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Philip Seymour Hoffman (left) and John Ortiz share a scene in Jack Goes Boating.

Call him a fan: of the weather, of our music. Philip Seymour Hoffman is digging Seattle. “I kinda want to hang out here for a while,” he told me yesterday, getting as comfortable as he could in a hotel chair at the Fairmont Olympic. “I like that it’s overcast, a little chilly out. I’m, like, into it.”

He was only in town for two nights and a day, promoting his new film (and directorial debut) Jack Goes Boating with co-star/longtime friend John Ortiz before jetting to the Toronto International Film Festival. But if you were in Shuckers on Wednesday night, mumbling to yourself, That kinda looks like Philip Seymour Hoffman, it’s because it was. Ah! They also did the press junket thing—radio interviews in the morning, TV in the afternoon—and stopped by Sub Pop to talk about licensing some Fleet Foxes songs (“Oliver James,” “White Winter Hymnal”) for the film’s soundtrack.

“I heard [Fleet Foxes] in a coffee shop in LA, and they were thumping in stereo, and I was like, oh, what’s that great song?” Hoffman said. “Their stuff’s really big, emotional…you know what I mean? It’s kind of operatic in its emotion, which is [like] this film, actually.” Jack Goes Boating comes out locally on September 24; check back soon for a review and extended interview.

Hollywood continues to descend on Seattle: Director Guillermo del Toro (of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy fame) brings his love of the supernatural to the EMP | SFM on September 30, where Warren Etheridge will interview him about his films, upcoming projects (two-parter The Hobbit is in preproduction), and new vampire novel trilogy, The Strain. For ticket info, click here.

I wonder if Jonathan Franzen is enjoying his newfound status as the demigod of the publishing word. Critics are ecstatic about his latest novel, Freedom — it’ll debut at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list this weekend. But the love fest can’t go on forever, right? Not according to the Daily News. I never even made it through The Corrections… Franzen is in town to kick off the new Seattle Arts and Lectures season on Tuesday (Sept 14) at Benaroya Hall. For ticket info, click here.

INCOMING! We have interviews with Lizz Winstead (cocreator of The Daily Show), Seth Greenland (writer for HBO’s Big Love), and Jeff Lindsay (writer of the Dexter novel series) coming out on Culture Fiend next week. Writer blitz. Have a good weekend.