Julia Roberts? Wish he'd picked a different actress.
It looks like Matt and Mark will have larger roles than Julia.
R2... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Hag-worshiping Murphy will make this a movie about diva-saint Julia rescuing her poor gays.
Ryan Murphy has never impressed as a director. At least Mark Ruffalo will be good. But why not Ellen Barkin instead of Julia Roberts? And Ken doll Bomer as Felix Turner? He's okay doing light stuff, but hasn't got the chops for serious drama.
No theatrical release, huh?
"He's okay doing light stuff, but hasn't got the chops for serious drama."
Bomer graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.
Carnegie . One of the best School of Drama in America.
He comes from the theater drama
He majored in musical theater.
Gradueted in Drama e majored in musical theater.
Bomer was one of the best students of Carneige Drama.
but you do not have the skills to serious drama. I can not do anything about it
...and fwiw Julia Roberts was attached to this project before Murphy. Streisand actually brought it to her attention.
IMO they should have just filmed the Joe Mantello-Ellen Barkin revival for "Great Performances" and called it a day.
R6/8? Lay of the booze and rewrite your posts in English this time.
R8, can you has cheezburger?
Is Ryan Murphy the only damn gay director in Hollywood? So sick of him.
Bryan Singer, Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes...
Not that only a gay director should make these films. Van Sant would be my pick for this though.
I actually think something like this would benefit from a straight director, who could make it more accessible to a wide audience. The main criticism about "The Normal Heart" is that it's too insular, which is why it has taken so long for anyone to agree to make it.
[quote] Bomer was one of the best students of Carneige Drama.
Only in your dreams. Bomer fans will pull anything out of their asses. CMU has a good program, but just because Bomer graduated isn't in of itself proof of anything.
[quote] I actually think something like this would benefit from a straight director, who could make it more accessible to a wide audience. The main criticism about "The Normal Heart" is that it's too insular, which is why it has taken so long for anyone to agree to make it.
You may have something there. Angels in America was directed by Mike Nichols, a straight director. Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra seems to have received a positive reception at the latest television critic's association tour.
The reason it took so long to make it into a movie may had have more to do with Larry Kramer himself than anything. And now time is running out for him and he's missed his chance for a theatrical release.
According to Kramer's constant rants, a theatrical release is the only kind of film he would accept - Streisand also at one point offered him an HBO deal and he said NO.
So either his contract with Murphy has more loopholes, or he is SPITTING MAD right now and threatening once again to pull the rights....
Mike Nichols isn't straight.
R 15. You're Troll crazy
Philadelphia and Brokeback Mountain, the two most successful gay-themed movies of the 90's and 00's respectively, also had straight directors.
Julia Roberts for Streisand
Julia Roberts for Ryan
The last screenplay Larry wrote was Lost Horizon, 40 YEARS AGO.
I think this project going to HBO says a lot about the movie industry right now, and, of course, the death of Julia Roberts once glorious movie career.
Well, the big bucks go to and come from mainstream blockbuster movies. Nobody is willing to spend much money on a movie project that, according to latest polls, only appeals to 3.3% of the American population (not counting the gay community's friends and supporters).
This is partly about ego and treating the resource material properly and not turn it through the torrid Hollywood washing mangle where all is mainstreamed and then comes with a nice ribbon on top of it
Julia Robert's career is ovah! We just need to wait for those in power to get the memo that the public is done with her. It's coming. You'll see. She's no Streep.
It is unfortunate that it took so long but good that it will finally be made. My take on Julia Roberts is that she never was a good actress, but she had charisma and became the biggest female movie star since Streisand. When Julia left the mainstream, she let Sandra Bullock take roles that ended up being major hits. Now Julia is 45 and seems bitchy and unrelatable. Maybe she will turn in a good performance, but I don't think she has a lot of talent.
What's wrong with going with HBO. Meryl had no problem working with them. Neither did Pacino. Shall I go on?
Nobody wants to be straitjacketed these days. If a company like HBO will give you artistic freedom then why not.
I find this play as shrill and annoying as Kramer himself.
Although I am not a fan of much Streisand, I think her public clarification sounds accurate and consistent with other things she has said over the evolution of this project.
Larry Kramer would not accept what HBO would pay and Kramer nor Streisand could raise the money for a studio release. I think Kramer made a big and stubborn mistake. Repeatedly.
HBO with a good director would have been a better fit, and allowed for better casting. It also would have reached a larger audience than any film with Julia Roberts, directed by Ryan Murphy will in 2014, or whenever.
Julia Roberts has more talent than she is given credit for, but not enough good will.
Streisand is nothing if not tenacious and I am sure that though of course she wanted this part for herself back when, even she realizes that this film will not likely draw many in now. She doesn't want to direct it, I am sure.
Worst is how we will be subjected to all of the Julia Roberts press and appearances regarding her tackling such a "difficult" role. YUK.
And the Ryan Murphy is a wonderboy crap. YUK.
It's too bad, but there are sadder tales of films never made because of the egos involved, or produced diluted by the timing and casting.
[quote] Mike Nichols isn't straight.
R17 Must be why Nichols keeps getting married to women. They're all beards.
R18 Thanks for the reminder. Ang Lee also made the gay-themed The Wedding Banquet in 1993 even before Brokeback Mountain.
Barbra Streisand tried her hardest to get The Normal Heart made as a movie. She understood the reality of trying to get a movie about such a controversial subject made. Kramer refused to accept that back then and now The Normal Heart will be an HBO production after all as Barbra suggested years ago. I think Barbra will have too much class to publicly rub Kramer's face in it. As I noted before, Kramer is running out of time. At his age, if he rejects the HBO production the odds are it will never get made in his lifetime.
Streisand was smart enough to play this low key. Especially after Kramer's disgusting tactic of outing Jason as having HIV. She's given a reasonable and complimentary reply, making Kramer's volatile hostility all the more glaring.
Why couldn't they get Ellen Barkin instead of Julia Roberts? She won the Tony for the role!
This is part of my comeback strategy! Look for me with Meryl Streep in theatres later this year!
Did the op of that other normal heart thread REALLY think he was posting it first on a Saturday night?
After the total shitstorm that Ryan made out of EAT PRAY LOVE, I am shocked that Julia would want to work with him again. But after the total shitstorm that Ryan made out of EAT PRAY LOVE, I am NOT surprised that no major studio would want to work with him again.
I don't get Ryan Murphy. He seems clever but does not have taste or substance. Jessica Lange singing The Name Game in a loony bin? Who thinks of shit like that, unless it's a cheap ploy to draw gawkers? Julia Roberts is a world class bitch. It's too bad that she will not go away.
Major fuck. HBO great
Stephen Soderbergh says that Behind the Candelabra is being released on HBO Michael Douglas because every studio he took it to said it was "too gay." He only wanted $5 million to make a movie with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon , and couldn't get it. "They said it was too gay. Everybody. This was after Brokeback Mountain , by the way. Which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us. Studios were going, 'We don't know how to sell it.' They were scared."
The Normal Heart will instead be an HBO television production, with a budget in the neighborhood of $15 million dollars.
I don't know the budget's movie Soderberg
R27 There's nothing wrong with HBO. It's that asshole Larry Kramer who has issues with HBO. Barbra Streisand suggested they take the movie there years ago when she couldn't get the studios to finance it, but he refused. Then last year he sent her this in an e-mail:
"You said you couldn’t get financing. [Ryan Murphy] has his financing. He said if he couldn’t get it, he’d finance it himself. (You chose to remodel and redecorate your houses.)"
As it turns out Ryan Murphy couldn't get financing either and he also had to turn HBO as Barbra suggested long ago.
[quote]Then last year he sent her this in an e-mail:
[quote]"You said you couldn’t get financing. [Ryan Murphy] has his financing. He said if he couldn’t get it, he’d finance it himself. (You chose to remodel and redecorate your houses.)"
Why the fuck should she finance his movie rather than spend money on her houses? It's her money, not his.
Matt Bomer talked about TNH in interview with Da Man magazine
[quote]Getting to be a part of The Normal Heart on HBO is a dream come true for me. I can’t think of a more beautiful, challenging role to get to play. In April, I go back to season 5 of White Collar. And then I film The Normal Heart, which is about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York and the people who were brave enough to risk their lives and careers to bring much needed attention to it. It’s a testament to passion and unconditional love.[/quote]
So it seams they will not start filming before fall, after White Collar filming is finished. Which makes sense.
For years, I have heard of this play but never saw it. I have never heard of it being staged anywhere I hapened to be.
Was it a play seen by many, or read by many?
in it's day it was popular and has had a bit of a resurgence in the last year after a bway revival...it is very much a play of its time though....and very much the world according to Larry Kramer.
[quote]Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh
as the jewish Krameresque guy.....boy Barbra really loves the goyem.
It shoots in NYC for 5 weeks starting in May.
by Wm. M. HofFman
Bill Hoffman's AS IS is finer work.
AS IS is a terrible and dull play, but THE NORMAL HEART is also pretty weak: sentimental, self-righteous, self-important.
R43 Then I don't get it how Bomer can film it during that time. If he starts shooting White collar in April, there is no way he can do TNH in May. I don't believe that Fox/USA would agree to give him 5 weeks to film another project in the middle of the WC filming. They will not break production for 5 weeks. And they will not write him off from about 3 episodes so he can do something else in this time. He plays a lead in that series.
Something is off. Either they don't shoot in May, or if they do, they will film Bomer's scene later, or Bomer is not a part of TNH anymore. After all that DaMan interview was taken about two months ago or something like that. A lot could change since then.
Jim Parsons and Taylor Kitsch (!!!!!???????) to play Tommy and Bruce, respectively.
HBO is a win. Look at "Angels in America."
Millions more people will see it.
All I care is Beauty (Bomer) and the Beast (Hulk).
Where did you get your info about when it's shooting, R43?
Also, I think this is shooting in more than one session anyway. Ryan Murphy said in an interview a while back that Bomer's scenes will be shot in two lots: his 'before illness' scenes, then a break while he loses weight for his 'after illness' scenes. So he could be shooting a limited amount of 'before illness' scenes during May (ish), which "White Collar" filming will work around. And then, in the fall, after WC S5 has wrapped, and he's had time to lose the weight, he could then shoot his 'after illness' scenes. Presumably if those have to be shot separately, it doesn't really matter if there's a gap of several months before they are filmed. I haven't seen the play - anyone know how many scenes Matt would be in looking 'well'?
The movie is not shooting in May.
R52 When is it shooting?
Movie will shoot in June and July, and Bomer will shoot his AIDS scenes in the fall after WC ends, presumedly.
Good chance next season of WC will be its last, rating for season finale was 0.6. By comparison, the SVU repeat that aired in its time slot this week got a 0.7.
Joe Mantello is playing the brother-nice gesture on Ryan's part.
R54, you obviously don't understand how shooting schedules work. Bomer will obviously have to juggle work on both White Collar and The Normal Heart. TNH can't come back in the fall just to shoot Bomer's scenes. That ain't happening.
r57, r54 is not wrong. What r54 is saying was also laid out in the NY Post article linked in r55:
[quote]He’ll film from June to July then break to allow his actors to lose weight, including muscle-bound Bomer who will dramatically drop 35 pounds for his role.
Other articles have said that this break will be until fall, when filming will resume.
So yes, Bomer's "AIDS scenes" will be shot in the fall, after he's lost weight, which will almost certainly happen after White Collar has finished filming. (Or else WC will have to come up with a reason for the lead to suddenly drop a large amount of weight.)
They've said from the very beginning that they're planning a split shooting schedule, but people still refuse to accept it. WTF?
Murphy will do a much better job directing it than Streisand would have. Under her direction, it would've been a soft-focus Lifetime movie.
Joe Mantello isn't playing Ned, but he is in it. He's playing Mickey Marcus.
Bomer is gonna lose 35 lbs? He's already bone thin. He's a gorgeous guy but in that episode of New Normal he looked very thin.
R57 Of course that TNH will have to stop filming to give Bomer time to loose weight. How else could it be done? He can't loose that much weight in just a week or so. And it's nothing strange. It happened before with other movies in which actors had to loose a lot of weight, e.g. Hunger with Michael Fassender. The production stopped for more than 2 months, so he could loose 30 lbs, or something like that.
Also supposedly White Collar has always 2 weeks break in filming around June. Bomer could film his "healthy" scenes during that time.
Jim Parsons talked about TNH recently. Here is what he said:
“We’re going to start shooting it this summer,” revealed Parsons of the HBO project. “It will have very different cast members, although I will be playing Tommy [Boatwright] again.” The actor also revealed that while Joe Mantello, who helmed the 2011 Broadway production, will be in the film, he will not be directing.
He also revealed that the HBO movie will be the full play, and that the story will be more fleshed out. Larry also rewrote some parts, but it is still the same general story.
[quote]give Bomer time to loose weight.
LOSE isn't the same as LOOSE.
LOSE isn't the same as LOOSE.
LOSE isn't the same as LOOSE.
R65 Yes, I get it. Thank you. I'm still learning English and I know it's not perfect. So I appreciate any help I can get.
BTW may I ask how many foreign languages do you speak? Because I speak 3. Maybe not perfectly, but something tells me it's still more than you can speak. Am I right?
jesus...how many movies can Ryan Murphy fuck up before he stops? RUNNING WITH SCISSORS? Ruined. EAT PRAY LOVE? Ruined.
He's like a serial killer armed with a camera.
R67 I'm afraid he is unstoppable. I'm going to watch this movie, but only for actors, mainly Bomer and Ruffalo. Actually, it will be interesting to see how they will try to save that disaster with their acting skills. Because I really don't expect anything good from Murphy's directing or Kramer's screenwriting.
R68 The horror!
I'm imagining R68 in the voice of Nasim Pedrad as Arianna Huffington.
It will be a trainwreck but I will watch it for that reason.
From John Benjamin Hickey interview:
TBL: When we talked earlier this year, you said you didn’t know if you’d be a part of The Normal Heart film. Any change in that?
JBH: No. I’ve heard that I’m going to be in a different part that I played. Matt Bomer is playing the part I played in New York. He’s a phenomenal choice for it. That’s a great casting. He and Mark Ruffalo, I just think that’s a brilliant pair for those parts of the movie. But I’ve been told that I’m going to be part of it, it’s not official but I would love to be because God knows I love the material, I love Larry [Kramer], I think they’ve gotten a great cast together and it would be great to revisit it from a different perspective.
I’ve also built a relationship with Ryan Murphy because I’ve been doing The New Normal. I just loved him. I love Ryan’s sensibility…talk about somebody who thinks kind of outside the box. I think Ryan’s a really big risk taker and is kind of fearless that way and I think that’s what this as a movie needs.
Such an ass kisser, that JBH.
Joel Grey and Alfred Molina added to the cast according to Broadway.com.
[quote]The HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart will boast quite a roster of stage and screen stars. The latest additions to the all-star cast are three-time Tony nominee Alfred Molina and Tony and Oscar winner Joel Grey, who co-directed the show's Broadway revival. No word yet on which roles Molina and Grey will take on in the movie, directed by Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy.
Broadway.com spoke with Kramer, who also serves as the movie’s screenwriter, to get his perspective on how the stage-to-screen adaptation is going.
“Ryan Murphy is just so obsessively obsessed with it,” Kramer said. “It’s so exciting—we have Julia Roberts; we have Mark Ruffalo and Jim Parsons; we have Alfred Molina, and we now have Joel Grey. It’s just going to be brilliant."
This is a big year for Kramer: in addition to the movie, the scribe will be recognized at the 67th Annual Tony Awards with the Isabelle Stevenson Award for his substantial contributions to the theater community.
Joining Grey and Molina in the HBO film are Roberts as Dr. Emma Brookner, Ruffalo as Ned Weeks, Parsons (who co-starred in the 2011 Broadway production) as Tommy Boatwright, Orphans star Alec Baldwin as Ben Weeks, Taylor Kitsch as Bruce Niles, Jonathan Groff as Bruce's HIV-positive lover Greg, and Joe Mantello (who nabbed a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart on Broadway) as Mickey Marcus.
The Normal Heart is Kramer's groundbreaking portrayal of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. It premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 1985, and received a Best Revival Tony Award in 2011 for its first-ever Broadway production.
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[quote] Kramer said. “It’s so exciting—we have Julia Roberts; we have Mark Ruffalo and Jim Parsons; we have Alfred Molina, and we now have Joel Grey. It’s just going to be brilliant."
Not one mention of Bomer in that piece.
R78 Yep, pretty sad. They listed literally all actors that are currently cast, he is the only one not mentioned. He should change his PR.
And his agent as well. Probably also manager. But PR and agent for sure.
[quote]PLAYWRIGHT Larry Kramer says actor star Alec Baldwin will NOT be in his movie of "The Normal Heart," as planned. Kramer said, "He is being replaced by someone mightier! Sit tight!" Larry is working with and raving about director Ryan Murphy on "Normal Heart" and ideas for HBO. He says Ryan is better than anyone he has worked with in the past. (Well, this is theater; such things are subject to change.) Larry's final verdict? "HBO is the place to go today. The studios were yesterday and God bless their ashes; they deserve to be buried."
I am on the edge of my toes for this train wreck. Between Larry Kramer and Ryan Murphy's unchecked God complexes and, frankly, sociopathic lack of self-awareness, this is going to end up looking like the parody death penalty film at the end of "The Player." Which coincidentally also "starred" Julia Roberts.
As for Broadway.com's omission of Bomer's participation, they did it on purpose. The knives are going to come out for him when "The Normal Heart" is released, and they are going to come from gay journalists.
John Benjamin Hickey sucks.(see The Big C) how did he get a Tony for that play? Parsons and Patrick Breen were the standout featured actors.
Jim Parsons is too queeny to play Tommy.
For me Jim Parsons in TNH looked just like a calmed down, less exaggerated and less over the top version of his character from The Big Bang Theory. I didn't see him as a different character, I still could see that it's the same actor playing both characters using even similar voice intonations.
Have you actually the read the play, R83? Tommy Boatwright IS queenie. He's also the surprising moral center of the entire play. And Parsons did a fantastic job on stage (and agreed with R82, he was the featured actor standout. I don't know what JBH was doing in the second act with that voice.)
"I have done and seen EVERYTHING."
Anything with Mark in it has my interest. Julia not so much.
Who's going to play the morbidly obese woman? It's Ryan Muphy so you know there will be one.
[quote]As for Broadway.com's omission of Bomer's participation, they did it on purpose. The knives are going to come out for him when "The Normal Heart" is released, and they are going to come from gay journalists.
Er, why, R81? And FWIW, when I read it and saw Bomer's name missing, my assumption was that the writer was ridiculously out of touch, and hadn't realised that Bomer is a 'name' now. That might not have been the intent, but that's how it came across to me - ignorance rather than a 'clever' exclusion of Bomer. If the journo queens want to go the bitchy route re. Bomer in TNH they're just going to end up making themselves look stupid. But I guess that'll be nothing new for them.
How strange to take a supporting part in the film version of a stage piece in which you played the lead.
[quote]I am on the edge of my toes for this train wreck.
At least YOU'RE not writing it.
R88, most people whose brains touch the top of their spinal chords are well aware of what Bomer did to get cast in "White Collar." It's only a matter of time before somebody says it out loud in print. And believe me, it will come from the gay press. And it will be ugly.
Get ready for the Bömerdämmerung.
No one but queers will actually watch but keep bitching. Gays are our own worse enemy.
Luke Macfarlane should have been cast as Felix. He was fantastic in the production of The Normal Heart in DC.
I agree with R93. MacFarlane was actually the best thing about the D.C. production. And, damn, is he a hot man. The worst? Patricia Wettig in a wheelchair. Her Dr. Emma Brookner was just plain bad.
[quote] Larry is working with and raving about director Ryan Murphy on "Normal Heart" and ideas for HBO. He says Ryan is better than anyone he has worked with in the past.
That is such an obvious jab at Barbra Streisand. He keeps saying things like this to hurt Barbra. Larry needs to move on.
Please, Larry Kramer is the posterboy for Histrionic Personality Disorder. AIDS was just an excuse for him to say EVERYONE LOOK AT ME!!! Didn't he even eventually admit he got infected on purpose?
FYI, the warning: R81 / R91 is a troll, very well known in all Bomer's thread. She is completely obsessed with him and created a lot of crazy theories about him, inluding that he is straight and only pretends to be gay to advance his carrer (no, I have no idea how it is supposed to work), supposedly he even keeps a secret wife, that his partner is psychopath and a few others. It seems she decided to invade just another thread. Please ignore the throll and not let her spread the disease. We've had enough of it in Bomer's threads already. Unless you want her to turn yet another thread to complete crazy fest.
As for Larry Kramer his jab at Barbra is obviously obvious. Not to mention his praise for HBO. Just one year ago, when he still believed that this will be a feature movie, he was talking completely different. Now, when it turned out to be impossible, he is suddenly singing praises for HBO. That man is really special.
Also his rude remark about Alec Baldwin. OK, maybe the actor who replaced him is indeed more "mighty", but you don't say something like that in an interview. That's insulting. He probably got personally offended that Baldwin dared to not accept a role in his movie (and for all we know it could be because of conflicting schedule).
I guess Larry added Baldwin to the ever growing list of his personal enemies, just after Barbra.
God, Larry Kramer is just insufferable. Does that little bitch have any friends?
R99 Yes, his friend's name is Ryan Murphy. Although I wonder what would happen if TNH movie turned out to be a total crap (and we know it's entirely possible with Murphy directing and Kramer writing script) and had terrible reviews. I guess Larry will start hating Murphy even more than he is hating Barbra.
R97 Hi Simon! No, I'm not the person who said Bomer is straight and has a secret wife, but you know that. You also know I'm not a woman. I am the person who said that you are a psychopath though! Do you like my new Tumblr?
Tell me Simon, how did the pitch for "How Gay is Superman" get off the ground? Did you use Bomer's sob story like you did on Jodie Foster?
Larry lived at Streisand's house for months while she took care of him and he worked on the script. Can you imagine Larry Kramer living in your house for months on end?
[quote]At least Mark Ruffalo will be good.
*snort* Ruffalo will be Ruffalo...a dishevelled douche which is what he always plays.
I'm hoping that this is better than the supremely overrated Broadway revival in which half the cast were acclaimed for shouting every single line and the other half - brilliant performances from Patrick Breen and Jim Parsons in particular - were virtually ignored for failing to live up to the histrionics.
We think alike r104!!!
The stupid troll from R81, R91 and R101 is actually that douchebag Bret Easton Ellis.
Speaking of Bret Easton Ellis, did you see this, Simon? 119 "likes"!