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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Different Generations Of Women Explain Beaches’ Timelessness

She Knows
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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Friday, October 26, 2018

Photo: Bette Midler is CC Bloom in Beaches – Still Got My Health

Photo: Bette Midler is CC Bloom in Beaches - Still Got My Health

Photo: Bette Midler is CC Bloom in Beaches – Still Got My Health

Beaches: Original Soundtrack Recording is the soundtrack to the Academy Award nominated 1988 film starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. Midler performs most of the tracks on the album, released on the Atlantic Records label. The album features one of Midler’s best-known songs, the ballad “Wind Beneath My Wings“, which was a #1 hit.

The track that was chosen to promote both the movie and the album was not “Wind Beneath My Wings”, but the song heard in the movie’s opening scene and also the opening track on the album: Midler’s cover of The Drifters‘ 1960s classic “Under the Boardwalk“. That song alluded to the title of the movie and the place where the movie’s main characters, rich girl Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) and child performer Cecilia Carol “CC” Bloom (Midler) first meet. Midler’s version of “Under the Boardwalk”, released to tie in with the premiere in December 1988, peaked outside the Billboard Hot 100 chart and passed by mostly unnoticed. 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,

News.com.au
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.

LISA WILKINSON

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, August 4, 2018

How Much Money Does Bette Midler Make? Latest Income Salary

Celebrity Net Worth
How Much Money Does Bette Midler Make? Latest Income Salary
August 3, 2018

Bette Midler, Beaches, Glory Of Love

Bette Midler (/bɛt/; born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several Off-Off-Broadway plays, before her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s. She came to prominence in 1970 when she began singing in the Continental Baths, a local gay bathhouse where she managed to build up a core followiSince 1970, Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist. Throughout her career, many of her songs became hits on the record charts, including her renditions of “The Rose”, “Wind Beneath My Wings”, “Do You Want to Dance”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, and “From a Distance”.

Midler made her motion picture debut in 1979 with The Rose, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and two Tony Awards. She has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has received four Gold, three Platinum, and three Multiplatinum albums by RIAA.

Midler’s latest work included appearing on Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly!, which began preview performances on March 15, 2017, and premiered at the Shubert Theatre on April 20, 2017. It was her first leading role in a Broadway musical.
Net Worth:

Bette Midler Net Worth: $234.6 Million

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Video: Beaches (1988) Trailer And TV Spots

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Yes, We’re Still Celebrating The Damn Anniversary!: KATHY NAJIMY SHARES THE SECRETS OF HOCUS POCUS TO CELEBRATE ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Mister D: Ya’ll know I love Bette Midler. I’m ecstatic that one of her movies is a cultural phenomenon. And I do love Hocus Pocus! But I have articles out the ass of every aspect of this movie. What more can they tell us? OMG! And there are still articles to come! LOL My only wish is that we had this much information and more on all her movies. There are things I’m dying to know about each. Maybe we’ll have to be our own reporters. But everybody’s dying off, to put things bluntly, so I wish I could figure a way out to get some first-hand accounts. Maybe if we all put our heads together we could create a list of people to contact. Think about it. Leave comments, Now enjoy this fine Hocus Pocus article. Thank you!

SYFI Wire
KATHY NAJIMY SHARES THE SECRETS OF HOCUS POCUS TO CELEBRATE ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Contributed by Kristy Puchko
Jul 23, 2018

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch

I tried to play it cool as my fingers drummed the index cards that contained too many questions about a cult-adored ’90s kids movie. I’d over-prepared as a means of trying to tame the butterflies in my stomach, which were doing an intense FANGRRL flutter. It’d been 25 years since Hocus Pocus hit theaters in the thick of a summer ruled by Jurassic Park and Free Willy. But I’d been in awe of comedienne Kathy Najimy for far longer. The special guest for an anniversary screening at Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse Theater, Najimy entered the theater to the delight of star-struck fans and sat down with one of them (me!) to answer questions about the witchiest comedy ever made.

1993’s Hocus Pocus was a live-action Disney movie that starred Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson Sisters, the terrors of 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts. Though they’d been hanged for sucking the lives out of the town’s children, this tricky trio vowed to return when a virgin dared to light the Black Flame candle on Halloween. 300 years later, a skeptical virgin named Max (Omri Katz) does just that, bringing Winifred, Mary, and Sarah back to life for one wild night of high-flying thrills and running amok amok amok!

Singing nun by day, feminist comic by night

The year before Hocus Pocus hit theaters, Najimy broke through with her scene-stealing role as the contagiously joyful nun in the Whoopi Goldberg smash-hit Sister Act. She regaled the Alamo audience with her journey from a San Fran stage to mainstream movie stardom. “I did a two-woman feminist comedy called Kathy and Mo Show for many years,” she began.

“We did it in San Francisco. And I heard that they were doing a musical called Sister Act about singing nuns. So I would do Kathy and Mo in San Francisco’s Theater on the Square at night, wake up, and fly to LA and audition (the next day). And I had to audition five times for Sister Act. Then, right as we wrapped Sister Act, I got a call that was crazy.”

fangrrl’s dream come true

“My whole life, I had been a really sycophantic fan of Bette Midler’s,” Najimy said, continuing her tale. “I had broken in backstage on Broadway, in Los Angeles, into the theater. I had done a singing telegram to her from somebody else that was really from me. I had gotten into the gate in her New York apartment building and left a message for her housekeeper. I had done crazy things. I have a one-woman show, and the first 30 minutes of it is my relationship with Bette before she knew that she had a relationship with me.”

“So then, I get the call from Jeffery Katzenberg, who ran Disney at the time, ” Najimy explained. “And he said, ‘Hey, listen, I don’t know if you’re available, but do you want to star in a movie called Hocus Pocus, playing Bette Midler’s sister?’ So they picked me up off the ground and mailed me to Los Angeles.”

Najimy’s singing telegram stunt may have inspired Midler’s Beaches role.

“Here’s the best part to that story,” Najjimy said, leaning in conspiratorially, “When I was in San Diego, I was a singing telegram person. And I (dressed as) a big furry bunny, because my boyfriend had designed Alice in Wonderland at some college…I had barged in backstage at some theater to get to see Bette, saying, ‘Singing telegram! Live wire singing telegrams. I have a singing telegram for Bette Midler.’ But it was really just from me.”

“So anyway, I had done this singing telegram to her. (Years later), we go to see Beaches,” she said, “And in it, Bette plays an actress who makes a living as this big, white, furry singing telegram bunny. And that was me! She like inadvertently stole that from me. But that was before we really had met. That was really crazy.”

When they met on Hocus Pocus, Midler didn’t recognize Najimy as the eager fan or the singing telegram bunny. “She didn’t know any of that,” Najimy said. “When I arrived, I was just an actress.” But she couldn’t contain her inner fangrrl. (Who among us?) “Slowly on the set, I’d say things like, ‘Oh my god, those boots. You wore those boots in 1979 in Chicago when you did the concert at the something.’ She was like, ‘Oh, OK, great.’ I’d go into her trailer—we’d go back and forth, Sarah and Bette and I, into each other’s trailers—and I’d be like, ‘Oh my god, that’s your little dog Pepe that you had backstage once in Canada in 1942. And slowly she started realizing that her co-star sister was her stalker.” But over the course of the six months it took to make Hocus Pocus, Midler, Najimy, and Parker grew to become friends.

Mary’s crooked mouth and signature hairdo were Najimy’s ideas.

Lovable and loony, Mary Sanderson’s look is a red dress complete with slanted smile and a hairstyle that looks like a witch’s hat, minus the brim. Najimy corrected the latter misconception, telling us, “The costume designer (Mary E. Vogt) was brilliant but then we were talking about wigs and we couldn’t really decide. And I said how about if her wig is the top of a pumpkin? Like the stem.” So, Mary’s style inspiration for her twisted ‘do is a Jack-o-lantern. As for that quirky smirk, that was something Najimy discovered in rehearsals.

“The characters (in my previous films) came kind of easy, and I was struggling with Hocus Pocus. Then one day in rehearsal I just sort of went to the side,” she said demonstrating, “And we decided she was a like bloodhound, so this sort of sniffy thing sort of happened (as she hunts down the children).”

The film’s choreographer helped the Sanderson Sisters to fly their own way.

Najimy noted that director Kenny Ortega had a background as a choreographer, so the physicality of their performance was given a lot of attention. “You usually don’t rehearse much for a film,” Najimy explained. “You just rehearse that day. But we rehearsed for a month because there was flying and dancing and singing.” Hocus Pocus‘s choreographer Peggy Holmes didn’t just deal in the famous “I Put A Spell On You” dance number, she also instructed the witches on how to fly.

“(Peggy went) driving with Bette and Sarah and I, and from our driving she developed how we flew. So Sarah was like very front forward so she would hold it. [She demonstrates miming a broom held closely to her chest] I was like very 10-and-2 while I was driving, so she was like. ‘That’s how you’ll fly.'” From there, stunt coordinator Terry Frazee instructed the stars on how to handle the wire rigs and teeter rig that’d allow to swoop in on Max and his pesky sister Dani (Thora Birch).

Najimy worried the film might harm the reputation of witches. Read More

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Who Sampled Bette Midler?

bette midler, psuhing hair up

Source: Who Sampled

Bette Midler Song and Album:

Daytime Hustler
by Bette Midler

The Divine Miss M
Atlantic 1972
Producers: Ahmet Ertegun, Barry Manilow, Geoffrey Haslam

Groups and Songs that Sampled “Daytime Hustler:

Bust a Move
by Young MC (1988)

Dissolve
by The Chemical Brothers (2010)

The Magic Number (Too Mad Mix)
by De La Soul (1989)

What It Is
by AKA Brothers (1991)

Hustler
by The Godfathers (Hip-Hop Group) (2013)

Five Minute Mission
by Mixrace (1993)

Bishbosh
by Yolk (1992)

Bette Midler Song and Album:

Mr. Rockefeller
by Bette Midler

Songs for the New Depression
Atlantic 1976
Producer: Mark Klingman

Groups and Songs that Sampled “Mr. Rockefeller”: Read More

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

BETTE MIDLER SLAMS HOLLYWOOD FOR BEING AGEIST TOWARDS WOMEN

Attitude
BETTE MIDLER SLAMS HOLLYWOOD FOR BEING AGEIST TOWARDS WOMEN
The star revealed she was irritated not to be asked to return to the Hocus Pocus remake
2018-06-22

Bette Midler, portrait

Bette Midler has slammed Hollywood for its ageist and sexist attitude to women.

The iconic singer and actress has starred in a number of hit movies including The First Wives Club, Beaches and of course, Disney’s Hocus Pocus – plus she steals the show in her new movie Freak Show which is out today (June 22).

However, news has began circulating about a remake of the 1993 hit Halloween favourite – which also starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Njamy – and although all the original stars, who played the Sanderson witches, are all up for returning to their iconic roles, the studio has decided to cast younger stars.

And Midler, whose performance as Winifred Sanderson is iconic, admitted there will never be a sequel with the original cast because she believes there is a “vendetta” against women in Hollywood.

In an exclusive interview in Attitude’s July issue, Midler says: “It’s so strange. It wasn’t a big hit when it came out, but it has certainly made its money back since.

“They play it monthly, it’s huge. It doesn’t matter how many signals you send, they will not budge, but they are going to remake it with some younger people. I want to see that.

“It’s beyond irritating. It’s unfair. The same is true of The First Wives Club. It’s almost as if there’s a vendetta.

“You can’t have those kind of hits and not wonder why they don’t pick you up. They pick the men up.”

Midler’s new film Freak Show is out now.

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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, June 1, 2018

Read On Bootleg Betty: A View From A Broad By Bette Midler

Bette Midler, Book, A View From A Broad

Bette Midler, also known as Divine Miss M—the indomitable and incomparable singer, actor, and musical theater extraordinaire, with a career spanning almost half a century—revisits her classic memoir, now with a new introduction.

With her brassy voice and bold performances making the world finally pay attention, she needs no introduction. Grammy award–winning singer, Academy Award–nominee, Broadway star of her critically acclaimed one-woman show and beloved actress in The Rose, Beaches and Down and Out in Beverly Hills—Bette Midler is a household name whose career and fans span generations.

In A View from a Broad, originally published in 1980, Bette relives her career through memories of endless rehearsals, her fear of flying, crazy schedules and wisdom she learned from Thai Gondoliers, with the trademark razor-blade wit that her fans have grown to know, love and expect.

Filled with photographs, a new introduction and heartwarming stories that highlight only a portion of a brilliant career, A View from a Broad is the perfect gift for anyone who loves music, theater or just plain fun—and will be cherished by the fans of Divine Miss M for years to come.

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