Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014

Jordan Catalano
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Jordan Catalano
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Kelly2
Broadway Legend
joined:1/5/07
Julia Roberts...uck. Still can't wait to see this though.
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Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
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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.
Kelly2
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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.
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bobs3
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HOW DARE THEY NOT CAST LAURA OSNES OR ANNALIESE VAN DER POL?????!!!!!!!

By the way, that's sarcasm, Sheldon!
Will42
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For some reason I always thought it would be a feature film and not for made for TV movie.
Jordan Catalano
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Will42
Broadway Star
joined:5/27/10
Interesting. Come to think of it, maybe it would work better that way.
faithzilla
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Too bad Ryan Murphy destroys all that he touches. Sigh.
jimmycurry01
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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.
Rodgerdodger
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Count me as cautiously optimistic. I like American Horror Story and (parts of) Glee, but never saw Running With Scissors or Eat, Pray, Love.
dramamama611
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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.
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TheatreFan4
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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.
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JP2
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First 2 seasons of Nip/Tuck were incredible. Then...
faithzilla
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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.
Will42
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So true. Nip/Tuck started of as one off the best series on TV.
ray-andallthatjazz86
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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.
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willep
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I thought we knew all of that (Roberts, Ruffalo, Murphy, TV movie, HBO) ages ago...
luvtheEmcee
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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.
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Updated On: 1/5/13 at 03:11 PM
rosscoe(au)
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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.
Well I didn't want to get into it, but he's a Satanist. Every full moon he sacrifices 4 puppies to the Dark Lord and smears their blood on his paino. This should help you understand the score for Wicked a little bit more. Tazber's: Reply to Is Stephen Schwartz a Practicing Christian
Rudy2
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I wish it would be Ellen Barkin - or, you know, someone who can act.
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Mildred Plotka
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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.

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

Oh, shut up. Seriously, just shut up.

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