1. BILL NIGHY IN 'LOVE ACTUALLY'
He's just one in a gem cast, but we luv 'im as a flash-in-the-pants rocker peddling his ''crap'' Christmas jingle.
2. FINDING NEMO
...was easier than finding a copy of this two-DVD set: Pixar's oceanic odyssey moved a record-breaking 8 million units on its first day of sale. That adds up to a lot of clams.
3. MUSIC ON 'THE O.C.'
Watch out, MTV. The best tunes on television from Phantom Planet to Death Cab for Cutie to Solomon Burke can be heard on Fox's nighttime soap. So where's the CD?
4. PAID IN FULL, ERIC B. & RAKIM
An extras-laden, two-CD version of perhaps the finest document of late-'80s rap. Old school is now in session.
5. MR. TIMOTHY, BY LOUIS BAYARD
Set in the dark shadows of Victorian London, this is a crafty thriller with the unlikeliest of protagonists: A Christmas Carol's ''Tiny Tim'' Cratchit as a timid 23-year-old sleuth.
6. THE REAGANS' SCRIPT
Now downloadable from Salon.com: the script to the just-canceled CBS miniseries. It's what you'd expect: The first few pages depict both a clueless President who likes Westerns and a brittle First Lady Macbeth.
7. AVERAGE JOE
What we've learned from NBC's reality show: (1) A pretty girl can be nice to dweebs and (2) nerds actually have a pecking order.
8. THE KING OF QUEENS
Is it a trimmed-down Kevin James? Or better scripts? Either way, this CBS sitcom stands up to brutal Wednesday-night competition.
9. IDENTITY CRISIS, SHELBY LYNNE
Free of the overproduced gloss that ruined 2001's Love, Shelby, Lynne gets back to basics: basic songwriting, basic production, basic country-music magic.