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May 24, 2013 | By Susan King
Steven Soderbergh's latest film, “Behind the Candelabra,” looks at the relationship between flamboyant pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon). The film, which is in competition for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, premieres Sunday on HBO. But how much do you really know about Liberace, who died of AIDS in 1987 at the age of 67? Here are some fun facts and interesting tidbits about “Mr. Showmanship”: He was born Wladziu Valentino Liberace on May 16, 1919, in West Allis, Wisc.
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September 22, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
“Behind the Candelabra” won the Emmy on Sunday for miniseries or movie. It was the clear front-runner and many Emmy watchers predicted the win. The glittery HBO Liberace biopic, which debuted to an impressive 2.4 million viewers in May, was directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on Scott Thorson's memoir, “Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace.” The plot pivots on the last decade of the famous pianist Liberace's life and his secret...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1986
A supermarket tabloid showed "clear indications of actual malice" when it printed a 1982 article that allegedly libeled Scott Thorson, the reputed lover of pianist Liberace, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge said Tuesday. The multimillion-dollar suit involves an article published in the Globe that claimed that Thorson was a boy prostitute and had sex with his foster father.
NATIONAL
June 28, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Liberace's old off-Strip mansion is up for sale for a veritable song, but is the property fabulous or a decrepit fixer-upper? Built in 1962, the once-lavish 14,939-square-foot spread sits on a half-acre lot near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and features two bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and several large areas for entertaining. There are flashes of the legendary pizazz once embodied by Liberace, whose life was the subject of the recent HBO film, “Behind the Candelabra,” which details the eccentric entertainer's secretive romance with former chauffeur and lover Scott Thorson.
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July 13, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles Superior Court, Scott Thorson--a former lover of Liberace who filed a palimony suit against the late entertainer in 1982--pleaded guilty Monday to a robbery charge that carries a three-year state prison sentence. Thorson is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 24. Prosecutors said Thorson and four other men robbed a man and a woman in a Hollywood apartment last September of money and cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1988
A former Las Vegas dancer who sued entertainer Liberace for palimony was arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on three felony robbery counts stemming from a holdup at a Los Angeles apartment Sept. 23. Police said Scott Thorson, 29, who was arrested Feb. 3, had associated with members of the Van Ness Gangsters, a gang that staged a series of drug-related robberies, taking money and cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
The decision last week to charge convicted cocaine trafficker Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah in the 7-year-old Laurel Canyon bludgeon murders was based in part on significant new evidence provided by Scott Thorson, the former lover of the late pianist Liberace, The Times has learned. Thorson, 29, is being protected in a tightly secured section of County Jail while he awaits sentencing for a drug-related armed robbery in which he pleaded guilty last July 11.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1990
A former lover of the late entertainer Liberace Wednesday linked both defendants in the Laurel Canyon murder trial to the house where four people were bludgeoned to death in 1981. Scott Thorson, 31, who said he received a settlement of $95,000 after he filed a palimony suit against Liberace, testified that he was staying at the Studio City home of defendant Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah in 1981 when he overheard a violent argument between Nash and porno movie star John Holmes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former lover of the late pianist Liberace testified Monday that a defendant in the Laurel Canyon murder trial vowed to track down those who had burglarized his home and "teach them a lesson," but later lamented that "things (had) gone too far."
NEWS
May 20, 2013 | By Leslie Van Buskirk
For all the razzle-dazzle of costumes worn by Michael Douglas in his uncanny incarnation as Liberace in the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra” - the crystals! the sequins! the furs! - the revelation for design fans will be lavish sets that sparkle with late '70s and early '80s style. It's a look that, for better or for worse, is experiencing a revival among contemporary designers just in time for the movie's premiere Sunday. “There was a lot of glamour in the '70s that really has not been repeated since,” Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler said, citing Pierre Cardin interiors as particularly noteworthy during that transitional era. PHOTOS: The over-the-top homes of "Behind the Candelabra" Wearstler, who was not involved in “Behind the Candelabra,” gave many reasons why elements of the look are coming back.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2013 | By David Ng
"Behind the Candelabra," Steven Soderbergh's humorous look into the life of Liberace that debuted Sunday on HBO, features a scene in which the popular piano entertainer (played by Michael Douglas) recalls his experience performing at the Hollywood Bowl. "I show up for rehearsal and I look at this vast, enormous open air theater and I look at the black piano. I think -- black piano, black tuxedo, who is going to see me in this giant clamshell?" he tells a rapt Las Vegas audience. Brandishing his gaudy cape, he then says, "I ask you -- can you seen me now?"
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
HBO's Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" has generated so much buzz thanks to its subject matter (the tormented relationship between the pianist and his much younger lover, Scott Thorson) and its well-known leading men (Michael Douglas and Matt Damon), it's easy to forget it also happens to be the last film directed by Steven Soderbergh before he goes into self-imposed exile from moviemaking. Twenty-four years after his low-budget drama "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" took Cannes by storm and helped usher in a new age in independent cinema, Soderbergh, 50, is done with the medium - at least for now. "The phone's not ringing as often, which is fine," said the (former?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
In my recent review of the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra," I was so busy deconstructing the big flap over casting as an ironic example of image trumping reality that I proceeded to perpetuate the same crime. No film is created by a director and his or her cast; as the Writer's Guild constantly reminds us (and for reasons that are now quite clear): "Somebody wrote that. " In this case, that somebody was acclaimed screenwriter Richard LaGravenese, who adapted the film from a book by Alex Thoralefson and Scott Thorson.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra" was preceded by so much fuss over the casting of Michael Douglas as bedazzled pianist icon Liberace and Matt Damon as the entertainer's young lover Scott Thorson, that you'd have thought the duo did something other than act for a living. Yes, biopics are hard, and Liberace was quite a character. That elfin face and sweet whine of a voice appear so at odds with his carefully controlled career. And certainly not every actor can convincingly rock sequined pants and an ermine cape.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Susan King
Steven Soderbergh's latest film, “Behind the Candelabra,” looks at the relationship between flamboyant pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon). The film, which is in competition for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, premieres Sunday on HBO. But how much do you really know about Liberace, who died of AIDS in 1987 at the age of 67? Here are some fun facts and interesting tidbits about “Mr. Showmanship”: He was born Wladziu Valentino Liberace on May 16, 1919, in West Allis, Wisc.
NEWS
May 20, 2013 | By Leslie Van Buskirk
For all the razzle-dazzle of costumes worn by Michael Douglas in his uncanny incarnation as Liberace in the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra” - the crystals! the sequins! the furs! - the revelation for design fans will be lavish sets that sparkle with late '70s and early '80s style. It's a look that, for better or for worse, is experiencing a revival among contemporary designers just in time for the movie's premiere Sunday. “There was a lot of glamour in the '70s that really has not been repeated since,” Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler said, citing Pierre Cardin interiors as particularly noteworthy during that transitional era. PHOTOS: The over-the-top homes of "Behind the Candelabra" Wearstler, who was not involved in “Behind the Candelabra,” gave many reasons why elements of the look are coming back.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
“Behind the Candelabra” won the Emmy on Sunday for miniseries or movie. It was the clear front-runner and many Emmy watchers predicted the win. The glittery HBO Liberace biopic, which debuted to an impressive 2.4 million viewers in May, was directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on Scott Thorson's memoir, “Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace.” The plot pivots on the last decade of the famous pianist Liberace's life and his secret...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
In my recent review of the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra," I was so busy deconstructing the big flap over casting as an ironic example of image trumping reality that I proceeded to perpetuate the same crime. No film is created by a director and his or her cast; as the Writer's Guild constantly reminds us (and for reasons that are now quite clear): "Somebody wrote that. " In this case, that somebody was acclaimed screenwriter Richard LaGravenese, who adapted the film from a book by Alex Thoralefson and Scott Thorson.
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May 10, 2013 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - When the news broke in 1987 that Liberace, the famously flamboyant pianist, was dead at age 67 with what his manager had claimed was anemia brought on by a watermelon diet but was, in fact, AIDS, it made front-page headlines around the country. It was a fitting tribute for a world-famous entertainer who just a few months earlier had played three weeks of sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall. A generation later, the man known as "Mr. Showmanship" is widely seen more as an avatar of kitsch than a true showbiz legend, someone whose sad death and campy image seem like relics of a less tolerant era. The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, which once welcomed 450,000 people a year, closed in 2010, no longer able to attract enough visitors to keep the lights on. But that's set to change when "Behind the Candelabra," starring Michael Douglas as a sexually voracious Liberace and Matt Damon as his coke-addled, much-younger lover, debuts May 26 on HBO. More than 13 years in the making, the film chronicles the unconventional relationship between the men: Scott Thorson, a former foster kid who reshaped his face with plastic surgery to look more like Liberace, later filed a multimillion-dollar palimony suit against the star.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2013 | By Scott Collins
That the life of pianist Liberace was flamboyant was beyond compare - maybe a little too flamboyant for the movie studios. So Steven Soderbergh's new Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" is headed to HBO, with Michael Douglas playing the legendary entertainer from 1960s TV fame. Director Soderbergh was quoted as saying that while he long wanted to make the Liberace project, studios found it "too gay. " "I was very anxious that we not make a caricature," Soderbergh told reporters at the TV press tour on Friday in Pasadena.
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