Saturday, January 21, 2017

1988 – Bette Midler – Beaches – Wind Beneath My Wings

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Bette Midler – Delores DeLago – Divine Madness – 1980

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BetteBack September 29, 1998: Nathan Lane Talks Bette Midler

Amarillo Daily News
September 29, 1998

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Nathan Lane felt instant chemistry with Bette Midler on the set of Isn’t She Great, which he shot this summer.

Midler plays Valley Of The Dolls author, Jaqueline Susann and Lane is cast as her husband, Irving Mansfield.

“You know what I call Bette?” Lane said, laughing. Feisty Spice. That’s my nickname for her. I think we were destined to work together.  We had so many laughs and she’s so funny. There were days she would kill me, she was so funny. We were like an old married couple. We were like the battling Bickersons the way we would carry on. She’s wonderful.”

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Bette Midler On The First Wive’s Club:

Bette Midler On The First Wive’s Club: “Of course, I wanted to play Goldie’s part.” she says. “Dressing up in all those biker-chick clothes and strutting around in high heels. Are you kidding?” (Sunday Mirror, 1996)

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2012 – Bette Midler – Bette Recalibrates

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BetteBack October 28, 1973: Bette Midler’s, Bette Midler. Coming Out Soon

Abilene Reporter News
October 28, 1973

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On the recording scene we’re expecting a host of good LPs this month from Atlantic Records which you may want to be on the lookout for.

There’s the latest BETTE MIDLER album, which bears her name. This exciting new star has a TV special in the offing and already has a gold
album to her credit.

On her new one she does, among other songs, Glenn Miller’s” In the Mood,” singing all the parts- lead and background vocals.

Other songs include Jackie Wilson‘s ” Higher & Higher” and “Lullabye of Broadway.”

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Bette Midler On Revenge:

Bette Midler On Revenge: “Oh, revenge is very healthy. I like it. If I didn’t believe that what goes around comes around, I would have to kill myself. It is the cornerstone of my life.” (Sunday Mirror, 1996)

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New York Times: ‘Beaches’ Remake Review

The New York Times
Review: They’ve, Sob, Remade ‘Beaches
By MIKE HALEJAN. 20, 2017

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“Beaches,” directed by Garry Marshall and released three decades ago, was a curio even in its own time: a pastiche of 1950s tear-jerkers that was set, strangely and uncomfortably, in the 1970s and ’80s. Portraying the lifelong friendship of two women, one of whom dies too young — you could say that’s a spoiler, but it’s really the only thing the movie’s about — it was a shamelessly retrograde and literal-minded soap opera with a veneer of fake feminism. (Careers and single motherhood were fine as long as they involved constant suffering.) Depending on your susceptibilities, it could inspire cultish devotion or impel you to yell at the screen.

It was not, by any measure, a movie that needed to be remade. But here we are, 29 years later, with a new television version of “Beaches” on Lifetime on Saturday night. Idina Menzel has taken the Bette Midler role of C. C. Bloom, the brassy Jewish singer-actress (originally from the Bronx, now from Venice Beach), and Nia Long succeeds Barbara Hershey as Hillary Whitney, who originally was a WASP-princess lawyer.

The Lifetime “Beaches” is a reduction of the original — smaller emotions, smaller performances, fewer songs, shorter running time (about 87 minutes versus 123) — and while that could have been an improvement, it’s not. The things that made the original worth sitting through, whether you were love-watching or hate-watching, are mostly gone. Stuffing the story into 70 percent of the time makes C. C. and Hillary’s cycle of fights and reconciliations feel more arbitrary than ever, especially in the absence of Ms. Midler, whose vivid portrayal of C. C. provided motivations that weren’t in the script.

The new things in the Lifetime film, written by Bart Baker and Nicole Beckwith (based on a novel by Iris Rainer Dart) and directed by Allison Anders, add nothing to the story. Casting Ms. Long, who’s black, would seem to add diversity, but so much of the (admittedly clichéd) Bronx-Jewish and California blue-blood flavors have been stripped away from C. C. and Hillary that the characters feel more indistinguishable than they did before. Some of the film’s precious time is devoted to a new character, Hillary’s lawyer father, so that when he dies, she can make a statement about black men and the justice system.

Meanwhile, you watch it noting the things that are missing, even those that made you cringe. No more Ms. Midler singing “Under the Boardwalk.” No more Mayim Bialik as the frighteningly confident 11-year-old C. C., belting out “The Glory of Love.” No more John Heard supplying a touch of grace as the theater director whom both C. C. and Hillary love. No more “That’s my robe.”

There is one improvement: Ms. Menzel sings “Wind Beneath My Wings” a half-hour sooner than Ms. Midler did. Just in case that’s what you’re waiting around for.

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1988 – Beaches – Let’s Talk About Me – Bette Midler

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Soapy new ‘Beaches’ still pulls heartstrings

New York Post
Soapy new ‘Beaches’ still pulls heartstrings
By Robert Rorke January 19, 2017

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Lifetime’s “Beaches” remake is an homage to a classic chick-flick and a throwback to a certain kind of schmaltzy storytelling popular in Hollywood.

And it will appeal to fans of the original movie.

The 1988 film struck such a powerful chord with women that they went to see it with their girlfriends, leaving behind husbands and boyfriends who just didn’t get why they wanted to sob for two hours. Starring a hilariously brassy Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey (and her lips), the film raked in $57 million at the box office and gave Midler one of her biggest hits, the treacly “Wind Beneath My Wings” (the Grammy choice for Song of the Year).

Lifetime’s “Beaches,” directed with an affectionate eye by Allison Anders (“Gas Food Lodging”), celebrates the ups and downs of female friendship. Shot for shot, the film is nearly a duplicate, using the same character names and truncating only a section where the characters — C.C. Bloom (Idina Menzel) and Whitney Hillary (Nia Long) — are separated. Executive producer Allison Greenspan and her screenwriter, Nicole Beckwith, have made necessary technological updates in terms of how information is shared between friends. Nia Long (“The Best Man”) takes on the Hershey role, the doomed rich girl with the congenital disease. Wisely, race is never mentioned in the movie, giving it a more contemporary feel, but the same old heartstrings are pulled when C.C. learns that her oldest friend has only a few months to live.

Long gets to do more in the movie than just die — unlike the original. She comes across as the antithesis to C.C.’s mercurial entertainer, a corporate lawyer who prefers to do pro bono work. Menzel gives the film its verve as the tenacious C.C., whose trajectory from auditions for dog food commercials to Bar Mitzvah singer to pop superstardom offers welcome comic relief. Her voice, while less brassy than Midler’s, has a clarity and power all its own.

With all these improvements, though, “Beaches” is still a soap. The characters are drawn from the pretty/ugly dichotomy that used to work wonders in “women’s pictures” of the 1940s. “You just roll out of bed and life falls into place for you. I have to work at everything,” says the talented (but not beautiful) C.C.

When C.C. and Whitney predictably fight over the same man, your eyes may roll. And that’s a good reflex. While you may not mind revisiting “Beaches,” you may not feel the same emotions washing over you — because you already know the story.

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