crime-solving immortal? The network...
The Geezer Rock Album Era Gives Way to Track Stars
Success today is all about the tune and the team behind the artistClassic rock is dead.Not only are the children of the baby boomers pushing 30, in some cases exceeding that threshold, there's a whole new generation of barely pubescent children who have...
'Tiny' Gets Big Push
Novelist Guo's first film taps Internet generation via audience research by Patrick fraterThe film that has garnered the most attention this year in China is the June release "Tiny Times," a homegrown picture that has been likened to "The Devil Wears...
Tv's 'Blue' Period
Twenty years after its debut, the influence of Steven Bochco and David Milch's landmark series can be felt far and wide on cable, but broadcast TV has mostly retrenchedWhen "NYPD Blue" made its debut 20 years ago, some of the predictions were nothing...
William TORRES
Cine Colombia builds out chain amid nationwide growth spurtCine Colombia has become the first major exhibitor in Latin America to go all digital, and William Torres is at the center of the process.The move is a sign of the burgeoning Colombian economy,...
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