The Must List

The Must List

High stakes, cheapskates, and 8 other things we love this week

TV
1. POKER ON TV
Thanks to the miracle of ESPN's and the Travel Channel's minicams, you know what the deal is, but the poor suckers risking 40 large don't.

MOVIE
2. THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS
We really, really hope that Hope Davis — great here as Campbell Scott's wife — gets to do whatever she wants from now on.

BOOKS
3. SCHOTT'S ORIGINAL MISCELLANY, BY BEN SCHOTT
Full of ''fabulous trivia'' (e.g., a list of famous left-handers), this collection is the first great bathroom book of the 21st century.

INTERNET
4. BITTERWAITRESS.COM
Click on ''Gossip'': Disgruntled waitstaff tattle on celeb tippers. Hooray, Seann William Scott! Shame, Julia Roberts, shame!

DVD
5. 'CASABLANCA' DVD EXTRAS
Deleted scene fragments from the greatest movie of all time? It's like getting to read old galleys of the Bible! Play them, Sam, play those extra scenes.

BOOKS
6. SEX, DRUGS, AND COCOA PUFFS, BY CHUCK KLOSTERMAN
Page 2 of Klosterman's pop-culture manifesto zings John Cusack; page 3 rags on Coldplay. Things get juicier, gutsier, and more infuriating from there.

MOVIE
7. BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
Sure, the Brit soccer comedy has been kicking around for months, but now it's going wide. Besides, it's one of the only summer movies that made us laugh and cry.

MUSIC
8. ROONEY, ''BLUESIDE''
The video is the Strokes meets the Beach Boys. So is the single, a summery rock number with a salty, California-dreamy refrain.

MUSIC
9. SEAN PAUL'S VIDEOS
In clips such as ''Like Glue'', hot gals and rude boys pull off cutesy routines to sizzling reggae. It's Jamaican square dancing!

STAGE
10. AVENUE Q
Look out, Big Bird. The randy puppets of Broadway's new hit are Sesame Street gone South Park. Remember: ''The Internet is for porn.''

Originally posted Aug 15, 2003 Published in issue #723 Aug 15, 2003 Order article reprints
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