Archive for February, 2007
More legal trouble for Diddy? • 02.28.07
According to TMZ, the Mt. Vernon-raised rap mogul is under investigation by the LAPD for allegedly attacking a man at an Oscar night after-party at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.
The man accusing Diddy says he headed into the hotelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bathroom, on his way to the exit. He says when he left the bathroom, he saw his fiancÃƒÂ©eÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“surrounded by six men,Ã¢â‚¬? including Sean Ã¢â‚¬Å“DiddyÃ¢â‚¬? Combs. Combs apparently Ã¢â‚¬Å“chatted up his girl for about five minutes, and then asked his fiancee to leave with him,Ã¢â‚¬? the gossip site reports.
Combs allegedly punched the man in the jaw after he asked his fiancÃƒÂ©e to leave with him. The man called the police, but Diddy was gone before they arrived. The site reports that there are as many as five witnesses to the incident.
(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)Ã‚Â
Robert Kennedy Jr. tells students in Virginia: Ã¢â‚¬ËœWeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re living in a science-fiction nightmareÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ and not the cool kind with zombies and robots • 02.28.07
Kennedy, one of the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most prominent environmentalists (as well as one of the most outspoken critics of the president), didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hold back this week. Speaking at Virginia Tech University, the Pace Law professor accused the current administration of Ã¢â‚¬Å“rolling back environmental regulations, dropping lawsuits, and naming lobbyists for oil, timber and utility companies to head federal organizations designed to curb environmental abuse,Ã¢â‚¬? according to The Roanoke Times.
He also lambasted the press as “negligent and indolent ” for allowing debate to go on over whether global warming is a reality. And Republicans: “Eighty percent of Republicans are just Democrats who don’t know what’s going on,” the paper quoted him as saying.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Exclusive! Isaac Mizrahi picks ‘Sex And The City,’ picks apart my style and picks on Mr. Blackwell • 02.28.07
Unless you’ve been late in checking out this blog’s updates these last few days (and if you have, Ted Mann will have to lecture you personally), you know that Isaac Mizrahi sat down with Suburbarazzi on Feb. 24 before signing autographs and pitching StriVectin anti-wrinkle cream at the Lord & Taylor branch in Eastchester.
<blockquote><div>YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been on both shows, but gun to your head: (Is) Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ugly BettyÃ¢â‚¬? or Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sex And The CityÃ¢â‚¬? (better)?
Ooh, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good questionÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sex And The City.Ã¢â‚¬?
A little more established, a few more seasons?
All right. I can take it. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrong and whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right with my style?
(MizrahiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entourage and Lord & Taylor personnel utter laughs and Ã¢â‚¬Å“ooohs.Ã¢â‚¬?) Wow. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s anything wrong. You know people say to me all the time to me, they say, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh, gosh, I thought about all day what I was going to wear, because I know I was meeting you.Ã¢â‚¬? And you know, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care that much. (The entourage and store personnel laugh.) IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sorry, but I really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not saying I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care enough to say whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrong. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing wrong. You look cute today. You look cute.
Thank you. I appreciate that. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the most overrated accessory Ã¢â‚¬â€œ overdone, overrated, over-anything Ã¢â‚¬â€œ out there right now?</div></blockquote>
Mizrahi deliberated for 26 seconds before responding. Read his response to that and his thoughts on fashion critic Mr. (Richard) Blackwell after the break.
I’m beginning to think that the cancellation of “Arrested Development” was the best thing that could have ever happened for Jason Bateman’s career. Since it went off the air the Rye native has gotten a starring role in “The Kingdom,” which is already garnering Oscar buzz for ’08. He’s also in “Juno” with Allison Janey, Jennifer Garner, and one of his AD costar, Michael Cera. Throw in “Mr. MagoriumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Wonder Emporium,” and a part in the Will Smith superhero romance flick “Tonight, He Comes” and — well, it’s almost enough to make us all forget about “Teen Wolf Too.”
“Jason Bateman is in everything. Why?” [Orlando Sentinel]
Before dishing the details behind his late-January car accident that fractured his hip, Isaac Mizrahi talked to Suburbarazzi about a wider range of topics during the same exclusive sit-down interview.
At the start of this Feb. 24 discussion at the Lord & Taylor branch in Eastchester, topics included his previous visit to LoHud territory, his thoughts on Hollywood stars who could use StriVectin (the anti-wrinkle cream he was pitching that day) and his genuine appreciation of Britney Spears. He also discussed why he doesn’t plan on doing any more red carpet analysis for the Oscars.
<blockquote><div>When was the last time you were in Westchester, Putnam or Rockland?
I know I came here with my mother when I was a kid, and it was this Lord & Taylor. This is sort of a real flagship Lord & Taylor. I know when I was a kid, I came here but that was probably the last time. But I have to say, on my way in, I was considering (the area), because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s such a great alternative, because it only took an hour to get here.
So who in Hollywood in most in need of StriVectin?
(Laughs and Ã¢â‚¬Å“oohsÃ¢â‚¬? come from MizrahiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entourage and Lord & Taylor personnel.) I think a lot people in Hollywood have too much face work. I really do. I wish before they had the work done they had thought a little bit about the stretch mark cream. Because I think everybody (with plastic surgery) looks odd; I really do. First of all, I can tell usually that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had the work done. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know who they think theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re fooling.
Speaking of Hollywood, are you doing the red carpet (analysis at the Oscars)? </div></blockquote>
Find out Mizrahi’s answer, his favorite Hollywood red carpet fashionistas and his take on Britney Spears after the break.
Forgive me; I hadn’t known why fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi was clinging to a walker to amble around the Lord & Taylor branch in Eastchester. After sitting in a large green chair in a makeshift green room of Lord & Taylor’s third-floor executive offices, some of the staff commended him for his recovery Ã¢â‚¬â€ but no one actually mentioned what happened. I decided to wait until toward the end of my one-on-one interview to ask about it, in case it was a sensitive subject.
It turns out that 10 days before he showed off his fall collection at a Feb. 5 Fashion Week show, Mizrahi was in a car accident in the Hamptons and fractured his pelvis. In a picture accompanying a New York Post story, I was shocked to see the image of him in a wheelchair and, evidently, so was the Fashion Week audience.
From what I could gather from research after the interview, Mizrahi’s been relatively quiet about the accident in the weeks that followed. So his detailed account of the accident appears to be an exclusive for Suburbarazzi:
<blockquote><div>It was really horrible. I keep reliving the moment. It was just bad. I was driving. I was in the car with my friend Arnold and my dog, and we were driving. And it was, like, this road that was not a giant highway, but it was a highway, and there were, like, intersections. And there was a stop light. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m used to it being a flashing yellow light, so I thought I had the right-of-way. … It was like slow motion, sort of … except I was going at, you know, 70 (mph) and she was going at 65 (mph), and I was watching like, Ã¢â‚¬Å“SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to stop, right?Ã¢â‚¬? And she didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stop. She just hit my like right there, in my door. (There is) the moment where you know you think, how am I going to stop this car? I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see anything because of the airbags and the soot and all that dust and glass everywhere. The dog is freaking out. ArnoldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s freaking out. It was really scary and I thought we were finished. I really did, because I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know where were going. I thought we would just go into something else at 70 mph. Somebody was going into us as we were spinning out of control. It was really chaotic and nutty.</div></blockquote>
After I told him I was glad he was OK, he replied:
<blockquote><div>Me too. And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad you made me relive that.</div></blockquote>
His entourage and the Lord & Taylor staff in the room laughed. I think he was half-joking.
After the 10-minute interview, during which Mizrahi showcased his quick wit, he signed autographs and gift sets of StriVectin Ã¢â‚¬â€ the anti-wrinkle cream he endorses Ã¢â‚¬â€ for those he met on the second floor. In a four-part series this week, I’ll post a segment of my exclusive interview daily on Suburbarazzi. On Friday, I’ll post the entire transcript for your perusal.
Want a teaser of what to expect? Find out after the break.
Congratulations Marty! • 02.26.07
Six nominations…one win! About time…
Can you name the five films he was previously nominated for? The answers after the break, plus more photos…
Paging Paige Howard • 02.24.07
There’s an old saying: Every time a celebrity baby is born, a paparazzi gets its wings. There’s also an even older one: Every time an older sister gives birth, she hogs all the friggin media spotlight!
It’s in the spirit of the latter that I was so happy to read Heather Salerno’s profile of Paige Howard in The Journal News yesterday. To recap: Paige is the daughter of director Ron and the sister of newly christened mother Bryce Dallas Howard. While I did write a bit about Paige’s starring role in the off-Broadway play “Mary Rose,” her theater debut, back in a Feb. 6 post, the arrival of Bryce’s baby boy this week eclipsed all other Howard-related news (except Howard Stern, of course). Thankfully, Heather was still on Paige patrol, and got a back-stage interview with the younger Howard. Below, just a few juicy factoids from her excellent story:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Like Joseph Cross, Paige is also playing hookey from college, taking a leave of absence from her last semester at NYU to star in “Mary Rose.” Say, it may be two weeks too late for Valentines match-making, but those two would make an awesome couple, wouldn’t they?
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Among Paige’s favorite activities: astrology and palm reading. Don’t know if that means she’s also into psychics, but if so, somebody get that girl a copy of the March issue of InTown Westchester!
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ In addition to the red hair, Paige also inherited dad’s “Dad’s big feet. I’m a size 10!” That means some big ass fuschia Uggs.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Ron forbid his daughters from acting professionally until they turned 18. Salerno also learned that Paige didn’t tell her folks that she was acting in high school plays until junior year — even though she actually started performing in them freshman year.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Finally settling a heated Suburbarazzi debate once and for all, Salerno reports that the Howards have lived in both Armonk and Connecticut. Case closed.
“Presenting Paige” [TJN]
(Photo: Elizabeth Orozco/The Journal News)
Where to watch the Academy Awards • 02.23.07
Since none of our local celebs made the Oscar cut this year, who knows, you might end up seeing them at one of the Academy Awards parties going on around the region. Here are just a couple:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Jacob Burns Film Center: The “Hollywood East” party in Pleasantville will have light snacks, beer, wine, champagne, a dessert buffet, and a best dressed concert (pictured here is last year’s winner, Chappaqua resident Osi Herstik). There’ll also be a silent auction, with items including a poster of “The Girl with a Pearl Earing” signed by Scarlett Johansson. The winner of that lot will also get a complimentary fondling by Isaac Mizrahi ($60, 7:30 p.m., burnsfilmcenter.org)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Reality Bites: At this Nyack restauratheater they’ll be passing out official ballots. You can pick your favorites — or just take our advice and vote for the nominees with local connections (e.g. Babel, co-produced by New City native Steve Golin). The winner will get a $50 gift certificate, 2nd place gets $25, 3rd place is you’re fired. Actually no, you get a bottle of wine. But I’m still hopeful that Stevie Baldwin will show up and deliver that line like his big bro, Alec (9 p.m.; realitybites.net).
(Photo: Burns Film Center)
Oscars 2007: Hardcore Edition • 02.23.07
If you don’t have anything to do tomorrow…and/or you want to really make sure you know who to cheer for Sunday, head to AMC Loews in Port Chester or West Nyack.
The theater chain will screen all five films nominated for best picture this year for $30 (with a free, refillable large popcorn and soda).
Ã¢â‚¬Å“BabelÃ¢â‚¬?Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 11:00 a.m.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The QueenÃ¢â‚¬?Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 1:45 p.m.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The DepartedÃ¢â‚¬?Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 3:45 p.m.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Letters From Iwo JimaÃ¢â‚¬?Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 7:00 p.m.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Little Miss SunshineÃ¢â‚¬?Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 9:45 p.m.
(ThoughÃ¢â‚¬â€œcall me crazyÃ¢â‚¬â€œ but I’m guessing somewhere in the middle of Letters From Iwo Jima…after the fifth guy writes a letter and then gets shot to death in a cave…you’ll be wishing Borat was nominated).
(AP Photo/Paramount Vantage, Eniac Martinez)Ã‚Â
Keith Olbermann is the most honest man in newsÃ¢â‚¬â€according to Rolling Stone Magazine • 02.23.07
Why is he the most honest man in news? Apparently because he hates George W. Bush and Bill OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly. In Mark BinelliÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s profile of the Hastings-bred cable news brawler, the writer points out the Ã¢â‚¬Å“general impressionÃ¢â‚¬? of the public is supposedly that Olbermann will say anything and that he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give a Ã¢â‚¬Å“f***Ã¢â‚¬?. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yeah,Ã¢â‚¬? Olbermann agrees, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always gotten thatÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I think thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always been my attitude.Ã¢â‚¬?
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a fun fact we learn from the piece: Ã¢â‚¬Å“There was a time when all but four or five of the Baskin-Robbins stores in the United StatesÃ¢â‚¬? were designed by OlbermannÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dad.
After the break, the host of Ã¢â‚¬Å“CountdownÃ¢â‚¬? discusses Anderson Cooper, Rush Limbaugh, Nancy Grace, and, of course, Bill OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly.
Tomorrow — mere hours before Oscar red-carpet shenanegans begin — fashion designer and Style Network host Isaac Mizrahi will be at Eastchester’s Lord & Taylor branch (750 White Plains Road) to champion the anti-wrinkle cream he endorses. And I’ll be interviewing him just minutes before he starts signing an “exclusive StriVectin gift set” for customers from noon to 2 p.m.
Oh, the possibilities. If he’s particularly impressed with some of the customers’ outfits, will he give them the infamous Johansson Treatment? If I’m gutsy enough, I’ll ask him that very question Saturday morning.
Now’s your chance to suggest other questions I could ask him in the Comments section below. If I like what I see from you, I’ll ask him one or more of them. Get to it!
(Associated Press file photo by Diane Bondareff)