The Must List: May 11, 2007
1. DREAMGIRLS DVD extras
Jennifer Hudson nabbed the Oscar, but unsung choreographers and costumers also shine in the double-disc set, crammed with audition footage and extended scenes. Review >
2. NEWNOWNEXT MUSIC
Logo may be marketed as the gay-friendly cable net, but its video show, which plays edgy acts like Lily Allen and Rufus Wainwright, is music to everyone’s ears.
3. PLANET EARTH
Four and a half billion years old (but not looking a day over four billion), Mother Nature is ready for her close-up — and simply radiant in this DVD collection. Review >
4. HUMAN GIANT
Sketch comedy lives! Boldly tackling taboos (Sept. 11, online predators), MTV’s zany group — two members are Best Week Ever regulars — channels the anarchic surrealism of Monty Python and the SCTV gang at their best.
It’s a thespian showdown, as Anthony Hopkins’ crafty criminal matches wiles with fiery prosecutor Ryan Gosling in Gregory Hoblit’s courtroom thriller. Review >
6. Rihanna’s ”UMBRELLA”
Even a soggy spring can’t dampen our spirits, thanks to the songbird’s sunny single, drenched in Tricky-produced beats and Jay-Z’s witty rhymes.
7. Season 2 of BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 and MELROSE PLACE
Brandon, Amanda & Co. hit their strides in the second year of the ’90s soaps, now available in a DVD two-pack.
8. ”BEAUTIFUL GIRLS,” Sean Kingston
Breaking up is hard to do, but it goes down smoothly with a pop-flavored, ”Stand by Me”-sampling track from the 17-year-old Jamaican newcomer.
9. STEPHANIE DALEY
You won’t be able to tear your eyes away from Amber Tamblyn’s graceful turn in this wrenching drama, as a Christian teen accused of killing her newborn. Review >
Cofounded by Will Ferrell, the site is a hilarious rival to YouTube. Noteworthy: a toddler cussing out Ferrell, and Alec Baldwin’s voice-mail fashioned into a rant against Dora the Explorer.