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Publishers have been successful at translating celebrity chefs into magazine content lately: Rachael Ray and Food Network Magazine have been two of the fastest-growing titles in recent years. And Food & Wine has reason to be optimistic about the Top Chef section; “Top Chef” is the highest-rated food show on cable, averaging 2.31 million total viewers in its eighth season, per Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings.

Douglas to play Liberace in upcoming HBO movie

HBO said Michael Douglas is taking to the keyboard for its upcoming biopic of legendary pianist Liberace, the Associated Press reports.

“Behind the Candelabra” will be directed by Steven Soderbergh. It will also star Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, the younger live-in lover of the flamboyant entertainer, to be played by Mr. Douglas. HBO made the announcement Tuesday.

Jerry Weintraub (“Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen”) is executive producer.

The film’s title refers to the trademark candelabra always gracing Liberace’s grand piano when he performed. He also was known for his outrageous costumes and extravagant jewelry.

The 67-year-old Mr. Douglas recently battled throat cancer, but in January he announced his tumor was gone and predicted he had beaten the disease.

“Behind the Candelabra” is scheduled to begin production next summer. No airdate was announced.

• Compiled from web and wire reports.