The 95 year old is releasing I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist as an e-book in June (12), and he has called on Spartacus: Vengeance star Liam McIntyre to help him promote it during a panel chat about the fictional Roman slave-turned-gladiator at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood on 31 May (12).
In the book, Douglas talks candidly about working on the film, which sparked Hollywood's ban against suspected Communists.
Douglas not only starred in Spartacus - he was a producer.
An audio edition of the book, which will be published online, will be narrated by Douglas' son Michael.
Just one day after Adam "MCA" Yauch passed away on May 4, HBO aired the 2012 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honoring Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and of course, the Beastie Boys. While the ceremony was filmed back in April, the special included a tribute to the Beastie Boys and a special reading from a letter composed by Yauch.
Rappers Chuck D and LL Cool J introduced the Beastie Boys. "We are here to induct the Beastie Boys into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame," LL Cool J said. "The reason I'm here tonight and the reason that this was so important to me is because if it wasn't for the Beastie Boys, I wouldn't have my career that I have today. The Beastie Boys actually played my demo tape for [record producer] Rick Rubin in the NYU dormitory. A lot of people don't know that." Beastie members Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond then took the stage to thank their family and friends. Sadly, when the ceremony was filmed on April 14, Yauch — who was suffering from cancer — was too sick to attend. "Adam would like to read a note that our fellow band member, who we could not have ever possibly done all of this stuff or we could not have been the family that we became," Diamond said. "Adam Yauch, MCA, wrote this speech and it was in his house, his parents' house in Brooklyn, I remember I would go every day after school and we would make a damn god awful racket. I can't believe they let us do it." Horowitz then read the letter: "I’d like to dedicate this award to my brothers, Adam and Mike, who’ve walked the globe with me. To anyone who’s been touched by our band, who our music has meant something to, this induction is as much ours as it is yours. To Kate Schellenbach. To John Berry. To John Berry’s loft on 100th St. and Broadway, where John’s dad would come busting in during our first practices screaming, “Would you turn that f***ing s*** off already!” To my loving and supportive parents, Noel and Frances Yauch, and to our home in Brooklyn where we used to practice on hot Brooklyn summer days after school, windows wide open to disturb the neighborhood. But most of all I’d like to thank and dedicate this honor to my smart, beautiful, loving wife Dechen and our sweet, talented, loving daughter [Tenzin] Losel. Never has a man felt more blessed than I to be able to spend my time with my two soul mates. I love you guys more than you know. I wish I could name everyone who deserves naming, but of course there’s too many names to name. You know who you are, and I sent my love out to all of you. Your friend, Adam Yauch." Travie McCoy, Kid Rock, and Black Thought then performed a tribute of Beastie Boys' songs including "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" and "The New Style." Captain Kirk Douglas and Questlove from The Roots joined the trio on stage mid-performance. HBO concluded the monumental special by displaying a photo of MCA with the loving caption, "In memory of Adam Yauch."
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Last year, we got word that Diane Keaton was joining Ed Harris for the romantic comedy The Look of Love—but now, Hollywood.com has learned that the movie recently swapped one legendary actress for another.
Stepping in to fill Keaton's shoes is Annette Bening, who was most recently nominated for her work in the indie dramedy The Kids Are All Right. Bening will play Niki, a widow who falls for a new man who looks identical to her deceased husband. Harris is still on board the project, as well as writer/director Arie Posin. Funnyman Robin Williams has also joined the cast.
Posin's previous film The Chumscrubber dabbled in serious issues while delivering on the laughs and The Look of Love sounds like could do more of the same. Even in her older years, Bening has continued to take risks and draw comedy out of the heaviest situations, making her a perfect fit for the role (we love Diane Keaton, but she doesn't exactly have the same danger). The Look of Love is aiming for a Spring shoot and should find its way into theaters in 2013.
Kim Kardashian, Blair Underwood and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also volunteered at the Los Angeles Mission to dish out warm meals to the needy, a day before the official American holiday on Thursday (24Nov11).
Socialite Kardashian admits she felt honoured to take part in the event, plating up traditional favourites including turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
She told reporters, "These people don't have the meals that we do, so anything we can do to provide that for them, I'm very happy to do."
The annual charity event is hosted by veteran actor Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne.
The Super 8 star and her actress sister Dakota, who was unable to attend the benefit, were picked to receive the Children of the World award for the positive example they have set for youngsters.
The gala, hosted by the Children of Chernobyl charity, marked the 25th anniversary of the Ukraine disaster and Fanning told reporters she is inspired by the courageous kids living in the aftermath of the nuclear reactor's meltdown in 1986.
She says, "I wasn't even born when all that happened. Isn't it crazy that it's still affecting the lives of kids generations later? It's sad. I think I'm being given the award as a role model to the young kids... I mean those kids are more like role models to me. They're so brave!"
Michael Douglas also presented his dad Kirk with an award at the event, which was held to raise money for the non-profit Children of Chernobyl organisation, which has rescued nearly 3,000 kids from contaminated zones in the European country.
The There's No Business Like Show Business and Anything Goes star, who made her acting debut aged 17 in My Blue Heaven opposite Betty Grable, turned 80 in September (11).
She says, "I am so very grateful to be able to work within an industry that I truly adore. To be recognised for that work, and to have it considered an outstanding contribution, well, I'm just over the moon with happiness, and especially with thanks."
Throughout her long career, the South Pacific star has appeared onscreen alongside the likes of movie legends Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Yul Brynner and Kirk Douglas.
She also made a name for herself as a Las Vegas regular in the 1960s after wowing fans with her spectacular nightclub revue at the Flamingo Hotel.
The broadcasting pioneer passed away on Tuesday (18Oct11) of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
His career spanned more than 70 years, during which time he worked in radio, TV, film and theatre as a writer, producer and director.
Corwin first made a name for himself in the so-called Golden Age of Radio in the 1940s, creating variety shows, dramas, comedies and documentaries enjoyed by millions of Americans.
He turned to TV and film in the 1950s, and went on to pick up an Emmy and a Golden Globe, as well as an Academy Award nomination for his 1956 script for Lust for Life, starring Kirk Douglas.
Corwin also wrote more than a dozen books and theatre plays, and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993.
The Wall Street icon was named the recipient of the 2011 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film and stars including Bo Derek, Annette Bening and Danny DeVito - as well as Douglas' wife Catherine Zeta-Jones - attended the prizegiving at the Four Seasons hotel.
Kirk Douglas told the audience, "The first time I saw Michael Douglas act was in a play at UC (University of California) Santa Barbara, so it is fitting that a career that started here should be honoured here.
"To tell the truth, I wanted Michael to be a lawyer. I secretly hoped he would be bad (at acting) so I could tell him to forget it. He wasn't. But as proud as I am of his achievements on screen, I am even prouder of the humanitarian work he has done for the United Nations and other organisations.
"I am very happy to give this award to my favourite actor/producer who also happens to be my firstborn son."
The 94 year old then presented his son with the trophy and they kissed as Zeta-Jones clapped and looked on proudly.
The Douglases are longstanding supporters of the Los Angeles Mission, and founded the organisation's Anne Douglas Center, which offers training for unemployed homeless women keen to find work.
In recognition of their tireless philanthropy, the couple were guests of honour at the Four Seasons Hotel in L.A. on Wednesday (21Sep11), where they were handed the inaugural Anne Douglas Center for Women Award by bosses of the charity.
And the veteran actor ensured his beloved wife had her moment in the spotlight.
He beamed, "I am proud of my wife for many things, her work with the Anne Douglas Center for Women is just one of them. When we got married, 57 years ago, Anne was determined to do something for her new country. She has never stopped."
Herb Smith, President of the Los Angeles Mission, adds, "It was a pleasure to be able to share this night with our friends Kirk and Anne. They are not only friends of the Mission, but also to the thousands of homeless individuals they have helped through their generous contributions to the Los Angeles Mission."
The Wall Street star will be honoured with the 2011 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at a gala dinner on 13 October (11).
Announcing the award he'll hand to his son, Kirk Douglas says, "The first time I saw Michael Douglas act was in a play at UC (University Of California) Santa Barbara, so it is fitting that a career that started here should be honoured here.
"To tell the truth, I wanted Michael to be a lawyer. I secretly hoped he would be bad so I could tell him to forget it. He wasn't. But as proud as I am of his achievements on screen, I am even prouder of the humanitarian work he has done for the United Nations and other organisations. I am very happy to give this award to my favourite actor/producer who also happens to be my first-born son."
Previous recipients of the award include John Travolta, Ed Harris, Quentin Tarantino and Harrison Ford.