Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has died aged 46, was perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation. Hoffman was found in(...)

Philip Seymour Hoffman: sadly,  we will never see his Falstaff or his Captain Ahab. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

When an actor dies too young – let’s name no other names – we sometimes err on the side of hyperbolic adulation. Why not? It’s only polite. Nobody wan(...)

The New York City Medical Examiners van backs up to the Pickwick House where the body of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was discovered in his West Village ApartmentPhotograph: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Hollywood stars have paid tribute to Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his apartment with what officials said was a ne(...)

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie arrive at the Old Bailey courthouse in London last Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

I asked Mike Nichols, the director of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal on Broadway, why love triangles have such a mythic hold on the imagination. “We’re born(...)