Liberace is set to make a comeback in Las Vegas as a hologram in a new live show nearly 30 years after his death.
The late pianist is set to come back to life in light form as part of a feature-length show in Sin City.
Bosses at start-up company Hologram Usa have partnered with officials at the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts to create a show in which the digital entertainer would be able to interact with the audience.
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Liberace's former lover Scott Thorson is back behind bars after failing to show up in court for a probation hearing in court.
Thorson, who was portrayed by Matt Damon in the hit 2013 Tv movie Behind the Candelabra, was arrested in Nevada.
He was on probation for a burglary and Id theft conviction - and back in September (13) he was in court for a drug violation.
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The dilapidated Vegas mansion was home to the flamboyant star from the 1960's until his death in 1987
The mansion once belonging to flamboyant pianist Liberace - who was recently portrayed by Michael Douglas in the film Behind the Candelabra - has been sold this week for just $500,000. Real estate agency Redfin reported that the property had sold at the beginning of the week (26 August) having been on the market for a number of years after falling into foreclosure in 2010. It was purchased by Englishman Martyn Ravenhill, a life-long Liberace fan.
Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra
Speaking with local magazine Get Surrey, based in his native England, Ravenhill described an immediate attachment he felt with the property when he first viewed it and said he felt compelled to buy the property as a celebration of his 50th birthday. Revealing that he flew from his home in Mexico to Vegas upon hearing the property was for sale, Ravenhill said, “Suddenly there I was walking around this place. Opening the door felt like home. There was a strange feeling of nostalgia to me. You could feel the history in the place as well. As we were walking around I already knew that I had to buy it to mark my 50th birthday. I have come to the realisation that you have to do things while you can and seize the moment.”
Continue reading: Liberace's Las Vegas Mansion Sells For Half A Million
Scott Thorson - the former lover of entertainer Liberace - has claimed he had a ''six or seven'' year romance with the late Michael Jackson.
The 54-year-old former partner of the legendary pianist has alleged he grew close to the 'Billy Jean' hitmaker and described him as ''generous''.
He told The Sun newspaper: ''Liberace introduced me and Michael in the late 1970s. It was right around the time 'Thriller' was coming out and Michael and I became lovers.
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New Liberace biopic is released UK-wide today after delighting audiences at Cannes but despite the widespread positive reactions, 'Behind The Candelabra' will never even be considered for an Academy Award.
Liberace biopic, Behind The Candelabra, has been released today in UK cinemas today but due to troubles securing big-buck Hollywood funding, the glitteringly kitsch film will only be seen on TV in the US, making it exempt from Oscar considerations.
In unfortunate circumstances for all who worked hard to create the well-received, feature-length biopic, Behind The Candelabra, its broadcast on US TV, instead of screening in cinemas, will mean that the film starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon cannot win the most illustrious award in filmmaking. No matter how many scores of critics proclaim their adoration; regardless of how many fans flock in their droves to the cinema here in the U.K, the film will never even have a shot at the Oscars.
According to director Steven Soderbergh, Behind The Candelabra was denied any financing from Hollywood studios because of their belief that only gay people would want to go and see the film. Soderbergh failed to let Hollywood's knockback deflate his big plans to bring Liberace back to life, finding funding instead from HBO, the American cable television network, who will broadcast the biopic on the small screen. Soderbergh said he and his team saw the bright side: "Our attitude was: 'More people are going to see it this way anyway.'"
Matt Damon feels ''proud'' of revealing his ''Brazilian tan line'' on camera alongside Michael Douglas in 'Behind The Candelabra'.
Matt Damon is ''proud'' of revealing his ''Brazilian tan line'' in 'Behind The Candelabra'.
The 49-year-old actor portrays the late entertainer Liberace's gay lover Scott Thorson alongside Michael Douglas in the biopic and was pleased with himself after the risqué scene he suggested to director Steven Soderbergh - which involved him exposing his bare bottom on camera - was included.
Matt said: ''I explained to [Steven] in this parking lot in West Hollywood about my Brazilian tan line that I had to get to make some of the outfits fit and not show a tan line.
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'Behind the Candelabra' actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon used their own marriages to help inspire their gay relationship in the new Liberace biopic.
The actors play gay lovers in the new Liberace biopic - which focuses on his secret relationship with Scott Thorson - and they felt they could ''relate'' to the couple because of their own marriages.
Speaking at the film's press conference at Cannes Film Festival, Damon said: ''What it felt like was a a love story, a movie about a real, long-term relationship.
Continue reading: Michael Douglas And Matt Damon Inspired By Marriages
The 66th Cannes Film Festival kicked off this week with the glittering red carpet premiere of The Great Gatsby, attended by filmmaker Bas Luhrmann and cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher. The film opened in America last Friday and in the UK this Thursday.
Mulligan also stars in another film in competition at Cannes: the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis is the story of a folk singer (Oscar Isaac) in 1960s New York. The eclectic, starry cast includes Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund and John Goodman. And to go with the Cannes world premiere, the film launched its first trailer this week. It looks pretty unmissable, and is being released to target awards season.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Cannes Film Festival Kicks Off, Coen Brothers' & James Franco Are Potential Award Winners, Michael Douglas Portrays Liberace In Behind The Candelabra And Much More!
See Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Rob Lowe as you've never seen them before in Behind The Candelabra!
Steven Soderbergh lands in sunny Cannes this week with his HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, a biopic of the flamboyant pianist Liberace, played by Michael Douglas. The American entertainer's personal life was embroiled in scandal with rumors of homosexuality which he always vehemently denied - this despite his close relationship with a young chauffeur named Scott, 39-years his junior.
Scott, played by Matt Damon, becomes an important figure in the pianist's life and he is even persuaded to under facial surgery by the pianist. It led to a desperate struggle with drugs and various fiery arguments between the pair. "I didn't want to do a biopic in the traditional sense. I wanted to go narrow and deep," Soderbergh told the Los Angeles Times of the movie, "It's Alice going down the rabbit hole. That's a much more elegant way to get into Liberace's life." On his love scenes with Damon, Michael Douglas told the New York Magazine, "Once you get that first kiss in, you are comfortable.Matt and I didn't rehearse the love scenes. We said, 'Well - we've read the script, haven't we?"
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Michael Douglas forced director Steven Soderbergh to cut gay porn scenes in their new Liberace biopic because the actor wanted to be able to show his young kids the film without having to explain the explicit shots.
The Wall Street star portrays the flamboyant pianist in Behind The Candelabra, and, although he had no problem filming intimate scenes with his co-star Matt Damon, who plays Liberace's young lover Scott Thorson, Douglas refused to allow footage of men's penises to grace the Tv screens in the movie.
He tells New York Magazine, "Liberace loved sex, and I didn't have a problem with that. But, at one point, Steven Soderbergh wanted to show Lee (Liberace) watching a gay porno...
Continue reading: Michael Douglas Objected To Gay Porn Scenes In Behind The Candelabra
Date of birth
16th May, 1919
Date of death
4th February, 1987