| Feb 26, 2014
| 1:55 PM
This week the erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy reached a huge milestone: It sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Forty-five million of those books were bought by readers in the U.S.
The 100-million mark puts E.L. James' bestselling series...
| Mar 1, 2014
| 2:30 AM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Director and actor Ron Howard was born in Duncan, Okla., on this date in 1954. This birthday guy was already a TV icon for his roles as Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show" and Richie Cunningham on "Happy Days" before moving behind the camera as...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 4:15 PM
"Winter's Tale" is so obviously a passion project, so much a labor of love for industry veteran Akiva Goldsman, that you'd like to be able to say it's a complete success. It isn't, but the parts that do succeed, especially the fervor between stars Colin...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 11:40 AM
George Clooney and Grant Heslov describe themselves as two of the least cynical people in Hollywood. But when the longtime collaborators looked back at their recent work, they realized the movies had an unshakable gloom: "The Ides of March," "Good Night,...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Over recent years France's heritage sites, many run by the French state, have woken up to the tremendous economic and promotional potential associated to hosting film, TV and advertising productions.
"2005 was the beginning of a new era in terms of...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Akiva Goldsman has come on board to work on the script for Lionsgate's "Insurgent," the sequel to its upcoming "Divergent."
Brian Duffield worked on the initial script for "Insurgent," set to open March 20, 2015.
Variety reported last month that...
| May 15, 2014
| 8:39 AM
Events featuring authors and poets are scheduled this spring and summer. Here are some highlights:
International best-selling British author of fantasy, whose work includes the comic book series "The Sandman" and novels "Stardust,"...
| Jan 31, 2014
In general, I try to take an ecumenical approach to books and reading in this space. Sure, I have my own prejudices, but I take care not to impose them on others.
For example, I've tried three separate times to read "The Da Vinci Code" and can't...
| May 7, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Composer Hans Zimmer -- the first creative to raise Variety's Billion-Dollar milestone 20-fold since the series was introduced in 1993 -- likes to take chances.
Who else would have:
» Recorded a London brass section, electronically processed their...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 12:52 PM
If a movie is ever made of Sidney Poitier's debut novel, "Montaro Caine" — a distinct possibility, one suspects, given the history and connections of its author — it won't be the sort of film with which the great American actor has been...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Actor-producer-director Tom Hanks has listed a house for sale in Pacific Palisades for $5.225 million.
The Spanish-style villa, built in 1929, features archways, frescoed ceilings, a library, a loggia, a sky-lit kitchen, a sun room, a beauty salon, four...