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Monthly Archives: July 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The whip-smart husband-and-wife team of director William Friedkin (“The French Connection“) and Sherry Lansing, the producer (“Fatal Attraction”) and first woman studio head at Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount, visited the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic this month, where I sat down with each of them. Here’s Lansing, and below is my free-wheeling conversation with Friedkin.
Winnipeg Free Press
March 1, 1986
Ingenuity, as well you know, never lets up in Hollywood or its environs.
Down and Out in Beverly Hills â€” about a wealthy hanger-maker with a wife, a daughter, a son, a dog and a free-loading bum â€” has done well in moviehouses since it opened a few weeks ago. Already, the three U.S. networks are fighting to acquire the rights for a sitcom.
We doubt very much that Bette Midler or Mike The Dog would want to do a series but money does talk.
The Top 5 Bette Midler Movies List
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Bette Midler took a field trip to the Pershing Square Signature Center to catchÂ Piece of My HeartÂ and visit a dear friendâ€”Linda Hart, who appeared in Midlerâ€™s trio of backup singers, the Harlettes, in the â€˜70s and â€™80s. Composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman were also on hand to catch the new musical and reunite withÂ HairsprayÂ alumÂ Leslie Kritzer.Â Click to see the stars’ visit on July 29, 2014!
January 31, 1986
Buddy Hackett once said that the problem with Beverly Hills is, you go to sleep beside your pool one day and when you wake up you’re 75 years old. “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” understands that statement inside-out.
It tells the story of a rich family that lives in the timeless comfort of a Beverly Hills mansion – in the kind of house where they use Architectural Digest for pornography. One day a bum wanders down the alley and into their backyard and tries to drown himself in their swimming pool. After he is saved, he changes their lives forever.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Some queens will look for any reason to show off their Bette Midler impersonations. Add out comic performer Micah McCain to the list. The triple-threat entertainer takes aim at the gay-worshipped 1988 Midler-Barbara Hershey tearjerker Beaches and offers his singular take on the filmâ€™s highlights â€” except, oddly, itâ€™s famous theme song â€œThe Wind Beneath My Wingsâ€ â€” in less than four minutes. Brava!
Check it out below.
Film Review: Beaches (1988) by Garry Marshall – Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey star in a film about the arch of a friendship through love, jealously and illness
Monday, July 28, 2014
We’ve passed the Â $30,000.00 mark on our Stages For Success fundraiser and I’m absolutely thrilled with the response we have gotten so far! Matthew McConaughey, Gwenyth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, Gloria Estefan, and so many others from the entertainment community have remembered how important their own arts education was to their careers andÂ stepped up to help our kids.Â I’mÂ ferklempt!
A diva’s work, however, is never done: we’re in the final week of our CrowdRise campaign, andÂ we have to raise a total of Â $50,000.00Â order to complete our Far Rockaway, Queens project in time for the 2014-2015 school year. I’m just itching to give away these ukeleles!
Please, help our kids to sing out and pass this on to your friends: I’m counting – and matching – every dollar raised!
Our mailing address is:
The Jeckyl Foundation
700 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203.
“One supporting role I should have taken, if my then-manager hadnâ€™t turned it down, was the Talia Shire role in Rocky. Iâ€™d still like to work with Sylvester Stallone. Thereâ€™s something about those beefy Italians that turns me on. But when he sent over the Rocky screenplay, my manager told me it was a nice role, a nice movie, but not for me. When I saw Rocky, I was really sad that Iâ€™d lost the chance to play that girl.â€
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Comedy is down but not out in new film
February 14, 1986
Dave Whiteman made a fortune
manufacturing clothes hangers for
hotels and motels. Jerry Baskin
spent his time on the streets, scavenging
for food and surviving the
best he could.
Director Paul Mazursky took
those two characters and, throwing
in a few cheap but delightful shots at
the bourgeoisie, made a motion picture
that is as varied as the main
Throughout most of the film,
Down and Out in Beverly Hills has
all the class and style of Whitemanâ€™s
autos (a Mercedes and a Rolls
Royce), sleek and fast with a touch
Friday, July 25, 2014
It is suggested to Bette Midler
she will run out of time before she
runs out of ideas. Her reply is swift,
without trace of a smile.
“Oh no, don’t SAY that,” she
says. “You mean I won’t live forever?”
Trying to pin Bette Midler down
in a phrase or two is like trying to
play Name That Tune with the
motorman on a moving subway
train. Under anything resembling
normal circumstances, it cannot be