Thursday, July 28, 2016

Idina Menzel to Star in ‘Beaches’ TV Movie for Lifetime

Hollywood Reporter
Idina Menzel to Star in ‘Beaches‘ TV Movie for Lifetime
JULY 28, 2016 10:13am PT by Lesley Goldberg

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Idina Menzel is headed for the beach with Lifetime.

The Frozen and Rent favorite has been tapped to take on Bette Midler’s role in a TV movie remake of 1988’s Beaches, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The film follows the serendipitous meeting of two kids on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on an unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC (Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles until she is discovered by a director who gives CC her first big shot. Hillary (Barbara Hershey in the feature) is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny. Their friendship — even with its ups and downs — sustains them for decades.

Production is set to begin on the Lifetime movie Aug. 15 in Vancouver.

The movie’s music — including “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love” — will be included, with new takes on those as well as several other songs that Menzel will record specifically for the Lifetime incarnation.

Casting remains under way for the role of Hillary. Lifetime’s Beaches will be executive produced by Denise Di Novi (Crazy Stupid Love) and Alison Greenspan (If I Stay). Allison Anders (Ring of Fire) will direct. Bart Baker (Honeymoon With Harry) and Nikole Beckwith (Stockholm, Pennsylvania) will pen the script for the A+E Studios-produced movie. The project will premiere in 2017. A specific date has yet to be announced.

The original movie, from the late and great Garry Marshall, grossed $57 million domestically with “Wind Beneath My Wings” earning record and song of the year Grammys. The Lifetime project, announced a week after Marshall’s death, has been in the works for more than a year.

For Lifetime, it marks the latest TV movie reboot and follows its rendition of Steel Magnolias, which set ratings records for the female-skewing cable network.

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Garry Marshall: Favorite Scenes From Some Of His Movies

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Love Essentially: Garry Marshall inspired audiences in love and romance
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July 27, 2016

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When I was a fifth-grader, there was no one I envied more than Pinky Tuscadero. After all, Pinky was the Fonz’s girlfriend! What I didn’t know back then was that Pinky and Fonz’s romance in Garry Marshall‘s unforgettable ’70s sitcom, “Happy Days,” was just a glimpse of what the brilliant writer, director, actor and producer had in store for TV and movie audiences over the next five decades.

Marshall, who died recently at the age of 81, seemed to have a deep love for tenderness, romance, humor and happy endings (with the exception of his movie, “Beaches,” that had me crying for an hour) and it showed in all of his work.

In honor of the late Marshall, here are a few of my favorite scenes from his movies. All of these were either written, directed or produced by Garry Marshall:

‘Overboard’ (1987)

There are so many wonderful scenes in this darling movie about a spoiled, wealthy woman (played by Goldie Hawn) who gets amnesia after falling off her yacht and ends up living with a beer-guzzling, blue-collar single dad (played by Kurt Russell). Marshall offers up a touching ending when the two jump overboard in the middle of the Atlantic and swim into each other’s arms. He tops it off with Russell’s character asking, “What can I possibly give you that you don’t already have?” Hawn’s character answers, “A little girl.”

‘Runaway Bride’ (1999)

Following their smashing successful rom-com, “Pretty Woman,” Richard Gere and Julia Roberts team up again in this really sweet movie about Ike (played by Gere), a newspaper columnist who chases a story about a woman (played by Roberts) who has left a string of fiances at the altar. In true Marshall style, the two end up falling in love. One of the best scenes is when Maggie says to Ike, “When I was walking down the aisle, I was walking toward somebody who didn’t have any idea who I really was. But you – you knew the real me.” Ike replies, “Yes, I did.”

Valentine’s Day‘ (2010)

With dozens of great actors and hilarious heartwarming storylines, “Valentine’s Day” is a sweet movie that captures different perspectives of the holiday that some people love and some find repulsive. An absolutely hilarious scene occurs when a scorned, angry woman (played by Jennifer Garner) goes to an anti-Valentine’s Day party, takes a baseball bat and starts beating the heart-shaped pinata as hard as she can. But at the end of the movie, Garner’s character tells her 10-year-old student, “You’re the best, most special Valentine’s date I’ve ever had.” In true Marshall style, sweetness and sentimentality wins over bitterness.

Raising Helen‘ (2004)

This is an adorable movie about a single, fun-loving party girl named Helen (played byKate Hudson), who gains custody of three young kids. A laugh-out-loud moment is when Helen lights up a cigarette in front of the three kids, and one of them says, “How are you going to be able to raise us if you’re dead?” Helen replies, “This?” (pointing to the cigarette), “This won’t kill you for years.”

‘Beaches’ (1988)

Anyone who has ever had a true best friend can appreciate this tender, sweet drama about two girls from completely different backgrounds who become lifelong friends, enjoying blissful times and sharing in each other’s sorrows. There is a scene in “Beaches” where CC (played by Bette Midler) and Hillary (played by Barbara Hershey) have a big fight in the middle of a New York department store. “You’re so jealous you can hardly breathe,” CC says. It makes you so uncomfortable and sad, you want to call your best friend and tell her how much you love her.

‘Pretty Woman’ (1990)

Probably the most famous and well-loved Garry Marshall movie, “Pretty Woman” is a love story about Edward, a wealthy businessman (played by Richard Gere) who falls for Vivian, a Hollywood Boulevard prostitute (played by Julia Roberts). The movie that made Roberts a household name has that fairytale ending it deserves: Edward climbs up a fire escape despite his fear of heights to rescue Vivian. When he reaches the top he asks, “What happens when he climbs up and rescues her?” Vivian answers, “She rescues him right back.”

Marshall said in a television interview in 2010, “The type of work I do, you know, it’s called sentimental.” The gifts his work leaves behind? Loveable, memorable characters, famous movie quotes and scenes so touching they made us laugh and cry at the same time. But most of all, Marshall inspired his audiences when it came to love and romance. “I want the fairytale,” said Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. That was Marshall’s way of telling us all not to settle.

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Sophie Von Haselberg (Bette’s Daughter), Anna Gunn, Others Celebrate the NY Screening of “Equity”

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Sophie Von Haselberg, Anna Gunn, Others Celebrate the NY Screening of “Equity”
By The Daily | July 27, 2016

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Last night, The Cinema Society, along with Bloomberg and Thomas Pink, hosted the New York screening of “Equity” at the Museum of Modern Art. The film’s stars, including Anna Gunn, James Purefory, Alysia Reiner, Sarah Megan Thomas, and Sam Roukin, plus David Alan Basche, Margaret Colin, and Sophie von Haselberg, came out to support director Meera Menon.

The film aims to highlight the “catty” side of Wall Street, and follows Naomi Bishop (portrayed by Gunn), a powerful senior investment banker who fights to rise to the top of the corporate ladder at a competitive Wall Street firm. Roukin plays the CEO of Cachet, a tech company that’s preparing for an IPO, which Naomi tries to win over.

“I was interested in seeing women negotiate power and money,” said Menon about the film. “These are two things that have been historically denied to women and I feel like it was a real opportunity for us to explore that kind of thematic idea through the genre of a financial thriller. That was what was exciting to me—that the movie plays like the insider but through that aesthetic we were also able to explore ideas of being a woman in a male-dominated environment.”

On top of dishing on her favorite costumes from the film—a short navy blue dress by Bird and a Nicole Miller dress “the color of money”—Thomas shared her biggest challenge during filming. “I’m pregnant in the film and hiding it,” she says. “Acting was easy compared to figuring out which days to wear what boob pad and butt pad!”

A bevy of guests continued on to the after-party at SixtyFive, where they enjoyed skyline views and Qui tequila cocktails called “The IPO”: Ray Liotta, Alan Alda, Paul Haggis, Jackie Cruz, Catherine Curtin, Nicole Trunfio, Nolan Funk, Laura Bell Bundy, Rosanna Scotto, Chuck Scarborough, Pat Cleveland, June Ambrose, Christiane Seidel, Caroline Lowe, Eve Plumb, Candy Pratts Price, Adam Glassman, Debbie Bancroft, Joshua Bell, Kiera Chaplin, RJ King, Drew Nieporent, Mara Teigen, Louisa Warwick, and Timo Weiland.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

‘The Voice’ Season 11 Advisers Include Joan Jett, Bette Midler

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The Voice‘ Season 11 Advisers Include Joan Jett, Bette Midler
July 27, 2016 @ 11:46 AM
By Talia Ergas

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Put another dime in the jukebox! Joan Jett is headed to The Voice for season 11, a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.

Jett, 57, is one of four music industry pros who will serve as advisers to coaches Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys on the next round of the NBC sing-off. The “Bad Reputation” singer will share her love of rock ‘n’ roll with 23-year-old newbie coach Cyrus’ post-blind audition contestants when the series returns this fall, reveals the show source.

It’s no surprise that the “Wrecking Ball” singer chose Jett. Last year, she joked about wanting to have sex with the Joan Jett & The Blackhearts frontwoman when she inducted Jett into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cyrus called the “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” singer an “inspiration” and “what Superwoman really should be.”

But Jett isn’t the only rocker slated to join The Voice. Van Halen’s lead Sammy Hagar has signed on to aid three-time victor Levine, 37. “Adam loves inviting rockers he admires,” says the source. “He’s a big fan of classic rock.”

The Maroon 5 frontman and Hagar, 68, also share a history prior to teaming up for the show. Last year, the pals spent time together in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and even performed a duet of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” at a local bar.

Shelton, 40, who previously enlisted then-wife Miranda Lambert and current girlfriend and former Voice coach Gwen Stefani, will feel a different kind of wind beneath his wings. This time around, Bette Midler hopes to help the vet snatch his fourth victory.

Midler, 70, has been discussed as a possibility before. During season 9, Levine told The Voice’s cameras that if he could pick a hypothetical fifth coach for the show, he’d want Midler. “I dig you, Bette,” he said at the time, though his dream partner will work with rival Shelton instead. “Come and join us!”

As for newcomer Keys, 35, she’s calling on Charlie Puth. The “One Call Away” singer, 24, will work together with Keys to train Team Alicia during the battle rounds.

The celebrity advisers will appear during the Battle Rounds.

NBC’s The Voice returns for season 11 on Monday, September 19. The network will also be airing a special preview episode following the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games on Sunday, August 21.

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