The Foxlight: Madonna; Justin Guarini; '24'

Madonna does it again, Justin Guarini is MIA and "24" better than most movies in today's Foxlight.

Madonna (search) has pulled off a coup in the literary world. Her new children's book, "Mr. Peabody's Apples," will debut at No. 1 on The New York Times' best-seller list for children's picture books.

Her first children's book, "The English Roses," also made its debut at No. 1 eight weeks earlier. Having two consecutive books hit No. 1 in such quick succession is considered a first in the publishing world.

Hey, where was Justin Guarini (search) on the "American Idol" holiday special last night? Guarini did not take part in it, even though he's on the "American Idol" holiday album. Fox says he was not there for the taping at the end of October but gave no reason why. Us Weekly reports Guarini was dumped by RCA Records after disappointing sales of his album. RCA did not return repeated calls for comment. Fans on Guarini's message board are voicing support for what they feel is Guarini's boycott of the program.

Finally, "24" (search) remains not only the best show on television but maybe the best show in the last 10 years. Every week not only has an amazing and believable cliffhanger, it also has a completely clever and surprising "movie moment." Something so well done you think "Why can't movies be this good?"