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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Toronto’s ravines are in dire health. Bette Midler’s NYRP may provide an example to get them back to health

The Star
Toronto’s ravines are in dire health.
By PATTY WINSA, Data Reporter
Mon, Dec. 31, 2018

Bette Midler gardening

In 2007, then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg planted a Carolina Silverbell on a street corner in the Bronx to launch MillionTreesNYC, a 10-year plan with an ambitious goal to plant nearly 10 times as many trees as had been planted by the city in the previous decade.

Standing beside Bloomberg was Bette Midler, who was lending star power and more than $30 million (U.S.) to the effort through New York Restoration Project, a non-profit she founded in 1995 to create green spaces in densely populated areas of the city that lack adequate municipal support, according to the organization’s website. Read More

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Sure to piss off your inner 10-year-old.
Matt Branhamby 3rd, 2017


When it comes to ranking Disney live-action classics, we think our work speaks for itself. Then again, people can get pretty territorial about their favorite childhood movies, especially if there’s ranking involved. Yeah, we’re going to do it anyways.

From the coolest of runnings to the forgotten moments of flight to the most adventurous of animal movies, Disney has really rocked it all, including a few live-action remakes like Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book. Between the nostalgia of our youth and the advancement of moviemaking, it’s tough to say which depictions of great stories hold a candle to the next, but luckily, between our unlicensed advise and extensive movie-watching experience, we’re attempting to order Disney’s best real-life movies in order to drive you nuts.

Setting aside the animation, we’re getting down to ranking the 12 best movies that moved using real-life human actors (or close enough) and a bit of Disney magic. When you’re done, you can forward your hate mail to Disney for making this possible.

1. “The Mighty Ducks” (1992)

What can we say, other than the second was as good as the first, if not better? How about that it’s loaded with life lessons we never realized until now. And the third movie was a lot better than most third films of any great trilogy, even if it was anticlimactic as all get out. So what if Gordon Bombay did a little drinking and driving. It led him to coach one of the greatest fictional sports teams in history, one which strangely went from being the worst pee wee team imaginable to being the winner of the Junior Olympics and then high school…well, they didn’t except respect there, but still. Amazing!

2. “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” (1993) Read More

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bette Midler On Her First Tour:

Bette Midler On Her First Tour: “My first tour was soooo tiring but it was fascinating. Rochester, Toronto, Boston, L.A., and the SouthWest, … the people who came to see me were very far out, and when they all get together in one place they’re amazed that there are so many of them. My audience is fairly educated and they’ll try anything once. (Evening Star, March 11, 1976)

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Bette Midler On Stardom:

Bette Midler On Stardom: “I was dying to make it big. You know why? Because I wanted to be somebody else. I didn’t know who. Edith Piaf perhaps, I don’ know. Well, it was so much bull! The more of stardom I see, the sillier it gets.” (Newsweek, 1973)

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bette Midler On What Bette Midler Wants To Accomplish:

Bette Midler On What Bette Midler Wants To Accomplish:”I want to do it all. Everything” She flings her arms wide at the TV camera in her best doomed grand dame voice, “I want to live fast, die hard, live hard, die young, leave a brilliant memory.” (The Toronto Star,, February 24, 1973

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Bette Midler On The Baths

Bette Midler On The Baths: “Oh, they loved me at the tubs, they really encouraged me” she says fondly. “They allowed me to act out the whole dream, all those fantasies, all the people I wished I was” (The Toronto Star, February 24, 1973)

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bette Midler On Seeing The “Theater Of The Ridiculousness”:

Bette Midler On Seeing The “Theater Of The Ridiculousness”: “I remember one girl came out as Waterfront Woman you know, from the Josef von Sternberg movies, all in shadows except the face? His women were so mysterious, always getting on boats or disappearing on docks into the fog. Oh I just fell in love with those images. I saw that show and I just went out shopping the next day. At the end of two weeks I was Waterfront Woman. I remember the first dress I bought – it was red velvet floor length, cost me $5 But it didn’t fit so I had to hike it up in back with a brooch. Oh I just climbed into it right away.” (The Toronto Star, February 24, 1973)

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Bette Midler On Lonliness:

Bette Midler On Lonliness: I’ve been lonely most of my life. I think most people are lonely. What can you do about it? I sing about it. And it’s not over either It’ss not over till you die.” (The Toronto Star, February 24, 1973)

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Bette Midler On The Name “All Girl Productions” And Male Dominance In The Film Industry:

Bette Midler On The Name “All Girl Productions” And Male Dominance In The Film Industry: “You know what they say about payback: It’s a bitch. We were there in the conference room, and we were all girls. We kind of liked that name because it had a certain arrogance to it that we felt we needed because we were so brand-new in this game. We really didn’t know how the game worked. We found out soon enough. Also, we wanted a sense of humour, a little wit. We didn’t want to be just ‘Gigantic Pictures’ or ‘Magnificent Pictures’. We didn’twant anything abstract. We wanted to let people know who we really were.” (1991)

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Monday, September 19, 2016

BetteBack April 4, 1997: “That Old Feeling’ is a rose of a film

San Fran Examiner
April 4, 1997


SOMEWHERE BETWEEN the Divine Miss M and Norma Desmond lies Lilly, the haughty and naughty actress played with exuberance by Bette Midler in “That Old Feeling.”

For the last 14 years, she’s been married to Alan (David Rasche), the marriage counselor who failed to patch up her unraveling 12-year union to Dan (Dennis Farina), a successful novelist, who has since written a book in which an actress is stabbed 27 times.
Dan, too, is remarried, stolen away, according to Lilly, by Rowena (Gail O’Grady), a surgically improved interior decorator. Dan and Lilly’s daughter, Molly (Paula Marshall), is understandably reluctant to invite both of her explosive parents to her wedding to the arrow-straight Republican congressional candidate Keith (Jamie Denton).

Dan and Lilly don’t manage to maintain their civility for more than a few minutes. When their arguing escalates, Molly throws them out into the parking lot and warns them not to come back until they’ve resolved their differences.

They go a little further than Molly anticipated. Fighting ignites passion, and passion leads to a shock absorber-testing session in Dan’s car. What follows in the often clever Leslie Dixon script (she wrote

“Outrageous Fortune” ) is a melding of elements of plot from Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” and Noel Coward’s “Private Lives.” In the latter, the ex-spouses find themselves in adjacent hotel rooms, both on honeymoons with other people. They run away and leave their poor new partners behind. In this movie, the exes run away and ruin their daughter’s honeymoon.

Dixon has concocted a lively premise that often delivers big, punchy funny moments. And in the masterful hands of director Carl Reiner ( “All of Me” and “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” ), even the weaker material works well enough to keep us going until the next big laugh.

Farina and Midler are an interesting match. Farina, who played the funny but menacing heavy in “Get Shorty,” gives Dan a bear-like stolidity, making him the perfect foil for the tiny Midler’s scathing Lilly.

Marshall has strong moments in the role of Molly. Mostly she is a hand-wringing disapprover, lamenting her parents’ inappropriate behavior, cringing at her new husband’s gracelessness under pressure and falling for the scruffy, Lilly-chasing paparazzi named Joey (Danny Nucci). He comes in handy for finding Lilly when she disappears with Dan for a sumptuous assignation at a posh New York hotel.

Good one-liners abound. “I’m not neurotic,” Lilly says, “I’m just a bitch.” And rehashing the past with Dan, Lilly screams, “Faithful? You were faithful like a Kennedy is faithful!”

Dixon goes a little too freely for cheap laughs by turning Alan into a New Age cliche-spouting nudge who likes to talk every problem into the ground while Lilly’s eyes cross in boredom. And Rowena seems unfairly relegated to the role of unfeeling harpy, less upset about losing Dan than about losing the social standing her marriage to him assured.

Like Midler’s last hit, “First Wives Club,” “That Old Feeling” is a crowd pleaser that vindicates the second-class spot occupied by middle-aged women in the social stratum. What could be more fun than stealing an ex-husband back from the younger woman who stole him first? But this is not as feministically triumphant as it initially sounds. After all, in the end it’s just a couple of women cat-fighting over a man, not much of an improvement on Clare Boothe’s “The Women.”

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