By EW Staff
Updated March 19, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

News + Notes

10 | KING OF PAIN Let’s face it: Ben Stiller is never more winning than when he’s playing a loser… Size does matter in this McDonald’s documentary…Hot Sheet…Alias has an Office visit…Tale of the tights: a Batman Begins casting update… Marlon Brando wants to sell you a car…The Deal Report… The South Park guys’ latest controversy… The Shaw Report…Monitor.


22 | Chris Rock on Fire Race. Abortion. Guns. Even David Blaine. Nothing scares America’s most incendiary comedian. That’s why he’s No. 1 on our list of funniest people. BY JOSH WOLK

27 | The Best of the Rest Chris Rock may be the top comic, but he’s got some serious competition.

32 | The Job Squad Who will be the last lackey standing on The Apprentice? BY JENNIFER ARMSTRONG

34 | Dead & Loving It Zombies return to the mall — and get a makeover — in a new Dawn of the Dead. BY GREGORY KIRSCHLING

37 | Prince of Egypt Omar Sharif was Hollywood royalty, until he let fame slip away. Thanks to Hidalgo, his claim to nobility is renewed. BY JEFF JENSEN


43 | THE MUST List 10 great things to see/hear/read.

44 | MOVIES Lisa Schwarzbaum on Secret Window; also Spartan, Agent Cody Banks: Destination London, and NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience. Plus: Ask the Critic.

51 | DVD & VIDEO The Chaplin Collection: Volume 2; also 21 Grams, Dawn of the Dead, Ned Kelly, The Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo. Plus: Scenes From a Marriage; We’re Dyin’ For: 90210 and Melrose.

55 | TELEVISION Wonderfalls and Joan of Arcadia; also Game Over. Plus: Average Joe’s Adam Mesh; What to Watch.

64 | MUSIC Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album; also the Bad Plus, Godsmack, and Cee-Lo. Plus: Who the !@#* Is Katy Rose?; Explain Yourself!

68 | BOOKS George Pelecanos’ Hard Revolution; also Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker, Jayson Blair’s Burning Down My Master’s House, and Laurie Lico Albanese’s Blue Suburbia. Plus: Sci-Fi 101: Experiments in Weird Science.

8 | MAIL ”Critic vs. Critic.”

72 | THE POP OF KING ”The Passion of Alicia.”