The dozens of historical accounts, songs and poems, four feature films, one TV miniseries, one symphony and one long-running Las Vegas spectacular have apparently not surfeited the world's appetite for Titanica. By the time James Cameron's movie arrives in theaters next summer, audiences will already be humming Nearer My God to Thee, thanks to a new storm of Titanic mania.

This week on television: Titanic, an all-new two-part miniseries on CBS. Why another recounting? "This is an endlessly fascinating and timeless story," defends executive producer Frank Konigsberg before hinting at the tragedy's real resonance for Hollywood types. "It's like the opening...

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