Action! Westchester shoots attract A-listers, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close

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).

george.jpgClooney 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.

meryl.jpgAlso 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.

glenn-close.jpgBedford 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.

quinn-margulies.jpgSuburbarazzi 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.

Last week, Tim Allen was spotted filming multiple scenes for “The Six Wives of Henry Lefay” at the Westchester County Airport, whose property straddles North Castle and Harrison. For the comedy, Allen is seen checking in at a “recreated ticket counter and boarding area on the third floor” and in front of the terminal, according to the county.

The county says Julie Taymor’s movie based on Beatles songs, “Across the Universe,” was filmed at strawberry pumpkin fields at Muscoot Farm in Somers and inside two New Rochelle homes. The film was released Friday, according to IMDb.

“Law & Order: SVU” (or as I call it, “The Only ‘Law & Order’ I’ll Watch in Syndication”) is shooting scenes inside Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers and will shoot some prison scenes in one of the county’s old jails, according to the release.

(Photo credits: Clooney: AP/Chris Pizzello; Streep: Brigitte Lacombe; Close: AP/Dima Gavrysh; Margulies: AP/Chris Polk; Quinn: AP/Louis Lanzano)

Chris Serico

A Westchester native and Boston College grad, Chris Serico will host your game show for scale. A features reporter for the The Journal News, he's also written for the newspaper's Listening Room, Suburbarazzi and Remote Access entertainment blogs. For those about to rock, he salutes you.