Kirk Douglas Turns 99…and Larry King Turns Producer

Larry King Unwraps a Seasonal Comedy Talkmeister Larry King has appeared in more than 60 movies, but he had never produced one until this year. His ensemble holiday comedy, Christmas Eve, is now in theaters and on iTunes. The large cast includes Patrick Stewart, Cheryl Hines, Gary Cole and Shawn Southwick — that fourth name being King’s wife, who showed him the script after she’d been cast in the movie. “I loved the script,” King told me yesterday. “It’s about people …

NBC Airs Dolly Parton’s Life Story

Dolly Parton is nearing 70 — she’ll be among the first baby boomers to hit that milestone in January — but as she tells AARP’s Justin Kirkland here, “I’m never going to retire.” That’s just a snippet from Kirkland’s conversation with Parton about the movies she’s making these days. The two Tennesseans (Dolly’s from Locust Ridge, Justin from Seymour) talked in particular about Parton’s life story, Coat of Many Colors, which airs Thursday at 9 p.m. (8c) on NBC. After serving as executive …

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Drop By

“It’s good to be alive!” declared a tearful Michael Douglas, the guest of honor at our Movies for Grownups Gala Countdown luncheon in New York on Thursday. Douglas — who told us he’s still cancer-free five years after being diagnosed with tongue cancer — attended with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones. She applauded loudly when it was announced that Michael will receive our Career Achievement Award at the Movies for Grownups Awards Gala in Beverly Hills February 8. In a moving toast, …

Carly Simon Tells Her Truth

So, it was Warren Beatty. Carly Simon recently confirmed the world’s worst-kept secret — that Beatty is the ex-love about whom she wrote her 1972 hit “You’re So Vain.” But then she adds that the song is about two other men as well — and no, she won’t name them. You’ve gotta love a woman mysterious enough to keep secrets at 70. She reveals plenty of them, however, in her new memoir, Boys in the Trees, which shot to the top of …

A Date with Tina Turner and Joan Allen’s Tale of Two Moms

Tina Turner Lends an Ear The Hear the World Foundation, which promotes hearing health around the planet, just let us riffle their 2016 Celebrity Calendar, with photos by singer Bryan Adams. Among the celebs: Rosamund Pike, Naomie Harris, director Wim Wenders…and Miss June, the legendary Tina Turner.   Dorothy’s Dress: We’re Not in K-Mart Any More! A blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz just sold for $1.56 million at a New York auction. If you’re …

Incoming: Sally Field; Out Now: Julia Roberts

Sally Rides Again Roadside Attractions gave us a sneak peek at the poster for Sally Field’s new movie, Hello, My Name Is Doris, opening in March. Understandably, we love the tag line: “She’s not ready to act her age.” From the looks of the poster and trailer, Doris — with her oversize hair bow and zany outfits — might be a welcome return to the big-hearted characters Field created for classics like Forrest Gump, Steel Magnolias and Norma Rae.   The New …