The Normal Heart trailer

With each new breakthrough, HIV/AIDS becomes more treatable. But it wasn’t so long ago that the disease was completely new and utterly terrifying. In the first full-length The Normal Heart trailer, Mark Ruffalo plays an activist who witnesses the start of the AIDS crisis in the early ’80s. He’s so outraged by the public’s clueless, callous response that he decides to do something about it.

Julia Roberts plays a doctor who treats many of the disease’s first victims, Matt Bomer plays Ruffalo’s journalist boyfriend, and Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons play other activists who get wrapped up in the cause. Watch the new The Normal Heart trailer after the jump.

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Normal Heart Teaser

It’s just a week after the AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club won a set of Oscars, including two of the four top acting honors. So now is a good time to release a trailer for another AIDS drama. In this case, the film is The Normal Heart, directed by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) and based on the acclaimed play by Larry Kramer.

Mark Ruffalo stars with Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts in a story about the early days of the AIDS outbreak in New York City as activists and victims attempt to get the city and population at large to recognize the serious nature of the new disease. HBO will air the film in the spring, but you can see the first Normal Heart teaser trailer now. Read More »

Carrie

When we first reported on the Naked Gun reboot, we wrote that star Ed Helms was “the new Leslie Nielsen.” As it turns out, that’s not quite accurate. Hit the jump to find out the relation between Helms’ character and Nielsen’s. Also:

  • The Tekken prequel gets a title and a star
  • Brad Fuller offers plot details on The Purge 2
  • … and hints at a Jason-free Friday the 13th
  • … and shuts down those TMNT alien rumors
  • Kimberly Peirce doesn’t want more Carrie movies
  • Ron Howard confirms Chris Pratt for Jurassic World
  • Watch the A Haunted House 2 trailer at your own risk
  • HBO is already working on the Normal Heart sequel

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Game of Thrones Season 3

Game of Thrones, a show which has never had a reputation for being kind to its characters, completed what may have been its bloodiest season yet this year. So fans were naturally alarmed to hear that Season 4 would contain more deaths than ever. But the first tiny bit of footage, just released as part of a larger promo for HBO, isn’t not so bad. Not a single person gets beheaded or disemboweled or burnt to a crisp by dragon flame.

And if grim medieval fantasy-drama isn’t your thing, don’t worry: Elsewhere in the HBO ad, we also get peeks at new shows Looking, Silicon Valley, The Leftovers, and True Detective; the Ryan Murphy-directed AIDS drama The Normal Heart, the literary miniseries Olive Kitteridge, and much, much more.

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With the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour in full swing, there’s no shortage of TV news at the start of this week. After the jump:

  • Ryan Murphy‘s Normal Heart is coming to HBO
  • Ricky GervaisLife’s Too Short will end this season
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to TV with a comedy
  • NBC explains why it passed on Mockingbird Lane
  • Community‘s fourth season will have “more heart”
  • Up All Night loses its creator as it undergoes a revamp
  • Steve Carell will probably never return to The Office
  • Revolution‘s midseason premiere gets a new trailer
  • Watch a promo for Kevin Williamson‘s The Following
  • Starz offers trailers for Magic City and Da Vinci’s Demons

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Ryan Murphy is best known as the co-creator of such unusual TV hits as Glee, American Horror Story, and Nip/Tuck, but he’s slowly been building up a big-screen career as well. Though 2006′s Running with Scissors wasn’t quite a box office smash, 2010′s Eat Pray Love pulled in $200 million worldwide despite mediocre reviews.

Murphy is now gearing up for his third feature, the HIV/AIDS drama The Normal Heart. Mark Ruffalo boarded the project a couple of years ago and was the only star attached for a while, but the project’s now landed four more high-profile stars in Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons, and is said to be eyeing Viggo Mortensen as well.

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It’s an interesting year for Mark Ruffalo. His directorial debut Sympathy For Delicious didn’t light up the festival circuit, but he’s getting great notes for his work in The Kids Are Alright. And he’s got to deal with Kevin Feige, who named him as the new Hulk for The Avengers. But he’s also got some smaller stuff coming up.

For instance, there’s the adaptation of Larry Kramer‘s partially autobiographical play The Normal Heart, about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York. Ruffalo will play central activist Ned Weeks, a founder of an HIV advocacy group. And now there’s confirmation that he’ll be directed by Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee and director of Running With Scissors and this week’s Eat Pray Love. Read More »

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