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The Poetry of Philip Seymour Hoffman

All these months later, it still seems incomprehensible. Philip Seymour Hoffman is no longer with us.

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Over the weekend in The Guardian, playwright and very good friend David Bar Katz (he and Hoffman used to have coffee every morning after dropping off their kids to school) shared a prose poem about Hoffman. It is a must-read, spanning Katz’s celebration of the actor’s mastery of the “non-coerced and generous apology,” as well as this foreshadowing:

I saw Phil in his first professional theater role. A production of King Lear at a small theater in the middle of New Jersey.

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In Praise of Philip Seymour Hoffman

PhilipSeymourHoffmanAMostWantedManReaction to John le Carré‘s essay in this Sunday’s New York Times is cascading forth on Twitter.

From San Francisco, Nelle Engeron opines that the piece is “the brilliant and heartbreaking obituary he [Philip Seymour Hoffman] deserves.” In Madison, Wisconsin, Dave Martin dubs le Carré’s “Staring at the Flame” the “best read of the week.” And from London, singer David Albury calls the article: “Touching and honest. And sad.” They’re all correct.

From le Carré’s essay:

No actor had ever made quite the impact on me that Philip did at that first encounter: not Richard Burton, not Burt Lancaster or even Alec Guinness. Philip greeted me as if he’d been waiting to meet me all his life, which I suspect was how he greeted everyone. But I’d been waiting to meet Philip for a long time.

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for the Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

Shutterstock2012TCMFestRobertWagner1) Ho Ho Huh? Reaction to Robert Wagner-Santa Claus Movie is Decidedly Mixed

2) Hugo Lindgren Strides Up the Hollywood Food Chain

3) Specter of Philip Seymour Hoffman Looms Over National Enquirer NYC Relocation

4) In Touch Stuffs Kim Kardashian Into a ‘Photo Recreation’

5) How Larry King Landed That 1964 Frank Sinatra Interview

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Specter of Philip Seymour Hoffman Looms Over National Enquirer NYC Relocation

ShutterstockPhilipSeymourHoffman2009AcademyAwardsOn Tuesday, Keith J. Kelly broke the news that the National Enquirer was relocating its editorial operations to New York City from Boca Raton. And that, according to his sources, the decision to not include editor-in-chief Tony Frost in the migration was payback for a huge, recent mess:

Frost’s ouster comes months after an embarrassing February Enquirer story that falsely claimed the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had a gay lover. Insiders claim the Hoffman story cost Frost his job, but the tabloid’s publisher, American Media Inc., denies there is a connection between the two.

Today, in a subsequent piece by New York Times staff reporter James Barron, the man taking over in Lower Manhattan for Frost – Dylan Howard – reiterates the company line:

Howard denied that the changes had to do with an Enquirer article published after the death of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February…

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A Prescription for Vigorous Debate: Katherine Heigl vs. Duane Reade

ShutterstockKatherineHeiglOver at Yahoo Celebrity, there’s an exclamation point in the headline. On Twitter, folks like Piers Morgan are leading the incredulous charge.

Never mind that most of the coverage seems to not understand that in these sorts of legal matters, the plaintiff starts with a figure that is intentionally outrageous and eventually, usually settles from there. This particular Google News trail stems from Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl‘s Wednesday NYC court filing against pharmacy chain Duane Reade:

The actress is said to be livid that photographs of her leaving the New York store last month carrying several shopping bags were used by the company, which tweeted the snap along with the caption: ‘Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can’t resist shopping #NYC’s favorite drugstore.’

The complaint said she was photographed in March near a Duane Reade store in New York while filming a new television series.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Disney, iTunes Partner | Enquirer to Fund Award | Late Night Ratings Up

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Disney Launches Online Movie Service Linked to iTunes (WSJ / Digits)
Tuesday, Disney debuted Disney Movies Anywhere, an app for purchasing movies and storing them in the cloud that is tightly integrated with Apple’s iTunes Store. EW / Inside Movies The multiplatform movie streaming service is available for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and the Web and lets people purchase and watch more than 400 titles from Disney, Pixar and Marvel. The launch coincided with the digital release of the company’s latest hit, Frozen, three weeks before its planned release on DVD and Blu-Ray. TechCrunch Parents can use MPAA ratings to control the movies that are accessible on a device level. The app also allows movies to be either streamed or downloaded, and users can use the app to find new movies and content. The Verge Disney is offering many incentives for customers to try the service: For a limited time, the company will give a free digital copy of The Incredibles to anyone who activates the app and links it with their iTunes account. Those who have special DVDs and Blu-Rays of Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies can also use a code on the packaging to get a digital copy of those films.

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Bogus National Enquirer Story Begets $45,000 Writing Prize

NationalEnquirerLogoIn the space of three weeks, the National Enquirer has gone from being duped by a David Bar Katz impersonator, to withdrawing and apologizing for an erroneous story, to endowing a stage play writing initiative hatched by the real Mr. Katz.

It’s all laid out in the New York Times by “About New York” writer Jim Dwyer. Ahead of a full-page ad that will appear in Wednesday’s NYT print edition as part of Enquirer parent company American Media Incorporated’s quick settlement with Katz. From Dwyer’s piece:

The amount of money being paid by The Enquirer will not be disclosed, [Katz's attorney Judd] Burstein said, adding, “It’s enough for the [newly formed American Playwriting] Foundation to give out these grants for years to come.” He formally filed papers to dismiss the lawsuit on Tuesday.

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Hitching a Ride with @NYSubwayChatter

We’ve been keeping an eye on new Twitter account @nysubwaychatter. The stream is intended to be a repository of everything from vintage photos to more recently offered and overheard public transit behavior. All in all, a wonderful micro-content niche.

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EW Writer Shares Three-Act Philip Seymour Hoffman Memory

ShutterstockPhilipSeymourHoffman2009AcademyAwardsDavid Carr‘s circa 2008 thoughts about Philip Seymour Hoffman generated, deservedly, a lot of attention. Today comes another equally wonderful journalist-POV remembrance from Entertainment Weekly senior film writer Anthony Breznican.

The stakes here – beginning circa 2007 – are equally high, as reflected by the headline “The Night Philip Seymour Hoffman Changed My Life…“. We’re not going to spoil the details; you’ll have to read Breznican’s item to get the full brunt of this vivid trajectory.

To set the scene, the writer recalls that he and his wife Jill sat across from Hoffman for a restaurant dinner at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival promoting The Savages:

While the actor wasn’t into talking about himself or movies, he loved talking about novels and stories: We discussed John Updike, Philip Roth and Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter, and soon we were getting comfortable with each other. The conversation shifted to family. Hoffman and his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, had a toddler son at the time — they would go on to have two more children — and my wife and I were then thinking about having children ourselves…

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David Carr Remembers the Time Philip Seymour Hoffman Wrestled Rainn Wilson

DavidCarrMediumLogoIt happened at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards, MC-ed under the Santa Monica big top by Rainn Wilson. As New York Times media critic David Carr recalls via a medium.com blog post, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman displayed a lack of vanity that is unusual among Hollywood types.

Reading the following passage, we thought also of Jack Nicholson on-screen in Terms of Endearment, letting his belly hang out as astronaut Garrett Breedlove. From Carr’s piece:

A gauntlet was thrown and the two men collided mid-room, rolling under tables, grappling for their lives in a ferocious, spontaneous death match. Hoffman had a belly, but the man was not soft — he gave as good as he got, huffing and puffing the whole time.

Somewhere in there, his pants slipped, and he was selling a fair amount of crack. It was not his best feature, but he did not seem to care, instead concentrating on the matter at hand, which was fighting Wilson to a joyous and crowd-pleasing standstill.

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