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Steve Coogan has been cast in Showtime’s Happyish series that was to have starred the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Philip Seymour Hoffman had been due to begin filming the lead role in Happyish at the time of his drug-related death in February.
Showtime will shoot a new “pilot” show, starring Steve Coogan as a Briton in New York whose world is disrupted when he gets a much younger boss.
Steve Coogan has been cast in Showtime’s Happyish series that was to have starred the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
Show creator Shalom Auslander said he “possesses the unique combination of talents this role demands”.
“Steve’s range is astounding,” continued the writer and producer, describing the Alan Partridge star as “a comedy legend [and] a gifted satirist”.
The original Happyish pilot also featured Rhys Ifans and comedian Louis CK alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Thom Payne character.
It is not yet known whether any of the original pilot’s actors will reprise their performances in the reshot version.
When Philip Seymour Hoffman died at the age of 46, Steve Coogan remembered him as “a hugely gifted actor” whom he had “looked up to and admired”.
God’s Pocket, in which Philip Seymour Hoffman had his final movie role as a leading man, is set to hit theatres this May.
Philip Seymour Hoffman filmed God’s Pocket last summer and had been promoting the drama, in which he stars as Mickey, a man who tries to cover up the accidental death of his crazy stepson, at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January.
Philip Seymour Hoffman filmed God’s Pocket last summer and had been promoting the drama at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January
God’s Pocket, directed by and co-starring John Slattery, has now been given a May 9 release date, while it will be available on video-on-demand on May 14.
Before his death on February 2 at the age 46, Philip Seymour Hoffman had also been in the midst of shooting scenes for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2, in which he plays Plutarch Heavensbee.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is scheduled for a November release, with the sequel to follow in 2015.
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A New York medical examiner revealed Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an accidental overdose of a mixture of drugs including heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, and benzodiazepine.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead at his home in New York City on February 2 with a syringe in his arm. He was 46.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead at his home in New York City on February 2
The actor had struggled with drug addiction and had recently acknowledged he had relapsed after being clean for years.
The New York medical examiner revealed the post-mortem results on Friday.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was survived by his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children.
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A Philip Seymour Hoffman playwriting prize will be funded by a libel settlement from The National Enquirer.
The $45,000 bursary was suggested by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s friend David Katz, who sued The National Enquirer over an article about their friendship.
The story was printed just days after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death earlier this month and subsequently retracted.
David Katz’s lawyer said the prize would be funded “for years to come”.
David Burnstein told the New York Times that David Katz, who is a playwright, wanted the undisclosed settlement to be used positively, and had set up the American Playwriting Foundation as a result.
He said he had spoken often with Philip Seymour Hoffman about how “it’s a tragedy playwrights can’t survive being playwrights – about how nice it would be if you could make your rent and still have an occasional steak”.
Philip Seymour Hoffman playwriting prize will be funded by libel settlement from National Enquirer
The annual prize will be known as the Relentless Award, in a nod to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s pursuit of artistic truth and integrity.
A panel of four theatre writers, including David Katz, will form a selection committee to choose the recipient of the bursary, whose work must be previously unproduced.
The National Enquirer published a story making allegations about the relationship between Philip Seymour Hoffman and David Katz, asserting that the two men took drugs together.
David Katz said Philip Seymour Hoffman never took drugs in his presence and that he had never spoken to the publication.
The National Enquirer removed the story and contended they had been given their information by another David Katz, who claimed that he was the playwright.
As well as the libel settlement, the magazine is due to publish a full-page apology in the New York Times.
David Burnstein said the man claiming to be David Katz would also face a legal challenge.
Philip Seymour Hoffman died at the age of 46 following a drugs overdose at his New York apartment on February 2.
Veteran jazz and pop sideman Robert Vineberg, who was charged with keeping a 300-packet heroin stash amid an investigation into Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, is an addict, and any heroin the musician allegedly had would have been largely for his own consumption, his lawyer said Friday.
However, a judge expressed skepticism about viewing Robert Vineberg as just a drug user caught up in a high-profile probe.
Robert Vineberg was in court seeking bond in a case that has drawn a share of the publicity surrounding Philip Seymour Hoffman’s February 2 death in an apparent heroin overdose, though he isn’t charged with playing a role in it.
The musician has said he was a friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman but didn’t sell the heroin that authorities found in Hoffman’s apartment.
As police followed a tip after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, they said they found about 300 small bags of heroin, worth about $10 apiece on the street, and $1,300 in cash in Vineberg’s apartment and music studio.
Robert Vineberg was in court seeking bond in a case that has drawn a share of the publicity surrounding Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death
Both are in the same building in Manhattan’s East Village.
Robert Vineberg, 57, faces a felony charge of possessing heroin with an intent to sell it.
His lawyer, Edward Kratt, said Robert Vineberg has a 10-bag-a-day heroin addiction, and much of the alleged stash “clearly was for his own use.” Edward Kratt noted that police didn’t report finding scales, rubber stamps used as a drug-world branding tool, or various other packaging materials to suggest major drug dealing.
“Mr. Vineberg is committed to confronting his problem and is committed to treatment,” said Edward Kratt, adding that Robert Vineberg’s addiction had sapped his ability to work.
But state Supreme Court Justice Edward McLaughlin said that in some other cases, experts have testified that considerably smaller amounts of heroin were big enough to imply a plan to sell.
“If he has no job that produces income and has $1,300 in cash, you draw your own conclusions,” Edward McLaughlin said. He set a $200,000 bond or $40,000 cash bail for Robert Vineberg, who had been held without bail since his arrest last week. Friends were working to raise the money.
Under the name Robert Aaron, Vineberg has a musical resume that dates to the early 1980s. He played saxophone, flute and keyboards on albums by artists including David Bowie and Mick Jagger, and more recently, Wyclef Jean and the late Amy Winehouse.
Robert Vineberg told the New York Post in a jail interview Saturday that he and Philip Seymour Hoffman had been friends for about a year and last communicated by text message in December, trading messages about their mutual efforts at sobriety. Robert Vineberg wouldn’t say whether he had ever sold Philip Seymour Hoffman drugs but denied providing the at least 50 packets authorities found in the actor’s apartment, the newspaper said.
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Drake has apologized for his rant over Rolling Stone editors’ decision to drop his picture from the magazine’s cover in favor of a Philip Seymour Hoffman tribute.
The rapper insisted he did not mean to offend the late actor’s family.
Drake hit headlines on Thursday when he took to Twitter to rant about Rolling Stone bosses’ decision to drop him as cover star for the latest issue following Philip Seymour Hoffman’s sudden death earlier this month.
Drake has apologized for his rant over Rolling Stone editors’ decision to drop his picture from the magazine’s cover in favor of a Philip Seymour Hoffman tribute
The singer he was “disgusted” by the move and vowed to boycott all future magazine interviews, tweeting: “They… took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue… I’m disgusted with that. RIP to Philip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil… I’m done doing interviews for magazines.”
Now, Drake has released a statement in a bid to clarify his angry comments, insisting he actually agrees with the decision to ditch his cover, saying: “[I want] to clear the air about an extremely emotional day. I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Philip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication. My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed.”
Drake went on to add an apology for his comments: “The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable [on the magazine’s behalf], but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating… That made me feel violated. I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment… I once again apologise to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way.”
Philip Seymour Hoffman has been mourned by family and friends at his funeral in New York City.
Among those at the Church of St Ignatius Loyola were Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Spike Lee and other show business figures.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead at his home in Manhattan on Sunday with a syringe in his arm.
While police believe the actor died of a heroin overdose, a post-mortem examination was inconclusive.
Philip Seymour Hoffman has been mourned by family and friends at his funeral in New York City
The New York City medical examiner’s office has said more tests are needed to determine what exactly killed Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Authorities also found dozens of bags of what seemed to be heroin in the actor’s apartment.
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children walked behind the coffin as it was brought into the church on Friday.
Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Philip Seymour Hoffman’s body, looked visibly upset as he arrived before the funeral.
The lights at theatre marquees on New York’s Broadway, the centre of American theatre, were dimmed on Wednesday in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s honor, and a candlelight vigil was held outside the Labyrinth Theater Company. His close family held a private wake on Thursday.
A larger memorial service is being planned for later in February.
Amid the investigation into Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, three people have been arrested on drug charges, including one on a charge of heroin possession with intent to sell.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman will be digitally recreated for at least one scene in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, according to the New York Post.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died last week at the age of 46, played gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the film.
He had only a week left of filming for the franchise’s final film when he died of an apparent overdose on Sunday.
Philip Seymour Hoffman will be digitally recreated for at least one scene in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Instead of rewriting the script, the film’s editors will use computer effects and camera tricks to digitally insert Philip Seymour into at least one major emotional scene, according to New York Post’s Page Six.
“You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to,” a source tied to the films told The Hollywood Reporter.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will be released in November 2014.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is set for November 2015.
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The Grand Budapest Hotel has opened this year’s Berlin Film Festival to rave reviews.
A notable absentee from Berlin is the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died on Sunday of a suspected drug overdose.
Philip Seymour Hoffman had been due to attend the festival to promote his film God’s Pocket.
Instead, a screening of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar-winning performance in the film Capote will be screened in tribute on Tuesday.
“He was one of the greatest actors we had in the world,” festival director Dieter Kosslick told the Reuters news agency.
The Grand Budapest Hotel has opened this year’s Berlin Film Festival to rave reviews
Wes Anderson’s latest movie The Grand Budapest Hotel stars British actor Ralph Fiennes as the famous concierge Gustave H, who woos octogenarian blonde widows at an Alpine hotel. When one dies in mysterious circumstances and leaves him a valuable painting, it sets in motion a chain of murder and mayhem.
It co-stars an enviable line-up of actors including Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law and Tom Wilkinson.
Wes Anderson is a European festival favorite. His last film, Moonrise Kingdom, opened the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and earned him an Oscar nomination for best screenplay.
His previous films include The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Royal Tenenbaums.
The eight-member jury, chaired by Brokeback Mountain producer James Schamus includes Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz and actress Greta Gerwig.
It will announce the winner of the prestigious Golden Bear and other prizes on February 15.
Other films screening out of competition include Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and Calvary, a black comedy drama starring Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd.
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A private funeral service will be held for Philip Seymour Hoffman in New York on Friday.
Only his family and close friends have been invited to pay their respects to the late actor.
A representative for Philip Seymour Hoffman said: “In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Phil’s name to two charities that were very close to his heart: The Dreamyard Project and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The family wishes to thank everyone for their continued support and good wishes.”
A private funeral service will be held for Philip Seymour Hoffman in New York
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday morning of a suspected drug overdose at the age of 46. Dozens of bags of heroin were found in his apartment, and the actor had been in rehab in recent months.
He was born in New York and lived there just a few blocks from partner Mimi O’Donnell, with whom he had three young children.
Mimi O’Donnell had recently kicked Philip Seymour Hoffman out of their shared Manhattan apartment to battle his addiction.
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New York’s city medical examiner has announced that tests on Philip Seymour Hoffman’s body are inconclusive.
Spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said further tests were needed to determine what caused his death.
New York’s city medical examiner has announced that tests on Philip Seymour Hoffman’s body are inconclusive
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead at his Greenwich Village home on Sunday with a syringe in his arm.
Police later arrested four people on drug charges. It is not clear whether the move is linked to drugs found at the actor’s home.
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New York police have reportedly arrested four people as part of an investigation into the suspected heroin overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Some 350 bags of heroin were also seized during the arrests in Lower Manhattan, unnamed police officials were quoted by US media as saying.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead at his Greenwich Village home on Sunday with a syringe in his arm.
Dozens of suspected heroin bags were found near his body.
Some were stamped with the ace of hearts and the ace of spades, which are said to be brand names for heroin that street dealers use.
New York police have reportedly arrested four people as part of an investigation into the suspected heroin overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman
No definitive cause of death has been given, as police try to piece together his final hours using surveillance video and inspecting computers found in his home.
Police say the heroin found in Hoffman’s apartment was not mixed with the synthetic narcotic fentanyl.
Fentanyl has been blamed for a number of recent overdose deaths.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is reported to have withdrawn a total of $1,200 in six visits to a cash machine the day before his death.
The acting world has been paying tribute to a man described as one of the finest actors of his generation.
Lights along theatre marquees on New York’s Broadway are due to be dimmed later in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who earned three Tony award nominations for his work in theatre work in the city.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who is survived by his partner Mimi O’Donnell and their three children, has spoken candidly in the past of his struggle against drug addiction.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s former partner Mimi O’Donnell revealed the actor seemed high and took out $1,200 in cash from a New York City supermarket ATM on the night before his death, CNN reported.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent drug overdose.
CNN made a reconstruction of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final hours saying he was talking with two men wearing messenger bags as he made the withdrawals between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose
Mimi O’Donnell , Philip Seymour Hoffman’s former partner and the mother of his three children, reportedly told law enforcement officials that she saw the actor near his West Village apartment on Saturday afternoon and spoke to him that night. Both times he appeared high.
Police also reportedly asked the manager of a Village grocery store that Philip Seymour Hoffman visited that night if there is any video surveillance of the actor, but none existed.
Fox News also reported that Philip Seymour Hoffman looked under the influence of substances while buying soda and toiletries at 10:30 that night.
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According to New York City police, up to 70 bags of suspected heroin have been found inside Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment a day after his death.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead at his Greenwich Village home on Sunday with a syringe in his arm.
A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out on Monday. Police suspect Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose.
The lights along theatre marquees on New York’s Broadway were to be dimmed on Wednesday in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
New York City police have found up to 70 bags of suspected heroin inside Philip Seymour Hoffman’s home
Philip Seymour Hoffman earned three Tony award nominations for his work in New York theatre.
The actor is survived by his partner Mimi O’Donnell and their three children. In a statement, his family said: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil.”
Julia Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the New York City Medical Examiner, said she was unsure when the results of Monday’s post-mortem examination, or autopsy, would be available.
“Sometimes we have to perform additional testing,” she said.
The post-mortem examination could explain how Philip Seymour Hoffman died apparently soon after injecting suspected heroin.
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New details about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apparent drug overdose emerged Monday.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his New York City apartment just after 11:30 a.m. Sunday – with a hypodermic needle still in his arm.
According to law enforcement sources, authorities at the scene found roughly 50 bags of heroin, numerous syringes, addiction treatment medication, blood pressure medication, and a muscle relaxant.
Officials also discovered a few books about Truman Capote, the legendary author Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Academy Award for playing in the eponymous 2005 film.
Law enforcement officials also said that toxicology tests will likely determine Philip Seymour Hoffman’s cause of death.
A city police lab is testing unused heroin found in the actor’s apartment to determine potency.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday
It was too soon Monday to know if the heroin Philip Seymour Hoffman injected was tainted, if he mixed levels between two heroin “brands,” or if the actor took too much of the drug.
Authorities also found six bottles of prescription drugs – including the blood pressure medication clonidine hydrochloride; the addiction treatment drug buprenorphine; the attention-deficit disorder treatment drug vyvanse; the anti-anxiety drug hydroxyzine; and the muscle relaxer methocarbamol.
Three of the bottles had a prescription to Philip Seymour Hoffman on them, but the vyvanse, buprenorphine and hydroxyzine did not. It was not immediately clear if the latter three drugs were prescribed to Philip Seymour Hoffman but just not properly labeled.
Philip Seymour Hoffman had spoken openly about past substance abuse battles, saying he quit using drugs and alcohol and “got sober” at 22 years old.
However, in early 2013, Philip Seymour Hoffman checked himself into rehab for 10 days.
At the time, Philip Seymour Hoffman told TMZ that he had begun using prescription medicines, and his use escalated to heroin.
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Fellow actors paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman after he was found dead at his home in New York on Sunday.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found by a friend who called emergency services. He was declared dead at the scene.
A police spokesman said investigators found two small plastic bags and a substance suspected of being heroin.
Robert De Niro was among many stars expressing their sorrow, describing him as “a wonderful actor”.
“I’m very, very saddened by the passing of Phil. He was a wonderful actor. This is one of those times where you say: <<This just shouldn’t be>>,” he said.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is survived by his partner Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children.
Fellow actors paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman after he was found dead at his home in New York
Jennifer Lawrence, who starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Hunger Games, described him as “such a incredible actor.”
“You played an excellent Plutarch. So sad,” she wrote.
Julianne Moore, who co-starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and The Big Lebowski, said: “I feel so fortunate to have known and worked with the extraordinary Philip Seymour Hoffman, and am deeply saddened by his passing.”
George Clooney, who appeared alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Ides of March, said: “There are no words… It’s just terrible.”
Director Mike Nichols, who directed Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson’s War and in Death of a Salesman, said: “No words for this. He was too great and we’re too shattered.”
Kevin Costner told the Associated Press: “Philip was a very important actor and really takes his place among the real great actors. It’s a shame.
“Who knows what he would have been able to do? But we’re left with the legacy of the work he’s done and it all speaks for itself,” he added.
Philip Seymour Hoffman had candidly spoken in the past of his struggle against drug addiction, including a 2006 interview in which he told CBS he had at times abused “anything I could get my hands on. I liked it all”.
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12 Years a Slave has won the most prizes at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards last night.
It was named film of the year, while Chiwetel Ejiofor won actor of the year, and co-star Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress.
British director Steve McQueen said he had “felt so much love for this film in this country”.
The awards took place exactly four weeks before the Oscars in Hollywood.
12 Years a Slave is considered the front-runner for best picture, and it has nine nominations in total, including Steve McQueen for best director.
It also has 10 nominations for the Bafta Film Awards, two weeks away on February 16.
The London Critics’ Circle ceremony, at London’s May Fair Hotel on Sunday, began on a somber note as news broke of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death in New York.
When film critic Jason Solomons opened the awards by paying tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, guests stood in spontaneous appreciation.
Steve McQueen’s film 12 Years A Slave took home film of the year at the Critic’ Circle Film Awards
Philip Seymour Hoffman won a best supporting actor award at last year’s event for his performance as a cult leader in The Master.
Among the stars on the red carpet were Steve Coogan, Naomie Harris, Andy Serkis, John Hurt and Gary Oldman – who was honoured with the Dilys Powell award for excellence in film.
Cate Blanchett was named actress of the year for her performance in Blue Jasmine and Judi Dench won British actress of the year.
Alfonso Cuaron was named director of the year for his 3D space thriller, Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The film also took the best technical achievement award.
Clio Barnard’s low-budget drama The Selfish Giant, a contemporary English fable about two excluded schoolboys who start working for a dodgy local scrap dealer, was named British film of the year.
Conner Chapman, the teenage star of The Selfish Giant who was plucked from obscurity from his school in Bradford, was named young British performer of the year.
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Police officers revealed that Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose with a hypodermic needle still stuck in his arm inside a Greenwich Village apartment on Sunday.
Screenwriter and friend David Bar Katz called 911 around 11:30 a.m. after he and a female friend found Philip Seymour Hoffman in his underwear on a bathroom floor at 35 Bethune St., sources said.
The pair went to check on the actor after he missed an appointment to pick up his three kids from longtime girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell.
Police found five empty glassine envelopes in a garbage can, two more under the bed and one on a table in the apartment, where Philip Seymour Hoffman — who has repeatedly struggled with substance abuse — was living recently.
They also found a charred spoon in the kitchen sink, sources say.
The envelopes were marked “Ace of Spades,” which sources said is a brand of heroin that hasn’t been seen on the streets since around 2008 in Brooklyn.
There was no note, and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death is believed to be accidental.
Philip Seymour Hoffman publicly admitted that he nearly succumbed to substance abuse after graduating from NYU’s drama schoo
The building is less than three blocks from the three-bedroom, 2-1/2-bath apartment on Jane Street that Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, and Mimi O’Donnell, a costume designer, bought for $4.4 million in 2008.
In a statement released by his manager, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family called his death “a tragic and sudden loss”.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” the statement said.
“Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
The Lionsgate entertainment company — for which Philip Seymour Hoffman co-starred in The Hunger Games franchise — called him “a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation”.
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was largely complete and he had seven days of shooting left on Part 2, and his death is not expected to affect their scheduled openings in November of this year and November 2015, respectively.
In 2006, Philip Seymour Hoffman publicly admitted that he nearly succumbed to substance abuse after graduating from NYU’s drama school, but got sober in rehab.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead at his home in New York, police say.
The 46-year-old actor was found in his Manhattan apartment after a friend called the emergency services.
The police said the cause of death was an apparent drug overdose.
Philip Seymour Hoffmann made his name in the 1990s in films including Boogie Nights and the Big Lebowski, before winning the best actor Oscar for his 2005 portrayal of writer Truman Capote.
Throughout his career Philip Seymour Hoffman featured in independent films as well as Hollywood blockbusters such as Mission Impossible III.
Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead at his home in New York
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s latest role was in the Hunger Games series of films.
As well as films, the actor also starred in Broadway plays and was nominated for two Tony Awards.
Last year Philip Seymour Hoffman told celebrity news website TMZ that he had sought treatment for drug abuse.
He told the website he had used prescription drugs, and briefly heroin, before seeking help.
Philip Seymour Hoffman has over 60 film credits to his name, including Magnolia and The Master with director Paul Thomas Anderson, for which he was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar.
Philip Seymour Hoffman made his debut as a film director in 2010 with the New York-set Jack Goes Boating, in which he also starred.
South Korean film Pieta has won the Golden Lion award at the 69th edition of Venice Film Festival.
The best actor award was split between Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix for The Master.
Inspired by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard, the film also picked up the Silver Lion prize for best director.
South Korean film Pieta, directed by Kim Ki-duk, has won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival 2012
Directed by Paul Thomas Andersen, The Master tells the story of a sect leader who takes a war veteran under his wing.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who also collected Phoenix’s award, said: “Joaquin Phoenix is a life force in this film … and I kind of rode that life force and that was my performance.
“It was really riding his life force because it was something that was untameable and my job was to try to and it was almost impossible, which is kind of the movie.”
He also praised Paul Thomas Anderson, who was not at the ceremony, calling him: “Friend first, collaborator second. And he happens to be one of the great film-makers.”
Morality tale Pieta, directed by Kim Ki-duk, centres on a debt collector who is forced to examine his life when a woman turns up claiming to be his mother.
On accepting his award, Kim Ki-duk sang a song to the audience while thanking the jury.
Speaking after, he said: “This is a song that we Koreans sing when we are sad, when we feel alone, when we feel desperate, but also when we’re happy.”
The Venice Festival jury, which was headed by US director Michael Mann, picked Hadas Yaron for best actress for Fill the Void, a film delving into the life of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.