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Monthly Archives: January 2015
Saturday, January 31, 2015
This is my 800th farewell appearance here at the Continental Baths,â€ jokes a much younger Bette Midler after a rousing opening number singing The Carpentersâ€™ â€œFriends.â€ She continues, â€œI didnâ€™t expect to be back so soonâ€¦They had me booked at Fire Islandâ€¦I was supposed to work at Cherry Grove â€” I was supposed to sing. But they couldnâ€™t find room for me in the bushes.â€
In this stunning archival footage, we see what is thought to be Betteâ€™s actual farewell appearance at the Baths, the now-iconic relic of a pre-AIDS existence in the late 60s, early 70s.
In Grandma, Lily Tomlin has first leading role in a film in 27 years – and she’s playing a bisexual poet
Comedy legend was last above title in 1988’s Big Business opposite Bette Midler in 1988
30 JANUARY 2015 | BY GREG HERNANDEZ
But the 75-year-old comedy legend is back above the title in the comedy Grandma which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Syracuse Herald Journal
November 13, 1988
Animation is painstaking, time-consuming work. For every 5 to 7 feet of-hand-drawn figures, amounting to a fleeting five seconds on screen, an artist labors an entire week.
One 70-minute feature film, like the studio’s new release, “Oliver and Company,” which opens nationwide Friday, spreads over four years. A full year of that four is. devoted solely to the animation.
It seems hardly worth the trouble. But within four years, the number of animators at the Disney emporium has leaped from 170 to 400, causing the one-floor building in suburban Glendale to strain at the seams.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Pacific Stars And Stripes
November 13, 1988
The studios and publicity offices are readying trade paper ads to offer films and performances “for your consideration.” The champ in that department is Tom Hanks.
THE AFFABLE Hanks has been the subject of the biggest publicity blitz since last year’s blast for Cher, who ended up with the best-actress Oscar for “Moonstruck.”
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The all-star recording session for We Are the World, the biggest charity single of all time, took place 30 years ago Wednesday.
On Jan. 28, 1985, at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood, following the American Music Awards, more than 40 artists gathered to record a song Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson had written to raise awareness of widespread, life-threatening poverty in Africa. Most of that show’s winners â€” including Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, the Pointer Sisters, Kenny Rogers and the Jacksons â€” participated.
Mister D: Just found out this will be the same song that’s on Bette’s album!
Longtime fan Steven Van Zandt is producing an album for Love with material written specifically for her by himself as well as by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dion, Joan Jett, and Jimmy Webb. The album also will feature a duet with Bette Midler.
Perry Keyes Preps Two Albums For 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Anderson Herald Bulletin
October 30, 1988
ANSWER: Itâ€™s true that Lainie has dropped some weight. But she did it voluntarily; It had nothing to do with being sick. In quite another sense, however, Kazan tells me she is indeed sick â€” sick of playing fatsos on the screen. Once a voluptuous sexpot nightclub singer, she now yearns for the old days. So she went on a tough diet-exercise regimen and dropped some 39 pounds. In her latest flick, â€œBeaches,â€ opposite Bette Midler, Lainie plays yet another overweight mama. The film is due around Christmas. After that, she promises, Itâ€™s going to be strictly lithesome Lainie.