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On Monday morning, we reported Philip Seymour Hoffman had shot enough of his The Hunger Games: Mockingjay role before his passing that the release dates for the two-parter have not shifted. But he still had seven days of filming left on Part 2 and, unsurprisingly, that’s leading to some complications.

According to insiders at the studio, the late Hoffman still had one major scene left to shoot when he died. The filmmakers are now scrambling to work around his absence, possibly by digitally inserting him into some scenes. More details after the jump.

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The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman was like a dagger through the heart of film lovers everywhere. Few have ever watched one of his movies and not instantly become a fan of Hoffman’s larger than life talent. In the day since his passing, coming to terms with the fact he’s actually gone is pretty difficult.

Some have dealt with Hoffman’s passing by paying tribute to the actor. One such tribute is a beautifully written piece by Cameron Crowe, who directed Hoffman in Almost Famous. The actor played rock critic Lester Bangs, and delivered the iconic line “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.” Crowe named his official site after the line. Today he talks about how Hoffman made that scene his own.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games Catching Fire

When Philip Seymour Hoffman tragically and suddenly passed away this weekend, he left behind a couple of not-quite-finished projects. One is the two-parter The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, in which he reprises the role of Plutarch Heavensbee from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; another is Showtime’s Happyish, which was set to star Hoffman as an ad exec trying to change his life.

While the former shouldn’t be delayed too much by his passing, the latter seems to be in jeopardy. Get updates on both after the jump.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead At 46

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of finest actors of our generation, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning. He was 46 years old. The New York Post has a corroborating report.

Hoffman won an Oscar in 2006 for his role in Capote, and has appeared in, and very often elevated, a long list of films. Among them are Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Twister and even last year’s number-one film at the box office, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He was currently gearing up to direct his second film, Ezekiel Moss. Read More »

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Briefly: Philip Seymour Hoffman is about to make his second feature as a director, and he has lined up Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams to star. The film is Ezekiel Moss, a supernatural thriller and a “Depression-era ghost story.” The film has been coming together slowly, after first being announced in fall 2012. When we reported on it then, Producer Cathy Schulman of Mandalay Pictures called the Keith Bunin script, which had been on the 2011 Black List, a “captivating and gothic exploration of faith and the supernatural.”

The script centers on “a young, imaginative boy living in a small town who befriends a mysterious drifter who may have the ability to communicate with the dead.” Gyllenhaal will play the drifter, while Adams will play the boy’s mother, a widow. Even with the cast starting to come together, there’s no word on when the film will shoot. [The Wrap]

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The Hunger Games had a pretty massive cast to start with, but since the first film ended with (um, spoiler alert) a whole bunch of characters dead, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is reloading with tons of other new characters.

Though we’ve already seen most of them thanks to the posters, trailers, and stills, a new batch of images offers an even closer look at the fresh faces we’ll get to know this fall — as well as another peek at our favorite returning stars. Hit the jump to take it all in.

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The summer movie season’s winding down, but there should be plenty of big, exciting action this fall as well. Among the upcoming offerings are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which picks up with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) on their victory tour around Panem following the events of the first film. Francis Lawrence directs this time around.

A new international trailer has just hit for the film, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Anton Corbijn‘s third feature film, A Most Wanted Man, features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, and Willem Dafoe in a story adapted from a novel by John le Carre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). We’ve seen an early sales trailer for the film (which was sadly pulled) but until now the movie didn’t have any US distribution in place.

Now Lionsgate has stepped in to put the film in theaters. We don’t have a date for the studio’s plan at this point, but it’s good to know that there is a plan, or that there will shortly be one, at least. The film is about a Chechen-Russian immigrant, nearly penniless, who travels to Hamburg to claim an inheritance from his late father. But the source of his pop’s money is a little shady, and the US and German governments are watching. Hoffman plays a German security official who harbors serious suspicions about the situation.

We’ll post a new trailer as soon as one becomes available. With a studio on board, the next footage we see won’t be pulled from the internet. [Deadline]

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