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Josh Hamilton, former Hudson Valley Renegade, hits 1 of his 38 Home Run Derby dingers into ‘Pelham’07.15.08

It’s the new math.

hamilton.jpgComeback kid Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers crushed 28 homers in the first round of last night’s Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium — 20 more than any other player in that frame — but lost the doggone thing because the Minnesota Twins’ Justin Morneau hit more in the third and final round.

Never mind that Hamilton, who relaunched his career with the Hudson Valley Renegades, outslugged Morneau overall, 38-22. Or that Hamilton’s total could have been even bigger had he not essentially skipped the second round so that he could save it for the third. Totals from the first two rounds don’t carry over. Pffft. What a joke.

No matter. Did you see some of these shots? The Journal News’ Brian Heyman does a great job describing three of his most magnificent:

502 feet off the Bank of America sign behind the right-center bleachers and below the frieze; 504 feet to the back of the bleachers near the video board; and 518 feet to the black seats in center….

And while the Bank of America sign shot was the third-longest of the bunch, it was doubly exciting. The thundering thud with which the ball hit the sign was like none I’d ever heard as a devout, lifetime Yankee fan; and it was in the extremely short list of home runs ever coming close to being hit out of the stadium, even in an exhibition format.

A couple of LoHud-related notes about the broadcasting of Hamilton’s blasts:

Using the Yankee Stadium public address system to call the live action for the stadium crowd was Hartsdale resident Michael Kay, the main play-by-play broadcaster for the Yankees’ TV broadcasts.

And calling the Home Run Derby action for ESPN was Chris Berman, an alumnus of The Hackley School in Tarrytown. At the 3:53 mark of this must-watch MLB.com highlight reel, here’s how Berman described one of Hamilton’s moonshots: “This one is in Pelham!”

(Photo by Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)

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Podcast: June 1906.19.08

This week: Ron Howard’s vexing problems with the Vatican, Justine Bateman’s SAG sympathies, and Vanessa Williams return to Chappaqua.

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And the quiz — which, I might add, stumped Stacy-Ann (third week in a row!) — is as follows:

Which actor from the Lower Hudson Valley appears in M. Night Shyamalan’s new thriller “The Happening”?

A. Joseph Cross, of Pelham
B. Bill Irwin, of Nyack
C. Alan Ruck, of Piermont
D. Mel Gibson, of Peekskill/Verplanck

The big trick here: ALL of these actors have, at one point or another, appeared in a Shyamalan film.

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

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Podcast: May 1405.14.08

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
B. UCLA
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 Obama05.09.08

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’ letdown05.08.08

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

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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 Pelham05.07.08

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”

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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.

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9:10 Movie over.

Christian introduces Travers.

Travers calls down Clooney.

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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”

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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

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

Kidding

Thanks for reading

More quotes and pics from the event tomorrow

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T-minus three hours until George Clooney05.07.08

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 705.07.08

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 Clooney05.07.08

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.

(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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Gandolfini joins Washington in ‘Pelham’03.25.08

From mobster to mayor of New York. According to TV Guide, James Gandolfini is joining the cast of the remake of the action classic “The Taking of Pelham 123.”

In case you never saw the original, it’s about a thug (to be played by John Travolta in the update) who takes a subway car hostage and holds it for ransom. Gandolfini will play the role of NYC mayor facing the crisis.

gandolfini.jpgAnd while all of this (including the intentionally misleading title of this post) has nothing to do with the Westchester village of Pelham, we still have more than a few reasons to mention it on this here suburban celebrity blog. Among them: Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington will be taking on the role of subway security chief Zachary “Z” Garber, played by Walter Matthau in the original. And that’s not all! Former Scarsdale resident (and current NY Giants owner) Steve Tisch is also reportedly producing the flick. See, local connections galore.

Thanks to F.O.S. Amy Vernon for the tip.

“James Gandolfini to star in The Taking of Pelham 123” [TVGuide]

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

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Greenlights aren’t what they used to be03.06.08

The writer’s strike has been over for almost a month now, but to look at the list of stalled movies, all of which had previously gotten the green light from studios, it feels like Hollywood is still on hiatus. Here are just a few that have ties to Lower Hudson Valley residents (or natives) and, according to Variety, are going nowhere fast:

aaron-sorkin.jpg• “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” to be directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Scarsdale native Aaron Sorkin (right), was supposed to start shooting in April, but has now been put on hold. It looks like it won’t begin filming now until summer and fall, and Spielberg and Sorkin are planning to use the additional time to tighten their script. With a potentially blockbuster cast (among the names rumored on IMDB: Will Smith, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kevin Spacey, Colin Hanks, and Jeff Bridges), it’ll be interesting to see if the actors will still be available months and months down the road.

joseph-cross.jpg• “Justice League of America,” was once rumored to have Pelham’s Joseph Cross (right), of “Running with Scissors” fame, as one of its Hall of Justice superheros. And while the entire cast is still up in the air, the Variety account says that, despite delays, Warner Bros. is still trying desperately to begin shooting in mid-July, hoping for a summer ’09 release. Alas, that script needs work, too, and isn’t due to be finished for over a month.

ron-howard.jpg• “Angels and Demons,” Ron Howard’s “Da Vinci Code” prequel, appears to be the only film with a rock-solid plan. Shooting, which was supposed to begin before the strike, is now set to commence in Rome on June 5. Howard, who lives in Greenwich, “will spend three weeks shooting all of the film’s exterior scenes,” says Variety. “The rest of the film will be shot on Sony soundstages, where sets will wait, if necessary, until an actor’s strike is over. That allowed Sony to somewhat contain the costs to halt and re-start the picture.”

“Film greenlights in limbo” [Variety]

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: LoHud Halloween costumes, Charles Grodin’s book and Al Roker’s reports from the ‘Office’ convention10.31.07

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This week’s quiz: When Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins took the Webster Hall stage at an Oct. 17 tribute concert, he sang songs originally performed by the artist being honored that night. Who was this man of honor?

A. Bob Dylan
B. Woodie Guthrie
C. Pete Seeger

The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.

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