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Philip Seymour Hoffman's 12 Best Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 24, 2014 3:05 PM
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's 12 Best Performances
This Friday should have been a cause for celebration: the release of "A Most Wanted Man," an adaptation of John Le Carre's novel by one of our favorite working filmmakers, Anton Corbijn ("Control," "The American"), and starring one of our finest working actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Instead, it's a bittersweet occasion: as we all know, Hoffman heartbreakingly passed away in February, only a few weeks after the film (and "God's Pocket," released a few months back) premiered at Sundance. It was the last film that Hoffman saw to completion: he was in production on what will turn out to be his very final pictures, the two-part finale to "The Hunger Games" series, when he passed.

‘A Most Wanted Man’: Anton Corbijn On Philip Seymour Hoffman, ‘Life,’ Robert Pattinson & More

  • By Alex Suskind
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  • July 24, 2014 2:10 PM
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On its own, Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” based on the 2008 novel by John le Carré, is a taut, post-9/11 spy thriller about a government’s attempt to avert future terror attacks. But consider the events that transpired outside the film, and it morphs into a more substantial, sad, and definitive piece of work.

Review: Spy Tale 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams And More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 23, 2014 6:01 PM
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A Most Wanted Man
As the line between television and film gets blurrier, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish exactly what makes something qualify to be a film at all. Particularly in the age of “Homeland” and “The Americans,” some may leave a slow-burning, understated spy caper like “A Most Wanted Man” wondering if it wouldn’t have been better served as a limited series on Netflix or HBO. And it will be a perfectly valid question. Based on the novel by John le Carré (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), the film is the new anti-thriller from director Anton Corbijn and centers on the war on terror in Germany via a tapestry of several characters, chiefly Gunther (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a grizzled counter-terrorist intelligence officer stationed in Hamburg after a previous fuck up in Beirut.

Anton Corbijn & Philip Seymour Hoffman Planned To Reteam For 'Life,' Watch New Featurette On 'A Most Wanted Man'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2014 2:10 PM
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Nearly six months on, and the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman still stings enormously. In part, it's being reminded of his immense talents in movies like "God's Pocket" and next week's "A Most Wanted Man," which were completed before his passing (both premiered at Sundance in January, mere weeks ahead of the actor's death, and are subsequently hitting theaters). And in part, it's because of knowing that the 46-year-old actor could have had so much good work ahead of him, had he lived.

"We're Not Policeman, We're Spies": Watch The New Trailer For 'A Most Wanted Man' With Philip Seymour Hoffman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2014 5:29 PM
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A Most Wanted Man
When it comes to government intelligence, it would seem that managing assets is just as important as catching criminals. And what happens when that line blurs? That seems to be the crux of Anton Corbijn's upcoming "A Most Wanted Man," and a new international trailer has arrived.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Was Planning To Shoot A Part In 'Louie,' Jeremy Renner Appearing In Next Episode

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2014 11:05 AM
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Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Philip Seymour Hoffman
There's television and then there's "Louie." Comedian Louis C.K. has brought an auteur approach to his show, one that has consistently challenged the traditional notions of thirty-minute television, and a program that has seen him bring in a wealth of guest stars, not always playing cameos, but carefully selected for their contributions. From David Lynch to Bob Saget to Chloe Sevigny, C.K. has kept audiences on their toes, but there's one guest spot we'll sadly never get to see.

Watch: Philip Seymour Hoffman Talks Happiness In Animated PBS Short

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2014 1:05 PM
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With the media speculating earlier this year on the dark, final days and weeks of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, it's often easy to forget that in addition to being one of the best actors of his generation, he was a loving father too. And his children and career come up in this slightly bruising animated short from PBS.

Exclusive: Philip Seymour Hoffman Has A Horse Story In Clip From 'God's Pocket'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2014 10:34 AM
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God's Pocket
The summer begins the process of saying goodbye, cinematically, to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Before his death, the actor completed work on two films — "A Most Wanted Man" and "God's Pocket" (with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" requiring some steps to get around his absence) — and the latter drama will drop first.

First Look: Julianne Moore As The President in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 15, 2014 12:27 PM
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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1
Want to know what Julianne Moore looks like as the president in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1”? Sure, you do, so Lionsgate has released an early first look including a picture with her alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Review: 'God's Pocket' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman & Christina Hendricks Is A Morbid Bummer

  • By Cory Everett
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  • May 8, 2014 7:02 PM
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God's Pocket
In God’s Pocket, a small town in Pennsylvania where everybody knows everybody’s business, it wouldn’t be uncommon to look out your window and see a man with one leg digging through the trash. Unfortunately, the same is also true of “God’s Pocket,” a morbid, 1970’s-set bummer of a film that strands its talented cast with less-than-deserving material. The film opens with a funeral and a fight, then quickly flashes back to three days prior where we’re formally introduced to Mickey, (a beleaguered Philip Seymour Hoffman), a low-level crook and one of the few residents of the insular town not to be born there. Along with his co-horts (played by John Turturro and “The Wire” star Domenick Lombardozzi), Mickey’s daily routine might involve stealing meat trucks, gambling or getting wasted at the local watering hole.

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