Online News Editor, Variety
Variety news editor, Carmageddon survivor
variety.com — By the time Alex Gibney started chronicling the story of Julian Assange and Wikileaks in "We Steal Secrets" - which debuts May 24 via Focus World - the charismatic hacker's personality had already changed. The attention-craving Aussie was becoming secretive and paranoid, but there was still a possibility he would agree to be interviewed by Gibney, the Oscar-winning documentarian of such weighty subject matters as U.S.
variety.com — ESPN is laying off nearly 400 employees as it seeks to improve profitability, the company confirmed. In a statement, ESPN said, "We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs. While difficult, we are confident that it will make us more competitive, innovative and productive."
variety.com — Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist who was a founding member of The Doors, has died. He was 74. Publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald says in a news release that Manzarek died Monday at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family. He had been stricken by bile duct cancer.
variety.com — Seth MacFarlane announced Monday that he won't return to host the Oscars again in 2014, which would be even bigger news if he hadn't made the same announcement twice before. Speculation had risen that MacFarlane might make a comeback appearance after exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron signed on to return for next year's kudocast, but MacFarlane put the idea to rest - again.
variety.com — The sounds of the early 1960s folk music revival float on the air like a strange, intoxicating perfume in the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," a boldly original, highly emotional journey through Greenwich Village nightclubs, a bleak New York winter, and one man's fraught efforts to reconcile his life and his art.
variety.com — After getting off to a promising start, "Star Trek Into Darkness" had trouble beaming up at the Friday box office, earning a modest $22 million domestically for an estimated weekend haul of $60 million. That's well below the Paramount's first "Star Trek" feature, which earned $79.2 million opening weekend in 2009.
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