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Soderbergh's Liberace Movie Now an HBO Movie with a Title

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Now that cancer treatments have made Michael Douglas healthy enough to at least make some public appearances to say that he's healthy enough, Steven Soderbergh's long-discussed plans to put Michael Douglas in a sumptuous fur cape are at last seeing some forward movement. Since at least 2008, Soderbergh has been planning a biopic on Liberace, and had tentatively attached Douglas to the lead role and Matt Damon to the part of Scott Thorson, the pianist's live-in chum who ensured Liberace died a bachelor. Today, a press release has confirmed that film is finally happening, and is expected to go into production for HBO Films next summer. Taking the name and doubtlessly the rhinestones from the cover of the above memoir, the cable movie will be titled Behind the Candelabra, and will provide a "funny, heartbreaking and always fascinating" look at Liberace and Thorson's relationship--a romance that eventually led to a palimony lawsuit and denials from Liberace that there was ever any sort of homosexuality going on. Just a couple dudes covering themselves in jewels, hanging out and looking like leaders of a flamboyant military group out to enforce fabulousness, alright?

  • September 11, 2008
    Steven Soderbergh has announced plans to direct a Liberace biopiic with Michael Douglas in the starring, glittering-caped role. From Variety: Steven Soderbergh is in the early stages of developing a biopic about Liberace for Warner Bros., which he will direct. The filmmaker s... / Continue →
  • April 1, 2013
    Based on the theory that Liberace and his longtime companion may have had more than friendship going on beneath all those layers of rhinestone cape, Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra premieres later next month on HBO. Here's a new trailer, giving us our first only line ... / Continue →
  • July 31, 2012
    Here's a first look at Michael Douglas and Matt Damon on the set of Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh's long-in-development HBO film that focuses on Liberace and the live-in chum who helped ensure the pianist died a bachelor. Compared to most Liberace photos, including t... / Continue →
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