Flick Picks 8/26/14: Blended, The Double, The Normal Heart

What's new on DVD at the Library This Week

ENTERTAINMENT You say that you want more of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore after watching The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates for the 1000th time? Your wish has come true! In Blended, Sandler and Barrymore play single parents who coincidentally find themselves on the same African safari after a disastrous blind date. Will they find true love? Can their kids coexist without murdering each other? Will comic mayhem ensue? Watch and find out! Next, The Double takes a modern Dostoyevskian look at a downtrodden worker (Jesse Eisenberg) whose charismatic lookalike (also played by Eisenberg) becomes a coworker and begins to take over his life.

HBO's production of The Normal Heart, based on Larry Kramer's 1985 play, features a cast jam-packed with stars like Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Alfred Molina and Taylor Kitsch as it tells the story of the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York City. It won an Emmy Monday night so it will be in demand! Finally, Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson are a divorced pair who scheme to steal a diamond from the wealthy financier who was responsible for the loss of their retirement nest egg in The Love Punch.

SERIES There are a few new treats for British TV lovers starting with the BBC's new take on everyone's favorite skilled French 17th century fencers in The Musketeers. Also from England is Breathless, a doctor drama set in the early 1960s and season 2 of the P.G. Wodehouse series Blandings.

We've also got a couple of new Italian police shows this week. Donna Detective follows the title character as she leads an investigative squad in Rome while dealing with family issues. Seasons 1 and 2 of Inspector Manara give us a cop who makes a fresh start in a small Tuscan town only to find that an old girlfriend from the police academy is also on the force.

Back on this side of the pond there's not shortage of new series this week as we get season 2 of the modern take on Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, season 3 of the, um, revenge drama Revenge and more zombies with season 4 of The Walking Dead.

SUBTITLED: Based on a book by Jo Nesbo, Jackpot is a darkly comic bloody tale of Christmas tree factory supervisor who wakes up surrounded by a pile of corpses. In Young and Beautiful, acclaimed French director Francois Ozon gives us the portrait of a young woman who becomes a call girl.

DOCUMENTARIES: If you are interested in the people who are leading the push for green energy technology then you will want to check out the Discovery Channel special Earth: The Sequel.

All of our new and upcoming DVDs can be found in Bibliocommons.

2014 Emmy Awards

Monday night brought us another great crop of Emmy winners. Here are the big ones!

American Horror Story (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie - Jessica Lange; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie - Kathy Bates)
The Big Bang Theory (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons)
Breaking Bad (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn; Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul; Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series; Outstanding Drama Series)
Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Series)
The Good Wife (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Julianna Margulies; Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Dylan Baker)
JFK (American Experience) (Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special)
Louie (Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series)
Masters of Sex (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Allison Janney)
Modern Family (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell; Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series; Outstanding Comedy Series)
The Normal Heart (Outstanding Television Movie)
Orange is the New Black (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Laverne Cox)
Sherlock (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch; Outstanding Guest Actor in a Miniseries or Movie - Martin Freeman; Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special)
True Detective (Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series)
Veep (Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus)

 
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