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).


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]

(AP Photo/PA, Yui Mok)

Panettiere in the running for World’s Sexiest Vegetarian 2008

It’s one thing for Carrie Underwood to beat out the likes of LoHudders like Bryce Dallas Howard, Billy Baldwin, and Chynna Phillips to win the title of World’s Sexiest Vegetarian 2007? But there’s NO WAY we’re letting Palisades native Hayden Panettiere lose in the PETA version of the contest this year. Especially given that she’s already in like Flynn with animal activists, thanks do her dolphin do-goodery, and that her boyfriend, Heroes costar Milo Ventimiglia, is also nominated.

Currently she’s at #3 in the voting with 1,426 votes, behind Alyssa Milano (1,948) and Natelie Portman (1,575), and Ventimiglia is at #4 on the male leader board. I’m not sure exactly what the deadline for the contest is, so head over now and cast your vote before it’s too late.


link: World’s Sexiest Vegetarian 2008

The Golden Globe nominations are just one big Lower Hudson Valley lovefest


Palisades native and “Heroes” hottie Hayden Panettiere was Ms. Golden Globe today, given the honors of doling out the nominations alongside “Smokin’ Aces” star Ryan Reynolds and director Quentin Tarantino. Sadly, her show was totally shut out of every category. Ouch!

Fortunately, plenty of other LoHudders fared better.

Here’s a quick scorecard of which of the nominations have strong ties to the Lower Hudson Valley. In other words, all things being equal, these are the guys and gals to root for:


• AMERICAN GANGSTER: Stars Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington and filmed while Russell Crowe was living in Nyack

• THE GREAT DEBATERS: Directed by and starring Denzel

• MICHAEL CLAYTON: Stars Mamaroneck native (and former Winged Foot caddy) Michael O’Keefe, aka Noonan from “Caddyshack,” in a supporting role; features an early scene with George Clooney in Westchester, trying to put out a legal fire for an executive who has just gotten into a car accident.


• ANGELINA JOLIE – A MIGHTY HEART: Raised in Sneden’s Landing

The rest of the nominations are after the break …

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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)

LoHudders Kevin Kline and Bryce Dallas Howard team up for ‘As You Like It’

AP Photos/Chris Pizzello

I’ve been looking to write something about Kevin Kline for a while now — if only to remind the Suburbarazzi faithful that he lives up in Garrison with wife Phoebe Cates (note the addition to our Suburbarazzi Star Map). And as luck would have it, HBO’s production of the “As You Like It,” which TV Guide says is set to debut August 21, is the perfect excuse. The Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation of the bard’s play stars Kline, along with Byram Hills grad Bryce Dallas Howard and recent “Hoax” costar Alfred Molina.

Thanks to F.O.S. Amy Vernon for the tip.

Is Billy, Chynna, Bryce or Chelsea the ‘World’s Sexiest Vegetarian’?


Are you the sexiest vegetarian celebrity in the world? Or are you at least a vegetarian with millions of fans who have nothing better to do than to stuff Internet ballot boxes? Either way, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has an award for you.

With connections to the Lower Hudson Valley, power couple Billy Baldwin and Chynna Phillips join Bryce Dallas Howard and Chelsea Clinton as nominees for PETA’s annual award for “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian.”

Howard, an alumna of Byram Hills High School in Armonk, arguably is the region’s hottest prospect, after heating up the screen with all eight-and-a-half lines she had as Gwen Stacy in “Spider-Man 3.” Baldwin and Phillips, who live in Bedford, also are on the list as separate entries. (Phillips was acknowledged as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 1991, but it’s uncertain if that’s an asset or liability in 2007.) Clinton, whose politico parents live in Chappaqua these days, also is up for the trophy.

Last year’s winners? The stunning “Veronica Mars” herself, Kristen Bell, and some dude named Prince.

Vote if you must. I’m off to get a cheeseburger. In the meantime, I’ll ask Suburbarazzi readers the following: Who’s the Lower Hudson Valley’s Sexiest Vegetarian (or Carnivore)? Post your answer in the comments section below.

(All file photos by Associated Press. Photo of Phillips by Tina Fineberg. Photo of Baldwin by Chitose Suzuki. Photo of Howard by Jennifer Graylock. Photo of Clinton by Seth Wenig.)

Support your neighbors … at the movies

Suburbarazzi’s (semi-) weekly look at which current films have connections to the Lower Hudson Valley:

• “The Ex” — Zach Braff is a 30-something slacker forced to take a job at a new age advertising agency when his pregnant wife (Amanda Peet) quits hers. There he encounters wheelchair-bound ad man Chip (Rye native Jason Bateman), who just happens to be infatuated with his wife and is making attempts to sabotage him. Much as I’ve been looking forward to this movie, which was originally titled “Fast Track” and supposed to come out in 2006 (see my previous post, “Fast Track takes the excruciatingly slow track”), the 32 score on Metacritic doesn’t bode well. But ah, forget that. It was filmed in Nyack and features Bateman: Reason enough to go see it.

• “Spider-Man 3” — In case you didn’t notice this post, or this one, or this one, the latest Spidey installment stars Bryce Dallas Howard, who once lived in Armonk and graduated from Byram Hills HS. Yes, she’s only on screen for about eight lines of dialog, but oh, that bleached blond hair is totally worth the price of admission. Metacritic score: 60

• “The Hoax” — Pound Ridge resident Richard Gere stars as Clifford Irving, the guy who somehow managed to sell a phony biography of Howard Hughes to publishers in the ’70s. Make sure to go see this one while its still in the theaters (and Gere is still safe from India’s hyper-prudish court system). Metacritic score: 70

• “The Namesake” — This film, about an Indian family’s assimilation into the United States, was shot in Eastchester (the main home used for the Gangulii family), Yonkers (the parents’ initial apartment in the U.S.), and Nyack (the library). And oddly, it’s the perfect complement to “The Hoax.” This film delves into many Indian cultural taboos, such as public displays of affection. Once you’ve seen Kal Penn’s character cringing as Jacinda Barrett kisses his on-screen parents, you’ll have some sense of why some people in India freaked out over Gere passionately smooching actress Shilpa Shetty. Metacritic score: 82

How do you say ‘you’re pregnant’ to Bryce Dallas Howard — in Turkish?

tjndc5-5bsuizcbuu9mpu0f13p_layout.jpgIf you thought starting a blog about Lower Hudson Valley celebrities was a bit of a stretch, what about one devoted entirely to the adulation of celebuspawn? Meet the Celebrity Baby Blog.

It’s an impressively narrow scope for a blog. So, outside of the regular posts on Shiloh and Suri, how do they keep things fresh? For starters, like us, they’re quick to break out Byram Hills grad Bryce Dallas Howard.

This post about the Spider-Man 3 star reveals more than you could have ever wanted to know about her two-month-old son Theo (good name). Among the random trivia (most of which was gleaned from an appearance Howard made on “The Tonight Show”): Howard and her husband Seth Gabel learned she was pregnant a week after their wedding, while on a Turkish cruise ship with the extended Howard clan. During the trip she started to feel ill and decided to take a pregnancy test. Unfortunately, the test her dad, Ron Howard (of Greenwich), and other family members bought wasn’t all that useful: It was written entirely in Turkish.

When nobody else on the boat spoke Turkish, she found a tour guide to translate. “We got to the end of that phrase and I was like, Okay, so what does that mean?” Howard said. “And he said, ‘Put the stick between your legs and urinate.’ Finally we got down to the bottom and he figured out and said, Congratulations, youre pregnant.”

Click the link below for plenty more details on Bryce’s baby — like how Howard ditched her plan for a homebirth, how Ron showed up in the delivery room to direct, and then how Ron turned as green as “The Grinch” when Theo made his debut.

“How Bryce Dallas Howard found out she was pregnant” [Celebrity Baby Blog]

(AP Photo/Phil McCarten)

Worst ‘Spider-Man’ still pretty darn awesome

OK, it absolutely pains me to phrase it this way, but I just saw “Spider-Man 3” and it’s the worst of the three Spidey movies.

Wait, wait! Don’t post angry comments just yet! It’s still a really fun summer movie and I really enjoyed it. I’d give it a B+, overall. But because I gave the first movie an A and the first sequel an A+, it’s tough to improve upon, or even match up to, the franchise precedent.

Byram Hills High School alumna Bryce Dallas Howard is great (and, yes, looks great) in the flick, delivering a nuanced performance to what could have been a one-dimensional role, especially with her Gwen Stacy speaking fewer lines than I anticipated. In fact, she and a whole cluster of new actors (Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church, James Cromwell, among others) don’t get enough screen time to make as great of an impact as, say, Alfred Molina did in “Spider-Man 2.”

Grace’s smarm and Church’s pathos contribute to solid performances, and scene-stealers include the always-fun J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson), always-underrated Elizabeth Banks (Miss Brant) and the possibly-never-heralded-until-now Mageina Tovah (Ursula, the daughter of Peter Parker’s landlord). And director Sam Raimi’s favorite go-to guy, Bruce Campbell, is pitch-perfect in his one scene as a maître d’.

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Bryce Dallas Howard part of Spider-Mania


(OK, so I’m excited.)

bry.jpgThe “Spider-Man” movie franchise is the only set of movies in my life that I’ve seen in theatres on their day of release. I’m obsessed enough to admit that at 12:30 today, I’m heading over to the New Roc IMAX to see the next (last?) installment, featuring Byram Hills High School alumna Bryce Dallas Howard in her first (last?) appearance as Gwen Stacy.

If time allows today, I’ll post a review (with no spoilers, I promise) of both the movie and Howard’s performance.


(Associated Press file photo by Jennifer Graylock)