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February 27, 2015
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February 21, 2015
New Streisand Interview!
Streisand fans mobilized online and voted their idol as the #1 Most Iconic New York Celebrity over at 1010Wins/CBS New York.
Barbra participated in a 15-minute telephone interview, which you can hear over at the 1010Wins website. She speaks about being a New Yorker, her Partners album, and womens heart health.
February 18, 2015
Streisand at ASC
“I was really so lucky because I got to work with some of the best cinematographers in the world,” Barbra told the ASC Awards crowd Sunday night.
Deadline reported some of Barbra's heartfelt speech from the American Society of Cinematographers awards—Barbra received the Board of Governors Award:
“When I arrived in Hollywood I didn’t have the usual qualifications for a movie star,” she said. “I have a strange face, very different from each side. People who are easy to photograph typically have very symmetrical faces, big heads, big eyes. I have a small head, a very odd nose, my mouth is too big and my eyes are too small. But Harry enjoyed the challenge and we became fast friends. We spent hours experimenting with the light, hard lights, eye lights… Harry even rigged up what he called a ‘Strei-light’ held by a best boy who followed me around when I moved. It was fantastic.
“He was born in 1901 and had photographed all the great stars like Marlene Dietrich, Vivien Leigh and Katherine Hepburn. He was used to women with strong opinions, and we had a wonderful collaborative relationship. I felt so safe in his hands, so much so I wanted him for every film I made, and so he did my first four films until he retired.”
From the stage, Barbra shared anecdotes about her collaborations with cinematographers Harry Stradling Sr., Laszlo Kovacs, Gordon Willis, Robert Surtees and James Wong Howe, as well as David Watkin, BSC, who shot her directing debut, Yentl. “My favorite cameramen were the ones who never said, ‘No, it can’t be done,’” said Streisand. “Every director needs a partner to support his or her vision, and that, of course, is the cinematographer. Without that support, it’s a nightmare. With it, it’s a joy.”
Barbra Streisand accepted the ASC Board of Governors Award from cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak (Nuts, Mirror Has Two Faces) and they posed together.
February 13, 2015
LaGravenese Talks Gypsy
Richard LaGravenese is out and about publicizing his new movie musical The Last Five Years (which I intend to see this weekend ... Love the show it's based on!)
LaGravenese wrote The Mirror Has Two Faces, of course. One of my favorite films of his is Living Out Loud with Holly Hunter—a fantastic film. And, of course, he wrote the screenplay for the recent Behind the Candleabra, about Liberace.
Thankfully, he has been interviewed by intelligent people who asked him all the right questions about his new screenplay for Barbra Streisand's movie musical version of Gypsy.
Best is Queerty.com's interview. Read it in full here.
A few choice excerpts:
- “I finished [the screenplay] before Christmas. Barbra and I worked on it from September through the fall. I had the best time with her. I can’t even tell you. It was like a fantasy come true. I did my first draft and went to her house to do rewrites. She’s so meticulous in the best possible way. We went through it page by page by page. I played Herbie and she played Rose. I’d play Louise and she’d play Rose. We laughed and had the best time together. I hope it gets made because having her sing that score and play that part would be the penultimate moment for those of us who love that musical. She’s just extraordinary to work with. She cares so much. She’s so passionate about it. She’s so smart. We had such a great time ... The script is at the studio. Joel Silver is a very tenacious producer. I hear that he’s going to make sure this happens.”
- Regarding Barbra's age, he said: “I think it’s more about her singing that score. She’s an actress and it’s a movie. When Sarah Bernhardt was in her 70s she was performing younger roles. It doesn’t matter to me. She looks fantastic, first of all. I’m not going to be watching the movie doing math. I just want to hear her do that part. I know she can do it. For those who are going to have that problem, nothing we do is going to help that. They’re going to be out to comment on that. I’d rather have her play the part and sing that score and fuck the rest of it. ”
- On how he's written his screenplay: “... she sent me Gypsy to read and it just evolved into wanting to do a rewrite on it, which was primarily about putting Arthur Laurents’ book back into it, because it’s the best fucking book of any musical. [Laughs] And then expanding and doing things I’ve always wanted to do in terms of character for Louise and the relationship between June and Louise. It’s a tough show to make cinematic. “Some People” is a very tough song to make cinematic. It’s a dynamic song, but it takes place in a kitchen. So how do you film that? It’s the toughest number in the show. All of those things we worked on were really fun.”
- On who will direct: “I can’t answer that.”
February 11, 2015
Barbra Streisand appeared at the 67th Director's Guild Awards this weekend and presented director Glenn Weiss with the Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Variety/Talk/News/Sports award for his work on the 68th Annual Tony Awards.
Barbra posed with Glee's Lea Michele that evening, and later announced via social media:
So happy that @msleamichele is a new ambassador to help promote the cause of women’s heart disease.
Unfortunately, Barbra did not win her Grammy category this year. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga won and performed a song on the Grammys. Barbra did not attend.
How does that song go? “Oh well, some other time .....”
Healthy Living Magazine
Barbra speaks to the magazine (February 2015 issue) about her favorite cause: women's heart health.
February 3, 2015
Barbra at DGA
Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay yesterday announced the presenters for the 67th Annual DGA Awards.
Barbra Streisand will present.
The ceremony, to be hosted by Jane Lynch, will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Barbra will also be awarded the American Society of Cinematographers' Board of Governors Award on February 15, 2015.
Still no word on Barbra appearing on the Grammy Awards (Feb. 8) or Oscars (Feb. 22).
iTunes Masters Are Up
Barbra's iTunes store got an upgrade, including several of her classic albums "Mastered for iTunes."
Many fans already own these albums on CD, but I listened to the new iTunes mastered People album — it sounds very good to my ears! An improvement over the CD.Barbra Streisand iTunes Store
Barbra Archives on Facebook
I finally started a Facebook page for Barbra Archives!
I'm hoping it will be an extension of this site, with news, discussion, photos, and links to historical pages here.
You can also follow me on Twitter -- where I post lots of links to stories about Barbra Streisand that I don't have time to post here.
January 20, 2015
Partners Goes Platinum
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 16, 2015 certified Barbra's latest album, Partners—which has sold 1 million units—as a Platinum Album.
With her latest album Partners reaching Platinum certification, Streisand extends her record for the most Platinum album certifications for a woman in RIAA history. Incredibly, Partners is her 31st album to ship more than 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. The closest competition? Reba McEntire, who has 19 Platinum-certified albums.
Congratulations Barbra and all the creative team that worked on the album!
Barbra's last Platinum-selling album was Essential Barbra Streisand in 2003.
January 14, 2015
ASC to Salute Streisand with Governors Award
LOS ANGELES — Barbra Streisand will receive the ASC Board of Governors Award this year. The filmmaker/entertainer will accept the honor at the 29th Annual ASC Awards gala, which will take place Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“Barbra Streisand’s accomplishments across the entertainment industry are unparalleled, and we look forward to celebrating her groundbreaking contributions to the art of filmmaking,” said ASC President Richard Crudo. “The three films she has directed earned 14 Academy Award nominations, and her skill in working with cinematographers in achieving her vision is a hallmark of her directorial work.”
Streisand was the first American woman to direct, write, produce and star in a feature-length motion picture, Yentl (1983), which was shot by David Watkin, BSC. She also directed, produced and starred in The Prince of Tides (1991), shot by Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC, and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), shot by Andrzej Bartkowiak, ASC, and Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC.
She is the only artist to win Academy, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, DGA, Peabody and Golden Globe awards, as well as France’s Légion d’honneur, the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award and Kennedy Center Honors.
The ASC Board of Governors Award is bestowed on an individual who has advanced the art and craft of filmmaking. Previous recipients include Christopher Nolan, Warren Beatty, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Julia Roberts, Ron Howard and Sydney Pollack.
For tickets to the ASC Awards, call (323) 969-4333.
January 4, 2015
Happy New Year!
Here's to a fantastic 2015!
Meanwhile, I've made some design updates to all the pages on the site .... just keeping things fresh! Click around the different sections of the website to explore!
Hope you enjoy.
December 24, 2014
Double Barbra + Gorgeous Blus
Barbra's comedy films The Owl and the Pussycat and For Pete's Sake have been repackaged into a DVD Double Feature by Mill Creek Entertainment.
Due February 3, 2015, you can pre-order from Amazon.com right now.
Meanwhile, I've had a chance to review both Funny Lady and Yentl on Blu-ray from Twilight Time—they were released last week. In a nutshell: both are glorious!
- Yentl is presented on Blu-ray with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.66:1. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound mix sounds amazing. David Watkins' cinematography has never looked better: you can see details of the intricate lace, wood grain and curly hair better than ever. And his beautifully golden tones look fantastic ... a look he achieved years before Hollywood began using digital post-production for that effect.
- Funny Lady is presented on Blu-ray with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.39:1. It's never sounded better either: the 5.1 audio mix sounds great in my home theater. The image is gorgeous: no specks or flaws in the negative that I can see. Let me say two things about Funny Lady, outside of its technical merits:
- This is such an underrated film! Although its tone is so different from Funny Girl, it stands on its own. Barbra's performance is so good here, too! Why have I forgotten the lovely "I need you" scene in bed with James Caan? Fantastic performance!
- When Funny Lady was originally released on DVD, there were no bonus features. On this Blu-ray release there are several, and they are very special: The featurettes (In Search of a Star; The New Look of Barbra in Funny Lady; Dancing on the Water; Original Domestic Theatrical Trailer; Original International Theatrical Trailer) are all a BIG treat. If you watch closely, almost each one contains some of the musical numbers which were filmed then cut from Funny Lady. These really make the Blu-ray special.
These limited edition [3,000 units] Blu-rays are sold exclusively at www.screenarchives.com (you will not find them at Amazon).
For my friends in Europe: These are REGION FREE BLU-RAY DISCS.
I've included couple of screen shots from the Blu-ray discs below to illustrate how lovely they look. [Note: Screen shots have been downsized from the1080p disc, and then compressed as a JPEG for this page. It should give you a general idea of what the Streisand Blu-rays will look like, although not representative of the true quality that Blu-ray offers.]
December 10, 2014
On Sunday 7 December, BAFTA paid tribute to five-time BAFTA nominee Terry Rawlings. A BAFTA Tribute: Terry Rawlings honored Rawlings' distinguished career in picture and sound editing across five decades, which has included work on films including Alien, Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner. Rawlings edited Yentl for Barbra Streisand.
An excerpt from the evening:
Ian Haydn Smith: The first musical Terry edited was in 1983. The film was Yentl , its director and star was Barbra Streisand. Though she sent her profound apologies that she could not be here today to celebrate with you Terry, Barbra did record this message.
[Audio recording] Barbra Streisand: Dear Terry, what a wonderful time we had making Yentl . After a day’s shooting, going into the editing room and working with you and you always making me laugh with such pleasure at your gifts as an editor and your delicious personality. Much love to you Terry, Barbra.
December 7, 2014
Barbra on Dr. Oz Show
Airing Tuesday, December 9th!
Barbra Streisand Speaks Out On The #1 Killer Of Women—Barbra Streisand shares her passion to fight the number one killer of women that one out of will die from. Plus, for the first time, Barbra gets a surprise she never expected.
Dr. Oz airs on Fox stations. Check your local listings for times.
Barbra's album Partners was nominated for a Grammy Award!
BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM. Here's the other nominees:
- Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek
- Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
- Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
- Barbra Streisand, Partners
- Barry Manilow, Night Songs
Barbra Tweeted the following response:
What nice news to wake up to! So happy to share this nomination w/ all my wonderful duet “partners” @michaelbuble Stevie Wonder @JohnMayer @KennyEdmonds @billyjoel @blakeshelton @LionelRichie @AndreaBocelli Jason Gould @johnlegend @joshgroban @ElvisPresley @wafanasieff @TheGrammys. Thank you NARAS. Thrilled & honored. Bx
The Grammys will be held on Feb. 8, 2015 at the Staples Center in L.A. and will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
December 4, 2014
Streisand fans can pick from several recently published books to own this holiday season.
The Taschen-published book Barbra: Streisand's Early Years in Hollywood by photographers Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller is just gorgeous. Truly a spectacular and high-quality large-format book! Streisand has seen it and told People magazine (Dec. 1 issue): “It is a very big book, and I haven't had time to look at every page. But the artful photographs bring back some great memories.”
The price tag on the Taschen book is as hefty as its size ... I can tell you: if you buy it, the book will not disappoint. More about the Taschen Streisand book here.
Meanwhile, James Spada's most excellent book (Streisand: In the Camera Eye) is still selling like hot cakes. At a very affordable price, it is a gorgeous creation as well. Fans will be super-pleased with the high-quality photographs and biographical writing. Order Spada's book from Amazon.com here.
Finally, Paul Busa has updated his self-published book, The Barbra Streisand Record & CD Collector's Guide 1962-2014. The second edition (with a new cover, pictured right) has added Barbra's most recent recordings, and Paul has sprinkled in some new and rare photographs, including a note he received from Barbra herself. Order Busa's book from Amazon.com here.
As long as we're talking about printed matter .... Remember that All About Barbra magazine is getting ready to publish its latest issue. Editor Lynne Pounder has alerted us that the new issue will feature an exciting story: “10 Days in New York with Barbra An International Press Junket for BARBRA STREISAND: PARTNERS” written by Barbra's co-director and friend, Richard Jay-Alexander. Order the magazine here.
November 25, 2014
Barbra Streisand attended a Stop Cancer event at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, November 23rd.
Jason Gould—Barbra's son—sang three songs, according to the Hollywood Reporter, including “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
Barbra did not pose on the red carpet, but here's Jason, looking handsome!
November 18, 2014
Pre-Order Blu-rays Tomorrow (updated)
Twilight Time puts the forthcoming Yentl and Funny Lady Blu-ray discs up for pre-order tomorrow at 4pm EST.
Twilight Time proudly brings BARBRA STREISAND’S poignant “signature” masterpiece to the dazzling Blu-Ray format, in what has been described as the “performance of a lifetime” for this legendary star and filmmaker!
- Release Date: December 9th, 2014
- Pre-order date/link: Wednesday, 19th November at 4 pm EST
- Limited Edition BLU-RAY Release. Only 3,000 units available. Once they are gone – they are gone!
- Technical Specs:
- LANGUAGE: English
- VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.66:1
- AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
- SUBTITLES: English SDH
- 1983 / Color 133 MINUTES (Theatrical Version) / 137 MINUTES (Extended Cut)
- REGION FREE
- Special Features:
- Director's Extended Cut of the Film and the Theatrical Version
- Introduction to the Film by Barbra Streisand
- Audio Commentary by Barbra Streisand and Co-Producer Rusty Lemorande
- Deleted Scenes
- Introduction to Special Features by Barbra Streisand
- The Director's Reel Featurette
- The Rehearsal Process with Materials from Barbra's Archives
- My Wonderful Cast and Crew Featurette
- Deleted Song Storyboard Sequences
- Barbra's 8mm Concept Film with Optional Narration
- Still Galleries
- Theatrical Trailers
Twilight Time brings the incomparable BARBRA STREISAND back to the dazzling Blu-Ray format, in the long sought after follow-up, to the unforgettable FUNNY LADY, in another superb performance for this multi-talented star!
- Release Date: December 9th, 2014
- Pre-order date/link: Wednesday, November 19th at 4 pm EST
- Limited Edition BLU-RAY Release Only 3,000 units available.
- Technical Specs:
- LANGUAGE: English
- VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
- AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
- SUBTITLES: English SDH
- 1975 / Color 138 MINUTES
- REGION FREE
- Special Features *Updated 11/18:
- "In Search of a Star" featurette
- “The New Look of Barbra in “Funny Lady” featurette
- “Dancing on the Water” featurette
- Original Theatrical trailer
- English SDH subtitles
The covers of the booklets that are included with each Blu-ray:
November 17, 2014
Streisand Guests on Bublé Christmas Special
Multi Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bublé celebrates the holiday season with his fourth annual NBC Christmas special, “Michael Bublé’s Christmas in New York,” airing Wednesday, Dec. 17 on NBC (8 p.m. ET/PT).
Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande, Miss Piggy and The Rockettes join Bublé for an hour-long celebration of Christmas, his favorite holiday.