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Archive for March, 2008

Hayden to Cosmo: Why does everyone think I’m going to screw up?03.25.08

To all you faithful Suburbarazzi readers who’ve been wondering why exactly I haven’t been posting much for the last couple weeks, the reason is simple: I’ve been catching up on my back issues of Cosmo.

cosmo-0408-cover_mv.jpgIt’s been a grueling ordeal, but there was one ray of sunshine between all the diet tips and eyeliner faves: This interview with Palisades native Hayden Panettiere in the April issue. In it, she discusses:

1. How annoying it is that everybody wants her to go all Lindsay Lohan.

“I think that people look at me as just another one of those girls who’s going to screw up, like ‘She’s going to get into drugs, and she’s going to get into the parties.’ I have the occasional glass of champagne when I’m celebrating something, but generally, I don’t drink. I’m a pizza-and-a-movie girl.”

2. How she can “rock this body.”

“I don’t have a model’s body. But I’m not one of those crazy girls who thinks that they’re fat. I’m okay with what I have. I can rock this body, you know.”

3. Why she’d rather kick butt than be pampered.

“I do as many of my own stunts [on NBC’s “Heroes”] as they’ll let me do. Not a whole lot scares me.”

Perhaps most shocking of all, even though she told Cosmo she’s a vegetarian, she’s also apparently not a fan of lettuce — “What’s with all the salads?” Yes, my friends, to borrow a line from “The Usual Suspects,” she’s a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, that’s a riddle.

“The Hayden You Haven’t Met” [Cosmo]

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DMX on the presidential race: ‘Barack?! Your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack.’03.25.08

You’ve heard from Teddy Kennedy. And of course James Carville has weighed in. Come to think of it, I’m not sure there’s a single politician, celebrity, or pundit who hasn’t voiced their opinion on Hillary vs. Barack … except, that is, Northern Westchester resident DMX … until now.

dmx-headshot.jpgThe best part, though, is that when DMX was interviewed by XXL Magazine and the topic of the presidential race came up, the rapper was inexplicably, outstandingly oblivious.

Q: Are you following the presidential race?
A: Not at all.

Q: You’re not? You know there’s a Black guy running, Barack Obama and then there’s Hillary Clinton.
A: His name is Barack?!

Q: Barack Obama, yeah.
A: Barack?!

Q: Barack.
A: What the f— is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?

More from this watershed interview, including the line referenced in this post’s title and plenty of dashed-out expletives, after the break.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘American Idol’ alum Kimberley Locke recruits celebs for charity events in Lower Hudson Valley03.24.08

locke-pic-07.jpg“American Idol” alum Kimberley Locke is wasting no time getting herself acclimated to New York City’s northern suburbs.

While chatting with Suburbarazzi last week, she revealed that the nicest A-lister in the music industry was the one and only Patti LaBelle. But it seems Locke won’t be on her own when it comes to planning regional charity events.

Not only is she hoping for LaBelle to appear at an upcoming event at Katonah’s Caramoor to raise money for Camp Heartland, but it appears that “Don’t Forget The Lyrics” host and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” mainstay Wayne Brady will provide hosting duties. Camp Heartland, which Locke said recently purchased the Birch Family Camp in Carmel, caters to children living with AIDS.

We love the charity work, of course, but we also love her dedication to bringing more celebs to the Lower Hudson Valley. It keeps us busy in the best way possible.

Find out how why Locke lists LaBelle as her favorite music industry icon and more about Locke’s charitable works in the following clip:

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In case you missed any of the other audio clips of my interview with Locke, here’s what you might have missed on Suburbarazzi and sister blog Remote Access:

If you want to hear why Locke moved to the region, click here. If you want to know who her one-to-watch pick is for “Idol” Season 7, click here. Hear about her love of motorcycles here, her decision to audition for “Idol” here and her approach to losing 42 pounds here. And you know you want to know what’s on Locke’s iPod.

(Photo by Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘American Idol’ alum Kimberley Locke loves motorbike rides through Lower Hudson Valley03.21.08

locke4.jpgDon’t let the sweet demeanor of “American Idol” alumna Kimberley Locke lull you into thinking she’s intimidated by a motorcycle. She’s got a small fleet of them, and it’s one of the reasons she was disappointed to see biker-slash-nurse Amanda Overmyer eliminated from “Idol” this week.

In this clip from my interview of Locke yesterday, she reveals her plans to buy a Harley in the near future and love for ridin’ hogs through the Lower Hudson Valley and her native Tennessee:

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More clips from Locke will appear here and on Remote Access until my story about her appears Tuesday in the Life & Style section of The Journal News, but I’ve posted a few already.

If you want to hear why Locke moved to the region, click here. If you want to know who her one-to-watch pick is for “Idol” Season 7, click here.

(Photo of Locke by Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘American Idol’ alum Kimberley Locke dishes about move to Westchester03.20.08

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Today, Ted Mann and I sat down with Kimberley Locke, the third-place finisher from the second season of “American Idol” and the newest celebrity to settle down in the Lower Hudson Valley. She’s one of the owners of Croton Creek restaurant in Croton Falls.

Oh, and by the way, she’s performing her new single, “Fall,” on the “Idol” results show this Wednesday.

I have to say, I was impressed all the way around. Classy, funny, sophisticated and beautiful, Locke was a charming and honest interview. As someone who regularly covers “Idol” for sister blog Remote Access, I was a fan of her before, but I like her even more now.

Here’s a clip of Locke discussing why a girl from Tennessee decided to move to North Salem this week; the “Jim and Liam” she references are two of her restaurant partners, Jim Stake and Liam Harvey:

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I’ll post more clips on here and on Remote Access until my story about her appears Tuesday in the Life & Style section of The Journal News.

(Photo by Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

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Podcast: March 1803.18.08

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Born in South Africa, musician Dave Matthews spent the bulk of his childhood growing up in Yorktown, but he’s now lending his voice to TV commercials for the tourism board of the next state he called home. Which state is that?

A) South Carolina
B) Vermont
C) Virginia

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Campbell Scott to do some story-telling at Katonah Museum03.17.08

campbell.jpgOnce upon a time, there was an actor named Campbell Scott who prepared for his April 10 return to the Katonah Museum.

There, legend has it, he planned to read a selection of short stories centered on a single object for the museum’s ongoing series called “Here’s the Thing: The Single Object Still Life.”

The prodigal son would be no stranger to the facility. The John Jay High School alumnus appeared at the museum June 8 for a showing of his 2002 film, “The Secret Lives of Dentists.”

How will this tale end? Find out for yourself! Scott’s April 10 presentation at the museum, 134 Jay St., is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required and are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

For more information, visit www.katonahmuseum.org or call 914-232-9555.

(Photo courtesy of the Katonah Museum.)

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Dave Matthews conveniently forgets upbringing, lends voice to Virginia tourism ads03.17.08

dave.jpgMusician Dave Matthews spent his childhood in Yorktown and South Africa, but he’s now lending his voice to TV commercials for Virginia’s tourism board.

Yes, Matthews formed his band in Charlottesville, Va., in 1991, but what about 1969-1977, when his tiny feet used Yorktown Heights as his stomping grounds? Where’s his “I (Heart) New York” pitch?

Wouldn’t “Ants Marching” be an appropriate tourism song for the place where Matthews probably first recalls seeing the picnic creatures on parade?

(AP Photo/Michael Kim)

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TMZ: Britney Spears, Mel Gibson meet at L.A. lounge03.17.08

mel.jpgbritney.jpgWhen you’re a Hollywood outcast for bad behavior, does it help or hurt when you meet up with your peers?

Britney Spears, who’s lost custody of her kids and has been seeking treatment, might have found therapeutic value in reportedly met up Saturday night at Los Angeles’ Romanov Restaurant and Lounge with Mel Gibson, who spewed an antisemitic rant during a DWI arrest in 2006.

TMZ reported yesterday that Gibson, who was raised in Verplanck, and his family have “privately befriended Britney Spears to help her through her troubles.”

(Photo of Spears: Mark J. Terrill/AP; photo of Gibson: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department/AP)

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Kelly Clarkson rediscovers her Catholic roots in Yonkers03.17.08

Yes, Yonkers. According to Journal News religion reporter Gary Stern, the “American Idol” songstress is going to be performing for Pope Benedict XVI when he comes to Yonkers on April 19. clarkson.jpgAlas, Benny won’t get to hear “Since U Been Gone,” “Breakaway,” “Never Again,” or any of her other ditties — the only tune she’ll be belting out, apparently, is “Ave Maria.”

Gary adds that Clarkson is Catholic, and will be also doing a pre-Pope concert at Dunwoodie.  And being the all-seeing-eye of our local Pope coverage, he also says that on the following day, at Yankee Stadium, Harry Connick and Jose Feliciano will give an encore performance.

“Kelly Clarkson live in Yonkers” [Blogging Religiously]

(AP Photo/Jim Cooper)

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Free love: Richard Gere gets reprieve from Indian court after forbidden kiss03.15.08

gere2.jpgRichard Gere’s lips are omnipotent, impervious to international law. Women and courts are powerless against their charms.

Or, more to the point, India’s top court yesterday dismissed a warrant against the Pound Ridge resident, whose allegedly illegal kiss in New Delhi 11 months ago today caused an international stir.

Gere, as you may recall, kissed Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty at a public AIDS awareness event in New Delhi on April 15.

The Associated Press quoted Anil Grover, an attorney for Shetty after the Supreme Court proceedings:

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Gere is allowed to come and leave. He can’t be arrested.

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Gere’s publicist, Alan Nierob, told AP the actor would not comment on the matter.

(AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

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Valerie Bertinelli: Dating Paul Shaffer, Steven Spielberg was ‘No biggie’03.10.08

shaffer.jpgValerie Bertinelli’s new book “Losing It” not only references her dalliances with drugs and adultery, but also previous relationships with Steven Spielberg and Bedford resident Paul Shaffer, as the Daily News recently noted.

Quoth the former Ms. Van Halen about the director and CBS Orchestra band leader:

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People knew about them, but I guess they’ve forgotten because it’s been 25 or 30 years. But it was all in the papers back then. Yeah, I dated them. No biggie.

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I’d argue that dating one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed directors and TV’s current late-night band icon back in the day is a big deal, but by comparison it’s small potatoes compared to the seemingly angelic actress’ admissions of cocaine use and an extramarital affair. So, she might have a point.

(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

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