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Last Update on July 23, 2014 07:32 GMT


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it a case of fighting water pollution with pop culture. Back on Monday, the official Twitter account for the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water made it appear the government had teamed up with the Kardashian clan to clean the nation's waterways. There was a message about the online game "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood." The video game lets players do important things like appear at red carpets, do photo shoots and other essential acts to help the environment. The EPA says the off-topic tweet was posted by an intern. But before it was pulled down, it drew a joking comment from the account of 88-year-old congressman John Dingell. It asked: What is a Kardashian? The following day Dingell's account indicated the lawmaker now knew what a Kardashian is -- but said that only led to more questions.


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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Douglas had the option of changing the script for the movie "And So It Goes" to avoid uncomfortable parallels with his own life. He chose not to do that. Douglas says his character's son in "And So It Goes" has drug problems, as does his own son, Cameron. He recalls reading the script and shaking his head with a smile. Douglas says he didn't want to change the story because he didn't know what the alternative would be. "And So It Goes" opens Friday.

Michael Douglas says he had an open mind about playing the father whose son has drug problems in "And So It Goes."

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Michael Douglas says he and director Rob Reiner were in a movie called "Summertree."

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Michael Douglas says he bonds with director Rob Reiner because they have similar backgrounds.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- No surprise for the legion of "Downton Abbey" fans. The show will return for a fifth season on PBS in January. The public broadcasting outlet is promising that the show "will have some surprises in it" when it returns. But that assumes U.S. viewers won't be creeping across the pond to glean hints about the show from British online posts, because the show airs earlier in England than it does here. Meanwhile the return date for another PBS series is in limbo. PBS chief Paula Kerger says they will have to wait to find out when the mystery "Sherlock" will finish production before a slot can be determined.


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Fans of X-Men get to enter the mind of Professor X. The Comic-Con pop-culture convention is offering a virtual reality experience, promoting the fall Blu-ray release of "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Visitors to the 20th Century Fox exhibit get to experience the fictional Cerebro technology used to track the X-men mutants. The 90-second virtual adventure is done through an Oculus Rift 3-D headset, while fans sit in Professor X's wheelchair. Comic-Con opens tomorrow in San Diego.

It's a virtual reality trip, into the mind of Professor X. The AP's Jamie Friar reports on one of the attractions at Comic-Con.

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Here's Patrick Stewart as Professor X in the "X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer. ((cut used in wrap))

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Here's Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, in the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" trailer.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The names are big in Hollywood: Denzel Washington, Chris Rock and Kate Winslet. But those names will also be prominent in Toronto -- home of an International Film Festival that gets under way in September. Washington and Rock will be among those rolling out films at the event. And Winslet will star in "A Little Chaos," the film that will close out the festival. The Toronto film fest is the considered a major event to help launch into Hollywood's awards season.

Entertainment History

July 23, 2014 07:37 GMT

On July 23rd, 1969, James Brown walked out of Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty's office when the mayor failed to show up on time to present the singer with a proclamation for "James Brown Day."

In 1980, former Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux was killed in a car accident in Marin (mah-RIN') County, California. He was 32.

In 1982, actor Vic Morrow and two children were killed during the filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" when a helicopter crashed. Director John Landis and four others were acquitted of charges in the deaths.

In 1984, Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title, after nude photographs of her were published in Penthouse magazine.

In 1990, production began on the film "Falling From Grace," which marked John Mellencamp's acting and directing debut.

Also in 1992, Chicago got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1999, Woodstock '99 began in Rome, New York. The three-day festival started off peacefully but ended in fires, looting and accusations of rape.

Also in 1999, musician Phil Collins married Orianne Cevey in a private civil ceremony in Switzerland. He was 48, she was 27. They have since split up.

In 2010, Kings of Leon cut short a concert outside St. Louis after pigeons in the rafters defecated on the stage.

In 2011, singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her home in London. She was 27. Her death was attributed to accidental alcohol poisoning.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Gloria DeHaven is 89. Radio personality Don Imus is 74. Country singer Tony Joe White is 71. Actor Larry Manetti ("Magnum, P.I.") is 67. Singer David Essex is 67. Singer and former Congressman John Hall (Orleans) is 66. Guitarist Blair Thornton of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 64. Actress Belinda Montgomery ("Doogie Howser, MD") is 64. Actress Edie McClurg ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off") is 63. Actress Lydia Cornell ("Too Close For Comfort") is 61. Actor Woody Harrelson is 53. Guitarist Martin Gore of Depeche (duh-PESH') Mode is 53. Actor Eriq Lasalle ("ER") is 52. Drummer Yuval Gabay (Soul Coughing) is 51. Guitarist Slash of Velvet Revolver (and Guns N' Roses) is 49. Model Stephanie Seymour is 46. Singer Sam Watters of Color Me Badd is 43. Singer Alison Krauss is 43. Drummer Chad Gracey of Live (LYV) is 43. Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans ("The Wayans Brothers") is 42. Country singer Shannon Brown is 41. Singer Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child) is 34. Actor Paul Wesley ("The Vampire Diaries") is 32. Actor Daniel Radcliffe ("Harry Potter" movies) is 25. Drummer Neil Perry of The Band Perry is 24.

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