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Sunday, May 19, 2019

As ‘Rocketman’ Prepares to Take Off, Hollywood Holds Its Breath by Brooks Barnes

Depending on ticket sales, the R-rated musical fantasia about Elton John could have ripple effects for its star, its studio and the wider film industry.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Disney and Universal Shore Up Their Benches by Brooks Barnes

Alan Bergman was promoted to co-chairman of Walt Disney Studios, and Alan Horn, chairman, extended his contract. In a separate move, the producer Amy Pascal will leave Sony for Universal.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Disney Prepares to Unveil Its Streaming Service by Brooks Barnes and John Koblin

In a lavish presentation, the company is expected to offer long-awaited details about its counter to the tech giants that have moved into entertainment.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

‘The Favourite’ Shines on a Quiet Box-Office Weekend by Brooks Barnes

Showing in just 34 theaters, “The Favourite” had early results in line with two of last year’s Oscar-season hits, “Lady Bird” and “The Shape of Water.”

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

In Oscar Bid, Netflix Will Release 3 Movies in Theaters First by Brooks Barnes

A limited number of cinemas will receive an exclusive period of one to three weeks to play the films — a departure from Netflix’s streaming model.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

‘First Man’ Is No Match for ‘Venom’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ by Gabe Cohn and Brooks Barnes

Damien Chazelle’s first movie since “La La Land” was mostly loved by critics. Audiences were less impressed.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Venom and Lady Gaga Push Movie-Ticket Sales to an October Record by Brooks Barnes

Huge turnout for “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” gave Hollywood its best October weekend ever. “Venom” came in first place, but both films exceeded expectations.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Already at Movie Theaters Near You: Ticket Subscriptions by Brooks Barnes

From MoviePass to Alamo Drafthouse, more companies are getting into the ticket subscription business. Here’s a survey of some of the most prominent.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

‘Frozen’ and ‘Inside Out’ Directors to Succeed Lasseter at Disney and Pixar by Brooks Barnes

Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter will take over as the chief creative officers at Disney Animation and Pixar following the resignation of John Lasseter.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Purge of Kevin Spacey Gives ‘All the Money in the World’ a Pay Problem by Brooks Barnes

Mark Wahlberg received $1.5 million for reshoots of the kidnapping drama after it cut out the disgraced Spacey. Michelle Williams got just a small per diem.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

MoviePass Adds a Million Subscribers, Even if Theaters Aren’t Sold on It by Brooks Barnes

Users can go to the movies once a day for $9.95 a month. While multiplexes doubt that’s sustainable, the chief executive, who slashed the price, says, “We seem to have hit a nerve in Ame…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

For Disney’s Iger, a Bold Move That Will Define His Legacy by Brooks Barnes

Disney has achieved great success under the leadership of Robert A. Iger. But he is likely to be judged on the success of his 21st Century Fox deal.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Race to Erase Kevin Spacey by Brooks Barnes

“I took action,” the director Ridley Scott said of his whirlwind reshoot of “All the Money in the World,” which featured Christopher Plummer in a role originally filmed by Mr. Spacey.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Hits Theaters With a Thunderclap by Brooks Barnes

Disney scored big with Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok,” which took in more than $400 million globally over the weekend.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Harvey Weinstein May Get Kicked Out of the Oscar Club by Brooks Barnes

The academy has long insisted that professional achievement is what counts, but now it stands at a precipice, and Harvey Weinstein could change everything.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Disney, Hillary Clinton and the Obamas Condemn Weinstein by Brooks Barnes

Disney once owned Miramax, which Harvey Weinstein co-founded. Mr. Weinstein is also a longtime Democratic donor with ties to the Clintons and the Obamas.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Disney’s Big Bet on Streaming Relies on Little-Known Tech Company by Brooks Barnes and John Koblin

BamTech has had success with its services for Major League Baseball, HBO and others. Disney is hoping the company can do the same for it.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Coming Soon to AMC Theaters: Virtual Reality Experiences by Brooks Barnes

The theater chain has invested $20 million in the start-up Dreamscape Immersive and will open six locations offering V.R. experiences in the next 18 months.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

To Get People in Stores, Disney Offers ‘Star Wars’ Treasure Hunt by Brooks Barnes

The promotion for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will involve an augmented reality event spread across some 20,000 stores in 30 countries.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

With Disney’s Move to Streaming, a New Era Begins by Brooks Barnes

Plans announced by the world’s largest media company to start two Netflix-style services instantly reverberated through the entertainment industry.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Walt Disney’s Hand-Drawn Map of Disneyland Is Headed to Auction by Brooks Barnes

The map will be sold on June 25 at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and could fetch between $750,000 and $1 million.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Disney Parks and Movies Soar, but ESPN Is a Concern by Brooks Barnes

The Walt Disney Company reported better-than-expected earnings, but analysts peppered Robert A. Iger with questions about the health of ESPN.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Kids Are Getting Older Quicker. And Disney Tries to Adapt. by Brooks Barnes

With “Andi Mack,” a comedic drama that’s bitter and sweet, Disney Channel stretches its brand. It’s part of an effort to lift sinking ratings.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

‘Beauty and the Beast’: Disney’s $300 Million Gamble by Brooks Barnes

In adapting its 1991 animated hit with live action and digital flourishes, the studio treads a minefield that comes with tweaking a revered classic.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Buoyed by Oscars, ‘Moonlight’ Is Moving Into 1,500 Theaters by Brooks Barnes

The distributor A24 hopes the Academy Awards will provide a box-office bump for a gay-themed film that has not drawn mainstream moviegoers so far.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Oscar Nominations 2017: 14 for ‘La La Land,’ and a Diverse Slate by Brooks Barnes

The academy seeks to rebound from two years of #OscarSoWhite with nods for “Moonlight,” “Fences” and others.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hot on the Trail of ‘La La Land,’ Here Come More Movie Musicals by Brooks Barnes

When a song-and-dance film earns $132 million this fast, others will follow — with Emma Watson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Josh Gad, for starters.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

New Movie Musical Planned for Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig by Brooks Barnes

The producer Marc Platt is developing an original musical based on the book “Everything Is Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals.”

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Monday, December 12, 2016

‘La La Land’ Leads Golden Globe Nominations by Brooks Barnes

The musical received seven nominations, including lead actor and actress, while “Moonlight” had six. “The Crown” and “Westworld” were among the nominees in the TV categories.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

‘La La Land’ Sizzles in Limited Release in North America by Brooks Barnes

The musical, widely anticipated to be an Oscar favorite, had one of the best limited-release results on record.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Oscar Hunt: Fates in Filmmaking: Who Were the Wallflowers at the ‘La La Land’ Dance? by Brooks Barnes

The twists and turns that can affect a movie’s destiny were present in the early genesis of Damien Chazelle’s musical. Just ask Emma Watson and Miles Teller.

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