OSCARS: Bette Midler To Perform On Telecast For First Time Ever

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 5:54am PST

bette midlerLast year, Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron lined up Shirley Bassey to make her first-ever appearance on the telecast, and also coaxed Barbra Streisand to perform for the first time in 36 years. This time around, they’ve lined up Bette Midler to make her performance debut on the show. No word yet on what she’ll be singing, but Zadan and Meron say her contribution will help make for an “especially moving evening.” Here’s the full release from the Academy:

oscarBEVERLY HILLS, CA – Two-time Oscar®-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award®-winning singer Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”

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Bette Midler To Play Mae West In HBO Films Biopic From William Friedkin

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 3:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

bettemidlerMaeWestEXCLUSIVE: The Divine Miss M. is taking on the great Mae West. HBO Films has put in development Mae West, a movie about the true Hollywood original, with Bette Midler attached to star and executive produce. The project is the brainchild of William Friedkin (The Exorcist), who will direct and executive produce. Broadway heavyweight Harvey Fierstein, who recently penned the book for Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots, is writing the script. Also executive producing is Jerry Weintraub, who executive produced HBO Films’ Emmy-winning Behind The Candelabra. Mae West, based on West’s autobiography Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It, chronicles West’s rise friedkinto stardom when she takes New York by storm after writing and starring in her scandalous Broadway show Sex and battles authorities over obscenity charges. Instead of taking the road of a wide-eyed Hollywood ingenue, West forged her own path, writing and starring in her own risqué plays, including her breakthrough Sex, which had her prosecuted and sentenced to 10 days in prison for “corrupting the morals of youth.” The notoriety fueled her career and didn’t stop her from tackling taboo subjects in her next plays, including 1928 hit Diamond Lil, about a racy 1890s woman, which opened the doors to Hollywood for her. Read More »

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Sue Mengers Play Proves Good Bette For Investors; Why Doesn’t Hollywood Report When Movies Turn Profitable?

Mike Fleming

The producers of I’ll Eat You Last, the John Logan-penned play that stars Bette Midler as superagent Sue Mengers, has recouped its $2.4 million investment in just over eight weeks at the Booth Theatre. The show has … Read More »

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‘Giant’, ‘Hands On A Hardbody’, Bette Midler Nab 2013 Drama Desk Nominations

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 8:30am PDT

Bette Midler Drama DeskMusicals Giant and Hands On A Hardbody led the field with 8 nominations apiece as the 2013 Drama Desk nominations were announced today. Meanwhile, Bette Midler earned a nod for Outstanding Solo Performance for her turn as Sue Mengers in I’ll Eat You Last and a special Drama Desk ensemble award this year went to the cast of Working: A Musical. The awards will unveil May 19 at NYC’s Town Hall. Here are the full nominations:
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Bette Midler Signs With New Management

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 3:26pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Bette Midler has managed her own career for years and hasn’t starred in a #1 hit film since 1996′s First Wives Club. Now she has enlisted Sam Feldman of Macklam Feldman Management, a division … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Parental Guidance’

By | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 2:35pm PDT

Christmas with Bette Midler and Billy Crystal. 20th Century Fox and Walden Media have released the first trailer for Parental Guidance, which has Midler and Crystal looking after a trio of grandchildren. Directed by Andy Fickman from a story by Crystal and screenplay by Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse, it … Read More »

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Fox Sets ‘Die Hard 5′ For February 14, 2013; Schedules Other Tentpole Release Dates Too

Mike Fleming

20th Century Fox has set A Good Day To Die Hard for a February 14, 2013 release, the highlight of several pictures the studio has just dated on its release calendar. Bruce Willis is set to reprise his role as … Read More »

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Helen Mirren To Replace Bette Midler In HBO’s Phil Spector Biopic

By | Monday July 18, 2011 @ 3:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Less than a week after filming of the HBO Films movie Phil Spector was suspended after co-star Bette Midler had to pull out for medical reasons, the producers of the David Mamet-written and directed movie have found a … Read More »

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Sharon Stone Set For ‘Sweet Baby Jesus’

SharonStoneEXCLUSIVE: The Basic Instinct star is set to play Pixie Lott’s mother in the 70s comedy. Adrien Brody is in final negotiations to play Joseph. Sweet Baby Jesus is due to start filming in September. The joke of the film is … Read More »

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