With the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman Sunday from an apparent heroin overdose, whats to become of his upcoming movies? A few answers:
By Sharon Hoffmann
The Kansas City Star
• The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (coming out in two parts): Hoffman, who plays the mysterious head gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee, had nearly finished his scenes for Part 1 (opening in November), says The Hollywood Reporter. But he had seven more days of filming for Part 2 (November 2015), including a crucial emotional scene. Obviously, were going to have a couple of work-around issues, but the movie will be creatively whole, says an unnamed studio exec. His performances in both movies will be up to the best of his craft. We feel it will be a good tribute to him.
• A Most Wanted Man: This adaptation of a John le Carre spy drama premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival, and critics said Hoffman was enthralling. Rachel McAdams and Robin Wright also star. Its expected in theaters in August.
• Gods Pocket: His character survives in a run-down neighborhood by hijacking trucks and stealing meat. Christina Hendricks co-stars, and her Mad Men compatriot John Slattery directs. No release date yet.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill worked so well together in The Wolf of Wall Street that theyre teaming up again for another true-life tale. Hill will play the title character in The Ballad of Richard Jewell, about the security guard who was wrongly accused of bringing the knapsack bomb to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. DiCaprio will play the lawyer who tried to clear his name, reports Deadline Hollywood. Its based on a 1997 Vanity Fair article. No writer or director is attached, yet.
If you havent gotten around to seeing the nine big Academy Award nominees, AMC Theatres will once again gather them together in the annual Best Picture Showcase. You have two options:
• See them over two Saturdays. Starting at noon Feb. 22: Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street and 12 Years a Slave ($30). Starting at noon March 1: Nebraska, Captain Phillips, Her, American Hustle and Gravity ($40). Or get a two-day pass at the box office for $60. (AMC Stubs members get discounts.) Theaters: Barrywoods, Independence, Studio 30, Ward Parkway.
• See them all at once: Yup, all nine in a 24-hour marathon, starting at 10 a.m. March 1 at Studio 30 ($60). That will get you out in plenty of time to go home and watch the Oscars the evening of March 2. See amctheatres.com.