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<p>Philip Seymour Hoffman's versatility was just one of the things that made him one of the best actors in film, now or in the past.</p>

Philip Seymour Hoffman's versatility was just one of the things that made him one of the best actors in film, now or in the past.

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14 essential performances by the great Philip Seymour Hoffman

From 'Scent Of A Woman' to 'Capote,' we look at some of his greatest moments

This morning began early for me with a soccer practice for Toshi, and when I walked into the house around noon, I had no idea anything had happened. Twenty seconds of looking at Twitter, though, immediately had me rushing to the e-mail to check, and sure enough, there was a long e-mail thread already being sent back and forth by the rest of the editorial staff of HitFix about the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Even now, a few hours later, it seems surreal to me that he's genuinely gone. I suspect it will take a while for it to seem real to me, especially since he's still got a number of performances set to be released. As we discussed his passing this morning, we all had different performances and moments that we brought up, moments that meant so much to us.

While it's impossible to articulate the loss that has occurred today, what we can do is offer up some thoughts on what his work meant to us. Even this feels like we're just glancing over his remarkable filmography, just barely articulating the depth of what he expressed through his work over the years.

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Thrilling new 'Captain America' trailer puts The Winter Soldier center-stage

Plus the Falcon takes flight in a big way

The buzz has been building behind the scenes for the last few months, and if this new trailer for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is anything to judge by, the buzz is right.

This looks awesome.

What works best for the Marvel movies at this point is the sense of mounting continuity. Film to film, we're getting to know these characters better, and there is a sense of cause and effect. Actions in one film have consequences in another. I thought it was one of the nicest moments in the entire series so far when in a recent episode of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.", the characters took notice of a memorial wall in a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility with names of fallen agents, and Bucky Barnes was one of the people listed there.

As fans of the comics know, though, Bucky's fate was more complicated than a simple death, and from the moment Marvel announced the title for the sequel to "Captain America: The First Avenger," they have been waiting to see how Marvel would handle not only the introduction of The Winter Soldier, but the entire mythology around him.

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<p>Super Bowl XLVIII</p>

Super Bowl XLVIII

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Super Bowl XLVIII Live-Blog: Commercials, trailers and 2014's Big Game

Chime in on your favorite ads and maybe even on some football

Super Bowl Sunday, Baby!

I'm not gonna lie: Going into the conference final games two weeks ago, there were two teams I would have happily been able to root for and two teams I was, at best, apathetic on. Naturally, the Patriots and 49ers lost, so I have only minimal rooting interest in the Super Bowl itself. I'm half-heartedly rooting for the Seahawks because I like Russell Wilson, as a USC fan I appreciate the good years Pete Carroll gave us (leaving aside the probation), and because I'm always willing to root against Peyton Manning.

Mostly, though, this live-blog will be about the commercials. I know they've all been available online this week, but I've skipped all of them, because what's the fun of a Super Bowl if you've seen all of the ads. I know there's something with a puppy and a horse. I've heard somebody about Tom Hiddleston and Jaguar. But the ads themselves? They're all gonna be new to me.

So click through and join the conversation! Or start the conversation if people aren't talking!

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<p>U2</p>

U2

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Hear U2's new song, 'Invisible' in full

You don't have to wait for the Super Bowl commercial

U2’s new song, “Invisible,” which will debut in a 60-second commercial during the Super Bowl showed up on iTunes an hour before the big kick-off.

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<p>Plutarch Heavensbee will still be played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the two final films of the 'Hunger Games' series</p>

Plutarch Heavensbee will still be played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the two final films of the 'Hunger Games' series

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Update: 'Hunger Games' studio, case and crew react to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death

We examine what fans can expect from the last two 'Hunger Games' films

Updated:  A follow up statement on behalf of "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" director Francis Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins, producer Nina Jacobson, star Jennifer Lawrence and the cast and crew of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2" was released regarding the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

"Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family."

 - Statement from Francis Lawrence, Suzanne Collins, Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik, and Jennifer Lawrence on behalf of the cast and crew of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2

Original post: This is certainly not the only thing I will be writing today about the great Philip Seymour Hoffman, but since Lionsgate sent out a statement to acknowledge how deeply the cast and crew of the "Hunger Games" movies has been struck by the passing of Hoffman, we wanted to update fans about what they can expect from the final two films in the series.

It can never be easy for a filmmaker to think of practical considerations when they are still grappling with the overwhelming grief that comes from losing someone. When I saw Francis Lawrence at a small gathering just before the release of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," one of the things we talked about what the role played by Hoffman in the film.

In particular, I was struck by what a canny challenge it was for a performer to play the role the way Hoffman did. For the majority of the running time, Plutarch Heavensbee seems to be the bad guy, or at least one of them. He's the guy in charge of the games, and he seems to be deeply complicit in trying to not only kill Katniss Everdeen, but to also discredit her and to destroy her as a symbol.

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<p>Barkhad Abdi won the LFCC's Supporting Actor Award for &quot;Captain Phillips.&quot;</p>

Barkhad Abdi won the LFCC's Supporting Actor Award for "Captain Phillips."

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London critics award '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity,' 'Selfish Giant'

Ejiofor and Blanchett add to their tallies, while Barkhad Abdi surprises

The London Film Critics’ Circle Awards have just been presented at a black-tie ceremony in London, and while it’d be unseemly for me to evaluate their choices – given that I’m one of the voters – it’s fair to say the wealth was generously spread. “12 Years a Slave,” which has taken the most Best Picture prizes from critics in the US, added another to its tally: in addition to the Film of the Year Award, it also took acting prizes for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman dead: He was set to star on Showtime's 'Happyish'


Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46: He was set to star in Showtime's "Happyish"

The news of Hoffman's death today comes just 2 1/2 weeks after Showtime announced a 10-episode order for "Happyish," a comedy starring Hoffman. As Showtime president explained on Jan. 16, "'Happyish' is a very personal comedy starring one of the really great actors of our time, Oscar-winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman. 'Happyish' is about the fear — in this world of 25 year old CEOs and 27 year old billionaires — of becoming culturally irrelevant at a surprisingly young age. Hoffman plays Thom Payne, a successful but self-loathing creative director at a New York ad agency.... While true happiness is an unreasonably high bar, 'Happyish' might just be within reach." PLUS: Here's a 23-year-old Hoffman in his first on-screen acting role on "Law & Order" in 1991. UPDATE: Showtime mourns Hoffman's death.

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<p>Phillip&nbsp;Seymour Hoffman at the 30th annual&nbsp;Sundance Film&nbsp;Festival just two weeks ago.</p>

Phillip Seymour Hoffman at the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival just two weeks ago.

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Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York

He was 46 years old

Philip Seymour Hoffman had pretty much settled into one of the top tier actors of his generation. I shouldn't even hedge: he WAS one of the great actors of his generation, arguably at the very top. His trick was making it look easy, so the other guys get that recognition. The flashy players stand out. But Hoffman was sublime each and every time out. He brought A-game to things like "Along Came Polly," for Christ's sake.

And now he's gone?? I can't even begin to register that. That's a punch right in the stomach.

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Seth Meyers bids an emotional farewell to 'SNL,' with help from Amy Poehler and Stefon


Seth Meyers bids an emotional farewell to "SNL," with help from Amy Poehler and Stefon

Meyers, who's been on "Saturday Night Live" so long he joined shortly after the 9/11 attacks, was a huge part of the show, on and off screen. As "SNL" oral history author James Andrew Miller tweeted, "What you saw of @sethmeyers on #SNL was small part of his contributions. As writer/mentor @nbcsnl he leaves big shoes to fill."


Howard Stern's 60th Birthday Bash brings together Letterman, Kimmel, Fallon
The future of 11:35 -- plus Seth Meyers -- were under one roof Friday night to salute the King of All Media. Kimmel emceed the event, which a slew of celebs attended, from Bryan Cranston to Sarah Silverman to Louis CK to Gov. Christie, Rachael Ray, Katie Couric, Dr. Drew, Tracy Morgan, Barbara Walters and George Takei. PLUS: Watch Jimmy Kimmel's intro for Stern,  Fallon did shots on stage with Stern, and here's a rundown of the 4-hour Birthday Bash.


Listen to Letterman's interview with Howard Stern: Dave called Jay Leno when his 2nd exit was announced
David Letterman also talked to Stern about his "Late Show" future, saying: "If it were up to me, I would not quit. On the other hand, it's not always up to me and you can't go on forever. It really is stupid that I'm still doing the show."


Lena Dunham gets revenge on Howard Stern, saying he looks like a "cartoon of a Jewish female horse"
The "Girls" star was a surprise roaster at Stern's Birthday Bash, and she quickly got revenge on the shock jock for saying last year that she "looked like Jonah Hill and was raping his eyes" -- a comment for which he later apologized for during an interview with Dunham.


Kurt Sutter: I've "inquired" about expanding "Sons of Anarchy's" final season
On his podcast, Sutter said an expansion might not happen because it wouldn't benefit FX, cost-wise.


"SNL" celebrates Black History Month with "28 Reasons to Hug a Black Guy"
Jay Pharoah, Kenan Thompson and Sasheer Zamata starred in this "black history review revue." PLUS: NY Times investigates "SNL" after-parties, and learns that they haven't been the same since Horatio Sanz left.


The Puppy Bowl was filmed in October
Here are 12 things that you might not know about today's Big Game, including why you don't see more poop.


See pics of Stephen Colbert in college
Colbert's Northwestern University acting teacher shares photos of Colbert when he had much-longer hair. PLUS: Steve Carell had a mustache in his college yearbook photo.


Jay Leno scores big ratings on his final Friday night

Leno, who leaves "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, had a season-high viewership on Friday.


"Veronica Mars" spinoff details unveiled
Ryan Hansen will be playing a version of himself in the Dick Casablancas spinoff.


Alex Karpovsky reacts to his "Girls" hookup

"It was interesting and exciting and it was a very sort of perverse form of two people needing, depending and also sort of expressing their hatred towards one another in a very physical sense," he says.


"Blue Bloods" attracts 12.8 million, its biggest audience since its premiere

The Tom Selleck drama had an impressive viewership on Friday, especially for a 4th-season show.


"Magnum P.I." house is for sale for nearly $16M
The 8,921 sq. ft mansion lies on the shores of Oahu.


"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" animator dies at 89
Arthur Rankin Jr.'s company Rankin/Bass was a pioneer in the '60s of making stop-motion animation films.

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<p>Russell Tovey in a scene from the third episode of &quot;Looking.&quot;</p>

Russell Tovey in a scene from the third episode of "Looking."

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Review: 'Looking' - Russell Tovey joins 'Looking at Your Browser History'

Oh, and Scott Bakula too

Last episode, Patrick (Jonathan Groff) screwed up a great date with potential husband material Richie. Are you ready to cringe at what he does this week?

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<p>&quot;Frozen&quot;</p>

"Frozen"

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'Frozen' takes top honors at Annie Awards

'The Croods,' 'Monsters University' and 'The Wind Rises' all take home awards

Rife as they are with studio politics, the Annie Awards can sometimes perversely turn against frontrunners in the animated Oscar race, but if you were looking for any such shake-ups this year, you were out of luck. Disney's all-but-certain Oscar winner "Frozen" was the night's big winner, taking five awards for Best Animated Feature, Direction, Music, Production Design and Voice Acting for Josh Gad's irrepressible summer-loving snowman.

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity.&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity."

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Emmanuel Lubezki wins ASC Award for 'Gravity'

'Game of Thrones' and 'Killing Lincoln' take TV categories

Well, if you didn't already think the cinematography Oscar race was a done deal, it certainly is now: season-long favorite Emmanuel Lubezki has taken the ASC Award for "Gravity."

Of all the cinematography precursors on the circuit, the ASC is the most resistant to 3D and CGI-enhanced imagery: recent Oscar winners in the category like "Avatar," "Hugo" and "Life of Pi" all failed to win here, so it wouldn't have been a surprise to see the voters plump for the more old-school work of "Inside Llewyn Davis" or even "The Grandmaster." The fact that they, too, joined the "Gravity" express underlines that this year, nothing is coming between Lubezki and his overdue first Oscar.

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