Action! Westchester shoots attract A-listers, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close

The public relations reps for Westchester County became unofficial Suburbarazzi late last week, informing the public about county-based TV and film projects featuring high-profile stars, including Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and George Clooney (pre-motorcycle crash).

george.jpgClooney was quietly wrapping up a New Rochelle shoot at a “private home and inside CostCo” for the Coen brothers movie “Burn After Reading,” according to a Sept. 21 county press release. The film, which also stars Brad Pitt, is about a former CIA agent who writes memoirs after being fired. Perhaps Clooney forgot this weekend that he wasn’t playing Evil Knievel.

meryl.jpgAlso according to the release, Westchester “soon” will host Oscar winners Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman for the big-screen adaptation of “Doubt,” the Tony Award-winning play. Streep plays a Catholic school principal who accuses Hoffman’s character, a priest, of pedophilia in 1964. “Numerous locations will be used,” but the county does not specify which.

glenn-close.jpgBedford resident Glenn Close, a five-time Academy Award nominee, didn’t have to travel far to film parts of her new TV series, “Damages,” in a featured Harrison house and, earlier this month, in the Rye Town Hilton.

quinn-margulies.jpgSuburbarazzi already gave you the scoop about Spring Valley native Julianna Margulies and Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn teaming up for “Canterbury’s Law,” but what you might not know is that the courtroom drama was shooting scenes at Larkin Plaza in Yonkers last week.

After the break, check out news about more Westchester shoots involving Tim Allen at Westchester County Airport, Julie Taymor in Somers and New Rochelle, and “Law & Order: SVU” in Yonkers.

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Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, and Julie Taymor heading to Westchester this week


Sean Penn will be at the Pelham Picture House tonight for a screening of his new film, Into The Wild. Michael Douglas will be there on Thursday for a screening of his upcoming film, King of California. Both screenings will be followed by Q&As with film critic Peter Travers. ($45; 7pm;; 175 Wolfs Lane; Pelham).

Up north a bit, Julie Taymor will be at the Jacob Burns Film Center for a screening and Q&A about her new film, Across the Universe, a musical using various Beatles’ tunes. The famed director will then discuss the movie with critic Janet Maslin ($20; 7pm;; 364 Manville Rd.; Pleasantville; 914-747-5555).

(AP Photos/Jerome Delay, Venezuelan Culture Ministry, Michel Spingler)