2017 Grammy Winners

Below are the winners of the 2017 Grammy Awards and links to the albums you can check out from the library:

Album of the Year25-adele
25 by Adele

Record of the Year
“Hello” by Adele featured on 25

Song of the Year
“Hello” by Adele featured on 25

Best Rap Album
Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Lemonade by Beyonce

Best Rock Song lemonade
“Blackstar” by David Bowie featured on Blackstar

Best New Artist
Chance the Rapper

Best Pop Vocal Album
25 by Adele

Best R&B Song
“Lake by the Ocean” by Maxwell featured on Black Summers ‘ Night

Best R&B Album
Lalah Hathaway Live by Lalah Hathaway

Best Rap Song
“Hotline Bling” by Drake featured on Views blackstar

Best Dance/Electronic Album 
Skin by Flume

Best Music Video
“Formation” by Beyonce featured on Lemonade

Best Country Song
“Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw featured on Damn Country Music

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin by Willie Nelson

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Culcha Vulcha by Snarky Puppy views

Best Rock Album
Tell Me I’m Pretty by Cage the Elephant

Best Alternative Music Album
Blackstar by David Bowie

Best Country Album
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson

Best New Age Album
White Sun II by White Sun

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Take Me to the Alley by Gregory Porter tell-me-im-pretty

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Country for Old Men by John Scofield

*For the complete list of winners, visit the Grammy website!

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New Releases 2/14

Movies girl-on-the-train
The Girl on the Train
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
London Town
Hero with a Thousand Faces
The Witness

T.V. Series mercy-street-s2
The Bureau, Season 2
Mercy Street, Season 2
Deep Water
Hap and Leonard, Season 1
Quarry, Season 1

Drogas Light by Lupe Fiasco
Zombies on Broadway by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Elwan by Tinariwen zombies-on-broadway
Temple of I & I by Thievery Corporation
D Most: Mostly Swinging by Donny Most
Songs of Cinema by Michael Bolton
Brett Young by Brett Young
No Culture by Mother Mother
Fifty Shades Darker Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

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New Releases 2/7

Movies trolls
Kevin Hart: What Now?
Max Steel
The Eagle Huntress
The 9th Life of Louis Drax
Justice League Dark
The Take
Frank & Lola
Blackway vice-principals-season-1-1473938358
Burn Country
American Pastoral
Killing Regan
The Tenth Man
Before I Kick the Bucket
Getaways, Series 1, 2, & 3
Aurora: Fire in the Sky
Look at Us Now, Mother!
Forced Perspective remnants

T.V. Series
The Vice Principals, Season 1
Graves, Season 1

Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope by Reba McEntire
Take Whatever You Want by Emily Estefan
Little Fictions by Elbow
Process by Sampha
About U by Munanorse-mythology
Fire on the Floor by Beth Hart
J’ouvert by Wyclef Jean
Remnants by Leann Rimes
The Garden by Kari Jobe

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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The Male Star of the 1960s was…Sidney Poitier

Common wisdom marks Steve McQueen or Lee Marvin as the most iconic Hollywood male star of the 1960s.  Also to be considered is Paul Newman, who had an excellent decade, including his “H” movies:  The Hustler, Hud, Harper and Hombre.  However, a little investigation reveals that an actor rarely if ever considered emblematic of the period may have had the best record of quality films, was popular, won awards, and was instrumental in breaking down societal barriers via his persona:  slow to anger, honest, heroic, noble.  This star is Sidney Poitier.  David Shipman wrote, “Over the years the public grew to like and respect and trust him.  Like all the best screen actors he has presence and integrity.”

Poitier was born in Miami to visiting Bahamian parents in 1927.  After returning from the Bahamas to Miami when he was 15, he traveled to New York and joined the American Negro Theatre.  His first Hollywood film was the raw, racially-charged No Way Out (1950).  This was no stretch for 20th Century Fox’s production chief Darryl Zanuck, who’d never been afraid to green light projects other studios considered taboo.  Consider the light focused on downtrodden Okies in The Grapes of Wrath (1941), lynch mob mentality in The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), American anti-Semitism in Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), mental patients in The Snake Pit (1948), and the African American woman passing for white in Pinky (1949).  In No Way Out, Poitier maintained his cool as a doctor treating the bigoted criminal played by Richard Widmark, at whose house he stayed during his early days in Hollywood.  (Contrary to his notable psychopathic gangster roles in the late 40s, Widmark was in reality a milk-drinker, compassionate liberal, and ultra-professional actor.)  When Poitier’s mother and father saw the film, their first, in Nassau, his mother rose to her feet and shouted at the screen when Widmark’s character was pummeling her son:  “Hit him back, Sidney!  Hit him back!  You never did nothing to him!”blackboard-jungle

Poitier’s next major step toward leading man status and stardom was as a high school delinquent in Blackboard Jungle (1955).  Unlike Vic Morrow’s switchblade-wielding creep, Poitier’s character was changed for the better by his teacher, Richard Dadier (Glenn Ford).  Shipman wrote, “Poitier looked young enough to play the student,…caught between decency and delinquency.  In that he really made his mark,….”

For 1957’s longshoremen saga, Edge of the City, with John Cassavetes, Poitier was nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.  (He and Cassavetes would co-star again the following year in the British film Virgin Island.)  In 1958 he opposed Rock Hudson in the grim Robert Ruark tale of the Kenyan Mau-Mau uprising, Something of Value.  For The Defiant Ones (1958) with Tony Curtis, Poitier received a number of nominations and awards, winning the BAFTA and Germany’s Silver Bear.  In his second autobiography, The Measure of a Man, he convincingly deciphered the ending, which as often as not caused critics to question its validity.  After this success, who else had the standing to play the lead in the prestigious 1959 Samuel Goldwyn film version of the seminal American stage production, Porgy and Bess?

Thepressure-point 1960s started off with All the Young Men, with Poitier as a Korean war combat soldier.  (President Truman had begun the abolition of segregation in the military with an 1948 Executive Order, two years before the conflict began.)  This was followed by Poitier’s role as Walter Younger in A Raisin in the Sun (1961), a role he’d originated and played on Broadway from 1959 to 1960.  Paris Blues (1961) featured Poitier as jazz musician opposite Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.  In 1962’s Pressure Point he was a psychiatrist treating a sociopath played by Bobby Darin.

Poitier re-teamed with Widmark for the 1963 tongue-in-cheek Viking/Moorish saga, The Long Ships.  It was the next film that year that solidified his standing as a major star:  Lilies of the Field.  Poitier won a Best Actor Academy Award for his itinerant handyman helping immigrant nuns build a chapel.

Nineteen-sixty-five bedford incidentwas a banner year.  Poitier was back with Widmark as a correspondent on a U.S. Navy vessel in the 1965 Cold War thriller, The Bedford Incident.  In director George Stevens’ mammoth The Greatest Story Ever Told, he played Simon of Cyrene.  For A Patch of Blue, in which he displayed compassion toward the blind girl played by Elizabeth Hartman, he received various acting nominations.  In The Slender Thread he helped talk Anne Bancroft down from a planned suicide.  Times were changing, and nothing was made of Poitier playing former Buffalo Soldier turned horse breaker helping James Garner stave off an Indian attack in Duel at Diablo (1966).

Nineteen-sixty-seven was even better than 1965 for Poitier, who had three very big hits:  To Sir, With Love, In the Heat of the Night, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?  To Sir putin-the-heat-of-the-night Poitier back in the classroom, but this time in Britain as a teacher, not one of the delinquents as he had been in 1955’s Blackboard Jungle.  Pop singer Lulu had a monster hit with the eponymous title song.  In the Heat of the Night was the Academy Award-winning Best Picture that year, and although Poitier was nominated for the BAFTA, the Golden Globe, and the Laurel Award, Rod Steiger’s portrayal of a tough Southern sheriff who comes to respect Poitier’s Detective Tibbs from Philly received the Academy Award.  (Steiger could easily have won for The Pawnbroker in 1965, but Lee Marvin’s double gunslinger duty in Cat Ballou netted him the statuette.)  Some argued that Poitier was just too perfect to be realistic in Guess, in which his physician character meets for the first time the Draytons (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn), the upper middle class parents of his white girlfriend, Joanna (Katharine Houghton).  Others have rebutted this, insisting that Poitier had the gravitas and was the perfect black man to essay the role at the perfect time.  It would be more unrealistic for Joanna to bring home a janitor or cook.  There were stirring monologues, and perhaps the best was Poitier’s counter to his father at the end of a heated discussion:  “You think of yourself as a black man, I think of myself as a man.”  Fears that the film would be shunned in the South were unfounded and it made an astounding $70,000,000 on a $4,000,000 budget.  Poitier’s status was such that his name on the poster came between Tracy and Hepburn.  This triumvirate made Poitier #1 in the Quigley poll of film star popularity for 1968.

Poitier’s sixties closed out with a gentle love story from his own story, For Love of Ivy (1968), and a heist drama, The Lost Man (1969).  He married his co-star from the latter, Joanna Shimkus.

There would be a number of good films to come, but as with most stars, even superstars, there is one period when their films are uniformly excellent, their star shines brightly, and they represent an era.  The Sixties was that for Sidney Poitier.

By Kim


Holston, Kim.  Richard Widmark:  A Bio-Bibliography.  Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, 1990.

Poitier, Sidney.  The Measure of a Man:  A Spiritual Autobiography.  New York:  Harper Collins, 2000.

Shipman, David.  The Great Movie Stars:  The International Years.  Sydney:  Angus and Robertson, 1972.

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New Releases 1/31

Movies queen-of-katwe
Queen of Katwe
Tyler Pery’s Boo! A Madea Halloween
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Gimme Danger

T.V. Series victoria
Ballers, Season 2

A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat by Train
The Devil Don’t Sleep by Brantley Gilbert
Near to the Wild Heart of Life by Japandroids
Life Without Sound by Cloud Nothings a-girl-a-bottle-a-boat
Ty Segall by Ty Segall
Wow Gospell 2017
Road Less Traveled by Lauren Alaina
White Friday (CM9) by Yo Gotti

Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin

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2017 SAG Awards Winners


Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series
William H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series
Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television people-v-ojmovie or limited series
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or limited series
Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series
John Lithgow, The Crown

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series
Claire Foy, The Crown

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series
Stranger Things

Stunt ensemble
Game of Thrones

Motion Picturesmoonlight

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role
Viola Davis, Fences

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role
Emma Stone, La La Land

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role
Denzel Washington, Fences

Stunt ensemble
Hacksaw Ridge

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture
Hidden Figures

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New Releases 1/24

Movies light-between-oceans
The Light Between Oceans
Operation Chromite
The Handmaiden

T.V. Series
Sherlock, Season 4

Music sherlock-s4
AFI (The Blood Album) by AFI
Hang by Foxygen
2017 Grammy Nominees

Fatal by John Lescroart
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

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New Releases 1/17

Movies keeping-up-with-the-joneses
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise
Keeping Up with the Joneses

T.V. Series
Rizzoli & Isles, Season 7
12 Monkeys, Season 2

Music the-wave
I See You by The XX
The Wave by Tom Chaplin
Feel Your Feelings Fool! by The Regrettes
Fear < Love by Jake Clemons
Oczy Mlody by The Flaming Lips
Rise by Danny Gokey
Kings and Kings by Blackie & The Rodeo Kings my-life-my-love-my-legacy
Run the Jewels 3 by Run the Jewels

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King

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Live By Night Book to Movie Event


Calling all book and movie lovers! Join us at the Movie Tavern at Main Street in Exton to watch Live by Night. We’ll have a discussion after the movie for anyone interested in discussing and comparing details from the book and movie.

Get popcorn and a drink for $7.50 by showing your library card!

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2017 Golden Globe Winners

The 74th Golden Globe Award Ceremony took place on January 8th, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Check out some of the winners below.

Best Motion Picture, Drama moonlight

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
La La Land

Best Actor, Drama
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress, Drama
Isabelle Huppert, Elle la-la-land

Best Actor, Comedy or Musical
Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Best Actress, Comedy or Musical
Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress fences
Viola Davis, Fences

Best Television Drama Series
The Crown

Best Television Comedy or Musical Series

Best Actor, T.V. Series Drama
Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath the-crown

Best Actress, T.V. Series Drama
Claire Foy, The Crown

Best Actor, T.V. Series Comedy or Musical
Donald Glover, Atlanta

Best Actress, T.V. Series Comedy or Musical
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Best Miniseries or Television Film people-v-oj
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Actor, Miniseries or Television Film
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

Best Actress, Miniseries or Television Film
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Supporting Actor in a Series
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager night-manager

Best Supporting Actress in a Series
Olivia Colma, The Night Manager

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