Action! Westchester shoots attract A-listers, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close

The public relations reps for Westchester County became unofficial Suburbarazzi late last week, informing the public about county-based TV and film projects featuring high-profile stars, including Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and George Clooney (pre-motorcycle crash).

george.jpgClooney was quietly wrapping up a New Rochelle shoot at a “private home and inside CostCo” for the Coen brothers movie “Burn After Reading,” according to a Sept. 21 county press release. The film, which also stars Brad Pitt, is about a former CIA agent who writes memoirs after being fired. Perhaps Clooney forgot this weekend that he wasn’t playing Evil Knievel.

meryl.jpgAlso according to the release, Westchester “soon” will host Oscar winners Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman for the big-screen adaptation of “Doubt,” the Tony Award-winning play. Streep plays a Catholic school principal who accuses Hoffman’s character, a priest, of pedophilia in 1964. “Numerous locations will be used,” but the county does not specify which.

glenn-close.jpgBedford resident Glenn Close, a five-time Academy Award nominee, didn’t have to travel far to film parts of her new TV series, “Damages,” in a featured Harrison house and, earlier this month, in the Rye Town Hilton.

quinn-margulies.jpgSuburbarazzi already gave you the scoop about Spring Valley native Julianna Margulies and Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn teaming up for “Canterbury’s Law,” but what you might not know is that the courtroom drama was shooting scenes at Larkin Plaza in Yonkers last week.

After the break, check out news about more Westchester shoots involving Tim Allen at Westchester County Airport, Julie Taymor in Somers and New Rochelle, and “Law & Order: SVU” in Yonkers.

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Close, Streep, and Streisand in three-way race for remake of ‘Sunset Boulevard’


Now, this is my kind of celebrity showdown! According to the London Telegraph, three megawatt matrons of American cinema — Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and Barbra Streisand — are all vying for the lead role in a remake of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard.” (I went back and took out the phrase “grande dames” because — well, calling Streisand “grande” anything makes me nauseous.)

All three seem to have ligitimate claims to the throne of Norma Desmond, the lead role. Close, a Bedford homeowner, has played her in stage performances in both Los Angeles and on Broadway; two of the show’s song’s — “With One Look” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye” — have been recorded by Streisand; and Streep was present when Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton put on the very first workshop of Sunset Boulevard at his estate!

Tough to predict a winner in this horse race. But I’d still like to try. A breakdown of some other factors and my choice are after the break.

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Meryl Streep meets the Prince of Wales and–I think–asks him to marry her

Prince Charles was in Manhattan yesterday, stopping at a youth program in Harlem and then picking up an award at the Harvard Club for his work on environmental causes. Al Gore and Meryl Streep presented the plaque to his holy highness or his royal majestiness (or whatever his official title is).

According to The New York Times, Streep told the crowd in midtown: “When I was a little girl growing up in New Jersey, one of my goals was to marry the Prince of Wales. Now, as I look at you through my reading glasses, I have to appreciate you in other ways.�

Prince Charles later responded by telling Ms. Streep that her remarks “entirely made my year.�



But the best response to the Prince and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, came from 12-year-old Alhamodou Minaga, a student at the Harlem Youth program the royals attended, who responded to a question from The Times, asking who the Prince was, by saying:<blockquote><div>He’s rich and he rules in England.</div></blockquote>

And the duchess?

<blockquote><div>Oh, so she’s Dutch.</div></blockquote>

(AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)

Oscars 2007: Thanks for the compliment, E!

tjndc5-5cifaqtvezr1bjpc12ep_layout.jpgThose folks at E! sure know how to dole out the charm. Before the Oscar nods were announced, host Giuliana DePandi was discussing Meryl Streep’s role in The Devil Wears Prada with a guest. She said Streep was brilliant in the part, especially since:


She plays this fashionista and Meryl Streep so isn’t that in real
life. She doesn’t care about labels. She probably couldn’t even spell
Dolce and Gabbana.

So bascially, DePandi, you’re trying to say, Meryl is a fashion nightmare and spells at a remedial level…but she’s a great actress. Gotcha!

(AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

When you go after Meryl Streep, you’ve made an enemy of Suburbarazzi

Every year some guy named Mr. Blackwell (actually Richard Blackwell, a “fashion critic�) comes out of hiding to deliver his much-obsessed-about list of couture criminals (it’s the fashion equivalent of Yom Kippur).

This year there weren’t too many surprises—Britney Spears and Paris Hilton tied for first (“two peas in an overexposed podâ€?) and former Bedford resident Mariah Carey came in fifth (“Mariah the fashion pariah…the queen of catastrophic kitschâ€?). But the biggest surprise was number 10—none other than Meryl Streep (“From Streep you could weep,” Blackwell said. ”Her beauty of a career cannot be denied, but that beast of a wardrobe is pure mother of the brideâ€?). Okay Blackwell, go after Camilla Parker-Bowles (#2: “A royal wreckâ€?), or Lindsay Lohan (#3: “from adorable to deplorableâ€?), or Sharon Stone (#7: ”an over-the-hill Cruella DeVille”), but when you go after our beloved Meryl, buddy you’ve got a problem.

Especially when you dress your dog like this:


For the complete list of deluded fashionistas and also his list of the 10 best dressed (with a Lower Hudson Valley surprise), continue reading:
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