‘Razzi Rundown: Where alliteration lives, puns are fun and timeliness is optional

Disclaimer: I’m an avid reader of BestWeekEver.tv, one of my favorite non-LoHud blogs out there these days. So if this quick-hitter format and source material looks familiar, it is, and I’m coming clean with that up-front. Plagiarism kills, kids!

jayz.jpgRINGDOM COME: New Scarsdale resident Jay-Z is finally wearing a wedding ring these days. You might have “the hottest chick in the game wearin’ (your) chain,” Shawn, but Beyoncé seems pretty intent on your wearing jewels of Hova matrimony. (Source: MollyGood via BestWeekEver.tv)

MUNCH SINGS!: My friend and comedienne extraordinaire Abbi Crutchfield caught comedian Richard Belzer’s recent act at Comix, where he was lauded by Robert Klein of Briarcliff Manor from the crowd and backed by Bedford’s Paul Shaffer and the Belzonics on stage. No word on if Ice-T offered similar musical collaboration, which surely would have been accompanied by the echoey “Law & Order” gavel. (Source: The Apiary)

PANETTIERE IS FRENCH FOR ‘PARKING ANYWHERE’: “Heroes” star and Palisades native Hayden Penettiere appears to have been busted for a parking violation. It’s unknown if similar fines are pending for a subpar second season. (Source: I’m Not Obsessed via BestWeekEver.tv)

BA-ED NEWS, GOO-ED NEWS: Ed McMahon, whose family once lived in Bronxville, is being sued for money he allegedly owes his daughter’s divorce attorney. At least his new gig helping out Jimmy Kimmel will help Ed pay off his McMahon-sion. Hiyo! (Source: E!)

VIEIRON MAIDEN: With Irvington resident Meredith Vieira on lead vocals, former Yorktown resident Al Roker on drums and former Chappaqua-Ardsley-Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer on “guitar,” the Today Show’s attempt to play Rock Band is almost as bizarre as the Willard Scott ditty that follows it. (Source: BestWeekEver.tv.)


Willie Randolph: Still the One

All you die-hard Mets fans out there, if you’re still wondering how exactly the Willie Randolph firing went down, or if you just want to publicly apologize to the former manager on behalf of the Mets organization, now’s your chance. We hear it on good authority that Randolph will be at One restaurant in Irvington tonight.

tjndc5-5khygkiqtva3q3ab80f_layout.jpgWhile our colleagues in the sports department have already gotten word that he won’t, under any circumstances, talk about baseball-related things, our source says, “he would talk to you about how much he LOVES the restaurant.”

(Randolph: AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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

People of the Year — 19. Meredith Vieira

itw_people16.jpgA year after departing The View for Today, the Irvington resident has proved she made a smart move. Among her exclusive “gets� in 2007: J.K. Rowling and Valerie Plame. And she would have had Paris Hilton’s first post-jail interview, if not for Larry King (the rat!). Of course, Vieira had her share of on-air gaffes this year, too. In February she shared one of her dreams, in which she’s naked in a bunker with Diane Sawyer. And in April, she cracked two teeth after an ice skating face-plant.

Prediction for 2008: While her salary of $10 mil a year ain’t bad, Matt Lauer still gets 30 percent more. Time for Vieira to start earning Katie Couric-caliber cash.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Forbes’ rich list has lots of LoHud love, Richard Moll gets ‘Fantastic’ in Yorktown

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This week’s quiz: Of these “Today” show personalities, who did NOT make Forbes’ most recent list of Top TV Earners?

A. Matt Lauer (formerly of Ardsley, Chappaqua and Hartsdale)
B. Al Roker (formerly of Yorktown)
C. Meredith Vieira (currently of Irvington)

The answer is at the end of the clip and after the break.


Shockingly, the answer’s Al Roker. The guy’s been on “Seinfeld” for cryin’ out loud! Give him a raise.

Meredith Vieira back on ‘The View’


Irvington’s Meredith Vieira was back on ‘The View’ today, which I suppose should have been a momentous homecoming. But — well, like most things on the show lately, it wasn’t worth the effort to wade through the ABC site for the clips. Still, if you’re interested in watching, go here.

One tidbit I did like: Meredith greeting the gang with “So how are you crazy bitches?!â€?

(Photo: ABC/Steve Fenn)

From Lauer to Leno to Letterman, LoHud celebs dominate Forbes list of TV’s Top Earners

letterman.jpgNorth Salem resident David Letterman earned $40 million from June 2006 to June 2007 through television, ranking him fourth on Forbes magazine’s new list of TV’s Top Earners and tops among celebrities who have lived or attended college in the Lower Hudson Valley.

His newest BFF, Oprah Winfrey, tops the list. And it isn’t even close. She made $260 million in that one-year span, about $200 million more than the runner-up, Jerry Seinfeld ($60 million) and even more over “American Idol” staple Simon Cowell ($45 million).

Suddenly Alex Rodriguez’s contract doesn’t seem so out of the ordinary.

Other LoHudders on the list: Westchester real estate maven and golf course owner Donald Trump (No. 5, $32 million); New Rochelle native Jay Leno (No. 6, $32 million); former Putnam County resident (Judge) Judy Sheindlin (No. 7, $30 million); former Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer (No. 17, $13 million); Sarah Lawrence College graduate Barbara Walters (No. 18, $12 million); and Irvington resident Meredith Vieira (No. 20, $10 million).

(AP Photo/John Paul Filo, CBS)

Does Meredith Vieira want to quit ‘Today’?

nup_102702_0633.jpgGranted, Bonnie Fuller’s rag, Star, isn’t exactly the most reliable source. Still, the magazine’s story this week about how Vieira, an Irvington resident, wants to jump ship is simply too juicy to ignore.

The mag quoted from several unidentified sources and friends in the story (which, annoyingly, isn’t online). Among the best quotes: “Meredith told me she’s already planning her exit strategy so she can leave ‘Today’ with her dignity intact. … For her, it’s been a noble experiment that hasn’t worked as well as she had hoped.”

It’s not totally unbelievable that Vieira would want to spend more time at home, especially given that she has three teenage children. On the flipside, leaving NBC would mean breaching her four-year, $10-million contract. Not to mention, her old cushy gig at ‘The View’ has already been taken by Whoopi.

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Bill Irwin joins LoHud-tastic ‘Dancing with Shiva’ cast

tjndc5-5b4h37x89yw1i9anunb6_layout.jpgWith Nyack resident and Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme as well as former Irvington resident Debra Winger both attached to the upcoming comedy “Dancing with Shiva,” I didn’t thing the film could pack any more of Lower Hudson Vally punch. I was wrong.

Now word is out that another Nyacker, actor Bill Irwin (right) — aka Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street — has also signed on to star. And, slightly off the LoHud grid (but still on our radar), according to Cinematical, the movie is supposed to start filming next month in Connecticut. It’s being billed as a romantic comedy, but it’s clearly also got a downright wacky mix of talent — the director of “Silence of the Lambs,” a recluse actress who hasn’t been in a mainstream movie since God knows when, the star of “The Devil Wears Prada” (Anne Hathaway), and Elmo’s comic foil.

But the real question isn’t, how did all these random people come to work on the same project? No, it’s how on earth did CT become the filming mecca of the tri-state region? Seriously, I’ve counted no fewer than 10 movies set to start filming there in the next few months. What’s a NY suburb got to do to get some of that Hollywood lovin’?

(AP Photo/Carol Rosegg)

Jonathan Demme and Debra Winger team up for ‘Dancing with Sheba’


It doesn’t look likely that Trump-O’Donnell “Apprentice” dream team will come together, but fortunately there’s another trans-Hudson partnership forming: Nyack director Jonathan Demme (“Silence of the Lambs,” “Philadelphia,” that PBS documentary about Katrina that I totally meant to watch in full) has cast Irvington’s Debra Winger in his new film, “Dancing with Sheba.”

I’m not sure which is more happy making — Demme’s return to the land of fictional movie-making or Winger’s return from the land of the dead. Her IMDB page says she’s starred in a few films in recent years (“Radio,” “Eulogy” anyone?), but I’m pretty sure the first movie on that filmography that anyone has even the faintest memory of is 1995’s “Forget Paris,” which, ironically, I can’t see to forget. The new Demme film will be about an ex-model getting out of rehab to attend her sister’s wedding. Anne Hathaway is the druggie model, Winger has a supporting role as her mother. The weirdest part of all, according to Cinematical: It’s all supposed to be a dark comedy.

Meredith Vieira nabs an interview with J.K. Rowling

Carmen Troesser/The Journal News; Rowling: AP/Vadim Ghirda

First she gets Paris Hilton and now this. Meredith is en fuego!

J.K. Rowling has agreed to do her first interview about the final Harry Potter volume, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” on Today at the end of July. Vieira, who lives in Irvington, will fly over to Edinburgh, Scotland, to talk with Rowling, who is notoriously reclusive and hard to get on camera. As with the William-Harry extravaganza Matt Lauer treated us to this month, NBC will be getting as much mileage out of the interview as possible. Excerpts will air on Thursday, July 26, and Friday, July 27, and then the full thing will get its own one-hour special of “Dateline.”

“NBC’s Meredith Vieira To Interview J.K. Rowling” [Starpulse]

CORRECTION: Turns out that Meredith Vieira didn’t land the Paris Hilton interview after all. The NY Post reports that NBC’s top brass nixed the deal, and then Larry King and CNN swooped in book Hilton. Still, if given the choice between Hilton and Rowling, I’d still pick Rowling any day of the week.