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Like to lounge about with Time and Newsweek on the weekends? Read the New York Times on your commute to work? Enjoy geeking out and reading Boing Boing on a break? Let everyone know all your favorite magazines, newspapers, and blogs by checking-in with GetGlue on your iPod, iPhone, Mac, or PC. As with all check-ins, click on the left-hand side of the bar at the top of the home page (right below where we greet you by name). When the words “You Are…” and a downward arrow appear, click on the arrow and select “Reading a book, etc.” screen-shot-2011-06-29-at-43644-pm Enter the name of the magazine, newspaper, or blog in the window on the right and select your title from the drop down menu. screen-shot-2011-07-01-at-11309-pm
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You can dive into the adventure of The Cape in the first partnership between NBC and GetGlue (and earn the nifty stickers below) by checking-in before, during, and after its January 9 premiere (9pm on NBC). If you like other NBC action shows such as Chuck or The Event, check out The Cape.

Vince Faraday is as honest a cop as they come. When he is framed for murder and forced to flee his family, he takes on the persona of his son’s cherished superhero “The Cape” and battles evil in the metropolis of Palm City. David Lyons, Summer Glau, Jennifer Ferrin, and Keith David star in The Cape.

Speaking of Chuck and The Event, GetGlue is also teaming up with NBC to provide Fan stickers for those two outstanding hours of television. Will Chuck get the intercept back as the action heats up on the fourth season of Chuck? And the terror builds as President Martinez, aliens, and an unknown force do battle on The Event, the program that has famously been called what would happen “if 24 and Lost had a baby.” Earn stickers with both when you check-in with GetGlue.

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Come rate and relive the past 12 months in music (albums and recording artists), movies, TV, books, and video games with GetGlue’s Best Of 2010 lists. We’ve listened to your voices throughout the year and our annual collection of the top titles combines your favorites, with critics’ choices, and our own personal take on the 2010 that was.

Revel in rock, rap, reggae, and what-have-you with the top records and artists. Uncover your next tome to curl up with, or chime in on the (not so) idiot box. Getcha popcorn ready for awards season with some epic flicks, or grab your controller and be a part of the action with the best in games.

So rate and remember, discover new treasures or tell us of your favorite finds. Have fun with the Glue and, as always, please subscribe to our twitter feed for all Essential Lists updates.

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Since the blurry days of Pong in the 1970s, video games have cast a spell over society. Whole days have been spent by kids (and even more often adults) carving out cities for sims; recreating games of Giants, Eagles, and Cowboys; or fighting villains and creatures in hellscapes past, present, and apocalyptic future. Whether you’re a lifetime gamer — born with a joystick in your hands — or a newbie gadget hound who simply loves shooting Angry Birds on your iPad, GetGlue has some fun for you.

The experts here at GetGlue have pored over the past three decades of video games to create lists tailored to all sorts of players. From Action, Driving, and First Person Shooters for the adrenaline junkies among us to Strategy, RPGs, and Sandbox titles for those who are more enamored with worlds that explore the nether regions of the mind.

There’s a Sports category for those who every year fiend for the newest models of Madden and MLB The Show, and a Classics feature for those who fondly recall the games of their youth (be your childhood the time of Zelda and Sonic or the olden days of Space Invaders and Pitfall!).

So, go, rate, explore, and remember with GetGlue’s new Video Games Essential Lists. As always, if there’s a game that you think is missing or anything you feel does not belong, please let us know your thoughts, and subscribe to our Twitter feed @GetGlue for all our essential list updates.

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object_new_releaseIn the second week of October, the entertainment folks have apparently come back from peeping the leaves, and are refreshed with a veritable grab bag of options. Lil Wayne wants to remind you he’s human (or actually that he’s not) with a new album recorded just before ducking into jail. Meanwhile, both the Dalai Lama and Russell Brand come out with their latest outlining of their philosophical outlooks. There’s even the latest from the writer of The Reader. So, without further ado:

New Fiction

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Ethiopian-born Chicagoan Dinaw Mengenstu has earned a reputation among the literary world as one of the more intriguing and innovative novelists on the rise. How To Read the Air — a book Publishers Weekly called “elegant and unusual” in a rave review — should do nothing to impede his ascendancy as the author tells the story of a man and woman at a dinner party weaving well-crafted lies about the latter’s father. For fans of Junot Diaz and Gish Jen.

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If you dig dystopian universes as seen through younger eyes (as in the worlds of Suzanne Collins and Catherine Fisher), you night like James Dashner’s second volume of the Maze Runner trilogy, The Scorch Trials.

If you’re hunting down a big time thriller in the mode of Tom Clancy and Frederick Forsyth, you might like the master John Le Carre’s latest, Our Kind of Traitor.

New Nonfiction

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When Mike Birbiglia first emerged on the comedy scene, there was little to hint that he would be more than a standard, if funny, stand-up. However, with his online (secret public) journal, and his critically acclaimed 2008 off-Broadway play Sleepwalk With Me, the Shrewsbury, Massachusetts native developed into an ace storyteller in the style of Spalding Gray. More than a companion to his stage piece, the book Sleepwalk With Me continues to build Birbiglia’s rep for turning his neuroses and disorders into something beautiful. For fans of Gray or either Sedaris sibling.

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If you heart-ed the 80s, and/or dug the remembrances of its pop stars such as Pat Benatar and Belinda Carlisle, you might like Rick Springfield’s Late, Late At Night.

If you need some cute and you love cats and specifically the late star of Dewey, The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched The World, you might like the latest in that series, Dewey’s Nine Lives.

New Movies in Theaters

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hereafter-movieClint Eastwood’s come a long way from those minimalist “Man Without A Name” days. Now a full time director inching into his octogenarian years, Eastwood thrives in exhilarating landscape films — however, never at the expense of the plot. Hereafter is no exception as Matt Damon brings to life a former psychic who merely wishes to escape his past (but, as is always the way, he cannot). For fans of The Fisher King and The Sixth Sense.

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If you’re looking for some let’s-get-the-team-back-together action in the spirit of The Losers or Ocean’s Eleven, but with Oscar winner Helen Mirren toting one of the machine guns, you might like Red.

If you’re itching to fight the system like the heroes of Erin Brockovich or The Rainmaker, you might like Conviction.

New Music

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Dar Williams has been plying her brand of gentile, yet often caustic brand of  indie folk for almost twenty years now. On Many Great Companions, the singer-songwriter gathers a host of musical genius friends she’s met along the way to rerecord many of her best concoctions. The two-CD collection hits a peak on an elegant duet (with album producer, Jayhawks’ Gary Louris) of her classic “As Cool As I Am.” For fans of Ani DiFranco and Jonatha Brooke.

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If you feel like reliving your youthful television viewing over music reminiscent of the playful pop-infused ska of bands like Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger, you might like veteran Florida act Less Than Jake’s TV/Ep.

If you desire wistful modern baroque pop to whisk you away from it all (to go with that Stars and Broken Social Scene marathon you’re planning), you might like the latest for the ever-reliable Scots Belle & Sebastian, Write About Love.

New on DVD

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leaves_grass_poster_mIf Leaves of Grass has the gleefully absurd feel of a Coen Brothers film, it’s not too surprising as director Tim Blake Nelson is a frequent denizen of Ethan & Joel’s world. With Edward Norton playing opposite Edward Norton (as two vastly differing twins), the misunderstandings fly, the baddies chase, and a fun little romp ensues. For fans of The Darjeeling Limited, Adaptation, and pretty much any Coen Bros film.

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If you enjoy a clever comic book inspired film such as Sin City or Watchmen, you might enjoy Jonah Hex.

If you’re looking for an intelligent, unusual children’s film in the vein of Ponyo or The Incredibles, you might like How To Train Your Dragon.

Video Games

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It’s been 16 years since we’ve last seen an official volume of the adventures of Sonic — the spunky blue rodent who curls into a ball to take down all comers and collect as many coins as humanly (or hedgehogly?) possible. Over the years, however, that simple formula became complicated. The first episode of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 takes the game back to the simple side-scrolling, one-protagonist structure which made many a game-player delighted in the early 90s. For fans of Mario Kart and Spyro.

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If you feel like flamboyantly taking out your aggression in the virtual ring with a game akin to WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw or UFC Undisputed, you might like Lucha Libre AAA.

If you’re looking for a wholesome video fighting obsession for your kids similar to Bakugan Battle Brawlers or Ben 10 Alien Force (or just wish relive your days caring for your Tamagotchi), you might like Invizimals.

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Even as tornadoes and Armageddon-style storms continue to strike our GetGlue offices here in New York, and as intense heat portends to melt L.A., the entertainment folks fearlessly continue to bring the goods. With the mid-term elections coming up, the World Series on its way, football into full swing, and basketball and hockey on the way, politics and sports rule the week. Selections range from a well-received bio of our first president, Washington: A Life, to Ken Burns’ most recent creation. And keep an eye out for stickers to be won on many a new item (hint, hint). Our recommendations below:

New Fiction

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false_friend_goldbergBrooklyn author Myla Goldberg does not shy away from changing up her game — her debut Bee Season was set in the world of competitive spelling while her underrated sophomore tome Wickett’s Remedy cast love and loss against the backdrop of the 1918 influenza outbreak. Her latest, The False Friend, explores the time-old question of how to make love stay when the looming past threatens to overwhelm. For fans of Richard Yates and Joseph Heller.

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If you’re up for some urban fantasy over a barren backdrop (in the mode of Jim Butcher or Jonathan Howard), you might like Richard Kadrey’s second Sandman Slim novel Kill the Dead.

If you long to get your galaxy-far-far-away on this weekend and want to go beyond watching Star Wars Episode IV for the 3,423rd time, you might like Sean Williams’ Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.

New Nonfiction

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cesarsrulesjacket01What’s most wonderful about Cesar Millan — well, aside from his oodles of unassuming charm — may be the sincere affection he clearly has for all the pets whose lives he enters. Cesar’s Rules‘ instructions dwell in the tough but fair category, and while he stresses the importance of dominance, it is clear that even he is often overcome by the love his four-legged pals instill in him. For fans of his show, The Dog Whisperer, and of canines in general.

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If your politics swing to the right and you want to rail at Obama and bask in conservative sentiment in the style Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin lay down, you might like Michael Savage’s Trickle Up Poverty.

If, however, it’s the left side of the spectrum you favor and you look to liberals like Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow to savage the latest Tea Party action, you might like veteran New York Post columnist Dana Milbank’s assessment of Glenn Beck, Tears of a Clown.

New Movies in Theaters

Editor’s Pick:

its_kind_of_a_funny_storyWhile Anna Boden may not be a household name, she has quietly created two of the great small sad-protagonist films of the past five years — Half Nelson and Sugar. While It’s Kind of a Funny Story can certainly claim the depressed central character (the action stems from the 16-year-old lead’s check-in to a mental institution), there’s a bit more whimsy — and there’s also the king of absurdity Zach Galifianakis. For fans of Juno and (500) Days of Summer.

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If you’re a rock ‘n’ roll fan who loves films like La Bamba and Backbeat, you might like the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy.

If you love love and particularly stories that embrace its heartbreak and cynicism the way only a quirky indie flick can (think Rachel Getting Married or Life is Sweet), you might like Stephen Frears’ latest, Tamara Drewe.

New Music

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Sleater-Kinney ended on the highest of notes — the low-key spectacular that was 2005’s The Woods. Corin Tucker’s first record fronting her own band veers very little from the jagged indie rock the Pacific Northwest trio preferred (at least at the end) and that’s a good thing. 1000 Years is packed with intelligent music to get the hearts and minds of fans of bands such as Blonde Redhead and the Vivian Girls racing.

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If you groove to the wistful alternative Brit-pop of bands such as Elbow and Travis, you might like the solo debut from the latter’s frontman Fran Healy,  Wreckorder.

If you’re up for some boots a-kickin’, no-apologies honky-tonk infused country in the style of George Strait or Brad Paisley, you might like Toby Keith’s latest, Bullets in the Gun.

New on DVD

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baseball_10thinning_dvdTo many, the month of October is inexorably linked to baseball as the pennant races give way to the playoffs and ultimately the World Series. Hence, the release to DVD of The Tenth Inning Ken Burns’ excellent post-script (of sorts) to his famed Baseball mini-series — is exquisitely timed to celebrate this tawny time of heroes and scapegoats. Cal Ripken plays the former (to the scourge of steroids’ latter) as Burns explores the pastime’s history from 1994 to present day. For fans of the documentaries of both Burns and for those who love when the game goes into extra frames.

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If you love the gross-out comedy of shows like Assy McGee and Archer, you might like Ugly Americans.

If your animation tends towards the wondrous and innovative worlds in the spirit of movies like Ponyo and The Triplets of Belleville, you might like The Secret of Kells.

Video Games

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nba_2k11_box_artAs the World Series comes to a close, the basketball season starts its long march to the NBA Finals. If you want a preview of how Miami’s triple threat of LeBron & Friends fares against the Celtics (now infused with two more O’Neals) or the defending champion Lakers — or just want to play some hoops without leaving your feet, video basketball’s gold standard game is out with its latest version NBA2K11. The fun bells and whistles start with a Michael Jordan extravaganza, but don’t stop there. For fans of basketball and top notch sports games such as Madden 11 and NHL 11.

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If you veer towards post-apocalyptic story-shooters, such as Halo Reach and Metro Other M, you might like Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

If you live to make your Miis do crazy things on your Wii (think Wii Fitness or any of the system’s sports games really), you might like Wii Party.

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It’s another crazy week in September and there’s no excuse for staring at that wall — the entertainment world is set to again give you no shortage of things in which to indulge. Let The Right One In fans can either rejoice or be horrified by the American film version (Let Me In) as well as writer John Ajvide Lindqvist’s latest, Handling the Undead. T.I.’s out of jail and out on bail and has finally dropped his latest, King Uncaged. And, you know what, just read below if you want to know what we here at GetGlue think.

New Fiction

Editor’s Pick:

squirrel_seeks_chipmunk_sedarisHumorist David Sedaris is the undisputed champion of putting this neurotic dysfunctional world onto paper in essay form, but how is he with sweet metaphorical fiction about the animal kingdom? With Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, it would appear quite good, as the amiable cynic unleashes a unique zooscape which is receiving many a critical plaudit. For fans of Bill Bryson and David Rakoff.

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If you seek out the newest tales of romance among the denizens of the netherworld, and love the work of Becca Fitzpatrick and Maggie Stiefvater, you might like Lauren Kate’s latest Torment.

If you’re looking for a wonderfully moody piece of high literature, from the ilk of David Mitchell or Jonathan Franzen, you might like Michael Cunningham’s latest, By Nightfall.

New Nonfiction

Editor’s Pick:

listen_to_this_rossAlex Ross dived into pop music well into adulthood and in excitement wrote a well-received 2004 essay in the New Yorker. This year he expands his musings into the full length Listen to This — an ambitious, exciting tome collecting centuries of music and cleverly, thoroughly discussing just what it all means. For fans of Nick Hornby’s Songbook and Lester Bangs’ Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung.

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If you are rapt by hostage stories like Roxana Saberi’s Between Two Worlds or Lisa & Laura Ling’s Somewhere Inside, you might like Euna Lee’s narrative of her North Korean captivity, The World Is Bigger Now.

If you laughed like mad at the Marx Brothers’ classic Duck Soup, you might like Roy Blount Jr.’s Hail, Hail, Euphoria!.

New Movies in Theaters

Editor’s Pick:

the-social-network-movie-posterWith a movie directed by David Fincher, penned by Aaron Sorkin, featuring music by Trent Reznor, based on one of the juiciest recent true stories (and involving the greatest interwebs phenomenon of the last decade), could there be any other choice for movie of the week? The Social Network is receiving buzz to make Schindler’s List blush and even has an amazing trailer soundtrack song (Scala & Kolacny Brothers’ Creep). What else is there to say but this: it comes out Friday. For fans of Boogie Nights and Rushmore.

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If you are itching to be scared by a supernatural thriller such as 1408 or Orphan, you might like Case 39.

If you’re curious and/or horrified by the state of the economic world and tend towards serious documentaries such as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Capitalism: A Love Story, you might like Freakonomics.

New Music

Editor’s Pick:

lovely_avenue_ben_folds_nick_hornbyOne of the best neurotic musical storytellers from the USA meets his UK literary match, and, it’s even better than it has any right to be. Lonely Avenue, featuring words by Nick Hornby and lush landscapes by singer/pianist Ben Folds, wanders through small victories and major ironies (and worries, worries, worries), for one of the most archly, delicately picturesque Bacharach-esque constructions. For fans of Ben Lee and the Decemberists.

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If you dig that power pop punk with a tinge of old-school emo, in the vein of Motion City Soundtrack or Jets to Brazil, Jimmy Eat World always provides some of the best of that, so you might like their new one, Invented.

If you love it when old dogs succeed at new tricks, as on Johnny Cash’s American series or Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles From Memphis, you might like Neil Young’s latest, Le Noise.

New on DVD

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partydown_s2While I’m still a tad saddened the show was plucked from streaming before I got a chance to savor as much as I’d've liked (grrrr), it wouldn’t be fair to take said frustration out on Party Down, the little catering-themed sitcom that could. The second season, is a continuation of the brilliant interplay between the soon-to-be star Adam Scott and the others in increasingly brilliantly absurd situations (including a hilarious self-deprecating turn by Steve Guttenberg). For fans of Parks and Recreation and Community.

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If you love those raunchy-wacky Apatow-world comedies like Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, you might like Get Him to the Greek.

If you are from a totally different demographic and love the Seth MacFarlane world with all its Family Guy and American Dad goodness, you might like the debut season of The Cleveland Show.

Video Games

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final_fantasy_xiv1It’s the godfather of role-playing games; like Harry Potter or crack, its fans get absorbed into its fold not to emerge until absolutely finished, and, even if only online now, it’s always a moment when Final Fantasy unveils its latest version — and XIV is here. On Tuesday, gamers can explore Eorzea and set to solve the puzzle. For fans of, well, the previous XIII editions of the veteran game

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If you wish to explore novel worlds of gameplay, as on Limbo or Metroid Other M, you might like Hydrophobia.

If you chose sides in the World Cup an want to replay those matches in technocolor, easy-to-play glory at home, you might like FIFA Soccer 11.

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While the new entertainment coming out in the next seven days isn’t quite as insanely overloaded as the week that just passed, there’s no shortage of exciting and big name titles. Pop-funk kings of GetGlue stickers Maroon 5’s heavily-anticipated third slab drops Tuesday, while Sophie Kinsella brings beach reading to the last official week of summer with the latest in her Shopaholic series. March To Restore Sanity mastermind Jon Stewart brings out his latest book of fun; meanwhile, Betty White fans can rejoice with You Again, more seasons of great shows like 30 Rock come to DVD, and, well, read about it below:

New Fiction

Editor’s Pick:

to_the_end_of_the_land_david_grossmanDavid Grossman has earned his reputation as one of Israel’s foremost authors. With the epic tale of a wandering, searching mother, To the End of the Land, tabbed Amazon’s Top Book of the Month for September, Grossman stands to extend his scope to the U.S. shores. For fans of Paul Auster and David Mitchell.

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If you’re excited by the prospect of a well-written supernatural teenage tome in the vein of Suzanne Collins or Alyson Noel, you might like Heather Brewer’s latest link in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod saga, Twelfth Grade Kills.

If your horror needs veer more towards the mature and gory (think Scott Sigler or Mira Grant), you might like master director Guillermo Del Toro’s latest novel The Fall.

New Nonfiction

Editor’s Pick:

white_house_diary_jimmy_carterIs Jimmy Carter “History’s Greatest Monster,” as a random crowd member called him on The Simpsons, or is he a man who, with a noble heart, struggled through hard times, to little electoral reward. Fortunately, the soft-spoken Georgian and 39th POTUS recorded his thoughts to journal — now released as White House Diary, while he occupied 1600 Pennsylvania, allowing you, the reader, to decide for yourself. For fans of Bill Clinton’s My Life and Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father.

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If you own a rice cooker and would love one of America’s top film critics to explain its merits (and/or you enjoy the writing of easygoing chefs like Barefoot Contessa), you might like Roger Ebert’s The Pot and How To Use It.

If you envied the hard living heavy metal warriors in tomes by Ozzy Osbourne and Dave Mustaine, you might like Vince Neil’s Tattoos & Tequila.

New Movies in Theaters

Editor’s Pick:

howl-movie-posterIt’s relatively shocking there hasn’t been a major film about Beat-era poet Allen Ginsberg before now, yet there hasn’t, and into that void steps director Rob Epstein with Howl. It’s interesting to note that Epstein’s previous work includes The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, as his finished project resembles no movie more than Gus Van Sant’s elegant Milk. For fans of both of those films and Capote.

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If you’re a fan of dysfunctional families, neurotic artists, infidelity, and everything that makes Woody Allen, Woody Allen (except New York City), you might like the auteur’s latest, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.

If you long to know whether anyone is thinking of the children these days and enjoy a powerful, pointed documentary such as Spellbound or Hoop Dreams, you might like Davis Guggenheim’s Waiting For Superman.

New Music

Editor’s Pick:

maximum-balloonWhile the fruit doesn’t fall too too far from the tree on Maximum Balloon — the self-titled debut from the alter-ego of TV on the Radio’s jack-of-all-trades Andrew Sitek — the album is still its own entity. Taking as a palate the funked-up post-punk favored by the iconic Brooklyn indie rockers, the quirky and innovative Sitek runs off in all directions, often at once. For fans of Bloc Party and The Drums (and of course TotR).

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If you chill to one-notch-above-mellow indie folk such as The Tallest Man on Earth or Fyfe Dangerfield, you might like Margot & the Nuclear So & So’s latest, Buzzard.

If you’re a pop person who nevertheless likes a dash of folk, soul, and blues (in the tradition of Train or Jack Johnson), you might like the third offering from Maroon 5, Hands All Over.

New on DVD

Editor’s Pick:

modern-family-poster_260x351It’s certainly no secret anymore that ABC’s Modern Family is a special sort of Sitcom. Even the Emmys’ notoriously resistant-to-change voters recognized this, crowning the unique — yet at-its-core traditional — series Best Comedy in its inaugural season. And the honor came with good cause: its ninth episode (about a birthday party) was one of the most riotously clever bits of television ever. For fans of Arrested Development and Married…With Children.

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If you’re enchanted by fantastical tales set in picturesque worlds, such as The Secret of Roan Inish or Whale Rider, you might like Ondine.

If you enjoy dark thrillers such as Tell No One or Swimming Pool, you might like The Secret in Their Eyes.

Video Games

Editor’s Pick:

civilization-v-front-of-boxAs someone who once lost more than a day to SimCity (and i’m talking the full 24 hours, friend), I know to personally avoid games like Civilization V. But for those who can handle their addictive personalities, this latest in Sid Meier’s venerable world-building series should be a blast.  For fans of the Sims and Tycoon series.

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If you repeatedly feel the need for speed (and love the Need For Speed series and, let’s say Blur), you might like F1 2010.

If you love the fact that Wii, as a video game system, actually encourages kids to exercise, and get into games like Get Moving and Just Dance, you might like Family Party: Fitness Fun.

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object_new_releaseApparently, the long Labor Day weekend so refreshed those people who provide us with things to look at, listen to, read, and play with, that they have let loose with a veritable avalanche of entertaining items of all sorts. While Michelle Branch goes full country, Superchunk and Les Savy Fav continue to roll out the indie goodness, Weezer serenades the most lovable Lost-ie, Robert Plant re-invents himself once more, and Linkin Park does that screamy thing they do. Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans spar with the written word; seasons-ful of Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, and Fringe hit DVD; and Halo Reach finally drops.

New Fiction

Editor’s Pick:

sourland_oatesWhile being mentioned as a likely for the Nobel Prize for Literature is practically an annual event for Lockport, New York, born writer Joyce Carol Oates, she makes her case yet again with Sourland. Quite possibly the most soul-felt of her writings, the collection of interwoven short stories is clearly touched by the 2008 of her longtime husband. For fans of John Irving and Jonathan Franzen.

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If you marvel at whimsical epics of modern literature in the style of Michael Chabon or Tom McCarthy, you might like Richard Harvell’s debut novel The Bells.

If you seek a darkly atmospheric thriller such as the ones by Hanning Mankell or Steig Larsson, you might like Arnaldur Indridason’s Hypothermia.

New Nonfiction

Editor’s Pick:

storyteller_sterrockHe created mystical worlds filled with fantastic foxes and magical candy men — his stories were enrapturing, enthralling, and had the power to fill his young readers with both wonder and a severe case of the creeps. His persona was no less mythical and rife with contradictions like his wartime heroism and often embarrassing anti-semitism. Storyteller captures the heralded children’s author, warts and all, and should appeal to fans of Dahl’s works for both big and small.

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If you enjoy tomes which set to unravel real mysteries from World War II, such as Shadow Divers or The Amber Room, you might like Mark Jacobson’s The Lampshade.

If you love dogs (as you must) and wondered what happened to the real victims in the Michael Vick scandal, you might like Jim Gorant’s The Lost Dogs.

New Movies in Theaters

Editor’s Pick:

devil-movie-posterWhile I know it might, by 2010, be a lousy wager to get excited about anything M. Night Shyamalan touches any part of (fool me 11 times, and what exactly happens again?). However, the auteur (perhaps wisely) handed off Devil, his story of five souls trapped on an elevator with the dark one, to the Dowdle Brothers, and if the trailer is any indication (I know, I know…just watch), it was a wise decision. For fans of being afraid — being very, very afraid (oh, and Alien and Pitch Black).

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If you enjoy (or can relate to) films like Greenberg and Happiness – tales of awkward folks trying to find love and a place in this world, in other words — you might like Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating.

If you enjoy movies culled from literary visions of dystopia (think The Handmaid’s Tale or Brave New World), you might like Never Let Me Go.

New Music

Editor’s Pick:

blonde-redhead-penny-sparkleNearly two decades after they came together, NYC trio Blonde Redhead continue to mold hypnotic creations from somewhere in a secret dimension beyond indie rock and punk. Record number eight, Penny Sparkle, bends genres further into the obscure while retaining the skewed undercurrent of melody which make them unique. For fans of Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey.

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If you enjoy gazing at your shoes to jangly pop of bands like Stars and Eisley, you might like Azure Ray’s Drawing Down The Moon.

If you enjoy the immediate, electronically enhanced indie rock of bands such as Klaxons and Surfer Blood, you might like the buzzed up the wazoo self-titled debut, The Drums.

New on DVD

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fringes2postermedIt’s hard to invest in science-fiction dramas, while some live to see that final leap home, others get canceled before we ever find out just what was the deal with those forward flashes anyway. While Fringe stumbled a bit out of the box, it built up a fanatical base thanks to delirious turns and well-drawn characters and by its second season (on DVD this week), it’s clearly here to stay. For fans of The X-Files and The 4400.

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If you’re up for a dark, yet slightly loopy story of insanity, murder, and mayhem in the vein of Scotland, Pa or the original Insomnia, you might like Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done.

If you’re looking for a documentary to stir your bile about the economic meltdown in the manner of Capitalism: A Love Story or Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, you might like Alex Gibney’s Casino Jack and the United States of Money.

Video Games

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buy-halo-reach-box-artEver since it was unleashed upon the rabid gamers at the Electronic Entertainment Expo of ‘09, Halo: Reach has gathered a perfect storm of buzz. The futuristic first person shooter puts the player in the mind of a freedom fighter battling a force known as the Covenant. For fans of Metal Gear and Mass Effect.

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If you ever wished you could be irascible, pill-popping doc Gregory House, and/or you enjoyed game adaptations of tv shows like CSI or Grey’s Anatomy, you might like House M.D.

If your heart races at the thought of creating the worlds of Sims or Civilization, and you love pirates, you might like Patrician IV.

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object_new_releaseThe summer’s BBQ smoke’s flicker may just be a memory, but there’s no shortage of entertainment options post-Labor Day to keep you warm as you huddle inside. If you want to decide whether to add a show like Chuck or Criminal Minds to your crowded DVR or Tivo, you’re in luck as last season’s shows are coming to DVD in droves. You can curl up with the latest from Sara Gruen, Terry McMillan, or Arianna Huffington (as only your tastes can dictate), find out how the most lovable serial killer tastes (yes, it’s Dexter, and he’s apparently delicious) or catch up on the latest music from Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, or Helmet. You could even spend the day on your couch recreating your favorite hockey season. Either way, look out below for GetGlue’s extensive look at this coming week:

New Fiction

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c_tom_mccarthyJonathan Dee, in Harper’s Magazine, calls Tom McCarthy’s C an “avant-garde epic.” Dee’s certainly not the only one singing its praises. McCarthy builds on the rep (first established with 2006 debut Remainder) as one of postmodern writing’s leading lights with the story of unique protagonist Serge Carrafax. For fans of Jonathan Franzen and Jess Walter.

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If you’re a fan of fantastically quirky sci-fi storytelling, similar to Kurt Vonnegut’s Sirens of Titan or Ted Chiang’s The Lifecycle of Software Objects, you might like Charles Yu’s How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.

If your tastes run to crime mysteries which blend reverently old-fashioned mysteries with new twists, in the fashion of Dennis Lehane or Ian Rankin, you could hardly do better than living master Ruth Rendell’s latest, Portobello.

New Nonfiction

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hilliker_curse_ellroyJames Ellroy has become a legend with hard-boiled stories like L.A. Confidential, featuring detectives, drinks, double-crosses, dames, and all the mayhem that ensues from words which start with d. In The Hilliker Curse, Ellroy examines his own well-worn life, looking into his childhood for clues as to how he got there. For fans of Robert Evans’ The Kid Stays in the Picture or the musings of Charles Bukowski.

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If you’re constantly on the prowl to unlock the mysteries of the universe as explored by Brian Greene, Michio Kaku, and (of course) Stephen Hawking, you might like Hawking’s latest, The Grand Design.

If you fear imminent attacks from all corners and devour cheeky self-help books like The Zombie Survival Guide and the Worst Case Scenario series, you might like Chuck Sambuchino’s How To Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.

New Movies in Theaters

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lovely-stillBy all logic, Nicholas Fackler’s tale of dating with Alzheimer’s Disease, Lovely, Still, has little right to be anything but maudlin. However, the flames are Academy Award winners Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn and while its a small movie, it comes off with a softly sweeping touch. For fans of Away From Her and As Good As It Gets.

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If you dig goofy romantic comedies with a distinct French twist, in the vein of Amelie and Jet Lag, you might like Pascal Chaumeil’s Heartbreaker.

If you’re big on documentaries about unusual creative types such as Crumb or Glass (or loved Glenn Gould), you might like Genius Within.

New Music

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jukebox_the_ghost_everything_under_the_sunWith their crisp pop hooks and a prominent piano, its no surprise Jukebox the Ghost have opened for Ben Folds. There’s nothing too complex in the Washington DC trio’s latest, Everything Under the Sun — it’s just purely powerful melody and some divine 0ld-school alt-rock fun. For fans of Folds, Rooney, and the Essex Green.

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If you dig brooding modern rock by 00s veterans like TV on the Radio or Bloc Party, you might like the self-titled latest from Brooklyn’s finest, Interpol.

If you love it when musical legends like Johnny Cash or Willie Nelson return triumphantly, eager to try out new sounds, you might like Jerry Lee Lewis’ Mean Old Man.

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blood_into_wineMaynard James Keenan must have stashed a million extra hours into his life. In addition to fronting Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, and others, the imposing artist has become one of the country’s up-and-coming wine experts and producers. Blood Into Wine sweetly chronicles the singer’s obsession with guest spots by Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, and others. For fans of wine, Tool, and Anthony Bourdain.

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If you enjoy old-school sitcoms centered by deliciously flaky leads, such as the Drew Carey Show or Just Shoot Me, you might like Sara Rue’s unfortunately short-lived Less Than Perfect.

If you are drawn to SNL-themed parodies in the vein of Blues Brothers and Wayne’s World (or loved MacGyver), you might like MacGruber.

Video Games

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nhl-11_x360_box-tempboxart_160wWhile Madden may have made football the common choice for mixing sports and video games, hockey, with its graceful skating, simple goal, and penchant to morph into Mortal Kombat, might just be the most fun game to play on a console. NHL 11 bears the Electronic Arts stamp which predictably makes it the gold standard of hockey games. For fans of Madden 11 and NBA2K10.

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If you wish you lived in Metropolis or Gotham and are big on games like Marvel Vs. Capcom and Iron Man, you might like Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.

If you live and breathe the mercenary’s life and enjoy games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honor, you might like Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2.

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