“The Normal Heart” tells the story of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early ’80s. Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Ryan Murphy discuss adapting the Tony Award-winning play for an HBO film.
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.
I added photos of Matt at “The Normal Heart” New York Screening today and at the Photocall on May 10th.
“The Normal Heart” is also featured in the current issue of Emmy Magazine.
IMPORTANT: Matt will be appearing on Good Morning America and Live! With Kelly and Michael on Tuesday, May 13th.
“The Normal Heart” is featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
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Check out the video of Matt appearing on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night.
I have also added a couple of high quality stills to the gallery.
Before Matt Bomer even knew he was gay, he found Larry Kramer — or maybe Larry Kramer found him. In the closet of his high school theater in Spring, Texas, Bomer’s teacher had built a small library of scripts acquired on trips to New York.
Bomer pulled Kramer’s The Normal Heart off the shelf. He was 14. He loved acting, but he was the son of a former Dallas Cowboys player, so he also played football. He had girlfriends. His family went to church multiple times a week. It was the early 1990s, and for a Texas teenager, the AIDS epidemic was happening somewhere else, to someone else.
“I was relatively sheltered,” he says. The Normal Heart was his wake-up call. “It wasn’t until I read Larry’s work that I had any kind of understanding as to what was really going on in the world around me. It just lit this fire in my belly.” He was outraged at the injustice portrayed in the play, at the story of gay men whose unexplained, horrifying deaths seemed inconsequential — at best — to the many doctors and lawmakers and media who looked the other way.
So he started performing monologues at school from The Normal Heart and its companion piece, The Destiny of Me, and from another closet library find, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. “I felt the need to let people know that this was going on,” he says — even if his audience was largely other theater kids in Houston’s suburbs. “I probably stuck out like a sore thumb.”
But as much as Kramer’s outrage spoke to a young Bomer, the underlying gay love story in The Normal Heart — between the activist Ned Weeks (based on Kramer) and Felix Turner, a New York Times style reporter — also worked its way deep into his teenage consciousness. “I knew on some level, even if it was way on the periphery, that it was part of my story, too.”
You can read the rest of the interview here.
How Larry Kramer’s play transformed his world view: “I was relatively sheltered. It wasn’t until I read Larry’s work that I had any kind of understanding as to what was really going on in the world around me. It just lit this fire in my belly.”
How the role of Felix Turner changed him: “You’re really lucky as an artist if you get a role that changes you as a person. It taught me how to access myself on a completely different level as an artist. And it blew my mind in terms of the level of unconditional love between Ned and Felix — my goodness, if these people could incorporate this into their lives, under their circumstances, why can’t I?”
On Kramer’s lasting effect: “Larry is somebody we wish we had as our best friend growing up — as uncomfortable as he may have made us sometimes. Activism isn’t beautiful and easy, or a bunch of people getting together and picketing; it’s a lot more complicated and difficult than that. And true love — the most unconditional love — can be experienced by anyone, regardless of their sexuality.”
On coming out to his parents: “I’m not going to lie and say it was a bed of roses. But with the gift of time and grace, my parents chose love. And I think it’s important for people to know that. We always hear, ‘Oh, it gets better, it gets better,’ and [then] so many people go, ‘No it doesn’t.’ I feel lucky to say that, yes, sometimes it does.”
On being out (or lack thereof) in the media: “It wasn’t anything I really endeavored to hide but a lot of stuff I would do would be these fashion spreads where there’s one paragraph about you at the end.”
You can read the rest of the article here.
I added photos of Matt at the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala tonight.
IMPORTANT: Matt will also be appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tomorrow, May 6th.