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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Last Days

25 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final film, A Most Wanted Man, hitting theaters today, we are reprinting David Browne's cover story on the actor's final days from our February 27th issue. 

Slouched in the front row of the labyrinth Theater Company's performance space in New York's West Village last May, Philip Seymour Hoffman was his typical focused, superdisciplined self. In the intimate 90-seat theater, Hoffman – always dressed in one or another of his seemingly interchangeable baggy pants and sweaters – was relentlessly pushing the cast and crew of the play he was directing, »

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Acting Legend John Hurt And Co-Writer Kelly Masterson Talk Snowpiercer

9 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Many moons past, at an NYC dinner where the soju flowed freely, Director Bong Joon-ho revealed his plans to adapt the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, as an international production. Five years later, Snowpiercer has finally barreled into Us cinemas.  I had the chance to speak with two of its passengers; Before the Devil Knows You're Dead scribe, Kelly Masterson, who co-wrote Snowpiercer's screenplay, and British acting legend (and a xenomorph's best pal), John Hurt.  Both gentlemen sat with me to discuss the ambitious project, including the Weinstein cutting controversy.  John HurtThe Lady Miz Diva:  What is it that brought you to this film?John Hurt:  Well, he's sitting over there {Points at Bong Joon-ho}.  He's as cool as they come.  I guess it was done...

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Snowpiercer: Chris Evans starts an insurrection in new video - watch

27 June 2014 3:53 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Chris Evans leads an insurrection in a newly-released clip from director Bong Joon-ho's science fiction movie Snowpiercer.

The movie centres on survivors of global warming organising a revolt 17 years after being herded along class lines into a massive train.

Evans plays rebel Curtis Everett, who is shown in the clip hurling a weapon at government official Mason (Tilda Swinton) when she condemns the rioters to death.

Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) adapted the script from the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige.

This film is Joon-ho's English-language debut, coming on the heels of critical acclaim for his South Korean movies Mother and The Host.

Snowpiercer opens today in limited release in the Us. Watch a trailer below: »

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Train in Vain: How 'Snowpiercer' Became the Summer's Coolest Movie

26 June 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

What would happen if, thanks to an attempt to stop global warming that went awry, our big blue marble were plunged into a new ice age? The result would be pretty much what you would expect: Humanity's survivors would find themselves trapped on a perpetually moving supertrain divided by strict us-vs.-them barriers (plebians in the back, patricians in the front), and the huddled masses would have to fight their way to the front, one bloody siege at a time.

Alt-Summer Film Preview 2014: 20 Non-Blockbuster Movies to Check Out

That's the central idea behind Snowpiercer, »

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'Snowpiercer' (2014) Movie Review

25 June 2014 11:56 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Imagine, in an effort to stamp out global warming, humans shot a chemical compound into the atmosphere that not only stopped global warming, but froze the entire Earth, killing ever living organism on it (oops)... every living organism except for those that survived on a train known as Snowpiercer. The Snowpiercer is a train built by a multi-billionaire who doubted the chemical shot into the atmosphere would solve anything and wanted to guarantee his survival, survival that depended on a perfectly balanced ecosystem, an ecosystem he designed and maintains on said train with tracks that manage to circle the globe. All that remains of humanity, that survived the frozen apocalypse, now lives aboard the Snowpiercer. Director Joon-ho Bong (The Host), along with Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead), has adapted the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige" for the big screen, beginning with a short prelude defining the events »

- Brad Brevet

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Good People Trailer: James Franco and Kate Hudson Learn That There’s No Such Thing As Free Money

10 May 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The first trailer for Danish director Henrik Genz's English-language film debut is out, and it's an eerie one. Good People stars James Franco and Kate Hudson as Tom and Anna, a couple experiencing money problems. In the teaser, we see them come across a dead neighbor, as well as his hidden pile of cash. The film takes an even darker turn when both the police (led by Tom Wilkinson) and some nefarious characters (including Omar Sy) come looking for the loot, no doubt teaching our leads that found money always comes at a price. The film, which was written by screenwriter Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) and based on the novel by Marcus Sakey, will be out later this year. »

- Delia Paunescu

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Serpico DVD review – Philip French on one of New York's grittiest cop films

1 March 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

(Sidney Lumet, 1973; Eureka!, 18)

An enduringly entertaining thriller, Serpico is important in three related contexts. First, it belongs to a remarkable cycle of police pictures made in the turbulent last years of the Vietnam war. Influenced by the success of Patton and its ambivalent appeal to Vietnam hawks and doves, Hollywood jumped off the youth bandwagon and on to the police paddy wagon with pictures about maverick cops fighting a lonely battle on America's lawless streets.

The most controversial were films on the right – The French Connection and Dirty Harry. The most amenable to liberals was this true story of the quietly idealistic Frank Serpico, an Italian-American hippy type, bearded and hairy, who first attempts to find a modus vivendi in the endemically corrupt New York police before blowing the whistle and nearly paying with his life. One of the grittiest, least romantic movies ever shot in New York, it's incisively edited by Dede Allen, »

- Philip French

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Priest at Philip Seymour Hoffman's Funeral: 'I Learned About Humility from Him'

7 February 2014 3:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The priest who advised Philip Seymour Hoffman on his role as Father Flynn in the movie Doubt presided at the actor's funeral Mass Friday. Fr. James Martin S.J., a Jesuit priest, met Hoffman when he came in to consult on the Labyrinth Theater Company's production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, which Hoffman directed in 2003. Martin then joined the company as a member, and later advised Hoffman on 2008's Doubt. The two spent time together at New York City's Saint Ignatius Church, where Martin taught Hoffman how a priest celebrates Mass. It was in that same church on »

- Allison Adato

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was the one great guarantee of modern American cinema

4 February 2014 2:23 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In two decades of faultless performances, Philip Seymour Hoffman proved that his particular talent was to take thwarted, twisted humanity and ennoble it

The day after the premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson's 2012 film The Master, I was interviewing the director in the upstairs ballroom of a Venice hotel when Philip Seymour Hoffman walked past our table. The windows were flung open and the place was bathed with light, and the big, rangy actor bounced by gracefully, like a golden lion walking on air. "Phil's actually a really good dancer," Anderson confided, referencing the parlour routine in the middle of The Master, when the title character performs a jig with his nubile acolytes. "You might not think that to look at him, but he seriously is."

I don't know why we should have been surprised. Every good actor possesses a peculiar grace. Even Philip Seymour Hoffman, an ostensibly foursquare American Job, »

- Xan Brooks

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Philip Seymour Hoffman obituary

3 February 2014 4:32 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: a career in movie clips

3 February 2014 3:05 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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. »

- Xan Brooks

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R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967 - 2014)

2 February 2014 10:22 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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Death of a master

2 February 2014 2:50 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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Watch 10 Incredible Clips From The Career of the Late, Great Philip Seymour Hoffman

2 February 2014 1:05 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The film world was met with a devastating blow this afternoon after news broke that one of its finest contemporary actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment at age 46.  In his nearly 25 year career, Hoffman gave us some of the greatest performances of recent cinema, from nearly every one of Paul Thomas Anderson's films to Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" and Mike Nichols' "Charlie Wilson's War" to his Academy Award winning work in Bennett Miller's "Capote." Looking back through the following 10 clips just gives a small dose of what Hoffman offered through his incredible career, and makes us all the more sad that we have lost what he could have given us in the future. Boogie Nights (1997): Happiness (1998): Flawless (1999): Magnolia (1999): Almost Famous (2000): Capote (2005): Charlie Wilson's War (2007): Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007): Doubt (2008): The »

- Peter Knegt

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2006

22 January 2014 6:26 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 23 Jan 2014 - 05:44

Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2006, and a further 25 overlooked gems...

With all the major films that elbow their way into their cinemas every year, there's bound to be some casualties among the big hits. And just like any other year, 2006 was dominated by the likes of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Da Vinci Code and Ice Age: The Meltdown. But in tandem, there were dozens of lesser-seen films which shuffled in and out of cinemas (or occasionally, didn't get a release in cinemas at all) without very many people noticing.

As we're sure you're aware by now, these lists aim to redress the balance a little, and hopefully introduce a few films from any given year that you may have missed. There are also one or two films that, although »

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