Review: ‘Letters from Hollywood’ is a movie nerd’s dream
"Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking," published by Abrams, compiled and edited by Rocky Lang and Barbara Hall
Clintons, Mariah Carey turn out for Barbra Streisand concert
NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand's return to New York City's Madison Square Garden for the first time in 13 years attracted figures from pop superstar Mariah Carey to Bill and Hillary Clinton for...
Review: Looking back at Mike Wallace, who made ’em squirm
Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Ku Klux Klan leader Eldon Edwards. Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand, Shirley MacLaine, Eleanor Roosevelt.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two early candidates in Tennessee's open U.S. Senate race have posted six-figure fundraising hauls.
Federal Election Commission reports show Democratic Nashville...
LONDON (AP) — It was 1976 all over again in London as Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson performed a song from their movie "A Star Is Born."
Actor-comedian Sammy Shore, father of Pauly, dies at 92
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sammy Shore, an actor and standup comedian who co-founded the Comedy Store, died Saturday. He was 92.
Through a spokeswoman, Shore's family said he died at his Las Vegas...
NEW YORK (AP) — Rita Moreno's alphabet of awards is gaining another letter.
The Peabody Awards on Thursday announced it will honor the actress, singer and dancer with the career achievement...
Streisand apologizes for remarks on Michael Jackson accusers
NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand apologized Saturday for her remarks about Michael Jackson and two men who have accused him of sexual abuse, saying that she should have chosen her words more...
The Latest: Streisand apologizes for Jackson comments
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Barbra Streisand's comments about the sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson (all times local):
NYC police charity treasurer charged with $400,000 theft
NEW YORK (AP) — A volunteer treasurer for a charity benefiting the families of fallen New York City police officers was charged Thursday with raiding its coffers to pay for personal expenses like...
Drummer Hal Blaine, played on hits of Sinatra, Elvis, dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer and virtual one-man soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s who played on the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys and...
Highlights from the career of drummer Hal Blaine
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Session drummer Hal Blaine, who died Monday at age 90 , played on thousands of records in the 1960s and '70s. He was best known for the opening solo on the Ronettes' "Be My...
Carole Bayer Sager to get special honor at Songwriters Hall
NEW YORK (AP) — Carole Bayer Sager will receive the Johnny Mercer Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.
The Oscar- and Grammy-winner, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall in...
Oscar moments: Record night for women; Wakanda makes history
Spike Lee bounding into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson, and trading shout-outs to Brooklyn (and hats!) with Barbra Streisand. A weeping Lady Gaga in her elegant up-do, extolling the virtues of hard...
Nancy Pelosi gets rock star treatment at Clive Davis gala
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The audience at Clive Davis' white-hot gala included Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who got the most requests to take a selfie.
Pelosi received rock star treatment Saturday night from attendees at the annual pre-Grammy event, which also featured a stunning tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, an artist Davis worked closely with for decades.
Pelosi gets rock star treatment at Davis gala
Aretha Franklin honored with star-studded tribute concert
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The late Aretha Franklin's songs were so impactful that some of music's bests from Alicia Keys to Celine Dion took the stage Sunday to relive the Queen of Soul's biggest hits in a taped tribute concert.
Review: Streisand’s ‘Walls’ strikes strident anti-Trump tone
Barbra Streisand, "Walls" (Columbia Records)
It's no surprise that fervent Hillary Clinton supporter and longtime Democratic Party fundraiser Barbra Streisand doesn't think much of Donald Trump. The surprise is that the legendary singer chose to devote much of her new album, "Walls," to a series of laments about the U.S. president's policies.
Barbra Streisand still ‘numb’ over 2016 election
Barbra Streisand’s unlikely friendship with Bush family
Review: Redford is wry, charming in his (maybe?) swan song
If you're going to pick someone to play a man who moves through the world with grace, style and a slight, wry smile, you could hardly do better than Robert Redford.
As an actor, Redford broke hearts for decades with his blond good looks, sure, but even more by conveying just a tinge of other-worldliness, no matter if his character was a criminal or a mere cad. When Barbra Streisand touched his face at the end of "The Way We Were," she seemed almost to be encountering a wondrous alien.
Barbra Streisand to Trump in new song: Don’t lie to me!
NEW YORK (AP) — When Barbra Streisand started writing lyrics for her new political song, "Don't Lie to Me," she initially aimed for "very subtle" references to President Donald Trump. But she couldn't help herself.
Streisand to Trump in new song: Don’t lie to me!
ShowBiz Minute: Streisand, Prince, Gambino
Streisand on Kavanaugh: ‘I just hope the public responds’
Warner Bros. distances itself from ‘A Star Is Born’ producer
TORONTO (AP) — Just as film festival audiences are swooning over Bradley Cooper's celebrated romance "A Star Is Born," the film's studio is distancing itself from a producer of the project.
Jon Peters is a credited producer of the new "A Star Is Born," the third remake of the Hollywood fable. Peters was instrumental in the making of the 1976 version of "A Star Is Born," which starred his then-girlfriend Barbra Streisand.
‘No one did it better’ - Reaction to Aretha Franklin’s death
Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday:
Elvis, Beatles memorabilia items on display at Hard Rock
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Elvis Presley's Rolls Royce, the suits the Beatles wore on their first tour of America, Bruce Springsteen's sleeveless faded denim jacket and colorful headband, and Michael Jackson's famous glove are among the items of music memorabilia on display at Atlantic City's new Hard Rock casino.
Streisand gives early nod of approval to Lady Gaga’s ‘Star’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barbra Streisand's "A Star Is Born" is being reborn online with scenes she'd cut from the 1976 movie.
Long known as a perfectionist, Streisand tinkered with the film to restore an exchange between the star-crossed lovers played by her and Kris Kristofferson and an instrumental take on the Oscar-winning tune "Evergreen."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper sing in the first trailer for the upcoming remake of the 1937 film "A Star Is Born."
Cooper, who co-wrote and directed the film, stars as country singer-songwriter Jackson Maine. He's struggling with alcoholism until he meets Lady Gaga's character, Ally. They fall in love but face an uncertain future.
‘A Star is Born’ steals show in starry Warner Bros. slate
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Warner Bros. Pictures brought out the big names for its CinemaCon presentation Tuesday, from stars like Sandra Bullock to movies like "Wonder Woman 2," but it was Bradley Cooper's "A Star is Born" that stole the show.
Cooper showed the emotional first trailer for the film to conference attendees in Las Vegas to some hearty, and rare, applause from the crowd of theater owners and exhibitors.
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ShowBiz Minute: Streisand, Dior, US Box Office
Barbra Streisand says no #MeToo moment marred her life
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barbra Streisand said she's never suffered sexual harassment but has felt abused by the media.
During a tribute to Streisand's decades of TV music specials and other programs, producer and long-time admirer Ryan Murphy queried her about her career, the #MeToo movement and her aversion to interviews.
"Never," she replied when asked if she had been sexually mistreated. "I wasn't like those pretty girls with those nice little noses. Maybe that's why."
Barbra Streisand has admitted she's "never" experienced sexual harassment.
The 75-year-old singer has broken down many barriers for women over her lengthy career, but has said she's never been the victim of sexual misconduct, and never had a "#MeToo moment" - a phrase which was born out of the #MeToo movement which encouraged people to share their stories of sexual harassment with the world.
Harvey Schmidt who co-created ‘The Fantasticks,’ dies at 88
NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Schmidt, the composer of "The Fantasticks," which made its debut when Dwight D. Eisenhower was still president and became the longest running musical in history, has died. He was 88.
His death on Wednesday was confirmed by Dan Demello, a publicist for the off-Broadway show.
Gerard Butler got high at a Barbra Streisand show
Gerard Butler accidentally got high at a Barbra Streisand concert.
The 48-year-old actor has admitted he once found himself "stoned" whilst enjoying the performance put on by the 'Woman In Love' hitmaker, after a friend offered him a piece of cookie and didn't tell him it contained marijuana.
The ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ band wins? Grammy’s big shocks
NEW YORK (AP) — There was little doubt who should take home the album of the year Grammy in 1984. That was Michael Jackson with a little record called "Thriller." He won, of course, but the Recording Academy hasn't always been seen to make the right call over its 60 years. And you don't have to point to just Milli Vanilli to find some surprising decisions. Here are some others.
MCHENRY, Ill. -- Kathleen M. "Kaye" Westermann, age 75, of McHenry, formerly of Lake Forest, passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at JourneyCare Hospice Care Center in Barrington.
Men? A sideshow at a Golden Globes that celebrated women
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey gave a movement-defining speech. Natalie Portman threw shade at the all-male directing nominees — while presenting that award — and then Geena Davis did the same for the actors. Barbra Streisand scoffed at the bleak fact that she remains the only female director to win a Golden Globe — and that was 34 years ago. Some of the highest-profile actresses brought female activists as their dates. And nearly every soul wore black in support of the Time's Up movement and as a statement against sexual misconduct in Hollywood.
Designer continues to make his mark with metallic pieces
MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — In a third-floor studio above an appliance store in Mansfield, Anthony Ferrara and his wife and partner, Rose, preside over a large collection of sparkling, metal-mesh garments, handcrafted accessories and mementos of a career in high fashion.
Ferrara is the man widely credited for creating the shiny, often outrageous mesh tops, halters and dresses that shocked the world of women's clothing in the 1970s and '80s and continue to occupy a unique niche in the fashion world.
Behind the scenes at the Golden Globes: schmoozing, snacking
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Despite cameras everywhere, not every superstar moment makes the broadcast of the Golden Globes.
Here's a look at the happenings inside the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom that you didn't see on TV.
COMMERCIAL SOCIALIZING: The ballroom isn't as big as it appears on TV, and most of the A-listers are crammed into a small space right in front of the stage. That makes it easy for stars to schmooze during commercial breaks.
From Empire Diner to Harbert House
HARBERT, Mich. — The Empire Diner, the classic art deco eatery on 10th Avenue near the corner of 22nd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, N.Y., is known, in part, for its long list of pop culture connections.
Oprah Winfrey to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Globes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at January's Golden Globes.
Morgan Freeman made the announcement for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association during its broadcast of the "Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special" Wednesday on NBC.
HFPA President Meher Tatna called Winfrey "one of the most respected and admired figures today" and "one of the most influential women of our time" in a statement Wednesday.
Review: Barbra Streisand concert film a gooey lump of blah
The point of paying for a baby sitter, fighting traffic and paying huge ticket prices to go see your favorite music act in the flesh is to see them working hard — to see them sweat. But you'll never catch even a bead of perspiration in the new Barbra Streisand concert film.
An icy Babs efficiently runs through various hits in her vast catalog without a hint of strain or unscripted patter in the tedious "Barbra: The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic!" on Netflix.
Streisand on not touring again, Netflix film and assault
NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to see Barbra Streisand sing, watch her upcoming Netflix special because you won't see her onstage again.
And she's not just saying it to get you to watch "Barbra: The Music ... The Mem'ries ... The Magic!" when it debuts on the streaming service this Wednesday: Streisand, who didn't tour for 27 years after forgetting the words at a show in 1967, said performing live concerts are too nerve-racking for her to consider doing them again.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is ready to write his own story
NEW YORK (AP) — The composer behind such iconic stage stories as "The Phantom of the Opera," ''Evita" and "Cats" is ready to tell his own.
Andrew Lloyd Webber plans to release his autobiography "Unmasked" on March 6, which loosely coincides with his 70th birthday on March 22. While there have been plenty of books about the composer, this will be the first he's written.
Musician donates guitar to Muscle Shoals recording museum
SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) — The tour experience at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios just got a little more authentic.
Leaning against one of the walls is a black Music Man electric guitar owned by Pete Carr, lead guitarist for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section during the 1970s.
"We were thrilled," said museum curator Debbie Wilson. "He just showed up (Tuesday)."
Arts Hot Ticket: ‘Hello Dolly’ comes to Orem’s Hale Theater
When you hear the words “Hello Dolly,” what comes to mind? For many, it’s Barbra Streisand, who played Dolly in the musical’s 1969 film adaptation. According to those involved with the new “Hello Dolly” production at Hale Center Theater Orem, there’s so much more to it than the legendary singer.