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Seth Rogen: James Franco doesn't smoke weed

March 14th, 2014 5:20am EDT
Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen finds it "depressing" that he's never smoked cannabis with James Franco.
While the pair starred alongside each other in hit 2008 stoner comedy 'Pineapple Express', the comic admits his hunky pal refrains from smoking the narcotic, but other stars such as Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd have joined him in lighting up.
In a candid interview with 'Watch What Happens Live', Seth said: "This is really depressing for me to say ... I've never smoked weed with James Franco because he doesn't smoke weed. That's why he's such a good actor! It's really sad, actually."
Quizzed who he has smoked the...

8 Oscar Moments That Moved Us

February 24th, 2014 10:00am EST
8 Oscar Moments That Moved Us
1. Ben Affleck Arrives At Oscars A Boy, Leaves A Man!

It took fifteen long years for Ben Affleck to recoup highbrow status in Hollywood. After riding high with a win for Best Original Screenplay alongside Matt Damon in 1998 for "Good Will Hunting," Affleck attached himself to a series of box-office bombs. Slowly, Affleck redeemed himself not as an actor but as a screenwriter, and received critical acclaim for his work in 2007's "Gone Baby Gone." He then scored big with 2010's "The Town," which he also co-wrote and starred in. When Affleck attached himself to the George Clooney-produced 20...

Michael Jackson's former manager weds boyfriend

February 16th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand's former manager Sandy Gallin and his partner Bryan Fox exchanged vows in New York last week (ends14Feb14).

The 73-year-old music mogul-turned-home designer and 34-year-old Fox were planning their nuptials with a lawyer when the couple decided to wed there and then.

The newlyweds have been together for five years and actor Fox was by Gallin's side as he battled multiple myeloma recently, according to the New York Post.

Gallin has recently designed homes for Jeffrey Katzenberg and fellow music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Irving Azoff.

Lady Gaga and Beyonce to record duets with Barbra Streisand

January 26th, 2014 8:40pm EST
Barbra Streisand
Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Michael Buble and John Mayer are among the stars who have signed up to record songs with Barbra Streisand for a new duets album.

The news was confirmed by producer Walter Afanasieff, who will join Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds behind the controls for the album.

Afanasieff has posted a message about his new project on his website, revealing the record will also feature Streisand's recent collaborations with Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler and Billy Joel.

The message reads, "Barbra Streisand... New duets album... Co-producing with Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds the new ...

Josh Brolin enters rehab

November 22nd, 2013 10:41am EST
Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin has reportedly checked into rehab for substance abuse.

The 47-year-old actor - who is best known for his roles in 'No Country for Old Men', 'W.' and 'Milk' - has admitted himself into a treatment facility in Northern California just weeks after allegedly getting into a drunken fistfight at a pub.

A source told "He realised he needed help and is committed to his sobriety."

Earlier this month, Josh was reportedly seen fighting with an unknown male at O'Brien's Irish Pub in Santa Monica, California.

The altercation took place near the entrance of the establishme...

Barbra Streisand's $2.3m pay day

November 12th, 2013 7:20am EST
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand was paid $2.3 million for a private concert.
The 'Woman in Love' singer reportedly cashed the huge check after playing to a group of bankers at New York City's Lincoln Center on Friday (08.11.13).
The 71-year-old star was listed as the 2:45pm "surprise entertainment" on the schedule of investment firm Baron Funds' 22nd Annual Baron Investment Conference at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Barbra performed just 10 tunes, including 'Memory', 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers' and 'People', before being whisked off stage just as stealthily as she arrived, according to the New York Dail...

Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga to be honoured as Glamour Women of the Year

November 7th, 2013 8:40pm EST
Barbra Streisand
Singers Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga will be honoured as Glamour Women of the Year on Monday (11Nov13).

The Born This Way hitmaker, who graces the cover of Glamour magazine's December (13) issue, will be among those feted at the Carnegie Hall event in New York, while Streisand will receive the publication's Lifetime Achievement award.

Others who will be recognised for inspiring and empowering women around the world include Kerry Washington, models Christy Turlington and Liya Kebede, Microsoft founder Bill Gates' philanthropist wife Melinda, and education activist Malala Yousafzai, who h...

Josh Brolin involved in bar fight

November 3rd, 2013 12:20pm EST
Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin was involved in a bar fight with a bouncer on Friday night (11.01.13).
The 45-year-old 'Labor Day' star, who announced his split from actress Diane Lane earlier this year after eight years of marriage, was involved in a drunken altercation with a security guard outside O'Brien's Irish Pub in Santa Monica, California, after he reportedly flipped out when he was told the venue was closing for the night.
The 'Gangster Squad' star was unimpressed when he was told to go home and began throwing punches, none of which appeared to connect with their intended target, according to video f...

Barbra Streisand was told to become secretary

October 30th, 2013 1:20pm EDT
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand's mother wanted her to become a secretary.
The award-winning singer-and-actress is glad she followed her childhood dreams of stardom by pursuing a musical career, despite her family advising her to follow a more sensible route.
She told the December issue of Glamour magazine: "My mother told me I should be a secretary, but I wanted to be an actress from when I was very young. Looking back I think it was maybe an escape.
"I just had a belief in myself. As a young woman I wanted nothing more than to see my name in lights."
Barbra also shared a her top five tips for achieving ...

Art director Charles Lisanby dies

August 30th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Barbra Streisand
Celebrated TV art director Charles Lisanby has passed away at the age of 89.

Lisanby died on 23 August (13) at his Los Angeles home due to complications from a fall.

Starting his career working on sets on Broadway, Lisanby became a pioneer in colour television scenic design, and was art director on The Garry Moore Show, as well as designing sets for shows led by stars including Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Dolly Parton.

He also art directed the Academy Awards telecasts and worked on the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. He won three Emmy Awards during his career.

Lisanby was i...

Elton John extends hits streak on U.S. chart

July 15th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John has extended his run as the most prolific performer on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart in America with his 69th hit on the countdown.

Home Again, the first single from his debut album for Capitol Records, The Diving Board, crashes into the chart at 21 - the first time he has been on the countdown since 2009.

Elton now has five more Adult Contemporary hits than second-placed Barbra Streisand and 11 more than Neil Diamond.

He first appeared on the Billboard chart back in 1970 with Your Song, and he also shares the countdown's most number ones (15) with The Carpenters.

Barbra Streisand recruits Ryan Molloy for London gig

June 4th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand called on British singer Ryan Molloy to save the day at her London show on Saturday (01Jun13) after her duet partners unexpectedly cancelled.

The Funny Girl star was due to perform her finale with classical act Il Volo but the Italian trio pulled out at the last minute, prompting Streisand's stage manager to recruit Molloy.

The former Frankie Goes to Hollywood frontman is currently performing in hit West End show Jersey Boys, but he dropped everything to share the stage with Streisand.

Molloy tells Britain's Daily Mail, "It was totally surreal. As soon as I got the call ...

Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies At 79

March 31st, 2013 10:07am EDT
Phil Ramone
Famed music producer Phil Ramone has died at the age of 79. The producer and sound engineer, who worked with stars including Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand, passed away on Saturday in New York City. 

His death comes just weeks after he was hospitalized to treat an aortic aneurysm. 

Ramone, who was born in South Africa, but grew up in the Big Apple, won 14 Grammy Awards throughout his illustrious career, including album of the year prizes for Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years, Billy Joel's 52nd Street and Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company.  He won his last Grammy...

Barbra Streisand To Perform At The Oscars For First Time In 36 Years

January 30th, 2013 10:31pm EST
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand is preparing to return to the Academy Awards to sing at the show for the first time in 36 years.

The star last graced the Oscars stage in 1977, the year she won the Best Original Song honor for Evergreen from A Star Is Born, and she is set to thrill audiences once again during the 2013 prize giving in Los Angeles on February 24th.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron state, "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 th...

Barbra Streisand Honored With Chaplin Award

January 18th, 2013 5:45pm EST
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand is to be honored at the 40th annual Chaplin Award Gala in April. 

The actress/singer will be saluted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center at the event in New York. 

Announcing the latest Chaplin Award recipient, Film Society chairman Ann Tenenbaum says, "She (Streisand) is an artist whose long career of incomparable achievements is most powerfully expressed by the fact that her acclaimed (film) Yentl was such a milestone film. 

"We welcome her to the list of masterful directors who have been prior recipients of the Chaplin Award Tribute." 

The Film Society's annual gal...

Barbra Streisand Praises Live Singing In 'Les Miserables' Film

December 19th, 2012 4:30pm EST
The Guilt Trip
Barbra Streisand is back on the big screen this week in the comedy The Guilt Trip. We don’t get to sing because she’s playing a regular mom who’s not the world’s greatest multi-talent superstar. However, while discussing her film at a press conference in Los Angeles, Streisand complimented the upcoming musical film Les Miserables for letting its actors sing live. She said that’s how she did it in her classic movie musicals.

"By the way, A Star is Born was done live,” Streisand said. “Sometimes with an audience. I sang live. I sang live in Funny Girl,” at the end of Funny Girl, because th...

Barbra Streisand Raises $22 Million For Heart Disease Research

August 13th, 2012 12:42pm EDT
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand has passed the $20 million fundraising target she set in her campaign to boost research into heart disease in women.

The actress/singer has used her influence and personal fortune to raise $22 million to fund regenerative medicine research at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The amount surpasses the $20 million she set out to raise in 2007, when she discovered that heart disease is the biggest killer of women in the U.S.

The legendary performer brought in donations from the rich and famous, persuading fashion designers Ralph Lauren and Diane von Fursten...

Selena Gomez, Courteney Cox & Tons Of Stars Mingle At Joel Silver's Memorial Day Beach Party

May 29th, 2012 9:44am EDT
Selena Gomez
Apparently producer Joel Silver's Memorial Day party in Malibu, Calif., was the place to be on Sunday. Stars including teen sensation Selena Gomez, venerable actor Robert Downey Jr., and songstress Barbra Streisand soaked up the sun and mingled with each other on the beachfront property.

Selena showed up without her boyfriend Justin Bieber, who is wanted for questioning by L.A. police over an alleged scuffle with a photographer over the weekend. Selena wore a wore a cheerful smiley face gray dress.

"Twilight" star Ashley Greene attended in a bright red summer gown, while "Glee" star Diann...

George Clooney's Fundraiser For President Obama Rakes In $15 Million

May 11th, 2012 12:48pm EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney gave President Barack Obama's re-election campaign a huge boost after making $15 million at a fundraiser on Thursday night.

The Oscar-winning hunk invited 150 celebrities and VIPs to the dinner at his Los Angeles mansion in a bid to raise donations to help Obama get into office for a second term when America goes to the polls in November .

Superstars including Barbra Streisand, Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Salma Hayek and Jack Black were out in force for the event, which cost a $40,000 -a-head.

The dinner raised $6 million while online ...

Barbra Streisand Confirms Brooklyn Homecoming Concert

May 9th, 2012 11:39am EDT
Jay Z
Superstar Barbra Streisand is to return to the stage in her native Brooklyn, New York this autumn for the first time in more than 50 years.

The iconic singer/actress was born in the borough, and while she has played numerous shows in the Big Apple since shooting to fame, the 70 year old has never been back to Brooklyn to sing.

However, it was rumored she was planning a 2012 homecoming extravaganza, and Streisand announced on Wednesday she will perform a concert on October 11th at the Barclays Center.

The venue is due for completion later this year and rap star Jay-Z is set to launch t...

Happy 70th Birthday, Barbra Streisand!

April 24th, 2012 8:59am EDT
Barbra Streisand
Superstar Barbra Streisand turns 70 today! The veteran singer/actress began her career as a nightclub singer in her native New York while she was still a teenager, but in the decades since, she has established herself as one of the most successful entertainers of all time, garnering awards in music, film and on stage.

And Streisand has no intention of retiring as she enters the next chapter in her life - she recently signed a new deal with Columbia Records and is set to star alongside Seth Rogen in new comedy "The Guilt Trip" later this year.

She celebrates a big birthday this week and to...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'What's Up, Doc?'

March 2nd, 2012 12:45pm EST
What's Up Doc photo
With Hangover helmer Todd Phillips producing the party comedy "Project X" that hits screens today, it seemed right to go back to a past flick that guarantees its own gut-busting belly laughs...welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! We go way back to 1972 to one of my favorite comedies of all time. A zany and wacky laugh-a-minute movie complete with mistaken identity, slapstick humor and double, no make that triple entendre galore. And since every character within the world has such a unique style, appeal and even memorable lines were gonna go about this examination a tad differently - storyb...

Betty White To Be Roasted By The Friars Club

March 1st, 2012 11:31am EST
Betty White
Betty White will follow in the footsteps of Quentin Tarantino, Billy Crystal and Barbra Streisand as she is inducted into the legendary Friars Club.

The Golden Girls star will be put in the hot seat as a host of comics and former colleagues line up to mock and ridicule her career at the organization's annual 'roast' later this year.

However, the veteran actress, who turned 90 in January, has promised to give as good as she gets.

She says, "Those Friars may think I'm an easy mark but I have 90 years of comebacks waiting for them. This is such an honor to be roasted by the Friars Club. ...

Mel Gibson, Jami Gertz & George Lucas Give The Most To Charities

January 13th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson, Meryl Streep and George Lucas have all been named among the most generous celebrities in a new poll of famous charity supporters.

Bosses at non-profit organization The Giving Back Fund have compiled their fifth annual Giving Back 30 list, which honors the stars who have handed out the largest donations to charity.

At the top of the poll is actress Jami Gertz, who has helped donate a huge $10 million through her husband Ressler Gertz's foundation.

At number three is troubled star Mel Gibson, with $6 million in charity handouts. Lucas is fourth and Streep is at eight, with $4.2...

Top Celebrities We'd Love To See Rosie O'Donnell Interview On "The Rosie Show"

September 29th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Rosie O'Donnell Rosie Show
Rosie O'Donnell has a new show, and wouldn't you know it - it's called The Rosie Show! Premiering Monday October 10th on OWN at 7/6c, Rosie has a new outlet for her opinions and unique way of entertaining us. She was able to get some huge stars on The Rosie O'Donnell Show in the 90s, so we put together a selection of people we'd love to see on The Rosie Show.

For more information on The Rosie Show, visit

Barbra Streisand: Rosie is one of the few people that can get Barbra to make a public appearance - she had the singer on twice for her talk show in the late 90s. It would...

Seth Rogen Calls Barbra Streisand Mom, Dumps Yvonne Strahovsky In 'My Mother's Curse'

September 28th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Seth Rogen in My Mothers Curse
Seth Rogen has had many comedy costars: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, James Franco. Next he has a true diva. Barbra Streisand plays his mother in My Mother’s Curse. Not many people get to call Babs mom.

“I didn’t call her that that often but it was great,” Rogen said while promoting this week’s new release 50/50 at the Toronto International Film Festival. “We actually worked very well together I think. It was a lot like Joe [Gordon-Levitt] in that she really was into being a comedy team. She really embraced the idea that it was a buddy comedy with a mother and son.”

The duo goes on...

Lea Michele Hopes Barbra Streisand Snubs 'Glee'

September 19th, 2011 2:21pm EDT
Lea Michele
Lea Michele hopes Barbra Streisand never signs up for a Glee cameo because she would hate to be disappointed by her lifelong hero.

The actress, who plays Rachel Berry on the hit TV musical, grew up worshipping the Funny Girl star and credits Streisand with inspiring her Broadway ambitions.

However, despite idolizing the Grammy winner, Michele insists Streisand should maintain her 'idol' status by staying far away from the Glee set.

She tells Digital Spy, "No, I don't (want her to appear on the show). Idols should be kept as idols. Not that I think she would ever disappoint me - I'm sur...

Paul McCartney Named Musicares Person Of The Year

September 13th, 2011 2:28pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has been named the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year.

The rocker will pick up his latest humanitarian award during the Recording Academy's 22nd annual benefit gala, which takes place during Grammy Week in February.

The honor is bestowed on stars in recognition of their creative accomplishments as well as their charitable work. Barbra Streisand was the 2011 Person of the Year.

MusicCares was established in 1989 by the Recording Academy. The charity provides help to musicians and music professionals in times of hardship.

In a statement released on Tuesday, McCartney writ...

Neil Diamond & Meryl Streep To Receive Kennedy Center Honors

September 7th, 2011 11:15pm EDT
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond and Meryl Streep are to be rewarded for their cultural contributions to the arts as this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.

"Sweet Caroline" singer Diamond and the veteran actress will pick up the accolades at the 34th annual ceremony before President Barack Obama on December 4.

Acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Broadway star Barbara Cook and saxophonist/composer Sonny Rollins were among the others chosen for their lifetime of work.

The five stars will join a long list of talented past honorees; among them director Steven Spielberg, country singer Dolly Parton, Diamon...

'Glee' Recap: Love, Loss, And Pure Imagination

May 18th, 2011 3:12pm EDT
Glee Funeral
This week was a big one! ‘Glee’ is gearing up for Nationals in New York, but before they take Manhattan, Finn calls it quits with Quinn, Rachel and Jesse share a kiss, and all the plans to win get interrupted by a sad and surprising loss. It’s the penultimate episode of the season and as Mr. Schue puts it, the culmination of everything the glee club has worked towards for the past two years. They’ve got to be awesome and this week, they kind of were.

Like Kirsten Dunst hiring a jazz hands-obsessed choreographer in the movie, “Bring It On,” Mr. Schue has made the decision to recruit 4-time...

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