Don King's knockout video game tops this week's pop culture picks
TOP PICK – Don King Presents: Prizefighter (2K Sports)
Here's something new: a boxing video game with a real-deal story. Gamers push their fighters through the usual training stages, but injuries and crooked officials can sideline your bruiser. The ring action in this Xbox 360 game is kinda familiar, but getting there is a knock out.
BOOK – Art of Modern Rock Mini #2: Poster Girls (Chronicle)
This colorful book includes more than 175 concert posters featuring illustrated girls who show their love for the Black Crowes, Deftones, and Social Distortion by taking off their clothes. Not so surprisingly, lots of these one-sheets are for guy bands. But the Spice Girls, Liz Phair, and Loretta Lynn also show up . . . and leave their clothes on.
VIDEO GAME — Grid (Codemasters)
The best thing about this racing game (for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) is its unfussiness. Players don't have to go through a bunch of different boring tasks before they rev up. This one's all about pedal-to-the-metal action where speed and keeping your car on the track are the top priorities. Best of all: Crashes are replayed in slow-motion. That never gets old.
DVD – Heroes of the East, Come Drink With Me (Genius Products/Weinstein Company)
These two kung fu movies by the Shaw Brothers have influenced generations of filmmakers. Heroes of the East is a martial-arts smorgasbord from 1979 about some dude who takes on a bunch of ninjas to prove his love to his new bride. Come Drink With Me, from 1966, includes a brief appearance by a 12-year-old Jackie Chan. Its ass-kicking heroine inspired Quentin Tarantino's Bill killer.
CD – Toby Keith's 35 Biggest Hits (Show Dog Nashville/UME)
Sure, he can be a despicable redneck (Take your pick: that "put a boot in your ass" song? His fight with the Dixie Chicks?). But Toby Keith is also a country-music powerhouse, as these nearly three dozen hits from the past 13 years prove. And since his albums can be spotty, this two-disc set lines up all the Toby Keith you'll ever need.
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