By Richard Lawson on July 20, 2011
Bette Midler had to step out of HBO’s upcoming Phil Spector biopic (in which Al Pacino is lookin’ good) because of a herniated disc, so in steps Helen freakin’ Mirren, playing Spector’s lawyer for his first murder trial. Hm. Are Bette Midler and Helen Mirren really analogues of each other? Seems strange. And in a weird way I’d much rather see Midler in that role, just because it’s so out-of-the-box for her. We know Mirren can do it, because she does everything. But darn it, it’d be fun to see Bette do some drama again. Get outta the bathhouse and into the, I don’t know, outhouse? Where the shit goes down? Ew. Sorry. Anyway, there you have it.