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Larchmont reference in Planet of the Apes?11.04.08

This little tidbit isn’t exactly “new” by any means, but it sure is interesting.tjndc5-5b3kh7tl747lqnf2h5a_original.jpg

Planet of the Apes (not to be confused with the lame 2001 remake) has Charleton Heston running around in the future in a monkey-run New York City.

Well according to this writer, the scene at the end where two Chimp doctors hold up a map to Heston, Heston points to the shore that he arrived at. One of the doctor’s responds by calling it the “forbidden zone.”

Well if you look closely at this map, the forbidden zone is none other than the Larchmont Harbor. Score!

Now you have something to chat about at your next party.

By the way, go vote. Cuz Diddy said so.

(AP File Photo)

Posted by: Aman Ali - Posted in Larchmontwith 3 Comments →

Howard Stern, Beth Ostrosky get hitched10.06.08

Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed King of All Media, has been married once before, but is Beth Ostrosky the Queen who will help him find his Happily Ever After?

That’s to be written, but the 54-year-old deejay and the 36-year-old model took the biggest step toward that goal with their wedding at Manhattan’s Le Cirque restaurant Friday night.

Stern proposed to Ostrosky on Valentine’s Day in 2007. It’s his second marriage, her first.

Officiating the ceremony was actor Mark Consuelos, the husband of Kelly Ripa, who also attended. The rest of the guest list wasn’t exactly the Wack Pack.

In addition to Stern show regulars, People magazine and Howard 100 News reported that the guest list included Bedford resident Chevy Chase (who reportedly delivered a raunchy roast), Larchmont native Joan Rivers, Sarah Lawrence College graduate Barbara Walters, Westchester real estate maven Donald Trump, Billy Joel and wife Katie Lee Joel, Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines, former Train lead singer Pat Monahan, John Stamos, Jillian Barberie, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman and former Senator Al D’Amato.

“I danced with Howard,” said Rivers, according to People. “The wedding was fabulous, everyone had a great, great time.”

The Piano Man sang two songs, Monahan sang another, and Maines and Barberie teamed up for yet another, according to reports.

In a report airing today on Howard 100 News, Barberie had a suspicion about Kimmel and Silverman, who earlier this year had a civil yet very public breakup: “I think they’re back,” she whispered today on her Los Angeles morning talk show.

(Associated Press file photo by Diane Bondareff)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Al D'Amato, Barbara Walters, Bedford, Beth Ostrosky, Billy Joel, Bronxville, Chevy Chase, Donald Trump, Howard Stern, Jillian Barberie, Jimmy Kimmel, Joan Rivers, John Stamos, Katie Lee Joel, Larchmont, Natalie Maines, Pat Monahan, Sarah Lawrence College, Sarah Silverman, Yonkerswith 1 Comment →

EXCLUSIVE: Kara DioGuardi picks favorite ‘Idol’ contestants, performance and judge (sort of)09.09.08

Just before Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of chatting up New Rochelle native and Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Kara DioGuardi, who on Aug. 25 Fox announced as the fourth judge on “American Idol.”

new-idol-panel.jpgA true LoHudder, her connections to the region are seemingly endless. As a child, she attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale, sang at the Larchmont Shore Club and provided the soundtrack at campaign stops throughout Westchester County for her father, former U.S. Congressman Joe DioGuardi. She later graduated from The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry. Despite graduating from Duke University with a degree in political science, she abandoned law to become a vocalist in an Ossining garage band called Gramma Trips.

After snagging multiple jobs at Billboard magazine for a five-year span, she got signed to a record deal. Although her singing career never took off, her songwriting and producing gigs did. She was partially or completely responsible for writing Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Walk Away,” Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man” and dozens of other recent hits. No wonder she was named BMI’s 2006 Pop Songwriter of the Year.

My full story about DioGuardi is slated for the week ahead, but in the meantime, check out 10 questions and answers from my exclusive interview with “Idol’s” newest judge:

kara2.JPGWhat recent song do you most wish you’d written?
“Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé.

As a singer, how far do you think you would advance on “American Idol”?
“I would hope to the top 10.”

How long have you been watching “Idol”?
“Since the beginning.”

You’d said that you thought “Idol” would have hired someone more famous to fill the fourth judge’s chair. Had you heard of any famous names who were being considered?
“They kind of kept me in the dark. I hadn’t really heard anything.”

As of Aug. 28, who was the most famous person outside of the show to congratulate you for the “Idol” hire?
“Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics).”

From the first seven seasons, who have been your three favorite “Idol” alumni?
“I’d say Kelly Clarkson, (Chris) Daughtry and, hmm, I like Katharine McPhee.”

Who’s the most underrated “Idol” contestant of all time?
“Katharine McPhee.”

What’s your favorite “Idol” performance so far?
“I thought that ‘Billie Jean’ performance that David Cook did was ridiculous.” (In the good way.)

The perception among fans is that Simon Cowell’s the bad cop, Paula Abdul’s the good cop and Randy Jackson’s somewhere in between. With which judge have you sided the most through the years?
“Probably Simon. Sometimes he can be hard, but I also think at times he’s doing people a favor.”

For your first day judging “Idol” contestants, you sat between Randy and Paula at the judges’ table. Where would you want to sit?
“You know at this point, I’m pretty much just like, ‘Where do you want me?’ I’m the new kid in school. I’m not going to cause waves right from the beginning.”

(AP Photo of Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson/Jason DeCrow; AP Photo of DioGuardi/Chris Pizzello)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in American Idol, Christina Aguilera, Dobbs Ferry, Exclusive, Gwen Stefani, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Joe DioGuardi, Kara DioGuardi, Kelly Clarkson, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Ossining, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Scarsdale, Simon Cowell, The Masters Schoolwith 2 Comments →

Podcast: July 2307.23.08

On the show this week: A former director and a stranded motorist — both from Larchmont — praise the late Heath Ledger, and a David Lee Roth impostor fools Canadian cops.

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: The twins of Brad Pitt and former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie were born earlier this month in what country?

A. France
B. Namibia
C. Spain
D. United States
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Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Ang Lee, Angelina Jolie, David Lee Roth, Heath Ledger, Larchmont, podcast, Ramapo, RNN, Sneden's Landing, Suburbarazzi Week in Reviewwith 2 Comments →

No Joke: Heath Ledger’s Oscar buzz boosted as ‘Dark Knight’ has record-breaking weekend07.20.08

Like pretty much everyone else in the country this weekend, I caught “The Dark Knight.” Beyond the gripping action sequences, moody ambiance and stellar special effects, the haunting performance of the late Heath Ledger is what makes the movie a must-see.

ledger.jpgTrue to the accounts I’d heard and read prior to seeing the movie, he disappears into the role in a way that unfathomably outdoes Jack Nicholson, who by comparison was playing a cranky Jack Nicholson in clown makeup. Among comic book movies I’ve seen, Ledger made the Joker by far the most believable villain, making his posthumous performance all the more chilling. He made the character murderous but multidimensional, ruthless but riotous.

Unlike Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in “There Will Be Blood,” Ledger’s isn’t quite the slam-dunk for a best actor Oscar, but even with months to go before the Academy Awards and a previous nod for “Brokeback Mountain,” it would be hard to argue against another nomination at this point of the movie season.

Oscar-winner Ang Lee, a Larchmont resident who directed Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain,” said a few months ago that when he heard Ledger’s Joker hiss the line “Let’s put a smile on that face,” Lee didn’t recognize the actor behind it until he looked at the screen.

I couldn’t believe that was Heath. He was such a different person, used such a different voice for Brokeback Mountain. It’s haunting, how much he disappeared into his characters. It wasn’t until I heard that, that I realized just how gifted he was with his voice.

But talent isn’t the only reason Ledger, who died Jan. 22 after an apparent accidental drug overdose, has been missed. A day after his death, Suburbarazzi noted that CNN printed a quote attributed to Dan Bova of Larchmont:

Once when I was driving in Brooklyn, I got a flat tire. As I was jacking up my car, this deep voice from behind me said, ‘Need a hand?’ It was Heath Ledger. I couldn’t believe it. He helped jack up my car and change the tire. He was really good with tools!

All the more reason that the six Americans who haven’t already seen “The Dark Knight” should do so sooner than later.

(Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/USA Today.)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Ang Lee, Heath Ledger, Larchmontwith 2 Comments →

Joan Rivers to be on Celebrity Apprentice07.16.08

Larchmont native Joan Rivers said recently she’ll be one of the contestants on the next season of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. Mazel Tov to the Canadian Jewish News for breaking the story.

So, the fact that I cited the Canadian Jewish News made you laugh, eh? How dare you mock the credibility of the organization whose weddings gallery won best special section last year by the Quebec Community Newspaper Association?

Interestingly enough, Joan admitted to never watching the Celebrity Apprentice. Oye Ve! Well, neither has the rest of the planet.

(AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock)

Posted by: Aman Ali - Posted in Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump, Joan Rivers, Larchmontwith 4 Comments →

Music to my tone-deaf ears: ‘All right, Ice-T, Joan, let’s play the Feud!’06.24.08

Can’t wait for tonight’s premiere of Celebrity Family Feud? Wondering which suburban refugee — Larchmont’s Joan Rivers or Summit’s Ice-T — will triumph? Curious how long it will take Ice-T to make a reference to his penis? Hold onto your hat and take a gander at this:

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Many thanks to Sienna Farris for pointing us to the advance clip. Oh, and time frame for the penis reference: oh, about 45 seconds into the Feud. Nicely done, T.

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Al Roker, Celebrity Family Feud, Ice-T, Joan Rivers, Larchmont, Summitwith 2 Comments →

Celebrity Family Feud showdown: Ice-T vs. Joan Rivers06.19.08

Because NBC just knew you couldn’t stand the wait any longer, “Celebrity Family Feud” is now going to debut a week earlier than originally scheduled. The Al Roker-hosted show will launch on Tuesday, June 24, 8-9pm, says BuddyTV. And just to sweeten the deal even more, Week 1 will herald the showdown of Ice-T versus Joan River, who, you may remember, used to live in Larchmont.

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Now, you know I’d normally be pulling for the local favorite. But in this one circumstance, I gotta go with T, who, believe it or not, once lived my hometown of Summit, New Jersey (which is basically the Larchmont of that part of the state). Though he was technically born in Newark, I still consider him part of my tribe. Go T!

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More of the show’s upcoming celebrity pairings — including “The Office” versus “American Gladiators” — after the break.

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Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Al Roker, Celebrity Family Feud, Ice-T, Joan Rivers, Larchmont, Summitwith 7 Comments →

Will Ang Lee’s Woodstock film actually be filmed at Woodstock?06.03.08

Back in April we first heard about Westchester resident Ang Lee’s latest film, “Taking Woodstock,” a comedy about the part-time hotel manager who issued the permit for the famous concert.

tjndc5-5b5f7m7stjaupsysezi_layout.jpgIt seemed like a no-brainer that the movie would be filmed somewhere in the Hudson Valley, either in Bethel, where the events in question took place, or somewhere nearby. Lee could even commute from his home in Larchmont!

Um, not so fast.
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Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Ang Lee, Focus Features, Larchmont, Taking Woodstock, The Poughkeepsie Journalwith 2 Comments →

Ang Lee versus the Canadian Parliament04.28.08

It’s not unusual for Oscar winner Ang Lee to show up to Larchmont town hall to weigh in on whatever small-town issue is currently before the board (according to one of our colleagues, he’s pretty engaged with the community), tjndc5-5j3sluhaa041ddaww9ec_layout1.jpgbut who knew that the director would ever take on the Canadian government?

The issue in question is Bill C-10, a piece of pending legislation that would deny tax credits to any films or videos filmed in the country that are deemed offensive to the public.

As Lee pointed out in an article in the Globe and Mail, his film Brokeback Mountain, about gay cowboys, was shot in Calgary. “People should be free to say anything.” He added that the bill was almost like censorship and urged young filmmakers to “make a noise, whatever” to stop it from being ratified.

(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Ang Lee, Bill C-10, Calgary, Globe and Mail, Larchmontwith 1 Comment →

Two hours of peace, love, and Ang Lee04.23.08

For reasons that still baffle me, plenty of Marvel fanboys came out of the woodwork yesterday to dispute the assertion that the new Hulk movie will be anything but awesome. And while they were 100 percent right that I’m not a “true Hulk fan,” I was heartened to hear that more than a few of them liked the 2003 Hulk movie by Larchmont’s Ang Lee. As  Coquito Von Tito put it, “I just hope they didn’t dumb down the high standards set by the Ang Lee film, which, we all must admit, was too highbrow to sell.”

tjndc5-5j3sluhaa041ddaww9ec_layout.jpgWell put. The good news — for us highbrow junkies, anyway — is that Lee is still delivering the goods. As the The Hollywood Reporter reports, he’s even signed on for another trip to Brokeback territory, in the form of the upcoming film “Taking Woodstock.” This movie will revolve around the life of the Greenwich Village interior designer and part-time Catskills hotel manager who issued the permit for a certain three-day-long 1969 concert in Bethel, NY. A little party called Woodstock. According to THR, it’ll be based on Elliot Tiber’s 2007 memoir “Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life,” and produced — as all Lee movies are — with James Schamus and Focus Features.

Marvel — who needs ’em anyway?

(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Ang Lee, Larchmont, Taking Woodstock, The Hollywood Reporter, The Incredible Hulkwith 2 Comments →

More trailer trash: ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and ‘Speed Racer’04.21.08

After reading Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Movie Preview issue this weekend, I got a little trailer obsessed.

I’ve already shared my thoughts on “Indy 4” (oh, hell yeah) and “Righteous Kill” (eh, not so righteous looking). But I wanted to take a minute out to look at two more of the summer’s biggest expected blockbusters — “The Incredible Hulk” and “Speed Racer” — both of which, by the way, have LoHud connections. Tenuous LoHud connections, but still enough for me to post the trailers.

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Watch the video and join the debate after the break.

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Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Ang Lee, Hulk, Larchmont, Pound Ridge, Speed Racer, Susan Sarandon, The Incredible Hulkwith 14 Comments →