Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Brent's Picks 8/10 on Southeast Texas Live

Bringing it back to live television for KBTV FOX 4's "Southeast Texas Live" today at 3 p.m. talking about my favorite new releases in books, music and movies - including the star-studded soundtrack "Suicide Squad The Album" featuring Twenty One Pilots, Rick Ross, Skrillex, Lil' Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Eminem, Skylar Grey, Kehlani and more!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

#SKWAD I Need A Gangsta

#SKWAD All My Friends Are Heathens

#SKWAD Just A Sucka For Pain

#SKWAD Purple Lambo Lurkin'

Suicide Squad's Killer Soundtrack

"as Warner Bros.’ edgy new comic-book film “Suicide Squad” steamrolled into theaters, the movie’s soundtrack — featuring an eclectic mix of artists including Skrillex, Rick Ross, Kehlani, Lil Wayne, Imagine Dragons and Twenty One Pilots — was released and quickly became the bestselling album on iTunes, a rare cinematic one-two punch of simultaneous chart-topping box-office and album sales."

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-suicide-squad-soundtrack-20160728-snap-story.html

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DC Comics Weekend #GetPopCultured

Joining Nicole Murray today on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. talking about new releases including the Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice Ultimate Edition - and Barnes & Noble's ‪#‎GetPopCultured‬DC Comics Weekend. - "On Saturday, July 23, at 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble customers are invited to their local store to celebrate DC, home to popular Super Heroes and Super Villains including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Flash, as well as the Suicide Squad as seen in the feature film opening August 5. Customers will be the first to get a free Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad Special Edition #1 comic, while supplies last, and enjoy giveaways, activities and cosplay.
"Plus, customers can receive a special buy 2 get the 3rd free offer on all DC Graphic Novels from July 20 through July 24.
"Other exciting giveaways available at the event, while supplies last, will include a sampler of the new DC Super Hero Girls universe, including sneak peeks at the DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis Original Graphic Novel and the Supergirl at Super Hero High Middle Grade Reader Novel. Stores will also feature the ever-popular DC Entertainment Graphic Novels Essentials and Chronology 2016, plus posters and bookmarks."

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Free State Of Brent

I'll be on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Thursday talking about my favorite books, music and movies of the week - including Texas author Victoria Bynum's The Free State Of Jones, Colvin & Earle's new album, 10 Cloverfield Lane on home video, Freddie Prinze Jr's celebrity cookbook (wait, what?) and more!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Renegade South - Blog From The Writer Of The Free State Of Jones

"As a historian who began digging into records and documents about ordinary and extraordinary people some thirty years ago, I’ve long wanted to share the history of those people with a broader audience. Whether you are a historian or someone who just likes history, this blog was created with you in mind.
"As the blog’s title, Renegade South, suggests, I study southern dissenters of the nineteenth century. Several kinds of renegades pass through the pages of my books and articles: Civil War Unionists and outlaws, multiracial people, unruly women, and political and religious nonconformists. My books, The Free State of Jones, Unruly Women, and The Long Shadow of the Civil War,  highlight such folks in the Mississippi Piney Woods, North Carolina Piedmont, and the “Big Thicket” region of Hardin County, Texas.
"It’s often hard to imagine that many white southerners opposed secession and served only grudgingly in the Confederate Army, if at all. Yet many did. Throughout the South, many put family, neighborhood, or religious and political beliefs ahead of secession. Many, in fact, hated the Confederacy with a passion, so much so that their backyards ran red with blood. Wherever they rose up, Confederates countered with deadly force. This sparked inner civil wars such as the one in Mississippi known as the Free State of Jones.
"Many people who contact me have recently learned that a southern great-great-grandfather opposed or abandoned the Confederacy, or even joined the Union army. Others have found a long-departed relative in one of my books, and are intrigued by what they’ve read about his or her life. Others merely hope that readers of Renegade South can help them solve a family mystery, and often they can. Whatever the reason, I truly enjoy being a people’s historian, and I especially love the thrill of discovering—and then being in a position to share—that ordinary people at times do extraordinary things.
"I hope those who enjoy Southern and Civil War history will also enjoy the essays on these pages. I also hope you’ll continue to contact me. The past is anything but dead, and is frequently invoked to justify present ideas and political actions. For these reasons as well, historical knowledge and perspectives should be shared and debated beyond school and college classrooms.
Victoria Bynum
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Texas State University

https://renegadesouth.wordpress.com/

The Free State Of Jones - Epic Trailer

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Brent's Picks - Dr. John Shines on Disney's The Jungle Book Motion Picture Soundtrack

Will be back on live television for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - talking about new releases like New Orleans musicians Dr. John (pictured) and Kermit Ruffins joining Bill Murray and Christopher Walken on Disney's "The Jungle Book" soundtrack - and more!

Monday, February 22, 2016

"The Secrets Of Lizzie Borden"


Southeast Texas author Brandy Purdy offers a new look at the legend of Lizzie Borden in her novel "The Secrets of Lizzie Borden." (Kensington 2016 paperback and e-book) Check out her blog: http://brandypurdy.blogspot.com/ and website www.brandypurdy.com for more on her work.

CriminalElement.Com has a feature on Purdy and her novel - including an exclusive excerpt - here: http://www.criminalelement.com/stories/2016/01/the-secrets-of-lizzie-borden-brandy-purdy-forty-whacks-comments-sweepstakes

Don't forget the book's Google Books and Goodreads pages:

Google Books: https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Secrets_of_Lizzie_Borden.html

Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25476259-the-secrets-of-lizzie-borden




Friday, February 12, 2016

Brent's Picks Very Deadpool Special Edition

Happy Deadpool Day! Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting today at 3 p.m. - with the latest Deadpool offerings from Marvel Comics, Rihanna's new CD, James Bond in Spectre on DVD and BluRay, a musical memoir from Dave Stewart and more!