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Last Update on July 25, 2014 07:07 GMT

"HERCULES" - DWAYNE JOHNSON

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dwayne Johnson remembers the first time he ever encountered the idea of Hercules. He was five years old and he saw a poster of Steve Reeves as Hercules breaking chains from pillars. Johnson says at the time, he didn't know anything about the myth of Hercules. He just thought it was a cool picture. Now it's his turn to bring the myth to life. Johnson plays a modern version in "Hercules," which opens today.

Dwayne Johnson says he never thought Hercules should be a young man.

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Dwayne Johnson says he remembers his first exposure to Hercules.

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Dwayne Johnson says Hercules is the first superhero.

HERCULES APPEARS AT COMIC-CON

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- "Hercules" has muscled-in on Comic-Con. Hercules star Dwayne Johnson made a surprise appearance at the pop culture convention yesterday. He high-fived fans -- and invited them all to special screenings of the new movie. Johnson says he booked three San Diego theaters for the screenings. Johnson isn't the only star to drop by Comic-Con's opening day in San Diego. Actors Jeff Bridges, John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch made appearances.

Comic-con opened yesterday - with some star power. The AP's Jamie Friar reports on the pop culture convention in San Diego.

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Excerpt of Dwayne Johnson, in "Hercules" trailer. ((Cut used in wrap))

ALEC BALDWIN ADMONISHED TO "BE A GOOD BOY"

NEW YORK (AP) -- It sounded more like a warning a parent might give a wayward child -- not something a judge would say to a grown man. But that's the admonition Alec Baldwin got from a judge in New York City yesterday. The actor was in court to face charges of mouthing off at police who stopped him while riding a bike. After examining the allegations against him, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge John DeLury told Baldwin: "looks like you have a short fuse." Baldwin repeatedly said he'd pay the fine, but the judge said he only wanted the actor to apology. The judge set the case to be dismissed if Baldwin stays out of trouble for six months. Speaking to the actor with his given name, DeLury asked Baldwin: "Can you stay out of trouble, Alexander?" Baldwin responded: "Sure, sure" -- then the judge told him: "Be a good boy from now on. Have a good day!" before adjourning the case.

SHIA LaBEOUF SEEKS RESOLUTION OF CASE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shia LeBeouf has another court date set for September in an incident in which he's accused of acting out while in the audience of a Broadway play last month. The actor's lawyer and prosecutors are trying to hash out a settlement over the incident in which LeBeouf lit cigarettes, yelled at actors onstage and cursed security guards. As he was ushered out of the theater, he hollered: "Do you know who I am." LeBeouf's publicist says the episode stemmed from an alcohol problem -- and that the actor has since gotten treatment.


Entertainment History

July 25, 2014 07:07 GMT

On July 25th, 1946, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis began their partnership as a nightclub song and comedy act with a performance in Atlantic City. They split up in 1956.

In 1965, Bob Dylan was booed off the stage at the Newport Folk Festival when he began playing an electric guitar.

In 1966, guitarist Brian Jones played his last U.S. concert with the Rolling Stones, in San Francisco. Jones died in 1969.

In 1967, The Beatles took out an advertisement in the London Times urging the British government to legalize marijuana.

In 1969, Neil Young made his first concert appearance with Crosby, Stills and Nash. They played at the Fillmore East in New York.

In 1980, Kiss introduced its new drummer, Eric Carr, at a concert at the New York Palladium. Carr replaced Peter Criss, who began a solo career.

Also in 1980, AC/DC released "Back In Black," their first album with singer Brian Johnson.

In 1990, comedian Roseanne Barr sang the National Anthem in San Diego before a major league baseball game, spit, then scratched herself. The crowd booed, and she later apologized.

In 1997, Autumn Jackson was convicted of trying to extort $40 million dollars from Bill Cosby. She had claimed to be Cosby's illegitimate daughter.

In 1999, fires began burning out of control during the Red Hot Chili Peppers' set at Woodstock '99. Fans began looting the vendors and pelting police with bottles and fruit.

In 2001, Mariah Carey checked herself into a hospital suffering from an emotional and physical breakdown.

In 2002, Jennifer Lopez filed for divorce from her second husband, Cris Judd.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Barbara Harris is 79. Singer-guitarist Bruce Woodley of The Seekers is 72. Drummer Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds is 71. Bassist Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire is 63. Supermodel Iman is 59. Cartoonist Ray Billingsley ("Curtis") is 57. Guitarist Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is 56. Country singer Marty Brown is 49. Actress Illeana (ihl-ee-AH'-nah) Douglas is 49. Actor Matt LeBlanc ("Joey," "Friends") is 47. Cellist Paavo Lotjonen (PAH'-woh LAHT'-joh-nehn) of Apocalyptica is 46. Actor D.B. Woodside ("24") is 45. Actress Miriam Shor ("Swingtown," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch") is 43. Actor David Denman ("Parenthood," "The Office") is 41. Actor Jay R. Ferguson ("Mad Men") is 40. Actor James Lafferty ("One Tree Hill") is 29. Actress Shantel VanSanten ("One Tree Hill") is 29. Actor Michael Welch is 27. Classical singer Faryl Smith is 19.

 
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