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. 345, No. 16, October 29

A Milestone Year for Music Supervisors
PANEL SPEAKERSPJ BLOOMSVP Film & Television Soundtracks,Warner RecordsTHOMAS GOLUBICMusic Supervisor,"Better Call Saul"LINDSEY LANIERVP A&R, Motown,"Queen & Slim"KIER LEHMANMusic Supervisor,"Insecure"MARY RAMOSMusic Supervisor,"Once Upon...
Apple TV Plus Launch Kicks off Streaming Wars
when JAMIE erlicht and Zack Van Amburg relocated to Apple in 2017 after more than 15 years at Sony Pictures Television, the first thing they did was set up a whirlwind series of meetings with writers, talent agencies and studios.To launch Apple into...
A Re-Brand with Big Plans
"I look AT production music as a business of content and repertoire," says Universal Production Music (UPM) president Michael Sammis from his memorabilia-adorned Santa Monica office. "What it commands in value depends on the quality of the content and...
Bassist Pete Wentz Doesn't Hold Tight to Villa in Encino
Musician Pete Wentz has sold his hacienda-inspired Contemporary-Mediterranean villa m the leafy, affluent Amestoy Estates neighborhood of the L.A. suburb of Encino for a tiny bit more than $2.26 million, a skoch below the close-to-$2.4 million asking...
Coming to a Streamer near You: Major Motion Pictures
IT seemed like any other movie premiere.Journalists and photographers swarmed the red carpet as stars Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux smiled gamely for pictures and struck a pose, just as they would for any other Hollywood screening. Except there was...
Content Crisis
Roland Emmerich's movies have a distinct DNA: They unfold on an enormous canvas, there's some sort of desperate conflict and the planet is almost always in peril. Many film and culture critics credit Emmerich with popularizing a genre built around catastrophe...
Costume Design Master Class Celebrates U.S.-Italy Bond
the bond between American and Italian costumers has been a strong and long-lasting one that has contributed to some of the best-looking movies ever made, says acclaimed Italian costume designer Carlo Poggioli. "We are the country that has won the most...
Digital versus Film Choice Looms Large
MORE THAN 20 YEARS AFTER THE FIRST DIGITALLY SHOT film was nominated for an Oscar, the decision of whether to shoot film or digital is still surprisingly fraught in some situations - and is having a major impact on the developing awards season picture.The...
Exposure
MEDICAL ATTENTIONCardi B gets into the Halloween spirit at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2019 at Prudential Center in Newark, N. J., on Oct. 26.Governors AwardsRAY DOLBY BALLROOM, HOLLYWOOD, OCT. 27Recipients of this year's honorary Oscars included David...
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Walk the hallways of Fox Entertainment's headquarters at its Century City lot, and you'll find posters touting the company's new mission statements. One hypes Fox's "brand pillars," which include "big swings," "mass appeal" and "visceral reactions."...
His Dark Materials
His Dark MaterialsTV REVIEWDrama: HBO (8 episodes; 4 reviewed); Nov. 4, 10 p.m.Starring: Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoyAdapting a beloved property is as delicate a task as it is unenviable. You have to justify the shift of...
Hitting the Right Chord with Kids
* Chasing the ever-lucrative, ever-changing market for children's entertainment has always been a struggle, and nowhere are the challenges more acute than in music.Variety's Music for Screens summit will bring together execs from Disney Channel, DreamWorks...
Hopefuls Come from All over the Globe
AMID THE BIG-BUDGET HOLLYWOOD sequels jockeying for position, this year's awards race has a sizable contingent of contenders from overseas, including both foreign-made films and co-productions. The pack is led by indie animation mainstay GKids, but Netflix...
Indie Directors Lulu Wang and Robert Eggers Refused to Compromise
Lulu wang's "the farewell" is based on a true story about her own family.Observing a Chinese tradition of not telling elders when they've been diagnosed with a fatal disease, Wang's relatives reunited in China in 2013 to visit with her grandmother after...
In Production
the bond between American and Italian costumers has been a strong and long-lasting one that has contributed to some of the best-looking movies ever made, says acclaimed Italian costume designer Carlo Poggioli. "We are the country that has won the most...
In the Presence of a Trailblazer
I don't usually get starstruck.But once in a great while, like when I encounter one of my all-time entertainment idols, as I did years ago when I ran into Stevie Wonder in an underground parking lot for New Line Cinema, I have no shame letting artists...
Invincible Cynthia Erivo
After seeing Cynthia Erivo blow the roof off the theater in the Broadway production of "The Color Purple" in 2016, Debra Martin Chase was sure she'd found her Harriet Tubman. ¶ Chase, the producer behind such movies as "The Princess Diaries" and "The...
'Irishman' DP Mixes Media to Define Eras
the passage OF time in Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" both metaphorically and literally frames the story of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) and his rise through the Philadelphia Mafia to become friends with union boss Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) - and eventually...
Jumping Ship
roland emmerich has made some of the biggest movies in history He blew up the White House in "Independence Day," blanketed New York in ice in "The Day After Tomorrow" and had mega-tsunamis wipe out most of humanity in "2012." In the process, his films...
Kidnapped by Rock Stars
"ALMOST FAMOUS" WAS A LOGICALchoice to translate from the big screen to a stage musical because, for one thing (spoiler alert for anyone who's been asleep at the switch for the past 19 years), the 2000 film has music in it - and it's about musicians,...
Lauren Greenfield: 'Is Imelda in Control of the Story? or Is the Filmmaker?'
Photographer-turned-filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has directed several critically acclaimed docs, including HBO's "Thin,""The Queen of Versailles" and "Generation Wealth." On the heels of that last film, which looks at consumerism, beauty and gender through...
Multi Platform Maven
FROM ITS INCEPTION, Epix was destined to be a trailblazer for an industry on the cusp of disruption.The premium TV service was initially conceived in 2007 as a joint venture of Blockbuster Video, Comcast and Lionsgate. At that time, YouTube was only...
Must-Meet Performers
JESSIE BUCKLEY"WILD ROSE," "JUDY"When told recently she was a bit of a mess, Buckley was delighted. "That's it!" she exclaims. "There's nothing structured about any of it, I'm just a big, beautiful mess!"While that opinion might be debatable depending...
'Name' of the Game
rudy ray moore was "breezy and funny" in his standup comedy, Variety declared in a 1970 review at the California Sahara nightclub in South Central L.A. Five years later, a Variety film critic saw Moore's "Dolemite" and sighed "Dullemite is a more apt...
Newport Beach Fetes Creatives
for THE second year in a row, Variety will present its 10 Actors to Watch in conjunction with the Newport Beach Film Festival and Visit Newport Beach. This marks the 21st year Variety has presented 10 Actors to Watch.The festival will also bestow honors...
New Tech Encourages More Nuanced VFX
THE STRONGEST CONTENDERS in the visual-effects awards race have made stunning use of new technologies that allow for nextlevel artistry on work that until recently was impossible: Modeling digital lions after the actors who voice them, re-imagining superheroes...
Not Your Grandma's Weather Forecast
"TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!" Standing in a street with rapidly rising waters, The Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Warren is imploring drivers to steer clear of flash floods. Moments later, as if to prove his point, a car floats by. Only, Warren isn't...
Production Design Travels Period Path
Earlier this year, "Black Panther" pulled off a rare feat, becoming only the third comic-book adaptation (after 1989's "Batman" and 1990's "Dick Tracy") to win the Oscar for production design. Even more notable was the fact that its production designer,...
Robert Evans Was 'Good Hollywood'
Robert Evans, the legendary head of Paramount Pictures and larger-than-life producer of "Chinatown" and "Marathon Man," died Saturday at the age of 89. An aspiring actor, the tan and good-looking Evans claimed that actor Norma Shearer spotted him poolside...
Seeing the Music
THE MARRIAGE OF MUSIC AND VISUAL MEDIA has never been stronger or more interconnected. Think about the number of today's film composers who double as touring artists or DJs (see Trent Reznor, Hans Zimmer, Tom Holkenborg AKA Junkie XL); or how a musician...
Sequels' Number Is Up
NO RACE FOR THE ANIMATED FEATURE Oscar has been as dominated by sequels since the category's debut in 2001 as this year's. Leading the conversation are big-studio front-runners "Toy Story 4," "How to Train Your Dragon 3" and "Frozen 2." Lower down the...
Sonic Storytelling
* Getting the right synch or licensing opportunity can make a career. Just ask Lizzo, whose single "Truth Hurts" fizzled upon release in September 2017. But after a lyric from the song inspired the #DNATest challenge on social media platform TikTok the...
Spotlight Series
AN ESSENTIAL part of Epix's fall slate is the dramatic "Godfather of Harlem," starring Forest Whitaker (who also executive produces) as the real-life Bumpy Johnson. Taking place in the mid-1960s after Johnson got out of prison, the show mixes the familial...
State of the Tune Race
FILMMAKERS AND STUDIOS are still scrambling to complete their holiday releases, and not all of the songs you'll be hearing about during awards season are set. But at least a dozen tunes are in contention for that all-important Oscar shortlist to be revealed...
Strike Up the Bands
FORD V FERRARIMarco Beltrami & Buck Sanders* BELTRAMI HAS SCORED MOREthan 100 films, been Oscar-nominated twice and recently won an Emmy. But he says "Ford v Ferrari," the story of two rival car companies battling for supremacy on the racetrack,...
Syndicated Star Power
ONE DAY, A MIDWESTERN KID set his sights on Hollywood and headed West. He gave himself six months to make it or return to Nebraska. The day before his self-imposed deadline, he landed a job writing for television.It sounds too corny for an inspirational...
Terminator: Dark Fate
Terminator: Dark FateFILM REVIEWDirector: Tim MillerStarring: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis,Natalia Reyes, Gabriel LunaBack in 1984, seven years before "The Terminator" spawned a sequel that was big, sprawling and James Cameron-y...
The Long Road to Netflix's 'Green Eggs and Ham'
NETFLIX is serving up Dr. Seuss' classic book "Green Eggs and Ham" with a large helping of traditional animation. The series, created and executive produced by animation veteran Jared Stern, expands the story of the delicacy's persistent champion Sam...
The Road to an Original Song Win
Songwriters are almost by definition song sellers, but when it comes to taking the path to an original song nomination at the Oscars, there are a number of steps required on the way to Academy-land. "In some ways it is like a political campaign," says...
The State of Scoring
today's media composers are a diverse lot, and by the looks of this year's awards crop, particularly successful at finding fresh musical solutions to dramatic problems. Variety's Music for Screens summit showcases several of these creatives, including...
'Toy Story' to 'Marriage Story'
seeing that director Noah Baumbach enlisted Randy Newman to write the score for his Netflix film "Marriage Story," you might think he was casting against type, if your knowledge of Newman's movie work doesn't extend back to a time before Pixar. If you...
Wider Range of Animated Entries Vie for Gold
t THE INTERNATIONAL TOON BOOM continues as a record 32 movies compete for the animated feature Oscar , representing a wide range of techniques. Once again, meticulous hand-drawn and stop-frame projects compete alongside a variety of high-end computer-generated...
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