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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. »

- Zac Gille

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Cate Blanchett Will Be Lucille Ball

2 September 2015 5:44 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Here’s an enticing prospect: Cate Blanchett starring as Lucille Ball? It could happen, as production company Escape Artists is looking to put together a biopic package that includes Blanchett starring as the entertainment icon and a script that has Aaron Sorkin’s brand of wordplay. The Hollywood Reporter’s story mentions that Sorkin hasn’t definitely signed on yet, but Ball’s story is surely a tempting draw for the writer, particularly since he could use an outlet to demonstrate he can write great female characters after criticisms on projects such as The Social Network and The Newsroom. The actress and producer was a driving force alongside then husband Desi Arnaz for shows such as I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life With Lucy. Before her TV stardom, she worked extensively in film and is still regarded as a comedy legend. »

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Review: 'The Comedians' With Billy Crystal and Josh Gad is Much, Much More than Meta Comedy

9 April 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Comedy Series Ever since Lucille Ball thrust her first name into iconic status on "I Love Lucy" (and later basically had it trademarked via "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour," "The Lucy Show," "Here's Lucy" and "Life With Lucy"), actors have used their public image to earn laughs on TV. Sometimes they create a whole new persona to go along with the character they play (who just so happens to share their name). Other times they glean jokes from real-life events, using the audience's knowledge of their actual actions to poke fun at themselves "in character." The concept is even older than that of the mockumentary, a parody of documentaries made popular in the '80s in films like "This Is Spinal Tap," "Zelig" and, later, "Man Bites Dog."  Both genres have gone through a revitalization period during the so-called golden age of television. Mockumentaries were »

- Ben Travers

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Review: 'The Comedians' With Billy Crystal and Josh Gad is Much, Much More than Meta Comedy

9 April 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Read More: 2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Comedy Series Ever since Lucille Ball thrust her first name into iconic status on "I Love Lucy" (and later basically had it trademarked via "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour," "The Lucy Show," "Here's Lucy" and "Life With Lucy"), actors have used their public image to earn laughs on TV. Sometimes they create a whole new persona to go along with the character they play (who just so happens to share their name). Other times they glean jokes from real-life events, using the audience's knowledge of their actual actions to poke fun at themselves "in character." The concept is even older than that of the mockumentary, a parody of documentaries made popular in the '80s in films like "This Is Spinal Tap," "Zelig" and, later, "Man Bites Dog."  Both genres have gone through a revitalization period during the so-called golden age of television. Mockumentaries were...

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- Ben Travers

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Look at This Monstrous Statue of Lucille Ball

4 April 2015 12:55 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Resembling the spawn of Han Solo's carbon shell and a child's drawing of Tilda Swinton, a hideous statue of I Love Lucy's Lucille Ball has been the bane of the town of Celoron, New York, for the past six years.Erected in 2009 to (in theory) honor the woman who transformed television in the 1950s by stealing it from the clutches of New York intellectuals and delivering it to Hollywood, the off-brown sculpture has been met with understandable horror by pretty much everyone. According to the Post-Journal, Celoron's mayor wants to replace the statue's monstrous head, which would cost around $10,000. However, it seems that simply decapitating Lucy and installing a new dome won't satisfy the community, which is demanding an entirely new monument with a well-named Facebook group called "We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue." Keep fighting the good fight, guys. »

- Greg Cwik

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Lucille Ball’s Upstate New York Hometown Wants Frightening Statue Removed

4 April 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The mayor of Lucille Ball’s upstate New York hometown has some ‘splainin to do, because people do not love their rendition of Lucy. Residents of Celeron, New York, said they want to replace a scary-looking bronze statue of the legendary actress that officials have been working to fix since it was erected in 2009, according to Buffalo News. Also Read: Colorized ‘I Love Lucy’ Recaptures Primetime TV’s Top Spot 56 Years After Original Run One town resident who refused to disclose his name even created a Facebook page called “We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue” that picked up steam this week. »

- Itay Hod

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