Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Goodbye to a beard (David Letterman), a camera (Stephen Baldwin) and 2007 (Hayden Pannetierre and Lindsay Lohan)

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Of the following celebrities who have called Mount Vernon home, who was scheduled to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today?

A. Sean “Diddy” Combs
B. Sidney Poitier
C. Phylicia Rashad
D. Denzel Washington

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Fourth time’s the charm? John Schneider seeks Good Ol’ Bid in ‘General Lee’ sale

schneider11.jpgMount Kisco native John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV show, last year failed three times on eBay to sell his model of the “General Lee,” the show’s iconic, bright-orange 1969 Dodge Charger.

He’s hoping the fourth time is the charm Jan. 19, when the auction will be moved from the Internet to an actual floor at the Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Ariz.

In a first attempt to sell the car in early May, Schneider sought a seven-figure sale to fund a sequel to his movie “Collier & Co.” Although someone posted a $10 million bid, it was a goof.

Even with a stricter bidder screening process, the second attempt — this time for charity — crashed a week before the auction deadline when the eBay listing was deemed erroneous on May 22.

His third attempt was May 29, when the auction resulted in only one bid of $100,000, which was less than the minimum Schneider established before the second auction, according to CNN.

Get your checkbooks ready!

(Associated Press file photo by Damian Dovarganes)

Happy 41st birthday, Dave Matthews!

dmb.JPGAlthough many frat boys and sorority girls are still on winter break, they’re probably hoisting a frosty beverage to honor former Yorktown resident Dave Matthews, who turned 41 today.When he was two years old, his family moved from Johannesburg, South Africa to Yorktown Heights, where Matthews’ father, John, worked for IBM, according to Biography.com. The family headed back to Johannesburg after John died, then returned to the States to live in Virginia after Dave finished high school.

Hopefully as the DM in DMB celebrates the big 4-1, he won’t “eat too much (or) drink too much. Too Much!”

(Photo courtesy of dmband.com)

Oh là là! Donald Trump mum about rendez-vous with French prez’s new flame

trump.jpgFor a guy who’s quick to give his opinion on about just about anything — Rosie O’Donnell, “The Apprentice,” himself — Donald Trump was surprisingly silent yesterday when he was asked to discuss details about a relationship he reportedly had with the girlfriend of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Howard Stern got Trump on the phone yesterday to ask the Westchester real estate maven about his relations with Carla Bruni, the current girlfriend of Sarkozy, who divorced his wife Cecilia in October. No matter how many times and ways the former Briarcliff Manor deejay posed the question, Trump claimed that he didn’t want to get into that discussion for fear of harming the United States’ relations with France and changed the subject.

Stern was able to get one related statement out of him: The Donald did deny the rumor that Bruni ruined his marriage to Marla Maples.

(AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

Howard Stern celebrates 2nd anniversary of his Sirius debut

howard2.jpgHoward Stern, who in 1977 launched his professional career as a deejay in Briarcliff Manor, celebrated his second anniversary at Sirius satellite radio this morning.

When Stern announced in October 2004 he’d be moving from terrestrial radio to Sirius on Jan. 9, 2006, the radio provider had 700,000 subscribers, according to the company. Today, Sirius claims to have 8.3 million listeners.

How’d the Stern crew celebrate on-air? In addition to being treated with a special breakfast and rejoicing in the subscription news, they laughed at phony phone calls, interviewed “Price is Right” host Drew Carey and evaluated two women’s chances for Playboy (both were told they wouldn’t make the cut).

Just another typical day at the office.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Unlike members of ‘Making the Band,’ Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to be immortalized on Walk of Fame

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Mount Vernon-raised Sean “Diddy” Combs will be the newest celebrity to be represented on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a ceremony scheduled for this Friday.

In a quote posted by Hip Hop Galaxy, Combs was thrilled about the honor during an interview conducted by Jaime Foxx on Foxx’s Sirius satellite radio show:

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I’m from Harlem, New York, so to get a star in Hollywood is just mind-blowing. You can get a lot of things but when you see those stars on the ground… that’s something I can’t even say I dreamed of and to be getting recognized for it is definitely something I’m gonna have my whole family out there for.

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I’m not taking anything away from Harlem, and he might have mentioned Mount Vernon at another point during the interview, but here’s hoping he shows more love for his Westchester roots.

Arguably, Diddy’s least relevant contribution to pop culture could be his rapping skills. (His most memorable lyrics might be a tie between “Uh” and “Yeah” on Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize.”) But as a music producer, clothing mogul and music icon, it’s hard to argue against his overall success. Even if he’s merely famous for being famous, he’s done it successfully for more than a decade.

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Hayden Panettiere celebrates New Year’s Eve with Lindsay Lohan

hayden.JPGThe Italian island of Capri was abuzz as starlets Hayden Panettiere and Lindsay Lohan rang in the new year in style.

Gossip Girls posted relatively tame pictures of the evening, with Lohan and the Palisades native posing for a photo in black and white ensembles, respectively. Panettiere was also seen taking pictures with a point-and-shoot (as opposed to the SLR cam she was testing during an October shopping trip) and holding a beverage that may or may not have been grape-based.

They were being honored for their cinematic prowess at the 12th Annual Capri Film Festival. Because everyone knows “Bring It On: All or Nothingâ€? and “I Know Who Killed Meâ€? are totally upending “No Country for Old Men” and “Atonement” at the Oscars.

(Photo courtesy of NBC)

Stephen Baldwin says he hearts Huckabee, rejects gay marriage and no longer photographs porn patrons

baldwin-camera.jpgUpper Grandview resident Stephen Baldwin said Thursday that he is a “full-blown, super-duper” supporter of Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee and shares his stance against gay marriage.

Baldwin made the statements while calling into the Howard Stern show to promote his appearance on “Celebrity Apprentice,” hosted by Westchester real estate maven Donald Trump. Baldwin, who is the conservative yang to brother Alec’s liberal yin, said he’d ban gay marriage if he were president:

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I don’t believe that gay marriage is in line with God’s Word, which is found in the Bible. So, what I think doesn’t matter; what I believe is what’s in the Bible and the Bible says that gay marriage is not acceptable.

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Stephen Baldwin also told Stern he stopped taking photos of the license plates belonging to patrons of an adult entertainment store in Nyack. (“I’m done with that.”) Baldwin once threatened to track down the identities of the vehicle owners and publish the names in full-page newspaper ads.

UPDATE: Web site Good As You has audio of the Stephen Baldwin clip here.

(Photo by Natalie Jade Ray for The Journal News)

Letterman to shave ‘General Lee’ beard on tonight’s show

mike-and-dave.jpgLast week, Robin Williams nicknamed David Letterman “General Lee” after witnessing the beard the talk show host sported after returning from the hiatus caused by the Writers Guild of America’s strike. But that beard will vanish tonight, according to media reports.

The (New York) Daily News reported Letterman expressing a willingness to shave off the fuzz on tonight’s show:

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‘Monday, I think the beard is going away,’ the late-night funnyman says on tonight’s telecast. ‘Can we get a guy in here Monday to shave me? Now, a good guy, because the last time we did this, I looked like – when he was done, I looked like I’d been in a knife fight.’

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The News doesn’t have the reaction of Bedford resident Paul Shaffer, but I bet it’ll be something like “Haaaaaaaaaaaa!” followed by a keyboard riff.

On an episode of “Late Show” last week, Letterman’s North Salem neighbor and New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg awarded the key to the city to Letterman’s beard. Post-shave, expect to see the freed facial hair and an oversized golden trinket snuggling up to Lindsay Lohan in the V.I.P. section of Marquee later this week.

(AP Photo/CBS, J.P. Filo)

Transcript of Howard Stern reporter’s interview with Suburbarazzi’s Chris Serico

sirius.jpgIt ran about five minutes later than expected, but Sirius satellite radio tonight broadcast a 90-second news report of reporter Steve Langford asking me about the exclusive Suburbarazzi interview I conducted last month with Howard Stern sidekick Fred Norris.

While I await permission to post the audio from the interview, here’s a transcript of what aired about an hour ago on Sirius channel 100:

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ralph-howard.jpgRalph Howard (Howard 100 News anchor): I’m Ralph Howard. Fred Norris, exposed! Fred doesn’t say much on the Stern show, but this time it was friendly Fred, the guy with the band. It’s Howard 100 News: Spotlight!

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Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): Every now and then, I actually do listen to the plugs at the end of the show. And Fred was talking about King Norris appearing at Mickey Spillane’s in Eastchester.

steve-langford.jpgSteve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): Reporter Chris Serico, a big Stern fan, who jumped at the chance to interview Fred Norris when he heard the man of mystery would be appearing in his area.

Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): Fred could not have been more accommodating. He was outstanding, well-spoken and extremely courteous with all of the fans who came up to him and said hello.

Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): Serico’s impromptu interview for his blog, called Suburbarazzi, yielding some great quotes from Fred, including who he’d most want to see appear on the Stern show.

Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): He said, “You know what? Brad Pitt. Because he so doesn’t want to do the show and he’s a big fan. And I’d like to know what it’s like to be going to bed with one of the sexiest women on the planet — even though she might be crazy and has too many tattoos for my liking.”

Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): And will they ever dare to do a Fred roast on the show?

Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): He said, “That’s in the hands of the gods. I don’t know. That’s up to them. If they’re feeling lucky and want to take their lives (in) their own hands, be my guest.”

Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): That said, reporter Chris Serico observing something that even long-time listeners to the Stern show might not necessarily pick up.

king-norris02.jpgChris Serico (Suburbarazzi): There’s a kindness about him. And I think that’s sort of the lost of the talk of his being a Martian or Earth Dog or whatever. There’s a genuine kindness that, you know, he sort of exudes and that’s sort of lost in the nuances of the show.

Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): Fred Norris, class act. For Howard 100 News, I’m Steve Langford.

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My thanks to Langford for the opportunity to discuss the interview, his professional approach and for latching onto the story in the first place. Although, in fairness, it warrants clarifying that Suburbarazzi these days is very much Ted Mann’s blog, too.

(Logo and Howard 100 News photos courtesy of Sirius; Pictures of Norris and me courtesy of … me.)

UPDATE: Suburbarazzi-tinged interview to air at 5:32 p.m. on Howard Stern’s main Sirius channel

howard.jpgSteve Langford of Howard Stern’s news department just called a few minutes ago to confirm that the Suburbarazzi-related interview with me is scheduled to air today at 5:32 p.m. on Channel 100 on Sirius satellite radio.

Langford warned the report is on the shorter side of things because this week was particularly newsworthy, particularly in the department of Robin Quivers’ romantic life. I’m guessing my segment will be 30 to 60 seconds, but hey, better than nothing!

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

EXCLUSIVE: Lucky Me IMs with Suburbarazzi — Lucky us!

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Among the multitude of celebrities in our myriad People of the Year lists — in InTown, Rockland Mag, Suburbarazzi, and The Journal News — nobody generated quite as much controversy as a certain New City rapper. Yes, we’re talking about Stephen Redmond — henceforth to be know, at his request, as only Lucky Me.

We received a deluge of letters from Clarkstown parents complaining about Rockland Magazine’s decision to feature the artist, best known for his YouTube hit “I Love New City,” as No. 20 in our countdown. One wrote, “Why would you highlight to dregs of the county???” Another alleged, “Your magazine added to the hype of a drug dealer and an adult male who is known to frequent school events and exchange phone numbers with 14 year old girls, perhaps to add to his customer base.” And yet another said, “Does he [the author of said article] realize that he featured a drug dealer next to people who have tried to bring threater and movies back to Riverspace? What a disgrace!!”

Of course, all of the letters arrived unsigned and on the same paper — looking an awful lot like they came off an identical printer. Still, the Clarkstown parent(s) wasn’t the only Lucky Me hater out there. Another person, posting as Tiffany Spencer, had this to say on the blog back on December 5: “i have heard another rapper by the name of Fire who’s music is way more realistic and perfected he is also from Nyack juast as Lucky me.”

Naturally, when Lucky Me himself caught wind of this, it set off a heated comment war. And when we interviewed Fire shortly before Christmas — if only to give give equal time to all Nyack (or former Nyack) rappers — Lucky Me was one of the first people to sound off on the post: “ARE SERIOUS YALL GIVE THIS BUM SOME LIGHT / NO ONE KNOWS THIS GUY / HELL WILL NEVA BE AS GOOD AS ME / I WAS STAYED QUIET UNTIL I SAW THIS.” Lucky was also good enough to share his AIM handle in that comment, and — well, we couldn’t help but take the bait.

An extensive interview soon followed. The full text is after the break, in its full instant-messenger glory …

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