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American Idol is about to get lei-d. For the first time, Fox's talent show will hold auditions in Hawaii. The tryouts are slated to take place in late September at Aloha Stadium, with finals held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in front of judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. Oh yeah, Paula will probably be there too. read more

Ringo Starr Rocks GMA

Beatle legend Ringo Starr will bring the latest incarnation of his All-Starr Band to Good Morning America tomorrow, and here's a sneak peak of what fans can expect: Plenty of No. 1 songs. This year, the iconic drummer's Band — which kicked off a U.S. tour on July 26 — boasts such hitmakers as Squeeze's Paul Carrack, Men at Work's Colin Hay, Sheila E, John Waite and Mark Rivera.

"We are the best 1-800 band in the world," Starr quips. "We've got your hits. That's what it takes to be in the All-Starr Band."

Among the chart-toppin' singles that could get some play on the road: Carrack's "Tempted," Waite's "Missing You" or Hay's "Who Can It Be Now?" In addition, the Beatle classic "Yellow Submarine" is a shoo-in read more


Legendary record producer Sam Phillips, who founded Sun Records and gave Elvis Presley his start, died Wednesday in Memphis of respiratory failure. He was 80. Phillips — who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 — produced Presley's first record, the 1954 single that featured "That's All Right, Mama" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky." read more


Nearly 500,000 people turned out in Toronto Wednesday for a special Rolling Stones-headlined concert meant to jump-start the city's SARS-ravaged economy. Dan Aykroyd hosted the event, which also featured performances by Justin Timberlake and AC/DC. read more


About 100 mourners attended Bob Hope's private funeral mass on Wednesday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Toluca Lake, Calif. "There was a short Scripture reading at the cemetery. Then, all of us gave one final standing ovation and we left," Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood, told The Associated Press. Other details of the service, which took place at dawn, were kept private. Hope's casket, currently interred in a mausoleum vault at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, will be relocated to a family grotto that is being built. read more


It looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger has terminated a possible run for California governor. A Republican Party spokesman confirms that the 56-year-old actor has backed out of the Oct. 7 recall election. Schwarzenegger is expected to officially throw in the towel later today or Friday. read more

Harlemm Goes Hollywood

Those who would have us believe that cheaters never prosper have obviously never heard of Harlemm Lee. To make it to the finals in NBC's summer talent contest, the eager Fame seeker shaved nearly a decade off his age. What's more, if the pocket-sized powerhouse had it all to do over, he just might do the same thing!

"At [the initial] audition, Debbie Allen gave us, like, 10 seconds to sing, and before that, it was, 'Okay, I need your name and age,'" the 35-year-old tells TV Guide Online. "So, with hundreds of people there, the majority of whom were, like, 16, I really felt that if I said I was over 30, ears were going to just shut off. So I took the risk, thinking that was what I needed to do to [make the cut]."

There's no arguing with success, we suppose. Besides, despite stiff competition from heartthrob-in-the-making Alex Boyd and wholesome read more


Bravo's much-hyped gay dating series Boy Meets Boy debuted Tuesday with solid Nielsens, attracting 1.6 million viewers. Among adults age 25-54, Boy scored 1 million viewers — 434 percent better than what Bravo had been averaging at 9 pm. Meanwhile, the latest episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (which follows Boy at 10 pm/ET) nabbed a record 2.8 million viewers to become the highest-rated program in Bravo's history. Coming soon on E!: Carson Kressley: Love Chain. read more


Eminem will voice an as-yet-unnamed puppet during the third season of Crank Yankers this fall, MTV reports. Slim Shady — who is a big fan of the Comedy Central phone-prank series — parodied Yankers during an acceptance speech at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards. read more

Will 24's Loon-a-chick Return?

Laura Harris has the look of an angel and a knack for devilish roles. Remember The Faculty? That was Harris as the teen-killing alien. And 24's good girl gone bad — the one who tried to nuke Los Angeles? Yep, that was Harris, too. These days, the 26-year-old Canadian transplant to L.A. shines as a sex-obsessed grim reaper on Dead Like Me, Showtime's odd new dramedy (Fridays at 10 pm/ET). Welcome to her dark side.

TV Guide Online: What's up with you and these sinister parts?
I think [casting agents] love the surprise factor. Whenever I read for parts, they bring in all these blond, innocent-looking creatures. Then they ask us to be evil.

TVGO: So you're a good bad girl?
I guess so.

TVGO: What's the last law you broke?
(Long pau read more

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