A person familiar with negotiations to bring Jennifer Lopez back as an American Idol judge says her return will be announced this week.
The person said Monday that a deal is close to being signed with Lopez, who was an Idol judge for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The person wasn’t authorized to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Lopez will join returning judge Keith Urban and a third person who hasn’t been announced.
Van Dyke rescued
Dick Van Dyke is uninjured after his Jaguar caught fire while he was driving on a Los Angeles freeway.
California Highway Patrol officer Saul Gomez said Monday that the 87-year-old entertainer was not treated or cited at the scene.
The officer said witnesses reported the fire just before 2 p.m. Monday and said that an elderly man was slumped over behind the wheel of the flaming car. Passers-by stopped to help the man, whom police and fire officials identified as Van Dyke.
Oz helps out
After a yellow cab jumped the curb and struck a New York City pedestrian, Dr. Oz was there.
Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz heard the accident Tuesday morning outside Rockefeller Center and rushed to the scene to help out. The studio where he tapes his syndicated talk show is nearby.
Oz says in a statement that emergency medical crews were already treating the injured woman who had a bad leg wound.
Film lineup set
This year’s New York Film Festival will draw heavily from the Cannes Film Festival.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the festival lineup Monday. Many films that premiered in May at Cannes will fill the festival’s slate, including Alexander Payne’s Midwest road trip Nebraska, the Coen brothers’ folk revival Inside Llewyn Davis, James Gray’s period drama The Immigrant and Jim Jarmusch’s vampire tale Only Lovers Left Alive.
The festival runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 13.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor-filmmaker-writer Melvin Van Peebles is 81. Singer Kenny Rogers is 75. Actress Loretta Devine is 64. Singer Glenn Hughes is 61. Actress Kim Cattrall is 57. Actress Cleo King is 51. Actress Carrie-Anne Moss is 43. Singer Kelis is 34. TV personality Brody Jenner is 30. Singer Kacey Musgraves is 25. Actress Hayden Panettiere is 24. Actor RJ Mitte is 21.