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The Must List: Week of March 8, 2009

Ian McShane on ''Kings,'' Annie Duke on ''Celebrity Apprentice 2,'' Van Morrison, and 12 other pop culture gems you and the EW staff love this week

Kings, Ian McShane

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The Must List: Week of March 8, 2009

TV
IAN MCSHANE on 'Kings'
Evil rarely announces itself at the door — it charms its way in. So it is with McShane, who’s shown considerable skill in cloak-and-swagger on Deadwood and again as ruler Silas Benjamin on NBC’s Kings. Benjamin is a despot bound for a who-knows-what end, but the dapper McShane makes it look good to be the king.

MUSIC
ALL I EVER WANTED, Kelly Clarkson
After the angsty, angry My December, Kelly starts a new year as her old self: sassy, confident, and full of power ballad energy. And how can you not love a song called ”I Do Not Hook Up”?

DVD
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
On DVD March 10, this Swedish vampire-buddy-revenge drama certainly sounded intriguing. We just didn’t expect the film to also be so beautifully cinematic.

TV
ANNIE DUKE on ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’
It takes a very special lady to boss around Joan Rivers. And poker pro Annie Duke is that lady. She’s the ace in the NBC reality show’s hole.

TV
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL
The CW show’s Vegas-themed premiere isn’t half as nutty as last season’s robot-mission madness — even with the catfight between Crazy Girl and Girl Who Slept in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Plus, we dig the back­stories: There’s a woman who’s too old (25), one who’s too odd (she’s into blood), and one who’s Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s ex. Dishy!

GAMES
FLOWER for PS3
Videogames don’t have to mean swiping Hummers in Vice City. This $10 download aims to give players a more serene experience, flying like the wind through countryside and canyons, picking up petals to go along for the ride. There’s no score — just the experience. It’s the next best thing to actually going outside.

TV
SOUL! On Thirteen.org
Did you miss the seminal PBS music show Soul! during its run from 1968 to 1973? Thirteen.org has classic clips of Earth, Wind & Fire, Bobby Hebb’s fantastic ”Sunny,” and the finest Afros you’ll ever see.

BOOKS
BACK OF THE BOX COOKING, by Barbara Greenman
Greenman kindly compiled 500 of those food-package recipes you’ve cut out for years — everything from Del Monte to Toll House. If you still feel snippy, use the scissors on coupons instead.

DVD
CRACKER: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
This new DVD set shows off Robbie Coltrane’s acerbic criminal psychologist as the male answer to Prime Suspect’s Jane Tennison: misanthropic, profane, and one of the most believably brilliant sleuths around.

READERS CHOICE: TV
OLIVIA and NATALIA on ‘Guiding Light’
Mature takes on love aren’t usually soaps’ forte, but the CBS sudser gets it right with Olivia (Crystal Chappell) and Natalia (Jessica Leccia). Great writing and even better chemistry give ”Otalia” one hell of a slow burn. —Submitted by Christi

READERS CHOICE: MUSIC
ASTRAL WEEKS LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL, Van Morrison
Van the Man takes a classic and makes it better. The original sounded like a dreamy young kid. The new one sounds like a confident, seen-it-all pro in complete command of his craft. There is not a better singer/songwriter alive. —Pat

READERS CHOICE: TV
DANNY MCBRIDE in ‘Eastbound & Down’
The dude was a nobody two years ago, and now he’s a star. His performance on this show will help you understand why. —EP

READERS CHOICE: DVD
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM
This reader is watching HBO’s animated comedy on demand —Leynete Cariapa

READERS CHOICE: DVD
WATCHMEN MOTION COMIC
What a simple, cool idea that harkens back to a simpler time with one of the year’s most anticipated movies. —Seth F.

READERS CHOICE: MOVIES
FUNNY PEOPLE trailer
Adam Sandler is funny, Eric Bana looks hot, and all in all, this seems like this could be the most sentimental comedy we have seen in a long time. —Jul