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Monday, May 18, 2015

Hot This Week: May 18

The Wedding Ringer, the comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, stays atop the movie list for a second week, followed by a new movie with Adam Sandler. Three new CDs climb onto the music chart, led by the latest effort and a new sound from Mumford & Sons. New novels by James Patterson and Kate Atkinson break onto the fiction list, while six titles debut in a rare shakeup week in non-fiction.

DVD
  1. The Wedding Ringer
  2. The Cobbler
  3. The Gambler
  4. Paddington
  5. Selma
  6. Unbroken
  7. Wild
  8. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  9. Exodus: Gods and Kings 
  10. Interstellar
CD
  1. Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind
  2. Josh Groban, Stages
  3. NOW That's What I Call Music 54
  4. Tech N9ne, Special Effects 
  5. Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack
  7. Furious 7 Soundtrack
  8. Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
  9. Taylor Swift, 1989
  10. Ed Sheeran, X
Fiction
  1. 14th Deadly Sin, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  2. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  3. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  4. Memory Man, David Baldacci
  5. Gathering Prey, John Sandford
  6. A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson
  7. The Bone Tree, Greg Iles
  8. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  9. God Help the Child, Toni Morrison
  10. The Liar, Nora Roberts
Non-Fiction
  1. The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
  2. Clinton Cash, Peter Schweizer
  3. The Road to Character, David Brooks
  4. And the Good News Is..., Dana Perino
  5. It's a Long Story, Willie Nelson and David Ritz
  6. The Book of Joan, Melissa Rivers
  7. American Wife, Taya Kyle and Jim DeFelice
  8. Hope, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
  9. Dead Wake, Erik Larson
  10. Deal, Bill Kreutzmann with Benjy Eisen

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hot This Week: May 11

New movies, anyone? The top four entries on this week's listing are all first-timers. The latest release from the Zac Brown Band leaps to the top of the music chart, with new albums from Josh Groban and Tyler Farr also making the cut. The fiction list is "bookended" by new titles, a new thriller from John Sandford at #1 and a historical novel from Jane Smiley at #10. In non-fiction, the list is topped by the new book from two women who escaped their captor after ten years of torment.

DVD
  1. The Wedding Ringer
  2. The Gambler
  3. Paddington
  4. Wild
  5. Unbroken
  6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  7. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  8. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  9. Interstellar
  10. Penguins of Madagascar
CD
  1. Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde
  2. Josh Groban, Stages
  3. Furious 7 Soundtrack
  4. Tyler Farr, Suffer in Peace
  5. Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack
  7. Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
  8. Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
  9. Taylor Swift, 1989
  10. Meghan Trainor, Title
Fiction
  1. Gathering Prey, John Sandford
  2. Memory Man, David Baldacci
  3. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  4. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  5. God Help the Child, Toni Morrison
  6. The Bone Tree, Greg Iles
  7. The Liar, Nora Roberts
  8. At the Water's Edge, Sara Gruen
  9. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  10. Early Warning, Jane Smiley
Non-Fiction
  1. Hope, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
  2. The Road to Character, David Brooks
  3. And the Good News Is..., Dana Perino
  4. Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies, Bill O'Reilly and David Fisher
  5. Dead Wake, Erik Larson
  6. Missoula, Jon Krakauer
  7. The Residence, Kate Andersen Brower
  8. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
  9. On the Move, Oliver Sacks
  10. Dealing with China, Henry M. Paulson Jr.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hot This Week: May 4

The thrilling story of Louis Zamperini's WWII ordeal takes the first movie listing of may, following by the final movie in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. The new release from Alabama Shakes leaps to the top of the music chart, joined by fellow newcomer YelaWolf at #3. In fiction, David Baldacci finally dislodges Paula Hawkins from the top spot, while new titles from Dana Perino and Jon Krakauer break into non-fiction's top ten.

DVD
  1. Unbroken
  2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  3. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  4. Interstellar
  5. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  6. Penguins of Madagascar
  7. Big Hero 6
  8. The Imitation Game
  9. Wild Card
  10. Into the Woods
CD
  1. Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
  2. Furious 7 Soundtrack
  3. YelaWolf, Love Story
  4. Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late
  5. Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack
  6. Taylor Swift, 1989
  7. Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
  8. Ed Sheeran, X
  9. Sam Hunt, Montevallo
  10. Meghan Trainor, Title
Fiction
  1. Memory Man, David Baldacci
  2. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  3. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  4. The Bone Tree, Greg Iles
  5. God Help the Child, Toni Morrison
  6. The Liar, Nora Roberts
  7. Every Fifteen Minutes, Lisa Scottoline
  8. The Stranger, Harlan Coben 
  9. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  10. At the Water's Edge, Sara Gruen
Non-Fiction
  1. The Road to Character, David Brooks
  2. And the Good News Is..., Dana Perino
  3. Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies, Bill O'Reilly and David Fisher
  4. Missoula, Jon Krakauer
  5. Dead Wake, Erik Larson
  6. Dealing with China, Henry M. Paulson Jr.
  7. The Residence, Kate Andersen Brower
  8. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
  9. Between You & Me, Mary Norris
  10. A Curious Mind, Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hot This Week: April 27

The biblical epic starring Christian Bale as Moses takes the top spot on this week's movie list. Four new albums grace the music chart, all in the top half, led by the debut from Shawn Mendes at #1. In fiction, mainstays Nora Roberts and Lisa Scottoline see their popular new novels make it for the first time, and in non-fiction, the list is topped by a new title from David Brooks, one of three newcomers for the week.

DVD
  1. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  2. Interstellar
  3. Penguins of Madagascar
  4. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  5. Wild Card
  6. The Imitation Game
  7. Into the Woods
  8. Big Hero 6
  9. Big Eyes
  10. A Most Violent Year
CD
  1. Shawn Mendes, Handwritten
  2. Furious 7 Soundtrack
  3. Reba McEntire, Love Somebody
  4. Tyler, the Creator, Cherry Bomb
  5. Halestorm, Into the Wild Life
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack
  7. Taylor Swift, 1989
  8. Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
  9. Ed Sheeran, X
  10. Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Fiction
  1. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  2. The Liar, Nora Roberts
  3. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  4. Every Fifteen Minutes, Lisa Scottoline
  5. The Stranger, Harlan Coben 
  6. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  7. Miracle at Augusta, James Patterson and Peter de Jonge
  8. At the Water's Edge, Sara Gruen
  9. A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler
  10. Hot Pursuit, Stuart Woods
Non-Fiction
  1. The Road to Character, David Brooks
  2. Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies, Bill O'Reilly and David Fisher
  3. Dealing with China, Henry M. Paulson Jr.
  4. Dead Wake, Erik Larson
  5. The Residence, Kate Andersen Brower
  6. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
  7. A Curious Mind, Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman
  8. Between You & Me, Mary Norris
  9. H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald
  10. Capital Dames, Cokie Roberts 

Friday, April 24, 2015

2015 Quite a Year for Movie Anniversaries

Written by Jon Williams

This year is shaping up to be a pretty big one for movies. Movies like Insurgent, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Furious 7 have already brought tons of people to the box office, and others like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spectre, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (to name just a very few) are still on the horizon. But that’s looking ahead. Looking back, 2015 also sees a number of classic films celebrating significant landmark anniversaries.

Going back to 1940, a handful of notable films are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year. One is The Grapes of Wrath, an adaptation of the classic John Steinbeck novel of the same name, starring Henry Ford and John Carradine. That was also a great year for Disney, which released the animated staples Fantasia and Pinocchio. Unfortunately, both of those titles are in Disney’s vault at the moment, so if you already have copies of them on your shelves, consider yourself lucky.

Moving forward to 1965, some great and notable films are marking 50 years. Doctor Zhivago is an all-time great film, a romance with the backdrop of World War I and the Russian Revolution. For a Few Dollars More (released in 1965 in Italy, but not until 1967 in North America) is one of the Sergio Leone westerns that helped launch the career of Clint Eastwood, a career that’s still going strong all these years later. Thunderball (currently unavailable, although the novel by Ian Fleming is) was one of the first James Bond films to feature the organization SPECTRE as the enemy; fitting, as that’s the title of the Bond film releasing later this year. Finally, there’s The Sound of Music, one of the quintessential movie musicals of all time, which was recently released in a 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray that includes a ton of bonus material in addition to the film.

And then there’s 1990, which was a banner year for great movies. Just look at this list of films released that year, which turn 25 in 2015: The Hunt for Red October. Total Recall (the Schwarzenegger original, of course). Pretty Woman. Ghost. Goodfellas. Home Alone (currently unavailable). Dances with Wolves. Misery. Edward Scissorhands (currently unavailable). Is that a great list of movies or what?

So those are the big landmark anniversaries—25, 50, and 75 years—for 2015. Anything in particular catch your eye, or did we miss anything? And don’t forget, there are plenty of great films celebrating other, not quite as grand anniversaries, such as Rebel Without a Cause (60 years), Jaws (40 years), and Back to the Future (30 years). You can find these great films are more on our website.