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Jack Donaghy and a Pretty Woman are joining Ryan Murphy's new movie

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here and you read correctly: Alec Baldwin and Julia Roberts have joined the cast of Ryan Murphy's big screen adaptation of the Tony award winning play, THE NORMAL HEART. Additionally, Jim Parsons (Sheldon from BIG BANG) and Matt Bomer (Neal Caffrey in WHITE COLLAR) join Mark Ruffalo (THE AVENGERS among many, many other films) in bringing this highly successful play to the big screen.

The film's screenplay is written by Larry Kramer, who also wrote the stage play and follows his own experiences during the emergence of AIDS/HIV in 1980s New York. Mark Ruffalo leads the film as Ned Weeks while Roberts is set to play Dr. Emma Brookner, a wheelchair-bound doctor who was one of the first to take the advent of AIDS and it's severity seriously.  Alec Baldwin will be playing Ned's older brother, a hot shot lawyer who has to come to terms with the fact that his younger brother is gay. Matt Bomer's role will be that of Weeks's boyfriend, who in turn contracts the disease. Jim Parsons will be playing Tommy Boatwright, a gay rights activist. Parsons is no stranger to the role as he's portrayed the character in the stage play on Broadway.

I don't really keep up with GLEE, but I think NIP/TUCK was pretty interesting and enjoy what I've seen so far with AMERICAN HORROR STORY. I think Murphy's capable of some great work and with a handful of incredibly talented actors, I'm hopeful. Special thanks to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER for breaking this bit of news.





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  • It probably won't wind up on the soundtrack, though.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    American History Story?

    by Tank Williams

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by Muldoon

    Sorry about that. [FIXED]

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by Tank Williams

    haha.. no biggie. I knew it was just a typo thats why I didnt give you shit.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    i'll see it despite Julia Roberts

    by antonphd

    i used to like her, but then i saw the trailer for Mirror, Mirror

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Normal Heart

    by Killdozers Evil Twin Brother

    I was a student when the theater department at my college decided to stage the play in 1989. It was a large university in a medium sized, very conservative Missouri town. I had friends who were in the drama department who were excited to be in it. That changed quickly when neo-conservatives and evangelic Xtian action committees created a community protest against it being shown. It was lunacy. Parts of the campus were shut down on a few days due to bomb threats being called in, teachers reported being followed to from their classes to their cars. The student director had his house burned down. I entered the college a slightly right-leaning church goer active in youth groups. That experience pretty much changed me, my spiritualism and my political stance forever. What an embarrassment. Any time you see someone remark that Xtians are better than Muslims because Xtians never threaten violence or intimidate when they encounter things contrary to their beliefs are either liars or fools.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Parsons will have to gain weight to play an AIDS patient

    by Garbageman33

    Jesus, dude, have a sandwich.

  • The producers came on stage after the standing ovation and wanted to be the first to tell the audience since we'd had our phones off the whole time. The play gets progressively more devastating right up to the end so a lot of folks we bawling already. Lot's of folks laughing and crying. Outside there were older couples gay and straight (who had obviously lived through the time depicted in the play) calling friends and families and again lot's of euphoria and tears. It was a strong play w funny and visceral moments alike.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a bag of shit lit on fire

    by torontoxic

    If I try to stomp on this I'll just get shit all over my shoes. So all I'll say is thuper. Another Ryan Murphy half thought piece of gay propaganda. What a ground breaking visionary...

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by Negator76

    Uh, I'm no fan of GLEE, but what's 'gay propoganda'? Is it like the videotape in 'The Ring', but rather than kill you it compels otherwise straight men to suck cock? OK so write back soon, you fucking dummy.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Supermarch ,thanks for the only funny thing posted today

    by jimmy

    Can't get mad for calling a spade a spade.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST

    How is this different from RENT?

    by sunwukong86

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Is there straight propaganda?

    by Mel_Gibsons_Nazi_Dad

  • I used to think it had to do with cards and then learned the truth about it, and it's the second time I've seen someone use it in a post on this site in 2 days, so I figured I'd say something. The More You Know ::ding (But if you're just trolling, then mission accomplished)

  • "Propaganda" ain't a dirty word, guys. As with "conspiracy," it has a fairly humble definition yet has been turned into a dirty word by those who conspire with one another to influence public opinion via the content of the media they produce. You might say that the reason we think of propaganda as a bad thing is due to propaganda about the word propaganda. So, in using the term "gay propaganda," our moronic compatriot Supermarch is talking about movies and TV that attempt to spread the idea via their content that 'gay' is a thing that some people are that is NBD. "Six Feet Under" would be a good example of something along those lines. Then there's something like this play, or "Milk", that depicts the marginalization of gay people as wrong because, well, again, 'gay' is just a thing that some people are and it's NBD. Either one is upsetting to people who, for reasons that are their own, are homophobic. Homophobes want to see gay people portrayed in a light that punishes, condemns, or mocks them for the fact that they are gay because the homophobe feels awkward, hostile or afraid when he encounters even the idea of a gay person, and wants his feelings to be validated, not challenged. The "danger," as these homophobes see it, and the reason the word "propaganda" gets used, isn't that movies like this one will "turn" people gay but that they will simply present people who are confused by homosexual feelings they might be experiencing with examples of gayness as something that is not to be hidden, feared, ashamed about, or even remarked upon. So Mel_Gibsons_Nazi_Dad, to answer your question: Yes, by that token, there totally is straight propaganda— it could be argued that like nearly every romantic comedy with a heterosexual couple in the lead roles is straight propaganda. Whether it's intentionally conceived, well... statistically speaking, 90% of USA is straight, so in a business that's driven by the bottom line I'd imagine that it has almost everything to do with making movies and TV that the most people possible will find as easy as possible to relate to. But that doesn't mean reiteration after reiteration of the same material won't wind up having subtle propagandistic effects... like, for example, homophobia...

  • Conflicting reports from several sites in re: its etymology. General consensus says it's in reference to the gardening instrument.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:51 a.m. CST

    yeah its gay

    by CT1

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Fuck You creepythinman!

    by phantomcreeps

  • Reveals what you are, a troll loser. Ding! Ahem, let me add to that..a troll loser w nothing to do than write things you cobbled together w google and wikipedia in an odd effort to come off as an educated and opinonated guy (double ding!) Go out on a Saturday night, enjoy life weirdo. And stop hating on posts that are true and funny.who knows,maybe you're a Fucking Awesome Guy.