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Thursday, December 7, 2017

5 Things We Learned From Jenifer Lewis’ Memoir ‘The Mother of Black

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5 Things We Learned From Jenifer Lewis’ Memoir ‘The Mother of Black Hollywood’
Lyndsey McFail Nov, 23, 2017

Actress, singer, diva and the Mother of Black Hollywood, Jenifer Lewis is a force to be reckoned with. She’s played on stages with some of greats and has honestly played everyone’s momma, from Tupac’s character in Poetic Justice and Tina Turner’s mother, Zelma Bullock, in What’s Love Got to Do With It to Ruby on ABC’s, black-ish.

When Lewis released her memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on a copy to see what the actress had to say. Here are a few things we learned. Read More

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Budd Friedman

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Budd Friedman
Dana Hanson-Firestone December 5, 2017

Budd Friedman is the founder of the “Improvisation Comedy Club,” in 1963. He’s a well-known name in Manhattan and is regarded for the contributions that he has made to the world of comedy and entertainment. The 85 year old is himself an actor and producer who has had a great deal of influence in shaping the careers of some well known veteran actors. Most people are not aware of the work that he’s done behind the scenes, so to honor him, here are five things that you didn’t know about Budd Friedman. Read More

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

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For the Comedy-Loving New Yorker
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By SAM ROBERTS NOV. 23, 2017

Bette Midler with first manager Bud Friedman at a party in honor of his Improv Clubs

Budd Friedman, with the author and journalist Tripp Whetsell, joins Billy Crystal, Robert Klein, Larry David, Richard Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Bette Midler and others to recount the history of the Improv, Mr. Friedman’s pioneering laugh factory on West 44th Street.

The space, which opened in 1963, was originally intended to be an after-hours coffeehouse for Broadway performers, but soon became an incubator for budding comedians. When reading “The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club That Revolutionized Stand-Up” (BenBella Books), you learn that Barry Manilow once played the piano there and Danny Aiello was the bouncer. Read More

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Book: Jenifer Lewis tells raw truth in ‘The Mother of Black Hollywood’

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Jenifer Lewis tells raw truth in ‘The Mother of Black Hollywood’
by Karu F. Daniels / Nov.14.2017 / 9:29 AM ET

Veteran actress Jenifer Lewis has a way with words — anyone who comes into contact with her can attest to that. For the better part of her nearly 40-year career on stage and in front of the camera, the scene-stealing powerhouse has gained a reputation for not only her acting talent but also for being a brassy diva with a heart of gold.

On any given occasion, she’ll refer to herself as an expletive — even going as far as to inject a four syllable word in between her first and last name when mentioning herself — with rapid-fire cadence. Read More

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jenifer Lewis, Former Harlette, Is the Mother of Black Hollywood—and Has the Stories to Prove It

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Jenifer Lewis Is the Mother of Black Hollywood—and Has the Stories to Prove It
by YOHANA DESTA
NOVEMBER 13, 2017 11:34 AM

Jenifer Lewis speaks like someone who was raised on Broadway. Everyone is “darling!” and “honey!” She’s as easily given to singing as she is to speaking. She can regale you for days with stories about her magnificent career and off-screen adventures: doing readings with Oprah Winfrey,having heart-to-hearts with Carrie Fisher, hooking up with theater star Gregory Hines. For the last two and a half years, the actress—currently starring in Black-ish—has been channeling those stories into a scintillating, yet heartfelt memoir. It’s slated for a November 14 release, and it has a perfect title: The Mother of Black Hollywood. Read More

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Book: The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club that Revolutionized Stand-Up

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It’s no joke to say that our world would be a lot less funny without Budd Friedman!

In 1963, thirty-year-old Friedman—who had recently quit his job as a Boston advertising executive and returned to his hometown of New York to become a theatrical producer—opened a coffee house for Broadway performers called the Improvisation. His goal? Simply to make a living, and if all went according to plan, to also make enough professional contacts to be able to mount his first Broadway show within a year’s time. Read More

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Editor’s Choice: ‘Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies’

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Editor’s Choice: ‘Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies’
By Jeff Simon
August 11, 2017

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“Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies” by Hadley Freeman, Simon and Schuster, 339 pages, $16 paperback original.

Let’s start with “Steel Magnolias.” What is widely known now as as the Bechdel Movie Test for well-represented women in movies, came from cartoonist Allison Bechdel whose formulation was: A movie “has to have at least two women in it. 2) Who talk to each other. 3) About something besides a man.” U. K. Guardian columnist Freeman formulates the “Magnolia Test” to determine “whether or not a movie is a proper women’s movie: 1) The cast is largely, maybe even solely, female. 2) The female characters talk to each other about a million things other than men and genuinely like each other .3) And the relationship between the women is far more important than any they have with a man. 4) Bonus points if any of the following are in the film: Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Olympia Dukakis. Triple for Sally Field.” Read More

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Monday, July 3, 2017

New Book Out About Bette Midler: One Life: Memoirs of A Star!

One Life: Memoirs of A Star!
by Mr Rafael Stewart (Author, Draft Writer), The Bette Midler Club (Contributor)

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Real life stories of Bette Midler fans, and how they fell in love with her. Stories that will make you cry, laugh, smile and much more. Stories that you will relate to. A life changing book and how Bette Midler helped her fan group.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Miss M’s Cultural Corner: The Sun King

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Bette Midler: “Since we are entering a despotic age, I am suggesting that you read The Sun King, Nancy Mitford’s highly entertaining, and enlightening look at the man Trump aspires to be.”

The Sun King is a dazzling double portrait of Louis XIV and Versailles, the opulent court from which he ruled. With characteristic élan, Nancy Mitford reconstructs the daily life of king and courtiers during France’s golden age, offering vivid sketches of the architects, artists, and gardeners responsible for the creation of the most magnificent palace Europe had yet seen. Mitford lays bare the complex and deadly intrigues in the stateroom and the no less high-stakes power struggles in the bedroom. At the center of it all is Louis XIV himself, the demanding, mercurial, but remarkably resilient sovereign who guided France through nearly three quarters of the Grand Siècle. Read More

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Former Harlette Katey Sagal Has A New Book, Grace Notes, Coming Out (Pre-Order)

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Gripping, singular, and gorgeously reflective, Grace Notes is a memoir told in essays by beloved actress, Hollywood veteran, and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal—perfect for fans of Mary Louise Parker’s Dear Mr. You and Patti Smith’s M Train.

Popular and award-winning star Katey Sagal chronicles the rollercoaster ride of her life in this series of evocative and beautifully written vignettes, resulting in a life story recounted unlike any other Hollywood memoir you’ve read before.

Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Read More

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