Brooks Barnes, The New York Times

Brooks Barnes

The New York Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Brooks:

'Tenet' Didn't Bring Audiences Back to Movie Theaters. Now What?

People aren’t going to the movies at anywhere close to the numbers that Hollywood hoped, prompting studios to postpone more big releases. Marvel’s “Black Widow” could be the next to retreat. → Read More

Disney Wanted to Make a Splash in China With ‘Mulan.’ It Stumbled Instead.

A political controversy over a filming location was a rare blunder for one of the world’s savviest companies in dealing with China. → Read More

In a Big Box-Office Test, ‘Tenet’ Grosses $20 Million

Normally, a Christopher Nolan film would bring in $50 million in North America during an opening weekend. But moviegoing is not normal these days. → Read More

Prince Harry and Meghan Sign Megawatt Netflix Deal

Six months after ceasing to be working members of the British royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are Hollywood producers. → Read More

Theaters are testing whether Americans are ready to return to the movies.

Theater executives are betting that a Covid-19 vaccine will arrive and that studios will soon return to their decades-old system of releasing movies. “There is significant pent-up demand” for the theater experience, one executive said. “The New Mutants” is the most expensive Hollywood film to be released since March and is trial balloon for whether people are ready for theatrical releases. Its… → Read More

Movies Are Returning to Theaters. Will Audiences Follow?

Big-budget films are being released for the first time since March, but the willingness of people to sit inside a closed room with strangers for several hours is still uncertain. → Read More

Pledging to Tell More Inclusive Stories, MGM Remakes Orion Pictures

The 36-year-old producer Alana Mayo will lead the division, which will release two or three films a year and focus exclusively on underrepresented filmmakers. → Read More

Hollywood Executive Ron Meyer Leaves NBCUniversal After Secret Settlement

A storied career that took him from teenage messenger to studio chief ends in a sudden resignation. → Read More

‘We Are the Guinea Pigs’: Hollywood Restarts Its Blockbuster Machine

“Jurassic World: Dominion,” filming in England, is a chance for the movie industry to see if it can move past the financial woes caused by the pandemic. → Read More

Disney, Staggered by Pandemic, Sees a Streaming Boom

The company lost $4.7 billion in the latest quarter, but also reported that Disney+ has about 60.5 million subscribers after nine months of operation. → Read More

Hong Kong Disneyland to Close Again, Days After Disney World Reopens

The park is the smallest in Disney’s portfolio and is shutting down again to comply with a government-mandated rollback of public activities because of the coronavirus. → Read More

Golden Globes Nabs Date Oscars Abandoned

The awards show will be held on Feb. 28, a date the Academy Awards abandoned last week because Hollywood has largely been halted by the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Snapchat Expands Deals With N.F.L., Disney and Others

The multiyear pacts, which also included the N.B.A., NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS, will supply the platform with more short-form original and unscripted shows. → Read More

Disney World Is Reopening, but You Won’t Be Able to Hug Mickey

The Florida resort is one of the largest tourist sites in the world, but capacity will be limited, face masks will be mandatory, and it won’t be possible to get up close and personal with characters. → Read More

Disney's Head of Streaming, Kevin Mayer, Becomes TikTok C.E.O.

Kevin Mayer will lead the Chinese-owned app for making and sharing short videos, which has exploded in popularity during the pandemic. → Read More

Shanghai Disneyland Reopens With Coronavirus Precautions

Limited capacity, face masks and plastic gloves to ride roller coasters: the opening offers a glimpse of how other Disney parks may cope. → Read More

Comfort Viewing: 3 Reasons I Love ‘Little House on the Prairie’

Don’t judge: The series is a reassuring balance between sweet and sour, and can be transporting to a more carefree time. → Read More

Disney Takes a Coronavirus Pandemic Hit, and There's Worse to Come

“Our businesses have been hugely impacted,” the company’s C.E.O. said after quarterly profit dropped more than 90 percent. And that was for a period only partly upended by the coronavirus. → Read More

For Disney, a Stricken Empire

The entertainment conglomerate’s vastness, once its strength, has posed a challenge during the pandemic. → Read More

AMC Theaters and Universal Brawl After ‘Trolls World Tour’ Is Online Hit

AMC said Universal’s films were no longer welcome in its cineplexes. → Read More