Diane Keaton has landed a standing invitation from her new movie co-star Michael Douglas to make use of his holiday home in Spain whenever she wants to get away. The Hollywood veterans star as lovers in romantic comedy And So It Goes, and they have built up such a rapport, Douglas has given the Annie Hall actress access to his sun-soaked vacation pad, which he still co-owns with his ex-wife Diandra Douglas.
During a joint interview with America's Star magazine, Keaton says, "When I think of Michael, I think of you in Europe... You spend a lot of time there, don't you?", to which Douglas replied, "Yes, I have a house in Spain. By the way, if one thing comes out of this, that house, which you would love, is yours to visit whenever you want!"
A delighted Keaton, who is also a passionate interior designer, gladly promised to take him up on the offer, with Douglas adding, "Call up. All I can say to you is that I still share it, 50-50, with my ex-wife. So come from January to July 15, anytime in there. I promise."
Michael Douglas has suffered a major blow in his public bid for a prison visit with his incarcerated son Cameron after officials at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) withdrew their support and shut down an online petition lobbying prison authorities for access. The Wall Street star recently revealed he and his ex-wife Diandra Luker have been banned from seeing their son for two years after he was placed in solitary confinement as punishment for a mishap behind bars in Pennsylvania, where he is serving a nine-year sentence for non-violent drug offences.
And, after referencing the ban in his Primetime Emmy Awards acceptance speech last month (Sep13), fans of the actor rushed to support a new petition on Change.org aimed at urging prison bosses to reconsider their decision, but the campaign, which was spearheaded by activists at the DPA, has since been removed from the website.
According to TMZ.com, organisation bosses had a change of heart about the appeal and decided it was unfair to help an individual case instead of focusing on their main goal of prison reform.
The development comes shortly after editors at the New York Post reported that Luker and Douglas have been appealing to famous friends, like Yoko Ono and designers Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg, to lend their backing to the petition.
In an email circulated to their powerful pals, they wrote, "We have not seen our son for over a year, and the government is telling us we cannot see our son for TWO YEARS...! Cameron has also been in solitary confinement for TWO YEARS! (For a non violent crime of possession).
"As parents we are fighting back... PLEASE help us by forwarding this petition after signature, to anyone you know who would like to help the cause."
Michael Douglas' ex-wife Diandra Douglas is facing allegations she owes U.S. authorities more than $1 million (£666,667) in unpaid taxes. Diandra, who received a reported $45 million (£30 million) from the Wall Street star back in 2000, is said to owe America's Internal Revenue Service in excess of $1.2 million (£800,000).
Editors at the New York Post's gossip column Page Six report authorities have filed a lien against her over the bill, which dates from 2007 through to 2009.
A source tells the publication the tax discrepancy is related to a property deal and that Diandra's accountants "expect this will be resolved in her favour".
The news comes just days after Douglas' current marriage problems became public knowledge. He recently separated from Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, but Douglas has since insisted the split is merely "temporary".
Veteran actor Michael Douglas has risked the wrath of his ex-wife Diandra after insisting they should have split almost a decade before they actually parted ways in 1995. The couple, which wed in 1977, spent the final years of its union attempting to salvage its relationship with the help of a marriage counsellor, but the Wall Street star suggests the sessions were pointless - because they already knew they had fallen out of love.
He tells Britain's The Mirror newspaper, "I know I'm going to get into trouble here. I have nothing against her and in fact I'm very fond of my first wife. But we should have ended that marriage eight or 10 years earlier.
"It took me too long to realise that if you go to a marriage counsellor to resolve problems, it's in his interest to keep the marriage going. Because if I end the marriage he's got no business... I think Diandra would probably say the same thing. That's the only clear regret that I have."
Douglas' divorce from Diandra dragged on for five years and was only finalised in 2000, when she was awarded a $45 million (£30 million) settlement.
Douglas went on to wed Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones later that year (00).
Diandra is the mother of the actor's eldest son, Cameron, who is currently incarcerated for drug possession charges.
Recovering addict Cameron Douglas was already serving a five-year sentence in 2011 when he was handed an additional four-and-a-half year term after he was caught with heroin and Suboxone, a prescription medication used to dull the effects of opioid withdrawal, in jail. He was also banned from receiving any family visits for two years.
The added time behind bars was blasted by Cameron's mum, Diandra, who branded the long punishment "harsh" and "unjust", and his legal team immediately filed an appeal.
Their case was heard in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals this week, and Cameron's lawyer, Paul Shechtman, argued the 54-month sentence was the longest ever imposed on an inmate for having drugs in prison, but added, "I'm not suggesting Cameron Douglas shouldn't be punished for this."
However, prosecutor Justin Anderson challenged the bid for a reduced sentence, insisting: "Cameron Douglas' conduct throughout the course of this case... showed nothing but an utter disrespect for the law."
A ruling has yet to be made after a panel of judges reserved decision, according to the New York Daily News.
Diandra, who divorced Douglas in 2000, had been seeking a share of the star's pay cheque from his 2010 movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
She claimed their divorce deal entitled her to half her ex-husband's profits from projects he worked on during their marriage, and any possible "spin-offs" of his previous films, including the original 1987 Wall Street.
The case was first heard and dismissed in November (10) after Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper ruled New York was not the right jurisdiction to hear the case, as the former couple divorced in California.
Diandra appeared in court again in April (11) to appeal the verdict and continue fighting her case in Manhattan.
However, her bid to overturn the ruling was again rejected on Wednesday (15Jun11), with Cooper insisting she take her case to the west coast.
Michael's lawyer, Marilyn Chinitz, tells the New York Post, "We won."
Diandra and her lawyer Nancy Chemtob have vowed to challenge the decision again.
Michael Douglas' ex-wife Diandra Douglas appeared at a charity event in New York on Monday night (06Jun11) to discuss the importance of family values. She was an honouree at the Anniversary Spring Gala for the Hale House Center, a family education organisation.
The Chicago star stunned fans earlier this month (Apr11) by opening up about her battle with depression, revealing she had received treatment at a mental health facility in Connecticut.
She released a statement to the media after news of her rehab stint leaked in the press, and Douglas has praised her courage for facing up to her problems in public.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, due to air in the U.S. next week (beg02May11), he says, "She was outed... My oldest son is in federal prison, my ex-wife is suing me, and I got cancer. It's kind of hard for the wife to say, 'I'm depressed'."
Douglas' son Cameron, from his marriage to ex-wife Diandra, is serving a five year sentence for drug charges, while Diandra, who divorced the veteran actor in 2000, is seeking a share of the star's pay cheque from his 2010 movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Diandra, who divorced Douglas in 2000, is seeking a share of the actor's pay cheque from his 2010 movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. She claims their divorce deal entitled her to half her ex-husband's profits from projects he worked on during their marriage, and any possible "spin-offs" of his previous films, including the original 1987 Wall Street.
The case was dismissed at Manhattan's Supreme Court in November (10) after a judge ruled the Big Apple was not the right jurisdiction to hear the case, as the former couple divorced in California.
Diandra - who is selling her sprawling California home - vowed to appeal, and she appeared in court on Tuesday to continue fighting her case.
Douglas' lawyer, Marilyn Chinitz, blasted the star's ex-wife, telling the court, "This is not a case that has merit. This is a case of who has the deep pockets. We don't have to feel sorry for a woman who's going to sell her house for $30 million on top of everything else she's received."
Diandra's legal representative Nancy Chemtob claimed Douglas, who fought cancer last year (10), failed to reveal to court officials that his primary residence is a property in Bedford, New York, an issue which could affect future hearings.
But Chinitz hit back at Chemtob, saying, "The documents are in California. The witnesses are in California. Mr. Douglas is cancer-stricken, tragically, and she has the audacity to imply that we misled the court."
Speaking after the hearing, which Douglas did not attend, Diandra told the New York Daily News, "I've always behaved as a lady and I always intend to do so in the future."
In November (10), a judge in New York ruled Diandra's claims for a share of the profits from last year's (10) Wall Street sequel should be heard in California, and dismissed the case.
Now she has spoken out to insist she's only pursuing her legal action because she's been left short of cash after falling victim to crooked investment advisers Madoff and Starr.
She tells Harper's Bazaar, "Because of the type of human being I aspire to be, if Starr & Company hadn't happened and Madoff hadn't, and if a lot of other things hadn't happened, to tell you the honest truth, I really believe I would have walked away."
Douglas has vowed to continue her court fight for a 50 per cent share of the profits from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, adding: "One cannot live one's life based on the court of public opinion."
But she dismissed critics who accused her of targeting Douglas while he was battling throat cancer last year (10): "Michael didn't know he was ill, I didn't know he was ill, and the gods didn't know he was ill. I am not into going after sick people for things that don't belong to me... I am not a greedy person by nature."
Starr was jailed for seven years earlier this month (Mar11) for embezzling $30 million (£20 million) from clients including Uma Thurman, Martin Scorsese and Wesley Snipes, and Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009 after pleading guilty to siphoning billions from clients including Kevin Bacon and Zsa Zsa Gabor.