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'Glee' Season 3: Listen to 'I Am Unicorn' Songs Here!

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 23rd 2011 4:00PM
GleeLast week's 'Glee' Season 3 opener was a solid entry in the "help us forget about the debacle that was Season 2" sweepstakes. But how will episode 2, called 'I Am Unicorn,' fare? We'll see on Tuesday night, but for now, we can listen to three songs from the episode.

The 'Glee' kids get back to their showtunes basics with Kurt's solo of Barbra Streisand's 'I'm the Greatest Star,' Blaine's take on the 'West Side Story' classic 'Something's Coming' and Rachel's duet with her birth mom Shelby on 'Somewhere.'

As a bonus, we've included a gallery of photos from the episode. Why isn't it Tuesday already?!

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NBC's 'Smash' Books Katharine McPhee and Jack Davenport, IFC Renews 'Portlandia' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 14th 2011 11:30AM
Katharine McPhee'American Idol' alum Katharine McPhee could be the new Lea Michele.

McPhee was cast over the weekend in NBC's upcoming musical pilot, 'Smash,' Deadline reports. The network's answer to 'Glee,' based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, follows the production of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. McPhee will sing in the show.

Also on board: British actor Jack Davenport, who will play the show's choreographer, according to Deadline. Debra Messing is already on board as the musical's lyricist.

In other TV news ...

IFC renewed 'Portlandia' for a second season. The sketch comedy show stars 'Saturday Night Live' cast member Fred Armisen and indie rocker Carrie Brownstein. The 10 half-hour episodes will premiere in January 2012. [IFC]

Barbra Streisand apologized for her 'Glee' dis. When asked if she'd appear on the show, singer/actress told reporters, "Not if I can help it." She clarified later, saying, "What I meant was that I've been overwhelmed preparing for my performance on MusiCares, the Grammys, recording a new album and starting a new movie. So I couldn't take on any more work, and besides that, I wasn't asked." [TMZ]

'Home Game' has scored its lead: Rob Riggle. The former 'Daily Show' correspondent will star as a former NFL player in the CBS comedy pilot. [THR]

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Bob Dylan to Perform at the Grammys With Mumford & Sons

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 11th 2011 8:10AM
Bob DylanMusic legend Bob Dylan will perform at the Grammy Awards Sunday night, joining previously announced veteran headliners Mick Jagger and Barbra Streisand.

It will be Dylan's fifth appearance at the Grammys, and organizers said he will perform with up-and coming young Brits, Mumford & Sons, and folk-rock band the Avett Brothers, in a special salute to acoustic music.

But it won't be all folksy Sunday night: Get ready for Dr. Dre's first live television performance in more than 10 years. The rapper will be performing in a "special collaboration" with multiple nominee Eminem and Maroon 5 front-man Adam Levine.

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Barbra Streisand Talks Stage Fright, 27-Year Concert Hiatus (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 16th 2010 10:55AM
Barbra Streisand Talks on 'Larry King Live' Primetime SpecialThe night before Larry King wraps up 25 years of 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), he chatted with Barbra Streisand in her Malibu home. King asked her about suffering from stage fright. She replied, "There's always that feeling of, you know, yeah, 'Will I make those high notes? Will the audience be really receptive?'"

Her 1967 performance in New York's Central Park was a pivotal moment in the star's singing career. In front of 135,000 people, "I forgot the words to three of my songs. And that was it for me. I never sang professionally, meaning where I charged for the tickets, ... for 27 years."

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Barbra Streisand Would Rather Direct Movies Than Work on Her House (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 16th 2010 10:00AM
Barbra Streisand Would Rather Direct Movies Than Work on Her HouseBarbra Streisand appeared on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC). While on the show, she talked about her dormant film career, and how she would like to make a return to directing movies. Babs said that directing a film is "easier than building a house." In her case, this could easily be true.

Streisand discussed her newest home, located in Malibu, California -- it's one of three houses that she has on the same compound. This most recent addition is called "The Barn" -- Streisand spent five years on the construction, hiring and firing a dozen architects while building it.

Barbra began working on The Barn after a movie project fell through -- as a result, she had "a need for artistic expression." Her design choices were unique -- including a row of life-sized fake shops which she calls "the stores."

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Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand First Interview Together on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 16th 2010 9:20PM
Believe It or Not!

Robert Redford has never been on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated). Redford and Barbra Streisand have never done an interview together, even when they co-starred opposite each other in 1973's 'The Way We Were.'

When Redford found out that Winfrey was paying tribute to Streisand, however, he decided to come on the show, much to the delight of Winfrey, who pointed out that Redford and Streisand indeed had never sat together for an interview. When Streisand wondered out loud "how come we never did," Redford replied "Because I thought I wouldn't get a word in."

And sure enough, when Winfrey asked Redford if he almost had turned down the lead in 'The Way We Were,' Streisand piped up and started to answer for him, causing Redford to quip, "Why don't you let Barbra tell the story, it's really a good story." But Streisand demurred, and Redford told the story.

Wonder if James Brolin has that problem?

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'Glee' and the Barbra Streisand Connection

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 29th 2010 2:02PM
barbra_streisand_high_school_yearbookEver since 'Glee' began, there's been a thread running through it that's always reminded me of Barbra Streisand. In last Tuesday's episode, the thread was more like a rope, as four characters did the medley "One Less Bell/A House Is Not A Home," just like Streisand did in the 1971 Burt Bacharach TV special.

Apparently, others have picked up on this connection, too. This review in New York magazine suggested that the 'Glee' should really do a Barbra Streisand episode -- like the Madonna show -- because Barbra is 'the patron saint' of 'Glee' kids.

Whether they do an all-Streisand show or not, the writer made a great point about how the kids in New Directions are more akin to Brooklyn Barbra than almost any other performer. Before she graduated Erasmus Hall High School in 1959, Barbra Streisand was in glee club. (So was Neil Diamond!) But Streisand wasn't the star of Choral Club. The director, Mr. De Pietto, preferred blonde soprano,Trudy Wallace, and gave her all the solos. Streisand was put in the back, in the alto section.

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'Glee' - 'Home' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:25PM
Kristin Chenoweth as April in 'Glee' - 'Home'(S01E16) As the season moves on, the initial joy of 'Glee' remains; that feeling that was there in the pilot has been sustained. But with time there are also subtle shifts in tone and character, more music, changes that are part of the natural progression of a television show. With this second half of the season, we've now seen three episodes.

For some, last week's Madonna mash-up was the best 'Glee' ever. Not so much from my perspective. Too much hype and too little substance, much like the Material Girl herself. The episode lacked heart. With 'Home,' 'Glee' found the heart, delivered the substance and, in every way that matters, kicked ass with this episode.

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'South Park' - '200' Recap

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 15th 2010 2:46PM
200 celebrities verus 'South Park'(S14E05) No one, but no one, takes on obnoxious celebrity behavior with more gleeful scorn than 'South Park.' They've taken on everyone from presidents to b-movie actors and the world's biggest rock stars, and most every time, they have been right on target. It's what has made 'South Park' beloved to audiences and drawn the ire of the celebrities themselves.

So to celebrate episode 200th of the show (called '200'), show creators Matt Stone and 'Trey Parker decided to bring back every celebrity they have ever made fun of and take them on all at once (see the incomplete list of those appearing on the show below). The result is a bizarre episode, even by 'South Park' standards (if you still have it on DVR, there are a few plot spoilers ahead).

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Ten Oscar Observations -- A Morning After List

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 8th 2010 2:00PM
oscars_abc_gold_2010"The morning after ... we ask the right questions. The morning after ... we make the suggestions."

Those are the lyrics to a song Barbra Streisand once sang and it occurred to me this morning after recovering from the long, long and rather uneventful 2010 Oscar ceremony last night on ABC.

Looking back through the bleary-eyes of my memories, there were quite a few things that could have been better, a few that were just plain lousy, and a few moments that lived up to the hype. Danny shared his view. Check out my ten Oscar observations list:

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Barbra Streisand, Charlize Theron and Kathy Bates Added to Oscar Roster

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 9:00AM
barbra_streisand_vanity_fair_with_cameraThis week they started revealing some of the stars who'll be presenting at Sunday night's Oscar broadcast on ABC, and at the top of the list were three former Oscar winning actresses, Barbra Streisand, Charlize Theron and Kathy Bates. Also on the roster will be Queen Latifah, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta.

Nikki Finke's Deadline.com column has a major spoiler about the opening of the show. If you don't want to know, avoid the last paragraph below.

There's an interesting angle on Barbra Streisand's appearance on the show. Speculation is that Streisand will be presenting Best Director, which insiders say is a lock for Kathryn Bigelow.

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Changes Coming For Oscar's Best Song Nominees

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 16th 2010 10:40PM
crazy_heart_jeff_bridges_guitarIn recent years, the songs nominated at the Oscars have not been particularly memorable or worth the time during the broadcast to waste on music that nobody remembers after walking out of the multiplex. This year, ironically, there is at least one very good song that was going to be an Oscar highlight, assuming the producers convinced Jeff Bridges to sing 'The Weary Kind' from 'Crazy Heart' during the March 7th broadcast. That's not going to happen now.

New Oscar producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic have decided to drop the Best Song performances, according Entertainment Weekly. Instead of singers -- either from the movie or good enough to sing the songs from the movies -- we're going to see a montage of images from the picture with the soundtrack recording.

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'We Are the World' Remake For Haiti Premieres on NBC Tonight

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 12th 2010 3:03PM
we_are_the_world_25_haiti_logoWhen the original 'We Are the World' was created 25 years ago, the music video of the final performance was put together in record time. Over a month of work went into the production. For the remake of the song, which brought together the likes of Pink, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, the Black Eyed Peas, Tony Bennett, Jeff Bridges, Bono, Justin Beiber... and more, the video, which was filmed in 3-D, was completed in about a week. Tonight, 'We Are the World 25' will have its world premiere at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on NBC during the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

This isn't just an entertainment we'll be seeing, although it's going to be something to watch how 80 stars were crammed together into a cohesive, musical chorus as spectacular as the original 'We Are the World' 25 years ago. No, this is also a call for donations because there is still a lot of work to be done in Haiti.

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Stars Gather to Record 'We Are the World' Remake (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 10th 2010 11:25PM
Entertainment Tonight, Barbra Streisand, We Are the WorldDozens of stars gathered to out-sing and out-diva each other for 'We Are the World - 25 for Haiti,' a remake of the song that brought in $63 million for the Ethiopian famine 25 years ago. New footage of the recording was shown on 'Entertainment Tonight' (weekdays, 7PM ET on CBS).

Sure, it's a great cause, and we're sure director Paul Haggis will do it justice. Still, we have a feeling that Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and all the rest will show up on an episode of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX) real soon.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Taylor Swift's Grammy Home Video on 'Ellen' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Feb 4th 2010 7:19PM
She's young and she's exuberant and she won four Grammys last weekend. But success hasn't gone to Taylor Swift's head. She's still like a kid in a candy store.

Ellen DeGeneres sent Swift a video camera to document her weekend in Los Angeles and the resulting video was aired exclusively on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated). Swift tapes her visit to Clive Davis' party ("It's a super cool party"), where she gets to meet Barbra Streisand ("Oh My God!"). Then it's on to the Grammys, where she shows off her win for Album of the Year ("This is the coolest night ever").

Watch the video after the jump.

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