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If Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis still make you laugh, you're certainly not alone. And if you get a kick out of the Tarzan yell, there are plenty of people who are on the same page.

So whether you're going for Meat Loaf's new installment in the "Bat Out Of Hell" trilogy or Barry Manilow's collection of songs from the '60s, no one's locking you out of the clubhouse.

In fact, times being what they are, there are probably more people than you think who are buying both!

Let's open the time capsule and see what goes fastest, shall we?


"Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" is a complicated title for a movie with a simple premise. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen assumes the personality of Borat Sagdiyev, a fictional television journalist from Kazakhstan who comes to the U.S. to travel across the country and meet real people. The results are captured for posterity.

Speaking of fictional characters, Tim Allen is back as the jolly old elf in "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause." His wife is expecting a baby, so Claus (aka Scott Calvin) invites his in-laws to share the holiday season. Circumstances are thrown into confusion by the arrival of Jack Frost, played by Martin Short as an evil little imp who is bent on stealing the holiday for his own glory.

Finally, "Flushed Away" is an animated feature about a city of rats that exists below the sewage system. The fun begins when a pet mouse named Roddy St. James accidentally takes a trip down the toilet. In his efforts to get back home, he meets up with a feisty girl-rat named Rita and the evil Toad. Vocal talents are provided by Ian McKellen, Bill Nighy (Davy Jones in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest") and Andy Serkis.


Liza with a Z makes a guest appearance on "Law & Order" with a C.I. ("Criminal Intent," Tuesday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m. ET). Minnelli plays a former beauty queen whose daughter was found murdered on Halloween night 1992. The case makes headlines again when a pedophile confesses to the murder.

On "The Office" (Thursday, Nov. 2, 8:30 p.m. ET) ), Michael (Steve Carell) talks the whole gang into celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in order to promote diversity and show support for Kelly (Mindy Kaling).

With an episode titled "The Avengers," "The O.C." (Thursday, Nov. 2, 9 p.m. ET) returns for its fourth season. Summer has flown off to Brown University all the way over on the East Coast (Rhode Island) where she is trying on different personae. But, more importantly, everyone back home is trying to get used to life without Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton), who was killed in a car crash at the end of the final episode of season three.

Enough sadness! Wash it all away with "The Simpsons" (Sunday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. ET) as it presents "Treehouse of Horror XVII." The episode carries three Halloween-themed vignettes, including "Married to the Blob," which finds Homer transformed into an insatiable blob. Not even guest voice Dr. Phil can stop him. In other vignettes, guest voices are provided by Richard Lewis and Fran Drescher.


Appropriately released on Halloween, Meat Loaf is back with "Bat Out of Hell III." (For those who are keeping track, "Bat Out of Hell" came out in 1977 and "Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell," in 1993.) "Bat" is billed as a trilogy, so it kind of makes you wonder what Mr. Loaf is going to come out with in 13 years or so.

In a mode that's right up his alley, Barry Manilow is releasing "The Greatest Songs of the Sixties." Don't be looking for acid rock; after all, this is Manilow, not Hendrix. Among the tracks are such oldies as "Cherish" and "Windy" (a medley performed with help from the original artists, The Association), as well as "This Guy's In Love With You" and "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime."

You can get your shot of country from Kellie Pickler and her debut, "Small Town Girl," with such songs as "Things That Never Cross A Man's Mind," "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You" and "Red High Heels." The "American Idol" star blends country, rock with dramatic ballads.


"Dear John" is the title of the latest book from Nicholas Sparks, an author with a following. The story is narrated by John Tyree (the "John" of the title), a guy with no direction who finds plenty of direction after 9/11. He enlists in the military, leaving behind Savannah, the girl of his dreams. You know from the title that poor John is destined to get a very upsetting letter, but you never know how Sparks is going to tell the tale.

Speaking of authors who have followings, they don't come bigger than Danielle Steel, whose "H.R.H." has all the ingredients of her sure-fire bestsellers. This time, the heroine is a princess incognita, working in Africa for international relief. She is determined to keep her identity a secret from all the other dedicated volunteers. But then there is this certain attractive medical worker …

For those who were entranced by "French Women Don't Get Fat," here comes its follow-up: "French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes and Pleasure" by Mireille Guiliano. It's an expanded view of her guide to healthy living, which pretty much boils down to: Moderation in all things.


No less than two relatives of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis are at the center of "Grey Gardens," a musical based on a film documentary that opens Thursday, Nov. 2. The production, from Playwrights Horizons, comes to Broadway after a run off-Broadway. It stars diva Christine Ebersole and Mary-Louise Wilson.

An ambitious production in three parts, "The Coast of Utopia" by Tom Stoppard, has its Broadway opening at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater with its first installment, "Voyage" bowing Saturday, Nov. 5. To come are "Shipwreck" (Dec. 21) and "Salvage" (Feb. 15, 2007).


Him, Tarzan. You, not Tarzan — and don't you ever forget it.

"The Tarzan Collection, Vol. 2" is here, all with Johnny Weissmuller in a stunning array of feature films spanning 1943 to 1948. Just a rundown of the titles is enough to make a true Tarzon aficionado go positively ape with joy: "Tarzan Triumphs," "Tarzan's Desert Mystery," "Tarzan and the Amazons," "Tarzan and the Leopard Woman," "Tarzan and the Huntress" and, finally, "Tarzan and the Mermaids."

TV fans surely will want to know about "CSI Miami: The Complete Fourth Season," a feast for fans of Horatio Caine (David Caruso) and Calleigh Dusquene (Emily Procter) and the rest of the team. Also of interest to the tube set is "Ghost Whisperer: The Complete First Season" starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Aisha Tyler.

You may have forgotten amidst all the hubbub about baby Suri and bride-to-be Katie Holmes, but Tom Cruise was in a movie this year: "Mission: Impossible III" and the full-screen edition is available for your home-viewing pleasure.

Those who know Jerry Lewis only as that old guy with the black hair who does the telethons probably would be amazed to get a load of "The Martin & Lewis Collection: Vol. I," which illustrates the magic he made in his partnership with Dean Martin. Whether they're playing a singer and a busboy in "Scared Stiff," a couple of juice-bar operators in "My Friend Irma" or a Broadway performer and his stooge in, well, "The Stooge," their interplay gives a clue as to why their union served as a dynamite launching pad to their very successful solo careers.

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