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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

28 stars who are just one trophy away from the most coveted award in Hollywood

Insider 28 stars who are just one trophy away from the most coveted award in Hollywood Desiree O, Brit + Co Jul. 27, 2018, 4:46 PM ...  Read More

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

18 Stars Who Are Only One Award Away From Snagging An EGOT (Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar, Tony)

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman to be Honored at Primary Stages’ Gala November 16

Broadway World Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman to be Honored at Primary Stages‘ Gala; Lane, Tveit & More to Perform October 8, 2015 1.163289 Primary Stages (Casey Childs, Founder & Executive Producer; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director) has announced that their annual Gala will take place Monday, November 16, 2015 at 583 Park Avenue. The event will celebrate the company and honor Tony and Grammy-winning composer and lyricists Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The evening will feature musical numbers from Hairspray, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Catch Me If You Can, and the TV show “Smash” and tributes and performances by Tony winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten, “Smash”), Obie winner Bridget Everett (Rock Bottom, Jukebox Jackie), Annie Golden (Violet, “Orange is the New Black”), Tony winner Nathan Lane (The Producers, Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams at Primary Stages), Aaron Tveit (Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal), and other surprise guests. “We are thrilled to be honoring Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman for our 2015 Annual Gala. Marc and Scott are true innovators and their body of work speaks directly to our commitment to developing new works,” says Primary Stages Artistic Director Andrew Leynse. “This year’s gala will prove to be a ‘must-see’ evening featuring icons from stage, film, and TV.” MARC SHAIMAN has been writing music, lyrics, arrangements, orchestrations and very lengthy emails since entering show business at the age of 16, at the LaMama Annex, in 1976. He has won a Tony (for co-writing the score to Hairspray with co-lyricist Scott Wittman), a Grammy (also for Hairspray), an Emmy (for his work on Billy Crystal’s Oscar appearances) and if he hadn’t lost each of his five Oscar nominations (for Sleepless In Seattle, Patch Adams, The First Wives Club, The American President, and South Park-Bigger, Longer & Uncut), he could boast of being an EGOT. Till then, he remains an EGT. He has also been nominated for other Tonys, Emmys and Grammys. Many in fact, but lost all of those also. Other film work includes Beaches, When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, The Addams Family, A Few Good Men, Sister Act, Hocus Pocus, The Bucket List and Parental Guidance to name a few. Millions of more titles are available upon request. Other theatrical ventures include Patti LuPone On Broadway, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, the Tony-winning musical Catch Me If You Can and on London’s West End, the current record-breaking, Olivier Award-winning musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (coming soon to Broadway!). His television ventures are varied and many: “The Sweeney Sisters” on SNL, countless award shows with Mr. Crystal, Neil Patrick Harris, Jack Black and Will Ferrell, Jenifer Lewis’ Jackie’s Back, as well as “Smash”, but his fondest is his collaboration with Bette Midler for Johnny Carson’s penultimate show. He has co-produced recordings for Miss Midler, Harry Connick Jr. and Mariah Carey, among many others. And he is quite fond of his online opus “Prop 8-The Musical”. Currently, he and Mr. Wittman are about to write new songs for a film continuation of theMary Poppins stories for Disney and Rob Marshall, for which they are over the moon with happiness. He is also overjoyed to report that two years ago he stopped reading online chat boards, and his life and well-being have improved drastically! He suggests you do the same. SCOTT WITTMAN co-wrote (with Marc Shaiman) the lyrics for the Olivier Award-winning musicalHairspray, for which the pair received Tony and Grammy Awards. He also served as an executive producer on the hit film starring John Travolta. They teamed up again on Broadway for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, which he also directed, and Catch Me If You Can, which received a Tony nomination for Best Musical. For their original songs on NBC’s musical drama “Smash”, Scott & Marc were nominated for two Emmy Awards, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe. On “Smash,” they composed songs for Jennifer Hudson, Uma Thurman, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli. Their original score for the Marilyn Monroe musical Bombshell was released on Sony Records. Scott co-wrote the lyrics toCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, currently playing to sold-out houses at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London’s West End. For Patti LuPone, Scott has created and directed two Broadway shows, three recordings and three sold-out Carnegie Hall concerts. At La Mama, Scott conceived and directed Jukebox Jackie starring Justin Vivian Bond, Cole Escola, Steel Burkhardt and Bridget Everett. For more information or to purchase, call Primary Stages at 212-840-9705 or visitprimarystages.org/gala. Platinum Tables are $25,000; Gold Tables are $15,000; Silver Tables are $10,000; Bronze Tickets are $1,250; and single tickets are $750.
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bette Tweets: Total Eclipse Of The Heart

390139_221707044569607_221327031274275_535450_1312016949_n Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler Listening to Bonnie Tyler have a vocall meltdown, wailing madly on ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart‘. So Eighties. Where does the time go?
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Actress Vinesa Shaw Talks About “Hocus Pocus”

Mister D: Wow! She grew up purty!!!! ZAP2IT ‘Hocus Pocus’: Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler ’embraced’ Vinessa Shaw By Jay Bobbin October 23, 2012 Vinessa Shaw is glad that for many families, it still wouldn’t be Halloween without a littleHocus Pocus.” About to be seen as Michael Chiklis‘ mob wife on the CBS drama “Vegas” starting Tuesday, Oct. 30, the actress had one of her first big roles in the 1993 Disney comedy-fantasy about several youths trying to prevent a new reign of terror by three sibling witches. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy play the Salem sorceresses in the movie, which ABC Family shows Tuesday (Oct. 23). “I grew up watching Disney films,” Shaw tells Zap2it. “I watched Hayley Mills movies, Julie Andrews in ‘Mary Poppins’ … so being able at 16 years old to be in a Disney movie, it was incredible, and it is incredible that it still has ‘legs’ to this day. So many people come up to me and say, ‘That’s one of my favorite movies,’ and it makes me smile. I know that if I saw Hayley Mills or Julie Andrews, I would flip out.” Shaw trained herself not to do that in front of her “Hocus Pocus” co-stars. “These were people I admired,” she says. “I loved Bette Midler in

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Your Fav’ Sixties & Seventies Actresses

The Film Experience Your Fav’ Sixties & Seventies Ladies Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 1:15PM NATHANIEL R in Best Actress, Faye Dunaway, Geraldine Page, Julie Andrews, Maggie Smith, Marsha Mason, Oscars (60s), Oscars (70s), Sissy Spacek, Bette Midler, polls During Summer 2011 — winding down at last! — we’ve been asking TFE readers to choose the most memorable Best Actress nominated film characters. Which film characters have you taken into your hearts and headspace most fully? Who is always popping into mind unbidden? Below are the latest voting results for August’s polls covering the 1960s & 1970s (previous results: 1980s and 1991-2010). We used five year intervals for voting and asked readers to choose the 5 most memorable characters from each group of 25 Oscar nominees. If you’re looking for these polls to provide a “face” of an era it looks like Julie Andrews wins the early 60s — she was thoroughly modern back then! — and Faye Dunaway takes over from there for a long run at the top (1966-1980) [* indicates that it was an Oscar winning role.] 1961-1965 HOLLY GOLIGHTLY (Audrey Hepburn) Breakfast at Tiffany’s MARY POPPINS* (Julie Andrews) Mary Poppins [tie] MARIA VON TRAPP (Julie Andrews) The Sound of Music and BABY JANE HUDSON (Bette Davis) Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? ANNIE SULLIVAN* (Anne Bancroft) The Miracle Worker Runners Up: Though the top five were never in question, DEANIE LOOMIS from Splendor in the Grass, ALMA BROWN* from Hud (who also tied) and DIANA SCOTT*, the “sunshine girl” from Darling each had deep pockets of swoony admirers. The remaining two top ten’ers, further back in voting were MARY TYRONE from Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and CESIRA* from Two Women. Observations: The Julie Andrews characters flip-flopped for the first week of voting until Mary took flight and left Maria behind on the hilltop. Baby Jane tried everything to kick Maria off the mountain: writing letters to daddy, rat dinners, actual kicking; a very tight race that was for third place and in the end they tied. Aside from Audrey’s win, there was little consensus. Geraldine Page finds “pure hard gold” in boytoy Paul Newman in Sweet Bird of Youth I was disappointed at the lack of substantial votes for Natalie Wood’s preggers single gal in Love With the Proper Stranger and Geraldine Page’s bitch goddess superstar in Sweet Bird of Youth (though the latter almost cracked the top ten) but voting was all over the place in this round. Weakest Showing: No actresses suffered the “no votes” problem in this half decade grouping, but ALMA from Summer and Smoke, JANE FOSSETT from The L Shaped Room and MARGARET HAMMOND from This Sporting Life barely found any favor. 1966-1970 MRS ROBINSON (Anne Bancroft) The Graduate MARTHA* (Elizabeth Taylor) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf BONNIE PARKER (Faye Dunaway) Bonnie & Clyde FANNY BRICE* (Barbra Streisand) Funny Girl [TIE] ELEANOR OF ACQUITAINE* (Katharine Hepburn) The Lion in Winter and MISS JEAN BRODIE* (Maggie Smith), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie still in her prime. Runners Up: update. whoops. I misread the chart. Maggie Smith’s Oscar winning haughty schoolmarm actually tied with Hepburn’s Lion in Winter character in the last couple of days of voting. I had missed that! What a relief, Miss Jean Brodie, still being in her prime!] The remaining four players in the top ten are as follows: GLORIA BEATTY danced as fast as she could for 7th place for They Shoot Horses Don’t They? Then with far fewer votes came, JENNIFER CAVALLERI from Love Story, SUSY HENDRIX from Wait Until Dark and CHRISTINA DRAYTON* from Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Observations: This was the closest the top spot has ever come to a tie with seductive Mrs. Robinson besting drunk Martha by just 2% of votes gathered. In other kindred spirit news, they’re both fond of playing “get the guest”. This is also the closest your votes have ever aligned with the Academy’s decisions as four of your top five actually winning the gold for their indelible creations and another top ten’er, too. The further back we go the more obvious it is which films are not readily available for home viewing and how much Oscar wins are worth for longevity. It’s an easy way to draw people backwards to see old films. But about the availability of some films… I’ve said it many times but I’ll have to keep saying it. Hollywood is a shameful place. It’s an industry with gazillions of dollars in profits and far too few of those bucks get funnelled back into the art form to insure that films are preserved and/or available for the public. At the very least an Oscar nomination ought to mean that your film never disappears for good. Weakest Showing: “Mary Wilson” from Happy Ending received 0% of the votes. The film is not available on DVD. Morgan!’s “Leonie Delt” and “Rosy Ryan” from Ryan’s Daughter just barely escaped this fate. 1971-1975 SALLY BOWLES* (Liza Minnelli) Cabaret NURSE RATCHED* (Louise Fletcher) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest EVELYN CROSS MULWRAY (Faye Dunaway) Chinatown CHRIS MACNEIL (Ellen Burstyn) The Exorcist ALICE HYATT* (Ellen Burstyn) Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore Runners Up: the rest of the top ten in descending order were BREE DANIELS* Klute, MABEL LONGHETTI A Woman Under the Influence, and KATIE MOROSKY The Way We Were, CONSTANCE MILLER McCabe and Mrs Miller and ADELE The Story of Adele H. Jane Fonda as “Bree” in Klute Observations: This five year period surprised me the most of all the polls in terms of how well various women fared. Ellen Burstyn is a national treasure but I wasn’t expecting either of her roles to show up in the top five, let alone both of them! It seems to me that her past star would not shine as bright without that shocking resurrection that was Requiem for a Dream (2000). Let that be a lesson to all actresses. Don’t give up when you’ve crossed the senior citizen mark. An acclaimed golden years performance can restore major luminosity to to your earlier shining successes. Speaking of which, Jane Fonda could use one final hurrah performance herself to remind people of what an irreplaceable actress she is. I was personally very disappointed to see her Klute performance outside the top five (It was a narrow miss but it shocked me. I’d rank it among the ten best actress performances of all time). But the #8 rank for Barbra’s famous romantic heroine from The Way We Were was the biggest lower-than-expect shocker and at the very least it suggests that Carrie Bradshaw was definitely not voting on these polls. Weakest Showing: Marsha Mason’s “Maggie Paul” from Cinderella Liberty received no votes with the little seen these days “Gitl” from Hester Street nearly meeting the same fate. 1976-1980 ANNIE HALL* (Diane Keaton) Annie Hall CARRIE WHITE (Sissy Spacek) Carrie DIANA CHRISTENSEN* (Faye Dunaway) Network LORETTA LYNN* (Sissy Spacek) Coal Miner’s Daughter NORMA RAE WEBSTER* (Sally Field) Runners Up: the rest of the top ten in descending order was composed of bad mommy BETH JARRETT from Ordinary People, Goldie Hawn’s PRIVATE BENJAMIN, Bette Midler’s MARY ROSE FOSTER from The Rose, delusional beige EVE from Interiors and “Yo, ADRIAN” from Rocky just barely knocked Gena Rowland’s GLORIA and Ingrid Bergman’s CHARLOTTE ANDERGAST of the ring to nab spot #10. Observations: I was surprised to see Mary Tyler Moore’s legendary Bad Mommy performance in Ordinary People outside the top five but she was just one or two votes shy of making it a three way tie with the two biographical performances ahead of her. Marsha… no one is on the line! Weakest Showing: Marsha Mason’s “Jenny Maclaine” in Chapter Two received no votes. I thought about voting for this character myself but there were too many other strong options. I used to just love that movie though I have only the dimmest recall of it now so I couldn’t say “most memorable!”. Mason was a very hot Oscar commodity for a few short years but none of her characters have done well in the polls indicating that her films have either not aged well for one reason or another or people just haven’t seen them or, most likely, some combination of both. Is it time for some enterprising young director to take her on as a project: Marsha Mason revival! This is a lot to process, I know. Any surprises, disappointments or observations you want to share? Have you been inspired to add any of these pictures to your rental queues?
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

BetteBack: “My Fair Larry”…Another Lost Movie…

Clued In to Big-Bucks Deals Article from:Chicago Sun-Times Article date:August 10, 1995 Author: Bill Zwecker Bette Midler looks to take on one of Julie Andrews‘ most famous roles, “My Fair Lady.” Except there’s a new twist. The Divine Miss M wants to star in a movie called, “My Fair Larry.” In this new version, Bette will play a modern, man-hating version of the Henry Higgins role. She’ll be a fashionable tycoon who makes a bet that she can transform her blue-collar janitor into the ultimate gentleman. Of course, she succeeds and falls in love with the guy. Enhanced by Zemanta
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