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Portlandia and The Increasing Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

(IFC)

These two IFC comedy shows return for their second seasons on Friday, starting at 10 p.m. with Portlandia. Some big names will join stars Fred Armisen (from Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (from the excellent Wild Flag), including Tim Robbins, Kristen Wiig, and Eddie Vedder. Todd Margaret – which stars David Cross – also has some great guests, like Will Arnett and Jon Hamm.

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Bad

(Cheezy Flicks)

This 1977 cult movie was executive produced by Andy Warhol, whose trampy stamp is all over it. A beauty-salon owner (played by Carroll Baker, who was in Giant with James Dean) makes some money on the side by hiring out women for hit jobs. There's plenty of Warholian sleaze going on here, all of it tongue-in-cheek and slightly more evil than its stars probably realize.

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The Black Eyed Peas Experience

(Ubisoft)

Finally! After years of wondering what it's like to dance in apl.de.ap's shoes, we now know! This Kinect dance game for the Xbox 360 blasts out more than two dozen Black Eyed Peas songs as you bust a move next to pixelated versions Fergie, Will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap. It's best to do this one with a friend or two. If you are flying solo, you can design your own choreography to boom boom pow to.

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Johnny Cash: Bootleg Vol. 3: Live Around the World

(Columbia/Legacy)

This two-disc set gathers 50 songs covering the Man in Black's first two decades – from a 1956 performance of “I Walk the Line” in Texas to “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky” from a Nashville gig in 1979. In between are stops in Vietnam, the White House, and (of course) a prison. Through the years, Cash works his hits – including “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring of Fire” – like a road-ravaged pro.

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The Quatermass Xperiment

(MGM)

This 1955 British sci-fi movie was known as The Creeping Unknown in the U.S., which is a better fit to its creepy (and creeping) charms. An astronaut returns to Earth a changed man – literally. Before long he begins taking on the appearance of things around him and transforming into something that's not quite human. This cult classic is available as part of MGM's cool MOD Limited Edition Collection.

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