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Barbra Streisand To Perform At Starbucks…On Your Laptop!

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Well, this is different..but awesome!!!

In an effort to promote her new album What Matters Most (above), Barbra Streisand has teamed up with Starbucks for an exclusive performance!

Babs fans out there who want to watch the performance can bring their laptop or mobile device to any Starbucks between Aug 23-30, where they'll be able to watch Barbra on Starbucks' Digital Network.

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Will Barbra Renew Her Record Deal With Columbia? Or Will She Walk???

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Should she stay or should she go?

Barbra Streisand's got a new album coming out this August…and it could be her last one with Columbia, if the label isn't able to work out a deal with her.

Right now, it's looking like it will cost Columbia around $20 million to sign Barbra on for a deal, which could "include one new album and three reissues." Seems kinda pricey…but then again she is kind of a legend.

Here's what Barbra's manager Marty Ehrlichman had to say about his client's future at Columbia:

"I’m not peddling Barbra. I will stay with Columbia unless I can’t make a deal, then I’ll go elsewhere."

"It’s a process. [New Sony Music Entertainment CEO] Doug Morris just came in, and we’ve just started negotiating. We’ve been with Columbia since the very beginning. I have no reason to believe we won’t continue to stay there."

Some sources have said that the record deal renewal talks have been "heated" and words like "diva" have been used in reference to the negotiations.

Yeah, it's easy to call Barbra a diva and say that she's asking too much, but Babs is a living legend and she's been pretty consistent with her ability to deliver over the years! We'd say it would be in Columbia's best interest to work something out.

What do U think? Is Barbra Streisand asking too much with her record deal renewal? Or does she deserve it all?

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Barbara And Bristol Talk Sex! And Yes, It's Just As Uncomfy As You Think It Will Be!

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Oh man. This is almost as awkward as Kathy Griffin's "Astroglide" encounter with her!

Bristol Palin made an appearance on The View this morning to discuss her new book, blah blah blah, and as you can see for yourself, it appears that Miz Barbara Walters could not stop asking the reality starlet/teen mom about her sex life with Levi Johnston!

Check out the cringe-worthy interview (above)!

Gah! It's like your grandmother trying to give you the abstinence talk!

This almost makes us feel bad for Bristol!

But then again, she loves talking about getting sperminated, and she handles herself in this interview better than her mother has in any EVER, so at least she's got THAT going for her! Ha!

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Barbra Streisand Goes Off On The Normal Heart Playwright Over Long-Delayed Film Adaptation!

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Such a shame that it's come to down to this when we think it's safe to say that everyone here probably had the best intentions!

Barbra Streisand was long attached to direct a film adaptation of the play The Normal Heart, written by Larry Kramer; however, the project never seemed to get off the ground, and Kramer frquently claimed that this was due to the icon having rewritten the script to expand the character of Dr. Emma Brookner so she could then star in it!

However, Streisand has taken to her blog to set the record straight about the mess, and goes into pretty specific detail about what ultimately caused her to abandon the project!

She writes:

I’ve endured Larry Kramer’s outbursts in the past, not wishing to dignify them with a response. But at a time when we are all pulling together to achieve such giant steps toward gay equality, it is anguishing to me to have my devotion to this cause so distorted. I think my efforts for the gay community and my immersion in securing its constitutional entitlement and other equitable rights is quite evident and a matter of record.

During the time we were trying to move The Normal Heart forward, my production company, Barwood Films, made the TV films Serving In Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story—which brought home to millions of Americans the painful truth about the disparate treatment of gays in the military, and What Makes A Family?—about gay adoption. Perhaps it’s time for me to disclose why my earnest and passionate efforts to direct The Normal Heart as a film were frustrated.

When I saw the play in 1985 I was very moved and immediately contacted Larry to acquire the rights. I worked for ten years, without pay, trying to get it made. After going through several drafts with Larry, I hired a writer to develop a screenplay that was faithful to Larry’s play, adapting it to make it more cinematic. But Larry refused to accept any revisions and insisted we use his screenplay. I couldn’t get any studio to commit to his version. Many fine actors were ready to commit to our version, but Larry would not allow it.

When Larry now says I rewrote the script in order to make the woman doctor the star, marginalizing the gay characters, he is rewriting history. My objective was not to be in this movie. I only wanted to direct it and I was willing to play the doctor only if that would help get it made.

Eventually, when it became clear that we couldn’t raise the money to do it as a film, I thought, all right, we’ll do it on TV. At least it would reach a wide audience. But even HBO would only pay Larry $250,000 for the rights, and he would not let it go forward for anything less than $1,000,000. No studio was willing to move on it, considering the controversial subject matter and the burden of that cost.

After ten years, the rights reverted back to Larry. But even when I had no contractual involvement, I still persisted in pressing to get The Normal Heart made, purely because I believed in the project. As my producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron can confirm, I thought that if we could get a great cast together, maybe a studio would finally finance it and we could persuade Larry to let us do it. I offered the part of the doctor to Julia Roberts because I thought she would be terrific, and when she turned us down, we approached another actress. I also asked Mark Ruffalo and Bradley Cooper to be in it, and Bradley Cooper immediately said yes to my version of the screenplay. By the way, this is not to say that it wouldn’t have been rewritten again. The work is never done until the movie is released.

I think it’s unfair to blame me for the movie not getting made. After all, Larry has had the rights for the last 15 years and he couldn’t get it made, either. Those are the facts, and none of this is news to Larry.

More recently, he sent me a note before giving the project to another director, asking me again if I wanted to direct it—but only with his screenplay. As a filmmaker, I couldn’t have my hands tied like that. What if I needed to make changes? What if I needed to have something rewritten? Sadly, I turned his offer down and wished him well.

It’s been very hard for me to find a piece that I feel as passionate about. I will always believe in Larry’s play and its powerful theme about everyone’s right to love.

Wow!

Given the amount of detail she goes into and how genuinely upset she seems about the way this whole situation has been handled, we can't help but assume that she's being 100% sincere here!

Which is ultimately just a shame, especially because they clearly are both so passionate about the piece!

Here's hoping that The Normal Heart will eventually make it to the big screen, and be everything that both Babs and Larry wanted it to be!

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GaGa vs. Madonna & Babs

And the winners are…GaGa, Madonna, AND Babs, obvi!

Check out the video (above) that showcases our three fave divas taking charge during 60 Minutes interviews.

We see nothing wrong with their behavior at all! If a chair isn't working out, or if lights are in the wrong place then it's important to take charge, right ladies???

Ha!

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