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Monday, January 22, 2018
The annual Artios Awards (named for the Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted”) are given to Casting Society of America members using the criteria of originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. CAA’s Kevin Huvane, filmmaker Barry Levinson and casting director Victoria Thomas also were honored at the event. The awards were handed out in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York, with Tig Notaro hosting at the Beverly Hilton and Bridget Everett serving as host at New York’s Stage 48. Feature Film Big Budget – Drama Dunkirk (WINNER) John Papsidera Baby Driver Francine Maisler Meagan Lewis (Location Casting) Detroit Victoria Thomas Richard Hicks (New York Casting) Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting) Scotty Anderson (Associate) The Post Ellen Lewis Rori Bergman Kate Sprance (Associate) Karlee Fomalont (Associate) Wonder Woman Lora Kennedy Kristy Carlson Lucinda Syson Jeanette Benzie (Associate) Feature Film Big Budget – Comedy The Greatest Showman (WINNER) Bernard Telsey Tiffany Little Canfield Rori Bergman (Additional Casting) Patrick Goodwin (Associate) Beauty and the Beast Lucy Bevan Bernard Telsey Tiffany Little Canfield Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Sarah Halley Finn Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) Logan Lucky Carmen Cuba Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) Charley Medigovich (Associate) Wonder Deborah Aquila Tricia Wood Kara Eide (Location Casting) -+Kris Woz (Location Casting) Feature Film, Studio or Independent – Drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (WINNER) Sarah Halley Finn Meagan Lewis (Location Casting) Hannah Cooper (Associate) Gifted David Rubin Jackie Burch (Location Casting) Melissa Pryor (Associate) The Florida Project Carmen Cuba Mark Mullen (Location Casting) The Shape of Water Robin D. Cook Jonathan Oliveira (Associate) Split Douglas Aibel Diane Heery (Location Casting) Jason Loftus (Location Casting) Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate) Feature Film, Studio or Independent – Comedy ‘Lady Bird’ ‘Lady Bird’ Courtesy of A24 Lady Bird (WINNER) Jordan Thaler, Heidi Griffiths Battle of the Sexes Justine Arteta Kim Davis-Wagner Get Out Terri Taylor Elizabeth Coulon (Location Casting) Sarah Domeier (Associate) Girls Trip Mary Vernieu Michelle Wade Byrd Elizabeth Coulon (Location Casting) I, Tonya Mary Vernieu Lindsay Graham Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) The Disaster Artist Rich Delia Feature Film Low Budget – Comedy or Drama ‘Beach Rats’ ‘Beach Rats’ Courtesy of Sundance Beach Rats (WINNER) Susan Shopmaker Crown Heights Avy Kaufman It Comes at Night Avy Kaufman My Cousin Rachel Fiona Weir To the Bone Rich Delia Feature Film Animation Coco (WINNER) Keven Reher Natalie Lyon Carla Hool Cars 3 Kevin Reher Natalie Lyon The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Linda Lamontagne Rock Dog Jen Rudin Television Pilot & First Season — Comedy Atlanta (WINNER) Alexa L. Fogel Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) Kathryn Zamora-Benson (Associate) Better Things Felicia Fasano Tara Nostramo (Associate) Dear White People Kim Coleman I Love Dick Eyde Belasco Insecure Victoria Thomas Television Pilot & First Season — Drama The Handmaid’s Tale (WINNER) Sharon Bialy, Sherry Thomas, Russell Scott Robin D. Cook (Location Casting) Jonathan Oliveira (Associate) 13 Reasons Why Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, Barbara Fiorentino Nina Henninger (Location Casting) Joey Montenarello (Associate) Terese Classen (Associate) The Crown Nina Gold, Robert Sterne This Is Us Bernard Telsey, Tiffany Little Canfield, Josh Einsohn Ryan Bernard Tymensky (Associate) Stranger Things Carmen Cuba Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) Wittney Horton (Associate) Westworld John Papsidera Deanna Brigidi (Associate) Television Series — Comedy Veep (WINNER) Dorian Frankel, Sibby Kirchgessner Marlise Gunzenhauser (Associate) Black-ish Alexis Frank Koczara Christine Smith Shevchenko Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Felicia Fasano, Venus Kanani Tara Nostramo (Associate) Girls Jennifer Eustons Transparent Eyde Belasco Silicon Valley Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera Hallman, Leslie Woo Television Series — Drama Black Mirror (WINNER) Jina Jay Henry Russell Bergstein (Location Casting) Bloodline Debra Zane, Shayna Markowitz Lori Wyman (Location Casting) Marie-Therese Verbruggen (Associate) Erin Fragetta (Associate) Homeland Judy Henderson Kimberly Graham (Associate) The Affair Ross Meyerson, Julie Tucker The Americans Rori Bergman
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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Midler on playing characters: “Those kinds of characters that are larger than life — driven, overbearing — those kinds of characters don’t come along very often.
Midler on playing characters: “Those kinds of characters that are larger than life — driven, overbearing — those kinds of characters don’t come along very often. Even in the theater. And since good parts are at a premium, I’m no fool — I want to play as many of them as I possibly can. Every actress who calls herself an actress wants in her heart to play Lady Macbeth. And every musical-comedy person wants to play Mama Rose.” (1993, Hartford Courant)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Starts At 60 Glenn Close buries the hatchet with Broadway buddy By Starts at 60 Writers August 14, 2017 We’ll take the news with a grain of salt, but it seems that Glenn Close and Patti LuPone may have finally reconciled after reportedly having a falling out more than 20 years ago, according to Page Six. According to a rep for Close, the two Broadway veterans took a trip to see the Bette Midler production of Hello, Dolly! and had drinks afterwards at Bar Centrale, where they were observed laughing like they were old friends without a hint of resentment. “They had a great time,” the rep told Page Six. “They all had a lot of fun.” The famous feud reportedly began when LuPone, who had started in the West End version of Sunset Boulevard, was rejected for the same role in the 1994 Broadway production in favour of Glenn Close, who won a Tony Award for her part. Andrew Lloyd Webber reportedly paid LuPone $1 million for breaking the contract, since she had been promised the role when it began on Broadway. You might think the wounds would still be fresh, considering Close only wrapped up the Sunset Boulevard revival in June of this year, but it seems they’ve managed to forgive and forget. During the Sunset Boulevard revival, Close famously called out an audience member for taking a photo during the middle of the show – an absolute taboo in almost any professional production, let alone a Broadway show. “I’m sorry,” Close said. “Stop the show. Someone there is taking photos. You must know how distracting and disrespectful that is.” The move was reminiscent of LuPone herself, who relieved a mobile phone from an audience member who was texting during a 2015 performance if Shows for Days. Andy Cohen addressed the ongoing feud on an episode of Watch What Happens Live earlier this year, and LuPone didn’t shy away from the topic. While she maintains that her friendship with Lloyd Webber never recovered from the incident, she and Close began to patch things up in 2011 at the Kennedy Center Honors. “Glenn Close came and sat down right there … And she said, ‘I had nothing to do with [the Sunset Boulevard decision]’, and we hugged,” LuPone said in the segment.
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Monday, April 10, 2017
Appleton Post Crescent September 4, 1974 Singer Bette Midler is No. 1 on Mr. Blackwell‘s list of the 10 worst dressed women of 1973. No. 10 is a man: rock music star David Bowie. For only the second time in 14 years of issuing the list, Blackwell included a man. The designer explained, “If they want to face the public as a woman, they deserve to make the list.” He described Bowie as “a cross between Joan Crawford and Marlene Deitrich doing a glitter revival of ‘New Faces’.” The other man who made the list in another decade is comedian Milton Berle. Berle dressed as a woman on his weekly television show to earn that title. The 1973 list also includes such persons as Britain‘s Princess Anne and Jacqueline Onassis. Blackwell, saving his most cutting remarks for Miss Midler, told a news conference in the drawing room of his mansion Thursday, “She looks like she took pot luck in a laundromat. “Unlike Phyllis Diller, who worked at being bad, Bette Midler loves her scene,” said Blackwell. “She is really taking it seriously. She has put the worst of nostalgia together. Nothing really looks right on her. “I don’t know where she got that push-up bra,” he added. “That went out years ago.” He said he judged her personal wardrobe rather than her stage costumes. The worst dressed, named by Blackwell in order of ranking from one to 10, were: Miss Midler, Princess Anne, actress Racquet Welch, tennis star Billie Jean King, Mrs. Onassis, actresses Elke Sommer and Sarah Miles, the Andrews Sisters, actress Liv Ullman and Bowie. The designer criticized Mrs. Onassis for her casual wardrobe. “I’d like to see her in a dress. I’m tired of $5,000 worth of T-shirts,” he chided. He called Princess Anne’s wedding dress dull and declared she “makes her mother, the Queen, look fashionable, and that takes some doing.” Miss Welch, who was No. 1 on the worst dressed list last year, dropped to No. 3, but not because Blackwell likes her taste any better. “She looks worse, but she’s become less important,” he said. To dillute the sour taste of his worst dressed awards, Blackwell added a list of ladies who deserve plaudits for being “fashion Independents.” In this category he chose: Liza Minnelli, Rose Kennedy, Ann-Margret, Princess Caroline of Monaco, models-actresses Paula Tate and Marisa Berenson, Mrs. Henry Ford II and Mrs. Fred Hayman, the wife of a Beverly Hills store owner.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017
Defiance Crescent News April 26, 1974 Because all of us guests in black tie at the Tony Awards had to sit from 8 to midnight, I have come up with a new award for next year: the Fanny Award. It will be given to members of the audience. The trophy will be shaped like a cushion. Alex Cohen’s awards at the Shubert and great party at the Americana must have cost $750,000. New Yorkers thought Charles Nelson Reilly and Nancy Walker were the funniest performers very interesting, because they’re not on way anymore. Liza Minnelli gave us a great line: I don’t know if I’ve got a lucky star but I’ve got Fred Ebb,’ referring to her song writer. Bette Midler in the Wilson Poll won the title of Girl Most In Need of Bra and Least Likely to Get One. The Tony Shows are better and richer than the Oscars. Cohen has done more for the theater than anybody since that soundalike Cohan ‘George M.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
South Mississippi Sun May 23, 1974 Jackie Gleason was drawing laughs from stage – hands and musicians at a most unfunny hour of the morning. Watching him, Gary Smith said American television needed other stars to treat it with the respect the Great One brings to the medium. Gleason flew the Atlantic for the first time to guest star in a Julie Andrews Special. It was his first guest appearance in a generation of television. It was also his first time on a Smith and Hemion show. Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion, honored with Emmy s and othe r awards, have attractedÂ stars to Britain since they were lured from the United State s by Sir Lew Grade of ATV to head his Specials program. Gleason was the latest in a line which includes Barbra Streisand, Glen Campbell, Steve Lawrence, Burt Bacharach, Liza Minnelli, Rowan and Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, John Wayne, Dinah Shore and many others. Of cours e Sir Lew’s checkbook helpedâ€”though he paled when Miss Streisand demanded they repeat a scene for the 20th time because she didn’t like a highligh t o n he r cheek!â€”but stars also have bankable reputations to protect and they feel more secure with a creative team whose judgment they respect. “We’ve brought a style to variety performance and most artists seek us out because of it,” Smith said. “We like to think we’ve found a way of making a variety show warm and literate, of giving it a point of view. And we do this by drawin g ou r themes from the talents of the stars themselves. “For example with John Wayne, Glen Campbell and Burl Ives on a show we gave it a vaguely western feelâ€”Wayne talking about the old frontier to a young boy and some of the numbers ecolving from that.” That basi c approac h may seem obvious but it’s amazing how many directors and producers still go for the old get-in-front-ofthe-camera-and-do-your speciality routine . But ther e is mor e to Smith than glasses, a thick brown mustache, a well covered thatc h and a 67-year background of top TV shows at age 39. He was an award-winning designer before he turned to larger things and can brilliantly create the settin g fo r whateve r theme he chooses for his star. And he ha s some thoughts on why television isn’t better. “Younger stars don’t like TV,” he said, “and it’s difficult to get them to do a show. Neil Diamond won’t appear. Bette Midler isn’t anxious. You can stretch the list a long way. ” I don’t blame them. The average person in show business looks upon television as purely commercial, insignificant, tasteless. It doesn’t have status in their eyes.” ‘
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Bakersfield Californian April 21, 1974 “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” â€œCandide.” Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Bette Midler and Liza Minnelli have been chosen to receive specialÂ Tony Awards. The presentations will be made at the 28th Annual Tony Awards ceremonies, airing on ABC. Sunday at 9PM. The special Tonys, presented by the League of New York Theatres and Producers, were voted by the Tony Administration Com mittee in recognition of outstandingÂ theatrical achievements which were not eligible for the regular American Theatre Wingâ€™s Tony Awards competition. Eugene O ‘N eillâ€™s â€œA Moon for the Misbegotten,” a revival and therefore not eligible, will be cited as â€œan outstanding dramatic revival of a major American play.” â€œA Moon for the Misbegotten” was produced by Lester Osterman, Elliot Martin and Richard Horner. The musical production of â€œCandide.” also a revival, will be honored for â€œan outstanding contribution to the artistic development of the musical theatre.” The special Tony for â€œCandide” will be presented to the show â€™s producers, The Chelsea Theatre Center of Brooklyn, in conjunction with Harold Prince and Ruth Mitchell. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the co-stars and co-authors of the smash hit. â€œGood Evening.” an entertainment that doesn’t fit into theÂ established Tony Awards categories, will be honored for â€œa unique contribution to the theatre of comedy.” Messrs. Cook and Moore have been seen in New York in â€œ Beyond the Fringe.” and in a revue they wrote called â€œThe Establishment.” Bette Midler (who was featured in the original â€œ Fiddler on the R o o f â€™ cast) and Liza Minnelli (who won a Tony Award for â€œFlora the RedÂ Menace”) will each receive a special Tony in honor of their successful and highly acclaimed concerts at the Palace Theatre this season. Their awards will cite them for contributing to the â€œsuperior concert entertainment on the Broadway stage.”
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Salina Journal April 14, 1974 Alice Cooper dropped in to see Liza Minnelli perform at the Riviera and while he was there he discussed the possibility of bringing his group and his snake to do a gig there. A few days earlier, Neil Diamond visited the glittering desert oasis to see Frank Sinatra do his dramatic comeback, and as long as he was there anyway, he,gave a polite ear to those who showered him with offers. The Tropicana Hotel, which recently adopted a big-name policy, reportedly offered Bette Midler $250,000 a week to play their theater-nightclub, and Miss M divinely rejected it. She would like ?1 million a week for her appearances and doesn’t seem embarrassed about askingÂ for it. At that price, there are few takers. Las Vegas is perhaps the only entertainment area in the world that can afford to compete with the enormous arenas which normally bring rock acts together with their armies of otherwise faceless record buyers. Besides money, the other ingredient comprising the Las Vegas lure, is staging. While the Cow Palace, the Astrodome, and Madison Square Garden can accommodate city-sized crowds, they leave a lot to be desired acoustically. Says Tony Zoppi, vice president of the Riviera, which recently signed Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge for their Labor Day weekend run, “We have the best sound system money can buy. And our room is set up so that anyone can get a good view of the performer.” This is not the case at the sports palaces, where most of the audience gets a bird’s eye view of the act and sound of the crowd is hardly distinguishable from that of a boxing match. With a few exceptions, young performers have been reluctant to play before Las Vegas audiences. The exceptions have been Elvin Presley who is an entity unto himself, the Carpenters and Osmonds who have been consistently good draws, Bette Midler who was not an overwhelming success, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band which made no bones about dislikin g their audience of conventioneers, and Barbra Streisand who has not matched her inflated expectations. Streisand’s $250,000 a week salary to open the International Hilton seems like a mere pittance now, compared to the demands other contemporary superstars are making. To protect themselves from a bidding war. Las Vegas bookers are reluctant to say what some of their offers are. Somehow or other, however, word leaks out about the fabulous salaries promised and the higher fees requested. The Bette Midler situation is a case in point. The word is that she’s asking ?1 million. When and if she’s signed, the unpublished prices will be somewhere in between that and the reported $250,000 offer, and while everyone in town will know the exact amount, the specific salary will never be announced. I had lunch at the MGM Grand Hotel one day with Neil Diamond. During the hour or so we s,at together, at least 3 offers were served to him.Â “They offered me stock deals and enormous amounts of money,” Diamond revealed. But if he accepts any deal, he said, it would be because he would be able to put on the type of show that he can not do anywhere else. He had seen the “Best of Ann-Margret” show at the Tropicana and compared its presentation to a Broadway production. That impressed him as wellÂ as the prospect of doing a long-awaited television special from there. Alice Cooper was backstage following Liza’s opening when Tony Zoppi asked him if he would consider playing the Riviera. “Of course,” Alice said without committing himself. “I would do it so that parents could see me perform. I’d like that.” Whether or not Kristofferson, Cooper, or Diamond would draw big gamblers, to the gambling capital is not known, nor is it the decisive factor. The major pr6blem is that Las Vegas, despite the enormous salaries it pays, is running out of entertainers. They would give their eye teeth for, the Beatles or any part of them and already, have made overtures to Paul McCartney which were coolly received. “We were misled,” Zoppi said. “We were told that McCartney would welcome an opportunity to play the Rivibra. I don’t know how much we offered, but it doesn’t matter since he wasn’t serious. We of course would make another offer if he were interested. The same goes forÂ the Rolling Stones. We’d love to Have them.”
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Daily Journal August 28, 1973 Q: Where’s that divine Bette Midler these days? I saw her on TV a few times, but nothing new lately.â€”P.W., Savannah A: The divine Miss M. sings the theme song “Friends” in the new hit film, “The Last of Sheila.” She is busy now making an album with material ranging from “Higher to Higher” to “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Three ABC–TV specials are scheduled beginning next March. Midler is also preparing for u 30-stop tour opening at the Mississippi River Festival in Edwardsville, III., on August 28 amd ending in Philadelphia on Nov. 28. She was to play a Broadway role as a girl who tries to transform herself into Barbra Streisand, but her manager nixed this. Bette is struggling over which direction her career should take. She doesn’t want to be a “freak attraction.”
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Mt Vernon Register News July 28, 1973 Dear Bette Midler fans, you have exalted company, Bing Crosby, who says he has never met the lady in person, thinks she is a major vocal talent. P.S. ABC will star her in a special next winter.
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