Monthly Archives: June 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

Updates: 06-30-08

New Music The Women The Return of Moronice, the Bootlicking Turkey New Polling System Coming Soon

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Bette’s & Bits

Mister D: Bette Midler’s official site has become officially pink…hell, I became gayer just looking at it: Click Here Part of Bette Midler’s band, The Fat City Horns, wrote in about my interview with Ms. Midler’s head writer, Eric Kornfeld. Of course, they loved it, so I expect you guys to fucking read it and leave me some nice comments…it’s hard working for free, dammit!:-) Anyway, here is the email they wrote me (yes, I got their permission…I’m a professional!): =&0=&
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Bette + Cher = Big Bucks For Caesar’s (Thanks Richie!)

Variety Magazine 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. Promoter AEG Live does not release specific grosses, but each sell-out generates about $700,000. Midler’s “The Showgirl Must Go On” and Cher have no comp tickets. Cher’s opening stanza concluded Sunday and she resumes her residency Aug. 6, performing Tuesdays, Wednesdays and weekends through Oct. 5. As currently scheduled, Cher’s tally for the year will be 50 shows. Midler is booked Tuesday through Sunday in June and July and for two weeks each in October, November and December. If no more shows are added or canceled, she will play 68 concerts in 2008. Estimated grosses for the year would put Midler around $47 million and Cher at about $35 million, numbers that collectively would top Celine Dion’s highest-grossing year, 2005, during which the box office took in $81.3 million on about 160 shows. Cher is booked for 200 shows over three years while Midler will do 200 by February 2010. The third piece in the Colosseum puzzle remains Elton John’s “The Red Piano,” which is booked for a dozen dates in June, eight shows between July 23 and Aug.2 and 13 concerts from Oct. 22 to Nov. 9. John does about 50 dates per year at the Colosseum. If concert figures hold steady from last year, it is quite possible that four acts that earn the bulk of their coin from a single Vegas venue will be in the year’s top 20 in grosses: Midler, John, Cher and Barry Manilow, who has 35 more dates booked this year at the Las Vegas Hilton.
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Friday, June 27, 2008

For Those Who Can’t See The Posts Below – The View
(Thanks Jamie Lee!)

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Bette On “The View” (Thank You Katrin!)

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.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Video Blog It!

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuHIbuZfUT4 You can also subscribe to these blogs as well…. Love, Mister D
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Random Bettes

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.
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    One Of My All Time Faves – “Birds”

    Thanks to BerlinDirk Love, Mister D
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    Monday, June 23, 2008

    From DVD Active: TSFM DVD Release Date & Details
    (Thank You Brandon)

    Title: Then She Found Me (IMDb) Starring: Helen Hunt Released: 9th September 2008 SRP: $27.98 Blu-Ray: $35.98 Further Details: 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. Pre-Order Now:
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    George Carlin Dead At 71 From Heart Failure

    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 “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” 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. “In his lengthy career as a comedian, writer, and actor, George Carlin has not only made us laugh, but he makes us think,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, the Kennedy Center chairman. “His influence on the next generation of comics has been far-reaching.” Mr. Carlin began his standup comedy act in the late 1950s and made his first television solo guest appearance on “The Merv Griffin Show” 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. “The weather was dominated by a large Canadian low, which is not to be confused with a Mexican high. Tonight’s forecast . . . dark, continued mostly dark tonight turning to widely scattered light in the morning.” Mr. Carlin released his first comedy album, “Take-Offs and Put-Ons,” to rave reviews in 1967. He also dabbled in acting, winning a recurring part as Marlo Thomas’ theatrical agent in the sitcom “That Girl” (1966-67) and a supporting role in the movie “With Six You Get Egg-Roll,” released in 1968. By the end of the decade, he was one of America’s best known comedians. He made more than 80 major television appearances during that time, including the Ed Sullivan Show and Johnny Carson’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. “I 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,” he recalled later, as quoted in the book “Going Too Far” by Tony Hendra, which was published in 1987. “I was a traitor, in so many words. I was living a lie.” 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 “drugs and bawdy language.” 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.
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