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On August 26, Barbra Streisand drops her latest Broadway duets album. Like her 2014 LP, Partners, her new offering, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, will also feature some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

The 74-year-old living legend just shared the first cut and it’s, not surprisingly, fantastic. Babs teams up with Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley for “At The Ballet.” The number is from the iconic Broadway musical, A Chorus Line.

Other duets featured on the album include Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Jamie Foxx, Antonio Banderas, Alec Baldwin, Seth MacFarlane, and more. Check out the first track below.

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Mark your calendar folks. On June 12, Barbra Streisand makes a triumphant return to the Tonys stage. CBS just announced the 74-year-old legend will present at the 70th Tony Awards. Too bad, she’s not performing.

Believe it or not, this will mark her first appearance at the ceremony since 1970 when she received the “Star of the Decade Award.” The homecoming is perfect timing since Babs is releasing her third Broadway duets album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, after completing her nine-city North American Tour in August.

James Corden is hosting the 2016 Tonys and will feature appearances by Cate Blanchett, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Carole King, Audra McDonald, Saoirse Ronan, Patina Miller, Nathan Lane and Oprah Winfrey. If you’re a betting man, I’d place it all on Hamilton. The mega-hit has 16 nominations and will no doubt convert many of them to wins.

Barbra Streisand Returning To Director’s Chair

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Yentl was the first major studio film to be directed, written, produced by a woman and star a woman as well. Barbra Streisand’s directorial debut in 1984 earned her the directing Golden Globe. To this date, she’s the only woman to hold that statue.

Over the years, Streisand has sat behind the camera for two other films- The Prince of Tides and The Mirror Has Two Faces. Overall, the films she’s directed has amassed 14 Oscar nominations in total. Find out what historical figure will be the focus of her next directorial effort.

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Simply effing amazing. I know that word is beyond overused these days, but it’s the perfect one to describe this truly sensational performance. Comedienne Christina Bianco covers Bonnie Tyler’s 80s classic “Total Eclipse of The Heart” while impersonating 19 divas. Her Julie Andrews and Christina Aguilera moments are EVERYTHING. Also impressive are her Bette Midler, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Cher and Alanis Morissette impersonations.

It’s uncanny how she can switch up her voice to sound exactly like these ladies. She starts off her performance with Adele, which IMHO is her weakest, but it definitely builds from there. Check out the video below, I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.

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Barbra Streisand Returns To The Oscars

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows

It only took 36 years, but Barbra Streisand is returning to the Academy Awards stage to perform. The first, and only time so far, was in 1977 when she performed her Oscar-winning “Evergreen“- the theme song from A Star Is Born. I’m not sure how the producers coaxed the legend to getting back on stage, but I’m extremely thankful. The 85th Annual Academy Awards are going to be epic.

“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” says 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.”

Seriously, I’m still in shock that Streisand agreed to do this. Why now? Back at the 1997 Academy Awards, her duet with Bryan Adams, “I Finally Found Someone,” was nominated for Best Original Song, but she opted out of performing it. Instead, Natalie Cole was supposed to sing the tune, but fell ill last minute. With only one day of rehearsals, Celine Dion stepped in and blew it out of the water.

With Adele already confirmed to perform “Skyfall” as part of the James Bond tribute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the spy franchise, and Barbra’s addition, the singing portions of the show are going to be must-see segments. Typically for me, it’s the perfect time for a bathroom break. Check out Barbra’s 1977 performance below, along with Celine’s last minute substitution back in 1997.

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Movie Review: The Guilt Trip

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The latest Seth Rogen comedy hits theaters this week, and I am pleased to say that I was totally surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. The film pairs Rogen and Barbara Streisand in a oddball mother/son road trip that is full of the goofy scenarios that you would expect from such a pair.

Andrew Brewster (Rogen) is an organic chemist trying to sell his newly invented cleaning product to stores and companies across the country without much success. After visiting his mother, he decides to invite her along for the ride as he travels across the country so that he can surprise her at the end by introducing her to her long lost love. The movie’s plot line is predictable, the funny situations are expected but honestly, it doesn’t matter. This movie is such a lighthearted fun film that I had fun from start to end.

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This movie looks so cute! Funny man, Seth Rogan teams up with funny lady Funny Girl, Barbra Streisand in a new comedy called The Guilt Trip. The trailer has just come out so be sure to check it out below!

The gist of the film is an inventor (Rogan) and his mom (Streisand) hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention. When he first asks her, she is thrown off by the invitation but soon becomes very excited about the mother-son adventure ahead. It sounds like some nice quality time together, but will he be able to get the job done traveling with his mother for 8 days in a car?

The movie was originally called called My Mother’s Curse, but the title was changed to The Guilt Trip shortly after which I think was a better choice. There are also some other familiar faces in the film, including Adam Scott, Casey Wilson, Colin Hanks, and more.

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New Releases Out This Week: August 22nd

In: Charge It, Movies, Music, Tyrell

This week’s featured new release is The Beaver which stars Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster who lends her skills as director to the film. What was thought to be an ingenious pairing and a movie made of gold, turned into a complete and utter flop for some critics while others beg to differ and say that it’s worth the watch. Check out the synopsis below:

Walter (Mel Gibson), once a successful and happy family man, has hit rock bottom. But, in his darkest hour, he finds a rather unusual savior: a beaver hand-puppet that takes over Walter’s life in an attempt to change things for the better. As he begins to regain the trust of his bewildered, yet game family and coworkers, his alienated oldest son (Anton Yelchin) strikes up a tentative romance with a cerebral cheerleader (Winter’s Bone’s Jennifer Lawrence). Once Walter begins bringing his furry counterpart into the shower, however, things start to crack.

Even though it sounds completely terrible and I’m not the biggest Mel Gibson fan, I still think I’ll check it out but only if there isn’t anything else on TV.

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