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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Bette Midler accused of bullying Donald Trump with old photo: Bullying Or Taste Of Medicin?

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Friday, June 30, 2017

‘Freak Show’ tackles cliché with ‘trans-visionary’ grace (featuring Bette Midler)

Daily Californian THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 ‘Freak Show’ tackles cliché with ‘trans-visionary’ grace BY SOPHIE-MARIE PRIME 2017-02-09_2-39-50 Editor’s Note: The arts and entertainment department is adjusting its grading scale from a letter-grade system to a numeric score out of 5. This change is intended to increase accuracy and consistency between reviews. Director Trudie Styler described “Freak Show” as a “story of resistance” — and that’s right on the mark. Adapted from the James St. James novel of the same name, the film follows queer teen Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther of “The Imitation Game” fame). Lawther’s performance is spell-binding and genuine — Billy is radiant in extravagant costumes and possesses unapologetic confidence to boot. The film is fast-paced, moving quickly from Billy’s upbringing with his glamorous mother (Bette Midler) to moving in with his estranged father (Larry Pine), who lives in a conservative town that is not only incompatible with Billy’s lifestyle, but also actively rejects him. After facing abjection and violence in his daily life, Billy decides to join the race for homecoming queen against an Ivanka-Trump-esque Lynette (Abigail Breslin). Lynette is laughably hateable — but her comical ignorance does not diminish the threat she and other students pose to queer safety and equality. She faces off against Laverne Cox, portraying a television journalist, who (of course) is having none of Breslin’s queerphobia. The film overthrows the tropes of typical high school films: gym class snafus, cliques of outcasts and athletes and ignorant bullies. We see characters who are sympathetic but too fearful of being socially ostracized by association to stand up for Billy (or even elect him homecoming queen). The narrative interpellates the social caste system of typical high school films in order to subvert the generic tropes by giving us characters that refuse that system altogether: namely Billy and the “shadow people” — kids at the social margins of their conservative private high school. “Freak Show” is an uplifting story, with clearly intentional set and costume design that reflect queer pride as much as the script does. The film even mirrors some scenes from historically queer cinema, including “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Author St. James and director Styler were both present at the film’s North American debut in the historic Castro Theatre. St. James noted that Billy’s experiences — particularly those from the first half of the film — were based on his own life in high school. He celebrated Lawther’s performance and noted that Billy’s pursuit of the homecoming queen title was a projection of who St. James wishes he could be. Billy publicly declares himself a “trans-visionary” and a “gender obliviator” as he struts in glitter-laden gowns and makeup done to perfection. At one point in the film, Billy’s friend Flip (Ian Nelson) suggests that he tone down his femininity as a means of staying safe, going stealth. The film does well to recognize from the beginning that this can be a measure of safety for some folks and a harmful one for others. Billy’s persistent resistance, as well as his unending creativity, make him a visionary — a heroic icon that will be both influential and memorable.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bette Midler On Alternate Names For The Album Bette Of Roses:

Bette Midler On Alternate Names For The Album Bette Of Roses: “I toyed with the idea of calling it either ‘Mother* or ‘Mom’ ” she says, cackling mischievously. “I have this thing where people unload to me and tell me their stories, and I give them advice. I’m not sure how many lives I’ve mined, but I can’t seem to stop myself. It’s a very motherly thing to do.” (Pacific Stars And Stripes, July, 1995 Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, outdoor
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

BetteBack April 16, 1997: Rekindled love on the rebound

Winnipeg Free Press April 16, 1997 424778_214641818632279_670236262_n WHEN Ann Taylor and Layton Payne eloped to Sedona, Ariz., six years ago, they promised to remain together “till death do us part.” As with a lot of married couples, divorce got there first. But nearly four years after splitting up, the Houston couple decided to try again. They were remarried recently in a traditional ceremony before family and friends at the chapel of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston. Their reception included wedding cake and champagne. The bride even wore white, “as inappropriate as that might be,” she joked. But the couple is serious about making this marriage last. “We tried divorce. It didn’t work for us,” says Taylor, who owns a public relations and marketing communications firm. “This time around, we really want to do it right.” More than half of all marriages in the Houston area end in divorce. And when they do, the majority of exspouses run as far away from each other as they can get. Yet amid all the divorce chaos, it seems that a growing number of exspouses are seeking to re-establish a relationship that might work better the second time around. While no statistics are kept on the number of remarriages between former spouses, getting together with an ex is the focus of a new Bette Midler movie, That Old Feeling, and happens often enough to turn up as a topic of conversation. “Most people have sort of a fatal fascination with the idea,” says psychologist Sally Porter-Ross. Attorney Earle Lilly handles some of Houston’s nastiest and most highprofile divorces. But even he is seeing couples who reunite after fighting it out in divorce court. “People think the grass is always greener in the next yard,” Lilly says. But after they get divorced, he says, they find out the grass isn’t that green after all. “They really realize what they had, and in some cases, it’s not too late. Franklin Rose and silhouette artist Cindi Harwood. The’couple, who regularly appeared in social columns during their nine-year marriage, were divorced for six years before recently rekindling their romance. “As you get older, what you really want is companionship,” Rose says. The couple had remained friends after their divorce in 1991, largely because both are devoted to their two children. They had active dating lives but found they kept comparing their dates to their former spouses. “I had fun at first, but we both had our fill (of single life),” says Harwood. Her feelings for her ex came to the surface last December when she went out with an attractive single man. Her date kept talking about his ex-wife’s bad habits, and Harwood found herself listing her ex-husband’s good habits. “Here I was on a date with someone who I thought was really nice, and I’m praising my ex-husband. That’s a crazy thing to do,” she recalls. When she got home around midnight, the telephone rang. She knew it was Rose. “No one else would call me at that hour,” she says. He was calling from a hospital emergency room. He had fallen on a sidewalk in front of her house, dislocating his shoulder, after returning their two children home from a basketball game. “There’s no one to pick me up,” he wailed She went to the hospital to fetch him. Since doctors couldn’t operate on him for two weeks, Rose, Harwood and their children went to his parents’ home in Aspen, Colo. “Cindi nursed me back to health,” Rose says. “I felt like my family life had been given back to me. It seemed very cosmic, like what God intended.” “I realized no one else seemed to compare to him in every single way,” Harwood says. “Sometimes you have to run away from home to realize there’s no place like home.” The couple are waiting to remarry until they find a new house, because they want a “fresh start,” Harwood says. Having had a large wedding the first time, they are planning a small ceremony with their children, their parents and their rabbi. Rose is convinced that their marriage will work the second time. “I’m older and wiser,” he says. “Besides, I can’t afford another divorce.” Rekindled love can be powerful, psychologists say. But there are pitfalls. Sometimes it feels so good to be back together that couples ignore problems that broke them up in the first place. “When couples reconnect, it feels so good that they think surely it will work this time,” says M. Dorsey Cartwright, a marriage and family therapist. “But unless they’ve done something to mature themselves and learn more skills, that (romantic love) will: wear off just like it did the first time, and those old issues will be there.” Bette Midler On Marriage: “Marriage is a hard proposition and you have to be willing to make sacrifices and to compromise and it has to be worth it. Bette Midler On Marruage And Divorce: “You know what I think, too many people have unrealistic expectations about life and marriage is a tough road… BetteBack January 13, 1996: Bette Midler Signs On To ‘That Old Feeling’

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