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Babs to direct !!!

The other Babs is going to direct her first film in 16 years.

Showbiz411 has reported that singer/actor/director Barbra Streisand has agreed to direct “Skinny and Cat”, her first film since “The Mirror Has Two Faces” in 1996.

A love story about author Erskine Caldwell and photojournalist Margaret Bourke White, officially attached to star are Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett.  Linda Yellen is producing from a screenplay she wrote. Yellen’s producing credits include the landmark tele-movies, “Playing for Time” and “Second Serve” both which featured stunning performances from Vanessa Redgrave. Her writing credits though have a different quality, she was responsible for the Royal biopics “William & Katherine: A Royal Romance” and “The Royal Romance of Charles & Diana” – Yikes!!!!

Erskine Caldwell wrote about poverty, racism and social problems in his native South his most famous novels being Tobacco Road and God’s little Acres. Margaret Bourke White is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet Industry, the first female war correspondent and the first female photographer for Life magazine. She has been portrayed on screen in the past by actresses Farrah Fawcett and Candice Bergen.

A famous image of Margaret Bourke White photographing the Chrysler Building for Life Magazine.

This sure is an intriguing project for Babs let’s hope she gets this one right. She has a lot on her plate right now – an upcoming film release with Seth Rogan “The Guilt Trip”, her Back To Brooklyn sold out concerts and a proposed star turn as Mama Rose in a film remake of the musical “Gypsy”.

Busy Babs!!!

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Glenn vs Meryl

Oscar buzz has so far put Meryl Streep as a front runner in this years best actress race for her (yet unseen) portrayal of British Prime Minister in the upcoming film “The Iron Lady”.

Now it appears she has a rival to run with.

Deadline.com reported today that an independent film starring Glenn Close is getting a release in the latter part of the year, prime  award season. The movie is called “Albert Mobbs” and tells the tale of a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland.

Pure Oscar bait I reckon.

Gender-bending roles often get noticed and sometimes win. Think of Linda Hunt who won a best supporting actress gong for playing a man in Peter Weir’s “The Year Of Living Dangerously”. Dustin Hoffman got noticed in “Tootsie”, Jack Lemmon in “Some Like It Hot”, Hilary Swank won best actress for “Boys Don’t Cry”, Felicity Huffman in “Transgender”, Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There”– the  list goes on……..

Glenn Close won an Obie (an off-Broadway theatre award) for playing the same role in a play back in 1982. She is also a producer on the film and co-wrote the screenplay.

She has been nominated 5 times for an Oscar but has never won, but she has won a couple of Tonys and Emmys, is she heading for the EGOT?

Go Glenn!

Glenn as Albert

Footnote: Interestingly Meryl Streep portrayed a male Rabbi (amongst a multiple of roles) in the TV adaptation of Tony Kushner’s  masterpiece “Angels In America”, she won the Emmy!!

Wanderlusst  take note, gender-bending is a happening thing 🙂


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