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‘Ricardos’ Stars Kidman, Bardem, Arianda and Simmons Discuss Bringing Iconic TV Personalities to Life



“I Love Lucy.” There isn’t a human being on Planet Earth who doesn’t love that show, but who would dare play characters that beloved in a new drama about Lucy and Desi? Crazy people, that’s who … and by crazy, we mean crazy-talented.

The marriage between Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz wasn’t picture-perfect, but in “Being the Ricardos,” the mega stars try to survive a week from Hollywood PR hell … which still can’t be as bad as trying to pronounce “Vitameatavegamin.”

If it wasn’t the chocolate factory scene, it was most definitely the hundreds of other episodes that made us all fall head over heels for Lucy. In “Being the Ricardos,” a new drama about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz during a week of shocking personal accusations and a political smear, the Hollywood power couple is put to the test.

Character from “Being the Ricardos”: “Does the FBI have a case against Lucy?”

Nicole Kidman (as Lucille Ball): “I need you to help me save my marriage.”

Alex Miranda: “I can’t picture a more nerve-racking role to take on. What is it you learned about Lucy that you didn’t know before?”

Nicole Kidman: “All of it. I mean, I was not somebody that knew much about her. Just how smart she was, how talented she was, what she was up against.”

For Nicole Kidman, playing Lucille is admittedly a monumental task.

Nicole Kidman (as Lucille Ball): “It’s all right. I got lost for a second.”

Nicole Kidman: “If you give us just two hours of your time, we promise to do everything we can not to disappoint you.”

But she says, before you think this is some carbon copy of the show…

Nicole Kidman: “We all love Lucy, but that’s been done, brilliantly!”

Javier Bardem is Desi Arnaz, one of the most famous Cuban-Americans ever.

Alex Miranda: “What is it that you learned about we Cubans after taking on this iconic Cuban role?”

Javier Bardem: “He’s a source of life. It’s amazing. The energy that he had, the love for the music, how accountable he was in his own skin and his own body, and how relentless he was in his strength.”

But there’s no “I Love Lucy” without Fred and Ethel.

J.K. Simmons: “Their relationship was a little tempestuous.”

Alex Miranda: “I’m the Lucy, you’re the Ethel. There’s kind of been that narrative forever. How do you think she handled that with 60 million people watching?”

Nina Arianda: “Vivian was a great theater actress. She was a leading lady. To go from that to then playing Ethel, and then being boxed in as Ethel, I could see how that could be painful.”

The “I Love Lucy” story is a complicated one, but, Nicole says, beautiful, too.

Nicole Kidman: “It has sadness, but it has extraordinary love as well.”

“Being the Ricardos” is being in theaters now, and it’s gonna be on Amazon Prime Video Dec. 21.

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Rosenberg Says He ’caused Discomfort for a Valued Colleague,’ Leading to Departure As FIU President



A statement from the now former president of Florida International University has provided new insight into his sudden departure.

In the statement, issued Sunday, Dr. Mark Rosenberg thanked the community for their concern and alluded to inappropriate conduct toward a colleague.

He said his exit from the post he held since 2009 came after years of being the caregiver for his wife.

Rosenberg wrote, “Rosalie, a Type 1 diabetic on insulin for 45 years, has advanced dementia, [multiple sclerosis], and is largely wheelchair bound. I have been her nightly caregiver for over a decade. But Rosalie’s condition entered a new stage in just the last few months, resulting in further cognitive debilitation. When I finally realized the impact that her condition had on my personal well-being in late October, 2021, I sought professional mental health services and am still under a specialist’s care.”

He went on to write, “Regrettably, these issues spilled over to my work, and I caused discomfort for a valued colleague. I unintentionally created emotional (not physical) entanglement. I have apologized. I apologize to you. I take full responsibility and regret my actions.”

Rosenberg then explained that, “In consultation with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, I realized that an immediate change would be healthy for all parties.”

Rosenberg’s departure on Friday night stunned students on campus.

“Honestly, I didn’t see it coming,” said FIU junior Maria Aguirre.

Rosenberg was the fifth president at FIU, taking the helm in 2009, and he was the first faculty member to ascend to that position. He’s credited with increasing enrollment to 58,000 students and improving the graduation rate by 23%.

“He was a really good president. I’m definitely going to remember him,” said FIU junior Katherine Cadavid.

But despite rave reviews and more than a decade of leadership, conspicuously missing from Friday afternoon’s Board of Trustees emergency meeting to appoint a new president was any mention of Rosenberg’s long list of accomplishments. In fact, his name was never mentioned at all.

The board addressed the matter in their own statement, also issued Sunday.

Dean Colson with FIU’s Board of Trustees wrote that Rosenberg’s statement “provides insight into why the Board did not believe Friday was the appropriate time to celebrate the many accomplishments of FIU the past 13 years. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the events requiring his resignation.”

The only FIU official to mention his name publicly was the school’s new interim president, Dr. Kenneth Jessell, during a taped video message released Friday night.

“I want to thank former President Mark Rosenberg for his leadership and hard work in helping to make FIU what it is today. I know that we will continue to elevate our university to new heights.”

Rosenberg said he is now seeking additional help for his wife through the “inevitable progression of her condition.”

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Carvalho Hosts Last Meal Distribution in Miami Before Move to Los Angeles



Alberto Carvalho hosted his last meal distribution as superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

M-DCPS on Sunday provided 1,000 meals to local families who continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, held near Northwest Eighth Street and 80th Avenue in Miami, is Carvalho’s last community feeding before he takes over the reins as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Through the Family Meals-on-the-Go program, M-DCPS has partnered with individual donors, local organizations and local restaurant owners who donate funds to purchase food from local restaurants.


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Miami-Dade School Board to Interview 3 Candidates Amid Superintendent Search



Who will be Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ next superintendent? An upcoming meeting will likely prove instrumental to the three candidates currently vying for the position.

The Miami-Dade School Board has set up a special meeting on Monday afternoon. The applicants will be interviewed during the meeting.

Outgoing M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will be replaced by either Dr. Jose Dotres, Dr. Rafaela Espinal or Jacob Oliva.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the School Board Administration Building in Miami.


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