Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: LoHud Halloween costumes, Charles Grodin’s book and Al Roker’s reports from the ‘Office’ convention


This week’s quiz: When Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins took the Webster Hall stage at an Oct. 17 tribute concert, he sang songs originally performed by the artist being honored that night. Who was this man of honor?

A. Bob Dylan
B. Woodie Guthrie
C. Pete Seeger

The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.

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Dick goes duck hunting in Dutchess County

cheney-motorcade.jpgYesterday the Veep was spotted headed to the Clove Valley Rod & Gun Club in Lagrangeville, one of his favorite bird clubs. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, he landed at Stewart Air Force Base on Sunday, and then took off first thing Monday morning for a day of duck and pheasant hunting.

No octogenarian lawyers were injured (that we know of), but that doesn’t mean Cheney didn’t shoot himself in the foot. As the Daily News explained, the club has a 3×5-foot Confederate flag hanging inside the door of its garage. And the minute Al Sharpton got wind of this, you can imagine what his reaction was. We’ll spell it out:

“He ought to leave immediately, call for the flag to be brought down at once, and apologize for being connected to an institution that would be insensitive enough to fly it in the first place,” Sharpton said. “What is interesting to me is that this is not even in the South that it is flying. The club owners must identify with the philosophy of the Confederacy because they can’t say that they are a historic club that 200 years ago was a part of the Confederacy since New York was never a confederate state. If Cheney does not leave, I will bring a delegation of clergy to lead a prayer vigil in the immediate future.”

While some, like ABC’s Jake Tapper, were quick to caution that few people could actually confirm the existence of the flag, the photo on the DN site does make a good case.

So, what are the odds that when all this is over, somehow Harry Whittington ends up being the one making the biggest public apology again? It was my flag, everyone, my bad!

(Photo: Spencer Ainsley/Poughkeepsie Journal)

The great Hayden Panettiere cottage cheese debate

nup_107705_1221.jpgIf you’ve ever wondered just how shallow and despicable the TMZ “newsroom” can get, the debate over whether a photo of Hayden Panettiere is evidence of early-onset celluite should more than satisfy your curiosity. Or make you sick to yourself.

Now the real moral quandry: Does our simply linking to the story constitute an acceptance of its content? Discuss amongst yourselves.

For the record, at least we didn’t copy the real offending photo of the Palisades native’s thighs. We’re not quite that shallow.

Still, we will link to it: TMZ video debate and Panettiere photo. 

(Heroes photo: NBC/Chris Haston) 

Funkmaster Flex reclaims the No. 1 spot from DJ Clue

Funkmaster Ford

Between “Car Wars” and the “Funkmaster Flex Custom Car and Bike Show Tour” it’s easy to forget that the DJ still has a radio show on Hot 97. For years Flex had owned the night, from 7 p.m to midnight, but when DJ Clue moved onto 105.1, he lost the No. 1 slot. Since then a rivalry has been brewing between the two stations.

Given that Flex has an office in Dobbs Ferry, that made it easy for us to choose which spinner to side with. And now, according to The Daily News, we made the right choice. Flex is back on top, with 12.6 percent of the 18- to 34-year-old demo, compared with Clue’s 9.6 percent. Not quite as cool as a tricked out Ford Expedition, but pretty close.

Charles Grodin to talk at Armonk library without getting shooshed

grodin.jpgActor, author and former talk-show host Charles Grodin will be heading to the North Castle Public Library in Armonk at 8 p.m., Nov. 10 for a free event to discuss his new book, “If I Only Knew Then.”

Grodin, who had prominent roles in “Midnight Run” and the “Beethoven” franchise, will chat in Whippoorwill Hall about his new book, which includes autobiographical essays about lessons learned by South Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell, Walter Cronkite, Shirley Maclaine, Paul Newman, Carol Burnett, Regis Philbin and Robert Redford. Grodin, who appeared as a commentator on “60 Minutes II” a few years ago and as a CNBC talk show host in the late ’90s, also wrote an off-Broadway play called “The Right Kind of People” in 2004.

The western Connecticut resident’s no stranger to Westchester County libraries. On April 28, 2002, he appeared at the New Rochelle Public Library as part of an annual CelebriTea event to raise money for that facility.

I’ll be chatting with Grodin this Wednesday afternoon and posting some highlights on Suburbarazzi soon thereafter. So stay tuned!

(Photo by Andrew McKoy/The Journal News)

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie hot for Halloween (as opposed to any other time)

brangelina.jpgFor those among the celebrity-obsessed seeking to be a star for a day, the hot costumes this Halloween are of power couple Brad Pitt and former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie.

US Weekly cites a Captain Morgan/Kelton Research survey of 600 Americans, who rate Brangelina as this year’s most popular celebrity inspiration for holiday get-ups. Presumably, couples who dress up this way will spend the night arguing with each other over who’s more good-looking. Blech.

Other couples popular in the poll were Britney Spears and Kevin Federline; Chappaqua residents Bill and Hillary Clinton; recent Pelham dweller Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes; David Beckham and Posh Spice; and George W. and Laura Bush.

Among the late-night TV show hosts, New Rochelle native Jay Leno beat out North Salem resident David Letterman, among others — just like in the ratings. I’d prefer Letterman as a costume or as a talk show host, myself.

(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Get your Scrant-on! Al Roker heads to ‘Office’ convention

Former Yorktown resident Al Roker headed to Scranton, Penn., on Friday to report the weather from the site of “The Office” convention, where thousands of Dunderheads sojourned for a weekend of festivities. In the process, he also interviewed nine of the show’s supporting actors: Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Craig Robinson, Creed Bratton, Kate Flannery, Leslie David Baker, Oscar Nuñez and Phyllis Smith and Robert R. Shafer.

For the hard-core Mifflin Muffins out there, my Remote Access buddy Brian Howard does an excellent job of covering the event vicariously. Next year, we just might have to road-trip it down there.

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Cruise conquers Pelham, Ramsay renovates Tuckahoe restaurant


This week’s quiz:

Which of the following local celebs is going to star Donald Trump’s new celebrity version of “The Apprentice�?

• Chynna Philips, of Bedford
• Stephen Baldwin, of Upper Grandview
• Michael Imperioli, Brewster and Mount Vernon native
• Stone Phillips, of Dobbs Ferry

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Cross Judge Judy with Dr. Phil and you get … Donald Trump?

Q: How many Donald Trump television shows will we be forced to watch before the network overlords understand that the man has peaked, that the halcyon days of “The Apprentice” are long gone?

A: Four

In addition to NBC’s “Apprentice: Celebrity Edition” (currently filming now in NYC), Fox’s “Lady or a Tramp,” and MTV’s “Pageant Place,” yesterday news broke that there is yet another Trump show forthcoming. Only now, the Donald is taking aim at a whole new section of the schedule: daytime.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the new syndicated show (to be created by Reveille Prods. and Trump Prods.) will star the Bedford resident in what one source called a hybrid between “Dr. Phil” and “Judge Judy” — i.e. Trump acting as mediator for real people with financial disputes.

Hey, that reminds me, Donald: If you’re looking for any people to appear on the new show, I hear Michael Lohan might like a little of that “Apprentice” action coming Stephen Baldwin’s way!

(Associated Press file photo by Dennis Cook)

Sextortionist given another stay of execution

a218b1773d.jpgA quick update on the Sextortionist saga (via our blogging brothers at Business in the Burbs) …

Jessica Wolcott was hauled into a White Plains court yesterday, where U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Karas decided not to keep her in custody until her sentencing on November 15. Wolcott was found to have cut off her electronic monitoring bracelet, been giving tours of a winery, and filling up her apartment with empty bottles of booze (despite a court order to cut out the drinking after she got into a bar brawl this summer).

Stephen Baldwin stole Michael Lohan’s shot at becoming the next Apprentice


Perhaps the most telling thing to come out of the news that Stephen Baldwin will be competing on the next season of “The Apprentice”: He wasn’t The Donald’s first choice. Michael Lohan was.

Tabloid Baby claims that Lohan had already accepted the offer to appear on the show when NBC lawyers learned of the wayward dad’s criminal past and current parole. That’s when Baldwin, an Upper Grandview resident, stepped in to pinch hit.

As we’ve reported before, the two born-again ministers (Baldwin and Lohan, that is) became buddies while trying to launch a $15 million teen detox center on Long Island. It’s good to see the two tag-teaming yet again on another worthy cause.

(Lohan: AP Photo/ Dick Yarwood; Baldwin: Gwynne Johnson / Rockland Magazine)

Vince Vaughn + Vanessa Williams = most bizarre rumored couple of 2007


I didn’t think any celebrity couple could be more unexpected and incongruous than Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson. And, well, I still don’t. But this one comes pretty close.

According to MediaTakeOut, Vince Vaughn and Vanessa Williams are dating. This rumor comes via “one of our most trusted Hollywood snitches.” This supposed insider says, “Vanessa’s really trying to keep this a secret … She feels that the press helped ruin her relationship with Rick [Fox], so she’s trying to keep what she has with Vince private.”

Of course, the best way to keep the romance away from the prying eyes of the L.A. paparazzi: Bring Vince home to meet the family in Chappaqua. We promise, if we see you two lovebirds together at the Mount Kisco Starbucks, we’ll keep you secret quiet. For at least two, maybe three days. Or until we have a really slow celebrity news day — whichever comes first.

(Vaughn: AP photo/Rene Macur; Vanessa Williams photo: ABC)