2014 Emmy Award Winners: BREAKING BAD Wins Best Drama; MODERN FAMILY Wins Best Comedy

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The 2014 Emmy Award winners were announced tonight.  The ceremony was effectively dedicated to Breaking Bad, winning Best Drama for its final season.  It was widely presumed Matthew McConaughey would continue his awards run with an Emmy win for True Detective, but Bryan Cranston triumphed once again with his fourth Best Actor award.  Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul won for their supporting roles and Breaking Bad also took home Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Modern Family won Best Comedy, joining Frasier as the only series to win the award five times.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2014 Emmy Award Winners.

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced; TRUE DETECTIVE, FARGO, THE NORMAL HEART, and More Score Multiple Nods

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning, and they were about as surprising/disappointing as I expected.  We’re in the Golden Age of Television™, but no one seems to tell the Emmys.  Yes, True Detective and Fargo got some love, but so did the awful awards-bait The Normal Heart, which picked up four out of six nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.  Then there are the usual suspects: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, etc.  Among tge acting nominations, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised about Andre Braugher getting attention for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shocked that Kate Mara picked up an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination when really her CGI stunt double deserves all the credit.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of the major Emmy nominations.  The Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Full Trailer for Ryan Murphy’s THE NORMAL HEART Starring Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, and Julia Roberts

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HBO has released a new, full-length The Normal Heart trailer for director Ryan Murphy’s (Glee, American Horror Story) adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Larry Kramer stage play.  The film follows the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, and it looks at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.  Though Murphy is a bit hit and miss (his last two films were Running with Scissors and Eat, Pray, Love), I’m encouraged by The Normal Heart’s stellar ensemble cast and the fact that Kramer penned the screenplay.  Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch, in particular, look to be standouts, and the tone feels reminiscent of the heartwrenching documentary How to Survive a Plague, in which Kramer plays an integral role.

Hit the jump to watch the full-length The Normal Heart trailer.  The film also stars Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, and Julia RobertsThe Normal Heart premieres on HBO Sunday, May 25th at 9pm ET/PT.

Teaser Trailer for THE NORMAL HEART Starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Julia Roberts

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Earlier tonight, HBO released the first teaser trailer for The Normal Heart.  Directed by Ryan Murphy (Glee), the film follows the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, and looks at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.  While I’ll certainly tune in to see it, I’m not a big fan of Murphy’s work, and I’m worried this is going to come off as schmaltzy and melodramatic.  I hope I’m wrong, because it’s certainly an important story and one worth telling.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer.  The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Julia RobertsThe Normal Heart airs Sunday, May 25th at 9pm on HBO.

Jonathan Groff Talks LOOKING, Clicking with Co-Stars, Learning to Be in the Moment on Set, the Success of FROZEN, and Ryan Murphy’s THE NORMAL HEART

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The HBO series Looking tells the story of three friends, Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Dom (Murray Barlett), who live, work and love in the city of San Francisco.  They explore the exciting and varied options available to a new generation of gay men, in a frank, honest, hilarious and tragic way.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Jonathan Groff talked about what attracted him to Looking, how quickly he clicked with his co-stars, getting to explore the quiet moments, how much fun it was to shoot at the Folsom Street Fair, how he had to learn to be in the moment on set, and whether his character will get his life together this season, or if that will be an ongoing journey.  He also talked about the huge success of Frozen, in which he voiced the character of Kristoff, and why working on it was a childhood dream come true, as well as what being a part of The Normal Heart meant to him.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Ryan Murphy Talks THE NORMAL HEART, How Close the HBO Movie Is to the Play, Framing the Epidemic in a Love Story, and Realizing His Passion Project

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Directed by Ryan Murphy and written by Larry Kramer, adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name, the HBO original movie The Normal Heart tells the story of the onset of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City, in the early 1980s. The film takes an 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. Premiering in May, it stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons.

While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, director/producer Ryan Murphy talked about how close this film is to the original material, that 40 to 45 percent of the material in the movie is brand new, how the issues raised still feel very modern and relevant, that this film looks at an epidemic through the eyes of a love story, how thrilling it is to have two openly gay leading men in the movie, and how content he is to have fully realized his passion project in the way he had dreamed.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

GAME OF THRONES Season 4 to Premiere April 6th; BOARDWALK EMPIRE to Conclude after Season 5

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The Television Critics Association panels are currently underway, and today was HBO’s turn to drop some news nuggets.  Chief among the cable network’s announcements is an official premiere date for the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones, which will kick off on Sunday, April 6th at 9pm.  The insanely popular fantasy series will be joined on Sunday nights by the third season of Veep and the debut of Mike Judge’s (Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill) new live-action comedy series Silicon Valley, both of which will also premiere on April 6th.  Additionally, Ryan Murphy‘s feature film The Normal Heart will premiere in May, and Damon Lindelof‘s new series The Leftovers will debut this summer.

The fourth season of Game of Thrones will largely cover the second half of George R.R. Martin’s third book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords.  We’ll see our first trailer for season four this Sunday, in front of the premiere of True Detective.  Good luck watching the opening credits without this song stuck in your head.  Hit the jump for news on the final season of Boardwalk Empire.

Taylor Kitsch Goes Blonde with Mark Ruffalo and Jonathan Groff in Images from the Set of THE NORMAL HEART

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The first images from the set of Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy’s upcoming HBO film The Normal Heart have landed online.  Murphy directs the feature film adaptation of the Tony-winning Larry Kramer play of the same name, which chronicles the rise of HIV/AIDS among New York’s gay community in the 1980s.  Kramer wrote the screenplay for the pic, which boasts an impressive ensemble cast that includes Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer (White Collar), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), and Jonathan Groff (Glee).  In these NYC set photos, we see Ruffalo and a blonde Kitsch sharing a scene together, as well as some possibly spoilery images featuring Kitsch and Groff on the street.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The Normal Heart will premiere on HBO sometime in 2014.

Taylor Kitsch Joins THE NORMAL HEART, Zach Gilford Takes DEVIL’S DUE and Abigail Spencer Joins BEAUTIFUL NOW

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Check out the latest casting news from the following films:

  • Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) will join The Normal Heart, Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play that stars Julia RobertsMark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons, and will debut on HBO.
  • Zach Gilford (The Last Stand) will star opposite Allison Miller (17 Again) in Devil’s Due, the Twentieth Century Fox thriller with found footage elements.
  • Abigail Spencer (Cowboys & Aliens) has joined Beautiful Now, an indie drama from writer/director Daniela Amavia that centers on a passionate dancer who asks herself if she likes what she sees when her life flashes before her eyes.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Ryan Murphy’s THE NORMAL HEART, Starring Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, to Premiere on HBO in 2014

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It’s been awhile since we’ve had an update regarding Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy’s feature film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play The Normal Heart, but some firm news has surfaced today.  The autobiographical drama written by Larry Kramer, who also wrote the feature script, chronicles the rise of HIV/AIDS among New York’s gay community in the 1980s and features an impressive cast lead by Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, and Matt Bomer.

HBO announced today that the film will debut as an HBO movie, with production set to get underway later this year for a 2014 debut.  Alec Baldwin and Jim Parsons were previously attached to the project, but they don’t appear in this latest press release.  This isn’t Murphy’s first foray into features, as he previously helmed Eat Pray Love and Running With Scissors.  Murphy follows in the footsteps of Steven Soderbergh, who opted to debut his upcoming Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, on HBO rather than going the theatrical route.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

Ryan Murphy and APOLLO 18 Scribe to Pen Untitled Sci-Fi/Horror Film for Sony

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Ryan Murphy is having a very good year. His smash-hit Fox series Glee is currently enjoying its third season, his horror anthology series American Horror Story broke ratings records on FX, and just yesterday we reported an impressive cast featuring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, and Alec Baldwin will star in his next feature directorial effort The Normal Heart. Now, Variety reports that Murphy is set to pen an untitled sci-fi/horror project for Sony Pictures with Apollo 18 scribe Brian Miller.

Absolutely no details regarding the project are given beyond the fact that it’s a sci-fi/horror movie, and it’s not clear if Murphy will also direct.  Apollo 18 didn’t exactly break box office records, and critical reception was lackluster, so this isn’t exactly the most exciting news ever. Murphy has a knack for coming up with fantastic concepts, but his execution is incredibly hit-or-miss. That said, hopefully we’re in for at least a cool concept. Production on The Normal Heart is set to begin this summer, and Variety’s report notes that Murphy’s eyeing Viggo Mortensen for a role in the pic, which is based on the Tony Award-winning play of the same name.

Julia Roberts and Alec Baldwin to Star in Ryan Murphy’s THE NORMAL HEART

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The creator of Glee, Nip/Tuck and American Horror Story has a feature film project in the works and is stocking it with an all-star cast. Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of Tony Award-winning play, The Normal Heart, can now count Julia Roberts and Alec Baldwin among its stars that will join Mark Ruffalo. The autobiographical drama written by Larry Kramer, who also wrote the feature script, chronicles the rise of HIV/AIDS among New York’s gay community in the 1980s. Roberts will play wheel-chair bound doctor, Emma Brookner, who is one of the city’s few physicians who acknowledges the severity of the disease. Baldwin will play the brother to Ruffalo’s Ned Weeks. Matt Bomer (White Collar) and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) are also joining the cast. Hit the jump for more on The Normal Heart.

Mark Ruffalo Set to Star in THE NORMAL HEART; GLEE Creator Ryan Murphy Involved in Some Capacity

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While on the circuit for his new movie The Kids Are All Right, Mark Ruffalo mentioned that he will star in an adaptation of the Larry Kramer play The Normal Heart as Ned Weeks.  Glee creator Ryan Murphy is somehow involved in development, though it’s unknown at this point whether he’s a producer, director or something else entirely.  Kramer is scripting the adaptation, which is set during the AIDS outbreak in New York.  Hit the jump for a video of Ruffalo’s comments and a synopsis of the play.

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