Larry Kramer’s Tony award-winning 1985 play The Normal Heart—which details the ominous spread of HIV/AIDS among a group of gay men in 1980s New York City—is finally getting a movie adaptation on the small screen. Directed by American Horror Story and Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy, Heart will premiere this spring on HBO and features a star-studded cast including Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, and Taylor Kitsch (below, in a photo Ruffalo tweeted out this summer). “It’s a movie about AIDS, but it’s also really a civil rights movie,” says Murphy, who worked with Kramer on the script for three years. “I think it’s more timely than ever before. It’s really about the quest to be seen, not as a gay person or a straight person but just a person…. It’s an activist movie that also has a really great love story in it.” Adds the director, “Of everything I’ve done in my career, I think it is the biggest labor of love.”
Is Hulk your favorite character in The Avengers? If yes, then you will be pleased to know that Hot Toys has unveiled some pictures of its upcoming collectible figure capturing Hulk’s better half: Bruce Banner.
Mark Ruffalo gave a wonderful performance as the gamma radiated, vulnerable doctor in Joss Whedon‘s superhero film, (my personal favourite is the scene where he just casually beats Loki into the ground,) and the collectible is specially crafted in the image of him.
The scribe behind Monsters vs. Aliens and The Rocker would normally be the last person I’d associate with Sundance, much less the director’s chair…but sometimes it’s a question of who and what you know. Equipped with excellent technical folk such as cinematographer Bobby Bukowski and editor Michael R. Miller, Maya Forbes expands on a story inspired by personal events and is surrounded here with A listers Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo. Shooting of Infinitely Polar Bear began back in April in Providence, Rhode Island, so logically this is in the clear for a festival showing and might be a high sale price.
Gist: Ruffalo plays a bipolar husband and father who goes off his medication, and then loses both his sanity and job while struggling to hold onto his marriage. Saldana would play his put-upon wife, who, after going back to work, ends up moving out of the house, leaving him with the kids.
Production Co./Producers: Sam Bisbee (Robot & Frank), Paper Street Films’s Bingo Gubelmann and Benji Kohn (Hello I Must Be Going), Plum Pictures’ Galt Niederhoffer
Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Competition or they’ll wait it out until TIFF.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Stuart Blumberg’s R-rated dramedy will arouse Blu-ray in January.
In an early announcement to retailers, Lionsgate says ‘Thanks for Sharing’ is coming to Blu-ray on January 7.
Adam (Mark Ruffalo) takes his sex addiction rehabilitation one day at a time, and this is the same advice he offers to his friends Mike (Tim Robbins) and Neil (Josh Gad) who are also battling similar dependency issues. When Adam meets and falls for Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow) she tells him due to a past relationship gone sour she has vowed never to date another addict and Adam is then forced to keep his troubles a secret. But as Phoebe begins making advances on Adam will he be able to continue keeping his secret under wraps or can he finally turn sex into a meaningful aspect of his life and save their relationship?
The Blu-ray/Ultraviolet combo will feature 1080p video, a lossless 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements will include: “One Step at a Time: The Making Of Thanks For Sharing” featurette; Audio commentary with co-writer/director Stuart Blumberg and co-writer Matt Winston; Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes.
Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $24.99.