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Friday, September 29, 2017

David Letterman Part One 2003

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On material for Bette Of Roses:Â “Material opened up to me that wasn’t there before because I couldn’t hit the notes. Now I can,” she says, beaming.

On material for Bette Of Roses:Â “Material opened up to me that wasn’t there before because I couldn’t hit the notes. Now I can,” she says, beaming. “The songs with the wider range came to me and they had never come to me before. And since I could sing them, I did sing them.” – Bette Midler

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Shiver Me Timbers – The Bette Midler Show – 1976

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If The Original Hocus Pocus Stars Want a Sequel, Why Are We Getting a Remake?!

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If The Original Hocus Pocus Stars Want a Sequel, Why Are We Getting a Remake?!
by TIERNEY BRICKER | Thu, Sep 28, 2017 4:13 PM

Disney Channel is running amok, amok, amok!The Internet was in for an early Halloween surprise on Thursday morning, when Disney Channel announced it is working a remake of Hocus Pocus, the cult-favorite 1993 movie that starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three witch sisters with a penchant for sucking the lives out of little children and slapstick comedy. What a treat, right?Except, with every Halloween treat comes a trick, as the TV movie would feature a new cast, with the original film’s director Kenny Ortega not attached in anyway. (David Kirschner, one of the original producers, is serving as an executive producer.) Hocus Pocus, Thora Birch, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy

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Remakes, of course, are one of the hottest trends in TV these days. We get that. Disney Channel gets that, having recently revamped Adventures in Babysitting. What is confusing us about this particular remake is that many of the original film’s stars have gone on-record about how much they would love to do a sequel.So then why not do it? Especially when the head witch in charge herself, Bette Midler (Winifred), has expressed interest in reprising her iconic character. “You don’t get to see women doing slapstick too much, and in the movie you can see that we’re having a blast,” Midler told Billboard in October 2016 about the film. “For the life of me, I can’t understand why there’s not a sequel.”Same, sister-witch. Same.And in 2014, SJP and Kathy Najimy said they were down to join a sequel after Midler addressed the topic in a Reddit AMA.

“Hocus people, Bette says it best. Listen to your elders.!,” wrote Najimy, linking to an article reporting Midler’s call for a sequel. And when Buzzfeed asked Parker if she would be down to participate and she responded on Twitter with a simple, “Yep I’m in.”

'90s Week, Fashion, Hocus Pocus So again, we must ask: why aren’t we getting a sequel?Listen, we’re not even as upset as some people are over the remake news, with our childhoods firmly intact, because it’s not like we don’t have access to the original. It’s still regarded as one of the best Halloween movies ever made. It hasn’t been forgotten. Freeform is literally running an all-day marathon of the beloved movie on Halloween.”Generation after generation, it’s kind of remarkable and fantastic to have something brought to the screen like that and to have it embraced generation after generation,” Mick Garris, one of the original screenwriters, told Forbes on Hocus Pocus‘ lasting impact. “Everybody I meet, it’s either their daughters or their own favorite movie and it’s incredibly exciting.” And when Garris addressed sequel rumors, he said it would be a mistake not to do it with the original’s three bewitching leads.”If they don’t do that I think it would be a big mistake because all three of them are still so incredibly potent and powerful and great performers and who else can recreate those characters?”This is going to be the remake’s biggest problem: recreating the on-screen magic of Midler, Najimy and Parker, who were clearly having wicked fun in the campy roles. Another huge issue? The writer, The Royals‘ Scarlett Lacey, is likely going to have to tone down some elements of the original to work on Disney Channel.

Sometime tells us we won’t be seeing a yabbos-loving virgin lighting a candle on Disney Channel. Read More

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Bette Midler on how she used to hate singing: “It used to be torture. I am completely different. I like to sing now.

Bette Midler on how she used to hate singing: “It used to be torture. I am completely different. I like to sing now. I didn’t always used to. It used to be really, really hard. Absolute torture sometimes. I love everything about it now,” she says. “I enjoy learning the songs, and shaping them into a version, learning the harmonies. “Gypsy” was her emotional rescue. I kind of stretched my voice a little bit. I worked very hard, and it really opened a lot of doors in my singing voice that I hadn’t had before. Once I got hold of that process, that newer, stronger voice, it really excited me,” she says. Actually, that’s the reason I went on the road. I got this new technique and I was really anxious to see if it made a difference with the old music.” (1993, Hartford Courant) – Bette Midler Read More

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Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty: To Deserve You – Remix

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Hocus Pocus Is Officially Getting Remade—without the Original Cast

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Hocus Pocus Is Officially Getting Remade—without the Original Cast
by LAURA BRADLEY
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 9:05 AM

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Well, it’s finally official: Disney is working on a Hocus Pocus TV movie. The bad news for Sanderson purists? The new project will include a new cast and new director.

The original Disney film—in which three fabulous witches played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy get resurrected in Salem—is a cult classic and an autumnal standby on Disney and Freeform. According to Deadline, the TV movie, currently in the early stages of development, will be a “reimagining” of the original; David Kirschner, a producer from the original, will executive produce, but Scarlett Lacey (The Royals) will replace original screenwriters Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris, and original director Kenny Ortega will be absent as well. Read More

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