NEW YORK — Superstar Barbra Streisand is coming home to Brooklyn.
The Oscar- and Grammy-winning diva was born and raised in Brooklyn but has never performed publicly there – until now.
Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center arena announced that Streisand will give a concert there Oct. 11.
Barclays Center is still under construction and will be home to the NBA’s Nets. CEO Brett Yormark says Streisand’s concert will be a defining moment for the arena.
Streisand spokesman Ken Sunshine said that performing near her old neighborhood will be very emotional and poignant for Streisand.
Streisand rarely performs in public. Tickets go on sale May 21. Visit barclayscenter.com.
LOS ANGELES — Whitney Cummings’ NBC sitcom, “Whitney,” may have been a critical and ratings disappointment (it hasn’t yet been renewed for a second season), but that doesn’t appear to be slowing the comedian down.
She’s set to launch a weekly E! talk show, “Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings,” which will air Wednesdays in the fall along with “The Soup.”
The show is being described as Cummings’ open forum to discuss her favorite topics, which include pop culture and celebrity happenings, life, relationships, sex and more. She’s even getting a talk-show sidekick, stand-up comedian Julian McCullough.
LISLE, Ill. — Hollywood actor Gary Sinise is helping promote a summer concert in suburban Chicago that will benefit veterans.
The “Forrest Gump” star helped kick off ticket sales for “Rockin’ for the Troops” recently at the Navistar headquarters in Lisle.
The concert is planned for July 21 in nearby Wheaton. Sinise is slated to perform with his Lt. Dan Band, which is named for his character in the Oscar-winning movie.
Proceeds will benefit Operation Support Our Troops America. The Naperville-based charity has raised $2 million for projects benefiting veterans, including research on post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injury.
HBO says it will present “an intimate look at the life and career of George H.W. Bush” in the film “41” in June.
In the documentary, executive-produced by Bush friend Jerry Weintraub, the country’s 41st president talks about what he thinks are his life’s highs and lows.
The movie was written and directed by documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Roth, but Weintraub was brought in as exec producer when Bush called “and asked me to get involved and make sure it was all right,” Weintraub said.
“He’s a beautiful, wonderful man and he deserves this. It’s a great birthday present we’re giving him,” Weintraub said of the HBO telecast.
Bush turns 88 on June 12, days before the film debuts.
The movie is not political, Weintraub insisted.
“This film is where he let himself go and said everything he wanted to say,” Weintraub said. “It’s not a Hollywood movie, it’s genuine.”
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Emmy-winning actor Bryan Cranston, who plays Walter in the Albuquerque, N.M.-based TV show “Breaking Bad,” says he’ll participate in a celebrity softball game later this month.
Cranston’s celeb team is set to face members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team on May 19.
The lineup isn’t set, but Cranston says Lou Diamond Phillips has agreed to join the team. Phillips is shooting the A&E drama “Longmire” in Santa Fe, N.M.
Cranston says he decided to play to show support for returning veterans.