Archive for June, 2007
Michael Lohan meet your daughter: Lindsay • 06.27.07
Stephen Baldwin pal Michael Lohan (the two are preaching the gospel together to troubled teens in Long Island) is currently battling his estranged wife, Dina, over the custody of his four children. But how will a judge react to the fact that Papa Lohan canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even spell his famous daughterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name correctly?
In a statement he issued to the press earlier this week, Michael said, “I look forward to order being restored to the chaos that our family life has become. Lyndsay, Michael, Ali and Cody need stability and both of their parents in their lives. I am anxious to spend time with them and end this cruel, needless separation.”
For the record, her name is Lindsay.
Suburbarazzi blew out the candles Saturday in honor of the 40th anniversary of Jimmy Fink’s graduation from Eastchester High School.
Yesterday, Jimmy e-mailed me with a follow-up about his the yearbook group photo for the graduating class of 1967:
In the big graduation picture, where we all posed on the bleachers at EHS, I am the only one wearing sunglasses!!
The Scarsdale resident and deejay at the White Plains-based The Peak provided Suburbarazzi with an additional exclusive: He said he had dinner Friday with his best friend from his high school days and today alike, Donald Levy.
In the yearbook, under his name, it said, ‘Found with Fink.’ I guess it’s still true.
The Price is wrong for Rosie • 06.25.07
Rosie O’Donnell will not be hosting The Price is Right next year, according to Fox News. Despite a less-than-subtle lobbying campaign from the Rockland starÃ¢â‚¬â€œand plenty of blog posts about her strong desire to take over the show from a retiring Bob Barker, O’Donnell supposedly rejected an offer from the show’s producers, whom she met with last Thursday.
According to Roger Friedman, the offer she was given was “substantial.” What then was the sticking point? Apparently, O’Donnell didn’t want to relocate (the show is filmed in L.A.). O’Donnell just loves Nyack too much!
Meanwhile, Friedman also reports, The View’s ratings post-O’Donnell have taken a nosedive. The show has lost over 400,000 viewers.
Friedman calls O’Donnell’s loss “an unmitigated disaster for” for ABC Daytime.
If you thought the controversy over John Jay’s production of “The Vagina Monologues” got a lot of attention, that’s nothing compared to the uproar that recently took place over the Connecticut border at Wilton High School.
Students there were gearing up to perform “Voices in Conflict,” a series of monologues drawn from the stories of actual soldiers in their own words, drawn from blogs, articles, recorded interviews, and books. But then, in an absurd miscalculation of the zeitgeist about the war, the school’s principal attempted to pull the plug on the whole production. The NY Times wrote an article about the school banning the play, which of course prompted nearly eveyone in the NYC theater community to call the school in protest.
Long story short (too late!) the kids were ultimately invited to perform at the Vineyard Theater, Culture Project, and Public Theater. In addition to coverage from CNN and NPR, they also got some attention from the curious duo of North Salem actor-director Stanley Tucci and documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.
The two were interviewing the students as part of a PBS series they’re putting together. No word on what it’s called or when it’s airing, but if the program sounds anything like a Cingular commercial or looks anything like moldy hamburger, I’m in.
Some 32 years after Susan Sarandon starred as Janet Weiss in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” her 18-year-old son reportedly admitted to a Manhattan audience that he was viewing the film in full for the first time.
Jack Robbins — whose father is actor Tim Robbins — identified himself at a midnight showing of the film in Chelsea, where he told die-hards “he’d never seen the film all the way through because his mother wouldn’t let him watch ‘the naughty parts,'” according to a June 19 item published in the New York Daily News.
Strict parenting? From a celebrity couple? Stop the presses!
Admittedly, Sarandon’s role in the movie is more suggestive than explicit, but I do understand the wait. Had a younger Jack seen his mom in the full-length flick, it might not have been the easiest conversation at the family’s Pound Ridge dinner table.
First she gets Paris Hilton and now this. Meredith is en fuego!
J.K. Rowling has agreed to do her first interview about the final Harry Potter volume, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” on Today at the end of July. Vieira, who lives in Irvington, will fly over to Edinburgh, Scotland, to talk with Rowling, who is notoriously reclusive and hard to get on camera. As with the William-Harry extravaganza Matt Lauer treated us to this month, NBC will be getting as much mileage out of the interview as possible. Excerpts will air on Thursday, July 26, and Friday, July 27, and then the full thing will get its own one-hour special of “Dateline.”
CORRECTION: Turns out that Meredith Vieira didn’t land the Paris Hilton interview after all. The NY Post reports that NBC’s top brass nixed the deal, and then Larry King and CNN swooped in book Hilton. Still, if given the choice between Hilton and Rowling, I’d still pick Rowling any day of the week.
Here’s a shout-out to Scarsdale resident Jimmy Fink, the local deejay who graduated from Eastchester High School 40 years ago today.
James Curtis Fink grabbed his diploma in the high school auditorium on White Plains Road in 1967, perhaps informing those in attendance that the No. 1 song on the charts that day was Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
He would go on to a prestigious radio career in New York City and Westchester County, where he continues to
spin records play mp3s for The Peak, based in “New York’s Backyard,” a.k.a. White Plains.
So much for the Pink Floyd Wall Theorem of “We don’t need no (sic) education.”
Hayden Panettiere: EW’s latest cover girl • 06.23.07
Catering to “Heroes” superfans and teen boys alike (settle down, dirty old men; she’s still 17), Hayden Panettiere’s decked out in cheerleading garb on the cover of the June 29 edition of Entertainment Weekly.
It’s not the first time she’s broken out the outfit as an EW cover girl. In November, she was photographed for the mag with, like, some of those guys from “Heroes” and stuff. Now, OMG, the cover’s all hers, totally highlighted as one of EW’s “100 Stars We Love Right Now.”
Inside the mag, the Palisades native tells EW about her need to justify the ensemble:
I told [Heroes creator] Tim Kring I need to cheer at some point. She wears the outfit all the time!
Also profiled on the Top 100 list is former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie, accompanied by a rather flattering photo, I must say.
Two days ago we found out about Trump’s TV show for FOX, “Lady or a Tramp.” And now the word is out that he’s developing a second program, this time for MTV. Lord help us.
TV Squad reports that “Pageant Place” will feature former Miss USA Tara Conner — the one that Trump pardoned for partying too much — sharing an apartment with other beauty pageant winners and mentoring them through life as a reigning crownholder. The series is expected to air on MTV sometime next year.
Right around the time of the apocalypse, I’m told.
“Trump bringing Pageant Place to MTV” [TV Squad]
Just in time for the opening of “A Mighty Heart” today, my Journal News colleague, Kevin Canfield, scored an interview with its star. No, I’m not talking about former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie. The other star. Mamaroneck’s own Dan Futterman.
In the film, Futterman plays Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered while investigating terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. While I tried chatting Futterman up about the role a few months ago, when he was in Westchester for the annual Pelham Picture House Gala, I didn’t get more than a minute to talk (nothing makes you feel smaller than getting the soundbite treatment from Dan Futterman).
Anyway, Canfield got plenty more time. Oh, the benefits of being an actual, bona fide film critic. A few highlights from his article are after the break.
Julie Pacino graduates, downpour ensues • 06.22.07
At Tappan Zee High School’s graduation yesterday, softball superstar Julie Pacino — who also happens to be the daughter of some guy named Al — was apparently the last student to leave the stage dry.
The graduation ceremonies were delayed a half hour due to early rains, but during a brief lull, the officials in charged decided not to move the party indoors. It seemed like a wise move — that is, until Pacino got her diplomma. At that point, Philip Goldstein reports, “the rain started coming down in sheets. Nevertheless, the graduation continued, to the cheers of those who had not yet received their diplomas.”
Hayden Panettiere was not listed as being part of the Tappan Zee Class of 2007 in the TJN story, so it appears that she didn’t officially graduate. Not that it matters. You see, once you’ve gotten a diploma from the school of “Heroes,” all other forms of education become null and void.
PS: Can anyone pick Julie Pacino out of the LoHud graduation photo gallery for me?