HBO: The Normal Heart

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    Dec 17, 2013 7:46 PM GMT
    Taylor Kitsch 'had no idea about the whole AIDS epidemic' before filming The Normal Heart

    Actor plays closeted Wall Street executive in denial about having the disease

    'I mean, look: I was born in ’81. I had no idea about the whole AIDS epidemic'


    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/taylor-kitsch-had-no-idea-about-whole-aids-epidemic-filming-normal-heart171213
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    Dec 17, 2013 7:49 PM GMT
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    Apr 21, 2014 3:28 PM GMT
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    Apr 21, 2014 4:11 PM GMT
    ^
    It looks really good. Wish I could watch it. I don't have HBO.
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    Apr 26, 2014 2:19 PM GMT
    Matt Bomer on losing more than 35 pounds to play man dying of AIDS in The Normal Heart

    'That's what I signed up for ... and it's the least I could do for (playwright) Larry Kramer'

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    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/matt-bomer-losing-more-35-pounds-play-man-dying-aids-normal-heart240414
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    May 21, 2014 5:38 PM GMT
    Barbra Streisand finds gay sex ‘distasteful’, says Larry Kramer

    Gay icon was opposed to the idea of showing two men making love on camera, according to the playwright of The Normal Heart

    In response to Kramer’s claims, Streisand has released a statement saying her intention for the movie was ‘to promote the idea of everyone’s right to love. Gay or straight!’

    ‘Larry was at the forefront of this battle and, God love him, he’s still fighting,’ she said.

    ‘But there’s no need to fight me by misrepresenting my feelings. As a filmmaker, I have always looked for new and exciting ways to do love scenes, whether they’re about heterosexuals or homosexuals. It’s a matter of taste, not gender.’

    Referring to the central gay couple, Streisand added: ‘I was trying to reach a large audience, and I wanted them to root for these two men to get married.’


    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/barbra-streisand-finds-gay-sex-distasteful-says-larry-kramer210514
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    May 22, 2014 8:14 AM GMT
    Larry Kramer is full of shit. He wanted to include a CLOSE-UP shot of semen on the bed. Barbra balked and that was what the fight was about -- it had nothing to do with the actual lovemaking act.

    Barbra told Larry no studio would release the film with that sort of close-up...especially when they were initially discussing the adaptation back in the 80's.

    Larry's sole purpose of this interview is to imply that Barbra is basically a clueless, closeted homophobe who only pretends to support the gay agenda. He never stops.

    BTW: I will be looking to see if Ryan Murphy includes that shot in the final version. I am betting he won't.

    It was laughable when Kramer said: "Ryan has wonderful ideas that jell and enhance my work. It was said you couldn’t get financing. He has financing. He said if he couldn’t get it, he’d finance it himself. This is a man whose driving passion to make this movie is extraordinary. All Barbra wants to do is remodel and redecorate her house."

    Here's the real translation:

    1. Ryan's "ideas" = kiss Larry's ass.

    2. Ryan had "financing" = he was crazy enough to pay Kramer's fee for a preachy, boring, non-cinematic screenplay that needed to be completely re-written -- unless inducing a viewer coma in the first 30 minutes is the artistic objective.

    3. "Remodel and redecorate" = jealous/bitter/hating that Barbra decided to finally get on with her life after battling with Larry for 20 years to no avail.

    4. "driving passion" = knife through Barbra's heart after she poured her heart and soul into a project that took her to every studio in town as she begged for more money for Larry. (Incidentally, Kramer wanted a cool $1M for his screenplay - the studios offered him $250K: he balked and refused)

    5. "movie" -- uh, no, it's not. Barbra wanted to make a big-screen, big-budget MOVIE. What Larry gets is a HBO cable telepic...the same offer Barbra received from HBO years ago that HE [Kramer] turned down.

    And I might add -- isn't it funny that weeks before Murphy took over "Heart," Larry STILL sent Barbra a note asking her to direct the project but ONLY with his screenplay?

    And if Ryan has such great and innovative ideas, why has he STOLEN Barbra's casting suggestions of Julia Roberts as Emma...and...most especially Mark Ruffalo, who Barbra brought on board years ago?

    Barbra Streisand has supported the "Normal Heart" and kept Larry Kramer's name in the press for decades. Now we'll see what Mr. Murphy can do with his play.

    Best of luck...Ryan will need it because this ain't "Glee" -- even if ripping off Barbra Streisand happens on that crappy show, too.

    Ryan Murphy, who says he worships Barbra, buys the rights to a movie she dreamed about directing for 30 years and then STEALS her cast to make the movie himself. Is he Eve Harrington or what? >LOL<

    Note: Streisand brought Ruffalo on board and was initially responsible for sending the script to Julia Roberts. Even AFTER the rights reverted back to Larry . . . Streisand never gave up but he wanted to control the screenplay and that was not acceptable to Barbra. Up until the very last minute, Larry was calling Streisand to ask her to direct. She said she wanted to but could NOT give up control of the script and freeze it before filming. (I don't blame her.)

    I don't want to take away one sliver from the extraordinary service, passion, commitment, and, astounding breakthroughs Kramer has given the LGBT community and the national consciousness . . . but when it comes to this movie: his comprehension of the facts are severely distorted.

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    May 23, 2014 3:53 PM GMT
    Saw it last night at an HBO screening in a theater. The acting by Julia Roberts, Ruffalo, Bomer, and Parsons was great. Definitely worth seeing. The basic story is pretty much autobiographical (except for Felix, who was probably based on a real NY Times writer, but who wasn't Kramer's lover). The Larry Kramer character seemed true to form (perpetually angry, and not very likable). The relationship with Felix added real emotional drama to the play and film, which would have been weak without it. For those of us in the audience who were around during the early 80's, Normal Heart evoked some painful memories. You could hear sobbing in the theatre during some of the scenes. But it was not a total downer.

    For more moving films (documentaries) on the Aids crisis (beyond just the New York scene), see David Weissman's, We Were Here and Jeffrey Schwarz' Vito (on Vito Russo).
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    May 23, 2014 4:33 PM GMT
    HikerSkier saidSaw it last night at an HBO screening in a theater. The acting by Julia Roberts, Ruffalo, Bomer, and Parsons was great. Definitely worth seeing. The basic story is pretty much autobiographical (except for Felix, who was probably based on a real NY Times writer, but who wasn't Kramer's lover). The Larry Kramer character seemed true to form (perpetually angry, and not very likable). The relationship with Felix added real emotional drama to the play and film, which would have been weak without it. For those of us in the audience who were around during the early 80's, Normal Heart evoked some painful memories. You could hear sobbing in the theatre during some of the scenes. But it was not a total downer.

    For more moving films (documentaries) on the Aids crisis (beyond just the New York scene), see David Weissman's, We Were There and Jeffrey Schwarz' Vito (on Vito Russo).


    Do you mean We Were Here ?
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    HikerSkier saidSaw it last night at an HBO screening in a theater. The acting by Julia Roberts, Ruffalo, Bomer, and Parsons was great. Definitely worth seeing. The basic story is pretty much autobiographical (except for Felix, who was probably based on a real NY Times writer, but who wasn't Kramer's lover). The Larry Kramer character seemed true to form (perpetually angry, and not very likable). The relationship with Felix added real emotional drama to the play and film, which would have been weak without it. For those of us in the audience who were around during the early 80's, Normal Heart evoked some painful memories. You could hear sobbing in the theatre during some of the scenes. But it was not a total downer.

    For more moving films (documentaries) on the Aids crisis (beyond just the New York scene), see David Weissman's, We Were There and Jeffrey Schwarz' Vito (on Vito Russo).


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    May 26, 2014 3:26 AM GMT
    Just saw The Normal Heart with a group of friends. Man, that was a hard movie to watch. Not because it wasn't good, it was very well done, but because it was so so emotionally devastating. Definitely recommend seeing it, but be prepared to feel emotionally drained by the end.
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    May 28, 2014 5:20 AM GMT
    LARRY KRAMER TALKS TO JANE PAULEY DURING THE FIRST DAYS OF THE AIDS CRISIS IN 1983
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    Jun 02, 2014 4:53 AM GMT
    Just saw it tonight with a friend. Terrific film and the acting was superb. It definitely makes you think about how hard many have worked for what we now have today.
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    Jun 10, 2014 4:51 AM GMT
    What a touching piece of Art that was!
    Just finished it and was moved to tears many times in those 2 hours!!!
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    Jun 10, 2014 4:14 PM GMT
    PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED RYAN MURPHY AFTER WATCHING 'THE NORMAL HEART'

    Obama reportedly asked how the movie came together, and Murphy told Deadline: “The whole movie is about Larry trying to get the attention of Washington and 30 years later, to get a call from the President is a full-circle moment.”

    http://www.towleroad.com/2014/06/president-obama-called-ryan-murphy-after-watching-the-normal-heart.html
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    Aug 26, 2014 2:44 PM GMT
    Ryan Murphy dedicates Normal Heart Emmy to “artists who have passed from HIV/AIDS”


    “This is for all of the hundreds of thousands of artists who have passed from HIV/AIDS since 1981. Your memory and your passion burns on in us.“




    http://www.metroweekly.com/2014/08/ryan-murphy-dedicates-normal-heart-emmy-to-artists-who-have-passed-from-hivaids/
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    Jan 10, 2015 3:24 AM GMT
    Have free HBO etc via uverse for the weekend and just watched The Normal Heart. All I can say is, it ripped my heart out. Fantastic movie!!!!
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    Jan 10, 2015 4:05 AM GMT
    Extraordinarily powerful film. I saw the premiere, but also several times since on HBO On Demand. Definitely worth multiple viewings.