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11 Stars Who Passed Away Mid-Production

April 8th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
11 Stars Who Passed Away Mid-Production
The death of a favorite actor or actress usually brings about feelings of sentiment and regret. Sentiment over the enjoyment of the deceased actors body of work and regret that they will no longer be gracing moviegoers with their talent. But when stars die during the production of a movie, death brings with it an entirely new set of problems. Would and should the picture be released to the public? How to handle the endless questions about a deceased star while keeping your film's integrity intact?

These famous faces tragically did not see their last works to completion. Some never made it ...
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11 Controversial Comic Book Movie Castings

March 19th, 2014 1:01pm EDT
Idris Elba
As a comic book nerd, nothing is worse than seeing a poor attempt at a movie adaptation of one of your beloved super heroes. So one could understand why so many casting decisions in comic book films create a controversy. Here are 11 controversial comic book movie castings:

Idris Elba - Heimdall in Thor. In what will be an occurring theme in this list, Elba's casting as Asgard Sentry Heimdall was a controversy only because of the color of this skin. Several white supremacist groups employ Norse mythology, so the perceived slight was twofold for them. In the end, the boycott attempts failed ...
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10 On-Set Celebrity Romances That Didn't Last

August 17th, 2012 5:00pm EDT
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart
"Twilight" sweethearts Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson seemed like a match made in heaven until the actress publicly confessed to having an affair with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders.

Even worse, rumors circulated that Pattinson had been planning to propose before he found out his girlfriend cheated. Now the couple, which has notoriously been private about their relationship, appears to have broken up after dating for three years and starring in five films together.

It's not uncommon for celebrities to find love on set. Sometimes there's a happy ending ("Tr...
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In Honor Of 'Sparkle,' The 6 Best Posthumous Film Releases

August 14th, 2012 1:07pm EDT
Sparkle
This weekend's release of Sparkle will mark the final film for the recently deceased Whitney Houston. Posthumous film releases aren't too common, but there have been some fantastic films that hit theaters after a star's tragic death. Here are the Top 6:

The Deer Hunter (John Cazale) Cazale was in six films and all of them were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture. He was dying from terminal lung cancer during The Deer Hunter, but his girlfriend Meryl Streep and director Michael Cimino threatened to walk away from the film if the studio fired Cazale. Robert De Niro used his own m...
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Top 10 Batman Villains From Comics, TV And The Big Screen

July 19th, 2012 10:01pm EDT
Bane
The final installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, is upon us; and much like Heath Ledger's Joker the film's villains are once again posed to steal the show.

This time around we'll be reintroduced to three bad guys: Bane, (Tom Hardy), Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Ra's al Ghul (Liam Neeson). Both Bane and Catwoman made their first appearances in the original film run that Tim Burton started in the 1990s (and, fortunately, we'll be seeing a much different Bane in TDKR); and Ra's al Ghul returns to the series after his intro in Batman Begins.

But where do the...
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Christopher Nolan Banned Mentioning The Joker In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

July 15th, 2012 10:30am EDT
The Dark Knight
Batman trilogy director Christopher Nolan ruled out mentioning The Joker in The Dark Knight Rises - because he didn't want to trivialize Heath Ledger's death with a throwaway line.

Ledger stunned audiences as the cartoon villain in The Dark Knight, but died before the second film in Nolan's series came out, and rather than reference The Joker in the final movie, Nolan insisted no one should even utter the character's name.

He explains, "I felt very strongly that The Joker was off-limits. I don't want to trivialize a tragedy like that by explaining it away in some fashion.

"I made the cho...
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Josh Hutcherson Buys Heath Ledger's 'Tree House' In Hollywood Hills

May 23rd, 2012 9:04am EDT
Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson has a new home in Hollywood Hills. "The Hunger Games" star purchased a two-bedroom house, which Heath Ledger shared with his ex-partner Michelle Williams.

The late Ledger reportedly bought the place, dubbed "The Tree House" by locals because of the dense foliage that surrounds it, from comedienne Ellen DeGeneres in 2005.

The home was put on the market last year for $3 million.

Hutcherson recently had surgery for a broken nose. He didn't elaborate about his injury when tweeting about the surgery earlier this month.
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Michelle Williams And Jason Segel Go Public With Romance At NYC After Party

April 19th, 2012 2:30pm EDT
Michelle Williams
Actress Michelle Williams and Jason Segel have gone public with their new relationship by attending the New York after party for the funnyman's new romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement.

The new couple was first pictured together last month, strolling hand-in-hand after enjoying a dinner date near Williams' home in Brooklyn, and she showed her support for her new beau on Wednesday by joining him for his new film's premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater.

The Brokeback Mountain star avoided the media by skipping the red carpet, but she took a seat beside Segel for the Tribeca Film Festival s...
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'Hunger Games' Star Wes Bentley Talks About Girls' Fantasies, Good Pal Heath Ledger

January 14th, 2012 11:00am EST
Wes Bentley in Details
After substance abuse nearly derailed Wes Bentley’s career, the former teen idol is back in a big way in spring’s most anticipated blockbuster, "The Hunger Games."

Bentley became an overnight sensation thanks to his era-defining role in 1999's "American Beauty;" then, a drug-addled cautionary tale. But the 33-year-old actor is sober now and back in the saddle with the thriller "Gone."

Bentley is featured as "The Comeback" in the February issue of DETAILS magazine, on stands nationwide January 17. In the extended interview, available on Details.com, Bentley dishes on chilling with Lenny K...
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Michelle Williams Refused To Let Daughter Give Puppy A Stripper Name

October 27th, 2011 8:27am EDT
Michelle Williams
Actress Michelle Williams talked her young daughter out of giving the new family puppy a stripper name because she thought it inappropriate to call a spaniel Crystal or Diamond.

Matilda, the Brokeback Mountain star's daughter by ex-boyfriend Heath Ledger, eventually settled on the name Lucky.

In a taped interview with Ellen DeGeneres, which will air on TV on Friday, Williams says, "Her first ideas... sounded like stripper names. She wanted something like, Crystal, Gem or Diamond."

"At first I was going to be a controlling mom because I was like, 'We can't have a dog named...' Then I w...
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How Ryan Gosling Resurrected The Movie Star

September 14th, 2011 11:00am EDT
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Movie critics, driven to understandable cynicism by the onslaught of unnecessary remakes (there is no reason for another "Footloose") and re-imaginings of every superhero from the Green Lantern to a hammer-wielding Norse god, have declared the movie star extinct.  I think the stellar year actor Ryan Gosling, 30, is having is inspiring proof that the existence of the movie star in this entertainment climate is still possible. 

For this lover of pop culture, a movie star is more than someone who makes a lot of films and walks a lot of red carpets.  It’s Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman,” “Th...
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Upcoming 'Hunger Games' Star Wes Bentley Opens Up About Drug Past

June 2nd, 2011 8:53am EDT
Wes Bentley
Actor Wes Bentley lost the will to live at the lowest point of his eight-year drug hell.

The actor shot to fame at the age of 20 after the 1999 release of the Oscar-winning "American Beauty," but Bentley struggled to deal with the spotlight and fell into a downward spiral of alcohol and drugs.

He became hooked on ecstasy, cocaine and heroin and turned his back on his career as his substance abuse worsened, and Bentley admits he became so depressed, he had all but given up on life.

He tells People magazine, "There was a point where I had written off survival. I was so numb, I was OK with ...
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Lily Cole Lands Monster Role On 'Doctor Who'

February 12th, 2011 10:06am EST
Lily Cole
British beauty Lily Cole has bagged another acting job - she's set to play a sea monster on cult sci-fi show Doctor Who.

The catwalk queen will appear as a mysterious ocean creature in an upcoming episode, in which the Time Lord visits a pirate ship in the 1600s. And Cole insists she can't wait to shoot her role.

She tells Britain's The Sun, "It is a great script and a fun character and I am glad to be involved."

The 22 year old made her acting debut in the 2007 comedy St. Trinian's, and she also worked with the late Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

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Helena Christensen 'Annoyed' By Romance Rumors

February 3rd, 2011 1:34pm EST
Helena Christensen
Supermodel Helena Christensen hates reading rumors about her love life - because she is often wrongly paired with her girlfriends' partners.

The Danish beauty has been linked to a number of men since she catapulted to fame in the 1990s, but she insists most of the romance reports are completely false. And Christensen is adamant the speculation can be hurtful when she is rumored to have stepped out with her close pals' boyfriends.

She tells Britain's InStyle magazine, "I only really get annoyed by it in moments when I feel kind of down and vulnerable. But I do get bothered by the fact t...
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Michelle Williams Has Houseguests To 'Stave Off The Loneliness'

January 12th, 2011 8:20am EST
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams frequently invites friends and family to stay in the home she shared with her late ex-fiance Heath Ledger in a bid to "stave off the loneliness" which haunts her.

The star purchased the New York townhouse with Ledger when the former couple first found out she was pregnant with their daughter Matilda, now five.

Williams now keeps an open-door policy at the property, admitting she surrounds herself with house guests to distract her from feeling sad.

She tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "(The house is) too much, too sad, too enormous... Every time I come home, there's a...
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Michelle Williams To Launch Yoga Center

January 10th, 2011 3:28pm EST
Michelle Williams
Actress Michelle Williams is launching a yoga center for single mothers. The Brokeback Mountain star has been raising five-year-old daughter Matilda as a single mom since her ex-boyfriend, late actor Heath Ledger, died of an accidental overdose in January, 2008.

She credits yoga with helping her cope with the tragedy and reveals the inner peace she found through the exercise inspired her to co-found The Yoga for Single Moms Project, which is now launching a pilot program in Boston, Massachusetts.

She tells Marie Claire magazine, "Yoga gave me relief like nothing else; it made be a bette...
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Tribute Planned For Heath Ledger

January 6th, 2011 4:00pm EST
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Heath Ledger's friends and family have approved plans for a one-off tribute event for the late actor to mark the third anniversary of his tragic death.

The Brokeback Mountain star passed away on January 22, 2008 after suffering an accidental overdose at his New York apartment.

Ledger's father, Kim, has now confirmed a charity gala will be held in the actor's honour in his native Australia in early February.

The event, titled Heath: A Night Under the Stars Celebrating One of Its Finest, will showcase the star's Academy Award-winning turn in The Dark Knight and the proceeds will be handed ...
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Michelle Williams Devastated By Edited Nightline Interview

January 6th, 2011 10:16am EST
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams has taken aim at producers of a news show after seemingly bearing her soul about the death of Heath Ledger - insisting she found the editing of the interview "devastating."

The actress gave a candid and highly-publicized interview to "Nightline" show last month and revealed she pines for the year her ex-boyfriend died, because she still felt that he would re-appear in her life.

In the interview, she said, "In a strange way, I miss that year, because all those possibilities that existed then are gone. It didn't seem unlikely to me that he could walk through a door or coul...
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Michelle Williams Wants To Watch 'Brokeback Mountain' With Her Daughter

December 30th, 2010 2:13pm EST
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams plans to watch "Brokeback Mountain" with her daughter by Heath Ledger so her little girl can see the film that brought her parents together.

The actress met her late ex-fiance Ledger on the set of the cowboy drama in 2004, and they went on to welcome Matilda the following year.

The couple parted ways in 2007 and a year later, the actor died of an accidental overdose in his New York City apartment.

Williams has since raised Matilda on her own, but she hopes to share the film with her daughter so the youngster can see her parents together.

She tells Angeleno Magazine, "W...
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Russell Crowe Denies 'Westworld' Rumors

September 7th, 2010 1:30pm EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe has taken to his Twitter.com page to deny he's set to star in a remake of Michael Crichton's sci-fi thriller Westworld.

The Gladiator actor was rumored to have signed up to a new version of the 1973 film, which was author Crichton's first outing as a big screen director and starred Yul Brynner as a gun slinging android at a fantasy theme park.

However, Crowe has shot down the reports, insisting there is no truth to the rumors. He writes on his Twitter.com page, "WestWorld purely a rumor, I've never been contacted about it."

And he also sets the record straight about cla...
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Will Adrien Brody Be Eaten Alive in 'Predators'?

July 8th, 2010 9:49am EDT
Predators - Adrien Brody
When people think of action movie stars, one of the last names that comes to mind is Adrien Brody, Academy Award-winner for “The Pianist” and hip-hop enthusiast. After this summer though, that perception or lack of confidence may change. On July 9 Brody will appear in “Predators,” the new chapter in the “Predator” franchise, as Royce the leader of a band of humans who find themselves on the Predators’ home planet.

Brody has had an incredibly diverse career as an actor and has worked with such filmmakers as Roman Polanski, M. Night Shyamalan, Wes Anderson and Peter Jackson. Clearly, Brody c...
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Robin Williams:'I Would Do 'Batman' In A Second'

June 30th, 2010 10:00am EDT
Robin Williams
Robin Williams is urging movie bosses to cast him in the next Batman movie - because he has twice been turned down for parts in the superhero franchise.

Rumors over casting for Christopher Nolan's upcoming third superhero film have been rife ever since The Dark Knight, starring Heath Ledger as The Joker, hit cinemas in 2008 - with fans speculating over which characters will be re-introduced. Nolan is said to be considering bringing feline femme fatale Catwoman back for the new movie, along with The Riddler.

Williams is adamant he would make a good replacement for Jim Carrey, who played ...
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Ryan Gosling Dating Michelle Williams?

May 20th, 2010 1:30pm EDT
Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling has finally moved on from his split from Rachel McAdams - he's reportedly dating his Blue Valentine co-star Michelle Williams.

The actor ended his on/off relationship with McAdams in 2008 after they fell for each other on the set of The Notebook four years earlier.

He has since been linked to several eligible women but has seemingly failed to find love again - but onlookers at the Cannes Film Festival this week were stunned to see Gosling cozying up to Heath Ledger's ex Williams.

According to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, the two actors were spotted holding hands at the...
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Family Can't Watch Heath Ledger's Films

May 15th, 2010 10:42am EDT
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger's mother and sister are still so distraught by the loss of the star, they've been unable to watch any of his films since his death in 2008.

The "Brokeback Mountain" actor was found dead in his New York apartment in January, 2008, after suffering an accidental overdose.

His mother Sally Bell and sister Kate celebrated his memory at the Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, when they watched as actor Colin Farrell presented newcomer Bella Heathcote with the second Heath Ledger Scholarship, a fund established in his honor.

But the actor's relatives...
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April DVD Releases: 'Avatar,' 'Crazy Heart' & More

March 30th, 2010 9:04am EDT
Avatar
Fans around the world will soon be able to discover every detail and relive every moment of James Cameron's "Avatar" in the comfort of their own homes. But there are plenty of other new DVD releases this month:

April 6

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - Buy it.

Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk

Apparently this is one of those "Good" Nicolas Cage movies. Worth a watch to see why everyone is so excited about his appearance in the upcoming Kick-Ass.

The Collector - Skip it.

Josh Stewart, Michael Reilly Burke, Juan Fernandez, Andrea Roth

Lord of the Rings Tril...
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RIP: Notable Celebrity Deaths In 2009

December 31st, 2009 8:54am EST
celebrity deaths 2009
Last year Heath Ledger was the shocking celebrity death, and this year it was Michael Jackson. But there were plenty of other notable deaths in 2009. Peruse our photo slideshow commemorating the famous lives who have touched our hearts over the years.

Ron Silver died of esophageal cancer on March 15 at the age of 62.

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Liam Neeson's wife Natasha Richardson died on March 18 following a skiing accident in Montreal, Canada.

Natasha Richardson

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Review: 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' Is A Storyteller's Tale For Gilliam, Ledger Fans

December 28th, 2009 1:26pm EST
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Terry Gilliam is an interesting Hollywood director in that he's bizarre and not mainstream, and yet his films are so interesting and bizarre that they get critical acclaim and great notice. His started with the "Monty Python" gang and moved on to hits like "Brazil," "Time Bandits," "12 Monkeys," and "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas." He had his fair share of failures too with the odd "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and the lukewarm critical reactions to his film "The Brothers Grimm." It was always an uphill battle for Gilliam since his movies are visually intriguing, mind bending, and n...
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Heath Ledger Lives On This Christmas

December 22nd, 2009 10:00am EST
Heath Ledger Lives On This Christmas
Heath Ledger passed away midway through filming the movie The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. After regrouping, director Terry Gilliam figured out a way to finish the film, so you'll get to see Ledger one more time when the film opens. In the fantasy film, actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell play the "Imaginarium" incarnations of Ledger's character.

"Number one, I chose people who were close friends of Heath's so they know Heath," Gilliam said. "So that's to start. Then we gave them all DVDs of what we'd been able to assemble of what Heath had done so they can see what he was do...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Sherlock Holmes,' 'It's Complicated' & More

December 21st, 2009 9:54am EST
SHERLOCK HOLMES
The arrival of Christmas on Friday brings a solid variety of films to the box office. There's the romantic comedy "It's Complicated," the fantasy adventure "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," the action thriller "Sherlock Holmes," and the family comedy "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel."

IT'S COMPLICATED

Jane (Meryl Streep) rekindles her relationship with her ex-husband Jake (Alec Baldwin) by hooking up with him, on his son's college graduation. In addition to handling the difficulties of being her ex's mistress, Jane's life is further complicated by her attraction to an a...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Talented & Naturally Likeable

December 19th, 2009 7:20pm EST
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Golden Globe nominated movie (500) Days of Summer will be released on DVD on Tuesday, December 22. The film's main character, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, may only be 28 years old,

but he has been in Hollywood for almost all of his life and we hope he's not going anywhere soon.

Joseph began acting as a child appearing in several made-for-television movies and a few episodes of Family Ties but made his film debut in Beethoven in the early nineties. In 1994, he was cast in the lead role in Disney's Angels in the Outfield and had a recurring role on the hit series Roseanne for the next few y...
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