Yep.. Gotta take the headlight bezels, the grill (I think), and the headlights out, then remove a couple of awkwardly placed bolts to free the stationary...loop-thingies...in the engine compartment that catch the hood..
Oddly enough, I came here today to look for a better solution to the overall problem -- which, for me, still exists.. After getting the hood up and replacing the hood release cable with a brand new one three months ago, it snapped again Sunday. Luckily, the hood had already popped, so I just positioned the latches on the hood so they wouldn't grab the loops and wired it down..
I bet I hadn't opened the hood a half dozen times since I did the R&R, and yes, all the moving parts had been PB-blasted, worked back and forth until they moved freely, and then greased..
Apparently, though, what they say is true: You just can't polish a turd...