Bacon, more Bacon, and 8 other things we love this week

By EW Staff
October 22, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Must List: October 28, 2005

MOVIE
1. ‘NINE LIVES’
Amy Brenneman and William Fichtner give two of many fine performances in Rodrigo García’s searing film anthology of females in crisis. Review >

TV
2. ‘THE WEST WING’
After a brilliant revamp focusing on the intense Alan Alda-Jimmy Smits presidential race, it has become the year’s sharpest new (old) series. Preview >

MUSIC
3. ‘ONE KISS CAN LEAD TO ANOTHER’
Tucked into a nifty ’60s-era hatbox is a set of 120 standout tracks from the likes of the Supremes and the Ronettes. Girl-group heaven!

POP CULTURE
4. IMDB.COM
The online movie resource celebrates 15 years as the best Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon cheat.

MUSIC
5. COMMON’S ”TESTIFY” VIDEO
The rapper weaves a courtroom drama in a star-studded clip featuring Hustle & Flow‘s Taraji P. Henson. Review >

MOVIE
6. ‘WHERE THE TRUTH LIES,’ BY RUPERT HOLMES
The sparkling mystery — by the writer of ”Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” — about a washed-up comedy duo is now a film starring Kevin Bacon (see No. 4) and Colin Firth. Review >

BOOKS
7. ‘HOLY SKIRTS,’ BY REN STEINKE
The superb fictionalized biography of bohemian bon vivant Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven was just short-listed for a National Book Award. Review >

MUSIC
8. THE MAGIC NUMBERS
Perfect harmonies pepper this band’s sunny self-titled debut album. Bonus: Lead singer’s name is Romeo. Review >

DVD
9. ‘VERONICA MARS’
Check out the first season on DVD to see why Buffy creator Joss Whedon is hooked on UPN’s teen-sleuth show. Review >

MOVIE
10. ‘THE SQUID AND THE WHALE’
When a couple (Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels) splits, their two sons grow up fast and furious in this smart coming-of-age tale. Review >

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