‘Behind the Candelabra’ Becomes HBO’s Biggest Original Film Since ’04

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Premiere of Liberace pic draws 2.4 million Sunday night, with a repeat adding 1.1 million

Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” drew 2.4 million viewers with its premiere telecast Sunday night, becoming the most-watched HBO Film original in nine years.

The pic, helmed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, also drew 1.1 million for its repeat later Sunday for a total of 3.5 million, according to Nielsen.

No HBO Film original has drawn a larger audience since “Something the Lord Made” in 2004.

Last year’s HBO Film originals included “Game Change,” which drew 2.12 million in its premiere, and “The Girl” (722,000).

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  1. Tina says:

    I new the story, but this movie really hit the nail on the head with the way they potrayed all of them. Totally over the top and glam! I loved it! I was only 11 when Lee passed away, but I remember my mom talking about him in the house all the time. It’s sad he could never be himself even in death. His manager announced he died of heart failure. He couldn’t admit his true self even after he dies from AIDS.

  2. occultology says:

    Home Box Office makes the best ‘Inside Hollywood’ pictures ever, such as “RKO 231”, and this latest ‘Must See’, “Behind the Candlelabia” [a much more fitting title for a Liberace bio, don’t you think?] Michael Douglas’ characterization of Liberace has got to be the creepiest performance since Rhondo Hatton’s “The Creeper”. It’s also fascinating to speculate if the 2 main Academy Award Winner leads, Douglas & Damon, are playing straight men playing gay, gay men playing gay men, or gay men playing straight men playing gay men; it’s all in the televised squeemish kissing scenes that come across as [intentionally?] clumsy and uncomfortable. If the leads are truly straight (off camera) then I give them both great credit for the expansion of their acting craft beyond their own sexual boundaries; or maybe Hollywood is even more bizarre than anyone outside of it could ever realize. Only ‘Hollywood Babylon’ knows for sure.

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