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Welcome to the Posts section of the official Kirk Douglas website. Its purpose is to let Kirk share his thoughts and activities with you, and to enable you to share your thoughts with him.
Below you’ll find links to the most recent posts, regardless of category.
If you click on the “Reflections” button to the left, you’ll be taken to a page where Kirk, a best-selling writer as well as a movie star, has posted his most recent thoughts and musings.
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Criterion to Release 'Ace in the Hole' DVD May 6
- Created on Friday, February 21st, 2014
- Written by High-Def Digest
--February 21, 2014
Billy Wilder's 'Ace in the Hole' is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder's follow-up to 'Sunset Boulevard' is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media's appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time.
The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will feature 1080p video, an uncompressed mono soundtrack, and supplements will include: Audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard; Portrait of a "60% Perfect Man": Billy Wilder, a 1980 documentary featuring interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment; Interview with actor Kirk Douglas from 1984; Excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute; Excerpts from an audio interview with Wilder's coscreenwriter Walter Newman; Video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee; Stills gallery; Trailer; and Essays by critic Molly Haskell and filmmaker Guy Maddin.
Q&A With Barry McGovern of Beckett's "I'll Go On" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
- Created on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
- Written by Robert Gagnier
--Huffington Post January 13, 2014
A celebrated interpreter of Beckett, Barry McGovern is known to Los Angeles audiences for his performance as Vladimir in the acclaimed 2012 production of "Waiting for Godot" at the Mark Taper Forum (LADCC Awards: Best Revival and Best Ensemble, Ovation Award Best Production and Best Ensemble).
"I'll Go On" is based on three of Beckett's novels -- Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable. First performed at the Gate Theatre in Dublin in 1985, "I'll Go On" has toured worldwide to great critical acclaim. This is the first time McGovern will perform his tour-de-force, one-man show in Los Angeles.
Pope Francis Is a Good Man for All Religions
- Created on Saturday, January 11th, 2014
- Written by Kirk Douglas
--Huffington Post January 9, 2014
I am a Jew who loves the Pope. I have always said, "don't be too religious." However, Pope Francis is a good man for all religions. He is a humble person who identifies with the poor.
Javier Bardem in talks to portray Hernan Cortes
- Created on Thursday, January 9th, 2014
- Written by starpulse.com
--January 7, 2014
Note: Steven Spielberg recently optioned the screenplay Montezuma, written by Dalton Trumbo, from Kirk Douglas, who owns the rights. The script was originally written for Kirk.
Actor Javier Bardem is in talks to portray Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes on the big screen in a film project that has been shelved for over 45 years.
Former blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo came up with the script for the movie in the 1960s, and reportedly wanted Kirk Douglas to lead the cast.
Schindler's List scribe Steve Zaillian has been hired to revamp Trumbo's work and produce the film, according to Deadline.com.
Movie bosses are hoping to bring Steven Spielberg onboard to direct the movie, which will centre on the battle between Cortes and Aztec emperor Montezuma.
Hollywood honours Forest Whitaker with the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence at black-tie affair in Santa Barbara
- Created on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
- Written by Daily Mail
--The Daily Mail, 6 January 2014
Actors, Hollywood big-shots and industry bigwigs took time out from their busy awards season calendar to honour one of their own, as Forest Whitaker received the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Filmmaking.
On Sunday, well-wishers gathered at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California, for a black-tie dinner to celebrate the Oscar winner, who was feted for his life's work, both in front of and behind the camera, as well as his humanitarian efforts.
'Forest Whitaker is an exceptional man and actor. His commitment to human causes, his passion for what is right, and his dedication to his craft are inspirational and at my age, inspiration is rare,' said Kirk Douglas of the 52-year-old.
Whitaker's body of work includes 1982's Fast Times At Ridgemont High, 1986's The Color of Money, 1987's Good Morning, Vietnam, 1992's The Crying Game, 2002's Panic Room and 2006's The Last King of Scotland, for which he won the Academy Award.
His recent turn in 2013's The Butler has been garnering attention on the awards circuit, as the actor nabbed a SAG nomination for Best Actor for his turn as Cecil Gaines.
He attended the event with his wife Keisha Nash Whitaker. While the star wore an all-black suit with a glimmering lapels and a slight sheen, his wife was clad in an Asian-inspired gown for the glamorous event.
The ensemble featured an intricate black-line floral design on the bodice and full skirt of the dress. With cap sleeves and an empire cut, the unusual dress gave Mrs. Whitaker a unique look that captured the sophistication and class of the event.
Michael B. Jordan attended the star-studded event in support of the older actor. The 26-year-old up-and-comer, whose performance in Fruitvale Station turned heads this year, wore a traditional tuxedo to the gala.
Angela Bassett was also on hand to help honour her friend Whitaker. Wearing a black sequined cocktail dress with a plunging neckline and three-quarter sleeves, the Academy Award nominated actress cheered on her Black Nativity co-star as he accepted his prize.
This is the second major honour bestowed upon The Crying Game star in this awards season. In December, Whitaker received the Actor Tribute at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.
Sponsored by Moet & Chandon, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Kirk Douglas Award is bestowed on filmmakers who have contributed to the art of cinema.
Past recipients include Robert DeNiro, son Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino and John Travolta.
Mystery guests give Second City's 'Twist Your Dickens!' an extra zing
- Created on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
- Written by Deborah Vankin
--Los Angeles Times, December 11, 2013
Despite his expressive elasticity as half of Comedy Central's sketch show "Key & Peele," Keegan-Michael Key is not really an over-the-top Christmas guy. You won't find him hamming it up in an ugly sweater at a party, for example.
"Basically, if I don't have to put the lights up or do anything, I'm your man, I'm your man!" he jokes.
For the Second City's "A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, however, Key not only embraces his inner merry-maker but he also lets it rip in an upcoming one-night-only performance.
Co-created by Center Theatre Group, "Twist Your Dickens!" is a high-energy satirical take, in both sketch and improv, on the Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol."
What gives the production — written by Second City alums Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, who have also written for "The Colbert Report" — an extra kick is a rotating lineup of special guests. Each show features a different, high-profile mystery guest who appears as his or herself in a narrator-like capacity for one scene, not unlike a host on "Saturday Night Live."
This year's roster includes actor-director Casey Affleck, Emmy-winning actress Rhea Perlman, Fred Willard, Mindy Sterling and, of course, Key, a member of the Second City Mainstage. (There will be others.)
"The audience is going 'Whaaat? Is that who I think that is?!'" Key says. "So it adds a whole other element. It puts the audience on the edge of their seat a little bit. They never know what's coming next."
The "Christmas Carol" spoof retells the Dickens tale with a distinctly Second City twist. The Ghost of Christmas Past, for example, is an '80s-era pop culture nerd obsessed with Madonna and TV shows like "Who's the Boss?" The Ghost of Christmas Present appears traditional enough: He's got a long beard, green robe and a wreath of leaves in his hair — except he's badly hung over. The silent Ghost of Christmas Future, in his ominous hooded black robe, becomes increasingly frustrated by his inability to speak, resorting to a giant foam finger and tapping out Morse code.
Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Ron West, is a little, well, denser than the usual Scrooge as reimagined by Second City. His miserly nature and cruelty are even more pronounced as he interacts with sketch character versions of Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson, as well as anonymous Girl Scouts and nuns.
"Twist Your Dickens!" is also studded with eruptions of improv. At one point, a "heckler" in the audience jumps up and angrily complains about the show's anachronisms.
"It's a lot of fun and kind of surreal," says Key. "I put on a smoking jacket and am rushed onstage in this big chair with this enormous tome in my lap the size of a Volkswagen. All the 'Peanuts' characters come out and talk about God … Schroeder is born again and evangelizing all his friends.
"The majority of the actors are improvisers, so everyone's just going for it!" Key says.
Last year, many of the special guests were well-known L.A. personalities from the food and pop culture worlds.
"They came on as themselves introducing 'the lost original ending of Charlie Brown's Christmas special,'" says CTG associate artistic director Neel Keller. "And they each did it in their own style, they made it their own."
Chef Susan Feniger (Border Grill) threw candied popcorn into the audience as she talked; Richard Simmons got everyone up dancing; L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold crafted his address as if it were a restaurant review; Henry Rollins turned his stint into spoken-word poetry.
Striking a balance between traditional storytelling and spontaneous comedy was tricky, but it makes "Twist Your Dickens!" unique, Keller says. "It became this very fun thing to match these two styles together. You get the whole Dickens story but as filtered through comedians and 'The Simpsons' and 'South Park.'"
The Kirk Douglas lobby will be decorated for the holidays, and the bar will be serving cocktails such as Tiny Timtinis and Scroogedrivers.
Don't worry, Keller says "what happens at Twisted Dickens, stays at Twisted Dickens!"
The Second City's 'A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!'
Where: Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City
When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7 and 10 p.m. Thursdays, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays. (Call for exceptions) Ends Dec. 29.
Contact: (213) 628-2772 or http://www.centertheatregroup.org