Aidan Quinn cast as ‘Motor City’ mogul

Former Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn hasn’t had the best luck with network TV series of late. First there was his turn as a pill-popping priest NBC’s “The Book of Daniel,” which got canceled after four episodes. Then there was his turn in the legal drama “Canterbury’s Law” on FOX, which made it to a whole six episodes before being dropped by the net last May.

tjndc5-5b5s9a753mbzj3k1ezi_layout.jpgI would have thought that those two, Quinn might have turned all his attention back to movies (or at least HBO movies, like “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” which earned him an Emmy nod). But not so fast.

We just learned that he’s been cast in the new ABC series “Prince of Motor City.” It’s sort of a Bill Ford as Hamlet kind of role. The other lead role in the series will be played by Rutger Hauer. Thow in the rest of the decent-sounding cast—Andie MacDowell, Piper Perabo, John Carroll Lynch, and Sharon Lawrence for starters—and after two-strikeouts, Quinn may finally have a possible hit on his hands.

The Hollywood Reporter is already calling it the “Dirty Sexy Money” of the pilot season. By which we can only assume they mean, a really strong ensemble show that gets off to an outstanding first season … and then has an interminable Sopranos-like hiatus before its next season.

(AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Hayden Panettiere joins Funkmaster Flex in the Ford family

Looking strikingly similar to Chynna Phillips, Palisades native Hayden Panettiere attended Ford’s Flex Rally 2008 in LA last week. She sported a new short do for the event. The charity event, which involved 10 celebrity teams driving around brand new 2009 Ford Flex crossover vehicles on a treasure hunt, was also attended by Panettiere’s “Heroes” co-star Greg Grunberg (pictured below, with Panettiere), who played with his group, “Band from TV,” which also features Hugh Laurie, Teri Hatcher, and Jesse Spencer.



Not sure if the new car has much to do with Dobbs Ferry’s Funkmaster Flex, who has his own line of Ford vehicles, but it’s good to see him ‘Flex’ imprimatur turning up on other cars. How long before we see the Hayden Hatchback: Heroes Edition out on the road?

(Panettiere and Grunberg: Shea Walsh/AP Images for Ford; Ford Flex: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

Pimped out 2008 Ford Expedition Funkmaster Flex Edition arrives in dealerships

So, aside from a 300-horsepower, 5.4-liter, V-8, with 6-speed automatic transmission and about a thousand tons of steel, what do you get standard with a Funkmaster Flex Ford (or FMF for short)? Try this on for size:

• 3dCarbon body kit with custom front/rear fascia and side skirts
• Two-tone Black and Colorado Red paint with Orange pinstriping
• Funkmaster Flex chrome badges on fenders
• Second-row captain’s chairs
• 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels
• Black leather interior with contrasting Colorado red stitching
• Funkmaster Flex stitched logo headrests
• Unique floormats with FMF logo
• Limited-edition Funkmaster Flex numbered dash plaque
• SIRIUS® Satellite Radio
All these features, dreamed up by the the Dobbs Ferry DJ, can be yours for $40,910, including $900 for destination and delivery charges.

An impulsive, angry White Plains dentist who will shove people away from the vehicle with vicious authority? That costs extra.

(Seriously, check that video out. If anyone out there actually goes to this dentist, William Moody, please, please be careful!)

Ride shotgun with Funkmaster Flex

Funkmaster FlexAre you as excited as I am for season two of Flex’s reality TV series, “Car Wars with Funkmaster Flex,” debuting this Sunday, May 20, on ESPN2? No?

Well, what about actually winning an official Funkmaster Flex Edition Ford Explorer? How good is that?!

Let me explain: Besides the TV show, the hip-hop guru (who has an office in Dobbs Ferry) is also launching his own Flunkmaster Flex Custom Car and Bike Show Tour, with nine stops around the U.S. and Canada. At any one of those give sites, you may also get to meet stars like Nas, T.I., Jim Jones, Cam’ron, Fat Joe, Ghostface, T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, and my personal favorite, Q-Tip.

Locally, the tour will make stops in both Edison, NJ (June 23), and Hartford, CT (July 21). And yes, there’s a contest to give away a free Explorer at one of the events. To enter, send an email to <a href=””></a> with the subject: “Funkmaster Flex Ticket Giveaway.â€? Make sure to indicate which show you want to go to and enter no less than 7 days before the event.

“Win Tickets To The Funkmaster Flex Car Show” [SOHH BLOG]

(photo: Ford Motor Company)