MERCED A variety of dynamic performers from Merced's rock 'n' roll past and present came together Thursday for a special appearance at the opening reception of the Courthouse Museum's new music history exhibit.
NEW YORK Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams wants a judge to rule that a trademark for his "I am OTHER" company is not infringing on Will.i.am's "I AM" trademark.
NEW YORK BET is apologizing to a fashion blogger who says it made him tone down his feminine look to appear on the network's pre-awards show.
ATLANTA Chris Kelly of the '90s rap duo Kriss Kross died of a drug overdose, a medical office investigator said Monday.
There's a limit, it turns out, to how much Johnny Depp and a bucket of makeup can accomplish.
ANAHEIM, Calif. The items arrive by the thousands, borne on furniture dollies, in Radio Flyer wagons or nestled carefully in owners' arms. The hodge-podge parade consists of paintings, teapots, firearms, mannequins decked out in military uniforms and more. Much more.
UNITED NATIONS The U.N. women's agency is teaming up with actress Geena Davis to support the first global study of how women and girls are portrayed in family films, saying the images have a strong impact on how females see themselves.
ATLANTA Even though Gabrielle Union lost the lead role of ABC series "Scandal" to Kerry Washington, she says the experience gave her hope that strong and likable female characters can be created for black actresses.
NEW YORK Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien will be contributing reports to the new Al Jazeera America network when it debuts in August.
"The Heat" is hot, but it was "Monsters University" who came out on top at the weekend box office.
LOS ANGELES - "The Bible" is getting its holy sequel.
LOS ANGELES - "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is joining the cast of "The Biggest Loser," becoming the first celebrity to compete on NBC's weight-loss reality show.
PASADENA, Calif. - Although she walked at 7 months old, actress Penelope Mitchell never was a child. She's making up for it now. The costar of the Netflix thriller series "Hemlock Grove" started studying ballet when she was 4, and for 12 years she applied her considerable determination to the art.
MIKAL CRONIN "MCII" (Merge, 3 1/2 stars)
I can't remember when, if ever, Pedro Almodovar has had as much flamboyant fun as he does in the high-flying comedy "I'm So Excited!"
In the future, all movies will be "Die Hard."
JERUSALEM Puppeteers from the Israeli version of Sesame Street protested Monday against Israel's closure of a Palestinian children's puppet festival, arguing that puppet theater poses no threat to Israeli security.
NEW YORK Three lawsuits brought by men who said former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash sexually abused them when they were underage were tossed out by a judge who said in a decision published Monday that the men waited too long to sue.
LOS ANGELES - Twenty-one years after the King of Late Night retired from NBC's "The Tonight Show," Johnny Carson is back on television, thanks to Turner Classic Movies' new weekly Monday series, "Carson on TCM."
LOS ANGELES - As Nicki Minaj climbed a gyroscope-like contraption high above Chris Brown during his opening number at Sunday night's BET Awards, it was clear that the cable network was celebrating more than just the nominated artists and athletes.
NEW YORK Before Lady Gaga, Rihanna or Katy Perry married music with fashion, there was Kylie Minogue.
LOS ANGELES - Tribune Co. has agreed to purchase 19 television stations owned by Local TV Holdings in a $2.73-billion deal that is expected to make Tribune the largest television station group in the country.
Charlie Wilson's red coat. Kendrick Lamar and Miguel. Nicki Minaj's chair. And just where did Chris Tucker go?
MERCED Lucha Xtreme wrestling returns to the American Legion Hall in downtown Merced this Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
MERCED Mercedians are invited to participate in a "health movement" that will be highlighted on downtown streets this Saturday. The Downtown Merced Healthy Lifestyles Festival, which sponsors plan to hold annually, is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in front of Make It Happen, 451 W. 18th Street.
MERCED It's a world of whimsical places and larger-than-life characters, and it's coming to Playhouse Merced for three nights only. "Seussical the Musical," the live stage production featuring characters from children's author Dr. Seuss, runs today through Sunday as part of the Summer Youth Theatre Festival.
LOS ANGELES "Monsters University" scared up the No. 1 spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, while No. 2 "The Heat" scorched the competition among new films.