Latest DVDs, CDs, books: Feb. 22, 2011

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


"Megamind" (PG): Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey lead the vocal cast of this computer-animated romp about a super-villain who’s lured to the good side.

Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis make odd-couple traveling companions in the comedy "Due Date" (R). Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek headline "Get Low" (PG-13), about a Depression-era hermit planning his funeral — to be held before his death. A shotgun-wielding stranger (Michael Madsen) terrorizes a diner in "The Killing Jar" (not rated). On the foreign-language front, "Mesrine: Killer Instinct" (R) delivers the first chapter of a two-part saga about a notorious French gangster ("Black Swan’s" Vincent Cassel); the second half arrives in late March. And the "Stieg Larsson Trilogy" (R) collects the original Swedish adaptations of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequels, starring Noomi Rapace as goth hacker Lisbeth Salander.

"Memento" (R) gets the 10th-anniversary treatment, while 1957’s "Sweet Smell of Success" (not rated) and 1982’s "48 Hrs." (R) debut on Blu-ray.

Also in stores: Rutger Hauer and F. Murray Abraham in "Sword of War" (R); Kristin Scott Thomas in the French drama "Leaving" (not rated); the French documentary "Two in the Wave," about directors Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard; the Chinese documentary "Last Train Home" (not rated); "Les Miserables: The 25th Anniversary Concert" (not rated); and the TV transfers (all unrated) "Survivor 20: Heroes vs. Villains," "Weeds: Season Six," "Nurse Jackie: Season Two," and "Have Gun Will Travel: Fifth Season, Vol. Two."


Johnny Cash, "From Memphis to Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. 2": He may be dead, but his record label won’t let him die. And that’s a good thing, as Johnny Cash has earned a measure of immortality.

Still, not even 2Pac has had as many posthumous releases as The Man In Black.

The latest is a two-disc collection of rarities from his early Sun Records years and his first decade at Columbia.

Yeah, it’s another Cash grab, but one worth grabbing, nevertheless.

Also in stores: Adele, "21"; Joan Armatrading, "Live at the Royal Albert Hall"; Bayside, "Killing Time"; Jeff Beck, "Rock ‘n’ Roll Party: Honoring Les Paul"; DevilDriver, "Beast"; Evergrey, "Glorious Collision"; The Low Anthem, "Smart Flesh"; Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx, "We’re New Here"; and Tahiti 80, "The Past, the Present & the Possible."


"Treachery in Death" by J.D. Robb: An overheard conversation puts Detective Eve Dallas and her partner Peabody on the trail of some crooked killer cops in the 32nd installment in the series set in a futuristic New York City.

Kim Harrison continues her paranormal series this week with "Pale Demon," which finds witch Rachel Morgan hitting the road with a vampire, pixie and elf.

Also in stores: "Darkest Mercy" by Melissa Marr; "Death of a Chimney Sweep" by M.C. Beaton; "Devil’s Food Cake Murder" by Joanne Fluke; "Georgia Bottoms" by Mark Childress; "Gideon’s Sword" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; "Night Vision" by Randy Wayne White; "Now You See Her" by Joy Fielding; "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain; "A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (and a Trillion That We Don’t!)" by Mike Huckabee; "Snowdrops" by A.D. Miller; "The Union Quilters" by Jennifer Chiaverini; and "When the Killing’s Done" by T.C. Boyle.

Entertainment Videos
Andrew Carmean will be the only local participant in upcoming demolition derby
Andrew Carmean, a demolition driver, will be the only local participant in upcoming derby at the Plaza Hotel. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Masso Osteria first anniversary in Las Vegas
Scott Conant was in town Tuesday to host a one-year anniversary party for his Red Rock Resort restaurant Masso Osteria.
Baked Alaska a specialty at Favorite Bistro in Las Vegas
Award-winning pastry chef Claude Escamilla makes Baked Alaska with strawberry sorbet and vanilla gelato and flames it at Favorite Bistro at The Linq Promenade in Las Vegas. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Chili cooks face fierce and friendly competition at Nevada cook-off
Forty chili cooks competed in the Nevada State Chili Cookoff in Pahrump on Sunday, March 17, 2019, with the winners advancing to the World Championship Chili Cook-off in Des Moines, Iowa. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Arcade ‘speakeasy’ leads to secret door and Banksy art in Las Vegas
Arcade ‘speakeasy’ leads to secret door, Banksy art in Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Hazel in Las Vegas serves modern takes on traditional cocktails
Hazel serves modern takes on traditional cocktails (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas celebrates St. Patrick's Day
Tonight the city lit the Welcome sign green, McMullan's Irish Pub and the Guinness store also prepare for this weekend's St. Patrick's Day festivities. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Reuben sandwich at Served in Henderson, near Las Vegas
Matthew Meyer, chef/owner of Served, makes a Reuben sandwich with house-brined corned beef, house-made sauerkraut and gooey melted cheese at his restaurant in Henderson, outside Las Vegas. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Las Vegas day club season returns with big-name DJs
Rick Ross, March 23, at Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay The Chainsmokers, March 30, at Encore Beach Club Marshmello, April 6, Kaos Dayclub at the Palms Chuckie, May 11, Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Calvin Harris, May 11, Wet Republic at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Pizza expert Chris Bianco makes meatballs in Las Vegas
Chris Bianco, who was the keynote speaker at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, demonstrates meatball making for expo attendees. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas pulmonologist talks about new movie dealing with cystic fibrosis
Dr. Craig Nakamura, Director of Cystic Fibrosis Center of Southern Nevada, talks about the upcoming romantic drama “Five Feet Apart” where both of the lead characters suffer from cystic fibrosis. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
World Pizza Champion crowned in Las Vegas
At the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, Italian pizzaiolo Federico De Silvestri took the top prize and more than $12,000. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Italian wins Pizza Maker of the Year at Pizza Expo
Federico De Silvestri of Verona, Italy, wins the finals in the non-traditional pizza category during the International Pizza Challenge at the International Pizza Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center Thursday, March 7, 2019. De Silvestri went on to beat winners from each of the four other categories — traditional, pan, pizza Napoletana and Roman — to win Pizza Maker of the Year. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Good Pie Coming To Arts District
Local pizzaiolo Vincent Rotolo says Good Pie is coming to the Arts District. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Local comedian says "It's ok to laugh, ...the comedy club is dark."
K-Von, a half-Persian comedian, talks about his style of comedy which keeps audiences entertained.
Pizza Dough Throwing Competition
Contestants participate in the World Pizza Games at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, Wednesday night. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
World Pizza Games showcased in Las Vegas
The World Pizza Games, part of the International Pizza Expo, drew competitors from all over the world to Las Vegas to compete in events such as dough stretching and box folding. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Pizza competitors dazzle at international expo
The International Pizza Expo at Las Vegas Convention Center included the first rounds of the World Pizza Games. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas showcases products and trends
At the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, vegan and gluten-free menu choices and compostable packaging were highlighted, as well as Detroit-style and Roman-style pizza. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Chef Dan Krohmer talks about a new restaurant
Chef Dan Krohmer talks about the construction of his new restaurant at Fremont Street’s Fergusons Downtown complex in downtown Las Vegas. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Neon Museum lights up the Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign
The Neon Museum in Las Vegas flipped the switch on its latest acquisition Monday night, the Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
A Taste of Eataly Las Vegas
Executive Chef Nicole Brisson gives a tour around Eataly Las Vegas, located in the Park MGM. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Order a pretty purple cocktail at North Italia in Las Vegas
Order a pretty purple cocktail at North Italia in Las Vegas (Janna Karel/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Towering triple decker sandwich at Sadelle’s at Bellagio in Las Vegas
Jonah Resnick, executive chef of Sadelle’s, the newest restaurant at Bellagio in Las Vegas, serves a daunting concoction of roast beef layered with house-made cole slaw, turkey and more cole slaw, on rye bread. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal)
Paris Las Vegas Debuts New Eiffel Tower Light Show
The Paris in Las Vegas unveiled its latest Eiffel Tower light show, Wednesday evening. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Video: Las Vegas Omelet House Marks 40th anniversary
Omelet House at Charleston Boulevard and Rancho Drive in Las Vegas, which opened in 1979, is a locals’ favorite, known for fluffy six-egg omelets. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Golden Knights' Ryan Reaves readying new beer
Ryan Reaves, a forward with the Golden Knights, has plans for a second beer, a lager, through his 7Five Brewing Co. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Bellagio Adds Lady Gaga To The Fountain Playlist
Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” has been added to the rotation of classic tunes played for the dancing waters at Lake Bellagio. The song debuted at 6 p.m. Monday. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Comedian uses laughter to bring understanding about AIDS
Comedian Brandon Cox Sanford talks about how he uses his comedy sketches to bring light to his AIDS diagnosis. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
20th anniversary of the House of Blues in Las Vegas
Sasha Rincon-Camacho, regional marketing director, talks about the 20th anniversary of the House of Blues in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
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