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Gold Derby nuggets: Jennifer Aniston as Barbra Streisand | Seth McFarlane's big-band sound | 'Boardwalk Empire' set for Sept. 19

August 6, 2010 | 10:33 am

Hbz-jennifer-aniston-streisand-0910-02-de-98758908 Jennifer Aniston pays tribute to Barbra Streisand in a photo spread in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar. Among the iconic looks she re-creates is this one from the first scene of Barbra's movie debut in "Funny Girl." That film won Streisand the first of her two Oscars, as she tied with Katharine Hepburn ("The Lion in Winter") for best actress of 1968. Although Aniston cites "A Star is Born" from 1976 as one of her favorite films featuring Streisand, she does not replicate Babs' famous frizzy hairstyle for the photo shoot. For "Evergreen," the love theme from that film, Streisand became the first female composer to win the best song Academy Award. On her website, Streisand posted the following: "I was very flattered that Jennifer Aniston chose to interpret my style with the photos in Harper's Bazaar. She's a delightful person, and I think she did a wonderful job. If only she had a bump on her nose." HARPER'S BAZAAR

• Back in 1973, Marlon Brando rivaled the San Andreas fault for sending shock waves through Hollywood when he refused to accept the Academy Award for his performance in best picture champ "The Godfather." He sent Sacheen Littlefather in his stead, and on his behalf she decried the depiction of Native Americans by the entertainment industry. This week, the activist actress met with TV critics to promote the PBS documentary "Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian." In an Associated Press article, she revealed that "her high-profile advocacy put her life at risk and cut her acting career short. She says when she visited Brando after the ceremony, bullets were fired at his front door. No one was injured." AP

Seth MacFarlane Tonight Show Album Family Guy "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane won one of his two Emmys for penning a ditty for that devilish animated series back in 2002; his other was for voicing the character Stewie in 2000. In an appearance Thursday on "The Tonight Show," McFarlane -- who contends again this year for another song for the show -- announced he has inked a deal with Universal for a big-band album. He told Jay Leno that the track list will include "swing arrangements of classic tunes. We kind of deliberately touched stuff that the Deans and the Franks and the Sammys didn’t do yet." He then got up and wowed the crowd with a rendition of "Cream in My Coffee." HIT FIX

Steve Carell stars as the dubious guest of honor in "Dinner for Schmucks." The perennial Emmy nominee recalls in an interview with Total Film what a schmuck he was when he hosted one particular soiree. "My wife and I once had a dinner party where we invited a bunch of our friends around to watch the Oscars, and we decided that we would record it, have dinner, then fast forward through to all the good moments. We didn't know how to set the digital recorder properly, and the show went over, so it ended just as the categories were getting interesting. So then I had to pull out a laptop: 'Who wants to know who won best supporting actress?' It was really, really awful." ACE SHOWBIZ

Boardwalk Empire HBO has announced that the premiere date for "Boardwalk Empire" will be Sept. 19. The paycaster's marquee series for 2010 bears an award-winning pedigree. Oscar winner Martin Scorsese ("The Departed") is executive producing the series about bootleggers in 1920s Atlantic City, while Terence Winter -- who adapted Nelson Johnson's novel of the same name -- won two Emmys for scripting episodes of "The Sopranos" and another two when that HBO hit won best drama series in 2004 and 2007. "Boardwalk Empire" stars Steve Buscemi as a politico with dirty fingers. The versatile Buscemi earned a 2001 Emmy nod for directing an episode of "The Sopranos" and contended in the 2004 supporting actor category for his portrayal of Tony Blundetto, cousin to mob boss Tony Soprano. In 2008, he was a guest actor nominee for his appearance on "30 Rock." Scorsese directed the first episode of "Boardwalk Empire," which is slated to run 75 minutes.

Upper photo: Jennifer Aniston as Barbra Streisand. Credit: Harper's Bazaar

Center photo: Seth MacFarlane on "The Tonight Show." Credit: NBC

Lower photo: Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: HBO

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Good Job. Jen

Next Jennifer Rachel Aniston will mimick "Rachel"...oops, that's right, that's the only role she knows and plays..her next film coming out is Rachel Gets Pregnant (again)...now you don't want to miss that, do you?

Steve Carrell's story must be fake. The supporting acting categories are usually the first to be announced! :)


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