Harold Ramis died on Monday morning, causing fans of the star and his many comedies — including Groundhog Day and Caddyshack — to grieve on social media. Read below for statements and tweets from his famous fans, ranging from Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones to Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane, and check back as we’ll continue to update this page throughout the day. READ FULL STORY
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Early-rising stars — including Whoopi Goldberg, James Franco, and Olivia Munn — have already begun to pay tribute to the late Shirley Temple Black, who died Monday at the age of 85. Expect more tributes to pour in as the day goes on; in the meantime, here’s who’s remembering America’s sweetheart so far:
Reformed substance abuser Russell Brand — who’s been clean and sober for over a decade — has spent years crusading on behalf of addicts. In 2011, when his friend Amy Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning, he wrote a long tribute to her, taking pains to specify that addiction is a disease: “We need to review the way society treats addicts,” he wrote, “not as criminals but as sick people in need of care.” The following year, he testified before his home country’s Parliament to advocate decriminalizing drug addiction, saying again that those suffering from the disease should be treated with compassion.
And now Brand has weighed in on the recent passing of Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an apparent heroin overdose early last Sunday.
The comedian begins his Guardian column in an unusual way: by declaring that the demise of, say, a wild young star like Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber would not be particularly shocking. The death of Hoffman, however — “a middle-aged man, a credible and decorated actor, the industrious and unglamorous artisan of Broadway and serious cinema” — strikes us as particularly tragic. In Brand’s eyes, however, it shouldn’t; “the man was a drug addict and his death inevitable.”
The sudden death by apparent overdose of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman stunned Hollywood and left his family, friends, and colleagues shattered. In this week’s cover story, EW pays tribute to Hoffman, widely considered the greatest screen and stage actor of his generation.
Film critic Owen Gleiberman traces the arc of the Oscar-winning actor’s tragically curtailed career, exploring his ability, in role after role, to plumb his own depths to bring often deeply flawed characters to vivid life and to “lay bare the things that make people tick” — an emotionally wrenching process that clearly took a personal toll on the actor. We look back at Hoffman’s 10 most essential film performances — including his acclaimed work in movies like Capote, Doubt, and Boogie Nights, as well as lesser-known gems from throughout his career — and look ahead to the various projects he was working on at the time of his death, including the final installments in the Hunger Games franchise.
Director Brett Ratner, a fellow NYU film school student of Hoffman’s who later worked with the actor on the film Red Dragon, contributes a personal remembrance, while other friends and fellow actors and filmmakers offer their own tributes to Hoffman as both an artist and a man. “He was the warmest, most generous person and just overflowing with love and affection for his friends and family,” says actor Todd Louiso, a longtime friend of Hoffman’s who directed him in the 2002 film Love Liza. “I know the past two years have been really rough for him. To find out [about his death] doesn’t really compute to me. It just shows how strong that disease [of addiction] is.”
McKellen updated his Facebook page with a post remembering Hoffman’s work as Konstantin in The Seagull, a production McKellen attended at New York’s Central Park in 2001. “He was without doubt one of the most accomplished screen actors of our time,” he writes.
More recently, Hoffman saw McKellen perform at the Cort Theatre. Sadly, however, the pair never met. Read McKellen’s tribute below:
Philip Seymour Hofman passed away at the age of 46 on Sunday. Throughout his Oscar-winning career, the actor gave many memorable performances — from the mysterious and calculating Lancaster Dodd in The Master, to the hot-tempered Gust in Charlie Wilson’s War, to Lester Bangs, the iconic rock journalist in Almost Famous.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death Sunday was shocking to his fans and to those who knew him and worked with him. Celebrities from Steve Martin to his Hunger Games: Catching Fire co-star Sam Claflin took to Twitter and other social media to share their memories of the late actor.
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About a week after James Avery’s untimely passing, Will Smith — who first achieved onscreen stardom opposite Avery on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air – has posted a brief, touching tribute to his fallen friend on Facebook.
“Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery,” Smith wrote in a post late Sunday night. “Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace.”
He accompanied his words with a recent photo picturing a reunited Banks family, including Smith, Avery, Tatyana Ali (who played Uncle Phil’s youngest daughter Ashley), Karyn Parsons (who played spoiled oldest daughter Hilary), and Alfonso Ribeiro (who played dorky middle son Carlton). Missing from the picture are Janet Hubert-Whitten and/or Daphne Maxwell Reid, who each played Phil’s wife Vivian for three seasons, respectively.
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With the passing of veteran actor James Avery, we are taking a look back at his place in TV sitcom history. We’ll fondly remember Avery’s portrayal of Phillip Banks a.k.a. Uncle Phil on the ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Here are some of his best moments as the lovable yet tough-as-nails father figure to Will Smith on the show:
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Bono honored Nelson Mandela in a 1,000-word essay published by TIME following the South African leader’s death.
“As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager,” he writes. “He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made its first anti-apartheid effort.” READ FULL STORY
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