Staking a Claim on Social Causes

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Staking a Claim on Social Causes

Postby mayoujro on Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:36 am

Hollywood Turns Emphatic on Causes Like Gay Rights

“Dallas Buyers Club” was a low-budget indie film that according to its star, Matthew McConaughey, was turned down 137 times. It’s bold, but not even all that daring: the film, which is based on a true story, has as its lead character a straight man with AIDS. (When he accepted the best actor award, Mr. McConaughey praised God, his family and himself, but didn’t mention people with AIDS.) No movie studio wanted to make “Behind the Candelabra,” a biography of Liberace, so HBO took it on. In May, HBO will also show “The Normal Heart,” Larry Kramer’s play about the H.I.V. and AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Hollywood studios passed on it for more than 20 years.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/03/movie ... .html?_r=0
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