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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.


Lucie Arnaz responds to Nicole Kidman playing her mom Lucille Ball
January 18th, 2021 under Keith & Nicole Urban, Lucille Ball. [ Comments: none ]

Last week, it was announced that Aaron Sorkin is doing a movie about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz with Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem playing the legends. Needless to say, people, like me, were not happy about the casting.

Yesterday, Lucie Arnaz responded to all of the fans and explained why it works. “Here’s the deal, what you should understand. We are not doing a remake of I Love Lucy. No one has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo, nor do the Vitameatavegamin routine, nor the chocolate factory routine, nor any of the silly things,” Arnaz said. “It is the story of Lucille Ball, my actual mother, not Lucy Ricardo, and her husband Desi Arnaz, my dad, not Ricky Ricardo.

“There will be humor in the film, but it is the story of the two of them and how they met. And what went right with finding the show, what went wrong. Their relationship. Their love affair.”

She then goes on to say it is just a small part of their lives and that Sorkin does a good job telling her parents’ story. She would not have approved the 2-hour feature film if she didn’t like what he did with their love story. She rarely allows people to do anything about or with parents’ story without her approval.

Then she closed out the video with, “Just trust us. It is going to be a nice film.”

I want to trust her and Sorkin, but I still think Kidman is wrong for the role. She is a great actress, but she can’t play every role. Did you see Prom?

Did Arnaz make you feel better about Sorkin’s project about her parents?


Nicole Kidman is no Lucille Ball
January 11th, 2021 under Keith & Nicole Urban, Lucille Ball. [ Comments: 2 ]

The good news is that Aaron Sorkin is doing a movie about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz called Being the Ricardos. The bad news is that he is thinking of casting Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem in the title roles.

The only thing that Kidman has in common with the legendary actress is that they are both redheads. Although only one is a natural ginger. Not only that, Kidman can’t do comedy. Even though they are not focusing on the couple’s humor.

According to Variety, “The movie will take place during a production week on the set of I Love Lucy, starting with a Monday table read through an audience shoot on Friday. Ball and Arnaz will face challenges that could end their careers and their marriage.”

Even though it is drama, she is still wrong for the role. So is Bardem, who is a Spaniard and not Cuban. There is a huge difference, and they should try to find someone who is Cuban for the role.

Just because they won Oscars does not mean they can play every role. Maurice Bernard played a good Desi, and he is an Emmy winner.

I just think if you are going to have actors play infamous people, make sure they are right for the role—especially celebrities as lauded as these comedic pioneers.

To be honest, I would rather see Debra Messing in the role. Who do you want to see play the couple?


BTWF: Wayne Newton on The Lucy Show
September 4th, 2020 under Before They Were Famous, Lucille Ball. [ Comments: none ]

Before Wayne Newton was singing to packed audiences in Las Vegas, he was singing to a pack of animals on The Lucy Show. How much to love listening to the 23-year-old singing in that 1965 episode?

xoxo George!


Will & Grace pays tribute to I Love Lucy tonight
April 9th, 2020 under Debra Messing, Lucille Ball, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, Sean Hayes. [ Comments: none ]

Tonight at 9p on NBC, Will & Grace goes back to the ’50s as they pay tribute to another sitcom.

Grace (Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullally) all ask Will who he thinks is the most like Lucielle Ball. When he doesn’t give an answer, they imagine themselves doing one of her iconic scenes from the legendary series.

Grace goes first and she recreates the Vitameatavegamin commercial. You can tell that Messing was meant to be a Lucy. She looks just like her. So much so, you would think she was Lucy.

Jack imagines working in the chocolate factory with Ethel (Messing), and their boss is Lucie Arnaz. In case you don’t know, she is Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter. Back to Jack, you can tell he was inspired by the comedienne.

Finally, Karen smashes some grapes with a surprise guest. I try to be positive, but I was very disappointed by Mullally’s performance on tonight’s episode. Maybe I was not in on the joke, but I expected better from her.

Then there is Will, who plays Ricky Ricardo in all of the segments. As much as I would have wanted to see him as Lucy, he is the perfect Ricky to their Lucys.

Who is the biggest Lucy of them all? You just have to watch to see.

If Desi and Lucy were alive today, they would be applauding the whole episode. You don’t have to be a fan of either show to enjoy tonight’s episode. You just have to be a fan of laughing.


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