Diddy rumored to be back with baby mama, vying to be ‘Black Bruce Willis’

Mount Vernon native Sean “Diddy” Combs has had a busy month so far. First, on May 2, he got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, according to People, proclaimed himself the black Bruce Willis. (Actually, the full quote was: “I’m trying to get my Black Bruce Willis on.”)

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And on that same day, he was reportedly spotted having lunch with his ex, Kim Porter, at Italian restaurant Trilussa in Beverly Hills. You may recall, Diddy and Porter split a month ago, after Porter gave birth to the couple’s twin girls, D’Lila Star and Jessie James. Including son Christian, that’s three kids the couple has.

Could this lunch mean the couple’s giving it another go? BlogXilla certainly hopes so. Here, they share “13 reasons to get back with your baby mama.”

Thanks to Amy Vernon for the tip!

(AP Photos/Reed Saxon)

Clooney on life, liberty, and the ‘Leatherheads’ letdown

Continued coverage of George Clooney’s visit to Pelham last night. First, better photos of the event, courtesy Jay Ackerman and the Picture House:

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More photos, quotes from Clooney, and my thoughts on the event after the break. Many thanks to the Picture House for inviting me to the Q&A, which was a fundraiser for their planned expansion project.

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DMX arrested, set free for the umpteenth time

The only thing harder than pushing a ’66 Chevy to 114 mph on a suburban Phoenix freeway? Trying to keep track of how many times rapper/actor DMX has been arrested for pulling such stunts.

His latest run-in with the law took place on Tuesday, when police took him into custody at his north Phoenix tjndc5-5jx45xe7ecz150q0m6nu_layout.jpghome on charges of criminal speeding, public endangerment, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license. Apparently the Arizona po-po uses remote cameras to speeders on the Loop 101 freeway in Scottsdale, and the nabbed DMX — also known to the law by his given name, Earl Simmons — driving at 100, 101 and 114 mph. In a Chevy Nova II, no less. Complete with “DMX” decal on the windshield.

Here, shots of the offending incidents, which were actually recorded back on January 21, 2008:

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DMX driving 114 mph on January 21, 2008.

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DMX going 100 mph on the same day. In a Chevy Nova!

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Remember, DMX, who grew up in Yonkers and still owns a house on the Bedford/Mount Kisco border, also has two outstanding bench warrants in Westchester for prior moving violations (which he failed to show up in court for). And last April, police raided his Arizona house, finding abused pit bulls, a weapons cache and cocaine. The rapper hasn’t been charged with any crimes there, though.

“DMX arrested for speeding, reckless driving in Ariz” [Excite]

MORE: Suburbarazzi’s previous DMX coverage

(Mug shot and speeding camera stills: AP Photo/Arizona Department of Public Safety)

Liveblog: George Clooney in Pelham

Keep in mind: I’m attempting to do this on an iPhone. Excuse the typos and hurried language. Ok, here goes.

6:42 Just arrived. I’m guessing the audience is 80-90 percent women. No Clooney. Yet.

7:00 Packed house. Standing room only. The Picture House officials tell me the event sold out in 1 minute.

7:11 Roll tape. New Picture House documentary. Very slick.

7:15 New Picture House motto: “Life Art Popcorn”

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Catchy, no?

Jennifer Christman now giving fundraising speech.

7:25 Movie just began. Woman to my right is complaining about the bright iPhone screen. Gotta stop typing. (Besides, what do you really care what I think about “Leatherheads”?) See you in a couple hours.

8:30 Quick visit to lobby to pick up Sour Patch Kids. Throngs of young kids assembled outside, behind police barricades, waiting for Clooney to show. Still no sign of the man.

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9:10 Movie over.

Christian introduces Travers.

Travers calls down Clooney.

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9:15 Clooney tried out for Cincy Reds. Who knew?

9:17 Rosanne Barr memories

Time mag article

Happy belated birthday to Clooney (he turned 47 yesterday)

9:20 Clooney: “This movie bombed. Bombed badly”

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9:25 Clooney on the recent Time mag cover: “the ‘Last Movie Star’ … well, it’s better than being last reality TV star”

9:28 Clooney on batman: “the nipples on the suit were for feeding little bats”

9:30 Remember, “Out of Sight” and “O Brother” bombed too

9:35 Clooney thankful for “Ladykillers” — the only Coen bros. movies considered more of a bomb than his

9:38 Stories on growing up clooney (I’ll post quotes later. Can’t type fast enough)

9:45 “Oscar campaigns are like Hillary-Barack”

More Darfur stories

9:56 Questions from audience

Clooney not psyched to mediate with pipeline terrorists

9:59 Q: boxers or briefs?
A: when acting, I like to go commando

10:02 Darfur — “It gnaws at me”

Clooney NOT running for political office

10:25 Last question

Crowd sings Clooney Happy Birthday

Clooney signs autographs for screaming Pelham teenage girls

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Clooney and I hop into Chevy Suburban to go booze it up with Danny DeVito and a bottle of Limoncello

Kidding

Thanks for reading

More quotes and pics from the event tomorrow

T-minus three hours until George Clooney

UPDATE: Success! I was able to email a few photos from the event into a Flickr pool. It’s a brave new world here on Suburbarazzi.

In addition to the photos from Pelham, you can also view a few photos of Clooney shooting “Burn After Reading” in New Rochelle last fall. These shots were taken by Robert Cox.

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Rosie responds to Barbara Walters on Oprah

Did any of you catch Barbara Walters on Oprah yesterday? In an hour-long interview, she discussed all the revelations from her new memoir, Audition — a book that I couldn’t have imagined being at all interested in reading a day ago and is now already on my Amazon wish list. I kid you not. It honestly sounds that good.

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Who knew Walters had such a fascinating, and at times sordid, personal life? An affair with a married senator — and a black senator at that! A father who attempted suicide! Three failed marriages and a mentally disabled sister! For more on the details of the memoir, check out this USA Today story.

tjndc5-5elrm29n5zr12g6je348_layout.jpgOf course, the first questions on everyone’s mind — including Oprah’s — revolved around The View. Specifically, the tumultuous two-year period beginning with Irvington resident Meredith Vieira’s departure, then the Star Jones saga, and finally Rosie O’Donnell. Walters spent the longest period on Oprah’s couch discussing Rosie, and how the South Nyack often seemed to give their relationship a mother-daughter dynamic.

Rosie used her Ask Ro message board to respond to a lot of the questions raised by Babwa. We’ll recap the key points, along with Ro’s trademark haiku-ish thoughts, after the break.

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Podcast: May 7

On the podcast this week: Clooney coming to Pelham, Denzel doling out neuroscience dollars in Mount Vernon, and Panettiere on FunnyorDie.

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And, of course, the quiz:

As the Clooney event suggests, the Pelham Picture House has been on a roll lately, luring in some of Hollywood’s biggest megawatt celebs. Can you guess which of the following has NOT appeared at the tiny theater in the past year?

A. Michael Douglass
B. Tom Cruise
C. Sean Penn
D. Steve Carell

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Liveblogging Leatherheads and George Clooney

Some bloggers like to liveblog the Oscars? Other tackle shareholder reports? tjndc5-5jjod6odpgm1j2uw9l8e_layout.jpgWell, here in suburbia, we don’t have too many celebrity events worth covering live. But, well, I’m figuring George Clooney’s visit to Pelham tonight is about as close as we’ll get. And thanks to the good folks at the Picture House, who invited me to cover the event, I’ll be there to do the honors.

I’m not sure exactly what a blow-by-blow of the Leatherheads screening and subsequent Q&A tonight will look like. But if you’re even the slightest bit curious about what Clooney has to say about Obama, the Time 100, Gawker, and the rest of the blogarazzi — a few of the things I’m hoping to ask about — tune in here tonight around 9 p.m.

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Judge Jeanine Pirro: ‘Go for the jugular’ daytime jurisprudence

We’ve now confirmed what I’ve always suspected: If you want a televised small claims court show, tjndc5-5jw0xaq0n00jpzzunb6_layout.jpgyou better have a first name that begins with the letter “J.” Judge Judy. Judge Joe Brown. And now, Judge Jeanine Pirro. For TV execs — like overworked magazine editors — the temptation of an alliterative show title is just too good to pass up.

Pirro’s new show will begin on September 22, according to Shawn Cohen’s story on LoHud today. It’ll be an hour-long program on the CW, in which the former Westchester County DA will “mete out justice with her own ‘go for the jugular’ style.”

Note to all prospective litigants: If your case isn’t going well, just bring up Hillary Clinton and/or Al Pirro. A surefire way to bring Judge Jeanine to tears and invoke a mistrial.

“Look out, Judge Judy: Pirro gets TV show” [LoHud]

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Vanessa Williams to finally graduate college, earn an honest living

Yet another of our beloved LoHud celebs is pulling a Rodney Dangerfield. Remember how last summer Sneden’s Landing’s Bill Murray finally got his degree from Regis University, oh, about 30 years after he dropped out? Well, now Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams has followed suit, returning to Syracuse this weekend nearly 25 years after she left the university to pursue singing, beauty pagenting, and looking dead sexy.

According to the AP story, Williams, who grew up in Millwood, was a musical theater major from 1981 to 1983 at ‘Cuse and  “earned the remaining credits for her degree through industry experience and her substantial performances on stage and screen.” She’ll also be delivering the school’s convocation speech.

We can only hope that she has as much fashion sense at the graduation ceremony as Murray did.

(Williams: AP Photo/Jim Cooper; Murray Photo: Regis University)

All Rosie, all the time

Sooner or later, I fear, all of our mainstays here at Suburbarazzi will have blogs entirely devoted just to them. As I posted last week, there’s already We Heart Hayden, which is a damn sight better at tracking Palisades native Hayden Panettiere that we could ever hope to be. And today, Friend of Suburbarazzi Amy Vernon pointed me to Rosie Chat, a blog about all things O’Donnell.

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True to its name, the blog also has a chat feature which, as far as I can tell, has little to do with discussing the South Nyack resident. Instead, it acts more like support group for Rosie groupies. Here, judge for yourself.

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The rest of Rosie Chat features more standard O’Donnell gossip, including enough YouTube clips to make you go blind. Not sure if it will ever supplant r blog, Rosie’s own blog, in popularity, but it’s got at least one thing going for it: full sentences and paragraphs.

So, who’ll be the next Suburbarazzi regular to get their own full time blog — DMX? Stephen Baldwin? Fred Norris?

Pelham Picture House sells out $125-a-ticket screening of ‘Leatherheads’

Yeah, that might have a little something to do with the fact that the director is showing up on Wednesday night to do a Q&A with Peter Travers afterwards. Some dude named Clooney.

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First Sean Penn and Michael Douglass came to support the little theater that could. Then Tom Cruise. Now this? Travers ain’t messing around!

From what I gather from the Picture House’s website, the fundraiser screening, taking place this Wednesday, must have sold out in a matter of minutes (as did the Cruise one I went to a few months back). Never mind the $125 ticket price.

I don’t know what the chance is of us getting a media pass (first dibs usually go to The Journal News film reporter, Kevin Canfield, who broke the Clooney story). Me, I’m just happy that we finally get to christen our first series of George Clooney posts. And here I thought Gawker was the only celebrity site in the Tri-State region that had the good fortune to stalk — and then get stalked by — King George.

Never mind that, according to Joel Stein’s rankings of the Time 100 Most Influential People, Clooney only comes in as the No. 29 (sandwiched between Britney Spears and Muqtada al-Sadr), I still consider him to be at least ahead of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (No. 10 on Stein’s list). Besides, wasn’t it Stein himself who proclaimed Clooney “The Last Movie Star” — and got a courtesy dinner date out of the man? You’d figure that, at the very least, would have given the man a bump in the ratings.

Anyway, back to the Pelham event. Canfield reports that, considering that the film has taken in a less-than-impressive $30 million at the box office, Travers isn’t going to lob out softball questions for Clooney. “I would ask him, I think, right away why the public didn’t embrace the movie we just watched, what he thinks about it and does he feel defensive about it?” Travers said, adding:

“But the conversation we’re having is much more than ‘Leatherheads.’ It’ll be about ‘Burn After Reading,’ the movie he made with the Coen brothers that will open in September; about his style of directing; and how he feels as a celebrity having political ideas and opinions, how it hurts or it doesn’t hurt him.

“The idea is to just talk to filmmakers who have a stake, not just in the particular movie they made but in how movies will get made in the future.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t mind if, in the future, more movies banked on the $125-a-ticket model. Especially limited-appeal stuff like documentaries about Darfur. Just so long as a I’m guaranteed a Clooney at every screening — or, for $45 less, a Clooney impersonator or Muqtada al-Sadr — I’m happy.

“Captain Clooney comes to Pelham” [LoHud]

(Photo: Nathan Strange/The Associated Press)