Panettiere to Photogs: Just say no to pot!

tjndc5-5ciegggv7xt14xpvg2ep_layout.jpgIt’s been a while since we made our mandatory, once-a-week Hayden Panettiere post. And truth be told, in the “Heroes” off-season, there’s not much to report on the Palisades native. But since that’s not stopping TMZ, which tends to have at least one Hayden clip, photo, or story per day — analyzing the hotness of her mom, measuring the length of her short shorts, and the demonstrating one absolutely filthy application of the term “bottom feeder.”

But the one recent TMZ article that I found truly entertaining in a good way was this clip, posted yesterday, in which Hayden saves the day. As the paparazzi follow her down Robertson Blvd in LA, while she’s shopping for a dress to wear on Letterman, she starts inexplicably yelling “Pot! Pot! Pot!”

Alas, no, she wasn’t telling the men to extinguish their J’s. She was in fact just warning one of the photogs to watch out for a potted plant. Now that’s what I call a Hero!

MORE: Past Hayden Panettiere posts

(AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Travolta and family shack up in Greenwich

sendbinary.jpgGiven the non-stop Travolta sightings in the LoHud region this last month — while filming “Old Dogs” in Stamford, Shea Stadium, Central Park, etc — perhaps it should have been obvious that the star had found a temporary home here. Sure enough, UPI reports that the whole Travolta, including wife Kelly Preston and 7-year-old daughter, Ella, has relocated. And what’s more, all three have roles in the film (which also stars Robin Williams and Mamaroneck native Matt Dillon).

The Travolta house is on Round Hill Road, although the owners did not reveal the exact address.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Happy Birthday, dear Johnny Drama, Happy Birthday to you

kd_4×6_back-1.jpgI can’t decide which is weirder: The fact that Mamaroneck native Kevin Dillon is letting a Chicago radio station and some organization called POParazzi (what kind of whack name is that?) host is birthday … or that the party is actually being thrown in the name of Johnny Drama, Dillion’s ‘Entourage’ alter ego.

And what’s more, it sounds totally like the kind of sponsored gig that Drama and Turtle would do on the show (wasn’t there a Victoria’s Secret-endorsed bday party for Vince in season 2?). Let’s just hope that the method acting hasn’t evolved into a full Jekyll-and-Hyde syndrome.

Full details on the Kevin Dillon Birthday Party @ Crobar

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: ‘Today’ stars visit ‘Sesame Street,’ Stephen Baldwin gets a load of bull and Alan Ruck is ‘Burning’

Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about the “Sesame Street” contributions of former Lower Hudson Valley residents Matt Lauer and Al Roker; the perilous bull-related accident of Upper Grandview resident Stephen Baldwin; and the appearances of Piermont resident and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” alumnus Alan Ruck on “The Bronx is Burning.”

After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Yorktown High School alumnus Eric Stein appears on what current reality TV show?

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Phil Rizzuto’s celebrated life included dinners in Eastchester

phil.jpgI was sad to see that one of my favorite all-time New York Yankee personalities, Phil Rizzuto, passed away today. Not only was No. 10 a great player on many of the Yankees’ championship teams and a legendary broadcaster for four decades, but he was a class act — self-effacing, genuine and kind by all accounts.

I did a little homework and learned that the Scooter used to dine at the defunct Alex & Henry’s restaurant on Route 22 in Eastchester. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of his dinners resulted in an on-air shout-out during a crucial moment of a game, one of the few announcers who could do such a thing and have the audience laugh along with him.

Before it closed in 1999, Alex & Henry’s served other celebrity clientèle, including fellow Yankees Joe DiMaggio, Billy Martin and Mickey Mantle; Sneden’s Landing resident Al Pacino; Kathy Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford; and politicians Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, Nelson Rockefeller, Mario Cuomo, George Pataki and Rudolph Giuliani.

Holy Cow, we’re gonna miss you, Phil.

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Brooke Astor dead at 105

The socialite grande dame passed away yesterday at Holy Hill, her Briarcliff Manor estate. Described variously as a “civic leader,” “philanthropist” and “trend setter,” Astor is often said to have defined what it meant to be in New York’s high society mid-century, and served as “the last bridge to the Gilded Age, when ‘society’ was a closed world of old-money families,” according to an obituary in the Times.

According to The Journal News, her reverend and friend, Charles P. Pridemore of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Ossining, was by her side this weekend, as was her son, when she passed.

<blockquote><div>I was with her a few minutes after she died. … she had her dogs – Boysie and Girlsie – I don’t know if they were in the room, but they were still there. She was surrounded by beautiful, fresh-cut flowers and the people who loved her most.</div></blockquote>

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Astor was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1998, for her charity efforts.

She’s quoted as saying: “Money is like manure, it should be spread around.” She married into the Astor family when she was in her 40s. Her husband, Vincent Astor, was the great-great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, who made his fortune in fur trading and New York real estate. When Astor died, she inherited a fortune of $67 million.

Her charity work for places like the New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Natural History, Central Park, the Bronx Zoo and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is well known. However, she also gave to the Apollo Theater and to various other community projects. She was also quite active in the village of Briarcliff.

Astor was born Brooke Russell March 30, 1902. She was nine years younger than the oldest known person in the world, who, coincidentally, also passed away yesterday.

(AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, 1989)

From ‘Sydney White’ to ‘Black Widow,’ son of ‘Mathnet’ cop continues Hollywood roll

jhoward.jpgIn January, I interviewed Yonkers native Joe Howard, known by me and other hard-core “Square One TV” fans as crime-solving mathematician George Frankly on the “Dragnet” spoof called “Mathnet.” During the phone interview, we briefly discussed his son, Jeremy Howard (right), an emerging actor in his own right. Turns out Jeremy’s been popping up everywhere since then.

In addition to hitting on Rebecca De Mornay’s character — then arguing with her — as a store clerk in the debut episode of HBO’s “John from Cincinnati,” the younger Howard has another supporting role in the upcoming Amanda Bynes feature film “Sydney White,” a modern-day retelling of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Check out Jeremy (in the green shirt) among a group of guys who appear to be the seven “dwarfs,” which only serves as irony as he is listed as 6′ 3½” on Internet Movie Database.

Jeremy also secured roles in two TV movies this year, including “Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder,” starring Lea Thompson and “Black Widow,” starring Jessie Spano herself, Elizabeth Berkley.

No word as to whether or not he greeted Berkley with “I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so … scared!”

Rosie O’Donnell in shoutfest with biker

tjndc5-5ff3o1efh7515m71iij_layout.jpgWhile most of us would cower from a confrontation with a guy on a Harley, Nyack’s O’Donnell is no such shrinking violet. She not only took on a rowdy biker, she forced him into retreat.

The incident happened in Miami on Saturday night. O’Donnell and girlfriend Kelli Carpenter were heading back to their convertible after finishing dinner when “a bald screaming infuriated man” ran toward their car screaming about his nearby motorcycle, according to O’Donnell on her blog.
“chill dude –
we didn’t touch it,” the former View host reports she said (in her trademark online haiku style).

However, it soon escalated to “name-calling.”

As we all know, Rosie is not one to back down from a fight, so even as the Harley rider began “snorting like a dragon” and calling the women “f***ing lesbians” Rosie held her ground.

O’Donnell says she stood up, raised her hands over her head and – smiling – yelled back, “CORRECT SIR.”

The biker then stormed off.

Maybe it’s time for Rosie to head home to Nyack.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Yorktown’s Eric Stein is ‘America’s Player’ on ‘Big Brother 8’

Yorktown High School alumnus Eric Stein is not only a contestant on the CBS reality show “Big Brother 8,” he’s also “America’s Player,” which means he claims $10,000 for every five audience-generated tasks he successfully completes on the show.

To this point, the 27-year-old has earned at least $10,000 for completing six of these tasks determined through Internet polls, according to the barely- somewhat-reliable Wikipedia. Among the tasks he completed were telling fellow contestant Kail a lie of a sorrowful story and starting the catch-phrase “I’d do that for a dollar!”

According to the CBS-sanctioned wiki, Eric was also known for being dramatic in high school. Stein “taught drama and directed the musical” and was “voted ‘Funniest'” at YHS, according to CBS. The former writer for World Wrestling Entertainment also auditioned to be on “American Idol.” Talk about drama.

Tim Robbins reportedly harassed at Mets game, later called ‘Commie’ by fan

tjndc5-5b5pznsmk2ob999hezi_layout.jpgAfter reading a Mets fan’s alleged encounter with Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins, here’s reason No. 385 why I’m happy I’m a Yankee fan.

I’m an avid fan of ESPN columnist Bill Simmons, a.k.a. Sports Guy, which is somewhat surprising because he loves to rag on my favorite teams — particularly the Yankees (he’s a fan of Boston’s pro teams) and Boston College (he’s an alumnus of “rival” Holy Cross). But I can put up with his misguided rooting interests because he’s a talented, honest and hysterically funny writer.

Every now and then, Simmons answers readers’ questions in his regular mailbag column. He traditionally closes each of these with a crazy and/or controversial submission, to which he responds only with “Yup … these are my readers.”

Here’s a letter from “Frank B., New York” that prompted that reaction in Friday’s mailbag. Keep in mind the letter-writer’s brother is referencing Robbins’ role in the baseball movie “Bull Durham”:

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I sat four seats over from Tim Robbins at Shea last night. He didn’t even acknowledge my drunk brother calling him ‘Meat’ for three innings straight. Not even a response after (Moises) Alou went deep and he hit him with the obligatory ‘He hit the … bull! He gets a free steak.’ If you see him around tell him to stop spreading his commie propaganda and grow a sense of humor. Thanks SG.

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Wow, you mean peppering a guy with drunk versions of quotes from a movie that came out 19 years ago isn’t the best way to solicit a positive response? This “fan” should just be happy that Robbins didn’t go Nuke LaLoosh and bury a fastball in his brother’s temple.

Go Yanks.

(Photo: Gannett News Service, Joel Warren/Orion)

Matt Lauer helps ‘Sesame Street’ viewers discover newspapers (Thanks, Matt!)

matt-lauer.jpgFurther proof that “Sesame Street” is as much for adults as it is for kids, Matt Lauer is part of a star-studded campaign to teach young viewers new words with the show’s new “Word on the Street” segment.

Lauer says the word “newspaper” in a celebritastic promo (click on the first video). To return the favor to the man who spent most of his childhood years in Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale, I will say the word “morning show” in this post. Wait, that’s two words. You owe us a “Suburbarazzi,” Lauer!

A fellow “Word on the Street” celeb with LoHud connections is former Yorktown resident Al Roker, who unravels his wallet photos for the word “family.” Aww.

Among the other stars in the promo are Sarah Jessica Parker, Howie Mandel, Tyra Banks, Anderson Cooper, Rachael Ray, Chad Pennington, Ellen DeGeneres, James Blunt (really?), Chris Brown and Conan O’Brien.

Actually, I’ve named all of the stars in the promo except one I can’t identify: the blondish woman in the coral long-sleeve and purple floral blouse who explains that that day’s word is “WINDY!” Who is she, loyal readers?

Appearing on the Monday premiere for the show’s 38th(!) season will be Brown, NBC News anchor Brian Williams and — my personal favorite of all these celebs — Tina Fey, according to Gothamist.

(Photo: The Journal News/Mark Vergari.)

Stephen Baldwin’s 2.1-second bull ride ends in broken rib and shoulder

sbaldwin.jpgStop the presses! Upper Grandview resident Stephen Baldwin is this month’s Rosie O’Donnell as far as Suburbarazzi is concerned.

First, Suburbarazzi shared news of his evangelical works at the 11th Annual Generation Conference. Earlier today, ‘Razzi reported how this (non-Alec) Baldwin headed to Bulgaria to work on a film with a (non-Scarlett) Johansson.

Now, remember that TV show Ted Mann told you about in June? The one for which Stevie B. and Vanilla Ice planned to go bull-riding? Well, TMZ now has a clip of Stephen Baldwin’s shoulder and rib snapping as he falls off one of them doggies.

After the rodeo fall, Baldwin sports an American flag hat and says “When I breathe, it ain’t fun,” in what might or might not be a southern accent. (Dude, you’re from Massapequa!)