Philip Seymour Hoffman, California drought, Super Bowl betting and more

On The Lot: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Farrow's open letter and more

The Ides of March - Photocall:55th BFI London Film Festival

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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman attends "The Ides of March" photocall during the 55th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon West End on October 19, 2011 in London, England.

As you've probably heard by now, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died yesterday in New York. He was 46. An accomplished actor, he is perhaps best known for his roles in movies including "Capote," "Boogie Nights" and "The Master."

Here to talk about his legacy and other news from the entertainment industry is Rebecca Keegan, film writer for the Los Angeles Times who joins us every Monday for our regular chat about the film biz, On the Lot.

Let's start off with the biggest news from this weekend - Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away. It's been speculated that it was a drug overdose, but that hasn't been confirmed. What sort of hole is left in Hollywood? 

Moving on to other big news this weekend: Dylan Farrow, Mia Farrow's daughter, wrote an open letter in the New York Times about being sexually abused by Woody Allen when she was a child. What's the reaction to the letter been like? Can we expect anything from Allen in response? Since these allegations resurfaced fairly recently, has public opinion shifted at all towards him?

On the business end, could this impact Allen during award season?

Speaking of awards season, last week The Academy disqualified one of the nominations for best song. It's called "Alone Yet Not Alone" and it's from the movie of the same name. 

Not everyone is happy with The Academy's decision to do this. Does this set any sort of precedent when it comes to ethical campaigning for Oscars?

There were two more awards events this weekend: The Writers Guild of America Awards and the Annie Awards, for animated films. How did those shake out?


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