Malibu Seen: Color me Barbra

Winter may have its chill, but it’s the most wonderful time of the year for television and movie buffs. In addition to the Golden Globes, SAG, DGA and Oscar awards, you have just enough time to squeeze in PaleyFest. 

This year, one of Malibu’s most famous and illustrious residents opens the bill. “An Evening with Barbra Streisand” kicks off the star-studded festival on March 16 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. 

It’s probably no surprise that the musical legend will be headlining as the 2018 PaleyFest Icon. “PaleyFest LA 2018 will feature the very best that television has to offer including Emmy Award-winning comedies and dramas, intriguing sci-fi mysteries, and the acclaimed revival of one of television’s most beloved shows,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO, in a celebratory statement. “We’re especially proud to honor Barbra Streisand as this year’s PaleyFest Icon, and look forward to celebrating her numerous television accomplishments.”

It’s a tough ticket to be sure, but should you miss out, no worries, as there is even more in store.

Every year, PaleyFest lets you get up close and personal with the biggest names in television and media. 

If you get a big kick out of “The Big Bang Theory” and its pint-sized spinoff “Young Shelton,” don’t miss the program on March 21. 

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It features Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Raunch, Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Annie Potts, Montana Jordan and Raegan Revord. 

The hit series “Will & Grace” reunites Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. And as they say in the biz, they’ll all be live and in person. 

“The Handmaid’s Tale” has generated a big buzz this season and if you want to hear the behind-the-scenes dish, you can get it straight from acclaimed actors Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes. 

Allison Janney, another big name this year, with appear with the cast of “Mom” to give you your own backstage pass.

PaleyFest LA runs from March 16-24.

RAY’S ROLE CHANGE

He may be best known for “Everybody Loves Raymond,” but local Ray Romano is branching out into new directions and it’s taking him to the big screen. Ray’s got a big flick on the Oscar roll. “The Big Sick” has received all kinds of acclaim for screenplay and ensemble cast. With “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” and “The Darkest Hour” earning multiple honor nods, the competition will be tough so stay tuned. If you love mob fair, “The Irishman” is one you won’t want to miss. The film features funny man Ray as Bill Bufalino. Al Pacino steps in as tough union boss Jimmy Hoffa and Robert De Niro puts his spin on Frank Sheeran. The tale looks like a must for any mob movie fan—just keep it in the family. 

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