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EW picks: Today's best in pop culture

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DVD Raging Bull

Happy birthday, Bob! Oscar winner Robert De Niro turns 66 today, so what better time to look back on his iconic performance as boxer Jake LaMotta in this Martin Scorsese masterpiece?

TV Flipping Out season premiere (Bravo, 10 p.m. EDT)

Season 3 of the hit series begins on Bravo. The network claims that, because of the economic downturn, obsessive-compulsive star Jeff Lewis actually has to be nice to people. What? He’ll also be helping his beloved housekeeper Zoila date and “empower his assistant Jenni” (that’s rather cryptic, yes?). [We’re a liiiittle over-eager: that’s tomorrow.]

Quentin Tarantino on Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, check local listings)

The Inglorious Basterds director makes the late night talk show rounds promoting his WWII epic. When he appeared on Kimmel a couple of weeks ago, he shared tales of drinking multiple bottles of wine with Basterds star Brad Pitt. One can only imagine what secrets Dave can get the wild man to spill.

Music “What Do You Do,” Tim Buckley

This never-before-released recording comes from an upcoming live album by the late, great folkie. Hear it at the Music Mix

Books The Medicine Cabinet of Curiosities, by Nicholas Bakalar

Flesh-eating bacteria, throat-inhabiting mushrooms, off-beat remedies. No, this is not a novelization of House. Bakalar offers fun health facts in this eccentric book, which teaches readers about the history of medicine, and the interesting ailments that have faced humans for centuries.

Tech Site: One Million Giraffes

Let no goofy bet go un-blogged. “My friend doesn’t believe I can collect one million giraffes by 2011,” writes the propriety of OMG. “I’m gonna prove him wrong, but I need your help. You can create your giraffe(s) in any way you like, but not on a computer and no store bought objects.” People send in their hand-drawn creations, and the Internet — us included — marvels. Check it out.

Click here for more of this week’s picks, or check out an overview of more TV, movies, music and more debuting this week.

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