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Re: Heath Ledger Dead - News Accounts
« Reply #120 on: January 24, 2008, 03:19:38 pm »
Do we need another thread? Just seemed like another news item to me...

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Re: Heath Ledger Dead - News Accounts
« Reply #121 on: January 24, 2008, 04:07:23 pm »
From Comingsoon.net:

Production Shut Down for Ledger's Parnassus?

Source: Us Magazine, Variety

January 23, 2008


According to Us Magazine, crew members on the Vancouver set of Heath Ledger's new fantasy, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, were sent home after the actor's death yesterday.

"I just got the call [Tuesday] saying everyone was being let go," the on-set source said. "We were supposed to start this weekend, but obviously they fired everyone today. They don't know yet what they are doing with the footage that was already shot," the source added.

Ledger was on a break from filming Terry Gilliam's $30 million indie film when he died Tuesday. Shooting had begun in London last December. He was last photographed on set Jan. 19.

Variety says that blue-screen work was due to start next week in Vancouver and continue until early March.

The producers have yet to issue any statement about how or whether they plan to proceed without Ledger.

Ledger was the biggest name in an ensemble cast including Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole and Tom Waits. It's the story of an ancient travelling show which arrives in modern London with a magical mirror that can transport its audience into fantastical realms of the imagination.

Plummer plays the impresario Doctor Parnassus, and Ledger took the role of a mysterious outsider who joins the troupe on a quest through parallel worlds to save the doctor's daughter (Cole) from the clutches of the devil (Waits).

The movie is produced by Samuel Hadida, Bill Vince and Amy Gilliam, and largely financed through Hadida's Paris-based Davis Film.

Ledger's involvement in the project was a key factor in raising the finance. He had a strong relationship with Gilliam from their last pic together, The Brothers Grimm.

In November 2000, Gilliam was forced to abandon his $32 million indie project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote after just a week of shooting, when his star Jean Rochefort was too ill to continue.

Ledger's death also came as he was working on what would have been his feature directing debut, an adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel "The Queen's Gambit," with British writer/producer Allan Scott.

The leading role of a young female chess prodigy had been offered to Oscar nominee Ellen Page. Ledger, himself a highly rated chess player, was due to play a supporting role.

i will be very sad if we don't get to see the movie... or I suppose I really mean, I think Heath would be sad if the movie doesn't get made...  (not that I really have any basis for such a supposition)
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Re: Heath Ledger Dead - News Accounts
« Reply #122 on: January 24, 2008, 06:09:43 pm »
An interesting article on the CNN website about how to handle the marketing of the Dark Knight, etc.

Ledger's death puts last films in a bind
http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/24/ledger.films/index.html#cnnSTCText

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Re: Heath Ledger Dead - News Accounts
« Reply #123 on: January 24, 2008, 06:11:45 pm »
I didn't realize that Heath was preparing to become a film director himself, nor that he was a chess player. Even though I believe that he went when his soul was ready to go, there is such a sense of interruption in his death.

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Re: Heath Ledger Dead - News Accounts
« Reply #124 on: January 24, 2008, 06:17:56 pm »
I didn't realize that Heath was preparing to become a film director himself, nor that he was a chess player. Even though I believe that he went when his soul was ready to go, there is such a sense of interruption in his death.

I read somewhere that he liked to go to Washington Park, and play chess with the regulars who gathered there.

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Re: Heath Ledger Dead - News Accounts
« Reply #125 on: January 24, 2008, 06:46:17 pm »
Do we need another thread? Just seemed like another news item to me...

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oh it is I was just interested in the film in general - i think I will
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Re: Heath Ledger Dead - News Accounts
« Reply #126 on: January 24, 2008, 07:52:49 pm »
MSN has an article up with someone describing how the drugs can interact.  There are also a number of videos and other articles linked.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/101112?GT1=10755

http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=294165&GT1=7701

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22813570/?GT1=10755



Meryl -- I'm glad I looked back. That first link is the one that I read at work and I was going to post it. If it's all true, it seems plausible. I've had the (erroneous) thought -- "If one's good; two's better" before. And Heath, I'm sure, would want to get to feeling better fast so that he could get to work. He was so conscientious about his career.
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Re: Heath Ledger Dead - News Accounts
« Reply #127 on: January 24, 2008, 10:05:28 pm »
Slate has a piece explaining how sleeping pills work and what happens in your brain when you overdose.

http://www.slate.com/id/2182753/


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Re: Heath Ledger Dead - News Accounts
« Reply #128 on: January 24, 2008, 11:14:11 pm »
A beautiful appreciation tribute article from the L.A. Times with extensive quotes from Heath and a discussion of his portrayals of 21st century masculinity.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-heath24jan24,0,7037712.story
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Re: Heath Ledger Dead - News Accounts
« Reply #129 on: January 25, 2008, 08:13:24 am »
From the New York Times this morning:

January 25, 2008

Funeral Plans for Ledger Remain Cloudy

By JAMES BARRON

Two days after the actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his apartment in SoHo, reporters and paparazzi converged on Thursday at the funeral home where his body had been taken.

The police set up barricades outside the Frank E. Campbell funeral home, on Madison Avenue at 81st Street, while a stream of mourners left flowers and scribbled tributes at a makeshift memorial outside the loft building where Mr. Ledger, the Australian-born star of “Brokeback Mountain,” died. By Thursday afternoon, someone had tacked an Australian flag beside the front door of the building, at 421 Broome Street.

Mr. Ledger, 28, was found in his apartment on Tuesday by a masseuse who arrived for an appointment and went into his bedroom, where he had been sleeping.

The police have said that the masseuse, Diana Wolozin, called the actress Mary-Kate Olsen, a friend of Mr. Ledger’s, three times before she called the police and once afterward. Ms. Olsen, who was in California, sent private security agents who arrived at the same time as emergency medical workers.

The police also said that Ms. Wolozin shook Mr. Ledger twice — before she placed the first call to Ms. Olsen, and again before she dialed 911. She could not rouse him, the police said.

Dominick Carella, an official at Frank E. Campbell, said on Thursday evening that that funeral arrangements had not been completed.

“Everyone assumed funeral arrangements were going on today, which they were not,” he said. There had been speculation during the day, heightened by no-parking signs the police posted up and down Madison Avenue, that Mr. Ledger’s father, Kim, would arrive from Australia on Friday and would then accompany the body back to Australia for burial. “I never commented on that and I haven’t gotten word on that,” Mr. Carella said.

Mr. Ledger’s spokeswoman, Mara Buxbaum, said she would not comment on when or where services would be held.

Outside the funeral home, the police stood watch in anticipation of crowds. Their mission was to prevent anything approaching the turmoil that surrounded the funeral of a far more famous movie star, Rudolph Valentino, in the Roaring Twenties. Thirty thousand fans swarmed the funeral home, then on the Upper West Side, hoping for a last glimpse of the matinee idol. In the chaos, more than 100 people were injured.
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