Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
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 Gervais‘ Life’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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Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
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 »