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Must List: Week of July 5, 2009

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Bill Pullman, Surveillance

MOVIES
SURVEILLANCE
Julia Ormond and Bill Pullman star in Jennifer Lynch’s thriller about a highway murder. It lasts only 97 minutes, but each one stays with you.

TV
KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST on BRAVO
Forget the A list. So far this season, Kathy’s been in bed with Lily Tomlin, dished naughty with Jane Fonda, and shocked the sequins off Bette Midler. If you ask us, D is the place to be.

DVD
EASTBOUND & DOWN
The supremely coiffed Danny McBride stars in this HBO comedy series as a cretinous baseball pitcher who flubs in the majors — and real life.

BOOKS
ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen
RIDE‘s genre may be ”young adult,” but the notion of a girl growing into herself by connecting with her dad’s family is decidedly mature.

MUSIC
‘FAR,’ Regina Spektor
While this songbird still sings about quirky things like finding a guy’s wallet, the gifted pianist is refreshingly accessible on her evocative new album.

DVD
PEANUTS 1960’s COLLECTION
Blockheads and beagles rejoice! Golden-era classics like the Halloween and Christmas specials are bundled with gems you haven’t seen in years, like He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown, and Charlie Brown’s All-Stars.

MUSIC
GREEN DAY on tour
It’s not summer without a great concert. Starting July 3, go Green with the punk superstars as they hit the road — and Billie Joe hits that killer high note in ’21 Guns,’ the latest single from the band’s 21st Century Breakdown. By the way, they’ll be doing shows in 31 cities in the U.S. (and dozens more overseas), so no excuses.

TV
RUBY on Style
Last season Ruby took control of her health and lost 100 pounds. Now she’ll battle her trainers, tangle with a shady ex, and try to get past a weight plateau — all with grace and a spirit that makes her (and not just her weight loss) inspirational.

INTERNET
IMAGINE THIS!
It’s the best show not yet on TV: Volunteers help those in need around the globe (the pilot features Peruvian kids who walk 25 miles a day to school). Visit imaginethistv.com to pitch future episodes, and do much more than just imagine a better world.

READER’S CHOICE: TV
HARPER’S ISLAND on CBS
Couldn’t find the island murder mystery series? That’s because it’s been buried on Saturday nights. But the campy guilty pleasure is still a scream, with only two episodes left. —Submitted by Claire

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
THE ECSTATIC, Mos Def
A return to musical form for this multi-talented man. Heavy beats and slick rhymes make this album worth more than one spin. —Seth F.

READER’S CHOICE: MOVIES
The Teaser for THE LAST AIRBENDER
M. Night Shyamalan has his work cut out for him to make audiences forgive him for last summer’s The Happening. But judging by the crazy-cool first look at this movie (based on the popular Nickelodeon series), he just might win us all back. —Daniel F.

READER’S CHOICE: MOVIES
STILL PHOTOS FOR ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Yet another Tim Burton/Johnny Depp/Helena Bonham Carter collaboration — I am so there! —Allyson

READER’S CHOICE: INTERNET
WEB SERIES DORM LIFE
It keeps getting better and better and it’s honestly better than The Office right now. —Ddontdate

READER’S CHOICE: BOOKS
FINGER LICKIN’ FIFTEEN, by Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum’s adventures get more and more ridiculous, but she’s like an old friend I get to check in with every summer. —Rae

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