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Here are the week's best releases from the pop-culture universe: 

TV -- The Sopranos: It's the beginning of the end of TV's best show, as the first of nine final episodes premieres on Sunday. Tony's still recovering from last year's shooting, but his two families keep bringing him closer to the boiling point. Even this week's weekend-getaway with wife Carmela isn't exactly stress-free. Tony's increasing paranoia doesn't help matters. It airs at 9 p.m. on HBO.

CD -- The British Beat: Best of the '60s: This three-disc box includes 57 songs. You're probably familiar with most of them. While big hits -- including "Wild Thing," "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," and "To Sir With Love" -- dominate, it's the tunes that don't show up regularly on oldies radio that'll have you humming. Best: a pair of songs by the Walker Brothers, featuring newly minted indie-rock fave Scott Walker.

VIDEO GAME -- Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin: Despite its old-school side-scrolling gameplay, the latest entry in the veteran vampire series packs more action than many new-gen games. And the Nintendo DS is the perfect fit for Castlevania, which celebrates 20 years of slaying the undead with two spunky heroes who use swords, magic, and the world's deadliest encyclopedia to fight Dracula and his crew of monsters.

TV -- Entourage: HBO's hit show resumes its third season on Sunday with the first of eight new episodes. When the series went on hiatus last year, Vince had just canned his longtime agent (fan fave and Emmy winner Jeremy Piven). His infinitely hotter and less annoying new agent (played by Carla Gugino) pushes a reluctant Vince to do a period film based on an Edith Wharton novel. It airs at 10 p.m.

CD -- Jonny Greenwood Is the Controller: Radiohead guitarist Greenwood compiled this glorified mixtape, which gathers 17 reggae tracks from the venerated Trojan label. Greenwood digs deep, unearthing dub and rocksteady cuts by Lee "Scratch" Perry and Desmond Dekker. It's tuneful, soulful stuff and more fun than anything on Thom Yorke's cluttered solo album.

DVD -- Twin Peaks -- The Complete Second Season: Before Lost began confusing its fans, David Lynch tested his viewers' patience and sanity with this early-'90s mindfuck. By the time the second and final season rolled around, the TV series all but abandoned the "Who Killed Laura Palmer?" mystery at its center. Still, the 22 episodes on this six-disc set (which includes new interviews, commentaries, and featurettes) divulge a playful, bizarre story line unlike anything ever aired.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Adventures in HollyHood: If you're not bringing anything new to the fish-out-of-water branch of reality TV, why bother? This insufferable show follows hip-hop duo Three 6 Mafia and its tag-along crew as they relocate from Memphis to Hollywood after snagging a Best Song Oscar at last year's awards. There's lots of talk about keeping it real, but by the looks of the labored premiere episode (which airs at 10 p.m. Thursday on MTV), they'll be playas in no time.

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