Atlanta-based Blackhall Studios sold to private equity firm for $120 million

The sound stage lot at Blackhall Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Blackhall Studios One of Atlanta’s biggest filming hubs has been sold. Founder Ryan Millsap announced Wednesday the sale of Blackhall Studios to Commonwealth Group, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, for $120 million. Blackhall, which is in the process of expanding its footprint in Georgia, … Read more

Netflix snags 7 awards, nearly doubling its all-time Oscars tally

Viola Davis stars in Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Netflix In one night, Netflix has nearly doubled its number of Oscar wins. Heading into Sunday’s 93rd annual Academy Awards ceremony, the streaming service had 36 Oscar nominations across 17 films — the most of any distributor in this year’s slate. By the end of the … Read more

Elon Musk to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ on May 8

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., arrives at the Axel Springer Award ceremony in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Johannessen-Koppitz | Bloomberg | Getty Images Elon Musk will host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” for the first time on May 8, the long-running sketch comedy show announced over … Read more

Netflix faces another year with the most Oscar nominations and the likelihood of few wins

Gary Oldman stars as Herman J. Mankiewicz in Netflix’s “Mank.” Source: Netflix In recent years, Netflix‘s films have had no trouble earning top spots on Oscar ballots, but it has had a hard time turning those nominations into trophies. The streaming service first appeared on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ radar in … Read more

Federal government reopens grant applications for movie theaters, entertainment venues after failed launch

A son hugs his mother as a concessions worker hands over napkins and soda inside the AMC movie theater at the Westfield Century City shopping mall in Los Angeles, California, on Monday, March 15, 2021. Bing Guan | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Small Business Administration announced Friday that it will reopen an application portal … Read more

Six vaccinated medical experts reveal their summer travel plans

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cleared vaccinated Americans to travel again, but some immunized travelers remain on the fence about making summer plans.   Is it finally safe to fly? What about visiting unvaccinated relatives or traveling with young children?   CNBC Global Traveler asked medical professionals — all of whom are … Read more

Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series will cost at least $465 million for first season

Still from “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” New Line Cinema Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” television show is shaping up to be a costly endeavor for the tech company. On Friday, New Zealand’s minister for economic development and tourism revealed that the fantasy drama will be one of the most costly … Read more

‘Tacky’ to ‘demoralizing’: Travel writers share their biggest ‘bucket list’ disappointments

So-called bucket list destinations come with big expectations — and often big crowds too. While overtourism can ruin many a holiday destination, it’s not the only reason vacations miss the mark. Here, travel writers who contribute to CNBC’s Global Traveler share the worst disappointments of their professional careers. Stonehenge, UK “Although I may have my … Read more

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ tops $60 million domestically, the best box office haul of the pandemic

Godzilla and King Kong battle in Warner Bros.’ “Godzilla vs. Kong.” Source: Warner Bros. “Godzilla vs. Kong” is smashing pandemic box office records. On Saturday Warner Bros., which produced the movie alongside Legendary, revealed that its kaiju-filled film had topped $60 million at the domestic box office, making it the highest-grossing movie to be released … Read more

Here’s what it costs to work remotely in 4 global hotspots

Google may be calling people back into the office, but many other companies — not to mention entrepreneurs — are still committed to remote work. From Croatia to Barbados, destinations provide vastly different experiences for foreigners who wish to work from new shores. The weather is usually better (save hurricanes), and costs can be cheaper … Read more