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Idina Menzel Apologizes for ‘Thoughtless Comment’ About Suicide

26 January 2017 12:26 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Idina Menzel fully regrets a comment she made during her press tour for Beaches.

On Tuesday, the star was promoting her TV movie adaptation of the Bette Midler classic, which premiered on Saturday, when she was asked which songs made her cry.

“You’d think because I’m a singer I listen to a lot of music, which I do, but there’s certain music that I think is so devastatingly beautiful that it’s too painful to listen to sometimes,” she said. “There’s this Meshell Ndegeocello album Bitter that I just can’t listen to. It’s so good. »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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Beaches: 19 Changes Made in Lifetime’s Small Screen Remake of the 1988 Classic Tearjerker

21 January 2017 7:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lifetime’s remake of the classic 1988 tearjerker Beaches aired Saturday night — with Broadway star Idina Menzel and Big Momma’s House Nia Long stepping into the iconic roles of entertainer C.C. Bloom and her aristocratic Bff Hillary Whitney — made famous on screen by Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.

The made-for-tv movie did an excellent job of capturing the ups and downs of a 30-year friendship, staying true to most of plot points in the Garry Marshall feature and Iris Rainer Dart’s original book. (Spoiler alert: that death is still there, and it’s just as devastating).

But there »

- Dave Quinn

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Lifetime's Beaches Remake: Was It Everything You Would Like It To Be?

21 January 2017 7:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Lifetime braved sacred waters on Saturday night, serving up a remake of Beaches, the fondly remembered 1988 feature film that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.

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In this version, Tony winner Idina Menzel and Nia Long played Cc Bloom and Hillary Whitney, who as young girls first met not in Atlantic City but on the Venice Beach boardwalk, where they instantly formed a friendship that would first be tested by distance. Yet despite Hillary attending boarding school across the country in Connecticut, and then attending Harvard, the two »

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‘Beaches’ Review: Lifetime’s Adaptation Doesn’t Make Enough Waves to Justify a Remake

21 January 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Remaking a beloved film isn’t always the easiest task, but what happens when the original wasn’t all that good to begin with?

The 1988 theatrical release of “Beaches” was a lachrymose lovefest that baffled the critics who found its schmaltz and manipulative melodrama far too heavy-handed for consumption. That didn’t keep filmgoers from buying tickets or wringing out their tear ducts for this earnest story of lifelong friends. No matter how hard-hearted you were, it was clear that the Garry Marshall-directed film had its charms, not the least of which was Mayim Bialik and Bette Midler as the older and younger versions of the brassy C.C. Bloom, and the latter’s ability to sell “Wind Beneath My Wings” to anyone with a Bff.

Read More: 11 Great Films About Female Friendship

Lifetime’s “Beaches” is fairly faithful to Marshall’s vision (even using one of the character »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Beaches’ Review: Lifetime’s Adaptation Doesn’t Make Enough Waves to Justify a Remake

21 January 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Remaking a beloved film isn’t always the easiest task, but what happens when the original wasn’t all that good to begin with?

The 1988 theatrical release of “Beaches” was a lachrymose lovefest that baffled the critics who found its schmaltz and manipulative melodrama far too heavy-handed for consumption. That didn’t keep filmgoers from buying tickets or wringing out their tear ducts for this earnest story of lifelong friends. No matter how hard-hearted you were, it was clear that the Garry Marshall-directed film had its charms, not the least of which was Mayim Bialik and Bette Midler as the older and younger versions of the brassy C.C. Bloom, and the latter’s ability to sell “Wind Beneath My Wings” to anyone with a Bff.

Read More: 11 Great Films About Female Friendship

Lifetime’s “Beaches” is fairly faithful to Marshall’s vision (even using one of the character »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Allison Anders on Why Remaking ‘Beaches’ Made Sense, And What She’s Learned From Directing TV

21 January 2017 8:18 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Lifetime asked iconic indie filmmaker Allison Anders to direct the network’s “Beaches” remake, the director found herself in an interesting position: She’d never seen Garry Marshall’s 1988 melodrama.

“In fact, I can say this to IndieWire — I was like, ‘Well fuck no, I haven’t seen “Beaches.” That’s everything my generation of filmmakers was against,'” Anders said.

Read More: ‘Beaches’ Remake Trailer: Idina Menzel Belts ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ in Lifetime Promo

Nonetheless, she decided to check out the original, and found herself deeply surprised by Marshall’s depiction of the decades-long bond between Cc (Idina Menzel in the remake, originally played by Bette Midler) and Hillary (Nia Long in the remake, originally played by Barbara Hershey). “I feel like the messiness is what was appealing to me, and that they endure through that messiness,” Anders said. “I mean, that’s the key, the endurance of the friendship. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Allison Anders on Why Remaking ‘Beaches’ Made Sense, And What She’s Learned From Directing TV

21 January 2017 8:18 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When Lifetime asked iconic indie filmmaker Allison Anders to direct the network’s “Beaches” remake, the director found herself in an interesting position: She’d never seen Garry Marshall’s 1988 melodrama.

“In fact, I can say this to IndieWire — I was like, ‘Well fuck no, I haven’t seen “Beaches.” That’s everything my generation of filmmakers was against,'” Anders said.

Read More: ‘Beaches’ Remake Trailer: Idina Menzel Belts ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ in Lifetime Promo

Nonetheless, she decided to check out the original, and found herself deeply surprised by Marshall’s depiction of the decades-long bond between Cc (Idina Menzel in the remake, originally played by Bette Midler) and Hillary (Nia Long in the remake, originally played by Barbara Hershey). “I feel like the messiness is what was appealing to me, and that they endure through that messiness,” Anders said. “I mean, that’s the key, the endurance of the friendship. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Can Lifetime’s Beaches Do the Movie Beaches Any Justice?

21 January 2017 5:46 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Did you ever know that you’re my hero?  It’s something you’re going to be hearing Idina Menzel belt out on Lifetime tonight at 8pm.  In what seems to be a fairly big surprise to a lot of Beaches fans, Lifetime is doing a reboot of the classic movie Beaches that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.  Only this Beaches is starring Idina Menzel and Nia Long.  From what I can gather there’s a collective “sigh” from about 50% of people and another collective “this should be interesting” from the others. We all know how amazing Idina Menzel’s voice is and

Can Lifetime’s Beaches Do the Movie Beaches Any Justice? »

- Nat Berman

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Idina Menzel Previews Lifetime's "Daunting" Beaches Remake

20 January 2017 1:00 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Idina Menzel knows just how you feel about Lifetime's Beaches remake. "It's exciting, it's scary too because it's such a beloved movie. People, including myself, saw it back in the day and loved it…I just hope people will open their hearts and realize we think it's like an homage to the original, sort of just an update, it's exciting," she told E! News. Menzel is taking on the role of Cc, the role Bette Midler made famous in the film version. Nia Long also stars as Hillary, the role Barbara Hershey played. The movie follows the friendship of Cc and Hillary, from their first meeting through decades and varying degrees of ups and downs. The classic songs, like "Wind Beneath My »

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Full Episode | People Now Friday January 20, 2017

20 January 2017 12:32 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Exclusive: Idina Menzel on Taking on Bette Midler’s Beaches Role, Plus Inside the ‘Paralyzed Bride’s’ TV Special

Come back every day at 8:30 a.m. Est to watch People Now streaming live from Time Inc. headquarters in New York City, and rebroadcast at 11:30 am Est. Get the absolute latest in celebrity news, real-life people stories & the best of fashion and food.

Want even more? Watch clips from yesterday’s People Now. »

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New vs. Classic 'Beaches': 13 Changes Lifetime Made to the Beloved Tearjerker

20 January 2017 7:50 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Warning: Spoiler alert! If you've never watched Beaches, read at your own risk.

We still haven't stopped crying 30 years after Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey starred in late director Garry Marshall's crushing cult classic Beaches.

Now, with Frozen star Idina Menzel playing Midler's iconic "C.C." Bloom role and Nia Long as her ailing best friend, Hillary Whitney, the gut punch of a weepie has returned thanks to a Lifetime remake (hey, ladies and gay men, it's not bad!) to offer new generations of sad-movie lovers years of sloppy sobfests.

Though the 1988 dramedy's themes of friendship, loyalty and loss remain intact, check out some of the major changes made to this contemporary take on the ultimate chick flick.

1. No Letter Writing Because 2017 and Smartphones

Good ol' letter writing was a delightful pastime -- and one of Beaches' now-nostalgic charms -- until email, iPhones and smiling poop emojis forever changed communication. Though we never »

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Grab Your Tissues! Idina Menzel Admits She Cried Multiple Times over Beaches Remake

20 January 2017 7:09 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Idina Menzel has gone through a lot of tissues since taking on the coveted role of C.C. in the upcoming remake of Beaches.

While stopping by People Now to share an exclusive sneak peek at the Lifetime TV movie, Menzel admitted that she has shed her fair share of tears due to the role.

“The first Kleenex was when I took the job and I thought, ‘Why did I take the job?’ ” she joked. “Well, because it’s Bette Midler. She’s been one of my all-time favorites my whole life.”

“I don’t really try making it a habit to recreate someone… »

- brittanyking22

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Idina Menzel Will Be Watching Beaches with Her Mom After the Women’s March

19 January 2017 8:48 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Although Idina Menzel‘s mother will be glued to the television set as her daughter belts out the classic anthem “Wind Beneath My Wings” for Lifetime’s Beaches remake on Saturday, the Tony winning actress will be keeping herself busy.

During a Q&A before the screening on Wednesday, which was streamed on Facebook Live, Menzel shared that she’ll be watching the new version of Garry Marshall’s 1988 tearjerker with her just her mom instead of a big party.

“ specifically canceled the get-together because she was like, ‘I hate when everybody talks during your singing or your acting,’ ” the 45-year-old actress shared. »

- Stephanie Petit

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Idina Menzel And Nia Long On Why Now Is The Perfect Time For Their Updated ‘Beaches’ TV Movie

17 January 2017 1:32 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Now is the perfect time for a movie about friendship, according to “Beaches” stars Idina Menzel and Nia Long. The ladies are taking on the iconic roles made famous in 1988 by Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey for a new TV movie reboot airing on Lifetime. “This is a good time to remind people how […] »

- Rachel West

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Exclusive: Idina Menzel Talks ‘Daunting’ ‘Beaches’ Remake, Bette Midler and Wedding Planning

16 January 2017 5:52 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

As she prepares for audiences to see her rendition of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” in Lifetime’s upcoming Beaches remake, Idina Menzel is sharing her memories of the iconic hit.

“I grew up singing that song because I was a wedding and a bar mitzvah singer, so that was one of the most requested songs,” the Grammy-winning actress and singer told Et at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, California, on Friday. “So, Bette has been with me more ways than she knows.”

Exclusive: Idina Menzel on Bette Midler’s Blessing for ‘Beaches’ Remake

The song became a smash after Midler’s character, Cc Bloom, belted out the track in Gary Marshall’s 1988 classic. Menzel, 45, steps into Midler’s shoes, playing Cc Bloom in the TV remake.

However, don’t expect to hear the chart-topping track at the Frozen star’s upcoming wedding to actor Aaron Lohr.

“Never! Are you »

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Et Obsessions: ‘Split,’ ‘The Young Pope’ and ‘Beaches’ Remake

16 January 2017 7:45 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of Jan. 16-22, this is what we’re most excited about:

The Young Pope

Ridiculous is just about everyone’s consensus (see: The New York Times and The Av Club) when it comes to HBO’s new miniseries, The Young Pope, starring Jude Law as Pope Pius Xiii, who is not only the youngest leader of the Catholic Church, but also the first American. While director Paolo Sorrentino’s farce verges on camp and indulges a juvenile sense of humor (Diane Keaton’s Sister Mary owns a T-shirt that reads “I’m a Virgin, But This Is an Old Shirt”), Law keeps it balanced with a delicious performance -- and we’re still intrigued by the dancing Greenlanders that appear later in series.

More: Jude Law Reveals Why He Turned Down the Role of Superman

The Young Pope airs Sundays at 9 p »

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Why Idina Menzel Was Hesitant to Join Lifetime's Beaches Remake

13 January 2017 1:28 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

In a week's time, fans will get to see Idina Menzel and Nia Long do their best Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey when Lifetime's remake of the iconic Garry Marshall film Beaches premieres. But stepping into Midler's shoes—and taking on "Wind Beneath My Wings"—wasn't exactly something the Broadway vet was looking to take on. "Well, if you've noticed, I've never—I don't usually do revivals. There's a reason. Because I'm terrified," she told reporters during the remake's panel at the 2017 Winter TCA Press Tour. "I'm scared s--t to do that. I like to originate so I don't have to walk in someone else's footsteps, which is why this is actually a »

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‘Beaches’ Cast, Producers on Why They Remade ’80s Classic

13 January 2017 12:29 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The cast and filmmakers of Lifetime’s “Beaches” remake addressed why they decided to shoot a new version of Garry Marshall’s classic 1988 movie that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. “This is like phenomenal, raw art now, compared to what women get to do on the screen presently,” director Alison Anders said of the first time she saw the original film, while presenting her remake at the Television Critics’ Association’s press tour on Friday. “It was completely female-driven… and the friendship was so messy, I was shocked, watching it, even all these years later,” Anders said. “It was like, »

- Linda Ge

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Why Lifetime Is Rebooting 'Beaches'

13 January 2017 12:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

When Lifetime announced that it was rebooting Beaches with Idina Menzel and Nia Long, the TV movie was met with a series of questions, among them: Why would the female-driven cable network rework the Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey classic?

The cable network's creative team told reporters Friday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that they were daunted to adapt the Garry Marshall feature film but see new opportunities to reach younger viewers and tell a timely story.

"There's a whole young generation of kids who haven't seen Beaches," said Menzel, calling the reboot an "homage." "But if »

- Lesley Goldberg

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