Liberace: Behind the Candelabra – review

This HBO movie was based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.

Directed by stars , , Tom Papa, Paul Riser, Dan Aykroyd

And I give my quick review of Hangover 3. Hangover 3 is a sequel to Hangover 2. Hangover 2 was a remake of Hangover.

Facts about “Behind the Candelabra” from IMDB.com:

Originally announced in 2008. Filming had to be delayed after Michael Douglas began treatment for stage IV throat cancer in 2010.

According to an interview with ‘Michael Douglas (I)’ at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, ‘Debbie Reynolds’, who plays Liberace‘s mother in this movie, was personally acquainted with the real Liberace and appeared as a guest on his variety show. Douglas also said that when he was younger, his father, Kirk Douglas, had a Palm Springs home down the street from one of Liberace’s homes, and although Michael Douglas never met Liberace, he did occasionally see him in the neighborhood.

In a January 2013 interview with the New York Post, director Steven Soderbergh said that this movie was originally planned for a theatrical release but was ultimately produced by and aired on HBO instead because the story was “too gay” for Hollywood movie studios: “Nobody would make it, We went to everybody in town. They all said it was too gay. And this is after Brokeback Mountain, by the way, which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us.”

Mentioned on the show:
Nikki Glazer interview.
Ken Jong and Zach Galifianakis doing an open mic night in the late 90’s.
The bar where Susie ran a famous comedy night for years.
Susie’s Twitter– Someone #ff her!
Susie’s “Dumb As a Blog” blog.

“The Christmas Shoes” and “The Christmas Blessing” W/ Adam Felber

The saddest Christmas song ever was made into the saddest Christmas movie ever. “The Christmas Shoes” stars Rob Lowe, Dorian Harewood, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, John Dunsworth (“The Trailer Park Boys”) and a fabulous pair of shoes. Listen to  me and NPR’s Adam Felber (“Wait… Wait Don’t Tell Me”) via Skype from his backyard to talk about the this three hanky tearjerker and it’s sequel, “The Christmas Blessing.”

Watch the Christmas Shoes Here.

From IMDB.com: Two separate stories mesh – in the first, a young music teacher, Maggie Andrews, begins dying of a heart condition and her son Nathan tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for her before she dies. In the second, lawyer Robert Layton and his wife Kate are slowly drifting apart and the matter comes to a head during Christmas when Kate takes over for Maggie for the school choir and declines a job in Robert’s firm. When Robert’s mother passes away, he begins to reconsider things and his and Nathan’s paths cross on Christmas Eve as Nathan tries to raise the money for the shoes and Robert tries to get a present for his daughter. Written by crow_steve@hotmail.com
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