1. JOIN THE DOTS, The Cure
Rockers just don’t look as good in lipstick anymore — nor do they make lush B sides and rarities like those in this four-disc set.
2. RUPERT on CBS’ ‘Survivor: All-Stars’
Mr. Boneham’s boneheaded log cabin plan didn’t keep the bearded wonder from retaining the title of Favorite Must-List Castaway.
3. Chris Rock’s THE BLACK AMBITION TOUR
In which he takes politicians, police, and cheating husbands to task. The truth may be bitter — but as always, Rock brings it anyway.
4. Fox’s GREAT AMERICAN CELEBRITY SPELLING BEE
Heck, put Alice Cooper and Meshach Taylor together doing…anything, and we’ll watch.
5. Video for Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ”MAPS”
The weird, arty New York City band may not have a mainstream following, but we couldn’t be more pleased to see their tasteful, touching clip getting some deserved attention.
6. RANDOM FAMILY, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
EW’s choice as the No. 1 nonfiction book of 2003 — a moving, gritty look at the hardscrabble lives of several Bronx youngsters — is now out in paperback.
7. CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS
The powerful, Oscar-nominated doc is even better on DVD, with two bonus hours of candid family footage.
8. ”CREEPIN’ IN,” Norah Jones with Dolly Parton
Leave it to Dolly to spice up Norah’s sultry sound on this cool new bluegrass track.
9. BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS
Who cares if it’s basically the same movie as the first? With Queen Latifah in the house alongside Ice Cube & Co., the laugh really run wild.
Now on DVD, the middle-class parent’s ultimate cautionary tale features a standout performance by Oscar snubbee Evan Rachel Wood.