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 …

Oscars Too Old For You? Grow Up!

Are you as sick and tired as I am of hearing about how this year’s Oscars skewed so old? You know: the host was old, the winners were old, the classic movie were old… The New York Times (that arbiter of all things hip and snappy) opined that the proceedings resembled “an AARP pep rally.” Well, yeah. Sorry, kids, but you’ll just have to get used to the fact that Billy Crystal is funnier than anyone you’ve got; actors, directors, …

The Last WWI Vet…and the Lasting Legacy of Film

The last combat veteran of World War I died the other day–Claude “Chuckles” Choules was 110 when he passed away at an Australian nursing home. With him passes the only first-hand memory of what it was like to don a helmet and go to war against The Kaiser-and so the responsibility of passing that legacy on falls to historians…and the movies. Not nearly enough films have been made about what was, for my money, the most pointless, shamefully wasteful war …