Sundance to shine light on Stanley Tucci, other LoHud filmmakers

tucci.jpg“Blind Date,” directed by North Salem resident Stanley Tucci, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. He also cowrote the screenplay for the film about a married couple overcoming personal tragedy.

But Tucci won’t be the only representative of the Lower Hudson Valley showcasing work at the 11-day festival in Utah.

Props also go to the team from Ironbound Films in Garrison for their documentary, “The Linguists,” about dying language dialects. Ironbound Films — which includes Seth Kramer of Red Hook, Daniel Miller of Cold Spring and Jeremy Newberger of Yorktown — might sound familiar to Suburbarazzi readers; it filmed “Night Court” star Richard Moll in Newberger’s house for the internet mockumentary “The Fantastic Two.”

Kudos also go to Putnam Valley resident Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who directed “The Black List,” which features interviews with 20 African-American leaders for his documentary. “Black List” is his second representation at Sundance. His first, “Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart,” appeared on Utah’s prestigious screens about a decade ago.

Only 64 films from 3,624 submissions will play at the festival, which runs from Jan. 17-27. So congrats to our local reps!

Check out the descriptions of each movie on the Sundance Web site. And read more about the local filmmakers in Barbara Livingston Nackman’s article, appearing next week in The Journal News and on LoHud.com.

(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

In Yorktown home, Richard Moll likes fear; ‘It makes me wanna dance’

richardmoll21.jpgYou might recall how “Night Court” star Richard Moll was in Yorktown on Aug. 27 to film his part in “The Fantastic Two,” an Internet mockumentary series about fantasy football competitors. Three days later, Moll even took me up on an exclusive interview about the experience.

Last week, The Fantastic Two unveiled the fourth installment, and Moll shines in his role as a fantasy sports league intervention counselor to a supposedly addicted character named Charly.

“You smell of fear, Charly,” Moll’s character says. “I like fear. It makes me wanna dance.”

Moll proceeds to break into various moves, including an inspired rendition of the Cabbage Patch. Who knew the man who played Bull Shannon was so smooth?

Wanna know what else he does? Check out Episode 4 here.

(Photo by Tanya Pann, courtesy of Ironbound Films/Broadband Enterprises)

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.

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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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EXCLUSIVE: Actor Richard Moll chats about Yorktown shoot

richardmoll21.jpgToday I spoke with Richard Moll, who played bailiff Bull Shannon on TV’s “Night Court” and appeared Monday in Yorktown Heights to film his role in an Internet mockumentary series about fantasy football.

I watched many an episode of “Night Court” as a preteen when it was syndicated locally on Fox, so when the 64-year-old Moll agreed to a phone interview, I was genuinely psyched and had to stop myself from pulling my own version of “The Chris Farley Show.” Remember that time when Bull scored so well on an IQ test that scientists tested him to see if he could unlock the mysteries of life, including the reason why men have nipples? That was awesome.

Because we talked about both his Yorktown visit and career in general, I’m publishing the parts of the interview about his Yorktown experience here and about the rest of his career on Remote Access. Enjoy!

Suburbarazzi: Did you enjoy your visit to Yorktown?

Richard Moll: It made me want to put on my Revolutionary War garb and shoot a gun at anyone who was wearing red. [Pause.] It was fine! It was very nice. We shot at (“Fantastic Two” producer Jeremy Newberger’s) home and it was very beautiful. I love Westchester County. I don’t know that I’ve ever been there before. It’s so close to Manhattan, so lush and rural-looking. I love the dense deciduous forests. It’s very beautiful.

Suburbarazzi: I could tell by the photos of the film shoot that you were really into the character, who wears a black leather vest and pants combo.

Richard Moll: I appreciated the fact that they let me use my own clothes.

Suburbarazzi: What attracted you to the role?

Richard Moll: Desperation for work. No, I see it as a fun character. I do like to work and generally, given my type, the characters I play are almost always quite a bit of fun. So it’s not too hard to persuade me.

Click here to read the rest of the interview, including Moll’s relationship (or lack thereof) with the “Night Court” cast; his inaccurate filmography on Internet Movie Database; his choice to live life these days without a TV or computer; his career in cartoon voice-overs, including the recurring role of Two-Face on the critically acclaimed “Batman: The Animated Series”; and his legendary prowess on “Super Password” and other game shows.

(Photo by Tanya Pann, courtesy of Ironbound Films/Broadband Enterprises)

No Bull! ‘Night Court’ star Richard Moll hits Yorktown Heights for shoot

richardmoll2.jpgIs it wrong that I watched hundreds of “Night Court” reruns as a 12-year-old? Perhaps that’s why I remain disappointed when I encounter judges who don’t do magic, prosecutors whose first names aren’t Reinhold and courtrooms severely lacking the presence of Mel Tormé (R.I.P.).

Because of all this, I wish I had known in advance about a Yorktown Heights shoot this week. Richard Moll, who played Bull Shannon — the tall, bald bailiff with a heart of gold on “Night Court” — stopped by the hamlet Monday to film “The Fantastic Two,” an Internet mockumentary series about fantasy football.

“The Fantastic Two” producer Jeremy Newberger, 33, welcomed the 64-year-old actor to the Aug. 27 shoot at the Fox Meadow Road home where Newberger lives with his wife, Michele, and son, Samson. The five-year Yorktown Heights resident raved today to Suburbarazzi about Moll, who wore a black leather vest and pants combo to play an intervention deprogrammer in the Web series.

richardmoll1.jpg“He was an absolute pleasure to work with,” Newberger said in a telephone interview today. “It’s going to be a great visual cue for anyone who loved or grew up on ‘Night Court’ and loved Bull.”

Newberger said he was able to secure Moll, who lives outside of Los Angeles, for the shoot after a few phone calls and after being told that the actor “loved the script.” Summoned from an unspecified Westchester County hotel, Moll arrived at the house Monday to film from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Newberger said.

“Between takes, he would sleep in the daybed in my child nursery — all 6-foot-7 of him,” Newberger added. “Then he would come on the set, and as soon as we said, ‘Action,’ he came alive. … He was just the most agreeable, funniest guy.”

“The Fantastic Two” is described by Newberger’s production company, Ironbound Films, as “The Odd Couple” of fantasy sports:

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Charly is a thirty-five-year-old New Yorker—a five-foot-two metrosexual with a nasal voice—who co-owns a sports marketing company. Mitch, a thirty-five-year-old ex-jock child psychologist, lives in New Jersey, smokes Cigars, and measures in at about 5-5, 200 pounds. He sits in front of his desktop with a gray hat, fancying himself a virtual Vince Lombardi.

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Moll’s character is summoned by their families, who think Charly and Mitch are addicted to fantasy football.

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