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Monday, February 8, 2016

Hot This Week: February 8

A couple of new titles lead this week's movie list, led by Jack Black starring as R.L. Stine in Goosebumps. Adele jumps back to the top of the music chart, while legendary metal band Megadeth places their new release at #3. Three new fiction titles make this week's list, led by the latest NYPD Red installment from James Patterson and Marshall Karp. And while there are no new titles in non-fiction, the notable move of the week is Jane Mayer's Dark Money, jumping from #6 to #2.

DVD
  1. Goosebumps
  2. Hitman: Agent 47
  3. Hotel Transylvania 2
  4. Ted 2
  5. Burnt
  6. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  7. Sicario
  8. Fantastic Four
  9. Minions
  10. Woodlawn
CD
  1. Adele, 25
  2. Justin Bieber, Purpose
  3. Megadeth, Dystopia
  4. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
  5. Panic! At the Disco, Death of a Bachelor
  6. David Bowie, Blackstar
  7. Chris Stapleton, Traveller 
  8. The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
  9. 2016 Grammy Nominees
  10. Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
Fiction
  1. NYPD Red 4, James Patterson and Marshall Karp
  2. Blue, Danielle Steel
  3. My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
  4. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  5. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  6. The Bands of Mourning, Brandon Sanderson
  7. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alan Dean Foster
  9. The Swans of Fifth Avenue, Melanie Benjamin
  10. Rogue Lawyer, John Grisham
Non-Fiction
  1. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  2. Dark Money, Jane Mayer
  3. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson
  5. The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis and Andrea Tornielli
  6. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager
  7. Killing Reagan, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  8. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
  9. The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
  10. Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari

Monday, February 1, 2016

Hot This Week: February 1

The first list of February sees just a minor shuffling of hot movie titles. Panic! At the Disco and the ever-popular Kidz Bop Kids place new titles on the music chart, while David Bowie maintains a strong presence. Danielle Steel's new novel tops the fiction list, while Bill Bryson and Jane Meyer are the newcomers in non-fiction.

DVD
  1. Hotel Transylvania 2
  2. Ted 2
  3. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  4. Sicario
  5. Fantastic Four
  6. Minions
  7. Trainwreck
  8. Ant-Man
  9. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
  10. Heist
CD
  1. Panic! At the Disco, Death of a Bachelor
  2. Adele, 25
  3. Justin Bieber, Purpose
  4. David Bowie, Blackstar
  5. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
  6. Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 31
  7. David Bowie, Best of Bowie
  8. Chris Stapleton, Traveller
  9. The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
  10. Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
Fiction
  1. Blue, Danielle Steel
  2. My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
  3. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  4. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  5. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alan Dean Foster
  7. Rogue Lawyer, John Grisham
  8. Warriors of the Storm, Bernard Cornwell
  9. Scandalous Behavior, Stuart Woods
  10. Feverborn, Karen Marie Moning
Non-Fiction
  1. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  2. The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis and Andrea Tornielli
  3. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson 
  5. Dark Money, Jane Mayer
  6. Killing Reagan, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  7. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager
  8. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
  9. Crippled America, Donald J. Trump
  10. Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hot This Week: January 25

For the second week in a row, the movie listing undergoes a major shakeup, with half of the titles making it for the first time. David Bowie's final album pushes Adele's 25 from the top music spot, and the legendary superstar also places a best-of collection on the chart. Three new titles make this week's fiction list, headed up at #1 by the latest from Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge, among others. In non-fiction, the memoir of a doctor who received a stunning diagnosis of his own debuts at the top.

DVD
  1. Hotel Transylvania 2
  2. Ted 2
  3. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  4. Fantastic Four
  5. Sicario
  6. Minions
  7. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
  8. Trainwreck
  9. Ant-Man
  10. The Perfect Guy
CD
  1. David Bowie, Blackstar
  2. Adele, 25
  3. Justin Bieber, Purpose
  4. David Bowie, Best of Bowie
  5. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
  6. The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
  7. Chris Stapleton, Traveller
  8. Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
  9. G-Eazy, When It's Dark Out
  10. Fetty Wap, Fetty Wap
Fiction
  1. My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alan Dean Foster
  3. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  4. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  5. Scandalous Behavior, Stuart Woods
  6. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  7. Rogue Lawyer, John Grisham
  8. See Me, Nicholas Sparks
  9. The Bitter Season, Tami Hoag
  10. Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
Non-Fiction
  1. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  2. The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis and Andrea Tornielli
  3. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager
  5. Killing Reagan, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
  7. My Life on the Road, Gloria Steinem
  8. Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari
  9. The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
  10. The Only Pirate at the Party, Lindsey Stirling and Brooke S. Passey

Friday, January 22, 2016

In Memoriam: Alan Rickman and Glenn Frey

Written by Jon Williams

The year 2016 has kicked off on a melancholy note for the entertainment industry, particularly over the past couple of weeks. On the heels of David Bowie’s passing last week came the news about actor Alan Rickman. Then, earlier this week, we lost Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey. Both of these men were giants in their particular fields, and will be sorely missed.

Alan Rickman gained his acting stature relatively late in life. He was primarily a stage actor with just a few small TV parts to his name when he landed the role of Hans Gruber in the action movie staple Die Hard. Released in 1988, Rickman was 42 when it came out, and he received acclaim for his portrayal, becoming known as one of the best “bad guys” of all time. With his deep voice and theatrical manner, he became known for playing villainous (or quasi-villainous), authoritarian characters, such as the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series, and Judge Turpin in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd.

However, these were by no means the only types of roles he played. He could do comedic roles, such as in Galaxy Quest, and as the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He was also quite adept in more complex, emotional roles, such as heart surgeon Alfred Blalock in Something the Lord Made, and as part of a dynamite ensemble cast in the much-loved Love Actually.

Glenn Frey, on the other hand, began tasting success at a fairly early age. He was just 19 when he backed up Bob Seger on the single “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.” Not long after, he was hired for Linda Ronstadt’s backing band, along with a drummer from Texas named Don Henley. In 1971, Henley and Frey (along with Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner) formed the Eagles; their debut album, recorded and released in 1972, included the hit “Take It Easy,” which Frey wrote with Jackson Browne. They would record and release (with some lineup changes) six albums in the 1970s before their breakup in 1980 (their volatility can be seen in the documentary History of the Eagles). Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 would be the top-selling album of the 20th century in the United States.

After the Eagles, Frey would put together a solid solo catalog in the ‘80s, helped along by soundtrack contributions. The songs “The Heat Is On” and “You Belong to the City” (compiled on his Solo Collection) appeared in Beverly Hills Cop and Miami Vice, respectively. Then, in 1994, the Eagles got back together for an MTV special, which resulted in the mostly live Hell Freezes Over album and tour. In 2007, they released the two-disc album Long Road Out of Eden, which would be their last. Frey’s last solo album, After Hours, was released in 2012, was a collection of covers.

Both of these men had outstanding careers, each worthy of greater exploration on their own; we just had the great misfortune to lose both of them within days of each other. For more, SmartBrowse their names on our website, and share their wonderful movies and music with your patrons for years to come.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hot This Week: January 18

This week's movie listing undergoes significant change with six new titles, including the entire top five. The music chart, on the other hand, sees just one newcomer: the major-label debut from pop singer-songwriter Rachel Platten. The Star Wars juggernaut makes its way onto the fiction list, as Alan Dean Foster's novelization of the long-awaited seventh episode debuts at #1. In non-fiction, Atul Gawande's Being Mortal returns to the list after more than three months away.

DVD
  1. Sicario
  2. Minions
  3. The Perfect Guy
  4. The Walk
  5. The Transporter Refueled
  6. Trainwreck 
  7. Ant-Man
  8. Heist
  9. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
  10. Pan
CD
  1. Adele, 25
  2. Justin Bieber, Purpose
  3. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
  4. The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
  5. Rachel Platten, Wildfire
  6. One Direction, Made in the A.M.
  7. Chris Stapleton, Traveller
  8. Fetty Wap, Fetty Wap
  9. Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
  10. Taylor Swift, 1989
Fiction
  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alan Dean Foster
  2. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  3. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  4. Rogue Lawyer, John Grisham
  5. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  6. See Me, Nicholas Sparks
  7. Cross Justice, James Patterson
  8. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stephen King
  9. Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
  10. Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
Non-Fiction
  1. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager
  3. Killing Reagan, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
  5. The Wright Brothers, David McCullough 
  6. Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari
  7. Crippled America, Donald Trump
  8. H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald
  9. Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling
  10. What If?, Randall Munroe