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But will he bring back Scrabulous? Aaron Sorkin to pen Facebook flick08.30.08

With the intention to write a movie for Sony about Facebook, Scarsdale native Aaron Sorkin asked a colleague to set up a page on the social networking Web site for research purposes.

sorkin-farnsworth.jpgSorkin, who’s written everything from “A Few Good Men” to “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” said it was “more flattering than creepy” that people set up phony accounts in his name, according to the page. He also admits that his assistant, researcher Ian Reichbach, set up the page in his name “because my grandmother has more Internet savvy than I do and she’s been dead for 33 years.”

I’d be especially intrigued to see a movie with Sorkin’s chatty, elevated writing style if it delves into the most significant event in Facebook history. No, not when the site opened the floodgates from Ivy Leaguers to college students to everyone on the planet, or when it became the subject of controversy for releasing user information to third parties. I’m talking about the crushing blow that was the swift, heartless removal of Scrabulous, the Scrabble ripoff that was infinitely (and inexplicably) more user-friendly than the trademarked version. That move inspired me to play a few four-letter triple word scores.

Thanks to Suburbarazzi alumnus Ted Mann for the tip.

(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Aaron Sorkin, Scarsdalewith 2 Comments →

Can stop, will stop: Gas prices ground Diddy’s private jet08.30.08

Diddy Force One is grounded indefinitely, thanks to gas prices that are putting even the blingiest of celebs on notice.

diddy2.jpgSean “Diddy” Combs isn’t feelin’ the quarter-million-dollar round trips he’d been making on his private jet. So he opted instead to be Something Special in the Air, flying American Airlines with the people. Quoth the Diddy:

“Gas prices are too m—–f—-n’ high.”

Looks like the Mount Vernon-raised rapper is keepin’ it real. As long as “it” fits into one carry-on and one stow-away.

This all reminds me of my favorite Weekend Update line from “Saturday Night Live” last year, delivered perfectly by anchor Seth Meyers: “(If) gas gets any more expensive, rappers will start to drink it.”

(AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Diddy, Mount Vernon, Sean "Diddy" Combswith 4 Comments →

Podcast: Aug. 2808.28.08

This week, Roseanne gets Voight’d! Plus Chris Serico’s buddy joins SNL and Westchester rolls deep on American Idol.

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This week’s quiz: Which rapper made a surprise appearance in Yonkers last week?

A. Busta Rhymes
B. Ludacris
C. Bow Wow
D. Mixmaster Afropuff (my 8th grade rap name)

Posted by: Aman Ali - Posted in podcast, RNN, Suburbarazzi, Suburbarazzi Week in Reviewwith 4 Comments →

Chevy Chase backs buddy Bill Clinton at DNC08.28.08

While watching the Democratic National Convention last night — because, let’s face it, the Yankees are done — I spotted Bedford resident Chevy Chase in the stands. As seen in this photo, he was there cheering on Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton and waving the American flag during his speech.

chevy-flag.jpgUnlike most fairweather celebs who every few years show fleeting support to politicians (usually Democrats, for better and worse), Chase and Clinton are legit buddies.

When Chase was holding an auction in September for his charity, the Center for Environmental Education Online, Clinton agreed to lend his name and time to the cause. At one point in the auction, a bid for lunch with Chase and Clinton reached $51,500. Y’know, tip money.

(AP Photo/The Rocky Mountain News, Rodolfo Gonzalez)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Bedford, Bill Clinton, Chappaqua, Chevy Chasewith 2 Comments →

Denzel lays the smackdown on RNN08.28.08

You may have already read my story about how Denzel stopped by Mount Vernon this week, but check out RNN’s video on the visit. Towards the end, you’ll see Denzel “go Training Day” on anchor Andrew Whitman.

But don’t get it twisted, Andrew Whitman is the baddest suspendered journalist on the planet. While all the other networks were asking Denzel fluff questions, the RNN titan asked Denzel if Mount Vernon was placing more emphasis on saving its sports programs rather than its teachers. Denzel fired back with an Oscar-worthy performance.

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Posted by: Aman Ali - Posted in Andrew Whitman, Denzel Washington, Mount Vernonwith 6 Comments →

Martha Stewart to be honored in Bedford08.28.08

Next month, Westchester Community College’s Native Plant Center will present the first ever Acorn Award to Martha Stewart, for her dedication to gardening.tjndc5-5c1uunryhx05eacyg52_original.jpg

Who knows if Martha will bring her arborist along.

If you want to check it out, perhaps even get a chance to meet Martha, the event is taking place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club. Tickets aren’t cheap though, it’s also a fundraiser so individual tickets start at $350.

(AP Photo/John Smock)

Posted by: Aman Ali - Posted in Katonah, Martha Stewartwith 7 Comments →

Keith Olbermann vs. Tom Brokaw08.27.08

Finally, a hardcore Westchester vs. Westchester brawl!tjndc5-5b4dl4iamz9sxta7nb6_original.jpg

MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, who grew up in Tarrytown, is trying to get MSNBC to ban Tom Brokaw, who lives in Pound Ridge.

Apparently Brokaw has expressed his dismay of Olbermann’s heavily opinionated reporting, and now Olberman is trying to give Brokaw the boot.

By the way, I highly recommend you watch the Democratic National Convention coverage on MSNBC this week. Even if you’re not a political junkie, it’s worth tuning in because Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Joe Scarborough  have fighting nonstop on the air.tjndc5-5cx5s59ynsn1cltm333q_original.jpg

Last night, Keith Olbermann did this handpuppet gesture to make fun of Chris Matthews, and Matthews cut him off and threatened him.

Huffington Post has all the details, with clips.

(Olbermann: AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Brokaw: AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Posted by: Aman Ali - Posted in Keith Olbermann, Pound Ridge, Tarrytown, Tom Brokawwith 4 Comments →

Instead of Jolie, Catwoman will be played by Cher?08.27.08

I need a hug today after reading this sad news.

Cher is reportedly in talks to play Catwoman in the next Batman flick, instead of Angelina Jolie.tjndc5-5bhxl1k5adtucr3v6jw_original1.jpg

Oh I bet Cher is happy. She’d prolly go up to Angelina Jolie and say “Warner Bros. don’t need you anymooooooooore”

Apparently Cher is Christian Bale’s first choice to play Catwoman. What?!?!?!? Ok, I think Christian Bale’s sister needs to punch him in the face for that one.

(that joke is even funnier when placed in context).

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Posted by: Aman Ali - Posted in Angelina Jolie, Cherwith 7 Comments →

God bless America: DMX curses in court08.27.08

I’ve never laughed so hard and felt so patriotic at the same time. Rapper DMX in court on Tuesday threw the F-word at a judge during a Miami court appearance.tjndc5-5b5df7fvkl413fsv3ezi_original.jpg

The exchange is priceless, courtesy of CBS 4 News in south Florida:

“I ain’t going back to no f—ing jail,” DMX said.

“Oh, well that just ingratiated you to me,” said Judge Lawrence Schwartz. “I’ve never heard the F-word before, so it’s OK.”

 Click here for the video

Only in America can someone like DMX get away with that. I wonder what DMX would have said back to the judge:

“Ingratiated? Whaaaaaaaaat! Who said anything about slicing parmesan cheese?”

If anybody understood that lame joke, I will be one happy brown kid.

(AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

Posted by: Aman Ali - Posted in Bedford, DMXwith 3 Comments →

At The Movies with Aman and Chris: Denzel Washington’s rant inspires Russell Crowe conversation08.26.08

Even at the end of a long work day, we Suburbarazzi talk about things. Y’know, everyday stuff. Socioeconomic development in Uganda. Fluffy bunnies. And movies, I guess.

us.jpgSo when I asked my fellow Suburbarazzo via Facebook chat tonight about today’s appearance by Denzel Washington in Mount Vernon, it segued into a discussion about former Nyack dweller, Russell Crowe.

The conversation below has been edited for clarity and to make us look like we care about capitalization in online conversation. Please note that I made Aman — a stand-up comedian — laugh twice or at least write out the phrase “hahahaha” two times to pretend he was. Either way, I’ll pretend he was in hysterics reading my hilarious words of hilarity.

The chat at one point picked up when Aman told me Washington said he was “really upset” about the Mount Vernon’s school district’s budget woes.

Aman: He was just really heated about the whole subject
Chris: Why does one of the world’s best actors need to be defensive about that, though?
Chris: Maybe he feels guilty, in retrospect, that he donated money to athletics when teaching jobs were later cut
Aman: One thing I give Denzel serious props about, that man seriously knows how to select good movie scripts to act in
Aman: Like whats the last flop movie he was in?
Chris: Absolutely. He’s amazing.
Chris: Even Russell Crowe does “A Good Year” now and then
Aman: Meh, “Master and Commander” I wasn’t a fan of
Chris: My dad likes that flick
Chris: But no one liked “A Good Year”
Aman: Yeah I dont think I saw that one
Chris: I think Russell Crowe attended its premiere, threw his cell phone at the projectionist and walked out the emergency exit door, setting off the fire alarm and sprinklers
Aman: Hahahaha
Aman: Apparently he’s going to play Bill Hicks in a biopic movie
Chris: I still love that guy though.
Chris: Like, will defend him 100 percent
Aman: Oh I like him too
Chris: That (Bill Hicks movie)’d be good. “The Insider” is one of my favorite movies
Chris: And maybe his best acting performance ever
Aman: Agreed, I do have a soft spot for “Gladiator” though
Chris: Good movie. Not great.
Chris: Although I like that Jay-Z uses his “Is this not why you are here?” speech to open “What More Can I Say?”
Aman: Hahahaha

(Non-AP photo of Aman Ali and Chris Serico wearing ironic T-shirts featuring puns involving the original Nintendo Entertainment System/Aman Ali and Chris Serico)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Aman Ali, Chris Serico, Denzel Washington, Mount Vernon, Nyack, Russell Crowewith 4 Comments →

And the number of Olympic medals Hudson Valley won is…08.25.08

Zero. But that really doesn’t matter to me at all because it’s still pretty freakin awesome that we had at least seven athletes compete in the Olympics.olympic_closing_ceremony_msnbc.jpg

They all deserve their props including Yonkers native James Blake. He lost the bronze medal match in tennis, but he deserves a gold medal in my book for beating Roger Federer, the world’s best tennis player, in an earlier match.

(Editors note: According to my research, nobody from the Hudson Valley won a medal. But I may have missed someone, so I do apologize in advance if I am wrong).

(AP Photo)

Posted by: Aman Ali - Posted in James Blake, Olympics, Yonkerswith 2 Comments →

Wanna be on national TV? It helps if you’re from Westchester. Just ask Kara DioGuardi and Bobby Moynihan.08.25.08

August has been a good month for Westchester natives who seek a national network TV audience.

kara2.JPGToday it was announced that Kara DioGuardi, who grew up in New Rochelle, was named the unprecedented fourth judge on “American Idol.”

I spoke this afternoon with her proud papa, Joe DioGuardi, an Ossining resident and former U.S. Congressman. He told me Kara was raised in the Wilmot Woods section of New Rochelle, attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale and graduated from The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry. He said his phone has been ringing off the hook today but was proud of and thrilled for his daughter.

It’ll be interesting to see with whom she most often sides on the panel. I’m guessing she’ll have the compassion of Paula but the ear of Simon, which in my mind is the ideal combination.

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This was the second bit of exciting news for Westchester natives this month. As I reported last week for sister blog Remote Access, Eastchester’s Bobby Moynihan is joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live.”

I’m psyched not only because he’s a talented product of the Lower Hudson Valley and because I love the show, but also because I’ve been friends with him since we were in middle school. Call it full disclosure or name-dropping. Either way, I’m proud of him.

With a budding film career and tons of experience performing at the Upright Citizens Brigage Theatre in Manhattan, Moynihan’s an outstanding sketch and improv comedian and will quickly become an audience favorite.

Want some gossip about him? He really likes peach Snapple. Ooooh! Call the Enquirer!

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello; Moynihan photo/Brendan McMullen)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Bobby Moynihan, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Kara DioGuardi, New Rochelle, Scarsdalewith 4 Comments →