Clive Davis, Mike Bloomberg wanna rock (ROCK!)

Music producer icon Clive Davis of Pound Ridge helped Billy Joel, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and others hold a press conference yesterday to announce the November opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in SoHo.

clive.jpgA photographer at the event snapped this Davis photo, which either has no depth perception or showcases a Paul Bunyan-sized guitar. I’m going to pretend the latter, because it looks like that six-string is preparing to take the podium to deliver a speech and/or bust out some “Freebird.”

Another equally curious photo from yesterday’s press conference is one with Davis and Bloomberg offering a two-gun salute. And while I don’t necessarily agree with BestWeekEver.tv’s Dan Hopper that it’s “scientifically the most non-rocking thing that exists,” I’m not going to pretend I didn’t laugh at that assessment.

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Bryce Dallas Howard joins the Connor family for “Terminator 4”

Despite her less-than-auspicious previous roles in summer blockbusters (see “Lady in the Water” and “Spider Man 3”), Armonk native Bryce Dallas Howard looks like she’ll be cast in the next film in the “Terminator” saga. She’ll be playing Kate Connor, wife of hero John Connor (who’ll be played by Chrisitan Bale).

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The movie, currently in production in New Mexico and being directed by McG, is going to be called “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.”

“Bryce Dallas Howard eyes ‘Terminator'” [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Man(ning)’s best friend: Eli continues to help guide-dog charity

eli-manning.jpgA few years ago, some New York Giants fans might have complained quarterback Eli Manning was playing football like a dog. This June, the Super Bowl MVP will again be playing golf for man’s best friend.

It was announced today that Manning will return to host the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic on June 23 at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk. Entering its 31st year, the event raises money and awareness for the Yorktown Heights-based organization that trains guide-dogs and offers them to the blind for free.

eli2.jpgIn a press release, Guiding Eyes CEO and President Bill Badger said at last year’s fundraiser — held June 25 at Mount Kisco Country Club — Manning golfed with sponsors and stayed at the banquet until the event’s conclusion. Badger continued to rave about the recent Super Bowl champ:

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Everyone here — even our blind graduates, who couldn’t watch the game but listened instead — is moved by Eli’s association with Guiding Eyes. On behalf of our staff, our graduates, and our volunteers, Guiding Eyes for the Blind extends its heartiest congratulations to Eli Manning and the New York Giants.

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Hear hear! Or should I say woof woof?

(Game photo: Julie Jacobson/AP; golf photo: Ricky Flores / The Journal News)

‘History of Howard Stern’ spends 90 minutes on Westchester days

howard.jpgThirty years ago, Howard Stern launched his career as a professional deejay in Briarcliff Manor. The radio world would never be the same.

With Stern and his crew off for holiday break, Sirius satellite radio has been broadcasting the premiere of “The History of Howard Stern� in lieu of his live morning radio show this week. Featuring first-person interviews and narration by Jim Forbes of “Behind the Music� fame, the first 90 minutes of Tuesday’s broadcast alone were dedicated to Stern’s days spinning vinyl in Briarcliff and plugging various businesses and events throughout the Lower Hudson Valley.

“My first radio job really was WRNW in Westchester and that was a very difficult situation for me,� Stern said during the special. “I was not a good broadcaster; I was not a good straight broadcaster, and I wasn’t thought of much.�

Recently completing his second year of a five-year, $500 million contract at Sirius satellite radio, Stern said he launched his full-time career with a $5,000 annual salary on Jan. 1, 1977 at 107.1 FM. He was 11 days shy of his 23rd birthday.

“My first shift, when I got on the air, I was so nervous my hands were shaking,� he said. “The station was empty, thank God, because it was New Year’s morning. I hit the button to play the record, the whole board jams up. I must’ve hit it too hard.�

Reflecting on the incident with sidekicks Robin Quivers and Artie Lange, Stern said he woke up the program director when calling him in the ensuing panic.

“The engineer came in and started yelling at me – this big fat guy – and he fixed it at some point, I guess,� he said. “And all the other jocks heard me and they think I was horrible. I was the laughing stock of the station. The program director was going to fire me, I heard, because I woke him up. And again, I had to beg for his mercy. I said, ‘I’m so sorry.’ He goes, ‘You’re terrible; you’re horrible.’ It’s a miracle I sit here today.�

In addition to Briarcliff, check out the “King of All Media’s” direct connections to Armonk, Elmsford, Tarrytown, Bronxville, Scarsdale, White Plains and Yorktown after the break.

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Joe Torre to keep his Westchester digs

joe1.jpgIt appears Joe Torre will be keeping his house in Harrison despite his new job managing the Los Angeles Dodgers.

As the former Yankee manager headed to his annual fundraiser for his Safe At Home Foundation on Nov. 9, Torre told Journal News blogging titan Peter Abraham he would be keeping his Westchester home:

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I don’t think we’re going to look to sell the house. We like it here; we’ve found a home. We always talk about having a place to come back to.

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Via e-mail, Abraham told me today he did not know if Torre planned on keeping his other residence in Mahopac.

“Since that was his weekend house and he’ll be spending most of his weekends in Los Angeles, I would guess that will be for sale eventually,� Abraham said.

Guess what athletic Lower Hudson Valley celebrity showed up at Torre’s fundraiser to play “Glory Days� on guitar with Bruce Springsteen? Find out after the break.

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: LoHud Halloween costumes, Charles Grodin’s book and Al Roker’s reports from the ‘Office’ convention

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This week’s quiz: When Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins took the Webster Hall stage at an Oct. 17 tribute concert, he sang songs originally performed by the artist being honored that night. Who was this man of honor?

A. Bob Dylan
B. Woodie Guthrie
C. Pete Seeger

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Charles Grodin to talk at Armonk library without getting shooshed

grodin.jpgActor, author and former talk-show host Charles Grodin will be heading to the North Castle Public Library in Armonk at 8 p.m., Nov. 10 for a free event to discuss his new book, “If I Only Knew Then.”

Grodin, who had prominent roles in “Midnight Run” and the “Beethoven” franchise, will chat in Whippoorwill Hall about his new book, which includes autobiographical essays about lessons learned by South Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell, Walter Cronkite, Shirley Maclaine, Paul Newman, Carol Burnett, Regis Philbin and Robert Redford. Grodin, who appeared as a commentator on “60 Minutes II” a few years ago and as a CNBC talk show host in the late ’90s, also wrote an off-Broadway play called “The Right Kind of People” in 2004.

The western Connecticut resident’s no stranger to Westchester County libraries. On April 28, 2002, he appeared at the New Rochelle Public Library as part of an annual CelebriTea event to raise money for that facility.

I’ll be chatting with Grodin this Wednesday afternoon and posting some highlights on Suburbarazzi soon thereafter. So stay tuned!

(Photo by Andrew McKoy/The Journal News)

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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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Bryce Dallas Howard directs, Tim Robbins reflects, and Hayden Paniettiere’s legal for… cigarettes

Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about the directorial debut of Byram Hills High School alumna Bryce Dallas Howard; a Robert Altman tribute to be attended by Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins; and the 18th birthday of Palisades native Hayden Panettiere.

After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: What defunct radio station dumped stand-up comedian Nick Di Paolo’s show when the station switched formats?

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Is Bryce Dallas Howard the next Sofia Coppola?

sofia.jpgbryce.jpgWith Bryce Dallas Howard prepping for a Palm Springs screening of her directorial debut, “Orchids,” perhaps it’s unfair to compare her to Sofia Coppola — another director whose father won an Academy Award in that category.

Howard, an alumna of Byram Hills High School in Armonk, screens her first directorial work at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market, running from Aug. 23 to 29. Most of the films Coppola directed have garnered critical acclaim, including the Oscar-nominated “Lost in Translation,” which she wrote with its star, Sneden’s Landing resident Bill Murray, in mind. Directing advantage: Coppola.

On the other hand, Howard’s a much better actress, perhaps by default. Even in films that critics blasted (“The Village,” “Lady in the Water” and “Spider-Man 3”), her performances often are considered among the sole highlights. Most viewers of “The Godfather: Part III” continue to lament over Coppola’s turn as Mary Corleone, 17 years after the fact. Acting advantage: Howard.

Nonetheless, Howard and Coppola are among the best cases for Hollywood nepotism. Heck, they’ve both worked with Kirsten Dunst — is that good or bad? — so it might be only a matter of time before they work with each other.

(AP photos — Howard: Jennifer Graylock; Coppola: Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Bernie Williams to return to Bronx to play … guitar

Tom Nycz/The Journal News Armonk resident and former New York Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams will be headed back to the Bronx in August, but as far as we know, he won’t be playing center field. He’ll be playing a six-string.

Williams plans to teaming up for a concert with Jose Feliciano and other performers Aug. 18 for “A Night of Peace, Unity & Hope” at the Paradise Theater.

If you haven’t heard Bernie play, he’s no hack. In addition to releasing an album that scored well on the charts, he took the stage with the Allman Brothers in April.

Another Lower Hudson Valley resident scheduled to appear is Hartsdale resident Michael Kay, the primary Yankees play-by-play announcer for the YES Network.

Even more intriguing is the nature of the expected appearances by Jim Leyritz and Darryl Strawberry, who were teammates with Williams when the Yanks won the 1996 World Series. They’ve signed up to take the stage as actors in a production of “The Boy of Steel,” according to The New York Times.

There’s no way Strawberry’s acting will be as awesome as it was in one of my favorite episodes of “The Simpsons” — the same episode in which C. Montgomery Burns repeatedly demands Don Mattingly to “shave those sideburns.”

Breaking: Michael Bloomberg leaves Republican Party

AP Photo/Evan VucciNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who owns property in North Salem and Armonk, formally severed ties with the GOP today, switching his “status from Republican to unaffiliated,” according to the Associated Press.

Bloomberg switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican before his first mayoral campaign.

AP calls the more recent switch “a stunning move certain to be seen as a prelude to an independent presidential bid that would upend the 2008 race,” but also reports that Bloomberg “said the change in voter registration does not mean he is running for president.”

Riiiight.

UPDATE: The Journal News’ Glenn Blain has more information on this defection on the Politics on the Hudson blog.