I will be leaving my position as Long Live Lucy's Blogger today. I don't know which member(s) Kyle will appoint to take my place, but I'm sure he or she will do an excellent job. If you are interested in participating send Kyle a private message at the forum or email him.
The blog may not be updated for awhile as this transition occurs. Please be patient.
Believe it or not, I've posted over 200 news stories since Kyle asked me to help out in August of last year. I've enjoyed writing here and will definitely miss it at times.
Thank you for reading and keep on doing so!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
"A Wedding" starring Desi Arnaz, Jr. as Dino Sloan Corelli will be released on DVD on June 12th by 20th Century Fox. The film can be preordered from Amazon.com for $9.99 plus shipping and handling.
"A Wedding" also starred Carol Burnett, Geraldine Chaplin, Howard Duff and Mia Farrow. The film was released in 1978 and directed by Robert Altman. Altman died late last year of complications from cancer.
No special features for the "A Wedding" DVD have been listed. "A Wedding" was previously released on DVD as apart of The Robert Altman Collection. It's great that "A Wedding" and Desi Arnaz, Jr. Fans can now purchase this film without investing in an expensive DVD set! Did you hear that Warner Home Video?
Related Blog Entries and Links:
"A Wedding" Director Dead At 81 (November 22, 2006)
Desi Arnaz Jr.'s Filmography
IMDB: A Wedding
Wikipedia: A Wedding
Forgotten gems of the 70's: A Wedding
DVD cover art courtesy of Amazon.com
Be sure to visit LucilleBallBlog.com often to find out about unscheduled Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz appearances on TV. You can find out when Lucy and Desi will be on TV anytime throughout the month by referring to the TV Listings on the right-hand side of this page.
*All times listed are Eastern*
Lucille Ball on Turner Classic Movies (U.S. and Canada):
Being shown as a part of a tribute to Katharine Hepburn
Wed., May 9, 8:00 PM
Follow The Fleet
Thu., May 10, 2:30 PM
Being shown as a part of a tribute to Katharine Hepburn
Thu., May 10, 1:15 AM
Yours, Mine and Ours
Sun., May 27, 10:00 PM
The Facts of Life
Not available on DVD
Tue., May 29, 2:45 PM
Desi Arnaz on Turner Classic Movies (U.S. and Canada):
No scheduled appearances.
Lucy and Desi Appearances On Other Channels (U.S.):
"The Lucy Show"
Not available (officially) on DVD.
Weekdays - 2:30 AM on ME-TV Chicago, IL
Weekdays - 8:00 PM on KCBU Salt Lake City, UT
Weekdays - 9:30 AM on KWCE Alexandria, LA
Weekdays - 3:30 PM on WNGS Buffalo, NY
"I Love Lucy"
Weekdays - 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 11:30 PM on ME-TV Chicago
"We Love Lucy"
a.k.a. "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour"
Saturdays - 10:00 PM on ME-TV Chicago
"I Love Lucy" On TV Land (U.S.):
Weekdays - 11:00 AM
Weekends - 10:00 AM - 12:00PM
"Here's Lucy" on Sun-TV (Canada):
Weekdays - 1:00 PM
PR-inside.com reported that I Love Lucy's Vivian Vance turned down the role of 'Hazel Aiken' in Andy Warhol's 1977 film, "Bad." Carroll Baker took the role and won* a Saturn Award for Best Horror Actress from The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
Warholstars.com provided this information on Vance's choice:
We had already tried to get Vivian Vance to play the lead... It was a far cry from the I Love Lucy show, but we thought Vivian Vance would be perfect for the part...
Vivian Vance thought differently. 'I'd love to do it, Andy, I really would,' she told us over dinner at La Caravelle. 'But you must understand that for all those people out there I'm still Ethel Mertz, Lucy's next-door neighbor and the nicest woman in America, and that's why I can still go into any dinner theater in the country and get paid $20,000 a week, because all my nice fans in their mink stoles want to see Ethel Mertz be nice. I hate being nice and I hate my fans and I hate their mink stoles. But I love making $20,000 a week anytime I want..."
Property from the set of "Bad" will be auctioned May 6th by Stamford Auction in Stamford, Connecticut. Read more about it.
Vivian Vance's Filmography
Carroll Baker's Filmography
*Pr-inside.com states Baker won. Imdb.com states that she was nominated.
Ric Wyman, director of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, is the blogger of the new Lucy-Desi Blog at TVLand.com.
Wyman stated, "I’m really looking forward to the weeks and months ahead as together -- you, me, and TV Land -- celebrate the memory of that zany redhead and that dashing, talented Cuban -- both of whom are still so much a part of all of our lives."
View TV Land's Lucy-Desi Blog:
Be sure to visit LucilleBallBlog.com often to find out about unscheduled Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. appearances on TV. You can find out when Lucie or Desi Jr. will be on TV anytime throughout the month by referring to the TV Listings on the right-hand side of this page.
*All times listed are Eastern*
Lucie Arnaz (U.S.):
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
Wed., May 2, 7:00 AM, on HBO Family
Desi Arnaz, Jr. (U.S.):
The Mambo Kings
Tue., May 8, 1:30 PM, on HBO Signature
Thu., May 17, 4:15 AM, on HBO
Monday, April 23, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Settling-The-Score.com announced in the 'Film Music and More' section of its website that Film Score Monthly has released a CD containing the soundtracks of "The Long, Long Trailer" and "Forever, Darling."
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz starred in "The Long, Long Trailer" in 1954 and "Forever, Darling" in 1956 respectively. Both films were released on DVD in 2006.
The soundtrack is "in stock and ready to ship" according to Film Score Monthly's website, but only 3,000 copies have been made. The site also states that no soundtrack albums were ever released for these films and that "Almost all of the monaural score is included (some minor cues had to be omitted due to deterioration), including outtakes."
Here's the track list:
The Long, Long Trailer
Music Composed and Conducted by Adolph Deutsch
Theme Melody: "Breezin' Along With the Breeze" by Haven Gillespie, Seymour Simons and Richard A. Whiting
1. Main Title 2:23
2. Just Thinking/Trailer Show 1:29
3. Waltz for Esther 1:01
4. Trailer Bounce/Trailer March 2:20
5. Wedding Reception/Departure/Miles and Miles 3:45
6. Office Radio 1:06
7. Big Help/Sleeping Pill/We Got Wheels/Deep Freeze 2:17
8. Breezin' Along With the Breeze/Breezing Montage (Vocals by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball) 3:27
9. Caesar Salad/My Compliments/Martha/Marie/Heads Will Roll/Recipe/Conga (Vocals by Desi Arnaz) 4:18
10. Piccalilly/Map/Ultimatum/Hiding the Rocks 1:33
11. End Title and Cast 0:46
Total Time: 24:51
Music Composed by Bronislau Kaper, Conducted by Johnny Green
Song: "Forever, Darling" Music by Bronislau Kaper, Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
*Sung by The Ames Brothers -- Ed, Vic, Gene and Joe
12. Main Title Intro/Forever, Darling*/Knot Is Tied/Two Months Later/Two Years Later/Five Years Later 6:11
13. Millie & Henry/Angel/Mirror 1:44
14. I Keep Remembering/Bridge 2:33
15. Ice Bag/Ava Gardner/Laura Evans 3:00
16. Fair 1:00
17. Elephant/Panther/Let Me Go/Halloween 4:45
18. Baby/Mountain Goat 2:47
19. Don't Worry/Ten After Seven 2:10
20. Rope/Fishing 3:20
21. Forever, Darling (Vocal by Desi Arnaz) 2:24
22. Ring 1:29
23. Zipper 2:36
24. Rowing/Abandon Ship 1:47
25. Sad/Pots 1:01
26. I Quit 1:43
27. I Dun't/Forever, Darling*/End Cast 1:58
Total Time: 41:06
28. Forever, Darling Outtakes Suite 4:10
29. Forever, Darling (Performed by Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra) 2:43
30. The Straw Hat Song (Performed by Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra) 2:42
31. Breezin' Along With the Breeze/Breezing Montage (alternate) 3:54
Total Time: 13:37
Total Disc Time: 79:46
Click here to order The Long, Long Trailer/Forever, Darling Soundtrack CD! You can hear audio clips from the CD also.
Track listing and CD cover art courtesy of Film Score Monthly.
A 'Jammin Jubilee' featuring musical tributes to Lucille Ball, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Willie Nelson and New York will be held by The Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 in Hudson, Florida. The event is scheduled for January 12, 2008. To reserve tickets or for more information call Judy at 727-868-2994, ext. 14 weekdays from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM or stop by the office.
Season tickets on sale for dinner shows (bottom of the page)
Earlier this month, I posted about Susan Sessions' winning "I Love Peeps" entry in The Ann Arbor News' Marshmallow Peeps® Diorama Contest. At the time, I couldn't find a photo of Ms. Sessions' entry. Here is one!
View a slide show of all the winning entries! Note: The slide show contains music so turn your speakers down if Mr. Mooney is around.
Congratulations to Susan Sessions on a fantastic job!
Related Blog Entries:
Lucy and Ethel Peep Style (April 5, 2007)
Photo courtesy of The Ann Arbor News.
Friday, April 20, 2007
On the red carpet before the show, the siblings talked about what made their mom and "I Love Lucy" so funny.
"It was written well, first of all," Lucie Arnaz said. "It's not shtick. It's believable situations, and she was so good at it."
Desi Jr. said he and his sister learned the tricks of the trade, including waiting for the laughs from a studio audience, when they played the children of Ball's character on "Here's Lucy."
The Fifth Annual TV Land Awards Show will air April 22 at 9:00 PM Eastern on TV Land. The show will repeated that same night at 11:00 PM Eastern on Nick at Nite.
Next year, Broadway Sensation Lucie Arnaz will be performing a series of concerts called "We Love Lucie" at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"We Love Lucie," is described as "a special show that incorporates marvelous Broadway music along with fond anecdotes of what life was like growing up with her famous parents, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz."
The concert dates are March 2nd, 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th 2008. Click here for ticket information!
"We Love Lucie" is apart of the Peter Nero and the Philly Pops 2007-2008 season.
Join Lucie as she celebrates her 40th year as an entertainer!
Related Blog Entries and Links:
Lucie Arnaz Performing At BPO in 2008 (April 5, 2007)
York, Arnaz, Etc. Set for Philly Pops '07/08 Season
Photo and quote courtesy of PhillyPops.org.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I found more photos of Lucie Arnaz and her brother, Desi Arnaz Jr. at The 2007 TV Land Awards. Most are the same ones that I linked to yesterday, but there are a few new ones like the one above. WireImages has a nice collection of smaller pics. Corbis has photos of the duo too.
Photo courtesy of Yahoo! News.
Next month, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Katharine Hepburn by showing 24 of her films. Two of these films, "Stage Door" (1937) and "Without Love" (1945) co-star Lucille Ball.
"Stage Door" will be shown on Wednesday, May 9 at 8:00 PM Eastern. "Without Love" will be shown on Friday, May 11 at 1:15 AM Eastern.
This will be your last chance to see "Without Love" before it's released on DVD on Tuesday, May 29. "Stage Door" was released on DVD in 2005.
A listing of Lucille Ball's other television appearances in May will be posted next week.
Related Blog Entries and Links:
"Without Love" Being Released On DVD In May (Feb. 12, 2007)
Pre-Order "Without Love" (Feb. 28, 2007)
TCM: Without Love
TCM: Stage Door
Photo courtesy of TCM Movie Database.
And sometimes when Eric comes home from work he'll go, 'Luuuuuucy, I'm home.' One day he did it and I went 'Dezzzzzzi' and we both said, 'That's a really cool name.' And James is my father's and brother's name.
Related Blog Entries:
Jaime Pressly expecting a little Dezi (Nov. 17, 2006)
A Quill Corporation Press Release titled "There Are No More Lucy Carmichaels in Today's Offices" stated that the business professionals of today are nothing like the character Lucille Ball played on "The Lucy Show" from 1962-1968. Quill Corporation wrote:
Lucille Ball might have been the star in office of the 1960s, but today's real office stars are the trained professionals who are the backbone of the successful office.
I guess no one at Quill got the memo that "The Lucy Show" wasn't a reality show!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Photos of Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Lucie Arnaz at the taping of the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, California are now available at Yahoo.com. See more photos from the event!
Photo courtsey of Yahoo! News.
Back in January I reported that Mattel would be releasing a special two-doll "I Love Lucy" boxed set. At that time, Mattel wasn't releasing the details about which duo (Lucy and Ricky, Ethel & Fred, etc.,) would be turned into collectible Barbies. The time has finally come to reveal part of the mystery!
Lucy Ricardo & Ethel Mertz will be the dolls in Mattel's "I Love Lucy" Limited Edition Two-Doll Boxed Set!
This information was revealed in The Lucy-Desi Center Gift Shop's Spring 2007 Merchandise Guide. The guide states (image above):
It's double the fun with this new "I Love Lucy" two-doll box set-featuring Lucy and Ethel in one of their most outlandish misadventures. The episode theme of this set is still top secret, but we're taking pre-orders now to guarantee you'll be one of the first to receive this limited edition when it is released.
Your credit card will not be charged until your order is shipped to you. Orders for this special doll set will be shipped in the order they are received. Quantity will be limited, so don't delay! Pre-order yours today.
No release date for the dolls was given. To preorder the "Lucy & Ethel Two-Doll Boxed Set" (#2340) for $89.95 (plus shipping and handling) call toll-free 1-877-582-9326. As of this writing, the dolls are not available for preorder from the gift shop online yet.
The Long Live Lucy Blog was the first Lucille Ball Blog to feature a photo of Mattel's 2007 "I Love Lucy" Barbie Collector Doll based on "The Audition." A photo of this new set will be posted as soon as possible.
There's always time to laugh and now there's always time for Lucy! For a limited time you can purchase an "I Love Lucy" wristwatch from The Lucy-Desi Center Gift Shop for only $3 plus shipping and handling! There are currently 5 styles available:
A. Candy Duo (#2581)
B. Gypsy Queen (#2582)
C. Latin Lucy (#2583)
D. Women From Mars (#2584)
E. Loving Lucy (#2585)
These watches are usually sold for $6.95 each and were advertised in Spring 2007 Merchandise Guide. You can purchase any or all of these terrific watches by calling toll-free 1-877-582-9326 or by visiting The Lucy-Desi Center Gift Shop Online. Sales prices are valid through June 15, 2007 according to the Spring 2007 Merchandise Guide. Your purchase supports The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, Inc in Jamestown, NY.
Also available - "I Love Lucy" Digital Watches For $4.99!
Image courtesy of The Lucy-Desi Center Gift Shop.
Monday, April 16, 2007
The Lucy-Desi Center has announced that Lucille Ball's sister-in-law, Zo Ball, will be attending Lucy-Desi Days 2007.
Other interesting tidbits:
*Bob Carroll, Jr.'s daughter, Christina, will be donating a "very, very special prop" from one of Lucy's TV series to the Lucy-Desi Center.
*A collection of Lucille Ball's handwritten letters, Christmas cards, and other personal items will be added to a new exhibit at the Lucy-Desi Museum. There will also be a rare collections of photographs with Desi Arnaz and Pepito Perez.
Lucy-Desi Days 2007 takes places May 25-27 in Jamestown, New York.
The Lucy-Desi Center has provided this link for more information on Lucy-Desi Days 2007:
Last Monday I shared with you that Lucille Ball's 1946 film "Easy To Wed" would be included in a DVD collection devoted to Esther Williams. Here's the cover art for the collection called TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams.
"Easy to Wed" is the second film listed on the box. As previously stated "Easy To Wed" will not be sold individually on DVD. You'll have to shell out $49.92 (suggested retail price) for the entire set if you want it. TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams will be released July 17, 2007.
Related Blog Entries:
"Easy To Wed" On DVD In July (April 6, 2007)
Cover Art courtesy of DVD Times.
Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the medical drama, Grey's Anatomy, will be presented with the Lucy Award for excellence in television at Women in Film's 2007 Crystal+Lucy Awards. The ceremony will take place June 14 at the Beverly Hilton in California. The Hollywood Reporter states:
The Lucy Awards were founded in 1994 by Joanna Kerns, Bonny Dore and Loreen Arbus and are presented in association with the Lucille Ball Estate.
The female cast members of "Grey's Anatomy" will also receive Lucy Awards.
ETonline.com reported that Carol Burnett presented the Legacy of Laughter Award to Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. on behalf of their mother, Lucille Ball, at the 2007 TV Land Awards this past Saturday Evening. Burnett was quoted as saying these words about Lucy:
"She would do my show, I would do her show"
"She gave me a baby shower. We were very close."
Long Live Lucy Member, DEBORAHFINK (Laura), attended the awards show with her fiancee, Jimmy Garrett (Jerry Carmichael) of "The Lucy Show." Director William Asher and "I Love Lucy's" Keith Thibodeaux were also in attendance.
See photos at Tom Watson's website:
Be sure to watch The Fifth Annual TV Land Awards Show on April 22 at 9:00 PM Eastern on TV Land. The show will repeated that same night at 11:00 PM Eastern on Nick at Nite.
The Desert Sun reported that "I Love Lucy" Director, William Asher, was honored by the Pacific Southwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for his extensive work in television.
The honor was received last Sunday at a luncheon held at Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage. Asher along with actress Kaye Ballard, marionette designer Velma Dawson, and the late writer-producer Sidney Sheldon (represented by Barbara Eden of "I Dream of Jeannie") were named Gold Circle inductees. According to The Desert Sun, only 42 people in the United States have received this prestigious honor! The Desert Sun also noted:
More than 500 people came to show their support.
Asher, famed for directing some of Lucille Ball's best comedy sketches, filled three tables with attendees.
Congratulations to Mr. Asher!
Other Lucy connections: Kaye Ballard was a cast member of "The Mothers-In-Law," the 1967-1969 sitcom directed by Desi Arnaz. Barbara Eden appeared as Diana Jordan in the last season of "I Love Lucy"
Related Blog Entries and Links:
"I Love Lucy" Director To Be Honored (Nov. 28, 2006)
William Asher - The Man Who Invented the Sitcom
A Visit With William Asher
William Asher's Filmography
Ashmont - Elizabeth Montgomery's marriage to William Asher
Bewitched @ Harpies Bizarre
Hawaii's most celebrated musician and entertainer, Don Ho, died of heart failure on Saturday, April 14. Ho appeared as himself on many classic sitcoms, including "The Brady Bunch," "Sanford and Son" and "I Dream of Jeannie."
The Akron Beacon Journal mentioned that Lucille Ball attended Ho's concerts:
Stars such as Lucille Ball, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra were known to be in the audience for Ho's shows.
Ho's signature song was 'Tiny Bubbles.' Our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Don Ho.
LaTimes.com Obituary: Don Ho, 76; singer was best known for '66 hit 'Tiny Bubbles'
Don Ho Friends Say Ho Was Great Man, Generous
Hawaii mourns Don Ho
Don Ho's Official Website (page plays music)
Don Ho's Filmography
Wikipedia: Don Ho
Long Live Lucy Member DizzyArnizzy (Josh) has some news about a new DVD featuring an appearance by Lucille Ball! DizzyArnizzy writes:
Lucy will be included in an upcoming "John Wayne's Tribute to America" DVD that will be released JULY 31st!! Lucy is a guest star in this special.
"John Wayne's Tribute to America" was a TV special that originally aired in 1970. The special ALSO known as "Swing Out, Sweet Land" (see IMDB's page on this special for more information: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0262030/)
Here is the artwork:
And some information I was able to find on the upcoming DVD release:
Description of special included on the DVD: American icon John Wayne hosts a series of playful, poignant, and patriotic sketches commemorating great moments in U.S. history. This Emmy Award-winning television special includes appearances by George Washington (Lorne Greene), Mark Twain (Bing Crosby), Frederick Douglass (Roscoe Lee Browne), the Wright Brothers (Rowan and Martin), and many others, as well as musical numbers by Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, and Leslie Uggams.
DVD List Price: $14.95
DVD Bonus features: Original Sponsor Commercials with John Wayne & Ed McMahon; John Wayne on "What's My Line?"
Number of Discs: 1
Street Date: July 31, 2007
Running Time: 80 Minutes
Video: Full Frame; Color
Release Studio: MPI Home Video
Thanks DizzyArnizzy for giving us the scoop on this new release!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Lee Tannen's book I Loved Lucy: My Friendship With Lucille Ball is on sale at Oldies.com for $4.95. A fan favorite since its release, I Loved Lucy describes Lucille Ball's sometimes funny, sometimes sad life in the 1980s.
Order I Loved Lucy: My Friendship With Lucille Ball
Oldies.com also still has the best of "Here's Lucy" DVD Set for $9.95 that I mentioned several weeks ago.
Order best of "Here's Lucy"
Fancy Pants starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball is a part of Barnes & Nobles' 3 for $20 DVD sale.
The Lucy-Desi Center Gift Shop has all 5 "I Love Lucy" action figures on sale for $10.00 each.
Photo courtesy of The Lucy-Desi Center Gift Shop
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Next time she asks you "¿Cómo estás?" give her the old Ricky Ricardo fast-and-furious riff:
siempremepreguntalamismabobería" - or something like that.
Hopefully you both can have a laugh about it. One way or another, I think you should explore your feelings of discomfort about being addressed in Spanish.
An excerpt from the April 2007 issue of Latina Magazine.
Long Live Lucy Member desilu500 (Jim) has informed us that 'Dance With Me,' the musical about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's courtship has sold out. desilu500 wrote:
Monday, they're just doing a reading. I live in NY and wanted to go. When I checked about getting tickets, they said they were sold out and there's a waiting list. I was a little disappointed, but in the long run it could be good news. Maybe if its popular they will produce it as a full fledged stage show. I'll try to keep up with any new news.
Thanks desilu500 for keeping us informed.
Read the original blog entry about 'Dance With Me.'
A large collection of rare, Lucille Ball Memorabilia will be up for grabs at The Old Town Auctions being held May 11-12 at the Grand Venice Hotel & Conference Center in Hagerstown, Maryland.
A press release on News-Antique's website provided this description:
A West Coast consignor who “loved Lucy” was the source for a mind-boggling 1,000-piece collection of Lucille Ball memorabilia. The collection – part I of which will be offered in the May sale – features advertising signs, toys, dolls, paper and ephemera; and “practically any Lucy-related item that was made under license,” said Spurgeon. “This includes nearly every Lucille Ball movie poster ever made – there are about 20 – promotional pieces from Desilu Studios, one of two known boxed Ricky Ricardo conga drums, and even a Ricky Jr. doll stroller, which was autographed by Keith Thibodeaux, who played Little Ricky on the TV show.”
Potential bidders can preview the auction beginning at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 8:00-9:00 AM. The auction will begin at 4:30 PM on May 11 and 9:00 AM on May 12. No Internet bidding, but absentee and phone bids will be accepted. For more information about the auction visit OldTownAuctions.com. Call 301-733-0830 to make reservations at the Grand Venice Hotel & Conference Center.
Get a sneak peek at the goodies!
Images courtesy of Old Town Auctions.