Summer Camp: Photos of Michael Douglas as Liberace in New Soderbergh Biopic

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Michael Douglas/Photo © Featureflash/Shutterstock; Liberace/Photo via CC/Wikipedia/Allan Warren

I'm no fan of Kevin Smith's, but hearing the "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy" director uncannily imitate Tom Hardy's character voice from "The Dark Knight Rises" is an unexpected delight. And for those (like me) who complained that it was difficult to understand what Bane was saying at times, it could have been a lot worse: Here you can listen to before-and-after comparisons of the voice as the studio tinkered with it.

Will we still get excited about humanoid robots in movies when they become more commonplace in real life? Kurata, a warrior robot unveiled at a Japanese festival, makes certain scenes from "Robocop" and "Aliens" seem eerily plausible. /Film's commentor states: "At the very least, if we need to fight some big monsters, Kuratas is on our side." But how can they be so sure? Anyhow, you can design your own Kurata on the manufacturer's website.

We've finally got photos of Michael Douglas as Liberace from the Steven Soderbergh biopic "Behind the Candelabra" -- that's Matt Damon back there, playing the famous musician's much younger lover. If you want to check Michael's work, here's a 1978 video of Liberace giving TV audiences a tour of his insanely opulent (and insanely tacky) mansion.

While we're on the subject of gay icons, I found these photos of Andy Warhol visiting the cast of Fassbinder's "Querelle," the 1982 adaptation of  Jean Genet's novel Querelle de Brest. It was the final film of director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who died of a heart attack before the film was released.