If you’re a celebrity without a band on the side, you might not really be a celebrity.
Howard Stern sidekick Fred Norris returns with his trio, King Norris, to Burke’s Bar this Saturday. On Feb. 9, the last time he was at the Yonkers venue, Norris picked me out of the crowd and likened me to the “Verizon Guy.” It seems like only yesterday; so, yes, I can hear him now. Saturday’s showtime is 10:30 p.m.
Of course, when Norris performed at Mickey Spillane’s in Eastchester in December, Suburbarazzi had a field day with that, too.
Later in May, Kevin Bacon and his brother, Michael, will head to Garrison to perform an afternoon gig for Riverkeeper’s 19th Annual Shad Fest.
Admission to the festival’s not cheap — $75 per adult, $25 children for visitors ages 9 to 20 — but the celebration will donate all event proceeds to programs that protect the Hudson River and regional watershed areas. The festival runs rain or shine from noon to 5 p.m., May 18, at Boscobel Restoration (1601 Route 9D). The Bacon Brothers are scheduled to gig there that day at 3:30 p.m.
(AP Photo of Norris by Stuart Ramson; AP Photo of Bacon by Chris Pizzello)
This Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST, Ted Mann and I will join TV reporter Karen DePodwin for a live RNN segment about Sunday’s Academy Awards. I’ll be wearing my tux for only the third time since my senior year in college, so the comedic value of that alone might be worth the tune-in. Here’s a preview of one of the topics slated for discussion.
Stars with a connection to the Lower Hudson Valley have done very well for themselves at the Oscars over the years, and 2008 is no exception.
Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, a New Rochelle native and North Salem resident, has been nominated three times for his songs from the Disney movie “Enchanted.” He took home his first two trophies for Best Song and Best Score for Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Little Mermaid,Ã¢â‚¬? and his most recent ones were in the same categories for songs from Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pocahontas.Ã¢â‚¬? In total, he’s been nominated for a whopping 18 Oscars, but hasn’t won one since 1996.
First-time nominee and sentimental favorite Ruby Dee, a New Rochelle resident, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her part in “American Gangster,” starring Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington and former Nyack dweller Russell Crowe — both of whom are Oscar-winners themselves.
LoHud also has at least two representatives in the Best Documentary/Short Subject category, including Ossining High School alumnus Francisco Bello (for “Salim Baba”) and former Croton-on-Hudson resident Cynthia Wade (for “Freeheld”).
After the break, check out a list of some other prominent current and former residents of the Lower Hudson Valley who have won or have been nominated for an Oscar in the last 30 years. Continue reading
My apologies for the horrendous screen-cap. Not my best freeze-frame.
At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: With everyone from the Foo Fighters to Alicia Keys in attendance, Clive DavisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ pre-Grammy party has become almost as celebrated as the ceremony itself. Where does the music mogul live in Westchester County?
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Forget the Oscars. Nominees for the third-annual Kevin Kline Awards were announced Jan. 25.
The Garrison resident and Academy Award-winner for whom the trophies are named hails from St. Louis, where local theater actors and crew members will walk away winners on March 20.
The decision to name the awards after Kline was not his idea, although he’s honored by the tribute, according to a quote posted on the awards’ Web site:
I’ve long been under the impression that people didn’t lend their names to awards until after they had died. I’m in pretty good health right now, and feeling all the better for having received this lovely and unexpected honor. It’s gratifying to think that I can continue to be associated with theater excellence in the city where so many of my earliest theater impressions were formed.
If this trend keeps up, maybe his wife will get in on the act. Could the Phoebe Cates Awards be held in her native New York City?
At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: In what year did “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” hit No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts?
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)
Garrison resident Kevin Kline was a show-stopper in more ways than one for a recent staging of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” according to a report by Cindy Adams in today’s New York Post.
In the middle of a packed house for a Wednesday night performance of the Broadway revival, a “little bald old man” in row Q yelled “Speak up louder!”
Kline never faltered. In character, right in the middle of his scene, he adlibbed, ‘Methinks I hear ghosts in the theater.’ The audience broke up. They applauded. And the play moved right along. But from then on, the speech level didst indeed kick up a notch.
Personally, I would have preferred if Kline broke into mime for the remainder of the show, but he’s a classier guy than I am.
(Photo by Michal Daniel)
“Blind Date,” directed by North Salem resident Stanley Tucci, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. He also cowrote the screenplay for the film about a married couple overcoming personal tragedy.
But Tucci won’t be the only representative of the Lower Hudson Valley showcasing work at the 11-day festival in Utah.
Props also go to the team from Ironbound Films in Garrison for their documentary, “The Linguists,” about dying language dialects. Ironbound Films — which includes Seth Kramer of Red Hook, Daniel Miller of Cold Spring and Jeremy Newberger of Yorktown — might sound familiar to Suburbarazzi readers; it filmed “Night Court” star Richard Moll in Newberger’s house for the internet mockumentary “The Fantastic Two.”
Kudos also go to Putnam Valley resident Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who directed “The Black List,” which features interviews with 20 African-American leaders for his documentary. “Black List” is his second representation at Sundance. His first, “Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart,” appeared on Utah’s prestigious screens about a decade ago.
Only 64 films from 3,624 submissions will play at the festival, which runs from Jan. 17-27. So congrats to our local reps!
Check out the descriptions of each movie on the Sundance Web site. And read more about the local filmmakers in Barbara Livingston Nackman’s article, appearing next week in The Journal News and on LoHud.com.
(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
I’m not sure if the United Nations building has a built-in movie theater, but if it does, I bet it has the best concession stand in New York City.
Garrison resident Kevin Kline headed over to that cool flat building on 1st Avenue yesterday to screen his new film, “Trade.”
The movie focuses on the kidnapping and sale of a Mexican girl and Polish woman as part of a human trafficking network. According to Reuters, the Oscar-winner “plays a Texas policeman who with the girl’s brother sets off on a dangerous rescue attempt.”
No word on whether the film had subtitles in so many languages that they obscured the entire screen, or whether the diplomats’ translators were working overtime to not only translate the dialogue, but also change their voices to fit each character. How does one say “I don’t believe voice-over artist is part of my job description” in Italian?
Late 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.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢SERIES (DRAMA): “The Sopranos” (parts filmed in LoHud; starred SnedenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢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.
Earlier this week, Ted Mann and I chatted with RNN’s Stacy-Ann Gooden about a few of the Emmy nominees with connections to the Lower Hudson Valley. Given time constraints, we only had so much time to debate a few of the candidates, but thanks to the good ol’-fashioned(?) blog, we can offer our takes on which LoHud celebs we think, and hope, will win at Sunday’s ceremony.
Keep in mind that a couple of celebs with a local connection already had their fates decided at “ceremonies held earlier.” North Salem resident Stanley Tucci won Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on “Monk.” (My gripe: Why wasn’t Paul Reubens’ hilarious performance as Gerhardt on “30 Rock” even nominated?) And while Suffern native Tim Daly didn’t win Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama for his appearance on “The Sopranos,” the winner in that category — John Goodman — appeared on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” created by Scarsdale native Aaron Sorkin.
Ted found legit connections to the Lower Hudson Valley in eight major categories. We’ll give you a couple of teasers before the break. Check out the rest of our predictions and rooting interests after the break.
1. SERIES (DRAMA)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢“Grey’s Anatomy” (stars Katherine Heigl from nearby New Canaan)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢“Heroes” (stars Palisades native Hayden Panettiere)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢“The Sopranos” (parts filmed in LoHud; starred SnedenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Landing homeowner Lorraine Bracco)
CHRIS: Thinks “The Sopranos” will win and wants “The Sopranos” to win.
TED: Thinks “The Sopranos” will win and wants “The Sopranos” to win.
2. SERIES (COMEDY)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢“Entourage” (stars MamaroneckÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Kevin Dillon)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢”Two and a Half Men”
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢“Ugly Betty” (stars ChappaquaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Vanessa Williams)
CHRIS: Thinks “Ugly Betty” will win but wants “30 Rock” to win.
TED: Thinks “The Office” will win but wants “30 Rock” to win.
Is there a Shakespeare production in NYC that doesn’t feature Kevin Kline? The Garrison resident has starred recently in everything from “King Lear” to “Henry IV,” as well as the HBO adaptation of “As You Like It” and other plays like “Mother Courage.” Now the word is that he’ll take the title role in “Cyrano de Bergerac” in a production of the play this fall on Broadway. The best part: Jennifer Garner will star opposite him as Roxanne.
According to the NY Post, the play should run 10 weeks and it will begin in October.
(Kline: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello; Garner: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)