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Harry Potter made James Bond's No. 1 box office ranking disappear over the weekend. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets reclaimed the top spot, grossing $32.2 million to Die Another Day's $31 million from Friday to Sunday. However, 007 ruled over the full Thanksgiving holiday (Wednesday-Sunday), taking in $46.3 million to Chamber's $45.8 million. The Santa Clause 2 placed third with $12.3 million, followed by Disney's new animated sci-fi tale Treasure Planet (No. 4 with $11.9 million) and Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (No. 5 with $10 million). Finally, George Clooney's naked butt didn't prove much of a dra read more

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

Discovery is getting with the times. According to Variety, the cable network — a joint venture between Discovery Networks and the New York Times Co. — has been rechristened Discovery Times Channel. read more

SHORT CUTS

CBS edged out NBC for November sweeps bragging rights among total viewers. NBC, meanwhile, was tops in adults 18-49, with ABC pulling ahead of CBS for No. 2 in the demo... Shania Twain's new Up! CD captured the top spot on the album charts last week, selling 875,000 copies... Vivica A. Fox has signed on to headline a Foxy Brown-esque cop series for USA Network... Charles Dupuis, a pioneering Belgian publisher best known for bringing the Smurfs to the U.S., died on Nov. 14 in Brussels. He was 84. read more

UNLIKELY LOVE TRIANGLE

Keanu Reeves has joined the cast of an as-yet-untitled romantic comedy starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton. Reeves will play a young doctor who battles Nicholson for Keaton's heart. read more

ICE, ICE BABY

Ice Age racked up some cool cash during its first week on DVD and VHS. Since hitting stores Tuesday, the animated comedy has generated $115 million in sales. An estimated 7 million copies were sold this weekend alone. read more

WACKY WEDDING

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne — who celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on July 4 — will renew their wedding vows this New Year's Eve in a Beverly Hills ceremony. "It will be one New Year's we will never forget," she tells People. In related news, the second season premiere of MTV's The Osbournes attracted a so-so 6.64 million viewers Tuesday night. During the height of Osbournes mania earlier this year, the show was pulling in nearly 8 million viewers. Still, Tuesday's episode ranked as cable's top draw. read more

ON THE MEND

Zsa Zsa Gabor remains in serious condition following a Wednesday car crash in Los Angeles. The 85-year-old actress — who was a passenger in the car — suffered multiple broken bones when the vehicle struck a light pole on Sunset Blvd. "I talked to her, she whispered, but you can hardly understand her," her husband, Frederic von Anhalt, said Friday. "She looks at me and she recognizes me." Gabor will likely remain hospitalized for a week. read more

FOR LOVE OR MONEY

Would Helene have stuck by her Bachelor prince Aaron had she found out he was actually a pauper? That's the basic question posed on Joe Millionaire, an upcoming Fox reality show in which 20 single gals try to win the affection of a handsome millionaire — only to later discover that the guy is actually a construction worker with an annual income of $19,000. "In a way, we're ripping the mask off the people [who sign up for shows like The Bachelor]," Fox exec Mike Darnell tells Variety. "We find out whether they're really doing this for love." The show debuts Jan. 6 at 9 pm/ET following Boston Public. read more

MUSIC KUDOS

Simon & Garfunkel, Etta James and Johnny Mathis have been selected to receive lifetime achievement awards at the Grammys on Feb. 23. Tito Puente and Glenn Miller will receive posthumous honors. read more

Hollywood's Hottest Couple Comes Clean

Since the dawn of time, we have been fascinated by celebrity couples. George and Gracie. Sonny and Cher. Charles and Diana. Brad and Juliette. Brad and Gwyneth. Brad and Jennifer. We've wished we could know, and have loved, them all. But head and shoulders above these other twosomes stands a one-of-a-kind duo, a seemingly mismatched pair that has beat the odds for more than a quarter of a century, withstanding not only relentless media scrutiny, but also the pressures of his-and-hers showbiz careers that have put them in different parts of the world with startling regularity. How have they managed to succeed where so many of their contemporaries have failed? Here, at last, in an exclusive interview with TV Guide Online, we get the scoop straight from the sweethearts themselves — Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
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