Preserving ‘Mary Poppins’
Just in time for a new movie about the making of “Mary Poppins,” the 1964 Disney classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress so future generations of Americans can see it.
Wednesday, the library inducted 25 films into the National Film Registry to be preserved for their cultural, historical or cinematic significance. This year’s selections include Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” the space race film “The Right Stuff,” and Michael Moore’s documentary confronting the auto industry, “Roger and Me.”
‘Lucy’ Christmas memories
Lucille Ball’s classic antics are colorized in an “I Love Lucy” holiday special airing on CBS. But daughter Lucie Arnaz’s vivid family Christmas memories don’t require any embellishment to shine.
Arnaz says her parents, Ball and Desi Arnaz, made the most of the holiday at their Beverly Hills home in the 1950s. Arnaz and her brother, Desi Arnaz Jr., reveled in it.
“It was the only time of the year when there wasn’t stress,” recalled Arnaz, an actress-singer who tours nationally in concert. “There was a lot of stress because of how hard they worked, and their marriage wasn’t doing well. But Christmas was always a good time.”
Ball made their Beverly Hills house elegant, Arnaz said.
Robertson angers gays
GLAAD has condemned “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson in the wake of inflammatory remarks about gay people.
In January’s issue of GQ, Robertson said that “homosexual offenders” will not “inherit the Kingdom of God” and graphically compared several body parts.
The gay rights group was quick to denounce his comments. In a statement, GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz slammed the Robertson family patriarch:
“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans – who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors, who now need to re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”
Superman and JFK
Comic book publisher DC Entertainment says it has acquired the art drawn by artist Al Plastino for a 1964 comic featuring President John F. Kennedy and Superman, and will donate it to the JFK Library in Boston.
Last month, Heritage Auctions withdrew original artwork for the 1964 comic book from an auction. Plastino had found it on display at New York Comic Con in October.
Plastino drew the comic and had thought “Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy” in “Superman” No. 170 was donated to Boston’s Kennedy Library decades ago. Heritage says the initial seller of the art had bought it in 1993.
Plastino died late last month at age 91.