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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. 340, No. 16, July 18

10 Comics to Watch
JOEL KIM BOOSTER'Model Minority'Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based comedian-writer Booster has fought hard for his accomplishments. "Since I was 17 years old, my life has all been on me. I've been completely responsible for myself, and because of that,...
A Big Score for Global Broadcasters
THE DAYS OF REGULAR TV RATINGS bonanzas may be over because of an increasingly fragmented viewing environment, but the World Cup, which wrapped July 15, underscored the enduring power of linear TV when it comes to broadcasting live events.While the Olympics...
Acting Category Shows Diversity, If Not Parity
Even in the middle of Hollywood's big diversity push, it was still startling to see a significant amount of it across all acting categories this year. There are 36 non-white acting nominees this year - a solid 20% jump from last year, when there were...
A Serious Shrine to Funny Business
Coinciding with this year's 27th annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, named after its most famous native, the National Comedy Center is set to open in Jamestown, N.Y. The fest takes place Aug. 1-5 with more than 50 events and 40 artists. Among those...
Bar None, Curry's Star Is the Brightest
As the co-editor-in-chief of Variety, I am not easily starstruck. But when I ventured north to meet with Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, I must admit I had trouble keeping my jaw off the floor.For one thing, he's a future Hall of Famer...
Bigger. Badder. Smarter
The team behind "The Predator" wants to correct something about the latest installment in the threedecade-old science-fiction franchise. It's not a reboot."It's an attempt to do something - same world, same universe, just 30 years later," explains Shane...
Broadcast's Road Back to Emmy Glory
The Big Four broadcasters are in the final stages of negotiating an eight-year renewal of the deal through which they share rights to televise the Primetime Emmy Awards. For their trouble, they will get to continue broadcasting for nearly a decade what...
Castle Rock
TV REVIEWDrama: Hulu, 10 episodes (four reviewed), July 25Starring: Andre Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Jane LevyThe fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine - the setting for Stephen King works including "Cujo,""The Body" and "Needful Things"...
Cavallari, Cutler Ready to Hand off Nashville Mansion
Reality-television veteran Kristin Cavallari and retired professional football player Jay Cutler have their humongous home in the affluent, semirural southern outskirts of Nashville up for grabs at $7.9 million. The former quarterback and Cavallari,...
Comic Digs New Role
When Cedric the Entertainer joined "The Neighborhood," the show immediately changed focus.Creator Jim Reynolds ("The Big Bang Theory") originally envisioned the upcoming CBS show, inspired by his family's experience moving into a historically black neighborhood...
Constantly Working in a Danger Zone
in 2011, a 22-year-old stunt performer from Australia named Destan Arslanoski suffered a career-ending injury while working on a film in Malaysia.Arslanoski says that the performer who was scripted to swing a prop ax at his back, Craig Fairbrass, had...
Cowabunga! Turtles Go Virtual!
NICKELODEON HAS big plans to introduce its reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise during ComicCon with a virtual-reality experience that will put journalists and some lucky superfans directly into the show's animated universe to chat live...
Digs
Leo DiCaprio Bulks Up on the Sunset StripWord on the street is that Leo DiCaprio is the mystery buyer of a $4.85 million fixer-upper property that borders one of his side-by-side properties at the top of the Bird Streets above L.A.'s Sunset Strip. mark...
Exposure
Comedy Central Roast of Bruce WillisHOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM, JULY 14As the focus of Comedy Central's latest roast, Bruce Willis was hit with repeated jabs about his age, marriage, appearance and career. But the biggest one may have come with the surprise...
French Firm Puts Accent on U.S. Entrée
STREAMING SERVICES have opened the door for multilingual series like worldwide Netflix hit "Narcos," but dramas in English still dominate TV's Golden Age, travel the most widely and draw the biggest distribution deals. International companies are scrambling...
Fresh but Still Familiar
When it comes to the Emmy Awards, familiarity breeds... familiarity. That's why voters have honored the same shows year after year (read: "Modern Family," which finally fell out of favor this time), often to the chagrin of critics who fawn over their...
Geek Power List
We're living through a full-fledged nerd culture renaissance. From "Game of Thrones" to "Avengers: Infinity War," the highest-grossing movies, top-rated television shows and best-selling novels all hail from the fantasy, horror or comic-book canon. Once...
Holding Court
THERE ARE FLEETING MOMENTS WHEN EVEN THE SPORT that made Stephen Curry famous is far from the front of his mind. Take one late June morning in a Mediterranean mansion in Walnut Creek, Calif., he has on the market. With few sticks of furniture left inside,...
Kevin Durant Takes His Own Shot in Media
WHEN KEVIN DURANT USED TO visit California's San Quentin State Prison, he grew fascinated by the basketball league in which those incarcerated there competed - so close in proximity to where he played at Oakland's Oracle Arena for the Golden State Warriors....
Making Us Laugh
LIZ FLAHIVE & CARLY MENSCHComedy Writers of the Year, "GLOW"Even across a crowded writers' room, we saw each other as like-minded brains," Mensch says of her chemistry with Flahive, her co-creator on the hit Netflix series "GLOW." They met as playwrights...
Media Firms Surf Summer's Big Breakers
AT ALLEN & CO.'S sunstreaked mogulfest in Sun Valley, Idaho, last week, Discovery chief David Zaslav summed up the quandary for traditional media conglomerates in the face of binge-spending internet disruptors."Rupert Murdoch can't just add $2 billion...
Merger Mania Dominates Sun Valley
THE YELLOW TRAFFIC signs that dot Idaho's Highway 75 leading up to this mountain resort area say it all: Game Crossing.The warnings are meant to alert drivers to watch for deer and other four-legged creatures. But as media and tech titans gathered July...
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
FILM REVIEWMission: Impossible - FalloutDirector: Christopher McQuarrieStarring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca FergusonFor a moment there, the "Mission: Impossible" franchise appeared to be getting a little long in the tooth....
More Than a Hat Trick
Cedric the Entertainer is a man who wears many hats, both literally and figuratively.Born Cedric Antonio Kyles, he launched his career in standup comedy more than 30 years ago, while still working a day job as a claims adjuster at State Farm Insurance...
Numbers Game
While most dream of walking away with even one primetime Emmy on awards night, several people have the chance to take home multiple trophies this year.Among those multi-nominees, the multi-hyphenates reign. Both Donald Glover and Bill Hader are up for...
Political Impact
The c-word didn't sink Samantha Bee, but the streak is over (for now) for Bill Maher. And this year's batch of Emmy nominations leave no doubt that the T-word remains a geyser of material for nominees.TBS' "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" became wrapped...
Stronger Together
Teamwork can be a powerful thing. Just ask four of the nominees for the lead actor in a drama at this year's Emmys.Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia, of "This Is Us," and Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright, of "Westworld," fill out the majority of the...
The Big Picture
The 2018 Emmy nominations feature many familiar faces, but also some welcome new changes to categories in long need of a shakeup. Most notably, Netflix officially established its programming dominance by overtaking Emmy darling HBO in overall noms. So...
The Coachella of Comedy
returning to Montreal from July 11 to 29 is the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, a celebration of everything funny from the performers to the business behind the curtains.Paul Ronca, the festival's director of industry and special events programming...
The Hall H Gender Gap
When the first "Twilight" movie premiered at Comic-Con in 2009, it spawned protests. Multiple fans wandered the San Diego Convention Center holding signs with captions such as "Twilight has ruined Comic-Con!" One attendee, when asked by L.A. Weekly if...
The Name Game
With first-round voting performer ballots topping out at more than a dozen pages each, name recognition is important in the increasingly crowded space that is the Emmys, but it alone isn't enough. Instead what grabbed voters' attention this year was...
Vanessa Kirby: 'I'm Determined to Play Women Who Are like the Women I Know'
Things You Didn't Know About Vanessa KirbyAGE: 30 BIRTHPLACE: London NICKNAME ON "THE CROWN": "Bambi, because I would knock things over." FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE: "Point Blank" ON HER NIGHTSTAND: "Love's Executioner," by Irvin D. Yalom NOW LISTENING TO:...
Vein-Glorious Blood Suckers
Fox is betting big on its upcoming fall drama "The Passage," based on author Justin Cronin's best-selling book trilogy of the same name.In the series, a secret government medical facility experiments with a dangerous virus meant to cure all disease that...
Welcome to Nashville: The New Scoring Destination
NASHVILLE IS making a major play for film and TV scoring work that, for economic and political reasons, has typically been going overseas. New legislation in Tennessee, which took effect July 1, is designed to attract that work, and some say it's already...
We Resisted with Humor
The current FBI has swung a pendulum from 50 years ago, when the FBI was an enemy of progressive activists. An agent's poison-pen memo attempted to smear Tom Hayden with the worst possible label they could invoke with fliers: Yep, an FBI informer. Others...
Who Makes Cedric Laugh? Get a Pen
He has spent most of his life trying to make other people laugh. But what - and who - makes Cedric the Entertainer chuckle?There's no quick answer for the former State Farm claims adjuster, who cites Eddie Murphy movies such as "Coming to America," Jerry...
Wrestling with the '80S
on many levels, dressing the characters in "GLOW" was a dream job for costume designer Beth Morgan. Not only was the creation of the costumes fun and inventive, she says, but each of the characters on the Netflix series is so well developed that it gave...
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