EXCLUSIVE: Tom Brokaw bought an ice-cream scoop

As you may already know, the self proclaimed “sex-kitten” Eartha Kitt died on Christmas day. She was most famous for her song “Santa Baby” and her role as Catwoman on the 1960s ridiculously awesome Batman show.

Kitt lived in Pound Ridge throughout the 1990s before moving to Connecticut. Joan Silbersher, who runs Antiques & Tools of Business & Kitchen in Pound Ridge, told me Kitt was a frequent customer.

“She used to walk by regularly with her dog wearing these weights on her ankles,” Silbersher said. “She was a very attractive woman. She was so fit and so charming.”

Silbersher said her store is also frequented by other celebs that live in the northern Westchester area, including Richard Gere, Tom Brokaw and Martha Stewart.

Wanna know what they buy from her store? Come on, you know you care.

Get this, Tom Brokaw bought an ice cream scoop there over the summer! For some reason, I find that hilarious. Picture a journalism titan who has squared off with some of the world’s most destructive dictators… scooping some Rocky Road into a bowl and dousing it with fruity sprinkles.

(I wonder if Tom Brokaw hums the NBC Nightly News theme song right before he makes himself a yummy snack.)

As you know, Richard Gere owns the Bedford Post Inn. So what’s he buying for his restaurant?

“Richard and his wife came through recently buying a copper boiler,” Silbersher said. “He said he was going to use it as an ice container for his restaurant.”

Using a copper boiler as an ice-container? Talk about a fashion no-no, that’s soooo 2005!

Now, Martha Stewart is a domestic doyen. I’m sure she hits up Silbersher’s store all the time.

“Actually, ever since Martha went to prison, she hasn’t come through at all,” Silbersher said.

Hmm, coincidence???

I’m really hoping you’ve caught onto my sarcasm in this post.

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Bye-bye Brokaw

Pound Ridge resident Tom Brokaw (or as I like to call him, “T-Bro”) has officially stepped down as interim host of NBC’s Meet the Press and passed off the baton to White House reporter David Gregory, also a host of his own show on MSNBC.

Granted, I have a healthy heterosexual man crush on Tom Brokaw, but I think he truly deserves some kudos.

Here’s a guy who for over 20 years anchored NBC’s nightly newscast and is no doubt one of the greatest journalists in our generation. And after Meet the Press host Tim Russert (another one of my healthy heterosexual man crushes) unexpectedly died this summer, Brokaw came out of retirement and took over while NBC searched for a replacement.

The show made several headlines under Brokaw’s short tenure, including former Secretary of State Collin Powell who told Brokaw on Meet the Press that he was endorsing Barack Obama instead of John McCain.

And according to the Baltimore Sun, Brokaw actually brought in a larger audience than Russert. In November, Meet the Press averaged 4.491 million viewers a week — almost a million more than ABC’s Sunday show and almost 3 million more than Fox’s.

For that T-Bro, we salute you.

(AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Legion of LoHud celebs donates artistic skills to benefit Brewster charity

The Columbus Day Parade has gone to the dogs!

Well, art shaped like dogs. Whatever. It’s a good cause. Stay with me here.

This Monday, the artwork of celebrities – many with a connection to the Lower Hudson Valley – will be paraded down the streets of New York City as part of an initiative to raise money for a Brewster charity.

gere.jpgAbout 30 celebs painted life-sized fiberglass dogs that will be aboard a float in the city’s Columbus Day Parade. Among the artistic celebs with a local connection are Pound Ridge residents Richard Gere (pictured) and Clive Davis; Bedford residents Chevy Chase, Glenn Close, Robert Kennedy Jr., Paul Shaffer and Martha Stewart; Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams; North Salem resident and John Jay High School alumnus Stanley Tucci; and former Putnam County resident Judge Judy Sheindlin.

The money raised through a subsequent auction will benefit Green Chimneys, a 60-year-old non-profit organization that operates a special education school, a residential treatment center for children and a farm and wildlife rehabilitation center in Brewster. The auction ends Nov. 1.

For the rest of October, the dogs will be on display at the TimeWarner Center in Columbus Circle.

Among the other celebrities to apply their palates to fake pups were Fiona Apple, Rachael Ray, Robin Quivers, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Goodall, Cyndi Lauper, Soledad O’Brien, Joe Piscopo, Mike Richter and Bill Walton.

Check out and bid on all the dogs at www.CharityFolks.com and learn more about Green Chimneys at www.GreenChimneys.org.

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Podcast: Sept. 18

On the show this week: I name-drop Eastchester native Bobby Moynihan, who makes a strong “SNL” debut; Eva Amurri rolls her eyes at the style of Pound Ridge mom Susan Sarandon; and former LoHud dwellers Denzel Washington and Henry “The Fonz” Winkler were among a star-studded crowd to check out the USC-Ohio State game.

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“American Idol” finalist Kimberley Locke helped organize a fundraiser that will be held this Saturday at Caramoor in Katonah to benefit the charity Camp Heartland. Which star of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” is scheduled to host?
A. Wayne Brady
B. Drew Carey
C. Colin Mochrie
D. Ryan Stiles
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Keith Olbermann vs. Tom Brokaw

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MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, who grew up in Tarrytown, is trying to get MSNBC to ban Tom Brokaw, who lives in Pound Ridge.

Apparently Brokaw has expressed his dismay of Olbermann’s heavily opinionated reporting, and now Olberman is trying to give Brokaw the boot.

By the way, I highly recommend you watch the Democratic National Convention coverage on MSNBC this week. Even if you’re not a political junkie, it’s worth tuning in because Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Joe Scarborough  have fighting nonstop on the air.tjndc5-5cx5s59ynsn1cltm333q_original.jpg

Last night, Keith Olbermann did this handpuppet gesture to make fun of Chris Matthews, and Matthews cut him off and threatened him.

Huffington Post has all the details, with clips.

(Olbermann: AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Brokaw: AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Clive Davis, Mike Bloomberg wanna rock (ROCK!)

Music producer icon Clive Davis of Pound Ridge helped Billy Joel, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and others hold a press conference yesterday to announce the November opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in SoHo.

clive.jpgA photographer at the event snapped this Davis photo, which either has no depth perception or showcases a Paul Bunyan-sized guitar. I’m going to pretend the latter, because it looks like that six-string is preparing to take the podium to deliver a speech and/or bust out some “Freebird.”

Another equally curious photo from yesterday’s press conference is one with Davis and Bloomberg offering a two-gun salute. And while I don’t necessarily agree with BestWeekEver.tv’s Dan Hopper that it’s “scientifically the most non-rocking thing that exists,” I’m not going to pretend I didn’t laugh at that assessment.

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Ralph Lauren designs USA’s attire for Olympics’ Opening Ceremonies

“Project Runway” is educational!

ralph.jpgSometime between watching Tim Gunn’s brave attempts to deliver the phrase “Holla atcha boy” and trying to determine if Bettie Page-lookalike Kenley Collins is really a villain or just a hot girl being made out to be one, I learned last night that Bedford resident Ralph Lauren is designing the Americans’ outfits for tomorrow’s Olympic Opening Ceremonies.

The Houston Chronicle picks up on another interesting tidbit: The designer got involved through the request of another Lower Hudson Valley resident — Pound Ridge resident Tom Brokaw.

The design house took on the project late — early this year — after NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw, acting as an intermediary for the (United States Olympic Committee), phoned Ralph Lauren.

No word on whether Mr. Lauren feels his Olympic attire goes well with the pollution-cutting masks worn by the American cycling team. But feel free to judge some of his Olympic designs after the break. Continue reading

Susan Sarandon hates sick people and their sickly hospitals

Back in my old NYC hood, a battle is brewing over the proposed expansion of St. Vincent’s Hospital. Some Greenwich Villagers feel that the growth of the facility will have a negative impact on the neighborhood. Two of those people, according to Ecorazzi, are Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.

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The couple, you may recall, also have a vacation home in Pound Ridge, and are some of the most outspoken environmental activists. While I’m normally on their side (exception: when Robbins is railing against “our pornographic obsession with celebrity culture”), they’ve crossed some kind of line here. Opposing hospitals in any way, shape, or form just feels wrong.

And no, my doctor wife didn’t pay me to say that.

“Sarandon Fights Hospital Expansion” [ecorazzi]

(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Susan Sarandon takes a stand against SAG

The simmering feud between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists appears ready to finally hit a boil. Today AFTRA is expected to finally ratify its primetime deal with producers and studio — an arrangement that SAG is vehemently opposing, mostly because it’s hoping to strike its own sweet deal in the coming months, and any kind of actors-union precedent will make things trickier.

tjndc5-5b5nkmx58mg1fa46jezi_layout.jpgVariety has a nice breakdown of all the possible scenarios (11 to be exact) for what will happen if the AFTRA deal goes through, or if it somehow gets scuttled. But what I’ve been wondering lately is, where do our local celebs stand on the possibility of another Hollywood strike?

We’ve already seen that Rye native Justine Bateman was one of the first to stick her neck out for SAG. She’s since been joined by A-listers like Jack Nicholson, Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen.

Still, the AFTRA forces are mobilizing, and it looks like Susan Sarandon is ready to get vocal. Really, was there any doubt that the vocal Pound Ridger wouldn’t speak up sooner or later. According to the Chicago Tribune, she’s one of 600 actors (including Tom Hanks, Kevin Spacey and Alec Baldwin) who signed a letter in support of the AFTRA deal.

Meanwhile, George Clooney doesn’t have a dog in this fight. He just wants the two sides to stop “pitting artist against artist.” Still, if the can’t-we-all-just-get-along angle doesn’t work, I’m sure he’d settle for a little artist-on-artist action.

(AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

Podcast: July 2

On this week’s show: Richard Gere’s Fiat fracas, Ace Frehley’s surprise Pearl Jam show, and Bryce Dallas Howard in “Terminator 4.”

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This week’s quiz revolves around actor William Hurt, who lives in Sneden’s Landing.

Can you guess which TV show he’s just recently accepted a leading role on for next season?

A. 24
B. Damages
C. CSI: Boston
D. Heroes

Answer, as always, is at the end of the clip or after the break.

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Ace Frehley rocks out with Pearl Jam

If you’re fortunate enough to have tickets to the Pearl Jam concert tonight, a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation, you may just luck out like the folks who got to see the band on June 25 as Madison Square Garden. They were treated to guest appearances by Kiss guitarist and Chappaqua resident Ace Frehley, as well as C.J. Ramone of the Ramones. Frehely performed the Kiss favorite “Black Diamond” with the band. According to Billboard, a few of those who made the show last Wednesday were Olsen Twins, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and Pound Ridgers Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.

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Judging by the hefty prices for tonight’s show at the Beacon Theatre — from $518 to $3,450 on TicketCity — who knows, maybe you’ll get the full Kiss quartest and a half-dozen other Ramone relatives.

(Eddie Vedder photo:  AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Richard Gere’s Fiat fiasco

Richard Gere just can’t catch a break in Asia these days. First it was the Shilpa Shetty kiss heard round the world, which led to him being threatened with lawsuits for public indecency. Then it was his outspoken remarks about the upcoming Olympics, and how the opening ceremonies should be banned due to the Chinese government’s treatment of Tibet. Both of which, yes, were either intentionally or unintentionally bound to push some buttons. But now an ad that Gere filmed for Fiat’s Lancia Delta sedan is causing an uproar. The reason? Towards the end Gere plays in the snow with some pint-sized Buddhist monks.

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Seriously? The Chinese are that paranoid that an ad with no spoken words and no overtly political message can be interpreted as inflamatory? Apparently, yes. So much so that the Italian auto maker issued a public apology, saying it feels bad for “misinterpretations of its well-established position of neutrality.” Which, let’s face it, is like saying, ‘I’m sorry you blew things out of proportion,’

Fiat to keep running ad featuring actor Richard Gere in Tibet despite apology to China” [AP]