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The most watched movies of the week: New releases and some unexpected classics

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Wondering what everyone's been watching this week? Well, spring is in the air and so is action, action, action! Every week, the popularity of movies across streaming might be determined by promotions, star power, critic raves, social media buzz, good old-fashioned word of mouth, or a new addition to a beloved franchise. While the reasons may vary, you can't argue with the numbers that streaming aggregator Reelgood collected from hundreds of streaming services in the U.S. and UK. As it has for weeks, The Batman continues to reign supreme.


The 10 most streamed TV and movies of the week: The good, the bad, and the meh

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So, what's everyone been watching? You can hear it can't you, the question that inevitably pops up halfway through a fancy dinner, lazy park gathering, or morning team meeting, usually leading to a heated exchange over who has or hasn't seen the latest buzzy thing. Each week, the most popular streamed TV series and movies come down to a few things -- sheer buzz, smart marketing and PR campaigns, star power, critical acclaim, or a slow burn, word-of-mouth phenomenon that leads uninterested people to finally watch it out of spite. You might be the kind of person who lives and breathes for being up to date on the most watched releases of the week, so we've put together a list of them and where to watch them if you haven't already. Just to get a sense of what everyone's streaming, we've used data from streaming aggregator Reelgood, which gathers those coveted viewership numbers from hundreds of streaming services in the U.S. and UK.


14 early 2000s movies you forgot about to watch on HBO Max

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The 2000s yielded some iconic films. Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, and the Ice Age franchise all trace their storied histories to the heady first decade of the new millennium. But you surely haven't forgotten about these movies, nor have you forgotten about My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Training Day, or Miss Congeniality. All are streaming on HBOMax, and none of them belong on this list. This list is about the 2000s movies that, for one reason or another, haven't stayed as fresh in our collective consciousness as, say, I Am Legend. Perhaps they were small budget movies that got overshadowed by the Star Wars prequels.


The 10 best action movies on HBO Max for a little adrenaline bump

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Want to shake off the doldrums of a long day with something bone-rattlingly exciting? You need an action movie stuffed with fantastic fights, stupendous stunts, calamitous chases, and climactic spectacle so bonkers it'll blow your mind. Whether your interests lean to science-fiction, fantasy, cop-drama, disaster flicks, superheroes, heist thrillers, mythic monsters, family-friendly adventure, or R-rated violence, we've got you covered with a top-notch collection of awesome movies. Here are the 10 best action movies on HBO Max. J.R.R. Tolkien's high-fantasy novel is brought to vivid life by Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which began in 2001 with this widely acclaimed first chapter.


Machine Learning Engineer - HBO Max - Find Jobs - Warner Bros. Careers

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Company OverviewWarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. Business Unit OverviewHBO Max is where storytelling takes center stage and where creatives find a home with the support and resources to do their best work, no matter the genre or format. Whatever the viewer wants to watch is front and center and more of what they crave is easily discovered. It is where our exclusive HBO Max Originals and iconic entertainment brands thrive, with HBO, Warner Bros., DC, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network and more delivering the greatest array of series, movies and specials for audiences of all ages. HBO Max launched in the US in May 2020 and is scheduled to be in an additional 60 markets this year, launching in Latin America in June and followed by upgrades of HBO-branded streaming services in Europe.


'Roadrunner' Recreates Anthony Bourdain's Iconic Narration With Artificial Intelligence. Is That Okay?

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A gutting new documentary about Anthony Bourdain has arrived. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, from filmmaker Morgan Neville, hits theaters today, Friday, July 16. While most who've seen it seem to agree that the piece, much like the subject matter, is enthralling, questions regarding the ethics of the production have also been raised. Most of this attention is centered on one decision: featuring voiceover quotes from the acclaimed chef and author that, it turns out, he never actually said. As Neville revealed to the New Yorker, he and his team employed artificial intelligence technology to recreate Bourdain's voice to add in a few missing pieces that the director thought filled in holes in the story.


HBO Max mocked and consoled after sending odd 'integration test' email – as it blames message on intern

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HBO Max has been mocked and consoled after sending out an unusual email to its customers. The message – apparently sent to a significant numbers of the service's subscribers – was not advertising a new show or feature, but rather included only a cryptic message that appeared to have been sent out by mistake. "This template is used by integration tests only." As recipients opened the email, and quickly realised that it had been sent by mistake, the reaction ranged from mockery to sympathy for the person who had clearly sent what was an internal test email out to potentially millions of subscribers. Live facial recognition technology creates'supercharged CCTV' that could be used recklessly, Information Commission warns Bitcoin price news – live: Crypto struggles to bounce back as slump continues Nasa attempting to restart Hubble Space Telescope after it was forced into'safe mode' by computer error Live facial recognition technology creates'supercharged CCTV' that could be used recklessly, Information Commission warns Nasa attempting to restart Hubble Space Telescope after it was forced into'safe mode' by computer error Many joked that the integration test email sounded like a show that could be on the service.


Give your streaming routine a boost with these Roku devices on sale

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Whether you have an old TV that needs access to sites like Hulu and Netflix, or you just don't like your smart TV's interface, a streaming device can help. Not only can they connect you to your favorite streaming sites, but some versions can also give you fast 4K picture, high-quality sound, and voice control compatibility. If your TV and movie routines could use some updates, Amazon has a selection of Roku devices on sale. Roku's fastest streaming device sees a $31 dip in price during this Amazon sale. This is the first time since Black Friday that the Roku Ultra has reached its lowest Amazon price of $69 -- so grab it now, or potentially wait until November to see the price drop this low again.


Roku Express 4K is a cheap way to make the most of your first 4K TV

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If you don't already have a 4K TV yet, you probably will soon enough. Good ones can now be had for less than $300 and they play nicely with the feature sets of both of the new video game consoles. It's a no-brainer upgrade, really, and Roku knows this, which is why its new Express 4K streaming player is ready to be your cheap stepping stone into TV's future. As its name implies, the Express 4K is a 4K-ready version of Roku's cheapest streaming hardware. For $39.99, you get ultra-HD quality, access to multiple HDR standards, and a more versatile remote than the one that came with the old Express.


What's on TV this week: 'Mass Effect,' 'Love, Death & Robots' and 'Castlevania'

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This week viewers can pick up some catalog titles in 4K, like Saw, as well as 20th Anniversary Edition versions of Shrek and the first Fast and the Furious movie. But the major launch this week is Bioware's remastered version of the Mass Effect trilogy, now available across console generations and on PC, with improved graphics, gameplay and almost all of the content ever released for the games. Otherwise, Netflix has the final season of Castlevania, as well as a new round of episodes in the Love Death & Robots anthology. HBO's feature film release of the week is Those Who Wish Me Dead, and if you're looking for something a little different then try Intergalactic, a sci-fi prison break series from the UK that's streaming on Peacock. Look below to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed). Let's Be Real, Fox, 9:30 PM Everything's Gonna Be Okay, Freeform, 10 PM All times listed are ET.