Monday, April 15, 2024

Barbra Streisand Made a Road Trip Movie without Leaving Home


Barbra Streisand made a road trip movie without leaving home. She told the audience at the screening of her new film, “The Guilt Trip,” that one provision of starring in the new comedy was that it had to be shot near her Malibu home. And so it was: “Guilt Trip” tells the story of Joyce and her son (Seth Rogen) driving cross country from New Jersey to San Francisco. But the whole thing was made within 45 minutes of Malibu.

Streisand pretty much got her way for starrirng in her first full length feature since 1996’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces.” She called the new movie, “a long movie” as opposed to her work in “Meet the Fockers” and “Little Fockers,” which required only a few days worth of work each.

The Q&A — held at AMC Century City–was maybe the most revealing Streisand has been a number of mundance subjects in years. We learned that she watches every movie that comes out, in theaters. She’d seen “The Avengers” and “Captain America.” She thought she didn’t know who Jason Statham was, but she did. She was able to describe him down to his beard stubble. She also said that Seth Rogen, the actor, was nothing like her real life son, Jason Gould.

Why did she see so many movies? “I’m in the movie business,” she explained.

Streisand also addressed her habit of collecting all kinds of things, especially antiques, claiming those days were over.

The famed singer-actress-director also conceded that she doesn’t drive if she doesn’t have to. “Sometimes I drive, then I go errrr,” she said, showing a steering wheel out of control, “and my husband says that’s. I say, here, you drive!”

Streisand and Rogen seem to really have enjoyed each other. But only Rogen will be coming to New York to do publicity next week. Streisand, who just finished a mini tour with her three hour concert, is staying put. “I said I couldn’t go to New York, so they brought New York to me,” she said. The Q&A, moderated by Time magazine writer Joel Stein, was simulcast on the internet to screening audiences around the country.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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