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: The award-winning edition with Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington, Eli Manning and Clive Davis

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My apologies for the horrendous screen-cap. Not my best freeze-frame.

At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: With everyone from the Foo Fighters to Alicia Keys in attendance, Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party has become almost as celebrated as the ceremony itself. Where does the music mogul live in Westchester County?

A. Armonk
B. Bedford
C. Chappaqua
D. Pound Ridge

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Who needs the Oscar when you can win a Kevin?

kline.jpgForget the Oscars. Nominees for the third-annual Kevin Kline Awards were announced Jan. 25.

The Garrison resident and Academy Award-winner for whom the trophies are named hails from St. Louis, where local theater actors and crew members will walk away winners on March 20.

The decision to name the awards after Kline was not his idea, although he’s honored by the tribute, according to a quote posted on the awards’ Web site:

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I’ve long been under the impression that people didn’t lend their names to awards until after they had died. I’m in pretty good health right now, and feeling all the better for having received this lovely and unexpected honor. It’s gratifying to think that I can continue to be associated with theater excellence in the city where so many of my earliest theater impressions were formed.

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If this trend keeps up, maybe his wife will get in on the act. Could the Phoebe Cates Awards be held in her native New York City?

(Photo: KevinKlineAwards.org)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Kevin Kline hears ghosts, Chaka Khan phones it in and Howard Stern reflects on Westchester

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: In what year did “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” hit No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts?

A) 1938
B) 1948
C) 1958
D) 1968

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SAG Award nominees announced, more lovin for the LoHud

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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)

Now hear this: Kevin Kline stops ‘Cyrano’ to answer audience member’s complaint

tjndc5-5dum0xi15n71gg1r955s_layout.jpgGarrison resident Kevin Kline was a show-stopper in more ways than one for a recent staging of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” according to a report by Cindy Adams in today’s New York Post.

In the middle of a packed house for a Wednesday night performance of the Broadway revival, a “little bald old man” in row Q yelled “Speak up louder!”

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Kline never faltered. In character, right in the middle of his scene, he adlibbed, ‘Methinks I hear ghosts in the theater.’ The audience broke up. They applauded. And the play moved right along. But from then on, the speech level didst indeed kick up a notch.

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Personally, I would have preferred if Kline broke into mime for the remainder of the show, but he’s a classier guy than I am.

(Photo by Michal Daniel)

Kevin Kline screens new film for UN

kline.jpgI’m not sure if the United Nations building has a built-in movie theater, but if it does, I bet it has the best concession stand in New York City.

Garrison resident Kevin Kline headed over to that cool flat building on 1st Avenue yesterday to screen his new film, “Trade.”

The movie focuses on the kidnapping and sale of a Mexican girl and Polish woman as part of a human trafficking network. According to Reuters, the Oscar-winner “plays a Texas policeman who with the girl’s brother sets off on a dangerous rescue attempt.”

No word on whether the film had subtitles in so many languages that they obscured the entire screen, or whether the diplomats’ translators were working overtime to not only translate the dialogue, but also change their voices to fit each character. How does one say “I don’t believe voice-over artist is part of my job description” in Italian?

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Kevin Kline to be Jennifer Garner’s long-nosed loverboy

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Is there a Shakespeare production in NYC that doesn’t feature Kevin Kline? The Garrison resident has starred recently in everything from “King Lear” to “Henry IV,” as well as the HBO adaptation of “As You Like It” and other plays like “Mother Courage.” Now the word is that he’ll take the title role in “Cyrano de Bergerac” in a production of the play this fall on Broadway. The best part: Jennifer Garner will star opposite him as Roxanne.

According to the NY Post, the play should run 10 weeks and it will begin in October.

(Kline: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello; Garner: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LoHudders Kevin Kline and Bryce Dallas Howard team up for ‘As You Like It’

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I’ve been looking to write something about Kevin Kline for a while now — if only to remind the Suburbarazzi faithful that he lives up in Garrison with wife Phoebe Cates (note the addition to our Suburbarazzi Star Map). And as luck would have it, HBO’s production of the “As You Like It,” which TV Guide says is set to debut August 21, is the perfect excuse. The Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation of the bard’s play stars Kline, along with Byram Hills grad Bryce Dallas Howard and recent “Hoax” costar Alfred Molina.

Thanks to F.O.S. Amy Vernon for the tip.