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Last Update on August 01, 2014 07:08 GMT

"GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY" - ZOE SALDANA

LONDON (AP) -- Zoe Saldana hopes fanboys find her sexy in "Guardians of the Galaxy" even though she has green skin. Saldana says green is not a sexy color. She says it's the color of vegetables, swamp things and "boogers." Saldana took a lot of time coming up with a shade of green that she hopes boys will like. "Guardians of the Galaxy" opens today.

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Michael Weinfeld

Zoe Saldana hopes fanboys find her sexy in "Guardians of the Galaxy." But as we hear from AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld, they'll have to get over the color of her skin.

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Zoe Saldana, actor

Zoe Saldana says green isn't a sexy color. ((longer version of cut in wrap))

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Zoe Saldana, actor

Zoe Saldana says she hopes she came up with a shade of green that fanboys will find sexy.

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Zoe Saldana, actor

Zoe Saldana says the color green has a bad reputation. ((longer version of cut in wrap))

"GET ON UP" - DAN AYKROYD

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dan Aykroyd has been a fan of James Brown ever since he saw him perform on top of a bar in Canada in 1968. It was at The Esquire Show Bar in Montreal. Aykroyd says Brown's Bolero heels were real close to their beers. And he was backed by his full band, too. Aykroyd plays Brown's manager in "Get On Up," which opens today.

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Dan Aykroyd, actor

Dan Aykroyd says he's been a fan of James Brown's since seeing him perform on top of a bar in Canada in 1968.

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Dan Aykroyd, actor

Dan Aykroyd says he was real close to James Brown when he was performing on top of a bar in Canada in 1968.

"SHARKNADO" RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Syfy's "Sharknado" swallowed up nearly four million viewers Wednesday night. The ratings for "Sharknado 2: The Second One," nearly tripled the 1.37 million viewers who saw last summer's premiere of the original "Sharknado." The setting in the campy "Sharknado 2" moved from Los Angeles to New York City. The Big Apple is hit by a storm of rain and falling sharks. Syfy says "Sharknado 2" will air again tomorrow and Sunday.

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Sandy Kozel, AP correspondent

'Sharknado 2' whipped up a storm of viewers and tweets. AP correspondent Sandy Kozel reports.

"GODFATHER" MAKEUP ARTIST

NEW YORK (AP) -- The makeup artist who turned Marlon Brando into "The Godfather" and Linda Blair into a demon in "The Exorcist" has died. Dick Smith also gave Robert De Niro his mohawk in "Taxi Driver" and shared an Oscar for his work turning F. Murray Abraham into an old man in "Amadeus." He also turned Jonathan Frid into a vampire on "Dark Shadows." Smith was the first makeup artist to win an Oscar for lifetime achievement. He was 92.

AUDRA MCDONALD SUICIDE ATTEMPT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Audra McDonald reveals she once tried to kill herself. She told "Popcorn With Peter Travers" that she was in college at Julliard when she tried to slit her wrist. She was battling depression. She says she checked herself into a mental hospital for a month and got the help she needed. The people at Julliard urged her to stick with musical theater because that made her the happiest.


Entertainment History

August 01, 2014 07:08 GMT

On August first, 1960, Chubby Checker released the single "The Twist."

In 1964, singer Johnny Burnette drowned in a boating accident in Clear Lake, California. He was 30. He's probably best known for the song "You're 16."

In 1971, the Concerts for Bangladesh were held at New York's Madison Square Garden. It was the first large-scale benefit concert and a precursor to shows like Live Aid. The concerts featured George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Badfinger, Ringo Starr and Billy Preston.

In 1977, the book "Elvis -- What Happened" was released to bookstores nationwide. It was an expose' by two former bodyguards who presented Elvis as an overweight recluse. Elvis died two weeks later.

In 1980, George Harrison formed a movie production company called Hand Made Films Productions. The company's films include "Life of Brian" and "Time Bandits."

In 1981, MTV made its debut on cable stations across the U.S. The first video played was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.

In 1986, actress Tatum O'Neal married tennis star John McEnroe in Oyster Bay, New York. They have since split up.

Also in 1986, U2 began recording sessions in Dublin, Ireland, that became their album "The Joshua Tree."

Today's Birthdays: Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 84. Singer Ramblin' Jack Elliott is 83. Blues musician Robert Cray is 61. Singer Michael Penn is 56. Singer Joe Elliott of Def Leppard is 55. Rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy is 54. Guitarist Suzi Gardner of L7 is 54. Rapper Coolio is 51. Singer Adam Duritz of Counting Crows is 50. Country singer George Ducas is 48. Guitarist Charlie Kelley (Buffalo Club) is 46. Actress Jennifer Gareis ("The Bold and the Beautiful") is 44. Actress Tempestt Bledsoe ("The Cosby Show") is 41. Singer Ashley Parker Angel (O-Town) is 33. Actress Taylor Fry is 33. Actor Elijah Kelley is 28. Actor James Francis Kelly is 25. Actress Ella Wahlestedt ("Earth to Echo") is 16.

 
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