Streisand gives early nod of approval to Lady Gaga’s ‘Star’

Streisand is giving an early thumbs-up to the fourth version of the romance between a rising young performer and a fading one. (Invision/AP)
Updated 14 June 2018
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Streisand gives early nod of approval to Lady Gaga’s ‘Star’

LOS ANGELES: Barbra Streisand’s “A Star Is Born” is being reborn online with scenes she’d cut from the 1976 movie.

Long known as a perfectionist, Streisand tinkered with the film to restore an exchange between the star-crossed lovers played by her and Kris Kristofferson and an instrumental take on the Oscar-winning tune “Evergreen.”

The romantic drama, coming to Netflix along with other Streisand projects, isn’t the only “Star” on the horizon: A new version with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will be in theaters this fall.

Streisand is giving an early thumbs-up to the fourth version of the romance between a rising young performer and a fading one, which Cooper directed.

“What I saw of it was very good,” Streisand said. “It’s just it feels reminiscent of mine, but they added some new things which I liked, too. ... I’m sure it’ll work.”

The original 1930s film starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, with Judy Garland and James Mason in the 1950s remake.

Streisand’s revised “Star” will be available on Netflix as part of a deal that includes her 1960s TV specials “My Name Is Barbra,” “Color Me Barbra” and “Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park,” among other projects. Release dates were not announced.


What We Are Reading Today: The Tale of Genji, A Visual Companion

Updated 17 October 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: The Tale of Genji, A Visual Companion

  • Melissa McCormick provides a unique companion to Murasaki’s tale with the oldest dated set of Genji illustrations known to exist

Book Title:  The Tale of Genji, A Visual Companion

Author: Melissa McCormick

 

Written in the 11th century by the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji is a masterpiece of prose and poetry that is widely considered the world’s first novel. Melissa McCormick provides a unique companion to Murasaki’s tale that combines discussions of all 54 of its chapters with paintings and calligraphy from the Genji Album (1510) in the Harvard Art Museums, the oldest dated set of Genji illustrations known to exist.

In this book, the album’s colorful painting and calligraphy leaves are fully reproduced for the first time, followed by McCormick’s insightful essays that analyze the Genji story and the album’s unique combinations of word and image. 

This stunning compendium also includes English translations and Japanese transcriptions of the album’s calligraphy, enabling a holistic experience of the work for readers today. In an introduction to the volume, McCormick tells the fascinating stories of the individuals who created the Genji Album in the sixteenth century, from the famous court painter who executed the paintings and the aristocrats who brushed the calligraphy to the work’s warrior patrons and the poet-scholars who acted as their intermediaries.

Beautifully illustrated, this book serves as an invaluable guide for readers interested in The Tale of Genji, Japanese literature, and the captivating visual world of Japan’s most celebrated work of fiction.