Jim Parsons
TV Picks: 'Normal Heart,' 'Hannibal,' 'World Wars'
TV Picks: 'Normal Heart,' 'Hannibal,' 'World Wars'

"The Normal Heart." After years of languishing in development purgatory, Larry Kramer's furious and essential play about the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York has been turned into a film. Adapted by Kramer and directed by Ryan Murphy with a  remarkable cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina and Jim Parsons, "The Normal Heart"  is a moment of grace and wonder, proof of human bravery amid horror and a story's ability to transcend and strengthen its own original purpose.     Deftly retailored for a new time and medium without losing any of its original passion or pointedness, this...