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Question: The Bing Crosby ...

Question: The Bing Crosby movie Going My Way was made into a TV series of the same name, which ran from 1962-63. Who was the star? — James L., Forestville, Md.

Televisionary: Why, that was the late Gene Kelly in the role of Father Chuck O'Malley on the ABC series, James. Playing a young priest working in a New York City parrish, the legendary hoofer and actor co-starred with Leo G. Carroll, Nydia Westman and Dick York, who's probably best known as Bewitched's long-sufferi read more

GO DEE DEE, GO DEE DEE, GO!

That much-hyped Hunter reunion pic certainly worked for NBC Saturday night. Hunter: Return to Justice averaged a solid 10.6 million viewers and won its 9-11 pm timeslot. read more

NEED FOR SPEED

ABC is developing a drama series described as a prequel to 1994's blockbuster Keanu Reeves action pic Speed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show would take place five years before the film and center on the partnership between the SWAT team members played by Reeves and Jeff Daniels. As long as it doesn't resemble that atrocious 1997 Cruise Control sequel, we're game. read more

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Actor Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) was charged Friday with one misdemeanor count of possessing child pornography. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation involving character actor Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), who, as reported, was arrested last week on a felony charge of hiring a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photos. Jones, who is free on $20,000 bail, will be arraigned in a Los Angeles court on Thursday. Reubens's arraignment is set for Dec. 19. Reubens, 50, and Jones, 56, are reportedly acquaintances. read more

Harry Potter Star in Slugfest!


While Daniel Radcliffe is the hero of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, fans also adore Rupert Grint, who plays Harry's loyal best friend, Ron Weasley. In one scene, poor Ron coughs up several gooey slugs after a spell backfires on him. (It's very reminiscent of 1987's The Witches of Eastwick, when a bewitched lady choked up a bucketful of cherry pits!) While the 14-year-old Grint looks utterly miserable, he reveals shooting the gross-out moment was actually big fun!

"The slugs were probably my favorite thing [in the movie]," Grint gushes. "I had to try out all of these different flavored slimes. There was orange, lemon, peppermint and chocolate. The [prop department] made them taste really nice, so I really enjoyed it."

In fact, the easy-to-please redhead got a kick out of everything about making Chamber of Secrets, especially his crazy action sequences. Readers of J.K. Rowling's book will recall that Ron and read more

ROCK THE VOTE

Two-time Oscar champ Denzel Washington has been elected to reprise Frank Sinatra's role in Paramount's upcoming remake of the 1962 political thriller The Manchurian Candidate. The film's producers, which include Sinatra's daughter Tina, are on the hunt for a director. read more

PAGING PETA...

The body count keeps piling up on HBO's The Sopranos. On last night's episode, Adriana's beloved pooch Cosette was killed when Christopher accidentally sat on her while high on heroin. Just a week earlier, Joe Pantoliano's Ralphie was whacked by Tony. read more

BROADWAY MOURNS

One of the lead dancers in the new Billy Joel-infused Broadway musical Movin' Out was killed Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a taxi in midtown Manhattan. William Marrie, a former classical dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, was 33. Performances of Movin' Out continued over the weekend despite the tragedy. read more

POTTER OF GOLD

Harry Potter still has that magic touch at the box office. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the sequel to last year's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, grossed $87.7 million during its opening weekend — just $3 million shy of its predecessor's debut haul one year ago. That makes Secrets the third biggest opening on record, behind Spider-Man ($114.8 million) and Stone ($90.3 million). Last weekend's top grosser, Eminem's 8 Mile, saw a steep decline following its huge debut. The film fell to No. 2 with $21.3 million, down 58 percent from its opening weekend. Its 10-day total stands at a $86.4 million. Rounding out the top five: The Santa Clause 2 (No. 3 with $15.1 million), The Ring (No. 4 with $11 million) and th read more

SHORT CUTS

Sally Field is in talks to play a congresswoman who befriends Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde... MSNBC is expected to drop the ax on Phil Donahue's struggling talk show by year's end, USA Today reports... NBC is reviving the classic game show Let's Make a Deal with a series of prime-time specials slated to air next year. read more

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