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“Being the Ricardos” final trailer

Nicole pulls it off! I can genuinely picture her throwing a cup of coffee into that stewardess’s face!

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by Anonymousreply 480December 23, 2021 11:30 PM

"Nicole pulls it off! I can genuinely picture her being a burn victim after having a cup of coffee thrown in her face."

*Fixed it for you, OP. Those prosthetics and waxy skin are horrendous.

by Anonymousreply 1November 10, 2021 3:39 PM

DL icon Vivian Vance looks fabulous! Nina Arianda, you better not fuck it up!

by Anonymousreply 2November 10, 2021 3:50 PM

Nicole looks good, but I bet Cate Blanchett would have been awesome in this had she stayed on in the role.

by Anonymousreply 3November 10, 2021 4:31 PM

I’m shocked that NK got so close vocally. After 9 Perfect Blah Blah Bland, I’d given up hope.

by Anonymousreply 4November 10, 2021 4:46 PM

I feel like Bardem might steal the show.

by Anonymousreply 5November 10, 2021 5:26 PM

Why did Blanchett drop out?

by Anonymousreply 6November 10, 2021 5:29 PM

The ghost of Gary talked her out of it, r6.

by Anonymousreply 7November 10, 2021 5:31 PM

Her voice is fine but her face is terrifying.

I didn't realize it until after I grabbed this screen shot, but her boobs are crooked, too. That's weird.

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by Anonymousreply 8November 10, 2021 5:37 PM

^ Sometimes boobs have a mind of their own

by Anonymousreply 9November 10, 2021 6:06 PM

Aaron Sorkin? I had no idea he was involved with this. Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 10November 10, 2021 6:11 PM

I can certainly see her knocking down Ruth McDivitt.

by Anonymousreply 11November 10, 2021 6:17 PM

[quote}Her voice is fine but her face is terrifying.

The forehead, in particular, looks like you could land a plane on it. It might have been more believable if the story was about a post-Ricky, late career Lucy

by Anonymousreply 12November 10, 2021 6:19 PM

I'll turn in my DL card, but I'm looking forward to this.

by Anonymousreply 13November 10, 2021 6:35 PM

I can just see the sequel..."Being Mame!"

by Anonymousreply 14November 10, 2021 6:47 PM

^ Maybe this time Gary will really talk her out of it

by Anonymousreply 15November 10, 2021 6:56 PM

Maybe there will be a prequel, "Lucy, the Loosey-Goosey Years"

by Anonymousreply 16November 10, 2021 7:00 PM

Maiming Mame

by Anonymousreply 17November 10, 2021 7:01 PM

Truly ironic that a woman who can't move her face is playing one of the great rubber-faced comedians.

by Anonymousreply 18November 10, 2021 7:05 PM

Wow, she sure did do a great job on the voice - impressive.

by Anonymousreply 19November 10, 2021 7:09 PM

I'm in.

by Anonymousreply 20November 10, 2021 7:10 PM

She got that masculine swagger that Blanchett could have brought.

by Anonymousreply 21November 10, 2021 7:16 PM

So big Nicole might get Oscar nomination #5?

by Anonymousreply 22November 10, 2021 7:20 PM

I always thought Nicole was a great actress. I didn't think she could pull this off but she did.

by Anonymousreply 23November 10, 2021 7:29 PM

Lovely well done

by Anonymousreply 24November 10, 2021 7:39 PM

[quote] Wow, she sure did do a great job on the voice - impressive.

She sounds like Nicole Kidman to me.

by Anonymousreply 25November 10, 2021 7:44 PM

Voice sounds great, looks are good (although as others have said - wow - botox), arm movements even seem similar

by Anonymousreply 26November 10, 2021 7:51 PM

She’s a monster

by Anonymousreply 27November 10, 2021 7:53 PM

Never knowing what an actresses face may look like? This isn’t fucking science fiction.

by Anonymousreply 28November 10, 2021 7:55 PM

OMG. She looks like Nicole Kidman playing Glenn Close playing Lucille Ball. Dear gawd. Kill it.

by Anonymousreply 29November 10, 2021 8:28 PM

I didn't know Lucille Ball was Australian.

by Anonymousreply 30November 10, 2021 8:29 PM

Career killer. They should've just given it to Deb Messing.

by Anonymousreply 31November 10, 2021 8:29 PM

Which would have killed everything else.

by Anonymousreply 32November 10, 2021 8:32 PM

Kidman does a great job with the Lucille Ball voice, but I agree there's something very off (even more than usual) about the face--she looks like she's wearing facial prosthetics of some sort. It's not appealing.

I'm very curious how she'll be at doing the comedy bits as well as being the harsh Lucy offscreen (I'm not sure if by this point in time Lucy was as mean to people as she was by the late 60s, though--I think that came with her alcoholism and her misery at Desi's womanizing, as well as the stress of running her company).

Like everyone on Datalounge, I am curious about how they'll show Frawley and Vance interacting, and also Ball interacting with Vance.

by Anonymousreply 33November 10, 2021 10:16 PM

I'm too lazy to dig up the quote, but in Vivian's bio, someone in the Lucy circle claimed that Vivian really didn't like Lucy much, and in fact resented her deeply. And that she never really got over it.

by Anonymousreply 34November 10, 2021 10:28 PM

Her eyes are all wrong. They should have tried with makeup to change her distant, button eyes into something more like Lucy's big, expressive orbs.

by Anonymousreply 35November 10, 2021 10:37 PM

She looks like E.T. with red hair.

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by Anonymousreply 36November 11, 2021 12:21 AM

Bring it on.

by Anonymousreply 37November 11, 2021 12:43 AM

Sarah Paulson would have been far better.

by Anonymousreply 38November 11, 2021 12:45 AM

I agree with r35, the eyes are all wrong.

But what's unfortunate is the eye MAKEUP is actually all wrong, an easy thing to have fixed. I always think of Lucy in the 1950s with thick black mascara on false eyelashes and black eye liner, all perfectly in period for that decade. But in the trailer her eyes look too delicate and soft and recessed with a pale brown or reddish makeup around the eyes.

Oh well. We'll see....

by Anonymousreply 39November 11, 2021 12:56 AM

Some of you queens need to put your hearing aids in. Kidman doesn't not get the voice down. She's easily an octave too low.

Let's review:

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by Anonymousreply 40November 11, 2021 2:03 AM

[quote]I'm too lazy to dig up the quote, but in Vivian's bio, someone in the Lucy circle claimed that Vivian really didn't like Lucy much, and in fact resented her deeply. And that she never really got over it.

Completely untrue. Watch this reunion on an episode of Dinah.

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by Anonymousreply 41November 11, 2021 2:08 AM

R33 I've seen it. They do the comedy bits in a stylized way. They'll be happening, and suddenly everything freezes- and we see Lucy work out what works in her head. They don't at all try to copy what the originals did.

At some point, you see Lucy pitch the wine making scene. You see how she visualized it, and how she solves "problems."

by Anonymousreply 42November 11, 2021 2:10 AM

Lucie loved it because they didn't go for the obvious, which was simply to cast actors who could do impressions. They did a TV movie years ago that she apparently hated and deeply regretted approving. So this is a big deal that she loves this movie.

It does look better than I previously thought it would have. But that being said, I think Drew Barrymore could have pulled off the I Love Lucy era Lucy quite well. Bobby Cannavale would have been a natural for Desi.

I do think Nicole and Javier would work better if it were a post ILL story about them.

by Anonymousreply 43November 11, 2021 2:11 AM

And here Lucy tries to keep her composure when Viv is brought up in conversation promoting Life with Lucy.

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by Anonymousreply 44November 11, 2021 2:16 AM

This has the same feeling as Grace of Monaco. Nicole is too surgically altered to believably play a big star from another time.

by Anonymousreply 45November 11, 2021 2:18 AM

Damn you, R44! That clip got me!

As to the movie? I love Nicole. But she just looks frightening in this. And I don't understand why you all think she nailed the voice. It sounds nothing like Lucy. I'll definitely still watch it, however.

When I was a kid in the 80s and 90s I Love Lucy was the one show my siblings and I could all agree to watch. Part of my childhood for sure.

by Anonymousreply 46November 11, 2021 2:43 AM

[quote]Kidman doesn't not get the voice down.

"Doesn't not"??

by Anonymousreply 47November 11, 2021 2:50 AM

[quote] "Doesn't not"??

Sorry, my fingers work faster than my brain. I know double negatives aren’t allowed. I will “Oh, dear” myself and hope one day for an edit function.

by Anonymousreply 48November 11, 2021 2:54 AM

You type cute, r48. xoxo

by Anonymousreply 49November 11, 2021 2:59 AM

Ooh look. You can buy Nicole's facial prosthetics here.

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by Anonymousreply 50November 11, 2021 3:36 AM

Is she even able to close her mouth anymore? I see no evidence of it. It's hanging open in every shot.

by Anonymousreply 51November 11, 2021 5:20 AM

What a weird film to green-light. I can't imagine the audience for this.

by Anonymousreply 52November 11, 2021 7:47 AM

Nicole is a freak show.

The only thing she pulls off is that fake face at the end of the night.

What bad casting.

by Anonymousreply 53November 11, 2021 9:13 AM

Looks like someone in a Michael Myers mask dressing trans.

by Anonymousreply 54November 11, 2021 9:18 AM

[quote] I can't imagine the audience for this.

I can. It’s called Academy Screenings.

by Anonymousreply 55November 11, 2021 9:20 AM

I feel like we need to put Nicole Kidman on the list of people that need to take a break for a good 6 months because I'm kind of sick of seeing her every fucking where. And i completely came here to say the same thing as upthread...she looks like Nicole playing Glenn Close playing Lucy.

by Anonymousreply 56November 11, 2021 9:27 AM

It's awful.

by Anonymousreply 57November 11, 2021 9:29 AM

r41 / r44 I don't deny they'd been through a lot, personally and professionally. However, as I've speculated elsewhere, I don't think Viv ever felt as close to Lucy as Lucy felt to Viv. Vivian's closest friends were her sisters.

by Anonymousreply 58November 11, 2021 9:33 AM

This will be great because it’s EXACTLY the kind of thing Sorkin EXCELS at! Remember Studio 60 Live On The Sunset Strip?! Oh wait….

by Anonymousreply 59November 11, 2021 9:47 AM

Nothing like the real one, onscreen persona or offscreen real life. Emma Stone would have nailed it effortlessly.

by Anonymousreply 60November 11, 2021 10:02 AM

Completely AGREE r60, good choice! More energy, more spirit, the VOICE!!

by Anonymousreply 61November 11, 2021 10:09 AM

[quote]However, as I've speculated elsewhere, I don't think Viv ever felt as close to Lucy as Lucy felt to Viv.

Everyone's entitled to an opinion.

by Anonymousreply 62November 11, 2021 12:05 PM

W&W for r59! Remember when that was going to be the big hit of the season? Bwahahahaha!

by Anonymousreply 63November 11, 2021 2:48 PM

[quote]Remember when that was going to be the big hit of the season?

I won, motherfucker.

by Anonymousreply 64November 11, 2021 2:58 PM

I've seen it. Kidman NAILS '50s Lucy. Not her wacky onscreen persona, but the professional, perfectionist, world weary, trying-to-hold-everything-together version.

Now, I will admit, it was a bit jarring seeing that trailer. Her face does look strange. I think the movie was actually aware of this, and sort of slowly reveals her. You definitely noticed it in the movie, at first, but eventually you become so engrossed in her characterization you don't notice it. She's really really great as Lucy.

by Anonymousreply 65November 11, 2021 5:36 PM

Is this going to be released in theatres or streaming only?

by Anonymousreply 66November 11, 2021 5:38 PM

R65 here. It's also the version of Lucy that stood behind Desi in business and publicity. She basically let Desi do all the talking in those matters. She was more reserved, until the 60s when she had to take over and became more boisterous.

by Anonymousreply 67November 11, 2021 5:41 PM

[quote]Is this going to be released in theatres or streaming only?

Theaters for two weeks, then streaming.

by Anonymousreply 68November 11, 2021 5:42 PM

R66 I got to see it in a theater with Sorkin and Lucie present. I believe it will be streaming with a limited theatrical release

by Anonymousreply 69November 11, 2021 5:43 PM

Many of the great old stars affected different voices for their public personas than they used in private. When Bette Davis was before a microphone or on stage she always used the infamous "Bette Davis voice" with the exceptionally clipped diction, but she didn't use it in real life because it was an affectation. (Susan Sarandon showed this in "Feud.")

So showing Lucille Ball speaking differently than Kidman does at the 1952 Oscars before a microphone doesn't prove much.

by Anonymousreply 70November 11, 2021 5:44 PM

Lots of industry screenings in LA and NY next week so I'm sure we'll be hearing lots more opinions soon.

by Anonymousreply 71November 11, 2021 7:20 PM

Maybe Nicole was doing a tribute to Jim Carrey instead of Lucy.

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by Anonymousreply 72November 11, 2021 7:23 PM

Lucy and Vivian in a 1965 radio interview.

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by Anonymousreply 73November 11, 2021 7:49 PM

Eh passable but the voice is completely off.

by Anonymousreply 74November 11, 2021 7:54 PM

How are people saying her voice is fine? It's nothing like hers.

by Anonymousreply 75November 11, 2021 7:56 PM

R73 Lovely

I think Lucille and Vivien had the greatest chemistry between 2 women show business has ever known. To this day. Love those 2 broads.

by Anonymousreply 76November 11, 2021 8:07 PM

Thank you R76. I don't understand how people can claim they didn't get along. You can't fake chemistry like that.

by Anonymousreply 77November 11, 2021 8:12 PM

Lucy raised her voice an octave when playing Lucy Ricardo, thereby doing further damag to her voice. Even if Kidman isn't dead on, it highly suggestive of how she spoke, and closer than I've heard anyone else come.

by Anonymousreply 78November 11, 2021 8:14 PM

R66? It’s steaming only.

by Anonymousreply 79November 11, 2021 8:45 PM

Thanks r73. Vivian was a wise woman. "There is no love without respect ... unless one respects one, one cannot really love them."

by Anonymousreply 80November 11, 2021 8:51 PM

Is that ugly thing supposed to be Ricky?

by Anonymousreply 81November 11, 2021 8:54 PM

Also RE: r73, Vivian does not seem like the type of woman who would have tolerated a physically abusive husband for a minute ... let alone for many years.

by Anonymousreply 82November 11, 2021 9:00 PM


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by Anonymousreply 83November 11, 2021 9:07 PM

[quote] I think Lucille and Vivien had the greatest chemistry between 2 women show business has ever known. To this day. Love those 2 broads.

I think Vivian Vance never really got the true recognition she deserved. You watch her in I Love Lucy and she is brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 84November 11, 2021 9:19 PM

[quote] I'm too lazy to dig up the quote, but in Vivian's bio, someone in the Lucy circle claimed that Vivian really didn't like Lucy much, and in fact resented her deeply. And that she never really got over it.

if that were true she would never have consented to do "The Lucy Show." After "I Love Lucy" she could easily have landed another sitcom.

by Anonymousreply 85November 11, 2021 9:47 PM

As always, I will not stop complaining if the star of the biopic or biographical miniseries is not exactly in every way both vocally and physically like the person playing them as I saw that person on TV or in the movies!

They must be EXACTLY the same!!

by Anonymousreply 86November 11, 2021 9:49 PM

I don't think she was interested in doing a weekly television show at all after she married John Dodds, r85. They lived in Connecticut so she had to commute cross-country weekly. Plus, she had to "keep an eye on him" lest he return to his homosexualist ways.

by Anonymousreply 87November 11, 2021 9:52 PM

I don’t think an actor has to look exactly like the person they are portraying in a biopic. But, Nicole has gone so far with the plastic surgery that she looks like a burn victim or someone wearing a Michael Myers mask. It’s hard to believe her as someone realistically in the 1950s, much less the iconic Lucy. Unfortunately, her looks are really distracting here.

by Anonymousreply 88November 11, 2021 10:27 PM

Sorry to say, I think Lucille Ball and Lucy Ricardo , the personas of both, are just simply way too famous and still familiar, dare I say ICONIC, for a middling resemblance.

by Anonymousreply 89November 12, 2021 12:11 AM

[quote][R66]? It’s steaming only.

Perhaps you should watch the trailer to the end. In theaters two weeks before streaming to make it eligible for Academy nominations.

by Anonymousreply 90November 12, 2021 12:22 AM

Another Nicole Kidman face horror show.

by Anonymousreply 91November 12, 2021 12:32 AM

Aaron Sorkin Defends ‘Being the Ricardos’ Casting Decisions:

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by Anonymousreply 92November 12, 2021 12:47 AM

If anyone knows comedy, it’s Aaron Sorkin.

by Anonymousreply 93November 12, 2021 12:50 AM

Take the gloves off, Aaron!

by Anonymousreply 94November 12, 2021 1:06 AM

I saw this and my only criticism is that the actress playing Ethel didn’t lean on the shoulder of the actor playing Ricky as much as Vivian Vance leaned on Desi Arnaz

And what was up with that? Vivian leaning on Desi all the time.

by Anonymousreply 95November 12, 2021 1:47 AM

She was servicing him between scenes, r95.

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by Anonymousreply 96November 12, 2021 2:00 AM

Will this movie touch on Carlotta Romero BEING fat-shamed by Lucy?

by Anonymousreply 97November 12, 2021 3:00 AM

I think they would have done well to focus on how the Lucy-Viv friendship evolved over the course of the series, especially after listening to r73.

by Anonymousreply 98November 12, 2021 9:25 AM

r95 Desi and Viv got along well off-screen. She adored him and often defended him in his fights with Lucy. After Viv died, Desi said, ""It’s bad enough to lose one of the great artists we had the honor and the pleasure to work with, but it’s even harder to reconcile the loss of one of your best friends."

When Viv was offered the Guestward Ho! pilot, her husband Phil Ober demanded she convince Desi to cast him in the male lead, but no matter how much Viv pleaded, Desi refused. I have no proof, but I'd like to think he refused because he knew she was being pressured and wanted to protect her.

by Anonymousreply 99November 12, 2021 10:29 AM

This looks stupid

by Anonymousreply 100November 12, 2021 10:41 AM

Nicole can barely move her 80 year old mask.

She was a rotten choice to play Lucy.

by Anonymousreply 101November 12, 2021 11:10 AM

The calm speaking voice is excellent here. The botox-filled face - yikes.

by Anonymousreply 102November 12, 2021 12:09 PM

I was reading quickly but in the Sorkin interview it sounds like he wrote the script to portray tensions between Vance and Ball, which doesn't seem to be the truth at all.

by Anonymousreply 103November 12, 2021 1:00 PM

Don't forget Kidman and the horrible prosthetics of "The Hours". Given that Virginia Woolf had been dead for ages and was not a film star, they could have let her have her own nose.

Ball was not a comedienne, as she herself admitted. She was an actress who found a niche doing not very subtle or literate comedy. Her talk show appearances made clear that without rehearsal, she had no flair for comedy, at all, and it was a very schtick -laden comedy. Kidman makes more sense than casting someone genuinely funny.

by Anonymousreply 104November 12, 2021 1:10 PM

Cate Blanchett was smart to pass on this!

Kidman doesn't act like Lucy -- not animated enough. And Sorkin's writing makes it look like the West Wing. We just want to know what they said & did off the set.

by Anonymousreply 105November 12, 2021 1:12 PM

Yeah most of what I get from the trailer has me more excited about Javier than anything else. Love the actor.

by Anonymousreply 106November 12, 2021 1:30 PM

I doubt the movie achieves this level of nuance, r103, but I'm sure there were tensions between Vance and Ball during the ILL years. For the duration of the show, Vance was married to a man who was beating her and actively sabotaging her work friendships. (He told her she was too close to Ball and that there were rumors of a lesbian affair. Mentally fragile Vance was tormented by these accusations.) He would also become enraged when she socialized with the ILL hairdresser (forgetting her name). He more or less monitored every moment of her day, and she had to tell him everywhere she planned to go and every person she planned to see.

These situations tend to be messy, and friendships are invariably affected.

by Anonymousreply 107November 12, 2021 1:31 PM

WTF is wrong with Nicole’s face???

by Anonymousreply 108November 12, 2021 1:36 PM

Lucy told Vivian that either she divorce her abusive husband or she would. She adored Vivian.

by Anonymousreply 109November 12, 2021 1:38 PM

Lucy did schtick and was heavily rehearsed. She was never truly rubber faced like Sid Caesar or Imogene Coca.---it was one schticky thing after another. Madelyn Pugh acted out everything when they wrote so that they would know she could do it. Given that they recycled radio scripts in the beginning, much of the humor was verbal, anyway. The show would not have survived without Desi's skill as a straight man and Viv's as a co-conspirator. The advantage of having been a B-level actress for Lucy was that she could work in an ensemble (as long as someone else was the boss) and she had always been expected to know her arks and her lines and not require retakes. Other B-performers who became stars in television were often known for the same things.

by Anonymousreply 110November 12, 2021 1:39 PM

[quote] to know her arks

Like Noah?

by Anonymousreply 111November 12, 2021 1:49 PM

[quote] and she had always been expected to know her arks and her lines and not require retakes.

There was no such thing as retakes. It was live TV.

by Anonymousreply 112November 12, 2021 1:49 PM

It was live on film but they did do retakes when necessary and made cuts when it ran over.

by Anonymousreply 113November 12, 2021 1:53 PM

Did Cate Blanchett walk away from the film? Or was it simply offered to Nicole in spite of Cate's previous attachment to the project?

I'm not sure the truth is known but I suspect the later.

by Anonymousreply 114November 12, 2021 2:23 PM

Of course, it's hard to really tell from the trailers but it looks to me like Javier Bardem was able to overcome not particularly resembling Arnaz and yet deliver the man's essence, precisely what Nicole has not achieved as Ball.

Does anyone remember the earlier TV film with a great performance by Frances Fisher as Ball? Far better than Debra Messing IMHO. Can't recall the soap actor's name who played Desi, but he was also excellent. But I guess Lucie Arnaz was not happy with that film (perhaps for reasons beyond the actors' portrayals).

by Anonymousreply 115November 12, 2021 2:29 PM

She's got the voice down, but not the look. And J.K. Simmons as William Frawley is too tall and thin.

by Anonymousreply 116November 12, 2021 2:41 PM

I wanna know who Linda Lavin plays in this.

by Anonymousreply 117November 12, 2021 2:42 PM

In that video at r44, you have to notice how many taped strings are pulling her face so tight in that interview. That's another reason whys she looks so off and pained.

Lucy scarred easily, so plastic surgery was out of the question, and she had to resort to tapes and pulls, hidden under wigs, to tighten the sagging in her jowls and around her eyes. I bet by this point the underlying support could have held resembled the Golden Gate Bridge.

by Anonymousreply 118November 12, 2021 2:42 PM

R115 it was Maurice Benard.

by Anonymousreply 119November 12, 2021 2:42 PM

WHET Maurice Benard??

by Anonymousreply 120November 12, 2021 2:52 PM

r115 Did write this in an earlier thread

[quote] Part of a trifecta of gay or gay-friendly TV-movies of the time around 1990 and mid 90s, 'Rock Hudson' and 'Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story' being the others.

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by Anonymousreply 121November 12, 2021 3:16 PM

I had never heard of the Francis Fisher take, but she was remarkable.

Makes Nicole Kidman look dead.

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by Anonymousreply 122November 12, 2021 3:17 PM

I've seen the movie. Lucie Arnaz is right. Kidman and Bardem achieve the essence of the characters. This isn't the Rich Little school of acting. After a few minutes of watching, they're completely believable as Desi and Lucy.

Lucie Arnaz, Lucille and Desi’s daughter, has already gone on record giving her blessing to Kidman and Bardem’s casting. In a statement, Arnaz said Kidman “became my mother’s soul. She crawled into her head. She cared very deeply about this part, it shows. And I believed everything she said.” She added of Bardem, “He really doesn’t look that much like my dad. But he has everything that Dad had. He has his wit, his charm, his dimples, his musicality, his strength and tenacity, and you can tell from the performance that he just loved him.”

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by Anonymousreply 123November 12, 2021 4:07 PM

This looks incredibly bad.

by Anonymousreply 124November 12, 2021 4:12 PM

They should have gotten Lohan.

by Anonymousreply 125November 12, 2021 4:14 PM

I love Lucie Arnaz but what she said about plastic face does not make Kidman the right person to cast.

by Anonymousreply 126November 12, 2021 4:17 PM

R126 I've seen it. Kidman is excellent.

by Anonymousreply 127November 12, 2021 4:18 PM

I was surprised to hear Lucie didn't like the movie with Frances Fisher, it wasn't a great made-for-TV movie but Fisher was very good in it.

by Anonymousreply 128November 12, 2021 4:55 PM

[quote] This looks incredibly bad.

It’s a TV movie masking as a theatrical movie. It should play on the Lifetime channel.

by Anonymousreply 129November 12, 2021 5:22 PM

[quote] Don't forget Kidman and the horrible prosthetics of "The Hours". Given that Virginia Woolf had been dead for ages and was not a film star, they could have let her have her own nose.

If so, she would have looked ridiculously unlike VW.

VW has one of the most famous faces of historical figures in the UK. For years and years this image of her was the most purchased postcard in the National Portrait Gallery.

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by Anonymousreply 130November 12, 2021 5:28 PM

I think there's something about NK's eyes that doesn't work... the eyebrows aren't as.. bold?... as Lucy's? And Kidman's head is too small, her features too delicate. It's close but it's obviously Kidman... doesn't need to be a dead ringer to play a part but you've got to be able to submerge to a degree too... It's just so obvioulsy Nicole Kidman under there... again, I think it's the bone structure... her head is too small, she looks too delicate.

by Anonymousreply 131November 12, 2021 5:33 PM

At least Kidman is playing a nice lead again. The last few things I saw her in, she seemed utterly lost -- "Bombshell", "The Prom", etc. Like she doesn't try as hard with a supporting role.

That TV movie is the most energy I ever saw depressive Maurice Bernard show. They were both quite good.

Wonder if Emma was just too young?

by Anonymousreply 132November 12, 2021 6:10 PM

Get a load of R110 “She wasn’t funny, she wasn’t shit but she could perform because she was a low rent actress…”

by Anonymousreply 133November 12, 2021 6:31 PM

Invested much?

by Anonymousreply 134November 12, 2021 6:32 PM

Lucille was adept at making Lucy seem real.

You could see the wheels turning. Everything Lucy said, thought, felt or did, Lucille grounded in reality - even the most outlandish stuff.

The writers made it funny, Lucille made it believable.

by Anonymousreply 135November 12, 2021 6:39 PM

Her face! Horror

by Anonymousreply 136November 12, 2021 6:45 PM

For me, Javier is always Anton Chigurh.

by Anonymousreply 137November 12, 2021 6:55 PM

r137 meet r83.

by Anonymousreply 138November 12, 2021 6:58 PM

Nicole's makeup is so wrong! She needed black false eyelashes. Her lipstick needed to be brighter red and her lips shaped in Lucy's style with the top lip having 2 mounds instead of points.

The hair color needed to be darker red too.

Javier Bardem was miscast. Desi was a dreamboat.

by Anonymousreply 139November 12, 2021 8:15 PM

Lucy's glamour shot.

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by Anonymousreply 140November 12, 2021 8:16 PM

R123 Nicole looks more like Pat Nixon than Lucy Ricardo.

by Anonymousreply 141November 12, 2021 8:24 PM

Don't tell me they have a "Her hair would look better if she dyed it red" scene.

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by Anonymousreply 142November 12, 2021 8:58 PM

I worked at Paramount Studios years ago, which partially was comprised of the old RKO, which was the main office of Desilu from 1958-1967. Lucy worked in what later became Tom Cruises offices in the Ball Building at 780 N. Gower. The old timer's who had survived the merger said Lucy was a bit of a no nonsense ball-buster, in that she knew the business and demanded that everyone be up to her speed. She wasn't unpleasant, she just demanded that people be on their game and I think felt she needed to prove that she wasn't Lucy Ricardo, so her already thin sense of humor was tamped down even more. They also said that she only kept the studio going as long as she could because of the employees, many of whom had been with them for many years at that point. She didn't want anyone to lose their job but she hated being the president of the studio and still it was a tough decision to sell out even though part of the agreement was that her employees wouldn't just be kicked out and she wanted what she and Desi had built to be preserved. Gulf & Western quickly folded Desilu into Paramount and someone once told me that they saw Lucy cry when she described calling the main number for Desilu and they answered "Paramount Television Division."

This photo showed Lucy in the entrance lobby leading to Gower.

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by Anonymousreply 143November 12, 2021 9:18 PM

Javier Bardem is Spanish not Cuban. That's cultural appropriation.

by Anonymousreply 144November 12, 2021 9:26 PM

This looks like it calls for a great deal of suspension of disbelief.

I used to dearly love Kidman, but I don’t like her biographical portrayals and her face has turned me off forever. If I thought she could portray emotion with that kabuki mask they pretend is a face, I’d try, for old times sake. After watching her in her last three cable series, I’m done.

Bardem is a sexy beast, but completely different sex energy than Ricky had.

by Anonymousreply 145November 12, 2021 9:34 PM

R143 what you described is EXACTLY what Kidman plays, and how the script is. Hard working, somewhat cerebral perfectionist.

I required no suspension of disbelief. It is a story being told where the essence of the people involved is up on that screen, but obviously not exact replicas. (Saw it last month)

by Anonymousreply 146November 12, 2021 9:48 PM

R143, that was some fascinating shit.

Thanks for sharing that.

by Anonymousreply 147November 12, 2021 10:19 PM

What have you done to her eyes??

by Anonymousreply 148November 12, 2021 11:29 PM

R143 I'm not sure where the DesiLu offices were located, but "I Love Lucy" was shot at DesiLu Studios on 846N. Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood (4 blocks west of Paramount). It later became Ren-Mar Studios. It is now called RED Studios.

by Anonymousreply 149November 12, 2021 11:47 PM

Here is the link.

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by Anonymousreply 150November 12, 2021 11:47 PM

Whenever she’s in a movie, it flops

by Anonymousreply 151November 12, 2021 11:52 PM

I can’t stop looking at her cut up face

by Anonymousreply 152November 12, 2021 11:53 PM

Clearly there's tons of solid color research to look at for Lucy's makeup and hair but, for whatever reason, they (or NIcole?) decided a softer look would be more effective. I suspect they were worried that a more exacting resemblance would have been too eerie and somehow off-putting, falling into a caricature, no matter if it was more accurate.

by Anonymousreply 153November 13, 2021 12:00 AM

R143 Thanks for telling us what the old-timers at Gowers Studio said about Lucy. Very admirable of her. I worked a block away from Ren-Mar and always thought about Lucy and Desi when I drove past Ren-Mar Studios.

I had a freelance gig once at Paramount Studios. I parked my car in what was the empty pool that had been used for Esther Williams movies and pirate films.

One night, I looked up at the big, tall water tower with the Paramount logo all lit up. I felt in awe. Then, I looked over at a billboard advertising Paramount's latest release, "The Coneheads." I thought to myself, "What the hell has happened to Hollywood?!"

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by Anonymousreply 154November 13, 2021 12:01 AM

Egads r142!!

Was Bonnie Aarons unavailable?

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by Anonymousreply 155November 13, 2021 12:02 AM

I was thinking, " Why not have Desi Arnaz Jr. play his dad?" Then I saw this photo. Uh, no.

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by Anonymousreply 156November 13, 2021 12:09 AM

I just watched "Ricky and Fred are TV Fans."

Were the scissors a reference to Lucy and Ethel's preferred non-husband activity?

by Anonymousreply 157November 13, 2021 12:59 AM

He's too old for it anyway, but his looks could be greatly improved just with better styling.

by Anonymousreply 158November 13, 2021 4:04 AM

[quote]I parked my car in what was the empty pool that had been used for Esther Williams movies.

Amazing, considering Esther was an MGM star.

by Anonymousreply 159November 13, 2021 4:37 AM

She's already destroyed Samantha Stevens and Grace Kelly, and now she's come for Lucy.

by Anonymousreply 160November 13, 2021 5:16 AM

R159 Well, whatever.

by Anonymousreply 161November 13, 2021 5:17 AM

R159 I parked in the "Blue Sky Tank." You're right, Esther Williams never swam in it.

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by Anonymousreply 162November 13, 2021 5:21 AM

R143 THAT photo right there is EXACTLY how Kidman plays Lucy. (I saw it last month.) Wow. I think Kidman must've really done some research.

by Anonymousreply 163November 13, 2021 8:02 AM

too small of eyes in that moon pie face

by Anonymousreply 164November 13, 2021 9:33 AM

The offices were on what is now the Paramount lot. Herbert Solow talks about that in his tv academy interview (and how quickly any trace of Desilu was gone). The main soundstages were at Ren-Mar and next door to MGM (now Sony) at what was called "40 Acres", where they did outdoor shooting for exteriors. I think"40 Acres" was redeveloped at some point.

by Anonymousreply 165November 13, 2021 1:35 PM

TCM has a podcast called The Plot Thickens. Season 3 is about Lucy & Desi.

by Anonymousreply 166November 13, 2021 5:03 PM

The Lucy/Desi story has been done ad nauseam. I think the Lucy/Viv friendship would have made a much fresher film, would have drawn on lesser-known material, and could have touched interesting socially relevant issues (without being too heavy handed, either).

by Anonymousreply 167November 13, 2021 5:58 PM

She sounds nothing like Lucille Ball to me. She's speaking with a lower, husky voice but she's still whisper-speaking as Nicole instead of hatchet-speaking as Lucille did. I also don't get the accent. I know Ball was from Jamestown, New York and had a New York accent, but it didn't sound anything like the strange New York accent Kidman is doing.

Nicole Kidman is one of my favorite actors and so I hate to be critical of her. I'm sure she will be OK in this and will deliver emotionally, but she is not a chameleon-type actor and I don't see or hear Lucille Ball in this clip.

by Anonymousreply 168November 13, 2021 6:18 PM

[quote]You're right, Esther Williams never swam in it.

I know.

by Anonymousreply 169November 13, 2021 6:28 PM

R160 I watched the Bewitched movie for the first time during the pandemic. The movie itself is terrible, but I was *really* impressed with Kidman's impersonation. There were fleeting moments throughout the movie when I felt like I was watching Elizabeth Montgomery.

R167 I think a movie about Vivian Vance and William Frawley could be great. They'd be the stars for once and Lucille and Desi would be side characters, which might be more palatable.

I think Kaley Cuoco could be a good Vivian Vance, or at least could be made to resemble her. Her nose and mouth remind me of Viv. If not her, then I think Kristen Dunst could do a great job.

Vivian Vance was a pioneer in mainstreaming psychotherapy. She talked all her career about seeing a therapist to maintain her mental wellness. And Frawley was a mean, bitter old drunk. Together, they could make for an interesting movie.

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by Anonymousreply 170November 13, 2021 6:32 PM

I've long thought Kaley Cuoco resembled a young VV. Grad someone else noticed it too r170

by Anonymousreply 171November 13, 2021 6:36 PM

R168 She completely nails Lucy's accent. You'll see when the movie comes out.

by Anonymousreply 172November 13, 2021 6:37 PM

Ok, clobber me, but the one who could look like Lucy with the right makeup is Rose McGowan. She even has the voice for it.

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by Anonymousreply 173November 13, 2021 6:40 PM

R172 I'm a fan of Nicole but I'm still having trouble getting past that face. Does it get less distracting in the feature? It makes my skin crawl with just the trailer.

by Anonymousreply 174November 13, 2021 6:42 PM

I promise I’m not a Vivian Vance troll, but her appearance on “Love American Style” was very sweet. And bonus points that another story features Ms. Sue Lyon!

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by Anonymousreply 175November 13, 2021 6:49 PM

This will be on Prime?? Oh Yay.!

by Anonymousreply 176November 13, 2021 6:53 PM

Well done, Medium Rea!

by Anonymousreply 177November 13, 2021 6:57 PM

I like almost everything I see in this trailer (particularly Javier Bardem), but the one thing I don't like about it is Nicole Kidman. She is too old and her face is too dead to play this role. Debra Messing could have played it maybe 15 years ago, but that's just a fantasy now. I can't think of one actress alive right now who could pull it off.

Lucie and Desi Jr. might think they have a hit movie about their parents, but I think this looks like a loser ... one of those Hollywood self-indulgent crap-fests where the stars of today dress up like the stars of yesterday, like Ryan Murphy's "Hollywood" or Anthony Hopkins in "Hitchcock."

by Anonymousreply 178November 13, 2021 7:08 PM

I'd never seen that, r175. It was sweet. Thanks!

She was a great actress. I didn't see a trace of Ethel Mertz in her performance.

by Anonymousreply 179November 14, 2021 4:36 PM


Drew Barrymore

Kate Hudson

Elizabeth Moss

Kate Winslet

by Anonymousreply 180November 14, 2021 5:03 PM

Kate Hudson? Good god no. She’s not a good actress.

by Anonymousreply 181November 14, 2021 5:26 PM

Drew, Liz, and Kate are all big girls at this juncture

by Anonymousreply 182November 14, 2021 5:27 PM

Can we just stop with the Debra Messing should have played Lucille Ball? The film needed a movie star. Messing is nothing like Lucille Ball (regardless of how her fans delude themselves) even though she can mimic Lucy Ricardo. From the LA screening reactions, it seems Kidman's performance will be well received.

by Anonymousreply 183November 14, 2021 6:17 PM

It doesn’t speak well to their confidence in the film that they barely show Nicole in the trailer.

by Anonymousreply 184November 14, 2021 6:20 PM

I might have agreed with you a few weeks ago, r184, but I'm now seeing it as very savvy marketing, making everyone wait to see Nicole. I, for one, am chomping at the bit in anticipation.

Of course, if she's awful, it will lead to even more disappointment and a bigger let down. But the word seems to be she's quite terrific. So we shall see......

by Anonymousreply 185November 14, 2021 7:43 PM

Nicole doesn't sound rough enough in the voice department. Not enough 'male enery'. Lucille was a very physical actress...Nicole is not.

by Anonymousreply 186November 14, 2021 8:02 PM

What building excitement for a Nicole Kidman television film? Oh my sides.

by Anonymousreply 187November 14, 2021 8:35 PM

Adding to r170, here's a piece Vance wrote in 1955 about her nervous breakdown and recovery.

In the 1960s, she began visiting patients in mental hospitals and talking with them. One of her friends said, "The most important thing she felt she ever did in her life was bust open depression. Vivian would walk into those mental wards, take people in her arms and say, 'You know what darling, you're just fine. I just went through this and you're going to be just fine.' She healed more people in this country than anybody has any idea of."

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by Anonymousreply 188November 14, 2021 9:04 PM

I wonder where they got the idea R175.

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by Anonymousreply 189November 14, 2021 9:38 PM

Viv deserved another Emmy based on this scene alone.

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by Anonymousreply 190November 14, 2021 10:15 PM

Nope. No no no no no - no Nicole Kidman playing Lucy. What an awful idea.

by Anonymousreply 191November 14, 2021 10:22 PM

We've had bios of Lucy, bios of Viv, and bios of Lucy and Desi.

Someone should write a book about Lucy and Viv.

by Anonymousreply 192November 15, 2021 12:27 AM

Nicole's BIG LITTLE LIES was given a sequel season so there's every hope there could be a second Lucy film with Viv as the focus.

by Anonymousreply 193November 15, 2021 2:17 AM

And here Nicole thought she could never top "Bewitched"!

by Anonymousreply 194November 15, 2021 2:29 AM

I want a whole feature fililm about whatever became of Ethel's hostess pants. Did she regift them to Mrs. Trumbull?

by Anonymousreply 195November 15, 2021 2:44 AM

R193, it would be great if the film ended with a big revelation that Lucy and Viv both had superhuman powers, so "Being the Ricardos" could become an ongoing franchise with a bunch of sequels and spinoffs, you know, part of the "The Ricardos Universe." Now, if we could just come up with some ideas for those superpowers...

by Anonymousreply 196November 15, 2021 2:50 AM

r196 feels depressingly contemporary

by Anonymousreply 197November 15, 2021 10:40 AM

I have a friend who is a reviewer and he got a preview DVD that he shared with me.

I lasted 45 minutes. Nicole Kidman is fucking awful in every sense of the world. It is painful to look at the face, hear the fake voice or watch her try to act with the animation of a corpse. It is so much worse than the preview would lead you to believe.

by Anonymousreply 198November 15, 2021 12:01 PM

She also didn't like Heath Ledger in his role as "Joker" R128.

by Anonymousreply 199November 15, 2021 12:16 PM

Back in the day, when I became an I Love Lucy fan (elementary school - 1990s), I remember my grandmother telling me, "Lucille Ball, as a person, was utterly unfunny when she wasn't scripted (eg, when she did talk shows)."

So many the "stiffness" Kidman brings to the role works.

by Anonymousreply 200November 15, 2021 12:35 PM

^^^ maybe, not many

by Anonymousreply 201November 15, 2021 12:44 PM

Lucille Ball wasn't exactly "utterly unfunny," but she was an actress and not a comedian, so she didn't make jokes. She seemed to have had an OK sense of humor, although she was determiner and serious about her work.

Remember that she was a contract player, mainly in dramatic or dancing roles in feature films and a few comedies, prior to doing the radio and TV sitcoms. And then she was an executive. She was serious about the work but I don't see her as stiff and humorless in interviews.

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by Anonymousreply 202November 15, 2021 3:13 PM

As a contract player, she had to play "everything from giants to children" esp. when she was at RKO, which had fewer resources and more B-movies than the bigger majors like M-G-M. She did plenty of comedy--her slapstick probably owes more than she's like tom admit to her work with the Three Stooges. Her first big film was "Stage Door" where everyone did pathos and comedy. She wasn't someone whose comedy was meant to be a reaction to others like Mary Tyler Moore or most of the tv moms like Donna Reed and the Danny Thomas wives. She was really bitter and annoying in many of her talk show appearances----she clearly wanted more respect as an actress, which ignored her lack of real range---her Lucy character is visible in much of her work starting at least with "Stage Door". She could do scripted comedy , which is a skill, but it didn't give her much range beyond that. She had a work ethic but was hardly unique. Early tv was filled with B-players who had learned that needed to be prepared, hit their marks, and know their lines because they wouldn't have had even their B careers in the movies, and television provided even less rehearsal, etc. than a lot of B-pictures.

by Anonymousreply 203November 15, 2021 4:53 PM

VERY positive article on Nicole's performance. Correct or a puff piece?

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by Anonymousreply 204November 15, 2021 5:19 PM

[quote] Is she even able to close her mouth anymore? I see no evidence of it. It's hanging open in every shot.

Her mouth was open the whole time in The Undoing. Every scene was parted lips.

by Anonymousreply 205November 15, 2021 5:30 PM

R204 I've seen it. She does great job. She's certainly not "awful in every sense of the word." You can argue the look, but I think she embodies her.

by Anonymousreply 206November 15, 2021 10:21 PM

I hope there's a sequel!

Who can play Gary Morton?

by Anonymousreply 207November 15, 2021 10:46 PM

There won’t be a sequel.

Gary talked her out of it.

by Anonymousreply 208November 15, 2021 11:24 PM

[quote] Who can play Gary Morton?

I hear Phil Ober is looking for work.

by Anonymousreply 209November 16, 2021 1:37 AM

[quote] Who can play Gary Morton?

It’s Ben Stiller’s role for the asking.

by Anonymousreply 210November 16, 2021 1:39 AM

Gary kept Lucy happy for nearly thirty years. Why do people constantly rag on him?

by Anonymousreply 211November 16, 2021 3:53 AM

Because it's just SO clear what was going on with Gary. Lucy didn't romantically love him. He was utilitarian. A warm body next to her, ready to fetch her clutch bag or her Chesterfields at a moment's notice. I get the idea Lucy had been too burned by Desi to ever really love another man, so she basically married a paid companion.

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by Anonymousreply 212November 16, 2021 4:10 AM

Ben Affleck and one of his wigs for Gary Morton!

by Anonymousreply 213November 16, 2021 4:37 AM

Thanks for checking out “Love American Style”, R179 — and for the kind words!

by Anonymousreply 214November 16, 2021 5:48 AM

Here's something I never knew: as soon as Vivian died in 1979, her husband (John Dodds) hooked up with Barry Clinton, a young artist from San Francisco. Clinton died of AIDS in 1981.

Here's one of his paintings:

Did Vance and Dodds have a companionate marriage?

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by Anonymousreply 215November 16, 2021 10:35 AM

Those prosthetics are...distracting and the voice. I mean...I know D. Messing wouldn't be considered by the great Crackhead Sorkin or the critics of DL BUT she would've knocked this role out of the park.

by Anonymousreply 216November 16, 2021 12:31 PM

Kidman as Ball is the new drained pasta. It will divide DLers for generations to come!

by Anonymousreply 217November 16, 2021 12:42 PM

If ever we needed a DL watch party

by Anonymousreply 218November 16, 2021 3:22 PM

[quote] If ever we needed a DL watch party

And lots of shots to go with it.

by Anonymousreply 219November 16, 2021 3:52 PM

Shots for everyone!

by Anonymousreply 220November 16, 2021 4:06 PM

But it seems that most of the divided criticism right now is between those who have seen the film and love Nicole in it....and those who have not seen the film and hate Nicole in it.


by Anonymousreply 221November 16, 2021 4:22 PM

R143 here. Desilu was comprised of 3 different studios:

Desilu Gower - (now part of Paramount) the biggest, most centrally located. The old RKO lot which adjoined Paramount. When she sold out, they just tore down the rickety fence that separated the two lots. This is what she acquired from General Tire along with.....

Desilu Culver - (now Culver/Amazon) the old Ince Studios, which included the famous 40 Acres backlot.

Desilu Cahuenga - (formerly Ren-Mar, now Red) where the last seasons of ILL were filed. The first 2 were at General Services Studio. Apparently the Lucy Desi Comedy hours were filmed here too (I'm guessing because at the time, none of the Gower stages were set up for live audiences).

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by Anonymousreply 222November 16, 2021 4:26 PM

R221 You again? Are you going to bitch and moan every time somebody posts something negative about a movie that you like? That's very childish of you. You should probably kill yourself so that it won't bother you so much. You couldn't possibly be missed by anyone.

by Anonymousreply 223November 16, 2021 8:35 PM

And r223 is channeling Phil Ober ...

by Anonymousreply 224November 16, 2021 8:42 PM

r223, my posts on this film had been mostly negative until r221, where I was just summarizing what others had said (I haven't seen it yet and expect to hate it).

But go fuck yourself.

by Anonymousreply 225November 16, 2021 10:32 PM

The 40 Acres is also where Mayberry was for The Andy Griffith Show - and where the first season of George Reeves' Superman was filmed.

In one back projection shot of Superman, he flies over what's left of Tara......

by Anonymousreply 226November 16, 2021 10:48 PM

Whoever is posting all this information about the studios, their whereabouts, what was filmed there, etc., please keep it up. I find it endlessly fascinating and nostalgic, though I’ve never been to Los Angeles.

Behind the scenes stuff is really great to me.

by Anonymousreply 227November 16, 2021 11:04 PM

RKO also had a ranch in Encino used for locations--it was sold for residential development development in 1954.

40 Acres was bulldozed in 1976 and became an extension of an existing industrial park.

by Anonymousreply 228November 16, 2021 11:14 PM

Sometimes I think about Lucy sitting in her office at Desilu and greenlighting Star Trek and Mission Impossible - and think about all of the MILLIONS of dollars just those two properties have put in the bank for Paramount.

And there is the story that the first day she drove on the lot after she a Desi purchased it the guard at the gate was so flustered that he didn't know if he should call her Miss Ball or Mrs. Arnaz that ended of greeting her with: "Good morning, Mrs. Arballs!"

by Anonymousreply 229November 16, 2021 11:20 PM

*ended up*

by Anonymousreply 230November 16, 2021 11:21 PM

Sixty seconds of Lucy, Ginger, Eve Arden and Ann Miller.

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by Anonymousreply 231November 16, 2021 11:32 PM

Threads like these keep me hooked on DL!

by Anonymousreply 232November 17, 2021 12:35 AM

I tried to find more male nudes by Barry Clinton (r215) but could not

by Anonymousreply 233November 17, 2021 12:45 AM

[quote]I find it endlessly fascinating.

Well, you're the only one.

by Anonymousreply 234November 17, 2021 1:38 AM

[quote]Because it's just SO clear what was going on with Gary. Lucy didn't romantically love him. He was utilitarian. A warm body next to her, ready to fetch her clutch bag or her Chesterfields at a moment's notice. I get the idea Lucy had been too burned by Desi to ever really love another man, so she basically married a paid companion.

That is such crap.

Gary provided her with the two things Desi couldn't. Stability and Fidelity. Lucy had someone who she could depend on for once in her life. Someone who would truly be there for her after a day at the studio, and not off screwing some twenty something year old starlet, or shitfaced in a casino gambling away their money. Lucy loved and took care of him because of that. She doted on him because she knew he cared. As she said in that Barbara Walters interview, Gary was the one who took care of her, not vice versa.

The DL scenario of Gary Morton being some shiftless bum who bled Lucy dry of money just isn't true. A close friend of Lucy's set the two up together, because he knew that's what she needed after going through a tumultuous marriage and bitter divorce.

The fact that both Lucie and Desi Jr., (who have been unflinchingly honest about their parents faults) have always spoken very highly of Gary speaks volumes.

by Anonymousreply 235November 17, 2021 1:59 AM

All of those young stars, Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Eve Arden, Ann Miller and Lucy, had to be given a day off because they were so traumatized by Jean Harlow's untimely death during the making of STAGE DOOR, which was coincidentally about the untimely death of a young actress. IIRC this was recounted by Ann Miller in one of her last TV interviews.

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by Anonymousreply 237November 17, 2021 4:49 AM

I never realize Lucille Ball was such a divisive figure around here.

by Anonymousreply 238November 17, 2021 8:33 AM

R235 I never said or thought Gary was a shiftless bum. I agree he brought stability to Lucy's life. I agree he took care of her, by supporting her, and being a decent guy. I suspect he was deferential to her, and knew his place.

But, I do get the feeling that Desi was the love of her life, and Gary was a companion who she greatly appreciated. I never thought he bled her dry or anything like that. I agree that Gary was what she needed at that stage in her life.

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by Anonymousreply 240November 17, 2021 1:44 PM

[quote]I never realize Lucille Ball was such a divisive figure around here.

Obviously, you haven't seen Mame.

by Anonymousreply 241November 17, 2021 1:55 PM

Or you assume all her slapstick wasn't borrowed from lots of other sources.

by Anonymousreply 242November 17, 2021 2:12 PM

I always thought the ending of STAGE DOOR was interesting with Ginger and Katharine.......

They say that Lucy's character will probably end up married with a couple of kids and all they'll have are their memories and their dusty scrapbooks....

by Anonymousreply 243November 17, 2021 2:55 PM

[quote]I find it endlessly fascinating.

[quote]Well, you're the only one.

[quote]—Gays that have lived in Los Angeles

Well lah-di-dah!

by Anonymousreply 244November 17, 2021 5:04 PM

Great poster

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by Anonymousreply 245November 17, 2021 5:15 PM

Really nice poster. But I'm not sure I like the new reworked I Love Lucy theme.

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by Anonymousreply 246November 17, 2021 5:52 PM

Odd that the Lucy makeup and hair look so perfect in the poster at r245 but not in the (very few) screenshots of Nicole as Lucy.

I mean, I suspect that the poster is HEAVILY photoshopped but still.....odd.

by Anonymousreply 247November 17, 2021 6:17 PM

Is there some master list of theaters it'll be in?

by Anonymousreply 248November 17, 2021 6:47 PM

R245, that poster is nice, but this is the only Being the Ricardos poster that matters on DL.

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by Anonymousreply 249November 17, 2021 6:52 PM

I've had sufficient r249

by Anonymousreply 250November 17, 2021 10:24 PM

During the I Love Lucy years, Desi NEVER had a turkey neck!

by Anonymousreply 251November 17, 2021 11:00 PM

Who plays elderly Elizabeth Patterson?


by Anonymousreply 252November 18, 2021 10:33 PM

It’s going to be on Amazon Prime, you don’t need to see it in a theater.

by Anonymousreply 253November 19, 2021 12:22 AM

There's a short theatrical window before Prime.

by Anonymousreply 254November 19, 2021 2:50 AM

Can it be considered for both an Oscar and an Emmy?

by Anonymousreply 255November 19, 2021 4:51 AM

No, it can't. The Academy made a rule that films can't be considered for both awards. This is relatively recent, though, because the documentary O.J.: Made in America won an Oscar and two Emmys only four years ago.

by Anonymousreply 256November 19, 2021 5:18 AM

I miss seeing movies in theaters, r253

by Anonymousreply 257November 19, 2021 8:15 PM

So which one of you bitches wants to write the Lucy-Viv tell-all book?

by Anonymousreply 258November 19, 2021 8:49 PM

[quote] So which one of you bitches wants to write the Lucy-Viv tell-all book?

What’s there to tell? They bonded over their bad husbands.

by Anonymousreply 259November 19, 2021 9:03 PM

[quote] I miss seeing movies in theaters,

I do, too. On the other hand, there really hasn’t been any movie I’m dying to see. They’re all shit nowadays.

by Anonymousreply 260November 19, 2021 9:07 PM

r259, once upon a time there lived in Berlin, Germany, a man called Albinus. He was rich, respectable, happy; one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress; he loved; was not loved; and his life ended in disaster. This is the whole of the story and we might have left it at that had there not been profit and pleasure in the telling; and although there is plenty of space on a gravestone to contain, bound in moss, the abridged version of a man's life, detail is always welcome.

by Anonymousreply 261November 19, 2021 9:08 PM

r261, I know i'm a Philistine but please tell where that passage is from; i'd like to read it.

by Anonymousreply 262November 20, 2021 4:36 AM

Google is your friend, r262.

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by Anonymousreply 263November 20, 2021 1:34 PM

And you are my friend, too, r263. Thanks...!

by Anonymousreply 264November 20, 2021 2:58 PM

r262 it looks like r263 beat me to it!

Laughter in the Dark is one of my favorite novels by Nabokov. Totally worth a read.

by Anonymousreply 265November 20, 2021 3:13 PM

Less than two weeks, bitches!

by Anonymousreply 266November 27, 2021 4:21 PM

Is Nicole autistic or is it just the Botox?

by Anonymousreply 267November 27, 2021 4:51 PM

A younger Debra Jo Rupp would have made a great Viv too.

by Anonymousreply 268November 27, 2021 4:53 PM

Does Nicole have scleroderma?

by Anonymousreply 269November 27, 2021 5:33 PM

Watching Viv's demonstrative interactions with Desi -- she's always touching him, leaning on him, throwing her arm over his shoulder -- makes me wonder if she wasn't overcompensating for her fear that she acted too "dykey" with Lucille. And it's not like she was going to be demonstrative with Frawley.

by Anonymousreply 270November 30, 2021 11:47 AM

Hmmm ... not good:

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by Anonymousreply 271November 30, 2021 6:48 PM

I'm looking forward to this crapfest.

by Anonymousreply 272December 1, 2021 1:49 AM

I knew this was a turkey

by Anonymousreply 273December 1, 2021 1:58 AM

[quote]…I t’s steaming only.

Yes, dear. A steaming pile of shit.

by Anonymousreply 274December 1, 2021 9:26 AM


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by Anonymousreply 275December 1, 2021 9:41 AM

NK's face looks carved and covered with Morticians Wax.

by Anonymousreply 276December 1, 2021 10:01 AM

Did Sorkin smear Vasoline on the camera?

by Anonymousreply 277December 1, 2021 10:27 AM

LOL r274

by Anonymousreply 278December 1, 2021 11:52 AM

Someone needs to make a Vivian Vance biopic, seriously. When she was 19, she married Joseph Shearer Danneck Jr., who abandoned her a couple of years later. According to an article in the Detroit Free Press on August 4, 1935, this is how Danneck met his end:

On a balcony—narrow as a shooting gallery—two Detroit business men fought with pistols Thursday, each killing the other.

The bodies of Harry Levey, owner of The Wolverine Sporting Goods Co., and Joseph Danneck, manager of the Vandervoort Sport Equipment Co., were found at 9 a. m. in Levey's store at 231 Michigan Ave., less than two blocks from the City Hall.

Levey, who also was treasurer of the Detroit Basketball Association, lay crumpled beside his desk on the balcony. His pistol lay on his desk. Danneck lay on his back near the stairs where he had fallen back after a bullet had struck him in the right chest. His pistol had fallen between his legs.

From a paper beside Levey's body, police found the motive for the double slaying, the latest development in the feud between the two men. It was Levey's refusal to give Danneck recommendation for a bond.

Levey's brother Albert, of 2745 Cortland Ave. discovered the bodies when he came to work at 9 a. m. He found all doors of the store locked—usually the rear door is left open to employees. On the first floor, he found evidence of a struggle, merchandise strewn on the floor and displays overturned. On the balcony, less than four feet wide, he found the bodies of the two who had "shot it out."

Both Levey and Danneck had been at odds since the latter left Levey's employ a year ago, it was said. Recently, Danneck, seeking another job, applied for a bond, guaranteeing his honesty, from the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co.

It was Levey's answers which brought the bad feelings between the two to a climax, police said. Levey had answered that he didn't believe Danneck should be given the bond since, "he was too much indebted, had not paid money he owed, kept money and did not make an immediate account of money handled in his capacity as a salesman."

Police, attempting to reconstruct the scene at the time of the shooting, believe that Danneck, employed by Levey for four years and knowing his habits, came to the store shortly after 8 o'clock. Whether he arrived before Levey and lay in wait or walked in on him as he was alone in the store has not been determined.

That their argument started on the first floor was apparent. Several ash trays were overturned and merchandise was scattered about, giving evidence of a struggle, police said.

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Levey, police believe, fled up the balcony stairs during the height of the battle and ran to his desk for a gun. When Danneck came up the stairs the two men confronted each other with drawn guns and shot it out, police believe.

The bodies lay about 15 feet apart, but there were no powder burns on either, which precluded any theory that one might have shot the other and then committed suicide. Danneck's gun was one from which the numbers had been filed. The keys to his automobile were clutched in his left hand. Levey had fired two shots and Danneck, three, examination of their pistols showed.

Levey told his wife Wednesday night that because of important business he would have to leave home earlier than usual Thursday morning. For the first time in years, she said, he set an alarm clock. Lucy Singleton, Negro maid in the Levey home, said that before he left, Levey was in unusually good spirits. He left about an hour before his usual time, she said.

Stanley, nineteen-year-old son, who customarily drove his father to work, did not accompany him Thursday. A pre-medical student at Wayne University, Stanley had to take final examinations in summer school sessions. Two other sons, Marvin, 14, and Milton, 12, are at the Y. M. C. A. camp near Holly, Mich. Levey was to bring them home this week-end. Levey was 50 years old.

Danneck was 27 years old and unmarried. The son of an oil driller, he came to Detroit several years ago after a migratory boyhood and youth with his traveling father. An amateur athlete, he became the good friend of Hal Shields, athletic instructor at Hamtramck High School, who married Danneck's sister.

For the last two years, Danneck had lived at the Amsterdam Apartments, 2665 Boston Blvd. According to the caretaker at the apartment house, Danneck came home Wednesday evening and indicated that he intended to remain at home for the evening.

"I had been decorating his apartment," the manager said, "and he came in, put his coat on the back of a chair and we chatted. Later in the evening, a woman inquired about him and waited for him in the lobby. I don't know whether he went out with her or not. However, I believe he was in his room during the night because the in-a-door bed was down when I went into his quarters this morning. On the other hand, he may not have been in, because his coat was still hanging on the back of the chair."

Until a little more than a year ago, Danneck was employed at The Wolverine Sporting Goods Co. Just a year ago, he became the manager of The Vandervoort Sport Equipment Co. store at 6503 Grand River Ave., a branch of Vandervoort Hardware Co., Lansing.

His clerk, Walter Jaros, an amateur baseball player whom Danneck hired because of his interest in amateur sports, said Thursday that his employer had had no recent quarrel that he knew about.

"I had heard that he and Mr. Levey disliked each other," he said, "but I would not have called them enemies, because Mr. Danneck didn't have any enemies as long as I knew him. When he left here Wednesday evening he seemed to be in good humor."

Jaros pointed out that Danneck's gun, usually kept in the store for protection against possible robbery, was in its accustomed place Thursday morning.

by Anonymousreply 280December 1, 2021 2:56 PM

r279/r280 sounds like a film noir plot.

by Anonymousreply 281December 1, 2021 7:29 PM

Fucking Nicole Kidman thinks that just putting in colored contact lenses makes her Meryl fucking Streep. Uh uh, sweetie.

by Anonymousreply 282December 1, 2021 7:36 PM

[quote] putting in colored contact lenses

Hey! It’s contact lenses of color.

Now I definitely have my eye on you.

by Anonymousreply 283December 1, 2021 11:54 PM

Per the NYTimes today:

[quote]‘Being the Ricardos’

[quote]The trailer for this Aaron Sorkin-directed dramedy played a very unwise game of “Hide the Lucy,” treating Nicole Kidman’s performance as TV comedian Lucille Ball as an impending disaster that had to be judiciously cut around. But after the film began to screen for cheering guild audiences, Kidman’s smoky-throated transformation proved a surprise, vaulting her closer to a second Oscar. Add to all that a strong supporting cast — including Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz, along with J.K. Simmons and Nina Arianda — and “Being the Ricardos” (opening later this month) ought to be a significant awards player.

by Anonymousreply 284December 2, 2021 10:39 AM

Three days till this crap fest hits theaters!

by Anonymousreply 285December 7, 2021 10:40 AM

Has this screened yet?

by Anonymousreply 286December 7, 2021 6:00 PM

Owen Gleiberman in Variety raves:

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by Anonymousreply 287December 7, 2021 7:46 PM

I see an Oscar in Nicole Kidman's future!

by Anonymousreply 288December 7, 2021 9:27 PM

Interesting review - and at least the misrepresentation from the synopsis printed elsewhere that I LOVE LUCY was broadcast live is put to rest.

Of course she states that LUCY was "taped" when it was in fact filmed- but I guess nobody cares about that. And putting it out there that ALL of this didn't happen in the space of one week is not going to convince anyone who sees this that it didn't!

by Anonymousreply 289December 7, 2021 10:45 PM

[quote] I see an Oscar in Nicole Kidman's future!

Unfortunately, it will not be for playing Lucille Ball.

by Anonymousreply 290December 7, 2021 10:47 PM

I read a review saying this is only for Sorkin fans who like that level of incessant dialogue. I just can’t bring myself to watch Nicole’s inflated face.

by Anonymousreply 291December 7, 2021 11:59 PM

I just bought my ticket for a Saturday showing!

by Anonymousreply 292December 8, 2021 12:03 AM

Here's a clip:

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by Anonymousreply 293December 8, 2021 12:24 AM

Why does Nina Arianda sound so growly and gutter-mouthed? Her voice is nothing like Viv's.

by Anonymousreply 294December 8, 2021 3:47 AM


by Anonymousreply 295December 8, 2021 3:48 AM

No 'g' in Nina Ariande

by Anonymousreply 296December 8, 2021 5:59 AM

looks awful! Easy pass

by Anonymousreply 297December 8, 2021 6:00 AM

That bit where she speaks as Lucy Ricardo sounds amazingly like Lucy. She really got the vocal tone down.

by Anonymousreply 298December 8, 2021 6:56 AM

R293 It's anachronistic when Vivian Vance says "I'm done" in her argument with William Frawley. That phrase wasn't used that way in the 1950s.

by Anonymousreply 299December 8, 2021 12:49 PM

I picked up on that too, r299.

Since this clip is only, what, a minute, I assume the whole script is filled with linguistic anachronisms.

by Anonymousreply 300December 8, 2021 1:24 PM

It feels too heavy handed

by Anonymousreply 301December 8, 2021 1:36 PM

The review at r287 mentions the linguistic anachronisms. "Got it" is another one.

by Anonymousreply 302December 8, 2021 2:46 PM

Got it, r302.

In all seriousness, how difficult would it have been to run the script by a historian or two to comb it for anachronisms? Hell, make some poor grad student do it: they'll work for peanuts.

by Anonymousreply 303December 8, 2021 3:15 PM

That VARIETY review at r287 makes my mouth water!

by Anonymousreply 304December 8, 2021 3:40 PM

You would think a writer would know how to do this. Whenever I hear anachronistic dialogue, it takes me out of my suspension of disbelief, and makes me think "lazy writing and nobody pushed back on it."

by Anonymousreply 305December 8, 2021 3:46 PM

Yes exactly, r305. It messes with my suspension of belief. It makes me think, "This is a movie," and I feel the best films are ones in which I rarely have that thought.

Also, I'm disappointed to see they retained the myth that Vivian was contractually obligated to be 20lbs overweight.

by Anonymousreply 306December 8, 2021 3:50 PM

Also ... something about the anachronisms make it feel a little too much like a TV movie.

by Anonymousreply 307December 9, 2021 10:36 AM

R307 Well, it is an Aaron Sorkin movie, and he's mostly known for his TV work.

by Anonymousreply 308December 9, 2021 2:38 PM

I don't know why that has to preclude having the script checked for obvious anachronisms, r308

by Anonymousreply 309December 9, 2021 2:40 PM

R309 I didn't say it was. I was just responding to R307's comment that the anachronisms make the movie feel like it was made for TV, and I pointed out that Sorkin is a TV guy. That's all.

by Anonymousreply 310December 9, 2021 2:42 PM

Got it, r310.

by Anonymousreply 311December 9, 2021 2:45 PM

How can a film that's all about the world of TV not come off like a TV movie?

by Anonymousreply 312December 9, 2021 2:53 PM

I wish Lynch would have directed it.

THAT would be a film I could get truly excited about.

by Anonymousreply 313December 9, 2021 2:55 PM

What's a show runner?

by Anonymousreply 314December 9, 2021 3:33 PM

This probably plays better on a tv rather than a big screen.

by Anonymousreply 315December 9, 2021 3:56 PM

True r315

by Anonymousreply 316December 9, 2021 5:51 PM

Nicole is a great actress but c'mon, she was just getting punched around by Skaarsgard on my Amazon Prime Video app...now she's going to be beaten by Ricky?

by Anonymousreply 317December 9, 2021 6:09 PM

Sorkin, you have some splainin' to do!

by Anonymousreply 318December 9, 2021 6:11 PM

I agree R313. Jane Lynch would have been an awesome director, and I also would have cast her in the role of Lucy. She would have towered over Javier Bardem on screen!

by Anonymousreply 319December 9, 2021 8:35 PM

Lucy did tower over Desi when he wasn't wearing his Cuban heels.

by Anonymousreply 320December 9, 2021 8:37 PM

Cha cha heels make a great Christmas present.

by Anonymousreply 321December 9, 2021 10:56 PM

I wanted a toaster.

by Anonymousreply 322December 10, 2021 12:54 AM

I am tempted to go to a showing this evening ...

by Anonymousreply 323December 10, 2021 10:55 AM

Are Netflix and Amazon Prime doing any promotion of the theatrical releases of Don't Look Up and Being the Ricardos? r323 prompted me to look at Fandango and discover that Ricardos is indeed playing in my city, as is Don't Look Up. Admittedly, I don't watch television anymore, so I don't see ads there, but I've not seen any promotion for either film on social media like FB, Twitter, or YouTube, all three of which I visit often. I missed The Power of the Dog at the cinema because I was completely unaware that it was playing. Very frustrating.

by Anonymousreply 324December 10, 2021 2:56 PM

Did anyone see it yesterday?

by Anonymousreply 325December 11, 2021 9:59 AM

I saw it last night and it's far worse than some of the kinder reviews would ever lead you to believe. A total misfire and incomprehensible disappointment. Can't imagine what attracted Sorkin to the story as he seems to hold all the characters in disdain.

by Anonymousreply 326December 11, 2021 3:18 PM

Someone should do a biopic of The Mamas and the Papas. It must have been difficult for Cass to stand next to Michelle onstage knowing she was sleeping with Denny, the love of Cass’s life.

by Anonymousreply 327December 11, 2021 3:21 PM

[quote]Someone should do a biopic of The Mamas and the Papas.

Anyone but Sorkin.

by Anonymousreply 328December 11, 2021 3:25 PM

Aaron Sorkin thinks he can write and direct. Hey Aaron, why not just hire some SFX wizards and you can act out all the parts yourself as well?

by Anonymousreply 329December 11, 2021 3:28 PM

I heard Nicole Kidman knocks it out of the park.

by Anonymousreply 330December 11, 2021 3:35 PM

Was it well-attended r326?

by Anonymousreply 331December 11, 2021 5:53 PM

I saw it last night and thought it was fantastic. Nicole does a great job in the role, as does everybody else.

by Anonymousreply 332December 11, 2021 6:45 PM

There were about 15 of us in a 75 seat theater, r331, everyone well over 50, at least. Utter silence throughout the film.

by Anonymousreply 333December 11, 2021 8:30 PM

[quote]everyone well over 50,

So like, DL in real life?

by Anonymousreply 334December 11, 2021 8:57 PM

I'll say this about Nicole: with better material and a smarter, more sensitive director, she could have been brilliant. But as it is, the Ball portrayal as written is so unsympathetic, such a ball-buster, with no arc from her early already bitter RKO B-star days in the flashbacks, Nicole's natural fragility actually helps round out the character a little. I think Cate Blanchett, who'd apparently been first considered would have been too tough a presence to make Sorkin's conception work.

For me, Javier Bardem was too physically imposing and coarse (that huge head and broken nose!) for Desi. And his accent is heavier than Desi's ever was so I missed many of his line readings.

Hated the way Jess Oppenheimer and Bob Carroll are portrayed, basically as Yes Men dolts with no vision or real talent and then Madelyn Pugh is too much of a Mean Girl. Their portrayals as elder commentators by John Rubinstein, Linda Lavin and Ronny Cox, however, are rather sweet and wistful and I enjoyed that framework....just wished the younger selves were more generously written.

There is a stupid ILL dinner party scene in the episode they focus on to which they keep returning throughout the film to show how intuitively clever Lucy was about challenging the writer and director but it's such a big unfunny nothing scene, I don't get why Sorkin used it as an example.

And the black and white scenes of the Grape Stomping episode do Nicole no favors.

And the constant sepia lens and gloomy lighting over everything!

I'll be surprised if this garners any Oscar noms.

by Anonymousreply 335December 11, 2021 9:00 PM

Thanks, r335. Great analysis

I'm looking forward to seeing it more to critique it than anything else. I'm not sure how much I'll enjoy it

by Anonymousreply 336December 11, 2021 9:02 PM

r110 nails it

by Anonymousreply 337December 11, 2021 11:00 PM

Did they mention Papa Karl Freund or Bobby the Bell Boy?

by Anonymousreply 338December 11, 2021 11:01 PM

Karl Freund is played by some old character actor and is seen sitting around the table at the first readings of the weekly episode. He doesn't have any lines but is identified by a placard at his place as are all the other characters.

The production design and costumes seem generally pretty accurate and fabulous but are RUINED by the constant heavy sepia lens and yellow lighting. I can't imagine what Sorkin was thinking there or how he wasn't convinced away from the muddiness. And this was on the big screen - I can't imagine how much worse it'll be streaming.

by Anonymousreply 339December 11, 2021 11:18 PM

Only 3 people in theater 🤡

by Anonymousreply 340December 11, 2021 11:33 PM

... the ghosts of Lucy, Viv, and Gary.

by Anonymousreply 341December 11, 2021 11:52 PM

Thanks; R339.

He really was an important contributor to the look of the show.

by Anonymousreply 342December 12, 2021 12:10 AM

I only really appreciated Freund's genius after I watched other sitcoms of the early 1950s.

by Anonymousreply 343December 12, 2021 9:43 AM

Did anybody notice that Manhola Dhargis at the NYTs agreed with my early assessment of the trailer stated that Kidman looks like she's playing Glenn Close playing Lucille Ball? Manhola said "an uncanny valley Glenn Close".

You're welcome.

by Anonymousreply 344December 12, 2021 11:45 AM

Well, R29, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

by Anonymousreply 345December 12, 2021 3:49 PM

Thank you, R345. I appreciate your effusive praise.

by Anonymousreply 346December 12, 2021 4:28 PM
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by Anonymousreply 347December 13, 2021 11:32 AM

She looks convincing in r347

by Anonymousreply 348December 13, 2021 12:10 PM

Thanks for chiming in, Helen Keller (r348).

by Anonymousreply 349December 13, 2021 3:38 PM

Why did they use Javier Bardem, a Spaniard? They should have used Andy Garcia, Cuban and much hotter.

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by Anonymousreply 350December 13, 2021 3:42 PM

r350 Just stop it.

by Anonymousreply 351December 13, 2021 3:45 PM

Pass. I used to love Nicole Kidman, LOVE. After watching her in these cable series (The Undoing, Big Little Lies, Nine Perfect Strangers) over the past few years, I can’t watch her anymore. Her face is frozen and misshapen, her wigs are awful. She’s always dressed in Chico’s or long prairie dresses. It’s like she’s playing the same character in all of them; frigid traumatized rich lady.

She lost me.

by Anonymousreply 352December 13, 2021 4:12 PM

I hate Nicole Kiddmen

by Anonymousreply 353December 13, 2021 4:15 PM

Why r353?

by Anonymousreply 354December 13, 2021 6:25 PM

I wonder what will happen when this shit performance is released, will the critics be honest that she fails? Or will they be a cheerleader like OP who pretends she pulls it off?

by Anonymousreply 355December 13, 2021 6:30 PM

It was released days ago, r355

by Anonymousreply 356December 13, 2021 6:31 PM

I can't believe there were any positive reviews but there were a couple. I hated it.

by Anonymousreply 357December 13, 2021 6:59 PM

I've seen overwhelmingly positive reviews, r357

by Anonymousreply 358December 13, 2021 7:23 PM

Yeah, it got solid reviews. Turns out people who aren't aging, bitter, joyless queens quite enjoyed it!

by Anonymousreply 359December 13, 2021 7:33 PM
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by Anonymousreply 360December 13, 2021 10:21 PM

Has anyone else seen it yet?

by Anonymousreply 361December 13, 2021 11:32 PM

Only 0 people in theater. 🤡

by Anonymousreply 362December 13, 2021 11:40 PM

I saw it in a theater yesterday. It wasn't awful but it sure was boring.

Kidman does better than Bardem, who is unable to capture Desi's rakish Cuban charms. Kidman is OK when she plays Lucy off-screen but is painfully inadequate trying to replicate her comedic talents. Luckily for her, she's not called on to be funny often.

The supporting characters are all fantasies of Sorkin, even though they're based on well-known people. The three writers get it the worst, being portrayed as a hopeless naif (Bob), a feminist ball-buster (Madelyn) and an incompetent fool (Jess), which is nothing like their real personalities.

Fred and Ethel are also miscast, and the script makes them appear even more unlike Vance and Frawley than they already are.

Good period costumes and set designs, however.

by Anonymousreply 363December 14, 2021 12:20 AM

Agree with your every word, r363, except that I found it truly awful. You're being too kind :)

My exact feelings about the portrayals of all the characters, especially the poor writing trio,

by Anonymousreply 364December 14, 2021 3:19 AM

[quote]The three writers get it the worst, being portrayed as a hopeless naif (Bob), a feminist ball-buster (Madelyn) and an incompetent fool (Jess), which is nothing like their real personalities.

I wonder his reasoning for this.

by Anonymousreply 365December 14, 2021 11:12 AM

The film has been available for free online streaming for at least a week. Tells you all you need to know about the film's quality.

by Anonymousreply 366December 14, 2021 11:33 AM

Link r366?

by Anonymousreply 367December 14, 2021 11:34 AM

Amazon will begin to stream it on Dec. 21.

by Anonymousreply 368December 14, 2021 8:02 PM

......and then just wait to hear all the bad viewer reviews.

by Anonymousreply 369December 14, 2021 8:03 PM

We live in a world where The Bachelor has run for years. I'm not too concerned about what American viewers think. They don't exactly display intelligence in what they do like.

by Anonymousreply 370December 14, 2021 11:20 PM

R363 R364 From everything I've seen of it, it doesn't look the least bit interesting.

by Anonymousreply 371December 15, 2021 5:40 AM

Ugh. Please no Oscar nomination for Nicole as Lucy. Life is bad enough.

by Anonymousreply 372December 15, 2021 5:49 AM

Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie (1993) directed by Lucie Arnez is available with Prime membership and includes home movies and interviews and seems more compelling than Being the Retardos! Ironically Desi in an interview talks about seeing Lucy for the first time and mentions her big blue eyes something Nicole's Lucy notably lacks.

by Anonymousreply 373December 15, 2021 5:51 AM

r373 Being the Retardos, lmao. Hilarious

by Anonymousreply 374December 15, 2021 7:09 AM

R373 I love that movie.

Old Lucy and Desi in the swimming pool with their grandkids.....and a knowing Carole Cook saying to Luci: "Your mama loved your daddy until the day she died......"

by Anonymousreply 375December 15, 2021 1:07 PM

"Your mama loved your daddy until the day she died...That's one thing ugly Gary Morton nor his elephant cock could talk your mother out of."

by Anonymousreply 376December 15, 2021 5:11 PM

As with WSS who is the audience for this film?

by Anonymousreply 377December 15, 2021 5:26 PM

Ethel Mae Potter we never forgot 'er.

The Albuquerque Chapter of the Fan Club can hardly wait!

by Anonymousreply 378December 15, 2021 5:42 PM

[quote] As with WSS who is the audience for this film?

People wanting to indulge in nostalgia while the Covid epidemic rages on.

by Anonymousreply 379December 15, 2021 5:49 PM

R379 Nostalgia didn't get the asses in the seats for WSS!

by Anonymousreply 380December 15, 2021 5:54 PM

[quote]As with WSS who is the audience for this film?

The hissing eldergays of DL, of course.

by Anonymousreply 381December 15, 2021 6:52 PM

And then we saw the films, r381, and hissed even louder.

by Anonymousreply 382December 15, 2021 6:57 PM

"As with WSS who is the audience for this film?"

People who aren't retards incapable of enjoying a movie without a witch, elves, or a superhero at its center.

by Anonymousreply 383December 15, 2021 7:29 PM

Lol r382

by Anonymousreply 384December 15, 2021 7:40 PM

R383 or people who like original films instead of remakes and endless sequels

by Anonymousreply 385December 15, 2021 7:46 PM

What the hell did Nicole do to her face?!? 🤡🤡🤡

by Anonymousreply 386December 15, 2021 8:59 PM

Did Lucie really tweet that Deb Messing’s nose wasn’t right to play her mother and she wasn’t as funny as her mother?

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by Anonymousreply 387December 16, 2021 10:10 PM

Judy Davis about 20 years ago would have been perfect as Lucille.

by Anonymousreply 388December 16, 2021 10:19 PM

I love Judy Davis and I agree, she could have done this and done it well. She played Judy Garland and pulled it off. She also played that murderess who was having sex with her son and looked like Samantha's cousin on Bewitched.

by Anonymousreply 389December 16, 2021 11:02 PM

and Judy Davis had a genius for comedy herself. It would have been a really perfect synergy.

by Anonymousreply 390December 16, 2021 11:05 PM

Every generation gets the Lucy they deserve.

by Anonymousreply 391December 17, 2021 2:06 AM

Opened here two days ago, went today and they had already cancelled all future screenings since no shows. Parking lot packed for Spiderman bullshit. Fuck em. People don't deserve Aaron Sorkin. Cinema is doomed.

by Anonymousreply 392December 17, 2021 3:56 AM

The Real Ricardo's.

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by Anonymousreply 393December 17, 2021 3:58 AM

R383 or people with memory loss who forgot how it ends

by Anonymousreply 394December 17, 2021 4:27 AM

It’s too bad Cate Blanchett dumped this project. Now we are left with Killer Clown Kidman. Does anyone know why Cate quit?

by Anonymousreply 395December 17, 2021 4:30 AM

Gary was seanced in to talk her out of it, r395.

by Anonymousreply 396December 17, 2021 10:26 AM

I recently learned Vivian had an affair with Yip Harburg. Who knew?

by Anonymousreply 397December 17, 2021 10:53 AM

[quote]I recently learned Vivian had an affair with Yip Harburg. Who knew?

Shameless hussy!

by Anonymousreply 398December 17, 2021 11:47 AM

Great bit of dialogue from "Ricky Needs an Agent":

Lucy: For fourteen years, Ricky's been trusting, devoted, understanding. And what have I been? Thoughtless, selfish, meddlesome, bungling, scheming, conniving. Eh ....

Fred: Irritating, headstrong, obnoxious, self-centered.

Ethel: Fred!

Lucy: It's all right Ethel. Let him alone, he's right.

Ethel: Well, as long as it's open season, how about petty, childish, stubborn, vain ...

Lucy: All right, let's not get carried away.

by Anonymousreply 399December 17, 2021 2:01 PM

You don't know the half of it, r398

by Anonymousreply 400December 17, 2021 2:03 PM

I have zero interest in seeing this. Not even on Netflix.

by Anonymousreply 401December 17, 2021 2:05 PM

Bob Osborne, that was a big nothing burger!

by Anonymousreply 402December 17, 2021 2:30 PM

This could have been much better in the hands of another director.

by Anonymousreply 403December 17, 2021 2:42 PM

[quote] I have zero interest in seeing this. Not even on Netflix.

That's good, considering it's on Amazon Prime.

by Anonymousreply 404December 17, 2021 2:47 PM

Champagne for everyone!

by Anonymousreply 405December 17, 2021 2:51 PM

That depends, r405. Do they discuss Frawley's death?

by Anonymousreply 406December 17, 2021 2:58 PM

Just bought my ticket, bitches! Seeing this crap fest at 5:00 today!!

by Anonymousreply 407December 17, 2021 6:49 PM

R392, what do you mean "since no shows"? Did the cancel the Ricardos b/c nobody showed up to see it or were all screenings cancelled b/c of COVID concerns...?

by Anonymousreply 408December 17, 2021 8:13 PM

Did Nicole cry in the movie?

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by Anonymousreply 409December 17, 2021 9:01 PM

Nobody showed up, R408. So they just dropped it. Hate that they do that actually, impossible to plan. To be fair, why would most show up when it's announced to be on amazon a few days later.

by Anonymousreply 410December 17, 2021 9:44 PM

r407 here.

Eating dinner so I'll post more later, but for now:

1. I was the youngest person in the theater by AT LEAST 30 years (I'm 38) Not surprising ...

2. They NEVER should have filmed Nicole playing Lucy Ricardo. Those scenes were brief but beyond cringey and totally unnecessary, notwithstanding their novelty

3. Javier stole the show, acting-wise. Everyone else, including Nicole: meh

4. It started to really drag the second hour

5. The scenes of Desi's orchestra were my favorite (which is ironic, given they're far from my favorite part of ILL)

6. The linguistic anachronisms. Yikes! No, Lucy, Desi is not "gaslighting" you

7. I found their attempts to humanize DL fave Vivian Vance were quite patronizing

by Anonymousreply 411December 18, 2021 12:24 AM

Although the British film Gaslight was released in 1940 and the American version in 1944, the term "gaslighting" really didn't become used until the 80s and 90s (when it was a common soap opera device), and then exploded into usage in the 2010s.

You'd think Sorkin would know this.

by Anonymousreply 412December 18, 2021 12:30 AM

In another scene, Madelyn tells Lucy something like, "Yes, you said that literally 30 seconds ago."

by Anonymousreply 413December 18, 2021 12:32 AM

THE WRAP Robert Abele-

'A Wikipedia entry fed into what can only be called the Sorkinator . . . a babbling stream of airless, horribly shot scenes that never come close to the glorious timing of a single comic exchange on "I Love Lucy"

by Anonymousreply 414December 18, 2021 12:45 AM

I'm looking forward to watching it again when it's streaming .... only to make a list of all the dreadful anachronisms.

There's was another very obvious one that's escaping me.

by Anonymousreply 415December 18, 2021 12:45 AM

[quote]'A Wikipedia entry fed into what can only be called the Sorkinator . . . a babbling stream of airless, horribly shot scenes that never come close to the glorious timing of a single comic exchange on "I Love Lucy"

... accurate.

by Anonymousreply 416December 18, 2021 1:12 AM

At one point, Lucy says something like "Viv, you're my best friend!"

As I wrote in r107, I don't think so, especially because "Being The Ricardos" takes place during ILL's second season.

It was a mess.

by Anonymousreply 417December 18, 2021 1:21 AM

That does it, bitches. This crap fest has inspired me to write a one-act play about Lucy/Viv.

by Anonymousreply 418December 18, 2021 1:39 AM

So do we think Lucie Arnaz was lying when she said how wonderful this was?

by Anonymousreply 419December 18, 2021 1:40 AM

I can see how someone might think it's "wonderful," r419.

But I would question heavily their taste in film, art, and narrative.

by Anonymousreply 420December 18, 2021 1:42 AM

Lucie is being paid to say she likes it. Plus, it revived interest in I Love Lucy which allows her to go on more talk shows and talk about her parents.

by Anonymousreply 421December 18, 2021 1:50 AM

If the ghost of Vivian Vance watched this, I can't help but think she'd be annoyed that her entire narrative arc (if you can call it that) is whining that "no one sees my character as sexually appealing and I'm married to an old man." Nothing about her comic genius, acting ability, or other contributions to the actual show. (She was a great script doctor.)

In Sorkin's attempt to make her three-dimensional, to make her "Viv" and not "Ethel," he basically turned her into a caricature of Vivian Vance.

by Anonymousreply 422December 18, 2021 1:53 AM

R419 I wonder what Lucie Arnaz thought of The Jazz Singer (1980)?

by Anonymousreply 423December 18, 2021 2:16 AM

The worst part was when Ricky told Fred and Ethel in the recreation of their vaudeville number to "just get jiggy with it!" Totally took me out of the scene.

by Anonymousreply 424December 18, 2021 4:33 AM

Lucie Arnaz turns everything to maudlin shit. Her greedy mommy issues are gross.

by Anonymousreply 425December 18, 2021 5:13 AM

I'll write an earnest review later today.

by Anonymousreply 426December 18, 2021 11:54 AM

There were a ton of linguistic anachronisms. Just in once scene alone, Viv says to Bill Frawley "This isn't hard." and "I don't know why this is tripping you up."

But that stuff really didn't bother me. It was clearly a conscious decision by Sorkin to go for emotional truth, and not get hung up on historical details. I COMPLETELY believe Lucie when she says that Nicole "captured the spirit of her mother." Did they capture her exact words? No. But it strikes me that this IS a accurate portrayal of who Lucy was in that year, 1952. She was professional, serious about getting it right, and stubborn with a black and white sense of integrity. I LOVE that she wanted to be honest about why she checked the Communist Party box. She knew it wasn't wrong, so why should she lie about it? I think that's the kind of thing Lucie was talking about. Things that happened, or things that Lucy said and Lucie thought "Yup! That's what mom would say (or how she would react, or what she would think)"

I think people here, or at least the vocal ones, are too caught up surface minutiae. I can completely see that this was, overall, a very accurate portrayal of the dynamic between Desi and Lucy in 1952. Just because she calls Viv her best friend earlier than she might have in real life does not make this movie a mess.

Though, two things bothered me. I thought it was strange that Desi has J. Edgar Hoover on the phone for the audience. That didn't quite work.

AND they left out Desi's famous, funny words to the studio audience! "The only thing red about my wife is her hair. And even THAT'S questionable." I was waiting for him to say it, but he never did.

I found the movie quite entertaining myself.

by Anonymousreply 427December 18, 2021 12:25 PM

[quote]AND they left out Desi's famous, funny words to the studio audience! "The only thing red about my wife is her hair. And even THAT'S questionable." I was waiting for him to say it, but he never did.

I really thought that was how it would end.

by Anonymousreply 428December 18, 2021 12:37 PM

R428 RIGHT? I'm so curious to know why Sorkin left that line out. It seems like a slam dunk. I want to ask him.

by Anonymousreply 429December 18, 2021 12:45 PM

[quote]But that stuff really didn't bother me. It was clearly a conscious decision by Sorkin to go for emotional truth, and not get hung up on historical details.

It took me out of the movie a bit. He went to such great lengths to be accurate in other aspects of the film and I'm not sure why the dialogue wasn't on his list. It would have been very easy for him to have had a couple of historians read it over.

by Anonymousreply 430December 18, 2021 2:28 PM

I should have added at r430: I don't think having period-accurate dialogue would have taken away from the film's "emotional truth."

by Anonymousreply 431December 18, 2021 2:33 PM

[quote]The supporting characters are all fantasies of Sorkin, even though they're based on well-known people. The three writers get it the worst, being portrayed as a hopeless naif (Bob), a feminist ball-buster (Madelyn) and an incompetent fool (Jess), which is nothing like their real personalities.

This is disappointing read and I wonder why Sorkin would do this.

by Anonymousreply 432December 18, 2021 2:40 PM

I found the Frawley character really different from how I imagine Frawley actually was.

I feel like this is a film about Sorkin, and not Lucille Ball, ILL, or the Arnaz marriage.

by Anonymousreply 433December 18, 2021 2:41 PM

Also, Desi was the only fully-developed and interesting character to me. I think a lot of the credit goes to Bardem, not Sorkin, though.

I couldn't get passed Nicole's immobile, mask-like face. It was very much a distraction.

by Anonymousreply 434December 18, 2021 2:45 PM

Never realized how catchy this is

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by Anonymousreply 435December 18, 2021 2:47 PM

The J Edgar Hoover phone call was the final biggest head scratcher for me, too, especially when the truth of Desi's quip was so much more interesting and funny, as well. But Sorkin didn't seem interested in anything that might have brought some humor to the project. And the musical scoring was so overwrought and mawkish, like from a bad Douglas Sirk movie.

by Anonymousreply 436December 18, 2021 3:09 PM

I thought it was going to end with J Edgar Hoover shown in his office on the phone with Desi.

In drag.

by Anonymousreply 437December 18, 2021 3:54 PM

They should have kept the line Vivian Vance allegedly told director Marc Daniels during the first season of ILL: "If this show is a success, it'll be the biggest thing that's ever happened in my career. I'm gonna learn to love the bitch!"

by Anonymousreply 438December 18, 2021 5:34 PM

[quote]They should have kept the line Vivian Vance allegedly

They should moved forward in time to the performance where a very pregnant Lucy snapped at Viv:

Lucy: You're late, you almost missed your cue.

Viv: I'd tell you to go fuck yourself if Desi hadn't already taken care of that.

by Anonymousreply 439December 18, 2021 5:43 PM

Vivian should have said, "I have sufficient."

by Anonymousreply 440December 18, 2021 5:47 PM

Desi had an underrated voice.

by Anonymousreply 441December 18, 2021 6:24 PM

I liked that (in real life, doubt it is in movie), in "Lucy Tells the Truth", the punchline was supposed to be that Ricky is asked if he ever cheats on his taxes and Lucy wins the "no lying" bet. Desi had a fit and said he was so grateful to this country for getting him out of Cuba that he would never EVER cheat on his taxes. So the script was changed.

He also gets points for giving us the hottie known as Desi Jr. (let's face it, he got his daddy's looks and a very hairy chest even as a teen).

by Anonymousreply 442December 18, 2021 6:49 PM

That's in the film, r442

by Anonymousreply 443December 18, 2021 6:54 PM

One of the weird aspects of the J Edgar Hoover call is the fact that it sort of makes him look like a hero. The man was a terrible human being.

They way I once heard Lucy tell the story, she saw in the paper (or heard on the radio, can't remember which) "America's favorite redhead a Communist." Lucy thought to herself "Oh my goodness, I never would've suspected that about Gracie Allen!" That would've been a good line to use.

Someone above talked about a real life insult Viv once threw at Lucy. In the book Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, there's a terrible story. Viv comes out with two dresses, and this is in front of the studio audience. She says "Which one of these do you think looks better?" Lucy, annoyed by Viv wasting time says "What's the difference? You look like a COW in anything you wear!" And Viv ran off crying. This is not a joke, this is an actual incident in the book. I wonder if it was Lucy making a joke, like the way that contract is often quoted as real, but it was a joke that Viv had to be ten pounds heavier. It seem awfully cruel, especially since it was the final show they ever did together, Lucy Calls the President, and Viv was pretty sick at the time.

by Anonymousreply 444December 19, 2021 5:40 AM

Here's the script:

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by Anonymousreply 445December 19, 2021 11:39 AM

r444 during COVID, I rewatched the whole series.

Vivian was just about as thin as Lucy during the first two seasons. By Season 3, she had gained some weight. In the months after she won her Emmy, she gained more rather fast (it's noticeable in episodes early in Season 4, like "Lucy Cries Wolf" and "The Matchmaker.") What's interesting is that in tandem with this weight gain came jokes about Ethel's weight, for example, Fred saying, "Stop leaning on me, you weigh a ton!" and Lucy's barbs about the hostess pants being far too big for her.

So the writers did make these jokes at Viv's expense.

Makeup artist Hal King also claimed that Viv's husband roughed her up regularly, and she often came to work with bruises.

by Anonymousreply 446December 19, 2021 12:04 PM

I still need to write a real review, but ... the images of Nicole Kidman playing Lucy Ricardo will haunt me forever.

by Anonymousreply 447December 19, 2021 12:54 PM

Nina Arianda definitely looks like she was roughed up by somebody on her way to the set.

by Anonymousreply 448December 19, 2021 2:30 PM

Tell me about it r448!

by Anonymousreply 449December 19, 2021 2:41 PM


And when she tries to do the Lucy Ricardo "voice" it's even worse.

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by Anonymousreply 450December 19, 2021 3:17 PM

The eyebrows are too thin.

by Anonymousreply 451December 19, 2021 3:21 PM
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by Anonymousreply 452December 19, 2021 3:22 PM

For those interested in r452:

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by Anonymousreply 453December 19, 2021 3:24 PM

Odd that Sorkin says he didn't even know about the Red scare stuff until he started the project. ANYONE remotely a fan of Lucy knows it. So wonder why he was drawn to the project period? I can see Chicago 7, sure, but not this.

Like me writing a backstage saga of "Barney Miller" which I have never seen oner minute of.

by Anonymousreply 454December 19, 2021 7:27 PM

[quote]Odd that Sorkin says he didn't even know about the Red scare stuff until he started the project.

That explains a lot.

by Anonymousreply 455December 19, 2021 7:41 PM

Sorkin thinks that because HE doesn't know anything about it that NOBODY knows anything about it. So he wants to put his uninformed truth on it.

I knew we were in trouble when the first synopsis on one of the trailers said it was a whirlwind week from Monday's table read to Friday's LIVE performance!

If you are going to make a movie about a true life event and real people, why not just tell the truth? There's such a thing as artistic license of course - but why claim to be saying this is how it was - when you know damned well it isn't?

by Anonymousreply 456December 19, 2021 9:50 PM

Never mind the show was always filmed on THURSDAY

by Anonymousreply 457December 19, 2021 9:59 PM

I forgot to mention r457 in my comments at 411

So many things about the actual production of the show were off or inaccurate. Of course, not everyone who watches Being the Ricardos is a dedicated ILL fan (I read every book about the show and Lucille Ball when I was in sixth grade - MARY!!!). Thus many of the inaccuracies I picked up on would have gone over the heads of most audience members. But still ......

by Anonymousreply 458December 19, 2021 10:40 PM

[quote]Odd that Sorkin says he didn't even know about the Red scare stuff until he started the project. ANYONE remotely a fan of Lucy knows it.

Exactly. There are ILL documentaries on Youtube that talk about it.

by Anonymousreply 459December 19, 2021 10:59 PM

The landing strip is all wrong. Lucy preferred a full bush.

by Anonymousreply 460December 19, 2021 11:26 PM

Unfortunately, r460.

I'd had sufficient.

by Anonymousreply 461December 19, 2021 11:37 PM

Despite being open about her mental illness, I get the feeling Vivian Vance kept much about her personal life private. She never released her memoirs, and gave up the project, if I remember correctly, because she wasn't willing to be honest about certain things. I also think, prior to her death, she told her sisters to keep many of her secrets. (That was a sense I got from reading her biography. The sisters interviewed were evasive about a lot.) For example, she told them never to discuss her first two marriages or the fact she was treated in a mental hospital in the 1940s.

by Anonymousreply 462December 20, 2021 3:06 PM

For some reason, Nicole as Lucy Ricardo (not not Lucille Ball) reminds me of Vicki Gunvalson.

I can't really put my finger on why.

by Anonymousreply 463December 20, 2021 3:32 PM

🤡 + 🐷

by Anonymousreply 464December 20, 2021 5:12 PM

It starts streaming on Amazon tomorrow

by Anonymousreply 465December 20, 2021 5:39 PM

I only lasted 34 minutes and gave up. It’s really plodding and unbelievable. Nicole has a freakish appearance.

by Anonymousreply 466December 21, 2021 5:12 AM

I watched it on the AMPAS streaming app this weekend and I made it through an hour and gave up. Horrible in every single way. There isn't one redeeming thing about it. Definitely on my list of Worst Films of 2021.

by Anonymousreply 467December 21, 2021 5:40 AM

Watched some of it on Prime and wonder why this movie exists. It seems pointless and will Kidman actually get an Oscar nod. Besides not resembling Lucy she does have Ball's vocal rhythms down at all and Barden has a horse's face and none of the appeal of Desi Arnez.

by Anonymousreply 468December 21, 2021 7:08 AM

R468 doesn't have

by Anonymousreply 469December 21, 2021 7:10 AM

Worst movie of the decade, all I could think of was Wilma not Lucy. Z-.

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by Anonymousreply 470December 21, 2021 8:55 AM

Which one of you bitches is this?

[quote]I might get stoned and livetweet "Being The Ricardos" so beware...

[quote]First off, this "Vivian Vance" is annoying as fuck and it's like, wow y'all I'm only 7 minutes in.

[quote]Could someone have told Bardem that Desi Arnaz exaggerated his accent for "I Love Lucy" and actually, you know, watched one of his press interviews or the brace of movies he made in the 40's? Is this supposed to be Ricky Ricardo or Speedy Gonzales?

[quote]Does Nicole Kidman blink?

[quote]Did Nicole Kidman look at this script, about Lucille Ball, and decide that her mannerisms and vocal influence for this role would be Joan Rivers at 70 after a heap of plastic surgery?

[quote]and then there's this incredulous flashback to filming "Too Many Girls" where Bardem 52 year old Bardem is playing 23 year old 1940 Arnaz. Which, this flashback is not necessary for the movie, to recount that Ball & Arnaz had been married for 13 years at this point

[quote]It sincerely took 51 minutes and 20 seconds for this movie to have a funny fucking line. I get that in reality Lucille Ball was a somber woman (Capricorn Moon/Ascendant) but she did like jokes. I also this is supposed to be a stressful week but jeez this movie's tone...

[quote]About the only thing "Being The Ricardos" is getting right is showing that Lucy's politics, even if she openly denied them, were definitely more to the left than Desi's, which brings up an interesting class thing:

[quote]Desi Arnaz was pretty much rich until the Revolution kicked his family out of Cuba (cause he was a white Cuban of colonialist class station!) Lucy was always working class/poor/working girl. Thinking that this project got Lucie Arnaz's approval it's interesting to see this.

[quote]Not to give a dead rich white woman too much credit, but Lucille Ball did DEI before it was cool, not only with her own husband who was just, a spicy white man. If you look at her later series & projects, they were weird combos of a white woman aging in a diversifying society.

[quote]Desi Arnaz, for all of his talent, also was a spoiled white dude that spent his whole life chasing the hedonistic party life provided by exploitation of Cuba's non European descendants. He felt entitled to a life of wealth in a way Lucille Ball probably didn't.

[quote]It took me 3 hours and taking a break to fold laundry to watch a movie that was 2 hours and 10 minutes long it was so boring and dry and miscast. CAN WE STOP GIVING BORING WHITE MEN MONEY TO DO SHIT?

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by Anonymousreply 471December 21, 2021 1:44 PM

[quote] Not to give a dead rich white woman too much credit

[quote] Desi Arnaz, for all of his talent, also was a spoiled white dude that spent his whole life chasing the hedonistic party life provided by exploitation of Cuba's non European descendants.

It's a good thing he's not a professional critic. Racism is frowned upon.

by Anonymousreply 472December 21, 2021 2:45 PM

Being the Ricardos.......or I Don't Love Lucy

by Anonymousreply 473December 21, 2021 2:50 PM

Worst offense was having a 1930s vehicle parked in a 1952 alley.

by Anonymousreply 474December 21, 2021 10:40 PM

Nicole Kidman looks like a creepy mannequin in this.

by Anonymousreply 475December 22, 2021 1:12 AM

Saw it last night on Prime. I on't Love Lucy is right. Depressing. Bad history. Anacronisms galore!

But it was a delightful Arrested Development reunion. And gay Bob Carroll Jr. played by the shit-kicker from White Lotus.

by Anonymousreply 476December 22, 2021 12:52 PM

Watched it last night, and I cannot understand the positive reviews. Kidman is awful, nothing at all like Lucy, and her face is so fake that she has no discernable reactions. Bardem is better, but not nearly as handsome as Desi. There's zero chemistry between them, and the Oscar talk is a joke. I would love to have seen more of Simmons and Arianda, for sure, and even as frumpy Fred, he is way too sexy, something Frawley never was. The dialogue Sorkin writes is certainly not '50's, nor is it particularly clever.

by Anonymousreply 477December 22, 2021 4:28 PM

Even Kidman's hair styles were nothing like Lucy or Lucille Ball's

by Anonymousreply 478December 23, 2021 12:49 AM

R472 Well, ‘y’all,’ he clearly has his perspective/agenda.

by Anonymousreply 479December 23, 2021 10:01 AM

This should've been a musical.

by Anonymousreply 480December 23, 2021 11:30 PM
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