Monthly Archives: February 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bette Midler Honorary Chairman For The Israel Film Festival

26th Israel Film Festival Honors David Nevins, Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa With Achievement in Television Award for “Homeland”

Nevins, Gordon and Gansa will join previously-announced Jonah Hill, who will receive the IFF Achievement in Film Award.

[via press release from Showtime]

Celebrating the Best of Israeli Cinema, Thirty Films to Screen in Los Angeles March 15-29 Read More

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BetteBack: Scenes From A Mall Trailer

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BetteBack February 21, 1991: Midler Marvelous, “Mall” Boring

Paul Mazursky is a master of intimacy. He has a keen eye for the everyday glitches in human relations h i p s, a nd a s h a rp wit for storytelling.

As a writer, “The Blackboard Jungle” (1955) was tough and realistic. His send-up of the ’60s, “I Love You, Alice B. Toklas,” captured hash brownies and a freaky Peter Sellers.

As a director, his debut film “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice” is now considered a classic look at marriage and sex, and “Harry and Tonto” was a poignant portrait of aging. Read More

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BetteBack February 21, 1991: Only Duds At This “Mall”

Syracuse Herald Journal
Even dynamic duo fails to save gloomy ‘Scenes’
By Joan E. Vadeboncoeu
February 21, 1991

Wr i t e r -di r e c tor Paul M a z u r s ky must have t h o u g ht he was m a k i ng a new version of “An Unma r r i ed W o m a n .” h is d i s t i n g u i s h ed f i lm about a divorced woman searching for self-esteem.

B ut M a z u r s k y ‘s l a t e st f i l m , “Scenes from a Mall.” stars Bette M i d l e r and Woody Allen. So one e x p e c ts l a u g h s. A n d p l e n ty of l a u g hs a re d e m a n d ed when Bette’s and Woody’s names appear together on the marquee. Read More

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Oscars: Twitter Talking Points

Oscars 2012 – the Twitter view
What were the main Twiitter talking points during the Oscars ceremony?
Adam Boult
February 2012

Article history
Twitter was abuzz with commentary throughout Sunday night, as practically every minor detail of the Oscars broadcast was dissected, joked about, bickered over and elevated into minor Twitterstorm status within seconds. Here are just a few of the highlights (and lowlights) that might have passed you by.

Guardian Film
Sacha Baron Cohen empties ‘Kim Jong-il‘s ashes’ over Ryan Seacrest on Oscars red carpet…
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Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik (Beyond The Sling? Honey, I’m Still Trying To Get In One!)

Celebrity Baby Scoop
Mayim Bialik Debuts Book, Talks Attachment Parenting
Feb 28, 2012 by JENNY SCHAFER  

She first stole our hearts as the hat-wearing teen Blossom and the saucy young Bette Midler in Beaches. Now we love Mayim Bialik as the quirky neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. Not only does she have an outstanding acting career, she also holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and is one of the most hands-on moms in Hollywood.

Mayim opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her latest endeavour: her “memoir” on attachment parenting, Beyond the Sling. She says we are “so trained to believe that independence from a child and having a child that is independent is ‘best.'” The thoughtful mom-of-two also talks about her sons whom she homeschools, how she handles the criticism for her outspoken – and sometimes unpopular – views on attachment parenting, and her high-profile life: “I don’t fit in in Hollywood. I never really did.” Read More

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Video: Bette Midler – Delta Dawn (live 1993)

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BetteBack February 13, 1991: Stars To Gather For Gulf Troops Song

Deer Park Broadcaster
‘We are the World,’ minus a singer or two
by Matt Ray
February 13, 1991

In Ihis patriotic time, understandably everyone is wanting lo do somcihing to support the troops. Such is the case for the latest mega-star gathering to record an upl i f t ing song for the soldiers in the desert. This sounds like a nice enough idea, but looking at the list of participants, one wonders if they c o u l d n ‘t just write a letter.

I mean, please. Mike Tyson, Sally Field and Whoopi Goldberg recording a song for the troops? Maybe a dramatic reading or s lug fcst of some kind, bul a song? Read More

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BetteBack February 7, 1991: Some People’s Lives Review

Syracuse Herald Journal
Critics: Some People’s Lives
February 7, 1991

THE CRITIC: Shane Kurowski, a senior at West Genesee High School.

THE MUSIC: Bette Midler, “Some Feopte’s Lives.”

WHAT HE THINKS: following the success of “Wind Beneath My Wings,” Bette Midler had only one way to go.
With her soulful voice and beautiful orchestration to accompany it, she has completed an album that continues in line with her previous works. Midler does not dwell in the current socio-political flow of many other artists. Instead, she stays with the old standbys, love and relationships. Read More

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Bette Midler Wins A WIN Award This Past Friday Night

The WIN Awards Winners

Made For TV Movie / Mini Series

Mildred Pierce (HBO)

A Killer Films / John Wells Production in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and HBO Miniseries;
Directed by: Todd Haynes; Teleplay by: Todd Haynes, Jon Raymond;
Based on the Novel by: James M. Cain;
Executive Producers: John Wells, Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler;
Co-Executive Producer: Ilene S. Landress

Actress Made For TV Movie / Mini Series

Diane Lane, Cinema Verite (HBO)

Film / Show Directed By a Woman Read More

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