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Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Barbra To Perform In Vegas On November 17

Barbra will be part of the opening celebrations for the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas on November 17th 2007. The event will be invitation only.

Source: Variety.

Friday, 26 October 2007

Streisand: Live In Concert DVD -- coming 2008

BarbraNews has the scoop on the Live DVD from 2006. It will be released in early 2008 -- probably February. The DVD was filmed in Florida in October 2006.

Cover art and pre-order link coming soon.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Barbra reads 'Celebrity Detox'

From Rosie O'Donnell's Official Blog.

Have you heard from Barbra S. about Celeb. Detox–wondering what she thought of it.

she loved it
she wrote me a note

Click here to order the book.

All profits from the book go to Rosie's Broadway Kids.

Barbra is Safe

Barbra's publicist confirmed to BarbraNews that Barbra's house is indeed safe, despite the forest fires.

He told us... "The fire's are about four miles away. All of us here on the west side of Malibu got lucky with the winds".

Friday, 19 October 2007

Rosie Talks About Barbra... Again!

I wanted to draw your attention to Rosie O'Donnell's new book. It contains many chapters on Streisand.

Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and always brutally honest, this is Rosie O'Donnell's surprising account of the pain, regret, and euphoria involved in withdrawing from celebrity life--and the terrifying dangers of relapsing into the spotlight. Celebrity Detox is Rosie's story of the years after she walked away from her top-rated TV show in 2002, and her reasons for going back on the air in 2006. In it, she takes you inside the world of talk-show TV, speaking candidly about the conflicts and challenges she faced as cohost on ABC's The View. Along the way Rosie shows us how fame becomes addiction and explores whether or not it's possible for an addict to safely, and sanely, return to the spotlight. Chronicling the ups and downs of "the fame game," Rosie O'Donnell illuminates not only what it's like to be a celebrity, but also what it's like to be a mother, a daughter, a leader, a friend, a sister, a wife...in short, a human being.

Click to order this book.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Barbra Recovers

Barbra's Publicist has confirmed to BarbraNews that Barbra had a slight accident last week in her garden which required stitches in her leg. She had the stitches removed this week.

We'd like to wish Barbra the fastest recovery.

Monday, 15 October 2007

Peres hopes Streisand will reign over 60th anniversary parade

President Shimon Peres, who is a personal friend and great fan of celebrated singer Barbra Streisand, hopes to persuade her to come to Israel for the country's 60th anniversary celebrations in May 2008.

Peres shared this information with members of the UJC (United Jewish Communities) Prime Minister's Council Mission, whom he hosted to dinner at his official residence last week.

Peres said that he had heard many cantors, but none who could sing 'Avinu Malkeinu' like Streisand.

Peres said that he would like to bring her to Israel within the framework of one of the keynote 60th anniversary events, an international conference with the participation of "United States representatives of the highest level" along with some 3,000 to 4,000 invited guests from abroad.

The conference, which opens in Jerusalem on May 13, will be a three-day convention, with the first day devoted to the future of the world, the second day to the future of the nation and the third day to the future relationship between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora.

Peres revealed that part of the conference would be devoted to a special tribute to the United States of America as an expression of appreciation for its consistent support of Israel. "After sixty years, it's time to say thanks for being on our side," said Peres.

Friday, 12 October 2007

The Way We Were (Special Edition DVD) only $4.99!

Amazon are selling The Way We Were Special Edition DVD for only $4.99.

DVD features
The Way We Were: A Look Back is a terrific retrospective documentary, running just over an hour. Although Robert Redford's absence (due to scheduling conflicts) is conspicuous, fans of The Way We Were will celebrate the rare appearance of Barbra Streisand in a lengthy interview. The notoriously reticent star appears relaxed, cordial, and eager to share stories about the film she considers "a highlight of my career," and her comments about the film are eloquent, heartfelt, and astute. Most important among her observations is her disappointment in the loss of crucial scenes that would have better explained the final separation of her character and Redford's, not due to infidelity but due to the harsh political climate of the blacklist era in Hollywood that made their relationship so volatile.

Director Sydney Pollack explains why the cuts were made after the film was publicly previewed, and both his viewpoint and Streisand's are equally justified. The edited scenes are included here, and the documentary also features wonderful interviews and anecdotes from screenwriter Arthur Laurents, songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and composer Marvin Hamlisch. --Jeff Shannon


Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Going... Going... Gone.

Barbra helps to raise $1,900 in exclusive auction to benefit BC/EFA. Here is an email I received from executive director Tom Viola:

Hi, Craig: This is how the "lot" was listed in the Grand Auction brochure of the 21st Annual The Broadway Flea Market.

The bidding started at $200 and moved along very quickly amongst a number of folks until about $1,500 when it really came down to 2 people - each determined to win - ending with a $1,900 winning bid - which was the highest bid of the day for any item(s) signed by one individual star. The "Pearl Earring" canvas by Steve Shapiro and included in this lot by Scott Alexander in Marty Erlichman's office is gorgeous.

Much thanks to Richard Jay-Alexander who directed Barbra's European tour and very generously asked Barbra to sign the materials - and, of course, to Barbra for all her enthusiastic and generous support of BC/EFA on-going efforts.

Whenever Barbra sends BC/EFA something as special as this "lot' - which she has done a number of times - I get a kick out seeing all of that and of the memory of listening to the album of STONEY END endlessly as a 16 year old kid in Pittsburgh. (Yes, and I do now have the CD and still listen to it and much more.)

Tom Viola
Executive Director

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Oprah's New Book Pick 1st Recommended by Barbra

Oprah's new book club pick is Love In the Time of Cholera.

During their visit in October 2003, Barbra told Oprah that she loved this book and was rather shocked Oprah had not read it yet. "You're gonna flip!," Barbra said.

Obviously, Oprah has since read it.

(Taken from The Barbra Streisand Forum -- Post by Paul Katz)

CLICK HERE for details on the book -- and how to order.

UK Jewish Film Festival To Screen YENTL

Click here for more information.

Patience Yields Many Good Things

I'm sure you'll recognize that quote from Barbra's directorial debut... 'Yentl' -- but it does seem appropriate to use it when talking about the emails I receive to do with Yentl and Live In Concert 2006 DVD.

There's very limited news on both of the above releases. As far as I'm aware, Yentl is just about (if not already) finalized for a DVD release. 'They' are just waiting for the right time to release it.

Live In Concert DVD -- We've been told that an announcement for the DVD (pre order links / cover art) etc etc will be ready very soon. It's still unclear whether it will be released in time for Christmas.

As soon as I have information on these -- I will update everyone.

BarbraNews Shop + Review of 2006 Tour.

USA * Canada * UK/Europe
Click here for the European Tour Website from 2007
Click here to read our SPECIAL review of the 2006 Tour -- Excellent pictures.