Category Archives: Gossip

Friday, November 9, 2018

Sarah Jessica Parker Reacts To ‘Hocus Pocus’ Co-Star Bette Midler Calling Her A ‘Girl In The Back’

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Sarah Jessica Parker Reacts To ‘Hocus Pocus’ Co-Star Bette Midler Calling Her A ‘Girl In The Back’
By Martin Holmes
November 9, 2018

Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Toni Basil backstage at Kiss My Brass
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Toni Basil backstage at Kiss My Brass

Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t mind being one of Bette Midler’s “girls.”

The 53-year-old “Sex and the City” star visited “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” on Thursday night, where she was asked about Bette Midler’s recent comments to ET about their time together on “Hocus Pocus”.

At the time, Midler was gushing about rewatching the Halloween classic 20 years later, telling ET, “I had forgotten how good it was and how good everybody was, I mean, everybody. I mean, I didn’t realize what was going on behind me. Those girls were carrying on something terrible, and the kids were great.” ...  Read More

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sharon Stone Dropped A Tidbit: Says She Will Be Working With Bette Midler

HLN Sharon Stone: “Always known that I would become a star” Annelies Roebben & Kristien Morato December 30, 2017 Shifting Sharon Stone as just “that actress from Basic Instinct” would be dishonoring her. After the now world-famous scene – in which she was not wearing panties when she crossed her legs – she became one of the best-paid actresses in Hollywood. Still, afterwards she got away with her image as a sex symbol without difficulty. Earlier this year she played a beautiful role in the film ‘Running Wild’, now she acts in the TV series ‘Mosaic’. Still on the schedule: a role as heroin dealer in the thriller ‘Sunny’ and a comedy with Bette Midler. No obvious choices, but Sharon is especially happy that she can still work. “A little over 16 years ago I had a stroke and a brain haemorrhage, which lasted nine days. An artery supplying the brain with blood had jumped, but they had not seen it in the hospital. I did not hear anything with my left ear, felt nothing in my left leg. I was blind to my one eye and sometimes I did not see anything with my other eye either. Then everything suddenly became black. I have had problems for years. I could not even write my name for three years. Because my arm did not listen to my brain. “
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Looking Back At Geraldo Rivera’s 1991 Is Like Looking At The Bible Of Workplace Harrassment

Daily Beast Geraldo Rivera’s 1991 Memoir Is a Horndog’s Bible of Workplace Harassment Erin Gloria Ryan 11.30.17 11:00 PM ET He grabs Bette Midler’s boobs, beds every conceivable underling, and waxes about failing to have sex with Barbara Walters. I read it all so you didn’t have to. Threesomes with young interns in the studio boiler room. Making out with a PA in front of an entire news crew. Receiving oral sex from the estranged wife of the Canadian prime minister in a Central Park rowboat. These sexual misadventures of one prominent media man could prompt even the most cosmopolitan among us to clutch at our necks for pearls. But I’m not talking about Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Mark Halperin, or even Matt Lauer. I’m talking Geraldo Rivera. Up through yesterday, Geraldo didn’t have much to do with the #MeToo movement until he waded unwisely into the conversation with a Streisand Effect tweet that Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct-related dismissal from NBC’s Today was “sad” because “news is a flirty business & it seems like the current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation.” Not satisfied with that, the Fox News host continued. “#SexHarassment,” he said, “should be confined to situations where superior imposes himself on subordinate who feels unable to complain because of power of perp or feared consequences to victim’s employment.” Rivera later apologized, but not before drawing attention to his own past. Internet users dredged up a clip of Bette Midler describing an assault at the hand(s) of Rivera, and today, the performer tweeted the clip herself, along with the hashtag #MeToo. She publicly stated that Rivera hasn’t apologized to her for the incident. The Midler clip led me down an internet rabbit hole that led to a 1991 Washington Post book review written by, coincidentally, my now-colleague Lloyd Grove. Grove wasn’t a fan of Rivera’s memoirs, which was unfortunately titled Exposing Myself. His review read as if Rivera had penned the definitive work on how men behave inappropriately in the workplace under the guise of courtship. Naturally, I had to read it.   Which is how I found myself standing outside of the Lincoln Center branch of the New York Public Library 15 minutes before it opened this morning, shivering in the cold but standing maniacally close to the revolving doors as though every writer in the city had the same idea (there were, like, three other people waiting outside. I was being ridiculous). I can think of literally thousands of things I’d rather do than read 400 pages of early ’90s Geraldo Rivera thoughts on life and love. But I’ve also got a deep-seated thirst for justice and an aversion to men who have no idea what they’re talking about wading into conversations in which they have no business. And so, dear reader, I read the entire fucking thing. The book is written mostly in the first person, with the occasional first-person interjection from somebody in Rivera’s life—an ex-colleague, a lover, Barbara Walters. It is candid, sometimes unnecessarily so, about its author’s moral failings during his rise to prominence in media. What I found most troubling about the book was that during some of the less flattering stories, Geraldo attempts to try to make himself look good and tough and strong by invariably talking about how much he likes fucking. And reader, in this book, Geraldo fucks. Geraldo fucks all the time, in every manner, with everybody. He fucks up and down the West Coast, he fucks through Central America, he fucks on Long Island, he fucks in the apartment of Sly Stone from Sly and the Family Stone. The guy fucks. Early in the book, he recounts a sexual experience with a “strange, sad nymphomaniac” his college roommate had brought home after she had “spent the previous week servicing an entire frat house.” His roommates decided to take turns having sex with her. She obliged. Rivera almost remembers her name.

Today, I would be filled with rescue fantasies for this creature: then, all I wanted to do was outperform my roommates. I announced I would be first up, leading the girl into my bedroom and silently marveling at the good fortune that had smiled on our home. Later that evening, when my turn came up again, I took some time to talk with her. Pat. I think her name was Pat. She was a little on the slim side. Something about her reminded me of the daughter who loses her baby near the end of The Grapes of Wrath. ...  Read More

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Friday, September 1, 2017

These Leaked Text Messages Are Giving Us a Million Reasons to Believe Lady Gaga Is Shady AF

In Touch These Leaked Text Messages Are Giving Us a Million Reasons to Believe Lady Gaga Is Shady AF (EXCLUSIVE) 8/18/17 By Megan Heintz Lady gaga leaked text messages Lady Gaga’s entire career was built on being herself, and in a series of texts made public recently, the star proved she’s willing to do whatever it takes to maintain that image. In 2011, after hearing a leaked track of Jennifer Lopez‘s “Invading My Mind” — which sounded a lot like her then-unreleased single “Judas” — a panicked Gaga texted her producer, RedOne (who worked on both tracks). “We have a big problem,” she wrote. “People will say I stole from J. Lo! I can’t look like a copycat of J. Lo! I am so afraid.” However, she proposed a solution: “Maybe if you gave me credit on both songs it would avoid comparison?” She even offered to let Jennifer record one of her songs, “Hypnotico,” in exchange. Lady Gaga Judas Lady Gaga performing ‘Judas’ on May 11, 2011 in Cannes. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) The texts appeared in newly-uncovered court papers for the legal battle between Gaga, 31, and singer-songwriter Rebecca Francescatti, who alleged that the “Million Reasons” singer ripped off her song, “Juda.” RedOne testified that while he agreed to give Gaga credit, she’d done “no work” on “Invading My Mind,” and the case was eventually settled out of court. Yet this isn’t the first time the 31-year-old has been accused of stealing other people’s work. Madonna slammed the star for Gaga’s 2011 hit — “Born This Way — which sounded eerily similar to Madge’s “Express Yourself.” “She blatantly ripped off one of my songs,” Madge complained. In the same year, Gaga channeled Bette Midler at a concert in Sydney. “I’ve been doing the singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980,” Bette snapped. “You can keep the meat dress and firecracker t–s — mermaid’s mine.” Meanwhile, the whole thing probably comes as a surprise to J. Lo, 48, who has said, “I kind of lucked out” that Gaga let her have “Hypnotico.” Luck had nothing to do with it, girl!
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Monday, November 23, 2015

BetteBack July 24, 1992: Are Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler sisters? (LOL)

Harrisonburg Daily News Record July 24, 1992 20141118-125955-g Are Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler sisters? — C.L , Port Orange, Fla. No. Streisand has one half-sister, Rosalind Kind, and one brother, Sheldon Streisand. And, in answer to a question from D.A. in Shreveport, La., Streisand’s real given name is Barbara. She changed the spelling.
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

BetteBack June 12, 1992: A Very Disappointed Waiter

Lethbridge Herald June 12, 1992 6156366Nashvilledon48201193015AM BETTE BE CAREFUL: There was one very disappointed waiter at the posh Bistro Garden Restaurant in Studio City, Calif., recently when he served Bette Midler. After profusely expressing his appreciation of the Divine Miss M and her movies, he received a brisk and barely audible “thank you.” Stay on your toes, Bette! It’s Hollywood and that waiter could very well become the next Tom Cruise – with casting approval of his costar.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Is Ugly Betty the movie coming? More importantly, will Bette Midler have a cameo role?

Metro Is Ugly Betty the movie coming? More importantly, will Bette Midler have a cameo role? Monday 13 Oct 2014 12:53 pm 931x140051 The cast of Ugly Betty are apparently hoping Bette Midler will cameo in a movie version of the TV show. Midler is said to be a ‘dream cameo’ for the Ugly Betty cast, who are all committed to return for the film. According to The Sun, cast members – including star America Ferrera – have been trying to get show writer Silvio Horta to pen a script for a movie that takes place four years after the show’s last episode. Ana Ortiz, who played Betty’s sister Hilda, told The Sun that the cast are ‘determined’ to make a film happen, and possibly even take it to Broadway. She said: ‘I just saw Vanessa Williams and we were determined, fingers crossed. ‘It is a New York show so there would have to be New York celebrities. We always wanted to get Bette Midler. She went on: ‘What about an Ugly Betty musical on Broadway? We all like to sing. Some sing better than others.’ Ugly Betty ran for four seasons from 2006 to 2010.

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    Saturday, July 20, 2013

    BetteBack November 9, 1980: A Psychics’ Prediction

    Salina Journal November 9, 1980 103131908   Bette Midler: “Wow! She should have two films coming up (Karen said she knew nothing about “Divine Madness” having been made), and one of the two will be a dramatic role which will firmly establish her as a serious actress.”
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    Friday, July 19, 2013

    BetteBack November 5, 1980: Short People And Drinking

    Winnipeg Free Press November 5, 1980 5-18-2012-2-14-47-AM Don’t offer Bette Midler a drink thinking you’re doing her a favor. Midler, a compact five-foot one-inch, would rather have a dainty or a doughnut. She says: “Short people shouldn’t be allowed to drink. There’s nowhere for it to go. It takes half as much to get a short person drunk as a tall one. When I’m out with tall people, I always seem to be drunker than they are.”
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    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    BetteBack July 31, 1980: The Check

    Winnipeg Free Press July 31, 1980 Saturday Night Live - Season 4 While she was autographing copies of her new book, A View From A Broad, a photographic account of her recent world tour, singer-actress-author Bette Midler was handed a-piece of paper. When she turned it over she discovered that it was a blank check. Her feathers unruffled, a cool Midler simply made the check out to herself to the tune of $5,000 and handed it back to its rightful owner.
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