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Starring Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor
Directed by Mohit Suri
Rating: *** ½
It’s no coincidence that this surprisingly moving film is inspired by Frank Pierson’s 1976 drama A Star Is Born. And I deliberately mention the funky psychedelic 1976 version and not the older 1954 version of the same story. In spirit and in the way the two principal actors perform their parts of two soul-mates and singers torn asunder by their allegiance to the same competitive spirit of showmanship, Aashiqui 2 is robustly reminiscent of the Kris Kristofferson-Barbra Streisand film where he discovers a co-singer who steals his heart and also his career.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee made his lyrical melodious Abhimaan on the same theme. It was easy for Hrishida to portray Jaya Bhaduri as a better artiste than Amitabh Bachchan quite simply because she sang in Lata Mangeshkar’s voices. In Aashiqui 2 the two protagonists are »
- Subhash K Jha
It's no coincidence that this surprisingly moving film is inspired by Frank Pierson's 1976 drama "A Star Is Born". And I deliberately mention the funky psychedelic 1976 version and not the older (1954) version of the same story.
In spirit and in the way the two principal actors perform their parts of two soul-mates and singers torn asunder by their allegiance to the same competitive spirit of showmanship, "Aashiqui 2" is robustly reminiscent of the Kris Kristofferson-Barbra Streisand film where he discovers a co-singer who steals. »
- Smith Cox
Barbra Streisand's career has spanned many, many decades, and she's clung fiercely to her identity through them all. With several Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards to her name -- not to mention a slew of other highly regarded prizes and nominations -- Streisand is a rare member of the "Egot" club. In fact, she holds the high honor of being the first woman to simultaneously direct, produce, write and star in a Hollywood film ("Yentl"). It's no surprise Streisand inspires us all.
Born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, the multi-hyphenate got her start performing in New York City's gay nightclub scene. Streisand's acting career kicked off with 1968's "Funny Girl" and 1973's "The Way We Were," and 1976's "A Star is Born" encapsulated her trajectory perfectly. As the singer solidified her acting career, she developed a rabid fan following.
Instead of resting on her laurels later in life, »
- The Huffington Post
Monday night, the Film Society at Lincoln Center in NY pays homage to Barbra Streisand for their 40th annual Chaplin Award Gala, which follows her recent performance of "The Way We Were" during the In Memoriam segment on the Academy Awards telecast. Streisand, most recently onscreen in "The Guilt Trip," is one of few entertainers who have "Egot"-ed: she won two Oscars (Best Actress for her screen debut in "Funny Girl" and Best Song for "A Star is Born") despite having appeared in just 20 films, five Emmys, eight Grammys and a Tony. Last year's Chaplin Award recipient was Catherine Deneuve. She also directed the underappreciated "Yentl," which the Film Society is trying to make up for now. Streisand answers Nyt reader questions here. While Streisand needs no introduction, take a look back at her legendary career with clips below. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Legendary superstar Barbra Streisand (A Star is Born) stars in her Academy Award-winning role of famed performer Fanny Brice in the 1968 romantic musical biography Funny Girl, on Blu-ray for the first time and exclusively available at Amazon.
In her first starring film, Streisand recreated her Tony Award-nominated Broadway role for Hollywood giant William Wyler (Ben-Hur), playing the comedienne in a story that contrasted Fanny’s comic onstage antics with her dramatic offstage romance with that gambling nogoodnik Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia).
UTA has signed Barbra Streisand as a film client, representing her as an actress, director and producer. The agency also will represent her film and teleivsion produciton company Barwood Films. Though best known as a singer, Streisand has won two Academy Awards, five Emmys, a Tony and 12 Golden Globe Awards. She won a Best Actress Oscar in 1969 for her performance in "Funny Girl" and then won Best Original Song in 1977 for "Evergreen" from "A Star is Born." She has appeared in three films over the last decade, the two »
- Lucas Shaw
Hopefully, Oscar is ready for Seth MacFarlane, because MacFarlane sounds ready for him.
The "Family Guy" creator and "Ted" director and co-writer will live the dream of many a film fan by serving as host of this year's Oscars, as ABC airs the Motion Picture Academy's 85th ceremony Sunday, Feb. 24, from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
Since being named by first-time Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Smash") as a surprise choice for the job, MacFarlane has become an Oscar nominee as well: He's up for writing the lyrics to the "Ted" song "Everybody Needs a Best Friend."
"In general, we're trying to make this a more ubiquitous Oscars," MacFarlane tells Zap2it. "I think that a lot of times, there's pressure to keep everything about the movies that are nominated that year. While that is a big part of this, we're also trying to find »
Ever since being forced to watch Yentl as a young boy in elementary school (where I laughed so loud, my teacher turned the film off), I've avoided Streisand on screen. I'll never be able to remove the image of her singing/shouting "Papa!? Can you hear me!!??" from my brain.
Kristofferson on the other hand, I actively seek out. You understand my quandary here? A star I actively go out of my way to avoid with another I'm drawn to. It's a pickle.
And for those keeping score, I don't really enjoy romances. A Star is Born doesn't feature Joely Fisher's remarkable cleavage, after all. My knowledge of A Star is Born is limited to knowing that Clint Eastwood wanted to remake it with Beyonce in the lead role. But who would play Gary Busey's part? That's what I'd wanna know. That would be the 4th time A Star Is Born »
- Robert Ottone
MacFarlane and Chenoweth to perform in musical number at the 85th Academy Awards Kristin Chenoweth and 2013 Academy Awards host Seth MacFarlane will be featured in a closing musical number, the show's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. The Academy's press release quotes the Oscarcast producers as saying that the musical number is a "'can't miss' moment." (Another apparent such moment would certainly have been James Franco singing in drag at the 2011 Oscar ceremony; however, Franco's number was axed by the Powers That Be.) [Picture above: Kristin Chenoweth up close and personal on the red carpet of the 80th Academy Awards.] Besides Chenoweth and MacFarlane, the performers at this year's ceremony, which features an homage to James Bond and to recent Hollywood musicals, include the following: Chicago's Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dreamgirls' Jennifer Hudson, much of the Les Misérables cast (Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Russell Crowe, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, and Helena Bonham Carter -- but not Sacha Baron Cohen); Skyfall's Adele, »
- Zac Gille
When I ultimately seize control of the universe, which is, of course, an integral part of my five-year plan, there will be a special section of Hell reserved for Barbra Streisand. There’s a smug sense of superiority about everything she does that rubs me the wrong way, and she’s nowhere near as talented as she gets credit for. Babs can sing, I’ll give her that, I just hate every song she chooses to belt out—with the exception of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” but that’s only due to the involvement of that most fantastic gentleman Neil Diamond. Watching her try to act, however, is physically painful. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, and the true nature of my feelings are out in the open, I tried as mightily as I’m able to give the Blu-ray Book release of “A Star Is Born »
- Brent McKnight
Welcome to another weekly preview of upcoming Blu-Ray releases! In this week’s edition, Flight makes a good case for taking the train to your next vacation destination, Here Comes the Boom hits store shelves with a – well with a boom I guess, and a beloved family classic finally gets a Blu-Ray release.
Ready for this week’s Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
An American drama film from Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis. It was well received by critics and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor (for the film’s star Denzel Washington) and Best Original Screenplay.
Plot: An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunction reveals something troubling.
My Thoughts: I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m looking forward to it. »
- C.P. Howells
Barbra Streisand: Oscar 2013 performer (with James Brolin above) Barbra Streisand, a two-time Academy Award winner, will sing at the 2013 Oscar ceremony next February 24. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Streisand has only performed once at the Oscars, nearly 36 years ago. On the March 28, 1977, telecast, she sang the Oscar-nominated song "Evergreen" from A Star Is Born, which she herself composed with Paul Williams. (See also: "Director Barbra Streisand Returns in 2013.") [Photo: Barbra Streisand and James Brolin at the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony.] "In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music," Oscarcast 2013 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are quoted as saying, "how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?" Now, what exactly Streisand is going to sing remains a mystery — perhaps one more intriguing than whether or not Ben Affleck’s Argo will beat both Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook for the Best Picture Oscar. »
- Andre Soares
Warner Home Video has provided us with two exclusive clips from the 1976 classic A Star is Born, which makes its debut on Blu-ray February 5. Barbra Streisand stars as Esther Hoffman, an innocent young singer who falls for aging rock star John Howard (Kris Kristofferson). Take a look at these scenes where Esther insists on going out, and another where she gets angry at John for making her think he was dead.
A Star Is Born Blu-ray Exclusive: "Going Out"
Talented rock star John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson) has seen his career begin to decline. Too many years of concerts and managers and life on the road have made him cynical and the monotony has taken its toll. Then he meets the innocent, pure and very talented singer Esther Hoffman (Barbra Streisand). As one of his songs in the movie says I'm gonna take you girl, »
London, Jan 31: Singer, actress Barbra Streisand will be performing at the Academy Awards for the first time in 36 years, it has been announced.
The double Oscar-winner last sang at the Oscars in 1977 when she performed 'Evergreen' from 'A Star is Born,' which received that year's award for best original song, the BBC reported.
"In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?" Zadan and. »
- Shiva Prakash
The Academy Awards claimed that they are creating an intimate, homage to movie musicals award ceremony this year with special performances highlighting “Les Miserables,” “Chicago” and “Dreamgirls.” The producer’s also announced that Barbra Streisand will be singing at the awards show for the first time in 36 years. Streisand, who won her first Oscar in 1968 for “Funny Girl” hasn’t sung at the ceremony since March 28, 1977, when she performed “Evergreen” the love theme from “A Star is Born.” Here are six songs that would fit the Oscar’s perfectly if sung by Babs herself. Click Here To View Slideshow »
Two-time Academy Award® winner Barbra Streisand, who has sung on the Oscars only once before, will perform on the upcoming Oscar® telecast on February 24. Streisand last sang the love theme from “A Star Is Born” on the March 28, 1977 show, winning the Best Original Song Oscar for “Evergreen” that same night.
“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” said 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 on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”
Streisand won her first Oscar for Best Actress in “Funny Girl” (1968), and was nominated again in 1973 for her lead performance in “The Way We Were.” She was also nominated for producing the Best Picture nominee “The Prince of Tides” (1991), which she also directed, and for co-writing »
- Michelle McCue
New York (AP) — Barbra Streisand will perform at the Oscars next month, the first time she's performed during an Academy Awards broadcast in 36 years. Streisand won the Academy Award for best original song for "Evergreen" in 1977. She also sang the theme from "A Star Is Born" that night. She won the Oscar for best actress for 1968's "Funny Girl." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced Wednesday that British singer Adele will perform at the Oscars. She and producer Paul Epworth are nominated for best original song for the James Bond theme »
- AP Staff
Two-time Oscar winner Barbra Streisand will perform at the Academy Awards on February 24. Streisand has performed only once before at the ceremony, 36 years ago in 1977, when she performed the love theme from "A Star is Born" and won the Best Original Song Oscar for "Evergreen" on the the same night. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron stated: "In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?” The musical dint to the evening was preordained -- Zadan and Meron's Storyline Entertainment have long produced successful movie musicals, from 2002's "Chicago" to 2007's "Hairspray." Other performances already announced include Adele, who will perform "Skyfall" live for the first time ever; Norah Jones, who will perform "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted"; and a tribute to movie musicals of the past ten years, »
- Beth Hanna
Two-time Academy Award winner Barbra Streisand, who has sung on the Oscars only once before, will perform on the upcoming 85th Annual Academy Awards telecast on February 24. Streisand last sang the love theme from A Star is Born on the March 28, 1977 show, winning the Best Original Song Oscar for "Evergreen" that same night.
"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."
"Funny Girl" and all around vocal legend Barbra Streisand will perform at the 85th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24, headlining a ceremony replete with many notable performances. This is on the heels of Catherine Zeta-Jones being booked for an Oscars night tribute to movie musicals. Zeta-Jones, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2003 for her part in musical Chicago. Streisand took the best actress Oscar for 1968's "Funny Girl" and has been nominated three other times in three different categories. This is her second performance after "A Star Is Born" was performed back in 1977. She won an original song Oscar (shared with Paul Williams) for the film's theme song "Evergreen" that night. According to »
- April MacIntyre
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