It’s Friday once again, and that means it’s time for another GrabBag! – our weekly mishmash of links and videos to get you through the weekend.
- There’s a new clip from Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Reviews have just started coming out from its premier in Berlin, and needless to say, I’m even more excited.
- Dallas Buyers Club’s Jared Leto got heckled for being a straight man playing a transgender woman. His initial response was perfect enough, but then he proceeded to invite the heckler backstage for a “heart-to-heart” conversation about the subject.
- The 12 Years a Slave team is in full campaign mode. Here’s Steve McQueen on Nightline. Also, Lupita Nyong’o talks to Vogue about how she got into film…
… and screenwriter John Ridley talks to Bill Maher.
- Gender inequality in the film industry summed up in this fantastic infographic. (New York Film Academy actually published this several months ago, but it’s still and always relevant.)
- This week’s biggest and most shocking entertainment news story by far was the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday.
- Director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) wrote an excellent remembrance on his blog.
- Meanwhile tweets poured in from other actors and industry insider.
- The team behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – which he was still filming when he died – released an offical statement. His performance as Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire was fantastic. I hope they shot enough new footage to shoot around him, because I don’t know how anybody will be able to fill his shoes.
- Finally, here is by far the best compilation/tribute video I’ve seen yet…
That’s all for this week’s GrabBag. Enjoy your weekend and try to stay warm!