Variety

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. 15, January 10

A 'Family' Celebration
WHEN "MODERN FAMILY" premiered on ABC in 2009, Variety said it was "easily the new season's best comedy pilot" and noted that it "deftly [served] up laughs on multiple levels - from understated one-liners to grand sight gags." Though the series, which...
Art Mirrors Life in Diy 'Csi' Drama
While I was working on "Dexter," my step-brother was shot and killed. It was headand heart-spinning to suddenly be plunged into a police investigation after having written them for years. The beats were the same - the notification, the autopsy, the funeral...
A Starry Night
Hollywood's annual bar crawl around the Beverly Hilton Sunday was especially festive as partygoers united in black attire. Variety was on hand to capture every selfie, dance-floor groove and female-empowering moment.HFPAWILSHIRE GARDENUnlike the Emmys...
Camila
CamilaMUSIC REVIEWArtist: Camila CabelloLabel: Epic RecordsIf the younger members of your family have started taking an unusually precocious interest in Cuban immigration and visa policy, there's a reason for that: Camila Cabello's "Havana" became the...
Composer on Target to Set Yet Another Oscar Record
WITH BOTH "THE POST" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in the running this Oscar season, composer John Williams, who already has 50 Academy nominations, more than any other living person, could earn a 51st or even 52nd nom.Both films stem from working relationships...
Crafts Cross over in Pursuit of Perfection
Production designers have the Art Directors Guild, costume designers have the Costume Designers Guild - two organizations that watch over very different disciplines. But that doesn't mean the two types of artisans they represent can't cross over into...
Crew Headed to Mexico to Inform 'Coco'
Lee unkrich, director of Pixar's "Coco," says, "There are a lot of misconceptions about what goes into making an animated film." Unkrich talks about several of his below-the-line collaborators and how their work has key similarities - and differences...
Dear Academy: Don't Overlook These Great Performances
Members of the motion picture Academy now have ballots in hand. Presumably many of them are reading these very words. So it feels like something of a duty to whisper a few suggestions, particularly as the awards season can so quickly be reduced to the...
Debmar-Mercury's Bernstein Takes Syndication Temp
Ira Bernstein has been a player in the syndication business since the days when Sinclair owned about a dozen stations and the NATPE conference was a make or break moment for prospective new shows.Bernstein joined forces with another syndie veteran, Mort...
Digs
Josh Charles Buys in Greenwich Village"The Good Wife" actor Josh Charles has bought a spacious $6.3 million apartment at the Devonshire House in the heart of Greenwich Village. The three-bedroom condo measures 2,615 square feet, mark davidS°Cal Home...
Documentary Discovers Cache of New David Bowie Footage
DAVID BOWIE has been called the greatest rock star ever. Clearly that title could apply to a clutch of top musicians, but few observers would deny his vast influence not only on music but also on the worlds of fashion, popular culture and even gender...
Execs Watch
HUGO BARRAVP, Virtual Reality, FacebookBarra runs Facebook's multibillion-dollar bet on VR, including overseeing the Oculus hardware team, after joining the company about a year ago. The Brazil native - whose first job was as a college intern on Walt...
Exposure
Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival GalaPALM SPRINGS CONVENTION CENTER, JAN. 2Jessica Chastain, who accepted an award for her role in Aaron Sorkin's "Molly's Game," went philosophical about the societal Sturm und Drang that seems to have taken hold of the...
Finding the Funny in a Serious Moment
In the era of peak TV, it is no small feat for a series to reach 100 episodes, let alone 200, but it is an achievement that "Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan considers more of an "industry milestone than something our audience truly cares about."Therefore,...
Greenlight Is Next Gender Parity Fight
THE #METOO AND TIME'S UP movements have galvanized powerful women in the entertainment industry to work harder to effect social change and combat sexual misconduct in the workplace. But on the heels of a historic night at the Golden Globe Awards, insiders...
I'm So Proud of Her
'Mudbound' director Dee Rees knew the unproven actress would be perfect to play the weathered Florence, the role for which she's received two Golden Globe nominations. jem aswadHad you seen Blige act before you cast her in the role of Florence?I saw...
Jamie Bell 'A Lot of This Film Has to Do with Love in Its Purest Form'
When Jamie Bell read the script for "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," he thought it was a bizarre fiction. In fact, the film is based on Peter Turner's memoir of his relationship with movie star Gloria Grahame, played by Annette Bening, in the last...
Key Kudos Categories to Watch
Over the years, the NAACP Image Awards has celebrated an increasing number of LGBT movies, television shows, actors and characters.Although there have been far more nominations than wins, there are noticeable strides. For instance, Viola Davis won the...
Kudocast Opens Its Ballot Box This Year
The NAACP Image Awards is undergoing some major changes this year in an effort to remain relevant and contemporary.Organizers moved up the ceremony, in its 49th incarnation, to take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January instead of during Black...
Local Players Air on the Side of Caution
It's a perfect syndication storm. The market for new first-run programming is in flux this year thanks to a host of factors - from mega station mergers, to a soft local advertising market and hesitancy on the part of producers after a long run of disappointing...
Mary J. Blige: The Might from Within
The transition from music to acting has been a bridge too far for many musicians, but Mary J. Blige isn't just any singer. She brought multiple talents and skills to the daunting role of Florence Jackson in Dee Rees' "Mudbound," the story of a sharecropper's...
National Geographic Committed to Vets
Though the National Geographic brand is best known for the information and remarkable images of our world it has provided for almost 130 years, the magazine and its television namesake also have a long history of telling stories about global conflict...
Oprah, Please Run, Just to Spite Trump
Perhaps Oprah Winfrey's awe-inspiring speech at this past weekend's Golden Globe Awards was never meant to be anything more than that, but instead it became the rallying cry for a presidential run by the powerful media mogul. Ever since then, those in...
Overseas Biz Growing Thanks to New Voices from Many Countries
Often, individual show creators work from a place of the personal. Their immediate surroundings - such as the political, socio-economic, legal and religious landscape of their homeland - may influence the settings for their stories and the topics they...
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
Philip K. Dick's Electric DreamsTV REVIEWDrama anthology: 10 episodes (all reviewed); Amazon; Fri., Jan. 12Starring: Janelle Monáe, Steve Buscemi, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Bryan CranstonIt's fitting that "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams," a handsome new...
Power of the Tower
When Steve Barnett left New York City for Hollywood to take over the chairmanship of Capitol Music Group in 2012, the industry was still fully invested in downloads, which provided a steady flow of revenues as physical product gave way to the digital...
Putting a New Spin on Classic Family Comedy
The patriarch of the Pritchetts on "Modern Family," Ed O'Neill, was no stranger to sitcom success by the time Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd's story came his way. But the show's unique structure immediately felt fresh to the man who had already...
Supersizing Super Deluxe
A Turner-owned content studio known for minting Internet-friendly videos is making significant headway in TV.Super Deluxe, an irreverent digital brand that started more than two years ago, has landed its biggest series commitment, with Netflix ordering...
Telling Stories to World Audiences
When show creators, studio and network executives and critics alike set out to determine if a series has the right elements to break into the zeitgeist, some of the key elements they look for are authenticity and point of view, as well as characters...
The Giant Killer
Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood doesn't fit the image of your typical tech mogul. In person, he comes across as quiet and introverted. He keeps a low profile in public and eschews the Silicon Valley hipster look for country-boy outfits that include...
The Reinventionist
"You guys have crushed it," TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly enthused as members of TBS' programming team raised champagne flutes filled with mimosas.Reilly had gathered TBS staffers at Neue-House Hollywood for a daylong off-site get-together back...
The Ubiquitous Mr. Ludwig
You're not imagining it: Ken Ludwig is everywhere these days. The playwright's adaptation of "Murder on the Orient Express" is going into rehearsal just as a likely Broadway revival of his Tony-winning musical "Crazy for You" kicks off a four-week workshop...
'Transformers' Star Lands Encino Bachelor Pad
Last fall, model-turned-actor Josh Duhamel and pop star Fergie announced the dissolution of their 13-year relationship, eight of them in marriage, and the "Transformers" franchise star has made the split real-estate official with the $2.65 million purchase...
Variety Honors Valor on and off Battlefield
ANNE HECHE HADITABBAL"The Brave"Ex-Navy SEAL Mikal Vega has turned his military life into an entertainment career, working as a technical consultant on NBC's hit drama "The Brave." Co-starring Salute to Service honorees Anne Heche, who plays Deputy Director...
Warners Shake-Up of Movie Ranks Continues as AT&T Merger Looms
THERE'S BEEN A whole lotta shakin' going on at Warner Bros. movie studio over the past month. This week, in a major management shift, Toby Emmerich was put in charge of all film operations with expanded duties, and the studio's veteran worldwide marketing...
'Water' Front Danger & Love
Guillermo del Toro got the idea for "The Shape of Water" in 2011, but he says the project really began at age 6. That's when he saw the 1954 movie "The Creature From the Black Lagoon," with underwater shots of the Gill-Man reaching out toward the legs...
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