In his 30+ years as an actor, Tim Robbins has never done a sequel for any of his movies. He told MTV News that he won’t be making sequels anytime soon either.
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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)
If you’re fortunate enough to have tickets to the Pearl Jam concert tonight, a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation, you may just luck out like the folks who got to see the band on June 25 as Madison Square Garden. They were treated to guest appearances by Kiss guitarist and Chappaqua resident Ace Frehley, as well as C.J. Ramone of the Ramones. Frehely performed the Kiss favorite “Black Diamond” with the band. According to Billboard, a few of those who made the show last Wednesday were Olsen Twins, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and Pound Ridgers Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.
Judging by the hefty prices for tonight’s show at the Beacon Theatre — from $518 to $3,450 on TicketCity — who knows, maybe you’ll get the full Kiss quartest and a half-dozen other Ramone relatives.
(Eddie Vedder photo:Â AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Earlier this month, Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins delivered the keynote speech at the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas. He began by explaining that he’d been asked *not* to give the speech he wrote — and then went on to give it anyway (thanks, in part, to cheers of “speech! speech!” from the audience).
The nut of Robbins’ sarcastically soaked remarks, which came towards the end:
“I’m here to tell you that we don’t need to look at the car crash. We don’t need to live off the pain and humiliation of the unfortunate. We don’t need to celebrate our pornographic obsession with celebrity culture. We are better than that.”
Broadcasting & Cable’s David Bianculli, who moderated part of the event and urged Robbins to deliver his talk, echoed those sentiments in his assessment of the speech. He added that Robbins’ speech was like a nod to the same talk Edward R. Murrow gave 50 years ago at the same event. Said Murrow: “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it is just lights and wires in a box.”
While the vast majority of Robbins’ ranting was reserved for the Bush-FoxNews-Republican axis of truthiness, but there was still plenty to go around for mainstream media outlets. Given that I write a celebrity blog (even if it’s a pretty soft-core one), it did manage to make me feel kind of guilty. For a minute. Until I had to get back to work.
What do you think? Take a listen to the audio of Robbins’ speech and judge for yourself.
Audio of NAB Convention
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
The quiz for this week:
Should John Edwards come in a distant 3rd in the upcoming South Carolina primary, many pundits predict heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be out of the race. Which Lower Hudson Valley star has been campaigning for him down there to make sure that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happen?
A. Tim Robbins, of Pound Ridge
B. Ralph Lauren, of Bedford
C. Kimberly Williams, born in Rye (By the way, I mistakenly said she lives in Rye in the studio — totally wrong. She hasn’t lived there in years.)
D. Vanessa Williams, of Chappaqua
The answer is at the end of the video and after the break.
In this inaugural post of 2008, I figured it would only be fitting to stay on the topic of Hillary Clinton (our No. 1 Person of the Year) and politics for a sec. After all, with the Iowa Caucuses a day away, that’s all anyone is talking about today.
Pretty much everything that can be said about the candidates has been said — except, that is, for an exhaustive rundown of celebrity endorsements. And no, I’m not talking about the Chuck Norrises, Barbara Streisands, and Oprahs of the world — we’re just looking at the who our beloved Lower Hudson Valley stars are campaigning for.
Our full report is after the break.
Before anyone says anything, I’ll be the first to admit it: Yes, we’ve been punditing more on RNN lately than we’ve been blogging. It’s a problem, I suspect, that’s due to a lack of tryptophan in our diet — a condition which should be easily remedied in the coming days. Prepare for an onslaught of posts in the coming weeks, as well as our holiday countdown of the top 25 Westchester and Rockland celebrities (based on the recent articles I wrote for InTown Westchester and Rockland Magazine).
In the meantime, here’s this week’s quiz. The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.
QUIZ: Which of these local LoHud celebs has not been seen supporting the striking writers on the picket line?
A. Pound Ridge’s Tim Robbins
B. South Nyack’s Rosie O’Donnell
C. New Rochelle native Jay Leno
D. Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams
This week’s quiz: When Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins took the Webster Hall stage at an Oct. 17 tribute concert, he sang songs originally performed by the artist being honored that night. Who was this man of honor?
A. Bob Dylan
B. Woodie Guthrie
C. Pete Seeger
The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.
Not available in any store: Tim Robbins sings!
Evidently brought to you by the letter “W,” the Wednesday tribute to Woodie Guthrie at Webster Hall featured the Pound Ridge resident not only hosting, but kickin’ out some Guthrie jams with Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. Rolling Stone reports:
Tim Robbins Ã¢â‚¬â€ who has a surprisingly robust, Eddie Vedder-ish voice Ã¢â‚¬â€ sang some Guthrie tunes with Gossard and also served as the eveningÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s host, setting a politically charged tone by reading from GuthrieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s anti-war writings between performances.
Could Susan Sarandon’s album of Joan Baez covers be far behind?
(AP Photo/Chris Weeks)
For the second time in three months, a child of Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon had an uncomfortable exchange involving Sarandon’s role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Her daughter, Eva Amurri, recently was offered Sarandon’s role of Janet Weiss in a “Rocky Horror” remake. Ben Widdicombe of the New York Daily News cites a “friend” to describe Amurri’s response:
She thought it was funny, but she turned it down because she’s more serious than that. She said, ‘Can you believe that’s what they’re offering me?’
Sarandon’s 18-year-old son, Jack Robbins, reportedly admitted in June to a Manhattan audience that he was viewing “Rocky Horror” in full for the first time. The Daily News said Jack — whose father is Tim Robbins — admitted “he’d never seen the film all the way through because his mother wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let him watch ‘the naughty parts.'”
Thanks again to Witticombe, who also reported today on the unusual Clinton-Gore reunion at Mars 2112.
(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about the directorial debut of Byram Hills High School alumna Bryce Dallas Howard; a Robert Altman tribute to be attended by Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins; and the 18th birthday of Palisades native Hayden Panettiere.
After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: What defunct radio station dumped stand-up comedian Nick Di Paolo’s show when the station switched formats?