Streisand feted by Clinton, friends
NEW YORK — “Ever since I can remember,” Barbra Streisand told a crowd at Lincoln Center Monday night, “people have been calling me bossy and opinionated.” She continued: “Maybe that’s because I am. Three cheers for bossy women!” The crowd roared.
Of course, the crowd — which included the singer’s friends, Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, was roaring at pretty much anything connected to her all evening, as the legend of song and screen was honored for her film career with the 40th annual Chaplin Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The Streisand fans especially loved the film highlights, which covered everything from “Funny Girl” and “The Way We Were” to “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “What’s Up, Doc?” and “Meet the Fockers.”
And then there was “Yentl” — the first Hollywood movie to be directed, produced, written and starred in by a woman, as the crowd was reminded. Streisand spoke of how hard it was to get funding to make the film. Producers, it seemed, weren’t as passionate as she was about the tale of a Jewish girl in Eastern Europe who so longed to study the Talmud that she disguised herself as a boy. It was only when Streisand agreed to turn the movie into a musical — and most importantly, sing in it herself — that she was able to go ahead with the project.
“It’s funny how things always come back to music,” she said. “How it saves me.”
Streisand, who turns 71 this week, is one of the few entertainers to have won Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards.
For the awards gala, which raised $2 million for the film society — twice the previous high amount for the annual event — Streisand was serenaded by Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, by Liza Minnelli, and by Tony Bennett.
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NEW YORK — PSY continues to set records on YouTube.
The South Korean pop star hit another mark for viral views with his new single “Gentleman,” earning 38 million views in a single day as it set a blistering pace to 200 million views.
Kevin Allocca, YouTube’s trends manager, said “Gentleman” was viewed 38 million times on April 14, surpassing the single-day record of 30 million set by the “KONY 2012” short film. It also holds the day-of-debut record with 18.5 million views. PSY’s “Gangnam Style” is YouTube’s most-viewed video at 1.5 billion.
“Gentleman” reached 100 million views in four days.
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LOS ANGELES — Reese Witherspoon’s professional image is so squeaky clean that she got laughs on a late-night show earlier this year for pretending to buy bottles of cognac and tequila.
Her recent arrest and admission that she “clearly had one drink too many” could be more damaging to her brand than it might be for someone with a less-wholesome image, experts say, but because she apologized quickly and sincerely, her career is likely to fare just fine.
“Reese Witherspoon has become successful by positioning herself as America’s sweetheart — a likable, friendly, non-threatening star — and this fundamentally disrupts that image,” said branding expert Dorie Clark, author of “Reinventing You.” “It’s far worse for Reese Witherspoon to be arrested (image-wise) than it would be for Lindsay Lohan. ... I think (Witherspoon) understands the severity of the situation and that’s why she issued the apology so quickly.”
The 37-year-old Oscar winner was arrested in Atlanta after a state trooper said she wouldn’t stay in the car while her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Witherspoon apologized shortly after news of the arrests broke Sunday.
Longtime Hollywood publicist Michael Levine said Witherspoon’s timely apology helps mitigate any lasting damage to her image, saying she “quickly removed the poison from her system.”
Veteran publicist and vice chairman of Reputation.com Howard Bragman agreed.
“This is a speed bump, not a sinkhole,” he said.