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Kim Kardashian Meets Larry Kramer: PHOTO

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At tonight's 19th annual ACRIA Holiday Dinner in New York City, activist, playwright, and author Larry Kramer and photographer Bruce Weber were honored for their commitments to the fight against AIDS.

Judith Light presented the award to Kramer. Kim Kardashian presented the award to Weber.

ACRIA (The AIDS Community Research Initiative of America) was founded in 1991 to provide community based clinical drug trials for people living with AIDS.

photo: Vincent Gagliostro for Towleroad.


President Obama Called Ryan Murphy After Watching 'The Normal Heart'

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President Obama called Ryan Murphy on Monday to tell him he "loved" The Normal Heart and "found it incredibly moving" according to Deadline.

Obama reportedly asked how the movie came together, and Murphy told Deadline: “The whole movie is about Larry trying to get the attention of Washington and 30 years later, to get a call from the President is a full-circle moment.”


Larry Kramer Warns Jane Pauley of AIDS Crisis in 1983 'Today' Show Interview: VIDEO

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Those of you who caught last night's premiere of The Normal Heart on HBO will want to watch this 1983 interview Larry Kramer did on the Today show with Jane Pauley during the earliest days of the crisis.

The world clearly, tragically, had no idea what was coming.

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What did you think about The Normal Heart?

Deadline reports on the film's ratings:

HBO Films‘ The Normal Heart delivered a solid 1.4 million viewers across two plays Sunday night. Debuting nearly three decades after Larry Kramer’s play premiered off-Broadway, the Ryan Murphy-directed project premiered at 9 PM with an average of slightly less than 1 million viewers tuned in; an additional 434,000 thousand watched at 11:15 PM. That puts it fifth in viewership among the 17 HBO Films that have premiered on the network since 2010.

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Watch Three New Clips and a Featurette from 'The Normal Heart': VIDEO

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The HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer's iconic play The Normal Heart premieres this Sunday and if you'd like an advance taste, the network has put out three new clips plus a featurette on making the film featuring an interview with Kramer in which he talks about how anger is the only way to get things done, and how he became "a screamer":

"Aggressive, obnoxious, a pain in the ass. I'm all of those things."

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HBO Takes Us to the Set of 'The Normal Heart' and Interviews the Cast, Larry Kramer: VIDEO

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Continuing its roll-out of promotion leading up to the May 25th premiere of The Normal Heart, HBO has posted a featurette with interviews of the cast (Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer) and author Larry Kramer, glimpses of shooting on location on Fire Island and in New York City, and new footage of the Ryan Murphy-directed film.

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Barbra Streisand Speaks Out About Attempts To Get ‘The Normal Heart’ Made

6a00d8341c730253ef01538e5bc91f970b-250wiWith the HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart due out next month, Barbra Streisand is speaking out about charges leveled against her by Kramer, namely that she is to blame for a film version of the play not being made sooner, even going so far as to call her a ‘hypocrite’ on gay rights. Streisand told The Hollywood Reporter:

In the press, Larry kept speaking out against me. But I think it's unfair to keep blaming me for the movie not getting made. I worked on it for 25 years, without pay. Larry had the rights for the last 15 years and he couldn't get it made, either. Those are the facts.

In 2007, he sent me a note before giving the project to another director, asking me again if I wanted to direct it -- but only with his screenplay. As a filmmaker, I couldn't have my hands tied like that. What if I needed changes? Sadly, I turned his offer down and wished him well.

I will always believe in Larry's play and its powerful theme about everyone's right to love. It's been 28 years since I tried to get this piece made … so much has happened since. But I'm glad it's finally here. 

Kramer has previously accused Streisand of re-working the play to focus on the character of the doctor, whom she was originally set to play, marginalizing the gay characters. For her part, Streisand has said that Kramer’s script was not cinematic enough and refused to be tied down artistically by his draft. The HBO version, which stars Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Mark Ruffalo among others, was directed by Ryan Murphy and premieres May 25th.


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