Monthly Archives: February 2007

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Bette Midler Hits The Hollywood Circuit: Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party (Thanks Nicola)

Bette Hits The Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Bette Midler Spotted In Hollywood (LA) At Diller’s (Barry, Not Phyllis) Annual Oscar Picnic

Nicke Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily February 24, 2006 Ostensibly, it’s in honor of Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. But if you ask me, Barry Diller’s annual Oscars picnic today, complete with four buffet stations, is the ultimate mogul meet’n’greet. Sure, on Friday night, Bryan Lourd’s party got the stars (but would it kill him to actually serve dinner?) and Ed Limato’s got talent and execs. And tonight Jeffrey Katzenberg’s got money ($50,000 a ticket to benefit the Motion Picture Home), which is why Clint Eastwood, Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Rick Fox, Serena Williams and Alan Horn put in an appearance at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool where the cabanas were taken over by McDonald’s, L’Oreal, Lexus, and Target. But Diller’s luncheon sur l’herbe (VIPs sitting at picnic tables with a careless let-them-eat-cake air) was filled with cashmere polo-shirted raw power — and a few has-beens for comic relief. I’ve sleuthed out who was there this afternoon between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., and even I’m impressed. Let’s put it this way, I’m told Jann Wenner’s eyes looked like they were going to bug out of his head — if, for no other reason, than that he was small fry among all the Big Media bigwigs. But super-casual gatherings like this also come with pitfalls: Jeff Zucker probably didn’t want to run into Les Moonves. Just as Jonathan Dolgen and Tom Freston didn’t care to chat with Sumner Redstone. On the other hand, everyone did want to come up to Larry Mark and congratulate him for Dreamgirls. Even the moguls were eying Anderson Cooper in his tight-fitting grey T-shirt. Sidney Poitier was lunching with Sherry Lansing. But when David Geffen arrived, he was greeted like a visiting potentate. And, of course, Diller (in green cargo pants, no socks and Puma sneakers) played host at his Beverly Hills mansion with wife Diane Von Furstenberg (in one of her signature wrap dresses). Complaints came in to me about this year’s food (“the worst I’ve had — ever”). The only edible offerings were those little cups of lobster or tomato bisque soup served on trays like appetizers, and the entrées of Philly cheesesteak and lobster club sandwiches. The guests included (in no particular order, so don’t draw conclusions): Michael Eisner, Bert Fields, Rupert Murdoch, Jack Valenti, Brad Grey, Harvey Weinstein, Ron Meyer, Joel Silver, Jeff Robinoff, Kevin McCormack, Tom Rothman, Jim Gianopulos, Larry David, Warren Beatty, Bette Midler, Laurence Bender, Penny Marshall, Sheryl Crow, Hugh Jackman, Bryan Lourd, Jeff Berg, Jim Wiatt, John Goldwyn, Larry Gordon, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Sandy Gallin, Dominick Dunne, Bob Colacello, Jeff Greenfield, Arianna Huffington, Fran Leibowitz, Bob Daly, Cheryl Tiegs, Howard Rosenman, Jason Binn, Sydney Pollack and Shirley MacLaine. My favorite line from the afternoon: one of “Chuck’s” valet parkers running down Coldwater Canyon shouting, “Get Joel Silver’s Maybach.” That’s the $400,000+ business jet on wheels, in case you didn’t know. Visit Ms. Finkee’s Oscar Rundown: Click Here
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Friday, February 23, 2007

Killer Films (“Then She Found Me”) and Think Films Merge

THINK and Killer to Partner From: PRNewswire | Date: February 22, 2007 Photo: Killer Films (Thank you, Cris!) NEW YORK, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ — Killer Films, one of the leading forces in independent filmmaking for over 12 years, and independent film distributor THINKFilm, today announced an exciting new partnership whereby Killer will develop and produce films that THINKFilm will finance and distribute on a worldwide basis. The deal, which is jointly announced by Killer principals Christine Vachon, Pam Koffler, and Katie Roumel, together with THINKFilm President and CEO Jeff Sackman and Theatrical division Head Mark Urman, is effective immediately, and is consistent with THINKFilm’s new mandate to increase the scope and size of its slate and get involved with select projects from their earliest stages of production. “Since our inception we have aimed to collaborate with people who share our taste and our approach,” says Killer’s Vachon, “and we believe that the THINK team and the Killer family coul dn’t be more like-minded and compatible.” Urman adds, “We are thrilled to formalize this deal with Killer. They have the most amazing track record and depth of experience, yet have managed to retain the joy and enthusiasm of absolute beginners.” Randy Manis, THINKFilm’s Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Affairs, who negotiated the deal with CAA and John Sloss and Dan Steinman of Sloss Law Office, describes the partnership as follows: “We have created a unique construct that allows each company to benefit from the other’s strengths in all areas of film production and distribution, effectively replicating the structure of a studio specialty division. THINKFilm will have the right to finance any or all of Killer’s productions and, where it is not so involved, the company’s International Sales division will play a key role in setting up the films overseas.” Manis concludes that “Killer’s development slate is teeming with compelling, cutting-edge material. With a guarantee of superio r distribution, both here and around the world, these films, and many new ones, will be able to move forward at a rapid pace.” About THINKFilm THINKFilm, a privately held production and distribution company with offices in New York and Toronto, recently ushered in a new era after being bought by film financier and producer David Bergstein, who is now the company’s Chairman. Boasting five Academy Award nominations in as many years, with the recent “Best Actor” nomination for Ryan Gosling in HALF NELSON ( http://www.thinkfilmhighlights.com/), and a win for the documentary BORN INTO BROTHELS in 2005, THINKFilm’s current releases include: AVENUE MONTAIGNE by Daniele Thompson on February 16th; Jake Kasdan’s THE TV SET starring David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver and Ioan Gruffudd on April 6th; David Wain’s THE TEN starring Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba and Winona Ryder on August 3rd; and the 2007 Sundance prize-winner IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON about the history of the Apollo missions to the moon on September 7th. For more information, please visit http://www.thinkfilmcompany.com. About Killer Films Founded in 1995, Killer Films, run by Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler and Katie Roumel, has had a particularly productive year. In addition to producing four films, the company opened its first Los Angeles office, headed by Jocelyn Hayes Simpson. 2007 also marks the seventh year of collaboration between Killer and John Wells Productions. The company is partially funded through a unique partnership with JWP, and John Wells serves as an executive producer on each Killer film. Current and recent Killer productions include Todd Haynes’ “I’m Not There” with Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, and Heath Ledger; Tommy O’Haver’s “An American Crime” with Catherine Keener, Ellen Page, James Franco and Bradley Whitford; Tom Kalin’s “Savage Grace” with Julianne Moore; “Then She Found Me” which is co-written and directed by Helen Hunt, and starring Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick; and Ira Glass’s “This American Life” which is Killer’s first foray into episodic TV and will air on Showtime in March. Prior films on the roster include “Far From Heaven” which received four Academy Award nominations in 2002, Kimberly Peirce’s Academy Award-winning Boys Don’t Cry, John Cameron Mitchell’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,’ and Mark Romanek’s “One Hour Photo” with Robin Williams. For more information, please visit http://www.killerfilms.com. Web site: Killer Films Web site: Think Film Company
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Save The Date: May 2, 2007 – “Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built”

Show: American Masters Episode: (#2001) “Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built” Network: (PBS) Public Broadcasting Service Date: Wednesday – May 2, 2007 Time: 9/8c PM Duration: 2 Hours About: American Masters: (#2001) “Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built” Photo: Alan Light Ahmet Ertegun, a young Turk — literally — had a passion for the African-American music he heard in segregated clubs in Washington, DC, in the 1940s. He sent these sounds to England, where they merged with the European sensibility, and he brought this revolutionary new genre back across the ocean. He found Ray Charles, he introduced Eric Clapton to Aretha Franklin, he signed the Rolling Stones. He created talent and taste, he defined careers, he changed lives — Ertegun and his small Atlantic Records label determined the course of what we have listened to for decades. “Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built” follows Ertegun’s remarkable career and its impact on the evolution of the world’s most popular musical genre. The film, produced by Thirteen/WNET New York and Warner Music Group, features rare, private and classic clips, performances and studio sessions of Atlantic recording artists. Includes 1938 Ertegun Family home movies and performance clips from the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival’s Tribute to Atlantic Records and Ahmet Ertegun. Features interviews with James Blunt, Solomon Burke, Chris Blackwell, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, David Geffen, Taylor Hackford, Mick Jagger, Mick Jones, Leiber and Stoller, Kid Rock, Ben E. King, Henry Kissinger, Wynton Marsalis, Sergio Mendes, Bette Midler, Paolo Nutini, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Percy Sledge, Jann Wenner, Jerry Wexler and family members. About: American Masters AMERICAN MASTERS, which pioneered the television biography genre, continues to offer insightful profiles of important figures in America’s artistic and cultural life. PBS SERIES PAGE: American Masters
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Thursday, February 22, 2007

What Does It Take To Bring Midler To Vegas? Chicken Quesadillas???

Luxe Life Robin Leach Feb 22, 2007 Photo: Robin Leach and Bette Midler There maybe one special sweetener in the contract that Bette Midler is currently negotiating with the Caesars Palace executives to take over from Celine Dion when the Canadian songbird winds up her four-year residency this coming December at the Colosseum. And it involves chicken quesadillas! Turns out that she’s a regular at star chef Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill in her downtown Manhattan neighborhood. The Food Network star told me that he happily opened up his Caesars Palace outpost just for Bette to enjoy the spicy chicken quesadillas in quiet and privacy while she’s been visiting Sin City this week. So when Bette begins her run here she now knows that the taste treat will be available to her whenever she wants; in the restaurant or delivered steps away to her dressing room!
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Monday, February 19, 2007

“The Queen” Checks Out Prince And Also Eyes Her Competition In Vegas Over The Past Weekend

Mister D: BTW, The NBA or whatever playoffs featured Cristina and Mary J. Blige at half-time. A guy sang the National Anthem, not Bette, thankfully. I guess the guy was more “bangable.” LOL Luxe Life Robin Leach Vegas Pop – Las Vegas, NV STRIP SCRIBBLES The divine Miss M has really been out and about during her rush visit to Vegas this weekend. Bette Midler turned up early Sunday to watch Prince’s midnight Saturday show and, on an earlier night-crawl, went to see my old friend Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce burlesque show at Mandalay Bay. Bette has been telling close friends here that she will be moving here and wants to check out all the Vegas shows to better understand the city’s entertainment and beat them all at their own game! For the second consecutive night, Black Eyed Peas star Will. I. Am. was at Prince’s concert but this time he joined His Royal Badness on stage for a sing-along with Diddy and Bette leading the applause! Love, Mister D
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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Superstar: The Burt Bacharach Special

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Check Out “Verdant” Magazine In Your Local Bookstores (Thanks Steven)

By LIZ SMITH From NY Post February 18, 2007 4:25 AM EST ‘ONE DOOR closes, another one opens, but it is hell in the hallway of uncertainty,” says that wise philosopher Billy Norwich of Vogue. BETTE MIDLER is the favorite girl of Verdant magazine, a publication dedicated to things like “The Greening of Christopher Buckley” and other choices for better living. There are luscious photos of the Divine Miss M inside. Now Bette tells me her New York Restoration Project will find a spot and build a little park in honor of the late governor of Texas, Ann Richards. This week, the project, which will cost in the range of $250,000, received a $10,000 kickoff gift from Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner. So if you’d like to remember that un-native New Yorker – Ann – do send along a contribution to 31 W. 56th St., New York, NY 10019. Incidentally, Bette’s Restoration Project has partnered with the DelGreco outdoor-furniture line. Making hay while the sun shines to make NYC look good!. Mister D: To give the new mag a chance, I’m not reprinting the interview here, but will provide a link to it. I would encourage all the “greenies” out there to pick up an issue or subscribe. It could be Liz Smith is talking about a more current issue. This one looks as if it were from September. For Interview: Click Here To Subcribe: Click Here
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Saturday, February 17, 2007

New Polls Are Up

It's not big news, but it's been quite a while. Think the questions over, then vote.

Love, Mister D

PS: Have A Great Weekend

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Mary’s Celebrity Lunacy: Of Course, Bette Is Taken Out Of Context, As For Others…Some ARE Lunacy, BUT…

Mister D: I can think of far more neocons that we could take out of context as within, but I digress. Frankly, I don’t know how these people can even bitch about what celebrities have to say after the poor way this administration has handled almost every single thing they’ve tried to accomplish and failed. This is probably the worst time in history that I have ever witnessed since Nixon. I was such a naive young lad and believed everything the government doled out. And then Nixon came along. He destroyed everything I believed in, and I remember crying. I was so let down. On that day I was impregnated (well, somehow) with cynicism and distrust. I still try to hold on to my innocence and trust, but it is increasingly hard in times like these. My glasses are no longer rose colored, just a shade of blue, with a black trim around them. (my Bette reference for the day) 🙂 Dramatic? I can’t help it. It’s just me, but I’m working on becoming a drone. I haven’t too far too go! 🙂 Card: Miss M Productions Oh, by the way, this is the quote used for Bette: “I got a letter from the Republican Party the other day. I wrote back, ‘Go f— yourself.’ George Bush is a fan of mine — he came to see me in the Seventies. His coke dealer brought him.” (An oh so obvious joke.) If you’d like to see all the celebrity lunacy out there: Click Here Love, Mister D
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