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Comic-Con: ‘Ant-Man’ Stars And Director Talk Hall H Virginity, Paul Rudd’s Abs (Video)

By | Saturday July 26, 2014 @ 5:28pm PDT

Comic-Con: ‘Ant-Man’ Stars And Director Talk Hall H Virginity, Paul Rudd’s Abs (Video)A new backstage video featuring the cast and crew of Ant-Man hit the web just ahead of Marvel‘s panel at Comic-Con. Stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll and director Peyton Reed discuss their first time — at the Con, that is. The actors all are at the San Diego fanfest for the first time, though Reed notes it’s his 20th time. They also talk about Rudd’s ripped bod, among other things. Judge for yourself:

Related: Comic-Con: Evangeline Lilly & Corey Stoll Join ‘Ant-Man’ Stars As Marvel Screens Very Early Footage

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CBS Films Sets Diamond & Weissman For ‘Last Vegas’ Sequel

Mike Fleming

CBS Films Sets Diamond & Weissman For ‘Last Vegas’ SequelCBS Films is moving aggressively on a sequel to its biggest-grossing film Last Vegas. David Diamond & David Weissman have been hired to write the second installment of the AARP comedy. The intent is to bring back director Jon Turteltaub, and the film’s stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. The sequel will focus on the quartet’s return to their old stomping grounds in Brooklyn. They discover that borough has changed more than a little since the four grew up there.

Laurence Mark and Amy Baer will be returning as producers. Scripted by Dan Fogelman, Last Vegas was a true sleeper, hitting an underserved demographic and enjoying a long theatrical run. The film topped out at $134 million in global grosses, including $63 million domestic, and has been a strong performer on home video and VOD.

Diamond & Weissman’s scripts include The Family Man, Evolution, Old Dogs, and When In Rome. The scribes are repped by WME.

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Hot Trailer: Michael Douglas & Diane Keaton In ‘And So It Goes’

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 12:42pm PDT

Rob Reiner directs Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in his latest romantic drama, about a cranky realtor (Douglas) who enlists the sexegenarian neighbor lady (Keaton) for help when his 9-year-old granddaughter comes to live with him. And So It Goes is scripted by Mark Andrus, who also wrote the cranky-old-man drama As Good As It Gets. It’s Keaton’s latest film following ensemble comedy The Big Wedding and Douglas’ latest after the senior road-tripper Last Vegas. Producers and Clarius Entertainment are hoping to hit the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel-It’s Complicated-Bucket List sweet spot with the July 11 pic, especially after the newbie distributor opened their first release, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, to just $3.7M last weekend. Here’s the trailer:

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The History Of Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man:’ Troubled Wife Beater, Creator Of Avengers And Ultron; Maybe Marvel Is On To Something?

Mike Fleming

antmEven though Comic-Con god Edgar Wright is directing, and Paul Rudd set as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas playing Hank Pym, Marvel StudiosAnt-Man movie still has me wondering if a guy capable of shrinking and communicating with insects warrants a movie franchise — especially with Rudd, who is so identified with comedy. The folks at have helpfully sent me an Ant-Man primer, featuring the character’s various incarnations from the Marvel comics. From what I observed, the Pym version is a certifiable basket case, a complicated dude with inadequacy problems, a temper, and penchant for hitting women. And the Hank Pym version of the character, in helmet and costume, looks vaguely phallic. I remain unconvinced. What do you think?

Related: ‘Ant-Man’ Jumps On Old ‘Batman-Superman’ Release Date

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UTA Signs Michael Douglas

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 4:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

mdouglEXCLUSIVE: UTA has just signed Michael Douglas, who won the Emmy, the Golden Globe and the SAG Award for his turn as Liberace opposite Matt Damon in the Steven Soderbergh-directed HBO pic Behind The Candelabra. Douglas just booked a major role in Marvel’s newest superhero franchise, Ant-Man, with Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd, and he’s also starring in and producing The Reach.

Douglas had been repped by WME, and he came in play and met with all the agencies recently after Brian Swardstrom left to become a partner at UTA. Douglas just decided to make the move. He is coming off the CBS Films hit Last Vegas. I have always thought Douglas was one of the brightest producer/actors in town, and when he needed a moderator for a screening of Wall Street 2 in New York, I rushed in. At the time, he was frail from cancer, and I walked away worried. It is incredibly gratifying to see him looking as good as ever, putting that in the rearview mirror, and working up a storm again.

Related: EMMYS Q&A: Michael Douglas

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Michael Douglas Joins Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 12:31pm PST

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas has become the second major casting for Ant-Man, the Disney/Marvel movie that stars Paul Rudd. Douglas, fresh off his Golden Globes win last night for Behind The Candelabra, will play Hank Pym, who first appeared in the comic in 1962. Pym is a scientist who was first Ant-Man then became Giant-Man, Goliath, and Yellowjacket in the comic’s mythology; no word on which persona Douglas’ Pym will take per the announcement unveiled today on HankPym“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige in the post. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.” Edgar Wright is directing the superhero pic, which is due out July 31, 2015.

Related: Marvel Finally Confirms Paul Rudd As ‘Ant-Man’

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PHOTOS: 2014 Golden Globes – The Winners

Golden Globes Winners 2014

Co-host Amy Poehler found herself celebrating at Sunday’s Golden Globes when she won a statuette herself between emcee duties; Bryan Cranston wound up double-fisting Breaking Bad‘s two Globes on the night, one for his star turn as the conflicted Walter White. See all of the night’s victors take the winners’ circle backstage, including Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and the makers of American Hustle; Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor – Comedy/Musical, The Wolf of Wall Street), Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor – Drama, Dallas Buyers Club), Cate Blanchett (Best Actress – Drama, Blue Jasmine), Michael Douglas (Best Actor, Miniseries/Made for TV movie Behind the Candelabra), and more: Read More »

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New ‘War Of The Roses’ Pic Flowering

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 3:25pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Permut Presentations and Grey Eagle Films will produce The War Of The Roses, The Children, an adaptation of the sequel novel by Warren Adler, whose original was the basis for the 1989 film in which director Danny DeVito tapped his Romancing The Stone cohorts Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner and pitted them in a divorce battle to the death.

Here, the chandelier-shattering legacy of Barbara and Oliver Rose is passed down to their children, Josh and Evie, in a black comedy that focuses on ugly divorce from the vantage point of kids who fall victim to warring parents. Josh marries Victoria, only to see the marriage fall apart over an incident involving missing Milky Way bars; and Evie is a promiscuous over-eater carrying her own shrapnel. The result is deceit, violence and destruction. Permut will produce with Grey Eagle Films, Jonathan Adler and Stephen Greenwald. Chris Mangano will be exec producers. Grey Eagle Films got the film and TV rights to all of Adler’s novels, and newly monied Permut Presentations is financing development, and is currently seeking a scribe.
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Primetime Emmys 2013: Surprisers And First-Timers Lift Telecast – But Did It Have To Be So Sad?

Pete Hammond

It was obviously another huge night for AMC, which took home the most prestigious Emmy prize of Outstanding Drama Series for the 5th time in the last six years, this time for long overdue Breaking Bad. Inside the Governors Ball following the Emmys, a raucous celebration at the 400 tables, 3-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston didn’t seem to care that he personally lost in a shocker to The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels. “This is the one I really wanted,”  he told me about the show’s win. I asked AMC topper Charlie Collier why he programmed a new episode of Breaking Bad against the Emmy broadcast instead of running a repeat. ”There may be a few thousand people here who pay attention to  the Emmys  tonight. But there are millions who want to know what’s going to happen on Breaking Bad!,he told me. As for the win, ”this was a show no one could believe got on the air, didn’t get cancelled, and kept thriving,” he added.

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Even AMC stable mate and 4-time drama series winner Mad Men’s Matt Weiner came by and hugged Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, perhaps the nicest guy who has never won an Emmy until now. I asked Gilligan if he really thought any of the other shows he mentioned by name in his acceptance speech were going to win over his. “Oh yes, absolutely. I was convinced House Of Cards would win,” he told me. A day earlier, Saturday’s … Read More »

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EMMYS: Michael Douglas & Matt Damon Named Presenters

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 9:37am PDT

Behind The Candelabra co-stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are the first presenters announced for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, set for September 22 live on CBS from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The HBO movie garnered 15 nominations this year, including for Douglas as Liberace and Damon and his longtime companion Scott Thorson.

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EMMYS: Movie/Miniseries Lead Acting Handicap

By | Thursday August 22, 2013 @ 8:41am PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Get ready for the Michael Douglas awards parade. First up: The Primetime Emmys. To be sure, he’s the overwhelming favorite for this year’s movie/miniseries lead actor for his universally acclaimed performance as Liberace in Behind The Candelabra. He was so good that it overshadowed even the work of a superstar like Matt Damon in the same film (where he played the pianist’s young lover Scott Thorson). Al Pacino also is nominated for his portrayal of convicted murderer Phil Spector in the biopic of the same name, along with Benedict Cumberbatch for the mini Parade’s End and Toby Jones for the Alfred Hitchcock drama The Girl. Notably, all five nominees are honored for HBO projects. On the actress side, Jessica Lange is up for lead (instead of last year’s supporting) in FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum, which puts her in the unusual position of having the opportunity to win Emmys in back-to-back years for the same series in different categories. However, Lange’s foes for movie/mini lead actress have a combined 25 nominations and 7 wins to their credit. Two of them are chasing their first victories: Elisabeth Moss for Sundance Channel’s Top Of The Lake and Sigourney Weaver for the since-canceled USA Network mini Political Animals. Then there’s Laura Linney, also switching categories for Showtime’s The Big C: Hereafter; and Helen Mirren as lawyer Linda Kenney-Baden in Phil Spector. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Last Vegas’

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 10:51am PDT

Michael Douglas scored an Emmy nomination today for playing a staple of the Las Vegas strip in Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra. In November, he hits Sin City again for CBS FilmsLast Vegas. The film sees four pals hold a bachelor party for Douglas’ last–single-man-standing. Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline round out the group of cronies. Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco and Roger Bart also star. Jon Turteltaub directed the pic from an original screenplay by Dan Fogelman. The domestic release is November 1:

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ENTV: Pete Hammond On Emmy Miniseries & Movies Contenders

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:10pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond culls his pile of screeners to find some of the most worthy nominees for the Emmy Movies & Miniseries category, with Behind The Candelabra and Michael Douglas as likely leading candidates this year. But there is a special plea for Elisabeth Moss, either for her work in Top Of The Lake or for her years of work in Mad Men, whose cast has never won an acting nod. Don’t count out the ratings smash The Bible, and Hammond has special regard for the Alfred Hitchcock-Tippi Hedren story told in The Girl. Check it out:

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EMMYS Q&A: Michael Douglas

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 7:45pm PDT

David Mermelstein is an AwardsLine contributor.

When word first leaked that square-jawed, macho Michael Douglas would star in a biopic 
of Liberace, the swanning pianist famous for garish costumes and flashy keyboard antics, many feared the worst. But HBO’s Behind The Candelabra, directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on a memoir by Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson (played by Matt Damon), is anything but an exercise in misguided casting. Instead of camping it up, Douglas, who remains best known for his Oscar-winning turn as Wall Street lizard king Gordon Gekko, embraces his inner queen in an audacious and vulnerable performance.

AwardsLine: How were you first approached for the role of Liberace—and what appealed to you about the part?
Michael Douglas: It’s wild. It goes all the way back to 2000, when I was doing Traffic with Steven. One day he says, “Ever thought about playing Liberace?” I thought he was messing with me. But a couple of times on the set I did an imitation, just for fun. Then seven years later, he called and said, “I’m going to be sending you something.” It was the book Behind The Candelabra by Scott Thorson. Jerry Weintraub had acquired it for Steven, Richard LaGravenese had written the screenplay, and Matt Damon wanted to play Scott. It was a great screenplay with a wonderful character for me to eat up the scenery. My whole career has been me playing contemporary characters, so I welcomed the chance to get behind a figure from a different era. It was like painting on a clown face rather than wiping my face raw for a part. It even required appliances and hairpieces and all that.

Related: EMMYS: Movies/Miniseries Overview

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Hammond On Cannes: Festival Kicks Off With Most Anticipated Slate In Years

Pete Hammond

After two years in a row of heavily influencing the Oscar race, the 66th Cannes Film Festival lineup may make it three this year. Certainly I see very long and winding Croisette lines to pick up press or market credentials at the Palais, which is adorned with posters of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in a provocative still shot from their fluffy France-set 1963 comedy A New Kind Of Love. One early clue came when the jury was announced, beginning with President Steven Spielberg and including such Oscar winners as Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman and Christoph Waltz. And if it’s not enough to have those icons prominent at this year’s fest, add The Great Gatsby‘s Baz Lurhmann whose film is the opening night event with a gala after-party, and Martin Scorsese who will also be in town for a yacht party announcement of his longtime gestating directorial effort Silence on May 16th. Certainly many of the Cannes contenders both in and out of competition are from Academy Award winners and Cannes veterans back with intriguing films that make up a high profile and potent selection with advance buzz.  Competing are the Coen Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Roman Polanski and Alexander Payne plus a slew of famous names in front of the cameras both on screen and on the Red Carpet this year.

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As for the competition and key sidebars, one perennial Cannes question os whether it’s a good idea to ready or even rush a film designed for year-end release in order to play at the Festival in May. Particularly of that means risking negative reviews which can be a real buzz killer. Take, for instance, Payne’s last minute entry Nebraska from Paramount, which almost didn’t appear here. In the initial forecast Deadline posted on March 13, we thought Payne’s film fit in with the auteurist nature of the fest, it’s in black and white, and its filmmaker is quite a favorite in Cannes. (He has had only one film previously in competition – 2002′s About Schmidt – and won no prize, but he not only headed the jury for Un Certain Regard in 2005 but also was a member of the main competition jury last year.) Yet shortly after this prediction I was told Cannes wasn’t in the cards due to Payne’s fondness for long post-production time. He didn’t want to be rushed. Then the studio saw the film about a week before the Cannes deadline and execs urged Payne to put it into the festival. He took Nebraska to Paris to show to Cannes programming honcho Thierry Fremaux with just two days to go before the press conference announcing the 2013 lineup. Now it is one of the most anticipated screenings even though it ooccurs towards the end of the Festival on May 23. Paramount claims  it recently had a successful research screening in Pasadena and has dated the film for November 22nd, right in the heart of Oscar season (Payne is a two-time Screenwriting Oscar winner for Sideways and The Descendants).

Conversely there was absolutely no doubt Joel and Ethan Coen would be bringing their latest, the 1960′s-set Greenwich Village folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis screening on May 19. It is their 8th time around this particular block so they are virtually Cannes regulars. CBS Films won’t release the movie stateside until December 6, another prime Oscar date.

Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur screening on May 25 on the last day of competition is the adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway play. It brings Polanski back to Cannes for the first time since winning his only Palme d’Or (for 2003′s The Pianist, which resulted in a Best Director Oscar). It stars  his wife Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Almarac and though audiences and critics weren’t too impressed with the last Polanski Broadway play adaptation God Of Carnage, this dramatic work could be more up his alley. There’s also strong interest in French director  Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian screening May 18 largely due to lead actor Benecio Del Toro’s role as a Blackfoot Indian WWII vet. (But someone’s gotta change that lumbering title.) Cannes watchers also are buzzing about new works from three directors who are no strangers on the Croisette: Nicolas Winding Refn who won Best Director in Cannes for 2011′s Drive and has re-teamed with star Ryan Gosling as a drug smuggler in the May 22nd entry Only God Forgives. (I am told Kristin Scott Thomas steals this one as his mother). And though his films don’t make much noise in theatres, James Gray is a Cannes favorite  and back with his fourth competition entry, The Immigrant (formerly called Lowlife) screening May 24th with a starry cast of Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. Jim Jarmusch brings his new Vampire story Only Lovers Left Alive which stars the always intriguing Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska . It has the distinction of being the last film to make the list and the last competition film to be screened: in the 10 PM slot on May 25th.

As always with Cannes there is just too damn much to see with many sidebar competitions like Un Certain Regard, Director’s Fortnight, Critics Week, Cannes Classics and so on. Certainly the opener for Un Certain Regard, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and Ryan Coogler’s Sundance sensation Fruitvale Station (summer releases stateside) are both screening on the sidebar’s first day of May 16th and are instant must-sees in addition to James Franco’s directorial outing, As I Lay Dying, on May 20th.

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Hot TV Trailer: ‘Behind The Candelabra’

By | Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 1:58pm PDT

The full trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s Behind The Candelabra: The Secret Life Of Liberace has dropped and it’s quite a vision. It’s full of glitz, glamour, dazzling piano-playing and Matt Damon screaming “I don’t even have my own face”! Michael Douglas is set as the famed pianist and Damon as his lover Scott Thorson. Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds also star. The HBO movie airs on May 26. Check it out:

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Hot TV Teaser: ‘Behind The Candelabra’

The first teaser for Steven Soderbergh‘s Behind The Candelabra: The Secret Life Of Liberace was a real tease, indeed — offering only a jazzy credits roll and a series of falling piano keys. This one, which dropped over the weekend, pulls back the curtain a bit more on the HBO movie that will air May 26. We expect it could also show up at the Cannes Film Festival, possibly out of competition, ahead of that airdate. The movie sees Michael Douglas as the famed pianist and looks at his life with lover Scott Thorson, played by Matt Damon.

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Hot TV Teaser: ‘Behind The Candelabra’

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 4:38pm PST

Steven Soderbergh‘s Liberace pic debuts May 26 on HBO, taking a look at the famed pianist (played by Michael Douglas) and his life with lover Scott Thorson (played by Matt Damon). But while Soderbergh & Co. gave journalists a preview at the TCAs in January, the network’s newly unveiled Behind The Candelabra: The Secret Life Of Liberace teaser is a tease, alright — the 38-second video offers no footage, just a jazzy credits roll as piano keys fall to the sounds of “Begin The Beguine”. Watch it here:

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More Oscar Presenters: Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 6:05am PST

Academy Awards show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that Oscar-winning actors Michael Douglas and Jamie Foxx will join Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd as presenters on the Oscars telecast Sunday.

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