Tuesday, June 30, 2009
- July 14, 2009 -
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For those who were unlucky to have missed the final two seasons of Tracey Takes On..., Eagle Rock Entertainment is now making it possible for them to catch the comedic genius that is Tracey Ullman. And for those many, many fans who have seen some or all of these highly entertaining shows, this is the perfect opportunity to not only re-live some of the funniest moments on television, but to also be treated to SEVENTY-TWO minutes of never-ever-before-seen footage.
With each episode focusing on a particular theme (Sports, Love, Agents, Loss, etc,) and a varied guest performer, Tracey Ullman does what she does best...keep her audience thoroughly entertained to the point where we can't wait to see her again and again.
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Friday, June 26, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
While mostly complimentary to Obama in her opening monologue, host and comedian Tracey Ullman used her perch and British lineage to weigh in on wearing a cardigan to meet the queen--a royal don't, she said.
In what the New York Times dubbed as more of a "pep rally" than an awards show, the CFDA event this year did at times oscillate from a pat on the back to younger designers and a bit of a roast for the more established ones. Unlike past years, where the big players swept the awards, this year, the ceremony handed out honors to newer talent.
The winners included Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte for women’s wear, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler for accessories, and, in a tie, Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders and Italo Zucchelli of Calvin Klein for men’s wear, Alexander Wang won for emerging talent in women’s wear, and Tim Hamilton and Subversive's Justin Giunta won the same for men's and accessories, respectively.
Of course, many of fashion's old gaurd were nominated and Ralph Lauren won the new "popular" award where fashion fans could vote on their favorite designer.
However, it was probably a wise choice to pick Ullman, known for her obsessive knitting more than her fashion, to rib the audience a bit as the evening wore on. “The most important thing is to go back to basics, and remind ourselves why we fell in love with fashion in the first place,” Ullman said. “As long as you have a single needle and a spool of thread — and a first-rate marketing team — you can do it.”
And the designers seemed in on the joke before the ceremony even began--several took promo pics for the event wearing over-the-top garb (specifically Marc Jacobs in a bunny ear hat and Jason Wu in an evening gown over a tux). Because, after all, what's fashion without at sense of humor?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Cabler greenlights third season of 'Union'
In the half-hour laffer, Ullman portrays a variety of real-life and fictional characters, doing impersonations of celebrities such as Celine Dion, Jodie Foster and J.K. Rowling.
Cabler ordered seven episodes for the new season, with a launch set for 2010.
Ullman was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work on the show last season.
Ullman and Allan McKeown are exec producers. Melissa Wylie is producer.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Tracey, back in the Tracey Takes On... days. Test make-up photos of Sheneesha, Ruby, and Chic! The prosthetic make-up was done by Bari Dreiband-Berman (pictured), and Thomas R. Burman, back in those days. They also did Tracey's face prosthetics for The Tracey Ullman Show. Their work won them numerous Emmy Awards.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
WHO'S THAT GIRL?
STAR TARGET: Tracey Ullman's State of the Union is making headway in the US
Sunday June 14,2009
COMEDIENNE Tracey Ullman wears many disguises in her new smash-hit US TV show. British-born Tracey speaks to SANDRO MONETTI about how she’s become a big star in America but can’t sell her series in the UK.
She’s Britain’s most successful comedy export but Tracey Ullman risks becoming a forgotten figure back home.
For no UK channel has bought her latest smash-hit US series, State Of The Union, and the snub has wiped the smile off the comedienne’s face.
Stateside success has brought Ullman a personal fortune of £75million, making her our wealthiest comic, but it seemingly can’t buy her respect in Britain.
“We’re struggling to sell the show to the BBC,” admits Tracey, 49.
“Maybe it’s just not sexy enough for the current TV climate there now.”
The series – in which she hilariously impersonates stars like Renée Zellweger, Helen Mirren and even David Beckham, as well as a series of American stereotypes – seems perfect for the YouTube generation with its fast-paced, fun sketches but it hasn’t sufficiently impressed bosses at the BBC who gave Ullman her start in Eighties shows like Three Of A Kind.
Yet the Beeb has been badly wrong about her comedic instincts before – most notably when they screened her first US series, The Tracey Ullman Show, in 1987.
That one featured the TV debut of animation sensations The Simpsons, who appeared in short films between the sketches.
Ullman recalled: “The BBC said the only thing they didn’t like about the show was those weird little animated characters and suggested maybe they could get rid of them because they would never catch on.”
Tracey won that battle and The Simpsons spun off into their own show which, 20 series later, has become the longest-running series in US television history.
Having been there at the beginning, Tracey also gets an annual share of the show’s profits and that’s what is largely responsible for her huge wealth.
Like The Simpsons, she has been a constant fixture on US screens for the past two decades, in her own shows and specials, in TV guest roles ranging from playing Ally McBeal’s therapist to a dog trainer on The Simpsons, and also in movies including Small Time Crooks and Plenty, but she is getting the best reviews of her career for State Of The Union, a comedic look at her adopted country’s obsession with celebrities, which is now in its second series.
Tracey, who has lived in America for 25 years, recently became a US citizen and feels that fact has freed her up to be funnier. She explains: “I feel I can say a little bit more about the country now that I feel a part of it and can do so without the fear of being carted off to Guantanamo Bay.”
Although she mocks America on screen, she has a great deal of affection for the country in which her show business dreams have come true.
“It’s a very ‘can do’ society. In Britain you hear a lot of ‘that’ll never work’ but here people are willing to take risks.”
She is the only foreign comedienne to have success on US TV and, as such, Ullman is something of a standard bearer for aspirational Brits in Hollywood.
Tracey was an inspirational figure for Nigel Lythgoe, the British choreographer, TV producer and Popstars judge who in this decade became a major figure in US TV as producer of American Idol and judge on So You Think You Can Dance.
He says: “I choreographed Tracey on Three Of A Kind back in England and I believe that her success in America inspired so many of us Brits to believe we could also make a career for ourselves in that wonderful country.”
Last month Lythgoe, along with the likes of Cat Deeley, Russell Brand, Peter Kay and Sharon Osbourne, was in the audience when Tracey received the Charlie Chaplin Career Achievement Award at the British Comedy Festival in Los Angeles.
Humbled and thrilled by the honour, Ullman said: “It’s a lovely thing and a nice achievement that makes me think about all I’ve done and how far I’ve come.”
The Slough-born star enjoys triumphs now but it was a tragedy that first made her a performer.
When she was six-year-old her father, Antony, suffered a heart attack while reading her a bedtime story and died.
To cheer up her distraught mother, Dorin, Tracey would put on shows in her mother’s bedroom. She would draw the curtains, use the windowsill as a stage and Dorin would sit on the bed laughing.
At 12, Tracey enrolled at the Italia Conti stage school where she developed her singing, dancing, acting and comedic talents.
Soon after leaving she joined the Second Generation dance troupe, graduated into West End musical roles and then moved into comedy and was spotted by the BBC.
They cast her in sketch shows A Kick Up The Eighties, with Rik Mayall, and then the hugely popular Three Of A Kind, alongside Lenny Henry and David Copperfield.
She followed that with ITV sitcom Girls On Top, co-starring Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
Tracey also launched a successful pop career despite having a voice that Melody Maker described as “Minnie Mouse mixed with the Supremes”.
She had three top 10 hits in 1983 with Breakaway, They Don’t Know and Move Over Darling.
Her records were popular in America too and the fun videos had lots of play on MTV, which brought her to the attention of talent-spotting Hollywood producers. A
mong them was James L Brooks, who created The Tracey Ullman Show for her and saw it become an instant hit.
Ullman had moved to LA with her British husband – Auf Wiedersehen Pet producer Allan McKeown – to make the show and they are still there now, and still happy after 25 years of marriage.
Tracey says of her husband: “He’s the funny one in our house. He can’t sing, he can’t dance, he can’t act but he’s hilarious.”
The couple have two children, Mabel, 23, and Jon, 17.
She worked with Allan on a string of other acclaimed shows, including Tracey Takes On and A Class Act, which made her a beloved figure in US comedy.
Ullman has won America’s most coveted TV award, the Emmy, seven times and been inducted into the country’s Museum of Television.
Yet her greatest triumph could be her latest one. US critics reviewing State Of The Union have compared her work in it to the likes of Lenny Bruce and Robin Williams at their best.
If the show doesn’t get seen in Britain, Tracey won’t have a Susan Boyle-style meltdown over it.
She says: “I’m not some sad psychological case. I’m a pretty sensible person. I like to sit and watch documentaries on TV and knit. I’m quite happy to be me.”
The star of State Of The Union is also happy about the state of her career.
She smiles: “I’ve come a long way from my mother’s windowsill.”
Thursday, June 11, 2009
11 June, 2009 | By Will Hurrell
Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union, produced by Allan McKeown Presents… has been commissioned for a third series by US cable channel Showtime.
Written by and starring Ullman (above, as Renée Zellweger), the sketch show was reordered by Showtime president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt.
C21Media also confirms.
Author Lucyfur ®
Date/Time 11 Jun 2009 8:46:09am
Subject Tracy Ullman state of the union
Watched Tracy Ullman last night, now that is satire! The chaser boys could do worse than to watch her for some tips on creating socially relivant satrical sketch comedy :) :) :) :) :)
Author earle qaeda ®
Date/Time 11 Jun 2009 12:10:08pm
Subject Re: Tracy Ullman state of the union
I enjoyed it. Some good stuff there. Particularly enjoyed the Airport X-ray diagnosis, the Bollywood chemist & the soldier mum on leave - "See ya kid. I gotta go back to Iraq but Daddy will be getting leave from Afghanistan in two weeks..."
Did anyone else catch this last night? I loved it! I've always liked her stuff, but this seems punchier, and more political than I'm used to.
As well as Twitter entries:
Tracey Ullman's State of the Union..on ABC at 8.30pm! You'll love it! :P
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
June 10, 2009 02:23pm
THE Chaser's War On Everything will return to the ABC on June 24 as planned after two weeks in the sin bin, the national broadcaster says.However, it's still unclear whether the current 10-part series of the satirical television comedy program will be reduced to eight episodes.
Stars of the program apologised last week for a skit depicting dying children making deathbed wishes, which was subsequently cut from online broadcasts.
Public outrage led ABC management to pull the series for a fortnight while it conducted a review of its editorial approval processes.
A corporate affairs spokeswoman for the broadcaster was unable to confirm whether ABC management had met with the Chaser team to discuss the remaining episodes.
"They are back on air after two weeks and that was confirmed in the statement we put out last week,'' she said.
"So they will be back on Wednesday the 24th.
"I'm not quite sure of any subsequent meetings that have happened since or if there is anything else to report out of it at this stage.''
The program's slot tonight and next week will be replaced with Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union, an American satirical comedy series.
A Chaser team spokesman said an internal review was being carried out and the show would be back on air in two weeks.
Debate is raging about the show on social networking site Facebook, with more than 750 people joining a group calling on the ABC to scrap the program and another group with more than 500 members saying the show shouldn't be censored.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
- By David Knox on June 10, 2009
- Filed Under Programming
Well there’s no denying who’s funny and who isn’t here. The wonderful Tracey Ullman has been announced as the replacement programme for The Chaser’s War on Everything beginning tonight.
Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union is another collection of irreverent skits that sees the acclaimed performer take on everything from Laura Bush to Renee Zellwegger (pictured) to Bollywood musicals.
ABC originally slated this over summer, but it failed to surface.
The US comedy will also replace the suspended show on ABC2 on Thursday nights.
The remainder of the series will screen on ABC1 Tuesday’s at 9:25pm beginning June 23. .
This bumps Mumbai Calling which will now have its finale (ep 7) on June 16. Unaired eps are yet to be announced.
ABC will return Chaser from June 24.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Diane Von Furstenburg has asked Tracey Ullman to be the host of the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards on June 15. It's no wonder DVF chose her. The insanely funny Ullman is often spoofing fashion players as an obvious form of adoration for fashion. The New York Times states" She is a big collector of Claire McCardell, one of the originators of the American fashion industry, and can casually drop into a conversation references to Christian Lacroix's financial troubles, Iris Apfel's eccentric style and the insistence of fashion magazines to churn out issues about how to dress for your age."
Ullman is such a huge Claire McCardell fan and collector, that she might be wearing Claire McCardell to the awards. My esteemed colleague and fellow fellow fashion dealer, Angela of Dorthea's Closet Vintage, recently sold Ms. Ullman a gorgeous Claire McCardell dress in black with bow details.The Vintage Fashion Guild has provided a fantastic biography of Claire McCardell.
I was lucky enough to acquire one Claire McCardell in my vintage fashion career. I hope to score many more. The thing about Claire McCardell, her designs and her philosophy about fashion, is that she would find herself right at home in these tough economic times.
She wanted to design clothes that were practical yet beautiful and also affordable. Fashion for the every day woman. We are bombarded with supposed new looks every season - must haves, trends to wear. But McCardell's designs are so timeless, that the fashion industry in 2009 still finds much inspiration from her work. Diana Vreeland once stated that one of her dresses was "pathetic". She later supported the understated designer.
McCardell was not out to create a "New Look" or a shocking statement through waist lines and crinolines. She wanted to design for real women, with practical needs for fashion. ''We look at her as the founder of democratic American fashion,'' said F.I.T. curator Valerie Steele in a 1998 article in the NY Times.
Given that the honored guest of the evening will be Michelle Obama, a woman who mixes American contemporary designers with mass produced, affordable fashion, I think Claire McCardell would've been proud to have her creation appear on stage for an award ceremony that celebrates the casual elegance of American design.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
And then there are those longtime couples who, prompted by the Obamas’ date night, looked across their breakfast tables last week and liked what they saw. Tracey Ullman, who stars in the Showtime series “State of the Union,” recalled that in December, her husband took her to Paris for their 25th anniversary and gave her a special ring.
“He wanted to get me a necklace,” Ms. Ullman recalled, “but my daughter, Mabel, said, ‘You’ve been married to her for 25 years, Dad! Haven’t you noticed, she doesn’t have a neck?’ ”
True, Ms. Ullman said: “I really don’t. But Allan has never noticed. He just said to Mabel, ‘But she has a lovely neck!’ ”
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Boomer: "Jason Segel NOT submitted for 'How I Met Your Mother' (very surprising given his recent film success). 'Saturday Night Live' got around the lack of (a category for best) variety performance and submitted Justin Timberlake and Tina Fey in the comedy guest acting categories (no other hosts from this season, believe it or not). Tracey Ullman and the 'Little Britain' guys also got around the variety performance problem by submitting in the comedy supporting categories (even though they are the stars of their shows).
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thu, 06/04/2009 - 10:08am by FabSugar
When funny girl Tracey Ullman received this message from Diane von Furstenberg, "Hello, it's D.V.F. You have no excuse this year, Tracey. Call me back," she knew she would be hosting the CFDA Awards in June. You may not know this, but Ullman is a huge fashion lover; combine that with her comedy and it's no wonder von Furstenberg chose her. As for entertaining the CFDA crowd, Ullman said she's tempted to prod designers on how they feel about invented celebrities — touché. "You can imagine," said Ullman, "Oscar de la Renta being shown a picture of Lauren Conrad, and saying, 'Oh, if only we can get her to hold our purse!'"
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
By ERIC WILSON
Published: June 3, 2009
THE voice on Tracey Ullman’s answering machine was unmistakable.
“Hello, it’s D.V.F. You have no excuse this year, Tracey. Call me back.”
Repeating this message the other day, Ms. Ullman, the actress and comedian, put on an impersonation of Diane Von Furstenberg’s distinctive honey-dipped-frog drawl that was so pitch perfect it was hard to tell for certain that she hadn’t just hit the play button. It was uncanny, really, but this will not surprise followers of “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union” series on Showtime.
On an episode this season, Ms. Ullman appeared in one skit as Donna Karan, designing new robes for the Supreme Court justices, and in another as Miuccia Prada, showing a collection inspired by the pastel prairie dresses worn by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. (“Viva polygamy,” she says at the end of the show.)
Ms. Ullman’s proclivity for spoofing the designer community and its oddball characters is largely rooted in her admiration for fashion. She is a big collector of Claire McCardell, one of the originators of the American fashion industry, and can casually drop into a conversation references to Christian Lacroix’s financial troubles, Iris Apfel’s eccentric style and the insistence of fashion magazines to churn out issues about how to dress for your age.
“I love the idea of how to look good in your 30s and your 40s,” she said. “And when you get to your 70s, they all just give you this beautiful big hood to wear, a silk bag with a grosgrain ribbon from Jil Sander.”
Her interest in style, and her irreverent wit, led Ms. Von Furstenberg to ask her to host the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards on June 15. The crowd can be tough, as Simon Doonan of Barneys New York can attest after insulting André Leon Talley’s turban last year. But Ms. Ullman was not yet sure if she would be taking aim at designers who might be in the room. She was more tempted, she said, by exploring how those designers familiar with the fading era of New York society are adapting to the modern world of invented celebrities.
“You can imagine,” Ms. Ullman said, “Oscar de la Renta being shown a picture of Lauren Conrad, and saying, ‘Oh, if only we can get her to hold our purse!’ ”