UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION:Arthur Gelb, a visionary critic, reporter and editor at The New York Times for more than four decades, died Tuesday evening at his home in Manhattan. He was 90. His death was confirmed by his son, Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera. The elder Gelb’s passion for the culture and vibrancy of New York City defined him, and he requited that passion by endowing the Times with a proprietary interest in vigorously covering the artistic life of the city and making the culture report as important to the paper as its storied foreign coverage.
Beginning in 1944 as a reporter and later as assistant drama critic, head of the Metropolitan desk and through his final assignment as Managing Editor under his colleague and mentor A.M. Rosenthal, Gelb was chiefly responsible for shaping and directing the Times‘ cultural coverage. Early on, as assistant to the Times‘ legendary drama critic Brooks Atkinson, Gelb set his keen eye and ear to the discovery of fresh talent. Among those who caught his eye and received early and ongoing encouragement from the paper’s reporters and critics were an intellectual stand-up comic named Woody Allen; a Broadway ingenue named Barbra Streisand; an acerbic, potty-mouthed comic named Lenny Bruce; and a street-fighting, Shakespeare-quoting young producer named Joseph Papp. Read More »
Playwright Will Eno’s The Open House and Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s musical Fun Home were named best play and musical, respectively, earlier tonight at the 29th annual Lucille Lortel Awards. Hotter-than-hot helmer Alex Timbers (Broadway’s Rocky) was named best director for his staging of Here Lies Love, the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim musical about the life and times of Imelda Marcos that recently resumed performances at the Public Theater. Here Lies Love was the top winner of the evening, walking off with five awards.
Best performance in a musical nods went to Michael Cerveris (Fun Home) and Ruthie Ann Miles (Here Lies Love).
Up-and-comer Tracee Chimo was named best actress in a play for Bad Jews. Steven Boyer won best actor for Hand To God. Read More »
In Hollywood they say ‘everything old is new again’ and that has never been more true this week than with a massive celebration of classic films and stars. There is tonight’s AFI Night At The Movies with 13 classic titles (including Best Picture winners like In The Heat Of The Night and Terms Of Endearment) taking up every screen at Hollywood’s Arclight Theatre complete with in-person introductions from their original stars (Shirley MacLaine, Cher, Sidney Poitier, Sally Field and Harrison Ford among them). There is a year-long centennial celebration of the great Danny Kaye and a reminder of his talent at year’s end with the Fox remake of a Kaye classic, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. And starting Thursday with the World Premiere restoration of Funny Girl, the 4th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival kicks off its four day run in Hollywood.
Even as competing fests this week at Tribeca and in San Francisco try to steal the spotlight for new films from a new generation, The Turner Classic Movies fest has become a big deal focusing on the past. And not only for the network, but as a signature event where studios can show off new digital restorations of classic films with the same hoopla that might have accompanied their original premieres. Though its stars Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif won’t be attending the Funny Girl restoration’s premiere at the Chinese Theatre tomorrow night (Sharif is in Europe; Streisand is sending a statement to be read by TCM host Robert Osborne) many vintage stars including festival honorees like Eva Marie Saint, Ann Blyth, Max Von Sydow and numerous others are expected to walk the red carpet. Competing for attention across the street at the Hollywood Roosevelt Pool will be TCM’s pristine digital presentation of 1958′s South Pacific with stars Mitzi Gaynor and France Nuyen on hand. TCM’s longtime talent exec, Darcy Hettrich has the herculean task of turning out all the great stars of Hollywood’s past that keep these fans buzzing. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: After announcing a directing deal at the EFM in February, Barbra Streisand and Aldamisa International have identified the project that will mark the multi-hyphenate’s return to feature helming. Streisand will direct an as-yet untitled love story based on the relationship between photographer Margaret Bourke-White and author Erskine Caldwell. This will be her first time directing a motion picture since 1996′s The Mirror Has Two Faces, in which she starred alongside Jeff Bridges. Streisand is not expected to appear in the film and I understand that casting is underway with an eye to shoot before the end of the year. Streisand is currently overseeing the screenplay for the project. She had previously sought to film the story, but that production did not come to fruition. This is a new take.
Bourke-White was a pioneering photojournalist who became the first female photographer for Life magazine in 1936. She married Caldwell, the controversial southern author of Tobacco Road and God’s Little Acre, in 1939. They most famously collaborated on You Have Seen Their Faces, a pictorial survey of the rural American South during the Great Depression. The film will chart the pair’s tumultuous relationship. They divorced in 1942.
Streisand’s other directing efforts have included 1983′s Yentl, 1991′s The Prince Of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces. The three films received a total of 14 Academy Award nominations, … Read More »
BREAKING: Barbra Streisand has signed with UTA for representation as an actress, director and producer. UTA will also represent her film and television shingle Barwood Films. Streisand continues to be represented by her longtime manager Marty Erlichman. Streisand, who certainly stopped the show singing The Way We Were in tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, has won 2 Oscars, 5 Emmys, 10 Grammys and 12 Golden Globes. The three films directed by Ms. Streisand have garnered 14 Academy Award nominations. Streisand is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards as well as France’s Legion d’Honneur and the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors. Read More »
Neil Meron and Craig Zadan weren’t kidding around with this year’s movie music Oscars theme. (Even the comedic bits were song-and-dance vehicles for Seth MacFarlane). Musical numbers from this year’s nominees ran the gamut from Les Miserables‘ full-cast staging to Norah Jones crooning “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, and Adele’s performance of her Oscar-winning Skyfall theme. Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson returned to sing her signature song from Dreamgirls, making Catherine Zeta-Jones’ “All That Jazz” Chicago number pale in comparison. And grand dames Shirley Bassey and Barbra Streisand fought through the show’s spotty sound mixing to deliver signature tunes.
Shirley Bassey sings her 007 theme “Goldfinger”:
Catherine Zeta-Jones performs “All That Jazz” from Chicago:
EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls and Catherine Zeta-Jones for Chicago will be performing their Oscar-winning roles on Sunday’s Academy Awards as part of a celebration honoring the resurgence of movie musicals of the last decade. In the same segment revisiting their roles from this year’s Best Picture contender Les Miserableswill be several of the film’s key cast members including Oscar nominees (and former Oscar hosts) Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway along with Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tevit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter.
They have produced musicals for film likeChicago and Hairspray, for television films like Cinderella and The Music Man, on Broadway with How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Promises Promises, and on series TV with their current NBC drama Smash. Music is obviously in Zadan and Meron’s DNA and, as evidenced by the musical talent they are luring to the telecast, that is clearly what their Oscar show is going to be all about. Host Seth MacFarlane will be merging music with his comedy bits right from the opening as well. Read More »
Aldamisa International, a worldwide sales agent/production firm, announced today a directing deal with Barbra Streisand. Aldamisa will handle worldwide sales on a feature film which she would direct.
At the moment, the filmmaker/star is contemplating several projects. Her debut as a director was the iconic “Yentl” in 1983, the first major American feature film a female artist directed, wrote, produced and starred in. This was followed by “The Prince Of Tides” in 1991 and “The Mirror Has Two Faces” in 1996. The three films received a total of 14 Academy Award nominations.
“We are thrilled to provide underwriting for a filmmaker of her vision, stature and accomplishment,” stated Nadine de Barros, Aldamisa President of International Sales & Acquisitions. de Barros will also serve as a producer on the eventual film with Aldamisa Co-Chairman Sergei Bespalov. The picture will be financed by Mark Manuel’s Kilburn Media.
Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are pulling out the musical stops for this year’s telecast. They’ve already booked Adele to sing the nominated theme from Skyfall for the first time live, have Norah Jones singing the nominated “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted and are planning a tribute to musical films of the past decade. They’ve now announced that Barbra Streisand will perform at the Oscars for the first time in 36 years. The two-time Oscar-winner and three-time nominee last sang on the show in 1977, performing “Evergreen,” the love theme from A Star Is Born, which went on to win the Oscar that same night. No word yet on what her “very special performance” on February 24 will entail. Here’s the release:
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – 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.”
UPDATE, 10:34 AM:Paramount moved swiftly to remove the clip from its YouTube page and has sent along this statement: “Given Barbra’s incredible performance in the film, there was certainly every hope in our mind that she would be duly recognized this morning. Like all studios, we create many advertising spots in advance of they key award nomination announcements so we are prepared in the event of a nomination. One such spot was inadvertently posted online and immediately taken down.” The spot in question was a 20-second ad for the road-trip comedy due out December 19, with a voice-over touting Streisand just having been nominated for a Golden Globe, with words appearing on the screen to that effect.
PREVIOUS, 8:02 AM: Somebody in the Paramount awards department was a bit too eager to tout Barbra Streisand‘s Golden Globe nomination for Guilt Trip, posting this promo to the studio’s YouTube page last night. Of course, it would have been forgiven probably — if Streisand had actually been nominated this morning. It goes to show just how sure Paramount and many others were that she would land a nom. After all, she’s a darling of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, having been nominated for countless Globes for acting, directing and songs. She even won the group’s lifetime achievement honor, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, in 2000. Read More »
It’s an epidemic. Look at these ridiculous recent examples of photoshopping. At a time when more actresses are allowing themselves to be photographed without makeup, Hollywood ageism is still alive and well and fueled by movie posters and celeb magazines:
First, here’s Barbra Streisand on her new movie The Guilt Trip‘s one-sheet for Skydance/Paramount opening December 19th. Of course she had complete approval so this phony baloney is her fault. (Well, the pic is supposed to be a comedy.) Then again it’s humiliating to have pundits like Deadline’s own Pete Hammond write Streisand’s Gypsy: Too Old — Or Going For The Gold?:
Then here’s an unrecognizable Gwyneth Paltrow from InStyle UK’s January 2013 cover. Could they have done this without her say-so?
Paramount Pictures has moved the release date for the Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy The Guilt Tripto December 19, 2012, six days earlier than its original December 25 date. It now will open against Buena Vista’s Monsters, Inc. (3D) and Sony/Columbia’s Zero Dark Thirty. The Anne Fletcher-directed pic (previously known as My Mother’s Curse) tells the story of an inventor (Rogen) who hits the road with his mother (Streisand) on a cross-country adventure as he tries to sell his new product. Along the way he reunites mom with a lost love. Dan Fogelman penned the screenplay.
Here’s a first look at the Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy The Guilt Trip (formerly known as My Mother’s Curse). The Anne Fletcher-directed pic tells the story of an inventor (Rogen) who hits the road with his mother (Streisand) on a cross-country adventure as he tries to sell his new product. Along the way he reunites mom with a lost love. Dan Fogelman penned the screenplay. It’s slated for release on December 25.
Universal’s announcement today that Barbra Streisand’s Gypsy is going forward with Oscar- and Emmy- winning writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey) assigned to adapt the musical is stirring much Internet talk (and chatter among Deadline commenters). They say Streisand is just too old to take on the iconic role of Rose, the bigger-than-life stage mother of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. But with her landmark 70th birthday looming on April 24th, Streisand knows it is now or never. And with a potential hit comedy – The Guilt Trip co-starring Seth Rogen — scheduled for release by Paramount on November 2nd, her movie career is on an upswing, and she probably feels the time is right for one last, hopefully great, screen musical and the one iconic stage musical role she’s never played. No word yet on who will direct, but it’s not likely to be Streisand — although that would be interesting. She hasn’t directed a musical since Yentl in 1983 or a movie since The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996.
The part is so strong it could be major awards fodder, a thought probably not lost on Streisand, who has won two Academy Awards (Best Actress for Funny Girl in 1968 and as co-writer of 1976′s best song, “Evergreen”, from A Star Is Born) but has only been Oscar-nominated twice for her acting and not since 1973′s The Way We Were. Read More »
Last March, Deadline refuted a litany of web reports that Barbra Streisand’s dream to play the stage mother in Gypsy had died because Arthur Laurents no longer wanted the movie to get made. Deadline reported that Universal was making the deal and that producer Joel Silver was boarding the project. Today, Universal has announced it is moving forward with Oscar winning Gosford Park scribe Julian Fellowes. Here’s the official word:
LOS ANGELES, CA, March 13, 2012—Producers Barbra Streisand and Joel Silver have set Academy Award®-winning writer Julian Fellowes to pen the screenplay adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ Tony Award winning musical, Gypsy, which Ms. Streisand and Mr. Silver are currently developing for Universal Pictures. Ms. Streisand will portray “Momma Rose” in the new version, her first musical film since Yentl in which the Oscar®-winning actress and iconic singer starred, produced, co-wrote and directed in 1983.
Fellowes won the Original Screenplay Academy Award® for Gosford Park and most recently earned the Emmy and Golden Globe for creating and writing the acclaimed miniseries, Downton Abbey. His musical theatre work includes adapting the script for Disney’s stage production of Mary Poppins.
Gypsy has exhilarated audiences on both stage and screen since its first Broadway run in 1959 with Ethel Merman. Since then, the compelling story based on the memoirs of the famous striptease artist, Gypsy Rose Lee, has spawned numerous reincarnations including the 1962 film starring Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood, four
In between juggling five series — Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show and the upcoming Flintstones and Cosmos reboots — his first feature and emceeing duties at the Comedy Central roasts, Seth MacFarlane is fostering a budding music career. And tonight, the uber TV producer earned two Grammy nominations. One was for a song from Family Guy, Christmastime Is Killing Us, which he co-wrote, in the Best Song Written For Visual Media category. It was the only song from a TV show to make the cut. The other nod was an even bigger surprise: MacFarlane’s debut album as a singer, Music Is Better Than Words, was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album alongside heavyweights Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr. and international sensation Susan Boyle. I think it is safe to say that this is the first time MacFarlane’s name has been mentioned in the same sentence as Ms. Streisand. (Below is a snippet from one of MacFarlane’s sold-out live performances of Music Is Better Than Words, which was turned into an EPIX special.) Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has made a preemptive acquisition of Bad In Bed. The comedy pitch will be written by Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis, the scribes behind The Wedding Planner. They describe it as a racy high concept comedy but they are keeping the specifics under wraps. The title makes it seem self evident. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Joy Gorman developed it with the writers and will produce. Skydance principal Ellison and his production president Dana Goldberg made the deal with WME and Anonymous Content. The scribes are separately developing an untitled project with Offspring Entertainment’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, along with Anne Fletcher for Warner Bros. Skydance is co-financing and producing a slew of Paramount tent poles, including the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, the Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy My Mother’s Curse, the Tom Cruise-starrer One Shot, the Brad Pitt-starrer World War Z and the relaunch of the Jack Ryan franchise that will star Chris Pine.
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Scott has been set to star in A.C.O.D., with Stuart Zicherman making his directorial debut on a script he wrote with Ben Karlin. The project is being financed and produced by Black Bear Pictures, which is currently in production with an untitled Ramin Bahrani-directed pic that stars Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid.
The title, A.C.O.D., is an acronym for Adult Children of Divorce, and Scott plays a thirty-ish man who was forced at an early age to be the adult of his family when his parents split bitterly. Fed up dealing with his parents’ long running feud, he must get his folks together once more time and keep from blowing a gasket after his younger brother unexpectedly decides to get married. Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman is producing with Karlin (who co-created The Colbert Report) and Tim Perell. The film will shoot in March, and Scott will work it into his schedule starring in the NBC sitcom Parks and Rec.Read More »
While a litany of trade reports over the weekend pronounced dead a movie adaptation of Gypsy that was to star Barbra Streisand, I’m told don’t dress for the funeral just yet. The project is very much alive. In fact, a deal is close to being made at Universal Pictures, with Joel Silver producing. Streisand’s still in as Rose and so are book writer Arthur Laurents and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Those reports were based on an interview that Laurents did with a Hartford Courant blogger, in which the book writer proclaimed he was withdrawing permission because he and Sondheim decided they didn’t want a movie. I think they’ve changed their minds. Multiple sources said that the deal that’s closing gives the show creators a strong say over the screenwriter, director, choreographer and who’ll play the roles of Herbie and Louise. Warner Bros retains the rights to be co-financier after it rejected a deal that would have granted those same approvals to heirs. In the same article, Laurents is also quoted as saying that The King’s Speech helmer Tom Hooper was keen to direct, but I’m told that isn’t in the cards, either. Babs also won’t direct. Is this important? Well, some of the sites that picked up the story are surmising that that gays will be throwing themselves out windows because they won’t get to see Streisand in the iconic Gypsy. That’s silly. Of greater concern to me is the slippery … Read More »