He is Spartacus
Kirk Douglas, a he-man of Hollywood’s Golden Age, star of “Spartacus,” “Lust for Life” and (my guilty pleasure) “The Vikings,” turns 100 on Friday. And to celebrate, he’s giving us a gift: the announcement of his 12th book, this one written with his wife of 62 years, Anne Buydens Douglas, says Deadline.com. They talk about their courtship and marriage and tell tales about the likes of Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck and Lucille Ball. The book, “Kirk and Anne,” doesn’t come out until May. In the meantime, Douglas is having a birthday party with guests including Steven Spielberg, Don Rickles and, of course, son Michael.
Bad guy alert
Two big movie reboots have announced their big villains:
▪ Walton Goggins of “Justified” and “The Hateful Eight” is the baddie in “Tomb Raider,” starring Alicia Vikander in Angelina Jolie’s kick-butt role, says Variety. It’s due in March 2018.
▪ Damian Lewis of “Homeland” is the villain in “Ocean’s Eight,” the female reboot of the “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise. He’ll play Sandra Bullock’s ex and the target of her team’s robbery, says Variety. It’s due in June 2018.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” may be a Marvel movie, but filmmaker James Gunn says it isn’t connected to the Avengers. “I’ve never had to deal with even a single moment of continuity,” he said on Twitter. But DarkHorizons.com points out that his space heroes are expected to appear in 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” so they’ll have to deal with continuity and all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon enough. Meanwhile, this week’s release of the “Guardians” teaser trailer had fans going crazy over the wily little reincarnated baby Groot. The movie arrives May 5.