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


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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Tim Robbins rocks out at Woodie Guthrie tribute with Pearl Jam guitarist

tim-robbins.jpgNot available in any store: Tim Robbins sings!

Evidently brought to you by the letter “W,” the Wednesday tribute to Woodie Guthrie at Webster Hall featured the Pound Ridge resident not only hosting, but kickin’ out some Guthrie jams with Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. Rolling Stone reports:


Tim Robbins — who has a surprisingly robust, Eddie Vedder-ish voice — sang some Guthrie tunes with Gossard and also served as the evening’s host, setting a politically charged tone by reading from Guthrie’s anti-war writings between performances.


Could Susan Sarandon’s album of Joan Baez covers be far behind?

(AP Photo/Chris Weeks)

Sarandon, Imperioli, and Tucci make up lovely cast of ‘The Lovely Bones’

Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli

Too soon to start making Best Picture Oscar predictions for 2009? Naah.

The one movie I’m already set to place my bets on is Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” an adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel about a murdered 14-year-old girl who looks on from the afterlife to see what happens to her family when she goes missing. In addition to the amazing source material, what’s also exciting is that this flick will have an even more LoHudalicious cast than “City of Ember” (starring Bill Murray and Tim Robbins) and “Dancing with Shiva” (Debra Winger, Bill Irwin). Yes, in this one we have not one, not two, but three stars with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley.

First, there’s Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon, set to play the grandmother of the murdered girl. Then you’ve got Michael Imperioli, who grew up in Brewster and Mount Vernon, playing a cop searching for the girl. And finally, according to the Hollywood Reporter, North Salem’s Stanley Tucci may play the molester/murderer (Jackie Earl Haley, you started a trend!). And with Jackson behind the camera and DreamWorks footing the bill, this project is essentially a stacked deck. If only this movie were listed on the Hollywood Stock Exchange, I’d begin gobbling up futures today.

UPDATE: Spoke too soon. The movie is listed on the Exchange. Current price: H$42.91. Ticker symbol: LVBON.

Buy! Buy! Buy!

One thing Susan Sarandon and Paris Hilton share in common: Doggie dress-up

sarandon-in-woodcock.jpgIn the best piece of celebrity dog gossip to hit the Lower Hudson Valley since Vanessa Williams’ pooch went missing last spring, the word is out that Susan Sarandon’s dog has a starring role in her new comedy, “Mr. Woodcock.”

According to ContactMusic, the Pound Ridge resident always takes Penny the puppy with her on set. And while filming this movie with Billy Bob Thornton, the costume designers decided to dress up the dog just like her beauty queen character. Here’s how Sarandon summed it all up.


They did a really sweet thing. I had brought my little dog, who’s just a mutty dog and they made her a prom dress just like mine. … She wore it to my son Jack’s pre-prom junior year dance, last May (07). It had little rhinestones and was made from the same material as my outfit in the film.

I’m now starting a scrap book with my dog with all of these pictures on different sets because it’s pretty funny.


Note to Tim Robbins: Lest you want Jack to get his ass whooped at Senior prom, you best advise him to leave the dog at home.

(“Mr. Woodcock� photo from New Line Cinema)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Letterman’s the ‘get,’ Moll’s on the ‘Net, and Amurri’s tête-à-tête

Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming interview of North Salem resident David Letterman; “Night Court” star Richard Moll’s Yorktown Heights shoot for an Internet mockumentary; and Eva Amurri’s rejection of the risque role that her mother, Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon, made famous.


After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton and his nephew ran into the family of Al Gore’s oldest daughter at what unusual Manhattan location a couple of weeks ago?

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Susan Sarandon’s daughter rejects offer to play mom’s role in ‘Rocky Horror’ remake

eva2.jpgFor the second time in three months, a child of Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon had an uncomfortable exchange involving Sarandon’s role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Her daughter, Eva Amurri, recently was offered Sarandon’s role of Janet Weiss in a “Rocky Horror” remake. Ben Widdicombe of the New York Daily News cites a “friend” to describe Amurri’s response:

She thought it was funny, but she turned it down because she’s more serious than that. She said, ‘Can you believe that’s what they’re offering me?’

Sarandon’s 18-year-old son, Jack Robbins, reportedly admitted in June to a Manhattan audience that he was viewing “Rocky Horror” in full for the first time. The Daily News said Jack — whose father is Tim Robbins — admitted “he’d never seen the film all the way through because his mother wouldn’t let him watch ‘the naughty parts.'”

Thanks again to Witticombe, who also reported today on the unusual Clinton-Gore reunion at Mars 2112.

(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

Shop Like a Celeb: Where to buy Susan Sarandon’s furniture

(AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)Pop quiz: Name a Scandinavian furniture company with 193 locations worldwide, including 23 in the U.S., where Susan Sarandon buys bedroom sets. If you answered Ikea — well, sorry folks. What, you think the Pound Ridge movie star is going to be caught dead with $100 dressers in her home?

No, the correct answer is BoConcept — a store that, to be honest, I hadn’t really heard of until it opened up on Central Park Avenue in Scarsdale earlier this year. Up til now, I’d been kind of boycotting, on the grounds that no store should have been allowed to occupy the space where the Fine Arts Cinema was forced to vacate. But, after reading this article in the Post, I was intrigued.

Not only do local celebrity power couples shop there, but the furniture isn’t actually all that outrageously expensive. Think an $800 sofa beds, $1,900 dining tables, and $1,700 entertainment units. As the Post put it, “BoConcept’s style-for-less line-up caters to New Yorkers who have graduated from Ikea.” Still not enough to get me to cross the Archway Shopping Center picket line, but if you’re in the market for a celebrity-approved headboard, you know where to go.

(AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Bryce Dallas Howard directs, Tim Robbins reflects, and Hayden Paniettiere’s legal for… cigarettes

Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about the directorial debut of Byram Hills High School alumna Bryce Dallas Howard; a Robert Altman tribute to be attended by Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins; and the 18th birthday of Palisades native Hayden Panettiere.

After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: What defunct radio station dumped stand-up comedian Nick Di Paolo’s show when the station switched formats?

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Tim Robbins to attend public tribute to Robert Altman

tim-robbins.jpgY? Because he wants to.

Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins will join fellow actor Bob Balaban on Sept. 23 at the 92nd Street Y for a discussion about the late Academy-Award winning director, Robert Altman.

Altman directed Robbins in 1992’s “The Player,” 1993’s “Short Cuts” and 1994’s “Prêt-à-Porter,” so the actor should have quite a few stories to tell about Altman, who died in November due to cancer complications.

The 7:30 p.m. event, which includes film clips, will be moderated by entertainment journalist and historian Eddy Friedfeld.

Has the 92nd Street Y usurped Nobu as the place for A-listers to be seen? Check out some of the other celebrities booked for the weeks ahead, according to The Apiary: Michael Palin, Larry David, Stephen Colbert and Steve Martin.

(AP Photo/Chris Weeks)

Tim Robbins reportedly harassed at Mets game, later called ‘Commie’ by fan

tjndc5-5b5pznsmk2ob999hezi_layout.jpgAfter reading a Mets fan’s alleged encounter with Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins, here’s reason No. 385 why I’m happy I’m a Yankee fan.

I’m an avid fan of ESPN columnist Bill Simmons, a.k.a. Sports Guy, which is somewhat surprising because he loves to rag on my favorite teams — particularly the Yankees (he’s a fan of Boston’s pro teams) and Boston College (he’s an alumnus of “rival” Holy Cross). But I can put up with his misguided rooting interests because he’s a talented, honest and hysterically funny writer.

Every now and then, Simmons answers readers’ questions in his regular mailbag column. He traditionally closes each of these with a crazy and/or controversial submission, to which he responds only with “Yup … these are my readers.”

Here’s a letter from “Frank B., New York” that prompted that reaction in Friday’s mailbag. Keep in mind the letter-writer’s brother is referencing Robbins’ role in the baseball movie “Bull Durham”:


I sat four seats over from Tim Robbins at Shea last night. He didn’t even acknowledge my drunk brother calling him ‘Meat’ for three innings straight. Not even a response after (Moises) Alou went deep and he hit him with the obligatory ‘He hit the … bull! He gets a free steak.’ If you see him around tell him to stop spreading his commie propaganda and grow a sense of humor. Thanks SG.


Wow, you mean peppering a guy with drunk versions of quotes from a movie that came out 19 years ago isn’t the best way to solicit a positive response? This “fan” should just be happy that Robbins didn’t go Nuke LaLoosh and bury a fastball in his brother’s temple.

Go Yanks.

(Photo: Gannett News Service, Joel Warren/Orion)

Mos Def and Susan Sarandon team up to fight fat kids


This coming September, Pound Ridge’s Sarandon and rapper-turned-thespian Mos Def will be presiding over the 4th Annual Children’s Sports & Fitness Expo in NYC as honorary co-chairs. As event founder Vincent Ferguson put it, “With their support [Def and Sarandon], we hope to bring more attention to the fact that 1 in 3 children born since 2000 will get diabetes according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Children will lose 3 to 5 years off of their lives because of obesity. This is a call to action.”

The event will involve over 5,000 children, and will get them involved in lots of free activities, including 25 sports, nutritional classes, and admiring the chiseled, fat-free jawbones of the honorary co-chairs.

“Mos Def, Susan Sarandon Help Kids Slim Down” [Hip Hop Elements]

(AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini) 

Another LoHud match made in heaven: Tim Robbins and Bill Murray in ‘City of Ember’


Last week I wrote about Nyack director Jonathan Demme and Irvington actress Debra Winger teaming up, and this week we’ve got an even more dynamic trans-Hudson duo: Pound Ridge’s Tim Robbins and Sneden’s Landing’s Bill Murray. The two superstar actors will both star in “City of Ember,” a bizarre sounding flick about power outages in a fantasy world that Murray’s character governs.

Robbins’ character is supposed to be an inventor, who may or may not have the cure to the city’s power shortages. Murray plays a bad-guy politician. Normally at this point I’d make some snotty reference to “The Hudsucker Proxy” or the nausea-inducing trailer “Stardust.” But, well, I’m sure that with the combined creative powers of both Westchester and Rockland, “Ember” will be nothing like those movies. “The Life Aquatic,” maybe, but certainly not “Stardust.”

“Robbins Joins Murray’s Energy Crisis” [CinemaBlend]

(Robbins: AP Photo/Chris Weeks; Murray: AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)