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When Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away earlier this year, he left behind a few unfinished projects. Among them was Happyish, a Showtime dramedy about an ad exec trying to change his life.

Hoffman’s death put the show in limbo, with insiders casting doubt that the series could recover. But now it seems to be coming together once again, with Steve Coogan stepping into the part that Hoffman vacated. Hit the jump for more on the Steve Coogan Happyish casting.

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Hunger Games Mockingjay posters

Hot on the heels of the first trailer, the viral marketing for the Fall’s biggest film is in full swing. That film, of course, is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. The first spoils of the viral hunt are a slew of new characters posters. These posters show several of the main characters in garb from District 13. That’ the hidden, run-down headquarters of the rebellion against the Capitol. In this batch, actors such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin and Woody Harrelson get their own posters. Check out new Hunger Games Mockingjay posters below. Read More »

philip seymour hoffman animated short

Despite Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s tragic death earlier this year, the actor will continue to appear on screens for just a while, thanks to films completed before his passing. This short, however, is unexpected. Using a conversation with Simon Critchley recorded on December 22, 2012 at the Rubin Museum of Art, a team at PBS assembled a lovely animated short that captures the actor’s views on pleasure, happiness, and family as they relate to his own life. That this Philip Seymour Hoffman animated short would be terribly poignant is no surprise — that was Hoffman’s power, after all — but that it would arrive as a posthumous statement is particularly affecting.  Read More »

Mockingjay Part 1 poster

Lionsgate just debuted the first look from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. There’s a motion poster, some images, and more on a special website dedicated to the highly anticipated sequel directed by Francis Lawrence. In Mockingjay, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and her friends have finally begun the rebellion against the Capitol. But they have one crucial problem: Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has been captured.

The film opens November 21. Below, check out the Mockingjay Part 1 poster as well as some images featuring Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, and Jeffrey Wright. There’s even an interview with Moore. Read More »

A Most Wanted Man trailer

One of the very last films Philip Seymour Hoffman completed before his passing this past February was A Most Wanted Man, Anton Corbijn‘s adaptation of John le Carré‘s novel. The film premiered at Sundance this year to mostly (if not wildly) positive reviews, and is now heading toward a theatrical release this summer.

Hoffman leads the contemporary thriller as Günther Bachmann, a German spy looking for a half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant (Grigoriy Dobrygin) with possible terrorist ties. The film looks checking out for many reasons, not least of which is the chance to hear Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, and Willem Dafoe try out their best German accents. Watch the first A Most Wanted Man trailer after the jump.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Video Tribute

Do not watch this Philip Seymour Hoffman video tribute if you’re not prepared to go into a spiral of your own emotional responses to his powerful performances, and to his death. That said, definitely watch the video below when you’re ready to take in a snapshot of his on-screen persona.

The actor’s entire career is represented here, from a 1991 Law & Order episode to the pair of 2012 films The Master and A Late Quartet. At over 20 minutes, this video takes time to explore Hoffman’s range, even using the occasional interview with the actor to underline the effectiveness of his work. For me, the centerpiece is the “it’s not fair!” explosion from Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, but the power of Hoffman’s work is that more than half the scenes here could be seen as a defining moment in his career.  Read More »

Watch Amy Adams’ Raw Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

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The passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman shook the film community and audiences everywhere, and we’re still processing the loss of one of the greatest acting talents our generation is likely to see. Amy Adams, who co-starred with Hoffman in Doubt (above) and The Master, appeared last night on Inside the Actor’s Studio, and the subject of Hoffman’s death was broached. Adams’ response was so deeply-felt as to be difficult to watch, but it speaks to the depth of the connection that Philip Seymour Hoffman created with other actors. Part of her touching tribute is below. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 259 – The Lego Movie

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Dave and Devindra get excited about the forthcoming Preacher adaptation, praise the gut-wrenching Broken Circle Breakdown, and remember the amazing Philip Seymour Hoffman. Angie Han joins us for this episode. Be sure to check out Dave’s close-ups video essay and his essay about interpreting Synecdoche, New York.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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