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Watch: International Trailer For 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman & Rachel McAdams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2014 5:17 PM
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Given it's six months later, we're not sure if this is the same sizzle reel that debuted in the summer, but an international trailer for Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man" is back online. The film is set to debut at Sundance 2014 later this month, and while it wasn't in part one of our 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2014, check back on Monday and we bet you'll see it there (and for those keeping score it was there in 2013 too).

Sundance First Look: Philip Seymour Hoffman & Christina Hendricks In 'God's Pocket' & Mark Ruffalo's 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 4:55 PM
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  • 8 Comments
God’s Pocket
Nothing really connecting these two movies except that they both feature a bunch of actors we really, really like. So let's roll...

The Best & The Worst Of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 25, 2013 1:40 PM
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  • 66 Comments
Catching Fire, feature
Now officially the all-time November opening record holder, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was always a fairly sure thing in terms of box office. But what's more impressive is the advance word on the film (our own included), and the buzz around it, which has been so positive, with it being touted as the rare sequel that improves on the original, and with many going so far as to compare it to "The Empire Strikes Back." (Though, to be honest, we think that comparison is more to do with how open-ended it feels, with the good guys separated and some of them still imperiled, at the film's close.) Some of us might not go quite that far, but certainly director Francis Lawrence has made good on delivering a broader, more nuanced and more layered film than the first, which is fitting considering he was adapting what we'd consider the best of the three books, by quite some distance.

Review: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 12, 2013 9:00 AM
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Francis Lawrence is a filmmaker I typically associate with bland proficiency, but “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – which honestly required nothing more than that to be considered successful -- is something truly remarkable. Easily the most sophisticated and thoughtful franchise film of 2013, Lawrence’s adaptation of the second novel in Suzanne Collins’ young adult series is all-things-to-all-people entertainment, a follow-up that intensifies the first film’s thrills while simultaneously developing its characters, and even more crucially, expanding its themes. The rare sequel that surpasses its predecessor, “Catching Fire” tackles head-on the repercussions of the events of “Hunger Games,” deepening Collins’ cinematic mythology even as it proves that teen-lit is more than capable of tackling complex ideas.

Vincent Cassel Replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman In ‘Child 44′ & Oscar Isaac In 'Partisan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2013 1:52 PM
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Across his career, Vincent Cassel has logged time with Darren Aronofsky, Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh, David Cronenberg, Gaspar Noé and more, earning no shortage of acclaim along the way. So it's not a surprise that should a spot open up in an upcoming movie, his name is going to be bandied about. But it is a surprise to see him to take over two movies in one week.

Philip Seymour Hoffman & Kathryn Hahn To Star In Showtime Comedy Pilot 'Trending Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2013 6:05 PM
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Well, if you're making a comedy you want us to see sight unseen, this is a pretty good way to do it. Line up an acclaimed actor, usually known for his dramatic work, but who has hidden comic chops and pair him with an underrated but consistently strong and hilarious actress and you'll have our curiosity. When those people are Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn, well sir, you have our attention.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Enters The District

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2013 5:05 PM
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  • 19 Comments
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
While the summer blockbuster season comes to a close in a few short weeks (thank God), for those who you like your popcorn coupled with CGI effects and action, don't worry, as Hollywood will keep catering to you until the end of the year. While the past couple years saw the "Twilight" crowd dominate the fall frame with the vampire romance epics, with that series over, it's time for a new YA title to carry torch. And that responsibility has fallen to Jennifer Lawrence and those in her district with the sequel, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

10 Great Modern Day Actor/Director Collaborations

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 17, 2013 2:17 PM
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  • 41 Comments
10 Actor/Director Collaborations
The hallowed halls of cinema are littered with iconic and unforgettable director/actor collaborations. The muses that feed the filmmaker, the director that inspires the actor. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, Ingmar Bergman and half his repertory including Bibi Anderson, Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow, Werner Herzog and his toxic relationship with Klaus Kinski, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Monica Vitti and Michelangelo Antonioni, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington, Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart—no matter what time period of movies you look at, no matter whether it be high or low art, the classic collaborations are countless.

Damn: Philip Seymour Hoffman Joins Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace & Gary Oldman In 'Child 44'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2013 7:59 PM
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So, just how kick ass is Philip Seymour Hoffman? Just a few weeks ago he was making headlines for checking himself back into rehab after a relapse into drug addiction led to him to snorting heroin. And today, dude is back at work like a boss and helping make an already great sounding project even better.

Philip Seymour Hoffman To Star In John Slattery's Directorial Debut, Cate Blanchett Teams With David Mamet For 'Blackbird'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 16, 2013 10:19 AM
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Incoming casting news, fresh from the French Riviera: first off, Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed on for a new film, so we can all get our regular dose of rumpled magnificence. “God's Pocket” will be directed by John Slattery, who you know as “Mad Men”'s silver fox Roger Sterling but who is making the move to directing (having helmed several excellent episodes of the series in which he stars), adapting a Pete Dexter novel about Mickey (Hoffman), whose attempts to move on after the suspicious, and not unwelcome, death of his unstable stepson are frustrated by a local reporter with a hunch.

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