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Best bets: Oliver Stone's ‘W.’ hits theaters

Josh Brolin plays President George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's controversial film. Plus: "Secret Lives of Bees," seeking out the "Dirty Jobs."
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TV"It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it." Whatever work you do, someone always has it worse. That's why the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" is so fascinating. The show returned last week, but this Tuesday, Mike Rowe travels to the Dirty Potato Chip Factory. Next week: Sheep castration! Week after that: Leech trapping! (Discovery Channel, Tuesdays, 9 p.m.)

Christian Slater's lengthy movie resume includes some real classics ("Heathers," "Pump Up the Volume) and some, uh, duds ("Kuffs"?). You might say he has two acting personalities. Fittingly, he plays a man with two polar opposite personalities, humdrum Henry and superspy Edward, in "My Own Worst Enemy," debuting Monday. Will this end up on the good or bad side of Slater's resume? (Premieres Oct. 13, NBC, 10 p.m.)

DVDDah dah dah DAH ... dah dah dah... OK, instrumental theme music is really hard to write in words, but picture Harrison Ford with a hat and a whip, and you get the picture. "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" comes out on DVD this week. Harrison Ford may be 65, but he's a good 65. (Out on DVD Oct. 14)

Saddled with one of the clunkiest titles in recent memory, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" is also out on DVD this week. This drama about a woman who helps her friend arrange an illegal abortion in Ceausescu's Romania isn't for everyone, but Roger Ebert awarded it a perfect four stars. It's no "Juno." (Out on DVD Oct. 14)

MoviesNo matter where you stand politically, how can you not be a little intrigued by “W.,” Oliver Stone’s “riches to more riches” look at our current president? The trailer presents the film as a dark comedy about a naughty young man, growing up in the shadow of his powerful pop, who manages to find religion and the right woman on his path to the presidency. (Opens Oct. 17)

An all-star cast that includes Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys highlights the big-screen version of Sue Monk Kidd’s popular novel, “The Secret Life of Bees.” Sure to be a tearjerker, the film tells the story of an abused girl (Fanning) who finds a new family in a group of women. (Opens Oct. 17)

Can you make a decent movie based on a video game? “Max Payne” is the latest flick to take on this seemingly insurmountable challenge. Mark Wahlberg stars as a DEA agent who wants to avenge his family’s murder with a little help from an assassin (Mila Kunis). (Opens Oct. 17)

MusicWith her gravelly voiced mix of country, blues and folk, Lucinda Williams has a history of making moody music that gets under your skin. Her latest album “Little Honey” should be a bit more upbeat; after all, she’s in love with the album’s co-producer Tom Overby. “This is the most positive place I've been in my whole adult life,” she told the New York Daily News. (On sale Oct. 14)

Singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne is probably best-known for his hit song, “Trouble” (a favorite for “Idol” wannabes). His latest album, “Gossip in the Grain,” promises more intense, moving songs that should be perfect for rainy, cold days and good wallowing sessions. (On sale Oct. 14)

Once and for all, British band Keane, looks to step out of Coldplay’s shadow with their new album, “Perfect Symmetry.” The band, who is known for their piano-focused sound, may surprise longtime fans by adding a bit of guitar. Talk about walking on the wild side. (On sale Oct. 14)