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Monday, September 23, 2019

Hot This Week: September 23

We start the fall season with some great new titles on our weekly list, including the top spot in each category. The new installment in the John Wick saga debuts in movies, along with the live-action adaptation of Aladdin. A new album from Post Malone tops the music chart with new discs from Melanie Martinez and new country supergroup the Highwomen coming along for the ride. Margaret Atwood's long-awaited follow-up to The Handmaid's Tale edges out Stephen King for #1 in fiction, while the latest from Malcolm Gladwell leads four new titles in nonfiction.

Movies
  1. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Men in Black: International (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Aladdin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Ma (Blu-ray)
  5. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. The Hustle (Blu-ray)
  7. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Rocketman (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Post Malone, Hollywood's Bleeding
  2. Taylor Swift, Lover
  3. Melanie Martinez, K-12
  4. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  5. Tool, Fear Inoculum
  6. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  7. Lana Del Rey, NFR!
  8. The Highwomen, The Highwomen
  9. Chris Brown, Indigo
  10. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
Fiction
  1. The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
  2. The Institute, Stephen King
  3. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  4. Killer Instinct, James Patterson and Howard Roughan
  5. The Girl Who Lived Twice, David Lagercrantz
  6. The Titanic Secret, Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul
  7. Vendetta in Death, J.D. Robb
  8. A Better Man, Louise Penny
  9. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  10. This Tender Land, William Kent Krueger
Nonfiction 
  1. Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Call Sign Chaos, Jim Mattis and Bing West
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. The Education of an Idealist, Samantha Power
  5. The Only Plane in the Sky, Garrett M. Graff
  6. Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge, Jeanine Pirro
  7. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  8. Lifespan, David A. Sinclair and Matthew D. LaPlante
  9. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  10. The Pioneers, David McCullough

Friday, September 20, 2019

Remembering Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek

Written by Jon Williams

The music world is in mourning this week after the recent passing of two popular figures: singer-songwriter Eddie Money and multitalented musician Ric Ocasek, best known as a member of the band the Cars.

Edward Mahoney took the stage name Eddie Money in 1968 when he moved from New York to California to pursue a career in music following a short stint as a trainee with the NYPD. Performing in clubs around San Francisco allowed him to steadily grow a fanbase and eventually secure a recording contract. He started with a bang; his self-titled debut album, released in 1977, contained “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” two big hits that are still in frequent rotation on classic rock stations. After a second album, Life for the Taking, in 1979, he hit his stride in the 1980s, releasing five albums that spawned hits like “Think I’m in Love,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “I Wanna Go Back,” and “Walk on Water.” His album production dipped after that, with just three released in the 1990s, followed by Wanna Go Back, an album covering hits from the 1960s, in 2007. A new album release was planned for July of this year, but was put on hold due to Money’s health issues.

Unfortunately, most of Money’s individual albums are currently out of print on CD, with the exceptions of Playing for Keeps (1980) and Where’s the Party? (1983). However, SmartBrowsing his name on our website will give you a choice of two greatest hits compilations and a live album. In addition, his 2007 covers album, Wanna Go Back, is available for patrons to borrow from hoopla digital.

Like Money, Ric Ocasek began his musical journey in the 1960s but saw his greatest success in the 1970s and ‘80s. He was one of the founding members of the Cars, who released their debut album in 1978. In their ten initial years together, they would release six albums and such timeless hits as “Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Shake It Up,” and “Drive.” After a 23-year breakup, the band reunited for a final album, Move Like This, in 2011, and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Ocasek also released seven albums as a solo artist. He was also a noted musical producer, both for the Cars and his own solo work in addition to bands like Weezer, No Doubt, and Bad Religion, among others.

Of the Cars’ albums, only Panorama (1980) and Heartbeat City (1984) are currently available on CD, but a SmartBrowse will show a number of compilations and soundtracks their music appears on. Luckily, all of their albums (and more) are available on hoopla digital for patrons to explore and enjoy, as are four of Ocasek’s solo albums.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Hot This Week: September 16

This week brings a slew of new titles your patrons will be looking for. The latest installment in the Men in Black franchise leads three new movie titles. Tool bumps Taylor Swift from the top spot in music, where a new album from Lana Del Rey also makes its debut. The fiction list sees new additions from J.D. Robb, William Kent Krueger, and Christine Feehan, while nonfiction is joined by a new memoir from Jim Mattis as well as one from rapper Rick Ross.

Movies
  1. Men in Black: International (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Ma (Blu-ray)
  3. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The Hustle (Blu-ray)
  6. Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Rocketman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Booksmart (Blu-ray)
  10. A Dog's Journey (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Tool, Fear Inoculum
  2. Taylor Swift, Lover
  3. Lana Del Rey, NFR!
  4. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  5. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  6. Chris Brown, Indigo
  7. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  8. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  9. Quality Control: Control the Streets, Volume 2
  10. Khalid, Free Spirit
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Vendetta in Death, J.D. Robb
  3. This Tender Land, William Kent Krueger
  4. A Better Man, Louise Penny
  5. The Girl Who Lived Twice, David Lagercrantz
  6. The Inn, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  7. The Dark Side, Danielle Steel
  8. The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware
  9. Dark Illusion, Christine Feehan
  10. One Good Deed, David Baldacci
Nonfiction 
  1. Call Sign Chaos, Jim Mattis and Bing West
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge, Jeanine Pirro
  4. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  5. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  6. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  7. Hurricanes, Rick Ross and Neil Martinez-Belkin
  8. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  9. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  10. Bad Blood, John Carreyrou

Monday, September 9, 2019

Hot This Week: September 9

New movies dominate the top half of this week's list, with the latest Godzilla monster flick taking top honors. In music, Taylor Swift's new album makes its first appearance at #1. Louise Penny nudges Delia Owens from the top spot in fiction this week, while Fox News commentator Jeanine Pirro's new book is the sole new entry for the week in nonfiction.

Movies
  1. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. The Hustle (Blu-ray)
  4. Rocketman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. A Dog's Journey (Blu-ray)
  8. Brightburn (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Long Shot (Blu-ray)
  10. The Curse of La Llorona (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Taylor Swift, Lover
  2. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  3. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  4. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  5. Chris Brown, Indigo
  6. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
  7. Khalid, Free Spirit
  8. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  9. NF, The Search
  10. Midland, Let It Roll
Fiction
  1. A Better Man, Louise Penny
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  3. The Girl Who Lived Twice, David Lagercrantz
  4. The Dark Side, Danielle Steel
  5. The Inn, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  6. One Good Deed, David Baldacci
  7. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  8. The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware
  9. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  10. Old Bones, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Nonfiction 
  1. Educated, Tara Westover
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge, Jeanine Pirro
  4. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  5. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  6. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  7. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  8. Bad Blood, John Carreyrou
  9. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  10. Kochland, Christopher Leonard

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hot This Week: September 3

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! Labor Day may have signaled the unofficial end of summer, but the summer blockbuster Avengers: Endgame reigns supreme on our movie list. Lionel Richie takes over the music chart for the week. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have the highest rated new title on the fiction list, while the nonfiction selection remains largely the same.

Movies
  1. Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The Hustle (Blu-ray)
  3. A Dog's Journey (Blu-ray)
  4. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Brightburn (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Long Shot (Blu-ray)
  7. The Curse of La Llorona (Blu-ray)
  8. Shazam! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. UglyDolls (Blu-ray)
  10. The Sun Is Also a Star
CD
  1. Lionel Richie, Hello from Las Vegas
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  4. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  5. Chris Brown, Indigo
  6. Rick Ross, Port of Miami 2
  7. Khalid, Free Spirit
  8. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
  9. Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind
  10. Killswitch Engage, Atonement
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Old Bones, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  3. The Inn, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  4. One Good Deed, David Baldacci
  5. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  6. The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware
  7. The Last Widow, Karin Slaughter
  8. The Bitterroots, C.J. Box
  9. Inland, Téa Obreht
  10. The Whisper Man, Alex North
Nonfiction 
  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. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  7. Kochland, Christopher Leonard
  8. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  9. Texas Flood, Alan Paul and Andy Aledort
  10. The Source of Self-Regard, Toni Morrison

Monday, August 26, 2019

Hot This Week: August 27

We go into the last week of August with the new Avengers movie making the list, and bringing its predecessor along for the ride. Heavy metal band Slipknot takes over the week's music chart, with new music from rapper Rick Ross debuting as well. New novels from C.J. Box, Stuart Woods, and Téa Obreht join the fiction list, while a book on power and politics and a biography of guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan do so in non-fiction.

Movies 
  1. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Long Shot (Blu-ray)
  4. The Curse of La Llorona (Blu-ray)
  5. The Intruder (Blu-ray)
  6. Shazam! (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. UglyDolls (Blu-ray)
  9. Alita: Battle Angel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Hellboy (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind
  2. Rick Ross, Port of Miami 2
  3. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  4. Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaborations Project
  5. Chris Brown, Indigo
  6. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  7. Khalid, Free Spirit
  8. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
  9. NF, The Search
  10. Descendants 3 Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The Inn, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  3. The Bitterroots, C.J. Box
  4. One Good Deed, David Baldacci
  5. The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
  6. The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware
  7. Outfox, Sandra Brown
  8. Chances Are..., Richard Russo
  9. Contraband, Stuart Woods
  10. Inland, Téa Obreht
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. Kochland, Christopher Leonard
  7. Texas Flood, Alan Paul and Andy Aledort
  8. The Source of Self-Regard, Toni Morrison
  9. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  10. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates

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.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Hot This Week: July 22

The remake of the 1989 horror flick Pet Sematary, based on the novel by Stephen King, takes over this week's movie listing, with three other films making the list for the first time as well. Billie Eilish returns to the top of the music chart with her popular album. New novels from Nora Roberts, Adrian McKinty, and Beatriz Williams debut in fiction, while new books on women's sexuality and the life of JFK Jr. do the same in non-fiction.

Movies 
  1. Pet Sematary (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Little (Blu-ray)
  3. Dumbo (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Escape Plan: The Extractors (Blu-ray)
  5. Captain Marvel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Us (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Wonder Park (Blu-ray)
  8. The Professor (Blu-ray)
  9. The Best of Enemies (Blu-ray)
  10. After (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  2. Chris Brown, Indigo
  3. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  4. Khalid, Free Spirit
  5. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  6. Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins
  7. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
  9. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  10. Drake, Scorpion
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Under Currents, Nora Roberts
  3. Summer of '69, Elin Hilderbrand
  4. City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Backlash, Brad Thor
  6. The Chain, Adrian McKinty
  7. Lost and Found, Danielle Steel
  8. Mrs. Everything, Jennifer Weiner
  9. Unsolved, James Patterson and David Ellis
  10. The Golden Hour, Beatriz Williams
Non-Fiction 
  1. Educated, Tara Westover
  2. Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
  3. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  4. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  5. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  6. America's Reluctant Prince, Steven M. Gillon
  7. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  8. The British Are Coming, Rick Atkinson
  9. Alone at Dawn, Dan Schilling and Lori Chapman Longfritz
  10. The Man Who Sold America, Joy-Ann Reid