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The Must List: April 27, 2007

Ten Things We Love This Week

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The Must List: April 27, 2007

DVD
1. NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench garnered Oscar nods for their roles in this cunning thriller rife with illicit sex, jealousy, and blackmail — now on an extras-laden DVD. Review >

TV
2. MINNIE DRIVER in ‘The Riches’
Lending poignancy to FX’s dramedy, the actress stars as a flinty but vulnerable mother to a family of con artists living it up in the burbs. Interview >

BOOK
3. DIRTY WOW WOW AND OTHER LOVE STORIES, by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz
This clever work, peppered with sumptuous snapshots of raggedy dolls, pays tribute to the beloved companions of your childhood.

MUSIC
4. THE COLLECTION, Sly & the Family Stone
Funk’s founding father celebrates his 40th anniversary in the biz with a CD set reissuing his best albums.

TV
5. THE TUDORS
Showtime’s sleek new series imagines corpulent, wife-beheading Henry VIII — played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers — as a bratty lothario. Review >

MUSIC
6. AVRIL LAVIGNE’S ”Girlfriend”
Hitting on a rival’s hot boyfriend may sound mean, but this brazenly hooky ditty from the princess of punk is all goodness.

POP CULTURE
7. NEIL LEIFER GALLERY at Caesars Palace
Head to Caesars in Las Vegas to check out the greatest photos of the Greatest and others by the legendary sports shooter.

DVD
8. JONESTOWN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PEOPLES TEMPLE
An eye-opening documentary, Jonestown explores the tragic mystery behind how the charismatic Rev. Jim Jones led his followers to mass suicide in 1978. Review >

DVD
9. THE ODD COUPLE: SEASON 1
Tony Randall and Jack Klugman’s mismatched roomies/sparring partners prove timeless in a DVD compilation from the ’70s comedy series. Review >

BOOK
10. THE MAKING OF STAR WARS
Author J.W. Rinzler’s book abounds with candid cast pics and tidbits of trivia. Like, who knew Han Solo was envisioned as a green monster?