By Amy Ryan
Updated July 07, 2006 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Credit: Monk: Carin Baer/USA

Sunday is the World Cup finale — like you care. (If you do, it airs at 1:30 p.m on ABC.)

In lieu of football/soccer, how about:

-New movie Once in a Lifetime recalls those days back in the disco ’70s when they almost made us care about soccer, importing Pelé himself to play for the New York Cosmos. This rousing documentary scores an A- with EW film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum.

-If you are watching TV on Sunday, you’ll surely be tuning in to the debut of Chappelle’s Show: The Lost Episodes (9 p.m., Comedy Central). If you can’t wait, check out a preview sketch at the Chappelle’s Show website.

-The other big matchup on TV is the rematch of Big Night costars Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub (pictured) on the season premiere of Monk (USA, Friday, 9 p.m.), in which Method actor Tucci follows the jittery sleuth around in order to pick up his character traits to play him in a movie.

-Think Monk is paranoid? Check out the characters in surveillance-age thriller Caché (Hidden), one of last year’s most acclaimed films, now on DVD.
-For more general trippiness, thumb through Dan Nadel’s Art Out of Time: Unknown Comic Visionaries 1900-1969, an anthology of forgotten but artful comic-strip fantasists. EW comics maven Ken Tucker gives it an A.

-If all the World Cup chatter still has you thinking globally, listen to Iceland’s most famous import (no, not Rock Star: Supernova contestant Magni), Björk, whose aptly titled retrospective Surrounded contains surround-sound remixes of her entire solo-career output.

-For more offbeat international sounds, listen to Steve Lima’s Motown-meets-Marley mash-ups here.

-Finally, for some sick fun (that’s for a good cause), you can take Internet interactivity to a sadistic new level at ShockTheMan.com. Though we dare you to tell anyone this is how you’re spending your weekend.

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