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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. 342, No. 9, December 11

Category Breakdown: Film
Motion PictureDramaThe Globes have honored three films from African-American helmers in the motion picture - drama category, which is a positive move for diversity (although only Spike Lee is repped in the director category). This is "Black Panther's"...
Category Breakdown: TV
Drama SeriesIn complete contrast to last year, all but one of the nominees In this category are newcomers. Up for Its sixth and final season, FX's Soviet spy series "The Americans" is the only veteran in the race. It is joined by Netflix's political...
'Crazy' Throws Focus on Talent
In the year of ?Crazy Rich Asians,? says Intl. Film Festival & Awards Macao artistic director Mike Goodridge, ?there could hardly be anything more important than the Asian Stars Up Next talent awards presented by the IFFAM and Variety. What we are...
Digs
Musical Royalty Sells in Venice BeachSinger-songwriter Joe Sumner has listed a Craftsman cottage in Venice, Calif., at $3 million. Sumner, the eldest of Sting's children, purchased the threebedroom home In 2013 for $1.91 million. MARK DAVIDMalibu Assesses...
Don't Be Sorry: Be the Change
When social media erupted over Kevin Hart's antigay tweets from years ago, many in the media and the entertainment industry believed he would immediately apologize, LGBTQ people would critique but ultimately accept his mea culpa, and the comedian would...
Exposure
'Bumblebee' PremiereTCL CHINESE THEATRES, HOLLYWOOD, DEC. 9Travis Knight was shocked when he got the call from Paramount asking him to direct the sixth installment of the live-action "Transformers" franchise. "My initial question was 'Did you guys get...
Fess Up or Face the Consequences
Forgive me if this sounds trite or preachy, but the importance of owning up to our mistakes cannot be overstated. Denials, silence, cover-ups, repudiation - all are unacceptable.Media outlets around the globe, including ours, wrote about how Kevin Hart...
For New Landmark Owner, Cinema Is Unique Experience
After seven years coveting fellow billionaire Mark Cuban's Landmark Theatres, distributor, producer and real estate magnate Charles S. Cohen can finally call the chain of U.S. movie houses his own.Purchased for an undisclosed price last week following...
Fresh Perspectives on Motion Pictures
MICHAEL ARNDTON "THE FAVOURITE"Written by Deborah Davis, Tony McNamaraLIKE MOST PEOPLE, I spend Monday to Friday being polite and responsible. So when I go to the movies on Friday night, I want to watch people being as rude and reckless as possible....
Future-Casting
It would be hard to top the drama of 2018. From media mega-mergers to the rise of Time's Up, it was a year that had more than its fair share of twists and turns. Leslie Moonves resigned in disgrace, AT&T snapped up Time Warner, Disney inched closer...
Hair and Makeup Fit for a Pair of Battling Queens
JENNY SHIRCORE HAS DONE the makeup and hair of several queens over the years: Cate Blanchett in "Elizabeth" and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (she won an Oscar for the former) and Emily Blunt in "The Young Victoria."In fact, she had to be convinced to...
Highs & Lows
A mix of blockbusters and sleeper hits drove the 2018 domestic box office to new heights, despite some huge failures Story by REBECCA RUBINIT was the revival nobody saw coming. After a dismal 2017, in which the North American box office tumbled to a...
Honorees
Glenn CloseIcon AwardAs the supportive yet secretive spouse of an acclaimed writer in Bjorn Runge's "The Wife." the six-time Oscar nominee proves, once again, that there is no role that she can't play.Bradley CooperDirector of the Year AwardCooper also...
I Always Panic on the First Day of Work
Richard E. GrantRichard E. Grant has been winning kudos for his supporting role in Fox Searchlight's "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" The film, written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, was directed by Marielle Heller and stars Melissa McCarthy as real-life...
Inception of Ellen Page's Listing in Hollywood Hills
Canadian-born actress and producer Ellen Page has put her post-and-beam-built mid-century modern pavilion in the celeb-studded Nichols Canyon area of Los Angeles up for sale at a bit below $2 million. The 2007 Oscar nominee, currently co-host of the...
Man with a Plan
BOB Bakish was days into his job as CEO of Viacom in late 2016 when he began convening meetings with senior executives to execute a triage effort to save the once-mighty media giant.Paramount Pictures had just posted a $445 million annual loss. Viacom's...
Milestone Moment
In a typical post-awards show scene, two music professionals start a friendly conversation at a bar."I start telling him, 'I'm the king of all jingles,'" says Jared Gutstadt, co-founder of Jingle Punks, the venerable production music house that he launched...
Network
THEATER REVIEWNetworkTheater: Belasco; 1,016 seats; $179 topDirector: Ivo Van HoveStarring: Bryan Cranston, Tony GoldwynThe 1976 film "Network" won four Academy Awards, including best original screenplay for writer Paddy Chayefsky, for its blistering...
Novel Ideas Hit the Big Screen
KEN AULETTAON "THE FRONT RUNNER"Written by Matt Bai (screenplay and based on the book by) and Jay Carson and Jason Reitman (screenplay)THANKS TO THE SCREENplay, "The Front Runner" is not a cartoon. While Gary Hart, the presumptive Democratic nominee...
'Panther' Also Broke Below-Line Barriers
with more than $1.3 billion at the global box office, "Black Panther" was one of the year's biggest hits. Though some people expected just another superhero film, the project turned out to be much deeper and more complex than that. Many called it a social...
Playing It Safe
AT A TIME OF UNPRECEDENTED richness and depth across TV programming, an awards show already known for its brazen willingness to follow its own instincts could have gone just about anywhere. But the biggest surprise of the Golden Globes' nominations for...
Screen Size Doesn't Matter
IN THE AGE OF PEAK TV, actors, writers, directors and producers, and subsequently their managers and agents, are open for business in any medium, and that new attitude shows in awards nominations, especially when it comes to the Golden Globe acting fields.Amy...
Springsteen on Broadway
FILM REVIEWSpringsteen on BroadwayDirector: Thom ZimnyStarring: Bruce SpringsteenHope you like the 69-yearold version of Bruce Springsteen's face, because it's virtually all you're going to see for the two hours and 40 minutes of the filmed "Springsteen...
Starry Fest Overcame a Rocky Start
IN January, the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival will celebrate its 30th birthday It's a celebration that came very close to never happening.Founded by then-mayor of Palm Springs Sonny Bono in 1989, the festival was launched the following year to boost...
Ten Films Stand out in This Year's Best Picture Race
With all of this year's Oscar narratives thoroughly dissected and each of the contenders mapped out - and more important, actually seen - it's time for the first real assessment of this season's best picture race in this space. Below are the top 10 players...
The Americana Dream
In a career-defining moment, Jingle Punks co-founder Jared Gutstadt, a multi-instrumentalist who favors guitar and drums, is about to release his first album of original material under the name Bear and a Banjo.Co-written and recorded with four-time...
The 'Secret Sauce'
Though its primary function is creative, Jingle Punks is built on a foundation of technology and administration. The patented Jingle Player that lets customers search for music using pop culture terms is both intuitive and efficient. Typing in "Reservoir...
Through the View Finder
BEN AFFLECKON JOHN KRASINSKI'S "A QUIET PLACE"JOHN KRASINSKI'S "A Quiet Place" artfully exploits the monster/horror genre and all its tropes to extraordinary and unexpected effect. He puts us in a world of sound, defined by quiet, a place of terror defined...
Wildlife Films' Global Hub
BRISTOL, TWO hours west of London and known by toon enthusiasts as the home of Aardman Animations, also happens to be the world center of wildlife filmmaking and home to the top producers, directors and camera pros creating the influx of natural history...
Writing the 'Book'
ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALISM IS competitive, so some clickbaithungry reporters have depicted "Green Book" as a hotbed of controversy It isn't. Audiences (and awards voters) are too smart for fake scandals and the mudslinging of kudos rivals; the film is...
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