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Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
Arguably among the top five American auteur filmmakers who works on the larger scale, Paul Thomas Anderson has proved once before (with Punch-Drunk Love) that he is comfortable working in comedy. The massive ensemble, presence from composer Jonny Greenwood and cinematographer Robert Elswit ensures another all-round quality effort.
Gist: Based on the Thomas Pynchon novel and set in Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Release Date: December 12th. A major festival play date is possible, but not obligatory.
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- Eric Lavallee
Netflix Streaming can be overwhelming — so many options, yet so hard to actually weed through — and we here at Vulture have tried to make it easier for you with our weekly and monthly streaming video roundups. Now that Valentine's Day is upon us, it seemed appropriate to weed through the love-tinged movies currently available to stream on Netflix and point out some can't miss titles. Read on:A Room With a View: Let's start with the proper nouns: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham-Carter (though you'll barely recognize her, she's so young), Merchant-Ivory, Italy. Is that not enough? Okay: There's a non-sex scene in a field that is hotter than basically anything you can find on HBO. It is the definition of swoon. Punch-Drunk Love: "Many people hate it," writes Vulture critic David Edelstein about this Paul Thomas Anderson movie in our recent list of 25 great »
- Gilbert Cruz,Amanda Dobbins
First off dear readers, I have to apologize to you for not bringing you my promised Super Bowl movie spot roundup last week. Unfortunately, the first part of last week ended up being crazy busy for me, and it got away from me. But I can tell you that the spot for Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier was by far my favorite. In the meantime, we got a new trailer for the upcoming superhero sequel, so that’s the subject of this week’s Trailer Trashin’ column.
Premise: Two years after the events of The Avengers, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) resides peacefully in Washington, D.C., struggling to adapt to life in contemporary society. But after a S.H.I.E.L.D. compatriot is attacked, Rogers becomes entangled in a mystery that may endanger the globe. Together with Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America attempts to uncover the »
- Timothy Monforton
• Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) is in talks to star alongside Robert De Niro in The Intern for director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated). Hathaway would play a high-powered executive who gets assigned a senior intern (De Niro). Reese Witherspoon was previously attached to the role when Warner Bros. signed on, but dropped out due to reported scheduling conflicts. After a quiet 2013 (release-wise), Hathaway can be seen next in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (Nov. 7). She also just enjoyed the premiere of Song One (release date Tbd) at Sundance. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
I still remember the first time I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, and I was 13 years old. Already, I’d been bitten by the film bug, and that bite had driven me to pursue films that my friends had no interest in seeing. As such, I wouldn’t come to see Magnolia until it had been released on VHS. I recall the captivating presence of the actor: this pudgy, baritone man. The heart he put into his role, and the fascinating sincerity with which he played a simple male nurse attending a dying man. I never forgot him.
While much has been made of Mr. Hoffman’s more lauded roles in the wake of his recent death, his turns as Truman Capote (Capote) or Lancaster Dodd (The Master), for example, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has been »
- Mike Worby
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
Martin Henderson (“The Ring”), Emily Watson (“Punch-Drunk Love”) and Thomas Wright (“The Bridge”) have joined the cast of Baltasar Kormákur’s epic adventure movie “Everest,” TheWrap has learned. Additionally, “House of Cards” actor Michael Kelly has been cast as “Into Thin Air” author Jon Krakauer, who also wrote “Into the Wild” and “Under the Banner of Heaven.” The quartet of established actors join Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes in the true-life tale. Also read: Jump From Mount Everest Is Discovery’s Latest Live Stunt “Everest” is a presentation of Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures in association with Walden Media. »
- Jeff Sneider
Men, Women & Children
Director: Jason Reitman
Producers: Right of Way Films’ Helen Estabrook & Reitman
U.S. Distributor: Paramount Pictures
His peachy Labor Day — a human drama about becoming a surrogate, wants and needs fulfilled become late 2013′s/early 2014′s punching bag for critics, but if you spread out his filmography there are glimpses of sharply written dialogue, and complex characters with his book to film adaptations. Men, Women & Children could definitely offer a spot on, soapy bunch of characters and an Adam Sandler closer to a Punch-Drunk Love type role will certainly draw plenty of onlookers.
Gist: Based on the novel of the same name by Chad Kultgen, the film “follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents »
- Eric Lavallee
You can put it down to luck, clever career management or a combination of the two, but there's no doubting that over the past three years Matthew McConaughey has pulled off a career comeback, a 'McConaissance', the likes of which Hollywood has rarely seen.
After a string of certified duffers - including Sahara, Fool's Gold and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - McConaughey is now on a winning streak that could well culminate in him lifting the Best Actor Academy Award next month for Dallas Buyers Club. He's also one of the most in-demand A-listers around, with the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linkater, William Friedkin and Christopher Nolan all casting him in prestige projects.
If McConaughey, the one-time shirtless, tussle-haired Texas Surfer, Dude, can turn things around so dramatically, surely there are other big name actors out there with a locker full of surprises? Digital Spy takes a »
When Patrick Fugit woke up Sunday morning and learned via Facebook that Philip Seymour Hoffman had died in New York, he had a surprising first thought. It wasn’t a flashback to Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical coming-of-age movie that starred Fugit as a teenage rock journalist and Hoffman as iconic critic Lester Bangs. “I started immediately thinking about Punch-Drunk Love, which is one of my favorite films that he’s in,” says Fugit, who’s currently filming Gone Girl for David Fincher. “Have you seen the Mattress Man commercial that he’s in? It’s just a deleted »
- Jeff Labrecque
I was completely devastated when I heard about Philip Seymour Hoffman's death on Sunday, and I'm having a little trouble writing this article, because part of me still doesn't want to believe he is no longer with us. Like many of you, I've been a huge fan of the actor for a long time, and he starred in some of my favorite movies ever, including Happiness, Magnolia, Punch-drunk Love, and Almost Famous. Cameron Crowe worked with Philip Seymour Hoffman on »
- Jesse Giroux
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
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 has died aged 46 and a unique talent lost. We have scores of indelible performances, but there would have been such riches to come
To anyone who has heard the terrible news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death in New York from a suspected overdose at the age of 46, I think one image recurs above all the others. It is his magnificent performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, playing the charismatic cult chief loosely derived from L Ron Hubbard — lordly and charismatic, convivial and yet sinister, insidious, insouciant.
And the most extraordinary moment was when he did his capering little dance, like a Shakespearian fool, in a wealthy drawing room, to "We'll Go No More A-Roving" and the scene took a hallucinatory turn, with all the onlookers appearing to be naked, submitting in that moment to his occult leadership. It was a scene only Hoffman could have carried off. »
- Peter Bradshaw
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
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. »
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, »
New York City – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Best Actor Oscar Winner for ‘Capote,’ was found dead in his New York City apartment early Sunday morning. The 46-year-old Hoffman had struggled with heroin addiction, and police suspect an overdose, but the cause of his death is yet to be determined.
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Philip Seymour Hoffman was a consummate actor and performer, from the cult huckster Lancaster Dodd (“The Master”) to manic sound man Scotty J. (“Boogie Nights), through his Oscar winning portrayal of Truman Capote (“Capote”), Hoffman embraced his roles with a intuitive understanding that was second-to-none among his peers. He was almost unrecognizable as Oakland Athletics Manager Art Howe in “Moneyball,” but every scene he was in, the focus seemed all about him. He recently did a more mainstream role as Plutarch Heavensbee in “The Hunger Games »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
We are sad to report that Philip Seymour Hoffman died today at age 46. The WSJ report indicates the New York Police Department is investigating after Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment this morning. Hoffman was always a fascinating screen presence. In particular, the actor was Paul Thomas Anderson's greatest collaborator, from Hard Eight to Boogie Nights to Magnolia to Punch-Drunk Love to, most recently, The Master. Hoffman recently took on a role in the Hunger Games series, which is currently filming the final chapter, Mockingjay – Part 2. Hoffman was also set to star in the Showtime series Happyish. Hoffman was nominated for four Oscars in the last decade for Capote, Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt, and The Master. Watch his Capote Best Actor acceptance speech after the jump. Apparently Hoffman's work as Plutarch Heavensbee was almost completed on Mockingjay - Part I and he had seven days »
- Brendan Bettinger
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday. He was 46.
Law enforcement officials said Hoffman died at his apartment in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. No cause of death has been determined but officials suspect the actor may have overdosed on drugs. Law enforcement officials said the actor was found with a needle in his arm.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the actor was found in his bathroom around 11:15 a.m. by a screenwriter, who called 911, the official said.
He was also shooting the “Hunger Games” follow-ups “Mockingjay Part 1″ and “Part 2″ in Atlanta, reprising his role as Plutarch Heavensbee »
- Stuart Oldham and Pat Saperstein
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