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20 items from 2014


Jerry Seinfeld Booked For 2015 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

21 November 2014 4:20 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Lucille Ball’s daughter Lucie Arnaz has kept her late mother’s iconic wit and wisdom front and center at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy in Jamestown, New York, to celebrate and preserve the power of the funny. “My mother and my father,” Arnaz told NBC News in a past interview, “they represent something way bigger than ‘I Love Lucy.’ They represent the healing power of laughter.“Before she died (in 1989), my mother said, ‘I don’t want a damn statue. I don’t believe in that stuff,’” Arnaz recalled. So, several years ago, she asked the center’s leaders: “What are we […] »

- April Neale

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Watch: Drink From Orson Welles' 1958 TV Pilot 'The Fountain Of Youth' In Full

13 November 2014 3:03 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In 1956, mega-talent slash genius slash quasi-madman Orson Welles shot the pilot episode for “The Orson Welles Show," an anthology program akin to “The Twilight Zone.” Developed for Desilu (Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s production company), the show never took off, but the pilot still exists to this day. Even better, you can watch it here. Just a friendly heads up—the actual content of the video doesn’t start up until about the 58 second mark, and Welles’ setup of the episode (which includes a description of the Fountain of Youth as “a silly fountain”) doesn’t wrap up until, well, it never really quite ends. The creative team behind the pilot—namely Welles, who not only starred in and directed, but also wrote, produced the music, and did the art direction—made some interesting structural decisions. Welles narrates throughout, which in itself isn’t that strange, but his voiceover (and on-screen presence, »

- Zach Hollwedel

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The Men Who Would Be Hughes (Plus Hepburn and the end of Rko)

6 November 2014 1:37 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Howard Hughes movies (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in 'The Aviator') Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. Pt / 6 a.m. Et on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But what about "Howard Hughes movies"? Or rather, movies -- whether big-screen or made-for-television efforts -- featuring the visionary, eccentric, hypochondriac, compulsive-obsessive, all-American billionaire as a character? Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a dashing if somewhat unbalanced Hughes in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated The Aviator, other actors who have played Howard Hughes on film include the following: Tommy Lee Jones in William A. Graham's television movie The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), with Lee Purcell as silent film star Billie Dove, Tovah Feldshuh as Katharine Hepburn, »

- Andre Soares

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‘DWTS’ Week 8 Highlights Include Batman, Lucille Ball and ‘Pretty Little’ Perfection (Video)

3 November 2014 11:01 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Week 8's “Dynamic Duos” theme episode of ABC's “Dancing With the Stars.”) The theme for the eighth week of competition on ABC's “Dancing With the Stars” was “Dynamic Duos,” which meant we got to see classic combos like Batman & Robin, Adam & Eve and Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz. It was a night of consistency, with the dominant dancers continuing to dominate. See photos: Big Screen to Small Screen: 27 Movies Being Made Into TV Shows They are, however, keeping things interesting week to week as they seem to be »

- Jason Hughes

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Before 'I Love Lucy': 'Life' posts rare early photos of Lucille Ball

15 October 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Audiences best know Lucille Ball as the lovable screwball at the center of I Love Lucy, but few know of the comedian's life as an aspiring actress before TV fame set in, and her subsequent role as a television studio mogul. On the anniversary of I Love Lucy's 1951 debut, Life posted rare photos, never published in Life magazine, of Ball in her days as an aspiring starlet in the 1940's, along with behind-the-scenes snaps of Ball building the Desilu empire on-screen and off with her then-husband Desi Arnaz. See the rest of the photos at Life.com. »

- Teresa Jue

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John Mulaney Talks 'SNL' and Sitcoms with Paul F. Tompkins

29 September 2014 5:34 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Paul F. Tompkins' show "Speakeasy" is a great interview show that's featured folks like Marc Maron, Busy Philipps, Lizzy Caplan, and Bob Saget. You know, celebrities who can actually speak well. It's nice. This week Tompkins invited on John Mulaney, the "SNL" writer and new "Mulaney" star who apparently wanted to be Desi Arnaz growing up. I owned a copy of Vivian Vance's biography by the age of 16 so I can't protest this.  "Mulaney" premieres October 5 on Fox. (Via SplitSider) »

- Louis Virtel

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Cletus, Frank Grimes, and Comic Book Guy: Hank Azaria on 5 of His Many Many Simpsons Voices

24 September 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Over the course of 25 seasons, Hank Azaria has voiced approximately 8,000 different characters on The Simpsons. (We could be off by a few.) You know him as Moe, or Chief Wiggum, or Apu, or Dr. Frink, or the Sea Captain, or Superintendent Chalmers, or, according to the Simpsons Wiki, “Hey Hey Guy.” Azaria probably doesn’t remember voicing that long-forgotten party animal, but otherwise, the Queens-born actor, who’s been a welcome addition to Showtime’s Ray Donovan this season, has a near-encyclopedic memory of his many characters. We recently had the chance to speak to him about five of them.Dr. Nick RivieraAzaria: Dr. Nick was this quack doctor that appeared in a very early script, and he definitely had this thick Latin accent, so my mind just went to, it would be really funny to have him sound like Ricky Ricardo. He’s basically a bad Ricky Ricardo, Desi Arnaz impression. »

- Josh Kurp

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R.I.P. Publicist Bob Palmer

18 September 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The veteran publicist whose clients included Anthony Hopkins, Dick Van Dyke and Faye Dunaway, died September 15 at his Pacific Palisades home after a brief illness. Bob Palmer was 85. Through his Bob Palmer Public Relations, he also repped actors including Peter Strauss, David Soul, Sada Thompson and Michele Lee.

The Alaska-born, L.A.-raised Palmer became Director of Publicity and Advertising for United Paramount at age 22 and helped create campaigns for the Bay Area premieres of films such as Sunset Boulevard, Shane and The Greatest Show On Earth and promoted stage shows starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Patti Page, and many others. After serving in the Korean War, Palmer moved to ABC Television as a Senior Publicist, working on such TV shows as Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip. He left ABC in 1960 to produce a syndicated series and then joined Gene Autry’s Golden West Broadcasters »

- The Deadline Team

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Bob Palmer, Longtime Publicist, Dies at 85

18 September 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bob Palmer — who, through a 60-year career as a publicist, represented clients including Anthony Hopkins and Dick Van Dyke as well as some of the most popular TV shows of the 1960s and 70s — died Monday at his home in Pacific Palisades of natural causes. He was 85.

After working for ABC and several major studios, Palmer started his own firm in 1979, representing Hopkins, Van Dyke, Faye Dunaway, Sada Thompson, David Soul, Peter Strauss, Michele Lee and Larry Schiller Prods., the latter of which produced the TV movie “The Executioner’s Song.” Palmer for a time represented Hopkins as a manager, and created the 1992 Academy Award campaign for Hopkins’ performance in “The Silence of the Lambs,” for which he won the Oscar for best actor.

In an interview, Hopkins said he first met Palmer while doing a publicity junket in 1973 at the Century Plaza Hotel, and afterward they became “very good friends. »

- Ted Johnson

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Historian hoping to restore ‘Gone With the Wind’ film set

28 July 2014 3:51 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sometimes it’s humiliating what the world has done with our film history. Horror stories abound about the poor preservation and disposal of film prints of movies like Lawrence of Arabia, and of course the more famous examples with Metropolis and The Magnificent Ambersons.

One historian is trying to rectify the legacy of another landmark film, Gone With the Wind. Peter Bonner, a historian and Gone With the Wind tour guide in Atlanta, recently came across the forgotten pieces to the movie set of Scarlett O’Hara’s famous plantation home “Tara”.

The set from the film was eventually dismantled, sold from Selznick Studios to Desi Arnaz and later shipped to Georgia, where it has now been rotting in storage for nearly three decades.

The Daily Mail reported on Sunday about Bonner’s efforts to restore the many pieces to Tara and make it available for tours. Bonner’s Facebook page, »

- Brian Welk

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The Honeymooers: Classic 39 Episodes and I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1 Blu-ray Reviews

18 May 2014 6:23 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With the release of The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes, and I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1, two of the most important and influential sitcoms have now hit Blu-ray.  The former stars Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph, the latter stars Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley and Vivian Vance, and for those who grew up with these shows on television, these new 1080 masters are night and day in terms of picture quality.  My review of both on Blu-ray follow after the jump.  Both shows have very simple premises that often repeat the same narrative in different iterations.  In The Honeymooners Gleason’s Ralph Kramden is a dreamer who works as a bus driver, with his best friend the mostly stupid but occasionally clever Ed Norton (Carney).  In most of the episodes Kramden gets himself in trouble by thinking he’s smarter than he is.  His failings make »

- Andre Dellamorte

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Veronica Mars,' 'Blazing Saddles,' and More

6 May 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Veronica Mars"

What's It About? Everyone's favorite teen Pi Veronica Mars is all grown up. She's living in NYC with Piz and just about to snag a plum lawyer gig when she's called back to Neptune to help out her ex Logan. In typical Logan fashion, he's in legal hot water - this time around, he's accused of murdering his girlfriend. Oh, it's also their high school reunion. Fun times!

Why We're In: Okay, if you're a diehard Marshmallow, chances are you're already getting a copy of the movie from Kickstarter. But, hey, while you wait for them to be sent out, why not snag an extra copy or two?

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Ace in the Hole" (Criterion)

What's It About? Kirk Douglas stars as a ruthless reporter scheming to keep his latest scoop in the headlines. A classic film noir, »

- Jenni Miller

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Watch Now In Full: 'Breaking Barriers' (History Of People Of Color On American TV - Part Of PBS' 'Pioneers Of Television')

5 May 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

If you missed the PBS' exploration of trailblazing moments of TV history, featuring a lineup that included an episode titled Breaking Barriers, which traces the history of people of color on American television (it aired last week Tuesday), you can watch it right now, as PBS has made the entire series available online. It's all part of the 4th season of the Emmy-nominated PBS series, Pioneers Of Television. Breaking Barriers features the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy), as well as Latino landmarks, ranging from I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, to Miami Vice with Edward James »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Now In Full: 'Breaking Barriers' (History Of People Of Color On American TV - Part Of PBS' 'Pioneers Of Television')

5 May 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you missed the PBS' exploration of trailblazing moments of TV history, featuring a lineup that included an episode titled Breaking Barriers, which traces the history of people of color on American television (it aired last week Tuesday), you can watch it right now, as PBS has made the entire series available online. It's all part of the 4th season of the Emmy-nominated PBS series, Pioneers Of Television. Breaking Barriers features the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy), as well as Latino landmarks, ranging from I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, to Miami Vice with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian Americans such as George Takei (Star Trek), who details the childhood years he spent in a Japanese American internment camp. Offering inside stories from some of America’s most beloved television stars, the episode includes new interviews with stars of the time, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Breaking Barriers' Traces History Of People Of Color On American TV (Part Of PBS' 'Pioneers Of Television' 4/29)

22 April 2014 1:51 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In the upcoming 4th season of the Emmy-nominated series, Pioneers Of Television, PBS will explore trailblazing moments of TV history, featuring a lineup that includes an episode titled Breaking Barriers, which airs on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 8pm Et, and which will trace the history of people of color on American television, featuring the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy), as well as Latino landmarks, ranging from I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, to Miami Vice with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian Americans such as George Takei (Star Trek), who details the childhood »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Breaking Barriers' Traces History Of People Of Color On American TV (Part Of PBS' 'Pioneers Of Television' 4/29)

22 April 2014 1:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In the upcoming 4th season of the Emmy-nominated series, Pioneers Of Television, PBS will explore trailblazing moments of TV history, featuring a lineup that includes an episode titled Breaking Barriers, which airs on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 8pm Et, and which will trace the history of people of color on American television, featuring the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy), as well as Latino landmarks, ranging from I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, to Miami Vice with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian Americans such as George Takei (Star Trek), who details the childhood years he spent in a Japanese-American internment camp. Offering inside stories from some of America’s most beloved television stars, expect new interviews with legendary stars, such as Jimmie WalkerLeslie UggamsRay RomanoBob NewhartRobin Williams, Roseanne...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Breaking Barriers' Traces History Of People Of Color On American TV (Part Of PBS' 'Pioneers Of Television')

20 March 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In the upcoming 4th season of the Emmy-nominated series, Pioneers Of Television, PBS will explore trailblazing moments of TV history, starting on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, featuring a lineup that includes an episode titled Breaking Barriers, which airs on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 8pm Et, and which will trace the history of people of color on American television, featuring the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy), as well as Latino landmarks, ranging from I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, to Miami Vice with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian Americans such as George Takei (Star Trek), who »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Breaking Barriers' Traces History Of People Of Color On American TV (Part Of PBS' 'Pioneers Of Television')

20 March 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In the upcoming 4th season of the Emmy-nominated series, Pioneers Of Television, PBS will explore trailblazing moments of TV history, starting on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, featuring a lineup that includes an episode titled Breaking Barriers, which airs on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 8pm Et, and which will trace the history of people of color on American television, featuring the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy), as well as Latino landmarks, ranging from I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, to Miami Vice with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian Americans such as George Takei (Star Trek), who details the childhood years he spent in a Japanese-American internment camp. Offering inside stories from some of America’s most beloved television stars, expect new interviews with legendary stars, such as Jimmie WalkerLeslie UggamsRay RomanoBob Newhart, Robin...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Culver Studios Won't Become Condos, Says New Owner

5 March 2014 10:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Culver Studios, the iconic film studio where Citizen Kane, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and The Matrix, among many others, were filmed, has been purchased by Hackman Capital Partners for $85 million. The deal closed Tuesday.  The studio, located in downtown Culver City with its highly recognizable front lawn and columned mansion (used for the Atlanta fire scenes in Gone With the Wind), was originally created by silent movie pioneer Thomas Ince in 1918. Past owners of the 14-acre studio property have included Cecil B. DeMille, Joseph Kennedy, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, David O. Selznick and Howard Hughes. Story: How

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- Alexandria Abramian

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Ted Richmond, Producer of ‘Papillon,’ Dies at 103

6 January 2014 5:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Producer Ted Richmond, who produced more than 60 movies from the 1940s through the 1970s including 1973 thriller “Papillon” (pictured), died in Paris on Dec. 23. He was 103.

The 1973 hit “Papillon,” starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, was one of Richmond’s most successful films.

For 40 years, working for Columbia Pictures and then Universal Intl., he produced movies in a variety of genres. There were Westerns such as “The Cimarron Kid,” starring Audie Murphy, and “Return of the Seven,” as well as comedies such as “Francis Joins the Wacs,” starring Donald O’Connor. Richmond was also an uncredited producer on the Elvis Presley pic “It Happened at the World’s Fair.”

In the 1950s he partnered with his close friend Tyrone Power to form Copa Prods. The company’s first movie, “Count Three and Pray,” introduced Joanne Woodward to films. In 1959, during the filming of “Solomon and Sheba,” Richmond was devastated when Power, »

- Carmel Dagan

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