Show Business: King James to the End

In the wacky world of show biz, the week begins on Wednesday when Variety hits the newsstands. Invariably it hits hard, and not just because the 60¢ tabloid sometimes carries more than 300 pages. Far superior to the average trade paper, Variety crams its columns with all the news and minutiae of the entertainment industry: exposes, grosses, mergers, failures, successes, plans, postscripts, cast additions, reviews, trends.

For stars and extras, angels and hellions, hookers and authors, Variety is holy writ, even if its writing often plays havoc with the English language. A lead...

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