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Posted 5/20/2003 10:52 PM
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All in the larger family
LOS ANGELES — Michael Douglas isn't getting much sleep lately. His daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas, was born April 20, and he has two new films to promote. But the 58-year-old star, with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, at his side, was all smiles at Monday night's premiere of The In-Laws.

Family seems to be the watchword for Douglas lately, both personally and professionally. The In-Laws comes just a month after the release of his pet project It Runs in the Family, featuring three generations of Douglases: father Kirk, Michael's mother, Diana, Michael and his 24-year-old son, Cameron.

And now there is a sister for 2½-year-old Dylan, Michael and Catherine's first child together.

"Dylan is adjusting fantastically to the new baby," said Zeta-Jones, 33, glowing and looking glamorous in a low-cut black dress in one of her first public appearances since Carys was born.

The couple proudly displayed a black-and-white photo of their new infant. Her name means "love" in Welsh (Zeta-Jones is from Wales), and Douglas says there was no argument about choosing the baby's name. "We never had any discussion. Catherine picked the name, and I agreed," he said with a laugh, adding that Dylan is named for Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Douglas teams with Albert Brooks in The In-Laws, a remake of the 1979 comedy of the same name that starred Peter Falk and Alan Arkin.

If the big box office of recent films like My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Meet the Parents is any indication, the time could be right for another comedy about conflict between prospective relatives. The movie opens Friday.

"It was a wonderful opportunity to do full-out slapstick comedy," Douglas said. "It was a lot of laughs, and it's a good time in my life. The hard thing about shooting comedies is there is no response, but when you see it with an audience, and they're laughing, it's really gratifying."

Added Zeta-Jones: "Michael had a great time making this movie."

"Selecting original jokes was the biggest challenge in remaking the film, and not to do the same thing," Brooks said. "The idea of two in-laws can be remade. That's a large premise. But you don't want to redo the same jokes they did. That's a crime."