1. RISKY BUSINESS 25th Anniversary DVD
Just take that old movie off the shelf, and make sure it’s this new edition, with endearing audition clips that will remind you why you fell for Tom Cruise in the first place.
2. L.A. CONFIDENTIAL Special Edition DVD
Curtis Hanson’s opus gets lots of frills, including one curiosity piece: a Confidential TV pilot with Kiefer Sutherland.
3. THE REST IS NOISE, by Alex Ross
Ross just got one of them fancy genius grants for his trenchant trek through 20th-century classical music. Which means even the tone-deaf should now give Noise a look-see.
4. BATTLE IN SEATTLE
A descent into anarchy makes for great cinema, as Charlize Theron takes direction from real-life love Stuart Townsend in his drama about the 1999 WTO protests.
5. DAVID LETTERMAN
Welcome back, old salt! Letterman returns to crusty form skewering John McCain for skipping Late Show to chat up Katie Couric.
6. CREEPY CUTE CROCHET, by Christen Haden
Make your own adorably disturbing yarn ghouls with Creepy’s step-by-step guide.
7. JIMMY SMITS on Dexter
Smits elevates every show he’s in. This time he’s an ADA who unwittingly bonds with the serial’s killer (Michael C. Hall). Like they say: Keep your friends close…
Sam Rockwell scores (often and inventively) as a sex addict twisted into oedipal knots by his mommy (Anjelica Huston). Like any good Chuck Palahniuk adaptation, Choke is hysterical in every sense.
9. DEAR SCIENCE, TV on the Radio
The band flips from foot-tapping (”Dancing Choose”) to tender (”Family Tree”) on this uncompromising disc.
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10. IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA on FX
Sunny? Ha! It’s as dark as comedy gets (cannibalism, anyone?), with Danny DeVito exquisitely cast as the king of this band of misfits.—Lauren Whalen
11. JAMES GUNN’S PG-PORN, on Spike.com
Starting Oct. 8, this online series will feature the likes of Nathan Fillion (Serenity) and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) alongside porn stars. ”For people who love everything about porn…except the sex.” —Jessica S
12. ”LIGHT ON,” DAVID COOK
Co-written by Chris Cornell and produced by Rob Cavallo (American Idiot and The Black Parade), the track is a radio-friendly rock ballad featuring a searing vocal by Cook and just enough of a throwback to ’80s arena-rock vibe to keep things interesting. —Beth Pearson
13. TINA FEY
Tina Fey is on my Must List because she is multi-talented, a mom, funny, and humble (and also, since [the Emmys], the only person who dares to be funny when Ricky Gervais is in the same room). I think she is a woman every little girl can look up to, and that’s definitely something that is desperately needed. —Jul
14. HEROES, on NBC
The return of Heroes. Within two hours it’s pulled me right back in! —Snarf
15. ”MALAISE DE L’ORANGE,” on YouTube
It’s been spreading like wildfire and is both hilarious and edgy. —Rob