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Philip Seymour Hoffman: a career in movie clips

The actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died in New York aged 46. We look back over his career in clips

Philip Seymour Hoffman has died aged 46 in New York. Peter Bradshaw's tribute to the actor is here, and Simon Hattenstone recalls interviewing him in 2011. Here's 10 of the best from a virtuosic talent.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Ten great performances? Philip Seymour Hoffman produced scores of them, dealing them out with a lordly abandon, in both lead roles and supporting turns. No shortlist worth its salt should ignore his brilliant early appearances in Nobody's Fool, Hard Eight or Boogie Nights. But, for the sake of brevity, let's start with his brief, delicious masterclass as Brandt, the gloriously obsequious Pa to a boorish billionaire, in the Coens' freewheeling 1998 classic The Big Lebowski. So what if the script gave him few lines to work with? Hoffman's embarrassed, defensive chuckle played like a comic monologue in itself.
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R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967 - 2014)

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,
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Philip Baker Hall Remembers 'Genius' Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Baker Hall Remembers 'Genius' Philip Seymour Hoffman
Veteran actor Philip Baker Hall has starred in more than 75 films over 40 years, yet some of his fondest memories have been starring alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman, who died Sunday morning of an apparent drug overdose, and Hall were both favorites of filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, who cast the duo in 1996's Hard Eight, 1997's Boogie Nights and 1999's Magnolia. (The pair would also collaborate on 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley.)

Hall spoke to Rolling Stone about Hoffman's singular talent, his generosity and why "the whole film and theater community
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Nebraska, Finely Aged and Potentially Oscar Record-Breaking

I'm sure you've seen the melancholy yet uplifting new spot for Nebraska that points out the ages of its principal cast and how long they've been acting. It's inspiring, for sure, as longevity often is. Hollywood and the Oscars often favor the sprinters (note all the stars, particularly actresses, who won too soon and all the films that opened in the rush of awards season that were only hot for two months) but life is a marathon.

Assuming Bruce Dern and June Squibb are both nominated on January 16th (and smart money says they will be) they'll both be among the top three oldest performers ever nominated in their categories. It will break down like so...

Oldest Best Actor Nominees

01 Richard Farnsworth, The Straight Story (1999) who was 79

02 Bruce Dern, Nebraska (20) who is 77*

03 Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond (1981) who was 76

04 Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby (2004) who was 74

05 Peter O'Toole, Venus (2006) who was also 74

06 Morgan Freeman,
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Weekly Poll Results: Best Non-Die Hard Bruce Willis Movie

Last week we took a look at Bruce Willis' career and asked you to name his best movie outside of the Die Hard series. In the end it was Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys that won out with 31% of the votes... a great choice and also a bit of a surprise considering that it received almost twice as many votes as its nearest competitor. Luc Besson's The Fifth Element ended up in second place, followed by Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense. The Shyamalan films were neck-in-neck the whole way through and finished with just a single vote separating them, while The Last Boy Scout rounded out the top 5. After this the votes dropped off significantly with Red and 16 Blocks pulling up the rear. Do you agree with these results? 1. 12 Monkeys -- 31% 2. The Fifth Element -- 17% 3. Unbreakable -- 12% 4. The Sixth Sense -- 12% 5. The Last Boy Scout -- 11% 6. Looper -- 5% 7. Armageddon
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10 Great Thanksgiving Movies: From 'Home for the Holidays' to 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'

"Miracle on 34th Street" (1947): Christmas is the holiday commonly associated with this classic, which actually is set in motion by the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, in which the man (Oscar winner Edmund Gwenn) playing Santa claims to be the real Kris Kringle.

"Alice's Restaurant" (1969): Arlo Guthrie adapts his classic song by playing himself as he visits eatery owner Alice (Patricia Quinn) at Thanksgiving ... and ends up in trouble with the law.

"Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986): One of Woody Allen's warmest comedies gathers an extended family for two Thanksgivings and boasts Oscar-honored performances by Dianne Wiest and Michael Caine.

"Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (1987): High on many lists of holiday humor, filmmaker John Hughes' tale makes mismatched traveling companions of Steve Martin and John Candy. How mismatched? Well, let's just say, "Those aren't pillows."

"Dutch" (1991): A man (Ed O'Neill) volunteers to bring his love interest's ill-mannered son (Ethan Randall,
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'Network' Head

At last week's Producers Guild of America Awards, Scott Rudin made history as the first producer to have two films nominated for the best picture award. Regardless of what happened that night, Rudin was already guaranteed to go home a winner; he had also been named the recipient of the 2011 David O. Selznick Achievement Award, which celebrates a producer's body of work. And an impressive body at that: He was nominated that evening for 'True Grit' and 'The Social Network,' his 73rd and 74th films as a producer, both of which have since earned several Oscar nominations, including for best picture. Rudin's accomplishments are as legendary as his reputation; it's not hard to find stories about Rudin's temper and treatment of employees that run the gamut from terrifying to hilarious. But nobody questions his results. In a lengthy career that began as a teenager assisting theater
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HBO taps scribe for Catskills drama

HBO taps scribe for Catskills drama
Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo is making his first foray into TV series with a drama for HBO about the Catskills Gas Rush.

Russo is writing the script and is executive producing with Mark Johnson and Will Gluck.

The untitled drama is based on a 2008 article in New York Magazine by David France, who will serve as a consulting producer on the project.

The Catskills are believed to hold the largest reservoir of natural gas ever discovered in America. Geologists have known about it for more than a century but it had been largely ignored because the location made it prohibitively expensive to exploit.

But the recent discovery of a drilling technique suited for Catskills' terrain and the fact that gas prices have tripled over the past decade suddenly made the region red hot.

However, to make it feasible for exploitation, gas companies have to secure vast swaths of land near
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Willis: 'Newman Taught Me To Be A Man'

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Willis: 'Newman Taught Me To Be A Man'
Bruce Willis credits late Hollywood legend Paul Newman with teaching him how to be a man.

The pair starred together in 1994 movie Nobody's Fool, and formed a close bond.

Remembering Newman - who died in September - Willis says, "What a guy. What a sweet, sweet guy. I did the film without reading the script because he was in it.

"I learned the biggest thing about acting, being a movie star and about being a man from Paul."

And he recalls one important lesson he learned from the star: "There was a storm and because of the snow, I was two minutes late on the set one day. He yanked me out of the car an said, 'I want to teach you one thing about acting. Punctuality is the courtesy of kings'. I was never late again."

Remembering Paul Newman: His Top Five Performances

You can truly weigh the measure of someone once they're gone. In the case of Paul Newman, there has been unanimous praise for a life lived out of the spotlight, as he chose to avoid the trappings of stardom in favor of real substance. His charitable work outshone his professional achievements in the last 30 years of his life, and he no doubt preferred it that way.

Newman was not the best actor of his generation, but what he did nobody else could emulate. He had something that isn't learned or transferred or faked. Make no mistake: Paul Newman was a very talented actor, but it went beyond that, both on the screen and off.

It's rewarding to hear so much praise for his contributions to his fellow man in the days after his passing. Colleagues and admirers have been pointing to his friendship, his gentle nature, his generosity, and his involvement.
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You wild, beautiful thing. You crazy handful of nothin'

That's the hard-boiled Dragline, speaking of Cool Hand Luke.

After she read my obituary of Paul Newman, my wife Chaz asked me, "Why didn't you write more about his acting?" She was right. Why didn't I? I've been asking myself that. Maybe I was trying to tell myself something. I think it was this: I never really thought of him as an actor. I regarded him more as an embodiment, an evocation, of something. And I think that something was himself. He seemed above all a deeply good man, who freed himself to live life fully and joyfully, and used his success as a way to follow his own path, and to help others.

If Newman was that kind of person, so, too, was his wife of more than 50 years, Joanne Woodward. Too little attention was paid to her in the appreciations. They grew old and fine together. None of
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Scorsese Honours Newman

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Scorsese Honours Newman
Movie mogul Martin Scorsese has joined the list of celebrities paying tribute to movie icon Paul Newman, stating the history of film is "unthinkable" without the late actor.

The moviemaker directed Newman in The Color of Money, and recalls fondly the "precious" memories he has of working with the icon, who lost his battle with cancer on Friday.

He says, "It's a great loss, in so many ways. The history of movies without Paul Newman? It's unthinkable. His presence, his beauty, his physical eloquence, the emotional complexity he could conjure up and transmit through his acting in so many movies - where would we be without him?

"In From the Terrace or The Hustler or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or The Verdict or Nobody's Fool, to name just a few pictures that come to mind, he's more than just iconic. In those movies and in many, many others, he created characters that are lasting and durable.

"His powerful eloquence, his consummate sense of craft, so consummate that you didn't see any sense of effort up there on the screen, set a new standard.

"But in addition to being a great actor, one of the greatest really, he was also such a fine, caring man. I will miss him greatly."

Movie couple Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon have also joined those paying tribute to Newman.

In a statement, Robbins says, "The world has lost an angel.... He was always a hero of mine both as an actor and as a man, and it was an honour to have known his wonderful spirit, to act with him, to laugh with him, and to sit in the passenger seat while he drove 100 mph with mischief in his eyes."

And Sarandon adds, "Paul Newman was a class act; smart, sexy, generous and kind. He was committed equally to justice and pranks. He was something you don't hear mentioned often these days; a good man. He taught me to appreciate the home grown tomato, championship badminton and chamber music. He will be missed."

Actor Paul Newman dies at 83

Actor Paul Newman dies at 83
Paul Newman, who combined Method training with matinee idol looks to become the personification of the cool '60s rebel in such iconic roles as the reckless Hud, the defiant Cool Hand Luke and the hotshot Butch Cassidy, died Friday. Surrounded by friends and family, including his wife, Joanne Woodward, the actor and philanthropist passed away at his farmhouse home near Wesport, Conn., after a long battle with cancer. He was 83.

In a film career that spanned nearly six decades, Newman received seven Oscar nominations before he was finally presented with an Honorary Oscar in 1986 "in recognition of his many and memorable and compelling screen performances and for his personal integrity and dedication to his craft."

But then he pulled out a trump card of his own, winning the best actor Academy Award the following year for "The Color of Money," in which he reprised the role of pool shark Fast Eddie Felsen,
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Paul Newman: 1925 - 2008

Oscar winner, philanthropist, film legend, and the coolest guy in the world, Paul Newman, has passed away at the age of 83, following a bout with cancer.

Newman, whose career spanned 60 years, earned ten Academy Award nominations, winning in 1987 for The Color of Money, a year after picking up the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. The Academy also bestowed the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award on Newman for his charitable works.

After years on stage and in television, Newman broke through as a leading man in film in Somebody Up There Likes Me from 1956, in which he played boxer Rocky Graziano.

Two years later, his work in the adaptation of Tennesse Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof garnered Newman his first Oscar nomination, at the age of 33.

Newman and Oscar had an interesting relationship; although he was nominated four times in the 1960s - The Hustler, Hud, Cool Hand Luke,
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Robert Redford 'Beyond Words' over Newman’s Death

Paul Newman’s lasting impact in Hollywood was more than evident Saturday, a day after the Oscar winner succumbed to cancer, as stars and pals alike expressed their sadness over his death. "There is a point where feelings go beyond words," two-time costar Robert Redford said in a statement. "I have lost a real friend. My life – and this country – is better for his being in it." The pair, who shared heartthrob status in their heyday, starred together in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969 and again in The Sting, in 1973. A testament to their easygoing friendship: Redford famously gave Newman a dented,
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WGAW Laurel goes to Benton

Robert Benton, who has won two Academy Awards for screenwriting and one for directing, will receive the WGA West's Screen Laurel Award for career achievement.

Benton took home screenwriting and directing Oscars for 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer and a writing statuette for 1984's Places in the Heart. Also a four-time winner of WGA screenplay awards, he will be feted at the 2007 Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.

"What an impressive and varied screenwriting career Robert Benton has had," WGAW president Patric Verrone said. "Yet what hasn't varied is the quality of his work and audiences' appreciation of it."

Among Benton's other screenwriting credits are Bonnie and Clyde, co-written with David Newman in 1966; Nobody's Fool (1994), which he also directed; and Billy Bathgate (1991). His next directorial effort, The Feast of Love, is slotted for August from MGM.

The Screen Laurel Award is bestowed annually on a WGAW member "who has advanced the literature of the motion picture and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter."

Previous winners include Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges, Blake Edwards and last year's honoree, Lawrence Kasdan.

Paul Newman: I Will Quit After One More Movie

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Paul Newman: I Will Quit After One More Movie
Screen legend Paul Newman will make one final film with wife Joanne Woodward before quitting Hollywood forever. And the Nobody's Fool (1994) star says the excesses of modern movie-makers are like drug-taking and have pushed him into retirement. He says, "I'd like to make one more film then retire - a film with Joanne." The 75-year-old actor, who has starred in 55 movies and received nine Oscar nominations, says he's sick of all the sex and violence in movies today. He adds, "The human beast is a naturally escalating animal and where it seems to escalate now is in excess. "If you offer violence and sex and explosions, the next time you're going to have to kick up a notch higher to have the same effect - it's like dope."

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