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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.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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