Streisand departs CAA

GOOD MORNING: Barbra Streisand has switched from CAA to ICM, where she’ll be repped by chairman Jeff Berg. Streisand had been under the aegis of Michael Ovitz at CAA, and since his departure, she had been looked after by a group of top CAAgents. She had been with CAA eight years. … Following the exit of Ovitz and Ron Meyer, the list of CAA clients who have departed includes Sylvester Stallone, Steven Seagal, Kevin Costner, John Hughes and Alec Baldwin. … Streisand is currently awaiting the arrival of cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak (“Nuts”) to take over after the holiday break as d.p. of “The Mirror Has Two Faces” from departing lenser Dante Spinotti … Christopher Reeve, now at home in Bedford, N.Y., where his garage is being converted into a therapy gym , sends his thanks to all those in the biz who have continued to send their support to him. He was incredibly cheery on the phone as he explained he’s trained his voice with 50,000 of his words into a computer-translator, Dragon Dictate, given him by Microsoft and Digital Equipment, enabling him to communicate either way to friends/family, E-mail, etc. “I dialed you by saying your number into the computer. But,” he laughed, “I can talk all day”– as he chatted for a good half-hour with minimal interruptions for oxygen. “I am astounded by support from around the world including President Clinton and Hillary,” he told me. He is especially grateful to his wife, Dana, and his three children. Reeve returns to the Kessler Institute in West Orange, N.J., once a month for checkups. He says he’s been getting acting and directing offers. Animation voiceover offers include one for “The Quest” from Warner Bros. “I will be able to travel soon,” he said, and could do these jobs in N.Y. He was to have directed “Tell Me True” for David Kirkpatrick and Keith Sample in Oct. “It was to have been my first full-length feature directing. Both of them said to me right after the accident, ‘Whenever you’re ready, we’re ready for you.’ ” He reminded me that all directors today work using a video monitor and don’t have to ride a camera crane or jump around the set to direct. He’ll start reading script offers after the first of the year, he said. “There’ll be a lot of nice years ahead. I’ll learn to operate in a new mode. The only limits you have are those you put on yourself. I’m now attached to a ventilator but my breathing is getting stronger. It may take a while but I’ll get off — I’m not chained to this machine!”… Among others offering support were Jim Ivory and Ismail Merchant “(The Bostonian” and “Remains of the Day”). They also want him to direct for them. ABC reporters cut a comedy tape for him — including Robin Williams and Mike Nichols. Diane Sawyer brought it to him at Kessler with one proviso — he never show it to ANYone else. He won’t … Reeve admitted his insurance will run out in a year and a half. Thus he is working with the American Paralysis Assn. to raise funds for research. They’re working on a benefit — perhaps March 22 at Radio City Music Hall — with some of the money aimed for him. He reminds that it is most important to raise money for research for medical problems — rather than funds for maintenance. The research will eventually save billions on maintenance. He says, “It will pay off humanitarianly and economically.”

MR. ENTHUSIASM, that’s Harvey Weinstein when it comes to “Restoration,” which he and his brother Bob consider the chef d’oeuvre of Miramax. He delights in telling audiences — as he did again at the Academy preem-party Monday night — that the lush movie directed by Mike Hoffman cost only $ 18.5 million, thanks to gross participation deals with the cast. And when Meg Ryan joined, Disney came up with the remaining dough-re-mi. Only one scene in the lavish production was computer-generated. Weinstein, of course, plans a full press campaign for Oscar consideration in nine categories for the pic — from performances to writing, directing, cinematography, sets, costumes, etc. Last year, you recall Miramax had 22 nominations for its pix — they hope to equal that this year … Weinstein has hopes to again star Hugh Grant and Robert Downey Jr. in Miramax future features. Two, hopefully for Grant will be “Ransom” and the “Bell, Book And Candle” remake scripted by Leslie Megehey with producer Jay Weston. Also being readied by Miramax is “The Year of Frank Sinatra,” a romantic comedy with Ted Demme directing and a young cast being sought. No unrated pix are in the offing, Weinstein laughed. “I had my year of controversy — I want to get along with my mother!” After the party here, catered by Along Came Mary, Weinstein was back on his L.A.-N.Y. commute — if his plane was able to land there in the snowstorm! … Director Tim Robbins, co-star Susan Sarandon and ICM hosted a screening of Gramercy’s dramatic “Dead Man Walking” at the GCC Bevely Connection with co-star Sean Penn on hand plus Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, Michael Mann, Jacqueline Bisset, etc. Afterward they partied at the Bel Age Hotel.

TROOPS IN THE BALKAN peacekeeping forces will also be entertained this holiday season by Larry Gatlin, who departs Friday for Taszar, Zagreb and Skopje. He ditto’d for our troops in Haiti and Somalia … Lalo Schifrin’s in Vienna where he’s written all the arrangements for the concert entitled “A Celebration of Christmas” starring Natalie Cole, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo to air on PBS Saturday and Sunday … Entertainment Weekly’s annual “Best of …” list chooses “Nixon” as the film of the year.

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