Streisand sup­ports Lady Gaga’s ‘Star’

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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.”

She com­pared “A Star Is Born” to other clas­sic tales that re­main com­pelling.

“The story works. It worked in 1937. It worked in 1954, it worked in 1976 and it’s go­ing to work in 2018. It’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ — every­one knows the end­ing, but they like watch­ing how we get there.”

The orig­i­nal 1930s film starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, with Judy Gar­land and James Ma­son in the ’50s 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. Streisand


Bradley Cooper, left, and Lady Gaga star in the lat­est re­make of “A Star Is Born,” due in the­aters this fall.

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