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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. 343, No. 15, April 23

Also in the Race: Santa Fe Studios
Albuquerque Studios entered the spotlight last October when it was purchased by Netflix. While the complex is clearly the jewel in the crown of New Mexico's production infrastructure, with eight soundstages totaling 132,000 square feet, 100,000 square...
A Standoff without a Script
dealmaking IN the creative community is in a state of limbo as the traditionally close alliance among writers, agents, managers and lawyers has ruptured amid a highly volatile climate.Since the Writers Guild of America filed suit against Hollywood's...
CBS Has a White Problem
in February, I decided to part ways with CBS, the corporation where I began my media career and most recently served as director of entertainment diversity and inclusion. Last fall, when sexual-misconduct allegations against then-CEO Leslie Moonves prompted...
Changing the Game
UP UNTIL RECENTLY, what it meant to be a professional female athlete in a world dominated by men wasn't an issue that garnered high volumes of public interest, let alone national headlines. But that all changed in October 2017 when stories from the New...
Cinema's Gold Standard Looks Forward
AS WITH MANY FILM SOCIETY OF Lincoln Center veterans, its longtime former executive director Joanne Koch has some stories to tell. "We tried to get Katharine Hepburn at the Chaplin Gala, and she wrote me and said she'd rather go to the South Pole," Koch...
Classic Comedic Commentary
TWENTY YEARS AFTER "FAMILY GUY" FIRST HAD audiences laughing at risky, edgy and taboo-busting gags, creator Seth MacFarlane says he's proud the animated comedy remains "an oasis for people who aren't really onboard with being told what to laugh at and...
Clooney Plays 'Catch'
WHEN CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT walked into the audition room to read for the lead role in "Catch-22," George Clooney greeted him wearing a leather helmet."I took a breath a little bit," Abbott says. "I wasn't as nervous. I was like, 'All right, we can play'"The...
Comedy Titan Also Croons
* Malevolent toddler voice? Check. Boozy, foulmouthed teddy bear voice? Got it. Silky-smooth singing baritone that can croon a saloon song all the way down to the bottom of the whiskey glass? Seth MacFarlane can do that, too.When he's not minding his...
Crime Waves
IN 2016, THE FIRST SEASON OF RYAN Murphy's "American Crime Story," about the arrest and trial of O.J. Simpson, swept the Emmys' limited-series categories, sparking a revival in mainstream interest in both the Simpson case and the true-crime genre. Ever...
Dana Brunetti's Rental More Than a House of Cards
A contemporary residence in a sought-after neighborhood of L.A.'s celeb-favored Los Feliz area, owned by high-powered film and television producer Dana Brunetti, has come available for rent at $11,000 per month. Tax records indicate the notoriously brash,...
Digs
Townhouse No Longer a Fit for Marc JacobsFashion designer Marc Jacobs has put his townhouse in Manhattan's West Village up for sale at $16 million. The property has three en suite bedrooms in 4,346 square feet, plus a roof terrace, mark davidWarners...
Exposure
'Burn This' OpeningHUDSON THEATRE, NEW YORK, APRIL 15Keri Russell makes her Broadway debut opposite Adam Driver in the revival of Lanford Wilson's 1987 drama. "It is definitely a different beast. I'm a scaredy-cat in front of people, so this is difficult...
Festival Gets in Tune
While the Tribeca Film Festival usually has strong music entries, this year has a bounty, ranging from documentaries on the legendary Apollo Theater, the Wu-Tang Clan, Sublime and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman to music-adjacent films including Danny...
Finding Truth through Crafts in 'Native Son'
WHEN HBO FILMS BOUGHT THE WORLD-premiering "Native Son" earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, it felt that the movie, based on Richard Wright's seminal 1940 novel of the same name, would focus on a subject to which modern audiences could certainly...
Flagship Shows Sail off in '19
BY THIS TIME NEXT year, many of the brightest lights in the current TV universe will cease to shine.Some of the most popular and acclaimed shows are set to air their swan songs this year and during the 2019-20 broadcast season. While programs come and...
Growing Fest Gathers Global Following
NOW CELEBRATING A LANDMARK 20TH YEAR, THE Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs April 25-May 2, has become a major fixture on the crowded festival circuit and is increasingly recognized internationally as one of the leading lifestyle film fests in...
Homecoming
HomecomingFILM REVIEWDirector: Beyoncé Knowles-CarterStarring: BeyoncéIf you doubt that Beyoncé has a benevolent side, consider that she could have released "Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé" on the exact one-year anniversary of her debut performance at...
Hurts 2B Human
Hurts 2B HumanMUSIC REVIEWArtist: PinkLabel: RCAYou'd never want to reduce a Pink album strictly to the math, but the strength of her records tends to have a pretty strong correlation to two factors: the number of Max Martin/ Shellback productions and...
Jennifer Kaytin Robinson: 'I Wanted to Make This Film Inclusive'
Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, creator of the MTV series "Sweet/Vicious," recently made her feature debut with "Someone Great," now streaming on Netflix. The film follows three friends as they navigate relationships and work in New York City. Here, the writer-director...
Lenser Succeeds across Genres
FOR CINEMATOGRAPHER LAWRENCE Sher, the focus has always been on the director. That philosophy has carried Sher's imagery to millions of filmgoers, including his latest work set to hit screens this year: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," directed by Michael...
Nbff to Fete F Ive Honorees
GAVIN HOODARTIST OF DISTINCTIONThe South African filmmaker is a director, screenwriter, producer and actor probably best known for writing and helming 2005's "Tsotsi," which won the Academy Award for foreign-language film. Based on the novel of the same...
New Mexico Law Benefits Netflix
WHEN NEW MEXICO'S NEW GOVERNOR, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, signed SB2 in late March, the headline was that it more than doubled the annual cap on the state's 25%- to 30%-per-project refundable film and TV tax credit, from $50 million to $110 million.Arguably...
Nick Hornby
In 1997, Tony Blair was the prime minister of the U.K., and Oasis, Blur, Pulp, the Spice Girls, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, "Trainspotting" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral" were among the cultural touchstones of what was dubbed "Cool Britannia." And...
Non-Fiction Stories Tackle Serious Issues
Variety highlights up-and-coming filmmakers whose documentaries are making a splashPULOMA BASU AND ROB HATCH-MILLER"Other Music"Other Music, the storied Manhattan record shop that closed its doors in 2016, was more than just a music store for filmmakers...
Rising Stars Create with Light and Dark
CHRISTOPHER AOUN"Capernaum"When Aoun set out to shoot director Nadine Labaki's eventual Oscar foreign-language film nominee "Capernaum" (2018), about a streetwise 12-year-old in Lebanon who flees his negligent parents and winds up jailed for committing...
Sequels, Spinoffs Poised to Rescue Lagging Box Office
IN THE summer, as temperatures rise and schools go on break, Hollywood likes to stick to a well-worn formula: Pack the multiplexes with franchises, spinoffs, reboots and remakes. This coming season will be no different - with hopes that the pay off at...
Steve Golin: A Warrior and a Mensch
It was a brutal process to get "Spotlight" made. The movie was dead at least three times before we shot it because of financing problems, studio problems, deadlines, actors' availability and the time of year we could shoot. There were moments when Steve...
Terry Fator H Its High Note without Moving His Lips
TERRY FATOR ALWAYS KNEW HE'D BE AN entertainer when he grew up, he just didn't know he'd be doing it as a ventriloquist or that he'd be one of America's top - and top-paid - talents."It didn't really matter to me as a kid what I did, I was either going...
The Hits Don't Need to Keep on Coming
In the increasingly fragmented world of television, the word "hit" lost any coherent meaning long ago. But leave it to HBO's "Game of Thrones" to remind us all of what a hit used to mean, when its final-season premiere delivered the kind of ratings -...
The Magic in Seth Macfarlane's Empire
"the empire is accidental," says Seth MacFarlane as he sits atop the sort of rarefied showbiz kingdom - television shows, movies, acting roles, musical albums, merchandise - that only a handful of entertainment industry titans such as George Lucas and...
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