Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bette Midler & Trini Alvarado – California Dreaming from “Stella”

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Betteback October 4, 1998: Bathhouse Betty CD Review

Syracuse Herald Journal
October 4, 1998

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As always with Midler she meets expectations of humor, warmth, quirkiness, and innuendo in her song selections.

The Divine Miss M picks her songs without regard to age, mining American music here back to 1925 to Gus Khan’s “Ukulele Lady,” 1935 for “I Sold My Heart To The Junkman,” 1955 for “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (backed by neo-swingsters Royal Crown Revue), and a smattering of up to minute including works by Ben Folds Five, Jennifer Kimball, and Adam Cohen.

The gems include “I’m Beautiful” a ripping dancing self affirmation that puts real spice into Girl Power. She easily handles the idiosyncratic phrasing needed for the jazzy Dave Frishberg/Bob Dorough cover “I’m Hip.”

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Bette Midler – Strangers In The Night – Do U Wanna Dance – Neil Sedaka Special -1976

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BetteBack October 29, 1973: Bette Midler’s New Album Will Be A Collector’s Item Dream

Greeley Daily Tribune
October 29, 1973

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In little over a year Bette Midler has become the most exciting new star of the 1970s.

Her club and concert appearances are all SRO; she has a TV special in the offering; her first album on Atlantic records turned to gold.

You can’t ask for much more than that in such a short period of time.

Bette’s new album is full of the magic that made her a superstar in so short a time and it’s entitled simply “Bette Midler.” She sings songs old and new, investing them all with the warmth and feeling that gives them new life and freshness, whether they are happy or tragic, camp or torch.

On the Glenn Miller standard “In the Mood” she sings all the parts, the lead as well as the background vocals, and she storms through Jackie Wilson‘s “Higher & Higher.”

“Surabaja Johnny,” by Kurt Weill, will be a Bette Midler classic, and she makes “Lullabye of Broadway” portray a whole era with her inimitable vocal. The album was produced by Arif Mardin and Bette’s musical director, Barry Manilow. It’s going to be a collector’s item one day so pick it up soon.

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Bette Midler On Sophie At Age 10:

Bette Midler On Sophie At Age 10: “She’s a great actress. She has a great ear. She can do all the personalities I’ve done on stage. Any of them. Probably better than me.” (Sunday Mirror, 1996)

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2009 – Bette Meets Kathy Griffin In Vegas

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Collected Reviews Of ‘Beaches’ Remake In One Place!

Read reviews below:

AV Club (Katie Rife)

Boston Globe (Matthew Gilbert)

CNN.con (Brian Lowry)

Entertainment Weekly (Tim Stack)

IndieWire.com (Hanh Nguyen)

Los Angeles Times (Meredith Blake)

New York Post (Robert Rorke)

New York Times (Mike Hale)

TV Guide (MaryAnn Sleasman)

TVLine.com (Matt Webb Mitovich)

Beaches takes on the classic songs “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love” and includes several other songs recorded specifically for the movie.

The teleplay was penned by Nikole Beckwith and Bart Baker based upon the novel by Iris Rainer Dart. A stage musical adaptation has long been rumored for Broadway; it played Chicago’s Drury Lane in 2015.

Menzel won her Tony for her performance in Wicked.

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1980 – Barbara Walters – Bette Midler

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bette Midler – Stella’s Dancing – From The Movie “Stella”

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In Honor Of The New ‘Beaches,’ Watch The Old ‘Beaches’

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In Honor Of The New ‘Beaches,’ Watch The Old ‘Beaches’
By LINDA HOLMES
January 21, 2017

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To revisit the box office numbers for 1988 is to remember when movies that made a lot of money looked entirely different than they do now. Rain Man grossed more money domestically than anything else that year. It was followed in the top 10 by Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Coming To America, Big, Twins, Crocodile Dundee II, Die Hard, The Naked Gun, Cocktail, and Beetlejuice. Only one sequel in the bunch. That’s two adult dramas (if you count Cocktail, which … maybe?), seven comedies, and Die Hard.

In 2016? Rogue One, Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War, The Secret Life Of Pets, The Jungle Book, Deadpool, Zootopia, Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Sing. Five action franchise entries and five kids’ movies, and that’s it.

It was back in that more comedy-drama-friendly environment that the 15th biggest movie of the year was Beaches, starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey as best friends who meet as girls under the Atlantic City boardwalk and remain friends right up until — spoiler alert — one of them dies. (If you think about it, that’s how any friendship ends if it lasts long enough. Again, spoiler alert.) Beaches is often remembered as the epitome of the weepie, the hankie movie, the sniffler, whatever you want to call it. In fact, it’s more interesting than that and contains more angular and painful moments than that, but what people remember is the crying and dying.

It makes sense, in a way, that Lifetime would remake it almost 30 (gulp) years later with Idina Menzel and Nia Long as CC and Hillary. They’re both solid actresses who have been wonderful in lots of roles over the years, and the film is directed by Allison Anders, who’s directed a lot of TV but also the films Gas Food Lodging and Grace Of My Heart, both of which are strong stories about interesting women. But unfortunately, the remake, which airs on Saturday night, winds up representing the flatter, crying-and-dying film people remember, rather than the film that really was.

One of the problems is just timing: the Lifetime film has 90 minutes to do the work of a theatrical film that ran two hours and three minutes. Entire plot elements are dropped, and the opening sequence in which the girls become friends is much shorter, making it much harder to believe that they formed a bond that carried them through years of pen-pal-ship, all the way to adulthood. And while it’s hard to be critical of child performers, there’s nothing in that opening sequence anywhere near as arresting as it was when the young Mayim Bialik, doing the seemingly impossible by plausibly being a young version of Bette Midler, sang “Glory of Love” with a feather boa. Here, young CC is simply an ’80s-attired young busker who doesn’t have a permit, rather than a precocious, already-bawdy kid in feathers who’s first seen puffing on a cigarette. From the very beginning, she doesn’t have the original CC’s huge personality, and Hillary’s instant fascination with her makes much less sense.

More generally, the biggest problem is that the two women are too similar in this version. In the original, Hershey is so chilly and patrician and Midler is so Bette Midler that the contrast is obvious and stark. But Menzel and Long are playing very similar women here — they’re both smart, direct, conventionally beautiful, elegant adults. There’s none of the sense Hershey so convincingly conveyed that Hillary is often embarrassed, particularly in the presence of the man who becomes her husband, by CC’s joyful vulgarity. And similarly, Menzel has none of Midler’s visible insecurity about how she’s viewed by a friend who’s become a proudly droll sophisticate. The fights in the original Beaches are scary and ugly; they’re raw and hurtful, and you understand how they could lead to long estrangements. Here, the stakes just never feel quite high enough. This version seems to build their conflict around professional success, which is less compelling than in the original, where their conflict was largely about cultural positioning — about who was classy and who was not, and why.

Without that conflict, all you have is a couple of pretty ordinary fights between women who seem at all times naturally well-suited to each other. And unfortunately, the lack of nuance in the portrayals of young CC and Hillary in the prologue carries through to the role of Hillary’s daughter (Sanai Victoria), who is written without the resistance to CC that you get from Grace Johnston in the 1988 film, so that she’s nothing but cute and perfect and sweet all the time. In the original version, CC’s unlikely relationship with Hillary basically echoes in her relationship with Hillary’s daughter — Midler’s CC doesn’t seem, and doesn’t feel, like a natural mother. But Menzel’s CC seems almost as much of a natural as Long’s Hillary is.

To answer one obvious question: Yes, Menzel sings “Wind Beneath My Wings.” She also sings “Glory Of Love.” But the quirkier musical numbers from the original, including not just Midler’s odd “Oh Industry” but the wonderful bauble “I’ve Still Got My Health,” her very sad rendition of “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today,” and the memorable “Otto Titsling,” find no substitutes. So while you get Idina Menzel singing The Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You,” her musical theater talents are set aside in a way Midler’s were not.

The point isn’t that a remake has to walk in the footsteps of the original — in fact, it can’t and shouldn’t. But when you remove the parts of a film that make it interesting, you have to put in other elements to make the new one interesting in a different way. You have to put something back for everything that you remove.

One lesson here is that memorable “weepies,” like memorable anythings, are harder than they look. Over time, things flatten in our cultural memory, until attempts to recreate them based on what endured in that memory are likely to fall short for reasons that feel nebulous. Saturday night’s new Beaches, unfortunately, doesn’t amount to much. But go back to the original — it’s more interesting than you remember.

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