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Michael Douglas: Sex Scenes Are Judged

Michael Douglas in 'Behind the Candelabra'Michael Douglas says it is tough filming sex scenes because "everybody is a judge." The 68-year-old actor believes cast, crew and eventually moviegoers are more critical of love scenes because everyone can relate to erotic acts, as opposed to action and shooting scenes.

Michael - who has a gay sex scene with Matt Damon in new biopic Behind the Candelabra about pianist Liberace - said, "The hardest thing about sex scenes is that everybody is a judge. I don't know the last time you murdered somebody or blew anyone's brains out, but everyone has had sex, and probably this morning, which means everyone has an opinion on how it should be done."

Michael - who was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer in 2010 from which he has made a full recovery - now wants to make the most of his life and career while he can because he now knows how fragile life is: "In the past, on purpose, I've never known what movie I'm going to do next. I never knew how it would feel when I finished a picture. Now it feels great to be back at work. Maybe that's the benefit of taking a break with cancer."


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Michael Douglas Skipping the Oscars

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Awards, Celebrity Gossip

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas is skipping the Oscars on Sunday. The 68-year-old actor has decided not to accompany his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones to the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood in favor of staying home with their children Carys, nine, and Dylan, 12.

A source close to the Side Effects actress, 43, told RadarOnline.com, "Catherine is attending the Academy Awards with a family member, as Michael just doesn't feel like going. Michael will stay at home with son Dylan and daughter Carys, while Catherine will attend the ceremony and the after parties with her pal. He has been very busy of late, promoting his forthcoming biopic Liberace, as well as ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. But Catherine looks forward to the Oscars every year. She loves the glitz and glamour of the event and wouldn't miss it for the world."

The Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps star - who has been married to the Welsh actress for 12 years - recently admitted he thinks she is "more beautiful than ever." He said, "Catherine and I are doing well. She is more beautiful than ever inside and out. I support her with everything and she is simply the best."


First Look: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon in Soderbergh’s Liberace Biopic

Michael Douglas as Liberace

Michael Douglas takes on one of his boldest roles yet as the famous pianist and singer Liberace in a biopic about his last days, directed by Steven Soderbergh. In a still released today from the film - titled Behind the Candelabra, the name of the memoir written by the musician's young lover Scott Thorson - costume and cosmetics make Douglas nearly unrecognizable!

Matt Damon plays Thorson in the film (photo seen after the jump), who famously filed a $113 million palimony suit against Liberace in 1982. Rob Lowe, Dan Ackroyd, and Debbie Reynolds also appear in the film, which will air on HBO.

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Quote of the Day: Matt Damon on Kissing Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas Matt Damon

"I never thought I would get to kiss Michael Douglas."

-- Matt Damon, upon pointing out that there is more than one scene in the upcoming Liberace biopic script that call for him to plant a wet one on two-time Academy Award winner Michael Douglas.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: December 21, 2010

SaltHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Angel: DVD
  • Devil: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Easy A: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Matador: Blu-ray
  • Orlando: Blu-ray
  • Salt: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Soul Kitchen: DVD
  • Step Up 3: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

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Quote of the Day: Michael Douglas on His Golden Globe Nomination

Michael Douglas in Wall Street 2

"To be selected with these extraordinary nominees is an honor and boy was I ready for some good news!"

-Wall Street: Money Never Sleep's Michael Douglas on receiving his second Golden Globe nomination for playing Gordon Gekko. (Douglas was who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer earlier this year.

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2011 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

The King's Speech

Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Blair Underwood helped kick off the 2010-11 awards season Tuesday morning by formally announcing the latest round of Golden Globe contenders.

In the film category, The King's Speech -- starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush -- lead all nominees with a total of six nods. (The Fighter and The Social Network tied for second with six each.)

Although the Academy Awards will not necessarily mirror the choices made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, there were some notable inclusions/omissions in this year's list of Globe nominees:

  • Justin Timberlake did not earn an acting nomination for The Social Network.
  • Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp were both recognized for their work in The Tourist, a movie that has been panned by critics. (BTW - they were nominated in the "Comedy" category.)
  • Speaking of Depp, he will be running against himself. (He was also nominated for Alice in Wonderland.)
  • Wall Street's Michael Douglas has now received another Golden Globe nod for his role as Gordon Gekko. (He won for Best Actor in 1987.)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow did not earn a nomination for her role in Country Strong.
  • 127 Hours was left out of the Best Movie category -- so was True Grit. (The Coen Brothers western received zero nominations.)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards -- hosted again by Ricky Gervais -- will air Jan. 16 on NBC.

(You can find the full list of nominees after the jump. Click here for the TV nominations.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Jackass Kicks Competition’s Ass

Although the next Saw film isn’t due until October 29, many theatergoers saw pain inflicted in 3D this past weekend.

The premiere of Jackass 3D, a film based on the former MTV series, has already broken franchise and box office records since debuting three days ago. The documentary, which was produced for $19 million, earned a shocking $50.3 million -- approximately $21 million more than 2006’s Jackass: Number Two (and $28 million more than 2002’s Jackass: The Movie).

Paramount’s entry also bested previous October openers. Up until recently, Scary Movie 3’s $48.1 million from 2003 had been the figure to beat.

Meanwhile, Red generated what could have been first-place sized numbers on any other weekend. The action film starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren rang up $21.8 million -- enough for second place.

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Box Office Breakdown: Very Small Take for Wes Craven

My Soul to Take

Neither Wes Craven’s name nor 3-D ticket prices could help Universal this weekend.

, which cost an estimated $25 million to produce, earned a scary $6.8 million over the past three days. (That’s a figure that includes ticket sales from 3-D venues.) The movie, which debuted in sixth place, was just one of several horror-ific disappointments this week. Two-week-old Case 39 fell to ninth place while Let Me In dropped completely out of the Top 10.

Romantic comedy raised $14.5 million, about $1 million shy of first place. (The Social Network was tops for the second time in a row.) Despite heavy promotion, Life was Katherine Heigl’s smallest debut since her pre-Knocked Up days.

, the weekend’s other new wide release, galloped into third place with $12.7 million. Seabiscuit, in comparison, premiered to $20.9 million in 2003.

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Box Office Breakdown: Social Network Liked by Audiences

The Social Network

Theatergoers took time away from their personal Facebook accounts this weekend to enjoy some actual entertainment this weekend.

—David Fincher’s film about the creation of that social media site—raised enough friends over the last three days to land the biopic in first place. Network’s $22.4 million outing also gave screenwriter Aaron Sorkin his best opening to date.

’s long-awaited debut barely went noticed. The Renee Zellweger/Bradley Cooper movie, which had been waiting for a release date for over two years, was produced for an estimated $27 million. Unfortunately, it only earned back $5.4 million of that from domestic audiences.

Meanwhile, also struggled to find a warm welcome. The vampire thriller – a remake of Sweden’s Let the Right One In—took in only $5.1 million, enough for an 8th place finish.

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