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Susan Sarandon’s daughter rejects offer to play mom’s role in ‘Rocky Horror’ remake08.27.07

eva2.jpgFor the second time in three months, a child of Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon had an uncomfortable exchange involving Sarandon’s role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Her daughter, Eva Amurri, recently was offered Sarandon’s role of Janet Weiss in a “Rocky Horror” remake. Ben Widdicombe of the New York Daily News cites a “friend” to describe Amurri’s response:

She thought it was funny, but she turned it down because she’s more serious than that. She said, ‘Can you believe that’s what they’re offering me?’

Sarandon’s 18-year-old son, Jack Robbins, reportedly admitted in June to a Manhattan audience that he was viewing “Rocky Horror” in full for the first time. The Daily News said Jack — whose father is Tim Robbins — admitted “he’d never seen the film all the way through because his mother wouldn’t let him watch ‘the naughty parts.'”

Thanks again to Witticombe, who also reported today on the unusual Clinton-Gore reunion at Mars 2112.

(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Eva Amurri, Famous Offspring, Pound Ridge, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbinswith 1 Comment →

Out of this world! Clinton, Gore families meet at Mars 211208.27.07

bill.jpgFor a few hours Thursday night, it might have looked like the Democratic Party was seeking the crucial interplanetary vote at Mars 2112 restaurant in Manhattan.

According to Ben Widdicombe of the New York Daily News, Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton and his 13-year-old nephew had visited the Central Park Zoo when the former president encountered the family of Al Gore’s eldest daughter, Karenna Gore Schiff. Her daughter, Anna, was reportedly celebrating her 6th birthday there.

I’m hoping that their discussions in the Crystal Crater were moderated by Captain Orion.

(AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Bill Clinton, Chappaquawith 2 Comments →

Aidan Quinn and Julianna Margulies: Rockland’s Newest Power Couple08.27.07

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On TV at least. According to our sister bloggers over at Remote Access, the two stars — Quinn lives in Sneden’s Landing, Margulies was born in Spring Valley — will will be teaming for a FOX mid-season series called “Canterbury’s Law.” And here I predicted, after Quinn’s ill-fated NBC show “The Book of Daniel,” that he would never return to network TV again. Whoops.

The show will center around two married lawyers trying to fix their rocky relationship after their child goes missing. I’m not sure how I feel about any locals turning to FOX these days, especially after its recent treatment of locals like Bedford’s Lasse Hallstrom and Piermont’s Alan Ruck. Just as long as the new show gets the slot following “American Idol,” all will be well.

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Aidan Quinn, Canterbury's Law, FOX, Julianna Margulies, Rockland, Sneden's Landing, Spring Valleywith 5 Comments →

DMX the next Michael Vick? Police find drugs, weapons, and abused dogs at rapper’s Arizona house08.27.07

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You can’t really blame DMX for wanting to have a getaway outside Westchester, what with two warrants out for his arrest in the county. Still, it doesn’t appear that the authorities in Phoenix are any more lenient — especially when it comes to cruelty to animals, illegal narcotics, and guns.

According to local AZ TV station KPHO, Sheriff’s deputies raided the rapper’s home last Friday after an investigation into alleged animal cruelty. Specifically, pit bulls being kept in inhumane conditions. Although the man caring for the dogs said they hadn’t been used for fighting, he did say that the dogs weren’t given adequate food, water, or shade, and he needed to spend $3,000 of his own money on vet bills. This isn’t the first time DMX has been accused of abusing his dogs; in 2002 he pled guilty to the same charges in New Jersey. And his neighbors in Bedford have told me, his dogs at his home (around the Mount Kisco/Bedford border) don’t receive much better treatment.

While digging for dog corpses in the backyard and searching the house, the police also turned up a stash of narcotics (either cocaine or methamphetamine — still TBD) and a cache of weapons. The artist formerly known as Earl Simmons wasn’t at home during the raid.

While charges have yet to be filed, this will presumably make DMX a wanted man in two states. Oh, and remember that doggy clothing line that the rapper launched last year, only to be sued this year for not being a visible enough celebrity endorsement?

Well, call me crazy, but that’s probably turned out for the best. Unless, that is, the canine couture was being marketed to starving, coked-out, Glock-wielding Staffordshire Terriers. In that case, you could find no better spokesperson.

Video of the raid

Photos of the raid

(AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Arizona, Bedford, DMX, KPHO, Mount Kiscowith 3 Comments →

Joseph Cross’s next project even quirkier than the last08.24.07

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How’s this for a setup? A blue-collar nursing student is forced to quit school after a freak handball accident. An uncle finds him a job as a doorman in a swank Manhattan apartment building, working alongside Snoop Dog, where he attempts to court a young resident.

If only Wes Anderson were directing, I’d say this has the potential to be watershed moment in cinematic history. Still, even without him, the flick, currently titled “The Golden Door,” sounds damn interesting. Pelham native Joseph Cross will play the lead role — his first, I think, since last year’s “Running with Scissors” — and David M. Rosenthal will direct.

It’s supposed to begin shooting Sept. 4 in Spokane, Wash., and then in New York City — notwithstanding all unforseen freak handball accidents.

“Paradigm’s ‘Door’ opens for foursome” [The Hollywood Reporter]

(photo by Suzanne Tenner)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Joseph Cross, Pelham, The Golden Door, Uncategorizedwith 1 Comment →

Vanessa Williams brings sexy back … to the gym08.24.07

septcover-vanessa3.jpgIt isn’t often that I credit our competitor, Westchester Magazine, with much, but their September issue — with Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams at her shiny, teased-out best — took me by surprise.

You may remember that back in May we also featured the “Ugly Betty” star on the cover of InTown Westchester. Inside we paid tribute to her mom, Helen, in a roundup of famous mother-daughter (and son) pairings. It was a kind of Mother’s Day love letter, but we only put Vanessa and family on one page (plus the cover). By comparison, Westchester Mag gave her eight—including some spectacularly sultry pictures, a Q&A, and a breakdown of all her favorite local picks.

But that’s not what impressed me. Just about everything from the interview—from her childhood in Millwood to getting her hair relaxed at the Galleria’s Sears—was posted here on Suburbarazzi ages ago.

The part that I couldn’t believe was that Vanessa agreed to let them photographer her working out with Sal Gaglio at Fitness for Health in Briarcliff. The “How Vanessa gets that Body” four-page spread breaks down all her exercises (lunges, squats, hamstring blast, rockers, pushup row, wood chop, ab crunch, etc., etc.). The star glistens with sweat and yet somehow looks at least as beautiful doing pushups as she did in the pages of InTown.

Check out the article’s pics and see for yourself. If that doesn’t make you feel guilty for avoiding the gym this summer, nothing will.

Incidentally, it pains me to link to the competition, but just this once I’ll make an exception — in part because when you put the InTown Sept. issue head-to-head against Westchester’s (which, aside from Williams, is thin on local content), it’s hardly a fair fight. Metaphorically speaking, that is. Vanessa, I’m sure, could still kick my ass.

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Chappaqua, Ugly Betty, Vanessa Williams, Westchester Magazinewith 3 Comments →

Shop Like a Celeb: Where to buy Susan Sarandon’s furniture08.24.07

(AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)Pop quiz: Name a Scandinavian furniture company with 193 locations worldwide, including 23 in the U.S., where Susan Sarandon buys bedroom sets. If you answered Ikea — well, sorry folks. What, you think the Pound Ridge movie star is going to be caught dead with $100 dressers in her home?

No, the correct answer is BoConcept — a store that, to be honest, I hadn’t really heard of until it opened up on Central Park Avenue in Scarsdale earlier this year. Up til now, I’d been kind of boycotting, on the grounds that no store should have been allowed to occupy the space where the Fine Arts Cinema was forced to vacate. But, after reading this article in the Post, I was intrigued.

Not only do local celebrity power couples shop there, but the furniture isn’t actually all that outrageously expensive. Think an $800 sofa beds, $1,900 dining tables, and $1,700 entertainment units. As the Post put it, “BoConcept’s style-for-less line-up caters to New Yorkers who have graduated from Ikea.” Still not enough to get me to cross the Archway Shopping Center picket line, but if you’re in the market for a celebrity-approved headboard, you know where to go.

(AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in BoConcept, Ikea, Pound Ridge, Scarsdale, Susan Sarandonwith 2 Comments →

Fred Norris’ band to make Eastchester tour stop08.23.07

fred.jpgInstead of “Freebird,” maybe the Eastchester crowd will request Fred Norris’ band to play “Artie Loves the Vending Machine.”

Howard Stern’s sound effects guru is bringing his rock band, King Norris, to Mickey Spillane’s bar at 431 White Plains Road at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

Norris, a legit guitar player, is also a classic rock aficionado. He knows almost as much about the genre as he does about, well, everything — as his frequent victories in the semi-defunct “Win Fred’s Money” segment proved.

Contrary to Fred’s role on the show, King Norris is not a comedy or parody band. The group’s Web site describes its classic rock sound as “Stevie Ray (Vaughan), (Jimi) Hendrix, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz, AC/DC meets Foghat.” Their résumé includes gigs with Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead, Sammy Hagar, Styx, Mountain, Quiet Riot, Eddie Money, Patti Smith and John Popper.

Personally, I’m just hoping they play a rock version of “Fred” — the bit on the show that sounds a lot like Monty Python’s “Spam.” The sole lyrics: “Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred/Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred/He’s a Frehhhhd/He’s wonderful Frehhhhd.” How that hasn’t already topped the Billboard charts, I’ll never know.

(Photo courtesy of KingNorris.com.)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Eastchester, Fred Norris, Howard Sternwith 1 Comment →

People Mag/Page Six confirm Trump’s TV Dream Team: Britney, Paris, Lindsay08.23.07

Yes, The Donald really is trying to recruit the three biggest Hollywood train wrecks to star in his new celebrity edition of “The Apprentice.” Would you expect any less from the man? Here’s what he had to say on the three [via People]:

Spears: “We’re negotiating with Britney right now. … Can you imagine her doing it? We’re not sure what will happen. She’s a [bleep]ing mess. And that little reality show she had [UPN’s Britney and Kevin: Chaotic,] did nothing. But she likes the idea of being on television, and I think she’d be great.”

Hilton: “[She] wants to be on, and we’re thinking about it, but I don’t know if we’re going to do it.”

Lohan: “Another [bleep]ing mess. We haven’t asked her yet, but I’m going to call her this week. It would a positive thing for her to do.”

(Photo courtesy of Associated Press/NBC)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Britney Spears, Donald Trump, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hiltonwith 1 Comment →

Got Hayden?08.23.07

hayden_panettiere.jpgHaving the ability to regenerate limbs is nice and all, but even cooler is having the power to crush milk glasses like weak aluminum cans. At least, that’s what I was thinking when I saw the new Got Milk? ad from Heroes star and Palisades native Hayden Panettiere.

To see more of her superpowers in action, check out the behind-the-scenes footage from the photo shoot over on People.com. Breakaway glass has never looked so sexy.

And remember, it’s ok for me to say that now that she’s officially 18 years and 2 days old.

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Hayden Panettiere, Heroes, Palisadeswith 1 Comment →

Does Meredith Vieira want to quit ‘Today’?08.23.07

nup_102702_0633.jpgGranted, Bonnie Fuller’s rag, Star, isn’t exactly the most reliable source. Still, the magazine’s story this week about how Vieira, an Irvington resident, wants to jump ship is simply too juicy to ignore.

The mag quoted from several unidentified sources and friends in the story (which, annoyingly, isn’t online). Among the best quotes: “Meredith told me she’s already planning her exit strategy so she can leave ‘Today’ with her dignity intact. … For her, it’s been a noble experiment that hasn’t worked as well as she had hoped.”

It’s not totally unbelievable that Vieira would want to spend more time at home, especially given that she has three teenage children. On the flipside, leaving NBC would mean breaching her four-year, $10-million contract. Not to mention, her old cushy gig at ‘The View’ has already been taken by Whoopi.

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Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Bonnie Fuller, Irvington, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Star Magazine, Today, Uncategorizedwith 2 Comments →

Reason No. 325 why Bill Murray is off-his-rocker awesome: Golf cart DUI08.23.07

billmurray-golfcart.jpgBy now no doubt you’ve already heard the news that Bill Murray was pulled over for driving under the influence in Stockholm, Sweden. Driving a golf cart, that is.

Now, I’m not about to pass judgment on the Sneden’s Landing resident’s decision to refuse taking a breathalyser and instead opt for the ol’ blood test, but I will say this: Should his blood alcohol exceed the legal limit, and should he then be charged with jail time, that would make make him the coolest local prison martyr since DMX.

In case you haven’t been keeping up with Bill’s other recent nutty antics, here’s a quick recap of the last year:

October 2006: Crashes a late-night college party in Saint Andrews, Scotland, and sticks around to even do the dishes.

Late March: While playing golf with Will Smith, runs up and down the runway frantically waving his arms. Smith accuses Murray of jealously trying to get the attention of autograph seekers. Murray explains that he was stung by bee.

May 27: Shows up for the opening of X20 in Yonkers and proceeds to carry any chef (or chef relative) he can get his hands on for a victory lap around the new restaurant.

Early July: Shows up for graduation from Regis College in Colorado 30 years too late … and wearing Bermuda shorts.

Late July: Hosts Eric Clapton music festival and proclaims Bridgeport, IL, the new home of the blues.

What’s all that add up to? You got it: Bill Murray for President.

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(Photo: Jim Rogash/AP)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Bill Murray, Sneden's Landing, Stockholmwith 1 Comment →