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MODERN FAMILY on ABC
Family is a nutty, snarled web of siblings, kids, and in-laws, with a superb ensemble including Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Why, it's the next best thing to having Arrested Development back in our lives on a weekly basis.
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RICKY GERVAIS in The Invention of Lying
We always knew he was funny (did you see him kill at the Emmys?), but who knew Gervais could also do deeply affecting as a lovesick man who begins lying about everything to get what he wants? Now we do, thanks to this film starring, co-written by, and codirected by...Ricky Gervais!
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A NEW LITERARY HISTORY OF AMERICA
Hundreds of essayists write short, but think expansively, on just about everything that makes us who we are — from Elvis to Obama.
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CIAO MY SHINING STAR: THE SONGS OF MARK MULCAHY
Michael Stipe, Juliana Hatfield, Thom Yorke, and others shine on this versatile benefit album of covers.
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''COWBOY CASANOVA,'' Carrie Underwood
The former Idol once again shuns a more typical ''he done her wrong'' theme for a hard-driving tune of the ''don't even think of letting him get away with that'' variety. Her new single warns women away from a hot hunk of ''candy-coated misery,'' with gritty vocals belying her Barbie-sweet smile.
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In a postapocalyptic world run by zombies, the survivors probably would be a pair as random as Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg. Harrelson brings the swagger and easy humor, while Eisenberg keeps a running list of rules to outwit the brain eaters. It's easily the best horror farce since Shaun of the Dead.
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UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES for Sony Playstation 3
You got the $299 PS3, now do it up right with this game about treasure hunters looking for a rare sapphire. Uncharted is so gorgeous, it looks at times like a travelogue — but it plays like Indiana Jones.
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TED DANSON on Bored to Death
As a wealthy and profoundly jaded magazine editor with a shock of white hair, the trim and tailored Danson is self-involved, abrasive, and unlikable. And we love him all the more for it.
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ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL on DVD
The metal band's gigs are embarrassingly undersold, their dreams crushed daily (heck, they even have to get real jobs). But in this documentary, their story is as compelling as any those rich, famous rockers have to tell.
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Jane Campion returns to form in a beautiful, sensuous depiction of the intoxicating sensation of first love, here between the doomed 19th-century poet John Keats and his beloved Fanny Brawne. Abbie Cornish, as Brawne, proves herself a dazzling actress. —Submitted by Laura
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IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA on F/X
''This is the funniest show on TV hands down. Wish I could have seen the cast's live ?Nightman Cometh' concert.'' —Bubba
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SIN NOMBRE on DVD
''A beautifully directed and beautifully acted immigrant tale that wrenches the heart, especially at its harrowing conclusion.'' —Clayton
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KELLY OSBOURNE on Dancing With the Stars
''She is perhaps the best reason to watch this show. It's like witnessing Cinderella transform into a princess. After watching her parents moved to tears following her first dance (hey, who wasn't tearing up?), I want to see this wild child waltz straight into the finale.'' —Paul
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THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
''These Jersey rockers caught Springsteen's ear and have blown up since then. If they're good enough for the Boss, they're good enough for you.'' —Seth
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''Can't wait to get into season 2, especially with a guest appearance by Jamie Bamber. Be still my geeky heart!'' —Jennifer