We’re with the bands: Fred Norris returning to Yonkers, Kevin Bacon heading to Garrison

If you’re a celebrity without a band on the side, you might not really be a celebrity.

fred.jpgHoward Stern sidekick Fred Norris returns with his trio, King Norris, to Burke’s Bar this Saturday. On Feb. 9, the last time he was at the Yonkers venue, Norris picked me out of the crowd and likened me to the “Verizon Guy.” It seems like only yesterday; so, yes, I can hear him now. Saturday’s showtime is 10:30 p.m.

Of course, when Norris performed at Mickey Spillane’s in Eastchester in December, Suburbarazzi had a field day with that, too.

kevin-bacon.jpgLater in May, Kevin Bacon and his brother, Michael, will head to Garrison to perform an afternoon gig for Riverkeeper’s 19th Annual Shad Fest.

Admission to the festival’s not cheap — $75 per adult, $25 children for visitors ages 9 to 20 — but the celebration will donate all event proceeds to programs that protect the Hudson River and regional watershed areas. The festival runs rain or shine from noon to 5 p.m., May 18, at Boscobel Restoration (1601 Route 9D). The Bacon Brothers are scheduled to gig there that day at 3:30 p.m.


(AP Photo of Norris by Stuart Ramson; AP Photo of Bacon by Chris Pizzello)

Panettiere: Sexual harrassment is wrong. Even if it makes you feel good.

Palisades native Hayden Panettiere on FunnyorDie. In a PSA produced by Judd Apatow. Need I say any more?

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[via We Heart Hayden]

Denzel Washington’s brain trust

Quick, see if you can guess which of the following causes Mount Vernon favorite son Denzel Washington is returning to his hometown to promote on Friday, May 2? Is it:

A. The Mount Vernon Boys & Girls club, a longtime Washington charity.

B. New Mount Vernon mayor Clinton Young, who Washington campaigned for last year.

C. The NFL’s European league, which Washington’s son used to play in.

Answer is after the break.

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Podcast: April 30

On the podcast this week: Mariah’s newest Empire; Paul Shaffer and Matisyahu prepare to rock out for Israel’s 60th birthday; and Chevy Chase chills with Captain Planet.

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: “Speed Racer” opens in theaters nationwide next Friday. Which actor with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley is NOT in the cast?

A. Palisades native Hayden Panettiere
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Stephen Baldwin feels the love at the White House, gets a tongue lashing from brother Billy

After dealing with the highs and lows of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” it seems that Stephen Baldwin, cncs_08_0428_mh_0126.jpgeveryone’s favorite Upper Grandview evangelical, can handle whatever curve balls the good Lord throws his way. And in the last day, he got a couple. First, he was invited by his friends at the White House down to D.C. to help celebrate National Volunteer Week.

Baldwin was selected to be a kind of “cultural advisor” to the Bush administration over a year ago (I kid you not), and he joined singer Michael W. Smith and other members of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, USA Freedom Corps, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the Corporation for National and Community Service for the festivities. Among other things, the event promoted the creation of a new online toolkit designed to help get kids involved in volunteering.


But not everyone is such a big fan of Stevie B’s activism. Chief among his recent critics: brother Billy Baldwin (a former Bedford resident), who has been especially critical of the younger Baldwin’s anti-gay stance. In a recent interview with Out magazine (via AHN), Billy lashed out. The quotes are after the break …

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Sold to the man with the green hair! Actor/auctioneer Chevy Chase poses with Captain Planet

chevy2.jpgBedford resident Chevy Chase, seen here doing an unintentional Dick Cheney impression at last month’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, put his celebrity to work last week to raise money for the Captain Planet Foundation.

Chevy and his wife, Jayni, appeared at a Thursday fundraiser at New York City’s Sherry-Netherland Hotel, where he posed for photos with the Cap’n himself and served as an auctioneer for the charity, whose mission to support hands-on environmental projects for children. That’s a theme to which the Chases can relate as they are the founders of the Center for Environmental Education charity, which raises awareness about global issues through educational initiatives.

The April 24 event, hosted by Ted Turner, was held two days after Earth Day.

Brita Belli, of E (Environmental) magazine, cites Jayni’s role in the evening’s festivities:


(She) discussed the importance of greening the nation’s schools from top to bottom, and educating kids about the process while they’re at it. She mentioned the traveling art show called Cool Globes, which brings attention to global warming solutions by various artist renderings on actual globes.


Now if there were only a way to incorporate microphone sight-gags into environmental curricula…

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Empire State Building goes lavender, pink and white in honor of Mariah Carey

mariah.jpgSo if you could select the colors for the Empire State Building’s lights over a weekend, what palate would you pick? I might opt for raw umber, burnt siena and periwinkle, especially if the Crayola company compensated me accordingly.

While it’s unclear from this report if former Bedford resident Mariah Carey selected her palate, the Manhattan landmark was highlighted with lavender, pink and white lights over the weekend in honor of the songstress’ success, according to People magazine. I suppose those are the flood-light equivalents of her movie “Glitter,” except millions more people saw the Empire State Building this weekend.

Carey, who recently appeared as a mentor and performed on “American Idol,” sold 463,000 copies of her new album, “E = MC2,” in its first week, propelling it to No. 1 on the charts. Last month, she became the top-charting solo artist of all time, surpassing Elvis Presley on the Billboard Hot 100 list with 18 No. 1 singles.

This weekend, I wonder if Bally’s will celebrate her success by having all their personal trainers wear high-heels on Stairmasters to pay tribute to her legendary “Cribs” episode.

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Tim Robbins: The Edward R. Murrow of 2008?

Earlier this month, Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins delivered the keynote speech at the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas. He began by explaining that he’d been asked *not* to give the speech he wrote — and then went on to give it anyway (thanks, in part, to cheers of “speech! speech!” from the audience).

tjndc5-5c3xf4cr8ufsuq5oeqz_layout.jpgThe nut of Robbins’ sarcastically soaked remarks, which came towards the end:

“I’m here to tell you that we don’t need to look at the car crash. We don’t need to live off the pain and humiliation of the unfortunate. We don’t need to celebrate our pornographic obsession with celebrity culture. We are better than that.”

Broadcasting & Cable’s David Bianculli, who moderated part of the event and urged Robbins to deliver his talk, echoed those sentiments in his assessment of the speech. He added that Robbins’ speech was like a nod to the same talk Edward R. Murrow gave 50 years ago at the same event. Said Murrow: “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it is just lights and wires in a box.”

While the vast majority of Robbins’ ranting was reserved for the Bush-FoxNews-Republican axis of truthiness, but there was still plenty to go around for mainstream media outlets. Given that I write a celebrity blog (even if it’s a pretty soft-core one), it did manage to make me feel kind of guilty. For a minute. Until I had to get back to work.

What do you think? Take a listen to the audio of Robbins’ speech and judge for yourself.

Audio of NAB Convention

Ang Lee versus the Canadian Parliament

It’s not unusual for Oscar winner Ang Lee to show up to Larchmont town hall to weigh in on whatever small-town issue is currently before the board (according to one of our colleagues, he’s pretty engaged with the community), tjndc5-5j3sluhaa041ddaww9ec_layout1.jpgbut who knew that the director would ever take on the Canadian government?

The issue in question is Bill C-10, a piece of pending legislation that would deny tax credits to any films or videos filmed in the country that are deemed offensive to the public.

As Lee pointed out in an article in the Globe and Mail, his film Brokeback Mountain, about gay cowboys, was shot in Calgary. “People should be free to say anything.” He added that the bill was almost like censorship and urged young filmmakers to “make a noise, whatever” to stop it from being ratified.

(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Panettiere calls Hilton a ‘genius’

Well, sort of. Actually, what Hayden Panettiere said of Paris Hilton was as follows:

tjndc5-5jd2w849ynm1e8b8i0n_layout.jpg“She’s a nice girl and a lot brighter than people give her credit (for) but no one sees her like that because she plays this character all the time. She’s actually a marketing genius.”

Can’t really argue with that. What I find much more funny about all this is that I found the quote on a blog called “We Heart Hayden,” devoted entirely to the exploits of the Palisdades native and “Heroes” star. Among the other newsflashes in the last week:

  • Panettiere is like a black widow spider when it comes to dating: “going out with me will be really bad,” she warns her mates [April 28]
  • She likes hanging out with the old kids … including reported boyfriend, Milo Ventimiglia [April 26]
  • The actress blogs on her MySpace page. And vlogs, too! [April 25]
  • Hayden was bullied in high school in Rockland (sheesh, no wonder she left) [April 23]
  • Panettiere likes orange bras. Which of course begs the question: Who doesn’t? [April 23]

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

All work and no play makes Richard Gere a fairly interesting boy

You’d think between launching a new restaurant in Bedford — no, make that two restaurants — and campaigning to raise awareness about the China-Tibet problem, Pound Ridge’s Richard Gere wouldn’t have time to be making movies. Well, you’d be wrong. Very wrong.


In fact, Gere is about as busy as we’ve ever seen him. He just signed on to star in two new films, according to Variety. The first is “Amelia,” an Amelia Earhart biopic starring Hilary Swank in the title role (Gere will play Earhart’s husband, publisher George Putnam) and directed by Mira Nair. That one begins filming later this month in Toronto, Nova Scotia, and South Africa.

The second film is cop drama “Brooklyn’s Finest,” is about three Brooklyn cops whose lives are following very divergent paths, yet all three end up at the scene of the same deadly location. Gere’s costars will be Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke.

And as if that wasn’t enough, Variety also mentions that Gere is currently shooting “Hachiko,” with director Lasse Halstrom, a neighbor of Gere’s who live in Bedford and has collaborated with the actor before. Boy, that man is busy, busy, busy. I’m winded just recounting all this!

(Gere speaking at a pro-Tibet rally on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, in San Francisco: AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Woodruff goes green

Rye resident Bob Woodruff is returning to the anchor chair. No, not the ABC World News Tonight one woodruff-cu.jpg— Charlie Gibson still has dibs on that. Rather, he’ll be anchoring a new weekly series for the Planet Green channel, formerly known as Discovery Home, which is supposed to premiere in July, according to TV Newser. It’ll be about all things ecological, including political debates and climate-change science. “This is controversial and also complicated information that needs to be talked about more,” said Woodruff of the announcement.

(Photo: Mark Vergari / InTown Westchester)