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Friday, June 15, 2018
Thursday, February 8, 2018
On DVD Releases February 8, 2018 In the United States and Canada released in theaters on January 12, 2018; our estimated dvd or blu-ray release date is April or May 2018. Netflix and Redbox dates are not available at this time. And from Fandango: There is no official release date for the Freak Show DVD and/or Blu-ray yet. Based on the average time between opening day and home entertainment releases, our unofficial estimate is around June 2018.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Time The 25 Absolute Best Halloween Movies to Watch Right Now Kate Samuelson Oct 18, 2017
Whether you’re a scary movie junkie or more of a hide-under-the-blanket kind of viewer, this ultimate list of the best Halloween movies is guaranteed to contain something you’ll want to watch this Oct. 31.
From the original Halloween to the cult classic Hocus Pocus, TIME has collated a list of the best scary, horror-filled, classic and Disney Halloween movies — as well as the best Halloween movies of 2017 so far.
Best Halloween Movies of 2017 (So Far)
Arguably one of the best films of 2017 (TIME’s movie critic described it as “the horror movie we need today“), Jordan Peele‘s directorial debut Get Out is an extraordinary creepy tale centered around a black man meeting his white girlfriend’s suburban family for the first time. Sure, Get Out isn’t technically a Halloween movie. In Peele’s words, it “explores why black people are afraid of white people.” But if you’re looking for a socially conscious Halloween watch — that also happens to be pretty scary — this thriller will do the trick. ...
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The Wrap Paramount Network to Adapt ‘First Wives’ Club Into TV Series Carli Velocci | October 2, 2017 @ 12:16 PM Paramount Network announced Monday that it’s developing a new half-hour series based on the 1996 film “First Wives Club.” Tracy Oliver, who most recently co-wrote the screenplay for the adult comedy summer hit “Girls Trip” is attached to the project. She became the first African-American woman to write a movie that grossed over $100 million domestically. The series will have roughly the same plot as the film, which starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn as a trio of recently-divorced women who seek revenge on their husbands, who left them for younger women. In the meantime, the group also bonds together and finds strength to move forward thanks to their sisterhood. Other recent credits include the webseries “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” in which she also stars, ABC comedy “The Neighbors” and the Starz drama “Survivor’s Remorse.” She is currently adapting Nicola Yoon’s best-selling young adult novel “The Sun is Also a Star” for MGM and Warner Bros. Karen Rosenfelt, who produced movies in the “Twilight” saga and “The Devil Wears Prada” will executive produce. Dana Tuinier, Vice President of development and original programming at Paramount Network and TV Land, will serve as the executive in charge of production. The Paramount Network — the recently rebranded Spike TV — debuts on Jan. 18, 2018. It’s already announced new original programming, including the TV reboot of “Heathers,” the drama “Yellowstone,” and the miniseries “Waco.”
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Saturday, August 12, 2017
It’s best not to be too pompous about yourself. It’s better not to need a limousine for your head. Although people think I’m just ‘divine,’ I have my share of worries. I worry about growing old and losing my shape, my looks, my hair. As an entertainer, that’s my stock and trade. Oh, and I also worry that I don’t dance as well as Michael Jackson. – Bette Midler
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Showbiz411 Tony Awards Are Sunday: Who Should Win, Plus Nominee Sally Field is Staying Put in New York by Roger Friedman – June 5, 2017 10:25 pm The Tony Awards are Sunday on CBS. Even if Bette Midler doesn’t perform (doesn’t look like she will) there will be plenty of stars and lots of entertainment. On Monday night at the Sofitel, the Theater Wing invited all the nominees to a swanky cocktail and dinner, plus they gave out the Lifetime Achievement Awards (they’ll be mentioned on Sunday’s show.) Nominee Sally Field, who finished a very a good run in “The Glass Menagerie,” told me she’s really living in New York. “I can’t wait to start another play,” the two time Oscar winner (and Emmy winner) told me. “I really want to do a new play. I don’t think I’ll get over this play [Menagerie] til I start a new one!” Sally was having a good time hanging out with David Hyde Pierce (nominee for “Hello, Dolly!”) and Jefferson Mays (“Oslo”)– the latter poured drinks from an unmanned bar after cutting up with nominee Mary Beth Peil (from “Anastasia”). You may recall Mary Beth played Michelle Williams‘ “Gran” on “Dawson’s Creek.” How much older was she playing then, I asked her? “Oh, twenty years at least,” she said. “Now I’m really Gran’s age. You can’t imagine how many people wait at the stage door and say how much they loved Gran!” I met Lucas Steele–-a cinch for Best Featured Actor in A Musical for “Natasha and Pierre.” He comes from a tiny town in northeast Pennsylvania that’s so rural they sometimes lose all phone and internet during storms. When he got his nomination on May 5th, he had to wait several days to tell his mom because all the lines were down! Laurie Metcalf and Jayne Houdyshell from “A Doll’s House Part 2” were there, together, even though it’s a night off. So was Laura Linney from “The Little Foxes.” We’ve never had so many literally great actresses in plays up at one time– and that excludes the overlooked Alison Janney from “Six Degrees.” I do err on the side of Linney and her partner in crime Cynthia Nixon, for Best Actress and Featured Actress in a Play. But I think everyone in “The Little Foxes” should get awards. No sign of Kevin Kline or Bette Midler, ‘natch. (I’m not even sure if Kevin Kline actually exists at this point.) I did run into Doug Morris, now chief emeritus of Sony Music, producer of “The Motown Musical” and now preparing Julie Taymor’s “M Butterfly” with Clive Owen. And nominee Rachel Bay Jones, who’s so swell in “Dear Evan Hansen.” She’s a charmer. What to do about “Evan Hansen”? It’s a great musical, that’s for sure. Tony voters may be struggling with voting for its star Ben Platt vs. Andy Karl for “Groundhog Day.” They’re each par excellence. But Andy Karl has the edge for me. He’s been so good in so many shows including “Rocky,” I think it’s his time. Ben Platt will be back again. Every year they say Broadway is dead, it’s dying, it’s over. But this was one of the best seasons ever. So what if Bette Midler doesn’t want to sing from Radio City? There’s plenty of top line material awaiting us.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Deadline IFC Films Picks Up Trudie Styler’s Feature Directing Debut ‘Freak Show’ by Anita Busch May 19, 2017 2:15pm Freak Show, Trudie Styler’s feature directorial debut, has been acquired by IFC Films for U.S. distribution. The film, based on the James St. James novel of the same name about a cross-dressing teen, first debuted in a sold out screening at the Berlin Film Festival and stars Alex Lawther (Imitation Game), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Bette Midler, and Abigail Breslin. The Works is handling foreign sales at Cannes. The film, which also co-stars Anna Sophia Robb (The Way Way Back, Soul Surfer), Ian Nelson (The Hunger Games, The Boy Next Door), will be released early next year. Styler’s Maven Pictures previously produced the critically acclaimed American Honey, which many critics had on their best lists last year. Maven has been a great champion of female driven films and is actually one of the few production companies to prioritize projects primarily written, directed, and created by women. Freak Show tells the story of Billy Bloom, a teen with a wonderful spirit and also funny who cross-dresses and is a new student at the ultra-conservative Eisenhower High, where the Bible Belles and Football Heroes have never seen anyone like him. Despite peer pressure and the worst that the bullies can dish out, Billy is determined not to change his outlandish outfits or behavior, taking a stand for outcasts and underdogs everywhere and running for homecoming queen. The book was adapted by writers Patrick Clifton and Beth Rigazio. The project went through Styler’s Maven Pictures and producers are the production company’s co-founders Trudie Styler (American Honey, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints), Celine Rattray (American Honey, Still Alice), and Charlotte Ubben (Tallulah, American Honey), alongside Ember Truesdell (Santa Clara Diet) and Chris Miller (Whip It, Santa Clara Diet) of Flower Films (He’s Just Not That Into You, 50 First Dates), Jeffrey Coulter (On the Rocks, Expired), and Bryan Rabin (The Hills).
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Entertainment Weekly Freak Show: Trudie Styler shares first look at her directorial debut By JOE MCGOVERN POSTED ON FEBRUARY 7, 2017 AT 12:41PM EST First, let’s talk about the title. Freak Show is not about a traveling carnival or people living under the stairs. It’s the name of the 2007 YA novel by James St. James (Party Monster), which has now been turned into a feature film by actress and longtime producer Trudie Styler (Moon, Still Alice, American Honey). “The title speaks to what a freak really is,” Styler tells EW. “All teenagers are freaks inside. Indeed, all of us have an inner freak flag to fly. If we cant be ourselves on the outside, we are being ourselves somewhere inside. And that’s what the film focuses on.” The movie stars British actor Alex Lawther as Billy, a flamboyant 17-year-old raised in Connecticut by his equally colorful mother (Bette Midler). Due to unforeseen circumstances, Billy is enrolled at a private high school in the deep south of Florida, where he is taunted by fellow students and causes an uproar among the ultra-conservative faculty. Ian Nelson (Teen Wolf) costars as a star football player who befriends Billy, and in supporting roles the movie also features Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Laverne Cox, Celia Weston, and Larry Pine. “Billy’s innate kindness was something I was really struck with,” Styler says. “He is never a victim of his circumstance. No matter how bad things get — and they get pretty bad — he’s always upbeat. When he gets beaten up, in fact, the first thing he asks the doctor for is lip gloss. It’s this sense of forgiveness that’s so winning in Billy. He’s got a bon mot for everything. He’s very Oscar Wilde in his attitude and his quick wit drives his peer group mad.” For Styler, Freak Show is not actually her first time behind the camera. In 2005 she directed a 13-minute short film called Wait, starring Kerry Washington and Anna Chlumsky, with a jazzy end-credits rendition of “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life,” sung by Styler’s husband of 25 years, Sting. You can see a low-res version of the film here. Though she’s focused more on producing and activism (she cofounded the Rainforest Foundation in 1989), Styler still works occasionally as an actress. Fans of HBO’s The Night Of will remember her as the wealthy Manhattan matron who plays footsie with John Turturro in one of the series’ later episodes. In anticipation of Freak Show‘s world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 13, Styler talked to EW about three exclusive images from the film: Viewers of Black Mirror might recognize — barely — Lawther as the teenager held hostage by his own dark secret on this past season’s most disturbing episode, “Shut Up and Dance.” Here he appears as Billy in Freak Show. “Alex is just extraordinary,” says Styler. “Not only is he the central character but he literally is the movie. I owe so much to him. We shot the movie in 22 days, which was quite nerve-wracking for me as a very slow, deliberate thinker, but Alex was a huge help. We would speak to each other about emotion and nuance and literally each take he would do something different, never afraid to try new things. It was just a great happy relationship.” “Billy has created something of a scandal at his school,” Styler explains. “So in this scene, Laverne Cox is interviewing the Queen Bee of the school, who is this horrendous creature called Lynette, played brilliantly by Abigail Breslin, who is utterly fearless and a total monster onscreen.” She adds, “I called Laverne and asked if she would consider playing a cameo role. And I said, ‘Because having you in the movie would mean so much to all the people who see it and indeed to me.’ She said yes and I couldn’t be happier that she’s a part of this. She’s just great in the role.” “This making of this movie is really a story of people’s kindness,” Styler says. “I know Bette Midler because of the work she does for community gardens and Central Park in New York. Sting and I enjoy living on Central Park. It’s the most beautiful place to live in New York and we both have really supported Bette in that movement. And she’s reciprocated by supporting our Rainforest Foundation. She’s such a wonderful, fun person.” Styler continues, “So I called her and said, ‘Would you ever consider being in this movie?’ And she said, ‘I’m not really into acting in films right now and — oh, just send me the script!’ So I did. And then we were on holiday a little while later when the phone rings and it’s Bette. And she just said, ‘I’m gonna do it, OK!’ She said she loved the script and it underlined a lot of things she believes in. And so she joined to play Muv, our story’s very indulgent mother. Billy has rose-tinted his mother all of his life. The story is about him getting a clearer picture of her.” Take a look at the movie’s official poster (below), and check back here for more info on when you can expect to see Freak Show in theaters.
Monday, January 2, 2017
Forward 5 Must-See TV Shows in 2017 December 22, 2016 By Thea Glassman Time to borrow your roommate/best friend/significant other/random work colleague’s Netflix password. It’s a new year, and there’s endless new television to binge watch. We’ve picked out just a few shows that you need to check out, each with big name Jewish talent attached. Riverdale John L. Goldwater, the late Jewish creator of “Archie and Pals,” might have raised an eyebrow had he seen the trailer for the new dark and sexy television reboot of his beloved comic book series. On January 26, The CW is bringing back the whole gang, only this time it’s a live-action drama with a whole lot more mystery, and some very steamy teenage romance. Riverdale has never been more intriguing. Crashing Judd Apatow has made a name for himself on the small screen, first with the beloved short-lived hit “Freaks and Geeks” and most recently as producer and writer of HBO’s “Girls.” Now he’s making another splash with the upcoming comedy “Crashing.” The show, which premieres February 19, centers on a comedian who is forced to crash at the homes of various other comics after his wife leaves him. Apatow will be directing the new HBO show, while comedian Pete Holmes, who created the series, will star. Girls The final season of “Girls” is upon us, and it’s time to say goodbye to Hannah, Jessa, Marnie and Shoshanna. If the trailer is any indication, the four women are still fighting, healing, falling in love and figuring out their place in the world. The Brooklyn girls you love (and, let’s be real, hate) return to the small screen February 12. Beaches The 1988 dramedy “Beaches” is getting a remake, with Idina Menzel taking over Bette Midler’s lead role. The Lifetime movie will premiere January 21, and we’re excited for just about any excuse to listen to Menzel belt out her dreamy rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Step back inside the gothic, playfully twisted mind of the Jewish author Daniel Handler with this television adaptation about the hapless Baudelaire children and the cruel Count Olaf (played this time around by Neil Patrick Harris). Handler will serve as executive director of the series, which will hit Netflix on January 13.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Billboard Bette Midler Reflects on ‘Divine’ Debut Album & Enduring Appeal of ‘Hocus Pocus‘ October 26, 2016 Welcome to a new episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard’s weekly audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and the year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com). On the new Pop Shop Podcast, we’re joined by the marvelous Bette Midler! The Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper and entertainment icon called in to the show to chat about the recent reissue of her debut album, The Divine Miss M, her role as an adviser on NBC’s The Voice alongside coach Blake Shelton, and how she’s heading to Broadway next year in the revival of Hello, Dolly! And of course, with Halloween right around the corner, we had to ask about her thoughts on the enduring appeal of her film Hocus Pocus and if there’s any news to report on a possible sequel. “I really love this record,” the three-time Grammy Award-winner says of her debut album, calling it a “landmark” in her life. “I was so young. I was barely 28-years-old, and I think you hear it in my voice. It was this young voice, and this young spirit, this real joy at finding myself in this fantastic situation making a record at this age, and being surrounded by some of the greatest studio musicians that New York had to offer, as well as my own band — the people that I had known and had been traveling with the last three or four years.” Next year, Midler — who received a special Tony Award in 1974 — will hit the Broadway stage in the revival of Hello, Dolly!, and she says she’s in the early stages of preparing for the show, including learning some of the choreography. “I’ve learned a little bit of the dancing, which is very interesting because I’ve never really danced like that,” Midler says. “I mean, I’ve always danced, but I never did choreography, you know where you have to actually be with 10 other people or 12 other people. I’ve never done that, so, it’s a very steep learning curve. But I must say it’s great, I love to dance! Everyone should dance. [Laughs] The weight just falls right off you! It’s amazing.” As for the lasting appeal of her 1993 family film Hocus Pocus, Midler says that — aside from the “adorable and gorgeous” child actors in the film, and the “terrific” director and script — she thinks the film endures because of the chemistry between her and her co-stars (and on-screen sister witches) Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. “I think that we were the Three Stooges, I really do,” Midler says, “I think that when people look at us, they can’t help but laugh, because we were so ridiculous and we had so much chemistry together, that we’re like an inseparable trio.” And what about the persistent talk of a possible sequel? Midler is baffled that Walt Disney Pictures has yet to commission a follow-up movie. “I don’t get it. I really don’t get it,” she says. “It was a big success for them. Not at first, but as the years have gone on, it’s gotten bigger and bigger.” Midler jokes, “But Bob Iger [chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company] lives in my building. So maybe I’ll kidnap him and ask him. Hold him for ransom.”
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