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The Must List: Week of July 13, 2008

”WALL-E,” ”Xanadu” on DVD, George Michael on tour, and nine other pop-culture gems we — and you — love this week

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WALL-E
© Disney/PIXAR

MOVIE
1. WALL-E
All that ridiculously overblown hype about Pixar’s lonely little robot who looks for love on our trashy planet? All true.

TV
2. BILLIE PIPER ON SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL
It’s one thing to make a hooker likable — ”heart of gold” is a cliché for a reason — but making her relatable? That’s a nifty new trick for the oldest profession.

DVD/CD
3. XANADU
What exactly is the magic in the Magical Music Edition? The remastered 10-track CD. That inexplicable desire to lace up your skates and make like Olivia Newton-John, however, is all you.

DVD
4. THE X-FILES: REVELATIONS
Movie crash course! Watch all 202 episodes (one week, no napping), or pick up creator Chris Carter‘s two-disc set of essentials? No-brainer. Then again, we’d hate to ruin a perfect week.

MUSIC
5. GEORGE MICHAEL
We guess it would be nice if he changed his mind and said the 25 Live tour wasn’t his last (U.S. dates wrap up next month). But since he’s sold over 80 million records, George deserves a break. A short one.

MOVIE
6. READER’S CHOICE: QUANTUM OF SOLACE TRAILER
Has Bond gone rogue? A stylish teaser reel has M (Judi Dench) on a tear, 007 (Daniel Craig) on the run, and us dying for Nov. 7 to get here already. —Submitted by Daniel Fidler

TV
7. READER’S CHOICE: NEW RENO 911! EPISODES
Always a reliable source of comedy. —Scott K

MUSIC
8. THE WACKNESS‘ SOUNDTRACK
With classics from A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, and Biggie, you’ll want to get The Wackness with the quickness.

BOOK
9. ROME 1960, BY DAVID MARANISS
Olympic intrigue at its best, from Cold War drama to Cassius Clay nearly using a bidet…as a drinking fountain.

WEBSITE
10. CASSETTE FROM MY EX
Every mixtape is the soundtrack to a love story. Here’s where the stories are told.

MUSIC
11. FOOTLOOSE, DOVEMAN
A friend’s late sister — a fan of Footloose — inspires a singer to cover the album and reimagine her final years. The result? ”Let’s Hear It for the Boy” like you’ve never heard it before.

TV
12. READER’S CHOICE: AFTER THE CATCH
This might barely count as a nature documentary, but After the Catch on Discovery Channel is a fascinating roundtable discussion with Mike Rowe and the guys from Deadliest Catch trading stories while drinking beer. —Kai-Mon