Tag Archives: Martin Scorsese

Friday, January 11, 2019

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. There most likely will be a Bette Midler cameo.

‘Rolling Thunder Revue,’ Will Debut On Netflix In 2019
Cheryl A. Hoahing
January 10, 2019

Bette Midler and Bob Dylan 1975

Mister D: Now I am just going by memory here, and from what I remember, Bob Dylan did ask Bette Midler to join this historic tour which included a myriad of iconic singer-songwriter artists. However, Bette just felt like she didn’t fit in on this kind of tour. And if you think about it, she did have a point. Of course she could have dropped the glitz and glamour for denim, and could have altered her act with some tailor made songs, but it’s hard to know if fans of Dylan and his fellow artists would have accepted her. So she declined. In this article, it says she did show up for one of the gigs, but I never read anything about her performing.

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is known for directing classic films such as Taxi DriverRaging Bull, and Goodfellas, but he also enjoys helming a fascinating documentary such as The Last WaltzGeorge Harrison: Living in the Material World, and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan. Read More

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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

28 stars who are just one trophy away from the most coveted award in Hollywood
Desiree O, Brit + Co
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Former Harlette, black-ish star, and Mega – Diva, Jenifer Lewis Has A Memoir Out Now: The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir



The “Mega Diva” and legendary star of Black-ish looks back on her memorable journey to fame and the unforgettable life lessons she learned along the way.

Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a mid-western girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire readers.

Told in the audacious voice her fans adore, Jenifer describes a road to fame made treacherous by dysfunction and undiagnosed mental illness, including a sex addiction. Yet, supported by loving friends and strengthened by “inner soldiers,” Jenifer never stopped entertaining and creating.

We watch as Jenifer develops icon status stemming from a series of legendary screen roles as the sassy, yet loveable, mama or auntie. And we watch as her emotional disturbances, culminating in a breakdown while filming The Temptations movie, launch her on a continuing search for answers, love, and healing.

Written with no-holds-barred honesty and illustrated with sixteen-pages of color photos, this gripping memoir is filled with insights gained through a unique life that offers a universal message: “Love yourself so that love will not be a stranger when it comes.”

From her first taste of applause at five years old to landing on Broadway within eleven days of graduation and ultimately achieving success in movies, television and global concert halls, Jenifer reveals her outrageous life story with lots of humor, a few regrets and most importantly, unbridled joy. Candid, warm and wonderfully inspiring, The Mother of Black Hollywood intimately reveals the heart of a woman who lives life to the fullest.



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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Vulture Asks: What Are the Best Revenge Movies?

Vulture Asks: What Are the Best Revenge Movies?
By Vulture Editors
August 7, 2017


Perhaps you’ve just been betrayed by a friend, rejected by a lover, or unceremoniously fired by the leader of the free world on a global stage. Whatever the reason may be, we’re all occasionally in the mood for some good, old-fashioned vengeance at the movies, whether that comes in the form of gritty Korean thrillers, tales of petty high-schoolers plotting to upend the social hierarchy, or Bette Midler singing Lesley Gore in a white pantsuit.

In celebration of cinematic name-takers and receipt-keepers, Vulture has assembled a viewing guide to some of our favorite revenge movies in Hollywood history. Queue them up on a day when you just don’t have it in you to take the high road. Read More

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Was Bette Midler Nervous About Making Her First Film, The Rose?:

Was Bette Midler Nervous About Making Her First Film, The Rose?: “Oh this isn’t my first film. I’ve never told anybody this. I never thought I’d have any reason to. But once I was an extra. I was an extra in The Detective with Frank Sinatra. And then I was an extra in…are you ready?…Goodbye Columbus. Thirty two fifty a day to and from New Rochelle to watch Ali McGraw snap at the straps of her bathing suit. Snap those straps Ali. Snap those things. (Plain Dealer, September 17, 1978)

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Monday, May 15, 2017

BetteBack October 17, 1974: Bette Midler Refuses To Work Until…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Bette Midler On Movies:

Bette Midler On Movies: “When it comes to making movies, nobody knows anything. That’s it,” she says. “It’s a complete crapshoot. Integrity? What word is that? We don’t say that word in Hollywood. We don’t know what that word means in Hollywood. But I must say, that I think Marty Scorsese knows something. When he starts talking about film, you fall madly in love with it again. Remember how you used to feel? Somehow along the way, in making all these pictures, you lose sight of that. And then he starts talking about it, and you catch fire again.” (Pacific Stars And Stripes, July, 1995)

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Miss M’s Cultural Corner: Bette Recommends – I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER by Illeana Douglas


“A memoir from award-winning actress Illeana Douglas about learning to survive in Hollywood while staying true to her quirky vision of the world.

In 1969 Illeana Douglas’ parents saw the film Easy Rider and were transformed. Taking Dennis Hopper’s words, ‘That’s what it’s all about man’ to heart, they abandoned their comfortable upper middle class life and gave Illeana a childhood filled with hippies, goats, free spirits, and free love. Illeana writes, ‘Since it was all out of my control, I began to think of my life as a movie, with a Dennis Hopper-like father at the center of it.’”

“I Blame Dennis Hopper” is a testament to the power of art and the tenacity of passion. It is a rollicking, funny, at times tender exploration of the way movies can change our lives. With crackling humor and a full heart, Douglas describes how a good Liza Minnelli impression helped her land her first gig and how Rudy Valley taught her the meaning of being a show biz trouper. From her first experience being on set with her grandfather and mentor-two-time Academy Award-winning actor Melvyn Douglas-to the moment she was discovered by Martin Scorsese for her blood-curdling scream and cast in her first film, to starring in movies alongside Robert DeNiro, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke, to becoming an award winning writer, director and producer in her own right, “I Blame Dennis Hopper” is an irresistible love letter to movies and filmmaking. Writing from the perspective of the ultimate show business fan, Douglas packs each page with hilarious anecdotes, bizarre coincidences, and fateful meetings that seem, well, right out of a plot of a movie.

“I Blame Dennis Hopper” is the story of one woman’s experience in show business, but it is also a genuine reminder of why we all love the movies: for the glitz, the glamor, the sweat, passion, humor, and escape they offer us all.



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Thursday, May 26, 2016

BetteBack January 21, 1996: Who Was Texas Guinan? Bette Was To Play Her In A Movie

Orange Leader
January 21, 1996


DALLAS (AP) — The announcement late last month tHat Bette Midler will play Texas Guinart in a forthcoming Martin Scorsese film biography no doubt prompted many to ask: Who the heck was Texas Guinan?

‘ How soon they forget. Once upon a time, everybody knew about the wisecracking, Waco-born entertainer and New York speak-easy queen. Her antics amused and amazed a nation bored by Prohibition and jaded by bathtub gin.
When she died in 1933, 12,000 people lined up to view her coffin, many, no doubt, not entirely convinced she was dead. Newspapers filled pages with stories about Texas Guinan and her smart-aleck quips, the ”Guinanisms”that kept her on front pages during the Rapper Era.

It was Texas Guinan who coined the term “big butter-and-egg man”to describe any free-spending rube off on a toot in the big city. Her plea at the end of a song and dance, “Give the little girl a great big hand,” still echoes in show business.

Though she has been dead 63 years, here and there memories linger. Over the years, she has been played on stage and screen by Betty Hutton, Ruta Lee, Martha Raye, Barbara Nichols, Phyllis Diller — and, now, Bette Midler.

Still, one suspects the reality outstripped the legend.

‘ -A Catholic schoolgirl who became a pal to some of New York’s most notorious gangsters, Texas Guinan was a combination of Belle Starr, Mae West and Madonna. Frequently busted, she was never convicted ‘ (she spent a total of nine hours in jail), and she claimed that she never touched a drop of the stuff she served in her clubs. Her greeting to patrons as they came through the door became by word of the 1920s: “Hello, sucker.”

• Yet she never quite reached the front ranks of stardom, and information on her life is scant. According to Several show-biz biographies, her real name was Mary Louise Cecilia Guinan. She was born Jan. 12, 1884, in Waco, the daughter of Irish immigrants. Father was a partner in a wholesale grocery business that eventually failed, and Mary Louise attended Sacred Heart Academy in Waco. Classmates later remembered her gift for mimicry and her pranks.

The most recent account of her life is “The Story of Texas Guinan: Hello Sucker!,” by Glenn Shirley “(Eakin Press, 1989).

In 1902, the wholesale grocery business failed, and the Guinan family moved to Denver where Mary Louise sopn joined a traveling theater troupe. She appeared in vaudeville and rodeos, on the musical stage, and toured the Schuberts’ theatrical organization, astonishing audiences by singing ballads suspended high over their heads in a basket.

By the end of World War I, she had established herself as a silent film actress in series of one-reel Westerns, in which she was invariably cast as the toughtalking, gun-toting Calamity Jane-type who beat the men at their own game.

The Texas Guinan of legend, however, emerged at a party one evening in the early 1920s. The 18th Amendment had banned the sale of alcoholic beverages, which did not inhibit the show-biz folks who had gathered in a New York hotel after a performance at the Winter Garden.

Nor did it slow down Texas Guinan, who was the life of the party. Larry Fay, an enterprising bootlegger and gangster, recognized her talents and proposed to set her up in business as mistress of ceremonies at his El Fey Club.

She quickly became a character that might have stepped right out of the pages of Damon Runyon, presiding over the smoky club from a tall stool in the middle of the room, trading insults with patrons, periodically blowing a police whistle and greeting each new arrival with a cheery “Hello, sucker.”

Feds and the police raided the El Fey club, but it reopened within days a few blocks away as the Del Fey Club, with Ms. Guinan at her old stand. When the Del Fey was raided, she turned up again at the Texas Guinan Club, also raided, then the Del Fey Club in Miami, likewise raided. Then the 300 Club, the Club Intime and finally Texas Guinan’s Salon Royale.

In the meantime, she returned to the theater in several musicals about her speak-easy career and appeared in two of the new talkie movies.

By 1929, however, her New York career was on the skids. She took her show to Chicago, where, one night at the Green Mill, a local night spot, the club manager was shot in a dispute over rent. Ever the professional, Ms. Guinan told the band to keep playing and kept up a stream of wisecracks while the police arrived, gathered up the injured club owner, conducted an investigation, arrested the suspects and left.

Afterward, she showed up at police headquarters dressed in ermine and pearls to declare she knew nothing of the shooting. It was pure Guinan.

The end of Prohibition was in view, however. She made another attempt to take her show to London and Paris, but both refused her visas on the grounds of “poor taste.” Ever resourceful, she renamed the show “Too Hot for Paris” and attempted a U.S. tour with mixed results. She was performing in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1933 when she was stricken with an intestinal infection and rushed to a hospital. She died Nov. 5, 1933.

Exactly one month later, Prohibition was repealed.

As she reportedly told a nurse in the hospital during her final illness: “Tell ’em I’m not dead I’m on my way to recovery.”

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

BetteBack December 21, 1995: Bette Midler To Make Texas Guinan

Santa Ana Orange County Register
December 21, 1995


At long last, Bette Midler has set up her pet project “Texas Guinan” at Universal Pictures, with Martin Scorsese attached to direct and David Henry Hwang (“M. Butterfly“) to write the movie.

The project will be developed from “Texas Guinan: Queen of the Nightclubs” by Louise Berliner, whose grandfather was Guinan’s attorney during her notorious 1929 public nuisance trial. Her grandfather, it should be noted, got his client acquitted.

The tale of the nightclub hostess not only encompasses the world of early stage musicals, silent movies amid New York speakeasies, but it offers Midler an opportunity to play a woman who would constantly reinvent herself.

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