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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Empty shoes, empty schools: U.S. gun law activists plan two days of theater – Bette Midler & Susan Sarandon Lend Their Support

Swiss Quote Empty shoes, empty schools: U.S. gun law activists plan two days of theater By Ian Simpson 3-13-2018 WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) – A makeshift memorial made up of 7,000 pairs of shoes will take shape on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, as gun control activists dramatize the number of children killed in the United States by gunfire since the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre. The monument is being built on the day before a massive, nationwide walkout by students demanding tougher laws on gun ownership, part of a campaign that emerged after the killing of 17 students and staff at a Florida high school a month ago. “This is really about putting the human cost of refusing to pass gun control at the doorstep of lawmakers,” said Emma Ruby-Sachs, deputy director of Avaaz, a U.S.-based civic organization that planned the shoe memorial. The Capitol is the home of the U.S. Congress. Wednesday’s #ENOUGH National School Walkout, organized by the activists who helped plan the Women’s March in Washington for the past two years, will begin at 10 a.m. local time (1400 GMT). Students across the country will walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 victims who lost their lives after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The massacre was the deadliest school shooting since 20 children and six adults were shot dead at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, more than five years ago. The walkout has won the support from many school districts and civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union. More than 2,500 walkouts are scheduled across the country, according to the organizer’s website. Some schools will allow students to participate and have encouraged them to exercise their free speech rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. A few have threatened to suspend students if they disrupt class by leaving. “When students protest at schools, our school staff will respond appropriately and allow our students to be heard,” said Robert Runcie, superintendent for public schools for Broward County, Florida, where Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman is located. About 1,300 people younger than age 18 are killed by gunfire in the United States every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dozens of colleges and universities across the country, including at least three Ivy League schools, have said their application processes will not consider disciplinary action taken against high school students who engage in protests. At the Capitol on Tuesday, activists and volunteers will begin at dawn placing 7,000 pairs of donated children’s shoes side by side in a trapezoid shape to commemorate those who have died since the Newtown massacre. Donors include actresses Susan Sarandon and Bette Midler, and talk show host Chelsea Handler. The memorial is reminiscent of a monument on the Danube River near the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest commemorating thousands of people, including Jews, killed by fascists in the 1940s. Many Canadian cities have marked the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6 with similar “shoe memorials.” (Additional reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; editing by Frank McGurty and Rosalba O’Brien) ((Gina.Cherelus@thomsonreuters.com; 646-223-6215;))
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Florida School Shooting: Celebrities Send Condolences, Demand Action & Change

Deadline Florida School Shooting: Celebrities Send Condolences, Demand Action & Change by Dino-Ray Ramos February 14, 2018 9:32pm On Wednesday afternoon, a 19-year-old opened fire and attacked students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This marked the 18th school shooting on record in America since the beginning of 2018 — and we’re barely halfway through February. As the country’s heart sinks at the loss of 17 lives and injuring 24 at the hand of suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz, many — including members of the Hollywood community took to social media to not only send their thoughts and prayers but to demand change.  “No word, no actions, no laws are enough until we end this epidemic of school shootings in our country,” tweeted Ellen DeGeneres. Mark Ruffalo, who is known to be outspoken on social and political issues chimed in, “Prayers without accordant action are silent lies told to oneself, heard by no God, amounting to nothing. Action is the language of truth, the prayers of the Saints.” The shooting hits close to home for actress Gabrielle Union, who lives in South Florida with her husband, NBA player Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat. She is also the stepmother of three sons. “Like thousands in South Florida, we sent the boys to school in Broward County this morning… there are no words to describe the despair, horror & anger,” she said. “This does not have to be our collective reality. How many more? How many children must not make it home?” From Chelsea Handler to Bette Midler to Kim Kardashian West to Stephen King, more and more tweets demanding change to in policy came out. Read them below. =&0=&@TheEllenShow

No words, no actions, no laws are enough until we end this epidemic of school shootings in our country. My heart is with the students and parents of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


Prayers without accordant action are silent lies told to oneself, heard by no God, amounting to nothing. Action is the language of truth, the prayers of the Saints.


Like thousands in South Florida, we sent the boys to school in Broward County this morning… there are no words to describe the despair, horror & anger. This does not have to be our collective reality. How many more? How many children must not make it home? ...  Read More

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

An Exhaustive Guide To All the “Haters” Kim Kardashian Is Gifting Her KKW

W An Exhaustive Guide To All the “Haters” Kim Kardashian Is Gifting Her KKW Kimoji Hearts Fragrances, From Taylor Swift to Chloe Grace Moretz by Marissa G. Muller February 1, 2018 5:27 pm

It could be argued that there is no one better at social media than Kim Kardashian. After all, she—along with the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan—has it largely to thank for her meteoric rise to stardom. So when the reality TV star turned beauty and media mogul posts something on any one of her channels, it is never without intention. Such is the case with one of her latest Snapchat photos which offers a brief—albeit screen shot-worthy—list of people Kardashian plans on sending her newly launched KKW Kimoji Hearts Fragrances to. ...  Read More

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Kim K Is Celebrating Her New Fragrance By Sending One To All Of Her Haters, Including Bette Midler

Mister D: I can pretty much safely say that Bette Midler does not hate Kim K. Is she ripe fodder for jokes? Yes! Pedestrian Kim K Is Celebrating Her New Fragrance By Sending One To All Of Her Haters By Alex Bruce-Smith February 2, 2018 Kim Kardashian is celebrating her new Kimoji Heart KKW Fragrances by sending one to every person who’s ever crossed her. Taylor Swift, Piers Morgan, the lot. Her fragrances drop today, and come in three scents: Bae (with blue packaging), Ride or Die (purple) and BFF (pink). She’s sending out these incredibly extra gift boxes to certain people in her life, which a different fragrance inside an empty heart that the recipient has to smash.
Michelle Lee ? @heymichellelee I just broke open a giant chocolate candy with a Kim Kardashian fragrance in it. Any questions? 3:35 PM – Jan 31, 2018 39 39 Replies 493 493 Retweets 3,013 3,013 likes
And as well as some genuine friends and family – Kris Jenner, Paris Hilton, etc – a bunch of the ‘Bae’ scents are going out to her “haters”. “Alright guys. I am writing the list for my press boxes,” she said on her Instagram stories. “I’m going to send them to way more than this, but I decided this Valentine’s Day, everyone deserves a Valentine, so I’m going to send them to my lovers, to my haters, to everyone that I think of because it is Valentine’s Day after all.” It’s not, but that’s beside the point. As well as T-Swift and Piers Morgan, Kimmy’s sending Bae to: Blac Chyna, P!nk, Chelsea Handler, Bette Midler, Sharon Osbourne, Wendy Williams, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Janice Dickinson, and Naya Rivera. Some, like television host Wendy Williams, only crossed Kim in the last few days (she went on a tirade about Kim’s recent nude pics, saying that Kanye has “nothing for you except dribble and dribble and feeble conversation”), while others, like SMG, go back years. (She tweeted that she was “cancelling my Vogue subscription” after Kim and Kanye’s 2014 cover).

Sarah Michelle ? @SarahMGellar Well……I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me??? 2:16 PM – Mar 21, 2014 4,462 4,462 Replies 8,537 8,537 Retweets 12,631 12,631 likes ...  Read More

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BetteBack August 28, 1993: “Now that was a show, that was a show.”

New Castle News Weekend August 28, 1993 306898_299409663488827_1415861046_n BURGETTSTOWN — Bette Midler’s tour, “ Experience the Divine,’’ stopped at the CocaCola Star Lake Amphitheater on Monday with a show that is bigger than ever. In addition to her three excellent backup singers, the Harlettes, she also had four other girls, a full band and an excellent jazz pianist, Bobby Lyle. Favorite songs and characters were given fresh twists and blended with new material. Singing well but with a voice that seemed a bit tired from overwork, she, nevertheless, didn’t disappoint on the melancholy “ Delta Dawn” and “ Hello in There” nor the haunting “ The Rose.” She had fans singing along on “ Do you Wanna Dance,” “ From a Distance” and “ Wind Beneath My Wings.” One favorite character, Madame Sophie, the brassy, trashy, 80-year-old ex-showgirl, pleased the crowd with old and new bawdy stories about her boyfriend, Ernie. The character is based on Sophie Tucker, a loud, blonde music hall entertainer from the 1920s with a touch of Mae West’s style of delivery. The other crowd favorite is Midler’s Dolores Del Lago, whom she has described as “ a  woman of tremendous ambition and absolutely no pride at all, a woman of tremendous determination and absolutely no skill, a woman of the grandest notions and not the simplest hint of taste.” She and her backup singers (the Harlettes double as the DelLago Sisters) dress in blue-sequined halters (with starfish I won’t say where) and mermaid tails. They do all their musical numbers from wheelchairs. It was in this way they did “ Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “ Anchors Aweigh,” “ Greatest Love Of All” and, the funniest, “ New York, New York” with a high kicking Rockette finish done in the tail fins from the wheelchairs lined up across the stage. The meaning of the single large rose in the middle of the stage curtain became clear at the end of Act I. Surely, I thought, she’s not harkening back to her 1979 triumph as the self-destructive rock singer in “ The Rose.” She wasn’t. She’s working on another character named Rose, a role created by Ethel Merman in the original Broadway production of “ Gypsy.” Rose is the mother of two little girls who become stars on the vaudeville circuit. The one, June Haver, went on later to a film acting career while the other became the most successful stripper in America, Gypsy Rose Lee. Midler and company did several skits based on stripping, and she sang songs from the show, “ Every Thing’s Coming Up Roses” and “ Rose’s Turn.” Even though the skits were funny and her rendition of the songs excellent, this part of the show seemed like a commercial for the movie. But the audience didn’t mind. In fact, one man was so overwhelmed after the show was over and the audience was  inching toward the exits, he shouted, “Now that was a show, that was a show.”
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kathy Griffin’s New Talk Show On Bravo An Experimental Hit!

Tampa Bay Times Kathy Griffin’s new show will ease up on celebrities … sort of May 30, 2012 If you know Kathy Griffin at all, you knew it couldn’t last. So, despite starting out with a widely heralded “no celebrities” rule for her new Bravo talk show, Kathy, Griffin now admits the guest lineup will soon include big names such as old pal Anderson Cooper, fellow in-your-face comics Whitney Cummings and Chelsea Handler, along with film star Jane Fonda and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. “They started calling me,” protested Griffin. “At first I kept saying no. Sharon Osbourne said, ‘I can tell you that Simon Cowell has …’ ” — oh, we can’t tell you more in a family newspaper, but Griffin says Osbourne will spill it all on her show. Watch an episode of Kathy, and you get the sense that’s exactly how this program comes together, unfolding with the jagged, attention-deficit energy of a Real Housewives fan after downing a case of Red Bull. Kathy stitches together segments from the 51-year-old comic’s previous showbiz lives like a televised Frankenstein monster, opening with a bit of standup comedy, moving on to conversation with friends and relatives once featured in her My Life on the D-List series and featuring interview panels with self-proclaimed “Bridezillas” or hunky Chicago firemen seemingly grabbed off the street. Before her seventh appearance in Clearwater on Friday, Griffin spent a few minutes chatting about why she’s trying to break into TV’s Zooey Deschanel Mafia and why her mom swoons over Petri Hawkins-Byrd, the bailiff on syndicated court show Judge Judy. You’ve said that your 91-year-old mom Maggie will be part of the show. Do you have to withhold her infamous box of wine until the end of the show? No, she drinks more on show days because she knows I’m going to make fun of her. And then last night … you’re not going to believe this, but we actually had … do you know this guy Byrd from Judge Judy? No. Well, apparently you’re not 91 because he’s the bailiff on Judge Judy. So he just showed up to our taping and my mother was crying like in those pictures like, you know, when you see Help or A Hard Day’s Night, the girls are sobbing? My mother lost it because Byrd, the bailiff from Judge Judy, came to a taping and she held his hand … that is her Brangelina. How did you get the idea to do this show this way? Well, you know, after doing My Life On the D-List for six seasons, Bravo came to me and they said, ‘What if you did a show that had a little element of the D-List and then a little standup?’ I really learned how to talk to everybody on the D-List, from Bette Midler to my mom to strangers on the street.

So did your celebrity friends get upset you wouldn’t have them on your show? ...  Read More

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Since Bette Midler In 1984, MTV Goes Emcee-Less For Upcoming MTV Video Awards

International Business Times No Host for the MTV Video Music Awards, Confirmed August 26, 2011 Another detail has been confirmed about Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards: There will be no one to host the entire event. After small details such as the Amy Winehouse honor by Tony Bennett, a Britney Spears tribute section and a Lady Gaga performance, another detail has surfaced that the event will run sans a host. The rumor was confirmed by MTV’s vice president for music and talent, Amy Doyle. Past hosts have included comedienne Chelsea Handler and British actor Russell Brand. “It’s going down to the wire,” she told Billboard.biz. “Hosting is such a unique element. We feel we got it right by putting new talent on the stage like Chelsea and Russell. We’re really challenging ourselves to find the right person so that the show feels complete.” After the interview, MTV confirmed that there will absolutely be no host for the event, a first since the awards show started yearly in 1984. The first hosts of the event were comedian/actor Dan Akroyd and actress/singer Bette Midler. Doyle also mentioned that there will be at least eight performances from some of today’s biggest acts, including an exciting number from the flamboyant Lady Gaga. Other stellar acts to expect are from r&b queen Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and Grammy-winning singer Adele, who garnered seven nominations for her hit “Rolling in the Deep.”
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Could hosting the VMAs be the most unrewarding job in Hollywood?

Popwatch.com Could hosting the VMAs be the most unrewarding job in Hollywood? by Tanner Stransky Could hosting the VMAs be the most unrewarding job in Hollywood? In light of last night’s questionable performance by E!’s late-night queen Chelsea Handler, I started thinking about how few VMA emcees have been widely lauded for their performances over the years. Just peruse this list of past hosts. Are any of these people — ranging from Bette Midler (yes!) and Dan Akroyd to Dennis Miller (twice!) and Ben Stiller — remembered for doing an exceptionally good job? Sure, a handful, like Jimmy Fallon and Chris Rock, may be remembered with some level of fondness. But unlike, say, the Oscars or the Emmys — where, for example, Steve Martin and Neil Patrick Harris have won rave reviews for their respective recent hosting stints — the very nature of the VMAs dictates that the lion’s share of the morning-after buzz will focus on outrageous stunts or musical performances, and not on the host. Handler seemed to be aware of this conundrum last night, and it resulted in an unfortunate “look how craaaazy I can be!” vibe that downplayed her brash intelligence and felt inauthentic to boot. Take the way Handler rubbed elbows with Ke$ha, who appeared at the show wearing a dress she claimed to have made out of trash bags. The connection between the pair is wholly emblematic of the vibe that the E! host emanated throughout the evening — which is to say that Handler, like Ke$ha, seemed to be pandering to the lowest common denominator, creating a front that didn’t feel the least bit real to eagle-eyed fans. Maybe Handler felt like that shtick would resonate with the younger MTV set, but it didn’t go over well with critics (like myself and everyone at publications from The Hollywood Reporter to the New York Times). But it’s not all Handler’s fault that her performance didn’t come off as scintillating. No matter how good she was or was not, Handler wasn’t ever going to be the buzziest thing about the show. And she certainly worked hard to try to score laughs, donning Lady Gaga wear, getting into a hot tub with the Jersey Shore cast, and dropping a plethora of insensitive jokes. Even if she had stripped naked, though, it’s unlikely she ever could have matched the growing din about dueling songs by Taylor Swift and Kanye West; a presentation where Cher gave Lady Gaga, who revealed the name of her next album on stage, a Moon Man; or amazing performances by Florence + The Machine and Robyn. Considering the challenges with such a gig, then, should Handler take all the blame for her misfire? And how will the poor reviews affect her career going forward? What say you, PopWatchers? Is it possible to do the VMAs proud as host? Do you think Chelsea did? Do you have a favorite host in VMA history? Sound off below!
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