Sideshow: Michael Douglas, Diva of the Year!

Michael Douglas has been dubbed Diva of the Year by GQ for "Behind the Candelabra."
Michael Douglas has been dubbed Diva of the Year by GQ for "Behind the Candelabra." (ETHAN MILLER / Getty Images)
Posted: November 21, 2013

Michael Douglas, GQ diva

GQ, which has been busy this month bestowing honors manly upon such dudes' dudes as Matthew McConaughey and Justin Timberlake, has reserved its most funky honor, Diva of the Year, for Michael Douglas.

The label isn't a diss: It honors Douglas' tour de force performance as Liberace in HBO's telefilm Behind the Candelabra, which had him yo-yo from the depraved depths of weird narcissism and divahood (in the bad sense) to the heights of grave introspection and tragedy.

"Well, I've always felt a little underestimated, personally," Douglas tells GQ of the surprise his performance generated in critics. "I've got a pretty good batting average over 40 years. Sometimes maybe it looked easy."

Douglas says the film, which was turned down by the major movie studios, received acclaim on TV. "I'm actually taking sort of joy, a revengeful joy, in the fact that all the studios turned it down. To me it was just a reflection of how constipated and conservative the studios have become." Nya-nya- nya!

Vargas leaves rehab

"Hello everyone! I am home, and so grateful for all your support and well wishes," ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas, 51, tweeted on Tuesday after completing a sojourn in rehab for alcohol addiction.

"I am so much better and taking it one day at a time. :)"

My self selfies selfishly

Selfie, the noun for the smartphone self-portrait pics snapped by every human being at every hour of every day, has been picked as the Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year. Snap!

Douglas on his marriage

In his chat with GQ, Douglas revealed, um, revelatory detail about the dissolution of his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones: "I hope to resolve my marriage in a positive fashion." Mind-blowing, scandalous stuff, eh?!

Artist, his muse, and the cliches

Not only does Kim Kardashian star in her man Kanye West's music vid "Bound 2," she does so topless!

She's not just topless, she's topless on a motorcycle - which is manned by Kanye himself! Topless, straddling Kanye's bike, she faces him at one point, arches her back, flexes her sex appeal. Magnifique!

Gossip petits fours

Real Housewives of Atlanta's Cynthia Bailey has released a line of multicultural dolls. Prettie Girls! represent the dolls that "not only look like me, but are like me." . . . Bailey's Atlanta costar NeNe Leakes tweets that she's doing better after checking into a hospital late last week for what turned out to be blood clots in her lung. . . . Daniel Day-Lewis' son Gabe Day, a student at Sarah Lawrence College, has released a rap vid, "Green Auras," in which he rhymes about pot, says the New York Daily News. . . . Jennie Garth, 41, and beau of three months Michael Shimbo have split up, says People.

Evan Rachel Wood on life

Evan Rachel Wood, 26, is one of those awful stars who won't sell her newborn baby's soul to magazines for publicity. More than three months after she and hub Jamie Bell welcomed a baby boy, she still refuses to release his name or his photo. "Kids don't really have a choice in the matter," she tells the Daily Beast.

Wood also says she agrees with detractors who said she was "acting so-called crazy or like a teenager" when she dated Marilyn Manson when she was 19 and he 36. "People go through phases. People make mistakes," she says. What she won't forgive, she said, are the mean-spirited attacks lobbed at her by gossipers and fans.

Madonna is still totally relevant

At least when it comes to earnings.

Forbes mag lists the Spiritual Mom as the highest-paid musician of the year, having raked in $125 mil from her $305 mil tour and her fashion line.

Lady Gaga is at a very, very distant second with $80 mil. Bon Jovi ($79 mil), Toby Keith ($65 mil), and Coldplay ($64 mil) round out the top five.


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