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EXCLUSIVE: Tom Brokaw bought an ice-cream scoop12.25.08

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.

(AP Photo /Gino Domenico)

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Legion of LoHud celebs donates artistic skills to benefit Brewster charity10.11.08

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)

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Podcast: July 207.02.08

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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Richard Gere’s Fiat fiasco06.30.08

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]

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Jake Gyllenhaal to follow in Richard Gere’s restaurateuring footsteps05.16.08

Celebrity restaurants are nothing new. But celebrity organic restaurants, now they’re all the rage. tjndc5-5b5eietogkwywerpezi_layout.jpgNow that Pound Ridge’s Richard Gere’s has unveiled phase one of his Bedford Post dining destination, and Sandra Bullock showed Oprah biodegradable utensils and sugar-cane take-out containers at her restaurant (Austin’s Bess Bistro), it looks like Jake Gyllenhaal is ready to get on the organic express, too. According to Ecorazzi (hey, clever name!), the 27-year-old is teaming with chef Chris Fischer, a childhood friend, to open their own place in L.A. Also, the story adds that Gyllenhaal might be planning a cycling trip to Tuscany with girlfriend Reese Witherspoon to help develop ideas for the menu.

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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All work and no play makes Richard Gere a fairly interesting boy04.25.08

You’d think between launching a new restaurant in Bedford — no, make that two restaurants — and campaigning to raise awareness about the China-Tibet problem, Pound Ridge’s Richard Gere wouldn’t have time to be making movies. Well, you’d be wrong. Very wrong.

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In fact, Gere is about as busy as we’ve ever seen him. He just signed on to star in two new films, according to Variety. The first is “Amelia,” an Amelia Earhart biopic starring Hilary Swank in the title role (Gere will play Earhart’s husband, publisher George Putnam) and directed by Mira Nair. That one begins filming later this month in Toronto, Nova Scotia, and South Africa.

The second film is cop drama “Brooklyn’s Finest,” is about three Brooklyn cops whose lives are following very divergent paths, yet all three end up at the scene of the same deadly location. Gere’s costars will be Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke.

And as if that wasn’t enough, Variety also mentions that Gere is currently shooting “Hachiko,” with director Lasse Halstrom, a neighbor of Gere’s who live in Bedford and has collaborated with the actor before. Boy, that man is busy, busy, busy. I’m winded just recounting all this!

(Gere speaking at a pro-Tibet rally on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, in San Francisco: AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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Good fences make good neighbors … unless those neighbors include Richard Gere04.16.08

Pound Ridge resident Richard Gere’s plan to open a dynamic duo of upscale restaurants in Bedford appeared to be cruising along. Restaurant No. 1, Barn at the Bedford Post, launched earlier this year and, as I gushed on RNN a couple weeks ago, it’s phenomenal — creative dishes, cozy horse-country ambiance, locally-grown ingredients. Which is to say, not your typical celebrity-restaurant ploy. (See the menu, which I scanned for my colleague Liz Johnson’s blog, here.)

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Then on Monday the Daily News broke the story that phase two — the larger, more upscale, main Bedford Post restaurant — had hit a snag: The town of Beford said that Gere had erected a 180-foot-long, 5-foot-high cedar fence that was a foot taller than local ordinances permit. Hazel Nourse, head of Bedford’s zoning board, told the DN, “It’s a lovely building, but the fence sticks out like a sore thumb.”

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Podcast: April 204.02.08

On tap this week: the do-goodery of Palisades native Hayden Panettiere and Pound Ridge activist Richard Gere.

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Here’s this week’s quiz:

The rumor mill is churning again about who Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams is reportedly dating. Which celeb has she been linked to this time?

A. Ludacris
B. Justin Timberlake
C. Tyler Perry
D. John Legend

Personally, I thought that was way hard — assuming, of course, you aren’t already caught up to date with your Suburbarazzi blog reading. Stacy-Ann, however, got it without even having to think about it. Her correct answer is at the end of the clip and, as always, after the break.

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Richard Gere a-ok with Olympics boycott03.28.08

The Pound Ridge resident (and owner of the newly opened Barn at Bedford Post restaurant) joined in the chorus of people condemning the Chinese government for its brutal crackdown on Tibetan monks and other people protesting the country’s treatment of Tibet. Speaking to Reuters, he said, “I’ve not been pro-boycott, but I think if this is not handled correctly, yes we should boycott. Everyone should boycott.” Then, appearing on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN show, he said, “This is clearly a time that if China wishes to be a world power … it cannot behave this way. Inclusive societies become great societies. Brutalizing your people is not a way to greatness.”

Here’s the full Blitzer interview:

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Podcast: March 1803.18.08

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Born in South Africa, musician Dave Matthews spent the bulk of his childhood growing up in Yorktown, but he’s now lending his voice to TV commercials for the tourism board of the next state he called home. Which state is that?

A) South Carolina
B) Vermont
C) Virginia

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Free love: Richard Gere gets reprieve from Indian court after forbidden kiss03.15.08

gere2.jpgRichard Gere’s lips are omnipotent, impervious to international law. Women and courts are powerless against their charms.

Or, more to the point, India’s top court yesterday dismissed a warrant against the Pound Ridge resident, whose allegedly illegal kiss in New Delhi 11 months ago today caused an international stir.

Gere, as you may recall, kissed Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty at a public AIDS awareness event in New Delhi on April 15.

The Associated Press quoted Anil Grover, an attorney for Shetty after the Supreme Court proceedings:

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Gere is allowed to come and leave. He can’t be arrested.

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Gere’s publicist, Alan Nierob, told AP the actor would not comment on the matter.

(AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

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Slush Pile: Bill Clinton ain’t leaving Chappaqua05.11.07

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• Even if Hillary Clinton wins the race for White House, it turns out she won’t be selling her Chappaqua white house (above). So said its current primary resident, Bill, to CNN. [Politics on the Hudson]

• Richard Gere continues to piss off prudes in India. Witness the open letter to the Pound Ridge resident published in the Hindustan Times. Here, just one choice excerpt: “Moreover, in case you do commit a rape, the law is likely to take a while to catch up with you because unlike kissing in public there are so many rapes happening everyday. And then you are likely to get off on a technicality.”

• Lee Woodruff will be coming to the County Center this Saturday. The wife of ABC reporter and Rye resident Bob Woodruff, who was nearly killed by an IED attack in Iraq, will speak about how she and her family overcame the tragedy at the fourth Every Woman’s Conference on May 12. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the County Center in White Plains ($10 conference admission, $5 childcare, call 914-995-5972 to register).

• Fashion faceoff time! Both People mag and teamsugar.com spotted Eva Longoria and Hayden Panettiere wearing the same summery yellow-and-white mini from NeimanMarcus.com (cost $396). Clearly, you gotta vote for the Rockland’s hometown hero, Hayden. Share your thoughts on why she looks better on People, or just go to teamsugar and vote for the Palisades native. Currently she’s got a commanding lead with 80 percent of the vote.

• Speaking of Hayden Panettiere … her advice to Paris Hilton: “Don’t drink and drive.” [TMZ]

(Clinton outside his Chappaqua home: Carmen Troesser/The Journal News)

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