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  • Mike Nichols' incisive, touching films got personal

    Mike Nichols' incisive, touching films got personal
    When I watch the films of Mike Nichols, I see my children, my parents, family, friends, foes, life in all of its complexity. I see me.
  • 'God's Pocket' is empty of the Philip Seymour Hoffman you want

    If, like me, you were hoping that "God's Pocket," starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final films, would feature yet another of the actor's distinctive turns, you are fresh out of luck. Hoffman's character, Mickey Scarpato, is a guy...

    Oscars guided by guild awards in nominations

     
    This year, 19 of the 20 SAG acting nominees are contending at the Academy Awards. The only one not to make the cut was SAG supporting actress contender Diane Kruger ("Inglourious Basterds"), who was replaced on the Oscars ballot by Maggie Gyllenhaal ("...

    Philip Seymour Hoffman: Acting cost him

    Philip Seymour Hoffman: Acting cost him
    I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman play Willy Loman on Broadway, and what I remember most is sheer exhaustion at the play's end.  A great and committed actor, he made you feel like you had lived "Death of a Salesman" with him. At the curtain call in 2012,...

    Mike Nichols on Broadway, success and learning from failure

    Mike Nichols on Broadway, success and learning from failure
    In 2012, The Times published the following profile of Mike Nichols as he set about to direct a Broadway revival of "Death of a Saleman." Nichols died Wednesday night after suffering a cardiac arrest at his New York home. Mike Nichols is running scared....