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BOX: It took a cou­ple of episodes to warm up, but chan­nel Four’s New Girl has turned out to be a real crack-up. The world cer­tainly didn’t need an­other sit­com about room­mates in New York but Zooey Deschanel’s kook fac­tor and Max Green­field’s ‘‘Sch­midt-isms’’ have en­sured it ri­vals 30 Rock as the fun­ni­est thing on tele. TRAILER PARK: Got my first look at Rhian John­son’s ( Brick) time­travel thriller Looper last week and liked what I saw: Joseph Gor­don-le­vitt as an as­sas­sin from crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions who send him vic­tims from the fu­ture. It gets complicated when they em­ploy him to whack him­self (Bruce Wil­lis). Let the mind-melt­ing be­gin. Ar­rives in cine­mas in Oc­to­ber. SOUNDS: Chicago singer­song­writer Joe Pug drops his sec­ond long player this week, The Great De­spiser. The 24-year-old doesn’t have much of a pro­file in New Zealand but fans of early Dy­lan, Spring­steen and Steve Earle should search him out. BOOK: It’s all about picture books in my house at the mo­ment and I’ve fi­nally re­mem­bered the name of my favourite kids’ book from when I was lit­tle; A Fly Went By by Mike Mcclin­tock. First pub­lished in 1958, it fea­tures beau­ti­ful pic­tures by Fritz Siebel and has a fun ‘‘old woman swal­lowed the spi­der to catch the fly’’ vibe to it. Pleased to see it’s still in print by Ran­dom House as a Cat In The Hat Be­gin­ner Book.

Matthew Dal­las

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