TRON LEGACY trailer
In 1982, Tron (starring Jeff Bridges) revolutionized the intersection of computer graphics and filmmaking. And if the sequel’s dark, sleek teaser — recently screened at Comic-Con ’09 and now available on YouTube — is any indication, director Joseph Kosinski is poised to recapture the excitement: Two familiar motorcycles race across a crystalline landscape, trailing light in their wake, as Bridges watches ominously from above. All that’s missing is the blue plastic joystick.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE finale on Fox
We’re addicted to the footwork, the choreographers, and host Cat Deeley’s wardrobe. As we crown the season 5 winner on Aug. 6, there’s no need for our annual paso doble of withdrawal: Season 6 hoofs it up Sept. 9.
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS season 2
The Emmy-nominated comedy may not return for year 3, but the Bret-and-Jemaine party keeps rocking on disc. (Not for Aussies.)
”WE ARE GOLDEN,” Mika
The singer-songwriter follows his 2007 debut, Life in Cartoon Motion , with a joyous single full of smile-inducing group chants. Yell it out, kids!
THE 13th EPISODE (”EPITAPH ONE”) OF DOLLHOUSE
Once upon a time, Buffy creator Joss Whedon dreamed up a new series for the kick-ass Eliza Dushku. Said creator then shot a futuristic stand-alone episode — featuring Dr. Horrible‘s Felicia Day — that never saw the light of day. Until now, on the season 1 DVD set, that is. And the Whedonites smiled, for they (finally) saw that it was good.
SHARK WEEK on Discovery
You should already be living every week like it’s Shark Week, but if you’ve let your spirits flag, help is on the way. The 22nd annual running of the terror fish kicks off with Blood in the Water, a two-hour drama about the true story that inspired Jaws.
”MAKE HER SAY” video, Kid Cudi featuring Kanye West and Common
The hot Lady Gaga sample almost makes up for less-than-female-friendly lyrics, and the split-screen cinematography — all modern lines and shades of slate gray-blue — is downright pretty.
INHERENT VICE, by Thomas Pynchon
The famously obtuse author pens an L.A. noir in the style of Raymond Chandler. For anyone who wanted to take a crack at Gravity’s Rainbow but was too scared to try.
”UNITED STATES OF EURASIA,” Muse
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer endorsed these epic Brits, and her fans will love their new single: The song evokes Edward spending a dark, stormy night playing Queen covers on the living room piano.
READER’S CHOICE: TV
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU on ABC Family
The cable net’s series — an adaptation of the 1999 Julia Stiles/Heath Ledger rom-com, itself an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew — is fine summer fare with a charming cast, especially Lindsey Shaw as sharp-tongued Kat. —Submitted by Victoria
READER’S CHOICE: TV
THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD on HBO
”I was crazy about their last movie and am so psyched they’re back with a new documentary. Andy and Mike are my heroes. If you are among the uninitiated, you’re in for a treat watching this pair of social activists address what’s wrong in modern society.” —Carla
READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
”TRUE STORIES” video, Datarock
”My must is the band Datarock’s Talking Heads-inspired ”True Stories” (if you listen you’ll hear many references to TH). Not only is the video mesmerizing but I am obsessed with the shades the guys wear.” —Marie
READER’S CHOICE: DVD
THE SHAPE OF THE WORLD
”For Patrick Stewart fans like me, this is cool: The PBS documentary he narrated about the evolution of map-making around the world and through the years, now on disc. What a treat for history buffs!” —K.C.
READER’S CHOICE: BOOKS
THE BIG REWIND, by Nathan Rabin
”This memoir is a must-read if you are a fan of The Onion or the author’s movie reviews for The Onion. I wished it wouldn’t end, to be honest. I usually only laugh this hard while reading David Sedaris’ books or…well…The Onion!” —Paulina
READER’S CHOICE: INTERNET
BREAKFAST AT SULIMAY’S
”In this web series, a Philadelphia landmark diner is the set for three senior citizens as they critique the new music of the day. Hilarity is always close at hand.” —Seth