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January 17, 2004 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Bette Midler likes 'em big. The alternately bawdy and sentimental queen of the triple-entendre, who has built her tour reputation on large-scale extravaganzas, brought her "Kiss My Brass" show to the sold-out Wachovia Center on Thursday. And she didn't travel light this time either. Miss Don't-Say-Cher ("I'm not retiring, and you can't make me!") packed everything: sky-soaring carousel horses, intricately lit flower girls, wheelchair-winging mermaids, a horn-heavy band, costumed Harlettes choreographed by Toni Basil, and a backdrop that looked like Circus Circus meets the Tower of London.
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March 18, 1988 | By Amy Linn, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, USA Today, the New York Daily News and the Washington Post
Brash, bouncy, busty Bette Midler will soon fit another B-word, and it will make her quite blowzy. You guessed it: Midler, 42, is expecting a baby, her second. And she is one busy bombshell. She's making a movie, Beaches (also starring Barbara Hershey), finishing an HBO special called The Mondo Beyondo Show, and perfecting her singing in the Beverly Hills home she shares with her husband and 16-month-old, Sophie. The Disney comedy Big Business, starring Bette and Lily Tomlin, should arrive in June.
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June 19, 2015 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
Bette Midler reminded nearly 10,000 fans of her enduring power and charisma on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, putting ona muscular show filled with palpable emotion, wise-cracking jokes, and charming nods to Philadelphia. Midler opened with her tour's namesake "Divine Intervention," before jumping into "I Look Good," a classic full of characteristic sass.Midler quipped that she's like vodka: ageless, odorless, and tasteless. Her famed dancers, the Harlettes, were fabulous and essential to the performance, not just as backup, but as gossip girls and playmates.
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September 16, 1993 | By Ann Kolson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The gawkers and the talkers showed up an hour before show time, attracted by the ranging searchlights, and one another. Tuesday night was a triumphant homecoming of sorts. It has been 10 years since Bette Midler played New York, and - with an unprecedented 30-show Radio City Music Hall engagement that has broken box-office records - her fans are more than ready to take her back. A red carpet led up to the theater's entrance, and red-velvet ropes corralled television crews from New York stations, HBO and Entertainment Tonight.
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November 27, 1991 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"For The Boys" is Bette Midler's designer Oscar movie. Everything is arranged so that the star appears in as many heroic situations as possible, and can be seen in the unmistakable throes of acting on many occasions. It tries to answer many important Academy Award questions with a hearty "yes. " Does the actress get to wear old lady makeup? Does she sing and dance? Does she go to Vietnam? Do loved ones die around her like plague victims? Is the movie longer than the history of human conflict?
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January 13, 1989 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
The wisdom among surfers is that "life's a beach, then you die. " For all impractical purposes, this is the theme of Beaches, a seriously glib and irresistibly enjoyable portrait of female friendship that offers this soothing moral: Men may come and go, but girlfriends are forever. Let's put it this way: Beaches rates two stars and four hankies. There are times when you would just rather have a good cry than see a good movie, and this is one of them. Beaches (somehow they didn't get the name exactly right)
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July 16, 1993 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
In "Hocus Pocus," Bette Midler plays a 17th-century woman damned for all eternity because she has sold her soul to the devil. The role must have special resonance for Midler, who is under contract to Disney. The Divine (now satanic) Miss M must feel cursed indeed to have been cast in "Hocus Pocus," a persistently unfunny Disney youth comedy in which she wears disfiguring dentures and plays second fiddle to a cast of teen-agers and little children. At least the kids have a few good lines.
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April 3, 2016
Barrymore and Kopelman to split We were hoping it was an April Fools' joke, but TMZ and eonline.com believe it, so we must report it. Drew Barrymore and husband of three years Will Kopelman are planning to become a former couple. They still like each other but have agreed to scram. They have luscious kids Olive, 3, and Frankie, soon to be 2. This will be her third former marriage, his first. She goes for men of substance We are struggling to triangulate this in a six degrees of Kevin Bacon kind of way, but apparently Wendi Deng , former wife of Rupert Murdoch , and the one who bravely came to his aid when some joker served him with a pie in the face in 2011, is said to be dating . . . Vlad "The Impaler" Putin . As in the guy who runs Russia.
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November 17, 1988 | The New York Daily News, New York Post, USA Today and Associated Press contributed to this report
BEACH OF A ROLE FOR BETTE MIDLER Bette Midler supplies the voice of a pampered poodle in Walt Disney Pictures' "Oliver & Company," but her upcoming role in "Beaches" is certainly no dog. Midler plays opposite Barbara Hershey in the movie about the lifelong friendship between two women, and Hollywood has it that the role could qualify Midler for an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress (and/or Best Picture, as she co-produced the film)....
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February 2, 1990 | By Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Bette Midler goes from "Beaches" to just plain beached in her latest picture, a bone fide stinker called "Stella" that arrives deader than a sea- going mammal at the Jersey shore. Midler is stranded in this shabby remake of "Stella Dallas," the famous 1937 tear-jerker that starred Barbara Stanwyck as a struggling single mother who makes a heartbreaking sacrifice for the betterment of her only child. Midler is badly miscast as Stella. Though Midler built her career as a stage performer who reveled in the language of the gutter, she doesn't look right standing in it. Midler is far too with-it to wash as a barmaid who dresses like a hooker because she doesn't know any better.
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April 3, 2016
Barrymore and Kopelman to split We were hoping it was an April Fools' joke, but TMZ and eonline.com believe it, so we must report it. Drew Barrymore and husband of three years Will Kopelman are planning to become a former couple. They still like each other but have agreed to scram. They have luscious kids Olive, 3, and Frankie, soon to be 2. This will be her third former marriage, his first. She goes for men of substance We are struggling to triangulate this in a six degrees of Kevin Bacon kind of way, but apparently Wendi Deng , former wife of Rupert Murdoch , and the one who bravely came to his aid when some joker served him with a pie in the face in 2011, is said to be dating . . . Vlad "The Impaler" Putin . As in the guy who runs Russia.
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June 19, 2015 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
Bette Midler reminded nearly 10,000 fans of her enduring power and charisma on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, putting ona muscular show filled with palpable emotion, wise-cracking jokes, and charming nods to Philadelphia. Midler opened with her tour's namesake "Divine Intervention," before jumping into "I Look Good," a classic full of characteristic sass.Midler quipped that she's like vodka: ageless, odorless, and tasteless. Her famed dancers, the Harlettes, were fabulous and essential to the performance, not just as backup, but as gossip girls and playmates.
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May 30, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Memorial Day may be the unofficial start of the summer, but the beginning of the concert season in Philadelphia is definitely the Roots Picnic. The favorite sons of the 215 come home annually from their steady gig on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to put on a daylong party. Between the Roots Picnic and the Welcome America celebration July Fourth, the band holds more than its share of sway over the local concert season. There's plenty more going on, however, beyond the mostly big events highlighted below.
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March 14, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
It's likely that most who entered the TLA on Wednesday knew about Meghan Trainor's back-story. That's why her show was sold out, with kids, tweens, and parents drawn to the now-21-year-old's message, as well as her brand of merry synth-pop, doo-wop, and such. Trainor was a Nantucket-raised, plus-size teen dissed by girl frenemies and jock boys for not having a tall, stick-figure frame. Luckily, the young Trainor had confidence in her big talent: a brassy singing voice, a way with funny lyrics, a winning personality, and musical-theater panache.
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November 22, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When Sophie Tucker called herself "the Last of the Red Hot Mamas," the plus-size ragtime café singer-turned-Ziegfeld Follies vaudevillian-turned radio and TV personality crafted an archetype, a sassy icon of traditional Yiddish song and bawdy comic tunes whose catalog was dwarfed only by her outsize personality. Tucker (1884-1966) was brassy, bodacious, loud and proud - Mae West and Fanny Brice rolled into one big lady. In her time she made hits of such songs as the slow, jazzy "Some of These Days," "Real Women Have Curves," and "Hula Lou," and in her wake she inspired the likes of Bette Midler.
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November 15, 2013
IF YOU were to construct a backward-directed timeline of female performers who flaunted conventions of public behavior and decorum, you'd likely start with Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga , and continue on through Madonna , Marilyn Monroe and Mae West , who was actually jailed for writing and acting in a Broadway show called "Sex" in the 1920s. But that line would end (and, actually, begin) with Sophie Tucker , whose fame has faded as the decades have rolled by, but who is the spiritual forebear of every headline-grabbing show biz femme fatale who has emerged in her wake.
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May 31, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
LET'S JUST START BY saying we know this is an item that's even sillier than usual, but the Phillies have been having a rough enough go of it this year that we thought they needed some good news. Or another excuse to rib 1-8 Cole Hamels . CougarLife.com, one of the countless Internet dating websites aimed at niche hook-ups - has named Hamels the second-most desirable baseball player in their survey of 11,000 cougars. The bad news is that our Phillie lost out to a Met - third baseman David Wright . Given that Hamels is married to the former Heidi Strobel (a Playboy model and "Survivor" contestant)
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December 24, 2012 | BY ROGER MOORE, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
THE family-friendliest comedy this holiday-movie season is also the sappiest and schmaltziest. And thanks to Billy Crystal, the shtickiest. "Parental Guidance" is a mild-mannered riff on parenting, then and now. It contrasts the top-down/career-first mentality of one generation with the coddled "nurturing" of today, but never takes a stand on which is better. Basically, it's a vehicle for Billy Crystal, and to a lesser degree Bette Midler, to riff on the spoiled, overindulged and sometimes-uptight kids their kid is raising.
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December 24, 2012 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
ALTHOUGH HE'S done voice-over for animated films like "Monsters Inc. " and "Cars," it's been 10 years since Billy Crystal has appeared as himself in a movie. His "comeback" film is "Parental Guidance," opening Christmas Day, a sentimental comedy about two old-school grandparents (Crystal, Bette Midler) who spend a week parenting their new-school grandchildren. Crystal loved the experience, he said, so we asked why he stayed away so long? His answer: He was busy with his one-man show, "700 Sundays.
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August 10, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bette Midler hasn't been on the big screen nearly enough as she should since wrapping up her Vegas revue, The Showgirl Must Go On , in 2010. "I . . . take meetings" all the time, Bette, 66, tells USA Today. "Doing a movie is like pulling together a giant ship. It's not easy. " Luckily, Bette has a new pic due over the holidays, the Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance . Bette, who bagged a reported $40 mil from the revue, isn't eager to return to the stage. "I served my time.
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