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April 29, 2017
Barbra at Tribeca Talks
I'm just back from seeing Barbra Streisand at the Tribeca Film Festival at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. It was great fun to hang out (for hours!) with other Barbra fans in line, anxious to get close to their idol who was talking about her film career in a rare public appearance.
Thanks to the amazing Joe Naughton for these fan photos!!
My (quick) thoughts about the evening:
Rodriguez may have been a strange pairing with Barbra but — based on his family history with Streisand (a strong mother who watched her movies) — IT WORKED!
Barbra looked amazing.
The big surprises, for me, were (1) her honesty about director Frank Pierson for A STAR IS BORN. That's the first time I've heard Barbra give solid examples of how they clashed. (2) her passion for the cut scenes from THE WAY WE WERE and how that really motivated her to become a director. (3) her willingness to engage and talk about (a little!) sexism in regards to her career in Hollywood.
The Hollywood Reporter sums up this evening best (Photos by Dia Dipasupil):
"A lot of you are probably wondering why I'm here," Rodriguez said to the crowd. Apparently, his Streisand fandom dates back to his boyhood, growing up in a 10-child household in San Antonio, TX. "In our household, there was no bigger star than Barbra Streisand," he explained to a crowd that needed no converting. "My mom loved to talk to her 10 children about two things: God and Barbra Streisand."
Over the course of 70 minutes (which included a Q&A section at the end) Streisand and Rodriguez talked about her legendary filmography, her pioneering work as a female director and why you can't bring up walls in her presence. Here are a few highlights.
Shutting Down the Stories About Her Fighting With Funny Girl Director William Wyler
"I learned to despise the media [working on that movie]. Every time I had a suggestion [on set] it was put in the paper like we were fighting." Why? "Opinions weren't popular in the '60s with women." In real life, she said she got along quite well with "Willy Wyler," recalling that he would run dailies by her and that they kept in touch until his death.
The Director She DID Have Issues With
"That was tough," she recalled of working with director Frank Pierson on the 1976 remake of A Star Is Born. "I was, in a sense, blackmailed into having that director," she said, explaining that Pierson used his script as leverage to get into the director's chair.
"I would say I'm an actress first, only because I started singing because I couldn't get a job as an actress, and I started directing because I couldn't be heard as an actress."
While Yentl received praise in many quarters, Streisand said she tends to forget good reviews and focuses on the negative ones instead. Looking back on it now, she admitted, "[The criticism] must have hurt me more than I thought because I didn't want to direct for years after that."
Her Early Career Idol
"Johnny Mathis. He was so beautiful, those dark eyes…. And he seemed like he was in pain a bit. I'm always drawn to pain."
Why She Loves Directing Herself
"There's less people to argue with."
On Female Directors
"I love when I see a woman's name on a movie and I pray it's good."
On Fear & He Who Must Not Be Named
Streisand: "Fear is an engine to create."
Rodriguez: "That's great – you turn fear into an engine, not a wall."
Streisand: "Don't mention a wall to me."
April 25, 2017
Barbra Celebrates Her Birthday!
Last night at Rande Gerber's Malibu restaurant Cafe Habana, Barbra Streisand celebrated her 75th birthday surrounded by her family, good friends, colleagues, and more.
Attending were Gerber's wife Cindy Crawford, David Foster, Pierce Brosnan, Josh Brolin and James Brolin, Quincy Jones, Richard Marx, his wife Daisy Fuentes, Rosanna Arquette, and Katharine McPhee. Also, Donna Karan, photographer Russell James, and Carole Bayer Sager. Marilyn and Alan Bergman attended as well.
Team Barbra was there: Marty Erlichman, Jay Landers, Richard Jay-Alexander, and Tracy Quinn.
Barbra's sister Roslyn Kind and son Jason Gould attended.
John Mayer and Babyface (Kenny Edmonds) sang for Barbra — Edmonds sang “Evergreen.” Also, magician Jon Dorenbos performed magic for the crowd.
April 24, 2017
Happy Birthday, Barbra!!
Barbra Streisand celebrates her birthday today.
Happy Birthday, Barbra!
You're the best, and I'm so grateful that you're still recording and concertizing ... I hope your special day is filled with love and laughter, friends and family ... and delicious food!
FANS: Post your birthday wishes to Barbra on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #HappyBirthdayBarbra
April 13, 2017
Other information from the interview ....
- She's still writing her autobiography
- She's excited to be the chairwoman of the board for the performing arts center at the World Trade Center.
- She's looking for a new film project to direct.
- She's had offers to sing in Europe and Latin America, but says the May concerts in NY will be the last shows supporting her #1 album, Encore.
- She feels it is important and "bigger than me" to speak out about Trump.
New Streisand Documentary Airs in Europe
The European channel, ARTE, will air "The Way We Were" this weekend, followed by a new, 52-minute documentary directed by Nicolas Maupied and produced by ARTE FRANCE, entitled Barbra Streisand, naissance d'une diva — 1942-1984 (or: "Barbra Streisand, becoming a diva").
The documentary is described: This film recounts the unstoppable rise of the Funny Girl, who became the first female megastar, from her birth in 1942 to the peak of her career in 1983.
The film features rare, historical clips of Streisand performing and being interviewed, as well as new interviews with people from her early career like Allan Miller (acting teacher), Barry Dennen (clips of his recordings of Streisand are played), and Bob Schulenberg.
Check your local listings ... I'm told this is only airing in Europe. The film's narration is in French, and the historical clips are in English (with French subtitles).
April 6, 2017
Streisand presents Meyer Award
Last night, Barbra Streisand presented NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer with the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Humanitarian Award at the organization's 2017 National Tribute Dinner — the Oscars for L.A.'s Jewish community — on April 5 at The Beverly Hilton.
[Source: Hollywood Reporter .... Photo by Frederick M. Brown]
March 29, 2017
“People” Added to National Recording Registry
Barbra Streisand's signature song, "People," has been deemed worthy of preservation as part of America's heritage by the Library of Congress.
Time Magazine reports, “These recordings are among 25 new additions to the Library's National Recording Registry, which preserves an ever-expanding list of sound recordings because they are recognized to be 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.' The new additions bring the total number of titles on the registry to 475.”
“It is so humbling and gratifying to learn that my recording of the song 'People' by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill will be installed in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress,” said Streisand in a statement. “I believe "People" touched our common desire to relate to others with love and caring, and I’ve always tried to express this in my renditions of this magical song.”
March 26, 2017
Streisand at Tribeca Talks
Barbra Streisand will be at the Tribeca Film Festival!
Tribeca Talks: Storytellers, which spotlights pioneering creators who work across mediums to tell their stories, will feature Barbra Streisand in conversation with director Robert Rodriguez.
Barbra will converse on her unparalleled career and force field of creativity.
DATE: Saturday, April 29
LOCATION: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
$40 Tickets for Tribeca Talks go on sale 11am on Tuesday, March 28, and can be purchased online at www.tribecafilm.com, by telephone(866) 941-FEST (3378), or at the ticket outlet located at Cinepolis Chelsea (260 W. 23rd Street).
February 1, 2017
- Streisand plans to reprise last year’s “The Music . . . The Mem’ries . . . The Magic!” tour with two special shows she is calling “The Encore” at Nassau Coliseum on May 4 and Barclays Center on May 6.
- Tickets for both shows will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. EST Feb. 10 through Ticketmaster.
According to Ticketmaster:
- Feb. 06 at 10 a.m. EST — AMERICAN EXPRESS PRESALE
- Feb. 09 at 10 a.m. EST — INTERNET PRESALE * Use the password “ENCORE”
January 25, 2017
Barbra at LA Women's March
On Saturday, January 21, 2017 women and men marched peacefully in solidarity for the protection of their rights, their safety, their health, and their families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. Marches held in more than 500 U.S. cities were attended by at least 3.3 million people. This event was possibly the largest demonstration in U.S. history.
California Democrat — Rep. Maxine Waters— told CNN “The crowd itself is the message,” she said. “Wherever (Trump) is, he's looking at this, he's witnessing this and he's got to know that something is being said here today about him, that he'd better know that he can't get away with doing some of the things that he said he's going to do.”
In Los Angeles, Barbra Streisand partipated in the march. Introduced by Rufus Wainwright, Barbra appeared on stage and made a speech. Barbra also posed for several “selfies” with her fellow marchers.
It was quite a happening.
I am proud that Barbra Streisand participated and spoke. She is, first, a citizen. And you can read her thoughts on the artist as citizen here.
Jason Working On Music
Barbra's son, Jason Gould [@JasonGouldMusic on Twitter, and Facebook too], is working on new music with Quincy Jones. He has been posting photos of himself and Q at work in the recording studio. I'll post more info when it's available, but it looks like a new recording from Jason will be out soon!
All About Barbra #81
Editor Lynne Pounder has revealed the cover of All About Barbra magazine issue #81. Check out the AAB site for more info. They will be posting links to order the magazine soon. Lynne says #81 will be out in February 2017.
Doc in L.A. for TCM
Los Angeles! Barbra's hilarious 1972 film, What's Up, Doc? will be screened during the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival, held April 6-9, 2017.
Visit their site for more info. They have advertised that director Peter Bogdanovich will attend and speak.
Spring in Long Island
At Showbiz 411, Roger Friedman reported that Barbra Streisand will perform this Spring at the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, NY. There are no official dates or information yet ... stay tuned!
January 6, 2017
New Year — More Barbra
Happy New Year!!
Streisand at Grammy Museum
Last night, Barbra Streisand appeared in person at The GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE. Presented by American Express, A Conversation With Barbra Streisand was moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli.
Billboard published a great summary of what Streisand and Santelli discussed — you can read it here.
- On her drive: “It's a combination of confidence and enormous self doubt. You're always afraid that you're not good enough but you know you have the vision. You can see yourself doing it and you have to make it happen."
- Billboard says Barbra has turned to writing her memoir because “there's no money to continue making the films she so wants to make.”
- “It’s frustrating to make movies nowadays,” she said. “I can’t control it.”
- Barbra is looking back at 20 or so journals that she has kept going back 25 to 30 years.
- When recording, Barbra only likes to do a maximum of four vocal takes.
- Barbra says she has two more dates in New York in the calendar: one in Nassau County, the other around the TriBeCa Film Festival.
- Barbra wavered on any questions surrounding future tours.
- Regarding a new album: Barbra teased that her next one could be a solo record.
Barbra Streisand has been nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway).
Other nominees in that category this year are:
Cinema — Andrea Bocelli
Fallen Angels — Bob Dylan
Stages Live — Josh Groban
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin — Willie Nelson
The Grammys air February 12, 2017.
Barbra hasn't won a Grammy for her recording work since 1987 (The Broadway Album) !! It seems like she is majorly overdue for this honor.
Billboard 2016 Year End Charts
Billboard has posted its 2016 year-end charts. The music industry magazine places Barbra's #1 album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway at #127 for the year.
D.C. Streisand Concert
Streisand fans in Washington, D.C. .... The American Pops Orchestra presents “Don’t Rain on My Parade: 75 Years of Streisand” on January 13, 2017 at 8 PM at Lisner Auditorium. Fran Drescher (The Nanny) will host.
Legendary artist and ten-time Grammy winner Barbra Streisand marks her 75th birthday in 2017. Celebrating this iconic star and songs from Broadway to Pop and everything in between, this program demonstrates why the music of Barbra Streisand remains a centerpiece of the American Songbook and why, much like a milestone birthday and the artist herself, her music deserves great celebration. With a parade of special Broadway guests, including Amber Iman, Lindsay Mendez, Laura Osnes, and more!