Behind the Candelabra

Steven Soderbergh‘s retirement has turned out to be more of a transition. While he’s done with theatrical features for now, he’s as active as ever on the small screen. Just last week, he was talking up his plans to adapt John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor into a 12-hour miniseries.

Perfectly positioned to mark that switch from the big screen to the small one is Behind the Candelabra, an HBO film about the rather bizarre romance between the famed pianist (played with flirty, flamboyant charm by Michael Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (a wide-eyed Matt Damon). The first full-length trailer has finally hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.

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There may not be a whole lot to watch on TV right now, but there’s plenty to watch in TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Neil Marshall will direct Michael Bay‘s pirate drama Black Sails
  • John Boyd and Dileep Rao join Kiefer Sutherland in Touch
  • The Walking Dead will kill off another series regular in Season 3
  • Charlie Sheen‘s Anger Management gets 90 more eps. Sigh
  • Watch Showtime’s animated prequel mini-web-series for Dexter
  • NBC’s The New Normal hits the web a couple weeks early
  • Fox unveils more teasers for Fringe‘s fifth and final season
  • American Horror Story spills plot details; watch more teasers

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For all the zillions of movies we get about the deliriously happy early days of a romance, there are precious few about what happens when the honeymoon period wears off. And it’s a shame, because while it’s harder to turn something that’s become part of the everyday grind into a crowd-pleasing holiday-themed romcom directed by Garry Marshall, the truth is that there’s a ton of rich, textured material to be mined from older relationships.

One film that goes there is Ira SachsKeep the Lights On, an intimate drama about a decade-long relationship between documentary filmmaker Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and and lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth). The life they’ve built together is threatened when Paul’s drug addiction — an issue even in the early days — continues to worsen. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Last week, DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio made headlines when he revealed that a character previously established as straight would be coming out as gay in the rebooted New 52 universe. Comic book fans immediately began speculating as to the identity of the newly gay character, and now we have our answer. In a new interview, Earth 2 writer James Robinson has revealed that the newly homosexual character in question is Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern. More details after the jump.

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As mainstream politics and pop culture become increasingly gay friendly, DC Comics is jumping on the pro-LGBT bandwagon with a new gay character. Or rather, an old character who’s newly gay.

During this weekend’s Kapow! comic convention, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio announced that the publisher plans to bring out of the closet a character who has previously been established as straight, with the hopes of making said character “one of our most prominent gay characters.” Seeing as LGBT characters in the DC canon are still fairly few and far in between, that shouldn’t be too difficult, but it’s still progress. Read more after the jump.

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Sometime around 2007, Juno BFFs Ellen Page and Olivia Thirlby signed themselves up to reunite as teenage lesbian werewolves on Bradley Rust Gray‘s Jack & Diane. Funding fell through, however, and after years of delays, both actresses quietly dropped out of the project. Page was then replaced by Alison Pill, who in turn was replaced by Juno Temple, while Thirlby’s part was recast with Riley Keough.

This year, Gray’s completed Jack & Diane finally made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. And while much about the film is tough to understand, what’s clear is that Page and Thirlby have dodged a bullet by leaving the project early on.

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Today’s TV Bits travels all over the place, from the fantastical land of Westeros and the vampire-riddled town of Bon Temps, Louisiana to the very real locales of Romania and New York City. After the jump:

  • Game of Thrones finds its Ygritte, and announces an April 2012 return
  • True Blood makes a fountain in Romania run blood red
  • Lee Daniels signs on to develop an NYC-based LGBT series for Showtime

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In 3, a man and a woman, married for twenty years, both fall into extramarital affairs. Seems like a fairly straight forward premise to a movie. But this is Tom Tykwer, the man who directed Run Lola Run and is teaming up with the Wachowskis to make Cloud Atlas. There’s gotta be a catch. In 3, this husband and wife both end up having an affair with the same man.

An official selection at last year’s Venice and Toronto Film Festivals as well as winner of awards at Outfest 2011 and the German Film Awards, Tom Tykwer’s 3 opens in New York and Los Angeles on September 16. Check out the trailer and where else you can see it after the jump. Read More »

Now that New York has become the sixth state to legalize gay marriage, it was probably only a matter of time before people got to wondering when one of the state’s most famous and beloved pair of long-term partners would be tying the knot. The couple in question is Bert and Ernie, puppets and opposites-attract besties who reside on New York City’s (fictional) Sesame Street. A petition is currently circulating which asks PBS to “let” the pair make their alleged love legal.

Oh sure, the two may claim to be “just friends” on the show, but plenty of people over the years have wondered — some jokingly, some more seriously — if the relationship runs deeper than the show is willing to admit. Read more after the jump.

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