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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Beaches: Garry Marshall vows, if you see this film, you’ll understand women better

Garry Marshall vows, if you see this film, you’ll understand women better
April 26, 2005

Beaches Special Edition DVD

Released back in 1988, the complicated friendship between opposites C.C. Bloom and Hillary Whitney resonated with audiences and on April 26, 2005, Buena Vista will release the much-awaited special edition DVD of Beaches. The DVD is filled with deleted scenes, a blooper reel from the film’s wrap party, a “Wind Beneath My Wings” music video, screen tests and a lively audio commentary with director Garry Marshall (Pretty WomanThe Princess DiariesRaising Helen).

The story of two lonely young girls who met on a beach and grew up together, going through both good times and tragic times, bickering on the way is a tearjerker, to be sure. But, hey, isn’t life filled with tears (not to mention, bickering)? But it’s also filled with some laughs and a musical number or two if we’re lucky. Under the helm of director Garry Marshall and the dazzling voice of Bette MidlerBeaches provides both. And now, the release of the DVD provides an excuse for those who have already seen the film, to watch it again. And those who haven’t seen it get a chance to discover some beautiful performances by Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard and the rest of the gang, including one big dog. ...  Read More

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Different Generations Of Women Explain Beaches’ Timelessness

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Different Generations Of Women Explain Beaches’ Timelessness
By Julie Sprankles
Dec 21, 2018

Beaches 30th Anniversary

Mister D: The 30th Anniversary of “Beaches” was December 21, 1988

Thirty years ago, a new movie starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey hit theaters. The year was 1988, and that movie was Beaches. In the film, the women played lifelong friends who first met in Atlantic City while vacationing with their families. Although opposites in many ways, their bond endured through everything. Accordingly, the film became a cult classic over time for its honest portrayal of female friendship. Beaches‘ emotional resonance seems to know no bounds, though. Women of all different ages and backgrounds consider the film a nostalgic favorite and have at least one story about a Hillary or C.C. in their own lives. ...  Read More

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Australia’s biggest stars have revealed which films changed their lives

Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey describe friendship for generations of women everywhere,

AUGUST 6, 2018

Mister D: Can somebody from Down Under take the time and tell us who these stars are and what they’re famous for? You can use the message board here or the Facebook Comments on FB.

Some of Australia’s biggest stars have revealed which films changed their lives and some of their answers are very surprising (we’re looking at you, Waleed Aly).

IS there a movie that had such a profound effect on you you’d say it changed your life?

That’s what we asked some of Australia’s biggest stars, including Lisa Wilkinson, Waleed Aly, and Vince Colosimo.

Some of their answers were … interesting.


Movie: Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner — 1967
I first saw this movie when I was a teenager. It was set at the height of the 1960s civil rights movement in the US, so I came to it late, but it has everything: truly magnificent acting from Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier, a stunning setting, searing writing with beautiful comedic moments, and the most perfect final speech in any movie I’ve ever seen. It still brings me to tears every time I see it. ...  Read More

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

CARPE LIBRUM: Taking on the best beach reads this season, Including “Beaches II”

Encore CARPE LIBRUM: Taking on the best beach reads this season By GWENYFAR ROHLER JUL 17 Welcome to Carpe Librum, encore’s biweekly book column, wherein I will dissect a current title and even old books—because literature does not exist in a vacuum but emerges to participate in a larger, cultural conversation. I will feature many NC writers; however, the hope is to place the discussion in a larger context and therefore examine works around the world. This time of year evokes the idea of “beach reads”—good, escapist paperback fiction to get lost in while sitting in the sand and sun. I get asked for “beach reads” a lot. For every person, a beach read is different. Next week we will get back to more serious and important topics, but this week, let’s all work on our tans and splash in the water a bit… Dune“Dune” By Frank Herbert Dune, Paperback Though not located near a sea shore, if sand is what you crave, this book is filled with it. In every way, it is guaranteed to make readers feel hot, dry and grateful for water. Written in the early 1960s, it is one of the books that set the standard for science fiction in the second half of the 20th century. Since it was written 60 years ago, there are some embarrassing and out-molded ideas of gender roles. I mean, readers will know how the book ends by page seven. It’s obvious: Paul is going to fight his battles, assume his destiny and save the planet. But readers will hang in there for the next 400 pages to see just how all of it will unfold. Frankly, Paul wouldn’t get anywhere were it not for the women in the book, who actually make pretty much everything happen for him. He might be chosen, but without them he would be sunk in a sea of sand with no hope. Overall, it’s a book filled with a lot of sun, sand and heat. Very summery. “Jingo” and “Pyramids” By Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett’s Discworld has a couple of books that approach both sand and water. My two favorites are “Pyramids” and “Jingo.” “Jingo” chronicles the struggles on The Disc when an island emerges from the water between two warring nations. A lot of the book takes place on boats or submarines that try to lay claim to the island or stage, daring military maneuvers to seize the island. This book has lots and lots of boating and time on the water. “Pyramids” gives sand and heat. Set in Djelibeybi (a parody of ancient Egypt), it explores the problems of unintentional time travel, when Pyramids get involved. It’s very funny, very smart, with lots of hot, dry sand. It may be possible to get a tan while just holding this book. A Caribbean Mystery” By Agatha Christie Agatha Christie’s brilliant sleuth, Miss Marple (the person I hope to grow into), goes on vacation to a beautiful resort in the Caribbean. Of course, anywhere she goes, there is a mystery to solve. Set in a tropical paradise, with a private beach at the resort, this might be my favorite beach read for sheer escapism and joy. The writing is brilliant and the scenery is so evocative. The beach is relaxing, as is swimming in the crystal clear Caribbean. And there is Miss Marple showing everyone up and proving once again little old ladies might get ignored but they see everything, damn it. The book is filled with romance, mistaken identity, secrets, sexual innuendo, and just enough violence to keep readers on the edge of their beach chairs. As beach reads go, it doesn’t get more beachy than this. “Beaches II: I’ll Be There” By Iris Rainer Dart Beaches, Paperback Obviously, “Beaches” by Iris Rainer-Dart takes the cake as the ultimate summertime read. Like many people, I came to the book from the movie that starred Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik and Barbara Hershey. Now, the book doesn’t have the soundtrack of Midler’s amazing voice; however, it opens on a beach. Two young girls, Cece Bloom and Bertie White, from vastly different worlds, collide at the Boardwalk one summer and begin a friendship that will span their lives. When Bertie realizes she is dying, she entrusts her daughter to CeCe. In many ways, “Beaches” encapsulates female friendship (fights, jealousy and reconciliation included) better than any book I’ve ever encountered. Honestly, though, the sequel, “Beaches II: I’ll Be There,” is the better and more memorable book. Cece and her ward, Bertie’s daughter, are trying to make their way together in a new world without Bertie. Cece is completely unprepared for parenthood, especially to parent a child in the throes of grief. Then add all the problems of celebrity and money and how they impact family life. Disaster ensues, but, together, they find a way to climb out of it. It is powerful, beautiful and incredibly evocative. The most beachy part is probably the locale around California. Kindle: Mass Market Paperback:
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

35 of the most iconic movie songs of all time

Mister D: Honestly, if we are being fair, “The Rose” should have made this list, too. But good job Brinkwire! Brinkwire 35 of the most iconic movie songs of all time June 19, 2018 by Brinkwire Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, Dyed Hair, Beaches “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins (“Footloose”) The movie musical quickly became one of the biggest hits when it was released in 1984, in no small part thanks to Loggins’ now-iconic song. It’s impossible not to dance when you hear it, which is probably why the song topped the charts for three weeks in a row on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming such a massive hit that Loggins himself was blown away by its success. In 2014, he revealed in an interview, “It became the biggest movie of the summer. We didn’t see it coming. But I remember going to the premiere and watching the opening scene of the movie, … using “Footloose” (the song) over the dancing feet. My wife turns to me and goes, ‘This is gonna be huge.’” Audiences furiously kicked off their Sunday shoes in agreement, of course. “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal (“Batman Forever”) Seal originally released the song in 1994, but it hit icon status when it was featured on the “Batman Forever” soundtrack a year later, earning the singer three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. It might feel like an unlikely song for a superhero movie, but that’s what makes it work so perfectly. “Kiss From a Rose” is no doubt Seal’s biggest hit, cementing Val Kilmer’s Batman as one of the most memorable of all. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston (“The Bodyguard”) Houston was already a bona fide music legend by the time she made her acting debut in the 1992 romantic thriller, but the song rapidly became one of her most remarkable hits, thanks to those searing high notes and her flawless delivery. It’s often forgotten that the ballad is actually a cover of a Dolly Parton song, and it made music history as the only country song to reach No. 1 in three separate decades. It topped the charts around the globe upon its release and did the same within hours of Houston’s death in 2012. “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim, Mya, and Missy Elliott (“Moulin Rouge!”) With its suggestive chorus and a medley of high notes from the biggest pop stars of the early aughts, “Lady Marmalade” had new life breathed into it when Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, Pink, and Elliott covered it for Baz Luhrmann’s whimsical romantic musical in 2001. Few likely expected it to become such an iconic soundtrack song, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a karaoke bar or wedding reception where the song isn’t playing. It’s fun, it’s campy, and it brought together a group of powerhouse pop stars in a way that happens all too rarely, topping the Billboard charts for nine consecutive weeks, the only all-female collaboration to do so. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (“Despicable Me 2”) If you have kids, know kids, or have ever met a kid, you’ve definitely sung along to “Happy,” which was first featured on Williams’ album “Girl” before becoming a massive global hit thanks to a feature spot on the animated film’s soundtrack. “Happy” became the biggest-selling song of 2014, and even years later, it’s impossible to go anywhere without hearing the infectious anthem. So when you do, be sure to “clap along if you feel like a room without a roof” … we’re not entirely sure what it all means, but we’re, ahem, to comply. “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees (“Saturday Night Fever”) It takes a rare film and song to define an entire era, but “Stayin’ Alive,” which served as the iconic opening scene to the 1977 coming of age tale starring John Travolta did just that, becoming one of the most classic disco songs of all time. The film’s soundtrack featured a slew of hits by the group of brothers and other disco acts, but “Stayin’ Alive” is the one that inspired a generation to strut down the street in their best disco duds.

“Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland (“The Wizard Of Oz”) ...  Read More

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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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Monday, May 21, 2018

Bette Midler & Barbara Hershey In Beaches

Bette Midler & Barbara Hershey In Beaches

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Monday, April 23, 2018

‘Beaches’ author heats things up with two Broadway-aimed musicals

APP ‘Beaches’ author heats things up with two Broadway-aimed musicals Ilana Keller, @ilanakeller Published 5:29 a.m. ET April 13, 2018 They say what’s old is new again, but in this case, it’s also retooled, reimagined and racing with eyes toward Broadway — times two. Iris Rainer Dart, author of “Beaches,” is hoping to bring a theatrical version of the novel to Broadway. She also has a Tony Award-nominated production, 2011’s “The People in the Picture,” now making its West Coast premiere in hopes of returning to the Great White Way. “The People in the Picture,” which starred Donna Murphy and netted her a Tony nomination, is a musical that tells the story of life in pre-war Poland and the way the people of Warsaw used arts and humor to combat growing anti-Semitism and the rise of the Nazis. It features music by Mike Stoller and Artie Butler. The story, told by a grandmother who had been one of those artists, to her daughter and granddaughter, also touches on the importance of keeping Yiddish culture alive and learning from the past. It was that theme that sparked Rainer Dart, who spent two summers working at Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, to write the musical, when she saw in her own life the potential for the spirit and strength of the Yiddish culture to slip away with her own grandchildren, and these stories of strength disappearing. “(The theater and art were) made at a time when the anti-Semitism and Nazi threat was all around (the people of Warsaw), and they were basically thumbing their nose at that and saying, ‘this is how we’re reacting to that. We’re bringing our humor and our music and our joyous sensibility to it.’ And that made me cry because the spirit of these people was so strong and I thought this is the group of people that I want to write about, the Warsaw gang.” It also doesn’t hurt when Bette Midler, who starred in the movie version of “Beaches,” calls and urges you to “write me a musical.” “I had to find something that did what she does, which is turn your emotions on a dime,” Rainer Dart said. Why bring it back now? Rainer Dart says the immediacy of having grandchildren to pass the Yiddish legacy to brought it up fresh in her mind. “Just going back to what was important in the story was the reason I wanted to go back and re-tell it,” she said. She also regrets that the show did not have any out-of-town runs pre-Broadway to feel things out, and now is getting that chance, running at 3Below Theater in San Jose, California. The show begins previews this week, with performances running through May 31. Visit 3belowtheaters.com/events/the-people-in-the-picture for more information. She also took inspiration from John Weidman, the book writer of “Assassins,” on timing. “I had been very lucky. I had a wonderful moment as I was leaving New York. I had a conversation with John Weidman, who had seen the show, and I met him when we were on a panel together. He told me that when ‘Assassins’ opened, the critics had really savaged them and that 15 years later, he was on the stage of Radio City accepting a Tony for the best revival of a musical. Sondheim hadn’t changed one note and he hadn’t changed one word from the original and that was the point he was making to me.” If the themes of “The People in the Picture” sound similar to last season’s drama “Indecent,” there’s even more of a connection between the two than you may think. Cosplayers at BroadwayCon 2018, held from Jan. 26 to 28, 2018, at the Javits Center in Manhattan. Ilana Keller/Staff photo Rainer Dart’s daughter, director Rachel Dart, was Rebecca Taichman’s assistant when “Indecent” was off-Broadway, and she brought on board Moishe Rosenfeld as a Yiddish consultant at the behest of her mother, who had met him working on “The People in the Picture.” Rainer Dart, a longtime television writer in addition to author and playwright, says she also has learned to enjoy the flexibility of revision that theater offers. “What I’ve learned is the theater is alive. Unlike a novel, when you put it out there, that’s it. Or a movie. Unless Kevin Spacey is in it, you don’t get to re-make it. I looked at it and I tried to figure out what all of the problems were and I thought, ‘why not do this again?’ ” Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Donna Murphy take part in a panel called “Auditions: The Good, The Bad, The Hilarious” during BroadwayCon 2018, held from Jan. 26 to 28, 2018, at the Javits Center in Manhattan. (Photo: Ilana Keller/Staff photo) The lessons she has learned from “The People in the Picture” also are manifesting in her work on “Beaches” the musical, which is planning a 2019 West End run, with eyes on Broadway. It previously ran at the Signature Theatre in Virginia and at Drury Lane in Chicago and features a book by Rainer Dart and the late Thom Thomas, with lyrics by Dart and music from David Austin. “We have a new director and I’m in New York now working on doing a closed reading, so we can hear what’s too long or doesn’t sing, what works and what doesn’t. We have a group of actors who have been coming in and singing it to us and reading it to us,” she said. More: Broadway’s original Annie takes turn as Miss Hannigan “Beaches” will be more a reflection of her novel rather than the movie version starring Midler and Barbara Hershey or the recent television remake featuring Idina Menzel and Nia Long. “As our producer always says, same characters, different days. People love those characters and love the relationship, so this just expands on that.” Rainer Dart was happy with the spirit of her characters portrayed in the movie, but says “the truth is, it wasn’t my version of the story … But it was true to the spirit of the story, it was true to the characters and it told the story quite well. I can’t complain.” In fact, when Midler asked for her thoughts on set on the day a “catfight” scene was shot (Rainer Dart says as a feminist, she would never write a catfight), Rainer Dart says she said to Midler, her favorite movie star, “‘Honey, you’re starring in the movie of my book, how bad can it be?’ And that was really how I felt about it.” For now, Rainer Dart stays busy readying both shows for primetime. “I feel like a kid with homework. That’s the problem with being a writer, you always have homework,” she said. But she’s loving it.
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

‘Beaches’ Musical Expected to Play London in 2019 Before Coming to Broadway

‘Beaches’ Musical Expected to Play London in 2019 Before Coming to Broadway (Exclusive) Entertainment Tonight Leigh Scheps? March 26, 2018 A musical adaptation of the 1988 Bette Midler film Beaches is expected to first hit the West End in London in 2019 before coming to Broadway. “That would be the hope,” Iris Rainer Dart, 74, who wrote the novel of which the movie is based, reveals to ET. “I feel very lucky, first of all, to be my age and doing this. The theater has much less ageism than the movie and television business.” Lonny Price (Desperate Housewives) has signed on to direct the show with a book by Dart and score by Dart and newcomer David Austin. The story, which takes place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is about two friends from different backgrounds who keep a long-lasting relationship after going their separate ways. Right now, the stage production is in the workshop stage, where the creative team is writing new songs and rewriting dialogue. “We’re just listening, refining, redoing and seeing which songs work and which ones don’t,” Dart explains. In 2014 and 2015, there were two mounted productions of the musical, each with different casts. One played the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, and the other at the Drury Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. While Dart wouldn’t reveal any casting choices moving forward, she hopes to incorporate some of the talent from both incarnations. In addition to the stage adaptation, Lifetime recently remade the film for TV with Idina Menzel and Nia Long taking on the roles originated by Midler and Barbara Hershey, respectively. Beaches will be Dart’s second musical after 2011’s People in the Picture starring Donna Murphy, which went straight to Broadway and ran for a limited engagement of 10 weeks. She says of the experience: “One of the things I’ve learned is to never open a show on Broadway before you’ve been out of town.” Meanwhile, Beaches is just the latest late ‘80s/early ‘90s classic film to be reimagined for the stage, following the successful run of Groundhog Day, which earned seven Tony Award nominations in 2017, and the upcoming Pretty Woman: The Musical, which is set to open on Broadway in July 2018. In addition to the newly announced Broadway Vacation musical adapted from National Lampoon’s Griswold family film franchise, Cyndi Lauper is still working on new music for Working Girl, based on the 1988 romantic comedy starring Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford. “I’m hoping to actually finish Working Girl while I still have teeth in my mouth,” Lauper joked with ET while promoting her upcoming summer tour with Rod Stewart.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

BetteBack July 1, 1975: ‘Clams’ Breaks Broadway’s Box Office Record

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