John Edwards, you just got Woodruff’d!

Did you guys see the smackdown ABC’s Bob Woodruff gave to John Edwards on Friday? bw.jpgSpectacular!

After months of speculation about whether or not he had an affair with a former staffer, Edwards confessed he did in an exclusive interview to Woodruff on Friday.

And Woodruff came with the punches. In case you missed it, ABC posted the entire interview here

Once again, Bob Woodruff makes his home of Rye proud. He’s tough as nails and proved once again why with questions like these to Johnny Boy:

“Your wife, Elizabeth, is probably the most admired and beloved person in this country, she’s had enormous sympathy because she’s also gone through cancer, how could you have done this?”

I think I speak for every person in America that watched that interview when I reacted with “OH SNAP! YOU JUST GOT WOODRUFF’D!”

Sure we can get into a discussion about whether or not this Edwards affair is relevant in light of the other issues facing our country. But it sure makes for some entertaining television.

Besides, this is a celebrity gossip blog. This post comes from the same guy that posted news about Martha Stewart going to the DMV.

LoHud rocks: Elliott Yamin to headline Playland, The B-52s open for what’s (allegedly) The Police’s final show

As I reported for sister-blog Remote Access late last night, Elliott Yamin — the super-likable “American Idol” underdog alumnus — will be headlining a concert at Playland in Rye tomorrow night.

elliott2.jpgPerhaps Yamin, who finished third ahead of superstar Chris Daughtry and just behind winner Taylor Hicks and runner-up Katharine McPhee, is headed to the Lower Hudson Valley in attempt to outdo Hicks’ riveting promo for Remote Access.

Sadly, I will not be in attendance for Yamin’s performance, as I will be screaming and singing my face off at another concert venue — Madison Square Garden — for what will (allegedly) be the final concert ever for my favorite band, The Police. (Note to self: Bookmark this post for June 2010, when I’ll be blogging about the group’s final FINAL reunion tour.)

Last summer, I caught The Police’s first Madison Square Garden show in 25 years. Worth the wait, it was without question one of the best concerts I’d ever seen. Picking favorites from their library of songs is like picking from my children (hopefully nonexistent at this point), so whatever set list they bust out will be perfectly fine by me.

b-52s.jpgSting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers have no slouch of an opening act, either, in The B-52s, who once lived in Mahopac.

Much like The Police, The B-52s were one of the first bands I ever got into. While most people know them for “Rock Lobster,” “Love Shack” and “Roam,” I was equally familiar with deeper album cuts like “Planet Claire,” “Private Idaho,” “Lava,” “Song for a Future Generation,” “Legal Tender,” “Channel Z” and “Good Stuff.” I lost track of them shortly after the “Good Stuff” album came out in the early ’90s, but have always appreciated their musicianship and quest to live up to their billing as the “World’s Greatest Party Band.”

Check back in Friday for a full report on both bands’ performances.

Bob Woodruff back in the anchor’s seat

Two years after suffering a near-fatal bomb attack in Iraq, Rye resident Bob Woodruff is anchoring the news once again. Only now it’s not ABC’s “World News Tonight,” but instead a new series on Planet Green called “Focus Earth.” The show is still produced by ABC, and features many of the network’s usual suspects (George Stephanopoulos, for example), but it’s one of the first chances that we’ve had to see Woodruff shine on television since his tank in Iraq hit that IED.

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The first episode of “Focus Earth” aired last Saturday, and while I missed it, I hear it was pretty decent, for tree huggers and tree ho-hummers alike. Woodruff went to the Northeastern corner of Montana to see how the American prarie is under siege by developers and agriculture. In particular, he profiled the American Prairie Foundation, which is buying up land to create a 3-million-acre reserve for bison and other native wildlife. [recap here]

No word yet on what episode 2 has in store, but be sure to set your TiVos for this Saturday, 6 p.m., to find out.

Fox TV owns Jason Bateman … or is it, Jason Bateman owns Fox?

Given the skyrocketing trajectory of Rye native Jason Bateman’s career of late, it can’t be too long til he starts charging millions for photos of his babies, too.

The latest update, via Variety, is that 20th Century Fox has signed a deal with the actor-cum-mogul to develop TV series (as in series, plural). Bateman, you may recall, was already tapped to direct the pilot for “Do Not Disturb,” a new fall series. He’s also been on a role lately with roles in “Hancock,” the upcoming Ricky Gervais comedy “This Side of the Truth,” and the Russell Crowe flick “State of Play.”

So, what will be the first new project Bateman brings to the table under his new deal? Call me crazy, but I seem to recall a certain affection he has for one of his past TV series, and a lingering desire to turn that series into a feature movie. And no, I’m not talking about “The Hogan Family.”

Meanwhile, sis Justine, when she isn’t out shilling for SAG, is also branching out beyond acting. She’s been writing scripts for Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.” I’m not exactly sold on the Daily News’s classification of the show as “red hot,” but I will say this: It’s high time we finaly got a sanitized, family-friendly version of “Charmed.” That Alyssa Milano was showing waaay too much cleavage.

(Jason: AP Photo/Reed Saxon; Justine: ABC Photo / Danny Feld)

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)

Justine Bateman’s SAG solidarity

The Screen Actors Guild appears to be having a hard time luring any A-list celebs to join their potentially strike-inducing cause. But one of the few who was happy to lend their name to the cause is Justine Bateman. It’s just one of the many causes the Rye native has adopted lately.

SAG’s main goal is to block the ratification of a deal that its sister union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA),  put together with television producers. At issue, according to Variety, are the terms for “new-media jurisdiction and compensation, middle-class actor salaries, DVD residuals, force majeure protections and product-integration protections.” SAG is hoping to persuade enough of its 44,000 members to put the kibutz on the AFTRA deal, potentially throwing a monkey wrench into the fall TV shows currently filming (not to mention several films, like Ron Howard’s “Angels and Demons,” that were already seriously delayed by the writers strike).

Given how much the WGA’s efforts cost the entertainment biz, it could turn out that there’s very little public sympathy for yet another Hollywood strike. Though Batemab was joined at a recent SAG rally by folks like Ed Asner, Marg Helgenberger (who is Rosenberg’s wife), The Office’s Kate Flannery, and Sex and the City’s Willie Garson, according to Entertainment Weekly there weren’t many Clooneys and Pitts — or for that matter, Jason Batemans — to be found at the event.

(Photo: ABC/Sergi Bachlakov)

Podcast: May 28

On the big show this week: Menudo at Playland, The Donald and O.J., and Jesse McCartney’s rumored ladyfriend.

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s trivia quesiton: Danity Kane is the brainchild of what hip-hop icon with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley?

A. Sean “Diddy” Combs, raised in Mount Vernon
B. DMX, Bedford resident
C. Heavy D, raised in Money Earnin’ Mount Vernon

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OMG! (Or, in Spanish, ODM!) Menudo to play Playland this Saturday night!

Ricky Martin might be long gone, but fans will be piling into Rye Playland this Saturday when the latest manifestation of Menudo comes to town.

ricky.jpgFounded in 1970, Menudo has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and had roughly 2,309 members spanning four decades. The newest version of the group, which includes 15-year-old Dutchess County product Chris Moy, was created on the MTV TR3S reality show, “Making Menudo.”

I’m not exactly a huge Menudo fan, but there could be tremendous comedic incentive for going if the group decides to bring back these winning outfits for no apparent reason.

I still happen to think Playland’s crowning musical achievement was the music video for “Fantasy,” which features former Bedford resident Mariah Carey and the late, great ODB.

(AP Photo/Arnulfo Franc0)

Justine Bateman goes to Washington … to save the Internet

It’s a question you’ve no doubt asked yourself countless times before: 112605_1774_pre.jpgWhere does Justine Bateman stand on the whole “Net Neutrality” debate?

I’m sure Lawrence Lessig and Kevin Martin have perfectly good arguments on the topic, too, but during late April’s Senate Committee Hearing on the Future of the Internet, it was Bateman, a Rye native (and sister of Jason) who really stole the show. A few choice excerpts for her full statement to the committee are after the break.

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Bob Woodruff relives pain of decades-old Colgate-Syracuse lacrosse game

Vanessa Williams wasn’t the only local speaking at Syracuse’s graduation ceremonies over the weekend. tjndc5-5jrbyli26ckqaiv6jx3_layout.jpgRye resident and medical miracle Bob Woodruff was also there, delivering the commencement address. Speaking to a crowd of 14,300, he reminded the 4,600 graduating students that (a) he actually went to Colgate, (b) Syracuse is really much better at lacrosse than Colgate, and (c) that “In an Instant” is out in paperback.

And, oh yeah, he also delivered one of the most moving, inspiring speeches I’ve read in a while. (Or since the Barack Obama’s race speech, anyway.)

The full text, from Syracuse University’s website, is after the break.

UPDATE: OK, just found out that the speech was awfully similar to another one Woodruff gave a couple weeks ago at Michigan’s commencent. Ah, who cares? It’s still a damn sight better than the snooze-fest I was subjected to when Robert Rubin gave the commencement at my school.

(AP Photo/Tony Ding)

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Woodruff goes green

Rye resident Bob Woodruff is returning to the anchor chair. No, not the ABC World News Tonight one woodruff-cu.jpg— Charlie Gibson still has dibs on that. Rather, he’ll be anchoring a new weekly series for the Planet Green channel, formerly known as Discovery Home, which is supposed to premiere in July, according to TV Newser. It’ll be about all things ecological, including political debates and climate-change science. “This is controversial and also complicated information that needs to be talked about more,” said Woodruff of the announcement.

(Photo: Mark Vergari / InTown Westchester)

Jason Bateman pilots new FOX comedy

Hot off the news that he’s joining the cast of the new Ricky Gervais project, “This Side of the Truth,” — as well as the rumor that there might be an “Arrested Development” movie — tjndc5-5b5kl7lh4cnedh92ezi_layout.jpgthe former Fox show’s star is returning to the net to direct his own comedy pilot, “The Inn.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Inn” will be like the British show “Upstairs/Downstairs,” only set in a hip NYC hotel. It should be noted that Bateman, a Rye native, has directed before — he helmed one episode of “AD,” as well as a handful of other pilots and the short-lived series “For Your Love.”

No word yet on when the new show is supposed to make it on air.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)