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Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs: 'Almost Famous' star Patrick Fugit remembers

When Patrick Fugit woke up Sunday morning and learned via Facebook that Philip Seymour Hoffman had died in New York, he had a surprising first thought. It wasn’t a flashback to Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical coming-of-age movie that starred Fugit as a teenage rock journalist and Hoffman as iconic critic Lester Bangs. “I started immediately thinking about Punch-Drunk Love, which is one of my favorite films that he’s in,” says Fugit, who’s currently filming Gone Girl for David Fincher. “Have you seen the Mattress Man commercial that he’s in? It’s just a deleted scene from the Punch-Drunk Love special edition where he basically jumps onto these mattresses from atop a semi truck and he misses them and falls on the ground. It looks like Philip really wrecks himself. It totally looks real, and it’s genius and hilarious. I don’t know why, but that was the first thing I thought of.”

But after that initial memory, Fugit couldn’t help but reflect on the scenes he shared with Hoffman in Almost Famous. The young actor was only 16 years old at the time and had no clue who Hoffman was when the esteemed actor arrived on the set for three days of filming. Below, as told to EW, Fugit looks back on those pivotal scenes and how they made a lasting impact on him as an actor.
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Cameron Crowe remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman

After the sudden death of Philip Seymour Hoffman yesterday, tributes have been pouring in. Joining those voices today is director Cameron Crowe, who wrote a blog post with his memories of working with Hoffman on the set of Almost Famous, where of course Hoffman portrayed rock journalist Lester Bangs.

Alongside the above photo, Crowe wrote, “My original take on this scene was a loud, late night pronouncement from Lester Bangs.  A call to arms.  In Phil’s hands it became something different.  A scene about quiet truths shared between two guys, both at the crossroads, both hurting, and both up too late.  It became the soul of the movie.  In between takes, Hoffman spoke to no one.  He listened only to his headset, only to the words of Lester himself.  (His Walkman was filled with rare Lester interviews.)  When the scene was over, I realized that Hoffman had pulled off a magic trick.  He’d leapt over the words and the script, and gone hunting for the soul and compassion of the private Lester, the one only a few of us had ever met.  Suddenly the portrait was complete.  The crew and I will always be grateful for that front row seat to his genius.”

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Casting Net: Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce to star in 'Strangerland'; Plus, Damian Lewis, more

• Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit) will all star in the Australian thriller Strangerland, about a couple whose two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert. Kim Farrant will direct the film from a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. [THR]

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Casting Net: Alec Baldwin in talks for Cameron Crowe pic; Plus, Ethan Hawke does Shakespeare again, more

• After his turn as another suave one percent-er in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Alec Baldwin is reportedly in talks to join Cameron Crowe’s next movie. Details about the plot are being kept under wraps, but Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, and Emma Stone are all on board for Crowe’s post-We Bought a Zoo effort.  [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Topher Grace in talks to take on time travel in 'Interstellar'; Plus, Danny McBride joins Cameron Crowe pic, more

• Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3) is in talks to join Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar in a supporting capacity. Naturally, no details were given about the nature of the role, but we’re hoping this could be the beginning of a Topher Grace career reboot. He has a number of projects in the works including The Invitation with Zachary Quinto, The Calling with Susan Sarandon, and A Many Splintered Thing with Aubrey Plaza and Chris Evans, a.k.a. April and not Andy.  [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Morgan Freeman in talks for another Christopher Nolan film; Plus, Michael Caine, Rachel McAdams, more

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• Morgan Freeman is finding his way back to the world of Christopher Nolan. No, the Dark Knight director hasn’t signed Freeman onto his highly anticipated next original project. (Though Anne Hathaway might make the leap to sci-fi for that film, Interstellar.) Freeman is in final negotiations to star in the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, Nolan’s longtime cinematographer. Nolan is producing the film, called Transcendence. Plot details are being kept under wraps for the sci-fi film, but it’s been described as in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception. Already signed on are Johnny Depp, Kate Mara (127 Hours), Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind), and Rebecca Hall (The Town). Alcon Entertainment announced Freeman’s casting news via press release on Thursday. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Johnny Depp embracing 'Transcendence.' Plus: Bradley Cooper, Rhys Ifans, Katt Williams

• Johnny Depp is in talks to star in Transcendence, the directorial debut of A-list cinematographer (and noted Avengers non-fanWally Pfister (The Dark Knight Rises, MoneyballInception). The plot is top secret at this point, though given the title, we’re thinking undead pirates are likely not involved. First-time feature screenwriter Jack Paglen penned the script. [Variety]

• In other intriguing-projects-being-kept-under-wraps news, Bradley Cooper is in preliminary talks to join Emma Stone in writer-director Cameron Crowe‘s next untitled project — about which we know nothing other than it is destined to have a killer soundtrack. [Deadline]

• The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Rhys Ifans has signed onto an adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic tragic novel Madame Bovary. He will play Monsieur Lheureux, the scheming merchant who tricks the title adulteress (Mia Wasikowska) into falling into a mountain of crushing debt. Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Paul Giamatti costar in the film, to be directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) from a script by rookie screenwriter Rose Barreneche. [Variety]

• Comedian Katt Williams is joining the storied cast of Scary Movie 5 in an unspecified starring role. He joins Lindsay LohanMike TysonCharlie SheenHeather LocklearKate Walsh, and Ashley Tisdale. Director Malcolm Lee (Soul MenUndercover Brother) is taking on helming the horror spoof franchise for the first time, from a script from Scary Movie 3 and 4 director David Zucker. [THR]

• Dominic Monaghan will star in the fantasy family film Molly Moon, about an orphan girl (Snow White and the Huntsman‘s Raffey Cassidy) who can hypnotize anyone around her. Monaghan will play a thief bent on landing Molly’s priceless book on hypnosis. Christopher Rowley (Bonneville) is directing the adaptation of the Georgia Byng novel. [Variety]

• Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) will star in and produce We’re Just Married, a romantic comedy about a love triangle penned by the Tony-nominated actress’ father David Rabe (HurlyburlyThe Firm). Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs) is directing. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Angelina Jolie’s kids Pax and Zahara join her in ‘Maleficent.’ Plus: Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner, Julianne Moore
Casting Net: Anna Kendrick to sing about ‘The Last 5 Years.’ Plus: Hugh Grant, Emmy Rossum, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Casting Net: Nic Cage in talks to star in more mainstream ‘Left Behind’ reboot. Plus: David Oyelowo, Kara Hayward

Casting Net: Emma Stone attached to Cameron Crowe romance. Plus: Russell Brand, Taylor Kitsch, Bill Murray

• Russell Brand is in opening negotiations for Pierre Pierre, an off-color comedy about a French cynic smuggling a stolen painting from Paris to London. Larry Charles (Borat) is attached to direct the script, from first-time writers Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton. [Variety]

• Taylor Kitsch and Brendan Gleeson will headline The Grand Seduction, an indie remake of the French Canadian film La Grand Seduction about a resident of a small, economically-imperiled Canadian village (Gleeson) who enlists his town to help convince a visiting doctor (Kitsch) to move in for good. Actor and filmmaker Don McKellar (Last Night) will direct from a script by Michael Dowse (Goon) and Ken Scott (who also penned the original film). [Deadline]

True Blood‘s Nelsan Ellis will play civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Butler, director Lee Daniels‘ star-studded biopic of Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), who worked at the White House over the course of eight presidential administrations. Ellis joins (deep breath) Robin WilliamsJames MarsdenAlan RickmanMelissa LeoMinka Kelly, Jane Fonda, Mariah CareyVanessa RedgraveAlex Pettyfer, and Oprah Winfrey, as Allen’s wife. Daniels wrote the script with Danny Strong (HBO’s Game Change). [Deadline]

• Bill Murray is in preliminary talks to star in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, about an irascible retired war vet (Murray) who befriends a 12-year-old boy whose parents have just divorced. Ted Melfi is attached to direct his screenplay, which was on the 2011 Black List. [Variety]

• The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi will supervise Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship, playing the director of the internship program at a major technology company, which Vaughn and Wilson’s characters join to reboot their careers. Shawn Levy is directing from a script written by Vaughn. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Alex Pettyfer to run off with Kristen Stewart in ‘Cali.’ Plus: Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti
Casting Net: Denzel Washington to play ‘The Equalizer.’ Plus: Jon Favreau, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber
Casting Net: Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks sign on for ‘Inevitable Defeat.’ Plus: Kellan Lutz, Camilla Belle to play straight lovers in a gay world

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