Ricki Lake gives birth in her bathtub…and films it

tjndc5-5do01k6seog18q40a390_layout.jpgHere’s a documentary I’ll be watching with a hand over my eyes: Ricki Lake’s “The Business of Being Born,� which features the Hastings-born actress cum talk show host “naked in the bathtub of her West Village apartment, delivering her second child, Owen,� according to New York Magazine.
Her message to expectant moms: think twice about having your little junior born in the sterile white halls of America’s hospitals. She says doctors recommend Cesareans too often—some hospitals in the area have Cesarean rates over 40 percent (an epidemic I had no idea about).
Lake’s movie will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and the woman who once played Tracy Turnblad in the original “Hairspray� tells the magazine she’s prepared for it by losing 24 pounds.
And just to leave all of you with one final please-god-make-it-go-away image, here’s what else the 38-year old star told NY Mag: Still “to this day my assistant talks about how she had to clean up my bathtub afterward.�
Seriously!!?!?? You made your assistant clean up your post birthing gunk-filled bathtub? Wow!

(AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Breaking: Rosie O’Donnell to leave The View — TODAY!

tjndc5-5eep2h7rho9ihgr37nt_layout.jpgAccording to TMZ.com, the word on the street is that Rosie will announce her departure from the show as soon as today. Apparently the rumor started from within the show itself. Could all this be due to Rosie’s off-color remarks at the Matrix Awards (which she hosted and Barbara Walters attended)? Could it be that ABC wouldn’t pony up the reported $40 mil the South Nyacker was was asking for another season? Is she launching her own talk show (again)? Could it be that her insane sounding FX show, a spinoff of Nip/Tuck, is actually happening?

Stay tuned later today to find out.

(AP Photo/Luis Martinez)

Where in the world is DMX?

tjndc5-5ebnhvrahxkx19g8eb5_layout.jpgIt’s been almost two weeks since DMX failed to show up for court dates in both White Plains AND Yonkers, the judge issued arrest warrants, and the Mount Kisco rapper officially became a fugitive from justice (again). Somehow, the artist also known as Earl Simmons still hasn’t been found. Unbelievable!

What on earth is the holdup? Everybody knows where the guy lives in Mt. Kisco, and I’m pretty sure his residence in Arizona isn’t a big secret there either. What’s more, he’s apparently got a new album, “The Definition of X: The Pick Of The Litter,” coming out June 26. Has anyone thought to call Island Def Jam?

Or is this all part of the record company’s master plan — stall until mid-June, then turn DMX into the authorities and get some added press right when the album drops. If so — well, all I can say is: brilliant.

(AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Joan Rivers gets booted off the red carpet for good

tjndc5-5b50uaz9h54y2t3s7p4_layout.jpgLast week, somehow the news of Sanjaya getting voted off “American Idol” eclipsed an equally important story: Joan and Melissa Rivers losing their jobs at the TV Guide Channel. Ok, wait, that’s retarded. There are probably only a dozen people who even care whether or not Team Rivers is on the red carpet — and they probably all live in Larchmont (Joan’s former hometown).

That said, I was surprised that there are actually people out there celebrating the departure of Rivers & Rivers. This gloating tirade from PopMatters, likening Melissa to Sanjaya and delving into how Rivers stabbed Johnny Carson in the back, is one interesting take.

And for all you Rivers lovers out there, it’s not all bad news for Joan. Apparently she’s training to run for the 2007 New York City Marathon. She says as much on her blog, though her claim that “I have run in the last four New York City Marathons” doesn’t exactly check out, according to Gothamist. Whether or not she has indeed run before, if she finishes this time it’ll be an inspiration to septuagenarian, quadruple-face-lift victims everywhere.

“Hey, Joan Rivers: Can we talk?” [PopMatters]

“Can We Get a Joan Cam?” [Gothamist]
(AP Photo/Laura Rauch)

Time to put Stephanie Seymour, Vera Wang, and Rita Cosby up on the big board

In case you haven’t noticed, the Suburbarazzi Star Map (in our sidebar on the right) has been getting semi-regular updates and additions since we launched it in March. Star spotter Michelle Carter helped us fill out much of Putnam County and Northern Westchester last week, with pushpins going in for Dar Williams (Cold Spring), George Pataki (Garrison), Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman, from Peekskill), and Sally Jesse Raphael (Montrose).

Here are just a few of the recent additions (see the sidebar for our full slate of celeb sightings):
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Also, since our company has purchased a couple newspapers in Connecticut, I’ve been seeking to add more sightings in that state. One slight problem: I hardly know anything about the CT celebrity scene. Working for two years as an editor at the InTown magazines gave me a pretty solid base of knowledge in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam, but for the Nutmeg State, I need to turn to other reliable sources. Actually, all I really need is one: Susie Costaregni’s gossip column in the Stamford Advocate.

I’ve been sourcing Susie since we started this blog, but now her column is helping populate the CT portion of our star map. Thanks to her story last Sunday, we now have Greenwich residents Stephanie Seymour, Rita Cosby, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lara Spencer on the map, as well as Westchester’s Vera Wang, Chynna Phillips, and Billy Baldwin. Thanks, Susie!
Susie Costaregni column [The Advocate]

Steven Seagal shoots ‘Marker’ in Stamford

tjndc5-5b402rhx6k31dksw66m5_layout.jpgIt’s about time the martial arts macho man paid a visit to Stamford. In his new film, “Marker,” he’ll play a small-town police officer and, yes, he’ll be filming in the Stamford Police Station.

As far as I know, this is the first action movie to be filmed in CT since “Die Hard with a Vengeance” set up on the Merritt Parkway back in 1995. And according to the Stamford Times, the film will feature many of the PD’s facilities: the Bedford Street station’s evidence room, its pistol range, and local patrol cars.

Filming for “Marker” begins May 18 and, believe it or not (my new RNN catchphrase), it won’t be the only movie shooting in Stamford. “What Just Happened?,” a Barry Levinson flick with an incredible cast — Bruce Willis, Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, and Katonah native Stanley Tucci — is also setting up shop there. As badass a cast as that is, I’d still take Seagal in a fight any day of the week. 

“Seagal film to shoot in Stamford” [Stamford Times]

(AP Photo /Czarek Sokolowski)

Sextortionist Update: Jessica Wolcott’s sentencing moved to May

celebrating2.jpgI was all set to pay a visit to the White Plains federal courthouse last Friday for the sentencing of everyone’s favorite Criagslist scam artist, Jessica Wolcott. Alas, we’ll all have to wait another month to find out the fate of the Pepsi Sextortionisht; her hearing has been moved to May 25 (10 am).

According to court documents, Judge Colleen McMahon didn’t grant the government’s request that Wolcott be remanded (i.e. held in custody) due to “her behavior while in pretrial release,” but did give Wolcott pretty strict conditions:

• She must remain at her residence at all times unless she has been granted permission by her probation officer to attend college classes, appear in court, meet with her lawyers, go to the supermarket, see a shrink, or work at the “Yacht Club.”

• She can have a telephone, but cars, cell phones, and modems are off limits (not that we would ever rat if you were to comment on this blog as “A Friend”).

• No booze either. So please, Ms. Wolcott, lay off the Captain Morgan.

MORE: Jessica Wolcott posts

(photo courtesy Kyle Strait)

How low can the Trump-Rosie feud go? This low, apparently

tjndc5-5e3jkwy6kjnzezdv2iv_layout1.jpgWhy would Donald Trump let his feud with Rosie O’Donnell go now? It’s been a whole week since he’s been written about. So here goes. Brace yourselves.

Trump sent Barbara Walters a present recently—the “gigantic black undergarment [Rosie O’Donnell] wore in the movie ‘Exit to Eden,’� according to the NY Post. It had been given to Trump by someone who bought it at auction [Editor’s Note: What crazy auction was that???]

Trump told the tabloid: “I sent it to Barbara to hang in her office because I didn’t want it in mine. It was funny, except that it was really gross. It’s disgusting,”

He added: “I feel sorry for [Rosie’s] wife. It can’t be pleasant.”

The gift caused a strange exchange on the morning chat show Monday. At one point, O’Donnell told her co-hosts: “You want to hear what a 61-year-old businessman did today? He sent Barbara . . .”

But Walters interrupted: “But this is for me to say. This was sent for me, it was not sent to you.” O’Donnell: “Go ahead, you say it.” Walters: “No, I don’t want to.” “You don’t want to?” O’Donnell asked.

“I really do not want to stir up the whole Donald Trump thing again,” she said, ending the conversation.

One question: Could the gift have anything to do with getting a little publicity in time for this week’s Apprentice finale? I mean, I’m not implying Trump is a publicity—well, never mind.
(AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

Hayden Panettiere graduates from the school of “Heroes”

tjndc5-5dm7x5ncol1rktpg77v_layout.jpgIt feels like an eternity since the last Hayden Panettiere newsflash — alright, two weeks — but we’ve got a good one today, thanks to TV Guide. One of their bloggers got inside the 700-person season one wrap party for “Heroes” at the Cabana Club in Hollywood.

We already knew that Panettiere, a Palisades native, was due to graduate from high school soon. But apperently “Heroes” creator Tim Kring decided to bring the commencement to the young actress, holding an impromptu graduation ceremony, complete a high-school diploma, a band playing “Pomp and Circumstance,â€? and Panettiere donning a cap and gown.

Although the TV Guide operative didn’t score any scoops on the rest of the remaining “Heroes” episodes, s/he did get to see Hayden give a live performance with a band made up by Greg Grunberg (who plays Matt Parkman), “House” star Hugh Laurie, “The Bachelor”s Bob Guiney, “Kitchen Confidential”s Bonnie Somerville, and James Denton of “Desperate Housewives.” Alas, the band didn’t seem to know Panettiere’s forthcoming pop single “Your New Girlfriend,” so instead she sang “Hit Me with Your Best Shotâ€? and “Ironic.”

Many thanks to intrepid Journal News editor (and Friend of Suburbarazzi, or FOS) Amy Vernon for the tip.
“Inside the ‘Heroes’ Wrap Party” [TV Guide]

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

‘Incredible Hulk’ update: Ang Lee out, Edward Norton in

I’m still unhappy with the news that for the second Incredible Hulk movie, Ang Lee was dropped as director. Now the word is out about who’ll be replacing Eric Bana in the title role. Yes, that’s right, the not-so-jolly green giant will be played by Edward Norton.

I’m not sure whether to relieved or even more angry. See, Norton is a fine substitute for Bana (having seen him transform into a captivating nutjob in movies like “Fight Club” and “American History X,” he may well be much better), but I can’t help wondering what kind of magic Lee, a Larchmont resident, could have worked with him as the lead. And Robert Downey Jr. as Ironman? Awesome, too. I just don’t get why director Louis Leterrier (whose biggest film to date is “The Transporter) gets to benefit from all this fine casting instead of known genius like Lee.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the first Hulk was a solid flick. Watch it again.
“Edward Norton Is ‘The Incredible Hulk'” [Cinematical]

(Norton: AP Photo/Dan Steinberg; Lee: AP Photo/Jerome Favre)

Get your Campbell Scott-‘Six Degrees’ fix on ABC.com

tjndc5-5b3esbr61n6iaf6z6jt_layout.jpgThe show may have been dropped from the primetime lineup, but for those of you who can’t stand missing the unaired episodes of cancelled shows (Yes, I’m proud to say I watched the “Love Monkey” leftovers on VH1 and “Wonderfalls” on DVD), the five remaining “Six Degrees” episodes will debut on ABC.com starting Friday, April 27. The network will add a new one every Friday for the next four weeks.

Remember, this may be your last chance to see Campbell Scott in a TV drama in a while. After the speed with which this show was dropped, something tells me the Peekskill native won’t be itching to do network work again any time soon.

“Six Degrees” Homepage [ABC.com]

(Carmen Troesser / The Journal News)