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PopWatch Planner: 'The Normal Heart' premiere, 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' in theaters, and more

If you aren’t traveling or lying on a beach somewhere for your Memorial Day weekend, you should know that your TV is calling your name, because HBO’s The Normal Heart is finally premiering, not to mention Mad Men’s half-season finale. And as for the rest of your week? Well, you’ve got new music, Angelina Jolie in theaters, the return of reality TV favorite So You Think You Can Dance, and more.

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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

PopWatch Planner: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' hits theaters, 'Mad Men' sort-of finale, and more -- VIDEO

TV finales take over once again this week, with competition shows like The Amazing Race: All-Stars and The Voice saying goodbye to another season and drama Mad Men ending until the current season picks back up in 2015. If you’re tired of TV though, not to fear: X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out in theaters this week, and we’ve also got some recommendations for albums and books to digest when you have some downtime.

So without further ado, here are some suggestions for your pop culture schedule this week:

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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

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