Jake Gyllenhaal to follow in Richard Gere’s restaurateuring footsteps

Celebrity restaurants are nothing new. But celebrity organic restaurants, now they’re all the rage. tjndc5-5b5eietogkwywerpezi_layout.jpgNow that Pound Ridge’s Richard Gere’s has unveiled phase one of his Bedford Post dining destination, and Sandra Bullock showed Oprah biodegradable utensils and sugar-cane take-out containers at her restaurant (Austin’s Bess Bistro), it looks like Jake Gyllenhaal is ready to get on the organic express, too. According to Ecorazzi (hey, clever name!), the 27-year-old is teaming with chef Chris Fischer, a childhood friend, to open their own place in L.A. Also, the story adds that Gyllenhaal might be planning a cycling trip to Tuscany with girlfriend Reese Witherspoon to help develop ideas for the menu.

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Podcast: May 14

On the podcast this week: George Clooney comes to Pelham, Mary J. Blige launches her own women’s center, and DMX gets arrested two times in one week. Yes, seriously, two times in one week.

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The quiz this week:

Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams finally got her college diploma over the weekend … 25 years after she dropped out to become Miss America. Can you guess which school she graduated from?

A. Harvard
B. UCLA
C. Syracuse
D. Howard

Now, unlike Karen DePodwin, please don’t look this up on Google. That’s called cheating, friends.

Make an honest guess, then watch the video or click through to read the answer after the break.

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Editors: They quit their jobs, just like us! Bonnie Fuller out at AMI

Is Bonnie Fuller era as the queen of tabloids officially over? It would seem so, now that Bonnie Fuller is no longer running the Star shop over at American Media Inc.

tjndc5-5e5byllsz1lshgqwlzz_layout.jpgAccording to FishbowlNY, Fuller, who lives in Hastings, said the decision to leave was “100 percent” hers and that she’s currently “thinking about the next stage in her life and the new, exciting adventure I’ll pursue.”

“My next venture will be in media. I really can’t give you any details… but there’s something specific I want to do.”

OK, we’ll just throw it out there. Ever since losing Robert, we’ve been looking for another blogger here on Suburbarazzi. Bonnie, if you’re reading, the offer is on the table.

(Photo by Mark Vergari / InTown Westchester)

Justine Bateman goes to Washington … to save the Internet

It’s a question you’ve no doubt asked yourself countless times before: 112605_1774_pre.jpgWhere does Justine Bateman stand on the whole “Net Neutrality” debate?

I’m sure Lawrence Lessig and Kevin Martin have perfectly good arguments on the topic, too, but during late April’s Senate Committee Hearing on the Future of the Internet, it was Bateman, a Rye native (and sister of Jason) who really stole the show. A few choice excerpts for her full statement to the committee are after the break.

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Bill Irwin gets his Randy Pausch on with ‘The Happiness Lecture’

Nyack resident Bill Irwin is about to premiere of his own ensemble show, “The Happiness Lecture,” down in Philadelphia. And much as I kid with the title, from the description on the Philadelphia Theatre Company’s website, “Happiness” actually has next to nothing to do with Pausch’s now-famous Carnegie Mellon speech, “The Last Lecture” — other than both being titled “lectures” and about happiness, more or less.

tjndc5-5b4h37×89yw1i9anunb6_layout.jpgIn case the name doesn’t ring a bell, Irwin has had a long, and at times schizophrenic career on Broadway, in the movies, and on TV. By turns ultra-dramatic and then ultra-clown-y, Irwin won the Tony for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” and also starred for a long time as Mr. Noodle on “Sesame Street.”

This new show, which Irwin himself conceived, will run from May 16 to June 15 at PTC’s new home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Says the PTC website:

“Irwin has created a unique and imaginative evening of delightful vignettes and physical comedy. This world premiere is a wild and entertaining ride that spoofs theatrical pretensions while exploring the sheer joy of laughter. Featuring some of Philadelphia’s finest actors and dancers.”

Presumably, this means Irwin’s clown persona will be on stage. Nothing could make us happier.

“Philadelphia Theatre Co. Premieres Master Clown Bill Irwin’s Happiness Lecture” [Playbill]

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Send in the SWAT Teams! DMX arrested for the second time in one week

More than seven months after after the story that DMX had three dead dogs buried behind his Arizona house, and 12 more that were malnourished and possibly the victims of animal cruelty, Arizona law enforcement finally arrested the rapper on Friday. This comes on the heels of yet another DMX arrest earlier in the week, for doing 114 mph in a Chevy Nova.

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Oh, by the way, Mariah Carey got married again

Lost in Clooney-mania was the fact that Mariah Carey got married to Nick Cannon on April 30.

mariah.jpgTrue, we’ve waited a while to cover this, perhaps because we were stunned by the news. Or, y’know, we’ve been busy. But it doesn’t seem so long ago that Carey was married to Tommy Mottola and living the good life in Bedford.

I read the happy couple got tattoos to celebrate their eternal love before they exchanged rings. “Winona forever,” anyone?

For her, it might just be true love (ahempublicitystuntcough), but for him it might just a convenient way for his colleagues on “Wild ‘N Out” to stop making Christina Milian jokes.

I’m still rooting for them to stick it out, but not exactly holding my breath. In fact, this Suburbarazzo is setting the over/under for separation at one year. Readers, are you taking the over or under?

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Attack of the Killer Iguanas!

I realize that an appearance on The Tonight Show — especially an off-camera appearance — doesn’t necessarily translate into full-fledged celebrity status, but, well, it’s close enough for me to post here. Especially when the person appearing is Journal News colleague Shawn Cohen, and the appearance is in the form of a vacation video of him and some awfully cute iguanas. Cute, that is, until they pull the ol’ distract-and-attack number on Shawn.

Here’s a link to the video from Leno (skip to “Zoo Tube” on Thursday, May 8, about 22 minutesin). But if you just want the good stuff, below is the original iguana-attack video that was posted to YouTube. Good stuff.

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Bob Woodruff relives pain of decades-old Colgate-Syracuse lacrosse game

Vanessa Williams wasn’t the only local speaking at Syracuse’s graduation ceremonies over the weekend. tjndc5-5jrbyli26ckqaiv6jx3_layout.jpgRye resident and medical miracle Bob Woodruff was also there, delivering the commencement address. Speaking to a crowd of 14,300, he reminded the 4,600 graduating students that (a) he actually went to Colgate, (b) Syracuse is really much better at lacrosse than Colgate, and (c) that “In an Instant” is out in paperback.

And, oh yeah, he also delivered one of the most moving, inspiring speeches I’ve read in a while. (Or since the Barack Obama’s race speech, anyway.)

The full text, from Syracuse University’s website, is after the break.

UPDATE: OK, just found out that the speech was awfully similar to another one Woodruff gave a couple weeks ago at Michigan’s commencent. Ah, who cares? It’s still a damn sight better than the snooze-fest I was subjected to when Robert Rubin gave the commencement at my school.

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Vanessa Williams graduates from Syracuse’s new 25-year degree program

Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams headed back to Syracuse over the weekend to deliver the convocation address … and pick up her diplomma 25 years after dropping out of the university. Wearing a blue cap and gown with orange trim, Williams told a local reporter, “It’s been 25 years since I was a student here. It just brought home what my message was, which is cherish the moment.”
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Her kids and family were also in the audience. According to Capital News 9, mom Helen had this to say: “It is fantastic. Its fulfillment, full circle and I’m very very excited and I know her dad is here in spirit.” As reported before, Syracuse awarded her the degree based on industry experience and performances on stage and screen.

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What’s the 411 on Mary J. Blige’s new Yonkers women’s center?

Oprah, look out! You’re not the only one opening women’s centers and schools anymore. Mary J. Blige is following suit in her old hometown of Yonkers.  The singer visited Roosevelt High on Friday to announce the the new outreach facility — The Mary J. Blige Center for Women — which will be run as a partnership between her (and partner Steve Stoute’s) Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now and the Westchester Jewish Community Services.

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According to The Journal News, Blige and Stoute are planning to raise $500,000 for the Foundation. “Please get your education,” she told the students at the press conference.

“Education is key. Education is power. I saw the challenges women go through as a child. If I can rise from a cesspool, these women can, too.”

The CBS account of the event also had a few more Blige quotes about the venture:

“It’s about women that desire to give themselves a second chance. They have not given up. They don’t want to die. Mentally, spiritually, physically, they want to live.

I’m not saying don’t be afraid, but know that we’re all a little afraid but you’re not by yourself, so push thru the fear,”

The Center will initially focus on reaching out to young, single mothers who need help with parenting, education, and vocational training. And, we hope, also discourage the use recreational steroids and hateration.

(Stuart Bayer / The Journal News)

George Clooney comes clean on why he won’t campaign for Barack Obama

It’s already a well-known fact: George digs Barack. His support for Obama has been widely reported,obama-clooney.jpg everywhere from ABC to the Washington Post to TMZ. Even BarackObama.com seems to take pride in Clooney’s reference to Obama being “like a rock star.”

So why, then, hasn’t Clooney campaigned for the Illinois senator? If Oprah and Bruce Springsteen are happy to hit the campaign trail, why not Dr. Doug Ross?

That was one of the topics Clooney addressed Wednesday night in Pelham, during his talk with Peter Travers at the Picture House. In a nutshell, he thinks it helps Obama more by not publically endorsing him, by not making stump speeches. What’s more, this isn’t he first time Clooney has boycotted a campaign because he felt his image would do more harm than good.

Shockingly, he took the exact same tack with his own father’s campaign for Congress back in 2004. Nick Clooney ultimately lost anyway, but George said that public appearances by him would have only made matter worse. Clooney explains the dilemma in his own words — and discusses whether he’d ever run for office himself — after the break.

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