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  1. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/amy-poehler-lucille-ball-desi-arnaz-i-love-lucy-1234775103/ A short Variety piece with Amy discussing the documentary. I love that she likens Lucy's physical acting to "a beautiful dancer".
  2. A question for the experts: when does Little Ricky's name first officially come up? Today I realized that I don't remember a scene where they decide to name the baby after his father. I don't recall it happening in "Lucy Goes to The Hospital", maybe in one of the wraparound segments done for the flashback episodes?
  3. The grief surrounding her passing is very palpable and I’m sad to say I’m not super familiar with her work. We were definitely always a Masterpiece household but with her leaving in 2003 I’m too young to remember her hosting gig. Her performance in the film version of A Little Night Music was more than Oscar-worthy, and I consider her “Every Day a Little Death” to be the best I’ve heard. I was in NYC when she was playing Mrs. Higgins at Lincoln Center and considered going, but was too lazy to walk/too cheap to pay for a cab (on top of ticket prices) and now I regret it. I think I’ve seen one episode of the MTM-style sitcom she did in the 70s and am tempted to seek out more.
  4. Such a distinctive actor; I remember him just as well from Golden Girls and Out to Sea. I never knew that he made it through the blacklist. His passing made me remember something- has anyone else seen his LWL episode listed as both “...Legal Eagle” and “...Legal Beagle”? Was this just a typo that cropped up? I’m not familiar with whatever idiom the title came from.
  5. Wilford Brimley has died at 85; yes, only 85. It seems like he’s been an old geezer with di-a-beetus forever.
  6. Oscar Expert Matthew Stewart, who has a great website with statistics concerning Oscar-winning and nominated performances, pointed out the following about Dame O today: She was the oldest-living Oscar winner and nominee, oldest Best Actress winner and nominee, and oldest Best Supporting Actress nominee. As of last night, the oldest living winner is Eva Marie Saint, the oldest living Best Actress winner is Joanne Woodward, the oldest living nominee/Supporting Actress nominee is Glynis Johns, and the oldest living Best Actress nominee is Cicely Tyson. Stewart's website, https://www.screentimecentral.com, is a bevy of information for us data nerds.
  7. The best comment I've seen about this so far: https://twitter.com/carriecourogen/status/1287421710837460994 Ryan Murphy had better sleep with one eye open tonight.
  8. Honestly, out of everything 2020 has thrown at us, this is one that I did not see coming.
  9. It was the original DVD. I was the only real nerd about that stuff in the room, so nobody else really noticed.
  10. Excited to watch these, especially with your recommendation. It's a shame Val never had a big hit after Rhoda; although her stint on Valerie/Valerie's Family/The Hogans/The Hogan Family was more than decent. It was at least successful enough that they decided (and were able) to continue without her. I've seen all of her episodes of that show, and a few with Sandy Duncan, but it was no classic. The few laughs I got out of that show were exclusively from her and Jason Bateman. I remember that she was supposed to play Matt LeBlanc's mother on Man With a Plan, but I'm pretty sure that never came to fruition. She deserved another star vehicle for TV, but then again, Mary never replicated her sitcom successes, either.
  11. I had the opportunity to watch some of my ILL Blu-Rays on one of those six-foot, curved TVs; the really 'spensive kind. It looked less amazing than I thought it would. It makes me appreciate Freund, Hickox, et al's work all the more. The show really was shot beautifully to be viewed on a smaller TV screen. Thanks to the upscaling from the high-tech setup, the Blu Rays, which look as clear as possible on my TV, actually turned out to have a lot of little specks and spots poking around. Later in the night, we watched Dancing Star/Harpo Marx (one of my buddies who was over is a big Marx Brothers fan and had wanted to see it) on DVD and it looked embarrassingly fuzzy. Oddly enough, none of this struck me as noticeable for the colorized movie theater engagement. Maybe you don't gotta have glorious Technicolor, breathtaking CinemaScope and stereophonic sound.
  12. Annie Ross, the jazz singer of legendary renown, has died at 89 (four days before her birthday). A couple of months ago I was rewatching one of my favorite movies, Short Cuts, which she gives an amazing performance in. It really shows off her wonderful vocal stylings as well. I looked up what she was up to and was sad to see that she'd been in poor health for awhile and there was a fundraiser to get her proper home care.
  13. Sorry to say I'm not an Rainbow fan. His personality "sets the tith on edge"; I had to mute the TV when he showed up for Sondheim's 90th birthday Zoom concert. While I can appreciate the effort that goes into his videos, I don't find his lyrics anywhere near the "clever" ballpark, more in the "cringey" outfield. Joe Keenan wrote a revue called Everybody Rise that was playing at Birdland before NYC shut down. It's the same schtick as RR, but with a variety of Broadway actors performing the parodies, which are so brilliant they make RR's material look as weak as... well, my little entry up above. I'd recommend seeking out any clips that might be online.
  14. Auntie Mame was on TCM tonight and I'd only seen bits and pieces of it before (A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob was on earlier and it was my first time for that one as well!). I gotta say, I was pretty underwhelmed. There's so much hype around this movie, not just in comparison to 1974's production. AM undoubtably has much funnier one-liners and little bits of business, but I think Mame '74 (whether it was the choice of the stage musical or the movie) did some very wise streamlining to the story. IMO Gooch is much better as one character. When Gooch realizes that she's actually married, Patrick joyfully kisses her but it made me try and remember whether or not the two had even shared a scene together previously. AM also occasionally had clunky motivation. For example, when Roz Russell is being pounced on by her co-author, she has a very funny line about Gooch and her Dr. Pepper. Later on, the "Will it mix with Dr. Pepper?" exchange is just between Agnes and Mame, not including Vera like the musical had done. "He'll love it!" is hilarious coming from Bea Arthur, who is soused and probably doesn't know what Dr. Pepper is (I doubt Vera used mixers). It's not nearly as funny when Roz says it, because her Mame was already aware of Gooch's carbonated habits. I hope that doesn't sound too nitpicky, but it's one of the moments that threw me off. I found Russell to be just about the only cast member I preferred seeing over the '74 version. If they'd included all of those great zingers for Lucy, I have no doubt she would have done her own excellent spin on them rather than being in a constant haute movie star bent. Russell's Mame comes off as less assured than Lucy's, and even a little phony at times. Peggy Cass made me laugh sometimes and cringe others. Save for my chronically skipping over "What Do I Do Now?", I really like Jane Connell's performance. Almost everyone else in AM have already left my head. '74 certainly stacked the deck with wonderful character actors. Joyce Van Patten's Sally Cato is even more awesome now that I've seen her predecessor. Joanna Barnes did an okay job of playing Gloria Upson, but Doria Cook-Nelson (married to Craig T.!) was Gloria Upson. I've been in the country club pool with multiple Gloria Upsons, and Cook-Nelson hits the nail on the head. Although today, instead of "Scrumptious", they all say "Oh My GOOoooOOd!" and "Saaaame!", and the Bryn-Mawr affect is more Valley Girl upspeak. Morton DaCosta's staging is understandably, well, stagey. It was probably the best choice. It made me feel like '74 was much more cinematic than I'd thought it to be. Gene Saks' work wasn't ideal, but his version does have some terrific moments that you could only get in a movie. Maybe because Lucy's Mame was a musical, the heightened emotions make me buy into these characters more. I don't know. I thought 74's production design was better, as well. For all of my griping, I'd still call Auntie Mame a better movie than Mame, but not at all by the wide margin it's considered to be.
  15. This one wouldn't need a title change, but certainly a new jingle would help. Thankfully, I was present at Medium Raya's most recent seance, where Ed Begley sent this: Goya's Beans! Goya's Beans! Get those plugs from Donald's fiends On the Resolute, disrepute are good old Goya's Beans! Virus spread, to your head? Don't start to deplore Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up WOAH! Buy Goya's Beans!
  16. Carl's final on-screen performance, recorded just four days before his passing, was part of a recreation of son Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride for the much-maligned new app Quibi. All-in-all, it's a terrific way to go out. I certainly got choked up. https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/07/carl-reiner-final-performance-the-princess-bride
  17. Poor Carl didn't get to outlast the administration he so artfully and frequently tweeted about. The pictures of Carl and Mel hanging out on Saturday are extra heartwarming knowing that it would be their last time together. It's almost unbelievable, considering how active and present he'd been right up until the end.
  18. I’ve never seen this one. Is it worth the $20 on Blu Ray, or should I be getting it regardless as a Lucy fan?
  19. Very cool! Although, throwing Randy Rainbow in with those other writers is quite a stretch. To each his own.
  20. Today I learned that Chloe Malle, editor of Vogue and daughter of Candice Bergen and Louis Malle, has been a Lucy fan since childhood. Here’s hoping she passes that love onto her new son!
  21. Last weekend at a bonfire we utilized my friends' new outdoor projector, and one of the selections was "Job Switching". I was the only person who'd seen it before, but there were laughs all around (no shocker there). The candy wrapping scene was, of course, immediately recognizable to all because of the countless homages. It really might be the perfect I Love Lucy episode. It doesn't feature some of the more iconic themes of the series, like Lucy's desire to get into show business or the struggles of parenthood, but it's a great showcase for every member of the fab foursome, and its commentary on the gender roles of the 50s is almost too perfect. I've definitely mentioned it before, but my mother always shows this episode to her US history class during their coverage of the decade. Everyone present had seen ILL before (you can't be friends with me and not have seen the show), but to be around when people are experiencing a classic episode for the first time is always a real treat.
  22. Very cool! ILL and TAGS aren't two shows that I'd immediately put together, if not just because they were from different eras. It's odd that the museum is in Tennessee and not North Carolina, where Griffith hailed from and was the inspiration for Mayberry. Is there some connection between the two that might warrant this joint effort, beyond the CBS ownership and TAGS's being filmed at Desilu? The line "step into the Ricardo's living room" makes me wonder if there'll be another set recreation like in Jamestown, but the building doesn't look big enough for that. The photo of the exterior looks like they just snagged the cover of Michael McClay's I Love Lucy book. And by the way, for fellow classic TV fans, the Red Skelton museum in Indiana has reopened as well. I was worried that it might not with all of the museums that have closed permanently over the past few months.
  23. A very sweet little story recounted by an alumnus of Lucy's high school who was able to interview her at the Forever, Darling premiere: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/lifestyle/2020/05/24/d-c-reader-once-interviewed-lucille-ball-jamestown-ny/5226837002/
  24. It’s interesting that Ken pointed out Viv’s Rhoda appearance as an example, because her entrance in that episode has been stuck in my mind ever since I first saw it. She does get entrance applause in the episode, but it’s very brief and not especially warm, which surprised me. Now it makes sense that the audience had already seen her, so this second round was more subdued. That, or maybe the applause was edited in; I’d have to rewatch. Contrary to what he says, I remember MTM shows having a standard level of applause, at least for guest stars. Let’s not forget the ridiculous hoopla that would greet “Hi, I’m Larry...” every week. Frasier is the one show that always comes to mind for a “No Applause” rule. The only time I remember it happening was for Ted Danson’s guest appearance in the show’s second season.
  25. I don't know if this has been shared here before (heck, maybe I've even shared it), but tonight I remembered this very funny segment from This American Life that features a little talk about Lucy: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/45/media-fringe/act-four It's featured on some 20-year-old CD set of the show that was in our house for many years, and in the days before you could stream anything and everything online, I'd often pull it out for a few laughs.
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