John Schneider, TV’s Bo Duke, finally sells ‘General Lee’ for $450K

schneider11.jpgGestation periods of nine months should apply to humans, not novelty car sales.

Mount Kisco native John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard,â€? on Saturday was finally able to sell his model of the bright orange 1969 Dodge Charger known to fans as the “General Lee.”

After Schneider failed to sell the car three times on eBay, it collected $450,000 on a literal auction floor in Scottsdale, Ariz. While not comparable to the initial $10 million online bid in May that turned out to be a hoax, it’s still better than the $100,000 bid Schneider rejected in his third attempt.

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Quote of the Day: Alec Baldwin on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Watch the clip here.

Be sure to wait for it, wait for it. About halfway through the video is a gem of a quote from Alec Baldwin on his brother — the one who lives in Upper Grandview: “There’s no one more full of crap than Stephen.”

The only thing that that would have been better than that is if he’d done it in the “30 Rock” voice of upstairs neighbor Mrs. Rodriguez.

With or without impressions, though, it’s still great television.

Aidan Quinn, Didi Conn to visit Palisades, discuss acting

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Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn will discuss his acting career at 3:30 p.m. this Sunday as part of the Palisades Library’s Sunday Symposium series. Quinn reportedly will talk about his work in movies such as “Desperately Seeking Susan” and his Emmy-nominated role in “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”

Also slated to chat about acting is Palisades resident Didi Conn, who’s known for her roles in the feature film “Grease,” the sitcom “Benson” and the PBS show “Shining Time Station.” She also appeared in Julie Taymor’s film “Across the Universe,” part of which was filmed at Muscoot Farm in Somers.

Fun facts! According to IMDb.com, Conn once visited Nyack Middle School to see its production of “Grease,” whose Danny Zuko role was played by “Freaks and Geeks” star John Francis Daley. Most recently, JFD appeared in four episodes of “Bones” as Dr. Lance Sweets.

The Palisades event will be held on the esplanade of 640 Oak Tree Road. The suggested donation to benefit the library is $10. Reservations are required and can be secured by visiting by the library at 19 Closter Road or calling 845-359-0136. For more information, visit www.palisadesny.com.

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Oprah who? Hillary Clinton to appear on today’s ‘Tyra’

hillary-clinton.jpgSo what if Oprah Winfrey is backing Barack Obama’s presidential campaign? Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton is fighting back with an appearance on Tyra Banks’ talk show. The episode, taped Monday, airs today at 5 p.m. on My9 here in New York.

As my friend and colleague Amy Vernon pointed out Monday, Clinton reportedly says she’d choose to be on “Dancing With The Stars” over “American Idol” and Banks’ own “America’s Next Top Model.”

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In my dreams I would be on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ but in reality I would have to choose my limited talents and of them dancing is better than singing. You do not want me to sing.

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How great would a Hillary Clinton “American Idol” audition be, though? Picture her walking into the audition room with one of those marathon-runner number ID tags on her stomach and a bright smile.

Hillary: “Helloooo!”
Randy: “Hey, dawg!”
Paula: “You look gorgeous.”
Hillary: “Thank you!”
Simon: “Hillary, tell us something interesting about yourself.”
Hillary: “Well, I was first lady of the United States for eight years.”
Paula: “Wooooooow!”
Randy: “No kidding!”
Simon: “Fine, great, fantastic. What are you gonna sing for us today?”
Hillary: ” ‘A Moment Like This’ by Kelly Clarkson.”
Paula: “Who?”
Simon: “Never mind her. Let’s have a go.”
Hillary: [clears throat, pauses.] “A moment like thiiis/Some people spend a lifetiiiime…”
Simon: [points palm at Hillary.] “Thank you. Randy?”
Randy: “Oooh, I don’t know, dawg. That was kinda rough. I’m gonna have to say no.”
Simon: “Paula?”
Paula: “I like your spirit and your energy. Where am I?”
Simon: “OK, moving on. I honestly don’t know what to tell you. I’d stick to whatever it is you do, though.”
Hillary: “I’ll sing something else.”
Simon: “Sorry. You can’t sing, you don’t look like a pop star, and I have serious concerns about your universal health care plan.”
Hillary: “No, you don’t understand. [Secret Service agents surround the judges.] I’ll sing something else.”
Simon: “You’re through to Hollywood!”
Randy: “Yeah!”
Paula: [slumps onto the table.]

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Mary J. Blige pulls a Roger Clemens

blonde-blige.jpgAfter the Times Union of Albany broke news that singer Mary J. Blige was going to be listed in a scathing report about steroid abuse in the entertainment biz, reps for the Yonkers native blasted back to the NY Daily News, “Mary J. Blige has never taken any performance-enhancing illegal steroids.” That quote came from Blige’s spokeswoman, Karynne Tencer.

Although the Albany DA behind the report has yet to confirm the names leaked from the report (including 50 Cent, Timbaland, Tyler Perry, Blige, and more), the news account asserts that “Records shared with the Times Union and information from several cooperating witnesses on Long Island indicate Blige and other stars were shipped prescribed human growth hormone or steroids — sometimes under fictitious names — at hotels, production studios, private residences, an upscale Manhattan fitness club and through the Long Island office of Michael Diamond, a chiropractor affiliated with the celebrities.”

Diamond’s anti-aging program is run out of Clay Gym in Manhattan. So far, Blige and the other stars implicated haven’t denied an association with Diamond.

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The big question right now is whether Diamond is the source of part or all of the DA’s investigation and, if so, whether Blige (and others) will simply claim that he’s lying — we’ll call that the Full Clemens. Then again, if the lawyers up in Albany are seriously considering filing charges against the entertainers, perhaps Blige may agree to testify and cop a plea. Maybe in exchange for a little Clemens-y.

If you’re still wondering why on earth rappers would need to take steroids in the first place, MTV news has an interesting take on that. In short, “The thought is that HGH specifically brings levels of testosterone back up. Dr. Barnes said benefits can include thickening of the hair and skin and ‘a luster again in the eyes and basically helping the body look more vigorous.'”

And here I thought Mary J.’s blindingly bright locks were all thanks to hair dye. You learn something every day!

UPDATE: Diamond has indeed confirmed many of the celebrity names in the doping report, the Times Union reports today, so it would appear that he’ll be playing the McNamee role in this new doping saga. Interestingly, the names were actually first discovered when authorities raided an Orlando pharmacy last year and turned up a folder marked “VIP customers.” That folder let them to Diamond, who runs a family chiropractor practice. But it looks like Clay Gym in Manhattan, where Diamond was a physical training adviser to the celebs, is where most of them hooked up with him. According to the Times Union account, his job there has been suspended.

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Golden Globes results, Mary J. Blige’s doping controversy, and “Celebrity Apprentice”

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The quiz for this week:

Should John Edwards come in a distant 3rd in the upcoming South Carolina primary, many pundits predict he’ll be out of the race. Which Lower Hudson Valley star has been campaigning for him down there to make sure that doesn’t happen?

A. Tim Robbins, of Pound Ridge
B. Ralph Lauren, of Bedford
C. Kimberly Williams, born in Rye (By the way, I mistakenly said she lives in Rye in the studio — totally wrong. She hasn’t lived there in years.)
D. Vanessa Williams, of Chappaqua

The answer is at the end of the video and after the break.
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‘The Graduate’ gets a sequel — set in Westchester!

amd_home-school.jpgWhatever happened to Benjamin Braddock after getting on that bus with Elaine after all? Did proto-cougar Mr. Robinson chase after them? Did Ben return to his 20-something boomerang child ways?

Turns out they (Ben and Elaine) got married, moved to Westchester, and decided to homeschool their kids. At least, that’s the premise of “Home School,” the sequel that author Charles Webb just published to his bestselling 1960s novel.

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Alec Baldwin to the ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ rescue

The competition is getting so fierce on “Celebrity Apprentice” that Stephen Baldwin is apparently going to be calling in some favors from brother Alec Baldwin. alec-baldwin.jpgAnd here I thought Corbin Bernsen on “Celebrity Mole” was just about the stiffest competition he’d ever face. But he ain’t got nuthin on Gene Simmons and clearly Stephen, that rude little Upper Grandview pig, is as much of a marked man as ever.

The episode featuring Alec is set to air this Thursday, Jan. 19, at 9 p.m. DY-NO-MITE!

“Alec Baldwin and Jim Cramer guest star on next week’s ‘The Celebrity Apprentice'” [NBC]

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I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press … pass the Jim Beam

So, where was Glenn Close, the only Lower Hudson Valley star who won a Golden Globe (Best Actress in a TV Drama), on Sunday when she got the news? Boozing it up in the city apparently:

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Bourbon on the rocks. Outstanding.

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More things we were 100 percent wrong about: People are actually watching ‘Celebrity Apprentice’!

The Golden Globes weren’t the only thing on TV recently that we completely, horribly misjudged. Turns out that Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” — which I’d teased for getting rescheduled not once, but twice — is actually a hit. Sort of.

Granted, on its premiere night, it was basically going up against two dozen reruns. And technically it wasn’t an overall No. 1 on Jan. 3. But it did garner an 11 share in adults 18-49 and 11.08 million viewers overall, according to Variety. Which is the best the show has seen since 2005. Plus, in the key 18-49 demo, it was indeed No. 1.

Of course, come the following week — and the return of CSI and Grey’s Anatomy to Thursday night — ratings for “Celebrity Apprentice” dropped precipitously. The show lost 3 million viewers, reported the NY Post, and dropped to 8.1 million overall.

Golden Globes Results: 7 out of 25 isn’t so bad, is it?

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Oh right, it is. Really bad. Almost as bad as having an Access Hollywood edition of the Globes instead of the real thing.
Mind you, those seven correct guesses don’t even come from my selecting the stars with the strongest connection to the Lower Hudson Valley. In a story that ran in last Friday’s paper (in The Line), I broke down the categories by who “Will Win” versus who “Should Win” (which translates to which nominees grew up in Westchester, Rockland, or Putnam, or at least have some tenuous connection to the region). If we’re going off those picks, we scored a remarkably bad 1 for 25. Only Glenn Close, who lives in Bedford and won the best actress in a TV drama prize, did the region proud.

I did a little better with my “Will Win” picks, getting no-brainers like Cate Blanchett, Javier Bardem, Ratatouille, and Jeremy Piven right. As for the others? Let’s just say I’m glad my vacation last week didn’t involve a trip to Vegas. It’s all fine and good to know which local celebs to root for, but betting on stars based solely on their LoHud connections — bad, bad idea.

That said, if there’s anyone out there who managed to pick Marion Cotillard (for actress in a comedy), Jon Hamm (for actor in a TV drama), David Duchovny (for actor in a TV comedy), or Mad Men (for best dramatic TV series) … well, you’re obviously cheating.

“List of Golden Globes Winners” [LoHud]

“Suburbarazzi’s (horribly wrong) Golden Globes Predictions” [LoHud]

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Mary J. Blige joins Fiddy and Tyler Perry on list of celebrity steroid users

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Already well on her way to elbowing DMX out of the 2008 Suburbarazzi People of the Year list, Yonkers native Mary J. Blige was named in a Times Union of Albany story that says she has received or used performance enhancing drugs. Get it, performance enhancing?

The story was drawing from an investigation conducted by Albany D.A. P. David Soares, who is apparently doing for the R&B and entertainment biz what George Mitchell did for pro baseball.

Also listed in the report: 50 Cent, Timbaland, Wyclef Jean, and author/producer/actor Tyler Perry. The Soares report found that most of the steroids originated from Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, Florida. To date, 10 defendants have pled guilty, though it’s not clear who they are. Perry and the other celebs mentioned in the article have yet to comment.

“Entertainers named in DA steroid report” [LoHud]

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