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Barbra Streisand and Larry Kramer In Blame War Over 'Normal Heart'

There's been a great deal of animosity between Barbra Streisand and Larry Kramer over the unsuccessful development of a film version of his 1985 play, "The Normal Heart." The failed collaboration led to Kramer publicly calling Streisand a "hypocrite" last year and the two are now trading verbal jabs in the pages of Entertainment Weekly.

Bslk According to Streisand, Kramer was unwilling to allow adjustments that were necessary to make the script more cinematic. “I was using the best of [the play]. But there are certain things you do for film,” she tells EW. “Larry only wanted to use his screenplay. I couldn’t have my hands tied artistically.”

Kramer has another version of the story. He says Streisand rewrote the script to make her character the star, marginalizing the gay characters who are at the center of the play. “She cut Ned’s part so much that when she offered the movie to a major star who had played the part on stage, he said, ‘I can’t play this. The character has no motivation anymore,’” claims Kramer. “She subsumed all of the motivations into her part, as the doctor.” (A rep for Streisand did not immediately reply to request for comment on Kramer’s remarks.)

Streisand also says Kramer rejected a deal from HBO to turn the play into a TV project after major studios balked at its subject matter. “Larry wouldn’t accept their highest offer of $250,000. He wanted a million dollars,” says Streisand. “Larry held out for the money. I didn’t. Why not advance your cause? Why keep this movie unseen for all these years?” Kramer claims he never heard about such an offer and says Streisand repeatedly abandoned the project to work on other movies.

Glee's Ryan Murphy will now direct a film version of "The Normal Heart" starring Mark Ruffalo though, according to the actor, shooting may not take place this year as had been previously scheduled.

Andy attended the Broadway premiere of the play just last week. Read his review here.


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WATCH: Hipster DJ/Producer Team Duck Sauce's Cameo-Filled Video 'Barbra Streisand' Is Good, Goes Viral

 

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I spent just a little extra time among the music blogs this very hot afternoon in LA because of the always very hot hot links the guys at Modern Tonic find to fill our weeky music column. So i ran right into this -- going viral literally in the course of maybe 20 minutes. 

Screen shot 2010-09-28 at 4.34.50 PMThis "Non-stop, uber cool party diary including cameo appearances from the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Vampire Weekend ..." (Pop Dash) If you don't listen now, you will be getting more opportunities.   

Duck Sauce is producer A-Trak and DJ Armand Van Helden and the song will be released Oct.10. I'm clearly not hip enough to be a huge Barbra fan, but certainly my dad knows some and as there are a number in the Towleroad reader base. i'm pleased to bring you news of just how cool you are.

Perhaps, again. 

No seriously. Following on Beyonce's performance in her honor a few years ago at the Kennedy Center, it's quite clear that this generation has sufficient respect, knowledge, talent, and wit to match Ms. Streisand as well as to pay homage. 

Give a hand identifying other cameos, mainly NYC-based music folks with hipster tendencies,  in the comments 

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Larry Kramer: Barbra Streisand a Hypocrite on Gay Rights

Following Wednesday's ruling striking down Proposition 8, Barbra Streisand released this statement of support:

Streisand "With this judge's decision, we are closer to the day that all people will have access to the same fundamental rights. Hopefully, this remaining civil rights violation will soon be a part of our past and we can look to a future where all people will be treated equally under the law."

Streisand's statement really rubbed playwright and activist Larry Kramer the wrong way, enough so for him to post this searing response on the ACT UP forum:

"Barbra Streisand is a hypocrite. If she had made my play about AIDS, The Normal Heart, in 1986, when she first acquired the rights, only to sit on them for a full ten years without filming it, she could have done something for gay rights when we were really in the sewer of death. But no, she chose to go off and make such vitally important and classic movies as Nuts and The Mirror Has Two Faces. Barbra Streisand cares about gay rights as much as i care about spending a zillion dollars decorating a colony of houses in Malibu. As the mother of a son who is not only gay but HIV positive, she should be ashamed of herself.

Fortunately and at last, an exciting movie version is now being prepared by openly gay director-producer Ryan Murphy to star Mark Ruffalo. i hope it will prove that the best thing that happened for The Normal Heart is that Barbra Streisand didn't make it.

I think it is important for all her many gay fans around the world, which certainly had once included me, to know the above.

Note: Kramer sent a correction regarding the earlier, incorrect date.


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