Will Ferrell quits SNL

New York � He's no longer content to impersonate President Bush's mangled syntax, send up "Jeopardy!"'s Alex Trebek, or tunelessly cover pop tunes as fictional middle-school music teacher Marty Culp.

After seven years on "Saturday Night Live," Will Ferrell is moving on.

"Being on 'SNL' has been a fulfillment of a dream. This show gave me opportunities that just wouldn't have been possible had I remained a bank teller in Irvine," said Ferrell, 35.

He bows out of "SNL" on the May 18 season finale.

Thin Mints go to war

Hailey, Idaho � Talk about a supportive parent. Bruce Willis bought 12,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies from daughter Tallulah Belle, 8, which sure impressed the leader of her Brownie-Girl Scout troop in Sun Valley, Idaho.

He paid the full price of $36,000, troop leader Sue Dumke said, adding that Willis and ex-wife Demi Moore are big scouting fans.

On Tuesday, the bounty of Thin Mints, Samoas and Peanut Butter Patties was en route to U.S. troops, said Lt. Col. Jim Cassella, a Defense Department spokesman. The cookies will be divvied up among Army and Air Force personnel in Afghanistan and Navy sailors and Marines aboard the USS Wasp and the USS John F. Kennedy.

Close encounters with a hospital

New York � Richard Dreyfuss was released from a hospital Tuesday after being treated for a lung infection.

The star of the CBS drama "The Education of Max Bickford" was admitted to a New York hospital on April 29 and had fluid drained from his right lung.

"He's feeling good," said Dreyfuss' publicist, Christina Papadopoulos.

Shooting on the TV series wrapped for the season last month, so his illness isn't expected to affect the program.

Dreyfuss, 54, won a best-actor Oscar for 1977's "The Goodbye Girl." He's also starred in films including "Jaws," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Mr. Holland's Opus."

Guitar a piece of Jewel

New York � Jewel says it will be "a little weird" to be without her guitar when she starts her European tour next week.

She will not be able to play her guitar onstage because of a horse riding accident last month that left her with a broken collarbone and rib.

"It's a little weird. ... I guess I'll have to polish up my dance routine," the 27-year-old singer joked in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Monday.

Jewel said while she usually does a couple of songs without it, she's usually strumming her guitar throughout her performances.

"It's like a security blanket," she said.


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