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Philip Seymour Ho man, who won
a best actor Oscar in 2006 for his
portrayal of writer Truman Capote
in Capote and created a gallery of
other vivid characters, many of them
slovenly and slightly dissipated comic
gures, died overnight. He was 46.
He was found dead in his Manhattan
home, police said. His cause of death
has not been o cially determined.
Ho man, who was no matinee idol
gure with his tubby, lumpy build
and limp blond hair, made his career
mostly as a character actor. He was
nominated for Oscars four times in all.
In one of his earliest lms, he
played a spoiled prep school student
in Scent of a Woman in 1992. One
of his breakthrough roles came as a
gay member of a porno lm crew in
Boogie Nights, one of several movies
directed by Paul omas Anderson
that he would eventually appear in.
He often played comic, slightly o -
kilter roles in movies such as Along
Came Polly, e Big Lebowski and
Almost Famous. More recently, he
was Plutarch Heavensbee in e
Hunger Games: Catching Fire and
was reprising that role in the two-
part sequel, e Hunger Games:
Mockingjay, which is in the works.
In Moneyball, he played Art Howe,
the grumpy manager of the Oakland
Athletics who resisted new thinking
about baseball talent.
Just weeks ago, Showtime
announced Ho man would star
in Happyish, a new comedy series
about a middle-aged man's pursuit of
In e Master, he was nominated
for the 2013 Academy Award for
best supporting actor for his role as
the charismatic leader of a religious
movement. e lm, partly inspired
by the life of Scientology founder
L Ron Hubbard, reunited the actor
He also received a 2009 supporting
nomination for Doubt, as a priest
who comes under suspicion because
of his relationship with a boy and a
best supporting actor nomination
for Charlie Wilson's War, as a CIA
Born in 1967 in Fairport, New York,
Ho man was interested in acting
from an early age, mesmerised at 12 by
a local production of Arthur Miller's
All My Sons. He studied theatre as
a teenager with the New York State
Summer School of the Arts and e
Circle in the Square eatre. He
then majored in drama at New York
University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Trained in the theatre, with a
versatility and discipline more
common among British performers
than Americans, he was a character
actor who could take on any role, large
or small, loathsome or sympathetic.
On the stage, he performed in
revivals of True West, Long Day's
Journey Into Night and e Seagull,
a production that also featured Meryl
Streep and Kevin Kline. In 2012,
he was more than equal to one of
the great roles in American theatre
--- Willy Loman in Death Of A
Salesman, a performance praised as
heartbreaking by Associated Press
theatre critic Mark Kennedy.
"Ho man is only 44. But he
nevertheless sags in his brokenness
like a man closer to retirement
age, lugging about his sample
cases lled with his self-denial and
disillusionment," Kennedy wrote.
"His fraying connection to reality is
pronounced in this production, with
Ho man quick to anger and a hard
edge emerging from his babbling."
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead
dies at 83
Volcano toll expected to rise
Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who
won an Oscar for best actor in 1961 for
Judgment at Nuremberg, has died at the
age of 83.
Schell died following "a sudden and
serious illness", agent Patricia Baumbauer
said on Saturday.
e actor became ill on January 18 in
Kitzbuhel, western Austria, where he
was lming for German channel ZDF,
the Austrian news agency APA reported.
He died after leaving the hospital on
Tuesday, APA reported.
Born in Vienna, before eeing with
his parents into exile in Switzerland
following Austria's annexation by the
Nazis in 1938, he returned to Austria
after the war and later became a
successful Hollywood actor.
In 1961, he won an Oscar for best actor
for his role as a lawyer for a Nazi war
criminal in Stanley Kramer's Judgment
at Nuremberg. He starred with Marlene
Dietrich, Burt Lancaster, Spencer Tracy
and Richard Widmark.
Spending a long time in the shadow of
his older sister Maria Schell, who had
also broken into Hollywood, Maximilian
Schell started at the age of 23 as a stage
actor in the Swiss town of Basel.
He remained faithful to the theatre
until his later years, acting in 2000 in a
stage version of Judgment at Nuremberg,
and in London in 2006 he acted in a
Robert Altman production of an Arthur
Miller play, Resurrection Blues.
In cinema, he made his Hollywood
debut in 1958 at 28 years old, acting
beside Marlon Brando in e Young
Lions, a lm by Edward Dmytryk.
Rescue team members carry bodies of Mount Sinabung eruption victims through ash at Suka Meriah village, in Karo district, in Indonesia's North
Philip Seymour Ho man
Indonesian o cials have searched
through thick ash for bodies after Mount
Sinabung volcano erupted, killing at
least 15 people, with the only sign of life
an ownerless cellphone ringing inside an
Scorching clouds engulfed victims
during the eruption on Saturday, leaving
rescuers with little hope of nding
survivors as they searched through ash
up to 30cm thick.
About 170 people, including from
the military and police, armed with
chainsaws and oxygen apparatus spread
out through apocalyptic-like destruction
in Sukameriah village, o cials said.
Sukameriah, just 2.7km from
Sinabung's crater, is located in the "red
zone" around the volcano, where human
activities are strictly banned, disaster
o cial Tri Budiarto said. Residents had
"It's very dangerous and completely
out of bounds. But many of the tourists
still secretly went to the area to take
photographs," Budiarto added.
e rst team to enter the village
yesterday emerged 15 minutes later
" ere's no sign of human life. All
the crops were gone. Many houses were
damaged and those still standing were
covered in thick white ash. It was hard
to walk in ash which nearly reached my
calves," Gito, who like many Indonesians
goes by one name, said.
"We didn't nd bodies but we picked
up a bag belonging to one of the
victims. e cellphone was ringing," he
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the
spokesman for the National Disaster
Management Agency, was unable to put
a gure to the number of people still
missing, but said there was a "chance"
that the death toll might rise.
"A body was spotted near a tree, but we
have yet to evacuate (it)," he said.
O cials said nding survivors was
"I doubt it would be possible for anyone
to sur vive the heat clouds yesterday. So
far, we have not found any more bodies,"
Lieutenant Colonel Asep Sukarna, who
led the search operation, said
e volcano on the western island of
Sumatra started erupting in September,
but on Saturday spewed hot rocks and
ash 2000m into the air, blanketing the
surrounding countryside with grey dust.
Fourteen people --- mainly local
tourists, including four high school
students on a sightseeing trip --- were
killed by lethal heat clouds which
cascaded down the volcano.
A 24-year-old man who was
accompanying his father to pay respects
at the graves of their relatives died from
his injuries early yesterday, raising the
death toll to 15, Nugroho said.
Two other people are being treated for
serious burns at a local hospital.
O cials warned that the threat of
more searing heat clouds and weather
conditions may a ect search operations.
Mount Sinabung is one of 129 active
volcanoes in Indonesia that straddle
major tectonic fault lines, known as the
Paci c Ring of Fire.
e country's most active volcano,
Mount Merapi in central Java, killed
more than 350 people in a series of
eruptions in 2010. --- AFP
Majuro (Marshall Islands)
A Mexican castaway who says he
drifted for months across the Paci c
Ocean before washing up on a remote
Marshall Islands atoll is on his way to
the capital, hoping to begin his long
e castaway, who has given his
name as Jose Ivan, was picked up
from isolated Ebon Atoll yesterday
morning by a Marshall Islands sea
patrol ship on course for the islands'
capital Majuro, where he will undergo
"I want to get back to Mexico," Ivan
told interpreter Magui Vaca in his
rst interview through a Spanish-
speaking interpreter since drifting
into the atoll on a 7.32m breglass
"I feel bad," he told Vaca of his
physical and mental state.
"I am so far away. I don't know
where I am or what happened."
Ivan said that he had left Mexico
on December 24, 2012, to go shark
shing, putting his time at sea at 13
months, not the 16 months previously
No details have yet emerged as
to why he began drifting, or what
happened to a companion he said had
died a few months ago.
Vaca said Ivan was disorientated
and didn't know what had happened
during his many months at sea.
"He feels a little desperate and he
wants to get back to Mexico, but he
doesn't know how," she said.
When Ebon islanders discovered
Ivan on their remote atoll on
ursday they said he was wearing
only ragged under wear, sporting
a long beard and unable to walk
e castaway indicated that he
survived by eating turtles, birds and
sh and drinking turtle blood when
there was no rain.
"It's been di cult trying to
communicate with him," Ebon
Mayor Ione de Brum said, adding
that Ivan had interacted with her
Vaca was on a yacht in Majuro
Atoll --- about 320km north of Ebon
--- when she spoke to Ivan via radio,
moments before the Mexican was
ushered on to the sea patrol vessel for
the estimated 18-hour trip.
Ministry of Foreign A airs o cials
said on Friday that as soon as Ivan
arrived in Majuro and more detailed
information was available, they would
initiate o cial communication with
Mexican government o cials for his
e Marshall Islands National
worked with Mieco Beach Yacht Club
o cials to organise the conversation
between Ivan and Vaca, which may
have been the rst time in many
months that the castaway has had a
conversation he could understand.
But yesterday's short interview
proved di cult as the radio
transmission was marred by static
and it was di cult to hear.
e single phone line to Ebon ---
population 700 --- went out of ser vice
on Saturday, leaving radio the only
option for communication.
ere is no internet ser vice on the
remote atoll. --- AFP
Castaway heads home after 13 months adrift
A masked man plays the grand piano to an audience of anti-government
protesters in the Kiev City Hall
Who is that masked man?
Masked men in combat gear
have become a feature of the anti-
government protest camp that has
taken over central Kiev, but one stands
out for his weapon of choice --- the
For the Pianist-Extremist, whose
impromptu performances on the
frozen street outside City Hall have
delighted fellow demonstrators, the
paramilitary costume, like his stage
name, is an ironic barb aimed at
Ukrainian authorities who condemn
those demanding closer ties with
Europe as dangerous militants.
" ey call us extremists and
criminals, but this is not the case.
People are here for patriotism, not
for money or violence," the mystery
maestro told Reuters on Saturday,
politely declining to reveal the face
beneath the ski mask.
With the protests now in their
third month since President Viktor
Yanukovich spurned an EU trade deal
in favour of a deal with Ukraine's old
master Moscow, his music makes a
pleasant change to the banging of oil
drums that has been the soundtrack
of the movement around the square
known as Maidan.
" e music helps people and
strengthens their morale," the
anonymous virtuoso said as he
picked out a piece by contemporary
Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi
on a battered old upright painted
in the national colours of blue and
"It is the spirit of the revolution."
Violence this month, in which at
least six people have died, has been
accompanied by the emergence of
groups of masked men, many carrying
staves and clubs, who say they are
providing security for demonstrators
against attacks by riot police.
"My music shows that the people
here are normal, educated people,"
said the pianist, who would say only
that he studied at a music college in
western Ukraine and was now in his
20s. "We want a better --- European
--- future for Ukraine," he added.
Minister Leonid Kozhara
has dismissed the injuries
sustained by a protester
found covered in blood
as "a scratch", as the man
recovered in hospital in
"Physically this man is in
a good condition. e only
thing he has is a scratch on
one of his cheeks," Kozhara
told Aljazeera television
yesterday on the sidelines of the Munich
"It looks like the alleged story that
he was kidnapped and tortured is not
absolutely true," he said, adding: " e
investigation is going on".
e foreign ministry later issued a
statement saying that Kozhara had been
e comments "do not re ect the real
attitude of Minister Kozhara on this
tragic situation", it said.
" e minister is profoundly sorry for
what happened to Dmytro Bulatov and
wishes him a speedy recovery."
Bulatov, 35, said he was kidnapped
by unidenti ed captors with Russian
accents on January 22 during clashes in
Kiev and released in a forest on January
30 after being tortured.
He said his kidnappers
cut o his ear and drove
nails through his hands.
In television images he
was seen covered in blood
and appeared to have been
Bulatov 's case has been
raised by European and
US o cials at the Munich
Bulatov 's lawyer, Ruslan
Radetskiy, said doctors
operated on his client on
Friday. "He had an operation to sew up
the wounds on his body. He is still in
intensive care," Radetskiy said.
e interior ministry has accused
Bulatov of organising mass unrest and
has ordered him to be put under house
arrest once he is out of hospital.
e ministry also said it was possible
that Bulatov had "staged" his kidnapping
and torture "to provoke a negative
reaction in society".
Meanwhile, authorities have accused
opposition protesters of "torturing" a
police o cer in the basement of an
occupied public building in Kiev as an
opposition politician looked on.
e interior ministry said protesters
in the capital Kiev on Friday night
captured a plain clothes policeman while
on duty. --- AFP
injuries 'a scratch'
--- Foreign Minister
to help Kate
dress to impress
A minister has been forced to
explain why more than 200 sta
were being paid to work at Perth's
new Fiona Stanley Hospital
despite there being no patients
due for eight months.
Despite delays to the opening
of the $2 billion hospital, 230
sta from under- re contractor
Serco are already in place.
Western Australia's health
minister Kim Hames admitted
the sta were being paid to
prepare and maintain the hospital
ahead of its staged opening
beginning in October.
"About the half of those are
getting ready, getting set up and
maintaining the grounds,"Hames
said. " ere is a huge amount of
work to be done, all the tting
needs to be done, we have got to
put in equipment, all the beds, all
the linen --- all the stu that you
need to run a big hospital when it
is fully operational.
Serco's relationship with
the Barnett government has
been brought into question in
recent weeks, following a series
of escapes from prisons and
detention centres being sta ed
by the private contractor.
Hames said hundreds of
medical sta were also already
in positions at the hospital, some
of them while employed at other
e WA government has
copped previous criticism after
other health projects were
"reprioritised" to free up tens of
millions for a computing system
at the Fiona Stanley Hospital.
e six-month delay in
commissioning the new hospital
--- attributed to the complexity
of a "paperless" computing system
--- is estimated to cost more than
$50 million in fees to Serco.
e State opposition labelled
the latest revelation as an
"outrageous waste". --- AAP
Hospital with no
patients has 200 staff
e Queen has reportedly o ered Kate
Middleton the use of her personal dresser
to ensure the Duchess looks suitably
elegant when she travels to Australia in
Her Majesty has o ered the services
of trusted sta member Angela Kelly
to help Kate prepare for the trip, British
tabloid the Daily Mail reported.
Ms Kelly will apparently assist the
Duchess of Cambridge select "statement
jewellery and gemstones from the
Queen's personal collection".
"Angela has been asked to start selecting
jewels ahead of the trip," a palace source
told the Daily Mail.
"She knows most of the pieces in the
Queen's private collection.
"Her understanding is crucial because
this trip will be about Kate appearing
more royal than ever --- you can expect
to see a lot more tiaras and the Queen
will be watching closely."
e newspaper speculates that Kate
will require up to four out ts a day for
the three and a half-week trip Down
Under with Prince William and, most
likely, baby George.
She will probably deploy a couture
wardrobe of day dresses with lower
hemlines than previously favoured.
e Duchess may wear a diamond and
ruby brooch in the form of a hibiscus
ower --- one of the uno cial emblems
of Australia --- that was given to the
Queen Mother in 1958. --- AAP
He is nowhere near Santa Claus yet,
but Pope Francis gets so much mail
that the tiny o ce that deals with it is
swamped and working overtime.
"Mostly, they are requests for comfort
or prayers," Monsignor Giuliano
Gallorini, the head of the o ce, said.
e o ce gets about 30 sacks, or about
6000 letters a week, which would make
a yearly total of more than 300,000. e
United States Postal Service says it gets
millions of letters addressed to Santa
Claus each year.
Gallorini and a sta of three women,
including one nun, work in a small,
cramped room where cardboard boxes
labelled by language are strewn on the
oor and on desks.
" ey are signs of the di cult times in
which we live. Many of them are about
di culties, above all illnesses. ey ask
for prayers for illnesses. ey describe
their di cult economic situations,"
Gallorini said. e most urgent and
personal letters are passed to the Pope's
two private priest-secretaries to give to
him. --- Reuters
You've got mail, Pope Francis
Rio de Janeiro
Rio's Christ the Redeemer
statue, facing renovation after
being struck by lightning last
month, could take on a darker hue
owing to a shortage of replacement
stone, heritage o cials say.
e 38m (including the
pedestal) statue lost a ngertip to
a lightning bolt during a January
22 storm. But the repair work
has prompted concerns over a
much bigger overhaul planned
for the 85th anniversary of the
monument, which coincides with
the 2016 Rio Olympics.
e city's archdiocese wants to
refurbish its soapstone mosaic
outer shell --- but a survey of
current supplies ahead of the
ngertip repair suggests there
might not be enough of the
original quarry stone used in the
1931 construction. --- AFP
Rio statue repairs may change hue
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