At last: Streisand memoir 'My Name is Barbra' coming Nov. 7
NEW YORK — (AP) — Barbra Streisand's very long-awaited memoir, a project she has talked about for years, is coming out this fall. Viking, a Penguin Random House imprint, will release "My Name is Barbra" on Nov. 7. “Dozens of books have been written about Streisand, and now in ‘My Name Is Barbra,’ she tells her story in her own words,” Viking announced Tuesday. “My Name Is Barbra” also is the title of a 1965 Streisand album and television special. Streisand, 80, told Fallon that she had written more than 800 pages, and she surely has enough stories to fill them.wftv.com
Early Streisand nightclub recording remastered for release
NEW YORK — (AP) — A series of 1962 performances by Barbra Streisand at a Manhattan nightclub before she became a superstar have been remastered and will be released this fall. “Barbra Streisand — Live at the Bon Soir” features songs from a three night stint at the Bon Soir nightclub in Greenwich Village. Streisand kept the recordings in her personal collection and she approved the release after engineer Jochem van der Saag used technology to improve their quality, according to a news release. The release will allow listeners “to witness 20-year old Streisand at the dawn of her unparalleled career,” Friday's announcement said. “I had never even been in a nightclub until I sang in one," Streisand said in a statement, noting the release comes 60 years after the Bon Soir sessions.wftv.com
Celebrities react to 'Godfather' star James Caan's death
Obit James Caan FILE - Co-stars James Caan, left, and Barbra Streisand appear at a press conference for their film "Funny Lady" in New York on March 11, 1975. Caan, who had notable roles in "The Godfather," "Brian’s Song" and "Misery," died Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at age 82. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File) (Dave Pickoff)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — James Caan, the Oscar-nominated actor known for roles in the "The Godfather," "Brian's Song,'' "Misery,'' and "Elf,'' died Wednesday at age 82. God bless James Caan. "So sad about Jimmy Caan.wftv.com
James Caan, Oscar nominee for 'The Godfather,' dies at 82
James Caan, the curly-haired tough guy known to movie fans as the hotheaded Sonny Corleone of “The Godfather” and to television audiences as the dying football player in the classic weeper “Brian’s Song” and the casino boss in “Las Vegas,” has died.
Barbra Streisand, Beanie Feldstein, and the original "Funny Girl," Fanny Brice
After 58 years, the very first revival of the musical "Funny Girl," about the famed Ziegfeld Follies comedienne, is opening on Broadway – and "Booksmart" star Beanie Feldstein is dancing into some very big shoes.cbsnews.com
Celebrities go online to voice support for Ukraine
(AP Photo) (Uncredited)NEW YORK — (AP) — A group of inter-generational stars from film, TV, sports and music — including Bruce Springsteen, Hugh Jackman, Elton John, Jon Bon Jovi, Jonas Brothers and Billie Eilish — have signed up for a social media campaign to show support for Ukraine. The Global Citizen-organized social media rally Friday urges governments, institutions, corporations and individuals to help fund humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and other regions of the world. Celebrities are being asked to use their social media accounts to publicize the effort, using the hashtag #StandUpForUkraine. Springsteen went to Twitter ahead of Friday's online rally to show his support: “Refugees in Ukraine and around the world need our help now,” his message read. The campaign takes place a day before a pledging conference Saturday co-hosted by European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.wftv.com
Nehemiah Persoff, actor in ‘Some Like It Hot,’ ‘Yentl,’ dead at 102
Actor dies: In addition to films, Nehemiah Persoff had roles on television in "The Twilight Zone," "The Untouchables" and "Gilligan's Island." (Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)Nehemiah Persoff, a character actor who appeared in dozens of films and television shows including “Some Like It Hot” and “Yentl,” died Tuesday. >> Read more trending newsPersoff died at a rehabilitation facility in San Luis Obispo, California, his son, Dan Persoff, told The Hollywood Reporter. Barbra Streisand cast Persoff as her father in the 1983 film “Yentl.” He secretly tutors Streisand’s character in the Talmud, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Persoff retired from acting in 1999 to paint, according to The Hollywood Reporter.wftv.com
Beanie Feldstein to lead revival of 'Funny Girl' on Broadway
Theater Funny Girl FILE - Beanie Feldstein arrives at the Oscars on Feb. 9, 2020, in Los Angeles. A Broadway revival of "Funny Girl" is aiming to open next year with Feldstein in the starring role originated by Barbra Streisand. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) (Richard Shotwell)NEW YORK — (AP) — A Broadway revival of “Funny Girl" is aiming to open next year with Beanie Feldstein in the starring role originated by Barbra Streisand. “Funny Girl” has a score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, with a book by Isobel Lennart. Rumors of a “Funny Girl” revival have swirled for years, with performers like Idina Menzel and Lady Gaga speculated to be connected to the show.wftv.com
New this week: 'The Suicide Squad,' 'Vivo' and Streisand
The Stream This combination photo shows promotional art for the Netflix series "Hit & Run," the documentary film "Val" and the film "The Suicide Squad," premiering on Friday Aug. 6. MOVIES— The 2016 David Ayer-directed "Suicide Squad" may have been rock bottom for Warner Bros.'s DC Comics universe, but the follow-up/rebuild by James Gunn might be a high point. In "The Suicide Squad," Idris Elba leads a heartfelt if extreme gallery of damaged souls on a dangerous mission. — AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Barbra Streisand is opening her music vault again with a collection of 10 previously unreleased tracks coming out Friday. Ben Miller, who's the unlucky Lord Featherington on "Bridgerton," stars in the six-episode series streaming now on the PBS Masterpiece subscription channel on Amazon.wftv.com
Erivo on near-EGOT status: 'I’m just going to keep working'
FILE - Actress Cynthia Erivo poses for a portrait during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2019. Erivo portrays Aretha Franklin in the National Geographic miniseries Genius: Aretha. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – “The Color Purple” turned into Grammy, Tony and Emmy gold for Cynthia Erivo. The performer’s brilliant performance in the Broadway revival won her the 2016 Tony for best actress in a musical. “I guess I didn’t expect to be this close this soon,” Erivo told The Associated Press of her almost-EGOT status.
Even more chaotic than usual, Globes still had their moments
(NBC via AP)In the opening moments of a Golden Globes night even more chaotic and confounding than usual, co-host Tina Fey raised a theoretical question: “Could this whole night have been an email?” Only the next three hours would tell. Or Chloé Zhao, making history as the first woman of Asian descent to win best director (and the first woman since 1984.) AdOf course, there were the usual confounding results and baffling snubs, compounded here by some epic Zoom fails. ZHAO MAKES HISTORYWhen Zhao won best director for her haunting and elegant “Nomadland,” she was the first woman of Asian descent to win that award. It was updated on March 3, 2021, to correct the nationality of director of “Nomadland.” Chloe Zhao is Chinese, not Asian American.
Fonda says Hollywood needs more diversity after Globes honor
In this video grab issued Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, by NBC, Jane Fonda accepts the Cecil B. deMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards. (NBC via AP)LOS ANGELES – Just like in her career, Jane Fonda used the Golden Globes’ platform to speak on deeper issues calling for greater diversity in Hollywood while praising the “community of storytellers” as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award. While wearing an all-white suit, Fonda raised the Globes’ highest honor above her head Sunday before commending storytellers for their vital role in troubled times. She is the daughter of Oscar winner Henry Fonda, who died in 1982, and sister of Peter Fonda, who died in 2019. She launched IndieCollect’s Jane Fonda Fund for Women Directors, an organization aimed to support the restoration of films helmed by women from around the world.
Chloé Zhao is 2nd woman to win best director prize at Globes
Zhao accepted the award for best director for a motion picture for "Nomadland" at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Chloé Zhao became the second woman to win best director at the Golden Globes and the first female winner of Asian descent on a night in which her film “Nomadland” was crowned the top drama film. “This is what he said about compassion,” Zhao said. Zhao also was nominated for best motion picture screenplay and lost to Aaron Sorkin. McDormand received a nod for actress in a motion picture drama, but lost.
'Nomadland,' 'Borat' win at a socially distant Golden Globes
She’s only the second woman in the history of the Globes to win, and the first since Barbra Streisand won for “Yentl” in 1984. Its star, guerilla comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, also won best actor in a comedy. “The Queen's Gambit” won best limited series, and best actress in the category for Anya Taylor-Joy. “Schitt's Creek,” the Pop TV series that found a wider audience on Netflix, won best comedy series for its final season. Catherine O'Hara also took best actress in a comedy series.
Former Trump casino where stars played goes out with a bang
The former Trump Plaza casino was imploded after falling into such disrepair that chunks of the building began peeling off and crashing to the ground. “I got chills,” Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said. AdOpened in 1984, when Trump was a real estate developer in his pre-politics days, Trump Plaza was for a time the most successful casino in Atlantic City. AdBut things began to sour for Trump Plaza when Donald Trump opened the nearby Trump Taj Mahal in 1990, with crushing debt loads that led the company to pour most of its resources — and cash — into the shiny new hotel and casino. Trump Plaza was the last of four Atlantic City casinos to close in 2014, victims of an oversaturated casino market both in the New Jersey city and in the larger northeast.
Jane Fonda to receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award
FILE - Actress Jane Fonda appears at the 71st international film festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 12, 2018. The Golden Globes will bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Fonda during the 78th annual awards show next month. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Jane Fonda cemented herself into Hollywood allure as a chameleonlike actor and social activist, and now the Golden Globes will honor her illustrious career with its highest honor. Fonda will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 78th annual awards ceremony on Feb. 28, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Tuesday. She launched IndieCollect’s Jane Fonda Fund for Women Directors, an organization aimed to support the restoration of films helmed by women from around the world.
Dylan papers, including unpublished lyrics, sell for $495K
(AP Photo/Jeff Robbins, File)BOSTON – A long-lost trove of Bob Dylan documents including the singer-songwriter's musings about anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics has sold at auction for a total of $495,000. The collection included transcripts of Glover's 1971 interviews with Dylan and letters the pair exchanged. The interviews reveal that Dylan had anti-Semitism on his mind when he changed his name from Robert Zimmerman, and that he wrote “Lay Lady Lay” for Barbra Streisand. Included in the auctioned items were lyrics Dylan penned after visiting folk legend Woody Guthrie in May 1962. ___This story has been updated to clarify the collection sold as individual lots for a total of $495,000, with the majority of key pieces going to an unidentified buyer.
Film Academy Museum reaches $388M initial fundraising goal
After 8 years and 13,000 donors including the likes of Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has reached and exceeded its pre-fundraising goal. Academy Museum director and president Bill Kramer said Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, that the new museum has raised $388 million. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)It took 8 years and 13,000 donors including the likes of Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, but the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has reached and exceeded its pre-fundraising goal. Academy Museum director and president Bill Kramer said Friday that the new museum has raised $388 million. Located in Los Angeles at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, the Academy Museum is set to open on April 30, five days after the 93rd Academy Awards.
Blowin' in the wind: Lost interviews hold new Dylan insights
FILE - Musician Bob Dylan performs with The Band at the Forum in Los Angeles on Feb. 15, 1974. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins, File)For nearly half a century, they were blowin' in the wind: lost interviews that contained surprising new insights about celebrated singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. They reveal that Dylan had anti-Semitism on his mind when he changed his name and wrote “Lay Lady Lay” for singer and actress Barbra Streisand. In the interviews, Dylan also recalled when he famously “went electric” at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, where folk purists in the crowd booed him. The interviews originally were for an article Glover was writing for Esquire magazine, but Dylan lost interest and the piece never was completed, R.R.
Grammy Museum to launch online streaming service
FILE - Barbara Streisand performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011. The Grammy Museum is launching its own online streaming service featuring performances and interviews from A-list musicians, as well as material from the museums archive. The Grammy Museum is launching its own online streaming service featuring performances and interviews from A-list musicians, as well as material from the museums archive. Without the GRAMMY Museum, we wouldnt have gotten to experience or learn about so many important artists before us, FINNEAS said in a statement. We are proud to be part of this series.The Grammy Museum is a nonprofit organization through The Recording Academy, which annually produces the Grammy Awards.
Johnny Mandel, the Oscar- and Grammy- winning composer, dies
FILE - Johnny Mandel appears at the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Awards Ceremony and Concert in New York on Jan. 11, 2011. Mandel, the Oscar- and Grammy- winning composer, arranger and musician, died Monday, June 29, 2020, of a cardiac ailment at his home in Ojai, Calif. There are many ways to describe the legendary composer Johnny Mandel. I just work with whats there and try to do the best with whats there.As an arranger, Mandel worked with some of the greatest singers of his time. Why didnt you write the lyrics to The Shadow of Your Smile? Mandel told the NEA.
Barbra Streisand calls Trump 'one-man weapon of mass destruction' in scathing column
Barbra Streisand isn't holding back her thoughts on President Donald Trump. Hes a one-man weapon of mass destruction so reckless that he almost started a war." She goes on to describe "Trump's world" as a "place of paranoia, hypocrisy and lies, so many lies...""Trump thinks the rules dont apply to him," she added. "Trump is a man who has never once taken responsibility for his own actions, preferring to blame others when hes at fault." After the song, a photo of the White House with circus tent on top of it appeared on the screen, followed by Trump in clown makeup.dailycommercial.com
Barbra Streisand calls Trump 'one-man weapon of mass destruction' in scathing column
Barbra Streisand isn't holding back her thoughts on President Donald Trump. Hes a one-man weapon of mass destruction so reckless that he almost started a war." She goes on to describe "Trump's world" as a "place of paranoia, hypocrisy and lies, so many lies...""Trump thinks the rules dont apply to him," she added. "Trump is a man who has never once taken responsibility for his own actions, preferring to blame others when hes at fault." After the song, a photo of the White House with circus tent on top of it appeared on the screen, followed by Trump in clown makeup.news-journalonline.com
Barbra Streisand calls Trump 'one-man weapon of mass destruction' in scathing column
Barbra Streisand isn't holding back her thoughts on President Donald Trump. Hes a one-man weapon of mass destruction so reckless that he almost started a war." She goes on to describe "Trump's world" as a "place of paranoia, hypocrisy and lies, so many lies...""Trump thinks the rules dont apply to him," she added. "Trump is a man who has never once taken responsibility for his own actions, preferring to blame others when hes at fault." After the song, a photo of the White House with circus tent on top of it appeared on the screen, followed by Trump in clown makeup.ocala.com
Cordone and Kilgore Swing in the Holidays in Jazzy, Witty Palm Coast Show Dec. 10
Swing in the Holidays is produced in to Palm Coast by Sullivan Specialties, a business owned by Hammock residents Janet Sullivan and Peter Wentworth. She wanted to try her hand at bringing small, professional, entertaining shows to Palm Coast, where theres been growing appetite for the performing arts. Palm Coast residents love theatre and music, Sullivan said. The stage of the Palm Coast Arts Foundation in Town Center has also been getting busier. I cant wait for Palm Coast to see them, Sullivan said.flaglerlive.com
Ariana Grande left sobbing over her live duet with Barbra Streisand
CHICAGO - Barbra Streisand brought out Ariana Grande for a surprise appearance Tuesday during her concert in Chicago, and fans of both went nuts. The two performed "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" together and the duet left Grande in tears because she got to perform with her idol. Fans quickly began posting clips of the duet at the United Center on social media. Streisand even posted a backstage photo of the two together getting ready for the show, thanking Grande for joining her and adding, "Secret's out." Grande, meanwhile, said she willbe "cherishing this moment forever" and revealed she was sobbing after the performance.
Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson reunite for 'Star Is Born' duet
LONDON - Barbra Streisand gave the crowd at London's Hyde Park a treat Sunday night, when she reunited with her "A Star Is Born" co-star Kris Kristofferson on stage. The two opened the show together, singing "Lost Inside of You," a number from their 1976 version of the movie. Streisand introduced Kristofferson by telling the crowd to welcome to the stage, "one of my favorite leading men." I love this song," Streisand continued. Kristofferson had performed a set earlier, but the crowd did not know for sure if he would appear with Streisand.