Thursday, May 23, 2024

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 17 Year Old Son, Cooper, and Rocker Alana Haim to Star in New Paul Thomas Anderson Film


The great Philip Seymour Hoffman starred in four memorable movies directed by Paul Thomas Anderson: “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “Punch Drunk Love,” and “The Master.” He should have won an Oscar for the last one.

Hoffman died tragically in 2014, leaving two kids. His son, Cooper, was 11 years old.

Now Cooper is 17 and will make his film debut in a new movie directed by PTA. It’s set in the 70s in the San Fernando Valley, and also feature Bradley Cooper and director Bennie Safdie in an acting role. Also making her acting debut is Alana Haim, one of the rockin’ Haim sisters of the group of the same name. Will Alana be Cooper’s love interest? She’s 11 years his senior, so maybe not.

Cooper’s mom is costume designer Mimi O’Donnell, who split with Phil months before he died.

I really miss Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was maybe the greatest actor of his generation. If he’d lived, he would have been winning awards everywhere, all the time. If you see him “The Talented Mr. Ripley” or “Savages,” or any of the PTA movies, he was simply outstanding. I’m rooting for Cooper, and hope he gets everything he wants out of acting without succumbing to Hollywood’s pitfalls.

And PS, maybe someone can get Phil a star on the Walk of Fame. He wouldn’t have cared, but he deserves the recognition. Think of the much, much lesser entities who already have one.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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