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Memorial Day could be a test for the movie theater industry

May 24, 2021
Movie theaters are reopening in time for summer blockbuster season. Are people ready to go back?
Studios are committing to releasing blockbusters in theaters again. Will it pay off?
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China's movie post-production companies feel the pinch

May 19, 2021
How one visual effects and animation firm that services Hollywood and China productions is weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dachang Movie Town near Beijing is where reality shows and feature films are shot.
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Streaming platforms are spending big to keep you indoors this summer

Mar 26, 2021
Big deals for theatrical releases and team sports are upping the competition for audiences.
Will this be you this summer? HBO Max, Netflix and Disney Plus certainly hope so.
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Delayed movie releases ripple through toy industry

Feb 8, 2021
Some licensed toys connected to legacy franchises still sold well, and 2020 overall was a good year for toy sales
Despite delays to big theatrical releases in 2020, licensed toys connected to legacy franchises, like "Star Wars," sold well last year.
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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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"Tenet" took in $146m worldwide. So .... is that great? Or terrible?

Sep 8, 2020
The action thriller cost over $200 million to make, opened in over 2000 US theaters over the weekend, making back just a fraction in what's typically the make or break weekend
A billboard for Christopher Nolan's film "Tenet" in West Hollywood, California, in August.
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Reopening movie theaters face 2 questions

Aug 20, 2020
Will audiences feel safe returning? And what will theaters show?
A customer purchases popcorn at a reopened movie theater in Las Vegas last week. Will audiences feel safe enough to return in droves?
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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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Some old films will come with a racism warning, but is it too little, too late?

Jun 22, 2020
In the last few weeks, several historic films have come under increased scrutiny.
Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) kisses the hand of a tearful Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) in "Gone With the Wind."
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Universal, banking on home audiences, to stream movie releases

Mar 17, 2020
Its other films currently showing may stream this week. Will people staying away from theaters pay the nearly $20 fee?
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