Send in the SWAT Teams! DMX arrested for the second time in one week

More than seven months after after the story that DMX had three dead dogs buried behind his Arizona house, and 12 more that were malnourished and possibly the victims of animal cruelty, Arizona law enforcement finally arrested the rapper on Friday. This comes on the heels of yet another DMX arrest earlier in the week, for doing 114 mph in a Chevy Nova.

df3069e5-54e9-45dd-9932-dda2bd261850-df3069e5-54e9-45dd-9932-dda2bd261850.jpgAccording to the Arizona Republic, he tried to barricade himself in his bedroom while the warrant was being served. Eventually he emerged, was hauled down to the Fourth Avenue Jail, and bond was posted at $7,500. Authorities also picked up more marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and weapons on the raid. DMX’s court appearance is scheduled for this Thursday — but, if his Westchester track record is any indication, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he skips town.

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What’s the 411 on Mary J. Blige’s new Yonkers women’s center?

Oprah, look out! You’re not the only one opening women’s centers and schools anymore. Mary J. Blige is following suit in her old hometown of Yonkers.  The singer visited Roosevelt High on Friday to announce the the new outreach facility — The Mary J. Blige Center for Women — which will be run as a partnership between her (and partner Steve Stoute’s) Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now and the Westchester Jewish Community Services.

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According to The Journal News, Blige and Stoute are planning to raise $500,000 for the Foundation. “Please get your education,” she told the students at the press conference.

“Education is key. Education is power. I saw the challenges women go through as a child. If I can rise from a cesspool, these women can, too.”

The CBS account of the event also had a few more Blige quotes about the venture:

“It’s about women that desire to give themselves a second chance. They have not given up. They don’t want to die. Mentally, spiritually, physically, they want to live.

I’m not saying don’t be afraid, but know that we’re all a little afraid but you’re not by yourself, so push thru the fear,”

The Center will initially focus on reaching out to young, single mothers who need help with parenting, education, and vocational training. And, we hope, also discourage the use recreational steroids and hateration.

(Stuart Bayer / The Journal News)

Panettiere: Sexual harrassment is wrong. Even if it makes you feel good.

Palisades native Hayden Panettiere on FunnyorDie. In a PSA produced by Judd Apatow. Need I say any more?

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[via We Heart Hayden]

All work and no play makes Richard Gere a fairly interesting boy

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)

DMX sparks frat-house riot

In case all you Pi Beta Phis out there ever considered hiring DMX for your next Spring Fling shindig, don’t. tjndc5-5b1xw0oqsso138s5pgqo_layout.jpgYeah, sure, he’s wild and unpredictable and sure to yield some crazy cocaine-addled/ pitbull-abusing/ warrant-flaunting stories. But as the brothers at Indiana University’s Lambda Chi Alpha learned when they scheduled him for a recent performance, he might just also lead to a riot.

At the show in question, the rapper, who lives on the Mount Kisco-Bedford border, showed up an hour late. When he finally got on stage at 9:30 p.m., police were taking positions, getting ready to put the kibbutz on the whole thing. According to this account, officials sprayed mace into the crowd, only making the matter worse.

Ang Lee adopted by Brangelina

Not quite sure what Adar Eisenbruch was going for in his piece for the Johns Hopkins News Ledger — a kind of “Shouts and Murmurs” riff, presumably. Whatever it is, I like it.

And since there aren’t nearly enough reasons to write about low-key Larchmont resident Ang Lee, I figured I’d point y’all to this.

One little excerpt:

Asked how the 53-year-old Lee would fit into their family, Jolie acknowledged that he was “a bit” older than the other children she and Pitt have adopted but explained that they “were looking for a different sort of parenting challenge.” She further stated that the couple hopes that “Anggie” would be a “good big brother, a role model” to their other children, named Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Shiloh.

“Brad, Angelina adopt Ang Lee” [JHNL]

Stephen Baldwin, Flat Stanley attend the Christian Oscars

It’s tough to gauge exactly how much appearing on “The Celebrity Apprentice” goosed Stephen Baldwin’s Q score. But, if the recent Movieguide Faith and Values Awards, aka the Christian Oscars, are any indication, the Upper Grandview homeowner is now hovering on a par with Flat Stanley and Louis Gossett, Jr.

Which is to say, not much better than he was doing while taking on Piers Morgan and Treace Adkins. Now granted, this being a faith-based awards ceremony, it is kind of home turf for Baldwin. Just imagine if they were attending the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards? My guess is that Flat Stanley would have nothing to do with Stevie B.

“Flat Stanley Works the Red Carpet” [LAist]

Scroll down about half-way for the pic of Stephen and Stanley.

(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)

Hayden P. and Milo V. seen house hunting

Deny, deny, deny … and, uh, then go house hunting. Ever since “Heroes” stars Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere insisted that they were just “close friends,” nothing more nothing less, it looks like their friendship has evolved into possible co-habitation. According to InTouch Weekly (not to be confused with InTown Monthly), via AZ Central, Hayden, who grew up in Palisades, was seen looking for condo in Los Angeles — mostly in the Beverly Hills area.

Quoth the tabloid: “Panettiere’s mother is said to be fully supportive of the big move and approves of Ventimiglia.” Another source was reported as saying, “Hayden’s mom adores Milo. She thinks he’s so cute. She tells her friends that he’s her boyfriend. She’s very proud.”

The mag also reported that Ventimiglia, who is 12 years older than Panettiere, “came clean about the relationship when he toasted ‘his girlfriend Hayden’ at a Los Angeles party.”

“Panettiere, Ventimiglia to move in” [AZ Central]

(Photo: NBC Universal)

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Al Pacino deep-sixes role in new 007 film

Couldn’t get enough of Willy Bank in “Oceans 13”? Hoping he’ll tackle another bad-guy role soon? Well, according to recent reports around the interweb, the producers of the next James Bond film were trying to make the Sneden’s Landing actor an offer he couldn’t refuse. They wanted him to play the baddie in the next installment of the Daniel Craig era — and most strangely titles Bond movie ever — “Quantum of Solace.” The role would be head of an international terrorist organization.

According to the Herald Sun, Pacino was supposed to film his “brief but extremely important role” at London’s Pinewood Studios in April or May, with the movie scheduled to come out in November 2008.

Alas, Access Hollywood had to go fact-check the rumor. Turns out it’s not true at all. According to the studio, Pacino is not attached to the project.

(AP Photo / Chris Pizzello)

Casting Call: How about Kevin Dillon to play Matt Dillon in TV version of ‘Crash’

While we’re still on the topic of Oscar, remember that Best Picture winner back in ’06, “Crash”? Well, get ready for Crash, the TV show, brought to you by the good folks at Starz.  What’s next, “The Departed: Special Victims Unit” on USA? “The Brokeback Apprentice” on NBC? (oh wait, didn’t SNL already do that?)

crash_movie.jpgPerhaps even surprising than the concept of the show is that the original film’s director, Paul Haggis, and one of its stars, Don Cheadle, will be co-producing the 13-installment series. Expected to start in August, it will continue with the themes of racism, from right where the big-screen version left off. “It will present an opportunity to delve into many subjects, not just race relations in LA,” says Cheadle.

No word yet on who will play the Matt Dillon character (or any of the others), but I’m ready to start campaigning for his brother, Kevin, to get the gig. Better yet, have it be a spinoff for Dillons’ Johnny Drama character.

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Just imagine the possibilities. You could even have the big brother-little brother thing Kevin Dillon and Adrian Grenier have going taken to a whole new postmodern level, with Matt playing Grenier in a biopic about Vincent Chase’s life. All set in the Dillons’ hometown of Mamaroneck. How meta!

“‘Crash’ TV series on way to Starz” [Digital Spy]

(Dillon brothers: AP photos) 

Who’s up for a little DMX straight-to-DVD goodness?

A hyperactive black man, a dread-wearing B-list actor, and a hottie Latina walk into an abandoned house. … Yes, I know, sounds like the setup for screwball comedy. But what if the house was in China? And they were in company with a psychotic killer. And only had an hour to live!

lasthour_dvd.jpgOh yeah, and what if the cast consisted of DMX, Michael Madsen, and Monica Cruz? Yep, straight to video. The film in question, “Last Hour,” appears to be trying to straddle the ultra-violent models created by “Saw” and “Kill Bill” (in a nod to the latter, it stars David Carradine, who was in “Kill Bill” with Madsen), yet from the YouTube trailer, it’s hard to make any sense of the plot at all — much less why Paul Sorvino would agree to star in dreck like this.

On the plus side, the kinetic energy (and love of firearms) of Westchester resident DMX jumps right off the screen. That said, it’ll be tough to top the last performance of him we saw — during a coked-up recording session for his new Gospel CD.

The DVD for “Last Hour” releases April 15, just one day before the anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre, the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.