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The Must List: Week of July 27, 2008

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MUSIC
1. CHER IN LAS VEGAS
The costumes! The hair! The 40-foot drop onto the Caesars stage! With a pairing as easy as mac and cheese, we wonder what took Cher so long to get to Vegas. Better hurry: She packs it up for the year in November.

DVD
2. THE BANK JOB on DVD
Even more cool than a heist flick about filching tawdry princess pics? The doc on the actual caper that inspired it. (Review)

TV
3. FLIPPING OUT on Bravo
Find thee a marathon! House flipper Jeff has fired a client, installed a nanny cam, and unwittingly instigated a marital breakup. A reality series with real-life consequences? Unreal.

MUSIC
4. ”WHY DO YOU LET ME STAY HERE?” VIDEO She & Him
She (Zooey Deschanel) and Him (M. Ward) make hay with a darkly campy video that gives ’60s girl-group, honky-tonk, and Edward Gorey fans common ground.

BOOK
5. THE LIKENESS, by Tana French
A novel case of bait and switch has a Dublin detective swapping with a look-alike victim to nick a killer. Fancy, that. (Review)

BOOK
6. GARY PANTER collection
The wildly imaginative mind behind Jimbo and Pee-wee’s Playhouse gives us 700 pages of eye-popping artwork.

MOVIE
7. TRUMBO
Relive the fear and fury of the blacklist with this documentary on screenwriter and irrepressible Hollywood Ten member Dalton Trumbo, whose tale proves that art and freedom should be synonymous. (Review)

DVD
8. ROBOT CHICKEN: STAR WARS on DVD
What do Emmy voters like? Jedi mind tricks, stop-motion animation, and Stormtroopers on the toilet, if the nomination for this fearlessly hilarious sci-fi spoof is any indication.

TV
9. MY BOYS on TBS
PJ (Jordana Spiro) and her mantourage bond about more than sports this season — and the final score is a funnier show. (Review)

READER’S CHOICE*: MUSIC
10. MAMMA MIA! soundtrack
We accept that every screening of the movie will turn into a sing-along. Let’s at least do each other the courtesy of knowing the words.
Submitted by Maddi

Reader’s Choice*: INTERNET
11. Hulu.com
I’ve caught up on some of the best shows on TV (legally) through this site! Arrested Development, 30 Rock, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, etc. —Ilana P

READER’S CHOICE*: INTERNET
12. Livingoprah.com
This woman is living one whole year — she started on January 1 — as ”Oprah advises on her television show, on her website, and in the pages of her magazines.” She is trying to figure out if in doing what Oprah says for one whole year she will be able to ”live your best life.” It’s crazy, insane, and addicting. She’s blogging every day about her assignments, tasks, feelings, etc., you can go back and read it from the beginning. Certainly worth checking out. —Jefferson

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
13. The Travel Channel — I have new episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations [pictured] and a lot of Samantha Brown to keep me satisfied until fall. —Julie

READER’S CHOICE*: INTERNET
14. Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)
14.2. Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)
14.3. Joss Whedon (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)
But those are obvious, no? —michael morrison

READER’S CHOICE*: INTERNET
15. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was a highlight of my week (I haven’t seen The Dark Knight yet). Joss Whedon is a genius. Can the Dollhouse premiere just get here already? —Alli

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