By Amy Ryan
Updated September 08, 2006 at 12:00 PM EDT

This weekend’s to-do-list is brought to you by the letter B.

Let’s start with Beyoncé’s new B’Day CD, which earned a B+ from EW’s Jody Rosen. If you haven’t heard it yet, check out this remix of her new track ”Ring the Alarm,” featuring Foxy Brown, which we found at the Beauty N the Beat blog. Also earning a B+ (from EW’s Gilbert Cruz) is Nightcrawler, the fine new CD from rock troubadour Pete Yorn.

-B is for Brazil, as Terry Gilliam’s dystopian epic gets a beautiful new transfer to DVD. The Lost: The Complete Second Season DVD set also gets a B, from Brian Raftery. Earning A’s this week are the timely United 93 and Kurosawa’s action classic The Seven Samurai.

-B really is for B-List in the case of Ben Affleck, trying to redeem himself in Hollywoodland by playing an actor trying to redeem himself. (EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum gives it a B+.) Even better is the beleaguered Maggie Gyllenhaal in Sherrybaby, playing a recovering addict/ex-con/single mom.

-B is for books, with two fine, strange, otherworldly short-story collections: Bruce Wagner’s Memorial and Karen Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.

-B is for Baltimore, home of The Wire, which we’ll try to stop talking about if you’ll just watch Sunday’s season 4 premiere (HBO, 10 p.m.) Sunday also marks the premieres of season 18 (!) of The Simpsons (Fox, 8 p.m.) and of Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam (HBO, 11 p.m.) Finally, B is for ”The Bitch is Back,” as Elton John hosts Fashion Rocks (CBS, Friday, 9 p.m.). The bespectacled rocker played a pre-Fashion Rocks concert in New York a couple days ago; you can catch it via webcast here on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.