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]
Upset that we won’t get any new episodes of “Dirty Sexy Money” — and Billy Baldwin’s prescient, spot-on Eliot Spitzer impression — until 2010? Or September at the very earliest? Well, my friends, it is possible to get your Baldwin fix at the local multiplex right now.
Billy (who lives in Bedford) has a small part in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” starring in the show-within-a-show, the mock “CSI” series “Crime Scene.” I’ve never seen somebody lampoon David Caruso quite so perfectly … except, of course, David Caruso himself in “Jade.”
The best part of the whole “Crime Scene” setup — NBC actually created a website for the faux show: nbc.com/Crime_Scene/
All this got me to thinking: Which Baldwin brother does spoof TV (or film) the best? Remember “Cleaver”? Or, more recently, “The Celebrity Apprentice”?
And the nominees, along with video clips and a poll, are after the break.
Watch the clip here.
Be sure to wait for it, wait for it. About halfway through the video is a gem of a quote from Alec Baldwin on his brother — the one who lives in Upper Grandview: “There’s no one more full of crap than Stephen.”
The only thing that that would have been better than that is if he’d done it in the “30 Rock” voice of upstairs neighbor Mrs. Rodriguez.
With or without impressions, though, it’s still great television.
The competition is getting so fierce on “Celebrity Apprentice” that Stephen Baldwin is apparently going to be calling in some favors from brother Alec Baldwin. And here I thought Corbin Bernsen on “Celebrity Mole” was just about the stiffest competition he’d ever face. But he ain’t got nuthin on Gene Simmons and clearly Stephen, that rude little Upper Grandview pig, is as much of a marked man as ever.
The episode featuring Alec is set to air this Thursday, Jan. 19, at 9 p.m. DY-NO-MITE!
“Alec Baldwin and Jim Cramer guest star on next week’s ‘The Celebrity Apprentice'” [NBC]
(NBC Photo: Nicole Rivelli)
For a full list of the TV nominees, check out our sister blog, Remote Access, or for film nominees, go to the SAG site. But here, in short, are the locals you’ll be rooting for:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
ANGELINA JOLIE / Mariane Pearl Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ã¢â‚¬Å“A Mighty HeartÃ¢â‚¬? (Paramount Vantage): Jolie grew up in Sneden’s Landing
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
AMERICAN GANGSTER (Universal Pictures): Denzel Washington is a Mount Vernon native and Russell Crowe lived in Nyack while filming the movie.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Kline / Jacques Ã¢â‚¬â€œ As You Like It (HBO): Kline lives (or at least used to live) in Garrison with Phoebe Cates.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Ellen Burstyn / Posey Benetto Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Mitch AlbomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s For One More Day (ABC): Burstyn lives in Nyack
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Glenn Close / Patty Hewes Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Damages (FX): Lives in Bedford
Edie Falco / Carmela Soprano Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Sopranos (HBO): Attended SUNY Purchase
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin / Jack Donaghy Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 30 Rock (NBC): Brother of Bedford’s Billy Baldwin and Upper Grandview’s Stephen
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Williams / Wilhelmina Slater Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ugly Betty (ABC): Grew up in Millwood, currently lives in Chappaqua
(Nominations ceremony photo with President Alan Rosenberg, left, and actors Jeanne Tripplehorn, center, and Terrence Howard on Thurs., Dec 20 — AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
The jury has spoken, and the overwhelming majority of you said it’s “about time” South Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell left “The View.” 54 percent of you, to be precise.
While I don’t speak for the my fellow bloggers, I sure voted for “Hope she gets her own show on CBS,” if only to continue supplying us with a steady stream of blog material.
Anyway, since expletive-laden answers keep getting added to our sidebar poll, it’s time we changed the question. And seeing as how we haven’t delved into the whole Alec Baldwin mess yet, it’s only fitting that we ask whether he’s more or less delinquent than his siblings Ã¢â‚¬â€ Bedford’s Billy, Upper Grandview’s Stephen, or newly inducted Sopranos extra Daniel?
While Stephen Baldwin has embraced the lord, and Daniel Baldwin the philosophy of “Gone in 60 Seconds,” it appears that Bedford’s Billy Baldwin is taking his own cues from Jane Austen.
Like the matchmaking Emma, Billy tried to set up older brother Alec with Cindy Crawford a few years back. The two went on a semi-blind date but, according to Crawford, she wasn’t quite up to Alec’s standards of hotness. “I got pulled together for a date but I wasn’t a walking, talking Cosmo cover,” she said, “and I got that feeling of, when I opened the door, he was disappointed that, in real life, I wasn’t a walking, talking Cosmo cover.”
Oh well, can’t win ’em all, Billy. If you’re still looking to hook Alec up, I’m pretty sure Isabella Rossellini is single. She may not be a walking, talking Cosmo cover either, but did you see those two on “30 Rock”? Crazy chemistry, I tell you!
“Cindy Not The Perfect Model For Alec Baldwin” [All Headline News]
Isabella Rossellini — who visited Pelham in October to promote a movie about her father, director Roberto Rossellini — will be making a cameo on “30 Rock” next week, playing the ex-wife of Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). According to the promo that appeared after last night’s rerun, Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens also guest-stars and Rossellini’s character gets into a cat-fight with Liz Lemon (Tina Fey). Place your bets.
I was slow to give “30 Rock” a chance when it premiered this fall, mostly because of its original time-slot and my general malaise when it comes to trying out new shows. But, wow, is it funny. It reminds me a lot of “Saturday Night Live” at its best and “The Simpsons” in terms of its comedic style, running gags and its ability to prompt frequent, genuine guffaws.
NBC was smart to move it to Thursdays as part of its “Comedy Night Done Right,” formerly dubbed “Must See TV” before an awkward stretch of programming after “Seinfeld” (and, to a much lesser extent, “Friends”) went off the air. NBC would really get me to watch for a solid hour if “The Office” and “30 Rock” were back-to-back, because I’ve never really enjoyed “Scrubs” all that much.
Find out why I appreciate the performances of Fey, Baldwin and Tracy Morgan after the break.