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Love is the Answer

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The news below is from 2009. [ 2010 News is here ]

Streisand Stuff @ Amazon.com:
Love is the Answer (Deluxe Edition) ... Love is the Answer (Regular Edition) ... Concerts DVDs ... Concert Blu-ray ... Yentl DVD

December 23, 2009

Barbra Barbie

Have you seen the Barbra Barbie in the Spring Preview 2010 Barbie catalog? Thanks to Mitzi, here's a scan:

Barbie Catalog 2010

The catalog says the Barbra Streisand doll is part of its Pink Label Collection, and includes a photograph of the real Barbra at the Cocoanut Grove in 1963.

(Here's a link to purchase the Streisand doll at Amazon.com. As always, a small portion of ANYTHING you purchase from Amazon through my links goes to help support my work here at Barbra Archives: and I really appreciate it.)

December 18, 2009

Things to Come ...

Here's a very unofficial look at what Barbra Streisand is up to—career-wise—in the upcoming months and years. [Rumors and unconfirmed items below...]

Live at Village Vanguard DVD

Due Date: February 2010

Streisand was captured by hi-def cameras during her September 2009 one-off performance at New York's Village Vanguard jazz club. The DVD, which I hear will contain some short featurettes and historical photos from Barbra's past, is due in February.

Little Fockers

Due Date: July 2010

Streisand returned as Roz Focker for the third part of Ben Stiller's comedy series. Her role is small but we hear she's very funny and looks fantastic.

Concerts

Due Date: Unconfirmed/Rumored

There's been rumors of Streisand concerts in New Zealand and Australia.

Bergman Album

Due Date: Unconfirmed

Barbra said she'd like to record an album of Alan and Marilyn Bergman songs that she has not yet sung. It's possible this may be her next studio album project.

“A Passion For Design” [working title] Book

Due Date: Fall 2010

Rick Kot, executive editor at Viking Books, will edit. The book will contain many of Barbra's own photographs of rooms she has decorated, furniture and art she has collected, and flowers and vegetables she's grown in her gardens. In the book, Barbra will share memories of her childhood, the development of her taste and inspirations, and what collecting and style mean to her. The Viking press release also stated the book will chronicle Streisand's previous residences, “from her New York apartment to her Los Angeles townhouse and her homes along the California coast.”

[Note: I'm curious if, behind-the-scenes, Streisand and Viking struck a deal for the design book *and* an autobiography .....]

The Normal Heart

Due Date: Unconfirmed

Streisand's been working on directing the screen version of Larry Kramer's explosive play, The Normal Heart, since the mid-1990s. It's entirely possible the movie will finally go into production in 2010, with Streisand directing. We've heard lots of rumors about who's attached to star. (I'm betting on Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman ... but that's just an educated guess, based on whose company Streisand has kept lately!)

[I'm very excited about this project. IMHO, I think Heart is a much more dramatic and important gay-themed film than Milk, which was feted at awards time. I participated in a staged reading of Normal Heart here in D.C. a few years ago and it's still very powerful, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house! Barbra is passionate about this piece ... I hope it moves forward!]

My Mother's Curse

Due Date: Unconfirmed

A possible comedic movie role for Streisand! In Hollywood every year, Universal film executive Franklin Leonard compiles “The Black List”—a list of favorite scripts that were unproduced that year. On this year's list (at #31) is My Mother's Curse. This is the film that is reportedly being developed for Seth Rogen and Streisand to star in.

Here's the scoop:

MY MOTHER'S CURSE by Dan Fogelman

“The young inventor of a new organic cleaning product invites his mother on a crosscountry road trip as he tries to sell his product to marketing outlets. His ulterior motive is to reunite her with a man she loved when she was young, and her motive is to help him overcome his ‘curse’ of non-commitment in relationships, for which she blames herself.”

AGENT: William Morris Endeavor - Danny Greenberg
MANAGER: Industry Entertainment - Eryn Brown Paramount Pictures.
Michaels Goldwyn producing.

“Release Me” (Rarities Project)

Due Date: 2011 or 2012

Columbia and Streisand will release a “rarities” CD, most likely to celebrate Streisand's golden anniversary of recording. It's been rumored to be a 3-CD set of unreleased tracks, 7-inch singles, and hand-picked, previously-released tracks. A companion DVD of rare Streisand videos is rumored as well.

 

December 17, 2009

Roz Wrapped

Barbra Archives hears that Streisand has wrapped her scenes as Roz Focker in Little Fockers. The rest of the cast contines to film, but Barbra is done. I'm told Barbra looks amazing in the movie and is really funny in it, too.

December 14, 2009

More Roz...

Here's Streisand on the third Fockers movie with Teri Polo and Ben Stiller...

Streisand on Fockers set

All of Paul

All three parts of Barbra on the Paul O'Grady Show have been uploaded here to YouTube >>

December 8, 2009

Roz Focker Spotted

Roz Focker pic

Barbra, wearing a black smock which covered her costume, was photographed in Pasadena, Calif. this weekend filming the Meet the Fockers sequel. She's got her Roz Focker wig on, and that's Barbra's dog behind her.

O'Grady Show

Part two of Streisand's interview with UK talk show host Paul O'Grady aired today. The third part will air on Thursday's show.

December 7, 2009

Streisand Segment Airs on O'Grady Show

Paul O'Grady Show with Streisand

Paul O'Grady aired the first part of his Barbra Streisand interview today on Channel 4 in the UK. Two more segments will air this week, so make sure to watch!

In part one of the interview, Streisand tells a funny story about flowers she received from a British fan named "Charles".

You can watch part one on YouTube >>

December 2, 2009

Streisand On Paul O'Grady

Updated 12/2/09:

Some more inside info about Barbra's appearance on The Paul O'Grady Show...

(FYI for U.S. readers: O'Grady is a UK talk show host on Channel4.)

O'Grady interviewed Barbra at her hotel, where they talked about her new record, her career, & Barbra's favorite British things.

Streisand's interview with Paul O'Grady will air next week.

I've also been told that O'Grady may air more of the interview in one sitting or separate it, depending on other guests scheduled that week.

[Note: The Paul O'Grady Show, currently airing on the UK's Channel 4, will air for the final time in December. O'Grady will then return to ITV to host a new prime-time show in the new year.]

Streisand's appearance will most likely be a ratings winner for O'Grady's final Channel 4 shows.

Streisand taped the show in September when she was in UK doing publicity for Love is the Answer.

Here's a link to Paul O'Grady's Channel 4 website >>

November 23, 2009

Village Vanguard DVD

Per Barbra Streisand's official site today, Barbra's historic Village Vanguard performance is coming to DVD February 2, 2010.

November 22, 2009

Fockers!

There's been a few articles about Barbra's involvement in the Meet the Fockers sequel, currently filming with Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro. Streisand is back as Roz Focker (although it's not been officially announced yet).

I have heard from a few fans with “connections” to the show that Barbra has already filmed her scenes and was on set in Pasadena at the Queen Anne Cottage at the Los Angeles County Arboretum (which stood in for the Florida Focker homestead in the last film). We hear she has a short, funny scene that is near the end of the film.

Starbucks CD

Barbra's 1967 recording of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” appears on the latest Starbucks holiday CD, Making Merry (thanks to Mitzi for the scans below!)

I've been told the track is the same as what's on Barbra's Christmas Album ... no rarities here!

Starbucks CD

November 13, 2009

Sunset Blvd.—Putting Rumors To Rest

Streisand fans seem to split down the middle about whether Streisand should portray Norma Desmond in the musical version of Sunset Boulevard, which has been long-rumored as being made into a movie musical.

[For the record: I never understood why Streisand would do this role? Sure, she sang two songs from it ... but I've always thought the role was really not right for her.]

In any case, Streisand specifically answered the question about her involvement in the film during her BBC radio interview promoting Love is the Answer.

The interviewer asked her if she was doing the movie musical of Sunset. Streisand replied:

Well it [the SUNSET movie] actually was happening for a while, and I turned it down twice. And it's a hard one, because it was a great movie. I thought she was a little over-the-top, Gloria Swanson. He was very good, William Holden. It would need work for the film, a lot of work, I think, ya know...

IMHO, the Lloyd Webber musical never transcended the exceptional, original film with Gloria Swanson.

So ... for the record ... that's Streisand's comment about it all.

November 12, 2009

The Return of Roz?

A fellow Barbra fan has alerted me that the Meet the Fockers sequel will soon be shooting at the Pasadena location (the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens) which stood in for the Focker homestead in Florida in the last film.

Barbra is expected on set.

This is unofficial and unconfirmed ...

November 11, 2009

Barbra: NPR's 50 Great Voices

In January 2010, NPR will launch a year-long exploration of 50 great voices in recorded history. NPR asked listeners to nominate artists for the series. NPR and a panel of experts are in the process of whittling the nominations down to about 100 singers — a mix of familiar names and surprising discoveries. Explore some of the nominated voices here, and choose five favorites you think should be included in the final 50. [Vote Barbra!]

November 10, 2009

WHAT’S UP, DOCS?

This release just in ...

Barbra Streisand Places a Special Call to The Doctors to Discuss Heart Health for Women, November 16

On Monday, November 16, Barbra Streisand calls The Doctors to discuss her passionate crusade to support heart health awareness for women, a cause which led her to create and endow the Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardio Vascular Research and Education Program at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Barbra tells The Doctors, “I’ve always been an advocate of equal rights for women, so why should women’s health research be done on men? Physiologically, we’re different. I made a movie about it called ‘Yentl.’  It’s just silly.  I was shocked when I heard that medical research for women was being done on men.  How do you treat a woman for such a life threatening ailment based on treatments, diagnostics and technology based on men?”

Heart Disease runs in Barbra’s family: “My family on my mother’s side all seems to have had heart disease.”

Appearing on the panel alongside The Doctors, during the conversation, is Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz, the Director of Women’s Health at Cedars Sinai, who reiterated “Heart Disease is the number one women’s health care threat.”  

THE DOCTORS is a one-hour, daytime talk show delivering up-to-the-minute information from a panel of four practicing medical professionals in a compelling and entertaining format five days a week. View the website >>

 

Streisand @ Old Dogs Premiere

Streisand at Old Dogs premiere

Photographer Ric Charbonneau snapped Jason Gould, Barbra Streisand, John Travolta, Ella Bleu Travolta, Kelly Preston and Disney's Rich Ross at the premiere Walt Disney Pictures Old Dogs on November 09, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.

[Barbra looks fantastic!]

Streisand and Jason Gould

Streisand & Mercer

Barbra Streisand appears on a couple of Johnny Mercer projects. November 18 would have been Mercer's 100th birthday.

Mercer CD

Mercer was a brilliant lyricist and wrote the words to several songs that Streisand included in her repertoire over the years, including Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home, Come Rain or Come Shine, I Had Myself A True Love, Moon River, and My Shining Hour.

Footage of Barbra singing Any Place I Hang My Hat (from Color Me Barbra) is included in the Turner Classic Movie's documentary Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me (directed by Clint Eastwood). The documentary airs on TCM:

Barbra's previously released Live 2006 version of My Shining Hour can be heard on the companion CD, Clint Eastwood Presents: Johnny Mercer "The Dream's On Me" A Celebration of His Music.

Finally, KFAI radio has produced a 2-part show about Johnny Mercer and is publicizing that Streisand participated with comments on the lyricist. The Mercer show airs in 2 parts Nov. 18 & 25 from 6 to 9am. FKAI is streaming the show live. Here is a link.

 

All About Barbra Streisand Magazine: Paper or Digital?

All About Barbra Streisand magazine cover

All About Barbra Streisand magazine, which has published since the 1980's, now offers two ways to order: paper or digitally online. For those who enjoy immediate gratification, now you can purchase AABS's online digital e-magazine and view the newest issue in FULL COLOR on your computer!

(I have contributed a couple of stories to the latest magazine, btw!)

The newest issue features: The Live DVD’s, YENTL, KENNEDY CENTRE HONORS and AABS are celebrating 25 YEARS OF PUBLISHING!! …Plus, loads more….

Here's the link to the AABS site, which includes links to purchase a paper copy of the magazine (which will ship from the UK), or a digital e-magazine copy, which is available immediately online.

Enjoy!

November 5, 2009

“Doc” Blu-Ray

DVDReview.com reports that Warner will release What's Up, Doc? (Streisand's 1972 comedy film) on Blu-Ray in August 2010.

Release dates this far out are bound to change, so just be aware that Doc is probably due sometime in 2010!

Doc would be Streisand's first film available in the hi-def Blu-Ray format. Currently you can see Barbra on Blu-Ray in Live 2006 and the Tony Bennett special from 2006.

Sony ... are you working on a deluxe Blu-Ray of Funny Girl yet??!

November 4, 2009

Streisand Singing in NZ?

New Zealand media site Stuff.co.nz wrote, “It is understood that negotiations are under way for Barbra Streisand to perform a concert at Westpac Stadium next year,” probably in March or April. They elaborated that “A source said the Streisand concert was a real possibility and hopes were high that it would be confirmed in the near future.”

November 2, 2009

Barbra Calls The Doctors

Barbra called into the syndicated show “The Doctors” in support of The Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program at Cedars-Sinai.

Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz will be appearing on the show to discuss the program and the research of the female heart.

It is scheduled to air November 16th, so please check your local listings.

New Radio Page

I managed to add a new page to Barbra Archives!

Click here to read all about Barbra's commercial radio appearances.

If anyone has photos or scans of labels, boxes, cue sheets or more, please feel free to contact me.

October 30, 2009

Streisand Most Generous

The Giving Back Fund calculated their list of most generous celebrities using public records to see who had donated what during 2008. The Giving Back Fund culled media reports of charitable giving by sports and entertainment professionals; reviewed PF-990 tax-forms; contacted more than 250 publicists, attorneys, agents, agencies, and managers for information about their clients; sent inquiries to more than 150 charities known for their celebrity associations; and contacted the major sports leagues.

Top Ten most generous celebrities of 2008, according to The Giving Back Fund:

  1. Paul Newman - donated an estimated $21 million
  2. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt - donated an estimated $13.4 million
  3. Mel Gibson- donated an estimated $6.5 million
  4. Richard Childress (former NASCAR racer) - donated an estimated $5 million
  5. Oscar De La Hoya - donated an estimated $3.5 million
  6. Oprah Winfrey- donated an estimated $2.4 million
  7. Sam Waterston - donated an estimated $2.1 million
  8. Yao Ming (basketball player) - donated an estimated $2 million
  9. Patricia Cornwell (author) - donated an estimated $2 million
  10. Barbra Streisand- donated an estimated $1.7 million*

* Includes The Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program in Los Angeles.

Barbra was #3 on the list last year, having donated an estimated $11,000,000.

October 27, 2009

Streisand Attends U2 Concert

Updated: Kevin Mazur photographed Streisand backstage at the U2 concert on 25 October with (left) Ben Stiller and (right) producer Joel Silver.

Streisand with Stiller and Silver

Last night Barbra Streisand attended the U2 concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Streisand at U2 concert

 

 

Streisand UK Book

Yapp book

I just ordered and received a new Streisand coffee table “picture” book: Streisand by Nick Yapp. I haven't had a chance to read the text, but the photographs in the book are nicely reproduced and rare! It's UK-published, so you have to order it from Amazon.co.uk. (Or you can Google it for another source!)

Here's a link to the UK Amazon page.

Update: A few fans alerted me that Barnes & Noble has a good price on this book. Link is here.

By the way, I have also updated Barbra-Archives' Streisand Collectibles page, which contains some rare DVDs, Books, and Biographies that Streisand fans may want to add to their collection. I receive a few cents commission if you click on the link and order from Amazon, so thanks for your support.

October 19, 2009

‘All About Barbra Streisand’ Magazine

All About Barbra Streisand magazine cover

All About Barbra STREISAND magazine is going to print and will ship very soon.

Editor Lynne Pounder has alerted me that the new issue is a landmark one, with a double cover, plus lots of features and great pictures.

Order: www.allaboutbarbra.com

Julien's Streisand Auction

According to AP: “A robe worn by Barbra Streisand in "The Way We Were" sold for nearly $6,000 and an outfit from "Meet the Fockers" went for $3,500 at an auction of hundreds of the entertainer's personal items. A Stickley china cabinet brought in $15,000 and a wig worn by Streisand in "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" sold for $3,500. More than 400 of Streisand's dresses and suits, books, designer furniture, paintings and vintage collectibles were on the block at the weekend sale conducted by Julien's Auctions. All proceeds go to Streisand's favorite charities — including City Year, the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and the Cedars-Sinai Women's Heart Health Center.”

The auction this weekend made more than $600,000, beating a $400,000 to $600,000 estimate, said Julien’s.

October 15, 2009

Streisand Auction This Weekend

Julien's Auctions will conduct its auction of Barbra Streisand items this weekend, with profits benefitting The Streisand Foundation. Here are links to various stories about the auction.

Barbra, Liza & That “Sex & The City” Story

Like the old-fashioned game of "Telephone", some stories get stretched a bit as they spread over the internet.

Liza Minnelli confirmed to the Sydney Morning Herald's cabaret writer that she'd be singing in the new Sex & The City movie. [We'll not spoil it here!]

The newspaper reported: “Minnelli confirmed fellow diva Barbra Streisand would also appear in the flick's lavish wedding scene.”

Somehow, that one sentence has spread across the internet as: Minnelli will be performing with BARBRA STREISAND in the film!!

The Sex & The City movie sequel plot is under wraps, so it's doubtful we'll hear what the exact nature of Streisand's appearance in the film will be.

However, we're pretty sure sloppy reporters got the details of this recent story wrong. We think Streisand will have a non-singing cameo.

September 26, 2009

Streisand at Village Vanguard

Streisand at Village Vanguard

New York City’s 7th Avenue was buzzing with excitement on Saturday night, September 26, when Barbra Streisand performed a free concert at the historic Village Vanguard to an audience of 100 of her luckiest fans from around the world, who'd been chosen from tens of thousands of entrants in a variety of contests launched on the artist's website, BarbraStreisand.com.

Crowds and onlookers of all-ages thronged the streets and sidewalks around the venue hoping for glimpses of the legendary performer who'd last performed in Greenwich Village in 1961, and for notables, including former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman attending the once-in-a-lifetime event.

Streisand decided to return to the Village Vanguard to perform the songs from Love Is The Answer — her new album of jazz standards and classics — in the most intimate setting possible. With its astounding acoustics and deeply comfortable vibe, The Village Vanguard — an epicenter of the New York jazz scene since an all-jazz policy was implemented in 1957 — was, and is one of the most renowned musical venues in the world.

During her Vanguard concert, Streisand performed songs from her new album, as well as personal favorites and some surprises, in an extraordinarily warm and powerful set, as the artist and her audience shared an evening filled with music, magic and memories.

Streisand poses for press

Several people with connection to Barbra’s early Greenwich Village days appeared to present Barbra to thunderous applause including Lorraine Gordon, widow of the Village Vanguard’s owner, Max Gordon; Rick Edelstein, a waiter at the Village Vanguard who arranged for a then-teen-aged Streisand's first audition at the venue, and lastly, Marty Erlichman, Barbra Streisand’s longtime manager, who was introduced to Barbra by Rick Edelstein in 1961. Backed by a small, tightly-honed band, Streisand delivered passionate and unforgettable performances. The full set-list included, in order of performance:

Performance footage from The Village Vanguard show will be available on AOL.com beginning on Sunday, September 27, as well as on BarbraStreisand.com starting on Tuesday, September 29.

Note: Some footage from London as well as The Village Vanguard will appear on the CBS Sunday Morning show, airing 9/27/09.

Streisand by Mazur

Streisand at Waldorf

(Above): Barbra Streisand poses at the Waldorf Astoria after a concert at the Village Vanguard on Saturday.

September 25, 2009

Streisand in Hall of Fame

From a Press Release yesterday:

Aided by a public vote and its esteemed panel of academic historians, the National Museum of American Jewish History has selected 18 distinguished Jewish Americans to be the first to be included in the Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame, which will be a signature component of the core exhibition when the new Museum opens in November 2010.

The 18 initial inductees who will be featured in the gallery are Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Louis Brandeis, Albert Einstein, Mordecai Kaplan, Sandy Koufax, Estée Lauder, Emma Lazarus, Isaac Leeser, Golda Meir, Jonas Salk, Rose Schneiderman, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Henrietta Szold, and Isaac Mayer Wise.

Of the honorees, Koufax, Spielberg, and Streisand are the only people currently alive to be included in the Gallery.

During a one-month period, July 8 through August 6, 2009, the Museum invited the public to vote on the 18 to be included in the Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame from a list of 218 possible candidates. More than 209,000 votes were cast from 56 countries on the Museum’s Only in America® website, which can be accessed at www.nmajh.org.

September 24, 2009

Streisand @ Clinton Global Initiative

According to Reuters, “...about 1,200 participants including heads of state like U.S. President Barack Obama, business leaders, humanitarians and celebrities will attend the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), starting on Tuesday. To join CGI they must make a commitment to fight problems in education, energy and climate change, health, and economic empowerment.”

Streisand at Clinton Global Initiative

Streisand has attended CGI before and has raised money to help fight climate change.

Streisand and Brolin at CGI

(Above: Barbra Streisand and James Brolin attend the “Harnessing Innovation for Development plenary session during the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative” at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York City.)

 

Streisand Barbie

Streisand Barbie

UPDATED: Mattel's Barbra Streisand Barbie Doll (Product Code N6574-9993) will sell for $53.99 and is currently available at BarbieCollector.com.

Please note that the Barbra doll will not be available to ship until approximately November 19, 2009.

The Mattel Barbra Barbie Doll

September 15, 2009

Streisand Auction on Today Show

Darren Julien and Martin Nolan from Julien’s Auctions appeared on the Today Show this morning along with several Streisand garments that are being auctioned on October 17-18, 2009 (benefiting the Streisand Foundation).

You can read (and watch!) this morning's segment here.

Juliens Auctions on Today Show

Announced at the end of the segment was that Streisand would be interviewed by Today Show co host Meredith Vieira on September 29!

September 14, 2009

Cossette, Ross

According to the Associated Press, producer Pierre Cossette passed away on September 11 at the age of 85. Up until his retirement in 2005, Cossette produced the Grammy Award telecast each year. Cossette arranged the exciting duet between Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond at the 1980 Grammys.

Meanwhile, congratulations are in order for Bill Ross, who was awarded a Creative Emmy Award for his work on the 2006 Concert Special, which aired on CBS.

September 10, 2009

Barbra Back on Garland Show

Garland Show DVD

The Judy Garland Show #9, which featured guest star Barbra Streisand and The Smothers Brothers is back out on DVD again (the original Pioneer Entertainment DVD is out of print).

Infinity Entertainment and Falcon Picture Group are releasing this the new series of Garland Show DVDs. According to the studios, each Garland DVD is “restored and re-mastered from the original video tapes ... look for all 26 episodes to be released across 13 volumes, each DVD featuring two 50-minute programs.”

So ... available September 22 is The Judy Garland Show, Vol. 2 which features the Streisand guest star episode, plus another with Ray Bolger and Jane Powell.

Order from Amazon.com >>

(You can read more about Garland and Streisand at The Barbra Archives Judy Garland Show page!)

September 6, 2009

Barbra-Archives in NY Daily News

I was very excited to participate in this story, which ran in the NY Daily News Sunday paper. It was a section about "NY's Super Fans" and Jim Farber interviewed me about the Barbra-Archives site. (They even came and took my photo!! Fun!).

I'll post a link to the NY Daily News once they add the story online. For now, here is a scan.

Matt Howe interview, NY Daily News

August 30, 2009

Streisand in L.A. Times

Barbra Streisand was interviewed by writer Susan King for the L.A Times about the new album.

Link here >>

August 28, 2009

QVC

The 1/2 hour Music of Barbra Streisand show on QVC went by fast and they sold over 7 thousand 10 thousand (!) of the CD/DVD set. Richard Jay-Alexander raved about the new album, and several songs from the album were played on air.

Richard Jay Alexander on QVC

We also got a good shot of the back cover of the album, featuring Barbra and her dog Sammy on the couch. Sammy also graces the back cover of the bonus DVD.

You can watch some of the show on the QVC website if you click on the video tab on the CD order page. Here's a link.

Barbra está en España

Barbra arrived in San Sebastián yesterday. Here she is on the front page of Friday's local newspaper, Noticias de Gipuzkoa. (Thank you, Idoia!)

Streisand in hotel room

And another page from the newspaper...

Brolin and Streisand in Spain

August 27, 2009

Streisand & Brolin in Bilbao, Spain

The internet is truly remarkable! Here's video of Barbra and James visiting the Basque city of Bilbao. They spent this morning in the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.

August 21, 2009

Another Fockers Update from Director

The director of the Meet the Fockers sequel, Little Fockers, recently told MTV News that

“It’s Ben Stiller, Bob De Niro, Owen Wilson. They’ve all moved on with their lives and at the beginning of the movie, Greg and Kevin --- Ben and Owen’s characters –- are in a good place,” Weitz said of the plot. “Ben has earned [De Niro's character] Jack’s respect, and it’s about no matter how you’ve moved ahead in your life, there’s still anxiety and insecurity around the corner for you.”

Weitz also confirmed that Teri Polo was returning as Greg's wife, Pamela.

As for Streisand and Dustin Hoffman as Mr. and Mrs. Focker, Weitz was uncertain.

“Everyone’s in talks,” he said of those two names. “I don’t really know.”


Barry Dennen Selling 1960-61 Streisand Tapes!

Barry Dennen, who was Barbra Streisand's friend at the beginning of her singing career, and who recorded her privately in his apartment, and who also recorded a show at the Bon Soir, is auctioning these very rare tapes.

According to the auction site, Moments in Time, the tapes contain the following:

Track One

Home Recordings (Barbra: vocal; Barry; guitar)

Rehearsal at the Bon Soir

Barbra's Supper Club Debut @ Bon Soir, Sept. 17, 1960

Track Two

Detroit Radio Shows (Feb. 24, 28 & April 14, 1961)

Track Three

Columbia Records Audition Disc

Barry Dennen told Page Six, “I'm a little trepidatious. I don't know what the fallout will be. I don't like upsetting Barbra, and I don't want her fans angry at me.”

Page Six's article on the sale concluded with:

A spokesman for Streisand said, "Our lawyers are dealing with this."

www.momentsintime.com/Barbara%20Streisand.htm

The site says the opening bid will be $1,000,000. Bids are taken by telephone and internet only and will close at 10PM EST on September 24, 2009.

 

Parade Magazine Stories Are Up

Parade.com has posted its Streisand interview(s). As far as I can tell, there are three (!!) different stories on their site:

There are two other media sections at Parade.com, too:

 

Marty Erlichman on QM2: Auction Presentation

Cunard Line and Julien's Auctions will present an exclusive preview from The Collection of Barbra Streisand onboard flagship Queen Mary 2's Transatlantic Crossing to England departing New York 23 August, before they are sold at auction live and online at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on 17 and 18 October, 2009.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit The Streisand Foundation, founded more than two decades ago by the famed actress-singer-director-composer-activist-philanthropist, to aid humanitarian causes worldwide.

During the Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic voyage, Darren Julien, President, and Martin Nolan, Executive Director, of Julien's Auctions will be joined by Marty Erlichman, Streisand's long-time manager, to present an exclusive inside look at the auction and the prolific career of the famed entertainer through the line's acclaimed onboard enrichment programme, Cunard Insights.

After Queen Mary 2 arrives in Southampton, the auction highlights will then be exhibited at The Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. From Ireland, the highlights will travel to Beverly Hills where a full public exhibition will be presented.

More Cunard/QM2 info >>

Julien's Auctions >>

August 20, 2009

Parade.com Features Excerpts from Streisand Interview Now; Full Story Online Tomorrow

Parade photo

Parade Magazine has excerpts from their Barbra Streisand interview online right now, including a picture gallery with some nice shots from Barbra's past.

The entire interview will be online tomorrow, Friday 8/21, so visit their site again!

August 19, 2009

“Collection” Re-Release

New COLLECTION cover art

Here's the revised and updated cover art for The Collection, which is being released on 29 September.

This is the same package that was previously released in 2005. It contains 3 CDs: Funny Girl, The Way We Were (studio album), and A Star is Born.

If you're a Streisand fan who likes to own all iterations of her Columbia releases, Amazon.com is accepting pre-orders right now.

Parade Magazine Preview

Check out this preview of Streisand (looking slim and gorgeous!) on the cover of Parade Magazine, due out this Sunday. The preview was shown on Access Hollywood.

Parade Magazine shots

Parade Magazine is distributed with Sunday morning newspapers, so check their site out if you do not receive it in your area. They will most likely post the Streisand story on their website this Sunday, August 23rd.

 

“Little Fockers” Gets Date

According to ComingSoon.net, Universal Pictures has announced July 30, 2010 as the slated release date for the Meet the Fockers sequel, Little Fockers.

Still no official announcement about Streisand and Hoffman returning as Mr. and Mrs. Focker.

 

Barbra in In Style Magazine

Barbra is in the current September issue of InStyle magazine on page 200 (Jennifer Lopez is on the cover of the magazine). It is the 15th anniversary issue. The first cover, which was Barbra, is in a pull-out replication of all of the covers since on page 87.

In the mag, Barbra reveals “Mattell is making a Barbie of me with this look [sailor outfit], and do you know how much time it's taken me to get it right? The prototype came back with the skirt split in the back, and I said, 'No, no, the slit has to be on the side, the bow has to be floppy, the microphone is too high, and my hair is not the right streaking!'”

Streisand in In Style magazine

August 12, 2009

3-DISC DVD SET GOES GOLD & PLATINUM IN FIRST TWO MONTHS AFTER THREE WEEK RUN AT #1 ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS

Concerts DVD

Official Press Release today:

Barbra Streisand’s “STREISAND THE CONCERTS” DVD set has been accredited Gold and Platinum in the United States in its first two months of release, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) which also affirmed that the 3-disc Streisand package has achieved the highest sales for any music DVD during 2009.  The super-selling set reigned for three weeks as a solid number one on the Billboard Top Music DVD chart as well having a multi-week run at #1 in the United Kingdom.

This brings her total of Gold DVDs or videos to eight and her Platinum DVDs or videos to five.  Three of them have also gone Multi-Platinum.

Two of the discs showcase in their entirety two of her most memorable concerts, one each from the record-breaking 1994 and 2006 American tours.  The third disc contains special exclusives including 17 songs never-before released on DVD and behind-the-scenes moments with one of the most beloved artists of all time.  With video and vintage performance footage from the ’60s and ’70s never before seen on DVD, disc #3 captures the most sensational recording and concert career of all time.  The disc, which includes “Putting It Together: The Making of the Broadway Album,” book-ends the fabled stylist in her growth over a nearly half century span.

Streisand The Concerts is an extraordinary collection of the very best moments and highlights from Barbra Streisand’s legendary career and includes more than 60 songs spanning classics such as “Funny Girl,” “The Way We Were,” and “People,” as well as never before performed “The Music of the Night,” and “Somewhere” with Il Divo.

In case you do not already have the 3-DVD set, you can order it here from Amazon.com.


“Little Fockers” Update From Screenwriter

The screenwriter of Little Fockers, the sequel to Meet the Fockers, spoke with ComingSoon.net and gave an update on the status of the movie.

Hamburg: Larry Stuckey wrote the first draft of the script and we've been re-imagining it and writing a new draft. We had to figure out sort of like what the spine of the movie is and how to crack the story and we had to keep it fresh and not just the obligatory three-quel. It's been really fun. A lot of the players from the first two are involved and it's been fun. Paul Weitz is directing it and we've had a good time trying to crack the script. Yeah, I think we're coming up with something that's going to be a good continuation of the saga.

CS: Do you have any idea when you'll start shooting? Is that on the horizon?

Hamburg: I don't know exactly. It's something on the horizon, but I don't know that there's an official date yet.

Streisand fans should note that, to date, she has still not been announced as returning to the Fockers series as Roz Focker.

James Brolin Interviewed in L.A. Times

Mr. Brolin was interviewed in the Times about his new film and career. Barbra, his wife since 1998, came up during the interview:

“I always look at things and say, 'Will Barbra be proud?' ”

[...] “She does such elegant work. Am I the guy who is going out and doing the tacky stuff? So I weighed it a lot. I decided to do it because I wanted to do comedy stuff so bad.”

August 10, 2009

Streisand Video at Amazon.com

Amazon.com is running an exclusive video in which Streisand discusses her new album on their MUSIC home page. Watch it now—there's excerpts from some of the songs on the album!!

Streisand Amazon video

Amazon has also updated their Barbra Streisand store.

Barbra Archives has an entire page dedicated to news about Love is the Answer. Barbra's new album is due out September 29th in the U.S.

 

Barbra @ iTunes

Just a "heads up" to Streisand fans about Barbra at iTunes. Recently added and available for purchase/download are (1) the music video to Somewhere, (2) Live in Concert 2006 *.

caps from iTunes store

* Make sure to click on the View Trailer button to see the 4-minute preview of the concert, including Streisand's newly filmed onscreen commentary.

August 6, 2009

Check Out Streisand's Redesigned Site + Sweepstakes for Live Show + Album Cover

Please check out Barbra Streisand's official site now! (And, yes, the album cover is simply GORGEOUS!! Barbra looks incredible, photographed by Firooz Zahedi, I believe...)

Love is the Answer

Barbra's site says:

Barbra Streisand Celebrates Release of New Jazz-Flavored Album,
Love Is The Answer, With Rare Club Show on Sept. 26th in NYC

In what promises to be a once-in-a lifetime thrill for a hundred of her luckiest fans, Barbra Streisand will celebrate the release of Love Is The Answer---her new album of jazz standards and classics--- by singing a selection of these songs at New York’s legendary Village Vanguard, where she last performed in 1961 as the opening act for Miles Davis.

Free tickets to this history-making experience will be made available only to fans who either pre-order the new CD or register an entry blank free of charge. Full details and rules can be found on barbrastreisand.com.

Soon after her performance at the Vanguard some 48 years ago, Streisand began to build a reputation in Greenwich Village as an extraordinary newcomer on the scene, a not-to-be-missed star on the rise singing in clubs like The Lion and The Bon Soir. With its astounding acoustics and intimate vibe, The Village Vanguard--an epicenter of the New York jazz scene since an all-jazz policy was implemented in 1957-- was, and is one of the most renowned musical venues throughout the world.

*Sweepstakes winners will be announced on September 9th.

Today, Barbra's official facebook page posted this news:

For those outside the US/Canada who can't currently sign up to the Village Vanguard Sweepstakes... STAY TUNED. More contests coming for other countries.

August 6, 2009

Barbra Streisand to auction items for charity

By SANDY COHEN (AP)

http://www.juliensauctions.com/ [View & Order catalog here]

Auction Catalog cover

LOS ANGELES — Want to lounge in a wicker chair from Barbra Streisand's sunroom? Perhaps wear one of her designer dresses or tinkle the keys of her baby grand piano?

Your chance is coming in October, when Streisand will auction more than 400 personal items to benefit her charity.

"What good does it do in storage," the 67-year-old entertainer said. "Let someone else enjoy it. These things, they're not forever. We pass them on and reap the benefits for something important."

A collector throughout her career, Streisand is selling costumes from her films, including a dress from "Funny Lady," a robe from "The Way We Were" and several outfits from "Meet the Fockers."

There's a gold Dior pantsuit Streisand wore to the 1986 Grammys, an old phonograph she bought when she was 18 and "one of the first pieces of furniture I ever bought: A dental cabinet. That's hard to part with actually," she said. "I wish I had room for it. I don't."

Dozens of dresses and suits, books, designer furniture, paintings and vintage collectibles are also being auctioned.

Streisand decided to part with items from her Beverly Hills, Malibu and New York homes because she's "through with extra stuff."

"The community is better served if I get rid of it and give all the proceeds to my foundation, which does really good work," she said.

She plans to donate all proceeds from the sale, scheduled for Oct. 17-18 at the Beverly Hilton hotel, to the Streisand Foundation, which supports women's, children's, environmental and political causes.

Among the beneficiaries: City Year, which Streisand said "brings together a core of diverse young leaders that provide vital resources to youth in local neighborhoods"; the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation ("We gave a big chunk to the climate change initiative," she said); and the Cedars-Sinai Women's Heart Health Center, which supports cardiac research for women.

"For decades women have been treated based on medical research done on men," Streisand said. "So it's about time that proper research be done and communicated to women so they'll be more informed about their health."

Highlights from the sale will be exhibited aboard the Queen Mary 2 during its trans-Atlantic cruise this month and then in Ireland and New York before landing in Beverly Hills, where the auction will be conducted by Julien's Auctions.

Meanwhile, Streisand is working on an album for release in September and preparing to act and direct in "a couple of movies on the horizon." She's also making a book about her new home.

Parting with old possessions makes it easier to focus on the future, she said.

"I'm a collector, so one collects and collects and collects," she said. "But now I have enough stuff and I want to concentrate on other things, so it's a good time to clean (the) closets."

Streisand at piano to be auctioned

August 5, 2009

James Brolin on “The View”

Barbra Streisand's husband, James Brolin, was on The View today and spoke about his wife. Barbara Walters included a clip from her 1997 interview with Streisand and Brolin.

 

“All About Barbra” Magazine Relaunched

All About Barbra Magazine is published in the U.K by AB Publications since 1985. It's a glossy-paged magazine, compiled, researched and written by a group of dedicated fans based both in the UK and the USA.

The new issue is just about to go to the printers, then editor Lynne Pounder will mail out the magazine.

(Note: Matt from Barbra-Archives.com contributes interviews and stories to the magazine regularly! I've written a few articles for the current issue).

Beautifully designed, each issue is a 'one-of-a-kind' collector's item. Packed with pictures, information and in-depth articles, each issue brings you news and articles about your favourite artist — Barbra Streisand.

All About Barbra is fortunate to be approved and recognized by Barbra and her management and they help bring the truth and updates to readers. It is the ONE and ONLY publication dedicated to the first lady of entertainment.

The magazine has been relaunched (i.e. "Issue #1), re-vamped and refreshed.

All About Barbra Issue 1

Order directly from AAB at their website here.

Funny Girl in NYC

For those in New York City (or near; or feeling like a weekend roadtrip...) AMC Loews Village 7 (at 66 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10003) will be showing one of the restored, pristine prints of Funny Girl (from the 2001 reissue) at 2:00 on Sunday, August 9.

August 1, 2009

“Little Fockers” Casting Notices

On May 1, a casting notice for twins (a 6-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl) to play the 5-year-old twin son (“Henry”) and daughter (“Ashley”) of Gaylord (Ben Stiller) and Pam (Teri Polo). Perhaps a clue about the film's shooting schedule is revealed in the casting notice. The twins will be required to work July '09 through Oct '09. Assuming they probably have one of the biggest roles in the film (besides Ben Stiller), that is most likely when the FOCKERS sequel will be shooting. Most notices said “production begins” July 2009—which is not the same as “filming begins”.

More notices were sent out July 30th:

[TOUGH KID] 7 yrs old, he teases Henry for peeing his pants, gets in Greg’s face when he threatens him…2 lines, 1 scene

[RUFUS] Tough 5 yr old who takes Henry’s tricycle, runs him over, but then gets knocked off the bike by Samantha…1 line, 1 scene NEED LEGAL 6 TO PLAY 5 YRS OLD

[SVETLANA] Kevin’s hot, bikini-clad Russian girlfriend…6 lines, 2 scenes SPEAKS WITH A RUSSIAN ACCENT

[DR. PATEL] An Indian/South Asian doctor at the medical conference…1 line, 1 scene

[MR. ANDROVSKY] 50’s, overweight, diabetic patient getting an enema from Louis…3 lines, 1 scene.

It's also rumored Raven-Symoné will portray a babysitter in the film.

Still no official announcement about Streisand's involvement, nor the size of her role as Roz Focker.

July 31, 2009

Richard Jay-Alexander Interview

The Advocate just posted an interview with Richard Jay-Alexander, who directed Streisand's 2006 tour. He speaks a few times in the interview about working with Streisand. You can read it online here.

July 30, 2009

Barbra-Archives VidCast

Matt is back with a new video podcast. (Please excuse my crude iMovie editing, LOL).

Enjoy!

(You'll need the latest version of Flash to view the video. Flash downloads from Adobe are here.)

Barbra Laughs Loudest at Screening

Jeremy Piven is currently costarring with James Brolin in the used car salesmen movie, The Goods.

PIVEN: ... James Brolin would go home to his wife, Barbra Streisand, at night, and I would say, "James, is she OK with all this?" Because he has one of the most twisted roles you've ever seen, as you know — and I don't want to give it away. He was like, "Well, the wife is on the fence about this whole thing," and she came to a screening and I swear to God, Babs laughed the loudest.

CNN: I think that's a tease in itself. That would probably get people to see it.

PIVEN: Yes, I think you're right. The movie is OK'd by Barbra Streisand; she vetted the whole thing.

 

July 22, 2009

About that $50 Essential CD

Essential Streisand Blue Spec

A few people have emailed me about a new version of The Essential Barbra Streisand that's showing up at online stores for around $50.00.

The new CD was produced in Japan. It's Catalog Number is SICP-20190/1. It contains the same songs as the 2002 Essential.

This new CD is a BLU-SPEC CD. Sony Japan developed the Blu-Spec format, which “takes Blu-Ray disc technology to create CDs.” Apparently, a Blu-Spec CD uses a different polycarbonate plastic (which is the material used for Blu-Ray discs). During the manufacturing a blue laser diode is used to cut the CD. It is playable on regular CD players — no Blu-Ray player required to listen!

A more technical description I found online says: “Blu-spec CDs are compatible with existing CD players but have been mastered with higher levels of accuracy by using the same technology used to author Blu-ray discs, with the intention of eliminating reading errors that occur as a result of being authored with traditional red laser technology.”

Here's a link to Amazon.com and the Blue-Spec CD, which ships on July 28, 2009.

July 15, 2009

Emmy Noms: BARBRA THE CONCERT (CBS airing)

Congratulations to Bill Ross, nominated for the 61st Emmys in the category of "Outstanding Music Direction" for BARBRA: THE CONCERT.

The Emmys air Sept. 20th on CBS. Executive Producer is Don Mischer , who worked with Streisand on Timeless in 2000.

Hmmmm, the Emmys are on the week before Barbra's new album drops.

Hmmm ..... Live performance anyone?

July 13, 2009

New Streisand Interview in Politico

Barbra Streisand has participated in a new politically-minded interview over at Politico in which she discusses environmental urgency.

July 6, 2009

News on the new album, Love is the Answer, was posted on the New Album Page >>

July 1, 2009

Film: Streisand + Rogen = “Mother's Curse”, plus “Little Fockers” Update

File this one under "needs a finished script, schedules to align, and forward momentum" ...

Seth Rogen, the young star of Knocked Up and Superbad, talked to the press about "one of the many projects I may or may not do in the next fifteen years," called Mother's Curse — a road comedy that is designed as a mother/son film for Rogen and Barbra Streisand. Drew McWeeney broke the news yesterday.

Meanwhile, although nothing official has been announced to date, it looks like the Meet the Fockers sequel is proceeding. Apparently, it is titled Little Fockers.

No word on how big (or small) Barbra's part as Roz Focker will be ... Barbra Archives has heard that they'll begin filming in September. Dustin Hoffman is filming a movie in Rome which begins on Aug. 17th. It's said that the Fockers sequel is considering shooting in Chicago. Paul Weitz will direct.

Writer John Hamburg recently told IGN, “We're catching up with these characters five years later and Pam and Greg have twins so they are dealing with that. And people are dealing with where they're at in their lives, and themes of death and divorce and all these real things that as we get older, we start to think about, but in a really comic way.”

Look for the Fockers sequel with a 2011 release date.

July 1, 2009

Goodbye, Karl Marlden

According to the AP, Karl Malden, the Academy Award-winning actor died today, according to his family. He was 97. The AP reported: “Malden died of natural causes surrounded by his family at his Brentwood home, they told the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He served as the academy's president from 1989-92.”

Streisand fans know Marlden from the 1987 drama, Nuts, in which he played Streisand's step-father.

Barbra-Archives has a page dedicated to Barbra's movie, Nuts.

July 1, 2009

Happy Anniversary James & Barbra!

Barbra Streisand and James Brolin were married on July 1, 1998.

Brolin and Streisand married in 1998

Happy 11th anniversary to Barbra and Jim!

(You can read the People Magazine story about their wedding day — with photos! online at people.com.)

June 29, 2009

From the Archives: DVD Box Art

Here's something fun for Monday. Below are initial box designs created for the 2005 Streisand DVD box set of her television specials. Design firm Epos created these...

DVD cover art

Of course, the red box design was what was ultimately used ...

Red box DVD design

Streisand's television specials were released in 2005 (it's already been over three years!) and can be bought at Amazon.com (if you don't already have them!)

June 28, 2009

Michael Jackson and Streisand

Michael Jackson photographed backstage with Barbra Streisand at the MGM Grand in 1994.

June 22, 2009

Columbia Records Announces the Release of 'Love Is The Answer,' the New Studio Album of Jazz-Flavored Classics & Standards by Barbra Streisand

NEW YORK, June 22 -- Columbia Records proudly announces the release of Love Is The Answer, the eagerly-awaited new studio album from Barbra Streisand, available everywhere on Tuesday, September 29.

The first full-length collection of new studio recordings from eight-time Grammy award winner Barbra Streisand since 2005's Guilty Pleasures, and first new Barbra Streisand album since Live In Concert 2006, Love Is The Answer presents the artist as a cabaret and jazz singer of emotional clarity, depth and maturity, offering the listener a warm and intimate selection of late night meditations on love's powers, heartbreaks and solaces.

Love Is The Answer provided an opportunity for Streisand to work for the first time with the Grammy-winning Canadian jazz artist Diana Krall (piano) and her quartet (guitar, bass, drums) who brought a refined and sensual poignancy to the album's spare and subtle accompaniments.

Rounding out the album's smoky after hours ambience with his sublime orchestrations is the legendary songwriter ("The Shadow of Your Smile") and Grammy-winning arranger Johnny Mandel (who worked with Streisand on her 1993 Back to Broadway album and arranged/co-produced Krall's 1998 Grammy-winning When I Look In Your Eyes).

According to the RIAA, Barbra Streisand is the #1 best selling female recording artist in history and the only woman to make the Top 10 all time best selling artists list, which includes Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Over the course of her career, Streisand has recorded 50 gold, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums. An artist of unparalleled accomplishments in multiple entertainment fields, Streisand has made her mark as an award winning actress of stage and screen, recording artist, concert performer, movie producer, film director, screenwriter and songwriter. Having earned two Oscars (Best Actress and Best Song), five Emmys, 11 Golden Globes, 10 Grammys including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Legend Awards, a special Tony Award (in 1970 as "Star of the Decade"), two Cable Ace and three Peabody awards, she is the only performer to hold honors from all of those institutions. In addition, Streisand is a recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, America's National Medal of Arts and France's Legion of Honor. In December 2008 she became the first female director to receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor.

Barbra-Archives note: "Love is the answer" is a quote from the lyric to Jule Styne's song, “Make Someone Happy” ("...Love is the answer, Someone to love is the answer...")

June 11, 2009

Official Pics from Bergman Tribute

I'm back from a (wonderful!) vacation and a little late getting this up .... This is from the May 29th Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences tribute to the Bergmans.

Bergman photos

(Photo credits: Top photo by Greg Harbaugh, bottom photo by Todd Wawrychuk)

Streisand talks Bergmans

(Photo credit: Greg Harbaug)

Streisand read from her liner notes from her upcoming album. She said:

Marilyn and Alan Bergman, my dear friends. Family. Their lyrics are profound, poetic, and yet very conversational. They have the most exquisite way of expressing affairs of the heart with specifics and detailed observations that make it so easy for me as an actress to relate to.

Streisand was a bit more specific about a Bergman tribute album that she wants to record: it would contain songs that she hasn't yet sung by the Bergmans!

You can watch a video of Barbra speaking on stage about the Bergmans here.

May 30, 2009

Streisand Attends Bergman Tribute

Bergman program

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences paid tribute to Alan and Marilyn Bergman on Friday, May 29, 2009 in Los Angeles.

Streisand fan Lauren attended, took some photos, and wrote about what happened.

Update: May 31, 2009:

Lauren added: “Barbra announced last night that she will be doing a tribute album to Marilyn and Alan Bergman at some point in the future”.

So the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is doing a summer of special events. I was on their site a couple weeks ago and saw that they were going to have a tribute to Alan and Marilyn Bergman. So I bought my tickets right away. It ended up being a sold out event so good thing I bought them when I did.

The tribute was so nice. Not long after my friend and I were seated, we hear clapping coming from the center of the audience. I look over and who is it, BARBRA walking down the aisle to her seat with James Brolin! I was in shock! I mean I had a feeling she would be there of course but I was like oh what are the chances, maybe she's traveling, etc. She looked gorgeous, she was totally noticeable while seated because she was wearing an all black sparkly outfit. She was glittering everywhere, LOL. She looks very tiny in person too.

It was hosted by Quincy Jones and there were many performances (Barbra did not perform). Alan Bergman sang and many musicians that have worked with them performed. They showed many clips from various films. The tribute opened with a "The Way We Were" montage. At the end was when Barbra came up to the stage and sat with the Bergman's and Quincy while they all shared their favorite memories. It ended with "A Piece of Sky" being shown on the big screen. So many people were tearing up at all the moving music that the Bergman's have written over the years. Marvin Hamlisch sent in a clip since he couldn't attend. Which was very nice.

So after everything was done, some people left but of course many of the crowd headed straight for where Barbra and the Bergman's were seated. I was not about to miss my opportunity to see my idol that I've looked up to my entire life. So my friend and I ran over to where they were. Right away I spotted Barbra talking to people not far from me. I saw other people with cameras out although we weren't supposed to have them. I managed to get a pic of Barbra when she was a few feet from me ...

So anyways, a minute or so later, I see Barbra heading down the aisle..with her body guard...slowly because of the crowd. So I tell my friend, "head down the aisle, she's going to walk by us if we head down". So we do and sure enough she started getting closer, it was so quick but i was literally an inch from her and my friend and i were like "barbra we love you, we admire you so much"..she stopped, looked at both of us and said in a very kind and endearing way, hi and thank you....I was so happy she at least took the time to stop and say something even though they were whisking her away. I know I'm only 22 but she's been my inspiration since I was 5. In between all of this, Marilyn Bergman headed toward us too and was so sweet! She wasn't being rushed out so it was easier to say a few more words....such a warm and kind person.

Thanks so much to Lauren for sharing her adventure ... and the photos!

Bergman photos by Lauren

May 30, 2009

Streisand Sends Audio Congrats to Schmitt

On April 28, Al Schmitt was honored by The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter and Producers & Engineers Wing. Up Close & Personal With Al Schmitt was held at the Grammy Museum's Sound Stage. Schmitt's career as an engineer, mixer and producer was examined by several of the artists he has worked with over the years.

Barbra Streisand — with whom Schmitt is currently working with on the new Diana Krall-produced album due Fall 2009 — sent along some audio congratulations.

Schmitt has worked on Streisand albums like Christmas Memories, The Movie Album, and The Way We Were.

May 28, 2009

Streisand-Penned Book Due 2010 From Viking

The Associated Press reported that Streisand is writing a book:

The singer, director and actress has reached an agreement with Viking for "A Passion for Design," an illustrated book scheduled for fall 2010 that includes photos of the Malibu, Calif., oceanfront compound she worked on for more than five years, and of other residences, back to her early years in New York.

In writing about where she lives (the book is expected to have up to 50,000 words of text), she has been writing about herself "because I'm spurred on by the writing process," Streisand said Wednesday during a brief telephone interview with The Associated Press.

Long reluctant to discuss her private life, the 67-year-old Streisand said she has been working on chapters, in longhand, for a separate book. But she hasn't made up her mind whether she will complete the memoir and publish it.

"I go back and forth," said Streisand, who has received numerous show business honors, including Academy Awards, Grammys and Emmys. "Do I really want to write about my life? Do I really want to relive my life? I'm not sure."

But she is deeply committed to her current project, calling it the culmination of a lifelong passion for American architecture and design. She spoke of visiting landmarks around the country, from the Monticello estate of Thomas Jefferson in Virginia to Edith Wharton's house in Lenox, Mass. - The Mount, which Streisand explored with camera and tape measure.

She sees the book as answering questions she has often asked herself: Why is she so fascinated by furniture, gardens and how homes are constructed? Why was she buying antique clothing as a teenager? Why, in the basement of her new house, did she reproduce a city street? Why did she even write a script about her home?

"As a filmmaker even, I got very involved in set production and design and colors," said Streisand, a known perfectionist whose directing credits include "Yentl" and "The Prince of Tides."

The deal with Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was negotiated by Robert Barnett, better known as the literary representative for political leaders, including President Obama and former President George W. Bush. Barnett says he met Streisand through mutual friends and Barnett clients - former President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Viking President Clare Ferraro, who declined to say how much the publisher paid, said she visited Streisand's home in April, a planned two-hour stop that lasted 4 1/2 hours and didn't begin to cover all that Streisand had done.

"Everything is perfect, down to the flowers, to the metal plates on the doorknobs," Ferraro said. "I remember her living room. The color scheme was in pink and burgundy and green and if you looked out the window you saw there were roses in the same color. And throughout the house, the outside matched what was inside.

"It's just breathtaking, her whole house. I went home and ripped the flower bed out of my porch because the flowers didn't match my porch furniture."

Ferraro said Streisand will "get pretty personal" in the book, saying that she likely will offer childhood experiences and stories about her career. "She discovers a lot about herself through her passion for design and fashion," Ferraro said.

Married to actor James Brolin, her second husband, Streisand said she wants to get back into filmmaking after setting her career aside to work on her house. She is hoping to obtain rights to Larry Kramer's play "A Normal Heart," a story she has been interested in for years, and has recruited some "interesting cast members" whom she declined to identify.

"This house has taken a lot out of me," she said. "It was a project. Instead of directing a movie, I built a house. And it's so much more complex than doing a movie."

May 24, 2009

Jon Peters Tell-All

Updated Again:

Hollywood producer (and Streisand's ex-boyfriend) Jon Peters has pulled plans to release an explosive memoir. “I have been besieged by potential lawsuits and threatened litigation by some of the most important figures in the world of show business,” Peters wrote. “What's worse... is the fact that I consider all these people my friends... I want my book to be a celebration of, never an attack upon, the remarkable people I have known and worked with.”

Vanity Fair has posted an interesting story about the Peters memoir, along with a great, color photo of Streisand and Peters, circa 1973.

On May 20, Streisand posted a Truth Alert on her official website about this story, which circulated last week. She said:

Just for the record...the claims and statements attributed to me in Jon Peters' book proposal are either completely distorted or simply untrue.

Page Six is reporting that Barbra Streisand's ex, Hollywood mogul Jon Peters, has sold his memoir to Harper-Collins and that he spills some secrets about his professional relationship with Streisand.

In the proposal for his memoir, "Studio Head," which was sold last month to Harper- Collins for $700,000, Peters writes he "wanted to kill" Ray Stark, producer of "Funny Girl" and "The Way We Were," when he learned that "Stark, an ogre of male chauvinistic casting-couch sexual entitlement, had molested both Lesley Ann [Warren] and Barbra when they were auditioning for him, and neither had ever really gotten over it." Streisand's publicist, Ken Sunshine, did not return repeated calls, nor did a rep for Warren.

Peters writes that "Barbra may have had her neuroses and insecurities, but getting men, the men every woman wanted, was not one of them." He claims she confided in him that she'd had "life-imitates-art affairs with Robert Redford on 'The Way We Were' and Ryan O'Neal on 'What's Up, Doc?' and had just ended another with Kris Kristofferson, then at his hunkiest" in "A Star Is Born."

May 11, 2009

Barbra Participates in Documentaries

Barbra Streisand has participated in two film documentaries recently.

The first— which has already premiered at several film festivals— is No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos — about the 50-year friendship and careers of László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond, both ASC (The American Society of Cinematographers) members. László Kovács photographed Streisand in 1972's What's Up, Doc? and 1974's For Pete's Sake. Vilmos Zsigmond worked a few days on Funny Lady in 1974. The documentary has not been released on DVD yet. But stay tuned, and check your local film festivals for a showing in your town!

Secondly, Streisand has filmed an interview for inclusion in a Montreal-based documentary about composer Michel Legrand, titled Un génie de la musique (A genius of music). The documentary—which includes interviews with other Legrand associates like Tony Bennett and Quincy Jones—is due to be released in late-2009 or early-2010.

[Thank you Michel Filion for the tip!]

May 8, 2009

“The Concerts” Debuts at #1

Barbra Streisand's 3-DVD set, The Concerts, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Music Video chart. Barbra's official site says the DVD set scored “the highest sales for any music DVD thus far this year”. Yeah, Barbra!

The Blu-ray of Live 2006 is still available exclusively at Barnes & Noble.

May 5, 2009

Dom DeLuise Dies

The actor-comedian Dom DeLuise has died. He was 75.

DeLuise appeared with Barbra Streisand in the Off-Broadway review, Another Evening With Harry Stoones in 1961. DeLuise also spoke at Streisand's AFI Tribute in 2001, although his segment was not televised.

Check out a special Dom DeLuise page at BarbraTimeless.com >>

April 28, 2009

Inside Barbra's Birthday Party This Weekend

From the Piers Morgan website, about Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins:

Katherine [Jenkins], who is here making an album with hotshot music producer David Foster, was getting ready for bed at her hotel on Friday evening when she suddenly got a phone call from Foster asking her if she fancied going to Streisand’s 67th birthday party.

She got dressed faster than Chris Moyles races to a McDonalds with a Big Mac voucher, and hurried down to the venue — a vast mansion in Bel Air. And that’s when Foster sprang his biggest surprise.

“I want you to sing for Barbra,” he said. I’ll let Katherine take up the story.

“I was completely shocked and had nothing prepared. But David and I sat round the piano and quickly chose an aria to sing. By which time about 100 people had walked into the room including all these huge stars like Warren Beatty and Hugh Jackman, and of course Barbra. “And so I sang the aria, and then David asked me to sing Happy Birthday to Barbra too, so I did that. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. She is one of my heroines.”

April 27, 2009

CBS Concert News Roundup

Updated 11:30am EST:

The overnight Nielsen ratings are in for Saturday, April 25th. About 4.98 million viewers tuned in to watch the one-hour Streisand special on CBS. Streisand: Live in Concert was “the winner” for the evening, ahead of Cops, Law & Order and the Harry Potter movie on other networks.

The special also generated good sales for the three-DVD set, Streisand: The Concerts, due in stores tomorrow. The set has been in the top 5 on Amazon.com's DVD best sellers list (their list is updated hourly).

Caps from the CBS airing of the concert

As for the hour-long special ... Surely it will be remembered come Emmy time? Comparing it to the complete 2:19 minute DVD and Blu-ray, here's a report on what CBS actually aired and how it differed from the DVD version:

April 24, 2009

YouTube Video Interview

An official Streisand video in which she talks on screen about the concert, which airs on CBS this Saturday, has been posted.

Streisand on YouTube

The link to the YouTube video is here.

April 24, 2009

Happy Birthday, Barbra Streisand!

Today is Barbra's birthday. She was born April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo below: Diana Kind —Streisand's mother— and baby-Barbra...)

Diana Kind and baby Streisand

Happy Birthday Barbra!

Barbra is my favorite singer, entertainer and humanitarian, who continues to be endlessly inspiring. (And is the reason I've done this website since 2003!)

Streisand, circa 1991, by Meisel

April 23, 2009

Streisand Interview on Reuters

Barbra was interviewed in anticipation of the airing of her concert special on CBS this weekend; and also to publicize the release of her 3-DVD set, due out in stores next Tuesday. Here is a link to the interview.

April 21, 2009

Barbra On Blu-Ray Exclusively with Barnes & Noble

Beginning on April 28, for a limited time, Barbra Streisand’s Live in Concert 2006 will be available on Blu-ray exclusively at Barnes & Noble.

Here is the link to order the Blu-ray of Live in Concert 2006.

April 19, 2009

Streisand Page Up At CBS.Com

CBS.com finally added their Streisand Live in Concert page! The edited, 1-hour special airs next Saturday, April 25th, on CBS. They are streaming videos on the page, as well. Curiously, according to CBS's site, it looks like they are NOT airing the special in hi-def.

CBS live page

The special publicizes the release of Streisand's 3-DVD set, which is due in stores on April 28th. You can pre-order the DVD set here.

April 15, 2009

Streisand Videos at Amazon.com

Amazon has three videos — When the Sun Comes Out, Unusual Way, and Woman in The Moon—from the forthcoming 3-DVD set, Streisand: The Concerts, on a special Streissand page.

The link to view the videos is here.

Amazon page

April 13, 2009

CBS Videos at TV.Com

TV.Com has posted three videos from the CBS version of Streisand: Live in Concert, which airs at 8:00pm on April 25th. Here's the link to view them.

April 8, 2009

Barbra Archives Review: “Live in Concert 2006” Blu-Ray Disc

Streisand appears on stage

I received the Blu-Ray disc of Streisand: Live in Concert 2006 last month and have been watching it ever since. Several loyal readers have asked for my review of the show, so here it is!

Blu Ray disc

Presented in 1080p video resolution and an aspect ratio of 16x9, Live in Concert 2006 is Streisand's first foray into the Hi Def market, and her first Blu-Ray disc ever (although her rendition of “Smile” on Tony Bennett's 2006 special looks stunning on Blu-Ray!). The video was captured by hi-def cameras in Florida in 2006, with a few pickup shots in Los Angeles. Gary Smith is back — this time as co-director of the television special (Streisand and Richard Jay-Alexander directed and conceived the stage show). Smith, of course, produced Streisand television specials in the 1970s and 1980s with his partner, the late Dwight Hemion.

The video quality of Live in Concert is excellent. It's very exciting to see a Streisand concert in "widescreen" format. I immediately noticed how vibrant the image was: I could see the texture of the carpet on Barbra's stage; the sparkly black of her microphone cover; the subtle reflections of colored light off the handrails of the stage set; audience members in pools of light in the background. It's a gorgeous-looking show! And the wonders of Blu-Ray technology serve it well. (Putting on the 1994 Anaheim concert afterwards felt like going backwards from stereo to mono! Video technology advanced by leaps and bounds in the 12 years between these two concert specials.)

I don't have any comments on the audio for the simple reason that I entered into the world of Blu-Ray by purchasing a new player, but not a fancy sound system. I am listening to the Streisand disc through my television speakers (2.0 PCM stereo). I am very anxious to hear the 5.1 surround mix. I imagine it is stunning.

Streisand sings DOWN WITH LOVE

As for the show itself ... It's a faithful capturing of Streisand's 2006 tour show. Directors Smith and Streisand introduce a supporting character in the television special: the audience. They constantly cut away from Streisand to show audience members singing along, crying, applauding, and generally enjoying the show. Viewers who've never seen Streisand live may be surprised to see what a fun bunch we fans are! The audience shots lend a charming air to the special. Whereas Streisand's 1994 Anaheim show felt stately, like she was making a command performance, the 2006 show feels more like A Happening in Central Park—the audience is there to have a good time and hang out with Barbra for a couple of hours. Conversely, Streisand appears relaxed, in the moment, and genuinely interactive.

Streisand in closeup

Barbra sounds fantastic and looks amazing. (The detail on the Blu-Ray shows off that gold eye makeup she uses in the second act. Wow!) Divas half Streisand's age (Mariah Carey: The Adventures of Mimi, and Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics: Live and Down Under) utilize overdubbing and digital touch-ups for their television specials, so I hope some of the “mean” critics out there don't get personal with the Streisand show.

Mostly, I was impressed with Streisand's performance on Live in Concert 2006. In closeup, Streisand is clearly present and acting the songs she's singing. “Funny Girl” has an amazing closeup, as does “Unusual Way”(who is she singing about??). And seeing Barbra perform “Have I Stayed Too Long At the Fair” reminds me how moving this song was when I saw the concert back in 2006. Although Streisand hasn't made a dramatic film since Prince of Tides in 1991, she clearly hasn't lost her “film face”—as evidenced in the closeups on this show.

The Bush skit was excised, and I am happy about that. The show now flows evenly from the Q&A into “Happy Days”. The backstage footage of Streisand and her little dog, Sammy, is precious and a great, personal touch. Unfortunately, Il Divo's dialogue with Streisand is still stilted—but they're very cute in Hi Def. Streisand and Sammy singing “Smile” is adorable and, again, shows that Streisand can be in the moment.

A random, favorite moment of mine: Streisand, on her way to her dressing room after Act One, says, "My god, it's a long way to this dressing room." Hilarious!

Streisand on way to dressing room

The bonus material is generous—although the original plan to include side-by-side rehearsal and final show comparisons sounds fascinating! “Nobody's Heart Belongs To Me”—Barbra and piano—is fantastic. It's nice to see “When the Sun Comes Out”, although this audio track was included on the Barnes & Noble CD two years ago.

It's great to see Barbra's creative team in the Behind the Scenes Interviews. Marty Erlichman makes a rare on screen appearance, as does Jay Landers. And Sammy's Mommy's script (as shown by Gary Smith) is hilarious!

Sammy's Mommy's script

The Streisand Foundation interview with Marge Tabankin (Executive Director of Barbra's foundation) is interesting. It's nice that it was included, since the tour's profits were “spread around, encouraging things to grow!” I came away with a new appreciation for Streisand the Humanitarian. Ultra-Right commentators out there may be interested to know that Barbra is not only generous, but thoughtful with the money she contributes.

It's also fun to play "name the celebrities" in the opening overture. Here's what I came up with: Oprah, Tony Bennett, Diane Lane, Regis Philban and his wife, Meg Ryan, Mike Wallace, Roslyn Kind (blowing a kiss), Ben Stiller, Bebe Neuwirth, Maxine Smith and Carole Bayer Sager, Gene Simmons (Kiss), Rob Lowe, Sarah Jessica Parker, the late Sydney Pollack, Tom Hanks, Kenny G and his son, Jim Brolin (with brown hair), "Al" Sharpton, Katie Couric, Sting, director Rob Marshall, Nancy Pelosi, Bette Midler, Robert DeNiro, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Donna Karan, Marvin Hamlisch, Hugh Jackman, Gloria Estefan, Rosie O'Donnell and Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Geraldo Rivera, Cis Corman (sitting), Stephen Sondheim, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and Jason Gould.

Graphic designer Mary Maurer (@2310 Design) replicated her tour program design again for the Blu-Ray menu and the insert booklet, making the packaging of the Blu-Ray very handsome and consistent with the tour products.

It will be interesting to see how they edit the 139-minute show down to less than an hour for the airing on CBS on April 25th.

Streisand fans, though, should be very happy and satisfied with Live in Concert 2006. It took a couple of years to be released, but the final product is gorgeous and it is nice to see Barbra Streisand in the new Blu-Ray format.

[Note: screen caps in this review are from the standard DVD release of Live in Concert 2006]

April 6, 2009

Streisand Back on CBS April 25th

Barbra Streisand's Live 2006 concert will air on CBS Television on Saturday April 25th (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

It will be a one-hour special. Streisand's first five television specials were with CBS from 1965-1973.

The 3-DVD set will be available in U.S. stores (and for delivery via online stores) on April 28.


Barbra Streisand - The Concerts - DVD Teaser from Musictoday on Vimeo.

April 3, 2009

“Yentl” To Kick Off Stanley Kramer Theatre / Sunset Studios “Films That Changed The World” Screening Series

From Streisand's publicist, a Los Angeles event:

Barbra Streisand’s initial directorial effort, “Yentl,” has been selected as the first motion picture to be honored in a screening series to be dedicated to “Films That Changed The World,” it was announced by series creator, Kat Kramer, of behalf of the Stanley Kramer Theatre and Sunset – Gower Studios. “The history-making film, first major studio production ever produced, directed and co-written by it’s female star, shattered Hollywood’s glass ceiling like no other film ever did. It is the perfect example of what this screening series is designed to celebrate,” Kramer stated, who is carrying on the legacy of her socially-conscious father.

The series will kick off with a special showing of the Streisand film on the afternoon of Saturday April 18 at the newly renovated Stanley Kramer Theatre on the Sunset Gower lot. Guest speaker will be Marilyn Bergman, Streisand’s longtime friend and Academy-Award-winning lyricist for “Yentl” together with her husband Alan Bergman. Bergman will address the obstacles Streisand had to overcome to make “Yentl,” a film for which the star won Golden Globes for both Best director and as Producer of the Best Film, and which earned five Oscar nominations.

The afternoon festivities, to be attended by an exclusive invitational list of top female achievers in film, and leading activists in causes relating to the rights and well-being of women, will begin with a 2 p.m. tea party, Bergman’s keynote speech, and discussion of how the Streisand film has impacted feminist causes.

Representatives from the ENOUGH Project and RAISE HOPE FOR CONGO to Protect and Empower Congo’s Women campaign will be in attendance. A board of Director’s for the new screening series is currently being formed.

March 27, 2009

Return of the Fockers?

Columnist Roger Friedman at FoxNews.com reported this week that the entire cast of Meet the Fockers will regroup for a sequel, Little Fockers, set to begin production in July from Universal Pictures/Tribeca Productions.

Friedman did not cite any sources, but reported that Blythe Danner, Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman, Teri Polo, Ben Stiller, Barbra Streisand, and Owen Wilson would all return to play their original roles.

Director Peter Segal (Get Smart and Tommy Boy) is expected to replace Jay Roach, who directed Parents and Fockers and who is not available to direct the third film. Friedman observed: "The title suggests more than one baby for Stiller and Polo's characters. So get ready possibly for twins, which also means DeNiro and Hoffman may have extra screen time as warring grandfathers."

Last week, Variety reported that Segal was meeting with the film's principal players. Variety also reminded us that the Meet the Parents franchise is one of Universal's most lucrative, “with a combined worldwide gross just north of $820 million”.

No official announcement from Universal has been made as of yet.

The last word from Streisand on the subject was mid-March. She told a Newsweek interviewer: “If the script is very good, and I'm not directing another movie, maybe I would do it”.

How amazing would it be if Streisand filmed the Fockers sequel in July, then leveraged her participation in the sequel to begin filming The Normal Heart with Universal by year's end????

March 20, 2009

Streisand's Amazon Exclusive: Armchair Commentary

An exclusive audio podcast in which Barbra Streisand is interviewed over the phone has been posted on Amazon's YENTL page. Listen to it here.

Barbra Archives' YENTL DVD page is here.

March 19, 2009

More Little Fockers

Dark Horizons interviewed John Hamburg, charged with writing the script for the next FOCKERS movie. Streisand, by the way, has not officially committed to doing the sequel, although she has said she will participate if she likes the script.

Question: Is Little Fockers a go movie?

Hamburg: I don’t know if it’s officially a go movie, but I know everybody wants to try to make it some time in the next six months.

Question: And you’ll try to get Barbra and Dustin and Bob DeNiro and everybody back?

Hamburg: Try? We have dinner once or twice a week. So, we’ll all just maybe get together – just kidding.

March 19, 2009

Concerts Pre-Orders at Amazon

Looks like Amazon is cleaning up their system.

Amazon has removed the entries in their system that listed Sony as the releasing studio for The Concerts and the Blu-Ray disc. Several fans have received cancellation emails because of this.

Not to worry, simply re-order the DVDs at Amazon using the new entries that list Hip-O Records as the releasing studio. Click here for Blu-Ray and here for the 3-DVD set.

(And remember that we're spoiled by being able to pre-order ... in the old days you had to just walk into the store and buy the stuff! Sometimes Amazon posts incorrect or preliminary specs for discs that gets revised.)

March 15, 2009

Streisand Concerts DVD in Oz

Mark at the Australian Barbra Streisand Association emailed to tell me:

The DVD Box set and the Live 2006 Blu-ray are releasing in Australia through Universal Music Australia this coming Friday 20 March 2009.

Mark also tells me that Aussie fans should look for a newly designed ABSA website soon.

Thanks Mark!

March 14, 2009

Preview of DVD Set

Special thanks to Feri in Hungary for sending the snaps of the DVD packaging, due out Monday in Europe and on 28 April in the United States. Feri raved about the video and audio quality on the Live 2006 DVD. The DVD box set also comes with a booklet, a few pages long.

DVD packagaing

And here is Barbra, looking gorgeous, from the Live 2006 DVD ...

Streisand Live 2006

And here's a scan of the Blu-Ray packaging, courtesy of Denis Duval:

Blu Ray Concert 2006

March 14, 2009

Streisand Interview in Newsweek

Streisand was interviewed for Newsweek magazine (read the interview online here), promoting the DVD of Yentl. Ramin Setoodeh did a good job on the interview, and didn't ask "the usual" questions. Therefore, he elicited some uninhibited answers from Ms. Streisand, including comments on the Fockers sequel (“Well, if the script is very good, and I'm not directing another movie, maybe I would do it.”) and her ebay auctions (“Chloe for $9.99? I think I'll buy it back. What does it look like?”). LOL.

March 12, 2009

Concerts DVD Update + UK Press Release

Streisand's manager's office has confirmed that the 16 March UK release date and the 28 April US release date for the Concerts DVDs are correct. Streisand The Concerts is distributed worldwide by Live Nation and S2BN Entertainment.

BarbraNews.com has posted the UK Press Release for the concerts.

March 11, 2009

Return of the Fockers?

Over at MTV, the writer of the third Fockers film commented on whether Streisand and Hoffman would return as the parent Fockers:

“I think everybody is going to be back in some capacity,” said John Hamburg, in response to our query of whether Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand would be a part of his script for the sequel. Hamburg is penning a rewrite of the “Fockers” script after Larry Stuckey wrote an earlier version.

March 7, 2009

About Those Concert DVDs and All Those Amazon.com Release Dates

Dear Barbra Streisand fans .... by now you know that (a) Live 2006, (b) Anaheim 1994, and (c) Putting It Together (1986 HBO Special) are being released on DVD in a box set. Additionally, Live 2006 will be available separately as a Blu-Ray disc release. [Track listing & cover art are here >>]

side view Concert box set

Unfortunately, at this point the release dates are a little fuzzy.

If you've been clicking on Pre-Order links and searching Amazon.com for the correct release date on those Streisand concert DVDs, then please be patient.

Here's a quick explanation of what's happening ....

The good news is that — soon — Streisand fans will be able to own and play three DVDs!

spine of Streisand box set

Meanwhile, if someone from Universal Music Group would like to send me a press release, or clarify the release strategy, feel free to contact me at: matt [at] barbra-archives [dot] com.

 

March 5, 2009

Sydney Chaplin, Costar of B'way “Funny Girl”, Dies

Sydney Chaplin, Streisand's costar in the Broadway production of Funny Girl, died at age 82 on Tuesday at his home in Rancho Mirage after a long struggle with a stroke.

Chaplin was the son of film legend Charlie Chaplin, and a Tony Award winner for his lead role in Bells Are Ringing in 1957.

You can read Barbra Archives' page on Sydney Chaplin in Funny Girl here.

Read Barbra Timeless' page about Chaplin here.

February 28, 2009

“Streisand: Live in Concert 2006” Blu-Ray Cover Art

Live 2006 Blu Ray

Here is the cover art for Live in Concert 2006, released on Blu-Ray disc in the UK on March 16, 2009 ... and in the US on April 28, 2009.

February 25, 2009

Director Howard Zieff (Main Event) Dies

Zieff, Streisand on set

From Variety:

Howard Zieff, who helmed the features "Private Benjamin" and "Unfaithfully Yours," died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 81. Known for his keen sense of comic timing and eye for detail, Zieff was considered one of the most influential people in the advertising business, known as advertising's king of comedy and the "Fellini of television commercials" before switching to a successful comedy feature directing career in Hollywood.

Zieff directed Ryan O'Neal and Streisand in the 1979 comedy film, The Main Event.

February 21, 2009

New 4-DVD Repackaging of Streisand Classic DVDs

Barbra Archives has confirmed that the Barbra Streisand (4pc) (Coll Box Tin) DVD set currently listed at Amazon (due April 28, 2009) is a set of previously released Streisand films. From Madacy Home Video, The Way We Were, Prince of Tides, The Mirror Has Two Faces, and Funny Girl will be packaged in a special collector's edition tin box.

Here's a link to the Amazon page, for those interested.

February 19, 2009

“Little Fockers” Moves Forward

According to a Reuters report today:

Stiller, De Niro and Owen Wilson are in negotiations to star in "Little Fockers." Owen, who had small parts in the first two pictures, could have an expanded role in the new film.

Jay Roach, who directed the first two films, will produce "Fockers" but not helm the picture. He's concentrating on the comic romp "Dinner for Schmucks" for DreamWorks.

Directors Paul Weitz, David Wain, and Peyton Reed are being considered as directors for the new sequel.

No word yet on Streisand and Hoffman as Stiller's parents. John Hamburg, who collaborated on Meet the Fockers, is working on the new screenplay.

February 17, 2009

Streisand: The Concerts ... Track Listing

Concerts DVD set

Amazon is accepting pre-orders.

Here's the track listing for the forthcoming 3-DVD set—most likely due out in late-April 2009. The tracks have appeared online at ebay— so this is unofficial, but probably the final track listing.

Sony Music confirmed to Barbra Archives that Live 2006 will be released in Blu-Ray format. Live 2006 by the way, was filmed with hi def video cameras. Besides Meet the Fockers, Live 2006 would be the first Streisand-centric release in that format.

The other two DVDs are available in the 3-DVD set.

[Barbra Archives notes that it appears, according to this track list, that the George Bush skit has been edited from the show, unless it is included in the 6 minutes that is "Stoney End"... Also, please note the three bonus songs, including "Nobody's Heart" and "Woman in the Moon"!!]

[One more Barbra Archives note: It looks like the "bonus song" which was included on the original 1994 Blockbuster Video VHS tape of the Anaheim Concert ("What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life") is not included on the Anaheim DVD. That's a shame.]

Disc 1 - Fort Lauderdale Show, October 2006

  1. "FUNNY GIRL BROADWAY OVERTURE" - 0:04:55
  2. "STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW" - 0:04:29
  3. "DOWN WITH LOVE" - 0:05:38
  4. "THE WAY WE WERE" - 0:04:14
  5. "MA PREMIERE CHANSON" - 0:04:12
  6. "EVERGREEN" (w/IL DIVO) - 0:05:09
  7. "MY WAY" (IL DIVO) - 0:05:20
  8. "COME RAIN OR COME SHINE" - 0:03:20
  9. "FUNNY GIRL" - 0:03:13
  10. "THE MUSIC THAT MAKES ME DANCE" - 0:01:36
  11. "MY MAN" - 0:03:27
  12. "PEOPLE" including underscore at beginning - 0:05:37
  13. "ENTR'ACTE" - INTERMISSION
  14. "MUSIC OF THE NIGHT" (w/IL DIVO) - 0:04:25
  15. Jason’s Theme - 0:01:13
  16. "CAREFULLY TAUGHT" / "CHILDREN WILL LISTEN" - 0:03:28
  17. "UNUSUAL WAY" - 0:03:27
  18. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE" - 0:03:32
  19. "STONEY END" - 0:06:43
  20. "HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN" - 0:02:18
  21. "(HAVE I STAYED) TOO LONG AT THE FAIR" - 0:05:02
  22. "THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE" - 0:02:25
  23. "A COCKEYED OPTIMIST" - 0:02:33
  24. "SOMEWHERE" w/ IL DIVO - 0:04:47
  25. "MY SHINING HOUR" - 0:04:42
  26. "DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE" - 0:03:40
  27. "SMILE" - 0:03:06
  28. CREDITS: 0:02:15

Total Feature Length: 1:44:46

BONUS FEATURES

TOTAL BONUS FEATURE LENGTH - 0:34:13

TOTAL DISC 1 LENGTH - 2:18:59

Disc 2 Live At Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim July 94

  1. "OVERTURE" - 0:06:19
  2. "AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOOD-BYE" - 0:05:40
  3. "I'M STILL HERE"/"EVERYBODY SAYS DON'T"/"DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE" - 0:04:22
  4. "CAN'T HELP LOVIN' THAT MAN" - 0:04:40
  5. "I'LL KNOW" (WITH MARLON BRANDO) - 0:02:41
  6. "PEOPLE" - 0:04:20
  7. "LOVER MAN" - 0:01:17
  8. FIRST THERAPIST SCENE - 0:01:13
  9. "WILL HE LIKE ME?" - 0:01:57
  10. SECOND THERAPIST SCENE - 0:01:03
  11. "HE TOUCHED ME" - 0:02:58
  12. "EVERGREEN" - 0:03:25
  13. THIRD THERAPIST SCENE - 0:01:57
  14. "THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY" - 0:04:51
  15. "ON A CLEAR DAY" - 0:02:28
  16. Entr'acte - 0:03:06
  17. "THE WAY WE WERE" - 0:03:14
  18. "YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS" - 0:04:10
  19. "LAZY AFTERNOON" - 0:05:35
  20. "NOT WHILE I'M AROUND" - 0:03:04
  21. "ORDINARY MIRACLES" - 0:05:04
  22. "YENTL MEDLEY: "WHERE IS IT WRITTEN"/"PAPA CAN YOU HEAR ME"/"WILL SOMEONE EVER LOOK AT ME THAT WAY"/"PIECE OF SKY" - 0:10:12
  23. "HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN" - 0:03:57
  24. "MY MAN" - 0:04:52
  25. "FOR ALL WE KNOW" - 0:04:16
  26. "SOMEWHERE " - 0:05:15

TOTAL FEATURE LENGTH 1:42:00

Disc 3 Putting It Together Making of Broadway Album

  1. Opening - 0:00:53
  2. Something's Coming - 0:02:58
  3. Putting It Together - 0:12:23
  4. Can't Help Loving that Man - 0:05:54
  5. If I Loved You - 0:03:06
  6. Send In The Clowns - 0:06:50
  7. Somewhere - 0:07:51

TOTAL FEATURE LENGTH - 0:39:55

BONUS FEATURES (Songs Licensed from Previous Warner Releases)

  1. People (from My Name Is Barbra (1965) - 0:02:58
  2. Yesterdays (from Color Me Barbra (1966)) - 0:03:12
  3. I’m Always Chasing Rainbows (from The Belle Of 14th Street (1967) - 0:02:34
  4. Silent Night (Sleep In Heavenly Peace) (from A Happening In Central Park (1968) - 0:02:39
  5. Cryin’ Time (with Ray Charles) (from Barbra Streisand… And Other Musical Instruments (1973))0:02:21

TOTAL BONUS FEATURE LENGTH - 0:13:44

TOTAL DISC 3 LENGTH - 0:53:39

February 12, 2009

Streisand: The Concerts ... New DVD

Looks like a new DVD release is coming our way. According to play.com, the DVD (region 2) will be released in Europe on March 9, 2009. No news on the US release yet.

Concerts DVD

The DVD set will contain:

Barbra Archives will report on this special set soon!

February 11, 2009

Diamond Wants to Duet

Entertainment Blogger Marc Malkin had a few words with Neil Diamond recently. Malkin asked him about another duet with Barbra Streisand. Diamond said:

"Barbra and I talk, so I'm sure there'll be something," he said. "I hope so. She's wonderful."

February 5, 2009

Streisand Does Press for YENTL DVD

Barbra has talked to USA Today and to The Associated Press about YENTL arriving on DVD, her future plans, and the new album with Diana Krall.

Here's what Barbra revealed:

January 15, 2009

Confirmed: Streisand Not at Inauguration b/c of Recording Commitments

Streisand's publicist's office confirmed to Barbra Archives today that “Diana Krall’s schedule was such that there was only a two week window for her to record the album with Barbra.  Barbra was without choice to follow her heart to D.C.”

In addition, a clarifying item by Liz Smith was run in her column today:

BARBRA STREISAND? You won't see her at any of the Inauguration functions -- though she was most certainly asked to appear! But she and Diana Krall will watch the ceremonies from a recording studio in L.A. where they're working feverishly on Barbra's new album. Diana is producing with her trio. They are toiling like crazy in a limited two-week time period that unfortunately coincides with Washington's festivities. Barbra says she is happy she could do her L.A. fund-raiser for the president-elect and even though she won't be in D.C. on Tuesday, he knows her heart is there along with 300 million other Americans.

January 13, 2009

Barbra-less for Inauguration

Barack Obama's inauguration is next week. A big, celebrity-filled performance event takes place on Sunday, January 18th at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and will be broadcast by HBO.

Yesterday, on the official Inaugural blog, the intial lineup of stars who will perform on Sunday was announced.

Streisand was not on the list.

You can read it yourself here ...

January 7, 2009

Live in Concert 2006 TV Special/DVD

The most common email that I receive here at Barbra Archives (sometimes 2 or 3 a day!) is: when will Barbra's 2006 live television special be released?

If you recall, there was an original plan to release the show on DVD in February 2007, alongside an abbreviated version which would air on NBC. That plan, for whatever reasons, did not materialize, and Streisand fans have wondered if they'd ever see Barbra's live special (which was filmed with hi-def cameras in Florida in 2006).

Well, over at Craig Hall's Barbra Streisand Forum, word is that the special will finally air in conjunction with the release of Barbra's new album (which was produced by Diana Krall).

Look for an abbreviated version of the special (probably one hour in length) to air on a network station, and for the DVD to be released concurrently.

So .... between March and May 2009, it will be a virtual Streisand smorgasbord, what with a new album, the Yentl DVD, and the Live 2006 television special.

January 6, 2009

Inauguration Barbra?

From Roger Friedman @ FOXNews:

Which stars are going to play at the 10 official Inaugural balls?

Sources tell me that it was only this weekend that President-elect Barack Obama's Inaugural committee started sending inquiries to potential musical guests.

In the mix: Obama stalwarts Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, and Bruce Springsteen, I am told, were each asked to play at specific events around Washington on January 20th.

January 5, 2009

2008 News Archived

The Streisand news from 2008 has been archived here.

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