1. Ryan Gosling
The London, Ont.-born actor ranks among Canada’s best thespians. Now he wants to be one of the country’s top musicians as well. The Notebook star has hooked up with pal Zach Shields for Dead Man’s Bones, an album of gothic folk-rock tunes. The duo is currently playing North American dates.

2. Astro Boy
Yes, the father of all anime is a little crime-fighting kid robot. And, starting today, he’ll be at a theatre near you. Based on Osamu Tezuka’s original 1952 series, the Hollywood 3-D version features Freddie Highmore (of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory fame) as the voice of the titular character.

3. There Is No Enemy: Built to Spill
This Boise, Idaho-based band hit their stride in the ’90s but their latest album ranks with their best efforts. Ringleader Doug Martsch’s template — gorgeous guitar work over equally beautiful melodies — may be tried and tested, but the end result is some of the most heart-wrenching sounds you’ll hear this year. Album highlights: Good ’Ol Boredom and Hindsight.

4. SuperFreakonomics
Some neat questions: What does a hooker and a department store Santa Claus have in common? Can eating kangaroo meat save the planet? Economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner have the answers in the “freaquel” to their bestseller Freakonomics.

5. App of the Day

Let’s face it — there’s plenty of junk in the App Store. That’s where this neat little software comes in. App of the Day highlights a different application every day for iPhone or iPod Touch users to discover high quality products in the App Store. Best of all, it’s not just some tech geek’s word above all. The featured applications are chosen through a careful nomination process driven by users.

6. A Day At The Office
Tough economic times equals less spare time at work? Wrong. If the employees on this viral video are to be believed, no deadline is bigger than lip-synching to the Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way and recording the results on your office desktop. Where’s a supervisor when you need one? Watch the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWhUeAy35qc

7. Dead Snow
It’s been a good year for camp horror. Sam Raimi vowed with Drag Me To Hell. And now comes this Norwegian gore fest with creatures everyone will love to hate — Nazi zombies. The plot’s no killer — some medical students go to a cabin … you know how it goes.