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Whitaker shines as Islam convert in Berlinale contender

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker stars as a convicted cop killer looking for a second chance in America after his conversion to Islam, in a warmly received Berlin film festival contender Friday. In "Two Men in Town" by French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb, Whitaker's character William Garnett tries to go on the straight and narrow after his release from a New Mexico prison with the help of a sympathetic parole officer played by British actress Brenda Blethyn.

Friends, fans mourn Philip Seymour Hoffman at candlelight vigil

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of friends and fans of Philip Seymour Hoffman gathered for a candlelight vigil on Wednesday evening outside his New York theater company, paying homage to the acclaimed actor who died of a suspected drug overdose. Father Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest and member of the company, led a community prayer during the somber outdoor ceremony at the Labyrinth Theater Company, where Hoffman formerly served as artistic director.

So who's cool? US photo exhibit tackles the question

So what is this thing called cool? A major photography exhibition that opens Friday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington dares to tackle the question. From Elvis Presley and James Dean to Jay-Z and Johnny Depp, "American Cool" namechecks 100 actors, actresses, artists, musicians and writers in the United States whose creativity and style have shaped the concept of cool. "Cool is America's greatest cultural export," said Aussie Kim Sajet, who took over last year as director of the National Portrait Gallery, part of the Smithsonian network of museums.

For 'Monuments Men,' George Clooney gets surprise German gift

By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For the most ambitious of his five films as director, George Clooney assembled a top-shelf cast of fellow actors to play art experts tasked with retrieving artistic treasure stolen by the Germans during World War Two.

Fans pay respects to Hoffman at New York apartment

Subdued fans laid roses, photographs and beer outside the apartment of Oscar-winning American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on Tuesday two days after his death from a suspected overdose. The results of an autopsy on the 46-year-old star are expected to be made public as early as Tuesday, but tests have already concluded that Hoffman was in possession of heroin when he died. The sudden death of the 46-year-old father of three young children, hailed by many as the finest character actor of his generation, has shocked Hollywood and devastated his family.

Heroin found in Hoffman's apartment

Investigators confirmed Monday that heroin was found in the New York apartment of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a suspected drugs overdose. The sudden death of the 46-year-old father of three young children, hailed by many as the finest character actor of his generation, has shocked Hollywood and devastated his family. Police said he was found on the bathroom floor in his Manhattan apartment, a syringe in his arm, wearing shorts and a T-shirt.

Autopsy for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

An autopsy on the body of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was to take place in New York on Monday, a day after he was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose. The sudden death of the 46-year-old father of three young children, hailed by many as the finest character actor of his generation, has shocked Hollywood and devastated his family. Police said he was found on the bathroom floor in his Manhattan apartment, a syringe in his arm, wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Envelopes of what appears to have been heroin were also found.

Autopsy for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

An autopsy on the body of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was to take place in New York on Monday, a day after he was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose. The sudden death of the 46-year-old father of three young children, hailed by many as the finest character actor of his generation, has shocked Hollywood and devastated his family. Police said he was found on the bathroom floor in his Manhattan apartment, a syringe in his arm, wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Envelopes of what appears to have been heroin were also found.

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead of suspected drug overdose

By Victoria Cavaliere and Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the leading actors of his generation and winner of an Academy Award for his title role in the film "Capote," was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday in what a New York police source described as an apparent drug overdose.

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.
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