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 - 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 - Tuesday 11th June 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 - NY, New York, United States - Wednesday 30th October 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
Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Jon Turteltaub - The cast of 'Last Vegas' receives the key to the city of Las Vegas at Bellagio Fountains - Las Vegas, NV, United States - Friday 18th 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 say it's over, but it might not be over for good, as the couple search for a way to bring their marriage back from the brink
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are the latest celebrity couple to crumble apart despite looking as though they're as solid as a rock. The twosome have not been seen together for a number of months, being photographed at social functions and red carpet events separately and seen on holiday without each other, and now it turns out that the pair have been 'on a break' for a few months as they try to iron out the creases in the marriage with some alone time.
The coupl, pictured at this years Oscars, haven't been seen together since April
The A-List pair have been married for well over a decade now, and seemed to be one of the few celebrity couples who managed to stick together despite the constant scrutiny of the press. But a new report from People has revealed that their 13-year marriage has been put on ice for now, with one source saying, "They're taking a break," for an indefinite period of time.
Continue reading: Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta Jones Call Time On Marriage
It's official - Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are spending some time apart to "work on their marriage."
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have decided to take "some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage." Following rumours of the couple's separation, Zeta Jones' representative announced today (28th August) that the couple are spending time apart. This decision was apparently made after Douglas returned from the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones photographed together in April 2013.
The couple married in 2000 and have two children together: Dylan and Carys. There is a 26 year age difference between the two actors although this does not appear to have been a factor in their decision to separate. According to a source close to the couple, speaking to LA Times, Douglas' battle with throat cancer and Zeta Jones' treatment for bipolar disorder have created difficulties within the couple's relationship.
The Television Critics Association Awards pre-empted many likely Emmy winners by presenting awards to shows such as 'Breaking Bad', 'Game of Thrones' and 'Behind the Candelabra'.
The Television Critics Association Awards (TCA Awards), held in Beverly Hills on Saturday (3rd August) night, saw Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Parks and Recreation and The Americans winning awards.
Breaking Bad, the drama following a meth-dealing terminally-ill Chemistry teacher and starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, won the top award as 'Program of the Year'. Game of Thrones was awarded 'Best Drama' and 'Best Comedy' was a tie between The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Recreation. The Americans won 'Outstanding New Programme'.
Continue reading: TCA Awards: 'Breaking Bad', 'Game Of Thrones' And 'The Americans' Win
The Emmy Award nominations were revealed yesterday (Thursday 11th July). Breaking Bad; House of Cards; Modern Family; Game of Thrones and Mad Men all received multiple nominations. Netflix made history by becoming the first internet network to be nominated for a number of awards.
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced yesterday (Thursday 18th July). The nomination ceremony was presented by Kate Mara and Aaron Paul via a live video stream on the Emmy's website.
Kate Mara at the Vanity Fair and Juicy Couture's Celebration of 2013 in L.A.
Netflix has managed to triumph with nominations for their shows: House of Cards; Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development. The company are developing this aspect of their business, which is proving hugely popular and profitable. The future does seem bright for the company which announced it was expanding into its 64th country. It also seems likely their awards over the next few years will increase especially with recent praise of Orange is the New Black.
Continue reading: Primetime Emmy Awards 2013: How Accurate Were Nomination Predictions?
We couldn't find a single negative review for this picture
Side Effects was supposed to be Steven Soderbergh’s last film, but the sequence of events that led it from being a TV movie to a fully fledged feature conspired in the director’s favor, as Behind The Candelabra is much better way to say goodbye.
The critics have well and truly fallen in love with Soderbergh’s depiction of Liberace in Behind The Candelabra. “Buffed to a typical HBO high gloss, Candelabra is a visual feast,” say USA Today. “It shines brightest in those moments where it captures the rhythms of a relationship in its first blush of affection and its seemingly inevitable collapse.” This never happens, but if you peruse the reviews of this film on Rotten Tomatoes, you won’t see a green splat; just shiny red tomatoes. With 93%, this film is certified fresh. “Who'd have thought Michael Douglas and Matt Damon would make such an astonishing, convincing on-screen couple? Steven Soderbergh, that's who...” say Empire Magazine. “If showbusiness is the business of showing off, nobody did it better than Liberace,” comment the Financial Times.
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.'"
Brad and Angelina hit the London red carpet for World War Z, while Britain gets to see Behind the Candelabra on the big screen. Meanwhile, stars are out promoting Man of Steel and Monsters University, and we have our first glimpse of Machete Kills...
This week's big world premiere was in London for the zombie apocalypse thriller where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made their first public appearance since news of Jolie's pre-cancer surgery. They were joined on the red carpet by director Marc Forster and other cast members. The film opens in two weeks.
This weekend British moviegoers get a chance to see Michael Douglas and Matt Damon on the big screen in the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. The film was broadcast last week on HBO in America, which means it isn't eligible for Oscars, but look for it to mop up Emmys and Golden Globes. And with glowing reviews from UK critics, Bafta nominations are also expected.
Michael Douglas' spokesperson is adamant the actor did not make the link between oral sex and his cancer.
The nature of Michael Douglas' cancer remarks have been cleared up by his spokesperson Allen Burry, though the Guardian newspaper is sticking by its story. On Monday 3 June, the newspaper published an interview with Douglas - the star of Steven Soderbergh's Behind The Candelabra - in which he spoke about his cancer diagnosis and subsequent recovery.
According to the published interview, Douglas appeared to suggest his throat cancer was caused by oral sex and not from years of drinking and smoking. "No. No. Ah, without getting too specific, this particular cancer is caused by something called HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus," the actor was quoted as saying. Various medical professional refuted the claims before Allen Burry denied that Douglas said that oral sex was the cause of the cancer and claimed he was merely pointing out one of the many causes of oral cancer. "In a discussion with the newspaper," the Associated Press quotes Burry as saying, "they talked about the causes of oral cancer, one of which was oral sex, which is noted and has been known for a while now."
The Guardian refutes any charge of misrepresentation and claims "Mr Burry was not present at the Guardian's interview with Michael Douglas," adding, "the only two people present were Mr Douglas and the Guardian writer, Xan Brooks." The newspaper also posted the relevant audio file of the interview, along with a verbatim transcript of the interview. Over to you, Mr Douglas.
Continue reading: Michael Douglas Cancer Remarks Denied, Newspaper Provides Audio [Listen]
Oscar award winning director Steven Soderbergh poses with his wife Jules Asner and Terre Blair-Hamlisch, the widowed spouse of composer Marvin Hamlisch, at the 100th Birthday event of the American Cancer Society in tribute to Hamlisch himself who passed away in 2012 after a short illness. He is renowned as one of very few EGOTs (someone who has landed an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in their career).
Heed his warning and think twice before you go down there from now on guys
Michael Douglas was reported as saying that he blamed cunnilingus as the main reason behind his throat cancer, however now his team of representatives are denying the actor ever made the comments in the first place. A spokesperson for the actor, Allen Burry, said that on the contrary Douglas' words were skewed by The Guardian, who first published the actor's quote, who said that while oral sex can result in throat cancer, Douglas never blamed it as the main reason for his battle with the illness.
Burry lamented that Douglas only said that oral sex was one of the causes, not the sole cause, of his battle with cancer. "In a discussion with the newspaper, they talked about the causes of oral cancer, one of which was oral sex, which is noted and has been known for a while now," the rep told the Associated Press on Monday (June 3), explaining that although the link between HPV (human papillomavirus) caused cancer and cunnilingus is known amongst doctors and scientists, the actor owes his (now defeated) cancer to years of smoking and drinking.
Understandably, The Guardian are not best pleased that they have been accused of misinterpretation and released a statement backing their initial claims and have even released an audio clip of the interview in which Douglas explained the cause of his disease. You can listen to the clip and make up your own mind on the Guardian's website.
The actor opens up on his life, and the pitfalls of oral sex
Michael Douglas is no stranger to the candid interview, and the Behind The Candelabra star’s chat with The Guardian was no different. In it, he reveals the reason for his throat cancer, and his smoker/drinker status has less to do with it than you think.
"No,” says Douglas when asked if he regretted rolling up and smoking those cigarillos. “Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”
What now? Your throat cancer came about because of oral sex? And you don’t mind just saying that to one of the biggest newspapers in the world? We love Michael Douglas. "I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer," added the star, before joking: "And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it."
Michael Douglas claims he got cancer from oral sex, and helped cured it the same way.
Michael Douglas, the legendary American actor and star of Steven Soderbergh's new movie Behind The Candelabra, claims he got throat cancer through oral sex. When asked whether he regrets his years of heavy drinking and smoking - the usual causes of cancer - Douglas told the Guardian, "No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus." Err, ok.
Bizarrely, the Oscar winner, who is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones, went on to claim that oral sex was also the best cure for it, "I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it." Celebrity GP Dr Drew Pinsky praised the actor for the interview, tweeting, "Very courageous, will help reduce the risk for others," though other professionals remained sceptical. Mahesh Kumar, a London-based head and neck surgeon, said, "It has been established beyond reasonable doubt that the HPV type 16 is the causative agent in oropharyngeal cancer. Maybe he thinks that more exposure to the virus will boost his immune system. But medically, that just doesn't make sense."
Douglas' representative denied that the actor made a specific link between cancer and oral sex, saying, "He did not say this was the cause of his cancer. In a discussion of oral cancer, he said this is one of the suspected causes. He never made it personal."
The pooch stole the show, despite tough competition from Ulysses the cat.
The poodle from the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra took first place in Cannes’ Palm Dog contest – a competition that we’re ready to wager you didn’t even know existed. And yet it does, and it has ever since its establishment in 2001. The pooch took the prize for canine glamour, while the glitzy Hollywood pets from Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring came in second place, according to Reuters. Obviously, a bitter disappointment for The Bling Ring team, but hey, at least they still have a shot at that Palm d’Or thing (not that it's more important than the pet prize).
Previous laureates of the coveted prize include superstar terrier Uggie from Oscar-winning movie The Artist. Prize founder Toby Rose said this year judges also had to deal with “the interloper issue,” in the form of the scene-stealing, audience-pleasing cat from Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis. Unfortunately for Ulysses, or the dozen cats who played him in the film, only canines are eligible for the prestigious award. We would personally deem that a discriminatory practice, but apparently, Palm Dog judges were relentless on the matter.
Some more information on the winner – he is apparently an ageing poodle with cataracts and his role was pivotal to the film. It was “Baby Boy’s” failing health that finally brought together Liberace and his new young lover. So, even if the movie fails to win the Palm D’or, there is certainly noone more deserving of the Palm Dog than its canine star.
Douglas touched by "beautiful gift" of a role
One of the biggest movies of the Cannes Film Festival sees Michael Douglas and Matt Damon team up together in Behind The Candelabra, a depiction of the infamous gay entertainer Liberace. Douglas plays the maverick entertainer, and revealed that it was one of the most poignant roles that he’d played, given that director Steven Soderbergh offered him the role so soon after the actor’s intense battle with throat cancer.
Speaking at a press conference in Cannes, Douglas said "It was right after my cancer that this beautiful gift was given to me." The 68 year-old was clearly emotional, according to Us Magazine, and also told the gathered press "I'm eternally grateful to Steven, Matt [Damon] and [producer] Jerry [Weintraub]."
Apparently Douglas was informally approached for the role way back in 2000, when he was on the set of Soderbergh’s Traffic: "I thought he was messing with me," said the actor at the press conference. Douglas also revealed that he had actually met Liberace before, when he was only 12 years old at his father Kirk Douglas' home in Palm Springs. Reflecting on the meeting he commented, "He came out of a Rolls Royce convertible, and the light was just bouncing off of all of his jewelry. He was very charming."
Continue reading: Michael Douglas Talks Behind The Candelabra And Liberace At Cannes
Multiple Oscar-winners in feel-good good film of the winter
If the thought of Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro hanging about Las Vegas like they’ve still got it enthuses you, then boy are you going to love this trailer for the trio’s new film Last Vegas. See what they’ve done with the title there?
First scene from forthcoming HBO feature revealed today.
We’ve been waiting to hear Michael Douglas as Liberace ever since it was announced that the veteran actor would play the infamous gay entertainer in the forthcoming dramatic biopic about his life, Behind The Candelabra, and now we’ve finally got a chance, with Entertainment Weekly managing to get a clip of Douglas playing Liberace and performing on stage.
The clip is an audio clip from the film’s first scene and features the song 'The Liberace Boogie,' with Douglas-as-Liberace riffing over the top in spoken word, his brass band playing behind him. It has to be said it sounds pretty top to us, the ever versatile Douglas sounding pretty similar to the man he’s meant to be portraying.
In a recent interview with Vulture meanwhile, Douglas talked about the gay kiss scenes between him and co-star Matt Damon. “Once you get that first kiss in, you are comfortable,” Douglas said. “Matt and I didn’t rehearse the love scenes. We said, ‘Well—we’ve read the script, haven’t we?’” He added. “The hardest thing about sex scenes is that everybody is a judge. I don’t know the last time you murdered somebody or blew anyone’s brains out, but everyone has had sex and probably this morning, which means everyone has an opinion on how it should be done.”
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
Steven Soderbergh's Liberace movie stars Matt Damon, Michael Douglas and Rob Lowe.
A new trailer for Steven Soderbergh's forthcoming HBO drama Behind the Candelabra has hit the web, giving fans a longer look at Michael Douglas as the flamboyant piano player Liberace, and Matt Damon and his younger lover Scott Thorson. The movie is set to premiere on May 26, 2013.
Of course, the main thing to take from the latest clip is Rob Lowe's ridiculous Snookie-like tan. It's a shade of orange that we're not quite sure we've ever seen before. Elsewhere, armed with a ridiculous haircut, Matt Damon climbs out of a swimming pool wearing a tiny pair of white trunks, and both he and Douglas have a fight in a bathtub, with Thorson hurling a glass at the wall. "All I do is give and give and give!" Liberace bellows and he storms off down a hallway.
The pair are starring in Soberbergh-directed movie out on HBO in May
The first picture of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon as Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson has emerged, with the pair playing the roles for Steven Soderbergh’s forthcoming HBO movie Behind The Candelabra, airing May 26, 2013.
As you’d expect, the pair look somewhat striking and hugely different from their usual selves, with Douglas in particular looking remarkably perturbing as the flamboyant Liberace. In an interview the pair gave to Entertainment Weekly, Damon commented “Every Sunday night, this girl would come to my house and I would stand in my garage and I would hike my boxer briefs up into the crack of my a– and she would give me a spray tan.” He quipped of his wife Luciana Bozán Barroso, “We’ve been through three childbirths, we’ve been in the trenches, there are no secrets. But I really wish she didn’t see that. That’s too much.”
You’d think that in a season when we’ve seen a spaghetti western about slavery, a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, featuring graphic torture scenes, a fantasy adaptation and a musical adaptation, nothing would be too outlandish for Hollywood to handle. Not so apparently.
After a season full of violence and shock, one topic remains too taboo for the business - beware the gays. According to Indiewire, Steven Soderbergh’s new flick, Behind the Candelabra was “too gay” to produce. Speaking to the Television Production Association, Soderbergh revealed how much of a struggle it had been to find a home for his film, despite having two big names already on the project – Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. "Nobody would make it. We went to everybody in town," Soderbergh said to The Wrap. “We needed $5 million. Nobody would do it.”
The film tracks the tragic relationship between Liberace (portrayed by Douglas) and his lover Scott Thompson (played by Matt Damon). Even so, the film is much more lighthearted than something like Brokeback Mountain, for example. So it was a shock for Soderbergh that he could not find the funding anywhere. It all ends well, though, as the film eventually found a home with HBO. According to the director, it’s for the better, since the company knows how to sell something like this. Behind the Candelabra is set to come out sometime in March.
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
"He broke his femur, which is hard to snap, and had to have a rod inserted," explained a source. "He told health services staff that he hurt them playing handball. You don't break a femur playing handball." Apparently, the injury was misdiagnosed, and so a broken leg was treated as a sprain, causing blood clots. "She thought it was a sprain, so he wants to sue this woman. He's still walking around on crutches two months later." Douglas has been getting used to prison life since he became a "rat", but its that label that earned him his beating, after a crime-family captain put a $100 bounty on him. "He recently had his initials inscribed on his neck and big stars on his shoulders, with each year of his incarceration in each star: '10, '11, '12. And he's currently getting a scroll on his back. They are being done by his best prison pal, Billy Trent, and he's paid over $1,000 so far for all the ink."
Douglas was sentenced to a five-year sentence in 2010 after pleading guilty to charges of distributing crystal meth and possessing heroin. A further 4.5 years was added to his sentence - meaning he's not eligible for release until 2018 - for smuggling drugs into prison.
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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