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  • Mark Ruffalo has confirmed that Marvel Studios is considering a Hulk standalone movie.

    “I think they are, for the first time, entertaining the idea of it,” Ruffalo told Digital Spy today (June 17). “When we did The Avengers it was basically ‘No!’, and now there is some consideration for it.

    “But there’s still nothing definitive, not even a skeletal version of what it would be. I look forward to going down that road, if we could crack that nut.”

    Watch the video above to hear Ruffalo’s full answer, during which he also discusses what’s in store for the Science Bros in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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  • The Normal Heart is featured in the The Hollywood Reporter issue from June 01. Thanks to my friend Claudia for donating the scans!

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  • Mark is featured in the Summer Issue of Total Film. Thanks to my friend Luciana for donating the scans! I have also added the new Hollywood Reporter photoshoot.


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  • Six of this season’s hottest awards contenders — also including Liev Schreiber, Michael Sheen and Jeff Daniels — talk to THR about losing movie gigs to the Brads (Pitt and Cooper, that is), worrying whether their agency is fighting hard enough for them and getting jealous over other performances.

    The arrival of Josh Charles at Mack Sennett Studio in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood on the morning of March 30 was like seeing a ghost. Only seven days earlier, the Good Wife star (and long-time pal of panelist Jon Hamm) was brutally killed off his hit CBS series, lending a palpable memorial vibe to the start of an otherwise buoyant gathering of six dramatic actors: The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels, 59; Ray Donovan’s Liev Schreiber, 46; Masters of Sex’s Michael Sheen, 45; The Normal Heart’s Mark Ruffalo, 46; Mad Men’s Hamm, 43; and Charles, 42.

    Join in as these veteran performers of film, theater and television debate the merits and failings of Twitter, why the talent agency system is failing up-and-comers and why a fear of typecasting — and never working again — often can be an actor’s most effective tool.

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  • June 05, 2014
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  • In issue 221 of Total Film magazine, Mark Ruffalo chats about the Hulk’s increased presence in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

    Inside the issue – which is available for just £2.99 on your iPad – Ruffalo teases that everyone’s favourite big green monster gets more screen time and character development.

    “[My role’s] even bigger than last time, and it’s more complex and it has more layers and a bit more arc” the star says.

    Not only that, but it seems that the motion capture process is becoming a whole lot more agreeable second time around.

    “I’m really tripping on the technology of this motion-capture stuff… now I just completely embrace it and see it as this other exciting place we can go as performers.”

    More Hulk – and a better looking, more immersive one at that? Sign us up.

    For more on Mark Ruffalo and Avengers: Age of Ultron, pick up the brand new issue of Total Film, which is out Friday 6 June, and includes an exclusive look at Jupiter Ascending and a stunning Sci-Fi Preview full of fascinating features from the hottest Sci-Fi movies heading your way.

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  • June 05, 2014
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  • I have added 5 more The Normal Heart stills to the gallery.

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  • June 03, 2014
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  • HBO Home Entertainment is bringing director Ryan Murphy and writer Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart to Blu-ray this summer. The HBO original film is based on Kramer’s groundbreaking Tony Award-winning 1985 play of the same name and stars Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina and Corey Stoll. The Normal Heart streets on August 26th.

    Official Synopsis: Murphy and Kramer’s drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking 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.

    Mark Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Matt Bomer plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover. Taylor Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist. Jim Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Roberts plays physician Dr. Emma Brookner, a survivor of childhood polio who treats several of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS.

    Kramer’s play debuted at New York’s Public Theatre in 1985 and was revived in Los Angeles and London, and off-Broadway. The 2011 Broadway revival garnered five Tony nominations, winning for Best Revival, Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress.

    The Blu-ray edition of The Normal Heart is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. HBO has yet to detail special features.

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  • May 30, 2014
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  • MARK RUFFALO, knowing his host liked sweets, showed up at playwright Larry Kramer’s Manhattan home with pastries in tow—unaware that the then-77-year-old’s health now restricted such pleasures. v It was spring of last year and the actor was set to begin production on the long-attempted film adaptation of Kramer’s groundbreaking 1985 AIDS-political play, The Normal Heart. Little did he know it, but Ruffalo’s true audition was just beginning.

    “Are you queer?” the playwright asked right off.

    “No, I’m not queer.”

    “Have you read my book [Faggots]?”

    “No.”

    “Well, you have to read it, otherwise, you can’t fully play this part.”

    Ruffalo, recounting the exchange recently during a spirited conversation at a Hollywood hotel, called it his moment of recognition. “He was testing me,” the 46-year-old actor said with the sort of sheepish smile that hindsight affords. “And I remember just feeling a sense of fear in that moment.”

    The actor, who has played roles ranging from a brawny green superhero (the Hulk in The Avengers) to a hapless sperm donor to a lesbian couple (The Kids Are All Right) in the course of his 25-year-career, now takes on Kramer’s quasi-autobiographical Ned Weeks, the ornery gay activist at the center of The Normal Heart, who fervently tries to shake the public to action after a mysterious disease begins plaguing the gay community in the early 1980s. Even his friends at times find him beyond obnoxious.

    After enduring a winding road from stage to screen, the story, which was significantly reworked, ultimately came to be marshaled and directed by Ryan Murphy and landed at HBO. (It premiered in North America on May 25. On May 26, on HBO Go, within 12 hours of its US premiere. In the region, it airs on June 1, 10 pm, on HBO/HBO HD. It will be available on HBO On Demand beginning June 9.—Ed.)

    Imbued with passion, pain and fury, the drama beckons one to look back just as gay rights are undergoing a sea change. To remember—for some, imagine—a society before gay TV characters were a commonality and same-sex marriage an actuality in more and more places.

    The action in The Normal Heart takes place between 1981 and 1984 in New York City, when the gay community was still in the reverberations of the Stonewall riots and the sexual revolution. It hones in on sexual politics during the early days of the AIDS crisis—with its central character undergoing moments of rage and powerlessness in the fight to raise awareness, while most of his co-workers counseled a more moderate, step-by-step approach.
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    The film, which also stars Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer and Taylor Kitsch, comes on the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed Dallas Buyers Club and the 2012 documentary How to Survive a Plague, both of which tackled the early years of the AIDS crisis. That it finally has an air date is its own victory.

    “It was one of those projects that was almost mythical in its inability to get made over the course of 30 years,” Murphy said. Film adaptations have been “in the works” for years—most notably, Barbra Streisand, who owned the rights for 10 years, was going to helm it. The delay hasn’t softened its significance, Murphy said.

    “Prejudice killed millions and millions of people during that time,” Murphy, the openly gay TV producer behind TV’s Glee and American Horror Story, said by phone. “That prejudice still exists today on some level. In hindsight, the thing that’s different, at least for me, is when I was growing up, it felt very much like my life. And now it feels like my history. I can have the happy ending—the right to marry, the right to have a child. I owe a lot of my life and freedom to those who fought the fight back then. We all do.”

    It’s a period Ruffalo had lived through on the opposite coast, in Los Angeles, reading about the unexplained virus in the pages of the LA Weekly as a teenager. “It felt like a pandemic. And I was young, so I was still idealistic, and it was jarring to see the inhumane response to it all,” he recalled. “It didn’t compute. But Larry was right, I didn’t fully understand how deep it went.”

    That’s not to say Ruffalo is unfamiliar with unbridled zeal for a cause. Today a resident of upstate New York, the actor has cultivated a profile as an outspoken anti-fracking advocate—hosting rallies and speaking out on various cable news programs. “I knew what activism looked like inside and out,” he said, pointing to the Act Up (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) movement, a grassroots AIDS initiative co-founded by Kramer as a model.

    The pair’s initial sit-down lasted three hours. From there, a friendship started. And the tutelage followed. The legendary—and divisive—figure in the gay-rights movement offered a master class of sorts, sharing photos and stories of the places and people at the heart of the turmoil. He even offered Ruffalo his round-framed glasses for use in the film.

    Kramer, who is HIV-positive and has undergone health complications since receiving a liver transplant more than a decade ago, retains his sense of humor. In an email, Kramer said he was struck with disbelief when Murphy put Ruffalo’s name forward for the role of Ned. “To be played by such a fine and handsome actor [I should have looked this good],” he wrote.

    “We hung out together a lot, and I didn’t ask myself, ‘Can he play me.’ Actors are hired to portray, and good ones like Mark make it their job to go for it all out, which Mark did. He was also extremely passionate about his taking on the part, consumed with it. And this was very touching to me.” Ruffalo, as instructed, would read Faggots, a pre-AIDS, 1970s-set novel that explored sexual excess on New York’s Fire Island. Ruffalo dubs it one of the “great American novels. It’s as well written as Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. I really started to understand where the gay culture was before, where it was after, how prophetic Larry was. He was already saying, ‘We are not the sex that we’re having!’”

    It’s a topic that incited the soft-spoken, genial actor at various intervals during the interview—to the point where his twitchy movements resulted in some spilled green tea. “This movie is less about AIDS than it is about love,” he said. “That’s what blasts through! That’s what carries them! That’s what saved them! It’s the grace. It’s so powerful…. Ugh. It’s so moving. Love in every sense of the word, every permutation.”

    Ruffalo puts that vehemence into the role of Ned—at times practically slapping viewers to take notice—as his friends, particularly his first true love, Felix (Bomer), become stricken with the disease. The moments of heartbreak are equally striking, Murphy said. One scene finds Ned in a heated argument with Felix that culminates with the revelation that Felix has contracted the disease. “The small minutiae of emotion in that one scene is just extraordinary,” Murphy said. “There is like a 10-second fury where he’s quiet and taking it in to full-on rage. Listen, Mark and I would talk each day about how terrified we were being responsible for this piece. It was rough. But you really see Larry in him. He did an imitation of Larry that was not really mimicry but deep from the soul. And Ned is Larry.”

    One might never know Ruffalo (who can next be seen opposite Keira Knightley in this summer’s romantic drama Begin Again) had trepidations about taking on the role. The actor, who had been tied to the project during Streisand’s failed attempt to get the film made, voiced his concerns with Murphy.

    “I sort of felt like we were in a place where the character should and could be played by a gay actor,” Ruffalo said. “I think I was just insecure. This is a big material. And it’s Larry Kramer. I’m not as smart as Larry Kramer. I’m not as strategically minded. I’m struggling against my own limitations. And I mean, I have passion, but that guy would take that to the death if he had to.”

    Murphy and Ruffalo stressed that the film takes on a new focus from Kramer’s agitprop drama. Murphy, who bought the rights to the play in 2012 and spent three years working on the script with Kramer, estimates that almost half of the film is new material—for starters, it opens and ends in scenes not witnessed in the play.

    “The play was meant to get you out of your seat, to take you out of your ennui and drive you to action,” Ruffalo said. “But a lot of time has passed, so it becomes something else. We don’t have to shake the audience out of apathy. What we do is deepen the picture, show what kind of journey we were on that led us to where we now find ourselves.”

    Now many ought to be ready to remember this story, he maintained.

    “There was a gift in what happened with AIDS,” Ruffalo said. “The gift was that the gay community realized they were human, and that they demanded to be treated as so. It’s a story that has to be told and remembered. Every oppressed group has to carry its past into the present so that it becomes a bulwark against moving backward. The fight isn’t over.”
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  • Congratulations to Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Joe Mantello and Julia Roberts for their nominations in the Acting categories for the Critics’ Choice TV Awards! The Normal Heart is also nominated for Best Movie!

    Best movie
    An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
    Burton and Taylor (BBC America)
    Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel)
    The Normal Heart (HBO)
    Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
    The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

    Best actor in a movie or mini-series
    David Bradley, An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge (Starz)
    Martin Freeman, Fargo (FX)
    Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart (HBO)
    Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo (FX)

    Best supporting actor in a movie or mini-series
    Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart (HBO)
    Warren Brown, Luther (BBC America)
    Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
    Colin Hanks, Fargo (FX)
    Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart (HBO)
    Blair Underwood, The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

    Best supporting actress in a movie or mini-series
    Amanda Abbington, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
    Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
    Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic (Lifetime)
    Jessica Raine, An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America)
    Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart (HBO)
    Allison Tolman, Fargo (FX)

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  • May 29, 2014
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