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Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Rob 2013-01-04 17:13:55





Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-04 17:16:10


HBO?! AWESOME NEWS!!!!

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-04 17:18:18


RYAN MURPHY?!

Not so awesome news.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Kelly2 2013-01-04 17:34:15


Julia Roberts...uck. Still can't wait to see this though.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-04 17:37:37


Oh, please. Julia is going to be fantastic as always.

I'm so sick of people trashing her just because it's what all the cool kids are doing.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Kelly2 2013-01-04 17:41:22


LOL. I don't think it's cool to trash her, I've just never truly enjoyed her in anything. Not my taste. I still don't think she'll be terrible, I just would've preferred someone else.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by bobs3 2013-01-04 17:42:39


HOW DARE THEY NOT CAST LAURA OSNES OR ANNALIESE VAN DER POL?????!!!!!!!

By the way, that's sarcasm, Sheldon!

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Will42 2013-01-04 17:44:30


For some reason I always thought it would be a feature film and not for made for TV movie.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-04 17:45:18


That was te original plan.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Will42 2013-01-04 17:56:55


Interesting. Come to think of it, maybe it would work better that way.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by faithzilla 2013-01-04 21:00:20


Too bad Ryan Murphy destroys all that he touches. Sigh.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by jimmycurry01 2013-01-04 21:02:58


Count me in the few who are content with Ryan Murphy. I am no fan of glee, but I love American Horror Story, and enjoyed what little I saw of Nip/Tuck. He has had some misses, but I think he can handle it.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Rodgerdodger 2013-01-04 21:23:17


Count me as cautiously optimistic. I like American Horror Story and (parts of) Glee, but never saw Running With Scissors or Eat, Pray, Love.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by dramamama611 2013-01-04 21:24:42


I'm more worried about Murphy than Roberts. And I like Roberts, I'm just not sure THIS is right for her.

That being said, I will look forward to this as I truly loved this play.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by TheatreFan4 2013-01-04 21:31:58


I think that Ryan Murphy does better with SHORT things. It's why people like American Horror Story, it's a new show every year. It's why people like the first season of Glee, because he hadn't get around to ****ing with it for his own amusement.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by JP2 2013-01-04 22:30:18


First 2 seasons of Nip/Tuck were incredible. Then...

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by faithzilla 2013-01-05 02:51:37


I don't hate American Horror Story or even Glee, but I think he's got a nice team of writers keeping him afloat. It seems that the episodes Murphy does most of the writing/directing on are suddenly way worse than the rest of the series, IMO.

I haven't seen Running with Scissors but Eat Pray Love was a train wreck.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Will42 2013-01-05 04:11:30


So true. Nip/Tuck started of as one off the best series on TV.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by ray-andallthatjazz86 2013-01-05 04:35:43


If you haven't seen RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, keep it that way, it's not even worth watching in a "so bad it's good" kinda way, it's one of the most pointless, uninspired, stale movies I have ever seen.
The cast could do wonders with the material, the director will ruin it.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by willep 2013-01-05 14:58:29


I thought we knew all of that (Roberts, Ruffalo, Murphy, TV movie, HBO) ages ago...

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by luvtheEmcee 2013-01-05 15:11:30


I love this play more than I can say, too much to be okay with this. Which sounds backwards, I should be glad it's getting made, but no. I hope everything about how I imagine this ending up is wrong, and that it somehow turns out well. It has a Kramer-written screenplay and the possibility of a great Ned going for it, if Murphy doesn't f*ck those up.

I'm trying to remember how much I love the HBO Angels in America film, but that was in much more capable hands, and ultimately the distribution can't compensate for that.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by rosscoe(au) 2013-01-05 16:43:45


Why Jebus Why, I mean really come on, Ryan Murphy. The man should never be allowed to write or direct anything with homos in it ever again.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Rudy2 2013-01-06 04:03:38


I wish it would be Ellen Barkin - or, you know, someone who can act.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Mildred Plotka 2013-01-06 12:49:11


I have a feeling Murphy may surprise people. It's not his original creation (nor a series requiring long-term consistency) and he seems very passionate about the project. Roberts isn't ideal casting, but Ruffalo should be great and a strong supporting cast should help.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-06 12:54:35


"I wish it would be Ellen Barkin - or, you know, someone who can act."

Oh, shut up. Seriously, just shut up.

Moron.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by SNAFU 2013-01-06 13:06:07


I will join the chorus of people who think Roberts is a wrong casting choice for this role. It's too bad IMHO.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Mildred Plotka 2013-01-06 13:44:55


I'd think her presence would be less necessary now that it's on HBO, but I'm sure the possibility of an Emmy kept her attached.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by faithzilla 2013-01-06 13:48:05


I have a feeling Murphy may surprise people. It's not his original creation (nor a series requiring long-term consistency) and he seems very passionate about the project.

That may help. But supposedly Running with Scissors is awful, so...

(I'm not counting Eat Pray Love because I'm not sure that would ever have made a good movie anyways)

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by luvtheEmcee 2013-01-06 13:53:02


Murphy does seem really passionate about the project (and he'd better be), but I wish I could feel like that was enough.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by FindingNamo 2013-01-06 14:44:24


It just won't capture that Broadway magic unless Larry Kramer comes to your house to personally harangue you as you try to read the end credits.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Phyllis Rogers Stone 2013-01-06 14:50:23


Oh, Murphy's gonna Tweet at people to make up for that!

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Roscoe 2013-01-06 14:53:48


I'd be more okay with Julia Roberts if someone other than Ryan Murphy was directing. This project requires more than the slick surface glitter Murphy's known for. NIP/TUCK and GLEE this ain't.

We'll see, of course.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by luvtheEmcee 2013-01-06 20:58:27


It just won't capture that Broadway magic unless Larry Kramer comes to your house to personally harangue you as you try to read the end credits.

They could always have a little pop-up Larry Kramer yell at you at the end. Or, if you're me, sing you a song while you try with all your might not to cry at him.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by EricMontreal22 2013-01-07 00:56:16


Yeah Running with Scissors had material that (whatever the truth behind it) seemed tailor made to Murphy's good points, had a great cast, and was absolutely *awful*. Completely inept.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by ChanceEncounter 2013-01-07 16:44:00


I can't properly express the apathy i feel about this news.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Kad 2013-01-07 16:52:09


"Murphy does seem really passionate about the project (and he'd better be), but I wish I could feel like that was enough."

Sadly, passion does not equal ability.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by Shakeshafte 2013-01-07 17:21:34


There are so many other actresses that would be a better fit than Julia Roberts for this. So many. Ugh.

Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
Posted by luvtheEmcee 2013-01-07 17:23:52


Kad, that's what I was saying. If passion translated to ability, I could direct this film.