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April 16, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Joe Mantello, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Ned Weeks in the 2011 Broadway production of "The Normal Heart,” has signed on for a different role in Ryan Murphy's film adaptation. Mantello will play Mickey Marcus in the on-screen incarnation of Larry Kramer's autobiographical drama about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City. The previously announced Mark Ruffalo will star as activist Weeks. Emmy-winner Murphy (“Glee”) will direct the “Normal Heart” film, which Kramer adapted from his 1985 landmark play.
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April 23, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Way to keep a secret! Matt Bomer is married to his longtime partner and has been since 2011.  The "White Collar" star, who will next appear in the HBO film "The Normal Heart," let the nuptial news go wide via a feature in  Details magazine's  May issue. It turns out that Bomer, who quietly came out in 2012 , wed longtime partner Simon Halls, a Hollywood publicist, in 2011. The actor has previously spoken about Halls and their three sons, after telling Elle in 2010, "My favorite actors are people who I don't know anything about, and I can project any character onto them.
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October 17, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It looks like "Glee" will take its final bow next season. The Fox drama/musical will end its run after six seasons, Ryan Murphy, the series' co-creator, said at a Paley Center for Media event honoring FX Networks on Wednesday night, according to TV Line. Murphy, who also runs FX's "American Horror Story," said "Glee" star Cory Monteith's drug-overdose death earlier this year forced him to rethink how to close out the show. PHOTOS: Cory Monteith | 1982-2013 “The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story,” Murphy said, as quoted by TV Line . “I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was -- he was in it," Murphy said . "I knew what the last line was -- she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens, you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we're figuring that out now. " A spokesperson for Fox declined to comment on the report.
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March 17, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Ryan Murphy loves to play guessing games with his audience when it comes to where new seasons of the anthology series "American Horror Story" will go. Previous seasons have been set in a haunted house, an insane asylum and a school for witches. And the fourth season will be set in a carnival, if one of the show's writers is to be believed. "AHS" writer Douglas Petrie was a recent guest on the "Nerdist Writers Panel" podcast and confirmed rumors that the next season's storyline would be set, at least in part, in a carnival.
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January 10, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
His current repertoire consists of plucky glee club singers and horror-tastic witches. But come May, TV everyman Ryan Murphy will be presenting a more somber story to viewers in the HBO play-to-telepic adaptation of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart. " Kramer's groundbreaking semi-autobiographical play about the early years of the AIDS crisis made its off-Broadway debut in 1985. Film adaptations have long been rumored, but it was not until recently that anything came to fruition. Murphy bought the rights to the play in 2010, joking that he took out a second mortgage to do so. He directed and produced the project, which is set between 1981 and 1984, and worked on the script with Kramer for three years -- estimating that about 45% of the movie will be new material.
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March 3, 2010 | By Maria Elena Fernandez >>>
"Tell me what you don't like about yourself." When "Nip/Tuck" opened with that line in the summer of 2003, the television universe had no idea what it was in for. Alternatively emotional, outlandish, sexual, graphic, tongue-in-cheek and gothic, the story of two handsome Miami plastic surgeons (Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon) "sucking the champagne and caviar out of life" was a breakout hit, and not just in terms of its own fledgling network, FX. With its cultural statement about society's obsession with youth and its underlying message that "beauty is a curse on the world," "Nip/Tuck" resonated with aging baby boomers and younger viewers.
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October 22, 2006 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
RYAN MURPHY was on a mission. But so was Augusten Burroughs. "Running With Scissors" had been on the bestsellers list for weeks, and Murphy, the creator of FX's acclaimed and provocative "Nip/Tuck," was determined to adapt it for his first film. Burroughs was just as resolute about never selling the rights to his book. He feared his tragic yet humorous coming-of-age memoir would surely be interpreted by the Hollywood studio system as campy and quirky.
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May 7, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actress-producer Jodie Foster has listed her Beverly Hills estate for sale at $9,975,000, the Multiple Listing Service shows. Climbing vines and red brick accents give the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom compound an East Coast vibe. Encompassing nearly an acre of land, the compound includes a 1949 main house, a tennis court, a swimming pool and a guesthouse. Foster, 48, won her Oscars for roles in "The Accused" (1988) and "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). She stars in and directs "The Beaver," released Friday, and will star in the upcoming "God of Carnage.
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February 2, 2006
Depictions of torture -- An article in the Sunday Calendar section about torture in movies and television quoted John Landgraf, president of FX Networks, as saying that he felt that Ryan Murphy, creator of its drama "Nip/Tuck" and the writer-director of the third-season finale, which featured two simultaneous scenes of torture, "definitely has his point of view, and I thought that episode was some of the best work he did this year." Landgraf says he actually said that Murphy "believed the sequence represented some of the best work he did this season."
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January 6, 2010 | By ROBERT LLOYD, Television Critic
Without disputing the place of "Nip/Tuck" in the history of basic-cable envelope-pushing, with its graphic scenes of cosmetic surgery and its myriad crazy sexcapades, I must say I have never been especially attached to this show, which begins its nine-episode seventh and final season tonight. (Its final episode will be its 100th.) I have checked in over the years, professionally, but it is not something that calls me back to watch for pleasure. At the same time, I understand it's the sort of show that best rewards the dedicated viewer, because its plot lines -- which have involved porn, prostitution, drug addiction, kidney stealing, Scientology, serial rape/disfigurement and at least a couple of homicidal maniacs in a story about a couple of plastic surgeons -- are so relentlessly outrageous that to stand outside it at all is to see the whole business as silly beyond belief.
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January 10, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
His current repertoire consists of plucky glee club singers and horror-tastic witches. But come May, TV everyman Ryan Murphy will be presenting a more somber story to viewers in the HBO play-to-telepic adaptation of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart. " Kramer's groundbreaking semi-autobiographical play about the early years of the AIDS crisis made its off-Broadway debut in 1985. Film adaptations have long been rumored, but it was not until recently that anything came to fruition. Murphy bought the rights to the play in 2010, joking that he took out a second mortgage to do so. He directed and produced the project, which is set between 1981 and 1984, and worked on the script with Kramer for three years -- estimating that about 45% of the movie will be new material.
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December 27, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Greg Braxton, Meg James and Meredith Blake
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Jonathan Groff | Actor He closed out last year as the voice of the rugged mountain man romantic lead in Disney's animated feature "Frozen. " But things are about to get less PG for Jonathan Groff. The 28-year-old actor is switching out the unadulterated fun for adult-only fun when he stars in the HBO series "Looking. " The half-hour dramedy, from Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh ("Weekend")
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November 6, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"American Horror Story" will live to frighten another day. FX announced on Wednesday that Ryan Murphy's "miniseries franchise" would return for another cycle. Murphy's take on the horror genre, which involves a repertory group of actors performing completely different characters from season to season, has been a huge success for FX, with the third installment, "American Horror Story: Coven," pulling in an audience 87% higher than last season in total viewers. Season 3, which has aired four of its 13 episode, is averaging 7.74 million viewers per episode.
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November 5, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
There is no truth behind reports of a "Glee" spinoff with Lea Michele, a Fox rep told The Times on Tuesday afternoon. That statement came soon after RadarOnline made a splash by reporting that "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy was definitely developing the spinoff starring Michele. PHOTOS: Prime-time couples The Radar story quoted an anonymous "insider close to the situation" as saying, "This is definitely happening. " Fox was quick to deny the story, which by Monday afternoon had been picked up by a variety of excited blogs and news outlets.
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October 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Fox is giving its rookie sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" some super exposure. The network not only committed to a full 22-episode season of the comedy about a police precinct full of crazy characters, it said that "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which stars Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, would be part of its post-Super Bowl programming plans. Fox will pair "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" with a special episode of "New Girl" after its coverage of the big game ends. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers Typically, the Super Bowl, which is played in early February, is the most-watched television event of the season.
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October 17, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It looks like "Glee" will take its final bow next season. The Fox drama/musical will end its run after six seasons, Ryan Murphy, the series' co-creator, said at a Paley Center for Media event honoring FX Networks on Wednesday night, according to TV Line. Murphy, who also runs FX's "American Horror Story," said "Glee" star Cory Monteith's drug-overdose death earlier this year forced him to rethink how to close out the show. PHOTOS: Cory Monteith | 1982-2013 “The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story,” Murphy said, as quoted by TV Line . “I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was -- he was in it," Murphy said . "I knew what the last line was -- she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens, you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we're figuring that out now. " A spokesperson for Fox declined to comment on the report.
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May 24, 2011 | By Robert Ito, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Fans of "Glee" have long suspected that there was something special going on between Santana and Brittany, the show's mean girl/dim girl cheerleading duo. There were the goo-goo eyes and the intertwined pinkies, the back rubs and flirty duets. The relationship might have been just another inside joke on a show full of inside jokes, but fans wanted more. They dubbed the pair "Brittana," and tweeted and blogged endlessly about how great it would be if the two became a real couple. Of course, fans known as "shippers" have fantasized for years about imaginary trysts between their favorite characters.
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October 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
More bad news, "Glee" fans: The beloved Fox musical series will be ending after next season. Series creator Ryan Murphy announced the news to reporters at a Paley Center event for the FX channel Wednesday night. The announcement, which was first reported by TV Line, also reveals that Murphy has been forced to rethink the ending to his series since the shocking death of star Cory Monteith this summer. Monteith's death from a combination of heroin and alcohol wracked the cast and crew of the series which was entering its fifth season.
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August 23, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
A collective gasp among die-hard "American Horror Story" fans detonated Friday, just before noon Pacific time. Jessica Lange, the dowager of the FX anthology series, laid the seeds that her end on the drama is drawing near. [Insert GASP!] The 64-year-old actress, best known for her film work in such touchstones as "King Kong" and "Tootsie," experienced a career renaissance since joining forces with Ryan Murphy, appearing in his spookfest cable project. Her eery portrayal of meddling neighbor Constance Langdon earned her critical praise and awards acclaim.
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