Archive for June, 2008
Earlier this month I was emailing with the good folks over at Platial — the map tagging and social networking site — about becoming a tester for their new iPhone Beta viewer. And while I didn’t manage to make the cut for that, Platial’s Tracey Rolling knew instantly who I was and was happy to inform me that Suburbarazzi’s Star Map won one of the 2007 Platial and Frappr Map Awards. Who knew?!
And of course, if you haven’t seen the new and improved version of our suburban star map, check it out here. Â
It appears that Rockland Lake State Park is one of the filming locations for the new Sarah Michelle Gellar flick, “Veronika Decides to Die.” Thanks to my ever vigilant colleague, Karen Croke, who tracked down last Saturday’s New York Post, which had a pic of the actress in a Starcraft boat out on the water.
The skinny on the movie is that it’s based on a Brazilian novel by Paulo Coelho, about a 24-year-old girl who appears to have everything going her way yet still resolves to kill herself. In the book, the suicide attempt is done with pills. No word on where boats figure into the morbid-sounding plot.
You gotta feel for Vanessa Williams. And I’m not referring to the diss she got from the other Vanessa Williams (the one from “Melrose Place”) in Essence Magazine. Nor am I talking about the indignity of hosting Sunday’s 2008 TV Land Awards (dedicated to honoring such 1980s fare as “Roseanne” and “The Golden Girls”) or flying in on a wire singing songs from Peter Pan. (That, I’m pretty sure, she like doing.) No, my sympathy stems from the decision to move production of “Ugly Betty” from California to New York.
Now wait, you might think, isn’t that a good thing for her? Given that her family is based out of Chappaqua, isn’t that just about the best thing that could have happened for her?
Well, turns out that Vanessa was already well on her way to moving the whole Williams gang out west. As she told our sister publication, USA Today:
“We finally took a breath this year and got settled into a house that I love here in L.A. Sasha’s doing really well in school. And now all of a sudden we’re moving to New York.”
Williams received a call from show creator Silvio Horta informing her of the move just three days before wrapping Betty’s season finale.
“I was in shock,” says Williams, who immediately began text-messaging co-star America Ferrera (Betty). “I was like, ‘What???!’
“I think everyone assumed I’d be jumping for joy to be back home in New York, but the first thing I thought about was Sasha, who’d just had her First Communion in our new church. I was numb, and then anxiety kicked in: ‘I have to get rid of the house, ship all my cars back to New York and move 10 rooms of furniture.’ “
Perhaps the biggest problem of all: Since moving to the West Coast, daughter Sasha had been able to bond with her dad, Rick Fox of the L.A. Lakers. “Rick was active in her school and with her homework and got to be with her on a weekly level,” Williams told USA Today. “That’s going to be a huge adjustment, which we’re just going to have to make.”
While the homecoming may be bittersweet for Vanessa, we couldn’t be happier. And hey, as we related before, there’s always more than enough room in her Chappaqua house for Fox — and any other ex-husbands that are in town — to spend the night.
“Vanessa Williams moves home” [USA Today, via LoHud]
(Vanessa Williams at the TV Land Awards: AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Podcast: June 11 • 06.11.08
On the big show this week: Dave Matthews vs. Mel Gibson, Ed McMahon vs. The Bank, and Howard Stern no longer vs. Rosie O’Donnell.
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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s trivia quesiton: On Sunday night, Oâ€™Donnell appeared on â€œMillion Dollar Passwordâ€ and helped Yonkers resident Dante Mercadante win $50,000. While giving clues, which of the following words did Rosie successfully get Mercadante to say?
Say what you will about Rosie O’Donnell — we certainly have for 150 posts and counting! — but her prowess on “Million Dollar Password” cannot be disputed.
The South Nyack celebrity helped Yonkers resident Dante Mercadante win $50,000 on last night’s episode of the CBS game show. And yours truly witnessed the magic first-hand back in March.
Back then, I couldn’t really go into details that Rosie herself didn’t reveal the same day, because I fear lawyers and I signed so much of my life away when I attended the taping. But now I can reveal more. Hooray!
I sat in the front row right next to two women who said they were Mercadante’s relatives. They were very sweet, enthusiastic and thrilled with how well he did on the show.
One of the highlights that was tailor-made for O’Donnell was when she had to give clues to Mercadante for the word “Trump.” While frowning, she muttered “Donald” and Mercadante nailed it on the first try.
I was shocked that Mercadante didn’t opt to keep going in the money round. His chemistry with Ro was unlike any I’d ever seen in game show history. Both were exceptionally good clue-givers and receivers — a perfect 10-for-10 going into the money round. Instead of trying for $100,000, he took the guaranteed $50,000, knowing that if he didn’t successfully deliver enough clues in the $100,000 round, he’d leave with $25,000.
But Mercadante told host Regis Philbin in vague terms that he owed some people some money, which prompted an “eek” face from O’Donnell and laughs among members of the audience. I have no idea to whom Mercadante owed cash and I won’t be making any jokes about that here. But when he was mulling it over, O’Donnell pleaded, “Think about your life,” and that seemed to convince him to take the money and run.
Despite the fact that Mercadante was the closest prospect the show probably has to win the cool million, he and Rosie were a lot of fun to watch. And Ro had a good time as well, describing Mercadante as “completely” adorable in her Ask Ro blog mailbag.
Want to see the whole episode? Check it out right here (legally!), thanks to CBS:
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Dave Matthews, comedy powerhouse? Who knew?
The jam-rocker and former Yorktown resident can be seen plucking for yuks in Adam Sandler’s “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan,” whose opening weekend just reaped $40 million at the box office.
For the flick, Matthews isn’t exactly playing it as safe as his adult-contemporary radio hits. He plays the leader of a band of “racist rednecks” who just happen to love former Verplanck resident Mel Gibson, who famously spewed an antisemitic rant during a DWI arrest in 2006.
Evidently, Matthews must have thought Gibson’s remarks were “Too Much.” And yes, I’ve used that awful Dave Matthews pun on Suburbarazzi before.
(AP Photo of Matthews by Michael Kim; AP Photo of Gibson courtesy of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.)
Who is the fairest music mogul of them all? • 06.06.08
So, how do you calculate “the top 12 most powerful musicians of today”? Well, according to MuchMusic.com, it’s a careful scientific formula based on album sales, clothing lines, fragrances, sold-out tours, charities, endorsement deals, and relevancyâ€”whatever that means.
And based on their calculations, New Rochelle native P. Diddy — labeled “The Unstoppable Entrepreneur” — came in right at No. 4, thanks in large part to his extra currics: “Making the Band,” his Broadway shows, and Bad Boy Records.
But soon enough, he won’t be Westchester’s lone representative on the list. If the rumor that Beyonce and Jay-Z are moving to Scarsdale comes true, we’ll have Nos. 7 and 2, respectively, in the hood, too.
Course, if we were ranking not just musicians but all-around music moguls, I’d be mobilizing to make the case for part-time Pound Ridger Clive Davis — the record producer behind everyone from Whitney Houston to the American Idol winners. No disrespect to Diddy, B, or Z, but when it comes to music biz heavy hitters, Clive trumps all.
“The Top 12 Most Powerful Musicians of Today” [MuchMusic.com]
(AP Photos — Beyonce: Evan Agostini; Diddy:Â Chris Pizzello; Jay-Z: Henny Ray Abrams)
Former “Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon is fighting foreclosure on his multimillion-dollar house in Beverly Hills, according to Yahoo News.
Sadly, this doesn’t appear to be a prank that retroactively will be featured on “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes.”
McMahon, whose family lived in Bronxville about 40 years ago, was $644,000 behind on payments on $4.8 million in mortgage loans earlier this year. And attempts to sell the house over the last two years have failed, perhaps in part because McMahon lives near Britney Spears, whose paparazzi could scare off prospective buyers.
It’s the latest setback for the 85-year-old legend, who has been struggling to work since breaking his neck 18 months ago. Hi-owww.
(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Podcast: June 4 • 06.04.08
On tap this week: Bill Murray’s not-so-funny divorce, Zeyonce’s new Scarsdale mansion, and the “True Colors 2008″ tour.
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The quiz this week — which I’m very happy to say stumped Stacy-Ann (woohoo!) …
A lot of Lower Hudson Valley celebrities have been rumored to be romantically involved with Cameron Diaz in recent months. Can you guess which of these stars has NOT been linked to her in the tabloids?
A. Matt Dillon, of Mamaroneck
B. P. Diddy, of New Rochelle
C. John Mayer, of Bridgeport
D. Jason Bateman, or Rye
The answer, as always, is at the end of the video and after the break.
Whenever there’s a dispute involving “Entertainment Tonight,” I’m always secretly hoping that John Tesh and Mary Hart will lead us to resolution and that Leonard Maltin’s review of said events will be graded on a 1-to-10 scale. (And yes, I’m aware I’m dating myself.)
“ET” is in the midst of a snippy dispute involving the pregnancy of former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie and her beau, Brad Pitt. Citing supposed sources from a delivery room in France, the show reported Friday that Brangelina gave birth to twin girls named Isla Marcheline Jolie-Pitt and Amelie Jane Jolie-Pitt.
That’s a great story, but Pitt’s manager is denying the report and there’s a claim that “someone might be posing as Jolie’s personal assistant to fool reporters,” according to the Associated Press.
If you’re waiting for a retraction, join the club. The executive producer for the show said yesterday she wanted to “see how this story plays out” before renouncing the report. Uh… ok.
For the sake of argument, let’s pretend that the babies were indeed born last week. Why on earth would Pitt’s people say it didn’t happen? Because the couple would suddenly be swarmed by paparazzi? This just in: That’s kind of already happening.
Something tells me that whenever the births take place, “Entertainment Tonight” is going to run a segment called “See? Told you so!” Even if the babies arrive in August.
(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
‘F’ is also for ‘fundraiser’: Susie Essman to headline tomorrow’s gala at Donald Trump’s Briarcliff golf club • 06.03.08
Mount Vernon native Susie Essman is known for her frequent and freakin’ hilarious use of the “f” word on “Curb Your Enthusiam,” but tomorrow that letter will stand for “fundraiser.”
The actress/comedienne is headlining the annual Gilda Gala tomorrow night at Donald Trump’s golf club in Briarcliff Manor.
Founded a decade ago and named after “Saturday Night Live” pioneer Gilda Radner, Gilda’s Club supports financial, emotional and social support to people living with cancer and their families.
Tickets are $500 apiece and cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. For more information about Gilda’s Club Westchester, click here.
Shock-jock Howard Stern, in part known for participating in celebrity feuds with personalities ranging from Elaine Boosler to Kathie Lee Gifford, continued his recent fence-mending trend this morning.
Following a volatile two-decade feud with Bedford resident Chevy Chase, the two buried the hatchet on-air last year. And this morning, Stern fans — possibly for the first time on the radio — heard the deejay who launched his pro career in Briarcliff Manor chatting it up with South Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell.
Back in its hey-day, the throwdown got downright nasty, at times making O’Donnell’s feud with Westchester real estate maven Donald Trump look like rock-paper-scissors by comparison. On Stern’s show in 1998, the staff once estimated the size of O’Donnell’s noggin, filled what was deemed a comparable container with jellybeans and challenged visiting celebrities and listeners to guess the number. And O’Donnell always had some choice words about Stern whenever his more militant fans prank-called her self-titled talk show.
In recent years, however, Stern’s rants about Rosie subsided, particularly after he admitted on the air a year or two ago that they had a nice chat when bumping into each other at a restaurant.
Today, O’Donnell called from her home — presumably in South Nyack — to chat it up with Howard and the gang. The gripping interview, which lasted almost an hour, covered her career, her love life and her controversial theory about 9/11.
On quitting her own talk show: “I left because I could no longer enjoy it the way one should enjoy their work, and I was sort of paying someone else to raise my kids and (hated) not having time to live my life.”
On ‘The View’: O’Donnell said she respects her successor, Whoopi Goldberg, because of her ability to be real; remains friendly with Sarah Lawrence College grad Barbara Walters; but was never completely embraced by Joy Behar (for whom O’Donnell opened early in her career as a stand-up comedian). The liberal O’Donnell said she has only exchanged a few baby-related e-mails with conservative “View” cohost Elisabeth Hasselbeck since O’Donnell left the show. Then O’Donnell admitted that Hasselbeck was the most attractive woman on the show.
On her celebrity crushes: O’Donnell, a lesbian, said she really did have a crush on Tom Cruise and revealed that Matthew McConaughey also turned her on while slow-talking his way through a description on how to make beer-can chicken. She said her current celebrity crushes include Angelina Jolie, Angela Bassett, PenÃ©lope Cruz, Salma Hayek and Diane Lane. Not on that list, however, is Stern’s fiancÃ©e, Beth Ostrosky, whom O’Donnell complimented and described as a “too perfect … Barbie doll.”
On her love life: She said she was sexually abused as a child, lost her virginity when she was 21 to a man, and could count her number of sexual conquests on “two hands.” She added that rumors of a wild life as a single woman had been greatly exaggerated, adding, “I’m not even nude in the shower.”
After the break, find out O’Donnell’s take on Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, her current tour and her curiosity about the Twin Towers’ collapse. (more…)