Steven Soderbergh Addresses the Controversy of Liberace Movie's Theatrical Release

Michael Douglas in ‘Behind the Candelabra’/Photo © Claudette Barius/HBO
Michael Douglas in ‘Behind the Candelabra’/Photo © Claudette Barius/HBO

Quite a few Warner Bros. folks are publicly denying Steven Soderbergh's claims that "Behind the Candelabra" was considered "too gay" for a theatrical release. In an exclusive interview with Mother Jones, the director foams over with sarcasm toward the studio, pointing out the obvious, logical, and altogether plausible: It may have been greed and not bigotry that motivated Warner Bros.' change of heart about the Liberace story, but the outcome is the same either way. Considering how popular the film's been with straight audiences on HBO, I'd say they made a bad call that may have cost Michael Douglas or Matt Damon major award nominations.

You know who else has a lot to say? Actress Mara Wilson. Remember last week when we reposted her article about the perils faced by young actors? In the days since, Wilson has agreed to appear for a live Q&A Thursday with yours truly at the latest installment of my NYC variety show. If you have any questions for the actress-turned-writer, post your suggestions here and I'll see what she has to say. Before you do, though, check out her (incredibly entertaining) FAQ page.

A manhunt is on for the killer of a major literary figure -- except the victim is poet Pablo Neruda (once thought to have died of natural causes) and the suspect is a CIA double agent working under the regime of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and is now in the USA's witness protection program. Forensic researchers are currently examining Neruda's remains, and if they find anything suspicious, all sorts of red tape will have to be untangled in order to charge the suspect. I suspect we may actually get a movie in development about the whole mess before an official ending is even reached!

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