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The Must List: Week of June 14, 2009

Kanye West's trio of new videos, ''The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,'' ''Food, Inc.,'' and 12 others make up the countdown of pop culture gems YOU and the EW staff are loving this week

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MUSIC
KANYE WEST VIDEOS
Kanye’s everywhere these days, especially on video. Check out his blog for his previously unreleased joint ”Spaceship,” then watch him jam with The-Dream in ”Walking on the Moon,” and with Kid Cudi and Rihanna in ”Paranoid.”

TV
EDIE FALCO on Nurse Jackie
Carrying her own Showtime series, the Emmy winner who shot to TV fame as Carmela Soprano is now a pill-popping ER nurse who’s devoted, fierce, and wildly complex — just the kind of lioness we look for in a health-care provider.

MOVIES
FOOD, INC.
Another documentary about food sounds like a plate of cold broccoli, but Food, Inc. is both riveting and scary. Remember, veggies are good for you…maybe.

DVD
THE THREE STOOGES COLLECTION: VOL. 6
Featuring Shemp Howard & Co. in such fan requested shorts as Three Hams on Rye, Pest Man Wins, and Self Made Maids.

BOOK
YOU OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU, by Chandler Burr
Bored Hollywood wife Anne accidentally starts an A-list book club in this warm, meta novel about the power of reading.

TV
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE on Logo
You didn’t know you needed to see a fab Brit comedy about the tweaked childhood of Simon Doonan (creative director for Barneys), but you do.

MOVIES
THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3
Would you look at that? A remake of the 1974 film about a hijacked New York subway train, this intelligent action flick stars Denzel Washington and John Travolta (with James Gandolfini in a supporting role) and is fast-paced and suspenseful without relying on cartoonish special effects. We knew you could do it, Hollywood.

TV
EXPEDITION AFRICA: STANLEY & LIVINGSTONE on History
Listen up, class: Mark Burnett-style history is anything but boring. The Survivor creator sends explorers to follow Henry Morton Stanley’s 1871 trek to find Dr. Livingstone. Cool! Geeky cool, but still.

BOOKS
Grant Morrison’s BATMAN AND ROBIN
Here’s a reboot worthy of the bat, casting Dick Grayson — Robin, all grown up — as the new Batman, while the late Bruce Wayne’s son, Damian, takes over as Robin. The comic is as deftly inked (by Frank Quitely) as it is clever.

READER’S CHOICE: MOVIES
DRAG ME TO HELL
Beware the curse of the one-eyed gypsy! See, even the premise sounds like a laugh. But then director Sam Raimi turns the terror on and wipes those smirks right off our faces. —Submitted by Chris

READER’S CHOICE: MOVIES
PARTLY CLOUDY
I loved the wonderfully cute and hilarious six-minute short — now available on iTunes — that screened in theaters before ”Up”. —Daniel

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
BIG WHISKEY AND THE GROOGRUX KING
It’s been four long years since a new Dave Matthews Band album, and this one is great. And their recent concert on Fuse just whet my appetite for more DMB live. —Mary

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
The Literal Video version of ”TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART
”Total Eclipse of the Heart” is a total gut-buster. These goofy singers (describing what you literally see in every cheesy frame of the original Bonnie Tyler video) made me realize: the art of music videos sure has come a long, long, long way. —Charlynne

READER’S CHOICE: DVD
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
I saw it in theaters and it’s a fantastic film, albeit a terribly depressing one. It definitely deserved more Oscar love. Leonardo DiCaprio gave one of his best performances here, yet the Academy overlooked it. Kate Winslet’s final act in the film emotionally destroyed me. —Dave

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
THE SOUNDS on tour
I saw the Sounds this weekend opening for No Doubt and this group is amazing. They sounded great live and commanded the stage as if they were headlining. The saying ”hard act to follow” never rang so true. —Via