Chevy Chase backs buddy Bill Clinton at DNC

While watching the Democratic National Convention last night — because, let’s face it, the Yankees are done — I spotted Bedford resident Chevy Chase in the stands. As seen in this photo, he was there cheering on Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton and waving the American flag during his speech.

chevy-flag.jpgUnlike most fairweather celebs who every few years show fleeting support to politicians (usually Democrats, for better and worse), Chase and Clinton are legit buddies.

When Chase was holding an auction in September for his charity, the Center for Environmental Education Online, Clinton agreed to lend his name and time to the cause. At one point in the auction, a bid for lunch with Chase and Clinton reached $51,500. Y’know, tip money.

(AP Photo/The Rocky Mountain News, Rodolfo Gonzalez)

People of the Year — 1. Hillary Clinton


Bet you didn’t see this coming! Since the Chappaqua resident announced her candidacy for President in January, Hillary was dissected like a fifth-grade biology project and analyzed from all angles—from her boisterous laugh, to her fashion sense, to her pacesetting fund-raising, to her poll numbers. Even her choice to wear a cleavage-enhancing V-neck sweater on the Senate floor made news, if only because it reminded us of her subtle, subverted sexuality.

Prediction for 2008: She’s a lock for the Democratic nomination, but the general election will be harder. Most everyone already has his own Rorschach impression of Hillary, but for the small handful of “no opinions� that remain (around six percent of the country), she needs to carefully sculpt her image if she’s going to trade in that big, white Chappaqua manse for her old one in DC.

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

(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)

LoHud celebrities go iPhone crazy!

iphone.jpgOver the holidays, I’ve been hemming and hawing like Hamlet over whether to get an iPhone. The dilemma boils down to this: Come MacWorld Expo in mid-January, is Steve Jobs going to unveil a brand new version of the gadget? iPhone 2.0, complete with GPS, faster 3G connectivity, and of course 16GB of storage? Yes, I’m a geek. And yes, I’ve decided to wait it out. But in the meantime, I can’t get enough of these iPhone rumors, and in the process of searching for them, I also happened to stumble upon a bunch of stories about Lower Hudson Valley stars who have joined the cult of multitouch. Here are just a few of the ones I found:

Bill Clinton: A guy named B. Ioffe broke the news the Chappaqua resident got his iPhone directly from Steve Jobs. How exactly did Ioffe learn this? By asking the former prez to sign the back of his iPhone, of course (go to the link above for a pic of the signed phone). The Unofficial Apple Weblog also makes a funny observation: “If ex-Veep Al Gore is on Apple’s Board of Directors, why didn’t he snag his old buddy an iPhone himself?”

Rosie O’Donnell: In an interview with Switched, a blog devoted to gadgets and the digital life, the South Nyacker says that she (and her partner Kelli) go everywhere with two gadgets: a Nextel walkie-talkie phone and the iPhone. If stranded on a desert island, Rosie/Kelli says, “I would bring my iPhone. You can do just about anything — from e-mailing and surfing the ‘Net to listening to music, watching movies, and taking photos — on it. What more do you need? Well, besides someone to share it with on the island!!!!”

Me, I’m not so sure. That is, unless iPhone 2.0 comes with a built-in swiss army knife (sort of like the one from this classic Conan O’Brian skit). Oh, and Stevie J., if you’re listening, a flint wouldn’t hurt either.

(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Talk show travails, ‘SNL’ regales and Halloween tales


This week’s quiz: Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is moving to L.A., but where are his houses in the Lower Hudson Valley?

A. Harrison and Mahopac
B. Hartsdale and Mamaroneck
C. Haverstraw and Mount Kisco

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

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From presidential power to Matt Lauer, Westchester gets its props on ‘SNL’

billhill.jpgThis weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” opened with the setting of what viewers were told was the Clinton house in Chappaqua for a skit about Hillary Clinton hosting a Halloween party for fellow Democratic presidential candidates.

The skit featured the always-awesome Amy Poehler as Hillary and impressionist extraordinaire Darrell Hammond as Bill, and culminated with a Barack Obama impersonator removing his mask to reveal his true identity: Obama himself!

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams did a really good job hosting, and one of his shining moments was captured in an SNL Digital Short about his work day. Halfway through the two-and-a-half minute clip, Williams opens the window in his 30 Rockefeller Plaza office and pelts former Westchester residents Matt Lauer and Al Roker with pennies; Lauer earned a penny in advance for his thoughts, literally cursing Williams off for the act. Hih. Lare.

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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


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

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

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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie hot for Halloween (as opposed to any other time)

brangelina.jpgFor those among the celebrity-obsessed seeking to be a star for a day, the hot costumes this Halloween are of power couple Brad Pitt and former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie.

US Weekly cites a Captain Morgan/Kelton Research survey of 600 Americans, who rate Brangelina as this year’s most popular celebrity inspiration for holiday get-ups. Presumably, couples who dress up this way will spend the night arguing with each other over who’s more good-looking. Blech.

Other couples popular in the poll were Britney Spears and Kevin Federline; Chappaqua residents Bill and Hillary Clinton; recent Pelham dweller Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes; David Beckham and Posh Spice; and George W. and Laura Bush.

Among the late-night TV show hosts, New Rochelle native Jay Leno beat out North Salem resident David Letterman, among others — just like in the ratings. I’d prefer Letterman as a costume or as a talk show host, myself.

(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Chevy Chase, Howard Stern peace talks continue through charity fundraiser

chevy.jpgOn Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio show Tuesday morning, he and Chevy Chase chatted on the phone for 20 minutes to discuss their turbulent past and plug Stern’s involvement with Chase’s fourth-annual Green School Auction to improve environmental education and services.

Nearly 20 years ago, peace in the Middle East seemed more likely. In the late ’80s, Stern had a far angrier phone exchange with Chase and his wife, Jayni, and the two comedy stars took brutal shots at one another over the airwaves for most of the last two decades.

But in recent years, Stern, who launched his pro career in Briarcliff Manor, and Chase, a Bedford resident, talked in private and began to work out their differences. And at a recent party thrown by Jon Bon Jovi, Stern extended peace talks to Chase’s wife, Jayni, who hadn’t spoken to Stern since the angry phone call.

Relations improved to such an extent that Stern agreed to auction off the prize of sitting in on his talk show for an hour to raise money for the Chases’ charity, the Center for Environmental Education Online. Money raised through the auctions will “educate for sustainability, the science of climate change and supporting healthy food in schools,” according to its Web site. Bidding on the final auction items ends today.

At the time of publishing this post, the current bid for sitting in on the Howard Stern Show ($91,000) was way ahead of having lunch with Chase and his “close friend,” Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton ($51,500); playing pool with Chase and Bedford resident Billy Baldwin ($4,500); meeting former Larchmont resident Joan Rivers for cocktails at NYC’s Cutting Room and a jewelry gift ($2,500); and having Katonah resident Martha Stewart lead a personal tour through her gardens ($1,001). Check out all the bids here.

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Letterman’s the ‘get,’ Moll’s on the ‘Net, and Amurri’s tête-à-tête

Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming interview of North Salem resident David Letterman; “Night Court” star Richard Moll’s Yorktown Heights shoot for an Internet mockumentary; and Eva Amurri’s rejection of the risque role that her mother, Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon, made famous.


After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton and his nephew ran into the family of Al Gore’s oldest daughter at what unusual Manhattan location a couple of weeks ago?

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Out of this world! Clinton, Gore families meet at Mars 2112

bill.jpgFor a few hours Thursday night, it might have looked like the Democratic Party was seeking the crucial interplanetary vote at Mars 2112 restaurant in Manhattan.

According to Ben Widdicombe of the New York Daily News, Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton and his 13-year-old nephew had visited the Central Park Zoo when the former president encountered the family of Al Gore’s eldest daughter, Karenna Gore Schiff. Her daughter, Anna, was reportedly celebrating her 6th birthday there.

I’m hoping that their discussions in the Crystal Crater were moderated by Captain Orion.

(AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

Kate Snow and Bill Clinton on Nightline tonight

tjndc5-5fw583lfvqxjnuftm51_layout.jpgWestchester resident and Good Morning America weekend co-anchor Kate Snow has been traveling with former President Bill Clinton throughout Africa for a series of reports on various ABC News shows. Yesterday she filed a story for GMA.

Tonight, she’ll conclude her reporting on Nightline with what TV Newser calls “an in-depth story.”

Snow has been covering the Chappaqua resident’s various projects throughout the continent. Yesterday, Snow described Clinton as something of a rock star.

<blockquote><div>In Africa, they seem to be on a first-name basis with the former President, shouting Bill, Bill. </div></blockquote>

Some conservative blogs have criticized her story for being overly deferential to the possible future first gentleman.  Tune in tonight and judge for yourself.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) 

Hillary Clinton + Bill Clinton + The Mt. Kisco Coach Diner=The first official Sopranos finale spoof

AP Photo/Toby Talbot

The Democratic front-runner filmed a campaign video Sunday at the Mt. Kisco Coach Diner that spoofed the controversial (re: I hated it, everyone I work with loved it) ending to The Sopranos last week. In Hillary’s version, the Senator walks into the local diner and sits down. Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” is playing in the background, and Hillary scans the room, looking at the various patrons (one of whom is actor Vince Curatola, who played Johnny “Sack” Sacramoni on the HBO mob show; here he’s cast in the infamous “Members Only Jacket Man” role, and ominously walks past the candidate, staring her down (where’s the secret service?)).

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A casually-dressed Bill soon follows her into the diner and sits down. Unlike the greasy onion rings the Sopranos infamously scarfed down in their final scene, Hillary orders a basket of carrots for her husband, who responds, “No onion rings?”
An abstent Chelsea takes on the Meadow role. After Hillary asks “Where’s Chelsea?” we cut to a car tire hitting the curb outside. “Parallel parking,” the former president replies.

“How’s the campaign going?” he asks.

“Well, like you always say, focus on the good times.”

“So what’s the winning song,” he asks, referring to his wife’s monthlong search for a campaign tune.

Hillary: “You’ll see.”

Bill: “My money is on Smash Mouth. Everybody in America wants to know how it’s going to end.”

Hillary: “Ready?”

Just as she drops her change into the juke box, the scene goes black.

On Hillary’s homepage, however, the candidate announced her campaign song would be Celine Dion’s “You and I.”