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Bette In “The Women” Remake? Looks Likely

Mister D: I know it seems inconceivable, but if it’s only 2 days work…hell, it’s possible…plus Variety magazine backs the story and they are The Hollywood Bible….

Boston Herald
By Associated Press
Thursday, September 20, 2007

Photo by Matt Stone (Bette arrives in Boston)

That Bette Midler hopped off a train at South Station last night to join the cast of “The Women” in Boston today. It’s unclear who the Divine Miss M will play in the flick, but word is, she’ll hang in the Hub for a couple of days at least. Yesterday, Debi Mazar, the potty-mouthed publicist on “Entourage,” appeared in a beauty salon scene with leading ladies Annette Bening and Meg Ryan at SportsClub/LA. LOVE her!


TopNews
Sept 20, 2007
Bette Midler, Carrie Fisher join ‘The Women’ cast
Posted September 20th, 2007 by Kiran Pahw

Bette Midler Carrie Fisher United States Washington, Sept 20 :

Bette Midler and Carrie Fisher have signed up to star in “The Women”.

Also joining the cast are Cloris Leachman, Joanna Gleason, Lynn Whitfield, Debi Mazar and Ana Gasteyer.

The stars will now be joining the already confirmed cast of Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Candice Bergen, reports Variety.

The Diane English-directed pic has Ryan, Bening, Mendes, Messing, Pinkett-Smith and Bergen play friends who discover the pal they envied most is being cheated on by her husband.

The movie is a remake of the 1939 comedy directed by George Cukor, and like the original, has an entirely female cast.

The movie is being financed by Inferno, Picturehouse and Dove.

Producers on the pic are Victoria Pearman and Mick Jagger of Jagged Films and Inferno’s Bill Johnson, as well as English. (With inputs from ANI)


Playbill
Midler, Leachman, Gleason, Gasteyer and More Join ”
Women” Film Cast
By Andrew Gans
20 Sep 2007

A starry ensemble of women have been assembled for the film remake of Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women.

Variety reports that recent additions to the starry cast include Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman, Carrie Fisher, Lynn Whitfield, Joanna Gleason, Ana Gasteyer and Debi Mazar. These actresses join previously announced cast members Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Candice Bergen. The film of the The Women, the play most recently presented on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre in 2001, is currently shooting in Boston.

Originally filmed in 1939 — with a cast boasting Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell — the work concerns a group of friends “who discover the pal they envied most is being cheated on by her husband,” according to the trade paper.

Diane English, who penned the revised script, is also directing. About the Luce work, English previously told Variety, “The original was funny but very mean-spirited. It was Luce’s attack on her gender. The catalyst of the story is still one of the women discovering her husband is having an affair, and the reaction of her friends. Unless I screw it up, there’s a built-in audience for this movie.” English is best known as the creator and writer of the Emmy-winning series “Murphy Brown.”

The recent Broadway staging of The Women, directed by Scott Elliott, starred Kristen Johnston, Rue McClanahan, Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Tilly, Mary Louise Wilson and Jennifer Coolidge. That production was filmed and broadcast on PBS stations across the country thanks to the network’s “Stage on Screen” series.

The film is being produced by Jagged Films’ Victoria Pearman and Mick Jagger, Inferno’s Bill Johnson and director English.


Variety
Femmes front ‘Women’
Midler, Ryan and Bening to star in remake
By MICHAEL FLEMING

Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman, Carrie Fisher, Lynn Whitfield, Joanna Gleason, Ana Gasteyer and Debi Mazar have joined “The Women,” the Diane English-directed remake of the 1939 comedy. Pic is currently shooting in Boston.

They join Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Candice Bergen, who play friends who discover the pal they envied most is being cheated on by her husband. As in the George Cukor-directed original, English’s film has an entirely female cast.

Pic’s being financed by Inferno, Picturehouse and Dove, the soap-maker that is underwriting part of the budget and will make “The Women” a major cog in a marketing campaign for its female-friendly brand.

Victoria Pearman and Mick Jagger of Jagged Films and Inferno’s Bill Johnson are producing with English.

Read the full article at:
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117972296.html

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