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Best bets: 'Dancing With the Stars' crowns an all-star champion


Ease back into the swing of things after the holiday week with a lively "Dancing With the Stars" finale. Here are our picks for the three best entertainment events of the week.

MONDAY AND TUESDAY: 'Dancing With the Stars' finale

It's ladies' night at "Dancing With the Stars" this week, with three women vying for the ugliest trophy in American history, the "Dancing" mirror ball. (There's even a rumor that the all-star trophy could be different -- we vote for "even uglier, please!") Gymnast Shawn Johnson, "Bachelorette" Melissa Rycroft, and soap star Kelly Monaco will duke it out in the two-night finale. They may have made it this far, but it's not going to be an easy coast to the championship. Each of the three reportedly will perform four dances before the winner is announced, and for one of the dances, they are told their musical choice less than an hour before they must perform to it. (Nov. 26-27, 8 p.m., ABC.)

TUESDAY: 'Men in Black 3' on DVD and Blu-ray

Those "Men in Black" returned earlier this year. Will Smith returned to his role as Agent J, but partner Tommy Lee Jones only played Agent K for a short time before being replaced by Josh Brolin as an unnervingly excellent younger version of K. Agent J must struggle with the younger version of his partner, battle a creepy time-jumping villain (Jemaine Clement), and learn about his own past in the process. The film's a fun romp, Brolin is a dead-on young Tommy Lee Jones, and the whole shebang was so well-received that another sequel is now planned. But before that one rolls out, you can now check out "Men in Black 3" on home video. (Nov. 30.) 

FRIDAY: 'Killing Them Softly'

Robbing a high-stakes, mob-protected poker game is perhaps not the smartest thing to do if you want to live long. When two doofuses pull it off, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini step in, and things get bloody. Says Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter, "A juicy, bloody, grimy and profane crime drama that amply satisfies as a deep-dish genre piece, 'Killing Them Softly' rather insistently also wants to be something more." (Opens Nov. 30)

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