Watching ‘Watchmen,’ Kirk Douglas

Before snagging the top weekend box-office honors, the “Watchmen” cast, including Billy Crudup, Malin Ackerman, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan descended upon the Mann’s Chinese Theatre for the film’s premiere last Monday, while the age-defying Kirk Douglas showed some super-heroic spirit all his own on Friday when he debuted his one-man show, “Before I Forget,” at […]

Last Updated: March 10, 2009 @ 10:56 AM

Before snagging the top weekend box-office honors, the “Watchmen” cast, including Billy Crudup, Malin Ackerman, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan descended upon the Mann’s Chinese Theatre for the film’s premiere last Monday, while the age-defying Kirk Douglas showed some super-heroic spirit all his own on Friday when he debuted his one-man show, “Before I Forget,” at the age of 92. That sure makes teen-queen Miley Cyrus signing copies of her book, “Miles to Go,” at The Grove the next day look like a cakewalk. Douglas also penned the 80-minute play, which he debuted in his eponymous Culver City theater for a sold-out crowd that included Ron Meyer, Oliver Stone and his former “Spartacus” co-star John Gavin. So why all the flashbulbs and rubber-necking? Douglas’ son Michael and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones also showed …

It was all about the jazz hands at the Alzheimer’s Association’s 17th annual “A Night at Sardi’s” at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday night, when Kristen Bell (pictured left), Peter Gallagher and Katey Segal performed songs from “Damn Yankees.” The next night, the do-gooding continued at the hotel with The Alliance for Children’s Rights Annual Awards affair. So how much did the high-powered peeps in the room, including Diane Keaton and Ted Danson, help raise? A whopping one million bucks. HBO’s Sue Nagle snagged an award for her dedication to the organization while Angie Harmon and Nia Vardalos teamed up to keep the bids coming in. Nicely done, ladies, especially in these hard times. Even if it was Bev Hills …

Sunday afternoon, ZZ Top rocked out at the 7th Annual Stuart House Benefit with classics like “Legs” and “Cheap Sunglasses.” Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon hosted the outdoor concert in front of the John Varvatos boutique for some 1,500 guests, including industry heavyweights Richard Weitz, Michael & Shannon Rotenberg, and Linda & Bob Gersh; actors Eric Dane, Justin Chambers, Bridget Moynahan and January Jones; and musicians Alice Cooper and Chris Cornell.  But the biggest unexpected hit of the day? Billy Ray Cyrus, who caused a serious stir among the younger set even sans his daughter. The Melrose Ave. block party raised a very respectable $350,000 to benefit the rape treatment center.

Tonight’s hottest ticket: The Geffen Playhouse’s annual Backstage at the Geffen gala honoring Leslie Moonves and Rita Wilson. Guests will sup at the W Los Angeles-Westwood’s NINETHIRTY restaurant and listen in as Carol Burnett, Christine Lahti, Neil Patrick Harris and Helen Mirren offer up juicy behind-the-scenes stories from their theatre days.