×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Douglas to be feted at Berlin Film Fest

Thesp to receive Golden Bear kudos

Kirk Douglas will be honored by the Berlin International Film Festival with a Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement during the upcoming Berlinale 2001, which runs Feb. 7-18.

He has been invited to receive his award Feb. 16 at the Berlinale-Palast Theatre in Potsdamer Platz. A special festival showing of his 1957 film “Paths of Glory” will also take place that evening.

“Kirk Douglas unmistakably embodies the quintessence of the pioneering spirit and typical American individualism,” said festival director Moritz de Hadeln. “His characters are marked by a tremendous drive for independence. They are tough and uneven and at times difficult. Not unlike Kirk Douglas himself when, for instance, he engaged Dalton Trumbo — who was on McCarthy’s “Black List” — as screenwriter for “Spartacus,” and insisted that Trumbo also be included in the film’s opening credits. By honoring Kirk Douglas, a personality is singled out who, beyond his screen work, has been extremely committed to social issues and America’s democratic ideals.”

Douglas has performed in over 80 films and worked with directors such as Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Billy Wilder, William Wyler, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick, Otto Preminger, Elia Kazan and Brian de Palma.

Nominated for three Academy Awards, he was awarded an Oscar in 1996 in recognition of his outstanding cinematic oeuvre and his integrity as a human being.

Previous recipients of the Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement include James Stewart (1982), Sir Alec Guinness (1988), Dustin Hoffman (1989), Gregory Peck (1993), Sophia Loren (1994), Alain Delon (1995), Jack Lemmon (1996), Kim Novak (1997), Catherine Deneuve (1998), Shirley MacLaine (1999) and Jeanne Moreau (2000).

More Biz

  • Craig Hunegs WB

    Craig Hunegs to Exit Warner Bros. TV Group and Digital Networks (EXCLUSIVE)

    After nearly 25 years in the Warner Bros. family, Craig Hunegs is exiting his post as head of business for Warner Bros. TV Group and president of the studio’s digital networks wing. Hunegs said he has been discussing his exit with Warner Bros. chairman-CEO Kevin Tsujihara for the past several months. At a time of [...]

  • 'Walking Dead' Profits Dispute Heading to

    'Walking Dead' Profits Dispute Heading to Trial

    The long-running legal battle between Frank Darabont and AMC over profits from “The Walking Dead” will run a bit longer, as a judge ruled Monday that the case must go to trial. Darabont and CAA sued the network back in 2013, arguing he was deprived of $280 million in profit participation because AMC did not [...]

  • Steven Wilson Ron Hofmann Hayley Antonian

    PR Vets Steven Wilson, Ron Hofmann, Hayley Antonian Leave BWR to Form New Agency

    BWR’s Steven Wilson, Ron Hofmann, and Hayley Antonian have announced the formation of a new communications company, Scenario, headquartered in Los Angeles and New York. Together, Wilson, Hofmann, and Antonian will serve as co-presidents while providing integrated communication strategies for clients across the entertainment, lifestyle, and technology industries. Entrepreneur and business strategist Brian Lee will work alongside [...]

  • NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:

    Endeavor Promotes Mark Shapiro to President

    After four years overseeing content operations at IMG, Mark Shapiro has been promoted to president of Endeavor. Shapiro’s elevation to the newly created post comes as Endeavor has expanded dramatically during the past few years, starting with its acquisition of IMG in 2014. Endeavor is now the parent company of WME, IMG, UFC and other [...]

  • Rhapsody, Sony Music to Launch Spotify

    Rhapsody, Sony Music to Launch Spotify Competitor in Japan

    Rhapsody and Sony Music Entertainment today announced a partnership to launch what they describe as the first on-demand, high-resolution streaming music service in Japan. Rhapsody International is providing its “Powered by Napster” platform including a set of systems, tools and APIs to allow SMEJ to quickly launch and bring its on-demand service to market. The service, [...]

  • China's Alibaba to Take Majority Control

    Alibaba to Take Majority Control of Alibaba Pictures

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is to take majority control of its films unit Alibaba Pictures. The $160 million (HK$1.25 billion) deal was announced Monday. The companies said that Alibaba would increase its stake in Hong Kong- and Singapore-listed Alibaba Pictures through a share subscription. It will lift the parent company’s stake from 49% to 51%, [...]

  • Guy Moot

    Is Sony/ATV’s Guy Moot Headed for Top Job at Warner/Chappell?

    Ever since Jon Platt announced in September that he will be stepping down from his post at the helm of Warner/Chappell Publishing to take the top job at Sony/ATV when Martin Bandier’s contract is up at the end of March, speculation has been rife about who will take over for him. One name has been [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content