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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Bette Midler as Sue Mengers in I’ll Eat You Last

Bette Midler as Sue Mengers in I’ll Eat You Last

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

BetteBack August 16, 1973: Bette Midler Sings The Theme In Sondheim Movie

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STEPHEN Sondheim, Broadway.s musical comedy wunderkind “Follies,” “A Little Night Music“) wrote the script, alony with Tonv Perkins. Recently, an album in tribute to Sondheim.s accomplishments was released. The cover consisted of the names of his musicals spelled out in Scrabble tiles.

HERE, then, was your first clue to the mystery of the mystery movie that is “The Last of Sheila” There are two others in this review  one present once, one repeated several times. They will be missed just like the a b i e n c e ,(myself inc,uded) fails to recognize “The Last of Sheila clues provided by the script. That’s the enormous genius of this movie; unlike “Sleuth” there are no gimmicks. Each clue is repeated and repeated. The Last of Sheila” tells us its secret in the first five minutes but we  being clever second-guess Sondheim and we lose out Re-read this review after you see “The I^ast of Sheila. The most important clue is right in front of you. EYEING the movie technically: The dialogue (and this is probably Perkins’ contribution) is Show Biz Bitch Chic. When Bette Midler sings “Friends” at the close of “The Last of Sheila,” the irony is attuned to the atmosphere. ^In several ways. The performances: From Raquel Welch (.) to Dyan Cannon^!) a scene-stealer as a voracious lady agent based on a real voracious lady agent now doing her Tinsel Town thing. LAST the humor: In-Joke, Stiletto Between the Ribs nmor. My favorite A put-down worthy of Rona Barrett involving a metal appliance and Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. AFTER all is said: Lord, but “The Last of Sheila” is fun Is anything more perversely enjoyable than being fooled in broad daylight after you have been told you are being fooled until you have decided that the teller must be a fool to have told you so many times? Sondheim is no fool. In “The Last of Sheila” he proves that we are for believing that he is. And we love the way he proves it. ’70s superagent Sue Mengers lives again in Bette Midler

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Bette Midler During The Filming Of Divine Madness:

Bette Midler During The Filming Of Divine Madness: “I’m just running off at the mouth up here. We’re gonna call this film ‘Jaws III.” (1980) Image may contain: one or more people
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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Bette Midler on Sue Mengers who thought of her clients as family:

Bette Midler on Sue Mengers who thought of her clients as family: “I think Sue’s heart was broken in a way after the pile-on—the fact that a lot of people she thought would be loyal to her were not loyal. She was unprepared for it. When you observe it from a distance, you can say, ‘Oh, that poor schmuck.’ But until it happens to you, you really don’t know what it feels like.” (Vanity Fair, 2013) Image may contain: 1 person , shoes and outdoor
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Friday, August 5, 2016

BetteBack March, 26, 1973: Self-Styled Bette In ‘Divine’ Impact

Dallas Morning News March, 26, 1973 2016-06-06_13-06-20 The whole tone of Bette Midler‘s weekend performance at the Music Hall was set right at the beginning. She entered onstage brandishing a whip. Throughout the lengthy two and one-half house performance her take-charge attitude never wavered. The “divine Miss M,” the self-appointed legend in her own time, never let go. Compared to her singing, that of Barbra Streisand is subdued and even timid. Compared to her comedy, that of Phyllis Diller is downright genteel. If you compare her “presence” with that of Bette Davis, Miss Davis seems like a shrinking violet. But that, of course, is Bette’s appeal. She out-camps the campiest, performing with the delicacy of a drag queen – and I suspect Bette laughs all the way to the bank. The Friday night crowd at the Music Hall could have upstaged a less flamboyant performer. They were a disparate mixture of so-called “freaks;” young, enthusiastic viewers; and oldsters who had probably seen her on the Johnny Carson show. If the SRO sign kept you out of the auditorium, just sitting in the lobby and watching the people was worth a trip to the Music Hall. Beneath all the flaming campiness, is there a good degree of talent? Indeed there is, although Miss M’s self-indulgent weirdness makes it difficult to measure to degree. She must decide for herself whether she wants to be an outrageous fad or a prime talent. If she decides on the latter, she should be with us for a long time. Miss Midler is accompanied by three well-endowed creatures whom she calls the “Harlettes.” They are dressed accordingly. And throughout the Music Hall stage, as if in homage to the Coconut Grove of the 1940’s, were planted three elaborately fake palm trees. I loved much of Bette’s comedy and liked much of her singing. As for the audience in general, they shrieked their approval of every flamboyant inflection.
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Morgan Spurlock To Direct Movie On Hollywood Superagent Sue Mengers

Deadline Hollywood Morgan Spurlock To Direct Movie On Hollywood Superagent Sue Mengers by Mike Fleming Jr June 28, 2016 1:38pm 12725014_228805930802214_1038907864_n EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets has acquired rights to Brian Kellow’s bestselling biography Can I Go Now: The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s Superagent. Spurlock will direct a feature on Mengers, writing a script and producing with Warrior Poets COO Jeremy Chilnick, with Richard Arlook also producing. In her heyday, Mengers crashed the boys club that was Hollywood agenting, brandishing an outsized personality to go with her client list. In stints at MCA, ICM and WMA, she repped a list of clients that at one time or other included Barbra Streisand, Candice Bergen, Peter Bogdanovich, Michael Caine, Dyan Cannon, Cher, Joan Collins, Brian De Palma, Faye Dunaway, Bob Fosse, Gene Hackman, Sidney Lumet, Ali McGraw, Steve McQueen, Mike Nichols, Nick Nolte, Tatum O’Neal, Ryan O’Neal, Anthony Perkins, Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, Gore Vidal, Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, and Tuesday Weld. She died at age 81 in 2011, and her life was previously turned into a stage play by John Logan, with Bette Midler playing the feisty dealmaker. Best known for irreverent documentaries like Super Size Me, Spurlock said he found in Mengers all the ingredients for an unforgettable lead character, even if, in life, Mengers was the propulsion behind the star clients who held center stage. “I’m a fan of big personalities, great characters, and she is both,” he said. “More than that, I love people who buck the trend and do things that haven’t been done before and go into spaces unheard of, whether it be of gender or race. Sue Mengers took over the boys club of Hollywood and did something groundbreaking. She proved not only that she could be part of this world; she dominated it in a way that hadn’t been done before, especially by someone so brash and outspoken and as charismatic as she was. She was almost like a breath of fresh air in Hollywood at the time, the one person who would tell you the truth, whether you liked it or not, it got her a lot of really loyal clients and carried her through the high points of her career.” Mengers’ style, and client loyalty, was tested in a new era of dealmaking ushered in by the likes of Mike Ovitz. While she set high water salary marks for Streisand and others, Mengers didn’t became an expert in things like gross deals and minute contractual details. It left her vulnerable. “There was a great quote, in Vanity Fair, when her clients started leaving her in the late 70s, early 80s as the business started to shift. The line was, ‘Sue Mengers created a family, and Ovitz built an empire.’ There was a shift where this really became a business, and the world of Mike Ovitz was a lot different from the one Sue Mengers had built. These friendships became outweighed by business partnerships. People started to leave for someone who might not be their best friend, but was going to be the best choice for their business.” If there is indelible mark that Mengers really left in her era, it was the way she helped a generation of important actresses to no longer be regarded as disposable. “She championed young actresses in a way that was new and really influential,” Spurlock said. “You look at who she brought in. Apart from Barbra Streisand, this mega star, there was Ali McGraw, Dyan Cannon, Faye Dunaway, Candice Bergen, Cybill Shepherd. She brought in and helped these young actresses and gave them something they didn’t have before, a female voice who understood where they were coming from and the way they were seen by the business.”There is an element of sadness as Mengers’ career declined, because her whole life revolved around throwing herself so hard into being an all encompassing influence in the lives of clients that left her. Spurlock said there’s a cautionary tale in there. “She was very alone at the end of her life,” he said. “She had built incredible business friendships but lacked a lot of personal friendships beyond that. One of the things I value is my friends and family and I don’t want to be solely defined by the stories I tell and the movies I make. We want to make our mark, to feel we are doing something important. But in the end, we want to be loved and cherished for who we are. That comes from family.” Spurlock hopes to have a script by the fall and then will put the movie together quickly. One of the opportunities will be not only in finding an actress to play Mengers, but also clients from Streisand, McGraw, Cannon and Dunaway to Bergen. CAA reps Spurlock and ICM Partners and Donadio & Olson’s Edward Hibbert brokered the deal for Kellow. The one article I always felt best captured Mengers was the obituary that Nikki Finke wrote on Deadline. Here’s the link to a piece well worth reading if you really want to get a sense of a star agent and the way business was done in Hollywood when she flourished. Morgan Spurlock to Direct Sue Mengers Biopic Morgan Spurlock to direct Hollywood’s 1st female super-agent bio STAGE TUBE: Barbra Streisand Shares Her Favorite Things About Each City on Upcoming Tour; Tickets on Sale Tomorrow! Barbra Streisand Announces First Tour in 3+ Years

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

2013 – Bette Midler – I’ll Eat You Last – Sue talks about Faye Dunaway

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Friday, June 24, 2016

2013 – Bette Midler – On the Sofa! – I’ll Eat You Last

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

BetteBack July 21, 1993: Bette Midler Takes Her Rightful Place Among The Greats In “Gypsy” (Interview)

Panama City News Bette Midler to play Mama Rose in CBS’ adaptation of ‘Gypsy‘ July 21, 1993 By Gail Shister  ...  Read More

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

December 25th -BBC Radio 2 – Johnnie Walker Meets…: Bette Midler: From Broadway to Beaches

Bette Midler: From Broadway to Beaches Johnnie Walker Meets… 23E0859D00000578-2865630-image-m-124_1418053749605 Bette: From Broadway to Beaches. Johnnie Walker meets Bette Midler and on that journey discovers how the Hawaiian born Bette went from being voted at school “Miss Talkative” to “the Divine Miss M“. Garnering 3 Golden Globes for her films “The Rose“, “For The Boys” and “Gypsy“. Plus 3 Grammy Awards. She has enjoyed the most varied career and her ability to reach people has helped with her success and you’ll hear throughout the next two hours
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