When Larry Kramer’s autobiographical play The Normal Heart first appeared off-Broadway in 1985, the AIDS crisis was immediate, mysterious, and very scary. Thirty years later, the director Ryan Murphy, who is known for creating TV shows like Glee and American Horror Story, is reminding us of the depth of the epidemic with a TV movie based on the play—which first aired, aptly, over Memorial Day weekend on HBO. Although the AIDS epidemic began not that long ago, many people don’t recall what it was like. Entire worlds were being wiped out, and it is important that the human devastation be acknowledged.
The story follows the indignant and fiercely political Ned Weeks, played by Mark Ruffalo, and his longtime companion Felix Turner (Matt Bomer), a New York Times style reporter. When Felix, who is not openly gay, finds a purple lesion on his foot, the shame and fear experienced by so many at the time becomes horribly vivid. As Felix’s health deteriorates, Ned becomes a militant activist for safe sex and government-sponsored medical research. In the process, he alienates leaders of the gay community and chieftains of the medical community. The intensity of the relationship between the two men helps explain Ned’s brash behavior: He doesn’t want to lose his great love.
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Outfest – the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen – announced today its galas, including Opening and Closing Night, for the 32nd Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. The nation’s leading LGBT festival and the oldest film festival in the city of Los Angeles, will be held July 10th to 20th, 2014.
Outfest Los Angeles 2014 will open with “Life Partners” – Susanna Fogel’s astute and cleverly written feature debut, starring Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody, Kate McKinnon and Gabourey Sidibe. “Life Partners” will screen at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on July 10 at 8:00pm.
“The 2014 [Outfest Los Angeles] Galas represent some of the most acclaimed and thematically diverse films of the year,” says Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest. “These films are intimately familiar and yet surprisingly unique, showing us how much undiscovered territory there is in the world of LGBT cinema.”
Other gala screenings include: Writer/director/actress Desiree Akhavan’s “Appropriate Behavior” (U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece); Sundance award winner “Lilting” by Hong Khaou (International Centerpiece); Teddy Award and FIPRESCI prize winning “The Way He Looks” by Daniel Ribeiro (International Centerpiece); and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle winner “My Prairie Home” (Documentary Centerpiece).
Outfest Los Angeles 2014 will close on July 20 at the Ford Amphitheatre with the irreverent comedy “Space Station 76,” co-written and directed by Jack Plotnick and starring Matt Bomer, Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and Jerry O’Connell.
The complete lineup for Outfest Los Angeles 2014 will be announced at the beginning of June.
Check out these videos for “The Normal Heart” that were recently posted by HBO.
With the end of his hit show, White Collar, in sight, the 36-year-old actor was looking to take risks, challenge himself, and change how he’s seen. He succeeded on all counts playing an AIDS-afflicted writer in HBO’s adaptation of The Normal Heart. The grueling role took a huge emotional and physical toll, but Bomer wouldn’t have it any other way [read more].
Check out the latest trailer for “The Normal Heart”, which will air Sunday, May 25th at 9pm/8c on HBO.
Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons and Taylor Kitsch share why they wanted to be part of Ryan Murphy’s drama that took 30 years to make.
“One of my big hopes is that people whoi did not experience it directly will A have an understanding of what people went through at that time, but even more importantly, that fact that gay mens health crisis and ACT Up really catalyzed the gay rights movement,” says Bomer. “We really stand on the shoulders of these people for the rights we have today.”
Check out the new trailer for “The Normal Heart”, which will air May 25th on HBO.
Update! Thanks to my friend Crayen, I have also added a high quality still from the film.
The HBO original film, “The Normal Heart” premieres Sunday, May 25th at 9PM/8C only on HBO.
Matt is featured on the cover of TV Guide, along with an article about “The Normal Heart” and also a new still!
“The Normal Heart” will debut Sunday, May 25th on HBO.
Matt talks about he got involved in the project, details about his immigrant character, and director Akiva Goldsman. Check out the film’s official website here. “Winter’s Tale” will be in theaters this Friday, Feb 14th.