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Win tickets to: R5 at the Big Fresno Fair


When the Lynch siblings — Rydel, Riker, Ross and Rocky — moved to Los Angeles seven years ago, they were looking to start their careers as actors and dancers. Maybe they would sing some, maybe land in a commercial or two.

Instead, the group — with the help of family friend Ellington Lee Ratliff — started its own pop-rock band, R5 (though Riker landed a spot on “Glee” and Ross has his own series on the Disney Channel).

The band — which plays 1 p.m. Saturday at the Big Fresno Fair — released its Hollywood Records debut last year.

We have tickets to Saturday’s show we’ll give to away to a Beehive reader. To enter to win, leave a comment in this post. Would you ever play music with your siblings? Why or why not? This contest is another quick one. You have until 5 p.m. tonight. Winners will be chosen at random, notified by email and must be able to pick up tickets at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. Street) during normal business hours.

Check out a video from R5 (and complete contest rules) on the jump.

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Fair ticket giveaway: Zendaya

Zendaya_Web_ApprovedUPDATE: Congratulations to Dolores Garcia.

Next up in our Big Fresno Fair ticket giveaway series: Two tickets to Zendaya, who performs at noon on Saturday.

One winner will receive two passes to the fair and two tickets to the concert. You’ll need to come down to The Bee’s office at 1626 E Street to pick up your tickets. (Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

To win tickets to see Zendaya, leave a comment telling us why you’d like to see the show. One comment/entry per person, please. The winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. tonight. The winner will be notified after, so check your email.

Rules are on the jump.

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Pairings announced for next ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Kellie PicklerThe pairings have been announced for the next edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” This lineup stretches the definition of celebrity to the breaking point.

The competition is scheduled to start with a two-hour season opener at 8 p.m. March 18.

Here are the 11 pairings and their early odds.

  • Singer Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough (2-1).
  • Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy (3-1).
  • Baltimore Ravens Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff (7-1).
  • Comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke (10-1).
  • American gymnast Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas (10-1).

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Entertainment this weekend

MEG007.JPGThis weekend’s entertainment options include several family-friendly picks.

“Shake It Up,” 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Disney Channel: This teen buddy comedy set against the world of dance gets a lot of energy from stars 13-year-old Bella Thorne and 14-year-old Zendaya. It’s a nice fit for the Disney Channel formula of programs aimed at young girls.

“Toy Story 3″: Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys try to adjust to what life is going to be like after Andy leaves for college. The film continues the high standards — from cutting-edge computer work to smart writing — that have made Pixar Studios the Disney of the 21st century when it comes to animation.

“Megamind”: Director Tom McGrath offers a clever take on the Superman-Lex Luthor storyline that’s been copied and parodied in loads of TV and film projects. His film looks at what would happen if Superman’s girlfriend, Lois Lane, had more in common with his arch nemesis, Lex Luther. That twist makes for a film with more pow, zap and thump than most animated offerings.

Sean Astin prefers to wait and see

ENTER FALLMOVIES 6 KRT.JPG These days, Sean Astin keeps busy supplying the voice for the animated star of the Disney Channel series “Special Agent Oso.” It’s a job he deeply, deeply loves because it’s a chance for him to entertain – and educate – children.

Parents who spot Astin will tell their children how the actor is the voice behind the bear. This always leads to questions from youngsters about the show.

Their parents are more interested in Astin because of his work in the “Lord of the Rings” movies where he played Samwise “Sam” Gamgee. So, he’s not surprised when I ask him about “The Hobbit” movie being made by Peter Jackson, the man behind the “Rings” films.

At this time, Astin’s tempering his expectations for the film.

“That’s because it takes so long to do it, it depends on how they do it and how nostalgic the movie is,” Astin says.

He compares his early reaction to “The Hobbit” to the way his mother, actress Patty Duke, reacts to one of his openings.

“Sometimes when my mom comes to a premiere I’m in there’s a formal aspect to her posture. I think I’ll feel like that,” Astin says.