Scene And Heard: February 6, 2014

1. Actor’s Actor

Academy Award winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Feb. 2 due to a suspected heroin overdose. The beloved actor leaves behind his partner of 15 years and their three children. Hollywood and fans are mourning the loss of the iconic actor. Hoffman is best remembered for his work in the films Capote, The Master, Charlie Wilson’s War, and Doubt.

2. Red Hot Halftime
Although the Super Bowl halftime show only lasted 12 minutes this year, Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers received a fair bit of praise. The unlikely pair brought energy to an otherwise dull game. Although some critics still believe a New Jersey-based act such as Bruce Springsteen or Jon Bon Jovi would have been a more compelling choice, few have criticized the halftime show itself, or the talent of Mars, who recently was an underdog favorite at the Grammys.

3. Allen Allegations
In an open letter, Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen’s adopted daughter, accused the acclaimed writer of sexual abuse, casting a shadow over Allen’s recent acceptance of the Golden Globe lifetime achievement award and the Oscar run of actress ate Blanchett for her world in Allen’s Blue Jasmine. This is not the first time these allegations have come to light, and for many, it seems less of a surprise considering Allen is currently married to his former stepdaughter.

4. ‘Hello Beautiful’
The Super Bowl wasn’t the only big thing happening in NJ this weekend. Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle welcomed their first child, daughter Alena Rose, on Sunday. So there, one of the Jonas Brothers is a married, and a father, and capable of choosing an unfortunate name for his baby-making you officially old.

5. ‘Harry Potter’ Pairs
In a recent interview, J.K. Rowling revealed that, according to the nature of her characters, Harry and Hermione should have ended up together. She also added that Hermione and Ron would have needed extensive marriage counseling. Fan reactions are mixed, some loving the Harry and Hermione pairing and others hating it. Regardless of fan reaction, Rowling unfortunately does not possess a Time Turner, nor can she erase our memories. Ron and Hermione got married, despite Rowling’s regretful statements.

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