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)

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Didi Conn, who played Frenchie in the movie version of “Grease,â€? once visited visited Nyack Middle School to see its production of that musical. In that show, the role of Danny Zuko was played by what actor who would go on to star in “Freaks and Geeksâ€??

A. John Francis Daley
B. James Franco
C. Seth Rogen

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Aidan Quinn-Didi Conn chat draws 150 in Palisades

quinn.jpegAbout 150 people turned out yesterday to see actor Aidan Quinn speak at the Esplanade at Palisades.

Quinn spoke about his career with fellow Palisades resident and actor Didi Conn.

Getting the scoop for The Journal News was Amisha Padnani, who reported that Quinn finds particular fulfillment whenever he acts in inspiring dramatic, inspirational works. As an example, Quinn cited the 1985 TV movie “An Early Frost,” about a lawyer dying of AIDS.

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People would come up to me and say: ‘Thank you for doing that.’ When you are able to wed something — and it’s a good, dramatic piece — with your work, that’s the most gratifying.

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Quinn recently received critical acclaim for his turn as Henry Dawes in HBO’s “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” but I especially appreciate his performance as Felipe Mendoza in the brilliant/überdepressing 1986 feature film “The Mission.”

(Photo by Peter Carr/The Journal News)

Aidan Quinn, Didi Conn to visit Palisades, discuss acting

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Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn will discuss his acting career at 3:30 p.m. this Sunday as part of the Palisades Library’s Sunday Symposium series. Quinn reportedly will talk about his work in movies such as “Desperately Seeking Susan” and his Emmy-nominated role in “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”

Also slated to chat about acting is Palisades resident Didi Conn, who’s known for her roles in the feature film “Grease,” the sitcom “Benson” and the PBS show “Shining Time Station.” She also appeared in Julie Taymor’s film “Across the Universe,” part of which was filmed at Muscoot Farm in Somers.

Fun facts! According to IMDb.com, Conn once visited Nyack Middle School to see its production of “Grease,” whose Danny Zuko role was played by “Freaks and Geeks” star John Francis Daley. Most recently, JFD appeared in four episodes of “Bones” as Dr. Lance Sweets.

The Palisades event will be held on the esplanade of 640 Oak Tree Road. The suggested donation to benefit the library is $10. Reservations are required and can be secured by visiting by the library at 19 Closter Road or calling 845-359-0136. For more information, visit www.palisadesny.com.

(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

The Golden Globe nominations are just one big Lower Hudson Valley lovefest

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Palisades native and “Heroes” hottie Hayden Panettiere was Ms. Golden Globe today, given the honors of doling out the nominations alongside “Smokin’ Aces” star Ryan Reynolds and director Quentin Tarantino. Sadly, her show was totally shut out of every category. Ouch!

Fortunately, plenty of other LoHudders fared better.

Here’s a quick scorecard of which of the nominations have strong ties to the Lower Hudson Valley. In other words, all things being equal, these are the guys and gals to root for:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

• AMERICAN GANGSTER: Stars Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington and filmed while Russell Crowe was living in Nyack

• THE GREAT DEBATERS: Directed by and starring Denzel

• MICHAEL CLAYTON: Stars Mamaroneck native (and former Winged Foot caddy) Michael O’Keefe, aka Noonan from “Caddyshack,” in a supporting role; features an early scene with George Clooney in Westchester, trying to put out a legal fire for an executive who has just gotten into a car accident.

ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

• ANGELINA JOLIE – A MIGHTY HEART: Raised in Sneden’s Landing

The rest of the nominations are after the break …

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Action! Westchester shoots attract A-listers, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close

The public relations reps for Westchester County became unofficial Suburbarazzi late last week, informing the public about county-based TV and film projects featuring high-profile stars, including Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and George Clooney (pre-motorcycle crash).

george.jpgClooney was quietly wrapping up a New Rochelle shoot at a “private home and inside CostCo” for the Coen brothers movie “Burn After Reading,” according to a Sept. 21 county press release. The film, which also stars Brad Pitt, is about a former CIA agent who writes memoirs after being fired. Perhaps Clooney forgot this weekend that he wasn’t playing Evil Knievel.

meryl.jpgAlso according to the release, Westchester “soon” will host Oscar winners Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman for the big-screen adaptation of “Doubt,” the Tony Award-winning play. Streep plays a Catholic school principal who accuses Hoffman’s character, a priest, of pedophilia in 1964. “Numerous locations will be used,” but the county does not specify which.

glenn-close.jpgBedford resident Glenn Close, a five-time Academy Award nominee, didn’t have to travel far to film parts of her new TV series, “Damages,” in a featured Harrison house and, earlier this month, in the Rye Town Hilton.

quinn-margulies.jpgSuburbarazzi already gave you the scoop about Spring Valley native Julianna Margulies and Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn teaming up for “Canterbury’s Law,” but what you might not know is that the courtroom drama was shooting scenes at Larkin Plaza in Yonkers last week.

After the break, check out news about more Westchester shoots involving Tim Allen at Westchester County Airport, Julie Taymor in Somers and New Rochelle, and “Law & Order: SVU” in Yonkers.

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Lower Hudson Valley lays claim to at least 3 Emmys; Katherine Heigl’s LoHud membership status under review

emmy-award.jpgLate last week, Ted Mann and I made our picks for who, among our Lower Hudson Valley celebrities, would and should win Emmys. Now it’s time for our scorecard, granting a point for correct guesses as well as Lower Hudson Valley victories.

•SERIES (DRAMA): “The Sopranos” (parts filmed in LoHud; starred Sneden’s Landing homeowner Lorraine Bracco, Purchase College grad Edie Falco and Mount Vernon- and Brewster-raised Michael Imperioli.)

Ted and I thought “The Sopranos” would and should win. And with Bracco also sharing in this victory, everyone gets a point. Ted 1, Chris 1, Lower Hudson Valley 1.

•SERIES (COMEDY): “30 Rock”

While both Ted and I wanted “30 Rock” to win, I thought “Ugly Betty” would take the trophy, while Ted picked “The Office” to claim it. Unlike “Entourage,” which stars Mamaroneck native Kevin Dillon and “Ugly Betty,” which stars Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams, “30 Rock” has no obvious connection to the Lower Hudson Valley, but we’re all winners in another sense because “30 Rock” is a fantastic show. Let’s hope it’s not doomed with the “Arrested Development” Emmy curse. Ted 1, Chris 1, Lower Hudson Valley, 1.

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Aidan Quinn and Julianna Margulies: Rockland’s Newest Power Couple

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On TV at least. According to our sister bloggers over at Remote Access, the two stars — Quinn lives in Sneden’s Landing, Margulies was born in Spring Valley — will will be teaming for a FOX mid-season series called “Canterbury’s Law.” And here I predicted, after Quinn’s ill-fated NBC show “The Book of Daniel,” that he would never return to network TV again. Whoops.

The show will center around two married lawyers trying to fix their rocky relationship after their child goes missing. I’m not sure how I feel about any locals turning to FOX these days, especially after its recent treatment of locals like Bedford’s Lasse Hallstrom and Piermont’s Alan Ruck. Just as long as the new show gets the slot following “American Idol,” all will be well.

Aidan Quinn’s “Book of Daniel” Afterlife

woundedknee04_th-1.jpgDick Wolf has long been the patron saint of unemployed actors and veterans looking for a steady “Law and Order” paycheck. And HBO has emerged in recent years as one of the few safe havens for creative talent, a network that will actually give risky, edgy shows more than three episodes to prove themselves. Put the two of them together and you’ve got a work environment sure to make actors weak in the knees. Or, to borrow part of the title of the new Wolf HBO project, “Wounded Knee.”

It should come as no surprise that Sneden’s Landing’s Aidan Quinn wanted in on the Wolf project, especially after getting burned by NBC’s quickly canceled Jesus-meets-pill-popping-priest dramedy “The Book of Daniel” (Hmm, perhaps that one should’ve been shopped to HBO, too). The story is an adaptation of a 1970s book, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” about the mistreatment of Native Americans during the latter half of the 19th century. The project took five years to come to fruition and also stars Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, and former Republican senator Fred Thompson. It’s scheduled to appear on HBO this May.

“Dick Wolf Makes Time for ‘Wounded Knee'” [Washington Post]

(“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” photo: Annabel Reye/HBO)


And the quote-of-the-year award goes to …

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OK, I know it’s about two weeks too late to be doling out more 2006 best-of awards, but this quote from the Sneden’s Landing resident, about his role on the ill-fated NBC series, “The Book of Daniel” (filmed in White Plains), is too good not to honor in some way:

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I’m an Episcopalian priest who struggles with a little self-medication problem, and I have a 23-year-old son who’s gay, and a 16-year-old daughter who’s caught dealing pot … and a wife who’s loving but also likes her martinis. I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, ‘Hey, that sounds like my family.’ </div></blockquote>

(AP Photo/NBC Universal, Mitch Haaseth)

Suburbarazzi Stocking Stuffers: Last-minute gift-gasm

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A final round-up of possible presents tied to our Lower Hudson Valley celebs:

“A Hand to Guide Me”: Denzel Washington’s inspirational anthology includes 70 celebrities’ accounts their mentors, including Washington’s own role model at the Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club. Yeah, it’s pretty much the sexiest memoir alive.

Trump Super Premium Vodka: We’re still waiting for the T&T — Trump and Tonic — to catch on. And that’s why we’re wrapping up a case and sending it to our favorite trendsetter — a certain disgruntled lesbian talk-show host. The gift will seem awfully confusing, but it’s sure to feed the Trump-O’Donnell feud for at least one more week.

“The Book of Daniel: The Complete Series”: The ill-fated NBC show, starring Sneden’s Landing’s Aidan Quinn and filmed in White Plains, may have been canceled after just four episodes, but you can see all eight on this DVD. Nothing says Christmas cheer like a pill-popping Episcopalian priest.