Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A Blockbuster video store is seen on Nov. 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Blockbuster announced Wednesday that it will close its 300 remaining U.S. stores by early January.
No more "CLOSING — THIS LOCATION ONLY!" signs — the last approximately 300 Blockbuster Video stores owned by corporate parent Dish Network are bowing to the Netflix empire and closing, including the remaining Southern California locations, the company tells KPCC. There are still dozens of locations in the SoCal area, but they'll all be shuttering their doors.
Those last 300 corporate-owned stores are set to close by early January. Fifty Blockbuster franchisees are remaining open, but none of them are in Southern California.
Blockbuster is also ending its DVD-by-mail service in mid-December, but will continue providing a streaming service.
"This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment," said Dish president and CEO Joseph P. Clayton in a press release. However, he said that they still see value in the Blockbuster brand and plan to use that while expanding online.
The Dark Knight looks a little smaller in this incarnation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is granting a 5-year-old's wish to become Batkid on Nov. 15, and they're doing it by giving him a Caped Crusader-sized adventure in San Francisco.
The boy, Miles, is battling leukemia. According to the foundation, he finds inspiration in superheroes, and they're bringing that inspiration to life.
They're going to have the San Francisco police chief ask if anyone knows where Batkid is, then send Batkid out with Batman (or a Batman-ish character) to help a city in need.
He's going to rescue a woman from the Hyde Street cable-car tracks in Nob Hill (wait, is Batkid a silent movie hero?). Then he's going to take down "the Puzzler," which we're guessing is their take on the Riddler.
Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images
Actress Ellie Kemper arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's "Power 100: Women In Entertainment" Breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Dec. 5, 2012.
Two fan-favorite NBC comedies that met their demise this year are back — kind of. "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" star Tina Fey is a co-creator, writer and executive producer on a new show starring Ellie Kemper, who played receptionist Erin in the later seasons of "The Office" and also starred in "Bridesmaids."
Kemper is set to play a woman who flees a doomsday cult and begins a new life in New York City, but don't think she's going to be playing a writer for NBC.
The two women have made a big impact in comedy in recent years, and now they're teaming up. What can fans expect? Fey co-created the show with "30 Rock" executive producer Robert Carlock, so when she's not busy hosting awards shows, it may be a chance to bring back some of that show's trademark absurdity.
Henry Cavill as Superman in "Man of Steel."
The staff trying to come up with the next Superman is getting some sunnier environs while doing so: the legendary DC Comics — home to Batman, the Justice League and Wonder Woman — is moving from its longtime home of New York City to Burbank, according to a report from Newsarama confirmed by KPCC.
DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson wrote to staff that, while the company's been split between East Coast and West Coast offices, they're planning to move everyone out west.
While the digital side of the company, as well as administrative staff, were already out here beginning in 2009, the publishing side with DC editorial remained in New York, which is also home to their longtime rivals, Marvel.
"I can confirm that plans are in the works to centralize DCE’s operations in 2015," Nelson wrote in her letter to staff.
Hal Needham, the famed stuntman-turned-director, has died, according to the Hollywood Reporter, citing producer Gale Anne Hurd. He was 82. He died in Los Angeles after battling cancer, according to Hurd.
Needham became known as a stuntman with his work on "Have Gun, Will Travel" and did the stunts in movies like "How the West Was Won" and "Little Big Man." He was a stunt double for Burt Reynolds, but moved on to direct him in a movie he also wrote, "Smokey and the Bandit."
Needham and Reynolds also teamed on movies like "Hooper" and "The Cannonball Run."
Several celebrities took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Needham's passing, including former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Needham directed Schwarzenegger in one of his early films from the 1970s, "The Villain."