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The Must List: Week of March 26, 2010

The top 10 things we love this week

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1. Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s ”Telephone” video
For a song about unwanted phone calls, Gaga and Beyoncé manage stylized riffs on Thelma & Louise, ”Cell Block Tango,” and…Miracle Whip. This short film is easily Gaga’s most daring video yet.

2. The T.A.M.I Show: Collector’s Edition on DVD
One of rock & roll’s greatest concert films hasn’t been available since its 1964 theatrical release, but lucky for us, the tour de force event that brought together the likes of James Brown, the Rolling Stones, and Chuck Berry is now on DVD, with legendary performances and director commentary.

3. ”You Belong with Me” same-sex-crush version
In this YouTube video, Taylor Swift’s anthem about a wallflower who longs for a boy gets an adorable gay remake.

4. Breaking Bad on AMC
As season 3 opens, Walt’s (Bryan Cranston) two equally chaotic worlds of drug dealing and domestic life collide in unpredictable ways.

5. Just Cause 2
The setting moves to a Southeast Asian island for this sequel to the government-overthrow videogame that was more contra rebel than Contra 3. Why did the developers make the gameplay so relentlessly slam-bang awesome? Just ’cause.

6. Fantastic Mr. Fox on DVD
Wes Anderson shrinks his directorial flourishes down to miniature level in this PG-rated feature. And with the help of great voice work by George Clooney and Meryl Streep, he creates some of the liveliest taxidermy ever while making painstaking craftsmanship look effortless and, yes, fantastic.

7. PS22 chorus sings ”Lisztomania”
In this video, the talented kids’ choir from Staten Island, N.Y. — who’ve previously covered Fleetwood Mac and Jay-Z — deliver an infectious rendition of the Phoenix hit. So much better than ”Amazing Grace.”

8. The Irresistible Henry House, by Lisa Grunwald
The title character’s infancy as a ”practice baby” for young women left him with some pretty hefty intimacy issues. This charming and inspired novel, though, is much easier to love.

9. ”Nothin’ on You,” B.o.B
The Atlanta rapper’s debut single seems destined for classic summer-jam status with its sly-sweet ode to monogamy (”I could be chasing/But my time would be wasted”) and magnetic chorus, courtesy of crooner Bruno Mars.

10. Sheryl Crow on Cougar Town and Amy Sedaris on The Middle
Mark your calendars for March 24 and prepare for ABC’s special-guest-star overload. Crow starts her multi-episode run as a wine rep who’s after Grayson on the ever-hilarious Cougar Town, while Sedaris stops by The Middle as a motivational consultant. Consider us motivated!

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