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    I'm really looking forward to seeing this.

    This looks really really good!

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

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




    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.

    From "Glee" and "American Horror Story"-creator Ryan Murphy, based on the acclaimed play by Larry Kramer and starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts, the drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. It will highlight gay activists and their allies in the medical community that fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city in denial. It's powerful subject matter, and HBO already sees the story as worth continuing with a sequel already in development that would tackle the story as it continues in the late '80s.

    "The Normal Heart" airs on May 25th. Watch below.

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    looks really good!you really can't go wrong with Mark, Matt and Jim! excited to see Jim Parsons in a role other than Sheldon
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    Didn't the play get rave reviews? Looks good. But looks like you need to go supplied with tissues. Might wait until it's on DVD. I've had family die of AIDS so it hits a little close to the bone

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    This does look good. Sorry for your family member Sassi.

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    The Normal Heart: Remembering How New York City’s Gay Community Was Decimated by AIDS | Vanity Fair



    Death and the City


    The HBO adaptation of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s 1985 play about the AIDS crisis in New York City, isn’t just a worthy project. Like Dallas Buyers Club,it’s a shocking reminder of how the Establishment fiddled as thousands of mostly young gay men died.

    At the risk of outing myself as an uncommon churl, news of an HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart didn't exactly ring my dinner bell with excitement. My response was more along the lines of “Why this? Why now?” Like an Arthur Miller classic brought down from the attic, another rollout of Kramer’s stage drama threatened to release the dust bunnies of a diligently worthy uplifting enterprise; it seemed like a noble gesture, a solemn nod from the premier pay-cable outfit that has stormed the ramparts with Game of Thronesand fished godless dread out of the mazy bayou with True Detective. Like a lot of us, I’ve gotten spoiled by HBO’s freshness. To be presented on HBO over Memorial Day weekend, The Normal Heart touts a quick-on-the-draw director (Ryan Murphy, he ofGlee and American Horror Story) and a Justice League cast (Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Alfred Molina, Jim Parsons), but the original material has none of the gold-lamé splendacity of HBO’s royal ta-da last Memorial Day weekend—Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace fandango, Behind the Candelabra, which went lawdy-miss-gaudy and enshrined Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in a rococo array of fall-of-the-Roman-Empire ensembles. The Normal Heart is a much squarer construction, which may account for its durability. It goes in no new directions, but the direction it goes drives fierce. Still, why this, why now?

    Originally produced at the Public Theater in 1985 and triumphantly revived in 2011 (with Ellen Barkin making her Broadway debut, for which she won a Tony), Kramer’s play is one of the landmark documents of the plague years in New York City, when the AIDS outbreak ravaged thousands of lives of mostly young gay men in their prime as panic and paranoia feasted on everyone’s fears while political, media, and medical pillars of propriety stood impassively by, auditioning for the role of Pontius Pilate. One of the founders of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Kramer was at the epicenter of the engulfment, sounding the loudest alarm over the dire consequences of denialism. Ousted from G.M.H.C. for being such a ferociously outspoken and temperamentally disruptive lone ranger, Kramer wrote The Normal Heart with the urgency of an ambulance siren and the wrath of a lion. The play didn’t allegorize the situation. It blasted the rafters, pointed fingers, and named names, most excoriatingly that of then mayor Ed Koch, who was widely assumed in the gay community to be a closet homosexual, a craven impostor. (When an aide in The Normal Heart insists, “The Mayor is not gay,” the rejoinder is “Oh, come on, Blanche.”) The Paddy Chayefskyan humanism, rhetorical blammo, bristling nerves, and siege mentality in Kramer’s play arguably hold up better than the magic realism of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (which HBO mounted on-screen in 2003, directed by Mike Nichols), and Ryan Murphy’s version delivers the shock waves, the diatribes, and the tears. That HBO’s production of The Normal Heart follows so soon on the boot heels of Dallas Buyers Clubsuggests that the AIDS nightmare refuses to rest in the amnesiac fog to which America consigns its shameful chapters. The duty to the dead requires our attention, and these are forget-me-nots that go off like hand grenades.

    For those who were around and morally awake through those years and the aftermath, there is a sense that the AIDS devastation has evaporated in cultural memory, the period sanitized and nostalgified by John Hughes coming-of-agers (The Breakfast Club), Dynasty shoulder pads, and the Bolivian-marching-powder benders of Bright Lights, Big City. Harrowing, heartbreaking films, novels, and memoirs testified to the tragedy as it unfolded, from the TV drama An Early Frost and films such as Parting Glances, Longtime Companion (which still holds up beautifully), and Philadelphia to Randy Shilts’s investigative masterwork And the Band Played On (turned into an HBO film in 1993), Paul Monette’s memoir Borrowed Time, David Wojnarowicz’s essay collection Close to the Knives, Susan Sontag’s short story “The Way We Live Now,” and the “Masque of the Red Death” chapter in Tom Wolfe’s novel The Bonfire of the Vanities. But a syllabus is no substitute for an active, engaged awareness, and an Establishment that looked away as long as it could during the AIDS epidemic looks back as seldom as possible, the passage of time and the glass-tower prosperity of the real-estate boom banishing the trauma to the outskirts of commemoration. Manhattan has become so expensive a proposition that even its ghosts have been priced out of their haunting places. In “The Gentrification of AIDS,” included in her slim, elegiac collection The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, playwright-novelist-essayist-activist Sarah Schulman contrasts the magnitude of loss from “1981 to 1996, when there was a mass death experience of young people,” with the minuscule trace residue left on the conscience and consciousness of so many survivors and those who came after. “Their absence is not computed and the meaning of their loss is not considered.” She contrasts the casualty toll of AIDS—“81,542 people … died of AIDS in New York City as of August 16, 2008”—with the mourning and avenging of the “2,752 people [who] died in New York City on 9/11.” “The disallowed grief of twenty years of AIDS deaths was replaced by ritualized and institutionalized mourning of the acceptable dead,” she argues. A Freedom Tower pokes the sky from Lower Manhattan, but the AIDS dead, though far greater in number, have no memorial, their names unrecorded on any wall or along any reflecting pool.

    As in a Hitchcock film, the horror in The Normal Heart introduces itself in innocent daylight. Nineteen eighty-one. The Fire Island ferry deboards and the screen bulges and glistens with buff, bronzed bodies exalting in liberty like sailors on shore leave. Only Ned Weeks (Ruffalo) seems less than strutting proud of his physique, self-consciously tugging his shirt as if his abs weren’t quite ready for inspection. He doesn’t own the inner pounce of a true pagan. He’s reluctant to take the Nestea plunge into the big bopping party on the beach, and he’s briefly arrested (as who wouldn’t be?) by the spectacle of four men conjoined in a cluster-hump under the trees, as if forming a mythological beast. The bell toll that sounds that closing time in paradise is the telltale cough of a young man who collapses on the sand, the overhead camera angle signaling its portentousness. That cough is like the first shot heard in a war, the cue for the assault waves to come crashing. The Normal Heart immerses the viewer in how fast and overwhelmingly everything came to a feverish siege for the gay community. Coughs that might be shrugged off as a touch of flu deepen into racking convulsions, and many who were strapping fit or elegantly slender only a few weeks earlier become emaciated, pale, covered with sores, trembling, terrified, ostracized, neglected, rejected, bedridden, then gone. So many gone that it’s hard to keep track. In The Normal Heart, Jim Parsons plays a G.M.H.C. activist who, after getting word of the death of a friend or contact from AIDS, removes the victim’s card from his Rolodex and keeps the accumulating cards of the dead in his desk, his way of honoring their names. He’s terrific in the film, as are Julia Roberts, dynamized as she whizzes around in her wheelchair with the officious dispatch of a doctor who doesn’t have an idle or frivolous moment to spare for obstructionist fools (she wields her scowl like a weed whacker), and Mark Ruffalo, in the tricky role of Larry Kramer’s mouthpiece and stand-in, who can kill a party with his righteous fervor faster than Barbra Streisand in The Way We Were and, as his frustration escalates, hectors both friends and foes like a burning prophet, yet remains vulnerable, sympathetic, the deserving focal point. His tactics may be mistaken sometimes and his manners lacking, but he sees the magnitude of the AIDS crisis taking monstrous form, fueled by fear and hatred of homosexuals and other minorities. They want us dead is the protagonist’s primal scream. Although the disco selections on its soundtrack aren’t the most original, The Normal Heart is very good at re-creating the grubby Greenwich Village vitality and disrepair of Manhattan’s last bohemian hurrah, the lopsided mounds of uncollected garbage in the street, the quarrelsome meetings in hot rooms where the fans do little good and everyone’s irritable and sarcastic, the hospital wards where AIDS patients are treated as lepers and that have all the charm of Iron Curtain prisons. Why this, why now? Because as the decades pass we are in danger of forgetting forever what went down. Nothing done now can make up for what wasn't done then, but The Normal Heart, like Dallas Buyers Club, reminds us that this is how it went down in that Reagan era so many of our softer minds still want to remember and cherish as a beautiful painted sunset.
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    'The Normal Heart' Trailer: Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer And Julia Roberts Star In HBO's Adaptation (VIDEO)

    'The Normal Heart' Trailer: Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer And Julia Roberts Star In HBO's Adaptation





    If HBO's adaptation of Larry Kramer's masterpiece "
    The Normal Heart" is as chilling as this new trailer, prepare to stock up on some tissues before May 25.


    Directed by Ryan Murphy, "Heart" features an all-star cast, including Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons, and is based on Kramer's acclaimed 1985 play about the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York.

    Fans of HBO's "Looking" will be sure to spot hunky star Jonathan Groff in the early moments of this new clip, but from the looks of it, things don't end on a happy note for his character.

    "The Normal Heart" airs May 25 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.
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    I always wanted them to make this during the height of the AIDS crisis. But with HIV infections on the rise, maybe it's timely after all.

    So is Streisand still part of this or not?
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    HBO recently posted three preview clips.

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    What is that song that is playing during the promo while everyone is dancing on the beach? I sort of recognize it, sounds like a British band - and it's driving me crazy.

    Mark Ruffalo is having a great year. The Avengers, The Normal Heart, Now You See Me (technically, 2013), and Foxcatcher (coming out later this year).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    What is that song that is playing during the promo while everyone is dancing on the beach? I sort of recognize it, sounds like a British band - and it's driving me crazy.

    Mark Ruffalo is having a great year. The Avengers, The Normal Heart, Now You See Me (technically, 2013), and Foxcatcher (coming out later this year).
    good ear!

    it's More Than This by Roxy Music. (Bryan Ferry's band)

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    great use of music in that trailer btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth82 View Post
    great use of music in that trailer btw.

    I could feel at the time there was no way of knowing.

    Thanks! Do you think that trailer scene is taking place on Fire Island? Mrs. Mohandas and I almost went out there (actually closer to Robert Moses Beach) in 2011, but got so lost in Brooklyn that we gave up trying to find it.

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    ^ If you were at Robert Moses you were there, at the western end of FI........ looking for the clothing optional beach, i assume
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