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:

‘Lightyear’ Opens at No. 2, as ‘Jurassic World’ Holds Strong

The Pixar movie’s estimated $51 million in North American sales fell short of expectations. → Read More

Disney fires Peter Rice, its top TV content executive.

Some in the entertainment business had seen him as a possible candidate to succeed Bob Chapek as Disney’s chief executive. → Read More

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Lands Triumphantly on Opening Weekend

The film industry takes the estimated $151 million in North American ticket sales as a breakthrough after a long pandemic slump. → Read More

Disney’s top communications executive is out after less than four months.

Geoff Morrell’s brief tenure was defined by the company’s being drawn into the partisan political fray, most notably in Florida. → Read More

‘CODA’ Triumphs at the Oscars, but Onstage Slap Takes Center Stage

On a night when “CODA” became the first film from a streaming service to win best picture, the focus was on Will Smith’s altercation with Chris Rock. → Read More

Streaming Took Over Hollywood. Will It Take Best Picture, Too?

A few years ago, the entertainment industry was arguing over whether movies on streaming services even counted as a film. Now, one is poised to win the Oscars’ top prize. → Read More

Disney Takes Visitors to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, opening at Walt Disney World, is part luxury hotel, part theme park ride, part role-playing game. But it will cost you. → Read More

The Oscars will require tests for all and vaccines for most.

Vaccine mandates and P.C.R. tests for the event, set for March 27 in Los Angeles. → Read More

Disney+ hits 130 million subscribers, beating expectations.

Disney said its theme parks had come roaring back despite the Omicron variant. But the company’s vast cable television business continued to shrink. → Read More

Oscar Nominations 2022: A Big Morning for ‘The Power of the Dog’ and ‘West Side Story’

The 94th Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning, with “Dune,” “Belfast” and “King Richard” also up for several major awards. Kristen Stewart and the married couple Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons each received their first nominations. → Read More

Disney hires Geoff Morrell, a BP executive, as its corporate affairs chief.

Mr. Morrell’s hiring ends a guessing game about who Bob Chapek, Disney’s chief, would select to succeed Zenia B. Mucha, who announced her retirement as Disney’s chief communications officer in July. → Read More

Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration begins, with much at stake.

The company hopes the 18-month extravaganza will bring hundreds of millions of dollars to it and the Orlando economy — both of which are still trying to recover from the pandemic. → Read More

Scarlett Johansson and Disney Reach Settlement Over 'Black Widow' Pay

Pay for actors is a contentious issue as Hollywood movies are released for streaming at the same time they hit theaters. → Read More

New Paramount chairman continues to clean house, showing another executive the door.

Paramount parted with its animation president, Mireille Soria, adding to a list of departures. → Read More

Disney Sues to Keep Complete Rights to Marvel Characters

The company filed several lawsuits seeking to invalidate copyright-termination notices served by artists and illustrators involved with creating superheroes like Spider-Man and Thor. → Read More

Head of Paramount Pictures is ousted as ViacomCBS focuses on streaming.

James N. Gianopulos, or “Jim G” as he is known in Hollywood, will be replaced by Brian Robbins, who oversees Nickelodeon. → Read More

To Skip the Line at Disney, Get Ready to Pay a Genie

For the first time, line-skipping privileges at Walt Disney World in Florida will cost $15 per person, an added cost for what is already an expensive destination. → Read More

Gotham Awards Won’t Define Acting Categories by Gender

The Gothams will replace the best actress and best actor categories with a single category for “outstanding lead performance.” → Read More

Sunken ‘Jungle Cruise’ Sales Reflect Hollywood’s Delta Variant Troubles

The mega-budget comedic adventure took in $34 million in North America and $30 million on Disney+ worldwide. → Read More

James Bond, Meet Jeff Bezos: Amazon Makes $8.45 Billion Deal for MGM

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, while diminished, commanded a premium price, with Amazon seeking to bolster its crucial Prime membership offering. → Read More