Monthly Archives: February 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015


PaperMag THE 25 BEST BITCHY REMARKS OF ALL TIME by Michael Musto February 25, 2015 bette-midler-surprise-face-witch-3 Most famous people generally mind their P’s and Q’s and try to not to make waves with their public utterances for fear of bad press. But occasionally, they slip up–thank God–and blurt their true hateful feelings. And when famous people uncork their mouths, it makes your everyday bitch look like an amateur. Here are my 25 favorite nasty comments of all time, courtesy of notable names dishing a variety of things (like each other). I’m too in awe of these remarks to even be jealous. There is no there there.” — Gertrude Stein about Oakland She looks like a truck driver in drag.” — Truman Capote on Valley of the Dolls author Jacqueline Susann She doesn’t write, she types.” — Gore Vidal on Valley of the Dolls author Jacqueline Susann. “Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.” — author Mary McCarthy, about author Lillian Hellman Faye Dunaway needs a step ladder to sniff Bette Davis’s ass.” — James Woods, who worked with both of them Lindsay Lohan said she wouldn’t mind being under oath because she thought Oath was a Norwegian ski instructor.” — Joan Rivers “Madonna has just lost 30 pounds–she shaved her legs.” — Joan Rivers Let’s be blunt. Yesterday’s Evita is tomorrow’s Velveeta.” — Fashion critic Mr. Blackwell on Madonna “A Botox’d cockatoo in a painting by Dali.” — Mr. Blackwell describing Melanie Griffith This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” — Dorothy Parker reviewing Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged “You can lead a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think.” — Dorothy Parker “She runs the gamut of emotions, from A to B.” — Dorothy Parker about Katharine Hepburn “Congratulations are in order for Woody Allen. He and Soon-Yi have a brand new baby daughter. It’s all part of Woody’s plan to grow his own wives.” — David Letterman “She’s so dumb it takes her two hours to watch 60 Minutes.” — Joey Adams joke Unfortunately, he was about as deep as a melted ice cube” — Times reporter Gail Collins on failed politico John Edwards “She’s so white, she’s invisible.”– Bette Midler on milky singer Karen Carpenter Keir Dullea, gone tomorrow” — Noel Coward on the survival probability of a then-hot actor Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” — Oscar Wilde “Isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?”– David Niven after a surprise streaker ran by, flashing everything, on the 1974 Oscar telecast “Linda arrives at first rehearsal with cosmetic surgery tape over and under her eyelids and underneath her chin. She also has the weirdest collagen-enhanced lips I’ve ever seen. They make her look like a gargoyle when she smiles.”– Joan Collins on rehearsing the play Legends with Linda Evans in 2006 “She’s been hit with the ugly stick. You just want to say ‘God bless and here’s a Gillette razor’.” — Sharon Osbourne on Susan Boyle “If Amanda Bynes finally takes the earrings out of her cheeks and blows a guy, there must be geysers of jizz shooting out of her face!” — Kathy Griffin “She’s a vacuum with nipples.” — Otto Preminger on Marilyn Monroe “She speaks five languages, and can’t act in any of them.” — John Gielgud on Ingrid Bergman All God’s children are not beautiful. Most of God’s children are, in fact, barely presentable.” — Fran Lebowitz
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: Bette Midler and Darlene Love rock on ‘He’s Sure The Boy I Love’

Digital Journal Review: Bette Midler and Darlene Love rock on ‘He’s Sure The Boy I Love’ SPECIAL By Markos Papadatos February 27, 2015 187584Nashvilledon282011111737AM Read more: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love and Bette Midler are absolutely incredible on their duet “He’s Sure The Boy I Love.” It is a track on Midler’s newest studio album It’s the Girls! The tune was co-written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and originally performed by The Crystals. The song is infectious, with a retro vibe to it, and it is easy to sing along to. Midler and Love’s vocals blend well on harmonies together and the result is a masterpiece duet. “He’ never be a big business man, He always buys on the installment plan, He sure ain’t the boy I been dreaming of, But he’s sure the boy I love,” the acclaimed songstresses sing. They are able to dust off the original recording by The Crystals, make it sound fresh, and subsequently introduce it to a brand new generation of fans. The Verdict Overall, this duet is a gift from two musical goddesses: Bette Midler and Darlene Love. They truly knock it out of the park. It does not get any better than that. They ought to perform it live at some point in concert. It will certainly be well-received by their fans and listeners. “He’s Sure The Boy I Love” earns an A rating. For more information on Darlene Love, check out her official website. To learn more about Bette Midler and her new album, visit her homepage.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015


i4u LADY GAGA CHANNELS BETTE MIDLER WITH ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY‘ STARRING ROLE? Feb 25 2015, 9:56pm CST | by Sidney Garland, in News | Latest TV News 2-26-2015 4-49-24 AM In a moonstruck sort of way, Mother Monster has shaken up the minds of fans with her chameleon-esque career moves. Only Lady Gaga can go from a glamorous tribute to Sounds of Music in a Mary Poppins manner to starring in “American Horror Story.” Imagine that? Perhaps, it’s a road less followed that explains why Lady Gaga is turning the page on her seemingly failed career. Who can forget the abysmal ratings of ARTPOP? Or perhaps she’s channeling the venerable Bette Midler who danced on both sides the isle, and emerged out of the ashes to reinvent her career. After melting the hearts of millions from her Academy Awards performance, Gaga starring in the fifth season of American Horror Story, arguably, makes logical sense, citing a Variety report. Daily Mail calls Lady Gaga’s role in the upcoming FX season her second act. However, one only has to dig deep into the Born this Way pop singer’s past to realize that she was prepped for a lead role on the big and small screens. In short, Gaga is not a familiar face that is slated to fill a void in a film cast gone awry. Here’s why. Gaga, real name, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, before disrupting pop culture, taking on male personas (“Jo Calderone”) and donning meat dresses, had another love: acting. Lady Gaga has a mean set of vocals, but she also has a knack for role-playing. With a strong background at the prestigious New York University, a starring role in American Horror Story is backed by credentials. In other words, she’s not merely a knock-off artist with a dream of acting. Besides, her stage performances tell stories and captivate audiences in ways that mere vocals alone can’t pull off. She’s starred in Machete Kills and made appearances in several other small budget films. Although they all bombed at the box office or were skewered by film critics, Gaga’s upcoming role is a lead and she has a solid franchise to build on. Although her recent collaboration with Tony Bennett (Cheek to Cheek), which garnered her a Grammy, and her tribute to Julie Andrews signaled a tamer and more mature performer, Lady Gaga is not tossing out her inner weirdo and oddball. Her role in Horror is evidence of her ability to keep fans and critics wondering what she will do next. Like Midler, who had a topsy-turvy career in film and music, but made a series of comebacks, Gaga is following suit. And by all early accounts, the ayes have it for her to do amazing in a fearless kind of way. Spoiler alert: According to Huffington Post, a portion of the AHS plot may have something to do with chemical warfare – unofficially. The fifth season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story premiere’s in October. How do you think Lady Gaga will fit in with the cast?
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BetteBack December 21, 1988: Beaches – A Friendship, On and Off the Rocks

New York Times By JANET MASLIN Published: December 21, 1988 302509_221806531226325_221327031274275_536424_1545746535_n There are a few indications that ”Beaches,” the story of a long and checkered friendship between two women, takes place in the 1980’s. There is the fact, for instance, that when one of the friends, a wealthy Californian named Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) announces that she plans to have a baby and raise it alone, the other friend, a vivacious singer named C. C. Bloom (Bette Midler), says this will be just wonderful. In other respects, though, ”Beaches” is strictly a 40’s saga, complete with bitter feuds, tearful recriminations, loving affirmations and, of course, the kind of fatal illness that can drag on endlessly without altering the afflicted’s good looks. Those who go to see ”Beaches,” which was directed by Garry Marshall and which opens today at Cinema I and other theaters, ought to know what they’ll be getting, and that they’ll be getting quite a lot of it. ”Beaches” – which has a couple of key scenes at the beach but otherwise never justifies that title except perhaps with the vague view that we are all life’s driftwood – is pure soap from beginning to end. Though its stars work hard to hold the attention, they are asked to play this story absolutely straight. Even viewers with a taste for melodrama will doubtlessly expect more irony or perspective on the genre that ”Beaches” has to offer. Of course, there is a flashback: C. C. Bloom, now a big star rehearsing a concert at the Hollywood Bowl (Miss Midler sings a sultry version of ”Under the Boardwalk”), suddenly receives shocking news. She drives off in a terrible rainstorm, heading we know not where. Cut to C. C.’s girlhood, to an Atlantic City sojourn during which the brassy little redhead (played by Mayim Bialik, who does a wicked imitation of the adult Miss M.) makes friends with the rich overprotected Hillary. Perhaps they do not know that this friendship will last a lifetime, but we, of course, do. C. C. and Hillary become loyal pen pals. (C. C. in New York: ”I’m on my own now and I’ve got a flat, a can of Mace and a subscription to Variety. I’m all set.”) They keep this up until, in their early 20’s, they are reunited as New York roommates, banging on the radiators with the kind of pluck that only New York movie roommates have. As opposites, C. C. and Hillary do make an appealing if pat combination, Miss Hershey looking the demure debutante and Miss Midler brazening her way through every situation. Together, they make the friendship convincing and the story a lot more interesting than it otherwise would be. Each of the heroines is allowed one marriage (though one of the husbands, John Heard as a theater director, manages to become involved with both of the friends). After this, though, men mostly fade out of the story, leaving C. C. and Hillary to confront age, rivalry, success and finally mortality. By the time ”Beaches” arrives at the inevitable tragic and bittersweet note, though, it seems to have run through several different preliminary endings. Any one of these would have sufficed. Miss Midler gets to sing a lot, which is a big help. In the supporting cast, Spalding Gray looks mildly stunned at having to play the dreamboat doctor who nearly takes C. C. away from her life of glitter, but he does have one of the film’s few memorable lines. ”I don’t understand it,” he says when things go wrong. ”I mean, just yesterday she was telling me she wanted to be a nurse.” ”Beaches” is rated PG-13 (”Special Parental Guidance Suggested for Children Younger Than 13”). It includes some off-color language and one mildly risque musical routine. Water Under The Bridge BEACHES, directed by Garry Marshall; screenplay by Mary Agnes Donoghue, based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart; director of photography, Dante Spinotti; edited by Richard Halsey; music by Georges Delerue; production designer, Albert Brenner; produced by Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell, Bette Midler and Margaret Jennings South; released by Touchstone Pictures. At Cinema 1, Third Avenue and 60th Street; Gramercy, 23d Street and Lexington Avenue. Running time: 120 minutes. This film is rated PG-13. C. C. Bloom … Bette Midler Hillary Whitney Essex … Barbara Hershey John Pierce … John Heard Dr. Richard Milstein … Spalding Gray Leona Bloom … Lainie Kazan Michael Essex … James Read Victoria Essex … Grace Johnston C. C. (age 11) … Mayim Bialik Hillary (age 11) … Marcie Leeds
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Beaches: Time Out Review

166915_221806744559637_221327031274275_536436_1296796437_n   CC and Hillary first meet under the boardwalk in Atlantic City. CC is a vulgar, would-be singer, Hillary a beautiful, poor little rich girl. As they grow up into Midler and Hershey, they keep their relationship alive by writing letters. Then one day Hillary turns up in New York and becomes CC’s flatmate. Hillary sleeps with theatre director Heard; CC marries him. Marshall’s slick and stylish flick follows the ups and downs of their marriages and careers, but because CC becomes a star, the pace is sabotaged by several Midler numbers. Even so, Midler carries the movie: nearly all the giggles are due to her comic skills. Two-thirds of the way through, a funny film turns tragic with the utterance of a single word, virus, which means that Hershey has to start gasping and preparing for death. But even though tear-jerking has never been so blatant, your tears of laughter are replaced, dammit, by tears of grief.
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On This Day: February 23rd

7-21-2011-6-10-24-PM On February 23rd, 1957, Porter Wagoner joined the Grand Ole Opry. In 1965, Stan Laurel of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team died in Santa Monica, California. He was 74. In 1970, Canada’s music awards, known as the Junos, were presented for the first time. The Guess Who won for best group that year. In 1978, at the 20th annual Grammy Awards, The Eagles won Record of the Year for “Hotel California.” ”Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac won the Album of the Year award. In 1979, Dire Straits began its first tour of North America. In 1983, the band Toto won six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for “Toto IV.” In 1988, Michael Jackson kicked off his first solo U.S. tour in Kansas City. In 1993, actor Anthony Hopkins was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. In 1994, a judge in Los Angeles dismissed a suit brought by Martha Raye against Bette Midler. Raye had said Midler stole her life story for the movie “For the Boys.” In 1995, singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of complications following a brain seizure in Los Angeles. He was 53. In 1996, actress Halle (HAL’-ee) Berry and Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice announced they were ending their three-year marriage. In 2003, Norah Jones won five Grammys, one for every category in which she was nominated, including album of the year. The Grammys show opened with Simon and Garfunkel, the first time they had performed together in a decade. In 2004, the finale of “Sex and the City” aired. Today’s Birthdays: Actor-director Peter Fonda is 75. Steel guitarist Rusty Young of Poco is 69. Actress Patricia Richardson (“Home Improvement”) is 64. Guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith is 63. Singer Howard Jones is 60. Guitarist Michael Wilton of Queensryche is 53. Actress Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”) is 50. Actor Marc Price (“Family Ties”) is 47. TV personality Daymond John (“Shark Tank”) is 46. Actress Niecy Nash (“Reno 911!”) is 45. Bassist Jeff Beres of Sister Hazel is 44. Guitarist-keyboardist Lasse (LOS) Johansson of The Cardigans is 42. Actress Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 39. Actor Josh Gad (“Frozen,” ”Jobs”) is 34. Actor Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”) is 32. Actress Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada“) is 32. Actress Dakota Fanning is 21.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

The 5 Best Ways to Present an Oscar

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‘It’s The Girls’ Logs Its Best Sales Week Since December 28, 2014

Billboard Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint‘ Reaches 500,000 in Sales By Keith Caulfield | February 20, 2015 10:13 PM EST il_570xN.722501661_7cnw On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake’s surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late opened atop the list with a huge first week while the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack sizzled with a No. 2 debut. Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the chart: — Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint – No. 12 — With another 22,000 copies sold in the week ending Feb. 15, according to Nielsen Music, the album’s total sales drive past 500,000 (509,000 to be more precise). It’s Minaj’s third album (of three) to sell a half-million, following Pink Friday (1.93 million) and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (905,000). Marvin Gaye, Let’s Get It On – No. 52 — The album, which re-enters at No. 52, was sale priced for the rock bottom price of just 99 cents during the week in the Google Play store, sparking the bulk of its 11,000 sales for the week (up from basically nothing the week previous). Let’s Get It On has been absent from the chart since 1984. — Bette Midler, It’s the Girls! – No. 107The Divine Miss M‘s album logs its best sales week (nearly 7,000; up 57 percent) since the week ending Dec. 28, 2014, thanks to the set’s advertisement in Target and Best Buy circulars, and in-store promotion at Walmart. The set zooms 173-107. For King & Country, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. – No. 144 — Sales of the album generated at concerts in the Southeast during stops along the Winter Jam tour help pump the album to a 43 percent unit gain (and a 55 percent leap in pure album sales). It climbs 175-144. — Norah Jones, Come Away With Me – No. 151 — The album was promoted by iTunes as a Valentine’s Day essential, and for a discounted price. In turn, the album’s sales rise by 181 percent to 4,000 for the week (and a re-entry at No. 151).

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    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    20 Great (and a Couple of Not-So-Great) Moments in Singer-Actor History

    Billboard Magazine 20 Great (and a Couple of Not-So-Great) Moments in Singer-Actor History — From Frank Sinatra to Selena Gomez Feb 22, 2015 1979-bette-midler-billboard 1927: Jolson Breaks The Sound Barrier Both controversial and historic, The Jazz Singer is remembered as much for its star, Al Jolson, performing in blackface as it is for being the first “talkie.” Though blackface’s legacy remains understandably controversial, Jolson popularized sounds like jazz and blues among white audiences of his era. 1944: Bing Meets Oscar Bing Crosby’s Academy Award for best actor in the musical Going My Way fills out an inventory of accolades that includes three Guinness World Records, three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the first Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. 1954: Sinatra Is Eternal Pegged as a bobby-soxer idol, Frank Sinatra saw his career stall as he entered adulthood. His best supporting actor win for From Here to Eternity changed all that. 1956: Elvis Hits The Movies After his screen debut with Love Me Tender, Elvis Presley went on to make a whopping 31 feature films, including hits like 1957’s Jailhouse Rock and 1964’s Viva Las Vegas. 1968: Captain Kirk Finds God William Shatner’s spoken-word album The Transformed Man is a psych-’60s oddity. “I touched the face of God!” he shrieks on the title track, released two years into his Star Trek run. 1978: Travolta Does The Hustle A year after hitting the top 10 with soft-rock marshmallow “Let Her In,” John Travolta landed one of the best one-two punches in Hollywood history, starring back-to-back in Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Both soundtracks hit the No. 1 spot in 1978, faring considerably better than his double-LP solo release, Travolta Fever.

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    Beaches: Variety Review

      3771_5244139226 Story of this engaging tearjerker [from the novel by Iris Rainer Dart] is one of a profound friendship, from childhood to beyond the grave, between two wildly mismatched women, a lower-class Jew (Bette Midler) from the Bronx whose every breath is showbiz, and a San Francisco blueblood (Barbara Hershey) destined for a pampered but troubled life. Men, marriages and career vicissitudes come and go, but their bond ultimately cuts through it all. Midler’s strutting, egotistical, self-aware character gets off any number of zingers, but all in the context of a vulnerable woman who seems to accept, finally, that certain things in life, notably happiness in romance and family, are probably unreachable for her. By way of contrast, Hershey plays her more emotionally untouchable part with an almost severe gravity. Hillary seems to have no real center, which in Hershey’s interpretation could be part of the point, as nothing really works out for this woman who has everything, looks, intelligence, money – going for her. 1988: Nomination: Best Art Direction
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