HBO has released a new extended featurette for director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace film Behind the Candelabra. The 12-minute video takes us behind-the-scenes of Soderbergh’s possibly final feature film, as we get an intimate look into how the filmmaker crafted his chronicle of the tempestuous relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977. Much of the featurette’s focus is on the insane costume and production design of the film, but we also get some footage of Sodbergh operating the camera himself and of a nearly unrecognizable Rob Lowe as Liberace’s plastic surgeon.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette. The film also stars Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula, Dan Aykroyd, Cheyenne Jackson, Paul Reiser, and Boyd Holbrook. Behind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO on May 26th at 9pm/8c.
Over the past few days, we’ve been sharing portions of Steve’s recent lengthy interview with director Steven Soderbergh. The two sat down in anticipation of the filmmaker’s psychological thriller Side Effects, which opens this Friday, but the conversation covered a wide-range of topics. If all goes according to plan, Side Effects will be Soderbergh’s penultimate feature film, with the HBO Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, serving as Soderbergh’s last hurrah this summer.
For this final portion of the interview, Soderbergh talks about his plans post-film retirement, painting, his presence on Twitter and how he approaches the social media site, Behind the Candelabra, comic book movies, and he briefly talks about vouching for Joe and Anthony Russo as the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Hit the jump to read on.
Director Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller Side Effects opens in theaters this Friday, but the filmmaker also has another (possibly final) film set for release in 2013 as well: the Liberace movie Behind the Candelabra. HBO has now unveiled the first official image from the pic, giving us a look at Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson. The story centers on the tempestuous relationship between the two throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977. We’ve yet to see a trailer, but I’m inclined to say that Candelabra will be a lot of fun given the talent both onscreen and behind the camera.
Hit the jump to check out the image and an official synopsis, and if you missed any portions of Steve’s recent interview with Soderbergh, click here. Behind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO in May.
We’ve got an odd assortment of images for you to check out today, starting with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in costume for Behind the Candelabra, the Liberace biopic from director Steven Soderbergh. Douglas stars as the late pianist and vocalist while Damon plays his lover, Scott Thorson. The picture, produced by Jerry Weintraub, will debut on HBO before moving to a theatrical release. The picture also stars Rob Lowe, Dan Aykroyd, Debbie Reynolds, and Scott Bakula.
We’ve also got a new shot of Richard Armitage (Captain America: The First Avenger) in costume as Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the dwarves in the upcoming The Hobbit trilogy from director Peter Jackson. Hit the jump to check out all the images.
The first image from the set of what may or may not be Steven Soderbergh’s last film has a director has landed online. His pre-sabbatical pic is a biopic of famed artist Liberace that he’s been developing for quite some time, and we now get our first look at Michael Douglas as the flamboyant pianist and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra. The scene in question seems to be from Liberace’s earlier years given Douglas’ hair color, but the two actors definitely have the 70s look down.
Produced by Jerry Weintraub, Behind the Candelabra is skipping the theatrical route and will make its debut on HBO. The impressive ensemble cast includes Rob Lowe, Dan Aykroyd, Debbie Reynolds, and Scott Bakula. I’m eager to see what kind of tone Soderbergh has settled on and whether we’re in for a straightforward biopic or something a bit different. Knowing Soderbergh it’s most likely the latter, which is a very good thing. Hit the jump to check out the image.
If nothing else, you knew Steven Soderbergh would cull a great ensemble for the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. Michael Douglas is Liberace, with Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson—a great foundation. Dan Aykroyd and Singin’ in the Rain darling Debbie Reynolds next joined the cast. The Playlist adds Rob Lowe, Cheyenne Jackson, and Boyd Holbrook to the mix, but it’s Variety that reported my favorite name yet: Scott Bakula. I mean that literally—Bakula is my favorite name. But I also love the soulful actor, and am excited to see Bakula reunite with Soderbergh after nailing his small part in The Informant!. Hit the jump for details on each role.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, Lindsay Lohan has joined director Paul Schrader’s indie sexual thriller The Canyons. The script was written by American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis and the early logline states that the film centers on a group of students who are trapped in shark-infested waters by a lunatic. Ellis broke the news of Lohan’s involvement via Twitter, and THR confirms that she’s in talks to star opposite porn star James Deen.
The report has a slightly different synopsis than the shark-centered one, as THR says it follows sex and crime among a group of young twentysomethings in Los Angeles. Deen will be playing “a manipulative trust-fund kid with dreams of making a movie” and Lohan plays his materialist girlfriend. Hit the jump for news concerning Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candleabra.
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are confirmed to star in Steven Sodebergh’s long-in-development Liberace biopic, now titled Behind the Candelabra. The more surprising news [via EW] is that the movie will air on HBO rather than head to theaters. Executive Producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven trilogy) says, “I’ve wanted to make a film about Liberace for a very long time, and after the amazing experience I had with HBO on His Way [Doug McGrath's documentary about Weintraub] I knew that they were absolutely the right place for this movie.”
Michael Douglas is set to play the delightfully flamboyant Liberace who was the world’s highest paid entertainer from the 1950s to 1970s (thanks, Wikipedia!). Damon will play Liberace’s secret lover Scott Thorson. Filming is set to begin in summer 2012, with locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs.
Steven Soderbergh is retiring from filmmaking soon, and I will weep when he does. But the director puts the move in the proper perspective:
“I’m still following my plan. I’ve been stupid about it, I should have kept my mouth shut, but at the same time, I don’t think there’s anything that unusual about it. By the time I finish with the series of projects I’m planning, it will be 26 or 27 films. That’s plenty and if you take volume over quality, I’m twice as good as Kubrick.”
Indeed, there are five more Soderbergh movies to come. Contagion opens on October 21 and earlier today Relativity announced a January 12, 2012 release for Haywire. In September, he’ll start work on Magic Mike, which casts Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer as male strippers (finally!). The Man from U.N.C.L.E. starring frequent collaborator George Clooney is up next with a February 2012 start date. The final project on Soderbergh’s to-do list is Liberace, led by Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. More quotes from Soderbergh after the jump:
When it was reported this past August that Michael Douglas was suffering from throat cancer, concerns arose not just for his health but for the future of the long-in-development Liberace biopic. Douglas was to play the famous musician with Steven Soderbergh directing and Matt Damon co-starring. However, a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter informs us that not only is Douglas recovering from his treatment, but he still has Liberace in his sights. Douglas tells THR, “I’ve got a bunch of tapes of performances. I’m thinking; I’m a blank slate. Everything shows me he was a lovely man; I just want to reconfirm that.” THR also reports that shooting is scheduled to begin in May or June of next year, which confirms Damon’s claim earlier this year that he was planning to shoot the film next summer. Damon will play Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson.
While I’m happy that Liberace is moving forward, I’m even happier that Douglas is feeling healthy enough to start working again and hopefully we can look forward to more performances from him.
Universal is moving ahead with the Jason Bourne franchise and they’re doing it without Matt Damon. As we previously reported, Tony Gilroy will direct The Bourne Legacy from his own script and the movie will be Bourne-less. While initial reports seemed the show that Damon was miffed at his exclusion, in a recent interview with EW, he explains that he thinks it’s a smart move and it opens the door for a future Bourne movie directed by Paul Greengrass (who helmed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum). Said Damon:
As I understand it, Jason Bourne is alive in the world that Tony’s going to create. I don’t appear in it, but it’s very much that world. As far as Paul and I are concerned, as long as there’s room for us to come in and do another one, we’re thrilled.
Hit the jump for more on what Damon had to say regarding his schedule concerning Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion and Liberace biopic, and Cameron Crowe’s We Built a Zoo.
Originally set to shoot this summer, Steven Sodebergh’s Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon has been pushed back to summer 2011. Filming was delayed when Soderbergh decided to go forward with the world-spanning thriller Contagion instead (which will also star Damon as well as Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard). Now, according to the Las Vegas Sun [via The Playlist], filming has been slightly delayed, but Damon says he’s still on board to play Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson and Douglas is still set to play Liberace.
But if flamboyant 60s entertainers aren’t really your thing, how would you like to have your emotions toyed with by having Damon not completely rule out a return to playing Jason Bourne? Hit the jump for more.
Yesterday I was able to participate in a small roundtable interview with Matt Damon for his new movie Green Zone. While I’ll have the full interview posted closer to release, we were able to get updates on a ton of his upcoming projects like the Coen Brothers True Grit, Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, the Gary Ross’s Robert Kennedy project (Damon would play Kennedy), Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, playing a New York Yankees pitcher with Ben Affleck, and Liberace. And on top of updates on his future projects, he talked about being nominated for an Oscar on Invictus, and how he’s incredibly excited to direct his first feature.
If you’d like to hear more…hit the jump:
The Playlist reports that Steven Soderbergh, the hardest working man in show business, has once again lengthened his to-do list. Soderbergh will re-team with The Informant! scripter Scott Z. Burns for Contagion, an “action-thriller about the outbreak of a deadly virus.” The film doesn’t have a distribution deal yet, but with such heavy hitters as Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Marion Cotillard attached to star, you can expect a bidding war for the rights. More on the origins of Contagion and the rest of Soderbergh’s slate after the break.
Steve is currently at the press junket for Clint Eastwood’s Invictus and while there he was able to get updates from Matt Damon on Steven Soderbergh’s biopic Liberace, the Coen Brothers adaptation of True Grit, and most importantly, what’s happening with Bourne 4 now that director Paul Greengrass has left the project. Damon provided brief updates on all of these in less than a minute. It was impressive.
According to Damon, they’re still waiting on a script for Bourne 4 but that he’s planning to wait for Greengrass and when Greengrass wants to do it, they’ll do it. He also says that he won’t make a fourth Bourne without Greengrass but he’s optimistic that the director will return at some point down the road. As for Liberace, they’re planning on shooting it in the summer, and he confirmed he’s playing the role of La Beouf in True Grit which he’ll be shooting in March. Hit the jump to read the transcript.