British child star Mark Lester is to be the subject of a new documentary, in which he'll discuss his long friendship with Michael Jackson. The Oliver! star, who worked with the likes of Oliver Reed, Charlton Heston, Kirk Douglas, Ernest Borgnine, Rex Harrison, David Hemmings and Raquel Welch, will tackle a string of tabloid stories in the film, which will be directed by Robin Jacob.
The actor will also go into detail about his 2013 claims he could be the father of Jackson's kids after donating sperm to the King of Pop in the mid-1990s.
Jacob, who is also behind the camera for Lester's comeback movie, 1066, tells WENN, "It will cover his life from his first acting roles and the various stars he has worked with to his friendship with Michael Jackson and beyond."
In 1066, the former child star's first film since 1977, Lester will play King Harold II opposite Katia Winter, Olivia Hussey and John Altman.
Carrie Fisher will present her mother Debbie Reynolds with the coveted Life Achievement Award at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on 25 January (15). Reynolds will join veterans like Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Clint Eastwood and Kirk Douglas when she collects the accolade at this year's SAG ceremony.
Actress and author Fisher will take a break from duties connected to the new Star Wars sequel, The Force Awakens, to salute her mother.
The honours keep rolling in for the cast of acclaimed Richard Linklater movie Boyhood with Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette set to receive the coveted American Riviera Award at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival next year (15). The stars will be feted for their career achievements at the Arlington Theatre on 5 February (15).
It will be the first year multiple actors will be honoured with the accolade.
Festival director Roger Durling says, "Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater's Boyhood, which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years - and proves that they're artists that continue to evolve and inspire us."
Past recipients of the accolade include Robert Redford, Leonardo DiCaprio and Sandra Bullock.
Hawke and Arquette are the latest stars to be added to the 2015 honours roll - Steve Carell will be feted with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award, while Jessica Lange has been named the 2015 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film recipient.
Boyhood has been the toast of the awards season so far, scoring multiple nominations and accolades including for the British Independent Film Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
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.