Citing Syria, CNN moves up return of ‘Crossfire’

NEW YORK (AP) — With a congressional vote on Syria looming, CNN can’t wait to get “Crossfire” started again. The network says the daily debate program will begin Monday, Sept. 9. CNN had originally planned for the show…

Monae to sing live Fashion Week runway soundtrack

NEW YORK (AP) — Models on Rebecca Minkoff’s New York Fashion Week runway will be strutting to the live music of Janelle Monae. Monae will sing at Friday’s show at Lincoln Center as part of “American Express Unstaged,”…

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.…

‘American Idol’ taps Lopez, Connick as judges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “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”…