The news below is from 2005 and has been archived here on this page.
[Note: In 2005, I formatted the news differently than other years here at Barbra Archives. So this page is a bit irregular compared to other news pages.]
December 15, 2005
Streisand to Duet with Bennett?
A recent article in Variety included this sentence about Tony Bennett: "For his 80th birthday celebration in 2006, Bennett is set to record an album with all who have dueted with him, including Barbra Streisand."
Streisand has NOT dueted with Bennett to date. Does this mean the duo will enter the recording studio together in 2006 for the first time?
Streisand Makes TV Guide's List ...
Cable's TV Land will premiere TV Guide and TV Land Present: The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments on Monday, December 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This five-part special -- which coincides with the December 1 publication of TV Guide's editorial feature -- looks at some of the most unexpected milestones in television history.
"BARBRA STREISAND CRASHES COFFEE TALK" is the Number 20 "Most Unexpected TV Moment" on the list. It was on 2/22/92 that Barbra made a surprise cameo appearance on the Mike Myers sketch and stunned the TV audience. Streisand fans who were watching that night were doubly surprised!
Streisand And Marshall Talk ...
Director Rob Marshall, the man who brought CHICAGO to the screen, has been doing press for his new film, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. When speaking about future projects, he recently told columnist Army Archerd, "Streisand and I have been talking ... and she said she WANTS to be directed."
Streisand Specials on PBS ...
Local PBS stations aired My Name is Barbra for local pledge drives. Color Me Barbra will air on PBS in March 2006.
YENTL Gets Region 2 DVD Release ...
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/MGM announced the release of Yentl for 28th of November, priced at around £12.99. Region 2 encoding (Europe, Japan, South Africa and the Middle East including Egypt). The disc will feature a 1.33:1 aspect ratio transfer and Dolby Digital Mono audio, but no supplemental features have been announced.
NOvember 2, 2005
Starwares Live Streisand Auction Nov. 10
To start off what is planned to be an on-going series of auctions, Star Wares are offering an exclusive collection of some of the finest items in their inventory directly from the home of Barbra Streisand. The Barbra Streisand personal collection of career memorabilia, antiques and personal items was acquired when Julien Auctions stopped their Ebay auctions. Amongst the offerings are career items and antiques never offered for sale prior to this. The items and lots have been selected to sell at competitive live auction prices, though several lots are prime for smaller budgets. Though Star Wares plans to continue the daily ebay sales of Barbra Streisand's items after this, much of that will depend on the success of this auction. Fans are encouraged to bid competitively at this auction, as this may be one of the last times exclusive career memorabilia will be offered.
All monies from Barbra Streisand's auctions through Star Wares goes to Streisand's foundation, and purchase prices, with receipts are considered contributions to the foundation. The Streisand Foundation supports after school programs for disadvantaged children, breast cancer, civil rights organizations and environmental causes.
Each item will come with a certificate of authenticity stating that the purchase is from The Collection of Barbra Streisand to benefit "The Streisand Foundation." Each certificate will feature a picture of the item purchased and the certificate will be signed by Barbra Streisand and by Marcia Tysseling of Star Wares Collectibles.
The auction will close Sunday Nov. 20. As long as payments are received within two weeks of auction close, Star Wares can guarantee delivery for Christmas 2005.
Here is a bit more info for everyone:
- The items will go up this Thursday, Nov. 10 during the day.
- The items can be viewed on ebay.
- The procedure for bidding for LIVE EBAY auctions requires everyone to register for the auction. After a short wait for approval, people can start bidding at anytime during the 10 days prior to the auction. The auction can then be viewed Sunday Nov. 20 "LIVE" as the last bids come in and the items close.
Woolsey Ackerman of Star Wares has put together "lots" consisting of numerous items of personal wardrobe, some stunning antiques and deco items, and career-oriented wigs for YENTL, WAY WE WERE, FOR PETE'S SAKE, ALL NIGHT LONG and early hair items likely from FUNNY GIRL. There are set models for NUTS and PRINCE OF TIDES, which Streisand used for her directing. There are sets of original approval art for several albums, set decor from THE CONCERT and of great interest, three hats from ON A CLEAR DAY, including the hat Barbra wears at the end of the film, singing the title song. Items all have starting bid prices. They range between $50.00 and $1000.00.
November 2, 2005
Barbra on Extra!
A new interview with Barbra airs 11/3 and 11/4.
Make sure to watch a 2-part interview with Barbra on the syndicated entertainment show, Extra. Here are some quotes from the interview:
- On the pressures of plastic surgery in Hollywood: "I really do need my eyes done, I must say. They're hanging down. I'd do the minimum I could possibly get away with."
- On political overtones in her song, "Stranger in a Strange Land," she comments, "It's really about supporting our troops who are fighting in my opinion a senseless war."
- About her guilty pleasures, "Eating bialys...it's an onion bagel. I love ice cream. I like good food, I love to eat..."
- On meeting husband James Brolin: "I saw a guy with his head shaved off, no beard. I just said hello and then disappeared until I had to sit down next to him at dinner." Her longtime assistant was on hand to take her home, but Brolin offered to take her instead. Streisand says, "I hadn't had a man say that to me, 'I'm taking you home.' I really liked that."
October 25, 2005
Streisand on Ellen Degeneres Show
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW featured an interview with Barbra Streisand on Monday, October 24th.
Comedienne ELLEN DEGENERES thrilled four Streisand superfans when she took them with her to Streisand's "home." (Barbra's publicist let The Barbra Archives know that the interview was not done at Barbra Streisand's estate. It was at someone else's private residence eight or ten miles from where Barbra lives.)
Ellen asked some fun questions (James Brolin: Boxers or briefs?) and even relayed some of the fans' questions to Barbra (example: "What kind of bra do you wear?"). Barbra also revealed that a dear friend had recently died and Ellen thanked her for doing the interview despite her loss. Although just a few minutes long, the interview was fun. Columbia Records bought some commercial time advertising the new album, and Ellen plugged it at the end of the interview, so look for "Guilty Pleasures" sales to increase. As Barbra told Ellen, "you've got good ratings."
August 30, 2005
Guilty: The 25th Anniversary Edition was released on 2-sided DualDisc featuring newly remastered stereo mix by Stephen Marcussen in CD audio and on the flip side a DVD featuring the following:
- Enhanced PCM Stereo mix
- New exclusive interview with Barbra and Barry on working together, filmed during in June 2005 during the sessions for their new album Guilty Pleasures
- "Guilty" performed live by Barbra and Barry in 1986 from upcoming One Voice DVD
- "What Kind Of Fool" performed live by Barbra and Barry in 1986 from upcoming One Voice DVD
- Exclusive excerpt of video performance of "Stranger In A Strange Land," a new song to preview the upcoming September 20, 2005 Streisand CD and DualDisc Guilty Pleasures
- Photo gallery from original Mario Casilli photo session for Guilty
Juley 23, 2005
Happy Birthday, Jim!
From today's Diane Bell/San Diego Tribune column:
Barbra Streisand staged a 65th birthday celebration for her husband, James Brolin, Sunday at their Malibu home. Among a small gathering of family and friends, including son/actor Josh Brolin and musician Kenny G, were San Diegans Stu Segall and his wife, Wendy. Segall produced Brolin's former TV series, "Pensacola: Wings of Gold," here. Now Brolin is about to start work on a new TV series, "Coast Guard." Streisand isn't sitting idle, either. She's recording a new album. For Wendy, a highlight of the evening was getting to share about an hour of "girl talk" with Streisand on the den sofa.
June 22, 2005
Barbra's opening line in Funny Girl was number 81 on AFI'S 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases.
The American Film Institute (AFI) revealed the top movie quotes of all time on a three-hour special television event on CBS hosted by actor and action star Pierce Brosnan with commentary from many of Hollywood's most celebrated actors and filmmakers.
June 13, 2005
Star is Born DVD Press Release
Burbank, Calif., June 13, 2005 – The incomparable talent of Streisand, the magnetism of Kris Kristofferson and the reckless world of rock ‘n’ roll create a winning combination in A Star Is Born which debuts on DVD from Warner Home Video (WHV). This 1976 version of the classic screen love story includes audio commentary from Streisand, a remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, additional scenes and wardrobe tests, also with Streisand commentary.
A Star Is Born DVD Special Features include:
- Commentary by Barbra Streisand
- Wardrobe Tests: with commentary by Barbra Streisand. Includes montage cut to the song
- “Queen Bee” from the original wardrobe tests.
- Additional Scenes with Optional On/Off Commentary by Barbra Streisand
- A Star Is Born trailer gallery
- Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
[Archives Note: THE RELEASE WAS DELAYED UNTIL 2006 ]
May 24, 2005
Barbra & James Attend Oprah's Legends Luncheon
Barbra and husband James Brolin attended Oprah Winfrey's Legends weekend at the Bacara resort, honoring African American Women on Saturday, May 14th in Santa Barbara, California.
People magazine published a photo of Streisand, looking beautiful, at the party. She posed with Senator Barack Obama.
Look for more coverage in Oprah's "O Magazine" in the August issue.
April 19, 2005
Streisand in PSA for Alzheimer's
From Brand Week:
Barbara Streisand and Peter Falk are the featured players in a national PSA campaign from the Alzheimer's Association.
The effort takes one of Streisand's signature songs as its theme, "The Way We Were," which she also sings in the TV spot. Falk does VO in the spot, which was directed and produced by trio films, Los Angeles.
The Alzheimer's Association, Chicago, said this is the first time that Streisand has released the rights to this song. The overall theme of the PSA is to "encourage American's to protect their precious memories" by joining the fight against Alzheimer's.
The Barbra Archives checked out the very moving spot. Barbra does not appear in it. The spot features the lusciously orchestrated movie version of her vocal for "The Way We Were."
April 15, 2005
In Army Archerd's column yesterday, he focused on Barbra's Barwood Films. Barwood, along with the Gary Smith Co. and Sonny Murray have acquired the rights to "Mendel's Dwarf," a novel by Simon Mawer, about a scientist who struggles to unravel the genetic secrets of achondroplasia (dwarfism) as well as his entangled relationship with a woman.
Sonny Murray is scripting; Peter Dinklage will star; Streisand will executive produce with Cis Corman and Gary Smith.
And Archerd quotes Streisand:
What attracted Streisand to the project, she said, is that it "uniquely combined elements of science, fantasy and the brave new world of genetic research. It explores the future of humanity, eugenics, the existence of God as well as the meaning of true love and acceptance."
March 29, 2005
Barbra Sends Video to Sondheim
Barbra participated in the Sondheim tribute Monday 3/21 via video.
Barbra, with Sammy her dog growling in the background, remembered the weekend she spent with Sondheim while he rewrote the lyrics for "Putting It Together" — on her 1985 Broadway Album.
According to Michael Musto's column, Barbra said:
"Stephen, I'll never forget the time I kept you prisoner in my Malibu house so you could write eight new rhymes for 'Putting It Together.' "
Playbill online wrote:
Children and Art, the salute to Stephen Sondheim March 21 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, celebrating the 75th birthday of the famed Broadway composer-lyricist, will feature video segments from Barbra Streisand and the cast of "Desperate Housewives."
Star is Born DVD Due Out Before End of Year
In an online chat sponsored by Home Theater Forum this evening, reps from Warner Home Video took questions from DVD fans about their upcoming release slate. Regarding the Streisand DVD, Warner Home Video said the following:
"A STAR IS BORN '76 will be out before the end of the year."
March 1, 2005
All About Barbra Magazine Celebrates
AAB celebrates its 20th year of publishing! Congratulations to Lynne Pounder and the entire AAB Team.
After Sunday evening's Oscar telecast (where co-presenter Dustin Hoffman was obviously "celebrating") Barbra changed into a black tuxedo suit and attended the Governors Ball (a sit-down dinner) with her husband, James Brolin.
In USA Today, it was reported Barbra said, "I'm starving," as she put on black-rimmed glasses (which she had forgotten to wear while presenting the Best Picture Oscar), and dragged James Brolin to their table.
Later, at a party in the home of Dani Janssen, NY Daily News reported: "Word is the biggest cutups were those good-time gals Barbra Streisand and Oprah Winfrey."
February 27, 2005
Barbra & Dustin Give Oscar to Clint
Barbra and Dustin Hoffman gave out the last award of the evening at the 77th Academy Awards, which aired on ABC tonight.
After Dustin told Barbra she looked beautiful, Barbra said "Thank you, Bernie," affectionately calling Dustin by his MEET THE FOCKERS character name.
After Dustin read the nominees, Barbra reached for the envelope. After opening it to read the winner, she announced that she wasn't wearing her glasses, and therefore couldn't read the name. Dustin looked at the name on the envelope and whispered it in Barbra's ear.
Barbra turned to the audience and smiled, "I'm so glad to give you this award again, Clint."
MILLION DOLLAR BABY won the Oscar for Best Picture. Barbra had given the Oscar to Clint Eastwood in 1993 for Best Director.
February 26, 2005
Official: Streisand Presenting at Oscars
AMPAS' press release, issued yesterday, confirms Barbra will be a presenter on tomorrow night's show.
February 19, 2005
Barbra, Bill, Stephen, & Harold
Barbra and Bill Clinton are honorary chairs for a benefit that will honor Stephen Sondheim. The proceeds from the evening will go to Young Playwrights, Inc. For more information on the concert, go to www.sondheim75.com.
Barbra is also serving as an honorary chair for the Harold Arlen Centennial celebration. Barbra will not be singing live, however she has been quoted in several newspaper articles about the composer:
"His melodies hit you in the gut ... soulful, almost painful, moving,"
"When I got to duet with him singing Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead, I came to know the little-boy part of Harold," Streisand recalls. "We had fun being kids together on that recording. I believe that decades from now, people will be as affected by his music as I've been. Thank you, Harold."
January 6, 2005
Barbra & Jim Attend Movie Premiere!
Barbra and hubby Jim were spotted in Santa Barbara at the Sun Valley Premiere screening of "Motorcycle Diaries" at the Magic Lantern Theater.