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Matt Damon’s Brazilian Tan Line & 9 Other Highlights From Cannes 'Behind The Candelabra' Press Conference

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 21, 2013 2:59 PM
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Soderbergh, Douglas, Cannes, 2013
It was hard to envisage as positive a Cannes response to a U.S. competition film as that which greeted the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” the other day, but if such a thing is possible, it may well have happened today, for Steven Soderbergh’s wonderful Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” (our review here). Immediately after the press screening stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, writer Richard LaGravanese, Producer Jerry Weintraub and director Steven Soderbergh spoke to press, turning up some choice anecdotes and opinions in the process. Here are our 10 favorite moments.

Cannes Review: Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind The Candelabra' Puts Dazzling Entertainment On Top Of Toxic Relationship

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2013 7:17 AM
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Behind The Candelabra
It's almost unfair how easy Steven Soderbergh makes it look. As the filmmaker heads into his hiatus from movie-making, he's spent the few last years dipping between high grade entertainment ("Magic Mike") and accomplished genre films ("Side Effects," "Haywire") and for his goodbye, he's more or less combined the two. "Behind The Candelabra" is a cinematic bauble, that coats typical biopic fare with some real panache and heart. And while this does indeed mark Soderbergh's last hurrah for now, it's likely that a different narrative will soon form around the film. That narrative will surround Michael Douglas, with the 68 year-old actor delivering his best performance in a least a decade if not longer.

Watch: Morgan Freeman Gets His Vodka Red Bull On In Teaser For 'Last Vegas'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2013 4:09 PM
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Trailer placement is a very important thing. You get your promo in front of a film that has the same target audience, and turns out to be a big hit, and you're potentially laughing all the way to the bank. And that's why we've just seen a trailer for "Last Vegas" over at Yahoo -- "The Hangover Part III" is only a week away, and it's the perfect film to help sell CBS Films' aged bachelor party movie to a giant crowd.

Watch: Michael Douglas Is Fabulous In New Trailer For 'Behind The Candelabra'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2013 11:19 AM
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If any of the major studios had the brass balls to take on "Behind The Candelabra," we think Michael Douglas probably would've been a no brainer as an Oscar contender, particularly judging by this new trailer unveiled over at The Guardian. It's a totally transformative performance and it looks like a total blast. While Douglas stuck with the project -- put on hold as he battled cancer and revived once he recovered -- and was open to all challenges the script brought with it, he did have his limits.

Casting: Dominic Cooper Draws 'Dracula,' Keanu Reeves Is 'John Wick' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 9, 2013 4:47 PM
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Despite the festering wound that was “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” the film’s two leads haven’t taken much of a hit as both have landed some big roles.

New Pic From 'Behind The Candelabra' Plus Featurette, Prison Visit With Scott Thorson & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2013 10:25 AM
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As Steven Soderbergh prepares to take what he now describes as an extended break from filmmaking, he's leaving us with one last piece of film work, the glitzy "Behind the Candelabra." Tracking the tragic relationship between Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson, it's another challenge for the filmmaker, one that finds him again in distinct territory, allowing him to draw on cinematic and pop cultural history, while creating something new or interesting within that context.

Watch: Fantastic New Trailer For Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind The Candelabra' With Michael Douglas & Matt Damon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2013 9:27 PM
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Behind The Candelabra, Michael Douglas
Steven Soderbergh has never been one to resist a challenge (ie. a 12-hour adaptation of John Barth's "The Sot-Weed Factor"), and certainly, his long-developing biopic of Liberace, "Behind the Candelabra," faced its fair share of resistance. The director has been up front about major studios turning down the movie for being "too gay," but it seems it's going to be their loss. HBO has dropped a brand new trailer for the movie and it looks nothing short of great.

Watch: Michael Douglas & Matt Damon Are Gloriously Gaudy & Glitzy In New 'Behind The Candelabra' Teaser

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2013 10:16 PM
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So Steven Soderbergh's final film -- the man still has plenty of non-movie stuff he's working on -- arrives in May on HBO, but don't let television tag fool you. "Behind The Candelabra" is still widely tipped to be included somewhere in the Cannes Film Festival lineup, and while the summer movie season has no shortage of exciting offerings, if the idea of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon playing lovers in a biopic of Liberace isn't enough to put this on the top of your must-see list, we don't know what to tell you. But perhaps this will change your mind.

First Official Image Of Matt Damon & Michael Douglas In Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind The Candelabra'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2013 8:01 AM
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We've seen set photos, promo pics for magazine spreads and screengrabs from blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments from HBO's 2013 teaser, but finally the first official look at Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in "Behind The Candelabra" has arrived.

New Images Of Michael Douglas & Matt Damon In Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind The Candelabra'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 5:13 PM
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"It went incredibly well, I'm really proud of it. It's a wonderful movie," Matt Damon recently told us about Steven Soderbergh's final (for now) film, "Behind The Candelabra." And with the wheels in motion for a Cannes Film Festival premiere next May, HBO is beginning a slow roll of promotion.

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