Why is Matt Dillon losing his leading-man roles?

After getting nominated for an Oscar for his role in “Crash,” it seemed like the Mamaroneck native’s career was turning a corner. Out were the oversized Pat Healy chompers from “There’s Something About Mary”, in was brooding Bukowski barfly from “Factotum.” Which is to say, Dillon finally the cred to headline a few indies.

But then came “Herbie Fully Loaded” and then “You, Me, and Dupree” (or as they say in Portugal, “Eu, Tu e o Emplastro”), and — well, things weren’t looking good.

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But I had high hopes for the next two Dillon flicks in the queue: “Tetro” and “Cadillac Records.” (“Old Dogs”– eh, not so much.) Only now, the Hollywood Reporter has gotten word that Dillon has lost his leading roles in “Tetro” (he’ll be replaced with Vincent Gallo). What’s more, as Variety reported earlier this year, his role in “Cadillac,” as blues/R&B legend Leonard Chess, is going to Adrian Brody.

It’s been a rough  2008 so far for Matt. Hmm, maybe reviving his “Crash” character for the TV-series adaptation wouldn’t sound so bad after all.

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Hayden P. and Milo V. seen house hunting

Deny, deny, deny … and, uh, then go house hunting. Ever since “Heroes” stars Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere insisted that they were just “close friends,” nothing more nothing less, it looks like their friendship has evolved into possible co-habitation. According to InTouch Weekly (not to be confused with InTown Monthly), via AZ Central, Hayden, who grew up in Palisades, was seen looking for condo in Los Angeles — mostly in the Beverly Hills area.

Quoth the tabloid: “Panettiere’s mother is said to be fully supportive of the big move and approves of Ventimiglia.” Another source was reported as saying, “Hayden’s mom adores Milo. She thinks he’s so cute. She tells her friends that he’s her boyfriend. She’s very proud.”

The mag also reported that Ventimiglia, who is 12 years older than Panettiere, “came clean about the relationship when he toasted ‘his girlfriend Hayden’ at a Los Angeles party.”

“Panettiere, Ventimiglia to move in” [AZ Central]

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The Host with the Roast: Lauer to get taunted mercilessly by Couric, Vieira

Meredith and Katie, it’s so on. The two have signed on to skewer Westchester native Matt Lauer at the annual Friars Club Roast in NYC on October 24, according to People Mag. matt-lauer-roast.jpgWhile I’m not exactly sure what kind of roastmaster Al Roker will be, I’m already envisioning Katie taking Matt to task for his “glib” understanding of psychiatry and, for that matter, Scientology.

Couric: No, Matt. Here’s the problem.  You don’t know the history of psychiatry.  I do.

Vieira: And if you understand the history of it, it masks the problem.  That’s what it does.  That’s all it does.  You’re not getting to the reason why.

Couric: Matt.  Matt, Matt, you don’t even — you’re glib.

Vieira:  Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt …

Ah, good times. Takes me back.

Anyway, Lauer’s plan for the evening, according to what he said to the AP:

“I fully plan to, like, bring an iPod in my sport jacket and run the headsets up to where they can’t see it into my ears so I won’t even hear half of it.”

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Righteous Kill trailer anything but righteous

Even since it filmed in last fall in Connecticut, I’ve been looking forward to “Righteous Kill” — the first film starring both Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro since “Heat” — about as much, if not more than, than Indiana Jones 4. Well, after seeing trailers for both [“Righteous Kill,” “Indiana Jones”], it’s clear that Indy will once again win the day. Or rather, summer box office.

righteouskillposter.jpgIt’s not that the premise of two seasoned NYC cops hunting down a vigilante killer is all that bad, and I’m totally down with cast featuring plenty of LoHudders (Sneden’s Landing’s DeNiro, Mamaroneck’s Dan Futterman), not to mention 50 Cent and Carla Gugino. And of course I love the shot of DeNiro at the end, mouthing off to Terry Serpico.

It’s just one of those trailers where you feel like you know most of the plot before you even fork over your $10. The Indiana Jones teaser, meanwhile, gets me to reflexively reach for my wallet and pull out a Hamilton without even thinking.

But what do you think? Watch the trailers after the break and judge for yourself.

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Justine Bateman moves to Wisteria Lane

Mal-o-ry! Rye native and former “Family Ties” favorite Justine Bateman has signed on to do a three-episode stint on “Desperate Housewives” this spring, according to Entertainment Tonight.

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This comes after Bateman’s last TV role on “Men in Trees,” where I’m pretty sure she competed with Anne Heche for the attentions of some lumberjack-type guy. I can’t say for certain, since this is one of those shows my wife insists on DVRing, and I will only watch out of the corner of my eye while paying bills.

As for “Housewives,” well, there’s a better chance of me tuning in for reruns of her, Nick, and Alex P. Keaton — or, better yet, DVDs of her “Arrested Development” episodes — than the gang on Wisteria Lane. Still, for all you fans of DH, look for Bateman’s episodes to begin some time after the show returns to ABC on April 13.

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Richard Gere a-ok with Olympics boycott

The Pound Ridge resident (and owner of the newly opened Barn at Bedford Post restaurant) joined in the chorus of people condemning the Chinese government for its brutal crackdown on Tibetan monks and other people protesting the country’s treatment of Tibet. Speaking to Reuters, he said, “I’ve not been pro-boycott, but I think if this is not handled correctly, yes we should boycott. Everyone should boycott.” Then, appearing on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN show, he said, “This is clearly a time that if China wishes to be a world power … it cannot behave this way. Inclusive societies become great societies. Brutalizing your people is not a way to greatness.”

Here’s the full Blitzer interview:

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Rumors we didn’t start: Vanessa Williams dating Tyler Perry

Don’t ask why we’re reading MediaTakeOut.com, but they have a story that Vanessa Williams is in the running to land “the most eligible bachelor in Black Hollywood.”

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For those of you who aren’t up on your Black Hollywood bachelors, that would be actor/director/producer Tyler Perry. Their post says that “the two are spending the weekend together in Tyler’s Los Angeles mansion – waiting for the results of the new film Meet The Browns.” Which is a little odd, considering that Williams’s primary residence is still Chappaqua.

Of course, this website is the exact same one that posted a rumor about Williams dating Vince Vaughn, so take it with a huge, huge, Madea-sized grain of salt.

EXCLUSIVE: Suburbarazzi’s uncut video interview with Kimberly Locke

I’ve posted 10 audio clips and an edited RNN-TV segment from my exclusive interviews with “American Idol” alumna Kimberley Locke, who last week moved into North Salem.

But due to time restrictions, only about two minutes of my video interview could make it to air Tuesday night. No matter! To paraphrase Dionne Warwick, that’s what blogs are for!

Below, you will find the uncut version of the RNN interview, which is about 3 1/2 minutes long. In it, I’m able to give a shout-out to my favorite “Celebrity Fit Club” personality, Harvey Walden IV, so that should be worth the view alone. Hooray!

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Word to your mazel tov! Paul Shaffer helms rap inspired by synagogue congregant’s poem

shaffer1.jpgWith a little help from the Blues Brothers, Bedford resident Paul Shaffer has collaborated with jazz, R&B and rock legends.

Now, the CBS Orchestra leader can add Larry Levy to that résumé.

Shaffer and Levy are part of the Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation, which on April 13 will celebrate not only its 100th anniversary but also Levy’s 93rd birthday.

Levy’s poem about the anniversary inspired Shaffer to produce a rap video that uses those words and others written by Jewish rapper Etan G. The result is a video that will be shown at an event celebrating the congregation’s anniversary, but curious Suburbarazzi readers can view it on YouTube right now.

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Like many of Shaffer’s efforts, the video is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the tribute itself seems appropriate, especially after reading about Levy’s life in a press release issued by the synagogue this week:

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A native of Poland, Levy escaped when he was a teenager and immigrated to Palestine. Shortly after he left, his entire family fell victim to the Holocaust in Poland and was entirely wiped out. While living in Palestine (before the State of Israel was established), Levy met his wife, Toby, and they ultimately decided to move to America, in search of a better life. The moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., where they lived for 60 years. When they grew older, they made the decision to live closer to their children — in northern Westchester, N.Y. — and moved to Mount Kisco in 2000.

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Mazel tov, Larry!

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: EXCLUSIVE chat with ‘American Idol’ star Kimberley Locke

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Why would a celebrity choose North Salem as a place to live and open a restaurant? What’s a downside to living with Clay Aiken? And what does it feel like to know you’ll be singing your new song on the “American Idol” stage during this week’s results show?

These questions in an exclusive Suburbarazzi interview with “Idol” contestant Kimberley Locke were the ones to make the cut for tonight’s extra-special segment on RNN. Later this week, we’ll post my uncut interview, including a reference to Kim’s stint on “Celebrity Fit Club.” (Although that version will be uncut, don’t exactly expect a Jerry Springer routine from Kim and me, though. We’re not like that. On camera, anyway.)

Gandolfini joins Washington in ‘Pelham’

From mobster to mayor of New York. According to TV Guide, James Gandolfini is joining the cast of the remake of the action classic “The Taking of Pelham 123.”

In case you never saw the original, it’s about a thug (to be played by John Travolta in the update) who takes a subway car hostage and holds it for ransom. Gandolfini will play the role of NYC mayor facing the crisis.

gandolfini.jpgAnd while all of this (including the intentionally misleading title of this post) has nothing to do with the Westchester village of Pelham, we still have more than a few reasons to mention it on this here suburban celebrity blog. Among them: Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington will be taking on the role of subway security chief Zachary “Z” Garber, played by Walter Matthau in the original. And that’s not all! Former Scarsdale resident (and current NY Giants owner) Steve Tisch is also reportedly producing the flick. See, local connections galore.

Thanks to F.O.S. Amy Vernon for the tip.

“James Gandolfini to star in The Taking of Pelham 123” [TVGuide]

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