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Philip Seymour Hoffman leaves personal property to his partner

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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has bequeathed all of his personal property to the mother of his three children. His will was made public Wednesday. It names Marianne ‘‘Mimi’’ O’Donnell as the sole beneficiary and identifies her as his ‘‘friend and companion.’’ The 2005 Oscar-winner died Feb. 2 in New York from an apparent heroin overdose. (AP)

Rob Reiner honored

Lincoln Center will honor Rob Reiner, 66, with its 41st annual Chaplin Award. The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Tuesday that the director and actor (inset) will receive the award at a gala April 28. Film Society Board Chairman Ann Tenenbaum called Reiner a ‘‘master multi-hyphenate’’ who has made ‘‘some of the most enduring and entertaining films in recent history.’’ Reiner has directed films including ‘‘When Harry Met Sally . . . ,’’ “This Is Spinal Tap,’’ “The Princess Bride,’’ and ‘‘Stand by Me.’’ His acting work has ranged from ‘‘All in the Family’’ to, most recently, ‘‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’’ Previous honorees include Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, and Tom Hanks. Last year, it was given to Barbra Streisand. (AP)

Midler an Oscars recruit

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Better Midler will perform at the Academy Awards for the first time. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Midler’s booking Wednesday. As the team behind the films ‘‘Chicago’’ and ‘‘Hairspray,’’ producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are familiar with musical performance. Last year, they featured an Oscars tribute to movie musicals that included Barbra Streisand. Previously announced musical performers include Pharrell Williams and Idina Menzel. Williams will be singing his Oscar-nominated tune ‘‘Happy’’ from ‘‘Despicable Me,’’ and Menzel her hit ‘‘Let It Go’’ from ‘‘Frozen.’’ ABC will broadcast the show, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, on March 2. (AP)

Nas to kick off Tribeca fest

The Tribeca Film Festival will again kick things off with music, opening its 13th annual edition with a documentary on Nas and a performance by the rapper. The New York festival announced Wednesday that it will open April 16 with ‘‘Time Is Illmatic,’’ a documentary on Nas’s 1994 debut album, ‘‘Illmatic.’’ Following the film premiere, Nas will perform the album in full. Last year’s festival started with the Brooklyn, N.Y., indie band the National and the documentary ‘‘Mistaken for Strangers.’’ In 2011, Cameron Crowe’s Elton John and Leon Russell documentary, ‘‘The Union,’’ was followed by a set by John. The festival runs April 16-27. (AP)

Harper Lee settles suit

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’’ author Harper Lee has settled the federal lawsuit she filed against a museum in her south Alabama hometown over its sale of souvenirs featuring her name and the title of her book, court documents show. A lawyer for the Alabama native filed a motion Tuesday in federal court in Mobile saying Lee had reached an agreement with the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville. The settlement notice came days after a judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit, filed last fall, that said the museum uses Lee’s name and the title of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel without compensating her. The document did not provide details on the settlement. (AP)

Florida artist apologizes

A South Florida artist is apologizing for smashing a vase valued at
$1 million that was part of a museum exhibit by noted Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Maximo Caminero told The Miami Herald Tuesday that he had no right to destroy someone else’s art. The vase was one of 16 in an Ai installation at the new Perez Art Museum Miami. Police said Caminero told them he smashed the vase Sunday to protest the lack of support for local artists rather than international ones. Caminero canceled a planned Tuesday news conference and did not respond to telephone messages left by the Associated Press. Caminero is charged with criminal mischief over $1,000, which is a felony. (AP)

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