that's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "He Trynasty" from yesterday. friday, i wrote about abc's 'revenge' at kat's site 'revenge (Rebecca)' - i was filling in for her. the post is about who will be playing emily/amanda's mother (not faux amanda).
tonight i want to write about barbra streisand. except for barbra's devotion to all things democrat (especially barack), i like her. she's 1 of my favorite singers and actresses. (for the record, i was a democrat. i'm not sure what i am now. until 2008, i always voted for the democrat in the presidential elections. in 2008, i voted for ralph nader. by 2010, i did not recognize the whores apologizing and justifying barack's actions. i do not support the assassination of american citizens, his drone war or any of the rest.)
so there was an e-mail from some 1 who saw an old post here and he let me have it.
summary: 'how can you say such nice things about that evil woman! don't you know what she did to larry kramer!'
kramer is the author of the play 'the normal heart.' i didn't realize he was still whining. here's barbra from her website weighing in on this topic at the end of last month:
Larry Kramer does not need me to publicize his beautiful play. It stands on its own. For the last time – I will answer his complaints, which rewrite history.
When I saw the play in 1985 I was very moved and immediately contacted Larry to acquire the rights. After going through several drafts with Larry, I hired another writer to develop a screenplay that was faithful to Larry’s play -- but adapting it to make it more cinematic. It was finished in 1995. Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh were interested in doing the version that I oversaw.
I tried very hard to get it made, but when it became clear that we couldn’t raise the money to do it as a film due to the controversial nature of the material, I thought, all right, we’ll do it on TV. At least it would reach a wide audience. But even HBO would only pay Larry $250,000 for the rights, and he would not let it go forward for anything less than $1,000,000 and no company was willing to move on it.
After ten years, the rights reverted back to Larry. But even when I had no contractual involvement, I still persisted in pressing to get The Normal Heart made, purely because I believed in the project. As producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron can confirm, I thought that if we could get a great cast together, maybe a studio would finally finance it and we could persuade Larry to let us do it. I offered the part of the doctor to Julia Roberts because I thought she would be terrific. I also asked Mark Ruffalo and Bradley Cooper to be in it, and they said yes to my adaptation of the screenplay. By the way, this is not to say that it wouldn’t have been rewritten again. The work is never done until the movie is released.
I think it’s unfair to keep blaming me for the movie not getting made. I worked on it for 25 years, without pay. Larry had the rights for the last 15 years and he couldn’t get it made either. Those are the facts, and none of this is news to Larry.
More recently, he sent me a note before giving the project to another director, asking me again if I wanted to direct it -- but only with his screenplay. As a filmmaker, I couldn’t have my hands tied like that. What if I needed changes? Sadly, I turned his offer down and wished him well.
I will always believe in Larry’s play and its powerful theme about everyone’s right to love.
and that's a nice explanation but it's not the full explanation. barbra was being nice.
in addition to all the work she'd done on the play, she also put up with his non-stop public attacks on her. she ignored those more or less and kept working on getting a film made of the play - even after it wasn't her project.
she did so despite the attacks on her.
she did so despite kramer's attacks on her art.
'the mirror has 2 faces' is a great film. it's a comedy with just the right touch. it's the sort of film a million and 1 ernst lubitsch wanna-bes wish they could pull off but never will.
the film is a classic. it's beautiful to watch, to hear, it's a real movie and few of those are ever made.
barbra was at the top of her game when she made this film.
and people might have noticed that and noticed all the layers to the film, the richness of it, the texture.
but instead they got larry kramer whining that barbra made this film and not 'the normal heart' and that this film was stupid and ignorant and unnecessary and so much more.
he did this while the film was out, while he wanted her to turn his play into a film.
and yet she continued to work on that project. and even did so after her rights to the play expired.
larry kramer can't get the film made, barbra notes.
and he won't.
larry kramer's trashing of barbra made every 1 else nervous about what he would do. if they made the film with him would he turn around and trash them too?
the reason that play has not been turned into a film is larry kramer.
not every 1 was as touched by the property as barbra who was willing to ignore kramer's attacks because of what she found in the play.
instead of blaming her, he needs to take a long, hard look at his own actions.
barbra's not been part of the play for over 10 years and no 1 wants to make the film still. she wasn't the problem. he was.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'