On the show this week: I name-drop Eastchester native Bobby Moynihan, who makes a strong “SNL” debut; Eva Amurri rolls her eyes at the style of Pound Ridge mom Susan Sarandon; and former LoHud dwellers Denzel Washington and Henry “The Fonz” Winkler were among a star-studded crowd to check out the USC-Ohio State game.
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â€œAmerican Idolâ€ finalist Kimberley Locke helped organize a fundraiser that will be held this Saturday at Caramoor in Katonah to benefit the charity Camp Heartland. Which star of â€œWhose Line is it Anyway?â€ is scheduled to host?
A. Wayne Brady
B. Drew Carey
C. Colin Mochrie
D. Ryan Stiles
Back in my old NYC hood, a battle is brewing over the proposed expansion of St. Vincent’s Hospital. Some Greenwich Villagers feel that the growth of the facility will have a negative impact on the neighborhood. Two of those people, according to Ecorazzi, are Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.
The couple, you may recall, also have a vacation home in Pound Ridge, and are some of the most outspoken environmental activists. While I’m normally on their side (exception: when Robbins is railing against “our pornographic obsession with celebrity culture”), they’ve crossed some kind of line here. Opposing hospitals in any way, shape, or form just feels wrong.
And no, my doctor wife didn’t pay me to say that.
“Sarandon Fights Hospital Expansion” [ecorazzi]
(AP Photo/Nick Ut)
The Suburbarazzi has been fishing through the list of Emmy nominees and we’ve come up with quite a hefty list of connections to the lower Hudson Valley. Leave a comment if you find more.
Lead Actress in a Drama
Glenn Close, Damages â€” house in Bedford
Actress In a Miniseries or a Movie
Susan Sarandon, Bernard And Doris â€” home in Pound Ridge
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty â€” lives in Chappaqua
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Kevin Dillon, Entourage â€” grew up in Mamaroneck
Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Audra McDonald, Raisin in the Sun â€” Lives in Croton
Guest Actor in a Comedy
Rip Torn, 30 Rock â€” arrested for DUI in North Salem in 2007
Guest Actor in a Drama
Stanley Tucci, ER â€” went to John Jay in Katonah, lives in North Salem
Guest Actress in a Comedy
Edie Falco, 30 Rock â€” went to SUNY Purchase
Guest Actress in a Drama
Ellen Burstyn, Big Love â€” Lives in Nyack
Best Made for TV Movie
Raisin in the Sun, executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs â€” grew up in Mount Vernon
(Diddy: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello; Susan Sarandon: AP Photo/Martial Trezzini)
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.
Variety 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)
Speaking of Susan Sarandon, I just can’t seem to get that image of her brand new back tattoos out of my head. Is it still a “tramp stamp” if it’s on your upper back? What’s the projected lifespan of a tat on a 61-year-old before it begins sagging? Will Tim Robbins get his own ink art to match?
I don’t have the answers to any of these, of course, but the topic remind me of something else: My colleague Audrey Green’s excellent story on Rockland County’s tattoo subculture. If you weren’t one of the lucky recipients of the May issue of Rockland Magazine, you probably didn’t get to read it. But, hey, lucky you, it’s still online. Be sure to check it out.
Anyway, back to celebrity tattoos. If you’re reading this blog, chances are that’s what you’re mainly interested in anyway. And while I don’t have anything quite as exhaustive as my 2006 index of former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie’s body art, Friend of Sububarazzi Amy Vernon did point me to a different kind of celebrity tattoo. Not on celebs, but of them. As in, a permanent portrait of Stepinac grad Alan Alda (as MASH’s Hawkeye Pierce) or former Carmelite Judge Judy surrounded by the phrase “Only Judy Can Judge Me.”
Those are the two locals that made the Entertainment Weekly photo gallery of celebrity tattoos, but there are plenty of othersâ€”Napoleon Dynamite, Tony Danza, Bob Barker, Michael Mooreâ€”to keep you entertained. Enjoy.
“Celebrity Skin: 21 Tattoos of Famous Faces” [EW.com]
(Photo: Johnny Andres/New Addiction Tattoos)
At age 61, she’s one of an ever-shrinking circle of actresses who don’t use the face starch. Part-time Pound Ridger Susan Sarandon swears she’s never dabbled with Botox, which, when you think about it, is pretty self evident. As she told People, “I think it’s mostly my kids who keep me young.” She added, “You can see I haven’t had Botox [or] these things [frown lines] would be gone. I can’t afford to have my face not moving.”
The best part of not trying to hide her age:
“I’ll have an advantage of being the only one who looks 60. Everyone else looks so much younger. [I’ll] probably get all those parts!”
Â (AP Photo/Nathan Strange)
I’m all for gothic typefaces and equally enthusiastic about neck and wrist tattoos. But the two together, and on a senior citizen, and one that’s never had a tat before? That, I’m not so cool with. But that’s just what Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon did when she had the letters M, E, and J (her kids initials) carved into her backside, and the letters E and A into her wrist (for daughter Eva Amurri). See a photo of the back on the Daily Mail’s site.
Sort of like 46-year-old Tom Chiarella’s article on “Learning to Smoke” (for the first time) in the March Esquire, if you ask me. What’s the point?
Sarandon’s response when asked why she’s chosen to deface her body at 61:
“Why not? I turned 60 [last year] and after a while you think, ‘Well I’ve only got my body for a few more years anyway’. … I have a young husband, I have young kids. I donâ€™t smoke, I have lots of water, do a fair amount of activity and have good genes.”
What is it with these old people? Why is it always an either-or between smoking and tattooing? Oh how I miss the days of early bird specials, matinÃ©e movies, and shuffleboard.
(AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
On the podcast this week: Mariah’s newest Empire; Paul Shaffer and Matisyahu prepare to rock out for Israel’s 60th birthday; and Chevy Chase chills with Captain Planet.
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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: â€œSpeed Racerâ€ opens in theaters nationwide next Friday. Which actor with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley is NOT in the cast?
A. Palisades native Hayden Panettiere
B. New Rochelle native Richard Roundtree
C. Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon Continue reading
After reading Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Movie Preview issue this weekend, I got a little trailer obsessed.
I’ve already shared my thoughts on “Indy 4” (oh, hell yeah) and “Righteous Kill” (eh, not so righteous looking). But I wanted to take a minute out to look at two more of the summer’s biggest expected blockbusters — “The Incredible Hulk” and “Speed Racer” — both of which, by the way, have LoHud connections. Tenuous LoHud connections, but still enough for me to post the trailers.
Watch the video and join the debate after the break.
This Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST, Ted Mann and I will join TV reporter Karen DePodwin for a live RNN segment about Sunday’s Academy Awards. I’ll be wearing my tux for only the third time since my senior year in college, so the comedic value of that alone might be worth the tune-in. Here’s a preview of one of the topics slated for discussion.
Stars with a connection to the Lower Hudson Valley have done very well for themselves at the Oscars over the years, and 2008 is no exception.
Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, a New Rochelle native and North Salem resident, has been nominated three times for his songs from the Disney movie “Enchanted.” He took home his first two trophies for Best Song and Best Score for Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Little Mermaid,Ã¢â‚¬? and his most recent ones were in the same categories for songs from Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pocahontas.Ã¢â‚¬? In total, he’s been nominated for a whopping 18 Oscars, but hasn’t won one since 1996.
First-time nominee and sentimental favorite Ruby Dee, a New Rochelle resident, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her part in “American Gangster,” starring Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington and former Nyack dweller Russell Crowe — both of whom are Oscar-winners themselves.
LoHud also has at least two representatives in the Best Documentary/Short Subject category, including Ossining High School alumnus Francisco Bello (for “Salim Baba”) and former Croton-on-Hudson resident Cynthia Wade (for “Freeheld”).
After the break, check out a list of some other prominent current and former residents of the Lower Hudson Valley who have won or have been nominated for an Oscar in the last 30 years. Continue reading
Mount Vernon-raised Sean “Diddy” Combs will be the newest celebrity to be represented on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a ceremony scheduled for this Friday.
In a quote posted by Hip Hop Galaxy, Combs was thrilled about the honor during an interview conducted by Jaime Foxx on Foxx’s Sirius satellite radio show:
I’m from Harlem, New York, so to get a star in Hollywood is just mind-blowing. You can get a lot of things but when you see those stars on the ground… thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something I can’t even say I dreamed of and to be getting recognized for it is definitely something I’m gonna have my whole family out there for.
I’m not taking anything away from Harlem, and he might have mentioned Mount Vernon at another point during the interview, but here’s hoping he shows more love for his Westchester roots.
Arguably, Diddy’s least relevant contribution to pop culture could be his rapping skills. (His most memorable lyrics might be a tie between “Uh” and “Yeah” on Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize.”) But as a music producer, clothing mogul and music icon, it’s hard to argue against his overall success. Even if he’s merely famous for being famous, he’s done it successfully for more than a decade.
At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon won an Academy Award for “Dead Man Walking” in 1996 but also has been nominated four other times. Of the following films for which she was nominated, which represents her first Oscar nod?
A. “Atlantic City”
B. “Thelma & Louise”
C. “Lorenzo’s Oil”
D. “The Client”