Archive for November, 2007
Before anyone says anything, I’ll be the first to admit it: Yes, we’ve been punditing more on RNN lately than we’ve been blogging. It’s a problem, I suspect, that’s due to a lack of tryptophan in our diet — a condition which should be easily remedied in the coming days. Prepare for an onslaught of posts in the coming weeks, as well as our holiday countdown of the top 25 Westchester and Rockland celebrities (based on the recent articles I wrote for InTown Westchester and Rockland Magazine).
In the meantime, here’s this week’s quiz. The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.
QUIZ: Which of these local LoHud celebs has not been seen supporting the striking writers on the picket line?
A. Pound Ridge’s Tim Robbins
B. South Nyack’s Rosie O’Donnell
C. New Rochelle native Jay Leno
D. Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams
Has TV Guide no sense of irony? • 11.21.07
The grand arbiter of cheers/jeers-dom decided to give “Nip/Tuck” an official scoff for “going way over the top Ã¢â‚¬â€ and hitting rock bottom.” The offense? Bringing back Rosie O’Donnell’s lottery winner trailer trash alter-ego, Dawn Budge. OK, I could sort of see that … except the premise of her return excuses everything.
In the show, Rosie’s character seeks out the surgeons to repair her mouth after she’s attacked by an eagle. What’s more, the South Nyack resident has her mouth sewn shut. Who can’t see the humor in that?
And as if that isn’t enough, she’s violated by an “ass bandit.” All of which TV Guide spells out to make their case that the show deserves Jeers. But come on, honestly, if that’s not a case for an open-and-shut Cheers, what is?
“Jeers: A Less-Than-Rosie Nip/Tuck” [TVGuide]
(Nip/Tuck photo: FX)
Hayden Panettiere: Fugitive in Japan • 11.16.07
It’s like a plotline straight out of “Heroes”: Young girls valiantly attempts to save dolphins and pilot whales from being slaughtered, only to find herself quickly turned into an enemy of the state. That’s what’s now happening to Palisades native Hayden Panettiere, who told E! News, “I learned today that I have an arrest warrant out for me in Japan because of what I did for Save the Whales.”
Crazy as all this sounds, even Panettiere conceded that the incident could still result in “potentially jail, but I doubt it. I guess they could come here and get us, but probably not.”
Then again, if Bill Murray can get a golf cart DUI in Sweden, anything’s possible.
(AP Photo/ Matt Sayles)
The great “Katonah” trademark battle of ’07 appears to be coming to an end. As the AP reported, the compromise boils down to this: “Katonah furniture, OK; Katonah paint, no way.”
In other words, Stewart has said she’ll drop her applications to trademark products “such as hardware, paint, lighting and home textiles,” while the Katonah Village Improvement Society and other people fighting the domestic diva have said they’ll drop their challenge to certain other products — i.e. her furniture, mirrors, pillows, and chair cushions, a product like that is already on sale.
It’s worth pointing out that Stewart also already had a line of KB houses that uses the Katonah name, even if the buildings weren’t officially trademarked as “Katonah.” Still the joint statement from Stewart and the KVIS does clearly set a precedent for the future.
Bill Tisherman, formerly of the KVIS, told the AP, “Martha Stewart caved. That’s my opinion. She gave up a huge chunk of what she was looking for and that’s good for the future of this town.” No word yet on what this all means for the Martha Stewart Roast, which was just recently scheduled for Nov. 28 in Times Square. Perhaps instead of a roast, we can just now call it a toast? Ba dum bum.
(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
So, aside from a 300-horsepower, 5.4-liter, V-8, with 6-speed automatic transmission and about a thousand tons of steel, what do you get standard with a Funkmaster Flex Ford (or FMF for short)? Try this on for size:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 3dCarbon body kit with custom front/rear fascia and side skirts
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Two-tone Black and Colorado Red paint with Orange pinstriping
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Funkmaster Flex chrome badges on fenders
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Second-row captainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chairs
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Black leather interior with contrasting Colorado red stitching
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Funkmaster Flex stitched logo headrests
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Unique floormats with FMF logo
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Limited-edition Funkmaster Flex numbered dash plaque
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ SIRIUSÃ‚Â® Satellite Radio
All these features, dreamed up by the the Dobbs Ferry DJ, can be yours for $40,910, including $900 for destination and delivery charges.
An impulsive, angry White Plains dentist who will shove people away from the vehicle with vicious authority? That costs extra.
(Seriously, check that video out. If anyone out there actually goes to this dentist, William Moody, please, please be careful!)
Bill Murray back for more Ghostbusters! • 11.15.07
Ray: We’re back!
Well, sort of. It’s not quite the same as it was in that quote from Ghostbusters 2. We’re not looking at a Ghostbusters 3. But, happily, Murray, Ramis, and Aykroyd are reteaming for Ghostbusters the video game. According to soon-to-be published December issue of Game Informer magazine, the boys are working together to script and voice the game, which is due out next year.
Aykroyd even even said, “I’m actually going to have to perform and do some motion capture for them.” No word on whether Murray (who lives in Sneden’s Landing) will be shooting any scenes with his old buddy Ramis, but as I learned from this excellent profile of Ramis by Tad Friend The New Yorker, that doesn’t seem likely. Despite Murray being godfather to his Ramis’s daughter, the two have been trapped in a toxic friendship ever since collaborating on “Groundhog Day.”
One thing I would really like to see in the video game: an animated version of how Aykroyd describes Murray’s erratic behavior in recent years — what he calls “the Murricane.” If they can somehow add that into the Wii version, sign me up.
After the first season of “Damages” finished on October 23, it seemed likely that the should would be one and done. Sure, the cable-TV thriller was a gripping, original take on the pre-trial machinations of a devious class action lawyer, played by none other than Bedford’s Glenn Close. But a series average of 5.1 million viewers isn’t exactly impressive. If this had been a network show, it would have been canceled faster than you can say “New Amsterdam.” Luckily, though, the show is on FX — not NewCorp’s more fickle, myopic network counterpart, Fox.
But “Damages” didn’t just get reupped — according to the Hollywood Reporter, it got a green light for two more seasons! 26 episodes in all.
Season one’s stars, including Close, Rose Byrne, and Tate Donovan, are all set to return. No word yet on whether Ted Danson will survive that gunshot in the finale (me thinks not), but I sure would love for him to get a spinoff role as the new head bartender at Paddy’s Pub in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Sam Malone goes to Philly!
(AP Photo/FX, Larry Riley)
Nearly two of every three voters in an unscientific CNN poll said they would not want Judge Judy Sheindlin making legal judgments in their lives.
With 9,477 people voting as of 3:04 p.m. EST, here were the poll results:
Would you want Judge Judy to preside over your court case?
Yes: 38 percent (3,643 votes)
No: 62 percent (5,834 votes)
Perhaps most voters feared that adding insult to the injury of losing a case would be to hear her say, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Goodbye! Have a happy life!Ã¢â‚¬?
Judy Sheindlin will return to Larry KingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s talk show set tonight at 9 p.m. EST. In a February appearance on the show, she discussed everything from Anna Nicole SmithÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death to her support of a Putnam County District Attorney candidate who just happens to be her son. Sheindlin was in Brewster on Tuesday to celebrate Adam LevyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s uncontested election win, which appeared to tally more than 13,000 votes.
(Photo courtesy of Gannett News Service.)
Journal News reporter Gary SternÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got the scoop on Pope Benedict XVI, who will be making an April 19 tour stop at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers.
His visit is part of six-day trip to Washington and New York, Stern reports. Three days after an appearance at the White House, the pope has scheduled an afternoon meeting at the seminary, which Pope John Paul II visited in 1995.
The next day, BenedictÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s itinerary includes celebrating Mass at Yankee Stadium. Maybe this way, Yankee fans will get their October prayers answered for the first time in eight years. Plus, if His Holiness can man the hot corner, perhaps the Steinbrenners will offer him A-Rod money to stick around. That’d be some collection basket.
(AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)
Joe Torre to keep his Westchester digs • 11.12.07
It appears Joe Torre will be keeping his house in Harrison despite his new job managing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As the former Yankee manager headed to his annual fundraiser for his Safe At Home Foundation on Nov. 9, Torre told Journal News blogging titan Peter Abraham he would be keeping his Westchester home:
I don’t think we’re going to look to sell the house. We like it here; we’ve found a home. We always talk about having a place to come back to.
Via e-mail, Abraham told me today he did not know if Torre planned on keeping his other residence in Mahopac.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Since that was his weekend house and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be spending most of his weekends in Los Angeles, I would guess that will be for sale eventually,Ã¢â‚¬? Abraham said.
Guess what athletic Lower Hudson Valley celebrity showed up at TorreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fundraiser to play Ã¢â‚¬Å“Glory DaysÃ¢â‚¬? on guitar with Bruce Springsteen? Find out after the break.
Rachael Ray poaches Martha Stewart publisher • 11.08.07
Martha, Martha, Martha, it seems you have a new enemy every day. After reporting on the ongoing battle between Stewart and the Katonah activists, today we learn that Rachael Ray has entered the fray, stealing one of the publisher of Stewart’s old “Everyday Food” magazine.