Podcast: June 19

This week: Ron Howard’s vexing problems with the Vatican, Justine Bateman’s SAG sympathies, and Vanessa Williams return to Chappaqua.

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And the quiz — which, I might add, stumped Stacy-Ann (third week in a row!) — is as follows:

Which actor from the Lower Hudson Valley appears in M. Night Shyamalan’s new thriller “The Happening”?

A. Joseph Cross, of Pelham
B. Bill Irwin, of Nyack
C. Alan Ruck, of Piermont
D. Mel Gibson, of Peekskill/Verplanck

The big trick here: ALL of these actors have, at one point or another, appeared in a Shyamalan film.

The answer, as always, is at the end of the video or after the break.

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Alan Ruck gets hitched

Noticed this in a little throwaway reference in Variety story, “The Tonys Go Hollywood,” which mentioned “Newlyweds Alan Ruck and Mireille Enos.” tjndc5-5eg68s3enq0151zqf41r_layout.jpgIn case the name doesn’t immediatly ring a bell, does this help: Frye? Frye?

The recent Piermont resident — who, in addition to being Ferris Bueller’s hypochondriac best friend, also starred in “Spin City” and, most recently, the ESPN series “The Bronx is Burning” — got divorced from his first wife, Claudia Stefany, back in 2005. According to Wikipedia, the marriage to Enos actually took place on January 4.

My colleague, Jenny Higgons, who wrote a fantastic profile of Ruck back in 2006 (read the PDF here) learned through the Piermont grapvine that, in addition to getting married, he also recently relocated to the L.A. area. We’ll miss ya, Alan!

(Ruck in front of Bunburry Coffee Shop in Piermont: Photo by Mark Vergari / Rockland Magazine)

Bueller and Frye turn 40. Time for a sequel!

bueller.jpgLife moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around … you could end up middle-aged and contemplating a reboot of a 1980s classic.

Yes, indeed, the script for “Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off” is currently making the rounds in Hollywood. In fact, some pages from the screenplay have even found their way online. You can read them at the St. Petersburg Times’ “Stuck in the ’80s” blog. Naturally, the screenwriter, Rick Rapier, is hoping that Matthew Broderick will reprise his role as Ferris and Alan Ruck — who lives in Piermont — will play Cameron.

And what, pray tell, would Rapier have Ferris doing 30 years after playing hooky in high school? For starters, he’s now got a Tony Robbins-esque career as a motivational self-help guru and Cameron is his business partner. On the eve of Ferris’s 40th birthday, though, he bugs out and has a mini mid-life crisis, leading him to take the day off and skip out on a pay-per-view special.

Ok, I know all this sounds completely insane, but here’s the really weird part: The script is actually kinda good. I mean, I thoroughly enjoyed a few of the excerpts on the St. Pete blog. After the break, I’ll paste a few of my favorite parts.

So, what do you think? It’s probably a pipe dream to think that John Hughes would get on board to direct a sequel, but should Broderick and Ruck consider it?

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: ‘Today’ stars visit ‘Sesame Street,’ Stephen Baldwin gets a load of bull and Alan Ruck is ‘Burning’

Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about the “Sesame Street” contributions of former Lower Hudson Valley residents Matt Lauer and Al Roker; the perilous bull-related accident of Upper Grandview resident Stephen Baldwin; and the appearances of Piermont resident and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” alumnus Alan Ruck on “The Bronx is Burning.”

After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Yorktown High School alumnus Eric Stein appears on what current reality TV show?

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Alan Ruck trades Wrigley Field for Yankee Stadium in ‘Bronx is Burning’

(Mark Vergari/The Journal News)“Spin City” alumnus and Piermont resident Alan Ruck plays reporter Steve Jacobson in “The Bronx is Burning,” ESPN’s miniseries about the turbulent 1977 Yankees in the context of an even more volatile New York City.

I haven’t seen too much of it; I’ve liked John Turturro and Erik Jensen’s takes on Billy Martin and Thurman Munson, respectively, but not enough to watch for more than five minutes at a time. Despite my undying allegiance to the Yanks, I’m not usually impressed with ESPN’s dramatic series (with the short-lived, poker-themed “Tilt” being a notable exception). Too often, they have more overacting than your favorite soap opera. But I like rooting for Ruck, so power to him.

As any ’80s babies will tell you, this isn’t the first time of Ruck’s characters has been to a ballpark. Although his famous “Heyyyyybattabattabatta-sahWING-batta!” sequence from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was at Wrigley Field and not Yankee Stadium, it’s still pretty cool.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out seconds 26 to 33 in this one-minute version of the movie.

(Photo by Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

Cameron Frye, ‘Family’ Guy

Personally, I always thought that Alan Ruck getting cut from the cast of FOX’s “Drive” was a good thing. As any “Bueller” fan knows, he just can’t keep his cool around fast cars.

tjndc5-5baw4d5spwwhd4186bw_layout.jpgHappily, though, the Piermont resident (and former “Spin City” castmember) isn’t going to be totally absent to sitcom city this year. Reportedly he’ll be starring with Jennifer Coolidge (a regular in Christopher Guest’s flicks — the one with the lips that look like they’ve been stung by a nest of hornets) in a ABC show called “Family of the Year,” about — you guessed it — a clan that has won the title of “family of the year” for 10 years running.

“Jennifer Coolidge & Alan Ruck Join ABC’s ‘Family'” [TV Fodder]

(Ruck photo: Mark Vergari / InTown Westchester)

New Year’s Resolution Roundup

Alan Ruck (Piermont): I will not star in “Drive,” that dopey sounding Fox series about underground car racing, after all. [Reuters]

Debra Winger (Irvington): I will prove to fans that I’m not dead — just a little loopy — by returning the theater for an experimental, interactive show that uses cylindrical pods and elevator rides. Yes, I’ll totally blow their minds! [Playbill]

Bob Woodruff (Rye): I will play “tennis with that little ball that won’t do too much damage if it hits you in the head.” [Broadcasting and Cable]

Rosie O’Donnell (South Nyack): I will become the next Bob Barker. [Defamer]

Aaron Sorkin (Scarsdale): I will stop portraying my girlfriend, Kristin Chenoweth, as an intolerant homophobe on “Studio 60” — if only to stop her from whining about it to newspapers. [Newsday]

Rob Thomas (Bedford): I will reunite with Matchbox Twenty … only to turn around and break up with them a week later because, hey, it’s just so crazy fun to toy with their fragile emotions. [Contact Music]

Stephen Baldwin (Upper Grandview): I will sue the pants off anyone who tries to take a picture of me with my three heathen brothers. [The Showbuzz]

“Cameron, you killed the car” … now here’s a TV series

Alan RuckWith the bad news about “Studio 60” canceling out the good news about “3 Lbs.”, we need another new TV show to tip the karmic scales back in our region’s favor. And sure enough, today the good news is all about Piermont resident Alan Ruck (aka Cameron from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), whose new series,”Drive,” just got picked up by Fox.

According to Variety, the network has ordered 12 episodes on top of the pilot and they’re scheduling it for next spring, to take advantage of an extra cushy lead-in, “American Idol.” As the show’s creator explains, it’s about an illegal cross-country race in which every participant needs to win, but only one can. Imagine “The Amazing Race” on acid, or a cross between “Rat Race” and “The Game,” or “Magnolia” on wheels. Got it? No? We’re not sure we do either.

Anyway, congrats to Ruck.