How Barbra Streisand Avoided #MeToo Moments In Her Career: ‘I Worked With Great Men’ – PaleyFest

Tonight at the Dolby Theatre, renaissance entertainment icon Barbra Streisand opened PaleyFest with a bang, joining Ryan Murphy (9-1-1American Crime Story) for a sprawling conversation about her legendary career.

The only musical artist ever to have #1 albums spanning six decades, Streisand was honored tonight with the Paley Center for Media’s Icon Award, acknowledged for her groundbreaking work as an actress, director, producer and singer-songwriter which, over the years, has landed her two Oscars, 10 Grammy Awards, eight Golden Globes, four Emmys, four Peabody Awards, a Special Tony Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among other accolades.

In conversation with Murphy, Streisand discussed working with talents including Judy Garland and Ray Charles, her stage fright—a challenge she struggled with for years—and gave a few political remarks here and there, most notably in regards to the #MeToo movement. “We’re in a strange time now in terms of men and women and the pendulum swinging this way and that way,” Streisand said, “It’s going to have to come to the center.”

Asked by Murphy whether she had her own #MeToo moments early in her career, Streisand said that she didn’t. “I never thought of myself as powerful. I was always thinking, ‘Wow,’ like a person surprised. I’d like to be powerful as a human being, I’d like to do good in the world, but I didn’t know what powerful meant,” she said, reflecting on her status as an atypical icon. “I wasn’t like those pretty girls with those nice little noses. Maybe that’s why [I wasn’t harassed]. I have no idea.”

Streisand added that her best collaborations came with men who treated her as a creative partner, asking for her ideas. “I loved Funny Girl,” she said about that William Wyler-directed comedy-drama which landed her a 1969 best actress Oscar win (tying that year with Katharine Hepburn who won for The Lion in Winter). “It’s the most wonderful memories I have of my first film because I worked with great men.”

Having Murphy moderate was an interesting choice tonight: Streisand, as exclusively reported by Deadline, is in talks to star in the creator’s new Netflix comedy The Politician opposite Ben Platt. However, Murphy and Streisand didn’t make any confirmations of her involvement on the series tonight at PaleyFest, nor did they expound on her role in the show. Traditionally, whenever Murphy has made an appearance at PaleyFest, typically with an American Horror Story panel, he’ll divulge some casting or plot details about that series’ next season. Asking Streisand about her future ambitions, all Murphy hinted was, “Well, I’ve got a really good Netflix deal, Barbra.”

Throughout the night’s conversation, a theme emerged—Streisand as powerful woman who stood up for her artistic independence and managed her own reputation, in the trades and otherwise. Murphy pointed out that Streisand wasn’t taken seriously enough by some male executives, even at the heights of her power and draw as a screen talent, while Streisand recalled one interview with 60 Minutes‘ Mike Wallace that was particularly upsetting. “He made me cry. I was 19 years old and he would say, ‘Why are you so self-obsessed?’ Or something like that. I thought, who else should I be obsessed by?” Streisand joked.

Earlier in her career, Streisand said, she was less quick to jump to her own defense, or to call her own shots, for fear of being called out as “difficult.””I didn’t want people to make fun of me or call me controlling—which I am,” she said. “I would say anybody talented wants to control their work.”

Asked about the experiences that have given her most joy, creatively, Streisand looked to her work as a director on such films as Yentl and The Prince of Tides, singling these out as the times she felt most in control of her own creative experience. “That is such a complete experience. It just involves every sense you have, every nerve end, your taste or your visual qualities,” she said. “To be in control and not have to feel frustrated, it’s just so wonderful. You feel so humbled by it, humbled by that power.”

At one point, Murphy asked Streisand what projects she’d love to produce (She’d like to play Mama Rose in Gypsy), while avid fans wanted to know what she thinks about Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born remake (“It’s very good”) and Murphy’s latest, The Assassination of Gianni Versace. “It’s very scary to me,” she said. “I had to go fast.”

For his part, Murphy opened the evening talking about his decades-long appreciation of Streisand, discussing his yearly tradition of watching Hello, Dolly! at Christmas and the potent experience of seeing Funny Girl for the first time.

“The interesting thing about [Funny Girl] to me was I left and I said to my grandmother in the car afterwards, ‘I want to go back [to see the film again], and I want to be like her. To me, that’s not a male thing, it’s not a female thing, it’s not a straight and it’s not a gay thing. I saw something in Barbra Streisand that really touched my soul,” Murphy said. “She was the first of her kind as an artist, in our business and in the world. She had incredible power, she suffered no fools. You could tell that she was going to do things her way. She was not going to be [put] into a box that men created, and she kept that spirit alive throughout her entire career.”

“Many people talk about Barbra as the greatest female star of them all, and I say, ‘No. That’s not enough.’ People use the phrase ‘other’—‘the other’—and Barbra Streisand really was the first ‘other’ in our culture. She was singular, she was an artist who, on paper, probably should not have worked, but just by pure force of talent, and magnetism, and charisma, pushed through so many glass ceilings,” the producer continued. “She created an incredible career and an incredible life, her way. I think Barbra is the greatest star, male or female, that the world has ever seen, and I honestly don’t think that I would be in show business without having seen her at a very young age.”


‘Real Time’: Billy Bush Says Life Was “Chaos” After Trump Grabbing Scandal

Last week Kathy Griffin, this week Billy Bush: Real Time‘s rehab for post-Trump career slumps was open for business tonight, and HBO host Bill Maher gave the former Access Hollywood anchor and infamous bus giggler plenty of space for reflection.

But first thing’s first: No, Bush said, he did not give Donald Trump any breath-freshening Tic Tacs. “Thirteen years ago I kissed a lot of ass,” Bush said, “but that’s where I drew the line.”

Maher asked Bush what he’d have done differently on that hot-mic’d bus as the Apprentice kingpin boasted about grabbing women by the genitals.

“I probably would have just changed the topic,” Bush said, an answer that might score higher for honesty than for satisfying, put-the-creep-in-his-place retribution. Trump, Bush told Maher, was NBC’s “cash cow,” and a volatile one at that, and calling out his oafish behavior wouldn’t have gone down well with Bush’s bosses.

“I’d have had to explain how I lost Trump, the big fish,” Bush said.

Bush said watching Trump prosper and win even as he himself lost his career – when, after all, Trump was the grabber, and Bush just the snickerer – was, in Bush’s word, “shitty.”

“Chaos,” he said. “You’ve got order in your life and then all of a sudden you’ve got chaos.”

“You can’t control what happens,” Bush said. “You can only control how you react to it.” He said he took one of his daughters to Japan, has another trip planned with his middle daughter, and intends to donate the $850 he gets from Real Time to a church, Maher’s atheism notwithstanding.

As for insight into the presidential character, Bush said he has none other that what we all see and know. Once, when Bush caught Trump lying about Apprentice ratings, Trump explained (off camera), “Billy, look, you just tell them and they believe it. They just do.”

The other guests on tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher seemed less inclined than Maher to forgive and forget. Nayyera Haq, a former senior official at the White House and State Department under Barack Obama, said the Trump-Bush bus conversation confirmed the worst of what women suspect about men in the workplace, and she made particular note of Bush’s failure to stand up to Trump.

“I’m calling it social courage for a reason,” she said.

Pete Dominick, comic and SiriusXM Radio host, told Bush – “with all due respect”  – that “every single one of us has to stand up in those moments. That’s the only way it turns around. You could have, you should have, you didn’t and in the future I hope you will and I hope everybody that saw that and heard that tape knows that is unacceptable. You have to stand up to assholes everywhere all the time.”

Bush endured the going-over with considerably more grace than he showed on that bus, and noted that the incident was 13 years ago. “I grew into myself,” he told Dominick. “I became a different person. Not that I need to convince you.”


Attorney General Jeff Sessions Fires FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

The Justice Department handed former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe an explosive 50th birthday present Friday night, firing him two days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension, after deciding he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

DOJ says it was taking its lead from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommending McCabe be sacked. DOJ claims that watchdog report claimed McCabe misled investigators about his decision to authorize FBI officials to speak to the media about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

Horseradish, shot back McCabe, who insisted Friday night he was fired because of what he witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

“I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey,” McCabe said in a statement, calling tonight’s development part of a campaign to “slander” him and to “taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally.”

McCabe called DOJ’s move part of an ” ongoing effort to undermine my credibility because of the work that I did on the Russia case, because of the investigations that I oversaw and impacted that target this administration.”

“They have every reason to believe that I could end up being a significant witness in whatever [Special Counsel Robert Mueller] comes up with, and so they are trying to create this counter-narrative that I am not someone who can be believed or trusted,” McCabe told Politico.

This Sunday, his birthday, McCabe would have become eligible for early retirement benefits for his 20-plus years of service. He joined the bureau in New York in 1996, rising to become deputy to then-FBI director James Comey in early 2016.

McCabe had, at one point been on President Donald Trump’s list of possible Comey replacements.

But McCabe angered Trump, and, earlier Friday, Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders derided McCabe as a “bad actor” for his involvement in the FBI’s probes of Hillary Clinton. McCabe’s the guy Trump reportedly asked who he voted for in the presidential election, shortly after McCabe became acting director of the bureau, when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Trump relished whipping McCabe on Twitter:

Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017

How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017

DOJ had been expected to make the call on Friday, after meeting with him Thursday so he could plead his case. TV news outlets had erupted in late January with word McCabe told staff he was exiting immediately and would be on leave.


Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges To Star In ‘Honey Boy’

Shia LaBeouf and Lucas Hedges will star in Alma Har’el’s next film, Honey Boy, which follows child actor Otis Lort (Hedges) and his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father James (LaBeouf) as they attempt to mend their contentious relationship over the course of a decade. Har’el’s known for the films LoveTrue and Bombay Beach.

Producing is Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold Features and Christopher Leggett of Delirio Films. Automatik’s Fred Berger is the executive producer. Stay Gold Features will finance for a production that is planning to film in Los Angeles.

Endeavor Content put together the financing and will co-rep worldwide rights with CAA.

LaBeouf last received critical kudos for his performance in Borg vs McEnroe at the Toronto Film Festival; that film comes out in April 13th. He will be seen next in Peanut Butter Falcon.

Hedges recently co-starred in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. Of course, he received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea (which won Oscars for both Lonergan and star Casey Affleck).

His upcoming films include Boy Erased opposite Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, directed by Joel Edgerton, and Ben is Back, opposite Julie Roberts, written and directed by Peter Hedges.

Har’el first collaborated with LaBeouf on the music video for Sigur Rós, in which he starred, and he went on to executive produce LoveTrue. She is one of the top commercial directors working today, with her commercial campaigns and shorts for Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Chanel and P&G garnering millions of hits and accolades, including Clios and D&AD awards.

The news first broke on Tracking Board.

LaBeouf is repped by CAA, John Crosby Management and attorney Matt Saver; Hedges by CAA, Anonymous Content and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, and Har’el by Independent Talent Group, WME and attorneys Skrzyniarz & Mallean.


Infinity War Demolishes Black Panther Pre-Sales Record in Just 6 Hours

Marvel not only rolled out the new trailer for Infinity War earlier today, but the studio also opened advanced ticket sales, and it only took a few hours for the movie to set a new record. Fandango has announced that the movie has already become the best-selling superhero movie in advanced pre-sales, taking just six hours to surpass both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the most recent record-holder, Marvel’s Black Panther, with tickets going on sale at 6 AM PM/9 AM ET today. Fandango also surveyed 1,000 ticket buyers earlier today, which revealed some interesting details about what moviegoers want to see in Avengers: Infinity War.

A whopping 97% of ticket buyers are excited to see, “how dozens of heroes work together in the same film,” while 94% of those surveyed were excited to see characters from different parts of the MCU meeting each other for the first time. The new trailer even featured one such meeting, with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) meeting Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). 92% believe Infinity War is “the culmination of all the MCU films before it,” even though Avengers 4 will be hitting theaters next May, as the final Marvel Phase 3 movie, and 87% have seen every one of the MCU movies to date.

What’s also interesting is that the success of Black Panther is helping create buzz for Avengers: Infinity War. 71% of those surveyed said that have seen Black Panther on the big screen, while 60% said that Black Panther “made them even more excited to see Avengers: Infinity War“. For those who haven’t already purchased their tickets yet, the Fandango FanShop is giving away a free Avengers poster, designed by artist Kaz Oomori, with every Fandango VIP ticket purchase. Fans can choose one of five posters, which will feature MCU heroes such as Black Panther, Okoye, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Hulk, Black Widow and the Guardians of the Galaxy, to name just a few.

This new record shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, since Fandango users voted Avengers: Infinity War as the most anticipated movie of 2018. As of now, limited box office predictions have been made, but it’s possible that it could finally surpass the Marvel Cinematic Universe opening weekend record of $207.8 million, set back in 2012 by The Avengers. That figure stood as the highest opening weekend ever for several years, before it was ultimately beat by Jurassic World ($208.8 million) and the current opening weekend record holder, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($247.9 million). With this movie uniting essentially the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, it very well could set multiple box office records.

These impressive pre-sales figures also come after Marvel inexplicably shifted the release date, from the traditional first weekend in May (May 4) that signifies the start of the summer movie season, to the last weekend in April (April 27), traditionally a dumping ground for movies the studio aren’t confident about, before the summer movie season. This, paired with Black Panther‘s astronomical success in the month of February, could lead to Marvel experimenting with non-traditional release dates as we get into the studio’s Phase 4 lineup. If you haven’t bought your tickets for Avengers: Infinity War, you can do so at


Force Awakens Gets the Ending It Deserves in Fan-Made Video

The release of The Last Jedi on Digital HD has allowed fans to pore over this blockbuster as much as they want, but it also allows inventive video editors to have a little bit of fun. One such editor is a Twitter user named Jacob Martin, who put together an alternate ending of The Force Awakens using one pivotal scene from Last Jedi. If you’re well-versed in both movies, you may even be able to guess what this ending may be without even watching it, but, even if you do correctly guess this ending, it’s still quite funny.

Jacob Martin put together this brief video and even sent it to Mark Hamill on Twitter, telling the actor that he thinks director J.J. Abrams “missed an opportunity” with his ending. After the missing piece of the map that showed Luke Skywalker’s location was finally uncovered, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Chewbacca and R2-D2 took off on the Millennium Falcon for the hidden planet of Ahch-to. The final scene of The Force Awakens features Rey holding out Luke’s old lightsaber, although he doesn’t take it, with one final aerial shot from above showing Luke and Rey just standing there as the movie ended.

While there is traditionally large gaps of time between most Star Wars movies, The Last Jedi started exactly where The Force Awakens left off, and it’s this combination of the final scenes in The Force Awakens and the opening scenes of The Last Jedi that is shown in this video, with the final shot showing Luke throwing the lightsaber over the cliffs behind him, before the credits start to roll. There had been much speculation as to how Skywalker would react, but the reaction that ended up on screen was certainly unexpected, to say the least.

Many fans were quite surprised that, after 32 years of waiting to see Luke Skywalker on the big screen again, director J.J. Abrams only showed this iconic character in the final scene of the movie, with the character not even uttering a word before the movie came to a close. While fans knew that The Last Jedi would take place directly after the final scene, most didn’t expect Luke Skywalker to simply abandon his old lightsaber, tossing it into the cliffs below where Rey would have to retrieve it. While it was certainly an unexpected moment, it would have been quite the shock to fans to have The Force Awakens end with Luke’s lightsaber toss, as seen in this fan-made ending.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the first Star Wars movie in 10 years, and the first to be set after the events of Return of the Jedi, the last movie in the iconic original trilogy that hit theaters in 1983. The movie set several box office records, including highest opening weekend ($247.9 million) and highest domestic total ($936.6 million) but it still couldn’t top the all time worldwide record of $2.7 billion set by Avatar. While The Last Jedi certainly fared well ($220 million opening, $619.6 million domestic, $1.3 billion worldwide), it fell well short of The Force Awakens, leaving fans to wonder if Star Wars 9 could break The Force Awakens box office records. Take a look at this hilarious alternate ending below, courtesy of Jacob Martin Twitter.

@HamillHimself I made an alternate ending for The Force Awakens. Feeling like JJ really missed an opportunity here…

— Jacob Martin (@jacobdontcare) March 15, 2018


Linda Cardellini and Matt Dillon Join Tom Hardy in Fonzo

It was announced today that Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, and Kathrine Narducci will join Tom Hardy in the Al Capone biopic, Fonzo, which was written and will be directed by Josh Trank (Fantastic Four). Hardy recently announced that the Al Capone biopic is the next project that he will be working on and production has been confirmed to start on April 2nd in New Orleans. Fonzo will tell the story of the legendary gangster in his later life behind bars. Tom Hardy has been attached to play the character since 2012 for Cicero, but that movie didn’t end up getting the green light.

Linda Cardellini will play Al Capone’s long-suffering wife Mae while Matt Dillon will play his closest friend Johnny. Kyle MacLachlan plays Karlock, his doctor, and Kathrine Narducci portrays Rosie, who is one of Capone’s sisters. Tom Hardy announced his involvement with the movie through social media late last week, which suddenly put a lot of excitement behind the project after many were skeptical with the involvement Josh Trank.

A ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Al Fonzo Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster in American history. Capone was sentenced to prison at the age of 33 for tax evasion of all things. When the gangster arrived to prison, he was diagnosed with syphilis and gonorrhea, which began to rot his mind. The official synopsis for the movie reads.

“At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Capone’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.”

Linda Cardellini recently starred in the critically acclaimed hit Netflix series Bloodline and was seen in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Matt Dillon was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Crash and will next be seen starring in Lars Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built. He also starred in the Fox hit sci-fi series Wayward Pines. Kyle MacLachlan is best known for his role as Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks, which garnered him a Golden Globe Award and Emmy nomination in its original run. He has also shown up in Blue Velvet and David Lynch’s Dune. Kathrine Narducci is well known for The Sopranos and Jersey Boys. he will next be seen in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Irishman.

As previously noted, Fonzo begins filming next month, but there is no official release date set at this time. However, a late 2019 release date seems logical, depending on the schedules of the actors. Tom Hardy may have to take a break to do reshoots for Sony’s Venom movie if Fonzo isn’t already finished by that time. If the project didn’t have enough hype with Tom Hardy on board, it certainly does now with its new additions to the cast. This report originated from Bron Studios.


Kevin Smith Credits Infinity War for Keeping Him Alive

Kevin Smith has bounced back since his recent, life-threatening heart attack. And he’s happy he lived long enough to see the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer, just like the rest of us. Smith is an unabashed and very vocal fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and, like any fan, Avengers: Infinity War represents ten years of investment all wrapped up in one big, epic movie. Smith’s reaction to the new trailer pokes fun at his heart attack, saying that he survived the ordeal in order to witness the new Avengers movie for himself.

The first Avengers: Infinity war teaser trailer, which was released back in November, brought Kevin Smith to tears. That’s not necessarily a common occurrence, as we regularly report on the Clerks director’s very intense reactions to comic book movies, be it good or bad. In the case of something like the Venom trailer, it was bad. In the case of this new full-length Infinity War trailer, it’s as good as can be. In a post to his Twitter account after viewing the trailer, Smith says his anticipation for the MCU could help keep him alive for decades to come. Here’s what he had to say about it.

“This film is why I survived my heart attack. I refuse to die til I see @Avengers. In fact, anticipation for all of these flicks might keep me alive for decades. I will accept eternity only if/when the most important Kevin in the world (Kevin Feige) is done making @Marvel movies.”

While there’s no official ranking of the world’s most important guys named Kevin, it’s not hard to imagine that Kevin Feige would come out on top of that list, were it to exist, as Smith suggests here. The man has had a vision for the MCU has literally changed Hollywood forever. That grand experiment is coming to a head with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, which will conclude Phase 3 of the MCU.

In late February, Kevin Smith took to social media to alert his fans that he had suffered a massive heart attack after performing one of two stand-up shows he was shooting for a new special. Following a surgery, Smith was up and around rather quickly, but was lucky to be alive, as the kind of heart attack he suffered is often referred to as a “widow maker.” Fortunately for Smith and his legions of fans, he’ll be around to see Avengers: Infinity War with the rest of us.

Tickets for Avengers are now on sale, so if you’re like Kevin Smith and are feeling particularly eager and passionate about seeing the movie as soon as possible, best grab your seats sooner rather than later. Marvel is unleashing the destructive power of Thanos on the universe when Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters on April 27, which is a week sooner than the originally reported May 4 release date. You can check out Kevin Kevin Smith’s Twitter post for yourself below.

This film is why I survived my heart attack. I refuse to die til I see @Avengers. In fact, anticipation for all of these flicks might keep me alive for decades. I will accept eternity only if/when the most important Kevin in the world (Kevin Faige) is done making @Marvel movies.

— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 16, 2018

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