Legion of LoHud celebs donates artistic skills to benefit Brewster charity

The Columbus Day Parade has gone to the dogs!

Well, art shaped like dogs. Whatever. It’s a good cause. Stay with me here.

This Monday, the artwork of celebrities – many with a connection to the Lower Hudson Valley – will be paraded down the streets of New York City as part of an initiative to raise money for a Brewster charity.

gere.jpgAbout 30 celebs painted life-sized fiberglass dogs that will be aboard a float in the city’s Columbus Day Parade. Among the artistic celebs with a local connection are Pound Ridge residents Richard Gere (pictured) and Clive Davis; Bedford residents Chevy Chase, Glenn Close, Robert Kennedy Jr., Paul Shaffer and Martha Stewart; Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams; North Salem resident and John Jay High School alumnus Stanley Tucci; and former Putnam County resident Judge Judy Sheindlin.

The money raised through a subsequent auction will benefit Green Chimneys, a 60-year-old non-profit organization that operates a special education school, a residential treatment center for children and a farm and wildlife rehabilitation center in Brewster. The auction ends Nov. 1.

For the rest of October, the dogs will be on display at the TimeWarner Center in Columbus Circle.

Among the other celebrities to apply their palates to fake pups were Fiona Apple, Rachael Ray, Robin Quivers, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Goodall, Cyndi Lauper, Soledad O’Brien, Joe Piscopo, Mike Richter and Bill Walton.

Check out and bid on all the dogs at www.CharityFolks.com and learn more about Green Chimneys at www.GreenChimneys.org.

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

At least 11 Emmy noms with Lohud connections, score!

The Suburbarazzi has been fishing through the list of Emmy nominees and we’ve come up with quite a hefty list of connections to the lower Hudson Valley. Leave a comment if you find more.

Lead Actress in a Drama
Glenn Close, Damages — house in Bedford

Actress In a Miniseries or a Movie
Susan Sarandon, Bernard And Doris — home in Pound Ridge

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty — lives in Chappaqua

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Kevin Dillon, Entourage — grew up in Mamaroneck

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Audra McDonald, Raisin in the Sun — Lives in Croton

Guest Actor in a Comedy
Rip Torn, 30 Rock — arrested for DUI in North Salem in 2007

Guest Actor in a Drama
Stanley Tucci, ER — went to John Jay in Katonah, lives in North Salem

Guest Actress in a Comedy
Edie Falco, 30 Rock — went to SUNY Purchase

Guest Actress in a Drama
Ellen Burstyn, Big Love — Lives in Nyack


Best Made for TV Movie
Raisin in the Sun, executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs — grew up in Mount Vernon

(Diddy: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello; Susan Sarandon: AP Photo/Martial Trezzini)

Will William Hurt be the next baddie on ‘Damages’?

One of the big question marks hanging over the season finale of damages is whether Ted Danson’s character, Arthur Frobisher, is actually dead or not? He’s shot in the season finale by a disgruntled former employee, but we never actually see him in a coffin.

tjndc5-5kdljlkjp2qz9uu7f37_layout.jpgWell, if the casting for season 2 is any indication, I’m betting that yes, Danson is dust. Sneden’s Landing resident William Hurt has been cast in one of the key roles. As Newsday reported, “anonymous ‘insiders’ [say] that Hurt’s character will have both a personal and professional history with Patty [Hewes],” the duplicitious lawyer played by Bedford resident Glenn Close that the series revolves around.

You may remember that, like in their television roles, Close and Hurt also go way back. Both starred in “The Big Chill.”

As for Danson, it’s hard to imagine where his plot could go from here. With an A-lister of Hurt’s magnitude joining the cast, I’m guessing that Danson won’t get any more lines than Kevin Costner did in the “Chill.” For those who don’t remember, he played the dead guy.

(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Glenn Close to daughter: Act, act, act!

Usually superstar actors and actresses encourage their spawn to take up another line of work. tjndc5-5b3i292djmbky2rk6jt_layout1.jpgBut not Bedford’s Glenn Close. According to a comment she made to OK! Magazine, close wants her 19-year-old daughter Annie to follow in her footsteps. Quoth the bunny boiler:

“I would love for my daughter to act. I don’t know if she will but I can’t think of a better profession. I’ve never been able to understand why some people do something for their whole life and then decide that they don’t want their kids to do it. I’ve had a fantastic life in this industry. I can’t think of a more exciting thing for my daughter to do.”

(Close and daughter Annie in 2001: Rohanna Mertens for The Journal News)

Oscars, Suburbarazzi-style: Local nominees and recent winners

oscar2.jpgThis 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 “The Little Mermaid,â€? and his most recent ones were in the same categories for songs from “Pocahontas.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

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Golden Globes results, Mary J. Blige’s doping controversy, and “Celebrity Apprentice”


The quiz for this week:

Should John Edwards come in a distant 3rd in the upcoming South Carolina primary, many pundits predict he’ll be out of the race. Which Lower Hudson Valley star has been campaigning for him down there to make sure that doesn’t happen?

A. Tim Robbins, of Pound Ridge
B. Ralph Lauren, of Bedford
C. Kimberly Williams, born in Rye (By the way, I mistakenly said she lives in Rye in the studio — totally wrong. She hasn’t lived there in years.)
D. Vanessa Williams, of Chappaqua

The answer is at the end of the video and after the break.
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I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press … pass the Jim Beam

So, where was Glenn Close, the only Lower Hudson Valley star who won a Golden Globe (Best Actress in a TV Drama), on Sunday when she got the news? Boozing it up in the city apparently:

<blockquote><div>”I was at the Brass Monkey Bar in the Meatpacking District in New York, watching it on TV with a bunch of the cast and crew. I was drinking bourbon on the rocks. It was great. This huge cheer went up.”</div></blockquote>

Bourbon on the rocks. Outstanding.


(AP Photo/FX, Larry Riley)

Golden Globes Results: 7 out of 25 isn’t so bad, is it?


Oh right, it is. Really bad. Almost as bad as having an Access Hollywood edition of the Globes instead of the real thing.
Mind you, those seven correct guesses don’t even come from my selecting the stars with the strongest connection to the Lower Hudson Valley. In a story that ran in last Friday’s paper (in The Line), I broke down the categories by who “Will Win” versus who “Should Win” (which translates to which nominees grew up in Westchester, Rockland, or Putnam, or at least have some tenuous connection to the region). If we’re going off those picks, we scored a remarkably bad 1 for 25. Only Glenn Close, who lives in Bedford and won the best actress in a TV drama prize, did the region proud.

I did a little better with my “Will Win” picks, getting no-brainers like Cate Blanchett, Javier Bardem, Ratatouille, and Jeremy Piven right. As for the others? Let’s just say I’m glad my vacation last week didn’t involve a trip to Vegas. It’s all fine and good to know which local celebs to root for, but betting on stars based solely on their LoHud connections — bad, bad idea.

That said, if there’s anyone out there who managed to pick Marion Cotillard (for actress in a comedy), Jon Hamm (for actor in a TV drama), David Duchovny (for actor in a TV comedy), or Mad Men (for best dramatic TV series) … well, you’re obviously cheating.

“List of Golden Globes Winners” [LoHud]

“Suburbarazzi’s (horribly wrong) Golden Globes Predictions” [LoHud]

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

SAG Award nominees announced, more lovin for the LoHud


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 – “A Mighty Heartâ€? (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 – 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 – Mitch Albom’s For One More Day (ABC): Burstyn lives in Nyack

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Glenn Close / Patty Hewes – Damages (FX): Lives in Bedford
Edie Falco / Carmela Soprano – The Sopranos (HBO): Attended SUNY Purchase

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin / Jack Donaghy – 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 – 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)

‘There Will Be Gummi Bears’: LoHud celeb reactions to the Golden Globe nods

Just a few kneejerk reactions from this morning’s nominees from the Lower Hudson Valley:

close.jpgGlenn Close:

The Bedford resident learned that she’d been nominated for her role as Patty Hewes in “Damages” from a friend in Florida while visiting her hometown of Greenwich, CT. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she said that her sinister lawyer character was being recognized because “she keeps people off balance all the time, and people are intrigued by that.” Close also told the AP, “My least favorite part is trying to figure out what to wear. Everything else is pretty much wonderful.”

There was also this extended quote, courtesy USA Today:


“This is particularly sweet and thrilling, to be on the ground floor of something like this, with the three writers (Glenn Kessler, Todd Kessler and Daniel Zelman). I took the series on the strength of their pilot and you think, ‘Well, hopefully they’ll come up with other good stuff.’ To watch them week after week come up with wonderful and very sophisticated twists and turns was just the most wonderful ride. So I’m particularly proud for them. And then to have the joy of seeing Ted’s work and him being recognized for it and Rose Byrne, it’s very gratifying. And I hope our cast and crew feel the way I do, because everybody worked really heard. So it’s really nice to celebrate this way.�</div></blockquote>

sorkin.jpgAaron Sorkin:

The Scarsdale native, who is nominated for best screenplay for “Charlie Wilson’s War,” told The Hollywood Reporter that his celebrating will include picking up his daughter from school. “I’m sure there will be Gummi bears.”

(Close: AP Photo/FX, Larry Riley; Sorkin: Tom Nycz/The Journal News)

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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People of the Year — 16. Glenn Close

itw_people13.jpgLock up the bunnies! The Fatal Attraction star and Bedford resident was back on TV this year as the star of the new FX series Damages, in arguably her most sinister role to date (she snuffs out a family pet here, too, only this time it’s a dog). In the show, she plays litigator Patty Hewes, a morally malevolent type who sinks her teeth into a season-long case against a Ken Lay-type billionaire (Ted Danson). Even though the series likely won’t be renewed, Close’s Emmy-worthy performance is reason enough to Netflix the DVDs or tune into the next season of the show.

Prediction for 2008: Close is set to star as Norma Desmond in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard (which is based on the 1950 film). Having won a Tony for the role on Broadway, she could finally get a shot at a long-overdue Oscar.

UPDATE: In preparing the initial version of this writeup, everyone through Damages wouldn’t see a second season. Everyone was wrong. Thanks to the wise, patient folks at FX, the show got reupped in November — for two seasons, no less. Read more on the deal in my Nov. 14 post.

Adapted from “People of the Year,� InTown Westchester, December 2007

(AP Photo / Chris Pizzello)