TV & VIDEO
Loving Lucy: Lucille Ball's long-lost memoir will be released this October by the Putnam Berkley Group. The publication--timed to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the "I Love Lucy" show--will be edited by the late comedian's daughter, Lucie Arnaz. A paperback edition will be released a year later by Berkley Books. Ball wrote the untitled memoir in the early 1960s, but it was only recently discovered. The memoir covers Lucy's childhood, her early days as a model in New York City, and her successes in Hollywood and in the formative days of the television industry.
Austen Gives A&E; 'Pride': "Pride and Prejudice," a three-part BBC miniseries based on the Jane Austen novel, scored A&E; its highest ratings in the cable network's history. Airing last Sunday through Tuesday nights, "Pride and Prejudice" was seen in an average of 3.71 million homes each night. That outperformed A&E;'s previous top-rated miniseries, 1993's "The Face of Tutankhamen," by 50%, A&E; officials said. "Pride and Prejudice" will be repeated over three Saturdays, beginning Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.
Donald's Ducky: Contrary to an item published in Thursday's Morning Report, the Walt Disney Cartoon Classics video "Fun on the Job" is available at Walmart stores nationwide, the store chain says. A company spokesman had told The Times on Wednesday that the video had been removed from all Walmart stores after an employee in a Michigan store claimed "Clock Cleaners," a 1937 short featured on the video, contained a profanity uttered by Donald Duck. However, Walmart now says its spokespeople were misinformed, and that the video was pulled only from the Michigan store while the tape was reviewed. It now has been returned to that store's shelves.
Special 'Toy Story' Oscar: John Lasseter, director and co-writer of Disney's "Toy Story," will receive a Special Achievement Oscar during the March 25 Academy Awards. The Academy said Lasseter will be honored for "the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film." Lasseter isn't new to Oscar--he won back-to-back Gold Medal Student Academy Awards in 1979 and 1980.
'Evita' Attacks: An Argentine Parliament member has presented a resolution calling for the whole cast of director Alan Parker's "Evita" to be declared "personae non grata." "It's an attack on our history, offensive to our dignity, an attack on Peronists, a humiliating lie," Peronist deputy Marta Rivadera said of the upcoming film. Parker arrived Thursday in Buenos Aires to shoot his version of the hit Broadway musical in which Madonna is cast as Evita and Antonio Banderas as leftist rebel Ernesto "Che" Guevara. In a country where many still worship former first lady Eva Peron years after her death, graffiti such as "Evita lives! Get out Madonna" has been splashed over walls near Buenos Aires' airport and in parts of downtown.
POP & CLASSICAL MUSIC
Making Claims on Garcia Estate: Jerry Garcia's high school sweetheart, acupuncturist and personal trainer are among those who have made claims on the late Grateful Dead singer's estate. Claims totaling $38 million were filed by Thursday's deadline. The largest were for $15.6 million and $12 million from two art agents, one of whom said he was Garcia's personal manager. Among the other claimants is Barbara Meler of Taos, N.M., who seeks $21,000, saying Garcia, her high school sweetheart, had promised to marry her in 1992. Garcia left a third of his estate to his widow, Deborah Koons Garcia, whom he married in 1994. The rest is earmarked for four daughters, his brother, his former wife and the daughter of author Ken Kesey. The estate's value has not been disclosed.
Perlman to Launch New Venue: Wings at DC3, a 299-seat concert hall adjacent to the Santa Monica Airport restaurant, plans to offer a series of pop and classical music concerts this spring after officially opening next Wednesday night with a benefit performance by violinist Itzhak Perlman. Officials at the facility, which is located in the same building that houses the Museum of Flying, plan to launch the series in March; the inaugural season's lineup will be announced next month. Tickets for the Perlman performance are $500 and $1,000, including dinner. Proceeds benefit the organization TreePeople.
Jazz singer Eliane Elias' scheduled performance Friday night at Borders Bookstore in Westwood was canceled when she came down with a severe case of the flu. Plans are in the works for the Grammy-nominated artist to reschedule the Borders show when she returns to Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards on Feb. 28. . . . Demi Moore has signed a three-year deal with Universal Pictures for her Moving Pictures production company to make films in which she would star for the studio. The deal also covers possible future TV projects. . . . Jonathan Frakes ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") will host "Borderline," a new reality series for the UPN network about "the human element of the paranormal." The show premieres March 12, replacing the canceled Tuesday 9 p.m. hour "Live Shot." . . . Pauly Shore will be at the Beverly Center's Sam Goody store today at 1 p.m. to sign copies of Priority Records' "Bio-Dome" soundtrack.