Archive for the ‘Mount Vernon’
Denzel lays the smackdown on RNN • 08.28.08
You may have already read my story about how Denzel stopped by Mount Vernon this week, but check out RNN’s video on the visit. Towards the end, you’ll see Denzel “go Training Day” on anchor Andrew Whitman.
But don’t get it twisted, Andrew Whitman is the baddest suspendered journalist on the planet. While all the other networks were asking Denzel fluff questions, the RNN titan asked Denzel if Mount Vernon was placing more emphasis on saving its sports programs rather than its teachers. Denzel fired back with an Oscar-worthy performance.
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At The Movies with Aman and Chris: Denzel Washington’s rant inspires Russell Crowe conversation • 08.26.08
Even at the end of a long work day, we Suburbarazzi talk about things. Y’know, everyday stuff. Socioeconomic development in Uganda. Fluffy bunnies. And movies, I guess.
So when I asked my fellow Suburbarazzo via Facebook chat tonight about today’s appearance by Denzel Washington in Mount Vernon, it segued into a discussion about former Nyack dweller, Russell Crowe.
The conversation below has been edited for clarity and to make us look like we care about capitalization in online conversation. Please note that I made Aman — a stand-up comedian — laugh twice or at least write out the phrase “hahahaha” two times to pretend he was. Either way, I’ll pretend he was in hysterics reading my hilarious words of hilarity.
The chat at one point picked up when Aman told me Washington said he was “really upset” about the Mount Vernon’s school district’s budget woes.
Aman: He was just really heated about the whole subject
Chris: Why does one of the world’s best actors need to be defensive about that, though?
Chris: Maybe he feels guilty, in retrospect, that he donated money to athletics when teaching jobs were later cut
Aman: One thing I give Denzel serious props about, that man seriously knows how to select good movie scripts to act in
Aman: Like whats the last flop movie he was in?
Chris: Absolutely. He’s amazing.
Chris: Even Russell Crowe does “A Good Year” now and then
Aman: Meh, “Master and Commander” I wasn’t a fan of
Chris: My dad likes that flick
Chris: But no one liked “A Good Year”
Aman: Yeah I dont think I saw that one
Chris: I think Russell Crowe attended its premiere, threw his cell phone at the projectionist and walked out the emergency exit door, setting off the fire alarm and sprinklers
Aman: Apparently he’s going to play Bill Hicks in a biopic movie
Chris: I still love that guy though.
Chris: Like, will defend him 100 percent
Aman: Oh I like him too
Chris: That (Bill Hicks movie)’d be good. “The Insider” is one of my favorite movies
Chris: And maybe his best acting performance ever
Aman: Agreed, I do have a soft spot for “Gladiator” though
Chris: Good movie. Not great.
Chris: Although I like that Jay-Z uses his “Is this not why you are here?” speech to open “What More Can I Say?”
(Non-AP photo of Aman Ali and Chris Serico wearing ironic T-shirts featuring puns involving the original Nintendo Entertainment System/Aman Ali and Chris Serico)
Cop pulls out gun on Diddy • 08.25.08
A Los Angeles cop allegedly pulled out a gun on Diddy during a routine traffic stop over the weekend.
Hmm, maybe he really really wanted to work for Diddy.
Apparently when Diddy was stopped, his entourage got out of the car and the cop pulled out the gun “fearing for his safety.”
Whose afraid of Diddy? I mean what’s he gonna do, awkardly dance until his opponent runs away after not being able to watch the torment?
(AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
This begs the question: If the Yonkers-raised, Bedford-dwelling Ruff Ryder and the Central Nyack icon met behind bars, would the encounter more likely spawn a triple-platinum collaboration or rap’s best beef since 50 Cent and Ja Rule? Post your predictions below. Hypothetical (and clean) song titles are also welcome.
And while you’re at it, vote in the new poll in the right margin: Who’s the best rapper with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley? We’re starting you off with Diddy (Mount Vernon), DMX, Heavy D (Mount Vernon), Jadakiss (Yonkers), Jay-Z (Scarsdale), Lucky Me and Styles P (Yonkers). Feel free to add your own suggestions as long as they actually exist and at some point lived in the LoHud (Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties).
(Photo of DMX: AP Photo/Louis Lanzano; Photo of Lucky Me: The Journal News/Vincent DiSalvio.)
Diddy Wants a Gold Medal for Sex • 08.14.08
Mount Vernon-raised P. Diddy told New York Magazine he could win the U.S. Olympic team a gold medal (in bed).
Diddy was asked if he were to compete in the Olympics, his dream gold medal would be for “who could have sex the longest. I think that’s an event I can do well in. And probably who could stay up the longest.”
Take that Michael Phelps! He thought he told you that he won’t stop, he thought he told you that he wont stop!
Diddy clarified to the reporter “Just so you know, that’s supposed to be funny. Even though I am serious.”
When asked who he’d compete against, he said “Whoever’s up for the challenge.”
If that was an Olympic event, I’m sure Diddy would have some stiff competition.
AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
OK, I’ll fess up to this: I only saw the last few minutes of last night’s rerun of the premiere of “I Want to Work for Diddy,” the new Vh1 reality show in which contestants compete for the privilege of being Sean “Diddy” Combs’ personal assistant.
But even with eight minutes’ worth of data, I can conclude with some certainty that the former Mount Vernon resident doesn’t appear to be taking this employment opportunity seriously.
For starters, he wasn’t even on the three-person panel who determined last night’s eliminated contestant. I didn’t even recognize anyone on the panel. Heck, I don’t think Diddy recognized anyone on the panel.
Anony-panel was introduced to a contestant by the name of Kim, who lost the first arbitrary challenge — whatever inanity it was. Based on what was said, she not only did everything wrong but showcased an attitude problem to boot. She then picked another contestant, Georgette, to be subjected to elimination because Georgette was complaining about running around in high heels.
So here’s the rough translation of how that Diddy-less elimination process went down:
Panelist 1: Wow, Kim fouled up the challenge, threw everyone else under the bus and has a major attitude problem.
Panelist 2: But Georgette said her feet hurt.
Panelist 3: Later, Dr. Scholl’s.
Watch the final scene here.
As the credits rolled, the teaser for the next episode cited a quote that compared “I Want to Work for Diddy” to a show hosted by Westchester real estate maven Donald Trump: “It’s ‘The Apprentice’ but cooler,” raved somebody. Unless “cooler” means “more desperate” these days, I’m not buyin’ it.
Plus, I’m wary of any game show whose grand prize is labor.
Am I right about Kim or did Georgette deserve the boot? And what’s up with Diddy being too busy to show up for his own show? Even The Donald shows up to mail in that part. Leave your comments below.
(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Denzel Donates $100k for Mount Vernon sports • 08.07.08
After Mount Vernon schools announced extensive budget cuts to its after school programs this year, the city announced today actor Denzel Washington donated $100,000 to help the programs.
Aside from his terrific acting, one thing I really love about Denzel is he never forgets his Mount Vernon roots. He always manages to find time to stay active in Mount Vernon’s youth programs and is one of very few Hollywood celebrities that is immune to my Sword of Sarcasm.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Is Diddy Engaged? • 07.28.08
Not according to his rep, who told People.com that the rumor is a “complete fabrication.”
Speculation picked up over the weekend about whether or not the Mount Vernon native was planning on tying the knot with singer Cassie, a New London native signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy record label.
Cassie told reporters earlier this month the two are not together but “definitely friends.”
Just friends? That’s about as credible as me denying my healthy heterosexual man-crush on Jack Bauer.
Diddy has tried to steer attention away from the rumors by talking about his VH1 reality show debuting next month about contestants competing to be his next personal assistant. But if only we cared. Poor Diddy, he’s about as relevant today as Dwayne Wayne’s sunglasses.
(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
‘F’ is also for ‘fundraiser’: Susie Essman to headline tomorrow’s gala at Donald Trump’s Briarcliff golf club • 06.03.08
Mount Vernon native Susie Essman is known for her frequent and freakin’ hilarious use of the “f” word on “Curb Your Enthusiam,” but tomorrow that letter will stand for “fundraiser.”
The actress/comedienne is headlining the annual Gilda Gala tomorrow night at Donald Trump’s golf club in Briarcliff Manor.
Founded a decade ago and named after “Saturday Night Live” pioneer Gilda Radner, Gilda’s Club supports financial, emotional and social support to people living with cancer and their families.
Tickets are $500 apiece and cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. For more information about Gilda’s Club Westchester, click here.
Podcast: May 28 • 05.28.08
On the big show this week: Menudo at Playland, The Donald and O.J., and Jesse McCartney’s rumored ladyfriend.
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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s trivia quesiton: Danity Kane is the brainchild of what hip-hop icon with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley?
A. Sean “Diddy” Combs, raised in Mount Vernon
B. DMX, Bedford resident
C. Heavy D, raised in Money Earnin’ Mount Vernon
It’s good to be Jesse McCartney right now.
Even if the Ardsley native gave away a No. 1 hit to Leona Lewis, his catchy “Leavin'” is soaring up the charts. Plus, lately he’s been seen gallavanting and posing for photos with Danity Kane’s Aubrey O’Day.
In addition to posting the photos in the previous link, JustJared claims the couple were “spotted in each otherâ€™s arms … at club Butter in New York City” on May 19.
Even if they’re not dating, they appear at the very least they appear to be chummy friends. No word yet if she’s been racking up the frequent flier miles on his “G5, G5,” either.
For those keeping score, O’Day is 24 years old and McCartney’s 21. McCartney might just seem younger because of his earlier start in the industry, his baby face and his recent work in “Alvin & The Chipmunks.” But now he’s legally allowed to drink you under the table, so be warned.
Of course, O’Day’s group is the brainchild of Sean “Diddy” Combs, who spent his later childhood in Mount Vernon.
(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Podcast: May 21 • 05.21.08
On the big show this week: Joe Girardi visits Fox Lane High School, Emeril jumps ship from the Food Network, and Diddy’s Foxwoods bash.
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Quiz: Leona Lewis, one of the hitmakers to be helmed by Pound Ridge resident Clive Davis, scored an international No. 1 with her hit “Bleeding Love.” Which singer with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley cowrote the song?
A. Mariah Carey, formerly of Bedford
B. Kimberley Locke, North Salem resident
C. Jesse McCartney, Ardsley native
The answer, as always, is at the end of the video or after the break. It’s also revealed in, uh, the next post down.