The Must List: What's Hot for the Week of November 8, 2009
FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT, Adam Lambert
We had no idea we were holding our breath until we exhaled in relief: The debut single from the Idol runner-up is dance-jam joy. The groove and lyrics are frothy fun, and that voice goes all the way to the cheap seats.
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUSS on The New Adventures of Old Christine
It's a sign of how consistently uproarious she is on her CBS sitcom as the pathetic, self-centered Christine that the Seinfeld reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm hasn't made us pine for the glory days of Elaine. With her wickedly ego-free performance as a desperate divorcée, Louis-Dreyfus proves she's more than a one-hit wonder.
ADAM SHANKMAN on So You Think You Can Dance
We love a saucy new judge — and the Hairspray director (and co-producer of the next Oscars ceremony) delivers.
JOHNNY CASH: I SEE A DARKNESS, by Reinhard Kleist
Cash's life continues to inspire: This biography, in the form of a graphic novel, shows the Man in Black as a man in full.
NORTH BY NORTHWEST on DVD
Not only is Hitchcock at his peak, right between making Vertigo and Psycho, but you have Cary Grant at his most debonair (even while ducking a crop duster), and Eva Marie Saint (the quintessential Hitchcock blonde), who hosts one of four documentaries included in this delectable 50th-anniversary edition.
FLASHFORWARD on ABC
With its eerie time twisting, tight cast (including John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, and Sonya Walger), and mysterious mythology, FlashForward is like Lost...but with answers. And crows instead of polar bears.
Let your fingers do the drawing with this update and all-around upgrade (including better gesture controls) to the robust sketching app that turns your phone into anything from a doodle pad to high-end design software.
LIT, by Mary Karr
One of the best memoirists of her generation (The Liars' Club, Cherry), Karr relives her nearly fatal descent into alcoholism after getting married and having her son. She is, as always, unsparing in her honesty and humanity.
''NEW FANG,'' Them Crooked Vultures
Supergroups are rarely just that, but TCV — with Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones — is the exception. ''New Fang'' is pure rock bliss with a furious beat to drive it home.
The videogame follow-up to Modern Warfare does not disappoint, with all-new enhancements and a multiplayer mode called Special Ops, which offers unique missions separate from the main story. The Prestige Edition is even cooler, with a collector's stand, art book, token to download the original Call of Duty, and — get this — fully functional night-vision goggles!
MINDY KALING in The Office webisodes
''Definitely a Must: Kelly Kapoor (Kaling) and her girl group on The Office: Subtle Sexuality web series.'' —Crispy
JACK JOHNSON EN CONCERT, Jack Johnson
''I've been listening to the live Jack Johnson album non-stop since I bought it. It reminds me how much fun he is in concert!'' —Louise
''This website is a must. Because laughing at others' horrible (yet benign) mistakes never gets old.'' —Melinda
I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER on DVD
''The film adaptation of Larry Doyle's uproarious coming-of-age high school saga went criminally underseen upon its release in theaters last summer. If you're a fan of the book, do yourselves a favor and put this on your Netflix queue. It does the book justice.'' —Daniel
STRICT JOY, by the Swell Season
''More beautiful music from the Oscar-winning group of Once fame? Yes please.'' —Clayton