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Netflix’s latest Blockbuster is a mix of nostalgia and reality

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Blockbuster once had over 9,000 stores, but streaming services like Netflix led to a rapid decline in business

Do you remember the smell of a video store? The fully-stocked shelves boasting the week’s newest releases, which were a haven for film and TV buffs.

Blockbuster was a stalwart in the video-retail space. However, the chain went from a corporation of 9,024 stores in 2004 to one remaining store.

The last Blockbuster store is located in Oregon, and has become a novelty for passers-by and locals.

Today, the store has become the subject of Netflix’s latest series, Blockbuster.

The show is an office-humour sitcom, which gives viewers a glimpse into the last remaining Blockbuster.

It follows a hardworking manager, who is fighting to keep his video store open and staff happy.

But the store and its employees are facing competition and complicated feelings towards their job.

Melissa Fumero and Randall Park star in Netflix’s new series.

The shows’ executive producer, Vanessa Ramos said she liked the concept of using the Blockbuster example but also wanted to “build our own little world”.

“There was a Blockbuster by my house and on Fridays, once my dad got home from work, we would go as a family and we would pick three movies,” she said.

Ramos has worked on other successful Netflix series, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Superstore.

Does Blockbuster still exist?

There is one remaining Blockbuster store, which is located in Oregon.

The store was opened in 1992 before it rebranded to Blockbuster in 2000. Today, loyal customers and passers-by can rent their favourite movies, shows and video games.

“Before we became the last one, it definitely was more just loyal local customers,” said Sandi Harding, who is the last remaining Blockbuster manager.

“In July, when we became the one store left, everyone started coming here and visiting from all over the world and there was more nostalgia to it,” she told the U.S. Today Show.

The store has also become a popular tourist attraction. Avid film enthusiasts can even use the store as an Airbnb.

The store was decked out with a bed, free snacks and, of course, a large TV.

“It was a challenge to find that chunky TV,” Harding told CNN.

The world’s last Blockbuster Is now listed on Airbnb.

The staycation was a popular choice for people when Covid-19 gripped the U.S. in 2020.

“It’s only $4 for the night, a penny more than what you would spend for a new release.”

“They can just enjoy their evening, enjoy pizza and popcorn and just have a blast,” Harding said.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Did the Simpsons predict Musk’s Twitter takeover?

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New Twitter boss Elon Musk claims The Simpsons predicted his takeover years ago

Elon Musk has alluded to the fact that The Simpsons predicted his takeover of Twitter in a 2015 episode.

The episode titled “The Musk who fell to Earth” showcases Lisa Simpson feeding birds in a letter box with the label “Home Tweet Home.”

During the episode, Musk flies in on his rocket ship before meeting the Simpsons family.

Before Musk leaves, the show throws to the bird house. Lisa Simpson then says “I guess humanity wants its change one bird house at a time.”

Fans of the series have been quick to jump on its so-called prediction capabilities. They often draw parallels between the episodes and monumental events in history.

Lovers of the show are convinced it predicted Donald Trump’s Presidential run, Disney’s purchase of Fox and the 9/11 attacks.

More recently, they’re certain the show predicted England and America’s 2022 World Cup match in an 1997 episode.

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British lawmakers want to fine social media

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Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff

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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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