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Wednesday, April 18, 2018


VIP Portal 17 COMEDIES THAT MAKE ABDUCTION FUN Admin 4/11/2018 A hostage situation is among the most traumatic experiences anyone can suffer through: your life in the hands of a stranger, who threatens to snuff it out for their own nefarious purposes or financial gain. But sometimes, Hollywood asks, isn’t abduction… kind of funny? Hey, maybe a kidnapping is just the sort of wild, unexpected detour you needed to really shake things up, help you learn important life lessons, and even fall in love—or so the movies have suggested over the years. The “hostage comedy” has fallen slightly out of favor since its apparent peak in 1994 (when no less than five films from this list were released) and somewhere after 1996’s bleakly funny, yet sobering Fargo finally reminded everyone that, don’tcha know, we’re talking about real people here. Still, the sub-genre is making something of a comeback in 2018, what with the Anna Faris-starring remake of Overboard hitting theaters in April, and FX’s Trust adding a dryly kooky flourish to the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. Here are some of their predecessors that similarly found the hijinks in hijacking. 1. Cadillac Man (1990) Combining the basic premise of Dog Day Afternoon with the sexual charisma of the late Robin Williams, Cadillac Man finds Williams playing Joey O’Brien, a slick car salesman who’s just as adept at talking marks into the driver’s seat as he is women into bed. Juggling three separate mistresses, an ex-wife he owes alimony to, a teenage daughter who’s recently gone missing, some mobsters he owes even more money to, and the looming threat of losing his job if he doesn’t make his monthly sales quota, everything comes to a boiling point for Joey when Tim Robbins’ angry, AK-47-toting lunkhead Larry takes his dealership hostage, looking to ferret out who’s been sleeping with his wife. Like Dog Day Afternoon, all of the film’s action is mostly confined to one pressure cooker location. But here it’s all played with a screwy, saccharine jocularity as Williams schmoozes his way into Larry’s good graces, punctuated by Robbins sporadically shooting up the place whenever he feels threatened—that goofball! [Sean O’Neal] articles 2. Overboard (1987) Garry Marshall’s Overboard tends to get a pass because of its charming performances and the palpable chemistry between its leads—and real-life couple—Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. (Hawn, it must be said, also serves up some incredible ’80s loungewear.) Still, not only is the film dated and overly long, its entire, romantic premise is textbook gaslighting: After Hawn’s spoiled heiress falls off her yacht and develops a plot-advancing case of amnesia, Russell’s working-class carpenter kidnaps her, manipulating her not only into serving as a stay-at-home mom to his four, half-feral sons, but also into falling in love with him. Hawn learns a few lessons on humility and true happiness along the way, so this story of sexual slavery has a happy ending, at least. Still, it’s a cute, lighthearted spin on what is, unquestionably, abuse—something 2018’s gender-swapped remake tries to solve by having Anna Faris be the one to take Eugenio Derbez hostage. We’ll see if that earns it another pass. [Katie Rife] 3. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989) Stockholm syndrome goes to Spain for Pedro Almodovar’s gonzo romantic comedy Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! The plot is another example of a narrative that, in today’s parlance, would be labeled “problematic”: Ricky (Antonio Banderas) is a young man recently released from a psychiatric hospital who kidnaps former porn star Marina Osorio (Victoria Abril), then holds her hostage while he tries to convince her to fall in love with him. Somehow, his ploy works. After Ricky breaks into Marina’s apartment, head-butts, gags, and handcuffs her to the bed, Marina goes from saying she’ll never, ever love him to having passionate sex with him in a matter of days; the whole standoff ends with them happily starting a new life together. It’s a deeply uncomfortable premise that only works thanks to Almodovar’s antic sense of absurdity, an anything-goes tone that serves the outrageous material well—even a story that’s this incredibly dark on paper. [Alex McLevy] 4. The Ref (1994) Denis Leary spent the early ’90s foisting his (or Bill Hicks’) opinions on a captive audience of MTV teens. So naturally, his first movie roles played off that persona, often forcing other actors, like Demolition Man’s Sylvester Stallone or Judgment Night’s Jeremy Piven, to stand there and listen to him rant. The acrid Christmas comedy The Ref, from director Ted Demme—who helmed those MTV bumpers, as well as Leary’s No Cure For Cancer stand-up special—actually ties Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis down so they can’t escape the comic’s acerbic thoughts on their soulless yuppiedom. After Leary’s desperate burglar trusses up the unhappy couple, he soon becomes their de facto marriage counselor, interceding in their constant bickering while also helping Spacey find the confidence to finally lash out against the sterility of his upper-class suburban life, years before American Beauty. As a metaphor, breaking the ties that bind while you’re literally bound and gagged is about as blunt as they come, although The Ref is still nasty, if occasionally overbearing fun—kind of like Leary’s comedy. [Sean O’Neal] 5. Swimming With Sharks (1994) Released in a year when America simply couldn’t get enough of tying Kevin Spacey to chairs, Swimming With Sharks shares The Ref’s approach to hostage situations as therapy—this time allowing Frank Whaley’s put-upon personal assistant and aspiring screenwriter to confront some harsh truths about the movie business, all while he tortures Spacey’s tyrannical studio mogul. George Huang’s showbiz satire is essentially a stage play (it’s since been adapted to the theater), and it uses Spacey’s immobility largely as an excuse to unspool long, sour dialogues about the dark side of Hollywood while also exploring the roots of what makes Spacey such a horrible boss—years before Horrible Bosses, or before Spacey became part of that dark side for real. [Sean O’Neal] 6. Airheads (1994) A spoof of heavy metal/grunge culture and how it’s, like, dumb and stuff, 1994’s Airheads doesn’t really have a lot to say about the crass commercialization of rock music or the overall venality of showbiz, but it sure does say it loudly. Michael Lehmann’s 1994 comedy finds Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, and a just-bubbling-under Adam Sandler as the members of struggling “power slop, with an edge” band, The Lone Rangers. Frustrated by their go-nowhere career, they take over an L.A. radio station using some particularly convincing water pistols, holding everyone hostage until they agree to play their demo tape. Unfortunately, the tape is quickly destroyed, the hostage crisis drags on, and inevitably, secrets come out—like how Michael McKean’s slimy station manager just cut a deal to switch to an easy-listening format, or that Fraser’s rock god is really a recovering D&D-playing, booger-eating geek. Meanwhile, their dire circumstances help Joe Mantegna’s DJ character rediscover his rock ’n’ roll soul, and prompts an exploitative A&R guy (Judd Nelson) to come calling, leading to various epiphanies about the importance of not selling out… or something. [Sean O’Neal] 7. The Chase (1994) Trapping audiences inside a car with Charlie Sheen back when that still sounded like rollicking good fun, 1994’s The Chase offers a more screwball spin on Steven Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express, with a dash of Gen-X media criticism thrown in. After Sheen’s wrongfully accused bank robber takes Kristy Swanson’s spoiled debutante hostage, he commandeers her car and leads a phalanx of police, news copters, and assorted rubberneckers down a long interstate trip to Mexico, all while Sheen and Swanson bicker and bond. As in the other kidnapping comedies of its day, Swanson’s predicament provides an opportunity for self-actualization; she slowly learns to stand up to her domineering billionaire dad and take control of her own life along the way to falling in love with Sheen, that role model of personal responsibility. The Chase gets most of its laughs out of assorted slapstick pile-ups, but it’s also a chance for writer-director Adam Rifkin to satirize Cops-like reality shows and other tabloid news vultures. After all, is it not our own addiction to sensationalism that we are all “chasing,” with a reckless Charlie Sheen at the wheel? [Sean O’Neal] 8. Hostage For A Day (1994) Remember the last time we were worried about the Russians? If you do, it’s probably not from the obscure 1994 made-for-TV movie Hostage For A Day—and for the sake of John Candy’s legacy, that may be for the best. In Candy’s sole outing as a director, George Wendt plays Warren Kooey, a stereotypically henpecked husband whose wife, Elizabeth (Robin Duke), has just blown through their life savings, prompting him to fake his own kidnapping at the hands of Russian terrorists. Warren’s half-baked plan is to abscond to Alaska with his own ransom money and track down an old girlfriend, but it gets even more complicated when actual Russians—one of them played by Candy himself—show up to take him hostage for real. Hostage For A Day was released just a month after Candy’s death, which adds an unexpectedly melancholy layer to this otherwise-standard zany kidnapping farce (though at least he didn’t have to read the reviews). [Katie Rife] 9. A Life Less Ordinary (1997) Danny Boyle followed up the smash success of Trainspotting with 1997’s A Life Less Ordinary, a rom-com caper that was seemingly convinced it could do anything: musical interludes, claymation, Tarantino-style violence, propulsive late-’90s electronica interludes, and so on. Boyle’s frequent muse Ewan McGregor plays a down-on-his-luck janitor and aspiring writer who gets dumped, then has his job replaced by a robot. Cameron Diaz—here in her post-Mask, pre-Something About Mary heyday—co-stars as the spoiled, possibly sociopathic daughter of McGregor’s former boss. What happens next is a tale as old as time, as McGregor decides to kidnap Diaz, only for her to escape, then return so that the two of them can pretend to hold her hostage. At one point, the budding couple even write a letter in her blood, demanding more money. Oh, and there’s also a supernatural framework, in which a pair of angels act as God’s cops, tasked with making sure certain people fall in love. There’s a lot going on here, in other words, but at heart it’s just your simple, everyday, boy-kidnaps-girl romance. [Clayton Purdom] 10. Excess Baggage (1997) Poor little rich girl Emily Hope: All she wants is her father’s attention. When actual arson doesn’t work, the self-centered debutante—played by Alicia Silverstone, in the first film released by her own production company, and the second abduction-based romantic comedy of 1997—escalates to fake kidnapping, handcuffing and stashing herself in the trunk of her own BMW. Unfortunately, her scam becomes all too real when car thief Vincent (Benicio Del Toro) unintentionally nabs her as well, saddling him with a hostage he doesn’t want and who also won’t leave. Vincent is the rare principled car thief with a strict code of honor, which is supposed to make their budding romance more palatable. Meanwhile, it’s made clear that he’s really her hostage, forced into going along with her criminal schemes because that’s just the kind of guy he is. Director Marco Brambilla isn’t able to wring much screwball comedy out of this boilerplate premise, even with Christopher Walken showing up as Silverstone’s uncle. But the box-office failure of Excess Baggage could also be attributed to the fact that ’90s audiences were pretty surfeited on comedies about spoiled socialites falling for their captors by that point. [Danette Chavez] 11. Serious Moonlight (2009) Actress Adrienne Shelly wrote the screenplay for Serious Moonlight, and after she was murdered in 2006, Shelly’s Waitress costar Cheryl Hines picked up the baton and made it her feature directing debut. It’s difficult to say whether Hines’ version reflected Shelly’s intentions; maybe, in Shelly’s hands, it would have been slightly more nuanced. But the Serious Moonlight that exists is a bitter, shrilly zany farce, starring Meg Ryan as a woman who refuses to accept that her husband (Timothy Hutton) is leaving her for another woman, so she knocks him unconscious, duct tapes him to a toilet, then refuses to let him go until he falls back in love with her—explicitly saying she’s relying on Stockholm syndrome to make him come back around. It’s a surefire strategy for rekindling the flames of your romance, then suffocating on the smoke and ash. And it’s a scenario that the film plays for laughs that are mostly just uncomfortable, even beyond the whole “abduction” thing. [Sean O’Neal] 12. Ruthless People (1986) What turns a hostage situation into a collaboration? A common enemy. In the Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker comedy Ruthless People, that enemy is Danny DeVito, who plays a debased businessman and cheating husband who’s plotting to kill his long-suffering wife (Bette Midler) and take her inheritance. So he’s thrilled when a suburban couple he swindled (Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater, peak ’80s) seemingly take care of it for him, kidnapping his wife and threatening to kill her if he doesn’t pay up. Over time, hostage and unusually gracious hostage-takers bond, realizing they’re more powerful as allies. They soon team up to bilk DeVito out of everything he’s worth, and deliver the comeuppance he so richly deserves. [Kyle Ryan] 13. House Arrest (1996) When it comes to antisocial behavior from kids with negligent parents, the 1996 comedy House Arrest falls somewhere between the well-meaning pranks of The Parent Trap and the homicidal intent of Home Alone. Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Pollak star as self-absorbed baby boomers whose separation spurs their kids Grover (Kyle Howard) and Stacy (Amy Sakasitz) to lure them into the family basement, then nail the door shut and refuse to release them until they work it out. Grover and Stacy then invite all the neighborhood kids to lock their own troublesome parents in the basement as well, trapping the imprisoned adults in a never-ending group therapy session while the kids run wild upstairs. In the end, everyone works out their issues and embarks on second honeymoons and the like. Meanwhile, every kid watching from their own broken home learns that all they needed to do to keep Mom and Dad together was commit a little felony. [Katie Rife] 14. Celtic Pride (1996) The year 1996 saw the release of not one, but two major motion pictures in which professional athletes are harassed and abused by deranged fans, their tones distinguished by their respective talent. In The Fan, Robert De Niro stalks a baseball slugger played by Wesley Snipes—that’s the serious one. Meanwhile, Celtic Pride casts Damon Wayans as Utah Jazz star Lewis Scott, who’s kidnapped by Boston Celtics fans Jimmy Flaherty (Dan Aykroyd) and Mike O’Hara (Daniel Stern) before Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Celtic Pride is also marked as a comedy by the names on its script—a mid-Larry Sanders Show Judd Apatow and then-Saturday Night Live cast member Colin Quinn—who pose thematic questions about what athletes truly owe the people who root for them, while also gingerly skirting the dicey prospect of two white Massholes abducting a wealthy black man. (To its credit, the film lampshades that subtext early on: “Is this racism? A backlash from the O.J. Simpson verdict?” Wayans asks.) Amid all the comedic gunplay, duct-taped wrists, and matching of wits that ensues, Lewis finally persuades Jimmy and Mike to re-prioritize their lives, while Jimmy and Mike convince Lewis to pass the ball every now and then, just in time for the big game. The coda then shows Jimmy and Mike breaking in to kidnap Deion Sanders, those incorrigible scamps. [Erik Adams] 15. Treehouse Hostage (1999) In one of his final on-screen roles, Jim Varney reprised his Ernest character in slapstick spirit—if not in name—for this rather dismal Disney Channel movie, which finds him playing a counterfeiter named Carl who’s on the lam after a prison break. After Carl holes up in the backyard treehouse of Timmy (Joey Zimmerman), the preteen troublemaker and his friends, all with horrible bowl haircuts, decide to hold him hostage so he can be the surprise guest for their “current events” project. Naturally, holding a grown man against his will proves to be more complicated than they ever expected. Painful hijinks ensue, which are complicated even further when it turns out their school principal is also involved in Carl’s racket. In the end, Carl’s name is cleared, the real bad guys are put in jail, Timmy becomes a school hero, and everyone just kind of overlooks the various levels of criminal endangerment involved—much like we’ll just overlook this one in Varney’s filmography. [Gwen Ihnat] 16. Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003) In the surefire comic mishmash of abduction and minstrel-show-level racial caricatures, Malibu’s Most Wanted stars Jamie Kennedy as “B-Rad,” the son of a California gubernatorial candidate (Ryan O’Neal) who’s locked in a tight race, which isn’t helped by B-Rad’s psychiatrist-diagnosed case of severe “gangstaphrenia.” Fed up, his father’s campaign manager hires two black actors to pose as hardcore thugs and kidnap B-Rad, taking him on a tour of a “true” gangsta’s lifestyle—robbing a convenience store, participating in a rap battle, uh, seeing a horror movie—in order to scare B-Rad into embracing his whiteness. But after their whole crew is taken hostage by a real gangster, leading to an ever-escalating war of gunfire and posturing, the film ends with everyone finally embracing B-Rad for the regressive stereotype that he is. Meanwhile, Malibu’s Most Wanted simultaneously holds its audience hostage, forcing them to sit through Kennedy’s endless mining of “hip-hop” catchphrases like “Don’t be hatin’!” [Alex McLevy] It counts as priceless irony that Alan Partridge, the vain alter ego of comedian Steve Coogan, will never know how successful he is. Introduced on the 1991 BBC news-radio spoof On The Hour, the clueless media personality has spent nearly every project he’s headlined yearning for a better career, tragically unaware that the man playing him has meanwhile built a small multimedia empire of TV series, DVD specials, fundraisers, and fake autobiographies around the character. In 2013, Partridge finally made his fledgling leap to the big screen with Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (released in the States as just Alan Partridge), which inserts him into a tense standoff at the small Norwich radio station where he works. Like most hostage comedies, this dry British cousin to the aforementioned Airheads hinges on a dark gag: that the cravenly fame-obsessed Partridge sees the responsibility of negotiating with the gunman, an aggrieved former colleague played by Colm Meaney, primarily as an opportunity to finally claim the spotlight. As always, the joke is on Alan, in more ways than one, but being “the face of the siege” does allow him to be the hero he’s always wanted to be. (Now imagine how excited he’d be to see his face on a movie poster.) [A.A. Dowd]
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Monday, October 9, 2017

(On her VH1 Behind The Music Documentary):

(On her VH1 Behind The Music Documentary): “I was very embarrassed that there was very little scandal; there was no scandal. The worst thing was that I had a bad review. People were laughing at me.” (Rocky Mountain News, 1999) – Bette Midler Image may contain: 1 person, text
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

2017 Outfest LGBT Film Festival Lineup Revealed

Hollywood Reporter 2017 Outfest LGBT Film Festival Lineup Revealed 12:58 PM PDT 6/2/2017 by Gregg Kilday 2017-06-03_2-30-29 The 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival will kick off July 6 with Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country, a drama about a Yorkshire sheep farmer and his relationship with a Romanian immigrant, which debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The festival, celebrating its 35th anniversary, will close July 16 with IFC’s Freak Show, Trudie Styler’s directorial debut starring Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Laverne Cox and Bette Midler. Additional gala screenings include the U.S. centerpiece Strangers, written and directed by Mia Lidofsky; the international centerpiece Close Knit, written and directed by Naoko Ogigami; the documentary centerpiece Kevyn Aucoin: Beauty & the Beast In Me, directed by Lori Kaye; and the special centerpiece Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall, directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright. “Outfest began 35 years ago with a group of students desperate to find positive depictions of themselves on film; today Outfest is the launch pad for the storytellers that bring our stories to life on screen.” Christopher Racster, Outfest executive director, commented. The festival, held at venues throughout Los Angeles including the Directors Guild of America and the Theatre at Ace Hotel, will screen 194 films from 30 different countries. Special events will include OWN’s Queen Sugar directors panel with Outfest alumnae Aurora Guerrero, Tina Mabry and Cheryl Dunye; a conversation with I. Marlene King, the executive producer of Pretty Little Liars and Famous in Love; a screening of Chasing Amy in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary, followed by a conversation with director Kevin Smith and Guinevere Turner; Showtime Networks’ More Than T; a sneak peek at season four of Amazon Studios’ Transparent; and a screening of REVRY’s Suspiciously Large Woman: Bob the Drag Queen Comedy Special.


Critics’ Picks: 5 Best Films From Outfest 2016

2017 OUTFEST LOS ANGELES LGBT FILM FESTIVAL LINE-UP GALA FILMS: GOD’S OWN COUNTRY – Opening Night Gala Dir: Francis Lee, United Kingdom, 2017,  104 min   KEVYN AUCOIN BEAUTY & THE BEAST IN ME– Documentary Centerpiece Dir: Lori Kaye, USA, 2017,  90 min   CLOSE KNIT – International Centerpiece Dir: Naoko Ogigami, Japan, 2017, 127 min   BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL – Special Centerpiece Dir: Katherine Fairfax Wright, USA, 2017, 100 min   STRANGERS – U.S. Centerpiece Dir: Mia Lidofsky, USA, 2016, 115 min   FREAK SHOW – Closing Night Gala Dir: Trudie Styler, USA, 2017, 91 min   U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURES 195 LEWIS Dir: Chanelle Aponte Pearson, USA, 2017, 45 min   AFTER LOUIE Dir: Vincent Gagliostro, USA, 2016, 100 min   BEACH RATS Dir: Eliza Hittman, USA, 2016, 98 min   BECKS Dir: Liz Rohrbaugh & Daniel Powell, USA, 2017,  92 min   CHERRY POP Dir: Assaad Yacoub, USA, 2016, 78 min   EASTSIDERS SEASON 3: GO WEST Dir: Kit Williamson, USA, 2017, 90 min   THE FEELS Dir: Jenée LaMarque, USA, 2016, 88 min   HELLO AGAIN Dir: Tom Gustafson, USA, 2017, 105 min  


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BetteBack October 22, 1974: The Disasterous Roast Of Johnny Carson

Star News October 22, 1974 140755311 Johnny Carson explained to Filmland friends Saturday evening. .”I’ve married three times because, as a concerned American . I’ve wanted to spread the wealth more evenly among the populace.” And that was about the funniest line to come out of The Friars’ Club Charity Roast honoring “The King Who Rules Midnight.” Perhaps never have so many comedians laid such a massive quantity of eggs as were hatched at the dais ol the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday evening. The head table consisted of a multimillion dollars worth of talent — including Lucille Ball, George Burns. Red Buttons., Buddy Hackett. Bob Hope. Alan King, Bette Midler. Jan Murray. Carroll O’Connor. Burt Reynolds and Don Rickles. yet by the end of the program even the professional comedians who are usually each other’s most appreciative audience’ had trouble not lookhig bored. The 62-year-old Lucy looked absolutely hostile when Rickles made reference to her advancing years. George Burns did provide class lo the proceedings — and a lesson to such “youngsters” as Buddy Hackett that you don’t have lo be dirty to be funny. “Tonight Show” writer Pat McC’ormack provided laughs with the line. “You can get high from the smell of toupe glue on ibis dais.” And Jan Murray provided embarrassment when he evidenced bitterness instead of humor, announcing . “Only those privileged enough lo be close to Johnny should tell jokes about him. and the only times I’ve been on his show during the last seven years have been when he’s been away and Joey Bishop’s been host. It’s Bishop 1 owe thanks to ” Carroll O’Connor proved anew that as a stand-up comedian he makes one heck of a straight actor. After his turn at the mike. Bob Hope commented. “I love these guys who get up here with no material.” Burt Reynolds’ material included a zinger at Hope , wishing him luck on his next movie. “On The Road To Senility.” It was that sort of evening: a sprinkling of laughs that couldn’t drown out the feeling that the outrageous, spontaneous hilarity of the “roast” format has perhaps burned itself out. Alan King summed it up best, when he said lo those at the head table, “I hope you all live as long as this evening has seemed to me.”

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

BetteBack February 23, 1998: Bette Midler Wins Another American Comedy Award 1998

The Columbian February 23, 1998 maxresdefault (1) David Hyde Pierce, who plays the psychiatrist brother Niles on television’s Frasier, was named funniest supporting male performer for a third straight year at the American Comedy Awards. Carol Burnett was also a repeat winner for her work on Mad About You, earning her second consecutive award as funniest female guest appearance in a television series. As Good As It Gets grabbed both honors in the film category, with Helen Hunt named the funniest actress in a motion picture and Jack Nicholson the funniest actor. The 12th annual American Comedy Awards were presented in Los Angeles Sunday and will be broadcast March 17 on Fox. Performers were nominated by more than 4,000 producers, directors, writers, agents, bookers, executives and others. Final selections were made by 1,000 comedy performers. The other winners were: * Tracey Ullman, funniest female performer in a television series (leading role) network, cable or syndication, Tracey Takes On. * Garry Shandling, funniest male performer in a television series (leading role) network, cable or syndication, The Larry Sanders Show. * =&0=& =&1=&, funniest female performer in a television special (leading or supporting) network, cable or syndication, =&0=& =&1=&: Diva Las Vegas. * George Carlin, funniest male performer in a television special (leading or supporting) network, cable or syndication, 40 Years of Comedy. * Jula Louis-Dreyfus, funniest supporting female performer in a television series, Seinfeld. * Joan Cusack, funniest supporting actress in a motion picture, In & Out. * Rupert Everett, funniest supporting actor in a motion picture, My Best Friend’s Wedding. * Jerry Stiller, funniest male guest appearance in a television series, Seinfeld. * Maryellen Hooper, funniest female stand-up comic. *Jeff Dunham, funniest male stand-up comic. * Jerry Lewis, lifetime achievement award. * Frank Oz, creative achievement award.

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    Saturday, November 5, 2016

    Bette Midler On Why Bette And Martin Moved To New York:

    Bette Midler On Why Bette And Martin Moved To New York: “After we were in the earthquake in 1994, I told Martin I wouldn’t mind getting out of L.A. He’s a film director now, and he didn’t want to move where he couldn’t work. So we came here.” (1996) Image may contain: 4 people
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    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Bette Midler’s Favorite Song From Gypsy:

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    Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    BetteBack February 14, 1997: Bette Midler A Contender In American Comedy Awards Again

    Bluefield Daily Telegraph February 14, 1997 12976097_1734350166811922_780069798_n Drew Carey is one of the contenders for funniest male performer in a television series in the “American Comedy Awards” Monday, Feb. 17, on ABC. Others nom inated in this category include Tim Allen, K elsey Grammer, John Lithgow and Garry Shandling. The ceremony honors comic performers in both movies and television. Nominees in other categories this year include Jane Curtin, Ellen DeGeneres, Nathan Lane, Robin Williams, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn. Barbra Streisand: Roles She Missed That Other Actresses Made Famous | BootLeg Betty BetteBack October 1, 1996: Lowering the boomers on Hollywood wives’ tale | BootLeg Betty BetteBack November 15, 1996: How Do The ‘First Wives’ Stars Feel About Men?

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    Saturday, February 13, 2016

    The Nine Best ‘Galentine’s’ Movies

    www.98fm.com 9 Best Galentine’s Movies February 13, 2016 982a71c280a9a353efa8ec79f260fc7e We know what you’re thinking but we don’t have a typo in our headline. Move over Valentine’s Day, there’s a new holiday gathering momentum that’s especially for the ladies – Galentine’s Day. It originated in the States back in 2010 thanks to Amy Poeler’s character Leslie Knope in the sitcom Parks and Recreation and we reckon it’s time Dubliners get on board and celebrate their friendship with their group of mates. So, if you’re planning on having a night in this weekend with your girls and a few bottles of vino – Here’s our to 9 Galentine’s Day films: How To Be Single Calling all singles! There’s a right way to be single & a wrong way to be single. Find out which is which in the hilarious new comedy starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann and Alison Brie. How To Be Single, will be released in Irish Cinemas on February 19th, with previews on St. Valentine’s Day. Bridesmaids Annie’s (Kristen Wiig) life unravels as she becomes the maid of honour for her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph). This hilarious film also stars Rose Byrne, Melissa McCartney, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper. kristen wiig bridesmaids movie drunk Thelma & Louise A waitress and a housewife decide to break out of their normal routines and go on the road trip of a lifetime. But when Louise shoots a man who had tried to rape Thelma, the two women decide to flee to Mexico as they are chased by American police. The First Wives Club Starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton, it tells the story of a group of women in their 40s dealing with their marriages ending. We ADORE the musical number in this movie! The Sisterhood Of Travelling Pants Based on the best-selling novel by Ann Brashares, the film tells a story of four friends that find a pair of thrift-shop jeans that fits each of them perfectly. They decide to use the jeans as a way of keeping in touch during a summer they are spending apart. Beaches When CC Bloom (Bette Midler) and Hillary (Marcie Leeds) meet at a holiday resort in Atlantic City, it marks the start of a lifelong friendship. Sex And The City We reckon you can’t go wrong with a bit of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. This is our favourite of the two films released after the iconic tv show. After moving in together in a stunning New York apartment, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mr. Big (Chris Noth) decide to get married. sex and the city carrie bradshaw satc Death Becomes Her It’s not Galentine’s without a bit of Meryl. In 1978, Madeline Ashton performs in a musical on Broadway and invites long-time rival Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) backstage along with her fiancé, plastic surgeon Ernest Menville (Bruce Willis). Ernest soon breaks off his engagement with Helen to marry Madeline. Mamma Mia Newly engaged Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) – who runs a hotel with her Mum Donna (Meryl Streep) on a small Greek island – wants her father to be present at her wedding but doesn’t know who he is. Sophie must figure out if he is one of three men she tracked down from her mother’s past. You’ll be up singing and dancing to ABBA’s greatest hits in no time.
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    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    BetteBack October 9, 1993: Bette Midler Surprised At How Restrained Her Audience Has Become

    Indiana Gazette October 9, 1993 393377_323469357749524_1935766976_n Bette Midler is not Just making box-office history at Badio City Music Hall, where she Is wowing ’em until Oct. 23. She’s also making scalper history. Choice – even semi-choice – Midler seats are going for as high as $600 each!! Bette is very, very pleased with the success of “Experience the Divine,” but insiders say she’s a bit surprised at how restrained many of her Manhattan audiences have been. Bette is used to total hysteria from beginning to end. In New York, sometimes, the audience doesn’t “let go” until the midway point. Oh, come on, New York! Get off your hands and on your feet. You’ll probably never experience the Divine, to this extent, again!
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