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01/14/2014 | 10:06am US/Eastern

Kristen Stewart 'terrified' to film 'Equals'

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Kristen Stewart has signed on to play the lead in "Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus' futuristic love story "Equals," and it's making her a nervous wreck. "I can't believe I agreed to do it," said the "Twilight" actress about her upcoming role in the sci-fi drama, which also stars Nicholas Hoult of the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

A new novel from Dick Wolf joins his TV empire

NEW YORK (AP) _ Hours before last week's premiere of his new series, "Chicago P.D.," Dick Wolf acknowledged he was nervous. Actually, "terrified" was the word he used.

The Mortons: Father and son up for Grammy Awards

ATLANTA (AP) _ The Grammy Awards are a family affair for the Mortons. Both Bishop Paul S. Morton and PJ Morton are nominated for best gospel album for "Best Days Yet," the elder Morton's album _ PJ wrote and produced four songs. PJ's song, the Stevie Wonder-featured "Only One," is up for best R&B song. The Mortons are the first to accomplish this feat since Bob and Jakob Dylan in 1998.

DirecTV customers lose The Weather Channel

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ About 20 million DirecTV customers nationwide lost The Weather Channel because of a dispute over fees between the channel and the satellite service. The two companies pointed fingers at each other late Monday as a midnight EST deadline for renegotiation of carriage fees paid by DirecTV to The Weather Channel passed without an agreement.

Seth MacFarlane brings his love of science to TV

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Stewie likes science. Seth MacFarlane, creator of "Family Guy" and voice of Stewie on the animated Fox show, is bringing his love of space exploration to television. He's the executive producer of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," a 13-part series that will debut March 9 on Fox. It will also air on the National Geographic Channel.

Trip south inspires singer Rosanne Cash

NEW YORK (AP) _ John Hiatt once commanded us in song to "Drive South." Rosanne Cash took him up on it. Cash's first collection of new compositions in seven years is inspired by trips south _ by car, in her mind and into her own family history. "There's never any highway when you're looking for the past," she sings as a mission statement in the opening minutes of her album, "The River & The Thread."

Producers: 'American Idol' making changes

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ The producers of "American Idol" said Monday that the show's new season will include changes to freshen it, including expanded song choices for contestants. After tending toward a fair amount of golden oldies, the show's song list will add more current tunes that the young contestants can relate to, executive producer Per Blankens said.

E-book offers free excerpts of upcoming works

NEW YORK (AP) _ An industry newsletter is offering free digital previews of books by Lemony Snicket, Barbara Ehrenreich and dozens of others. Available for downloads from most e-book retailers as of Tuesday, "Buzz Books 2014" compiles offerings from 40 upcoming "buzz" works, as selected by online publication Publishers Lunch.

Fox Sports tests weather gadgets for Super Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Fox Sports has a few weather-related tricks up its sleeve for next month's Super Bowl telecast, and the network plans to test them out before the Feb. 2 game that will be the first played in a cold-weather climate. It will use this weekend's NFC title game in Seattle between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks to test an infrared camera that will show how players' body temperatures change throughout the game.

Feds: Blue meth seen in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Reality in the illegal drug world is mimicking fiction. Spokesman Kevin Abar of the federal Department of Homeland Security in Albuquerque, N.M., says distributors are selling methamphetamine tinted blue in the Four Corners region.

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