LOS ANGELES (AP) - Slavery-era action figures tied to Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" are raising questions about whether they're appropriate.
FOX: PASSION, DISAGREEMENTS WITH NEW 'IDOL' TEAM: PASADENA (AP) - Five minutes into their season-opening news conference and the new team at "American Idol" were having their first disagreement - about their disagreements. Then Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj kept it going.
NEW YORK (AP) - There's no media entity more pleased to be called an empire than Nerdist, the online factory of earnest pop culture enthusiasm.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - During production of his final post-midnight show, Jimmy Kimmel's studio audience waited patiently while he taped a string of promotional spots.
OSCAR HOST SETH MACFARLANE TO ANNOUNCE NOMINATIONS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - For the first time in 40 years, the host of the Academy Awards will help announce the Oscar nominations.
NEW YORK (AP) - There's heartbreak ahead for some "General Hospital" fans.
PASADENA (AP) - On his upcoming NBC comedy, Michael J. Fox will play a newscaster who had quit his job due to Parkinson's Disease but returns to work in the show's first episode because a new medical regimen has helped him control many of the disease's symptoms.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards will star on a new cable TV show with the woman he married after his release from federal prison on a corruption conviction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It took Leatherface and his chainsaw to chase tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins out of the top spot at the box office.
PALM SPRINGS (AP) - The Award Season Express made its first stop of the new year in the middle of the desert a couple hours east of Hollywood at the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival gala.
• Rare color photos of The Beatles to go up for sale: LONDON (AP) - Unpublished early color photographs of The Beatles' first U.S. tour will be sold at a U.K. auction.
STOCKTON – Rhythm and blues artist Keith Sweat is performing Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Bob Hope Theatre.
MODESTO - Two concerts start of 2013 at the Modesto State Theatre.
STOCKTON - Loki Rhythm is performing at the Emerson Coffee House to celebrate musical sounds from around the world on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.
MODESTO - Country Crossroads Quilt Guild of Modesto is presenting the 2013 "Heart of the Valley" Quilts and Textile Arts Show, Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20, at Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th and K Street in Downtown Modesto.
School was in session at Stella Brockman School.
LODI - Visit and pet a variety of live farm animals every Friday and Saturday this spring at the Critter Corral in the San Joaquin County Historical Museum at Micke Grove Regional Park. Encounters with the animals are free with regular Museum admission, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through May 24.
TUOLUMNE – American Idol star Bo Bice will take the stage on Friday, April 4, at Black Oak Casino Resort
MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Department of Music presents the 37th Annual New Music Concert on Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Avenue.
LA GRANGE -The La Grange Rodeo is Sunday, April 6, at 1 p.m. at the La Grange Rodeo
VALLECITO - Looking for something that pairs perfectly with a 2012 Tempranillo, and is more fun than a barrel of rubber chickens?
MODESTO – The International Club of Modesto Junior College will hold its annual International Dinner on Saturday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in the social hall of Emanuel Lutheran Church, located at the corner of College and Stoddard Avenues in Modesto.
MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Department of Music presents Ultrabeats – Electronic Music Concert on Wednesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall on East Campus, 435 College Avenue.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fans upset about a main character's death in the just-concluded episode of MTV's "Teen Wolf" have a special place to go to vent.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans of all ages still pay heed to serious news even as they seek out the lighter stuff, choosing their own way across a media landscape that no longer relies on front pages and evening newscasts to dictate what's worth knowing, according to a new study from the Media Insight Project.
BOW, N.H. (AP) - Combine Twister, paint-by-numbers and the ancient Hindu practice of breath control, meditation and poses, and you get Yoga by Numbers.
STOCKTON - When the Stockton Symphony performs its Classics IV concert at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, in Atherton Auditorium on the Delta College campus, members of the audience will have the fortunate opportunity to hear the distinguishing nuances of sound that emanate from the viola versus the violin.
NEW YORK (AP) - Keith Richards is writing a children's book. He really is.
MODESTO – It is competitive, it is educational, and it is a long standing Modesto Junior College agricultural tradition at its best. It is the 61st Annual Future Farmers of America Field Day hosted by the MJC Agriculture & Environmental Sciences Division and Young Farmers. The Field Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 29.
STOCKTON - Everybody's favorite ogre is coming to the stage.