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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bette Midler & Others Lend Support – Everything You Need to Know About the March for Our Lives

The Cut Everything You Need to Know About the March for Our Lives By Madeleine Aggeler MARCH 19, 2018 Less than a week after a gunman killed 14 students and three staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, survivors of the shooting have mobilized to launch the #NeverAgain movement, and the March for Our Lives, a nationwide protest on March 24 to protest gun violence. “Not one more,” the March’s Mission Statement reads. “We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.” Here’s everything you need to know about the march and related events. When and where is it happening? The main march will take place in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. Supporters are also planning sister marches in New York City; Boston; Los Angeles; Chicago; Miami; San Francisco; Dallas; Boise; West Palm Beach; Liverpool, England; and hundreds of other cities across the world. Currently, there are a whopping 720 March for Our Lives events planned around the world. March For Our Lives ? @AMarch4OurLives Want to talk to some fellow marchers, make plans and get tips for the big day? Join our Facebook Group! We’re going to try and keep this all about logistics and meet-ups: http://smarturl.it/M4OLfbgroup Who’s organizing it? The event is being put together by survivors of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, like senior Emma González, and junior Cameron Kasky, who have been working tirelessly to make sure the national outrage in the wake of last week’s shooting translates to real action. But they are not mobilizing alone. According to their website, “March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar.” Who are they partnering with? March for Our Lives organizers have received significant funding from a number of celebrities like George and Amal Clooney, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Oprah Winfrey, all of whom pledged $500,000 for the rally. Numerous other celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West, Justin Bieber, Bette Midler, and Debra Messing have also expressed their support on Twitter, calling on their followers to sign the march’s petition, and find a demonstration near them. Kim Kardashian West ? @KimKardashian On March 24th, students and families across the country will #MarchForOurLives and demand that leaders take action to end gun violence in our schools & communities. Find an event near you: http://every.tw/2oCqKd8 @AMarch4OurLives @Everytown 5:33 PM – Mar 5, 2018 March for Our Lives On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets to demand that their lives, and safety, become a priority. Find an event near you and join the march to end gun… Bette Midler ? @BetteMidler On March 24th, kids & families across the country will #MarchForOurLives and demand that leaders take action to end gun violence in our schools & communities. Find an event near you:http://every.tw/2D0NQhV pic.twitter.com/t9xgnTaTgm @AMarch4OurLives @Everytown” Debra Messing ? @DebraMessing ATTENTION STUDENTS!! Please make YOUR #WhatIf Video. Get all your friends too! Post them so lawmakers who support the NRA and gun manufacturers will see that your generation is not going to stop speaking out. #MarchForOurLives https://twitter.com/amarch4ourlives/status/969242603622453250 … Businesses have also offered their help. The ride-sharing company Lyft is offering Stoneman students free rides to the march, and dating app Bumble banned imaged of guns on its platform, and donated $100,000. And there are grassroots supporters too. According to the Washington Post, teens from high schools around Washington, D.C., are opening their homes and organizing “a network of host families that live along the D.C. metro system that can host out-of-town students for the march.” What do they hope to accomplish? In addition to showing their support for victims of gun violence, march organizers hope the rally will inspire concrete legislative outcomes. In their Mission Statement, march organizers write: School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. Participants are also coming together to register voters at various marches, to ensure that outrage today will translate to high turnout during November’s midterm elections. Is this related to the National School Walkout? Yes and no. The National School Walkout is being put together by Women’s March organizers, who are calling for students, teachers, administrators, and allies across the country to walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 — one minute for every victim of the Stoneman Douglas shooting. Although the two events are being organized by two different groups, their goals are the same. Per the National School Walkout’s website: “Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship,” organizers wrote. Students have also called for a National School Walkout on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. No time has been set, but a Change.org petition has been signed over 80,000 times. What is Stay Amped? On March 23, the night before the march, artists like Bebe Rexha, Lizzo, Fall Out Boy, and G-Easy will perform for Stay Amped, a concert to benefit Everytown for Gun Safety, and Gabby Giffords’s Courage to Fight Gun Violence. Tickets are between $100 and $175 and, according to the event’s website, “For every Super Excellent Seat purchased, a ticket will be donated to a student activist attending the March for Our Lives rally from Parkland and elsewhere in the country.” You can buy tickets here. How can I get involved? If for whatever reason you can’t attend a rally on March 24, there are other ways to help. You can donate to the GoFundMe page Stoneman Douglas students put together for the event (any money they receive beyond their $2 million goal will go to victims’ funds) or sponsor a student to travel to the march by contacting info@marchforourlives.com. You can also sign the organizers’ petition, calling on Congress to pass legislation to address gun violence. Read it here. And if you can go to a rally, get out and march with students and families across the country to tell lawmakers #NeverAgain.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

BetteBack December 23, 1985: ‘Down And Out’ Previews On New Years Eve

Santa Ana Orange County Register December 23, 1985 FILM 'DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS' BY P. MAZURSKY No plans for New Year‘s Eve? How about a movie? Touchstone Films, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures, is screening the first film to have been initiated by Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who head Disney’s new regime. So Paul Mazursky‘s “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” starring Nick Nolte, Bette Midler and Richard Dreyfuss, will be the occasion for New Year’s Eve sneak previews in 36 cities.

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    Friday, August 31, 2012

    Video: Behind The Scenes Look ~ Walt Disney’s Third Theme Park

    Mister D: Bette makes a few scenes in this “making-of” documentary Here’s a behind the scenes look at the conception and creation of Walt Disney World’s third theme park, the Disney-MGM Studios (now called Disney‘s Hollywood Studios). Taken from an old VHS recording, this television special is hosted by Fred Newman with many well known appearances from Disney’s Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg to celebrities Army Acherd, Bette Midler, Walter Cronkite, Kevin Costner, Betty White and many more.
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    Sunday, March 4, 2012

    BetteBack May 17, 1991: Bette Midler On ShortList For “Evita” Actresses

    THE NEWS, FREDERICK, MD Disney dumps ‘Evita‘ May 17, 1991 HOLLYWOOD – Walt Disney Co. kingpin Jeffrey Katzenberg — living by the austerity dictum he laid down in a leaked memo last whiter – dumps plans for the movie “Evita” with Madonna as star. Disney refused to spend more than $25.7 million, well short of the $29 million budget planned by producer Robert Stigwood, who is working with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on the project. The decision leaves the fate of “Evita” in doubt and sees Madonna join Liza Minelli, Bette Midler, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand on the list of frustrated Evita wanna-bes.
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    Sunday, December 25, 2011

    The Orange County Register Friday, February 6, 198 Bette Midler ‘marries’ Disney in old-system three-film deal Since the death of the longterm contract, Hollywood studios and stars make a deal, do one picture and then go their separate ways. Now, in an arrangement that harkens back to the old studio system, Bette Midler has signed a contract with Walt Disney Pictures to star in three successive movies. “We got married,” quipped Jeffrey Katzenberg, chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Because even the biggest studio only makes around 15 movies a ye a r, there is no chance that Hollywood will return to the contract system of 40 years ago, when MGM could boast that it had “More Stars Than There Are in Heaven.” Yet Clint Eastwood has had a handshake agreement wi th Warner Brothers that has kept him there for all but one of his movies dur ing the last decade. And in June 1983, Eddie Murphy was signed to a five-picture contract by Katzenberg, who was then president of production at Paramount Pictures. An arrangement such as Midler’s allows a studio to do some of the long-range star-building that was commonplace 40 years ago. Katzenberg describes himself as “investing in the Bette Midler business.” The advantages, he says, are the ability “to exploit on a long-term basis rather than picture-by-picture.” However, such contracts require both star and studio to relinquish some control and the balance can be delicate: Eighteen months after Murphy signed his contract, he was able to renegotiate and obtain more money. “The old system was something that worked for a business where each studio was making 50 f i lms a year,” said Katzenberg. “Actors were cattle. They were told where to go, what to do, and when o do it. There was no ‘Wh y ?’ in the vocabulary. This arrangement is a genuine partnership, and it takes immense trust on Bette Midler’s part.” “Why shouldn’t I trust t h em?” asked Midler, who has starred in three successful comedies for Disney during the last 12 months. “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” sold S62 million worth of tickets, r anking 10th among movies released in 1986. “Ruthless People‘” grossed S72 million at the box office and ranked 8th. And “Outrageous Fortune,” a movie about two women two-timed by the same man, broke the Disney record for an opening weekend. Shown in 1,081 theaters last weekend, “Outrageous Fortune” grossed $6.4 million. “These people are the only ones in town who gave me a job,” said Midler. “I did The Rose’ and never got another job for five years. I finally did ‘Jinxed,’ and ‘Jinxed’ really put me in the sewer. After the proverbial seven years of lean, I’m marketable again, and these people are the ones who did it for me. Why shouldn’t I be loyal to them?” Midler, who had previously been signed to play the voice of a spoiled Park Avenue poodle in the studio’s upcoming animated version of “Oliver Twist,” will also be allowed to develop projects under her new deal with Disney. When actors worked under seven-year contracts, they had a choice of accepting the roles offered by their studio or being suspended without salary (sometimes the roles they were forced to play brought them Academy Awards). Today, with the balance of power shifted, a number of actors have damaged their careers by making their own wrong choices or being so afraid to make a commitment that they can go two years without making a movie. Midler actually had to be talked into all three Disney films. When Paul Mazursky, the writer and director, asked her to be in “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” Midler, who was 40, was stunned. “I was happy to be offered something, but the part was the mother of a 20-year-old daughter,” she said. “I imagine myself to be a perennial 25-year-old type. Then I thought, ‘Oh what the hell, who cares? A job is a job.’ For the first time I didn’t stop to think about my fans or my image. It was a good lesson. A simple lesson. Good parts don’t come along that often and if you’re in for a penny, you might as well be in for a pound and really commit yourself.” In March, Disney will release another adult comedy, “Tin Men,” starring Dreyfuss and de Vito and directed by Barry Levinson. According to Robert Levin, senior vice president of advertising, more than half of the audience for Midler’s films during the first few weeks consists of people the industry calls “older” — over 25. It took four to six weeks for the core teen-age audience to discover “Down and Out” and “Ruthless People.”
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