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Weezer's album HURLEY and video for ''MEMORIES''
The nerd-rock heroes stuff their first independently produced album (named after Jorge Garcia's Lost character) with delightful pop tracks. Equally great is their raucous throwback video for the single ''Memories,'' featuring Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass crew behaving as badly as you'd expect.
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DANCING WITH THE STARS
The show has rounded up another so-bad-it's-good cast, including David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson, Bristol Palin, and Mike ''The Situation'' Sorrentino. As the dancers shimmy their way through season 11, they'll cross paths with past contestants for a 200th-episode celebration. Fingers crossed that Kate Gosselin didn't get the invite. (ABC, Mondays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.)
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BORED TO DEATH season 1 on DVD
If you missed out last year, now's the time to investigate HBO's loopy, literate comedy starring Jason Schwartzman as a novelist?turned?amateur PI, Ted Danson as his hilarious playboy boss, and Zach Galifianakis as his cartoonist best pal. (Out Sept. 21)
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A splashy soap set deep in the heart of Texas, this new drama stars network series newcomer James Wolk as a handsome con man juggling two lives in different towns, all while trying to soak investors and his oil tycoon father-in-law, played by Jon Voight. (Fox, Mondays, 9 p.m.)
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Martin Scorsese executive produces this lavish, emotionally rich period series about Atlantic City during Prohibition and the gangsters who ruled the bustling resort town, like Steve Buscemi's slick operator Nucky Thompson. (HBO, Sundays, 9 p.m.)
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Bruno Mars' ''JUST THE WAY YOU ARE'' video
Mars goes old-school, using a cassette to romance his lady. But this is no standard mixtape: Mars unspools the tape to create a virtual Etch A Sketch, turning the video into an equally sweet and clever animation.
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HALF A LIFE, by Darin Strauss
While in high school more than 20 years ago, acclaimed novelist Strauss accidentally hit a girl with his car, ending her life and changing his forever. This memoir is a slim but devastating meditation on the guilt that haunts him.
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The iconic blast-'em-up franchise returns with a M-rated prequel set on the doomed planet Reach. Battle the Covenant in campaign mode...or just battle foulmouthed fifth-graders on Xbox LIVE. Either way, you're doing good work for humanity.
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