Happy Birthday Tracey!

Friday, December 30, 2011 expat 0 Comments

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Tracey's Tribute To Meryl At The 2011 Kennedy Center Honors (Video)

Thursday, December 29, 2011 expat 0 Comments

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New Look

Thursday, December 29, 2011 expat 0 Comments

We decided that our last look was so 15 minutes ago, or so many years ago. Hope you like the new design. We're still adding new elements and working out a few of the kinks.  If you have any suggestions, leave a comment!  Thanks!

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2011: The Year That Was

Monday, December 19, 2011 expat 0 Comments

This year we had Tracey guiding us through the Royal wedding, a return to the London stage after a 20 year absence in the West End's "My City". She was nominated for a London Evening Standard Theatre award for her role as headmaster, Elizabeth Lambert. We even had a performance of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at the The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles benefit! We also saw Tracey lending her support for the Labour Party in the UK.

Sadly, Tracey Ullman's Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, along with each season of Tracey Takes On... are no longer available for instant streaming on sites like Amazon.com and iTunes. Why this is, we're not sure. The message issued by the sites chalks up the removal to a liscening agreement. Whether this will be rectified in the near future, we'll let you know. You can still find both shows on DVD, (although series 3 and 4 of Tracey Takes On... are seriously butchered).

Onto much happier news, Tracey's birthday is coming up - December 30th to be exact. Feel free to wish her a Happy Birthday! We hope she has a great one!!

See you in 2012!

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"Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" On Tonight In Australia!

Friday, December 16, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, Friday, December 16
Michael Idato
December 16, 2011



ABC1, 11.50pm

Of all the genres within the comedy portfolio, sketch is by far the most difficult. Unlike narrative, whose frequent pauses are merely momentary, when a sketch lands soft, it gouges a deep chasm. Even the legendary French and Saunders, with all due respect, probably only had a 50-50 hit rate with their sketch series.
Tracey Ullman comes off a high base – her earlier HBO sketch series Tracey Takes On . . . was frequently brilliant and created characters, including Fern Rosenthal, Linda Granger and Ruby Romaine, whose punchlines and mannerisms still resonate.

State of the Union, a sort of Americanised Little Britain, carves a slice of American life with mixed results. Some sketches work, some don't.

As usual, it is Ullman's almost peerless ability to mimic that stands out. Her brilliant takes on commentator Arianna Huffington, journalist Campbell Brown, Susan Boyle, Kate Winslet, Christiane Amanpour and Candy Spelling steal the show.

SMH

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More On Tracey's Tribute To Meryl Streep At Kennedy Center Honors

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Tracey Ullman, first up to honor Streep, said there’s something special about the actress. “Looking around, I see Caroline Kennedy, first lady Michelle Obama, the president … an illustrious group to be sure, but with no disrespect to you guys, we have Meryl-bloody-Streep in the room!”

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More Pictures From Kennedy Center Honors

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 expat 0 Comments



Wireimage/CBS.com

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Tracey's Tribute To Meryl Revealed

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian Tracey Ullman began the tribute, stating, "I'm here to talk about my friend Meryl Streep – which is a great honor, but not easy. I was with my daughter Mabel a couple of weeks ago, who has known Meryl all her life, and I asked her what she thought I should say. 'Hmm,' she said. 'It's getting harder and harder, Mum, I mean, what hasn't been said?' And this is true because it's obvious that Meryl is brilliant, the actress of her generation, the cream of the crop; she's strong, tenacious, a champion of women worldwide…"
Ullman continued, "I could talk about how brilliant she is as Margaret Thatcher in her latest film, 'Iron Lady,' and how amazed I was to see the girl from Jersey becoming the girl from Grantham. I mean, only Meryl could give such a compassionate portrayal of a woman I raged against in the '80s… 'You need an angle, Mum,' Mabel said. There was a long pause and then she looked at me with a furrowed brow and said, 'Is there anything Meryl's bad at?' Well, we tried to think of something, and we couldn't! She can sing, dance, cook – cooks like Julia Child, in fact… and if she was bad at something she would practice like crazy in private so that she would be more brilliant at it than anyone else in the world. We even have secret footage of her in bed at six in the morning learning to speak Chinese! I'm not saying how we got it... so I am officially in awe of you, dear friend; you try harder, give more and remain as humble as anyone I know. I'm honored to be here tonight to be a part of this prestigious tribute to you."
Playbill.com 

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Tracey Payed Tribute To Meryl Streep Tonight

Sunday, December 04, 2011 expat 0 Comments

This should be good.  We all remember her last tribute:

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Tracey Tonight At The Kennedy Center Honors

Sunday, December 04, 2011 expat 0 Comments



Getty Images

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Breaking: Tracey To Appear At The Kennedy Center Honors!

Sunday, December 04, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Tracey was rehearsing earlier today at the Kennedy Center along with actors Kevin Kline, and Glenn Close, two stars Tracey has worked with in the past.

Honorees this year include Tracey's close friend, Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, and Yo-Yo Ma.

The ceremony takes place tonight, Sunday, December 4, 2011, but won't be broadcast until December 27, 2011, on CBS at 9PM in the United States.  We should have known something was up due to reports of Tracey sightings in Washington DC this past week.

Expect photos and video!

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Spotted!

Thursday, November 17, 2011 expat 0 Comments

  • Tracey acted as auctioneer for the GLA Labour fundraiser (11-16-11)

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Tracey Accepted The Bazaar Women Of The Year Award For Arianna!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 expat 0 Comments



Source: Harpers Bazarre

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Tracey At The Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Tracey Ullman attends the Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards in association with Estee Lauder and NET-A-PORTER at Claridges Hotel on November 7, 2011 in London, England.






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Yep.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Tracey Ullman—unquestionably the most famous person on that stage—turned in a fantastic performance as Miss Lambert, the teacher Richard is attempting to reconnect with and understand. The scenes where Ullman teaches the audience through Miss Lambert’s unique storytelling style are so compelling you immediately recognize how this teacher could so profoundly touch a child’s life.
Now you know why the woman is nominated for her performance.

Link

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Tracey's New Ad For Hulu Plus

Sunday, October 30, 2011 expat 0 Comments



Hulu Plus

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Tracey Takes on Dallas?

Sunday, October 30, 2011 expat 0 Comments

From The Krebs Cycle

I saw this new reporter on the conglomerate news station here in Dallas last night. Is this Tracy Ullman's newest comic opus?


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Tracey Gets Nominated For The London Evening Standard Theatre Awards!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 expat 0 Comments

The longlist contenders have just been revealed for the 57th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, in association with Vogue.



Huge congratulations go to our nominated clients:

BERTIE CARVEL
Nominated for Best Actor, for Matilda (RSC Stratford & Cambridge Theatre)
(Matilda has also been nominated for The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical)

SAMANTHA SPIRO
Nominated for Best Actress, for Chicken Soup With Barley (Royal Court Theatre)

TRACEY ULLMAN
Nominated for Best Actress, for My City (Almeida Theatre)

The shortlist will be published in the week beginning 7th November and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Savoy Hotel on 20th November.

Fingers crossed and good luck!

Click here for a full list of nominees.

Hamilton Hodell

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Wooller Publishes "My City" After Party Photos!

Monday, September 19, 2011 expat 0 Comments



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The Guardian Reviews "My City"

Friday, September 16, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Tracey Ullman as the mysterious Miss Lambert in Stephen Poliakoff's My City. 
Photograph: Tristram Kenton
...But there is pleasure to be had from Poliakoff's production and the performances. Tracey Ullman, right, also making an overdue return to the London stage, is enigmatic and charismatic as the mysterious Miss Lambert: she rightly leaves you guessing whether the character is a natural spellbinder or the wicked witch of the West End.
Read the rest!

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Production Stills From "My City" Released!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 expat 0 Comments


Tomorrow is press night for "My City". 

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Previews For 'My City' Start Tomorrow Night, Here Is This Week's Final Rehearsal Entry

Wednesday, September 07, 2011 expat 0 Comments


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Season 3 of "State of the Union" Now Available On DVD!

Saturday, September 03, 2011 expat 0 Comments


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My City – Week Four

Friday, September 02, 2011 expat 0 Comments

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French and Saunders Discuss Tracey Today!

Monday, August 29, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Comediennes, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders have been presenting their own radio series on BBC Radio 2 for roughly a year now to great success. Today, a new show was presented. A typical show features Dawn and Jennifer playing their favorite records, their witty banter, and guests who join them in the studio. Tracey's 1983 hit song "Breakaway" was chosen by the hosts and was followed by comments regarding working with Tracey in "Girls On Top". To our recollection, it was the first time Jennifer spoke publicly about Tracey. Dawn French has stayed in touched with Tracey over the years. Tracey took part in Dawn's BBC documentary series, "Girls Who Do Comedy" in 2006. Tracey introduced Dawn to her now former husband, Lenny Henry, whom she worked with in the show "Three Of A Kind".

You can listen to the French and Saunders' latest radio broadcast here. Skip to 1:03, if you'd like to get straight to the Tracey bit.

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Trailer For "My City"

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 expat 0 Comments

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Almedia Theatre Launches Weekly Rehearsal Diary For "My City"

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Rehearsals for "My City", the play which marks Tracey's return to the London stage in over 20 years, is now being documented online with a weekly online diary-blog!  Check it out!!!

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First Look: Rehearsal photos of My City at the Almeida Theatre starring Tracey Ullman

Monday, August 22, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Stephen Poliakoff directs the world premiere of My City, his first new play for 12 years, running at the Almeida Theatre from 8 September – 5 November 2011.

The cast includes Hannah Arterton (Waitress), Siân Brooke (Julie), Sorcha Cusack (Summers), Tom Riley (Richard), David Troughton (Minken) and Tracey Ullman (Lambert). Designs are by Lez Brotherson with lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound and music by Ben and Max Ringham.

How would you feel if, 15 years after you last saw them, you bumped into the one person who had the biggest influence on your life? On a dusky evening, Richard Kenton finds his primary school headmistress lying on a park bench in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral. As he becomes reacquainted with her and the other teachers that helped shape him, memories of their vivid and imaginative lessons come to life and their tales of London inspire him once more.

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Tracey Has A Healthy Appetite

Saturday, August 20, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Meryl Streep's caterer recalls cooking for Tracey:


That's the millet dish, and she employed it so many times over the years for Streep's vegetarian friends, it became her signature dish. A vegetarian main dish or a side dish for a main meal, it is both showy and comforting. Temple recalled devising it for Streep's friend, comedian Tracey Ullman.

"She's a vegetarian," Temple said. "She'd come over, and I was so tired of doing the black beans and rice thing for her. I basically put two different soufflés together—a spinach soufflé and then I mixed in a grain and vegetables, and it became a main course vegetarian entrée. And everyone loves the sauce. People always want more sauce!"

Read the yummy rest!

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Remembering "They Don't Know"

Saturday, August 20, 2011 expat 0 Comments

A great article written by Examiner.com writer, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner)

A look back: Tracey Ullman's hit with the Paul McCartney surprise

Tracey Ullman is known for her work mainly as an actress on stage and TV. And her "The Tracey Ullman Show" help give "The Simpsons" their start as they first appeared on her show.


But before TV, Ullman tried a career as a singer in the early '80s. Her sound had a real retro influence with elements of Phil Spector and all sorts of girl groups, plus a dash of the comedy she'd be known for later. She did covers of hits, including "Bobby's Girl," the 1962 song first done by Marcie Blaine, and "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)," originally sung by Reunion.

But some of her other songs had great titles, like "You Broke My Heart in 17 Places" (also the title of her album) and "I'm Always Touched by Your Presence Dear."

But it was "They Don't Know," written by Kirsty MacColl, that got a ton of attention. For one, it was a great song. Ullman took the girl group sound to the limit here with echo. She even got MacColl to do backing vocals on it.

The video, however, was the crown jewel. Ullman put on a wonderful comic performance as a beleagured woman with a child and a male chauvinist mate. The big surprise in the final few seconds made it a keeper. You can see it at the left. The song reached no. 2 in the UK and the top 10 in the States.

It may have been a return favor because Tracey had a role in Paul McCartney's "Give My Regards to Broad Street," but it certainly stands on its own. And makes us smile every time we see it.

"They Don't Know" help make us a fan of Ullman's singing forever. There are CD collections of her singing available. They're well worth getting.

Crank up the volume!. (And you can hear Kirsty MacColl's original version here.)

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Whatever Happened To The Third Season "State of the Union" DVDs?!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 expat 0 Comments

We tried posting this a few weeks ago, but somehow it got lost.

As many have noticed, the third season of "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" DVDs have failed to materialize. As previously reported, the set would only be made available via Amazon.com, regardless of what the press release officially stated.

The DVDs were to be produced via Amazon's Create Space on-demand service. The release date was suppose to be July 19, 2011.

We contacted Eagle Rock, the company behind the production of the discs, as well as all Tracey-related DVDs now, and we were told that the DVDs were going through Amazon's "approval process" at the moment. They aren't canceled.

We'd like to remind you that the entire third season is available via Amazon.com's streaming web service, in HD and Standard video right now. However, no extras are provided. These are to be housed on the DVD set. We'll update you if there are any changes (or if the DVDs suddenly appear).

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Tracey's Doing Research For 'My City'

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 expat 0 Comments


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Tracey Joins Hulu.com!

Thursday, July 28, 2011 expat 1 Comments

"Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" now has its own section on Hulu.com.  Here Tracey does an exclusive interview for the web site:

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Tracey Attends Meryl Streep's Daughter's Wedding

Monday, July 18, 2011 expat 0 Comments

• Married: Mamie Gummer, 27, and Ben Walker, 29, Saturday in Connecticut. The actress (daughter of Meryl Streep) wed her actor boyfriend at the family’s estate wearing her grandmother’s gown for the lake-side ceremony with 150 guests (including Tracey Ullman, Laura Linney and Claire Danes), then changed into another dress for dinner.

Washington Post

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Official Press Release - Tracey Ullman's State of the Union Season 3 DVD

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 expat 0 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  Contact: Carol Kaye
                                                                                                  Kayos Productions, Inc.
                                                                                                  212.366.9970
THIRD SEASON OF THE HILARIOUS TRACEY ULLMAN'S STATE OF THE UNION DUE ON DVD JULY 19

New York, NY (July 13, 2011)—Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the complete third and final season of Tracey Ullman's State of The Union on two discs July 19. The hit half-hour comedy sketch series—executive produced by Emmy-Award winning Allan McKeown Presents—stars the British comedienne in a variety of guises as she pokes fun at American people in an irreverent and truly original way. Her mimicry and flair for impersonation makes Season #3 the most ambitious season of the series so far as Ullman inhabits 60 different characters—original creations as well as Arianna Huffington, Barney Frank, Rachel Maddow, Matthew McConaughey, Susan Boyle and many others—in her hilarious tour across the U.S.A. [MSRP $14.97]

Viewers will thrill to a Michael Jackson-styled dance routine in Chicago by O'Hare Airport's favorite agent Chanel Monticello and yet another exhibition of the fine art of dance (and song) in the great state of Tennessee by Padma Perkesh from behind her pharmacy counter.

Disc #1 clocks in at 117 minutes, disc #2 at 84 minutes. This includes 40 minutes of bonus materials: "The Making Of Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union Season #3," a behind-the-scenes feature with commentary from Tracey, outtakes, and "A Twist On Outsourced Call Centers."

Tracey Ullman is an award-winning actress, singer, comedienne, dancer, screenwriter and author. Her previous show, The Tracey Ullman Show, ran from 1987 to 1990 and spawned the hugely successful spin-off cartoon, The Simpsons. She has produced numerous HBO specials and appeared in major motion pictures. As a recording artist, she was signed to England's Stiff Records where she scored six British hit singles in 1983 and 1984. Her blatant disregard for societal norms and her anything-goes mentality have made her "The Queen Of Characterization." Warning: this third season is highly addictive.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.

For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at Carol@Kayosproductions.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Kayos-Productions/102922656447240.
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Tracey Ullman: “The Queen Of Characterization.” State of The Union DVD

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 expat 0 Comments

THIRD SEASON OF THE HILARIOUS TRACEY ULLMAN’S

Warning: this third season is highly addictive.

STATE OF THE UNION

“The Queen Of Characterization.”
New York, NY(Hollywood Today)7/13/11/— The complete third and final season of Tracey Ullman’s State of The Union on two discs July 19. The hit half-hour comedy sketch series—executive produced by Emmy-Award winning Allan McKeown Presents—stars the British comedienne in a variety of guises as she pokes fun at American people in an irreverent and truly original way. Her mimicry and flair for impersonation makes Season #3 the most ambitious season of the series so far as Ullman inhabits 60 different characters—original creations as well as Arianna Huffington, Barney Frank, Rachel Maddow, Matthew McConaughey, Susan Boyle and many others—in her hilarious tour across the U.S.A. [MSRP $14.97]


 Viewers will thrill to a Michael Jackson-styled dance routine in Chicago by O’Hare Airport’s favorite agent Chanel Monticello and yet another exhibition of the fine art of dance (and song) in the great state of Tennessee by Padma Perkesh from behind her pharmacy counter.
Disc #1 clocks in at 117 minutes, disc #2 at 84 minutes. This includes 40 minutes of bonus materials: “The Making Of Tracey Ullman’s State Of The Union Season #3,” a behind-the-scenes feature with commentary from Tracey, outtakes, and “A Twist On Outsourced Call Centers.”
Tracey Ullman is an award-winning actress, singer, comedienne, dancer, screenwriter and author. Her previous show, The Tracey Ullman Show, ran from 1987 to 1990 and spawned the hugely successful spin-off cartoon, The Simpsons. She has produced numerous HBO specials and appeared in major motion pictures. As a recording artist, she was signed to England’s Stiff Records where she scored six British hit singles in 1983 and 1984. Her blatant disregard for societal norms and her anything-goes mentality have made her “The Queen Of Characterization.” Warning: this third season is highly addictive.

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Tracey Ullman's daughter joins Ken's team in push for City Hall

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 expat 0 Comments

 

(left) Team Ken: lining up with his London Assembly candidates

Peter Dominiczak, City Hall Correspondent
13 Jul 2011

Tracey Ullman's daughter is part of the team unveiled today by Ken Livingstone for the mayoral battle against Boris Johnson next year.

Among the 25 Labour Assembly candidates bidding for seats in City Hall in May next year is 25-year-old Mabel McKeown.

She was born in Los Angeles but moved to Britain when she was young with her mother and father Allan McKeown.

Speaking at the official launch, Ms McKeown said: "My whole family is from London - I'm very rooted in this city. I'm excited to be part of Ken Livingstone's campaign." She went to school in Dorset and studied politics at Leeds University and is one of the youngest Assembly candidates.

No laughing matter: the daughter of comedian Tracey Ullman was today unveiled by Ken Livingstone as one of his team to contest the London Assembly elections

Ms McKeown is one of Harriet Harman's top advisers and will continue to work for her until the election.

Her mother appeared in UK sitcoms before moving to America in the Eighties and starring in the Tracey Ullman Show. It gave The Simpsons its TV debut for which she is said to still receive royalties.

In 2006 it was reported that Ullman's total wealth was around £75million. Neil Kinnock once appeared in one of Ullman's pop videos.

Ms McKeown said: "I've always been an active campaigner. I stood in a council by-election in Kensington and Chelsea and came extremely close." Other Labour candidates standing for the £54,000-a-year posts include Assembly members Val Shawcross and Joanne McCartney. Mr Livingstone said: "We have a fantastic team here.

"In contrast to the Tories who look like they are in a meeting of some old City club, our team looks like London." Mr Livingstone once again attacked the Mayor over cuts to the number of sergeants on the Safer Neighbourhood Teams from 630 to 330. Some sergeants will have to re-apply for their jobs.

He said: "Police officers should be spending their time on the streets catching criminals, not filling in application forms for their jobs." Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse insisted: "The purpose of this redeployment is to strengthen the number of officers we see on the streets."

Tracey Ullman's daughter, Mabel McKeown, was today unveiled by Ken Livingstone as one of his team to contest the London Assembly elections


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Update on "State of the Union" Season 3 DVD

Monday, July 11, 2011 expat 0 Comments

The DVD for season 3 of "State of the Union" still due to be released on July 19, 2011, will only be available via Amazon.com through their CreateSpace service. Many networks have been using this service (Nickelodeon, MTV, Lifetime) which is a DVD print-on-demand service. DVDs are pressed upon purchase. They're not mass produced beforehand.

Season 3 is already available via Amazon Instant Video, Amazon.com's streaming service.

Note: Only the DVD will contain the extras, which were detailed here.

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Tracey Attends The Launch of Huffington Post UK

Thursday, July 07, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Isabella Huffington, Ariana Huffington, Tracey Ullman and Lady Rothschild at the launch event for The Huffington Post UK at The Millbank Tower London. 06/07/2011

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Arianna Launches Huffington Post UK!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011 expat 0 Comments


BRITAIN WAKES UP TO THE HUFFINGTON POST UK TODAY

Latest Edition of “HuffPost” Blends Brand’s Unique Mix of News, Opinion, Community, and Engagement with Original, UK-centric Content

6th July, 2011, London – The Huffington Post UK (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/), a UK version of The Huffington Post (“HuffPost”), the popular American news and opinion site, goes live today. The site features HuffPost’s unique combination of original reporting, aggregation, a leading-edge commenting forum, pioneering social engagement tools, and a vibrant platform for a wide range of bloggers. High profile bloggers already lined up to contribute through the site include Tony Blair, Jeremy Hunt and Sarah Brown as well as comedy and entertainment luminaries such as Ricky Gervais, Tracey Ullman, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Jonathan Meades and Kate Garraway .

The Huffington Post UK is edited by Carla Buzasi (nee Bevan), Editor-in-Chief, AOL Europe who leads an initial team of ten dedicated editors and writers, with further support from the wider AOL editorial team in the UK, as well as The Huffington Post team in the United States. The Huffington Post UK platform gives hundreds of British bloggers the opportunity to showcase their work to millions of readers globally.

Other recent new hires include Political Editor Chris Wimpress, a former political correspondent for BBC Radio 4; News Editor Jacqui Head, formerly an Online Journalist at Al-Jazeera, with stints at BBC and CNN; and Caroline Frost, Entertainment Editor, previously an Arts Producer for BBC News, and Online Entertainment Editor at the Herald Sun in Melbourne. Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Chief Executive Officer of E.L. Rothschild and board member of Estee Lauder and The Economist Group, is the site’s Editor-at-Large.

The Huffington Post (US) was founded in May 2005, and has become an influential and oft-quoted media brand, “The Internet Newspaper.” It attracts 36 million* readers and only last month overtook the New York Times to become the world’s biggest newspaper online.

The UK site offers coverage of politics, entertainment, living, style, world news, technology, comedy, and is a top destination for news, blogs and original content. In the coming months, The Huffington Post UK will evolve to feature even more content across a whole range of genres.

Commenting on the launch of the UK site, Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, said: “We are arriving here in the midst of a rich and thriving media culture marked by great innovation. We look forward to adding HuffPost UK to the mix, and to our real-time ‘digital water cooler’ — which embraces the best of the new (immediacy, transparency, interactivity) and the best of the old (fact-checking, accuracy, fairness, and an emphasis on storytelling) — becoming the spark for many interesting conversations.”

Kate Burns, SVP, AOL Europe, said: “The Huffington Post has pioneered a new way for people to connect with the news of the day, and with each other, so we’re excited to bring this unique platform to the UK. We’re giving people the chance to write, share and debate opinions, creating a democratic site that can give Joe Bloggs the same platform as Ricky Gervais.”

The Huffington Post (US) already attracts a monthly audience in excess of 1.2 million [comScore, May 2011] UK based readers who are engaged, influential, and affluent. The UK site will feature premium ad formats, including the recently launched “Project Devil,” which has generated unprecedented engagement levels, time spent on ads and time spent viewing ad videos. At launch The Huffington Post UK will showcase an LG Project Devil campaign brokered through leading media agency Mindshare and a Dell PLE campaign negotiated by Mediacom.

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New Blaaahg: Arianna And Me by Tracey Ullman

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Arianna Huffington has been a gift to me, I love to impersonate her , she even lets me do it to her face without flinching. She once said that people liked me being her more than they liked her being her.

She sounds like Eva Gabor from Green Acres - there's one to to check out on You Tube if you didn't watch TV after school in the late 60s - Arianna is actually Greek and she has the soft Athenian lilt of a Goddess, but don't be fooled, underneath she's a gladiator.

Arianna lives round the corner from me on the West side of Los Angeles and a few years ago she started inviting me to parties where people would talk about things other than show business, it was a relief. One evening she said she was going to start the Huffington Post and that everyone must blog.

The way Arianna says blog is delicious - it's like ' blaaahg' . "Time to blaaahg!" She would say when I hiked with her in the Santa Monica mountains with her sister Agape, who sounds like Eva's sister Zsa Zsa as Duchess in The Aristocats. "Dahling, when are you going to post your blaaag?" She would shout from a car window as she whizzed by you on Sunset Boulevard.

If you mentioned that you were disturbed about the money spent on US elections, or the problems in the Middle East she would tell you to "Blaahg about it immediately!" "But what if I sound like a champagne socialist who has the luxury of spare time to analyse global problems and people ridicule me?" "Well Blaaahg about that then!"

That was the Huff Post's agenda from the beginning and it has gone on to let as many people from as many walks of life possible have a voice . Politicians, scientists, teachers, and of course the inevitable "life style gurus" and celebrity fashion critics rating Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jordan's "beach bods" is a necessary evil if you want to build an online viewing empire.

And now after being acquired by AOL, that is part of what the Huff Post has become. But she did it! This woman blaaaged her way from Brentwood onto the world stage, and I admire her for it.

We should give her control of Greece right now, they've got nothing to lose at this point. But as for the UK - Arianna, I know you say you feel at home here, having gone to Cambridge and dated Bernard Levin and all, but If you think you get flack in the USA at times, its nothing to what the Brits will hurl at you - in our sarcastic, superior, albeit adorable way.

So keep being thick-skinned and indomitable, you're going to need it. Personally, I look forward to seeing you spar with Jeremy Paxman, and stir up the News Corp ranks to start a rival page.

"Rebecca, its Rupert - tell Cameron and Cleggo , if they want to stay in power, to start blogging now! And have someone pretend to be Sienna Miller, thats always good for a laugh.

Traditional journalists have already been grumbling about some unpaid Huff Posters who will be taking away their livelihood, and I know it's awful, but get used to it. Look what happened to us luvvies when all those reality show stars came on the scene. It was painful to realise that the public would rather see these people have sex on infra red cameras and get their haemorrhoids cauterized in HD, than watch us display our craft in classics such as Bergerac, London's Burning and the late great Casualty.

The Huff Post does pay lots of folk, although I never seem to see anyone but Arianna in her home office, wearing three headsets, saying things like "I'm on a conference with Geffen and Bill Gates, but I can tweet with Angela Merkel if someone throws me my third Blackberry." She's a can do gal is Arianna and she wants a piece of the UK action - gone are the days when the likes of Lord Beaverbrook and Viscount Harmsworth controlled the media.

When King George V died, his time of death was withheld so that the The Times could break the news rather than the late monarch suffering the indignity of having the evening papers run the story. Can you imagine if a rogue chamber maid had blogged back then "They're telling porkies, he's been cold for bleedin hours!"

So let's welcome The Huffington Post, and the conversation it inspires. I'm sure it will discover many new original voices in this extraordinary country and I take pleasure in impersonating them all, so if you need an interpretor, Arianna, let me know - or even a stand-in if you can't make an appearance in Skelmersdale in mid-January - but I warn you in advance, I'll be charging for that.

Blaaags and kisses, Tracey Ullmann

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Complete Casting Announced for Almeida Theatre's 'My City', Starring Tracey Ullman

Saturday, July 02, 2011 expat 0 Comments

By Michael Gioia
and Mark Shenton
01 Jul 2011

The British-born television comedienne and writer Tracey Ullman, who has long been resident in the U.S., will return to the London stage to star in the world premiere of Stephen Poliakoff's My City, beginning performances at London's Almeida Theatre Sept. 8, prior to an official opening Sept. 15, for a run through Nov. 5.

Ullman will play the character of Lambert. Other members of the cast include Hannah Arterton as Waitress, Sîan Brooke as Julie, Sorcha Cusack as Summers, Tom Riley as Richard and David Troughton as Minken.

According to press materials, My City "asks how would you feel if, 15 years after you last saw them, you bumped into the one person who had the biggest influence on your life? On a dusky evening, Richard Kenton finds his primary school headmistress lying on a park bench in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral. As he becomes reacquainted with her and the other teachers that helped shape him, memories of their vivid and imaginative lessons come to life and their tales of London inspire him once more."

Ullman, who has previously appeared onstage in the short-lived 1991 Broadway run of the solo play The Big Love, is best known for creating her own U.S. network series "The Tracey Ullman Show," followed by "Tracey Takes On…." and "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union."

Poliakoff, who will also direct his own play, began his career in the theatre and won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright in 1976 for Hitting Town and City Sugar, has written over 20 plays, including Breaking the Silence (premiered by the RSC) and Coming In To Land (premiered at the National). His film and TV credits include "Hidden City," "Caught on a Train," "Close My Eyes," "Perfect Strangers" and most recently "Glorious 39."

Designs for The City are by Lez Brotherson with lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound and music by Ben and Max Ringham.

The Almeida Theatre is located at Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1TA. For more information and tickets, call 020 7359 4404 or visit www.almeida.co.uk.

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Former "Tracey Takes On" Writer, and "Weeds" Creator, Jenji Kohan On Working With Tracey

Sunday, June 26, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Q. Before creating the antiheroine played by Mary-Louise Parker on "Weeds," you worked on several shows with women at their center, including "Tracey Takes On" and "Gilmore Girls."

A. "Tracey" [starring Tracey Ullman] was a huge turning point for me. What I learned on "Tracey" was how to run a healthy show. . . . I also learned I am not a performer. We'd turn in our drafts and the whole room would take parts and read them out and perform them for Tracey . . . I was the joke slayer. I hear it all in my head but it just doesn't come out of my mouth right.

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"Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" Season 3 Gets DVD Release!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 expat 0 Comments

While Season 3 is already available via streaming services (Amazon, iTunes), the third and final season of the series will be getting a DVD release on July 17, 2011!  The DVD comes with a bunch of extras!

Here is the official listing:

State of the Union 3

Catalogue No: EM351349
by Tracey Ullman
Barcode: 801213513499


DVD | Release: 7/19/2011

Tracey Ullman is back with her unique look at America and its people in the third and final season of Tracey Ullman’s State Of The Union. The most ambitious of the three seasons of “State Of The Union” features 60 characters, including a dance tribute to Michael Jackson by O’Hare Airport’s favorite TSA agent, Chanel Monticello, pharmacist Padma Perkesh singing and dancing behind her Tennessee pharmacy counter and, of course, the celebrity impersonations of the likes of Arianna Huffington, Barney Frank, Rachel Maddow, Matthew McConaughey, Susan Boyle and tons more! Included is over 40 minutes of bonus footage: - The Making of State Of The Union Season 3 - Behind The Scenes with commentary from Tracey - Outtakes - A Twist on Outsourced Call Centers

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Tracey Sighting Makes Twitter!

Monday, May 30, 2011 expat 0 Comments

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After the show...

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Tracey among stars set for Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles benefit

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 expat 0 Comments

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles has long had a knack for lining up marquee names for its annual Simply Shakespeare benefit readings of the Bard's plays.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the center has assembled what Ben Donenberg, founder and executive artistic director, calls "one of our starriest and most adventurous casts ever." Christina Applegate, Kenneth Branagh, Faith Hill, Eric Idle, Arte Johnson, Eugene Levy, Tim McGraw, William Shatner, Martin Short, Tracey Ullman and event co-chairs Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks are set to perform "The Merry Wives of Windsor" on May 9 at UCLA's Royce Hall.
Donenberg, the evening's director, says the reading will have "a kind of country-western theme," including musicians playing and singing Hank Williams songs. "We try to make things fun and user-friendly for the audience," he said. "The actors are at liberty to improvise. This is impromptu and unplugged."
The chance to do Shakespeare in a relaxed setting with high-caliber casts keeps attracting well-known performers to the benefits, which are now in their 21st year. "Most of the people involved this time have participated before," said Donenberg. "And the others have attended."
The center is offering a small speaking role to the high bidder in an EBay auction that will run April 21 to May 1. The winner also will receive perks including an invitation to the post-show party and billing in the program.
Proceeds from the event and auction will go the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and its youth employment, education and community-outreach efforts.
"The Merry Wives of Windsor" will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets, which cost $95 and $175, will go on sale Friday, April 15, at uclalive.com and through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Gala tickets --  which  include admission to the reading and party -- cost $500 and are available at 310-201-5033 or Lauran@lpaevents.com

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Tracey's Returning To London Stage!!!

Friday, April 08, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Tracey Ullman has been persuaded to return to the London stage for the first time in more than 20 years.

The actress has lived in California for two decades, but yesterday said she was ‘thrilled’ to have been offered the chance to work with Stephen Poliakoff on his new play My City, which begins rehearsing in August at the Almeida Theatre.

Tracey, 51, will play a former primary school headmistress in the drama, which Poliakoff described as ‘high octane’.

The pair got together to discuss the project recently. ‘We met in London because we both had to approve of each other,’ Poliakoff joked.

Once upon a time, London was Tracey’s city. She appeared in musicals, but her name was made at the Royal Court in a comic show called Four In A Million and later on in Andrea Dunbar’s Rita, Sue And Bob Too, in a cast that included Lesley Manville and Joanne Whalley. Her TV career included Three Of A Kind with Lenny Henry and David Copperfield.

Poliakoff told me Tracey will be part of an ensemble when My City begins performances at the Almeida from September 8.

The playwright added: ‘It’s not the Tracey Ullman Show. It’ll surprise people.

Everyone’s on stage for most of the time.’ He said he knew Tracey’s early work at the Royal Court and had kept an eye on her progress in America, mostly on television (The Simpsons began life in 1987 as short clips on her show) and sometimes on stage with her one-woman shows, although she did appear in Taming Of The Shrew opposite Morgan Freeman back in 1991.

Poliakoff explained the headmistress encounters two former pupils whom she helped when they were young.

‘The character is a very proficient story teller and that plays very strongly to Tracey’s talent for buttonholing us,’ he said, adding the part is a straight role, although there would be ‘one or two mercurial, edgy, hopefully funny moments in it’. He stressed that it’s not a drama about schools, rather it’s about London, modern life and a collision between two generations.

However, he noted that it’s also about people who have worked in public service all their lives which, he observed, ‘is political at the moment’.

Poliakoff began his career writing for the stage, but then made several TV dramas and films including Hidden City, The Lost Prince, Caught On A Train and last year’s Glorious 39.

While preparing to direct My City, Poliakoff is also working on a five-part drama for the BBC called Dancing On The Edge, about a black jazz band playing at a five-star hotel in London between 1931-33.

And he’s also writing a movie for Ruby Films, the company behind Toast (with Helena Bonham Carter) and the forthcoming Jane Eyre film.

Last week, the Almeida had more than 30 per cent of its Arts Council funding chopped, with the assumption being that because it attracts high-profile actors and writers and has a strong fund-raising arm, it can do without public subsidy.

‘It’s being punished for its success, but it’s going to be hard for the Almeida in this climate,’ Poliakoff said sadly.

Tracey has also just signed to comment on the Royal wedding for Canadian television.

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Tracey Ullman: Countdown To The Royal Wedding

Monday, April 04, 2011 expat 0 Comments



Tracey Ullman is one of CTV's official Royal Wedding correspondents.

Here's the promo we've been telling you about. Check back for more!

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Spotted: 03/28/11

Monday, March 28, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Tracey carrying a Labour banner today!

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Tracey with the "A Kick Up The Eighties" Cast!

Monday, March 21, 2011 expat 0 Comments

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New Tracey Campaign Shot!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 expat 0 Comments

That's the word.  More soon!

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Tracey #8 on The Funniest Women of All-Time List

Sunday, March 13, 2011 expat 0 Comments

While female comedians often say they don't want gender consideration, audiences disagree. Comedy has long been a boy's club because for a long time, women being funny was considered more inappropriate, disrespectful or even threatening. My, how times have changed. While comediennes have made great strides in recognition, men still dominate as comedy's headliners. Take a walk through a DVD section and you'll see that while Chris Rock, Dane Cook, and Katt Williams are in no shortage of arena-specials, feminine counterparts like Margaret Cho and Anjelah Johnson are sparse, if not non-existant. You'd have to search Google or YouTube to find footage of your favorite funny women.

Here then, are 18 reasons to perpetuate the shattering of comedy's glass ceiling. Though not all are comedians per se, they are all funny, they are all influential, and-- to the best of our knowledge, they are all 100% female.


#8 Tracey Ullman
Regarded as the queen of sketch comedy, Ullman's side-splitting sendups of famous men and women alike made The Tracey Ullman Show a hit in the 90's and beyond. It also introduced the world to an animated family of five named The Simpsons.


"If God had intended for breasts to be seen, He wouldn't have created large woolen pullovers."


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Tracey's HuffPo Op-Ed: I'm Every Woman, and a Few Men, Too

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 expat 0 Comments

I'm a really lucky girl, and I know it. I have grown up in the greatest generation yet to be a woman. I received an education, I can vote, I had the freedom to choose if I wanted to give birth to a child, and epidurals when I did. I've said what I wanted, gone where I wanted. I never felt inferior to a man. I didn't play the coquette or feel any pressure to hold back amongst groups of men, and that carried through in my professional life as an actress, too.

I've had an interesting career doing my own thing, not being stereotyped; I've played every type of woman and some men, too... It's been fascinating to put myself into different bodies, mentally and physically, and see people's reactions. You get treated a lot differently by the male members of the crew if you dress as a giggly busty blonde in tight jeans than you do as a pear-shaped spinster in polyester pants. Strange that. Some characters I have played garnered equal respect from men and women alike. When I crossed the studio floor as former first lady Laura Bush, a burly electrician whispered in my ear, "I didn't vote for your husband Laura, but I have tremendous respect for you, you're one classy lady!" And I smiled my beautiful Texas smile and twinkled my blue, contact-lensed eyes as he captured our image on his cell phone.

One of my only experiences of being treated unfairly because of my sex was on a trip to Israel a few years ago when my son and I visited the wailing wall in Jerusalem, and I wasn't allowed to walk up to the main part, I had to go into the "women's section," which was crowded and a quarter the size of the men's. I was furious! I wanted to stand beside Johnny and put a prayer in the wall with the boys. And that for me was just a tiny taste of the injustice meted out to millions of women all over the world on a daily basis. It reminded me that those of us who have a voice have to keep speaking up for those that don't.

Today, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day -- where would I have been 100 years ago? Working below stairs polishing the master's silver or in a whalebone corset about to appear in a vaudeville act on the Titanic, perhaps.

We've come a long way, and there's a really long way to go. I do hope I see a female president in my lifetime. We need more female politicians generally, more women CEOs, and in the world of showbiz, more interesting film roles for women over 40 -- Meryl cant play both parts.

And let's age with dignity, ladies. The majority of surgeons who nip tuck and drag female features into a scary version of their former selves are men, and how do they know how women should look and feel?

And of course one thing men will never be able to feel, is the "kick inside" of a baby -- it's magical, and it's been the best thing of all about being a woman for me. So here's to my brilliant daughter's generation -- it's so exciting to watch you.

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Watch Tracey On "Real Time With Bill Maher" Tonight!

Friday, March 04, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Tracey will appear on tonight's show.  Be sure to tune into HBO @ 10 PM!

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Vulture’s Behind-the-Scenes Party Timeline of Oscar Weekend

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 expat 0 Comments

8 p.m. Huffington: Standing near the pass-through bar between Huffington’s study and a back hallway, Tracey Ullman shares a thought: “I like Colin Firth. I'm not a royalist — I'm anti-royalist — but I'm pro-Colin Firth. He's a lovely guy.”

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Bits: 02.27.11

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Bits: 02.14.11

Monday, February 14, 2011 expat 0 Comments

Sightings:

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Bits: 02.05.11

Saturday, February 05, 2011 expat 0 Comments

First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Here's the latest bits...

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