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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."
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.
Late actress Skye Mccole Bartusiak was honoured at a memorial service in her hometown of Houston, Texas on Friday (25Jul14). The actress, who played Mel Gibson's daughter in The Patriot, died at her parents' Houston home on 19 July (14), aged 21.
Family and friends gathered at the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church to pay tribute to Bartusiak's short life, with several hundred mourners in attendance, according to E! News.
Her brother, Stephen, spoke about his beloved sister, and said, "If you want to remember her, remember that smile and remember that laugh. So remember my sister for being that free-spirited, happy-go-lucky rasta (Rastafarian) girl.
"If you want to know what makes Skye happy, go out and plant a tree. Make it a place you can go to when you want to reflect. Make it a place where you write or where you think. But make it your safe place, because that's what Skye would want."
Bartusiak's father, Don, added, "She lit up the room. Skye's ability to engage people emotionally was exceptional."
Although investigators have yet to officially determine the cause of her death, the actress' mother revealed she had been suffering from epileptic seizures.
Bartusiak also appeared alongside Charlize Theron and Tobey Maguire in The Cider House Rules and in Don't Say a Word, opposite Michael Douglas. She also featured in hit TV shows House and Lost.
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San Diego Comic-Con: the annual gathering of comic book nerds, blockbuster action movie fans and the slightly terrifying people who still watch Supernatural religiously. It's the biggest pop culture event of the year, a time when studios bring the biggest and most shriek-inducing stars together to unveil new projects and showcase the exciting things fans will eventually be camped out all night for. And even though not all of us are lucky enough to experience Comic-Con in person, that doesn't mean we don't deserve to get all the up-to-the-minute news, reports and surprises. Since we here at Hollywood.com don't want you to miss out on all the excitement happening in Hall H or the surprises being unveiled over the weekend, we're running down the biggest news to come out of San Diego during the convention to ensure you can stay on top of everything, whether you're stuck in the office or waiting in line for another sold out panel.
All Bow Before ThanosAt the tail end of star-studded Avengers: Age of Ultron portion of the Marvel panel, Thanos himself, Josh Brolin joined the rest of the cast and riled up the crowd with a plastic Infinity Gauntlet, though this version of the legendary Marvel artifact probably doesn't have the power to create universe-spanning chaos like the real deal. The panel also featured short sneak preview of the upcoming film, which shows the team of heroes trading quips over drinks and taking turns trying to pick up Thor's hammer before banding together to battle Ultron. The trailer received a standing ovation from the mesmerized crowd.
The World's Finest Go Head to HeadIt looks like things are getting tense on the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice set. The Warner Bros. panel featured Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill sizing each other up like prize fighters in front of an estatic Hall H crowd. We have to note how absolutely huge Affleck looked during the conference; Superman is certainly going to have his hands full. Director Zack Snyder then premiered a short sneak preview of the film, which showed a heavily armored Batman rigging up the Bat Symbol before looking up to see a angry looking Superman with glowing red eyes, ready to fire on the dark vigilante.
The Princess of the AmazonAlso at the Warner Bros. panel, Snyder revealed the first glimpse of Gal Godot's Wonder Woman costume via a new poster. The image features Wonder Woman brandishing a sword in an apocalyptic backdrop; the new costume, while lacking the iconic stars and stripes, is a fine mix of comic book inspirations and modern sensibilities. Best of all, Gadot looks positively fierce in the role. You could almost hear all the haters around the world silence at once.
Get ready for Guardians of the Galaxy 2Still a week away from the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, a boldly confident Marvel revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would arrive on July 28, 2017, with director James Gunn appearing via video from London to help announce the news.
The Hateful Eight Is a GoAfter a very messy and public leaking scandal, it looks like cooler heads have prevailed. Quentin Tarantino's shelved Western is set to begin filming in early 2015.
Ant-Man Infests Hall HThe cast and crew of the turbulent Ant-Man production gathered at the Marvel panel to introduce newcomers Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lilly to the crowd. Lilly will play Hope Pym, The daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) while Stoll will play Darren Cross, who will eventually become a similarly insect-themed foil to Ant-Man named Yellowjacket. Marvel boss Paul Feige also introduced a clip from the film which featured Paul Rudd's Scott Lang in the Ant-Man suit, jumping on a flying insect while being coached by Hank Pym.
Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones attended a conference for doctors on Sunday (27Jul14) to thank them for saving the Traffic star's life during his cancer battle. The actor was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2010 and he had six months of treatment before discovering he was in remission in 2011.
The couple attended The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies conference in New York City to pay tribute to 3,000 doctors who battle the disease on a daily basis.
Zeta-Jones, who reconciled with Douglas last year (13) after a short separation, made a heartfelt speech onstage, saying, "I'm very happy to be here this morning with my husband... I mean that literally...
"I was a mess (during his illness). I'll be quite frank, I was a mess... When I'm married to a man who has such a conviction for life... he fights to make the wrongs right... for the first time he was fighting for his life."
Douglas credited experts at the city's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for their research and treatment, adding, "We can only imagine what the next century will bring. Thank you for saving my life."
House Of Cards actor Corey Stoll has landed the role of villain Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket in the superhero movie Ant-Man alongside Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. His casting was announced at the annual Comic-Con event in San Diego, California on Saturday (26Jul14).
Watchmen star Patrick Wilson has dealt the producers of new Marvel film Ant-Man another blow by exiting the project. He joins Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman as part of an exodus that began when director Edgar Wright left in May (14) due to creative differences.
Peyton Reed was hired to replace Wright last month (Jun14).
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter scheduling conflicts led to Wilson's departure.
Paul Rudd is attached to star in the superhero project, which will also feature Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly.
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."
Michael Douglas can't wait to see the Broadway musical adaptation of his hit film War Of The Roses - because he thinks it will be hilarious. The movie star portrayed a husband trying to end his marriage in the 1989 film, which also starred Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, and he'll be one of the first in line to see the stageshow.
He tells WENN, "It's fabulous, a great idea... There should be a lot of great sight gags."
And Douglas might be in the running to reprise his character onstage: "I always say I want to do Broadway. I did some theatre years ago and I was watching (wife) Catherine (Zeta-Jones) doing A Little Night Music and she was having all those hours versus movie hours, and of course, with actresses, it's a little more with hair and make-up; two shows twice a week.
"I say I want to do it and I would love to, but I haven't. I'm lazy."
Michael Douglas, Cate Blanchett and Sir Michael Caine are among the celebrities who have signed a petition urging the Italian Prime Minister to ban cruise ships from passing near Venice. The actors are among 63 film stars, royals and artists joining the ongoing debate over whether large cruise liners should be allowed to travel in a shallow lagoon near the historical water-filled city.
The petition, also signed by Jane Fonda, Don Johnson and British actress Julie Christie, has been sent to Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and heritage minister Dario Franceschini urging them to do more to protect Venice.
It reads, "For more than 13 centuries Venice has survived flooding, disease and war... But now, in a period of peace, the Queen of the Adriatic (nickname for Venice)... risks being overwhelmed by these enormous cruise ships, which enter the lagoon on a daily basis, indifferent to the dangers that they bring."
The debate has raged for many years and in 2013, a proposed ban of giant vessels was overturned at a regional tribunal because the threats posed by the ships had not been sufficiently proved.