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Liberace Producer Sees Oscar Gold for Douglas

Liberace Jerry Weintraub, producer of the Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, thinks he has a winner, according to Movieline:

While chatting about His Way, the new HBO documentary about Weintraub’s half-century in the entertainment industry, Weintraub didn’t hesitate when asked the one movie project he was most eager to finally realize. “Liberace,” he said. “A lot of people think I’m nuts making a movie about Liberace. I don’t! I’ve got a great script, it’s a great story, and they’re great characters. That’s what I make movies about. It’s going to win an Academy Award.”

Oh, really? For whom? “For Michael Douglas.”

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*Note: not an official pic.

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  1. I dunno, this might actually be painful to watch

    Posted by: jasonjones | Mar 29, 2011 8:02:14 AM

  2. I think it might be wise to make the movie before one writes any acceptance speeches.

    Posted by: Frank O'File | Mar 29, 2011 8:24:21 AM

  3. One of the worlds most painfully obnoxious performers! Spending five minutes watching his antics was like having a firecracker enema...not to mention the noise he passed off as piano music.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Mar 29, 2011 8:29:25 AM

  4. How soon we forget

    Yes, that one starred a gay man and was written by a gay man.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 29, 2011 8:31:34 AM

  5. Well of course he said that. It's called generating buzz.

    So presumably HBO is releasing this as a film for theatrical release?

    Posted by: Dave L | Mar 29, 2011 8:52:51 AM

  6. Does anybody else think that picture resembles
    Pope Benedict?

    Posted by: gregory brown | Mar 29, 2011 9:33:25 AM

  7. I was lucky enough to see Liberace at Radio City Music Hall in 87 months before he died from AIDS.

    Even then he was a BRIGHT STAR, people LOVED HIM, the hall was packed to the rafters, the music was wonderful and showmanship was top notch.

    A legend for a reason.
    Too bad he was afraid to come on out.
    His audience would have still loved him - it is not like they did not know.

    Posted by: reality 101 | Mar 29, 2011 10:14:05 AM

  8. Watermelon diet anyone?

    Posted by: booka | Mar 29, 2011 10:47:18 AM

  9. Douglas is part of one of the last Hollywood dynasties. From Cuckoo's Nest to last year's Wall Street sequel, he's always been passionate about what he does; he's a good producer & a fine actor.

    Weintraub's just doing his job and part of his that is to stir the publicity pot. His involvement doesn't guarantee pedigree. He has a decent track record with populist fare like the original Karate Kid films & Ocean's 11. He produced two really good films, Nashville & Diner but he also was responsible for the the Streisand turkey All Night Long and Cruising with Pacino.

    That said, I can't help being a little cynical and agreeing with Weintraub. If the film is any good at all, we'll see a recent throat cancer survivor playing an iconic, splashy, doomed character. We all know Oscar members eat that stuff up. Annnd if the movie's any good at all, so will I!

    Posted by: hank in l.a. | Mar 29, 2011 12:20:46 PM

  10. Can we replace the Hollywood sign with a gilded turd?

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 29, 2011 1:15:03 PM

  11. @Bryan -- too late!

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Mar 29, 2011 6:04:49 PM

  12. Imagine..................
    A shirtless Matt-adore....poolside by moonlight....twirling a red silk shirt....around....his motorcycle helmet-for-bull....doing a flamenco ballet....
    to....Liberace playing Malaguena !!!!

    Posted by: Kojack 10 4 | Apr 19, 2011 5:12:08 PM

  13. Kojack was robbed, never getting the sexiest man or woman alive award !!!!!!!

    Posted by: Kojack 10 4 | Apr 19, 2011 5:15:19 PM

  14. Flamenco Tanka....
    Shirtless Matt-adore,
    Whirl your bike helmet-for-bull,
    Twirl your red silk shirt,
    Pool-side by moonlight, ballet,
    Lee key-dance Malaguena !

    Posted by: Kojacque Tenfour | Jun 8, 2011 1:33:02 PM

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