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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))

    <<CUT ..004 (08/01/14)>> 00:10 "of a woman"

    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.

    Rewind Time

    August 01, 2014 07:08 GMT

    Today is Friday, August 1, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.

    Today's Highlight in History:

    On August 1, 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation; the revolt lasted two months before collapsing.

    On this date:

    In 1714, Britain's Queen Anne died at age 49; she was succeeded by George I.

    In 1876, Colorado was admitted as the 38th state.

    In 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps established an aeronautical division, the forerunner of the U.S. Air Force.

    In 1913, the Joyce Kilmer poem "Trees" was first published in "Poetry: A Magazine of Verse."

    In 1914, Germany declared war on Russia at the onset of World War I.

    In 1936, the Olympics opened in Berlin with a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler.

    In 1943, rioting broke out in New York City's Harlem neighborhood after a false rumor spread that a police officer had shot and killed a black U.S. Army soldier who in fact had only been wounded; six people were killed in the violence.

    In 1957, the United States and Canada agreed to create the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).

    In 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, went on a shooting rampage at the University of Texas in Austin, killing 14 people. Whitman, who had also slain his wife and mother hours earlier, was gunned down by police.

    In 1971, the Concert for Bangladesh, organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, took place at New York's Madison Square Garden.

    In 1981, the rock music video channel MTV made its debut.

    In 2007, the eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, killing 13 people.

    Ten years ago: The federal government warned of possible al-Qaida terrorist attacks against specific financial institutions in New York City, Washington and Newark, New Jersey. A supermarket fire on the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay, killed more than 400 people. World Trade Organization members meeting in Geneva approved a plan to end export subsidies on farm products and cut import duties across the world. Karen Stupples won the Women's British Open. Alexandra Scott, a young cancer patient who'd started a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, sparking a nationwide fund-raising campaign, died at her home in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, at age eight.

    Five years ago: A fierce storm caused an outdoor stage at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta, Canada, to collapse, killing one person and injuring dozens of others. A gunman opened fired at a gay youth center in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing two people. Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, 76, died in Manila. Naomi Sims, 61, believed to be the first black supermodel, died in Newark, New Jersey.

    One year ago: President Barack Obama faced congressional critics of the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' telephone records as he and Vice President Joe Biden joined lawmakers on both sides of the issue for an Oval Office meeting. Defying the United States, Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum, allowing the National Security Agency leaker to slip out of the Moscow airport where he had been holed up for weeks. Actress-producer Gail Kobe, 81, died in Woodland Hills, California.

    Today's Birthdays: Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 84. Singer Ramblin' Jack Elliott is 83. Former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato is 77. Actor Giancarlo Giannini is 72. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams is 64. Blues singer-musician Robert Cray is 61. Singer Michael Penn is 56. Rock singer Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) is 55. Rock singer-musician Suzi Gardner (L7) is 54. Rapper Chuck D (Public Enemy) is 54. Actor Jesse Borrego is 52. Actor Demian Bichir is 51. Rapper Coolio is 51. Actor John Carroll Lynch is 51. Rock singer Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) is 50. Movie director Sam Mendes is 49. Country singer George Ducas is 48. Country musician Charlie Kelley is 46. Actress Jennifer Gareis is 44. Actor Charles Malik Whitfield is 42. Actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 41. Actor Jason Momoa is 35. Singer Ashley Parker Angel is 33. Actress Taylor Fry is 33. Actor Elijah Kelley is 28. Actor James Francis Kelly is 25. Actress Ella Wahlestedt (Film: "Earth to Echo") is 16.

    Thought for Today: "Middle age snuffs out more talent than ever wars or sudden deaths do." -- Richard Hughes, Welsh author and dramatist (1900-1976).

     
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