The Hobbit star Dean O'gorman is to portray movie great Kirk Douglas in a new film. The actor, who played dwarf Fili in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings prequels, joins the cast of Trumbo, which already features Bryan Cranston as the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and David James Elliot as John Wayne.
Diane Lane has also been cast as Trumbo's wife and Dame Helen Mirren will portray notorious gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
Douglas starred in Trumbo's 1960 masterpiece Spartacus.
"Dad called me about six months ago and he said, 'You know, son, one of my old movies was on television and I was watching it, and I didn't remember the movie'... I said, 'Dad, you're 97 years old, that happens'... (He then said), 'No, you don't understand, son. I watched the movie, then I realised it's not me - it was you!'" Michael Douglas reveals his elderly actor father Kirk mistook his son for himself while watching a movie on TV.
Director Andrew V. Mclaglen has died at the age of 94. The son of former professional boxer and Academy Award-winning actor Victor McLaglen passed away on Saturday (30Aug14) at his home in Washington.
McLaglen worked with John Wayne on five films including McLintock! and The Undefeated and James Stewart on four including The Rare Breed and Bandolero!.
He also directed Doris Day and Peter Graves in The Ballad of Josie, Kirk Douglas in The Way West and Dean Martin in Something Big.
In addition to his film work, McLaglen directed several TV shows including Gunsmoke, Rawhide and Perry Mason.
German moviemaker Wim Wenders is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival. The legendary director will receive a Golden Bear prize at the event in February (15) in honour of his lengthy film career, while his 1987 movie Wings of Desire, which was remade as City of Angels starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan, will also be screened at the festival in Germany as part of a multi-media tribute to his work.
Festival director Dieter Kosslick says in a statement, "In dedicating the Homage to Wim Wenders, we honour one of the most noted contemporary auteurs. His cross-genre and multifaceted work as a filmmaker, photographer and author has shaped our living memory of cinema, and continues to inspire other filmmakers."
The Oscar-nominated director follows in the footsteps of previous honourees including Meryl Streep, Kirk Douglas and Shirley MacLaine.
Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall has been laid to rest following an intimate family funeral in New York City. The iconic actress passed away last week (ends17Aug14) at the age of 89 after suffering a stroke at her home in Manhattan, New York, and she was remembered at a memorial service in the Big Apple on Tuesday (19Aug14).
Around 50 guests attended the private ceremony at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, while a larger congregation gathered at Bacall's apartment for the wake, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Attendees included Anjelica Huston and Michael Douglas, whose father Kirk was a good friend of the late star.
Actor Kirk Douglas has paid tribute to Lauren Bacall in an article published in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter. The 89-year-old movie legend died after suffering a stroke at her home in Manhattan, New York last week (ends17Aug14), and Douglas, who starred opposite her in Young Man with a Horn 60 years ago, is now recalling his long friendship with the The Big Sleep star, praising her for helping him launch his career in Hollywood.
He writes, "I met Betty (Lauren) when she was 17 and I was 24. We were both studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I was on my own in New York with meager funds.
"That winter, Betty saw me shivering in my thin overcoat. She didn't say anything, but she talked her uncle into giving me one of his two thick coats. I wore it for three years. That sort of unassuming kindness was one of her most endearing characteristics."
Following Douglas' stint in the U.S. Navy during World War II, the Spartacus star met up with Bacall in New York and she convinced producer Hal Wallis to see Douglas in the play The Wind Is Ninety. His performance subsequently earned him a role in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.
Douglas and Bacall stayed in touch throughout the years, but the actor felt something was amiss when Bacall did not answer a recent letter he wrote to her.
He continues, "My latest note wasn't answered, which was unlike her. I wondered why. Then, on Aug. 12, like the rest of the world, I found out.
"It's hard to lose a friend, especially one with whom you have shared your dreams and your journey. In the case of Betty Bacall, I also lost my lucky charm - the girl who believed in me enough to talk Hal Wallis into giving me a Hollywood career. That was my first lesson in helping others without looking for thanks. I will continue to think about her whenever I put it into practice."
Actress Jessica Lange is to be honoured with the 2015 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The two-time Academy Award winner will be feted for her achievements at a black-tie gala at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California on 16 November (14).
Announcing the news, Douglas says, "Jessica Lange possess the three key elements in making it in this crazy business: talent, beauty, and intelligence... all of which have served her well and continue to do so. It is my honour to give her my award."
Previous recipients of the acting legend's prize include Forrest Whittaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta and Kirk Douglas himself.
Movie veteran Kirk Douglas celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary with his wife Anne by hosting a party over the weekend (14-15Jun14), with guests including Steven Spielberg and the Hollywood legend's son Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones. The stars were among 150 people who gathered at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California for the bash, which featured a performance by David Foster and a mini-roast by veteran comedian Don Rickles. Kirk and producer Anne marked their big day on 29 May (14).
Veteran actor Michael Douglas has vowed never to take his marriage with Catherine Zeta-Jones for granted again after their brief separation last summer (13) forced him to re-evaluate his life priorities. The Wall Street star, 69, recently reconciled with the Welsh beauty after working through their personal troubles, which emerged following his 2010 tongue cancer battle and Zeta-Jones' subsequent treatment for bipolar disorder.
They made their return to the red carpet as a couple at a New York event in April (14), and now Douglas is sharing the lessons he's learned over the years with readers of America's People magazine.
Opening up about life and love, Douglas states, "Marriage requires constant nurturing... You can never take your marriage for granted. It goes to the idea of where you spend your energy and attention: Do you spend it with strangers, trying to show everybody how nice you are? Or do you cherish your partner and really don't worry about other people...?
"Like a lovely orchid, or anything else that's nurtured, marriage prospers and grows, but if it's ignored, it withers."
The actor goes on to advise any parents struggling with marriage problems to be honest with their children, because "they know everything".
Douglas, whose eldest son Cameron is serving prison time for drug charges, also encourages mums and dads to take immediate action if they suspect their kids are battling drug problems.
He adds, "After they turn 18, you have no control anymore. However difficult it might be, if it looks to be a real issue, then you almost have to go for overkill."
Among the other life lessons, Douglas shares in the pages of People, he stresses the importance of treasuring "the time you have with your parents", adding, "Enjoy them while you can. You never want to look back and say, 'I wish I'd...'"
Douglas is the son of acting legend Kirk Douglas.
The stars of American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Modern Family and Breaking Bad were the big winners at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night (18Jan14). The American Hustle ensemble was named Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture, while Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto added to their Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards wins by scooping the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role honours, and Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) claimed the actress awards.
All four stars picked up Oscar nominations on Thursday (16Jan14) and are considered favourites for the Academy Awards in March (14).
Breaking Bad and Modern Family dominated the top TV awards at the SAGs - the casts picked up the Best Ensemble honours for TV drama and comedy, respectively, and stars Bryan Cranston and Ty Burrell were named Best Actors for their roles as drug kingpin Walter White and hapless TV dad Phil Dunphy.
Dame Maggie Smith won the Best Actress honour for her role as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey, and another Dame, Helen Mirren, picked up her fifth SAG Award as she was named Outstanding Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for her portrayal of music mogul Phil Spector's legal sidekick Linda Kenney Baden in Phil Spector. Michael Douglas claimed the male equivalent for another real-life portrayal in a biopic - his turn as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra won him the trophy.
He acknowledged his father Kirk Douglas in his acceptance speech, stating, "I've got a 97-year-old member of SAG back at home who I know is particularly proud of me getting this award. I want to thank all of you here tonight for helping me get out of his shadow for a little bit."
The full list of winners is:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - American Hustle
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Helen Mirren (Phil Spector)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture - Lone Survivor
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series - Game of Thrones
Life Achievement Award - Rita Moreno