Streisand is too busy to sing at Is­rael’s party

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BAR­BRA STREISAND HAS pulled out of one of the main events mark­ing Is­rael’s 60th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, cit­ing per­sonal rea­sons. She was due to per­form a ren­di­tion of the He­brew prayer Av­inu Malkeinu ( Our Fa­ther Our King) at a fes­tive con­ven­tion in Jerusalem, hosted by Is­raeli Pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres, on May 13. The leg­endary singer’s pub­li­cist, Dick Guttman, ex­plains: “Ms Streisand, a de­voted sup­porter of Is­rael since her ear­li­est youth, very re­gret­tably was com­pelled to ad­vise Pres­i­dent Peres’s of­fice two weeks ago that per­sonal obli­ga­tions would pre­vent her par­tic­i­pa­tion in Is­rael’s 60th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion. She cel­e­brates as al­ways the na­tion’s courage and pur­pose and flour­ish­ing democ­racy and is sad­dened that she can­not be there to do so in per­son.” Maybe Pres­i­dent Bush, who is ex­pected to at­tend, can fill in for her.

Gwyneth Pal­trow caused quite a stir at the Lon­don pre­miere of her latest movie, Iron Man. The Hol­ly­wood star ditched her ice-queen im­age and went for a far sex­ier look, with a leg-re­veal­ingly tiny black-lace dress and five-inch heels. The mum-of-two, who also ap­pears in this month’s GQ mag­a­zine in stock­ings and sus­penders, has been spot­ted work­ing out at the gym for ex­haust­ing two-and-a-half hour ses­sions with her pal Madonna — and, wow, it shows. She was ac­com­pa­nied down the red car­pet by her hubby, Coldplay singer Chris Martin. When asked about his latest album, she gushed: “It’s bril­liant. Don’t tell him I told you. I can’t talk about it. He gets fu­ri­ous.” Yes, I’m sure he’d be dev­as­tated that she said how good it was.

An­other week, an­other in­stal­ment from the crazy world of Amy Wine­house. Just as she was cau­tioned by po­lice for as­sault, the Back to Black singer was voted by UK young­sters as their ul­ti­mate hero­ine. And if that wasn’t con­so­la­tion enough, The Sun­day Times Rich List names her Bri­tain’s 10th wealth­i­est singer un­der 30, with a per­sonal for­tune of £10 mil­lion. So, no wor­ries about pay­ing her fine, then.

Mel Brooks has al­ready achieved phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess with the stage ver­sion of his 1968 movie of The Pro­duc­ers. Now, it’s ru­moured he is try­ing to work the same trick again by turn­ing his 1974 com­edy West­ern, Blaz­ing Sad­dles, into a mu­si­cal. The New York Post re­ports that the 81-yearold be­lieves the movie is a per­fect choice to be trans­formed into an allsing­ing, all-danc­ing ex­trav­a­ganza.

Amid ru­mours that he was dat­ing singer Ri­hanna ear­lier in the year, Shia LaBeouf in­sists he’s hav­ing too much fun to com­mit to one wo­man. The In­di­ana Jones star has said: “I’m just dat­ing and mess­ing around. I’m 21 years old, do­ing the 21-year-old thing.” He wouldn’t con­firm or deny the sit­u­a­tion with Ri­hanna, but ei­ther way, he sounds like he is en­joy­ing him­self.

Vet­eran stage and TV star War­ren Mitchell re­veals in The Times his great ca­reer re­gret. “My grand­mother ar­rived here in 1910 from Rus­sia and opened a fish and chip shop… She said to me: ‘War­ren, you know, when busi­ness is good, peo­ple eat fish and chips. When busi­ness is bad, peo­ple eat fish and chips. Start a fish and chip shop, you will never go hun­gry.’ Un­for­tu­nately, I didn’t start a fish and

chip shop.” Lara Lew­ing­ton is Five News show­busi­ness and weather pre­sen­ter

PHOTO: AP

Bar­bra Streisand won’t be per­form­ing in Jerusalem

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