Alan Ruck gets hitched

Noticed this in a little throwaway reference in Variety story, “The Tonys Go Hollywood,” which mentioned “Newlyweds Alan Ruck and Mireille Enos.” tjndc5-5eg68s3enq0151zqf41r_layout.jpgIn case the name doesn’t immediatly ring a bell, does this help: Frye? Frye?

The recent Piermont resident — who, in addition to being Ferris Bueller’s hypochondriac best friend, also starred in “Spin City” and, most recently, the ESPN series “The Bronx is Burning” — got divorced from his first wife, Claudia Stefany, back in 2005. According to Wikipedia, the marriage to Enos actually took place on January 4.

My colleague, Jenny Higgons, who wrote a fantastic profile of Ruck back in 2006 (read the PDF here) learned through the Piermont grapvine that, in addition to getting married, he also recently relocated to the L.A. area. We’ll miss ya, Alan!

(Ruck in front of Bunburry Coffee Shop in Piermont: Photo by Mark Vergari / Rockland Magazine)

Vanessa Williams launches campaign for ‘Mother of the Year’

What does it take to be earn the label of “World’s Coolest Mom” these days? A hit primetime comedy? The noteriety of being one of the only Miss Americas stripped of her crown? tjndc5-5j1ehc7stomsiwlao5g_layout.jpgWell, those help. But having an in with Miley Cyrus trumps all.

That’s what Vanessa Williams is hoping. During Lincoln Center’s Annual Spring Gala Wednesday night, the Chappaqua actress told People Mag that she’s going to play Hannah Montana’s publicist in a version of the Disney Channel show. “My 7-year-old, [Sasha Gabrielle], is into [Miley’s] music,” she added. Even though the deal hasn’t been officially signed off on, Williams said her daughter has already given it her blessing. “[She] thought it was the coolest thing in the world, and that I’m an awesome mom!”

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Not a good thing: Martha Stewart’s dog Paw Paw dies

martha.jpgPour a little kibble onto the floor. Martha Stewart’s nearly 13-year-old dog, Paw Paw, died of renal failure Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

The Bedford resident used her blog to thank commenters for their well-wishes, post photos of the adorable pooch and grieve a bit. Turns out one of Paw Paw’s vets works out of South Salem:


Paw Paw was a spectacular chow and an even more spectacular dog. He was always my loyal companion, displaying the most agreeable temperament. Paw Paw loved traveling with me and was always a willing model for the camera. In addition to taking part in television commercials and several national print ads, he has been part of numerous photo shoots and is a familiar face on my television show, in my magazine, and on this blog. Paw Paw’s veterinarians, Dr. Thomas Marsh of Fairfield, CT and Dr. Marty Goldstein of South Salem, NY also admired his easy-going nature, and caring for him was never a chore. Even in his final days, Paw Paw just stopped eating and drifted off to deep sleeps, where he now rests peacefully, and, I’m most confident, quite happily. I will miss him, always.


Hang in there, Martha.

(AP Photo/Paul Hawthorne)

Paul Shaffer, Matisyahu join concert to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary


Bedford resident Paul Shaffer and White Plains High School alumnus Matisyahu have agreed to perform in a New York City concert marking the 60th anniversary of Israel’s inception.

The leader of the CBS Orchestra for the late-night talk show hosted by North Salem resident David Letterman will join the hassidic reggae star (“King Without A Crown”) and recent hitmaker Yael Naim (“New Soul,” featured in that MacBook Air commercial with the manila envelope) for a May 7 show at Radio City Music Hall.

Also on the bill are Israeli musicians Rami Kleinstein, David Broza and Idan Raichel.

(AP Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP)

Good fences make good neighbors … unless those neighbors include Richard Gere

Pound Ridge resident Richard Gere’s plan to open a dynamic duo of upscale restaurants in Bedford appeared to be cruising along. Restaurant No. 1, Barn at the Bedford Post, launched earlier this year and, as I gushed on RNN a couple weeks ago, it’s phenomenal — creative dishes, cozy horse-country ambiance, locally-grown ingredients. Which is to say, not your typical celebrity-restaurant ploy. (See the menu, which I scanned for my colleague Liz Johnson’s blog, here.)


Then on Monday the Daily News broke the story that phase two — the larger, more upscale, main Bedford Post restaurant — had hit a snag: The town of Beford said that Gere had erected a 180-foot-long, 5-foot-high cedar fence that was a foot taller than local ordinances permit. Hazel Nourse, head of Bedford’s zoning board, told the DN, “It’s a lovely building, but the fence sticks out like a sore thumb.”

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Panettiere joins ‘Kiss List’

Need more evidence that the career of “Heroes” star Hayden Panettiere has officially gone white hot? tjndc5-5jd45427pz9qrfbgi0n_layout.jpgHow about the fact that production companies are now acquiring novels and scripts with the express intent of developing them as star vehicles for the Palisades native. Specifically, I’m talking about the novel “Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List,” which, according to Variety, Fox Atomic bought for Panettiere to star in when she’s finished shooting “I Love You, Beth Cooper” and “Daydream Nation.”

(AP Photo/Chris Polk)

Jason Bateman pilots new FOX comedy

Hot off the news that he’s joining the cast of the new Ricky Gervais project, “This Side of the Truth,” — as well as the rumor that there might be an “Arrested Development” movie — tjndc5-5b5kl7lh4cnedh92ezi_layout.jpgthe former Fox show’s star is returning to the net to direct his own comedy pilot, “The Inn.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Inn” will be like the British show “Upstairs/Downstairs,” only set in a hip NYC hotel. It should be noted that Bateman, a Rye native, has directed before — he helmed one episode of “AD,” as well as a handful of other pilots and the short-lived series “For Your Love.”

No word yet on when the new show is supposed to make it on air.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Stephen Baldwin, Flat Stanley attend the Christian Oscars

It’s tough to gauge exactly how much appearing on “The Celebrity Apprentice” goosed Stephen Baldwin’s Q score. But, if the recent Movieguide Faith and Values Awards, aka the Christian Oscars, are any indication, the Upper Grandview homeowner is now hovering on a par with Flat Stanley and Louis Gossett, Jr.

Which is to say, not much better than he was doing while taking on Piers Morgan and Treace Adkins. Now granted, this being a faith-based awards ceremony, it is kind of home turf for Baldwin. Just imagine if they were attending the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards? My guess is that Flat Stanley would have nothing to do with Stevie B.

“Flat Stanley Works the Red Carpet” [LAist]

Scroll down about half-way for the pic of Stephen and Stanley.

(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)

Kimberly Locke takes a pass on Chikezie

TMZ managed to corner Kimberly Locke, the former American Idol contestant and (in case you didn’t notice the umpteen posts on Suburbarazzi a couple weeks ago) newest celebrity resident of North Salem. tjndc5-5j8dnjbbwjp1we3imdz_layout.jpgAfter cracking up over the reality of being caught inside the camera crosshairs (“I love TMZ!” she said, after doubling over), Locke told the paps that her favorite contestant this season was Chikezie, who got voted off a couple weeks ago.

Incidentally, that checks out completely with what she told us on March 20, when Idol came to film at her restaurant, Croton Creek Steakhouse, in Croton Falls.

In the interest of “giving it up” to the gossip mongers, though, Locke did offer one tidbit: “Chikezie, he wanted to invite me out on a date.” Apparently that didn’t work out for him any better than covering Luther Vandros’s “If Only for One Night.”

“Chikezie Wants a Load of Locke” [TMZ]

(Photo: Tania Savayan / The Journal News)

Jason Bateman joins the greatest cast in film history

Somebody give Jason Bateman’s agent a bonus. Although the Rye native had a little rough patch there (see: “Fast Track,” “Smokin’ Aces”), he landed two of the best roles of his career last year with “The Kingdom” and “Juno.” tjndc5-5iv2rku56eu10ajkpffs_layout.jpgAnd 2009 is shaping up to be even better now that Bateman has found his way into the cast of Ricky Gervais’s newest project, “This Side of the Truth.”

The “Truth” about Gervais? The man’s a comedy genius, as evidenced by the original “The Office” and HBO’s “Extras” (and, for that matter, his podcast on iTunes). But even if you’re not a fan of his cockneyed quirkiness, just look at the stars he’s rounded up for his new flick: Tina Fey, Christopher Guest, Jeffrey Tambor, Jonah Hill, and John Hodgman. Yeah, pretty much the entire brain trust of an American comedy.

I’m not sure I’d put Bateman (or, for that matter, some of the other cast, like Jennifer Garner and Rob Lowe) in the same class, but hey, way to latch onto the funny.

In other Bateman news: the rumored “Arrested Development” movie continues to be, well, rumored. Only now by people like Bateman and Michael Cera, which makes it slightly more plausible.

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“Jason Bateman Will Believe Ricky Gervais’ Lies” [CinemaBlend]

(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Podcast: April 9

On the podcast this week: the Beyoncé-Jay-Z wedding, Mariah Carey’s chart-topper, and Denzel’s next movie.

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Behind champ Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken, new North Salem resident Kimberley Locke finished third on season two of “American Idol.” Who finished fourth that season?

A) Joshua Gracin
B) Carmen Rasmusen
C) Trenyce

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Mary J. Blige confirms Zeyonce wedding (sort of)

Evidence that Jay-Z and Beyonce tied the knot on Friday continues to trickle in. During a concert that Yonkers native Mary J. Blige headlined with Jay-Z over the weekend in North Carolina, she reportedly shouted on stage, “Congratulations to my man Jay-Z and my girl B!”


That said, the happy couple still haven’t made any official announcements. And Jay-Z wasn’t wearing a wedding ring onstage. And, according to OK Magazine, he was hanging out with his boys 40/40 Club in Manhattan to watch the NCAA championship game Monday night. So much for the honeymoon.

As for Blige’s comment … um, maybe that was just the roids talking.

(Photo of Blige and Jay-Z perform performing on March 22 in Miami during their Heart of the City tour: AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)