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Sean P. Means
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. Hoffman, 46, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote," was found dead Sunday, Feb. 2, in his New York apartment. A New York City couple arrested on low-level cocaine possession charges amid the investigation into Philip Seymour Hoffman's death has been released. Lawyers for Juliana Luchkiw and Max Rosenblum, both 22, say they had nothing to do with Hoffman's death Sunday in a suspected heroin overdose. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, file)
The Cricket’s Daily 3: Tabloid apologizes, and pays up

Here’s what’s being talked about today in pop culture:

• A New York playwright and friend of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has received an undisclosed settlement from The National Enquirer, after the playwright sued the tabloid for $50 million over printed accusations that were quickly proved to be false. The playwright, David Bar Katz, is using the money to start a foundation for emerging playwrights. [The New York Times]

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• PBS science correspondent Miles O’Brien had his left arm amputated, after a minor accident while in Asia turned into a life-threatening problem. [Entertainment Weekly]

• The rank-and-file of the movie industry is showing support for Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old film-crew member killed in an on-set accident last week in Georgia. There’s an online petition to get Jones included in the "In Memoriam" tribute at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, and there’s a Facebook page called "Slates for Sarah" in which film crews from all over have memorialized Jones on their camera slates. [Care2, Facebook]



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