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The Normal Heart Review: An All-Star Cast in a Powerful Drama About AIDS

The Normal Heart Review: An All-Star Cast in a Powerful Drama About AIDS

Originally posted 05/25/2014 11:00PM

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The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer's angry, urgent, hectoring play – first staged in 1985 and only now arriving as a film in an excellent production directed by Glee creator Ryan Murphy – has the strength of undiluted acid: It breaks down and eats away the insulation, built up over time, that allows us to place the onset of the AIDS crisis in history.

Even though it's now nearly 30 years old, The Normal Heart (premiering on HBO Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT) is not a period piece or a cautionary tale. You are not meant to watch it and think, "Well, this will be useful for the next time." It's a bulletin from the front lines, an in-the-moment, heart-stopping report about the terrifying progress of HIV/AIDS as it sweeps through and decimates Manhattan's gay population.

"Crisis," in retrospect, was an oddly restrained word for this plague. It suggests policy and control – precisely the things that were absent, according to Kramer, as the political, medical and even gay establishments failed to act with the necessary hard-headed urgency.

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Lea Michele, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons to Present at Kids' Choice Awards | Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Lea Michele

Lea Michele, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons to Present at Kids' Choice Awards

Originally posted 03/13/2014 09:00AM

If you're a fan of Glee, The Big Bang Theory or Brooklyn Nine-Nine, you may want to tune in to the Kids' Choice Awards on March 29.

Lea Michele, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons and Andy Samberg are all confirmed to present awards at the 27th annual slime-fest, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan and Tia Mowry-Hardrict will also present awards at the show, which will be hosted by Mark Wahlberg

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Jim Parsons Hosts SNL with Musical Guest Beck | Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons Hosts SNL with Musical Guest Beck

Originally posted 03/02/2014 12:00PM

Call it the Mild Bang Theory.

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UpdatePosted 01/13/2014 06:15PM

Geek to Chic: The Cast of Big Bang Theory on the Red Carpet

Originally posted 01/13/2014 11:00AM



Though most of our readers had Big Bang Theory as the odds-on favorite to win at the Golden Globes Sunday, that prediction turned out to be as untrue as the statement "Pi is exactly 3."

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Jim Parsons Can't Wait to 'Exploit' Kaley Cuoco's Fiancé | Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Jim Parsons Can't Wait to 'Exploit' Kaley Cuoco's Fiancé, Ryan Sweeting

Originally posted 10/21/2013 04:15PM

Jim Parsons has given his The Big Bang Theory costar Kaley Cuoco his blessing on her recent engagement – though it might be for selfish reasons!

Describing her fiancé Ryan Sweeting as "wonderful," Parsons, 40, joked that he plans on taking full advantage of the fact that the 26-year-old is a tennis player.

"I'm a big, big tennis fan and he's a tennis player, so I expect to exploit this relationship for all it's worth for tickets to events," Parsons told PEOPLE at the GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills on Friday. "I want Serena Williams's autograph!"

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Inside the Winners' Photo Booth with Tina Fey, Jim Parsons and More | Jim Parsons

Inside PEOPLE's 2013 Emmys Photo Booth

Originally posted 09/23/2013 07:00AM

Picture perfect with PEOPLE!

Soon after picking up their Emmys, the newest winners stepped into the PEOPLE/CBS photo booth to show off their statuettes.

From Jim Parsons to Tina Fey and Bobby Cannavale to Merritt Wever, check out who stopped by for an exclusive snap.

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Find Out Why Zach Braff Wants Your Money Right Now

Zach Braff: Why He Wants Your Money Right Now

Originally posted 04/24/2013 12:35PM

Did you like the movie Garden State?

If you want to see the follow-up, you may have to pay a little more than the cost of a ticket and popcorn.

After the Veronica Mars faithful ponied up more than $5 million on Kickstarter to bring their teen sleuth to the big screen, Zach Braff is now reaching out to the public to finance his next feature.

"I promise I'll put everything I have into it, and I won't let you down," Braff, 38, says in a funny pitch video (below) on Kickstarter with cameos by Jim Parsons, Donald Faison and Chris Hardwick.

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Buzz-inga! Jim Parsons's Big Bang Character Is Now a Bee Species | Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons's Big Bang Theory Character Honored with His Very Own Bee Species

Originally posted 01/04/2013 11:00AM

Take it from The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons: playing a nerd on TV definitely has its perks.

The science world is paying tribute to the actor's Emmy-winning TV physicist, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, by naming a new species of Brazilian orchid bee after his character's goofy catchphrase, Bazinga!

Known formally as the Euglossa bazinga, the bug was discovered by Brazilian biologist Andre Nemesio from the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia. Since the bee shares many similarities with the Euglossa ignita (also called the Western Brazilian orchid bee), the fact that they are now known as two completely separate species is a bazinga! to the science world, hence the name.

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Times Piece Reveals Jim Parsons's Personal Life

Jim Parsons Quietly Comes Out

Originally posted 05/23/2012 04:15PM

Jim Parsons has quietly come out of the closet.

In a new profile in the New York Times, The Big Bang Theory star is matter-of-factly described "gay and in a 10-year relationship."

Parsons never directly addresses his sexuality or elaborates on the remark in the profile, and his rep had no additional comment when reached.

The Times profile couches its revelation in the context of the actor's most recent Broadway role as Tommy Boatwright in Larry Kramer's powerful play, The Normal Heart, about gay men dying of AIDS in New York in the '80s.

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Ty Burrell & Julie Bowen Bask in Emmy Love | Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

UpdatePosted 09/18/2011 11:15PM

Ty Burrell & Julie Bowen Bask in Emmy Love

Originally posted 09/18/2011 08:50PM

Now they have his and hers Emmys.

The Primetime Emmy Awards kept things modern Sunday night, awarding the first two trophies of the telecast, live from L.A.'s Nokia Theatre, to Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell for their outstanding supporting roles on the ABC comedy as husband and wife Claire and Phil Dunphy.

"I don't know what I'm going to talk about in therapy now," Bowen joked as she accepted her award.

Burrell paid homage to his late father in his acceptance speech – also with a sense of humor.

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