Category Archives: For The Boys

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Photo: Bette Midler and James Caan in a scene within a scene in For The Boys – 1991

Photo: Bette Midler and James Caan in a scene within a scene in For The Boys - 1991
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Photo: Bette Midler in For The Boys

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Friday, April 13, 2018

TOP 10: LOOKING FOR OSCAR GLORY AFTER 1991 (Bette Makes The List Twice)

Awards Circiut TOP 10: LOOKING FOR OSCAR GLORY AFTER 1991 By Sam Coffey – Apr 4, 20180 ACCA 1991As voting continues in ACCA 1991, Awards Circuit celebrates the many great films of 1991, perhaps one of the most historic years in Oscar history.  A number of talented performers, directors, writers, and craftsmen were nominated (or won!) for their great achievements but have somehow not found their way back to the Dolby Theatre.  Mercifully, some actors who remained on this barren list for ages eventually found Oscar glory again, with Robert De Niro landing his first nomination since “Cape Fear” with “Silver Linings Playbook” and Laura Dern doing the same in 2014 with “Wild” following up her first nomination for “Rambling Rose.”  Unfortunately, too many winners and nominees from 1991 have passed away, failing to get back to Oscar since this year, including Jessica TandyJack Palance, cinematographer Adrian Biddle, and shockingly Jonathan Demme. 10. ALLEN DAVIAU – 1991 film – “Bugsy” The only craftsman to make the list, cinematography Allen Daviau may not be a name that you know by heart, but you should, having shot “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Color Purple,” and “Empire of the Sun“.  He was an often Steven Spielberg collaborator before he began working with Levinson.  The 5-time Oscar nominee landed his nods in less than a decade and was never invited back.  A shame, considering how many iconic images he placed on the screen. 9. KEVIN COSTNER – 1991 film – “JFK” Hot of the heels of his double Oscar win the year prior, Kevin Costner‘s lack of a Best Actor nomination for “JFK” seems surprising, especially considering the film was the most nominated picture of 1991.  Costner is a true star, and one of the last vanguard of the old A-List of the 80s and early 90s.  He’s been in Oscar-adjacent films in recent years with “Hidden Figures” and “Molly’s Game,” but hasn’t been invited back.  Perhaps he’ll just have to settle for winning Emmys.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

For The Boys Trailer.#2 – Bette Midler

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Monday, March 7, 2016

BetteBack February 18, 1994: Midler – ‘For the Boys’ not based on Raye’s Life

Daily Herald Suburban Chicago February 18, 1994 raye-midler For the record, Bette Midler says her movie, “For The Boys,” has nothing to do with Martha Raye. Miss Midler denied in court Wednesday that she based “For The Boys” on the life of Miss Raye, who cheered U.S. troops with her brassy song-and-dance act. “The stories have no resemblance except for one thing — they both were entertainers during wartime,” Midler said. Midler acknowledged that she saw a treatment of Raye’s life, but said she also researched such performers as Pearl Bailey, Gypsy Rose Lee, Ann-Margret and “all the Miss Americas.” Raye, who is fighting a serious illness, is suing Midler, 20th Century Fox and others for $1 million, plus 10 percent of any profits from the 1991 film, which flopped.

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    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    Today in Entertainment History

    Today in Entertainment History By The Associated Press February 23, 2016 12:00 am 316713_221935524546759_221327031274275_537466_1965450428_n 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, 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. Debby Boone was named best new artist. 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 76. Steel guitarist Rusty Young of Poco is 70. Actress Patricia Richardson (“Home Improvement”) is 65. Guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith is 64. Singer Howard Jones is 61. Guitarist Michael Wilton of Queensryche is 54. Actress Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”) is 51. Actor Marc Price (“Family Ties”) is 48. TV personality Daymond John (“Shark Tank”) is 47. Actress Niecy Nash (“Reno 911!”) is 46. Bassist Jeff Beres of Sister Hazel is 45. Guitarist-keyboardist Lasse (LOS) Johansson of The Cardigans is 43. Actress Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 40. Actor Josh Gad (“Frozen,” ”Jobs”) is 35. Actor Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”) is 33. Actress Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada”) is 33. Actress Dakota Fanning is 22.
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    Saturday, January 2, 2016

    Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings – Diva Las Vegas – 1997

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    Friday, December 18, 2015

    BetteBack July 6, 1993: Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered Bette (Interview)

    Elyria Chronicle Telegram July 6, 1993 389169_301419046621222_1739293591_n Bette Midler, having survived the flop that was “For the Boys,” could use some movie magic at the box office. Will Disney‘s wild and whimsical witchy romp “Hocus Pocus” do the trick? “I sulked and cried for so long after ‘For the Boys,’ I didn’t think anybody wanted to see me again. I turned down ‘Sister Act.’ I turned down everything. I stayed home and planted a garden,” the Divine Miss M told Rex Reed in an interview for Premiere magazine. “Now I’m over it. There’s no linear logic in this business, and I was too naive to know it Bottom line? ‘For the Boys’ was my life. I developed it; I raised the money, I produced it I killed myself making a picture for a grown-up audience, only to discover the grown-ups for whom it was made don’t go to movies anymore,… ‘For the Boys’ was doomed, and I took it personally. I gave them my heart, my guts, and my soul, and they didn’t want it Now I’m going to give them what they want… The movie business sucks, because most of the pictures are being made by young, callow men with no life experience and no point of view…. I’ve made bad pictures before because I wasn’t selective. … I have my own production company now…. If you worry about yesterday, you sink. Listen, honey, in 10 years people may took back on Arnold Schwarzenegger movies and say. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.’ Life is full of ups and downs. Hon, I wanted to be Esther Williams, but I couldn’t swim…. And if “Hocus Pocus’ flops, I’m living proof that one bad movie is not the end. Movie musicals may be dead, but baby, thank God I can still get out on a stage and shake my ass.”
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    Sunday, December 6, 2015

    BetteBack January 10, 1993: What Happened To That Martha Raye Lawsuit?

    Kokomo Tribune January 10, 1993 bette-middler-moments7 Q one of my favorite films of the past few years • was Bette Midler‘s “For the Boys.” I heard that a lawsuit was filed against Midler by Martha Raye, accusing Bette of stealing the idea for the film. Is that accurate?—Kim Riordan, Seymour, Conn. A Though the facts in the case are still in dispute, it is true that Martha Raye, 76, filed a $6 million lawsuit last July against Bette Midler, her production company, 20th Century-Fox and the producers of “For the Boys,” alleging that the 1991 movie—a major box-office flop—was ripped off from a written film treatment of Raye’s life story. According to the comedienne’s lawyers, Fox has admitted that the story was “inspired by Martha Raye’s life.” The studio, however, would not comment.
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    Monday, November 30, 2015

    BetteBack November 13, 1992: Director Mark Rydell On ‘For The Boys,’ Bette Midler, And James Caan

    Winslow Mail November 13, 1992 images Director Mark Rydell says he “loved desperately” his film “For the Boys,” which fared poorly at the box office. Although its star, James Caan, blamed the failure on co-star Bette Midler, whom he called “incredibly stupid,” Rydell says the picture was marketed wrong. He says, “It was an error to try to sell it as a Bette Midler musical. Some people thought it was a concert film about the Persian Gulf.” As for Caan’s ill-considered comment. Rydell says Midler was crushed and that Caan should never have said such a thing. Nevertheless, Rydell calls Caan one of our most brilliant actors.
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