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  • Turan’s pick of pics

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 28, 2014 | 10:21 am

    Film critic Kenneth Turan grew up in Brooklyn in the 1950s in an observant home, which means that he did not often enjoy a Saturday matinee at the Lowe’s Pitkin or the Brandt’s Sutter. “That said, I do have a vivid memory of sneaking out to see a vibrant, cleft-chinned Kirk Douglas...

  • Opposing gay marriage is opposing love

    July 17, 2013 | 10:10 am

    One comes to understand many things after 97 years of life. Here’s one: Sex may fade, but love ... that’s forever.

    So says Issur Danielovitch, the man better known to the world as the nonagenarian actor Kirk Douglas. In an item this week on the Huffington Post, Douglas comes to...

  • Kirk Douglas, 95, ‘Still looking forward’

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 20, 2012 | 11:58 am

    At 95, Kirk Douglas has just released his 10th book and is prepping for his third bar mitzvah in December.

    The iconic actor appeared at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on June 12 to launch the book and to reset his hand, foot and dimpled chin print in cement, at the same...

  • Fifty years later, Kirk Douglas wins tribute for breaking Hollywood blacklist

    July 21, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    Kirk Douglas has achieved much in his 94 years, but asked for his proudest accomplishment the actor cites the breaking of the infamous Hollywood Blacklist.

    Douglas did so by giving writer Dalton Trumbo full credit for the script of the movie “Spartacus,” normally a routine...

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  • S.F. film festival to honor Kirk Douglas

    April 27, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    Kirk Douglas will be honored at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival this summer.

    Douglas, 94, is expected to attend the July 23 festival to receive the Freedom of Expression award at a special 50th anniversary showing of “Spartacus.”

    The actor, born Issur Danielovitch,...

  • Films of triumph and despair

    By Tom Tugend

    April 20, 2011 | 11:00 am

    When Israel fought its War of Independence, embedded TV cameramen were unknown and even combat newsreel photographers were practically non-existent. The newly created state had more important matters to worry about.

    More surprisingly, there have been hardly any movies celebrating...

  • When Crystal met Spielberg; A rabbi, a reverend and a pastor walk into a shul

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 31, 2008 | 1:12 am

    Spielberg's Shoah Foundation Shines

    When Billy Crystal met Steven Spielberg at the Oct. 22 Shoah Foundation dinner, the comedian had a beef with the filmmaker.

    Why, asked Crystal, was there never a part for him in a Spielberg movie? Couldn't he have changed the title of "Jaws" to...

  • Kirk Douglas packs 90 years of living into latest book

    By Tom Tugend

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    For decades as one of Hollywood's brightest stars, Kirk Douglas paid little attention to his religion -- with one exception.

    "I always fasted on Yom Kippur," he recalls. "I still worked on the movie sets, but I fasted. And let me tell you, it's not easy making love to Lana Turner on...

  • Socalled music, mythic characters, legal pugilism, Kirk again, open casting call

    By Dikla Kadosh

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 9th



    Canadian music maker Socalled has drawn from so many different influences to create his new album, "Ghettoblaster," that it's impossible to fit it into any genre. And why would you want to? The ever-inventive artist combines rock, hip-hop, funk, Bulgarian, klezmer...
  • Downloading Papa Douglas

    By Tom Tugend

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Click the BIG ARROW for Kirk Douglas Kirk Douglas, having survived 87 movies, countless one-night stands with Hollywood's most beautiful women, a helicopter crash, a stroke and two bar mitzvahs is beginning to hit his stride at age 90.

    His latest endeavor, coinciding with the...
  • Orthodox Union Searches for New Director; Happy Birthday Kirk Douglas!

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Orthodox Union Searches for New Director

    The Orthodox Union appointed a search committee to begin to identify candidates for the position of executive director, OU President Steve Savitsky said Monday. The job is currently held by Rabbi Tzvi H. Weinreb, whose term runs out in June...

  • Kirk Douglas—Bar Mitzvah Boy

    By Tom Tugend

    December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The 200-seat chapel at Sinai Temple was crammed with Hollywood luminaries of yesterday and today, when Rabbi David Wolpe called Issur ben Heshel to the Torah for his bar mitzvah reading and speech.

    "Today, I am a man," intoned 83-year-old actor Kirk Douglas in the prescribed fashion,...

  • Kirk Douglas’ Greatest Role

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Douglas in "Cast a Giant Shadow."

    After surviving a 1991 helicopter crash, Douglas,80, has taken a greater interest in Judaism.


    Kirk Douglas' Greatest Role

    The legendary actor rediscovers and redefines his Jewish side

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    When Kirk Douglas was in his...

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