EXCLUSIVE: Mamaroneck mayor in 2012?

Last week, we reported on the hullabaloo about Mamaroneck mayor Kathy Savolt’s attempt to get a ticket thrown out of court she got after being caught for driving while talking on a cell phone.tjndc5-5g39va7goeblu747gio_original.jpg

The story ended up on media outlets all over the country and was even featured on MSNBC on Countdown with Keith Olbermann — a Tarrytown native.

With all the national attention, I asked the mayor, jokingly, if she was shopping around for a book deal.

She e-mailed me saying the coverage was “hysterical,” and added “Next stop – Vice President. I do have the glasses.”

She was joking, but who knows? Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska — a city with around 10,000 people. Savolt is mayor of a village with almost 20,000 people.

Hey, it could happen.

(Journal News file photo)

Can Johnny Drama lick Phil Mickelson on the links?

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)

Mamaroneck reaches out to America’s Most Wanted

Village police have turned to John Walsh’s Fox show America’s Most Wanted in their investigation of the stabbing death of letter carrier Stephen Spina in September.


The death of Spina, whose body was found in his apartment, remains a mystery. His girlfriend, one of the last to see him alive, was asked by village detectives to take a lie detector test, but refused, a family member of the victim’s has told The Journal News.

Last year Fox aired an AMW episode about another mystery in the village called “The Unknown Butcher of Mamaroneck, N.Y.” The segment was about an unidentified torso that washed up on a Mamaroneckbeach in March 2007.

(AP Photo/Joe Marquette)

Peter Travers hearts ‘The Dark Knight’

Mamaroneck resident and Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers got first crack at reviewing the new Batman flick, “The Dark Knight,” and, in a nutshell, he likey. A lot.

055304h1.jpgHis just-published review compares Christian Bale’s bman to Al Pacino in “Godfather 2,” and Heath Ledger’s role as the Joker to “the anarchy of the Sex Pistols and A Clockwork Orange.” As if I wasn’t excited enough to see this movie!

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here, take a gander.

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The movie comes out July 18. And now that Rolling stone’s glowing review is out, the only question mark that still remains is whether Bale will follow in Cruise, Clooney, and Penn’s footsteps and make the celebrity pilgrimage to the Pelham Picture House to promote it. Come on, Christian, time to repay a little of that Travers kharmic goodwill.

“The Dark Knight : Review” [Rolling Stone]

Podcast: June 25

On the show this week: “American Idol” Season 5 champ Taylor Hicks, former “ER” cast member Gloria Reuben and “SportsCenter” anchor Trey Wingo hit the links to benefit Autism Speaks.

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: A Cincinnati councilman recently apologized to Rip Torn for falsely using his barely obscured mug shot in a campaign ad railing against “child predators.” In what Westchester municipality was Torn arrested for driving while under the influence?

A. Cortlandt
B. North Salem
C. Yorktown
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Matt Dillon misses Mary! Er, Cameron Diaz!

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)

Kevin Dillon loses fan thanks to dirty Lincoln

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)

Why is Matt Dillon losing his leading-man roles?

After getting nominated for an Oscar for his role in “Crash,” it seemed like the Mamaroneck native’s career was turning a corner. Out were the oversized Pat Healy chompers from “There’s Something About Mary”, in was brooding Bukowski barfly from “Factotum.” Which is to say, Dillon finally the cred to headline a few indies.

But then came “Herbie Fully Loaded” and then “You, Me, and Dupree” (or as they say in Portugal, “Eu, Tu e o Emplastro”), and — well, things weren’t looking good.


But I had high hopes for the next two Dillon flicks in the queue: “Tetro” and “Cadillac Records.” (“Old Dogs”– eh, not so much.) Only now, the Hollywood Reporter has gotten word that Dillon has lost his leading roles in “Tetro” (he’ll be replaced with Vincent Gallo). What’s more, as Variety reported earlier this year, his role in “Cadillac,” as blues/R&B legend Leonard Chess, is going to Adrian Brody.

It’s been a rough  2008 so far for Matt. Hmm, maybe reviving his “Crash” character for the TV-series adaptation wouldn’t sound so bad after all.

(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Casting Call: How about Kevin Dillon to play Matt Dillon in TV version of ‘Crash’

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.  What’s next, “The Departed: Special Victims Unit” on USA? “The Brokeback Apprentice” on NBC? (oh wait, didn’t SNL already do that?)

crash_movie.jpgPerhaps 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) 

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: ‘Arrested Development’ the movie, William Hurt in ‘Vantage point,’ and Ace Frehley’s solo album


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?

• Kevin Dillon (Mamaroneck)
• Al Pacino (Sneden’s Landing)
• Dick Clark (Mount Vernon)
• Joe Torre (Harrison)

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

The Golden Globe nominations are just one big Lower Hudson Valley lovefest


Palisades native and “Heroes” hottie Hayden Panettiere was Ms. Golden Globe today, given the honors of doling out the nominations alongside “Smokin’ Aces” star Ryan Reynolds and director Quentin Tarantino. Sadly, her show was totally shut out of every category. Ouch!

Fortunately, plenty of other LoHudders fared better.

Here’s a quick scorecard of which of the nominations have strong ties to the Lower Hudson Valley. In other words, all things being equal, these are the guys and gals to root for:


• AMERICAN GANGSTER: Stars Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington and filmed while Russell Crowe was living in Nyack

• THE GREAT DEBATERS: Directed by and starring Denzel

• MICHAEL CLAYTON: Stars Mamaroneck native (and former Winged Foot caddy) Michael O’Keefe, aka Noonan from “Caddyshack,” in a supporting role; features an early scene with George Clooney in Westchester, trying to put out a legal fire for an executive who has just gotten into a car accident.


• ANGELINA JOLIE – A MIGHTY HEART: Raised in Sneden’s Landing

The rest of the nominations are after the break …

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