Yearly Archives: 2005

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Have A Safe And Happy New Year

Just wanted to wish everyone a fabulous Happy New Year. Please be safe tonight! As for the rest of the year, I wish you love, peace, and good health. Let’s ring out all the negative energy of this year, and ring in all that’s good. There ‘s new music up in the BLB Jukebox and BLB Records…all Bette again for your enjoyment. I also put up a couple of new polls as well! ArtWork: Sammy Miro As far as the Peggy Lee Songbook, it is, in general, getting rave reviews, but thanks to Sony’s big screw up, her CD, among others, was hurt by some negative publicity due to the copy protection flaws. That’s all fixed now, so start or keep buying as gifts. She’s still on the charts at number 177, but we need to get her up higher and at least get her a golden platter. Congrats to Bette in the year end issue of Billboard Magazine….she made 2 charts: The Top 25 Boxscores Chart: She came in at number 24 for her box office take for her performances at the Sydney Superdome. The Top 25 Tours Chart: She came in at number 22 for the Australian leg of her tour. There’s some KMB alumni news: Don’t forget to set your VCR or TIVO for Bruce Vilanch’s debut on Celebrity Fit Club 3 which debuts on VH1 tomorrow, Sunday, January 1, 2005. Myabe this will inspire all of us to stick to or motivate us to go on our diets! Anyway, good luck Mister V!!! Director Richard Jay-Alexander has had a stellar year…just one hit after another…his work with Amy Irving in “Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop” (opens off-Broadway March 2006), executive producing, along with Jay Landers, Bernadette Peter’s “Sondheim Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall,” directing cabaret shows with Debbie Boone, Andrea McArdle, Lea Salonga’s Carnegie Hall debut, his stellar work, along with Jay Landers, again, on Striesand’s DVD collection of TV specials, and his direction of Bernadette Peter’s upcoming national tour. Plus he helped put together many charity events this year, including Bette’s spring gala and Hulaween! Let’s hear it for the boy! Eric Kornfeld, Bette’s comedy writer for the last several years is about to embark on an international tour with The Hoff…or as he is known here…David Hasselhoff! This should be very fun, different, and challenging for Mr. Kornfeld. First stop, Australia! And let’s not forget Ms. Toni Basil: She has been working with Karen Black on a show that she conceived for Ms. Black entitled, A View of the Heart. (Black delivers a collection of glimpses into the lives of American women, from a poor black Mississippi Delta woman to a would-be wealthy divorcee to a mother who has lost her son, lending her distinctly personal singing style to music from Rodgers & Hart, Bessie Smith, David Bowie, Kris Kristofferson and others.) I believe this one woman show has already played, but you never know…it could have more life to it yet. So keep an eye out for this. Anyway, that’s about it….have to get ready for a little party. Be safe, Be Happy, and Have Fun! Love, Mister D
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Lesson Learned? Don’t F**K With The Consumers! :-)

Sony to settle copy-protection suits By Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY LOS ANGELES — Embattled music label Sony BMG Music Entertainment has agreed to settle consumer complaints about its controversial attempt to copy-protect CDs. Under terms of a settlement consolidating several lawsuits, Sony will give consumers who purchased an estimated 10 million CDs a combination of cash, replacement music and free downloads. The CDs — from artists including Alicia Keys, Santana, Neil Diamond and Bette Midler — used software from companies First 4 Internet and SunnComm that limited the number of times a CD could be copied on a PC. The software also made the PCs susceptible to viruses and spyware programs. In November, Sony recalled CDs using First 4 Internet’s XCP copy-protection software, offering consumers replacements. The label had said it wouldn’t recall SunnComm’s MediaMax CDs, but now says it will stop making them. Widespread problems with the CDs spawned several lawsuits against the label, including one by privacy advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation. The settlement, which must be approved by a New York court, consolidates most of them. A handful are still outstanding, including a lawsuit by Texas’ attorney general. In a statement, Sony BMG said it is “pleased to have reached this agreement with the class-action plaintiffs.” New York attorney Scott Kamber, who represents several individuals, said, “The settlement provides real value … in a timely manner.” To participate, consumers must complete a claim form and send Sony the original CD with a receipt. Other details: •Purchasers of the XCP discs are eligible for $7.50 cash and one free album download — or no cash and three free downloads — from a list of 200 albums from online services expected to include Apple’s iTunes Music Store, Napster and Sony Connect. •Consumers with CDs using the MediaMax software — including titles by Keys, Maroon 5 and Babyface -get either a replacement CD download or a replacement CD download and a free CD download, depending on which CD title was purchased. Settling the lawsuits so quickly “will do a lot to restore Sony BMG’s image,” says analyst Phil Leigh of Inside Digital Media. “People want CDs without restrictions,” he says. Sony BMG has said it is reassessing its future copy-protection plans. The flap has been “a major step back for copy protection,” says analyst Gene Munster at securities firm Piper Jaffray.
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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Beaches Q & A With Bonnie Bruckheimer
7:30pm on Tuesday January 17th, 2006 at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood

The Other Beaches Duo For 16 years, comedienne Bette Midler and producer Bonnie Bruckheimer were The All Girls Productions. On Tuesday, January 17th, the latter joins HMS for a stroll through the universe of Beaches. By FilmStew Staff It began in 1988 for producing partners Bette Midler and Bonnie Bruckheimer with, appropriately enough, a couple of illiterations – Big Business, starring Bette and Lily Tomlin as fraternal twins, and Beaches, the mother of all contemporary chick flicks headlined by Bette and Barbara Hershey. In between this impressive double debut and 2002’s Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, there were other “B” projects – For the Boys, Bette Midler in Concert, the TV series Bette and Some of My Best Friends. But overall, a lot has changed since this duo’s shingle of The All Girl Productions held court in the main-adjacent structure of the Disney lot. Michael Eisner is no longer the rising patriarch; Disney is no longer king of the animated roost; and the chick flick genre that Beaches relaunched has seen itself stumble of late at the domestic box office with the likes of Must Love Dogs and In Her Shoes. Still, in the shadow of a barely working Julia Roberts being reconfirmed by the Hollywood Reporter as Tinseltown’s top-paid female star, it will be interesting to hear the thoughts of Bonnie Bruckheimer as to the then, and now. Today, of course, her hubby Jerry Bruckheimer rules both the film and TV arenas, with on this coming year’s horizon such big screen efforts as Glory Road and another Pirates of the Caribbean. Like similar producer power couples Richard and Lauren Schulder-Donner, or Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, it takes a powerful mix of secure personalities to live and work in the same treacherous industry trenches. True, the Bruckheimers have done it less than these other esteemed pairings, but you can bet there’s still a lot of great pillow talk to be had, saucier than anything you’ll ever read in the trades. So, whether Beaches is your favorite three-hanky tearjerker or you’re simply in the mood for a bit of innocent nostalgia about Bette, Disney and the decade when greed was still simply good, plan on attending FilmStew sister company Hollywood’s Master Storytellers special presentation of Beaches. And perhaps, if you dare, you can ask the question about Barbara Hershey’s infamous collagen lip injections. [Hollywood’s Master Storytellers’ special presentation of Beaches, with a moderated Q&A featuring producer Bonnie Bruckheimer, will begin at 7:30pm on Tuesday January 17th, 2006 at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood. Tickets are available online or at the theatre box office. Twice a month or more, Hollywood’s Master Storytellers showcases some of the motion picture industry’s most fascinating storytellers. Since its launch in January 2003, HMS has been host to such luminaries as Jeffrey Katzenberg (Shrek 2), Art Linson and Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Stan Lee (X2: X-Men United) and Frank Marshall (The Bourne Supremacy). Other HMS guests include James Cameron, Sidney Sheldon, Richard Donner and George Clooney.] Powered by
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7:30pm on Tuesday January 17th, 2006 at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood


Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Bette MSN Chat: Rough Draft (Thank You EZE!!!!)

Bette MSN Chat: Rough Draft (Thank You EZE!!!!) 12-21-2005

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Missing Martha: A Bette Repeat On Wednesday – December 28, 2005

Show: Martha Episode: 2005/12/28 – Bette Midler Network: (SYN) Syndicated Date: Wednesday – December 28, 2005 Time: 9/8c AM Duration: 1:00 About: Martha: 2005/12/28 – Bette Midler It’s an hour with the Divine Miss M. Bette Midler performs classics from legendary singer Peggy Lee. Martha teaches Bette Pumpkin Carving 101. Learn how to make a last-minute Halloween costume. Plus, make a spooky Halloween pumpkin that will make you the talk of the town.
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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Bette Midler Live Chat! December 21st at 7pm ET.
(Thanks Katrin for the alert!)

Log on to for a live chat with Bette Midler on Wednesday, December 21st at 7pm ET.

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Even Scarlett Johansson Gets Blown Away By “The Divne One”

Mister D: This is an excerpt from Ms. Smith’s column about the screening of “Match Point” in New York City. NYP Liz Smith December 16th, 2005 AFTER THE screening Woody, the en tire cast and stars such as Bette Midler, Willem Dafoe, Matthew Modine, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marcia Gay Harden, Michael Stipe, Jeff Daniels, Patricia Clarkson, Alec Baldwin, Josh Lucas, Helena Christensen, Michael Imperioli and dozens more jammed into the Harbor Room of the Soho Grand. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, who looks taller and even more dangerously alluring in person, bristled a bit when somebody jocularly referred to his character as a sociopath. “He’s not a sociopath. He’s a nice guy caught in an impossible situation!” O-kay! Photo: Peter Kramer (Bette chatting with Chaz Palminteri after the screening of Woody Allen’s “Match Point”) Miss Johansson, glamorously dressed in black, hair down in sexy waves and made-up to the nines, looked ravishing and is remarkably self-assured. The teenager she was just recently, is still touchingly evident. Although by now she should be used to parties, fawning, petting and compliments, she was stunned when Bette Midler approached, embraced her and said that she is on the cusp of gigantic stardom. “Bette Midler!” Scarlett gasped, after The Divine One had swept out. “Bette Midler!” The actress has worked nonstop, and though one feels she is level-headed enough to realize she could safely take a break, she also recognizes the merry-go-round of keeping herself “hot” and available. She has made remarkably intelligent choices, but surely the grind is killing? “Well, I like to work. But who doesn’t get tired,” she says, tugging modestly on her one-shoulder gown, so as to make sure it is only a shoulder that is revealed. “But I have my little dog. I have something warm and cuddly to come home to. That means a lot.” On screen she has just denoted every adult passion. In person, in a dark, crowded room where everybody begins their remarks with “Darling, you’re fabulous, the greatest . . . the biggest . . . the best . . . ” Scarlett Johansson keeps it real, warm and cuddly.
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Friday, December 16, 2005

2 New Polls Up

I put 2 new polls up. One was just too offensive, even for me! I didn’t get any complaints. I just found it offensive. Not sure how comedians get away with certain types of jokes, but I couldn’t do it–I’d always be apologizing. So to anyone who did find it offensive, my apologies. It was supposed to be funny, and in the spirit of the season, I deemed it not so funny. Love, Mister D
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Brian Heck ( Makes The New York Times!!!

Mister D: Although this isn’t really Bette-related, I couldn’t let this pass by. Brian is producer for the Wocka Wocka Festival: A Jim Henson Celebration, tomorrow at Symphony Space, in New York – where else???? I love New York!!! So congrats to him and to those who live there or around the vicinity, then please check it out! And don’t forget to drop by his fabulous Bette site, too, The New York Times A Marathon of Muppets By LAUREL GRAEBER Published: December 16, 2005 A concerned social worker finds a 6-year-old living without parents. The youngster does have attentive neighbors – a whole street of them, in fact – but no one who cares for him is remotely related to him. Shocked, the social worker sends him to Illinois to live with “his own kind.” Longing for his unconventional family, he soon runs away. This is not the latest news involving Child Protective Services, nor is it a plot for a Movie of the Week. The 6-year-old is Big Bird, and his quest to escape foster parent Dodos is the story behind “Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird,” the first film in the Wocka Wocka Festival: A Jim Henson Celebration, tomorrow at Symphony Space. “I tried to set up the day so we’d start off early with the things beneficial for the small kids,” said Brian J. Heck, the film festival’s producer. “They’re probably more familiar with the ‘Sesame Street’ characters than with the other Muppets.” But Mr. Heck, 28, knows them all. For him, the big three Muppet films are “The Muppet Movie,” “The Great Muppet Caper” and “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” all to be screened tomorrow. But he could not resist including “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” at 1 p.m. “Kermit plays Bob Cratchit,” Mr. Heck said. “Miss Piggy is Emily Cratchit, of course. There’s a tiny frog, Robin, Kermit’s nephew, and he plays Tiny Tim.” (In a nod to humanity, Michael Caine is Scrooge.) Most screenings are in the afternoon, but an evening show, also open to children, will feature “The Dark Crystal” (a Henson foray into “Lord of the Rings” territory) and “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” in which Kermit and Miss Piggy finally tie the knot. (No word on whether New York has recognized the union.) The Wocka Wocka Festival, tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street; (212) 864-5400. Tickets per screening: $10; children, students and ages 65+, $8; members, $6. All-day pass: $21. Schedules:
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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Recent Pics Of Bette On The Town (Thanks Caroline!)

Photo: Arnaldo Magnani Here’s a radiant Bette and guests arriving for her birthday party: Getty Images: Click Here Here’s Bette arriving to see Woody Allen’s latest, “Match Point”: Getty Images: Click Here Globe Photos: Click Here Love, Mister D PS: Well, that didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, but you get the picture. The birthday pics are stunning!
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