Monday, December 30, 2013

Best of SETX 2013

I pretended to be an entertainment writer back in the day, so here's my best of 2013 list for SETX: Best SETX 2013 Rock Artist (AND) Album: Purple "409" Best SETX Hip-Hop Artist: Bun B (yeah, okay he moved to Houston, but hasn't everyone?) Best SETX Country Singer: Kree Harrison Best SETX Blues Artist: Johnny Winter Best SETX Jazz Artist: Stacey Savino Best SETX (and SWLA) Zydeco Artist: Chris Ardoin Best SETX Electronic Artist: Japanese Carcrash Best SETX 2013 Live Performance: The Put-Downs Reunion Best SETX Visual Artist: Johnny Kreepo Pinstriping Best SETX Tattoo Artist: Johnny Johno Best SETX Book: Kenneth DeVille's Copper, Texas Best SETX Live Music Venue: The Art Studio, Inc. Best SETX Photographic Artist: (TIE) Scott Eslinger and Laura Kreepo Best SETX Film: Jesse Dayton's "ZOMBEX" (yes, he moved to Austin, but hasn't everyone?) Best SETX Television: "Southeast Texas Live" KBTV FOX 4 Best SETX Radio: Space Capsule KVLU Best SETX Print: Cat5 Best SETX Food: MOZ Grill Best SETX Drink: The Original Texas Legend Distillery LLC And SETX 2013 Entertainer of the Year - Hanna Brewer !

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

El Nook Dec 18 Edition

Ho ho ho - Brent brings the best in new releases and some gift-giving ideas on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with the soundtracks from Anchorman 2, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty and Saving Mr. Banks - and great kids' books for gifts including The Day The Crayons Quit, The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore and The Brick Shakespeare.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

El Nook Dec 11 Edition

Brent brings the beard and the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with the new R. Kelly CD and soundtracks from The Hobbit, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Nashville Season 2 - and new books from Dean Koontz, James Patterson, the Celebrity Chefs and more!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

El Nook Dec 04 Edition

Still feeling that turkey-coma? Brent brings the best in new releases and holiday gift ideas starting at 3 p.m. today on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live - with new CDs from Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood's "The Sound Of Music" soundtrack, The Voice's Danielle Bradbery and a holiday album from Joshua Bell and friends. New books include the latest from the late Tom Clancy, the next chapter in The Pretty Little Liars saga and more!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

El Nook Pre-Thanksgiving Edition

Have a happy holiday Hump Day as Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's "Southeast Texas Live" starting at 3 p.m. Today - with new CDs from British boy-band One Direction, a duet album from Norah Jones and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, the Disney's Frozen soundtrack and a new Broadway collection by Barbra Streisand! And new books from James Patterson, Hill Harper and Rick Yancey!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

El Nook Nov 6 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new CDs from James Blunt and The Wanted, the soundtrack from Black Nativity and a new Mannheim Steamroller Christmas CD - and new books by Fannie Flagg, Amy Tan and more!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

El Nook Oct 23 Edition

Happy Wednesday! Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. today - with new CDs from Katy Perry, Fifth Harmony, Il Volo and the Piano Guys - and new books by John Grisham, Dick and Liz Cheney, Veronica Roth and Wally Lamb.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

El Nook Oct. 16 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting today at 3 p.m. with new books by Anne Rice, Bridget Jones and House of Night - and new CDs by Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Mary J. Blige and more!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

El Nook Octoberfest Edition

Happy Octoberfest! Brent brings the best in new releases from Barnes & Noble to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today. With new CDs from Drake, Nelly, Hugh Laurie and Trombone Shorty - and new books from James Patterson and the writers of Dexter, Alex Rider and Pete The Cat!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

El Nook Sept 25 Edition

Count on Brent to bring the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting today at 3 p.m. - with new CDs from Elton John, Sting, Cher, Metallica and Glee - and new books from Stephen King, Bill O'Reilly and more!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

El Nook Sept. 18 2013

You can count on Brent to bring you the best in new releases from Barnes & Noble - on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today. New CDs include blues singer/guitarist Jonny Lang, a team-up of Elvis Costello and the Roots, electronic innovators Goldfrap and classic good-times act Earth Wind & Fire. New books include novels from romance master Nicholas Sparks, TV crime writer and detective Richard Castle, the next chapter in the Michael Vey saga and more!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

El Nook You-Look-Maaah-Velous Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases from Barnes & Noble to KBTV FOX 4's "Southeast Texas Live" starting at 3 p.m. today. With new CDs from Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Gloria Estefan and Gipsy Kings - and new books from Billy Crystal, Sue Grafton, Ellen Hopkins and more!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

El Book Nook - Rod Dynasty Edition

What do Rod Stewart and Uncle Si of Duck Dynasty have in common? Both are topics of discussion in this week's Book Nook. Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. today. New CDs include Trent Reznor's latest Nine Inch Nails album, Rod Stewart's Rarities collection and a couple of cool country compilations. New books include Si Robertson's "Si-Cology - Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle," and works from Clive Cussler, Sherrilyn Kenyon and more!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

El Book Nook Aug 21 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases this week to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday August 21. There are new soundtrack albums for Kick-Ass 2 and Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, a new CD from Jimmy Buffett and a live album with Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby. Sports writer Jim Dent's latest book is "The Kids Got It Right - How the Texas All-Stars Kicked Down Racial Walls." Other new books include "Night Film," "Al Capone Does My Homework" and more!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

El Nook Aug 14 Edition

Brent brings the latest in new releases and best-sellers to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday August 14. New music include Glen Campbell's final album "See You There," the Johnny Cash rarities album "Life Unheard," Bryan Ferry Orchestra's "Yellow Cocktail Music" from the film "The Great Gatsby," and Carrie Underwood's Blown Away Tour Live DVD. New books include Debbie Macomber's latest in the Cedar Grove series, Alex Greglan's Victorian mystery "The Black Country," Peter Stenson's zombie tale "Fiend" and more!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

El Nook Aug 7 Edition

Brent sorts through the stacks of new releases to bring the best of the week to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday August 7. New CDs this week include the latest from The Civil Wars and The Polyphonic Spree, the 40th Anniversary Elvis at Stax Records collection and Now That's What I Call Music 47! New books include Mistress by James Patterson, Collision 2012 by Dan Balz, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet and more!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

El Nook July 17

Happy Book Nook Wednesday! I'll bring the best in new releases today at 4 p.m. on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live - with new CDs from '80s synth-pop duo the Pet Shop Boys and country duo the Court Yard Hounds (featuring two members of the Dixie Chicks), as well as the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon fantasy series the Legend of Korra and Kidz Bop 24! Also, the new book by Danielle Steel, a memoir by Al Jourgensen of industrial rock act Ministry, a new biography on the influential all-girl rock band the Runaways and more!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Book Nook Z

Ready to fight some zombies? Brent brings the latest in new releases to entertain the troops at KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday June 26 - with CDs from Brad Pitt's favorite band Muse (who contributed songs to his zombie epic World War Z), as well as Natalie Cole, Straight No Chaser and Glee's Jane Lynch in the Broadway revival of Annie. Books include "The Art Of The Film World War Z" (featuring a behind the scenes look and the screenplay of the summer blockbuster), plus two - count them, two - new novels from James Patterson and more!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Muse - Isolated System - World War Z

Nook War Z

Are you ready for the zombie invasion? Brent brings the latest in new releases and best-sellers to help prepare KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. today. Highlights include the soundtrack to Brad Pitt's upcoming "World War Z" and an exclusive box set of Max Brook's novel "World War Z" and "The Zombie Survival Guide," as well as new CDs by Kanye West, Harry Connick Jr. and The Lonely Island. Also, new books by Neil Gaiman, Carl Hiaasen and more!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Nook & Furious 5-29-13

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday May 29 - with new CDs from Daft Punk, the Fast & Furious 6 soundtrack, the True Blood soundtrack, a new Rolling Stones DVD - and new books from Dean Koontz, Clive Cussler, the Duck Commander and more!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PARKER DVD

A longtime fan of the Parker series of crime novels, I've seen and enjoyed all of the films inspired by the books, from Lee Marvin's Point Blank to Mel Gibson's Payback. The latest heist flick, simply entitled Parker, stars Jason Statham as the singular thief and closely follows the written source material admirably. Statham plays the hard-boiled antihero a little more audience friendly at times, but by the bloody end he's all business. Jennifer Lopez shines as a street smart sidekick to Statham's mission of vengeance and financial compensation.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Star Trek Into Whiteness: The Wrath of Whitewashed Khan

Yeah, I know, I'm a nerd - but this making Khan a pasty white guy in Star Trek Into Darkness is really bugging me. Let me state right here at the start that I am a huge fan of alternate universes - changing genders, races and events in everything from Star Trek to Battlestar Galactica, Elementary, Hannibal and so on. Alternate universes are fun. And yes, J.J.'s two Trek films are set in an alternate universe, created by time travelers altering the original timeline - the arrival of Nero and Spock Prime lead to the destruction of the U.S.S. Kelvin, the death of Kirk's father and ultimately the death of Spock's planet, among other things. Going a step further, in Star Trek: First Contact, Picard's Enterprise pursues the Borg back in time which alters the events surrounding mankind's initial meeting with the Vulcans - and creating an alternate timeline which results in the series Star Trek: Enterprise. In that series, a prequel to J.J.'s movies, time travelers are waging a "temporal cold war," going back in time and changing events to alter the timeline even further. Humans meet Klingons much sooner this time around, and even battle the Borg without the help of Q. Here's the thing - even though I'm a longtime sci-fi nerd, I'm having a had time believing, let alone imagining, that time traveling agents would go back centuries just to change the ethnicity of Khan Noonien Singh from Indian to white. It stops the story cold. Usually, when an alternate universe presents a familiar character undergoing a gender or ethnicity change, it's an alternate universe from Day Zero, like the aforementioned Battlestar Galactica, Elelmentary, Hannibal, Casino Royale or even the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the upcoming Man of Steel. But J.J. Trek films are different - it's an alternate timeline created by meddlesome time travelers, not an entirely brand new universe. So for Khan to be changed from Indian to white, a time travel conspiracy seems to be the only logical explanation. (Perhaps that story will come in the comic book). Bottom line - a POC should have been cast as Khan, or John Harrison should have been another augment being mishandled by Section 31. Khan could have been one of the frozen augments in the torpedo tubes, and Harrison could have been Khan's chief engineer (which would be why Marcus wants him to help design ships and weapons). While I've heard some people say that it "just doesn't matter" that a white actor is playing Khan - I respond with the question "Is it important that a black actress play Uhura and an Asian actor play Sulu?" Yes. Yes it is.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Return of El Nook May 15 2013

Brent returns to the Book Nook bringing the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday May 15 - with new CDs from Vampire Weekend, Demi Lavato, the Great Gatsby soundtrack and Now 46 - and new books from Dan Brown, the final Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) story, the prequel to the Star Wars saga and more!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mayday Nook

The beard may be shorter, but it's the same old Brent bringing the best in new releases to Channel 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday May 1 - with new CDs from Kenny Chesney, Michael Buble, a duet from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, a rocking tribute to Iron Man 3 - and new books from James Patterson, Amanda Knox, Joe Hill and MORE!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

El NOOK April 10 the beard is back

Brent the beard is back with new releases and best sellers from Barnes & Noble for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live - with CDs from Johnny Marr of The Smiths, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the soundtrack from the Beatles Broadway show Backbeat - and books from Stuart Woods, Martha Stewart, Dr. Phil and more!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Nooks Day

Brent loads up the latest in new releases for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live - starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday April 3 - with new CDs from The Band Perry, HEM, Gretchen Wilson and the John Denver tribute album - and new books by Gwyneth Paltrow, Debbie Macomber and more!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nooks Of Anarchy

Brent heads out on the highway to bring the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live - starting at 4 p.m. Thursday March 28 - with new CDs from Depeche Mode, Dido, Lil' Wayne and Blake Shelton - and new books from Caroline Kennedy, J.R. Ward, Harlen Coben and more!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The one in which Rob Zombie writes a book

Brent BRANGS it to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. Thursday March 14 - with new CDs from David FREAKING Bowie, Eric Clapton, Jon Bon Jovi and Smash's Megan Hilty - and rocker/filmmaker Rob Zombie's new horror novel The Lords of Salem - and more!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

El Book Nook March 7 Edition

Brent takes a break from his day off to bring the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. Thursday March 7 - with new CDs from They Might Be Giants and Son Volt, the return of Boz Scaggs with a B&N exclusive two-disc edition, and a brand new (that's right, NEW) Jimi Hendrix album of previously unreleased material - and new books from Clive Cussler, Patricia Briggs, Rita Moreno and the 39 Clues!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book Nook Feb 28 2013

Brent brings the best in new releases starting at 4 p.m. Thursday Feb. 28 on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live - with new CDs from country-rockers The Mavericks, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, blues band the James Hunter Six and (wait for it) Michael Bolton - and new books from J.D. Robb, Jodi Picoult, Jackie Collins and a celebrity cookbook by Valerie Bertinelli!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Book Nook Thursday Edition Feb 21 2013

Brent rolls into KBTV FOX 4'a Southeast Texas Live 4 p.m. Thursday with the best in new releases - new CDs from Celtic Thunder, Josh Groban and the Beautiful Creatures soundtrack - and new books by James Patterson, celebrity cook Nigella Lawson, and Tyrese Gibson with Rev. Run revealing the secrets of a man's mind - and more!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Southeast Texas Live Jan 30 2013

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. today - with new CDs from the Bieber, Tegan and Sara and the return of Lisa Loeb - new books from Al Gore, Emeraldalicous and more!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Southeast Texas Live Jan 23

Brent brings out the best in this week's new releases for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. today - with new CDs from the Concert for Sandy Relief, the 2013 Grammy nominees, and Now That's What I Call Love Songs - and new books from Kim Harrison, James Patterson, the Shred Diet and more!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Southeast Texas Live Jan 9

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live today starting at 4 p.m. - with the new Dropkick Murphys album, soundtracks from Downton Abbey, Nashville and Girls - and new books from Robert Jordan, Dick Wolf, Sue Grafton and more!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My Aim Is True

On February 9th, 15th, & 16th, Ad Hoc Beaumont & NYC’s Aztec Economy present My Aim Is True, a darkly comic Spaghetti Western for the stage at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum. 5550 University Drive Beaumont, TX 77705. Tickets are $20 Cash Admission at the Box Office.

El Nook New Year Jan 2 2013

Brent rings in the New Year's new releases on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 4 p.m. today - with new soundtracks from "Les Miserables" and "On The Road," singers Katherine Jenkins and Jackie Evancho's "Music From The Movies" and "Songs From The Silver Screen" - and new books from Timothy Zahn, W.E.B. Griffin, Seth Godin and more!