New City’s Maya Days on ‘Damages’

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As if “Damages,” the totally riveting, rockin’ FX series starring Bedford’s Glenn Close, wasn’t already awesome enough, we learned earlier this week — via fellow blogger and Journal News colleague Heather Salerno — that there’s a whole other reason to dig the show: It also stars New City resident Maya Days (above, right).

Yes, ding, ding, ding, we have another trans-Hudson partnership (to go along with the recently reported pairings of Murray-Robbins and Demme-Winger-Irwin).

On the show, Days plays detective Rosario Ortiz, one of the cops interrogating the main character, Ellen, about how her fiancee was killed. It doesn’t appear to be a critical role … yet. But who knows, as the season progresses, she could end up being the copper who takes down Close’s shady ice queen Patty Hewes character.

Check out Heather’s fantastic profile of Days HERE, and listen to a bunch of clips from Heather’s interviews with her (not to mention a music video from MTV Europe featuring Days) at her Remote Access blog entry HERE.

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Bryce Dallas Howard directs, Tim Robbins reflects, and Hayden Paniettiere’s legal for… cigarettes

Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about the directorial debut of Byram Hills High School alumna Bryce Dallas Howard; a Robert Altman tribute to be attended by Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins; and the 18th birthday of Palisades native Hayden Panettiere.

After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: What defunct radio station dumped stand-up comedian Nick Di Paolo’s show when the station switched formats?

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Tim Robbins to attend public tribute to Robert Altman

tim-robbins.jpgY? Because he wants to.

Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins will join fellow actor Bob Balaban on Sept. 23 at the 92nd Street Y for a discussion about the late Academy-Award winning director, Robert Altman.

Altman directed Robbins in 1992’s “The Player,” 1993’s “Short Cuts” and 1994’s “Prêt-à-Porter,” so the actor should have quite a few stories to tell about Altman, who died in November due to cancer complications.

The 7:30 p.m. event, which includes film clips, will be moderated by entertainment journalist and historian Eddy Friedfeld.

Has the 92nd Street Y usurped Nobu as the place for A-listers to be seen? Check out some of the other celebrities booked for the weeks ahead, according to The Apiary: Michael Palin, Larry David, Stephen Colbert and Steve Martin.

(AP Photo/Chris Weeks)

Hayden Panettiere celebrates 18th birthday with old men, cameras

hayden-sub.jpgWho were among the first to celebrate Hayden Panettiere’s 18th birthday early this morning? Creepy old men with cameras!

Get your mind out of the gutter. I’m talking about the paparazzi who swarmed her upon her arrival at Los Angeles International Airport early this morning, as this TMZ footage documents.

Clearly irked by this twisted kind of surprise party, the Palisades native did the Hollywood hair-flip maneuver to attempt to shield her face from the throngs of photogs. That move tends to work much better, however, when your hair is longer than that of Tom Petty circa “Don’t Come Around Here No More.”

One of the photographers told her she could now buy cigarettes (legally). Hayden was sarcastically thrilled by this guy’s proposition and one-upped him.

“And porn!” she retorted.

A mere joke? Or the beginning of a Lohanesque Spiral of Doom(TM)? Weigh in with your take in the Comments section.

(AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Metaphor of the Week: Trump is the world’s best wearer of Shredded Wheat hair


This one tops last week’s analogy of an art installation to Stephen Baldwin’s kidney.

In a discussion of Trump’s new celebrity version of “The Appentice” — in particular his courting of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Britney Spears (to go along with the aready signed up Joan Rivers, Tony Hawk, George Foreman, Carmen Electra) — Holy Moly says,

<blockquote><div>Donald Trump, the world’s best wearer of Shredded Wheat hair since Arthur Scargill, is hoping to produce the best piece of car crash telly the world has ever seen. Better even than watching Jodie Marsh trying to explain what she does for a living.</div></blockquote>

I love this quote for a number of reasons. First, the Shredded Wheat reference is plain brilliant — especially if you’re reading it with the accompanying photo. Second, thanks to the obscure Arthur Scargill reference, I learned a thing or two from Wikipedia about the National Union of Mineworkers. And finally, thanks to the equally obscure reference to Jodie Marsh, I’ve been introduced to a whole new breed of British softcore superstars. It’s like a Vonnegut novel, history lesson, and issue of FHM all rolled into one.

Johnny Drama turns 42

tjndc5-5e8rbedd9921gty7aceo_layout.jpgYes, that’s right, Vince’s older bro is officially middle aged. Just one month younger than Jeremy Piven, actually.

After having an early birthday last Friday, the Mamaroneck native celebrated the real thing on Sunday at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casin. The Kevin Dillon birthday extravaganza was held at the resort’s Rehab Pool.

Check out photos of Dillon showing off his cake to throngs of fans here. There’s also a great pic on TMZ of one of the b-day’s more bizarre guests — Chuck Liddell, the UFC superstar who squared off against Dillon’s “Entourage” alter ego earlier this season. And as if that weren’t weird enough, there’s also one truly disturbing snapshot of Dillon celebrating with Perez Hilton, who appears to be trying to bring back the Max Hedroom look.

(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Why is FOX shelving ‘New Amsterdam’?

newamsterdam.jpegAround the same time earlier this month that I was trumpeting the coming fall debut of “New Amsterdam,” the new TV series co-produced by the dynamic LoHud duo of Lasse Hallstrom and  Leslie Holleran (of Bedford and Larchmont, respectively), other more well informed publications like Variety were announcing that, in fact, FOX was going to shelve the series until mid-season.

It was a bizarre schedule shakeup, especially given that the “New Amsterdam” trailer was phenomenal. And my colleagues at the The Journal News who have seen the pilot say that the show — about an NYC homicide detective cursed with immortality — is one of the best new series they’ve seen.

So, what gives? A few conspiracy theories are after the break:

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Jon Stewart references obscure Drew Barrymore movie filmed in Tuckahoe

picture-2.jpgI only know of a few people outside of the Lower Hudson Valley who have heard of the 2001 Drew Barrymore movie “Riding in Cars with Boys,” which was filmed on Main Street in Tuckahoe and other regional spots.

So when Jon Stewart referenced the flick and had the main characters’ (alleged) action figures make out with each other on Thursday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” I had to bring this to the attention of Suburbarazzi Nation.

Stewart had been reporting on the health crisis involving toys manufactured in China when he mentioned that the movie’s Barrymore and Steve Zahn action figures were unaffected. He proceeded to grab dolls with a marginal likeness to the two actors and acted out fake dialog from the movie.

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[Playing Barrymore’s part:] ‘Ohhh, Ray! Oh, Ray! I think I’m pregnant!’

[Playing Zahn’s part:] ‘But you’re only 16 and I’m addicted to heroin!’

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Stewart then shoved the faces of the dolls into each other, made bizarre make-out noises for a few seconds, looked into the camera awkwardly and put the dolls down.

A clip of the full segment is here, with the first “Riding” reference occurring about halfway through and continuing for the rest of the bit.

I reported on the Tuckahoe shoot in 2000 and can vouch for the fact that Barrymore and costar Brittany Murphy were pleasant with fans and signed many autographs. Murphy was exceptionally kind to autograph seekers, taking the time to talk at length with several children who approached her outside her trailer.

According to Internet Movie Database, the Penny Marshall-directed movie also filmed in Congers, Harrison, Mount Vernon, West Nyack and Yonkers.

(Screenshot: Comedy Central)

MySpace’s ‘featured comedian’ Nick Di Paolo vows return to radio

picture-1.jpgNorthern Westchester resident Nick Di Paolo is this week’s featured comedian on MySpace, the social networking site founded by a guy who evidently can only be awkwardly photographed from the side. Here’s what MySpace had to say about one of the region’s most notorious funnymen:

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Nick Di Paolo’s uncompromising, seething and sarcastic style is what has made him not only a NY club favorite, but a true ‘comic’s comic.’

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Hear hear!

Suburbarazzi’s own Robert Zeliger was interviewed in December on the 92.3 FM talk radio show of Di Paolo, whom CBS Radio let go when the station returned to a rock format in May. On Di Paolo’s MySpace page, the comedian swears he’ll return to the airwaves soon:

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Thanks to all the dedicated listeners who supported the show, and don’t worry, I PROMISE I WILL BE BACK ON THE AIR! In the meantime, keep an eye here for my tour schedule and try to make it out to a show.

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We’re rootin’ for you, Nick!

(Screenshot: FOX.)

Is Bryce Dallas Howard the next Sofia Coppola?

sofia.jpgbryce.jpgWith Bryce Dallas Howard prepping for a Palm Springs screening of her directorial debut, “Orchids,” perhaps it’s unfair to compare her to Sofia Coppola — another director whose father won an Academy Award in that category.

Howard, an alumna of Byram Hills High School in Armonk, screens her first directorial work at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market, running from Aug. 23 to 29. Most of the films Coppola directed have garnered critical acclaim, including the Oscar-nominated “Lost in Translation,” which she wrote with its star, Sneden’s Landing resident Bill Murray, in mind. Directing advantage: Coppola.

On the other hand, Howard’s a much better actress, perhaps by default. Even in films that critics blasted (“The Village,” “Lady in the Water” and “Spider-Man 3”), her performances often are considered among the sole highlights. Most viewers of “The Godfather: Part III” continue to lament over Coppola’s turn as Mary Corleone, 17 years after the fact. Acting advantage: Howard.

Nonetheless, Howard and Coppola are among the best cases for Hollywood nepotism. Heck, they’ve both worked with Kirsten Dunst — is that good or bad? — so it might be only a matter of time before they work with each other.

(AP photos — Howard: Jennifer Graylock; Coppola: Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Bill Irwin joins LoHud-tastic ‘Dancing with Shiva’ cast

tjndc5-5b4h37x89yw1i9anunb6_layout.jpgWith Nyack resident and Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme as well as former Irvington resident Debra Winger both attached to the upcoming comedy “Dancing with Shiva,” I didn’t thing the film could pack any more of Lower Hudson Vally punch. I was wrong.

Now word is out that another Nyacker, actor Bill Irwin (right) — aka Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street — has also signed on to star. And, slightly off the LoHud grid (but still on our radar), according to Cinematical, the movie is supposed to start filming next month in Connecticut. It’s being billed as a romantic comedy, but it’s clearly also got a downright wacky mix of talent — the director of “Silence of the Lambs,” a recluse actress who hasn’t been in a mainstream movie since God knows when, the star of “The Devil Wears Prada” (Anne Hathaway), and Elmo’s comic foil.

But the real question isn’t, how did all these random people come to work on the same project? No, it’s how on earth did CT become the filming mecca of the tri-state region? Seriously, I’ve counted no fewer than 10 movies set to start filming there in the next few months. What’s a NY suburb got to do to get some of that Hollywood lovin’?

(AP Photo/Carol Rosegg)

Simile of the Month: L.A. sculpture is like Stephen Baldwin’s kidneys

baldwin.jpgThank God for Google News alerts. If not for them, how else would I have stumbled upon the LAist blog’s outstanding comparison of a sculpture at The Getty Museum to Stephen Baldwin’s kidneys? And I quote …

<blockquote><div>L.A.-based contemporary artist, Tim Hawkinson, has been showcasing his latest work, Zoopsia (Visual hallucinations of animals) which will be on display until Sept. 9th. The exhibit is anchored by the gargantuan installation of Hawkinson’s Uberorgan. Don’t confuse this towering work of art for Stephen Baldwin’s kidney, built with giant biomorphic balloons and tentacle-like horns that angle toward the central rotunda of the museum’s Entrance Hall, this is a musical instrument. The Uberorgan has a 250-foot long scroll that is deciphered by switches in a player and creates a slow symphony that sounds like a belching elephant bellowing in various octaves.</div></blockquote>

I’m still puzzling over why exactly the comparison was made to Upper Grandview’s Stevie B. But I like it. Really like it.

LAist, you are hereby awarded the first (and perhaps only) Suburbarazzi Simile of the Month award.

(Photo by Gwynne Johnson/Rockland Magazine)