The first teaser for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ debuted at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, further whetting fans’ appetites for the movie’s premiere later this year. Only a minute long and featuring only four words from Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen, the teaser focuses primarily on Plutarch Heavensbee (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) and President Coin (Julianne Moore), the leader of District 13, discussing whether Katniss is ready to lead a revolution against the Capitol. Watch above!
Maybe you won’t cry while watching this 20 minute long memorial clip of the best moments of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s expansive film career. But you’ll certainly be left with a heavy heart at the illimitable artist the world has lost. From his lighter, more comedic roles in “Almost Famous” and “Flawless,” to his severe and ascetic ones in “The Master” and “Doubt,” the wide-ranging talent he shared during his 22-year-long career is on full display. Filmmaker Caleb Spain reportedly spent over 200 searching for clips from 47 films. It’s time to mop up these damp cheeks and go add some of these films to the Netflix queue. [Vimeo]
“He sat down and we talked about the meaning of the script and the commercialization of music and movies. And that’s where we bonded a bit. When he drove to the office, he’d seen a director on a billboard doing an endorsement for a product. So he referenced that as “the line is blurry now.” In the time of the script, musicians didn’t do commercials. The lines were clearly drawn. And he was very interested in exploring what that line was.”
Director Cameron Crowe spoke to Rolling Stone about Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Almost Famous,” in which he played the cranky rock music journalist Lester Bangs. He detailed Hoffman’s ability to pick up on so many nuances of Lester’s personality and discussed that much-loved scene when he and Patrick Fugit’s character bond over how uncool they are: Keep reading »
“[Rolling Stone] also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue. I’m disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil. I’m done doing interviews for magazines. I just want to give my music to the people. That’s the only way my message gets across accurately.”
Drake is angry at Rolling Stone for allegedly publishing quotes in a forthcoming article which throw shade at Kanye West, whom he has performed with and been mentored by in the past. He claims he “never commented on Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling Stone” — though that doesn’t make clear whether he dissed Kanye while a reporter was within earshot or the quotes were made up. (I am guessing the former.) Either way, complaining he is “disgusted” because Rolling Stone replaced his cover with one HONORING A BELOVED ACTOR’S DEATH is super egotistical and tacky. You’ll have plenty of time for more covers while you’re still, you know, alive, Drake. All respect due? Yeah, right. (Drake has since deleted the tweets about PSH. The internet never forgets, Drizzy.) [Stereogum]
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »
I’m not exactly surprised that rag like The New York Post would send a reporter to loiter outside of a 12-step meeting like Narcotics or Alcoholics Anonymous, in hopes of scoring some exclusive “scoop” on the passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. But I am repulsed by it. In an article in yesterday’s paper — which I am not linking to — reporter Reuven Fenton wrote about how, prior to his overdose from heroin on Sunday, Hoffman was known to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at a location in the West Village in an effort to get and stay clean. But the Post also rather extensively quoted a man who met Hoffman in one of those meetings, who provided details about the actor’s participation in what is supposed to be an anonymous support group. Keep reading »