LIVE CHAT: HBO Liberace: Behind the Candelabra, Sunday, 9 p.m. ET

Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, the movie tells the story of a troubled relationship. Join our Live Chat Sunday.. Photo: Michael Douglas as Liberace / Photo HBO

SAN DIEGO, May 25, 2013 –  Liberace was Mr. Entertainment, one of the first big stars both of television, and of Las Vegas. His musical talent allowed him to play up his flamboyant personality in a way that wouldn’t have been accepted by mainstream America before the days of rainbow flags and gay pride.

Today, 25 years after his death, the closet door is open and the world is ready for HBO’s biography “Liberace: Behind Closed Doors,” airing on Sunday night, May 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Communities Digital News hosts a live chat as we enjoy the debut of this eagerly anticipated movie starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Lowe, and an outstanding supporting cast.

The film is based on the tell-all book with the same title, written by Liberace’s former lover and partner, Scott Thorson in 1988, a year after Liberace’s death from AIDS. The movie focuses on the ten year time span covering Liberace and Thorson’s relationship.

In Liberace’s era, to be openly gay was to offend the norms of middle America and find yourself blacklisted from ever becoming a mainstream performer. So in his case, Liberace created an eccentric, confirmed bachelor personality he could sell to middle America, and they could live with while enjoying his immense talent for entertaining the masses.

Liberace engaged an army of people to conceal his lifestyle. In the era before hoards of paparazzi stalked celebrities and the Internet didn’t exist, it was possible to construct a façade and hide behind it.

It’s this backstage life that HBO’s movie depicts. It’s a project conceived and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the Oscar-winning director of “Traffic” and othr acclaimed theatrical films including “Sex Lies and Videotape,” “Erin Brockovich,” and “Ocean’s Eleven.”

Soderburgh went to HBO with his project instead of producing a theatrical film after every studio in Hollywood told him it was “too gay.”

Reviewers have universally praised the movie. It’s sure to be a Memorial Day guilty pleasure for some, an outright delight for many. Whatever camp you fall into, join our Communities Live Chat as we watch and enjoy “Behind the Candelbra” together on Sunday, May 26, at 9 p.m. ET. Feel free to wear your bling, your rings, your sequins and your furs (faux or vintage only please, we’re animal lovers).


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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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