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Posts Tagged ‘Philip Seymour Hoffman’

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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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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Morning Media Newsfeed: Hoffman Found Dead | Super Bowl Ads Score Big | O’Reilly Grills Obama

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Award-Winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in Manhattan (WSJ)
Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose late Sunday morning in his Manhattan apartment, authorities said. Law-enforcement officials said a hypodermic needle and two glassine envelopes containing what is believed to be heroin were found in the apartment on Bethune Street in the West Village. The 46-year-old actor was found unconscious in the bathroom of his fourth-floor apartment in the Pickwick House around 11:15 a.m. by screenwriter David Bar Katz, who called 911, a law-enforcement official said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. NY Post In a statement released by his manager, Hoffman’s family called his death “a tragic and sudden loss.” FishbowlNY Hoffman, a native of Fairport, N.Y., was last seen notably on screen as Lancaster Dodd in The Master. He had a number of film projects in the pipeline, including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and Part 2, for which he reprised the role of Plutarch Heavensbee. GalleyCat The actor’s work had many literary connections. He won an Oscar for his appearance as Truman Capote in Bennett Miller’s biopic Capote. Hoffman starred in the film adaptation of The Hunger Games. In addition, he starred as Willy Loman in Mike Nichols’ revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman on stage in New York. CNN He was a beefy 5-foot-10 but won an Oscar for playing the slight, 5-foot-3 Capote. He had the booming voice of a deity but often played schlubs and conflicted characters.

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BREAKING: Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in His West Village Apartment

At the age of 46, Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has suddenly and shockingly left us.

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Per a brief news item this afternoon by Wall Street Journal criminal justice reporter Pervaiz Shallwani:

Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, a law enforcement official said.

The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death. The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46 years old, was found dead at his apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Hoffman, a native of Fairport, NY, was last seen notably on screen as Lancaster Dodd in The Master. He had a number of film projects in the pipeline, including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2, for which he reprised the role of Plutarch Heavensbee. RIP.

Here’s the police and media activity on Bethune Street Sunday afternoon:

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Joaquin Phoenix’s Monumental Montgomery Clift Mash-Up

When Quentin Tarantino was doing press for Inglorious Basterds, he was asked by a reporter what films or filmmaker would inspire him today if he was just starting out in the business. He answered Paul Thomas Anderson, writer-director of The Master, opening Friday in LA and New York:

“We’re really good friends and we have a very kind of artist romantic relationship. I feel I’m Marlon Brando to his Montgomery Clift. But there is a reality. Brando was better because Clift was out there. Same thing, Clift was better because he knew f*ckin’ Brando was already there, all right?”

In Anderson’s The Master, Joaquin Phoenix is one part Brando and four parts Clift. The actor’s colossal portrayal of Freddie Quell, a man who quite literally is fighting at every moment to quell his personal demons, ranks as the first performance in a very long time to recall the on-screen syncopated beats and off-screen tortured genius of an actor who had his own fair share of “The” titled films (The Search, The Heiress, The Defector).

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Creem Magazine Gearing Up for Print Comeback

Holy spandex! Not only is Creem Magazine set to relaunch later this year as a limited-circulation print publication, but according to the delightfully titled chairman of Creem Enterprises Inc., the magazine will also resurrect “long-form journalism.”

The publication has been online-only since 2001. Chairman Jason Turner tells AP reporter Jeff Karoub that LA editorial offices are being expanded to support the print and companion website operation, while the less tuneful suits will remain in NYC and some web infrastructure roadies will be headquartered in the magazine’s original birthplace of Detroit. There’s also this:

Turner would like to make Detroit the site of Creem-sponsored shows and maybe a museum in the future.

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