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Monday, March 5, 2018

The Oscar for best original song is a garbage category – Bette Midler Proves It In One Segment

The Washington Post The Oscar for best original song is a garbage category By Dan Zak March 2 at 1:42 PM CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Phil Collins grasps his Oscar in 2000; Robin Williams performs “Blame Canada” the same year; Mariah Carey, left, and Whitney Houston perform “When You Believe” in 1999; and, from left, Peter Allen, Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager claim their shared prize in 1982. (Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images; Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images; Clary/AFP/Getty Images; ABC/Getty Images)

Remember when Ann Reinking lip-synced — and danced to — “Against All Odds,” the No. 1 hit by Phil Collins from the movie of the same name, at the Academy Awards in 1985? No?

It was nearly five minutes of theatrical fog, odd lunges and wide-eyed emoting, and Collins had to watch the slow-motion oddity from his seat. The academy wanted a “variety” of entertainers to perform the nominees for best original song, so it didn’t enlist the English rocker, then at the peak of his career. ...  Read More

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Hello Dolly! Wins An ATRIOS Award

The annual Artios Awards (named for the Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted”) are given to Casting Society of America members using the criteria of originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. CAA’s Kevin Huvane, filmmaker Barry Levinson and casting director Victoria Thomas also were honored at the event. The awards were handed out in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York, with Tig Notaro hosting at the Beverly Hilton and Bridget Everett serving as host at New York’s Stage 48. Feature Film Big Budget – Drama Dunkirk (WINNER) John Papsidera Baby Driver Francine Maisler Meagan Lewis (Location Casting) Detroit Victoria Thomas Richard Hicks (New York Casting) Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting) Scotty Anderson (Associate) The Post Ellen Lewis Rori Bergman Kate Sprance (Associate) Karlee Fomalont (Associate) Wonder Woman Lora Kennedy Kristy Carlson Lucinda Syson Jeanette Benzie (Associate) Feature Film Big Budget – Comedy The Greatest Showman (WINNER) Bernard Telsey Tiffany Little Canfield Rori Bergman (Additional Casting) Patrick Goodwin (Associate) Beauty and the Beast Lucy Bevan Bernard Telsey Tiffany Little Canfield Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Sarah Halley Finn Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) Logan Lucky Carmen Cuba Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) Charley Medigovich (Associate) Wonder Deborah Aquila Tricia Wood Kara Eide (Location Casting) -+Kris Woz (Location Casting) Feature Film, Studio or Independent – Drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (WINNER) Sarah Halley Finn Meagan Lewis (Location Casting) Hannah Cooper (Associate) Gifted David Rubin Jackie Burch (Location Casting) Melissa Pryor (Associate) The Florida Project Carmen Cuba Mark Mullen (Location Casting) The Shape of Water Robin D. Cook Jonathan Oliveira (Associate) Split Douglas Aibel Diane Heery (Location Casting) Jason Loftus (Location Casting) Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate) Feature Film, Studio or Independent – Comedy ‘Lady Bird’ ‘Lady Bird’ Courtesy of A24 Lady Bird (WINNER) Jordan Thaler, Heidi Griffiths Battle of the Sexes Justine Arteta Kim Davis-Wagner Get Out Terri Taylor Elizabeth Coulon (Location Casting) Sarah Domeier (Associate) Girls Trip Mary Vernieu Michelle Wade Byrd Elizabeth Coulon (Location Casting) I, Tonya Mary Vernieu Lindsay Graham Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) The Disaster Artist Rich Delia Feature Film Low Budget – Comedy or Drama ‘Beach Rats’ ‘Beach Rats’ Courtesy of Sundance Beach Rats (WINNER) Susan Shopmaker Crown Heights Avy Kaufman It Comes at Night Avy Kaufman My Cousin Rachel Fiona Weir To the Bone Rich Delia Feature Film Animation Coco (WINNER) Keven Reher Natalie Lyon Carla Hool Cars 3 Kevin Reher Natalie Lyon The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Linda Lamontagne Rock Dog Jen Rudin Television Pilot & First Season — Comedy Atlanta (WINNER) Alexa L. Fogel Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) Kathryn Zamora-Benson (Associate) Better Things Felicia Fasano Tara Nostramo (Associate) Dear White People Kim Coleman I Love Dick Eyde Belasco Insecure Victoria Thomas Television Pilot & First Season — Drama The Handmaid’s Tale (WINNER) Sharon Bialy, Sherry Thomas, Russell Scott Robin D. Cook (Location Casting) Jonathan Oliveira (Associate) 13 Reasons Why Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, Barbara Fiorentino Nina Henninger (Location Casting) Joey Montenarello (Associate) Terese Classen (Associate) The Crown Nina Gold, Robert Sterne This Is Us Bernard Telsey, Tiffany Little Canfield, Josh Einsohn Ryan Bernard Tymensky (Associate) Stranger Things Carmen Cuba Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting) Chase Paris (Location Casting) Wittney Horton (Associate) Westworld John Papsidera Deanna Brigidi (Associate) Television Series — Comedy Veep (WINNER) Dorian Frankel, Sibby Kirchgessner Marlise Gunzenhauser (Associate) Black-ish Alexis Frank Koczara Christine Smith Shevchenko Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Felicia Fasano, Venus Kanani Tara Nostramo (Associate) Girls Jennifer Eustons Transparent Eyde Belasco Silicon Valley Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera Hallman, Leslie Woo Television Series — Drama Black Mirror (WINNER) Jina Jay Henry Russell Bergstein (Location Casting) Bloodline Debra Zane, Shayna Markowitz Lori Wyman (Location Casting) Marie-Therese Verbruggen (Associate) Erin Fragetta (Associate) Homeland Judy Henderson Kimberly Graham (Associate) The Affair Ross Meyerson, Julie Tucker The Americans Rori Bergman

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Friday, June 17, 2016

BetteBack December 18, 1973: Earl Wilson Declares Bette Midler ‘New Star Of The Year’

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Movie Review: ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’

Posted on Thu, Apr. 29, 2010 ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’ opens door on Disney & animation’s big leap forward By Gary Thompson Philadelphia Daily News Daily News Film Critic Feature animation had an explosively great year in 2009, so it’s startling to be reminded in “Waking Sleeping Beauty” that it was all but dead 20 years ago. This inside documentary (made by animators) about the fall and the rise of the House of Disney starts in the early 1980s, when once-mighty Disney bombed with “The Black Cauldron” and corporate bean counters talked about junking the white-elephant animation division to free up money for Bette Midler movies. New chairman Michael Eisner, though, was a believer in animation (or at least in the power of its brand) and decided to revive it, bringing in a young corporate hustler named Jeffrey Katzenberg to do the job. “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” with some fairly amazing home-video footage, details the massive culture clash between Disney’s nerd army of goofball animators and the hard-nosed Katzenberg, a corporate realist who shook them out of their self-pity and got them working again, on projects like “The Little Mermaid.” Katzenberg gets it rough in the movie – he’s indicted for being a pushy jerk on evidence that never actually surfaces – but his decisions look awfully good in hindsight. Like bringing in Broadway tunesmiths Alan Menken and Howard Ashman to score ‘The Little Mermaid.” We know that Ashman provided the lyrics for the movie’s great songs, and “Waking” shows that Ashman (who died of AIDS on the eve of the “Beauty and the Beast” premiere in 1991) was a hugely influential creative force in the conception and narrative structure of big Disney titles. The movie is at its best here – showing the collaboration and inspiration and perspiration that go into the labor-intensive process of making animated movies. Less interesting is the corporate squabbling among Katzenberg, Eisner and Roy Disney – “Waking” devotes irksomely long minutes to this three-way hate-fest, then wonders aloud why it bothered. In the epilogue, a narrator tells us the personality clashes ultimately didn’t matter, that what ended up on screen is the entirety of the legacy. I agree, which raises the question: Isn’t your movie about 20 minutes too long? The movie is best appreciated for oddball nuggets of information, like the fact that the most revolutionary movie in the history of animation might have been “The Rescuers Down Under,” a commercial and dramatic failure but the first produced by digital animators. “Rescuers” created the computer drafting framework and basic computer language that John Lasseter (who started at Disney) took with him to his little start-up Pixar. Produced by Don Hahn, Peter Schneider, directed by Don Hahn, written by Patrick Pacheco, music by Chris Bacon, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
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