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Archive for May, 2007

Third time’s a charm? ‘General Lee’ auction down to wire05.29.07

schneider11.jpgThere are fewer that five-and-a-half hours remaining for eBay visitors to bid on John Schneider’s “General Lee” from TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard.” With an opening bid of $100,000, who needs to send your kid to college, anyway?

Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the show, for weeks has been trying to sell his personal edition of the series’ iconic, bright-orange 1969 Dodge Charger. On his first attempt, the top bid of just under $10 million was deemed a hoax.

Suburbarazzi was first to report that the second eBay attempt, which subjected prospective bidders to a screening process, ended prematurely “because of an error in the listing.” The listing was since fixed, and we’re now back on the clock, which expires at 8 p.m. EST.

If I’m reading the listing correctly at the time this item is published, it appears that there’s only one bid of $100,000. That’s a lot of money, but I know a few people who’d prefer the General Lee to a custom Lexus, so it’s not over yet.

(Associated Press file photo by Damian Dovarganes)

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Is Rosie O’Donnell vying to be the next ‘American Idol’?05.29.07

rosie-mic.jpgMarch 6: South Nyack’s Rosie O’Donnell discusses “American Idol,” which hasn’t had a Lower Hudson Valley resident make the Top 24 since the previous season. On “The View,” the full-figured O’Donnell says “Idol” is “weight-ist” in light of producers’ lenient treatment of the lean Antonella Barba versus its quick disposal of the plus-sized Frenchie Davis.

April 25: O’Donnell, who later is named the country’s sixth-most charitable celebrity, announces she’ll be leaving “The View”; the announcement comes mere hours before the first “Idol Gives Back” charity episode airs.

May 22: On her blog, O’Donnell posts herself singing along with a remix of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab.” Later that day, “Idol” contestants sing for the last time before producers voters pick a champ.

May 23: O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck get into an epic 10-minute argument on “The View.” Another epic battle comes to an end later that day, when Jordin Sparks becomes the new “American Idol” — and inspires singers nationwide to audition for Season 7.

May 25: O’Donnell quits “The View.” Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this.

(AP file photo by Jim Sulley)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in American Idol, Amy Winehouse, Antonella Barba, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Frenchie Davis, Nyack, Rosie O'Donnellwith 1 Comment →

Peter Kelly slays Bobby Flay! X20 opens in Yonkers! Bill Murray parties like a rock star!05.29.07

UPDATED WITH NEW PHOTOS

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It was a wild, wild first night at Peter Kelly’s new Yonkers restaurant, X2o. The festivities began at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, for the ceremonial ribbon cutting with mayor Phil Amicone, and culminated with Kelly’s 9 p.m. battle against celebrity chef Bobby Flay on “Iron Chef America.” It’s hard to say that there was just one star of the evening — the new restaurant, the TV battle, or the night’s most notable celebrity guest, Bill Murray — so I’ll talk about all three after the break.

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But I will say this up front: Having Bill Murray sit down next to me for dinner (literally, right next to me!) was the biggest treat of the night. Having helped Peter write “Diary of an Iron Chef,” I already knew who won the battle, and I’d already visited the restaurant before for an RNN segment. But getting to booze with a lifelong idol — I think only this quote from “Groundhog Day” can sum up my sentiments: “Whatever happens tomorrow, or for the rest of my life, I’m happy now.”

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Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Bill Murray, Iron Chef, Peter Kelly, Uncategorized, X20with 5 Comments →

Say it ain’t so, Ro! O’Donnell confirms that producer did deface Hasselbeck photo05.28.07

rblog.jpegIn a video post to her r blog, Rosie O’Donnell confirmed rumors that her friend and “View” producer Janette Barber did indeed draw a mustache onto a photo of Elisabeth Hasselbeck following last Wednesday’s on-air feud — or as O’Donnell called it, “Nuclear Wednesday.”

Janette is in the naughty corner, she explained. “It was only one photo, people, and it was a magazine cut-out.” The producer was turned in by another staffer and was soon after escorted out of the building. “Poor Janette was crying,” O’Donnell said, adding that it was a “cute little joke on the way out. … It was really a spur of the moment, on the way out – she couldn’t resist.”

O’Donnell also spoke openly for the first time about her tumultuous last week on the show, especially her bitterness about the producers going to split-screen, refusing to go to commercial, and her co-star’s refusal to defend her. “It was shocking to me. When you’re in a Broadway show, that spirit of community and teamwork — if somebody makes a mistake, you cover their line. Everybody works in unison for one common show. But not on that show. It was odd.”

Rosie also posted another of her trademark free-verse poems, describing the beautiful spring scenery near her South Nyack home … and her desire to move on:

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the air by west point
past the bear mountain bridge
smells like seattle
green and glorious …

the ?s will b back soon
but no more view ones
as we all try to move on
ok

peace out</div></blockquote>

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O'Donnell, South Nyack, The Viewwith 397 Comments →

Rosie O’Donnell leaves ‘The View’ weeks before her contract is up05.26.07

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OK, now what the hell happened?

Rosie O’Donnell wasn’t supposed to exit “The View” until June 20, her one-year anniversary. And indeed, even on last Wednesday’s show, in which the South Nyack resident got into her now-infamous war of words with Elisabeth Hasselbeck over the Iraq war, she was still talking about her three remaining weeks on the show.

O’Donnell even asked guest Elizabeth Mitchell, of “Lost,” how she pulls off her icy “Others” death stare — in part because she suggested it would come in handy while dealing with her conservative co-host in the coming days. But yesterday, ABC dropped another Rosie bombshell: Brian Frons, the president of the network’s daytime television group, said that O’Donnell would not be returning after Memorial Day weekend.

After Wednesday’s heated exchange between O’Donnell and Hasselbeck, she didn’t return on air for the rest of the week. Thursday’s show was preempted for a White House news conference with the President, and Friday’s show was pretaped. Barbara Walters had issued a statement late in the week saying that O’Donnell had asked for time off to celebrate her partner’s birthday, and that all would be peaceful in the kingdom of “The View” next week. In retrospect, Walters comments now seem more like a verdict than obsequious optimism.

“We had hoped that Rosie would be with us until the end of her contract three weeks from now, but Rosie has informed us that she would like an early leave,â€? Mr. Frons explained. “Therefore we part ways, thank her for her tremendous contribution to ‘The View’ and wish her well.â€?

In her own statement, also released through ABC, O’Donnell said, “I’m extremely grateful. It’s been an amazing year, and I love all three women.” And as hard as that may be to believe on the surface, in a video posted to her rblog yesterday, she recapped her tumultuous year at “The View” in a kind of scrapbook montage of clippings and photos. Titled “True Colors 2007,” the vid even including many of Hasselbeck right near the beginning (none of Trump that I could see, though). Cyndi Lauper’s “Sisters of Avalon” played in the background.

So folks, you know it’s true. If you’re hearing Cyndi Lauper-scored retrospectives, it’s over for good. A tear.

Godspeed, Rosie.

“Rosie fights last fight on ‘The View'” [LoHud]

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in ABC, Barbara Walters, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O'Donnell, The Viewwith 258 Comments →

90 Second Weekend05.25.07

Our Journal News colleagues’ suggestions on what to do this weekend. Among the highlights in this week’s RNN segment: A preview of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” more shamless plugging on Peter Kelly and “Iron Chef,” and Mary Lee’s Corvette show.

Download the full RNN segment:

One final suggestion: Watch “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” starring Sneden’s Landing’s Aiden Quinn, on HBO. I know, I know, if you’re like me, you’re probably a little pissed that both “The Sopranos” and “Entourage” are being preempted for the movie. But remember, it is Memorial Day weekend, a fine time to commemorate the slaughter of Native Americans. Besides, after the bomb that was “The Book of Daniel,” it may be your last chance to see Quinn on TV in a long time.

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Aiden Quinn, Sneden's Landing, videowith 25 Comments →

Somebody please sentence the Sextortionist already05.25.07

wolcott-cu.jpgAnother Jessica Wolcott court date, another adjournment. In case any of you loyal Suburbarazzi readers forget, she’s the girl who attempted to scam an exec at Westchester-based PepsiCo out of $125,000, only to get caught by the feds.

I showed up today to Judge Colleen McMahon’s court in the White Plains Federal Courthouse at 10 am this morning for what I hoped would be the final chapter in USA v. Wolcott, only to find out her sentencing has been postponed — for the third time! — to June 15.

I know Wolcott might not exactly be excited for the slammer, but it’s become obvious that with each passing day she gets into deeper doo-doo. As I reported back on May 2, the Sextortionist was supposed to be under house arrest until her trial, but managed to get into a bar brawl nonetheless. After smashing a woman’s face with a liquor bottle, Wolcott lied to the arresting officers, giving them a phony name. Sheesh.

And since then, even more fuel has been added to the fire. Another of Wolcott’s victims, a Florida businessman, contacted Suburbarazzi for an exclusive interview about how she scammed him … all the way back in 2004. That’s a full two years before she even got to work on Pepsi’s Gary Wandschneider or Prosper.com. All of the sordid details are after the jump.

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Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Gary Wandschneider, Jessica Wolcott, Pepsi, Prosper, Sextortionist, Uncategorizedwith 16 Comments →

Peter Kelly vs. Bobby Flay: Watch It!05.25.07

Iron Chef. Battle of the Grill. Local chef Peter Kelly vs. celebrity restaurateur Bobby Flay. Need we say more? Yes? OK, then watch this RNN segment (from yesterday’s broadcast):

Download the full RNN clip:

And on Monday, be sure to read Liz Johnson’s story in The Journal News about the battle, and then check Kelly’s own “Diary of an Iron Chef,” which tells the story of how he prepared for the battle. Both should be up online Monday, along with an extended photo gallery of the battle.

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Johnny Drama goes to Cannes05.25.07

tjndc5-5ex0jm4go4y14aemjmv8_layout.jpgMamaroneck native Kevin Dillon has been stealing the show lately on Entourage. The last few weeks seem to have focussed as much on his fictional Eddy Burns Pilot, “Five Towns,” as on Vincent Chase and Ari Gold. And as far as HBO characters contemplating their mortality while looking over the Grand Canyon, I gotta say: Tony Soprano may have been more dramatic, but it was Johnny Drama that got me cheering.

I don’t really have anything noteworthy to say about the whole Entourage gang heading to Cannes, except — well, VICTORY!Entourage cast

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Rossielbeck ’07 Update05.25.07

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When I posted a new poll yesterday, asking who won the latest bout of O’Donnell vs. Hasselbeck, I added a few jokey answers like Jordin and Trump. Turns out the latter actually wasn’t so tongue in cheek afterall. Last night on Extra, Trump chimed in:

<blockquote><div>”Elisabeth [Haselbeck] is not a very smart person… one of the dumber people in television. To see that she supports the war… only an imbecile could do that.”</div></blockquote>

In other words, with Rosie all but out of the picture, Trump may have found his newest whipping gal on The View. Awesome.

Also of interest, The New York Post reports that after Wednesday’s shouting match between Rosie and Elisabeth, Rosie’s chief writer, Janette Barber, allegedly began turning all the photos of Hasselbeck hanging around the ABC office into Captain Morgan ads. Which is to say, she was drawing mustaches over that pretty little mouth, and then was reportedly escorted from the building. Even more awesome.

Finally, as to whether this is just a clever ratings ploy (shudder to think!), TV Guide says that Barbara Walters calls that theory “just absurd.” Never mind that it all went down on the final day of sweeps.

(Trump: AP Photo/Stephen Chernin-File; O’Donnell: AP/Norwegian Cruise Lines; Hasselbeck: ABC, Yolanda Perez)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Donald Trump, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O'Donnell, The Viewwith 5 Comments →

Paul Newman takes a “terrific tour” of Indian Point05.25.07

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Who would have imagined that organic foodie and environmentally friendly Paul Newman, of all people, would endorse a nuclear power plant. But that’s just what happened this last Monday, when the Westport, CT, resident toured Buchanan’s Indian Point. Forget Cool Hand Luke; as the AP story so aptly put it, call him Cool Hand Nuke.

Newman issued a statement saying that he was impressed with the plant’s safety measures, and Entergy characterized Newman’s visit as a “a terrific tour.” By which I can only conclude that Newman’s Thousand Island will henceforth be known simply as Three Mile Island Dressing. Ba dum bum.

“Actor Paul Newman tours Indian Point, praises safety” [LoHud]

(Newman: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill; Indian Point: Peter Carr/The Journal News)

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EXCLUSIVE: Choking ‘Hazzard’: ‘General Lee’ auction nixed — again!05.24.07

schneider11.jpgThe second auction to sell John Schneider’s car from TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard” appears to have ended prematurely “because of an error in the listing,” according to eBay.

I’ve seen no other reports in the mainstream media on this development, so for now you can consider this a Suburbarazzi Exclusive! (Insert fancy news music here.)

The saga just won’t end for the Mount Kisco native, who played Bo Duke on the show that featured the “General Lee” — the series’ iconic, bright-orange 1969 Dodge Charger.

The first time Schneider tried to sell the car on eBay, he planned to collect $1 million to fund a sequel to his movie “Collier & Co.” But the plan stalled when the top bid of just under $10 million was deemed a hoax.

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