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Friday, February 8, 2019

Photo: Bette Midler Gets Married To Martin Von Haselberg

Photo: Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg married on December 16, 1984

Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg got married on  December 16, 1984 in Las Vegas, almost 6 weeks after they first met. Yes, and they were married by an Elvis impersonator, too.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

TEN CELEBRITIES WHO GOT MARRIED IN LAS VEGAS (AND HOW LONG IT LASTED)

Leaving And Living In Las Vegas TEN CELEBRITIES WHO GOT MARRIED IN LAS VEGAS (AND HOW LONG IT LASTED) Author: Unknown June 30, 2018 The King of Rock & Roll and his queen married at the former Aladdin Hotel in May 1967. While their marriage ended six years later in 1973, they remained close for the rest of Elvis’ life.

BRITNEY SPEARS AND JASON ALEXANDER

The pop singer and her childhood friend married at the Little White Wedding Chapel in 2004 and divorced less than three days later.

KIRK DOULGAS AND ANN BUYDENS

The actor, perhaps best known for his role as Spartacus, married the German-born philanthropist Buydens at the Little White Wedding Chapel in 1954. They are still married to this day.

RICHARD GERE AND CINDY CRAWFORD

The actor and model were another famous couple to walk down the aisle inside Little Church of the West. They were married from 1991-1995.

MICKEY ROONEY AND AVA GARDNER

Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner were among the first celebrities to get married at the Little Church of the West. However, their love was not meant to last; they divorced just a year after they got married, in 1943.

FRANK SINATRA AND MIA FARROW

Ol’ Blue Eyes and the star of Rosemary’s Baby were married at the Sands in 1966. They divorced 2 years later but remained close friends.

MICHAEL JORDAN AND JUANITA VANOY

The former actor and legendary NBA player married the former model at the Little White Wedding Chapel in 1989. They divorced in 2006.

BETTE MIDLER AND MARTIN VON HASELBERG

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I have their wedding picture and looked for it everywhere but couldn’t find it. I’m so disorganized. If anybody has it could you please send it?

The actress and singer married Martin Von Haselberg, an artist, in 1984 after knowing each other for only six weeks inside Caesar’s Palace. Despite the pressures of Hollywood and a whirlwind courtship, they are still married to this day.

JON BON JOVI & DOROTHEA HURLEY

The lead singer of 80s rock band Bon Jovi and his high school sweetheart tied the knot inside the Graceland Wedding Chapel in 1989. They are still married.

ANGELINA JOLIE AND BILLY BOB THORNTON

Hollywood’s reformed bad girl married the actor and director Thornton at the Little Church of the West in 2000. Despite adopting a child together, the couple couldn’t make it work and went their separate ways in 2003.    
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

35 of the most iconic movie songs of all time

Mister D: Honestly, if we are being fair, “The Rose” should have made this list, too. But good job Brinkwire! Brinkwire 35 of the most iconic movie songs of all time June 19, 2018 by Brinkwire Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, Dyed Hair, Beaches “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins (“Footloose”) The movie musical quickly became one of the biggest hits when it was released in 1984, in no small part thanks to Loggins’ now-iconic song. It’s impossible not to dance when you hear it, which is probably why the song topped the charts for three weeks in a row on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming such a massive hit that Loggins himself was blown away by its success. In 2014, he revealed in an interview, “It became the biggest movie of the summer. We didn’t see it coming. But I remember going to the premiere and watching the opening scene of the movie, … using “Footloose” (the song) over the dancing feet. My wife turns to me and goes, ‘This is gonna be huge.’” Audiences furiously kicked off their Sunday shoes in agreement, of course. “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal (“Batman Forever”) Seal originally released the song in 1994, but it hit icon status when it was featured on the “Batman Forever” soundtrack a year later, earning the singer three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. It might feel like an unlikely song for a superhero movie, but that’s what makes it work so perfectly. “Kiss From a Rose” is no doubt Seal’s biggest hit, cementing Val Kilmer’s Batman as one of the most memorable of all. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston (“The Bodyguard”) Houston was already a bona fide music legend by the time she made her acting debut in the 1992 romantic thriller, but the song rapidly became one of her most remarkable hits, thanks to those searing high notes and her flawless delivery. It’s often forgotten that the ballad is actually a cover of a Dolly Parton song, and it made music history as the only country song to reach No. 1 in three separate decades. It topped the charts around the globe upon its release and did the same within hours of Houston’s death in 2012. “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim, Mya, and Missy Elliott (“Moulin Rouge!”) With its suggestive chorus and a medley of high notes from the biggest pop stars of the early aughts, “Lady Marmalade” had new life breathed into it when Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, Pink, and Elliott covered it for Baz Luhrmann’s whimsical romantic musical in 2001. Few likely expected it to become such an iconic soundtrack song, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a karaoke bar or wedding reception where the song isn’t playing. It’s fun, it’s campy, and it brought together a group of powerhouse pop stars in a way that happens all too rarely, topping the Billboard charts for nine consecutive weeks, the only all-female collaboration to do so. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (“Despicable Me 2”) If you have kids, know kids, or have ever met a kid, you’ve definitely sung along to “Happy,” which was first featured on Williams’ album “Girl” before becoming a massive global hit thanks to a feature spot on the animated film’s soundtrack. “Happy” became the biggest-selling song of 2014, and even years later, it’s impossible to go anywhere without hearing the infectious anthem. So when you do, be sure to “clap along if you feel like a room without a roof” … we’re not entirely sure what it all means, but we’re, ahem, to comply. “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees (“Saturday Night Fever”) It takes a rare film and song to define an entire era, but “Stayin’ Alive,” which served as the iconic opening scene to the 1977 coming of age tale starring John Travolta did just that, becoming one of the most classic disco songs of all time. The film’s soundtrack featured a slew of hits by the group of brothers and other disco acts, but “Stayin’ Alive” is the one that inspired a generation to strut down the street in their best disco duds.

“Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland (“The Wizard Of Oz”) ...  Read More

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Monday, April 23, 2018

“K.O. Kippers” – Starring The Kipper Kids (with Martin von Haselberg, Bette Midler’s Husband)

Los Angeles Times Kipper Kids Seek a K.O. on Cinemax July 31, 1988|LAWRENCE CHRISTON In photographs and in the cartoon logo that shows their heads back to back, with concave faces like twin images of men on the moon or safecrackers with three-day stubble on their stalk-like chins, it will always be Harry on the left. It will always be Harry on the right as well. The Kipper Kids, the joint creation of Martin von Haselberg and Brian Routh, took their name from a British schoolboy chum who had a face like a fish. For a while, they were Harry and Alf, but they couldn’t remember who was who. Or whom was who. So they both became Harry. The Kipper Kids have had big reputations in performance art circles, particularly in Europe, for the bulk of the past 20 years. You may have seen them on HBO’s “Mondo Beyondo.” In a scene in a men’s room involving food, they performed the near-impossible in outflanking Bette Midler’s outrageousness and lending the program an unmistakable comic lift. Industry insiders will get a look at the two and only Tuesday night at the Hollywood Masonic Lodge, where they’ll show their latest short movie, “K.O. Kippers.” (Von Haselberg, who has been a successful commodities dealer in his time, is married to Midler. He was executive producer for “Mondo Beyondo”). It’s hard to determine what the industry types will make of them Tuesday. (Creative Artists has put them under contract.) Even though the Kipper Kids are a great deal less esoteric than they once were, they still fall well within the classification of the avant-garde. They now use recognizable speech where once they communicated in a series of growls and raspberries whose flatulent variations, which still erupt in their exchanges, would be the envy of a symphonic brass player. The black-and-white movie which debuts on Cinemax Aug. 13 and repeats Aug. 15, 17, 19, 21 and 23, is short and relatively slight. In it, the Kids have been contractually locked into a prizefight in some sleazy Mexican tank town by a crooked manager (Joe Spinell, oozing mendacity and corruption from every oily pore) who keeps them in a chicken coop (they work out on plucked dead chickens as light punching bags). The manager has two sleek hookers who accompany him everywhere. The Kids have been allotted two merry but overweight and distinctly plain peasant women. (The Kids do their road work carrying the women on their backs.) The Kids do everything in tandem–they are the closest team since Laurel & Hardy, with whom they bear a couple of similarities. In “K.O. Kippers,” the assumption is that they’re to fight another two-man team, but when the opponents become violently ill after having consumed a bottle of their sponsor’s soft drink product (a rank concoction called “Fizzo” that makes battery acid seem comparatively benign), they’re forced to fight each other, which they promised Mum they’d never do. By any modern comedy standard, their style is eccentric. In “Mondo Beyondo,” we saw an energy and sharp-featured harlequin look that recalled the commedia dell’arte. But they prefer chaos to linear plot situations–they’re almost always involved in some kind of physical mess, whether it’s food or garbage (in one of “K.O. Kippers’ ” scenes, they’re almost completely obscured in a cloud of chicken feathers). They’re both tall and big-boned. They look like stocky British louts of yore hired by the gentry to cudgel errant country taxpayers but who never could hurt anyone. They have the emotional privacy of genuine lunatics, and a corresponding innocence. “They love their mum,” said Harry (Routh) drolly, in a soft northern British accent and tone that almost eerily evokes Stan Laurel. He grinned at his partner beside him in the restaurant with the shared prognathous-jawed gesture that confers instant goofiness on the face of the grin’s bearer. It was also a very sly look. Much of Harry’s humor is so subtle that it never gets past the corner of your eye. Of course, there is no mum. “We have just begun to explore integrating the Kipper Kids in a new context,” Von Haselberg said. “We might one day do films that are more than just comic entertainment. Like our old performances, we want to be painfully funny, with an underlying disturbing element.” That’s the way they speak. Between the two of them, they can dish it out any way you want to take it. Routh is softly laconic; Von Haselberg is capable of the abstract discourse that reads well in art magazines. It’s a treat to hear them, largely because you never really know what they’re going to do next (they often slip in and out of character) and because so much of their gestures and sounds has evolved through a private (and grossly funny) language. Together they send out a Kirlian penumbra of true strangeness.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg at Spagos during the Oscar Telecast in 1988

Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg at Spagos during the Oscar Telecast in 1988

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

MOMA Hosts Susanne Bartsch Doc “On Top” With Guests Of Honor Bette Midler & Martin Von Haselberg

Queer Guru Susanne Bartsch : On Top Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Klaus Biesenbach. Director of MOMA, Martin Von Haselberg, Susanne Bartsch. and Bette Midler

It is not easy to describe the Swiss born SUSANNE BARTSCH, the New York party promoter and self-styled ‘Queen of the Night’, but at the beginning of this fascinating new documentary on her, a young RUPAUL proffers the simple explanation that she just took over where ANDY WARHOL left off. By the end of the 86 mins of this very affectionate profile on her, you can appreciate that sums her life up quite perfectly. The filmmaking duo ANTHONY & ALEX catch her in situ at the iconic CHELSEA HOTEL, where she has been a long term resident, as she has some extraordinary make-up applied as her team ready her for the latest event she is hosting. Every part of the process of dressing up is a performance to her and a spectacular one to witness as she has a sharp eye (and an even sharper tongue) as they help her creates a new persona for that night. She has an unwavering and impeccable sense of larger-than-life theatricals and possesses this remarkable talent for extreme fashion that always seems a perfect fit for her, but would look ridiculously out of place on most of us. In the earlier days of her career she promoted and supported many of the best British avant-garde clothing designers and gave them the high-profile recognition that many of them failed to get back home. In turn she introduced her NY interpretation of all this new wave fashion to Tokyo, thus sparking off the start of fashionable young Japanese craving exaggerated and extreme fashions. However Bartsch really came into her own when she, like the rest of the NY club life, had to deal with the devastating effect of the AIDS pandemic on the city. Her response was the LOVE BALL, a year in the planning, a truly spectacular event that rallied the fashion community to raise awareness and raise millions for AIDS research. This was the controlling Bartsch at her very best with the eye for the most minute detail, and insisting that every single element was donated free, and then cajoling major industry figures to support it. She was doing what she did better than anyone else, and threw her heart and soul in it to support her friends and the legions of others trying to cope with ravages of this deadly disease. Bartsch is heterosexual, but in reality she is more of a gay man than most of the flock of nightclub regulars she surrounds herself with. Once married to the rather odd gym owner DAVID BARTON who always seemed to struggle to keep up with his indefatigable wife, she does at least remain on good terms with him. Their rather conventional adult son laden with the name Bradley Bartsch Barton seems an unlikely fit in this abnormal family, fondly describes his mother as often ‘playing a character’. Towards the end of the profile, Bartsch is preparing for a retrospective of some of her best outfits for an Exhibition at F.I.T. They represent several decades of ‘dressing up’ in costumes designed especially for her by some of the leading avant-garde designers in the world. The fashions, and the finished Exhibit are totally stunning, but suddenly at the Opening Night Party we catch sight of a slightly different Bartsch. Now older, and living alone, she seems more vulnerable as dashes from guest to guest insisting that they give her their response to the show, and for once is in real need of the endorsement of others. This is unquestionably a riveting tale of a very intriguing woman who has made such a monumental impact of NY’s nightlife and pop culture. However as close as she lets the cameras in, Bartsch still holds back a tad on letting us see too much of the woman behind all the many masks. There is part of her that will always want to remain an enigma, or be exactly like Bradley said …..playing a character….. as long as she can remain ‘on top’ of her game. This is a perfect record of a slice of NY nightlife that so needed to be made, and kudos to A & A for doing such a good job of it.
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Kipper Kids at The Kitchen – WCVA – MOCAtv – Age Restricted (Bette’s Husband Was One Of The Kipper Kids)

Harry and Harry Kipper, performance artists, stress the visual, the visceral, and the violent aspects of social rituals, with a feeling for the relationship between ordered social rituals and conventions and the festering violence that lies beneath the facade of mannered behavior. From silly but seriously performed rituals, the work progresses to ever more extreme actions. Harry and Harry Kipper are portrayed by Brian Routh and Martin von Haselberg. Both artists attended E. 15 Drama School in London, and began performing together in 1971.
Kipper Kids- Live at the Kitchen (1988). Bette Midler’s husband was better known as Harry Kipper and/or Harry Kipper, one of two European performance artists who dressed as identical clowns and performed “ceremonies” of scatological/industrial performance art vaudeville in a number of cult films. from r/ObscureMedia
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Friday, March 23, 2018

The Spirit Of 76: Filmed in 90’s Starring Martin von Haselberg, David Cassidy, Rob Reiner And More

World Film Geek Posted on December 7, 2017 by worldfilmgeek The Spirit Of 76 Get ready for a wild time travel ride into the decadent 70’s in this underrated comedy from some second generation filmmakers. A magnetic storm has destroyed all points of history in the year 2176. The Ministry of Knowledge have revived the last person who knows the origins of United States history. Just before the man dies, the Ministry has learned about the birth of the United States on July 4, 1776. Determined to bring America back to what it was, the Ministry hires Heinz-57 and Chanel-6 to find Adam-11, who has developed a time machine so he can live his dream of going to “Ikiki” Beach. At first, Adam is not on par with the duo until they promise him the ingredient he needs to power up the machine, tetrahydrozaline. As the trio begin their time travel adventure, they think they have arrived in the year 1776. However, a glitch in the circuit has revealed that they have actually arrived on the bicentennial on July 4, 1976. The two instantly befriend two local boys, Steve and Tommy while Rodney Snodgrass, an annoying kid, notices the machine and plans to use it for the science fair. When Rodney’s attempt destroyed the engine needed for the machine, the trio along with Steve and Tommy, must evade the FBI and find a way to create a new engine before they are stuck in the 70’s. It’s time for a nostalgic trip as a generation of fans will get their kicks of 1970’s insanity. The film was directed by Lucas Reiner, the son of Carl Reiner and brother of Rob Reiner. Carl and Rob make cameos in the film with the former playing the last man who teaches the Ministry of Knowledge about the birth of the nation while Rob plays a motivational speaker. Lucas co-wrote the film with Roman Coppola, the son of the legendary Francis Ford Coppola and sister/filmmaker Sofia Coppola designed the film’s retro costumes, which look great in the film. The cast is led by the late David Cassidy, who sports a style similar to his iconic Keith Partridge character, in the role of time traveler Adam-11. Olivia D’Abo and Geoff Hoyle provide both the eye candy and comic relief respectively as Chanel-6 and Heinz-57, Adam’s cohorts on this trip. The film also has some famous musicians from the group Devo playing the Ministry of Knowledge and the force behind indie rock band Redd Kross, Jeff and Steve McDonald, in the pivotal roles of Chris and Tommy, the two best buds who help the time travelers on their quest to return home. In a near end-credit scene, Chris and Tommy are showing Adam what foods are popular during that time that ends as a blooper for Cassidy. The 70’s are truly alive in the film with the numerous fads and cameos. Look out for Tommy Chong playing (what else?) a stoner in a smoke shop with his wife Shelby playing the proprietor of the shop. Mission: Impossible’s Barbara Bain plays a woman at the motivational speaker’s conference who plays a pivotal role for the trio getting some rare items for their history trip. She is also the mother of the film’s producer Susie Landau. Leif Garrett, the 70’s teen idol, plays “Eddie Trojan”, a self-proclaimed disco king who has eyes for Chanel-6 and teaches her how to dance. Even the legendary Iron Eyes Cody, known for his famous commercial where he is seen crying, appears as himself giving Adam some pristine advice. The Kipper Kids themselves, Martin Von Haselberg and Brian Routh, play FBI agents who mistake the time travelers for aliens. While the film was made and released in 1990, in an age where nostalgia is in today, this is definitely one film to enjoy with its 70’s fads and appearances. Better yet, take this film and make it a double feature with the 1993 film Dazed and Confused as this is a underrated 70’s-set/time travel comedy. WFG RATING: B+ A Commercial Pictures and Castle Rock Entertainment Production. Director: Lucas Reiner. Producer: Susie Landau. Writers: Lucas Reiner and Roman Coppola. Cinematography: Stephen Lighthill. Editing: Glen Scantlebury. Cast: David Cassidy, Olivia D’Abo, Geoff Hoyle, Jeff McDonald, Steve McDonald, Martin Von Haselberg, Brian Routh, Barbara Bain, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Julie Brown, Tommy Chong, Shelby Chong, Leif Garrett, Liam O’Brien, Moon Zappa. Buy The DVD:
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Forbidden Zone Is The Most Colorful Black And White Movie Ever Made – Check Out Bette’s Husband In The Clip Provided – The Kipper Kids

Den Of Geek Forbidden Zone (1980) Forbidden Zone Is The Most Colorful Black And White Movie Ever Made You think you’ve seen one-of-a-kind movies? Banana oil! Forbidden Zone, there’s nothing like it. By Tony Sokol Mar 21, 2018   The world of motion pictures is loaded with brilliant films and original visions, but few are without precedent. Forbidden Zone is a one of a kind movie that is both highly intelligent and unafraid to be broadly stupid. It mixes the most nightmarish elements of hundreds of film moments, unintentionally of course, with some of the most emotionally stirring music ever to prop up celluloid. If it weren’t for the snatches of dialogue, it might be considered the greatest prog rock opera. Forbidden Zone is a work of pure originality. It is a fever dream from the mind of a musical interloper that has no peer. Characterizations mean nothing in Forbidden Zone. Neither does storyline or continuity. The basic laws of physics don’t apply so why should the rules of cinema? Or music video? It’s not just that Forbidden Zone is a one-of-a-kind movie, it’s that there is no other movie like it. That may sound like a roundabout way of saying the same thing, but most movies that are considered to be one-of-a-kind have something that they are the same kind as. Forbidden Zone is not so kind. No other movies came out that were of its kind, so the one-of-a-kind movie classification still stands as a standalone. This would make more sense if you spent more time in Forbidden Zone. Some movies show their genius through a collaborative conception of perfection: perfect framing, lighting, score and performance. The Godfatherand Casablanca don’t have a millisecond of celluloid that’s less than perfect. Yet, Casablanca was just another piece of popcorn sales on the studio assembly line and Godfather was made almost in defiance of the studio. Forbidden Zone had none of this. It was in defiance of nothing and yet everything. It was a good hearted jab at political correctness with a kinky center. And you could dance to it. Watch Forbidden Zone on Amazon That’s because Forbidden Zone was made as a kind of long-form music video for the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Not quite the secret society it sounds like, Oingo Boino was a modern big band with the heart of prog band. For the uninitiated, The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo came from the Spike Jones and Frank Zappa skewl of music and was comprised of over a dozen multi-instrumentalists. Band geeks, basically, all grown up and looking for quick cash and cheap thrills to spend it on. They ranged in style from big band jazz to ballet to gamelan and back again, sometimes in the same song. Just wait until those dead babies start marching, then you’ll be eating your words The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo were named after The Mystic Knights of the Sea from the Amos ‘n’ Andy TV series. They were probably most famous, at that point, for their appearance on the 1970s cult show The Gong Show. A trio from The Mystic Knights took the stage and launched into “the rarely performed Hayden trio for piano, accordion and triangle” for comedian Buddy Hackett, sock puppeteer Shari Lewis, and closet CIA hitman and “smarmy” “fuck” Chuck Barris who Richard Elfman wanted to throw into the audience. The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boing went home with the grand prize of $516.32. The band performed in clown costumes, white face, drag, as purple dragons or maybe nothing at all, like “White Punks on Dope” band, the Tubes. Forbidden Zone was an attempt to capture the essence of their live performances on film. Forbidden Zone was directed and produced by the Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo founder Richard Elfman, who co-wrote it with Matthew Bright, another member of the order who plays siblings Squeezit and René. Bright would go on to write Shrunken Heads and Modern Vampires (aka Revenant…not that one) and write and direct Freeway. The funky forced perception sets were designed by Marie-Pascale Elfman, who was inspired by the silent German Expressionist masterpiece Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Steve Bartek was the orchestrator. The music was scored by Danny Elfman (yes, Richard’s brother), the future singing voice of Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Forbidden Zone was the first film scored by Danny Elfman, who had to do it in two weeks. Elfman would eventually score, among other things, Batman, Desperate Housewives, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But he is probably best known as the guy who wrote The Simpsons’ theme. When Danny Elfman took over the band from his brother, The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo released “You Got Your Baby Back,” a doo-wop song about brainwashed bourgeoisie bank robber Patty Hearst. They were featured in Martin Brest’s film Hot Tomorrows in 1976 and in a trippy scene in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden in 1977. Richard Elfman directed Shrunken Heads and Modern Vampires. The Elfmans were a musical family. Their father was a jazz trumpeter. Richard put the band together in the early 70s. He was the creative director and percussionist. His brother Danny was four years younger and a self-taught musical prodigy. When Danny was 16, he picked up a guitar and figured out a solo by the digitally challenged Gypsy-jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Then he picked up a violin and figured out the backing. The brothers performed with Le Grand Magic Circus, a gang of “gonzo, avant-garde types” corralled by Argentinian-French theater director Jérôme Savary, who mixed musical theater with opera, operetta, and musical comedy. Savary wrote the song “Pleure” for Forbidden Zone. The sensual song “Witch’s Egg” was written by Georg Michalski and Susan Tyrrell. Richard Elfman shot the “Yiddishe Charleston” scene using an old recording to lip sync to, but they couldn’t get the rights and had to record a new version of the song to match the footage. The other-dimensional characters lip synch to Josephine Baker songs, swing tunes from the jazz age and Cab Calloway’s cokey classic “Minnie the Moocher” in the “Squeezit the Moocher” sequence. The alphabet song was inspired by the song “Swinging the Alphabet” which appeared in The Three Stooges short Violent Is the Word for Curly. Richard Elfman shot the “Yiddishe Charleston” scene using an old recording to lip sync to, but they couldn’t get the rights and had to record a new version of the song to match the footage. One thousand years and I still can’t get enough of you. I didn’t see The Forbidden Zone when it was first released. This is actually inexcusable because I’d managed to catch Oingo Boingo live already, though they were a ska band opening for Squeeze at that point. Shot on 35mm black and white film, this movie looks like it might pull a Wizard of Oz at any moment. It is one of the most colorful black and white movies ever made. This is also one of the greatest musicals rendered visually.  It harkens back to the surrealistic jazz cartoons Max Fleischer shot in the roaring twenties. Fleischer is best known for his work with the character Betty Boop, who was half “It” girl Clara Bow and half Cotton Club jazz singer “Baby Esther” Jones. His cartoons had a spooky element to them even when they were just music shorts, the forerunner to today’s music videos and tomorrow’s dental implants. Fleischer made The Ouija Board (1920), Swing You Sinners (1931), Bimbo’s Initiation (1931) (who wouldn’t want to be initiated by a roomful of Betty Boops?), and, as discussed above, Minnie the Moocher (1932). Forbidden Zone stars Hervé Villechaize, best known for his role on Fantasy Island and the 1960s gangster comedy The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, as King Fausto, the libidinous but unfair ruler of the Forbidden Zone, a boro of the Sixth Dimension. What could this world offer hatched out of witches’ eggs? Life imitating art making fun of life. Villechaize had dated his co-star Susan Tyrrell, who played Midge Montana in Big Top Pee Wee, plays Queen Doris. It also stars Marie-Pascale Elfman, who was married to Richard Elfman and swears her accent is genuine, as Frenchy. Toshiro Boloney plays both Squeezit and his twin sister Rene. Danny Elfman plays Satan. Former vaudeville actor Phil Gordon plays Frenchy’s brother Flash. Gene Cunningham plays Huckleberry P. Jones. Hyman Diamond is Gramps. Other members of the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo are caught acting. Forbidden Zone features Giselle Lindley and Kendrick Wolfe with special appearances by Joe Spinell and The Kipper Kids: Martin Rochus and Martin von Haselberg. Warhol Superstar Viva appeared on the condition that she could write her own lines and not pull her punches. The film was shot in a kind of forbidden zone. The actors didn’t do it for money. Villechaize, whose agent begged him not to do the film, was as beneficent as his King was horny. Not only did he and all but one of the actors, Phil Gordon, kick up their paychecks into production, but Villechaize also spent the weekends painting sets, swept up the place and made sandwiches. Villechaize was a champion of underground and experimental art and was in a wide range of films, including Oliver Stone’s first film, Seizure, which had Dark Shadows’ Jonathan Frid as lead. He was much more than just his Tattoo character. What Happens Beyond the World of the Sixth Dimension? If you’re watching the film very carefully and looking for certain clues, you wonder, what’s actually going on? Forbidden Zone begins on Friday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in the vacant Venice, California, home of Huckleberry P. Jones, a local pimp, dope pusher and slumlord, while he is stashing heroin in the forbidden basement at the bottom of the stairs of the home that he sells to the Hercules family. The Hercules family was inspired by Richard Elfman’s next-door neighbors in Venice, “a poor, white-trash, hillbilly family. The drunken father would yell at the mother, who’d hit the daughter, who’d yell at the son, who’d yell at the dog,” Elfman explained in an interview at the time. Ma and Pa Hercules warn Frenchy to steer clear of the spooky portal in the basement. Their daughter recently returned from France. The French, we are told, are the master race and this descendant of god is stuck going go a public school. And, well, that’s when things get really weird. Why does it feel so good to be so bad? As much as I appreciate the classics, I’ve always had a thing for otherness in film: Movies that give you a sense of the uncomfortable, a feeling close to dread, but a happy kind of dread. Films that come from a place the viewer isn’t normally invited or from an askew angle. Flawed masterpieces like The Rocky Horror Picture Show carry this off with a sense of self-assured fun. Polished gems like A Clockwork Orange subvert expectations and the audience finds themselves rooting for a completely unsympathetic character because of his charm and the topsy turvy world around him. Forbidden Zone was politically incorrect before anyone had even finished reading Chairman Mao. It caught flak for using blackface and committing other racial and sexual insensitivities. Forbidden Zone was the film that dared ask when that mentally challenged Swedish husband was comin’ home, anyhow? The film was banned by the University of Wisconsin. Elfman said the movie was a human cartoon and nobody was painted more cartoonishly than anyone else. The film didn’t spare anyone. Certainly, it was very liberal with its offense. The classroom even has a chubby Hitler dancing with the pimped out thugs. It isn’t really so much dangerous or threatening as it is absurd and childish. But it is also childlike in its sense of wonder. A mix of commedia dell’arte, German expressionism and French absurdist theater, Forbidden Zone is so silly and yet so funny and deals with such serious subjects as heroin, child abuse, astral projection, and the sixth dimension. It captures such simple beauty. Or does it? Maybe it’s the music that transforms ugliness into aesthetics. You can hear snatches of nightmare in the music. The dancing is funky, frenzied and acrobatic. The pacing is always quick. The lines are hysterically timed. “Don’t go through any trouble over me,” one character says while a torturer readies her instruments of pain. The performances are over-the-top parodies of acting. They are cartoonlike and so very broad. That doesn’t mean you don’t get into the characters and have a real feel for them. When the fake queen dies, I choke up. I don’t know if this is the Vaseline under Hervé’s eyes, the music, whether I was emotionally invested in that character or because the Queen promised to ream us with twenty inch cattle prods, and I’m still waiting. Everything looks different but nothing has changed. For a movie that deals mainly in the sixth dimension, Forbidden Zonedoesn’t mind folding in on itself. It opens in 2D, the lopsided house where a drug dealer hid his stash before he lammed it to the Sixth Dimension. The first take on documenting Hercules Family, was an hour-long experiment shot on 16 mm. Elfman added another 20 minutes in 35 mm. Then he replaced the original Hercules Family footage, because it didn’t look right together. Richard Elfman always wanted to shoot the movie in color and got the chance to have the movie colorized in 2008. “I was going to have the ‘Forbidden Zone’ sequences hand-tinted in China or Korea, like they did in art films form Paris in the Twenties,” he told Rolling Stone magazine in 2015. “I went broke way before the slow boat arrived in China.” According to endless reports, Richard Elfman is planning a follow-up to Forbidden Zone where a new family moves into the house with the inter-dimensional basement. Rumors say Richard’s daughter-in-law Jenna Elfman, does a “surrealistic aerial dance routine” dressed like Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Richard Elfman told everyone that Danny already wrote songs for it, turned the song Oingo Boingo played on The Gong Show into the National Anthem of the Sixth Dimension and will play Satan again, this time singing Cab Calloway’s “St. James Infirmary Blues.” “I haven’t really started anything for it yet,” Danny told Rolling Stone a few years ago. “He’s my big brother and it’s like, he says, ‘OK, we’re doing Forbidden Zone 2, and you’re going to do songs.’ And I’m like, ‘All right.’ Our relationship hasn’t changed. When I became the musical director of the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo it was right after I’d come back from Africa at age 19; he picked me up at the airport and said, ‘I started a theater troupe, you’re the musical director.’ I was like, ‘OK, I guess so.’ It’s like getting called up into active duty.” Living without protection really sucks. Moving in the wrong direction brings bad luck. At one point the sequel was threatened to be called The Sixth Element. There have been unofficial trailers and an official YouTube channel. But there has still never been anything like the original Forbidden Zone. Buy The Blu-Ray DVD
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

25 Rich Guys With Even Richer Wives

Money Magazine 25 Rich Guys With Even Richer Wives By SERGEI KLEBNIKOV July 11, 2017 Rich guys are a dime a dozen these days—according to Forbes, 87 of the 100 richest Americans are male. But in some instances, they rank a distant second behind their spouses. Using calculations from Celebritynetworth.com, MONEY selected well-known celebrity couples in which the wives out-earn their husbands. The site uses a variety of sources to come up with a celebrity’s total value of assets held, including film or TV salaries, business investments, sponsorships, real estate deals, as well as any liabilities that can be found, before taking out a final estimate for taxes. “Women as an entertainment force or getting involved in business is becoming less rare, and this trend will continue,” says Brian Warner, founder and CEO of Celebritynetworth.com. “As more stories come out, they spawn hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and actresses who are earning way more.” Take a look below at the breakdown of rich guys… who have even richer wives.  

Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. Ron Galella—WireImage/Getty Images Year Married: 2009 Gisele Bündchen Net Worth: $360 Million Tom Brady Net Worth: $180 Million Brazilian supermodel and former Victoria’s Secret Angel Gisele Bündchen has walked catwalks and graced magazine covers across the globe over the span of her modeling career. Her non-apparel advertising campaigns include Nivea, Volkswagons do Brazil, and Apple Inc., among others. Also a successful businesswoman, she has launched her own line of designer sandals and also owns the Brazilian hotel Palladium Executive. Her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has netted total cash earnings of almost $200 million, and his current annual salary is approximately $20.5 million. He recently signed a $41 million contract extension with the Patriots last season, which included a $28 million signing bonus. Much of his wealth is thanks to a wide variety of endorsement deals with brands such as Under Armour, Tag Heuer, UGG, and most recently signed this year: Aston Martin.  

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Kanye West Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on September 7, 2016 in New York City. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Kanye West Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on September 7, 2016 in New York City. Jamie McCarthy—Getty Images/Yeezy Season 4 Year Married: 2014 Kim Kardashian Net Worth: $175 Million Kanye West Net Worth: $160 Million After rising to prominence on the reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim has seen her fame skyrocket over the last decade. As one of the most famous celebrities on the planet today and a media mogul, much of her wealth derives from her reality television salary, profits from mobile phone games, and expanding retail empire, not to mention various endorsements and appearance fees. Earning $45.5 million before taxes in the last year alone, Kim’s income was bolstered by her Kimoji app – which she has expanded into a line of Kim-based merchandise, Instagram sponsorships, a lipstick collection with Kylie Cosmetics, and a new kids clothing line launched with husband Kanye West. Her massively popular Kim Kardashian: Hollywood cellphone game with Glu Mobile also continues to make big bucks, and has generated nearly $200 million in revenue since June 2014. Kim recently announced the launch of her own makeup line, KKW Beauty. With well over 32 million albums sold and 21 Grammy awards to his name, Kanye West is one of the most influential names in the music industry. His most recent release last year, The Life of Pablo, became his eighth consecutive album to go platinum, and the first ever streaming-only record to do so. West is also a seasoned businessman – prior to joining forces with Adidas, Kanye created a successful line of Nike Air Yeezy sneakers. He has since designed his own fashion collection: Yeezy, which debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2015 and his success as a fashion designer has earned him a new deal with Adidas in 2016, worth substantially more than the original endorsement signed for $10 million.

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth

Actress Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, 89th Academy Awards, Oscars Vanity Fair Party, Beverly Hills, California, February 26, 2017. Actress Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, 89th Academy Awards, Oscars Vanity Fair Party, Beverly Hills, California, February 26, 2017. Danny Moloshok—Reuters Year Married: 2011 Reese Witherspoon Net Worth: $120 Million Jim Toth Net Worth: $4 Million Witherspoon has won audiences over with comedies like Election (1999) and Legally Blonde (2001), as well dramas like the Oscar-winning Walk the Line (2005), and more recently, Wild (2014). She has earned millions as the global brand ambassador for cosmetics company Avon. But it’s likely her production company Pacific Standard that has made her the most money — since 2012, it has produced hits such as Gone Girl (2014), Wild, Hot Pursuit (2015), and currently, HBO’s Big Little Lies. Witherspoon is married to Jim Toth, co-head of motion picture talent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles. Toth has built up his wealth by representing some of the leading actors and actresses in Hollywood like Matthew McConaughey, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.

Sofia Vergara and Joe Mangianello

Actors Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Actors Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images Year Married: 2015 Sofia Vergara Net Worth: $120 Million Joe Mangianello Net Worth: $16 Million Sofia Vergara has consistently been the highest-paid actress on television in recent years, and in 2016 alone, the Columbian-born actress, model, and spokeswoman brought in $43 million, according to Forbes. Most famous for her role as Gloria on ABC’s hit sitcom Modern Family, she originally rose to prominence while co-hosting TV shows for Spanish-language television network Univisión in the late 1990s. Vergara has signed lucrative licensing deals with SharkNinja Coffee, Head & Shoulders, and Rooms To Go, among other brands, and her two perfume lines are among the top-selling celebrity fragrances worldwide. Her husband, Joe Mangianello, is best known for his breakout role on the HBO series True Blood (2010-2014) and his recurring role in the two Magic Mike movies. Beyond making several other notable film and television appearances, he is a published author – his successful fitness book, Evolution, was released in 2013.

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied

Choreographer Benjamin Millepied and actor Natalie Portman attend The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_012 Choreographer Benjamin Millepied and actor Natalie Portman attend The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_012 Christopher Polk—Getty Images for TNT Year Married: 2016 Natalie Portman Net Worth: $60 Million Benjamin Millepied Net Worth: $900, 000 Israeli-born American actress Natalie Portman has cashed in through a very successful film career in which she has starred in a myriad of popular movies, most notably George Lucas’s Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999, 2002, 2005) and psychological thriller Black Swan (2010), which she won an Academy Award for her performance. Beyond acting, Portman has earned millions through an endorsement contract with Dior perfume line and make-up. Millepied, whom she met on the set of Black Swan, is a French dancer and choreographer who has performed at and choreographed numerous pieces for several well-known ballet and theater companies.

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