Scoot Over, Charlie G.

Bob WoodruffNot to fast, Mr. Gibson, it turns out that Bob Woodruff has made a full recovery after all. The Rye resident and ABC World News Tonight co-anchor was seriously injured by a roadside bomb last January and spent most of the year in rehab hospitals. And some time during that period his fellow host, Elizabeth Vargas, had to go have a baby, thus paving the way for Charles Gibson to take the reins.

What’s that you, say, Charlie? Too late? Finders keepers, loosers weepers (or 20/20 co-hosts)? Oh well, we’ll still be reading Woodruf’s coming memoir of the harrowing ordeal, or tuning into his ABC primetime special on January 29 — whichever comes first.
“BOB WOODRUFF REPORTS HIS STORY ON ABC” [ABC]

Cheney Won’t Give Westchester a Shot

cheney1.jpgThe Journal News reports that Vice President Dick Cheney will be flying into the Westchester County Airport today on his way to a private fund-raiser for the Republican National Committee in Greenwich, Connecticut. Even though the hills of Westchester are alive with vibrant foliage, Cheney plans to hightail it straight back to the airport after the event and depart. Why not take advantage of the beautiful countryside while out of DC?

Well, it is hunting season…

No word yet on whether Cheney was seen exiting the plane in a bright orange Carhartt jacket and goggles.

Matisyahu returns to Westchester

matisyahu.jpgMatisyahu, the Chasidic Reggae singer born and raised in White Plains whose charismatic stage performance and hyper-syllabic lyrics have catapulted him to the status of megastar, will be giving a benefit concert on Thursday at Purchase College. Proceeds will go toward Westhab, a non-profit that helps homeless families find permanent homes throughout the county. It’s an organization Matisyahu, who was born Matthew Miller (Matisyahu is his Hebrew name), is very familiar with. His father, Robert Miller, is its president.

Miller Sr. told me that in the past 10 years Westhab has helped 300 families each year find homes. The concert has been in the works since last winter. This is the first month in a long time Matisyahu hasn’t been touring (he’s home with his wife, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child).

“The benefit will be interesting,� Robert Miller says. “He’s a little curious how it will go. He’s used to performing for a younger audience and they’re usually on their feet. I’m sure he’ll make up for it with his energy.�

For tickets, call: 914-251-6200. $110 for the concert only; $125 for the concert plus a dessert reception with Matisyahu; $50 for students.

These are your Nielsens. These are your Nielsens on Aaron Sorkin’s drugs. Any questions?

studio-60.jpgFirst off, I should point out that I’ve been watching “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” loyally since it first aired. And apparently all of Scarsdale is with me, supporting native son Aaron Sorkin’s new high-priced, high-profile, high-on-speed NBC dramedy. Alas, it’s just me and Scarsdale.

According to the latest ratings, the show shed 40 percent of its audience since debuting on September 18. Though it managed to hold on to the “upscale” part of its audience, that doesn’t make up for losing 5.2 million viewers from “Heros,” its suprisingly strong lead-in.

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Rosie’s bastard Nip/Tuck love child

Behold, sign 243 of the coming Apocalypse: Nyack’s Rosie O’Donnell will be starring in a spinoff of the F/X series Nip/Tuck. The show will apparently also be helmed by Ryan Murphy, and will be about O’Donnell’s N/T character, Dawn Budge, the lottery winner who got a roll in the hay (or rather, $10,000 dry hump on a zebra rug) with Dr. Troy (Julian McMahon). O’Donnell confirmed the rumor in the “Ask Ro” section of her blog, answering one reader’s question:

Helen writes: is it true ur in talks for a spinoff series starring as Dawn budge?

talks r over. i said yes

Lost in Translation 2: Bill Goes to Scotland

So, what’s Bill Murray been up to lately?

Well, according to our friends across the pond, Sneden’s Landing’s favorite funny man has been crashing parties in Scotland. Murray recently visited the town of St. Andrews, then showed up at a late-night shindig in a house full of students. Drinking his vodka from a coffee cup, Murray apparently was the life of the party, cracking jokes to Scandinavian blondes and even offering to cook.

The weirdest part of the whole story? He started washing dishes as things were winding down. Unlike his character in “Lost in Translation,” though, Murray made no attempt to sing karaoke.

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“BILL MURRAY TURNS FICTION INTO FACT …” [London Telegraph]

Today in Scarsdale Lawsuit News

yoko.jpgYoko Ono, onetime Scarsdale resident and the widow of John Lennon, is suing EMI and Capitol Records for $10 million, claiming they cheated her out of royalties from John Lennon’s records, according to the Associated Press. Ironic, given that Lennon once said, “Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.â€?

Meanwhile, current Scarsdale resident and the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, is at the center of a defamation lawsuit against the paper by Dr. Steven Hatfill, the man who was named as a “person of interest� in the anthrax attacks back in 2002. Kristof had written a series of columns on the investigation and, according to The New York Observer, named Hatfill as the main suspect. Kristof’s reporting was based on five unnamed sources. Hatfill has filed a motion to compel the columnist to reveal those sources. In the wake of the Judith Miller/ Valerie Plame case, there is fear that this lawsuit (which does not name Kristof personally as a defendant) could further harm the paper’s ability to shield confidential sources (or for that matter journalists throughout the country).

Extreme Northern Westchester Rerun

screenshot1.jpegOK, all you Ty Pennington fans (or wanna-be beatniks, or ADD enthusiasts), get ready for some Extreme Makeover: Home Edition news. We just got word that the Arena family episode — that would be the one filmed in the Northern Westchester town of Purdys, about the family who lost their son to a brain tumor — is re-airing this Sunday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m.

If you’ve been keeping up to date with your InTown magazines, you may remember that we published an exclusive, behind-the-scenes account of what went on during that Extreme Makeover (and our brothers at the Journal News covered the heck out of it as well). Unfortunately, our story came out in August, months after the episode aired.

But now, happily, you can read about Ty’s flubbed lines, find out who really builds the homes (it ain’t the celebrity designers), and see how they pull it off before watching the artifical, Disney-fied ABC version of events.

EXTREME MAKEOVER: PURDYS EDITION” [InTown]

SOMERS’ ‘EXTREME’ SUPRISE” [TJN]

MULTIMEDIA SLIDESHOW OF MAKEOVER, compiled by Mark Vergari [TJN]

Cross on Cross

Joseph CrossWe already know that Pelham native Joseph Cross, who is starring in back-to-back big budget flicks “Running With Scissors” and “Flags of Our Fathers,” is on the brink of major-league stardom. And we also know, after watching the screening of “Scissors” at the Pelham Picture House Thursday night, that this 20 year some serious acting chops, holding his own opposite co-stars Annette Benning and Gwyneth Paltrow. But can he stand a withering Q&A session with his close family and friends? We stuck around after the screening to find out. Our favorite quotes are after the jump.

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Casa Pirro

Pirro tells New York Magazine: “I love to entertain.�pirro1.jpg

“And they had just the spot,� reports Steve Fishman. Their $5 million mansion was built to resemble a Venetian palazzo. “They’d toured marble factories in Italy, selecting their favorites for the floors, for the stairs. ‘It’s marble on marble,’ says one friend. Two Vietnamese potbellied pigs, Homer and Wilbur, got their own small house out back, penned by an elaborate wrought-iron grill. (One visitor figured it was the servants’ quarters. The help, though, slept downstairs, near the exercise studio where Jeanine could sometimes be found before dawn.)

The article continues: “The Pirros held lots of parties. ‘A lot of dancing. A lot of entertaining,’ says Jeanine. They hosted theme nights. Cowboy night, Mexican night. One friend remembers spotting the district attorney at the top of a marble staircase in four-inch Manolos and bustier. ‘If you’ve got ’em, flaunt ’em like diamonds,’ Jeanine explained.�

“Running with Scissors” Premieres in Pelham

So much for New York and Hollywood, we’re debuting this film in Pelham!

Seriously.Pelham Picture House
Who do we have to thank for tonight’s advance screening at the Pelham Picture House? Noneother than Joseph Cross (right), the Pelham native and lead character in the quirky comedy, based on Augusten Burroughs’ hilarious memoir of the same name. OK, so maybe the scrawny Cross doesn’t look remotely like the bald, goateed Burroughs (as evidenced by their Entertainment Weekly photo together last week). But when you’re cast alongside Annette Benning, Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Evan Rachel Wood, and starring in a movie by Nip/Tuck creator and pretty boy Ryan Murphy — well, there’s no point in ugly-ing yourself up for a role.

After the screening, the up-and-coming Cross, who also stars in the new Clint Eastwood flick “Flags of Our Fathers,” will be doing a Q&A. Just please, spare him the “was your family as screwed up as the Finch clan in the movie?” Instead, we’d prefer that you just ask who was weirder: Burroughs or Murphy?

Screening: Running With Scissors, 7:30 p.m., $15, Pelham Picture House, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham. Box office opens at 4 p.m.

Rosie Watch: Breaking News! Rosie Had Sex With A Man

tjndc5-odonnell.jpgRosie O’Donnell, Nyack resident and new View co-host, also writes a popular blog. Every day she responds to fans’ questions. This one caught our attention:

“Maria writes:
did you ever have sex with a man?

Rosie:
yes�

Since she’s our neighbor, and we think she’s fabulous (and just a tad crazy), we decided to ask her a few questions. We’ll let you know when she responds.

First question:

What are your favorite places in Rockland?

I know, I know. Boring! But we’re going to start out with soft questions and work our way up to the harder-hitting ones like “Who was the man?�

And if you don’t like it, then ask her some questions of your own! HERE