Podcast: June 4

On tap this week: Bill Murray’s not-so-funny divorce, Zeyonce’s new Scarsdale mansion, and the “True Colors 2008″ tour.

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The quiz this week — which I’m very happy to say stumped Stacy-Ann (woohoo!) …

A lot of Lower Hudson Valley celebrities have been rumored to be romantically involved with Cameron Diaz in recent months. Can you guess which of these stars has NOT been linked to her in the tabloids?

A. Matt Dillon, of Mamaroneck
B. P. Diddy, of New Rochelle
C. John Mayer, of Bridgeport
D. Jason Bateman, or Rye

The answer, as always, is at the end of the video and after the break.

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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) 

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

Matt Dillon finally getting over his ‘Herbie Fully Loaded’ phase


One of the things that’s always perplexed me about Matt Dillon is how, after getting nominated for an Oscar in “Crash,” he managed to blow the best hand in his career by going on to star in “You, Me, and Dupree” and “Factotum.” Now, at last, it appears that the Mamaroneck native is finally cashing in in his cache with a few quality parts.

The first is “Cadillac Records,” where he’ll play Leonard Chess, the legendary founder of the South Side Chicago blues label Chess Records. Filming will begin on the film in January in Jersey. If you’re wondering why it isn’t called, say, “Chess Records,” one of the things that made Chess famous was how he would sell records for his up-and-coming artists (among the folks he discovered: Muddy Waters, Etta James, Chuck Berry) out of the back of his Cadillac. [Hollywood Reporter]

After that, he’s signed on to do two crime dramas, “Armored” and “Bone Deep.” In the first, he’ll play one of two armored car guards plotting to steal $10 mil out of his own truck. And in the second, he’ll play an L.A. Detective who intercepts a a group of bank robbers in the middle of a $20 million heist. [Hollywood Reporter]

Most exciting of all is “Nothing But the Truth,” the movie that Dillon is currently filming with Kate Beckinsale right now in Memphis. The plot on IMDB says it’s about “a female reporter [who] faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source,” which of course sounds a whole lot like the Judith Miller-Valerie Plame affair. In the credits, though, it isn’t stated which role Dillon plays. Call me crazy, but I’d love to see him take on the Karl Rove part. Nobody can play sleazy quite like Dillon. [MSNBC]

(Dillon receiving the Donosti Award in recognition of his cinematic career at the San Sebastian film festival in September: AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Mets meltdown devestates Matt Dillon

small-101806mets20.jpgMany fans are still reeling from the team’s spectacular collapse. And, as this NY Post story explains, one of them is Mamaroneck native Matt Dillon, who was at the dreadful 8-1 loss to the Marlins on Sunday. Here’s how the paper summed up Dillon’s reaction:


Actor and Mamaroneck native Matt Dillon sat stunned in his front-row Shea seat behind home plate after the final out.

He leaned forward, putting his hands into the backstop netting for several minutes before his buddies convinced him it was time to go home.

“This is what it means to be a diehard, a truly diehard fan,” said an ashen-faced Dillon, his right hand over his broken heart.

“I’m still a Mets fan – of course I am. I’m a diehard, diehard fan.”


Matt, I feel your pain. But Phillies fans, don’t go blowing this all out of proportion. Yes, Philadelphia Weekly, I’m talking to you. While Dillon was clearly distressed, this does not mean “the Phillies made Matt Dillon cry.” The only thing that can make Matty cry, as we all know, is global warming.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

‘Old Dogs’ John Travolta and Robin Williams at Shea today

The two actors were supposed to be at the Mets stadium today to film their Disney flick, “Old Dogs,â€? during batting practice. Filming was scheduled to take place between 10 and 11:15 a.m. And while that’s not really all that noteworthy — especially given that both men are West Coasters and probably could care less about the Mets — what would be cool is if Matt Dillon, who is also cast in the movie, was there, too.

As we all know, he’s a huge fan and threw out the first pitch at one of the 2006 NLCS games against the Cards. And why do we all know? Because the photo is in Suburbarazzi’s “Star Sightings” image gallery, of course!

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Matt Dillon clearly not a fan of TMZ

tjndc5-5eshma7wk851bwrksnjd_layout.jpgThe Mamaroneck-bred star got into a minor tussle with a photog for the celeb-stalking site, who was filming him crossing a street in Manhattan. The 30-second video shows a clearly peeved Dillon approach the photographer and shove him, before walking off down the sidewalk.

On its website, TMZ asked,  “What’s he so pissed about? It was the public that had to endure ‘You, Me and Dupree’!”

And this is how they described the incident (note, the video shows something not quite so dramatic):

The other Dillon brother walked right up to a TMZ photog in New York this weekend and smacked the s**t out of his camera. Not cool, dude! After the sneak attack, the not-so-tough guy walked off in a huff — only to stop a few seconds later to stare down our shooter.

Dillon’s publicist told the site: “You don’t show the part of the footage where the photographer kept hassling him. He wouldn’t have pushed the camera away if he hadn’t.”

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Matt Dillon joins the ‘Wild Hogs’ generation

AP/Michel Euler

It still defies all logic that “Wild Hogs” did well at the box office. As Entertainment Weekly summed it up back in March, despite critics “best efforts to warn audiences away, Disney’s suburban-doofuses- on-Harleys comedy roared into theaters last weekend with a stronger-than-expected $39.7 million, leaving the much-lauded Zodiac to eat its dust.”

What isn’t all that surprising, though, is that that after that success Disney would now greenlight any and all movies targeting (a) baby boomers, (b) middle America, or (c) motorcycle enthusiasts. Enter “Old Dogs.” Starring John Travolta (again), the movie will be about a divorced father of 6-year-old twins who need to take care of his kids for a few weeks with his womanizing best friend (Robin Williams). For some inexplicable reason, Mamaroneck native Matt Dillon has also been thrown into the middle-aged mix, playing the ultraconservative role of the head of the twins’ summer camp. And here I was thinking that whole “Herbie: Fully Loaded” sellout phase was a fluke. Ahh, somebody please get that man a Harley.

“Matt Dillon Joins ‘Old Dogs'” [Cinematical]

Matt Dillon fights to save beloved NYC church

tjndc5-5eshma7wk851bwrksnjd_layout.jpgMatt Dillon isn’t known as an activist, but this week he stepped into the ring of NYC politics to fight to keep the recking balls away from St. Brigid’s Church on Avenue B in the East Village. An appeals court is currently deciding the property’s fate. NYU hopes to tear the church down and put up a massive new dorm. I know, I know: “Great, more NYU dorms downtown!!”

But Dillon says he’s not going to sit quietly and let that happen without a fight. According to The Village Voice, the actor from Mamaroneck has “been an avid supporter of the 159-year old Famine Church ever since friends told him of the Archdiocese’s intent to demolish it last year.”

Dillon first “fell in love” with it while filming “City of Ghosts,” which used the church  for a scene.

“It was built by Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine, by shipbuilders who were the first longshoremen in the city,â€? Dillon told the alt weekly. The church is the third oldest house of worship in the city. “It’s unbelievable to me that the Catholic Church would even consider destroying it.â€?

Dillon added, “If the city keeps going the way it’s going with all this new development, it’s going to end up looking like Toronto.â€?

And, I think we can all agree, that would be a nightmare.

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)