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Smart List: Social Distortion's 'Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes'; 'Paper Man'; 'Justified: The Complete First Season'; 'I Used to Be Fat'; the Script's 'Science and Faith.'

January 16, 2011
  • Social Distortion: Jonny Wickersham, left, Mike Ness, Brent Harding, David Hidalgo Jr.
Social Distortion: Jonny Wickersham, left, Mike Ness, Brent Harding,… (Danny Clinch, Epitaph )

At long last, you can talk about "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes."

SoCal punkers Social Distortion — with a music life that totals more than 30 years — return with their seventh studio album, their first release in more than six years. Have a listen and let out your inner angst. (Tuesday)

Long for a blond Ryan Reynolds? Talk about the DVD release of "Paper Man."

If you're not into watching Reynolds buried alive in "Buried" (also out on DVD), then watch his indie flick "Paper Man." It's about a washed-up writer who develops an unlikely bond with a teenager from Long Island — in a non-inappropriate manner. It also features Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone and Lisa Kudrow. Critics panned it, sure, but maybe it's because they couldn't see past Reynold's hair. (Tuesday)

Catch up and talk about "Justified: The Complete First Season."

The show you may have missed makes its return to FX in February. Catch up with cowboy boot-wearing deputy U.S. marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), a character created by novelist Elmore Leonard ("Get Shorty"), as he chases down fugitives — and everything else U.S. marshals do — when the first season is released on DVD/Blu-ray. (Tuesday)

Feeling the bulge? Talk about "I Used to Be Fat."

Put down the cookie and keep that New Year's resolution. Need some inspiration? In this docu-series from MTV, teens shed dozens of pounds over the span of a summer with the help of zealous trainers. It'll make you want to hit the gym seven times a week — "want" is the key word; executing that desire is another matter. (Wednesday)

Want new tunes from the Script to get stuck in your head? Talk about "Science & Faith."

The band's toured with Paul McCartney and U2 — Bono's daughter even makes an appearance in one of the Script's videos. That's no joke. Now the boys from Ireland, whose song "Breakeven" was a top 20 hit on the Hot 100 last year, are releasing their latest studio effort, "Science & Faith" to their U.S. audience, after a run promoting it in Europe. (Tuesday)

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