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Good cast so far for the movie version of The Normal Heart. Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Mark Ruffalo, Alec Baldwin and Julia Roberts are the only ones listed on IMDb so far. It’s set to be released in 2014.
@Henry Holland: Just what the gay community needs at this point in time, another AIDS film. YEAH! This stopped being a gay disease around 20 years ago, and I think the time has passed that we need to present it as a gay disease.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
AIDS is the sad device for telling the story of the fight, of the survival, and of the community built; as the title itself explains, gay hearts are normal hearts. As more and more, and finally now the clear majority, “average Americans” accept the civil rights for gays and lesbians to pursue our happiness, is due to the voices of those who tell our story.
While Larry has become, in my opinion, too much the curmudgeon, his story is moving and telling, more full of life than death.
“Male Showgirls flick Magic Mike opens in theaters today.”
Hmm, sounds familiar, who was it that was saying that Magic Mike would be a gay Showgirls in the early comments when Queerty first started hyping Magic Mike? Who was it, it sounds so damn familiar, could it have been ME?!!?
A weekly theater column? Great idea.
It will be good to see Nathan Lane back on Broadway in something he sounds perfect for. He was woefully miscast in The Addams Family.
That’s actually pretty mild for Larry Kramer. When you said “bitchslap” in the headline, I was almost expecting he had called her a “murderer”!
Hopefully one day they’ll do a movie version of The Destiny of Me. I know stories about depressed gays have fallen out of fashion, but man did I love that play when I was in high school.
Statement issued by Barbra Streisand
Correcting Larry Kramer – The Truth About Our Effort To Make The Normal Heart –
JUNE 28, 2012, 3:51 pm
Larry Kramer does not need me to publicize his beautiful play. It stands on its own. For the last time – I will answer his complaints, which rewrite history.
When I saw the play in 1985 I was very moved and immediately contacted Larry to acquire the rights. After going through several drafts with Larry, I hired another writer to develop a screenplay that was faithful to Larry’s play — but adapting it to make it more cinematic. It was finished in 1995. Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh were interested in doing the version that I oversaw.
I tried very hard to get it made, but when it became clear that we couldn’t raise the money to do it as a film due to the controversial nature of the material, I thought, all right, we’ll do it on TV. At least it would reach a wide audience. But even HBO would only pay Larry $250,000 for the rights, and he would not let it go forward for anything less than $1,000,000 and no company was willing to move on it.
After ten years, the rights reverted back to Larry. But even when I had no contractual involvement, I still persisted in pressing to get The Normal Heart made, purely because I believed in the project. As producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron can confirm, I thought that if we could get a great cast together, maybe a studio would finally finance it and we could persuade Larry to let us do it. I offered the part of the doctor to Julia Roberts because I thought she would be terrific. I also asked Mark Ruffalo and Bradley Cooper to be in it, and they said yes to my adaptation of the screenplay. By the way, this is not to say that it wouldn’t have been rewritten again. The work is never done until the movie is released.
I think it’s unfair to keep blaming me for the movie not getting made. I worked on it for 25 years, without pay. Larry had the rights for the last 15 years and he couldn’t get it made either. Those are the facts, and none of this is news to Larry.
More recently, he sent me a note before giving the project to another director, asking me again if I wanted to direct it — but only with his screenplay. As a filmmaker, I couldn’t have my hands tied like that. What if I needed changes? Sadly, I turned his offer down and wished him well.
I will always believe in Larry’s play and its powerful theme about everyone’s right to love.
© 2012 Barbra Streisand
“Magic Mike” sucks.
And not in a good way.
@David Ehrenstein: You’d think we get something a bit more eloquent from someone who made a career as a film scholar.
That’s affirmative action for ya.
Larry Kramer is and always has been a professional complainer. He’s NOT for LGBT rights or even gay male rights-unless of course they’re rich white/Jewish urban gay men like he is.
@Dave: Yeah? What have *you* done that compares to Larry Kramer’s efforts?
Am I wrong? I liked “As Is” more than “The Normal Heart,” and I didn’t think Kramer was that good a writer.
Larry Kramer hasn’t actually done anything to help LGBT people at all. He’ll start groups and then go batshit crazy when they don’t do exactly what he wants or when they become large organizations. I agree that he’s nothing but a professional complainer and has been since day 1.
@Matt and @Dave::
Starting Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP can hardly be called doing nothing. While he may not have tact and diplomacy, he certainly has vision, courage and drive. At least give him credit for that. He also started and secured funding for Yale’s LGBT Studies. While Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies is no longer a program, Yale’s LGBT Studies has morphed from the original, still operates and has a 15-member faculty.
That’s more than most of us Queerty commenters will ever accomplish in our lifetimes.
@Making up stuff is fun!: Racism is uch fun isn’t it dear?
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