Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away on Sunday morning. He was 46. See his wonderfully diverse array of performances on stage and screen.
BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)
One of the first filmmakers to recognize Hoffman’s insane acting talent was Paul Thomas Anderson, who cast him in most of his films, including a bit part in his directorial debut, Hard Eight, and his follow-up, Boogie Nights. In the latter, a funky portrait of the L.A. porn scene in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, Hoffman plays Scott J., a boom mic operator and lighting technician for pornographer Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds). He’s a sad, schlubby loner. He’s also a closeted homosexual, and harbors a huge crush on well-endowed porn star Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg). The scene where Hoffman tries to kiss Wahlberg, only to be brutally rebuffed, and then cries, repeatedly yelling, “I’m a fucking idiot!”, is heartbreaking.
The actor who died Sunday morning was found with a needle in his arm and five empty heroin envelopes, according to police on the scene.
Philip Seymour Hoffman lay dead on his side on the bathroom floor clad in a T-shirt and shorts, a hypodermic needle sticking out of his left arm.
In the trash, police found five empty heroin envelopes. Nearby were two full envelopes.
Pete Seeger showed Bruce Springsteen how music can effect political change and raise a nation's spirits, while still bursting with spirit and joy.
In the Spring of 2006 Bruce Springsteen assembled a new band to begin playing live the songs that would appear on his The Seeger Sessions album.
Bruce Springsteen sings with the Seeger Sessions Band in 2006. (Susana Vera/Reuters)
His first shows were in Asbury Park, at a small run down Convention Hall that appeared destined for the wrecking ball.
Rating the Big Game’s top ads is an annual rite. From Bud Light’s star-studded best night ever to Ellen’s Beats Music dance party to Audi’s terrifying Doberhuahua, relive the Super Bowl’s most awesome spots.
Bud Light: Ian Up For Whatever
What do you get when you put together a bachelorette party DJed by Reggie Watts, Minka Kelly the stylist, Don Cheadle leading a llama into an elevator, Arnold Schwarzenegger playing ping-pong, a private One Republic concert, and an unsuspecting average guy who’s up for anything? The best night ever.
The daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow is speaking out against Hollywood for ignoring her abuse, and we all should be listening.
When you ask anyone their favorite Woody Allen film, odds are they’ll say Annie Hall. When it was released, in 1977, as far as we know Allen hadn’t committed any crime beyond egregious pretention. So people don’t seem to mind pledging their allegiance to it – because it’s protected by time. It’s only around the arrival of Husbands and Wives, in 1992, that favoring Allen seemed to become a little tricky. That was the year Vanity Fair published an exposé in which it was alleged that the Oscar winner had sexually abused his 7-year-old adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. That was the year we thought that Allen the famous filmmaker would fall from his pedestal.
But he didn’t. From Manhattan Murder Mystery in 1993 all the way to Blue Jasmine 20 years later, Allen has remained a Hollywood icon with the whiff of scandal occasionally wafting up around – but never over powering – his name. In the wake of his latest Oscar nomination, however, Allen the famous filmmaker has lost his footing. Writing a first person account of the alleged abuse she suffered at her father’s hands, Dylan has moved the spotlight from Oscar onto the man behind it.
In the '60s South, long hair was a signifier and a deal breaker for men. In East Texas, they took this up a notch, as Bud Shrake discovered when Mrs. Shrake got ostracized, too.
The late Edwin “Bud” Shrake was part of a rich crop of writers that came out of Texas in the ‘50s and ‘60s and included Dan Jenkins, Blackie Sherrod, Larry L. King, John Graves, Larry McMurtry, Grover Lewis, and Cary Cartwright. Shrake was a newspaperman, a magazine writer, screenwriter, and a fine novelist. “The Land of the Permanent Wave,” first appeared in Harper’s during the magazine’s heyday in the ‘60s. Willie Morris, their celebrated editor, said that along with Seymour Hersh’s devastating account of the My Lai massacre, Shrake’s was his favorite story.
In his memoir New York Days, Morris recalled Shrake as “a large, tall Texan with a blunt exterior that disguised a lyric but misdoing heart. This piece was infinitely less ambitious than ‘My Lai,’ but struck a chord in me that I have never quite forgotten, having to do with how clean, funny, and lambent prose caught the mood of that moment in the country and mirrored with great felicity what we were trying to do at Harper’s. To me, few finer magazine essays have ever been written.
It’s the adorable alternative to the big game—and it’s gaining steam, with 12.4 million viewers last year. A look behind the scenes at what it takes to be a puppy superstar.
Super Bowl counterprogramming has a short and uninspiring history. Some networks resort to old Seinfelds, while others air forgotten documentaries. Animal Planet inadvertently stumbled upon TV gold.
The Puppy Bowl, which airs on Super Bowl Sunday starting at 3 p.m., features more than 60 adorable and adoptable puppies playing canine football, complete with a kitty halftime show and penguin cheerleaders.
The start of every year brings a swell of great international movies that miss out on being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and turns your local indie theaters into Cannes or Berlin.
Adventuresome moviegoers can thank the Oscars as bunnies can thank spring. One can have a ball at the sight of the other.
There is currently a flourish of thoughtful foreign movies such that a visit to the indie theaters near you can resemble attending a great film festival. And since the Academy only nominate five titles for best foreign language film—this year they are The Great Beauty, The Hunt, Omar, Broken Circle Breakdown, and The Missing Picture—other worthy contenders get ignored at the box office, as foreign films are given to. That’s not to mention that perhaps the best foreign films of the year showed their heads too early in the season, like Beyond the Hills, Something In the Air, Like Someone In Love, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Caesar Must Die, and A Touch of Sin.
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The best excuse to call in sick on a Monday for work is finally here. Yes, we’re talking about the Super Bowl. For those who aren’t easily entertained by football, food, and hilarious commercials (some of which cost more than a brand-new Bentley), there’s always the halftime show. You know, the concert that some consider the main event of the night. Remember Mick Jagger is skinny jeans? Beyoncé reuniting with Destiny’s Child? Nipplegate?!
But before all that, the halftime show originated with members of the University of Arizona and the University of Michigan marching bands performing at the first Super Bowl in 1967. Halftime performances did not become an annual part of the festivities until 1993. It has since evolved into a large display with lights, fireworks, and more panache than whatever’s in the salsa you’ll eat while you.
From Michael J. Fox to Cindy Crawford, see some of the best celebrity cameos in Super Bowl commercials.
Millions of dollars are spent trying to make the most of the thirty seconds of airtime during the Super Bowl (Four million dollars into every thirty seconds, to be exact.)
And yes, that means celebrities make cameos. This year, commercial enthusiasts look forward to a reunion of the men from Full House, Ellen DeGeneres, Scarlett Johansson, Bruno Mars, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Terry Crews with the Muppets, just to name a few.
Four years after writing ‘Labor Day,’ author Joyce Maynard was teaching Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet to bake pies for a scene so sexy it’s being compared to the pottery sequence from ‘Ghost.’
When an author’s book is being made into a movie, it’s common for the writer to have a certain list of demands: script approval, final say on casting, access to the set. Joyce Maynard thought all of that would be nice when Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) approached her to turn her novel, Labor Day, into a feature film. But there was really only one thing that she insisted on as a stipulation of the adaptation: she personally must be the one who teaches its stars how to bake pie.
(Left to right) Kate Winslet is Adele and Josh Brolin is Frank in LABOR DAY (Dale Robinette/Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush)
Labor Day, which hit theaters this weekend, stars Kate Winslet as a suburban New Hampshire single mom, a hermit who over-relies on her young son once her husband leaves her. Josh Brolin plays an escaped convict who slyly convinces Winslet’s character to harbor him in her home over Labor Day weekend in 1987. Over the course of the weekend, the two fall in love. The moment they do—and here’s where Maynard’s peculiar demand begins to make sense—is when Brolin and Winslet bake a pie together.
Ten years ago today, Janet Jackson’s boob was unleashed on an unsuspecting public during the Super Bowl halftime show. A nation of pearl-clutching Puritans cried foul, and the world’s most popular mini-concert was never the same.
It lasted just 9/16 of a second, but the backlash is still felt to this day.
On the night of Feb. 1, 2004, the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots clashed in Super Bowl XXXVIII. The nationally televised mega-event was held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Hometown girl Beyoncé sang the national anthem. And the game was a nail-biter, with the Patriots clinching the victory with four seconds left on a game-winning 41-yard field goal by kicker Adam Vinatieri. Led by quarterback Tom Brady, the Pats took home their second Vince Lombardi Trophy, winning 32-29.
Janet Jackson performs with singer Justin Timberlake during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII in this February 1, 2004. (Win McNamee/Reuters)
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Newcastle Brown Ale hired the Pitch Perfect lead to star in their Super***• commercial, only to run out of funds days before shooting. Watch the “hot to the kind of guys who, like, feel bad calling a girl hot” Kendrick tell the beer company to “suck it” for bailing on her.
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