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Maternal advice from Britney tops our pop culture picks of the week.

Frankly, we're not sure which of these Desperate - Housewives scares us the most.
  • Frankly, we're not sure which of these Desperate Housewives scares us the most.
BOOK: Britney's Baby Book -- This "unauthorized and untrue" souvenir from Britney Spears' pregnancy -- speckled with cigarette butts and Cheese Nips -- chronicles the erstwhile pop princess' route to delivery last week. On board: a baby shower at Applebee's.

CD: The Craft -- Positive-thought hip-hop duo Blackalicious' first album in three years blends some of 2005's deepest beats and rhymes. It's a sonic wonderland that recalls old-school landmarks by Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest.

CD: Children of Nuggets -- Four-disc box picks up where the original Nuggets -- an essential collection of '60s garageland classics -- left off. Bands like the Flamin' Groovies, the Lyres, and the Smithereens make as much noise as their forefathers, but without the patchouli.

TV: Curb Your Enthusiasm -- A near-death experience launches the fifth season of HBO's best comedy (at 10 p.m. Sunday). Irksome star Larry David also gets shocking news from his dad and has a particularly revolting sandwich named after him. Guess which one he frets over most?

DVD: Desperate Housewives: The Complete First Season -- Deleted scenes, bloopers, and unrated, extended episodes dig deep into the puzzle surrounding Wisteria Lane. Still unsolved: Why Eva Longoria wore that tacky swimsuit to the MTV Video Music Awards.

MOVIE: Flightplan -- Jodie Foster's questionable mothering skills (remember Panic Room?) are again put to the test when she loses her daughter at 30,000 feet. Somebody call Social Services!

BOOK: I Hope You Are All Happy Now -- Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nicholas Zinner snapped hundreds of pics -- of fans, hotel rooms, and the food he ate -- while on tour last year. It's a fascinating look at the monotony of the road.

DVD: The Outsiders: The Complete Novel -- Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 adaptation of S.E. Hinton's beloved coming-of-age story helped launch the careers of Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, and Tom Cruise. More than 20 minutes of bonus material will have you jumping on couches.

MOVIE: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride -- This goth fairy tale about a meek lad (voiced by Johnny Depp) who accidentally marries a dead chick is told through the magic of stop-motion puppets. Somehow, the performances are less wooden than those in Transporter 2.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE: Robots -- We like CGI movies. We like robots. And we like CGI movies about robots (like this one, now on DVD). What we don't like is Robin Williams reprising his motormouth-on-coke shtick for the umpteenth time. Dude, stuff a socket wrench in it, already!

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