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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 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 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 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 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

'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 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 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.

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 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 15, 2014

She rejects author Larry Kramer's claim that she lacked the burning passion to get the heavy-hitting AIDS drama made

The long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed AIDS play The Normal Heart will premiere on HBO on 25 May with Glee creator Ryan Murphy listed as the director.

Nowhere on the film's credits will the name Barbra Streisand who held an option on Kramer's play for a decade and says she worked long after that to try and get the movie made.

But in recent years, Kramer has accused Streisand of lacking 'the burning passion' to make the film.

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

February 11, 2014

Annual event in LA has become one of hottest tickets on the LGBTI calendar and Gay Star News was there

Melissa Etheridge spent so much time on the arrivals line she didn't get into the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios until Darren Criss was almost done performing the opening number.

The singer was one of the last stars to arrive at the Family Equality Council Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday (7 February) - an event that in just a few short years has become one of hottest LGBTI events on the calendar.

December 13, 2013

'I’m trying to do my best for him, because that’s what he would have wanted'

It was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that the late Cory Monteith first publicly shared that he was involved romantically with his Glee co-star Lea Michele.

The 31-year-old actor's drug-related death last summer hit Michele especially hard and forced her to grieve with the eyes of the world on her as she returned to work on the Fox series on which they met.

Michele appeared with DeGeneres on her daytime show Thursday (12 December) and talked about how she is coping.

October 31, 2013

Unconfirmed reports reveal Ryan Murphy is considering a series of episodes to deal with Russia's gay propaganda laws

Glee is considering moving one of the most well known gay characters to Russia.

In what appears to the Fox musical comedy-drama wishing to tackle the country’s gay propaganda laws, Kurt played by Chris Colfer could be moving out of New York City.

Speaking to E!’s Watch With Kristin, a source said: ‘We are mulling around the idea of moving Kurt to Russia.’

According to the unconfirmed reports, Ryan Murphy and the production team are considering three storyline options for the show’s final season.