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Kirk Douglas celebrates new book, 'Spartacus' and Grauman's prints

June 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Kirk Douglas, 95, is celebrating for three different reasons. They involve a movie, a book and a big slab of cement.

At Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday night, moviegoers could see the 1960 film "Spartacus" for 25 cents. It was the latest event connected to the theater's ongoing 85th anniversary celebration.

Grauman's also unveiled Douglas' refurbished hand and footprints.

"I have done that impression about 50 years ago. That was when I was doing 'Spartacus,' Douglas said.

Now, he's making another impression, this time in print. Douglas tackled the Hollywood witch hunt of the 1950s with his book, "I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist," published by Open Road.

"To me, the book is the most important book that I have written," he said.

The "Spartacus" memories in it go beyond the blacklist. It's filled with anecdotes about others during that time.

Douglas' next project will take place in a six months. He's going to be bar mitzvahed - again.

"For the third time," Douglas said. "That's in the Guinness Book of Records."

Douglas' new book went into stores Tuesday.

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