Category Archives: Behind the Candelabra

A chronicle of the tempestuous six year romance between megastar pianist, Liberace, and his alleged lover, Scott Thorson. The movie is adapted from the novel of the same name written by Thorson.

Steven Soderbergh: Another Steven in Hollywood

Steven Soderbergh, director of this month’s movie, Behind the Candelabra (2013), can boast an impressive resume. He has spun out movie-making magic with Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989), Traffic (2000), the Ocean’s Eleven series (2001), and Magic Mike (2012). His movie Erin Brockovich (2000) won him a much-deserved Oscar.

Yet, he is not the best-known Steven in the movie-making business. Soderbergh’s inspiration came through his serious exposure to movies from his movie-buff father, coupled with an awe-inspired viewing of Jaws (1975) — directed by Steven Spielberg. Continue reading Steven Soderbergh: Another Steven in Hollywood

Liberace: Staying in the Spotlight

Entertainers, musicians, movies, and all popular cultural items come and go, but some manage to keep their profiles high across multiple generations:  Elvis, The Beatles, Star Wars are examples among many.  It is a safe bet that our great-great grandchildren will be reading books on a certain boy wizard named Harry.

While these cultural icons survive the test of time, there are those that belong to only the generation that first embraced them. Liberace — American pianist, singer, and actor — is clearly one of those. Continue reading Liberace: Staying in the Spotlight