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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."


Beyonce Wants Documentary to Inspire Blue Ivy

BeyonceBeyonce hopes her new documentary will inspire her daughter.

The superstar decided to create her new tell-all HBO film Life is But a Dream to give her 13-month-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter - whom she has with husband Jay-Z - a source of strength and inspiration in the future and make her proud to see where she came from.

Speaking at the film's New York City premiere last night, she said, "I hope that she will see all of the beautiful times [and] all the tough times that led up to her being here. I'm hoping that... it can comfort her and inspire her in her life when she needs it."

While the 31-year-old singer believes it's important for every woman to retain an air of mystique, she felt the time was right to share her story with the world and celebrate the new stage in her life: "Mystique is very important... It doesn't matter if you're a celebrity - just as a woman - I think it's important. But, at the same time, I felt like it was time for me to share my story because I've been through so much and I have so much to celebrate, so much to share."

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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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Ed Harris Going Maverick to Play John McCain

Sen. John McCain Ed Harris

HBO has picked Ed Harris to play Senator John McCain in Game Change, an adaptation of the novel. The movie shows an insider’s point of view of the historic 2008 Presidential election.

Which means, yes, Sarah Palin will also be portrayed in the flick. The movie follows both campaigns, McCain’s and Obama’s. Jay Roach will return to HBO to direct the flick. He won an Emmy for HBO's Recount, the 2008 account of the 2000 Presidential election.

Harris is only 60, making him a bit young to play the elderly McCain, but the four-time Oscar nominee is sure to bring a lot to the role. As we reported, Julianne Moore will play opposite him as former Governor Sarah Palin.

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Game Change: Julianne Moore to Play Sarah Palin

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Julianne Moore

Anybody else’s heart sink because Tina Fey didn’t get this gig? But despite Fey's funny impersonations, it's redhead Julianne Moore who will soon tone down her titian locks to play Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin for a new HBO project.

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Kate Winslet Takes on Joan Crawford Role

Big mistake. Rumor has it that Mildred Pierce, the 1945 joint that won Joan Crawford an Oscar, is going to be remade as a TV miniseries. Further rumor has it said series will air on HBO. And who’s starring in the title role? .

Don’t get me wrong. I mean, she’s a fine actress. But ? Even Faye Dunaway later regretted trying to take on this silver screen icon.

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HBO Offers ‘First Look’ at Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

We’re nearly a week away from the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! Companies, including HBO, everywhere are cashing in on our


insatiable need for sneek peaks, and boy do we thank them for that avarice!

In the two-part behind-the-scenes look (catch the second video after the jump) of the sixth Harry Potter installment, we get a glimpse into the main plot as well as the relationships revolving around our three heroes.

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Maher’s Religulous Already Creating Oscar Buzz

Religulous Poster

After much delay, Bill Maher’s Religulous will finally make it to theaters October 3, 2008. The trailer is out and early reviews are giving the documentary high praise.

Maher, an avowed atheist, hits city streets in the film in an attempt to learn more of the true nature of religion. He converses with every day citizens, over-the-top zealots and many experts to talk about God - so fundamental to so many belief systems.

Already the media is talking about an nomination, some saying that Religulous is sure to get a nod in the documentary film category. According to Maher, the title of the film comes from the words “ridiculous” and “religious.”

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Tim Burton’s Alice Is Off to England

Tim Burton starts filming 'Alice' in Plymouth this month

Disney’s favorite eccentric director Tim Burton is at it again, and this time he’s digging a bit older and traveling a bit further for his latest classic remake: Alice in Wonderland.

Burton is taking the cast and crew across the pond to Plymouth, where they will be holding auditions this week for the film’s extras. Casting director Ilenka Jelowicki explains why the locale is perfect for production:

“It’s a period movie, set in Victorian England, so we’re very specific about the look we need. In an ideal world, out of the 125 women we need, they would all have long, naturally coloured hair. We’d love men with beards or facial hair – lamb chops or big sideburns, that sort of thing.”

The only confirmed cast member is HBO‘s Australian actress Mia Wasikowska (In Treatment), who is set to play Alice. Take a wild guess who might be casted as one of the crazy Wonderland characters—I dare you!

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Sex and the City Sequel Talk

Sex and the City Movie

I think you could probably file this under the “No Duh” category. During the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday, HBO’s programming head told everyone what they already knew: There’s talk about a sequel out there.

According to Michael Lombardo, “There’s enormous interest by Warner Bros. and New Line, and we’re trying to put that together now. Everyone associated with the project was liberated by the enthusiasm of the fans.”

But fans should, of course, not anticipate forming another group outing anytime soon. There’s still quite a few matters that need to be settled first - like a script, signed contracts…and how about possibly a reason? Is there a point where we should just let these girls walk off in their stilettos quietly? What could possibly happen to Carrie and Big next time? Will he decide that he likes Napa better than New York City?

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