TV: Behind the Candelabra
The tempestuous May-December love affair between flamboyant entertainer Liberace and Scott Thorson — from their first meeting backstage to their bitter public breakup — provides Michael Douglas and Matt Damon with savory roles and their performances rank among their best ever. There’re also juicy turns from out actor Cheyenne Jackson, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Lowe and Scott Bakula. All in all, the year’s most-anticipated gay film (which won’t be be seen in theaters because studios deemed it too gay —their loss!) completely lives up to the anticipation and director Steven Soderbergh doesn’t skimp on depicting the sexual relationship between the two men. Catch the premiere on HBO May 26. A soundtrack of the film and reissue of Thorson’s book on which the film is based are also both now available.