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The Long, Long Trailer is a 1954 film starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz directed by Vincente Minnelli. At the time of the film’s release, I Love Lucy was about to start its third year and was the highest rated show on television. This film was made clearly made to capitalize on their success, and puts a lot of effort into mirroring the formula that made their show so popular. Tacy (Lucille Ball) and Nicky (Desi Arnaz) are a newlywed couple who buy a luxury trailer home that they must drive from California to Colorado, where Nicky has a new job. Even the names are clearly mirrors of the ones from the show, and the characterization is extremely similar in all regards. What The Long, Long Trailer has that the TV show does not is Technicolor, outdoor locations and a variety of locales. What it lacks? Just about everything that »
Dann Cahn, a pioneer of the three-camera method of filming and editing TV sitcoms, has died. Cahn also was the last surviving member of the original creative team behind the landmark series I Love Lucy. He was 89 and died Wednesday of natural causes at his home in west Los Angeles. Cahn worked on Lucy‘s entire six-season run from 1951 to 1957. Unlike series that preceded it, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s show used three motion picture cameras instead of one. The multicamera technique allowed for a show to be filmed continuously and in sequence, like a stage play. The amount of footage overwhelmed editors at the time, according to the La Times, and they located a cutting-edge device that had been created for the quiz show Truth Or Consequences. When it was delivered to Desilu, Cahn called it a “monster” because it wouldn’t fit into the editing room so »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
On Sunday, Lifetime premieres Liz & Dick, its Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton biopic starring Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler. Exec producer Larry Thompson openly admits Lohan brought with her a younger demographic (and headlines) but also risk. He first met with Lohan about the project last December but cameras didn’t roll until June. “When we first met with her, she had two probations, and when we finally closed the deal with her, there was only one probation,” Thompson says. “If we couldn’t have gotten insurance, there would have been no movie. We wound up having to go to »
- Mandi Bierly
It’s kind of a weird thing to watch Shepard Smith when he gets sincere. First of all, I’ve always felt that Shepard looked vaguely like Laura Palmer’s dad from Twin Peaks, so stunned contrition represents a jarring departure from the conditioned, smarmy death’s head smirk that’s been plastered on his face since Fox News overtook CNN and MSNBC. On Friday, Shepard found himself in the hot seat while Fox News followed a high speed chase in Arizona to its grim conclusion.
Having already been boiled down by the forces of the Internet, all that’s left of the clip is the penultimate moment. The chase, in retrospect, rendered irrelevant. The jacked vehicle, a small maroon SUV, is parked in a clearing, apparently off to the side of a freeway. The suspect jumps out. He is the only person in the frame. Smith describes the scene, »
- Josh Converse
Before Emmy fever dies down for good, here's one last treat to tide over your award cravings 'til the Golden Globes. I've culled the 25 most bad-ass photos of women with their Emmys, and you'll notice the might of these snapshots is downright contagious. Ready for a blitz of TV's greatest ladies? Go.
1. Melissa McCarthy, pageant queen
2. Camryn Manheim, shouting to the gods
3. Jane Lynch, silly and flabbergasted
4. Jackee, reeling
7. Kathy Griffin, adorned
8. Rhea Perlman, ecstatic
9. Gillian Anderson, august and proud
10. Tina Fey, hauling
11. Kristen Johnston, cheeky
12. Sally Field, royal waving
14. Paula Abdul (for choreography!), resplendent
15. Gilda Radner, gushing
16. Rue McClanahan, sentimentally feathered
17. Sela Ward, supercharged
18. Michael Learned, rightfully cocky
19. Barbara Stanwyck, poised
21. Jane Curtin »
By Carson Blackwelder
This Sunday, late-night anchor Jimmy Kimmel will step into the Emmy spotlight at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Making his Emmy host debut, Kimmel will move from the audience to the stage, as his ABC show Jimmy Kimmel Live! has won three Emmys and is nominated this year for Outstanding Variety Series.
Aside from his late-night series, Kimmel is most known being the funny co-host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show with Adam Carolla from 1999 to 2003. In April, he hosted the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Kimmel is joining the ranks of some of the most popular (and unpopular) hosts in Emmy history. Some of the more revered hosts include Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz (1952), Johnny Carson (1971-74) and Neil Patrick Harris (2009). But let’s get real: As long as it’s better than the reality show hosts in 2008, featuring Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Someone has to say it: It's rare that a sitcom father is a sexy beast. Historically, dads on sitcoms are sarcastic, exhausted, or flatly chipper, and therefore not nearly as libidinous as we want them to be. As NBC's upcoming gay daddy comedy The New Normal proves, fatherhood can look pretty hot on a man. (Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells are pretty choice specimens, wouldn't you say?) So today, we're looking back at 10 sitcom dads who beat the odds and came out sexy. I'm hooting "Babaloo!" already.
Have we finally reached the first generation that won't grow up on reruns of I Love Lucy? Kind of crazy, right? Especially since it means they'll miss their tutorial in fiery Cuban fatherhood. Desi Arnaz may not have been the most patient or open-hearted husband, »
You might think that with the hundreds, if not thousands, of books that have been written about Gene Roddenberry's moderately successful 1960s television show Star Trek, from memoirs to manuals, episode guides to encyclopedias, and all points in between, that the universe needs another one like the Enterprise needed another Tribble in the original Trek episode 'The Trouble With Tribbles'. It is precisely this question that author and screenwriter David Gerrold, who penned that classic story, asks in his foreword to Mark Clark's recently published Star Trek Faq tome (released in June 2012 by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books), and one that Clark has clearly thought long and hard about, as is evident by the answer he gives in his introduction.
Mr Gerrold's answer not only justifies Star Trek Faq's existence, but provides a solid argument as to why this one may just be the most useful of them all. »
William Asher, who has died aged 90 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, directed 100 episodes of I Love Lucy (1952-57) and 131 episodes of Bewitched (1964-72), far more than any other director on those two series. His name, appearing so regularly in the credits of such immensely popular Us sitcoms, became known to millions of television viewers all over the world.
Asher, who is often erroneously credited with having invented the TV sitcom – there were several adaptations of radio shows in the late 1940s – nevertheless gave a fresh impetus to the genre by using a multiple-camera setup for I Love Lucy. This enabled him to shoot the action simultaneously from different viewpoints, then select the best shots. Earlier sitcoms were broadcast live and recorded on kinescopes, or not recorded at all. Desilu Productions, founded by the comedy couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, »
- Ronald Bergan
Sofia Vergara has made her way from Colombian farmer’s daughter to the top spot on Forbes ' list of highest-paid TV actresses. The Modern Family star made an estimated $19 million between May 2011 and May 2012, thanks to the success of the show, endorsement deals in both English and Spanish, and a top-earning year for the media company she co-founded in 1996. Forbes calls her "the cross-over star [television has] been waiting for since Desi Arnaz left the airwaves." The rest of the top five: Kim Kardashian: The reality star earned an estimated $18 million. In addition to her »
- Evann Gastaldo
William Asher, who directed episodes of such classic TV shows as I Love Lucy and Bewitched, died Monday at a board and care facility in Palm Desert, Calif., according to the Desert Sun. He was 90. Asher, who lived in La Quinta and Indian Wells since retiring in 1991, reportedly died with his wife, Meredith, by his side. No cause of death was given. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2012 Asher's association with Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz began when he directed the pilot of Eve Arden's Our Miss Brooks for their Desilu Studios. That job led to his
- Kimberly Nordyke
I Love Lucy star Doris Singleton has died at age 92. The actress passed away on Tuesday (June 26), according to Variety. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's daughter Lucie Arnaz also confirmed Singleton's death while paying tribute to Nora Ephron on her Facebook page. Lucie wrote: "A day of saying hasta luego to two great ladies, Nora Ephron and Doris Singleton. May they both fly swiftly heavenward and enjoy a blissful rest for jobs well done down here. They were loved and appreciated and will be missed." The actress got her start in show business by dancing with the New York City (more) »
- By Justin Harp
Doris Singleton, a character actress and comedian best known as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s neighbor - and Lucy's frequent frenemy - Carolyn Appleby on I Love Lucy, has died, Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, confirmed. "A day of saying hasta luego to two great ladies, Nora Ephron and Doris Singleton," Arnaz wrote on her Facebook page. "May they both fly swiftly heavenward and enjoy a blissful rest for jobs well done down here. They were loved and appreciated and will be missed." Singleton was 92 and died Tuesday in Los Angeles, reports Variety. Playing the competitive neighbor Appleby, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
The following is taken from the film’s review when it was featured as part of the 2011 Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival this past November.
Chico And Rita is a dazzling, musical feature-length animated film that uses many modern techniques while harkening back to a time, not too long ago, when American studios flirted with the idea of animation geared to more adult stories. Now this is not to say that the great Pixar films don’t have adult themes but their finished stories are “kid-friendly”. Forty years ago Ralph Bakshi was heading the charge for movie cartoons to compete for mature audiences. As Fritz the Cat said in the ads, ” I’m X-rated and animated! “. Soon Bakshi’s toned down th more extreme elements in his features ( ending his run with Wizards, American Pop, and his take on Tolkein ) while other studios explored the territory with Watership Down and Heavy Metal. »
- Jim Batts
Just picturing Lucille Ball is enough to bring a smile to most people's faces. After all, the beloved comedienne made us laugh in five TV shows -- I Love Lucy, The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy -- as well as through dozens of TV specials, radio episodes, and more than 75 movies.
While Ball devoted much of her life to the art of performing, artist Henry Lmrr most appreciates Ball as the subject for his art. He's drawn Ball literally hundreds of times, filling sketch books and inscribing her likeness on everything from canvas to scrap notebook paper, an eraser, and even a bottlecap. He confesses that he just can't enough of her immortal features.
Lmrr began drawing Ball at the age of 10 after he saw "The Anniversary Present" episode from the second season »
15 items from 2012
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