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Review: 'The Normal Heart'

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The Normal Heart (which airs May 25 on HBO) is the story of a great love. Not just the one between Ned (Mark Ruffalo) and his boyfriend Felix (Matt Bomer), who’s dying of AIDS, or the one that finds both men fighting to keep their friends alive during the early 1980s, before anyone really knew what this so-called “gay cancer” was. It’s the one that starts with the HBO project’s creator, Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), and his infatuation with something he read back in college. READ FULL STORY

Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Emma Stone, more read mean tweets about themselves -- VIDEO

Julia Roberts’ gigantic mouth looks like it will devour an elephant in one bite. Mindy Kaling is not funny or attractive; she has an annoying voice and just plainly sucks. Emma Stone looks like she smells like cat piss. Matthew McConaughey, quite plainly, is a d–k turd.

All these things are true… according to citizens of Twitter, anyway. They’re each included in Jimmy Kimmel’s latest installment of “Mean Tweets,” which asks famous people to read the nasty stuff that normos are writing about them on the internet. It’s tough to say who wins this round: Gary Oldman, who can barely keep it together? Sofia Vergara, who has a snappy retort to the troll slagging off on her? David Blaine, who accidentally proves his detractor right? No, wait, I know the answer: It’s June Squibb. Why? Just watch.

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This Week's Cover: The emotional journey to 'The Normal Heart'

It’s taken 30 years for Larry Kramer’s incendiary play The Normal Heart to make it to the screen. Heart, which premiered in 1985 and had a 2011 Tony-­winning revival on Broadway, is one of the first literary works to tackle the AIDS crisis and boldly criticize the lack of government ­support to fight the disease. In this week’s EW cover story, the cast and crew talk about the challenges of bringing Heart to life, the transformative production, and their hopes for the film’s legacy.

Despite involvement from names like Barbra Streisand, who owned the rights for 10 years, The Normal Heart appeared to be destined for only theater until Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy acquired the rights in 2009 with his own money. “I really believed in it,” explains Murphy, who first read the play in college and directed the film version. “Larry set a very high price. I gulped and said, ‘Okay,’ and bought it. I think he wanted to see, ‘Is this kid serious?’ And I was.” Kramer, who’s HIV-positive and currently recovering from unrelated medical complications, was unable to speak to EW but emailed that Heart made it to the screen “because of Ryan Murphy caring passionately about getting it made, abetted by [exec producer] Dante Di Loreto.” READ FULL STORY

Sally Field takes down Julia Roberts in Celebrity Curse-Off -- VIDEO

Sally Field may be known as The Flying Nun, or her current role as Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but the two-time Oscar winner sure has a potty mouth!

Field was reunited with her Steel Magnolias daughter Julia Roberts on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! for the first ever Celebrity Curse-Off! The rules are simple: Each contestant has five seconds to say the most obscene thing they can think of. Obviously, most of the answers were censored for TV, but you can definitely tell that Ms. Field’s vocabulary is much more expansive (and vulgar) than you may think. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Hidden Gems of the 2014 Pizza Oscars

These Oscars were unusually lacking in memorable reaction shots — perhaps Amy Adams’ quick iPhone-check sums up the whole show?

Below, my quick play-by-play of the Oscars’ (arguably) least significant details: READ FULL STORY

'August: Osage County' QuickDraw: Things turn dark at stick-figure dinner -- VIDEO

Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep both snagged Oscar nominations for their roles in the dramedy August: Osage County, but if you haven’t seen it yet and want to be up to date, just watch our QuickDraw of the film. Watch the clip below to see a light family dinner transform into some Jerry Springer Show-type drama: READ FULL STORY

'Vanity Fair' Hollywood Issue puts Julia Roberts in Idris Elba's lap; plus, Michael B. Jordan and other breakouts

Once again, it’s time for Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood Issue, an annual star-studded, black-tie affair (well, other than last year). For the issue’s 20th anniversary, photographer Annie Leibovitz brought together actors of all ages, from Oscar veterans to up-and-comers.

Gracing the newsstand cover is Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, and George Clooney, all clad in their best black blazers. Sadly, Roberts is the only one showing a little skin. However,  if you open up the three-panel foldout, you’ll find more blazers, and even more (female) skin: Jared Leto, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomie Harris, Brie Larson, Chadwick Boseman, Margot Robbie, and Léa Seydoux all made the cut.

Overall, I’m really enjoying the range of this cover. 12 Years a Slave? Check. Short Term 12? Also check. Plus, I can’t help but love the retro Hollywood feel. Combine all that with the fact that Julia Roberts is on Idris Elba’s lap and I’m in. Not to mention that I’m dying for any and every photo of Roberts and Clooney being behind-the-scenes besties.

Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood Issue hits stands Friday. What do you think of the cover?

Oscars 2014 will celebrate heroes -- many of whom will likely be in the room

For this year’s Oscars, it will be an ode to the honorable.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Tuesday that this year’s Academy Awards will have a movie hero theme. Meron made the announcement through an Instagram video saying the night would be a celebration of all heroes: popular heroes, real-life heroes, animated heroes, and superheroes.

Does that mean we can expect host Ellen DeGeneres in a Wonder Woman suit? Probably not. However, many of the stars in contention for Oscars this year have already played heroic parts. Here is a look at some of the best (cape not required):
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Late Night Highlight: David Letterman makes Julia Roberts cry (in a good way) -- VIDEO

Here’s a behind-the-scenes tidbit that should warm the very cockles of your heart: Apparently, David Letterman has sent Julia Roberts flowers on her birthday every single year for the last 15 years. Well, with one exception — the star’s 46th birthday, which she celebrated Oct. 28. Oops!

The mistake may have been calculated, though — because here’s what happened when Letterman welcomed Roberts to his show Thursday night:

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There Should Be a Sequel: 'My Best Friend's Wedding'

Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

After 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding grossed $127 million at the domestic box office, there was talk of a sequel. After all, did we really think sports writer Michael (Dermot Mulroney) and young, tone-deaf Kimmy (Cameron Diaz) were going to last, even if restaurant critic Julianne (Julia Roberts) conceded defeat and loaned the couple her song with Michael for their wedding dance? No! A quick Google search shows producer Jerry Zucker being quoted in 2001 saying that one idea bandied about was, in fact, My Best Friend’s Divorce, which would find Michael and Kimmy on the rocks and Julianne having to decide whether to stage another coup. “It seemed like a contrived way to get those people together again. … We cared too much about the original story to ruin it,” he said.
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