Sunday, May 26, 2024

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon Sex it Up in Hit about Liberace


Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, not to mention Rob Lowe, are sensational in Behind the Candelabra. Steven Soderbergh’s terrific film premieres in Cannes tonight and plays on HBO on Sunday night. It’s so good it should be a theatrical release. Hilarious to see Douglas, a notorious ladies man, sexing it up with equally straight Damon. But they are just great. Damon plays Scott Thorson, Liberace’s lover, Douglas is the flamboyant pianist who hid his gay life and died of AIDS. The sets and costumes are sumptuous, make up is wondrous. Rob Lowe is a scene stealer as the mens’ plastic surgeon. Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds scores as Liberace’s mother. Jerry Weintraub produced, Richard LaGravenese wrote the script. Everyone will get Emmy awards, trust me.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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