Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of May 18:

1. The Way Back (2020) -- Warner

2. The Call of The Wild -- Fox

3. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn -- Warner

4. Bloodshot -- Sony

5. Capone -- Redbox Entertainment

6. Blumhouse's Fantasy Island -- Sony

7. Sonic the Hedgehog -- Paramount

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Why HBO Max isn't yet worth more than $10 a month

One of the few businesses thriving these days is streaming television. According to JustWatch.com, a service that charts consumer viewing, interest in Netflix has shot up more than 300% during the pandemic, with Disney+, Amazon Prime and Hulu also seeing triple-digit growth.

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The lawsuit claims that over 14 years, Gregory St. Johns, director of photography for the ...Read more

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Viewers were glued to their cathode rays as a series of ...Read more

J.K. Rowling unearthed an old work for her new children's book that's free online

J.K. Rowling is publishing a new children's book online.

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"I had the idea for 'The ...Read more

Doja Cat denies allegations of racism in chat rooms: 'That's not my character'

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The "Say So" hitmaker, 24, came under fire late last week after videos surfaced of her participating in alt-right chat rooms, where she made sexual comments to men who were reportedly white supremacists. She ...Read more

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'Tuca & Bertie' will take flight again on Adult Swim

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"Screened Out," written, directed, edited and coproduced by, and starring Jon Hyatt, addresses a topic ...Read more

The Museum of Quarantine: An exhibition of our pandemic times, Hollywood style

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The piece, signed, "Peter," is among more than 75 contributions to the ...Read more

Mary McNamara: Why this former Ms. staffer says 'Mrs. America' may be bravest show in history of TV

"Mrs. America" is quite possibly the bravest show in the history of television.

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Nor am I talking about FX's decision to stick to the series' April 15 debut, despite the country ...Read more

What to stream: Producer Polly Platt's greatest hits

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Queen guitarist Brian May reveals heart attack, says he was 'very near death'

Brian May, the shaggy-haired guitarist from Queen, revealed Monday he suffered a heart attack earlier this month that could have killed him.

Now, though, May says he's "good...here...and ready to rock."

Weeks after May announced that he had ripped his buttocks in a gardening accident, he said Monday that he was "still in agony" a week after ...Read more

Why some fans of Netflix reality-show star Hana Kimura blame her death on cyberbullying

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Lynda Hirsh Soap Opera Summaries For This Week

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Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

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But the journey from newborn pup to oceanic masterhood takes a long time. I know this...Read more

Collector owns both of Bob Dylan's childhood homes — and his highchair

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