Kilmer seemed to make the admission during a Reddit Q&A session with fans last week.
Val Kilmer appears to have confirmed that he has been suffering from cancer after all, a few months after the actor had denied that was suffering from the disease.
The former Batman and Top Gun star, 57, was speaking to his fans in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session last Wednesday (April 26th), and responded to a question regarding the speculation late last year around his health after Michael Douglas had said Kilmer was “dealing with” throat cancer.
At the time, Kilmer had denied Douglas’ claims in a statement via Facebook saying that he had “no cancer whatsoever”. Now, however, he seems to have tracked back on that, saying that he has undergone “a healing of cancer”.
Continue reading: Val Kilmer Makes Cancer "Healing" Admission
The actress and husband Michael Douglas had a ‘laid back’ family Christmas.
Douglas had said the ‘Batman’ actor was suffering from throat cancer.
After Douglas’ comments Kilmer issued a statement denying he had cancer, saying he had instead undergone an operation to remove a lump from his throat.
Val Kilmer says he received an apology from Michael Douglas
Continue reading: Val Kilmer Says He Received An Apology From Michael Douglas
The actor currently has a swollen tongue, but has denied he is suffering from cancer.
Val Kilmer struggled to speak during an appearance on Thursday at a screening of the film version of his play Citizen Twain.
The actor had been forced to deny rumours he was suffering from cancer earlier this month, after friend Michael Douglas said he was, "dealing with exactly what I had, and things don't look too good for him.”
But at the event in Los Angeles Kilmer told the audience he was still dealing with a swollen tongue, but declined to comment on his health any further.
Contrary to friend and former co-star Michael Douglas' bleak diagnosis earlier this week, Kilmer clarified that he isn't suffering from throat cancer.
The 56 year old movie star has denied he’s suffering from cancer in a Facebook post he released late on Tuesday (November 1st), saying that his former co-star Douglas, although he means well, is “misinformed” about the situation and they actually haven’t seen each other in two years.
Val Kilmer pictured in 2015
Continue reading: Val Kilmer Clarifies That He Is Not Suffering From Throat Cancer
They've had their hurdles, but there's nothing these guys can't overcome.
One of Hollywood's most well-known couples, Catherine Zeta-Jones marriage to Michael Douglas has certainly withstood the test of time, and it's today that the couple can say that they're celebrating 15 years of wedded bliss - though it hasn't exactly been without its pitfalls.
Catherine Zeta-Jones And Michael Douglas celebrate 15 years of marriage
46-year-old Jones married Douglas, who is exactly 25 years her senior since they share a birthday, this very day (November 18th) in 2000 in a ceremony at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. It came as soon as Douglas' divorce from Diandra Luker was finalised and since then, the couple have been virtually inseparable - that was until news broke in 2013 that they had separated for a few months.
Michael Douglas addressed his mother’s death in a recent interview at a screening of his upcoming film 'Ant-Man'.
Michael Douglas described his late mother, Diana Douglas, as a “class act” during a recent appearance at a press screening of his soon-to-be-released movie, Ant-Man, on Monday (13th July). Diana died earlier this month at the age of 92 after losing her battle with cancer.
Michael Douglas at the press screening of Ant-Man in New York on Monday.
An awful lot has happened in the world - A Second World War super soldier has risen from the dead, a billionaire playboy has revealed himself as a costumed superhero, and the Norse God of thunder himself has come to earth on four occasions. So for Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a petty criminal entrusted with the secret of his mentor's super-secret substance designed to shrink a person, it should be seen as just another day in the life for a person of planet Earth. Now, with the ability to shrink his down to a minuscule size while increasing his strength, Ant-Man is born.
And So It Goes set to appeal to an older audience.
Fresh from the critical and box office success of Behind The Candelabra, for which he made off with a haul of awards for his portrayal of Liberace, Michael Douglas returns in a new romantic comedy And So It Goes.
Alongside Diane Keaton, Douglas plays a curmudgeonly real estate agent on the verge of retirement who suddenly has a granddaughter thrust upon him by his estranged son. Determined to continue with his life, he in turn foists the nine-year-old child upon his neighbour [Keaton]. But gradually, Douglas’ character opens up his heart to both his granddaughter and neighbour, learning to readjust his priorities in life.
Continue reading: Rob Reiner's 'And So It Goes' Is A Safe Bet At The Cinema This Weekend
Michael Douglas gives a warm greeting to the waiting paparazzi and fans as he leaves 'The Late Show With David Letterman' in New York. He immediately gets into his car but is subsequently swamped by fans asking for autographs through his window. He winds down his window and obliges as paparazzi struggle to get a shot through the tinted glass.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones - American Film Institute's (AFI) 42nd Annual Life Achievement Award honoring Jane Fonda at The Dolby Theatre - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 5th June 2014
Michael Douglas - Actor and UN Messenger for Peace, Michael Douglas, takes part in a Q&A during the 'Action For Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do' book launch at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 15th April 2014
Michael Douglas and Pat Riley - Wednesday February 5, 2014; Celebs out at the Clippers-Heat game. The Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by the final score of 116-112 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 5th February 2014
The superhero film takes the slot vacated by Batman v Superman
Bad news ant fans; Ant-Man has been subject of a major release-date shift. With the untitled Superman-Batman pic moving to May 6, 2016, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has taken the opportunity to move into its old slot, meaning it will be released on July 17, 2015.
Paul Rudd stars in Ant-Man
This means two things: fans of the character don't have to wait too long for the film, and the film will now be going up against Warners’ big-budget Peter Pan movie titled Pan, which promises to be a box office goliath.
Continue reading: Ant-Man Moved Forward To Summer 2015
The 'Californication' actress will take on Glenn Close's formidable 1987 role.
Natascha McElhone has been cast in a staged adaptation of 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction that will play in London this coming March. The Californication actress has won the iconic lead role of Alex Forrest, who was played most famously in the movie by Glenn Close in one of her Oscar-nominated performances.
Natascha McElhone To Play "Bunny Boiler" Alex Forrest In A Staged Version Of 'Fatal Attraction."
The classically trained British actress will take to the boards for her portrayal of the spurned, psychotic mistress of Dan Gallagher's nightmares. Adrian Lyne's film placed Behind The Candelebra's Michael Douglas in the role of cheating attorney alongside Close. Of course, who could forget the movie's most ominous yet memorable scene during which Forrest simmers Gallagher's daughter's pet rabbit on the stove?
Continue reading: Natascha McElhone Lands 'Fatal Attraction' Lead In Stage Production
The 'Behind The Candelabra' star will make his superhero debut in 'Ant-Man.'
Michael Douglas has landed himself a role in upcoming superhero movie Ant-Man in which he will reportedly play scientist Hank Pym. The award-winning actor's genius character creates the technology used to shrink people to the size of ants.
Michael Douglas Is To Star In The New 'Ant-Man' Movie.
The intriguing news from Marvel comes hot on the heels of Douglas' win at the Golden Globes this week where he won for his portrayal of Liberace in Behind The Candelabra. "I've been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long," said Douglas, via BBC Newsbeat. "The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan [the actor's 13-year-old son] will love it. He'll have a picture he can see."
Continue reading: Michael Douglas Cast In 'Ant-Man' Movie As Scientist Hank Pym
Douglas wanted to do a superhero film
In true testament to Michael Douglas’s range as an actor, he picked up a Golden Globe for his work in Behind The Candelabra, then explained how a role in the upcoming Marvel movie Ant-Man was on the cards, and a long time coming, too.
Michael Douglas holds aloft his well-earned Golden Globe
"I've been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long," said Douglas.
Continue reading: Michael Douglas Finally Gets His Marvel Wish With Ant-Man Role
The actor has been signed up to star in the upcoming Marvel adaptation
Michael Douglas has signed on to do his first Marvel film and will star as Hank Pym in the upcoming movie adaptation of Ant-Man. As revealed by the Marvel website, Douglas will join director Edgar Wright and star Paul Rudd, who plays Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, in the movie due out next year.
Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym in the upcoming film
Hank Pym first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27 in January 1962 and was the first man to assume the identity of Ant-Man in the comic books, going on to assume other identities as the comic series continued, including the size-changing Giant-Man and Goliath, as well as the insect-themed Yellowjacket and briefly the Wasp, the alter ego of his crime-fighting wife Janet van Dyne. Pym was also one of the founding members of The Avengers and has regularly found himself fighting Ultron for the sake of humanity, so don't be surprised to see him tied into the next Avengers film too.
Continue reading: Michael Douglas Can't Wait For You To See Him In 'Ant-Man'
Marvel Studios announce Michael Douglas will star alongside Paul Rudd in the film adaptation of 'Ant-Man', the actor will be entering the world of superhero's for the first time.
Michael Douglas will officially star in his first superhero film. The 69 year-old has joined the cast of Marvel's newest film adaptation 'Ant-Man'.
Douglas will act opposite comedian Paul Rudd, in the Edgar Wright-directed movie, who is also venturing into the world of superhero's for the first time.
The 'Last Vegas' actor will play scientist 'Dr. Hank Pym' and Rudd will feature in the title role as 'Scott Lang' aka 'Ant-Man'.
'American Hustle' was the night's big winner, with three major wins, but there were surprises elsewhere as even Leonardo DiCaprio won an award!
The 2014 Golden Globes came and went on Sunday, 12 January night as the stars of Hollywood gathered for the first real awards showcase of the year. The event didn't let down, with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler delivering the laughs throughout the event and with individual stars using their time in the spotlight to grand effect, resulting in a night to remember.
American Hustle was the night's big winner
The two top-contested awards, Best Motion Picture for Drama and for Musical or Comedy, were awarded to the early favourites and the two titles looking most likely to sweep up over the course of awards season: 12 Years A Slave and America Hustle.
Michael Douglas - The 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends 'Help Haiti Home' Gala presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 11th January 2014
Can 'Last Vegas' get by on its Oscar winners?
It's hard to remember another film in which the five lead roles were played by Oscar winners. And the fact that all of them are over 60 might be another record. So Last Vegas couldn't help but draw attention due to its casting long before anyone knew what it was about (although the concept isn't exactly deep and complex).
Michael Douglas has two Oscars: for producing best picture One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and as best actor in Wall Street (1987). Robert De Niro also has two: supporting actor for The Godfather Part II (1974) and best actor for Raging Bull (1980). Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline both have supporting actor awards, for Million Dollar Baby (2004) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988), respectively. And Mary Steenburgen won supporting actress for Melvin and Howard (1980).
Continue reading: Five Actors, Five Oscar Winners, But Is 'Last Vegas' Any Good?
Michael Douglas - **File Photo * AMERICAN HUSTLE AND 12 YEARS A SLAVE LEAD 2014 GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS AMERICAN HUSTLE and 12 YEARS A SLAVE are going head-to-head at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards after landing six nominations each. The dramatic comedy will go up against Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and Wolf of Wall Street for Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy. Its stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams scored a mention for Best Performance In A Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), while Jennifer Lawrence picked up a nod for her supporting role and David O. Russell landed a nomination for Best Director. The film also picked up a Best Screenplay - Motion Picture nod. Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave also landed six nominations including Best Motion Picture, Drama, Best Performance Actor, Drama for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o, Best Supporting Actor, Drama for Michael Fassbender, Best Director - Motion Picture for Steve McQueen and Best Screenplay - Motion Picture. In the TV categories, some of the small screen's biggest names are going head-to-head for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama. Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Ray Donovan's Liev Schreiber, Masters of Sex's Michael Sheen, House of Spades' Kevin Spacey and The Black List's James Spader are all nominated. Meanwhile, The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, Orange is the New Black's Taylor Schilling, Scandal's Kerry Washington and House of Cards' Robin Wright all landed Best Actress in a TV series, Drama nods. For the Best Television Series - Drama category Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards and Masters of Sex will go up against each other. Michael Douglas' and Matt Damon's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra scored three nominations including Best TV Movie Or Mini-series and Best Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series for Damon and Douglas. The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, co-hosted by Tina - NY, New York, United States - Wednesday 30th October 2013
Michael Douglas - **File Photo * AMERICAN HUSTLE AND 12 YEARS A SLAVE LEAD 2014 GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS AMERICAN HUSTLE and 12 YEARS A SLAVE are going head-to-head at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards after landing six nominations each. The dramatic comedy will go up against Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and Wolf of Wall Street for Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy. Its stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams scored a mention for Best Performance In A Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), while Jennifer Lawrence picked up a nod for her supporting role and David O. Russell landed a nomination for Best Director. The film also picked up a Best Screenplay - Motion Picture nod. Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave also landed six nominations including Best Motion Picture, Drama, Best Performance Actor, Drama for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o, Best Supporting Actor, Drama for Michael Fassbender, Best Director - Motion Picture for Steve McQueen and Best Screenplay - Motion Picture. In the TV categories, some of the small screen's biggest names are going head-to-head for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama. Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Ray Donovan's Liev Schreiber, Masters of Sex's Michael Sheen, House of Spades' Kevin Spacey and The Black List's James Spader are all nominated. Meanwhile, The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, Orange is the New Black's Taylor Schilling, Scandal's Kerry Washington and House of Cards' Robin Wright all landed Best Actress in a TV series, Drama nods. For the Best Television Series - Drama category Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards and Masters of Sex will go up against each other. Michael Douglas' and Matt Damon's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra scored three nominations including Best TV Movie Or Mini-series and Best Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series for Damon and Douglas. The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, co-hosted by Tina - Tuesday 11th June 2013
Young actresses are lining up to play Wonder Woman on the big screen, the Oscar-garlanded cast of Last Vegas kicks off their film at a New York premiere, and we get new trailers for American Hustle, Charlie Countryman and Delivery Man...
The big rumour this week is that Wonder Woman will be featured in the upcoming Batman vs Superman film, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, and then will have her own movie afterwards. The two names most frequently suggested for the role this week are Jaimie Alexander, hot on the heels of her supporting role in Thor: The Dark World, and Olga Kurylenko, who seems to be everywhere at the moment. But it seems like all of Hollywood is lining up to be considered. We have put together a full run down of the Wonder Woman contenders for you here.
The cast and crew of Last Vegas gathered in New York for a star-studded premiere, including Oscar-winning cast members Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Mary Steenburgen, as well as costars Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and director John Turteltaub. The film, about a group of lifelong retirement-age friends who head to Vegas for a bachelor party, has just opened in America and arrives in the UK in January. We have all the best video coverage from the premiere here Director Jon Turteltaub Hits The Red Carpet, Michael Douglas And 50 Cent Arrive At The 'Last Vegas' NY Premiere, Morgan Freeman And Robert DeNiro Spotted At 'Last Vegas' NY Premiere.
'Last Vegas' has a dream cast but fails to deliver a box office hit!
Hollywood's newest comedy 'Last Vegas', which features one of the most star studded cast in recent memories, hit theatres this Friday (Nov 1st) to an underwhelming reception. Acting legends, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, star as four best friends since childhood who travel to Las Vegas for one last bachelor party.
Kline, Freeman, De Niro and Douglas in 'Last Vegas'
The film follows the story of Billy (Douglas), who is the group's ladies' man, as he finally proposes to his considerably younger girlfriend and becomes the final friend to get married. To celebrate the occasion, they decide to relive their younger days and throw a bachelor party in Sin City but on arrival, Paddy (De Niro), Archie (Freeman) and Sam (Kline) realise the years have dramatically changed the party destination.
Star power hasn't rubbed off here.
What a risk this was: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline sharing a screen as four old friends travelling to Las Vegas to fulfill some sort of nostalgic dream of a bachelor party in the debauched city.
Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenburgen and Robert De Niro
All four actors have made brilliant films, and are all screen legends in their own right. Apart from maybe Kline, who recently starred as 'Wounded Soldier' in 2012’s Oscar-winning Lincoln – one of his best films.
Robert DeNifo, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline - Last Vegas Afterparty held at Haze Nighclub inside Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on 10-19-2013 - Las Vegas, NV, United States - Saturday 19th January 2013
Kevin Kline, Mary Steenbergen, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas - Cast members from CBS Films' 'Last Vegas' attend the presentation to the cast of a ceremonial key to the city of Las Vegas outside the the Bellagio Fountains - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Friday 18th October 2013
Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline - CBS Films LAST VEGAS Special Screening After Party and Red Carpet Arrivals at Haze Nightclub at ARIA - Las Vegas, NV, United States - Saturday 19th October 2013
Cameron Douglas is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for drug charges, a sentence Michael feels is unjust
Michael Douglas' speech at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday was one of the highlights of the show, and not just because the show itself was a bit of a bore itself and he gave one of the funniest, and most innuendo-ridden monologues of the night. But after his light-hearted response to winning the award, the acting great moved on to more serious matters, bringing up his "wife Catherine," and his son, Cameron Douglas.
Douglas holds his Emmys statue aloft
Cameron is currently serving a 10 year prison sentence for drug peddling and backstage at the Emmys, where Michael won the award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie' for his role as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, he discussed his son's incarceration and what he described as "disappointing" reflection on the US justice system.
During his acceptance speech for the 'Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie' Emmy, Douglas packed in as many innuendos as he could as he also thanked his 'wife' and co-star Matt Damon
Michael Douglas wowed critics and audiences alike with his portrayal as Liberace in the HBO TV movie Behind The Candelabra. Standing out from the crowd in the lists of nominees for the 'Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie' award, it came as little surprise to see Douglas take away the award for his role, but his acceptance speech was much less expected.
Douglas won the award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie'
Cramming in a penis joke, a gay sex joke, and a few other wink wink, nudge nudge moments in his speech, Douglas' had the crowd holding their sides with laughter as he walked away from the awards show as one of the highlights of the night. As he accepted the Emmy award, he first addressed his co-star Matt Damon, who played Liberace's lover Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra, and told him "this was a two hander, and you're only as good as the other hand."
Russell Brand sparked a slanging match at the GQ Men of the Year Awards after he 'mentioned the war'
At the annual GQ Men of the Year Awards, Russell Brand sparked off a war of words between himself, Charles Moore, actor Jeremy Piven and a host of others, as the group embarked on a night long slanging contest that took place during their respective time on stage. According to the Evening Standard, the slang-off was sparked by Brand's ill-advised Nazi joke, which seemed to set the subject matter for the night early on.
Russell's joke didn't go down well with everyone
Continue reading: Russell Brand Sparks Fracas At GQ Men Of The Year Awards With Nazi Jibes
In one of the biggest weeks for news in some time, Ben Affleck was unveiled as the new Batman by Warner Bros, while Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift made sure the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 would not be forgotten in a hurry.
Batfleck: Well, Warner Bros caught us all off guard last week, announcing Ben Affleck as the new Batman for the Man of Steel 2 - and just as we were winding down for the week. Take a look at the road Affleck took to reach one of the biggest roles in Hollywood.
Is It Worth It? Let Me Twerk It: Forget N-Sync, Lady Gaga, Eminem or One Direction, because for better or worse, the MTV VMA's 2013 belonged to Miley Cyrus. She twerked in a nude bikini. The internet exploded. Rihanna looked confused. Check out the fallout here.
Continue reading: A Week In News: Batfleck, Miley Cyrus At VMA's, Taylor Swift's F-Bomb
The famous couple are working things out, apparently
They’re so powerful, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’s split actually took people by surprise. How they managed to keep their troubles under wrap for so long is a mystery, but the movie stars might not be apart for long as they aim to “work on their marriage”.
Michael Douglas looks sombre
A rep for Zeta-Jones confirmed to CNN that the couple are in the middle of "evaluating" their relationship. "Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," the rep said, declining to make any further comments. The pair has been married for thirteen years since tying the knot at the turn of the millennium.
Michael Douglas has split from his wife, but how's the career looking?
Michael Douglas [L] and Matt Damon [R] In 'Behind the Candalabra'
"Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," a rep for the actress said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.
The couple, together for 13 years, are said to be evaluating their marriage.
Actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones have been confirmed to be taking some time apart so they can figure out what's going on in their marriage. A publicist's statement, via BBC News, said that the couple had taken the decision to take a break to "evaluate and work on their marriage."
Michael & Catherine Aren't Even In The Same Country At The Moment.
The past year has clearly taken its toll on the couple, who have been married for 13 years, after Douglas battled with throat cancer (now in remission) that he blamed on oral sex, Catherine was announced to be suffering with Bipolar II disorder and Michael's son, Cameron, from a previous marriage was incarcerated on drugs charges. A source speaking to People emphasised "The stress has taken a toll on their marriage."
Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam may well be getting on in years physically but, on the inside, they haven't changed in 40 years, so when Billy announces his engagement to a woman half his age, it's only right that they should celebrate with one hell of a party trip. They take to Vegas in what they hope is a wild weekend on the Strip; they were kids once, they understand how it's done, right? Well, things have changed a lot since 1959 and they're about to be outdone for the first time in their lives by a new, younger generation of party animals - or are they? This bunch of retirees may yet surprise you!
'Last Vegas' is like a wonderful reversed coming of age story that really hammers in a great message that young people and older people have a lot more in common than they think. It has been directed by Jon Turteltaub ('National Treasure', 'While You Were Sleeping', 'The Kid'), written by Adam Brooks ('Practical Magic', 'Definitely, Maybe', 'French Kiss') and Dan Fogelman ('Crazy, Stupid, Love', 'Cars', 'Tangled') and features an Oscar winning main cast of veteran stars. It is set to hit UK cinema screens on November 8th 2013.
'Behind The Candelabra' screenwriter Richard Lagravenese talks about the new movie biopic about Liberace and his secret love affair with his driver in a new featurette. He praises Michael Douglas' and Matt Damon's performances and director Steven Soderbergh's vision.
An extraordinary tale of friendship and romance is set to hit our screens as the secret affair between world-class entertainer Liberace and his faithful young assistant Scott Thorson is brought to film. When Scott met the flamboyant pianist almost 40 years his senior, he was spellbound by the grandeur and luxury amidst which he lived. Equally, Liberace was charmed by the youth and beauty he saw in Scott and embraced him as a companion, a brother, a son and, later, his lover. However, the romance was not without its turmoil, with the couple regularly engaging in blazing rows mostly due to drugs and alcohol on Scott's part, the secrecy of their relationship and Liberace's shocking insistence that Scott undergo facial surgery to resemble a younger version of himself. Over their five year relationship, this unlikely pair went through every emotion possible while Liberace vehemently denied any passion between himself and his driver.
Continue: Behind The Candelabra - Clips
This biopic about the pianist-showman Liberace may look almost painfully camp, and sometimes it is, but it's also a remarkably honest depiction of an intimate relationship. In the hands of Steven Soderbergh, the flaming excess is never made the butt of the joke; instead we get a strong dose of gritty humour, dark emotion and even a revealing look into the smoke and mirrors of show business. And the astute performances from both Douglas and Damon continually catch us off guard with their resonance.
It was 1977 when the 57-year-old entertainer (Douglas) met 17-year-old Scott Thorson (Damon). There was an instant spark as Liberace, known to his friends as Lee, offered Scott a job as a companion: on the stage, in his bed and running his household. But their relationship wasn't easy. Lee coaxed Scott into joining him under the knife of a plastic surgeon (Lowe) who reshaped Scott's face to look like a younger Liberace. Afterwards, Scott became addicted to a variety of drugs, which strained their romance to the breaking point. And it didn't help that Lee had an eye for ever-younger boys, all while insisting to the world that he was straight. "People see what they want to see," he said.
While the production design overflows with Liberace's "palatial kitsch" design sensibility, Soderbergh keeps the story and characters grounded, finding humour in unexpected places (Lowe's over-lifted face is hilarious). And despite the outrageous costumes and hair, the actors never camp up their performances, which cleverly holds the story in a delicate balance between sharp comedy and involving drama. In this sense, LaGravenese's script is particularly clever, peppering the dialog with telling details that gives us a remarkably well-rounded picture of the interaction between these men. And it continually resists becoming another stereotypical gay romance, celebrity biopic or drugs odyssey.
Continue reading: Behind The Candelabra Review
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!
When 60-something-year-old Billy finally announces to his best friends Paddy, Archie and Sam that he's going to tie the knot once and for all, he is determined that his last days as a single man will be as wild as 1959. On a mission to raise the roof with an epic bachelor party, they land in Las Vegas where partying hard is law. However, the city is not how they left it; things have changed a lot since they were kids and they are about to be outdone by the youth of today as they embark on a riotous weekend that will test themselves, their friendships and how they see the world. On the other hand, age verification will unlikely be necessary.
Continue: Last Vegas Trailer
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?"
Watch the 'Behind the Candelabra' trailer!
Liberace was an American pianist and entertainer well-known for his flamboyant lifestyle and the sense of grandiose he carried about with him. His personal life was embroiled in scandal with rumours of homosexuality which he vehemently denied. While everyone saw him as a figure of extravagance and individuality, behind closed doors was a turbulent relationship with a young chauffeur 39 years his junior. Scott Thorson became an important figure in Liberace's life; not only as a driver, but also like a son, a brother and a best friend. They embarked on a 5 year affair that saw Liberace persuade Scott into facial surgery to resemble himself, something which led to a desperate struggle with drugs on Scott's part and many a fiery argument between them. Just what was life for Liberace like behind the glitz and glamour of his luxurious existence?
Continue: Behind the Candelabra Trailer
The Great Gatsby wasn't regarded as the greatest choice to opening the Cannes Film Festival, now it looks an even worse idea.
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival will open on Wednesday (May 15, 2013) with Baz Luhrmann's 3-D version of The Great Gatsby, a throwback to the roaring twenties adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic book of the same name. The announcement caused unrest earlier in the year given that Gatsby would already have been released in the U.S by the time Cannes came round (it was released last week) though there's a couple of other things to worry about.
The Great Gatsby opened in the United States to fairly lacklustre reviews, dampening the buzz surrounding the start of the 12 day Cannes Film Festival. The critics have already seen it. The critics didn't like it very much. "This dreadful film even derogates the artistry of Fitzgerald, who wrote "The Great Gatsby" while living on Long Island and in Europe," said the Wall Street Journal. It holds a score of 48% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Nevertheless, champagne bottles will be popped, deals will be made and Harvey Weinstein will be wandering around deciding which movie to snap up as his next Oscar winner at this year's festival. Stars expected to attend include Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Ryan Gosling, Emma Watson and the legendary Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachan. "This is the hardest 10 days of the year for me. There are always three or four movies that are exceptional and you have to find them so it is a detective job," said Tom Bernard, co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics.
Oscar and Grammy winner Barbra Streisand is honoured at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, New York. Snapped on the red carpet are Streisand herself with husband James Brolin, 'Chicago' star Catherine Zeta Jones and 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' producer Michael Douglas, and James Bond star Pierce Brosnan with wife Keely Shaye Smith.
The Bourne Trilogy actor and his wife dashed off to the tropical paradise of St. Lucia for a lavish ceremony
While some of us are still struggling to get their bearings after winter, Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso decided to jet off to the tropical island of St. Lucia to renew their vows, PEOPLE confirms.
With a $600 000 price tag and some extremely tight security around the island price tag, the ceremony is hardly quaint, but it’s still an intimate affair. The couple are set to exchange vows in front of their four daughters and some close friends, including Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. The Damon family have been together since 2005, when they married in a modest civil ceremony in New York city. They met in 2003, while Damon was shooting Stuck on You and Lucia was bartending.
While reports that the resort is being closed down for the ceremony have been discredited by E!News, the St. Lucia authorities are still taking serious security measures for the event.
Continue reading: Matt Damon And Luciana Barroso Renewing Vows Over The Weekend
Michael Douglas' son Cameron Douglas has been beaten in a Pennsylvania prison after a crime boss put a $100 bounty on him for 'being a rat.' A source told the New York Post that Cameron, 34, suffered a broken leg and finger after a New York mobster offered payment to anyone who hurt the convicted drug dealer. Is it really worth the hassle for $100?
Anyway, somebody obviously wanted the cash, and duly gave Cameron a severe beating. The insider said, "He broke his femur, which is hard to snap, and had to have a rod inserted. He told health services staff that he hurt them playing handball. You don't break a femur playing handball." Douglas is currently serving a 10-year stretch for dealing crystal meth and smuggling drugs for himself while in prison. He was accidently exposed as a 'snitch' during a bail hearing in 2010, when Dr Robert Millman let slip that Douglas had agreed to testify against his suppliers, the Mexican immigrant brothers David and Eduardo Escalera. His father Michael and mother Diandro Douglas have visited Cameron in prison, though not together. The gangster allegedly involved in the beating is "the self-proclaimed King of the Italians' who "won't tolerate rats."
Cameron - who has reportedly reshaped himself in prison by pumping irons and getting tattoos - is not eligible for release until 2018. He has been working as a weekend orderly in a housing unit for $1.65 per month.
Continue reading: Michael Douglas' Son Beaten After Crime Boss Issues $100 Bounty
Catherine Zeta Jones has spoken to In Style magazine about her long-standing battle with mental illness. In an attempt to erase the stigma associated with manic depression and other similar illness, she revealed that since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she has actually started to appreciate life more than she did previously.
The 43 year-old actress was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder – a form of manic depression – in April last year, when she was admitted to a rehabilitation clinic in the US. At the time, her husband, actor Michael Douglas was recovering from his treatment for throat cancer. “I’m not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops,” said the actress, “but, with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it is completely controllable… I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who don’t have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it.”
Zeta Jones admitted that one of the “smartest” things she’s done, since she’s been learning to live with her illness, is to stop going online and googling comments about herself, made by others. “I just stopped. Cold turkey. And it’s so liberating.” She went on to say that the last 18 months, since her diagnosis, have been as scary as they have been enlightening. She said that it’s been “an intense time in good ways and bad. You find out who you really are and who are you are married to. You find things inside yourself you never imagined were there.”
'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' producer Michael Douglas smiles at photographers but doesn't stop to pose for pictures as they snap him leaving the Time Warner Centre in New York City. He is closely followed by '101 Dalmations' star Glenn Close who pauses briefly when she is asked for a photo but Bryan Cranston who leaves the building next is hurried off very abruptly by his assistant.
Barbra Streisand is now half-way through her triumphant homecoming, having performed to a sell-out audience at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre for the first time last night (October 11, 2012). The screen, stage and studio superstar will head back to her home town’s new massive concert venue for a second time tomorrow (October 13), before hitting the road once again as she continues her already massively successful Barbra Live tour.
Whilst blaSting out the hits last night, there was no shortage of famous faces in the crowd, with Barbara Walters, Jimmy Fallon, Sting, Katie Couric, Woody Allen, Michael Douglas and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg all spotted in the crowd. And if that wasn’t enough, the upper echelons of the fashion world also made an appearance at the show, designers Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors being spotted in the audience.
Streisand's ex-husband, Elliott Gould, was also at the event, in support of his and Barbara’s son Jason, who accompanied his mother on stage. Barbra introduced Jason to the audience as her “pride and joy,” before performing ‘How Deep Is the Ocean’ together.
Continue reading: Brooklynite Barbra Streisand Returns Home For Two Sell-Out Shows
The stars came out to pay tribute to the late American composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch who passed away last month aged 68, with Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin and Liza Minelli appearing at a memorial service in tribute to the great music writer.
The BBC reports that the invite-only service was held at New York’s Juilliard School and saw Minelli perform If You Really Knew Me from the musical They’re Playing My Song whilst Franklin sung James Bond theme Nobody Does It Better. It was a fitting tribute to someone who won three Academy Awards, a Tony, four Grammys , four Emmys and a Pultizer Prize during their career.
The event was arranged by Streisand and she commented on Hamlisch's life by saying "Without explaining why or how, we understood each other’s anxieties," in reference to their shared Jewish heritage.
An audience that included Michael Douglas and Sarah Jessica Parker were treated to performances not just by three women who are among the finest voices in popular music history, but also three of Hamlisch’s closest friends, making it a wholly fitting evening. Minelli said that she’d known him since they were in their teens, whilst Franklin performed a version of the spiritual ballad Deep River in homage. The tribute also featured While I Still Have The Time - a song from his final musical, The Nutty Professor, which premiered in Nashville in August.
Mallory (Carano) is a former military operative who's now a private contractor.
After working with Aaron (Tatum) on a rather dodgy kidnap-rescue in Barcelona, her U.S. Government boss Kenneth (McGregor) sends her to Dublin on an assignment with British agent Paul (Fassbender). But things quickly get messy and, when she ends up on the run, she desperately grabs a passerby (Angarano) and tells him her tale while figuring out what to do. The only men she trusts are a political puppet-master (Douglas) and her ex-military guru dad (Paxton).
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In The In-Laws (based on the 1979 film of the same name), like most other Michael Douglas vehicles, his gaunt face is rarely off the camera. Wisely, director Andrew Fleming inserts a hilarious Albert Brooks as the perfect remedy for Douglas's self-absorption.
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The phrase, now famous via Douglas's Oscar-winning performance, was initially uttered by Ivan Boesky, the 1980s business biggie who thrived on doing whatever it took to become rich, and paid the price as a result. Director/co-writer Stone, with Douglas at the epicenter, erects an overdone behemoth of a movie that, like Boesky himself, is an ageless -- and, at times, clichéd -- cautionary tale.
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With its overblown script striving for maximum wackiness and cheap laughs, the espionage-and-matrimony comedy "The In-Laws" walks a thin line between funny and dumb in an inebriated stupor. Butt-crack gags and unlikely explosions are the order of the day. But a threesome of smarter-than-the-screenplay comedic performances keep the flick punchy enough to earn fairly steady smiles.
Albert Brooks stars as an anxiety-ridden podiatrist who considers a little foot fungus one of the most dangerous things in the world. Needless to say, he's in way over his head when, while trying to micro-manage his daughter's wedding plans, he stumbles onto a covert operation of international intrigue being led by the father of the groom (Michael Douglas), a loose-cannon undercover CIA agent.
Brooks provides a running narrative of amusing neuroses as he's knocked out and dragged along on a mission so he doesn't blow Douglas's cover as the screwy spook tries to prevent an effeminate French arms dealer (David Suchet) from selling a stolen nuclear stealth submarine. With masked insanity in his eyes and caffeine in his bloodstream, Douglas rides a comically uneven keel as the obnoxious daredevil spy of questionable sanity who does everything by the seat of his pants, including trying to negotiate with bad guys in a restaurant bathroom while having his first dinner with his future in-laws.
Continue reading: The In-Laws Review
"Traffic" is a socially and politically grandstanding soap opera about the narcotics trade and the futility of the "war on drugs." It's a film about how that war is propagated by bureaucratic demagogues in the United States government, not because they think they can stem the flow of illegal substances but because they think saying they want to is a way to win elections.
OK. Point taken.
"Traffic" is also gritty and realistic feat of cinematic logistics, following no less than 15 major characters (and more than 50 speaking parts) through several complex, well-acted storylines about all sides of the drug trade -- from kingpins to cops to policy wonks to addicts. So my hat is off to the picture's ever-brilliant director, Steven Soderbergh ("Erin Brockovich"), who certainly does a fine juggling act, involving the audience in every story on a personal level.
Continue reading: Traffic Review
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