Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Best Disaster Films Are Fun, Emotional & Feature Philip Seymour Hoffman [The Playlist Podcast]

You’ve probably seen the endless TV spots and trailers for Roland Emmerich’s new disaster film, “Moonfall.” And while that film looks appropriately dumb and ridiculous, it’s unlikely going to be one of the best disaster films of all time, right? Thankfully, The Playlist Podcast is here to give you a few recommendations in this particular world-ending subgenre to explore if you’re content with skipping “Moonfall” this weekend.
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The Greatest Roles of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Phillip Seymour Hoffman passed away far too young on February 2, 2014 but his incredible characters will never die. He's remembered as one of the greats thanks to a remarkable body of work that spanned decades. He was nominated for Tonys and Oscars, winning an Academy Award for his transformative role as Truman Capote in 2005. But he was much bigger than Oscar night. His career started slowly, but became a series of must-see performances. He was frequently the best thing about a film. These are his best roles.

How Philip Seymour Hoffman Became Paul Thomas Anderson's Chief Scene Stealer

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Licorice Pizza is a throwback to his earlier films Magnolia and Boogie Nights, and not just because of the gorgeous Southern California vistas. While his later projects would feature more intimate casts, Anderson’s earlier films featured sprawling ensembles of many established names that simultaneously launched a younger generation of stars. In the case of Licorice Pizza, one of those breakout performances is Cooper Hoffman in the role of aspiring actor Gary Valentine. The name is likely familiar for longtime PTA fans, as the breakout star’s father was none other than Philip Seymour Hoffman, who appeared in five of Anderson’s films before his tragic passing in 2014. While there are more performers that appeared in multiple Anderson films, including William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore, and Phillip Baker Hall, his working relationship with the elder Hoffman was distinct.

Patrick Fugit On That Time Brad Pitt Was Almost In ‘Almost Famous’ And Doing All Those Great Scenes With Philip Seymour Hoffman

Patrick Fugit was only 16 when he played William Miller, the young rock-fan-turned-reporter in Almost Famous. We know now that Cameron Crowe’s film became a beloved classic, but here’s a movie that completely hinged on the acting talent of a 16-year old who had never been in a movie before. That, in retrospect, is a lot of pressure. (And as Fugit explains, yeah there were plenty of “don’t fuck it up,” jokes aimed at him on set that I’m sure really soothed his anxieties. We know what happened next: Almost Famous underperformed at the box office, finishing third in its first week of wide release, behind Urban Legends: Final Cut and a theatrical release of the director’s cut of The Exorcist. But, then, kind of quickly thanks to cable television, developed, well, it can’t really be called a cult following because who hasn’t seen Almost Famous? It’s the rare movie that kind of flopped in theaters, then just ignored the whole “cult” part of things and became a beloved mainstream hit.

7 of the finest film performances by the gifted, prolific Philip Seymour Hoffman

Try to think of a part that Philip Seymour Hoffman couldn't have played. Go ahead. I'll wait. Hoffman, who died in 2014, was credible as smart or dumb people, as self-aware or obtuse, as powerful or weak, jolly or sad, brave or cowardly, bold or meek, quiet or loud. Other than lose a few pounds or change his hair, Hoffman rarely did much to alter his appearance (even for his extraordinary "Death of a Salesman" on Broadway, where he played the decades-older Willy Loman). His imagination was so nimble that he didn't need to.