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Last Update on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:05 AM EDT

Cleaning Up With The Kardashians?
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.


"And So It Goes" - Michael Douglas
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.

"Downton Abbey" Returns
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.

"X-Men"-Comic Con
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 3D headset, while fans sit in Professor X's wheelchair. Comic-Con opens tomorrow in San Diego.

Denzel Washington To Show Film At Toronto Festival
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.

Nathan Lane On Gay Actors
Nathan Lane is gay — and during his career, has played both gay and straight characters. And he says when it comes to casting, Hollywood and Broadway shouldn't give preference to gays for gay roles. Lane says he never would have some of the roles he has gotten over the years if those casting them only considered straight people for them. And Lane feels there should be no reason straight people can't be cast as gays. He cites Mark Ruffalo's portrayal of a gay man in the AIDS drama "The Normal Heart." Lane says the only criteria for any role should be: "who's right for the part and most talented."

Derek Jeter, Jack Bauer Help Fox To Strang Ratings
They didn't earn Fox first place in the ratings. But the network has both Jack Bauer and Derek Jeter to thank for a stronger week in drawing eyes to the screen. Bauer led the final episode of the miniseries "24: Live Another Day" into the top 10. And Derek Jeter's final career appearance in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the week's most popular live program. All told, Fox finished second among the top networks overall — and first among younger viewers.



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