-- The Rock is apparently in the running to play Hercules in Brett Ratner's upcoming movie, which is an adaptation of the comic book Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Variety's Jeff Snider tweeted the following: "VARIETY EXCLUSIVE: Can you smell what HERCULES is cooking? TheRock is in talks to star in MGM & Brett Ratner's HERCULES!!!"

-- Forbes.com has an article about the Iron Sheik and his "social revival." The article notes that the WWE Hall of Famer has used social media to stay relevant. Sheik also revealed that he would like to work for WWE again in some capacity, writing, "I am ready to get in ring for greatest boss in world, or do the movie or the TV. Also if my agent make me happy he get me with the Howard Stern." You can check out the full article at this link.

-- WWE sent out the following press release announcing American Idol alumni James Durbin being a spokesman for the Be a STAR anti-bullying campaign.


STAMFORD, Conn., February 23, 2012 Musician James Durbin announced today that he will serve as a spokesperson for the be a STAR Alliance, an anti-bullying initiative, co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE. The American Idol Season Ten fan favorite joins more than 50 national organizations that serve on the be a STAR Alliance including GLAAD, STOMP Out Bullying, Scholastic, Inc and United Federation of Teachers. Having been a victim of bullying while dealing with Asperger's Syndrome and Tourette's Syndrome, Durbin's refusal to be sidelined by medical hurdles lends an inspiring image to the core message of be a STAR, which stands for "Show Tolerance And Respect." In his role, Durbin will contribute to be a STAR's mission to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through education and awareness.

"I'm honored to align myself with be a STAR in the effort to change the way people treat each other," said Durbin. "Having been a victim of bullying, I'm excited to share my story and encourage people to put an end to bullying.'

Durbin will begin his be a STAR advocacy by visiting Los Coyotes Middle School in La Mirada, CA today to address students, teachers and administrators about bullying's severe consequences and effects. Also speaking at today's event, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, actress Rachael Leigh Cook, WWE Superstar The Miz and WWE Diva Eve Torres. In addition, Durbin recently filmed a PSA for be a STAR that will air nationally on WWE's weekly programming in the spring.

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