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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Douglas optimistic about recovery, return to work

LOS ANGELES — Michael Douglas is already looking forward to his next film role.

The 66-year-old actor, who has been battling throat cancer since August, told the weekly Hollywood Reporter that he’ll play the title part in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘‘Liberace,’’ which is set to begin shooting in May or June.

Douglas said he will learn in January if his cancer has been eliminated. Doctors have told him there is an 80-percent cure rate.

He said his cancer diagnosis has brought him closer to his 93-year-old father, Kirk Douglas. The two had a strained relationship for many years, but ‘‘he really made an effort’’ after the diagnosis, Douglas said. ‘‘He was back here almost 10 days. He came over every day. He was great.’’

Douglas said that when he was growing up, his father was angry and often absent.

‘‘In those key years, when Kirk was doing five movies a year, if we saw him it was only out of his guilt,’’ Douglas said.

He also acknowledges that he may have repeated that pattern with his own son, Cameron Douglas, 31, who was recently jailed on drug-related charges.

‘‘I’m sure it’s not easy, either, being a third generation,’’ Douglas said. ‘‘Kirk was all-consumed, was overworked. Probably like myself at a certain time in my life.’’

Douglas also reflects on his recent difficulties with ex-wife Diandra Douglas, whose bid to claim half of his earnings from ‘‘Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps’’ was dismissed in a New York court earlier this month.

Kid Rock bashes brokers for ticket profiteering

DETROIT — Kid Rock said ticket brokers are crashing his birthday bash and driving up concert prices.

The country rocker with hip-hop roots said on his website that he would love to confront scalpers who swoop in and buy blocks of his low-priced tickets, then resell them for profit.

He said it leaves him feeling ‘‘like someone is beating up a close friend or family member while’’ he’s chained to a chair.

More than 45,000 tickets for his 40th birthday bash Jan. 15 at Ford Field sold out in 19 minutes.