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Behind the Candelabra, various
  • Behind the Candelabra will premiere on 21 May in Cannes. New stories are at the LA Times and the Financial Review, and an interview with writer Richard LaGravanese is at Metro Source. Photos are from the LA Times. A new interview with Scott Thorson is at the New York Times.



    LA Times
    The film's stars are just as pleased with the outcome.

    "I haven't been involved in a movie where there's been so much attention beforehand," says Douglas, sitting for a joint interview with his costar in a hotel suite overlooking Central Park, a lavish setting Liberace himself might have appreciated.

    With HBO, "You don't have to defend your creative beachhead all the time," Damon says. Still, like Soderbergh, he confesses to being surprised that the film scared off so many potential investors. "I thought someone like Harvey Weinstein, who's made a career of making movies with more difficult subject matter, would have jumped at it."

    "The absurdity of their relationship to me made me think, 'Well, all of our lives are absurd. We just think they matter because they matter so much to us,'" Damon says. "If you made a movie about all of our lives it, would probably seem as wonderful and tragic as this kind of story."

    Filming on location in recession-era Sin City also enhanced everyone's appreciation for the absurd. "The hotel was so understaffed because I think they were bank-owned. You could get your room cleaned or you could take the 'green option' and they would give you a $5 paper token to go play the slot machines," Damon recalls with a laugh.

    Financial Times
    The film explores the tempestuous relationship between Liberace and Thorson, which starts after a chance meeting: Thorson’s blond tresses, physique and rather tight 1970s jeans catch the older man’s eye. Damon and Douglas both deliver terrific performances, Douglas camp and slightly creepy in a succession of outrageous outfits; Damon, the doe-eyed innocent driven close to madness by a cocktail of drugs and Liberace’s philandering.

    Soderbergh then approached Damon. “I knew enough about Matt to know that he’s not the kind of person who has to protect anything [or] that he has an image to uphold. He wants to be challenged. He wants to push himself as an actor.” Once on board, the two actors threw themselves into their roles. “They just grabbed hands and jumped off the cliff. At no point did I ask for something and get any hesitation or ‘Really?’ They knew there was no way to do this except both feet in. The core of the story is the emotional intimacy that they share … it has to be completely equal or it doesn’t work.”



    Metro Source
    What’s more, these actors turn in remarkable performances. Douglas captures Liberace’s outlandish mannerisms while still keeping the character grounded. Damon’s transformation from a wide-eyed young man to an embittered drug addict is heartbreaking. The pair has a remarkable chemistry — unabashedly spending scenes lounging undressed in bed or in the hot tub. They also do marvelous work negotiating the couple’s strange mix of romantic and familial love. LaGravenese points to a particularly poignant scene drawn from actual transcripts of the couple’s contentious palimony lawsuit when lawyers were trying to make sense of why Liberace had legally adopted his lover. “The lawyer said something to the effect of, ‘Well were you like a father and son?’ And Scott said, ‘Well yeah, we sort of were.’ Then the lawyer said, ‘But it was sexual?’ There was that confusion. Even Scott couldn’t explain it.”

  • Matt's on the cover of the July issue of Total Film to promote Elysium - photos available here.



  • A photo of Matt and George on the set of Monuments Men earlier in the week is at Gala.



  • Matt's currently on a weekend break with George Clooney in Lake Como - photos of Matt leaving an airport in Germany are available here. Thanks to frenchiesfans.canalblog.com for the link.



  • Behind the scenes photographs from Good Will Hunting are available at Miramax.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 11th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in lake como?

    I'm not convinced that matt is in lake como. He does seem to have been on the private jet w/ clooney and It does appear to be matt exiting the plane at Lugano airport. (I cant enlarge the pic) But I'm thinking maybe he went his separate ways? It is Mother's Day weekend. Or maybe Lucy is coming. I think clooney usually gets papped in lake como so maybe some pics are coming.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 11th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt in lake como?

    Matt made Mother's Day presents with the kids before he went to Germany (via Twitter sightings). Lucy should join him soon.

    The pic can enlarge at the French site and it's definitely Matt.

    Edited at 2013-05-11 09:29 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 11th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Total film scans

    Per mattdamonfan.net total film mag scans and a article on Btc. Nothing new though.

    http://www.mattdamonfan.net/multimedia/magazines/total-film-july-2013-scans/

    I remember there being twitter sightings of him, even pics, of matt before leaving for Germany. But I did not see anything of him doing Mother's Day presents. Thanks for the info.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 12th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Total film scans

    A report on Clooney back in Lake Como, but no mention of Matt.
    http://www.laprovinciadicomo.it/stories/Cronaca/374707_riaperta_villa_oleandra_a_laglio__tornato_clooney/

    The Twitter post was initially a sighting out of context, but more information was added some hours or days later.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 13th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Douglas

    An interview with Michael Douglas from NY magazine:

    http://www.vulture.com/2013/05/michael-douglas-on-liberace.html

    Highlights at People:

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20699726,00.html

    Edited at 2013-05-13 01:15 am (UTC)
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