Can’t wait until September for the return of “Entourage”?
Newsday has a juicy little tidbit about the upcoming season: golfer Phil Mickelson will be guest starring. This they plucked out of an HBO press release.
Normally I wouldn’t find an “Entourage” cameo all that noteworthy, but consider: Kevin Dillon, aka Johnny Drama, is longtime golf nut, with a 7.3 handicap, according to Golf Digest (second only to Bill Murray’s 7.2 as the best in the LoHud region). Dillon’s dad, Paul, is also coach of the Fordham golf team. And the family belongs to Winged Food in Mamaroneck, where Mickelson had his infamous U.S. Open meltdown.
So, will these two do battle on the links? Considering that Drama is also prone to blowing his top, which one is more likely to come apart on the green?
Expect to find out on Sept. 7, when the season 5 debuts.
(Dillon: HBO; Mickelson: AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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 â€” house in Bedford
Actress In a Miniseries or a Movie
Susan Sarandon, Bernard And Doris â€” home in Pound Ridge
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty â€” lives in Chappaqua
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Kevin Dillon, Entourage â€” grew up in Mamaroneck
Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Audra McDonald, Raisin in the Sun â€” Lives in Croton
Guest Actor in a Comedy
Rip Torn, 30 Rock â€” arrested for DUI in North Salem in 2007
Guest Actor in a Drama
Stanley Tucci, ER â€” went to John Jay in Katonah, lives in North Salem
Guest Actress in a Comedy
Edie Falco, 30 Rock â€” went to SUNY Purchase
Guest Actress in a Drama
Ellen Burstyn, Big Love â€” Lives in Nyack
Best Made for TV Movie
Raisin in the Sun, executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs â€” grew up in Mount Vernon
(Diddy: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello; Susan Sarandon: AP Photo/Martial Trezzini)
Hey, speaking of the Dillon boys, Matt is interested in getting back together with Cameron Diaz, says OK! Magazine. According to them, brother Kevin told Matt to reach out to her and see what happens, and that that’s precisely what he did. However, since being spotted at Chateau Marmont on March 15, the two, who starred together in “There’s Something About Mary,” haven’t been spotted together again.
Could it have something to do with Cameron Diaz also being a car snob, and Matt, too, driving an auto as uncool (and unwashed) as a his brother’s Lincoln? Or that he starred opposite a VW bug in “Herbie Fully Loaded”? Cameron, please say it ain’t so.
(Dillon: AP Photo/Michel Euler; Diaz: AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
I can’t say that my opinion of celebrities has ever been swayed much by the cars they drive, but, understandably, the folks over at Celebrity Cars blog take that it all a little personally. And when Mamaroneck native Kevin Dillon shows himself in public, driving a dirty old Lincoln — well, that’s apparently enough to negate all his fine acting in Entourage.
Kev, here’s a suggestion: Why not get brother Matt to hook you up with one of those eco-friendly hybrid Ford taxis? Might not be the coolest car on the planet, but hey, all the cool Hollywood kids have hybrids these days. And at least the yellow-and-green color scheme is a little more eye catching.
(Photo: Claudette Barius/HBO)
While we’re still on the topic of Oscar, remember that Best Picture winner back in ’06, “Crash”? Well, get ready for Crash, the TV show, brought to you by the good folks at Starz.Ã‚Â What’s next, “The Departed: Special Victims Unit” on USA? “The Brokeback Apprentice” on NBC? (oh wait, didn’t SNL already do that?)
Perhaps even surprising than the concept of the show is that the original film’s director, Paul Haggis, and one of its stars, Don Cheadle, will be co-producing the 13-installment series. Expected to start in August, it will continue with the themes of racism, from right where the big-screen version left off. “It will present an opportunity to delve into many subjects, not just race relations in LA,” says Cheadle.
No word yet on who will play the Matt Dillon character (or any of the others), but I’m ready to start campaigning for his brother, Kevin, to get the gig. Better yet, have it be a spinoff for Dillons’ Johnny Drama character.
Just imagine the possibilities. You could even have the big brother-little brother thing Kevin Dillon and Adrian Grenier have going taken to a whole new postmodern level, with Matt playing Grenier in a biopic about Vincent Chase’s life. All set in the Dillons’ hometown of Mamaroneck. How meta!
“‘Crash’ TV series on way to Starz” [Digital Spy]
(Dillon brothers: AP photos)Ã‚Â
This week’s quiz:
Bill Murray, once a fixture of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, missed the tournament a couple weeks ago. Murray is the undisputed best celebrity golfer in our region, with a handicap of 7.2. But can you guess which fellow local star is close on his heels, with a handicap of 7.3?
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Kevin Dillon (Mamaroneck)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Al Pacino (Sneden’s Landing)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Dick Clark (Mount Vernon)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Joe Torre (Harrison)
The answer is at the end of the clip and after the break.
This week’s quiz:
Which Lower Hudson Valley native has been signed on to headline the Ã¢â‚¬Å“300Ã¢â‚¬? spoof Ã¢â‚¬Å“301Ã¢â‚¬??
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Mamaroneck native Kevin Dillon
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Rye native Jason Bateman
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Former SnedenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Landing resident Angelina Jolie
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Peekskill-born Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman)
The answer is at the end of the clip and after the break.
Or maybe the question should be, who isn’t up for a spoof of “300” starring none other than Johnny Drama?
The project, titled “National Lampoon’s 301: The Legend of Awesomest Maximus Wallace Leonidas,” is set to star Mamaroneck’s own Kevin Dillon, according to Ain’t it Cool News. It’ll be a parody of flicks like “Braveheart,” “Troy,” “300,” and “Gladiator.”
He might not have been able to conquer his supporting actor competition at the Emmys — and I was starting to get a little nervous about the lack of new IMBD movie credits after “Poseidon” — but hey, who’s shouting “VICTORY!” now?
(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Ã‚Â
Emmy leftovers, anyone? I know this is getting up about a day too late, but I think doing this week’s segment a day earlier than our usually scheduled Tuesday slot on RNN kind of threw everyone for a loop.
Anyway, here’s our recap of which Lower Hudson Valley celebs won and lost on Emmy night, which originally aired Monday night.
This week’s quiz:
Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams may have gone home empty handed last night, but her second season of “Ugly Betty” is looking to be even more buzzed about than the first, thanks in part to some very interesting guest stars. Which of these stars WILL NOT be on the show.
A. Victoria Beckham
B. Rick Fox (Williams’ ex-husband)
C. Al Gore
D. Betty White
The answer is after the break.
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.
If you’ve ever been curious about how much it costs to book Johnny Drama to do his “Victory!” shtick, now you know. This $15,000 appearance fee for the Mamaroneck native was reported on Defamer, which saw it in an e-mail newsletter from Esterman Entertainment. That would be the same agency that also reps Kevin Federline and just about every American Idol reject from Season One onwards. Sounds like a Dillon brother is a step up.
The site also says that Dillon’s Entourage co-stars, Jeremy Piven and Jerry Ferrara, are also “connected to Esterman in some way or another,” though no word yet on whether they command the same kind of fees. Still, if you’re looking for a celebrity to add to your foursome, you really can’t beat Dillon — who is a regular at Winged Foot and reportedly has a 7.3 handicap. Then again, if you’re shelling out $15k, you probably don’t want to be losing in the first place.