Archive for June, 2008
Looking strikingly similar to Chynna Phillips, Palisades native Hayden Panettiere attended Ford’s Flex Rally 2008 in LA last week. She sported a new short do for the event. The charity event, which involved 10 celebrity teams driving around brand new 2009 Ford Flex crossover vehicles on a treasure hunt, was also attended by Panettiere’s “Heroes” co-star Greg Grunberg (pictured below, with Panettiere), who played with his group, “Band from TV,” which also features Hugh Laurie, Teri Hatcher, and Jesse Spencer.
Not sure if the new car has much to do with Dobbs Ferry’s Funkmaster Flex, who has his own line of Ford vehicles, but it’s good to see him ‘Flex’ imprimatur turning up on other cars. How long before we see the Hayden Hatchback: Heroes Edition out on the road?
(Panettiere and Grunberg: Shea Walsh/AP Images for Ford; Ford Flex: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)
Richard Gere’s Fiat fiasco • 06.30.08
Richard Gere just can’t catch a break in Asia these days. First it was the Shilpa Shetty kiss heard round the world, which led to him being threatened with lawsuits for public indecency. Then it was his outspoken remarks about the upcoming Olympics, and how the opening ceremonies should be banned due to the Chinese government’s treatment of Tibet. Both of which, yes, were either intentionally or unintentionally bound to push some buttons. But now an ad that Gere filmed for Fiat’s Lancia Delta sedan is causing an uproar. The reason? Towards the end Gere plays in the snow with some pint-sized Buddhist monks.
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Seriously? The Chinese are that paranoid that an ad with no spoken words and no overtly political message can be interpreted as inflamatory? Apparently, yes. So much so that the Italian auto maker issued a public apology, saying it feels bad for “misinterpretations of its well-established position of neutrality.” Which, let’s face it, is like saying, ‘I’m sorry you blew things out of proportion,’
One of the big question marks hanging over the season finale of damages is whether Ted Danson’s character, Arthur Frobisher, is actually dead or not? He’s shot in the season finale by a disgruntled former employee, but we never actually see him in a coffin.
Well, if the casting for season 2 is any indication, I’m betting that yes, Danson is dust. Sneden’s Landing resident William Hurt has been cast in one of the key roles. As Newsday reported, “anonymous ‘insiders’ [say] that Hurt’s character will have both a personal and professional history with Patty [Hewes],” the duplicitious lawyer played by Bedford resident Glenn Close that the series revolves around.
You may remember that, like in their television roles, Close and Hurt also go way back. Both starred in “The Big Chill.”
As for Danson, it’s hard to imagine where his plot could go from here. With an A-lister of Hurt’s magnitude joining the cast, I’m guessing that Danson won’t get any more lines than Kevin Costner did in the “Chill.” For those who don’t remember, he played the dead guy.
(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Willie Randolph: Still the One • 06.26.08
All you die-hard Mets fans out there, if you’re still wondering how exactly the Willie Randolph firing went down, or if you just want to publicly apologize to the former manager on behalf of the Mets organization, now’s your chance. We hear it on good authority that Randolph will be at One restaurant in Irvington tonight.
While our colleagues in the sports department have already gotten word that he won’t, under any circumstances, talk about baseball-related things, our source says, “he would talk to you about how much he LOVES the restaurant.”
(Randolph: AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Podcast: June 25 • 06.25.08
On the show this week: “American Idol” Season 5 champ Taylor Hicks, former “ER” cast member Gloria Reuben and “SportsCenter” anchor Trey Wingo hit the links to benefit Autism Speaks.
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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: A Cincinnati councilman recently apologized to Rip Torn for falsely using his barely obscured mug shot in a campaign ad railing against “child predators.” In what Westchester municipality was Torn arrested for driving while under the influence?
B. North Salem
Can’t wait for tonight’s premiere of Celebrity Family Feud? Wondering which suburban refugee — Larchmont’s Joan Rivers or Summit’s Ice-T — will triumph? Curious how long it will take Ice-T to make a reference to his penis? Hold onto your hat and take a gander at this:
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Many thanks to Sienna Farris for pointing us to the advance clip. Oh, and time frame for the penis reference: oh, about 45 seconds into the Feud. Nicely done, T.
Despite her less-than-auspicious previous roles in summer blockbusters (see “Lady in the Water” and “Spider Man 3”), Armonk native Bryce Dallas Howard looks like she’ll be cast in the next film in the “Terminator” saga. She’ll be playing Kate Connor, wife of hero John Connor (who’ll be played by Chrisitan Bale).
The movie, currently in production in New Mexico and being directed by McG, is going to be called “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.”
“Bryce Dallas Howard eyes ‘Terminator'” [The Hollywood Reporter]
(AP Photo/PA, Yui Mok)
Because NBC just knew you couldn’t stand the wait any longer, “Celebrity Family Feud” is now going to debut a week earlier than originally scheduled. The Al Roker-hosted show will launch on Tuesday, June 24, 8-9pm, says BuddyTV. And just to sweeten the deal even more, Week 1 will herald the showdown of Ice-T versus Joan River, who, you may remember, used to live in Larchmont.
Now, you know I’d normally be pulling for the local favorite. But in this one circumstance, I gotta go with T, who, believe it or not, once lived my hometown of Summit, New Jersey (which is basically the Larchmont of that part of the state). Though he was technically born in Newark, I still consider him part of my tribe. Go T!
More of the show’s upcoming celebrity pairings — including “The Office” versus “American Gladiators” — after the break.
Podcast: June 19 • 06.19.08
This week: Ron Howard’s vexing problems with the Vatican, Justine Bateman’s SAG sympathies, and Vanessa Williams return to Chappaqua.
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And the quiz — which, I might add, stumped Stacy-Ann (third week in a row!) — is as follows:
Which actor from the Lower Hudson Valley appears in M. Night Shyamalanâ€™s new thriller â€œThe Happeningâ€?
A. Joseph Cross, of Pelham
B. Bill Irwin, of Nyack
C. Alan Ruck, of Piermont
D. Mel Gibson, of Peekskill/Verplanck
The big trick here: ALL of these actors have, at one point or another, appeared in a Shyamalan film.
The answer, as always, is at the end of the video or after the break.
OK, it’s been a week since this bizarre story broke, but it warrants a review, Suburbarazzi-style:
In Cincinnati last week, City Councilman Chris Monzel apologized publicly to Rip Torn for manipulating the actor’s mug shot — taken in 2006 after Torn was arrested for drunk driving in North Salem — for a campaign ad.
Suburbarazzi posted an alternate mug shot and appeared to join The Journal News in scooping the story about Torn’s arrest on Dec. 4, 2006. On April 16, 2007, he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, paid a $380 fine and surrendered his license for 90 days. And, at the time, that appeared to be the end of the story.
Facing actual drunk-driving charges is bad enough, but having your barely obscured face incorrectly associated with sexual predators is no better.
Monzel’s campaign was taken enough by the photo of the (allegedly) ripped Torn to use it in a TV ad decrying sexual predators, obscuring just the eyes of the picture with a black bar.
I’ll let the Associated Press take over from here:
Monzel said the ad was meant to depict a generic criminal and discuss his efforts to ‘get sexual predators off the streets.’ He said the ad wasn’t meant to have anything to do with the 77-year-old actor.
However, someone was able to identify Torn, and the actor was notified, Monzel said. Monzel quickly pulled the ad from local TV and cable stations.
Torn demanded an apology. On (June 10), Monzel placed an ad in The Cincinnati Enquirer describing Torn as an award-winning actor who had served honorably in the Army. The wording was negotiated over months, Monzel said.
‘That’s what this is about,’ he said. ‘And I apologize for it. I want to take full responsibility.’
The Enquirer said efforts to reach Torn were unsuccessful.
I’m not sure if Monzel, who was re-elected, was punished in any way for this massive error in judgment, but I wouldn’t blame Torn if he funded similar commercials for Monzel’s campaign opponent next time around.
(Photo courtesy of Somers state police.)
I know celebrities are supposed to be nice when they lend their name, time and (sometimes) money to charitable causes, but I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and interviewing former “American Idol” champ Taylor Hicks, former “ER” star Gloria Reuben, former New York Giants cornerback Jeremy Lincoln and “SportsCenter” anchor Trey Wingo in Mamaroneck yesterday at Autism Speaks’ 10th annual New York Celebrity Golf Challenge. All of them were good-natured and showcased great senses of humor.
I’ll be posting quotes and clips from my interviews with them in the days to come.
Other stars spotted at the event were former New York Knicks guard John Starks; “Late Show with David Letterman” announcer Alan Kalter; former New York Giants tight end Howard Cross; news anchor Jack Ford; and actor Gregg Bello. Kalter gave me some great quotes at last year’s event.
(Photo by Joe Larese/The Journal News)
Justine Bateman’s SAG solidarity • 06.17.08
The Screen Actors Guild appears to be having a hard time luring any A-list celebs to join their potentially strike-inducing cause. But one of the few who was happy to lend their name to the cause is Justine Bateman. It’s just one of the many causes the Rye native has adopted lately.
SAG’s main goal is to block the ratification of a deal that its sister union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA),Â put together with television producers. At issue, according to Variety, are the terms for “new-media jurisdiction and compensation, middle-class actor salaries, DVD residuals, force majeure protections and product-integration protections.” SAG is hoping to persuade enough of its 44,000 members to put the kibutz on the AFTRA deal, potentially throwing a monkey wrench into the fall TV shows currently filming (not to mention several films, like Ron Howard’s “Angels and Demons,” that were already seriously delayed by the writers strike).
Given how much the WGA’s efforts cost the entertainment biz, it could turn out that there’s very little public sympathy for yet another Hollywood strike. Though Batemab was joined at a recent SAG rally by folks like Ed Asner, Marg Helgenberger (who is Rosenberg’s wife), The Office’s Kate Flannery, and Sex and the City’s Willie Garson, according to Entertainment Weekly there weren’t many Clooneys and Pitts — or for that matter, Jason Batemans — to be found at the event.
(Photo: ABC/Sergi Bachlakov)