This story first appeared in the Feb. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It's a depressing testament to Philip Seymour Hoffman's acting talent that so few people at January's Sundance Film Festival -- his final public appearance -- grasped how dangerously fragile a state he was in. There were moments as he plodded through the snowy streets of Park City, trudging from one publicity event to the next, hawking his two films -- God's Pocket and A Most Wanted Man -- when he seemed drained and distracted, a bit scruffy and more pasty-skinned than usual. But when he bound into THR's photo
- Benjamin Svetkey
The Berlin festival may not unspool on a sunny beach, but the European Film Market, which runs alongside the fest, is becoming much more like Cannes and the American Film Market — at least when it comes to serving as a launching pad for major movies.
“Berlin has really solidified itself as the third international sales market,” says FilmNation topper Glen Basner.
“Race,” is a biopic starring John Boyega (“Attack the Block”) with Stephen Hopkins directing a story about runner Jesse Owens and his four gold medal wins at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Producers have set a media event for the Olympic Stadium where Owens performed the feat of humiliating Adolf Hitler, single-handedly crushing his theories of racial superiority. It’s a German/Canadian co-production between Solofilms and Trinity Race »
- Dave McNary
The director of A Most Wanted Man, Hoffman's last completed film, recalls working with an outstanding actor who liked to immerse himself in his character and give his all
I'm not sure where to start when looking at Philip's legacy as it is overwhelming in its scope and depth. But that immediately tells you a lot about his choices. He was the best character actor I can think of, and if you look at just the smaller roles he occupied, then those performances alone set him apart from his contemporaries. His strength was a total immersion in the role and a lack of vanity. At the same time, he hated what he loved, that was his curse – he would tear himself to pieces over his performances.
Exclusive: Rachel McAdams has signed with Wme. The actress comes into the agency fold after starring most recently in the untitled Cameron Crowe film with Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper and Bill Murray, and after starring in the Anton Corbjin-directed A Most Wanted Man, the adaptation of the John Le Carre novel that stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Daniel Bruhl and Willem Dafoe. McAdams, who had been without an agent since leaving UTA last April, continues to be managed by Shelley Browning at Magnolia. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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."
- Xan Brooks
Philip Seymour Hoffman was a powerhouse actor of the screen and stage, a man of tremendous depth and emotional versatility and a dynamic presence who brought gravitas to virtually any project he was involved in. He inhabited a vast array of indelible characters, including real-life journalists Lester Bangs and Truman Capote (in an Oscar-winning role) and some very sleazy, insecure and repulsive men who felt just as true to life.
Many of the parts he took were characters who were not pretty or decent in any way, from the bullish gambling addict in Owning Mahoney to the magnetic cult leader in The Master to an obscene phone stalker in Happiness. However, he brought to these flawed men a humanity that made these characters more than what they seemed. Now dead from an apparent drug overdose at 46, Hoffman’s life was cut far too short.
His exceptional body of work, which »
- WGTC Staff
The world continues to mourn the shocking loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman, but his talents will be showcased a few more times on the big screen. Hoffman has a few more projects that are slated to release in the coming years, including the John le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man, directed by Anton Corbijn. In this sneak peek, fans can once again be reminded of the exceptional talent possessed by the star as he plays the role of a German intelligence agent Gunther Bachmann, who is a hard-living spy that runs a covert anti-terrorism unit. The film, which also stars Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival recently and is scheduled to hit theaters later this year. In »
Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Sunday at the age of 46, and celebrities have expressed shock and sadness since the news broke. Philip had a long career, with his parts in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Part 2 and roles in God's Pocket and A Most Wanted Man being some of his last. During his 20-plus years in Hollywood, Philip remained relatively private when he wasn't on the big screen, though he did share some of his past struggles with drugs and alcohol and his passion for his family in interviews. Keep reading to learn more about the man who made his mark with memorable roles and left a legacy for his family. Source: Getty View Slideshow › »
- Lauren Turner
Yesterday, we reported the tragic news that Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away from an apparent drug overdose, after he was found dead with a hypodermic needle in his arm. Today, a police search of the actor's apartment in the West Village of Manhattan turned up approximately 50 bags of heroin, along with used syringes, drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs.
A full autopsy will be performed on Monday, although it isn't known when the results will be made public. The actor revealed last year he had been abusing heroin, and he had even completed a detox program in May.
The actor was in the midst of shooting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. He had shot a majority of his scenes for both movies, with just seven days left to shoot. The actor's death will not affect the release of either sequel. The Hunger Games »
Philip Seymour Hoffman's death over the weekend has prompted us to look back at his most memorable roles, but there are still a few of Hoffman's films that have yet to be released. We've heard that he was almost done shooting The Hunger Games films, and Hoffman had recently attended the Sundance Film Festival to promote a pair of films: God's Pocket and A Most Wanted Man. We have a clip of A Most Wanted Man, based on the novel by John le Carré, in which Hoffman, as Günther Bachmann and using a thick accent, questions Rachel McAdams's lawyer character. »
- Shannon Vestal
Like most film lovers, I am in mourning today, stunned by the sudden loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was only a little over two weeks ago that I interviewed him at The Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where between the idyllic scenery and the palpable sense of joy surrounding the films, a tragedy like this seemed impossible.
Red Carpets are normally full of glitz and glamour, but at Sundance they are much more laid back. The stars are happy and relaxed, as is their attire, and Hoffman stepped in from the cold wearing winter boots and an easy smile. I admit I experienced a few butterflies at the prospect of speaking to this man, one of my favorite actors in films like The Master, Doubt and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead to name just a few. But I had no reason to worry. He might have had incomparable talent, »
A search of the home of Philip Seymour Hoffman home turned up used syringes and approximately 50 bags of heroin, according to law enforcement officials.
Police also found drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs. An autopsy is expected to be performed on Monday.
Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead of Apparent Overdose
The Oscar-winning actor was found dead in his West Village apartment on Sunday morning with a hypodermic needle in his arm. He was 46.
Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for “Capote” in 2005, most recently appeared at the Sundance Film Festival this month to promote his new films “God’s Pocket” and Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man.”
Video: Watch One of His Final Interviews
He was also shooting the “Hunger Games” follow-ups “Mockingjay Part 1″ and “Part 2″ in Atlanta, reprising his role as Plutarch Heavensbee from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
- Variety Staff
As the movie world continues to contend with the shocking passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman yesterday, his remaining projects need to be addressed by those involved in their creation. While the family and friends of Hoffman certainly have numerous other things on their mind aside from movies right now, producers for his various films need to make decisions on what to do next. Two completed films, A Most Wanted Man and God's Pocket, both have distribution deals with Roadside and IFC, »
- Alex Maidy
The image was eerie then, devastating now. Philip Seymour Hoffman looks chillingly vacant in this tintype photo he posed for at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 19, just two weeks before his death Sunday from an apparent heroin overdose. Photographer Victoria Will took this portrait while Hoffman was promoting A Most Wanted Man with costars Willem Dafoe and Rachel McAdams. Despite the somber look of the image, Will tells People that Hoffman appeared to be "having a great time that day." "He just was a regular guy," says Will. "Very approachable." Entertainment Weekly also sat down with Hoffman and Christina Hendricks »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
The fate of what would have been Philip Seymour Hoffman's first TV series is up in the air following his death Sunday (Feb. 2).
Hoffman was set to star in "Happyish," a dark comedy from Showtime that had been slated to premiere later in 2014. The cable channel showed a teaser to reporters in January, to mostly good responses. Hoffman starred as the creative director of an ad agency who rages at his new, twenty-something bosses and the notion of "rebranding" himself.
Nothing beyond the pilot, however, has been shot thus far. A Showtime rep tells Zap2it that the show had begun work on scripts for subsequent episodes, but it had yet to go into production.
"It was a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and we »
Philip Seymour Hoffman sat down for this chilling portrait session at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, exactly two weeks before his Sunday, Feb. 2 death from an apparent drug overdose at the age of 46. An eyewitness who encountered Hoffman before the image was taken tells Us Weekly the actor "didn't look well" while promoting his new spy movie, A Most Wanted Man. The devastating tintype, wet collodion-style image, which was taken by Associated Press photographer Victoria Will on Jan. 19, shows a more somber [...] »
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman will not delay production on his final film, the second part of the Hunger Games franchise, while two Sundance premieres are slated for release this year
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Variety said there were just seven days left of the shoot for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which has been shooting back to back with Part 1 in Atlanta, Berlin and Paris. Hoffman played the increasingly important role of Plutarch Heavensbee, but it is understood his death will not cause delays or reshoots for the two-part project. Mockingjay – Part 1 is due for release in November this year, with Part 2 arriving in November 2015. The second film is likely to be Hoffman's final to arrive in cinemas. »
- Ben Child
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
[A] rogue German counter-terrorism expert, Gunter Bachmann (Academy Award-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman), interrogates human rights lawyer Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams) on the whereabouts of her half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant client, who may or may not be part a militant jihadist group in post-9/11 Hamburg.
- MaryAnn Johanson
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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