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Sunday, September 18, 2016

First Wive’s Club: As the surprise hit comedy turns 20, the message rings louder than the film itself

Consequence Of Sound
The First Wives Club and the Unsung Joys of Middle Age
BY NICO LANGON
SEPTEMBER 17, 2016, 11:00PM

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Dusting ‘Em Off is a rotating, free-form feature that revisits a classic album, film, or moment in pop-culture history. This week, Nico Lang revisits hit ’90s comedy The First Wives Club.

A movie can be important, even if it’s not very good. Such is the case with The First Wives Club, a frothy midlife crisis comedy currently celebrating its big 2-0. Starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler, the film debuted in theaters in September 1996, sitting atop the box office for three weeks and topping out at a final gross of $105 million. Its success was sweet vindication following a troubled production. When the film’s original screenwriter, Robert Harling, bailed on the film to direct The Evening Star, a little-remembered sequel to Terms of Endearment, Paul Rudnick (In & Out) was tasked with finishing his script, which he claims “[made] no sense.”
For example, there’s a pivotal scene where Annie Paradis (Keaton) and her best friends from college (Midler and Hawn) visit a gay bar after Annie’s daughter comes out to her mother as a lesbian. Rudnick, who is openly gay, told the New York Times during a 1997 interview that he bristled at the logic of the scene. “OK, but why are they going there?’” Rudnick asked Scott Rudin, the ubiquitous producer behind such films as The Truman Show and No Country for Old Men. Rudin responded, “They’re going to talk to Diane Keaton’s daughter, who is gay.” Rudnick was still confused. “She’s gay, but she doesn’t have a phone?” he shot back. Rudin didn’t care if it adhered to common sense, just as long as it was funny. “Just write it,” he said. Read More

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Friday, September 9, 2016

BetteBack March 26, 1997: The forgotten legacy of gal-pal films

Blytheville Courier News
March 26, 1997

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Early in “The First Wives Club,” Goldie Hawn has a Hne that pretty much sums up modem movie-making.

“There are only three ages for women in Hollywood,” she says.

“Babe, district attorney and ‘Driving Miss Daisy.”‘

If that line struck a chord with audiences, it’s because we know how hard it is to find a mainstream Hollywood comedy starring a group of actresses the caliber — and age — of Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton. Well, instead of congratulating Hollywood for
putting these three women together. we should be asking what took them so long. Female buddy movies like “The First Wives Club” (1996, Paramount, priced for rental) weren’t always this hard to find. Read More

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

BetteBack January 5, 1997: Paris Review’s 10 Best & Worst Movies Of 1996

Paris News
January 5, 1997

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Ten Best

— “Jerry Maguire,” Tom Cruise will probably get an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a guy backpedaling in the fast lane, looking for what he lost on his way to the top.

— “Romeo and Juliet,” Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top contemporary look at the Bard’s most famous play had teenagers lined up for Shakespeare (not to mention Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes) — whether or not they were getting extra credit in English. Read More

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

The funniest female-fronted comedy films ever (Bette make the list twice!)

News.Com.Au
The funniest female-fronted comedy films ever
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RELEASED in Australian cinemas this week, Bad Moms is the latest in a long line of female-fronted comedies that put hilarious women front-and-centre.

To mark the film’s release, we thought we’d cast our minds back and look at 10 more of the best female-driven comedy films of all time.

Firstly, a couple of caveats: We’ve focused here on films celebrating female friendships, as rom-coms are dime a dozen. It means worthy contenders like Amy Schumer’s hilarious Trainwreck and Julia Roberts’ brilliant antihero in My Best Friend’s Wedding haven’t been included. We’ve also honed our list to films that feature two or more standout female comedic roles, so, say, Reese Witherspoon’s star turn in black comedy Election is another that didn’t make the list. Read More

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Friday, August 12, 2016

BetteBack November 15, 1996: How Do The ‘First Wives’ Stars Feel About Men?

Winslow Mail
November 15, 1996

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Q. I saw the movie, “The First Wives Club” and I would like to know the marital status of the three stars, Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn, and do they feel about men in real life as they showed in the film? Harold B.

A. Diane Keaton, who had a long affair with Woody Allen before Mia Farrow bowed in, is not married. Goldie Hawn, who had been married at least twice; once to a member of the Hudson Brothers singing group, has been involved in a long-term relationship with Kurt Russell; Bette Midler is married. Goldie and Bette are both mothers as well. None of these women is a male-basher, if that was the intent of your question. They love men in real life, but in the film, the men obviously were far from the lovable sort. Read More

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BetteBack October 11, 1996: First Wive’s Club Soundtrack Review

Santa Ana Orange County Register
October 11, 1996

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Alternately inspirational, weepy and amusing, the “First Wives Club” soundtrack reflects the mood of the hit movie — if you’ve just suffered a messy breakup, this CD is for you. Mostly it’s a compilation of oldies and remakes with a few upbeat tracks thrown in.

The best cut by far is “Heartbreak Road,” a slow-burning song by Dionne Ferris that heats up to a Chaka Khan-style funkfest.

And there are a few “breaking up is hard to do but you’ll get over it” numbers: Puff Johnson’s “Over and Over,” Brownstone’s “Game of Love,” Martha Wash‘s “I’m Still Standing” and Billy Porter‘s “Love Is On the Way.” Read More

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Monday, July 25, 2016

BetteBack October 10, 1996: ‘First Wives Club’ will open London film fest

Santa Ana Orange County Register
October 10, 1996

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The box-office hit “The First Wives Club” has been chosen to open 40th London Film Festival, which starts Nov. 7. At least one of the picture’s stars — Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton — is expected to attend. The story of the vengeful dumped spouses has topped the U.S. box-office chart for three weeks. From staff and news-service reports

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

BetteBack October 8, 1996: Designer balances star egos with costumes for ‘First Wives’

Daily Herald Suburban Chicago
October 8, 1996

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The movie: “The First Wives Club” The setup : Brenda (Bette Midler), Elise (Goldie Hawn) and Annie (Diane Keaton) — three Manhattan former college pals all dumped by their husbands — declare war against their exes.

The costume designer: Theoni V. Aldredge, who won an Academy Award for “The Great Gatsby,” and whose other film credits include ‘Rich and Famous,” “The Rose” and “Network.” On Broadway, her work includes “A Chorus Line” and “ Dream girls” ; she won Tony Awards for “La Cage aux Folles,” “Barnum” and “Annie.” Read More

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

BetteBack October 7, 1996: ‘First Wives Club’ tops box office for the third straight weekend

Hays Daily News
October 7, 1996

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The First Wives Club,” starring Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler as ex wives getting even with their husbands led the box office for the third straight weekend, earning $11.1 million.

The revenge comedy topped Steven Seagal‘s new film, “Glimmer Man,” which took in $7.6 million.

Tom Hanks‘ first effort as writer and director, “That Thing You Do!” debuted in third place with $6.6 million. The movie, which also features Hanks on screen, chronicles the rise of a 1964 rock band to teen worship. Read More

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Friday, July 22, 2016

BetteBack October 1, 1996: Lowering the boomers on Hollywood wives’ tale

Santa Ana Orange County Register
October 1, 1996

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Any movie that flies in the face of conventional wisdom about what the public will pay to see is worth closer examination, and “The First Wives Club” certainly fits that bill.

The most obvious feature is that its three stars are all women and middle-age. And really middle-age, not some nebulous 40ish deal.

In fact, at least one reference lists the ages of Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler as an identical 50.

No doubt, it’s the sheer fact of gender that has helped the movie zoom past mere success into mega-hit territory. While people don’t decide to see a movie solely because they can identify with the hero, it is certainly a welcome attraction. There have been few. movies over the past year that featured even one woman center-stage, never mind three. Read More

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