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Best Bets: "Argo," new Streisand album, "Chicago Fire" and "Nashville"

Oscar-winning movies are opening at the multiplex, even as some last-arriving fall TV shows are having their premieres. Viewers may have to make some choices in this busy week in entertainment.


"Argo," one of the most buzzed-about movies to come out of the Tronto International Film Festival last month, opens in theaters Friday. It is directed by Ben Affleck, who also stars in it as a CIA agent who recruits Hollywood for help in the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Affleck's third directorial effort, the thriller is based on a true story.

Also opening Friday is "Seven Psychopaths" with Colin Farrell and Woody Hartrelson.

On the small screen, three new series have their debuts on Wednesday - "Chicago Fire" on NBC and "Nashville" on ABC, both at 10 p.m. ET, and "Arrow" at 8 p.m. on the CW. New seasons of "90210" and "Gossip Girl" also premiere this week on the CW network.

DVD and Blu-ray releases this week include Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller "Prometheus" with Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbinder.

New music continues to flood into the marketplace in time for the holiday gift-giving season. Among the albums coming out Tuesday is "Release Me" by Barbra Streisand, featuring 11 songs recorded over a a 44 year period, from 1967 to 2011.

Also out with new albums this week are Ellie Goulding ("Halcyon"), John Fogerty ("Wrote a Song for Everyone"), Rick Springfield ("Songs for the End of the World"), Suzanne Vega ("Close-Up 4: Songs of Family"), and the Wallflowers ("Glad All Over")

Readers can look for publication Monday of Pete Townshend's memoir "Who I Am" and James Patterson's new thriller, "NYPD Red," written with Marshall Karp. On Tuesday, which would have been the 72nd birthday of Beatle John Lennon, comes publication of the collected letters of John Lennon, titled "The John Lennon Letters." Also out Tuesday is "Red Rain: A Novel" by "Goosebumps" author R L Stein.