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Monday, August 19, 2019

Hot This Week: August 19

As the kids get ready to head back to school, the live-action Pokemon movie takes top honors on this week's movie list. The soundtrack to the latest Descendants movie is the top debut in music, and a new single propels Tool's classic album Aenima onto the chart 23 years after its release. New novels from James Patterson and Ruth Ware are the top debuts in fiction, while Toni Morrison's passing spurs interest in her recent essay collection.

Movies 
  1. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The Curse of La Llorona (Blu-ray)
  3. Long Shot (Blu-ray)
  4. The Intruder (Blu-ray)
  5. Shazam! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Alita: Battle Angel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. UglyDolls (Blu-ray)
  8. Hellboy (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Breakthrough (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Pet Sematary (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Chris Brown, Indigo
  4. NF, The Search
  5. Descendants 3 Soundtrack
  6. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  7. Tool, Aenima
  8. Tyler Childers, Country Squire
  9. Khalid, Free Spirit
  10. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The Inn, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  3. The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware
  4. One Good Deed, David Baldacci
  5. Outfox, Sandra Brown
  6. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  7. A Dangerous Man, Robert Crais
  8. Summer of '69, Elin Hilderbrand
  9. Chances Are..., Richard Russo
  10. City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
Non-Fiction 
  1. Educated, Tara Westover
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  4. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  5. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  6. The Source of Self-Regard, Toni Morrison
  7. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  8. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  9. Bad Blood, John Carreyrou
  10. American Carnage, Tim Alberta

Monday, August 12, 2019

Hot This Week: August 12

Three new movies make this week's list, led by the Seth Rogan/Charlize Theron comedy Long Shot. In music, the fourth album from rapper NF tops the chart, with a new disc from Of Monsters and Men joining as well. In fiction, Delia Owens reclaims the top spot, while new novels from Pierce Brown, Catherine Coulter, and Richard Russo make their debuts.

Movies 
  1. Long Shot (Blu-ray)
  2. The Intruder (Blu-ray)
  3. Shazam! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Alita: Battle Angel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Hellboy (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. UglyDolls (Blu-ray)
  7. Breakthrough (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Pet Sematary (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Little (Blu-ray)
  10. Dumbo (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. NF, The Search
  2. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  3. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  4. Chris Brown, Indigo
  5. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  6. Of Monsters and Men, Fever Dream
  7. Khalid, Free Spirit
  8. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
  9. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  10. Luke Combs, This One's for You
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. One Good Deed, David Baldacci
  3. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  4. Dark Age, Pierce Brown
  5. Summer of '69, Elin Hilderbrand
  6. Labyrinth, Catherine Coulter
  7. Chances Are..., Richard Russo
  8. Under Currents, Nora Roberts
  9. City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
  10. Ask Again, Yes, Mary Beth Keane
Non-Fiction 
  1. Educated, Tara Westover
  2. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  3. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  4. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  5. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  6. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  7. American Carnage, Tim Alberta
  8. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  9. America's Reluctant Prince, Steven M. Gillon
  10. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates

Monday, August 5, 2019

Hot This Week: August 5

We move into August with not a ton of movement on our lists of hot titles. Three new titles in movies represent the biggest change of the week, with sci-fi flicks Alita: Battle Angel and Hellboy coming in just behind Shazam! at the top. Ed Sheeran holds onto #1 on the music chart, with the new Lion King soundtrack making its first appearance. In fiction, David Baldacci manages to dislodge Delia Owens from the top spot, with Timothy Zahn bringing a beloved Star Wars character back for another round down the list.

Movies 
  1. Shazam! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Alita: Battle Angel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Hellboy (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Breakthrough (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Pet Sematary (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Little (Blu-ray)
  7. Dumbo (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Missing Link (Blu-ray)
  9. Captain Marvel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Us (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Chris Brown, Indigo
  4. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  5. Khalid, Free Spirit
  6. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  7. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  8. The Lion King Soundtrack
  9. Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. One Good Deed, David Baldacci
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  3. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  4. Thrawn: Treason, Timothy Zahn
  5. Summer of '69, Elin Hilderbrand
  6. Under Currents, Nora Roberts
  7. Window on the Bay, Debbie Macomber
  8. City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
  9. Ask Again, Yes, Mary Beth Keane
  10. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
Non-Fiction 
  1. Educated, Tara Westover
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  4. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  5. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  6. American Carnage, Tim Alberta
  7. America's Reluctant Prince, Steven M. Gillon
  8. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  9. Alone at Dawn, Dan Schilling and Lori Chapman Longfritz
  10. The Second Mountain, David Brooks

Monday, July 29, 2019

Hot This Week: July 29

We close out July with two new movies at the top of the list, led by the DC Comics superhero hit Shazam! Multiplatinum pop star Ed Sheeran's album of collaborations takes the #1 spot on the music chart. In fiction, a new novel from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead is the hottest debut, while in non-fiction, journalist Tim Alberta's look at how Donald Trump took over the Republican Party is the week's only newcomer.

Movies 
  1. Shazam! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Breakthrough (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Pet Sematary (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Little (Blu-ray)
  5. Dumbo (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Captain Marvel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Escape Plan: The Extractors (Blu-ray)
  8. Us (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Wonder Park (Blu-ray)
  10. The Professor (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Chris Brown, Indigo
  4. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  5. Khalid, Free Spirit
  6. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  7. Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins
  8. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  9. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  3. Under Currents, Nora Roberts
  4. Summer of '69, Elin Hilderbrand
  5. Window on the Bay, Debbie Macomber
  6. City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
  7. Backlash, Brad Thor
  8. Mrs. Everything, Jennifer Weiner
  9. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  10. The Chain, Adrian McKinty
Non-Fiction 
  1. Educated, Tara Westover
  2. American Carnage, Tim Alberta
  3. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  4. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  5. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  6. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  7. America's Reluctant Prince, Steven M. Gillon
  8. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  9. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  10. The British Are Coming, Rick Atkinson

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Comic-Con Roundup

Written by Jon Williams

Last week, the annual event that is Comic-Con International took place in San Diego, California. The four-day extravaganza allows fans, celebrities, and creators to come together in a celebration that generally centers on science fiction and fantasy but branches out to encompass all aspects of pop culture. As happens each year, there was plenty of news and buzz to come out of the many panels and presentations that made up this year’s convention.

Marvel is the biggest name in movies right now, and coming off the success of the blockbusters Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far from Home, there wasn’t much of a blueprint for where the franchise would go for “Phase Four” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That is no longer the case, as Marvel used Comic-Con as a platform to announce its slate for 2020 – 2021. In theaters, first up is the previously announced Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson along with David Harbour and Rachel Weisz. Then fans can look forward to The Eternals, a superhero ensemble that will include stars such as Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Richard Madden, in 2020. The following year will kick off with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, featuring a martial arts hero that has been a part of Marvel Comics since 1973 but has not yet made it onto the screen. Then comes Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, with Benedict Cumberbatch reprising his role from the 2017 film in what is being teased as Marvel’s first horror movie. Finally, there will be Thor: Love and Thunder, directed by Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi and with Natalie Portman returning to the franchise to become the goddess of thunder. And for television, there’s even more Marvel news. Familiar Avengers characters will come to the small screen in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan), WandaVision (Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), while What If…? will be an animated series that featuring Jeffrey Wright and a number of familiar voices as it explores alternate realities.

Marvel wasn’t the only beloved franchise to make waves at Comic-Con. Patrick Stewart’s return as the beloved character Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation was announced last year, but a new trailer provided the first extended look at the new series (simply titled Picard). The trailer contained some surprises, such as the return of other fan-favorite characters Data (played by Brent Spiner) and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), while the panel revealed that Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis would also be appearing in the show in their familiar roles from The Next Generation. While that was the biggest news, the panel also covered the upcoming third season of the acclaimed Star Trek: Discovery, as well as the upcoming series Lower Decks. Expected to premiere in 2020, the show will focus on lower-ranking officers on a non-vital starship, and will be the first Star Trek in animated form since The Animated Series furthered the adventures of the original crew from 1973 – 1975.

Horror had quite a presence at this year’s SDCC. The biggest release was probably the new trailer for It: Chapter 2, which comes to theaters on September 6. It’s the sequel to the 2017 blockbuster that became the highest-grossing horror movie of all time, and it picks up (more or less) 27 years after the first film left off. Both movies are based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, which is frequently cited as one of his best. Staying in the King family, it was announced that the show NOS4A2 (based on a novel by Joe Hill, King’s son) had been renewed for a second season. Hill also discussed the upcoming shows Locke & Key, adapted from a series of comics he created with artist Gabriel Rodriguez, and Creepshow, which is based on the 1982 movie written by King and directed by George Romero. That show will be produced by Greg Nicotero, who is most famous for The Walking Dead, which offered plenty of details for the original show and the spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, as well as a new show yet to come. There was also an interactive exhibit promoting the new season of American Horror Story and a trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

And still there’s more. Tom Cruise showed up to surprise the crowd with a trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, the long-awaited sequel to the high-flying 1986 hit. There was also a trailer for Cats, the upcoming movie version of the Andrew Lloyd Webster musical that will star Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, and Judi Dench, to name just a few. There was also a look at Terminator: Dark Fate, which will welcome James Cameron and Edward Furlong back to the franchise and pick up following Terminator 2, with the intervening installments being considered part of a different timeline. For TV, there was plenty of info on new shows The Dark Crystal, His Dark Materials, and Snowpiercer, as well as new seasons of Westworld, The Expanse, Rick and Morty, Preacher, and more.

Those are just the highlights of the shows, movies, and more that presented at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, and you can bet your patrons will be looking for all of these titles and their related media. Let us know what you’re looking forward to, and stay tuned to Midwest Tape for news on these and other exciting releases as they approach.