Archive for November, 2008
Aww, poor Rosie • 11.28.08
Don’t call it a comeback… seriously don’t.
NBC had high hopes for resurrecting Rosie O’Donnell’s career this week by letting her star in her very own variety special featuring appearances by Alec Baldwin, Liza Minelli and Kathy Griffin.
NBC was hoping that special would be successful and turn it into a regular series. But apparently it didn’t go well for the Nyack resident on Wednesday after only 5 million viewers tuned in – not a good number for a broadcast network used to getting double or triple that amount for its other shows.
Other networks thinking about creating variety shows of their own were watching Rosie’s show with keen interest.
“There’s a notion that the climate is right for the genre to make a comeback,” one executive said to the Hollywood Reporter. “I guess we now know what not to do, thanks to Rosie.”
Ouch. Even worse, the NY Times said it the show felt like “hokey comedy with an enemies list.” TV Guide called it a “ghastly ego trip.” And the LA Times asked, “Rosie, what on earth were you thinking?”
Poor Rosie. She’s been rejected more times than Steve Urkel propositioning Laura Winslow for a one-night-stand.
Who knows, maybe the CW network is accepting applications.
As you already know, Barack Obama has named Mamaroneck resident Timothy Geithner to be his treasury secretary. Our reporters Allan Drury and Christine Pizzuti rolled out to Mamaroneck yesterday to stalk reach out to his friends and neighbors.
(To the right is a pic of his house in Mamaroneck).
I’m getting word that current treasury secretary Henry Paulson actually swung by Mamaroneck to chit-chat with Geithner over the weekend. How did I miss this?!?!?!
Anywho, add Geithner to the list of Obama’s crew members that have Westchester ties. His chief of staff Rahm Emanuel attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville and one of Obama’s transition advisors Christopher Edley Jr. grew up in New Rochelle. Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton is very likely to become Secretary of State and Bedford resident Robert F. Kennedy Jr. could possibly become Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Also, the Huffington Post reports Howard Wolfson could become Hillary Clinton’s State Department spokesman if she gets the job. Wolfson grew up in Yonkers.
(Photo by Christine Pizzuti/The Journal News)
Jay-Z and Beyonce Hollywood’s richest couple • 11.23.08
Scarsdale’s newest celebrities Jay-Z and Beyonce made it to the top of the list for Forbes Magazines richest celebrity couples.
The musical lovebirds racked up $162 million last year. And unlike other couples that made the list, the two’s income is fairly even.
Jay-Z collected over $82 million for a lucrative touring deal with Live Nation and his platinum selling album American Gangster.
Beyonce landed over $80 million thanks to a slew of movie roles, endorsements and sold out concert tour.
The two’s assets dwarfed the competition on the list. In second place, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett racked up $80 million last year — most of which came from the $80 million Will Smith got from his movie roles.
(Jay Z: AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
(Beyonce: AP Photo/Jane Kalinowsky)
If Barack Obama is booking performers for his presidential inauguration, Beyonce is raising her hand.
One of Scarsdale’s newest residents told People magazine she’s “definitely” going to be there already because “I want to be there to witness it.”
She was asked about performing and she said, “Of course I’d love to. Who wouldn’t?”
Beyonce also discussed the fun she had last weekend performing a sketch with Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg on Saturday Night Live.
Speaking of Beyonce, she’ll appear in the upcoming movie Cadillac Records with Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def. The movie is already getting Oscar buzz and I got word they’re auctioning off tickets to the premiere here.
(AP Photo/John Smock)
Diddy to appear on CSI: Miami • 11.17.08
Diddy has landed a guest role on CSI: Miami that will appear on the smash hit CBS show in early 2009.
The Mount Vernon raised mogul will be on two episodes as federal prosecutor that has beef with the show’s main character David Caruso.
Diddy won’t be the only CSI actor with Westchester street cred. New Rochelle resident Laurence Fishburne is expected to make his debut as the newest cast member of CSI on Dec. 11.
And in the uncomfortable to report Diddy news, the rapper recently described in detail his preference on how females should groom their private parts.
(AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)
Bobby Moynihan shines on SNL • 11.16.08
Eastchester native Bobby Moynihan got one of his first true spotlights on Saturday Night Live over the weekend with a hilarious impression of the cartoon character Snagglepuss. The fruity feline discussed his opposition to California’s gay marriage ban
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Now that Amy Poehler left the show and Tina Fey won’t be doing Sarah Palin impressions, I’m hoping Bobby will quickly become a breakout hit on the show.
The Voting Woes Tale of Tim Robbins • 11.12.08
This one is epic.
Tim Robbins tried performing his civic duty by voting last week, when he was told at his polling location that his name was not on the list.
“I had been voting there for years,” he told the Associated Press. “I have not moved, I have not changed party affiliations. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be in the rolls. So I was given a paper ballot and filled it out, but I wanted my vote to be registered there — and I don’t trust paper ballots.”
So then, he asked to talk to someone at the Board of Elections and refused to leave until someone from the board came down to the polling place.
Robbins was offered a paper ballot but he refused because “oftentimes those things get lost or thrown away.”
After hours of waiting, Robbins was told to go the Board of Elections office in downtown Manhattan to verify his voter registration.
A judge then issued a court order allowing him to vote, so Robbins went back to his original polling place and was allowed to cast his ballo
“This is just one example of how difficult it is to vote in the United States,” he said.
Wow, he fought for hours for his right to vote. And here I am throwing a hissy fit every time my Taco Bell order takes more than 3 minutes to make.
(AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock)
Beyonce demands Xbox for performance • 11.11.08
Right when I thought Beyonce couldn’t possibly be any hotter, I find out she plays Xbox 360.
The new Scarsdale resident apparently refused to fly to Monaco to the World Music Awards unless the organizers met her demands. According to a source, the demands were, a private jet with “14 seats, including two for herself. And staff were told to give her whatever she wanted – including an Xbox, PSP, Jacuzzi and a pizza.”
A jet with a jacuzzi in it? Spoken like a true diva.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Come on, you know you care.
Ok, so maybe you don’t. But in case you do, Mariah Carey shelled out some juicy details to the Mirror about her current marriage to actor Nick Cannon. The former Bedford resident explains how the two fell in love and why she made Nick Cannon wait until their wedding night to have sex.
The story mentions the two have tattooed the names of each other on their bodies. Hopefully Nick still has some leftoever Nickolodeon money to afford the skin surgery in a few months.
Ok fine, I’ll play nice today and leave the two alone. But check out the interview here.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Rockland resident on ‘Millionaire’ on Monday • 11.09.08
Jenn Vogel, an English teacher at Ramapo High School, is going to be a contestant on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” on Monday.
(I didn’t even know the show was still on.)
Vogel, a Suffern High School graduate, shared with the Journal News her experience on the show, which she taped in September.
“The second you sit in the chair, everything you know goes out of your head,” she said. “It’s one thing when you are sitting at home in your kitchen when you’re not losing anything, and another when you are trying to think (on the hot seat). It’s a lot harder to get your concentration. There’s the pressure, the music and flashing lights and there’s a special way you have to sit in the chair so you don’t fall over.”
Pretty interesting way to describe it. See how she does, Monday at 12:30 p.m. on ABC.
(Photo courtesy of ABC)
Eeek! Jessica Alba in Tarrytown! • 11.06.08
Jessica Alba is in Tarrytown this week, filming scenes for her upcoming movie “An Invisible Sign of My Own.”
In the movie, Alba plays Mona Gray, a recluse woman obsessed with numbers and math. But her life changes once she begins teaching second grade.
Tarrytown police confirmed with us she was in Patriot Park filming scenes on Tuesday. We’re not sure where she’ll be next.
This photographer snagged some pics of Alba. She still looks ridiculously amazing in those funky outfits.
(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)Â
Westchester in the White House? • 11.06.08
If you thought Hillary Clinton was the only chance of seeingÂ a Westchester resident working in the White House, think again.
Now that Barack Obama won the presidential election this week, his aides are strongly encouraging him to bring in high profile figures into his cabinet. One of the people being considered for head of the Environmental Protection Agency is none other than Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who lives in Bedford.
RFK Jr. is a high profile environmental lawyer that has taken on big companies and governments in efforts to clean up the Hudson River and Long Island Sound.
He won’t be the only one in the White House with Westchester ties. Obama has already expressed giving his chief of staff position to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, a Chicago politician who did his undergrad at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville.
Emanuel is a pitbull politician that is not afraid to cuss up a storm (as I learned the hard way while working as a Capitol Hill reporter in Washington DC). But many people don’t know this, Emanuel was a ballet dancer as a child and turned down an invitation to join the Joffrey Ballet to study dance at Sarah Lawrence (hahaha!).
“It was a great liberal-arts school, and there were four women for every guy,” Emanuel told the Rolling Stone in 2005. “I was eighteen, so I’m allowed to think like that.”
(Photo by Stuart Bayer / The Journal News )