Monday
Sep082014

Phillip Seymour Hoffman: An intense actor who shunned media

Philip Seymour Hoffman never carried himself like a Hollywood star, which made him one of its brightest.

Bookish, intense and leery of the press, Hoffman, 46, who was found dead of a suspected drug overdose Sunday in his New York apartment, earned his greatest fame for his Oscar-winning turn in 2005's Capote and his recurring role as Plutarch Heavensbee in theHunger Games franchise.

But he appeared on the radar of Hollywood's most respected directors years before that. If an actor can be measured by the caliber of filmmakers on a résumé, Hoffman's was spectacular.

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Sunday
Sep072014

'Fast and Furious' star Paul Walker killed in car wreck

Paul Walker, one of the main stars of the popularFast and Furious action-movie franchise, was killed on Saturday in a car accident in Santa Clarita, Calif.

The actor's representative, Ame Van Iden, confirmed his death to USA TODAY. He was 40. TheLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department told AP that speed was a factor in the crash.

Walker had returned home for the holidays from theAtlanta set of Fast and Furious 7 and was scheduled to return next week.

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Thursday
May162013

Katzenberg follows the Mickey Mouse master's formula

Photo: Dan McMedan, USA Today

Walt Disney knew that an adult lives in every child, and former Disney exec Jeffrey Katzenberg used that principle to guide him when he formed DreamWorks Studios in 1994.

GLENDALE, Calif. — Jeffrey Katzenberg was at his first day on the job as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios in 1984 when CEO Michael Eisner called him over to his corner office window.

Katzenberg had a laundry list of goals to get the struggling studio back on its feet, and Eisner seemed eager to get started. But as Katzenberg was leaving the third-floor office once occupied by co-founder Walt Disney, Eisner asked him to look out the window.

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Monday
Dec172012

'Zero Dark Thirty' has bin Laden, Oscars in its sights

The filmmakers stress that their movie is a drama, not a documentary.

Photo: Jonathan Olley, Columbia PicturesLOS ANGELES — Kathryn Bigelow has learned her way around a sandstorm. Next she may discover how she handles a firestorm.

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Wednesday
May262004

'The Day After Tomorrow' heats up a political debate

Cover Story: May 26, 2004New York is expecting rain this weekend. About 150 feet of it. And Los Angeles could get high winds — enough to rip the Hollywood sign right out of the ground.

Summer has officially arrived in theaters. How can you tell? The Earth is in peril.

Only this time the threat doesn't come from aliens or giant angry lizards or asteroids plummeting toward the planet. Instead, global warming threatens our big blue marble.

And some real-life scientists couldn't be happier.

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