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The Must List: Week of July 20, 2008

16 Things We Love This Week

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TV
1. KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST
Bravo’s ”star” chills with Bad Girls, takes second billing at a gay parade, and can’t get her dogs’ respect. But anyone who’s been rebanned from The View is doing something right.

MOVIES
2. JOSH HARTNETT IN AUGUST
It’s long been rumored that Josh Heartthrob really is an actor, but it took an indie about the dotcom era to prove it.

TV
3. THE MOM IN ASHLEY PAIGE: BIKINI OR BUST ON TLC
We dig the designer’s mama’s culinary charm offensive, as she tries to shove doughnuts down swimsuit models’ gullets and begs her twiggy kid to eat a biscuit.

BOOKS
4. THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE, BY DAVID WROBLEWSKI
The hero is mute, the plot resembles Hamlet, and the author is a rookie. Yet somehow Edgar coalesces into a beguiling and substantial summer read.

MOVIES
5. TELL NO ONE
We’re telling everyone about this French flick that looks at first gush like a basic murder yarn, then twists into a who-, how-, and whydunit.

TV
6. GENERATION KILL on HBO
This visceral Iraq war mini comes from the minds behind The Wire and — actually, that’s pedigree enough for us.

TV
7. THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER ON ABC FAMILY
Sure, there’s a certain knocked-up-teen afterschool specialness to it all, but that’s only half Life‘s charm. The other half? Molly Ringwald.

MOVIES
8. SELMA BLAIR IN HELLBOY II
Hellboy carries a torch for his pyrokinetic love, who sets the screen aflame with her own personal conflagration whenever she’s angry. And oh, do we like her when she’s angry.

MUSIC
9. ”BLIND,” HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR
Take Erasure’s sound, give it a ’90s spin, then lay Antony’s funky vocal on top. So what are you waiting for? Boogie!

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
10. ALBERT BROOKS IN WEEDS
With his sad-sack delivery, Brooks’ hate-spewing, racetrack-addict grandpa emerges as the crustiest of Weeds‘ delightful degenerates. —Submitted by Torin Johnson

READER’S CHOICE*: MOVIES/DVD
11. JAMES MCAVOY
Wanted set off a McAvoy marathon at our house — Atonement, Becoming Jane, Starter for 10, and, his best performance by far, The Last King of Scotland. —jayhawk

READER’S CHOICE*: MOVIES/DVD
12. EVIL URGES BY MY MORNING JACKET
The must-listen record of the summer is also the year’s best so far. —eli

READER’S CHOICE*: MUSIC
13. FEED THE ANIMALS BY GIRL TALK
Everyone must check out this ultimate pop mash-up album. It fuses nearly everyone from Radiohead, Jay-Z, Fergie, and the Cure to Feist, Queen, and Timbaland into one album-length uber-groove. —Alex

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
14. ROBBERY HOMICIDE DIVISION
Sleuth TV is rerunning this great early-00’s CBS series, and I couldn’t be happier. You could almost be tempted to call this show — executive produced by Michael Mann, starring Tom Sizemore, and set in a treacherous, multi-ethnic cesspit called Los Angeles — Heat: The Series. But it’s a lot more low-key and unsettling than that. And with no overacting Al Pacino. With its somber, stylish tone and unflashy-looking cops, I’ll take this show over a half dozen Jerry Bruckheimer procedurals. And as maybe the last stop before his life became a 24/7 tabloid circus, you can watch this and remember when Sizemore was an effective actor. —Chuck

READER’S CHOICE*: MUSIC/MOVIE
15 and 16. THE VIRGINS CD AND THE TRAILER FOR BLINDNESS
A must listen is the new, self-titled LP by the Virgins (download ”Rich Girls”). I am equally excited about the appearance of a full trailer for the movie adaptation of Blindness. If you haven’t read the book yet, run out right now and get it. —Stacy Lambe

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