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


BOOK -- Panic Attack! Art in the Punk Years: This striking volume (featuring 160 photos and illustrations) isn't really about the Sex Pistols and their peers. Posters from early punk gigs and shots of bands like Television onstage bring the noise, but it's more a document of the subculture's graphic-arts scene. Violent cartoons, barren wastelands, and naked bodies say as much about the movement as Robert Mapplethorpe's iconic black-and-white pic of Patti Smith.

DVD -- Doctor Strange: The latest offering in the cool Marvel Animated Features series revs up the action, as the spell-casting superhero tries to save the planet from a paranormal baddie set on -- what else? -- world domination. The sleek anime-style design and narrative propel the plot -- which, thankfully, is kept to a minimum, leaving plenty of time for explosive, speaker-rattling carnage.

TV -- Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil: Adult Swim's 10-part series (which premieres at 12:15 a.m. on Sunday) blends computer animation, social satire, and a huge dose of religious skewering. The show focuses on Satan's fractured relationship with his daughter, a 21-year-old hellion who lives in San Francisco. She's dating a guy who calls himself DJ Jesus. It all leads to a showdown featuring the maybe-messiah, a pissed-off prince of darkness, and the Vatican's team of Special Fathers.

DVD -- A Night at the Roxbury: Special Collector's Edition: Will Ferrell's first starring role plays a lot better now than it did nine years ago. Based on a one-note Saturday Night Live skit, the big-screen version bounces along with the bobbleheaded Butabi brothers as they hop from one club to the next in search of the perfect score. Skip the story about the pair's attempts to finagle their way into a local hot spot and go straight to Ferrell's brilliant one-liners. ("Nice bulbs. Oh, and I don't mean that metaphorically.")

TV -- Tell Me You Love Me: The premise of this show sounds like something from one of those soft-core flicks Cinemax used to air in the '90s: Three couples share their innermost secrets with a sex therapist. But this HBO series (which premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday) is tougher, smarter, and sexier than any of those late-night wank fests. It's also more honest: The married and engaged pairs (in their 20s to 40s) have very real problems and very real wrinkles. You can tell, because there's lots of naked people walking around.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Billie Holiday: Remixed & Reimagined: If there's one artist who doesn't need reinterpretation by a bunch of hip producers, it's Holiday -- the greatest jazz singer ever. This CD features 14 vintage tracks (from the '30s and '40s), reworked as dance-floor workouts and chill-out grooves. Holiday delivered each note with subtlety and nuance back in the day -- something that's totally lost on producers like DJ Logic, Tony Humphries, and Ladybug Mecca, who bury her in their cluttered mixes.

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