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Friday, May 25, 2018

LISTS 10 Best Bette Midler Movies and TV Shows

The Cinemaholic LISTS: 10 Best Bette Midler Movies and TV Shows By Team Cinemaholic 6 May 21, 2018   bette midler, wet Bette Midler is an American songwriter, singer, comedian, film producer and actress. Following a career that revolved around several Off-Off-Broadway shows, she rose to prominence as a singer and has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Bette Midler boasts of a career that spans half a century and has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards. Here’s the list of top Bette Midler movies.  

10. Outrageous Fortune (1987)

Outrageous Fortune is about a man with two women in his life who disappears and they go out looking for him. Directed by Arthur Hiller, it also stars Shelley Long and Robert Prosky.  

9. Down and out in Beverly Hills (1986)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills is about a homeless man who tries to drown himself in the pool of a rich couple who save him and welcome him in their house. The film is directed by Paul Mazursky and also Nick Nolte and Little Richard.

8. For the Boys (1991)

A US entertainer, with the help of a singer and dancer, tours to entertain the soldiers during World War II. For the Boys is directed by Mark Rydell and also casts James Caan and George Segal.   7. The First Wives Club (1996) Reunited due to the death of a friend, three women decide to revenge their husbands who dumped them for younger women. Directed by Hugh Wilson, The First Wives Club also stars Goldie Hawn and Maggie Smith.  

6. Big Business (1988)

Two sets of twins are born in a hospital on the same night to two different families and get mixed up due to a drunk nurse. Big Business is directed by Jim Abrahams and also stars Lily Tomlin and Fred Ward.  

5. The Thorn (1971)

The Thorn is a religious comic satire. It is directed by Peter McWilliams and also stars John Bassberger and John Greenberg.  

4. Beaches (1998)

The strong friendship between two people coming from very different backgrounds. Beaches is directed by Garry Marshall and also stars Barbara Hershey and John Heard.  

3. Hocus Pocus (1993)

Two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat try to put an end to the terror of three witches, who have resurrected after 300 years. Hocus Pocus is directed by Kenny Ortega and also stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

2. Ruthless People (1986)

A businessman cheats and a couple and the couple takes the revenge by kidnappinghis wife, but they don’t know that he is happy they did so. Also starring Danny DeVito and Judge Reinhold, Ruthless People is directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker.

1. The Rose (1979)

A female rock star, whose manager is ruthless and pressurizes her constantly, destructs her life with drugs and alcohol. Directed by Mark Rydell, The Rose also stars Alan Bates and Frederic Forrest.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

BetteBack May 4, 1974: The Greatest Story Overtold

Bradford Era May 4, 1974 9442083455_f683be0230_b P a tric ia L a n ig a n of E Meadow. N Y., askes if Bette Midler has a “religious” flick due; yes, more irreligious, however: it s a cheapie ($30,000) in more ways than money: it s an meptie. too — titled originally “The Greatest Story Ever Overtold.” a candidly sacrilegious story of Jesus and Mary, so bad it wasn t released, nor even escaped since it was slapped onto celluloid three years ago. Meanwhile, back at the footlights. Bette Midler’s campy nonsense got hot which makes the cheapie a fiscally viable property The name’s now changed to “The Divine Mr. J.,” a takeoff on the already campy Bette-billing and with her neostardom all the way from the homo-baths to the Palace Theater. La Midler now wants to keep it buried No way. Ifs boon edited to moke Bette seem the star — she was a prominent afterthough as first filmed — and it was previewed at a drag ball and pronounced rotten but financially promising It’s an alldirections insult (it’s billed as “A Metro Golda-Meier Production”), noisily trumpeting its afterthought-star os “The Virgin Midler,” and a prime favorite for the year’s prise in the Age of Vulgarity: marijuana is smoked at the Last Supper, john the Baptist baptises with low-comedy seitser water in the face, Christmas is a tourist promotion of the Bethlehem Merchants Assn , et.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

BetteBack April 17, 1974: Bette Midler And Managers Not Thrilled With “The Divine Mister J”

Anderson Herald Bulletin April 17, 1974 539321_323711821058611_929697891_n Another belle unhappy about her debut into films is Bette Midler (“the divine Miss Midler”). Her managers are just as unhappy. Seems that before Bette became so divine she accepted a role in “The Divine Mr J.” a low budget flick for which she received an equally low budget salary. Now “ The Divine Mr J ” is on the verge of immediate release and look what’s happened to Bette in the meantime. She and managers are negotiating movie deals calling for whopping amounts of money and they are thoroughly convinced that the less than “ Divine Mr J ” isn t going to help their cause.

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    Thursday, February 2, 2017

    BetteBack December 11, 1973: It s a sick. sick sick sick world

    Bradford Era December 11, 1973 img123 It s a sick. sick. sick sick world Bette Midler s three weeks at the Palace Theater were sold out before her opening and first nighters tipped the suspicions why; besides the flamboyant ersatz-socialites. the full-of-chic set. the Palace was awash with homosexuals of assorted sexes, males more peacocks than the no doubt girls, the boys’ makeup wildly vulgarized versions of campy-female-imitations a la rarvivai freaks and clowns i Lance Loud, the admitted”proclaimed” homo-son of TV‘s “American Family,” wore makeup more Mondrian than even mod and wasn t the most flamboyant by far; lads in feathers, tulle, chiffon etc were). All gathered in cult-tribute to the submerged talents and highlighted dungarees of Miss Midler, who graduated cum haw dv from the West Sides homosexual-oriented Continental Baths to this $100,000 a week pinochle of excess She proclaims herself the last of the ‘ truly tacky” singers and gives herself the best of it. Tacky is tidy alongside her appeal, clothes, aggressively dated personality, musical style. La Midler in fact has trashed the tradition of personality songstresses. all her patronizing lunges hack at her humble start suggest the magical luck which strikes showbiz regularly, like a bludgeon Shakespeare called it Success is oft got without merit. Bette Midler s campy style, flatly fag-hag in appeal, even beat her by one night to Manhattan a female inpersonator shim opened the night before at the Blue Angel, no the Blue Angel of nostalgically intimate-delight which sent so many comdey and singing stars to Bdwy., Hollywood and TV, this had been the Casino Russe, which treaded vodka a year or more without lighting up the cafe skies Now it s attempting somewhat desperately to beckon customers with a blatantly transvestite or worse show, something called Zou” adapted from a long-run Paris homo-flashy tawdriness whose males simper and swish broadly through imitations of Dietrich. Mae West, Marilyn Monroe and similar dead and oldage-pensioned glamor The updated fag-hagerie was to have a fairy godperson give Ms Midler its doubtless .sincerest flattery, a sordid imitation. The 20 amazing Bette Midler facts you can share with your mates at the SSE Hydro “It’s been ten years since I lived here in LA…” Bette Midler to bring KeyArena some ‘Divine Intervention’; Receives Script For Mae West BetteBack September 23, 1973: Bette Midler Sings In Berkley

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    Monday, January 9, 2017

    Shelley Long On Bette Midler;

    Shelley Long On Bette Midler; “It could be fine. It so depends on the script. It really does, on the concept, on the execution of the script. We were really flying by the seat of our pants a lot on that script. It was a wonderful story and wonderful characters but there was a lot of work that needed to happen a long the way. We all came together for the first one which I’m grateful for. But whether or not it will happen again, I don’t know.” (Spokane Chronicle. Nov 26, 1987) Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, closeup
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    Sunday, December 18, 2016

    BetteBack July 28, 1973: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Hits The Top 10 Charts

    Jasper Herald July 28, 1973 7-1-2012 6-20-04 PM Three Dog Night has captured the No. 1 spot with “Shanbala” and in second place, Jim Croce with “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” who made a big jump in just one week from No. 7 to No. 2. I see Bette Midler is on the top 10 with her nostalgic “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy“—brings back lots of memories for lots of people. Here’s how they stand: Top Ten Singles 1. “Shanbala” – Thm Ddg Night 2. “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” – Jim Croce 3. “Yesterday Once More” — The Carpenters 4. “Smoke on the Water” – Deep Purple 5. “Natural High” – Bloodstone 6. “WiU It Go ‘Round in Circles” ~ BUlie Preston 6. “Playground in My Mind” – Clint Holmes 8. “Kodachrome” Paul Simon 9. “Get Down” ~ Gilbert O’Sullivan 10. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” ~ Bette Midler BetteBack October 2, 1973: A Steaming Night In ‘Sleazy City’ Bette Midler’s Unique Talent Stuns Berkeley Audience BetteBack October 10, 1990: Does Bette Midler Gets Too Serious On ‘Some People’s Lives’ BetteBack September 18, 1993: Bette Midler shows she’s still a top-rate singer, performer

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    Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    Bette Midler On Martin:

    Bette Midler On Martin: “My husband’s a great guy. He has an artist’s soul, ability and drive. He’s working on his first feature film, and yes, I could have a part in it but I don’t know if I want it. He accepts my help when I give it to him, but he doesn’t expect it.” (Sunday Mirror, 1996) Image may contain: 2 people , people smiling , night
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    Thursday, December 8, 2016

    BetteBack June 16, 1973: Bette Midler’s New Song By The Andrews Sisters

    Dunkirk Evening Observer June 16, 1973 2016-08-27_4-21-14 Q: My mother says the new Bette Midler hit “Boogie Woogle Bugle Boy,” Is an old song, Can you tell me where t can get an old record if this is true? — B.V., Salinas, Kan A; The song Is an Andrews Sisters hit from World War 11. It was introduced in the Bud AbbottLou Costello movie, “Buck Privates,” and won an Oscar nomination, You can still buy the Andrews sisters recording in large cities. BetteBack February 19, 1973: After A While Bette Is Infectious | BootLeg Betty BetteBack February 16, 1973: Bette Midler Displays A Passel Of Talent | BootLeg Betty BetteBack Review December 25, 1971: Bette Midler At Upstairs At The Downstairs Review | BootLeg Betty BetteBack April 29, 1972: Is the singer called Bette Midler for real? | BootLeg Betty

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    Sunday, August 21, 2016

    BetteBack January 11, 1997: Diva Las Vegas To Premiere On HBO Jan 18th (Trivia Questions)

    News Post January 11, 1997 maxresdefault Debuting Saturday, Jan. 18 on HBO, the concert special “Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas” ~ taped at that city’s MGM Grand — offers the singer-actress in a performance that features many of her trademarks, including elaborate production numbers and bawdy humor. Here’s a look at some of her screen credits: QUESTIONS 1) In which 1979 film, about a troubled rock star, did Midler have her first major screen role? 2) Name the 1986 comedy in which Midler and Richard Dreyfuss played a couple who took an itinerant (played by Nick Nolte) into their home. 3) Who played Midler’s companion in a cross-country pursuit of the man who jilted them both in 1987’s “Outrageous Fortune”? 4) Name Midler’s leading man in the 1991 musical drama “For the Boys.” 5) In 1993, Midler starred in a TV version of a classic stage musical. Which one was it? 6) Which two Oscar-winning actresses played Midler’s cohorts in revenge in the recent comedy hit “The First Wives Club“?  

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    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    Arthur Hiller Dies: Oscar-Nominated ‘Love Story’ & Outrageous Fortune Director Was 92

    Deadline Arthur Hiller Dies: Oscar-Nominated ‘Love Story’ Director & Former Academy President Was 92 by Patrick Hipes and Anita Busch August 17, 2016 11:30am 166899_223683821038596_221327031274275_541420_1246177995_n Arthur Hiller, the Oscar-nominated director of Love Story and a former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the DGA, died today in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 92. The Academy confirmed the news. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend Arthur Hiller,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs today. “I was a member of the Board during his presidency and fortunate enough to witness firsthand his dedication to the Academy and his lifelong passion for visual storytelling. Our condolences go out to his loved ones.” The Canada-born Hiller’s career spanned five decades, starting in TV in the mid-’50s with credits including Playhouse 90, Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, Route 66 and The Rifleman. Jumping into feature films in the early 1960s, his early credits include The Americanization of Emily , his own personal favorite and a movie that has aged very well, and the Ryan O’Neal-Ali MacGraw romancer Love Story, which earned him the Oscar nom. Love Story, which garnered seven Oscar noms overall, led to a streak of big movies for Hiller that spanned especially comedy including The Hospital, penned by Paddy Chayefsky (who also wrote Americanization Of Emily) ; Silver Streak with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor; The In-Laws with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin; The Lonely Guy with Steve Martin; and Outrageous Fortune starring Shelley Long and Bette Midler. He also helmed the film adaptations of Neil Simon’s The Out of Towners and Plaza Suite. Hiller also directed biopic The Babe, the musical adaptation Man of La Mancha and the Al Pacino pic Author! Author! His final directing effort was 2006’s Pucked with Jon Bon Jovi. “Arthur Hiller was an integral part of one of the most important experiences of my life,” MacGraw said today. “He was a remarkable, gifted, generous human being, and I will miss him terribly. My heart and love go out to his family.” In the mid-1990s Hiller was tapped to direct the Joe Eszterhas-scripted An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, which seemed doomed from the get-go. Despite pulling together a cast that combined Hollywood players such as Harvey Weinstein, O’Neal, Gavin Polone and Eric Idle in parts, and then others including screenwriter Shane Black, producer Robert Evans, Jackie Chan, Whoopi Goldberg and Sylvester Stallone as themselves, the film was a critical and financial disaster. After the final cut, art imitated life for Hiller, who wanted nothing to do with the picture and asked for his name to be removed — which the DGA granted. So the film’s director credit ended up being “Alan Smithee” — the pseudonym used when a director wants to distance himself or herself from a project. A longtime Governors Branch member, Hiller served as Academy president from 1993-97 and received the organization’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2001 for his philanthropy. He also served as DGA president from 1989-93. Hiller’s wife Gwen died earlier this year. “We are deeply saddened to learn of Arthur’s passing,” said DGA president Paris Barclay. “As a tireless crusader in the fight for creative rights and a passionate film preservation advocate, Arthur Hiller’s impact on the fabric of our industry will be felt for generations to come. As Guild president, Arthur was a warm and nurturing father figure who was deeply concerned with the personal and professional well-being of every one of our members. Whether lobbying on Capitol Hill for the artistic integrity of filmmakers worldwide, negotiating with the studios to secure health and pension provisions for our families, or establishing the first committee to advance opportunities for women and minorities, Arthur’s passion was exemplary and inspiring. Our Guild is stronger because of him, and our hearts go out to his family at this difficult time.” Added DGA national executive director Jay D. Roth: “Arthur’s presidency was marked by a singular passion for and deep moral obligation to the protection of our members’ creative and economic freedoms. His spirited leadership as founding chairman of the Artists Rights Foundation in the early 1990s was instrumental in safeguarding against the physical alteration of our members’ creative work, both in film and television. As Arthur once said with his famously matter-of-fact panache, ‘Just because you bought the Mona Lisa, doesn’t mean you have the right to paint a mustache on her.’ Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and the many people who loved him.” Hiller had severe eyesight problems in later life but it didn’t keep him from leading an active life and showing up at many industry events. At a special screening a few years ago for The Americanization Of Emily Hiller appeared for a Q&A following the film. The moderator , Deadline’s Pete Hammond, asked Hiller if he wanted to sit through the film first. “I can’t see my movies anymore unfortunately,” Hiller told him. “These days I can only feel them.” Fortunately for us Arthur Hiller has left behind a group of great movie entertainment the rest of us can see and feel.
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