Tag Archives: Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

In This ‘Freak Show,’ Conformity Is The Real Bully

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In This ‘Freak Show,’ Conformity Is The Real Bully
January 11, 2018
Scott Tobias

The funniest throwaway moment in Freak Show, an unsteady coming-of-age fantasy, finds Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), a gay teenager with a penchant for sequins and feather boas, introducing himself to his new classmates at a private school somewhere in the Deep South. Oblivious to the camera phones and snickers that have already sent a hostile signal, Billy stands up in front of his biology class and announces that he’s transferring from Darien, Connecticut, “the hometown of Chloë Sevigny.” He fully expects they will know and appreciate the reference, and perhaps chat him up later about Sevigny’s eclectic career as a cult actress and fashion icon. Read More

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: In ‘Freak Show,’ the Boy Who Would be Homecoming Queen

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Review: In ‘Freak Show,’ the Boy Who Would be Homecoming Queen
FREAK SHOW Directed by Trudie Styler Comedy, Drama 1h 35m
By GLENN KENNYJAN. 11, 2018

What can you say about an adolescent American boy who is able to accurately quote Oscar Wilde? You can call him precocious, but in the case of Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), who we first see quoting the Irish writer and dandy in a flashback recalling sunnier times in his childhood, that’s not enough.

Born into great wealth, the hero of “Freak Show” initially rhapsodizes to the audience about his mother (Bette Midler, going big in her scant screen time), whom he calls “Muv,” praising her as “a living testament to grace, glamour and Gucci.” Life with Muv was sweet, but after she enters rehab, Billy must reside at the mansion of his father (Larry Pine), who’s not happy about Billy’s rejection of conventional masculinity. Read More

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

More fabulous: Trudie Styler’s Freak Show champions LGBTQ youth

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More fabulous: Trudie Styler’s Freak Show champions LGBTQ youth
Desire’ Moses
11/08/17 at 11:31 PM

In The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde writes: “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” It’s one of many mantras employed by self-prescribed “trans-visionary gender obliviator” Billy Bloom, the vibrant protagonist at the heart of Freak Show, an adaptation of James St. James’ 2007 YA novel of the same name, and the directorial debut of longtime actress and producer Trudie Styler. Freak Show tackles the realities of high school bullying and addresses the violence and bigotry aimed at LGBTQ communities today. Read More

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

BetteBack May 12, 1997: How do you have a happy marriage when you’re more famous than your partner?

Altoona Mirror
May 12, 1997

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Q: How do you have a happy marriage when you’re more famous than your partner?

Bette Midler, married for 12 years to Martin von Haselberg: Separate vacations! Welt I think we’re committed We should be committed! No, we’re committed to it. We’re in for the long haul And you don’t really get to know a person untH you’ve been with them a long time. And we don’t really know each other yet. I mean, even though it’s been 12 years, every day is another revelation. Every day, I’m telling you, ifs a struggle. It hasn’t been easy. We’ve had a lot of rough patches. But who hasn’t? The main thing is that we didn’t give up. We didn’t say, “Oh, this is too hard. I don’t need this.” You do need it. You have to keep going. So we did. Read More

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Monday, October 24, 2016

BetteBack January 16, 1974: Expert Peruses Shoes For Fashion Views

Lebanon Daily News
January 16, 1974

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Kooky Bette Midler, the 5 Ft one rock-roll singer whose ’40s clothes are custom made by Bob DeMora, wears one of her six exaggerated high platform shoes bought “for practically nothing” from thrift shops. She wears the same shoes over and over again.

“That girl emulates the spirit of Mae West,” says Regensburg. She has a large bosom and accentuates her curves by wearing old clothes that whittle her waistline. And those shoes, which are really outrageous, have become part of her sex appeal.” Read More

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

BetteBack May 9, 1996: Keep The Green Clean

Doylestown Intelligencer
May 9, 1996

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Bette Midler: Grammy winner, Oscar nominee and now, Compost Queen.

“My whole life had been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of God’s presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that lets you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first compost heap,” Midler says in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times.

Midler now smiles down from some 40 billboards around the city, urging residents to “Keep the Green Clean.” It reminds residents that
green recycling containers are for yard trimmings only. No trash. Read More

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

BetteBack April 3, 1997: Being married and being Bette Midler not easy

Alton Telegraph
April 3, 1997

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You have to be careful what you say on the Internet. You never know who’s watching.

One day there was a vicious debate going on about the movie The First Wives Club.

The participants were mostly men who were sniping at the film, grousing they were getting a bad rap. They were responsible fathers, paying child support and fulfilling their duties, they insisted.

In a final thrust, one of them scribbled, “ Yeah!! It must be a real chore being married to BETTE MIDLER.’’ Read More

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Bette Midler On Being Brought Up Self Sufficient:

Bette Midler On Being Brought Up Self Sufficient: “I was never taught that little girls should be soft and passive. It was only later, when I grew up, that I found out they were supposed to be, and by then I knew it was all bullshit anyway. See, my father always wanted a boy, and instead he got three daughters and a retarded son. So it sorta freaked him out and he decided to make his girls as self-sufficient and independent as boys. We were taught survival early. I mean, they never gave us a dime. Whatever money we ever had, we always worked for.” (Modern Hi-Fi & Stereo Guide, June 1973) Read More

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bette Midler On Being Just A Fad: “I’m not a freaky fad,” she says angrily. “What I do may be, but I’m not. If this doesn’t go, I’ll just find something else. I have stories to tell, characters I have to be. I’m not afraid…

Bette Midler On Being Just A Fad: “I’m not a freaky fad,” she says angrily. “What I do may be, but I’m not. If this doesn’t go, I’ll just find something else. I have stories to tell, characters I have to be. I’m not afraid. See, there was a time when I was so afraid cause I loved it so much–the music, the characters, the clothes – afraid that it wouldn’t turn out right. I was afraid, not that people would make fun of it, but that they just would not pay any attention – which is worse. Cause, see, I made it up. I put everything into it. It’s my whole life…” (The Toronto Star, February 24, 1973) Read More

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Bette Midler On Alice Cooper: “Alice is so super keen. One of these days I’m gonna get him to twitch my knockers.”

Bette Midler On Alice Cooper: “Alice is so super keen. One of these days I’m gonna get him to twitch my knockers.” (1973)

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