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Gone Fishing

Internet TV is fast becoming a reality. Amazon.com enters the new entertainment jungle with the Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher (amazon.com/fishbowl). Watch Maher's brand of left-of-center humor, pop interviews, and our favorite feature, the UPS Special Delivery, where celebrities (actor Paul Reiser or author Thomas Friedman, for example) hand-deliver orders to Amazon customers.

Ripe tomato

What do you do when Ebert and Roeper have split opinions about a new film? See what other critics are saying at rottentomatoes.com, a website that aggregates dozens of professional reviews and averages out a juicy score for each release.

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Gram of gold

Gram Parsons/The Complete Reprise Sessions is a three-CD box that presents two sublime solo albums (with extra tracks and interviews) by Gram Parsons. Widely credited as the progenitor of '70s country rock, he lived fast and died far too young. This set testifies to his talents as a songwriter, but what makes it a must-have are the thrilling duets with a then-unknown Emmylou Harris. Harmony singing just doesn't get any better.

Move over Colin Firth

Fans of period dramas will swoon over North & South, a BBC miniseries based on Elizabeth Gaskell's 19th-century novel, out on DVD. When a minister moves his family to an industrial town, his daughter gets caught up in the workers' rights movement, clashing with an iron-willed mill owner. Labor relations have never looked so romantic.

Looking for Mr. Right

If "The Bachelor" ruined you for reality dating shows, How to Get the Guy (ABC, Mondays at 10 p.m. EDT) may win you back. Two "love coaches" help four professional women navigate the dating world. Short on voyeurism, long on solutions, single viewers are sure to gain valuable advice for finding the perfect match.


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