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But Does The Cat Get A Piece Of The Backend?

How much money does everyone make on a typical $200 Million movie? Find out how much the average paycheck for a Production Designer, Best Boy, Day Extra, Location Scout and even A Cat is for working on your typical summertime blockbuster.
posted by briank on Jun 8, 2016 - 42 comments

And the truth of the matter is Arnold and I are old. I mean, really old.

True Lies is a 1994 action comedy film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tom Arnold. The film was a huge hit, and is noteworthy in that it featured visual special effects considered impossible only a few years prior. It's been 20 years since it was released. Time for a revisit, then. [SPOILERS if you haven't seen this movie.] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 18, 2014 - 95 comments

"For male action heroes, it's an arms race now."

Building A Bigger Action Hero
posted by the man of twists and turns on Apr 23, 2014 - 72 comments

Born To Run Into The Ground

Laments for Blockbuster in the style of Bruce Springsteen. Another dying American industry mourned.
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard on Nov 16, 2013 - 27 comments

R.I.P. Blockbuster

The last remnants of the old LLC are being swept away forever. Nathan Rabin over at The Dissolve offers his own personal requiem to the store. And because moving on is part of the healing process, movie fans should prepare themselves for some final liquidation sales.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Nov 8, 2013 - 79 comments

You turned down a date to go to a stupid slumber party!

She was only a video store clerk - until the store TV started speaking to her! Blockbuster training video from 1990, pts 1 and 2.
posted by mippy on Oct 14, 2013 - 28 comments

The Implosion of Hollywood

The American film industry is in trouble. Does this mean the end of the blockbuster as we know it?
posted by rcraniac on Aug 25, 2013 - 342 comments

"Two drafts later somebody would say, ‘Does he have to die?’ ”

Damon Lindelof uses the story of American folk hero John Henry as an illustrative example of the market pressures on blockbuster screenwriting.
posted by Uncle Ira on Aug 12, 2013 - 66 comments

They are called RANDOM patrols for a reason!

That's not a plot hole. Allow me to explain. Scott Nye discusses a movie trend that, once seen, cannot be unseen.
posted by The Deej on Jul 26, 2013 - 263 comments

I hope it is at least better than Prometheus...

The first reviews of Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, are in!
posted by Renoroc on Apr 11, 2013 - 112 comments

"It's like, okay, I could spend thirteen cents less on a mop..."

Comedian Louis CK on the Opie and Anthony radio show discussing consumers and commercialism: (part 1) (part 2) (part 3). [more inside]
posted by spoobnooble on Jul 8, 2011 - 35 comments


The Rise and Fall of Blockbuster. After filing for bankruptcy yesterday, many wonder what the future holds for the fallen video rental chain.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Sep 24, 2010 - 109 comments

Late Fees

Blockbuster late fee. I recently returned a movie a few hours late at Blockbuster. I was surprised to learn that the late fee was equal to what I paid for the movie- $3.25. The company line now is- "We don't have late fees. We just bill you for another seven days." This can be as high as $5.44, apparently. There seems to be no mention of this in the usual places. Shouldn't there be a legal limit to how high late fees can be? [The store clerk told me that late fees represented 40% of his store's earnings- I am not sure if this is true across the board.] I am ready for Netflix. Are you?
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy on Apr 8, 2003 - 156 comments

"Blockbuster requests that you rewind your DVD."

"Blockbuster requests that you rewind your DVD." Why? What are you going to do? Fine me? [from Dumb Warnings, via Sore Eyes]
posted by feelinglistless on Jun 24, 2002 - 29 comments

Blockbuster now puts terrorism warning stickers on videos.

Blockbuster now puts terrorism warning stickers on videos. Where's Cyndi Lauper when you need her? Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving.
posted by swift on Nov 21, 2001 - 20 comments

Life imitates art

Life imitates art in the second anti-Blockbuster screed here. Of course, this won't make sense unless you've seen "Fight Club," as our esteemed columnists apparently haven't.
posted by luke on Feb 3, 2000 - 1 comment

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