Category Archives: Parental Guidance

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bette Midler’s 15 greatest film performances, ranked worst to best

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Bette Midler’s 15 greatest film performances, ranked worst to best
By Robert Pius, Chris Beachum
December 1, 2018

Bette Midler at the Tony's

Mister D: Well, as long as they had the correct #1 I knew I would be a happy gay cis-gender – white privileged man (is that correct for me? I can’t keep up) My pronouns are: “Just call me any old thing” because frankly, I won’t get offended (not after all the verbally abusive men I have personally slept with. But ya’ll ain’t interested in that! I loved what they said about this Number One performance because it’s true. I would have ranked some higher, and some lower, but that’s just my opinion. I would have found some way to get “And Then She Found Me” and her wonderful cameo of Doris in “Get Shorty” in there. I won’t tell you which ones I’d pull out. Anyway, this was fun. I enjoyed it. Oh, and thank the Lord, Divine Madness made the list. You never see concert movies much on these, and truthfully, I’d probably put it higher. Read More

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Crystal, Midler true partners

San Anotonia News
Crystal, Midler true partnersBY MICHAEL ORDOÑA : DECEMBER 24, 2012 : Updated: December 25, 2012 7:12pm

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Lifelong baseball fan Billy Crystal didn’t have to research much for his role in “Parental Guidance” – he’s the announcer for a San Francisco Giants minor-league team. But for the only clip in the film showing the big club, did he have to choose one with eventual league MVP Buster Posey making an out?

“No,” hems and haws Crystal, “we couldn’t show …”

“You couldn’t show …?” asks bewildered co-star Bette Midler, sitting beside him at a conference table in the Ritz Carlton in downtown Los Angeles.

“No, I improvised this thing, and he’s picking on me,” he protests, waving at the interviewer.

“Oh, I like that,” she says, with that famed cackle.

Strange as it seems, these two storied vets had not worked together until “Parental Guidance” – the new comedy about grandparents baby-sitting for a week for their stressed-out daughter (played by Marisa Tomei) and her husband (Tom Everett Scott).

“It just made sense. ‘Who do you want?’ ” Crystal makes a muffled nasal noise, indicating Midler with his thumb, “We had a dinner meeting, right away we felt married …”

“Same tribe,” Midler interjects.

“See how she finishes my sentences?”

“We’re from the show-business tribe,” she slyly amends, and the riffing between these two old pros is under way.

“Ancient, we’re ancient! We’re a million!” Midler blurts out at the very mention of their long careers. Then she grins: “But we look fabulous.”

Surprisingly, Crystal ponies up with his “Fernando” character from the early ’80s: “ ’They look mahvelous!’ ”

And they do – fit, funny and very ready to take this show on the road.

“I went to an aging doctor: ‘You’re gonna live to be 150.’ I don’t know if I want to,” says Midler, sounding deadly serious. “I mean, 150, can you imagine? Instead of seeing the platform shoes three times, like 18 times!”

Crystal says they have known each other for “35, 40 years,” having met at the Improv in New York, to which Midler says, “I have no memory of it because I have no memory.”

“I used to open for Melissa Manchester, who was one of her original Harlettes. And over the years, Marc Shaiman, who did the beautiful score for this movie, kept going,” he mimes working a piano, “ ’Why don’t you two work together?’ – as he’s playing. And then it happened. And he did the score. So it was perfect.”

“Oh, I’m such a fan,” gushes Midler of her co-star and producer. “I’ve watched him from the very beginning. ‘Throw Momma from the Train,’ ‘The City Slickers,’ ‘Harry Met Sally,’ come on, help me out here.”

“ ’Beaches,'” he “helps,” and both laugh. “I always loved her because she was unique. She was one of the first performers to step up and go, ‘This is who I am’ and be dangerous, be bawdy. To deliver the joke with the timing of anybody and then break your heart with a ballad, and then be filthy funny – right in your face – I loved that.”

Midler was surprised to find how involved a producer Crystal was. He had shepherded the project through five years, two studios, a couple of writing teams, the writers’ strike and more.

“You really were in the trenches with the studio and all that,” she says as he nods his head gravely. “He was wearing two hats, and it was really stressful. He had to come on and be funny and then walk off the set and tear his hair out.”

“It’s a big responsibility,” he says. “I fought for this thing to get made for so long.”

Midler adds, “And to make a family picture, a $30 million picture in a sea of $150 million pictures, these tent-pole movies that have to sell overseas and make a billion dollars for these bottom-line people – I mean, we were really the little movie that could.”

The two reminisce about the freezing conditions in which they shot certain scenes because proper soundstages weren’t in the budget, then Midler unloads:

“I do wish there were more sense in the picture business. Because there are audiences that are shut out. When you showed this picture at the AARP convention, you got a standing ovation. People will say, ‘Who cares about them?’ Well, green is green. Money is money. There are 70 million …”

“Seventy-seven million people, baby boomers,” he says.

“They’re not all playing X, X-Man, whatever it is.”

“X-Man,” Crystal relishes it, laughs heartily, and corrects: “X-Box.”

“X-Box, they’re not all playing X-Box,” shrugs the Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner.

“But it was really an eye opener because we get down there for the AARP convention …,” he starts.

“I didn’t go. I’m not identified with those people,” she says, with faux haughtiness.

“We had 3,000 people – Fox made this beautiful movie theater out of a convention hall. It was like a rock concert. Anyone who could stand, stood,” he says, with a smile. “And we followed Paul Ryan,” Midler cackles as he continues, “who had made that infamous ‘We’re gonna take down Medicare’ ‘Boo, boo!’ ‘What about my penicillin?’ ‘(bleep) you!’ ‘Boo, boo!’

“They’re an audience out there who wants something. So I’m glad we were able to deliver something for them. And their kids. And their kids.”

Which winds back nicely to the nut of the movie: the clash of parenting styles over generations. The idea came from a real-life baby-sitting experience Crystal and wife Janice had with their grandkids.

“We had, like, six days. With that came the list of things to do. And not do. ‘Don’t say this, don’t say that. If she says this, don’t say that. Don’t take them here, don’t let them near this.’ It was a bible of things to follow. So we did this for six days, and on the seventh day …” he tosses the softball:

“He rested,” says Midler, whacking it for a base hit.

“See? She knows me by now,” says Crystal, with a grin.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Interview: Bette Not Ready To Be A Granny

Metro UK
Bette Midler: Being a grandparent is great but I’m not ready to be one just yet
Tuesday 28 May 2013 6:00
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Bette Midler, 67, has won numerous awards for acting, comedy and singing – notably Wind Beneath My Wings – and plays a granny in film Parental Guidance.

In Parental Guidance, you and Billy Crystal play a married couple who are asked to babysit their grandchildren. What happens? It’s like the Clash Of The Titans. We raised our daughter [played by Marisa Tomei] with no structure. She has brought her own children up with lots of rules and regulations. So there’s tension because we’re very loose and unstructured. The film is fun and quite true to life. Most people are mortified by the way they themselves were raised and look forward to raising their own kids in a completely different way. It also takes a realistic look at families and how parents are striving to achieve balance in their work and personal lives.

What kind of mother were you when your daughter was growing up? I was often shooting movies or working out of town. But when we were all at home, we had dinner together every single night. My husband [performance artist Martin von Haselberg] picked up the slack and has been a fantastic father. He taught our daughter, Sophie [now 27], to speak German because he is German. He was the disciplined one and when I came home, I was the fun parent. We only had one child and she’s happy that she’s an only child. She had a lot of our attention growing up.

What do you think are the most important aspects of parenting? It is important to listen. We always listened to our daughter. We taught her all those important life skills such as cooking. It’s the kind of skill children used to just absorb from their parents. Now it’s getting harder because parents are not there a lot of the time and aren’t cooking at all. Those things are really important to the quality of life.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

‘Parental Guidance’ tops movie-on-demand chart

UPI
Parental Guidance‘ tops movie-on-demand chart
April 23, 2013

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PORTLAND, Ore., April 23 (UPI) — The Bette Midler-Billy Crystal family comedy “Parental Guidance” is the No. 1 movie-on-demand title in the United States, Rentrak announced.

Coming in at No. 2 on the chart for the week ending April 14 is “Lincoln,” followed by “This Is 40” at No. 3, “Zero Dark Thirty” at No. 4 and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are “Life of Pi” at No. 6, Hyde Park on Hudson” at No. 7, “Killing Them Softly” at No. 8, “Wreck-It Ralph” at No. 9 and “Les Miserables” at No. 10.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Enter to Win PARENTAL GUIDANCE on Blu-ray!

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Enter to Win PARENTAL GUIDANCE on Blu-ray!
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Video: Interview With Director Andy Fickman ~ Parental Guidance

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Reminder: “Parental Guidance” Available on: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Download and on Demand Tuesday

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Parental Guidance, Crystal and Midler are fun to watch playing off one another
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Reminder: “Parental Guidance” Out On DVD/Blu-Ray March 26, 2013

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From Andy Fickman, the director of You Again and Race to Witch Mountain, comes the hilarious family comedy film Parental Guidance. Written by Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse, it stars Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott.

When type-A helicopter parents Alice and Phil Simmons need to leave town for work, Alice’s parents Artie and Diane Decker agree to babysit their three grandchildren Harper, Turner and Barker. However the grandparents get more than they bargained for when 21st century problems collide with their old school methods, especially since Artie is accustomed to calling the shots. As things go from hectic to hysterical when the kids are running the house with their newfangled technology, the grandparents learn the balance of a little compromise. A sprinkle of tough love, old-fashioned games and sugary snacks can go a long way to outsmarting the kids and bringing the family closer together.

DVD and Blu-ray special features include deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Andy Fickman and audio commentary with director Andy Fickman and Billy Crystal. Exclusively on Blu-ray are a gag reel and “FXM Productions Presents: In Character with Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei” featurette.

View video: Parental Guidance Trailer

Cast:

Billy Crystal as Artie “Fartie” Decker
Bette Midler as Diane Decker
Marisa Tomei as Alice Decker Simmons
Tom Everett Scott as Phil Simmons
Bailee Madison as Harper Simmons
Joshua Rush as Turner Simmons
Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Barker Simmons
Gedde Watanabe as Mr. Cheng
Cade Jones as Ivan
Maverick Moreno as Cody
Madison Lintz as Ashley
Karan Kendrick as Preschool Mom
Tony Hawk as Himself
Steve Levy as Himself

DVD Special Features:

Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Andy Fickman
Audio Commentary with Director Andy Fickman and Billy Crystal

Blu-ray Special Features:
Includes all DVD Special Features plus:

Gag Reel
FXM Productions Presents: In Character with Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Video: Parental Guidance Interview

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fatherhood Movie of the Year: Vote For Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance is one of the four finalist for the Fatherhood Movie of the Year. Show your support and vote today!

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