NY’s Woodstock Film Festival announces lineup

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) — Actors Andy Garcia and Ricki Lake will be among the participants at the Woodstock Film Festival this fall. The 14th annual film festival runs Oct. 2 through Sun. Oct. 6 in Woodstock and nearby…

LeBron James joins forces with Starz for sitcom

NEW YORK (AP) — After LeBron James won his second NBA championship this year, he talked about the improbability of his journey — ascending to world fame despite growing up with challenge after challenge in the inner city.…
FILE - In this May 2, 2013 file photo originally released by Fox, singer Harry Connick Jr. performs onstage at FOX's "American Idol" Season 12 Top 4 To 3 Live Elimination Show in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Fox, Frank Micelotta, File)

‘American Idol’ taps Lopez, Connick as judges

“American Idol” is betting that a judges’ remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season. The…

Review: Reporters look inside NYPD’s spy unit

“Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America” (Touchstone Books), by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman In their reporting on a vast police spying operation that targeted Muslim New Yorkers, journalists…

Katie Couric engaged to boyfriend Molner

NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Couric is getting married to her financier boyfriend John Molner. Couric’s spokesman Matthew Hiltzik confirmed the engagement Tuesday morning following a report by People magazine. Molner gave 56-year-old Couric, the former host of…

Prince delivers ‘Breakfast’ for his new song

NEW YORK (AP) — The artwork may have made people laugh, but Prince’s new song is no joke. The mercurial superstar announced Tuesday that he’s released “Breakfast Can Wait.” It caused a stir when Prince released the cover…

Celeb birthdays for the week of Sept. 8-14

Sept. 8: Comedian Sid Caesar is 91. Ventriloquist Willie Tyler (with Lester) is 73. Actor Alan Feinstein is 72. Singer Sal Valentino of The Beau Brummels is 71. Actress Heather Thomas is 56. Singer Aimee Mann is 53.…

Author’s latest 1910s Detroit-set novel coming out

DETROIT (AP) — The fourth novel in Michigan author D.E. Johnson’s 1910s Detroit series is being released. “Detroit Shuffle” is out Tuesday. It’s a follow-up to the Kalamazoo-area resident’s previous works, “The Detroit Electric Scheme,” ”Motor City Shakedown”…
A television screen shows the CBS channel with an announcement by Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 2,2013. Three million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas are losing the CBS channel, as the cable provider says it is dropping the network in a dispute over fees. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

CBS, Time Warner deal ends NY, LA, Dallas blackout

A monthlong standoff that prevented millions of viewers from watching hit shows like “Under the Dome” and “NCIS” — and threatened to interfere with the start of football season — ended Monday after Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. resolved a programming dispute.…

CBS on air in NY, LA, Dallas with Time Warner deal

NEW YORK (AP) — TV network CBS and cable provider Time Warner Cable ended their monthlong programming dispute on Monday and resumed broadcasts to millions of homes in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles. The agreement ended a…

Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour removed from gov’t

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Youssou Ndour is no longer Senegal’s tourism minister, according to the Cabinet list announced by new Prime Minister Aminata Toure. Over the weekend, President Macky Sall dismissed his former premier in the…
FILE - In a Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, Charlie Hunnam, a cast member in "Sons of Anarchy," arrives at a screening of the fourth season premiere of the television series, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

‘Fifty Shades’ movie casts Dakota Johnson, Hunnam

The big-screen adaptation of E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” has cast its lead roles. Charlie Hunnam will play the 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey, and Dakota Johnson will play the college student he…

NY college houses endangered Thomas Paine writings

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — He helped inspire the American Revolution, but Thomas Paine suffered a broad range of indignities afterward: Political cartoonists lampooned him, he was denied the right to vote and a coin was minted that…