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Everything posted by Freddie2

  1. There's a lot of griping about getting an actress who can do comedy for the role, but I'm guessing that Sorkin's script isn't big on laughs. Studio 60 had a similar setting and emphasized the backstage drama over the fictional sketch series that was being produced. If this is Sorkin's immediate followup to The Trial of the Chicago 7, he's probably got carte blanche to do what he wants. It'll probably be serviceable at best. And Carole Cook needs a cameo.
  2. Those are not bad casting choices. I do wonder about Sorkin being attached, as I'm not usually a fan of his writing. This makes me wonder who on earth will be cast in other roles. I really have no clue. Whenever this project comes to fruition, I AM anticipating the Lounge nitpicking it to death as only diehard fans could.
  3. I had a realization tonight that I don't think I've shared here before: for many years, the login password for my computer has been "uncleharry". That's definitely some Real Life Lucy that I implement every day. Don't sneak into my house and access my files, though.
  4. https://twitter.com/JackieHoffman16/status/1314270912347353088?s=20 She has a handful of other photos from the visit on her Twitter.
  5. Mamacita comes to scrub the floors in Jamestown: https://twitter.com/JackieHoffman16/status/1314273193759252485?s=20
  6. Desiree Anzalone passed away late last month after a battle with breast cancer☹️ https://www.thelist.com/255506/the-heartbreaking-death-of-lucille-balls-great-granddaughter/
  7. Ann as a regular second banana would have been great, but it probably would have thrown the entire dynamic out of whack. Lucy would have had to play the straight woman to the Countess's fish out of water flamboyance, as opposed to Viv's down to earth sarcasm that kept Lucy grounded. If Ann had stayed on, I wouldn't be surprised if her character would have been changed to more of that Viv/Eve Arden-type of eye-rolling wisecracker. It's still a shame that we never got to see her make an appearance after 1966.
  8. 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".
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Wilford Brimley has died at 85; yes, only 85. It seems like he’s been an old geezer with di-a-beetus forever.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Honestly, out of everything 2020 has thrown at us, this is one that I did not see coming.
  16. It was the original DVD. I was the only real nerd about that stuff in the room, so nobody else really noticed.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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?
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