THE LIST: DVDs, CDs and books hitting stores this week


“21” (PG-13): It’s everybody’s what-happens-in-Vegas dream: taking the casinos for millions. And in the ’90s, a team of math-whiz college students did exactly that. This slick, fictionalized version of the best-selling “Bringing Down the House” — filmed on locations at casinos from Planet Hollywood to Red Rock Resort — recounts their adventures, as Massachusetts Institute of Technology students (led by Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth), under the tutelage of a calculating professor (Kevin Spacey), take their card-counting expertise to the Strip, winning millions at blackjack — and attracting the ire of an old-school casino enforcer (Laurence Fishburne).

Also out today: “Las Vegas: Season Five” (Unrated); “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (R); “Vampyr” (Unrated); “Pete Kelly’s Blues” (Unrated); “Blues in the Night” (Unrated); “Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning” (PG-13); “Picture This!” (PG-13); “Turn the River” (R); and “Celine: The Unauthorized Life Story of Celine Dion” (PG-13).


Miley Cyrus, “Breakout”: Get ready to administer CPR to your kid sister, for there will be a lot of hyperventilating tweens come today when the new disc from Disney wunderkind Miley Cyrus hits the shelves like a candy-coated atom bomb.

Cyrus, and her alter ego Hannah Montana, are fresh from one of the hottest tours of late ’07-early ’08, and she’s out to capitalize on it with lots of fist-in-the-air, girl power singalongs that’ll have all the lil’ ones courting laryngitis.

Better stock up on the Chloraseptic now, moms.

Also in stores: Black Kids, “Partie Traumatic”; Candlebox, “Into the Sun”; Dr. Dog, “Fate”; Buddy Guy, “Skin Deep”; Nine Inch Nails, “The Slip”; One Day as a Lion, “One Day as a Lion”; Soundtrack, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe”; Sugarland, “Love on the Inside”; Danny Tenaglia, “Futurism”; and Paul Weller, “22 Dreams.”


“The Dangerous Days of Daniel X” by James Patterson: Daniel has special powers. He can change himself into any shape he chooses and manipulate objects and animals with his mind. After his parents are murdered, he uses those powers to track down their killer and take on his father’s role as an alien hunter.

Also hitting shelves: “Riven” by Jerry B. Jenkins; “Damage Control: A Novel of Suspense” by J.A. Jance; “Moscow Rules” by Daniel Silva; “Into the Fire” by Suzanne Brockmann; “Breaking Cover” by J.D. Rhoades; “Tiny Little Troubles” by Marc Lecard; “The Three of Us” by Julia Blackburn; and “When We Were Romans” by Matthew Kneale.

Incarcerated Christmas
This is the fourth year HOPE for Prisoners has worked with the Nevada Department of Corrections to create a Christmas for prisoners to visit their families. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
2018 Homeless Vigil
Straight From The Streets holds its 23rd annual vigil to remember the 179 homeless individuals who died in Clark County this year.
Getting through the Holiday blues
Psychologist Whitney Owens offers advice on keeping your mental health in check during the Holiday season in Henderson, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military program gave meal kits to 200 families at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10047 in Las Vegas Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. It all started with a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum. A soldier, his wife and infant had a handful of grocery items they couldn't afford. A Beam Suntory employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries. The program has grown from providing 500 meal kits to military families in 2009 to providing more than 7,000 nationally this holiday season.K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women at WestCare Women Children Campus in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Former 51s manager Wally Backman chats about new job
Former Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman talks about his new job with the independent league Long Island Ducks during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 10, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pearl Harbor survivor Edward Hall talks about his memories of Dec. 7, 1941
U.S. Army Corps Edward Hall, a 95-year-old survivor of Pearl Harbor talks about his memories of that horrific day. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Roy Choi on cooking for Park MGM employees
As he prepares to open his new restaurant Best Friend later this month at Park MGM, celebrity chef Roy Choi took the time to cook for the resort’s employees Tuesday. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas Great Santa Run
People participated in the 14th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run which raises cubs for Opportunity Village.
World Holidays Exhibit At The Natural History Museum
Migratory Bird Day teaches adults and kids to celebrate birds
Different organizations offered activities for kids and adults to learn about birds and celebrate their migration journey at Sunset Park. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
"Jackson: The Red Rock Canyon Burro" is a children's book about Red Rock Canyon
"Jackson: The Red Rock Canyon Burro" is a children's book about Red Rock Canyon (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Interfaith Amigos speak in Las Vegas
Celebrity photographer dedicates dance book to Las Vegas shooting victims
Behind the scenes with local celebrity photographer Jerry Metellus as he talks about his Dance For Vegas coffee book dedicated to the 58 victims of the October 1 shooting. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Dreamsickle Kids Foundation founder Gina Glass talks awareness
Gina Glass, 35, founded Dreamsickle Kids Foundation to raise awareness for sickle cell disease in Nevada. (Jessie Bekker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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