Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomer to star in AIDS drama

Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomer are attached to star in AIDS drama The Book of Ruth. The Affair actress will play the real-life Ruth Coker Burks, a devout Christian divorcee and single mother from Arkansas who became a champion and caregiver for AIDS suffer…

Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomer are attached to star in AIDS drama The Book of Ruth.

The Affair actress will play the real-life Ruth Coker Burks, a devout Christian divorcee and single mother from Arkansas who became a champion and caregiver for AIDS sufferers in 1980s America, in the upcoming feature, while the Magic Mike star will portray her new neighbour, a gay man who has returned home from New York after his partner’s AIDS-related death. The film will follow Burks as she juggles her work, her faith, and raising her daughter with educating herself about the epidemic.

Tony Award-nominated theatre director Michael Arden will mark his feature film directorial debut with the drama.

“It’s a great honour and privilege to tell this important story about the responsibility one human has to another, especially in a time of crisis,” Arden said to Deadline about the project. “As a gay man, I feel that Ruth’s story of empathy in the face of great prejudice and adversary is one so needed in our modern time.

“It is vital for us to remember that we lost an entire generation to the AIDS epidemic and that so many people, including Ruth, sacrificed their own comfort, station, and livelihood to help those in need during this plague.”

The screenplay was written by Rebecca Pollock and Kas Graham, and the film will be produced by Scott LaStaiti, Dominic Tighe and Thomas Daley, with Cora Palfrey and Sarah Lebutsch executive producing.

“This female-led story tells us that out of the deepest darkness can come the brightest light and the work of Ruth Coker Burks is a constant reminder of all that is best about humanity,” the producers added.

Production is set to get underway later this year.

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Matt Bomer dug deep to make breakdown in Papi Chulo believable

Matt Bomer studied hard to make sure his onscreen nervous breakdown in Papi Chulo was believable.The 41-year-old plays weatherman Sean, who falls apart live on-air after his relationship with his partner breaks down. He is forced by his boss to take a …

Matt Bomer studied hard to make sure his onscreen nervous breakdown in Papi Chulo was believable.

The 41-year-old plays weatherman Sean, who falls apart live on-air after his relationship with his partner breaks down. He is forced by his boss to take a sabbatical from work, where he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mexican labourer Ernesto, played by Alejandro Patino.

Bomer was most concerned with capturing the raw emotions of his character’s experience and delved deep into the Internet to make sure he got it right.

“I don’t want to say it’s there for your viewing pleasure because I’m not about laughing at the expense of others, but there are some documented breakdowns on camera that people have had,” he told Variety. “There’s one, and he’s very open about this on so I feel okay sharing about this, Dan Harris specifically had a nervous breakdown on camera. So I watched a lot of that.”

Harris was an ABC News anchor, and while reading the news headlines on U.S. TV show Good Morning America in 2004, he had a panic attack live on-air in front of an audience of more than five million people.

Bomer also revealed that he believes Papi Chulo, written and directed by John Butler, has a message about humanity which is relevant during the turbulent political time in the U.S.

“In a time where people are building up walls and separating off and cordoning themselves off from each other and different cultures and different ideologies, more than ever this was about a friendship that forms in the most unlikely of ways – that it’s our shared humanity that is really the only thing that can really save you from loneliness,” the actor explained.

Papi Chulo is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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Kerry Washington stuns in festive silver at 2018 Tony Awards

Kerry Washington dazzled in a silver jumpsuit at the 2018 Tony Awards on Sunday night (10Jun18).The Scandal actress, who is currently gearing up to headline in the production of American Son, led the glamour at the Broadway celebration held at Radio Ci…

Kerry Washington dazzled in a silver jumpsuit at the 2018 Tony Awards on Sunday night (10Jun18).

The Scandal actress, who is currently gearing up to headline in the production of American Son, led the glamour at the Broadway celebration held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Kerry stepped out in a stunning Atelier Versace number complete with plunging neckline, cutouts on the bodice, crystal embellishment and a dramatic train. She topped off the ensemble with bling from Lorraine Schwartz and Orifa Jewels.

“I figured that I wanted to sparkle a little,” the 41-year-old told Entertainment Tonight of her outfit. “I love theatre and I’m so excited to be coming back to Broadway. So, I wanted to really make tonight as festive as possible.”

But Kerry wasn’t the only star to wear silver to the bash; Mean Girls musical writer Tina Fey hit the red carpet in a long silver gown with feather detailing on the skirt from Thom Browne and Cartier jewellery while Tiffany Haddish rocked a shimmering grey Michael Kors jumpsuit.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress Rachel Brosnahan made a return to the red carpet following the death of her aunt, fashion designer Kate Spade, choosing a beautiful rose print Dolce & Gabbana gown with long sleeves for the occasion.

Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany chose a floral dress from Zac Posen and Mean Girls show star Taylor Louderman was elegant in a colour-blocked pink, white and orange gown designed by Christian Siriano.

“Chic and fabulous! The amazing #taylorlouderman looked so amazing tonight in custom Siriano at the #tonyawards,” the designer gushed over Taylor’s look in a post shared on Instagram.

But it wasn’t just the ladies who got dressed up for the night; The Boys in the Band actors Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and Jim Parsons attended the show in colour-coordinated tuxedos from Paul Smith.

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Matt Bomer fronts 7 For All Mankind’s new campaign

Matt Bomer has been tapped for 7 For All Mankind’s latest campaign.The 40-year-old actor is one of 10 new faces recruited by the denim brand to front its spring 2018 ads, and in one promotional shot, he’s seen reclining back in a chair wearing a blue…

Matt Bomer has been tapped for 7 For All Mankind’s latest campaign.

The 40-year-old actor is one of 10 new faces recruited by the denim brand to front its spring 2018 ads, and in one promotional shot, he’s seen reclining back in a chair wearing a blue and white checked shirt with a pair of the label’s famous jeans.

Another image shows the Magic Mike star rocking double denim in a blue button-up shirt, while his photograph is accompanied by the words “Don’t be afraid to go down the rabbit hole,” which he has handwritten himself.

Models Luka Sabbat and Emma Louise Connolly and child model Farouk James are also featured in the #WeAreMankind campaign, alongside poets Cleo Wade and Orion Carloto, tattoo artist JonBoy, musician Madison Paige, artist and activist Gabrielle Richardson and jewelry designer Sarah Jane Adams.

Jenna Habayeb, Chief Marketing Officer of 7 For All Mankind, explained that the brand’s breadth of talent in its latest project is designed to inspire every one of their customers.

“Our range of denim creates a blank canvas for our fans to express themselves. We want to inspire them to be their own unique, beautiful, and artistic selves,” she said. “Our Spring 2018 campaign is a celebration of mankind and everything that comes with it – flaws and triumphs, strengths and struggles. This is a big step forward for us and stands as our commitment to self-expression.”

White Collar actor Matt was previously selected to front Todd Snyder’s fall 2017 campaign.

“When I first met (Todd) I geeked out a little bit,” the star shared with WWD. “Now whenever I am in New York, I always go into his store which is like my ideal closet – I love it all, including the collaborations.”

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