Podcast: April 23

On this week’s podcast: Al Pacino’s cinematic abortion, how Jason Bateman got his groove back, and Rosie O’Donnell gets “Crafty.”

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As you probably know if you’ve been keeping up with Suburbarazzi, we’ve become huge Kimberly Locke fans ever since interviewing her last month. So I couldn’t resist making another quiz question about the North Salem songbird. To wit:

After the recent episode of “American Idol” in which Locke performed her new single “Fall,” she told TMZ that one of the contestants tried to ask her out on a date. Alas, she declined. Can you guess which AI hopeful got the big diss?

A.  David Archuleta
B.  Michael Johns
C.  Chikezie
D.  Jason Castro

The answers, as always, is at the end of the clip and after the break.

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Pacino’s ’88 Minutes’ joins ‘Bio Dome’ as one of the worst rated films in Metacritic history

I meant to post this yesterday, when, after doing a search for what movie to go see tonight, I discovered a shocker: The new Al Pacino thriller “88 Minutes” was at the bottom of Metacritic’s list of the all-time worst-rated movies. The aggregated critics’ number: 2. Out of 100. Which put it only one point short of the all-time worst movie, “Bio Dome,” starring Al’s Rockland neighbor Stephen Baldwin (Pacino lives in Sneden’s Landing, Baldwin in Upper Grandview).

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Fortunately for the flick, a few more reviews trickled in over the last day, and Pacino can breathe a “Hoo Hah!” sigh of relief. The film is now tallying a somewhat less embarrassing 12 (putting it, as of this morning, at #29 on the worst-movies list).

OK, what am I saying, that’s still abysmal. And to think I was giving the trailer for his other upcoming movie, “Righteous Kill,” a hard time. That was just mean.

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Righteous Kill trailer anything but righteous

Even since it filmed in last fall in Connecticut, I’ve been looking forward to “Righteous Kill” — the first film starring both Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro since “Heat” — about as much, if not more than, than Indiana Jones 4. Well, after seeing trailers for both [“Righteous Kill,” “Indiana Jones”], it’s clear that Indy will once again win the day. Or rather, summer box office.

righteouskillposter.jpgIt’s not that the premise of two seasoned NYC cops hunting down a vigilante killer is all that bad, and I’m totally down with cast featuring plenty of LoHudders (Sneden’s Landing’s DeNiro, Mamaroneck’s Dan Futterman), not to mention 50 Cent and Carla Gugino. And of course I love the shot of DeNiro at the end, mouthing off to Terry Serpico.

It’s just one of those trailers where you feel like you know most of the plot before you even fork over your $10. The Indiana Jones teaser, meanwhile, gets me to reflexively reach for my wallet and pull out a Hamilton without even thinking.

But what do you think? Watch the trailers after the break and judge for yourself.

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: O’Donnell, Clinton, and Pacino pay a visit to upset city

On tap this week: Rosie’s return to television, how Hillary Clinton got her groove back (with a little help from SNL and Jon Stewart), and the latest on Al Pacino playing the bad guy in the next James Bond film.

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Also, you may have seen Vanessa Williams on the Barbara Walters Oscar special a week ago. During it, she confirmed a whole slew of rumors about her personal life. Which brings us to this week’s quiz: Can you guess which of the following she did NOT cop to?

A. Using Botox
B. Being the victim of racism while growing up in Millwood
C. Living with her 2 ex-husbands in Chappaqua simultaneously
D. Being an a Barack Obama booster

The answer is at the end of the video and after the break.
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Al Pacino deep-sixes role in new 007 film

Couldn’t get enough of Willy Bank in “Oceans 13”? Hoping he’ll tackle another bad-guy role soon? Well, according to recent reports around the interweb, the producers of the next James Bond film were trying to make the Sneden’s Landing actor an offer he couldn’t refuse. They wanted him to play the baddie in the next installment of the Daniel Craig era — and most strangely titles Bond movie ever — “Quantum of Solace.” The role would be head of an international terrorist organization.

According to the Herald Sun, Pacino was supposed to film his “brief but extremely important role” at London’s Pinewood Studios in April or May, with the movie scheduled to come out in November 2008.

Alas, Access Hollywood had to go fact-check the rumor. Turns out it’s not true at all. According to the studio, Pacino is not attached to the project.

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Oscars, Suburbarazzi-style: Local nominees and recent winners

oscar2.jpgThis Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST, Ted Mann and I will join TV reporter Karen DePodwin for a live RNN segment about Sunday’s Academy Awards. I’ll be wearing my tux for only the third time since my senior year in college, so the comedic value of that alone might be worth the tune-in. Here’s a preview of one of the topics slated for discussion.

Stars with a connection to the Lower Hudson Valley have done very well for themselves at the Oscars over the years, and 2008 is no exception.

Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, a New Rochelle native and North Salem resident, has been nominated three times for his songs from the Disney movie “Enchanted.” He took home his first two trophies for Best Song and Best Score for “The Little Mermaid,â€? and his most recent ones were in the same categories for songs from “Pocahontas.â€? In total, he’s been nominated for a whopping 18 Oscars, but hasn’t won one since 1996.

First-time nominee and sentimental favorite Ruby Dee, a New Rochelle resident, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her part in “American Gangster,” starring Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington and former Nyack dweller Russell Crowe — both of whom are Oscar-winners themselves.

LoHud also has at least two representatives in the Best Documentary/Short Subject category, including Ossining High School alumnus Francisco Bello (for “Salim Baba”) and former Croton-on-Hudson resident Cynthia Wade (for “Freeheld”).

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People of the Year — 17. Al Pacino

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The “whoo-ha� man gave us something to “ooh and ah� about with his return to the big screen as casino kingpin Willie Bank in Ocean’s Thirteen. Pacino, who lives in Sneden’s Landing, also had the Internet buzzing about his next two projects: Dali & I: The Surreal Story and Righteous Kill. In the former he’ll play the famed artist during his final years—also known as his melting-clocks phase—while the latter, a crime thriller filming in Norwalk, also features Robert DeNiro. And Al wasn’t the only Pacino making news in 2007; daughter Julie, a recent Tappan Zee High grad, also earned her fair share of headlines as one of the school’s softball superstars.

Prediction for 2008: The Dali biopic may earn Pacino his second Academy Award. But it’s Righteous Kill—the first reuniting of the Pacino-DeNiro dramatic dream team since 1995’s Heat—that we’re dying to see.

Adapted from “People of the Year,� Rockland Magazine, December 2007

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New Pacino-DeNiro movie is en fuego — literally

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On Thursday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, a fire broke out on the set of “Righteous Kill,” the new flick starring Sneden’s Landing resident Al Pacino and New Yawker Robert DeNiro. The two thesps were supposed to be filming a scene with 50 Cent at the the Mechanics & Farmers Bank building at State and Main streets, but the fire kind of got in the way and damaged the filming equipment.

According to this account from WVIT in Hartford, no one was injured and the film crew is still assessing the damage.

(De Niro: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber; Pacino: AP Photo/Rene Macura)

De Niro cheaps out on Connecticut high schools

denirox.jpgDon’t get me wrong, I’m delighted that the Pacino-De Niro movie “Righteous Kill” is filming so close to home. It’s like having a three-week long lunar eclipse in the next-door neighbor’s yard. But the news that the production company, set to begin filming tomorrow in Bridgeport, only agreed to pay $2,000 a day to rent Harding High School and $1,000 to get the McKinley School’s cafeteria gave me a case of — pardon the pun — righteous indignation.

When renting a house in the suburbs, it’s common for film crews to pay upwards of $30k for a couple weeks. I’d wager that the house the “Righteous Kill” crew is filming at up in New Haven, at 801 Orange St. (source: New Haven Register), is fetching about that. And here in Bridgeport we’re talking about an entire school. Two schools, in fact!

According to the CT Post, the film will turn “Harding High School’s weight room into a precinct gym, its faculty men’s room into a night club bathroom and the school’s main gym into, well, a high school gym.” And all this is going on while school is in session — Sept. 6 through 10 and on Sept. 24 at Harding and on Oct. 1 at McKinley.

I’m sure the students will love it. (Incidentally, if any of you kids are reading this, cell phone pics of any of the stars — De Niro, Pacino, 50 Cent, Carla Gugino, Donnie Wahlberg, and Martin Scorsese — would be much appreciated. Email them HERE.)

But you’d think that the film could have at least forked over enough for the schools to afford a free lunch of Salisbury steak or sloppy joes. Can you think of a better way to spend that “Stardust” blood money?

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Phil Rizzuto’s celebrated life included dinners in Eastchester

phil.jpgI was sad to see that one of my favorite all-time New York Yankee personalities, Phil Rizzuto, passed away today. Not only was No. 10 a great player on many of the Yankees’ championship teams and a legendary broadcaster for four decades, but he was a class act — self-effacing, genuine and kind by all accounts.

I did a little homework and learned that the Scooter used to dine at the defunct Alex & Henry’s restaurant on Route 22 in Eastchester. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of his dinners resulted in an on-air shout-out during a crucial moment of a game, one of the few announcers who could do such a thing and have the audience laugh along with him.

Before it closed in 1999, Alex & Henry’s served other celebrity clientèle, including fellow Yankees Joe DiMaggio, Billy Martin and Mickey Mantle; Sneden’s Landing resident Al Pacino; Kathy Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford; and politicians Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, Nelson Rockefeller, Mario Cuomo, George Pataki and Rudolph Giuliani.

Holy Cow, we’re gonna miss you, Phil.

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De Niro-Pacino dramatic dream team may film in Norwalk

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After just filming the movie “What Just Happened?” in Norwalk a couple months, it looks like De Niro may already be back to film another film in the CT town. But wait, it gets better: According to the Stamford Advocate, both De Niro AND Pacino may come to town to make the flick “Righteous Kill.” Filming begins as early as September.

Among the possible locations currently being: The Norwalk Police Station, the old police building, pubs like Bulldog and O’Neill’s, and Belden Ave. And for those of you who don’t see the Haley’s Comet-like appeal of having legends like De Niro and Pacino in the same place, filming a movie at the same time, there’s also a chance that 50 Cent, another one of the film’s stars, will show up in Norwalk.

“Pacino, De Niro may film crime thriller in Norwalk” [Stamford Advocate]

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50 Cent takes his place alongside cinematic legends DeNiro, Pacino

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A while ago we reported that Sneden’s Landing resident Al Pacino would be reteaming with Robert DeNiro for the first time since “Heat,” but there’s a new twist in their joint venture. That would be the casting of the film’s male lead #3: 50 Cent.

According to the Hollywood Reporter (via Billboard), 50 is in “final negotiations” to co-star in the film, “Righteous Kill,” portraying a drug dealer who helps DeNiro and Pacino track down a serial killer.

Sorry Mos Def and Ludacris, looks like “The Woodsman” and “Crash” has kinda of burned off whatever reformed-gansta street cred you once had. And should 50 ever appear to be too “Hollywood,” might I propose an understudy? Mount Kisco’s own DMX, with two warrants still out for his arrest, is surely looking for film work.

The movie starts shooting this September and is due in theaters in 2008.