18 posts categorized "BETTE MIDLER"
In 1983, writer Strange De Jim had coffee in bed with gay pornstar Leo Ford, an iconic XXX figure who died in a motorcycle crash in 1991. It was part of a loopy article for In Touch for Men (October 1983) in which De Jim fantasized about what Ford would be like as a sex partner and gossip buddy. It included a passage about Bette Midler, then in a career slump, in which De Jim and Ford offer her the role of a virginal "Juliet" in a sequel to Romeo & Juliet.
THE NEW MARLENE: Preview Madonna's MDNA Tour on Epix.
First-ever film adaptation of a David Sedaris piece to open Outfest.
Herndon Graddick resigns as GLAAD director after a year.
Will Harry Reid really go nuclear this time?
President Obama is squeaky-clean, conservatives can't get over it.
I'LL TAX YOU FIRST: Tagged as a hate group...by Bette Midler.
Colin Egglesfield is attractive.
Sentences can end in prepositions.
New gay dads (my pals) Matt & Josh meet their new twins:
A gallery of Bette/Sue
Below, check out a snippet from the show in which Midler, as the late superagent Sue Mengers, discusses Gene Hackman. (Gotta love a show that relies on Gene Hackman, Julie Harris and Ali McGraw!)
Keep reading for the clip...
West Phillips knows how to shoot a model. (Work Unfriendly)
Teens' sexualities relatively unaffected by porn?
Does Zac Efron in a tight T-shirt affect adult sexuality?
Bette Midler's I'll Eat You Last is a "delectable soufflé."
Key Delaware senator will be voting for marriage equality.
ENDA introduced in Congress.
Steven Soderbergh raised on The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
Join the Concrete Hero Urban Obstacle Challenge to fight AIDS.
How marriage was won in Rhode Island.
"Have Your (Cup)Cake & Read It, Too! -- The Great Gatsby edition.
Channing Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt remaking Guys & Dolls?
Madonna was "impressive" recording "Like a Prayer."
More of Madonna's so-called "secret project."
People calls Gwyneth Paltrow the "World's Most Beautiful Woman."
Darren Criss announces summer tour.
Bill Clinton introduces gay documentary at TriBeCa.
The gay puppet movie you've longed for is here.
Thor: The Dark World trailer.
Ex-gay poster boy finally calls it a day.
Rhode Island is the tenth state to pass marriage equality...
...but Colombia resoundingly defeats it.
Did former GOP Rep. Allen West (R-Florida) make an online threat?
Average Walmart employer would work 785 years to equal CEO's pay.
Climate activist's first interview after 21 months in jail.
French Minister of Justice speaks following marriage vote. Le wow.
It's the Night of 1,000 Midlers.
Can food make you angry (as well as driving you mad)?
For lovers of shameless muscle. (Work Unfriendly)
Woo-hoo! Iranian prez contender is a Holocaust denial denier.
Dan Savage's hunk husband speaks.
Wedding bells for Dawn French!
An al-Qaeda terror attack is thwarted in Canada.
Paraguay's new prez has troglodytic views on gays.
Amazing Keith Haring video.
SATELLITE DISH: Gossip from MTV's earliest days.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged for using WMD by feds.
White House sticking to Constitution.
Gun Owners of America honcho: Liberals "pleased" with bombing.
Bette Midler "adored" the "terrifying" Sue Mengers.
Angelyne has a not-so-nice trip.
Who would Jesus abort?
Only 3 known SF earthquake (1906!) survivors.
Barbra regrets not doing Cabaret, Klute and Julia.
Michael Michaud dishes on the late Sal Mineo.
Sofia Vergara's "great time" as a transsexual.
Meet the Imam into gays and marriage equality.
Janice Dickinson broke?
Brenda Dickson broke and homeless?
Roberto Bolle coming to NYC.
How to find sex...offline?
Folsom Street East is off.
Phyllis Diller's final TV gig: Dukes of Melrose.
Teamsters vs. Westboro: Guess who won?
Pop Tarts: Portraits of Women up for grabs.
CRAZY FOR IT: 'Mazing Madonna megamix.
Madonna's homeless brother injured during arrest.
Pop-up exhibit of Madonna's iconic wardrobe at Macy's in L.A.
BOY CULTURE RATING: **** out of ****
The first thing I ever blogged was a take-down of Bette Midler.
It's not that I totally detest Bette Midler; the elusive gay gene disallows that. But she was not the fierce (snap!) advocate I felt she should be back then. Then there is the little matter of her frequent, often well-placed (the worst kind!) barbs about that other Divine Miss M, the one who is currently fulfilling her destiny as the wind beneath Malawi's wings.
But when I heard Bette Midler was going to play the very-recently-late Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, a one-woman show on Broadway directed by Joe Mantello, I was on board. What a perfect marriage of personalities, made all the more perfect artistically because the two women, while outspoken and lewd, are not clones so much as each possesses a "je ne sais fuck you" vibe that makes the casting so fun you don't even have to see the play to get your first delighted chuckle.
But now that I've seen the very first preview, I can say: You do have to see this play, because this is not just a great idea, it's also a great execution.
How excited are you to see Bette Midler in I'll Eat You Last on Broadway? Well, here's your chance to win a ticket just for commenting this blog post.
Comment this post with your favorite Bette Midler role of all time. I'll pick 1 of you at random to win 1 week from tonight. The winner will receive 1 ticket to the show. (No travel or lodging are provided, so please be in the NYC area and able to attend a show in the near future.)
About I'll Eat You Last:
"Her clients were the biggest names in show business: Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali McGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O'Neal, Nick Nolte, Mike Nichols, Gore Vidal, Bob Fosse.
"For more than 20 years, Sue Mengers's clients were the talk of the town, and her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. Now, you're invited into her glamorous Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, dirty secrets and all the inside showbiz details only Sue can tell you.
"Appearing on Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Tony and Grammy Award-winning superstar Bette Midler plays the legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers (1932—2011) in this new, one-character play written by Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominee John Logan and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello."
Here's Sue Mengers, the legendary agent Bette Midler is about to playing in I'll Eat You Last on Broadway, from a 1975 60 Minutes profile. Can. Not. Wait!...