Sky Atlantic HD will show the UK premiere of Ryan Murphy’s new HBO film The Normal Heart it has been announced.
Featuring an all-star cast including Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts, the film is directed by Ryan Murphy and Larry Kramer.
The Normal Heart is adapted from Kramer’s Tony Award-winning play of the same name and tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. It takes at unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.
The supporting cast for the film include Jonathan Groff, Alfred Molina, Denis O’Hare, Joe Mantello, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock and BD Wong.
The exact air date for The Normal Heart is yet to be confirmed by Sky Atlantic have stated that it will be shown this summer.
Acclaimed actor and director Mark Ruffalo will share his reflections on for stage and film to students and faculty as The New School for Drama’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence. As Artist-in-Residence, Ruffalo will join a master class for The New School for Drama’s community of graduate students of acting. He will also speak with undergraduate and graduate acting, directing and playwriting students and faculty in an open forum on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Arnhold Hall, 55 W. 13th Street, 5th floor, moderated by Pippin Parker, director of The New School for Drama.
“Mark Ruffalo is not only recognized as one of the finest stage and film actors of his generation,” said Parker, “but also a leading advocate for environmental issues. With a career that stretches from New York’s experimental downtown theater scene to Hollywood blockbusters, Mark will give our students unique perspective on the role of citizen artist, which is in the best tradition of The New School.”
Over more than 20 years, Mark Ruffalo has acted in films including Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me (Lonergan has also taught at The New School for Drama), Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are Alright (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, David Fincher’s Zodiac, and The Avengersseries. He is director of the film Sympathy for Delicious. Ruffalo had his start in New York theater as the cofounder of the Orpheus Theater Company. He is also well known for his environmental and political activism supporting renewable energy and clean water.
The New School for Drama’s Artist-in-Residence series is a centerpiece of the program’s hands-on, project-based educational method, which gives both BFA and MFA students direct access to New York’s global theater scene. Past Artists-in-Residence have included including Sir David Hare (2012-2013), Kathleen Chalfant (2011-2012), Joe Mantello (2010-2011), and Jon Robin Baitz (2009-2010).
The New School for Drama’s programs offer intensive training in all aspects of the craft of acting, playwriting, and directing, and includes some of the finest theater professionals in the United States. The New School has been a leader in the dramatic arts since 1940, when it gave a home to Erwin Piscator’s Dramatic Workshop, which produced actors including Marlon Brando, Tony Curits, Elaine Strich, and others. The graduate drama school, established 1994, has become a vibrant center of theater innovation.
The New School, based in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, is a legendary, progressive university inspiring undergraduates, graduate students and others to catalyze change in an inconstant world. Founded in 1919 as a hub of intellectual freedom by a group that included Charles Beard, James Harvey Robinson, John Dewey, and Thorstein Veblen, The New School today is a major degree-granting university comprised of distinct academic divisions. The university’s 10,500 students are enrolled in 88 degree programs in the humanities and social sciences, design, administration and management, and the performing arts. In addition, the university’s campus welcomes 3,544 adult learners in more than 650 continuing education courses every year. The New School holds hundreds of public programs that exemplify its commitment to democratic practice and social justice. For more information, visit www.newschool.edu.
HBO has announced that Ryan Murphy’s television film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s drama The Normal Heart will premiere at 9pm on Sunday, May 25.
With a screenplay by playwright Kramer and direction by Murphy, the film stars Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks, an activist determined to get New York City to recognize the onset of a mysterious illness, which would later become known as AIDS.
Also featured in the film are Matt Bomer as Ned’s lover, Felix, Julia Roberts as Dr. Emma Brookner, Taylor Kitsch as Bruce Niles, Jim Parsons as Tommy Boatwright, Alfred Molina as Ben Weeks, Joe Mantello as Mickey Marcus, Jonathan Groff as Craig, Denis O’Hare as Hiram Keebler, Stephen Spinella as Sanford, Corey Stoll as John Bower, Finn Wittrock as Albert, and BD Wong as Buzzy.
Inspired by true events in Kramer’s life that led to the formation of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, The Normal Heart premiered at the Public Theater in 1985 and won a 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
Marvel Studios announced today that the highly anticipated super hero sequel Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will film key elements of the movie in the capital city of Seoul. Bringing production of this significant motion picture to Korea will create jobs for local extras, crews and vendors which will benefit the local film industry in South Korea.
“South Korea is the perfect location for a movie of this magnitude because it features cutting-edge technology, beautiful landscapes and spectacular architecture,” said Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios and producer of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” “We would especially like to thank the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) for making it possible for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ to come to Korea.”
“We’re very excited to have the production in Korea, and also expect this to serve as the footstep of many more opportunities yet to come,” says minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism of Republic of Korea, Yoo Jinryong.
In addition to Korea, where the number of fans of Marvel Studios’ films has grown since the release of “Iron Man,” the international production schedule for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” includes locations in London, United Kingdom, where the production will be based, as well as Johannesburg, South Africa; and Aosta Valley, Italy, with additional locations to be announced.
Directed by Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers”), the film returns its iconic cast, including Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man 3,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth (“Thor: The Dark World,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as Thor, Mark Ruffalo (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Now You See Me”) as Hulk, Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner (“American Hustle,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,”) as Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as Nick Fury. Joining the cast are Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Godzilla,” “Kick Ass 2?) as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen (“Godzilla”) as Scarlet Witch and James Spader (“The Blacklist,” “Lincoln”) as Ultron.
Set for release in the United States on May 1, 2015, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is produced by Kevin Feige. Executive Producers are Louis D’Esposito, Jeremy Latcham, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, and Jon Favreau.
One fan stopped in his tracks as he lingered in the ARCA garage on an autograph hunt for series drivers.
“It’s not every day you see The Hulk!”
Mark Ruffalo sure does have a knack for going green.
Ruffalo, star of “The Avengers,” left the superhero makeup behind for Saturday’s stop at Daytona International Speedway. Ruffalo teamed with driver Leilani Munter to promote a partnership with The Solutions Project, which is driven to accelerate renewable energy adoption in all 50 states.
Ruffalo was all smiles as he posed for pictures and signed autographs for fans — even ones surprised to see a former Academy Award nominee among a garage full of drivers.
“I love the fans. I love people,” Ruffalo said.
Ruffalo helped launch The Solutions Project in 2012 as part of his mission to share science that demonstrates the feasibility of renewable energy and prove the transition makes financial sense.
“I was living in an area that was starting to be hydrofracked and my community didn’t want it,” Ruffalo said. “I started to learn more about it and realized that it probably wasn’t such a great idea seeing how we need water so much and clean air. I really didn’t have a leg to stand on unless I could come up with an alternative was really viable. I went on a journey to find renewable energy.”
Munter, who signed at Ruffalo’s side, started 33rd in the No. 55 Go 100% Renewable Energy car for Saturday’s race.
ARCA, a stock car series which has no affiliation with NASCAR, usually serves as a support race to the weekend show.
Ruffalo said he starts filming “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in April.
“They’re all great. I can’t wait to get going,” he said.
Oscar-nominated actor/director Mark Ruffalo (“The Avengers,” “Now You See Me”) will join Cape Cod-based scientist and entrepreneur Scott Smith (from OPFLEX®Technology) Feb. 24 at Cape Cod Community College to outline a new research collaboration with the college’s Environmental Technology program.
The collaboration will focus on demonstrating the use of emerging technology to fingerprint, monitor and help reduce pollution of Cape Cod waters, according to a press release. The public talk is free at Tilden Art Center’s Main Theater.
Ruffalo and Smith are due to talk, starting at 7 p.m., about their commitment to creating a curriculum at the college that supports baseline water testing that can keep the region up to date on water contaminants that accumulate over time. Both will be part of a question-and-answer session at the end of the program.
Keeping the country’s water contaminant-free is a key issue for Ruffalo. In 2013, he established a nonprofit foundation, Water Defense (www.waterdefense.org), to support that commitment. Smith has joined the foundation as its chief scientist. This new Cape-based effort is designed to provide CCCC students with opportunities to use state-of-the-art technologies as part of their science studies, according to the release.
College president John Cox praised the new initiative’s impact on student learning in the release. “This collaboration enables our students to gain exposure to new material applications while participating in the testing of a new methodology. It opens the doors for internship opportunities and allows the College to share information through community-wide education.”
In 2012, Smith gave an initial presentation at the college that included an overview of OPFLEX Eelgrass and how it replicates natural eelgrass to support a healthy coastal ecosystem. Early testing indicates that OPFLEX Technology’s design can collect important data.
The Variety Studio welcomes the cast and director of Sundance buzz drama “Infinitely Polar Bear” for an intimate discussion. Filmmaker Maya Forbes reveals the origin of the film’s title while co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldanashare an emotional story about the inspiration for the feature, which is playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the festival
Shooting on the follow-up to last year’s sleeper hit Now You See Me will take place in the U.S., Europe, and Asia “to capitalize on the property’s international appeal, with most of the original cast returning, and some exciting new additions,” Now You See MeLionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts this morning in a call to discuss the company’s fiscal Q3 earnings. He added later that execs “absolutely see it as a franchise. We’re going to add some cast to it. We see it as an ongoing situation.” Execs pushed the theme of Lionsgate as an incubator for franchises.