Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46, Kristen Bell Calls Out People, Man of Steel 2 Casting, Chip 'n' Dale & LaBeouf Return
02.03.14 by BJSprecher
R.I.P. Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) was found dead in his home in Manhattan yesterday morning of an alleged drug overdose. He was 46. Deadline reports that Hoffman was discovered in the bathroom of his apartment by an unidentified friend and that a hypodermic needle and what appeared to be heroin were found at the scene. Hoffman leaves behind his three children with costume designer Mimi O’Donnell: Cooper (11), Tallulah (7) and Willa (6).
Some of Hoffman's ongoing projects have been shelved, while others continue on. Only yesterday, we reported that Hoffman's planned second feature as a director, Ezekial Moss, was moving forward with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams in starring roles. With his passing, Exclusive Media has dropped the movie that Hoffman spent over a year working on with writer Keith Bunin. The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 1 will still be released as scheduled, though Lionsgate has not explained how they plan on continuing the production without Hoffman, who had one more week of filming to do as Plutarch Heavensbee. In a statement, Lionsgate called Hoffman a "singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation," a sentiment echoed by many on Sunday.
BOX OFFICE Ride Along topped the box office for a third weekend in a row, taking in $12.3 million for a total of $92,977,000. Frozen claimed the #2 spot with $9.3 million, edging out That Awkward Moment's $9 million opening. The Nut Job and Lone Survior round out the top 5 with $7.6 and $7.1 million, respectively. Jason Reitman's Labor Day failed to find an audience, taking in just $5.4 million from 2,584 locations in its opener.
CRUSADER Actress Kristen Bell has been very outspoken about photographers that target the children of celebrities since the birth of her child with actor Dax Shepard last year. She recently appeared with Shepard on Today to voice her concerns about "pedorazzi," as she calls them, and now she's taking the fight to People via her Twitter account, calling on the popular magazine to institute a "no kids policy."
dear @peoplemag -scaring & harassing kids isn't "entertainment news". pls agree to stop using #pedorazzi shots. #nokidspolicy RT IF U AGREE
DISNEY Disney is prepping a pair of classic cartoon characters for a big screen comeback. THR reports that the House of Mouse has picked up a pitch by commercials director Robert Rugan for Chip 'n' Dale to return as "Rescue Rangers" in a live-action/CG hybrid movie. Mandeville Films/TV, the Disney-based production company behind The Muppets franchise, is producing.
MOS2 Warner Bros. has announced that Superman's greatest nemesis, Lex Luthor, will make his first appearance in the rebooted franchise in the as-yet-untitled sequel to Man of Steel, unofficially dubbed Batman vs. Superman. Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) will play the ruthless businessman last played on screen by Kevin Spacey in Superman Returns. In the studio's statement, director Zack Snyder called Luthor "a complicated and sophisticated character" and said that the casting of Eisenberg will allow him to "take the character in some new and unexpected directions."
Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) has also joined the cast of the sequel, announced Warner Bros. Irons will join Ben Affleck on the Bat-half of the cast as Alfred, Bruce Wayne's guardian, mentor and father figure (he's a pretty good butler, too!). Snyder called Alfred a "critical element" to Batman's mission and said it was "an honor" to have the "amazingly seasoned and gifted" Jeremy Irons in the role. The movie's release was recently pushed back to May 6, 2016.
LaBEOUF For the first time in months, Shia LaBeouf is in the news for his acting and not for plagiarism, social media faux pas or drunken headbutts. According to THR, the Transformers actor will join Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel and Kate Hudson in Barry Levinson's new comedy, Rock the Kasbah. The plot follows a washed up rock manager named Richie Vance who finds himself stranded in Kabul, Afghanistan. Vance discovers a talented young local singer and becomes her manager, ultimately getting her a shot at stardom on an American Idol-type show. Mitch Glazer (Passion Play) wrote the screenplay.
SACKED When Jimmy Fallon takes over as host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno won't be the only one out of a job. According to The Burbank Leader, NBCUniversal is laying off 164 employees from its Burbank facility when the show moves to New York City. An unidentified spokesman for the company said that the former employees should apply for other positions in the company, including on Fallon's new Tonight Show.
R.I.P. Arthur Rankin, Jr. died at his home in Bermuda on Thursday at the age of 89. As half of Rankin/Bass, Arthur delighted generations with his holiday cartoons and stop-motion classics like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.