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It's not Halloween yet, but in light of all the recent '80s and '90s reboots, the internet can't stop thinking about Disney's Hocus Pocus. Gilmore Girls was revived, Full House got a spin-off and Beauty and the Beast was turned into a live-action film over the last few years, which has everyone thinking about more of our favorite childhood flicks we'd like to see remade. Obviously, Hocus Pocus—one of our all-time favorite Halloween flicks—sits high at the top of the list...But who could ever fulfill the iconic Sanderson Sister roles? Originally played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, it would seem no one could ever fit the roles like »
If you have concerns that Neil Marshall's Hellboy reboot will be a CG-fest, let the director himself put those fears to rest. Though the project is still in the early stages of pre-production, Marshall recently spoke about his plans for the big-screen adaptation of Mike Mignola's comic book series--to be scripted by Mignola, Andrew Cosby, and Christopher Golden--that will star David Harbour in the title role. In speaking to Mick Garris (Hocus Pocus) for his "Post Mortem" podcast (via EW), Marshall talked up his penchant for using practical, in-camera effects throughout his … »
- Dave Trumbore
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 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. »
- Rachel Montpelier
On Sunday night, Emma Stone won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for her work in the dazzling movie-musical La La Land. Rolling Stone contributing editor Jonah Weiner spent several days with Stone for the cover story of our latest issue. Here are some of things he learned from the experience.
La La Land allowed her to flex muscles – literal and figurative – that she hadn't before.
"This is someone who's at the end of her rope, doubting herself, trying to »
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