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The Must List: August 5, 2005

‘Scarecrow,’ Stefani, and 8 other things we love this week

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The Must List: August 5, 2005

MOVIE
1. BILLY BOB THORNTON IN ‘BAD NEWS BEARS’
How long can he spin comedy gold out of world-weary detachment? As long as he wants to. Review >

TV
2. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
Contestants show all the right (and wrong) moves on Fox’s new show. TV Watch >

BOOKS
3. EVERYTHING I ATE, BY TUCKER SHAW
A yearlong photo diary (spanning nearly 500 pages and a few million calories) documenting the daily intake of one hungry New Yorker.

STAGE
4. PRIMO
Don’t miss Antony Sher’s searing performance in his one-man show, based on the memoirs of Holocaust survivor Primo Levi.

MUSIC
5. GWEN STEFANI’S ”COOL” VIDEO
Pop’s most alluring chameleon visits her younger self (both blond and brunet) in this ravishing, nostalgic clip.

Review >

BOOKS
6. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, BY J.K. ROWLING
The sixth (and penultimate) installment of Rowling’s epic magical mystery tour offers a tougher, bolder Harry (and a touch of political commentary). Review >

MUSIC
7. A CERTAIN TRIGGER, MAXIMO PARK
This Brit quintet offers scruffy, melodic rock with hooks big enough to snare a whale. Review >

TV
8. COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN
It might not have the hip factor of The Daily Show, but MSNBC’s newscast is every bit as topical and bitingly hilarious.

DVD
9. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW
TV’s classiest and most humane sitcom only gets better with age. The proof is in the first two seasons, now on DVD. Review >

DVD
10. SCARECROW
An inexplicably overlooked 1973 gem about a pair of loners (Gene Hackman, above, and Al Pacino) finally makes it to DVD. Review >