Lorraine Bracco: Poster child for the Realtor racket?

Lately I’ve been in the market for a home and, inevitably, I’ve been become positively addicted to Realtor.com. So much so that I’m actually reading the articles archived on their site. One of which was an interview with Sneden’s Landing homeowner Lorraine Bracco.

Now, I think it’s great that Bracco says Realtors are boss in the Q&A, but her optimism about housing as an investment struck me as a little odd. After all, the home she’s trying to sell in Rockland has been on the market for four years. She’s dropped the price from $4.4 million to $2.9 mil. (Incidentally, it’s still listed on the Mason Sammett site, if you’re interested.)

Yet she still says, “I’ve never had a bad experience with real estate or a real estate professional.” A few other incongruous excerpts from the interview after the break.

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76ers rookie Herbert Hill 86ed from the Saw Mill Parkway

All I have to say is, if you haven’t already signed up for LoHud’s news alerts, you’re missing out (it’s as simple as texting “lohud” to 44636). I got an SMS about this story while coming home from the gym and, voila, this morning’s post is all taken care of.

herbert-hill.jpgThe newsflash is that Hill, a 23-year-old forward for the Philadelphia 76ers, was pulled over for drunk driving in Mount Kisco. He was stopped at about 4:30 am when police saw him make an unsafe lane change. Now, while I would never, ever condone drunk driving, like some of our Suburbarazzi regulars (cough, Nick DiPaolo, DMX), I will say this in Hill’s defense: At 4:30 on that stretch of the Saw Mill, there’s probably no such thing as a safe lane change. Same goes for the Bronx River and Hutch and just about every other windy-ass parkway in Westchester County. Thanks a million, Robert Moses.

Anyway, Hill was released to his friends at 7 am and is due back in court on July 24.

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Aidan Quinn cast as ‘Motor City’ mogul

Former Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn hasn’t had the best luck with network TV series of late. First there was his turn as a pill-popping priest NBC’s “The Book of Daniel,” which got canceled after four episodes. Then there was his turn in the legal drama “Canterbury’s Law” on FOX, which made it to a whole six episodes before being dropped by the net last May.

tjndc5-5b5s9a753mbzj3k1ezi_layout.jpgI would have thought that those two, Quinn might have turned all his attention back to movies (or at least HBO movies, like “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” which earned him an Emmy nod). But not so fast.

We just learned that he’s been cast in the new ABC series “Prince of Motor City.” It’s sort of a Bill Ford as Hamlet kind of role. The other lead role in the series will be played by Rutger Hauer. Thow in the rest of the decent-sounding cast—Andie MacDowell, Piper Perabo, John Carroll Lynch, and Sharon Lawrence for starters—and after two-strikeouts, Quinn may finally have a possible hit on his hands.

The Hollywood Reporter is already calling it the “Dirty Sexy Money” of the pilot season. By which we can only assume they mean, a really strong ensemble show that gets off to an outstanding first season … and then has an interminable Sopranos-like hiatus before its next season.

(AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Joan Rivers vying for Jacques le Sourd’s title as Best Broadway Pundit

First she had to go and whoop Ice-T’s butt on Celebrity Family Feud. But now Joan Rivers has really crossed the line. The former Larchmont resident is launching her own Broadway show on SIRIUS, thus pitting her against our own beloved Jacques le Sourd.


Ok, so maybe Jacques’ WCBS terrestrial radio gig and LoHud video podcast aren’t exactly direct competition for satellite radio, but still, there’s only room for so many Great White Way pundits out there.

The Rivers show, “Can We Talk … About Broadway,” was supposed to have begun the week of June 30th. It’s an hour-long show airing daily at noon on SIRIUS’s Broadway’s Best channel. If anyone out there has actually listened to it, please tell us what you think. Or rather, tell us how pathetic it is in comparison to the snarky brilliance and snappy dressing of her her French sounding compeititors.

(Celebrity Family Feud photo: NBC)

Susan Sarandon takes a stand against SAG

The simmering feud between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists appears ready to finally hit a boil. Today AFTRA is expected to finally ratify its primetime deal with producers and studio — an arrangement that SAG is vehemently opposing, mostly because it’s hoping to strike its own sweet deal in the coming months, and any kind of actors-union precedent will make things trickier.

tjndc5-5b5nkmx58mg1fa46jezi_layout.jpgVariety has a nice breakdown of all the possible scenarios (11 to be exact) for what will happen if the AFTRA deal goes through, or if it somehow gets scuttled. But what I’ve been wondering lately is, where do our local celebs stand on the possibility of another Hollywood strike?

We’ve already seen that Rye native Justine Bateman was one of the first to stick her neck out for SAG. She’s since been joined by A-listers like Jack Nicholson, Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen.

Still, the AFTRA forces are mobilizing, and it looks like Susan Sarandon is ready to get vocal. Really, was there any doubt that the vocal Pound Ridger wouldn’t speak up sooner or later. According to the Chicago Tribune, she’s one of 600 actors (including Tom Hanks, Kevin Spacey and Alec Baldwin) who signed a letter in support of the AFTRA deal.

Meanwhile, George Clooney doesn’t have a dog in this fight. He just wants the two sides to stop “pitting artist against artist.” Still, if the can’t-we-all-just-get-along angle doesn’t work, I’m sure he’d settle for a little artist-on-artist action.

(AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

A vote for Obama is a vote for Stephen Baldwin to move to Canada

Still not sure whether to cast your vote for Obama or McCain this fall? Well, if you’re part of Upper Grandview actor Stephen Baldwin’s flock, the GOP supporter (who supported Mike Huckabee in the primaries) would like you to know he’s throwing all of his evangelical endorsement power behind John McCain.

But that’s not all. He’s also vowed, in an interview with Fox News, to move to Canada if Barack Obama is elected.

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Consider that reason No. 2,304 to vote for the Illinois Senator.

Of course, it’s worth noting that another Baldwin bro, Alec, made the same kind of bizarre threat back in 2000, vowing to head north if George W. Bush won the election. And unless “30 Rock” is filmed in Vancouver, I’m pretty sure he didn’t stick to his guns.

Also, Stephen crossed his fingers while making the pledge and joked “let the media have fun with that,” so he likely wasn’t serious. Still, the prospect of an ex-pat Stephen Baldwin in Canada does actually make a little more sense. I hear acting gigs are far easier to come by in Vancouver these days.

“Celebrities who threatened to move out of the U.S. when Bush got elected” [LA Times]

Peter Travers hearts ‘The Dark Knight’

Mamaroneck resident and Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers got first crack at reviewing the new Batman flick, “The Dark Knight,” and, in a nutshell, he likey. A lot.

055304h1.jpgHis just-published review compares Christian Bale’s bman to Al Pacino in “Godfather 2,” and Heath Ledger’s role as the Joker to “the anarchy of the Sex Pistols and A Clockwork Orange.” As if I wasn’t excited enough to see this movie!

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here, take a gander.

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The movie comes out July 18. And now that Rolling stone’s glowing review is out, the only question mark that still remains is whether Bale will follow in Cruise, Clooney, and Penn’s footsteps and make the celebrity pilgrimage to the Pelham Picture House to promote it. Come on, Christian, time to repay a little of that Travers kharmic goodwill.

“The Dark Knight : Review” [Rolling Stone]

Podcast: July 2

On this week’s show: Richard Gere’s Fiat fracas, Ace Frehley’s surprise Pearl Jam show, and Bryce Dallas Howard in “Terminator 4.”

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This week’s quiz revolves around actor William Hurt, who lives in Sneden’s Landing.

Can you guess which TV show he’s just recently accepted a leading role on for next season?

A. 24
B. Damages
C. CSI: Boston
D. Heroes

Answer, as always, is at the end of the clip or after the break.

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DMX campaign to get arrested in all 50 states: 4 down, 46 to go

This is beyond ridiculous. DMX was just arrested … again. This time Miami police nabbed him last week trying to buy drugs from an undercover cop.

289-20080056253fembeddedprod_affiliate56.jpgAccording to a police report obtained by the Miami Herald, he asked the plainclothes po-po for ”30 powder and 15 weed,” or $30 worth of cocaine and $15 worth of marijuana. He then gave the officer $45 before being put in cuffs and hauled off to Miami-Dade County jail.

So, what is this, the 6th arrest in the last year for the Bedford/Mount Kisco homeowner? Or is it 7? Ahh, we stopped keeping count sometime inbetween Westchester arrest warrant No. 2 and Arizona arrest No. 3.

The biggest tragedy in all this, of course, is that BET stopped filming “Soul of a Man” — their reality TV show about DMX’s life — way back in 2006, long before things with him really started getting interesting. Just imagine what kind of killer footage they’d have this year if he was still in front of the camera.

“Rapper DMX Arrested on Drug Charges” [Miami Herald]

MORE: Suburbarazzi’s ongoing DMX coverage

Bill Murray’s divorce costs him $7+ million

As far as I’m concerned, just about anything Bill Murray does is capital-H hilarious, but — well, getting divorced is never funny. And when you’re forced to pay more than $7 million, it’s all the more tragic.

tjndc5-5k88gfwkaxdihbqmo6_layout.jpgThe Sneden’s Landing funnyman’s divorce from Jennifer Butler Murray was finalized on June 13 in South Carolina by a Charleston County judge. As the original divorce papers disclosed, Jennifer was requesting a split due to “adultery, addiction to marijuana and alcohol, abusive behavior, physical abuse, sexual addictions and frequent abandonment.”

Thanks to a pre-nup the couple signed before getting married in 1997, Bill was already on the hook for $7 million, but according to the settlement papers (obtained by TMZ), he’ll also be paying child support and ceding Jennifer their houses on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, and Helmet, California. So if you’re looking for a silver lining in all this, we can only assume that means he gets the family’s Rockland digs. Score one for Bill!

Murray Divorce Settlement Documents [PDF]

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Ace Frehley rocks out with Pearl Jam

If you’re fortunate enough to have tickets to the Pearl Jam concert tonight, a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation, you may just luck out like the folks who got to see the band on June 25 as Madison Square Garden. They were treated to guest appearances by Kiss guitarist and Chappaqua resident Ace Frehley, as well as C.J. Ramone of the Ramones. Frehely performed the Kiss favorite “Black Diamond” with the band. According to Billboard, a few of those who made the show last Wednesday were Olsen Twins, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and Pound Ridgers Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.


Judging by the hefty prices for tonight’s show at the Beacon Theatre — from $518 to $3,450 on TicketCity — who knows, maybe you’ll get the full Kiss quartest and a half-dozen other Ramone relatives.

(Eddie Vedder photo:  AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)