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The last Blockbuster Video standing is in Bend, Oregon

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Smack in the middle of Third Street in the town of Bend, Oregon stands the soon-to-be last Blockbuster Video store in America. Two other remaining locations, in Alaska, are closing soon, the owners announced on July 12. At its peak in the mid-2000s, Blockbuster was a behemoth that had 9,000 stores worldwide. It’s fitting that Read More

Everyone wants to be on streaming TV, even Oprah Winfrey

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You may soon be bingeing on new Oprah Winfrey programs. The unstoppable business woman, entertainer, philanthropist, and dreamed-about presidential candidate signed a deal with Apple, announced on June 15, to create original content for the tech company’s streaming TV project. The multi-year deal is something of a mystery right now—there’s no indication from either party Read More

Panic buttons won’t fix Ola and Uber’s sexual-assault problem

1 month ago admin2 Comments Off on Panic buttons won’t fix Ola and Uber’s sexual-assault problem
Vetting of drivers, panic buttons on phones, customer feedback—they’ve tried it all. Yet, another woman customer of an online ride-hailing service in India was sexually assaulted by her cabbie. On June 01, a 26-year-old architect booked an early morning ride to Bengaluru airport with Ola. Just before reaching the destination at around 2am, the driver Read More

Rich people are buying up dinosaurs because museums are too poor to get them

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On June 4, an auction house in Paris will put a highly coveted item on the block: A nearly complete skeleton of a carnivorous dinosaur, almost 9 meters (30 feet) long, believed to have lived during the late Jurassic era 154 million years ago. The world’s paleontologists would love to get their hands on the Read More

A Polish novel for wanderers has won the UK’s biggest prize for translated books

2 months ago admin2 Comments Off on A Polish novel for wanderers has won the UK’s biggest prize for translated books
Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk, translated from Polish by Jennifer Croft, has won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize. The £50,000 award (around $67,000) goes to a book translated into English, and is split equally between writer and translator. Flights is a meditation about wandering, told through interwoven fragments, with its characters in constant transit. They Read More

Amy Schumer delivers a Saturday Night Live monologue fit for Mother’s Day

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For a comedian known for her outspoken, raunchy sets, Amy Schumer’s monologue on Saturday Night Live the night before Mother’s Day was surprisingly conservative. The monologue by the actor, there to promote her upcoming movie I Feel Pretty, still featured a decent dose of trademark jokes about vaginas and jabs at men. But the majority of Read More

Watch this: “Aggretsuko” the cute red panda rages against the drudgery of office life

3 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Watch this: “Aggretsuko” the cute red panda rages against the drudgery of office life
Watch This is a Quartzy recommendation series that spotlights unusual or surprising television shows and films to check out. You’ll find all the entries here. She’s in constant need of a beer; she commutes on a train smushed between heavy breathers; she eats bread crusts with mayo when she’s low on cash; she can’t refuse Read More

It’s Gabriel García Márquez’s 91st birthday, and magical realism is thriving in Hollywood

4 months ago admin2 Comments Off on It’s Gabriel García Márquez’s 91st birthday, and magical realism is thriving in Hollywood
Four years after his death and a half-century after his One Hundred Years of Solitude introduced much of the world to magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez might be pleased to know that the literary genre he helped popularize is now flourishing on screen. On what would have been his 91st birthday, Google honored the prolific Colombian author with Read More