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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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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bette Midler: Outrageous Fortune – Facts And Trivia

10326412_506639409436332_1787141974_n Bette Midler: Outrageous Fortune – Facts And Trivia Both Shelley Long and Bette Midler were promised top billing when they signed to do the film. Neither one wanted to give up top billing to the other. So west of the Mississippi River, Long got top billing and Midler got top billing east of the Mississippi. Bette Midler was three months pregnant when filming began and six months pregnant when it wrapped. Bette Midler wore an oversized very large orange jumper throughout the movie to disguise the fact that she was pregnant. One of a mid-late 1980s mini-cycle of movie comedies which starred Bette Midler that were all produced by the new adult Walt Disney subsidiary production house of Touchstone Pictures. The films include Big Business (1988), Ruthless People (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986). According to the 80s Movie Rewind, when Bette Midler fell in front of a lorry in the movie, it was not part of the script. Midler had winged it during the shot because she thought it would look good in the film. Shelley Long and the crew were worried about the prat-fall with Long quickly rushing to her aid and pulling Midler to the kerb-side. The scene was kept in the picture. Reportedly, Bette Midler wanted to do all of her own stunts, which meant falling over and jumping around cliffs during the film’s climax, something which was of concern to the production, for both Midler and her baby’s health and safety. The movie won a 1988 American Comedy Award for Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) awarded to actress-comedian Bette Midler. The picture was successful at the box-office with its world wide receipts totaling just under US $66 million. The “Outrageous Fortune” title is taken from Act 3, Scene 1, Line 58 of William Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”. It’s from the start of the famous “To be or not to be” speech which states: “To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles. And by opposing end them”. In the movie, Shelley Long’s character confesses at the beginning of the movie that she someday hopes to play Hamlet. At the end of the film, Long does, with Bette Midler also in the cast. The picture is considered to be a female version of a male buddy movie. Halliwells said that the film was “a traditional male buddy film that has substituted women” whilst Movies on TV & Videocassette said that the movie was a “variant on the male buddy-buddy movie”. Moreover, Allmovie states that this buddy movie has its “leads essayed by women”. There was a row between who would get top billing on the film. First billing on the film print at both the start and closing credits went to Shelley Long with Bette Midler being second billed. But many of the movie posters and DVD covers have Midler billed first. Midler had previously starred in Touchstone’s comedy-smash Ruthless People (1986) whereas Long had similarly starred in the hit-comedy Night Shift (1982). Midler ended up being Golden Globe nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical for her role in Outrageous Fortune (1987), suggesting her performance was the more dominant of the two leads, and thus, getting top billed post-theatrical release on the home-video and DVD covers, with Long having the prime billing still on the film print. The setting of the cliffhanger finale, at the Four Fingers on the Mesa Azul Cliffs, was both a fictional name and fictional location, the place being apparently just a matte painting. Any real life photography associated with the sequence was done in New Mexico. The route of the cross-country road trip went from Harlem and Manhattan in New York to New Mexico. The movie’s MacGuffin was a vial of a deadly experimental virus prototype, a fictitious airborne defoliant known as “Floratoxin”. First of two consecutive movies with a connection to William Shakespeare for actress-comedian Bette Midler. The title of Outrageous Fortune (1987) was derived from a passage in “Hamlet” whilst Midler’s next picture, Big Business (1988), had a plot loosely derived from “The Comedy of Errors”. Some movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: “The CIA is trailing them. The KGB is tracking them. The phone company is tracing them. The police are chasing them. The cowboys are herding them. And the Indians are hunting them. Are they going to fall for all of that?”. Debut produced screenplay of screen-writer Leslie Dixon. Dixon’s second, Overboard (1987), also began with the same letter “O”, and was also released in the same 1987 year. The name of the movie that Sandy Brozinsky (Bette Midler) had appeared in was “Ninja Vixens”. Both lead actresses, Bette Midler and Shelley Long, in one scene, appear in drag and also sport mustaches. The amount of stolen money in the bag was US $20 million. The first name of the character of the Russian drama coach, Stanislav Korzenowski, played by Robert Prosky, referenced Konstantin Stanislavski, who was famous for developing the Stanislavski System of Acting. One of two 1987 movies starring actress-comedian Shelley Long. The other picture was Hello Again (1987). Principal photography on this picture commenced around April-May 1986 with production completed around August 1986. Both of the pictures lead stars, Bette Midler and Shelley Long, have both starred in a “Beverly Hills” title movie. Long and Midler both headlined Troop Beverly Hills (1989) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) respectively. Intelligence agencies featured in the movie include the CIA and the KGB.
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Friday, May 22, 2015

BetteBack January 10, 1990: Bette Midler To Participate In Earth Day Special April 22

News January 10, 1990 sfm18i LOS ANGELES — Some of the biggest names in show business are scheduled to perform on a television program aimed at raising public awareness of environmental problems and stimulating citizen activism in solving them. At a news conference Monday, Kevin Costner, Meryl Streep, Michael Keaton, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Wfllis, Robin Williams, Quincy Jones, Bette Midler and Ted Danson were named as participants in “The Earth Day Special,” a two-hour broadcast scheduled to air Sunday, April 22. on the ABC television network. Names of additional participants are expected to be announced in coming weeks. Although they are among the highest-paid people in their fields, the artists and performers all have agreed to work for minimum unionscale wages, according to the show’s producers. The telecast is timed to coincide with environmentally oriented events taking place around the world on April 22, which marks the 20th anniversary of Earth Day 1970. The show’s big-name performers wfll be using their talents “to inspire and educate people to become part of the solution,” said Danson, star of the NBC comedy “Cheers” and the recent movie “Dad.” The special will use drama, comedy and music to weave a narrative story incorporating information about environmental issues, according to Armyan Bernstein, one of the show’s executive producers. The first hour will focus on problems and the second hour on solutions, he said. At several points in the program, viewers will be offered names, addresses and telephone numbers of organizations that can supply additional information about specific issues. Danson said that the informational content of the program would be supervised by what he called “a broad-based board of scientific advisers,” the members of which are still being enlisted. Richard Baskin, music producer and composer who also is one of the show’s executive producers, said representatives of several advocacy groups — including the Environmental Defense ‘Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council —have agreed to serve on the board, as has a representative of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Another executive producer, Paul Witt, said organizers of the television project recognized that environmental issues often are complicated by political and economic concerns. Witt’s company produces such programs as “The Golden Girls” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The television show wfll acknowledge those complexities, he said, but intends to “present information that empowers people without paralyzing them.” The program is being produced by People of the Earth Foundation and Warner Brothers Inc., with financing and sponsorship by Time Warner Inc. The foundation is an entity specifically set up as a sort of financial holding company for the production of the show. Neither ABC News nor any other news organization is involved in the project.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

BetteBack March 20, 1990: Earth Day Special To Air Again

Daily Herald *Earth Day’ targets ecology movement March 20, 1990 HOLLYWOOD (UPI) – A flock of motion picture and TV stars will appear in the ABC-TV two-hour broadcast of “Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special,” to generate interest in the ecology movement. Bette Midler will be seen as Mother Earth attempting to survive today’s onslaught of pollution and waste. The two-hour show will be aired April 22. Other stars participating are Chevy Chase, Kevin Costner, Ted Danson, Geena Davis, Jane Fonda, Michael Keaton, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand, Robin Williams and Bruce Willis.
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Friday, February 3, 2012

BetteBack – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10,1990: Announcing Happy Earth Day

THE NEWS, FREDERICK, MD Stars come out to wish Happy Earth Day WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10,1990 LOS ANGELES — Some of the biggest names in show business are scheduled to perform on a television program aimed at raising public awareness of environmental problems and stimulating citizen activism in solving them. At a news conference Monday, Kevin Costner, Meryl Streep, Michael Keaton, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Wfllis, Robin Williams, Quincy Jones, Bette Midler and Ted Danson were named as participants in “The Earth Day Special,” a two-hour broadcast scheduled to air Sunday, April 22. on the ABC television network. Names of additional participants are expected to be announced in coming weeks. Although they are among the highest-paid people in their fields, the artists and performers all have agreed to work for minimum unionscale wages, according to the show’s producers. The telecast is timed to coincide with environmentally oriented events taking place around the world on April 22, which marks the 20th anniversary of Earth Day 1970. The show’s big-name performers will be using their talents “to inspire and educate people to become part of the solution,” said Danson, star of the NBC comedy “Cheers” and the recent movie “Dad.” The special will use drama, comedy and music to weave a narrative story incorporating information about environmental issues, according to Armyan Bernstein, one of the show’s executive producers. The first hour will focus on problems and the second hour on solutions, he said. At several points in the program, viewers will be offered names, addresses and telephone numbers of organizations that can supply additional information about specific issues. Danson said that the informational content of the program would be supervised by what he called “a broad-based board of scientific advisers,” the members of which are still being enlisted. Richard Baskin, music producer and composer who also is one of the show’s executive producers, said representatives of several advocacy groups — including the Environmental Defense ‘Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council —have agreed to serve on the board, as has a representative of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Another executive producer, Paul Witt, said organizers of the television project recognized that environmental issues often are complicated by political and economic concerns. Witt’s company produces such programs as “The Golden Girls” an “Beauty and the Beast.” The television show wfll acknowledge those complexities, he said, but intends to “present information that empowers people without paralyzing them.” The program is being produced by People of the Earth Foundation and Warner Brothers Inc., with financing and sponsorship by Time Warner Inc. The foundation is an entity specifically set up as a sort of financial holding company for the production of the show. Neither ABC News nor any other news organization is involved in the project
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