Tim Robbins to helm Showtime’s newest druggie series

tjndc5-5c1msiomysw1cj6owln3_layout.jpgAccording to Daily Variety (via FilmStew), the Pound Ridge resident is planning a new drama series about a family who works in the pharmaceutical biz. The show has fitting title “Possible Side Effects” and it’s expected that Robbins will write and possibly direct (no word on whether he’d star, too).

If you’ve seen “Weeds” — the hilarious, groundbreaking Showtime series about a widowed California mom who deals pot — then you know the pay-channel can pull off the suburban anxt and drug culture like none other. But will we get to see Susan Sarandon smoke a joint again, like she did in “Stepmom,” or are we talking strictly crystal meth and Vicodin? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

“Tim Robbins Just Says Yes” [FilmStew]

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Tim Robbins isn’t about to let Richard Gere show him up on the celebrity screening circuit


Not to be outdone by fellow Pound Ridger Richard Gere, actor-director Tim Robbins has booked his own local screening for later in the month. He’ll be showing “Cradle Will Rock,” a 1999 film he directed about the theater world during the communist scares of the 1930s, at Stamford’s Avon Theatre Film Center on March 19.

After the 7:30 p.m. screening, Robbins will do a Q&A with John Farr, a theater board member who invited Robbins to speak. According to the Stamford Advocate, Farr met Robbins at a Little League game in Bedford, N.Y., last year. Although the movie never got quite as much recognition as his other directorial efforts — “Bob Roberts,” “Dead Man Walking” — it has a stellar cast, including Hank Azaria, Bill Murray, the Cusack siblings, and of course Susan Sarandon. Tickets went on sale to nonmembers yesterday for $25 (or $15 for members). The 350-seat theater will probably sell out, so be sure to get yours by calling 661-0321.

Also exciting: next Tuesday, March 13, the Avon is going to have a screening of “The Namesake,” the adaptation of Jumpa Lahiri’s novel, and Q&A with the film’s director Mira Nair (who did “Monsoon Wedding” and “Vanity Fair”). A huge chunk of the movie was filmed in Eastchester, in a house we profiled in the October issue of InTown Westchester.

“Tim Robbins to ‘rock’ Avon Theatre this month” [The Advocate]

“Almost Famous” [InTown Westchester]

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Vintage ‘Late Night’: Bill Murray, David Letterman chat about ‘Ghostbusters’

YouTube, even though you’re cracking down more than ever on copyright infringement, somehow this 1984 clip with North Salem resident David Letterman and Sneden’s Landing resident Bill Murray remains in your library. Let’s keep it there, OK?

This Thursday night, Murray — who was on Letterman’s first late-night shows on both NBC in 1982 and CBS in 1993 — crashes Dave’s set again to celebrate the host’s 25 years on late-night TV.

Nine years before Murray defaced Letterman’s desk with spraypaint for Dave’s CBS debut (above), the two comedy geniuses were discussing “Ghostbusters” a week before its release. Murray was at his best, mocking movie merchandise [at the 1:16 mark], accurately proclaiming that the flick as “just the funniest damn bunch of funny you’ve ever seen in your life” [2:18] and working the crowd [2:36].

Bonus points:

•To talk about how he may have gotten into shape to prepare to costar with Sigourney Weaver, Murray says (jokes?) that he worked with the guy who trained “Chris What’s-His-Name on ‘Superman.'” Of course, Murray’s referring to the late, great Pound Ridge resident Christopher Reeve. [3:47]

•Off-screen, Bedford resident Paul Shaffer’s on keyboards. [5:44]

The second part of the interview is arguably even more fun. Find that link and learn how much movies cost in 1984 after the break.

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Just what you always wanted: Inane movie titles, delivered via Google News Alerts!

Three bizarrely titled films, all starring Westchester actors, to look forward to next year:

• Need proof that those wacky Tibetans really do love Richard Gere? We present you with “Richard Gere Is My Hero,” about young Neema’s adulation of the Pound Ridge pretty boy and his quest to be just like Gere — especially the hair. Oh, how the Tibetans love the gray hair. [DailyIndia]

• Because “The Last Samurai” was such a smash hit, Bedford’s Billy Baldwin is starring in “Sakura: Blue-Eyed Samurai,” a Cary Elwes-directed flick that’s currently in production [Cinema Blend]

• Rye native Jason Bateman has agreed to star alongside Charlize Theron and Will Smith in “Tonight, He Comes,” about a down-and-out alcoholic superhero. Feel free to insert your own inappropriate joke about liquor’s deleterious effects on the sympathetic nervous system during sexual intercourse here. [ComingSoon]