1. ”BURNIN’ UP,” Jonas Brothers
Just ’cause it’s bubblegum doesn’t mean it’s bad. The bros’ tune is pure summer fun — just like the video, as they live the dream in goofy spoofs from Kung Fu to Miami Vice.
2. WARGAMES 25th anniversary DVD
Sending Ally Sheedy, Matthew Broderick, and tic-tac-toe to stop WWIII now? Yikes. But back in ’83? XOXO. (Review)
3. BOWL OF CHERRIES audiobook read by Bronson Pinchot
It’s not what you think. The actor lets Millard Kaufman’s piquant tale of a genius who lands in an Iraqi prison unfold, punching only when the humor does.
Actress Robyn Okrant took a vow to practice Oprah-ism for a year (renaming herself LO, living her best life, having aha! moments). If, 365 days later, she’s also a billionaire, we’re totally converting.
5. MAN ON WIRE
Once upon a time, there was a World Trade Center, and Philippe Petit walked a wire between its towers. In this doc he explains how…and why. (Review)
6. ”WHO’S GONNA SAVE MY SOUL” VIDEO Gnarls Barkley
A dumped dude excises his heart with a butter knife — then things get wildly inventive.
7. HAIR in Central Park
The 40th-anniversary revival lets the sun shine in (or the stars, anyway) with an open-air production that fetes its fresh-faced young cast as much as it does the music and mood of the late ’60s.
8. TWO FAT LADIES on DVD
Zaftig biker chicks Clarissa and Jennifer hosted this batty Brit cooking show, during which they gleefully set out to prove that English cuisine isn’t an oxymoron. (Review)
9. BIG BROTHER 10
Steven’s out, Jessie’s kissing his own abs, and Memphis’ ‘stache won’t stay put. Alliances aren’t the only things that are shifty this season. (TV Watch)
READER’S CHOICE*: TV
10. THE CLOSER on TNT
Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick), your fiancé is friskier, your disposition is sunnier, and your duds are no longer duds. Hon, we almost didn’t recognize you. — Erin Tims
READER’S CHOICE*: VIDEOGAME
11. The Who on Rock Band
Rock Band‘s greatest hits package for The Who successfully rescues a great rock group from its association with half-a-dozen CSI series. —M
12. The Watchmen Trailer
I haven’t read the graphic novel, nor am I really a fan of that genre, but the trailer is fantastic with a really good Smashing Pumpkins song. —Christina
READER’S CHOICE*: MUSIC
13. Semi Precious Weapons
Semi Precious Weapons are so fun. If you don’t have fun at one of their shows then you are wound up too tight! —Deb
READER’S CHOICE*: TV
14. The Travel Channel
I have new No Reservations and a lot of Samantha Brown to keep me satisfied until fall. —Julie
READER’S CHOICE*: BOOK
15. The Turnaround, by George Pelecanos
Masterful new novel from the guy that EW’s own Stephen King called ”perhaps the greatest living American crime writer.” —Mike
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