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BTWF: Nicole Kidman in Bush Christmas
December 22nd, 2021 under Before They Were Famous, Keith & Nicole Urban. [ Comments: none ]

Before Nicole Kidman was an Oscar winner, she got her start in Bush Christmas. She looks the same now as she did when she was 15 in that 1983 movie.


Is it just me or does Nicole Kidman in Being the Ricardos look like Eric Stoltz in Mask?
December 22nd, 2021 under Keith & Nicole Urban, Lucille Ball. [ Comments: none ]

So yesterday, I decided to watch Being the Ricardos on Prime Video, and I couldn’t get past something. Nicole Kidman’s prosthetics in the movie made her look more like Eric Stoltz playing Rocky Dennis in Mask than Lucille Ball. So much so, I spent most of my time listening to the movie as compared to watching it. Do you see it too?


Nicole Kidman is like that ugly bronze Lucille Ball statue in Being the Ricardos
November 10th, 2021 under Keith & Nicole Urban, Lucille Ball, Prime Video. [ Comments: none ]

Look, I want to start off and say that I am a fan of Nicole Kidman’s. However, I think she and Javier Bardem were horribly cast in Being the Ricardos.

I get that this is a slice of Lucy and Desi Arnaz’s life together. However, they still look like the characters they played on I Love Lucy when the cameras are not rolling. Unfortunately, the actors portraying them do not. It is like they are expecting us to have not been bombarded with their images since the day we were born.

Kidman kind of sounds like Ball. But, her higher Australian accent and drawl ruin the impression.

When it comes to her face, it looks even more Botoxed than usual. She looks like she is wearing a plastic Halloween mask of Ball from the ’70s as compared to prosthetics.

Hopefully, Aaron Sorkin’s script will save the movie that comes out on December 21st. He is a genius but there is only some much he can do.

What do you think of the trailer?


Lucie Arnaz continues to defend Nicole Kidman as her mom
April 21st, 2021 under Keith & Nicole Urban, Lucille Ball. [ Comments: none ]

Ever since it was announced that Nicole Kidman is going to play Lucille Ball in an Aaron Sorkin movie about a short period of time in the life of the legendary actress, people have said it was bad casting. However, there is one person who defended her being hired, and she is Lucie Arnaz.

Recently there were pictures released from the set, and people hated the casting even more. Therefore, Ball’s daughter took to social media once again to defend the Oscar winner.

I often enjoy what I see as I scroll through many “I Love Lucy” fan groups here, but, it seems it may be time, once again, for me to make my little speech.

Hi, Folks! Look, regarding the upcoming Aaron Sorkin-Amazon Studio two hour feature film shooting right now about my mother and father – with all due respect-

As you continue to find it fertile fodder for your chat room banter, please keep in mind that:

A) This is not going to be a full biography- just a snippet of time during a crucial and interesting period in their true life story.

B) We agreed to the inspired casting choice of Nicole Kidman because she is smart, a first class, award winning actress who can play comedy or drama and become anyone she puts her mind to and box office gold (important to big studios these days). She was cast to portray Lucille Ball. Not her fictional TV character, “Lucy Ricardo” and, take my word for it, Lucille Ball and “Lucy Ricardo” were quite different people.

C) Our director was not interested in this cast looking exactly like any one of the real life people they play. Acting chops and an essence of the person is what you look for- unless you are doing a drag act or an SNL sketch.

D) If one has not seen a script for a film, how can they begin to know whether an actor would be right for a part -even if they had the talent and experience to make such a decision?

And E) AGAIN, this is not a reboot/remake or updated version of “I Love Lucy”, their iconic comedy series.
No one should ever attempt to do that. It would be a very very bad idea.
If someone WAS trying to do that, then many of you would be correct, no one could replace those four original actors or the brilliance of that show’s writing.

This film takes place almost entirely behind the scenes of “I Love Lucy”, in the real lives of the people involved with the show, off the set and off the studio lot, during that same time period. The title, “Being The Ricardo’s”, is a clever play on words that you will understand after you see what Aaron Sorkin has written.

So, how about everyone just take a big, deep breath and let these actor kids play in the sandbox for a while with our team and make us all a nice gift, okay?

If she approves of the woman playing her mom, I guess we should too. However, I recently watched Kidman in Grace of Monaco, and all I saw was Kidman and not Grace Kelly. Kidman is an outstanding actress, but, to me, she is not good at playing other famous people.

How do you feel about Mrs. Keith Urban playing Mrs. Desi Arnaz?


Nicole Kidman reveals why she said yes to playing Lucille Ball
January 28th, 2021 under Keith & Nicole Urban, Lucille Ball. [ Comments: none ]

A few weeks ago, it was revealed that Nicole Kidman is going to play Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s movie about the legendary actress’ marriage to Desi Arnaz and their time creating I Love Lucy. While her casting is approved by their daughter, Lucie Arnaz, fans do not approve of it.

After being silent since the announcement, Kidman opened up to Variety’s Marc Malkin on why she took the part in Being the Ricardos. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I would love to give it a go,’” Kidman says. “With Aaron’s words and his direction and Javier … that’s kind of a wonderful prospect to, you know. But yikes, off we go. Give it a go. Try my best—see if I can do it.”

She is seeing if she can do it by researching the groundbreaking star she is going to play. “She’s an amazing woman. I’m very excited for people to see what Aaron found out about her and the way he’s interpreted Desi and Lucy and the way that it’s so rich. I didn’t know any of this.”

Are you going to find out what Kidman learned about the Arnazes from Sorkin’s script, or are you going to skip it like me? I am sorry, I am a fan of Kidman’s, but I don’t think she is right for this role. Just like she was wrong to play Samantha Stevens in Bewitched. Oh, that was so bad.


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