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Post by Katiedot on Tue May 15 2012, 01:04

Thanks Henway for this find:

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May 14, 2012

Kirk Douglas to come out with e-book in June

At age 95, Kirk Douglas is getting in on the e-book craze.

The legendary actor has an e-memoir coming out in June.

Titled "I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist," the book tells about the Roman epic that came out in 1960 and helped break Hollywood's ban against suspected Communists.

Douglas, who starred in the "Spartacus" movie and helped produce it, reveals that Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplay after the blacklisted Trumbo had worked throughout the 1950s under assumed names.

The book includes a foreword by George Clooney. It is being released by Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher that announced the deal Monday. An audio edition will be narrated by Douglas' actor-son Michael Douglas.



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Post by melbert on Tue May 15 2012, 01:08

I like Michael's voice. It should be interesting!

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Post by it's me on Tue May 15 2012, 05:46

bravo George!! cheers

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Post by Astras on Tue May 15 2012, 08:06

This should be quite a read. This is one I'll look forward to reading. Thumbs up!

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Post by silly girl on Tue May 15 2012, 08:18

I read his first autobiography The Ragman's Son years ago...it was wonderful.....

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Post by theminis on Tue May 15 2012, 13:16

Ah The Douglas', another talented family - looking forward to reading this!! Very Happy

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Post by Katiedot on Wed Jun 13 2012, 12:14

"extraodirnary"?? Anyway, it's being released today:

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Kirk Douglas, 95, embraced all kinds of technology with his multi-media launch today of his “E-riginal” book I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist.

Available as either an ebook or a paperback, you can aslo grab the legendary actor’s memoir as an audiobook, with son—and multi-Oscar winner—Michael Douglas doing the reading. And to just toss a little more star power into the mix, George Clooney penned the forward.

The book details how Douglas, who both starred in and helped produce the Roman epic Spartacus, was forced to work around the famed Hollywood suspected Communist blacklist, a 1950s-ear fear that permeated throughout the movie industry and resulted in unemployment for many writers, producers and actors. “The blacklist was a witch hunt, destroying lives and careers without regard for the truth of the allegations,” Douglas says in a press release promoting his book. “I made Spartacus with a blacklisted writer, Dalton Trumbo, who had to hide behind a pseudonym—Sam Jackson for Spartacus—in order to find work.”

Trumbo, it turned out, worked throughout the ’50s under assumed names to avoid the blacklist that kept him out of his job.

Douglas claims the politics of today make airing the truth about America’s lack of freedom during the making of Spartacus most relevant, saying there are “parallels to today’s political climate.”

“I was making a film about freedom at a time when freedom in America was in jeopardy,” he says. He credits Spartacus with helping break apart the blacklist in Hollywood because producers didn’t shy away from hiring members of the blacklist.

Readers will not only learn about the entire Spartacus film-making process, they also get to experience Clooney’s glowing praise: “Kirk Douglas is many things. A movie star. An actor. A producer. But he is, first and foremost, a man of extraodirnary character … the kind we always look for at our darkest hour.”

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Post by it's me on Wed Jun 13 2012, 14:24

great tribute
I guess

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Post by silly girl on Tue May 21 2013, 19:00

Not sure if I should put this here. It was during an interview in Cannes for this film...

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Michael Douglas gets ditched for George Clooney
Donna Freydkin , USA TODAY1:28 p.m. EDT May 21, 2013
And who dissed him? His own father.

Michael Douglas gets no respect.

Last year, his father, legendary actor Kirk, was working on a book, I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist.

"I read it in galleys. Dad said, 'Would you do me a favor and write the introduction?' I said, 'Of course, dad, I'd love to do that.' The next day. I get a text from him: 'Don't worry, I got George Clooney. But would you mind doing the audio?' " says Douglas.

Wait, Kirk sends texts at the ripe age of 96?

"He dictates them to whomever. He's a tremendous letter writer. He's doing a book on his letters. He's got a tremendous collection," says Douglas.

Still, no hard feelings for Douglas, who remains a fan of Spartacus.

"It's a great book. It's all about him producing," says Douglas, who's in Cannes at the moment promoting his latest project, HBO's Liberace saga Behind the Candelabra.


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Post by amaretti on Tue May 21 2013, 19:31

Very Happy

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George Clooney writes foreword for Kirk Douglas' new book

Post by watching on Wed May 22 2013, 10:33

Admin - I have combined the 2 threads about the book and George's foreward into one place for ease and convenience.

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Post by Katiedot on Wed May 22 2013, 10:49

Thanks Watching! I knew we had something about this somewhere.

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