On In Contention going to Variety

Posted by · 11:20 am · August 19th, 2015

On August 19, 2005, In Contention was born. (That was 10 years ago today for those keeping score at home.) It was born by accident, to be honest, not at all by design. I landed a gig, then I lost it before it even started, but I had all this material gathered and ready to […]

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At gunpoint

Posted by · 12:13 pm · February 7th, 2011

Stolen outright from John Lopez’s recent, level-headed write-up of the campaign circus as it stands now.

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CINEJABBER: For Your Consideration, ‘Die Hard,’ Best Picture

Posted by · 10:58 am · October 23rd, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind these weekend posts here. Jeffrey Wells reminded me last weekend of Movieline’s latest restoration effort, i.e. providing scans of back issues and therefore keeping the magazines of the 1990s available and adding a bit of history to the newly designed outlet.  It also reminded me of an idea I […]

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No pressure

Posted by · 9:37 am · March 15th, 2010

UPDATE: It gets worse: Joshua Newton quotes Variety president Neil Stiles as saying “No one takes these reviews seriously,” and that the paper plans to cease reviewing altogether this year. EARLIER: After firing most of their chief critical staff, just one week after it came to light that they’d suppressed a negative review in order […]

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Wow

Posted by · 6:25 pm · March 8th, 2010

Just … wow. From The Wrap: Todd McCarthy, who has been writing at Daily Variety for 31 years, was fired on Monday along with two other critics, as the trade elected to cut costs and move to freelance reviews. [McCarthy says,] “Everyone’s going to speculate, and all I can say, It’s the end of something. […]

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It’s baaaack

Posted by · 4:11 pm · March 4th, 2010

Remember when Variety was outed for yanking that negative review of “Iron Cross” because the film purchased a $400,000 phase one Oscar campaign from the trade?  Well, they’ve quietly slipped it back online. UPDATE: And now it turns out the film’s director, Joshua Newton, has grown balls big enough to consider a lawsuit against Variety […]

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The price of Variety

Posted by · 3:11 pm · February 26th, 2010

Ever heard of “Iron Cross?” Don’t blame yourself if you haven’t: a Nazi revenge drama from freshman director Joshua Newton, opening in theaters next week, it appears to be notable principally for being the last film of the late Roy Scheider. Newton, however, had such high hopes for the film that he talked investors into […]

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Renner, Stuhlbarg, Waltz among Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch

Posted by · 6:42 pm · October 29th, 2009

Variety’s annual list of 10 Actors to Watch may occasionally raise questions of what constitutes a career “breakthrough” — particularly in the case of established actors who those in the know have been watching all along. Still, it always makes for interesting reading, not least because, in some cases, it highlights names that Variety’s editors […]

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Thompson shifts to indieWIRE this weekend

Posted by · 8:10 am · July 31st, 2009

A couple of weeks ago the news dropped that Anne Thompson would be pulling up the stakes on her Thompson on Hollywood Variety blog and shifting it over to indieWIRE. My immediate reaction was that the fit was better.  Thompson always seemed like an outsider at Variety, an awkward figment of a newer, fresher approach […]

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Variety.com gets a new design

Posted by · 3:38 pm · April 15th, 2009

Hmm.  I dig the new revamp but it seems reminiscent of…something:

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Changes at Variety

Posted by · 7:18 pm · April 5th, 2009

Congrats to Tim Gray, who will be stepping up to take vacating editor-in-chief Peter Bart’s job at Variety.  Bart “will assume a new role as vice president and editorial director of Variety,” this staff article reports.  “[He] will continue to contribute his weekly column as well as his blog and serve as Variety’s ambassador in […]

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Blah, blah, blah

Posted by · 1:32 pm · March 23rd, 2009

UPDATE: I’ve been on a plane and then in a bed for the last however many hours, so I’ve come to the table late on this.  But Finke has responded in full and dropped the bomb that Variety wanted to buy Deadline Hollywood Daily, takes some cheap shots at Anne Thompson, etc.  No more posts […]

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Waiting on the blog-o-rage

Posted by · 7:43 pm · March 22nd, 2009

I’ve been kinda, sorta keeping up with some Twittered reactions to the recent blogger smack downs by Cynthia Littleton, Michael Fleming and editor-in-chief Peter Bart, but curiously, no reaction from the peanut gallery…yet.  It’s a lazy Sunday, after all. In a nutshell, it seems with this trinity Variety has called for us all to get […]

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Variety ponders the season at the mid-way point

Posted by · 2:24 am · July 4th, 2008

We’ve already been over what a thin year it’s been so far for Oscar candidates – or good films at all, for that matter. Now Variety has come to the same conclusion. In his mid-year awards-season study, Timothy M. Gray goes so far as to say that “the past six months have offered fewer potential […]

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Question of the day

Posted by · 12:27 am · July 2nd, 2008

Do webmasters really think that a boycott is going to be a blip on Variety’s radar?

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Fascinating stuff

Posted by · 3:10 am · June 19th, 2008

Completely off topic, but one of the projects I’ve been working on here at The Times has been the vast archive the paper is collecting online, assembling more than two hundred years of reportage, slowly but surely, for web consumption. You can learn first hand information about the Jack the Ripper killings of 1888 on […]

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Great idea

Posted by · 2:56 am · June 3rd, 2008

I was glad to see yesterday that Peter Bart has launched a daily blog at Variety. Hearing all those overblown and uneducated declarations that Bart “hates the internet” has been taxing in my time as an adjunct employee of the trade (and I’m the first to admit I’ve been one of the voices in the […]

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Whew…

Posted by · 3:32 am · May 18th, 2008

I’m sure I’m not the only one who heaved a sigh of relief after reading some of the reviews of Woody Allen’s latest, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” which recently premiered out of competition at Cannes. The consensus appears to be that the film, while unlikely to enter the canon of his greatest, is an attractive, frothy […]

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