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James Brolin, co-star of the "Cursed" Movie!

When James Brolin was 15, his parents invited Hollywood producer/director William Castle to dinner. Impressed by Brolin's self-confidence and teen-idol looks, Castle invited him to audition for a film role at Columbia Pictures. When he failed to land the part, Brolin decided to "show 'em" by studying diligently for an acting career, eventually logging 5,000 hours of class time. While still attending U.C.L.A., he landed a small role on the Bus Stop TV series, which led to a 20th Century Fox contract. For the next five years, he marked time with bits and minor roles in such Fox features as Take Her, She's Mine (1963), Goodbye Charlie (1964), Von Ryan's Express (1965), Our Man Flint (1966), and Fantastic Voyage (1966). His first real break came with a peripheral but noticeable recurring role on the 1966 TV Western The Monroes.In 1968, Brolin finally attained stardom with his Emmy-winning characterization of Dr. Steve Kiley on the popular TV medical series Marcus Welby, M.D. During his five years with Welby, Brolin returned to films to play such choice roles as the unbalanced Vietnam vet in Skyjacked (1972) and ill-fated vacationer John Blaine in Westworld (1973). The most conspicuous of his post-Welby film assignments was 1976's Gable and Lombard, a cinematic atrocity redeemed only slightly by Brolin's earnest portrayal of Clark Gable. His most endearing screen assignment was his extended cameo as P.W. in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985), and in 1992 he had one of his strongest roles to date as a wayward father in Allison Anders' Gas Food Lodging. Periodically returning to television, Brolin has starred on the weekly series Hotel (1983), Angel Falls (1993), and Extremities (1995). James Brolin is the father of actor Josh Brolin, who co-starred with his dad in the made-for-cable Finish Line (1989). In 1998, Brolin assumed one of his most high-profile real-life roles to date as the husband of Barbra Streisand, whom he married in July of that year. Brolin was born on July 18, 1940, in Los Angeles, California.

Streisand Enjoys Active Love Life with James Brolin

Legendary singer and actress BARBRA STREISAND has dispelled myths that a couple's sex life dwindles with age, insisting it actually gets better.

The OSCAR-winning actress, 62, credits her active sexual relationship with husband JAMES BROLIN with the fact they're so at ease with each other in the bedroom - which allows them to relax and fully enjoy the arousing rewards.

Streisand says, "Yes, as an older woman you definitely still have sex. "You're freer, you savour every moment and you have fewer inhibitions. I think it's great. Sex gets better the older you get."

James Brolin stars in ''Widow on the Hill''

This new Lifetime original telefilm isn't even a whodunit -- it's more of a "how much can she get away with?" The one-note thriller fails to surprise, and viewers should be able to see the ending coming from a long way off.

Femme fatale Linda Cavanaugh (Natasha Henstridge) stars in the production, based on real events. She's painted as the villain of the piece in what quickly becomes a fairly predictable thriller.

Henstridge plays alongside James Brolin as her new husband Hank, and Jewel Staite is Hank's daughter in this unspectacular story. The telefilm is presented as a series of flashbacks as Linda talks to a television interviewer about the events that led up to her trial for murder, but this device adds little tension or insight to the story.

After two bad marriages, Linda is determined to better her place in society. She becomes a hospice nurse and lands a job caringfor Hank's dying wife, Felicia (Michele Duquet). While there, she seduces Hank, and after Felicia dies, Hank and Linda begin an affair.

People shake their heads over this turn of events, but that doesn't stop the steamroller progression, and Hank and Linda soon get married.

But in this script, Linda isn't about to give up her appetites for sensation, and she starts up an affair with farmhand Kevin (Jeff Roop), and the truth finally comes out.

Photography work and production values are done nicely, and the location itself is almost another character.

Henstridge gets to play a gamut of emotions, from cool ice queen to conscienceless villain. Brolin isn't given that much to do other than play the decent patriarch and become furious at Henstridge's character at one point in the script. Oh yes, there's also a steamy but relatively brief scene between the two. Staite's character mostly is scripted to express distrust and anger at Linda.

The limited dimension of scripted character persists as Linda seems transparently relentless in her pursuit of Hank's money and property. It would have been more interesting to paint more ambiguity and hide Linda's true motives from the audience at times.

From diva to domestic goddess: Barbara and James

"It was not fun," she says emphatically. "Fun for me is not getting up at 5am, being made up, putting on a wig and working in the heat. No, it's not fun. The days I didn't have to be there were fun." It has also been eight years since 62-year-old Streisand gave an interview. She is unbothered by the trend for interviewees to tactfully endorse their latest project while at the same time shying away from discussing anything in their personal lives.

Instead, in accordance with her belief in truth-telling, she is refreshingly candid, and plainly enjoys the opportunity to hold forth with her sometimes eccentric opinions and views.

The occasion is a press conference for a group of foreign journalists at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The only photographer allowed is her personal one who has been instructed on the most flattering angle and profile.

As befits a Hollywood star with a reputation for being difficult, she is 90 minutes late, finally arriving with an entourage that includes three bodyguards and a platoon of assistants, one of them carrying her poodle. She is wearing black pants and an off-the-shoulder black sheer poncho. Entering the room, she takes one look at the sunlight streaming through the windows and hurries to close the curtains. "Better lighting," she explains.

Her lateness is due to the fact that Dustin Hoffman, her husband in Meet the Fockers, has just become a grandfather, "so everything got twisted around," she says, adding somewhat confusedly: "Weren't we supposed to do this tomorrow?" Streisand's life today is far removed from the time when she was a driven diva, directing, producing and starring in films, working on record albums and appearing in concert.

"I enjoy privacy and small things, like staying at home," she says. "I really don't like the fanfare of being a star. It's not all it's cracked up to be."

Now, she spends her days at her Malibu home with husband, actor James Brolin. Although she does not share Roz Focker's outspokenness in discussing sex, she does have something in common with that character. "I am more priggish and more prudish but we both have an appreciation of love and sex at the later stages of life," she says. "We believe that it doesn't have to die and people can have fun and be free and really enjoy life and sex in our later years."

She has no immediate plans for more work, although Barry Gibb is writing songs for her to record for a new album and she would one day like to direct a movie without appearing in it; but contentment has deprived her of her compulsion to work.

"I don't have the same kind of drive I used to. It's because I'm in a good marriage. When I was in between relationships, I had to work so that it was almost a sublimation for love. Now I'm happy and contented which is why I've made very few movies.

"I'm a homebody now, you know. I stay in my home. I'm currently designing a house, which to me is like doing a movie. It has taken me five years already, working on every detail.

"I'm not really working, but I'm always busy. I'm changing colours in my garden because I match flowers to fabrics and I can't find the fabric to go with the flowers so I have to find another colour, and the pottery has to match, too. So I don't really know what goes on in the Hollywood community now.

"I design my clothes, I design my house, I design furniture, I paint pictures. I could spend 10 hours a day drawing and designing and writing political pieces for my website."

She and Brolin, she volunteers, stay in bed every Saturday. "We never get dressed," she says. "We watch movies, I write, I draw. We like to do a lot of hanging around. Sometimes I feel guilty and then I say, 'Wait a minute, I've been working since I was 11, so what do I feel guilty about?' It's OK to do nothing: rest and play and go to the movies. We go to the movies a lot and we travel. We love boats so we take boat trips.

"When I was younger, I had much more ambition. You know, I wanted to do this and win that award and do this and direct and… you know. Now it's time to take it easy, to relax, to have fun, to be able to drive places with my husband in our truck. I love antiquing. When I'm ready to furnish the house, I'm going to the East Coast to find great American antiques."

If anybody has earned her right to rest and domesticity it is Streisand. Born in Brooklyn, her father died when she was 15 months old and she was raised by a mother who, she says, did not attempt to impose any discipline on her. "My husband sometimes says I'm like a wild child because I didn't learn things and I wasn't taught manners," she said. "When I was a child, we never ate around a dinner table together or had conversations. I never had rules or regulations and I didn't have to be home at a certain time. I remember teaching my mother how to smoke when I was 10."

She lied about her age to attend two acting classes and began performing in summer stock when she was 14. When she was 20, she starred on Broadway in the musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale, and followed it two years later with Funny Girl. She won an Oscar for her first film, William Wyler's adaptation of Funny Girl, and went on to star in musicals, comedies and romances.

She became a producer with 1976's A Star is Born and directed herself in Yentl in 1983. She has since produced and directed most of her films, while her albums and singles – she has had number one albums in each of the past four decades – have made her the highest-selling female recording artist ever and won her a raft of awards. Her last film was the 1996 comedy The Mirror Has Two Faces, of which she was director and star.

The only artist ever to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, a Golden Globe (she has won 10), a Cable Ace award, a Peabody Award and the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement honour, she was not contemplating a return to work when Meet the Fockers director Jay Roach called her and offered her the Roz Focker role.

"I had settled into a relaxed way of living at this point, but Jay was very persuasive, then Ben Stiller called me from London and was very insistent that I should play his mother, so I resigned myself to getting up at five in the morning," she says.

On the plus side, it gave her the opportunity to renew friendships with Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro, both of whom she has known since her New York days.

She refuses to watch her old movies and insists she cannot even remember them. "I swear somebody told me about the opening of Hello Dolly and I had no recollection of it at all. I don't want to live in the past yet. I like living in the present."

Streisand continues to read scripts that are submitted to her but will not consider another film project unless she feels passionate about it and it becomes a labour of love.

She is more interested in continuing her support for the Democratic Party and her opposition to the Bush administration. She is still smarting over the result of the November election and she strongly rejects any suggestion that voters might have reacted against the liberal support John Kerry received from Hollywood.

"People seem to like Arnold Schwarzenegger and the fact he was the Terminator and made all those violent movies, so I think the country pretty much likes Hollywood, whether they're Republican or Democrat," she said.

"What about the lies of this administration about the Iraq war? Lies, lies and more lies. To me, that's high crimes and misdemeanours, leading people into war unnecessarily. Why doesn't Bush step down?" She comes in for a lot of criticism for her liberal views, but she shrugs it off. "It matters less and less what people think of me. I used to care and be very hurt but now I don't take things personally. It's taken me a long time.

"I used to go to a lot of therapy and had to find myself and all that. The one great thing about ageing is that you really see life more as it is and you learn how to be your authentic self."

She looks around, beaming vaguely and then, accompanied by her entourage, sweeps regally out of the room, putting an end to what was her first, and may well be her last, press conference for a long time. Barbra Streisand's new comedy has taken the US by storm, but the star now has cosier concerns. Barbra Streisand had not made a movie for eight years until she was persuaded to put aside her gardening and painting for a month to play the sex therapist Roz Focker in the comedy Meet the Fockers.



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