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Douglas admits putting career before parenting

With his son facing 10 years behind bars for dealing crystal meth, Michael Douglas is reflecting on the mistakes he made as a parent.

Opening up in the April issue of Vanity Fair, the actor recognizes that his role in son Cameron's upbringing eerily mirrors that of his father, actor Kirk Douglas .

"My priorities were very similar" to his father's, he says about his son's formative years. "Career first."

Douglas' son apparently shares the thought, having recently portrayed himself in court as a little boy lost whose "dysfunctional upbringing" drove him to drugs.

He is now in jail awaiting his April sentencing.

"Anybody who has a relative or child in substance abuse has some idea of what this feels like," Douglas, 60, tells the magazine's contributing editor, Evgenia Peretz.

"It will ultimately be a painful lesson and very expensive as far as time is concerned. I don't wish it on anybody, but then, you know, look, everybody's got difficult things in life."

The actor reflects on his own childhood, noting that his relationship with his famous father was distant.

"He was a very intense, talented survivalist," he explains.

"He was consumed with clawing out and making something of himself, and he probably was a little early in his career to have children. Certainly didn't get a chance to enjoy them until later in life."

Having learned from his failed experiences as a father and husband to ex Diandra Luker, Douglas has used his marriage to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones , 45, as a second chance to make things right. The couple has two children: son Dylan, 9, and daughter Carys, 6.

'Shrek' to open Tribeca festival

The Tribeca Film Festival will open with the world premiere of "Shrek Forever After" on April 21.

The annual New York film festival, co-created by Robert De Niro , announced the selection Monday.

"Shrek Forever After" is the fourth film in DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.' s "Shrek" series. It stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas .

The film is being advertised as the "final chapter" in the series.

It's also the first "Shrek" released in 3-D.

The ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival runs through May 2.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Bluegrass singer-musician Doc Watson , 87... author Tom Wolfe , 80... author John Irving , 68... singer Lou Reed , 68... actress Laraine Newman , 58 ... singer Jay Osmond , 55... rock singer Jon Bon Jovi , 48 ... actor Daniel Craig , 42... rock singer Chris Martin (Coldplay), 33 ... actress Bryce Dallas Howard , 29 ... actor Robert Iler , 25.

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