Archive for September, 2007
Shameless Speculation: Is Hayden Panettiere dating Milo Ventimiglia, her “Heroes” co-star? • 09.21.07
Simply posing the question is probably enough to put me on Hayden’s hit list, but ah, I ain’t afraid of you, missy.
So, let’s weigh the evidence (I’ll assign a + or – point total to the rumor for each point):
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ TMZ.com caught the two walking arm in arm after the Emmy awards. However, when pressed by the cameraman, Ventimiglia said they weren’t dating and Panettiere said, “I’m holding onto him because I’m about to fall over in these heels!” -2
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Hollywood Grind says that the two attended the Governor’s Ball and that Milo was seen cutting Hayden’s meat. +1
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The two seem rather close in a series of photos from the “Heroes” world tour. +1
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ E! points out the obvious: that Milo is 30 and Hayden just turned 18. -1
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Finally, this YouTube clip, via HollywoodTV, shows Ventimiglia grinding into Panettiere on the dance floor at the Duran Duran concert staged at Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles, an official after-party of the Emmy Awards. While it’s not definitive, the two do look awfully intimate. +3
Final tally: +2
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a certified rumor.
(Photo: NBC Universal)
There are few things more startling than finding out that one of your old friends has a Flickr page. Especially so if they’re uploading pics of themselves passed out, naked, or horribly disfigured.
And when one of those old friend happens to be Rosie O’Donnell — well, after you get over the initial shock and disgust, the voyeuristic thrill inevitably kicks in. Not since John Hodgeman’s 700 Hobos project have I felt such a need to evangelize for a Flickr page. But Rosie’s collection is that good. Check it out HERE.
I’d like to follow Defamer‘s lead and repost some of the pics her here on Suburbarazzi, but my Gannett overlords don’t take kindly to pushing the fair-use envelope. Suffice it to say, if you’ve ever wondered what the South Nyack resident would look like if her mouth was literally sown together, or what her face would look like burned with a waffle iron, you ought to check it out.
That first pic, by the way, is from the upcoming season of “Nip/Tuck,” where O’Donnell reprises her role as Dawn Budge (and has to get her mouth sewn shut). No idea what the story is with the second. I’m guessing it’s retaliation from Oprah and the Black Crusaders.
Ang Lee’s new Mandarin-language spy thriller has plenty of things going for it: a Golden Lion win in Venice, critical praise and comparisons to his own “Brokeback Mountain,” and the studio’s willingness to release Lee’s director’s cut of the movie, despite the fact that it got an NC-17 rating in the States.
However, Lee, who lives in Larchmont, couldn’t seem to catch a break when it came to Chinese censorship rules. And so, according to The China Post, he’s agreed to slice seven minutes of especially explicit sex scenes from the movie in order to get an R rating and distribution in the People’s Republic.
Even more surprising: The censors actually asked him to kill an entire half hour of the movie. Lee negotiated with the motion picture authorities to whittle down their request to three key erotic scenes. The movie is expected to debut in Taiwan on Sept. 24, in NYC on Sept. 26, and in mainland China sometime in October.
On Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio show Tuesday morning, he and Chevy Chase chatted on the phone for 20 minutes to discuss their turbulent past and plug Stern’s involvement with Chase’s fourth-annual Green School Auction to improve environmental education and services.
Nearly 20 years ago, peace in the Middle East seemed more likely. In the late ’80s, Stern had a far angrier phone exchange with Chase and his wife, Jayni, and the two comedy stars took brutal shots at one another over the airwaves for most of the last two decades.
But in recent years, Stern, who launched his pro career in Briarcliff Manor, and Chase, a Bedford resident, talked in private and began to work out their differences. And at a recent party thrown by Jon Bon Jovi, Stern extended peace talks to Chase’s wife, Jayni, who hadn’t spoken to Stern since the angry phone call.
Relations improved to such an extent that Stern agreed to auction off the prize of sitting in on his talk show for an hour to raise money for the Chases’ charity, the Center for Environmental Education Online. Money raised through the auctions will “educate for sustainability, the science of climate change and supporting healthy food in schools,” according to its Web site. Bidding on the final auction items ends today.
At the time of publishing this post, the current bid for sitting in on the Howard Stern Show ($91,000) was way ahead of having lunch with Chase and his “close friend,” Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton ($51,500); playing pool with Chase and Bedford resident Billy Baldwin ($4,500); meeting former Larchmont resident Joan Rivers for cocktails at NYC’s Cutting Room and a jewelry gift ($2,500); and having Katonah resident Martha Stewart lead a personal tour through her gardens ($1,001). Check out all the bids here.
Kevin Kline screens new film for UN • 09.20.07
I’m not sure if the United Nations building has a built-in movie theater, but if it does, I bet it has the best concession stand in New York City.
Garrison resident Kevin Kline headed over to that cool flat building on 1st Avenue yesterday to screen his new film, “Trade.”
The movie focuses on the kidnapping and sale of a Mexican girl and Polish woman as part of a human trafficking network. According to Reuters, the Oscar-winner “plays a Texas policeman who with the girl’s brother sets off on a dangerous rescue attempt.”
No word on whether the film had subtitles in so many languages that they obscured the entire screen, or whether the diplomats’ translators were working overtime to not only translate the dialogue, but also change their voices to fit each character. How does one say “I don’t believe voice-over artist is part of my job description” in Italian?
Us reporter no Hero to Hayden • 09.19.07
This week’s “Ask Ausiello” column over at TV Guide has a great item about our favorite Palisades native, Hayden Panettiere. Rumor has it that the “Heroes” star totally lost it when she saw a staffer from Us Weekly on the red carpet at the
Emmies Emmys. As Ausiello put it, she “threatened to ‘kill'” said reporter, presumably because of a story the magazine ran about her breaking up with “Laguna Beach” star Stephen Colletti. Then, like Peter Petrelli coming to her rescue, Panettiere’s publicist grabbed her and said, No, “Not on the red carpet.”
Too soon to start making Best Picture Oscar predictions for 2009? Naah.
The one movie I’m already set to place my bets on is Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” an adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel about a murdered 14-year-old girl who looks on from the afterlife to see what happens to her family when she goes missing. In addition to the amazing source material, what’s also exciting is that this flick will have an even more LoHudalicious cast than “City of Ember” (starring Bill Murray and Tim Robbins) and “Dancing with Shiva” (Debra Winger, Bill Irwin). Yes, in this one we have not one, not two, but three stars with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley.
First, there’s Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon, set to play the grandmother of the murdered girl. Then you’ve got Michael Imperioli, who grew up in Brewster and Mount Vernon, playing a cop searching for the girl. And finally, according to the Hollywood Reporter, North Salem’s Stanley Tucci may play the molester/murderer (Jackie Earl Haley, you started a trend!). And with Jackson behind the camera and DreamWorks footing the bill, this project is essentially a stacked deck. If only this movie were listed on the Hollywood Stock Exchange, I’d begin gobbling up futures today.
UPDATE: Spoke too soon. The movie is listed on the Exchange. Current price: H$42.91. Ticker symbol: LVBON.
Buy! Buy! Buy!
Rosie O’Donnell’s highly anticipated memoir, “Celebrity Detox,” is set to hit the stores on October 2, and already it’s shaping up to be one of the South Nyack resident’s most provoctive moves yet. This week she made news by snubbing Oprah and instead giving Diane Sawyer the first interview about the book (Because, duh, nobody sells books quite like Diane Sawyer! Oh wait.).
Then, all over the web, details about the book began to leak out. Here are just a few of the most telling points:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ O’Donnell says that Barbara Walters is “tired” and implied that she should retire, or at least “step back.” [NY Post]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ As a child, O’Donnell says she used to break her own limbs with either a baseball bat or a wooden hanger. [Fox News]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ During commercial breaks on “The View” audience members would sometimes shout out, “I love you, Rosie” Ã¢â‚¬â€œ “and Barbara politely tells them in a schoolteacher tone, ‘It is impolite to say I love you to one person when there are four of us up here.’ ” [People.com]
After winning the top award at the Venice Film Festival, Larchmont resident Ang Lee’s new espionage thriller, “Lust Caution,” is already sparking early rumors that it mayÃ‚Â be a candidate for a Best Picture Oscar in ’08. Only one slight catch.
And no, I’m not talking about the fact that the film was shot in Mandarin (that didn’t stop Mel Gibson in the past, why should it slow down Lee). Instead, I’m referring to how the film may just be the first Oscar candidate to have an NC-17 rating.
Normally considered to be box office poison, Lee and James Schamus (head of Focus Features and Lee’s longtime producing partner) decided to let the rating hold and not recut the film. Clearly, the strategy worked, with the movie earning critical raves and people who’ve seen it saying the sex scenes are even more provocative than those in “Brokeback Mountian.” There’s a great Q&A with Lee over on USA Today, where he talks about getting the movie made in his native country, what it’s like to coach sex scenes, and how mah-jongg ties into marathon love-making.
“Ang Lee shares ‘Lust’ for life, filmmaking” [USA Today]
(Ang Lee: AP Photo/Jerome Favre; ‘Lust, Caution’ Pic: Focus Features)
Here’s an interesting theory, espoused by Boston’s Weekly Dig blog. Maybe Mount Kisco rapper DMX isn’t actually the dog abuser that the Arizona cops have painted him to be. Perhaps, in fact, he’s just a misunderstood animal lover — someone who loves doggies so much he had a pit bull tattooed across his back, uses dogs on his album covers, and even launched a line of canine couture (which, incidentally, he’s now being sued over).
After the break, I’ll recap blogger David Thorpe’s theory on the whole Earl Simmons quagmire, and how it all basically boils down to a simple “Of Mice and Men” pathos.
It’s not clear whether Manilow’s decision not to appear on today’s episode of “The View” was more of an insult to Elisabeth Hasselbeck (who he refused to be interviewed by), a show of solidarity with Rosie O’Donnell (who Manilow is good friends with), or actually a dis of Manilow himself. But, well, I’m going to bet it’s explanation No. 3.
Apparently Manilow demanded that the show not have right-winger Hasselbeck on the stage at the same time and the folks at ABC said, basically, nuh-uh. As producer Bill Geddie put it on Barbara Walters’ weekly SIRIUS radio show, “He said, ‘I’ll do Barbara and Whoopi or I’ll do Whoopi and Sherri or some combination, but I won’t sit with Elisabeth,’ and I said ‘Well, then you wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be on the show. It’s that simple. And that was the end of it. He’s not going to call the shots. You’re not going to tell me how to produce the show.”
Could this be the start of a trend? Will other left-leaning celebs like Susan Sarandon start canceling their appearances? Is a Rosie-inspired boycott in the offing?
Most important of all, Does anyone even watch “The View” anymore?
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Suburbarazzi’s Emmy Recap on RNN • 09.18.07
Emmy leftovers, anyone? I know this is getting up about a day too late, but I think doing this week’s segment a day earlier than our usually scheduled Tuesday slot on RNN kind of threw everyone for a loop.
Anyway, here’s our recap of which Lower Hudson Valley celebs won and lost on Emmy night, which originally aired Monday night.
This week’s quiz:
Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams may have gone home empty handed last night, but her second season of “Ugly Betty” is looking to be even more buzzed about than the first, thanks in part to some very interesting guest stars. Which of these stars WILL NOT be on the show.
A. Victoria Beckham
B. Rick Fox (Williams’ ex-husband)
C. Al Gore
D. Betty White
The answer is after the break.