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September 18, 2014

'I'm a person who believes in standing up for his friends'

True Blood actor Joe Manganiello has revealed why he is such a staunch fighter for LGBTI equality.

'I had to watch my friends endure challenges not experienced by the straight community,' he said last weekend in Seattle while accepting the Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

Manganiello shared how he saw friends in school struggle with their sexuality and having their families not accept them and later he saw friends struggle in the job market or live in secret.

September 2, 2014

Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello return for Magic Mike XXL - Matt Bomer also rumored to be in the cast

The sequel to the 2012 box office hit Magic Mike has begun filming this week with Channing Tatum returning in his starring role as a male stripper.

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey is not in the cast this time around but True Blood's Joe Manganiello returns and Matt Bomer and Alex Pettyfer are also rumored to be resuming their roles, according to Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB).

August 25, 2014

In demand actor will squeeze in guest spot with filming of Magic Mike 2

Matt Bomer, up for an Emmy tonight for his performance in The Normal Heart, has landed a role on the new season of FX's American Horror Story which is titled Freak Show.

Creator Ryan Murphy, who directed Bomer in The Normal Heart, had been keen to have the red-hot actor appear in the series now that Bomer has completed his final season of White Collar.

'I try to get him to do everything for me,' Murphy tells Entertainment Weekly.

August 17, 2014

White Collar star has issued challenge to famous friends Mark Ruffalo, Joe Manganiello and Zachary Quinto

Matt Bomer has gotten cold and wet for a good cause.

The White Collar star is one of the latest celebrities to agree to participate in The Ice Bucket Challenge which got started on social media as a way to raise awareness and money for ALS.

ALS is the neurodegenerative condition also referred to as Lou Gherig’s disease.

In this adorable video, Bomer gets doused on the beach in California by his three young sons with husband Simon Halls.

August 5, 2014

Emmy nominated actor and cast enjoyed a six-season run

Matt Bomer has filmed his last episode of White Collar, the USA Network action- drama that made him a star.

Bomer tweeted on Monday (4 August): 'Last day at White Collar-I love this family so much. Thank you to everyone who supported us over the years-we wouldn't be here without you!'

The show debuted in 2009 with a then little-known Bomer in the lead role of ex-con Neal Caffrey. As a way of staying out of prison, Neal agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals and works with an FBI agent played by Tim Dekay.

July 24, 2014

Co-star Patrick Wilson's character is bisexual in the Science fiction dark comedy

The trailer for a new feature film starring Matt Bomer has been released this week but it is not the openly gay actor playing the not so straight role.

In Space Station 76, described as a Science fiction dark comedy, it is co-star Patrick Wilson who plays a character who is struggling with bisexuality.

Bomer, currently filming the sixth and final season of TV's White Collar, plays the role of Ted, a mechanic married to a woman named Misty (Marisa Coughlan).

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 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 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.