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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Streisand to perform at Oscars

First live performance at Academy Awards since 1977

By Jon Weisman

Barbra Streisand will perform at the 85th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24, headlining a ceremony that is rapidly filling with performances and music. It will be Streisand's second performance ever at the Oscars and first in 36 years, since singing "A Star Is Born" in 1977.

She won an original song Oscar for "Evergreen" that night. "In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music," said Oscarcast exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, "how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?

We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance." Streisand also won a lead actress Oscar for 1968's "Funny Girl" and has been nominated three other times in three different categories.

Previously, the Academy announced that Adele will perform the Oscar-nominated title song that she co-wrote with Paul Epworth from "Skyfall" at the Oscars, and that Norah Jones will perform "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" - - co-written by Oscar host Seth MacFarlane with Walter Murphy - - from the motion picture "Ted."

As part of its emphasis on tunes, this year's ceremony will also include a special celebration of movie musicals from the past 10 years, including "Chicago," "Dreamgirls" and "Les Miserables." There will also be a tribute to the 50th year of the James Bond franchise, which launched with "Dr. No" in 1962.

Tony-winning production designer Derek McLane makes his debut as the set designer for the Oscars.

Friday, 18 January 2013

A Star Is Born on Blu-ray

Not long to go!

The movie will be released on blu-ray on February 5th.

The film will be packaged with a 40-page Blu-ray book filled with live performance and rare photos.

Special Features Include:

•Commentary by Barbra Streisand.
•Additional Scenes.
•Wardrobe Tests.
•Soundtrack remastered in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
•A Star Is Born Trailer Gallery.

Click here to pre-order.

Hello, Dolly! coming to Blu-ray

20th Century Fox have said they will release "Hello, Dolly!" on blu-ray on April 2nd of this year. I don't have any information on extras at the moment, but watch this space.

Barbra Speaks at Clinton Health Matters Initiative

On Tuesday, Barbra spoke at the Clinton Health Matters Initiative in La Quinta, California. During her brief speech, she announced that The Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars Sinai is pledging $2 million dollars for a national campaign to address the prevention and advocacy for women's heart health. Barbra said "The pledges made during this conference will undoubtedly impact many lives for years to come".

Streisand to Receive Film Society Honor


Barbra Streisand will receive the annual Chaplin Award at a ceremony in April, the Film Society of Lincoln Center said today. Among Ms. Streisand’s many accomplishments on screen and stage, the society singled out in particular the 1983 “Yentl,” which was the first film to credit a woman as writer, director, producer and star. “She is an artist whose long career of incomparable achievements is most powerfully expressed by the fact that her acclaimed ‘Yentl’ was such a milestone film,”

Ann Tenenbaum, the chairwoman of the society’s board, said in a statement. “We welcome her to the list of masterful directors who have been prior recipients of the Chaplin Award tribute.” “Yentl” earned five Academy Award nominations, though, in what was widely regarded as a snub, none for Ms. Streisand herself. Now 70, Ms. Streisand had that year become the first woman to win the Golden Globe for best director, and had previously won the best actress Oscar for her performance as Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” (1968) and the best original song award for “Evergreen,” from “A Star Is Born” (1976). The other two films she directed, “The Prince of Tides” (1991) and “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (1996), received nine Oscar nominations between them, including a best picture nod for “The Prince of Tides,” but again no best-director nomination for Ms. Streisand.

The award will be presented at the society’s annual gala on April 22. It is named for Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the United States after 20 years of exile to accept the society’s lifetime achievement honor in 1972. Other recipients have included Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Sidney Poitier and, last year, Catherine Deneuve.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Ann Hampton Callaway – The Streisand Songbook

Feb 10, 7:30 pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Ann Hampton Callaway has written over 250 songs, from television themes to Broadway show numbers. Her songs have been sung and recorded by most of the heroes of the Great American Songbook, including Barbra Streisand, who asked Callaway to write the lyrics for the song she sang to James Brolin at their wedding.


  • Ann Hampton Callaway
  • Alan Bergman, special guest
Presented by LA Phil. For tickets starting at $41 visit LAPhil.com.

Note from Craig: Read my wonderful (old) interview with Ann Hampton Callaway here: http://www.barbranews.com/annhamptoncallaway.htm

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