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Hollywood Flashback: When a Dire Message in 1978's 'Scared Straight' Led to Oscar

Hollywood Flashback: When a Dire Message in 1978's 'Scared Straight' Led to Oscar
The idea behind 1978's Scared Straight was to take teenage delinquents to New Jersey's Rahway State Prison, where they'd be terrified into choosing the path of righteousness after hearing hardcore inmates scream at them about the horrors of incarceration. The convicts would get in a teen's face with neck-bulging intensity and harangue him with details of penitentiary life — where, in one convict's words, "the big eat the little."

For the boys, the threat of being forcibly sodomized was stressed. "If you were in my cell, I'd jump on you like a kangaroo," one prisoner yelled at a quivering kid....
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Aubrey Plaza on the Popularity Contest of Social Media, Her Dream Project with Bette Midler, and ‘Ingrid Goes West’

Even though she’s widely considered to be the Queen of Dry Wit, sitting in the hotel room where we’re about to talk about her latest film Ingrid Goes West, there’s an unexpected innocence to Aubrey Plaza that makes her seem more like Sandy from Grease before the makeover. She’s wearing a dark baseball jacket over a lovely plaid dress in blush tones, and rather than welcoming me with a raised eyebrow, she smiles. I reach out my hand to her to say hello and apologize because it’s cold, she raises the eyebrow and explains, “I’m sorry too because my hand is warm.” And suddenly Sandy has given path to the sardonic Rizzo. Since her breakthrough in Parks & Recreation, Plaza has become one of the funniest people in the industry. Period. Few actors can accomplish so much using so little and making it seem so effortless,
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Ed Catto: The Cutie & the Indefatigable Entrepreneur

I’ve listened to many podcasts during the long upstate winter and one of my favorites has been Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This. It’s billed as a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. I enjoy it because Longworth spins great yarns, with vivid insights, about Hollywood stars and their careers.

But I think there’s more to why it’s popular and why I enjoy it so much. I’m starting to realize that the inevitable ups and downs of yesteryear’s Hollywood Stars are analogous to the rollercoaster rides that categorize so many of today’s careers.

It’s astounding to hear about how a legendary star’s career might have floundered at one point, only to do a complete 360 as he or she gets cast in a successful blockbuster movie. Thundering successes and crushing failures become the
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Ed Catto: The Cutie & the Indefatigable Entrepreneur

I’ve listened to many podcasts during the long upstate winter and one of my favorites has been Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This. It’s billed as a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. I enjoy it because Longworth spins great yarns, with vivid insights, about Hollywood stars and their careers.

But I think there’s more to why it’s popular and why I enjoy it so much. I’m starting to realize that the inevitable ups and downs of yesteryear’s Hollywood Stars are analogous to the rollercoaster rides that categorize so many of today’s careers.

It’s astounding to hear about how a legendary star’s career might have floundered at one point, only to do a complete 360 as he or she gets cast in a successful blockbuster movie. Thundering successes and crushing failures become the
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Bette Midler to Be Honored by Drama League, Keeps Breaking Broadway Records

Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!”: Midler’s Twitter account

Bette Midler is killing it. Per Variety, her “Hello, Dolly!” Broadway revival earned the Shubert Theatre its biggest week ever in just seven performances. And the four-time Grammy winner will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award at the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards, Broadway World writes. To paraphrase a “Dolly!” song, it takes a woman, indeed.

The Drama League Awards “recognize distinguished productions, performances, and exemplary career achievements,” the source details. In addition to her career as a theater actor and revered singer, The Drama League will also celebrate Midler’s work in beloved films like “Beaches,” “Hocus Pocus,” and “The First Wives Club.” Midler’s other stage credits include the original Broadway run of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Gypsy,” and “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.”

Midler has won three Emmys and three Golden Globes throughout her career. She’s also been nominated for the Best Actress Oscar twice: In 1980 for “The Rose” and in 1992 for “For the Boys.”

“In addition to being one of the best-loved and instantly recognizable entertainers in the world,” Broadway World writes, “Midler is also one of New York’s most generous and tireless citizens.” “In 1994, she started the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization devoted to bringing abandoned and neglected parks, gardens, and open spaces in all five boroughs back to abundant life.”

The Drama League Awards will take place May 19 in New York. Previous recipients of the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award include Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, and Audra McDonald.

The Midler-starring “Hello, Dolly!” broke records before it even opened. In September, it had already banked $9.08 million in ticket sales, setting a new record at the Shubert Theatre and for all of Broadway first-day ticket sales.

Midler’s latest onscreen role is Muv in Trudie Styler’s “Freak Show.” Based on James St. James’ Lambda-nominated Ya novel of the same name, the film centers on Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), a cross-dressing teen at an ultra-conservative private high school who decides to run for homecoming queen. The film also stars Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”), Abigail Breslin (“Scream Queens”), AnnaSophia Robb (“Mercy Street”), and Celia Weston (“Modern Family”). Co-written by Beth Rigazio, the film premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival in February. No word on a release date yet.

Bette Midler to Be Honored by Drama League, Keeps Breaking Broadway Records was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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15 Most Insane Wrestling Spots Of The Week (Mar 6)

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Table breaks, ladder dives, and acrobatics off the top rope – the action was non-stop across many promotions over the past seven days. Additionally, fan videos from a couple of non-televised live WWE events contributed a few highlighted maneuvers that resulted in legitimate injury.

Two matches boasted more than one entry this week. The Gift of the Gods Ladder Match from Lucha Underground between King Cuerno and Fenix as well as the No Dq match between Jimmy Havoc and Abyss from Tna were difficult contests to pare down to just two or three spots. Put those two bouts on your make-up list if you missed them.

15. Let’s Hear It For The Boys ROHWrestling.com

With Silas Young’s career on the line, Dalton Castle’s Boys competed against The Last Real Man and his buddy, The Beer City Bruiser. The Boys are looking more and more credible in
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11 Movies That Secretly Turn Women On

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While it shouldn’t be a surprise that women enjoy having sex and embracing their sexuality, the true nature of female arousal remains a fairly mysterious thing. There’s a long-held fallacy that women don’t like porn as a rule, for instance, wiping out one source of the excites that is incredibly easy access when the question of arousal comes up. We do, by the way, we just don’t feel the need to tell everyone about it.

But that doesn’t mean that women don’t get turned on by films. It’s just that it might well surprise you to hear which ones do it.

Now whilst men probably wouldn’t even consider suggesting these film titles to your love interest – because they’re either typically considered “Ones For The Boys” (seriously, that still happens) or are written off entirely as not for male viewers
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Marvin Humes's column: From the Take That spectacular to indie rockers Walk The Moon

So I definitely ticked one of my life boxes this week by spending some time with the legendary Mr Samuel L Jackson. Big Sam was in town promoting a charity that he's an ambassador for called One For The Boys - a men's cancer charity highlighting the importance of checking yourself.

On Friday, my wife Rochelle and I were invited to see Take That on tour. You know what? You have to hand it to Gary, Mark and Howard, they really know how to put on a show - or should I say a spectacle. Also, you know you have had some serious hits when a show that is over two hours long just flies by. Big shout out to Gary for inviting us down, we absolutely loved it, top man!

Sunday it was of course all about the Vodafone Big Top 40. All eyes once again were on the number one spot.
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"For The Boys" On DVD

Sneak Peek footage from the new 2 hour plus Anchor Bay Entertainment release of director Mark Rydell's 1992 feature "For The Boys", starring Bette Midler, George Segal and James Caan, now available on DVD:

"...Bette Midler gives the brassiest, sassiest performance of her career as 'Dixie Leonard', a 'Uso' singer whose electrifying stage presence and flair for outrageous comedy, captivates troops and civilians alike.

"Teamed up with America’s beloved song-and-dance man, 'Eddie Sparks' (James Caan), the whole world becomes Dixie’s stage through three very different wars and 50 years of music and memories, laughter and tears..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "For The Boys"...
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Vince Vaughn on Moving Into Adult Storytelling with ‘True Detective’

Vince Vaughn on Moving Into Adult Storytelling with ‘True Detective’
Vince Vaughn moved to Hollywood at age 18, straight out of high school. And, like many starry-eyed aspiring actors, one of his first stops was Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see where famous stars like Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe had encased their hands and feet in cement.

More than 25 years later, much has changed. It’s now called the Tcl Chinese Theatre. Many other actors have been added from Jennifer Aniston to Tom Cruise. And Vaughn has gone from struggling actor to bonafide movie star, with hits like “The Lost World,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Old School” on his resume. His latest comedy, “Unfinished Business,” hits theaters March 6.

So when Vaughn was told the theater wanted to encase his hands and feet in cement in the forecourt on March 4, he was thrilled.

“Getting the letter asking me, I thought about growing up and being a fan of all those folks,” he says.
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You've Gotta Watch Samuel L. Jackson Singing Karaoke

You've Gotta Watch Samuel L. Jackson Singing Karaoke
"Show Me Love" never sounded so good.

When Samuel L. Jackson sings karaoke, he sings karaoke.

Watch: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Cast Gets Wild at Comic-Con

The actor stole the spotlight on Thursday night at One For The Boys #SingOne4TheBoys charity event at Abbey Road Studios in London when he hit the stage with Robin S' 1993 hit "Show Me Love."

Watch and enjoy.

Watch: Samuel L. Jackson Recites 'Boy Meets World' Slam Poetry

But this isn't the first time Jackson has covered a hit song. Remember when he rocked Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap" (in a pink wig)? Or when he sorta-sang Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"? They were both amazing, and you can see them in the video above.

Jackson returns as Nick Fury when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters in May. Now if only Joss Whedon would give Nick a microphone…

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R.I.P. Production Designer Assheton Gorton

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The Englishman’s long but sporadic career included an Oscar and BAFTA nomination for his art direction and set decoration on 1981’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman. Assheton Gorton’s daughter told local paper the Shropshire Star that he died in his sleep September 14 at his home near the England-Wales border. He was 84. Gorton also worked on such well-known films as Michelangelo Antonioni‘s Blow-Up (1966) — scoring his first BAFTA nom — Ridley Scott’s Tom Cruise starrer Legend (1985) and Disney’s live-action 101 Dalmatians (1996) and sequel 102 Dalmatians (2000), both starring Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil. Gorton worked on fewer than 20 films during his four-decade career, including The Magic Christian (1969), Get Carter (1971), For the Boys (1991), Rob Roy (1995) and Shadow of the Vampire (2000). He also worked on a handful of television programs including ITV’s Armchair Theatre and 1980 NBC miniseries The Martian Chronicles.
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Samuel L. Jackson Signs On For Charity Fundraiser at London Collections: Men

He’s best known for his strong presence on the silver screen but it turns out Samuel L. Jackson also has a soft side.

The “Pulp Fiction” actor will host a fundraiser for One For the Boys (a charity to educate men about male-targeting cancers) at the Victoria & Albert Museum during the first day of London Collections: Men.

And Jackson isn’t the only star on the docket for the shindig- Simon Pegg, Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans and David Walliams will serve as models.

Samuel told press, “Men don’t tend to talk about their health issues, worrying about appearing vulnerable. The problem is that they do not have enough information on the subject. One For The Boys focuses on cutting through the noise to educate men, in the hope that we can have a similar reach to that of the pink campaigns.”
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Quiet Ones, Paul Walker Movie Flop, While Derided Diaz Female Revenge Comedy to Top Us/Canada Chart

‘The Other Woman’ 2014 box office: Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann comedy to top North American box office chart despite mostly bad reviews (photo: Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz, and Leslie Mann in ‘The Other Woman’) Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy The Other Woman will easily top the North American box office this weekend, April 25-27, 2014. The story of three women who gang up to take revenge on their cheating husband/lover, The Other Woman — which would have been more accurately titled "The Other Women" — opened with a solid $9.3 million at 3,205 U.S. and Canadian locations on Friday, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. As the old saying goes, "If you give them trash, they’ll gobble it up (and ask for seconds)" — or something along those lines. Anyhow, 20th Century Fox’s $40 million-budgeted The Other Woman, which has
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Oscars 2014: Watch Bette Midler Sing 'The Wind Beneath My Wings' Following 'In Memoriam' (Video)

When Bette Midler was announced as one of the performers for the 86th annual Oscars, many wondered just what role she would play during the broadcast. Midler added some emotional heft to the telecast Sunday night with a stirring rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings."

Midler performed the iconic song immediately following the annual In Memoriam segment honoring late actors, directors, writers, and others who contributed to filmmaking, and her performance was directed at those who were lost over the last 12 months. The singer -- who was marking her first time performing on the Oscars stage, despite attending the ceremony numerous times over the years -- was clearly emotional during her rendition of the song, and that emotion crept into the crowd.

The Academy Award nominee (for 1979's "The Rose" and 1991's "For the Boys") broke down in tears when she finished her performance, which earned a standing ovation from
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Bette Midler To Perform For First Time On The Oscars

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.

“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.”

Midler received Oscar nominations for Actress in a Leading Role for “For the Boys” and The Rose.”

She has recorded 13 studio albums, the first of which, 1972’s “The Divine Miss M,” sold over a million copies and earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist. Midler has gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide and win two additional Grammys for the songs “The Rose” (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) and “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Record of the Year). She has been honored with three Emmy® Awards and a special Tony
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Bette Midler to Perform at The Oscars

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Bette Midler to Perform at The Oscars
Anyone ready for some old-school entertainment? Bette Midler is ready to give it to you. Midler, a two-time Oscar-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award-winning singer, will perform at the Oscars, announced show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. This will be Midler’s first time performing at the awards ceremony. “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.” Midler received Oscar nominations for Actress in a Leading Role for “For the Boys” and The Rose.” She has recorded 13 studio albums. Her first album, 1972’s “The Divine Miss [ Read More ]

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Bette Midler to Sing at Oscars for the First Time

Bette Midler to Sing at Oscars for the First Time
The Oscars just got more Divine. Bette Midler, twice nominated for Best Actress - for 1979's The Rose and 1991's For the Boys - will perform for the first time at the awards. In past years, she has served as a presenter. Chalk up her appearance as another coup for Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who last year convinced Barbra Streisand to sing "The Way We Were" in tribute to its late composer, Marvin Hamlisch. So far, the duo have been mum on Midler's act. The Oscars will air live on ABC Sunday, March 2, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
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Bette Midler to perform at Academy Awards Ceremony

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Bette Midler to perform at Academy Awards Ceremony
The producers of this year's Academy Awards telecast, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, announced that award-winning singer Bette Midler will be performing on the show. In addition to having won Grammys, Emmys, and a Tony, Midler has also been nominated for two Academy Awards. Midler's two Academy Award nominations are for Actress in a Leading Role in "For the Boys" and "The Rose." Midler has not been nominated for a song and the appearance this year will be the first time she will perform on the show. Zadan and Meron stated, "We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time." They added, “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.” No word was offered in the press release about when during the Oscars Midler will be sing, but it is certainly within the realm of possibility that she will do
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Bette Midler Will Perform At The Oscars This Year

Thanks to stunning turns in For the Boys and The Rose, Bette Midler is a two-time Oscar nominee. But this year, she's taking to the stage to bring her belting bravado out in honor of the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Coming Soon reports Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the live broadcast, extended an invitation to Midler on behalf of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to perform. In a statement, the pair of producers shared their enthusiasm over the announcement, saying: "We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time. We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening." Frankly, Zadan and Meron have a lot of making up to do, considering their showstopper last year was the crass and sexist "We Saw Your Boobs." But the two have a long history with Midler, as both served
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