Douglases reconnect...

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

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

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

He says 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, Michael Douglas says. "He was back here almost 10 days. He came over everyday. He was great."

He is optimistic about his recovery, and while the disease "certainly has put a little perspective on mortality," it has also "shown me what family is," Douglas says. "It showed me a love that I never knew really existed."

The article appears in the issue on newsstands today.


Depp rocked Disney...

Johnny Depp's flamboyant portrayal of Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean" was good enough for an Oscar nomination, but the actor says Disney was less than thrilled.

Depp talked about it in an interview with rocker Patti Smith for the January edition of Vanity Fair magazine. Depp said Disney "couldn't stand" his Sparrow, and one person there even asked if Sparrow was gay. Depp told the Disney executive "all my characters are gay," and he said that "really made her nervous."

Depp's next role is in the movie "The Tourist" with Angelina Jolie. It opens Dec. 10.


Native son's star rising…

Buffalo native Jeff Glor will be the new news anchor for "The Early Show" on CBS starting Jan. 3.

CBS executives on Tuesday announced a new lineup for "The Early Show," putting together Erica Hill and Chris Wragge—who have coanchored the Saturday edition of the show since2008— as co-anchors on a daily basis.

Glor will serve as the show's broadcast news anchor, while Marysol Castro will join the team as weather anchor.

Glor, a Kenmore East High School graduate, has anchored the Saturday edition of the CBS Evening News and has been a national reporting correspondent since 2009. He also has been a substitute anchor for the CBS Evening News since March 2007.

The current Early Show team of Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price will take on new roles at CBS News.

—Jay Rey, News staff reporter