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13 CROSSOVER HIT The box office response for The Passion of the Christ leaves some questions unanswered...Hot Sheet... Starsky & Hutch's director cops to the movie's subtext...The Deal Report...The Shaw Report...A look at this fall's hottest TV pilots... Independent Spirit Awards...More Janet Jackson fallout...Monitor.

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28 OSCARS 2004: THE BIG NIGHT One ring to rule them all! Stars turn out in force to celebrate The Return of the King's sweep at the 76th Annual Academy Awards. From the red carpet to Elton John's VIP room to Peter Jackson's Middle-earth shindig, here's the scoop on Crystal, controversy, and couture. Plus: The night's best and worst dresses (why, Uma, why?), a minute-by-minute guide to the show, EW's own awards, and what the winners (and losers) are doing next.

78 JET Meet the drunken Australian rockers who just broke up in the back of a Glasgow taxi. BY NANCY MILLER

82 THOROUGHLY MODERN MOLLY Lovable SNL alum Molly Shannon graduates from armpit sniffing to boozing in the hopes of Cracking Up TV viewers again. BY JESSICA SHAW

REVIEWS

85 THE MUST LIST 10 great things to see/hear/read.

87 MOVIES Starsky & Hutch; also Hidalgo, The Reckoning, Lost Boys of Sudan, Good Bye, Lenin!, and James' Journey to Jerusalem. Plus: Ask the Critic.

97 DVD & VIDEO Schindler's List, Searching for Debra Winger, and Mona Lisa Smile. Plus: Comedy Double Take; Ed Wood Recall.

101 TELEVISION Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital. Plus: Odds on the would-be winners of America's Next Top Model; Ask the Critic; What to Watch.

109 MUSIC '90s nostalgia. Plus: Who the !@#* are Franz Ferdinand?; Spotlight on Nellie McKay; Elton John in Vegas.

117 BOOKS Chang-rae Lee's Aloft and Walter Yetnikoff's Howling at the Moon; also I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?

122 STAGE Fiddler on the Roof; also King Lear and London's When Harry Met Sally. Plus: Tim Robbins' new play.

10 MAIL Passion ignites.

124 STUPID QUESTIONS This week with...Raquel Welch.

Originally posted Mar 12, 2004 Published in issue #755 Mar 12, 2004 Order article reprints