How the Spanish flu contributed to the rise of Hollywood

Nov 19, 2020
The 1918 pandemic helped shift the film industry’s center of power. Could the coronavirus pandemic do the same?
A scene from the 1923 film "The Ten Commandments," one of the films that helped establish Southern California as the center of the film industry in the years following the pandemic of 1918.
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For $100, you can get a movie theater for just you and your quarantine pod

Oct 29, 2020
About a third of Alamo Drafthouse’s revenue is coming from private rentals, while many people are wary of sitting next to strangers.
Moviegoers watch a film at a reopened AMC theater in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in August. While theaters are reopening, dragging box office numbers are spooking studios.
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How the television industry is getting back to work

Oct 26, 2020
"It has been a real tough puzzle for Hollywood to figure out," Hollywood Reporter's Bryn Sandberg says.
Reality TV productions got back to work before most scripted projects.
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TV's getting more diverse. But there's still a long way to go.

Oct 23, 2020
Women and people of color made gains in nearly all TV employment categories, according to a UCLA report.
Yvonne Orji, left, Issa Rae and Jay Ellis of HBO's "Insecure" speak during a press tour in January. The show features a diverse cast of writers and directors, but there are still gains to be made in Hollywood diversity.
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With fewer coming attractions, more cinemas are closing

Oct 5, 2020
Straight to video might be the only way studios can do business for a while.
A Regal Cinemas movie theater stands closed in Manhattan last month. The movie theater chain's parent company Cineworld announced it would close theaters in the U.S. and U.K. temporarily.
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Hollywood has a back-to-work agreement

Sep 24, 2020
More actors and crews are returning to work as production ramps up with new rules and protocols in place to keep coronavirus from spreading on sets.
A sign at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles.
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Lights! Camera! Masks? TV and film production are ramping up

Sep 10, 2020
As the pandemic continues, actors are being called back to the set, with caution.
Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. There are a lot of starts and stops as production gets back underway in Hollywood.
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Hollywood gets a little boost from China ... but it might come at a price

Jul 27, 2020
Studios are struggling to find the best way to release new movies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
People watch a movie while wearing masks in Wuhan, China, on July 20.
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Will TV cop dramas adapt amid calls to defund police?

Jun 23, 2020
Some critics say the entire genre needs a serious overhaul because of the way it glosses over police brutality.
Snoop Dogg and Mariska Hargitay in a 2019 episode of "Law & Order: SVU."
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A soap opera leads the way into post-lockdown Hollywood

Jun 17, 2020
CBS's "The Bold and the Beautiful" is restarting filming with on-set health guidelines in place.
Cast members of "The Bold and the Beautiful" at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in 2017. The soap opera will resume filming but keep the cast socially distanced.
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