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Review: HBO's 'The Normal Heart' Starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 22, 2014 12:25 PM
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The Normal Heart
First staged off Broadway in 1985, Larry Kramer's acclaimed play "The Normal Heart" is undoubtedly a product of its time. Written and performed during the early stages of the 1980s AIDS crisis, a period which saw the gay community gripped by fear of the emerging disease, and ravaged by a shocking death toll, Kramer's work is searing indictment of governmental indifference and those who refused to fight unreservedly to get the necessary resources and funding to foster support groups and research. Kramer's play was also autobiographical, drawing on real-life people as inspiration for the characters, with the end product something as personal as it was polemical. More than 25 years later, "The Normal Heart" was revived on Broadway in 2011, and now it comes to HBO in a star-studded movie adaptation, with an aspiration towards the same fury the material evoked decades ago. But unfortunately, that passion oddly leaves the movie feeling a bit out of time in 2014.

Watch: New Trailer For HBO's 'The Normal Heart' With Mark Ruffalo & Julia Roberts Battles The Establishment

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 1:16 PM
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The Normal Heart
Okay, so "The Normal Heart" didn't make the Cannes Film Festival lineup like I figured it would, but that doesn't mean we're not putting this one on our watch list for next month. A new trailer is here to remind you why you might want to tune into HBO in May to watch something other than "Game Of Thrones."

Watch: New Trailer For AIDS Drama 'The Normal Heart' With Mark Ruffalo & Julia Roberts Starts A War

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 12:12 PM
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The Normal Heart
With a sequel already planned, HBO is showing a lot of confidence in Ryan Murphy's upcoming feature-length drama, "The Normal Heart." And who could blame them? The cast alone is pretty first rate with Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons all on board, the story is stirring, and so far, it looks like it'll be the highlight on the network this spring, certainly as evidenced by this new teaser trailer.

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For HBO Movie 'The Normal Heart' Starring Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch & Julia Roberts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2014 9:03 PM
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Over the past couple years, HBO has been a quiet-but-steady presence at the Cannes Film Festival, where they unspool their movies out of competition (with Steven Soderbergh's "Behind The Candelabra" an exception in 2013). "Hemingway & Gellhorn," "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," "Seduced And Abandoned"—those are the movies that have joined Soderbergh's in walking the red carpet in the south of France. And while nothing is official, we'd lay down some good money that the same will happen for "The Normal Heart." But even if not, you won't have to wait long to see this one for yourself.

Olga Kurylenko Goes Horror With 'Mara', 'Catwoman' Director Pitof Returns With Thriller Starring Sharon Stone & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 8, 2013 3:02 PM
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Olga Kurylenko's name may have just entered the rumor mill in relation to possibly joining “Batman vs. Superman” as Wonder Woman, but as a batch of recent casting news shows, the “To The Wonder” actress will have a bout of horror first. While the star from “We're The Millers” aims to don a costume instead, “Catwoman” director Pitof re-emerges with his next project, and John Cusack plans to hire a getaway driver.

Casting: Milla Jovovich Is A 'Survivor,' Lake Bell Scores A 'Coup,' John Magaro Is 'Unbroken' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 11:19 AM
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While James McTeigue for a moment seemed like the next great blockbuster hopeful following "V For Vendetta," the diminishing returns of "Ninja Assassin" and "The Raven" have found him directing his leanest movie yet. Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson and Angela Bassett will star in "Survivor," a thriller that'll shoot in January.

Jim Parsons Confirmed & Taylor Kitsch Joins 'The Normal Heart' With Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo

  • By India Ross
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  • March 4, 2013 1:59 PM
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Even though we've seen films like “Milk” and “Brokeback Mountain” succeed with audiences, studios are still wary of gay-leaning movies. Just ask Steven Soderbergh, who was told by major studios that "Behind The Candelabra" was "too gay" before he found at home for it at HBO.

Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Matt Bomer & Jim Parsons Join Ryan Murphy's 'The Normal Heart' With Mark Ruffalo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 11:03 PM
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Having conquered television with "Glee," it looks like the show's creator Ryan Murphy is gunning for equal big screen success, and he's assembled a helluva cast to bring the Tony award-winning, criticially acclaimed "The Normal Heart" to the big screen. Already in the works with Mark Ruffalo attached way back in the summer of 2010, the project picked up more steam when Brad Pitt took it under the wing of his Plan B shingle last year. And now it has brought some major talent on board.

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