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'I Am Heath Ledger': 10 Things We Learned From Spike TV Doc

'I Am Heath Ledger': 10 Things We Learned From Spike TV Doc
"I'm not supposed to be talking about this with you. This is not something that is supposed to be happening right now," musician Ben Harper says at the beginning of the new Spike TV documentary I Am Heath Ledger. "Some people are just bigger than the world has room for."

Harper, a close friend of the actor who died in 2008 of an accidental drug overdose, is one of several friends, peers and family members who discuss both the actor's singular talents and constant search for adventure and creative pursuits. The poignant film,
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Movie Review – I Am Heath Ledger (2017)

I Am Heath Ledger, 2017.

Directed by Adrian Buitenhuis & Derik Murray.

Featuring Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, and Djimon Hounsou.

Synopsis:

Using home video footage and artwork from across his life, this documentary charts the life and career of Heath Ledger, all the way to his untimely death…

Almost a decade on, the death of Heath Ledger still, at times, doesn’t seem real. Arguably one of the brightest performers of the last twenty years, Ledger’s star burned brightly and burned out even faster, and I Am Heath Ledger serves as almost a personal epilogue to that career; a visual memoir, an autobiography as much as a documentary from directors Adrian Buitenhuis & Derik Murray, and a film it’s fair to say Ledger himself could have gifted to the world. Despite his untimely demise, he is enormously present across this portrait, which combines talking head recollections with clips from his performances and,
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Heath Ledger Memorable Film Roles

Heath Ledger Memorable Film Roles
Nine years after Heath Ledger’s death, members of his inner circle share memories of his zest for life and his troubled final days. Subscribe now for the emotional new details and never-before-seen photos — only in People.

It’s been almost a decade since Heath Ledger‘s death. The actor, who died from an accidental mixture of prescription drugs in 2008, would have been 38.

Despite having led a short life, the Australian actor and aspiring director accomplished plenty in his career, which consisted of coveted Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations and subsequent wins.

He may have preferred a quieter life to the bustle of Hollywood,
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Heath Ledger Is All Smiles in New, Heartwarming Footage From I Am Heath Ledger Documentary

Heath Ledger Is All Smiles in New, Heartwarming Footage From I Am Heath Ledger Documentary
Heath Ledger is all smiles in a sneak peek video from the new Spike TV documentary I Am Heath Ledger. The popular Dark Knight and 10 Things I Hate About You actor died at age 28 from an accidental prescription drug overdose more than nine years ago. During the final weeks of his life, he was dealing with his split from Michelle Williams, mother of their then-2-year-old daughter Matilda, filming the The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and battling a pneumonia-type illness and insomnia. He was "exhausted, emotionally and physically," Gerry Grennell, his friend, dialect coach and roommate, told People magazine in comments posted Wednesday. "He missed his...
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From the People Archive: A Life Cut Short — Inside Heath Ledger’s Life and Tragic Death

From the People Archive: A Life Cut Short — Inside Heath Ledger’s Life and Tragic Death
Nine years after Heath Ledger‘s 2008 death at age 28 from an accidental overdose, those closest to him open up to People in this week’s cover story about the late star’s private side — and discuss the evocative new footage in the upcoming Spike TV documentary I Am Heath Ledger that sheds light on his soulful inner life. Take a look back at People’s 2008 cover story following his tragic death, and subscribe now for the emotional new details and never-before-seen photos — only in People.

The man who inked the name “Matilda” on Heath Ledger‘s stomach couldn’t wait to see his friend again.
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Desperate Days and Sleepless Nights: How Heath Ledger ‘Unraveled’ in His Final Weeks

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Desperate Days and Sleepless Nights: How Heath Ledger ‘Unraveled’ in His Final Weeks
Nine years after Heath Ledger’s death, members of his inner circle share memories of his zest for life and his troubled final days. Subscribe now for the emotional new details and never-before-seen photos — only in People.

Heath Ledger was a young superstar and father grappling with the pressures of fame and a recent breakup when he retreated to his New York City apartment in January 2008 to try and get some rest and recuperate from an illness he couldn’t shake.

Despite warnings from friends and family about mixing sleeping pills with prescription medications, the 28-year-old Brokeback Mountain star was found dead on Jan.
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I Am Heath Ledger documentary: first trailer

Simon Brew Apr 6, 2017

The life and work of the late Heath Ledger is being celebrated in a new documentary. Here's the trailer for I Am Heath Ledger...

Heath Ledger was just 28 years old when he died, and wouldn’t even be 40 today. He died having completing his work as The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, although he wouldn’t get to see the finished movie, that would win him a posthumous Academy Award. He was also part-way through filming Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus.

A new documentary, I Am Heath Ledger, has been made to celebrate the work of the late actor. We’re promised a lot of new footage, some of it shot by Ledger himself, and it’s all been put together by filmmaker Derik Murray.

The film is getting a limited cinema release in the Us in early May, ahead of
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Latest Movies Reviews and Our Personal Thoughts

7. Inglourious Basterds – Release Date: June 2009

Quentin Tarantino has the ability to evoke passion from audiences. Love him or call him a hack that repeatably steals the visions of other directors for his gain, this auteur has a style all his own…. In his first movie since 2003/2004’s Kill Bill, Tarantino heads to Germany. Nazi Germany.

Starring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Samm Levine, and Mike Myers (yes, that Mike Myers), Tarantino’s upcoming World War II movie centers on a group of Jewish-American soldiers who scalp and barbarously slaughter Nazis. If that doesn’t say “fun”, I’m not sure what does.

8. Sherlock Holmes – Release Date: November 20, 2009

Coming off two brilliant performances in Iron Man and Tropic Thunder, Robert Downey Jr. will be Sherlock Holmes next Thanksgiving. From director Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch), the legendary detective and his faithful partner Watson (played by Jude Law) must
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How Michelle Williams Has Meticulously Kept Daughter Matilda's Life Private Since Heath Ledger's Death 9 Years Ago

How Michelle Williams Has Meticulously Kept Daughter Matilda's Life Private Since Heath Ledger's Death 9 Years Ago
Michelle Williams went through the unimaginable, and then she proceeded to accomplish the impossible. The actress' daughter, Matilda Ledger, was only 2 years old when the child's father, Heath Ledger, died of an accidental drug overdose on Jan. 22, 2008. Ledger was 27. The movie he would posthumously win an Oscar for the following year, The Dark Knight, was still months away from its theatrical release, and eventually a trio of actors were enlisted to fill the void in Terry Gilliam's then-unfinished The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. But while Hollywood was devastated by the senseless loss, and people started to dig into the destructive lifestyle Ledger was leading in...
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Program announced for Sydney’s 10th annual Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival

Presented by Deadhouse Films, The 10th annual A Night of Horror International Film Festival, and Fantastic Planet: Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival, screen simultaneously at Dendy Cinemas Newtown from November 24 to December 4, 2016. Says festival director Dean Bertram:

The 10th annual festival is going to be our biggest event yet. Featuring over 100 films, several international filmmaker guests, multiple parties and a horror filmmaking master class; Sydney’s genre fans and filmmaking community are going to be treated to eleven days of the best and freshest horror, sci-fi, and fantasy from around the globe.

The festival opens on Thursday November 24, with the Australian premiere of the international festival hit Peelers, plus a Q&A with special international guest: Canadian director Sevé Schelenz. And in keeping with the spirit of the bloody hilarious film, the screening will be followed by a “zombie and strippers” themed after party.

The closing night film,
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Dan Stevens to play Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas

Fresh from signing on to Gareth Evans’ new film Apostle, Dan Stevens has added another project to his upcoming slate, with the British actor set to play Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas.

The project will explore how Dickens set out to write A Christmas Carol, and will see Stevens joined in the cast by Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) as Dickens’ father and Christopher Plummer (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) as Scrooge.

“This is a Dickens we have not seen before, young, driven, and on a mission,” said director Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), who will helm from a script by Susan Coyne (Mozart in the Jungle). “A story full of the wit, wisdom, and warmth he gave us all. What a privilege it is to be directing this wonderful film.”

Dan Stevens will next be seen in the X-Men TV series Legion, which
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Composers Mychael Danna And Jeff Danna Utilize Alternative World Music Instruments For The Good Dinosaur Score

Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur features an original score by Academy Award-winning composer Mychael Danna and Emmy-nominated composer Jeff Danna. The soundtrack is available today.

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur opens in theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.

Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. Among his body
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Post-‘Monty Python,’ Terry Gilliam Keeps Delivering Something Completely Different

Post-‘Monty Python,’ Terry Gilliam Keeps Delivering Something Completely Different
Terry Gilliam, despite turning 75 this month and recently publishing “Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir,” has no intention of seeing the curtain fall on his career. He fizzes with ideas as he sits for an interview with Variety at the British Film Institute cafe in London, dressed in a samue — a traditional Japanese jacket worn by monks and craftsmen. He jokes that the fusion of the two reflects his approach to his trade.

When it’s time to move to the location of the photo shoot across town in Covent Garden, he spurns the offer of a taxi, preferring to walk.

The determination in his brisk gait is mirrored in his creative pursuits. Though his doomed attempt to shoot “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” documented in the film “Lost in La Mancha,” took its toll on Gilliam, he has not given up on the project. Amazon is backing a revived version of the film,
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What’s new on Amazon November 2015

New on Amazon November 2015 will be the fascinating original series The Man in the High Castle on Prime Video (pictured), while Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation is a blockbuster available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video. Piv: New In November 2015 — Available for Streaming on Prime Instant Video Available November 1 Desk Set The Enemy Below The Craft Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights The Newton Boys Available November 5 Tell Awakenings The Adventures of Milo and Otis The Mask of Zorro Seven Years in Tibet The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Available November 7 The Yes Men Are Revolting Available November 10 Prince Wolf Hall Available … Continue reading →

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12 Things We Learned From Terry Gilliam's Wild Memoir

12 Things We Learned From Terry Gilliam's Wild Memoir
Over the past half-century, Terry Gilliam has lived several lifetimes — first as the mastermind behind the surrealistically satirical animations on Monty Python's Flying Circus and then as a filmmaker with an unparalleled, singular imagination. His oeuvre contains everything from literary flights of fancy (Jabberwocky) and kid-friendly fantasies (Time Bandits) to dystopian epics (Brazil and Twelve Monkeys), kaleidoscopic romps (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and the occasional slightly warped drama (The Fisher King, Tideland).

Now 74, Gilliam looks back on his life achievements, as well as
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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club.
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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically
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'Tyrant' composers Mychael and Jeff Danna dish sibling rivalry on and off-screen

'Tyrant' composers Mychael and Jeff Danna dish sibling rivalry on and off-screen
Brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna are two of the most prolific composers working today, with over 160 credits between them. Together, they have collaborated on such films as “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (2009), “Lakeview Terrace” (2008), and “The Boondock Saints” (1999), and are currently working on the FX series “Tyrant.” -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders When we brought up the subject of sibling rivalry in our recent webcam chat (watch below), they couldn’t help but chuckle before giving an eloquent response. “There’s always a hint, and sometimes it boils up into an uber-hint,” admits Mychael, “but I would say it’s something we use in a positive way 98% of the time." However, he concedes, "there are competitions, but we do it to try and out-do each other. We both admire each others work, and i...
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