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Interview Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:44
In the first of a two part look back at his career, James Woods chats to us about family, Scorsese, Stone, Leone and more...
It took a false start or two before we finally got James Woods on the end of the phone. There was no agent connecting us, no middle person to monitor what we were saying. Just a problem with a charging cable, oddly enough.
When we were connected, we launched into an interview that was intended to last 15 minutes, but as it turned out, it passed the hour mark. And heck, we got through a lot: so much, that we've split this interview into two articles. A genuinely fascinating man.
Regular readers will know that we've been long-time fans of James Woods - as highlighted by our look at some of his least appreciated films, here - and as our conversation started, »
Washington, February 8: Phillip Seymour Hoffman's private funeral, which was held in Manhattan, was attended by various A-List celebs including Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn.
The 46-year-old actor's coffin was brought out of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola by pallbearers, Fox News reported.
- Lohit Reddy
New York (AP) — Philip Seymour Hoffman’s private funeral was held in Manhattan on Friday, with stars Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn paying their respects to an actor widely considered among the best of his generation.
The coffin holding Hoffman’s body was brought out of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola by pallbearers and put it a hearse, and family and guests began to stream out Friday afternoon. Streep hugged Diane Sawyer as they left.
The list of mourners also included Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee and Sawyer’s husband, the director Mike Nichols. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman’s body, looked visibly upset as he arrived.
Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose in his apartment. He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, »
- Associated Press
Taking stock of an actor’s legacy on the stage is trickier than summing up a career on screen. After all, we can all go back and watch a film performance with the click of a mouse or by sliding in a DVD. Movies are endlessly available to us. The stage, on the other hand, is a living thing that varies from night to night. Some nights are magical, others less so. But when a show’s run ends, so does its life. It can be remembered, but not relived.
Maybe that’s why I feel incredibly lucky to be »
- Chris Nashawaty
New York’s acting community will dim the lights of Broadway theater marquees for exactly one minute on Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. in remembrance of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died early Sunday morning at age 46.
In addition to his celebrated film career, Hoffman was a thoroughly accomplished stage actor and director, serving as a former Artistic Director of Off Broadway’s LAByrinth Theater Company, where he directed and appeared in a number of well-received productions.
Hoffman appeared on Broadway three times, each performance earning the actor both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. 2000 marked his first appearance, opposite John C. Reilly »
- Marc Snetiker
Nathan Lane's fans may be looking forward to his appearance in a one-night-only Carnegie Hall concert of "Guys and Dolls" on April 3, but the actor is anticipating another role that he will reprise in Brooklyn a year from now. Lane, who gained fame in Broadway musicals and comedies, including the 2001 hit "The Producers" and the 2005 revival of "The Odd Couple," will play the challenging role of Theodore Hickman, or "Hickey," in "The Iceman Cometh" at Bam in February and »
- Kathy Shwiff
The crime caper does recreate events in 1970s New Jersey, but with added wigs and a less tragic ending for one character
• David O Russell interview: 'I identify with strivers and survivors'
American Hustle (2013)
Director: David O Russell
Entertainment grade: A–
History grade: C+
This review contains spoilers about the film.
In 1978, the FBI launched Abscam, a sting in which "fake sheikhs" attempted to bribe public officials. The operation attracted controversy, including claims that it was racist and/or constituted entrapment.
"Some of this actually happened," admits a title card cheerfully at the beginning of the film. It begins in 1978, with conman Irving Rosenberg (Christian Bale) arranging his complicated coiffure before acting as a fixer between an obscure sheikh and Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), the well-loved and mostly decent mayor of Camden, New Jersey. In real life, the conman was Melvin Weinberg, »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
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