Variety Editorial

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Muscled out

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Billy Wilder once defined an associate producer as “anyone who would associate with a producer.” Quips like that are increasingly tempting to make, given how much muscle producers have lost as their…

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Editorial disconnect

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When it comes to trends in the movie business, the New York Times seems to offer an intriguing contrast in analyses. Writing in Sunday's Week in Review section, Bernard Weinraub, who apparently is…

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Visas hit sour note

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By now we have all heard the grim punchlines about Ray Charles getting searched by airport securiry. But there is a less-publicized problem with the post-Sept. 11 atmosphere: an immigration clampdown…

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Let ‘Passion’ Play

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The precept of freedom of expression often takes a back seat once the ideologues and pedants get involved. Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion,” provides the latest and most vivid example. Though Gibson…

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Don’t box the Beeb

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The BBC is at the center of a political firestorm, this time over a news report alleging that the British government "sexed up" a dossier to heighten fears that Saddam Hussein could deploy chemical…

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Planting tent-pols

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With the recall looming in California, suddenly many people are assuming that Arnold Schwarzenegger will terminate the Gray Davis era. It's almost as though Arnold has become an instant part of the…

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Upstairs downstairs

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Wherever you look in present-day Hollywood, an upstairs-downstairs mentality seems to be taking hold. From actors, writers or other sectors of the Hollywood economy, the gap between the overpaid and…

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