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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Video: Bette Midler – Bootleg Betty – Moses with Dolly Parton

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Video: Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty: Moses with Dolly Parton

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Greatest films about female solidarity

Reader’s Digest
Greatest films about female solidarity
March 19, 2018

From Steel Magnolias to Frances Ha, these are our favourite films about female solidarity.

If there’s one thing that life can guarantee, it’s unpredictability. When life doesn’t appear to be going according to plan and nothing seems to be going as it should, one of the few things you can be certain of is that your fellow women are going to be there with you no matter what. This rings true for Aurore (Agnès Jaoui), in I Got Life! – a timely and uplifting film celebrating womanhood which arrives in UK cinemas on March 23rd.

Fifty, flirty and not so thriving, Aurore’s world is turned upside down when a past flame returns. From divorce, career changes, and unexpectedly becoming a grandmother, Aurore faces it all with the strong and supportive women in her life by her side, every step of the way.

Female solidarity is something we believe should be wholeheartedly celebrated and here’s a list of films that embrace just that.

 

A League of Their Own

This 1992 sports comedy-drama about a women’s baseball team often crops up in conversations about great female driven storylines, and it’s not hard to see why. A League Of Their Ownfollows the two Hinson sisters, Dottie (Geena Davis) a beautiful and talented catcher and her younger sister, Kit (Lori Petty), a fiery pitcher who’s tired of living in her sister’s shadow. When presented with the opportunity to get her and her sister out of their humdrum town to play baseball professionally, Dottie puts her personal wishes aside to facilitate her sister’s dream of baseball and escape.

A League Of Their Own is an uplifting and heartwarming tale that explores the trials and tribulations of female companionship and what it means to be a teammate and a sister. What’s more, not only is the film an amazing portrayal of female camaraderie and friendship, the project was helmed by female director, Penny Marshall, and is inspired by the real life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. It’s an all-round yes from us. A League Of Their Own knocks it out the park.

 

Steel Magnolias

This 1989 drama hit starring Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts and Sally Field has been breaking hearts everywhere for the best part of the last 30 years. Steel Magnolias follows a closely-knit group of women living in a small Southern community in Louisiana who work and socialise together at a local beauty salon. When one of their own, Shelby (Julia Roberts) is plagued by a series of health problems and proceeding complications, the group are faced with the shattering reality that the course of their lives may well have been changed forever, and they’ll need the love and support of one another to make it through.

Devastating plot aside, what makes Steel Magnolias such a beautifully poignant depiction of female friendship is the way in which it illustrates how women are able to derive strength from one another and help support each other during the most difficult of times. Steel Magnolias begs the question of how any woman could go through anything similar without a network of fantastic companions around them.

 

Death Becomes Her

Some people will go to extreme lengths to stay young and beautiful, but not everyone has access to a magic potion that’ll do just that. Luckily for Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) and Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) though, they have just the trick. After both taking the mysterious liquid concoction designed to give the drinker eternal life and beauty, the former enemies are forced to look out for one another after realising that they are each other’s only hope of companionship if they are to live forever.

Although the film is a more quirky and unusual representation of female solidarity than we’re used to seeing on screen, it’s hard not to root for Madeline and Helen and their devious scheming together. Death Becomes Her  Read More

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

200-plus artists join chorus for CLASSICS Act

Wisconsin Gazette
200-plus artists join chorus for CLASSICS Act
By Lisa Neff, Staff writer Mar 10, 2018

Musicians are calling on Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act to remedy a digital royalties problem.

More than 200 musical artists make up the chorus calling on Congress to close a loophole allowing digital radio to play pre–1972 recordings without paying royalties.

The list of musicians in the coalition begins with Abdul “Duke” Fakir and ends with Yes.

Just a sampling of other signers: Alice Cooper, Arlo Guthrie, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Garth Brooks, Blue Oyster Cult, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Carlene Carter, Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, James Taylor and the estates of Jimi Hendrix, Hank Williams, George Harrison, Janis Joplin and Frank Sinatra.

The lyrics they delivered to Congress go like this:

“Digital radio makes billions of dollars a year from airplay of music made before Feb. 15, 1972. Yet, because of an ambiguity in state and federal copyright laws, artists and copyright owners who created that music receive nothing for the use of their work. The CLASSICS Act (H.R. 3301, S. 2393) would correct this inequity and finally ensure that musicians and vocalists who made those timeless songs finally get their due.” Read More

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bette Midler TV Series – Episode 3 – Halloween – 2000 (Guest Star: Dolly Parton)

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Shining Star Snippet – Bette Midler And Dolly Parton – 2000

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

‘Diva Whisperer’ Richard Jay-Alexander opens conversation series in Miami Beach

South Florida
‘Diva Whisperer’ Richard Jay-Alexander opens conversation series in Miami Beach
By Rod Stafford Hagwood
October 25, 2017

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Theater director, producer and all-around impresario Richard Jay-Alexander has worked with showbiz legends Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Julie Andrews, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters.

“They call me the Diva Whisperer in social media,” Jay-Alexander, 64, says from his home in Miami Beach. “I look at the roster of stars, and I guess I understand it.”

You can hear him dish about those bold-faced names and more at “A Conversation With … Richard Jay-Alexander,” a live interview and Q and A session taking place Oct. 26 at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU in Miami Beach. Jay-Alexander’s appearance will launch the onstage conversation series with local A-listers, which organizers say will also include film director Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour,” “Horrible Bosses”) and documentarian Billy Corben (“Cocaine Cowboys,” “Dawg Fight”) sometime in early 2018. Each event will have a different person facilitating the conversation. In Jay-Alexander’s case, the one-on-one will be with his longtime friend Lee Brian Schrager, the founder of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

Richard Jay-Alexander

“I liked that it was a conversation as opposed to just a lecture,” says Susan Gladstone, director of the museum. “The 92nd Street Y has been doing this for some time in New York City, so the concept is very well known there. It’s a concept I always thought was very interesting.”

Gladstone says they gave the idea a trial run in April with a conversation between George Feldenkreis, CEO of Miami-based apparel giant Perry Ellis International Read More

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Editor’s Choice: ‘Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies’

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Editor’s Choice: ‘Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies’
By Jeff Simon
August 11, 2017

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“Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies” by Hadley Freeman, Simon and Schuster, 339 pages, $16 paperback original.

Let’s start with “Steel Magnolias.” What is widely known now as as the Bechdel Movie Test for well-represented women in movies, came from cartoonist Allison Bechdel whose formulation was: A movie “has to have at least two women in it. 2) Who talk to each other. 3) About something besides a man.” U. K. Guardian columnist Freeman formulates the “Magnolia Test” to determine “whether or not a movie is a proper women’s movie: 1) The cast is largely, maybe even solely, female. 2) The female characters talk to each other about a million things other than men and genuinely like each other .3) And the relationship between the women is far more important than any they have with a man. 4) Bonus points if any of the following are in the film: Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Olympia Dukakis. Triple for Sally Field.”

Her point, among many about “Steel Magnolias,” is, no the ’80s weren’t a bad decade for women in movies, “Fatal Attraction” nothwithstanding. One of the critics blurbing this paperback original underrates it considerably by calling it “walking down memory lane for those of us who’ve worshipped at the Church of Molly Ringwald, and new initiates.” It’s better than that. It’s a smart and funny and insightful portrait of a decade’s movies and what they taught their audiences, “and why we don’t learn them from movies anymore.” The movies she focuses on are “Dirty Dancing” (Chapter Titled “Abortion Happens And That’s Just Fine”), “The Princess Bride” (subtitle “True Love Isn’t Just About The Kissing Parts”); “Pretty in Pink” (subtitled “ Awkward Girls Should Never Have Makeovers”),“When Harry Met Sally” (“RomComs Don’t Have To Make You Feel Like You’re Having a Lobotomy”), “Ghostbusters” and “Top Gun” (“How to Be a Man”), “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (“The Impact of Social Class”), “Baby Boom” (“Successful Women Are Sexy as Hell”), “Back to the Future” (“Parents are Important”), “Batman” (“Superheroes Don’t Have to Be Such a Drag”), Eddie Murphy movies (“Race Can Be Transcended.”) Obviously, long ago and far away.

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BetteBack February 8, 1990: Bette Nominated For A People’s Choice Award – Favorite All Around Entertainer (bootlegbetty.com)
Miss M’s Cultural Corner: They’re Playing Our Song: A Memoir By Carole Bayer Sager (Oct. 18th) (bootlegbetty.com)
Think You Know Everything About “Steel Magnolias”? Well, Think Again, Shelby (queerty.com)

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

BetteBack February 12, 1975: Bette Midler Wants A Certain Someone To Tour With Her

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

When You Switch Up on a (Broadway) Star

New York Times
When You Switch Up on a (Broadway) Star
By BEN BRANTLEY and JESSE GREENJULY 12, 2017

JESSE GREEN The problem with successful musicals is how to keep them that way. Often the difference between a borderline hit and a smash depends more on the second cast, and the third, than the first. As critics, we get to see a parade of alternates and replacements in major roles; right now the biggest example on Broadway is Donna Murphy’s opening earlier this week as the Tuesday-evening alternate for Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!But we have also been keeping an eye on how new casts are affecting a war horse like “Kinky Boots” and, on a smaller scale, the long-running Off Broadway production of “Sweeney Todd.” Read More

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