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The New 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Trailer Teases Rebellion: VIDEO


The late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, at the time of his untimely death, figures prominently in its first teaser trailer as former head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, as he discusses Katniss, rebellion, and other urgent matters with District 13 President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore).

LawrenceDirector Francis Lawrence spoke about how Hoffman's character would be handled last May:

"We finished the majority of his work. I think he might have had eight to 10 days left on our schedule. In most of those scenes, Phil didn’t have any dialogue. We are going to put him into those scenes, but we’re only using real footage. We’re not creating anything digital or a robotic version of him."

The new trailer premiered at Comic Con in San Diego last Friday.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Friend Sues National Enquirer for $50 Million Over Story They Were Gay Lovers

Yesterday in my round-up I noted the existence of a completely made up story from the National Enquirer that David Bar Katz, the friend who found Philip Seymour Hoffman's body, was also his lover.

BarkatzNow Bar Katz is suing the Enquirer for $50 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

Bar Katz claims the publication printed a libelous story falsely claiming he gave them an "exclusive interview" in which he said he and Hoffman were lovers, had seen Hoffman freebase cocaine the night before his death and that he'd seen Hoffman use heroin.

In a complaint filed in the New York Supreme Court, Bar Katz claims the story is a lie. "The story is a complete fabrication: There was no interview," it states. "Bar Katz and Hoffman were never lovers. Bar Katz did not see Hoffman freebasing cocaine the night before he died, or at any other time. Bar Katz never saw Hoffman use heroin or cocaine."

The lawsuit goes on to say that Bar Katz has "no recollection" of ever meeting the three writers on the National Enquirer story and "unquestionably has not spoken to them or anyone else from the Enquirer since Hoffman's death."

Bar Katz is seeking $5 million in actual damages and $45 million in punitive damages.

Drug Dealers Arrested in Connection with Philip Seymour Hoffman Death

Police arrested four people with more than 350 bags of heroin in connection with the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the NYT reports:

HoffmanNarcotics investigators executed search warrants in three apartments in a building at 302 Mott Street on Tuesday evening, the official said. Three men and a woman were arrested, and the investigators recovered the bags of heroin inside the apartments.

Information stemming from the investigation into Mr. Hoffman’s death led them to the building, the official said. Mr. Hoffman, widely considered one of the best actors of his generation, died on Sunday in an apparent heroin overdose.

Police have also determined that the heroin in Hoffman's apartment was not the strain responsible for 22 fatalities recently in Pennsylvania.

Large Amounts of Drug Paraphernalia Found at Home of Philip Seymour Hoffman Following Actor's Death

Police found 50 bags containing what is suspected of containing heroin, bottles of prescription pills, and more than 20 used syringes in Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment following the actor's untimely death at 46, CNN reports:

HoffmanThe Oscar-winning actor was last seen alive at 8 p.m. Saturday, a law enforcement official said.

He was expected to get his children on Sunday, but didn't show up, the official said. Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and found him dead, the official said. A needle was in the actor's left arm, and eight empty glassine-type bags that usually contain heroin were found in the apartment, law enforcement sources told CNN. The bags were stamped with "Ace of Hearts" and "Ace of Spades" -- street names for heroin, the sources said.

Meanwhile, TMZ reports that one of the "operating theories" is related to a particularly deadly strain of the drug:

Authorities have been tracking a strain of heroin that has killed dozens of people on the East Coast -- just last month.  The heroin is laced with fentanyl, an extremely potent drug prescribed for terminal cancer patients.  The strain is 100 times more powerful than morphine ... it sometimes shuts down the respiratory system.

The drug -- sometimes called "Theraflu," "Bud Ice" and "24K" -- has been linked to 5 deaths on Long Island, 22 deaths in Pennsylvania and 19 on Rhode Island -- all in January.

There is also allegedly a videotape of a drug deal.

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46


Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in New York on Sunday morning, the NYT reports:

Mr. Hoffman, 46, was found in an apartment in the West Village around 11:30 a.m. by a friend who had become concerned at not being able to reach Mr. Hoffman, a law enforcement official said.

Investigators found a syringe in his left forearm, at least two plastic envelopes with what appeared to be heroin nearby, and five empty plastic envelopes in a trash bin, the official said.

“It’s pretty apparent that it was an overdose,” the official said. “The syringe was in his arm.”

Hoffman's family released a statement this afternoon:

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."

Hoffman's critically-acclaimed performances number in the dozens and included star turns in Almost Famous, The Master, Cold Mountain, Empire Falls, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and many others. He won an Oscar for his 2006 role as Truman Capote in Capote.

What a loss.

What if the Movie 'Her' Were 'Him'?


And what if that "Him" were Philip Seymour Hoffman?


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