The Sopranos’ local connections

I’m sure everyone is excited for the premiere next Sunday of the last nine episodes of The Sopranos’ final season! To get you in the mood, here are a few Lohud links to the show:


Jamie Lynn Sigler has a number of cousins who live in Scarsdale, which means you’re likely to see her around town every few weeks (at least, that’s what the actress told me last year).

Lorraine Bracco lived in Sneden’s Landing with her boyfriend, Harvey Keitel from 1989 up until last year. The two are trying to sell their $3.2 million townhouse, which they bought from Ellen Burstyn.
Edie Falco—honed her acting chops as a student at Purchase College with the likes of Wesley Snipes and Stanley Tucci.
Now you can enjoy the show even more!

(AP Photos/Stephen Chernin)

Get a sneak peek at Richard Gere’s new movie, The Hoax, this weekend

tjndc5-5e1h5we3qev12sob242d_layout.jpgTechnically, it won’t be released until next week, but Gere’s new movie (directed by Bedford’s Lasse Hallstrom and set partially in Westchester County) will get a one-night sneak peek this Saturday. The film tells the true story of Clifford Irving, the author who tricked the publishing industry into believing he had convinced the reclusive director Howard Hughes to cooperate on a biography. The scheme was eventually exposed and Irving went to jail. In honor of the movie, here is a TOTALLY FAKE interview with Pound Ridge’s Richard Gere.

Me: So Richard, thanks for agreeing to this interview. How are you doing?

Gere: Fantastic. Life’s good. I’ve got a movie I’m proud of, a family I love, and a new restaurant opening in Bedford this fall.

Me: Speaking of, I understand you’re auctioning off a private lunch date with yourself at the restaurant.

Gere: You are correct. And may I say your telephone voice is great. Have you ever considered voice-over work?

Me: You flatter me, Mr. Gere. But anyway, about this auction, what’s the bidding up to?

Gere: $13,500 last time I checked…which was 30 seconds ago…I check every minute.

Me: I assume you know that the auction also features other “dates� and other celebrities…and, in fact, you’re not pulling in the most money. You’re losing to Alan Greenspan. Bidding on him is up to $50,000. What’s it feel like to come in behind a 70-something-year-old man?


Me: Uh, Mr. Gere?

Gere: This interview is over.

And that concludes the FAKE portion of this post. Now for the very real interview with Clifford Irving in Time Out New York, keep reading:
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Suburbarazzi Explores a Brave New World: Broadcast Television


Because we’re on the cutting edge here at The Journal News, not only can you get celebrity gossip via this blog, but you can also get your fix by way of the Regional News Network (Channel 19 in Westchester and Rockland if you have Cablevision, some other channel if you live elsewhere and have other cable companies.). Between 6:30 and 7:00 tonight, join us in laughing at Robert Zeliger as he sits down to chat with anchor Paul Mueller about Donald Trump, The Sopranos, Denzel Washington, and more. First person to get the clip up on YouTube wins.

Does Donald Trump have a secret schoolyard crush on Rosie O’Donnell?

Think back to your early grade-school days, when some boys pulled the ponytails of girls they liked. (I’ve never believed in physical harm to win the attention of the opposite sex, but then again, I was also too busy playing with Transformers back then to be a ladies’ man.) Back in my childhood days, said boys would tease girls they found cute and maybe chase them around the playground with a worm dug up from the Greenvale Elementary School field in the secret hope they would find mutual attraction.

Could Donald Trump have been doing the verbal equivalent of worm-chasing Rosie O’Donnell these last six months?

Credible reports indicate that this billboard — implying a Trump marriage proposal to Nyack’s contributor to “The View” — was the work of a prankster, who painted over a sign promoting a Trump appearance at a real estate and wealth expo, but I’m not having it. I’m going to believe (OK, I’m going to pretend) that The Donald decided to reveal his true feelings through a random Toronto billboard.

If this were true, who knows what other recent rivals the Bedford property owner had a crush on? Bedford resident Martha Stewart? Sarah Lawrence College alumna Barbara Walters? Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban?

And weirder still, what if Rosie O’Donnell actually accepted this proposal and the two got hitched? My brain just exploded.

Thanks to Michelle Collins of for bringing this lovefest to my attention.

(Associated Press file photo by Dennis Cook)

Donald Trump tells David Letterman he went “too far� with the Rosie O’Donnell feud…then proceeds to go further

tjndc5-5e1yvg35h0814kwxeiv_layout.jpgDon’t miss David Letterman’s Late Show tonight. The North Salem funnyman interviews Donald Trump (in a show that was taped earlier in the week). During the discussion, Trump says Barbara Walters used to be a good friend of his, but no longer because, he says, she lied about conversations the two had about O’Donnell.

<blockquote><div>She was trying to protect Rosie. She just said things that weren’t so and therefore I sort of wrote her off my list. She’s off the list.</div></blockquote>

He says, however, he does sympathize with Walters, who’s being bullied by the Nyack comic.

<blockquote><div>Rosie is sort of taking over the show from Barbara. It was sad to watch what was happening. But Rosie, they say, almost beat her up in the green room, and Barbara went out and did things she shouldn’t do. I felt badly for Barbara. In a way, I feel that Barbara was just trying to keep the whole thing together. I don’t totally blame her.</div></blockquote>

And for folks who think some of the nasty names Trump spewed at O’Donnell over the past few months may have gone too far, the Apprentice star doesn’t entirely disagree.

<blockquote><div>I called her names that I certainly shouldn’t have called her.</div></blockquote>
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Win a date with Richard Gere!


Quick! You only have 7 days 4 hours and 35 minutes to beat out “bigbidder” for a rendezvous with the ravishing Richard Gere. Charitybuzz, which holds online auctions for nonprofit agencies, lists Gere as Lot# 3601. The bidding began on March 20th at $200 and is already up to $13,500.

The dreamy date will take place at Gere’s new Bedford inn, which is scheduled to open this fall. Gere, wife Carey Lowell, and business partner Russell Hernandez, bought the 14-acre site at 954 Old Post Road—home to the former Hoppfield’s Inn—for $2.7 million January 2006. Gere, a Pound Ridge resident, plans to renovate the beat up building into a 125-seat restaurant and a nine-room inn, complete with a yoga studio, bar, cafe, and horse trails.inn.jpg

It will be the perfect place to discuss the Dalai Lama over a cup of joe before hopping on a stallion and riding him into the sunset. No, not that stallion…the horse. I’m talking about the horse.

(L-R: AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude; Rory Glaeseman/TJN)

George Bush talks about Obama’s ‘sleek, hairless pecs’ and Karl Rove proves he’s better at political machinations than he is at improv comedy


I don’t know what was more awkward…listening to George W. Bush talk about Barack Obama’s “sleek, hairless pecs glistening in the surfâ€? or watching Karl Rove transform into MC Rove and dance with NBC’s David Gregory and Ken Strickland. Ah, the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner truly didn’t disappoint this year. Let’s start with Rove.

After an evening of awards and tributes, it was time for the evening’s entertainment. Improv comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood provided the yuks. First the duo had NBC anchor Brian Williams (who is truly funny) and a woman participate in a scene where they made various sound effects as the comics acted out a scenario. That was followed by Sherwood going into the audience and pulling Karl Rove on to the stage with him. Rove danced. He rapped. He made an awkward joke about Patrick Fitzgerald (the prosecutor who investigated him in the Valerie Plame leak investigation). There’s no adequate way to describe it. Just watch.


Before that, George W. Bush delivered a genuinely funny speech. This line in particular had the audience cracking up for a good 60 seconds:

tjndc5-5e4lfjndywl1fddcl9cn_layout.jpg<blockquote><div>Well, where should I start? A year ago, my approval rating was in the 30s, my nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn, and my vice president had shot someone. Ah, those were the good old days.</div></blockquote>

More Bush-at-the-“Laugh Factory” after the break, including, I promise, his vaguely homoerotic musings about Obama’s “hairless pecs.â€?
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A standing ovation for Bob Woodruff at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner

tjndc5-5e4ldqkrv7l16qwvv9cn_layout.jpgRye’s Woodruff, the former anchor of World News Tonight, presented the David Bloom Award at the event in D.C. last night. He was joined onstage by Bloom’s three young daughters. Bloom, an NBC correspondent and close friend of Woodruff’s, died in Iraq in 2003. The award, in its second year, honors “excellence in enterprise reporting.� This year’s recipients were Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig, who were kidnapped in Gaza last year. Centanni accepted the award and thanked the many Fox News journalists and executives who helped secure his release.

Woodruff won the award last year, just weeks after being injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was unable to accept. At last evening’s event, the ABC journalist, who released a book about his recovery (co-authored with his wife Lee) last month, received a lengthy standing ovation from the crowd, which included the top names in news and politics (the president, the first lady, Karl Rove, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, etc.)

Later, when the president spoke, he singled out Woodruff and David Bloom’s three daughters.

<blockquote><div>I’m very happy one person who could not be here last year is here tonight and that’s Bob Woodruff. Bob, we know it hasn’t been easy. We admire you all the more for what you’ve overcome. And what you’re still overcoming. And Ava and Christine and Nicole Bloom. Many of us knew your dad. And I know life is hard without him. He was such a fine guy. But one thing we’ve all seen this evening is he has really fine daughters and I know he’d be really proud of you.</div></blockquote>

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Denzel Washington. Celluloid. Iraq. Get your tissues ready.


The Mt. Vernon-raised superstar will produce (and possibly star in) a film based on the true story of an American soldier in Iraq who kept a journal for his newborn son, as “a kind of instruction manual for…living a good life, and possibly living a life without a father,” according to The soldier, First Sgt. Charles Monroe King, was deployed to Iraq a month before his son was born…and, tragically, died a month before he was set to come home. The film will be called “Journal for Jordan.”Washington recently rapped “American Gangster,” with Russell Crowe, who lived in Nyack for the duration of the shoot. That film is set to be released in August.

(AP Photo/Stuart Ramson) 

Breaking! Oprah chooses ‘The Road’ for her next book club pick

Written by the masterful (and reclusive) Cormac McCarthy, “The Road” tells the story of a father and young son wandering through a post-apocalyptic American landscape trying to reach the sea, after the boy’s mother kills herself (yet, somehow, it’s not a comedy). McCarthy, 73, the author of nine previous novels, is known for his dark and often brutal prose, so his sit-down with Oprah should be interesting.


(AP Photos/Alfred A. Knopf, Derek Shapton)

NYO’s Doonan: Naomi Campbell should be applauded…Now applaud, you humdrum slobs!

tjndc5-5e1vltquxmehofm1eiv_layout.jpgSimon Doonan has an interesting take on the Naomi Campbell phone-throwing, toilet-cleaning media extravaganza last week. In The NY Observer, Doonan argues that Cambell is just too darn fabulous for her own good:

<blockquote><div>Vive La Campbell! Being that glamorous is a burdensome and time-consuming job: Thank God there is somebody prepared to do it. She should be applauded and thanked for adding sizzle and style to our humdrum lives.</div></blockquote>

In fact, Doonan, who says he’s known the supermodel since she was a 16-year-old fashion neophyte, says he thinks we should forgive Campbell her occasional hissy fit. “People expect it,� he says. “People enjoy it.�

Especially—I’d imagine—people like, Ana Scolavino, the maid making $14 an hour cleaning La Campbell’s toilets, who suddenly needed stitches after getting between Naomi’s glamorous crystal-encrusted cell phone and the humdrum wall.

But, filing a police complaint afterwards? How totally un-fabulous of her!

(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)