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Sparks Fly Between Matt Damon And Michael Douglas In 'Behind The Candelabra' Trailer

April 8th, 2013 4:07pm EDT
Behind the Candelabra
Finally, the first trailer for Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra has arrived to give us a peek at the film centered on the singer's relationship with Scott Thorson.

Matt Damon will be playing Thorson, who met Liberace (played by Michael Douglas), when he was 16 and became his companion at 17. In the late 70s, Thorson would drive Liberace on stage during his Las Vegas performances in a Rolls-Royce in a garish driver's uniform.

The 42 year-old Damon doesn't look like a teenager, but things get really creepy when he's convinced to go under the knife for plastic surgery to look like Lib...
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Michael Douglas Snubbed Liberace's Ex-Lover

January 1st, 2013 5:33pm EST
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Liberace's former lover Scott Thorson, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, is disappointed after his plea to meet Michael Douglas was allegedly shot down - even though he's working on his biopic.

Thorson carried on a six-year affair with the flamboyant entertainer until 1982, and he wrote about their controversial romance in his memoir "Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace".

Producer Jerry Weintraub picked up the project in the hopes of adapting the book into a new movie and it is now in production, with Douglas playing the piano legend and Matt Damon starring as his much youn...
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Michael Douglas' Liberace Research Included Wearing His Wife's Underwear

June 6th, 2012 10:45am EDT
Michael Douglas
Catherine Zeta-Jones was stunned to find husband Michael Douglas trying on her underwear in preparation for his role as flamboyant pianist Liberace.

The actor has bounced back from his cancer battle to portray the gay entertainer in a new biopic, and his Welsh wife admits he has gone all out to get into character.

She says, "Michael has been in the bedroom and started putting on my diamonds and things.

"I'm like, 'Michael, please take off those pants (underwear). Take 'em off baby. Come on, give me back my rocks.'"

Douglas has been taking piano lessons for the movie and has even lit up ...
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Michael Douglas Prepares For Liberace Role With Piano Lessons

January 13th, 2011 6:36pm EST
Michael Douglas
Cancer survivor Michael Douglas is set to undertake piano lessons in preparation for his role as flamboyant musician Liberace in a new biopic.

The star declared he was disease-free earlier this week, six months after he was diagnosed with a tumor in his throat.

Douglas admitted he would have to work hard to build up his strength before returning to Hollywood after dropping so much weight during his health crisis, but he's eager to return to work and start production on Liberace, in which he will appear opposite Matt Damon.

He said, "I lost a lot of muscle mass, so I'm going to work on th...
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Michael Douglas Returns To Work After Cancer Battle

December 10th, 2010 8:38am EST
Michael Douglas
Cancer-stricken Michael Douglas has returned to work for the first time since undergoing grueling chemotherapy sessions earlier this year.

The actor has been battling throat cancer since the summer and completed the draining treatment in October. Douglas has declared he's determined to beat the illness, and he showed signs of his recovery by filming a clip for an online video feature by The New York Times.

The Wall Street star appears in a brooding black and white one-minute clip in which he is seen sat in a leather armchair. James Franco and Matt Damon have also appeared in the 14 Acto...
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Michael Douglas Teases Matt Damon About 'Liberace' Gay Scenes

March 11th, 2010 2:34pm EST
Michael Douglas
Matt Damon can't wait to jump in bed with Michael Douglas and play the movie icon's gay lover in a new film about pianist Liberace.

Douglas has confirmed he's taking on the role of the flamboyant gay entertainer in a new biopic, to be directed by Steven Soderbergh, and announced this week that Damon will play his younger partner.

Douglas said, "Matt Damon's going to be my young lover. God bless Matt."

And Damon reveals the Oscar winner is already teasing him about the steamy bedroom scenes they'll have to shoot.

He jokes, "Michael said when he last saw me, 'Get your ChapStick ready....
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Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

September 19th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...
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Santogold To Release Debut Album April 22

March 9th, 2008 11:00am EDT
Santogold
Santogold is a survivor of a half-century worth of living along musical evolution's most cutting edges. The only live act that can boast of having out-aged Barbara Bush, having outlived Mr. Miyagi and out-styled Liberace, Santogold is here with future flavor.

Already receiving weighty club rotation and airplay in urban Afghanistan and downtown Beirut, Santogold is the first act of the century to boast a post-war following on the International Space Station Mir. Following a live performance broadcast from three thousand miles off the Cape of Good Hope last June, inmates at Leavenworth P...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 16

May 16th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Janet Jackson
Happy Birthday to TV actress Tori Spelling (1973), "Angel" star David Boreanaz (1971), Aussie singer/actress Danielle Spencer (19780), pop icon Janet Jackson (1966), Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic (1965), "White Men Can't Jump" actress Rosie Perez (1963), "Terms of Endearment" star Debra Winger (1955), "The Matador" star Pierce Brosnan (1953), flamboyant pianist Liberace (1919; d. 1987), and prolific screen legend Henry Fonda (1905; d. 1982).
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George Clooney Offered Liberace Role

March 22nd, 2007 10:15am EDT
George Clooney
Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney has been offered the chance to play Liberace in a biopic of the flamboyant pianist. The Ocean's Eleven star is baffled to have been asked, and isn't convinced he is the best man for the role - but he is considering the offer.

He says, "I like the idea but I think the role would be more suited to the likes of a comedian like Robin Williams. If it works out, fine, but am I really camp enough?"

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'Soundies: A Musical History,' Hosted By Michael Feinstein, Airs On PBS Throughout March

March 2nd, 2007 8:00pm EST
Soundies
Together, these experts tell the story behind the soundies and explain what made the programs so popular. For many people across the nation, the soundies started a musical revolution. The panoram allowed viewers to see for the first time many of the nation's greatest musicians - as well as the very first footage of black and white musicians performing together. This rare exception to segregation was an important milestone that foreshadowed the 1960s civil rights movement and underscored the fact that music is a catalyst for bringing people together.

This musical compilation of soundies...
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PBS To Air Special About The Roots Of Music Videos

February 14th, 2007 8:30pm EST
Soundies
Rare 1940s Music Videos Of Legendary Jazz, Swing, And Big Band Artists Unearthed And Restored In "Soundies: A Musical History"

Before MTV, there were 'Soundies.' First appearing in 1941, these three-minute "music videos" played in famous nightclubs and restaurants everywhere, featuring many of the legendary musicians of that era and of all time. For the price of 10 cents, audiences enjoyed artists such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway all viewed through a special machine called a 'Panoram,' or movie jukebox. Not only were these unique class...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 16

May 16th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Krist Novoselic
Happy Birthday to TV actress Tori Spelling (1973), "Angel" star David Boreanaz (1971), Aussie singer/actress Danielle Spencer (19780), pop icon Janet Jackson (1966), Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic (1965), "White Men Can't Jump" actress Rosie Perez (1963), "Terms of Endearment" star Debra Winger (1955), "The Matador" star Pierce Brosnan (1953), flamboyant pianist Liberace (1919; d. 1987), and prolific screen legend Henry Fonda (1905; d. 1982).
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