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Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Press Release BETTE MIDLER, SHARON STONE TEAM UP FOR ANDY FICKMAN’S “THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE” Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor FEBRUARY 12, 2018 Bette Midler and Sharon Stone will co-star in the film version of Charles Busch’s award-winning Broadway play THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE with Andy Fickman (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2) directing. The original odd couple play opened at the Manhattan Theater Club before moving to Broadway where it was nominated for Best Play at the Tonys and Outstanding New Play from the Drama Desk. Robert Cort will produce the film with original Broadway producer Daryl Roth, while Jeffrey Melnick is an executive producer. IMR is bringing the project to the European Film Market in Brooklyn to find buyers with CAA repping U.S. and Canada. Represented by CAA, David Steinberg Entertainment and Larry Shire, Midler previously worked with Fickman on his 2012 comedy Parental Guidance, which grossed $77.3 million from a Christmas release. More recently, Midler has been the star of the Tony-winning Broadway hit Hello, Dolly! playing Dolly Gallagher Levi, and she’ll play Marjorie Taub in the film version of Allergist’s Wife.. Marjorie is an Upper West Side resident in the middle of a crisi when her childhood friend Lee (Stone) shows up , having the glamorous life Marjorie has always wanted Lee becomes the Taubs’ houseguest. them not realizing she has a secret agenda. Midler is just one Oscar win away from becoming a member of the EGOT club in that she’s already won Emmy, Tony and Grammy awards but hasn’t converted her two Oscar nominations into wins. Stone, repped by CAA and Mosaic, is close behind with single Emmy and Golden Globe wins (for The Practice and Casino) but only one Oscar nomination and three Golden Raspberries (or Razzies) to her credit. She recently played a small role in James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. Fickman is repped by WME and Management 360, and he’s been spending much of his recent time as exec. producer on the hit CBS comedy Kevin Can Wait.
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Sharon Stone Drops More Hints About Her Collab With Bette Midler In This Interview

New York Post At 59, Sharon Stone is making her big comeback SHE was one of the world’s biggest star before a stroke almost killed her. Now Sharon Stone is back in the limelight and she isn’t holding back. By Robert Rorke JANUARY 19, 20182:43PM WHEN Sharon Stone presented at this year’s Golden Globes, it was an announcement that the Basic Instinct star — whose uncrossing of her legs during a San Francisco police interrogation on-screen made men hit the pause button on their remotes 25 years ago — was back. Wearing a sleek, black, floor-length, fitted dress with sheer, geometric cutouts by a daring Brazilian designer, Vitor Zerbinato, her shorn blonde hair swept back off her face, she dazzled the crowd. “His was the first dress I tried on. It fit like a dream. The netting, the sheer part of it, was the right colour,” she says. Not bad for an actress turning 60 in March, but especially remarkable considering that, in 2001, Stone suffered a stroke and subsequent cerebral haemorrhage that lasted nine days and left her temporarily unable to read, among other difficulties. “Me and Cher. We’re cockroaches,” she tells The Post. Stone has flown to New York from her comfy LA home, once owned by Montgomery Clift, to promote her new HBO series, Mosaic. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, it’s a six-part tale of romantic deception and foul play. Stone plays successful children’s book author Olivia Lake, whose trophy home in Utah ski country puts her in the crosshairs of a very insistent conman (Frederick Weller). Complicating matters are Lake’s unrequited feelings for an aspiring artist (Garrett Hedlund) she regrets offering to mentor. It’s a complex character that allows Stone, an Oscar nominee for the Martin Scorsese film Casino, a chance to show off her range, which has sometimes been overshadowed by her bombshell credentials. “I think she’s a great character and he’s a great director,” says Stone, who calls Lake “imaginative,” with “the ability to make something happen”. “People gravitate toward that. In the case of Garrett’s character, he wants to be a better artist and admires Olivia as an artist. With Fred’s character, she has the ability to stay with him, while a part of her really did understand there was a bit of a conman to him. I think she also understood the broken part of him. That’s [what] makes him love her.” In person, Stone gives off a patrician air, with her steel-blue eyes and aquiline profile. But once she warms up, she becomes extremely candid, especially when it comes to discussing some of her leading men. Arnold Schwarzenegger, with whom she tangled in Total Recall, “taught me how to do press,” she says. Of her Casino co-star Robert De Niro, she says, “That was my dream, to work with Bob. And I can say that I was not disappointed for a second”. Sylvester Stallone, whom she acted opposite in The Specialist, is “hilarious. And complicated. And I think he got really tired of being underestimated. And I have a lot of compassion for him.” She extravagantly praises her Basic Instinct co-star Michael Douglas as “one of the great people who understood humanitarian causes and philanthropic causes before anyone else. He stood up for mental health, he stood up for things long before anyone else did. I so respect and admire his courage. And being adamant about things way, way, way before it was fashionable to do so. And he’s brilliant. He’s hilarious. And he’s tough and hardworking. And he said to me, ‘The villain is the best part. Have the best time.’” Mention her Sphere co-star Dustin Hoffman, and Stone’s superlatives desert her. “No comment,” she says. One of her favourite things to talk about is her three adopted sons, Roan, 17; Laird, 12; and Quinn, 11. When they watch TV together, they tune in to Young Sheldon (“adorable,” she says), The Good Doctor and The Blacklist. Mostly, these boys are jocks, and Stone found ways for them to burn off all their energy when they were young. “I put them in karate — it’s called Karate Kids — when they were really little,” she says. “They were kind of dangerous. They’d get thrown out two or three times a class. It was good discipline. And instead of time-outs I gave them meditations. It helped them to become very centred. They’re always doing what their sport is at school, whether it’s basketball or soccer … They’re super active athletically, and I think that’s really good.” Now that Stone is feeling strong enough to work again, she has signed on for a few films. In Sunny, from Norwegian director Eva Sørhaug, “I’m going to play a heroin dealer,” she says. “It’s an American production, but we’re going to shoot in Toronto. It’s very tough. It’s in that Scorsese vein.” She’s also looking forward to a comedy co-starring Bette Midler and a man Stone will not name. “I play a grifter who comes in and just takes over their lives,” she says, laughing. At the height of her fame, Stone appeared on hundreds of magazine covers, which she displayed in a suite of offices that she ultimately let go of when she was recovering from her stroke. “They’re in giant Tupperware containers,” she says. “I have a lot of the majors. All the Vogues and the Harper’s Bazaars and the Vanity Fairs and the Elles and the Peoples. We had maybe 100 magazine covers.” That part of her career may be in storage, but Stone has not forgotten how to dress the part of a movie star. “I work with a wonderful young stylist named Lindsey Dupuis. She came into my life and my sister Kelly Stone’s life through our charity, Planet Hope, for homeless and abused women,” she says. “I like to look at designers who are not just your basic Dior, Prada, Gucci thing. I have had other people bring me trendy clothes and just insist that I try them out. I’m not much of a trender in fashion. I like classic fashion or fashion that’s a modern take on a classic.” This article was originally published on The New York Post
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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Midler on playing characters:

Midler on playing characters: “Those kinds of characters that are larger than life — driven, overbearing — those kinds of characters don’t come along very often. Even in the theater. And since good parts are at a premium, I’m no fool — I want to play as many of them as I possibly can. Every actress who calls herself an actress wants in her heart to play Lady Macbeth. And every musical-comedy person wants to play Mama Rose.” (1993, Hartford Courant) – Bette Midler Image may contain: 1 person, smiling
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Which is your favorite Bette comedic performance in a movie?

Which is your favorite Bette comedic performance in a movie? You can name more than one if you have to. Edit: Danimay Palmer Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bette Midler – Everybody Knows — Red Couch Bit – Divine Intervention – 2015

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Friday, April 24, 2015

An Interesting Quote From Rebel Wilson

11146018_10155521921170515_2029417340_n “My dream role would be to play Bette Midler in a biopic of Bette Midler. I feel like I would crush it. “My friend and co-star of Pitch Perfect, Anna Kendrick, also has the same dream. And we will have a fist fight over who plays that role. Even though that project is not set up, we both have that dream.”
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Monday, July 8, 2013

Bette & Billy Crystal at Don Rickles, Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy June 26th

947231_478080988948972_1534805113_n Bette & Billy Crystal at Don Rickles, Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy Photo Credit David Alan Kogut June 26th
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

BetteBack April 23, 1978: Bruce Vilanch

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Audio: “Friends” By Bette Midler

“Friends” By Bette Midler

And I am all alone. There is no one here beside me. And my problems have all gone. There is no one to deride me.

But you got to have friends. The feeling’s oh so strong. You got to have friends to make that day last long.

I had some firends but they’re gone, somethin’ came and took them away. And from the dusk ’til the dawn here is where I’ll stay.

Standing at the end of the road, boys, waiting for my new friends to come. I don’t care if I’m hungry or poor, I’m gonna get me some of them. ...  Read More

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

An Evening of Comedy starring Bruce Vilanch with Scott Nevins at the Bourbon St. Pub, 724 Duval St. Key West FL 33040

An Evening of Comedy starring Bruce Vilanch with Scott Nevins at the Bourbon St. Pub, Key West FL, Thursday May 27th, 2010 You may recognize Bruce Vilanch from TV’s “Hollywood Squares” trading quips with Whoppie Goldberg or battling his weight on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club”. Or maybe you might remember him from his gender bending role as Edna Turnblad in the Broadway rendition of the John Waters hit “Hairspray”. Bruce Vilanch’s resume began as a comedy writer for such stars Bette Midler, Dolly Parton and Pia Zadora and he uses these ladies as fodder for his stand-up routine as he weaves his personal experiences into comedic gold. 09:00pm Thursday May 27th, 2010, Tickets at the door…. Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
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