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Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'greatest character actor of his time'

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday, was hailed as finest character actor of his generation but struggled with fame and addiction. For more than 20 years Hoffman mesmerized, entertained and spell bound filmgoers with his portrayal of some of the most repellent and yet electrifying characters of the silver screen.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'greatest character actor of his time'

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday, was hailed as the finest character actor of his generation but struggled with fame and addiction. For more than 20 years, Hoffman mesmerized and entertained filmgoers with his portrayal of some of the most repellent and yet electrifying characters of the silver screen.

US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment of a suspected drug overdose on Sunday, law enforcement officials said. He was 46. The enigmatic star, who was hailed as the finest character actor of his generation, won an Oscar in 2006 as best actor for "Capote" and was nominated for three further Academy Awards. A substance thought to be heroin was found at the scene when police responded to the actor's home in Manhattan's West Village after receiving a call from one of his friends.

'Ride Along' drives N. American box office

Cop comedy "Ride Along" led the North American box office for a third weekend in a row, industry estimates showed Sunday. The action flick starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube easily outpaced its rivals, earning $12.3 million in the United States and Canada, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations reported. In second place with $9.3 million was Disney's smash hit "Frozen," a loosely-based retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. A frontrunner for best animated feature film at the Oscars, it has earned more than $360 million in North America since its release.

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of apparent drug overdose: NYPD source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won an Oscar for the film "Capote," was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, a New York Police Department source said. The source said Hoffman, 46, was found dead after a friend of the actor placed a 911 emergency call. The source gave no further details but the New York Times, citing a law enforcement official, said investigators found a syringe in Hoffman's arm and an envelope containing what was believed to be heroin.

"Her" and "Captain Phillips" win big at WGA award event

The films "Her" and "Captain Phillips" won top awards in America's annual Writers Guild Awards ceremony Saturday. "Her," a futuristic love story featuring Joaquin Phoenix falling for his computer's operating system, which has the sultry voice of Scarlett Johansson, won in the category of best original screenplay. Director Spike Jonze, who wrote the screenplay, beat out "American Hustle," Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," "Dallas Buyer's Club" and "Nebraska" for the award. "This is a high honor coming from writers," Jonze said as he accepted the award.

All-stars face off with global upstarts at Berlin film fest

New movies from Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater will go head-to-head with upstarts from Europe, China and Latin America for the Golden Bear top prize at the Berlin film festival starting Thursday. The 64th Berlinale, as the 11-day event is known, marks the first major European festival of the year and serves as a launchpad for Hollywood fare and risk-taking independent movies from around the world.

Dylan Farrow breaks silence on Woody Allen abuse allegation

The adopted daughter of Woody Allen has spoken for the first time about the alleged sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the legendary Hollywood director during her childhood. In an open letter published on a New York Times blog, Dylan Farrow, adopted by Allen during his relationship with actress Mia Farrow, detailed being abused by the director when she was seven years old. "He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me," Farrow, 28, wrote in the letter.

Actor Maximilian Schell dead at 83

Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who won an Oscar for best actor in 1961 for "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died at the age of 83, his agent announced Saturday. Schell died following "a sudden and serious illness," agent Patricia Baumbauer said. The actor took ill on January 18 in Kitzbuhel, western Austria, where he was filming for German channel ZDF, the Austrian news agency APA reported. He died after leaving the hospital on Tuesday, APA reported after having initially said he died overnight in a clinic in the western Austrian city of Innsbruck.

"Blancanieves," "Gravity" vie for best foreign film award in France

Paris, Jan 31 (EFE).- Spanish director Pablo Berger's "Blancanieves" and "Gravity" from Mexico's Alfonso Cuaron will vie for the Cesar Award for best foreign film, the French film academy said Friday. "Blancanieves" and "Gravity" will compete at the gala to be held Feb. 28 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris against such movies as Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" and "Django Unchained" by Quentin Tarantino.
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