The List: DVDs, CDs and books hitting stores this week


A look at some of the DVDs, CDs and books hitting stores this week:

DVDs

"Stealing Las Vegas" (not rated): Director Francisco Menendez, chairman of the UNLV film department, along with university colleagues and students, assembled this heist thriller starring Eric Roberts as a greedy casino owner.

Elsewhere, Snow White (Kristen Stewart) joins forces with the hunter (Chris Hemsworth) sent to kill her by the wicked queen (Charlize Theron) in "Snow White and the Huntsman" (PG-13). Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Quaid and Chris Rock star in "What to Expect When You're Expecting" (PG-13), the ensemble comedy based on the best-selling pregnancy guide. Overlooked by her single mom (Eva Mendes), a young girl (Cierra Ramirez) decides she's ready for her own coming-of-age story in "Girl in Progress" (PG-13). And Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria star in "For Greater Glory" (R), an adventure set during the 1920s Cristero War.

Topping today's TV transfers: "The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fifth Season," "Castle: The Complete Fourth Season," "The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Third Season," "Spartacus: Vengeance," "Blue Bloods: The Second Season," "Private Practice: The Complete Fifth Season," "Terra Nova: The Complete Series," "30 Rock: Season Six," "Kojak: Season Five" and "Up All Night: Season One."

CDs

ZZ Top, "La Futura": Their latest single is a reinterpretation of a hip-hop tune that's already been featured in a booze commercial.

In a way, ZZ Top evolves with the times, and in a way, they don't.

This is what gives the band its staying power.

The trio's "I Gotsta Get Paid," which has been used in a TV ad campaign for Jeremiah Weed, is a slinky, bluesy reimagining of Texas DJ DMD's "25 Lighters."

The fact that it's a tune about being a badass, albeit a slow-simmering one, fits neatly in with the band's winkingly boastful repertoire, which goes well with alcoholic beverages and Saturday nights.

But the source material falls far outside the Tex-Mex Southern rock boogie that initially made ZZ Top famous some four decades ago.

By continually tweaking that template, if only ever so slightly, their catalog has remained as iconic as their facial hair.

Also in stores: The Avett Brothers, "The Carpenter"; Blaqk Audio, "Bright Black Heaven"; Kix Brooks, "New to This Town"; David Byrne & St. Vincent, "Love This Giant"; Calexico, "Algiers"; Bucky Covington, "Good Guys"; Daddy Yankee, "Prestige"; DMX, "Undisputed"; Bob Dylan, "Tempest"; Nelly Furtado, "The Spirit Indestructible"; Jonny Greenwood, "The Master (Film soundtrack)"; The Helio Sequence, "Negotiations"; Hoobastank, "Fight or Flight"; Patterson Hood, "Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance"; Dave Matthews Band, "Away from the World"; NOFX, "Self Entitled"; Pet Shop Boys, "Elysium"; The Raveonettes, "Observator"; Therapy?, "A Brief Crack of Light"; Turbo Fruits, "Butter"; and The xx, "Coexist."

BOOKS

"Delusion in Death" by J.D. Robb: Lt. Eve Dallas is back on the case in this latest series installment as she investigates a mass murder that leaves 80 people dead and witnesses with wild delusions.

Also this week, Lee Child continues his Jack Reacher series with "A Wanted Man," in which the former military policeman finds himself in hot water after hitching a ride with the wrong people.

Also hitting shelves: "The Hunt" by L.J. Smith; "I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had" by Tony Danza; "The Price of Politics" by Bob Woodward; "Robert Ludlum's The Janus Reprisal" by Jamie Freveletti; "Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice" by Michael Brandman; "Telegraph Avenue" by Michael Chabon; "This Is How You Lose Her" by Junot Diaz; "Those We Love Most" by Lee Woodruff; and "Tilt" by Ellen Hopkins.

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