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ABC Family has picked up two half-hour pilots -- "10 Things I Hate About You," based on the film, and "Ruby and the Rockits," starring Alexa Vega -- and greenlighted an original movie with Joey Lawrence and Melissa Joan Hart.
Gil Junger, who directed the "10 Things" feature, is on board to direct the single-camera pilot as well as the untitled movie.
"10 Things," written and exec produced by Carter Covington (ABC Family's "Greek"), revolves around two sisters -- a strong-willed feminist and a social butterfly -- facing the challenges of starting out in a new high school. The series is from Prodco Inc.
"Ruby," from ABC Studios and exec producers Shaun Cassidy ("Invasion") and Marsh McCall ("Carpoolers"), is a multicamera comedy about a former teen idol whose quiet life is disrupted when his brother and former bandmate shows up with a newfound teenage daughter. "Ruby," directed by Ted Wass, was written by Cassidy and Ed Yeager, »
- By Kimberly Nordyke
Related story: Authorities say Ledger autopsy inconclusive
SYDNEY -- The Australian film community paid tribute to Heath Ledger on Wednesday as a steady stream of statements and interviews followed news of the Perth-born actor's death Tuesday at age 28.
Variously described as a great actor and prodigious talent, down-to-earth but shy, Ledger continued to make Australian films even as his Hollywood career rocketed over the past 11 years.
With no formal training, Ledger started acting at age 17 in the Aussie TV series "Sweat", but his breakout feature film role came in 1999 with the crime caper "Two Hands", for which he earned his first Australian Film Institute best actor award nomination.
While his Hollywood career took off with "10 Things I Hate About You" that same year, he made another two Australian films -- the historical biopic "Ned Kelly" in 2003 and the heroin-fueled love story "Candy" in 2006.
He received the Australian Film Institute's viewers' choice award in 2006 for "Candy" and also was awarded the AFI's international actor of the year at the same ceremony for his Oscar-nominated role in Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain".
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said it was "tragic that we have lost one of our nation's finest actors in the prime of his life. »
23 January 2008 | IMDb News
Actor Heath Ledger was found dead at a Manhattan apartment Tuesday afternoon in what appeared to be a possible drug-related death; he was 28. The actor was discovered in one of the SoHo apartment's bedrooms at 3:31 p.m., when a masseuse arrived for a scheduled appointment and the residence's housekeeper went to inform the actor of the masseuse's arrival. He was found unconscious and unresponsive; the New York Times at first stated that the apartment in question belonged to actress Mary-Kate Olsen, but a publicist for the actress later said that Olsen did not own a unit in the building in which Ledger was found. An initial police report also cited by the New York Times said that foul play was not suspected and that pills had been found near Ledger's body. A native of Australia, Ledger shot to fame as a teen heartthrob in 10 Things I Hate About You before graduating to more adult roles, most notably his Oscar-nominated turn in Brokeback Mountain. Engaged at one time to Brokeback co-star Michelle Williams, the two had a daughter but had split in recent months. Recently, Ledger wrapped filming on the Batman film The Dark Knight, in which he played The Joker; the film is currently set for release this summer. Further details of the actor's death were not available at press time. --IMDb staff
Movie star Heath Ledger has been found dead in his Manhattan, New York apartment. The actor was declared dead by medics at his Broome Street, SoHo home at 3:30pm on Tuesday, according to the New York Police Department. A police spokesperson reveals Ledger was discovered by his housekeeper, after he failed to answer the door to a masseuse he had booked to give him a massage. While prescription drugs were found at scene, there were no illegal drugs discovered. The Australian Brokeback Mountain star, 28, was just about to start promoting the Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight, in which he plays movie villain The Joker. Born in Perth in 1979, Ledger made a name for himself in a series of brooding roles on the big screen; he was nominated for a 2006 Oscar for his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in the gay-themed drama Brokeback Mountain. Fiercely private, Ledger has openly spoken about his public shyness, but he hit the headlines for romances with Heather Graham, Naomi Watts and his Brokeback Mountain co-star Michelle Williams, the mother of his two-year-old daughter Matilda Rose.
A star field hockey player and athlete, Ledger turned his attentions to drama in his teens and, when a friend headed to Sydney, Australia to chase an acting dream, the star-to-be went along for the ride. He landed a break as a gay cyclist in 1996's Sweat - a TV drama about a group of Olympic hopefuls - and then he portrayed the best friend of a rapist in low-budget 1997 movie Blackrock. Hedger left Australia to find acting work in America in 1999 and landed the lead in Aussie director Gregor Jordan's crime thriller Two Hands. That film helped him land the lead hunk role in teen movie hit Ten Things I Hate About You. He went on to play Mel Gibson's son in The Patriot and Billy Bob Thornton's troubled offspring in Monster's Ball. Both roles earned Ledger high praise from critics. But then came a string of critical flops - A Knight's Tale, Ned Kelly, The Four Feathers, The Order, Lords Of Dogtown, and The Brothers Grimm. But then followed Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain in 2005, which Ledger has often described as a major turning point in his professional and personal life. As awkward cowboy Ennis Del Mar, Ledger regained his position as one of Hollywood's top stars. The role led to a Best Actor Oscar nod and the coveted role of The Joker in the upcoming The Dark Knight, for which he's already receiving great acclaim. Ledger has also won acclaim for his role as Robbie Clark in quirky Bob Dylan-inspired movie I'm Not There. The tragic star was last seen publicly on the London set of director Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus on Saturday. »
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