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A Week In Movies: Who Will Play Wonder Woman? Last Vegas Premieres In New York. New Trailers For Bale, LaBeouf And Vaughn


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Wonder Woman

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 CarpetMichael Douglas And 50 Cent Arrive At The 'Last Vegas' NY Premiere, Morgan Freeman And Robert DeNiro Spotted At 'Last Vegas' NY Premiere.

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'Last Vegas'- Legendary Cast Fail To Hit The Mark With Cliché Heavy Comedy. Review Roundup.


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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.

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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.

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Oh No - Is 'Last Vegas' Bad? Say It Ain't So! De Niro + Legends Fail To Deliver


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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.

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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.

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Michael Douglas - NY Premiere of Last Vegas arrivals - NY, NY, United States - Wednesday 30th October 2013

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Mary Steenburgen, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas
Mary Steenburgen, Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas
Mary Steenburgen, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas
Mary Steenburgen, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas - New York premiere of 'Last Vegas' at Ziegfeld Theater - Red Carpet Arrivals - New York, NY, United States - Tuesday 29th October 2013

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Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro
Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro

Last Vegas - Cast Interview


The Oscar winning cast of adorable comedy 'Last Vegas'; Kevin Kline, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro; talk about their characters, Vegas itself and what it was like to work on such a unique movie.

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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

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Robert Denifo, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline
Robert Denifo, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline

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

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Kevin Kline, Mary Steenbergen, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas

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

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Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline
Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline
Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline
Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline
Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline

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

Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Jon Turteltaub
Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Jon Turteltaub
Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Jon Turteltaub
Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Jon Turteltaub
Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Jon Turteltaub
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Michael Douglas "Very Disappointed" With US Justice System, As He Discusses Son's Incarceration Following Emmys Speech


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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.

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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.

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Michael Douglas - 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Monday 23rd September 2013

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Michael Douglas - Celebrities attend HBO's Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Post Award Reception at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center. - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Sunday 22nd September 2013

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Michael Douglas and Matt Damon - 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd September 2013

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Michael Douglas Wins The 'Best Actor' Emmy And The Award Best Use Of Sexual Innuendos


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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.

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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."

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Russell Brand Sparks Fracas At GQ Men Of The Year Awards With Nazi Jibes


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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.

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Russell's joke didn't go down well with everyone

See all our pictures form the GQ Men of the Year Awards

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Michael Douglas - GQ Men of the Year Awards held at the Royal Opera House - Departures - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 3rd September 2013

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A Week In News: Batfleck, Miley Cyrus At VMA's, Taylor Swift's F-Bomb


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Ben Affleck

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.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas - Will Hollywood's Power Couple Reconcile?


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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”.

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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.

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Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones Split: Where Does His Career Go From Here?


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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have split after almost 14 years together, though hinted that it could only be a temporary measure.

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"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.

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Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta Jones Call Time On Marriage


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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.

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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.

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Catherine Zeta Jones & Michael Douglas Separated - Representative Confirms


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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.

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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. 

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TCA Awards: 'Breaking Bad', 'Game Of Thrones' And 'The Americans' Win


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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.

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Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston, the stars of Breaking Bad, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and AMC celebration of Breaking Bad.

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'. 

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Primetime Emmy Awards 2013: How Accurate Were Nomination Predictions?


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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. 

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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

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Behind The Candelabra Reviews – Critics Fall In Love With Liberace Soderbergh’s Swansong


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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.

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Behind The Candelabra: Denied An Oscar, Liberace Biopic Ignites Critics' Passion


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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.'"

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A Week In Movies: World War Z Arrives, Britain Braces For Liberace, Superman Speaks


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World War Z

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.

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Michael Douglas Cancer Remarks Denied, Newspaper Provides Audio [Listen]


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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.

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Video - Steven Soderbergh And Michael Douglas Arrive To Honour Marvin Hamlisch At The 100th Birthday Of The American Cancer Society


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).

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Michael Douglas Never Said He Got Cancer Solely From Oral Sex, Says His Rep


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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.

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Smoking? Drinking? No – Michael Douglas’ Throat Cancer Was A Sexually Transmitted Disease


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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."

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Michael Douglas Says He Got Throat Cancer From Oral Sex, Doctors Say He Didn't


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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."

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It Was Dog Eat Dog At Cannes, As The Canine Star Of "Behind The Candelabra" Beat Out The Competition For The Palme Dog


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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.

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Michael Douglas Talks Behind The Candelabra And Liberace At Cannes


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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."

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Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline And Michael Douglas Team Up For Last Vegas [Trailer]e A


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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?

Watch the Last Vegas trailer

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Hear The First Clip Of Michael Douglas As Liberace In 'Behind The Candelabra'


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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.”

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'Behind The Candelabra' Key Moments: Matt Damon's Trunks And Rob Lowe's Tan!


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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.

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First Picture Of Michael Douglas And Matt Damon In Liberace Biopic Emerges


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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.”

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Steven Soderbergh Could Not Find Backing For Latest Film


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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 Beaten: Cameron Douglas Hurt Following $100 Bounty


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Michael Douglas' son, Cameron Douglas, has reportedly been beaten inside prison, leaving him with a broken leg, and broken fingers, The New York Post Reports.

"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. 

Matt Damon: Gay Rumors, Phobias And Family Life


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Matt Damon is notoriously private, so an interview with Playboy (of all publications) comes as something of a surprise and pleasure. The extensive conversation covers all the facets of his career and many of his life. He's also renowned for being a 'nice guy', and this interview just reinforces that. Matt Damon is a nice guy.

Asked whether being a husband and father has made him vulnerable, he admitted  "Lucy and the girls can definitely bring me to my knees. They just know." Adding that it's because they're girls, "With boys, I could relate more and it would probably be easier. Growing up, girls are so mysterious to us. Even as a grown man, they remain mysterious."

His feelings of vulnerability aren't limited to his family, his fear of snakes reared it's ugly head when he was shooting with Scarlett Johansson for 'We Bought a Zoo', and also when he and wife, Lucy, headed to the 60th floor of a stunning hotel in Dubai, for him to be crippled by fear before being able to properly take in the view. All of this adds to his self confessed "vanilla" image. During a Larry King interview in 2006, Angelina Jolie was described as sexy and dangerous, Robert De Niro was 'intense' and Matt? He was 'nice'. "That's been great for me" he said, "because... [I can] have an actual private life and be a husband and dad." 

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Video - Olivia Munn, Michael Douglas And Catherine Zeta-Jones Arrive For The Michael Kors Collection At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week


'The Newsroom' actress Olivia Munn arrives outside the venue for the Michael Kors Spring/ Summer 2013 show at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week in a stunning tight-fitting turquoise dress. She poses for photos with fans and seemingly recognises one of her fans who is waiting for her with the photographers and has a brief chat with her before moving on. Hollywood couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, former Miss World 2007 Zhang Zilin, actress Nina Arianda and former 'American Idol' contestant Katharine McPhee are also among the event's arrivals.

Video - Michael Douglas And Catherine Zeta-Jones Step Out Of Their Apartment


Acting spouses Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones are seen here leaving their apartment, walking to a near by parked car. Michael, 67, who has thankfully won his recent battle against cancer and will be return to in front of the camera over upcoming months, was greeted by congratulatory praise from photographers as the pair headed out.

The upcoming comedy will follow a Vegas-set ensemble comedy about an aging lothario, with Douglas tipped to take on the main role. The project will begin filming shortly and is directed by Jon Turteltaub

Haywire Trailer


Mallory Kane is a highly trained freelance covert operative who works for the American Government in some of the most dangerous corners of the world. One day, she gets an assignment which is described to her as being 'like a trained holiday': she must go to Barcelona and free a Chinese journalist who is being held hostage there.

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Video - New York Premiere Of Contagion - Arrivals Part 2


The stars were out for the New York premiere of Contagion, held at the Rose Theatre. Matt Damon posed for photos, sporting his recently shaved head, alongside his wife, Luciana Barroso. They are moved along the red carpet and we see the 'Bourne Identity' actor talking to the press. Also in attendance are Olivia Munn; Marion Cotillard and Michael Douglas; who has recently overcome his battle with cancer.

Contagion is a thriller, showing the deadly effects of a lethal virus that spreads worldwide. The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Ehle.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Review


Very Good
Michael Douglas returns to his most iconic role for this 20-years-later sequel to Oliver Stone's 1987 hit. Of course it couldn't be much more timely, as it dips into the current financial chaos and the drama behind the scenes.

Jake (LaBeouf) is a rising-star broker working for a Wall Street veteran (Langella). His girlfriend Winnie (Mulligan) is the estranged daughter of the legendary Gordon Gekko (Douglas), who recently completed his prison term for insider trading. But Jake's idea to reunite Winnie and her dad takes a turn when they begin a kind of teacher-student relationship. Jake then takes a job for an archrival investor (Brolin) to orchestrate his downfall. But this is 2008 and banks are starting to collapse around them. And maybe Gekko is up to his old tricks.

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23 years after Gordon Gekko's incarceration for insider trading, he finds himself being released into the outside world. He may have no family to meet him but he's ready to once again take his place in the business world. His soon to be son-in-law Jacob contacts Gordon in the hope that together they will reunite father and daughter. Winnie has always been wary of her father, especially his business dealings to which she warns her fiancé but when Jacob finds himself taken under the wing of Gordon, the offer is too good to turn down.

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Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past Review


Good
In Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Matthew McConaughey finally plays a character who takes full advantage of the fact that he looks like Matthew McConaughey. True, the handsomely sculpted slacker has played immature Lotharios in the past. But those dudes usually applied their casual charm on one woman (Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker) as they sought a fortune in pirate treasure or superficial fluff of that nature.

Not Connor Mead. McConaughey's latest egocentric womanizer has bedded thousands of girls in the name of casual sex, and they all come back to haunt him on the eve of his kid brother's (Breckin Meyer) wedding in Mark Waters' Ghosts.

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Trumbo Review


Weak
As the poster child for the Hollywood Ten during the Anti-Communist hysteria of the late '40s/early '50s, one of the darkest and most unsavory moments in recent American history, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Kitty Foyle, A Guy Named Joe) was a passionate, cranky, ill-tempered force of nature, the perfect foil for the mealy and mercenary denizens of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Thrown out of work, blacklisted (with scores of others), and jailed (Trumbo was Prisoner #7551), Trumbo burrowed into the Hollywood underground, continuing to write films under fronts and pseudonyms (Roman Holiday) and hatching a scheme to defeat Hollywood at its own game by toiling away as a script machine and working hard and fast with the idea of transforming blacklisted writers into becoming the most economically-desired writers in town simply by under-pricing the whitelisted writers, hoping to cause the blacklist to wither and die of its own weight. But an Oscar for The Brave One under a Trumbo pseudonym brought the whole stinking sham of the blacklist out in the open. Soon after, Trumbo became the first blacklisted screenwriter to have his name restored in the film credits (Spartacus, Exodus). But during Trumbo's exile and before his return to grace, he wrote lots of letters.

In Peter Askin's eponymous paean to Trumbo (based on son Christopher Trumbo's play, which starred Nathan Lane), Trumbo's prickly letters, mined from the 1940s to the 1960s (extracted from the published collection Additional Dialogue), are read by a legion of actors including Lane, Donald Sutherland, Michael Douglas, Josh Lucas, Liam Neeson, Brian Dennehy, David Strathairn, Joan Allen, and Paul Giamatti. Interspersed with the recitations are recollections from Trumbo's family, Christopher and daughter Mitzi, and supporters like Kirk Douglas, along with blurry film clips and extracts of interviews with Trumbo himself.

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King Of California Review


Bad
It's easy to see what attracted Michael Douglas to the role of Charlie in writer-director Mike Cahill's whimsical comedy King of California. Charlie is a cuddly, middle-age loony, the kind of screwtop crackpot that Academy voters love. And Douglas wades into the role with all of his might, his grizzly charm coming off like a New Age cross between Henry Travers and David Crosby. Unfortunately, Douglas is hurling all of his oddball ticks and psychotic charms into a vacuum.

King of California is cute, innocent, and precocious, just like the little 10-year-old niece you want to kill. Cahill's film aims to be quirky and quizzical and it has the feel of the kind of anti-establishment films made in the '60s and '70s along the lines of They Might Be Giants or Daddy Douglas' The Lonely Are the Brave. But there is no ballast for the whimsy, and the whole concept wisps away like a leaky balloon full of hot air.

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Face/off Review


Excellent
It's hard to remember the whooshing sighs of disappointment from his fans that greeted John Woo in 1996 when, after so many half-steps and mis-starts, he made his big Hollywood debut with the stolen-nuke thriller Broken Arrow. Having left the Hong Kong business on a high with 1992's psychotic near-parody Hard Boiled, Woo did a Jean-Claude Van Damme flick -- 1993's Hard Target, which was heavily botched by studio interference but still contained some brilliant work -- before deciding to go seriously Hollywood. For Broken Arrow, he toned down his trademark mix of ultra-violent flourishes and teary-eyed humanism to concentrate on doing a by-the-book mid-'90s action flick that was generic in the extreme but raked in the money. The next year, though, Woo proved it had all just been an extraordinarily canny maneuver to allow him to make Face/Off, possibly the greatest, and definitely the most exuberant, action film to come out of the studio system in that decade.

A schizoid doppelganger mind-bender wrapped around your standard ticking-bomb scenario (it's hidden somewhere in Los Angeles and could take out the whole basin if detonated -- or something), Face/Off is an utterly lunatic film in the best possible way. Originally a futuristic thriller, the script was retooled for a modern-day setting, keeping several of its sci-fi elements but focusing more intently on its personality-shifting aspects which seemed to come straight out of Woo's international breakthrough, The Killer. An FBI agent, Sean Archer (John Travolta) has been hunting jet-set super-criminal Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) for years. For Archer, it's gone beyond personal to haunted obsession, particularly after Troy tried to shoot Archer but missed and killed his son instead. After a gonzo opening sequence involving a Humvee/private jet showdown on a runway and about ten thousand expended rounds (mostly fired by people flying sideways in slo-mo, of course), Archer's team brings down Troy.

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The Sentinel (2006) Review


Weak
The Sentinel is one of those movies made for commercials and trailers full of shots of well-dressed Secret Service agents running and impassioned scenes where actors bark out lines like, "He's looking for an ally and the First Lady is a fine one to have." Rarely do these movies translate well into a longer format, and The Sentinel is far from the exception.

Directed by Clark Johnson (he of the awful S.W.A.T.), The Sentinel stars Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland as former friends forced to become allies after a plot reveals an unknown mole inside the Secret Service. Pete Garrison (Douglas) is a veteran agent drawn deeper into the plot after his affair with the President's wife (Kim Basinger, playing the curviest First Lady ever) is revealed, leading investigator David Breckinridge (Sutherland) to turn his attentions to Garrison. Meanwhile, TV's babe of the moment Eva Longoria co-stars as Breckinridge's sexy new partner and Garrison's protégé.

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Black Rain Review


Good
Let's ponder these ingredients: Ridley Scott, Michael Douglas, sunglasses, motorcycles, Osaka, and nighttime. Sounds like a recipe for Black Rain indeed.

Douglas is a mildly corrupt cop (he's on the take, sure, but he also races motorcycles to earn a few bucks before work), but we are expected to forgive this because he has to pay alimony and child support (though the wife seems to be far better off). While internal affairs closes in, our pal Nick gets involved in a Yakuza gang war -- as he and partner Charlie (Andy Garcia) are having lunch, no less.

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Romancing The Stone Review


Excellent
1984 was hardly an Orwellian year when it came to the movies. What was tops at the box office? Big, gaudy, genre-blending Hollywood stuff like Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, and Gremlins. #7 on that list, with $75 million in the bank, was Romancing the Stone, a movie that inspired dozens of imitators as it launched a genre of films about reluctant heroines who get caught up in grand adventures: A romance novel come to life (and in fact, Kathleen Turner's character, Joan Wilder, is actually a romance novelist in the film). Everything from Bridget Jones's Diary to Pretty Woman owes a debt to Stone.

On the surface this film doesn't look like it should have been the massive hit that it was: Michael Douglas was best known as a producer and bit player, Turner had starred in only one film of note (Body Heat), and screenwriter Diane Thomas was just a wannabe working in a diner. Douglas hired Robert Zemeckis, a guy who hadn't worked in four years and had never had a hit, to direct the film. This thing wasn't going to be a success.

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You, Me And Dupree Review


Terrible
Entertainment gossip trackers shamelessly debate an actor's chosen sexuality in much the same way that baseball fans discuss a player's stats. Is he gay? Is she bisexual? Some even make broad assumptions that everyone in Hollywood bats for the proverbial "other team."

Such a proclamation borders on absurd, and yet it's becoming more difficult to entirely refute the claim. This year, Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain earned sweeping critical praise and a handful of Oscar nominations, losing a tight Best Picture race to Crash. Even during the summer, when audiences typically are lured to theaters by testosterone-soaked summer blockbusters, it's Johnny Depp's fey, ambiguous, and decidedly swishy Capt. Jack Sparrow who has sailed to the front of the box-office pack.

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The Sentinel Review


Weak

The Sentinel is one of those movies made for commercials and trailers full of shots of well-dressed Secret Service agents running and impassioned scenes where actors bark out lines like, "He's looking for an ally and the First Lady is a fine one to have." Rarely do these movies translate well into a longer format, and The Sentinel is far from the exception.

Directed by Clark Johnson (he of the awful S.W.A.T.), The Sentinel stars Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland as former friends forced to become allies after a plot reveals an unknown mole inside the Secret Service. Pete Garrison (Douglas) is a veteran agent drawn deeper into the plot after his affair with the President's wife (Kim Basinger, playing the curviest First Lady ever) is revealed, leading investigator David Breckinridge (Sutherland) to turn his attentions to Garrison. Meanwhile, TV's babe of the moment Eva Longoria co-stars as Breckinridge's sexy new partner and Garrison's protégé.

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One Day In September Review


Extraordinary
The current crisis in the Middle East, with its painful controversy regarding the sovereignty over Temple Mount, makes the timing for the documentary One Day in September (Best Documentary Oscar: 1999) perfect. The film presents the historical events of the 1972 Munich Olympics, when Palestinian terrorists took Israeli athletes hostage and interrupted the Games. The filmmakers use actual footage taken at the time, interviews with German officials and children of the victims, clips from television news reports, and interviews with the only surviving terrorist who participated in the attack, Jamal Al Gashey.

The film starts off on a personal note: Ankie Spitzer, a widow of one of the Israeli athletes kept as a hostage, recalls their happy marriage and anticipation of coming to the Olympic games. Giving the tragedy a human face underlines the message of the film: At the core of every political game, human life and death are nothing more than a by-product of political cruelty. Objectively, it gives a succinct summary of why the 1972 Olympics, besides being as political as Olympic Games always are, were so particularly important to both Germans and Israelis. Subjectively, and understandably so, the film is pro-Israeli: If members of Israeli team are presented as exemplary citizens -- young, ambitions, with families and babies -- Palestinians are shown receiving training in violence, hiding as Zionist refugees in Lebanon and Libya, carrying out their terrorist acts with anonymous brutality (as they don't even know the target of their attack until very late). Thus, in addition and perhaps without realizing it, the film exemplifies why cinema is such a powerful and dangerous medium; One Day in September is an adroitly constructed yet highly manipulative film.

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It Runs In The Family (2003) Review


Good
Someone once said of nepotism, "It does a family good." And occasionally, it does a movie good, as well. It Runs in the Family might not have worked so well with, say, Martin and Charlie Sheen, or Tom and Colin Hanks. But with three generations of Douglas actors on hand, the sentimental yet familiar family affair coasts along smoothly and generates enough heat to warm the heart.

The Grombergs are typical urban dwellers who confront extramatal temptations, medical dilemmas and general household turmoil on a daily basis. Alex (Michael Douglas) and his wife, Rebecca (Bernadette Peters), hardly have time for each other, let alone for their two children (Cameron Douglas, Rory Culkin) and Alex's parents (Kirk and Diana Douglas). Though largely independent, the group learns to lean on each other to pull through a sees of emotional challenges.

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Traffic Review


Essential
How do you fight a war when the people that you love are the enemy? When the conflict is in your own neighborhood, or your own house? Such is the dilemma in the exceptional new film about the drug trade in the United States and Mexico, Traffic.

A harrowing and thought-provoking film, Traffic revolves around three intertwining stories of cops, thugs, victims, enforcers, politicians, and the judicial system. The film is based on a British Channel 4 miniseries called Traffik, which traced a drug route from Pakistan through Europe and to Great Britain. Laura Bickford, one of the producers for Traffic, was attracted to the original miniseries because of the intersecting stories, the social commentary on drug usage, and the implication of The System itself being the major perpetrator of drug addiction.

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One Night At McCool's Review


Weak
There are three things that are laugh-worthy in the Farrelly Brothers wannabe, One Night at McCool's: a greasy pompadour-ed Michael Douglas mimicking a blowjob by flapping one of cheeks/jowls with his index finger and thumb, Andrew "Dice" Clay (yes, this is for real), and Paul Reiser meeting a nasty end. And one of these bits is already given away in the TV ads. Thankfully, it's the one that I personally find the most redeeming moment of this generally unlikable movie.

While There's Something About Mary was clever and funny, it has unfortunately spawned some extremely bad imitators that take increasingly lower roads to getting laughs. McCool's definitely has slid the taste meter down a few notches, and it doesn't even pay off. Even for those of us who get a kick out of dumb and vulgar gags, this latest poseur has nothing else to prop it up. The plot is never once fun or engrossing. The characters are repellant, and not even in an entertaining or over-the-top way. And the comedy relies way too heavily on us chuckling at an Oscar winner dressed in a ridiculous pimp-like get-up and regularly using the "P" word, or Reiser scampering around in nothing but S&M bondage gear and leather chaps.

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Disclosure Review


Weak
A few big names fell on their faces over the 1994 holidays. Most notable among them was Demi Moore and the rest of the cast of Disclosure. Disclosure, ostensibly about reverse sexual harassment, is really just a platform for Moore's true lack of acting ability to come through better than ever. And is the audience supposed to feel some gripping suspense and excitement because, oh no!, Michael Douglas may actually lose his job? After the first hour, I was hoping some terrorists would show up at the office with a van full of dynamite so Bruce Willis could drop in and save his wife from this poor excuse for a film.

The Game Review


Excellent
Any more of that brooding atmosphere and I might have to strangle myself. I don't know how Michael Douglas does it, much less manage to keep himself alive and kicking through two hours of torment, all of which may or may not be a fantasy "game" his brother (Sean Penn) has enrolled him in. Douglas plays an uber-rich tycoon who has everything he could want and is bored to tears with all of it. When kid brother promises the game will fill in what's lacking in his life, Mikie finds himself drawn to it, and a labyrinthine all-too-realistic game of murder, deceit, and betrayal begins. Set in my newly adopted home of San Francisco, I find this city full enough of intrigue even without machine gun-toting assassins and attack dogs chasing me around back alleys. And I can't imagine what I'd do if a cabbie drove us into San Francisco Bay... but I suppose that's why you have to watch the movie.

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Shining Through Review


Bad
Shining Through, the 1992 Melanie Griffith WWII espionage vehicle, scares me. If the U.S. government really behaved in any way as it does here, then "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" would be our national anthem. Shining Through is not a documentary or a Stephen Ambrose adaptation, but director/writer David Seltzer (Lucas) is presenting this as historical drama.

The movie revolves around baby-voiced Griffith posing as a domestic (from Düsseldorf, no less) for a high-ranking Nazi (Liam Neeson), tending to his kids while picking up information on the sly. That's not a bad idea, but it becomes a terrible idea since Griffith makes no attempt at a German accent. You keep wondering how the Nazis were able to make a sandwich. They maintained a military juggernaut? Thank God they were so oblivious.

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Falling Down Review


Excellent
Falling Down proved in 1993 that Joel Schumacher can make a good movie if he tries. A minor cult favorite, Falling Down tells the simple story of a guy (Michael Douglas) trying to get home from work... only he's been laid off, he gets stuck in traffic, he can't order breakfast, his wife refuses to let him see his kid, and... well, and our anti-hero snaps, resulting in a manhunt led by last-day-on-the-job cop Robert Duvall. Two interesting characters intertwine while a raucous and wry adventure develops underneath them. Quite a fascinating and original work of art.

Fatal Attraction Review


Excellent
Finally released on DVD, Fatal Attraction proves itself just as deliciously thrilling as when it was first released in 1987.

Glenn Close's career got its first big boost in 1985's Jagged Edge, but her role as Fatal's Alex Forrest pushed her into stardom. She seems like a nice enough gal at the start -- though her hair could use some work, she's a witty and sexy book editor... just the right kind of gal to lure Michael Douglas's Dan Gallagher (a lawyer... married) into her bed. But Dan's crisis of conscience sends him scurrying home to his family in short order, only for Alex to start obsessing over their "relationship."

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The Ghost And The Darkness Review


OK
Or, as Meryl Streep might say, "I had a bridge in Africa..." Only a couple of wicked lions ate half my workers and the rest ran away.

That's The Ghost And the Darkness in a nutshell. And while it may be, as the press materials say, "one of the most thrilling true stories ever told," it has somehow turned into one of the most boring movies of the year, owing to a downright dull directorial job by Stephen Hopkins and a surprisingly flat script by double Oscar-winner William Goldman.

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The American President Review


Very Good
Rob Reiner seems to have found his calling. This time out, Rob has directed The American President, a warm comedy about the difficulties of romance in today's complex society, something of a When Harry Met Sally..., a warm comedy about the difficulties of romance in today's complex society.

While it ultimately packs nowhere near the punch that When Harry Met Sally... did, The American President puts a nice spin on the romantic fable and is a pleasant moviegoing experience. Michael Douglas plays President Andrew Shepherd, a widower and single father who finds himself caught up in a dalliance with environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening). What we get to see is a rare treat: watching "the most powerful man in the world" act totally awkward in his pursual of Sydney, and seeing ultra-classy Bening become flustered at the President's advances. Proving himself just an average guy, Andrew flubs his lines on the phone as if he was asking a girl to Homecoming.

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Wonder Boys Review


Excellent
I have no idea what "wonder boys" are. I assume it's one of many questions that are answered in the novel but which go ignored in this film adaptation.

As it turns out, it doesn't really matter who the Wonder Boys are. The film has enough substance and, especially, ribald and dark, dark humor to carry it despite a few minor flaws like this.

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Don't Say A Word Review


Weak
Surrounded by hype, high hopes, and the promise of an over-the-top performance by Clueless's Brittany Murphy, Don't Say a Word looked full of promise. Hell, when I hear that "I'll never tell" whisper on the TV commercial, goose bumps run up my spine.

Alas, Word is filled with little but disappointment, a kooky mix of Girl, Interrupted and Ransom, with Michael Douglas and company collecting a paycheck to plod through a vapid and dull kidnapping thriller.

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Review


Essential
Nicholson went nuts in The Shining, but he did the time in Cuckoo's Nest as a rough-and-tumble felon looking to escape hard prison by spending a little quality time in a psychiatric institution. Little does he realize his phony illness is about to get him into all kinds of trouble. Louise Fletcher's Nurse Ratched, however, is the character who has since entered into the American lexicon, as have a host of other characters and scenes (most memorably: Nicholson's narration of a World Series game that's not on TV). Faithfully adapted from Ken Kesey's stirring novel.

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Basic Instinct Review


Very Good
Utterly stupid yet completely memorable, Sharon Stone owes her career -- if not her entire life -- to Paul Verhoeven and Basic Instinct. Famed for its sneak-peek at Stone's wig-covered crotch, her "arrest me for smoking" line, Tripplehorn's cinematic break, and a cop-falls-for-the-killer plot ripped out of Sudden Impact, Basic Instinct is part of modern Americana. Too bad writer Joe Eszterhas started taking himself seriously after this movie, becoming the highest paid hack on the planet. At least he's been put in his place... though note that Stone has signed on to do a sequel (now mired in a lawsuit). Yikes!

The In-Laws (2003) Review


Excellent
Has Michael Douglas found The Fountain of Youth in Catherine Zeta-Jones? Since the Gordon Gekko days of Wall Street fame, his body is certainly a little less nimble, his face a little more wrinkled, and his hair a shade too light. But the guy looks great, and he's once again an action hero. That bumps him up from "silver spoon" to "ageless wonder" in the Hollywood classification book - ever closer to the royalty of perennial good lookers Redford and Basinger.

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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One Night At McCool's Review


OK

There is a gold mine of comedy to be found in the impetuous and foolhardy things men will do when dumbstruck by a beautiful girl. I should know -- I cringe to think how funny I've may have been over the years.

Potentially even funnier are the kinds of things men will do when the beautiful girl is a femme fatale who has no qualms about taking advantage of the fact that her mere presence makes guys brains shut down.

In "One Night at McCool's" the femme fatale is played by Liv Tyler (now that's what I call great casting!), and she has Matt Dillon, John Goodman and Paul Reiser wrapped around her little finger.

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Wonder Boys Review


Good

If "Wonder Boys" is to be a hit at all -- and it deserves to be -- it's going to have to be a word of mouth hit, because the marketing for this movie stinks.

The poster is a homely, dueling-airbrushes disaster. The commercials and trailers don't capture a fraction the movie's antic character. As near as I can figure, the insipid title has nothing to do with the story -- about a benevolent, crusty college professor whose life is turned amusingly upside-down in a single weekend.

I suspect that, except for those who have read the Michael Chabon novel or have a particular penchant for one of the perfectly-cast players, most folks won't be feeling much of a jones to see it.

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Don't Say A Word Review


Weak

A standard-issue kiddie-kidnapping adrenaline thriller, "Don't Say a Word" has a single reason for being -- one fertile, previously untapped plot hook that goes completely to waste in the hands of director Gary Fleder.

The hook: The kidnappers want a nugget of information locked away in the head of a delusional teenage mental patient (Brittany Murphy), and they snatch an Upper West Side psychologist's 8-year-old daughter to force him to help.

But the movie (based on a book by Andrew Klavan) pays little more than lip service to the logistics of such a demand. Even though no doctor has been able to get through to her in 10 years, this shrink (Michael Douglas) garners the crazy girl's trust in a matter of hours -- thus negating the only fresh element in the entire script.

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Michael Douglas

Date of birth

25th September, 1944

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.78




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