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On the scene: Barbra Streisand receives Film Society of Lincoln Center's Charlie Chaplin Award

Barbra Streisand is very bad at lip-synching and doesn’t like mornings. She’s very good at throwing dogs’ birthday parties and, when she needs a little push to portray the sensation of yearning, she imagines chocolate cake. These are the things I now know to be true.

If one can ever imagine sitting around Barbra’s Streisand’s home — perhaps in a nook of her underground mall, sharing stories about the legendary diva with her old pals and learning Babs’ “She’s just like us!” quirks — that was the vibe of last night’s Film Society of Lincoln Center gala, where Streisand received the 40th annual Charlie Chaplin Award for lifetime achievement. The multihyphenate, EGOT-ing artist and humanitarian was joined by a collection of her old friends — and, though many of them first met her professionally, they genuinely have become friends, some for decades. In addition to video tributes by Robert Redford and Omar Sharif, Streisand was treated to speeches and performances on stage by the likes of Bill Clinton, Liza Minnelli, Kris Kristofferson, Wynton Marsalis, George Segal, Amy Irving, Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Oscar-winning composer Alan Bergman, and Ben Stiller. Below, the highlights of the night. READ FULL STORY

Recreating the 'bread roll ballet' for Charlie Chaplin musical -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Before the Tramp makes his Broadway debut, the cast and crew of Chaplin has to recreate famous scenes from Charlie Chaplin’s most iconic movies frame by frame. EW has an exclusive green screen video of star Rob McClure shooting the famous “bread roll ballet” from 1925’s The Gold Rush (complete with an imitation set with the newspaper tablecloth with heart cut-outs).

In the video below, McClure and director/choreographer Warren Carlyle discuss the difficulty of recreating such a simple scene.


Charlie Chaplin musical to tramp up Broadway in September

Could this be Broadway’s first silent… musical? Producers of the Charlie Chaplin musical Chaplin (an enigmatic title, no doubt) today announced the production’s plans to open on Broadway on September 10, 2012 at the Barrymore Theatre.

Chaplin comes to Broadway after a lauded run at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse, where it played in 2010 under the original title Limelight (and won the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle’s Craig Noel Award for Best Musical). As the new name would suggest, the musical adapts the story of iconic silent film legend Charlie Chaplin as his storied career turns him from a London slumdog to a Hollywood star.

Warren Carlyle (Finian’s Rainbow) will direct the new musical featuring music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis (in his Broadway composing debut) and a book by stage comedy vet Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray, The Producers). Additional casting and creative members will be announced soon.

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Mystery of Charlie Chaplin's birth unsolved, but here's a look at some of his greatest hits!

News broke today that spies for Britain’s MI5 have been puzzling over the exact date of Charlie Chaplin’s birth. Despite Chaplin’s own claim that he was born in London on April 16, 1889, no proof exists to back up that claim. When all is said and done, it may go down as a mystery for the ages, but there’s no doubt about what the legendary comic did with the (presumed) 88 years that followed until his death on Dec. 25, 1977. Below, we run down some of the highlights of Chaplin’s 86-film career, which spanned five decades. READ FULL STORY

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