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The Must List: Week of October 12, 2008

''Iron Man,'' ''Rachel Getting Married,'' Juana Molina and 12 others make up our countdown of pop-culture gems YOU -- and the EW staff -- are loving this week

Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man | You will believe a man can shoehorn himself into a metal suit and fly. Sure, the FX were uniformly outstanding, and Jon Favreau handled the…

Iron Man (2008) You will believe a man can shoehorn himself into a metal suit and fly. Sure, the FX were uniformly outstanding, and Jon Favreau handled the big-budget derring-do with a muscular dexterity we didn't know he had — but Marvel's first self-financed flick worked because of Robert Downey Jr. The Oscar nominee sold us on self-obsessed, self-destructive bazillionaire Tony Stark; he made him a prig we could still, somehow, identify with...and so his transformation from cocky to heroic struck the blockbuster chord. (Zade Rosenthal)

DVD
1. IRON MAN on DVD
Unlike that other rich-dude superhero who makes all his own toys, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) actually digs his gig. With hours of extras (including an extensive making-of doc), you will too.

TV
2. PHYLLIS on ‘The Office’
Phyllis? She’s the nice one…the co-worker-blackmailing, wedding-plan-stealing, diet-sabotaging nice one.

BOOK
3. SHE SELLS SEA SHELLS, by Seymour Chwast
Query: How quickly can you cop a copy of Chwast’s quirky crop of quaint tongue twisters and quixotically clever cartoons? (Try saying that five times fast.)

TV
4. THE MENTALIST on CBS
It may sound like Psych, but The Mentalist is darker and has niftier tricks, with Simon Baker as a master manipulator, hypnotist, and wicked Rock Paper Scissors opponent.

MUSIC
5. OTIS REDDING: LIVE IN LONDON AND PARIS
Did you miss the 1967 concerts? Then pick up this new CD, which re-creates both set lists.

MUSIC
6. UN DIA, Juana Molina
The Argentinean Björk lulls listeners into a trance with her autumnal voice and haunting musical sketches.

TV
7. JOHN FRANCIS DALEY on ‘Bones’
As therapist Sweets, he keeps us on the couch (laughing) in his vain attempts to get Seeley (David Boreanaz) and Ms. Bones (Emily Des-chanel) to realize they got a thang goin’ on.

MOVIE
8. RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
Anne Hathaway sheds her Princess persona to tap into the angst of a recovering addict whose jangly nerves upend everyone at her sister’s wedding — for better and for worse.

MOVIE
9. NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST
Playlist is for those who hate inane teen flicks, schmaltzy music, and contrived banter. Oh wait, that’s us.

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
10. TABATHA’S SALON TAKEOVER on Bravo
The Shear Genius fan favorite wears her platinum bob and black togs like battle armor in her war against stylists who just don’t give a shag. —Donn McKnight

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
11. JIM AND PAM on ‘The Office’
For proving that a functioning and entertaining couple can exist on TV. Jim’s proposal to Pam in the premiere was perfection. —Emily

The Office is on my Must List this week. Season 5 started with an awesome episode. Too bad it wasn’t on the following week! How perfect, though, was Jim’s proposal to Pam?! —Erin

Are you kidding? There’s only one thing in pop culture this week. Jim and Pam got engaged! Or, as my apartment full of screaming girls puts it: JIM AND PAM GOT ENGAGED AHHHHH OMG OMG OMG AHHHHH!! —Cara

READER’S CHOICE*: TV
12. THE COLBERT REPORT AND THE DAILY SHOW on Comedy Central
The only thing that is getting me through the bankruptcy of my country and this silly election process is The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. In this weird political world, they are often the only voices that make sense. —Nancy

READER’S CHOICE*: MUSIC
13. PAPER TRAIL, T.I.
In addition to the incredible singles already released off the album, I’m loving ”On Top of the World,” with Ludacris, and ”Porn Star.” —Michelle

READER’S CHOICE*: MOVIE
14. FIREPROOF
How long has it been since there’s been a Christian movie in the top 5 at the box office? And one that is entertaining, as well as having a message. —Danielle

READER’S CHOICE*: BOOK
15. THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, by Neil Gaiman
Jennifer

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