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Must List: Week of July 19, 2009

New collection of Michael Jackson solo at Motown, ''Big Brother 11,'' ''Coraline'' on DVD, and 12 others make up the countdown of pop culture gems YOU and EW staff love this week

Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection

MUSIC
HELLO WORLD: THE MOTOWN SOLO COLLECTION, Michael Jackson
Begin at the beginning with three discs of classic singles like ”Got to Be There,” ”Ben,” and ”One Day in Your Life.”

MOVIES
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
Torn between teen angst and adult danger (crushes and Death Eaters: equally evil?), the stars of Half-Blood Prince not only look keen on screen but prove they’ve grown into fine actors.

TV
BIG BROTHER on CBS
Forget chance — this season the Chenbot assigns the players to cliques. Just be careful, athletes. With BB vet Jessie on your team, even we’d plot against you.

TV
TORCHWOOD on BBC America
John Barrowman as Captain Jack isn’t the only reason to tune in to the sci-fi adventure series: Now all the children on Earth must be saved!

MOVIES
HUMPDAY
In this indie film, two ”pretty solidly not gay” friends decide the wildest thing they can do to win a porn contest is sleep with each other. Okay, not wildest — but funniest.

MUSIC
”S.O.S. (Let the music play),” Jordin Sparks
”That crazy chick don’t know who she’s messin’ with,” sings the former Idol champ on this slick new dance groove from Battlefield. Anyone bold enough to sample a Shannon hit from 1983 is okay by us.

MOVIES
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
Lurking in the middle ground between Memento and Juno is this charming romance starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. An onscreen chronometer spins through the year and a half of their romance, punctuated by music, whimsy, and the loveliest shots of downtown Los Angeles ever taken.

DVD
CORALINE
In theaters, we loved Neil Gaiman’s tale about a girl whose perfect imaginary world turns on her. On disc, savor director Henry Selick’s virtually hallucinogenic visual effects and marvel at how they were created.

BOOKS
ZEITOUN, by Dave Eggers
The author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius deftly blends prose and purpose, chronicling a man who refused to run from Hurricane Katrina and earmarking profits to benefit storm victims.

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
''BEAUTIFUL'' video, Eminem
Difficult times touch everyone it seems, including Eminem, who defends his beloved, beleaguered Detroit in this heartfelt tribute to hometown folks. —Submitted by Kaitlyn

READER’S CHOICE: MOVIES
EVERY LITTLE STEP
One of the most emotional, beautiful movies of the year. If this documentary about putting together the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line is playing near you, see it! —Clayton

READER’S CHOICE: DVD
THE STATE
I am a huge fan of sketch comedy. I think when it’s good, it’s sublime, and this crew of comics definitely is. They could have invented the term ”LOL” because that’s what they always make you do. —Nuria

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
”NEW DIVIDE,” Linkin Park
This sure is an infectious song, as I was told as I was singing along to it today while doing cardio. (Awk-ward!) —Snarf

READER’S CHOICE: TV
THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW in syndication
My must for the week, no make it the summer! You do not have to be a fan of Wendy Williams as an outrageous radio star all these years to know she’s going to bring it when her TV show hits the airwaves. I love her and her big mouth — she has no qualms about speaking truth to anyone. —Samaya

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
PERFECTO VEGAS, Paul Oakenfold
I don’t know how he does it but his music makes me forget all my worries. This dance album is also perfect road trip music! —Creighton