Saturday, April 25, 2015

Give Him A Great Big Kiss

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BetteBack June 11, 1989: Will “Stella” Include Laughs?

Salina Journal
June 11, 1989

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How will Bette Midler handle the starring role in the remake of the great 1937 soaper “Stella Dallas“? Will she actually try to get laughs?—B.K.

I ran into Bette in Florida during a break in the “Stella Dallas” production.\

The 1937 classic was the definitive soaper, providing Barbara Stanwyck with one of her finest roles, as a stalwart woman who sacrifices everything for her daughter.

Bette tells me that in the remake she’ll age from 28 to 48. She assures me that the new version will not be “uninterrupted drama.”

Knowing the Divine One, I’m sure it will include some of her wicked humor.

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Richard Corliss, Time magazine film critic, dies at 71 (Bette Midler Mention)

Washington Post
Richard Corliss, Time magazine film critic, dies at 71
By News Services and Staff Reports April 24 at 7:44 PM

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Richard Corliss, the longtime film critic for Time magazine, died April 23 in New York City. He was 71.

He had complications from a major stroke that occurred last week, the magazine reported.

“He conveyed nothing so much as the sheer joy of watching movies — and writing about them,” Time theater critic Richard Zoglin said in an online tribute. “He was a perceptive, invaluable guide through three and a half decades of Hollywood films, stars and trends.”

In his 35 years as the magazine’s film critic, Mr. Corliss wrote more than 2,500 reviews and other articles.

“His prose was zestful and sparkling — it simply jumped off the page,” Zoglin said.

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He said Mr. Corliss had an encyclopedic knowledge of film and its place in cinematic, cultural and American history.

His reviews were “authoritative but never intimidating” and his tastes “populist but eclectic,” ranging from Chinese kung fu and Disney animation to films by Ingmar Bergman and Werner Herzog.

Early in his career, Mr. Corliss dismissed the box office hit “Star Wars,” stating that “the movie’s ‘legs’ will prove as vulnerable as C-3PO’s.” But he soon embraced the films by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

Of Spielberg’s “E.T.,” he said that “the movie is a perfectly poised mixture of sweet comedy and 10-speed melodrama, of death and resurrection, of a friendship so pure and powerful it seems like an idealized love.”

He also wrote about other forms entertainment. In a 1987 cover story on Bette Midler, he pronounced the singer-actress “a 5-ft. 1-in. Statue of Libido carrying a torch with a blue flame.”

Mr. Corliss tended to be drawn to the fast-moving, action-packed dramas of directors Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino, but Zoglin noted in his Time appreciation that the critic also lavished praise on Anthony Minghella’s more deliberate and painterly “The English Patient” (1996).

“The film is, in an old phrase, beyond gorgeous,” Mr. Corliss wrote. “All year we’ve seen mirages of good films. Here is the real thing.”

Reviews Mr. Corliss wrote that didn’t make Time’s print edition were published on the magazine’s Web site. He also wrote online essays about classic figures of pop culture, including Richard Rodgers, Jack Paar, Marlene Dietrich, S.J. Perelman, Alistair Cooke, Bettie Page and Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss).

Richard Nelson Corliss was born March 6, 1944, in Philadelphia, and he graduated from St. Joseph’s University there.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

An Interesting Quote From Rebel Wilson

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“My dream role would be to play Bette Midler in a biopic of Bette Midler. I feel like I would crush it.

“My friend and co-star of Pitch Perfect, Anna Kendrick, also has the same dream. And we will have a fist fight over who plays that role. Even though that project is not set up, we both have that dream.”

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BetteBack June 9, 1989: Bette Midler Flattered By Marathon Play Of WBMW’s

Doylestown Intelligencer
June 9, 1989

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A radio station in Fort Pierce, Fla, decided to play Bette Midler‘s hit singleWind Beneath My Wings” over and over again until she called, and the trick worked about 90 minutes later.

The Divine Miss M is filming “Stella” at the nearby Boca Raton Resort and Club and quickly learned of Tuesday’s marathon spin by Jon Howe and Kriss Klaus at WOW-FM.

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Hell in a Handbag’s BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS to Run 7/17-8/21 at Mary’s Attic In Chicago

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Hell in a Handbag’s BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS to Run 7/17-8/21 at Mary’s Attic
April 23, 2015
by BWW News Desk

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Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to continue its 2015-16 season with BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS, a musical tribute to the legendary Bette Midler starring Caitlin Jackson, directed and choregraphed by Christopher Pazdernik with music direction by Jeremy Ramey as Barry Manilow. BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS will play July 17 – August 21, 2015 at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets are currently on sale at www.handbagproductions.org. The press opening is Saturday, July 18 at 8 pm.

Join Handbag Diva Caitlin Jackson as she pays tribute to the Divine Miss M‘s legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. Featuring a live band, this loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler’s stellar career will feature the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Superstar, and of course, Chapel of Love done in Bette’s inimitable style. Well, nearly inimitable. Handbag transforms the newly remodeled Mary’s Attic into the legendary Bathhouse (just tell your great Aunt Gertie this is where young men went to clean up back in the day) complete with hot dancing boys wearing strategically placed towels… and steam… lots of steam.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bette Midler: I live by three commandments

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Bette Midler: I live by three commandments
April 23, 2015

Bette Midler Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

Bette Midler insists she’s a “very simple person”.

The 69-year-old singer is set to hit the road once again with her upcoming Divine Intervention tour, which kicks off on May 8 in Hollywood.

And revealing she was inspired by Moses and the original Ten Commandments for the tour, Bette opened up about the commandments she lives her life by.

“The tour is called the Divine Intervention,” Bette told US TV show Extra. “Sort of like the ‘Divine’ has deigned to come down into the arena and tell you how to live. Sort of like Moses with his 10 commandments, I have my own personal commandments – there’s only three of them, I’m a very simple person.”

Bette has been in the spotlight for the past 45 years, and is showing no sign of retiring any time soon.

The singer and actress also revealed that it has taken almost as long to conquer her stage fright, but she has finally managed to do so.

“In the old days it was really, ‘Agggh’, but now it’s kind of like, I look forward to it!” she said.

Bette hit headlines back in July 2011 when she accused Lady Gaga of copying ‘Dolores’ – her famous mermaid in a wheelchair character – for her own tour.

Admitting she found the whole feud “fun”, Bette added she was surprised by the reaction her accusations got from Gaga’s team.

“Her people got really incensed. I said, ‘People, get a grip! It’s just a joke!’ ” she said.

But now Bette has put the situation behind her and is now a huge fan of Gaga’s. Her love of the singer was furthered when she performed a Sound of Music tribute at the Oscars back in February.

“The things she did with Tony Bennett I thought were sensational,” she said. “And I loved what she did at the Oscars – it showed chops and it showed nerve.”

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BetteBack June 4, 1989: Bette Midler Reaches Number One On The Billboard Charts

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
June 4, 1989

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The following are toe top record hits and leading popular compact disks as they appear in next week’s issue of Billboard magazine. Copyright 1989, Billboard Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

HOT SINGLES

1.“Wind Beneath My Wings” Bette Midler (Atlantic)
2.“m Be Loving You Forever” New Kids on toe Block (Columbia)
3. “Every Little Step” Bobby Brown (MCA)
4.“Rock On” Michael Damian (Cypress)
5.“Buffalo Stance” Neneh CSierry (Virgin)
6.“Patience” Guns N’ Roses (Geffen)
7.“Satisfied” Richard Marx (EMI)
8.“Soldier of Love” Donny Osmond (Capitol)
9.“Close My Eyes Forever” Lita Foi^ & Ozzy Osbourne (RCA)
10.“Where Are You Now?” Jimmy Hamen & Synch (WTG)

COUNTRY SINGLES

1.“Better Man” Clint Black (RCA)
2.“Love Out Loud” Earl Thomas Conley (RCA)
3.“She Don’t Love Nobody” The Desert Rose Band (MCA-Curb)
4.“I Don’t Want to Spoil toe Party” Rosanne Cash (Columbia)
5.“They Rage On” Dan Seals (Capitol)
6.“Call On Me” Tanya Tucker (Capitol)
7.“Lovin’ Only Me” Ricky Skaggs (Epic)
8.“Come From toe Heart” Kathy Mattea (Mercury)
9..“Hole In My Pocket” Ricky Van Shelton (Columbia)

ADULT CONTEMPORARY SINGLES

1.“ Everlasting Love’’ Howard Jones (Elektra)
2.“Miss You Like Crazy” Natalie Cole (EMI)
3.“Through toe Storm” Aretha Franklin & Elton John (Arista)
4.“Second Chance” Thirty Eight Special (A&M)
5.“Thinking of You” Sa-Fire (C^utting)
6.“After All” Cher & Peter Cetera (Geffen)
7.“Wind Beneath My Wings” Bette Midler (Atlantic)
8. “The Best Years of Our Uves” Neil Diamond (Ck)lumbia)
9.“Talk It Over” Grayson Hugh (RCA)
10.“Cry” Waterfront (Polydor)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day Or Is It?

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Earth Day Special – NYRP: Surveying How Their Gardens Grow

New York Times
Surveying How Their Gardens Grow
April 19, 2015

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Deborah Marton spends her workdays toiling over places where others spend their days of rest. Ms. Marton, 52, is the executive director of the New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit group that Bette Midler started in 1995 to reclaim decaying green spaces in the city’s low-income neighborhoods. This means that Ms. Marton sometimes spends her weekends hearing from Ms. Midler. “Right now she’s in L.A., preparing for a tour,” Ms. Marton said. “But she does think about work on the weekends.” After the past winter, and with Earth Day approaching on April 22, the staff, which tends to two parks and 52 community gardens, has had a lot of planting and spiffing up to do. When not overseeing the spiffing, Ms. Marton decamps to her loft in the Flatiron district, which she shares on alternating weeks with her son, Henry, 16, and full time with Lex, a small rescue mutt.

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DOG ALARM I typically wake up around 8. I don’t usually set the alarm. We have a little dog, and when my son’s with me, I like to give him a little break, because he gets up early during the week. Both of us are up at 6 when he’s around, because the dog has to go out before he goes to school. So I’ll get up and walk the dog, then come home and make breakfast for the two of us. We have a nice, relaxed breakfast.

À LA FRANÇAISE We have a lot of bakeries in my neighborhood all of a sudden, so if they let me pick up the dog and come in, I’ll buy some croissants or something like that, and that’s what we’ll have. He’s really little, so if I hold him, they’ll let me do that. It’s a French bakery, so in deference to the looser restrictions in that regard in France, they go out of their way.

RIVER RUN I usually go for a run on Saturdays and Sundays. I run along the Hudson. I’ll run to the river and then down a ways and then head back. My turnaround is Battery Park City. It’s about five miles all together.

CULTIVATING THE GARDEN In the afternoon, I might check out what’s going on in one of our gardens or in Sherman Creek Park or Highbridge Park. Or if my son is with me, he goes to LaGuardia, he’s a visual arts major, so we go look at a lot of art. So the other Sunday we went to the Kehinde Wiley exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. It was powerful.

CALLING OHIO Something my son and I try to do every weekend, at least one of the days, is FaceTime my daughter at Oberlin.

INSPIRED BY COMPETITION I’m always looking at what other groups are doing with their parks. I really like what Leslie Koch is doing on Governors Island — like, do whatever you want within our parameters. The idea of letting people decide what they want to do and to try to give them the tools to do it is very much consistent with what we try to do in our spaces. I’m always looking for ways that spaces can communicate to the people who use them that they matter.

DINING OUT If we’re out looking at art in Brooklyn, we’ll find a place in Prospect Heights and have dinner there. Or we’ll go to a restaurant in the neighborhood. The Flatiron neighborhood tends to have some super-high-end expensive places, and we have identified the less super-expensive places. There’s a Korean place called Barn Joo that we go to sometimes. There’s a brick oven pizza place called La Pizza Fresca. Burger & Lobster opened on 19th Street recently. It’s a London chain and they only have three things on the menu. You can get a burger, you can get a lobster or you can get a lobster roll. They all cost $20, and they all come with fries and a salad, and that’s all you can get. Once in a while we’ll go to the Coffee Shop. And then if we want to spring for something special we might go to Boqueria. My son’s a very adventurous eater.

HOMEWORK, HOUSEWORK After dinner I’ll either read or finish some housework, like laundry. Henry’s usually watching something on his laptop. We’ll go over his homework for the week. We might make his lunch for the next day. He’ll feed the dog and walk the dog. And if we cook we’ll clean up together. We don’t watch much TV.

PAGES Usually I’ll get into bed somewhere around 10 and read for an hour or so. I like science fiction, but I read widely. I just finished “Someone,” by Alice McDermott. I go to sleep around 11.

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