There are few things as exciting in Hollywood as a hot, young talent on the rise. Because of that, few things feel as tragic as the news that another cinematic star has left us far too soon. Here are ten stars who took their final bows while they were still way too young.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Earl Jones and Samuel L. Jackson are the frontrunners.
A truly masterful actor with impeccable taste, Philip Seymour Hoffman was and is almost synonymous with ultra-creative and boundary-pushing projects, bringing life and empathy to characters that other actors would run screaming from–from that of a masturbating prank caller (“Happiness”) to an accused pedophile (“Doubt”). Hoffman’s presence elevates indie flick–like “Synecdoche, New York”–and adds the necessary ham and heft to every Hollywood blockbuster he was cast in. Here, a list of his finest movies.
Plenty of big-name stars sank their teeth into juicy guest roles on LAW & ORDER over its 20 seasons of case-busting and legal maneuvering. (Julia Roberts, Chevy Chase and Sharon Stone among them.) But it’s a truth all New York theater actors know that the series was often a very early stop on the way…
In the pointedly smart, satirical David Mamet comedy STATE AND MAIN, a film crew wreaks havoc when it descends upon an idyllic New England town to shoot The Old Mill… not realizing that the titular mill burned down years before. (“How do I do a film called The Old Mill when I don’t have an old mill?” “Well, first, you’ve got to change the title.”) And that’s just for starters.
When JACK GOES BOATING debuted at Sundance earlier this year, the audience gave it a standing ovation. It’s easy to see why. As a story that’s really three stories in one, JACK GOES BOATING lifts you up and sends you way back down again with its sweeping narrative of two friends and two sets of lovers, one old and doomed and one fresh and new. It starts with Jack, played by Philip Seymour-Hoffman, who also makes his directorial debut with a script based on Robert Gloudini’s play of the same name, which Hoffman also starred in. Jack’s friend Clyde (John Ortiz) sets him up with Connie (Amy Ryan), his wife’s co-worker. Connie is a timid, delicate, mouse of a woman, with insecurities so obvious they make her the victim of multiple instances of sexual harassment, even assault. She’s one of those women, coming upon middle-age, still unsure of who they are, making her an eligible candidate for Jack, who drives a limo and lives in his uncle’s basement.
The Public Theatre‘s website was impossible to access on Monday. Here’s why: Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Iago to John Oritz‘s Othello in an upcoming production. Perhaps the way to sell theatre tickets nowadays is to stud the cast with celebrities. When a BAM volunteer tried to sell me a membership over the phone recently,…
Follow director Adam Elliot’s film MARY AND MAX to the opening night of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Watch the video after the jump…
Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films screening at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in the out-of-competition sections of Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontier, and Park City at Midnight. Celebrating its 25th year, the 2009 Sundance Film Festival runs January 15-25 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. A complete list of the films is available at Sundance Institute’s website at www.sundance.org/festival.