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

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TV -- Deadwood: HBO's revisionist western returns for its third season Sunday (at 9 p.m.), and the town is preparing for its first-ever elections. Expect plenty of dirty politics, as sheriff, mayor, and bartender all throw their 10-gallon hats into the ring. Also, tensions rise between shifty insider Swearengen and outside businessman Hearst. It's like Shakespeare with a six-shooter.

TV -- Entourage: Turtle and Drama try to score tickets for a pair of "video ho's" to escort them to the opening of movie-star pal Vince's Aquaman flick in the third-season premiere of HBO's raucous comedy (which airs at 10 p.m. Sunday). We can't decide what we enjoy most about this show: its cast of likable knuckleheads or the fact that it's managed to mine a season's worth of funny out of one of the soggiest superheroes in comics.

CD -- Girlfriend: Legacy Edition: Matthew Sweet's 1991 power-pop classic gets a deluxe overhaul with an extra disc of demos, radio sessions, and live tracks. The Neil Young and John Lennon covers rock, but it's Sweet's original hook-filled album (a pining rumination on girls that the singer-songwriter lusted after 15 years ago) that endures. Girlfriend remains a hopelessly romantic and, yes, sweet work.

DVD -- The John Wayne-John Ford Collection: Before he became a redneck icon, Wayne was one brooding cowboy. He made his best movies with Ford, the tough-talking, hard-drinking director who made him a star. This eight-film set features solid westerns (Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon) and war pics (Wings of Eagles, They Were Expendable). It also includes two of the best oaters ever made: Wayne's breakthrough Stagecoach and The Searchers, in which the Duke plays the most heartless, Injun-killing bastard of the Old West.

BOOK -- Never Enough: The Story of the Cure: This bio of goth-rock's most famous band is meticulously researched and comprehensive in its historical span. While Robert Smith didn't sit down for a chat with writer Jeff Apter, Cure co-founders Lol Tolhurst and Michael Dempsey did, dishing on the rocky formative years. There's not much here fans haven't heard before -- Smith's drug habit, the countless retirements and comebacks, the band's revolving-door membership -- but it's nice to have it in one well-written volume.

BOOK -- Sex Advice From . . . : DJs, sorority girls, and bartenders check in with sex tips in this book, compiled by the editors of Some of it's useful (sex-shop employees recommend bedroom toys), and some of it merely confirms what we've known for years (a French maid outfit is hot, duh). It's more of a time-killing bathroom read than a serious instruction manual, but do you really want a pool cleaner telling you how to get laid?

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Metal: A Headbanger's Journey: The filmmakers have obviously done their homework, including interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Slayer. Unfortunately, the documentary beats us over the head with its premise that heavy metal is not all Satan-worshiping dimwits. This two-disc set (which includes extras like extended profiles and a 20-minute feature on Norwegian black metal) goes a long-winded way toward dispelling the stereotypes. Metal isn't awful, but it does take a scholarly, talky approach to a genre of music that's all about turning the amps to 11.

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