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2 items from 2000

Kirk Douglas Honored With Golden Bear

6 December 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood veteran Kirk Douglas has been named as the recipient of next year's Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement. Douglas, who has worked as a director, producer and author, and is the father of Michael Douglas, will be just the 12th recipient of the award in the 51-year history of the festival. Festival organisers have praised the 83-year-old actor's diversity during his career and his commitment to America's social issues - but Douglas is less than convinced. He says, "I think if you live long enough, you get all kinds of awards. I'm happy because I wanted to go back to Berlin. I've done several pictures in Germany. I'm grateful for the award but the thing that interests me more is visiting places where I've worked before." Previous recipients of the award include James Stewart, Alec Guinness, Dustin Hoffman and Sophia Loren »

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Branagh Shrugs Off Star Wars Role

31 March 2000 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Kenneth Branagh has denied that he was up for the role of OBI WAN KENOBI in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). In an interview with British EMPIRE magazine he says he was never really interested in the position that EWAN McGREGOR was eventually to fill. The Love's Labour's Lost (2000) director says the media picked it up when an Australian suggested he would be good for the part. He says, "When people were starved of information for the new film [this artist] suggested that I would make a good young Alec Guinness. And that was it - there was never a glimmer of interest from LUCASFILM. I endlessly explained to people that there was absolutely no truth in the rumour at all, but it happened around the time of the real intensification of the Internet, and was an example to me of how a story like that can travel around the world in 24 hours." »

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