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Enquirer Funds Prize After Publishing Hoffman Lies

Actor's friend sought settlement he would want

(Newser) - A National Enquirer story filled with lies about Philip Seymour Hoffman's last days has spawned a foundation dedicated to the actor's pursuit of artistic truth. After playwright David Bar Katz—the friend who found Hoffman's body earlier this month—spotted the story claiming he and Hoffman had... More »

Above All, Pinter Was Remarkable, Loyal Friend

Playwright lives on in his plays, already considered modern classics

(Newser) - He didn’t always like the plays of Harold Pinter, who died yesterday at 78, but Guardian theater critic Michael Billington says he’s sure they “will endure wind and weather, because he understood the insecurity of human life.” Billington, also Pinter’s biographer, remembers the “poet’... More »

Theater Giant Harold Pinter Dead at 78

Outspoken playwright was awarded Nobel in 2005

(Newser) - Harold Pinter, one of the foremost playwrights of the 20th century, has died of cancer at the age of 78. He began his career as a poet before writing such classic plays as The Caretaker and The Homecoming, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2005. His widow, Antonia Fraser,... More »

Kushner First to Win $200K Prize for Playwrights

Unusually large purse will allow him to spend less time in Hollywood

(Newser) - Tony Kushner will be the first recipient of a new biennial prize for playwriting, with a whopping $200,000 purse the benefactors hope will allow recipients to focus full-time on not-so-lucrative theater. Although Kushner is widely regarded as one of America's greatest dramatists, he has spent the past several years... More »

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