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The Big Ten

What to watch, read and listen to this month

Illustration Chloé Fleury

1 THROUGH THE LENS

What happens when the paparazzo becomes the subject? Adrian Grenier tries to figure it out in Teenage Paparazzo, his documentary about 14-year-old photographer Austin Visschedyk. A big hit at Sundance, the documentary makes its debut on HBO. SEPTEMBER 27

2 NEXT-DOOR HEROES

Michael Chiklis does what he does best— play a police officer—opposite Julie Benz in No Ordinary Family, a new ABC drama about a clan with superpowers. Look for a new twist on childrearing during those difficult high school years. SEPTEMBER 28

3 RETURN OF THE GEKKO

The ’80s are back: ripped T-shirts, acid-wash jeans and now Gordon Gekko. Michael Douglas reprises his 1987 role in the Oliver Stone–directed Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which takes on the 2008 stock market crash. SEPTEMBER 24

4 END OF AN ERA

Beloved soap opera As the World Turns is calling it quits after 54 years and more than 13,000 episodes. Or is the show just faking its death to come back as a villain? Stay tuned. SEPTEMBER 17

5 WILD WEST

The list of guest rappers associated with Kanye West’s new album is longer than the track listing and includes Drake, Q-Tip, Wu-Tang’s RZA and Pete Rock. If it’s half as big a hit as 2008’s 808s & Heartbreaks, West can certainly afford the help. SEPTEMBER 14

6 GOING VIRTUAL

Now that the world has begun to catch up with the imagination of cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson, the beloved sci-fi novelist is finding material in the present day. His beguiling new novel, Zero History, concerns a marketing tycoon, an extreme sports star and arms dealers (the shadowy kind, naturally). SEPTEMBER 7

7 TAKE A LOOK AT HIM NOW

Phil Collins’ Going Back, an album of 1960s-era Motown, R&B and soul covers, pays affectionate tribute to the songs that piqued his interest in music, including Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything’s Alright).” SEPTEMBER 28

8 SOMETHING’S COOKING

“Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen,” at New York’s MoMA examines prefab kitchens of the past century. Please refrain from whipping up a snack in any of them. SEPTEMBER 15

9 HOLD ON

Perched at the midpoint between poignant coming-of-age tale and creepy sci-fi thriller is Never Let Me Go, based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Mark Romanek directs Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in this haunting film. SEPTEMBER 15

10 PREP WORK

A sassy update to the tongue- in-cheek 1980s The Official Preppy Handbook, True Prep modernizes its lists of preppy necessities to include, among other things, appropriate texting etiquette. BRB, G2G2JC (“Got to go to J. Crew”). SEPTEMBER 7

Robert Plant

The Led Zep frontman has a whole lotta love for the american songbook.

WHEN ROBERT PLANT was the curly-locked frontman of Led Zeppelin, his voice was as steely and untiring as Jimmy Page’s jagged guitar. Nearly 40 years later, it’s no longer the “best voice in rock” (as Page called it), but it’s smarter than ever.

The 62-year-old’s new album, Band of Joy (named after his first ensemble), is the natural follow up to Raising Sand, Plant’s 2007 Grammy-winning collaboration with Alison Krauss. A headlong plunge into the history of American song, Band of Joy covers bluegrass, gospel, country and rockabilly.

“People call this album Americana, and that’s a very gracious and glorious term,” Plant says between rehearsals in Nashville. “But basically it’s a walk through the great land of the American song—a chance to peek through the door into a land I was hardly aware of before.”

Band of Joy’s songs range from the old-time country dirge “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down” and Townes Van Zant’s “Harm’s Swift Way” to the ominous drone of Low’s “Silver Rider.” He and coproducer Buddy Miller cowrote a couple tracks as well, including the bluesy “Central Two-O-Nine.”

“Of course, with Led Zeppelin we were heavily into the blues,” Plant says. “And sometimes you’re trapped by your previous success, but I feel like I’m now dancing to an unknown beat. And it feels brilliant.”

Photographs – Courtesy of HBO (1), Courtesy of ABC (2), Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox (3), Courtesy of CBS/Landov (4) , by Jason Kempin/Wireimage (5), Matt Kent/Wireimage (7), Courtesy of Moma (8), Courtesy of Alex Bailey (9) , by Jan Persson/Redferns (Plant)

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