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Monday, April 15, 2019

Variety Hires Mackenzie Nichols as Staff Writer by Ramin Setoodeh

Mackenzie Nichols is joining Variety as a staff writer based out of New York. Nichols will be covering movies, TV, and theater. She previously worked as a freelance writer whose work has bee…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

How Zac Efron Came to Play Serial Killer Ted Bundy in ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ by Ramin Setoodeh

Zac Efron wasn’t sure if he could portray Ted Bundy in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” a drama that premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. “Initially, I had…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Star Rachel Bay Jones to Exit Musical (EXCLUSIVE) by Ramin Setoodeh

Rachel Bay Jones, who won a Tony Award in 2017 for playing the mother of an awkward teenager in “Dear Evan Hansen,” will be leaving the Broadway production this summer, Variety has learn…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Lady Gaga Tears Up About Sharing Her Chronic Pain With Fans: ‘It’s Hard, but Liberating’ by Ramin Setoodeh

In her new documentary, Lady Gaga shares the highs and lows of her life as a world-famous pop star — from performing at the Superbowl to struggling with chronic pain. The scenes with t…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Jack O’Connell on ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ and the Dangers of Showering Naked Onstage by Ramin Setoodeh

Jack O’Connell had never read or seen “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” before he signed on for the West End revival. He didn’t even know that the play was written by Tennessee Williams. But h…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

How Disney Star Ross Lynch Plays A Gay Serial Killer in ‘My Friend Dahmer’ by Ramin Setoodeh

To play a young serial killer in “My Friend Dahmer,” ex-Disney Channel star Ross Lynch didn’t just walk in his character’s shoes. He took over the childhood home where Jeffrey Dahmer…

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Denzel Washington Circling Dan Gilroy’s Legal Drama ‘Inner City’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Ramin Setoodeh

Denzel Washington is eyeing the lead role in “Inner City,” a legal drama written and to be directed by Dan Gilroy. The project is being billed as a character study in the vein of…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Josh Gad on the 2016 Presidential Election: ‘I’m Terrified’ by Ramin Setoodeh

Comedic actor Josh Gad—best known for playing the voice of Olaf in Disney’s “Frozen”—is among the Hollywood stars at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. H…

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Orlando Nightclub Massacre Casts Shadow Over Tony Awards by Ramin Setoodeh

The devastating news of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has left Tony Awards producers and CBS and scrambling to figure out the right way to address the tragedy on the three-hour…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

‘Finding Dory’ Misses Opportunity to Feature Pixar’s First Gay Couple by Ramin Setoodeh

For a brief moment, it looked like Pixar had finally made history by offering up the first gay character in a Disney animated film. The Internet erupted last month over a new trailer for …

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cannes Gossip: Donald Sutherland is the Coldest Member of the Jury by Ramin Setoodeh

Donald Sutherland might win the award for most complaints at a Cannes press conference. “I can tell you I’m freezing up here,” he said on Wednesday afternoon, teeth chattering in the a…

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Lena Dunham, Glenn Close Honored at Variety’s Power of Women NY Lunch by Ramin Setoodeh

Lena Dunham opened her speech at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon with a not-so-shocking declaration. “It will surprise nobody in this room that I identity as a feminist,” Dunham said…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

‘Woman in Gold’ Premieres in New York Without Harvey Weinstein by Ramin Setoodeh

Max Irons, a co-star of “Woman in Gold,” said he got his role in the Nazi drama starring Helen Mirren after studio head Harvey Weinstein summoned him to his office. “Can you speak Germ…

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How to Fix the Oscars in 5 Easy Steps by Ramin Setoodeh

This year’s Oscars weren’t just a disappointment in terms of viewership — down 16 percent, with tepid reviews for host Neil Patrick Harris — it also speaks to a much larger …

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Jeremy Jordan on ‘The Last Five Years,’ a ‘Newsies’ Movie and the End of ‘Smash’ by Ramin Setoodeh

Jeremy Jordan is a four-time Broadway star (Tony-nominated for 2012’s “Newsies”), TV heartthrob (thanks to NBC’s short-lived “Smash”) and now he can add movie actor to hi…

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Can Bradley Cooper Win the Oscar for ‘American Sniper’? by Ramin Setoodeh

Will “American Sniper’s” gargantuan box office make it a surprise favorite at the Oscars? The Clint Eastwood drama about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is peaking just days before voters are abo…

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

The 17 Biggest Oscar Nomination Snubs and Surprises by Ramin Setoodeh

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman” led with nine Oscar nominations each on Thursday morning, followed by eight for “The Imitation Game,” while “American Sniper” came on…

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rosie Perez to Exit ‘The View’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Ramin Setoodeh

After only four months on “The View,” Rosie Perez is leaving the ABC morning show, Variety has learned. Perez had taken off the month of January to appear in the Broadway play …

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chris Rock: ‘Scott Rudin Is Not a Racist. Scott Rudin Hates Everybody’ by Ramin Setoodeh

Chris Rock finally opened up about his “Top Five” producer Scott Rudin on Tuesday night — in typical Chris Rock fashion. In accepting the Spotlight Award at the National B…

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Q&A: Bradley Cooper on 'American Sniper,' packing on 40 pounds and turning 40 by Ramin Setoodeh

Even if "American Sniper" missed out on Golden Globe nominations, it still emerged as one of the big winners of the holiday season.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Q&A: Bradley Cooper on ‘American Sniper,’ Packing on 40 Pounds and Turning 40 by Ramin Setoodeh

Even if “American Sniper” missed out on Golden Globe nominations, it still emerged as one of the big winners of the holiday season. Clint Eastwood’s drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle ha…

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Larry Kramer Breaks Silence About ‘Normal Heart’ Sequel by Ramin Setoodeh

It’s almost impossible to silence Larry Kramer, the influential activist and writer who started the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. But around the May premiere of HBO’s “The Normal Hear…

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

‘Into the Woods’ Prince on Auditioning for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by Ramin Setoodeh

Broadway heartthrob Billy Magnussen dons leather chaps to play Rapunzel’s Prince in Disney’s “Into the Woods,” which would have been appropriate attire for another high-profile role …

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Anna Kendrick on ‘Into the Woods,’ Playing Cinderella and Movie Musicals by Ramin Setoodeh

Anna Kendrick slips on Cinderella’s glass slipper in Disney’s “Into the Woods,” based on the Stephen Sondheim musical. She spoke to Variety about her busy year onscreen. Have you see…

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Al Pacino Remembers Mike Nichols: ‘I Loved Him So Much’ by Ramin Setoodeh

Al Pacino made an appearance at a Peggy Siegal event on Thursday afternoon to promote his new film, “The Humbling,” directed by Barry Levinson. The lunch was held just hours afte…

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Mike Nichols: ‘Angels In America’ Was Like ‘Getting Into Heaven Early’ by Ramin Setoodeh

In one of his final interviews, Mike Nichols said he considered “Angels in America”–the sprawling 2003 HBO mini-series adapted from the Tony Kushner play about the AIDs crisis—-a…

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Elaine Stritch’s Final Days: ‘I Miss Me Too’ by Ramin Setoodeh

If only Elaine Stritch could have secretly attended her own funeral like Tom Sawyer, she would have witnessed a standing ovation. In early 2013, the legendary Broadway star abandoned her nat…

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nathan Lane and Lena Hall Join Elaine Stritch Broadway Tribute (Exclusive) by Ramin Setoodeh

Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor and Lena Hall will be joining a cast of Broadway greats next week in honoring stage legend Elaine Stritch, Variety has learned. The event, “Everybody, Rise!…

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe Wants a Career as a Director by Ramin Setoodeh

In this week’s issue of Variety, Daniel Radcliffe talks about distancing himself from the “Harry Potter” franchise by starring on Broadway and in indies like “Kill Yo…

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Paul Williams Debuts a Love Song He Wrote for Elaine Stritch (Exclusive Audio) by Ramin Setoodeh

Stritch was buried next to her husband John Bay at a small service

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Woody Allen Ditched His Own After Party for ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ by Ramin Setoodeh

The most honest conversations at a movie premiere often happen in the bathroom, which was the case for Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight.” At the after-party on the Upper East Side…

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