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Monday, December 11, 2017

Hot This Week: December 11

There's not too much movement on this week's lists. In movies, the only newcomer is the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap, which debuts at the top. The physical release of Kodak Black's new album makes an appearance on the music chart. Danielle Steel and Marc Cameron place new novels on the fiction list, while Dan Rather's What Unites Us jumps back onto the non-fiction list for the week.

Movies
  1. Kidnap (Blu-ray)
  2. The Hitman's Bodyguard (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Girls Trip (Blu-ray)
  5. Wind River (Blu-ray)
  6. The Dark Tower (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (Blu-ray)
  8. Cars 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. War for the Planet of the Apes (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Leap! (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  2. Pentatonix, A Pentatonix Christmas
  3. Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All
  4. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  5. Post Malone, Stoney
  6. P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
  7. Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
  8. Chris Brown, Heartbreak on a Full Moon
  9. Kodak Black, Project Baby Two
  10. Imagine Dragons, Evolve 
Fiction
  1. The Rooster Bar, John Grisham
  2. Origin, Dan Brown
  3. The People vs. Alex Cross, James Patterson
  4. The Midnight Line, Lee Child
  5. End Game, David Baldacci
  6. Past Perfect, Danielle Steel
  7. Tom Clancy's Power and Empire, Marc Cameron
  8. Hardcore Twenty-Four, Janet Evanovich
  9. Artemis, Andy Weir
  10. Two Kinds of Truth, Michael Connelly
Non-Fiction
  1. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  2. Grant, Ron Chernow
  3. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  4. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  5. Killing England, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Bobby Kennedy, Chris Matthews
  7. Sisters First, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
  8. What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton
  9. Endurance, Scott Kelly
  10. What Unites Us, Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

Friday, December 8, 2017

Excitement High for The Last Jedi

Written by Jon Williams

Next week sees the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters, the saga’s Episode VIII, and the middle installment in the sequel trilogy that began with 2016’s The Force Awakens. Excitement is at a fever pitch for the new movie, and library patrons will be looking for all kinds of materials relating to a galaxy far, far away.

Following on from The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi returns stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac as heroes Rey, Finn, and Poe, as well as Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and the late Carrie Fisher in her final appearance as Leia Organa. The opposition comes in the form of the First Order’s Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). They’re joined in the cast by newcomers Laura Dern, who plays Resistance Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and Benicio del Toro, in the mysterious role of DJ. The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson, who has previously made such acclaimed films as Brick and Looper. It’s clear that Lucasfilm thinks the world of Johnson’s effort; they’ve already announced that he’ll be helming a new Star Wars trilogy set in a heretofore unexplored time period and area of the galaxy.

On the day the new movie is released, the score drops as well, featuring the typically outstanding work of Academy Award-winning film music icon John Williams. Fans will have to wait a bit longer for Jason Fry’s novelization, which releases in March. For those who need something sooner than that, Canto Bight, released earlier this week, tells several tales from the opulent, high-stakes casino city to be introduced in The Last Jedi, while Delilah S. Dawson’s Phasma explores the backstory of Gwendoline Christie’s chrome-armored villain.

The third and concluding installment in the current trilogy won’t come until 2019, but that doesn’t mean there’s no more Star Wars on the more immediate horizon. Coming on the heels of last year’s Rogue One, the second standalone film is scheduled for release on May 25, 2018. That movie will be Solo, the origin story of everyone’s favorite smuggler, scoundrel, and nerf-herder, Han Solo. The title character will be played by Alden Ehrenreich, while the multitalented Donald Glover will portray his good buddy Lando Calrissian; such names as Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Thandie Newton will round out the cast. That movie is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ron Howard based on a script by Lawrence Kasdan (writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as The Force Awakens) and his son Jon, while the music will be provided by John Powell.

Star Wars is arguably the most popular movie franchise of all time, and patrons will always be looking for the latest and greatest related titles. You can SmartBrowse on our website for all this media and more to lead into The Last Jedi and Solo. And if your library is a hoopla member, patrons can log in anytime to check out movie scores as well as original eBooks and comics for enjoyment at home or on the go.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hot This Week: December 4

There's a slew of new movies on the first hot list of December. Taylor Swift stays strong for a second week atop the music chart, followed by the new release from husband and wife country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. There's just one new novel on the fiction list: a new Alex Cross novel from bestseller James Patterson, while the popular titles in non-fiction see only minor shuffling.

Movies
  1. The Hitman's Bodyguard (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Girls Trip (Blu-ray)
  4. The Dark Tower (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (Blu-ray)
  6. Cars 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. War for the Planet of the Apes (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Wind River (Blu-ray)
  9. Wonder Woman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Leap! (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  2. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, The Rest of Our Life
  3. Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All
  4. Pentatonix, A Pentatonix Christmas
  5. P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
  6. Maroon 5, Red Pill Blues
  7. Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
  8. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  9. Post Malone, Stoney
  10. Chris Brown, Heartbreak on a Full Moon
Fiction
  1. The People vs. Alex Cross, James Patterson
  2. The Rooster Bar, John Grisham
  3. Origin, Dan Brown
  4. Hardcore Twenty-Four, Janet Evanovich
  5. The Midnight Line, Lee Child
  6. End Game, David Baldacci
  7. Artemis, Andy Weir
  8. Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson
  9. Two Kinds of Truth, Michael Connelly
  10. Uncommon Type, Tom Hanks
Non-Fiction
  1. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  2. Grant, Ron Chernow
  3. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  4. Bobby Kennedy, Chris Matthews
  5. Killing England, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Sisters First, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
  7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  8. Endurance, Scott Kelly
  9. What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton
  10. Hacks, Donna Brazile