Tracey Attends Meryl Streep's Daughter's Wedding
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Official Press Release - Tracey Ullman's State of the Union Season 3 DVD
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 expat 0 Comments
Tracey Ullman: “The Queen Of Characterization.” State of The Union DVD
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 expat 0 Comments
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.
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
Update on "State of the Union" Season 3 DVD
Monday, July 11, 2011 expat 0 Comments
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.
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.
New Blaaahg: Arianna And Me by Tracey Ullman
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 expat 0 Comments
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
Complete Casting Announced for Almeida Theatre's 'My City', Starring Tracey Ullman
Saturday, July 02, 2011 expat 0 Comments
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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