They danced, were romanced, and married happily ever after.When Ball teamed with her husband, Desi Arnaz, in a nightclub act, she decided to pull out all the stops and go completely physical; while Arnaz stayed the smooth, gracious Cuban, Ball would lope onstage dressed in a baggy suit straight from the Goodwill Store and pretend to be auditioning as the new bass fiddle player.You can see this bizarre act in their audition tape for the “I Love Lucy” Show.
This was the same period when Lucille Ball was spinning her wheels at MGM, playing everything from dizzy blondes to conniving blondes to wholesome blondes to an occasional Technicolor redhead who didn’t do much but look good in an Edith Head dress.
Wandering the back lot of MGM between movie takes, she struck up a deep and abiding friendship with Keaton, who saw her as something of a protégé, and taught her all he could about the subtleties of physical comedy.
There followed some standard slapstick business, straight from a Keaton silent film, before the two of them would sing a ballad together and walk offstage, arm in arm.
The similarities between Desi Arnaz as Dean Martin, and Lucille Ball as Jerry Lewis, are quite striking.
Sorkin last wrote the screenplay for “Steve Jobs” and is the writer and director on Jessica Chastain’s “Molly’s Game,” which is looking at a release in November. No director has been announced as of yet for the project.
I joined Ringling Brothers Circus as a clown, in part, because of the crazy shenanigans of Lucille Ball on her sitcom 'I Love Lucy.' She was a gutsy lady who wasn't afraid to get sprayed with seltzer while doing the 'Niagra Falls' routine, or get chocolate goo smeared all over her face on an assembly line reminiscent of the one in Chaplin's 'Modern Times.' The canned laugh track that functioned as her Greek Chorus didn't distract me from the fact that Lucy knew her slapstick.
“The Big Sick,” for example, was co-distributed with Lionsgate, while “Manchester By The Sea” was co-distributed with Roadside Attractions.
The film will chronicle Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, with whom she starred on the classic TV sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Ball had two children with Arnaz before they divorced in 1960. Blanchett won the first of two Academy Awards for playing another Hollywood icon, Katharine Hepburn, in Martin Scorsese‘s “The Aviator.” She was also applauded for her performance in Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.
Sorkin is penning the script, while Escape Artists Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing.
This marks Amazon’s second solo distribution title following last week’s announcement that the company had acquired Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel.” For previous projects, Amazon Studios co-distributed with other companies.