Ten Things We Love This Week

By EW Staff
Updated July 28, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The Must List: Aug 4, 2006

TV
1. SHARK WEEK
Whale sharks and bull sharks and great whites…oh, my! The Discovery Channel offers its annual fin-fest of shows featuring guys in cages acting like they’re not scared.

MOVIE
2. ‘CLERKS II’
The sequel to Kevin Smith’s 1994 minimum-wage masterpiece is an excellent excuse (not that you need one) to go couch diving for popcorn money. Review >

BOOKS
3. ‘TRAINS: A POP-UP RAILROAD BOOK,’ BY ROBERT CROWTHER
Your kids will be truly transfixed by this trippy treasury of tricky track trivia…so remember to share, Mom and Dad.

MUSIC
4. ‘KICK PUSH,’ LUPE FIASCO
Forget that East Coast-West Coast thing: The only coast that matters is the ”coassst” that comes after you ”kick push.” We’re loopy for this Lupe!

STAGE
5. ‘NO CHILD?’
Solo artist Nilaja Sun embodies some 17 characters in her absorbing account of teaching theater to troubled high schoolers. A class act.

MUSIC
6. ‘DÉJÀ VU,’ BEYONCÉ FEAT. JAY-Z
Try not to wriggle to this bubbly blend of pop and funk from Ms. Bootylicious and Hova; he makes ”the hits like a factory.” True dat. Review >

DVD
7. ‘THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY, JR.’
The wonderfully weird TV Western lasted only one season, but you can now experience the genre-blending series on DVD. Review >

BOOKS
8. ‘LEFT BANK,’ BY KATE MUIR
Parisian high society is wickedly satirized in a droll novel about a couple whose young daughter goes missing in a, like, totally gauche Euro theme park. Review >

MUSIC
9. ‘THE COMPLETE REPRISE SESSIONS,’ GRAM PARSONS
Blending the whiskey-soaked fatalism of country with the bruising excesses of rock, these songs are the heartbreaking work of a battered genius.

DVD
10. ‘PINKY AND THE BRAIN’
We live for the megalomaniac mouse and his non sequitur-spewing sidekick. But what (Narf!) took so long to get these DVDs in our greedy hands? Review >

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