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Celebs Give Their Top Picks of 2006

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As 2006 comes to an end, the stars gave PEOPLE their picks for the year’s best books, movies, music and TV shows:


Ashlee Simpson: Desperate Housewives – “It’s one of those shows like Sex and the City – every girl likes it.”

Monique Coleman: Grey’s Anatomy – “Even though there’s huge issues, at the end of the day we’re still concerned about the characters – that’s good TV.”

Macy Gray: Nip/Tuck – “It’s over-the-top- drama. It’s crazy. I don’t know who thinks of that stuff.”

John Stamos: South Park – “The show is so timely. If something happens, in like two weeks it’s parodied on there.”

Nicky Hilton: The Girls Next Door – “I just think they’re so funny.”


Josh Groban: The Prestige – “Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman are awesome. And I’ve loved magic since I was a kid. That it’s a murder mystery with twists based on magic makes it amazing.”

Jaime Pressly: The Departed – “It was amazing. It’s a brilliant film. Everyone in it was great.”

Anjelica Huston: Borat – “I don’t know if it’s the best movie, but it’s the funniest. I have never laughed so hard in a movie. I’ve never laughed so hard, period.

Mike Myers: The Fountain – “It’s beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like it. All the performances were great. It was transformative.”

Clay Aiken: The Queen – “Helen Mirren looks just like Queen Elizabeth. Acted like her! I thought it was very good.”


Anne Hathaway: Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat – “You can just listen to it start to finish and it tells a story. It’s beautiful, funny and very subversive. I really love it.”

Chris Cornell: Bob Dylan, Modern Times – “I think it’s fantastic. There’s a lightness to it that doesn’t normally come from him. When I say lightness, like a happiness.”

Zach Braff: Joshua Radin, We Were Here – “It’s just the greatest music. He’s a really talented guy. He’s like the new Paul Simon.”

Katharine McPhee: Christina Aguilera, Back to Basics – “I really like her record. I think she brought some cool old-school stuff to it, and amazing vocals.”


Terrence Howard: Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho –”It teaches you to enjoy each moment.”

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Ben Affleck: Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond – “I’m reading a lot of nonfiction. . . .This is really good right now.”

Jennifer Connelly: In the Land of Magic Soldiers by Daniel Bergner – “That was the last one I read – it was actually about Sierra Leone, where Blood Diamond takes place. It was really fantastic.”

Queen Latifah: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith – “I love it. It’s a whole series.”

Patricia Heaton: The Tiny One by Eliza Minot – “It’s about a girl who loses her mother, and she chronicles the whole day before she finds out her mother died. She’s exactly the age I was when my mother died. I’d read a few pages and then start sobbing.”