We all tuned to Liz & Dick for Lindsay Lohan‘s performance, but there was so much more for us to see: the wigs, the costumes, the acerbic banter, the communal Twitter experience, THE WIGS. Can we please do it all again, but this time with a TV movie that might actually be good? That’s our wish for the New Year now that we read Matt Damon‘s Playboy comments about HBO’s Liberace biopic. “Well, normally I’d say no to nudity, but I just did a lot of it playing the long-term partner of Liberace, Scott Thorson, in Behind the Candelabra,” the Bourne Legacy actor explained. “I mean, it’s tastefully done. Steven Soderbergh directed it, and Michael Douglas plays Liberace. But this movie’s not going to be for everyone.” Obviously not! This movie is going to be for us. Didn’t you immediately think of five things to tweet after reading that quote? And if we were tweeting at the same time? Well…is there anything better?
A lot of prep goes into a wedding. There’s the flowers, the catering, the dress, the ceremony, the guest list. And if you’re a multi-millionaire mega star, there’s the all-important prenuptial agreement. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in the midst of planning their big day, but rumors are circulating as to whether or not the power couple will sign a prenup concerning their tremendous assets. In fact, Forbes estimates the couple’s net worth at over $270 million.
Although they’ve been together for over seven years now, that doesn’t mean that the two won’t someday hit the rocks. And as the boy-scouts always said: be prepared! “The chances of them not having a prenup is slim and zip,” L.A.-based attorney Goldie Schon told Celebuzz. “The fact that they waited this long to tie the knot, you can’t imagine that with this type of wealth and this type of stature that they’re not going to protect themselves so that they don’t have a situation in the future.” They certainly won’t be the first celebs with big money divorce clauses. Check out some of the crazier Hollywood prenups in the gallery below!
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So, Michael Douglas. He was kinda funny in “Romancing the Stone,” we guess. And he had to have had a sense of humor to agree to “The In-Laws” and “Me, You & Dupree” (we can’t even remember what he did in that movie, having successfully erased it from our damaged brains). But there’s really not anything in the man’s filmography to suggest that he’s the perfect man to play the most fabulous piano player of all time, Liberace. Close your eyes and picture Gordon Gekko getting out of a mirrored Rolls. If that’s difficult, we can’t even get to the 200-pound “King Neptune” costume and rhinestone-encrusted Baldwin grand (Liberace Museum, R.I.P.).
But maybe this is all proof of the genius of Steven Soderbergh, who has also cast Matt Damon(!) as the showman’s live-in lover for the HBO film, Behind the Candelabra, according to Deadline. (Surprising casting aside, maybe VH1 deserves some royalties for that name.) We shall see. In the meantime, watch Liberace deliver the best sign off music of all time.
Always respect your elders. And if they’re hot, why not date ‘em? That’s what these celebs did! Hollywood has a long and storied of history of the rich and famous dating wayyyy outside of their age range. Even though Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are (reportedly) on their way to splitsville, there are still plenty of May-December romances to be found around Tinseltown. Join us as we count down the biggest and craziest celebrity couple age gaps in the gallery below!
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Michael Douglas must be having the worst year ever. Not just the worst year of his own life; the worst year that anyone on the planet could possibly have and still leave the house. In Michael Douglas’ Oprah interview today, the Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps star explained how his nightmare of a 2010 might have influenced wife Catherine Zeta-Jones’ bipolar disorder announcement. “My oldest son is in federal prison, my ex-wife is suing me, and I got cancer. It’s kind of hard for the wife to say, ‘I’m depressed,” Douglas says. “It probably played a big part of it.” Yeah, that stack of problems would make anything harder to say. Makes those soaking wet towels left on the bathroom floor look like a Sunday picnic in the park.
Luckily as of now Douglas’ cancer is in remission, Catherine Zeta-Jones returned to work and Cameron Douglas was sentenced to jail timeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦okay, no good news on that front, but all things considered, the second half of 2011 is shaping up to be better already. “This particular type of cancer has a good record of not coming back. But it can. So for the first year I’ve got to go every month and get checked in every three months,” Douglas explained, before confirming he is cancer-free as of his month. We are really going to have to stop complaining about our lives. Just as soon as we pick up all these towels. Seriously, it seems like there are 30 of them in here.
A representative for Catherine Zeta-Jones has confirmed that the Oscar and Tony-winning actress has checked into a mental health facility for treatment. “After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II Disorder. SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films.” A source told People, “Catherine has had deal with Michael’s illness and that’s been hard. She went in for a few days because she’s about to start working, and wanted to make sure she’s in top form, which she is.”
The Chicago actress has spoken about her frustration over husband Michael Douglas’ battle with cancer, saying “It makes me furious they didn’t detect it earlier.” After only making three movies since 2005’s The Legend Of Zorro, Zeta-Jones is scheduled to star in Playing The Field with Gerard Butler and Lay The Favorite with Bruce Willis next year.
Catherine Zeta-Jones‘ trip to London to accept a CBE from Prince Charles Thursday had an unpleasant interruption last night after returning to her hotel from dinner with Michael Douglas. Paparazzi were waiting for the couple, with at least one blocking Jones’ way in. A scuffle followed, with a photographer dashing out as the Oscar-winning actress screamed she had been punched and demanding police attention. Confusion followed, with Douglas stomping back out, grabbing the suspect and screaming “a–hole!” at him. When asked about the melee, Jones’ rep told Entertainment Tonight. “You saw it for yourself. Otherwise, the trip and the ceremony were fabulous and such a joy for everyone.”
See video of the scene after the jump.
With Michael Douglas saying he’s “beat” cancer, the actor and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones certainly have reason to celebrate—in style. “She had a good cry when she heard [the tumor was gone],” Douglas told People. “I can’t tell you I was jumping up and clicking my heels. For me, it will probably be two or three months before it will really sink in and feel good.” Sooner if Catherine can help it—check out the sexily disheveled formal wear she wore to dinner with Douglas in Manhattan last night. Dude’s definitely got something to live for.
See more photos in the gallery below.
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Beastie Boy Adam Yauch may be backing off claims he’s “cancer-free” (sadly), but one recently ailing celebrity is willing to make so bold a statement. In an interview with Matt Lauer airing on Today tomorrow, Michael Douglas says he thinks he’s beaten the throat cancer doctors detected earlier this year. “The odds are, with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer, that I’ve got it beat.”
“I’m 66 now. You know, I’m fortunate I’ve got a mother who’s 88. She’ll kill me. She may be 87. My father’s 94. So, you know, I feel good about those genes,” laughs Douglas. “But it’s definitely a third act. And so you’re a little more conscious of your time in how you choose to spend it.” The news caps an intense year for Douglas, with his son Cameron getting five years for drug dealing in April.
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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Gordon Gekko was originally meant to be a villain. But when he told an audience in 1987’s Wall Street that “Greed is good,” a generation of aspiring hedge fund operators took his words to heart. In this long-awaited sequel, it turns out that writer-director Oliver Stone has finally fallen for the old reprobate himself. Gekko, played by Michael Douglas, emerges from jail a changed man—his greasy locks replaced by a more granola-like mane. One person who isn’t buying the reformed act is daughter Carey Mulligan, who blames dad for her drug addict brother’s death. Her boyfriend Shia LaBoeuf, however, starts getting hints from Gekko on how to bring down the evil financier who destroyed his mentor. Does a humbled trader, though, ever really change his suspenders? There’s lots of tut-tutting over the causes and fall-out of our current financial crisis, but Stone’s film is essentially a bull-market melodrama. That means good-looking folks—Josh Brolin and Susan Sarandon are in there as well—getting emotional in big, expensive-looking rooms—no more so than when Douglas delivers a speech that has eerie parallels with the actor’s real-life relationship to his late son. Like the original film, this second trip down Wall Street is a guilty pleasure with just a little moral chastisement.
Extras: Stone provides his usual erudite commentary and there are interviews with director and cast.
– By C. Bottomley