Brooks Barnes, The New York Times

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The New York Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Brooks:

‘The Town Hall of Hollywood.’ Welcome to the Netflix Lobby.

Every day an entertainment’s who’s who passes through the 4,780-square-foot “creative gateway” — complete with 80-foot video screen — hoping for a piece of the billions Netflix is spending on content. → Read More

Minorities Make Up Nearly a Third of New Oscar Voters

Lady Gaga, Letitia Wright and Claire Foy are among the 842 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. → Read More

Ann Sarnoff, a Hollywood Outsider, Will Lead Warner Bros. Studio

Ms. Sarnoff will succeed Kevin Tsujihara, who was ousted amid a sex scandal, as the leader of the storied studio behind “Casablanca” and “Wonder Woman.” → Read More

J.J. Abrams Said to Be Near $500 Million Deal With WarnerMedia

WarnerMedia will get a first look at projects developed by the media company run by Mr. Abrams and his wife, which made hits like “Star Trek Beyond.” → Read More

Hollywood Producer Seeks to Raise Funds to Battle Anti-Abortion Laws

Peter Chernin sent an email seeking donations from entertainment power players like Jeff Bezos, Shonda Rhimes, Tim Cook, Ari Emanuel and Ted Sarandos. → Read More

Harvey Weinstein Is Said to Reach $44 Million Deal to Settle Lawsuits

About $30 million would be set aside for women who have accused him, employees of his former studio and creditors, according to people briefed on the matter. → Read More

Disney Plus Streaming Service Is Unveiled to Hollywood Fanfare

In a lavish presentation, the company provided long-awaited details about its counter to the tech giants that have moved into entertainment. → Read More

$3,000 to Rent a Movie? Bringing the Theater Home for the 1 Percent

Red Carpet Home Cinema offers Hollywood’s latest movies, but it’s not cheap for customers to rent films still in the theaters. → Read More

‘Shazam!’ Solidifies a Superhero Turnaround at Warner Bros.

As the No. 1 movie at the domestic box office, “Shazam!” collected nearly $54 million. “Pet Sematary” was second, while “Dumbo” dragged its trunk behind. → Read More

A Suit Against Disney Claims Unequal Pay for Women

The complaint, filed on behalf of two employees in the studio division, asks for back pay and for Disney to adjust salaries and benefits for female workers. → Read More

Disney Moves From Behemoth to Colossus With Closing of Fox Deal

The $71.3 billion acquisition of most of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment empire is officially done. The ripple effects may not become clear for years. → Read More

James Gunn Is Hired Back to Helm ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’

Disney had fired the filmmaker in July after offensive jokes he wrote on Twitter several years ago resurfaced. The dismissal prompted an outcry from the film franchise’s cast and fans. → Read More

Sidney Sheinberg, a Force Behind Universal and Spielberg, Is Dead at 84

Mr. Sheinberg helped turn the studio into a behemoth with theme parks, record companies, television production and, above all, movie blockbusters. → Read More

Hello, Kitty! Warner Bros. Welcomes a Beloved Character

Sanrio granted the studio film rights to Hello Kitty after a five-year courtship. The character has never been given the Hollywood treatment before. → Read More

With Big Stars and Plans, Luminary Aims to Be the Netflix of Podcasts

Luminary is unveiling nearly $100 million in funding and a subscription-based business model that it hopes will push podcasting into a new phase of growth. → Read More

Tyler Perry Gives Lionsgate One Last Hit as Madea Says Goodbye

Perry’s “A Madea Family Funeral” had a strong $27 million debut, almost (but not quite) enough to beat “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” → Read More

Oscars 2019: ‘Green Book,’ Rami Malek and Olivia Colman Are Winners

Spike Lee won for adapted screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman” and Alfonso Cuarón won for best director and best foreign film for “Roma.” → Read More

Oscars Provide Stage for Participant Media’s Comeback Story

The film and television company, which focuses on issues-oriented entertainment, has 17 nominations, just a couple of years after laying off half its staff. → Read More

Has Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party Lost Its Luster?

With a guest list bloated by corporate sponsorships and competition from Jay-Z and others, a legend is in question. → Read More

Amazon Resets Its Film Operation After Rough Year at Box Office

The tech giant put “too much focus” on art-house fare, said Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon Studios. It will now focus more on films for a broader audience, including “sexy date-night movies.” → Read More