Friday, October 19, 2018

Bette Midler Makes A Cameo During A Michael Kors Interview – Video

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Murphy Brown: More On Bette Midler And Her Appearance

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Murphy Brown: More On Bette Midler And Her Appearance
by 
Denise Petski
October 18, 2018

Midler was nominated for an Emmy (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series)  for her cameo as Caprice, another in a long line 0f Murphy's doomed secretaries.

Murphy Brown: Midler was nominated for an Emmy (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series)  for her cameo as Caprice, another in a long line 0f Murphy’s doomed secretaries.

Some hefty star power is coming to Murphy Brown. Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Bette Midler (Hello, Dolly!; Beaches; First Wives Club), Golden Globe nominee Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan, Jane The Virgin, Law & Order SVU), Emmy and Tony winner John Larroquette (Night Court, The Librarians) Emmy-winning news anchor Katie Couric (CBS Evening News, NBC’s Today show) and SAG winner Peter Gallagher (The O.C., Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) are all set to guest star in upcoming Season 1 episodes of the CBS/WBTV comedy starring Candice Bergen. Read More

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bette Midler Announces She’s Joining the Hocus Pocus Reunion Special

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Bette Midler Announces She’s Joining the Hocus Pocus Reunion Special
MARIA PASQUINI
October 18, 2018

Bette Midler Announces She’s Joining the Hocus Pocus Reunion Special

Something wicked this way comes — and we couldn’t be more excited!

Almost a month after Freeform first announced its Hocus Pocus 25th anniversary special, original star Bette Midler finally confirmed that she’d be joining in on the fun.

“Wait, wait a minute,” Midler, 72, said in a video posted on Freeform’s YouTube page, while assuming the voice of her Hocus Pocus character Winifred Sanderson.

“What’s a Sanderson sister celebration without Winifred?” she asked with a smile.

The video confirmed that she would be joining fellow stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Thora Birch in the special, which will air Oct. 20 as part of Freeform’s 31 of Nights of Halloween lineup. Read More

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Video: Then She Found Me – Bette Midler Interview

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Billy Crystal to be eighth ever honoree with the Friars Club’s Entertainment Icon Award – Bette Midler Will Roast

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Billy Crystal to be eighth ever honoree with the Friars Club’s Entertainment Icon Award – Bette Midler Will Roast
By BRIAN NIEMIETZ

Billy Crystal to be eighth ever honoree with the Friars Club

The Friar’s Club Roasters:  Bette Midler, Marc Shaiman, Robert DeNiro, Meg Ryan, and more…


He’s marvelous.

Funnyman Billy Crystal will be honored with the Friars’ Club Entertainment Icon Award on Nov. 12. The “Mr. Saturday Night” star is the eighth person in the club’s 114-year history to receive the tribute.

Crystal joins club members Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, and Tony Bennett as Entertainment Icon Award winners.

Friars Club executive director Michael Gyure looks forward to hosting Crystal at the sure to be a star-studded presentation ceremony at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Read More

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Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty: BWBB/Impressions/Interview – Forsyth’s – 1978 – Video

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Bette Midler, Studio 60, Joey: Why These 3 Anticipated TV Shows Fell Flat

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Bette Midler, Studio 60, Joey: Why These 3 Anticipated TV Shows Fell Flat
By Molly St. Louis

Bette Midler, Studio 60, Joey: Why These 3 Anticipated TV Shows Fell Flat

Last year, 487 scripted series aired on broadcast, cable and streaming outlets. This year, Netflix alone has cranked out about 700 original series.

Let that sink in for a second. Yeah, that’s a whole lot of content. And the fact that we consume so much content has had some interesting side effects.

Whether we realize it or not, average viewers are now astute dramaturges, who can sniff out weak storylines, disingenuous performances and poor social commentaries. So naturally, we get wildly disappointed when new shows don’t live up to our expectations. Read More

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Bette Midler is radiant in red at the Golden Heart Awards Last Night – Video And Photos

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Golden Heart Awards: Bette Midler is radiant in red
By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 22:26 EDT, 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 01:20 EDT, 17 October 2018

 

Mister D: And this my friends is how to handle a fucked up, too sensitive, and over-judgemental society. Especially when your intent was good, but nobody cared, It’s fun to attack people because you think that it puts you on the morally superior high ground. But the really intelligent people understand that you’ve more than likely been misjudged yourself at some point. What lesson are you going to bring to the table?

The Hocus Pocus actress matched her hair to the garment, sporting red bangs for the evening.

Bette Midler is radiant in red at the Golden Heart Awards… after her ‘women are the N-word of the world’ controversy. Read More

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

This Day In History: Bette Midler’s Thighs And Whispers CD Was Released On October 16, 1979

This Day In History: Bette Midler's Thighs And Whispers CD Was Released On October 16, 1979

This Day In History: Bette Midler’s Thighs And Whispers CD Was Released On October 16, 1979

The album’s title is a humorous play on Cries and Whispers, influential Swedish film-maker Ingmar Bergman‘s 1973 movie.

The song “Millworker”, written by James Taylor, is from the short-lived Broadway production of Working. Midler’s recording of “Married Men” reached the top 40 of the U.S. Club Play Singleschart. The song was also a UK top 40 hit for Bonnie Tyler the same year. Tyler’s version was the theme to the British film The World Is Full of Married Men. Read More

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Audio: Bette Midler – Superstar – (Burt Bacharach Special) – 1973

Bette Midler – Superstar – (Burt Bacharach Special) – 1973
Bette Midler - Superstar - (Burt Bacharach Special) - 1973

Audio: Bette Midler – Superstar – (Burt Bacharach Special) – 1973

  • Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett wrote this song, which is about a woman who falls for a rock star, has a tryst with him, but then in a bout of delusion awaits his return, apparently falling for it when he said he loved her.
    The word “Groupie” was just entering the lexicon when Russell and Bramlett wrote this song in 1969; Rolling Stone popularized it when they titled the cover story of their February 15, 1969 issue “The Groupies and Other Girls.” Groupies were often romanticized and admired for their style and fashion, but they were also at times denigrated as rock star playthings with a loose grip on reality, which is how they are portrayed in this song.
  • Delaney & Bonnie were the first to record this song, releasing it as the B-side of their 1969 single “Comin’ Home.” At the time, the song was called “Groupie (Superstar).” Rita Coolidge then began performing the song on Joe Cocker’s 1970 Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. A young Bette Midler started performing the song later in the year, and Richard Carpenter heard the song for the first time when Bette Midler performed it on The Tonight Show. Richard knew it could be a hit for the Carpenters, so he reworked the song in their style and recorded it, resulting in the most successful version. (Thanks to Dan Levitin, who got this from an interview with Richard Carpenter.)
  • A line in the second verse was considered too lyrically risqué at the time and was changed by Richard Carpenter to better fit the duo’s image. The Carpenters’ version of the lyric, “And I can hardly wait to be with you again” is “And I can hardly wait to sleep with you again” in the original version.
  • Richard Carpenter received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for this song. It was the second of five nominations Carpenter received for his arrangements. He didn’t win any, although this is an impressive accomplishment. 
  • When the Carpenters version became a hit, Bette Midler took some shots at Karen Carpenter, often mocking her wholesome image. Karen claimed the jokes didn’t bother her, and after her death, Midler apologized in Redbook magazine and said she often thinks of Karen.
  • In 1987, a movie called Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story was released and shown at film festivals. The director, Todd Haynes, didn’t secure the rights to the songs, and the film was pulled after Richard Carpenter filed suit.
  • The alternative rock band Sonic Youth covered this in 1994 for the Carpenters tribute album If I Were A Carpenter. Released as a single with Redd Kross’ version of “Yesterday Once More” as the listed flip side, it peaked at #45 in the UK. Sonic Youth’s version later featured in the 2007 movie Juno where Jason Bateman’s character plays it to Juno. It is included on the film’s soundtrack.
  • In the movie Tommy Boy, Chris Farley and David Spade cry their eyes out listening to this song, which plays as they are driving along. They hit a moose before the song ends..
  • Luther Vandross did a medley of this song and “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” that reached #87 in 1984.
  • Ruben Studdard brought this song to a new audience when he performed it on Season 2 of American Idol. He won the competition, and “Superstar” was released as his first single along with “Flying Without Wings,” which for chart purposes was designated as the A-side and reached #2 behind “This Is The Night” from Clay Aiken, who finished second to Studdard on the show.
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