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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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Leading podcast cuts through finance commentary noise

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With so much financial commentary out there, how do you find clarity?

Wyld Money dives into the world of financial freedom. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just getting started, join us for actionable tips and tricks to unlock your earning potential, and retire on your own terms.

In this episode, Mark is joined by host of ‘This Is Money’ Podcast, Glen James. #wyld money #trending

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Will slashing immigration curb the housing crisis?

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The Australian Coalition has revealed its strategy to tackle the housing crisis by reducing migration numbers.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton’s proposal to cut immigration by a quarter aims to tackle the housing crisis but has been met with skepticism for overlooking deeper structural issues.

Mark Wyld from MW Wealth joins to discuss. #trending #featured #wyld money

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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