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Heath Ledger: Career Full Of Artistic Risks Cut Short By Early Death; Autopsy Due

1/23/2008 8:31am EST
Heath Ledger
NEW YORK (AP) - Heath Ledger turned down more teen movies after starring in the romantic comedy ''10 Things I Hate About You,'' waiting for the kinds of grueling, intense roles that would become his trademark.

The decision set him on a career path toward ''Brokeback Mountain'' - the film that earned him an Oscar nomination.

Two years later, Ledger was found dead Tuesday by his housekeeper and masseuse - lying naked and face-down at the foot of his bed, with prescription sleeping pills nearby, police said. He was 28.

Shocked fans set up a makeshift memorial of flowers and note...

Upcoming Comic Book Films Worth Checking Out, Part 2

1/11/2008 12:03pm EST
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (July 11)

This is a sequel to the first "Hellboy" and is based off an enormously well received series created by Dark Horse Comics. Hellboy is the greatest supernatural detective and blends many aspects of classical horror and magic with a uniquely dry sense of humor.

The first movie was moderately popular, and the DVD sales were positive enough that a sequel was given the green light. It will be directed again by Guillermo del Toro, and star Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair as Liz, and Doug Jones as Abe Sapien.

"Hellboy" has always been a f...

15 Memorable Music Scenes On Film

10/16/2007 10:08am EDT
William Shakespeare
As a film junkie and music geek I always look forward to seeing what songs directors will put in certain scenes to create the right mood. Finding the perfect song isn't always easy. The song has to fit that key moment or it could ruin the movie.

Following is a list of songs that have really made a movie scene stand out. I'm sure you will notice two things about me: I love chick flicks and 80's movies. This wasn't an easy task. I found over 50 songs and cut the list down to 15 with a few honorable mentions.

15) "Kissing You" by Des'Ree from the movie "Romeo + Juliet" (1996)


Celebrity Birthdays, April 4

4/4/2007 3:00am EDT
Heath Ledger
Happy Birthday to Britney's little sis Jamie Lynn Spears (1991), actress Natasha Lyonne (1979), "Brokeback Mountain" star Heath Ledger (1979), biker Dave Mirra (1974), illusionist David Blaine (1973), "Battlefield Earth" actor Barry Pepper (1970), actor/rehab frequenter Robert Downey Jr. (1965), "The Matrix" trilogy actor Hugo Weaving (1960), TV producer David E. Kelley (1956), actress Christine Lahti (1950), "Poltergeist" star Craig T. Nelson (1944), "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins (1932; d. 1992), prolific writer Maya Angelou (1928), composer Elmer Bernstein (1922; d. 2004), and blues legen...

Maggie Gyllenhaal May Star In Batman Sequel

3/9/2007 12:03pm EST
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal, 30, is set to replace Katie Holmes in the new Batman movie. The actress is involved in talks to star opposite Christian Bale in The Dark Night. Holmes, who starred as Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins, announced her plans to drop out of the project last January.

Heath Ledger will star as supervillain The Joker, while Aaron Eckhart will play crime boss Two-Face.

- Maggie Gyllenhaal photos

- More about The Dark Knight

Man-On-Man Cowboy Smooch Voted Best Screen Kiss Of All-Time

2/14/2007 9:18am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger's gay kiss in Brokeback Mountain has been voted the best screen kiss of all-time. The controversial embrace beat other famous clinches from romantic classics including Gone With The Wind and Dirty Dancing to top the online poll conducted by a DVD rental company. Top 10 Below!

Fliss White, marketing manager for, said: "When we asked our members to share their favorite movie kiss, we never expected the results to be so varied. Our top 10 has covered everything from sexy passionate embraces to more sinister, threatening kisses."

Top 10 be...

Katie Holmes Turns Down 'Batman: The Dark Knight' For Queen Latifah Comedy

1/29/2007 10:24am EST
Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes has turned down a $2 million deal to star in the sequel to Batman Begins. The actress was expected to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes alongside caped crusader Christian Bale for Batman: The Dark Knight but has pulled out because of "scheduling conflicts".

Rumors have already circulated that Katie has been replaced by Wedding Crashers actress Rachel McAdams for the comic-book adventure, also starring Heath Ledger as The Joker. Katie has instead signed up to star alongside Queen Latifah in the comedy Mad Money.

The movie - to be directed by Callie Khouri - follows thre...

Heath Ledger Allegedly Offered Part As The Joker

7/24/2006 9:48am EDT
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger is set to play The Joker in the Batman Begins sequel. The Australian actor was apparently officially offered the much sought after role on Wednesday. Website Latino Review revealed the news, their site reads: "We were first to tell the world that Brandon Routh was going to be the new Superman. Now here we are at it again as we just got word from a very trusted source that the offer was officially made to Heath Ledger to star as The Joker in the Batman Begins sequel!"

The Brokeback Mountain star is the latest in a long line of respected actors to be linked to the role. Robi...

'Wedding Crashers' Sweeps MTV Movie Awards

6/5/2006 10:17am EDT
Wedding Crashers
Wedding Crashers swept the 2006 MTV Movie Awards on Saturday winning three awards. The comedy about two womanizing friends - starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson - took the accolades for 'Best Movie' and 'Best On-Screen Team'. Complete List of Winners Below!

Actress Isla Fisher - who plays Vaughn's love interest in the film - scooped movie's third prestigious popcorn bucket for "Best Breakthrough Act'. Oscar-winning gay cowboy film Brokeback Mountain - starring Jake Gyllenhal and Heath Ledger - won two prizes, 'Best Actor' for Gyllenhal and 'Best Kiss'.

The 40 Year Old Virgin st...

Jessica Alba To Host 2006 MTV Movie Awards

6/1/2006 8:00pm EDT
Jessica Alba
Covering Hollywood’s most anticipated blockbuster from every angle, MTV News will present exclusive pre and post show coverage of the "2006 MTV Movie Awards." From backstage to the red carpet, the MTV News team will cover every angle of the big show including exclusive celebrity interviews, musical performances, and much more. Additionally for the first time, fans will be able to access MTV News’ comprehensive Movie Awards coverage on-air and through broadband network, MTV Overdrive ( — each with a unique and exclusive take on the show.

MTV News pre show coverage...

Check Out Comedy Central's Memorial Day Weekend Programming

5/27/2006 6:00am EDT
Who says taking a vacation requires leaving the house? This Memorial Day Weekend, say "bon voyage" to annoying tour guides and "aloha" to Comedy Central's "Virtual Vacation." Don't miss three days of hilarious travel-themed programming beginning Saturday, May 27, at 7:00 a.m. and airing through Monday, May 30.

Catch Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson working the runways of Paris and Milan in Zoolander. Take a wild trip to a haunted house with Anna Farris and the Wayans Brothers in Scary Movie 2. Flashback to high school with Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You. Try to...

Heath Ledger Takes Baby To Tattoo Parlor

4/26/2006 11:08am EDT
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger won't let baby Matilda leave his side - even when he's getting a new tattoo done. The actor reportedly took his five-month-old daughter along to a tattoo parlor in Brooklyn last Sunday along with fiancée Michelle Williams. The Brokeback Mountain star had a tribal design etched onto his forearm as mother and baby looked on.

Ledger recently admitted he is loving his new role as a dad - even though all he does now is cook and wash up. The Hollywood star says he has happily settled into domestic life since Matilda was born.

He said: "My life right now is - I wouldn't say ...

MTV Movie Awards Nominees Announced - Full List!

4/25/2006 10:53am EDT
40-Year-Old Virgin
Wedding Crashers and The 40-Year-Old-Virgin are set to dominate the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. Both movies have received five nominations each including Best Movie and Best Comedic Performance. Among the other contenders for historically one the most hotly contested awards, Best Kiss, are Brokeback Mountain lovers Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger who are set to battle it out with real life couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who locked lips in their action hit last year Mr and Mrs Smith. Full List of Nominees Below!

This year's awards ceremony is the first time that organisers haven't had...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 4

4/4/2006 3:06am EDT
Heath Ledger
Happy Birthday to Britney's little sis Jamie Lynn Spears (1991), actress Natasha Lyonne (1979), "Brokeback Mountain" star Heath Ledger (1979), biker Dave Mirra (1974), illusionist David Blaine (1973), "Battlefield Earth" actor Barry Pepper (1970), actor/rehab frequenter Robert Downey Jr. (1965), "The Matrix" trilogy actor Hugo Weaving (1960), TV producer David E. Kelley (1956), actress Christine Lahti (1950), "Poltergeist" star Craig T. Nelson (1944), "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins (1932; d. 1992), prolific writer Maya Angelou (1928), composer Elmer Bernstein (1922; d. 2004), and blues legen...

And The Oscar Goes To ...

3/6/2006 9:45am EST
George Clooney
Although Brokeback Mountain wound up walking away with a few Academy Awards last night, the big winner was Crash, which took home statues for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Editing. Thrice-nominated George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana. Read more for a complete list of winners ...

78th Annual Academy Awards Winners:


Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow

Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line

David S...

What They Were Wearing at The Oscars

3/6/2006 9:42am EST
Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley wowed the crowds at the Oscars ceremony last night in a merlot-coloured Vera Wang gown and priceless jewels. The young actress came out on top of the fashion stakes, despite failing to pick up the Best Actress award. The starlet, who was nominated for her role as Elizabeth Bennett in 'Pride and Prejudice', wore a chandelier-layered necklace containing rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds. The stunning piece wad designed by Bulgari in the 1960's.

Keira was thrilled with her stunning outfit, telling Daily Mail newspaper: "It's the most beautiful piece of jewellery and...

Survey Says 'Crash' Should Win Best Picture

3/2/2006 2:24pm EST
According to a new Harris poll, 20 percent of U.S. adults say Crash should win the Best Picture Oscar this year. Only 13 percent believe Brokeback Mountain should win, followed by 10 percent who each say Good Night and Good Luck and Munich should take home the award. The fifth nominee Capote has the support of just 4 percent of adults.

What may be worrisome for the producers of the Academy Awards is that 24 percent of adults say they are not sure who should win, and 18 percent think none of these five should win. Without being invested in a movie, will they tune in to watch the awards?...

Heath Ledger Chooses Jake Gyllenhaal as Daughter's Godfather

2/21/2006 9:50am EST
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger has asked 'Brokeback Mountain' co-star Jake Gyllenhaal to be his baby's godfather. The actors got so close while shooting the gay cowboy drama, Heath decided he wanted Jake to be involved in his daughter's life. The 'Donnie Darko' star admits he was thrilled to be asked to help raise little Matilda, Heath's daughter with partner Michelle Williams.

Jake told Daily Mirror newspaper: "Heath and I are best friends now, making the film was very intense for us. I'm actually godfather to Heath's daughter Matilda which is an amazing honor."

Heath recently revealed he loves hi...

Sienna Miller Sees Heath Ledger Naked

2/1/2006 9:25am EST
Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller peaked at Heath Ledger's manhood while filming 'Casanova'. The 'Layer Cake' star copped an eyeful of the hunky actor while they were shooting together in Venice because their changing rooms were only separated by a curtain.

Sienna - who is allegedly dating 'Star Wars' actor Hayden Christensen after splitting from on/off boyfriend Jude Law for good - also admits Heath caught a glimpse of her naked. She revealed to Hotdog magazine "We were in these rooms with a curtain separating us - as opposed to using our own trailers.

"The boys were farting next door and we were c...

Complete List of 2006 Oscar Nominations

1/31/2006 10:58am EST
Best Actor nominee Heath Ledger
As expected, Brokeback Mountain is a favorite among Oscar voters, rounding up eight nominations, including those for best motion picture, director, actor, and supporting actor and actress. Crash and Good Night, And Good Luck follow with six nominations each. Walk the Line was surprisingly shut out of the best motion picture category, but the film earned five nominations, as did Capote, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Munich. Continue reading for a complete list of Oscar nominees...

78th Annual Academy Awards Nominations:


Philip Seymour Hof...

'Brokeback Mountain' Snags Top Honors at Golden Globes

1/17/2006 9:14am EST
Brokeback Mountain
Gay cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at last night's Golden Globe awards scooping four honors - including Best Motion Picture. The movie - which had seven nominations at the prestigious ceremony - also won Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Screenplay and Best Original Song. But lead actor Heath Ledger lost out on the Best Dramatic Actor award to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the award for his performance in Capote.

Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were both honored for their performances in Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. The film also won the award for Best Mo...

Utah, West Virginia Ban Brokeback Mountain; Ledger Laughs

1/11/2006 12:22pm EST
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger is laughing at cinema bosses who are banning his gay western Brokeback Mountain in America because it isn't stopping film fans from checking it out at rival chains.

Cinemas in Utah and West Virginia have pulled screenings from their schedules over concerns about gay sex scenes between Ledger and co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.

But the Australian actor is far from upset about the bans - because cinema bosses are simply losing money for making dumb decisions. He says, "I heard, at one point, that West Virginia was going to ban it, but that's a state that was still lynching pe...

Jake Gyllenhaal Had a Gay Time Kissing Heath Ledger

1/10/2006 10:28am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal says smooching Heath Ledger in 'Brokeback Mountain' was like exfoliating - because of all the stubble. The heartthrob star reportedly claims kissing Heath in the gay cowboy movie was like giving his face a good scrub. He told Empire magazine: "When we kissed it felt like we were exfoliating.

"It was definitely more aggressive. It was physically a much stronger thing." Gyllenhaal also admits he was left injured after filming a scene in which the two actors - who have a secret homosexual affair in the critically acclaimed film - fight each other.

And the 26-year-old ...

Heath Ledger Finds Childbirth Impressive

1/6/2006 9:22am EST
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger says watching girlfriend Michelle Williams give birth to their baby girl was so impressive, he wanted to start a war. The heartthrob actor says he was so awestruck seeing Matilda Rose delivered it made him realise women are the stronger sex - and that men are "useless".

He gushed: "You come out realising how stupid and weak men are. I might as well not have been in there (the delivery room), we're that useless! It's such an intimidating process, witnessing how beautifully innate this primal strength that women have is. It just exceeds anything that's within men.

"And ...

'Brokeback Mountain' Garners Most SAG Nominations

1/5/2006 11:15am EST
Brokeback Mountain
Nominations for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2005 in five film and eight primetime television categories were just announced. Brokeback Mountain leads the pack in film with four nominations, followed by Capote and Crash (each with three nominations).

The film nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Russell Crowe / CINDERELLA MAN – Jim Braddock

Philip Seymour Hoffman / CAPOTE – Truman Capote

Heath Ledger / BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – Ennis Del Mar

Joaquin Phoenix / WALK THE LINE – John R. Cash (


Jake Gyllenhaal Struggled While Making 'Brokeback Mountain'

12/29/2005 9:37am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal has admitted he didn't enjoy filming new movie Brokeback Mountain. The actor, who played a gay cowboy in the film, said he struggled to enjoy his time on set because of director Ang Lee's cold work manner. Gyllenhaal and co-star Heath Ledger felt that as soon as shooting started they were given the cold shoulder by the movie mogul.

He explained: "Ang purposefully makes you feel a little uncomfortable. Yesterday, he said to me that he felt so good when making this movie, which is funny because Heath and I think it was really hard for us. I don't think 'good' would be the...

New Movies on DVD, Dec. 20

12/20/2005 7:00am EST
Must Love Dogs
It must be Christmas! Look at all the new DVD releases this week: Check out the sci-fi space adventure Serenity. Or watch Heath Ledger & Matt Damon in The Brothers Grimm. If you’re looking for romance, Must Love Dogs is a must-see. Four Brothers centers on siblings who seek revenge for their mother’s murder. If you prefer something scary, The Exorcism of Emily Rose can put you in the right mood. Or better yet, go the historical route and check out the World War II flick The Great Raid.

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'Brokeback Mountain,' 'Desperate Housewives' Sweep Golden Globe Nominations

12/14/2005 9:04am EST
Desperate Housewives
Hollywood's first gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain is set to ride off with seven Golden Globes. The controversial movie - which stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal - is being lined up for the coveted awards including best picture, making the film an Oscar favorite. George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck and Woody Allen's Match Point are also up for best movie. However, director Peter Jackson's movie-of-the-moment, King Kong, received just two nominations.

Meanwhile, hit show Desperate Housewives dominated the Golden Globes television nominations - with four of its five lead f...

'Brokeback Mountain' Gets More Accolades

12/13/2005 12:24pm EST
Jake Gyllenhaal from Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain was named “Best Picture of 2005” while director Ang Lee was named “Best Director” for the same film by the New York Film Critics Circle. The 30 member group just voted for its 71st annual awards for excellence in cinema.

Werner Herzog was honored for two of the “Best Non-Fiction Films” for his documentaries Grizzly Man and White Diamond. 2046 directed by Wong Kar Wai was selected as “Best Foreign-Language Film” and “Best First Film” was given to filmmaker Bennett Miller for Capote. Best animated feature went to Hayao Miyazaki’s animated adventure Howl’s Moving Castle...

'Brokeback Mountain,' Others Get LAFCA Awards

12/12/2005 10:50am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal from Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain was voted "Best Picture of the Year" by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). The runner up was A History of Violence. LAFCA's 31st annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles.

Other award winners are:

DIRECTOR: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

- Runner-up: David Cronenberg, A History of Violence

ACTRESS: Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone

- Runner-up: Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents

ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

- Runner-up: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain