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Monday, January 14, 2019

Hot This Week: January 14

With a new Kevin Hart movie, The Upside, atop the weekend box office, another, Night School, makes its debut on our movies list. The soundtrack to the Golden Globe-winning best animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse breaks onto the music chart, while some familiar favorites reappear as Christmas albums fade away until next year. In fiction, new novels from Stuart Woods and Tami Hoag make the list while Delia Owens makes the jump to #1.

Movies 
  1. Night School (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Venom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. The Predator (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. The Equalizer 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Smallfoot (Blu-ray)
  7. White Boy Rick (Blu-ray)
  8. Peppermint (Blu-ray)
  9. A Simple Favor (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Mission Impossible: Fallout (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. 21 Savage, I Am > I Was
  2. Meek Mill, Championships
  3. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
  5. Drake, Scorpion
  6. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  7. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  8. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  9. Ariana Grande, Sweetener
  10. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
Fiction 

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  3. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  4. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  5. Circe, Madeline Miller
  6. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
  7. Target: Alex Cross, James Patterson
  8. A Delicate Touch, Stuart Woods
  9. Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly
  10. The Boy, Tami Hoag
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  4. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  5. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  8. Fear, Bob Woodward
  9. Almost Everything, Anne Lamott
  10. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari

Friday, January 11, 2019

2019 Preview: Movies

Written by Jon Williams

With the Golden Globes taking place this past weekend, awards season is officially in full swing. As we look back and celebrate the best of 2018, let’s also take a peek ahead at some of the delights that 2019 has in store for us at the box office.

Marvel movies have dominated the box office for years, and fans are eagerly anticipating a conclusion to the galaxy-altering conflict that was set up in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. That will come in April, when Avengers: Endgame brings the heroes’ conflict with Thanos to a close and resolves their fates—for better or worse. Before that, though, comes Captain Marvel in March, starring Brie Larson as the titular superhero in a ‘90s-set adventure that introduces her to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then, in July, Spider-Man: Far from Home gives Tom Holland’s popular webslinger a second standalone and the MCU its first foray into its next round of adventures.

Live-action remakes of animated Disney classics have proven to be popular, and 2019 has some big ones coming. First up is Tim Burton’s take on Dumbo, the 1941 tale of a bullied elephant who eventually becomes the star of the circus when he realizes his large ears can help him to fly. Then in May, as summer movie season is rounding into full swing, comes Aladdin, starring Will Smith in the role of the genie who helps humble beggar Aladdin win the heart of Princess Jasmine. July will see the release of The Lion King, which sees Jon Favreau direct a star-studded ensemble cast in a photorealistic update of the 1994 traditionally animated version.

As popular as these live action movies are, animation, both traditional and digital, is going nowhere. The fourth installment in the Toy Story franchise is coming in July, nine years after Toy Story 3 in 2010, while the sequel to the 2013 blockbuster Frozen is set to hit theaters just before Thanksgiving. Much closer than either of those, though, is The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, the follow-up to Christopher Miller and Phil Lord’s 2014 hit, in theaters next month. Also in February is How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the anticipated final installment in a trilogy that includes films from 2010 and 2014. Other animated movies coming our way this year include a Secret Life of Pets sequel (June), an Angry Birds sequel (August), and a new Addams Family movie in October.

The horror movie genre has undergone a renaissance in recent years, and that looks to continue in 2019. It begins in March with Us, an original film from Jordan Peele, the writer and director behind the 2017 horror hit Get Out. In April comes Pet Sematary, a new adaptation of Stephen King’s 1983 novel and a remake of the 1989 film. Speaking of King adaptations, It: Chapter 2, which follows up the highest-grossing horror film of all time, comes to theaters in September. In between those two movies, in June, horror fans can look forward to Child’s Play, a reboot of the 1988 movie that spawned six sequels featuring the iconic murderous doll Chucky. In August, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark comes out, based on Alvin Schwartz’s collections of tales that have haunted kids’ dreams since they debuted in 1981. And while it may not quality as horror, exactly (more of a “zom-com”), the long-awaited sequel to Zombieland arrives at last in October.

Need more? Tyler Perry’s Madea returns in March in A Madea Family Funeral. David Harbour steps into the horn-stumps for a Hellboy reboot in April. Keanu Reeves is back for a third round as John Wick in May, while a new generation of Men in Black hits theaters in June. Quentin Tarantino’s look at the Manson Family, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, comes in July, followed soon after by Hobbs & Shaw, a Fast and Furious spinoff. In September, Downton Abbey will make the jump from the small screen to the big screen, while October will bring adaptations of the popular novels The Woman in the Window and The Goldfinch. In November, a third installment of the Kinsgman series is on its way, before the year finishes strong in December with a new Jumanji movie and, of course, the third and final film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

So that’s just some of what’s on our radar for 2019 at the box office, and you can be sure that it’s just a fraction of all the good stuff that’s coming our way. Let us know what you and your patrons are looking forward to, and stay tuned for information on when these movies will be available for you to add to your collections.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Hot This Week: January 7

We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season! The first hot list of 2019 sees three new movies make the list, led by the antihero blockbuster Venom. Rapper 21 Savage lands his new album atop the music chart, which is still seeing the effects of Christmastime. The hot fiction titles from the end of 2018 hold strong, while in non-fiction, Yuval Noah Harari's latest book jumps back onto the list.

Movies 
  1. Venom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. The Equalizer 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Smallfoot (Blu-ray)
  5. A Simple Favor (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Peppermint (Blu-ray)
  7. Mission Impossible: Fallout (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. The Nun (Blu-ray)
  9. Crazy Rich Asians (Blu-ray)
  10. Mile 22 (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. 21 Savage, I Am > I Was
  2. Michael Buble, Christmas
  3. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  4. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  5. Meek Mill, Championships
  6. Nat King Cole, The Christmas Song
  7. Mariah Carey, Merry Christmas
  8. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  9. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  10. A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector
Fiction
  1. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  2. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  3. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  4. Target: Alex Cross, James Patterson
  5. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  6. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  7. Elevation, Stephen King
  8. Past Tense, Lee Child
  9. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
  10. Long Road to Mercy, David Baldacci
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  5. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  6. Fear, Bob Woodward
  7. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  8. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari
  9. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  10. Presidents of War, Michael Beschloss

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Hot This Week: December 24

Three new movies make their debut atop this week's list, led by the Denzel Washington action vehicle The Equalizer 2. A posthumous album from rapper XXXTENTACION takes the top spot in music. In audiobooks, familiar favorites hold strong.

Movies 
  1. The Equalizer 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Smallfoot (Blu-ray)
  3. Peppermint (Blu-ray)
  4. Mission Impossible: Fallout (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The Nun (Blu-ray)
  6. The Happytime Murders (Blu-ray)
  7. Crazy Rich Asians (Blu-ray)
  8. Mile 22 (Blu-ray)
  9. The Meg (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Incredibles 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. XXXTENTACION, Skins
  2. Meek Mill, Championships
  3. Michael Buble, Christmas
  4. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  5. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  6. John Mellencamp, Other People's Stuff
  7. Drake, Scorpion
  8. Pentatonix, Christmas Is Here!
  9. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  10. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  2. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  3. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  4. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  5. Target: Alex Cross, James Patterson
  6. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  7. Past Tense, Lee Child
  8. Long Road to Mercy, David Baldacci
  9. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
  10. Elevation, Stephen King
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  5. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  6. Fear, Bob Woodward
  7. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  8. Presidents of War, Michael Beschloss
  9. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  10. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Friday, December 21, 2018

Rock Hall Names New Inductees

Written by Jon Williams

Last week the 2019 slate of inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was announced. This year’s class comprises seven bands and solo acts: Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, the Cure, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and the Zombies. The induction ceremony will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Here is a brief look at each of the acts joining the ranks of the Hall’s famous and influential members.

Stevie Nicks is the first woman to be inducted twice, as she is already included as a member of the band Fleetwood Mac, inducted in 1998. Her solo career, which is being honored this time around, began with the release of the album Bella Donna in 1981. Driven by the hit “Edge of Seventeen” as well as collaborations with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”) and Don Henley (“Leather and Lace”), it hit number one on Billboard’s album chart. Since then, she has continued to tour and record with Fleetwood Mac while maintaining a stellar solo career as well, releasing eight studio albums under her own name, most recently 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault in 2014.

Janet Jackson will take her place in the Hall alongside her famous brothers as a member of this year’s class—the Jackson 5 were inducted in 1997, and Michael Jackson joined as a solo artist in 2001. From an obviously musical family, Janet’s entrance into the world of entertainment actually started with acting. Still, she couldn’t escape the world of music, beginning her recording career as a teenager. Her breakout came with her third album, Control, released in 1986, shortly before her 20th birthday. She has gone on to record eleven albums, with the most recent being 2015’s Unbreakable.

Def Leppard was one of the biggest rock bands in the world in the 1980s, but they have refused to be defined or constrained by the “hair metal” label. Forming in the late ‘70s, their debut album On Through the Night came out in 1980. Pyromania (1983) and Hysteria (1987) were two of the biggest albums of the decade, dominating the charts and spawning a number of singles. The band suffered through such tragedies as drummer Rick Allen losing his left arm in a car accident and the passing of guitarist Steve Clark, and their star dimmed as pop metal declined in popularity as grunge ascended. Nevertheless, they have persevered, continuing to tour and record to this day. Their latest album, the self-titled Def Leppard, came out in 2015.

The Cure formed around the same time and have undergone a number of lineup changes in their forty-plus years, with frontman Robert Smith being the only constant member. Their debut album, 1979’s Three Imaginary Boys, kicked off a rather prolific career that saw them release thirteen albums in thirty years, culminating in 2008’s 4:13 Dream (currently unavailable). While the Cure has not released an album since then, the band has been touring, and there are plans to record and release new music in 2019 in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of their debut.

Radiohead is the “newest” act of this group, forming in 1985 and bursting onto the scene with the single “Creep” in 1992. That landed on their 1993 debut album Pablo Honey, the first of their nine albums, the newest of which is 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool. The band has continued to experiment and evolve throughout their career and the accolades have followed, winning the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album three times. Their most recent release is a 20th anniversary edition of their 1997 album OK Computer with new tracks, and members Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke have also gained acclaim in the world of film music.

Roxy Music is a highly influential art rock band that came together in 1970 and released their self-titled debut album in 1972. Their recording career lasted just ten years, but they put out eight albums in that time, the last being Avalon in 1982. Since then, the band has been an on-again off-again venture, with the individual members often contributing to lead singer Bryan Ferry’s solo albums. That was the case with 2010’s Olympia (currently unavailable), originally conceived as a Roxy Music album and even featuring Brian Eno for the first time since 1973’s For Your Pleasure, but eventually released under Ferry’s name.

The Zombies are the oldest act joining the Hall in 2019, forming in 1961. The band put out just two albums in the 1960s—their 1965 debut and 1968’s Odessey and Oracle. They disbanded around the time of that second album’s release and didn’t reunite until 1991, when they recorded the album New World (currently unavailable) and then split again. Singer Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent got back together in 1999 and have continued to tour and record since, with their most recent album being 2015’s Still Got That Hunger.

In 2019 these musicians will cement their legendary status as they join the ranks of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and your music-loving patrons will want to discover or re-discover their catalogs. Make sure you have plenty of their incredible tunes available—use the links above or SmartBrowse on our website to find their albums as well as concert films and other related media we have available.