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The '20 Most Effective Political Celebrities' Include Angelina Jolie, George Clooney

April 29th, 2011 10:15am EDT
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Washington political news organization National Journal has named the "The 20 Most Politically Effective Celebrities of All Time."

The list, released online and in the April 30 issue of National Journal magazine, includes current Hollywood activists like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Robert Redford, and Bono, plus some of the most successful celebrity activists in history, including Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, and Elizabeth Taylor.

To help develop the list, National Journal interviewed dozens of staff members on Capitol Hill and Republican and Democratic o...

'Glee' Recap: Just Be A Queen

April 27th, 2011 10:20am EDT
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In just a few weeks, the glee club is going to Nationals, prom royalty will be crowned, and Lady Gaga will release a new album. It’s a trifecta of amazing events that deserve to be brought together in a super sparkly, extra-long ‘Glee’ that’s all about self-acceptance.

Rather than hit us over the head with the theme of this episode, Finn clocks Rachel in the nose. In under a minute, rhinoplasty is on the table and New Directions is debating the merits of surgically enhanced vs unconditional self-acceptance. Miss Pillsbury is brought in to help Mr. Schue drive home the message that this we...

Barbra Streisand Clears Up Dismissive 'Glee' Comment

February 14th, 2011 10:37am EST
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Barbra Streisand has cleared up recent comments she made suggesting she'd snub an offer to appear in Glee, insisting she's simply too busy for a guest role on the show.

The Funny Girl legend was honored at the pre-Grammys MusicCares event on Friday, and she was asked if she'd ever consider a part on the hit U.S. musical show.

She curtly answered, "Not if I can help it."

However, the star insists she was not dismissing the show's success - instead revealing her hectic schedule wouldn't allow her to fit in an appearance.

She tells, "When asked if I would ever appear on Glee, I sho...

Barbra Streisand Returning to Big Screen in 'Gypsy' Remake

February 8th, 2011 11:04pm EST
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Barbra Streisand has confirmed reports she's returning to the big screen to star in the film adaptation of musical Gypsy - about stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.

The singer/actress admits the news leaked "a little early" but she is on board.

She tells the Los Angeles Times, "I am not sure about directing it. It may just be too much. I know I will be playing the part."

Arthur Laurents, who wrote The Way We Were for Streisand, let slip about the new movie project, telling the New York Post last month Streisand was in "deep in negotiations to direct, produce and star in a movie version of Gypsy."


Barbra Streisand To Perform At Grammy Awards

February 8th, 2011 8:49am EST
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand has been added to the list of performers at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The singer/actress, who is an eight-time Grammy winner, will be honored at the MusiCares gala on February 11 and then she'll make a rare public live performance at the big event.

She won't be the only movie star to sing at the Grammys - Gwyneth Paltrow will also perform, as will Cee Lo Green and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

Barbra Streisand To Play Seth Rogen's Mom In 'My Mother's Curse'

January 31st, 2011 9:06am EST
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand is set to play Seth Rogen's mother on the big screen, in new comedy My Mother's Curse.

The pair has signed on to star and executive produce the road-trip comedy about an inventor, played by Rogen, who invites his mother on a cross-country journey as he tries to sell his new product while reuniting her with a lost love.

Dan Fogelman wrote the screenplay based on his own experiences traveling with his own mom, while The Proposal's Anne Fletcher will direct.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in the spring.

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Robert Redford Still Wants To Act

January 26th, 2011 9:15pm EST
Robert Redford
Robert Redford is keen to let Hollywood producers know he's still an actor for hire, because he fears many casting chiefs think he's retired.

The movie great admits he's often perplexed when he approaches studios about roles he'd like to play - and executives are shocked he's still interested in being in front of camera.

Redford, who has become a leading environmentalist, businessman and revered film director, tells ABC News, "I say, 'Hey, I'd like to be (in that movie),' and they say, 'Would you? You're kidding.'

"Something is happening over the years that makes a lot of people think th...

Happy 70th Birthday, Neil Diamond!

January 24th, 2011 8:57am EST
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Sweet Caroline and Holly Holy, Neil Diamond is 70! The veteran singer/songwriter, who penned many of the pop anthems of the last century, celebrates a big birthday today.

The celebration comes as Diamond prepares to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March and caps 50 years in showbusiness.

To mark the crooner's birthday, WENN trawled through his history to find 10 fascinating facts about the man who was The Jazz Singer!

Happy birthday Mr. Diamond...

- he attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he sang in the All City Choir with Barbra Streisand. ...

Barbra Streisand: 'I Do Have A Strange Face'

January 4th, 2011 2:28pm EST
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Barbra Streisand regrets wasting time fretting over her looks because she has realized she was "quite beautiful" as a young woman.

The star battled feelings of insecurity over her unconventional appearance growing up and admits she feared rejection after shooting to fame.

But now Streisand insists she has grown to appreciate her "strange face".

She tells Britain's OK! magazine, "Recently, doing DVDs, I've had to look at myself in old movies or on album covers...I thought, I really looked good there. Why didn't I know that then?

"But I do have a strange face. It changes so much from angl...

Barbra Streisand Originally Turned Down 'Fockers' Role

December 16th, 2010 10:04am EST
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Barbra Streisand initially turned down a role in comedy movie Meet The Fockers and was only persuaded to take part because of her friendship with Ben Stiller's parents.

The singer/actress joined the Meet The Parents franchise with a part in the 2004 sequel opposite Stiller, Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman, and she reprises her role in the latest installment, Little Fockers.

Streisand admits she didn't want to work on the film, but changed her mind after a phone call from Stiller, the son of her comedian pals Jerry and Anne Stiller, who persuaded her to play his onscreen mother.

She ...

Don't Cry For 'Glee'... When It's This Good!

December 1st, 2010 3:14pm EST
For sectionals this year, Will is determined to prove how self-aware ‘Glee’ can be. Critics concerned about how overexposed Lea Michele is and how underutilized Heather Morris is, Will has got your back. Folks, who would be happy listening to Lea Michele sing the phone book every week, Santana’s going to taunt you with “Yentl” references and torture Rachel with revelations on the true status of Finn’s virginity. (For those who missed it, Santana took it in the middle of a wonderfully entertaining tribute to Madonna.)

The news doesn’t exactly help boost morale for the glee club, although it...

Lea Michele Embraces Her Nose, Happy She Didn't Get Plastic Surgery

October 20th, 2010 8:25am EDT
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Lea Michele is proud she never bowed to pressure from Hollywood producers and high school bullies to get a nose job because her hit show "Glee" proves she didn't need surgery to be a star.

The 24 year old has admitted she struggled with insecurity as a young actress, and was turned down for several jobs after being told she wasn't pretty enough to be a big star.

The pressure became so intense, Michele admits she seriously considered cosmetic surgery, but now she's lashed out at the people who encouraged her to go under the knife early on.

She tells GQ magazine, "I was one of the only gir...

'Glee' Recap: Keeping the Faith

October 6th, 2010 11:18am EDT
This week’s "Glee" summoned a higher power than Britney Spears and gave us a good reason to continue to believe in this show. Our prayers for a character and plot-driven episode were answered! 'Grilled Cheesus' had a story, a clear theme, and a variety of interesting musical interpretations of said theme that deserve to be praised. So now, to continue our sacred tradition, let’s recap last night’s show…

Are You There God? It’s Mi-Mi-Mi-Mi-Mi...

To take on a complex subject like religion, ‘Glee’ begins with a Christ-like imprint in Finn’s grilled cheese. This perfectly absurd deity becomes...

Oops! Jennifer Aniston Says 'Retard' On Regis & Kelly (Video)

August 19th, 2010 11:26pm EDT
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Jennifer Aniston is under attack from a disability group for using the word "retard" in a TV interview.

The actress was talking about dressing up as her heroine Barbra Streisand for the upcoming issue of Harper's Bazaar on "Live with Regis and Kelly" on Thursday when she made the slip-up.

She said, "I play dress up. I do it for a living - like a retard!"

The off-hand remark has upset officials at The Arc, a non-profit advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and CEO Pete Burns has taken aim at Aniston.

He tells, "It was extraordinarily offensiv...

Barbra Streisand Approves Of Jennifer Aniston's 'Impersonation'

August 5th, 2010 11:15pm EDT
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Legendary entertainer Barbra Streisand has praised Jennifer Aniston's attempt at impersonating her style in movie classic "Funny Girl" for a new magazine photoshoot, insisting she did a "wonderful job."

The former "Friends" star has long idolized Streisand and jumped at the chance to dress up as the singer/actress for the latest edition of America's Harper's Bazaar.

Aniston bears an uncanny likeness to the Oscar winner in the classy shots and Streisand is impressed by the transformation.

In a post on her blog, she writes, "I was very flattered that Jennifer Aniston chose to interpret my ...

Jennifer Aniston Channels Barbra Streisand In 'Harper's Bazaar'

August 5th, 2010 10:47am EDT
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Jennifer Aniston appears in the next issue of Harper's Bazaar dressed up as Funny Girl's Barbra Streisand. She told the mag about how she finally met the legend in New York.

"I've loved her since I was a kid, and all of a sudden there she is, and she's just like someone you've always known," Jennifer says. "You know when you meet people you idolize and then you walk away from the conversation thinking, 'Well, that was a disappointment; they were kinder and more fabulous in my mind'? Well, she was wonderful, and you could talk to her about anything."

Aniston said that her friend and hairst...

Betty White Among The California Hall Of Fame Inductees

July 8th, 2010 6:00pm EDT
Betty White
Superstar Barbra Streisand, Golden Girl Betty White and director James Cameron are set to be inducted into the California Hall of Fame among the class of 2010.

Action man-turned-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has selected 14 honorees for the December ceremony. Country singer Merle Haggard, tennis ace Serena Williams and founder Mark Zuckerberg are also set to be honored by the state.

Unveiling the 2010 inductees, Schwarzenegger said the group of artists, sports stars, business pioneers and politicians "make me proud to call California home."

The California Hall...

Tony Award Night Is Filled With 'Glee'

June 14th, 2010 10:30am EDT
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On Broadway’s biggest night, there was a lot of love for the television phenomenon that made musical theatre cool and turned several stars of the stage into household names.

Even though “Glee” stars, Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele didn’t appear on-stage until two and a half hours into the broadcast, the Tony Awards were a gleeked out event from beginning to end. The marketing geniuses at CBS obviously realized the TV stars could attract a lot of people who would have little to no interest in anything else going on, and promoted the “special performance” before every single commercial bre...

Lea Michele Reveals Her Barbra Streisand Tradition

May 11th, 2010 10:00am EDT
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TV’s Glee has made a star out of the unconventional Lea Michele, just like Funny Girl did for Barbra Streisand. When Michele was hired for Glee, series creator Ryan Murphy made her watch Funny Girl for the first time. Now it’s a tradition for her, she revealed when she introduced the film at a special showing at American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

“I bought champagne, those water crackers, a $10 jar of caviar and Temp Tee cream cheese,” Michele told the audience at the Egyptian on Saturday night. “I sat and I put cream cheese and caviar and sipped champagne and watched ...

Lady Gaga & Elvis Presley Named 'Dream' Duet

March 26th, 2010 9:18am EDT
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A duet featuring Lady Gaga and Elvis Presley has been voted fans' ultimate collaboration in a new poll.

Music lovers were asked to pick the two singers they would most like to see team up for a track in a survey by dating website - and a duet between the Poker Face hit-maker and The King came top.

Michael Buble and Nina Simone came second on the rundown, while soul stars Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross were voted third.

A Will Young/Barbra Streisand duet was the fourth most popular combination, while a Bonnie Tyler and Meatloaf collaboration rounded out the top five.


What We Were All Thinking - The Full Starpulse Oscars Recap

March 8th, 2010 1:50am EST
Oscar Feature
Tonight's Oscar ceremony is probably the most re-designed ceremony in Academy history.

Just look at all the changes. 10 Best Picture nominees, two hosts, no Best Song performances, more dance, a supposed streamlined show, and, weirdest of all, a request for no "thank yous" during the acceptance speeches.

Plus, a few of last year's tweaks will remain. They're sticking with the abhorrent practice of having five actors come out and sing the praises of the year's present crop of nominees (at least only in the Leading categories this year), and the producers are insistent on further expandin...

Jay-Z Wanted No Part In 'We Are The World' Remake

February 15th, 2010 2:35pm EST
Jay-Z Wanted No Part In
Rap superstar Jay-Z turned down the opportunity to join Quincy Jones' star-studded remake of We Are The World - because he didn't want to touch the classic.

Legendary producer Jones teamed up with Lionel Richie, who recorded the original 1985 hit with Michael Jackson, and recruited a host of artists including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Wyclef Jean, Janet Jackson, Usher, Lil Wayne and Nick Jonas to raise money for the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

The Empire State of Mind hit-maker was personally invited by Jones to take part in the charity single, but, while he is supportive o...

Celine Dion Returning To Vegas

February 10th, 2010 4:40pm EST
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Celine Dion has signed a multi-million dollar deal to return to Las Vegas - the singer will begin a new three-year residency in 2011. The "My Heart Will Go On" hit-maker previously performed in Sin City between 2003 and 2007, with her "A New Day..." show playing to more than three million fans and grossing more than $400 million.

Dion wrapped up the concerts at the end of 2007 before embarking on her "Taking Chances World Tour" which finished last year.

She's now confirmed she will be heading back to Las Vegas to launch her new performance at the Caesars Palace theater, which was orig...

Barbra Streisand Turns Down $100 Million Vegas Offer

February 9th, 2010 11:47am EST
Barbra Streisand Turns Down $100 Million Vegas Offer
Superstar Barbra Streisand has turned down a massive $100 million offer to take up a residency in Las Vegas, according to reports. The Woman In Love singer, 67, has allegedly been approached to follow in the footsteps of Cher, Celine Dion and Bette Midler by signing a three-year contract with a Sin City promoter.

A source tells, "After Celine Dion left Vegas; no one has been able to replace her. Bette Midler failed; Cher is trying; only Barbra is guaranteed to succeed. She's an international star and the only performer in the world that would make people flock to Vegas year...

2009 Music Quiz!

January 2nd, 2010 10:11am EST
2009 was the year of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Jay-Z, the Black Eyed Peas, Susan Boyle - and Rihanna's punch up with Chris Brown. And, as we embark on a bright, shiny New Year, here's your chance to look back at the past 12 months and test your memory at the same time.

Are you a music mastermind or a tone deaf dimwit? Turn off your iPod, put down your MP3 player and give the ultimate 2009 pop, rock and rap quiz your full attention.

Have fun...(answers on the last page!)

1. Which rapper infuriated Mariah Carey and her husband with 2009 lyrical claims he romanced her nine years ago?

Survey Says: George Clooney Keeps Getting Better With Age

December 29th, 2009 8:29am EST
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George Clooney has two extra good reasons to celebrate this holiday season - he has scored two big wins on Parade magazine's end-of-year honors list.

The popular magazine asked readers to vote in a range of quirky categories, including most surprising celebrity split of the year and celebrity you would most like to kiss under the mistletoe.

In the poll, surprisingly Patrick Swayze's death saddened readers more than Michael Jackson's this year - by almost twice as many votes - and Jennifer Aniston beat former love rival Angelina Jolie to the top spot on the list of female celebrities r...

Dustin Hoffman Says No To 'Fockers'

November 24th, 2009 9:34am EST
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Dustin Hoffman will be absent from the Meet The Fockers sequel - he's refused to sign up for the latest installment of the comedy franchise.

The actor, who played Ben Stiller's dad in the 2004 follow-up to Meet The Parents, was rumored to be returning for a part in the upcoming third movie, Little Fockers.

However, Hoffman has not signed up to act alongside confirmed stars Jessica Alba and Robert De Niro in the latest film because of scheduling issues, according to reports.

Barbra Streisand is yet to confirm whether she will return as Stiller's mom.

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Gay Wedding, Liza Minnelli Cameo On 'Sex And The City' Sequel A Hoax

October 31st, 2009 1:57pm EDT
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Rumors the new Sex And The City movie will feature a gay wedding and performances by Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand has been blasted as a hoax by star Mario Cantone.

Details of the film's top secret plot appeared to have been leaked in recent weeks, with sources insisting the two divas would appear in a ceremony uniting Cantone's character Anthony Marantino and Willie Garson's Stanford Blatch.

Minnelli herself told an Australian newspaper she performed a version of Beyonce Knowles's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)" for the film.

But Cantone insists the rumors are false - hint...

Beyonce's New Movie Role, Chris Brown To Perform, More

September 29th, 2009 10:53am EDT
Weekly Music News: Jive Records is having a pretty big week with big news and comebacks from artists like Chris Brown, Ciara, and Britney Spears. The Britney fans will be thrilled to know that her new single "3" will officially make its radio premiere today, September 29. DJ AM's reality show gets the green light, Chris Brown returns to the stage, Ciara readies new album and Diddy leaving Atlantic Records round's out this week's music news.

Beyonce tapped for new movie role

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Beyonce is being eyed to star in a new movie. The film is said to be a rema...

Barbra Streisand Caught Up In Pet Contest Scandal

September 17th, 2009 10:14am EDT
Barbra Streisand Caught Up In Pet Scandal
Barbra Streisand has been left baffled after fans accused her of rigging a "cute pet" competition so her friend could win a prize to watch her in concert.

The veteran singer is due to play at notorious jazz venue Village Vanguard in New York on September 26th- 48 years after she appeared there to open for legendary musician Miles Davis. Two tickets for the gig were put up as top prize in a dog contest - which Streisand's friend Marilyn Smart's pooch Dina won on Monday.

Smart boasted about her win on her online blog, telling readers she scooped a "round-trip airfare for two, hotel ac...

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