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Interview: Philip Seymour Hoffman on “Synecdoche, New York”

By Aaron Hillis Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote,” “The Savages,” “Boogie Nights”) is no stranger to mining empathy from the sadness of down-and-out characters, but his latest role sees the Oscar-winning actor wrestling with onscreen angst from the deepest, most depressing of human worries: the finite constraints of creativity, love and mortality, and whether existence itself […]

In the works: “Cocaine Cowboys” the feature, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” the remake.

In the works: Journalist and screenwriter Evan Wright, best known for penning the book on which “Generation Kill” is based, has been hired to write the screenplay for a feature version of Billy Corben’s guilty pleasure doc “Cocaine Cowboys,” about Miami and the rise of the Colombian cocaine barons. Mark Wahlberg will star, and the […]

Cannes Endpoint (photo)

Cannes Endpoint

We’ve stuck a fork in the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and that puppy is well charred. A day late and a Euro short, we take a look at the fest as a whole on this week’s IFC News podcast, before discussing the pros and cons of two of the most talked-about films from American directors, […]

Fake Names, Real Oscars: Five Nominees Who Didn’t Really Exist

By Stephen Saito For all the talk of triviality that annually accompanies Oscar season, sometimes there really is much ado about nothing… or rather, no one. With this year’s nomination of Roderick Jaynes for best editing of the Coen brothers’ “No Country for Old Men,” the Academy added to an exclusive but enduring club of […]