Monthly Archives: August 2005

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Extra! Extra!: Bruce Vilanch Checks Into VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club!

Just got an exclusive ( I have to tout because it’s so, so rare!) that Bruce will be in VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club next season! Yes!!! He gets to be paid to lose weight!!! But these coaches are rough…so don’t get your panties all tied in knots when they start screaming at Mister V. 🙁 Anyway, Bruce starts filming the series September 9th, on and off, through December 21, 2005. The new season will air in early 2006. So let’s just wish him the best of luck in this endeavor. His fellow cast members will be: Chastity Bono Jeff Conaway Young MC Tempest Bledsoe Kelly Le Brock Contessa Vaughn Bizarre ( of Eminem’s posse!) I don’t know about you, but I can’t “weight” to see this show! (now you see why Bruce is the comedy writer and I am not!) Make sure to check out: We Got Bruce! Love, Mister D PS: He recently had dinner with Bette and said that she is about to hit the promotional trail soon for the Peggy Lee CD. Supposedly we will be seeing a lot of Ms. Midler in the coming months!!!
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Bruce Vilanch To Receive Bailiwick Repertory’s Trailblazer Award!

From the Artistic Director, Bailiwick Repertory, Mr. David Zak:

Bailiwick Repertory is thrilled that Bruce Vilanch will be honored with our Trailblazer Award on October 30, at our theater at 1229 West Belmont in Chicago. Bruce has been such a great leader for so many of the non-profits across the country, and his gift of laughter during dangerous times is priceles. This event is open to the public, and will include a dinner/reception and dessert buffet.  ...  Read More

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Not Bette-Related: 3 Ways To Help The Hurricane Relief Effort

I’m sure some of you have friends and relatives that have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina…just about all my relatives are from Biloxi, Gulfport, and Pensacola…and friends from New Orleans and the surrounding area. Like many, I’m just horrified at what I’m seeing on the television. Not getting any first hand reports from family or friends right now…can’t reach them. But there are ways we can all pitch in. I saw the Governor of Louisiana or somebody like that and they said there are 3 main ways to help: 1. They need people to donate money 2. They need people to volunteer blood 3. They need volunteers at the Red Cross. I don’t know about you, but I can at least do the first 2 things on the list. So if any of you feel like you’d like to help out…there you have it. Every little bit helps…it all adds up! Thanks for reading this and my heartfelt thanks, thoughts, and prayers to all of you! Here’s a very helpful link: The American Red Cross Where can I give blood? Individuals wishing to make a blood donation to the Red Cross may call their local Red Cross Blood Services office or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. Sincerely, Don T. Bradshaw
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Sample Some Peggy Lee Music!

Yahoo has a nice feature where you can sample artist’s music…even Bette’s…but I thought some of you would like to familiarize yourself with Ms. Peggy Lee: Peggy Lee Audio Samples Also check out her official site to get a feel of what she was all about: Peggy Lee Thanks! Love, Mister D PS: And of course, here are your Bette samples 🙂 : Bette Midler Audio Samples
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Updated: Bette’s New CD Release Date: October 25th, 2005

Tentative release date for Bette's "Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook" is October 25th On Sony/BMG...!!!

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Today In Entertainment History: August 30, 2005

In 1992, “Northern Exposure” and “Murphy Brown” were big winners at the annual Emmy Awards. Bette Midler picked up an Emmy for her appearance on the “Tonight Show” just before Johnny Carson retired.
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Monday, August 29, 2005

Update for 08/29/2005: Bette, Bruce, New Music, New Polls, And More!

* Okay-new music is up in the Bootleg Betty Jukebox and in Bootleg Betty Records - all Bette again! * Clean Up The World Weekend On Septemeber 16-18 * Hulaween, October 31, 2005 with special guest performer, Elton John! The honorees: Sting and Trudi Styler! * The Peggy Lee Tribute CD * Bruce Bids Adieu To Broadway Sunday, September 4th * Bruce Brings Back "Almost Famous" Come November * New Bootleg Betty Polls * 2 New Bette Sites On The Way! I Say Yay!!!

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Clean Up The World Weekend: September 16 – 18

Bette Midler to Voice Clean Up the World Announcements Environmental News Service SYDNEY, Australia (ENS) – World famous entertainer Bette Midler has pledged her support for Clean Up the World, the global outreach arm of Clean Up Australia, one of the largest international environmental campaigns. An active environmentalist, Midler met with Ian Kiernan, chairman and founder of Clean Up the World and Clean Up Australia, to discuss ways they can work with communities internationally to create a cleaner world. Midler founded the nonprofit New York Restoration Project in 1995 with the belief that clean and green neighborhoods are fundamental to the quality of life and that every community in New York City deserves an oasis of natural beauty. Speaking from her Australian Tour in Sydney today, Midler said, “Clean Up the World is a truly inspirational organization. By empowering people to clean up, fix up and conserve the environment and providing communities with the tools to do this, tons of rubbish have been removed from the world’s oceans, parks, forests, cities and beaches.” “I look forward to working with Mr. Kiernan and extending the New York Restoration Project’s work to help reduce the amount of waste ending up in the environment,” Midler said. “Ms. Midler has agreed to feature in our Clean Up the World public service announcement which will be aired globally on National Geographic Channels International throughout the months of August and September,” Kiernan said. “The support of such an international figure will help us continue to inspire communities around the world to clean up our precious environment.” Clean Up the World, established in conjuction with the United Nations Environment Programme in 1993, is a nonprofit organization which brings together businesses, community groups, schools, governments and individuals to conduct activities that positively improve local environments. Clean Up the World Weekend will be held September 16-18, 2005. Clean Up the World activities include clean up events, recycling, educational and resource recovery projects, water reuse, conservation programs and rejuvenation activities. BUSINESS FRONT LINE / Ex-builder proves business, greenies do mix By Anthony Fensom / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer August 29, 2005 Environmentalists and builders. To most they are as compatible as bulls and china shops, but Ian Kiernan is living proof that they are not always opposites. Best known for his founding of Australian nonprofit environmental organization Clean Up Australia, the former multimillionaire Sydney builder wears many hats, ranging from philanthropist to company director to yachtsman. It was in his role as a green technology promoter that the 64-year-old Australian recently came to Japan as head of the Australian government’s environment products and services mission to 2005 World Exposition Aichi. Speaking to his team of businesspeople and trade officials ahead of their departure to Aichi Prefecture, Kiernan himself pointed out the seemingly inherent conflict between business and the environment. “I guess you’d find it a bit odd that someone in the construction industry would become an environmentalist, but what that means is anyone can become an environmentalist,” he said. Highlighting the threat posed by global warming, Kiernan said business “has a huge role to play in the salvation of the environment. It is business that is going to see opportunities in fixing environmental problems and making money at the same time, and that’s a very good equation to me.” Such talk may be heresy to the more extremist members of the green movement. But for someone who has dirtied his hands in cleaning up countless beaches, harbors and rivers, Kiernan and his NPO see business as part of the solution, not part of the problem. Green for growth Later, in an interview with The Daily Yomiuri, Kiernan said he had jumped at the chance to lead the mission of 10 Australian environmental technology firms to an exposition based on the idea of learning from nature. Rather than just selling products though, he was selling a whole philosophy. “If I just change five people’s attitudes to make them realize the huge opportunities in sustainable business practices, in cleaning up the environment, if I can do that then I’m doing my job,” he said. The already huge opportunities in Japan’s ecobusiness market are set to get even bigger. According to the Japan External Trade Organization, a 2003 Environment Ministry survey forecast that the market would grow from 28.9 trillion yen in 2000 to 47.2 trillion yen in 2010, aided by a 2000 law on the development of a recycling-based society. With 450 million tons of waste generated every year, there are considerable opportunities in environmental technology, something the government identified in 2001 as one of Japan’s eight most important business sectors. As the host of the Kyoto Protocol, Japan has played a leading role in addressing climate change, and the Japanese business community has been catching on fast. JGC Corp., Marubeni Corp. and Daioh Construction Co. have announced a 1 billion yen investment to acquire greenhouse gas emission rights from China, while Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co.’s groundbreaking work on fuel-cell cars has led the global industry. While Australia’s environmental technology sector may be dwarfed by Japan’s, Kiernan and Austrade official Elizabeth Dwyer, an export adviser in major projects and infrastructure, said innovative Australian firms of all sizes could tap into niche areas. Six Australian environmental technology firms were among the recipients of Aichi Expo’s Global 100 Eco-Tech Awards, including Medivac Ltd., which offers clinical waste management services for hospitals, and Origin Energy Solar, a manufacturer of photovoltaic solar cells. Among those on the mission, Dwyer said HydroDec had developed a way of commercializing PCB-contaminated oil, enabling companies to reuse it without polluting the atmosphere. Amid an increased focus on corporate costs, Kiernan hailed the work of Rotary Heat Exchangers, a firm that takes the energy out of air conditioners and uses it as power to cool down buildings. “Just in building management, if companies do this heat transfer through air-conditioning, it will save them millions of yen. It’s about smart management–you’re reducing greenhouse gases and improving your bottom line,” he said. For those in big business unwilling to face reality, Kiernan had a harsh message. “Climate change is happening–we’re going to see rising sea levels. What are they going to say to their investors, shareholders and stock markets when the four-wheel drives are floating around in the car park and there’s 300 millimeters of water in the marble foyers of their multistory buildings?” he asked. Dirty about rubbish Kiernan gained international fame after organizing a cleanup of Sydney Harbour in 1989. Appalled by the rubbish he saw in the world’s oceans during his participation in a round-the-world yacht race, he was determined to make a difference in his own backyard. When 40,000 volunteers turned out, he found that the rest of the community shared his concern. Next month, Clean Up the World, the global arm of Clean Up Australia that is supported by American actress Bette Midler, among others, expects to see 35 million volunteers removing rubbish in 110 countries in the Sept. 16-18 event. Now decorated as an officer of the Order of Australia, an Australian National Living Treasure and recipient of the U.N. Sasakawa Environment Prize, Kiernan is using his influence to pursue new areas, including helping businesses address the problem at the source. As chairman of the government-funded Cooperative Research Centre for Waste Management and Pollution Control, in addition to serving as a director of venture capital firm CVC Reef Ltd. and other bodies, he has pushed green technology at every opportunity. Backed by Japanese companies including Duskin Corp., Toyota and Canon Inc., his NPO has grown to pursue new areas such as the Fix Up campaign, which he described as “the community coming to us with an environmental problem and then us going to the owners of the problem, going to industry and seeing if we can resolve it using technology.” Sydney’s landmark Taronga Zoo was one such beneficiary, with the group helping it to build a state-of-the-art wastewater system that has saved it 200,000 Australian dollars (U.S.150,000 dollars) a year in freshwater purchases. “When I think with my simple builder’s mind of the cause of environmental problems, I get back to two basic factors: greed and ignorance. Ignorance is the opportunity for us to change behavior through education. Greed is more difficult, but if you can manage greed so a company does better in business because it lifts its environmental practice, and puts more pressure on the bigger polluter, then that’s a model I really like,” he said. Saving the world couldn’t sound any simpler. Bette Midler to Voice Clean Up the World Announcements SYDNEY, Australia, May 2, 2005 (ENS) – World famous entertainer Bette Midler has pledged her support for Clean Up the World, the global outreach arm of Clean Up Australia, one of the largest international environmental campaigns. An active environmentalist, Midler met with Ian Kiernan, chairman and founder of Clean Up the World and Clean Up Australia, to discuss ways they can work with communities internationally to create a cleaner world. Midler founded the nonprofit New York Restoration Project in 1995 with the belief that clean and green neighborhoods are fundamental to the quality of life and that every community in New York City deserves an oasis of natural beauty. Speaking from her Australian Tour in Sydney today, Midler said, “Clean Up the World is a truly inspirational organization. By empowering people to clean up, fix up and conserve the environment and providing communities with the tools to do this, tons of rubbish have been removed from the world’s oceans, parks, forests, cities and beaches.” “I look forward to working with Mr. Kiernan and extending the New York Restoration Project’s work to help reduce the amount of waste ending up in the environment,” Midler said. “Ms. Midler has agreed to feature in our Clean Up the World public service announcement which will be aired globally on National Geographic Channels International throughout the months of August and September,” Kiernan said. “The support of such an international figure will help us continue to inspire communities around the world to clean up our precious environment.” Clean Up the World, established in conjuction with the United Nations Environment Programme in 1993, is a nonprofit organization which brings together businesses, community groups, schools, governments and individuals to conduct activities that positively improve local environments. Clean Up the World Weekend will be held September 16-18, 2005. Clean Up the World activities include clean up events, recycling, educational and resource recovery projects, water reuse, conservation programs and rejuvenation activities.
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Bruce Vilanch Bids Adieu To Broadway Sunday, September 4th, 2005, But He Has Much In Store For All Of Us!

BruceVilanch1.jpg Well, after 700 + performances in the smash musical, Hairspray, Mister V will take his final bow as Edna on Sunday, September 4, 2005. If you haven’t seen his fabulously funny turn as Tracy Turnblad’s mom, now is the time to do it. He won raves in this role and rightly so. He took a role originated by the incredible Harvey Feinstein and made it his own, bringing down the house in cities across the U.S. before hitting the Broadway stage last year. But Mister V is never one to rest on his laurels. He’ll be back on stage in San Francisco with the sequel to his successful one man show, Almost Famous, in November. Hopefully he’ll take this on the road as well…. Please Come To The South!!!!!!!!!!! =&0=& 2005 Fall Season Of Superstars & Premieres! Bruce Vilanch – Almost Famous Tuesday 11/8/2005 8:00 pm Empire Plush Room San Francisco, CA 2005 Fall Season Of Superstars & Premieres! Bruce Vilanch – Almost Famous Wednesday 11/9/2005 8:00 pm Empire Plush Room San Francisco, CA 2005 Fall Season Of Superstars & Premieres! Bruce Vilanch – Almost Famous Thursday 11/10/2005 8:00 pm Empire Plush Room San Francisco, CA 2005 Fall Season Of Superstars & Premieres! Bruce Vilanch – Almost Famous Friday 11/11/2005 8:00 pm Empire Plush Room San Francisco, CA 2005 Fall Season Of Superstars & Premieres! Bruce Vilanch – Almost Famous Saturday 11/12/2005 8:00 pm Empire Plush Room San Francisco, CA 2005 Fall Season Of Superstars & Premieres! Bruce Vilanch – Almost Famous Sunday 11/13/2005 5:00 pm Empire Plush Room San Francisco, CA 2005 Fall Season Of Superstars & Premieres! Bruce Vilanch – Almost Famous Tuesday 11/15/2005 8:00 pm Empire Plush Room San Francisco, CA 2005 Fall Season Of Superstars & Premieres! Bruce Vilanch – Almost Famous Wednesday 11/16/2005 8:00 pm Empire Plush Room San Francisco, CA 2005 Fall Season Of Superstars & Premieres! Bruce Vilanch – Almost Famous Thursday 11/17/2005 8:00 pm Empire Plush Room San Francisco, CA 2005 Fall Season Of Superstars & Premieres! Bruce Vilanch – Almost Famous Friday 11/18/2005 8:00 pm Empire Plush Room San Francisco, CA Bruce Vilanch – Almost Famous Saturday 11/19/2005 8:00 pm Empire Plush Room San Francisco, CA 2005 Fall Season Of Superstars & Premieres! Bruce Vilanch – Almost Famous Sunday 11/20/2005 5:00 pm Empire Plush Room San Francisco, CA =&1=& =&2=&
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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Spirit In The Dark

I was 6 when I realised that I could talk to the spirits; He describes himself as a messenger between this world and the next Janet Tansley speaks to Merseyside’s most well-known medium.(Features) Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England); 8/22/2005 Byline: t Janet Tansley ArtWork: Baltoboy Steve DOORS slam with sudden force. Whispers seep from ancient walls and temperatures plummet to an icy chill. But while everyone around shrinks in to a quivering heap, world-famous spirit medium Derek Acorah calmly coaxes out the mischief-makers to make contact with the world beyond. “They can’t hurt you,” reassures Bootle-born Derek, co-presenter of Living TV’s cult programme Most Haunted. “They can dishevel you, but they can not hurt you. I am always asked if they can kill you, but they cannot take you out of your physical body.” The psychic star who has captivated audiences for years by communicating with the dead, now has TV viewers on the edge of their seats as, with co-host Yvette Fielding, he explores some of the most haunted houses in the country. While Yvette screams and shivers with fear, Derek is the settling influence; the expert who explains the reasons for the strange goings-on and often, indeed, who is behind them But while he is at ease with his extraordinary gift now, he didn’t always extend a welcome to the unusual visitors. “I told my gran, who was also a medium, that I didn’t want to be a gook like her,” he admits. Derek was six when his talents became apparent: “At the time my family was living in my grandmother’s big Victorian house, which had an attic where myself and my elder brother and sister used to play. “Because our house was opposite the school we would go home for lunch and go up to the attic until our meal was ready. On this particular day I was going downstairs when I heard this male voice loud and clear saying ‘come here, you young scamp’. “I looked up and there was this man who looked, to me, like a giant, who touched me on the head and said he had a message for my grandmother. He told me to tell her that, within the next two months, we would be leaving her home. “I passed the message on and when I came home that evening my grandmother had an album of photographs out and she asked me to look at them and see if I could spot the man.” It turned out to be his grandfather who had died five years before Derek was born. “I wasn’t frightened because I was talking to a ghost,” says Derek, 55. “At the time I was scared because there was a strange man in my grandmother’s house who wouldn’t let me off the landing until he had given me this message. “I wouldn’t say I fought it but, you know, I just wanted to play football. I tried to blank it out. “I mean, there I’d be, sitting on the loo and seeing faces in the painted door opposite. You could often hear me saying ‘go away’, ‘ leave me alone’.” Although Derek’s passion for football saw him signed up for Wrexham at 13 and by Bill Shankly for Liverpool at just 15, his dreams of soccer stardom were thwarted. Let go by Liverpool, Derek headed to the other side of the world where he became player/coach for a first division team in South Australia. But an injury saw him on a plane back home at the age of 27 and, within weeks, his career was taking a very different turn. “I put a small ad in the ECHO offering my services as a clairvoyant medium,” says Derek, “and in the first week I had five calls and did five readings. In the second week there were 20 and in the third week it got ridiculous.” And that’s pretty much how things have gone on from then. Derek began to perform at bigger venues like the Orrell Park Ballroom and Crosby Civic Hall before bigger venues like the Liverpool Empire Theatre beckoned. Radio shows swiftly followed as his fame spread, before TV cottoned on to Derek’s amazing talents in the worlds of the paranormal and the media. On the Sky Channel Granada Breeze, Derek was given a livetime twice weekly slot, Psychic Zone, and has his own regular programme, My Predictions With Derek Acorah. It was after filming Predictions that the show Most Haunted was created. “I was having a pizza in Manchester just over four years ago with Yvette and her husband, Karl Beattie, who is producer of Most Haunted, and they had an idea for this show. It sounded right down my street. “We produced a pilot which was offered to all the big main channels, but they rejected it. Then Living TV wanted it – and that was it. The series was recommissioned when it was only half-way through the first and each month the ratings went up.” The series, still incredibly successful, has now spawned a book called Most Haunted: The Behind-the-scenes Official Guide (Penguin, pounds 12.99). It gives an insight into all the ghoulish goings on and answers questions – like what do ghosts sound like and look like, and what do mediums see? Says Derek: “There’s been a hugeshift, not necessarily in people’s consciousness of the paranormal but in their wanting to know more about the existence of spirit people. “It gives people a huge comfort to know there is an afterlife. Also ordinary people have and have had experiences and have been afraid to step out in fear of ridicule. Now they will openly come out and talk.” New-found openness has no doubt helped the success of Most Haunted which is now screened in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. It has gone down a storm in every place, says Derek. A man of huge faith, Derek says people try to get back in touch to reassure loved ones they are okay, especially if they have ‘gone over’ tragically, or to let them know they are still watching, especially when something is happening within a family, like a wedding or a baby’s birth. And Derek is delighted to act as messenger between this world and the next: “I’m thrilled. I know this is my profession now but I believe in God and this is a God-given gift; this is my calling. It gives me huge satisfaction to know how many people are touched by what I do, lifted and elated.” But not all spirits are pleasant. “When we were filming Most Haunted Live in Pendle,” famous for the Pendle witches, says Derek, “that was horrible. There was a group of women, spirit people who had never moved on and were determined to try and destroy and kill all of us in the team.They are stronger in a group and they knocked us down like pinballs.” Derek says he can spirit people into his body to make their voices heard. While some try to convince him they are ‘decent folk’ they may quickly show a different side: “It can be horrible with the negative ones because I sometimes take on the feelings of that person, and if that person has been a killer or a rapist, obviously these are feelings totally alien to me and I getthem out as quickly as possible.” But the majority, he says, are loving people who simply want to get a message to someone they have left behind. Derek’s sincerity is one of the reasons why many people have turned to him, including ordinary people and celebrities alike. He has advised the likes of Cher, Bette Midler, Joan Collins and Whoopi Goldberg , and even Robbie Williams who has become mates with the man he calls ‘ Degser’. “He is a very good friend, very talented and sensitive. He is one of the nicest people of all the celebrities I have had the pleasure to be with.” Needless to say Derek’s skills are in demand. There’s talk of a new programme planned for him in the States, more Most Haunteds and a secret ‘never-done-before’ new show for Living TV to go out in November. So it looks as though whatever the will of the spirit world we’ll be able to make plenty of contact with Derek
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