Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sarah Silverman, Bette Midler, Kelly Osbourne Send Well-Wishes to Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers‘ famous friends and E! colleagues are rallying behind the comedy legend who is reportedly on life support after she stopped breathing during throat surgery on Thursday morning. Over the weekend, a host of familiar names expressed their love and sent well-wishes to the 81-year-old E! “Fashion Police” host. Also read: Joan Rivers’ Daughter Melissa Thanks Fans for Support: ‘Her Condition Remains Serious’ “We have a gig in 2 weeks and I’m not doing it without you You’Re Being Ridiculous,” Sarah Silverman tweeted Sunday. Bette Midler also sent well-wishes Rivers’ way, writing on Twitter, “Please, please, let #JoanRivers pull through. » Read More

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Hello In There – Bette Midler Cover (Performed by Don Bradshaw)

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The Robin Williams that made so many people laugh

Albany Herald
MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back Aug. 24, 2014
HISTORY : The Robin Williams that made so many people laugh


Emotions ran the gamut when news of the death of Robin Williams spread across the world on Aug. 11. The comedian’s wife said, on behalf of his family,”As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.” That is just what this column wishes to do.
##— As a child, Williams memorized the comedy albums of Jonathan Winters.
##— Williams was granted a full scholarship to Juilliard in New York City. In 1973, he was one of only 20 students accepted in to Juilliard’s freshman class and one of only two students to be accepted by John Houseman into the advanced program. The other was Christopher Reeve. The duo became lifelong friends.
##— A week after Reeve was injured in the horseback riding accident that left him paralyzed, Williams dressed in scrubs from head to toe, including a surgical mask. When he entered the room, he spoke with a Russian accent acting the role of a doctor. When Reeve saw who it really was, he laughed for the first time after the accident.
##— When Williams auditioned for the role of Mork from Ork on “Happy Days,” producer Garry Marshall told him to sit down. Williams immediately “sat” on his head. Marshall hired him saying he was the only alien that auditioned for the role.
##— With the grand success of the first season “Mork & Mindy,” Williams was featured on the cover of Time magazine on March 12, 1979.
##— In 1993, Williams wrote the forward to Gary Larson’s book, “The Far Side: Gallery 4.”
##— When Johnny Carson planned his penultimate show, he picked Robin Williams and Bette Midler as his final guests, on May 21, 1992.
##— When Williams graduated from high school in 1969, the senior class voted him “funniest” and “most likely not to succeed.”
##— Among the many celebrity voices Williams impersonated were Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Rodney Dangerfield, Arsenio Hall, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ed Sullivan.
##— As a child, Williams’ favorite book was “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” He later read it to his children.
##— Williams and Robert De Niro were the last celebrities to see John Belushi alive, albeit on separate visits to his bungalow, on March 5, 1982.
##— A star on the the Hollywood Walk of Fame was added for Williams on December 12, 1990.
##— Williams enjoyed cycling and even trained with Lance Armstrong occasionally.
##— On the TV show “Law & Order: SVU,” Williams portrayed a man driven crazy with grief (April 29, 2008).
##— When “Blame Canada,” a song from “South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut,” was nominated for a Best Song Academy Award, it was Williams who performed the song at the ceremony. Mary Kay Bergman, the actress who performed the song in the film, had committed suicide a few months earlier.
##— After a 20-year break from stand-up comedy, Williams came back with a show on Broadway. It won the 2003 Grammy for the best spoken word album.
##— The year was 1996 when Williams reached a milestone by having two of his films reach the $100-million mark in the U.S. in the same week. The films were “Jumanji” and “The Birdcage.”
##— Williams was raised in the Episcopal Church. He once related the top reasons to be an Episcopalian. Among them were: pew aerobics, no snake handling; male and female, God created them, male and female we ordain them, and free wine on Sunday.
##“The Second Amendment says we have the right to bear arms, not to bear artillery.”
##“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
##“Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?”
##“If women ran the world we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.”
##“If it’s the Psychic Network, why do they need a phone number?”
##“Comedy is acting out optimism.”
##“Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose.”
##“What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.”
##“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
##“Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs.”
##“Politics: ‘Poli’ a Latin word meaning ‘many’; and ‘tics,’ meaning ‘bloodsucking creatures.’”
##“Cricket is basically baseball on Valium.”
##“In England, if you commit a crime, the police don’t have a gun and you don’t have a gun. If you commit a crime, the police will say, ‘Stop, or I’ll say stop again.’”
##“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”
##“Death is nature’s way of saying, ‘Your table is ready.’”
##“A woman would never make a nuclear bomb. They would never make a weapon that kills. They’d make a weapon that makes you feel bad for a while.”
##“We’re dealing with fundamentalists. The Amish are fundamentalists, but they don’t try an hijack a carriage at needlepoint.”
##“She is not perfect. You are not perfect. The question is whether or not you are perfect for each other.”
##“The truth is, if anything, I’m probably addicted to laughter.”
##“Okra is the closest thing to nylon I’ve ever eaten. It’s like they bred cotton with a green bean. Okra tastes like snot. The more you cook it, the more it turns into string.”
##“When you look at Prince Charles, don’t you think that someone in the Royal family knew someone in the Royal family?”
##“What kind of food did we drop on Afghanistan? Pop-Tarts, peanut butter … just add a Honey Baked Ham and you’ve got a redneck Christmas.”
##“Welcome to Washington, D.C., where the buck stops here! Way to go. And then it’s handed out to AIG and many other people.”
##“You know the difference between a tornado and divorce in the South? Nothing! Someone is losing a trailer.”
##“I was once on a German talk show, and this woman said to me, ‘Mr. Williams, why do you think there is not so much comedy in Germany?’ And I said, ‘Did you ever think you killed all the funny people?’”
##“I’m a born entertainer. When I open the fridge door and the light goes on, I burst into song.”
##“People say satire is dead. It’s not dead; it’s alive and living in the White House.”
##Once asked what he (Robin Williams) would like to hear God say when he arrives in heaven, he answered, “There’s a seat in the front for the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Elvis Presley concert.” From fans near and far, here’s hoping you enjoy the show. Read More

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BetteBack September 20, 1986: Shelley Long On Bette Midler

Kokomo Tribune
September 20, 1986


As does your film career, which continues with “Outrageous Fortune.” Aren’t you and Bette Midler an odd pairing?

We play very different characters. I like to do my preparation — my feeling into a situation. But the contrasts in the film are hilarious.

I don’t think it takes much imagination to think about Shelley Long and Bette Midler in a movie together

BetteBack June 22, 1986: Bette Midler And Shelley Long Squabble Over Billing

BetteBack April 25, 1986: More Outrageous Fortune News Read More

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Shameless Self Promotion: Shake It Off – Taylor Swift Cover (Performed by Don Bradshaw)

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Movie “Life Of Crime” Too Close To “Ruthless People”

Daily Post
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Life of Crime’ would have worked better in the 80’s
By Michael Clark As of Wednesday, August 27, 2014



#2.5 out of 4 stars

#Saddled with a forgettable, generic title, “Life of Crime” is a film that might have worked better had it come out when originally intended (1986) and contained anywhere near the level of stinging and caustic wit of its source material.

#Back in ’86, Diane Keaton was slated to play lead character Mickey in an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel “The Switch.” The plot was pretty simple: the unhappily married wife of a wealthy developer is kidnapped and held for ransom, but because the husband is also unhappy, he refuses to pay. It was so close in tone and structure to “Ruthless People” that it was permanently shelved and probably should have remained there. Read More

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Gay BathHouses Today Face Extinction

USA Today
Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future
Matt Hamilton, AP Staff Writer 11:21 a.m. EDT August 23, 2014

After Dark Annual Ruby Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.

Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub.

Gone are the days when bathhouses drew crowds just by offering a discreet place for gays to meet, share saunas and, often, have sex. Read More

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Ben Affleck And Tyler Perry Bond Over Bette On Set Of “Gone Girl”

Yahoo Movies
Tyler Perry and Ben Affleck Became Best Buds During ‘Gone Girl
Gwynne Watkins
Aug 25, 2014


Ben Affleck and Tyler Perry bonded on the set of Gone Girl the old fashioned way – through sing-a-longs. Perry, who plays celebrity lawyer Tanner Bolt in the upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 best-seller, tells New York Magazine that Affleck had a tendency to burst into ’80s tunes in between takes. Impressed with his co-star’s encyclopedic song knowledge, Perry decided to put it to the test. Read More

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

BetteBack August 24, 1986: Bette Casting shocks jet-setting socialite

Salina Journal
August 24, 1986


PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Casting Bette Midler to star in the film about the Venezuelan freighter that beached in the posh backyard of
heiress Mollie Wilmot has shocked the jet-setting socialite.

“She’s a wonderful actress, but she’s terrible for the part,” Wilmot said when she learned who would portray her in Walt Disney‘s Touchstone Films production, “Palm Beached.”

Wilmot wouldn’t say why the Divine Miss M waswrong for the part or disclose who she’d prefer instead. Read More

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Release Date Set For Bette’s New CD

We finally have a tentative release date for Bette Midler’s new “it’s The Girls” CD. Should be out Tuesday, November 4, 2014.


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