Friday, April 19, 2024

Oscars Update: Streisand May Tour Europe; Still Searching for “Sugar Man” and 007


Some things to think about while the Oscars are on tonight: Barbra Streisand, who insiders say will sing on the show tonight “sometime after the two hour mark” is performing for her peers for the first time in 37 years. Why is that? The rumor is that Barbra will be announcing a European tour shortly. The quickest way to get international interest going is on the Oscars. As usual, manager Marty Erlichman is a genius. Streisand, I am told, will not walk the red carpet tonight. She won’t even arrive at the Dolby Theater until near her performance time…

…Where is Sixto Rodriguez? The subject of award winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” has been AWOL for nearly everything to do with the movie. He probably won’t be at the Oscars, wasn’t at the Grammys, and has generally been absent. Rodriguez just finished a tour of South Africa–where he’s very popular–on February 22nd. You can’t say he really cashed in here in the US on the movie’s success. Did he get a decent publicist? I have no idea. It’s all pretty strange since he was kind of handed a new career on a silver tray…

…Sean Connery’s friends say he turned down an invite to be part of tonight’s James Bond tribute. Academy insiders say they didn’t even get into it. But Connery still has bad feelings about George Lazenby taking over for him as 007 in 1969. Connery remains in the Bahamas. Lazenby is here in Hollywood and comingĀ  to the Oscars. He made one James Bond movie and is kind of a trivia question. But he’s here. Life is about showing up.


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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