Who is the fairest music mogul of them all?

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 relevancy—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: Chris Pizzello; Jay-Z: Henny Ray Abrams)

Podcast: June 4

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.

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Will Ang Lee’s Woodstock film actually be filmed at Woodstock?

Back in April we first heard about Westchester resident Ang Lee’s latest film, “Taking Woodstock,” a comedy about the part-time hotel manager who issued the permit for the famous concert.

tjndc5-5b5f7m7stjaupsysezi_layout.jpgIt seemed like a no-brainer that the movie would be filmed somewhere in the Hudson Valley, either in Bethel, where the events in question took place, or somewhere nearby. Lee could even commute from his home in Larchmont!

Um, not so fast.
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Westchester’s most stupid-awesome celebrity cars

Having just finished a feature for the July/August issue of InTown titled “Extreme Car Makeover,” I’ve still got the whole “pimp my ride” thing on the brain. Which is why I had to link to this story from the Customized Girl blog, breaking down the 25 most “stupid-awesome” cars driven by megacelebrities.

While none of our Westchesterites actually took top honors — that went to Jay Leno and his Blastolene Special 21-foot-long aluminum roadster with M47 Patton Tank engines — we still had an admirable showing, with Dobbs Ferry’s Funkmaster Flex, New Rochelle native P. Diddy, and Bedford’s Donald Trump all making the list (at Nos. 12, 6, and 5, respectively).


Personally, I can’t say I really like any of their cars though. From Trump’s Cadillac DTS Presidential Limo to Diddy’s Sean John Navigator to the Funkmaster Flex edition Ford, none of them is especially unique or customized. In fact, the Navigator and Ford Expedition are standard production vehicles.

What I do know is that if Diddy’s $350,000 Chevy Express 3500 (aka “the Diddy-mobile”) had made the list, it would have run right over the competition.


Diddy had it outfitted by AI Design in Tuckahoe (also one of the businesses I wrote about in that forthcoming car feature), who souped-up the car’s drive train, expanded the cab, added brakes, and chic rims. On the inside, it has six plasma TVs, a Marvel wine celler, and hardwood floors. Just try and top that, Funkmaster!

“25 Stupid-Awesome Celebrity Vehicles” [Customized Girl Blog]

(Image of Diddy-Mobile from New York Post, Nov. 7, 2005)

Fullerwatch: Day 17

It’s been a little over two weeks since Bonnie Fuller’s abrupt departure from AMI and still no news on what her next move will be.

tjndc5-5e5byllsz1lshgqwlzz_layout1.jpg Today’s Kieth Kelly column in the Post says that she was “trying to hook up with 3i, a global private-equity and venture-capital firm with more than $5.6 billion in assets,” but that such a deal might have stalled right out of the gates. Even though she was reportedly bringing an assistant from her old employer to the VC firm, a company receptionist told the Post, “She is not using our offices anymore.”

Kelly also points out that Conde Nast Portfolio is planning a Fuller feature in next month’s issue. The main question, it seems, is whether that’ll be the venue that the Hastings resident reveals her latest and greatest media venture, or whether Portfolio is just looking to join the NY Mag pile-on, proclaiming the end of the Bonnie era in a long-form essay.

MORE: Ongoing Bonnie Fuller coverage

(Photo: Mark Vergari/InTown Westchester)

Celebritize your bicep

Speaking of Susan Sarandon, I just can’t seem to get that image of her brand new back tattoos out of my head. Is it still a “tramp stamp” if it’s on your upper back? What’s the projected lifespan of a tat on a 61-year-old before it begins sagging? Will Tim Robbins get his own ink art to match?

I don’t have the answers to any of these, of course, but the topic remind me of something else: My colleague Audrey Green’s excellent story on Rockland County’s tattoo subculture. If you weren’t one of the lucky recipients of the May issue of Rockland Magazine, you probably didn’t get to read it. But, hey, lucky you, it’s still online. Be sure to check it out.

photo-10-celebrity-skin_-21-tattoos-of-famous-faces-photos-ewcom.jpgAnyway, back to celebrity tattoos. If you’re reading this blog, chances are that’s what you’re mainly interested in anyway. And while I don’t have anything quite as exhaustive as my 2006 index of former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie’s body art, Friend of Sububarazzi Amy Vernon did point me to a different kind of celebrity tattoo. Not on celebs, but of them. As in, a permanent portrait of Stepinac grad Alan Alda (as MASH’s Hawkeye Pierce) or former Carmelite Judge Judy surrounded by the phrase “Only Judy Can Judge Me.”

Those are the two locals that made the Entertainment Weekly photo gallery of celebrity tattoos, but there are plenty of others—Napoleon Dynamite, Tony Danza, Bob Barker, Michael Moore—to keep you entertained. Enjoy.

“Celebrity Skin: 21 Tattoos of Famous Faces” [EW.com]

(Photo: Johnny Andres/New Addiction Tattoos)

Shocker: Susan Sarandon does not use Botox

At age 61, she’s one of an ever-shrinking circle of actresses who don’t use the face starch. tjndc5-5jswjl06cx51cchfdc4_layout.jpgPart-time Pound Ridger Susan Sarandon swears she’s never dabbled with Botox, which, when you think about it, is pretty self evident. As she told People, “I think it’s mostly my kids who keep me young.” She added, “You can see I haven’t had Botox [or] these things [frown lines] would be gone. I can’t afford to have my face not moving.”

The best part of not trying to hide her age:

“I’ll have an advantage of being the only one who looks 60. Everyone else looks so much younger. [I’ll] probably get all those parts!”

 (AP Photo/Nathan Strange)

Bill Murray’s wife can’t handle his virile, pot-smoking, all-around awesomeness

Wouldn’t you know it: As soon as I leave Charleston, South Carolina — where I’ve been vacationing for the past week — one of the biggest celebrity stories in recent months breaks the next day. What’s more, it’s about part-time Sneden’s Landing resident Bill Murray.

0000018648_20060921095219.jpgAccording to the Post & Courier, his wife, Jennifer Butler Murray, has asked for a divorce in Charleston court on the grounds that her husband smokes pot and has an overactive libido. Um, so what exactly is the problem?

Actually, there were a few more complaints: “adultery, addiction to marijuana and alcohol, abusive behavior, physical abuse, sexual addictions and frequent abandonment.” All those were cited in the complaint Mrs. Murray, the actor’s second wife, filed on May 12. The couple has four sons, all under the age of 18.

The crack team at the Post & Courier also managed to track down the couple’s 23-page prenup, which states that Bill will pay Jennifer $7 mil if the marriage is dissolved. Though it’s not entirely clear how the family’s assets will be divided, since Jennifer moved to the couple’s $3.65 Sullivan’s Island home back in 2006, it’s probably safe to assume that she’ll stay there and Bill will keep the Rockland County home — and dibs on all Peter Kelly restaurants.

PDF of divorce filing

Murray Prenup

Rosie O’Donnell shows her ‘True Colors’ again

Couldn’t get enough of Cyndi Lauper and Rosie O’Donnell when they went on tour last summer? Well, they’re baaaack — with reinforcements. The B-52s and Carson Kressley will be joining the dynamic duo as they kick off the True Colors 2008 Tour in Boston on Saturday, and then head to the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater for a concert on Sunday. The full lineup for the latter show includes, the Indigo Girls, The Cliks, Kat Deluna, and Mary McBride.


While normally the prospect of seeing Rosie in concert is about as appealing to me as a rerun of “Exit to Eden,” the mission of the tour is, of course, a worthy cause — raising awareness about discrimination towards gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Plus, it’s damn cool that they got Regina Spektor to join the tour for the Boston concert.

link: True Colors 2008 Tour

Panettiere in the running for World’s Sexiest Vegetarian 2008

It’s one thing for Carrie Underwood to beat out the likes of LoHudders like Bryce Dallas Howard, Billy Baldwin, and Chynna Phillips to win the title of World’s Sexiest Vegetarian 2007? But there’s NO WAY we’re letting Palisades native Hayden Panettiere lose in the PETA version of the contest this year. Especially given that she’s already in like Flynn with animal activists, thanks do her dolphin do-goodery, and that her boyfriend, Heroes costar Milo Ventimiglia, is also nominated.

Currently she’s at #3 in the voting with 1,426 votes, behind Alyssa Milano (1,948) and Natelie Portman (1,575), and Ventimiglia is at #4 on the male leader board. I’m not sure exactly what the deadline for the contest is, so head over now and cast your vote before it’s too late.


link: World’s Sexiest Vegetarian 2008

Long lost Jessica Lange to turn up in Yonkers

Aside from “Broken Flowers” back in 2005 and “Big Fish” a few years before that, Jessica Lange has been largely MIA from show biz.tjndc5-5baolojwfm1127stv6bw_layout.jpg

But we just got word that the Oscar winner will be taking to the stage in Yonkers, to deliver a different kind of performance — the commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College. She’ll be speaking to the 310 graduating seniors, one of whom is her daughter, Hannah Jane Shepherd. Presumably dad (and Lange ex) Sam Shepherd should be there, too.

Look for photo of the event, courtesy of my colleague Nicole Neroulias, in the Suburbarazzi Flickr sidebar stream tomorrow.

(AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

New York Mag’s Bonnie Fuller obituary: tabloid queen was an ‘idiot savant’

Given that Bonnie Fuller just announced her resignation from American Media Inc. about a week ago, it seems a little early to declare her career over. Still, that’s pretty much what New York Magazine said in this week’s article about the Hastings resident’s “tragic” rise and fall (what, she doesn’t even get a feature story treatment, just some measly FOB thing?).

tjndc5-5e5byipar8g6ufx3oto_layout.jpgThe piece stopped short of singing “ding, dong, the wicked witch is dead,” but it was all too happy to point out that Fuller’s memoir is now going for 1 cent on Amazon and that she’s been called everything from “the Devil” to “evil genius.” The author, Simon Dumenco, ultimately gave the cruelest epitaph of all, “She was really something of an idiot savant: the perfect media power player for our uniquely idiotic times.” All I have to say is, watch your back, Simon.

True, Fuller may be done with tabloid magazines — after stints at Us Weekly, Star, Glamour, YM, Marie Claire, and Cosmo, we’d be burnt out, too! — but as we related earlier this week, she may be headed to Hollywood or to some Tina Brown-type Internet venture. Wherever she ultimately ends up, you’d be a fool to count her out of the media biz. As the New York piece itself charted out, every time Fuller has quit or been fired, she always managed to rebound. Call her the Hillary Clinton of magazine editing. Or, as Portfolio put it yesterday, “the Bill Parcells of publishing.”

The tabloid queen is dead. Long live the tabloid queen.

“Just How Tragic is Bonnie Fuller?” [New York]

(Photo: Mark Vergari / InTown Westchester)