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Erich Schwartzel

Erich Schwartzel has reported on the film industry for The Wall Street Journal since 2013. Previously, he covered energy and the environment for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where his work won the Scripps Howard Award for Environmental Reporting. He lives in Los Angeles.



In 2014, the movie "Transformers: Age of Extinction" marked a turning point for Hollywood in China: a kind of reverse censorship in which a studio went out of its way to appeal to Chinese officials in their effort to win approval. The strategy worked —...