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August 18, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Dennis Quaid and Michael Douglas remain very hot properties among video renters. While Douglas has been king of the rental mountain this summer, with "Fatal Attraction" and "Wall Street" swapping places in the No. 1 spot, Quaid's two videos--"Suspect" and "D.O.A."--have been doing rather nicely too. This week, "Suspect" slid into the No. 2 position ahead of "Fatal Attraction." The fact that Quaid's co-star in "Suspect" just happens to be Cher doesn't hurt, either.
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July 26, 1990 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Red-hot "The War of the Roses," up two notches to No. 2, may unseat "Steel Magnolias" next week as the No. 1 rental on the Billboard chart. "Always," the romantic drama starring Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter, moved up two places to No. 4. "Family Business," which stars Sean Connery and Dustin Hoffman, climbed to No. 19. * Richard Gere's meaty role as the unscrupulous cop in "Internal Affairs" was acclaimed by some critics as his best performance. The movie entered the chart at No.
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April 21, 1988 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Since its release about seven months ago, "Lady and the Tramp" has ruled the Billboard magazine sales chart, which measures sales to retailers and distributors. But the pooches have finally been nosed out of the top spot. The new champ is "Start Up With Jane Fonda." The Empress of Exercise dominates the sales chart Top Five. Her "Low Impact Aerobic Workout" is No. 4 and her "New Workout" is No. 5. The latter has been on the sales chart so long--2 1/2 years--it's been nicknamed the "Old Workout."
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October 20, 1988 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Renters are still getting a charge out of "*batteries not included" (No. 2), which figured to do good business--but not this good. "Cinderella," which is No. 9 on the rental chart, took over the top spot of the Billboard magazine sales chart, which measures sales to retailers and distributors. "She's Having a Baby," part of the baby-movie boom, is doing well--No. 10--on the rental chart. So is the body-switching comedy "Vice Versa" (No. 17).
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August 25, 1988 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
"Good Morning, Vietnam," which showcases Robin Williams' scatter-gun comedic style, has commandeered the top spots of both Billboard magazine video charts. For the second week, it heads the sales chart, which measures sales to retailers and distributors. And this week it bounded from No. 8 to the No. 1 on the rental chart. Though priced at $29.95 to attract buyers, it obviously has great rental appeal, too. But its rental-chart reign could be brief, with "Moonstruck" coming out next week.
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June 30, 1988 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
People who have savored the hit Tom Hanks comedy "Big" will probably like "Like Father Like Son," in which Dudley Moore and his teen-age son Kirk Cameron switch brains--sort of like the plot point of "Big" and a couple of other movies. "Like Father Like Son" debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard magazine rental chart. Its appeal to "Big" fans should swell "Like Father's" rental audience. Another hot summer comedy, "Overboard," bounded up three rungs to No. 6.
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August 4, 1988 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Michael Douglas is competing with himself on the Billboard magazine rental chart. "Wall Street," (No. 2) featuring Douglas' Oscar-winning performance, is right behind his other smash hit from 1987, "Fatal Attraction." But Douglas soon may not be the only star with two Top 10 rentals--two Dennis Quaid thrillers are on the rise--"Suspect" (No. 16) and "D.O.A." (No. 19).
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June 3, 1988 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Running Man" and Diane Keaton's "Baby Boom" both made it to the Top Five of the Billboard magazine rental chart in just two weeks. But it's unlikely that either will have the clout to unseat the leader, "The Untouchables," before "Fatal Attraction"--out this week--enters the chart and begins its expected long reign at the top. "Steel Dawn" (No.
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January 6, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Four of the Top 5 videocassette rentals this week are comedies and heart-warming adventures, reflecting the tastes of the family-oriented holiday market. Don't expect a major Top 5 overhaul until next month. "Beetlejuice" is a holdover from Halloween, but its stellar performance in the rental market is what you'd expect from a film that grossed $73 million. "Short Circuit 2" (No. 11) and "License to Drive" (No. 13) are scooting up the chart, though neither appears likely to crack the Top 5.
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September 29, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Top Five movies on the Billboard video rental chart this week closely resemble those of the last few weeks, suggesting that renters are waiting to see what new titles are coming out before committing to taking any home. "Suspect," starring Dennis Quaid and Cher, has fallen out of the Top Five, but the actress' "Moonstruck" is still No. 1. "Broadcast News" (No. 4) and "The Last Emperor" (No. 5) don't appear to have the momentum to reach No. 1.
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