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HBO Rejects Ryan Murphy’s Lesbian Drama

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Believe it or not, someone said ‘no’ to Ryan Murphy. Even more shocking, it’s HBO. Definitely surprising given their recent successful and critically-acclaimed collaboration with The Normal Heart. The network revealed it opted out of Murphy’s sexually-charged drama, Open.

“After such a triumphant collaboration with The Normal Heart, everyone felt that Open was not the right next step for all involved,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. “However, we fully expect to work together again in the near future.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter’s sources, HBO wanted to tweak the drama, but Murphy didn’t want to change the pilot. Open was described as “a multicharacter exploration of the complex, ever evolving landscape of sexuality, monogamy and intimacy in relationships.”

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Adapting Larry Kramer’s masterpiece play, The Normal Heart, comes with heavy expectations. Based on the latest trailer for the HBO movie, Ryan Murphy handled the pressure well. The clip is chilling, powerful and emotional. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy when you watch it on May 25.

The Normal Heart tells the story of the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City during the early 80s. It charts the activism of writer and activist, Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) who mounts a battle to raise awareness and organize for research and help. Julia Roberts plays wheelchair-bound Dr. Emma Brookner who warns the community of the looming epidemic. “You are all going to infect each other,” she sternly says in the trailer.

Rounding out the cast are Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Jonathan Groff, Alfred Molina and Denis O’Hare. It airs on May 25 on HBO at 9pm. Check out the trailer below.

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For the past several years, Apple CEO Tim Cook was top dog on OUT Magazine’s annual Power 50 list. For the 2014 edition, the 53-year-old has to settle for the runner-up slot. Ellen DeGeneres has reclaimed the most powerful title from the publication. The daytime talk show host stood at numero uno back in 2010.

“Everybody loves Ellen, and that’s one of the reasons she’s regained the top spot,” OUT writes. The magazine also cites DeGeneres’ epic Oscar selfie which broke the record of most retweeted post ever and briefly crashed Twitter.

For the past eight years, the publication has ranked powerful and prestigious gay men and women who have tremendous influence. The list is compiled of Hollywood power players, publishing magnates, political figures, web entrepreneurs and everything in between. It’s worth nothing Ellen Page who came out recently makes the list for the first time at No. 29. Find out who the LGBT cream of the crop are below.

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Attention American Horror Story fans. The day has arrived. Ryan Murphy has officially unveiled the title for the FX series’ fourth season. It’s not Circus nor is it Carnival, but the title is in line with the carnival theme which was confirmed by one of the writers previously. Find out what the name of the new chapter of the AHS anthology is below. Hint: It’s a title of a Britney Spears song ;)

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Remember all those wonderfully creepy circus fan-made posters circulating online last year? Turns out all those hardcore fans of American Horror Story were onto something. A writer for the hit FX show pretty much confirmed a carnival setting for the upcoming fourth season.

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Need your HBO gay fix now that Looking‘s first season is over? The network just released a teaser trailer for their next big LGBT offering. BTW, how great was the season finale for Looking? The Golden Girls touch at the end was everything.

On Sunday, May 25th, Ryan Murphy’s highly-anticipated adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony award-winning 1985 play The Normal Heart premieres. It follows a group of gay men living in New York City during the 80s HIV/AIDS epidemic spread. It boasts a star-studded cast including Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch. Ruffalo and Kitsch play lovers in the film. Check out the teaser below.

“It’s a movie about AIDS, but it’s also really a civil rights movie,” says Ryan Murphy, who worked with Kramer on the script for three years. “I think it’s more timely than ever before. It’s really about the quest to be seen, not as a gay person or a straight person but just a person…. It’s an activist movie that also has a really great love story in it.” Adds the director, “Of everything I’ve done in my career, I think it is the biggest labor of love.”

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During FX’s presentation at the 2014 TCA press tour panel, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf shared a few juicy details about the fourth season of American Horror Story. Good news, mostly everyone is coming back. YAY.

“I think it’ll probably be a period piece again, I don’t think it’ll be contemporary,” says Landgraf. “I know that most of the current cast will be returning in some form, though I don’t know what characters they’ll be playing. I’m waiting for [Murphy] to tell me. … Every season has an opportunity to sell a new setting and new characters and a new tone to the audience.”

Landgraf also revealed that Ryan Murphy pretty much has carte blanche to do whatever he wants and take the show in any direction.

“That really is his baby. While I and other people in the company still read every script and still watch every rough cut and still give the occasional note, I have to say we don’t really have very much input. I suppose we could force ourselves to have input, but when I look at the inventiveness and the quality of what he’s done for three seasons is I don’t really see the need.”

While no one is spilling the tea with regards to what theme next season will be, a few rumors have been circulating online including a few promo posters and videos. Most likely, the artwork are simply fan-made but I think the theme could be a likely one. Find out below.

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Back in July, a private memorial service was held for Cory Monteith. One of those to speak about the late actor was Ryan Murphy. The Glee co-creator shares an excerpt of his eulogy with Entertainment Weekly. Along with the extremely touching words about Cory, the 48-year-old reveals the series finale he originally intended to film for the FOX musical show before Monteith’s death.

In addition to Murphy speaking about Moneteith, Martin Scorsese and Dwayne Johnson talk about Roger Ebert and Paul Walker respectively for the publication’s special “Late Great” essays feature in their current double issue which is on newsstands now.

For me, Cory was both the beginning and the ending of Glee…literally.

The first scene of the pilot was Cory’s Finn and Matt [Morrison]‘s Mr. Schu. None of us really knew what we were doing. Glee was a musical, musicals had never worked on television, and we were figuring it out as we went along. At the end of his first take, Cory could see I, his director, was a little unsure. He came up to me with a big grin and said, “This is going to be fun.” He was terribly right, and terribly wrong.

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