Monday, January 26, 2015

Give A Tree For Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day will soon be here. Why not sponsor a tree in honor of your beloved? Or give it as a gift for your favorite New Yorker. Get in touch with Bette Midler‘s Restoration Project at https://www.nyrp.org/. Donate at least $100 by Feb. 10 and you’ll receive a certificate signed by Bette, to give for Valentine’s Day. You can do a lot of good, for yourself. (“Oh, my! A tree!? How inventively romantic!”) And you’ll make NYC more livable, too

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Check Out Former Harlette Katey Sagal’s Covered CD! It’s Excellent!

I can’t remember if I posted about this, but Katey Sagal released this awesome gem early last year. I really suggest checking it out, Excellent!

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1. Free Fallin
2. For A Dancer
3. Follow The River
4. Goodbye (feat. Jackson Browne)
5. I Love You But I Don’t Know What To Say
6. Gonna Take A Miracle
7. Orphan Girl
8. For Free
9. Secret Heart
10. Roses & Cigarettes

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From what you’ve read, heard, and/or saw, what Bette Midler concert should be put in a time capsule for future generations to see? Just one! They have to make room for other things lol

From what you’ve read, heard, and/or saw, what Bette Midler concert should be put in a time capsule for future generations to see? Just one! They have to make room for other things lol

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‘The Outrageous Sophie Tucker': New York Jewish Film Festival Review

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‘The Outrageous Sophie Tucker': New York Jewish Film Festival Review
4:49 PM PST 1/21/2015 by Frank Scheck

 William Gazecki‘s documentary recounts the life and career of the famed performer known as the “Last of the Red Hot Mamas

She was one of the most celebrated and successful performers of the 20th century, but few people are aware of Sophie Tucker today. Despite the loving tributes performed by Bette Midler in her concert appearances over the years, the “Last of the Red Hot Mamas” has lapsed into showbiz obscurity, something that William Gazecki‘s loving documentary clearly hopes to correct. Recently showcased at the New York Jewish Film Festival, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker should have a long life in ancillary markets after its theatrical release later this year.

The film’s true auteurs are producers Susan and Lloyd Ecker, who became fascinated with the singer after seeing Midler delivering Sophie Tuckers jokes in her act in 1973. The film, part of the couple’s burgeoning cottage industry about the performer—they’re written a book and plan to create stage, film and television shows about her—features them prominently as talking heads alongside such figures as Barbara Walters, Tony Bennett, Bruce Vilanch, Carol Channing, Michael Feinstein and many others.

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There was no shortage of raw material from which to work, as the detail-obsessed Tucker compiled over 400 scrapbooks from 1906 to 1966 chronicling her life and career.

Tucker began her show business career singing at her Russian immigrant parents’ kosher restaurant in Hartford, Connecticut. She appeared on the vaudeville circuit, often performing in blackface, before eventually moving to New York and getting her big break with the Ziegfeld Follies. Ironically, she was soon let go when the other female performers refused to go on with her for fear of being eclipsed.

By 1929 she was arguably the biggest female star in the world, and she continued to be a major concert draw until not long before her death in 1966. She was never quite able to cross over to Hollywood stardom, although the documentary includes clips of her memorable appearance in MGM’s BroadwayMelody of 1938 opposite Judy Garland, to whom she became a mentor.

Her larger than life personality, bawdiness, uninhibited sexuality and willingness to celebrate her ample girth made her a unique performer, but it was her genius for self-promotion that truly served her well. Barbara Walters, whose father’s Latin Quarter nightclubs in Miami and New York regularly featured Tucker, amusingly describes how the performer would sign copies of her memoir after her shows, refusing to autograph anything else or even to make change (all the money was going to Israel, she would assure her customers). She also had a huge number of product endorsements, including her own line of soap.

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Her friends were legion, including everyone from Al Capone, with whom she played cards, and J. Edgar Hoover who, the film purports, once asked to borrow one of her dresses. It wouldn’t fit, she assured him.

The film has its share of missteps, such as the awkward animating of old still photographs and the excessive commentary from the producers, with Lloyd Ecker even tearing up while describing Tucker’s death at age 79 nearly a half century ago. And some of the anecdotes related, including a second-hand account of U.S. soldiers blasting her recording of “My Yiddishe Mama” on the streets of Berlin after Germany surrendered as a tribute to a fallen comrade, seem more than a little apocryphal.

But for a younger generation who think that Madonna and Lady Gaga represent the heights of outrageousness, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker stands as a much needed reminder that they have a very large debt to pay.

Production: Innovative Films
Director/director of photography/editor: Wiliam Gazecki
Producers: Lloyd Ecker, Susan Ecker
Executive producers: Phil Ramone, Gene Schwam

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Got Your 6 Official Celebrity PSA- 2014

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Where are you going to see Bette on her new tour?

Where are you going to see Bette on her new tour?

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BetteBack August 28, 1988: Will Bette Record Again?

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August 28, 1988

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Q: Will Bette Midler do another album soon? I would like to hear her sing again. — Michael Davis \ Louisville, Ky.

A: No LP is planned, but the Divine Miss M belts out a few tunes in the dramatic movie Beaches, due in December. Midler, __ 42, has her hands full making movies and taking care of young daughter Sophie.

Next: a remake of Stella Dallas, and mouthing off in the November feature cartoon, Oliver & Company

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SOPHIE TUCKER: THE LAST RED HOT MAMA…The Goal – Getting Bette An Oscar (Podcast)

SOPHIE TUCKER: THE LAST RED HOT MAMA – The Halli Casser-Jayne Show

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She was nicknamed “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas” and hot she was. Bette Midler so revered her talent that she named her daughter after her. Who is “her?” Her name is Sophie Tucker, the Ukrainian-born American singer, comedian, actress, and radio personality. Known for her raunchy, rowdy, risqué delivery of comical songs, she was one of the most popular entertainers in America the first half of the 20th century. Joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, are the authors of I AM SOPHIE TUCKER and the film producers of THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER Susan and Lloyd Ecker; producer, writer, performer, director TRAV SD, and a legend in his own right American radio and television host Joe Franklin. In 1973, Susan and Lloyd Ecker’s first date was a Bette Midler concert. They fell in love with one another, with the Divine Miss M and Miss Sophie Tucker. Forty years later, three children, the sale of a million dollar business, their obsession with Tucker still intact, they are a…

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Friday, January 23, 2015

TLC’s Kickstarter Exceeds Its Goal Thanks to Non-Scrubs like Katy Perry & Bette Midler

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TLC’s Kickstarter Exceeds Its Goal Thanks to Non-Scrubs like Katy Perry & Bette Midler
KRISTIE ROHWEDDER
January 23, 2015

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TLC DID IT, Y’ALL. They raised the dough for their new album in, like, three days! A quick recap: Monday, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas announced that they’d launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the making of their final album. Tuesday, the news dropped that TLC will go on tour with Nelly and New Kids on the Block this summer. By the 22nd of loneliness, er, January, TLC’s Kickstarter blew right on past its goal. May this week go down in history as The Week TLC Reminded The World They Ain’t Down For No Monkey Business.

Non-famous fans and famous fans alike contributed to the Kickstarter. One fan named Katy Perry pledged $5k to the campaign. You know what that means, right? Katy Perry gets to go to a TLC slumber party. Katy Perry is so lucky.

The “Firework” singer wasn’t the only celebrity to support the legendary hip hop group. Here’s what TLC told PEOPLE:

We were also so humbled by the outpour of support from other artists like Katy Perry, New Kids on the Block, Dev Hynes, Russell Simmons, Soulja Boy, Bette Midler and more!

No offense to the other celebs listed, but BETTE EFFIN’ MIDLER!!!!! Bette rules. TLC rules. Everything rules.

But wait. There’s MORE! TLC didn’t just exceed their goal, mind you. The group smashed a Kickstarter record. Chilli tweeted the following about the news:

No scrubs to be found in this fanbase.

What about TLC’s faaaaaaans?

They WILL be around. They will NOT turn their backs on TLC.

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