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April 24, 2014

'That's what I signed up for ... and it's the least I could do for (playwright) Larry Kramer'

Viewers will see a much different Matt Bomer when the AIDS drama The Normal Heart premieres on HBO next month.

Bomer will initially appear to be his trim, athletic self that viewers of his TV series White Collar are used to seeing. But his character of Felix Turner, a gay New York Times character, then begins to waste away after having contracted AIDS.

There's no CGI involved to give Bomer a skeletal figure - the actor worked hard to dramatically lose weight during a three-month break in filming.

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 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.

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.

April 18, 2014

Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer are featured in biggest look yet inside movie adaptation of Larry Kramer's acclaimed play

HBO today released the first full trailer of its upcoming film The Normal Heart which shows stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer in dramatic and emotional scenes.

The film, which premieres on 25 May, is based on Larry Kramer's acclaimed play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City.

Roberts, who plays a doctor in the film, says in the film: 'I've never seen or heard of anything like this - it seems to be only happening to gay men.'

April 18, 2014

Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer are featured in biggest look yet inside movie adaptation of Larry Kramer's acclaimed play

HBO today released the first full trailer of its upcoming film The Normal Heart which shows stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer in dramatic and emotional scenes.

The film, which premieres on 25 May, is based on Larry Kramer's acclaimed play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City.

Roberts, who plays a doctor in the film, says in the film: 'I've never seen or heard of anything like this - it seems to be only happening to gay men.'

March 10, 2014

Actors will be portraying characters living in New York City at the beginning of the AIDS crisis during the early 1980s

Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer share a steamy kiss in a new trailer for The Normal Heart.

The actors will be starring in the HBO drama, to be directed by Ryan Murphy, about the AIDS crisis as it unfolded in New York City during the early 1980s.

The Normal Heart is based on the largely autobiographical Tony Award-winning play by Larry Kramer.

Julia Roberts is also starring as the paraplegic physician who treats several of the earlier victims of the disease

March 10, 2014

Actors will be portraying characters living in New York City at the beginning of the AIDS crisis during the early 1980s

Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer share a steamy kiss in a new trailer for The Normal Heart.

The actors will be starring in the HBO drama, to be directed by Ryan Murphy, about the AIDS crisis as it unfolded in New York City during the early 1980s.

The Normal Heart is based on the largely autobiographical Tony Award-winning play by Larry Kramer.

Julia Roberts is also starring as the paraplegic physician who treats several of the earlier victims of the disease

December 17, 2013

Actor plays closeted Wall Street executive in denial about having the disease

Taylor Kitsch had a lot to learn.

The 32-year-old actor is one of the stars of HBO's upcoming film The Normal Heart based on Larry Kramer's play about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.

'I mean, look: I was born in ’81. I had no idea about the whole AIDS epidemic,' the actor tellsVulture.

The Friday Night Lights star says it was all a bit of a stretch.

December 17, 2013

Actor plays closeted Wall Street executive in denial about having the disease

Taylor Kitsch had a lot to learn.

The 32-year-old actor is one of the stars of HBO's upcoming film The Normal Heart based on Larry Kramer's play about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.

'I mean, look: I was born in ’81. I had no idea about the whole AIDS epidemic,' the actor tellsVulture.

The Friday Night Lights star says it was all a bit of a stretch.

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.

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.

June 24, 2013

Gay US author and pundit Dan Savage says climate change denial reminds him of gay men who refused to accept that AIDS was a threat in the early 1980’s

Dan Savage has compared climate change denial to AIDS denial among gay men in the early 1980’s in a column in Seatle’s The Stranger newspaper.

Savage made the comments after watching an episode of This American Life on climate change showing dramatic changes in seasonal patterns in the United States but also that farmers were the most likely to deny climate change science because they would be the worst effected if it were true.

February 20, 2013

'His failure in AIDS should be, and is, the defining cornerstone of this public life'

In the Oscar-nominated documenentary How to Survive a Plague, the late Ed Koch is certainly not one of the heroes in the story of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.

The film's director, David France, says he believes the success of the film may have been responsible for The New York Times quickly amending Koch's obituary earlier this month to include his inaction during the AIDS crisis that had gripped his city during his terms as mayor.

February 20, 2013

'His failure in AIDS should be, and is, the defining cornerstone of this public life'

In the Oscar-nominated documenentary How to Survive a Plague, the late Ed Koch is certainly not one of the heroes in the story of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.

The film's director, David France, says he believes the success of the film may have been responsible for The New York Times quickly amending Koch's obituary earlier this month to include his inaction during the AIDS crisis that had gripped his city during his terms as mayor.

February 1, 2013

Many consider him a closeted gay man he didn’t do anything on AIDS when his constituents were dying of disease

Ed Koch, mayor of New York City from 1978 until 1989, died Friday (1 February) of congestive heart failure at the age of 88.

Koch was a life-long bachelor who steadfastly refused to discuss his sexuality amid widespread speculation that he is gay. He died on the same day that a documentary about his life, simply titled Koch, opened in New York.

Koch was mayor during a period of time during which the AIDS epidemic broke out - a crisis that many have said Koch essentially ignored during his time in office.

February 1, 2013

Many consider him a closeted gay man he didn’t do anything on AIDS when his constituents were dying of disease

Ed Koch, mayor of New York City from 1978 until 1989, died Friday (1 February) of congestive heart failure at the age of 88.

Koch was a life-long bachelor who steadfastly refused to discuss his sexuality amid widespread speculation that he is gay. He died on the same day that a documentary about his life, simply titled Koch, opened in New York.

Koch was mayor during a period of time during which the AIDS epidemic broke out - a crisis that many have said Koch essentially ignored during his time in office.

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.

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.

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.

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.