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The veteran performer never considered another profession, yet remained a background fixture in films for years. Now, in her ninth decade, the Nebraska star is up for her first Oscar
"I've met Idris Elba," says June Squibb, an edge of giddiness in her voice. "I've met Lupita [Nyong'o] and now we're friends. She's so sweet, a darling girl. I went up to her at a party and said: 'I'm June Squibb and we're in this together so I thought I should introduce myself.' Julia Roberts came and introduced herself to me – she's up for supporting this time around for Osage County." The day before we meet, Squibb went to the nominees' lunch. "All 270 of us got our picture taken together. I was right by Steve McQueen!"
- John Patterson
What’s my favorite Woody Allen movie? When I was asked, along with several other Variety staffers, to answer that question — long before Dylan Farrow posed it rhetorically to the world — for a 2013 sidebar to my own Allen interview, I picked “Husbands and Wives,” Allen’s raw and formally inventive 1992 drama of two married couples variously parting ways and reuniting amidst a roundelay of infidelities. That movie famously premiered while the director’s separation from Mia Farrow was still playing out daily in the headlines, and had reportedly been shot just as Mia was learning of Woody’s nascent affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.
All of this powered “Husbands” — one of Allen’s rare movies to be released nationwide on its first weekend — to above-average box office, but with all the life-imitates-art parallels in the press, the movie’s actual merits got somewhat lost in the shuffle. There were two Oscar nominations, »
- Scott Foundas
Count June Squibb among the many famous faces who were devastated by Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely death. The 84-year-old Oscar nominee opened up about the actor's tragic passing while attending Aarp's 13th annual Movies for Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel last night, where she took a moment to honor the late star's legacy while expressing her sorrow over the legendary thesp the film world lost. Squibb and Hoffman costarred together in the 1992 film Scent of a Woman, which marked the Capote star's first big studio project. "He was wonderful, you could see that this was going to be an exceptional actor, working with him »
On Sunday, February 8th, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman died at the untimely age of 46 in his New York City apartment. It was a piece of news that carried a variance in reaction and response, due to circumstance and of course timing. There can be no doubting that the primary emotion was shock; Hoffman joined the likes of Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, and James Dean as part of a club of actors who passed on before their time and left behind a towering legacy as well as a pall of resonant sadness. An actor leaving us is the most strange of phenomenon. As participants of travails into escapism, they form an emotional and cathartic bond with us, touching ours souls, making their demise far more powerful, far more sorely felt, than anyone else save friends or family. Through their on-screen journeys and the connections they make with the film fan, they truly become friends or family. »
- Scott Patterson
Two days after being found dead of an apparent heroin overdose, Philip Seymour Hoffman was remembered by his fellow actors with great admiration Tuesday during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California. Jared Leto described Hoffman as "a brave and fearless genius" after accepting one of the festival's Virtuoso Awards, which he dedicated to Hoffman. "Someone who was a compass for us all, and someone who will really be missed," Leto said when answering questions about his Academy-Award-nominated role in Dallas Buyer's Club. Nebraska Oscar nominee June Squibb fondly remembered working with Hoffman on 1992's Scent of a Woman, »
- Andrea Billups
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. One thing that keeps being said of Philip Seymour Hoffman is that it's difficult if not impossible to pinpoint his greatest performance. It's true, he was excellent in everything, even if the movies themselves weren't good. Many have cited how he's the only good part of Along Came Polly or how he elevated blockbusters like Mission: Impossible III and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire -- and even Twister long before we knew him by name. For every obvious highlight of his career (Capote; The Master; Almost Famous) there are tons of smaller roles and movies worth noting, from Scent of a Woman and The Talented Mr. Ripley to Love Liza and Owning Mahoney...
- Christopher Campbell
Actor and director who could imbue the many wretches, prigs and braggarts he played with a wrenching humanity
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has died aged 46 of a suspected drugs overdose, had three names and 3,000 ways of expressing anxiety. He was a prolific and old-fashioned character actor, which is not a euphemism for "odd" – it means he could nail a part in one punch, summoning the richness of an entire life in the smallest gesture. And, yes, he could also look splendidly odd, with his windbeaten thatch of sandy hair, porcine eyes and a freckled face that would glow puce and glossy with rage. His acting style was immune to the temptations of caricature. His rise in the 1990s coincided with the emergence of a new wave of American film-makers, and his versatile, volatile talent became integral to some of the most original Us cinema of the past 20 years.
He was »
- Ryan Gilbey
Yesterday brought the sad and shocking news that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the age of 46. Today we remember the Oscar-winning actor, who shot to fame in the films Scent of a Woman and The Talented Mr. Ripley and had just been finishing up a role in the Hunger Games series. On Allie: Forever 21 top and H&M blazer »
- Allie Merriam
One great pleasure of watching an old movie is spotting famous actors doing bit parts, back before anyone could have known what they’d become.
Philip Seymour Hoffman provided a litany of these, having paid his dues over many years as a working actor — making even small roles seem impressive. That’s how we eventually came to know his name.
After his death yesterday, EW began looking back through some of these early performances — his debut as a wise-ass street kid on a 1991 episode of Law & Order, and his supporting role as the morally ambiguous best friend of Chris O »
- Anthony Breznican
Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead at his home in New York of a suspected drug overdose, aged 46. Born in Faripoint, New York in 1967, Hoffman began his career in the early 1990s with a guest role in Law & Order, but enjoyed his breakthrough in 1992 when he appeared in four films, including Scent of a Woman.
During the 1990s, he enjoyed film roles in the likes of The Getaway and Nobody's Fool, as well as making a small appearance in Paul Thomas Anderson's feature debut Hard Eight. He would reunite with Anderson on a further four films in Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and The Master, as well as earning acclaim for a string of performances in films such as Happiness, Flawless, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous and Capote - the latter of which saw him receiving the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Following his Oscar success, »
- Gary Collinson
Philip Seymour Hoffman, considered to be among the finest actors of his generation, died early Sunday morning in his New York City apartment at age 46. Hoffman, who had spoken openly in the past about his struggles with addiction, was believed to have suffered a drug overdose.
Hoffman was nominated for an Academy Award four times — for Best Supporting Actor in 2008′s Charlie Wilson’s War; 2009′s Doubt, and last year for long-time collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master — and he won the Oscar for Best Actor for 2005′s Capote. He was equally acclaimed for his work in the theater, »
- Sara Vilkomerson
Celebrity tributes have flooded in for Philip Seymour Hoffman. The 46-year-old Oscar winner was found dead this morning (02.02.14) of an apparent drugs overdose, and many have rushed to pay their respects to the star, widely regarded as one of the finest actors of his generation. Mia Farrow wrote on Twitter: ''Oh No!!!!! Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. A truly kind, wonderful man and one of our greatest actors - ever.'' Actress Andie MacDowell added: ''Phillip Seymour Hoffman was not only a genius actor but a kind, generous man Rip.'' Philip is survived by his partner, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children: Tallulah, seven, Cooper, ten and Willa, five. Film director Kevin Smith was also upset by the news, writing: ''This truly blows. Philip Seymour Hoffman has died ... First noticed him in Scent Of A Woman. Brilliant actor. So sad...(sic)'' Elijah Wood wrote: ''Heartbroken and shocked. »
You might have registered him briefly as a student in Scent of a Woman, or as John Cusack's blue-collar pal in Money for Nothing, or as a hotshot gambler working the tables in Hard Eight. He may have made an impression on you as the caffeinated storm chaser in the Nineties nouveau disaster movie Twister. But the first time you probably saw Philip Seymour Hoffman — really saw him onscreen — was in Boogie Nights. His character, Scotty, is a production assistant on a 1970s porn shoot, a lumpy mouthbreather always lurking on the periphery. »
The late Philip Seymour Hoffman was undoubtably one of the greatest actors of his generation. His work in everything from Scent of a Woman to Capote to The Master will resonate forever. But in an odd twist of fate, his portrayal of Brandt, the manservant to the millionaire Lebowski in The Big Lebowski, has become one of his most beloved roles despite the fact he's on only onscreen for a few minutes. The grin on his face when Tara Reid offers to perform a sexual act on Jeff Bridges for one thousand dollars is priceless, »
Hollywood lost another legendary performer on Feb. 2, when Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment at the age of 46.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his his West Village, New York City apartment on Feb. 2, and his former co-stars and countless admirers instantly took to Twitter to mourn the Capote actor’s death.
Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies: Celebs Mourn Death On Twitter
Philip was one of the most celebrated actors of his generation; gracing us with his talent in great films like Capote — a film that nabbed him an Oscar for Best Actor — Doubt, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous and, most recently, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He was called an “actor’s actor” and drew rave reviews for pretty much everything he ever did, so it’s no surprise that Hollywood is in mourning.
heartbroken and shocked. what a true loss. rest in peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman »
- Shaunna Murphy
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has passed away at the age of 46, following a suspected drug overdose.
Hoffman was born in Fairport, New York on July 23, 1967. His mother Marilyn O'Connor was also from New York and is a family court judge and lawyer. He was the son of Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a former Xerox executive, and was one of four children.
Hoffman graduated with a drama degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1989, but soon checked into rehab struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
His first professional acting role came in 1991 when he played a defendant in an episode of Law & Order. A year later, he had his film breakthrough in Scent of a Woman, »
Great veteran thespian Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away today in his apartment at the age of 46.
The actor was found in his apartment with a needle stuck in his arms, according to some reports. He was known to have a heroin addiction. The New York Police Department and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are still investigating his death.
He was a father of three children with costume designer Mimi O’Donnell.
Hoffman earned an Oscar for his role as Truman Capote in 2005’s “Capote.” He was also nominated for Academy Awards his portray for his work in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Doubt,” and “The Master.” He started his career in the 1990s with minor roles “Scent of a Woman,” “Boogie Nights,” and “The Big Lebowski” before garnering major leading roles in the past decade.
He was recently promoting indie film “A Most Wanted Man” at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, »
- Gig Patta
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday morning, according to the New York Police Department. The 46-year-old Hoffman, an Oscar winning actor, is survived by three children. Hollywood has been rocked by the news of his death, and an outpouring across the Twitterverse and beyond has begun. Read some of their tweets and feelings below. How do you feel about Hoffman’s passing? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
“I’m very, very saddened by the passing of Phil,” said Robert de Niro. “He was a wonderful actor. This is one of those times where you say, ‘This just shouldn’t be. He was so young and gifted and had so much going, so much to live for’. My family and I send our deepest condolences to his family.”
“There are no words,” said George Clooney. “It’s just terrible.”
“It was a revelation for »
- Variety Staff
It's hard to know where to start with Philip Seymour Hoffman — the plethora of filmmakers he worked with? The countless accolades and acclaim that came his way? His indescribable abilities? — but he was one of acting's greatest talents, and he's sadly passed away today at the far too young age of 46. A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Hoffman made his way to the stage — where he continued to return routinely both as actor and director — but it was on the big screen where he would make his mark. Breaking out in "Scent Of A Woman," Hoffman soon came to the attention of top tier filmmakers who would tap his enormous breadth of skill, which found him easily bouncing between the comic and dramatic (often landing in the middle) with great ease, and refusing to be pigeonholed. He was a regular collaborator with Paul Thomas Anderson, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A shocking tragedy has struck this afternoon as actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning actor of Capote, was found dead in his New York City apartment. The actor was only 46 years old, and Wall Street Journal says a cause of death is likely a drug overdose. The actor was just seen at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival as the star of Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man and John Slattery's God's Pocket. In addition, Hoffman had just brought to life a pivotal character in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last year. The actor also had several gestating projects that are now up in the air in the wake of the terrible news. Philip Seymour Hoffman was originally defined as a "character actor", but few character actors had the charisma, screen presence and raw talent that he displayed in every single role. Whether it was early, minor work in Scent of a Woman, »
- Ethan Anderton
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