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Breakups, snuff-outs, songfests and more

June 01, 2008|Denise Martin

We are already talking about: "Weezer," a.k.a. "The Red Album." The first single off the band's sixth studio effort, "Pork & Beans," is already our pick for kiss-off anthem for the year. What kind of kiss-off? The music video features cameos by K-Fed, the Numa Numa guy and Miss Teen South Carolina. (Tuesday)

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We can't wait to talk about: "When You Are Engulfed in Flames." David Sedaris' sixth volume of "97% true" personal essays contains insights on buying coffee-table books (to offend your dad) and quitting smoking (by moving to Tokyo and learning Japanese). It's the how-to manual you've always wanted. (Tuesday)

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We should talk about: "In the Heights" (The Original Cast Recording). Broadway darling and this year's most Tony-nominated musical, about the tight-knit Latin-American community of Washington Heights, is a little too eager and hopeful, agreed. But reaching for the American dream has never sounded as irresistible against star-writer Lin-Manuel Miranda's backdrop of hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul. (Tuesday)

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We also could talk about (but we'd rather play): Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy and LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. Suit up as the action hero of your choice. As Jason Bourne, sneak your way through the American Embassy in Zurich and then engage in frenetic hand-to-hand combat. In Indiana, play as a variety of characters, including nostalgic favorites Marcus Brody, who uses an umbrella slide, and Marion Ravenwood, the only character with monkey access. (Tuesday)

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We want you to start talking about: "Weeds." The third season is coming out on DVD, and if you missed the original Showtime run, catch up now. The next season premieres June 16, and you'll probably wonder what happened to the suburban haven of Agrestic otherwise. You also missed seeing Mary-Kate Olsen as a hottie Christian fundamentalist. Sample line: "I'm tight with the Lord." (Tuesday)

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-- Denise Martin

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