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Posts Tagged ‘Terms of Endearment’

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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Jeff Daniels Sings the Terms of Endearment Blues

54BelowLogoOr, more precisely,”Allen Parkway Inn.” Per Stephen Holden‘s review in the New York Times of the actor’s recent musical run at 54 Below, the song highlights the class system that unfolds on most big Hollywood movie sets:

The song describes with barbed good humor Daniels’ humiliation at being put up in a dingy motel while filming Terms of Endearment, while those higher on the marquee received comparatively royal treatment.

Amazon is, presently, temporarily out of stock of the CD from which that song came, Live at the Purple Rose. That’s a good thing; it suggests that in-between seasons, Newsroom fans are turning to Will McAvoy‘s very tuneful night job.

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