Sunday, March 1, 2015

BetteBack January 13, 1989: Midler Steals The Show In Beaches

Washington Post
January 13, 1989

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No bikinis. No blankets. No bingo. “Beaches” is a bosom-buddy movie about a friendship that was destined to be — like surf and turf, M&Ms, Laverne and Shirley, Lucy and Ethel, Cagney and Lacey.
As the buddy movie rule requires, it is a tale of abiding love between disparate souls, a friendship formed against the odds — only here differences are overcome at Bloomingdale’s, not in a squad car.

“Beaches” is a bicoastal crowd-pleaser, a tenderhearted, two-hanky melodrama brightened with Bette Midler‘s sass and sweetened with her songs. Barbara Hershey (formerly Barbara Seagull) lends class to the unlikely equation.

The movie follows CC Bloom (Midler) and Hillary Whitney (Hershey) from Atlantic City, where they meet as 11-year-olds, to the beach house on the Pacific, where they share their final sunset three decades later. In 1957, CC is a torch singer in embryo, a determined child chanteuse (the kid played with pizazz by Mayim Bialik) who already has an act in a cheesy vaudeville show. Her vamped version of “The Glory of Love,” complete with bump, grind and feather boa, would do the Divine Miss M proud.

The finishing-schooled Hillary (young Marcie Leeds), a well-bred San Franciscan, is fascinated by this exotic girl whom she meets sneaking a cigarette under the pier. “Want a drag? It’ll calm your nerves,” says CC, who likewise is taken with Hillary. Blessed with a generous spirit, elegance and brunet beauty, Hillary is a miracle to CC. “Bread and butter,” agree the perfect little odd couple, pledging their fidelity before going their separate ways.

The girls agree to write and theirs is a soul-baring correspondence that continues till they meet again more than a decade later. “Dear WASP queen, I have a can of Mace, a flat and a subscription to Variety,” writes CC. “I guess I’ve made it.” The pen pals become roommates when Hillary joins the New York staff of the ACLU. CC bleaches her hair, and Hillary dyes hers the same color. They giggle retroactively and bolster each other — mostly CC. She’s still a struggling actress, but she’s as certain as a Busby Berkeley showgirl to make the footlight parade.

It’s fortunate, not to mention expected, when along comes John Pierce (John Heard), the dishwater blond director of an experimental theater company, who serves as shared love interest and litmus test of the women’s relationship. CC saw him first, but it’s Hillary he wants. Citing a lack of character, Hillary apologizes when she takes her best friend’s man. “Sexual attraction has nothing to do with character,” scoffs CC, “unless you are Eleanor Roosevelt.”

It’s CC’s humor, and Midler’s brass, that save the episodic “Beaches” from overflowing with suds. CC’s career rises and crashes, Hillary sells out and becomes a docent, husbands come, cads go, babies are born and diseases caught in a predictable screenplay by Mary Agnes Donoghue. An adaptation of the bestseller by Iris Rainer Dart, the story line is “Terms of Endearment” played again with so much zest and sentiment all is forgiven.

Unfortunately, it’s got more endings than Beethoven’s Ninth. Just when you think it’s over, Midler comes back for an encore of “The Glory of Love.” A charismatic warbler from her Sunkist-orange corona to the hem of her wine-velvet gown, Midler steals the show again. Even with new collagen-engorged lips, Hershey can’t take a scene from her. She’s a stretch of empty sand for Midler’s bouncy beach ball.

Midler is not only the star but also a producer of “Beaches,” the premier project of her All Girl Productions, which did hire Garry Marshall, a definite male, as the director. As the brains behind “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy,” Marshall was a natural for a team effort. But “Beaches” most closely recalls Marshall’s “Nothing in Common,” a father-and-son tear-jerker that fit like a loose shirt.

Whatever its failings, “Beaches” speaks to women. It makes girlfriends think of calling girlfriends they haven’t seen in 10, 20, 30 years. You can live without love, but “you’ve got to have friends,” as Midler sings.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

THE 25 BEST BITCHY REMARKS OF ALL TIME

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THE 25 BEST BITCHY REMARKS OF ALL TIME
by Michael Musto
February 25, 2015

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Most famous people generally mind their P’s and Q’s and try to not to make waves with their public utterances for fear of bad press. But occasionally, they slip up–thank God–and blurt their true hateful feelings. And when famous people uncork their mouths, it makes your everyday bitch look like an amateur. Here are my 25 favorite nasty comments of all time, courtesy of notable names dishing a variety of things (like each other). I’m too in awe of these remarks to even be jealous.

There is no there there.” — Gertrude Stein about Oakland

She looks like a truck driver in drag.” — Truman Capote on Valley of the Dolls author Jacqueline Susann

She doesn’t write, she types.” — Gore Vidal on Valley of the Dolls author Jacqueline Susann.

“Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.” — author Mary McCarthy, about author Lillian Hellman

Faye Dunaway needs a step ladder to sniff Bette Davis’s ass.” — James Woods, who worked with both of them

Lindsay Lohan said she wouldn’t mind being under oath because she thought Oath was a Norwegian ski instructor.” — Joan Rivers

“Madonna has just lost 30 pounds–she shaved her legs.” — Joan Rivers

Let’s be blunt. Yesterday’s Evita is tomorrow’s Velveeta.” — Fashion critic Mr. Blackwell on Madonna

“A Botox’d cockatoo in a painting by Dali.” — Mr. Blackwell describing Melanie Griffith

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” — Dorothy Parker reviewing Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

“You can lead a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think.” — Dorothy Parker

“She runs the gamut of emotions, from A to B.” — Dorothy Parker about Katharine Hepburn

“Congratulations are in order for Woody Allen. He and Soon-Yi have a brand new baby daughter. It’s all part of Woody’s plan to grow his own wives.” — David Letterman

“She’s so dumb it takes her two hours to watch 60 Minutes.” — Joey Adams joke

Unfortunately, he was about as deep as a melted ice cube” — Times reporter Gail Collins on failed politico John Edwards

“She’s so white, she’s invisible.”– Bette Midler on milky singer Karen Carpenter

Keir Dullea, gone tomorrow” — Noel Coward on the survival probability of a then-hot actor

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” — Oscar Wilde

“Isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?”– David Niven after a surprise streaker ran by, flashing everything, on the 1974 Oscar telecast

“Linda arrives at first rehearsal with cosmetic surgery tape over and under her eyelids and underneath her chin. She also has the weirdest collagen-enhanced lips I’ve ever seen. They make her look like a gargoyle when she smiles.”– Joan Collins on rehearsing the play Legends with Linda Evans in 2006

“She’s been hit with the ugly stick. You just want to say ‘God bless and here’s a Gillette razor’.” — Sharon Osbourne on Susan Boyle

“If Amanda Bynes finally takes the earrings out of her cheeks and blows a guy, there must be geysers of jizz shooting out of her face!” — Kathy Griffin

“She’s a vacuum with nipples.” — Otto Preminger on Marilyn Monroe

“She speaks five languages, and can’t act in any of them.” — John Gielgud on Ingrid Bergman

All God’s children are not beautiful. Most of God’s children are, in fact, barely presentable.” — Fran Lebowitz

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: Bette Midler and Darlene Love rock on ‘He’s Sure The Boy I Love’

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Review: Bette Midler and Darlene Love rock on ‘He’s Sure The Boy I Love’ SPECIAL
By Markos Papadatos February 27, 2015

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love and Bette Midler are absolutely incredible on their duet “He’s Sure The Boy I Love.”

It is a track on Midler’s newest studio album It’s the Girls! The tune was co-written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and originally performed by The Crystals. The song is infectious, with a retro vibe to it, and it is easy to sing along to. Midler and Love’s vocals blend well on harmonies together and the result is a masterpiece duet.

“He’ never be a big business man, He always buys on the installment plan, He sure ain’t the boy I been dreaming of, But he’s sure the boy I love,” the acclaimed songstresses sing.

They are able to dust off the original recording by The Crystals, make it sound fresh, and subsequently introduce it to a brand new generation of fans.

The Verdict

Overall, this duet is a gift from two musical goddesses: Bette Midler and Darlene Love. They truly knock it out of the park. It does not get any better than that. They ought to perform it live at some point in concert. It will certainly be well-received by their fans and listeners. “He’s Sure The Boy I Love” earns an A rating.

For more information on Darlene Love, check out her official website.

To learn more about Bette Midler and her new album, visit her homepage.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

LADY GAGA CHANNELS BETTE MIDLER WITH ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’ STARRING ROLE?

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LADY GAGA CHANNELS BETTE MIDLER WITH ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY‘ STARRING ROLE?
Feb 25 2015, 9:56pm CST | by Sidney Garland, in News | Latest TV News

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In a moonstruck sort of way, Mother Monster has shaken up the minds of fans with her chameleon-esque career moves. Only Lady Gaga can go from a glamorous tribute to Sounds of Music in a Mary Poppins manner to starring in “American Horror Story.” Imagine that?
Perhaps, it’s a road less followed that explains why Lady Gaga is turning the page on her seemingly failed career. Who can forget the abysmal ratings of ARTPOP? Or perhaps she’s channeling the venerable Bette Midler who danced on both sides the isle, and emerged out of the ashes to reinvent her career. After melting the hearts of millions from her Academy Awards performance, Gaga starring in the fifth season of American Horror Story, arguably, makes logical sense, citing a Variety report.

Daily Mail calls Lady Gaga’s role in the upcoming FX season her second act. However, one only has to dig deep into the Born this Way pop singer’s past to realize that she was prepped for a lead role on the big and small screens. In short, Gaga is not a familiar face that is slated to fill a void in a film cast gone awry. Here’s why.

Gaga, real name, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, before disrupting pop culture, taking on male personas (“Jo Calderone”) and donning meat dresses, had another love: acting. Lady Gaga has a mean set of vocals, but she also has a knack for role-playing.

With a strong background at the prestigious New York University, a starring role in American Horror Story is backed by credentials. In other words, she’s not merely a knock-off artist with a dream of acting. Besides, her stage performances tell stories and captivate audiences in ways that mere vocals alone can’t pull off.

She’s starred in Machete Kills and made appearances in several other small budget films. Although they all bombed at the box office or were skewered by film critics, Gaga’s upcoming role is a lead and she has a solid franchise to build on.

Although her recent collaboration with Tony Bennett (Cheek to Cheek), which garnered her a Grammy, and her tribute to Julie Andrews signaled a tamer and more mature performer, Lady Gaga is not tossing out her inner weirdo and oddball. Her role in Horror is evidence of her ability to keep fans and critics wondering what she will do next.

Like Midler, who had a topsy-turvy career in film and music, but made a series of comebacks, Gaga is following suit. And by all early accounts, the ayes have it for her to do amazing in a fearless kind of way.

Spoiler alert: According to Huffington Post, a portion of the AHS plot may have something to do with chemical warfare – unofficially.

The fifth season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story premiere’s in October. How do you think Lady Gaga will fit in with the cast?

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BetteBack December 21, 1988: Beaches – A Friendship, On and Off the Rocks

New York Times
By JANET MASLIN
Published: December 21, 1988

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There are a few indications that ”Beaches,” the story of a long and checkered friendship between two women, takes place in the 1980’s. There is the fact, for instance, that when one of the friends, a wealthy Californian named Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) announces that she plans to have a baby and raise it alone, the other friend, a vivacious singer named C. C. Bloom (Bette Midler), says this will be just wonderful.

In other respects, though, ”Beaches” is strictly a 40’s saga, complete with bitter feuds, tearful recriminations, loving affirmations and, of course, the kind of fatal illness that can drag on endlessly without altering the afflicted’s good looks.

Those who go to see ”Beaches,” which was directed by Garry Marshall and which opens today at Cinema I and other theaters, ought to know what they’ll be getting, and that they’ll be getting quite a lot of it. ”Beaches” – which has a couple of key scenes at the beach but otherwise never justifies that title except perhaps with the vague view that we are all life’s driftwood – is pure soap from beginning to end.

Though its stars work hard to hold the attention, they are asked to play this story absolutely straight. Even viewers with a taste for melodrama will doubtlessly expect more irony or perspective on the genre that ”Beaches” has to offer.

Of course, there is a flashback: C. C. Bloom, now a big star rehearsing a concert at the Hollywood Bowl (Miss Midler sings a sultry version of ”Under the Boardwalk”), suddenly receives shocking news. She drives off in a terrible rainstorm, heading we know not where. Cut to C. C.’s girlhood, to an Atlantic City sojourn during which the brassy little redhead (played by Mayim Bialik, who does a wicked imitation of the adult Miss M.) makes friends with the rich overprotected Hillary. Perhaps they do not know that this friendship will last a lifetime, but we, of course, do.

C. C. and Hillary become loyal pen pals. (C. C. in New York: ”I’m on my own now and I’ve got a flat, a can of Mace and a subscription to Variety. I’m all set.”) They keep this up until, in their early 20’s, they are reunited as New York roommates, banging on the radiators with the kind of pluck that only New York movie roommates have. As opposites, C. C. and Hillary do make an appealing if pat combination, Miss Hershey looking the demure debutante and Miss Midler brazening her way through every situation. Together, they make the friendship convincing and the story a lot more interesting than it otherwise would be.

Each of the heroines is allowed one marriage (though one of the husbands, John Heard as a theater director, manages to become involved with both of the friends). After this, though, men mostly fade out of the story, leaving C. C. and Hillary to confront age, rivalry, success and finally mortality. By the time ”Beaches” arrives at the inevitable tragic and bittersweet note, though, it seems to have run through several different preliminary endings. Any one of these would have sufficed.

Miss Midler gets to sing a lot, which is a big help. In the supporting cast, Spalding Gray looks mildly stunned at having to play the dreamboat doctor who nearly takes C. C. away from her life of glitter, but he does have one of the film’s few memorable lines. ”I don’t understand it,” he says when things go wrong. ”I mean, just yesterday she was telling me she wanted to be a nurse.”

”Beaches” is rated PG-13 (”Special Parental Guidance Suggested for Children Younger Than 13”). It includes some off-color language and one mildly risque musical routine. Water Under The Bridge BEACHES, directed by Garry Marshall; screenplay by Mary Agnes Donoghue, based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart; director of photography, Dante Spinotti; edited by Richard Halsey; music by Georges Delerue; production designer, Albert Brenner; produced by Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell, Bette Midler and Margaret Jennings South; released by Touchstone Pictures. At Cinema 1, Third Avenue and 60th Street; Gramercy, 23d Street and Lexington Avenue. Running time: 120 minutes. This film is rated PG-13. C. C. Bloom … Bette Midler Hillary Whitney Essex … Barbara Hershey John Pierce … John Heard Dr. Richard Milstein … Spalding Gray Leona Bloom … Lainie Kazan Michael Essex … James Read Victoria Essex … Grace Johnston C. C. (age 11) … Mayim Bialik Hillary (age 11) … Marcie Leeds

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Beaches: Time Out Review

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CC and Hillary first meet under the boardwalk in Atlantic City. CC is a vulgar, would-be singer, Hillary a beautiful, poor little rich girl. As they grow up into Midler and Hershey, they keep their relationship alive by writing letters. Then one day Hillary turns up in New York and becomes CC’s flatmate. Hillary sleeps with theatre director Heard; CC marries him. Marshall’s slick and stylish flick follows the ups and downs of their marriages and careers, but because CC becomes a star, the pace is sabotaged by several Midler numbers. Even so, Midler carries the movie: nearly all the giggles are due to her comic skills. Two-thirds of the way through, a funny film turns tragic with the utterance of a single word, virus, which means that Hershey has to start gasping and preparing for death. But even though tear-jerking has never been so blatant, your tears of laughter are replaced, dammit, by tears of grief.

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On This Day: February 23rd

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On February 23rd, 1957, Porter Wagoner joined the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1965, Stan Laurel of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team died in Santa Monica, California. He was 74.

In 1970, Canada’s music awards, known as the Junos, were presented for the first time. The Guess Who won for best group that year.

In 1978, at the 20th annual Grammy Awards, The Eagles won Record of the Year for “Hotel California.” ”Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac won the Album of the Year award.

In 1979, Dire Straits began its first tour of North America.

In 1983, the band Toto won six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for “Toto IV.”

In 1988, Michael Jackson kicked off his first solo U.S. tour in Kansas City.

In 1993, actor Anthony Hopkins was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

In 1994, a judge in Los Angeles dismissed a suit brought by Martha Raye against Bette Midler. Raye had said Midler stole her life story for the movie “For the Boys.”

In 1995, singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of complications following a brain seizure in Los Angeles. He was 53.

In 1996, actress Halle (HAL’-ee) Berry and Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice announced they were ending their three-year marriage.

In 2003, Norah Jones won five Grammys, one for every category in which she was nominated, including album of the year. The Grammys show opened with Simon and Garfunkel, the first time they had performed together in a decade.

In 2004, the finale of “Sex and the City” aired.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-director Peter Fonda is 75. Steel guitarist Rusty Young of Poco is 69. Actress Patricia Richardson (“Home Improvement”) is 64. Guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith is 63. Singer Howard Jones is 60. Guitarist Michael Wilton of Queensryche is 53. Actress Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”) is 50. Actor Marc Price (“Family Ties”) is 47. TV personality Daymond John (“Shark Tank”) is 46. Actress Niecy Nash (“Reno 911!”) is 45. Bassist Jeff Beres of Sister Hazel is 44. Guitarist-keyboardist Lasse (LOS) Johansson of The Cardigans is 42. Actress Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 39. Actor Josh Gad (“Frozen,” ”Jobs”) is 34. Actor Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”) is 32. Actress Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada“) is 32. Actress Dakota Fanning is 21.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The 5 Best Ways to Present an Oscar

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The 5 Best Ways to Present an Oscar
By Louis Virtel | Friday, Feb 20, 2015 8:40 PM

The secret to a great Oscars telecast is not a perfect set of winners or speeches; it’s the fabulous Oscar presenters who really carry the whole thing.

Presenting is a thankless task. You’re given stale TelePrompter feed to read, and you probably spend more time onstage than most of the sputtering winners. You’re doomed to be boring unless you try one of the five methods of Awesome Oscar Presentation we’ve outlined below. We hope this year’s presenters take a hint from these wonderful podium moments.

1. The F. Murray Abraham method: Compliment the hell out of the winner

Here’s F. Murray Abraham dramatically presenting Best Actress at the 1986 ceremony. Watch as he drums up excitement with florid descriptions of each nominee and concludes by giving Geraldine Page an unprecedented compliment: “This is the greatest actor in the English language!”

2. The Sophia Loren method: Utter jubilation

Roberto Benigni’s hammy theatrics are a bit polarizing, but no one could deny the charisma of Sophia Loren when she read her fellow countryman’s name at the mic. The excitement! The celebration! Lead us always, Sophia Loren.

3. The Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler method: Gab with your cool friends through the long list of nominees.

Try reading through a list of Best Original Song nominees sometimes. That’s a lot of names! Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler got bored in the middle of the recitation and just joked around about knowing some of the nominees. Barbra? She’s an old pal! These ladies need another movie together, STAT.

4. The Robin Williams method: Turn the whole thing into a snappy comedy bit

Not everyone can turn a moment at the podium into a successful monologue, but Robin Williams squeezed four or five jokes into his airtime before delivering an Oscar to Dame Judi Dench. That Lainie Kazan joke is just awesome.

5. The Denzel Washington method: Seriousness, sincerity, and slyly prolonging the agony.

I love how Denzel Washington, here presenting Best Supporting Actress to Whoopi Goldberg, starts by saying he doesn’t want to prolong the agony. Then after he reads the nominees, he prolongs the agony. He kept his presentation classy but fun with a dash of suspense, and that’s really the Oscar puree we want.

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‘It’s The Girls’ Logs Its Best Sales Week Since December 28, 2014

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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint‘ Reaches 500,000 in Sales
By Keith Caulfield | February 20, 2015 10:13 PM EST

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On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake’s surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late opened atop the list with a huge first week while the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack sizzled with a No. 2 debut. Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the chart:

– Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint – No. 12 – With another 22,000 copies sold in the week ending Feb. 15, according to Nielsen Music, the album’s total sales drive past 500,000 (509,000 to be more precise). It’s Minaj’s third album (of three) to sell a half-million, following Pink Friday (1.93 million) and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (905,000).

Marvin Gaye, Let’s Get It On – No. 52 — The album, which re-enters at No. 52, was sale priced for the rock bottom price of just 99 cents during the week in the Google Play store, sparking the bulk of its 11,000 sales for the week (up from basically nothing the week previous). Let’s Get It On has been absent from the chart since 1984.

– Bette Midler, It’s the Girls! – No. 107The Divine Miss M‘s album logs its best sales week (nearly 7,000; up 57 percent) since the week ending Dec. 28, 2014, thanks to the set’s advertisement in Target and Best Buy circulars, and in-store promotion at Walmart. The set zooms 173-107.

For King & Country, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. – No. 144 — Sales of the album generated at concerts in the Southeast during stops along the Winter Jam tour help pump the album to a 43 percent unit gain (and a 55 percent leap in pure album sales). It climbs 175-144.

– Norah Jones, Come Away With Me – No. 151 — The album was promoted by iTunes as a Valentine’s Day essential, and for a discounted price. In turn, the album’s sales rise by 181 percent to 4,000 for the week (and a re-entry at No. 151).

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

20 Great (and a Couple of Not-So-Great) Moments in Singer-Actor History

Billboard Magazine
20 Great (and a Couple of Not-So-Great) Moments in Singer-Actor History — From Frank Sinatra to Selena Gomez
Feb 22, 2015

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1927: Jolson Breaks The Sound Barrier
Both controversial and historic, The Jazz Singer is remembered as much for its star, Al Jolson, performing in blackface as it is for being the first “talkie.” Though blackface’s legacy remains understandably controversial, Jolson popularized sounds like jazz and blues among white audiences of his era.

1944: Bing Meets Oscar
Bing Crosby’s Academy Award for best actor in the musical Going My Way fills out an inventory of accolades that includes three Guinness World Records, three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the first Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

1954: Sinatra Is Eternal
Pegged as a bobby-soxer idol, Frank Sinatra saw his career stall as he entered adulthood. His best supporting actor win for From Here to Eternity changed all that.

1956: Elvis Hits The Movies
After his screen debut with Love Me Tender, Elvis Presley went on to make a whopping 31 feature films, including hits like 1957’s Jailhouse Rock and 1964’s Viva Las Vegas.

1968: Captain Kirk Finds God
William Shatner’s spoken-word album The Transformed Man is a psych-’60s oddity. “I touched the face of God!” he shrieks on the title track, released two years into his Star Trek run.

1978: Travolta Does The Hustle
A year after hitting the top 10 with soft-rock marshmallow “Let Her In,” John Travolta landed one of the best one-two punches in Hollywood history, starring back-to-back in Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Both soundtracks hit the No. 1 spot in 1978, faring considerably better than his double-LP solo release, Travolta Fever.

1979: Bette Plucks The ‘Rose’
Bette Midler won a Grammy (best pop vocal performance, female) for the tragic title track from her 1978 cinematic debut, The Rose. Her starring role in the film also earned her an Academy Award nomination for best actress.

1980: Dolly Works Overtime
Having already written hits like “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You,” Dolly Parton branched into acting when she played a secretary in working-girl comedy 9 to 5. Additional film credits include 1982’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (for which she received a Golden Globe nod for best actress), 1989’s Steel Magnolias and 2012’s Joyful Noise opposite Queen Latifah.

1984: Prince Makes It Rain
Prince rode the success of his landmark album 1999 directly into 1984’s Purple Rain, along with a soundtrack that’s consistently ranked among the best rock albums of all time. He then directed and starred in two more features (1986’s Under the Cherry Moon, 1990’s Graffiti Bridge) before putting his movie career on ice.

1985: Madonna Gets Into The Acting Groove
Jammed with screwball plot twists involving mob hits and temporary amnesia, quirky comedy Desperately Seeking Susan marked the Material Girl’s mainstream film debut, co-starring with Rosanna Arquette. Following roles in 1990’s Dick Tracy and 1992’s A League of Their Own, Madge eventually won a Golden Globe for 1996’s Evita.

1986: Bowie As The Goblin King
The Thin White Duke made his feature-film debut in 1976’s cult sci-fi classic The Man Who Fell to Earth, and has since portrayed such towering figures as Pontius Pilate and Andy Warhol. But his crowning thespian achievement was his role as Jareth the Goblin King in Jim Henson’s acid-flashback kids’ movie, Labyrinth.

1987: Cher Is Over The Moon
Though she’s the only woman to notch a No. 1 single in each of the last six decades, the longtime pop goddess is every bit as much of a powerhouse actress. Her run of critically and commercially successful films from 1982 to 1992 includes Silkwood, Mask and Moonstruck, for which she won the Oscar for best actress.

1990: Will Gets Fresh
Before he struck box-office gold with 1996’s Independence Day and 1997’s Men in Black, Will Smith starred in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, an NBC sitcom based on his early rap persona — the one whom Jaden and Willow’s grandparents just didn’t understand.

1992: Whitney Needs A Bodyguard
For a crossover star, The Bodyguard was a meta moment: Not only did Whitney Houston play an internationally famous pop singer, but her character also wins an Oscar. Of course, Houston delivered a breakout performance and the highest-selling soundtrack of all time — 45 million copies.

1998: J.Lo Is ‘Out of Sight’
Acclaimed for 1997’s Selena, Jennifer Lopez became a bona fide movie star opposite George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight. Her debut album, On the 6, arrived a year later.

2001: Mimi Fails To Shine
Glitter was a critical and commercial disaster for Mariah Carey, grossing a mere $5.2 million in its initial worldwide release and triggering an emotional breakdown. Fortunately, the singer redeemed her acting skills with supporting roles in 2009’s Precious and 2013’s Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

2002: Eminem Escapes The Trailer Park
Helmed by director Curtis Hanson (1997’s L.A. Confidential, 2000’s Wonder Boys), Marshall Mathers‘ star turn in 8 Mile is a hip-hop Karate Kid that works. The first rap act to win an Oscar, Eminem won best original song for the rap-battle track “Lose Yourself.”

2005: Actors Band Together
Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God’s full-length My Hand My Heart — released independently after the Kiwi actor’s other band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, dissolved — represents the nadir of actors’ vanity-rock projects. Kevin has The Bacon Brothers, Gary Sinise co-stars in the Lt. Dan Band — and who could forget Keanu’s Dogstar?

2010: J.T. Shows What’s Cooler Than $1 Million
Though he had already appeared in 2006’s Alpha Dog and 2008’s The Love Guru, Justin Timberlake’s turn as slimeball Zuck-whisperer Sean Parker in David Fincher’s The Social Network was proof the former Mouseketeer had serious acting chops.

2012: Disney Divas Go On Spring Break
The A-list of pop princesses who trace stardom back to the Disney music ecosystem seems endless (Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale, Demi Lovato). But Selena ­Gomez and Vanessa ­Hudgens co-starring as ­criminal party girls in ­Harmony ­Korine’s Spring Breakers? ­Surreal, dark and ­unforgettable.

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