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  1. 4 points
    Well, there are 10 available. I dare someone to buy all of them and then tell their significant other, ala Yours, Mine and Ours - "I have 10 Lucys. Speaking of 10 Lucys, that's what I have!"
  2. 3 points
    Don’t look at me; I just got here.
  3. 2 points
    I’m hoping they call Our Mildred Frances for the gig.
  4. 2 points
    "PETER FARRELL, the Portland Oregonian's TV columnist from 1979 to 2004 has died at the age of 79." I only bring him up because I had a Life with Lucy battle with him in 1986. (Just to remind: this was BEFORE email, so it was through the regular mail). His review of the first "Life with Lucy" was no rave but he did point out 3 things she did well: pointing to the box with the casserole, dancing to Top Jimmy and tasting her own health drink concoction. His only real complaint was the it was all so "old hat" (yes I suppose, but wasn't that what people expected?) He prefaced this review by saying he's "never really been a Lucille Ball fan". (then I say "find another line of work"!!). It wasn't until after the national reviews came out, the ones that hated the show and Lucy herself so fiercely and cruelly, that Farrell started slamming the show in his column (apparently without viewing any more episodes). I wrote him a letter, chastising him for "changing his mind" about the show and not giving Lucy a chance by viewing additional episodes. I pointed out that his initial review wasn't all that bad. He wrote me back in a most unpleasant and curt tone. Can't remember what he said but something along the lines of "butt OUT. What the hell do YOU know?"!! This same thing happened with "Mame" reviews. I collected every local paper reviews I could find and most of them were fair-to-pretty good; in addition to Variety's qualified thumbs-up. It wasn't until the national magazines came out ("Time", in particular) that "Mame"-bashing became OK. This included our local movie reviewer, whose initial review was kind to the movie and Lucy. (This reviewer was much more into things like "The Exorcist" and later "Star Wars", so "Mame" was not his cup of tea to begin with.) And then at the end of the year, he named "Mame" as one of the 10 worst movies of 1974.
  5. 2 points
    IT'S TODAY! My Blu-Ray just arrived! The only extras are the trailer and the (this time correctly titled) "Lucy Mame" featurette. I took a brief look at the film itself and it looks great. I'm debating whether or not to watch the whole movie tonight. I usually watch Mame during Christmas week, but I might need a little Christmas now.
  6. 2 points
    Well, Candy got her Emmy tape tonight. Wonderful episode.
  7. 2 points
    Did you happen to see a woman there in dark glasses and black wig? If so, don't go anywhere near her purse. So happy to hear about those entrance applause.
  8. 1 point
    I can't say I'm a big fan of his either, but most of us have said immature things and made dumb jokes at some point or another. It sucks when you're a celebrity and there's documentation of most everything you ever say. He made those jokes a long time ago and he apparently already apologized for them. Some folks just like being offended, I guess. I say dial down the politics and make the Oscars fun again. Have Carol Burnett host in character as Nora Desmond.
  9. 1 point
    The ceremony needs Jane Fonda to do a 50th anniversary tribute to this Oscar presentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLJ8RjvesnvDPXKGB3lFq3PXKHn-ZKitO5&v=jG96Q1CLv6E
  10. 1 point
    If they decide to even have a host you know it's going to be anybody but a straight, white guy.
  11. 1 point
    Kevin Hart has stepped down as host after failing to properly apologize for making homophobic jokes in the past. Now, I think Hart and his puerile ego are a poor fit for the show, but the fact that he was edged out over "offensive" material seems like an incredibly regressive move. Anyway, here's hoping they give Tiffany Haddish a call!
  12. 1 point
    I know, I'm glad that made it. Love it in color. All those bubbles.
  13. 1 point
    First videos are up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raABIyi0xI0&fbclid=IwAR3CpKxoqF9y14oIU6OYUTOT9i8KSV_O3MFG-hO31KU6qfwf-0B8MOp6iLM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8z4A3KLBbo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEkIeRQ1RBg
  14. 1 point
    With the deadline looming ever closer, apparently the Academy is looking at Kevin Hart to host this year's ceremony. I'd rather watch Bill Cosby emcee the show live from San Quentin.
  15. 1 point
    Ken was part of the company. He was discovered in a Los Angeles musical, The Billy Barnes Revue (with Jackie Joseph). However, he left Desilu when The Billy Barnes Revue transferred to Broadway. This is why he isn't part of The Desilu Revue. After the show closed in New York, Ken returned to Desilu and was given a regular role on The Ann Sothern Show.
  16. 1 point
    So...this person is saying that Barbara Bush was a character played by Doris Singleton?
  17. 1 point
    Those times where you hit the web to learn more about the Bush family and stumble into a weird corner of the internet.
  18. 1 point
  19. 1 point
    Recently attended a taping of "The Conners" and they clocked in at just a bit over three and a half hours. Fun episode, despite a couple of scenes being pre-taped. Highlight was the kitchen scene with the hilarious Laurie Metcalf involving a rock and a turnip! Great guest cast too, featuring Katey Segal, Matthew Broderick and Jay R. ("the Real O'Neals") Ferguson. Look forward to the broadcast!
  20. 1 point
    Glad to hear it looks so good! This is on my Christmas list -- along with a new Blu player to replace the one that died in the middle of ILL S2.
  21. 1 point
    I fully agree. Not every successful property necessitates a musical adaptation. The fact that so many close after brief runs shows that there isn't the interest producers assume there is.
  22. 1 point
    Well it wasn't on many people's radar as it did close. And yes, very commercial. Surprised it got so many tony nominations.
  23. 1 point
    I was aware of that project, but I didn't really have an interest in it. The show is great on TV, but I suspect this adaptation falls more under the commercial sect rather than the creative. The couple of times I've been in New York since it opened, the production hasn't been on my radar of things to see. I've been to a few Broadway shows that have a kids/tourist-y audience and it's not a pleasant vibe (for me, at least).
  24. 1 point
    I ended up watching the whole movie and it looks terrific!
  25. 1 point
    There are some very funny 3rd season episodes, but the atmosphere definitely has a different feel to it. I think this was due in large part to the new writers ignoring much of the previously established continuity. All the recurring women from the first two seasons were dropped. No more Thelma, Audrey, Kathleen, Dorothy, etc. It no longer had that community feeling to it. Yes, we had new recurring characters such as Mrs. Valance, but they were never given the characterization or "friendliness" of the earlier characters. Had the new writers crafted some new Volunteer Firemen plots or something, it would've helped the series retain more of its old feeling.
  26. 1 point
    Yes, I attended an MTM filming. The plot had something to do with Lou's old war injury and his sudden affection for Ted---until Ted threw out a big story at the end of the newscast to do a tribute to Lou. What should have been obvious to the home viewer turned in-studio audience member was that there was no underscoring or segue music, so ends of scenes seemed a little odd. We didn't know the scene was over until someone yelled "cut". "Murphy Brown"---I can't say that I was an avid viewer when it was first on. I wanted to like it more than I did. To me, the highlights were the weekly secretaries and any episode that featured Colleen Dewhurst as her mother. That said, I LOVE the reboot! From my memory, it's better than the original. If it runs as long as the original, Candace will be 82!
  27. 1 point
    That's pretty amazing! She has exquisite taste.
  28. 1 point
    I agree! This was definitely the best of the season (so far). It went from hilarious to heartbreaking, and pulled off both extremes with great panache.
  29. 1 point
    I never knew that about MTM! (Did you attend a filming?) I was expecting a long night at Murphy Brown, but the actors were remarkably professional. Candice Bergen tripped over her opening dialogue a couple of times, but other than that, I don't think there was a single slip-up. What I really found interesting was how portions of scenes were re-shot with slightly different blocking due to the possibility of certain "bits" being cut for time. I still marvel at the thought of Lucy's shows wrapping in under an hour (according to folklore)- especially considering some of the elaborate visual chaos that had to be accomplished. Today it would be pre-taped with stunt doubles and CGI! Lol at Fran Drescher with laryngitis. I believe the Everybody Loves Raymond finale had to be postponed because Patricia Heaton got laryngitis.
  30. 1 point
    From the stories I've heard, 3 hours seems to be short for a "filmed in front of live audience" show these days. BUT STILL that's a ratio of 9 to 1! A Fran Dresher fan, friend of mine, attended a filming of her "Happily Divorced" series (or whatever it was called). It went on a LONG time and mid-show after keeping the audience waiting, the MC came out and said they couldn't continue because Fran developed laryngitis (how can you TELL?). Did anyone ever see a "Seinfeld"? With all its quick scenes and jumping back and forth, I don't know how they did it in front of an audience in sequence. In the OLD days, a filmed sitcom was done in 90 minutes; a videotaped show was done in one hour (and done twice in the same evening: 5:30 and 7:30). They only stopped if someone muffed a line or for a new set-up including when things went wrong. The only long delay I remember from Here's Lucy was "Franchise Fiasco" with technicians frantically trying to get the yogurt dispenser to work, actually malfunction. They never did succeed. If you watch the episode, the inserts do not match the wide shot. Mary Tyler Moore filming paused whenever Mary entered Lou's office. The wall between his office and the newsroom was on a hinge and they had to adjust it out for Lou's interior, including moving the newsroom file cabinet. Note that on the show, the wall is angled in (in the direction of Lou's office) when they're in the newsroom and out when they're in his office. But they accomplished the switch quickly. And one more remarkable Here's Lucy tidbit (for those who haven't read it the other dozen times I've posted): in "Blind Date/Don Knotts", Lucy being made up like wolfman was done in real time, with Lucy saying her lines off-camera as she was being worked on, while Don read his Ben/Fred bit off cue cards.
  31. 1 point
    That was totally my thought process. Dude, its 80s Lucy.
  32. 1 point
    My first thought was "What the hell?", my second thought was "I kind of need this."
  33. 1 point
    Interesting post and outfit to pick, but I think I might need a life size Lucy cardboard cutout. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F163386560443
  34. 1 point
    Happy 93rd Birthday to La Ballard!
  35. 1 point
    Cicely Tyson's great honorary Oscar acceptance speech:
  36. 1 point
    Over the weekend I found this alternate shot from Joan Blondell’s Party.
  37. 1 point
    Oh I better see half naked Ricky in color.
  38. 1 point
    I went to a surprisingly very well attended screening of Joy of Living at the Museum of Modern Art this afternoon. I loved hearing the murmurs of "Lucille Ball!" during the opening credits and Lucy's first appearance. My favorite audience member was the man behind me who said, three minutes before the end of the movie, "That's Lucille Ball!"
  39. 1 point
    Tonight, Nov 14th at 8pm EST on AXS TV they ware airing Dan Aykroyd's interview with Dan Rather that was shot in Jamestown in August. I caught it last night. The whole interview is done at Shawbucks. They have a few shots of the Comedy Center and also show the ride in of the motorcycle.
  40. 1 point
    Very much so! I'm still fascinated at the labyrinth of ownership of the Desilu name and the way it has been passed down from Gulf and Western, to Paramount, Viacom and back to CBS. It's a shame that if it isn't actively being used as an imprint by CBS it can't be revived, if only as an official stamp for the ILL Christmas Specials, for instance, and any of the other retro programming CBS and Viacom plan to do.
  41. 1 point
    Yes, she has talked about it before. I remember her first talking about this on "Dinah" back in 1975.
  42. 1 point
    Dick Martin was also around during the first year of The Lucy Show. That could've been enough time for him to notice it himself.
  43. 1 point
    I caught a Laugh-In the other night...(I hadn't seen since I was 3).. and in the opening they were doing a bunch of old time vaudeville type zingers... One of them went: "Boy, the husband of Lucille Ball is lucky, he has a wristwatch AND a wife that works."
  44. 1 point
    An unfortunate EVERYBODY product. I love Ingrid Bergman's inscription: https://www.dukes-auctions.com/auctions/80/lot/255/A+COLLECTION+OF+INK+PORTRAITS+OF+FAMOUS+MAINLY+AMERICAN+ACTRESSES%3B+Sophia+Loren+(2)%2C+Doris+Day%2C+Bette+Davis%2C+Ingrid+Bergman%2C+Vivien+Leigh%2C+Jayne+Mansfield+and+Lucille+Ball+(8)+Note%3B+some+have+been+covered+in+clear+sticky-back+plastic
  45. 1 point
    That's an odd accusation. Okay, the Blu-Ray project may have stalled, but they were highly expensive sets to produce and purchase, and not something that more budget conscious or casual consumers would go for. At the end of the day, CBS has to look at where the money's at, like any business - but to say they hate Lucy when she's done so well for them elsewhere? Clearly the DVD sales have been pretty good, or else they wouldn't have reissued complete series sets for both I Love Lucy or The Lucy Show. And look at the colossal efforts that went into those two sets in terms of supplements - efforts CBS Paramount has never given any other TV releases of theirs. I know you, like all of us, longs for the day that every single Lucille Ball project is available in the best possible quality, but we have to be realistic. There are monetary and legal matters that hold these things up, and it's never as simple as just waltzing into the vault and transferring everything to consumer formats. Clearances must be obtained, rights holders compensated, restoration and archival work undertaken - it's far more complex than most would realize. Let's all be grateful that so much HAS been made available to date, and been available for some time now. We've really been spoiled by the efforts of those involved and I think we've all got more than enough to tide us over until things resume.
  46. 1 point
    I'd kill to see Without Love. I really need to get my hands on the Kate Hepburn box set it's available in. I watched Stage Door this morning. Lucy seems very at ease and natural, sort of makes me wonder how much of the character is really just her. I wish this movie were more well known, its dialogue is fabulous.
  47. 0 points
    Ken Berry, The Lucy Show guest star and Desilu player, has died at 85.
  48. 0 points
    Former President George H.W. Bush has died at 94.
  49. 0 points
    Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg has died at 57 after battling ALS for the past couple of years. I don't know if anyone else here is young enough to have grown up on Spongebob, but it really was miles above the silly "kid's programming" that a lot of people pigeonholed it to be. He gave life to one of the most unique, inspiring, and hilarious shows of all time. Even my grandparents are fans!
  50. 0 points
    The legendary Stan Lee has died at 95.
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