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Monthly Archives: June 2016
Thursday, June 30, 2016
YOU’VE heard of celebrity chefs? Stephen Pulman is the celebrities’ chef.
During a career which has spanned 57 years, Mr Pulman has cooked for some of the world’s most famous actors and singers, and royalty.
Photos on the walls of the small Bin 106 restaurant at Mooloolaba tell only part of the story: John Wayne, Bette Midler, Spike Milligan, Neil Diamond, Bridget Bardot, Meryl Streep, Princess Diana, Princess Margaret, Prince Andrew, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier, to name a few.
Bette Midler On Society: â€œThereâ€™s too much emphasis on youth and beauty today, she maintains. What else is there â€“ thereâ€™s youth, beauty, drugs and sex. The truth is thereâ€™s the real world and the world the media project on to the real world, which is not the real world…
Bette Midler On Society: â€œThereâ€™s too much emphasis on youth and beauty today, she maintains. What else is there â€“ thereâ€™s youth, beauty, drugs and sex. The truth is thereâ€™s the real world and the world the media project on to the real world, which is not the real world. But some people see that as the real world and because theyâ€™re not part of it, they feel theyâ€™re missing out. Itâ€™s an illusion but theyâ€™re sucked up into it. If you allow yourself to be manipulated by these images then youâ€™ll be disappointed because itâ€™s not possible to live that life.â€ (Daily Record, Sept.25, 1996)
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BetteBack September 21, 1996: A MEMBER OF THE CLUB, AND LOVING IT – An Interview With Olivia Goldsmith
Olivia Goldsmith has a guilty pleasure. It doesn’t involve hanging out on Hollywood movie sets schmoozing with such stars as Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, though she has done her fair share of exactly that.
What it does involve is the down-and-dirty pursuit of sitting in coffee shops and people-watching. It’s all a part of the benefits she’s reaping from the blood, sweat and (she assures) tears that went into writing her hugely successful first novel, “The First Wives Club.”
Bette Midler On Movies: â€œI would have liked to have made a really great picture. The last picture that really told me something about the human condition was maybe `The Godfatherâ€™, â€ she says. I also liked `The Birdcageâ€™, it was sweet.â€
Bette Midler On Movies: â€œI would have liked to have made a really great picture. The last picture that really told me something about the human condition was maybe `The Godfatherâ€™, â€ she says. I also liked `The Birdcageâ€™, it was sweet.â€ (Daily Record, Sept.25, 1996)
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Los Angeles Times
March 19, 1973
BetteÂ Midler, who during the past few months has charged up the media-paved road from Cult Figure through Passing Fad to Impending Superstardom, entered the Champagne Room of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel with such conspicuous lack of fanfare the press awaiting her missed its cue.
So like the dutiful wife of an aspiring politician just beginning his rise to the top, Bette Midler held out a hand politely and pleasantly asked the names of the reporters who were meeting with her for lunch in anticipation of the corseted chanteuse’s concert Saturday night.
It is a word so heinousÂ to Martin von Haselberg that his cultured, British art schoolâ€“inflected voice drops half an octave when he finally spits it out: “Neutral? One thing I hate is neutral.”
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Los Angeles Daily News
September 20, 1996 | Amy Dawes Daily News Film Critic
There’s a chance that “The First Wives Club” – a glossy revenge fantasy for women of a certain age – will hit a nerve the way “Waiting to Exhale” did and become a decent-size hit among the fed- up females who identify with it.
There’s a chance, too, that the boomer audience it’s aimed at will decide that aging is too sensitive a topic for laughs.
Either way, stars Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton have their work cut out for them when it comes to mining broad comedy from so prickly a subject, and too often, it feels as though the the joke’s on them. Based on the best-selling novel by Olivia Goldsmith, the movie gives us three well-heeled New York women who were pals in college and have since gone their separate ways. Two of them married well and took much of their identity from their husbands’ success, to which they contributed; another (Hawn) became a movie star and used her advantages to help boost the career of her studio executive spouse. What they have in common is that each has recently been dumped for a younger model, invariably portrayed as an airheaded gold-digger (one is played by “Showgirls’ ” Elizabeth Berkley, no less). Brought together by the suicide of an old schoolmate (Stockard Channing), the women basically decide to put aside their differences, get mad and get even. They establish a clubhouse (!) for meetings, and the movie plays out as a broad, lively fantasy, in which they carry out various daring high jinks and maneuvers designed to help each of them take their smug ex-husbands to the cleaners. Screenwriter Robert Harling has pared Goldsmith’s novel down to its breezy essentials, and he supplies a lot of the same kind of bitchy zingers that made his femme comedy “Steel Magnolias” delightful. Midler is ideally suited for slinging the one-liners, and all three of the women give exuberant, energetic performances, though one wishes that Keaton, playing the same harmless, lovable ditz she’s sustained from “Annie Hall” to “Father of the Bride, Part II,” would sort of … grow up. Still, so much of the humor in “First Wives Clubs” comes at the women’s own expense – the first act is a virtual symphony of age-related humiliations and petty female competitiveness – that one can’t help squirming. Aren’t they playing into the same kind of musty, gender-based attitudes that oppress them? The movie’s attempts at female empowerment seem out of touch, and it doesn’t help when the soundtrack blares Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox’s dated-sounding 1980s anthem “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves.” In this movie, it too often feels as if sisters are doing it to themselves. The facts The film: “The First Wives Club” (PG; adult references). The stars: Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Bronson Pinchot, Dan Hedaya, Steven Collins, Victor Garber, Marcia Gay Harden. Behind the scenes: Directed by Hugh Wilson. Written by Robert Harling, based on the novel by Olivia Goldsmith. Produced by Scott Rudin. Released by Paramount Pictures. Running time: One hour, 43 minutes. Playing: Citywide. Our rating: Three stars
Bette Midler On Marruage And Divorce: â€œYou know what I think, too many people have unrealistic expectations about life and marriage is a tough road…
Bette Midler On Marruage And Divorce: â€œYou know what I think, too many people have unrealistic expectations about life and marriage is a tough road. If you think anything else then itâ€™s a big mistake. I think the tough thing about divorce is the effect on the kids. It can be devastating. A lot never recover from it. I would never do that to a child,. I donâ€™t see how people can.â€ (Daily Record, Sept.25, 1996)