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Cate Blanchett Is Lucille Ball in Amazon Biopic Lucy and Desi

Cate Blanchett Is Lucille Ball in Amazon Biopic Lucy and Desi
It was recently announced that Amazon had acquired the rights to Lucy and Desi, the Aaron Sorkin scripted drama biopic and now it has also been revealed that Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett is set to portray Lucille Ball in the project. The biopic is being produced by Ball and Desi Arnaz's children and will center on their iconic mother, Lucille Ball. It has not been announced who will play Desi Arnaz yet, but Javier Barden's name has reportedly come up more than once.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Cate Blanchett will star as Ball and that the story will revolve around the actress who starred in the TV sitcoms I love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy. The Lucy and Desi biopic was announced back in 2015 with the idea to tell the story of Ball and Arnaz's 20 year marriage
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Lucille Ball Biopic Starring Cate Blanchett & Written by Aaron Sorkin Is Moving Forward -- Get New Details!

Lucille Ball Biopic Starring Cate Blanchett & Written by Aaron Sorkin Is Moving Forward -- Get New Details!
Almost two years since reports first surfaced that Cate Blanchett would portray Lucille Ball in an authorized biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin, the project is moving forward.

According to E! News, the film -- which will center on the I Love Lucy star’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz -- will be titled Luci and Desi.

Watch: 6 Reasons to Get Excited About Cate Blanchett Playing Lucille Ball in Biopic

The site also confirmed that Amazon Studios has bought rights to the project, which will be produced by the Hollywood couple’s children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., along with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch from Escape Artists.

Et confirmed Blanchett, 48, was attached to the biopic in September, 2015. At the time, Sorkin -- who created The Newsroom and The West Wing -- faced backlash on social media about his involvement as the screenwriter.

While there’s no word on when filming might commence, Blanchett is meanwhile
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Cate Blanchett Confirmed to Star in Lucille Ball Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin

Cate Blanchett Confirmed to Star in Lucille Ball Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin
The Lucille Ball biopic that first sparked headlines two years ago is finally making some headway. E! News can confirm the authorized biopic will star Cate Blanchett as Ball with a script written by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin. We can also confirm that Amazon Studios has picked up the rights to the film, which will be called Luci and Desi and will focus on the actress' 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz.  The couple's children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., will produce the film alongside Escape ArtistsTodd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch. The film is set to explore the tumultuous business and romantic relationship between Ball and Arnaz, who married in 1940 before...
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Amazon Snags Lucille Ball Biopic Starring Cate Blanchett

Lucille Ball in “I Love Lucy

Looks like the long-gestating Lucille Ball biopic is finally happening. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the untitled film about comedy legend Ball has landed at Amazon and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is in talks to star. Aaron Sorkin (“Steve Jobs,” “The Social Network”) penned the script. A director isn’t attached yet.

Ball is best known for portraying the titular character on the classic sitcom “I Love Lucy,” on which she starred and produced with her then-husband, Desi Arnaz. The couple formed Desilu Productions in 1950, which developed shows like “I Love Lucy,” other Ball vehicles including “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” and “The Lucy Show,” and renowned series “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” and “That Girl.”

The iconic actress is also known for her film work, including starring roles in “The Facts of Life,” “Yours, Mine and Ours,” and “Mame.”

Throughout her career Ball collected four Emmy wins (from 13 nods), the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Comedy Awards, the Television Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award, and the Women in Film Crystal Award. Women in Film eventually renamed their awards ceremony to the Crystal + Lucy Awards in honor of Ball. The Lucy is given to women with outstanding achievement in TV.

Ball and Arnaz’s children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr., are producing the authorized Ball biopic with Escape Artists’ Jenna Block.

Blanchett has received six Academy Award nominations and won for her turns in “The Aviator” and “Blue Jasmine.” You can catch her in theaters now as 13 different personas in “Manifesto.” “Ocean’s Eight,” the all-female “Ocean’s 11” reboot co-starring Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, and Rihanna, and the film adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestseller “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” are among her upcoming projects.

Jessica Chastain stars in Sorkin’s next project, “Molly’s Game.” Based on Molly Bloom’s memoir, the film follows Bloom as she switches gears from Olympic skiing to developing a high-stakes, FBI-bait poker game. Sorkin wrote and directed the biopic, which hits theaters November 22.

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Lucille Ball Biopic Starring Cate Blanchett Lands at Amazon

Lucille Ball Biopic Starring Cate Blanchett Lands at Amazon
Amazon has scooped up the rights to the Lucille Ball biopic that has a script by Aaron Sorkin. Cate Blanchett is in talks to star.

The film will center on the life of the iconic actress, who starred on the TV sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life With Lucy. Ball was nominated for 13 Emmys and won four times, and she also won the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979. She was married to actor Desi Arnaz from 1940 to 1960.

The couple's children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr.,...
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Lucie Arnaz: Network Executives Still ‘Don’t Care’ About Diversity

Lucie Arnaz: Network Executives Still ‘Don’t Care’ About Diversity
The Paley Center for Media honored the contributions of hispanic Americans to the television landscape, for the first time, at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan on Wednesday night.

The night hit the rewind button on American television to 1950, when network executives at CBS told Lucille Ball that a show about a spunky redhead married to a Cuban band leader Desi Arnaz wasn’t believable. Undeterred, Arnaz put Ball into his act, and toured the country. Eventually, CBS brass got on board.

When executives wanted to shoot the show in New York on kinescope, Arnaz, who wanted to base the show in Los Angeles, again pushed back. He suggested three cameras, a live audience and a show shot on film. CBS reluctantly agreed and the result was “I Love Lucy,” a smash hit that pulled in more than 60 million viewers, invented the re-run and set the new standard for how situational
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Carol Channing Celebrates 95th Birthday at Star-Studded Tribute Show

Carol Channing Celebrates 95th Birthday at Star-Studded Tribute Show
Stars descended upon the desert for a special milestone over the weekend: Carol Channing's 95th birthday! The stage, film and TV icon has been wowing audiences since she was a little girl, but the celebration in Palm Desert, California, Saturday found Channing treated to a show inspired by her storied life and career. As Channing looked on, pals delivered touching tributes under the spotlight and in video at the McCallum Theatre. Lily Tomlin, Alan Cumming, Florence Henderson and Lucie Arnaz are among the stars who fêted Channing at the show and afterparty, while a handful of famous fans - including former President Bill Clinton,
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Carol Channing Celebrates 95th Birthday at Star-Studded Tribute Show

Carol Channing Celebrates 95th Birthday at Star-Studded Tribute Show
Stars descended upon the desert for a special milestone over the weekend: Carol Channing's 95th birthday! The stage, film and TV icon has been wowing audiences since she was a little girl, but the celebration in Palm Desert, California, Saturday found Channing treated to a show inspired by her storied life and career. As Channing looked on, pals delivered touching tributes under the spotlight and in video at the McCallum Theatre. Lily Tomlin, Alan Cumming, Florence Henderson and Lucie Arnaz are among the stars who fêted Channing at the show and afterparty, while a handful of famous fans - including former President Bill Clinton,
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Cate Blanchett to Star in Lucille Ball Biopic

Escape Artists are working on an unauthorized biopic of Lucille Ball, the star of the classic TV sitcom "I Love Lucy." Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) is set to write the script and Cate Blanchett is attached to star. The film will chronicle Ball's 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, who co-starred on "I Love Lucy." The two had two children before their divorce in 1960. Ball married Gary Morton the following year. The two children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr, will produce with Escape Artists.
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Movie News: Cate Blanchett to Play Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin Bio-Pic; 'Jack Reacher 2' Dated

Lucille Ball: Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett will portray actress Lucille Ball in an authorized biographical drama, to be written by Aaron Sorkin, who is himself an Academy Award winner for The Social Network. The film will focus on the 20-year marriage of Ball and Desi Arnaz; their children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., will serve as producers. [The Wrap]   American Wolf: Scott Cooper (Black Mass) is in talks to direct American Wolf, based on a true story about a hunter who accidentally kills a well-known endangered animal just outside the boundaries of a national park, sparking a national outrage, and then befriends a wildlife researcher. Leonardo DiCaprio will serve as one of the producers. [The Wrap]   Jack Reacher 2/Everybody Wants Some: The...

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Cate Blanchett set to play Lucille Ball in new biopic from Aaron Sorkin

Cate Blanchett (Carol) is set to play legendary actress Lucille Ball in a new biopic to be written by Steve Jobs and The Newsroom scribe Aaron Sorkin, according to The Wrap.

The film is set to be produced by Sony’s Escape Artists and is said to focus on Ball’s marriage to actor Desi Arnaz who was her co-star in hit 1960’s sitcom I Love Lucy. In addition, the film has the backing of Ball’s family, with Lucie Arnaz Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. set to be producers on the film.

Blanchett is to receive the BFI Fellowship at this year’s 59th BFI London Film Festival, where her two new films, Carol and Truth, are part of the line-up alongside the Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender.
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News Briefs: Cate Blanchett to Play Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin Biopic

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Lucille BallCate Blanchett, two-time Oscar winner, will portray actress Lucille Ball in an authorized biographical drama to be written by Aaron Sorkin, who is himself an Academy Award winner for The Social Network. The film will focus on the 20-year marriage of Ball and Desi Arnaz; their children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., will serve as producers. [The Wrap]   American Wolf: Scott Cooper (Black Mass) is in talks to direct American Wolf, based on a true story about...

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2-Time Oscar Winner Blanchett to Play 4-Time Emmy Winner Ball: Good Idea?

Lucille Ball: The glamour look. Cate Blanchett to play Lucille Ball: Actress won Oscar for incarnating Ball's fellow Rko contract player Katharine Hepburn Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is reportedly slated to star in a biopic of former Rko and MGM actress and big-time television comedienne Lucille Ball. Aaron Sorkin, Oscar winner for David Fincher's The Social Network, will be responsible for the screenplay. According to Entertainment Weekly, the Lucille Ball film biopic will focus on Ball's two-decade marriage to her I Love Lucy costar Desi Arnaz. In 1960, the couple had an acrimonious divorce that supposedly “shocked” clueless fans unable to tell the difference between TV reality and real-life reality. Their children, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lucie Arnaz, had modest acting careers in film and on TV in the '70s and '80s. As per the EW.com report, they're both producing the planned Lucille Ball biopic.
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Cate Blanchett is playing I Love Lucy's Lucille Ball in a biopic and Aaron Sorkin is writing it

Lucille Ball is set for a major biopic, with Cate Blanchett starring as the legendary actress and Aaron Sorkin lined up to write the script.

The movie, which is being produced by Ball's two children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr, will follow the star's career and 20-year marriage to I Love Lucy co-star Desi Arnaz.

The Wrap was first to report this story.

The story of Lucille Ball has been attempted before with two TV movies: 2003's Lucy and 1991's Lucy & Desi.

As well as famed sitcom I Love Lucy, Ball also starred in The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy.

The actress began her career in the late-1920s. She passed away of an abdominal aortic dissection in 1989 at the age of 77.
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Lucille Ball Biopic Teams Cate Blanchett with Writer Aaron Sorkin

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Lucille Ball Biopic Teams Cate Blanchett with Writer Aaron Sorkin
Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett is teaming up with Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on an Untitled Lucille Ball Biopic for the Sony-based production company Escape Artists. The biopic will be made with the support of the iconic actress' family, with her children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. set to produce, according to The Wrap. The project does not have a director attached at this time.

The story will follow Lucille Ball's 20-year marriage to her I Love Lucy co-star Desi Arnaz, which spanned from 1940 to 1960. After their divorce, Lucille Ball married actor/comedian Gary Morton in 1961, a marriage that lasted up until her death in 1989 at the age of 77. No specific plot details were given for the biopic, but it will most likely cover the inception of I Love Lucy, which ran for six seasons between 1951 and 1957. The series is still considered to be one of the most groundbreaking television shows to this day.
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Twitter Has Major Issues With the Idea of Aaron Sorkin Writing a Lucille Ball Biopic Starring Cate Blanchett

Twitter Has Major Issues With the Idea of Aaron Sorkin Writing a Lucille Ball Biopic Starring Cate Blanchett
Escape Artists may have some 'splainin' to do. The Internets (yes, we're bringing back that term from the Bush years) were ablaze with excitement (and a little confusion) after The Wrap reported that Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is attached to play Lucille Ball in an authorized biopic chronicling the comedy legend's 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz. Siblings Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. are reportedly teaming up to produce the film with Sony-based production shingle Escape Artists, hence the authorization. But what social media seemed most nonplussed about was the news that Aaron Sorkin was writing the script. A source tells E! News, meanwhile, that the Oscar winner has not officially...
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Cate Blanchett as Lucille Ball from Aaron Sorkin script: Oscar catnip?

Cate Blanchett as Lucille Ball from Aaron Sorkin script: Oscar catnip?
According to The Wrap, Cate Blanchett will play Hollywood comedy legend Lucille Ball in a new biopic to be produced by Ball's children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. What's more, the screenplay is being written by Emmy and Oscar champ Aaron Sorkin. The film will chronicle Ball's 20-year-marriage to her "I Love Lucy" co-star Desi Arnaz. -Break- Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara simmer in 'Carol' trailer Lucille Ball never won an Oscar – she wasn't even nominated – but she was nevertheless one of the most beloved stars of the 20th century, winning four Emmys as well as the TV academy's Governors Award in 1989. The chameleon Blanchett won her first Oscar playing another Hollywood icon, Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" (2004). She won another Oscar for playing the fictional title role in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" (2013). The Australian actress has been nominated six times, a...
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Cate Blanchett to Star in Lucille Ball Biopic From Aaron Sorkin

Cate Blanchett to Star in Lucille Ball Biopic From Aaron Sorkin
Cate Blanchett will star as Lucille Ball in a biopic that’s being produced by her two children — Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. — and Escape Artists.

Aaron Sorkin will write the script, which will center on Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz. She eloped with the Cuban bandleader in 1940 and the two created the massively successful sitcom “I Love Lucy” in 1951. She won four Emmys for the role.

Ball also gave birth to her daughter in 1951 and to her son in 1953. Ball and Arnaz divorced in 1960. Ball began running Desilu Productions in 1962. She died in 1989.

Jenna Block will oversee development of the project at Sony-based Escape Artists. No director or other cast is attached yet.

Blanchett has won Academy Awards for “The Aviator” and “Blue Jasmine.” She’s starring in Todd Haynes’ romance “Carol,” which premiered at Cannes, and will be seen with Robert Redford in the Dan Rather drama “Truth,
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Cate Blanchett to Play Lucille Ball in Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin (Exclusive)

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Cate Blanchett to Play Lucille Ball in Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin (Exclusive)
Cate Blanchett is attached to star in an authorized biopic of Hollywood legend Lucille Ball that Aaron Sorkin is set to write for Escape Artists, TheWrap has learned. The film will chronicle Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, with whom she starred on the classic TV sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Ball had two children with Arnaz before they divorced in 1960. She married Gary Morton the following year. Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. will produce with Escape Artists, whose executive Jenna Block will oversee development of the project on behalf of the Sony-based company. Also Read: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara Quietly.
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TV Producer David Kennedy, a Former Agent, Dies Suddenly at 73

TV Producer David Kennedy, a Former Agent, Dies Suddenly at 73
David Kennedy, the former entertainment talent agent and an award-winning television producer, died suddenly on June 14 in Los Angeles due to complications from knee replacement surgery.

For the past two years, the 73-year-old Kennedy had been developing numerous television projects for FX Networks under a first-look deal with FX Productions, an agreement that was recently renewed for another two years prior to his death. Among the projects were “How to Survive a Plague,” which he was developing with David France, along with David Siegel and Scott McGehee, based on France’s award-winning documentary of the same name. He was also developing “A Perfect Terrorist,” based on the “Frontline” episode of the same name from Wgbh and ProPublica, with producers David Fanning, Joshua Goldin, Rachel Abramowitz and Sebastian Rotella.

Kennedy was also executive producer of the movie “Dark Shadows,” starring Johnny Depp. Kennedy had a close relationship with Depp’s company
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