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14 items from 2015


Cate Blanchett to Star in Lucille Ball Biopic

6 September 2015 11:09 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

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

3 September 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

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

3 September 2015 1:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

2 September 2015 10:21 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

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?

2 September 2015 8:34 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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

2 September 2015 6:58 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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

2 September 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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

2 September 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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?

2 September 2015 3:05 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

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

2 September 2015 2:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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)

2 September 2015 12:41 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

1 July 2015 6:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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TV Producer David Kennedy, a Former Agent, Dies Suddenly at 73

1 July 2015 6:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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 »

- Carmel Dagan

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Billy Friedkin Regrets Keeping Gay Kiss Out of ‘Boys in the Band’

1 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 1968, when Billy Friedkin first saw “The Boys in the Band,” he felt the play was “funny and poignant and, in its own way, a love story.” He decided to adapt it as a film, not to make a statement, but because “it was a damn good story.”

As it turned out, it was also relevant. At that moment in time, gays were starting to come out of the closet, Friedkin recalls, and, on one level, “Boys in the Band” was about the closet.

Despite its relevance, the director did not get much encouragement in the marketplace. None of the studios wanted to finance it.

Friedkin finally got a greenlight from Cinema Center Films, then owned by CBS, but the company did not have the funding to distribute or market the film widely. While the movie got good reviews, it did not find a wide audience.

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