Top Picks: 'Toy Story' soundtrack, Lollapalooza, singing for Congo, and more recommendations
Randy Newman's 'Toy Story Favorites' on CD, Chicago's Grant Park music festival, raising awareness of violence in the Congo through music, and more top picks.
Smithsonian Networks takes us inside the world's most famous home office in "White House Revealed," a DVD out on July 20. Narrated by Martin Sheen, who played a president on TV, this light confection has just enough glimpses of real history with its archival photos and interviews with the likes of President George Herbert Walker Bush to satisfy. No state secrets are revealed, but the resident pastry chef dishes on the sweet tooths of chief executives from Reagan (loved chocolate) to Clinton (also loved chocolate) and Bush (the first was the most adventurous eater of the lot).Skip to next paragraph
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Yes, the geniuses at Pixar have yet another megahit on their hands. But may we turn the spotlight on one of the "Toy Story" trilogy's most valuable players? That's right, the composer of the delightful "Toy Story" soundtracks, Randy Newman. His "Toy Story Favorites" CD (Walt Disney Records, $6.99) features six of his most memorable songs, including the heartbreaker "When She Loved Me," sung by Sarah McLachlan, as well as two new songs from "Toy Story 3."
Love and war in Old England
Starz proves it can compete with those lusty Showtime Tudors in its own ambitious period drama, an eight-part miniseries, "Pillars of the Earth," starting July 23. Based on the bestselling Ken Follett novel, this $40 million show, produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, stars such veterans as Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, and Rufus Sewell. Set in 12th-century England, the tale of the power struggle after the royal heir dies (mysteriously) pitches its history – and histrionics – at just the right midsummer melodramatic tone.