Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch
[Warning: The following article contains major spoilers about HBO's The Normal Heart. Read at your own risk!]
HBO's The Normal Heart chronicles the emergence of AIDS in New York City in the early 1980s. Ryan Murphy's adaptation, based on the 1985 play by Larry Cramer, offers a shattering examination of both the physical effects of the disease itself, as well as the personal and political implications of the government's lack of response to the growing epidemic. The film tells the story through a group of characters who are struggling to make their voices heard amid the crisis. Here are 10 ways the movie broke our hearts:
Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch
The heart breaks while tempers violently flare in HBO's The Normal Heart (Sunday, 9/8c), Ryan Murphy's emotionally and politically explosive film version of Larry Kramer's provocative stage drama about the early response, within and outside the gay community, to the '80s AIDS crisis.
Teeming with anger, sorrow, passion and purpose, this powerful and harrowing movie is part tragic love story in plague times, part agitprop manifesto and tribute to tireless activism. "We're not yelling loud enough!" bellows Ned Weeks (an engagingly abrasive Mark Ruffalo), the story's pushy moral conscience, a belligerent scold who refuses to play nice when so many lives are at stake.
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Sally Field, Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Roberts
A word of advice: Don't ever get involved in a war of words with Sally Field — especially if you're Julia Roberts.
Field dominated her Steel Magnolias co-star Roberts in a "Curse-Off" on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday, adding "-licker" and "-sucker" to four-letter words left and right like a master chef slicing and dicing proper English.
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In a new interview with WSJ Magazine, the actress finally addressed Motes' suicide...
Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo
HBO has released a new full-length trailer for Ryan Murphy's upcoming film The Normal Heart.
Based on Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning play, The Normal Heart explores the on-set of the HIV/AIDS crisis...
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In her intro to the show, DeGeneres took jabs at everyone from June Squibb to Jennifer Lawrence.
Sandra Bullock, Chiwetel Ejiofor
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Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch
HBO's Ryan Murphy-directed version of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning play about the AIDS crisis, will premiere on Sunday, May 25, the network announced Thursday.