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Bobby Cannavale

NEW YORK — At 95, Kirk Douglas is not too old to give e-books a shot.

The legendary actor has an e-memoir coming out in June.

Titled “I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist,” the book tells about the Roman epic that came out in 1960 and helped break Hollywood’s ban against suspected Communists.

Douglas, who starred in the “Spartacus” movie and helped produce it, says that Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplay after the blacklisted writer had worked throughout the 1950s under assumed names.

The book includes a foreword by George Clooney. It is being released by Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher. An audio edition will be narrated by Douglas’ actor-son, Michael Douglas.

PBS will honor servicemen and women with its annual National Memorial Day Concert on May 27 and a special airing of the documentary “Hell and Back Again” on “Independent Lens” on May 28.

Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna again will host the concert.

National Geographic is known for its professional photographers, who brave the wilds of the world to bring back images that remain in our memories. But on May 28, the National Geographic Channel is presenting home movies that are as memorable as anything that was ever shot. “Witness: G.I. Homecoming” is a compilation of videos shot by service men and women as they are reunited with their loved ones. The videos include shots from the war zones, first-person accounts and unforgettable reunions.

NEW YORK — Plans for “Funny Girl” may have fallen through, but Bobby Cannavale is still plotting his return to Broadway.

The Roundabout Theatre Company announced that the Emmy Award winner will star in a new production of Clifford Odets’ “The Big Knife” next year. Cannavale was expected to be starring opposite Lauren Ambrose in the musical “Funny Girl,” but producers pulled out, citing the poor economic climate.

“The Big Knife” will begin previews March 22 and open officially in April at the American Airlines Theatre on 42nd Street. It will run through June 2, 2013. Visit

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