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Monday, December 31, 2018

Photo: Bette Midler recently in L.A.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BetteBack June 3, 1975: Bette Midler To Record Gospel Song

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

BetteBack April 20, 1975: Bette Midler’s ‘Clams’ Will Be A Rave

Colorado Springs Gazette
April 20, 1975

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Will the divine Miss M — Bette Midler, succeed or fail in her big Broadway comeback at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre? We’re betting she’ll be a rave despite all the dire predictions that she ruined her career lying around out of sight for a whole year. Tickets
to this campy event are hard to come by and the powers-that-be made it a policy not to invite any press for Bette’s opening if the press in question had ever said a word against her in the past.

By the by, detractors of Bette’s manager, Aaron Russo, may rave on and on about how he is Svengali-ing her career to death, but the guy is very much in love with her and his motives are excellent, all in Bette’s behalf.

Aaron loves Bette so much, he wants to marry her in the worst way, but she is still saying no waltzing down the aisles, just samba-ing in the balcony.

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    Saturday, December 9, 2017

    Director Mark Rydell on Bette Midler

    Director Mark Rydell on Bette Midler: “Hollywood couldn’t figure out what to do with her at first. But now, she’s like this national monument. She should be up on Mount Rushmore.” (1991, Los Angeles Times) – Bette Midler

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    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Celeb Tweets On Tom Petty

    The Green Room
    Celeb Tweets
    By Sameen Amer
    October 13, 2017

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    Thomas Earl Petty (20 October 1950 – 2 October 2017)

    Elton John (@eltonofficial): Tom Petty’s music and songs are timeless. He was a wonderful writer, musician, and singer. Irreplaceable and unique. #RIPTomPetty

    Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain): So sad to hear of the passing of Tom
    Petty. Such an incredible, inspiring artist. I’ll treasure fond memories of our time spent together this past summer. <3

    Rob Lowe (@RobLowe): Tom Petty was on my Mount Rushmore of rock heroes. The writing, the voice, the band. HeartBROKEN.

    Bette Midler (@BetteMidler): The death of the great Tom Petty has come as yet another body blow. A wonderful, American voice; his music gave comfort and joy to millions.

    Ezra Koenig (@arzE): Damn, we love you Tom Petty. Incredible songwriter. ‘Free Fallin’’ is truly one of the greatest pieces of American art. So perfect and sad.

    Jack Antonoff (@jackantonoff): Tom Petty changed my life. There is a reference to him in everything I’ve ever written. I love his work and life.

    Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe): No words. Just thanks. @TomPetty

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    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    ‘Hocus Pocus’ Director Kenny Ortega on Film’s Remake Without Bette Midler & Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Hocus Pocus‘ Director Kenny Ortega on Film’s Remake Without Bette Midler & Sarah Jessica Parker
    By Leena Tailor?
    October 09, 2017

    Hocus Pocus director Kenny Ortega says the Disney Channel’s upcoming remake of the 1993 Halloween flick would be “much more fun” with the film’s original cast.

    ET confirmed in September that a “new iteration” of the beloved movie was in the works, with a new cast taking over the roles of the three witch sisters originally played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

    “More power to ’em!” Ortega told ET’s Deidre Behar at The L.A. Dance Project’s annual gala at their brand new space in downtown Los Angeles, Californiaon Saturday. “I would like to see a sequel, and I think that the fans would like to see a sequel.”

    “I think it would be much more fun to bring the ladies back,” the producer, director and choreographer added. “They’re all still vital and in their prime and capable of doing so much that it would be great to see Bette and Kathy and Sarah come back together to do another movie and I think they would like to.”

    Ortega, 67, believes that the success of the upcoming film hinges on making “new magic.”

    “I don’t think you have to recreate the magic,” he said. “I think you start all over and make new magic.”

    Someone lit the black flame candle and decided ‘Hocus Pocus’ needed to be remade (theberry.com)
    Hocus Pocus 2 Could Be TV Premiering Movie (gamerssphere.com)
    Bette Midler Hello, Dolly! Cast Recording Will Be Released On Vinyl November 17 (bootlegbetty.com)

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    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Hugh Hefner: Why Lionize A Pig?

    The Nation
    Feminism, Not Hugh Hefner, Liberated Sex
    By Katha Pollitt
    October 5, 2017

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    Even in death, Hugh Hefner—who died in late September at the age of 91—continues to be a creep. As he arranged way back in 1992, he’ll be buried next to Marilyn Monroe, whose nude photos he published without her consent or knowledge in the first issue of Playboy. The male-gazer in chief sleeps eternally next to the world’s most fetishized sex object. The ancient toad who bullied a harem of grossed-out would-be starlets rests beside the ill-used beauty who was smart, kind, well-read, didn’t have an orgasm until the end of her life, and described herself as a “sexless sex goddess.” If only Marilyn could get up and go lie down next to someone else.

    Looking back, it seems incredible that Playboy was ever taken for a liberatory text, even in the stodgy 1950s. “Can man be free if woman be a slave?” the poet Shelley asked in 1818. Hefner’s answer was: Absolutely—that’s the whole point! Instead of (or in addition to) a graying, aproned wife, three kids, a boring job, and a mortgage, you could, as Hefner described the Playboy life in the first issue, “enjoy mixing up cocktails and an hors d’oeuvre or two, putting a little mood music on the phonograph, and inviting in a female acquaintance for a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex.” You might say that Hefner invented the toxic bachelor. Left unmentioned: You’ve still got that boring job, even if, like Hefner, you ditched the wife and kids. If you go by the ads—cars, stereos, liquor—being a playboy involved making a lot of upscale purchases. Also, poor Nietzsche. His fans are just the worst.

    Playboy published important fiction and reportage in its day, whether to give adults an excuse to buy the magazine, or to fill out the fantasy of “sophistication” as a (largely successful) bid for cultural respectability. Back in the day, its libertarianism extended to support for civil rights, abortion rights, and free-speech issues, which gained it many friends among the kind of people who read The Nation. Indeed, in 2015 our own Victor Navasky won a lifetime-achievement award from the Hugh M. -Hefner Foundation. The list of judges and awardees is like an honor roll of the progressive great and good. Zephyr Teachout! Who knew.

    The stumbling block, of course, was feminism. Gloria Steinem went undercover as a bunny at Hefner’s New York Playboy Club and exposed the many indignities of the job. “Hugh Hefner is my enemy,” said Susan Brownmiller when she appeared with Hefner on The Dick Cavett Show in 1970, and the feeling was definitely mutual. “These chicks are our natural enemy,” Hefner wrote in an internal memo. “They are unalterably opposed to the romantic boy-girl society that Playboy promotes.” How half-naked waitresses dressed in rabbit costumes and cartoons showing rape as lighthearted fun serve to promote a “romantic boy-girl society” is hard to explain. But then so are the many dark episodes of life in the Playboy Mansion: In 2014, Judy Huth filed a lawsuit claiming that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in the mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old; a former valet is now telling the tabloids about late-’70s “pig nights,” in which Hefner’s male friends were serviced by prostitutes. The valet also recounted instances in which Hefner—more than once!—abandoned bunnies at the hospital when their breast implants burst. In her tell-all memoir Down the Rabbit Hole, Holly Madison—one of the very young Hefner “girlfriends” featured on the reality show The Girls Next Door—painted a harrowing picture of her time in the mansion. The women living there had a 9 pm curfew and were constantly degraded and belittled, and sex with Hefner was mandatory. Even fellow next-door girl Kendra Wilkinson, who presented a much more positive version of events in her own memoir, admitted that “I had to be very drunk or smoke lots of weed to survive those nights—there was no way around it.” You have to ignore a lot of human suffering to buy the notion that “Hef” was a fun-guy genius who brought us sexual liberation. “Why lionize Hugh Hefner, a pig, a pornographer & a predator too?” Bette Midler tweeted. “I once went to the ‘mansion’ in ’68 and got the clap walking thru the door.”

    What brought us whatever sexual liberation we now possess was reliable contraception, legal abortion, and, yes, feminism. It was feminism that encouraged women to consider their own pleasure, cut through the Freudian nonsense about vaginal orgasms and “frigidity,” mainstreamed female masturbation as a way to learn about one’s body, and pointed out, insistently, that women are not objects for male consumption. That last one seems a little quaint now that the most hard-core porn—stuff that makes Playboy centerfolds look like Victorian valentines—is just a click away, and important feminist thinkers and activists seem unable to say that this isn’t a good thing. It’s easier to wave away the critics of porn as Dworkinite killjoys and prudes and talk some more about freedom of speech.

    Actually, Andrea Dworkin had a point about pornography (a category in which she would have included Playboy) not being great for women’s equality or pleasure. Her big mistake—one of them, anyway—was to think that it could be outlawed. Even if there were no First Amendment, porn is simply too popular, too profitable, and, especially now thanks to the Internet, too pervasive for a democratic society to proscribe it—even if we could agree on what it was.

    We rightly use the First Amendment to defend expression, but “it’s legal” isn’t the last word on whether it has value. After we invoke the importance of free speech—and the courts, in their wisdom, have declared many things speech that don’t involve words, like stripping and flag burning and (we’ll see) baking cakes—we can still critique the actual content. Does it enlarge our perspective, does it make for wisdom, is it just or beautiful, does it help us to be better people, more interesting, or even just more amusing? Why is it so hard to ask what kind of a world we make when we hail as heroic a man who saw women as a pair of implanted breasts with a sell-by date of their 25th birthday? It’s a conversation that Hugh Hefner did a great deal to suppress. It’s too late for Marilyn, but not for us. Now that he’s dead, let’s talk.

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    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    Director Mark Rydell on Bette Midler: “Hollywood couldn’t figure out what to do with her at first.

    Director Mark Rydell on Bette Midler: “Hollywood couldn’t figure out what to do with her at first. But now, she’s like this national monument. She should be up on Mount Rushmore.” (1991, Los Angeles Times)

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    On talk of an Oscar nomination for “For The Boys”: “We’ll see. Who the hell knows? I mean, I think I should have been nominated for ‘Beaches.’

    On talk of an Oscar nomination for “For The Boys”: “We’ll see. Who the hell knows? I mean, I think I should have been nominated for ‘Beaches.’ The critics didn’t like it, but the people sure adored it.” (1991, Los Angeles Times)

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    BetteBack November 22, 1991: For The Boys: Word Of Mouth (bootlegbetty.com)
    Nia Long joins Idina Menzel in the remake of classic 1980s Bette Midler film Beaches (bootlegbetty.com)
    BetteBack January 8, 1994: Bette Midler’s record in films mixes wonderful with disappointing | BootLeg Betty (bootlegbetty.com)
    On playing Dixie Leonard In “For The Boys: “This character is the most exciting I’ve ever played. | BootLeg Betty (bootlegbetty.com)
    BetteBack May 9, 1996: Keep The Green Clean | BootLeg Betty (bootlegbetty.com)

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    Monday, October 2, 2017

    On Acting: “For me, there are no challenges as far as acting is concerned.

    On Acting: “For me, there are no challenges as far as acting is concerned. I just get up in the morning and do.it. I never wake up and say, ‘Oh my God, this is so hard!’ Oh no no no, that’s not me. At this point in my life, I feel I can do ANYTHING.” (1991, Los Angeles Times) – Bette Midler

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