Liveblog: George Clooney in Pelham

Keep in mind: I’m attempting to do this on an iPhone. Excuse the typos and hurried language. Ok, here goes.

6:42 Just arrived. I’m guessing the audience is 80-90 percent women. No Clooney. Yet.

7:00 Packed house. Standing room only. The Picture House officials tell me the event sold out in 1 minute.

7:11 Roll tape. New Picture House documentary. Very slick.

7:15 New Picture House motto: “Life Art Popcorn”


Catchy, no?

Jennifer Christman now giving fundraising speech.

7:25 Movie just began. Woman to my right is complaining about the bright iPhone screen. Gotta stop typing. (Besides, what do you really care what I think about “Leatherheads”?) See you in a couple hours.

8:30 Quick visit to lobby to pick up Sour Patch Kids. Throngs of young kids assembled outside, behind police barricades, waiting for Clooney to show. Still no sign of the man.


9:10 Movie over.

Christian introduces Travers.

Travers calls down Clooney.


Standing o

9:15 Clooney tried out for Cincy Reds. Who knew?

9:17 Rosanne Barr memories

Time mag article

Happy belated birthday to Clooney (he turned 47 yesterday)

9:20 Clooney: “This movie bombed. Bombed badly”


9:25 Clooney on the recent Time mag cover: “the ‘Last Movie Star’ … well, it’s better than being last reality TV star”

9:28 Clooney on batman: “the nipples on the suit were for feeding little bats”

9:30 Remember, “Out of Sight” and “O Brother” bombed too

9:35 Clooney thankful for “Ladykillers” — the only Coen bros. movies considered more of a bomb than his

9:38 Stories on growing up clooney (I’ll post quotes later. Can’t type fast enough)

9:45 “Oscar campaigns are like Hillary-Barack”

More Darfur stories

9:56 Questions from audience

Clooney not psyched to mediate with pipeline terrorists

9:59 Q: boxers or briefs?
A: when acting, I like to go commando

10:02 Darfur — “It gnaws at me”

Clooney NOT running for political office

10:25 Last question

Crowd sings Clooney Happy Birthday

Clooney signs autographs for screaming Pelham teenage girls



Clooney and I hop into Chevy Suburban to go booze it up with Danny DeVito and a bottle of Limoncello


Thanks for reading

More quotes and pics from the event tomorrow

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)