1. THE SIMPLE LIFE
On Fox's not-quite-reality series, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie are city kitties who land in a strange foreign place called Middle America.
2. 21 GRAMS
Sean Penn stars, with Naomi Watts, in a searing meditation on life and death, with multiple non-linear story lines. (Admit it, you thought it was about cocaine.)
3. THE GAY TALESE READER: PORTRAITS AND ENCOUNTERS
Collected in book form, Talese's brilliant magazine pieces form a glittering mosaic of late-20th-century America.
4. THE REAGANS
Was CBS' canceled miniseries a fair portrayal or a case of giving Hell to the Chief? Watch Showtime on Nov. 30 and decide for yourself.
5. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
Soon in theaters: a 208-minute cut of the One Film that ruled us all and in the darkness spellbound us.
6. OLD SCHOOL, BY TOBIAS WOLFF
The protagonist of Wolff's novel looks back on his days at a New England prep school in the early '60s and recounts without any sentimental varnish the creative impulses at work in a young heart.
7. HERE I AM, RONALD ISLEY AND BURT BACHARACH
An R&B master and a genius in command of pop songcraft ooh! master and commander, get it?
8. ''99 PROBLEMS'' JAY-Z
With guest producer Rick Rubin supplying the down-and-dirty rock beats, it's the best cut on what may be Hova's final album.
9. KEVIN KLINE IN 'HENRY IV'
The jewel of a stellar cast (in Jack O'Brien's transcendent production at NYC's Lincoln Center), he packs a big paunch as corpulent corrupter Falstaff.
10. THE CAT IN THE HAT, BY DR. SEUSS
That the feline in the movie version actually wears a hat is the only thing the producers got right missing entirely are the book's frantic, antic charms.