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Saturday, February 16, 2019

‘Wicked’, The Film Adaption, Coming In 2021: See The Rumored Casting

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‘Wicked’ Movie Gets 2021 Release Date
By CBS News
Fri 08 Feb 2019

Bette Midler at the Tony Awards 2016

Mister D: Looking around on the internet, these names have come up, too: Annaleigh Ashford, Arianna Grande, Nathan Lane, and my, oh my, Adam Sandler. I have never seen the musical, so I’m not really sure who’s suited to play whichever character. But I know a lot of BetteHeads who love ‘Wicked’ and anything to do with theater. If you want, tell me about all these stars and what role they should play in the comments below

The winds have changed — again — for the long-awaited film version of the smash-hit musical ‘Wicked.’

Universal Pictures revealed on Friday that the film will land in US theatres on December 22, 2021 — two years after its original release date. ...  Read More

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Pitch Perfect 3 Star Anna Kendrick on the Acting Bug, Breaking Down in Front of Bette Midler and Why the World Loves the Bellas

Paeade Pitch Perfect 3 Star Anna Kendrick on the Acting Bug, Breaking Down in Front of Bette Midler and Why the World Loves the Bellas By AMY SPENCER NOVEMBER 10, 2017 Only 12 when she was nominated for a Tony award for her role in Broadway’s High Society, Anna Kendrick, now 32, has worked her way onto the big screen in nearly every way. The Maine native broke through in the YA fantasy Twilight (2008) and co-starred alongside George Clooney in the drama Up in the Air (2009), for which she was nominated for an Oscar. But she reigned as a fan favorite in Pitch Perfect (2012) as Beca, an awkward college student with an angelic voice who joins an oddball mix of women in their a cappella singing group, the Bellas. Kendrick and her crooning crew will return in Pitch Perfect 3 (December 22), facing off against younger, hipper competition on their (possibly) farewell tour. What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a doctor, because I think all little kids hear that doctors help people. And then, you know, you find out about medical school, and I was like, “That sounds like a lot of work.” How old were you when you were bitten by the acting bug? It’s hard to pinpoint. Some of my earliest memories are listening to Bette Midler, watching Newsies and going to see Little Shop of Horrors at a local high school when I was really young, and just thinking, Everyone onstage is so impossibly sophisticated and magical and talented. Bette Midler was a big influence—and I met her, finally, at the Tony awards this year. She was so gracious and so warm and kind to me. It was going so well, and then I was like “Thank you, Ms. Midler, for your time. I’m gonna just go…start crying.” Were you in a singing group growing up? I was in multiple choirs—simultaneously. I was in my school choir, my church choir and an outside choir that was just a girls’ choir. What was your first public performance, musical or otherwise? When I was around 5 or 6, I sang “On the Good Ship Lollipop” and I face-planted into the floor by the end of the number. I forgot the lyrics, and I decided just slowly getting down on the floor was my best course of action. I assume my mother has evidence somewhere, but we’re gonna keep that in a lockbox for as long as possible. What were your Sundays like growing up? There was a lot of listening to public radio after church. And football. And that distinct feeling of having your church tights on and you take them off when you get home—that was such a good feeling. What are your Sundays like now? I like to sit around on Sundays and watch Netflix. It’s usually a day before my next 4 a.m. call time, so my Sunday nights are spent in bed, trying to will myself to go to sleep really early, which just doesn’t work. Maybe I’ll be dozing by 10. What’s your favorite hour of a Sunday? I like when I accidentally wake up early. You know, if you wake up and the sun is still low in the sky. Instead of, “Oh, I need to be preparing for tomorrow’s workday,” you really have that sense that this time’s just for me. It feels like stolen time.

Having performed on Broadway and in front of movie cameras, do you ever still get butterflies? ...  Read More

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

On Gypsy “Of all the musical comedies I’ve ever known, it’s the one I have the most affection for, because I love the score.

On Gypsy “Of all the musical comedies I’ve ever known, it’s the one I have the most affection for, because I love the score. It’s big. It’s bombastic. It’s bright. It’s American. It’s full of puns and jokes. Sort of like me.” (1993) – Bette Midler Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Joy Behar Offered Chance To Star In Touring Version Of “Hello, Dolly!”

New Now Next Joy Behar Offered Chance To Star In Touring Version Of “Hello, Dolly!” by Brandon Voss August 5, 2017 But don’t Bette on it. Hello, Joy? While there’s still no official word on who will replace Tony winner Bette Midler when she departs Broadway’s hit revival of Hello, Dolly! in January, we can probably rule out one daytime diva. The View co-host Joy Behar revealed at the top of Friday’s show that she had recently been approached to headline the upcoming tour of Hello, Dolly! as iconic matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi. “Just because I happen to look like Bette Midler,” Behar said. She went on to tell her co-hosts that she politely declined the offer. “Even if I had the desire to go on the road, I don’t sing and I don’t dance,” added the comedian and vocal LGBT rights advocate, who appeared off-Broadway in the solo show Me, My Mouth, and I. “Problems!” Since when has a celebrity needed singing or dancing skills to star in a musical?

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    Friday, August 4, 2017

    Mark Shenton: Broadway’s reliance on star power is proving its undoing

    The Stage Mark Shenton: Broadway’s reliance on star power is proving its undoing by Mark Shenton – Aug 2, 2017 ...  Read More

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    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Bette Midler on Sue Mengers who she played on Broadway

    [Bette Midler on Sue Mengers who she played on Broadway] Sue even had a friend blowing marijuana smoke into her face as she passed away. She was high until the bitter end. Image may contain: 1 person
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    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Kenny Ortega does not want a “Hocus Pocus” remake — because he has a better idea

    Hello Giggles Kenny Ortega does not want a “Hocus Pocus” remake — because he has a better idea By Rachel Paige July 20, 2017 2017-07-06_1-49-54 It’s the middle of summer, which means it’s almost October, which means it’s almost Halloween, which means it’s the perfect time to start talking about the fact that we still don’t have a sequel to Hocus Pocus, Disney’s 1993 classic about the three mischievous Sanderson Sisters. Over the last almost 25 years, the movie has achieved way more than just a cult status; it’s got an entire dedicated fandom who love (but as a child, feared) Winnie, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson. It might be the reason you have a black cat named Binx, or joke about a virgin lighting the Black Flame Candle. Fans — and the stars — of the film have been nothing but vocal about their love and need for more of these sistaaaahs over the years. And, since it’s already been established that it’s almost Halloween, it’s time to talk about the lack of more Hocus Pocus in our lives. HelloGiggles caught up with director Kenny Ortega at Disney’s D23 Expo, where the long-time director and choreographer was there for his brand new DCOM, Descendants 2 (airing this Friday!!).

    Rest assured, Ortega wants a Hocus Pocus sequel just as much as we do — but what he doesn’t want is a remake.

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    HelloGiggles: It’s usually Bette Midler who starts the rumor that there’s gonna be a sequel.

    Kenny Ortega: Well, we all want one. We all want one. I can’t speak for Sarah because we haven’t been in touch for a really long time. I adore her. She’s so talented. But I know that Kathy Najimy and Bette are up for it. They’ve made that clear. I would love nothing more than to find out that there’s an interest in.

    HG: [laughs] There’s an interest!

    KO: I think there is. I don’t know what it hasn’t happened. I don’t know why, and I’m not in the position to do studies. I think that Disney’s doing a pretty good job at the choices that they’re making. Right now, taking all of their classic animations and doing them as live action musicals. But that would be fun. That would be fun. Any opportunity. I worked Kathy Najimmy on Descendants, and also we did an independent film together a couple of years ago called A Change of Heart, where she came in and played a leading role. I just saw Bette Midler on Broadway in Hello Dolly!. She is insanely brilliant. But then again, I’ve always thought of her as the number one most extraordinary live female performer. She just is captivating. Yeah, I would love it if they’d give us another opportunity to relive [Hocus Pocus], to go back in and bring them back again.

    HG: How would you feel Disney if Disney opted for a remake instead of a sequel? Would you be open to that? ...  Read More

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    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    BetteBack February 11, 1975: Bette Midler Slated For Big Broadway Return

    Anderson Herald Bulletin February 11, 1975 83880 20-20 News: Bette Midler is set for a “big Broadway house ” probably the “Minskoff” in a spring concept-type show, according to promoter Ron Delsener. The run would be a four-week minimum with options which could go on forever. BetteBack October 30, 1988: Lainie Kazan Plays Bette Midler’s Mother In Beaches BetteBack February 8, 1990: ‘Stella’ Review – Midler Gives A Performance That Rivals Those Of ‘The Rose’ And ‘Beaches’ BetteBack November 6, 1985: Bette Midler First Choice For Mae West BioPic Even Then BetteBack September 5, 1994: Bette Midler Takes Jabs At Las Vegas, Lisa Marie, And Barbra | BootLeg Betty

    BetteBack July 15, 1993: Hocus Pocus Review – Spooky And Fun Movie | BootLeg Betty ...  Read More

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    Saturday, July 8, 2017

    BetteBack January 23, 1975: Does Bette Midler’s career appear to be going downhill?

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    Monday, July 3, 2017

    Oh, Donna! ‘Dolly’s Double Divas Drive 8-Show Week To $2.3M: Broadway Box Office

    Deadline Hollywood Oh, Donna! ‘Dolly’s Double Divas Drive 8-Show Week To $2.3M: Broadway Box Office by Jeremy Gerard June 19, 2017 2:17pm
      Donna Murphy began her turn as the eighth Dolly Levi last week, propelling the Bette Midler-led revival of Hello, Dolly! into the box-office stratosphere occupied almost exclusively by Hamilton. Murphy’s Tuesday night debut gave the musical its first 8-performance week since previews began March 15, with sales at the Shubert Organization’s flagship theater flirting with the $3 million mark in ticket sales. Only Hamilton did better, and not by much ($3 million in sales at the Nederlander Organization’s Richard Rodgers), with Disney’s The Lion King taking third place ($2.1 million, at the Nederlanders’ Minskoff). Wicked, at the Nederlanders’ Gershwin, sold $1.96 million in tickets. The critics haven’t yet been asked to weigh in on Murphy, but she’s a much-loved home-grown star, and word of mouth from her baptism by fire was all positive. Any customers who went in disappointed not to be seeing the Divine One (what, they can’t read?) were likely to have come out happy campers. Ham and Hello played to 10.7K and 11.7K customers, respectively, with Hamilton‘s dominance continuing to lie in premium ticket sales. The Founding Fathers rap musical has a top ticket price of $849 and last week the average price paid was $282.61. The Jerry Herman revival has a top ticket of $748; the average price paid last week was $196.23. Disney has kept the prices lower for its franchise players on the Street, with Lion Kingtickets topping out at $225 (average price paid last week was $156.38) and Aladdin, at the New Amsterdam, a bit higher at $227.50, taking in $1.6 million, with an average ticket price of $116.34. Week 4 of the new season was steady but strong, with only a handful of shows experiencing significant falloff from Week 3: Waitress, at the Nederlanders’ Brooks Atkinson, took a $602K nosedive with the departure of recording star and score composer Sara Bareilles, falling to $783K, 77 per cent of gross potential. Groundhog Day, at Jujamcyns’ August Wilson, fell $93K to $843K, 65 per cent of gross potential.
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    Several of the non-musicals continued to improve: Tony winner Oslo, at Lincoln Center Theater’s Beaumont, was up $148K to $808K, 74 per cent of potential and near-full houses. Six Degrees of Separation closed out its run at the Shuberts’ Barrymore with a $45.2K boost to $316K. Indecent, wrapping up its run at the Shuberts’ Cort, was up $100K to $378K, 41 per cent of potential. (One bright spot in that show’s premature closing next week is that it very likely frees up Katrina Lenk to reprise her star-making performance in The Band’s Visit when that exceptional musical takes over the Barrymore in the fall.) The Play That Goes Wrong, at the Shuberts’ Lyceum, rose $10K to $377K, 58 per cent of potential. Total ticket sales for 35 shows came to $34.5 million, according to the trade group Broadway League, almost dead even with the previous week. Average ticket price rose slightly, to $115.75 from $115.32. Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy
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