Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tracey Ullman’s 11 Favorite British Performances Ever

by Tracey Ullman

Closing in on a year of stand-out film performances by English actors, major movie geek and comedienne Tracey Ullman talks to us about her 11 favorites of all time, including Julie Christie’s modernity and how the Beatles never went bald.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Buffalo News: Letterman’s formula gets stale

By Jeff Simon

We need Tracey Ullman back. Desperately. That was obvious to me after seeing the YouTube video of Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro run through the sarcastic grinder of “Late Night With David Letterman” on Friday night.

It’s not Ullman’s last premium cable show, “State of the Union,” we desperately need back— although that wouldn’t be all that bad either, especially if it put her back on the talk show circuit to slap some sense into some hosts who have locked themselves into tedious formulas.

Ullman isn’t merely fondly remembered, she’s cherished by some of us for the memory of her on Letterman’s old 12:30 a. m. NBC show—the one with the infamous Green Room—as she sat down smirking and sneering at the host “DAV-id LETTer- man. DAV-ID LETT-ER-MAN.”

Right after her initial swipe at his self-importance (adapted later by Don King), she would then spend the rest of the “interview” slapping the host around as if he were some nasty little younger brother caught rooting through her underwear drawer. The spectacle of Letterman taking verbal abuse from Tracey Ullman was one of the triumphs of that show.

It reminded you that Letterman, in fact, grew up in a house full of sisters. And was involved at the time with Merrill Markoe, one of his show’s formative writers and the instigator of a lot of its conceptual comic tone.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m nothing if not loyal to the evolved CBS Letterman. But there’s so much rust on the wheels these days, it sometimes barely moves at all. We need Tracey Ullman back to give HIM a taste of what it’s like to endure a couple of segments of stooge work while another brilliant comic mind gets all the big laughs at his expense.

Everyone knows the post-Carson system of guest-hyping on talk shows: celebrity X, Y or Z has a new movie or disc coming out and needs some publicity. So they go on Letterman or Leno or Kimmel or Conan or George Lopez or whatever.

If it’s Cher, who needs to put fannies back in seats for the unexciting release of “Burlesque,” she’ll go on Letterman after a very long absence and let the host do a bedcheck list on her sexual history (Tom Cruise? Yup. Eric Clapton? Yup. Elvis. Almost. But she should have, she now says).

If Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro have a “Fockers” movie to infect the American megaplex Wednesday (see the review in Thursday’s paper), they’ll go on Letterman together even though it is near-universally known that Robert De Niro, by himself, is, among other things, the Bermuda Triangle of publicity interviews—a man so contemptuous of the severely formalized rituals of jocularity and dumb-jerk questions of most hype-talk that he comes on like a not-so-secretly exasperated Vito Corleone forced to endure a lunch meeting with David Spade.

On the other hand, if you’re in the “Focker” film business, that is the business you’re in, so you can forget any pretense at all of selling Genco Olive Oil.

Much better, of course, for a slumming publicity tour by De Niro is hosting “Saturday Night Live,” where he can trash all seriousness in skits.

On Letterman, he needed the wildly cheery and entertaining Hoffman — who’s as open and masterful at publicity interviews as De Niro is solemn, obdurate and impossible — but even so, the whole entertaining segment turned into Letterman taking his chances to tee off on De Niro, just as he had on Joaquin Phoenix during his alienated, bearded rapper act for the movie “I’m Still Here.” (The act revealed more about Phoenix’s true nature than any fatuous talk show jibber-jabber ever could.)

And that, I submit, is why it would be a Christmas present to us all if Tracey Ullman would take her vitamins and get back into shape and come back on the talk show circuit to start abusing some hosts who are getting fat and happy and content with easy interviews that sometimes skirt the heights of banality.

But then, according to the Internet, journalists in Ullman’s native England have reported that Ullman and her husband have a fortune somewhere between eight and nine figures between them.

So maybe she’s perfectly happy to be doing her sneering, smirking, snorting and chortling in the privacy of her own home. I’d sure like to hear it sometime, though.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tracey's Looking For Inspiration?

Comedienne and actress Tracey Ullman comes to Liverpool for new TV inspiration
MULTI award winning comedienne and actress Tracey Ullman seemingly has a Scouse trick up her sleeve.

Tracey, who made her name this side of the pond in the 80s before becoming a massive Stateside hit (and launching The Simpsons’ career!), has been busy picking up gongs and critical plaudits for her US satirical show State of the Union.

But now it seems she’s ready to come back to these shores, and she’s got her sights set on Liverpool in particular.

Insider’s spy reports spotting her walking through Lime Street station while on a trip to the city, looking for some ideas for a new project.

Our source confirms she was also seen talking to fans about how much Liverpool had changed since her last visit nearly 30 years ago and telling them she couldn't wait to see some of the work in the Biennial exhibitions.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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"State of the Union" Receives Emmy Nomination

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
Castle · Vampire Weekend · ABC
Glee · The Power Of Madonna · FOX
Glee · Hairography · FOX
Mad Men · Souvenir · AMC
Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union · 301 · Showtime
The Tudors · Episode 407 · Showtime
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Quoted: Tracey Ullman on giving up her green card


Tracey Ullman, Jan. 14, 2009. (AP/Dan Steinberg)



"That was a scary moment for me... I had gotten used to the picture of me revealing my ear, looking like Spock's sister."



-- Tracey Ullman on finally giving up her green card after becoming a U.S. citizen in 2006 -- a little bit of in-joke for fellow immigrants, required to show their right ears in the photos for their work papers. The British-born comic spoke July 4 at a naturalization ceremony for new citizens at Monticello.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Monticello 4th- New citizens and Tracey Ullman

Red, white and blue bunting, federal justices and Tracey Ullman are on the scene at Monticello for its 48th naturalization ceremony. Straw hats optional.
PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE


One of this country’s cherished ideals is that anyone can grow up to be president. “I couldn’t grow up to be a member of the royal family, and that always rankled me,” said British-born comedienne Tracey Ullman at Monticello on July 4. Ullman became a U.S. citizen in 2006 after living in the country 25 years.

The perception of Americans abroad, said Ullman, is one of “white teeth and confidence.” She reminded the 71 newly sworn-in citizens that they’re earned the right to be Americans and exhorted them to go forth with confidence.


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'Never forget where you are from,' Ullman tells new citizens


CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Swearing away allegiance to "any foreign prince, potentate state or sovereign," 71 people from 31 countries became Americans at Monticello yesterday morning.

"Never forget where you are from," said keynote speaker Tracey Ullman. "You're not supposed to."

Ullman, the comedian and actress, is herself a naturalized citizen, having been born in Slough, England.

She recalled the terrifying promise that America offered.

"America seemed to say, 'You want it? Come and get it. But you're on your own,'" she said.

Growing up in England, she remembered thinking of Americans as people with "white teeth and confidence."

Ullman had lived and worked in America for years before she took the final step of becoming a citizen. (She jokingly described her career: "And let's face it: If I hadn't headed west and created 'The 'Tracey Ullman Show,' 'The Simpsons' might never have existed.")

"I'd become an American minus the paperwork," said Ullman, whose TV show featured the debut of the Matt Groening cartoon.

After the ceremony, Ullman said having the paperwork out of the way did change the way she viewed herself and her adopted country.

"Old cynic that I am, you really belong," she said.

Yesterday was Juan Esteves Dao's chance to belong.

The 2005 University of Virginia graduate and Charlottesville resident has an attachment to Thomas Jefferson, he said.

"I was a tour guide at U.Va.," the Venezuela native said. "And, as all tour guides at U.Va., I was obsessed with Thomas Jefferson."

He said, "Being able to be here on his property on July Fourth is so incredible."

The ceremony was the 48th at Jefferson's mountaintop home. It featured an earlier start time, 9 a.m., to beat the summer heat, and a new opening -- the ringing of Jefferson's gong, said Leslie Greene Bowman, president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello.

Mentioned by two speakers was Jefferson's owning of slaves, even as he wrote that "all men are created equal."

Bowman said Jefferson had "the courage to put in pen what he couldn't live in life." Ullman imagined herself asking the president questions, ending with one about his owning slaves. "That's a tricky one, that," she pictured him saying, before shooing her to the garden.

The new citizens were also urged to strongly participate in their new country.

"Jefferson's vision for those words was more than the American Revolution which ensued," Bowman said.

Some of the inductees who spoke also addressed America's government.

"I have come to appreciate what a truly remarkable system of government the Founding Fathers left us," said Rich Keffert, a native of Sussex, England, who has lived in America for 21 years.

Speakers noticed that the ceremony was being conducted with both sun and moon in the sky.

"My grandfather always used to say that when the moon is face down, it's pouring good fortune on all those below," remarked Chief Judge Glen E. Conrad of the U.S. District Court for Western Virginia, who oversaw the swearing in.


Ted Strong is a staff writer for The Daily Progress in Charlottesville.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

At Monticello, Tracey Ullman exhorts 71 new citizens to be confident

by Cathy Harding, July 4th 01:44pm

Confidence, Tracey Ullman said. That's what Americans exude. She learned this watching the telly during her childhood in a small English village, and she exhorted the 71 naturalized citizens assembled atop Jefferson's mountain this morning to believe in themselves and, as new Americans, to exude some confidence of their own. The comedic actress and Emmy winner (seven times, as she good-naturedly pointed out to Monticello board chair Alice W. Handy, who, in her introduction, robbed Ullman of one statuette) was the keynote speaker for the 48th annual naturalization ceremony at Monticello. As has been tradition, the 70-minute event took place under a beating sun and before a full audience of flag-waving patriots and friends.

Ullman became a naturalized American in 2006, she said, because "I realized how much I loved this country" and because she wanted to vote. She recounted her first look at the New York skyline and how inspired she became after intensive study at the Museum of Broadcasting by comediennes like Lucille Ball, Carol Burnet and Gracie Allen—all women, she pointed out, who had their own TV shows.

And while her comments highlighted the affection for the U.S. that should be evident to anyone who has watched her on her own television shows over the past two decades, she allowed as to how "it's now perfect here."

"It can be puritanical and extreme," she said, adding that with a national penchant for over-analyzing, "it's like the whole nation is in perpetual group therapy."

Ullman revealed that, given the auspiciousness of the occasion and the mighty setting for the event, she wondered if she were worthy of the honor bestowed on her to address the new citizens. But then she counseled herself to be confident. She's earned it, she said, pointing to her achievement in introducing Americans to Bart and Homer Simpson, who debuted on her Fox program "The Tracey Ullman Show" in 1987. "I have made an indelible mark on the cultural heritage of this land," she announced—a declaration that earned more than a few salutes from amongst the crowd.


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Examiner.com exclusive: Actress Tracey Ullman reflects on citizenship and equality at Monticello

At the 48th annual Independence Day naturalization ceremony at Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello on July 4, the featured speaker was actress and comedienne Tracey Ullman, who has won seven Emmy Awards® for her work in television. Her self-named Fox-TV show of the 1980s introduced the world interstitially to The Simpsons.

Ullman is a dual British-American citizen. Born and raised in Slough, England, she has lived and worked in the United States for 25 years and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006.

In her remarks to the 71 immigrants from more than two dozen countries (from Afghanistan and Armenia to Uzbekistan and Vietnam), Ullman emphasized how her early impressions of America were those of “confidence,” that the American attitude was one of “if you want it, come and get it.”

After the ceremony, Ullman sat down for a one-on-one interview with the Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner, answering questions about citizenship, the American dream, and what she finds valuable in the American founding.

Subjects and Citizens

Noting that it was recently revealed that, in his draft of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote the word “subjects” and smudged it out so he could replace it with “citizens,” Ullman talked about the difference between “subject” and “citizen,” because she has been both.

She said she was pleased to learn about Jefferson’s editing, that “he changed it, that he moved on, that he made the change.”

“Yes,” she said, “I have been a subject and now a citizen and it’s interesting. I just think that we are equal. There’s no one better than us. We’re not paying people millions of pounds to be better than us,” as the British pay their royal family.

“I’ve never been a royalist,” Ullman explained, “and that [equality] is something that really appealed to me about America.”

Image of Confidence
When she was growing up as a girl in England, Ullman absorbed many images of America that she saw on television. What most impressed her, she said, “was the Olympics,” not only because American athletes won so many gold medals, but “it was the confidence,” they exhibited.

In addition, she said, “it was that ‘you can be anyone you want to be’” attitude and “kindness,” as well as “inspirational people like Lily Tomlin. I impersonated her at my school when I was like 10. I said, ‘I want to be Lily Tomlin. I want to be Gilda Radner.’”

Ullman joked that “our images of America were like Dallas, when I was a kid, like soap operas and things” but even so, when she first arrived in the United States at the age of 20, she was “very inspired.”

Citizenship Test

Since Ullman so recently went through the naturalization process, she spoke about the most surprising things she learned as she prepared for the citizenship test.

One was, she laughed, a question about two forms used by the immigration authorities, the N-200 and the N-400. That’s “a real question,” she said, and applicants had to know the difference between those forms. “I think they’ve dropped that one now, it’s a little obscure.”

She was most impressed, however, by the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, which is why, she said, it is so inspiring “to be here, where Thomas Jefferson” lived. He was “so forward thinking,” for his time, Ullman remarked, and that is why she remembers “really being impressed with the words of the Founding Fathers, in particular Thomas Jefferson, who was just so enlightened and so brave and so incredible at that time and still holds up” today.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tracey on The Show Girl

The Show Girl on Renaming 'Cougar Town,' 'Pretty Little Liars' & Hot Topics with Tracey Ullman (VIDEO)
by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 4th 2010 9:00AM

Have you heard the rumor about 'Cougar Town' possibly getting a new name? It's looking like it might actually happen, but what do the stars want to call it? Ian Gomez and Brian Van Holt share their awesomely horrible suggestions with me.

I also catch up with funny lady Tracey Ullman to get her take on celebrity plastic surgery, reality TV, Twitter and ... Justin Bieber? (Sorry -- couldn't resist.) Then I sit down with the hot stars of 'Pretty Little Liars' to hear all about the scandals, seduction and secrets on their new show.

Want more? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong


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Monday, May 31, 2010

Comedienne Tracey Ullman to address new citizens at Monticello

by Cathy Harding, May 31st 05:27pm

Monticello has announced that comedienne Tracey Ullman will be the featured speaker at its annual naturalization ceremony on July 4. Those hoping for her dead-on impersonation of Arianna Huffington, David Beckham or Rachel Maddow, will likely have to wait. Ullman became a naturalized citizen in 2006, in order to be able to vote, after 25 years of living in the United States. Expect in her speech something lively, affectionate, and comparatively straightforward.

As Monticello’s speaker, on a day that will see scores of new Americans take the oath of citizenship, Ullman joins a long list of naturalization ceremony speakers from the arts and politics. They include Madeleine Albright, Andrew Young, I.M. Pei, and, two years ago to mild protest, President George W. Bush.

Since 1963, more than 3,000 people from all over the world have been sworn in as new American citizens at Monticello. The morning event is free and open to the public.


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tracey And This Year's Emmy Awards!


No joke: Emmys place Tracey Ullman in race for best comedy actress
May 18, 2010 | 3:59 pm

Even though Tracey Ullman's Showtime variety program "State of the Union" doesn't compete for best comedy series, its star might nonetheless be nominated for, and win, best comedy actress at the upcoming Emmys.



It's one of the quirky results of the TV academy tinkering with categories. Last year, when the Emmys squashed a category that Tracey Ullman had won twice (1990, '94) — best performance in the variety program — its contenders were pushed into either the guest or supporting races for comedy acting. Ullman was defined as a supporting comedy star. That's a laugh, of course, since she doesn't support anyone on "State of the Union," so now she's been reclassified as a contender for comedy actress this year.

Since the Emmys have six nominees per category instead of five, that increases Ullman's chance to get in, which isn't a far-fetched possibility. She's a longtime Emmy darling. She's been nominated 24 times for producing, writing and performing in her variety TV shows at Fox and HBO before arriving at Showtime, plus acting in guest roles on sitcoms. She's won guest comedy actress twice ("Ally McBeal" in 1999, "Love and War" in 1993) and variety program twice (1989, 1997). Add an Emmy for writing (1990) plus the two aforementioned trophies for variety performances, and her tally of Emmy victories comes to an impressive seven.

If Ullman breaks into the race for comedy actress, she could be battling many network rivals. It's possible that Showtime could have four of the six nominations. The other three: Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds") and last year's winner, Toni Collette ("United States of Tara").

"It's really an embarrassment of comedic riches having these four women vying for the same statuette," Showtime PR chief Richard Licata tells Gold Derby. "Each of them brings something very unique and wonderful to the category. Edie’s acerbic, captivating Jackie, master of the double life, Toni Collette's five-character tour-de-force, Mary Louise Parker's turn of ballsy humor and confrontation, and Tracey's take-no-prisoners look at America."

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The State Of "State Of The Union"

Allan McKeown and Tracey have sent out this note to all of the crew and suppliers that worked with them on State of the Union.

dear all,

after three great years, working on our STATE of the UNION , we think that the series has run its course. Its been really exciting and great fun. the first years reviews and our Emmy winners Sally and Matthew. A solid year two and then we had the pleasure of year three with us directing. We always finished on day 15. A miracle for which I want to thank you all.

Showtime have been very supportive as have Eagle Rock who distribute the dvd versions and Portman who have sold the show internationally.

We will take a little time off and then think of something else we can do to have our friends around us again.

thanks and love,

Tracey & Allan
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tracey to Appear on Nick News in the US on May 16, 2010!

Kids and celebrities RAT OUT PARENTS ON

Nick news with Linda Ellerbee:

So not cool: The MOST annoying STUFF parents say and do

premiering MAY 16 on nickelodeon


A Kids' Countdown of Gripes about Parents

Includes Memories from Famous Former Kids: Tina Fey, Marlon Wayans,

Wendy Williams, Brad Garrett, Howie Mandel, Jenna Elfman, Aisha Tyler,

Maya Rudolph, Fran Drescher and Tracey Ullman


Parents know what kids do that annoys them, and they are quick to say so. But do
parents know what things they say and do that annoy or embarrass their kids?
The truth is revealed in Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: So NOT Cool: The Most
Annoying Stuff Parents Say and Do, premiering Sunday, May 16, at 9:00 p.m.
ET/PT. The half-hour special features a countdown of kids' top 10 gripes about
their parents and commentary from some famous former kids, including: Tina Fey
(30 Rock), Marlon Wayans (actor/comedian), Wendy Williams (The Wendy Williams
Show), Brad Garrett (actor/comedian), Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal), Jenna
Elfman (Accidentally on Purpose), Aisha Tyler (Bedtime Stories), Maya Rudolph
(Saturday Night Live), Fran Drescher (The Nanny) and Tracey Ullman (Tracey
Ullman's State of the Union).


"If you're a parent, it's probably in your self-interest to watch this show,"
says Ellerbee. "And if you're a kid, and one day become a parent, maybe you'll
remember this show. Because it is in the nature of all parents to embarrass our
kids."

To compile the countdown, kids across the country were polled about what
irritates them the most about their parents. Then kids ranked their gripes
online, "ten" being the least annoying.

It's so annoying when parents...


10) ...say, "Go ask your mom!" or "Go ask your dad!"

9) ...obsess about things that don't matter.

8) ...say, "Because I said so, that's why!"

7) ...say, "When I was your age..."

6) ...say, "When you're older, you'll understand."

5) ...tell old and really corny jokes to my friends.

4) ...treat me like a little kid.

3) ...nag me.

2) ...say, "Act your age!"

And, finally, the number-one MOST annoying thing kids say parents do is when
parents

...don't act their age!!!!

In addition to kids' stories about their parents' quirks, So NOT Cool features
Tina Fey's claim that her family called her "Baby" until she was 29; Brad
Garrett's insistence that his parents used to tell him, "When you're taller,
you'll understand," and Tracey Ullman's tales of her mother embarrassing her by
dancing and singing in front of her friends.


Nick News, produced by Lucky Duck Productions, is now in its 19th year and is
the longest-running kids' news show in television history. It has built its
reputation on the respectful and direct way it speaks to kids about the
important issues of the day. Nick News recently was honored with its first ever
Edward R. Murrow Award for "Network News Documentary" for the documentary
special, "Coming Home: When Parents Return from War," marking the first-ever
kids television program to receive the prestigious award. Over the years, Nick
News has received more than 20 Emmy nominations and recently won its seventh
Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program for
"Coming Home: When Parents Return from War." Additional Emmy wins for
Outstanding Children's Programming include: "The Untouchable Kids of India"
(2008); "Private Worlds: Kids and Autism" (2007); "Never Again: From the
Holocaust to the Sudan" (2005); "Faces of Hope: The Kids of Afghanistan" (2002);
"What Are You Staring At?" (1998). In addition, in 1994, the entire series won
the Emmy for Outstanding Children's Programming. Nick News has also received
three Peabody Awards, including a personal award given to Ellerbee for
explaining the impeachment of President Clinton to kids, as well as a Columbia
duPont Award and more than a dozen Parents' Choice Awards.


Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for
kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in
everything it does. The company includes television programming and production
in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online,
recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is in
more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable
network for 15 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters
and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).


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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

SOTU Writer, Bruce Wagner, Takes New Job

What does this mean for the future of "State of the Union"?

Stone, Wagner pact with Epix on drama
Helmer, author cut deal to develop new series

Oliver Stone and author Bruce Wagner have cut a deal with pay cabler Epix to develop a drama skein set in Los Angeles.

Project, dubbed "Still Holding," will explore the disparate worlds of three people living in L.A. It's based on Wagner's novel of the same name. Wagner most recently was a writer and producer on Tracey Ullman's Showtime series "State of the Union."

There's still no word yet from Epix on a series greenlight for its first original drama pilot, "Tough Trade," revolving around a musical family dynasty in Nashville.

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Point360 WEST Delivers "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union"

Publicity Release Posted: April 26, 2010 07:00:04 EST

Allan McKeown Presents Turns to Point360 West for Start to Finish Post Production.

LOS ANGELES, April 26, 2010 | SHOOT Publicity Wire | --- Point360 WEST, a leading provider of creative and integrated media management services company to the entertainment industries, provided 100% post-production for Showtime TV's series "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union." Emmy-award winner Tracey Ullman returns in this sketch comedy impersonating and portraying, famous, and non-famous characters, and celebrities.

AMP (Allan McKeown Presents) producer Melanie Patterson looked for a solution to encompass all of her post production needs within one facility. This series has multiple facets to manage on a tight delivery deadline. Point360 West had the ability to handle all of her post requirements under one roof. The show required many of West's services which include editorial conform, color correction, ADR, audio mixing, graphics, visual effects, QC, and all broadcast and file based deliverables including closed captioning.

"This work-flow was the main incentive why they [AMP] chose us", says Jeff Hixon, General Manager of West. "As with many episodic shows, their deadlines were fast and firm. They needed to work on all aspects of finishing on more than just one episode at a time. Often, we would have various episodes in all bays at different stages of their process. Ms. Patterson was able to navigate quickly among the bays and talent to supervise this complicated show."

"Working with Point360 West was beneficial not only to the workflow demands on this show, but when revisions were requested by creative we had all the elements in one place ready to go," adds Ms. Patterson.

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Point.360 (PTSX) is a multifaceted post production solution with multiple facilities on both West and East Coast. For more information please visit: www.point360.com
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Tracey For 'Idol'

I have a great suggestion for a new American Idol judge: Tracey Ullman. She knows music, she's judgmental, she's funny. The present panel is pretty lame. The poor kids are told to put their own spins on songs, and when they do, they judges carp at them for changing songs too much. Ellen is great on her own show and lousy on Idol. Simon doesn't even know what "cabaret" is. Randy and Kara are not dope. ( Ryan Seacrest is infuriating as Idol host, but he was terrific at interviewing celebs on Sunday's E! pre-Oscars show.)

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

VIDEO: George Lopze Gives Tracy Ullman a Plethora of Panties

The "State of the Union" star talks about smoking pot for the second time in her life, and does a spot-on impression of Snooki from "Jersey Shore." And because her son is obsessed with Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso, George have her the "kiss my tiara" panties made by Julia herself.

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VIDEO Comic stab at Spartanburg County and South Carolina health issues

Tracey Ullman’s HBO show takes a stab at Spartanburg County and South Carolina’s health issues.

In her State of the Union segment we’re featured in a way that may tick some of you off.

Trey Evans pointed it out on my Facebook page. Thanks! It hits about 4 minutes and 35 seconds into the video.

Interested in your comments on this one. Does she go too far? Do we deserve it? You can login to post comments with your Twitter or Facebook account.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Video Interview: BUST TV Episode #1: Casting on with Tracey Ullman!



In the first episode of our new series for BUST TV, we get to hang out and chat with the brilliant Tracey Ullman over some knitting. Liz Armstrong talks to Tracey about some of the characters she's developed for the new season of her Showtime series, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union. While Laura Bush, Arianna Huffington, Rachel Maddow, Christiane Amanpour, and Ruth Madoff all in one room together would already make for fun viewing, Tracey manages to contain them all within a single person -- herself! Here she discusses how she develops her characters, what she would like to see for women in the future, and, most importantly, how to cast on.



Don't miss Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, Mondays at 10:30pm, only on Showtime.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Article: Getting personal with the great impersonator

Peeling back the many layers of master satirist Tracey Ullman reveals hard work and heartbreak

Cracking the mask to reveal the real Tracey Ullman -- the woman behind the comedian famed for her brilliant impersonations and her ability to switch from one to the next at kaleidoscopic speed -- is hard work.

Confronted with an interview question, the English-born Ullman is as likely to go comic, speaking in accents or joking in Yiddish, as to answer it straight.

When she does, however, the picture she paints of herself is one of broad ordinariness.

"I love to play tennis and knit," Ullman says, speaking by phone from Los Angeles, where she has lived for more than 25 years. "That's me, pretty boring at home. I've never been neurotic. I'm not obsessive.

"And, if something were wrong with me, I wouldn't talk about it publicly. I'd deal with it privately and have a cup of tea."

Recently returned from celebrating her 50th birthday in Jamaica -- "I didn't take my computer, it was heaven!" -- Ullman has just kicked off the third season of her sketch-comedy series, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union (which airs on Mondays at 10:30 p.m. MT on Movie Central.)

As always she is star, co-writer and co-producer, but this year, for the first time, she is also director.

Generally reticent to discuss her private life-- she is married to Allan McKeown and has two children, 18-year-old John and 22-year-old Mabel -- Ullman isn't at all reluctant to talk about her husband of 26 years, whose company produces her series.

"My life didn't begin till I met him," she says simply. "I don't like anybody as much as him. Never have. We're soulmates and all that stuff. Having him has been just wonderful."

She also appreciates McKeown's financial acumen.

"He figures out how we can own our shows and distribute them," she says. "He has my best interest at heart. I don't have to rely on agents or managers. We're a little business team together, too."

She may be renowned as a comedian -- though she prefers to be called a "social satirist" -- but Ullman insists McKeown is funnier around the house.

"He's really hilarious," she says. "The kids don't think I'm funny."

They're about the only ones.

Ullman's gift for mimicking voices and accents -- her own unevenly reflects both upscale Slough, the English town where she was born, and working-class Hackbridge, the town where she chiefly grew up -- has made her popular with television audiences from the day she burst upon the North American scene with her critically praised, ratings-challenged The Tracey Ullman Show (1987-1990). The Fox show best remembered today for its animated feature-within-a-feature, the subsequently spun-off The Simpsons.

State of the Union is Ullman's first sketch-comedy show since a series of HBO specials that appeared from 1996 to 1999.

In the interim she played a psychiatrist in five episodes of Ally McBeal (1998-1999), co-starred in Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks (2000) and John Waters's A Dirty Shame (2004), and even starred as Princess Winnifred in a 2005 television version of the 1959 Broadway musical, Once Upon a Mattress.

The State of the Union series packages Ullman's ever-expanding array of makeup-heavy characters -- male and female, young and old, white and non-white -- in a day-in-the-life-of-America theme.

A prime difference between this series and previous Ullman shows is that, for the first time, she's doing celebrity impersonations, as opposed to the everyday people who have been her specialty.

"I thought I'd give it a go," she says. "I mean, if I was going to do a day of life in America, I needed to put in a few of the more well-known people."

Some of the skits are likely to raise eyebrows.

One casts her as a guide at a Holocaust museum, showing visitors a statue of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff in "The Hall of Infamy of Crimes Against the Jewish People," standing right next to ones of Nazi leaders Heinrich Himmler and Albert Speer. Another finds her as overwhelmed "Octogranny" Angela Suleman, going AWOL rather than babysit daughter Nadya's 14 kids.

"I don't do impressions that are disrespectful or bring someone down," Ullman insists.

"That's not funny to me. I don't do anything with a mean spirit. I don't think I'll ever be mean."

The real art for Ullman, however, is not in mimicking celebrities but rather in developing her original characters, such as a jobless ex-military woman who dreams of consulting on a James Bond movie or an Indian pharmacist who breaks into Bollywood-style dance numbers. There's much more to it, she says, than simply donning a wig and doing a voice.

Sometimes she starts learning a local accent by, say, phoning a car dealership and chatting with whomever answers while taping the conversation. Each character goes well beyond his or her voice, though.

"It's knowing what the people care about, who they are and what their weaknesses are," she explains.

"The poignancy. It's getting to the underneath layers."

Ullman's own sensitive side can be traced to her father's death, following heart surgery, when she was only six.

She used humour to cheer up her sister and mother by putting on shows in front of the bedroom drapes.

Her mother, also a good mimic, encouraged Ullman to develop and display her comic gifts.

Her mother's second marriage was something of a disaster, and created a major strain in the household. Twenty years after the divorce, her former stepfather was a London taxi driver, Ullman was a star, and they happened to meet when she hailed his cab.

As she recounts it, she shook his hand and spoke to him briefly.

"Didn't life suck when we lived together?," she said. "Nice to see you again. I used to hate you. Bye."

Because she frequently does Jewish characters and her name sounds Jewish, many have speculated that Ullman is of Jewish heritage. Maybe so, she says, but maybe not.

"I honestly don't know," the comedian says.

"My mother isn't, so I guess I'm not. But 'Ullman' seems to be a Jewish name, and my father came from Poland and spoke Yiddish all the time when I was a kid.

"Last year, when I was in Israel, everyone kept asking me if I'm Jewish. Who knows? I'm a real mixture."

Closing the subject, she shifts to a New York Jewish accent.

"I'm not a Jew," she says, "but I play one on TV. Mazel tov! Oy gevalt!"

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TVShowsOnDVD: Season 2 of "State of the Union" on DVD, May 4, 2010!

Tracey Ullman's State of the Union - Tracey's Wrapped in the Map on the Season 2 DVD Cover

A 2-disc set is coming home on May 4th
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2/10/2010


Tracey Ullman is back with her colorful look at all that is good, bad and ridiculous about the United States. From the everyday "Joe Six Pack" to the world famous, no one is safe from the satirical look at day to day life. Season 2 celebrity impressions include: Former First Lady Laura Bush, Dan Rather, Celine Dion, J.K. Rowling, Donna Karen and Dina Lohan.

Eagle Rock Entertainment and distributor Vivendi Entertainment have informed retailers that Tracey Ullman's State of the Union - Season 2 is coming to DVD on May 4th. This 2-disc set running 201 minutes will include bonus material such as Deleted Scenes and Outtakes. Video is in widescreen, and audio is English Stereo 2.0. Here's a look at the front cover art:

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Article: Ullman : The Runaway Political Impersonator




By Betsy Rothstein on Jan 29, 2010 11:30 AM

What's it like meeting someone who has imitated you in the best and worst of ways?

Well last night MSNBC's Rachel Maddow found out when she invited comedian Tracey Ullman on her show. Ullman impersonated Maddow on her recent hilarious Showtime program, "Ullman's State of the Union," which airs Mondays at 10:30 p.m. EST.

Maddow wanted to know how Ullman picks her subjects and how she went about creating her rendition of the lefty host.

"I'm a huge fan of yours and I found these glasses in a pharmacy, and I don't know I went, huh huh huh, you have a goofy laugh! I don't know, I just wanted to be you," the comedian told Maddow, adding, "You have a long face. ... As soon as I started impersonating you [with a prosthetic chin] I laughed and cracked my chin. ... I know, it's a tough one."

This is a must watch for anyone who hasn't seen clips of Ullman'srecent show in which she dresses up and imitates everyone from Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) -- she thinks he desperately needs dentures -- to HuffPost's Arianna Huffington, CNN's Christiane Amanpour and The Daily Beast's Meghan McCain.

Ullman explained her Huffington.
"Arianna's a cinch, because it's Eva Gabor from Green Acres," she said.

Who's next is a mystery, but Ullman's got thoughts on a lot of politicos: Rep. Michele Bachman (R-Minn.) is "glamorously bonkers", and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)is "getting so sunburned. He's having trouble in the tanning salon."

Watch her appearance on Maddow's show here.

Watch more impersonations here.
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Tracey On Rachel and Watch What Happens Live, Tonight

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The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 9:00 PM EST
Rachel is scheduled to chat with her doppelganger (okay, as much as I hate to admit it, not really) Tracey Ullman tonight.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) Midnight EST
Andy's guests this week includes another chat show appearance by Tracey Ullman. Andy and Rachel's interviews with Tracey should make for an interesting contrast.
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Bloomberg (Minute): Ruth Madoff Gets Downsized in New Tracey Ullman Show: Review

Review by Dave Shiflett

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- There’s a major player missing from the third-season opener of Tracey Ullman’s “State of the Union”: Barack Obama.

Ullman, who wore out a pair of boots kicking George W. Bush, takes a pass on the new president in the first episode, which airs on Showtime tonight at 10:30 p.m. New York time.

You’d think getting a Nobel Peace Prize while escalating a war should be good for at least a laugh or two.

Bernie Madoff, however, gets pasted, as does his wife, Ruth, (played by Ullman) who has been downsized to a small apartment near Harlem, complete with a bare radiator and lots of street noise.

That’s paradise compared to Bernie’s new digs. Cut to a correctional facility in North Carolina, where the pope of Ponzi shares a narrow bunk with a burly black inmate who clearly has not taken a vow of chastity.

It gets worse. Madoff is also blamed for 9/11 and swine flu. His likeness stands in a Holocaust museum beside Albert Speer -- like a pair of pariahs.

It makes you wonder if Bernie might have stolen some of Tracey’s dough here in the real world.

The half-hour show is uneven. Some gags are top-drawer, others fall flat. Ullman is at her best in a terrific send-up of the political chattering class.

The skit unfolds in Rachel Maddow’s dressing room, where Ullman plays Maddow, Arianna Huffington (“I haven’t stopped talking since ‘Morning Joe’”), Meghan McCain and Rep. Barney Frank. Her Huffington imitation is especially tight: She looks like Huff, yaps like Huff and reminds some of us why we reach for the clicker when Huffington appears onscreen.

City Slickers

There’s also a whack at city slickers who pay big bucks for brushed-denim jeans that make it appear they’ve been out digging ditches or putting up houses for Habitat for Humanity, or maybe pack industrial-strength marriage tackle -- a new wrinkle on the old codpiece gag. Ullman also brings back her hybrid car, which gets 900 miles a gallon and is so small you could probably drive it with a three wood.

The funniest segment features a woman who suffers from severe Internet addiction. She’s monitoring a cyst with an ultrasound app and may post a pic on her Facebook page -- so weird and gross it’s easy to believe it has really happened.

After an intervention by friends and family, the patient goes off to a detox facility in Arizona and falls back in love with the pre-digital world. “I want to read books with pages again,” she said. “I don’t want to scroll through life anymore.”

There’s a message here: The U.S. is hooked on addiction and intervention programs. For every American, the show concludes, there’s a staff of four professionals ready to help us regain our footing.

(Dave Shiflett is a critic for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)

To contact the writer of this story: Dave Shiflett at dshifl@aol.com.

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Tracey Ullman Talks About How She Keeps Her Comedy Fresh

THE VIDEOLAND VIEW: "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" launches its third season tonight (1/25), with the multiple-Emmy-winning comedienne portraying characters ranging from Rachel Maddow to Barney Frank, Meghan McCain, Christiane Amanpour and Arianna Huffington — in one sketch alone.

How does she keep her comedy fresh after all these years? "I take years off," answers Ullman. "And there's always something new to do and someone new to impersonate. I've never thought, 'I'd like to impersonate that person' and not been able to do it.

Eventually, it comes to me. And I like writing stuff. I like directing stuff.

"I'm just glad that people are still giving me money to do it," she adds. "We keep it small, me and my husband. We write it and produce it. We distribute it. We own the show. It's our joy to do this."

Ullman's hubby, producer Allan McKeown, shows up on tonight's show, too, playing Bernie Madoff. She doesn't mind pointing out that her husband bears a strong resemblance to the former NASDAQ chairman who is now serving a 150-year prison sentence for defrauding clients of billions of dollars.

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Showtime Promotes!

There are other similarities: Both are in low-rise buildings that have billboards on the roof. The advertiser atop No. 601 is Catholic Charities with the words “this is the face of hope.” Atop the other branch, at 615 Eighth Avenue, is the face of the actress Tracey Ullman. That billboard is promoting her new series on the Showtime cable network.


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Article: Tracey Ullman's State of the Union 'Edgier' Than Ever

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
Jan 3, 2010

"Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" returns to Showtime Jan. 25, and look out! Fans of the multiple-Emmy-winning comedienne can expect plenty of bite in her humor along with the laughs. As one critic put it, she's been moving away from Carol Burnett territory and more toward Lenny Bruce. Ullman agrees that she has more edge.

She tells us, "I'm older and I'm an American citizen now. I think that, psychologically, that allows me to say a little bit more about society and politics -- without being afraid they're going to take my green card away." However, the southeast-England-born star adds, "I'm never mean-spirited. I love this country and I love these people and what goes on."

She also gives credit to her latest collaborator, Bruce Wagner, for making a change in what she does. Says Ullman, "He's a brilliantly funny, interesting person -- and a very good novelist. I think I owe him a lot."

Expect her to continue to take swipes at such social ills as the over-prescribing of medication. (Yes, her hilarious Padma, the Indian pharmacist who gives drug warnings in Bollywood-style production numbers, is coming back.) She'll also endeavor to make fun of today's financial problems. She claims, "It's not all gloom and doom. I'm trying to look at it in a positive way. It's certainly what's going on this year."

Ullman won't be doing an imitation of either President Obama or first lady Michelle. Though her dead-on Laura Bush imitation had jaws dropping a year ago, she hasn't added either Obama to her list of famous characters. She couldn't find any way to make either one "organic," as she puts it.

So, what are her latest favorite celebrities to impersonate at the moment? CNN's Christiane Amanpour and MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow. Because she has a goofy laugh," says Ullman, mimicking the liberal commentator perfectly. She adds, ala Maddow, "I just really admire her. I love her show, and I think she's an intelligent, fabulous woman. My whole family has a crush on her."

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