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Monday, June 25, 2018

On This Day In History: Bette Midler’s Oft Used Producer Dies June 26, 2006 – Musical Tribute Included

Bette Midler, Arif Mardin, Grammys, 1989 2006, Turkish-American music producer and arranger Arif Mardin died aged 74 from pancreatic cancer. He worked at Atlantic Records for over 30 years, before moving to EMI. The winner of 11 Grammy Awards, he worked with Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Wilson Pickett, Average White Band, The Bee Gees,Barbra Streisand and Norah Jones. Buy The CD: Buy The DVD: Trailer For The DVD:
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Freak Show Estimated DVD Release Dates In Canada, US, And Great Britain

On DVD Releases February 8, 2018 In the United States and Canada released in theaters on January 12, 2018; our estimated dvd or blu-ray release date is April or May 2018. Netflix and Redbox dates are not available at this time. And from Fandango: There is no official release date for the Freak Show DVD and/or Blu-ray yet. Based on the average time between opening day and home entertainment releases, our unofficial estimate is around June 2018.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

People are so furious ‘Hocus Pocus’ gets a remake, not sequel

WHAS11 People are so furious ‘Hocus Pocus’ gets a remake, not sequel Sonja Haller, Allthemoms.com , WHAS 11:39 AM. EDT October 05, 2017


  (Allthemoms.com) — A Disney ChannelHocus Pocus” remake is in the works, and people are not thrilled. The 1993 Disney movie starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najiimy has become a cult favorite thanks to its yearly Halloween airings on Freeform. A sequel, fans might have embraced. But a re-imagined TV movie without the original cast? People are having trouble remaining calm. Deadline reported, and other film news outlets confirmed, that the movie is being written by Scarlett Lacey, who wrote “The Royals,” and will be produced by David Kirschner, producer of the original “Hocus Pocus.” Parker has said in previous interviews that she was game for a sequel, giving people hope that one could happen. But are they happy with a remake? Nope.  

What idiot thought it was a good idea to remake and not a sequel

I’m sorry?  is getting a remake? Why mess with perfection? @DisneyChannel, you’re flying too close to the sun!

Steve Mudflap McGrew 

Call your Congressman! Call your Senators today!! There’s still time to stop the Hocus Pocus remake.

Sophia Betina @SophiaBetina

How I feel about @DisneyChannel remaking  and not using the original cast. We said sequel not remake ok?

Melissa @Melissa3182

A Hocus Pocus remake is happening?!Did people learn nothing from that atrocious Dirty Dancing remake? You don’t mess with perfection. ???? ??????????????????? ...  Read More

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

BetteBack July 10, 1973: Will Bette Midler Revolutionize The Music Industry?

Lumberton Robesonian July 10, 1973 2016-07-11_7-31-04 Just to keep the record straight, however, we have a few tidbits from the pop recording department. Among the new additions in this field of endeavor, we find that Bette Midler may very well revolutionize the music industry with this hip re-make of the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” , an old Andrews Sisters thing of the mid 1940s vintage World War II time. Bette Midler – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Divine Intervention – 2015 | BootLeg Betty BetteBack March 28, 1973: Bette Midler – Concert In Review | BootLeg Betty Bette Midler – One Night Only – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – 2014 | BootLeg Betty Bette Midler – Lullaby Of Broadway-Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy-Johnny Carson-1973 | BootLeg Betty

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Book Review — “Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic”

Laughing Place Book Review — “Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic” By Alex Reif – Sep 26, 2016 2016-10-01_3-15-51 It is officially fall, which means you can stop feeling guilty for consuming pumpkin spice everything when it’s still technically summer. But it also means that it’s seasonally appropriate to watch Hocus Pocus (although I am known to sometimes watch it in the summer because I can’t wait that long). This fall, prepare to take a closer look at the Sanderson Sisters and one of the greatest Halloween movies ever made in a new book by Aaron Wallace, Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fans Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic. Fans who purchase this “ungodly book” will find a treasure trove of insight into a film they likely know line-by-line, but have never thought too deeply about. Throughout several of the chapters, Wallace provides fascinating history behind the inspirations for the film. From The House of the Seven Gables and A Christmas Carol to Flora, Fauna and Merriweather from Sleeping Beauty, the origins of this witchy story can be traced across several classic stories and some real history. Learning the roots of the Sanderson Sisters helps enhance your appreciation for this bewitching motion picture. Wallace has done a tremendous amount of research, not only on the behind-the-scenes aspects of the film, but also the talent behind it. Bringing a film studies background to the project, he thoroughly examines the themes and dialogue putting it all in the context of a film studies course. Say, what’s with all this talk of virgins anyway? He’ll not only tell you with a look back at the Hays Code, but also reveal a highly plausible theory that you probably didn’t think about (or want to think about). The story of how Hocus Pocus made its slow journey to the big screen is a fascinating one. A chapter called “Spielberg’s Second Best Halloween Movie” aught to peak the interest of a majority of readers, as Wallace explores the acclaimed director’s involvement in the project early on and how it ended up having many Spielbergian qualities to it. There is also a bonus section (yes, this book has bonus features) that covers some of the more fascinating and lesser-known facts about the film’s production that didn’t fit into the guide’s narrative. As a fan of Bette Midler, I was overjoyed that a whole chapter is titled “The Divine Miss Sanderson,” which explores the way the film’s three leads were given artistic license to create their characters and explores the choices they made. Two sections explore the music, one for the score and another all about “I Put a Spell on You,” its significance to Disney beyond this film, and how it foreshadowed Bette Midler’s turn as Rose in Gypsy later in 1993. How did Hocus Pocus go from a big screen flop to a universally known Halloween classic? “But who Lit the Pop-Culture Candle?” explores the phenomenon that occurred in the decade following the film’s disappointing release and why it has cast a spell over so many viewers. Another section also highlights how progressively feminist the film was, and is, and the way it turns the slasher film genre on its head. Hocus Pocus in Focus is the second of Wallace’s Thinking Fan’s Guide series, but the first to focus on a specific film (the first explored Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and a follow up about Epcot is coming in December). Following a similar format to his Magic Kingdom guide, this book also comes with suggestions for what to explore next. In addition to a recommendation to watch Hocus Pocus to put your newfound knowledge to use, he also provides a list of other related films that you should see, as well as a list of online resources for further exploration. As a diehard fan of Hocus Pocus since seeing it in the theaters in 1993 (I was known to rollerblade through my neighborhood with a mop between my legs), I can’t recommend the film highly enough. And if you feel the same way as I do, then Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic is required reading. It’s nothing short of a magical experience, although it sadly can’t be summoned by opening your window and crying “BooOOOoook!” You will have to order it the old fashioned way. PaperBack: Hocus Pocus Sequel Happening? Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Naijimy Back Bette Midler: We’re In! Bette Midler Revives Hocus Pocus in Concert – And It’s Everything ‘Hocus Pocus’ stage show will haunt Disney World this Halloween Bette Midler And Hocus Pocus Just Won The Straight Outta Compton Meme Game

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Friday, July 15, 2016

BetteBack January 19, 1971: Bette Midler Receives ‘Rising Star Of The Year’ Award At The American Guild of Variety Artists on “The Entertainer of the Year Awards

Ed Sullivan Hosts Entertainer Of Year Awards Jacksonville Daily Journal January 19, 1971
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Bette Midler (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 01: Photo of Bette Midler (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Carol Burnett, Sonny and Cher, Redd Foxx, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Roberta Flack are among the performers who will receive awards from the American Guild of Variety Artists on “The Entertainer of the Year Awards,” 90-minute special hosted by Ed Sullivan to be broadcast 9-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, on the CBS Network. Miss Flack won the Female Singer award, Davis the Male Singer title. Davis will also be honored as Entertainer of the Year, the first time an artist has been a double winner in the balloting. The special, originating from Las Vegas, will highlight the awards and will also feature music-and-comedy presentations by some of the winning performers and presenters. Miss Burnett, star of her own show on the network, will receive the Female Comedy award for the fourth year in a row. Redd Foxx has won the Male Comedy award. Sonny and Cher, who star on “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” on the network, have been selected as the best Vocal Act of the Year. They won the same award last year. Other winners include Roy Clark, Country and Western Star of the Year; Gunther Gebel-Williams, best Novelty Act; Tanya the Elephant, best Animal Act (this is Tanya’s fourth time around, too), and Bette Midler, Rising Star of the Year.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

BetteBack March 21,1973: Midler Sizzles LA

Corsair, Volume 44, Number 19, 21 March 1973 Midler Sizzles LA by Larry Bone Sidles, Struts, and Shimmies 10-9-2015 11-04-01 AM My God! What is it? She came in her Arabian nights sedan chair dangling a leg. Out she stepped in her low-cut satin white Susy Wong cocktail dress with a slit down the left side and loud red satin lining showing. Bette Midler had just opened the first show of her one-night stand at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Her dress began to loosen precariously so that she gave it a tug and launched into her opening number, “Friends.” Miss Midler took a few sultry small steps toward left stage, and then sidled and shimmied herself back, all the while cradling her mike and strutting sophisticated; arms, legs, body in motion! Through the evening she would sing and move petulantly like a child, defiant like a queen, and vulnerable like a woman. Miss Midler was born and raised in Hawaii. She traveled to New York in 1965 and stayed in an old hotel called the Broadway Central while working at a department store to survive. She had wanted to become an actress but after achieving some success in that field, she turned to singing. She first sang at a bar called Hilly’s, in the Bowery section of New York. Eventually Bette Midler made appearances on the Johnny Carson show and played to sell-out audiences at The Troubador. Her first record album entitled “The Divine Miss M” came out in January on the Atlantic label. Tonight, Miss Midler showed a blatant disregard for the crusty classness of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion drawing her audence intimately closer than most performers. Miss Midler tended to say what other people might think but what they would never say in public. She referred to “LA” as being on her “tour of the tackiest towns.” She seemed to communicate with her audience in a direct no-non-sense fashion. “I’ve been working my buns off on this song,” or “I only show my legs in the big towns.” Miss Midler would bump, grind, and mug like an outrageous underground actress. She might blast her way through a show-stopping “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and then sing a soft, wistful, sentimental “Superstar.” At the end of the show the audience cheered wildly for her and stood in exuberate ovation. When she began to sing an encore, they started to sit down and she said, “Keep standing up.” Her audience then stood, clapped in rhythm, swayed back and forth, and sang “Chapel of Love” with Bette Midler so that the “moment” of time she had promised to give, came.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I want world peace. Please. Just for my sake, before I go. I also hope that Meryl Streep has the good taste to step aside and let the rest of us have a crack…

I want world peace. Please. Just for my sake, before I go. I also hope that Meryl Streep has the good taste to step aside and let the rest of us have a crack… but I know she won’t. She has a really good agent. She’s great, but I know there are some ladies behind her saying, “Meryl, for God’s sake, do you have to say yes to everything?”. Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Monday, January 11, 2016

“Jinxed” will be released on Blu-ray, March 22, 2016

“Jinxed” will be released on Blu-ray. March 22, 2016 for those of you who are interested! xx http://amzn.to/1W0MckH
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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bette Midler And Company Game For Hocus Pocus Sequel – Write Disney

Comic Book Bette Midler Says She and Hocus Pocus Co-Stars Are Game For A Sequel By Dennis Upkins 11/08/2014 screen-shot-2013-09-26-at-01-33-30 Bette Midler is more than game for a Hocus Pocus 2 and she’s urging fans to make their voices heard with Disney. On Reddit yesterday, Midler reported that she and Hocus Pocus co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy were game to do a sequel but it’s ultimately Disney’s call. “Inundate the Disney company,” Midler said. “Because I have canvassed the girls and they are wiling to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a Hocus Pocus 2, ask the Walt Disney company. You have been SO adorable. This has been most enlightening. SISTAHS! And don’t go chasing waterfalls…” In Hocus Pocus, Midler, Parker and Najimy, played the Sanderson sisters, a trio of witches who are resurrected on Halloween by a teenager, his younger sister and a classmate crush. The three kids have to stop the witches from sacrificing Salem’s children in an effort to gain eternal youth through witchcraft. The film has grown a loyal cult following since its release in 1993. Midler has also been keep busy herself. Her latest album, It’s The Girls, is available now. Write Walt Disney: Walt Disney Pictures 500 S Buena Vista St Burbank, CA 91505 Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyPictures

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