Actor Matt Bomer talks to Gold Derby editor Daniel Montgomery about his role on “The Normal Heart” as AIDS-afflicted journalist Felix Turner. Watch him discuss his personal connection to the material, what it was like to meet Larry Kramer for the first time, working in Hollywood as an openly gay actor, and of course the perils of wifi in New York City.
Two Carnegie Mellon University alumni – Zachary Quinto of Star Trek and Broadway’s The Glass Menagerie and Matt Bomer of The Normal Heart and White Collar – will debut an exclusive educator honor at this year’s Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8 on CBS.
On stage at Radio City Music Hall during the live broadcast, Quinto and Bomer will introduce the creation of the “Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre Education presented by Carnegie Mellon University,” which is the first, national recognition program to honor kindergarten through high-school (K-12) theatre educators. This follows the university’s announcement in April that it will collaborate with the Tony Awards as its first, exclusive higher education partner. Nominations for theatre educators will be accepted online this fall and the first recipient will be honored on stage at the 2015 Tony Awards.
The 2014 Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 8, on CBS. The 68th annual Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
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Here is Matt’s interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today.
He’s anything but ordinary, and he’s particularly extraordinary in his new HBO film, “The Normal Heart.” MATT BOMER is here! The “White Collar” hunk puts everything he’s got into his work, that means stripping down to his chiseled chest in “Magic Mike” and dropping an astounding 40 pounds to portray a man dying of AIDS in his powerful new project. Of this story of love, heartbreak and change, Matt said reading the script saved his life, and he’s got many thoughts to share with Ellen when they catch up!
Nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced Wednesday morning and “The Normal Heart” scored a leading five nods apiece. The fourth annual awards, held by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer at the Beverly Hilton Hotel June 19. The ceremony will air on the CW at 8 p.m. ET that night.
An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
Burton and Taylor (BBC America)
Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel)
The Normal Heart (HBO)
Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart (HBO)
Warren Brown, Luther (BBC America)
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
Colin Hanks, Fargo (FX)
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart (HBO)
Blair Underwood, The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)
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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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Thanks to my friend Claudia, I added photos of “The Normal Heart” cast from their USA Today photoshoot.
“The Normal Heart” premieres tonight at 9PM/8C on HBO!