2014 was a tough year for movie buffs, TV lovers, music fans, and comedy connoisseurs alike. Before we turn the calendar to 2015, let’s take a moment to stop, reflect, and remember the beloved entertainers, filmmakers, and other pop culture personalities we lost this year. You’ll find EW’s In Memoriam 2014 reel after the jump.
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A little over a month ago, we lost Philip Seymour Hoffman. Eulogies have included essays, written remembrances of his best work, and — because it is 2014 — tweets. But the latest honoring of the late actor is perhaps the most telling of Hoffman’s impact on the world: Filmmaker Caleb Slain put together a 20-minute supercut of Hoffman’s best roles, including clips from The Master, Doubt, Boogie Nights, and Almost Famous, that shows his amazing range as an actor.
On the Vimeo page for the video, Slain writes that “200 hours of work went into breaking down 47 of Hoffman’s roles.” What resulted is a touching tribute that reminds us of Hoffman’s talents and how much the film world — including audiences — will be missing now that he’s gone.
Watch the tribute below: READ FULL STORY
Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman shared the screen in Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Master and shared a friendship off-screen. An episode of Inside the Actors Studio featuring Adams aired Wednesday night, but was taped only three days after Hoffman’s death.
Host James Lipton brought up Hoffman during the interview, which led to Adams turning to the audience and saying, “Gosh, I wish you all could get a chance to work with him. He was beautiful,” Adams said, “and he had this unique ability to see people. To really see them. Not look through them.” She later said, “I just really loved him, and I know so many people did.”
As part of its cover story on Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rolling Stone interviewed Cameron Crowe about the late actor’s role in Almost Famous. In the film, Hoffman played Lester Bangs, a character based on the real-life music journalist (who wrote frequently for Rolling Stone) . “You could see a glint in his eye,” Crowe says of Hoffman when the actor came to L.A. to rehearse. “He already knew this character.”
Crowe initially thought rehearsals would take two days, but Hoffman told him, “You may only need a couple of hours.” The director recalls watching video interviews of Bangs with Hoffman as the actor tried to emulate the writer’s mannerisms and wit. Afterwards, they were going over one of the scenes from Almost Famous when Crowe realized Hoffman was ready for the film: “I looked at the clock and it was two hours exactly. And [Hoffman] laughed and said, ‘Told ya.'”
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:
Taking stock of an actor’s legacy on the stage is trickier than summing up a career on screen. After all, we can all go back and watch a film performance with the click of a mouse or by sliding in a DVD. Movies are endlessly available to us. The stage, on the other hand, is a living thing that varies from night to night. Some nights are magical, others less so. But when a show’s run ends, so does its life. It can be remembered, but not relived.
Maybe that’s why I feel incredibly lucky to be able to look back on a handful of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s most indelible stage performances and think that, for a brief moment, I shared something with him. Something that lived and breathed and was over too soon. I know I’m not alone. I’m sure that anyone who sat in a hushed Broadway theater to see Hoffman play Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, or James Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, or either of the warring brothers in Sam Shepard’s True West feels that way too. That we were witnessing something special and magical at that moment — not just in the grim hindsight of his premature death Sunday at age 46. READ FULL STORY
New York’s acting community will dim the lights of Broadway theater marquees for exactly one minute on Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. in remembrance of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died early Sunday morning at age 46.
In addition to his celebrated film career, Hoffman was a thoroughly accomplished stage actor and director, serving as a former Artistic Director of Off Broadway’s LAByrinth Theater Company, where he directed and appeared in a number of well-received productions.
Hoffman appeared on Broadway three times, each performance earning the actor both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. 2000 marked his first appearance, opposite John C. Reilly in True West (the duo alternated their roles during the run, each earning a Tony nod for Best Actor in a Play). In 2003, he starred in the revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Dennehy, and Robert Sean Leonard. Most recently, Hoffman took the stage as Willy Loman in director Mike Nichols’ Tony-winning 2012 revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, opposite Andrew Garfield and Linda Emond.
“Philip Seymour Hoffman, a three-time Tony Award nominee, was a true artist who loved the theatre,” said Charlotte St. Martin of the Broadway League. “His prolific body of work encompassed various mediums including theatre, film, and television, and we’ll always be grateful for his boundless and profound talent that he shared with us on the Broadway stage. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and fans.”
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.
Check out some of our favorite scenes below, and tell us yours in the comments. READ FULL STORY
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