Barbra Streisand, who starred in 1976’s “A Star Is Born’ and shared an Academy Award with Paul Williams for its original song, “Evergreen,” recently sang the praises of Bradley Cooper’s directing debut even though she only seen part of the film. As she told reporter Maggie Haberman of The New York Times in an interview that touted her new album, “Walls,” one that is unusually steeped in politics, “Bradley did show me the opening .” How much isn’t clear, but she liked what she did see, especially when it echoed some of the cues from her version that co-starred Kris Kristofferson.
Says Streisand, who won a Best Actress Oscar for 1968’s “Funny Girl” and shared it with Katharine Hepburn (“A Lion in Winter”) in a rare tie: “I was surprised by how similar it was to my version. I loved how he used the drag bar. I thought that was new and interesting.”
As she told E! News before the third remake came out, Lady Gaga sought Streisand’s advice. “I told her to do it live,” she says of the singing in the movie. “She wanted to do it live, so that’s good because that is the best way to do it. But their songs are different. … It’s a good movie, it’s gonna be a hit.”
She seemed pleased that “it starts like my old movie, with the concert and he goes to a club and finds her. But they were able to put some new things in it which I liked.”
Hmm. May we suggest a Lady Gaga-Babs duet would send the Academy Awards ratings next year right through the roof?
For those who rather not wait to hear Le Streisand sing, she will be harmonizing with James Corden during a Carpool Karaoke segment on the “Late Late Show.” Will they sing “Evergreen?” Who knows. But “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl” is a definite. And, of course, it is Barbra who takes the wheel.
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