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Friday, July 20, 2018

Vote for the best drama movies of 2018; Currently Bette Midler’s “Freak Show” is #5 out of 60

Mister D: So far only about 500 people have voted on this list and Freak Show is starting out in great shape. Let’s keep her in the spotlight. Make sure to go to Ranker and sign up. It’s easy. Then head on over and Click Here to vote. Freak Show Poster Ranker Vote for the best drama movies of 2018… July 14, 2018

Vote for the best drama movies of 2018.

Whether they’re about historical events or fictional stories of romance, tension, and love, the best drama movies of 2018 left viewers inspired and emotional. What were the best drama movies this year? Help decide below. Featuring romantic dramas, coming-of-age movies, biopics, and comedy-dramas, this list of good 2018 shows includes 12 StrongChappaquiddickLean on Pete, and Permission. Good drama films usually feature compelling characters and intriguing storylines, avoiding melodrama in favor of more realistic plot lines and complicated protagonists. Which drama movies of 2018 fit such a description? Vote on this list of 2018 drama movies. Give an up vote to the best drama movies of 2018 and down vote anything you feel is overrated or downright bad.

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12 Strong Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña12 Strong (also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers) is a 2018 American war drama film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. Following the September 11 attacks, Task…more

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Forever My Girl Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey Forever My Girl is a 2018 romantic drama film directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf. After being gone for a decade, a country star (Alex Roe) returns home to the love (Jessica Rothe) he left behind.

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Thoroughbreds Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of growing apart, upper-class teenagers Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their …more

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Final Portrait Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy Final Portrait is a 2017 British-American drama film directed by Stanley Tucci. In Paris 1964, famed painter Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) asks James Lord (Armie Hammer), the American…more

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Freak Show Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler Freak Show is a 2018 American drama film directed by Trudie Styler, based on the novel by James St. James. Despite attending an ultra-conservative high school, Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) decides…more

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The Strange Ones Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus Strange Ones is a 2017 American drama film directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein. Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American …more

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Nostalgia Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn Nostalgia is a 2018 American drama film directed by Mark Pellington. A group of people is connected through a loss.

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The 15:17 to Paris Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone The 15:17 to Paris is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the 2015 Thalys train attack. Three Americans (Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek …more

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First Reformed Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer First Reformed is a 2017 American drama thriller film directed by Paul Schrader. Grieving over the death of his son, an ex-military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) is further challenged when a young …more

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Leave No Trace Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober Leave No Trace is a 2018 American film directed by Debra Granik, based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock. A father (Ben Foster) and his 13-year-old daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) are living …more

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Every Day Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, Debby Ryan Every Day is a 2018 American romantic-drama directed by Michael Sucsy, based on the novel by David Levithan. 16-year-old Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) falls in love with a spirit named A, a traveling…more

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Disobedience Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola Disobedience is a 2017 British-Irish-American drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio, based on the novel by Noami Alderman. A woman (Rachel Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish home …more

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Eighth Grade Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie Fisher) struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school.

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The Rider Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near-fatal head injury, a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) undertakes a search for a new identity and what it …more

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Breath Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Samson CoulterBreath is a 2018 drama film directed by Simon Baker, based on the novel by Tim Winton. Two teenage boys form an unlikely connection with an older surfer (Simon Baker).

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, based on the memoir by John Callahan. After nearly losing his life in a car accident, a slacker…more

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Shock and Awe Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden Shock, and Awe is a 2017 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner. Journalists investigate the assertions by the Bush Administration concerning Saddam Hussein’s alleged possession of weapons of …more

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A Fantastic Woman Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco A Fantastic Woman is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. Marina (Daniela Vega), a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her …more

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Lean on Pete Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel Lean on Pete is a 2017 British drama film directed by Andrew Haigh, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. A teenager (Charlie Plummer) gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends…more

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Horny headdress! Bette Midler dons ‘tacky’ Gilligan’s Island of Dr. Moreau costume for her 20th annual Hulaween bash

Daily Mail Horny headdress! Bette Midler dons ‘tacky’ Gilligan’s Island of Dr. Moreau costume for her 20th annual Hulaween bash By CASSIE CARPENTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM PUBLISHED: 23:00 EST, 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 23:25 EST, 30 October 2015

Bette Midler wore what might have been her most bizarre costume yet for her Hell Night on Hulaween Island bash in Manhattan Friday evening.

The 69-year-old pop diva made a dramatic entrance in a veritable mishmash of layered grass skirts, fishnet sleeves, and a crowded ram-horn headdress.

The Honolulu-born belter’s attire was an explosion of Voodoo-inspired accessories ranging from leather half-gloves, a bone sarong fastener, and blue-feathered collar.

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Island priestess? Bette Midler wore what might have been her most bizarre costume yet for her Hell Night on Hulaween Island bash in Manhattan Friday evening  Island priestess? Bette Midler wore what might have been her most bizarre costume yet for her Hell Night on Hulaween Island bash in Manhattan Friday evening

‘My costume is made from stuff I’ve worn; something old, something new, something Bob Mackie, something real tacky!’ Bette tweeted to her 764K followers. ...  Read More

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Bette Midler and Tom Hanks Brighten a Dismal Season

ArtInfo MAY 31, 2013, 4:21 PM Bette Midler and Tom Hanks Brighten a Dismal Season By Patrick Pacheco midler Battered by Hurricane Sandy and a weak slate of fall shows, Broadway attendance plunged by 6.2 percent during the 2012-13 season, compared to the previous year. The proverbial “asses-in-seats” statistic — according to a report recently released by The Broadway League, a trade organization — was the worst showing for the Great White Way in eight years. Total receipts for the season was a flat $1.139 billion, slightly down from the year before. Not surprisingly, marquee names powered tickets sales. Bette Midler, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino, and Jessica Chastain proved golden. Last fall, revivals of “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “The Heiress,” starring Pacino and Chastain, respectively, recouped before they closed. “Lucky Guy,” starring Hanks in his Broadway debut, is still going strong after returning its investment in record time. (It is a bittersweet triumph for the surviving family members of the late writer Nora Ephron, who always longed for a hit but who died months before rehearsals for the play began.) And Midler has had the last laugh after being snubbed for a Tony Award nomination for her acclaimed star turn as the late super-agent Sue Mengers in John Logan’s “I’ll Eat You Last.” On May 30, the producers announced that show, which has been a hot-ticket since it opened, recouped its $2.4 million investment in only eight weeks. Midler continues in the bitchy gossip fest only through June 30, which means that the remaining weekly grosses will be enhanced by the premium ticket price — nearly $300 for a prime orchestra seat. Meanwhile, Broadway’s bottom line is now being fed by a spring shower of splashy musicals: “Matilda, “ “Kinky Boots,” “Cinderella,” “Pippin,” and “Motown.” The critical reception ranged from raves (“Matilda”) to pans (“Motown”). But again, “Motown,” due to its powerful brand, is having the last laugh. Its gross last week was over $1.3 million, with an average ticket price of $112.86. What does this augur for Broadway? The news is not good. It appears that it is either feast or famine. As an example, take the solo shows “I’ll Eat You Last” and “Ann,” starring Holland Taylor. The weekly gross for the former was over $800,000 (for seven performances) with an average ticket price of a staggering $146.54. “Ann” took in just over $240,000, with an average ticket of about $55.00. The contrast is just as stark between the “cheapest” musical on Broadway (“Nice Work If You Can Get It,” with an $84.84 average ticket price) and the priciest (“Book of Mormon,” $207.13). This means that going to Broadway has turned from a “habit” into an “event.” The high ticket prices are driving regular theater-goers away and tourists are not entirely filling the void. There is increasing pressure on producers to create an “event,” either through spectacle (“Spider-Man”) or star power. The receipts of the last season will only emphasize the need for a marquee name, and stars are attracted largely by the mounting of a proven product. Hence there will be more revivals. But even that’s not fail-proof. “Orphans,” starring Alec Baldwin, was a flop, as was “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” starring Scarlett Johannson. It also means producers will rely increasingly on more brand names like the poorly-received “Motown.” The most depressing aspect of the season was the noticeable absence of a “sleeper,” a high artistic achievement that also managed to find commercial success. Past years have yielded hits like “Next to Normal,” about a loving family scarred by their bi-polar mother, and “Once,” an intimate love story between an Irish busker and Czech immigrant. “Matilda,” a stunning adaptation of a dark Roald Dahl classic, scores the highest in moving forward the art form itself. It’s a daring high-wire act that an inventive creative team managed to pull off. However, it was carefully nurtured by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which enjoys British government subsidies. After a tryout at their home base in Stratford, it transferred to the West End, claiming a record number of Olivier Awards, the equivalent of the Tony. As usual, the most adventurous work being done here lies off-Broadway in the not-for-profit arena. Musicals like “Giant,” “Dogfight,” “Here Lies Love,” and “Natasha, Pierre and The Comet of 1812” are arguably far better than, say, “Bring it On,” an inane musical about high school cheerleaders that is among this year’s Tony nominees for Best Musical. There is hope that “Here Lies Love” and “Natasha” may transfer to Broadway. But those will be risky bets given the current climate.
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Fifty Shades Of Gay (Thanks Andy!)

Queerty Oscar Predictions, Predilections And Preferences With Jeffery Self Feb 23, 2013 581749_251179601645167_1413 It’s time for the Academy Awards—a.k.a. the Gay Super Bowl—when homos across the world tune in to see who won, who wore the best red-carpet looks and who took their mother to the Academy Awards (again). To get us all into serious Oscars mode, we chatted with out actor-writer-comedian Jeffery Self—who’s appeared in 30 Rock and 90210; co-starred in Logo’s Jeffery and Cole Casserole; and just published his first novel, 50 Shades of Gay—to find out what he’s most excited for on Sunday night. Lets talk about 50 Shades of Gay first. Is it erotica? humor? humorotica? Humorotica—I like that! That’s the best description I’ve heard so far. I keep comparing it to Jacqueline Susann novels. Not just because I regularly watch Valley of The Dolls and Isn’t She Great on a monthly basis. 50-shadesBut also because I think this book does something similar, which is a subgenre beyond fiction, erotica, and humor… I call it glamorous trash. Isn’t she, though? Great, i mean. Isn’t She Great is the Bette Midler movie about Jacqueline Susann. I know! I sat through it! I am one of the only people in America who LIKES IT! I can’t wait for Bette on Broadway as another ballsy dame, Sue Mengers, in I’ll Eat You Last. OH MY GOD. I cannot wait! It’s the angriest I’ve been not to live in New York since I moved out West.

You could always move back. Anyway, onto the Oscars: Who are you rooting for? And if you tell me Anne Hathaway I’m hanging up. ...  Read More

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