THE LIST: DVDS, CDS AND BOOKS HITTING STORES THIS WEEK

DVDS

“Music and Lyrics” (PG-13), Hugh Grant plays Alex Fletcher, one-half of a pop group of ’80s fame (think Wham!; now think of the one who wasn’t George Michael and you have your character template). He is asked to write a song for a pop tartlet, and if it’s a hit, it could get him back in the game — but he has only four days to do it. Drew Barrymore is Sophie, the woman watering his plants. Circumstances lead to her becoming his lyricist. They bicker. They sing. They fall for each other. It’s a light, fluffy romantic comedy that relies heavily on the charm of Grant and Barrymore. Bonus features include additional scenes, a gag reel and a funny music video.

Also available today: “Catch & Release” (PG-13); “Because I Said So” (PG-13); “Breaking and Entering” (R); “Deliver Us From Evil” (Unrated); “Dirty Dancing 20th Anniversary Edition” (PG-13); “The Caine Mutiny: Collector’s Edition” (Unrated); “The Guns of Navarone: Collector’s Edition” (Unrated).

CDS

Bjork, “Volta”

It’s the only place you’ll hear African percussionist ensemble Konono No. 1, radio-friendly superproducer Timbaland and Lightning Bolt drummer/madman Brian Chippendale in the same place.

Yup, Bjork is back, predictable only in her lack of predictability, and she has surrounded herself with an eccentric cast of characters on her latest disc, “Volta.”

A dark, brooding album defined by its restlessness, Bjork once again proves herself to be the most malleable of musicians, twisting herself into new forms with each release.

As a result, “Volta” doesn’t go down easy, but it wouldn’t be a Bjork record if it did.

Also in stores: Paula Abdul, “Greatest Hits: Straight Up!”; Keren Ann, “Keren Ann”; The Bad Plus, “Prog”; Paris Bennett, “Princess P”; Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, “Strength and Loyalty”; Dave Mason, “Live at XM Satellite Radio”; Radiohead, “Com Lag”; Elliott Smith, “New Moon”; Barbra Streisand, “Live in Concert 2006”; Travis, “The Boy With No Name”; Bobby Valentino, “Special Occasion.”

BOOKS

Still writing at age 81, the king of crime fiction, Elmore Leonard, delivers his 40th novel, “Up in Honey’s Room” (William Morrow). As only Leonard can do it, the book, set in the last days of World War II, pulls together such characters as U.S. Marshall Carl Webster, a Heinrich Himmler look-alike and butcher, Walter Schoen, and Jurgen Schrenk and Otto Penzler, German POW’s who have escaped from an Oklahoma detention center.

Also out today: “After Dark” (Knopf) by Haruki Murakami; “The 6th Target” (Little, Brown) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro; “The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)” (Portfolio) by Seth Godin; “Free Fire” (Putnam) by C.J. Box; “The Savage Garden” (Putnam) by Mark Mills; and “Ghostwalk” (Spiegel & Grau) by Rebecca Stott.

Life Videos
MAGIC fashion convention showcases men's clothing trends
The MAGIC fashion convention has come to Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to showcase some of the hottest clothing trends for men. (Nathan Asselin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Army medic’s Afghanistan story told in new book
The graphic novel “Machete Squad” is based on journals written by Las Vegan Brent Dulak.
Las Vegas man talks about losing his wife
Dwayne Murray, 37, lost his wife, LaQuinta while she was at Centennial Hills Hospital. A jury awarded him $43 million last week after it said the hospital failed to perform the standard of care in administering a drug for her sickle cell disease.
Barber sets up shop in grandfather’s old shop
Andres Dominguez’s new barber shop is filled with memories of his grandfather, who ran the El Cortez landmark for more than 30 years. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Life and times of a 90-year-old horse player
Leo Polito of Las Vegas describes meeting legendary jockey and trainer Johnny Longden on the beach at Del Mar. Mike Brunker/Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Learning the history of singing bowls
Presentation at Summerlin Library teaches residents about the history of singing bowls (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Learning live-saving techniques in Stop the Bleed class
Leslie Shaffer, an AMR paramedic, shows how to control bleeding during a Stop the Bleed course at the Summerlin Library. The class is designed to teach anyone how to control and stop life-threatening bleeding. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vicki Richardson speaks about on the power of art
Artist and arts advocate Vicki Richardson talks about the power of art to inspire and challenge. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
DressCoders pairs tech with haute couture
DressCoders is a startup focused on haute couture garments. The company uses illuminated thread that is washable and can be sewn right into the fabric. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES 2019: Brava infrared oven
In cooking with the Brava infrared oven,there’s no preheating. the bulbs can reach 500 degrees in less than a second. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sinks Merge Style And Utility
Study could determine cause of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases
Dr. Aaron Ritter, director of clinical trials at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, discusses his research on how inflammation in the brain impacts Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. (Jessie Bekker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holocaust survivors talk about tragedy and friendship
Janos Strauss and Alexander Kuechel share their perspectives on life. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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