Variety Editorial

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Let the games begin

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Now that the screeners issue has been set in stone (if not resolved to everyone’s satisfaction), the film biz can move forward and concentrate on what’s really important in the awards season: the…

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‘Matrix’ metrics

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“Matrix Revolutions” has been in theaters for only a week. Already, though, many in showbiz are suggesting its simultaneous, worldwide release pattern is a model to be emulated by congloms looking to…

Reagan ruckus

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The ruckus over the CBS miniseries “The Reagans” raises some disquieting questions. Like the eerily similar controversy surrounding Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of Christ,” most of the critics of…

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The legacy question

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After his long and distinguished service to the film industry, it seems a shame that the contentious issue of the ban on Oscar screeners could be Jack Valenti’s lasting legacy. Whatever impact the…

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Keep fans in game

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It’s getting ugly in the sports TV trenches and viewers, as usual, could suffer the most. Cox Cable, the nation’s No. 4 system, has defiantly announced it will not assent to the aggressive carriage…

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There’s still hope

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For readers poring over election returns this morning, a quick reminder: It was 37 years ago that Ronald Reagan won the gubernatorial election. Daily Variety‘s Army Archerd summed up his victory with…

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Screener mortis

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The major studios have put up a united front in declaring an end to screeners this Oscar season. Behind that show of strength, however, lie conflicting agendas and a nagging sense of futility.

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Emmy hangover

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Are award shows really that hard to mount? They sure look hard. No one was surprised when the rating for this week’s Emmys plunged roughly 13%, yielding the second smallest audience in 13 years. That…

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