“I don’t really like talking about it. That period of time was … it was difficult. He was very sensitive. He didn’t always have a sense of performance in his everyday life. He knew who he was. I think actors very often, they know how to present something, and that’s part of their job. I think he was just really sensitive.”
— Jake Gyllenhaal on his “Brokeback Mountain” co-star, Heath Ledger, who passed away in 2008. [GQ via Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Well, this could explain some things if it’s true. RadarOnline has obtained recordings of phone calls between Lindsay Lohan’s parents in which her mother, Dina, claims that Lindsay was secretly dating Heath Ledger when he died early last year. In the recordings, which have been made public by Lindsay’s fame-whorin’ pops who conveniently has deleted all of his dialogue, Dina says that Lindsay needs someone with her at all times to protect her from herself so she won’t die the way Ledger did. “When she’s drunk or takes an Adderall with it she will do something like Heath Ledger did in a second without thinking.” She goes on to reveal that Lindsay had a secret relationship with Ledger at the time of his death. “She was dating Heath when he died. I don’t know if you know that, but I know cause I would drop her off and they were friends very, very close, ok?” She said the sudden and tragic death really ” “f**ked her up.” It seems having Michael as a dad has probably done way more damage to Lindsay. At one point in the call, Dina even claimed: “She cannot be alone. When she sleeps here she sleeps with me … she has fears from being little and what you did to us.” Someone get this girl some help! [via RadarOnline] Keep reading »
Everyone’s favorite sullen minx from “Beetlejuice” has returned to the spotlight! Closing in on 40, the formerly sticky-fingered Winona Ryder has descended from her pedestal for an interview with BlackBook. Why? She’s got a movie to promote (“The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”), dammit! After the jump, the best of what wacky Winona spewed. Keep reading »
Before passing away in 2008, Heath Ledger had started a career as a music video director. One of his videos premiered in August. And a second one, a rap video for Australian N’Fa’s “Cause An Effect,” debuted today on YouTube. The video was shot on one camera in Heath’s Sydney garage shortly before his death, and it’s believed this was the last project over which he exercised complete creative control. He was childhood friends with N’Fa, aka No Fixed Abode, previously known as NFamas from the Australian hip-hop band 1200 Techniques. “The idea was to keep it very artistic so that is what we did,” N’fa said in an accompanying video. “Heath directed it really well and I was really happy with the outcome … I know Heath was happy with the work,” he added. [Reuters] Keep reading »
Heath Ledger was still filming “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” when he died in January 2008, so director Terry Gilliam had to get creative when it came to finishing his film, while still honoring Heath’s work. He had three other actors — Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law — step in for the remainder of Heath’s scenes, believing the wackiness of the story itself supported the character having an evolving physical appearance. The trailer for the film has been released and it looks amazing. Check it out above. Keep reading »
“I was holding it together by a string and a paper clip in the fall and winter. I didn’t know if I could keep it all together… You console yourself by saying it’s all a deepening process. But it’s wired. After the first year, the pain is less intense; it’s less immediate. But the magical thinking goes away too. And that’s a whole new reckoning. But every time I really miss him and wonder where he’s gone, I just look at [Mathilda.] …
‘Brokeback Mountain’ was an unrepeatable moment in time, a very charmed time in my life. I was in love; I was in a movie I was proud to be a part of, and with a beautiful brand-new baby. Everything was good in that moment ….
I feel hopeful and grateful. For a while I thought we had lost everything. It makes you want to love better and live better.”
– Michelle Williams on her relationship with Heath Ledger and his untimely death in the October issue of Vogue [Oh No They Didn't!]
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Before his untimely death, Heath Ledger had started a side career directing music videos. The one he began directing for the Modest Mouse song “King Rat” debuted today, and according to The Masses, a film and music company Heath was a partner in, the video shows Heath’s “impassioned stance against the illegal commercial whale hunts taking place off the coast of Australia each year.” Proceeds from iTunes downloads in the next month will go to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. This wasn’t the first music video Heath had directed. He also oversaw the one for Ben Harper’s “Morning Yearning,” and two for N’fa. Click here to watch Heath’s video for “King Rat.” Keep reading »
The August 2009 issue of Vanity Fair, which will hit newsstands tomorrow, went to print before Michael Jackson died. Coincidentally, another star who passed too soon, Heath Ledger, is on the cover. The cover story, “The Last of Heath,” details Ledger’s exhaustion, insomnia, custody battle, final movie role, and untimely death. Contributing editor Peter Biskind interviewed Hollywood figures close to the actor about his final few days. After the jump, several gloomy quotes depicting what life was like for Heath.
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“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwick has a new angst-ridden project in the works: a remake of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Emile Hirsch is the tasty choice picked to play the passionate Prince. We can’t wait to see him strut and fret in ye old tight pants. While we’d happily watch the grass grow if irresistible Emile were lying in it, it’s a total bonus that this just happens to be one of our favorite sub genres—a twisted teen take on a Shakesperean classic. Since there’s nothing like a hunk who wants to school us in the ways of love, here are other modern blockbusters that have helped us avoid actually reading Shakespeare.
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