Warren Beatty will drive up to Goleta on Thursday, December 1st to receive the 11th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Beatty will be obliged to pose for…what, 35 or 40 selfies? More? All the award-season blogaroonies will be there, of course, along with the creme de la creme of leading Santa Barbara citizens. Beatty will be honored for his long and storied career, but the main agenda will be to boost the award-season profile of Rules Don’t Apply, which he directed, produced, co-wrote and stars in. Rules will open the 2016 AFI Fest and open commercially on 11.23. Beatty is an excellent guy to shoot the shit with for hours on end, and is indisputably one of the great legendary figures of 20th Century filmmaking, politics, culture.