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Friday, July 20, 2018

Vote for the best drama movies of 2018; Currently Bette Midler’s “Freak Show” is #5 out of 60

Mister D: So far only about 500 people have voted on this list and Freak Show is starting out in great shape. Let’s keep her in the spotlight. Make sure to go to Ranker and sign up. It’s easy. Then head on over and Click Here to vote. Freak Show Poster Ranker Vote for the best drama movies of 2018… July 14, 2018

Vote for the best drama movies of 2018.

Whether they’re about historical events or fictional stories of romance, tension, and love, the best drama movies of 2018 left viewers inspired and emotional. What were the best drama movies this year? Help decide below. Featuring romantic dramas, coming-of-age movies, biopics, and comedy-dramas, this list of good 2018 shows includes 12 StrongChappaquiddickLean on Pete, and Permission. Good drama films usually feature compelling characters and intriguing storylines, avoiding melodrama in favor of more realistic plot lines and complicated protagonists. Which drama movies of 2018 fit such a description? Vote on this list of 2018 drama movies. Give an up vote to the best drama movies of 2018 and down vote anything you feel is overrated or downright bad.


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12 Strong Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña12 Strong (also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers) is a 2018 American war drama film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. Following the September 11 attacks, Task…more


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Forever My Girl Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey Forever My Girl is a 2018 romantic drama film directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf. After being gone for a decade, a country star (Alex Roe) returns home to the love (Jessica Rothe) he left behind.


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Thoroughbreds Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of growing apart, upper-class teenagers Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their …more


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Final Portrait Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy Final Portrait is a 2017 British-American drama film directed by Stanley Tucci. In Paris 1964, famed painter Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) asks James Lord (Armie Hammer), the American…more


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Freak Show Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler Freak Show is a 2018 American drama film directed by Trudie Styler, based on the novel by James St. James. Despite attending an ultra-conservative high school, Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) decides…more


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The Strange Ones Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus Strange Ones is a 2017 American drama film directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein. Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American …more


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Nostalgia Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn Nostalgia is a 2018 American drama film directed by Mark Pellington. A group of people is connected through a loss.


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The 15:17 to Paris Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone The 15:17 to Paris is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the 2015 Thalys train attack. Three Americans (Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek …more


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First Reformed Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer First Reformed is a 2017 American drama thriller film directed by Paul Schrader. Grieving over the death of his son, an ex-military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) is further challenged when a young …more


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Leave No Trace Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober Leave No Trace is a 2018 American film directed by Debra Granik, based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock. A father (Ben Foster) and his 13-year-old daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) are living …more


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Every Day Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, Debby Ryan Every Day is a 2018 American romantic-drama directed by Michael Sucsy, based on the novel by David Levithan. 16-year-old Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) falls in love with a spirit named A, a traveling…more


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Disobedience Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola Disobedience is a 2017 British-Irish-American drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio, based on the novel by Noami Alderman. A woman (Rachel Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish home …more


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Eighth Grade Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie Fisher) struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school.


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The Rider Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near-fatal head injury, a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) undertakes a search for a new identity and what it …more


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Breath Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Samson CoulterBreath is a 2018 drama film directed by Simon Baker, based on the novel by Tim Winton. Two teenage boys form an unlikely connection with an older surfer (Simon Baker).


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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, based on the memoir by John Callahan. After nearly losing his life in a car accident, a slacker…more


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Shock and Awe Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden Shock, and Awe is a 2017 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner. Journalists investigate the assertions by the Bush Administration concerning Saddam Hussein’s alleged possession of weapons of …more


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A Fantastic Woman Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco A Fantastic Woman is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. Marina (Daniela Vega), a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her …more


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Lean on Pete Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel Lean on Pete is a 2017 British drama film directed by Andrew Haigh, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. A teenager (Charlie Plummer) gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends…more


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Saturday, September 9, 2017

6 recording artists for fall

Bay Area Reporter 6 recording artists for fall by Roberto Friedman Published 09/07/2017 81qvvpeoeel-_sl1500_ 1. The celebrated Bay Area string ensemble =&0=& has made some kick-ass collaborations with other musical artists over the years, but their new album “Ladilikan,” a creation with the Malian group =&1=&, is certainly one of their best. Da Kali is a trio that brings contemporary edge to traditional Malian music, blending a balafon (xylophone), a bass ngoni (flute) and a vocalist. The Kronos, consisting of violinists =&2=& and =&3=&, violist =&4=& and cellist =&5=& , are no strangers to world music. Da Kali singer =&6=& =&7=& is the daughter of Mali’s great traditional singer =&8=& . Kronos leader Harrington compares her voice to that of the late American gospel legend =&9=& . Composer =&10=& , son of SF Chronicle columnist =&11=&, arranged Trio Da Kali’s repertoire for string quartet. All of this would be of no consequence if the music on “Ladilikan” had no lift-off, but its taking up constant residency on Out There’s disc player belies that canard. Strings don’t mean a thing if they ain’t got that Malian swing, but Da Kali plus Kronos got it big-time. 2. Lead singer =&12=&, an elder statesman of the Seattle grunge scene, and his band will release “Still Life With Roses,” an EP remix of his recent album “Gargoyle,” on Sept. 29 from Heavenly Recordings. We listened to the =&13=& remix of Lanegan singing “Nocturne” and heard echoes of bass-baritones =&14=&, =&15=& and =&16=&. Deep down beautiful. 3. Genius pop musician =&17=&‘s 13th album Colors has been confirmed for an Oct. 13 release on Capitol Records. Colors is Beck’s first full-length offering of new material since 2014’s Morning Phase took Album of the Year honors at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. We watched the animated video “Dear Life,” a cut from the forthcoming album full of Beckian spirit and musicality. 4. The best musical satirist working today, =&18=& , has been touring with his show “ReZist,” and has a YouTube video, “Worst Ancestors Ever,” now on offer. It’s a song he co-wrote with =&19=&, and the video, an indictment of climate change denialists, features cameos by “=&20=&” =&21=& , =&22=& , “America’s Best Christian” =&23=&, and other luminaries. 5. Not everyone could get to New York to see immortal star =&24=& own the title role in the current “Hello Dolly!” revival on Broadway, but everyone can listen to the new Broadway cast recording, with a cast of 37 and 28 musicians, out on Sony Masterworks. Back where she belongs, preserved for the ages in digital sound files. 6. Jazz vocalist =&25=&‘s eighth album “Solstice/Equinox” releases on Nov. 3, and fittingly, its songs all reference the changing of the seasons. Panton sings the spots off the =&26=& classic “They Say It’s Spring,” the =&27=& standard “That Sunday, That Summer,” and her bilingual take on the =&28=& hit “September in the Rain.” There are more seasonal riffs throughout the disc, all delivered in Panton’s lyrical, lilting vocals. Also listening to releases of various vintage: =&29=& , “Scheherazade 2,” =&30=&, =&31=& , =&32=& (Nonesuch); =&33=& , “The Wind in High Places” (Cold Blue Music); =&34=&, =&35=&, =&36=& , “Yesterdays” (ECM); =&37=&, “Two Pages,” “Contrary Motion,” “Music in Fifths,” “Music in Similar Motion” (Elektra); =&38=&, “Song Cycle” (WB); =&39=&
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Sunday, January 17, 2016

BetteBack December 12, 1993: Bette Midler Is Pulling Out All The Stops

The Boston Globe (Boston, MA) Pulling out all the stops December 12, 1993 | Bruce McCabe, Globe Staff 304640_323276801102113_1079071467_n There are theater buffs who believe that “Gypsy” is the best musical ever to grace a Broadway stage. One of them is Neil Meren, one of the executive producers of the three-hour CBS television movie “Gypsy” that airs tonight (Channels 6 and 7 at 8), starring Bette Midler. In a telephone interview, Meren called “Gypsy” “the best musical ever written” and made a particular point of noting that “we’re presenting it — we’re not adapting it or changing it.” Meren, a friend of Midler who’s now trying to raise money for a theatrical film with Midler as actress/singer Lotte Lenya, doesn’t spare the horses when talking about her. He calls her performance in the telefilm “the best ever” and asserts flatly that “there’s no reason for anyone to ever do it again.” “Bette’s power derives from the fact that she’s both an actress and a magnificent singer,” Meren said, comparing her to a few other stars who have essayed the lead role. “Tyne Daly is an actress but she isn’t a singer. And Angela Lansbury didn’t get to the vulgarity of the woman. Bette pulls out all the stops. She goes for it. She gets the dementia of this woman, which others who have done her have not explored. What she does is real and dark. It’s not exaggerated. It’s an elevation of reality.” “Gypsy,” adapted for the stage from burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoir by Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, starred Ethel Merman in its long Broadway run (702 performances) in 1959. Meren says Midler’s “Gypsy” came about because the 1962 theatrical film starring Rosalind Russell was “poor.” “Russell, a favorite of mine, was miscast and was not bold enough. They made arbitrary changes. The movie was ugly,” he says. The musical is about Mama Rose, Lee’s formidable stage mother who, according to the legend, attempted to escape a mundane life by pushing her daughters’ careers. When her oldest daughter (Lacey Chabert) runs off to get married, Rose turns the firehose of her fixation on her less talented youngest daughter. “Rose gets away with what she does because she has so much charm. She can convince anybody to do anything. Her victims didn’t know they were being manipulated. She could go both ways. She could bludgeon you or charm you,” Meren said. “This musical shows how serious you can get while being entertaining. It functions as entertainment and yet it’s very serious. `Gypsy’ makes you recognize who you are and who you can be.”
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