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Behind the Candelabra Proves It: Our Greatest Romances Are Gay
Guardian ^ | Thursday 23 May 2013 | Tom Shone

Posted on 05/24/2013 10:47:47 AM PDT by nickcarraway

As Soderbergh's Liberace biopic hits our screens, why is it that homosexual love stories now work so much better than hetero?

I know where I'll be Sunday night. The reviews coming out of Cannes for Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, which airs on HBO on Sunday night, have turned it into must-see TV.

We might have been able to guess that Soderbergh's take on the kitsch-addicted superstar would turn out to be "mesmeric, riskily incorrect, outrageously watchable and simply outrageous" (The Guardian). Or that Michael Douglas would be "shrewd, rude, wickedly funny" (Indiewire) in the central role. What is interesting is that the film, which was made for HBO because it was "too gay" for mainstream cinematic release, has turned out to be "both hilarious and heartrending" (The Playlist), an "intimate love story" (Thompson on Hollywood) and Soderbergh's "most emotional and touching work" to date (Hollywood Elsewhere). This is interesting but not surprising, for it only confirms my suspicion that the best love stories, these days – the most wrenching, plangent and affecting – are gay.

Put it this way: what was the last great straight love story you saw? There are many who swear by The Notebook (2004), although as Hollywood continues to drive the Nicholas Sparks bandwagon into the ground, even Rachel McAdams poked some sly fun in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, where she questioned the sacred Sparksian connection between romance and rain: "What's wonderful about getting wet?" What heresy! Off with her head!

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TOPICS: Books/Literature; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: barfalert; downourthroats; hollywood; hollywoodreds; homosexualagenda; inourfaces; lavendermafia; liberace
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1 posted on 05/24/2013 10:47:47 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

An old man screwing a teenager is a great romance?

I guess Jerry Sandusky’s escapades will one day be referred to with the same fondness as Romeo & Juliet.

Oh, it’s the Guardian. Never mind.


2 posted on 05/24/2013 10:51:49 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: nickcarraway
the film, which was made for HBO
Canceled HBO over 20 years ago. Haven't been to see a movie in at least the same length of time.
Eff Hollyweird, the queers and the horse they rode in on.
3 posted on 05/24/2013 10:52:17 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: max americana

Ping.


4 posted on 05/24/2013 10:54:09 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway

Please. You have a bunch of PC Lib critics who are just dying to praise a show about two gay lovers. Some people will tune in because the story line is interesting. But a big chunk of the country either won’t care or will not want to watch to gay men running around kissing each other and in bed together.

Having said that, I’ll probably watch it because I’ve always thought Liberace’s life — especially this period — could be an interesting storyline.


5 posted on 05/24/2013 10:54:22 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; wagglebee
As Soderbergh's Liberace biopic hits our screens, why is it that homosexual love stories now work so much better than hetero?

Meh, I dunno. I gave up on the lavender screen long ago.


6 posted on 05/24/2013 10:54:58 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway

Can we also get a barf alert on this one.


7 posted on 05/24/2013 10:55:53 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: oh8eleven

bump


8 posted on 05/24/2013 10:56:35 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: a fool in paradise
At last! I've long waited for a major entertainment vehicle product about Wladziu's true love!


9 posted on 05/24/2013 10:57:36 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Nuts! Hot nuts! You get them from the peanut man.


10 posted on 05/24/2013 10:57:51 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: oh8eleven

Unfortunately I saw a promo running on some website off to the side while I was reading something. Disgusting to say the least. Way to go there michelle douglas and matty damon. We also cancelled HBO (but not until after The Sopranos was concluded which was the only reason we got it in the first place) and don’t miss it one bit. Supposedly the matty damon guy is in jail near Reno at this time.


11 posted on 05/24/2013 10:57:56 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: a fool in paradise

12 posted on 05/24/2013 10:59:15 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

The pictures of Michael Douglas in the trash mags is just plain ghastly. He looks like a corpse. There ain’t no way I’d see that film.


13 posted on 05/24/2013 10:59:21 AM PDT by laweeks
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14 posted on 05/24/2013 10:59:49 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: rktman

Matt Damon is on a poop strike.

SERIESLY!!

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3022553/posts

Bono, Olivia Wilde and Richard Branson join Matt Damon’s “toilet strike”
cbsnews.com


15 posted on 05/24/2013 11:00:09 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway

The rumor is that Liberace paid for his young lover to have plastic surgery so that his lover would look exactly like a young Liberace. If you see their pictures, there may be something to the rumor.

Technically, if anyone ever told Liberace to “Go F yourself!”, Liberace could respond, “Thank you, I do.”


16 posted on 05/24/2013 11:00:43 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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17 posted on 05/24/2013 11:00:44 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: nickcarraway

Homosexual romance is much like people obsessed with defecation. “Look at my waste! It is lovely waste! See how I squish it in between my fingers!”

“If you do not admire my feces like I do, then you are evil!”

I will confess however, that the demographics of whoever watches a TV production about Liberace’s sex life should be entertaining. I’m thinking a tiny number of homos, a small group of homo critics, and blue haired older women who think that homosexuals are glamorous.”

There is a reason that the TV networks have canceled so many homo shows this season. Ratings. They have none.


18 posted on 05/24/2013 11:01:00 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: laweeks

Flop coming soon


19 posted on 05/24/2013 11:01:03 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: nickcarraway

Some people are going to get the shock of their lives on HBO Sunday night at 9:00 pm eastern time. They will be looking for Game of Thrones and will be treated to this monstrous bastardization of love instead.


20 posted on 05/24/2013 11:01:34 AM PDT by Waryone (Trust the Lord not your own understanding. Acknowledge Him. He will direct your path.)
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To: windcliff

‘That old man?...’


21 posted on 05/24/2013 11:04:36 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Revolting cat!
Only his hairdresser knows for sure.


22 posted on 05/24/2013 11:04:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Viennacon
Flop coming soon

Boy, I'm afraid so. If anyone has seen the prelim photos of Michael Douglas and thought of anything other than a mortician, then good luck. Liberace was fat-faced, and Douglas just looks like some mortician should be sued.

I sure hope it becomes a huge turkey.

23 posted on 05/24/2013 11:05:09 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: nickcarraway
The relentless (and successful) attempt by the MSM to 'normalize' homosexual behavior continues, unabated.

This upcoming HBO film about the flamboyant homosexual Liberace, who's act was accepted by most people in his day even though homosexuality wasn't, is just another way to convince normal, heterosexual Americans that being 'gay' is no big deal and should be accepted as 'normal' with any criticism seen as akin to racial hatred.

That why the 'gay' advocates coined the word 'homophobe', to diminish any perfectly normal aversion to homosexual behavior and make it seem as if those who reject homosexuality are somehow the odd ones. This film just reenforces that lie.

24 posted on 05/24/2013 11:06:05 AM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: a fool in paradise

Well, when they’re ready to let go I’m sure sheryl crow will be right there to make sure they only use one sheet per. After all, they are all really full of it already. As for bonohead, he can keep his sorry political useless butt in Ireland. And “the edge” as well. What morons. But they’re rich morons.


25 posted on 05/24/2013 11:06:10 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: nickcarraway

Liberace is a sad story that should never see the light of day. The man was talented, no question, but his excesses overshadowed the accomplished pianist he was. I don’t understand why anyone would want to glorify his behavior. It’s not admirable and never was

But I’m sure there will be hordes who will tune in to this garbage. I won’t be one of them.


26 posted on 05/24/2013 11:06:31 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: nickcarraway

A male trying to mate with another male by sticking his penis into the other male’s anal canal, is insane.


27 posted on 05/24/2013 11:08:33 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: a fool in paradise

28 posted on 05/24/2013 11:12:11 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

What does “work” mean?

“Make money?” I doubt it.

“Big audiences?” I doubt it.

“Gets an award?” Probably, but who cares, the faggots awarding themselves faggot awards for faggotry.


29 posted on 05/24/2013 11:12:39 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: nickcarraway

I wasn’t aware that there were any great gay romance stories, much less that they so vastly outnumber straight ones these days as the author claims. He’s living in a whole different universe, apparently.


30 posted on 05/24/2013 11:13:02 AM PDT by Floratina
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise
Scene from the film:


31 posted on 05/24/2013 11:13:27 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

32 posted on 05/24/2013 11:14:17 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!
Scene from the film:

I prefer the original Korean version. I hate American remakes.


33 posted on 05/24/2013 11:16:41 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise
Does the film show the romp that followed this session?


34 posted on 05/24/2013 11:20:04 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!
What happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas.


35 posted on 05/24/2013 11:20:28 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Jim Scott

“Homophobe” is half slang. But the actual meanings of “homos” (same) and “phobos” (fear), produce a word which literally means “someone with an irrational fear of those whose characteristics are similar to one’s own”.

Me, I’m not afraid of other straight heterosexual God-fearing conservative gun owners.

Liberace had talent but was a real flamer.


36 posted on 05/24/2013 11:21:57 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: a fool in paradise
According to some, Lee was actually an imitator!


37 posted on 05/24/2013 11:22:10 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

Liberace was a great piano player but he sucked on the organ.


38 posted on 05/24/2013 11:24:28 AM PDT by Governor William J. LePetomane (The affairs of state must take precedent over the affairs of state.)
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To: a fool in paradise

lol


39 posted on 05/24/2013 11:24:35 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: a fool in paradise
Liberace of Baghdad was so much better!


40 posted on 05/24/2013 11:26:30 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

Who cares? This idea is just plain silly!


41 posted on 05/24/2013 11:27:11 AM PDT by Essie
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To: Revolting cat!
There ain't nobody here but us chickens.


42 posted on 05/24/2013 11:28:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!

Ha ha, That’s got to be the funniest Liberace outfit ever—all those fur XXXXX-es dangling down!


43 posted on 05/24/2013 11:30:02 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: a fool in paradise
Evidently, the disease has spread!


44 posted on 05/24/2013 11:33:22 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Viennacon

“I guess Jerry Sandusky’s escapades will one day be referred to with the same fondness as Romeo & Juliet.”

Jerry Sandusky will indeed one day be celebrated as a martyr by the very same people that tell us “gay marriage” won’t lead to anything worse. Sandusky will be the patron saint of the future “Greek Mentor” movement.


45 posted on 05/24/2013 11:39:15 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Revolting cat!; GeronL
Evidently, the disease has spread!

Farther than you'll ever know. Blame it on weird interaction between humans and monkeys.


46 posted on 05/24/2013 11:39:48 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!

Is that Tony Stewart? Lol


47 posted on 05/24/2013 11:40:07 AM PDT by Floratina
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To: DesScorp
“I guess Jerry Sandusky’s escapades will one day be referred to with the same fondness as Romeo & Juliet.”

>> Jerry Sandusky will indeed one day be celebrated as a martyr by the very same people that tell us “gay marriage” won’t lead to anything worse. Sandusky will be the patron saint of the future “Greek Mentor” movement.

Recall that a congressman (don't recall if it was House or Senate) got busted in the 1970s having sex with his male aide and he defiantly held his ground.

He died while the media and DNC were rumormongering in the 2006 election "scandal" where the Republican congressman was caught engaging in sexually provocative texts when a male aide.

The media called the deceased congressman a hero.

The media claimed the Republican case was worse because "the GOP knew and did nothing". It was "evidence of a vast culture of corruption.

Except the media and DNC both knew more, sooner, and decided to sit on what they knew to save it for political opportunity as an October Surprise (one of 2 gay Republican outings that cost the GOP the House and Senate).

48 posted on 05/24/2013 11:44:13 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise
Only his hairdresser knows for sure.

The story goes that, as he lay dying of AIDS, he asked to have his wig put on him. He was bald due to losing all his hair from disease.

49 posted on 05/24/2013 11:44:38 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Viennacon

Garbage.

This is just effete “porn”.


50 posted on 05/24/2013 11:44:54 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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