1. Malcolm Gladwell
He has made it to Time Magazine’s 100
most influential people list. His three books — Blink, The Tipping
Point and Outliers — have sold millions. Now the Canadian writer and
pop sociologist has been named the world’s second most influential
management thinker by the London Business School. Expect more kudos
(and cash) when his new book What The Dog Saw – a collection of his New
Yorker essays — hits bookstores next week.

2. Where The Wild Things Are
Despite
being adapted from a 338-word bedtime favourite, Spike Jonze’s version
of the Maurice Sendak tale may be the most high-concept foray ever into
the kiddie movie genre. We don’t how much fun it will actually be for
your children but if they have any hipster aspirations, this is a good
place to start.

3. Whatever Works
Guess what? The
neurotic curmudgeon in the Woody Allen comedy is not Woody Allen. It’s
Larry David. As you’d expect, the man behind Curb Your Enthusiasm and
Seinfeld makes sarcasm and surly behaviour sing in this lightweight but
amusing affair. Patricia Clarkson and Evan Rachel Wood, playing feisty
Southern belles, get their own share of laughs.

4. Carey Mulligan
If
the name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t worry. You’ll hear plenty about
this British actress once her film An Education hits theatres this
fall. The 24-year-old has been on Oscar watchers’ short list for a
best-actress slot since the Nick Hornby-penned drama premiered at
January’s Sundance Film Festival.

5. Google Street View Canada
Voyeur’s
delight or best mapping tool ever? The jury’s still out, but you are
kidding yourself if you don’t think it’s a whole lot of fun. The Google
service is now available for 11 Canadian cities — type in an address
and you’ll be able to see actual images of the street/neighbourhood you
are looking for. Visit maps.google.ca/streetview to get started.

6. Dracula: The Un-Dead/Dacre Stoker
The
king of the bloodsucker set is haunting bookstores just in time for
Halloween in Dracula: The Un-Dead, a sequel to Bram Stoker’s 1897
classic. The new tale, set 25 years after the original, has some extra
bite to it as it springs from the same bloodline as Stoker, being
co-authored by Dacre Stoker, Bram’s Montreal-born great-grandnephew.

7. Embyronic: The Flaming Lips
Now
that they can sell out arenas, the masters of confetti-rock are back to
quirky territory. Their latest release takes a left-turn from the
populism of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, landing straight on to the
scuzzy psychedelia of their ’90s output. Despite being 70 minutes long,
there’s plenty in this double album to keep listeners riveted.