Val Kilmer Forever


‘Batman Forever’ star Val Kilmer has been documenting his life on video for the past 40 years and the result is so good it will premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The festival opened July 6 and runs through July 17.

The film, simply titled ‘Val,’ was made from thousands of hours of footage that Kilmer shot himself, including 16mm home movies of his childhood and behind-the-scenes clips from his movies, including ‘Top Gun,’ ‘The Doors’ and ‘Batman Forever.’

The home movies were also shot by Kilmer’s younger brother Wesley, who had epilepsy. Wesley drowned in a jacuzzi in 1977 when he was 15.

His life story

“I have behaved poorly,” Kilmer says of his life. “I have behaved bravely, bizarrely to some. I see myself as a sensitive, intelligent human being but with the soul of a clown.”

That last sentence echoes the words of doomed rocker Jim Morrison who Kilmer played in ‘The Doors.’

Now 61, Kilmer continues his battle with throat cancer which he publicly admitted having in 2017 after trying to keep it quiet.

The documentary is described as “raw, wildly original and unflinching, revealing a life lived to extremes.”

’Val’ will open in theaters on July 23, and begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video on August 6.


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Fifty years ago, the fire went out


Jim Morrison collected works

“I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.”

Jim Morrison collected works
Jim Morrison and Pam Courson


Before his death at the age of 27, the great ‘Light My Fire’ lyricist made notes on what he called ‘Plan for Book’ that he intended to be a collection of his lyrics, poetry and other writings.

A book fulfilling his plan was published last month under the title ‘The Collected Works of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts and Lyrics.’

The 600-page volume is the most comprehensive collection of his work ever compiled, including the contents of a Paris notebook he wrote in his last days.

Half the book contains previously unpublished material, including unrecorded lyrics, handwritten excerpts from two dozen recently discovered notebooks, scores of rare family photos and drawings, and ‘Wilderness: The Lost Writings Of Jim Morrison.’

Jim Morrison collected works

Jim Morison is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The bronze plaque bears the Greek inscription: ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ, which translates as “True to his own spirit” or “According to his own demon.”

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