Barbra Streisand, on the set of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever in April 1969, photographed by Lawrence Schiller.
Widely recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, director, producer, concert performer, author and songwriter. Streisand has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys, a special Tony Award in 1970, and two CableACE Awards — the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor. She will discuss her unparalleled career and force field of creativity at Tribeca with filmmaker and longtime pen pal (!) Robert Rodriguez. Join them.
“For your own knowledge, if you ever think that you don’t matter, I want to tell you something. To me, you’re the only thing in the whole world that matters.” - US Festival, 1983.
“So this is like for me a very special time, because I feel wild, I’m very wild and so is my audience and there is that incredible … We are all in love, everybody’s in love and I feel it when I walk out on stage and they feel it… And its like, you know, it’s really deep and very much all consuming for me.
I said a long time ago, I would not hedge. If I was going to be a writer I was going to write down the truth. I wasn’t going to name names and be unkind, but I was going to tell the truth. I don’t have any reason to not, and if I am going to write and I going to make these songs experiences that I know everyone of you have had, that when you have that experience and you hear that song, you’ll click into it and you will know exactly what I am talking about.
And, those are the only people I care about, the people that understand that, if you read between my lines. No one knows unless you really look. That’s the people I write for, because someone needs to write about what is happening to all of us.” - MTV Interview, 1983.
“I would just like them to know how much I care about them. And to know that it’s not hard to give up the rest of my life for them because it’s what I want and I just want them to be happy and feel good. And I wanna enhance their life a little bit..” - MTV Interview, 1983.
“I am in love with the people that I write songs for. My love is donated and dedicated completely to my audience. It’s very difficult for me to give. You know when I walk out on the stage it’s like that’s when I’m really me. When I walk home and go back into my hotel room, I don’t even want to talk about anything else, you know. In my heart, the love that I have for the people that I play for and write songs for, those kids that I jump off the stage and attack security… That they matter so much to me that’s it’s difficult for anything else to matter to me. I’m not willing to compromise. Anything that comes into my life is a compromise to me. I don’t even, I can’t go to the dentist or the doctor or anything because I have no time. So anything that comes into my life is a compromise, except my singing and my being there for rehearsal and my being there on Monday morning for that airplane and I am into the sea Tuesday night. You know that’s that Jim. That’s it. That’s the end. - Jim Ladd Interview, 1983.
“The people who listen to me sing, the kids in Australia, the kids in the United States, the kids in Europe, anybody… My friends, you, anybody who wants me to sit down and sing for them. That makes it worth it.” - The Meldrum Tapes Interview, 1986.
“When I look at the audience out there, it’s like I’m looking at my children.” - Record Mirror, May, 1989.
“Sometimes I’ll be sitting in an airport or someplace, waiting, absolutely exhausted, maybe I’m late for a rehearsal or something, and all I really want to do is be alone at home reading in a bubble bath. I’ll be just about to completely lose it when some shy person will carefully approach me and tell me about how much a certain song of mine helped them though a crisis or a time in their own life… That’s exactly what makes it all worth it. It’s all about love, and trust, and acceptance, and it is completely priceless.” 1994
“Well, you know, let’s see what is my relationship the fans? It’s everything, it is everything for me you know to know that people love my music, is like you know… It completes my life, it gives my life closure and makes me understand what all this has been for.“ - WMGK Radio, July, 1998
"Once I write a song that connects with people, they don’t ever forget that connection. So I think a lot of connections were made in the very, very beginning that made it last through now. Because those were such strong ties that were made then, that they just were never broken.” - VH1 Behind The Music, 1998.
“I just want to affect people, I just wanna get… And I get little notes and they’re all in my journals, you know, just like what you just said, a little note written on a paper that’s just signed “love, Amber”, and I never get to see Amber or talk with her in person but I have that little note that says “there were times in my life where I just thought I wasn’t gonna make it. It was dark; it was a dark place…”
I think I get the things I’m supposed to get, of course I don’t get everything but I’ll go into my room and my assistant will have laid out like five or six things on my bed and I’ll sit there when I’m gone to bed, and I’ll sit there cross-legged and I’ll read these things. And then I’ll stick them into my journal so my journals are big anyway, but then they are like full because I have lots of things that I want to leave right where they were when I got them. I want them to be on September 19th, 2012. I wanna have them there always.
I get the things I’m supposed to get and I talk to the people I’m supposed to talk to. That’s how I look at it. We are the chess pieces and somebody up there, the spirits are moving us all around and moving us together. And I’m not going away, I’m going to continue to write these poems for you as long as I can.” - Mill Valey Film Festival, October, 2012.
“I’m not married, I don’t have kids, I have a tiny little crazy dog who’s 14. I have my music that I love and what I do is I write stuff for you, that’s what I do.“ - Mill Valey Film Festival, October, 2012.
“We are not making this (In Your Dreams documentary) for us, we’re making this for you. (…) We are very, very aware as writers that you are going through the relationships that we are talking about, right along with us. It’s happening at this very moment to all of you here also, we understand that. You’re not a songwriter, we’ll write the songs for you. And we’re making you into songwriters and we’re making you experience your life also (through the songs) and that’s what a writer does. If this little movie does just a little bit of that, just reaches out and makes each one of you you sit at the desk with a pen, hopefully a pen and a piece of paper, this beautiful stationary, and writes down what happens to you and you’re doing what we are trying to do to make you do that.” - Hamptons Film Festival, October, 2012.
"We just bounce off of each other. I throw the dreams out there and you throw them back at me and that’s how we make this together. This is not anything that’s done by one person. It happens because we’re a team. And you are my team. You are. And I mean it.” - Canadian Premiere of In Your Dreams, April, 2013.
“You guys need music as much as I need to make music for you. I’m tired, but I’ll never be tired of this or of you.” - 24 Karat Gold Tour, 2016.
AN. Hello there cuties! First of all, annual time in which I apologies for being so busy. I have so many books to read for college and things to study. But I have decided to spend this weekend preparing a little surprise for all of you. I hope you will enjoy it! Happy holidays everyone!
Short intro: A joyfull time the reader spends with everyone, especially her boyfriend, at the Museum of national history Fandom: Night at the museum, Rami Malek Rating: Suitable for all ages Word count: 1113 Pairing: Ahkmenrah x reader
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“But I was born way back, before this tradition even started.
Why are we doing this again –“
“And I was born over a thousand years after it started, let’s
just enjoy it. I know most people in this institution won’t understand what
Christmas is about, but that is okay. It’s winter, the happiest time of the
year, and it’s finally snowing outside. Let’s appreciate it.”
You tucked a stray of hair behind your ear and continued
decorating the biggest Christmas tree you have seen in a really long time. Your
boyfriend helped along by passing some of the ornaments out of the box. Most of
them didn’t match and were old as the museum itself but nobody cared, the joy
is what’s important.
Around seven months ago you started working in this Museum of
national history of New York, where you’ve met your really old boyfriend. The
relationship you two had was odd, but special. It started off with you
innocently helping him wrap the linen sheets around his body before he would go
to the state of the dead mummified body. Luckily you have worked with some of
the most understanding people in the World that accepted you two constantly
looking at each other and snuggling in blankets behind Ahkmenrah’s sarcophagus.
But this holiday was meant for every single person, animal and object in this
building. From the little tiny people such as Jed and Octavious to the strong
and brave ex president of United States Theodore.
“You are pretty much right. I mean all of you have respected
me screaming when each summer begins and begging you all to bring me food to
offer to the gods…” He said with a little chuckle before holding your waist
carefully and helping you come back down from the old wooden staircase. Though
it was already three am, everyone else that doesn’t live outside the museum
considered this night very young; it was time for everyone that understand
English to gather around in the main hall and patiently wait for Larry to turn
on the projector, so all of us can watch some festive films.
The young pharaoh and you settled in front of the
informational counter and snuggled up in two blankets. And not so long after
you had already felt yourself getting extremely sleepy. But no, this was one of
the rare nights to spend with your boyfriend because you had a really busy job
He noticed, extending the hand that wasn’t wrapped around your
waist to stroke your hair carefully. “I know you work hard and you do a lot
when Ra is up, so sleep, you know I don’t mind.” You shook your head stubbornly
before leaning your head on your boyfriend’s shoulder. “I would really like to
stay awake. I want to spend so much time with you. Though we really have a
lifetime, we don’t have the time together.” With a sad response you cached
Ahk’s hand and laced your fingers with his.
For several hours later, without even noticing, you took a
nap. Thankfully in the winter time the sun comes up a lot later. Or as
Ahkmenrah says; Ra gets lazy when it’s cold. You had woken up in the back room
slash office of the museum, someone must have brought you here once the movies
finished. As you were able to hear some festive music coming from the hallways
you guessed everyone was still awake and celebrating – besides you. Once you’ve
stretched your arms high to realise the tension in your body, you stood up and
took the water bottle from your bag. As you sipped some of the cold liquid to
refresh your throat from the heating system in the building, you proceeded to
exit the room and enter the main hall.
You then saw your boyfriend at the DJ desk, trying to make
sense out of the old festive records all of the employees have gathered.
Thankfully Larry’s son Nick came to help out. God what would we do without that
rebellious disco boy.
“I know you wanted to spend a lot of time with us, but it does
get difficult to stay awake doesn’t it?” Your good friend Sacagawea patting
your shoulder and then giving you a really warm hug. “Well yeah it does get a
bit tough, I want to spend this holiday with everyone, and especially well you
know who. But – “ you finished with a low sigh. “Guessing not every Christmas
gets to be extremely special.”
“Hey sweetie, listen to me. Think of it this way, all of are
actually together, in the same room. Some people don’t even get to have that.
Let’s just enjoy this?”
She had a really good point. Isn’t that was Christmas is
about? The joy of giving, being grateful for having someone by your side. “When
I look at it that way.” You said and turned your head around to look at your
boyfriend. “I wouldn’t wish for anything more.” He noticed and waved at you.
Motioning you to join him up stair at the desk. So step by step you made your
way towards him, and finally hugging him once you made the final step.
“Have you rested well?” he asked placing his big arms around
your waist and placing a small chaste kiss on your forehead.
“I have rested well, it was nice. Though I must admit, I would
rather wake up by your side…”
“Now we can arrange that.” He said with a cheeky smile on his
face before sending you a wink. Which made Nick turn around so he wouldn’t face
us anymore. Looking at his dad down stairs and showing a disgusted face.
You giggled before placing your hand on his cheek, gently
caressing it. “I am so happy I get to spend this Christmas with you. And it’s
so silly it took me so long that everything I wanted this year, I already have.”
“Now let me just say… that without my people developing
calendars you wouldn’t know when to celebrate the birth of Christ so, I had
this under my sleeve long time ago.” This made you chuckle then hit his
shoulder playfully. “You cheeky man. Maybe that is true, all of the things that
had happened in the world, had brought us to this moment.”
“And if my knowledge of this holiday is correct. When someone
is under mistletoe they are supposed to kiss… there is one above us right
The pharaoh smiled once you nodded in response and placed a
soft kiss on your lips. Making others turn around and look at us since he had forgotten
to switch records.
This is the film that our friend Calstead submitted to our CANS Film Festival at 8pm last night - far too late to be considered. We’re going ahead now and featuring it as a special, out-of-competition exhibition.
Does this help us uncover anything about the mysterious Calstead? See for yourself.
Legendary music producer Clive Davis says his documentary Soundtrack of Our Lives presents a more accurate and balanced picture of late singer Whitney Houston than the unauthorized Nick Broomfield film Can I Be Me…
After a warm reception in Deauville, Davis said much of that emotion has less to do with his story than the sad tale of Whitney Huston’s downfall and eventual death that takes up much of the last third of the film.
“It’s a powerful picture of Whitney, not a self-puffery one, but one that does finally recognize the magnitude of the heights that she reached,” he said of her portrayal in Soundtrack. “For the first time you see a picture of her as an artist, as one of the greatest female singers in history, and yet you also see her downfall graphically exposed.”
He believes Soundtrack shows a balanced picture of Houston’s career, and the mogul took issue with Broomfield’s portrayal of the singer, which he said is a one-sided view he declined to participate in. He has seen the film and said those that did agree to be interviewed were "tertiary and insignificant” to her life.
“This was no girl from the hood. She was from an urban African American neighborhood, but she was a fashion model at 16 and was very much in that world, and she always was in control,” he said, saying her favorite actress was Doris Day. He also downplayed the film’s assertion that she was forever impacted by being booed at the Soul Train awards in 1989. “That’s silly, you see her make fun of Soul Train,” he said, referring to a scene in Soundtrack, in which she discusses the issue with Arsenio Hall.
“No one thought Whitney was not being Whitney. She was an artist like no other before with no blinders,” he said. “So I think that that whole [film], with all due respect, is inaccurate.” However he added that many raw scenes were “painful.” Soundtrack shows Davis’ efforts to reach Whitney, but makes it clear he did not know the extent of her drug addiction at the time.
Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul poses after receiving the Palme d'Or award for his film ‘Lung Boonmee Raluek Chat’ (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) during the closing ceremony at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2010 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT