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Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. It has been published since 1905, starting by covering vaudeville with offices in New York, then opening a Los Angeles bureau in the 1930s by Sime Silverman. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Sime Silverman (1873, Cortland - 1933) was an American newspaper publisher. ...


It publishes three paper editions and a Web site. Variety is a tabloid glossy newspaper published weekly and is delivered nationally and internationally with a broad coverage of movies, television, theater, music, and technology, written for entertainment executives. Daily Variety is the name of the Los Angeles, California-based Hollywood and Broadway daily newspaper. Daily Variety Gotham, started in 1998, is the name of the New York City edition of the newspaper. This edition gives a priority focus to East Coast show business news and is produced earlier in the evening than the Los Angeles version so it can be delivered to New York offices the following morning. Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... New York, NY redirects here. ...


A significant portion of Variety's revenue comes during the movie award season leading up to the Academy Awards. During this time, large numbers of colorful, full-page "For Your Consideration" ads inflate the size of Variety to double or triple its usual page count. These ads are Hollywood's attempt to reach other Hollywood professionals who will be voting in the many awards given out in the early part of the year. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


For much of its existence, Variety's writers and columnists have used a jargon called slanguage a.k.a. varietyese that refers especially to the movie industry, and has largely been adopted and imitated by other writers in the industry. Such terms as "boffo box-office biz," "sitcom," and "sex appeal" are attributed to the influence of the magazine, though its attempt to popularize "infobahn" as a synonym for "information superhighway" never caught on. Its most famous headline was from October, 1929 when the stock market crashed, "Wall St. Lays An Egg" while another favorite, "Sticks Nix Hick Pix" [1][2] was made popular—although the movie prop renders it as "Stix nix hix flix!"—by Michael Curtiz' musical-biopic Yankee Doodle Dandy where James Cagney is explaining it to some kids. Translated it means that rural audiences were not attending rural-themed films. The popular 1990s animated series Animaniacs celebrated Variety's "slanguage" in a song called "Variety Speak." [3], [4] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... STICKS NIX HICK PIX is one of the most famous headlines ever to appear in an American publication. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Michael Curtiz (December 24, 1886 - April 10, 1962) was a Hungarian-American film director, whose best known films include The Adventures of Robin Hood, Casablanca, and White Christmas. ... The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ... A biographical film or biopic is a film about a particular person or group of people, based on events that actually happened. ... Yankee Doodle Dandy is a 1942 biographical film about George M. Cohan, starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp and Jeanne Cagney. ... James Francis Cagney, Jr. ... Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs, usually referred to as the shorter title Animaniacs, is an American animated television series, distributed by Warner Bros. ...


Daily Variety's down-the-street competitor, The Hollywood Reporter, avoids showbizzy headlines in favor of a contemporary newspaper reporting style, and without drastically altering the English language. The papers have a long history of bad blood, but editorial talent migrates between them. Variety's current editor-in-chief, Peter Bart, once sputtered to a reporter, "They're not journalists at all,"[citation needed] though Bart has a history of recruiting Hollywood Reporter writers once they have established bylines. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Peter Bart, an American born July 24, 1932, has been the editor-in-chief of Variety since 1989. ... The byline on a newspaper or magazine article gives the name, and often the position, of the writer of the article. ...


The magazine is owned by Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier. Its editor-in-chief is Peter Bart, who worked previously at Paramount Studios and The New York Times. Circulation hovers around 31,622 for the daily editions, and 30,800 for the weekly edition (Audit Bureau of Circulations, March 31, 2005). Bold textReed Business Information is the largest business publisher in the United States and a division of Reed Elsevier. ... Reed Elsevier is a leading global publisher and information provider. ... The Paramount Pictures logo used from 1988 to 1989. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ... The Audit Bureau of Circulations is one of the several organizations of the same name operating in different parts of the world. ...


The internet version of Variety is Variety.com, and it was one of the first online newspapers to charge for access when it launched in 1998.


Facts and Figures

  • The magazine coined the word "pix" (now commonly referred to as "pics"). Pix was first coined in 1932 as a Variety headline, as an abbreviation for the word pictures, in reference to movies; by 1938 pix was being used in reference to still pictures by photojournalists. The abbrevation eventually evolved into the word "pixel".

This example shows an image with a portion greatly enlarged, in which the individual pixels are rendered as little squares and can easily be seen. ...

External links

  • Variety.com website
  • Variety's slanguage dictionary
  • Variety's self-described history
  • description by the Parisian Bibliothèque du film
  • article from Le Monde about Variety's 100th anniversary

  Results from FactBites:
 
Variety (magazine) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (476 words)
Variety is a daily magazine for the entertainment industry.
Variety is a tabloid-sized glossy newspaper published weekly and is delivered nationally and internationally with a broad coverage of movies, television, theater, music, and technology, written for entertainment executives.
Such terms as "boffo box-office biz," "sitcom," and "sex appeal" are attributed to the influence of the magazine, though its attempt to popularize "infobahn" as a synonym for "information superhighway" never caught on.
Variety - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (176 words)
Variety (linguistics) is a concept that includes for instance dialects, standard language and jargon.
Variety show is a name for a genre of musical theatre entertainment consisting of a series of short, unrelated songs, dances, and comedy sketches, also known as Vaudeville (North American) or Music hall (British).
Varieties of algebras are classes of algebraic structures defined by equations in universal algebra
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