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Monthly Archives: June 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
New Music The Women The Return of Moronice, the Bootlicking Turkey New Polling System Coming Soon
Saturday, June 28, 2008
By PHIL GALLO
Any concerns that Celine Dion couldn’t be replaced as a marquee Las Vegas attraction have disappeared.
Cher and her Caesars Palace stablemate Bette Midler have instantly joined the list of hottest attractions in Sin City, selling out the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for every concert since the departure of Dion.
Midler opened at the Colosseum in February and Cher on May 6. Midler’s initial run was 19 dates; Cher has played 16 concerts in the 4,296-seat venue. The two shows have already grossed about $24 million in ticket sales.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Mister D: So far I can’t get them to play. It may be that something is wrong with Red Lasso’s server. So try later if it doesn’t work.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Mister D: Looks as if the Harlettes are doing a little video blogging behind the scenes and it’s very entertaining. The first 2 installments are from Leno, then The View. So check it out:
And here’s The View:
You can also subscribe to these blogs as well….
Love, Mister D
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Mister D: Just a few random Bette-related do-dads.As of this post I’ve been told that Bette will be performing “The Showgirl Must Go On” when she visits The View this Friday June 27, 2008. I’ll ask again closer to the show to see if it’s going to change. Eze sent me a cover version of “Good Guy” by Trisha Yearwood. This is the new song Bette may add to the show. The other choice she is considering is “Tenderly.” So thank you Eze for sending the former song to us. I’ve put it in the Same Songs, Other Voices Jukebox. He also was kind enough to send Sandra Bernhard warbling “Is That All There Is?”
And Katrin sent in a version of “Under The Boardwalk” by Bruce Willis. Have fun listening to that.
Top Vegas Events
Week Ending 06/22/2008
Mon, Jun 23rd 2008 10:15 am EST
1 Bette Midler: The ShowGirl Must Go On Tickets 51.09
2 Cher Tickets 20.91
3 Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets 5.27
4 Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular Tickets 3.62
5 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 2.78
6 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets 2.32
7 Le Reve Tickets 2.29
8 Blue Man Group Tickets 1.75
9 Cirque du Soleil: KA Tickets 1.22
10 Mamma Mia! Tickets 1.15
Thanks to BerlinDirk
Love, Mister D
Monday, June 23, 2008
Title: Then She Found Me (IMDb)
Starring: Helen Hunt
Released: 9th September 2008
ThinkFilm and Image Entertainment have announced Then She Found Me which stars Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler, and Matthew Broderick. The Helen Hunt directed film will be available to own from the 9th September, and should retail at around $27.98. The film itself will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, along with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track. Extras will include a commentary with director Helen Hunt, cast interviews and behind the scenes footage, and the theatrical trailer. A Blu-ray release will also be available for $35.98 with identical features.
Mister D: I just wanted to say that George Carlin was one of my favorite comedians and a hero to me on several levels. For the purposes of BLB I put his obituary up due to his hilarious turn in “Outrageous Fortune.” He will be missed.
New York Times
June 24, 2008
George Carlin, Irreverent Comedian, Dies at 71
By MEL WATKINS
George Carlin, the Grammy-Award winning standup comedian and actor who was hailed for his irreverent social commentary, poignant observations of the absurdities of everyday life and language, and groundbreaking routines like â€œSeven Words You Can Never Say on Television,â€ died in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday, according to his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He was 71.
The cause of death was heart failure. Mr. Carlin, who had a history of heart problems, went into the hospital on Sunday afternoon after complaining of heart trouble. The comedian had worked last weekend at The Orleans in Las Vegas.
Recently, Mr. Carlin was named the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He was to receive the award at the Kennedy Center in November. â€œIn his lengthy career as a comedian, writer, and actor, George Carlin has not only made us laugh, but he makes us think,â€ said Stephen A. Schwarzman, the Kennedy Center chairman. â€œHis influence on the next generation of comics has been far-reaching.â€
Mr. Carlin began his standup comedy act in the late 1950s and made his first television solo guest appearance on â€œThe Merv Griffin Showâ€ in 1965. At that time, he was primarily known for his clever wordplay and reminiscences of his Irish working-class upbringing in New York.
But from the outset there were indications of an anti-establishment edge to his comedy. Initially, it surfaced in the witty patter of a host of offbeat characters like the wacky sportscaster Biff Barf and the hippy-dippy weatherman Al Sleet. â€œThe weather was dominated by a large Canadian low, which is not to be confused with a Mexican high. Tonightâ€™s forecast . . . dark, continued mostly dark tonight turning to widely scattered light in the morning.â€
Mr. Carlin released his first comedy album, â€œTake-Offs and Put-Ons,â€ to rave reviews in 1967. He also dabbled in acting, winning a recurring part as Marlo Thomasâ€™ theatrical agent in the sitcom â€œThat Girlâ€ (1966-67) and a supporting role in the movie â€œWith Six You Get Egg-Roll,â€ released in 1968.
By the end of the decade, he was one of Americaâ€™s best known comedians. He made more than 80 major television appearances during that time, including the Ed Sullivan Show and Johnny Carsonâ€™s Tonight Show; he was also regularly featured at major nightclubs in New York and Las Vegas.
That early success and celebrity, however, was as dinky and hollow as a gratuitous pratfall to Mr. Carlin. â€œI was entertaining the fathers and the mothers of the people I sympathized with, and in some cases associated with, and whose point of view I shared,â€ he recalled later, as quoted in the book â€œGoing Too Farâ€ by Tony Hendra, which was published in 1987. â€œI was a traitor, in so many words. I was living a lie.â€
In 1970, Mr. Carlin discarded his suit, tie, and clean-cut image as well as the relatively conventional material that had catapulted him to the top. Mr. Carlin reinvented himself, emerging with a beard, long hair, jeans and a routine that, according to one critic, was steeped in â€œdrugs and bawdy language.â€ There was an immediate backlash. The Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas terminated his three-year contract, and, months later, he was advised to leave town when an angry mob threatened him at the Lake Geneva Playboy Club. Afterward, he temporarily abandoned the nightclub circuit and began appearing at coffee houses, folk clubs and colleges where he found a younger, hipper audience that was more attuned to both his new image and his material.