04:53 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 01/24/2014 11:10AM
A former lover of Liberace, who was the subject of the HBO film Behind the Candelabra, has been sentenced to eight to 20 years in a Nevada prison for failing another court-ordered drug test while on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions.
Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan sentenced Scott Thorson on Wednesday after a string of bad drug tests capped his failure to show up at a court-ordered treatment facility.
Flanagan originally suspended the prison sentence in July and gave Thorson a second chance in September after testing positive for methamphetamine, but he failed tests twice in October and again on Nov. 1. He was arrested Nov. 19 after violating an order to enter an inpatient treatment facility in Reno two weeks earlier, court records show.
Thorson, 54, whose real name is Jess Marlow, had admitted he was an addict but insisted he was determined to get sober when he tearfully appealed to the judge in September to spare him from prison.
Originally posted 09/23/2013 06:30PM
Sunday was sweet for Michael Douglas, who capped his evening clutching an Emmy for lead actor in a movie, HBO's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.
Going into the ceremony, Douglas, 68, whose separation from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, was announced in August, told PEOPLE: "We're working things out, talking, and we'll see how she goes."
On the Emmy stage, he affectionately referred to her, saying, "I want to thank my wife, Catherine, for her support."
Originally posted 09/23/2013 03:00PM
Late into the 65th annual Emmys ceremony Sunday on CBS, host Neil Patrick Harris announced: "No one in America is winning their Emmy office pool."
If you did happen to win, you should consider a career in statistical forecasting. The awards were all over the place.
Of the night's many surprises, the biggest was in the category of best actor. Academy voters for once decided not to give the prize to Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston – but instead of rewarding Mad Men's Jon Hamm, the perennial also-ran, they chose Jeff Daniels of HBO's The Newsroom. Perhaps they concluded that Hamm is already lousy with nominations, and handsome as the devil, and that should hold him. Daniels is a fine actor, as you'll discover if you catch just about any of his many performances of the past three decades, but The Newsroom's first season was a pounding surf of angry, righteous yammering. Oh well.
Here's what else the Emmys got right and wrong:
Originally posted 09/09/2013 01:00PM
Awards season is nigh! And that means live primetime performances by our most celebrated entertainers.
Cue Elton John, who will work his magic at the Emmy awards for the first time ever with a tribute to Liberace. The HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra about Liberace's life is nominated for 15 Emmys.
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, who are both nominated for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie for their portrayal of Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson, will also be presenting at the ceremony.
Originally posted 08/31/2013 11:30AM
Ring it on!
Despite reps confirming that Michael Douglas, 68, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 43, "are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," the actor was photographed wearing his wedding ring at a press conference for his film Behind the Candelabra in Deauville, France, on Saturday.
"He was adorable," a source tells PEOPLE. "He was simply amazed at how well received the film was. I think this is really the first real audience screening since Cannes and he was awed."
Douglas, who the source says "was in an exceptional mood," was very friendly to the other people in attendance.
Originally posted 05/27/2013 10:45AM
As Dr. Startz, Liberace's plastic surgeon, in Behind the Candelabra, Rob Lowe revealed an astonishing physical transformation.
"I wanted him to be at once repellant and engaging, if that's possible. He reminded me of a certain genus and species of guy that you would see at Laker games during the Magic Johnson era," Lowe told EW.com.
Lowe, 49, adds that the transformation – which took an hour and 45 minutes every day – involved several makeup tests to get the look and feel of the doctor's face just right.
Originally posted 05/26/2013 06:00AM
Pink-feathered costumes! A piano-shaped pool! Go Behind the Candelabra with PEOPLE's look at the flamboyant entertainer's most lavish moments
Originally posted 05/25/2013 01:30PM
Director Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra (Sunday, 9 p.m. ET, on HBO) is one of the smartest, tartest examples I've ever seen of that soupy genre, the Hollywood biopic.
Michael Douglas – simply great – plays Liberace, once upon a time billed as Mr. Showmanship. Wikipedians probably know him as a closeted Vegas piano act who performed under staggering amounts of fur, jewels and sequins – with his thick toupee, he looked like Bob Mackie's idea of a snow owl – and who died of complications from AIDS in 1987.
Originally posted 05/20/2013 09:45PM
Michael Douglas is hard at work in Cannes to promote his HBO film, Behind the Candelabra, but he is ready to be back home with his wife, Catherine-Zeta-Jones, who just completed her ongoing treatment for Bipolar II disorder.
"She comes home tomorrow," he told PEOPLE on Monday. "She's doing a really good job of getting balanced. I'm proud of her."
The actress, 43, entered treatment for the second time in April as Douglas, 68, was beginning to generate praise for his role as the flamboyant piano player and vocalist, Liberace.
Originally posted 05/12/2013 09:00PM
Many dream of kissing Matt Damon, but Michael Douglas is one of the lucky few who has actually done it. But for him, it was simply part of the job.
"Once you get that first kiss in, you are comfortable," Douglas, who stars as pianist Liberace in HBO's Behind the Candelabra, tells New York magazine in its latest cover story (on newsstands May 13).
"Matt and I didn't rehearse the love scenes. We said, 'Well – we've read the script, haven't we?' "
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