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"Behind the Candelabra" HBO Liberace Movie

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by MikeAndrews, May 27, 2013.

  1. Timbeau

    Timbeau Active Member

    May 31, 2002
    During the 70s and 80s I used to see him on TV once in a while, I think on variety shows like the Smothers Brothers and the Carol Burnet Show. I was always struck by how much he enjoyed performing. The more flamboyant he was, the bigger his smile seemed to be. It was a real joy to watch him.
  2. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    I have know about givers and takers for years. The Old Norse thought it was OK to be a giver but effeminate to be a taker. :)
  3. Hoffer

    Hoffer Eat Lightning ----- Poo Thunder

    Jun 1, 2001
    Twin Cities, MN
    Just an FYI, the title of the movie is actually "Behind the Candelabra". I tried searching for "beyond" on the DirecTV app on my phone and it wasn't found. Looking through the HBO schedule manually, I was able to find the correct title.

    I guess I know who Liberace was. I don't really care about him, but for some reason, I'm a little interested in the movie. Maybe because of who stars in the movie. Not really sure. Just set my DVR to record it.
  4. brebeans

    brebeans Member

    Sep 5, 2003

    Yes...some are one, some are both...aka as 'catchers and pitchers', sometimes.

    And, yes, because "receiving/catching/taking" is perceived as being more "female", that is why some men won't do that....
    h-m-m-m...a little bit of evidence of sexism and misogyny, right there. It's the "getting screwed/f__ked", etc. There's not a lot of patience among some men, with "being the woman" (even though it might not at all translate to their 'role" in life or the relationship).

    And some men don't consider themselves "gay" (as evidenced by Matt Damon's character, identifying as bisexual ..) if they don't "catch, take, receive".... There's all sorts of ways for people to deny they're gay and that's just one. If people could just 'come out' and be left alone, but we're not there yet.
  5. jakerock

    jakerock Hey ho howdy! TCF Club

    Dec 9, 2002
    Lee, NH
    I know who Liberace was but don't really care. I do want to see the movie though even more now because I caught a few minutes of it after I stopped watching something this weekend. Douglas and Damon are just awesome and I had to stop myself from just watching it at that point instead of waiting and seeing it from the beginning.
  6. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Houston &...
    Ken Levine's review...


    One of the things that stuck in my head while watching was Lee talking about suing the tabloid that made the gay reference. One has to wonder how he won that. So did Ken...
    [Aside: If you're not reading Ken's blog daily, you are missing a GREAT read. He's a TV writer with A+ creds, who writes a funny and insightful blog. Lots of TV references and inside comments from someone on the... inside.]
  7. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    The Romans and prisoners everywhere agree.

    I can't help but think of the variety tv shows like the Ed Sullivan show that had such a variety of acts on each week like Liberace.
  8. Hoffer

    Hoffer Eat Lightning ----- Poo Thunder

    Jun 1, 2001
    Twin Cities, MN
    This is the second time I've seen Ken Levine's name in the last week or two. I was about to ask who the heck this guy is. So, nice of you to add the "aside" and answer my question a head of time. :)
  9. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

    Oct 15, 2003
    I know you have to take a lot of these stories with a grain of salt, but I was horrified at the part where Liberace wanted Scott to have plastic surgery in order to look more like him. I was even more horrified that he went along and had it done.

    Rob Lowe was creepy good as the plastic surgeon and I would have never in a million years guessed who was playing Liberace's mother until I saw her in the "making of" show.
    Debbie Reynolds

    The makeup people did a fabulous job!
  10. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    I was waiting for the (busting out laughing) "We were putting you on!"

    Yep. You saw Robb Lowe talking about how they had all kinds of tape under his wig pulling his face to make him look way over-surgeried. He says it hurt like hell.
  11. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    The Lee character says the tabloid had no direct evidence of the truth, like pictures or any first hand testimony. Understandable, with Seymour ready to hand out checks.
  12. Idearat

    Idearat Active Member

    Nov 26, 2000
    Liberace playing identical twins on Batman in 1966:

  13. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    But we know that Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are shoo-ins for Emmys due to the guaranteed-win principle of "How brave! He uglied himself up!" and they didn't "go full retard." :rolleyes:
  14. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

    Apr 19, 2012
    sweet home, al
    might as well weigh in, b- or c+ for me. no doubt it was from scott's perspective, but nothing salacious here - this story seems all too familiar.

    damon, reynolds, bakula, aykroyd and reiser were great, lowe was creepy, and douglas did a great job, but i was never fully convinced by his performance - i kept seeing douglas, not liberace.
  15. Honora

    Honora Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    The ancient Romans felt the same way.
  16. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    Also libel laws in the UK are extremely harsh. There have been many examples of people getting payouts there, and I was not surprised at all that he managed it. Note that he only managed a settlement with the US tabloid he sued, in the 1950's.
  17. danielhart

    danielhart Nerp Nerp

    Apr 27, 2004
    Can't believe nobody has commented on Rob Lowe as the plastic surgeon - those facial expressions were hysterical.
  18. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    It was a headpiece that pulled his face and it was painful.

  19. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

    Apr 19, 2012
    sweet home, al
    in ew, rob lowe described the role of dr. startz:

    "i wanted him to be at once repellant and engaging, if that’s possible...he’s the fourth member of the bee gees: the transgendered bee gee, the lesser known one."
  20. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    Can't believe you didn't see that 4 people already have.

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