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Heath Ledger Died 10 Years Ago Today — Friends and Family Remember His 'Desperate' Final Weeks

Heath Ledger Died 10 Years Ago Today — Friends and Family Remember His 'Desperate' Final Weeks
Ten years ago, an exhausted Heath Ledger retreated to his New York City apartment 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. 22, 2008 in his apartment. A toxicology report revealed a fatal mix of prescription drugs in his system.

Years after his death, People spoke with those closest to him about his amazing life and untimely death. They described a young superstar and father grappling with the pressures of fame, reeling
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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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Shekhar Kapur set to direct the authorised Bruce Lee biopic

Shekhar Kapur, the director such films as Elizabeth and its sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age as well as The Four Feathers and Bandit Queen will helm the planned authorised Bruce Lee biopic, Little Dragon.

The news comes via Variety who report that the story is a contemporary dramatisation of the 1950s Hong Kong social and political forces that shaped Bruce Lee into both the most famous martial arts star of all time and a significant modern day philosopher.

The trade adds that the film will be produced by Bruce Lee Entertainment, headed up by Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, as well as Convergence Entertainment.

Pre=production has already kicked-off for a planned July shoot.

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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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Sliff 2016: Tribute to King Kong Nov. 6th – Here’s a Retrospective on the 1933 Original

A Tribute to King Kong takes place as part of the The St. Louis International Film Festival Sunday, Nov. 6 beginning at 6:00pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. The first film screened will be the new documentary Long Live The King, which explores the enduring fascination with one of the biggest stars — both literally and figuratively — in Hollywood history: the mighty King Kong. Produced and directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, the creative team behind the award-winning “Beast Wishes,” the documentary devotes primary attention to the 1933 classic, celebrating the contributions of filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, stars Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot, writer Edgar Wallace, and especially stop-motion innovator Willis O’Brien. But Kong’s legacy is also fully detailed: the sequel “Son of Kong,” the cinematic kin “Mighty Joe Young,” the Dino DeLaurentis and Peter Jackson remakes, even the Japanese versions by Toho Studios.
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Heath Ledger’s Birthday Celebrated By Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur

Filmmaker Shekhar Kap took to his Twitter to remember actor Heath Ledger on what would be his 37th birthday. Heath Ledger Remembered On His Birthday Kapur, 70, directed the actor in his 2002 movie The Four Feathers. “He went too young. But then I always told Heath there was an ancient wise spirit in his young […]

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Disc Deals: 50% Off Criterion Blu-rays at Amazon

The Barnes & Noble sale may have ended a couple of weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still buy some Criterion Collection releases for 50% off. Best Buy is currently having a 50% off sale on a number of Criterion releases, and Amazon has begun to match their prices.

Thanks to everyone for supporting our site by buying through our affiliate links.

A note on Amazon deals, for those curious: sometimes third party sellers will suddenly appear as the main purchasing option on a product page, even though Amazon will sell it directly from themselves for the sale price that we have listed. If the sale price doesn’t show up, click on the “new” options, and look for Amazon’s listing.

I’ll keep this list updated throughout the week, as new deals are found, and others expire. If you find something that’s wrong, a broken link or price difference,
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UK TV ratings: Doc Martin continues to dominate Monday nights with 5.9m

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

Martin Clunes continues to dominate Monday nights, with Doc Martin topping the ratings outside the soaps on Monday (October 5).

The ITV drama was seen by an average overnight audience of 5.87m (29%) at 9pm (+1: 289k), but still didn't quite manage to pull in as many viewers as last week. Earlier, Britain As Seen On ITV brought in 2.85m (13.5%) at 8pm, which again was slightly down on last week.

Over on BBC One, Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law had 2.2m (9.5%) viewers at 8.30pm and at 9pm Rooney: The Man Behind the Goals drew in 3.26m (16.1%).

BBC Two's University Challenge puzzled 2.82m (13.4) at 8pm, Only Connect quizzed 2.13m (10%) at 8.30pm and The Celts: Blood, Iron, and Sacrifice with Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver thrilled 1.87m (9.4%) at 9pm.

Over on Channel 4, Jamie's Super Food was seen by 1.04 (5%) at 8pm, Food Unwrapped managed 1.38m (6.5%) at 8.30pm,
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"Two Faces Of January", And Neither Is Pretty

In 2002, Hossein Amini penned the Heath Ledger epic remake The Four Feathers, then passed nine years before reappearing on the scene with screenwriting turns on Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman, and 47 Ronin in rapid succession. Riding the wave of success, he switched gears and made his feature directorial debut with The Two Faces of January, starring the powerhouse trio of Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and rising star Oscar Isaac. Borrowing heavily from classic Hitchcockian tropes, the slow-burning thriller endeavors to be a location period film of love, intrigue, and danger in the great tradition of To Catch A Thief.

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Oscar-Winning Composer James Horner Dead At Age 61

Braveheart, Aliens, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Apollo 13, Wolfen, Legends Of The Fall, Krull, Battle Beyond The Stars, A Beautiful Mind, Titanic. The list goes on and on.

The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.

Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015

Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.

From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):

Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.

He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for
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King Kong Screens at Schlafly Bottleworks May 7th

“We’ll give him more than chains. He’s always been king of his world, but we’ll teach him fear. We’re millionaires, boys. I’ll share it with all of you. Why, in a few months, it’ll be up in lights on Broadway: Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World!”

King Kong screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) Thursday, May 7th at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together

Doors open at 6:30pm. $6 suggested for the screening. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed suds. A bartender will be on hand to take care of you. “Culture Shock” is the name of a film series here in St. Louis that is the cornerstone project of a social enterprise that is an ongoing source of support for Helping Kids Together (http://www.
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'Elizabeth' Director Shekhar Kapur Takes on 'Tiger's Curse'

Internationally acclaimed producer and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) has come on to direct the epic adventure film Tiger's Curse, based on the first in a series of New York Times bestselling novels by author Colleen Houck. Julie Plec, creator of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, has adapted the book for the screen.

Ineffable Pictures' founder Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel will produce along with Lotus Entertainment's Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, and with director Shekhar Kapur. Lotus' D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian are executive producing and Lotus will introduce the action/adventure to foreign buyers starting at Afm.

Tiger's Curse follows Kelsey Hayes who learns that she has a powerful connection with a beautiful white tiger named Ren, while working at a circus in Oregon over the summer. When a mysterious stranger arrives to reclaim Ren and return him to his native India, Kelsey is whisked into an
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Shekhar Kapur to Direct Adventure Film Tiger’S Curse

Internationally acclaimed producer and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) has come on to direct the epic adventure film Tiger’S Curse, based on the first in a series of New York Times bestselling novels by author Colleen Houck. Julie Plec, creator of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” has adapted the book for the screen.

Ineffable Pictures’ founder Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel will produce along with Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, and with director Shekhar Kapur. Lotus’ D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian are executive producing and Lotus will introduce the action/adventure to foreign buyers starting at Afm.

Tiger’S Curse follows Kelsey Hayes who learns that she has a powerful connection with a beautiful white tiger named Ren, while working at a circus in Oregon over the summer. When a mysterious stranger arrives to reclaim Ren and return him to his native India, Kelsey is whisked
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Interview: Hossein Amini (The Two Faces of January)

Continuing in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith’s set of globetrotters and vacationing daytrippers who dip their toes not only in foreign backdrops, but in tend to find themselves in the most inconvenient of situations, it is the American novelist’s 1964 novel that finds a suitor in British-Iranian writer (and now turned director in his own right) Hossein Amini.

Working with players such as Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst, Amini, whose long list of creds include Michael Winterbottom’s Jude, Iain Softley’s The Wings of the Dove, Shekar Kapur’s The Four Feathers, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive and the upcoming Our Kind of Traitor, takes a stab at the thriller-genre with the sun-drenched Greece and Turkey as the conniving backdrop with The Two Faces of January, which opened August 28th and is still running in its limited engagement. Here is my interview with Amini which took
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SXSW 2015 Sets Mark Duplass Keynote, First Wave Of Film Panels

Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives At Home filmmaker Mark Duplass will return to South by Southwest to keynote the 2015 edition of the annual Austin film conference, organizers announced today. Like 2014’s popular keynote speaker Lena Dunham, Duplass is making a homecoming of sorts to SXSW where he launched his career in 2005 by winning the SXSW Audience Award with brother Jay for The Puffy Chair. Last year at SXSW he and director/co-writer/co-star Patrick Brice debuted their microbudget horror Creep which Radius-twc and Blumhouse Tilt jointly acquired.

Also stopping by the Austin fest held from March 13-21, 2015 will be Bollywood actor and director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, The Four Feathers), who will lead a Conversation session. Over 150 keynotes, conversations, panels, and mentor sessions are in the works for the annual confab, which has yet to announce its full lineup.

As for film panels, I’ll be talking shop at “So You
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Shekhar Kapur to chair 2014 Capri Hollywood fest

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Shekhar Kapur to chair 2014 Capri Hollywood fest
The Indian filmmaker will serve as chairman of the 19th edition of Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival, scheduled to run in the Gulf of Naples from December 26-January 2, 2015.

Kapur’s directing credits include Elizabeth, The Four Feathers and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

In 2015 he plans to unveil his decade-long project Paani, a sci-fi set in 2050 when a multinational corporation thrives as the world endures water scarcity.

”The attendance in Capri of the great artist Kapur, who has been a friend and supporter of our festival since 2002 as well as a prominent figure both in Bollywood and Hollywood, is not only a privilege, it will also contribute to expanding the dialogue between cultures, and help draw the attention of the Asian media to Italy and the southern Italian regions, already beloved by tourists from India,” said festival founder and producer Pascal Vicedomini.

Honourary members of festival presenting organisation Istituto Capri Nel Mondo are producer Mark Canton, directors
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Wes Bentley interview: My mission of recovery after nearly a decade lost to drugs

From Mickey Rourke to Robert Downey Jr, Hollywood loves a comeback almost as much as it loves anointing a hot new talent. But there’s something decidedly poignant about the return of Wes Bentley. Fifteen years ago, he was that hot new talent who played the misfit neighbour Ricky Fitts in Sam MendesAmerican Beauty. Two years later, he made the period drama The Four Feathers with Heath Ledger, by which point he was in the grip of a damaging heroin and cocaine habit – formed to “escape expectations”, he says.
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More details on Vidya Balan in the Us and Iifa in Tampa!

The International Indian Film Academy (Iifa) visited the United States for a special multi-city promotional tour of New York, Houston, Tampa and Orlando on the 11th – 14th of March and with them was one of Indian cinema’s biggest names, actress Vidya Balan who talked the upcoming Iifa Celebrations presented by Freedom Health. The Videocon d2h Iifa Weekend 2015 will be held from the 23rd to the 26th of April in Tampa Bay. Iifa partnered with Us Bollywood Enterprise on the New York leg of the Us promotional tour and with Star Promotion Inc for the Houston press meet.

Actor, Vidya Balan said, “Having travelled to a number of exotic locales the world over, Iifa has made its mark on the map, educating the world about Indian Cinema. Going forward, I am very pleased to be a part of Iifa’s landmark journey, as they venture into the United States,
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'Two Faces of January' trailer: 'Talented Mr. Ripley' meets 'Drive' -- Video

'Two Faces of January' trailer: 'Talented Mr. Ripley' meets 'Drive' -- Video
The trailer for The Two Faces of January, a new film starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst, has been released in anticipation of its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this week. The movie is an adaptation of a novel by Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley. If you were a fan of that ominous tale of envy, obsession, and murder, then this story promises a similar smorgasbord. If you read “Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst” and just skipped to the trailer, then great. I would’ve done the same.

January revolves around a tense love triangle
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Michael Sheen Is Friends With Every Gorgeous Woman in Hollywood

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Michael Sheen Is Friends With Every Gorgeous Woman in Hollywood
Michael Sheen rang in his 45th birthday in La on Wednesday with a slew of Hollywood's most beautiful women. Kate Hudson, who costarred with Michael in 2002's The Four Feathers, dropped by the bash at Craig's restaurant, while Lily Collins pulled up to the event with her rumored new boyfriend, Australian actor Thomas Cocquerel. Other guests included Michael's Masters of Sex costar Lizzy Caplan (who arrived with a massive gift) and his ex-girlfriend Kate Beckinsale, who arrived with her husband, Len Wiseman. With so many stars at a birthday party, you'd expect Michael to walk away with some ritzy loot. However, the actor was seen emerging form the restaurant with some unpretentious gifts, including a model of a human torso and a stack of vinyl records. Keep reading to see photos from Michael's birthday party. View Slideshow ›
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