Originally created 11/25/03

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"I've never had Showtime because I never had a strong interest in watching Porky's Revenge at 3:30 in the morning." - Michael Paranzino, who set up the Web site boycottcbs.com to fight CBS' Reagan miniseries, on the series' being shifted to the cable channel.

"This picture is an adventure movie, yet there is that undercurrent of informing people of a different way of life, a beautiful way of life." - Tom Cruise, on The Last Samurai


'Idol' stars sing Christmas tunes

American Idol is skipping right over Thanksgiving and going directly to Christmas.

Finalists from the first two editions are reuniting for Fox's An American Idol Christmas at 8 on WFXG-TV (Channel 54).

The lineup will include Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, along with favorites Tamyra Gray, Christina Christian and Kimberly Locke.

The crew will deliver its versions of holiday favorites.


TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Actor Ricardo Montalban is 83. Actress Kathryn Crosby is 70. Singer Percy Sledge is 63. Singer Bob Lind is 59. Actor-game show host Ben Stein is 59. Actor John Larroquette is 56. Singer Amy Grant is 43. Singer Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees is 39. Singer Stacy Lattisaw is 37. Guitarist Rodney Sheppard of Sugar Ray is 37. Rapper-producer Erick Sermon is 35. Actress Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan) is 34. Actress Christina Applegate is 32.

YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY: If you're so smart, why ain't you rich? Well, that could be the next thing on your list. But first, work on your self-esteem. The stronger you get, the better you look and the better you feel.


Contact Lifestyles Editor Erica C. Cline at: 828-2946 or erica.cline@augustachronicle.com.


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