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Michael Douglas has had a lot of luck with leading ladies - there's only one he didn't get along with.
The movie star is refusing to name names, but it isn't his current onscreen love interest Diane Keaton, who he calls "vibrant". Douglas tells WENN, "She's like a muse. She's so bright, yet not threatening. She's got that wonderful laugh and laughs at my jokes, which is always flattering. She's very, very charming and attractive."
"I've been very fortunate with all except for one of all the leading ladies that I've worked with... Some are cooler and more formal. It's so pleasant not to have any friction. Diane just comes to the set and off you go."
And the actor admits he'd love to actually shoot scenes with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones - the couple came close when they appeared in Traffic, but they never filmed together.
He adds, "I was in there in the very beginning and I got out and then a rewrite came in and Harrison Ford was supposed to do it, and then he dropped out. So I was like, 'I'll grab it. This is good'. But I'd love to do something with her, especially with the kids. It would have to be during the summer holiday, so the kids can come with you."
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."
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A stage adaptation of Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner's black comedy The War Of The Roses is heading to Broadway.
All The Way producers Jay and Cindy Gutterman are developing a theatre version of author Warren Adler's bestselling divorce novel, which the 1989 film was based on, and they are planning to debut the new production during the 2015-2016 season. Casting details have yet to be announced.
The War of the Roses is not the only book-to-movie project to get a Broadway makeover - a musical based on Olivia Goldsmith's The First Wives Club is also heading to the stage with a soundtrack penned by Motown legends Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier.
The new production, a heavily revised version of The First Wives Club play which debuted in San Diego, California in 2009, will launch in Chicago, Illinois next spring (15) before transferring to Broadway.
The 1996 movie starred Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton.
"He was sort of like a pitbull (terrier). He kind of attacked me... In my heart of hearts I felt the same way about him and I wanted to just get right with it, but it didn't happen that way - because I'm a professional. It worked out very well for the scene, but I enjoyed it." Diane Keaton on locking lips with Michael Douglas in new film And So It Goes.
Michael Douglas, Oprah Winfrey and former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton helped veteran U.S. newswoman Barbara Walters celebrate her TV retirement on Friday (16May14) by making surprise appearances on her longrunning daytime show The View. The 84 year old's final episode as co-host of the talk show aired on Friday and Douglas, Winfrey and Clinton were among the guests who turned out to wish her well after a career spanning over five decades.
Joining Walters and co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd at the top of the show, former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton said, "I can't believe this day has come, and I can't believe it's for real."
Actor Douglas then reunited with his old pal to reminisce about their longtime friendship and gushed to Walters, "You're an extraordinary person, inside and out. You have the warmest heart, you are the most generous person I have ever seen, you give the greatest parties and I love you, I really do."
Media mogul Winfrey also appeared on air to heap praise on Walters, who became America's first female co-anchor of a network news programme in the 1970s, explaining, "You're the reason I wanted to be in television. You shattered the glass ceiling for so many women."
Winfrey went on to introduce a slew of female TV newscasters to the show to salute Walters, including Diane Sawyer, Arnold Schwarzenegger's estranged wife Maria Shriver, Katie Couric and Robin Roberts.
Walters, also known for her Most Fascinating People TV interview specials, won't be retiring completely - she plans to continue working as a producer of The View, the panel talk show she launched 17 years ago.
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Although cinematic nudity is often looked at as gratuitous, some nude scenes can really define a movie. What would Basic Instinct be without Sharon Stone’s infamous leg-crossing scene? Would The Wolf of Wall Street have been as effective with a more "conservative" temperament? But of course we can also admire these elements for their aesthetic charms. Here are just a few of the most notable fully nude scenes on the silver screen.
GALLERY: The Sexiest Nude Scenes in Film History (Female Edition)
Emma Thompson has been robbed of another acting honour just two weeks after missing out on an Oscar nomination - she has been replaced as this year's (14) Modern Master Award recipient at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California. The Brit was slated to pick up the festival's highest honour next month (Feb13), but she won't be able to attend the event due to commitments in London, and so SBIFF bosses have opted to give the award to Oscar nominee Bruce Dern instead.
The Nebraska star will now be honoured at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre as part of the festival's 29th year on 8 February.
The Modern Master Award is given to an individual who has "enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry".
Previous recipients include Ben Affleck, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Peter Jackson, George Clooney and Clint Eastwood.
SBIFF's executive director Roger Durling says, "We're deeply humbled and grateful to Bruce Dern for accepting this award. He's not only a Modern Master, he's a hero. Year after year, performance after performance, Bruce Dern has enthralled audiences and with Nebraska he has given us a character for the ages in Woody Grant. It's his time and we're delighted to honour him."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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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."
The Argo director will pick up the trophy - the highest accolade presented at the festival - at a ceremony on 26 January (13) in celebration of his accomplishments as a filmmaker and actor.
Roger Durling, SBIFF's executive director, says, "Affleck has come into his own as a multi-dimensional artist with Argo. He embodies what the Modern Master Award is all about, and we're thrilled to honour him this year."
Past recipients include Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, and James Cameron.