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'The Normal Heart': Ryan Murphy cried at the sight of Matt Bomer's severe weight loss -- LISTEN

No one expects to get through HBO’s adaptation of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s semiautobiographical play about the rise of AIDS in New York in the early 1980s, without sobbing. But just listening to director Ryan Murphy describe Matt Bomer’s severe weight loss to play Felix Turner, a New York Times style writer whose body is decimated by the disease, will likely get you misty. HBO allowed Murphy to shut down production from July to November last year so Bomer could lose 40 pounds. “I literally think I burst into tears when I saw him, I was so worried for his health,” Murphy told Entertainment Weekly Radio. “I was so worried for his health, because he had taken it taken it to such a level. He was in a chair getting a haircut, and he could barely turn to greet me, he was so weak. But he carried the weight of all the ghosts of those people who had died. I remember he had a very big nude scene in the shower scene, where he had to basically collapse. And that was always the height of his thinness. And we’re like, ‘Okay, after this scene, you’re gonna be in clothes, so you can start to bulk up again hopefully….’ So to celebrate, he had a cracker. He threw up the cracker. His body had been so deprived for so long that he couldn’t hold any food.”

Listen to a clip of Murphy’s chat with EW Morning Live host Dalton Ross below. He also explains why Bomer and Mark Ruffalo, who plays Felix’s partner Ned, cried for 20 minutes after filming Bomer’s final scene.  READ FULL STORY

'Glee': Are Lea Michele and Ryan Murphy teaming for a real 'Funny Girl' Broadway revival? -- EXCLUSIVE

This season of Glee has seen Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) win her dream role as Fanny Brice in a Broadway revival of Funny Girl. But are Michele and series co-creator Ryan Murphy, who owns the rights to the show, planning their own real-life revival of the iconic musical? Earlier this year, Michele gave interviews saying that the pair were indeed interested in bringing Girl to the stage.

Now, Murphy is confirming those discussions. While sitting down with EW for this week’s cover on his adaptation of HBO’s The Normal Heart, Murphy revealed, “I have the rights to it. It’s something that we’re talking about. I’ve never done Broadway. I’ve always wanted to. Right now, we’re just sort of testing the waters with different people.” READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story: Freak Show': A bearded lady? A scary clown? Details on the new season -- EXCLUSIVE

FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, about a 1950s Florida freak show run by a German (Jessica Lange, naturally), won’t premiere until later this year — but co-creator Ryan Murphy is revealing some more details on what he and the writers have in store for the series’ fourth iteration.

“It was always a concept that Jessica and I talked about really early on,” says Murphy of Freak Show. “It was always her favorite one, which I thought was funny. I’ve had many different versions that I’ve run by her. I just love it. It feels really right. I thought it was going to be light but it’s turning out to be quite terrifyingly dark, which it feels much more like the Asylum season. But look — if you have a character named the Clown Killer, it’s going to be dark.” READ FULL STORY

'The Normal Heart': Larry Kramer, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and more share tales from the HBO set -- EXCLUSIVE

“Writers are given one great story to tell their story. I’m telling my story as a political document.”

Larry Kramer, the pioneering LGBT activist and playwright, gets another chance to tell his powerful tale about facing the HIV-AIDS crisis in the early ’80s via HBO’s The Normal Heart,. Based on Kramer’s Tony-winning play of the same name, Ryan Murphy’s buzzy adaptation has attracted the likes of Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons (who also appeared in the play’s 2011 Broadway revival), Matt Bomer and Taylor Kitsch to its starry cast. The result is one of this year’s most anticipated projects.

Below, enjoy this early invitation behind the scenes of the film’s set, and hear from Kramer, Roberts, Ruffalo and more as they shed light on what goes into an influential production like The Normal Heart. READ FULL STORY

Broken heart takes spotlight in new 'Normal Heart' poster

Ryan Murphy’s upcoming HBO movie The Normal Heart has its first official poster, featuring a shattered glass heart.

Glee and American Horror Story showrunner Murphy adapted The Normal Heart from Larry Kramer’s play of the same name, which follows the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York during the 1980s. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons.

The Normal Heart premieres on HBO May 25 at 9 p.m.

'The Normal Heart': HBO releases full trailer for Ryan Murphy adaptation -- VIDEO

After a series of teaser spots, HBO has finally released a full trailer for May’s highly anticipated adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. Directed by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) and starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons, the stirring film chronicles the rise of AIDS in the 1980s in New York City.  Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

'The Normal Heart': See the new trailer for Ryan Murphy's powerful HBO adaptation -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of Glee and American Horror Story, tackles his most dramatic and emotional project to date with his adaptation of Larry Kramer’s iconic play The Normal Heart. Set to air May 25 on HBO, the film chronicles the rise of AIDS in New York City in the early 1980s and features a sterling cast, including Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, and Jim Parsons. EW is exclusively premiering Heart‘s new trailer. Watch below. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story: Coven' at PaleyFest: Next season scoop, wild audience interactions, and more

The cast that plays together, stays together.

That seems to be the case with American Horror Story: Coven, the third season in Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series on FX and the subject of a panel during the final night of this year’s PaleyFest. Though we won’t get another season of Coven witches, Murphy unveiled new details about the freaky next season, while the cast — including Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett — revealed how they got caught up in the revelry of New Orleans while filming there. Here’s what we learned from the panel, which provided further proof that the Coven fans are some of the most loyal around.

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Michael Chiklis joins the cast of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Michael Chiklis is making a freaky return to television.

The Emmy-winning actor has joined the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show. The announcement was made onstage at the final night of this year’s PaleyFest during the American Horror Story: Coven panel. Chiklis is new to the Ryan Murphy world of actors and will join previous Horror Story regulars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Basset and Frances Conroy in the fourth season of the franchise.

Murphy revealed that Chiklis will be playing Evan Peters’ character’s father and Kathy Bates’ ex-husband. As previously reported exclusively on EW, Freak Show will be set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950 and feature Lange as a German ex-pat managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.

'American Horror Story: Freak Show': Who's in? Where is it set? New season 4 details -- EXCLUSIVE

Fans have been hoping that the new season of American Horror Story would be set at a carnival, and they’re not soooo far off. Co-creator Ryan Murphy announced via his Twitter account that season 4 will be called Freak Show. But what does that mean exactly? EW has uncovered exclusive new details about the secretive season.

Set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950, Freak Show finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S. Her group of “unusuals”? Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy all play performers whom Lange’s character has rescued; Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to return. Freak Show’s 13 episodes will track this group as they do anything to keep their business around.

'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy confirms season 4 title

Since the end of American Horror Story‘s third season, rumors have swirled on where the show will be taking its twisted storytelling next — and now we have a definitive answer. Co-creator Ryan Murphy confirmed the title of the popular anthology’s fourth season via twitter Monday:

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Teaser trailer for 'The Normal Heart' arrives -- VIDEO

“To win a war you have to start one,” declares the first teaser trailer for HBO’s highly anticipated adaptation of Larry Kramer’s award-winning play The Normal Heart. The TV movie will focus on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of fictional writer/activist Ned Weeks — the founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. The character is based on writer/activist Kramer himself.

Viewers can see the rumblings of outrage beginning in the first thirty-second tease, which offers fans their first glimpses of the cast, including Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo (as Weeks), Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Jonathan Groff, in action.

The Normal Heart, directed by Ryan Murphy, will premiere on HBO Sunday, May 25. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on the Supreme reveal and plans for season 4...and season 5! -- EXCLUSIVE

[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE SEASON FINALE OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN!!!!]

The Supreme has been crowned!!! On the season finale of FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, Cordelia was named the Supreme, following in the footsteps of her mother Fiona. But people with M names had a rougher night with the deaths of Myrtle, Misty, and Madison. EW talked to co-creator Ryan Murphy about the wrap-up plus his plans for season four…and five!
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