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The pop princess isn't alone in threatening to call time on their music career by a long shot
Britney Spears starred in her own fly-on-the-wall documentary I Am Britney Jean for E! over the weekend, in a feature-length outing that allowed fans to see the singer as she prepares for her upcoming residency in Las Vegas. The documentary gave us some revealing tidbits into her set and showed what life as a famous working mother was like, as well as uncovering some of Britney's plans for the future.
Britney Jean might be Brit's last album
While her immediate plans for the future involve her singing at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the next two years, after that Britney reckons that she might be finished with the showbiz industry. The mum-of-two wants to be able to spend more time with her kinds and return to a simpler life, like the one she had in her native Louisiana .
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Barbra Streisand wowed the crowds at the O2 Arena, though not everyone enjoyed the family theme.
Barbra Streisand's Saturday gig at the 02 Arena in London was a family affair as the singer-songwriter and actress was joined by her sister Roslyn "Rozzie" Kind and 46 year-old son, Jason Gould, who both contributed vocals.
Taking to the gigantic stage in a shimmering, black sequinned trouser-suit, 71 year-old Streisand revealed that the arena concert was only her 93rd ever in a career spanning 50 years and 50 albums since 1963: the very definition of a 'golden' oldie.
Twice-married Streisand treated her fans to photo montages of her life rising out of poverty-stricken Brooklyn in a scrapbook-style accompaniment to the music: a sumptuous 60 piece orchestra conducted by film score favourite Bill Ross, credited for music in Forrest Gump and Die Hard 2.
Gina Lollobrigida also broke the record set by Elizabeth Taylor for auctioned earrings.
Jewlery belonging to the Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, who became a leading sex symbol in the 1950s and 1960s, has sold at auction for $4.9 million. The auction held in Geneva set a record for pearl earrings, auctioneer Sotheby's said.
A pair of diamond and natural pearl earrings sold for $2.37 million, beating the previous figure of $1.98 million for natural pearl earrings by Bulgari, owned by the late actress Elizabeth Taylor. Other prize items of Lollobrigida's collection included a Bulgari necklace and bracelet combination and a Bulgari ring featuring a 19.03-carat cushion-shaped diamond. Each sold for $776,000. The 85-year-old actress, who was raising money for advanced stem cell research in Italy, said, "Jewels are meant to give pleasure and for many years I had enormous pleasure wearing mine.Selling my jewels to help raise awareness of stem cell therapy, which can cure so many illnesses, seems to me a wonderful use to which to put them."
The jewlery formed part of Sotherby's 'Magnificent Jewels and Nobel Jewels' auction, held in Geneva after going on display in London, New York and Rome. Overall, the auction of over 600 gems and jewlery fetched $78.2 million.
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Middler shines as a why and witty Hollywood agent in this John Logan play.
Bette Midler is Sue Mengers. In I’ll Eat You Last, the funny, outspoken actress plays the infamous 70s talent agent with such clarity and wit, that you can’t help but believe her throughout. Midler is the sole performer in the production and, while the set is visually interesting, she herself hardly moves from the couch for the duration of the play. But if you think this would make for a boring or static production, you clearly haven’t seen Midler act to her fullest, which is exactly what she is doing in the John Logan play, which opened last night (Wednesday, April 24) at Broadway’s Booth theatre.
The setup is simple – the play is set in 1981, when Mengers, who represented stars of Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Michael Caine and Gene Hackman is already losing relevance. But she isn’t one to moan about it – not on the surface at least. Middler is the perfect actress to bring the quippy, somewhat cynical, occasionally foul-mouthed Mengers back to life. She is an actress experienced enough to not only fill up the stage, but to also possess enough knowledge of the harsh world of Tinseltown, giving her character some essential depth. I’ll Eat You Last captures the essence of a woman who has experienced Hollywood to its fullest and lived to tell the tale.
Midler has been collecting praise from fans and critics for her spot on performance.
Oscar and Grammy winner Barbra Streisand is honoured at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, New York. Snapped on the red carpet are Streisand herself with husband James Brolin, 'Chicago' star Catherine Zeta Jones and 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' producer Michael Douglas, and James Bond star Pierce Brosnan with wife Keely Shaye Smith.
The night included tributes to Streisand from various actors and raised money for the Lincoln Center.
Barbra Streisand’s iconic career in showbiz has been honored with the Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award. Among the attendees of the ceremony were former president Bill Clinton, Liza Minnelli and singer Tony Bennett. The night raised $2 million dollars in total for the Center to support independent cinema. Streisand, who turns 71 today, is one of few performers to hold what 30 Rock referred to as the “E.G.O.T.” – a collection of the four major US awards – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
Accepting the award, Streisand told the audience: "Ever since I can remember, people have been calling me bossy and opinionated. Maybe that's because I am. Three cheers for bossy women."
Streisand has been an icon of women in show business ever since her first role in the 1968 classic “Funny Girl”. She won an Oscar for the role. In a special video tribute, the organizers of the event showed clips from the film, as well as some of Streisand’s other films The Way We Were, What's Up, Doc? and the Meet the Parents sequel, Meet the Fockers. The tribute also included messages from some of Streisand’s colleagues, including Robert Redford, who said about the actress that she had been she was "a pain," but he had discovered that Streisand was "totally engaging to act with, beautiful, thorough and skilled".
Singer, actress and filmmaker heralded with annual award
Last night (April 22, 2013), Barbra Streisand was the centre of attention at the Lincoln Center in New York. The 70 year old actress, singer, and filmmaker received the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 40th annual Chaplin award, CBC News reports. Throughout the evening, tribute was paid to the star, with a variety of musical lumanaries taking to the stage to praise her work, or sending in video messages that were played to those gathered for the glitzy event.
“Ever since I can remember, people have been calling me bossy and opinionated," Streisand said, accepting the award. “Maybe that's because I am. Three cheers for bossy women!" she declared, sparking roars from the star-studded audience. Streisand has won Oscar awards, Tony awards and Emmys for various aspects of her work but last night was solely focused on the entirety of her show-business career. “Thank God I was given a good voice,” she joked.
Paying tribute to the star were the jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, along with singers Liza Minnelli and Tony Bennett. Her former movie co-stars, Omar Sharif, Blythe Danner, Ben Stiller and Robert Redford all chipped in with warm words about the actress. Even President Bill Clinton had a thing or two to say: “Every great person is driven," friend and former U.S. president Bill Clinton said onstage. But if that person has massive talent, big brains and a bigger heart, you want to go along for the ride."
Stars pay tribute to Phil Ramone
Not only did Phil Ramone work with some of music’s greats, he influenced them too. Since his death on Saturday, March 30th, following hospitalization to treat an aortic aneurysm, tributes for the late producer have flown in.
Many expressed their feelings on Ramone’s death via Twitter. "Phil Ramone, a giant in the recording world; kind beyond words. Goodbye...” wrote Bette Midler, while Josh Groban posted: "I'm filled with sadness at the news of Phil Ramone's passing. He was a great friend and made music the right way." Moby called Ramone "one of my favorite people on the planet, unbelievably talented and unbelievably kind and decent," while John Legend tweeted, "I feel fortunate to have had the chance to work with him." Songwriter Diane Warren said: "One of the GREATS. Please send your prayers his way." Social media was the catalyst for many tributes. Tony Bennett posted on his Facebook page, noting that Ramone "had a wonderful sense of humor and a deep love of music. Phil had the admiration and respect from everyone in the entertainment industry and his passing is a great loss."
Phil Ramone 1934 - 2013
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Virtually impossible to market, this film isn't nearly as wacky and rude as its cast and crew suggest. Despite the presence of Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Streisand (Meet the Fockers), plus writer Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love), director Fletcher (The Proposal) and producer Goldberg (Superbad), this is actually a warm, gentle comedy about the relationship between a mother and son. Sure, there are moments of inspired silliness, but you're more likely to feel a lump in your throat than a stitch in your side.
Rogen plays the science nerd Andrew, who has just invented an organic cleaning product and is taking a cross-country trip to find a buyer. In a moment of weakness, he invites his meddling mother Joyce (Streisand) to join him on the road from New Jersey to San Francisco. She doesn't know that he has discovered that her old flame now lives in California, and he hopes that sparking her love life might get her off his back. But their time together takes some unexpected turns, which change their relationship forever.
Even in the film's goofier segments, such as a ridiculous beef-eating contest Joyce enters in Texas, Fletcher and Fogelman keep the characters likeable and grounded. Streisand is especially impressive, delivering a layered performance that mixes broad one-liners with more internalised emotions. She's much more than just a pushy Jewish mother: Joyce is a middle-aged woman with needs of her own and real love for her son. Meanwhile, Rogen plays Andrew as a nice guy with social issues. So instead of rooting for Joyce and Andrew to sort out their relationship, or even for Andrew to sell his invention, we are more interested in whether Joyce will be able to reignite her personal life.
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Decorated singer and actress also talks connection with Seth Rogen
Barbra Streisand has revealed that her appearance in forthcoming film The Guilt Trip was all down to her son Jason Gould, speaking in a new interview.
Streisand stars opposite Seth Rogen in this unlikely coupling of mother and son, but the multiple Grammy, Emmy, Oscar and Tony Award winner said it was Gould who convinced her to get involved in the film. “He was very important in my decision to make The Guilt Trip because he was in bed recovering from back surgery when I brought the script over” Streisand told The Independent. “Jason said, ‘I think you should do it, Mom.’ I really trust his integrity and his opinion. He has great taste, and whatever he chooses to do, it’s amazing, so he clinched the deal.”
Rogen meanwhile spoke about the pair’s unlikely chemistry. In public Streisand is considered a far more serious character than Rogen, who has made his name in a series of slacker-celebrating movies. However, Rogen said of the singer and actress “She cracked me up quite a bit … The way we talk in real life is not entirely different than our rapport in the movie. It’s a lot of me trying to explain things to her about modern times and her trying to feed me stuff I don’t want to eat.” Already out in the US, to a mixed reaction it has to be said, The Guilt Trip arrives on UK cinema screens this coming weekend (March 1, 2013).
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Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall tied the Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Sam Mendes's Skyfall tied the Oscar for Sound Editing on Sunday evening (February 24, 2013) - the first dead heat at the famous awards show since 1968, when Katherine Hepburn and Barbara Streisand famously tied for Best Actress for their performances in The Lion In Winter and Funny Girl respectively.
Presenter Mark Wahlberg, who announced the award with Ted, seemed stunned by the result, telling the audience there was "no bullsh*t," and that the vote was indeed a tie. Zero Dark Thirty was the first winner to be read out, before the sound editors behind the James Bond movie Skyfall were also rewarded.
It's only the third time in Oscars history that a vote has been tied, with the other occasion occurring in 1932 when Frederick March and Wallace Berry shared the prize for Best Actor for their roles in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Champ. It's a hugely unlikely result, given the amount of votes cast for each category - most of which contain five nominees.
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One thing popped into our heads when we learnt that Shirley Bassey would be performing at The Oscars 2013: Bond tunes.
She just has to give us one of Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, or Moonraker, otherwise we'll be deeply disappointed. Let's look at the facts, and there aren't many: it's Shirley Bassey; it's The Oscars, and it's the 50th anniversary of James Bond, 007. Nailed on, it has to be! "We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show," producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. "Her association with film music is world-renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast." She'll be joined - not on stage we don't think - by Adele and Barbara Streisand in a show that comprises three of the best singers around today. Oh and some film stars will be there too, we reckon.
Bond will be hoping for more than just a 50th anniversary celebration, which, for most film frachises would be a honour, but, given 007's paltry return from the Academy. Adele's Skyfall has been nominated for best original song at the 2013 Academy Awards; the first awards for the Bond franchise in more than 30 years, which, given the hugely popular response to Skyfall, is a disappointment in itself.
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Given her overwhelming success across the globe and regular appearances on stage, you wouldn't expect Adele to be the type of person to suffer from stage fright. With her upcoming Oscar performance though, this is exactly the case for the songstress.
Adele is set to perform her Oscar-nominated James Bond theme tune 'Skyfall' at the ceremony on February 24, but according to The Sun the singer is so weary and anxious about her upcoming gig that she’s suffering from panic attacks and insomnia. To help her get over this prevailing problem with her nerves, she is now believed to be seeking all the help see can get, including undertaking hypnotherapy sessions.
If this wasn't bad enough for the singer, according to some of her friends things took a turn for the worse when she discovered that her idol Barbara Streisand will also be performing there. A source told the paper: “A friend in LA recommended the hypnotherapist because Adele was getting so nervous about the gig." The source added, “She has been rehearsing for the show with an orchestra, but all the preparation in the world isn’t enough to keep her calm.
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This year’s Oscars ceremony will see the return of Barbra Streisand for the first time since 1977. Streisand will be making a special appearance, performing live onstage. The last time she graced the Academy stage, she was performing ‘Evergreen’ from A Star Is Born – for which she won herself a Best Original Song Oscar.
The awards show’s producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron revealed “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year's Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.” Streisand also won the Best Actress Oscar in 1969, for her role in Funny Girl.
Next month’s 85th Academy Awards ceremony is also scheduled to include a tribute to movie musicals, with Oscar-nominated Les Miserables featuring in the tribute as well as songs from Dreamgirls and Chicago. The ceremony is also due to feature a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, including a live performance from Adele, who is nominated for her song ‘Skyfall,’ the eponymous track from the latest Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.
Streisand hasn’t performed at the prestigious movie awards for nearly four decades, but she will do on the evening of February 24, with the show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron revealing the news in a statement. “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?” they said, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”
Adele is there as part of the James Bond 50th anniversary segment and also because she’s been nominated this year for her Skyfall theme song. Norah Jones will also be performing on the night, her song ‘Everybody Needs A Best Friend’, from Ted, is up against Adele’s. The last time Streisand took to the stage at the Oscars was 1977 she performed ‘Evergreen’, the love theme from A Star Is Born, going on to win an original song award the same night.
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After five decades on stage and screen, Barbra Streisand has amassed a considerable collection of honors in many areas – for her work as an actress and a singer.
One award she will soon be adding to that is the Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award for her overall contribution to cinema, as a director, producer, writer and star. FSLC (Film Society of Lincoln Center) Executive Director Rose Kuo said about Streissand being this year’s honoree: "Barbra Streisand is an American icon whose groundbreaking work significantly opened the doors for other female filmmakers. She has been an inspiration to me and so many of my peers. She is the perfect recipient for our 40th anniversary because, like our award's namesake, she is a world class, multi-faceted film artist."
The FSLC board chair, Ann Tennenbaum, was also quick to sing Streisand’s praises: "She is an artist whose long career of incomparable achievements is most powerfully expressed by the fact that her acclaimed Yentl was the first full-length feature directed, acted, written and produced by an American woman. We welcome her to the list of masterful directors who have been prior recipients of the Chaplin Award Tribute."
Good news for fans of musicals, 20th century Hollywood, uninhibited glamour and, well, pure awesomeness – Barbra Streisand is starring in a new film!
And it comes out this week! And it also stars Seth Rogen! The Guilt Trip falls in the extremely popular as of recently road trip category and follows the exploits of hapless inventor Andy (Rogen), who goes on a, you guessed it, road trip. Standard fare so far, but the twist comes when Andy is guilted into bringing along his mother (Streisand). Unlike its fellow road trip type films, this one won’t be focusing on teenage drama or bachelor comedy, a la The Hangover. Instead, the movie will focus on Streisand’s character getting closer to her son.
It will be interesting to see an older, more balanced protagonist in this type of situation for sure, especially with Streisand in the part. The Guilt Trip also promises quite a few comedic moments, which would fit Streisand perfectly, as would Rogen of course. The 70-year-old actress kick started her Hollywood career with the 1965 comedy Funny Girl and has continued to shine in starring and supporting roles in various comedies over the years. Overall, despite the limited promotion, The Guilt Trip promises to be a great family experience over Christmas.
Andy Brewster is an inventor who is determined to sell his brand new product by embarking on an 8-day 3000 mile road trip. To kick off his journey, he flies out to visit his mother Joyce who happens to be the extremely embarrassing and over protective kind. After learning that she has remained single since he last saw her and acknowledging that she hasn't had any kind of romance since he was 8-years-old, Andy takes pity on her and, to her utmost delight, invites her to accompany him on his trip across the States. Not against his expectations, Joyce proves a lot to handle with her poor driving skills, extreme naivety and constant warnings particularly against hitchhikers. However, he has a better time than he expects as he and his mother get to know each other more deeply than they have ever done before convincing him that, as much as he'd like to think not, he still needs her around.
This is a wonderfully heartfelt comedy about how the love of a parent never becomes unwanted or unneeded. Directed by Anne Fletcher ('Step Up', '27 Dresses', 'The Proposal') and written by Dan Fogelman ('Cars', 'Bolt', 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.'), 'The Guilt Trip' will hit cinemas on February 22nd 2013.
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott, Yvonne Strahovski, Colin Hanks, Brett Cullen, Casey Wilson, Danny Pudi, Dale Dickey, Miriam Margolyes, Nora Dunn, Amanda Walsh, Michael Cassidy & Robert Curtis Brown.
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Never one to hide her true colours away, Barbra Streisand flew the Democrat’s colours at her recent homecoming concert at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York as she laid into Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and discussed the current political climate.
During Thursday’s (October 11th) show, the first of two shows at the new venue with the final one tonight (Oct. 13th), the showbiz icon took a break from singing the hits for a moment in order to sing a more civil-minded tune. In lieu of one particular focal point in American politics, one regarding a fictitious street and its famous feathered inhabitant, Streisand said to the audience, "He's [Mitt] a good actor. [He's] a chameleon. It's great. I love Big Bird and I hope no one tells Romney how to get to Sesame Street… or to Pennsylvania Avenue." .
The singer then went on to speak on some more topics close to her heart as well as politics, in particular she went on to chat about women’s rights before kicking into one of her many encores of the evening with ‘Happy Days Are Here Again’. .
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Brooklynite Barbra Streisand returned to her old stomping ground on Thursday evening, performing to an 18,000 strong crowd at the Barclays Center. The legendary singer joked that the last time she performed solo in the borough was "on somebody's stoop on Pulaski Street" as an 8-year-old.
Wearing a shimmery black blazer and long skirt, the singer rolled back the years with songs like 'Evergreen', 'The Way We Were' and 'People.' "It might have taken me 33 years, but I'm finally here," she yelled to a delighted crowd, adding, "I left Brooklyn to pursue my dreams. Brooklyn quite never left me." A long-time supporter of the Democrats who famously appeared on President Nixon's renowned 'Enemies List', Streisand couldn't resist chatting about the current Presidential election, telling the crowd, "I'd love to know what you think of Mitt Romney's promise to fire Big Bird.I love Big Bird and I hope no one tells Romney how to get to Sesame Street or Pennsylvania Avenue.He's a good actor. He's a good actor. A chameleon." It wasn't the singer's only political moment during the concert, seemingly encouraging her supporters to vote for President Obama, saying, "I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but ... if you believe in affordable health care and women's rights ... if you want to move forward and not back, you know who to vote for."
Streisand, who was joined on-stage by trumpeter Chris Botti and her 45-year-old son Jason, paid tribute to the late Donna Summer, performing 'No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)'
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin - Barbara Streisand and James Brolin Malibu, California - leaving memorial day party at a private residence in Mailbu on the Pacific Coast highway Monday 31st May 2010
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