The news below is archived from Jan—December 2010. [Current 2011 News is here ]
December 30, 2010
“My Mother's Curse” ... Coming Soon?
Over at the Directors Guild of America there is an interview with director Anne Fletcher. The last paragraph of the story has an interesting tidbit:
For her next project, she's currently scheduled to direct Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan in My Mother's Curse.
The interview appears in the Fall 2010 issue of Directors Quarterly, so there's no telling when Fletcher was actually interviewed. Last we heard (August), Paramount was finishing up Streisand and Seth Rogen's deals and had tentatively scheduled a November 2010 start date.
I will let you know if I hear any more developments on this project. Dan Fogelman (Cars, Bolt) wrote the script about a young man (Seth Rogen) who takes a road trip with his mother (Streisand) to reunite her with an old love.
Rogen's next movie, The Green Hornet, comes out in a couple of weeks, so maybe he'll spill the beans on what his next project will be ?
December 28, 2010
Streisand on LKL Again
For those who missed the original airing of Larry King's interview with Barbra Streisand, it will re-air on CNN this Thursday, Dec. 30th.
December 27, 2010
Fockers Still Has Legs
The third Fockers film, which opened on Wednesday (and which features Barbra Streisand reprising her supporting role as Roz Focker) is top of the box office, despite not-so-good reviews.
Little Fockers, from Universal, opened in 3,536 movie theaters on Wednesday. It netted $7.2M on its first day; on Thursday $7.1M; Friday $5M; Saturday $14.5M ...
Little Fockers, since Wednesday, has netted $48.3M total.
Richardson Behind-the-Scenes Shot
Here's a great shot of photographer Terry Richardson posing with Barbra Streisand (Richardson has a series of shots he takes with others in which they pose with the thumbs up sign). Richardson photographed Streisand at her home for Harper's Bazaar in November 2010.
December 22, 2010
“Little Fockers” is Here!
Little Fockers opens today in movie theaters.
In general, the reviews haven't been great, but I hear Streisand is very good. The reviews all state they wish there was more of both Streisand and Dustin Hoffman in the film.
Here's video of Streisand (filmed on set) talking about her character, Roz Focker.
December 16, 2010
Well, “Streisand Wednesday” is over — how lucky were we? Three interviews in one day ... It was a Streisand Lollapalooza!
Here's links to online versions of the interviews for those whose DVRs malfunctioned or who can't watch American TV (or if you just want to watch them again!):
- Nightline (full episode online) — click here
- Larry King (a couple of clips) — click here
- Larry King (CNN YouTube clip) — click here
- Larry King (Barbra on misogyny) — click here
- Larry King (transcript of episode) — click here
- Good Morning America (entire interview online) — click here
- NPR Radio Interview — click here
So, what did we learn from all the interviews? Most exciting is that Streisand is recording in January. Although none of the interviewers asked a follow-up question (?!!), I think it's safe to assume that Streisand is recording her Bergman album (i.e. new songs she hasn't recorded yet by Alan & Marilyn Bergman). Also, as told to Larry King, it sounds like Barbra is seriously considering another concert tour—although she hasn't made her mind up yet. Finally, it was exciting to hear Barbra tell the “24” numerology story about her Grammy Awards to Larry King ... How amazing would it be if she won in February and they re-played the 1987 clip of Streisand saying she may be back in 24 years?!
I also wanted to take the time to post a photo of me and Rafe Chase, who was in Washington, D.C. (where I live) last night. We met up for drinks and enjoyed our in-person meet-up. That's me on the left, and Rafe on the right, below ....
Rafe has been a “Barbra Buddy” for years and has contributed lots of scans, magazines, and information to this site—he's very meticulous! After speaking on the phone all these years, it was fun to finally meet him in person. Thanks, Rafe!
December 15, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver inducted 14 people into the California Hall of Fame Tuesday night at the California Museum.
Barbra Streisand was one of the inductees. She missed the red carpet, but attended the ceremony.
Streisand told the audience, as Schwarzenegger bestowed her with a medal, “Arnold has the best recipe for wienerschitzel.”
Watch: ET Online video story >>
Preview of Today's Talk Shows
And here's a picture of Robin Roberts with Streisand for Good Morning America.
You can watch GMA's Streisand interview on their site here.
Barbra-Archives Website Updates
I've been busy adding a few things to the site. I recently received two boxes full of old Streisand clippings and magazines from a fan's relative in Australia and I've been slowly updating and adding pages to Barbra Archives! Fun!
So .... in case you feel like reading all about Barbra, here's some new pages & updates:
- 1976 — A Star is Born fashion show
- 1975 — Funny Lady New York premiere
- 1975 — Women's Weekly (Australia) Funny Lady Article
- Funny Lady — new costume page added (does anyone have GOOD scans of the Mackie FUNNY LADY costume renderings that were distributed back in '75??)
- 1963 — Streisand: Singing, Swinging, Show-Stopper (Seventeen Magazine interview)
- 1977 — Australian Cosmo story
- 1972 — Harper's Bazaar
- 1974 — Streisand, Caan Making a Lady Out of “Funny Girl”
December 14, 2010
Streisand Press This Week!!
Set your DVRs! [UPDATED: Looks like it's all happening on Wednesday, 12/15]
Barbra's appearing three times on television this week, doing publicity for her new book. They filmed some of the interviews yesterday, so this is all coming into place last-minute.
TuesdayWednesday AM: Good Morning America
- Wednesday 9PM: Larry King (for the full hour ... this will be King's 2nd to last show). From CNN: “Larry’s on location with her from her spectacular Malibu home. And they talk about…everything! Barbra Streisand for the hour.”
TuesdayWednesday 11:35 PM: Nightline
Also, Streisand was interviewed Saturday morning on NPR radio's Weekend Edition show. [Link to the audio is here.]
Streisand spoke about her new book, revealed that she will be recording in January (!) and then she talked longingly about touring the world ... hopefully a sign of things to come!
Streisand Giving Away Signed CDs as Part of Crowdrise Fundraiser
Barbra is still in the midst of fundraising for women's heart disease. “I hope to raise $10M dollars (of which I will match up to $5M) for research, treatment and education on women’s heart disease,” Streisand said.
Make a donation of any amount at www.crowdrise.com/barbrastreisand - and you'll be automatically entered into the new contest win a set of Barbra Streisand Albums from the past six decades (60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s). Not only will you win the 6 albums, but they will come with a personally signed note from Barbra herself.
Michel Legrand is Music
There is a new documentary film spotlighting the three-time Academy Award winning composer, Michel Legrand. Michel Legrand is Music is hosted by Oscar winner Jon Voight. The 117-minute documentary highlights 50 years and more than 200 film scores of Legrand’s musical genius along with mini-performances and commentary by Legrand’s friends and admirers including Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Johnny Mathis, Patti Austin, songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman and many others.
December 8, 2010
Streisand to be feted as Recording Academy's MusiCares Person of the Year
The Recording Academy has chosen Barbra Streisand as its MusiCares Person of the Year in conjunction with the 2011 Grammy Awards, and will salute her musical and philanthropic achievements Feb. 11 with an all-star fundraising dinner and concert featuring Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Barry Manilow, Diana Krall, Kristin Chenoweth and others.
Along with such pop, jazz and Broadway veterans, the event also will bring in a new generation of singers with an appearance by cast members from Fox TV’s hit series “Glee,” including Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss. Eight-time Grammy winner Streisand also will perform at the close of the program.
Streisand Inducted to California Hall of Fame
Barbra Streisand will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame at the California Museum in Sacramento, California on December 14, 2010.
At 6:00 pm, there are red carpet arrivals. The induction ceremony and presentation begins at 7:00 pm. And the celebration and exhibit unveiling is at 8:00 pm.
Streisand fan Lou Papalas designed and assembled the Streisand exhibit at the museum along with Pamela Miller.
Lou's let Barbra-Archives know that Streisand loaned her black velvet gown, hat, and feathered muff from On A Clear Day for the exhibit. The My Name is Barbra sailor gown will be on display as well.
For those who live in California, Comcast will be broadcasting live from the event on a local cable channel.
The sold out event is closed to the public and by invite only. Attendance is restricted to these preferred guests, as the California Museum auditorium, where the induction ceremony is being held, only seats 270 people. There is a general public area in front of the Museum on 10th Street where the public is invited to watch the VIPs walk the red carpet on their way into the auditorium for the induction ceremony.
(Photo, right: Lou prepares the exhibit. Photo courtesy of Lou Papalas)
December 6, 2010
About Those Deluxe Signatures
Barbra Streisand has responded to a fan's question about her signature on the deluxe edition of her new book, My Passion For Design. Barbra wrote:
First of all, thank you for buying the book. I hope you enjoy it, as much as I enjoyed writing it. I can assure you that I signed 500 copies of the Deluxe version with my autograph - along with a number from 1 to 500 out of 500. My handwriting may look different from book to book, as I signed them over a few days. Over the years people have tried to sign records and pass them off as mine. If you have a signed copy of the book with a number out of 500, then I can assure you that I personally signed it.
December 4, 2010
Little Fockers Scene
screenslam.com has posted a scene from Little Fockers that features Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman. Check it out here.
December 2, 2010
Congratulations to Barbra Streisand. During last night's Grammy Nominations concert, which aired on CBS, it was revealed that Streisand's album, Love is the Answer, was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Barbra's competition in that category is:
- ‘Crazy Love’ – Michael Bublé
- ‘The Greatest Love Songs Of All Time’ – Barry Manilow
- ‘Let It Be Me: Mathis In Nashville’ – Johnny Mathis
- ‘Fly Me To The Moon…The Great American Songbook: Volume V’ – Rod Stewart
- ‘Love Is The Answer’ – Barbra Streisand
The 2011 Grammy’s air on February 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Visit Grammy.com for more information on the 2011 Grammys!
November 30, 2010
Just received my deluxe edition of My Passion for Design .... it's really lovely!
Here's what the packaging is like, for all you fans out there (sorry, my Mac reversed the video & un-synched the sound! oops! But ... you'll get the picture from the video...):
Streisand's signature is on the inside of the book, and it is hand-numbered as well.
The 16-minute DVD is nestled inside the deluxe box ...
The DVD Credits:
Produced & Directed by: Barbra Streisand
Executive Producer: Stewart Raffill
Director of Photography: Tony Foresta
Original Score by: William A. Ross and Barbra Streisand
Orchestrated by: William A. Ross
Edited by: Carlos Haynes
Streisand in HOUSE BEAUTIFUL
Barbra Streisand appears in the Dec/Jan 2011 issue of House Beautiful.
Inside, Streisand appears on the SPOTLIGHT page, with three rooms from her “elegant barn” on view, with text from her book My Passion For Design.
Check out the issue, which should be on newstands now.
House Beautiful has also added the 1974 piece they did on Barbra's California home to their website. Check it out here >>
November 29, 2010
Streisand Co-Star and Director Dies + “Temple of Doom” On Set Film from 1983
Sad news ... Streisand's co-star in NUTS, Leslie Nielsen, passed away this weekend. Nielsen, who's been in some amazing movies (FORBIDDEN PLANET and the comedy AIRPLANE), played Streisand's character's “client” in NUTS, a dramatic role.
Director Irvin Kershner died at 87 years old. He directed Streisand in UP THE SANDBOX in 1972. Kershner directed the Jon Peters-produced thriller EYES OF LAURA MARS. And, of course, Kershner also directed the amazing STAR WARS sequel THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.
In a statement about Kershner's death, Streisand said about Kershner: “He had the most incredible spirit, an exuberance for life. Always working, always thinking, always writing, amazingly gifted and forever curious. We met doing ‘Up The Sandbox’ in 1972 and remained friends ever since. I loved him.”
A Barbra Archives note on Mr. Kershner: ... for years I've read in film books that —circa 1983-ish—Streisand, while in London working on YENTL, participated in a short film made as a joke with Harrison Ford (working on TEMPLE OF DOOM) and Irvin Kershner, who was in town filming the Bond movie, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN. Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia to Ford's Han Solo) also appeared in the film, and director Steven Speilberg was chided in the film, too.
Well ... here's some rare screen caps from the film, which obviously does exist!
In the film short, Harrison Ford is tied up to a rock the same way he is in TEMPLE OF DOOM. Barbra Streisand, wearing what looks like a YENTL hat, appears with a whip and yells, “This is for ‘GUNS OF NAVARONE!!’ then cracks the whip against Ford, who whinces. Here's how the rest of the funny on-set film goes:
Barbra Streisand: "This is for Guns of Navarone!" (Streisand whips Ford)
Barbra Streisand: "Guns of Navarone? No..."
Harrison Ford: "For Force Ten..."
Barbra Streisand: "For Force Ten!" (Streisand whips Ford)
Barbra Streisand: "This is for Hanover Street!" (Streisand whips Ford)
Barbra Streisand: "This is for all the money you’re going to make on Return of the Jedi!" (Streisand whips Ford)
Harrison Ford: "Who's that?"
Carrie Fisher: "Someone who loves you!"
Irvin Kershner: "What the hell is the matter with you? Steve [Speilberg]! Come on! I don't believe one word you're saying. Now come on, do it again."
Barbra Streisand: "Give... give me a reason!"
Harrison Ford: "It's the dialogue!"
Irvin Kershner: "Well..."
Harrison Ford: "The dialogue!"
Irvin Kershner: "You call that shouting? You call that pain?"
Harrison Ford: "Steven…"
Irvin Kershner: "Steve, how can you let him do this? Come on!"
Harrison Ford: "Okay ready... ready."
Carrie Fisher: "I'll be good, I promise."
Irvin Kershner: "Do it again!"
Harrison Ford: "Really hit me! Really hit me this time!"
Barbra Streisand: "Okay."
Harrison Ford: "Don't do it with such... really hit me!"
Barbra Streisand Details Love of Design in New Book
By Bob Tourtellotte
It's not exactly opening your home to guests at a holiday party, but for film and singing star Barbra Streisand and her fans, it's pretty close. This week Streisand has seen her first book land in stores, but it's no memoir of star turns in films such as "Funny Girl" or "The Way We Were," nor does it recount the making of albums that have sold over 71 million copies.
For her debut as an author, Streisand has instead written about her love of architecture, art, furniture and landscaping in "My Passion for Design." But don't be fooled by its title because within the pages, the star tells tales from her life and career that influenced the choices she made in designing her dream home in Malibu, California.
"I think it makes it more interesting," she told Reuters about the book's first-person style. "People have been asking me to write my autobiography, but I don't want to go there yet and be that personal. I guess it crept into my own writing."
"This is how I see the world now, and what is beautiful to me," she added.
The coffee table book from Viking publishers takes readers on Streisand's years-long journey planning, building and furnishing the compound that resembles a 19th century New England farm with a barn, mill house, main house, Grandma's house and even a chicken coop.
It is not the first house the singer has designed for herself. In fact, it follows several others including an Art Deco-themed house, and her New York City apartments. But it is the home in which Streisand and her husband James Brolin spend most all their time and it is, in a word, rather comfy.
Adding to the book's personal touches, avid photographer Streisand took most all the pictures herself.
GAMBLING IN BED
In the introduction, readers learn Streisand likes to spend her mornings in bed, with her dog Samantha at her feet. It is there that she writes, reads, eats and even trades stocks.
"It's a way of gambling without having to get dressed," Streisand writes.
She said she doesn't know exactly from where she derived her love of architecture and design, but adds it certainly wasn't from her mother, who covered their furniture in plastic when she was a child to keep it from getting damaged. In Streisand's Malibu home, nothing is sheathed.
The book is divided into separate sections covering the different structures within the compound. She starts in the chicken coop, where she houses hens who lay eggs, and she covers the gardens where she grows her own vegetables.
Her "barn" is a home, really -- no stalls for livestock -- but Streisand is quick to point out that she doesn't live there. The main house is her home. "Building the barn was like completing an art project," she writes.
The design styles span roughly three centuries, from the 18th through the 20th, but the common theme is a love of Americana. There is her "Federal Lounge," that looks like a townhouse in Washington, D.C., her "Bee's Doll Shop," which houses her doll collection, and the Antique Clothes Shop, which shows off her love of vintage clothing.
"It represents all the different parts of my personality," she said of the rooms and their various styles.
In addition to design, Streisand also has a passion for raising money to help fund research for heart disease in women, which she said has impacted her own family. She recently launched a $10 million fund-raising effort benefiting the Women's Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. More information can be found at www.crowdrise.com/barbrastreisand.
“People” Who Need Pictures
Did you check out the lovely new photographs of Barbra Streisand in the November 29, 2010 issue of People magazine? Russell James is responsible for the new shots, especially this one of Barbra's sister Roslyn Kind, her son Jason Gould (now head of Barwood Films), and husband James Brolin.
November 25, 2010
Official Streisand News
Barbra Streisand's first venture as an author and photographer, "My Passion For Design," has entered the New York Times bestseller book lists in its first week of publication, registering as Number Two on the Advice, How-To and Misc. list. It is a significant achievement in consideration of the fact that, at a price of $60, it is the most expensive book on the list, according to the volume's publisher, Viking, a member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc. The book explores the lifelong passion for design which has motivated the iconic actress, singer, director, screenwriter, composer, producer, designer and now author and photographer, illustrated by the thirteen year process of her personal creation of a dream house barn on her estate in Malibu. A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
BarbraStreisand.com announced a NEW contest which started yesterday (24 November). Donate ANY amount at www.crowdrise.com/barbrastreisand and you could win a SIGNED copy of "The Ultimate Collection" — a new CD that has never been released in America, containing many of Barbra's greatest hits over the years. The contest will run from November 24 and will end on December 2. Full rules at www.crowdrise.com/barbrastreisand.
November 24, 2010
“All About Barbra” Online now!
Editor Lynne Pounder alerted me that the newest issue of All About Barbra—in its new, digital, online version—is available now.
November 23, 2010
Have you seen the amazing fashion photographs of Streisand (by Terry Richardson) in the December edition of Harper's Bazaar?
Barbra looks great!
November 18, 2010
Barbra's Twitter About Future Projects
Barbra Streisand answered the question of lucky fan Vicki Roberts via twitter:
Hi. It's Barbra here... answering the question to fan Vicki Roberts who won the contest to ask me a question, by kindly donating $26. Her q:
"Barbra, what would you like to do at this time in your life after all you have accomplished and why is this important to you?"
That’s a great question because it has been something I have thinking about for a while. I just came back from travelling through various..
countries around the world, and now I have to decide, should I direct or act or tour.
A big part of me wants to stay at home and write my autobiography.
So the answer is, I am not sure…yet. But I will keep my fans updated when I decide. Thank you, Vicki, for your interest.
November 17, 2010
Barbra: Press, People, Perfection
Streisand is publicizing her book, My Passion For Design—which was released yesterday.
Did everyone get their copy?
I am still reading mine and am very impressed. Besides being beautifully done, the book is a fascinating read, allowing you to see how Streisand thinks about her projects, how she strives for perfection, and how she sometimes falls short or has to make compromises. The scope of her barn-home is amazing and truly inspiring when you think of all the details Streisand had to manage. I am constantly amazed while reading the book that Streisand has chosen and created a life in which she can manifest larger-than-life projects like directing a film or building a dream home. Additionally, I am inspired that Streisand—after close to 50 years in the public eye—has chosen to do her first book on design. Would I rather be reading about her show biz career, her designer gowns, her photo sessions with renowned photographers, her recording career? Yes! But Barbra has done the unexpected again. How is it possible that Streisand, who mastered the art of recording, television specials, film acting, and film directing, also managed to study and become an expert in artisans and home design?! The breadth of this woman's knowledge is staggering! I sincerely hope Streisand works on Volume II (as she mentions several times in the book) so we can see more of the Art Deco house, Carolwood Drive, “the ranch” in Malibu, and her New York apartment. Congrats, Barbra Streisand ... your book is amazing.
Did you catch her on Oprah yesterday? You can watch clips here. Tamir Hendelman played piano for her as she sang “The Way We Were.” Make sure you check out Michael Roman's excellent show biz blog in which he has posted the special lyrics that Streisand sang to the tune of “The Way We Were” to Oprah herself. I was hoping they'd post the video on Oprah.com (like they did last year with “Evergreen”), but so far it hasn't surfaced.
On Amazon.com, Streisand's book moved up to the #9 spot after the Oprah show aired.
Press for Barbra's book continues with “The Sexiest Man Alive” issue of People Magazine, due in stores tomorrow (see cover above).
Next week, look for Streisand stories in House Beautiful and Harper's Bazaar.
Streisand at Jewish Museum Opening
Streisand, Jerry Seinfeld and Bette Midler at National Museum of American Jewish History last night. Seinfeld and Midler performed.
Streisand posed in front of the glass case which displayed her costume from Yentl.
Yesterday Barbra Streisand posed with Franklin Institute President & CEO Dennis Wint in the museum's gift shop after she toured the Cleopatra exhibit.
“All About Barbra” Update
ALL ABOUT BARBRA, published in the U.K. has its final “hard copy” for sale. Editor Lynne Pounder writes, “There is still some stock remaining if you wish to order this collector's issue. Back issues are available too! Hurry while stocks last!”
November 12, 2010
Look at these screen captures of Tuesday's Oprah show with Barbra Streisand! It's going to be a great show for all of us fans!
You can watch the preview over at YouTube. Follow this link >>
National Museum of American Jewish History
The National Museum of American Jewish History is opening its new home— a 100,000-square-foot building in the heart of historic Philadelphia—with a Grand Opening Weekend, November 12-14.
According to its website, the museum encompasses “25,000 square feet of gallery space on three-and-a-half floors, the core exhibition will explore the challenges faced by Jews since their arrival on this continent in 1654, and celebrates their experiences in every facet of American life and throughout every phase of the country's history.”
Barbra Streisand is attending the opening weekend gala.
Streisand's dress from Yentl is on display as part of the museum's exhibition.
Nothing's Impossible Project + Ebay
Here's an update on The Nothing's Impossible Project—a group effort by fellow Streisand fans to help out The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook author Allison Waldman and her chemo treatment for endometrial cancer.
Over at ebay, Tinseltown Twins (a.k.a. Chris and Karen) have a few Barbra Streisand collectibles up for auction and they are donating a percentage of the winning bid to Allison Waldman!
Here's a link to the Tinseltown Twins' ebay store.
And make sure to check out these specific auctions:
- Rare FUNNY LADY promo package with 10-inch alternates LP!! There are 10 of these for sale!! (TT are donating 20% to Nothing's Impossible Project). LINK.
- National Screen Service set of 12 color photos from THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (10% is donated!) LINK.
- HELLO DOLLY movie program (10% is donated!) LINK.
Tinseltown Twins also alerted Barbra Archives: they do sell to international bidders and if anyone has trouble purchasing they should contact them directly (thru eBay).
Friday Poll Fun
Here's some interactive Streisand fun for you all on Friday!
November 10, 2010
Oprah Show Recap (SPOILERS!)
Just talked to a fellow fan (thank you!) who attended the Oprah taping today.
Here's the details:
- Barbra wore all black with a beret — including black nails, my source tells me!
- They showed video of Barbra's house—with Barbra's narration, which was probably the DVD that comes with the Deluxe Edition of the book.
- Streisand sang THE WAY WE WERE—voice, accompanied by piano, sounded wonderful!
- Barbra's filmatic leading men appeared in a video tribute ... Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte, Mandy Patinkin, etc.
- One leading man came out from back stage: ROBERT REDFORD!
- Oprah interviewed Redford & Streisand about THE WAY WE WERE
- Redford & Streisand talked about the sequel (that never got made) to TWWW, too!
- Streisand also sang (at the end of the show) an Oprah-tailored lyric to the tune of THE WAY WE WERE.
- Barbra's dog, Sammy, came on stage with Barbra & Oprah.
- Audience members received coupons to get a copy of Barbra's book.
- Cheers to what sounds like an amazing Streisand-Oprah episode which is scheduled to air November 16th!
Harper's Bazaar Preview
Terry Richardson photographed Streisand for the magazine wearing a $4,295 red gown by Les Habitudes. Katie Perry is on the cover. Look for it in stands in a couple of weeks. Last night's Access Hollywood also contained a short segment on the Bazaar spread.
Barbra's official site has published the major interviews/features she'll be doing for My Passion For Design:
- Oprah - 11/16
- People / Feature Interview / on stands 11/18
- Harper’s Bazaar / Feature interview, December issue on stands 11/23
- Ladies’ Home Journal / Q&A, December/January issue on stands 11/22-1/10/11
- House Beautiful / December issue on stands 11/23
More Fockers Online
A new Little Fockers trailer is up over at Yahoo (click here to view it). Three new scenes with Streisand as Roz Focker, shown interacting with the Focker kids!
November 9, 2010
Watch Barbra PSA on THE INSIDER Tonight
Barbra's official site has Facebook'ed/Twittered about a Public Service Announcement which will air tonight:
Don't miss a surprise, unseen Barbra Streisand PSA debut on "The Insider" on CBS tonight (Nov. 9) which follows Entertainment Tonight.
UPDATE: The PSA was Streisand in her Roz Focker costume & wig, talking about the Women's Heart Center at Sedar's Sinai.
The Insider said the PSA would actually play before Little Fockers in movie theaters!
Julien's Auctions Funny Lady
Julien's Auctions Icons & Idols auction on Dec. 3 and 4 includes this Bob Mackie-designed dress that Streisand wore in Funny Lady (1975).
BJS Music FAQ is Here!
Barbra Streisand Music Guide—Mark Iskowitz's most excellent website all about Streisand's recording career is no longer online, unfortunately.
However ... Mark gave me permission to reproduce some of his pages and integrate his information into my site. Therefore, you will notice that many of the album pages on my site now include Billboard chart info, and Gold/Platinum award info—all courtesy of Mark's site!
I have just posted his original Barbra Streisand FAQ on my site here.
Thanks, Mark! We will miss you online!
Matt is Looking For ....
Does anyone out there have a copy (they can scan or mail to me) of Women's Wear Daily magazine, October 1963 with Barbra? matt [at] barbra-archives [dot] com.
NOvember 2, 2010
Streisand in Toledo
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin continued their vacation in Spain by visiting Toledo. A local newspaper says Streisand is researching her Spanish ancestors. She visited Sinagoga del Tránsito (or Synagogue of Samuel ha-Levi), which according to this website “was once an important house of worship for Toledo's large Jewish population. A 14th-century building, it is an excellent example of Spanish Jewish art especially noted for its superb stucco Hebrew inscriptions.”
November 1, 2010
Streisand Video Message for Heart Disease
BarbraStreisand.com today posted a video message from Barbra talking about the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in our country, more than all other cancers combined. And today, more women die of heart disease than men. Because of these staggering statistics, I am committed to taking on this epidemic, and I need all of your help.
Streisand to Close MusiCares Gala
According to a press release today:
MusiCares has announced that 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year Barbra Streisand will close out the evening with a performance at the 21st annual benefit gala to be held during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 11, 2011, two days prior to the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. An eight-time GRAMMY winner, GRAMMY Legend Award and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Streisand is being honored in recognition of her renowned creative accomplishments and philanthropic work. Proceeds from the dinner and concert will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
Weitz on Streisand
Little Fockers director Paul Weitz talked to the L.A. Times about the film and working with Barbra Streisand:
On Streisand: "She surprised me with her honesty and lack of pretension. You're hanging out with a woman who was such a force in film in the '70s and '80s, and she's telling you how acting makes her a nervous wreck."
Streisand Charts in U.K.
Barbra Streisand landed at number eight on this weeks U.K. album charts with The Ultimate Collection, which consists of previously-released tracks. Congrats!
Streisand in Madrid
Barbra continues her European vacation.
October 27, 2010
Barbra: The Ultimate Collection — a U.K. collection of previously-released Streisand tracks—has shipped and has been exciting Streisand fans. The deluxed edition of the CD comes in box and inside are five black and white photos of Streisand (including an outtake of a Higher Ground shot). The CD also has liner notes by Jay Landers.
(Above: commercial for the collection)
October 26, 2010
Barbra in Italy
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin (and Sammy!) have been vacationing in Venice, Italy, surely enjoying Italian cuisine before Barbra begins all the press for her forthcoming book, My Passion For Design.
October 25, 2010
Streisand On Oprah Again
Barbra Streisand will appear on Oprah November 16th. Oprah's press release mentioned that Streisand, besides talking about her new design book, will give a “rare performance.”
Oprah.com last week had audience forms online if you are “Barbra Streisand's biggest fan.”
More Bergman Clues?
Still unconfirmed is what Barbra Streisand's next studio album will be.
Columbia Records, most likely, will release a 50th Anniversary CD set in 2012 to celebrate Barbra's signing with the record company in 1962.
In 2011, though, Barbra will most likely record and release a new studio album. She has mentioned that she'd like to record more Alan and Marilyn Bergman songs, and Alan Bergman mentioned (see Oct. 11th entry below) that he and his wife are writing some new songs for Barbra. So, it sounds like a Bergman album is in the works.
Alan Bergman talked to Jazz Times about his career as a lyricist and answered the question about a new Streisand album, plus some other things....
Jazz Times: The story just recently surfaced that Streisand is planning to record an all-Bergman album.
Alan Bergman: That’s true. She’s already sung over 50 songs of ours. She doesn’t want to do any of those. But there are many she hasn’t yet sung that she likes. We’ve just finished four new ones for her, and hopefully she’ll like them!
- The Bergmans are working with Marvin Hamlisch (who conducted Streisand's 1994 tour) on new songs for a reworking of their musical, Ballroom (from their television musical Queen of the Stardust Ballroom) starring Tyne Daley and directed by Jerry Mitchell. I wonder if Streisand will record any of these? If not, I wonder if she'll sing “Fifty Percent,” the big, “11 o'clock Number” from the show?
- Alan Bergman, when asked about his working relationship with his wife, Marilyn Bergman, told Jazz Times: “It is that it’s effortless because one washes and one dries. I’ve said that often over the years, so we figured we’d better write a song about it. We just finished it. Marvin Hamlish wrote the music and it’s called ‘One Washes, One Dries.’ Hopefully, it will be recorded.” Hmmmmm. I wonder if that's one of the new songs they've written for Barbra?
October 21, 2010
Glee + Streisand
Isn't it amazing that the GLEE cast single of “Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy”—which uses the same arrangement that Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland sang on Garland's 1963 television show—debuted at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and #21 on the Billboard Digital Songs Chart? Lea Michele and Chris Colfer sang the song on GLEE's Season 2 episode titled “Duets.”
October 20, 2010
Streisand in Shriver Report
Barbra Streisand contributed to The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes On Alzheimer's — A Groundbreaking Look At This Mind-Blowing Disease And Its Effect On Women As Patients, Caregivers, And Advocates.
Streisand's mother, Diana Kind, died at age 93 years and suffered from Alzheimer's, which Streisand revealed to the press while doing press for The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996.
According to the Shriver Report website (where you can purchase and download an e-book version of the report):
The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's demonstrates that women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer's epidemic. According to the Alzheimer's Association Women and Alzheimer's Poll unveiled in the report, women are almost two-thirds of all Americans with Alzheimer's and comprise 60 percent of the unpaid caregivers for family members and friends with Alzheimer's. That means there are 10 million women who either have Alzheimer's or are caring for someone with the disease. The toll Alzheimer's has on individuals and caregivers is further compounded by the financial burden felt by families and the U.S. government.
October 19, 2010
2011 Grammy Noms
The nominations for the 53rd Grammy Awards won't come out until December 2010. Record companies have submitted their artists in all the various Grammy categories so that they can be reviewed, verified, and officially nominated by the Grammys.
The submission lists have been leaked online.
I took a look at the categories that Streisand would most likely be nominated in for her 2009 album Love is the Answer—which is elligible for the 2011 Grammys.
Here's what I found:
- Album of the Year—Love is the Answer
- Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album—Love is the Answer (Minnelli, Bublé, Mathis, Manilow, Rod Stewart, and others were all submitted in this category, too)
- Best Female Pop Performance—“If You Go Away”
- Best Long Form Music Video—One Night Only at the Village Vanguard
I had thought Columbia might put Streisand up for nomination in the Jazz category, but they did not.
Just to confirm: these are only SUBMISSIONS for nomination. There is another process that the Grammy Awards goes through to whittle the categories down to FIVE NOMINEES. (And please note: The lists basically include every major artist who had an album out in the eligibility period!)
The official nominations won't be announced until December 2010. Here's hoping Streisand will make the final cut in most, if not all, of these categories!
October 15, 2010
Little Fockers Featurette
Trailer Addict has a brand new featurette about Little Fockers—with new scenes of Streisand as Roz Focker, and some behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast, including Streisand. You can watch it here >>
U.K. Ultimate Photo
Per Amazon (U.K.):
Barbra Streisand Photo Card For Lucky Customers. Order the standard edition of The Ultimate Collection from Amazon.co.uk and be in with the chance of receiving the album specially packaged with an exclusive Barbara Streisand photograph by Steve Schapiro.
October 13, 2010
Publicity for Barbra's Book
BarbraStreisand.com has posted the following magazines to look out for as Barbra does publicity for her design book:
- Harper’s Bazaar (Feature interview. December Issue. On stands November 23)
- Ladies Home Journal (Q&A. December/January Issue. On stands 22 November - 10 January)
- House Beautiful (December Issue. On stands November 23)
Duck Sauce: Barbra Streisand
Many of you have emailed me about the internet song sensation “Duck Sauce: Barbra Streisand.”
I twittered about it a couple of times. (Gotta admit—dance music is not my favorite genre!)
But, in case any of you Streisand fans out there have missed the video viral sensation (or been perplexed by it) ... here's a link to the video, which features a Streisand impersonator.
In general, the dance track, created by producer duo A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, is a positive homage to Barbra Streisand and New York City. (I've also heard through the grapevine that Streisand has seen the video and is aware it's around...)
According to this page over at Vimeo:
Shot over a week of long nights out with A-Trak and Armand (including live footage from the Fool's Gold "Day Off" labor day block party), the clip is a pop-art adventure starring commandeered taxis and hotdog stands, sexy strangers, and a who's-who of famous friends: rappers, producers, indie rockers, graffiti writers and nightlife icons all take turns adding their own special sauce to the song, turning "Barbra Streisand" into one of this year's must-rewind clips.
It is a catchy tune, no?
October 11, 2010
Barbra's Next Album?
Alan Bergman—half of lyric-writing team Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and friend of Barbra Streisand—recently told the Toronto Star that Streisand's “next CD is a tribute to us and she wants to sing songs that she’s never sang of ours. She’s recorded over 50 songs of ours, but there are many that she hasn’t done and she’s picked several and we’ve written three or four new ones for her.”
Exciting news! The Bergmans have written so many amazing lyrics. We're bound to get more Legrand/Bergman songs from Streisand. Imagine Barbra covering, for example:
- I Was Born in Love with You (Legrand, from Wuthering Heights)
- Make Me Rainbows (John Williams, from Fitzwilly)
- Once You've Been in Love (Legrand—Streisand recorded this in the 1970s but didn't release it ... gorgeous!)
- So Many Stars (Sergio Mendes)
- The Windmills of Your mind (Legrand)
- I'll Never Say Goodbye (The Promise)
- Something New in My Life (gorgeous!)
- Fifty Percent from “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom”—the Bergmans are reportedly working on a remounting of the show with Tyne Daly. Maybe Barbra would record this amazing “11 o'clock number” from the show!?
October 7, 2010
Streisand's Design Book: Deluxe Edition
I have just confirmed that Barbra Streisand's signature on the Deluxe Edition of My Passion For Design will be hand-signed—not a reproduction or pre-printed signature, as many fans have emailed me about. Yeah!
Amazon.com has the pre-order link for the Deluxe Edition of My Passion For Design.
As usual, your orders through Amazon help support my work here at Barbra Archives.
September 30, 2010
New Fockers Art
Little Fockers, due this Christmas in movie theaters, has had a new poster released and the website updated, too.
Rare Recording Auction
Sources tell me the rare Barbra Streisand recording demo did not sell at last Friday's auction at Guernsey's.
On September 19th on the Today Show, a rep from Guernsey's auction house played a short excerpt of Barbra Streisand singing “Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking” from a rare demo that is being auctioned tonight.
The rare acetate up for auction contains Streisand singing two songs: “Have I Stayed Too Long at the Fair” and Cole Porter’s “Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking”.
Streisand and Brolin at CGI
Barbra Streisand listens with husband James Brolin during a plenary session on empowering girls and women during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York September 21, 2010.
September 20, 2010
Streisand Attends Dinner For Women
(L-R) Deborra-Lee Jackman, Donna Karan, Barbra Streisand and Glenda Bailey attended the 5th annual Important Dinner for Women hosted by HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Wendi Murdoch and Indra Nooyi. The event was held to achieve the millennium development goal for girls and woman. It was held at the Mandarin Oriental, New York on September 20, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman)
Streisand at Clinton Global Initiative This Week
Look for news and photos about Barbra Streisand and James Brolin attending the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative this week.
It's being held at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City, September 20-23, 2010.
Update on Allison Waldman & The Nothing's Impossible Project
Allison J. Waldman, author of “The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook” is battling cancer. Please support Allison's fight by contributing to The Nothing's Impossible Project.
[Kudos to Michael Roman of the Simply Streisand Forum for posting and contributing to Allison's battle!]
All About Barbra New Final Cover
All About Barbra's final printed issue is due out next week. Here is the newly-designed cover.
September 18, 2010
Barbra Wraps Fockers Filming
Barbra Archives hears that Streisand has wrapped her additional scenes for Little Fockers this week. The sequel to Meet the Fockers will be in movie theaters this Christmas.
September 16, 2010
About that Deluxe Edition of the Book
Reliable sources inform Barbra Archives that:
The long-awaited first book from Barbra Streisand will also available as a special deluxe edition in a limited print run of 500 copies. Each numbered and signed copy of this illustrated personal tour of the great star’s homes and collections comes individually boxed and with a DVD, making My Passion for Design Special Edition the ultimate collector’s item for the true Streisand fan.
- Hardcover book in individual cloth-covered box
- Signed and numbered
- Includes a DVD tour with narration by Ms. Streisand
- $500.00 ($550.00 CAN)
- ISBN 978-0-670-02286-1
- On sale 11/24/2010
I also understand that the regular, $60-priced book will NOT include the DVD.
Josh Brolin Talks Streisand
Josh Brolin—currently starring in the movie You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger—recently spoke with Playboy magazine. He talked about many subjects, including Barbra Streisand—who is married to his father, Jim Brolin.
Josh Brolin said:
"The fact that he got together with her and found this solace is such a coup and so wonderful. The guy was so frigging unhappy and lonely. She's always like, 'Come over. We'll have cake or cocktails or soup or ice cream.' I love her and I love what they've created together. I say thank God for her. I grew up with country and western, not her music, so I think she loved it when I said, 'So you're a singer, huh?' When she invited me to her first concert in more than 20 years and she opened her mouth, it was unearthly, from a different galaxy, like Billie Holiday, like Sarah Vaughan."
September 15, 2010
Barbra Fête Marty Erlichman
Barbra Streisand's tireless and dedicated manager, Marty Erlichman, celebrated his birthday Saturday night, Sept. 11th at a party thrown by Streisand herself. Broadway World has the complete story about it:
On Saturday night, September 11, 2010 Barbra Streisand hosted a party at her Malibu home to celebrate the birthday of her long-time manager, Marty Erlichman and the pair's 50 years of working together.
Originally scheduled to take place last year for Erlichman's 80th Birthday, the party was delayed when the two got busy with Streisand's top of the charts release of Love is the Answer and her performance at New York's Village Vanguard and was instead celebrated the night before his 81st birthday.
The guest list was hand-picked by Erlichman and visitors also were able to see first-hand the design of Barbra's "New American Barn" which will be seen later this year in her upcoming book 'My Passion for Design'.
Streisand and Erlichman will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next year---Erlichman having discovered the unknown singer "with funny clothes and a voice for the ages" at the Bon Soir in the Village, where she was the opening act for the legendary Phyllis Diller.
Diller, who made a rare appearance at the Erlichman party, said, "Barbra and I worked for gangsters at that club, but I knew right away she would make it big."
Streisand presented Erlichman with a hybrid Mercedes for his birthday, admitting "he's really turning 81, but we were both too busy with the Village Vanguard last year, but at this point, who's counting?"
She then sang the classic torch song "The Very Thought of You" to Erlichman, which he "always wanted me to record, but I just never did."
As a surprise, composer Marvin Hamlisch then accompanied her on "The Way We Were," with special lyrics by the song's lyricists, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Among the lines was a reference to the fact that Erlichman's first "office" was a phone booth on 53rd and 7th Ave, when a local call cost ten cents:
With your dwindling role o'dimes,
Making deals and making phone calls,
You knew that there'd be better times!
You booked and then you,
Would check the venue
I only checked the menu
That's the way we were!"
Among the show business royalty at the party were Barbra's first agent, Irvin Arthur, who booked the original Bon Soir gig; Don Rickles, who insulted everyone at the event; Michael Eisner, under whose reign at Disney Erlichman produced the "Ernest" films and managed the "Where's Waldo" franchises; former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, George Foreman, who was formerly managed by Erlichman; Clive Davis, who was an attorney at Columbia Records when Streisand signed there in 1962; New York promoter, Ron Delsener, who promoted Streisand's classic Central Park concert in 1967; longtime Columbia Records President, Walter Yetnikoff, who told of how impossible it was negotiating with Erlichman; and Michael Cohl, promoter of Streisand's last two tours (and producer of the upcoming SPIDER-MAN on Broadway).
Erlichman commented: "What an evening. There are 5 lawyers, 3 agents, 3 promoters, and no doctors." Also attending were Erlichman's wife Miko along with their son, JJ.
Erlichman, clearly overwhelmed with emotion addressed the one hundred guests and said, "You know I still love it... I wake up every morning and attack each day."
Martin Erlichman is best known for discovering Barbra Streisand and managing her career for over 40 years.
Unique among his peers, Mr. Erlichman has produced award-winning and record-setting motion pictures, concerts, record albums, as well as network and cable television programs. As manager for Ms. Streisand, he has negotiated all of her numerous recording, theater, motion picture, television, merchandise/licensing and live concert contracts.
He has been the Executive Producer of all Ms. Streisand's television specials and the producer on one of her films, FOR PETE'S SAKE. His other producer film credits include the highly successful COMA, starring Michael Douglas, and BREATHLESS, starring Richard Gere. He also served as the manager for the "ERNEST" franchise for Walt Disney Studios and represented the "WHERE'S WALDO?" franchise and negotiated deals for this character in books, television and movies.
In addition to having received Emmy, Cable and Grammy nominations, Mr. Erlichman has won both an Emmy and a Peabody award as Executive Producer for "Barbra Streisand: THE CONCERT."
Happy Birthday, Marty! Thanks for all you do!!
Rare First Recording For Auction
On September 24th at 7pm, Guernsey's auction house will put an original 1961 recording acetate by Barbra Streisand up for bidding during its Iconic Auction, which will preview to bidders in New York City on Thursday, September 23 (2pm - 8pm) and Friday, September 24 (from 10am - 7pm).
In 1962, Ms. Streisand began pursuing a recording contract and made a demo record, pressing ten copies. It was cut at Fine Recording, a little audio studio on West 57th Street in New York City, which has long been out of business. The demos were sent to the major record companies of the time: Decca, RCA Victor, MGM, and Columbia Records. She gave one demo to the consignor, and it was kept in a vault for almost half a century.
The acetate contains Streisand singing two songs: “Have I Stayed Too Long at the Fair” and Cole Porter’s “Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking”.
Patti Lupone Kvetches About Streisand
Patti Lupone's new showbiz book, Patti Lupone: A Memoir, has an interesting section about Barbra Streisand recording songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard musical, which Lupone was starring in on the London stage.
Now Barbra had been given the chance to cherry-pick the best of the score, and put her imprint on the songs that I should have been originating before I was even in rehearsal ... Certainly, under these circumstances I felt insulted, devalued...but I'm not sure that mattered to Andrew in the slightest. Having Barbra record these two songs was part of the global hype to promote the greater glory of SUNSET BOULEVARD.
More interesting—and perhaps inaccurate—was Lupone's writing about Evita (another Andrew Lloyd Webber role she originated) and the big song from its score, “Don't Cry For Me Argentina.” Lupone wrote:
Again? That's exactly what happened when Andrew let Barbra sing "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" before we opened EVITA on our pre-Broadway tour. When I was cast as Evita, one of my first tasks was recording "Don't Cry For Me Argentina." It was never released. I never knew why, except I found it odd that Barbra recorded it as well, and her recording was out there for all to hear. Was I mad at Barbra? No. I was mad at Andrew.
Huh? Unless Streisand's version of “Argentina” is buried in the Columbia vaults, Ms. Lupone is incorrect. A Streisand version of the song was certainly never released “for all to hear.”
For the record, Streisand told writer George Anderson in 1991: “That's what I hate about the press. These stories get out and they feed on themselves. I never wanted to do Evita. The producers took me to see it and I hated the show. Still those reports continued, that I was going to do the movie. Stop using me to sell the show, I told the producers. I don't even like the song ‘Don't Cry for Me, Argentina’ and I won't sing it.”
September 10, 2010
First Fockers Coming to Blu-Ray
Universal Home Video will release MEET THE FOCKERS on Blu-ray this November 30.
Bloopers • Inside The Litter Box: Behind-The-Scenes With Jinx The Cat • The Manary Gland • Fockers' Family Portrait • The Adventures Of A Baby Wrangler • Matt Lauer Meets The Fockers • Feature Commentary With Director Jay Roach and Editor/Co-Producer Jon Poll • Pocket BLU • Social BLU
SONY SETS STREISAND “ULTIMATE COLLECTION” CD FOR INTERNATIONAL RELEASE OCTOBER 25
Sony will release “Barbra – The Ultimate Collection” for European release October 25.
The new CD will comprise 18 of Streisand’s greatest recordings. The selections are drawn from hits that over half a century have become classics transcending all borders.
[Streisand fans, please note: Sony is most likely targeting the Holiday shoppers with this previously-released-tracks CD ... it's not meant for die-hard fans who already own everything she's recorded!]
- Woman In Love
- The Way We Were
- You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
- No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
- Don’t Rain On My Parade
- Papa, Can you Hear Me?
- As If We Never Said Goodbye
- Tell Him
- Stranger In A Strange Land
- I’ve Dreamed Of You
- Send In The Clowns
- In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
There is also a Deluxe Edition which is presented in a beautiful gifting clamshell box complete with 4 beautifully designed images (postcards) of Barbra Streisand.
One Night Only is Certified by RIAA
Columbia Records announced via Twitter that One Night Only: Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard DVD/CD set has been certified Gold and Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Barbra Honored by Barbara
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer hosted her latest "Women Making History" event to honor three very special women — Dianne Feinstein, Antonia Hernandez, and Barbra Streisand. Here are a couple of photos of Streisand at the event.
august 24, 2010
Preview: “My Passion For Design”
Here's a fantastic preview of photos from Streisand's upcoming book about design, thanks to Paul Murray, who got them from the blad (pre-publication sales material) that the publishers released recently. (thanks Paul!)
My Passion For Design, from Viking, is a hardcover book, 9 x 11-7/8 inches, approx. 288 pages with 350 photographs and drawings.
It's due out in stores on November 16th. You can pre-order it at Amazon.com. Your orders using my link help support this site. Thank you.
New “Focker” Scenes To Be Filmed (with BJS & Hoffman) in September
Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood is reporting:
I've confirmed that those pickup shots which I first reported that Universal has scheduled for September on Little Fockers are now more than half a dozen full-blown scenes, including 4 with Dustin Hoffman [...] Hoffman will star in some pivotal scenes opposite Barbra Streisand, and then in a big scene at the end of the movie involving all the major characters. Other pickup scenes focus on Ben Stiller and the kids.
Barbara Honors Barbra
This Thursday in Los Angeles, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer is hosting her latest "Women Making History" event to honor three very special women — Dianne Feinstein, Antonia Hernandez, and Barbra Streisand. Boxer sent emails to her supporters saying, “The event has nearly sold out, but I've reserved two of the remaining tickets for a special online contest to give away to friends like you.”
Barbra & A Little Focker
Here's a behind-the-scenes photograph of Streisand in her Roz Focker costume with little Colin Baiocchi who plays Henry Focker, son of Gaylord Focker in Little Fockers, due in theaters this Christmas.
“All About Barbra” Mag Update
From editor Lynne Pounder:
If you wish to order the final 'printed' issue of “All About Barbra”—please try to order before Sept 1st. This will be a limited print run. It is a collector's issue and if you order now you'll be sure of a copy.
Features: The Book Expo / Prince of Tides / 27 years of publishing All About Barbra / The Village Vanguard / The next step in publishing the magazine! And lots more!
The LAST 'printed' issue of the magazine due to ship mid-September! Please order at www.allaboutbarbra.com.
August 18, 2010
International Fockers Trailer
The International Little Fockers trailer is up ...
Looks like Barbra has a scene with Owen Wilson!
“Mother's Curse” Update
Hollywood news website TheWrap has posted an email about Paramount Studio's development slate.
Under the heading “Priorities/On Deck,” is My Mother's Curse:
Finishing up Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand deals. Anne Fletcher directing. Aiming for November start date.
Grammys 2011 and 24
Although Grammy Award nominations won't be announced until December 1st, Streisand fans are hoping that Barbra will receive one for her #1 album, Love is the Answer, which was released in 2009 (and did not qualify for the 2010 Grammy Awards, which is why 2011 could be a big Grammy year for Streisand!).
So here's some dates to add to your Streisand calendar:
The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night will air live on the CBS Television Network on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 10–11 p.m. ET/PT, and set the stage for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. The one-hour special will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees.
The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be presented at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, airing live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
So what's the big deal about Barbra and another Grammy nomination? Doesn't she have several wins already?
Well, most Streisand fans know about Barbra's affinity with the number 24. In fact, way back in 1987—when Streisand won a Grammy for The Broadway Album—she told the audience her lucky number was 24:
Maybe because I was born on the 24th, I had my son when I was 24, and it was 24 years ago that I took home my first Grammy in the same category. So, with your continued support and a little bit of luck, I might just see you again 24 years from tonight.”
2011 would be an amazing win for Streisand and Grammy ... It was May 12, 1964 when Barbra won a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance for The Barbra Streisand Album; Streisand won again for The Broadway Album at the February 24, 1987 Grammy Awards—almost 24 years later; and the February 2011 Grammy Awards ceremony will be almost another 24 year gap between wins!
Here's Barbra's 1987 Grammy win in which she talks about the number 24 ...
Here's a full-length shot of the photo from Entertainment Weekly ... Barbra looks cute!
August 13, 2010
The newest issue of Entertainment Weekly features the second official photo of Barbra Streisand as Roz Focker in Little Fockers, which is due in theaters this December 22nd.
EW says the movie “centers on a Focker family gathering: a birthday party for the 5-year-old twins of Greg and his wife, Pam (Teri Polo). Greg is struggling with parenthood, while De Niro's retired CIA agent wrestles with his own late-life crisis.”
Here's hoping that the film gets Dustin Hoffman back and that those re-shoots, rumored to be filmed in September, will involve Barbra!
Thanks, Tigh, for the scan!
Streisand Working on Video for Design Book
UPDATED 7:07 PM EDT:
James Brolin told Entertainment Tonight about a new addition to Streisand's design book that comes out in November. He said that Barbra has decided to do “a video documentary that slips inside the book and she's color correcting and editing tonight.”
I got to see some of the video they filmed of Streisand's house when I was in the live audience for the Oprah show back in 2009. They cut that part of the show from the broadcast, but there's some amazing footage!
About That “Clear Day” Off-Broadway Re-Write
I'm a huge On A Clear Day fan. If you haven't already, check out my many pages all about Barbra's 1970 screen version of the musical and the scenes which were cut from it.
So it's no surprise that I've been following the news about the recent staging of Clear Day at Vassar College. Director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening and American Idiot) wants to mount a new version of the show Off-Broadway in 2011. And he's secured permission from the estate of Alan Jay Lerner to rework the show's book with new writer Peter Parnell.
Over at Sal's most excellent Streisand site, BarbraTimeless, he's posted a synopsis of exactly HOW they've re-worked the show and—frankly—it sounds BRILLIANT!
Here's a snippet:
Dr. Mark Bruckner, a psychiatrist, is no longer treating a neurotic chain-smoking woman named Daisy Gamble. This time, his patient is David Gamble, a gay man who works in a Greenwich Village flower shop (he sings “Hurry! It’s Lovely Up Here”). Under hypnosis (an effort to curb his smoking), it is revealed that his past life was as Melinda Wells, a 1940s jazz singer.
Dr. Bruckner, struggling with the death of his wife, falls in love with Melinda through his sessions with David.
David is confused by Dr. Bruckner’s attention, and it causes tension in David’s relationship with his boyfriend Warren. David sings all of the songs that were assigned to Daisy in the original (including “What Do I Have That I Don’t Have”) plus “Go to Sleep” from the film version.
The musical is set in Nixon-era America, 30 years after Melinda’s World War II-era heyday. David is 30 years old. ESP and magic powers (such as Daisy’s ability to make flowers grow before your eyes) are no longer prominent in the plot, though “Come Back to Me” is a psychic attempt (by both Dr. Bruckner and Warren) to reach an absent David.
August 11, 2010
Murphy Confirms “Heart”
Ryan Murphy, walking the red carpet for the premiere of Eat, Love, Pray (his latest movie with Julia Roberts) told MTV News:
"I'm directing [The Normal Heart] from Larry Kramer's beautiful script and we're going to shoot that in June of next year ... I think it's an important story and I think Mark Ruffalo is just beyond brilliant so I'm very excited to be directing him."
August 6, 2010
Streisand Attends Cedars-Sinai Benefit
Streisand attended the benefit August 5th. Details below from the L.A. Times:
Bloomingdale's opened in Santa Monica with a chic soiree Wednesday night to benefit the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute’s Women’s Heart Center [ ... ]
The event drew an eclectic crowd — including Barbra Streisand and James Brolin— and it’s not often you can say you've seen Rock & Republic co-founder Michael Ball out of one eye, and Diane Keaton out of the other. Dinner kicked off with remarks from Bloomingdale's Chairman Michael Gould and Streisand who served as the honorary event chair.
“They are going to have coffee yogurt here, my fave,” Streisand said, referring to the Forty Carrots Cafe on the store’s second level, before moving on to the more serious topic at hand. “Five hundred thousand women in the U.S. die every year of heart disease. That’s more than die from all cancers combined,” she said, making a pitch for the Women’s Heart Center. “If properly funded, this center can save lives of women around the world. Heart disease is not just a man’s disease anymore.”
She introduced Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, the Center’s cirector, who spoke of the groundbreaking research being done at her institution and others, spotlighting University of Minnesota researcher Dr. Doris Taylor, who found that female stem cells alone, not male, can grow a human heart in a petri dish.
“The biggest challenge with growing a heart is that the cells need to be given some direction," she said. "And male stem cells tend to get lost." After a ripple of laughter moved through the crowd, Merz followed up with an important point.
“So in all likelihood gentlemen, when you need a new organ, or a stem cell, it will come from a woman,” she said.
August 5, 2010
Aniston/Streisand ... Bazaar
Streisand posted her reaction to Jennifer Aniston's photo homage on her official site today:
I was very flattered that Jennifer Aniston chose to interpret my style with the photos in Harper's Bazaar. She's a delightful person, and I think she did a wonderful job. If only she had a bump on her nose.
Jennifer Aniston pays homage to the legendary Barbra Streisand—and proves that everyone loves a funny girl, in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar, on newsstands August 17.
The photo shoot captures Aniston as she strikes classic Streisand poses, illustrating iconic scenes from Funny Girl, What’s Up, Doc?, and more. In the interview, Aniston opens up about being in the spotlight, finding humor in anything, and her career plans. Jennifer stars in the upcoming comedy The Switch, opposite Jason Bateman, Horrible Bosses, featuring Colin Farrell, and Just Go with It with Adam Sandler and Nicole Kidman.
Photo credits: Mark Seliger for Harper's Bazaar.
On being a funny girl: “People laugh at me. Sometimes I know why, and sometimes I don’t. But I can pretty much find humor in anything. That is a necessary part of life. I don’t want to say laughter is healing, because it sounds corny, but it’s a release.”
On what she’s learned from Barbra Streisand: “You don’t have to stop at one thing. You can do it all if you want to.”
On being in the spotlight: “[Barbra and I] are people who have been put in the spotlight, for better or for worse, and you just keep riding, and you keep overcoming.”
On looking up to Streisand: “Barbra inspires me because there isn’t anything she hasn’t done that she wanted to do, especially as a female in the time when her generation was prime. She’s a true renaissance woman. . . I had a long conversation with Barbra about directing because I directed a short a couple years ago, and if I don’t do it again soon, I’m going to burst out of my skin. And we also love interior design."
Check out the photos on the Bazaar website!
Editor Lynne Pounder has issued an update about All About Barbra magazine (published in the UK since 1983):
The final ‘Printed’ issue of ALL ABOUT BARBRA is up for order. It marks the end of 27 years of physical publishing of the magazine! It’s a collector’s edition – make sure you secure a copy of this limited print run – visit www.allaboutbarbra.com to order yours today! What happens next? All will be revealed in this issue. Plus, as usual it will be packed with all things Barbra, including all the latest news/pictures and a reflective look at the magazine.
August 5, 2010
More “Fockers” Rumors
New York Magazine is reporting:
Well-placed Universal and agency sources both say that the studio is exploring an unexpected option to fix its troubled Meet the Parents sequel Little Fockers — it’s looking into whether Dustin Hoffman might consider a last-minute reprise of his role as Bernie Focker in an effort to funny-up the comedy, which has already wrapped production.
We’d been hearing as much even before Deadline Hollywood moved a story earlier this week in which unnamed Universal sources acknowledged that, while the movie had had its problems, only “pick up” shots — the small, relatively easy tweaks filmed after the close of principal photography to augment scenes already in the can — were needed; there would be no reshooting entire scenes; it would be “fixed in post,” as the saying goes.
Now Vulture hears that there’s a chance that Little Fockers may actually go back into production: Talks are well under way to see if Hoffman would be willing to return to shoot new scenes, but are a bit complicated by the fact that he’s starring in David Milch and Michael Mann’s new HBO series Luck, an organized-crime drama set in the world of horse-racing.
Streisand named 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year
Barbra Streisand, actress/singer/director/writer/composer/
producer/designer/author/activist and eight-time GRAMMY® winner (as well as GRAMMY Legend and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient), will be honored as the 2011 MusiCares® Person of the Year at its 21st annual benefit gala, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation® and The Recording Academy®, and Paul Caine, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board. Proceeds from the dinner and concert honoring Streisand — to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, two days prior to the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards — will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
The legendary artist is being honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of her renowned creative accomplishments as well as her philanthropic work, which has included an extraordinary range of charitable activities over the years.
"Barbra Streisand is a genuine Renaissance woman, someone for whom artistry and philanthropy go hand in hand," said Portnow. "The enormous talent, passion and dedication she brings to her creative projects — whether film, television or music — are matched by the generosity and commitment she devotes to her charitable causes. It is fitting to celebrate the incredible legacy of Barbra at our 21st Annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute."
"Barbra is synonymous with artistic excellence," said Caine. "What is truly remarkable is that an artist of her stature also gives back with such open arms. As part of her wide philanthropy, over $21 million was directed to causes she supports from her two most recent concert tours."
"For me, being able to create is both a gift and a responsibility, and I have seen firsthand the power of philanthropy to make the world a safer, healthier and more peaceful place," said Streisand. "It is an honor to be recognized as the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for the work they do to create a lifeline of resources — whether it's emergency financial assistance or access to addiction recovery resources — for music people in times of need."
The 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a star-studded tribute concert. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.com.
For information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, please contact Dana Tomarken at MusiCares, 310.392.3777.
August 3, 2010
“Doc” Blu-Ray Review
Craig at BarbraNews has an early review of the What's Up, Doc? Blu-Ray disc which is being released next week.
Trouble in FockerLand?
This report on the status of Little Fockers is from Nikki Finke over at Deadline Hollywood:
Watching the sausage being made when it comes to major studio laughers isn't pretty. So here's a very typical example. Ever since shooting began on the threequel in the lucrative franchise, Universal has been trying to figure out how to improve its Little Fockers. At one point, replacing director Paul Weitz with producer-writer John Hamburg was contemplated early on and then rejected after Hamburg visited the set one weekend. That's because everyone realized what a DGA mess this would result in. Plus, Adam Fogelson had just taken over as chairman and didn't want to throw the already traumatized studio into a worse funk. So the decision was made to fix the movie in post. For about 4 to 5 weeks now, Weitz, Hamburg, Jay Roach, and Ben Stiller have been going through the footage. The good news is that they just decided that re-shoots aren't needed. The not-so-good news is that they think a week of pickups with all the principal cast in September is required. Fortunately for the studio, the film is "dramatically under budget", according to an insider. But even so it's still a $100M film as contemplated. "The last research screening on June 8th in Sherman Oaks scored great. 54% excellent, 85% total favorable, 73% definitely recommend. But it can be even better after working on it," a studio exec told me diplomatically. Oh, puh-leeze. Considering that Meet The Parents was a comedic classic, but its sequel Meet The Fockers was so godawful, I can only imagine how lousy Little Fockers must be at this point in the process before its December release.
August 2, 2010
Barbra @ Amazon
Barbra fans ... Cherry Lane Music has published the Piano-Vocal-Guitar sheet music folio from Love is the Answer. This folio features notes on the production, color photos, and 13 beloved romantic standards: Gentle Rain * Here's That Rainy Day * Here's to Life * If You Go Away * In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning * Love Dance * Make Someone Happy * Smoke Gets in Your Eyes * Some Other Time * Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most * A Time for Love * Where Do You Start? * You Must Believe in Spring.
Also .... What's Up Doc? is out on Blu-Ray disc on Aug. 10th.
I've been adding more singles to the STREISAND SINGLES section. Check out the new pages:
- People / I Am Woman (1964)
- He Touched Me / I Like Him (1965)
- Where Am I Going? / You Wanna Bet (1966)
- Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long / The Minute Waltz (1966)
- Guilty / Life Story (1980)
- In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (2009)
July 20, 2010
“Mother's Curse” with Streisand & Rogen
The Playlist blog is reporting that the newest issue of Production Weekly (the entertainment industry's comprehensive breakdown of projects in pre-production, preparation, and active development for film and television) has info on “My Mother's Curse”— a roadtrip comedy about a son and his mother written by Dan Fogelman.
Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen have been offered roles in the comedy "My Mother's Curse." The film is the rather heartwarming-sounding tale of an inventor who embarks on a road trip with his mother with a secret plan to reunite her with a long lost love.
[...] Streisand and Rogen are being offered the roles of mother and son, Joyce and Andy Brewster. The film has a script from Dan Fogelman ("Cars," "Crazy, Stupid, Love") and, less promisingly, has Anne Fletcher ("27 Dresses," "The Proposal") in the director's chair.
Again, these are just offers and both, one or neither of them may sign on. But the teaming of Streisand and Rogen could potentially be kind of great, so we'll be watching to see how this plays out.
Barbra Archives obtained a copy of a 2007 draft of the script and LOVED it! Even in the 3-year old version I read, there are Streisand-isms in the script already (Joyce doesn't have pierced ears, for example). One can only imagine what the script would be like now, having undergone rewrites. It's a very sweet and funny story and a fantastic role for Streisand. I even got a little teary-eyed when I read the ending.
Let's hope this one happens! Please note the fine print above: At this stage, only OFFERS have been made. However ... it looks like slow progress has been made.
More Pages Added
Check out these recent pages added to Barbra-Archives:
- Streisand accepts Samuel Goldwyn Award from San Francisco Mayor Alioto (1968)
- Fascinating story about Streisand's accuracy and technical adviser for Yentl
- Two Divas Meet: Opera star Renata Tebaldi and Streisand (1965-66)
July 17, 2010
James Brolin Talks Barbra
James Brolin has been making the rounds on all the media shows publicizing the movie he Executive Produced, Standing Ovation. Of course, a lot of the time the hosts steer the conversation to his wife, Barbra Streisand.
On the Today Show:
Jim: She was the best audience. I took her to the premiere in Los Angeles Saturday and she laughed ... she got all the jokes, all the things I thought some people would get, some people won't .... She's been so busy with this book that's coming out of hers. She had two photographers doing a lot of work on the book and then she ended up throwing all those away and becoming a photographer herself ... She was down to color correction ...
On the Joy Behar Show:
Joy: Laura Ingraham, who was on the show (The View), sitting on the panel, she wrote a book called Shut Up And Sing where she attacked your wife. You realize that?
Jim: Uh, I think my wife said something once. She said that's the girl that ...
Joy: Barbra Streisand and the Dixie Chicks were the targets of that book
Jim: I wish I could remember what the problem was that was kind of an untruth. She was not well-informed ... But I see it about my wife all the time. Somehow, you know, they just ... And it's usually women who like to get her.
Jim: She's always critical. "Why did you do that?" And because she's a perfectionist. She's always rubbing it in. Everybody fights her and then they get an award later and they go, Oh, I guess she was right.
On The View:
Jim: We eat almost everything out of what we grow in our garden ...
(the ladies asked Jim if Barbra sings in the shower...)
Jim: Never! You know when she sings is on the way to a recording session. She'll say, “I've got 45 minutes to learn this album!” And she has a disc she puts in and she goes "Ahh-ahhh-ahhh-ahhh" ...
July 16, 2010
Barbra Fandom Updates
First, Mark Iskowitz has alerted Streisand fans that he is closing his amazing Streisand fan site, The Barbra Streisand Music Guide.
Mark said that “after much careful consideration and prioritizing, I plan to close my web sites at BJSMUSIC.COM on July 25th. On or shortly after that date, you will no longer be able to access The Barbra Streisand Music Guide, The Barbra Streisand FAQ, and Yentl: 15 Years.”
BJSMUSIC.COM was a passion of Mark's. It was the first major site all about Barbra Streisand (it went online in 1996) and Mark definitely set the bar high with his attention to detail and focus on the truth.
I have met, hung out, and still correspond with Mark and I completely understand how much attention and time maintaining a Streisand fan site takes!
So ... L'chei-im! to Mark and The Barbra Streisand Music Guide! Thanks for all you've done over the years.
Since Barbra is busy writing her book and not much has been going on in Streisand-Land, I've been doing small updates and additions to this site before my summer gets real busy (I'll be unavailable to make updates on the site during the last week of July and late-August to early-September). Check out these newly added/updated pages here at Barbra-Archives:
- Streisand Singles—I've been slowly but surely adding Streisand's 45rpm (or 7-inch) singles to the RECORDS section. Oy! All the scanning! Still, it's coming together. Check out what I've put up so far here >>
- Sitemap—I've just updated the sitemap for Barbra-Archives, which gives you a list of EVERY page on the site. It's a differently-organized way of browsing Barbra Archives. Check it out here >>
- New Magazines: Check out these newly added Streisand articles and interviews:
Just to update everybody on Ms. Streisand's professional schedule ... Look for Barbra's design book in November 2010 ... Barbra has a few scenes in Little Fockers, due out in theaters December 2010 ... Beyond the horizon, Streisand will most likely record a new album (Bergman songs?), and Columbia Records is planning a big to-do for Streisand's 50th Anniversary with them (some rarities CDs!) ... It's also possible Barbra will be behind or in front of the camera and make another movie—no firm details on that yet, though.
July 13, 2010
Two More Pics from Aspen
Here are two more photos of Ms. Streisand at the Aspen Ideas Festival on July 8th.
July 11, 2010
Brolin & Streisand at Another Premiere
Barbra is certainly out-and-about lately! Here are Barbra and husband James Brolin at the July 10th premiere of Standing Ovation at Universal AMC CityWalk Stadium 19 Cinemas in Universal City, California.
July 7, 2010
Barbra is California Hall of Fame Inductee
from the press release:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver today released the names of the 2010 inductees to The California Museum's California Hall of Fame. In its fifth year, the California Hall of Fame has continued the tradition of honoring legendary people who embody California's innovative spirit and have made their mark on history.
The 2010 California Hall of Fame inductees are: Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, film-maker James Cameron, Silicon Valley visionary investor John Doerr, father of modern banking A.P. Giannini, country music legend Merle Haggard, author and activist Anne Lamott, former Secretary of State George Shultz, historian Dr. Kevin Starr, businessman and philanthropist Levi Strauss, screen and music icon Barbra Streisand, artist Wayne Thiebaud, comedienne Betty White, tennis champion Serena Williams, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The 2010 inductees join 51 California Hall of Fame inductees who have made great achievements in science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, literature, fitness, technology, activism and politics. The California Hall of Fame highlights the broad range of California interests by honoring trailblazers who have broken barriers in not just one field or talent, but have impacted the world with their overall courage, determination and creativity.
“The California Hall of Fame is a great way to honor amazing Californians whose dedication, determination and courage have helped shape this state,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “What they have accomplished reminds us all that we live in the greatest state, one of opportunity and prosperity. They make me proud to call California home, and proud that they are this year's inductees.”
[...] “California is known for its beauty, diversity and creative community,” said Barbra Streisand. “It's respected for its leadership in scientific research, environmental awareness and regulation. But to me, for most of my adult life, California is simply home. Thank you to the State of California for honoring me as an artist and a citizen.”
Barbra in Aspen
Hope everybody had a wonderful 4th of July weekend (I did!).
I'm back with news that Barbra Streisand and James Brolin were in Aspen attending the Aspen Ideas Festival.
“I don't usually get nervous when I talk,” Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Regina Benjamin confessed to the audience she was speaking to, “but you all are some impressive people. I turned around and saw Barbara Streisand.”
After an economic presentation by Harvard business and history professor Niall Ferguson and real estate billionaire Mort Zuckerman, Streisand's reaction was captured by writer Lloyd Grove: “Depressing, but fantastic,” Streisand said. “So exciting. Wonderful!” [read Grove's article—it's fascinating!]
Streisand and Brolin were also spotted at Aspen's St. Regis Hotel lunching with President Bill Clinton.
More photos of Barbra in Aspen at the Festival:
All About Barbra Blogging
All About Barbra magazine has started a new blog to communicate with Streisand fans. Check it out here.
Bergmans at Barbra Archives + Updates
Just wanted to direct your attention to an older interview that I just posted here on the site. In 2007 I had the good luck to interview Marilyn and Alan Bergman when they were visiting Washington, D.C. (where I live). The interview was published in All About Barbra magazine. Since the Bergmans are such an important part of Streisand's musical legacy, I decided to post it here for all to see, including a complete list of Bergman songs that Barbra has recorded over the years.
Other updates I have added recently to Barbra Archives include:
- Streisand's vocals on Don Johnson's 1989 album
- The Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman CD
- Delilah Radio Show (2003)
- Legrand Radio Show (2003)
July 1, 2010
Happy Anniversary, Barbra & James!
They were married July 1, 1998. Happy 12th Anniversary!
Barbra Not Doing “Normal Heart” ... ??
Actor Mark Ruffalo told MTV News today that his next project is—tentatively—playing Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart— Larry Kramer's play about the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, long-associated with Barbra Streisand as a directing project.
Ruffalo said: “I just signed on tentatively with Ryan Murphy to do The Normal Heart, which is the Larry Kramer play,” Ruffalo told MTV. “It's really beautiful. Larry Kramer did a script adaptation. It's really powerful and strong and beautiful.”
Ryan Murphy is the man behind Glee and the upcoming adaptation of Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts.
This certainly raises the question .... will Streisand be directing? Or is she no longer involved in the project? Fans will recall that Barbra has been dedicated to making the film since the 1990s.
“My Passion For Design” ... Coming Soon!
Barbra's first book, My Passion For Design, is due out in stores on November 16th—about 5 more months to go!
An article in Publishers Weekly described the book:
... [the book] explores the interests in architecture, landscaping, and interior design that inspired Streisand to create her dream refuges on her property on the California coast, near Los Angeles. The homes include a main house, an elegant barn where her art collection is stored, and “Grandma's House.”
My Passion for Design includes 350 full-color photographs and drawings of the interiors of the three buildings, as well as the gardens. Many of the photos were taken by “La Streisand” herself, who, on top of everything else, is an accomplished photographer. In addition to allowing readers inside her homes and her life, Streisand dishes in My Passion for Design about her childhood growing up in a small Brooklyn apartment, the evolution of her sense of style, and what collecting art has come to mean to her...
And here's a link to pre-order the book (with great savings!) at Amazon.com. FYI, everything you buy through links on this site helps support my work here at Barbra-Archives. Thanks!
June 29, 2010
“Little Fockers” Trailer & Official Pic
I was out of town for a long weekend and have just had the chance to post the official photo of Streisand as Roz Focker in the sequel to Meet the Fockers—Little Fockers!
You can also view the trailer here at the official Little Fockers site. (Looks like Roz has her own television or radio show in the sequel!)
Barbra, by the way, looks amazing in these early shots!
Streisand at Stone Screening
Barbra Streisand attended a private screening of Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border at CAA on June 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Pictured above: Brolin, Stone, Streisand, and actor Benicio Del Toro.
June 23, 2010
“Little Fockers” Spoilers!!
JoBlo.com has a review of the new Little Fockers movie, sequel to Meet the Fockers, which is due out in theaters in December. It was screened this week.
According to someone who's seen the film:
Barbra Streisand reprises her role as Greg's mom Roz, and she is totally underused; she pops up three times in the movie and says nothing remotely funny.
The trailer for the movie should be online soon. Barbra Archives will link to it when it's up!
June 18, 2010
Family Affair at Brolin Premiere
Last night Barbra Streisand and husband James Brolin attended the ArcLight Cinema premiere of Josh Brolin's new movie Jonah Hex.
Josh Brolin and Megan Fox play the main roles in the film, which was directed by Jimmy Hayward. Taylor Hackford escorted his wife, Dame Helen Mirren, to the premiere. Also attending were Brolin's wife Diane Lane, John Malkovich and Wes Bentley (who are both in the movie).
Update from “All About Barbra Streisand” Magazine
Here is a note from All About Barbra magazine editor Lynne Pounder:
All About Barbra may live on yet—another opportunity has presented itself and we are busy working out the details—when all is ready to go we will be sending out EMAIL ALERTS. In order to get this, please visit www.allaboutbarbra.com and register for updates (its free!) All we can reveal for now is that the magazine service will be free! Please register for updates today!! Back Issues and recent released issues remain in stock — but hurry if you wish to order any!
All About Barbra Magazine
June 10, 2010
Here's some Streisand-related links to check out ....
- “Funny Girl” stage show revival Broadway-bound for 2012 >>
- BarbraTimeless.com's page about the Funny Girl revival >>
- Streisand posts about oil spill >>
- Barbra Memories posts “Funny Girl” film locations + Streisand @ BEA >>
- That rare [unaired] performance of “Evergreen” from Oprah 2009 >>
June 4, 2010
Note from “All About Barbra” Magazine
Here's a note from Lynne Pounder at All About Barbra magazine ...
THANK YOU AND GOODBYE
It is with much regret I have to inform everyone that as of this moment, I have been forced to make a terrible decision and unfortunately will no longer be publishing ALL ABOUT BARBRA.
Circumstances are moving out of my control and I feel this decision cannot be put off any longer. We are all very saddened by this turn of events.
It has been a great 27 years and we hope we have left a 'printed' compliment to one of the finest artists the entertainment world has known.
Back issues remain available to order, but please hurry. All orders placed thus far WILL be mailed out of course - do not worry on that score. Newer issues, 1 & 2 remain in stock too.
Register for further information/updates at the web page www.allaboutbarbra.com as we hope to print one final issue, in the future, to say thanks and good bye. But for now, we all need a little time.
Thanks for all your fabulous support!
Lynne and everyone at ALL ABOUT BARBRA
Sad news from Lynne! I have enjoyed ALL ABOUT BARBRA magazine for over 20 years (it started publishing around the time YENTL was released).
In the last six years Lynne asked me to start writing for the magazine, and I was thrilled and delighted to have contributed!
I know that the cost of producing the magazine was exhorbitant ... and the world is so web-based now. In any case, ALL ABOUT BARBRA (with great graphic design by Steven Baxter!) is still collectible and (unlike the internet) able to be filed on your shelf for future reference ...... at least mine are.
Thanks Lynne & Steve (and all the AAB contributors and writers) for all you did!!
... and please do a final issue.
Barbra Gives LGBT-Themed Interview To Matthew's Place
Streisand recently gave an interview to Matthew's Place, the Matthew Shepard Foundation's website for LGBT and allied young people, which was created by Judy and Dennis Shepard and the Foundation as a way to provide resources to help young people lead healthy, productive, hate-free lives.
Make sure you check out the site, as it's a good cause, too! [website is linked here].
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MP: In our work with young people, we often encounter folks who are consistently bullied in school and don't feel that anyone cares or even acknowledges what they are going through. Have you ever been picked on for something that made you different, and if so, what impact did those experiences have in making you the person you are today?
BS: When I was about 13 years old, I had my own style and kids made fun of me for the makeup I wore and the way I colored my hair. And when I was older and had established a career as a successful actress, I wasn't allowed to live in a particular apartment building in New York because I was either Jewish or in the entertainment industry. It was a horrible feeling. I could finally afford to buy an apartment in New York and I had recommendation letters from the mayor of [New York City] and the governor of [New York], but they still wouldn't let me purchase property in the building. I think those experiences made me sensitive to people who aren't always included in the mainstream. I am always conscious to recognize and empathize with those who have been marginalized, ignored, discriminated against, or bullied for being different. ?
MP: You've had such a remarkable career over many decades in film and music. Have you seen changes over that time period in the role LGBT people play in the entertainment industry, or in their ability to be open about themselves in the workplace?
BS: I think some of the most creative, talented and innovative people in our industry come from the LGBT community. But we do have a long way to go in terms of making it comfortable and safe for gays and lesbians in the industry to be open and honest about who they are. There is still fear that being "out" in Hollywood could compromise an actor's career by affecting the kinds of roles or opportunities he or she is offered. But in acknowledging that reality, I do believe that we are moving forward and starting to break through the stereotypes and stigmas that once really inhibited actors from being true to themselves and having a successful career in the business. I look forward to the day when people are hired because they are the best person for the job and are not excluded from opportunities because of their sexual preference, gender, or ethnicity.
MP: You have been a consistent advocate for equality throughout your career. In our work at the Foundation we are beginning to see a rise in the ally voice among young people. What role do you see their voice playing in the equality movement?
BS: I don't think many people would argue that LGBT equality is the civil rights fight of this generation. Young people today are far more open-minded about the issue than the older generation. The notion that gay people deserve the same rights as heterosexual people in marriage, the military, the workplace, etc., seems to be so obvious, yet the struggle continues. But this generation believes and understands that these rights should be available to all people, not just a privileged few. It's one of the major issues today where young people have found a common voice to rally behind, just as the civil rights movement was a unifying cause for my generation. This push for equality has created a new generation of activists, and I think that's wonderful.
JUne 3, 2010
More Gifts From Streisand
From NY Daily News today:
Sandy Gallin's 70th birthday celebration may never end. We told you about last week's sensational party at Donna Karan's studio. Now, we've learned that gallopin' Gallin invited everyone out east for a Sunday barbecue in Sagaponack. Barbra Streisand, who wowed the crowd a week ago by performing two songs (which she's never done for a private gathering), couldn't make it, so she sent a little gift — two live peacocks. They joined Gallin's private sanctuary, which already includes ducks, swans and cygnets. Among the guests: Matthew Broderick, Bryan Singer, Allen Grubman and Joe Mantello.
June 1, 2010
Barbra Out & About
Hope everybody had a great, relaxing Memorial Day Weekend.
Barbra and her husband attended Joel Silver's Memorial Day Weekend beach party in Malibu — don't you all just love this outfit she's wearing?! Cute!
May 29, 2010
Streisand Sings for Sandy
From the New York Post:
Legendary talent manager Sandy Gallin celebrated his 70th birthday in style -- by jokingly trying to strip Hugh Jackman at a party packed with stars including Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, David Geffen and Calvin Klein. Gallin -- who managed Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey and Whoopi Goldberg -- threw his birthday bash at Donna Karan's West Village studio Thursday night. Streisand and Patti LaBelle performed at the party, but it was "Wolverine" star Jackman's turn that drove the crowd wild. [...]
Streisand also performed two songs and poked fun at herself after repeatedly asking her pianist, composer-producer David Foster, to change the key. She said, "I am a little nervous. I didn't get to practice. I like to control." When Gallin yelled to her to perform "Over the Rainbow," she replied, "No."
May 27, 2010
Another Streisand @ BEA Story
Streisand Plays BEA
Barbra Streisand got a standing ovation just for showing up at the BEA keynote session, before an appreciative audience glad to be in her presence. She made it clear that she brings the same exacting sense to her passion for design—and for the book creation process--that she brings to all of her other artistic endeavors. Unfortunately for Viking, that means she's continuing to revise the book on a regular basis. "I will be changing it until they rip it out of my hands," she said, and it sounded like she meant it. (We're mindful that last year's celebrity speaker in this slot Steven Tyler has yet to see his book published, now scheduled for this November.)
Fortunately for Viking, they reinforced that the book is truly a work of passion for Streisand. She also took the majority of the more than 300 pictures in the book, "because it's my eye capturing what I love." (At one point a picture of her Mill House was displayed on screen and she remarked, "that's a very good picture if I must say so myself." Streisand noted that at an earlier point "I started writing my autobiograpy, but I only wrote a few chapters and I thought this is hard."
For all the warnings about lining up early to claim seats—and some people did indeed start standing outside the special events hall a couple of hours before the doors opened--the auditorium still had ample open seats as the event began.
Streisand made it clear that she is as exacting about design as she is about all of her other creative endeavors: "when something is off its mark, it disturbs me viscerally." As for who you define a person with those characteristics, "I only know that I strive for excellence" she said. "Perfection is imperfection." She added later, quoting a section of the book that adapts a speech she gave some time ago on how the same qualities are given different names for men and women, she noted, "A man is a perfectionist; a woman is a pain in the ass."
There was no discussion of how a $60 book about her multiple homes and gardens on substantial acreage, often built as lavish design projects rather than as dwellings to be occupied, might play in recessionary times. But Viking is set for a 150,000-copy print run and Streisand will promote the project—which is clearly very personal, and for those who love Streisand, it promises an intimate look at a part of her life and her passions.
May 26, 2010
Streisand at BookExpo
NEW YORK — At 68, Barbra Streisand is writing her first book — but it's no memoir. "I'm a little too private. I'm not ready to write about my life," Streisand said Tuesday at the opening of BookExpo America, a publishing convention.
She said she tried writing a few chapters of an autobiography but quit after deciding that "this is hard. I'd rather write a book about design."
That $60 coffee table book, MyPassion for Design, will be released Nov. 16. It will feature 350 photographs of a complex of houses Streisand helped design in Malibu, Calif.
There's her "main house," where she lives; an "elegant barn," which she described as her art project; her "mill house" with 200-year-old beams; and a guest house, nicknamed "Grandma's house" by Streisand's husband, James Brolin.
It's a long way from her childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. In a staged interview at the convention with Gayle King, editor at large of O magazine, Streisand mentioned her father, a teacher who died when she was 15 months old, and how her family couldn't afford a couch until her mother remarried when Streisand was 8.
"Maybe that's why I love couches," she said.
She linked her favorite color, burgundy, to a sweater she had as a child and described her love of "pure lipstick red."
Her passion for architecture blossomed, she said, in 1994 when a movie she was supposed to direct, an adaptation of Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart, fell apart. "A house became my project. I made a house instead of a movie."
King asked Streisand if she kept anything in her California homes that remind her of her New York childhood.
"You mean like egg creams?" Streisand quipped.
"No," Streisand replied. "We lived in a $40-a-month apartment. Five people shared one bathroom. I have nothing that reminds me of that."
Commanding singer, actress, producer and activist Barbra Streisand kicked off Book Expo 2010 in New York on Tuesday night with an extensive and candid conversation with Oprah confidante Gayle King. Streisand's book "My Passion for Design," out in November from Viking/Penguin, details her meticulous home decor and includes some of her (strong) likes and dislikes.
Streisand said she enjoyed the writing process, which she began in longhand. "I started writing my autobiography," the notoriously private star admitted. "And I thought, this is hard. I better write a book about design."
King, wearing in a white dress with blue accents, started by talking about picking out a dress for the evening; at first she'd chosen yellow. But, she admitted to Streisand, "I read in the book that you don't care for yellow."
"Certain kinds of yellow." Streisand agreed.
"My second choice was orange," King offered.
"Oh no no no," Streisand interrupted, holding up a hand. She raised her eyebrows and looked over her shoulder toward the wings of the stage, indicating she couldn't possibly understand how anyone might even consider wearing orange. King laughed, explaining that she'd even repainted her toenails to please Streisand.
It was a cute way to begin, and the two soon settled into an amicable conversation. Wearing all black, Streisand answered questions about the energy she puts into her home, about what kind of wood is masculine and a small hill -- a "berm" -- on her property. She spoke about her family not owning much furniture when she was a girl in Brooklyn. But she and King kept coming back to color.
"When you're planting a garden, you have to be very specific," Streisand said. "What color is that flower? Is it a pink red? Is it an orange red? Why do we like certain things -- probably from experiences in our childhood." At 6 years old, anemic, Streisand explained, she was sent to a health camp. Everyone was disinfected and dressed in identical, starched, royal blue uniforms. "The only thing that separated us was the color of our sweater. And I had a burgundy sweater, and it gave me...." Streisand paused. "Myself." She paused again. "I'm not saying it is the reason I love the color burgundy -- ."
"Oh it is, it is," King filled in.
Later, Streisand again returned to family, childhood and loss.
"Maybe this was too intense for the book," Streisand said, answering a question about her pursuit of items she'd once owned but no longer had. "The fact that I didn't have a father I think has to do with this need to find something that you're looking for," she explained quietly. "You can never get a parent back, but you can get an object back. It was the satisfaction of getting an object back after losing it." Then she paused. "It's partially satisfying."
Serious moments like that were offset by moments of levity. King asked about why Streisand liked Tiffany lamps, known for their colored class.
"When I think of Tiffany lamps, I think of bright color," King said.
"You're thinking of fake Tiffany lamps," said Streisand.
As King asked questions, Streisand's attention to detail became clear. She shops for antiques, customizes her paint colors, and works hand in hand with her architects and stone masons. She's not hesitant to dismiss someone when their care and attention don't match her own.
"I'm very concerned with symmetry and proportion," Streisand admitted. "When something's off its mark, it disturbs me viscerally." If this came across as the obsession of a perfectionist, Streisand knew as much. "It's not a good thing," she exclaimed, the old New York accent reaping into her voice.
That perfectionism, of course, is what brought Barbra Streisand into the limelight, first as a singer with "The Barbra Streisand Album" in 1963. King asked Streisand what her favorite song was of all those that she's recorded.
"Please don't ask me that. That is a terrible thing to ask," Streisand said. She looked into the crowd. "I don't want to offend the songs." The audience burst into applause.
New Streisand Biography Due
[Note: I've spoken & emailed with Mr. Mann ... this book sounds like it's coming from a "good place" and will have some new info, based on all the research he's been doing.]
NEW YORK - (BUSINESS WIRE) - There have been dozens of quick and dirty tell alls about Barbara Streisand. But now, according to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, acclaimed biographer William Mann will write the definitive biography.
"As far as I'm concerned, previous books have failed to capture the importance and influence of this woman, her complex personality, and the dimensions of her artistic drive," said Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Sr. Executive Editor, George Hodgman.
The biography, titled, HELLO, GORGEOUS, will publish in fall 2012 to coincide with Streisand's 50th anniversary in show business.
Barbra Streisand, has been for nearly fifty years, not only a superlative American artist (singer, actress, director), she has established herself as perhaps the most successful figure in the history of American show business.
"All of Streisandia, of which I am a founding resident," says Hodgman, "has been waiting for the real, class act Barbra bio. William Mann has set out to do nothing less than a book that will stand the test of time as the definitive record and truly a portrait of an artist."
The book will cover Streisand's childhood and growing up along with the birth of her career in the clubs of Greenwich village, the recording of her early albums and stage appearances, Funny Girl on Broadway and later the filming of that musical, which won her the Academy Award, in Hollywood. HELLO, GORGEOUS will climax with her triumphant "Happening in Central Park" concert which drew 135,000 New Yorkers in September of 1968.
William Mann is the author of KATE: The Woman Who Was Hepburn about which David Thomson said, "This is a book that sets new standards in movie biography." and was also praised by Gore Vidal, Patricia Bosworth and Gerald Clarke and named a New York Times Notable Book. For his next book, HOW TO BE A MOVIE STAR: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood, Mann spoke to previously reticent sources (including Mike Nichols) and gained access to the private papers of George Stevens, George Cukor, Vincente Minnelli, Ernest Lehman and Hedda Hopper.
May 13, 2010
Streisand at Sondheim Show
Last night, Barbra was seen at another Broadway show in New York ... this time it was at Studio 54 and the Sondheim on Sondheim show starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat.
May 12, 2010
Barbra & Donna at “Fences”
Barbra Streisand and Donna Karan were snapped leaving the Cort Theatre last night in New York City after seeing a performance of FENCES starring Denzel Washington. (Photo by Lane Ericcson)
#1 For Barbra!
Here's the official press release:
STREISAND SCORES ANOTHER # 1 DEBUT WITH "ONE NIGHT ONLY;" DVD OF LEGEND'S RETURN TO CABARET PERFORMANCE TOPS MUSIC DVD CHART
After reigning for three weeks atop the 2009 music DVD charts in 2009 with her three disc offering, "Streisand The Concerts," Barbra Streisand returned to the #1 spot for the week ending May 11 with Columbia Records' "One Night Only—Barbra Streisand And Quartet At The Village Vanguard —September 26, 2009." Last fall she achieved her 9th Number One Album on the Billboard records charts with the Columbia release, "Love Is The Answer," which marked her 5th consecutive decade in which she earned a #1 album.
One of the most celebrated concert performances of recent years, a one-time only event witnessed by little more than one hundred lottery-selected Barbra Streisand fans, "One Night Only" was made available on DVD and DVD/CD Combo Pack as well as Blu-Ray Disc. It covers the entire experience of Ms. Streisand's first cabaret performance in 48 years. The extraordinary event coincided with release of her Number One charting album "Love Is The Answer" last September which became the 51st Gold Record for the (to go with her 30 Platinum) for the leading album-selling female recording artist of all time as noted by the RIAA. With the new "One Night Only," the CD is a limited edition available only in the DVD/CD Combo Pack
Streisand's recent prominence on DVD charts, includes her two disc Director's Extended Edition of "Yentl," one of the top motion picture DVD offerings of last year.
An absorbing dream-come-true you-are-there high definition audio-visual document of Streisand's first cabaret performance in 48 years, "One Night Only—Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard—September 26, 2009" immerses the home viewer in a tiny West Village nightclub, privy to the best sight lines and sound imaginable, to share an exclusive and intimate evening that prompted the New York Times to marvel, "Concerts by Ms. Streisand are rare, but the scale of Saturday's show was exceptional enough to briefly upend the natural social order of celebrity events..." Ms. Streisand was booked for one night at the Vanguard—legal capacity 123, absurdly small for an artist who has sold over 71 million albums in the United States alone.
"One Night" was Executive Produced by Barbra Streisand and Martin Erlichman.
May 10, 2010
Check out the Updates on B-A.Com
I've been busy adding some small updates to Barbra-Archives.com lately. Here's a list of pages you might want to check out:
- Dutch television appearances (with new video)
- 1963 American Cancer Society benefit in Palm Beach
- 1968 Blackglama fur ad
- Village Vanguard CD added to Discography
- 1964 Democratic Convention, Atlantic City
- 1974 Interview (Streisand Happiest She's Ever Been)
- 1974 Columbia Records Convention
- 1964 “Barbra's Star Glows Brightly”
May 9, 2010
Barbra in Boston
Barbra Streisand was photographed as she attended the 2010 commencement ceremony at Berklee College of Music with her husband James Brolin on May 8, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. Brolin’s daughter Molly was one of the graduates. Streisand and Brolin were also seen touring the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Saturday.
May 1, 2010
Happy Birthday Barbra-Archives!
It was 7 years ago—in May 2003—that I first started this website. Here's what the home page looked like back then:
It's funny ... the original text on my homepage read like this:
If you are a Barbra Streisand fan, I hope you find this website full of interesting and entertaining information about Barbra Streisand: a multi-hyphenate, inimitable talent. This web page pays homage to all things Barbra. If you enjoy trivia and pay attention to "the details," then click away! There are lots of rare pictures, exciting info, and hyperlinks galore to keep you busy here at the Barbra Archives. I really hope this website is a place where you go to learn all about Barbra...
Seven years later, the same is true. I've enjoyed maintaining and creating pages about Barbra Streisand here at Barbra Archives. And I'm happy to have shared all my Barbra-knowledge with the fans.
Thanks so much to the Streisand fans out there (you know who you are!) who constantly keep me updated, or who send me files or photos to use on this site ... I cannot do it without you.
And thanks to Miss Streisand herself .... who always inspires me!
April 29, 2010
Barbra-Archives Village Vanguard DVD Review
My review of “One Night Only” is up. You can read it here.
The DVD (and Blu-Ray) is released in the U.S. next Tuesday. Fans are gonna plotz!
April 28, 2010
Cover for “My Passion For Design”
Barbra Streisand will appear at this year’s BookExpo America (BEA) at the Opening Night Keynote Reception on Tuesday, May 25th. She will be interviewed before thousands of booksellers and book industry professionals about My Passion for Design, to be published by Viking on November 16, 2010.
(As usual, you help support my work here at Barbra Archives when you purchase through my Amazon.com links).
“Glee” Inspiration: “One Less Bell”
Attention all Gleeks! Last night's episode with Kristin Chenoweth was a lot of fun. Of course, Streisand fans immediately recognized that the Glee folks were using Peter Matz's original arrangement for Barbra of “One Less Bell to Answer” and “A House is Not a Home” (both by Burt Bacharach).
We hear Glee has already filmed it's second season ... but if they can do a Madonna and Lady Gaga-centric episode, then why not a Streisand-centric one??
[Barbra sang the medley, above, on the 1971 Burt Bacharach television special]
By the way ... Streisand fans in Los Angeles can enjoy a screening of Barbra's 1968 Academy Award-winning performance in Funny Girl on Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 PM at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre. Guess who's introducing the movie? From Glee, and introduction by its creator Ryan Murphy, executive producer Dante Di Loreto and series cast member Lea Michele. Here's a link!
April 26, 2010
RJA on QVC + Happy Birthday Barbra + Amazon.com Video
I'm back from a trip to Chicago for Bab Fab, a cabaret and singer's weekend dedicated to Barbra Streisand ... since it was her birthday on the 24th! I had a blast doing my Barbra presentation on Friday night and thank Rob Dorn for putting it all together so effortlessly.
I didn't get to do my usual Happy Birthday page for Ms. Streisand, since I didn't have the means for updating the site while I was gone. So ....
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, BARBRA!
I did get a chance, on Saturday morning, to tune into QVC, where Richard Jay-Alexander (Village Vanguard event and long-time Streisand collaborator) appeared with host Shawn Killinger to sell the upcoming One Night Only DVD. QVC offered the DVD and the DVD/CD packages, and included a bonus Streisand poster from the Bon Soir.
Richard-Jay also wrote a fantastic first-person account of that night at the Village Vanguard last September. You can read it online at Broadway World, or it is also printed in the new edition of All About Barbra Streisand magazine, which is available for purchase here.
By the way, Amazon.com is now streaming “If You Go Away” on the Village Vanguard order page. You can view it here >>
I'll have my review of One Night Only: Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard in a few days. I received a preview copy last week and ... it's amazing!
April 21, 2010
“Doc” on Blu-Ray
Warner Brothers issued a trade ad announcing the release of Barbra's 1972 Peter Bogdanovich directed film What’s Up, Doc? starring Barbra Streisand & Ryan O’Neal to Blu-ray Disc on August 10th.
The Blu-Ray will have full 1080p Hi-Def video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD Master Audio.
The bonus material (which sounds like a hi-def version of the DVD from a few years ago) includes:
- Scene-Specific Commentary by Barbra Streisand
- Full-Movie Commentary by Director Peter Bogdanovich
- Vintage Featurette Screwball Comedies…Remember Them?
- Theatrical Trailer
April 20, 2010
UK & AU Vanguard DVD Release Dates
European fans will get their Region 2 DVD of the live show on 3 May [UK link here].
The DVD will be released in the US on 4 May [links above].
April 14, 2010
BabFab is Coming to Chicago Area!
Three Cat Productions celebrates the birthday of the legendary Barbra Streisand with the third annual "Bab Fab: The Barbra Streisand Birthday Celebration". It kicks off on April 23rd with a Streisand connoisseur Matt Howe, and then continues with two great performances of Streisand's work on April 24th and 25th. All performances can be found at the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation. A portion of the proceeds benefit BEHIV and Three Cat Education.
On April 23rd, 2010 at 8pm, join Streisand connoisseur Matt Howe (creator of barbra-archives.com) and special guest vocalists, as Howe takes us through an audio-visual presentation of Barbra’s illustrious career. Howe's passion for the life and career of Streisand has not only inspired him to create one of the most thorough informational websites on Barbra but has gained the respect and admiration of several of Barbra's creative associates, top people in the entertainment industry and Barbra herself!
"Bab Fab" will continue on April 24th at 8pm and April 25th at 2pm with A Barbra Streisand Musical Celebration. This performance will cover Streisand's fantastic musical career, from her early days in Greenwich Village to her incredible rise to super stardom. Rob Dorn, with accompanist Bill Underwood, escorts audiences through a Streisand musical timeline assisted by some of Chicago's leading cabaret and musical theater talent, including Amy Cole, Elizabeth Dowling, Hilary Ann Feldman, Laura Freeman, Scott Gryder, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael,Marianne Murphy Orland, Jason Paul Smith, Melissa Young and more!
"Bab Fab" has been Time Out Chicago recommended, and Cabaret Scene called it a "remarkable showcase" of Streisand's career.
All "Bab Fab" events will be happening at Skokie Theatre Music Foundation, 7924 N. Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, Illinois 60077. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. You can order tickets by calling 847-677-7761 or skokietheatre.com.
April 13, 2010
Vanguard DVD is Coming!
April 5, 2010
Streisand at Easter Egg Hunt
Barbra Streisand attended Universal chief Ron Meyer's Easter egg hunt at his home which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
The star-studded bash included Meyer's son-in-law Tobey Maguire, Goldie Hawn, Kevin James and other celebs.
In the photos, from x17online, Streisand can be seen engaging with Maguire's wife and daughter.
April 3, 2010
Magazine Section Updated
Just wanted to alert Barbra Archives fans that I've been adding many more articles back to the library section of this website. When I redesigned the site in November 2008, I left many articles off and have been adding them back since. There's a few new ones there, too.
Check it out!
March 30, 2010
Streisand Opens Book Expo
Barbra Streisand will appear at this year’s BookExpo America (BEA) at the Opening Night Keynote Reception on Tuesday, May 25th. She will be interviewed before thousands of booksellers and book industry professionals about My Passion for Design, to be published by Viking on November 16, 2010. It will be Ms. Streisand’s first appearance on behalf of the book.
“We are honored to welcome Barbra Streisand to our stage,” notes Steven Rosato, Event Director for BookExpo America. “One of the truly exceptional things about having a distinguished guest like Ms. Streisand headline our event for us is that it calls attention to the strength, vitality, and excitement that is so much part of the book industry. We are deeply grateful to Ms. Streisand for committing her time and energy to what is certain to be a stellar moment at BEA.”
In her first book, My Passion for Design, Barbra Streisand reveals another aspect of her talent: the taste and style that have inspired her extraordinary homes and collections. My Passion for Design will focus on the architecture and construction of her newest homes, the dream refuge that she has longed for since the days when she shared a small Brooklyn apartment with her mother, brother, and grandparents.
BookExpo America will take place May 25th – May 27th at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. It is a business convention, open only to members of the book trade. The Opening Night Keynote Reception will be in the Special Events Hall and all registered attendees will be admitted. For more information about BEA please visit www.bookexpoamerica.com
March 29, 2010
New “All About Barbra STREISAND” Is Here!
Issue number 2 of the newly re-launched All About Barbra STREISAND magazine will be out in just a few weeks (mid-April) ... and what an issue it is!!
Packed with great, exclusive features, including:
- The Vanguard – come to the show via an ‘exclusive’ article by Richard Jay-Alexander, Barbra’s project co-director. You won’t read this anywhere else!
- We Are The World: All About Barbra takes you ‘inside’ the recording session in another ‘World Exclusive’ written by Barbra’s personal A&R man, Jay Landers, who accompanied Barbra on the day.
- Spotlight on Barbra’s husband, actor James Brolin
- WIN a hand-written note by Barbra in our exclusive competition in support of the Nothing’s Impossible Project.
- The Oscars
- On A Clear Day
- Happy Birthday, Barbra, your messages to Barbra!
- All the latest news and pictures rounded up in Just For the Record … plus lots more…
**AABS are using a ‘direct mailing' company ... make sure you’re on the first listing and get your issue quickly and on time!
Info and ordering online: www.allaboutbarbra.com
March 27, 2010
Vanguard Cover Art
Sony has released the final cover art for One Night Only: Barbra Streisand and Quartet Live at the Village Vanguard. [You can pre-order the DVD by using the links at the top of this page.]
Pictured below: Blu-Ray cover (left), DVD cover (right), CD/DVD cover (bottom)
March 26, 2010
Legrand in Vegas ... with Streisand?
French composer Michel Legrand will be honored with a tribute concert this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“There is no retrospective on my career for one good reason: My career is not finished yet,” Legrand told the press. “I'm very active. I'm writing new stuff and I have many, many projects. Don't talk about my career in the past. In the future, I'm going to do much more.”
The MGM Grand show is produced by Vince Vellardita, and it will be recorded and filmed for a future live album, two-hour DVD and 80-minute PBS special. Jennifer O'Neill and Jon Voight (stars of The Summer of '42, for which Legrand wrote the gorgeous song, “The Summer Knows”) will host; and the stars who will sing along with the 66-piece orchestra include Dionne Warwick, Steve Lawrence, George Benson, Melissa Manchester, Patti Page, Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Jerry Lewis.
It is rumored Streisand will appear ... but will she sing?
Barbra's Cedars Sinai Email Letter
The official Barbra Streisand website used its substantial email list to send out a letter from Barbra about supporting Cedars Sinai cardiovascular research and education program.
Barbra said, “I have played many roles over the years, but one that makes me particularly proud is the role I play as a supporter of the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Heart Center. It is an honor to have the opportunity to ask for your support of this wonderful program.”
March 24, 2010
Streisand Celebrates Sondheim
In celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday, Playbill is hosting a Singers on Sondheim series.
Part 1 features Barbra Streisand!
“Isn’t it rich?” Your words and your music are rich in substance and wit ... and compassion. A rich mind ... a rich talent.
“Are we a pair?” It was so exciting to work with you on The Broadway Album ... your openness ... your willingness to reexamine a standard you wrote many years before ... like “Send in the Clowns.” When I was exploring it, even wrote a new bridge for me. In “Putting It Together,” you took a song that was about making art and revised the words to make it about recording music. How many writers would do that? Somehow you were able to say exactly what I wanted to say, but in rhymes! It’s brilliant! Thank you. Thank you!
And you wrote special lyrics, just for me, to “I’m Still Here” when I opened in my first concert after not singing in public for 27 years.
“Isn’t it bliss?” Your music gives me so much to work with as an actress ... the intricacy of the lyrics ... the layers of meaning. You always find original ways to say things. Yet every word, every note, feels inevitable. You capture the truth in the most poetic way. It’s just how I like things ... simply complex.
You’re the best at what you do. Keep writing, Stephen. I’m not done yet ... and neither are you.
Clear Day in NYC
For Barbra fans in NYC ... On April 13th, the film critic Armond White will be introducing On a Clear Day You Can See Forever at The School of Art and Design History and Theory (Parsons The New School for Design).
Its free and open to the public.
(I checked with the organizer, and this screening is NOT a 35mm print. However, it will be a fun way for New York fans to see the film on a "bigger" screen.)
March 17, 2010
Streisand Participates in Autism Speaks
Barbra Streisand is participating in a special auction. Barbra has joined together with Lindt Chocolate to help celebrate spring and support Autism Speaks at the start of National Autism Awareness Month (April 1). More than 50 celebs, including Barbra, have signed porcelain versions of the iconic Lindt Gold Bunny. Each bunny will be auctioned off starting April 1 at www.ebay.com/lindtgoldbunny and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks.
Barbra Birthday Wishes
All About Barbra STREISAND Magazine is still assembling its next issue, including birthday wishes to Ms. Streisand from her fans. (April 24th, ya know?)
Here's a message from Lynne Pounder, the editor:
Hi everyone - Thanks so much for all your wonderful Birthday messages for Barbra! They are beautiful - we still have a little space left. If you haven't sent Barbra a Happy Birthday message, and would like to do so - there is still time, but hurry! Remember, 25 words or less, your name & country - that's it and we are printing them in the new issue due in about 3 weeks! Thanks everyone!
March 13. 2010
“One Night Only” Vanguard DVD Details
Pre-Orders at Amazon.com:
Sony will be releasing three versions of Streisand's Village Vanguard DVD:
- A regular DVD—1 disc containing 14 songs in Amaray case & slip sheet with 4C booklet
- A Blu-Ray disc—1 disc containing 14 songs in Blu-ray case & slip sheet with 4C booklet
- A "deluxe" DVD—1 DVD containing 14 songs + 1 CD containing the same 14 songs, Digi-style package w/ 2 plastic trays & 4C booklet.
“ONE NIGHT ONLY” is the first and only live club performance ever released by Barbra Streisand. It is available now on DVD and Blu-ray and in a special Limited Edition DVD/CD combo package available only for the initial release that features a bonus audio disc on the program. The audio disc is not available separately. This rare show, staged in September 2009 to commemorate the release of Barbra’s historic #1 CD – “Love Is The Answer”– brings Barbra back to her roots. The package is being released just in time for Mother’s Day!
Sony will support the release of the DVD with a TV campaign. Look for advertising on VH-1, E!TV, Arts and Entertainment, CNN, TNT, and Lifetime. There will be print advertising in the New York Times.
Here's the DVD track listing for the upcoming May 4, 2010 release of One Night Only: Barbra Streisand And Quartet at the Village Vanguard (filmed in hi-def on Sept. 26, 2009).
- Introductions 9:49
- Here's To Life 5:18
- In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning 5:36
- Gentle Rain 3:52
- Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most 5:50
- If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas) 5:35
- Where Do You Start? 6:06
- Nobody's Heart (Belongs To Me) 3:29
- Make Someone Happy 5:16
- My Funny Valentine 2:50
- Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered 10:21
- Evergreen (Love Theme From ("A Star Is Born") 4:52
- Some Other Time 6:49
- The Way We Were 3:48
- Credits 2:13
- Village Vanguard Vignette 6:47
And below is the CD track listing — included as a second disc for the "deluxe" DVD:
- Intro 0:39
- Here's To Life 6:05
- In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning 4:15
- Gentle Rain 3:46
- Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most 4:14
- If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas) 5:52
- Where Do You Start? 4:29
- Nobody's Heart (Belongs To Me) 4:07
- Make Someone Happy 4:58
- My Funny Valentine 2:53
- Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered 2:58
- Thank You's and Introductions 7:02
- Evergreen (Love Theme From "A Star Is Born") 3:43
- Exit Music 1:02
- Some Other Time 5:33
- The Way We Were 4:44
ABOUT ONE NIGHT ONLY BARBRA STREISAND AND QUARTET AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
by: JAY LANDERS — New York City, September 26, 2009
Talk about an exclusive booking, seating for tonight’s show is limited to 123 ticket holders. In fact, the Village Vanguard is so small it’s hard to figure out how they got the Steinway through the front door. Pity the poor guys who had to carry it into the subterranean depths of 7th Ave. and West 11th when it opened in 1935.
Descending the narrow stairway the first thing you’ll notice is a musty, not unpleasant aroma – seventy-five years of perfume, cigarettes and highballs. Once your eyes become accustomed to the dim lighting, you’ll hear the hum of the room – the staccato sounds of clinking wine glasses, bursts of nervous laughter, chairs shifting into better position and voices talking over voices in close quarters. If the timing is right, you’ll feel the rumble of the subway beneath your feet.
It’s 7:30 pm and the show begins at 8. Someone’s walkie-talkie squawks “Is she here yet?” “Yes, she just entered her trailer.” Stand at the back and you’ll see heads turn towards the door every few minutes as yet another famous “Is that-oh my God-can you believe-she’s-she’s here?” person enters the room. It’s shoulder to shoulder as they skirt their way through the tight maze of cocktail tables, with much friendly glad-handing along the way. This is cafe society 2009 style.
Listening through the din you can hear the fans out on the street singing “Barbra Can You Hear Us?” to the tune of “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” Hour after hour, they’ve been up there waiting there, hoping for even a glimpse or a wave...
Imagine for a moment that you’re a cameraman perched up in the rafters looking down on the crowd. From your bird’s-eye view it looks like a scene from one of Woody Allen’s cinematic love-letters to the Big Apple. You can almost picture it without sound...in slow motion. There’s Marty Erlichman, wiping his brow, greeting old friends. He grew up in joints like this when they really were smoked filled. Waiters lift their drink trays high above their heads, deftly squeezing through the crowd taking last orders. Richard Jay-Alexander is conferring with the cameraman and pointing to the spotlight operator, while the sound crew checks their levels before heading back to the truck. That’s Sarah Jessica Parker blowing a kiss to Nicole Kidman across the sea of tables. Jim Brolin is laughing at Alan Bergman’s latest joke. Marilyn Bergman is talking to Jule Styne’s wife Maggie and Adolph Green’s wife Phyllis Newman. Donna Karan gives a loving hug to her granddaughter while Chelsea Clinton gently squeezes the hand of her fiancée. Up front, record producer Tommy LiPuma (who worked on the new album with Barbra and Diana Krall) is checking out the set-up – piano, bass, drums guitar and an old microphone on a stand, that’s it. No orchestra and nothing hi-tech. This is as real as it gets.
The lights dim with a rush of expectant applause. The musicians, all four of them, wind their way through the kitchen/dressing room to a stage no bigger than a hotel bathmat...well, not quite that small, but you get the idea. First up, the club’s proprietor Lorraine Gordon - a feisty gal, whose late husband, Max had opened The Vanguard more than seven decades ago. Coltrane, Miles, Dexter, Monk, they all passed through. She’s been keeper of the flame ever since. She explains how she knew Barbra back in the ‘60s. Next at the mike, Rick Edelstein – 48 years ago he was a waiter in this very room. Now he’s standing here sharing old memories with the former President of The United States, Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other people you normally read about at the checkout stand. Finally, Marty makes his formal introduction with a slightly wistful, well-earned pride – he’s been protector, defender, negotiator and ambassador for nearly five decades now.
At last...there she is...radiant and smiling, easing through the parted aisle, catching the familiar eye...heading towards the stage... heading backwards in time. As she surveys the house, what could possibly be going through her mind? One could guess any number of things, but we hope she’s taking it all in – the years gone by since she last stepped foot into a place like this...the great distance she’s traveled in a lifetime of singular accomplishments, only to return full-circle to where it all started. The last time she performed in New York it was at Madison Square Garden. Tonight the entire audience could easily fit inside its visitor’s team locker room.
The purpose of this special show was ostensibly to celebrate the imminent release of “Love Is The Answer,” an intimate, jazz-tinged collection of standards. Fans from the around the world who’d won entry via lottery contests, would have the chance to hear a living-legend sing some songs from her new album, that’s all they expected. However, plans changed, as they’re wont to do in Streisand-land once the overwhelming request for tickets became a thousand times greater than the Vanguard could legally hold. A whole other party had to be set up at The Waldorf, where many more could join in via a dozen closed-circuit televisions with a live feed from the club.
As the show begins, a thought comes to mind. As joyful as this evening will surely be, it is somehow bittersweet. For we know that when the last note of the final song fades, it will not be repeated. Like a meteor streaking through the sky, this is truly is a once in a lifetime event.
In the early ‘60s, clubs like The Vanguard were scattered throughout the Village. Now it stands alone, the last of its kind, a bit long in the tooth perhaps, but still open for business.
Another lifetime ago, Barbra stood uncertainly on the very same stage she now commands. It must have seemed a lot bigger then. For reasons, which in hindsight are inexplicable, she wasn’t hired. Call it a hunch, but tonight it’s very a good bet she’ll pass the audition with flying colors.
March 9, 2010
Streisand on Oscars
[Barbra-Archives updated its TV page ... see the 2010's!]
Barbra Streisand presented a prestigious and historic award at the 82nd Academy Awards on Sunday, March 7th. “Well, the time has come,” she said as she opened the envelope to reveal Kathryn Bigelow as the Best Director for her film The Hurt Locker—the first woman to ever win the award (Streisand, although she directed two Academy Award-nominated films, was not nominated as director herself).
Streisand was wearing Randolph Duke ... and looked fantastic!
At the Governors Ball after-party (held at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel directly adjacent to the Kodak Theatre), Barbra Streisand and James Brolin were seated with Gerard Butler. (We hear the main course was black truffle Chicken Pot Pie!)
Entertainment Weekly tweeted: “Barbra Streisand in deep conversation with her table mate at the Gov Ball: Gerard Butler...”
Then, a few minutes later, EW tweeted: “Also sitting with Streisand at the GB: Bradley Cooper and Ryan Reynolds, hanging on her every word.”
Hmmm ... the future cast of The Normal Heart, anyone?
March 1, 2010
Official Site Reveals Vanguard DVD Cover Art
BarbraStreisand.com has revealed the DVD and Blu-Ray cover art for the live Village Vanguard DVD, due May 4, 2010.
Watch Barbra on the Oscars
Streisand has been officially confirmed as a presenter on this Sunday's Academy Awards telecast. Make sure to watch!
Past Oscar winners Kathy Bates, Barbra Streisand and Charlize Theron will join former Oscar nominees Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah and John Travolta as presenters at the 82nd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic announced today.
The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET.
The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
February 24, 2010
Streisand-Penned book in Nov. 2010
Looks like Barbra's book that she's writing for Viking, previously announced as A Passion For Design, has now been renamed as:
My Passion for Design: A Private Tour
The book is due in stores Nov. 16, 2010.
Amazon.com is taking pre-orders. Here's a link to pre-order.
As always, please note that release dates, prices, and details can change!
Nothing's Impossible Project
On a serious note, and on a personal level, I'd like to link to the “Nothing's Impossible Project” web page.
Allison Waldman is a Streisand fan (The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook) and a friend of mine ... and a friend of this site: she's been very generous over the years and even sent me a set of 1960s—1980s scrapbooks full of Streisand clippings that I've used often here.
Allison is now facing very serious health issues. Allison is also the “face” of America's broken health care system. It is heartbreaking and angering to me that *anyone* should have to make a choice between affording chemotherapy or dying.
So ... if you feel inspired and/or generous, please check out Allison's page and donate if you can. This is completely legitimate, and I have spoken to Allison on the phone just the other day about this.
Please keep Allison in your prayers ... or send her all the good energy you can muster.
February 23, 2010
Vanguard DVD for
Mother's Day May 4
On Streisand's official site today: The Village Vanguard live DVD will be released May 4, 2010.
Yesterday, columnist Michael Musto talked to the DVD director and confirmed that Streisand's Village Vanguard DVD will be available just in time for Mother's Day. Read the article here.
New “All About Barbra” Coming
Here's a message from Lynne Pounder, editor of All About Barbra magazine:
The next issue of All About Barbra is in production. We’re planning a Birthday section for Barbra and this is where you come in. We are inviting everyone who cares to send a Happy Birthday Message to Barbra. Your message is up to you, but must be 25 words or less, plus your NAME & COUNTRY.
HURRY as we are dedicating just 2 pages of magazine to the Birthday section, and once it is full – it’s full and we will not be able to accept further messages, so hurry!
Email your message to Barbramaguk@aol.com in the subject line BIRTHDAY MESSAGE.
We are looking to publish the magazine at the end of March/early April and have some great features lined up! See you then!
February 18, 2010
“Doc” in D.C. This Weekend
I'll be attending the Sunday 2:45pm showing of What's Up, Doc? at AFI Silver Theater (in Silver Spring, MD).
It's also playing Friday night 2/19 at 7pm.
I'm excited to see this classic Streisand comedy on the big screen!!
Chicago's BABFAB April 23—25
When I was in Chicago seeing Barbra on Oprah, I met Rob Dorn and we discussed me coming back to participate in the Chicago-area's third annual Barbra Streisand Birthday Celebration, which they call BABFAB.
BABFAB is presented at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 N. Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, Illinois.
So, now it's happening! I'm excited to be on the agenda for April 23rd at 8pm. I will do a live presentation all about Barbra using photos and sound clips. (Maybe we'll take questions from the audience as well!)
Rob and company will present a cabaret-styled musical tribute to Streisand on the 24th & 25th.
It sounds like a Barbra-licious weekend and I'm happy to participate.
Here's the official website with all the information. See ya in Chicago in April!
February 13, 2010
“We Are the World” Debuts
[Note to Barbra-Archives readers: Sorry for the delay in posting news ... I was on vacation and was detained due to the big snow storm in D.C.!]
The video for “We Are The World” debuted on NBC about 15 minutes before the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics on Friday, February 12th. It was an edited, shorter version of the complete video, which is available for download at iTunes. For only $2.99 you can download both the video (13:54 minutes) and song (6:56 minutes), and the money benefits Haiti. [iTunes link >>]
Barbra's solo came right after a posthumous Michael Jackson's. She appeared several times in long- and medium-shots of the group of musicians and singers as they sang the chorus.
According to the official site:
Recorded on February 1st, 2010, in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier (Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Recording Studios) the new version, in which Jones and Richie serve as executive producers and producers, was created in collaboration with executive producers Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips and Peter Tortorici; producers Humberto Gattica and RedOne; co-producers Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren and Patti Austin; and project producers John Rubey and Adam Fell to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti.
Academy Award-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), whose own personal efforts as well as those of Artists for Peace and Justice have already saved countless lives in Haiti, filmed the private recording session to create the accompanying video and “behind-the-scenes” production, and serves as Film Director and as an Executive Producer with Jones, Richie, Jean, Phillips and Tortorici.
By the way ... Barbra has posted a Truth Alert on her official site about the recording of “We Are the World”. Read it here >>
Streisand fans who may want a “hard copy” DVD of the song for their collection should stay tuned ... producers are talking to Target stores about handling the physical product, probably due in stores 10 days to two weeks after the digital release.
Streisand Photos in Vanity Fair
Several photos of Barbra, including this fantastic one of her and Jon Peters by Scavullo appear in the new Hollywood edition of Vanity Fair magazine, due in stores soon. You can read the story about Jon Peters here >>
Those $100 Million Dollar Vegas Stories
Streisand fans have surely seen the regurgitated stories on the web over the last week about our favorite singer being offered $100 Million to play for three years on the Las Vegas strip, as Cher, Celine Dion, and Bette Midler have recently done.
First of all ... true Streisand fans know that this would probably be pure hell for Barbra. She has done quite well in 2006 and 2007 doing limited multi-city concert tours. But three years of doing the same show??
To clear things up, AEG Live Las Vegas Vice President John Nelson recently told the press: “We haven't engaged with Barbra in any way to perform at Caesars.”
The recent story also mentioned that Barbra planned a summer 2010 concert tour. Now that rumor sounds more substantial and plausible!
Streisand Picks Valentines Favorite @ BroadwayWorld.com
BroadwayWorld's 2010 Valentine's Day page presents over 500 stars and industry professionals answering the question: “What's the Most Romantic Broadway Love Song Ever?”
Barbra Streisand participated and said:
The first song that comes to mind is Rodgers & Hammerstein's “If I Loved You” from CAROUSEL. It's just about the most perfect love song written for the theater. I admire the intelligence of the lyric's premise -- two people each too shy to express their love, so they couch their true feelings in the form of a question, and then pretend it hardly matters...when of course they know it does. With its heart swelling melody, it never ceases to touch people. A few years ago during my last concert tour I loved singing Maury Yeston's “Unusual Way” from NINE. It's about those kinds of relationships where love isn't easily defined.
Funny Girl Movie in NYC
Starting on Friday February 12th and showing all weekend thru until Tuesday February 16th, Barbra's 1968 film, Funny Girl, will screen at The Ziegfeld Theater 141 West 54th Street New York, NY 10019.
February 1, 2010
Streisand Sings “We Are The World”
At about 6:45 pm PDT, Barbra Streisand sang the line: “There’s a choice we’re making / We’re saving our own lives / It’s true we’ll make a better day / Just you and me.”
The video will debut on the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics on NBC on 12 February 2010.
“I didn’t come all this way to sing one line,” Babs said at one point; they then allowed her to vamp some improvisations over the chorus.
Star-struck singers, rappers and actors, including Barbra Streisand, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus, checked their egos at the door on Monday to record a new version of "We Are The World" for Haiti earthquake victims, 25 years after the song raised awareness of the famine in Africa.
None of the singers of the original song were invited to participate in the update, which was recorded at the same Hollywood studio once again under the oversight of Quincy Jones and the song's co-writer Lionel Richie.
In all, more than 70 stars lent their voices to the song, and they all seemed in awe of each other.
"As celebrities, we're fans of one another, so we're all looky-looing in there, and getting autographs and numbers," said Natalie Cole.
Streisand, Celine Dion and Tony Bennett appeared to inspire the most stares. Fifteen-year-old Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber, who sang the opening line originally performed by Richie, joked that he would ask his new friend, R&B singer Akon, to get the telephone number of Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls.
Streisand, a noted perfectionist, ran through multiple takes of the line originally sung by Diana Ross, each one seemingly better than the previous one. Jazz singer Patti Austin came into her recording booth to coach her...
Roger Friedman wrote about the session:
Barbra Streisand was the last to arrive at Henson Studios on Monday afternoon. She went directly to see producer Quincy Jones, who was in the control room of Studio A. Out in the actual studio there were 80 famous musicians.
“Is there room for another person?” Streisand asked Jones. He laughed. “I’ve known you since you were 16!” he declared. Later, Streisand, realizing that director Paul Haggis was filming live in 3D, laughed and asked, “How will my nose look in 3D?”
The answer was: great. But the real highlight of an amazing five hour recording session was Streisand’s solos. Her lines in the Lionel Richie -Michael Jackson song: “There’s a choice we’re making/We’re saving our own lives” and “It’s true we make a brighter day/So let’s start living.”
Jennifer Hudson, who’d performed a tribute to Streisand two nights earlier at Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy party, watched with amazement. “No one sings like her,” Hudson said. “Just listen to her phrasing.” In the studio, Patti Austin — a great singer herself — gave Streisand direction as Quincy Jones’s second-in-command. And she took it.
Later Streisand went and sang in the chorus, joining in with the others. It was a delicious rarity to see her among other recording stars. She is usually apart from the crowd. But not on Monday, when the room was full of old and new, young and old. What everyone learned from this session: Streisand is the greatest pop singer alive. She’s inherited Sinatra’s mantle.
January 31, 2010
Barbra at Pre-Grammy Party + “We Are The World” Participation?
Barbra attended the annual pre-Grammy party hosted by music industry mogul Clive Davis at The Beverly Hilton Hotel last night, a Salute To Icons Honoring Doug Morris. (Morris is Streisand's friend and Universal Music Group's Chairman and CEO).
Jennifer Hudson performed People and The Way We Were, in a tribute to Ms. Streisand. [USA Today wrote: “Hudson brought down the house with a soulful, strapping tribute to Barbra Streisand, attending the gala for the first time.”) “They kept changing what songs I'd sing so I had to stay focused,” Hudson told the Daily Mail.
Clive Davis introduced Streisand as a “unique, singular artist” who boasted a number one album in five consecutive decades. “She's the movie soundtrack of our lives,” Davis said.
NY Daily News reported:
Streisand is rumored to have signed up for Quincy Jones' highly anticipated rendition of “We Are the World.” The famous producer would only hint that she'd be joining, but he did confirm that he's aiming to record the track this week. While Babs is sure to be the headlining name on it (all proceeds will go toward the relief effort in Haiti), Jones confirmed that Smokey Robinson will lend his vocals, and dropped another hint — that fans may get to hear the crooning of wacky songstress Lady Gaga.
[Note: Quincy Jones is re-recording the charity song “We Are the World” and sending the proceeds to Haiti. The 76-year-old music legend says musicians are gathering Monday Feb. 1st at a Los Angeles recording studio to redo the 25-year-old hit song. Jones would not say who will perform on the track “because we've got to make sure we've got who we got,” but that the revamped song will feature a new roster of all-star musicians. Streisand has not been confirmed ... but it certainly looks possible that she could participate!]
(Photos, above, by Kevin Mazur): Streisand with Clive Davis and Taylor Swift; Streisand giving a standing ovation to Jennifer Hudson; Swift visiting James Brolin and Streisand at their table.
January 29, 2010
Barbra Does Cirque
Here's some nice shots of Barbra Streisand from back in November 2009, when she attended the Los Angeles Cirque Du Soleil show, Kooza.
Barbra posed with cast backstage.
January 28, 2010
“Doc” on Blu-Ray From Warner
In related news to Tuesday's post ... Warner Home Video has published a list of upcoming titles they're releasing on Blu-Ray disc.
What's Up, Doc? is currently scheduled for Aug. 10, 2010 (date subject to change). No word yet on bonus features ... but stay tuned!
Fockers Pushed Back
EW.com reports that:
Universal Pictures announced today a slew of date changes for its 2010 slate, moves that should help the industry in its heroic quest to meet the grosses from the record 2009 year. The studio is moving its third film in the Meet the Parents franchise Little Fockers out of the summer and into the holiday season ...
Look for Streisand to reprise her role as Roz Focker in Little Fockers in December 2010.
January 27, 2010
Barbra Streisand was spotted departing E. Baldi restaurant in Beverly Hills (a “traditional Tuscan cuisine” restaurant) yesterday. Apparently, she was lunching with Anjelica Huston.
January 26, 2010
“Doc” Screens in Washington, D.C.
Here's a “local” news item for any fans in the Washington, D.C.-area...
The American Film Institute Silver Theatre is screening Barbra's 1972 comedy, What's Up, Doc? on February 19 and 21. The AFI Silver theater is located in Silver, Spring, MD.
Here's their site: http://www.afi.com/silver/new/
(And, yes, I'll be there!)
January 19, 2010
On the Golden Globe Awards last night, Glee's creator Ryan Murphy thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press, “...and Miss Barbra Streisand” upon reaching the podium to accept the award for Best TV Comedy or Musical.
One More Shot of Roz ...
Here's another cool shot of Barbra Streisand on the Little Fockers set back in December, shooting her short appearance. The film is due July 2010.
January 4, 2010
Happy New Year , More...
Hello Barbra Streisand fans, and Happy New Year to you!! I'm back from my travels and get-togethers.
All of the 2009 news you usually find here has been archived on this page.
Here's the latest Streisand news, too:
Tamir Hendelman Interview
Pianist Tamir Hendelman talks about playing for Barbra (Village Vanguard). Read it here.
Village Vanguard DVD Delayed
Looks like the previously announced Feb. 2, 2010 release date has been changed. The DVD will, most likely, be out by 2nd Quarter 2010 (April or May).
Good-bye Bob Willoughby, Photographer
From the NY Times:
Bob Willoughby, whose photographs, taken on location, of Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Dustin Hoffman and other stars brought a new intimacy and spontaneity to the Hollywood portrait, died on Dec. 18 at his home in Vence, in the South of France. He was 82. The cause was cancer, said his son Christopher.
Willoughby photographed Streisand and husband Elliott Gould in 1963 at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool.
Later, in 1968, Willoughby visited the Goulds at their New York apartment and photographed them doting over their newborn son, Jason Gould.
Barbra Gets Her Shop On
(Above): Here's James Brolin and wife Barbra Streisand getting some last-minute shopping done on Dec. 20, 2009.