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Movie Star News, which opened on East 14th Street in 1939 and moved to West 18th Street in 1983, is closing due to rising rents. It's a familiar story, though in this case, the store's owner blames the rise of digital photography rather than landlord greed. Jeremiah of Vanishing New York wonders what will take Movie Star News' place: "Right now, Movie Star News has the high-end Michael Aram boutique on one side and a slick condo showroom on the other (one of the tiny people in their architectural model is walking while texting on a smartphone--she's a very important, self-involved 1/8"-scale person). Anyway, I'm sure we can expect more of the same." [VNY]