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February 8, 2014

By Tirdad Derakhshani, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Feb. 08--Stars mourn Hoffman

Hollywood and Broadway royalty showed up in force Friday to mourn Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at a funeral service at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Hoffman, 46, died Sunday of an apparent drug overdose.

Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Hoffman in three films, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and The Master, delivered a eulogy, as did Cate Blanchett and Spike Lee.

"Phil was a lovely guy, a great artist," said Lee, who directed Hoffman in The 25th Hour.

Playwright Jose Rivera, whose work has been produced by Hoffman's LAByrinth Theatre Company, said Hoffman "left an enormous amount of love behind. It's a terrible loss."

Among more than 400 mourners were Ethan Hawke, Diane Sawyer, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Joaquin Phoenix, Mary Louise Parker, and Chris Rock.

Police kept fans and reporters away from the church entrance.

Gossip petits fours

Miley Cyrus poses nude on the cover of Vogue's German edition. . . . Actor-director Clint Eastwood saved a life this week. While attending a party in Monterey, Calif., on the eve of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, he performed the Heimlich maneuver on tournament director Steve John, who was choking on a piece of cheese, the New York Daily News says.

Quote du jour

"He has obviously never been very faithful," an Unnamed Friend tells People of Hugh Grant, the British actor who has two children with former lover Tinglan Hong and who recently was exposed as having fathered a son in secret with another lover, TV producer Anna Eberstein. Seems even Grant's dad didn't know he had a new grandchild.



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