Hans Gruber to take the Pelham Picture House hostage

Karl, schieß auf das fenster.

[puzzled look]


Ahh, I love that movie. I know Alan Rickman has starred in everything from “Harry Potter” to “Galaxy Quest” to “Robin Hood” since, but none of his roles ever made quite such an indellible impression as Hans Gruber in “Die Hard.” (My wife, for the record, strongly objects, and thinks his performance in “Love Actually” is one for the ages.)

Anyway, getting back to the point of this post: Rickman has agreed to come preview his new film, “Bottle Shock,” at the Pelham Picture House on August 5th. Afterward, he’ll do the usual Peter Travers Q&A, along with the the film’s director, Randall Miller, and its producer, J. Todd Harris.

The film centers around the early days of California wine making,  back before Napa was a brand-name for vino. Rickman plays Steve Spurrier, the Brit who more or less helped put the wineries of California on the map when he organized the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976, aka “The Judgment of Paris,” in which the U.S. wines outshone those from France.


Tickets went on sale on Saturday through the Picture House’s website, and are still available. Rickman might not have the megawatt star power as some recent Picture House visitors by the names of Clooney and Cruise, but at $35, the tickets are a relative bargain. And — going out on a limb here — the movie looks a little more entertaining than “Leatherheads.”

Course, it would be all the more so if somehow the screenplay managed to work the following line into the Spurrier character’s dialogue: “Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.”


EDIT: Ok, I just checked Rickman’s IMDB page and made a heinous omission: “Something the Lord Made,” the HBO film about the doctors who pioneered the first form of heart surgery on blue babies. If you haven’t seen it yet, Netflix that one. Co-stars Mos Def in an equally excellent performance. Still not quite on the level of “Die Hard,” but absolutely deserving of the Emmy it won in 2004.

(Photos: IPW) 

Podcast: May 14

On the podcast this week: George Clooney comes to Pelham, Mary J. Blige launches her own women’s center, and DMX gets arrested two times in one week. Yes, seriously, two times in one week.

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The quiz this week:

Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams finally got her college diploma over the weekend … 25 years after she dropped out to become Miss America. Can you guess which school she graduated from?

A. Harvard
C. Syracuse
D. Howard

Now, unlike Karen DePodwin, please don’t look this up on Google. That’s called cheating, friends.

Make an honest guess, then watch the video or click through to read the answer after the break.

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George Clooney comes clean on why he won’t campaign for Barack Obama

It’s already a well-known fact: George digs Barack. His support for Obama has been widely reported,obama-clooney.jpg everywhere from ABC to the Washington Post to TMZ. Even BarackObama.com seems to take pride in Clooney’s reference to Obama being “like a rock star.”

So why, then, hasn’t Clooney campaigned for the Illinois senator? If Oprah and Bruce Springsteen are happy to hit the campaign trail, why not Dr. Doug Ross?

That was one of the topics Clooney addressed Wednesday night in Pelham, during his talk with Peter Travers at the Picture House. In a nutshell, he thinks it helps Obama more by not publically endorsing him, by not making stump speeches. What’s more, this isn’t he first time Clooney has boycotted a campaign because he felt his image would do more harm than good.

Shockingly, he took the exact same tack with his own father’s campaign for Congress back in 2004. Nick Clooney ultimately lost anyway, but George said that public appearances by him would have only made matter worse. Clooney explains the dilemma in his own words — and discusses whether he’d ever run for office himself — after the break.

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Clooney on life, liberty, and the ‘Leatherheads’ letdown

Continued coverage of George Clooney’s visit to Pelham last night. First, better photos of the event, courtesy Jay Ackerman and the Picture House:






More photos, quotes from Clooney, and my thoughts on the event after the break. Many thanks to the Picture House for inviting me to the Q&A, which was a fundraiser for their planned expansion project.

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Liveblog: George Clooney in Pelham

Keep in mind: I’m attempting to do this on an iPhone. Excuse the typos and hurried language. Ok, here goes.

6:42 Just arrived. I’m guessing the audience is 80-90 percent women. No Clooney. Yet.

7:00 Packed house. Standing room only. The Picture House officials tell me the event sold out in 1 minute.

7:11 Roll tape. New Picture House documentary. Very slick.

7:15 New Picture House motto: “Life Art Popcorn”


Catchy, no?

Jennifer Christman now giving fundraising speech.

7:25 Movie just began. Woman to my right is complaining about the bright iPhone screen. Gotta stop typing. (Besides, what do you really care what I think about “Leatherheads”?) See you in a couple hours.

8:30 Quick visit to lobby to pick up Sour Patch Kids. Throngs of young kids assembled outside, behind police barricades, waiting for Clooney to show. Still no sign of the man.


9:10 Movie over.

Christian introduces Travers.

Travers calls down Clooney.


Standing o

9:15 Clooney tried out for Cincy Reds. Who knew?

9:17 Rosanne Barr memories

Time mag article

Happy belated birthday to Clooney (he turned 47 yesterday)

9:20 Clooney: “This movie bombed. Bombed badly”


9:25 Clooney on the recent Time mag cover: “the ‘Last Movie Star’ … well, it’s better than being last reality TV star”

9:28 Clooney on batman: “the nipples on the suit were for feeding little bats”

9:30 Remember, “Out of Sight” and “O Brother” bombed too

9:35 Clooney thankful for “Ladykillers” — the only Coen bros. movies considered more of a bomb than his

9:38 Stories on growing up clooney (I’ll post quotes later. Can’t type fast enough)

9:45 “Oscar campaigns are like Hillary-Barack”

More Darfur stories

9:56 Questions from audience

Clooney not psyched to mediate with pipeline terrorists

9:59 Q: boxers or briefs?
A: when acting, I like to go commando

10:02 Darfur — “It gnaws at me”

Clooney NOT running for political office

10:25 Last question

Crowd sings Clooney Happy Birthday

Clooney signs autographs for screaming Pelham teenage girls



Clooney and I hop into Chevy Suburban to go booze it up with Danny DeVito and a bottle of Limoncello


Thanks for reading

More quotes and pics from the event tomorrow

T-minus three hours until George Clooney

UPDATE: Success! I was able to email a few photos from the event into a Flickr pool. It’s a brave new world here on Suburbarazzi.

In addition to the photos from Pelham, you can also view a few photos of Clooney shooting “Burn After Reading” in New Rochelle last fall. These shots were taken by Robert Cox.

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Podcast: May 7

On the podcast this week: Clooney coming to Pelham, Denzel doling out neuroscience dollars in Mount Vernon, and Panettiere on FunnyorDie.

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And, of course, the quiz:

As the Clooney event suggests, the Pelham Picture House has been on a roll lately, luring in some of Hollywood’s biggest megawatt celebs. Can you guess which of the following has NOT appeared at the tiny theater in the past year?

A. Michael Douglass
B. Tom Cruise
C. Sean Penn
D. Steve Carell

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Liveblogging Leatherheads and George Clooney

Some bloggers like to liveblog the Oscars? Other tackle shareholder reports? tjndc5-5jjod6odpgm1j2uw9l8e_layout.jpgWell, here in suburbia, we don’t have too many celebrity events worth covering live. But, well, I’m figuring George Clooney’s visit to Pelham tonight is about as close as we’ll get. And thanks to the good folks at the Picture House, who invited me to cover the event, I’ll be there to do the honors.

I’m not sure exactly what a blow-by-blow of the Leatherheads screening and subsequent Q&A tonight will look like. But if you’re even the slightest bit curious about what Clooney has to say about Obama, the Time 100, Gawker, and the rest of the blogarazzi — a few of the things I’m hoping to ask about — tune in here tonight around 9 p.m.

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Pelham Picture House sells out $125-a-ticket screening of ‘Leatherheads’

Yeah, that might have a little something to do with the fact that the director is showing up on Wednesday night to do a Q&A with Peter Travers afterwards. Some dude named Clooney.


First Sean Penn and Michael Douglass came to support the little theater that could. Then Tom Cruise. Now this? Travers ain’t messing around!

From what I gather from the Picture House’s website, the fundraiser screening, taking place this Wednesday, must have sold out in a matter of minutes (as did the Cruise one I went to a few months back). Never mind the $125 ticket price.

I don’t know what the chance is of us getting a media pass (first dibs usually go to The Journal News film reporter, Kevin Canfield, who broke the Clooney story). Me, I’m just happy that we finally get to christen our first series of George Clooney posts. And here I thought Gawker was the only celebrity site in the Tri-State region that had the good fortune to stalk — and then get stalked by — King George.

Never mind that, according to Joel Stein’s rankings of the Time 100 Most Influential People, Clooney only comes in as the No. 29 (sandwiched between Britney Spears and Muqtada al-Sadr), I still consider him to be at least ahead of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (No. 10 on Stein’s list). Besides, wasn’t it Stein himself who proclaimed Clooney “The Last Movie Star” — and got a courtesy dinner date out of the man? You’d figure that, at the very least, would have given the man a bump in the ratings.

Anyway, back to the Pelham event. Canfield reports that, considering that the film has taken in a less-than-impressive $30 million at the box office, Travers isn’t going to lob out softball questions for Clooney. “I would ask him, I think, right away why the public didn’t embrace the movie we just watched, what he thinks about it and does he feel defensive about it?” Travers said, adding:

“But the conversation we’re having is much more than ‘Leatherheads.’ It’ll be about ‘Burn After Reading,’ the movie he made with the Coen brothers that will open in September; about his style of directing; and how he feels as a celebrity having political ideas and opinions, how it hurts or it doesn’t hurt him.

“The idea is to just talk to filmmakers who have a stake, not just in the particular movie they made but in how movies will get made in the future.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t mind if, in the future, more movies banked on the $125-a-ticket model. Especially limited-appeal stuff like documentaries about Darfur. Just so long as a I’m guaranteed a Clooney at every screening — or, for $45 less, a Clooney impersonator or Muqtada al-Sadr — I’m happy.

“Captain Clooney comes to Pelham” [LoHud]

(Photo: Nathan Strange/The Associated Press)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Cruise conquers Pelham, Ramsay renovates Tuckahoe restaurant


This week’s quiz:

Which of the following local celebs is going to star Donald Trump’s new celebrity version of “The Apprentice�?

• Chynna Philips, of Bedford
• Stephen Baldwin, of Upper Grandview
• Michael Imperioli, Brewster and Mount Vernon native
• Stone Phillips, of Dobbs Ferry

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Tom Cruise to arrive in Pelham tonight

tomcruise.jpegSay wha?! Tom Cruise in Westchester? Believe it, man.

As Kevin Canfield reported on LoHud last week, Cruise is coming to screen his new wartime suspense tale “Lions for Lambs” at the Pelham Picture House at 7 p.m. How on earth did that come to pass? Well, as with the recent visits from Sean Penn (screening “Into the Wild”) and Richard Gere (“The Hunting Party”), we have Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers to thank. As a member of the Picture House’s film advisory board, the Mamaroneck resident has been corralling movie star after movie star to make the trek up the Hutch for special advance screenings and Q&A sessions.

Still no word on whether Katie will be there — and we’ve already been told that interviews with Cruise are a no-go — but I’m planning to attend the event tonight and will share all the details tomorrow.

Got any questions you’d love to hear Cruise answer? Post ’em here and I’ll do my best to wave my arms uncontrollably during the Q&A and be your mouthpiece.

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George Clooney, Edward Norton coming to Westchester

As my colleague Ted Mann reported, Peter Travers announced this weekend at a gala for the Pelham Picture House that he would be setting up a film series bringing well-known actors, writers, and directors to the county for screenings followed by Q&As. Later in the evening, the famed Rolling Stone film critic, who M.C.-ed the charity event, told the excited attendees that he had already spoken to Edward Norton and George Clooney, and both expressed interest. The crowd cheered and Travers retorted: “I should have started by saying George Clooney.”

The series isn’t likely to kick off until the fall, Travers said.