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SHOW OF SUPPORT

Jay Leno will devote the April 24 and 25 editions of The Tonight Show to America's armed forces. The first night will have only military personnel in the audience, and the second show will entertain family and friends of military personnel. Both shows will be followed by a barbecue featuring Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins as the main course. read more

CAN YOU DIG IT?

Moviegoers dug new family flick Holes, which debuted at No. 2 at the box office over the weekend with a better-than-expected $17.1 million. Nearly half of the film's audience was over 18, surprising insiders who predicted the movie would play only to kids. Anger Management, meanwhile, maintained its No. 1 position for the second consecutive weekend. The Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson comedy grossed another $25.6 million, bringing its 10-day total to $80.3 million. Rounding out the top five: Jamie Kennedy's hip-hop parody Malibu's Most Wanted (No. 3 with $13.1 million), martial-arts comedy Bulletproof Monk (No. 4 with $8.6 million) and Phone Booth (No. 5 with $5.7 million). read more

EVERYBODY WILL MISS RAYMOND

Ray Romano continues to hint that next season may be Everybody Loves Raymond's last. At a Tiger Woods Foundation event over the weekend, the Emmy winner was asked how he keeps his sitcom fresh and original after eight years. His response? "You stop after one more year." Heaps of cash might also do the trick. read more

OHMYGAWD! WHERE DID YOUR HAIR GO?

Twentieth Television is producing a syndicated series based on the popular Classmates.com website. The show — slated to debut this summer — reunites former classmates who went from being pretty and popular to butt-ugly and despised. At least that's the version I want to see. read more

SHORT CUTS

With the Oscars shifting from March to February next year, Grammy organizers have decided to move music's biggest night to Feb. 8 — roughly three weeks earlier than usual... Erika Christensen, Mike Vogel and Katherine Heigl are in final negotiations to headline MTV's upcoming musical adaptation of Wuthering Heights, according to The Hollywood Reporter... With Buffy the Vampire Slayer ending, Simon & Schuster has announced that it will release its final Buffy novel on May 20. read more

SHE'S BACK

Kelly Ripa returned to Live with Regis and Kelly today following a two month-long maternity leave and unveiled what Reege called "a new body and a new hairdo." Translation: She's got bigger boobs and longer bangs. And as expected, she didn't let her poor co-host get a word in edgewise. read more

NEW SCOOBY SNACK

Clueless thesp Alicia Silverstone has joined the cast of Scooby-Doo 2. She'll play a relentless reporter who investigates the strange disappearance of an actress's once-promising career. read more

LOSING HAND

The luck is running out for FX's new John Corbett comedy/drama Lucky. After debuting to solid Nielsens on April 8, the show lost nearly half of its adults 18-49 audience in week two. The network, however, is looking on the bright side. The series did beat its lead-in Deuce Bigelow, Male Gigolo by 44 percent. It's a small, pitiful, embarrassing victory, but it's better than nothing, I suppose. read more

Latina It Girl Branches Out


With three movies out this spring and her music album slated for July, it's clear why Roselyn Sanchez is one of Premiere's "It" actresses of 2003. She's an uptight lawyer in Chasing Papi, a sexy cruise-ship dancer in Boat Trip and a butch army ranger in Basic. The 33-year-old Puerto Rican says she's just relieved her roles finally require her to act.

"I don't want to be just the sexy Latina," sighs Sanchez, who got her big break as an FBI agent in Rush Hour 2. Still, she's up front about why her options have been limited. "I have a problem getting rid of my accent in English," she admits. "I've been here [in America] read more

Leno on Bob Hope's Legendary Laughter

This Sunday at 7 pm/ET, NBC toasts comedian Bob Hope's 100th birthday with a two-hour special, 100 Years of Hope and Humor. As we close in on the funnyman's centennial, Tonight Show host Jay Leno takes a moment to reflect on the legacy of Hope — and why we're unlikely to see another performer quite like him.

TV Guide Online: When did you first meet Bob Hope?
Leno:
Oh, I can remember the first time I ever saw him, actually. I was a kid, and he used to do the monologues. This is before Johnny Carson and Steve Allen. I probably wasn't much more than five or six, but I liked Bob Hope, 'cause he would come out and wasn't a "clowny" type comedian. Bob Hope was a wise guy. But he was a wise guy that even my mom liked. Which I think differentiated him from a lot of the other wise guys that were out there. "He's a wise guy, but, oh, I guess he's okay."

TVGO: And how does he differ from the comics today?
Leno:
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