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By PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter   |   May 8, 2003 at 4:15 PM   |   Comments

ROGER MOORE IN SICK BAY

Roger Moore -- who collapsed during a performance on Broadway Wednesday -- was expected to be discharged from a New York hospital as soon as Thursday, a spokesman said.

The 75-year-old James Bond star fell to the stage at the Lyceum Theatre during a song-and-dance number late in the second act of "The Play What I Wrote." The comedy features a "surprise celebrity guest star" each night -- playing himself in the story about a man who wants to get his play produced, but needs a major star to play the supporting role to his leading role.

Moore was the surprise guest star for Wednesday's matinee performance. Britain's Press Association reported that Moore's assistant, Gareth Owen, said the actor "had breathing difficulties but he carried on with the show."

In Los Angeles Thursday, a publicist for Moore told United Press International that he understood Moore would be out of the hospital Thursday or Friday. The Los Angeles publicist said Moore is in "pretty good health," and probably suffered from exhaustion and dehydration -- caused by a busy schedule on behalf of the United Nations Children's Fund.

Moore became an ambassador for UNICEF in 1991.

Moore starred as James Bond in "Live and Let Die" (1973), "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974), "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977), "Moonraker" (1979), "For Your Eyes Only" (1981), "Octopussy" (1983) and "A View to a Kill" (1985). In the early 1960s, he starred as Beau Maverick in the TV Western "Maverick." He starred as Simon Templar from 1967-69 in the detective series "The Saint."


TRACE ADKINS HANGIN' WITH THE HILLS

Country music star Trace Adkins was in a Nashville studio this week, not to make a record but to tape his part in an upcoming episode of "King of the Hill."

According to a publicist for Adkins, the "Hank Hill grapevine" has it that Adkins will play a character by the name of "Big John the Trucker" -- and that he has even recorded a song for the show.

Adkins has prior voice-over experience. He narrated the feature documentary film "The Dance," and the Food Network's "Cowboy Chili Cook-off," which airs this fall. In March, he was in Colorado to host the special "Homes on the Range" for Homes and Garden Television, scheduled to air July 4.

Fans can see Adkins on "Hollywood Squares," CMT's "Got Me in with the Band" and "The Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS -- all in May. He's also scheduled to perform on "Grand Ole Opry Live," CMT's "Ultimate Country Home" and FX's telecast of the Trace Adkins Chrome 300 -- all in June.


CHRIS KATTAN TAKING 'SATURDAY NIGHT' OFF

Chris Kattan is leaving the cast of "Saturday Night Live" after seven seasons, according to a report in Daily Variety.

Kattan -- who has created such characters as Mango, the exotic dancer, Mr. Peepers, the apple-chomping half-simian, and Gay Hitler -- will leave the show after the May 17 season-ender. He plans to focus on making feature films.

Kattan said he and "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels have been talking about the move for a few weeks, and he told Michaels about his decision earlier this week.

"All great things must come to an end, and this seemed like a great time to leave," Kattan told Variety. "You can't do seven seasons of college, and you always want to leave when you're still loving the show and not bitter.

"I got to spit apple in Tom Hanks' face and swatted J. Lo's butt," he said. "It's time to move on."

Michaels told the paper Kattan "has just had a great season, and I'm sorry to see him go. I wish him luck, and I know we'll see him again soon."

Kattan -- who starred in "Corky Romano" and "Undercover Brother" -- has plans to star in "The Eighth Wonder" as a man with a prodigious tolerance for physical pain.


ALAN CUMMING FITTED FOR 'MASK'

Alan Cumming -- Nightcrawler in "X2: X-Men United" -- is in talks to join Jamie Kennedy in "Son of the Mask," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cumming would play the supernatural villain Loki in the sequel to the 1994 Jim Carrey comedy about a mask that confers bizarre powers onto those who wear it. "Son of the Mask" is being directed by Lawrence Guterman ("Cast & Dogs") from a screenplay by Tom Gammill, Lance Khazei, Rob McKittrick and Max Pross. Gammill and Pross are both veterans of "The Simpsons," "Futurama" and "Seinfeld."


HONORS FOR RITA MORENO

The Actors' Fund of America, Aid for AIDS and Variety will honor Rita Moreno with the "The Julie Harris Award" for Lifetime Achievement at the 2003 Tony Awards Party in Los Angeles.

Moreno is one of a select few artists who have won the four major entertainment industry awards -- the Oscar, the Emmy, the Grammy and the Tony. Previous recipients of the "The Julie Harris Award" include Lauren Bacall, Carol Channing, Tyne Daly, Charles Durning, Gwen Verdon and Harris herself.

Jennifer Tilly will host the event at the Skirball Cultural Center on June 8 -- the night that the Grammys will be presented in New York. Melanie Griffith and John Lithgow will announce the 2003 Tony Nominations next Monday, also in New York.

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