Sunday, June 24, 2018

The 10 Best Movie Gangs Who’ve Gotten (Back) Together

Elle The 10 Best Movie Gangs Who’ve Gotten (Back) Together BY R. ERIC THOMAS JUN 13, 2018 Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Window Washer Photo, FWC

The crowds who flocked to theaters this past weekend to make Ocean’s 8 the number one movie in America probably left with two thoughts in mind: 1) Wow, Anne Hathaway is G.O.A.T., and we’re lucky to have her. No slander for our Oscar-winning queen; 2) Can’t wait til this gang gets back together. The Ocean’s films, of which the all-female iteration is both a sequel and a reboot, excel at one of the greatest tropes in all entertainment: the ragtag gang of old friends and newcomers who combine their skills for one so-crazy-it-just-might-work mission. Sometimes participants are lured in with the promise that this is “one last mission,” which—let’s be honest—it never is. Sometimes the draw is the promise of wealth; sometimes it’s a devil’s bargain as repayment for a past crime; sometimes it’s all in service of an old friend who could really use the specific skills of a disparate group who somehow found their way into each other’s lives. Sometimes is a highly mobile pair of pants. ...  Read More

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

(On The First Wive’s Club Sequel): “People love to jump to conclusions.

(On The First Wive’s Club Sequel): “People love to jump to conclusions. I’ve been at it so long I never jump to any conclusion,” she says. “One hit does not make a trend. It was funny because, as big a hit as that was, the town was determined to say it was a fluke. And that’s what they decided they were gonna say, that’s what they said and that’s how they behaved.”(Rocky Mountain News, 1999) – Bette Midler Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, closeup

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    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    BetteBack January 21, 1996: Casting News For ‘The First Wive’s Club’

    The Boston Globe (Boston, MA) January 21, 1996 | Matthew Gilbert, Globe Staff 296588_324386827657777_1321077044_n Heather Locklear and Elizabeth Berkley have joined the cast of “The First Wives Club,” alongside Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton. In the story about three divorced wives who plot to destroy the lives of their ex-husbands, Locklear and Berkley will play second wives. Locklear is best known as Amanda on “Melrose Place”; Berkley recently starred in “Showgirls.” “The First Wives’ Club,” to be directed by Hugh Wilson, also features Maggie Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dan Hedaya, Jon Stewart, Stockard Channing, Bronson Pinchot, James Naughton, Eileen Heckart, Stephen Collins, Victor Garber, Marcia Gay Harden, Philip Bosco and Rob Reiner. . . . Carl Reiner is going to direct Bette Midler’s “That Old Feeling,” a romantic farce by “Mrs. Doubtfire” screenwriter Leslie Dixon. The story is about divorced couple who reconnect at their daughter’s wedding and run off together.
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    Saturday, April 20, 2013

    BetteBack January 9, 1980: Bette’s hoping for a rosy future

    Winnipeg Free Press January 9, 1980 PalaceInParis_Alan Singer-turned-actress Bette Midler hasn’t changed much since her tremendous success as the Janls Joplin like rock queen in The Rose, except these days she tells audiences between numbers: “Give me some respect! I’m a screen goddess now!” Midler played a big role in her success — she says she turned down Goldie Hawn‘s role in Foul Play, Talia Shire‘s in Rocky, Stockard Channing‘s in The Fortune and Barbara Harris‘ in Nashville. Because of that success, she says, “I’d like to spend the rest of my life doing only characters named Rose,” and is planning on doing a remake of Gypsy, based on the life of Gypsy Rose Lee. She also suggests: “The Rose Kennedy Story, The Life of Rose Marie.
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    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Bette Midler Reclines As Sue Mengers

    Huffington Post HBO Cancels the Excellent Enlightened — Janis Joplin Lives Again in One Night With Janis — Bette Midler Reclines as Sue Mengers March 22, 2013 9-18-2010-12-04-12-AM Speaking of the Divine Miss Midler, she will soon open on Broadway playing the late super-agent, recluse and scathing wit, Sue Mengers. The show is called “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers.” In Vanity Fair, Bette admits to a bit of nervousness, because “I’ve never played a real-life person before.” Well, there was the above mentioned “The Rose,” but that was fictionalized. However, a number of years back, Bette, Nathan Lane and Stockard Channing made a rather odd movie titled “Isn’t She Great.” This purported to tell the story of novelist Jackie Susann. (“Valley of the Dolls” “Once Is Not Enough,” etc) It was written by the talented Paul Rudnick. Everybody gave their all — maybe they gave too much! But the film didn’t seem to know what it wanted to be. Still, nothing with a cast like this is a waste of time. The real problem for Bette, as Vanity Fair points out, is that she spends the entire 90 minutes of “I’ll Eat You Last” reclining, just as Sue did in most of her later years. If you’ve ever seen Bette Mildler perform, onstage or onscreen, you know she is a tiny bundle of kinetic energy. Even standing still, she seems to vibrate. This will be a challenge. But for an actress of Bette’s versatility and determination, I’m betting she’ll turn that couch into a vibrating water bed, and Sue Mengers into one of her great characterizations.
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    Friday, September 28, 2012

    BetteBack 1975: Bette Midler Turns Down “The Fortune” Starring Jack Nicholson & Warren Beatty

    Mister D: Although this did launch Stockard Channing‘s career, the movie was a big flop. I believe Bette and Aaron were looking for a meatier role for Miss M’s introduction into the film world. This was a good turn-down…. Elyria Chronicle Telegram Inside Showbiz By SHIRLEY EDER January 23, 1975 DIDYA KNOW DEPT: That Bette Midler won’t be thrilled when an actress Stockard Channing appears in the Mike Nichols* movie, “The Fortune,” and becomes a super-star. Bette’s managers turned down the Nichols’ flick for her because they didn’t think enough money was offered.
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    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Twelve Good Reasons To Watch Hocus Pocus This Halloween

    BuzzFeed 12 Reasons You Can’t Wait To Watch Hocus Pocus This Halloween Even though you’ve been watching it all year round. Sept 25, 2012 bitchplerz (pssst! ~ they are BetteHeads!) Community Contributor This Dead Pan You yell “Boo00000k” when you’re lost in malls. You still don’t know if the cat’s name is “Thackery” or “Zackery”.

    Bette Midler Punches SJP in the gut. Everywhere Gays are crying. ...  Read More

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    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Bette Sighting: Bette Midler Attends Stockard Channing’s Return To “Other Desert Cities” On Broadway

    New York Daily News Gatecrasher April 11, 2012 STOCKARD CHANNING got a warm welcome at her Broadway return. The actress, who took time off from “Other Desert Cities” to shoot a pilot for ABC with Mandy Moore, received a standing ovation from the likes of Bette Midler, Julianna Margulies and Channing Tatum at the Booth Theater on 45th St. on Tuesday. On Friday, a spy says buddies Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire were in the audience to see Channing’s first show back after she had missed nearly a month of performances to film the pilot.
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