Monthly Archives: March 2005

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Stuff Like That There: 03-31-05

Paul K from Everything Entertainment wrote to inform us that Shout! Factory will be releasing the A & E biography on DVD presumably on June 7, 2005. The great thing is that this DVD will have a ton of extras, including 3 full performances. This is all that’s known for now, but Paul promises to keep us posted and you can also check out his site on this thread. He may also be getting the artwork for us to see ahead of time. Darrell from Bette On The Boards, as you remember was involved in this project, as was BaltoBoy Steve…anyway, Darrell is going to try and find out more informtion as well. If all this turns out as stated, what great news for Bette collectors. Here’s hoping we finally get some rare stuff. Anyway, many thanks to Paul for his heads up….and Darrell, godspeed!! 🙂 Love, Mister D
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Susan Faludi: From Bette to Britney

Winona Daily News Pulitzer winner Faludi speaks at WSU 03-31-05 Though the signs may be bleak, feminism is not dead, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning feminist author Susan Faludi. Speaking to a crowd of about 200 people at Winona State University’s Somsen Auditorium on Wednesday night, Faludi, who won a Pulitzer in 1991, was the keynote speaker of the university’s observation of Women’s History Month. “We feminists are a species that our culture has always seemed ready to declare extinct,” Faludi said. Faludi is the author of such bestsellers as “Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women,” and “Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man.” She spoke at length about how the media has portrayed women in general, and feminists in particular, in a negative light. “Sometimes when you turn on a TV, it feels like the only people talking about feminism and women’s rights are opposed to them,” Faludi said. With Wednesday’s theme “Why does feminism still matter?” in focus throughout her speech, Faludi examined women’s roles and rights in today’s world as compared to the 1970s. Though women have made some strides toward equality in the past 30 years, Faludi says there is still much work to be done. She drew comparisons between pop-culture icons from 1974, such as Bette Midler, and today, such as Britney Spears. “Now we have ‘Desperate Housewives’,” Faludi said. “In 1974, Bea Arthur was playing ‘Maude.'” She said that though things may look bleak right now, there is hope. “We shouldn’t be discouraged,” Faludi said. “No matter how many times feminism has been declared dead, it comes back and it will continue to do so if enough of us are willing to fight for it.”
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Don’t Ya Love P.R.???

Mister D: Anyone catching on how this game works? 🙂 Contact Music 03-30-05 MIDLER: ‘WHAT BRITNEY MOVIE?’ BETTE MIDLER’s planned movie collaboration with BRITNEY SPEARS has been ditched by Hollywood bosses. The veteran entertainer and TOXIC star Spears were poised to team up in a film called IN THE PINK, but Midler regrets the project has not been put into development – meaning it will never happen. Midler – who’s won acclaim for her performances in movies like BEACHES and RUTHLESS PEOPLE – simply says of In The Pink, “Oh, that’ll never happen.” 31/03/2005 02:28
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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Transcript: The 7:30 Report

Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT LOCATION: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2005/s1334775.htm Broadcast: 30/03/2005 Music keeps Midler entertained Reporter: Kerry O’Brien KERRY O’BRIEN: It’s been a long time between gigs in Australia – a quarter of a century in fact – but the divine Miss M is back for a series of concerts here. In the meantime, Bette Midler has chalked up Grammies, Emmies, Golden Globes, and an Oscar nomination, but in her 60th year, this formidable entertainer seems a long way from packing it in. Launched in a New York bath house, it’s been an amazing career, encompassing outrageous stage comedy, an endless array of music, and Hollywood hits like The Rose and First Wives Club. I spoke with Bette Midler in Sydney today. KERRY O’BRIEN: Bette Midler, one way or another you’ve been treading the boards for more than 35 years, most of it apparently at break-neck speed. BETTE MIDLER: In high heels. KERRY O’BRIEN: You’ve had the fame and the money for a long time. What keeps you going? BETTE MIDLER: You know, I really like music and I really like performing. I always have. I don’t relish it as much as I did when I was young, but I still get a kick out of it. I love the people around me, and the creative people around me and the audiences. I really enjoy them. They are different from the way they were when I started, but they are very generous and they, you know what, in a funny I think I make them happy. KERRY O’BRIEN: You’ve always talked about loving your music, no-one can be in any doubt about that, but you seem to have had a love-hate relationship with Hollywood and the world of movie making. Is that why you still go on the road, despite the enormous effort, because no-one can take that from you, no-one can get between you and your audience? BETTE MIDLER: I think so. And also the fact that it’s my creation that I made it, I’m the director, the producer, the ideas are generally generated by me. I pick the people that I work with. I cast it. I hire the musicians and I don’t have to answer to anyone. (Sings) * I want some … Stuff like that there … I want some stuff like that there! * BETTE MIDLER: In Hollywood when you make a picture, it’s such a collaborative effort. You hit a snag at any point in the process and ruin your whole effort. KERRY O’BRIEN: Are you still unhappy with Hollywood? In ’91 after the success of the film Beaches, your business partner, Bonnie Brookheimer, said, “A person’s degree of power in Hollywood is usually measured by their ability to get movies made. Everyone wants to make a movie with Bette. Nine years later Brookheimer said they don’t write movies for Bette anymore.” And you said yourself, that they only offer you cameo roles. Do you have any idea what that happened? BETTE MIDLER: No, I really don’t. I think people do what they want to do and if you’re not on their wavelength and you don’t fit the project then they pass you by. It’s difficult to have worked that long and hard and to be passed over, but, you know, I consider myself one of the lucky ones because I can do my own shows. I can make my own music. I can pick myself up with my little suitcase and go wherever in the world I want to and be welcomed as an artist. A lot of the actors my age can’t say that. I feel like I’m blessed. KERRY O’BRIEN: Let me quote again from the New York Times in October 2000, “Even though I was their favourite girl at Disney, I was never a comic lead in one of their movies, I was always the support girl, or co-girl. I was at the time the highest paid female in town at the time, and I never said anything because I think that would be in poor taste. Now I’m ticked off that I didn’t say anything. These days, everyone tells their damn salaries. And I never said a word – that’s what comes with being a lady.” There’s a certain amount of bitterness. BETTE MIDLER: Did I say that? KERRY O’BRIEN: Well, they said you did. It sounds like a certain amount of bitterness. BETTE MIDLER: Yes, I think I was a little bit bitter. I think the business changed so radically that there’s no point in being bitter. Once blockbuster pictures came in, once Jaws set the tone for what was to come after, and once the studio realised how much money could be made with enormous pictures and things that you could sell, the ancillary things you could sell, the toys and the videos and all that stuff, they pretty much put the smaller pictures on hold. KERRY O’BRIEN: In that time that you’re talking about, when, for you, things went off the rails there was still the First Wives Club. BETTE MIDLER: I know that. KERRY O’BRIEN: Even then you subsequently said when they tried to make a second one they thought the first one must have been luck. BETTE MIDLER: It’s always that. That’s always what they would say. It’s just a fluke. I’m made so many fluke hits. The Rose was a fluke. The First Wives Club was a fluke.Beaches was a fluke. You know, actually, Beaches wasn’t a fluke because they tried to do something that was in what they call women’s pictures. I think they made a mistake in that. In putting Beaches into that niche.Beaches wasn’t really a woman’s picture. It had so much going on. First of all, it was hilariously funny. It had a wonderful little girl… Miembiolic. It had music and it had a really good soundtrack. Although it did have at the heart of it a relationship between two women, there were lots of men coming and going. It had a lot going on for it. I remember distinctly at the time that the director thought it was a woman’s picture and we should get on that bandwagon and make women’s pictures. The next picture we chose was Stella, which was definitely a women’s picture but it was a picture that nobody wanted to see . KERRY O’BRIEN: The Rose was your first staring role in film and probably still your most powerful role. There were people at the time who said, and you said yourself, that there were some similarities between Janice Joplin and you. (Sings) * Don’t you just stay with me baby…Why don’t you just stay with me baby? * KERRY O’BRIEN: She of course went off the rails in a big way. It seems you’ve stayed on the rails all these years? BETTE MIDLER: I really was very conscious of staying on the rails. Because I wanted to have a long career and that meant more to me than the party. I mean, I did my share of drugs and I drank my share, but I was so ill from it, I just didn’t have the tolerance for it. I saw what it did to my instrument – I would lose my voice. I would be sick and angry at everyone. I couldn’t bear the feeling of being hungover. I simply couldn’t bear it. My work meant more to me. I knew it was one or the other. I couldn’t do both. KERRY O’BRIEN: You say your parents, who were children of the Depression advised you that you can only count on yourself. Have you really found that to be true after all these years you haven’t been able to trust others? BETTE MIDLER: I have been very lucky in my choice of a husband. I met and married the man I was supposed to marry. He has been a real boom to me. He has guided me in his way – because he’s a very odd guy – in his way he has really led me to do the right thing. He has. He has really kept me on the rails for the last few years, so to speak. KERRY O’BRIEN: Much more recently you quoted Hemmingway to explain yourself. BETTE MIDLER: I did? KERRY O’BRIEN: “The best you can do is last and get your work done.” You said, “Well, I’ve lasted and now I would like to get my work done.” The question is, how will you know when your work is done? BETTE MIDLER: I think you do. I think it comes on you. I think you say, “You know what, that’s enough.” There are so many kinds of work to do on the planet. There’s not just one kind. The thing that you chose when you were a child is not necessarily the thing that’s going to see you to the end of your days. I think the wisest person is the one that says, “I’m going to put that aside and see what else there is.” I think I will know. So far, I can still run in high heels… KERRY O’BRIEN: It’s a famous run, actually. It’s a very distinctive run in high heels! BETTE MIDLER: I am so fascinated by music. Music is like science. For the first few years of my life I didn’t study it. I started studying it maybe 20 years ago. It’s infinite. You can always be fascinated by music. KERRY O’BRIEN: Looking back through the cuts, I did see some contradictions in what you’ve said over the years. BETTE MIDLER: I never know what I’m going to say. KERRY O’BRIEN: You said you don’t want to die on stage and be left clinging to the shards of fame and glory. At the same time you said other countries – in other countries you are allowed to sing and play music until you die and you don’t have to look good doing it. KERRY O’BRIEN: That’s right. I think my small room with my small combo is coming. I’m learning the piano and I’m also learning the ukulele. And if push comes to shove, I will be out there with that ukulele all by myself and the hell with the rest of them. KERRY O’BRIEN: Bette Midler, thanks for talking with us. BETTE MIDLER: You’re welcome. KERRY O’BRIEN: And ‘Kiss my Brass’ plays in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. That’s the program for tonight. Join us again tomorrow. But for now, good night.
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Another Autsralian Interview And Video!

Bette Article and Video Photo: Ben Rushton There is another video in a post farther down the page, too!
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A Few Notes…

I should have new updates done before the end of the week. For newbies, that means new polls, new music, and maybe a video. Darrell from Bette On The Boards has made a wonderful promo video for KMB that I hope to have up along with the other stuff. This guy is a genious…he just pieces stuff together and….wham bam…you have a music video…so be on the look out. I’m still working on my Mister D’s Bloggorhea site but I came across a performance I did from about 15 years ago at the Cayman Islands…and it’s a pretty hoot. I channeled my inner Bette and Mick Jagger. Some of you may get a kick out of it. You can get to it if you: Click Here Nice article on Mister V at my other site, We Got Bruce, too: Click Here If you are in the New York area, check Hairspray out…you won’t be sorry! Love, Mister D
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Video Interview: Bette Midler (Thanks Alisha)

This video is from "A Current Affair" In Australia. Alisha alerted me to this and I'd like to give a special shout out to her for keeping us so informed about Bette happenings "down under." There are several articles below this, too, from today's wire services (the big news is someone outright asked her about "In The Pink" and she says that she's not doing it...finally some acknowledgement....reporter must read BLB!!!

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Bette Is In Sydney! Yeah!

The Herald Sun Times change for the divine Miss M 30mar05 BETTE Midler remembers Australia as a “pit” when she last toured 26 years ago. Now the legendary American singer and actor is enjoying the change she has seen since flying into Sydney on Monday for the Australian leg of her Kiss My Brass world tour. “There is not one stick of anything that is the same,” Midler said today when asked what she remembered of Australia from her last visit. “It is just so transformed. I can’t get over it. I mean, it was a pit. “But it was a lovable pit. It was a thrilling pit. It was like a homey pit and I loved it so much.” Midler last visited Australia in 1979, selling out an unprecedented 34 shows on her Divine Miss M tour. This time around, Midler will perform just nine shows, opening in Brisbane on April 8 before travelling to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. “It is the most beautiful show I have ever done,” the New Yorker said of her current tour. “I am travelling with horns for the first time. It has been a lark.” The Broadway-esque concert is her biggest-ever and features multiple costume changes and a massive set based on America’s Coney Island theme park. The concert will include some of Midler’s most popular songs, such as The Rose, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Wind Beneath My Wings. And she made it perfectly clear that there will be no lip synching, which has become common among some younger pop stars. “I have thought of it,” she said. “I guess because I came up singing and dancing at the same time, it is not so frightening but for a lot of kids, it is a bit scary.” Midler was good friends with late Australian singer Peter Allen and said she was planning to perform one of his songs, Tenterfield Saddler. But she pondered what might be appropriate following the suicide of former Crowded House drummer Paul Hester. “There is so much going on in the Australian music community with the death of Paul Hester and I don’t know,” she said. At 59, Midler said the Kiss My Brass show was one of her most gruelling yet. “I get carried away,” she said of the two-hour show. “We train really hard for these shows.” Midler’s film credits include The Rose, Big Business, Ruthless People, For the Boys, The First Wives Club and most recently The Stepford Wives, with Australia’s Nicole Kidman. However, she said she never watched any of her films or listened to her own music. “I don’t listen to my music and I don’t watch my movies because you always remember what happened and what happened is usually something dreadful. “The food was awful and you got into a fight with this one and such and such threw a pen at you.” Midler has a reputation for being funny and flamboyant, but says she also has a quieter side. “I think it is a real struggle to have to pretend to be that,” she said. “I am very shy. I am a little bit retiring. I kind of save it for the stage. “I am very interested in living my life like a regular person, in being with people who really do small talk.”
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For Bette, “In The Pink” Is Out!

Diva bemoans lip-synching News24.com Sydney – Veteran diva Bette Midler labelled modern female pop singers characterless on Wednesday and criticised them for lip-synching during supposedly live performances. The 59-year-old singer and actress, whose career spans four decades, said she found it difficult to relate to the rap-dominated chart music of recent years and expected many modern female pop stars to “fall by the wayside”. “It’s a strange time, I don’t want to say it’s the dark ages for music but a lot of people have put that forward and said it’s not such a great time,” she told reporters at the start of her first Australian tour in 26 years. “Certainly it’s not a great time for rock and roll and for popular music in general, it’s kinda hard to tell the characters apart. “But then it’s hard to tell the characters apart in everything – maybe that’s a function of age, it probably is.” Midler, who performs her latest show Kiss My Brass with a full horn section on stage, said she would never lip-synch her way through performances like many younger stars. “I just can’t do that… I guess because I came up singing and dancing at the same time, to me it’s not so frightening, for a lot of kids it is, for the younger ones it’s scary,” she said. Asked whether she was ready to end her career, Midler replied: “I’m not retiring and you can’t make me.” Midler also dismissed reports she would co-star with Britney Spears in a comedy film called In the Pink. “Oh, that’ll never happen,” she said, saying the project had disappeared in the “abyss” of project development and was unlikely to resurface. The singer said she was still distressed at US President George W Bush’s election last November, after she backed Democrat candidate John Kerry. She said it was a vicious election campaign marked by frightening media behaviour and uncalled for personal attacks on candidates.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Bette On “7:30 Report” Tomorrow (Australia)

Mister D: From what I gather Bette will be on this show tomorrow, according to this article: And that’s the program for tonight. Incidentally, if you’re a Bette Midler fan don’t miss tomorrow night – she’ll be on the program. Until then, goodnight. For the full article: Click Here Love, Mister D
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