May 31, 2013 |
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)
December 24, 2012 |
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.
December 24, 2012 |
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.
August 10, 2012 |
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.
September 16, 2010 |
J ERRY SEINFELD and Bette Midler will headline the Nov. 13 opening gala of the National Museum of American Jewish History in its new home on Independence Mall. Ticketing information will be released soon on nmajh.org. "Real Housewives of New Jersey" reg- ular Kim Granatell took in Lady Gaga's concert last night at the Wells Fargo Center with 14-year-old Garrett Snider , grandson of Comcast-Spectacor boss Ed Snider , who befriended Kim G. over the summer. Country rocker Bo Bice , former "American Idol" runner-up, stopped at Food Tek (555 City Ave.)
January 17, 2004 |
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.
September 17, 2000 |
In a strange way, the new TV season, which officially begins Oct. 2, is extraordinary: There's not much to get really excited about - three shows, total. But of the 29 new series on the six networks, only five are barking dogs. The number could climb. As usual, a handful of programs are being kept in hiding. But the 2000 newcomers as a class are remarkably watchable. CBS actually goes an uncanny 7-for-7, introducing four dramas and three comedies that are all passable. Even more astonishing in the era of quick cancellation, all of them could survive until May. Among them is the season's best new series, Bette.
October 25, 1999 |
Schmaltz. Not a compliment, that Showbizzy ideal of hamminess and glamminess meant to dazzle rather than illuminate. Schmaltz is used to detract. But for Bette Midler, who brought her Millennium tour to the First Union Center on Saturday, "schmaltz" is a compliment, a definition of who she has been as an entertainer (not to be confused with her singing, which is often sublime) since her '70s heyday. When the world was in the throes of glitter rock and SoCal harmonizing, Midler belted and bawdied her way with her own brand of glam: a rude, bodice-popping blend of Sophie Tucker (whom she blatantly tributes in live performance)
October 22, 1999 |
On getting past the flak: "I'd like to set up a brief phone interview with Bette Midler. Tomorrow OK?" "Sorry, she's got two already. Bette only does two a day. " "Next day?" "Next day she's got a show. Bette never talks on days she sings. " "Next?" "Weekend. " "Monday? I only need 15 minutes. " "I can get you 10. " For which, of course, she's 20 minutes late. Some divas are born to it. Midler's first album, 1973's The Divine Miss M (Atlantic)
December 4, 1998 |
Melissa Manchester has no problems writing music when she's on the road. In fact, the singer-songwriter says that's when she's probably at her best. "That's about the only time I have long periods of time to myself," she said with a laugh. "With two kids [10 and 12 years old] around the house always asking for this or for that, I don't have a lot of time on my hands. I'll tell you, they go to bed at 9:30 and I go to bed at 9:35. I have to practice to stay up late. " Manchester will be staying up at least a little late tonight and Saturday when she appears in The Colors of Christmas at the Tropicana.