Friday, May 24, 2024

Barbra Streisand Smells Success for New Lady Gaga “Star is Born,” Licenses New Version of Her Classic to Netflix


You know, Barbra Streisand is smart, smart, smart. So is her manager of 200 years, Marty Erlichman. They smell success with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s new version of “A Star is Born.”

So Barbra has made a deal with Netflix to show a revamped, extended version of her 1976 “A Star is Born” with Kris Kristofferson. The revamped “Star” will have an instrumental version of her hit “Evergreen,” and added footage to the song “With One More Look At You/Watch Closely Now” medley finale.

Sounds good– and all this should launch in time to upstage a little of the Cooper movie this fall. Smart idea. But La Barbra needn’t worry. Even if the Cooper movie is “Citizen Kane,” her canon is intact. There is only one Streisand.

Also, Barbra has made an overall content deal with Netflix to show a lot of her old TV specials, no longer available.

What’s next? I’m surprised Barbra hasn’t launched a Sirius channel. Seems so obvious.

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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