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Streisand Lashes Out at 'Reagans' Cancellation

7 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Barbra Streisand has slammed the decision to axe her actor husband James Brolin's new TV movie about Ronald Reagan - calling it "a sad day for artistic freedom". Streisand, a Democratic activist, was horrified when she learned TV bosses at CBS had bowed to pressure from right wingers and cancelled The Reagans, which was due to air later this month featuring Brolin as the former president of America. Posting a fiery note on her website yesterday, Streisand lashed out, "(Artistic freedom is) one of the most important elements of an open and democratic society." Streisand is being backed by actress Meryl Streep, who says, "Any time that something is banned it makes you uncomfortable as an American." »

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Streisand's Chef Dreams

20 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Wannabe chef Barbra Streisand showed herself up on TV last Tuesday by admitting she'd boil an egg for 25 minutes. The diva singer was making a rare TV performance on Oprah Winfrey's daytime show in America on Tuesday when she was quizzed on her culinary skills. Streisand said she dreams of being a good cook, and she can make a "mean chocolate souffle", but admitted that's the full extent of her culinary repertoire. And then she really showed her limitations by confessing, "I've seen a new little gadget that somebody gave me that you put in with the egg and it shows you if it's 20 or 25 minutes." A giggling Oprah then pointed out, "I don't think you can cook an egg for 25 minutes." But Streisand confessed she's determined to be a better cook she has taken "several cooking courses", and once read a cookbook from cover to cover during a plane flight - for inspiration. She says, "I'm fascinated by the chemistry of cooking, of what's in the food. I just can't co-ordinate it." »

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AFI to honor life work of Streep

19 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Meryl Streep has been chosen to receive the 32nd AFI Life Achievement Award. Chosen by the film institute's board of trustees, Streep becomes only the sixth woman to be feted with the honor, following Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Barbara Stanwyck, Elizabeth Taylor and Barbra Streisand. The award is scheduled to be presented to Streep at a gala ceremony on June 10 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. "Meryl has had and continues to have a tremendous influence on people in her profession for the variety of roles she has chosen and for the technical proficiency that she has achieved. Sometimes people pick on her for being so good," said Jon Avnet, chair of the AFI board of directors and co-chair with Bob Daly of the AFI Life Achievement nominating committee. "She is recognized as one of the finest, if not the finest, actresses alive. She is the ultimate film artist -- for her generation and for all generations. We are thrilled to honor her at the AFI." »

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Streisand To Receive Humanitarian Honor

16 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Barbra Streisand will receive a Human Rights Campaign award for her support of gay and lesbian issues, religious freedom, and racial and gender equality. The group, which lobbies on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender people, will present Streisand with its Humanitarian Award on March 6. Elizabeth Birch, the group's executive director, says, "The gay and lesbian community and the nation have been enriched by Ms Streisand. Her passion and leadership are important to all Americans." The group says Streisand, 61, took a stand against an anti-gay rights proposal in Colorado in 1992 and has been a regular financial contributor to the Human Rights Campaign and other gay and lesbian organizations. Also being honored are Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, executive producers of Oscar-winning movie Chicago. The organization is giving Zadan and Meron its corporate award for their work on projects which positively portray gay and lesbian characters. »

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Celebrities Join Forces Against Recall

6 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Barbra Streisand, Cybill Shepherd and Pierce Brosnan are among a long list of Hollywood big-shots who are urging Californians to vote against the effort to recall Governor Gray Davis. The stars are among dozens who joined forces to take out a full-page ad in Hollywood trade publication Daily Variety Friday headlined, "On Tuesday, October 7th, join us. Vote no on the recall." The move, made by actors, producers, writers and studio chiefs, will come as a blow to Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is the current favorite to take on the coveted position. The high-profile names in the ad include Amy Pascal, chairman of Sony's Columbia Pictures, which distributed the Schwarzenegger films The 6th Day and Last Action Hero; and Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Vivendi Universal Entertainment, which distributed the Austrian star's End Of Days and Junior. Also on the list is TV commentator and columnist Arianna Huffington, who recently abandoned her independent candidacy in the election. »

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Streisand: "My Music Bores Me"

25 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Singing legend Barbra Streisand partly quit performing because the sound of her own songs bored her rigid. The 61-year-old diva, who said she's considering reversing her decision to hang up her mic this week, found performing the same tunes over and over again deeply tedious. Barbra says, "I never listen to my records for maybe 10 years. Really, I just get sick of it. That's why I gave up concerts - in addition to having stage fright and the exertion of singing 30 songs a night. It's boring to sing your own songs." Babs is now planning a possible comeback after discovering pills to remedy her crippling stage fright. »

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Streisand: 'Arnie and I Are Pals'

11 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Democrat diva Barbra Streisand insists she's a close friend of Republican politician Arnold Schwarzenegger - even though she's against his race to become Governor of California. The unlikely twosome have become firm pals after spending years in the movie business, and are always happy to talk through their political differences. But the People singer stops short of standing behind the Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines star in his political quest. She says, "I have dinner with him. We have a great time together. We enjoy each other enormously. We get into our political differences, and then we just laugh." »

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Barbra Streisand Has Plastic Surgery

25 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Superstar diva Barbra Streisand has had plastic surgery - after years of insisting she'd never go under the knife. The 61-year-old singer and actress was so intent on keeping her surgery secret, she wore a black scarf over her face covered by a hat - but American tabloid the National Enquirer snapped her as she was leaving the clinic. A source says, "Barbra said she was going to be off the scope for a few weeks to relax because she was so stressed out. She wanted everyone to notice her new look, but she wanted it to look natural like she had gone to a spa for a long rest. She got exfoliated, went on a liquid diet and started to do yoga." Barbra brought her spiritual adviser to the Beverly Hills, California, office with her on July 30 to calm her nerves. The source explains, "Barbra was very jittery. Her female spiritual healer did everything she could to keep her calm. Barbra and the healer said positive prayers and chanted to stay focused. They meditated and listened to soothing music. By the time she went under the knife, Barbra was calm." A representative for Streisand confirms that the star had "a small procedure tightening the jawline". »

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Brittany Murphy's Musical Uncertainty

19 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bubbly actress Brittany Murphy has a slight problem with the upcoming launch of her singing career - she's yet to decide on which musical genre she'll perform. The Uptown Girls beauty, ex-girlfriend of Eminem and Ashton Kutcher, plans to show off her vocal talents on her debut album this autumn, but has yet to decide on the CD's style. She says, "I was raised on a lot of jazz and hip-hop and R&B and blues, so I have a lot of artists I favor. I'm sure it'll be a hybrid of all that stuff. Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross - those are my career idols. Jennifer Lopez, Eminem and Ice Cube have done incredible jobs in juggling both careers. Who knows what my music will end up sounding like, but hopefully people will really like it. I need to get it out of my body and into a microphone." »

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Anti-recall effort gains H'wood contributors

17 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Barbra Streisand, Westwood One chairman Norman Pattiz and media entrepreneur Haim Saban are among contributors to the anti-recall campaign, according to the California Secretary of State's Office. The list of contributions to Taxpayers Against the Governor's Recall, Gov. Gray Davis' main committee, also include producer Stephen Bing and A. Jerrold Perenchio, chairman and chief executive of Univision Communications. Saban, who gained control last week of German broadcast giant ProSiebenSat.1, donated $100,000 through his Saban Capitol Group. Bing contributed $100,000 through his Shangri-La Entertainment. Perenchio contributed $50,000, Pattiz donated $25,000, and Streisand gave $1,000. Taxpayers Against the Governor's Recall had received a total of $1.5 million in contributions as of June 30, according to records available online from the Secretary of State's Office. Records running June 30 do not show any recall election-related contributions by Arnold Schwarzenegger. »

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Streisand's Hubby To Play Reagan

22 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Democrat Barbra Streisand's actor husband James Brolin is to play former Republican President Ronald Reagan in a new TV movie. The two-part venture The Reagans will chart the career and life of the former Hollywood actor and is set to air on network CBS in November. However, outspoken liberal Streisand has long been a critic of Reagan's policies and of his time in office, once stating in 1992 that she would "never forgive" him for his stance on AIDS research and education. CBS chairman Leslie Moonves says, "We haven't asked Barbra Streisand what she thinks about James Brolin playing Ronald Reagan, but we'll have to live with that." Speaking about Brolin's suitability for the role of the ex-President, Moonves adds, "What he did on The West Wing influenced us. He played a conservative figure and did a very good job." The movie will also star Judy Davis as Nancy Reagan and promises to be a in-depth portrayal of what Reagan "did well and what he didn't do well." »

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Brolin and Lane To Wed

21 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood stars Josh Brolin and Diane Lane have announced their engagement. Both have been married before - to Alice Adair and Christopher Lambert respectively. Brolin, stepson of powerhouse Barbra Streisand, also broke off an engagement to British actress Minnie Driver in 2001. »

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Photographer Hits Back at Streisand

26 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A photographer Barbra Streisand is suing for putting pictures of her home on the internet has asked a court to dismiss the case - claiming it infringes on his right to free expression. Lawyers for Kenneth Adelman also say in documents filed Monday that his photograph of the Malibu, California, property, along with more than 12,000 other aerial images posted on a Web site, "address a matter of serious public concern - the preservation of the California coastline". A Los Angeles Superior Court hearing on the motion was scheduled for July 14. Streisand's lawsuit, filed May 20, seeks $10 million from Adelman and others for violating her right to privacy by identifying routes to enter her property and providing details on the residence's features that can't be seen from a public vantage point. Adelman has said his California Coastal Records Project website provides an aerial photography survey of the coast for scientists and other researchers. His motion states, "No California court has ever restrained or punished the publication of an aerial photograph that merely depicts a neighborhood and the exteriors of prominent homes." »

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De Niro Receives Lifetime Honor

13 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary actor Robert De Niro received a lifetime achievement award at a star-studded dinner last night. The American Film Institute (AFI) is paying tribute to the Meet The Parents star for his three decades in the movie business. Martin Scorsese, who has directed him in eight films - including his Best Actor Oscar turn in Raging Bull - will present the award. De Niro's friends and colleagues, including Billy Crystal, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep and Jodie Foster, are due to attend the tribute dinner at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre, the home of the Academy Awards. The 59-year-old has created a host of memorable screen characters, such as Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle and Goodfellas' Jimmy Conway. His first Academy Award was for Best Supporting Actor as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II. DeNiro has moved into comedy with recent flicks like Analyze This, tried his hand at directing A Bronx Tale and The Score, and even produced the Queen musical We Will Rock You for the London stage. He also founded New York's Tribeca Film Festival in 2002, as a way of promoting culture and tourism in districts that were suffering in the wake of the September 11 attacks. The AFI hands out lifetime achievement awards to ensure "great accomplishments of the past are recognized to the end that the masters of film may take their deserved place in history beside leaders in other arts." Previous recipients have included Barbra Streisand, Alfred Hitchcock and Clint Eastwood. »

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Anti-War Stars on New Card Deck

6 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sean Penn, Barbra Streisand, Martin Sheen, Susan Sarandon and George Clooney are starring together in a new project - a deck of cards featuring war-opposing celebrities. The stars join the likes of Edward Norton, Tim Robbins and Oliver Stone on The Weasels cards, which depict 54 celebrities and politicians wearing Iraqi Republican Guard berets, accompanied by an anti-war quote. Marine Major Doug Cody and Captain Marcus Bradshaw came up with the idea for their deck - similar to the Deck Of Death featuring those at war with America - while watching the conflict unfold from Washington DC's Pentagon. Cody says, "I don't begrudge anyone their right to express their opposition to the war... but the people on the cards went above and beyond what I thought was reasoned or principled opposition." Cody, who's selling the cards through Thanxfornothing.Com, with some of the proceeds going to military charities, adds, "It's an involuntary way for the celebrities to give something back." »

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Streisand Sues Environmentalist

2 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen star Barbra Streisand is suing an environmentalist for $52.5 million for taking aerial photographs of her estate in Malibu, California. The Funny Girl actress - who is coming out of retirement to record a new album - claims the photos by Kenneth Adelman "violate" her privacy and provide "a road map to her residence." The picture of her estate was posted on an Internet web site documenting erosion along the California coast. The lawsuit was filed on May 20 in Santa Monica Superior Court. A representative for Streisand says, "Ms. Streisand is a big proponent of the environment. This is about one's fundamental right to privacy." »

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Streisand Releases Ditched Oscars Speech

27 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Barbra Streisand has released the controversial speech she'd planned to make at the Oscars - in defense of stars against the war with Iraq. The outspoken superstar presented the Best Song category at Sunday's Academy Awards, but opted against making a political statement onstage, in respect of the show's producers. But the statement has been released to Hollywood trade publication Daily Variety, an expert of which reads, "I find it tragic that the (American President George W.) Bush administration's attempts at diplomacy failed so miserably and have led us to the point of starting a war that might have been avoided. How dare the media call people who speak out against the war unpatriotic. Exercising freedom of speech is an extremely patriotic act. I have been arguing that point for years now, that artists have just as much of a right to speak out as every other citizen. In 1995, I gave a speech at Harvard called 'The Artist as Citizen.' I made the point then and many times since that artists are citizens first and artists second. We have opinions and ideas, just like anybody else. The difference is that we are given more visibility from which to speak - so we have to be informed and we have to be responsible, but it doesn't mean we have to be quiet." »

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Eminem Slept Through Oscar Win

26 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rap superstar Eminem slept through his Oscar win on Sunday. The hip-hopper scooped the Best Song Academy Award for "Lose Yourself," from the soundtrack to his 2002 movie 8 Mile. But rather than slip into a tux for the glitzy Hollywood bash - Eminem chose to snooze through the three-and-a-half hour-long event, at his home in Detroit. "Lose Yourself" co-writer Luis Resto, who stepped up on stage at the Kodak Theater to accept the statuette from Barbra Streisand says he called the rapper to congratulate him - and found him fast asleep. Resto explains, "He was asleep. It wasn't out of any disrespect. We just didn't expect to win." »

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Shock Winner Brody Stuns with Heartfelt Speech

25 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie star Adrien Brody brought Hollywood to its feet at the Oscars on Sunday night by scoring a shock win in the Best Actor category and then delivering a heartfelt message of peace. The Pianist star beat favorites Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis and gained a standing ovation from his peers for an unscripted emotional speech. After a lengthy kiss with presenter Halle Berry, Brody admitted he didn't write a speech because "every time I've done that in the past I didn't win," and then he ordered the Oscars organizers to cut the music that marked the end of his 45 second acceptance speech. As the music fizzled out, Brody admitted he was sad to be accepting an award at "such a strange time." He continued, "My experiences of making this film made me very aware of the sadness and the dehumanization of people at times of war and the repercussions of war. Whoever you believe in, whether it's Allah or God, may he watch over you and let's pray for a peaceful and swift resolution. I have a friend in Queens who is a soldier in Kuwait and I hope you and your boys make it back real soon. I love you." Many felt the evening would be awash with the stars' thoughts on war and peace but only Brody, documentarian Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, Chris Cooper, Spaniard Pedro Almodovar, Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal and a bumbling Nicole Kidman breached the subject. »

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Martin Sheen Defends Anti-War Activists

18 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor and activist Martin Sheen has defended the rights of Hollywood anti-war protesters to express their views in an opinion article published today. In the piece, published in the Los Angeles Times, Sheen has criticized those whom he says are trying to denigrate his and other Hollywood activists' views, "solely due to our celebrity status." He writes, "Whether celebrity or diplomat, cabdriver or student, all deserve a turn at the podium." The West Wing star says celebrity activists do carry added responsibility because their statements are likely to receive press coverage. He explains, "As a result, we are often called to give voice to the voiceless and a presence to the marginalized." His article is published next to an opinion piece by Esra Naama, an Iraqi- American from San Diego, California, who writes that her family fled Saddam Hussein's brutal regime in 1992. Naama, a member of the non-profit group Women For A Free Iraq, says, "When Martin Sheen, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Barbra Streisand speak about the Iraqi people, they are not speaking about people like me." »

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