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April 11, 2016
Gypsy went into turnaround at Universal last year, but Barbra's passion to get it made has apparently paid off ....
Variety today reported that “STX Entertainment is in advanced negotiations to make “Gypsy” with the Grammy and Oscar winner taking the lead role, and Oscar-winner Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) directing ....”
Variety explained that Streisand will produce the film with Joel Silver (“Lethal Weapon”). Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King”) has written the script, which Barbra was involved developing.
“It’s Barbra Streisand doing one more, if not the last, movie musical of her career,” said STX Chairman Adam Fogelson. He added that he was excited by “the type of talent that is clamoring to work with her on one of the most famous and satisfying musicals ever.”
UPDATE 4/13: Fogelson also spoke with Deadline. He gave them more details about the Gypsy production, including a possible Fall shoot with an $80 million budget. “There’s a real shot at getting this thing done this year. It’s a fast turnaround,” he said. “ I think Barbra doing a movie like this in her career now is a global event. We all have a vision for it at a price where it all makes sense. It would be incredibly exciting if we figure out how to pull it off,” he said, adding director Barry Levinson is aiming to sign on and has a very good take on the material and the script written by Richard LaGravenese. Joel Silver is still attached as producer.
April 7, 2016
Barbra Posts Recording Pic
Yesterday Barbra Streisand posted a photo of herself, Walter Afanasieff, and Bill Ross at the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage. It looks like Barbra's been recording, although there's been no official announcement about the project ... yet.
In December, Barbra told the Hollywood Reporter, “I love doing my albums because I have a wonderful team that I work with. I have this idea for the album that I can't talk about yet. But there's no ego in it. It's like, I'll say something, they come up with something, and, 'Oh! Ah! Go to the piano and try this!' It's like doing a play.”
March 17, 2016
Barbra Honors Kristofferson
Last night in Nashville, Tennessee at the Bridgestone Arena, country music's biggest stars gathered to honor the life and music of Kris Kristofferson. Barbra Streisand sent a video message.
Speaking about her work with Kristofferson on A Star is Born, Barbra said to him:
... people still stop me and talk about that film. You are a perfect combination of brawn and brains, which not only makes you a great musician, songwriter, and poet and an actor. I want to thank you for being there in my life as I've called on you , needed you ... you were always there for me over the years. So, have a wonderful evening and feel all the love that's coming at you ... and from me too.
March 7, 2016
Dylan & Streisand
Columbia Records recording artist Bob Dylan recently gave more than 6,000 personal items to Tulsa, Okla., where it will be cataloged, digitized and displayed as the Bob Dylan Archive.
One of the items, it's reported, is a handwritten note from Barbra Streisand postmarked November 1978. Barbra thanks Dylan for sending flowers and wrote, “It would be wonderful to make a record with you — especially since I only record with Jewish guys who live in Malibu on CBS.” (Barbra was referencing her duet with Neil Diamond on “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”)
Streisand, after reading about the letter in Dylan's archives, contacted The New York Times to offer some backstory.
I read the recent story in The New York Times about Bob Dylan’s archive, and I was so touched to find out he had saved a note from me.
It prompted me to go back into my own archive and retrieve a letter I had saved from him.
As I remember it, first he sent me flowers and a lovely note, asking me if I would like to sing with him. In return, I sent him the note that’s in his archive, thanking him for the flowers and the invitation. But for whatever reason, it never happened at the time.
Years later … when Yentl was about to come out [in 1983] … he sent me his latest album, along with the letter I still have. In it, he writes, “There are some songs on this album which I’m sure you would love to do.”
He adds, “I’m looking forward to seeing your movie. Maybe you can direct me in one of mine.” And then he goes on to say something that still means so much to me: “You are my favorite star. Your self-determination, wit and temperament and sense of justice have always appealed to me.”
I thought scholars, and fans, might like to know the story behind my note. And I plan to send a copy of his letter to Bob, so it can be included in his archive, as well as mine.
The Dylan Archive was purchased by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa and is being transferred to Oklahoma, where it will be exhibited near the George Kaiser Family Foundation’s Woody Guthrie Center.
March 5, 2016
Pat Conroy Dies
The man who wrote “The Prince of Tides” as well as the novels “The Great Santini,” and “The Lords of Discipline” has died of pancreatic cancer.
The Prince of Tides author Pat Conroy wrote in Barbra's copy of his book that “you're many things, Barbra, but you're also a great teacher... one of the greatest to come into my life”
Photo above: Screenwriter Pat Conroy, actress/singer Barbra Streisand and screenwriter Becky Johnston attend the 44th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards on March 22, 1992 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UPDATE: Barbra posted a statement on her official site:
First, I fell in love with Pat Conroy’s book, The Prince of Tides, and then I fell in love with him. He was generous and kind, humble and loving…such a joy to work with. I was so honored that he entrusted his beautiful book to me. Pat’s natural language was poetry…he wrote sentences that are like an incantation. He observed every nuance of human behavior and dug deep down to the truth…presenting it in all its glorious and stubborn complexity. I am so sad today. I lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a great writer.
March 3, 2016
Barbra Records with Daisy
The Saturday before the Oscars, Barbra Streisand recorded a song with Star Wars star Daisy Ridley.
Star Wars director J.J. Abrams hinted at the duet the week before when he told the press that Ridley had a great singing voice and was due to record a song with a “massive superstar.”
Then, when Daisy Ridley was doing a red carpet interview, she said, “I can tell you everyone's guesses are way off.” She continued, “When J.J. said 'superstar,' he meant a legendary awe-inspiring jaw-dropping superstar.”
On March 1, Ridley Tweeted a photo of herself with Streisand, which sort-of clarified everything.
Barbra is back recording, although the project has not been officially announced yet.
February 18, 2016
2016 is here (it's February ?!), and there have been a few Streisand news items already.
- The Wrap and Hollywood Reporter are both reporting that actress Keira Knightley is in talks for the lead role in Catherine the Great, which Barbra is slated to direct. If you recall, Kristina Lauren Anderson wrote the screenplay, which was on the 2014 “Black List” for best unproduced screenplays. Gil Netter is producing. Knightley and Streisand are both repped by CAA. Most likely, the script, star and director will be packaged by the agency, then sold to a studio. This is not a 'green light,' but nice progress toward actual production. Stay tuned!
- Did you catch Barbra on Modern Family? The episode aired January 6, 2016 on ABC. “Special Guest Star” Barbra Streisand showed up near the end of Modern Family Season 7, Episode 10. The episode was written by Jeffrey Richman, who wrote for the Back to Brooklyn tour, the 2006 tour, and Barbra's show at the Village Vanguard. In the episode, Haley, Alex and Luke are surprised when Uncle Mitchell comes over to cash in on the birthday coupon they gave him for a belated celebration, so they scramble and end up on an impromptu tour of celebrity homes. Actor Ray Liotta saves the day when he takes the four over to Barbra's house gate where Barbra's voice is heard over the loud speaker.
- Barbra is back in the studio recording! At least according to actor/singer Jamie Foxx. On February 17th, he Tweeted this: