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July 10, 2014

Out stars Matt Bomer, Kate McKinnon, Jim Parsons, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Lane, and Jane Lynch among the nominees

When the 66th annual Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning, those keeping an LGBTI scorecard had plenty to keep track of.

In addition to Laverne Cox making history as the first trans actress to receive a nomination for her role on Orange is the New Black, there are numerous out gay, lesbian and bisexual nominees.

July 1, 2014

'We could do it tomorrow and make some salacious version of the story and that’s not what I’m interested in'

Matt Bomer still hopes to portray closeted gay actor Montomery Clift in an upcoming film.

But the actor makes clear he will only participate if the project is handled with respect.

Clift was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1940s and 50s and had a life-long close friendship with Elizabeth Taylor (pictured with him, below), his co-star in A Place in the Sun, Raintree County and Suddenly Last Summer.

June 20, 2014

Jim Parsons also wins for The Big Bang Theory

HBO's The Normal Heart, the long-awaited movie version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed play, was a big winner at the Critics' Choice TV Awards on Thursday (19 June).

The film about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City won the award for Best Movie over An Adventure in Space and Time, Burton and Taylor, Killing Kennedy, Sherlock: His Last Vow, and The Trip to Bountiful.

Matt Bomer, who played a New York Times reporter dying of the disease, took the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie.

June 16, 2014

'I think he changed me for the better. I grew from getting to play him'

The Normal Heart had its premiere on HBO last month but the film is still being talked about because it is expected to be nominated for multiple Emmy Awards.

Matt Bomer, considered a shoo-in for a supporting actor nod, admitted to the Los Angeles Times' awards section The Envelope why has been unable to let his character of Felix Turner go.

June 2, 2014

'I stay completely unhooked when it comes to social media'

It is one of the world's most famous lesbians, Ellen DeGeneres, who holds the record for the most retweeted photo in the history of Twitter thanks to her Oscar night all-star selfie.

The talk show host is a prolific tweeter and last week, got fellow out star Matt Bomer started on the social media site. In less than a week, Bomer has more than 235,000 followers.

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 24, 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 21, 2014

'They were nervous but they were game. They knew it was an important part of the story. They went for it'

The Normal Heart director Ryan Murphy reveals that the intense sex scenes between the characters played by Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer came to fruition with the help of an on-set 'sex choreographer.'

In the movie, which premieres on HBO on Sunday (25 May), Ruffalo plays AIDS activist Ned Weeks while Bomer plays his lover Felix Turner, a journalist.

May 13, 2014

'Matt was just so physically weak ... it was a very moving thing to witness'

Matt Bomer has steadfastly avoided saying exactly how much weight he lost to portay an AIDS victim in HBO's The Normal Heart but it was enough to leave director Ryan Murphy emotional when first seeing him.

During a four-month break in filming for the fit and trim Bomer to be able to lose more than 35 pounds, Murphy said the actor would send him photos of his progress.

'I would say,"Please get your blood checked! ... I was nervous,' Murphy admitted in an interview this week on HuffPost Live.

May 8, 2014

Says actor: 'It should not be done without medical supervision'

After losing 35 pounds, Matt Bomer said he stopped counting.

The actor had filmed the scenes of HBO's The Normal Heart during which his character is healthy then during a four month break in filming, the really hard work began.

Bomer went on an extreme weight loss plan in order to realistically portray his character dying from AIDS.

He told Jimmy Fallon during a visit to The Tonight Show this week that he began by going on a 21 day fast. When he resumed eating, it was only 300-400 calories per day.

May 6, 2014

'I frankly did not think people would be that interested. I certainly didn’t think it was going to be on the CNN ticker'

When Matt Bomer publicly thanked husband Simon Halls and their three children while accepting an award at a 2012 Desert AIDS Project event in Palm Springs, he wasn't expecting headlines.

But he got them.

'I frankly did not think people would be that interested. I certainly didn’t think it was going to be on the CNN ticker,' the actor says in an Out Magazine cover story published today.

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 23, 2014

Actor reveals that he and Hollywood publicist Simon Halls wed in 2011 - the year before he came out publicly

It was no secret that Matt Bomer isn't single.

But until now, it had been a secret that he is married.

The star of TV's White Collar and of the upcoming HBO movie The Normal Heart has revealed that he and longtime partner Simon Halls have been married since 2011 to Details magazine.

The couple are raising three sons: an eight-year-old and six-year-old twins.

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.'

March 21, 2014

Openly gay leading man juggling series with feature film roles

Matt Bomer will have a chance to bid his television alter ego Neal Caffrey goodbye in a shortened sixth season of the USA Network drama White Collar.

The final season of the show will consist of six episodes. The action will pick up from the season 5 cliffhanger that saw Bomer's con man turned FBI informant character abducted, according to Deadline.

March 14, 2014

Openly gay star of TV's White Collar continues to land feature film roles

The openly gay actor in a romantic leading role remains the final frontier for the US movie industry and Matt Bomer is shaping up as a candidate to scale that mountain.

The star of TV's White Collar was in Austin, Texas, this week for the world premiere of Space Station 76 at the South by Southwest film Festival.

He stars in the sci-fi flick with Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler.

It was announced this week that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to distribute the comedy drama set in the 1970s.

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

February 12, 2014

Hunky gay star says: 'I'm along for the ride however they'll have me'

Whenever he is called to duty for a Magic Mike sequel, Matt Bomer is ready to get back into stripper mode.

The White Collar star was told Tuesday night (11 February) by Vulture that Channing Tatum is busy writing a script for the second movie and is doing so beside a bust of Matthew McConaughey.

'I trust Channing and [co-writer] Reid [Carolin] implicitly, and I'm along for the ride however they'll have me,' Bomer said.

October 16, 2013

But out actor has to lay off tasty treats to finish losing 32 pounds for The Normal Heart

Matt Bomer is in the process of losing a total of 32 pounds for his role in AIDS drama The Normal Heart.

The White Collar star has already shed 10 pounds for his role as Felix Turner,  the closeted lover of the film's protagonist Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo).

So what was Bomer's last treat before going into severe weight loss mode for the role?

A Cronut.

The White Collar star has admitted his affection for the croissant-doughnut hybrid launched earlier this year at Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York.

October 14, 2013

Petition demanding Bomer be cast as Christian Grey seeks 100,000 signatures

Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the Fifty Shades of Grey film and that has some Matt Bomer fans all worked up.

A Change.org petition championing Bomer for the role of Christian Grey had nearly 88,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon with organizers setting their goal at 100,000.

September 19, 2013

Clift's films included A Place in the Sun and From Here to Eternity

Montgomery Clift spent his years as a major movie star firmly in the closet.

In contrast, Matt Bomer is helping usher in an era where male stars are becoming more honest about being gay and continuing to have strong careers.

But Bomer will be stepping into Clift's shoes in a new feature film biopic about the star of such Hollywood classics as From Here to Eternity, A Place in the Sun, and Raintree County.