Michael Douglas' young children have caught the acting bug - his son Dylan, 13, and daughter Carys, 11, auditioned for roles in his new film And So It Goes. Neither Dylan, who is dyslexic had a difficult time reading the script in the tryout, nor his sister landed a spot in the new comedy, but their proud father insists they took it well, saying, "They were fine. I told them they better get used to it if you're serious about it. Rejection's the first order of business."
Michael Douglas was surprised to find art imitating life when he was cast as a father whose drug-addicted son is sent to prison in new movie And So It Goes.
The Hollywood actor's grown-up son Cameron is behind bars serving out a sentence for his role in a heroin ring, and Douglas' new film appears to mirror his real life troubles.
Douglas plays a man who ends up caring for his granddaughter after his son is jailed on drug charges, and the Oscar winner admits he saw the similarities, telling the New York Post, "You read a script and you smile in those pieces... that come close to your story. I guess at this point in my life, at my age, you've gone through so many things that nothing really surprises you."
Director Rob Reiner reveals Douglas was given the chance to change the parts of the script that were similar to his real life issues, but turned the offer down. Reiner adds, "He said just leave it the way it is. It obviously must have been tough for him."
It is not the first time Douglas has played the parent of a junkie onscreen - in Oscar-winning 2000 movie Traffic he portrayed a U.S. drugs tsar whose daughter was hooked on heroin.
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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.
Legendary character actor Eli Wallach has died aged 98. The veteran star's death was confirmed by his daughter, Katherine. No further details have been released.
Wallach made a name for himself in Hollywood with a string of villainous and gritty roles in classics such as The Magnificent Seven, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Godfather: Part III.
Other notable film appearances included a turn in 1956's Baby Doll, which won him a Most Promising Newcomer prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs), as well as roles in Jack Nicholson's 1990 thriller The Two Jakes and 2006 hit The Holiday, with Kate Winslet.
He worked well into his 90s and his final film was Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps alongside Michael Douglas in 2010.
Wallach won a Tony Award for his star turn in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo on Broadway in 1951, an Emmy for his supporting turn in 1966 TV movie The Poppy Is Also a Flower and an honorary Academy Award in 2010 in recognition of his body of work.
After teetering on the cusp of creative disaster, Marvel has finally put its Ant-Man film back on track, but the project - now on its second director - still looks like a bit of a question mark for the blockbuster studio. Luckily we might have some new answers flowing through the rumor mill. According to some new rumors from JoBlo, Paul Rudd's Scott Lang character will be a petty thief and single dad that steals the Ant-Man technology from Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas. There are also whispers of the identity of the new villain, as the site also alleges that comic book character Darren Cross will be the film's central antagonist. In the comics, Cross is the founder of Cross Technological Enterprises, a large bio-tech firm that rivals other Marvel universe corporate giants like Stark Industries and Oscorp. Cross will reportedly have a suit similar to Ant-Man's but more militaristic, and might be played by Corey Stoll or Patrick Wilson. It's important to note that Cross' character in the comics takes on a Hulk-like appearance, but the film might not head in that direction, given the current rumors. Cross' cousin, William Cross, is also a villain named Crossfire in the comics.
While these are all rumors, and should be taken with the appropriately sized grain of salt, we wonder if Ant-Man would benefit from heading in a different direction villain-wise. Darren Cross is only the latest in a long parade of evil businessmen wreaking havoc in the Marvel universe. There's been Jeff Bridges' Obadiah Stane in the first Iron Man, Sam Rockwell's sniveling Justin Hammer in Iron Man 2, and Guy Pierce's Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3. But even outside of Disney's output, comic book films are completely stuffed with corporate boogeymen. There's the enterprising Bolivar Trask in this year's X-Men: Days of Future Past, and yet another rendition of Lex Luthor via Jesse Eisenberg in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The sinister businessman has remained a well used trope in the sprawling Marvel universe, and while it makes sense that Tony Stark would frequently bump heads with other enterprising industrialists, hearing that Ant-Man might also be clashing with big immoral businessmen has us wishing that the film would look for some other antagonists. Ant-Man, whose chief ability is to grow very small and still retain his normal strength, is comic book absurdity at its very finest, and the fact that he can communicate telepathically with ants makes it even more over the top. It feels like the powers that be at Marvel should have something zanier up their sleeves than yet another cutthroat capitalist in a three-piece suit that worships the American dollar. A weird hero should have even weirder rogues to do battle with.
With all that said, there might be more to Darren Cross than meets the eye. Maybe the character does turn into a giant pink Hulk in the film's climax? We'll just have to wait and see.
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.
Actress Monica Bellucci is set to star in an Italian version of the Fatal Attraction stage adaptation. The 1987 classic thriller, starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, was turned into a stage production earlier this year (14) when it opened in London, with Natascha McElhone playing the bunny-boiling stalker and Kristin Davis as the man's betrayed spouse.
Although the play fell foul of critics initially, its producer Patrick Ryecart insists the project is pulling in healthy audiences, and Italian actress Bellucci has reportedly been tapped to star in a version in her native country when it opens in Rome.
It is not clear if Bellucci will play the obsessive jilted lover or the leading man's wronged wife, nor when the Italian production is expected to launch.
"I was very disappointed. I am a big fan of his movies... Happened very late in the game. I don't think anybody's quite recovered. My heart goes out to Edgar - he's been involved with the project for a long time. But he's talented enough that you'll be hearing a whole lot from him and I'm sure with a little vengeance." Michael Douglas on director Edgar Wright's exit from new Marvel movie Ant-Man.
Filmmaker Peyton Reed has signed on to helm beleaguered superhero movie Ant-Man after several other directors turned the job down. Brit Edgar Wright was originally set to handle the film, but walked away from the project in May (14) citing creative differences with the movie's bosses.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues director Adam McKay was then approached but refused the job due to commitments to other projects, and DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber also declined an offer to take control of the project.
Marvel bosses have now announced that Bring It On director Reed will take charge of the film, with McKay agreeing to help script the movie.
Paul Rudd is set to star as the title character, with Michael Douglas playing a scientist who devises a potion to shrink the superhero to insect proportions.