Archive for September, 2007
The original Suburbarazzo says sayonara • 09.28.07
Today was a very sad day in the land of Suburbarazzi, as we had to bid adieu one of the founding fathers of this blog. We pleaded with Robert not to go — or at the very least to continue stalking Lower Hudson Valley celebrities in his free time — but, alas, he just laughed in our face.
After one last good-bye cake from Riviera Bakery (the frosting message: “20 Months Sober!” Which, of course, Robert came up with himself), our intrepid blogger left LoHud HQ once and for all.
I asked him to make a farewell post, but fact-checking for the InTown dining guide kind of got in the way. Still, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to do some reminiscing for him …
Just because Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington always plays such phenomenal villains in the movies doesn’t mean he’s a baddie in real life. In fact, quite the opposite. One example: For the premiere of his upcoming crime drama “American Gangster” on October 19, AllHipHop reports that he arranged for all the proceeds to be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of America.
You may remember that Washington is a huge advocate for the B&G Clubs — in particular the Mount Vernon chapter, which he grew up with — and has been the group’s national spokesperson for the past 15 years.
If you haven’t seen the movie’s trailer yet, be sure to check it out (YouTube link). It appears to be Washington’s best bad-guy part yet, with him playing a 1970’s crime lord who smuggles heroin in the coffins of American soldiers returning from Vietnam. And Russell Crowe plays the detective trying to take him down. The movie goes wide on November 2.
Fun fact: Russell Crowe lived over in Nyack, at the Pretty Penny estate, while the movie was filming locally.
Rumor Control: Hayden-Milo a no-go • 09.28.07
OK, so maybe we jumped the gun a bit on the rumor that Hayden Panetteire and her “Heroes” costar Milo Ventimiglia are now an item. At least, that’s what another costar, James Kyson Lee, told People magazine.Ã‚Â “The rumor is not true. Let’s just end it there.”
He continued, “I think we were just surprised because they’re 12 years apart Ã¢â‚¬â€œ for people to even conceive that. I know there have been a lot of jokes, Hayden turning 18 and whatnot. At some point, you just have to let it go, and respect their privacy.”
Well, there was that. And also this YouTube video of the two grinding and making sexy like at the Emmys after-party, which pretty much speaks for it self.
(“Heroes” photo: NBC)Ã‚Â
First, a small correction: It turns out that the name of the new Trump magazine will not be Trump Life, as we posted a couple days ago. Instead it will continue to be Trump Magazine, one now it’ll be published by Ocean Drive Media Group and Jerry Powers. This much was cleared up at the Tuesday night party to celebrate the new “the coffee table, high-end book for luxury living,” as Powers summed it up.
Even better was Powers’ comments to FishbowlNY about the genesis of the magazine: “This was a rush job. I just started talking to Donald two weeks ago. I should have done some more research.” Meanwhile, Trump said that he wouldn’t be writing for the magazine, but added, “I’m going to put my picture right on the front so we’ll sell lots of magazines.” If you’re looking for things to be thankful about this Thanksgiving, the first issue of the reincarnated Trump Mag will come out at the end of November.
Denzel set to “Take” Pelham • 09.26.07
Mount Vernon native (and recent mayoral king-maker) Denzel Washington will be starring in an update of the 1974 Walter Matthau movie, “The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3,” about hijackers taking a subway train’s passengers hostage for ransom. The update is being written by David Koepp, the same guy who wrote the forthcoming “SpiderMan 4,” and will be directed by Tony Scott.
Also interesting: Steve Tisch (Giants owner, former Scarsdale resident, and part-time film producer) is also going to be one of the co-producers on “Pelham,” according to Variety.
I only hope it doesn’t take distract him from the really important Tisch project at hand: “Forrest Gump 2” — a.k.a “Forrest Schools Eli Manning.”
So long, Trump Magazine. Hello, Trump Life • 09.26.07
The predicted financial meltdown of Premiere Publishing Group, Donald Trump’s magazine pimp, has finally arrived. And yes, the Donald is taking lemons and making the classiest editorial lemonade you’ve ever seen. I’m telling you, da best!
OK, well, maybe not. But the Bedford homeowner’s already has plans to launch his next magazine, Trump Life. And it’s sure to be better than the deformed Panache-Skymall love child that constituted its three-year-old predecessor. How could it not be at least a slight improvement? It’ll be published by Ocean Drive Media — which already puts out the quality Ocean Drive Magazine in Florida — and, as before, the Trump pub will be sold on newsstands and distributed at Trump’s various hotel, golf, and casino properties.
Most baffling of all, according to the NY Post, Ocean Drive’s Jerry Powers agreed to a five-year, $20 million “partnership deal” with Trump. Which, if I’m not mistaken, translates to about $750,000 per word for his typical editor’s letter.
Say, how much do you guys offer freelancers?
Action! Westchester shoots attract A-listers, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close • 09.24.07
The public relations reps for Westchester County became unofficial Suburbarazzi late last week, informing the public about county-based TV and film projects featuring high-profile stars, including Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and George Clooney (pre-motorcycle crash).
Clooney was quietly wrapping up a New Rochelle shoot at a “private home and inside CostCo” for the Coen brothers movie “Burn After Reading,” according to a Sept. 21 county press release. The film, which also stars Brad Pitt, is about a former CIA agent who writes memoirs after being fired. Perhaps Clooney forgot this weekend that he wasn’t playing Evil Knievel.
Also according to the release, Westchester “soon” will host Oscar winners Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman for the big-screen adaptation of “Doubt,” the Tony Award-winning play. Streep plays a Catholic school principal who accuses Hoffman’s character, a priest, of pedophilia in 1964. “Numerous locations will be used,” but the county does not specify which.
Bedford resident Glenn Close, a five-time Academy Award nominee, didn’t have to travel far to film parts of her new TV series, “Damages,” in a featured Harrison house and, earlier this month, in the Rye Town Hilton.
Suburbarazzi already gave you the scoop about Spring Valley native Julianna Margulies and Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn teaming up for “Canterbury’s Law,” but what you might not know is that the courtroom drama was shooting scenes at Larkin Plaza in Yonkers last week.
After the break, check out news about more Westchester shoots involving Tim Allen at Westchester County Airport, Julie Taymor in Somers and New Rochelle, and “Law & Order: SVU” in Yonkers.
Whoopi whoops Rosie • 09.24.07
Who would have imagined that sedate Whoopi Goldberg would draw higher ratings than controversy magnet Rosie O’Donnell? But, according to Variety, that’s exactly what’s happening.
After premiering to less than stellar numbers (1 million less viewers than O’Donnell got on her first episode), Goldberg’s numbers have steadily risen. So much so that in its second week of the season “The View” is up 16 percent over last year. Sheri Shepherd can also claim some of the credit, as the show added 4 percent in total viewers in the second week, when she joined the permanent cast.
Of course, in the solipsistic “view” of the Lower Hudson Valley we hold here — with O’Donnell’s ties to South Nyack and Goldberg’s ties to Tuxedo Park — everybody’s a winner.
(Goldberg: AP Photo/Reed Saxon; O’Donnell: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
This just in from our sister blog, Small Bites: Buzzy OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Keeffe, the famed owner of the River Cafe in Brooklyn is going to open a new restaurant on the Haverstraw waterfront in summer 2009.
Time for Peter Kelly to break out his Iron Chef fighting gloves again.
“Fall Restaurant Preview” [Small Bites]
(Photo: Mark Vergar/The Journal News)
After giving Oprah a big, fat umnah last week — declining to appear on her show to promote her new memoir, “Celebrity Detox” — South Nyack’s Rosie O’Donnell made an equally surprising move over the weekend: pulling the plug on her planned two-part interview with Diane Sawyer.
Rosie broke the news on her own r blog, where she wrote a lengthy free-verse missive (titled, oddly, “Ms. Winfrey,” not “Ms. Sawyer”):
i do not feel ready
to discuss or defend
the things i shared
on those 209 pages
read it urself
take away what u need
leave the rest
it is what it is
the goal always is peace
sharing – learning – teaching
wax on wax off
i decided no interviews
about celebrity detox
it is too raw
has nothing 2 do with anything
my need 2 find my place
oprah is a force of nature
her invitation made me cry
her kind words about the book
reinforce what we all know
2 b true about her
Her publicist, Cindi Berger, confirmed to the NY Post’s Michael Starr, “She feels people should read the book and take away from it what they will. She does not want to do any interviews.” However, despite her reluctance to talk about “Detox,” she couldn’t me more excited to talk about reprising her role as Dawn Budge on FX’s “Nip/Tuck.” She posted multiple times about the show’s upcoming debut. Truth be told, the prospect of seeing her face sewn shut on the show (as previewed on her Flickr page) kind of has me a little excited too.
(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
The latest update on the DMX dog-abuse in Arizona is in, and the Maricopa County sheriff can now confirm, officially, that the pit bulls dug up in the rapper’s back yard had “serious wounds.”
Uh, um, ok … well, wasn’t that kind of a given, seeing as how they were dead and all?
I suppose old age could have been the cause, but after finding 12 other abused dogs still alive in the house, it wouldn’t have been such a big leap to assume that’s how the three in the back yard ended up that way. The sheriff confirmed to the AP that one dead dog had serious bite wounds, another had trauma to its abdomen, and the third carcass was so badly burned that an exam was inconclusive as to the exact cause of death.
The police still have yet to file charges against the rapper, who has a house on the Mount Kisco/Bedford border, but the sheriff told the AP, “Someone’s going to have to pay for this. We have 12 dogs who were abused and three dogs buried in the yard.”
Meanwhile, DMX’s lawyer, Murray Richman, replied to the allegations: “How do you attribute activities to a person who has not been there, when they have knowledge that other persons have been. Is it because of the celebrity nature?”
Perhaps, Murray. If a dog dies in the backyard of a person previously convicted of animal cruelty, was it really abused?
I say, no, provided said animal abuser is out of the country, ducking multiple warrants already out for his arrest.
(AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
Our sister blog, Politics on the Hudson, raised an interesting point last week, after the primaries: Even though some candidates had the backing of the county’s Democratic party machine (as was the case for some candidates in Greenburgh), that didn’t always translate into a win. However, in the Mount Vernon mayoral race, another kind of endorsement did yield results. I’m talking, of course, about the celebrity kind.
The winner, in that election, appears to be Clinton Young, who narrowly beat incumbent Ernest Davis by 349 votes. And while we may never know exactly how many of his overall votes came thanks to the endorsement of hometown hero Denzel Washington, you can bet it was more than a thumbs up from Andy Spano would have gotten him.
All of which got me to thinking: With all the political activists in the county, which ones have the most sway? Would a plug by Pound Ridge’s Susan Sarandon help give Hillary’s camp a popularity jolt? Could Peekskill/Verplanck native Mel Gibson hurt or help a candidate with his endorsement? What about Rosie?
You tell us. Vote in the sidebar poll.
(Matthew Brown/The Journal News)