Tag Archives: History

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

This Day In History:  ‘The Rose’ Soundtrack Was Released August 22, 1979 A Few Months Before The Movie

In 1979, Atlantic Records releases the soundtrack album by Bette Midler to the movie of the same name, “The Rose”; Billboard 200: #12; 2 million copies; “The Rose”

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Book Review: Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel

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Book Review: Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel
by Alex Reif | Jul 6, 2018

Fans of Disney’s Hocus Pocus have waited twenty-five years for a sequel to the hilarious and heartwarming film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. While the original cast and creative team are ready and willing to revisit their old tricks, Disney isn’t prepared to give us that treat… With the exception of Disney’s Freeform Books, which is publishing Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel on July 10th. So light your black flame candle and cozy up with a boooOOOOOK to get a glimpse at what a sequel could actually be like.

Out of 521 pages, the first 197 recount the events of the original film. Readers may be tempted to skip past them, but I encourage you to at least skim it. Author A. W. Jantha has altered a few moments that set up new characters in the sequel that weren’t in the original film, which would cause some confusion if left unread. (Note: If you can find a copy at a reasonable price, the original Junior Novelization from 1993 was based on the script and contains deleted scenes, which are not included in this version).

The sequel takes place in 2018, twenty-five years since the Sanderson Sisters last stepped foot on earth. Poppy is the daughter of Max and Allison and she isn’t crazy about Halloween due to her parents’ and aunt’s insistence that they brought the witches back to life in their youth. Trying to impress a popular girl she has a crush on, Poppy and her best friend Travis sneak into the Sanderson house on All Hallow’s Eve during a blood moon and accidentally bring the witches back to life!

The book explains that a blood moon on Halloween would be an exceptional night for magic. Only on a night like this could the Sanderson Sisters use the moonstone to unleash a powerful evil spell that could wreak havoc over the entire world… if they could find it. It’s up to Poppy, Travis, and Isabella to find the moonstone and destroy it before the witches can get it.

Like all reboots and delayed sequels this era, this follow-up is plagued by a plot where history merely repeats itself, homages to the original feel forced, and character arcs feel unnatural. “Ice,” for example, is Poppy’s high school principal, and Max is her history teacher who refuses to follow the Salem tradition of recounting the Sanderson story on Halloween because he’s still traumatized by it. All of the characters from the original are merely side characters this time around, with a new generation of kids taking center stage.

Poppy is likable and relatable enough for readers to get hooked into her story. It takes a while to get going, but the exposition is essential for the reader to have any kind of emotional connection to her. The plot device to bring the Sanderson Sisters back is fun and different, although it brings up some other questions that go unanswered (ironically, they’re mostly about Winnie’s spell book).

Speaking of the “Sistas,” Winifred, Sarah, and Mary don’t get enough time in the spotlight in the 324 pages that occupy this untitled sequel. When they do, their dialogue seldom reads as funny, nor does it have the same musicality that the original script empowered the actresses with. It all sounds clunky, it’s hard to picture the character’s saying some of these lines, and their primary objective this time around seems too grand and sinister, even for them. The original is so charming because their motives are entirely selfish. This time around, they are acting in the best interest of their master and it’s hard to imagine them doing someone else’s bidding.

Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel fails to capture the magic and fun of the original story on almost every account. However, it’s mostly harmless and has a few moments of genuine delight. Those who find themselves enjoying it will love the “post-credit tag” for a possible third story. But the majority of Hocus Pocus super fans will be left with an unquenched thirst for a real sequel from the original film’s cast and creative team. Dear Disney, “Dost thou comprehend?”

Hardcover:

Companion Piece in Paperback

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Monday, January 8, 2018

This Day In History: Songs For The New Depression by Bette Midler was released on January 8, 1976.

This Day In History: Songs For The New Depression by Bette Midler was released on January 8, 1976.

Any sentimental remembrances of this album?

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Friday, June 24, 2016

On Being A Teenager: “I was a washout at math, history, and geography. I still don’t know what the Philippines are.

On Being A Teenager: “I was a washout at math, history, and geography. I still don’t know what the Philippines are. I’m sorry I didn’t let a little more into my life than the theater because a wide range of knowledge really helps you in parts. (The Milwaukee Sentinel – Jan 23, 1987

Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

On This Day In History: Bette On Seinfeld

On This Day In History: Bette On Seinfeld

Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Audio: Strike It While It’s Hot ~ Dan Hicks And Bette Midler

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Strike It While It’s Hot [featuring Bette Midler and Dan Hicks]

Do do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do do

Do do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do

D: When that pictcher gets off a curve ball,
B: does that mean that there wasn’t no ball at all?
When the preacher catches you asleep,
D: does that mean that you’re some kind of a creep?

D & B: You be standin’ on the corner
lookin’ like a stupid loner
waitin’ for a bus.
But the bus’ll pass you by
’cause you couldn’t catch its eye
and you can bite it’s dust.

B: And your week’s not all that it could be.
D & B: And you reach out for something so impatiently.
D: And your days turn into months on end.
B: It’s time to flip the page and to start up again.

D & B: Time to roll over, see what other tricks you got.
Time to move over, let the new guy take a shot.
Strike it while it’s hot ’cause later there might not
be any room for thought.

Do do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do

D: When the rain clouds pass and it stays dry, does that
D & B: mean that there wasn’t no clouds up in the sky?
B: And when the rain comes back and it pours good,
D & B: does that mean that you’ve finally understood?

So you wanna feed your belly
and you jump into the deli
lookin’ for a bite.
And you have a close encounter
with somebody at the counter
lookin’ for a fight.

B: When that store runs all out of your size,
D & B: does that rocket your plans up into other skies?
And what’s the combination of the latest compilation?
Does it need interpretation to avoid a reputation?
D: Or can we simplify and make it work?

D & B: Time to roll over, see what other tricks you got.
Time to move over, let the new guy take a shot.
Strike it while it’s hot ’cause later there might not
be any room for thought.

D: So you jump back in and play some more.
And you’re breakin’ all records that have gone before.
B: And you’ve turned yourself a one-eighty.
Does that mean that your eyes are lookin’ backwardly?

D: So you’d like to turn around
and see the other side of town
but it’s not easy.
B: No, no, no. And everytime you look
it seems that they took
away the scenery. Ooooh,
D & B: It’s a view that you’re not quite used to.
But since when did that ever seem to bother you?

Time to roll over, see what other tricks you got.
Time to move over, let the new guy take a shot.
Strike it while it’s hot ’cause later there might not
be any room for thought.
Strike it while it’s hot.
Strike it while it’s hot!

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BetteBack May 1, 1978: Bette Midler Films Her First Scene For “The Rose”

Lima News
May 1, 1978

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Bette Midler did her first scene as a movie star in “The Rose ” at the NY Hilton — a screaming, yelling, emotional battle with her manager played by Alan Bates – and the camera crew applauded her.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bette Midler Is Right about Ronald Reagan

Sorry, conservatives, but Bette Midler is right about Ronald Reagan and the mentally ill.  As they always say…Google it!

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

BetteBack Trivia: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy ~ June 16, 1973

Dunkirk Evening Observer
The Gossip Column
by Robin Adams Sloan
June 16, 1973

Q: My mother says the new Bette Midler hit “Boogie Woogle Bugle Boy,” is an old song, Can you tell me where I can get an old record of this if true? — B.V., Salinas, Kan Read More

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Toni Basil To Release Home Movies On YouTube

From Ms Basil’s assistant, Ellen:

Toni Basil (album)

Toni Basil (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello all! I’m Toni’s assistant.. And she is going to be releasing some Home Movies on YouTube in the near future!! Make sure you “Like” her page, “The Official Toni Basil“, to keep up with her latest posts! Have a great day!

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Coming soon to YouTube – Home movies from Toni Basil‘s House!

By: The Official Toni Basil

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