When the Video You Wanted to Rent was 'Out'

Pat Higgins | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

Things being 'out' had a knock-on effect, of course. One of those things that seemed trivial at the time, but had a huge impact on the way we consume movies. Because if you hit the video shop on a Saturday night, you sure as hell weren't going to be able to pick up a copy of that week's big release unless you were insanely lucky.

The Biggest Films of 2015 According to One Star Amazon Reviews

Harry Crawford | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

I've trawled through Amazon to see once and for all the true colours of the biggest films released last year...

Warning: This Tribute To Blockbuster May Make You Nostalgic For The '80s

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Warning: This tribute to Blockbuster video stores may make you nostalgic for the Eighties. Or at least the art of returning videotapes without getting...

Edge of Tomorrow Preview and Doug Liman Q and A

Tom Linay | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

It's around this time each year that invitations start coming in from the studios wishing to build excitement for their big summer films.

Goodbye, Blockbuster

Pat Higgins | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

Back in the early 90s, I was a person who wanted to make movies. People who wanted to make movies tended to go and work in video stores whilst waiting for that elusive big break to come. Not one to buck the trend, I worked in Blockbuster.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

Tom Linay | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

The pacing of the film is a big improvement and the narrative wastes no time in getting into gear. The opening scene set in a dank, fetid drinking hole, shows Gandalf convincing Thorin to take a Hobbit with him on his quest to reclaim his homeland from Smaug.

Blockbuster To Close With 1,200 Jobs Lost

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK

Blockbuster is set to end its DVD and games rentals from this weekend as its 153 remaining stores face the axe with the loss of more than 1,200 jobs. ...

Deal Struck To Honour Blockbuster PS4 Pre-Orders?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

BlockBuster customers who had pre-ordered (and paid for) a PlayStation 4 were left stranded after the company fell into administration again recently....

Blockbuster Falls BACK Into Administration

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

Blockbuster Entertainment's new owner has said it is putting the DVD and computer games rental chain into administration for the second time this year...

Film Review: Rush

Spencer Turner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Spencer Turner

One could be forgiven for approaching Rush sceptically as, on the face of it, it seems like one for the purists. The film details the events that took place in the build up to, and during, the 1976 Formula One World Championship, which was centered on the fierce rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl)...

'20,000 Shops Could Go Bust'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Thousands of independent shops are in danger of closing in the next few years, while a review led by TV star Mary Portas to revive the high street ser...

A Class-Defying Desire To Succeed

Endeavour Press | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Endeavour Press

I've spent the first part of the year digging away at his life to write the new biography Benedict Cumberbatch: Behind the Scenes. I found someone who's got a class-defying desire to succeed. A man whose job very nearly got himself killed in a South African car-jacking. And a man who's professional life hides a very real sadness at home.

Stores And Jobs Saved As Blockbuster Is Bought

PA | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK

Troubled DVD and games rental chain Blockbuster has been bought, saving 2,000 jobs and 264 UK stores. Administrators from Deloitte, the accountancy...

How to Handle Redundancy

Alex Yau | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Yau

The R word - one mutter of it strikes panic to many in the UK and thousands cannot escape its terrifying grasp. It's a harsh reality that many worldwide have faced over the last few years. Things are getting better in 2013 though...or so it seems.

Charlie Thomas

Did Private Equity Money Contribute To The Failure Of High Street Favourites? | Charlie Thomas | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK

The high street is in a crisis. Already this year, 15,000 jobs in the retail sector have been axed, or are under threat. In January, 2,000 jobs we...

John Lewis Announces Shock Job Losses

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 14.02.2013 | UK

John Lewis, Britain's biggest department store, is culling 325 managerial positions, despite strong sales growth in 2012. There are four levels of ...

Charlie Thomas

1,400 More Jobs At Risk At Blockbuster | Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK

Around 1,400 more Blockbuster employees will face redundancy after its administrators Deloitte confirmed another 164 stores will be closed in the next...

The Streets Are Paved With Gold Pawnshops

Yousif Nur | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK
Yousif Nur

Deep in the heart of suburbia there's always strange tales of goings-on behind closed doors of bored housewives and the like. I don't read them, but ...

British Retail: What's All the Fuss About?!

Jon Worley | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK
Jon Worley

If you still need more evidence that the internet has necessitated a rethink of customer engagement strategies, then you may as well shut shop and protect the few assets and cash-in-hand available to you.

LOOK: New UK Monopoly Board Unveiled

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2013 | UK Comedy

Hasbro has updated the UK version of Monopoly in order to "more accurately reflect the average British high street". Check it out - and below it, some...

Blockbuster Administrators Announce 129 Stores To Go

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK

Blockbuster is to close 129 stores in addition to the 31 stores which had already been notified of their closure, the administrators confirmed on Satu...

How to Survive When Your Company Goes Into Administration

Alison E. Wise | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alison E. Wise

Seven of the places I worked at have gone bankrupt... well, make that eight now (I kinda have a curse) - I was a 'seasonal employee' at HMV for two Christmases. I'm still friends with many of the people I worked with at HMV and I see their frustration, anger, and sadness expressed on Facebook. I understand what they are going through because I've been through it too. Here's some tips to help them try and survive this horrible experience with some of their sanity intact.

The Week In Funny Tweets (Contains Less Than 29% Horse Jokes)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Comedy

From "My Lidl Pony" to #horsemeatgate, the week on Twitter - at least if you were a. British and b. looking for funnies - was dominated by the Tesco h...

Did Disney Predict the Future of the Human Race?

Lewis Shepherd | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Tech
Lewis Shepherd

Maybe we won't end up in a spaceship hovering above the earth in the way that Wall-E foretold but sitting in isolation communicating and doing everything via an Internet connection, like the morbidly obese in the animated hit, could become a dreaded reality if we aren't careful.


Jon Spira | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK
Jon Spira

Nostalgia is a funny thing. A dull yearning for times past. Life is speeding up these days, technological progress accelerates and drags us barely-dev...