Archive for July, 2007
Matchbox Twenty is back! … in October • 07.26.07
Good news, Matchbox Twenty fans (all 20 of you): Mount Kisco rocker Rob Thomas has reunited with the group and they’re reportedly putting out a new album on October 2. One especially odd thing about this news: The CD, titled “Exile on Mainstream,” will be coming out on the Atlantic label, not the newly formed R Tel Records, which Thomas just launched with Epic. Not exactly an auspicious beginning for the new biz.
Anyway, according to Monsters and Critis, the new album will have six new songs along with 11 past hits. Meanwhile, Thomas is still trying to get his documentary some visibility, lobbying the Showtime show “Weeds” to let him do a cover, and even making plans to record another solo album for 2009. Throw in a Matchbox Twenty tour in 2008 and he’ll be one busy boy. Expect to see him making many a trip to the South Moger Ave Starbucks.
(Photo: Atlantic Records)
I feel for any teenager who has a mom that’s indisputably hot. Even more so if that mom also happens to be a former model and Miss America. But for Jillian Williams, Vanessa Williams’ daughter, my sympathy only goes so far. The reason? Mama Williams just threw a combined birthday/graduation party for recent high-school grad and 100 of her closest friends at the family’s Chappaqua home. And, well, this party sounds as nice as the last two weddings I went to. Nicer, actually.
Designed by Nisa Lee (right, flanked by Jillian and Vanessa), the rising star of Pelham’s party-planning/catering scene, the event had a Moroccan-style theme, with giant poolside tents adorned with colorful fabrics and silk throw pillows. Photos and more details about the over-the-top event are after the break …
Beyonce Knowles had an embarrasing fall last night at an Orlando concert. The former Destiny’s Child lead singer stepped on her trench coat while dancing and went tumbling head-first down the steps in front of the stage. She got up and continued dancing.
Later in the show, the singer told the audience, “Can I ask you a favor? If you taped that, please don’t put it on Youtube.”
Did the audience listen?
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Ã‚Â
The home has had a long string of famous owners. From the first occupent, Broadway actress Helen Hayes, to later owners like Rosie O’Donnell. When word got out last year that it was on the market for about $7 million, my fingers were crossed that Russell Crowe would swoop in. He rented the house last summer while filming the Ridley Scott flick “American Gangster” in and around Rockland.
But, alas, a story in yesterday’s Journal News confirms that Crowe won’t be the future owner of Pretty Penny. However, the current owner, W. Graham Arader, tantalizingly says that one of the offers he’s received is from another “very famous person.”
One famous person it’s safe to assume it’s not is Alex Rodriguez, who just bought a $25 million estate in Greenwich, as reported by the NY Post on Monday. No idea who else is in the market right now, but whoever the mystery bidder is, be sure to ask for the “Rosie discount.” That would be the 60 percent off deal she got when she bought the property back in 1996, paying just $770,000 of the $1.9 million asking price.
(TJN file photo/Sheila Bunin)
Last week I wrote about Nyack director Jonathan Demme and Irvington actress Debra Winger teaming up, and this week we’ve got an even more dynamic trans-Hudson duo: Pound Ridge’s Tim Robbins and Sneden’s Landing’s Bill Murray. The two superstar actors will both star in “City of Ember,” a bizarre sounding flick about power outages in a fantasy world that Murray’s character governs.
Robbins’ character is supposed to be an inventor, who may or may not have the cure to the city’s power shortages. Murray plays a bad-guy politician. Normally at this point I’d make some snotty reference to “The Hudsucker Proxy” or the nausea-inducing trailer “Stardust.” But, well, I’m sure that with the combined creative powers of both Westchester and Rockland, “Ember” will be nothing like those movies. “The Life Aquatic,” maybe, but certainly not “Stardust.”
“Robbins Joins Murray’s Energy Crisis” [CinemaBlend]
(Robbins: AP Photo/Chris Weeks; Murray: AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
Nip/Tuck spoiler: Rosie and the Ass Bandit • 07.25.07
Just because Rosie didn’t the “The Price is Right” gig doesn’t mean you won’t see her on the boob tube this fall. Remember, the South Nyacker will be returning to the FX series Nip/Tuck to reprise her role as lottery winner Dawn Budge. What’s more, E!’s Marc Malkin reports that her return to the small screen will be a whopper.
To spare all you N/T diehards out there, I’ll put the spoiler details after the break.
Hey, ‘Burbies! Guess where I was for a long-weekend vacation?
For those of you who guessed “Knoxville,” you clearly missed all those Reading is Fundamental public service announcements from the ’80s. Ah, yes. Tinseltown. Even in the warm California sun, Suburbarazzi was on my mind. I mean, how couldn’t it be? Strolling the Walk of Fame caused for moments of celebration and inspiration. Observe:
Sarah Lawrence College alumna Barbara Walters inspires me to strike a pensive pose. What kind of tree would I be?
I can’t really think of a good pose for former Bronxville resident Ed McMahon, so I do my best to look stately and interested. Or just feel inclined to punch my hip. “Yes!”
Here I am next to the star of former Larchmont resident Joan Rivers. I’m pulling the skin back on my face. Botox, shmotox.
God help us all if this becomes another Paris Hilton fiasco! Can she just go to jail (preferably for a long time) without any attention? The starlet, who is currently out of rehab (good job, Wonderland) and wearing an ankle bracelet that is supposed to monitor alcohol consumption (good job, um, whichever company makes that), was arrested by police in Santa Monica after they spotted her chasing another car a little after 2:00 in the morning. Her blood alcohol level was between .12 and .13 (California’s legal limit is .08). While searching her, cops found cocaine in her pocket. She was charged with two misdemeanors, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, and two felonies, possession of cocaine and transport of narcotics.
She has been released on $25,000 bail. The actress had been promoting her new film, “I Know Who Killed Me” (my guess: a mix of Jim Beam and cocaine?) and was actually scheduled to appear on the Tonight Show this evening. That will probably be canceled. As you’ll recall, Lohan is already facing a DUI charge from an incident in May when she crashed her Mercedes (hence, the 45-day rehab stint). She was scheduled to appear in court August 24th on those previous charges.
(AP Photo/Santa Monica Police)
Matt Dillon clearly not a fan of TMZ • 07.24.07
The Mamaroneck-bred star got into a minor tussle with a photog for the celeb-stalking site, who was filming him crossing a street in Manhattan. The 30-second video shows a clearly peeved Dillon approach the photographer and shove him, before walking off down the sidewalk.
On its website, TMZ asked,Ã‚Â “What’s he so pissed about? It was the public that had to endure ‘You, Me and Dupree’!”
And this is how they described the incident (note, the video shows something not quite so dramatic):
The other Dillon brother walked right up to a TMZ photog in New York this weekend and smacked the s**t out of his camera. Not cool, dude! After the sneak attack, the not-so-tough guy walked off in a huff — only to stop a few seconds later to stare down our shooter.
Dillon’s publicist told the site: “You don’t show the part of the footage where the photographer kept hassling him. He wouldn’t have pushed the camera away if he hadn’t.”
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Drew Carey, Come on down! • 07.24.07
The person stepping into Bob Barker’s formidable shoes as host of The Price is Right will be funnyman Drew Carey. The comic made the announcement last night on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Carey was the front-runner after Nyack’s Rosie O’Donnell made a play for the job but then backed down, supposedly because she didn’t want to relocate her family to L.A.
According to Broadcasting and Cable, the network hopes Carey will help lower the demographic of the show (which, one presumes, currently hovers somewhere between retirement age and the morgue).
This is how Carey told Letterman the deal went down:
<blockquote><div>They approached me right after the pilot for Power of 10 [a primetime game show that debuted this summer], and they called me, I said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœNo.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Then they called me a month later, they said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœWhat if we reallyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬â€ they called my agent: Ã¢â‚¬ËœWhat if we really go after Drew.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is like a month later after I did the pilot for Power of 10 and I said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœWell, what does that mean?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ and he said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœWell, you know, I mean, maybe this kind of money.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ I go, Ã¢â‚¬ËœWhat kind of schedule?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ He said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœI donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ so I met with them and stuff and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been negotiating ever since. CouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say anything, but during your Ã¢â‚¬ËœHarry PotterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ bit Ã¢â‚¬â€ honestly it was like 15 minutes ago Ã¢â‚¬â€ they called me. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a done deal. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m the new host of The Price Is Right.</div></blockquote>
Everyone still following?
Carey told Letterman he’s not sure when he’ll start. New episodes are set to begin taping in August.
Carey added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“My girlfriend was on the phone with a personal shopper from BergdorfÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s.Ã¢â‚¬?
No word on the terms of Carey’s deal, but Barker was certainly doing alright for himself. He was one of the richest personalities on television, earning $10 million a yearÃ¢â‚¬â€œwhich means speculation will be rampant: What exactly is the price of Drew’s showroom?
(AP Photo/John Paul Filo, CBS)
Can Keith Olbermann be fair and balanced? • 07.23.07
An interesting column by Howard Kurtz this morning in the Washington Post raises a interesting question: Since MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann is known as a passionately partisan host (see his latest anti-Bush commentary here, where he calls for the president’s impeachment), and since he’ll be moderating a Democratic debate later this summer, is it fair to ask, can Olbermann be tough enough on the candidates?
Olbermann tells Kurtz his debate moderation will resemble his work co-anchoring previous election events, i.e. he’ll be fair.
<blockquote><div>I realize the far right understands that the pitchmen it turns to in lieu of newscasters could not be trusted to leave their commentary at home, and treat an actual news event as such, but fortunately I’m a journalist who does periodic commentary, and not a snake-oil salesman pretending to be an analyst or newsman.</div></blockquote>
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)