Zeta-Jones 'Jealous' Of Kidman

Actress CATHERINE ZETA-JONES dumped her longtime talent agent because she's jealous of the success of NICOLE KIDMAN, according to movie insiders.

The Welsh stunner fired WILLIAM MORRIS agent GEORGE FREEMAN, who has represented her for 10 years, after husband MICHAEL DOUGLAS advised her to do so.

And Hollywood sources say Zeta-Jones made her move to rival agency CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY last week (ends06FEB04) because she's frustrated that Kidman gets first refusal, writes website PAGE SIX.

An insider says, "Nicole gets first look at every script. Catherine doesn't.

"Nicole and Catherine had very similar careers until Nicole's divorce from TOM CRUISE. Then audiences found her sympathetic. No one finds Catherine a very sympathetic character or as likeable.

"It is shocking. George took this little-known British actress that no one cared about and made her into an OSCAR winner.

"She is an ungrateful diva who has not had a career misstep and it is inconceivable that she would screw George like this. He just got her $10 million (GBP5.6 million) for ZORRO II.

"A lot of this was Michael's doing. He pecked away at Catherine, saying, 'Why didn't you get this part? Why didn't you get that part?'"

But Zeta-Jones's spokesperson, CECE YORK, says, "It has only ever been my experience that Michael fully supports Catherine. He has his own projects.

"The reason Catherine left William Morris is between her and the agency. People change agencies - it happens all the time - and the Zorro deal has not been signed."

09/02/2004 16:56

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Catherine Zeta-Jones speaks about Michael Douglas' battle with cancer 4305830 News

Catherine Zeta-Jones has spoken of how she struggled to cope in the aftermath of Michael Douglas’s cancer diagnosis.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones told a conference about how Michael Douglas' cancer impacted her

The 44 year old addressed a medical conference in New York on Sunday, admitting that she had found it difficult to cope when her husband was diagnosed with stage four tongue cancer in 2010 having been misdiagnosed three times previously.

“I was a mess. I'll be quite frank, I was a mess” she told the audience. “When I'm married to a man who has such a conviction for life ... he fights to make the wrongs right. For the first time he was fighting for his life.”

Douglas had been repeatedly misdiagnosed by American doctors, only learning the truth about his condition from a specialist in Montreal.

The couple had split up temporarily last year but are now reconciled, and both addressed the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies at the opening panel of the conference, the New York Daily News reported.

MORE: Michael Douglas stars in new movie And So It Goes

Upon the initial diagnosis, when Douglas was promoting Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, he initially announced that he was suffering from throat cancer on the advice of his doctor. The risks of tongue cancer surgery involve the potential loss of parts of the jaw and tongue.

The couple have had two children together, son Dylan (13) and daughter Carys (11). Douglas, who was given the all-clear in January 2011 after a course of treatment including chemotherapy, told the conference “we can only imagine what the next century will bring. Thank you for saving my life”.

Catherine Zeta-Jones has spoken of how she struggled to cope in the aftermath of Michael Douglas’s cancer diagnosis.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones told a conference about how Michael Douglas' cancer impacted her

The 44 year old addressed a medical conference in New York on Sunday, admitting that she had found it difficult to cope when her husband was diagnosed with stage four tongue cancer in 2010 having been misdiagnosed three times previously.

“I was a mess. I'll be quite frank, I was a mess” she told the audience. “When I'm married to a man who has such a conviction for life ... he fights to make the wrongs right. For the first time he was fighting for his life.”

Douglas had been repeatedly misdiagnosed by American doctors, only learning the truth about his condition from a specialist in Montreal.

The couple had split up temporarily last year but are now reconciled, and both addressed the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies at the opening panel of the conference, the New York Daily News reported.

MORE: Michael Douglas stars in new movie And So It Goes

Upon the initial diagnosis, when Douglas was promoting Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, he initially announced that he was suffering from throat cancer on the advice of his doctor. The risks of tongue cancer surgery involve the potential loss of parts of the jaw and tongue.

The couple have had two children together, son Dylan (13) and daughter Carys (11). Douglas, who was given the all-clear in January 2011 after a course of treatment including chemotherapy, told the conference “we can only imagine what the next century will bring. Thank you for saving my life”.

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Michael Douglas And Catherine Zeta-Jones Hold Hands At 41st Annual Chaplin Award Gala - Part 1 4174795 Celebrity Videos <p>'Last Vegas' star Michael Douglas and his 'Rock of Ages' actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones were snapped holding hands on the red carpet at the 41st annual Chaplin Award Gala. Also spotted arriving at the event was 'The Wolf of Wall Street' star Rob Reiner who was being honoured with an accolade.</p><p>Other arrivals were 'The Godfather' actor James Caan with his former wife Linda Stokes, Sir Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter Carmen Chaplin, Broadway producer Jamie Deroy with Broadway star Tony Roberts and 'Annie Hall' star Carol Kane.</p> <p>'Last Vegas' star Michael Douglas and his 'Rock of Ages' actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones were snapped holding hands on the red carpet at the 41st annual Chaplin Award Gala. Also spotted arriving at the event was 'The Wolf of Wall Street' star Rob Reiner who was being honoured with an accolade.</p><p>Other arrivals were 'The Godfather' actor James Caan with his former wife Linda Stokes, Sir Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter Carmen Chaplin, Broadway producer Jamie Deroy with Broadway star Tony Roberts and 'Annie Hall' star Carol Kane.</p> 1st May 2014 http://www.contactmusic.com/videos/2014apr/michael-douglas-catherine-zeta-jones-41st-annual-chaplin-award-gala-part-1_189227.jpg
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones' marriage troubles over 4091886 News

Michael Douglas' mother claims his marriage troubles with Catherine Zeta-Jones are over.

The 69-year-old actors' mother Diana Douglas has opened up about her son's brief separation from his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and says the pair are now firmly back together and over their marriage woes.

She said: ''They are together. I knew they would work it out. They're both gentle people, not hysterical. They're always very affectionate and easy with each other. I figured the more everybody stayed out of it the better.''

'Red 2' actress Catherine's admission that she suffers from bipolar disorder - which has led to her spending time in rehab fighting depression - was said to be one of the reasons for the couple's brief separation, and Diana admits that she thinks her son must have found it difficult to support his wife.

She told The Sun newspaper: ''I knew she was dealing with depression ... It's probably not an easy thing to understand if you don't have it yourself. But he's and understanding person.''

Diana also spoke out about Michael's battle with tongue cancer - which he revealed after having first announced he had throat cancer - and admits that he dealt with his illness in his own way, without the help of his family.

She added: ''He kept it very much to himself. He didn't tell any of the family. It was a private thing.

''He gets depressed like everybody does at times. But he's a very pragmatic person. He isn't inclined to dwell on things.''

Michael Douglas' mother claims his marriage troubles with Catherine Zeta-Jones are over.

The 69-year-old actors' mother Diana Douglas has opened up about her son's brief separation from his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and says the pair are now firmly back together and over their marriage woes.

She said: ''They are together. I knew they would work it out. They're both gentle people, not hysterical. They're always very affectionate and easy with each other. I figured the more everybody stayed out of it the better.''

'Red 2' actress Catherine's admission that she suffers from bipolar disorder - which has led to her spending time in rehab fighting depression - was said to be one of the reasons for the couple's brief separation, and Diana admits that she thinks her son must have found it difficult to support his wife.

She told The Sun newspaper: ''I knew she was dealing with depression ... It's probably not an easy thing to understand if you don't have it yourself. But he's and understanding person.''

Diana also spoke out about Michael's battle with tongue cancer - which he revealed after having first announced he had throat cancer - and admits that he dealt with his illness in his own way, without the help of his family.

She added: ''He kept it very much to himself. He didn't tell any of the family. It was a private thing.

''He gets depressed like everybody does at times. But he's a very pragmatic person. He isn't inclined to dwell on things.''

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Catherine Zeta-jones Thrilled Her Kids Are Dancers 3887732 News

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones' children with Michael Douglas have picked up mum's love for dance and she's so grateful they're not sports-mad kids.

Both Dylan and Carys are showing signs of becoming hoofers and their mother couldn't be prouder.

Speaking at the New York Dance Alliance Foundation Gala, where she was honoured with the Ambassador for the Arts Award on Sunday (29Sep13), the Chicago star said, "My son is a great dancer as well as my daughter Carys. She actually goes to dance school in Westchester.

"I'm so happy because dance shoes are much more pretty outside the door than a hockey stick. I wouldn't know quite what to do if she came home with a hockey stick, so I'm so happy she changed direction!"

But Zeta-Jones regrets there's no video footage of her as a young girl performing onstage.

She added, "When I played Peggy Sawyer (in 42 Street) on the West End for two years we never had any video and my mother wasn't allowed to take a photograph in the theatre. My mother was a really good girl. She would never break the rules. So now, every time I want to show my kids, I have to take my tap shoes out and do it in the kitchen!"

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones' children with Michael Douglas have picked up mum's love for dance and she's so grateful they're not sports-mad kids.

Both Dylan and Carys are showing signs of becoming hoofers and their mother couldn't be prouder.

Speaking at the New York Dance Alliance Foundation Gala, where she was honoured with the Ambassador for the Arts Award on Sunday (29Sep13), the Chicago star said, "My son is a great dancer as well as my daughter Carys. She actually goes to dance school in Westchester.

"I'm so happy because dance shoes are much more pretty outside the door than a hockey stick. I wouldn't know quite what to do if she came home with a hockey stick, so I'm so happy she changed direction!"

But Zeta-Jones regrets there's no video footage of her as a young girl performing onstage.

She added, "When I played Peggy Sawyer (in 42 Street) on the West End for two years we never had any video and my mother wasn't allowed to take a photograph in the theatre. My mother was a really good girl. She would never break the rules. So now, every time I want to show my kids, I have to take my tap shoes out and do it in the kitchen!"

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Michael Douglas "Very Disappointed" With US Justice System, As He Discusses Son's Incarceration Following Emmys Speech 3879133 News

Michael Douglas' speech at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday was one of the highlights of the show, and not just because the show itself was a bit of a bore itself and he gave one of the funniest, and most innuendo-ridden monologues of the night. But after his light-hearted response to winning the award, the acting great moved on to more serious matters, bringing up his "wife Catherine," and his son, Cameron Douglas.

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Douglas holds his Emmys statue aloft

Cameron is currently serving a 10 year prison sentence for drug peddling and backstage at the Emmys, where Michael won the award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie' for his role as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, he discussed his son's incarceration and what he described as "disappointing" reflection on the US justice system.

"I'm hoping I'll be able to...[they'll] allow me to see him soon," he said in his speech, before leaving the stage with his award.

It's been two years since Cameron was put away, and although Michael admitted that he was "disappointed" in his son at the time, and still is now, he went on to say that as the years have gone by he's reevaluated his thought process on what he now sees is an ineffective prison system. He told reportes, as quoted by Us Weekly; "Well, my son is in federal prison based upon – he's been a drug addict for a large part of his life and was arrested for selling drugs and is in federal prison. And part of their punishments if you happen to have a slip - this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent - as about a half a million of our drug addicted prisoners are, they punish you. So for my son's case, he's spent almost 2 years in solitary confinement and right now I'm being told that I cannot see him for two years."

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The actor currently has a lot on his mind right now

"It's over a year now and I'm questioning the system," he continued. "Obviously, at first, I was certainly disappointed with my son, but I've reached a point now where I'm very very disappointed with the system and, as you can see, from what [U.S.] Attorney General Eric Holder has been doing - and other issues regarding our prison system - I think things are going to be revived regarding nonviolent drug addicts/criminals. My last comment on that is the United States represents 5 percent of the world's population and we have 25 percent of the world's prisoners."

Douglas' other serious mention on the night was about his wife, with whom he is reportedly separated from and has been for some time. The two were last spotted together in April this year, but according to Douglas, there is hope that the two might get back together again. For the time-being though, the actor and actress will continue to spend time apart and work on their relationship in their own separate ways.

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The couple, who have been married for 13 years, were last seen together in April

Michael Douglas' speech at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday was one of the highlights of the show, and not just because the show itself was a bit of a bore itself and he gave one of the funniest, and most innuendo-ridden monologues of the night. But after his light-hearted response to winning the award, the acting great moved on to more serious matters, bringing up his "wife Catherine," and his son, Cameron Douglas.

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Douglas holds his Emmys statue aloft

Cameron is currently serving a 10 year prison sentence for drug peddling and backstage at the Emmys, where Michael won the award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie' for his role as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, he discussed his son's incarceration and what he described as "disappointing" reflection on the US justice system.

"I'm hoping I'll be able to...[they'll] allow me to see him soon," he said in his speech, before leaving the stage with his award.

It's been two years since Cameron was put away, and although Michael admitted that he was "disappointed" in his son at the time, and still is now, he went on to say that as the years have gone by he's reevaluated his thought process on what he now sees is an ineffective prison system. He told reportes, as quoted by Us Weekly; "Well, my son is in federal prison based upon – he's been a drug addict for a large part of his life and was arrested for selling drugs and is in federal prison. And part of their punishments if you happen to have a slip - this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent - as about a half a million of our drug addicted prisoners are, they punish you. So for my son's case, he's spent almost 2 years in solitary confinement and right now I'm being told that I cannot see him for two years."

Michael Douglas
The actor currently has a lot on his mind right now

"It's over a year now and I'm questioning the system," he continued. "Obviously, at first, I was certainly disappointed with my son, but I've reached a point now where I'm very very disappointed with the system and, as you can see, from what [U.S.] Attorney General Eric Holder has been doing - and other issues regarding our prison system - I think things are going to be revived regarding nonviolent drug addicts/criminals. My last comment on that is the United States represents 5 percent of the world's population and we have 25 percent of the world's prisoners."

Douglas' other serious mention on the night was about his wife, with whom he is reportedly separated from and has been for some time. The two were last spotted together in April this year, but according to Douglas, there is hope that the two might get back together again. For the time-being though, the actor and actress will continue to spend time apart and work on their relationship in their own separate ways.

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The couple, who have been married for 13 years, were last seen together in April

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Michael Douglas Wins The 'Best Actor' Emmy And The Award Best Use Of Sexual Innuendos 3877409 News

Michael Douglas wowed critics and audiences alike with his portrayal as Liberace in the HBO TV movie Behind The Candelabra. Standing out from the crowd in the lists of nominees for the 'Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie' award, it came as little surprise to see Douglas take away the award for his role, but his acceptance speech was much less expected.

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Douglas won the award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie'

Cramming in a penis joke, a gay sex joke, and a few other wink wink, nudge nudge moments in his speech, Douglas' had the crowd holding their sides with laughter as he walked away from the awards show as one of the highlights of the night. As he accepted the Emmy award, he first addressed his co-star Matt Damon, who played Liberace's lover Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra, and told him "this was a two hander, and you're only as good as the other hand."

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"You really deserve half of this. So, do you want the bottom or the top?" he also joked, again making Damon squirm in his seat, much to the delight of Douglas and the rest of the audience. His speech served as a nice slice of light-hearted banter in what many have complained was an awards show riddled with segments that missed the mark and was overly concentrated on tributes to the dead.

He also went on to thank his "wife Catherine," at the end of the acceptance speech, which was a little unusual give the recent rumours that the pair are currently on a break for an indefinite period of time. Odd maybe, but rather it was a sign that Douglas obviously misses and loves his wife still, that is if there is any truth to the rumours in the first place.

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Michael and Catherine haven't been seen in public together since April this year

Michael Douglas wowed critics and audiences alike with his portrayal as Liberace in the HBO TV movie Behind The Candelabra. Standing out from the crowd in the lists of nominees for the 'Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie' award, it came as little surprise to see Douglas take away the award for his role, but his acceptance speech was much less expected.

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Douglas won the award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie'

Cramming in a penis joke, a gay sex joke, and a few other wink wink, nudge nudge moments in his speech, Douglas' had the crowd holding their sides with laughter as he walked away from the awards show as one of the highlights of the night. As he accepted the Emmy award, he first addressed his co-star Matt Damon, who played Liberace's lover Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra, and told him "this was a two hander, and you're only as good as the other hand."

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"You really deserve half of this. So, do you want the bottom or the top?" he also joked, again making Damon squirm in his seat, much to the delight of Douglas and the rest of the audience. His speech served as a nice slice of light-hearted banter in what many have complained was an awards show riddled with segments that missed the mark and was overly concentrated on tributes to the dead.

He also went on to thank his "wife Catherine," at the end of the acceptance speech, which was a little unusual give the recent rumours that the pair are currently on a break for an indefinite period of time. Odd maybe, but rather it was a sign that Douglas obviously misses and loves his wife still, that is if there is any truth to the rumours in the first place.

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Michael and Catherine haven't been seen in public together since April this year

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas - Will Hollywood's Power Couple Reconcile? 3841456 News

They’re so powerful, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’s split actually took people by surprise. How they managed to keep their troubles under wrap for so long is a mystery, but the movie stars might not be apart for long as they aim to “work on their marriage”.

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A rep for Zeta-Jones confirmed to CNN that the couple are in the middle of "evaluating" their relationship. "Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," the rep said, declining to make any further comments. The pair has been married for thirteen years since tying the knot at the turn of the millennium.

Prior to the wedding, the couple reportedly signed a pre-nuptial agreement, which entitles Zeta Jones to £1m for every year of their marriage. Douglas has been a very open commentator on his private affairs, from the jovial talk of his throat cancer to the regrets surrounding his first marriage.

"I have nothing against her and in fact I'm very fond of my first wife," he told The Mirror earlier on this month, "but we should have ended that marriage eight or 10 years earlier. It took me too long to realise that if you go to a marriage counsellor to resolve problems, it's in his interest to keep the marriage going."

Catherine Zeta JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones at the Red 2 Premiere

Given that Douglas and Zeta-Jones, who share the same birthday on September 25th, have been together for so long – by Hollywood’s standards at least – and how professional and candid they both are, we wouldn’t write reconciliation off by any means. But is that just wishful thinking?

They’re so powerful, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’s split actually took people by surprise. How they managed to keep their troubles under wrap for so long is a mystery, but the movie stars might not be apart for long as they aim to “work on their marriage”.

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A rep for Zeta-Jones confirmed to CNN that the couple are in the middle of "evaluating" their relationship. "Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," the rep said, declining to make any further comments. The pair has been married for thirteen years since tying the knot at the turn of the millennium.

Prior to the wedding, the couple reportedly signed a pre-nuptial agreement, which entitles Zeta Jones to £1m for every year of their marriage. Douglas has been a very open commentator on his private affairs, from the jovial talk of his throat cancer to the regrets surrounding his first marriage.

"I have nothing against her and in fact I'm very fond of my first wife," he told The Mirror earlier on this month, "but we should have ended that marriage eight or 10 years earlier. It took me too long to realise that if you go to a marriage counsellor to resolve problems, it's in his interest to keep the marriage going."

Catherine Zeta JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones at the Red 2 Premiere

Given that Douglas and Zeta-Jones, who share the same birthday on September 25th, have been together for so long – by Hollywood’s standards at least – and how professional and candid they both are, we wouldn’t write reconciliation off by any means. But is that just wishful thinking?

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Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones Split: Where Does His Career Go From Here? 3841079 News

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have split after almost 14 years together, though hinted that it could only be a temporary measure.

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas [L] and Matt Damon [R] In 'Behind the Candalabra'

"Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," a rep for the actress said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.

The power couple had been considered - in the media at least - one of the tightest kit couples in Hollywood, though it appears various personal and medical issues in recent years has taken its toll. Oscar winner Douglas battled with throat cancer, while Zeta-Jones has been receiving treatment for bipolar II disorder.

Earlier this year, Douglas told the Guardian that his cancer was caused by the human papilloma virus, which is said to be transmitted via oral sex - something that reportedly upset his wife.

However, despite the problems, Douglas has enjoyed somewhat of a career resurgence and scored rave reviews for his performance as Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra. It's not unthinkable that the actor would have at least scored an Oscar nomination had the HBO film been eligible for the Oscars in 2014.

Though the split isn't ideal, it may provide Douglas with more focus for his upcoming projects, the first of which is Jon Turteltaub's Last Vegas.

The comedy follows three sixty-something friends taking a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal. Yep, it's The Hangover with old people. There's no getting away from it. However, it stars an all-star cast including Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman and could end up being at least watchable. We hope.

Michael Douglas LiberaceMichael Douglas Would Almost Certainly Have Scored An Oscar Nomination for 'Liberace'

Last Vegas is already in the can, so whatever Douglas pulled out for that movie, there's little he can do now. But maybe he'll be looking to pull out all the stops for Rob Reiner's comedy-drama And So It Goes, about a self-centered realtor who enlists the help of his neighbour when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he didn't know existed.

Douglas stars opposite the always-excellent Diane Keaton and with a script from As Good As It Gets Mark Andrus, this could turn out to be pretty good.

Now, onto the projects in pre-production: the first being shadowy thriller The Reach, by Jean-Baptiste Léonetti. Based on Robb White's novel 'Deathwatch,' Douglas plays an arrogant businessman and big game hunter who hires a young guide and goes in search of the ultimate prize in the American desert. After shooting and killing an innocent man, a game of cat-and-mouse unfolds when the guide refuses to take part in a cover-up.

Little more is known in terms of casting, though Douglas clearly believes in the project, bringing himself on-board as producer.

Last VegasMichael Douglas [L] With Three Other Oscar Winners in 'Last Vegas'

The actor's final movie in the pipeline is clearly the most exciting of the lot, and could be the most anticipated Michael Douglas film for many, many years. Donnie Brasco director Mike Newell is getting behind the camera for Reykjavik, a dramatization of the 1986 Reykjavik summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Oscar winner Christoph Waltz will play the former Soviet leader, while Douglas takes on the role of the former US president. Though the meeting ended in gridlock, it eventually inspired the 1987 treaty that eliminated nuclear and conventional ground-launching ballistic and cruise missiles with intermediate ranges from US and Soviet arsenals.

"I feel very fortunate to have two such masters to portray the men who brought about the end of the third great war of the 20th century," Newell told Variety at the time of casting Waltz and Douglas.

Ridley Scott, who will produce the film through his Scott Free production company, said: "The film will offer the viewer a unique look into two larger-than-life figures who served as the catalysts for one of the most defining moments in our history, the end of the cold war."

Watch the trailer for Last Vegas:
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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have split after almost 14 years together, though hinted that it could only be a temporary measure.

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas [L] and Matt Damon [R] In 'Behind the Candalabra'

"Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," a rep for the actress said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.

The power couple had been considered - in the media at least - one of the tightest kit couples in Hollywood, though it appears various personal and medical issues in recent years has taken its toll. Oscar winner Douglas battled with throat cancer, while Zeta-Jones has been receiving treatment for bipolar II disorder.

Earlier this year, Douglas told the Guardian that his cancer was caused by the human papilloma virus, which is said to be transmitted via oral sex - something that reportedly upset his wife.

However, despite the problems, Douglas has enjoyed somewhat of a career resurgence and scored rave reviews for his performance as Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra. It's not unthinkable that the actor would have at least scored an Oscar nomination had the HBO film been eligible for the Oscars in 2014.

Though the split isn't ideal, it may provide Douglas with more focus for his upcoming projects, the first of which is Jon Turteltaub's Last Vegas.

The comedy follows three sixty-something friends taking a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal. Yep, it's The Hangover with old people. There's no getting away from it. However, it stars an all-star cast including Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman and could end up being at least watchable. We hope.

Michael Douglas LiberaceMichael Douglas Would Almost Certainly Have Scored An Oscar Nomination for 'Liberace'

Last Vegas is already in the can, so whatever Douglas pulled out for that movie, there's little he can do now. But maybe he'll be looking to pull out all the stops for Rob Reiner's comedy-drama And So It Goes, about a self-centered realtor who enlists the help of his neighbour when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he didn't know existed.

Douglas stars opposite the always-excellent Diane Keaton and with a script from As Good As It Gets Mark Andrus, this could turn out to be pretty good.

Now, onto the projects in pre-production: the first being shadowy thriller The Reach, by Jean-Baptiste Léonetti. Based on Robb White's novel 'Deathwatch,' Douglas plays an arrogant businessman and big game hunter who hires a young guide and goes in search of the ultimate prize in the American desert. After shooting and killing an innocent man, a game of cat-and-mouse unfolds when the guide refuses to take part in a cover-up.

Little more is known in terms of casting, though Douglas clearly believes in the project, bringing himself on-board as producer.

Last VegasMichael Douglas [L] With Three Other Oscar Winners in 'Last Vegas'

The actor's final movie in the pipeline is clearly the most exciting of the lot, and could be the most anticipated Michael Douglas film for many, many years. Donnie Brasco director Mike Newell is getting behind the camera for Reykjavik, a dramatization of the 1986 Reykjavik summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Oscar winner Christoph Waltz will play the former Soviet leader, while Douglas takes on the role of the former US president. Though the meeting ended in gridlock, it eventually inspired the 1987 treaty that eliminated nuclear and conventional ground-launching ballistic and cruise missiles with intermediate ranges from US and Soviet arsenals.

"I feel very fortunate to have two such masters to portray the men who brought about the end of the third great war of the 20th century," Newell told Variety at the time of casting Waltz and Douglas.

Ridley Scott, who will produce the film through his Scott Free production company, said: "The film will offer the viewer a unique look into two larger-than-life figures who served as the catalysts for one of the most defining moments in our history, the end of the cold war."

Watch the trailer for Last Vegas:
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Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta Jones Call Time On Marriage 3840631 News

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are the latest celebrity couple to crumble apart despite looking as though they're as solid as a rock. The twosome have not been seen together for a number of months, being photographed at social functions and red carpet events separately and seen on holiday without each other, and now it turns out that the pair have been 'on a break' for a few months as they try to iron out the creases in the marriage with some alone time.

Michael Douglas Catherine Zeta Jones Oscars
The coupl, pictured at this years Oscars, haven't been seen together since April

The A-List pair have been married for well over a decade now, and seemed to be one of the few celebrity couples who managed to stick together despite the constant scrutiny of the press. But a new report from People has revealed that their 13-year marriage has been put on ice for now, with one source saying, "They're taking a break," for an indefinite period of time.

“The stress has taken a toll on their marriage,” a friend of the couple told People, referring to the recent bouts with medical disorders that both have battled in recent years. Douglas's battle with cancer in 2010 was the first incident to hit the pressure point in their marriage, and Zeta-Jones's diagnosis for bipolar II disorder has put even further weight on their backs. As they try and overcome these recent problems, the two have opted for some down time so they can try and overcome this blip in the path to a happy matrimony.

Michael Douglas
Michael attended the American Cancer Society's Centennial in NYC alone this June

The magazine goes on to state that the two began their trial separation in May this year when Michael came home from the Cannes Film Festival and have been on a break since then. Neither have spoken to their lawyers or attempted to broker a legal separation, although it is believed that the two aren't looking or a reason to split up and are hoping they can reconcile soon for the sake of their kids. Another source added, "They want the best for their kids, no matter what happens."

Michael Douglas Catherine Zeta Jones
Lets hope the two can sort out their differences

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are the latest celebrity couple to crumble apart despite looking as though they're as solid as a rock. The twosome have not been seen together for a number of months, being photographed at social functions and red carpet events separately and seen on holiday without each other, and now it turns out that the pair have been 'on a break' for a few months as they try to iron out the creases in the marriage with some alone time.

Michael Douglas Catherine Zeta Jones Oscars
The coupl, pictured at this years Oscars, haven't been seen together since April

The A-List pair have been married for well over a decade now, and seemed to be one of the few celebrity couples who managed to stick together despite the constant scrutiny of the press. But a new report from People has revealed that their 13-year marriage has been put on ice for now, with one source saying, "They're taking a break," for an indefinite period of time.

“The stress has taken a toll on their marriage,” a friend of the couple told People, referring to the recent bouts with medical disorders that both have battled in recent years. Douglas's battle with cancer in 2010 was the first incident to hit the pressure point in their marriage, and Zeta-Jones's diagnosis for bipolar II disorder has put even further weight on their backs. As they try and overcome these recent problems, the two have opted for some down time so they can try and overcome this blip in the path to a happy matrimony.

Michael Douglas
Michael attended the American Cancer Society's Centennial in NYC alone this June

The magazine goes on to state that the two began their trial separation in May this year when Michael came home from the Cannes Film Festival and have been on a break since then. Neither have spoken to their lawyers or attempted to broker a legal separation, although it is believed that the two aren't looking or a reason to split up and are hoping they can reconcile soon for the sake of their kids. Another source added, "They want the best for their kids, no matter what happens."

Michael Douglas Catherine Zeta Jones
Lets hope the two can sort out their differences

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Catherine Zeta Jones & Michael Douglas Separated - Representative Confirms 3840270 News

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have decided to take "some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage." Following rumours of the couple's separation, Zeta Jones' representative announced today (28th August) that the couple are spending time apart. This decision was apparently made after Douglas returned from the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones photographed together in April 2013.

The couple married in 2000 and have two children together: Dylan and Carys. There is a 26 year age difference between the two actors although this does not appear to have been a factor in their decision to separate. According to a source close to the couple, speaking to LA Times, Douglas' battle with throat cancer and Zeta Jones' treatment for bipolar disorder have created difficulties within the couple's relationship. 

This separation may only be a temporary arrangement as, according to People, neither party have sought divorce or any other form of legal action. Other sources, speaking to the magazine, have said there is a chance the couple will reconcile. 

Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones at the premiere of Red 2 in L.A.

The couple appear to have been taking some time apart more recently as Douglas is holidaying in Sardinia alone, whilst Zeta-Jones is with their two children in New York. When at home in the US, according to the Mirror, the couple live in separate houses: Douglas in Manhattan and Zeta Jones in their upstate New York property. Further back, both actors have been busy of their own projects. Zeta-Jones recently appeared in Red 2 whilst Douglas starred in Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra

Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have decided to take "some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage." Following rumours of the couple's separation, Zeta Jones' representative announced today (28th August) that the couple are spending time apart. This decision was apparently made after Douglas returned from the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones photographed together in April 2013.

The couple married in 2000 and have two children together: Dylan and Carys. There is a 26 year age difference between the two actors although this does not appear to have been a factor in their decision to separate. According to a source close to the couple, speaking to LA Times, Douglas' battle with throat cancer and Zeta Jones' treatment for bipolar disorder have created difficulties within the couple's relationship. 

This separation may only be a temporary arrangement as, according to People, neither party have sought divorce or any other form of legal action. Other sources, speaking to the magazine, have said there is a chance the couple will reconcile. 

Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones at the premiere of Red 2 in L.A.

The couple appear to have been taking some time apart more recently as Douglas is holidaying in Sardinia alone, whilst Zeta-Jones is with their two children in New York. When at home in the US, according to the Mirror, the couple live in separate houses: Douglas in Manhattan and Zeta Jones in their upstate New York property. Further back, both actors have been busy of their own projects. Zeta-Jones recently appeared in Red 2 whilst Douglas starred in Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra

Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

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