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August 26, 2014

Writer Larry Kramer, wearing ACT UP cap, is escorted to stage by director Ryan Murphy and accompanied by cast members

The AIDS drama The Normal Heart, which took 30 years to reach the screen, won the Emmy Award on Monday (25 August) for Best TV Movie.

Director Ryan Murphy slowly escorted a frail Larry Kramer - the activist and author wrote the movie and the Tony Award winning play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City - to the stage.

They were accompanied to the stage by cast members Mark Ruffalo, Mark Bomer, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina,. Jim Parsons, and Joe Mantello - all who had lost in the acting categories.

June 10, 2014

Director calls it 'full circle moment' since film is about AIDS activists trying to get the attention of the government

President Barack Obama this week called The Normal Heart's director Ryan Murphy to let him know he had seen the AIDS drama.

He loved it and found it moving, according to Deadline Hollywood.

There is irony in the call since in the film, activist Ned Weeks (played by Mark Ruffalo) rages against the state and federal government officials over their indifference to the AIDS epidemic that was killing so many men in the 1980s.

June 10, 2014

Director calls it 'full circle moment' since film is about AIDS activists trying to get the attention of the government

President Barack Obama this week called The Normal Heart's director Ryan Murphy to let him know he had seen the AIDS drama.

He loved it and found it moving, according to Deadline Hollywood.

There is irony in the call since in the film, activist Ned Weeks (played by Mark Ruffalo) rages against the state and federal government officials over their indifference to the AIDS epidemic that was killing so many men in the 1980s.

May 31, 2014

Says Bomer: 'It's kind of a road trip film that leads to a stripper convention'

Basking in the critical and popular success of The Normal Heart, Matt Bomer appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday (31 May) to talk about that film and his next one.

Bomer shared how reading Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart when he was a teenager really changed - and probably saved - his life.

'It encouraged me to practice safe sex,' he said. 'But also, I knew that somewhere out there, there was somebody who understood me and would stand by me.'

May 27, 2014

AIDS drama starring Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer is fifth most-watched HBO film since 2010

It took nearly 30 years for Larry Kramer's landmark play The Normal Heart to be made as a movie and 1.4 million people tuned in to watch it Sunday (25 May) on HBO.

The film, directed by Ryan Murphy, first aired at 9 pm and was watched by nearly 1 million viewers. A second airing immediately after garnered 435,000 viewers.

May 26, 2014

The revelation came along with 'basically a declaration of love attached to it'

The Normal Heart's Mark Ruffalo remembers his best friend in high school being so agitated and upset for weeks because he had something difficult to tell him.

Ruffalo wondered if he had killed somebody.

He hadn't. It turns out he was gay.

May 26, 2014

The revelation came along with 'basically a declaration of love attached to it'

The Normal Heart's Mark Ruffalo remembers his best friend in high school being so agitated and upset for weeks because he had something difficult to tell him.

Ruffalo wondered if he had killed somebody.

He hadn't. It turns out he was gay.

May 23, 2014

'There is so much work still to be done, but there's also so much potential'

Entertainer and AIDS activist Elton John is hoping the HBO drama The Normal Heart will serve as a reminder to people that AIDS has still not been cured.

'Today, we know how to protect everyone, and we have the ability to treat every single person living with HIV," he writes in a first-person column Friday for CNN.

May 23, 2014

'There is so much work still to be done, but there's also so much potential'

Entertainer and AIDS activist Elton John is hoping the HBO drama The Normal Heart will serve as a reminder to people that AIDS has still not been cured.

'Today, we know how to protect everyone, and we have the ability to treat every single person living with HIV," he writes in a first-person column Friday for CNN.

May 23, 2014

'I felt it was best for me to be away at that point in time until I sort of finished the project and could start eating again'

Matt Bomer's shockingly frail appearance in the second half of The Normal Heart not only required tremendous physical deprivation, but emotional sacrifice as well.

The actor, who plays journalist Felix Turner in  the film which premieres Sunday (25 May) on HBO, lost at least 40 pounds for the role (he has not given an exact figure beyond that) to realistically portray a man dying of AIDS.

May 22, 2014

Author wanted assurance Murphy was brave enough to show what gay life and AIDS crisis was like

When The Normal Heart author Larry Kramer sat down with Ryan Murphy to discuss making a movie version of his landmark play about the early days of the AIDS crisis, the outspoken Kramer was very 'bold' with his questions.

Murphy recalled part of their initial conversation at a special screening in Los Angeles on Wednesday (21 May) attended by Gay Star News: 'He said: "Are you going to show cock? Are you going to really go for it? Are you brave enough to show what it was really like?"'

May 22, 2014

Author wanted assurance Murphy was brave enough to show what gay life and AIDS crisis was like

When The Normal Heart author Larry Kramer sat down with Ryan Murphy to discuss making a movie version of his landmark play about the early days of the AIDS crisis, the outspoken Kramer was very 'bold' with his questions.

Murphy recalled part of their initial conversation at a special screening in Los Angeles on Wednesday (21 May) attended by Gay Star News: 'He said: "Are you going to show cock? Are you going to really go for it? Are you brave enough to show what it was really like?"'

May 21, 2014

'I always thought like I was really on borrowed time, which is where I think a lot of my ambition came from'

Ryan Murphy was so compelled to buy the rights to The Normal Heart and make it into a movie that he dug into his retirement account to make the deal.

There's a deeply personal reason why the director felt so connected to the piece written by Larry Kramer about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City: Murphy came of age as a gay man just as the AIDS crisis was beginning to unfold.

May 21, 2014

'I always thought like I was really on borrowed time, which is where I think a lot of my ambition came from'

Ryan Murphy was so compelled to buy the rights to The Normal Heart and make it into a movie that he dug into his retirement account to make the deal.

There's a deeply personal reason why the director felt so connected to the piece written by Larry Kramer about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City: Murphy came of age as a gay man just as the AIDS crisis was beginning to unfold.

May 21, 2014

Gay icon was opposed to the idea of showing two men making love on camera, according to the playwright of The Normal Heart

Gay icon Barbra Streisand finds gay sex ‘distasteful’, according to legendary gay activist Larry Kramer.

In a rare interview, the writer has explained why it has taken almost 30 years for his work The Normal Heart to be adapted into a movie.

Streisand held the rights for years, and had a draft of a screenplay in 1995.

‘The problems with her is she didn’t know what to do with it,’ Kramer said, ‘and she also was really uncomfortable with the subject of gay sex.’

May 21, 2014

Gay icon was opposed to the idea of showing two men making love on camera, according to the playwright of The Normal Heart

Gay icon Barbra Streisand finds gay sex ‘distasteful’, according to legendary gay activist Larry Kramer.

In a rare interview, the writer has explained why it has taken almost 30 years for his work The Normal Heart to be adapted into a movie.

Streisand held the rights for years, and had a draft of a screenplay in 1995.

‘The problems with her is she didn’t know what to do with it,’ Kramer said, ‘and she also was really uncomfortable with the subject of gay sex.’

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 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 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.'