Billy Crystal and Bette Midler meets old school and new school with a new comedy called Parental Guidance. Billy Crystal, known for When Harry Met Sally plays the character of old school grandfather Artie and Bette Midler (For The Boys) is his eager-to-please wife Dianne. Artie’s wife agrees to babysit their three grandchildren when their parents Alice and Phil Simmons (played by Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott) decide to go away for work. When 21st century collides with old school methods, the grandparents work their way to the heart of what matters most in a family. Parental Guidance also stars Bailee Madison, Joshua Rush, and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf. It is directed by Andy Fickman and is scheduled to be released on December 25th 2012. Check out the latest news for Parental Guidance below:
“Billy Crystal and Bette Midler Enjoyed Playing As A Couple In Parental Guidance
“We met during the Johnson administration,” says the City Slickers funnyman, 64, attired in what seems to be at least 10 shades of gray. “When I see — pardon the expression — People magazine and they have the hot couples, I go, ‘Who’s hotter than us?’”
Midler, who belies her 67 years while looking like an hourglass-shaped holiday ornament in an emerald-green cardigan and ruby-red dress, took a leap of faith when she said “I do” to Argentinian-born performance artist Martin von Haselberg a mere six weeks after they met in 1984.
“I found the right person,” says the Divine Miss M as their 28th anniversary looms this weekend. “I knew it was him.” One reason they are still together: “He is completely unpredictable.”
Crystal and Midler relied on that same sort of savvy when they agreed to marry their talents for the first time as a couple coping with the perils of modern grandparenthood inParental Guidance, a family comedy arriving on Christmas Day.
As Crystal, who struggled for 5 1/2 years to bring the multi-generational story based on his relationship with his own three grandkids (including a potty-time ditty about Mr. Doody) to the big screen, says of their partnership, “We are like a pair of old shoes. They just fit.”
The public apparently has given its blessing. “They get a smile when they see the poster,” Crystal says. ” I’ve watched them. They don’t see me in the lobby of the movie theater. I was down in Battery Park the other night and there were people stopped in front of our poster. And I heard, ‘Oh, I love them.’ So here we are.”
Part of that reaction might come from the fact that both performers have spent the past decade away from the multiplex. Midler, whose last role of substance was in 1997′s The First Wives Club, had been concentrating on her three-year stint at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas until 2010. Crystal, who took a break after 2002′s Analyze That, won a Tony and toured in 700 Sundays, his one-man show about his Long Island childhood.”
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