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April 29, 2014

'How do you get attention when the mayor doesn't care? When the president doesn't care? ... When the gay world doesn't care?'

The premiere of HBO's movie version of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart on 25 May will come nearly 3o years after the play was first staged at the Public Theatre in New York City.

Kramer, now 78 and in frail health, says of the landmark 1985 play: 'Writers are given one great story to tell: their story. I'm telling my story as a political document.'

The Normal Heart is set in New York City in the early 1980s and tells the story of the American government's indifference to the growing AIDS plague and the denial of the gay community itself.

April 22, 2014

'I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering'

Mark Ruffalo's character of Ned Weeks is central to HBO's The Normal Heart, the long-awaited film adaptation of Larry Kramer's play premiering next month.

The Oscar-nominated actor may not be gay, but the early days of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s are something he well remembers.

'I have a lot of compassion for the struggle of people and I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering,' he said this week on HuffPost Live.

April 21, 2014

But director Ryan Murphy convinced the playwright that Bomer 'felt the ghosts' depicted in AIDS drama

Director Ryan Murphy felt right away that Matt Bomer was the perfect choice to portray Felix Turner in the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

But he had to convince Kramer.

July 26, 2013

Wrote The Normal Heart and co-founded ACT-UP and Gay Men's Health Crisis at height of AIDS epidemic in the US

Playwright and longtime activist Larry Kramer married longtime partner David Webster in the intensive care unit of a New York City hospital today where he is recovering from surgery.

Kramer, 78, is best known for his Tony Award winning play The Normal Heart and his role as a founder of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and The Gay Men's Health Crisis during the height of the AIDS crisis in the US in the 1980s.

January 4, 2013

Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Boimer to lead the cast of long-awaited film about AIDS crisis  written by Larry Kramer

After decades of development, The Normal Heart will begin shooting in New York City later this year to air on HBO in 2014 with Ryan Murphy as its director, the network announced Friday (4 January).

The film is written by Larry Kramer who also wrote the largely autobiographical Tony Award-winning play on which it is based. It is about the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984.

October 13, 2012

Larry Kramer calls Koch 'evil' and wonders: 'Is he trying to make up to us?'

Ed Koch was mayor of New York City from 1978-89, a period of time during which the AIDS epidemic broke out.

It's a crisis that many have said Koch essentially ignored during his time in office.

September 19, 2012

'I like people who are like, ‘You know what? I don’t care what you think. I have something to say'

Busy Ryan Murphy, the force behind TV's Glee, The New Normal and American Horror Story, has yet another project that he's working on these days: the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart.

He's got nothing but admiration for the outspoken Kramer who wrote the largely autobiographical plays about the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984.