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Monthly Archives: February 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
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.
Friday, February 27, 2015
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.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
New York Times
By JANET MASLIN
Published: December 21, 1988
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.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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.
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 1979, Dire Straits began its first tour of North America.
Monday, February 23, 2015
The 5 Best Ways to Present an Oscar
By Louis Virtel | Friday, Feb 20, 2015 8:40 PM
The secret to a great Oscars telecast is not a perfect set of winners or speeches; it’s the fabulous Oscar presenters who really carry the whole thing.
Presenting is a thankless task. You’re given stale TelePrompter feed to read, and you probably spend more time onstage than most of the sputtering winners. You’re doomed to be boring unless you try one of the five methods of Awesome Oscar Presentation we’ve outlined below. We hope this year’s presenters take a hint from these wonderful podium moments.
Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint‘ Reaches 500,000 in Sales
By Keith Caulfield | February 20, 2015 10:13 PM EST
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).
Sunday, February 22, 2015
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.
Midlerâ€™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.