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Title: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 24, 2008, 07:17 PM

In keeping with the forum guidelines that wish to preserve clarity and cohesion in the various threads, this topic has been created for members to post and read news articles and tributes dealing with Heath.

Henceforth, please use the thread Heath Ledger - In Loving Memory  to share your feelings and/or to commiserate with other members.

Use this thread to post and comment on news updates and tribute articles pertaining to Heath.

Out of respect for Heath, we ask members to please be very selective when posting articles on this thread.  Specifically, we do not want this place to be used as a launching pad for articles that seek to foster gossip, rumors, and innuendoes that would be hurtful to the memory of Heath and to the feelings of his family, friends, and -- most especially -- other fans and members of this forum.

We discourage the posting of articles that foster hate, division, and the brand of intolerance that is so alien to the legacy of Heath and BBM.

We ask the members not to take it against the moderators if they intervene every once in a while in the interest of these aims.  Likewise, we do not hold any mistakes made against the members who post here.

We only seek to encourage a friendly and sympathetic exchange of information.

It is only through this that we can clarify Heath's legacy to us -- a legacy free from malicious speculation and/or outright lies.  He deserves no less.

Thank you!

(http://www.hotflick.net/flicks/2005_Brokeback_Mountain/005BBM_Heath_Ledger_022.jpg)



Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 24, 2008, 07:36 PM
Heath's last project may yet be saved.  Apparently, Johnny Depp has tapped to fill in for Heath.  The article also notes that the scenes with Heath that had already been shot may yet be saved by a sleight of hand.

I consider this a tribute from one great actor to another.

http://movies.hollyscoop.com/johnny-depp/johnny-depp-to-replace-heath-ledger_296.aspx

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: sweetlilg on Jan 24, 2008, 08:10 PM
Heath Ledger In Retrospect: '10 Things' You Didn't Know About The Actor

http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1580272/story.jhtml (http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1580272/story.jhtml)
Title: Dan Abrams (MSNBC): What killed Heath Ledger? 1/24/2008
Post by: jetzenpolis on Jan 24, 2008, 08:14 PM
"Live with Dan Abrams" (MSNBC)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/22812984#22812984
Title: Dan Abrams (MSNBC): Ledger funeral picket plans? 1/23/2008
Post by: jetzenpolis on Jan 24, 2008, 08:32 PM
"Live with Dan Abrams" (MSNBC)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/22813005#22813005

1.) The show discusses the funeral picket plans of the Westboro Baptist Church.

2.) Dan Abrams also criticizes Fox News commentator John Gibson's ridicule of Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, etc. in Brokeback Mountain on a recent broadcast of his radio show.

3.) An interesting comment was made by one of the commentators during "Live with Dan Abrams" about how much Heath Ledger's preparation for his role as the Joker in the lastest Batman movie, "Dark Knight,"  took its toll on his inability to sleep.

John Gibson Radio
http://www.foxnews.com/radio/johngibsonradio/index.html
Title: Dan Abrams (MSNBC): Heath Ledger found dead 1/22/2008
Post by: jetzenpolis on Jan 24, 2008, 08:38 PM
"Live with Dan Abrams" (MSNBC): Heath Ledger found dead
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/22793527#22793527

Dan Abrams discusses the November 2007 New York Times article/interview with Heath Ledger (about his role as the Joker in the "Dark Knight") in which Heath Ledger mentions in his sleep problems.  Dan Abrams also provides other information that was available to the press just after reports of Heath Ledger's death first appeared.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Jan 24, 2008, 09:06 PM
An excellent tribute from the San Francisco Chronicle

Heath Ledger - short career, lasting images

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/01/23/MNG6UJRN4.DTL&hw=heath+ledger&sn=009&sc=440

Mick LaSalle, Chronicle Movie Critic

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

 On a seemingly routine Tuesday afternoon, word came that 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger, best known for his Oscar-nominated role as a gay cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain," was found dead in a downtown New York apartment. Apparently, a masseuse showed up for an appointment and was led in by a housekeeper, who discovered Ledger's body about 3:30 p.m. The police found pills near his naked body.

The news spread fast, and crowds gathered outside the building and watched as the body was taken away on a gurney. According to the Associated Press, people in the crowd snapped pictures with camera phones and rolled videos and said, "He's coming out!"

There was no obvious indication of suicide, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said. An autopsy is planned for Wednesday.

In a little while, perhaps, the rest of the details will become known. Was it an accident? Was it suicide? Was there an unknown history of drug abuse? The answers to these questions will become part of the legend, and Ledger will be enlisted into that ghoulish gallery of movie stars who, for one reason or another, died a good half-century ahead of schedule.

But before that happens - before the false hand-wringing begins on the nightly entertainment shows, before the interviews with ex-girlfriends reveal unknown truths that are probably false, and before the media show up with their microphones and cameras - it might be worthwhile to take a moment to remember why the death of this particular 28-year-old rates all the press attention today.

Like few who ever lived, much less lived to be 28, Ledger left behind moments and images that were guaranteed even Tuesday - even a week ago, when he was presumably healthy and had the world before him - to outlive his mortal life. When I got the news, I immediately flashed on one of them.

In "Brokeback Mountain," having said goodbye to Jake Gyllenhaal's character after their summer together - which is the only thing they'll ever have in their lives, and they seem to know it - he walks stoically away, then enters the frame as he passes an alley. In the background is the sky. Limitless. He stops, enters the alley and becomes a silhouette. He puts his head against the wall and sobs, struggling to hide his face with his hat. He curses. He punches the wall. He yells angrily at someone who passes by and stops to look. And two seconds later, we see him in close-up, looking boyish and yet somehow like the world has just closed up, standing at the altar getting married.

The portrayal of the secret male relationship made Ledger an instant icon in the gay community, according to Neil G. Giuliano, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

"His powerful portrayal changed hearts and minds in immeasurable ways," Giuliano said in a statement.

"Brokeback Mountain" also was where he met actress Michelle Williams, with whom he lived until the two split up last year. The couple had a daughter, Matilda. Ledger also had relationships with actresses Heather Graham and Naomi Watts.

Ledger was born in Perth, Australia, in 1979 to a mining engineer and a French teacher, according to the Associated Press. At 16, he began appearing in independent films in Sydney. When he was 19, he came to Los Angeles and landed a part in "10 Things I Hate About You," a modern-day version of "The Taming of the Shrew."

His roles in "The Patriot" (2000) and "A Knight's Tale" (2001) earned him heartthrob stature. But his career path steered him back to the independent movies, including "Monster's Ball" in 2001, and "The Lords of Dogtown" and "Brokeback Mountain" in 2005.

In 2007, Ledger was seen in "I'm Not There," where he played one of the Bob Dylans, and had finished filming "The Dark Knight," a sequel to "Batman Begins" in which he plays the Joker. He was in production for the movie "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

"I had such great hope for him," Mel Gibson, who played Ledger's vengeful father in "The Patriot," said in a statement, the Associated Press reported. "He was just taking off, and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss."

In an interview published in November in the New York Times, Ledger said he was "stressed out a little too much" while making "I'm Not There" and had trouble sleeping during the filming of "The Dark Knight."

"Last week, I probably slept an average of two hours a night," Ledger told the Times. "I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going." He said he took two Ambien pills, which worked for only an hour.

Unlike most of his contemporaries, Ledger had an old-fashioned manliness - the kind that seems to have fled America and gone south in recent years, as far south as Australia. But unlike most of the old-fashioned manly stars of America's macho period, Ledger was at his best playing men in turmoil, men in trouble, men suffering from deep wounds to the spirit. At 28, he had 25 prime casting years ahead of him. Just to be selfish for a minute, think of how that talent may have grown.

The Hollywood of today doesn't nurture acting talent. That is, it doesn't look for roles that explore the actor's soul. But even accepting that, just by chance and the law of averages, just with a little dumb luck, Ledger should have had two or three or five or six more films in his life that challenged him the way "Brokeback Mountain" challenged him. I think that would have been Ledger's career, from here on out: a combination of OK movies in which he played men who were as magnificent as he looked. And better movies, in which he played men whose imposing physical presence and locked-down stoicism were a facade for an emotional life of desperation and helplessness.

Instead of looking forward, we're forced to look back - to the fragile young man he played in "Monster's Ball," who shoots himself in a fit of anguish. Or to "Casanova" and those scenes when the great seducer discovers his capacity to love one woman. Or to movies like "Ned Kelly," those ones with nothing much to recommend them besides what I once called Ledger's "big-slab-of-a-guy magnetism."

There's no way to make sense of this. No way to end an appreciation like this on an up note when the news is so sad. If there's something positive to be said, it's that the best work Ledger left behind will last forever, and the rest is already forgotten.

Filmography
Some of the films in which Heath Ledger starred:

-- "I'm Not There" (2007)

-- "Brokeback Mountain" (2005)

-- "Casanova" (2005)

-- "The Brothers Grimm" (2005)

-- "Lords of Dogtown" (2005)

-- "Ned Kelly" (2003)

-- "The Four Feathers" (2002)

-- "Monster's Ball" (2001)

-- "A Knight's Tale" (2001)

-- "The Patriot" (2000)

-- "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999)

Scheduled for release this year or in 2009:

-- "The Dark Knight"

-- "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - In Loving Memory
Post by: JT on Jan 24, 2008, 09:25 PM
This is the latest on aol.


Police Sort Out Clues Into Ledger's Death
Six Different Prescription Drugs Found in Home; Autopsy Inconclusive
By TOM HAYS AND KAREN MATTHEWS, AP
Posted: 2008-01-24 16:21:39
Filed Under: Star Obituaries, Movie News
NEW YORK (Jan. 24) - Six different types of prescription drugs were found in Heath Ledger's apartment - including anti-anxiety medications and sleeping pills - though the cause of his death won't be known for several days after a preliminary autopsy Wednesday came back inconclusive, authorities said.


Photo Gallery
James Devaney, WireImage.com The Life and Loss
Of a Young Talent1 of 21     Tokens of tribute pile up outside the Manhattan apartment where actor Heath Ledger was found dead on Tuesday. An autopsy performed on Wednesday revealed few clues into the cause of death. Six different types of prescription medication were in the apartment, but police say no illegal drugs were found.

A rolled-up $20 bill was also found on the floor near the Australian actor's bed, but lab tests detected no traces of drug residue. Police also said no illegal drugs were found in the apartment.

Among the prescription medications found were pills to treat insomnia and anxiety, and an antihistamine, according to two law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Three of the drugs were prescribed in Europe, the sources said. Ledger had recently been filming in London.

The $20 bill was found on the floor near Ledger's bed, and New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said lab tests found nothing to indicate it had been used to snort drugs.

The actor was found dead Tuesday by his housekeeper and a massage therapist - lying naked and face-down on his bed, police said. The pills were found in bottles in Ledger's bedroom and bathroom, and police said the death was caused by a possible drug overdose and appeared to be accidental.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Jan 24, 2008, 09:30 PM
I'm not keeping up with the forum's posts, but here's a clip of Daniel Day Lewis talking about Heath on Oprah's programme while promoting his Oscar nomination.  He was very emotional and compassionate, yet he didn't even know Heath.  Here's the link if it still worked:

http://www.tmz.com/tmz_main_video?titleid=1389981778

P.S. Not sure if this is the right thread to post this, please feel free to move it to whichever thread is more suitable.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: frenchcda on Jan 24, 2008, 09:42 PM
An excellent tribute from the San Francisco Chronicle

Heath Ledger - short career, lasting images

Mick LaSalle, Chronicle Movie Critic

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


thank Chameau for this awesome post
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - In Loving Memory
Post by: Carefree Wind on Jan 25, 2008, 12:48 AM
Death notices reveal family's grief http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=371686 (http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=371686)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jan 25, 2008, 05:31 AM
Oh god, carefree wind, I read the tribute from Heath's family and burst into tears.   :\'( :\'( :\'( They all loved him so much.

Here's a more detailed transcript of what they said....

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/heaths-family-writes-of-devistation-of.html
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 08:12 AM
I am moving here Christie's link to Theresa's wonderful memorial blog for Heath.  Do take time to check out the many wonderful and moving articles therein:

Thomas has given me permission to post a link to a wonderful memorial blog set up by Theresa, who some of you may remember. She used to run Heath Ledger Central which was a fantastic and very well respected site for Heath fans.  She was also a good friend to ennisjack, as well as to Heath himself.  Please visit if you can.

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 08:19 AM

Our hearts are broken, say Ledger's family

Press Association
Friday January 25, 2008
Guardian Unlimited

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2246962,00.html

"You dreamed your dreams and lived them with passion and intelligent commitment. We have been privileged to accompany you on a ride through life that has simply been amazing and, through it all, we have loved each other beyond imagination.

"Your true legacy lives on in beautiful little Matilda, who will always remain in the greatest of care. Our hearts are broken."


 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Jan 25, 2008, 08:29 AM
It's reading these tributes from Heath's family that has finally broken me. However much we love and miss him, they're doing it a million times more - and their words are heartbreaking.

From his dad

"No more chess games, mate... this is it. Couldn't beat you anyway!

"My body aches for the sound of your voice, our chats, our laughs and our life and times together."


My heart goes out to all of them.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 08:34 AM
NoReins, I find this especially poigniant:

"I will continue to talk with you everyday and love you just as if you were here."

For them as for us, he is still very much alive.

As some of you may have already read from yesterday, it is unlikely that there will be a public funeral in NYC for Heath.  It will be kept private, and I do think that Heath would have liked it this way. 

As much as some of us would want a more public ceremony, I am sure that the family's wishes are for the best.

http://wcbstv.com/watercooler/heath.ledger.timeline.2.637605.html





Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 08:45 AM
People magazine has reconstructed the last day of Heath, but I personally feel that Heath would not have appreciated being followed around that way.  So I am not posting a link to the article, except to say that those of you who are interested can read it yourselves.

But I would like to quote here a testimony of one of the employees at the grocery Heath visited Monday evening.  It speaks volumes of the simplicity of the man and his aversion to fame:

"He had three bags of groceries, mainly produce like fruits and vegetables. I remember he had organic chicken sausages," says catering sales manager Liz Bullis, 22. "He packed his own groceries. About half of our customers help out like that. He was always very friendly and pretty quiet."

From People Magazine, Heath Ledger's Final Days

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 09:04 AM

From Columbia University's daily paper: a wonderful tribute:

Tragic Death of Brokeback Star Stuns the Acting World

http://www.columbiaspectator.com/node/28752

Excerpt:

"Though Ledger’s photo doubtlessly adorns the walls of as many tween girls as Brad Pitt’s, Ledger was able to transcend the label of Hollywood heartthrob through his careful choice of roles. He was something of an anomaly in that sense: a bona fide, sincere, and talented actor universally respected by his colleagues. A sign in the makeshift shrine that has sprung up in front of his apartment building reads, “I couldn’t find anything bad about you.” This sentiment seems universal in and out of the film world.

Ledger was a true artist, a master of his craft. We all wish he could have lived longer and continued to amaze and entertain us with his unmistakable smile and seemingly bottomless depth, and that he could have seen his infant daughter grow up. It’s a tragedy for that little girl who will have to live without a father, and for the world, which has lost a great actor."




Title: Re: Heath Ledger - In Loving Memory
Post by: jacks_key on Jan 25, 2008, 09:05 AM
Death notices reveal family's grief http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=371686 (http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=371686)


Oh, his poor family...I weep for them, and Michelle, and little Matilda.  And Jake.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jan 25, 2008, 09:54 AM
NoReins, I find this especially poigniant:

"I will continue to talk with you everyday and love you just as if you were here."

For them as for us, he is still very much alive.

As some of you may have already read from yesterday, it is unlikely that there will be a public funeral in NYC for Heath.  It will be kept private, and I do think that Heath would have liked it this way. 

As much as some of us would want a more public ceremony, I am sure that the family's wishes are for the best.

http://wcbstv.com/watercooler/heath.ledger.timeline.2.637605.html







There are times when I think I'm ok, and then I read Heath's families beautiful and heartbreaking tributes, and I fall apart again. 

I'm glad his memorial service and funeral will be private.  That's as it should be.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 10:16 AM


Like Jake, Heath valued his privacy very much.  I am glad this forum made a conscious effort to try to honor this desire in so many ways while he lived.  I don't regret any of it for one moment.

We will continue to do so.

Ledger Thanks Aussie Media in Haunting Voicemail

http://www.hollywood.com/news/Ledger_Thanks_Aussie_Media_in_Haunting_Voicemail/5052041

"I don't know whether it's a conscious thing or an unconscious thing, giving me space and respecting my privacy. It's just been awesome, and I've had the most beautiful time back here and being able to see all my friends and family, let alone the press and the people within the community of Perth, it's been so lovely."


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jan 25, 2008, 10:26 AM
Oh god, carefree wind, I read the tribute from Heath's family and burst into tears.   :\'( :\'( :\'( They all loved him so much.

Here's a more detailed transcript of what they said....

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/heaths-family-writes-of-devistation-of.html

"You dreamed your dreams and lived them with passion and intelligent commitment. We have been priviledged to accompany you on a ride through life that has simply been amazing and through it all, we have loved each other beyond imagination.

Ledger's father Kim added: "Heatho'', "Beef'', . . . my beautiful boy, so loving, so talented, so independent, so caring, so young . . . no more chess games mate . . . this is it, couldn't beat you anyway!

"My body aches for the sound of your voice, our chats, our laughs and our life and times together.

We were one, in soul and commitment. Just . . . Father and Son. I will love you forever, Dad.''


Elder sister Kate wrote: "I can hardly breathe when I try to write this . . . we were the ultimate in soul mates. I feel both my heart and life have been torn apart. I loved our special talks, our daily chats from where ever you were in the world.

"I especially loved all the precious time we spent together. We were so fortunate to have you as long as we did. You were so many things to so many people, but to me you were just my little brother.

"There will never, ever be another "Heath'' and I think that in itself is the greatest tragedy.

"I will continue to talk with you everyday and love you just as if you were here. You will never leave my thoughts "Roast'', ever.''


Oh my.... :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  This is just heartbreaking. I'm crying so bad reading this. Heath's family pain must be just unbearable. My heart aches for them.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jan 25, 2008, 10:49 AM
http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/heath-ledgers-bad-boy-image-was-unfair.html

THE photographer, along with others, later sprayed Ledger and Williams with water at the Sydney premiere of Brokeback Mountain, an attack Ledger said left him in tears.  

It's not fair; poor Heath.... :\'(  :\'(  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 10:50 AM
This tribute was written by someone who was admittedly NOT a fan of BBM, but who appreciated the way Heath and Jake took on the challenging roles:

Heath Ledger: More than that Gay Cowboy
His life tragically cut short, the brave 'Brokeback Mountain' star's legacy will live on
By Miles Christian Daniels

http://www.pridesource.com/article.shtml?article=28974

Excerpt:

But, beyond the accolades and whether he meant to or not, Ledger also helped those like my father, three brothers, and friends I've known since grade school, come one step closer to understanding that being gay has nothing to do with stereotypes and everything to do with love.

Because of this, my hope is that Heath Ledger be remembered as an individual who made life just a little bit easier for folks like me.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Jan 25, 2008, 10:58 AM
Excerpt:

But, beyond the accolades and whether he meant to or not, Ledger also helped those like my father, three brothers, and friends I've known since grade school, come one step closer to understanding that being gay has nothing to do with stereotypes and everything to do with love.

Because of this, my hope is that Heath Ledger be remembered as an individual who made life just a little bit easier for folks like me.


Another very touching epitaph.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Jan 25, 2008, 11:01 AM
Heath's last project may yet be saved.  Apparently, Johnny Depp has tapped to fill in for Heath.  The article also notes that the scenes with Heath that had already been shot may yet be saved by a sleight of hand.

I consider this a tribute from one great actor to another.

http://movies.hollyscoop.com/johnny-depp/johnny-depp-to-replace-heath-ledger_296.aspx
I'm so grateful to hear that the movie will not be suspended and will have the chance to Heath in more yet  another new movie and surly he will be amazing in that movie..!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jan 25, 2008, 11:13 AM
Just look up the way he took care of Michelle, how he looked at her, like she were the most beautiful treasure in the world. He was a very tender, sweet, adorable fine man. He loved his family so much and he believed in true love. I'm a sea of tears right now.  :\'(  :\'(

http://video.msn.com/video.aspx/?mkt=en-AU&brand=ninemsn&vid=cee7c897-6e44-4f52-902e-0222f032c553&wa=wsignin1.0

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Jan 25, 2008, 11:48 AM
Thank you a lot dear Thomas to have opened this new thread  ^f^

So we can see and read a lot about our beloved Heath.

 :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 12:00 PM


Legacy
Heath Ledger: The Roles of A Lifetime
EW's Lisa Schwarzbaum remembers the highlights of a promising star's far-too-short career

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20173196,00.html

Excerpt:

His Ennis moved economically, with a minimum of talk that masked a maximum of hunger.

 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 12:54 PM
Contrary to what had been widely reported by the press, Heath was ill with the flu, and NOT pneumonia.

The source of the correction is the Associated Press.  You can read the correction as posted inTheresa's Memorial blog.

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 01:53 PM


 

Dark Knight Producer On Ledger's Death
Posted by Ashish on 01.25.2008

http://www.411mania.com/movies/news/67771/%5BMovies%5D-Dark-Knight-Producer-On-Ledger%5C%5Cs-Death.htm

"I just want to say one thing about Heath Ledger and that'll just sort of sum up everything I want to say about it. He was a good friend of mine both personally and professionally. We did two films together, one of which is The Dark Knight, and he was really a great guy and an incredibly brilliant actor. Wherever he is in the universe right now, I hope he's happy."



Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 02:09 PM

In short time, Ledger had a lasting impact
Dead at 28, actor was never content to take the safe career road

Friday, January 25, 2008 12:03 PM CST

http://www.morrisdailyherald.com/articles/2008/01/25/detour/44ledger.txt


Tribute from Dann Gire, president of the Chicago Film Critics Association:

Ledger was a rare and still untapped asset to the movies, and we are all the poorer for his passing.

And the author of the said article agrees beautifully:

I agree. He was truly ahead of his times, a Brando-esque role model to his generation of actors. Ledger personified a sect of young actors who weren't afraid to let it all out, emotionally and physically, for the better of future generations of actors who can look back and learn about a young man, taken ever so soon, who was fearless and uncontained.

Ledger's ability was no laughing matter, and, as much as we've lost, he helped us gain a sense of acting pride and bravery that will be felt forever.

 

 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 02:33 PM

A beautiful appreciation of Heath, from the LA Times.  Exquisitely written.  One of the best I have read so far...

AN APPRECIATION
Heath Ledger, vulnerable male


By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 24, 2008

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-heath24jan24,0,7037712.story

Quotes:

COURAGEOUS: In his films, Heath Ledger wrestled, painfully and often very movingly, with trying to reconcile the competing claims on a man.

The actor redefined what it means to be masculine

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 02:44 PM


From Theresa's Memorial Blog. 

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/

I am writing mine now...

--------------------------------


Leave Your Condolences Directly To The Family Via The Funeral Home At The Link Below
 
If you wish to leave your condolences to the Ledger family, you may do so at the condolences link for the Campbell Funeral Home. At the appropriate time the messages will be given to the family. The link is below:

http://www.frankecampbell.com/condolences.asp


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jan 25, 2008, 02:47 PM
In short time, Ledger had a lasting impact
Dead at 28, actor was never content to take the safe career road

Friday, January 25, 2008 12:03 PM CST

http://www.morrisdailyherald.com/articles/2008/01/25/detour/44ledger.txt


Tribute from Dann Gire, president of the Chicago Film Critics Association:

Ledger was a rare and still untapped asset to the movies, and we are all the poorer for his passing.

And the author of the said article agrees beautifully:

I agree. He was truly ahead of his times, a Brando-esque role model to his generation of actors. Ledger personified a sect of young actors who weren't afraid to let it all out, emotionally and physically, for the better of future generations of actors who can look back and learn about a young man, taken ever so soon, who was fearless and uncontained.

Ledger's ability was no laughing matter, and, as much as we've lost, he helped us gain a sense of acting pride and bravery that will be felt forever.
 
A beautiful appreciation of Heath, from the LA Times.  Exquisitely written.  One of the best I have read so far...

AN APPRECIATION
Heath Ledger, vulnerable male


By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 24, 2008

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-heath24jan24,0,7037712.story

Quotes:

COURAGEOUS: In his films, Heath Ledger wrestled, painfully and often very movingly, with trying to reconcile the competing claims on a man.

The actor redefined what it means to be masculine



So beautiful Thomas. Thank you so much for this.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jacks_key on Jan 25, 2008, 03:13 PM

Leave Your Condolences Directly To The Family Via The Funeral Home At The Link Below
 
If you wish to leave your condolences to the Ledger family, you may do so at the condolences link for the Campbell Funeral Home. At the appropriate time the messages will be given to the family. The link is below:

http://www.frankecampbell.com/condolences.asp




I have sent my condolences.  My heart breaks for them.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 25, 2008, 06:49 PM

Heath Ledger's Death: Awards Shows Struggling With How To Pay Tribute

http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1580366/story.jhtml

Excerpt:

"Something's gonna be done," a representative for the Independent Spirit Awards, who did not want to be named, told MTV News. "We just don't yet know what."

A previous ISA Best Male Lead nominee for "Brokeback Mountain," Ledger was slated to receive the Robert Altman Award with director Todd Haynes and the cast of "I'm Not There," a film in which Ledger was one of six actors to play the role of Bob Dylan. The 28-year-old actor was to be among the very first recipients of the award, named last year in honor of director Robert Altman.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Jan 25, 2008, 08:29 PM
   Tpe, or anybody who would know, was it just enough to fill out the information and message, or were we supposed to wait on-line?
The screen said it was submitted, and to wait to be contacted, and I supposed that meant by e-mail.  Or are we supposed to wait for
an additional screen or on-line message?  Anybody know?
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Jan 25, 2008, 08:37 PM
   Tpe, or anybody who would know, was it just enough to fill out the information and message, or were we supposed to wait on-line?
The screen said it was submitted, and to wait to be contacted, and I supposed that meant by e-mail.  Or are we supposed to wait for
an additional screen or on-line message?  Anybody know?

Do you mean the funeral home link?
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jacks_key on Jan 25, 2008, 08:50 PM
Heath Ledger's Death: Awards Shows Struggling With How To Pay Tribute

http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1580366/story.jhtml

Excerpt:

"Something's gonna be done," a representative for the Independent Spirit Awards, who did not want to be named, told MTV News. "We just don't yet know what."

A previous ISA Best Male Lead nominee for "Brokeback Mountain," Ledger was slated to receive the Robert Altman Award with director Todd Haynes and the cast of "I'm Not There," a film in which Ledger was one of six actors to play the role of Bob Dylan. The 28-year-old actor was to be among the very first recipients of the award, named last year in honor of director Robert Altman.



Oh my goodness...I'm not going to be able to watch any of those shows, seeing Heath being mentioned with the others who have passed away.  I couldn't bear it.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jeffreymarc85 on Jan 25, 2008, 08:58 PM
"You dreamed your dreams and lived them with passion and intelligent commitment. We have been priviledged to accompany you on a ride through life that has simply been amazing and through it all, we have loved each other beyond imagination.

Ledger's father Kim added: "Heatho'', "Beef'', . . . my beautiful boy, so loving, so talented, so independent, so caring, so young . . . no more chess games mate . . . this is it, couldn't beat you anyway!

"My body aches for the sound of your voice, our chats, our laughs and our life and times together.

We were one, in soul and commitment. Just . . . Father and Son. I will love you forever, Dad.''


Elder sister Kate wrote: "I can hardly breathe when I try to write this . . . we were the ultimate in soul mates. I feel both my heart and life have been torn apart. I loved our special talks, our daily chats from where ever you were in the world.

"I especially loved all the precious time we spent together. We were so fortunate to have you as long as we did. You were so many things to so many people, but to me you were just my little brother.

"There will never, ever be another "Heath'' and I think that in itself is the greatest tragedy.

"I will continue to talk with you everyday and love you just as if you were here. You will never leave my thoughts "Roast'', ever.''


Oh my.... :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  This is just heartbreaking. I'm crying so bad reading this. Heath's family pain must be just unbearable. My heart aches for them.




I'm so thankful for the posting of tributes by the Ledger Family. I didn't realize how much they appreciated, respected and deeply loved him. It's obvious that they knew what a unique and gifted person he was. They knew him first before the rest of us ever heard of him. I feel so much better that he came from such a loving and supportive family. I also feel that they know how best to care for him at the end of his life as they did throughout his life. This whole thread has brought me peace.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Jan 25, 2008, 09:27 PM
   Chameau, yes.  Do you know?
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Jan 25, 2008, 09:39 PM
   Chameau, yes.  Do you know?

The only mandatory fields are your message and your name.  Your mailing and Email addresses are optional.  I filled them all but to be honnest, I don't expect any reply at all.  They'll be bombed with messages and I'm afraid the usual trolls will send their usual insanities too.  It might take them a lot of time to sort everything.

Just don't hold your breath and don't be disapointed, I made it for his family, daughter & friends & expect nothing in return.

If I ever get anything, I will post it for sure.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Jan 25, 2008, 09:45 PM
  Chameau-thanks very much. I don't expect anything back either, but, like you, wanted to let them know how much he was loved. Thanks again,
and thanks also for being a part of giving us all a place to be together.  Especially, now.
 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: JT on Jan 25, 2008, 11:56 PM

From Theresa's Memorial Blog. 

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/

I am writing mine now...

--------------------------------


Leave Your Condolences Directly To The Family Via The Funeral Home At The Link Below
 
If you wish to leave your condolences to the Ledger family, you may do so at the condolences link for the Campbell Funeral Home. At the appropriate time the messages will be given to the family. The link is below:

http://www.frankecampbell.com/condolences.asp





Thanks, Thomas.  I sent mine just now.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: JT on Jan 26, 2008, 12:01 AM
I still can't believe he's gone. This all still so raw. Reading all the remembrances and tributes are so heartwarming , to know that he was so well loved all over the world, especially the ones from his family.  :\'( :(

 God, I'm so in tears right now. Don't know if and when it will get any better, but I do own all of his films so this weekend in honor of him, I will  draw the drapes, unplug the phone , and watch each one consecutively. This will be my "lost weekend" in tribute to his great work. There is no doubt more tears will fall over his death, but he will live on in the wonderful  characters and work he left behind. This weekend , he will live once again  and forever in my heart.  Thank You Heath .Love and miss you. Rest in peace.

I feel that way too, aintfoolin.  Sometimes I still can't believe he gone, but we have to accept the fact.  He is our angel now.  Rest in peace, our sweet Heath.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: CoraJack on Jan 26, 2008, 03:59 AM
Thank you for a place to post news information, however, I will be careful what I say and post only MY opinions, not hearsay or gossip.

At Yahoo.com there is an article about The Dark Knight being released. I will post the link at the end of my post. When you go to the link click on the bottom where it says "comments" and you can read what people are saying about releasing the film. I almost couldn't do it but after a few hours I finally got the "guts" (so to speak) to watch the trailer. It gave me a stomachache and then a glass of wine was next. The voice of the Joker does not even sound like Heath. It's difficult to determine from watching the trailer what the movie will be like but I got the distinct impression that this is not the type of role that Heath would accept. It is MY opinion that maybe Heath did not realize how sinister and dark this role would be; and we all know how it affected him. Maybe once he got into the role he realized what he had to do and in true Heath fashion he gave it all he had considering what was required even though (maybe) he realized he got himself into something that he was not that happy about.

I will never, ever watch this film because this is not the Heath I want to remember. Anyway, all the info and links to everything, the trailer, comments, etc are here:

http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/87285/the-fate-of-the-dark-knight
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Jan 26, 2008, 04:52 AM
    CoraJack--I feel fairly close to the same--I may not see the film.  He did intend to play the role on a darker level--I've read that he made
that choice in 5 seconds, and then found everyone else was in agreement.  Still, believing you can do it as a role, and not be affected, is one
thing;  what happens later is another.  He has said he never had more fun in his life, and yet prop people and extras said he just sat there, numbly,
between scenes.  Part of that may have been exhaustion.  Strange as it sounds, the opposites can both be true.
   But, like you, I may just avoid this one, at least for awhile.  He did an excellent job, it will be a great movie, but the timing, for me, is bad.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: aintfoolin on Jan 26, 2008, 07:34 AM
Thank you for a place to post news information, however, I will be careful what I say and post only MY opinions, not hearsay or gossip.

At Yahoo.com there is an article about The Dark Knight being released. I will post the link at the end of my post. When you go to the link click on the bottom where it says "comments" and you can read what people are saying about releasing the film. I almost couldn't do it but after a few hours I finally got the "guts" (so to speak) to watch the trailer. It gave me a stomachache and then a glass of wine was next. The voice of the Joker does not even sound like Heath. It's difficult to determine from watching the trailer what the movie will be like but I got the distinct impression that this is not the type of role that Heath would accept. It is MY opinion that maybe Heath did not realize how sinister and dark this role would be; and we all know how it affected him. Maybe once he got into the role he realized what he had to do and in true Heath fashion he gave it all he had considering what was required even though (maybe) he realized he got himself into something that he was not that happy about.

I will never, ever watch this film because this is not the Heath I want to remember. Anyway, all the info and links to everything, the trailer, comments, etc are here:

http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/87285/the-fate-of-the-dark-knight

 As I very much respect your views on this matter at this sad time, I feel as with  any great actor Heath made the  choice to make the role his own. When I first heard that he was going to play the role of the Joker, I knew he  was going to leave his personal stamp on it even though the role of "Joker"  has been done before by others. It was his vision of the character as in his unforgettable portrayal of Ennis. This is not his first dark sinister role he's gravitated toward and I feel he chose them conciously and carefully. ( see Monster's ball, and the Order) I believe he did the research before taking it. I did not know him personally of course but he did invest the time away to complete it. News reports of personal conflicts I feel contributed to the  stress and anxiety in his young life. I hate the speculation, but underneath all the makeup and theatrical stuff there was a down to earth, sweet ,shy,gentle soul , Heath A. Ledger, the man.  Therefore , I for one am waitng to see this film. I feel he would have wanted people to see his work and appreciate his sacrifice. As for his death, I am truly saddened and will leave it's cause for the proper authority's to sort  out, but I am of the belief that Heath could seperate the man from the character and show his fans believable talent as an actor.

I will be front and center to see this film.  Respectfully, Thanx.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: zelinda on Jan 26, 2008, 12:31 PM
I just found this:
***edited by moderator***
it's a memorial site including a forum and a section for messages to Heath and family.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Jan 26, 2008, 03:04 PM
  Zelinda, could you check again, please?  Searching with what you posted, on Yahoo, only brings up Perez Hilton, which is pretty gross.
Maybe Yahoo hasn't gotten it listed yet.  What search engine did you use?
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Jan 26, 2008, 03:16 PM
Guys, please make sure you post in the proper threads, we have a thread concerning the Dark Knight, related links and comments should be posted there:

Heath THE Joker
http://ennisjack.com/index.php?topic=5723.msg205345#msg205345

Finaly, please don't post links to webpages and magazines known for their gossip, they could be edited.

Thanks Brokies!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - In Loving Memory
Post by: guyinjax on Jan 26, 2008, 04:14 PM
Hey, fellow distraught Brokies...

I just found this at sandiego.com ... the city's newspaper, I think.

Willie Nelson's performance of "He Was a Friend of Mine" seems appropriate ...


UNION-TRIBUNE

January 25, 2008

Ennis Del Mar was a man of few words, but powerful passions.
It required an actor possessed of uncommon instinct and courage to bring to the screen the vulnerable and conflicted hero of Annie Proulx's short story, “Brokeback Mountain.”

Heath Ledger was that actor. Without emotional eruptions or cowboy clichés, he inhabited a character whose struggle with a profound love and loss – both beyond his comprehension – was unforgettable.
He died Tuesday at 28. Rarely has the announcement of the Academy Award nominations, made the same day, seemed so unimportant.

An internalizing actor whose film roles consistently defied the leading-man expectations assumed of him, Ledger chose to follow his conscience and his muse. Before “Brokeback,” for which he received an Oscar nomination in 2006, Ledger appeared in “Monster's Ball” and “Lords of Dogtown.” We saw him last year in Todd Haynes' out-there “I'm Not There.” For a movie star, he worked – and lived – about as quietly as did Ennis Del Mar.

How unfitting, then, that the hours following the discovery of Ledger's body in his New York apartment were consumed by a paparazzi-and Internet “media”-feeding frenzy. Among the worst offenders: TMZ.com, which boasts the stink of respectability because it has a TV show and because its managing editor, Harvey Levin, is a recurring talking head on “Today,” among other shows. The site may as well have changed its name to “All Heath All the Time,” updating viewers seemingly by the second with grainy photos and lurid tidbits like: “The People Who Found Heath,” “Jack (as in Nicholson) on Heath: I Warned Him!”, “How Heath's Body Was Discovered,” “Michelle Williams (Ledger's ex-fiance'e and the mother of their child) – Devastated,” and “Inside the Building Where Heath Died.”

There was more: Lindsey (as in Lohan) was distraught at Ledger's death. Ledger was not at the apartment of Mary-Kate Olsen. And photos, photos and more photos of Ledger's body being removed from the building.

TMZ was not alone in – I don't know any other way to say this – the fine art of ghoulish reporting. Culprits abounded – in both mainstream and tabloid coverage.

This isn't the first time we've seen this, and it won't be the last.

I just didn't expect Heath Ledger to be in the middle. Silly, naive me.

Sorry me, too. Sorry for a child named Matilda, now without a father. Sorry for those who read and watch and listen, who deserve better. Sorry for those whom I must accept, like it or not, are my colleagues in the media.

Sorry, most of all, for Heath Ledger, who deserved at least as much dignity as he gave Ennis Del Mar.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jan 26, 2008, 05:51 PM
People magazine has reconstructed the last day of Heath, but I personally feel that Heath would not have appreciated being followed around that way.  So I am not posting a link to the article, except to say that those of you who are interested can read it yourselves.

But I would like to quote here a testimony of one of the employees at the grocery Heath visited Monday evening.  It speaks volumes of the simplicity of the man and his aversion to fame:

"He had three bags of groceries, mainly produce like fruits and vegetables. I remember he had organic chicken sausages," says catering sales manager Liz Bullis, 22. "He packed his own groceries. About half of our customers help out like that. He was always very friendly and pretty quiet."

From People Magazine, Heath Ledger's Final Days

The issue they put out on stands on Friday doesn't have this.  They got it out like the next day.  Maybe there are two editions, or there is the on-line version.  Anyway...not that I need to know everything he did, but I do like hearing from people around town there who knew him.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jan 26, 2008, 05:57 PM
A beautiful appreciation of Heath, from the LA Times.  Exquisitely written.  One of the best I have read so far...

AN APPRECIATION
Heath Ledger, vulnerable male


By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 24, 2008

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-heath24jan24,0,7037712.story

Quotes:

COURAGEOUS: In his films, Heath Ledger wrestled, painfully and often very movingly, with trying to reconcile the competing claims on a man.

The actor redefined what it means to be masculine


I really loved this article, too, Thomas, which I read on Theresa's blog.  I think of young men like Heath, and it makes me feel there is hope for the world...

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jan 26, 2008, 06:06 PM
As I very much respect your views on this matter at this sad time, I feel as with  any great actor Heath made the  choice to make the role his own. When I first heard that he was going to play the role of the Joker, I knew he  was going to leave his personal stamp on it even though the role of "Joker"  has been done before by others. It was his vision of the character as in his unforgettable portrayal of Ennis. This is not his first dark sinister role he's gravitated toward and I feel he chose them conciously and carefully. ( see Monster's ball, and the Order) I believe he did the research before taking it. I did not know him personally of course but he did invest the time away to complete it. News reports of personal conflicts I feel contributed to the  stress and anxiety in his young life. I hate the speculation, but underneath all the makeup and theatrical stuff there was a down to earth, sweet ,shy,gentle soul , Heath A. Ledger, the man.  Therefore , I for one am waitng to see this film. I feel he would have wanted people to see his work and appreciate his sacrifice. As for his death, I am truly saddened and will leave it's cause for the proper authority's to sort  out, but I am of the belief that Heath could seperate the man from the character and show his fans believable talent as an actor.

I will be front and center to see this film.  Respectfully, Thanx.

I want to see this movie, though it will be painful.  My main problem is that I don't want it to be Heath's last film.  I mean, not the role I want to remember him by.  Though I have no doubt it is an amazing performance.  Anyway, that's why I'm really glad there will still be his parts, presumably, in The Imaginarium.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: zelinda on Jan 26, 2008, 08:26 PM
  Zelinda, could you check again, please?  Searching with what you posted, on Yahoo, only brings up Perez Hilton, which is pretty gross.
Maybe Yahoo hasn't gotten it listed yet.  What search engine did you use?
I'm sorry, I thought the link was fine!! I found it on a livejournal community and it wasn't a gossip page or anything, just a memorial site.  Something must have gone wrong.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Jan 26, 2008, 08:35 PM
  Not to worry--no harm done.  Be sure to note what Chameau said, if you find anything that proves OK.  Thanks for trying.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvHeath4ever on Jan 26, 2008, 10:16 PM
Has there been any mention of a statement by Jake Gyllenhaal?  I've been following the news (and so-called news) and haven't heard anything.  :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: masetane on Jan 26, 2008, 10:28 PM
I know it's private but i admit to being curious.  what do you suppose the funeral plans are in LA?
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: CoraJack on Jan 26, 2008, 10:31 PM
Nancy Grace on CNN/Headline News is doing an hour show on Heath right now. I just caught it. It will replay tonight at 1AM EST. So far it seems like a good analysis of the situation. And there are a lot of updates being given right now on the show
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: CoraJack on Jan 26, 2008, 10:57 PM
Guys, please make sure you post in the proper threads, we have a thread concerning the Dark Knight, related links and comments should be posted there:

Heath THE Joker
http://ennisjack.com/index.php?topic=5723.msg205345#msg205345

Finaly, please don't post links to webpages and magazines known for their gossip, they could be edited.

Thanks Brokies!

This is totally crazy. I am being reprimanded for everything I post. I think with this death affecting everyone in such a deep way that some things can be overlooked. I had NO idea there was a "Dark Knight" thread. I have been in the memorial section only. Have a wonderful time, friends. But lighten up a little here on your "fellow brokies" we are doing the best we can here and the constant reprimands will make people not want to post, which is obvious by the emails I keep getting from people complaining about the nitpicking that is going on on this site now.

Ta ta...enjoy.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvHeath4ever on Jan 26, 2008, 11:09 PM
Thanks for the info about the CNN/Headline news special.  Just ran up to program my DVR
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: masetane on Jan 26, 2008, 11:32 PM
oh darn. I missed it and here i am in front of the tv. 1am should find me long asleep!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: masetane on Jan 27, 2008, 01:17 AM
Here I am 1:17 am but I can't find this program anywhere. Ah well, I have my dreams!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Italian_Dude on Jan 27, 2008, 02:50 AM
omg you guys i can't believe it, i dunno if there are discussions about this thing somewhere else, or if this should be somewhere else,  but I just saw this thing on youtube and i'm like crying I can't believe it how pathetic and idiotic some people can be.

This news program is basically talking about how the Phelps, Those "God Hates Fags" people, are gonna picket Heath's funeral because he played a gay character in BBM, they are gonna picket and they are saying he's "burning in hell" and he died because he played a gay character, God killed him because of that or something like that, and stuff like that, UGH omg i hate those people  OMG!!!   :\'(


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I951yZtS564 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jan 27, 2008, 03:39 AM

From Theresa's Memorial Blog. 

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/

I am writing mine now...

--------------------------------


Leave Your Condolences Directly To The Family Via The Funeral Home At The Link Below
 
If you wish to leave your condolences to the Ledger family, you may do so at the condolences link for the Campbell Funeral Home. At the appropriate time the messages will be given to the family. The link is below:

http://www.frankecampbell.com/condolences.asp




Thanks, tpe, I sent mine. This is much appreciated.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: frenchcda on Jan 27, 2008, 04:02 AM
omg you guys i can't believe it, i dunno if there are discussions about this thing somewhere else, or if this should be somewhere else,  but I just saw this thing on youtube and i'm like crying I can't believe it how pathetic and idiotic some people can be.

This news program is basically talking about how the Phelps, Those "God Hates Fags" people, are gonna picket Heath's funeral because he played a gay character in BBM, they are gonna picket and they are saying he's "burning in hell" and he died because he played a gay character, God killed him because of that or something like that, and stuff like that, UGH omg i hate those people  OMG!!!   :\'(


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I951yZtS564 
this is just SICK, what can one say ignorance from such people are not worthy of our attention!
The USA extremist far right pundit are always going to try to cash on the sadness of other, they thrive on this and at the end of the day I send them more forgiveness for I know they do not know what true love is!
We live for love, they live for hate :ghug: :ghug: :ghug: :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Carefree Wind on Jan 27, 2008, 08:40 AM
Heath was 'just a boy on a skateboard'

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,26278,23119110-10388,00.html (http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,26278,23119110-10388,00.html)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Jan 27, 2008, 08:42 AM
Ledger Honored At USA Australia Day Ball

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/ledger-honored-at-usa-australia-day.html

(http://bp2.blogger.com/_Jqix1TqYUbI/R5w3-TW77LI/AAAAAAAAATw/hCMAGDTjNoU/s1600-h/heath_06_255x385_270765a.jpg)

Source: News.com Australia

HEATH Ledger adored Australia, loved helping his friends and never became an actor "for fame or fortune", his father Kim said in a message read to a large gathering of Australians and Hollywood stars in Manhattan tonight.

The unexpected letter sent chills through the 1000 guests inside New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel grand ballroom for the G'Day USA Australia Day Ball.

Kim Ledger asked Australia's consul-general in New York John Olsen to read the letter.

"Heath is, and always will be, an Australian," wrote Kim, who arrived in the US on Friday to escort his son's body back to Perth.

"He adored his home.

"His last two weeks with us over Christmas in Perth were just bliss.

"Heath did not become an actor for the fame or fortune.

"He loved his craft and he loved helping his friends.

"He loved chess and skateboarding too.

"My image of Heath in New York is him with his skateboard, a canvas bag and his beanie.

"That was Heath to me."

The ball was designed as a glamour event to celebrate the end of the two week G'Day USA festival in the US.

The death last Tuesday of one of Australia's great young actors shook the large Australian contingent of celebrities, politicians, trade officials and entertainers in the US as part of G'Day USA.

Organisers altered tonight's program to honour Ledger.

There also were chills and tears when a minute's silence was held in Ledger's honour.

One of 28-year-old actor's iconic photos, a Brokeback Mountain promotional shot of him in a cowboy hat leaning back smiling, was projected on a screen during the tribute.

"The response we have received here in New York about Heath's tragic passing is certainly an indication that Heath is held in high esteem as an exceptionally talented actor," Olsen told AAP.

Ledger would have cracked a smile if he attended the G'Day Ball as the historic Manhattan hotel looked, tasted and smelt like Australia.

Hilary, a merino sheep wearing a G'Day USA designer shirt, shared the Waldorf red carpet with Hollywood glamour girl Jessica Alba, Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr, Australian Transformers star Rachael Taylor and actors Julian McMahon and Jack Thompson.

Inside the Waldorf's grand ballroom, the guests sipped Jacob's Creek wine and feasted on a menu co-created by Australian celebrity chefs Luke Mangan and Neil Perry.

Entertainment included performances by Shannon Noll, Christine Anu, the Qantas Choir and, undoubtedly a first for the Waldorf and continuing the sheep theme, a shearing demonstration.

Ledger also will be honoured by famous friends at tomorrow's Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.

Ledger, a two-time SAG nominee in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain and an actor revered by his peers, will be honoured with a tribute.

Secrecy also surrounds a memorial service for Ledger in Los Angeles.

Ledger's parents, Kim and Sally, and sister Kate, were in Los Angeles today awaiting the arrival of his body from New York.

Ledger's US publicist Mara Buxbaum ruled out a public memorial service for the late actor, although it is believed a private service will take place in coming days.

"There are no plans for a public service," Buxbaum wrote in an email to The New York Times newspaper.

Ledger's former fiancee, Michelle Williams and two-year-old daughter, Matilda, left their Brooklyn home today for one of New York's airports with several bags of luggage.

It is expected they will meet Ledger's family in LA and then continue on to Perth for a funeral.

Ledger's family has reason to hold its memorial services in private as some US religious groups have vowed to picket any service to protest the actor's portrayal of a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain.

They also would be hoping to avoid a similar media scene to the one outside the New York funeral home yesterday when a large group of photographers fought to take photos of Ledger's body being loaded into a hearse.

Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Tuesday.

An autopsy on Wednesday failed to find a cause of death. It will take at least a week for the results of toxicology tests to be known, although police sources have said they believe he died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Jan 27, 2008, 09:07 AM
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Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Italian_Dude on Jan 27, 2008, 10:06 AM
this is just SICK, what can one say ignorance from such people are not worthy of our attention!
The USA extremist far right pundit are always going to try to cash on the sadness of other, they thrive on this and at the end of the day I send them more forgiveness for I know they do not know what true love is!
We live for love, they live for hate :ghug: :ghug: :ghug: :ghug:


I agree  :ghug: :ghug: :ghug: :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvHeath4ever on Jan 27, 2008, 11:21 AM
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OMG I have to go out and get this...I have the people magazine, but I feel like I have to get everything [legitimate] out there.  Oh I'm still so sad  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tizi17 on Jan 27, 2008, 12:36 PM
does anybody know if there will be something on the SAGs tonight?
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Jan 27, 2008, 12:56 PM
does anybody know if there will be something on the SAGs tonight?

Fausta, I definitely read somewhere that Heath would be honoured at the SAGs - I don't think the article said how.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tizi17 on Jan 27, 2008, 01:05 PM
i hope that someeone will post it here tonight... so we have it tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvHeath4ever on Jan 27, 2008, 03:03 PM
I just found a few links talking about Jake, through his fan site.  There are no statements from him as of yet.

*edited by mod*
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Jan 27, 2008, 06:18 PM
An article written by Chris Nolan for Newsweek:

Charisma As Natural As Gravity
By Christopher Nolan


  Heath Ledger, 28, Actor

Best known for his haunting, Oscar-nominated performance as Ennis Del Mar, one of the gay cowboys in 2005 ' s "Brokeback Mountain," Ledger was a massive young talent on the cusp of greatness when he died last week in New York. The native Australian, who is survived by his 2-year-old daughter, Matilda, had recently finished work on this summer's "Batman" sequel, "The Dark Knight," in which he plays a villain, the Joker. Christopher Nolan, the film's director, shared these memories:

One night, as I'm standing on LaSalle Street in Chicago, trying to line up a shot for "The Dark Knight," a production assistant skateboards into my line of sight. Silently, I curse the moment that Heath first skated onto our set in full character makeup. I'd fretted about the reaction of Batman fans to a skateboarding Joker, but the actual result was a proliferation of skateboards among the younger crew members. If you'd asked those kids why they had chosen to bring their boards to work, they would have answered honestly that they didn't know. That's real charisma—as invisible and natural as gravity. That's what Heath had.

Heath was bursting with creativity. It was in his every gesture. He once told me that he liked to wait between jobs until he was creatively hungry. Until he needed it again. He brought that attitude to our set every day. There aren't many actors who can make you feel ashamed of how often you complain about doing the best job in the world. Heath was one of them.

One time he and another actor were shooting a complex scene. We had two days to shoot it, and at the end of the first day, they'd really found something and Heath was worried that he might not have it if we stopped. He wanted to carry on and finish. It's tough to ask the crew to work late when we all know there's plenty of time to finish the next day. But everyone seemed to understand that Heath had something special and that we had to capture it before it disappeared. Months later, I learned that as Heath left the set that night, he quietly thanked each crew member for working late. Quietly. Not trying to make a point, just grateful for the chance to create that they'd given him.

Those nights on the streets of Chicago were filled with stunts. These can be boring times for an actor, but Heath was fascinated, eagerly accepting our invitation to ride in the camera car as we chased vehicles through movie traffic—not just for the thrill ride, but to be a part of it. Of everything. He'd brought his laptop along in the car, and we had a high-speed screening of two of his works-in-progress: short films he'd made that were exciting and haunting. Their exuberance made me feel jaded and leaden. I've never felt as old as I did watching Heath explore his talents. That night I made him an offer—knowing he wouldn't take me up on it—that he should feel free to come by the set when he had a night off so he could see what we were up to.

When you get into the edit suite after shooting a movie, you feel a responsibility to an actor who has trusted you, and Heath gave us everything. As we started my cut, I would wonder about each take we chose, each trim we made. I would visualize the screening where we'd have to show him the finished film—sitting three or four rows behind him, watching the movements of his head for clues to what he was thinking about what we'd done with all that he'd given us. Now that screening will never be real. I see him every day in my edit suite. I study his face, his voice. And I miss him terribly.

Back on LaSalle Street, I turn to my assistant director and I tell him to clear the skateboarding kid out of my line of sight when I realize—it's Heath, woolly hat pulled low over his eyes, here on his night off to take me up on my offer. I can't help but smile.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/105580
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Jan 27, 2008, 06:39 PM
An article written by Chris Nolan for Newsweek:

omg...more tears.
thank you for this article.

I know someone else who is going to love this article too...
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: masetane on Jan 27, 2008, 08:07 PM
Fabulous article - thanks for sharing. It's so fun to read what he was up to!!!! I hope we can find more stories like this. 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: masetane on Jan 27, 2008, 09:45 PM
Watching the SAG awards right now. They just did the "In Memorium" piece.  Heath's was the last picture. Didn't say anything - just an image of him in his cowboy hat with his name underneath.

Maybe there will be something else but I kind of doubt it. I remember seeing a clip from a spokesperson that they don't do tributes to anyone in particular - just group it into that piece of the show....

I'll keep watching...
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: masetane on Jan 27, 2008, 10:01 PM
SAG award update:  Daniel Day Lewis just won for Best Actor. he said his quick thank you's and then talked about how much he admired Heath.  It was really nice - spoke about how in awe he was with his work in characters in Monsters Ball and BBM.  He dedicated his award to Heath before leaving.
I'm sure it will up on video somewhere. It was really touching. He sounded a little choked to me.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: cynical21 on Jan 27, 2008, 10:11 PM
I think there's only one thing to say:  God bless Daniel Day Lewis!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Carefree Wind on Jan 27, 2008, 11:26 PM
Stars remember Heath Ledger at SAG awards

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,23663,23120866-7485,00.html (http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,23663,23120866-7485,00.html)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jan 28, 2008, 01:25 AM

From AwardsDaily.com:

ONTD has posted http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/19780184.html#cutid1 (http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/19780184.html#cutid1) Daniel Day Lewis’ tribute to Heath Ledger in his acceptance speech, from the SAG site, they’ve also posted a link to a clip http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20168762_20174052,00.html (http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20168762_20174052,00.html):

Quote
    Thank you. I’m very, very proud of this. Thank you so much for giving it to me. And I’m very proud to be included in that group of wonderful actors this year.

    You know, for as long as I can remember, the thing that gave me a sense of wonderment, of renewal, the thing that teased me with the question, how is such a thing possible, and then dare you to go back into the arena of one more time, with longing and self-doubt, jostling in the balance. It’s always been the work of other actors, and there are many actors in this room tonight, including my fellow nominees who have given that sense of regeneration and…

    Heath Ledger gave it to me. [applause] In “Monster’s Ball,” that character that he created, it seemed to be almost like an unformed being, retreating from themselves, retreating from his father, from his life, even retreating from us, and yet we wanted to follow him, and yet we’re scared to follow him almost. It was unique. And then, of course, in “Brokeback Mountain,” he was unique, he was perfect. [applause] And that scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything that I think I’ve ever seen. And I’d like to dedicate this to Heath Ledger. So, thank you very much. Thank you so much.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: frenchcda on Jan 28, 2008, 01:51 AM
FLWCHILD send me the link, it is truly poignant it touched me in the core of my being :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: frenchcda on Jan 28, 2008, 01:53 AM
Hi. :)

I just wanted you to know that I found a link to Daniel Day Lewis's SAG awards speech on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r5DlfrtZRM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r5DlfrtZRM)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Barb

From BARB
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ethan on Jan 28, 2008, 02:06 AM
Thank you for posting this link. It moves me to tears. Thank you, DDL.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Jan 28, 2008, 02:12 AM
7:10am and I'm sitting here in tears after watching that clip from the SAG awards. What a tribute.

 :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jan 28, 2008, 03:46 AM
What an incredible tribute. What a wonderful thing for DDL to do.  It was such a moving speech.   :\'( :\'(  But all so so true.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Jan 28, 2008, 04:00 AM
 January 27, 2008, 10:03 pm
Aiming Point
Daniel Day-LewisDaniel Day-Lewis accepts his award for “There Will Be Blood.” (Evan Agostini/Associated Press)

In the least surprising win of the night, Daniel Day-Lewis was named the best leading actor in a dramatic role. He was halting, smashing and effecting in receiving the award. Instead of merely saying he was humbled, he clearly demonstrated. “It has always been the work of my fellow actors, including my fellow nominees, who have given me a sense of regeneration.”

“Heath Ledger gave it to me,” he said. “We wanted to follow him and yet we were afraid to follow him.”

“In Brokeback Mountain, he was unique. He was perfect. The scene in the trailer at the end of the movie was as moving as anything we have ever seen. I’d like to dedicate this award to him.”


http://ennisjack.com/index.php?action=post;msg=677361;topic=12695.60;sesc=ef7f399131f58932060043fae9c66865
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Jan 28, 2008, 04:09 AM
Heath Ledger Remembered at SAG Awards

 Outstanding Male Performance winner Daniel Day-Lewis dedicated his trophy to Heath, who was  found dead in his New York apartment on Tuesday, telling the crowd, "It's always been the work of other actors... that's given me that sense of regeneration. Heath Ledger gave it to me." He then went on to praise Heath's work in Monster's Ball ("unique") and Brokeback Mountain, saying, " He was perfect. And that scene in the trailer in the end of the film is as moving as anything I think I've ever ever seen."

Nominee Ryan Gosling and his sister Mandy wore black ribbons in honor of Heath. "Mandy made them for Heath," Ryan said on the red carpet, adding later, "I admired him a lot."

And in the evening's official In Memoriam video tribute, Heath's image was the last one seen. As the clip's soundtrack faded out, the audience applauded the 28-year-old actor who still had so many great roles in front of him.
http://www.pagesix.com/story/heath+ledger+remembered+sag+awards
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jan 28, 2008, 05:51 AM
From AwardsDaily.com:

ONTD has posted http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/19780184.html#cutid1 (http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/19780184.html#cutid1) Daniel Day Lewis’ tribute to Heath Ledger in his acceptance speech, from the SAG site, they’ve also posted a link to a clip http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20168762_20174052,00.html (http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20168762_20174052,00.html):


This is extremely moving :\'( :\'(. I'll admire Daniel Day Lewis forever for doing it.


I'm just slowly catching up on this thread... thank you everybody for the links.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Carefree Wind on Jan 28, 2008, 06:18 AM
Michelle's sorrow for Heath
http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,23119658-948,00.html (http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,23119658-948,00.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v633/Mendalind/MW.jpg)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jan 28, 2008, 07:07 AM
Today I must be a little masochist,because not only did I see the beautiful video by Orangetruck in homage to Heath;I've just seen Daniel Day-Lewis words as tribute to his fellow...The second time I'm able to listen,see or read this kind of stuff these days¡As I imagined,I've begun to cry,but it doesn't matter...The most important thing is that DDL is not only a good actor,but a better,a wonderful,fellow and man.Seeing him so touched by Heath's death is touching also for anybody who has a heart inside...I propose to send him a letter of congratulation and friendship from the forum for his loyalty to a companion. :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 28, 2008, 09:27 AM
Froggy alluded to Nolan's tribute in the Memorial thread.

I have a link to the full tribute, but it is posted in an unacceptable location, so I will try to find another link to it.

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23124810-5001021,00.html

How Heath skated into hearts
January 29, 2008 12:00am

Excerpts:


CHRISTOPHER Nolan, who directed Heath Ledger as the Joker in the new Batman film, The Dark Knight, has written a moving tribute to the departed Australian actor.

***

"That’s real charisma—as invisible and natural as gravity. That’s what Heath had."


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jan 28, 2008, 09:35 AM
that is an amazing tribute to Heath.  Heartfelt and moving.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 28, 2008, 09:38 AM
that is an amazing tribute to Heath.  Heartfelt and moving.

Oh Christie, it reduced me to tears.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: freetraveller on Jan 28, 2008, 09:49 AM
What an incredible tribute. What a wonderful thing for DDL to do.  It was such a moving speech.   :\'( :\'(  But all so so true.

I couldn't agree more, Christie and others...
DDL is also very similar to Heath in many ways: an actor's actor, totally devoted to his craft, choosing challenging roles (think of DDL's miracle performance in My Left Foot), not chasing glamour or fame or money for its own sake, a very private and restrained individual...
and now my respect for him couldn't be higher...
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 28, 2008, 10:01 AM
An article written by Chris Nolan for Newsweek:

Charisma As Natural As Gravity
By Christopher Nolan


Thank you so much yb for posting this.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 28, 2008, 10:52 AM

http://film.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,2247439,00.html

Philip French: 'He was a delight'

Our chief film critic reflects on Heath Ledger's career

Philip French
Sunday January 27, 2008
The Observer

The visit to the home of his dead lover's parents, where he silently inspects Jack's old bedroom, is among the most poignant, delicately understated sequences in movie history.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jacks_key on Jan 28, 2008, 11:14 AM
Michelle's sorrow for Heath
http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,23119658-948,00.html (http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,23119658-948,00.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v633/Mendalind/MW.jpg)

God, my heart breaks for her, and the little girl who will never know her daddy... :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: believer on Jan 28, 2008, 11:38 AM
I loved that Chris Nolan piece.  It gives such insight into Heath as a man and confirms all the things I think about him.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 28, 2008, 11:42 AM
I loved that Chris Nolan piece.  It gives such insight into Heath as a man and confirms all the things I think about him.

This is exactly how I felt.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: dirtbiker on Jan 28, 2008, 11:59 AM
Not sure if this was posted before, but here're a couple of articles that mention Jake's grief.  I found the links from his official jakegyllenhaal.com site.  Jake's site also linked to the article about FoxNews Radio John Gibson mocking Heath's death.

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23105747-5001021,00.html?from=public_rss
http://www.pagesix.com/celebrities/Jake+Gyllenhaal
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Iswear... on Jan 28, 2008, 01:40 PM
Heath Ledger: The death of an innocent?

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/25/ledger.drugs/index.html

LONDON, England (CNN) -- As depressing as it may seem, it is not an unusual story. A young, talented actor who seems to have the world at their feet is discovered dead from an apparent overdose.

The deaths of stars such as Marilyn Monroe and John Belushi were mourned throughout the film industry and sent shockwaves across world, but they were, in a sense, part of a hedonistic tradition.

Neither of these past stars were strangers to the drugs that killed them, nor to the lifestyle that went with that substance abuse -- Monroe was known for attending wild parties with the Rat Pack and Belushi regularly hit the headlines with his drug use.

But the discovery of Australian actor Heath Ledger dead in his New York apartment, Tuesday, has come as a major shock to people across the world.

His career was reaching new heights in the years up to his death -- most notably a best actor nomination at the Oscars for his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain in 2005 -- and he had made a positive step into the A-list, playing The Joker in the latest installment in the regenerated Batman franchise.


Dying at the peak of your fame is not unusual: Belushi was lined up to follow successes in "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers" with a starring role in "Ghostbusters"; Monroe was planning to star alongside Dean Martin, Jack Lemmon and Frank Sinatra in future projects; and River Phoenix was following up his own Oscar nomination with roles in hard-hitting, mature films such as "The Basketball Diaries."

So why are we so surprised? He follows in a long tradition of celebrities crashing under the pressure of the spotlight -- save for one major difference: he wasn't known as an outgoing party-boy. As Howard Bragman, founder of the Fifteen Minutes PR agency said on CNN, "Nobody saw this coming."

He went on: "There's probably 25 or 50 people you could name if this happened to (them), including Brad Renfro, you'd say 'Well, that was an accident waiting to happen.'"

Renfro, who was found dead at the age of 25 in his Los Angeles apartment one week before Ledger's death, had suffered a decline in his career after initial success as a child actor. He had struggled with alcohol and drug abuse. But his story hasn't captured the same international media attention as Ledger's.

Although they are not the easiest comparison, since Renfro had had less attention in the preceding years, it may be that his lifestyle off-screen made his untimely death less of a shock to the public.

Figures like Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse are closest to perpetuating the image of self-destructive hedonism that characters like John Belushi embodied. It is hard to predict the reaction of a celebrity's death, but it seems likely that if a modern hell-raiser died there would be at least one section of society suggesting that it was always on the cards.

The bottom line is, Ledger doesn't fit into the same category as any of these people. He was a quiet, well-respected man, who was the father of a two-year-old girl, Matilda, by his long-term partner Michelle Williams. The pair split late 2007.

The shock that this has inspired seems to be a combination of his youth; his sensitivity in the roles he has chosen and the way he has brought them to life; and the fact that he seemed to live a largely vice-free existence, away from the headline grabbing exploits of Spears and Winehouse.

Heath Ledger was a star on the way up, his touching performance in "Brokeback Mountain" demonstrated his immense maturity as an actor, and his death has robbed us of a great talent.

And, although there seems to be a long list of actors who have died young in drug-related incidents, this has left much of the world feeling that it isn't fair, simply because he seemed to do nothing to deserve his sudden and untimely death.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

So true, it is totally unfair, I feel so angry and sad  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - In Loving Memory
Post by: Toadily on Jan 28, 2008, 02:17 PM
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/01/27/entertainment/e200512S50.DTL&tsp=1&type=entertainment

Daniel Day Lewis dedicated his screen actors award to Heath, called his scene in the trailor
in Brokeback perfect.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: dirtbiker on Jan 28, 2008, 02:31 PM
John Gibson's (FoxNews Radio) feeble attempt at an apology:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325371,00.html
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 28, 2008, 02:49 PM


http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23120116-5015791,00.html

Cate Blanchett tribute to Heath Ledger
January 28, 2008 12:00am


"I'd like to pay special tribute to Heath Ledger who I think was an extraordinary actor and was well on his way to being a master himself," she said.

"We will all miss you enormously."


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: masetane on Jan 28, 2008, 03:01 PM
Goodness - this sends me into a sweat. They are reporting in the paramedics log that Heath's body was recorded as still warm. Well his torso specifically.  So they are saying that he could have died within 20 minutes of them arriving.  Which means, nearly 10 were spent calling Mary Kate Olsen. (australian news)

I have to stop reading b.c. somewhere else I read that they noticed his jaw had morbi ridigity (something like that) which means he passed about 3 hours prior.

Not that any of this matters in the long run but I pay attention b.c I can't help but think, did he have a chance at being saved then?????
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jan 28, 2008, 03:47 PM
John Gibson's (FoxNews Radio) feeble attempt at an apology:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325371,00.html

It's not so much but at least he said I'm sorry, and now I feel a little bit better after all the crying and pain and anger I had after listening to his previous words.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: dirtbiker on Jan 28, 2008, 03:59 PM
It's not so much but at least he said I'm sorry, and now I feel I little bit better after all the crying and pain and anger I had after listening to his previous words.

I'm glad you're feeling better now, BT.  I have a sneaky suspicion that he made that statement because of the pressure from the outpouring of emails that was sent to him and the executives at FN  (better known as Fake News)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jan 28, 2008, 04:27 PM
Does anyone have any vid links to DDL's backstage comments and/or Ryan Gosling's lovely tribute to Heath?  Thanks. x
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 28, 2008, 04:31 PM
Does anyone have any vid links to DDL's backstage comments and/or Ryan Gosling's lovely tribute to Heath?  Thanks. x

Ryan Gosling:

I mentioned yesterday that Ryan Gosling talked about Heath on the red carpet.  I thought it was very sweet.  Here's the video if anyone cares to watch:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1378342403?bclid=1326153012&bctid=1392526755
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Jan 28, 2008, 04:34 PM
Ryan Gosling

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1378342403?bclid=1326153012&bctid=1392526755
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jan 28, 2008, 04:40 PM
Thanks Froggy. xx And believer for posting it originally.   ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Jan 28, 2008, 04:42 PM
DAniel Day Lewis backstage

http://youtube.com/watch?v=dxNOxOKB9oM
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jan 28, 2008, 04:51 PM
Ryan Gosling

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1378342403?bclid=1326153012&bctid=1392526755

Oh what a lovely thing for Ryan Gosling and his sister to do. That was very very moving, I thought. 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jan 28, 2008, 04:54 PM
DAniel Day Lewis backstage

http://youtube.com/watch?v=dxNOxOKB9oM

Thanks Froggy.  DDL speaks for all of us I think.  xx
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Jan 28, 2008, 05:02 PM
He does indeed.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 28, 2008, 05:02 PM

http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_8087071?nclick_check=1

Redford reflects on Heath Ledger's death
By RYAN PEARSON AP Entertainment Writer
Article Launched: 01/26/2008 09:47:52 AM PST

"I just think he was one of those actors that was very, very special because he played so many different kinds of roles, and much of his work was more in the independent area," Redford said.

 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tom on Jan 28, 2008, 05:58 PM
I couldn't believe this when I read it in the Daily Mirror here in the UK today. Tony Parsons can be a bit brutal and this tribute from a straight columnist really moved me.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/columnists/parsons/2008/01/28/death-of-heath-ledger-broke-my-heart-89520-20301408/

Death of Heath Ledger broke my heart
Tony Parsons 28/01/2008

I have an amazing number of mates who have never seen Brokeback Mountain because it's "that movie about two gay cowboys". What they are missing is an almost perfect storm of talent.

Brokeback Mountain was directed by the great Ang Lee from a classic short story by Annie Proulx. It has an Oscar-winning screenplay by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry (a great novelist himself and author of The Last Picture Show), and Jake Gyllenhaal will never be better than he was as rodeo cowboy Jack Twist.

Most of all, what my friends are missing is the portrayal of ranch hand Ennis Del Mar by Heath Ledger. A performance that ranks up there with Al Pacino in the first Godfather film, Robert de Niro in the second Godfather, Brando when he was young and thin, Montgomery Clift in From Here To Eternity, and James Dean in the three films he made before his early death.

Heath Ledger truly was as good as that, and nobody who has seen Brokeback Mountain could ever doubt it.

Heath Ledger had the kind of talent that only comes along once every 20 years and his death is a horrible waste.

It makes me laugh to read that the French trader who lost £3.6billion for Societe Generale was driven by two tragedies - splitting up with his wife and the death of his father.

Splitting up with someone is not a tragedy. Nor is burying a parent when you are in your 30s a tragedy. These are the knocks we all suffer in everyday life. Calling them tragedies is overkill.

Look at the faces of Heath Ledger's devastated parents - burying your child is a tragedy.

Think about Heath Ledger's two-year-old daughter Matilda - that little girl never knowing her father is a tragedy.

Heath Ledger was an incredible young actor with talent to burn. Losing him at the heartbreakingly early age of 28 is what a real tragedy looks like.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Jan 28, 2008, 06:10 PM
Wow, Tom - that's quite a piece from Tony Parsons. Nice to see the Mirror printing something as touching as that - puts them well above the other tabloids.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tom on Jan 28, 2008, 06:13 PM
Wow, Tom - that's quite a piece from Tony Parsons. Nice to see the Mirror printing something as touching as that - puts them well above the other tabloids.

I know,

I usually like Tony Parsons anyway, but as I said he can be a bit scathing and it took my breath away to read the wonderful things he said about Heath. This is one of the nicest things I have read about this sad affair in the British press to date.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Jan 28, 2008, 10:07 PM
Ryan Gosling

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1378342403?bclid=1326153012&bctid=1392526755

That was so sweet of them. I agreed with what Ryan said about leaving Heath's family alone- Amen to that.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jan 28, 2008, 11:40 PM
This is long, but some beautiful insight into Heath as Ennis.

Eric Patterson is associate professor of American studies and American literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is the author of an upcoming book On Brokeback Mountain: Meditations about Masculinity, Fear, and Love in the Story and the Film.

kathy

http://rowmanblog.typepad.com/rowman/2008/01/elegy-for-heath.html (http://rowmanblog.typepad.com/rowman/2008/01/elegy-for-heath.html)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - In Loving Memory
Post by: white_angel on Jan 28, 2008, 11:41 PM
Heathbaby.com news

Melbourne artist Vincent Fantauzzo created the last painting of late actor HEATH LEDGER, just one day before he died.

The painting is so real!

http://www.heathbaby.com/k2news/example1.php?Action=Full&NewsID=612
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: freetraveller on Jan 28, 2008, 11:49 PM
Thank you so much Kathy for that wonderful article by Patterson.
A lucid and impassionate analysis of Heath's performance in BBM if ever there was one.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: freetraveller on Jan 28, 2008, 11:52 PM
Apologies if it's been posted already...

http://www.smh.com.au/news/heath-ledger/softly-spoken-actor-promised-so-much/2008/01/25/1201157663318.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1 (http://www.smh.com.au/news/heath-ledger/softly-spoken-actor-promised-so-much/2008/01/25/1201157663318.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1)

Neil Armfield - director of Candy - reflects on working with Heath.

Wonderful stuff.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: dirtbiker on Jan 28, 2008, 11:53 PM
Great article, Kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jan 29, 2008, 12:06 AM
Tom, thank you so much for this. I am grateful that Heath is loved and appreciated so much.  :\'( :ghug:

I couldn't believe this when I read it in the Daily Mirror here in the UK today. Tony Parsons can be a bit brutal and this tribute from a straight columnist really moved me.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/columnists/parsons/2008/01/28/death-of-heath-ledger-broke-my-heart-89520-20301408/

Death of Heath Ledger broke my heart
Tony Parsons 28/01/2008

I have an amazing number of mates who have never seen Brokeback Mountain because it's "that movie about two gay cowboys". What they are missing is an almost perfect storm of talent.

Brokeback Mountain was directed by the great Ang Lee from a classic short story by Annie Proulx. It has an Oscar-winning screenplay by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry (a great novelist himself and author of The Last Picture Show), and Jake Gyllenhaal will never be better than he was as rodeo cowboy Jack Twist.

Most of all, what my friends are missing is the portrayal of ranch hand Ennis Del Mar by Heath Ledger. A performance that ranks up there with Al Pacino in the first Godfather film, Robert de Niro in the second Godfather, Brando when he was young and thin, Montgomery Clift in From Here To Eternity, and James Dean in the three films he made before his early death.

Heath Ledger truly was as good as that, and nobody who has seen Brokeback Mountain could ever doubt it.

Heath Ledger had the kind of talent that only comes along once every 20 years and his death is a horrible waste.

It makes me laugh to read that the French trader who lost £3.6billion for Societe Generale was driven by two tragedies - splitting up with his wife and the death of his father.

Splitting up with someone is not a tragedy. Nor is burying a parent when you are in your 30s a tragedy. These are the knocks we all suffer in everyday life. Calling them tragedies is overkill.

Look at the faces of Heath Ledger's devastated parents - burying your child is a tragedy.

Think about Heath Ledger's two-year-old daughter Matilda - that little girl never knowing her father is a tragedy.

Heath Ledger was an incredible young actor with talent to burn. Losing him at the heartbreakingly early age of 28 is what a real tragedy looks like.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jan 29, 2008, 12:22 AM
Apologies if it's been posted already...

http://www.smh.com.au/news/heath-ledger/softly-spoken-actor-promised-so-much/2008/01/25/1201157663318.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1 (http://www.smh.com.au/news/heath-ledger/softly-spoken-actor-promised-so-much/2008/01/25/1201157663318.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1)

Neil Armfield - director of Candy - reflects on working with Heath.

Wonderful stuff.

Thank you freetraveller. I read most of the beginning at Therese's blog, but the last portion when Niel described what happened at the filming of Candy in Sydney, that made me seething mad, so angry!  Guy Finlay --- remember that vile name, brokies. He hated Heath and ruined a great creative moment on purpose, with a flash camera. Then he squirted Heath and Michelle at that infamous premiere in Synday, along with Peter Carette. These two should be ashamed of themselves. And Guy, if I hate anyone, it's this man.  ^^) ^^) ^^) How can ANYONE be so vindictive against a man like Heath?
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Carefree Wind on Jan 29, 2008, 02:22 AM
This is just so wrong  >:(

Conman exploits Heath Ledger's friends
***edited by moderator***
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Jan 29, 2008, 02:30 AM
Please Brokies post here only articles with proved and confirmed facts as respect for Heath.

Otherwise links could be edited

*** In the love of Heath, his family and friends, please no gossip here

Just put yourselves in their place, huh?***

Thank you!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jan 29, 2008, 04:58 AM
Thanks for all the wonderful articles and tributes here. Just read the one from Tony Parsons, what a fantastic article, very heartfelt and moving.  No sensationalist journalism there, just speaking from the heart.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 29, 2008, 08:40 AM


Heath Ledger internet tributes
January 29, 2008 12:00am

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23126701-5001026,00.html

Excerpt:

GRIEVING Fans have posted thousands of video tributes to Aussie actor heath Ledger on YouTube since his tragic death a week ago.

Within hours, web sites were created to remember Ledger and more than 6,000 video tributes to the actor sprang up on YouTube and other Internet video destinations.

His sad, untimely end triggered almost instantaneous reactions in the online media, social networks and just about anywhere users could post their thoughts and multimedia memorials.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 29, 2008, 08:45 AM

Celebrating Ledger
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
By Monica Haynes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

(http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/images/200801/20080129ho_sag_awards_500.jpg)


Excerpts:

A public memorial service will be held for Heath Ledger next week in Los Angeles, according to World Entertainment Network News.

***

Asked why, Day-Lewis said, "I suppose that's all I've been thinking about for the last few days. I never met him. I thought he was beautiful. I just have a very strong feeling that I would have liked him very much as a man. ... I admired him very much."





Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 29, 2008, 08:50 AM
This is a collection of TeenHollywood interviews with Heath:

Heath Ledger: We Look Back
Jan 28, 2008 - Lynn Barker

http://www.teenhollywood.com/d/168257/1038/heath-ledger-we-look-back.html
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jacks_key on Jan 29, 2008, 10:27 AM
This is long, but some beautiful insight into Heath as Ennis.

Eric Patterson is associate professor of American studies and American literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is the author of an upcoming book On Brokeback Mountain: Meditations about Masculinity, Fear, and Love in the Story and the Film.

kathy

http://rowmanblog.typepad.com/rowman/2008/01/elegy-for-heath.html (http://rowmanblog.typepad.com/rowman/2008/01/elegy-for-heath.html)


What a wonderful tribute to the man and his (IMO) greatest role.  Thank you for that link!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Jan 29, 2008, 12:05 PM

Heath Ledger internet tributes
January 29, 2008 12:00am

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23126701-5001026,00.html

Excerpt:

GRIEVING Fans have posted thousands of video tributes to Aussie actor heath Ledger on YouTube since his tragic death a week ago.

Within hours, web sites were created to remember Ledger and more than 6,000 video tributes to the actor sprang up on YouTube and other Internet video destinations.

His sad, untimely end triggered almost instantaneous reactions in the online media, social networks and just about anywhere users could post their thoughts and multimedia memorials.




Thank you Thomas to keep us informed  O0
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Jan 29, 2008, 04:02 PM
I couldn't believe this when I read it in the Daily Mirror here in the UK today. Tony Parsons can be a bit brutal and this tribute from a straight columnist really moved me.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/columnists/parsons/2008/01/28/death-of-heath-ledger-broke-my-heart-89520-20301408/

Death of Heath Ledger broke my heart
Tony Parsons 28/01/2008
..................
Heath Ledger was an incredible young actor with talent to burn. Losing him at the heartbreakingly early age of 28 is what a real tragedy looks like.
Wonderful article! That last paragraph is so painfully true,   ..... :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: trekfan on Jan 29, 2008, 05:16 PM

Heath Ledger internet tributes
January 29, 2008 12:00am

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23126701-5001026,00.html

Excerpt:

GRIEVING Fans have posted thousands of video tributes to Aussie actor heath Ledger on YouTube since his tragic death a week ago.

Within hours, web sites were created to remember Ledger and more than 6,000 video tributes to the actor sprang up on YouTube and other Internet video destinations.

His sad, untimely end triggered almost instantaneous reactions in the online media, social networks and just about anywhere users could post their thoughts and multimedia memorials.




A legend has died,  it is only fitting there is an outpouring of grief and despair and support

Linda
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Jan 29, 2008, 05:23 PM
This is long, but some beautiful insight into Heath as Ennis.

Eric Patterson is associate professor of American studies and American literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is the author of an upcoming book On Brokeback Mountain: Meditations about Masculinity, Fear, and Love in the Story and the Film.

kathy

http://rowmanblog.typepad.com/rowman/2008/01/elegy-for-heath.html (http://rowmanblog.typepad.com/rowman/2008/01/elegy-for-heath.html)


That's an incredible article. You know, maybe it's daft, but every time I read something like this - where someone says how important Brokeback, and in particular, Heath's performance in it was to them personally, for whatever reason - I just feel an enormous amount of pride in our boy. So many people pass through life without ever making a difference to anyone but Heath (along with Annie and Ang and Jake and the rest of course) achieved so much and made a difference to so many lives by telling this story. I hope one day articles like this one - and the love and comradeship fostered amongst those of us who were open to the story of Brokeback - will be of some comfort to Heath's family.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Jan 29, 2008, 05:33 PM
That's an incredible article. You know, maybe it's daft, but every time I read something like this - where someone says how important Brokeback, and in particular, Heath's performance in it was to them personally, for whatever reason - I just feel an enormous amount of pride in our boy. So many people pass through life without ever making a difference to anyone but Heath (along with Annie and Ang and Jake and the rest of course) achieved so much and made a difference to so many lives by telling this story. I hope one day articles like this one - and the love and comradeship fostered amongst those of us who were open to the story of Brokeback - will be of some comfort to Heath's family.
http://rowmanblog.typepad.com/rowman/2008/01/elegy-for-heath.html
I thought so too, how wonderful was his detailed description of Heath's performance on BBM!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 29, 2008, 06:00 PM


Remembering Heath Ledger
Young star's bright future was cut short
By Amy Friedman and Nilam Patel


http://www.roanoke.com/wb/148852


Show respect for his family

***

He touched many lives

***



Title: Re: Heath Ledger - In Loving Memory
Post by: ethan on Jan 29, 2008, 06:11 PM
Thank you very much for the update. I think this article is worth quoting, in particular. Thanks, guyinjax.

How unfitting, then, that the hours following the discovery of Ledger's body in his New York apartment were consumed by a paparazzi-and Internet “media”-feeding frenzy. Among the worst offenders: TMZ.com, which boasts the stink of respectability because it has a TV show and because its managing editor, Harvey Levin, is a recurring talking head on “Today,” among other shows. The site may as well have changed its name to “All Heath All the Time,” updating viewers seemingly by the second with grainy photos and lurid tidbits like: “The People Who Found Heath,” “Jack (as in Nicholson) on Heath: I Warned Him!”, “How Heath's Body Was Discovered,” “Michelle Williams (Ledger's ex-fiance'e and the mother of their child) – Devastated,” and “Inside the Building Where Heath Died.”

There was more: Lindsey (as in Lohan) was distraught at Ledger's death. Ledger was not at the apartment of Mary-Kate Olsen. And photos, photos and more photos of Ledger's body being removed from the building.

TMZ was not alone in – I don't know any other way to say this – the fine art of ghoulish reporting. Culprits abounded – in both mainstream and tabloid coverage.

This isn't the first time we've seen this, and it won't be the last.

I just didn't expect Heath Ledger to be in the middle. Silly, naive me.

Sorry me, too. Sorry for a child named Matilda, now without a father. Sorry for those who read and watch and listen, who deserve better. Sorry for those whom I must accept, like it or not, are my colleagues in the media.

Sorry, most of all, for Heath Ledger, who deserved at least as much dignity as he gave Ennis Del Mar.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: EthanFrome on Jan 29, 2008, 09:16 PM

*Edited 1/29/08*
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: EthanFrome on Jan 29, 2008, 11:32 PM

I see no reason to edit my post. Some people might not even known of the subject matter. There is nothing wrong with discussion now though we may never know exactly what happened  even when we do receive the autopsy report.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Jan 29, 2008, 11:36 PM
A similar post was already deleted from this thread and others. This forum does not allow speculation out of respect for all involved with BBM and their right to privacy. 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: EthanFrome on Jan 29, 2008, 11:42 PM
Why don't you want to discuss important issues? I have as much or more respect for this young man I imagine than either of many.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Jan 29, 2008, 11:48 PM
I'm sorry if this action seemed in any way arbitrary. Please refer to PM for further explanation. Let's keep it out of the threads. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about the moderating team's decisions and policies. Thank you for your cooperation. :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Jan 30, 2008, 12:21 AM
Respect of each other is the rule number one here, may I kindly remind everyone the right to post is a privilege.   
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jan 30, 2008, 01:42 AM
Why don't you want to discuss important issues? I have as much or more respect for this young man I imagine than either of many.

Hi, EthanFrome, I don't know what was edited, and I am also a relatively new comer to this forum.

I understand your pain at losing someone you admire so, and I appreciate your wish to learn as much as you can about the circumstance that took away so much from you. I did, too, and still do.

Having said that, I think it is important to remember that there are many lies floating around in the world, and it is unfair to people who loves Heath so much, that a single lie can be devastatingly painful to overcome.

I trust the moderators of this forum to be compassionate, and has the best interest of every member in their consideration. You are not alone in having a post edited. I myself have been warned on numerous occasions. It is out of respect for Heath, who we all love, and consideration for others that we tread carefully, and speak softly. There is no need to rush to judgment on what happened. Does it matter what really happened? Does it change the fact that we lost a great gifted man, an actor with talents to burn, with sensitivity that can touch many souls?

No "truth" can set us free from this tragedy. Sometimes, if you can't fix it, you gotta stand it.

Time will tell the truth eventually. Whatever happened, it was tragic, and with any tragedy, compassion is the first order of business. Fact finding has its place, and time.

I hope you find comfort here, eventually.

 :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Jan 30, 2008, 02:53 AM
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20173197,00.html

I have found this link in my "Google alerts about Jake Gyllenhaal".  Hope I doesn't offended someone  :s)

Simone
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Jan 30, 2008, 07:47 AM
An article about Jake coping....

Hope this is the right place to post it, if not, please edit!

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20174820,00.html
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Jan 30, 2008, 08:04 AM
A small excerpt from the story Koka just posted - hope no-one minds, it just seemed kinda sweet and worth posting.

The 27-year-old's somber mood is a sharp contrast to the happier times on the set of Brothers. During one intense early prison scene, Gyllenhaal jokingly reached into his pocket and took out a picture of his Brokeback beau to stick on the prison wall. "Like those prisoners put [loved ones] on the wall, but Jake's was Heath Ledger," one set source recalls. "That was hilarious. It was a nice moment."

The source adds, "When you think back on it now, it's touching."
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 30, 2008, 08:09 AM
Friends, I quote here the first post of this thread, and ask all members to take heed of what was initially requested.

Again, please note that moderating actions are made in order to account for everyone's feelings.  Please don't take such actions personally, as they are never intended to shame any member who posts something that is edited later on.

We thank everyone for their contributions and request your patience and understanding in this time of grief.

 
In keeping with the forum guidelines that wish to preserve clarity and cohesion in the various threads, this topic has been created for members to post and read news articles and tributes dealing with Heath.

Henceforth, please use the thread Heath Ledger - In Loving Memory  to share your feelings and/or to commiserate with other members.

Use this thread to post and comment on news updates and tribute articles pertaining to Heath.

Out of respect for Heath, we ask members to please be very selective when posting articles on this thread.  Specifically, we do not want this place to be used as a launching pad for articles that seek to foster gossip, rumors, and innuendoes that would be hurtful to the memory of Heath and to the feelings of his family, friends, and -- most especially -- other fans and members of this forum.

We discourage the posting of articles that foster hate, division, and the brand of intolerance that is so alien to the legacy of Heath and BBM.

We ask the members not to take it against the moderators if they intervene every once in a while in the interest of these aims.  Likewise, we do not hold any mistakes made against the members who post here.

We only seek to encourage a friendly and sympathetic exchange of information.

It is only through this that we can clarify Heath's legacy to us -- a legacy free from malicious speculation and/or outright lies.  He deserves no less.

Thank you!

(http://www.hotflick.net/flicks/2005_Brokeback_Mountain/005BBM_Heath_Ledger_022.jpg)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jan 30, 2008, 08:43 AM
A small excerpt from the story Koka just posted - hope no-one minds, it just seemed kinda sweet and worth posting.

The 27-year-old's somber mood is a sharp contrast to the happier times on the set of Brothers. During one intense early prison scene, Gyllenhaal jokingly reached into his pocket and took out a picture of his Brokeback beau to stick on the prison wall. "Like those prisoners put [loved ones] on the wall, but Jake's was Heath Ledger," one set source recalls. "That was hilarious. It was a nice moment."

The source adds, "When you think back on it now, it's touching."


That is sweet, and very very touching.  I feel so bad for Jake.   :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Jan 30, 2008, 08:44 AM
Ditto.  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 30, 2008, 08:45 AM


http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20174829,00.html

HEATH LEDGER
The Mourning After
As his peers and fans make sense of a tragic loss, questions remain about the actor's final projects
By Nicole Sperling

Excerpt:

Ledger's loyal fan base, meanwhile, keeps replenishing the makeshift memorial that has sprung up outside the Broome St. apartment in New York City where the actor was found on Jan. 22... Dozens of brightly colored origami cranes have been sprinkled on piles of flowers, while passersby dropped handwritten messages like ''Yesterday you were a star, today you are a legend for New York. Thank you for being a member of our Brooklyn family.''

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: janicka on Jan 30, 2008, 09:05 AM
An article about Jake coping....

Hope this is the right place to post it, if not, please edit!

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20174820,00.html

Well, my report about Jake Gyllenhaal has been edited, too. I admit it was taken from an improper source. But I would like to emphasize that I am not interested in gossips and speculations about how JG is feeling right now. Everybody can just imagine that!
Anyway, what really warms me and what I have needed to hear is that he really cares, that he stopped the shooting and went immediately back. In the article above (although the source is unknown) are beautiful words which help me bear this sorrow a little.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jacks_key on Jan 30, 2008, 09:36 AM
An article about Jake coping....

Hope this is the right place to post it, if not, please edit!

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20174820,00.html

We knew that Jake would take the news very hard; this proves it.  It also proves that the production crew of Brothers was *not* preventing him from leaving, he in fact was given time to grieve.  (I've read stories that claimed the exact opposite.  I'm glad they are not true.)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Jan 30, 2008, 12:36 PM
A small excerpt from the story Koka just posted - hope no-one minds, it just seemed kinda sweet and worth posting.
The 27-year-old's somber mood is a sharp contrast to the happier times on the set of Brothers. During one intense early prison scene, Gyllenhaal jokingly reached into his pocket and took out a picture of his Brokeback beau to stick on the prison wall. "Like those prisoners put [loved ones] on the wall, but Jake's was Heath Ledger," one set source recalls.


This is so wonderful. It must have been hilarious when Jake did this, what, more than two years later? To me it shows how he'll never forget what a shining moment it was. And how he must be torn up inside now. As Godfather to Matilda it will certainly be bittersweet for him in future years to watch her grow up in the image of her father (and mother). How fortunate he is, and will be, to have this living reminder of their time and friendship together.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tenterfieldgal on Jan 30, 2008, 12:56 PM
Hi all,

I just posted this on a different thread, but maybe it should have gone here. I hope you don't mind the re-post:

Hello everyone,

My name is Loretta. I am a new member and this is my first post. I am a heterosexual female, but Brokeback Mountain had a profound affect on me…for lots of reasons and on many levels. The first time I saw the movie I sobbed uncontrollably…the second time my eyes remained dry, but I was left with a clenching in my chest that I could not loosen. It was then that – hoping to purge some of the heartache – I wrote a poem called “Jack, I Swear”. It remained a poem for almost 2 years until a good friend wrote some music. I went to Nashville in early December and had it recorded as a demo (sung by my co-writer.) It was written in honor of Brokeback Mountain, Heath and Jake for playing those parts so beautifully, 2 of my very dear gay friends and for equality for everyone. I would love everyone here to hear it as my special tribute to Heath Ledger at this incredibly sad time. I am absolutely devastated by the news. We have lost an actor with integrity...a very rare thing these days. His performance as Ennis has affected me like no other in my lifetime. . I am going though my days with a lump in my throat, a pain in my heart and a whole in my spirit.

Anyway...if you’d like to listen, you can hear it uploaded on:

 http://www.myspace.com/ret4  -- and it is set as the first song to auto play.

This isn't about promoting a song -- it never was from the start -- It's more about promoting change and touching hearts. I hope Heath can hear it and knows just how much his performance as Ennis has meant to so many people. He changed minds and hearts -- not to mention lives.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope you’ll listen.

Loretta
http://www.myspace.com/ret4


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jan 30, 2008, 01:09 PM
A small excerpt from the story Koka just posted - hope no-one minds, it just seemed kinda sweet and worth posting.

The 27-year-old's somber mood is a sharp contrast to the happier times on the set of Brothers. During one intense early prison scene, Gyllenhaal jokingly reached into his pocket and took out a picture of his Brokeback beau to stick on the prison wall. "Like those prisoners put [loved ones] on the wall, but Jake's was Heath Ledger," one set source recalls. "That was hilarious. It was a nice moment."

The source adds, "When you think back on it now, it's touching."


That's utterly beautiful and sweet. Oh my, one week ago I'd laughted a lot but now I only can cry.  :\'(  :\'( Poor Jake.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: cowgirlKt! on Jan 30, 2008, 02:04 PM
An article about Jake coping....

Hope this is the right place to post it, if not, please edit!

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20174820,00.html

thanks for this. :t) interesting read and makes me smile the end bit :) even if i do feel sorrow at the same time! :(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jan 30, 2008, 02:53 PM
Wes Bentley Remembers Ledger as a 'Vibrant Man'

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20174775,00.html

The reclusive actor Wes Bentley made a rare public statement Tuesday to remember his friend Heath Ledger as a "man who spread so much spark to so many people."

Capitalizing letters for emphasis, the American Beauty star described Ledger, who was found dead last week, as "a Vibrant Man, a Brave Actor, a Passionate Father and a Friend Forever."

"Heath was an essential piece of my Life," wrote Bentley, 29, who costarred with Ledger in 2002's Four Feathers. "At one point we were as close as two people could get without being blood. That closeness came from sharing a similar, life-altering experience in life at a young age where very few could relate and those who could often were pre-occupied with competition. It would have been isolating, not to mention boring, without him."

Added Bentley, who didn't make another film until five years after Four Feathers, "I don't know if I could have come back without him."

In fact it was because of Bentley turning down a part that Ledger got one of his breakthrough roles: that of the suicidal prison guard's son in Monster's Ball.

"(Wes) was signed up to play that part and he pulled out in the last minute because he really doesn't like to work that much," Ledger said in 2005. "I think they were threatening to sue him. So he asked me to do this for him to get him out of trouble. It was a great opportunity for me and I took it. It was a nice gift from Wes."

In his statement, Bentley urged people to "resist our routine chore of dwelling on a celebrities moments at Death, taking what is essentially inconsequential to a man's definition and making it his Legacy."

"While most of us forget we're alive and are dead on our feet, Heath woke up everyday excited about what was out there to enjoy," wrote Bentley. "He lived in a way that spread so much spark to so many people every day he had. Heath not only lived for himself, if he could've he would Lived for all of us as well. That was his way."

The Arkansas-born Bentley, who parents are both Methodist Ministers, concluded his statement with, "My Prayers are with all who loved him, his Family, Michelle, and Matilda."
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 30, 2008, 03:03 PM
In his statement, Bentley urged people to "resist our routine chore of dwelling on a celebrities moments at Death, taking what is essentially inconsequential to a man's definition and making it his Legacy."
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jan 30, 2008, 04:28 PM
A very moving fairwell from director Shekhar Kapur.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20173473,00.html

Lamenting his loss, Kapur writes, "In Heath I have lost a younger brother He was one the most gentle, the most honest, most caring and most compassionate persons I had met. And one of the most honest actors I worked with."

Of Ledger's talent," I often told him that he had the ability to completely bare his soul in front of the camera, and all I needed to do was make sure the camera could look into his eyes, and through his eyes, the audience could clearly look into his soul," says Kapur.

The moviemaker concludes, "Farewell Heath. I always knew you had an ancient soul. I always said you had a wisdom beyond your years. And somehow I always knew that your spirit was too restless. Goodbye, my brother."
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jan 30, 2008, 04:38 PM
A very moving fairwell from director Shekhar Kapur.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20173473,00.html

Lamenting his loss, Kapur writes, "In Heath I have lost a younger brother He was one the most gentle, the most honest, most caring and most compassionate persons I had met. And one of the most honest actors I worked with."

Of Ledger's talent," I often told him that he had the ability to completely bare his soul in front of the camera, and all I needed to do was make sure the camera could look into his eyes, and through his eyes, the audience could clearly look into his soul," says Kapur.

The moviemaker concludes, "Farewell Heath. I always knew you had an ancient soul. I always said you had a wisdom beyond your years. And somehow I always knew that your spirit was too restless. Goodbye, my brother."

Very touching....So beautiful words.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: trekfan on Jan 30, 2008, 05:03 PM
A small excerpt from the story Koka just posted - hope no-one minds, it just seemed kinda sweet and worth posting.

The 27-year-old's somber mood is a sharp contrast to the happier times on the set of Brothers. During one intense early prison scene, Gyllenhaal jokingly reached into his pocket and took out a picture of his Brokeback beau to stick on the prison wall. "Like those prisoners put [loved ones] on the wall, but Jake's was Heath Ledger," one set source recalls. "That was hilarious. It was a nice moment."

The source adds, "When you think back on it now, it's touching."

This was so touching.   Jake using Heath's photo for the prison scene, clowning around.   I bet there was plenty of clowning around moments between him and Heath on BBM.

It will be so sad for him to watch Matilda grow up without her father but I assume also comforting to know he can help her and let her know about her father.

Step into the role of godfather. I know Heath would be glad Jake is there. 

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jan 31, 2008, 12:12 AM
This is so wonderful. It must have been hilarious when Jake did this, what, more than two years later? To me it shows how he'll never forget what a shining moment it was. And how he must be torn up inside now. As Godfather to Matilda it will certainly be bittersweet for him in future years to watch her grow up in the image of her father (and mother). How fortunate he is, and will be, to have this living reminder of their time and friendship together.

How fortunate we all are that he had a child!  I do feel it would have been sadder if he had not.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Jan 31, 2008, 02:32 AM
Wes Bentley Remembers Ledger as a 'Vibrant Man'

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20174775,00.html
"While most of us forget we're alive and are dead on our feet, Heath woke up everyday excited about what was out there to enjoy," wrote Bentley. "He lived in a way that spread so much spark to so many people every day he had. Heath not only lived for himself, if he could've he would Lived for all of us as well. That was his way."
What a wonderful state!!!  <^( <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jan 31, 2008, 07:51 AM
A friend has just sent me an article in an Australian newpapers about Heath´s passing.She says that in her opinion it really picture why lot of people who didn´t know him and were not gans of him,have been grieving now.

http://search.smh.com.au/click.ac?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.smh.com.au%2Fnews%2Fheath-ledger%2Fheath-ledgers-death-strikes-a-chord%2F2008%2F01%2F24%2F1201025047245.html& (http://search.smh.com.au/click.ac?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.smh.com.au%2Fnews%2Fheath-ledger%2Fheath-ledgers-death-strikes-a-chord%2F2008%2F01%2F24%2F1201025047245.html&)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Jan 31, 2008, 08:57 AM
News from the Santa Barbara Film Festival

http://www.independent.com/news/2008/jan/31/our-midfest-report-sbiff-2008/

Specifically:

The best moment on opening night was Executive Director Roger Durling’s tearful dedication of the fest to the memory of Heath Ledger, who appeared here for a post-Brokeback Mountain tribute only two years ago.

(http://www.sbfilmfestival.org/blog/uploaded_images/heath%20ledger-772580.jpg)

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jan 31, 2008, 09:45 AM
I'm so glad Heath's passing has been recognised by the SBFF.  I loved his speech when he accepted his award there for BBM. 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jan 31, 2008, 12:12 PM
The best moment on opening night was Executive Director Roger Durling’s tearful dedication of the fest to the memory of Heath Ledger, who appeared here for a post-Brokeback Mountain tribute only two years ago.

I'm so touched! And yes Christie, Heath's speech at Santa Barbara was really amazing.

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=OdaWA2OBALI

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Jan 31, 2008, 12:16 PM
I'm so touched! And yes Christie, Heath's speech at Santa Barbara was really amazing.

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=OdaWA2OBALI



OMG...over a week now, and I still cry
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jan 31, 2008, 12:49 PM
OMG...over a week now, and I still cry

I know froggy, I know.

I've managed to write down Heath's speech... forgive me for any mistakes made, I couldn't hear all of it very clearly and I have English limitations. Feel free to correct me and fill in the blanks. In my opinion this is the most beautiful acceptance speech I've ever heard.

Heath's speech at the Santa Barbara Film Festival:

"... Thank you very very much for this and it's extremely generous of the Santa Barbara International film festival to be honoring my work so far, and I really am sincerily touched by this gesture."

"I guess... where's my sheet of paper thing... I guess I'd like to take the shine away from myself for a minute and acknowledge the directors who have helped and continue to help me understand what it means to be an actor (and here he goes to mention all the directors that he'd worked with up till then). I trully feel that if anything, I should be honoring them tonight. I'm greatful that these directors have given me the opportunity to discover that to be an actor has nothing to do with the way you live your life and the choices you make while living, but rather the way you live and the choices you make in between "action" and "cut". And these directors gave me the opportunity to be bad, to make mistakes, and to study and learn from my mistakes. Fortunately or unfortunately I was never exposed to the safe environment of an acting school and a black pair of pyjamas, no I didn't have a black room to experiment in, to privately dance within my dances on the film. And these directors trusted me and offered me their film set and their friendship as the safe environment for me to study and make discoveries on. So I apologise for the bad discoveries made along the way, but I do stand by the theory that in order to evolve and further yourself as an actor, you have to be fearless enough to allow yourself room for error. Sometimes you must scream out loud in order to discover a whisper. So I thank all these beautiful minds and... (I missed a part here) for putting up with my screams, and I thank everyone for their patience in waiting for me to find the whisper within the words. And here's to making more mistakes."


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: JT on Jan 31, 2008, 01:08 PM
An article about Jake coping....

Hope this is the right place to post it, if not, please edit!

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20174820,00.html

Thanks for this article!  This is kind of bitter sweet.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: JT on Jan 31, 2008, 01:11 PM
I know froggy, I know.

I've managed to write down Heath's speech... forgive me for any mistakes made, I couldn't hear all of it very clearly and I have English limitations. Feel free to correct me and fill in the blanks. In my opinion this is the most beautiful acceptance speech I've ever heard.

Heath's speech at the Santa Barbara Film Festival:

"... Thank you very very much for this and it's extremely generous of the Santa Barbara International film festival to be honoring my work so far, and I really am sincerily touched by this gesture."

"I guess... where's my sheet of paper thing... I guess I'd like to take the shine away from myself for a minute and acknowledge the directors who have helped and continue to help me understand what it means to be an actor (and here he goes to mention all the directors that he'd worked with up till then). I trully feel that if anything, I should be honoring them tonight. I'm greatful that these directors have given me the opportunity to discover that to be an actor has nothing to do with the way you live your life and the choices you make while living, but rather the way you live and the choices you make in between "action" and "cut". And these directors gave me the opportunity to be bad, to make mistakes, and to study and learn from my mistakes. Fortunately or unfortunately I was never exposed to the safe environment of an acting school and a black pair of pyjamas, no I didn't have a black room to experiment in, to privately dance within my dances on the film. And these directors trusted me and offered me their film set and their friendship as the safe environment for me to study and make discoveries on. So I apologise for the bad discoveries made along the way, but I do stand by the theory that in order to evolve and further yourself as an actor, you have to be fearless enough to allow yourself room for error. Sometimes you must scream out loud in order to discover a whisper. So I thank all these beautiful minds and... (I missed a part here) for putting up with my screams, and I thank everyone for their patience in waiting for me to find the whisper within the words. And here's to making more mistakes."




You've quoted beautifully, Karen!  It was a wonderful speech.  He was a modest and sincere man.  God, I miss him.   :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Hanna on Jan 31, 2008, 03:34 PM
I've managed to write down Heath's speech... forgive me for any mistakes made, I couldn't hear all of it very clearly and I have English limitations. Feel free to correct me and fill in the blanks. In my opinion this is the most beautiful acceptance speech I've ever heard.

Thank you keren!  :\'(  :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jan 31, 2008, 04:38 PM
I know froggy, I know.

I've managed to write down Heath's speech... forgive me for any mistakes made, I couldn't hear all of it very clearly and I have English limitations. Feel free to correct me and fill in the blanks. In my opinion this is the most beautiful acceptance speech I've ever heard.

Heath's speech at the Santa Barbara Film Festival:

"... Thank you very very much for this and it's extremely generous of the Santa Barbara International film festival to be honoring my work so far, and I really am sincerily touched by this gesture."

"I guess... where's my sheet of paper thing... I guess I'd like to take the shine away from myself for a minute and acknowledge the directors who have helped and continue to help me understand what it means to be an actor (and here he goes to mention all the directors that he'd worked with up till then). I trully feel that if anything, I should be honoring them tonight. I'm greatful that these directors have given me the opportunity to discover that to be an actor has nothing to do with the way you live your life and the choices you make while living, but rather the way you live and the choices you make in between "action" and "cut". And these directors gave me the opportunity to be bad, to make mistakes, and to study and learn from my mistakes. Fortunately or unfortunately I was never exposed to the safe environment of an acting school and a black pair of pyjamas, no I didn't have a black room to experiment in, to privately dance within my dances on the film. And these directors trusted me and offered me their film set and their friendship as the safe environment for me to study and make discoveries on. So I apologise for the bad discoveries made along the way, but I do stand by the theory that in order to evolve and further yourself as an actor, you have to be fearless enough to allow yourself room for error. Sometimes you must scream out loud in order to discover a whisper. So I thank all these beautiful minds and... (I missed a part here) for putting up with my screams, and I thank everyone for their patience in waiting for me to find the whisper within the words. And here's to making more mistakes."




Oh god,..... :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(

Keren, this is one of the most beautiful acceptance speeches I've ever heard too.   I actually was in desperate need to hear this speech the other day, and went on youtube to find it, and hadn't had the chance to actually listen to it....even though I've listened to it many,many, many times before.....and when I read the transcript (which is perfect Keren,  ^f^), I could hear Heath's voice coming through loud and clear, and that line, the one you highlighted, about screaming out loud to hear a whisper, is one of my favourite lines EVER, and I remember having that in my sig line for the longest time, and seeing it again, now that Heath has gone, has just broke my heart all over again.   :\'( :\'( :\'(   
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Jan 31, 2008, 04:42 PM
Sometimes you must scream out loud in order to discover a whisper.

Oh my God!!! Really, TRULY wise beyond his age....
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Jan 31, 2008, 05:17 PM
I know froggy, I know.

I've managed to write down Heath's speech... forgive me for any mistakes made, I couldn't hear all of it very clearly and I have English limitations. Feel free to correct me and fill in the blanks. In my opinion this is the most beautiful acceptance speech I've ever heard.

Heath's speech at the Santa Barbara Film Festival:

"... Thank you very very much for this and it's extremely generous of the Santa Barbara International film festival to be honoring my work so far, and I really am sincerily touched by this gesture."

"I guess... where's my sheet of paper thing... I guess I'd like to take the shine away from myself for a minute and acknowledge the directors who have helped and continue to help me understand what it means to be an actor (and here he goes to mention all the directors that he'd worked with up till then). I trully feel that if anything, I should be honoring them tonight. I'm greatful that these directors have given me the opportunity to discover that to be an actor has nothing to do with the way you live your life and the choices you make while living, but rather the way you live and the choices you make in between "action" and "cut". And these directors gave me the opportunity to be bad, to make mistakes, and to study and learn from my mistakes. Fortunately or unfortunately I was never exposed to the safe environment of an acting school and a black pair of pyjamas, no I didn't have a black room to experiment in, to privately dance within my dances on the film. And these directors trusted me and offered me their film set and their friendship as the safe environment for me to study and make discoveries on. So I apologise for the bad discoveries made along the way, but I do stand by the theory that in order to evolve and further yourself as an actor, you have to be fearless enough to allow yourself room for error. Sometimes you must scream out loud in order to discover a whisper. So I thank all these beautiful minds and... (I missed a part here) for putting up with my screams, and I thank everyone for their patience in waiting for me to find the whisper within the words. And here's to making more mistakes."





Thank you for this Keren, it's a lovely speech. Especially the part you bolded..
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jan 31, 2008, 06:37 PM
I know froggy, I know.

I've managed to write down Heath's speech... forgive me for any mistakes made, I couldn't hear all of it very clearly and I have English limitations. Feel free to correct me and fill in the blanks. In my opinion this is the most beautiful acceptance speech I've ever heard.

Heath's speech at the Santa Barbara Film Festival:

"... Thank you very very much for this and it's extremely generous of the Santa Barbara International film festival to be honoring my work so far, and I really am sincerily touched by this gesture."

"I guess... where's my sheet of paper thing... I guess I'd like to take the shine away from myself for a minute and acknowledge the directors who have helped and continue to help me understand what it means to be an actor (and here he goes to mention all the directors that he'd worked with up till then). I trully feel that if anything, I should be honoring them tonight. I'm greatful that these directors have given me the opportunity to discover that to be an actor has nothing to do with the way you live your life and the choices you make while living, but rather the way you live and the choices you make in between "action" and "cut". And these directors gave me the opportunity to be bad, to make mistakes, and to study and learn from my mistakes. Fortunately or unfortunately I was never exposed to the safe environment of an acting school and a black pair of pyjamas, no I didn't have a black room to experiment in, to privately dance within my dances on the film. And these directors trusted me and offered me their film set and their friendship as the safe environment for me to study and make discoveries on. So I apologise for the bad discoveries made along the way, but I do stand by the theory that in order to evolve and further yourself as an actor, you have to be fearless enough to allow yourself room for error. Sometimes you must scream out loud in order to discover a whisper. So I thank all these beautiful minds and... (I missed a part here) for putting up with my screams, and I thank everyone for their patience in waiting for me to find the whisper within the words. And here's to making more mistakes."

Thank you so much Keren. This is amazingly beautiful. Heath was all wise, humble, sweet and grateful. I'm so touched now. What a wonderful man he was, just a treasure.....  :\'(  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 01, 2008, 12:58 AM
keren_b, thank you so much for taking the time to write this beautiful, no, sublime speech that demonstrates Heath's wisdom beyond his years, his humility, and his openness to show vulnerability, even his mistakes.  :\'( I need a love emoticon with tears.

This speech embodies everything that we have been admiring Heath as an actor. I've bolded and colored red the sections.

I know froggy, I know.

I've managed to write down Heath's speech... forgive me for any mistakes made, I couldn't hear all of it very clearly and I have English limitations. Feel free to correct me and fill in the blanks. In my opinion this is the most beautiful acceptance speech I've ever heard.

Heath's speech at the Santa Barbara Film Festival:

"... Thank you very very much for this and it's extremely generous of the Santa Barbara International film festival to be honoring my work so far, and I really am sincerily touched by this gesture."

"I guess... where's my sheet of paper thing... I guess I'd like to take the shine away from myself for a minute and acknowledge the directors who have helped and continue to help me understand what it means to be an actor (and here he goes to mention all the directors that he'd worked with up till then). I trully feel that if anything, I should be honoring them tonight. I'm greatful that these directors have given me the opportunity to discover that to be an actor has nothing to do with the way you live your life and the choices you make while living, but rather the way you live and the choices you make in between "action" and "cut". And these directors gave me the opportunity to be bad, to make mistakes, and to study and learn from my mistakes. Fortunately or unfortunately I was never exposed to the safe environment of an acting school and a black pair of pyjamas, no I didn't have a black room to experiment in, to privately dance within my dances on the film. And these directors trusted me and offered me their film set and their friendship as the safe environment for me to study and make discoveries on. So I apologise for the bad discoveries made along the way, but I do stand by the theory that in order to evolve and further yourself as an actor, you have to be fearless enough to allow yourself room for error. Sometimes you must scream out loud in order to discover a whisper. So I thank all these beautiful minds and... (I missed a part here) for putting up with my screams, and I thank everyone for their patience in waiting for me to find the whisper within the words. And here's to making more mistakes."


 :ghug: :\'(

Thank you, Heath. Thank you keren_b.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 01, 2008, 01:24 AM
I know froggy, I know.

I've managed to write down Heath's speech... forgive me for any mistakes made, I couldn't hear all of it very clearly and I have English limitations. Feel free to correct me and fill in the blanks. In my opinion this is the most beautiful acceptance speech I've ever heard.

Heath's speech at the Santa Barbara Film Festival:

"... Thank you very very much for this and it's extremely generous of the Santa Barbara International film festival to be honoring my work so far, and I really am sincerily touched by this gesture."
...

Thank you, Keren.  Heath's beautiful physical self, his voice...  I can't say anything, my eyes filled with tears.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Feb 01, 2008, 07:24 AM
Many thanks to you all brokies for all the articles, videos and links.  Here in Belgium, the medias doesn't tell a lot about Heath  :(.  Even the movie's magazines are silent  >:(

:ghug: :ghug: :ghug: :ghug: ^f^ ^f^ ^f^ ^f^ ^f^ :ghug: :ghug: :ghug: :ghug:

Simone
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 01, 2008, 08:08 AM
keren_b, thank you so much for taking the time to write this beautiful, no, sublime speech that demonstrates Heath's wisdom beyond his years, his humility, and his openness to show vulnerability, even his mistakes.  :\'( I need a love emoticon with tears.

This speech embodies everything that we have been admiring Heath as an actor.

No need to thank me, it was all Heath. I've listened to this speech over and over again and Heath's sincerity and sensitivity had simply overwhelmed me every time.

I agree with all that you said lancecowboy, and as for the part I bolded, let me add... not only as an actor, but as a person as well.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 01, 2008, 08:14 AM

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/movies/bal-to.kaltenbach01feb01,0,4544149.story

-----------------------------------------------

Could Heath Ledger be screen legend?
By Chris Kaltenbach | Sun Movie Critic
February 1, 2008


Excerpt:

Ledger's death hasn't achieved that garish level, despite the attempts of various TV celebrity magazines and entertainment show hosts to fan the flames. His fans' affections seem genuine, their respect for his work well-earned, their grief over his sad fate heartfelt.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 01, 2008, 11:33 AM
http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/movies/bal-to.kaltenbach01feb01,0,4544149.story

-----------------------------------------------
Could Heath Ledger be screen legend?
By Chris Kaltenbach | Sun Movie Critic
February 1, 2008

Excerpt:

Ledger's death hasn't achieved that garish level, despite the attempts of various TV celebrity magazines and entertainment show hosts to fan the flames. His fans' affections seem genuine, their respect for his work well-earned, their grief over his sad fate heartfelt.


Yes,Thomas,in spite of some idiots who don´t have any respect for persons and feelings; he seems to have never became an idol,but a very close and humble man.IMO, for this reason now some many people feel his death as something very personal in their lives.
And Keren,thank you also for the video and the translation;without it I wouldn´t have understand not only his words,but these qualities in him... ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 01, 2008, 12:03 PM
Here's a much better quality audio recording of the speach.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20173623,00.html
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Feb 01, 2008, 12:10 PM
Keren, thank you so much. :^^)

I really appreciated you printing the text before, because I found it difficult to listen to the audio from that video link. But to be able to hear it in his own voice was an extra gift.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 01, 2008, 12:28 PM
I am going to have to get caught up on this thread. I haven't been reading much news or anything but I think I may sit down this weekend and read through this thread.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Feb 01, 2008, 12:46 PM
Here's a much better quality audio recording of the speach.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20173623,00.html

Thank you for that Keren, it was superb quality and a superb speech.  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Feb 01, 2008, 02:00 PM
Here's a much better quality audio recording of the speach.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20173623,00.html

Thank you so much Keren. I've listened to this amazing speech five times this evening. Every time I've cried. I was on my 3 time when my father heard that Heath's deep voice. He liked it a lot and asked me to play it once again, and then one more time. We both were so stunned and touched with the magical timbre of Heath's voice.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 01, 2008, 02:03 PM
Here's a very nice article by Josh Horowitz for MTV, remembering his brief, but memorable, interview with Heath.


Heath Ledger Remembered: You can learn a lot in ten minutes

I’m not going to talk about the acting here. Critics wiser than I will have plenty of time to dissect his clearly impressive albeit all too small body of work.

I do want to talk about the man — the man I encountered — and why I, like many, am truly heartbroken today.I didn’t know Heath Ledger. The sum of our time together was about 10 minutes at a junket two months ago in New York. Still, for good or for bad I often make snap judgments about actors based on these quick interactions. You can tell a lot in a few moments, and I remember telling my girlfriend how much I genuinely liked Heath that day.

I remember when I sat down we talked about chess a bit. Heath told me he was obsessed with it, played every day since he was a kid. He said he often played in Washington Square Park. The thought of an actor of Ledger’s fame mingling among the other chess fanatics made me smile.

He was smoking up a storm and we laughed about his two addictions: nicotine and chess. Now I wince at the memory, hoping those were the only two compulsions he truly had. Ledger was jittery during the interview. He moved around a bit and laughed easily. He struck me as a man almost ill at ease with his own body. But it all came off as charming, none of the self-possessed bullsh– cocky facade so many actors show. He was what he was sitting there: raw, uneasy, but fiercely intelligent and sweet.

We talked about New York that day. He told me he had left Brooklyn for Manhattan. When he asked me where I was from I told him I was a born and bred New Yorker. He gave me a thumbs up and smiled. It’s a moment now burned into my memory and sadly suddenly feels horribly bittersweet.[/i]

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 01, 2008, 02:04 PM
Thank you so much Keren. I've listened to this amazing speech five times this evening. Every time I've cried. I was on my 3 time when my father heard that Heath's deep voice. He liked it a lot and asked me to play it once again, and then one more time. We both were so stunned and touched with the magical timbre of Heath's voice.

Oh Tammy I know what you mean.  His voice is just beautiful.  Keren and I discussed this today, because we love this acceptance speech so much...it is the essence of Heath in so many ways. 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: gambrinus on Feb 01, 2008, 02:06 PM
From Reuters:

LOS ANGELES, Feb 1 (Reuters) - In her first statement since the death of her former companion Heath Ledger, actress Michelle Williams said she is suffering from a broken heart and asked for privacy for her and daughter Matilda.

"Please respect our need to grieve privately," Williams said in a statement released on Friday by Ledger's spokeswoman. "My heart is broken."

"I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father," Williams said in her statement.

"All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day. His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up with the best memories of him."
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Feb 01, 2008, 02:09 PM
He struck me as a man almost ill at ease with his own body. But it all came off as charming, none of the self-possessed bullish– cocky facade so many actors show. He was what he was sitting there: raw, uneasy, but fiercely intelligent and sweet.

OMG, this is EXACTLY (!) the way in which I perceived Heath...wow! I was actually planning on writing a post about it somewhere, about how he struck me....but this sums it up perfectly in a way. There was just so much to Heath. So many....layers. Incredible!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Feb 01, 2008, 02:12 PM
From Reuters:

LOS ANGELES, Feb 1 (Reuters) - In her first statement since the death of her former companion Heath Ledger, actress Michelle Williams said she is suffering from a broken heart and asked for privacy for her and daughter Matilda.

"Please respect our need to grieve privately," Williams said in a statement released on Friday by Ledger's spokeswoman. "My heart is broken."

"I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father," Williams said in her statement.

"All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day. His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up with the best memories of him."

this is simply heart-wrenching! Now I just want to crawl up somewhere and cry my heart out!!!  :\'( :\'( :\'(

thank you for posting!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 01, 2008, 02:24 PM
From Reuters:
LOS ANGELES, Feb 1 (Reuters) - In her first statement since the death of her former companion Heath Ledger, actress Michelle Williams said she is suffering from a broken heart and asked for privacy for her and daughter Matilda.
"All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day. His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up with the best memories of him."
How so very sweet ans yet so sad...
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Feb 01, 2008, 02:28 PM
Here's a very nice article by Josh Horowitz for MTV, remembering his brief, but memorable, interview with Heath.


Heath Ledger Remembered: You can learn a lot in ten minutes

I’m not going to talk about the acting here. Critics wiser than I will have plenty of time to dissect his clearly impressive albeit all too small body of work.

I do want to talk about the man — the man I encountered — and why I, like many, am truly heartbroken today.I didn’t know Heath Ledger. The sum of our time together was about 10 minutes at a junket two months ago in New York. Still, for good or for bad I often make snap judgments about actors based on these quick interactions. You can tell a lot in a few moments, and I remember telling my girlfriend how much I genuinely liked Heath that day.

I remember when I sat down we talked about chess a bit. Heath told me he was obsessed with it, played every day since he was a kid. He said he often played in Washington Square Park. The thought of an actor of Ledger’s fame mingling among the other chess fanatics made me smile.

He was smoking up a storm and we laughed about his two addictions: nicotine and chess. Now I wince at the memory, hoping those were the only two compulsions he truly had. Ledger was jittery during the interview. He moved around a bit and laughed easily. He struck me as a man almost ill at ease with his own body. But it all came off as charming, none of the self-possessed bullsh– cocky facade so many actors show. He was what he was sitting there: raw, uneasy, but fiercely intelligent and sweet.

We talked about New York that day. He told me he had left Brooklyn for Manhattan. When he asked me where I was from I told him I was a born and bred New Yorker. He gave me a thumbs up and smiled. It’s a moment now burned into my memory and sadly suddenly feels horribly bittersweet.[/i]



Thank you so much Christie. This is beautiful and touching.

From Reuters:

LOS ANGELES, Feb 1 (Reuters) - In her first statement since the death of her former companion Heath Ledger, actress Michelle Williams said she is suffering from a broken heart and asked for privacy for her and daughter Matilda.

"Please respect our need to grieve privately," Williams said in a statement released on Friday by Ledger's spokeswoman. "My heart is broken."

"I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father," Williams said in her statement.

"All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day. His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up with the best memories of him."

Oh my.... :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  :\'( I'm dying of sadness here. I can't stop crying.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 01, 2008, 02:32 PM
From Reuters:

LOS ANGELES, Feb 1 (Reuters) - In her first statement since the death of her former companion Heath Ledger, actress Michelle Williams said she is suffering from a broken heart and asked for privacy for her and daughter Matilda.

"Please respect our need to grieve privately," Williams said in a statement released on Friday by Ledger's spokeswoman. "My heart is broken."

"I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father," Williams said in her statement.

"All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day. His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up with the best memories of him."

oh my god, poor Michelle.... :\'( :\'( :\'(  To hear her talk of how Matilda is the spitting image of her father and that he is still with them...well, it just breaks my heart.  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 01, 2008, 02:37 PM
From Reuters:

LOS ANGELES, Feb 1 (Reuters) - In her first statement since the death of her former companion Heath Ledger, actress Michelle Williams said she is suffering from a broken heart and asked for privacy for her and daughter Matilda.

"Please respect our need to grieve privately," Williams said in a statement released on Friday by Ledger's spokeswoman. "My heart is broken."

"I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father," Williams said in her statement.

"All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day. His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up with the best memories of him."

Thank you gambrinus. 

Here is the one from AP:

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i656mzspARejipy3excFuRo0gFtgD8UHMQO01

------------------------------------------------

Michelle Williams: `My Heart Is Broken'
33 minutes ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Williams broke her silence Friday, saying her "heart is broken" over Heath Ledger in her first statement since the "Brokeback Mountain" actor's death.

The 27-year-old actress and Ledger became a couple during filming of 2005's "Brokeback," in which they costarred as husband and wife. They later settled in New York, and had a daughter, Matilda, born October 2005.

"Please respect our need to grieve privately," Williams said in a statement. "My heart is broken. I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father. All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day."

Ledger, 28, died in his Manhattan apartment Jan. 22. Authorities suspect a possible drug overdose, but the cause of his death is still pending the outcome of toxicology tests. Police said several prescription drugs were found in the Manhattan apartment where the actor's body was found.

"His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time, and we know that he is with us still," Williams said. "She will be brought up in the best memories of him."
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: gambrinus on Feb 01, 2008, 02:45 PM
Thank you gambrinus. 

Here is the one from AP:

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i656mzspARejipy3excFuRo0gFtgD8UHMQO01

Thanks tpe.

Although Reuters is reputable, it's good to have confirmation from another agency.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 01, 2008, 02:54 PM
Thanks tpe.

Although Reuters is reputable, it's good to have confirmation from another agency.

Yes, the AP article is redundant.  But I couldn't resist posting it also, for the different details.

It is so sad, but I think many of the fans understand the need for privacy in the case of Michelle and the rest of the BBM cast.  As I had said many times, I think they treat this as a personal loss.



Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 01, 2008, 03:38 PM
Yes, the AP article is redundant.  But I couldn't resist posting it also, for the different details.

It is so sad, but I think many of the fans understand the need for privacy in the case of Michelle and the rest of the BBM cast.  As I had said many times, I think they treat this as a personal loss.





They do Thomas.  And I can understand that.  I hope Michelle gets the privacy she craves.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 01, 2008, 03:43 PM
I think you know what I mean when I say that I wish the preponderance of Heath news at this very moment would just stop and take a break.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 01, 2008, 03:45 PM
I think you know what I mean when I say that I wish the preponderance of Heath news at this very moment would just stop and take a break.



I do.   ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lauren123 on Feb 01, 2008, 04:07 PM
Sorry I originally posted this on the In Loving Memory board then realised this board was more appropriate.

I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed and already posted but in the UK Now magazine on the feature about Heath there is a picture, and it's the same picture that's in the banner at the top - the tribute left for Heath outside his apartment. Thought it was nice how that picture was shown! x
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 01, 2008, 04:20 PM
From Reuters:

LOS ANGELES, Feb 1 (Reuters) - In her first statement since the death of her former companion Heath Ledger, actress Michelle Williams said she is suffering from a broken heart and asked for privacy for her and daughter Matilda.

"Please respect our need to grieve privately," Williams said in a statement released on Friday by Ledger's spokeswoman. "My heart is broken."

"I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father," Williams said in her statement.

"All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day. His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up with the best memories of him."

Oh God. :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: cynical21 on Feb 01, 2008, 04:26 PM
From Reuters:  Hooray for those with enough sensitivity to raise their voices and put a stop to this invasion of the family's grieving and exploitation of a sweet, generous young spirit.

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN314768820080201

Here's part of the article: By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In a rare display of unity, Hollywood rallied to the side of Heath Ledger to protest the airing of a two-year-old video showing the deceased actor at a drug-fueled hotel party that was yanked off U.S. airwaves.

"Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," which feature interviews with Hollywood stars about their new TV shows and movies, had planned to air the video on Thursday.

After they had aired portions of the video on the U.S. East Coast, a spokeswoman for the TV shows said in a statement released on Wednesday evening that they decided against playing the video "out of respect for Heath Ledger's family."

But the decision followed a campaign by Ledger's publicity firm, Los Angeles-based ID-PR, to rally Hollywood's creative community against the shows.

ID-PR sent an e-mail to public relations companies, talent agencies, management firms and studio executives, calling into question the "common decency" of the programs' producers.

"This is not journalism, it is sensationalism. It is a shameful exploitation of the lowest kind, to a talented and gentle soul, undeserving of such treatment," said the e-mail, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

"We are asking the Hollywood community to pressure 'Entertainment Tonight' to pull the segment," the e-mail said.

Mara Buxbaum, chief operating officer of ID-PR, said, "there were a lot of people who were so appalled ... they stood up for what was right."  Continued...


CYN
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 01, 2008, 05:03 PM
Jesus. I thought I was over the tears...and then I read that statement from Michelle.

 :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(

I hope that her request is granted. It's time for the press to leave this alone and let Heath's family and close friends grieve in peace.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvHeath4ever on Feb 01, 2008, 06:25 PM
oh my god, poor Michelle.... :\'( :\'( :\'(  To hear her talk of how Matilda is the spitting image of her father and that he is still with them...well, it just breaks my heart.  :\'(

I bought a few magazines today...since they are People and TV Guide, I expect some dignity, which I think they have given.  Anyway, there is a close-up pic of Michelle and Matilda.  She is the spitting image of him...it's uncanny.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 01, 2008, 06:34 PM
Hello friends.  I am sure many of you are aware by now of some unpleasant things circulating in the news media pertaining to Heath and a particular video.  cynical21's post of course references this controversy.

For now, let us try to pass over the said controversy, as so many of Heath's friends and fellow actors want us to do, out of respect for the family.  Instead, we can focus more on Heath's more substantial artistic legacy, and the things about him as a man and as an artist that we most definitely want to remember him by.  :)


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: trekfan on Feb 01, 2008, 06:44 PM
I am wondering, has anyone heard any news about the toxocology report?  officlal cause of death?

also has Heath been laid to rest?  I know that the family wanted a private service. I was just wondering if there was any news?

(gosh I can't believe I am talking about this, that he is gone)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 01, 2008, 06:49 PM
I am wondering, has anyone heard any news about the toxocology report?  officlal cause of death?

also has Heath been laid to rest?  I know that the family wanted a private service. I was just wondering if there was any news?

(gosh I can't believe I am talking about this, that he is gone)

Nothing new on both subjects and I don't expect news about the service in Australia
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 01, 2008, 06:50 PM
No news.  I think the fact that the family intends to keep this private is probably a strong hint to all of us that they would rather not have it talked about.    As much as I know how we all wish some form of public memorial, let us honor the wishes of Heath's family first and foremost.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: trekfan on Feb 01, 2008, 10:56 PM
No news.  I think the fact that the family intends to keep this private is probably a strong hint to all of us that they would rather not have it talked about.    As much as I know how we all wish some form of public memorial, let us honor the wishes of Heath's family first and foremost.



I have heard he was laid to rest Fri Feb 1st  Perth time (which was yesterday our time)   somehow that gives me some peace to know he is home at last.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 02, 2008, 02:21 AM
CYN, thanks for this. I am in tears, to know that love for Heath does triumph over all.

Thank you.

[...]
ID-PR sent an e-mail to public relations companies, talent agencies, management firms and studio executives, calling into question the "common decency" of the programs' producers.

"This is not journalism, it is sensationalism. It is a shameful exploitation of the lowest kind, to a talented and gentle soul, undeserving of such treatment," said the e-mail, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

"We are asking the Hollywood community to pressure 'Entertainment Tonight' to pull the segment," the e-mail said.

Mara Buxbaum, chief operating officer of ID-PR, said, "there were a lot of people who were so appalled ... they stood up for what was right."  Continued...[/i]

CYN
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 02, 2008, 02:30 AM
Thank you, christie wood. Anecdotes like this are priceless and I treasure everyone. Moments like I bolded below and colored red, bring me to tears, because they speak to the character of Heath that is so lovable, so genuine, that is the core reason that Heath touched so many people. He connected with people because he truly believed in knowing them, and loving them.  :\'(

Thank you.  :ghug: :ghug:

Here's a very nice article by Josh Horowitz for MTV, remembering his brief, but memorable, interview with Heath.

Heath Ledger Remembered: You can learn a lot in ten minutes

I’m not going to talk about the acting here. Critics wiser than I will have plenty of time to dissect his clearly impressive albeit all too small body of work.

I do want to talk about the man — the man I encountered — and why I, like many, am truly heartbroken today.I didn’t know Heath Ledger. The sum of our time together was about 10 minutes at a junket two months ago in New York. Still, for good or for bad I often make snap judgments about actors based on these quick interactions. You can tell a lot in a few moments, and I remember telling my girlfriend how much I genuinely liked Heath that day.

I remember when I sat down we talked about chess a bit. Heath told me he was obsessed with it, played every day since he was a kid. He said he often played in Washington Square Park. The thought of an actor of Ledger’s fame mingling among the other chess fanatics made me smile.

He was smoking up a storm and we laughed about his two addictions: nicotine and chess. Now I wince at the memory, hoping those were the only two compulsions he truly had. Ledger was jittery during the interview. He moved around a bit and laughed easily. He struck me as a man almost ill at ease with his own body. But it all came off as charming, none of the self-possessed bullsh– cocky facade so many actors show. He was what he was sitting there: raw, uneasy, but fiercely intelligent and sweet.

We talked about New York that day. He told me he had left Brooklyn for Manhattan. When he asked me where I was from I told him I was a born and bred New Yorker. He gave me a thumbs up and smiled. It’s a moment now burned into my memory and sadly suddenly feels horribly bittersweet.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Feb 02, 2008, 05:11 AM
I agree, thank you Christie  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Carefree Wind on Feb 02, 2008, 06:56 AM
I have heard he was laid to rest Fri Feb 1st  Perth time (which was yesterday our time)   somehow that gives me some peace to know he is home at last.

I have only just heard, on the evening news tonight, that it is expected Michelle Williams will fly here, into Perth, for Heath's funeral. So, with that, it seems quite possible, that his funeral has yet to happen.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: cynical21 on Feb 02, 2008, 11:16 AM
Hello friends.  I am sure many of you are aware by now of some unpleasant things circulating in the news media pertaining to Heath and a particular video.  cynical21's post of course references this controversy.

For now, let us try to pass over the said controversy, as so many of Heath's friends and fellow actors want us to do, out of respect for the family.  Instead, we can focus more on Heath's more substantial artistic legacy, and the things about him as a man and as an artist that we most definitely want to remember him by.  :)


Hey, tpe - and I agree that the focus should be on good memories of this fine young man, but I disagree - just a little - that my post was meant to explore the controversy.  I felt that the article was meant to point out how well-loved and respected he was by his peers, and how so many of them came together to protect the privacy and dignity of his family's mourning.  Nevertheless, I do see your point and will refrain from further reference to this very said situation.

CYN
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 02, 2008, 12:08 PM
Hey, tpe - and I agree that the focus should be on good memories of this fine young man, but I disagree - just a little - that my post was meant to explore the controversy.  I felt that the article was meant to point out how well-loved and respected he was by his peers, and how so many of them came together to protect the privacy and dignity of his family's mourning.  Nevertheless, I do see your point and will refrain from further reference to this very said situation.

CYN

We thought so too, which is why the post wasn't edited, and I'm sure that was your intention as well. We'd just like to ask members not to get into discussions about the said video out of respect for Heath and his family. Thank you for your understanding. ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ethan on Feb 02, 2008, 11:39 PM
CNN Video: In His Own Words

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbiz/2008/01/24/nat.ledger.in.his.words.cnn?iref=videosearch
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 02, 2008, 11:47 PM
A lovely post Ethan, thank you so much for it.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 03, 2008, 01:20 AM
Thank you so much Keren. I've listened to this amazing speech five times this evening. Every time I've cried. I was on my 3 time when my father heard that Heath's deep voice. He liked it a lot and asked me to play it once again, and then one more time. We both were so stunned and touched with the magical timbre of Heath's voice.

Sigh...  No breaking news to this group, but Heath's voice was an extraordinary part of his beauty.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 03, 2008, 01:23 AM
Here's a very nice article by Josh Horowitz for MTV, remembering his brief, but memorable, interview with Heath.

Heath Ledger Remembered: You can learn a lot in ten minutes

He was smoking up a storm and we laughed about his two addictions: nicotine and chess. Now I wince at the memory, hoping those were the only two compulsions he truly had. Ledger was jittery during the interview. He moved around a bit and laughed easily. He struck me as a man almost ill at ease with his own body. But it all came off as charming, none of the self-possessed bullsh– cocky facade so many actors show. He was what he was sitting there: raw, uneasy, but fiercely intelligent and sweet.
[/i]

I really never saw it as ill-at-ease in his body, not at all.  What he could do with it, the discipline he had, in his acting, even dancing -- this is not a man ill-at-ease in his body.  It's just that he had so much energy inside always bursting to get out.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 03, 2008, 06:06 AM
CNN Video: In His Own Words

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbiz/2008/01/24/nat.ledger.in.his.words.cnn?iref=videosearch

What a wonderful tribute from CNN. Thank you for posting it Ethan.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Feb 03, 2008, 06:56 AM
I really never saw it as ill-at-ease in his body, not at all.  What he could do with it, the discipline he had, in his acting, even dancing -- this is not a man ill-at-ease in his body.  It's just that he had so much energy inside always bursting to get out.

kathy

hm, I would have to disagree. I was always under the impression that Heath felt very uncomfortable in his body. I noticed this on Oprah and while watching several other interviews- his body language gave him away. BUT I think that the fact that his acting is so amazing can very much be attributed to that unease. Because you see, it always seemed to me as if he wanted- out. As if he felt that his body was 'holding him down' or 'holding him prisoner' in a way, and when acting, he could TOTALLY let himself go, allow himself to become someone else and express himself in the most beautiful of ways. That's the discipline you mentioned ksxks. And I think that the feeling of discomfiture was the reason why he COULD have so much discipline.
I dunno if any of this makes sense to you guys ( it is a kind of paradox in itself ), but that's the way I see it.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Feb 03, 2008, 11:21 AM
hm, I would have to disagree. I was always under the impression that Heath felt very uncomfortable in his body. I noticed this on Oprah and while watching several other interviews- his body language gave him away. BUT I think that the fact that his acting is so amazing can very much be attributed to that unease. Because you see, it always seemed to me as if he wanted- out. As if he felt that his body was 'holding him down' or 'holding him prisoner' in a way, and when acting, he could TOTALLY let himself go, allow himself to become someone else and express himself in the most beautiful of ways. That's the discipline you mentioned ksxks. And I think that the feeling of discomfiture was the reason why he COULD have so much discipline.
I dunno if any of this makes sense to you guys ( it is a kind of paradox in itself ), but that's the way I see it.

I know what you mean. I like the way you think about him.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 03, 2008, 03:30 PM
CNN Video: In His Own Words

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbiz/2008/01/24/nat.ledger.in.his.words.cnn?iref=videosearch

Up till now, I wasn't able to bring myself to watch or listen to any old interviews. I just knew it would break my heart to hear that beautiful voice so full of life - and I was right. This is a lovely tribute video, but it's so hard to see how adorable he was in interviews - all nervy and fidgety - and know that we'll never see any new ones.

 :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Feb 03, 2008, 04:59 PM
The words from Michelle W are hearbreaking, and the CNN video too.

x
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: trekfan on Feb 03, 2008, 06:06 PM
Here are two articles about Heath's funeral

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/ledgers-family-to-hold-private-funeral/2008/02/04/1201973773493.html

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23155373-5012974,00.html

I had thought they flew him home and had already buried him.  Apparently his family was at the memorial service yesterday (Sat)  at the Sony Studio lot

I guess they will fly him back home this week

it's all so sad any way you look at it.    :\'(

Linda

    
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Hanna on Feb 03, 2008, 08:12 PM
CNN Video: In His Own Words

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbiz/2008/01/24/nat.ledger.in.his.words.cnn?iref=videosearch

 :\'( Thank you!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 03, 2008, 08:26 PM
Here are two articles about Heath's funeral

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/ledgers-family-to-hold-private-funeral/2008/02/04/1201973773493.html

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23155373-5012974,00.html

I had thought they flew him home and had already buried him.  Apparently his family was at the memorial service yesterday (Sat)  at the Sony Studio lot

I guess they will fly him back home this week

it's all so sad any way you look at it.    :\'(

Linda

    

Thanks for these updates trekfan. They men a lot to me.  :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: roryennis on Feb 03, 2008, 10:37 PM

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Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 04, 2008, 02:29 AM
Here are some excerpts, from mtv, of people who knew Heath, remembering him:

Ang Lee: In a statement to People.com, the director said, "Working with Heath was one of the purest joys of my life. He brought to the role of Ennis more than any of us could have imagined — a thirst for life, for love and for truth, and a vulnerability that made everyone who knew him love him. His death is heartbreaking."


Marcia Ross: Back in 1999, Heath had his first starring role in Hollywood with the teen romantic comedy "10 Things I Hate About You." Casting director Marcia Ross recently recalled to MTV News the younger Heath coming in to read for the part of bad boy Patrick Verona: "He had just arrived in L.A. and came in to read for us, like any actor. He just had this great quality, and was gorgeous and funny. Very charming. He hadn't been there so long — I think it might have been one of his first film auditions. He tested with Julia Stiles, and they had great chemistry."

"10 Things" might have given Ledger his first starring role, but the Shakespearean adaptation set at a high school was considered fluffier fare. " '10 Things,' he didn't want it to be lightweight," Ross remembered. "He did not treat it lightly."
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 04, 2008, 02:31 AM
Heath talked about his acting with mtv: http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1580086/20080122/story.jhtml

Ledger himself was in many ways the opposite of the character [Ennis] — by all accounts, he was a man of astonishing intelligence and self-awareness. Nowhere is that more evident than in an interview the actor did with MTV News' John Norris in 2005 to discuss the landmark film.

John Norris: I want to ask you first about the different paths that Ennis and Jack take in sort of dealing with this situation. It strikes me that Ennis is really the tragic figure in this film. Even though Jack pays the ultimate price, at least he has moments in his life where he sort of realizes who he is. Do you agree?

Heath Ledger: That's true. I think that's part of Ennis' problem — that he has no self-realization. I, as the actor playing him, took the time to investigate him and to discover what exactly his battles were. What was preventing him to express and to love? And one of the conclusions I came to was that he's battling himself. Like he's battling his genetic structure, if you will, and all the beliefs, fears and traditions that were passed down from his father, and so on. And that was so deeply embedded and installed in him.

So then I wanted to physicalize it in his walk and into his speech. ... Ennis, he wasn't as self-aware as to ask himself these questions, so he didn't really know what I knew about him. Essentially, as an actor, I had to go in front of the camera and think ... less.

Norris: Certainly when most gay Americans, and probably a lot of straight Americans, hear the word "Wyoming," one of the first things that comes to mind is Matthew Shepard and what happened to Matthew. ... Was the name Matthew Shepard something you guys even talked about in shooting this film?

Ledger: We certainly, um, were aware of it. But we were definitely trying not to mimic or portray any story outside of the short story of Annie Proulx's [on which "Brokeback" was based] and the script that we'd been given. And we certainly didn't want to be making any political statements. We kept ourselves on a fairly strict budget of the information we were given in pre-production and just tried to create something from that.

Norris: Yours, as is everyone's, is an incredible performance. ... When you hear people say ... "Who knew this was in Heath Ledger?," is that flattering? How do you feel about that?

Ledger: I don't know. I just hope I get to continue to do that. I mature as an actor as I mature as a person, and ... I'm hoping to continue to evolve in both areas.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Carefree Wind on Feb 04, 2008, 04:32 AM

Plans for Heath Ledger's Perth funeral revealed

By Ryan Emery and Paige Taylor February 04, 2008 07:30am

Heath Ledger / AP
 

Goodbye ... Heath will be laid to rest in Perth

    * School's offer to farewell Heath declined
    * Family seeks "dignity" of private funeral
    * Michelle in doubt, but Jake to fly in


http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,26278,23155393-5015787,00.html (http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,26278,23155393-5015787,00.html)

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 04, 2008, 07:57 AM
Hey, tpe - and I agree that the focus should be on good memories of this fine young man, but I disagree - just a little - that my post was meant to explore the controversy.  I felt that the article was meant to point out how well-loved and respected he was by his peers, and how so many of them came together to protect the privacy and dignity of his family's mourning.  Nevertheless, I do see your point and will refrain from further reference to this very said situation.

CYN

Hello CYN.  I did not mean to imply that you intended to start a discussion on the controversial subject.  I apologize if my post came out that way.  I posted the reminder to make sure none of the other members would take the article as a strating point for such a discussion.  In any event, I am sure that most members do see your true intent, and are most appreciative.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 04, 2008, 07:59 AM
We thought so too, which is why the post wasn't edited, and I'm sure that was your intention as well. We'd just like to ask members not to get into discussions about the said video out of respect for Heath and his family. Thank you for your understanding. ^f^

Thanks keren for clarifying our intent.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 04, 2008, 08:18 AM

The memorial in LA:

Stars mourn Ledger
By Peta Hellard in Los Angeles
February 03, 2008 04:10pm

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23152624-661,00.html?from=mostpop

HEATH Ledger's family and A-list friends gathered to pay tribute the actor in a moving private service at a Hollywood studio yesterday.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: trekfan on Feb 04, 2008, 04:28 PM
wonderful article, lancecowboy.    It is a shame we will never see Heath evolve further.  He was already mature beyond his years.  Sometimes I could easily forget he was only 28

Linda
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 04, 2008, 10:13 PM
wonderful article, lancecowboy.    It is a shame we will never see Heath evolve further.  He was already mature beyond his years.  Sometimes I could easily forget he was only 28

Linda

Hi, Linda. It's kinda funny with me. I don't see him as 28, or 18, or whatever age. It's like when he played the role of Ennis, and aged from 19 to 39. I did not see him as 19 in the beginning, kept thinking he was older, and then seeing him at different ages, kept seeing him as the same man, with different haircuts. What will stay with me forever, is the last scene of Ennis with tears in his eyes. So I guess Heath will be forever 39 in my heart. They really did a good job with make up and costumes in Brokeback Mountain. Heck, they did a really good job with EVERYTHING in Brokeback Mountain.

Yes, it is a tragic loss to the acting community that we will never know what Heath would have done with the long years... :\'( I try hard to focus on the positive nowadays, to keep myself from breaking down and crying all day. I am thankful, grateful, indeed, I feel blessed to have been given what ever movies that Heath had already made. I am especially grateful for all the interviews and quotes. As you said, and everyone else, too, Heath was an old soul with wisdom to spare and talents to burn. I will miss that. So I treasure what ever come my way of his. Every interview, every anecdote, every quotation, every photo. I am not quite obsessed, but I am certainly a fan, in the sense of a person with a fanatical fascination of an idol, a hero, a legend.

 <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 05, 2008, 06:54 AM
Here is a short video of Sean Coombs (aka P Diddy) talking about meeting Heath for the first time, on the set of Monster's Ball.

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=208539#videoid=208539

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 05, 2008, 07:41 AM
This is really lovely. 


Source: Access Hollywood

by Matt Smith, Access staffer


Imagine for a moment, if you will, a world without actors or actresses.

Imagine a world without entertainment.

Imagine a world where you couldn't forget your troubles.

Every now and then a great actor or a great actress comes along and wows us with an extraordinary performance, and us ordinary folk are lucky enough to witness the true magic of movies or television.

What they do is all powerful.
Though I'm pretty sure they'll be the first ones to tell you that they're not saving lives with their acting or that they're not coming up with a cure for cancer or a cure for aids by delivering the next great line.

But without actors, without actresses, we wouldn't cry, we wouldn't laugh, we wouldn't smile.

Heath Ledger, the actor.
Heath Ledger, the father.
Heath Ledger, the person.
Heath Ledger, a human being.[/i]
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 05, 2008, 07:43 AM
This is really lovely. 


Source: Access Hollywood

by Matt Smith, Access staffer


Imagine for a moment, if you will, a world without actors or actresses.

Imagine a world without entertainment.

Imagine a world where you couldn't forget your troubles.

Every now and then a great actor or a great actress comes along and wows us with an extraordinary performance, and us ordinary folk are lucky enough to witness the true magic of movies or television.

What they do is all powerful.
Though I'm pretty sure they'll be the first ones to tell you that they're not saving lives with their acting or that they're not coming up with a cure for cancer or a cure for aids by delivering the next great line.

But without actors, without actresses, we wouldn't cry, we wouldn't laugh, we wouldn't smile.

Heath Ledger, the actor.
Heath Ledger, the father.
Heath Ledger, the person.
Heath Ledger, a human being.[/i]

Oh, that is lovely
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: trekfan on Feb 05, 2008, 09:19 AM
I don't know if these links have already been posted but here are links to two memorial sites for Heath.  One is the blog that is run by a personal friend of his. She has been posting articles.  and the other is a Live Journal community where fans can post their own thoughts and feelings

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/

http://community.livejournal.com/inmemoryofheath/

how is everyone doing.   I can't believe it's been two weeks since that wonderful man left us!   :\'(

 :ghug:

Linda
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 05, 2008, 11:25 AM
I don't know if these links have already been posted but here are links to two memorial sites for Heath.  One is the blog that is run by a personal friend of his. She has been posting articles.  and the other is a Live Journal community where fans can post their own thoughts and feelings

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/

http://community.livejournal.com/inmemoryofheath/

how is everyone doing.   I can't believe it's been two weeks since that wonderful man left us!   :\'(

 :ghug:

Linda

Hi,Linda¡ and thanks for the links,that I didn't know. :^^) Yes,today it's been two weeks since Heath is gone and-although I've already accepted and the grief is no so shocked as the first moments-sometimes I think that everything is a cruel joke.As if he was hidden somewhere to run away from his problems and stardom system for a while...What a nonsense¡,isn't it?Or maybe it's just a way of self-protection...Take care¡ :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 05, 2008, 12:15 PM
I don't know if these links have already been posted but here are links to two memorial sites for Heath.  One is the blog that is run by a personal friend of his. She has been posting articles.  and the other is a Live Journal community where fans can post their own thoughts and feelings

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/

http://community.livejournal.com/inmemoryofheath/

how is everyone doing.   I can't believe it's been two weeks since that wonderful man left us!   :\'(

 :ghug:

Linda

Thanks Linda.  :ghug: I have the link for the blogspot- haven't been able to bring myself to really go there yet and I didn't even know of the link for LJ. I've been there once since this happened and that was only because I was directed to a certain post- not in a fic kind of mood. But I'll keep the link for when I do feel up to it.

And MPJ- I had the same thought swirling in my brain from time to time too- so it's not nonsense, I think it is a form of self protection. Hang in there.  :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 05, 2008, 12:53 PM
Thanks Linda.  :ghug: I have the link for the blogspot- haven't been able to bring myself to really go there yet and I didn't even know of the link for LJ. I've been there once since this happened and that was only because I was directed to a certain post- not in a fic kind of mood. But I'll keep the link for when I do feel up to it.

And MPJ- I had the same thought swirling in my brain from time to time too- so it's not nonsense, I think it is a form of self protection. Hang in there.  :ghug:

Yes,I think so,as I said before...It´s good to know that your own feelings and sensations,even the ones you think as most "crazy",are shared for someone else...Thanks. :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: trekfan on Feb 05, 2008, 06:01 PM
Yes,I think so,as I said before...It´s good to know that your own feelings and sensations,even the ones you think as most "crazy",are shared for someone else...Thanks. :ghug:

it's not nonsense.  It is a way of coping with something this traumatic.   Heath was always traveling here and there making movies.  It isn't too far fetched to think he is out there somewhere traveling.

Also might interest those who might not know.   Heath was going to venture into directing.  He was going to direct a movie called "Queens Gambit"   He had been in contact with the screenwriter and he had approached Ellen Page (star of Juno)  to be in it.     Heath loved chess and this movie is about chess.  (title is a movie in chess I believe)  he was also going to act in it as well.   He'd already done some directing, music vids and someone mentioned commercials (not sure)   so he was going to take his challenge to the next level and direct

his passing makes this all the more sadder that we'll never get to see how talented a director he would have been 

Linda
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 05, 2008, 11:05 PM

Also might interest those who might not know.   Heath was going to venture into directing.  He was going to direct a movie called "Queens Gambit"   He had been in contact with the screenwriter and he had approached Ellen Page (star of Juno)  to be in it.     Heath loved chess and this movie is about chess.  (title is a movie in chess I believe)  he was also going to act in it as well.   He'd already done some directing, music vids and someone mentioned commercials (not sure)   so he was going to take his challenge to the next level and direct

his passing makes this all the more sadder that we'll never get to see how talented a director he would have been 

Linda

If all of the above is true Linda, it's comforting to know he was looking toward the future.  O0
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 05, 2008, 11:39 PM
Thank you Linda. I haven't seen these links before. I love the memorialblog. It has so many touching anecdotes. I was in tears after Jackster's and Tony's amazing posts. Reading the memorialblog was difficult at first, then I felt better, learning more about Heath...like he was playing chess at the grandmaster level, or his path crossing Eric Bana's, and his death moved Eric and shocked him "to the core". I remember being impressed by Eric's performance in Black Hawk Down, and followed his career for a while. I am grateful that so many of his peers with real talents all mourn his death. I hope Jake is holding up alright. It must be really difficult for him.

Thanks again Linda.

I don't know if these links have already been posted but here are links to two memorial sites for Heath.  One is the blog that is run by a personal friend of his. She has been posting articles.  and the other is a Live Journal community where fans can post their own thoughts and feelings

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/

http://community.livejournal.com/inmemoryofheath/

how is everyone doing.   I can't believe it's been two weeks since that wonderful man left us!   :\'(

 :ghug:

Linda
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 06, 2008, 01:56 AM
it's not nonsense.  It is a way of coping with something this traumatic.   Heath was always traveling here and there making movies.  It isn't too far fetched to think he is out there somewhere traveling.

Also might interest those who might not know.   Heath was going to venture into directing.  He was going to direct a movie called "Queens Gambit"   He had been in contact with the screenwriter and he had approached Ellen Page (star of Juno)  to be in it.     Heath loved chess and this movie is about chess.  (title is a movie in chess I believe)  he was also going to act in it as well.   He'd already done some directing, music vids and someone mentioned commercials (not sure)   so he was going to take his challenge to the next level and direct

his passing makes this all the more sadder that we'll never get to see how talented a director he would have been 

Linda

Yes, I've heard that and that he was very excited about it. He had also discussed his directing ambitions with Terry Gilliam, and Terry said something like "he would be a brilliant director, more than I will ever be able to be". A praise like that from Terry Gilliam, well, that says something.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Asali on Feb 06, 2008, 06:24 AM
Ledger's ex Williams arrives in Perth

Heath Ledger's former fiancee Michelle Williams and the couple's two-year-old daughter Matilda have arrived in Perth for the Australian actor's funeral.

News Limited reports a black-clad Williams, 27, carried Matilda on her left hip as she arrived in Perth today on a Qantas flight from Los Angeles via Melbourne.

Matilda clutched a white stuffed rabbit as she and her mother were escorted from Perth's domestic terminal.

Earlier this week the distraught Williams pleaded for privacy.

"Please respect our need to grieve privately," Williams said.

"My heart is broken."

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 06, 2008, 07:49 AM
Ledger's ex Williams arrives in Perth

Heath Ledger's former fiancee Michelle Williams and the couple's two-year-old daughter Matilda have arrived in Perth for the Australian actor's funeral.

News Limited reports a black-clad Williams, 27, carried Matilda on her left hip as she arrived in Perth today on a Qantas flight from Los Angeles via Melbourne.

Matilda clutched a white stuffed rabbit as she and her mother were escorted from Perth's domestic terminal.

Earlier this week the distraught Williams pleaded for privacy.

"Please respect our need to grieve privately," Williams said.

"My heart is broken."


This must be the most horrible journey of her life. :\'( :\'(

The thought about the funeral is quite unbearable to me. It makes everything even more final.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 06, 2008, 08:08 AM
This must be the most horrible journey of her life. :\'( :\'(

The thought about the funeral is quite unbearable to me. It makes everything even more final.

I totally agree Keren.  I can't bear to think on their grief, and the thought of the funeral just breaks my heart.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Feb 06, 2008, 09:23 AM
I totally agree Keren.  I can't bear to think on their grief, and the thought of the funeral just breaks my heart.

Me too.  :ghug:
Title: Re: News Coverage: February 2008
Post by: bnjmn3 on Feb 06, 2008, 10:32 AM
"Accidental overdose of prescription drugs." I guess we'll get accustomed to hearing that phrase now. One more step in this long process of losing and remembering Heath.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: afhickman on Feb 06, 2008, 10:38 AM
Our poor Heath died of a prescription overdose.  See the story at CNN:

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/06/heath.ledger/index.html
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 06, 2008, 11:06 AM
I feel so unbelievably sad.   :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(  I just don't know what to say.

I just read Kim Ledger's beautifully worded statement, and it just made me cry.   :\'( :\'( :\'(  What a wonderful and loving family Heath came from.  These words are just so heartbreaking.  Don't know why, but "our boy" just got to me.....


We remain humble as parents and a family, among millions of people worldwide who may have suffered the tragic loss of a child. Few can understand the hollow, wrenching, and enduring agony parents silently suffer when a child predeceases them. Today's results put an end to speculation, but our son's beautiful spirit and enduring memory will forever remain in our hearts.

While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage.

Our family enjoyed an extremely happy two week visit with Heath just prior to the New Year. Those recent precious days will stay with us forever. We as a family feel privileged to have some of his amazing magic moments captured in film. To most of the world Heath was an actor of immeasurable talent and promise. To those who knew him personally, Heath was a consummate artist whose passions also included photography, music, chess and directing. We knew Heath as a loving father, as our devoted son, and as a loyal and generous brother and friend.

We treasure our beautiful granddaughter Matilda (to our dear Michelle) as well as an unbelievably wonderful network of close friends, forever, around the world. Families rarely experience the uplifting, warm and massive outpouring of grief and support as have we, from every corner of the planet. This has deeply and profoundly touched our hearts and lives. We are eternally grateful.

At this moment we respectfully request the worldwide media allow us time to grieve privately, without the intrusions associated with press and photography.
 
 

I really do hope that the press and media give this incredible and devastated family time to grieve in private and to allow to let Heath rest in peace. 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 06, 2008, 11:12 AM
Our poor Heath died of a prescription overdose.  See the story at CNN:

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/06/heath.ledger/index.html
Thanks for the link,afhickman.Well,it's what we supposed,but knowing now for sure makes me cry again before the unavoidable.I don't know if it happens the same to you,but it's as knowing he's gone completely-it´s a stupidity,I know...-. :\'(
But I don't understand why must he take so many pills,even if prescribed,and what kind of doctor can prescribe such a great number of legal drugs that is a potential "clockwork bomb" in a human body...Nor if he took them together, or it was the result of an accumulative amount of drugs in his organism that caused the decease in the end.I know you're saying to yourselves that it doesn't mind,but it does for me,because it had could be avoided according to the circumstances.Somebody can feel relieved that it had not been a suicide,but the only important thing-besides he's not here...-is that he was in a great pain,maybe both physically and emotionally;and that all these legal drugs were a solution for him,if he took them consciously the same that it was an accident-although I don't understand either how someone can take so many pills "by accident"...-.It's so sad¡.I feel awful now that we know it.But maybe I have been rambling,so I apologise if I´ve offended somebody with my appreciations.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Feb 06, 2008, 11:31 AM
afhickman, christie, MPJ  :ghug:  :ghug:

I came here as soon as I heard. You've said nothing stupid, nothing rambling. We feel the way we feel, and this news, while leading to a sense of closure, is also difficult to hear.

Christie, I felt the same way when I read "our boy." :\'(

His family made a very gracious statement and I think they have been very generous all along in sharing their feelings with us. I hope that they will be given some measure of peace and privacy while they grieve.

 :ghug:  :ghug:  :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 06, 2008, 12:05 PM
 :ghug: "Our boy" got to me too.  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: trekfan on Feb 06, 2008, 12:28 PM
the results just made me sad again  :\'(  it is a testament to how easy it is to take to many prescription drugs.   People know the dangers of illegal drugs but too many think that if you have prescription drugs it's okay.

It's all so sad and to me senseless.   We lost a fine man, someone with his whole life ahead of him.  And Matilda lost her devoted father  :\'(

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Feb 06, 2008, 12:29 PM
I have no words. "Our boy".  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 06, 2008, 12:31 PM
Oh god - that statement from Heath's dad is so heartbreaking :\'(

A tragic accident that will have a profound effect on those who loved him for the rest of their lives :\'(

I, too, hope that the media now leave them in peace - and perhaps that some of them offer an apology.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Feb 06, 2008, 12:41 PM
LJN, trekfan, Tammy, NoReins  :ghug:  :ghug:


An apology seems unlikely, but wouldn't it be nice? Meanwhile, giving his family and friends some well deserved privacy would do. We can all hope for that.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Feb 06, 2008, 12:46 PM
I, too, hope that the media now leave them in peace - and perhaps that some of them offer an apology.

yes; the family asked for the same.


Quote
Heath Ledger's father, Kim, has released the below statement following the news of the late actor's cause of death:

We remain humble as parents and a family, among millions of people worldwide who may have suffered the tragic loss of a child. Few can understand the hollow, wrenching, and enduring agony parents silently suffer when a child predeceases them. Today's results put an end to speculation, but our son's beautiful spirit and enduring memory will forever remain in our hearts.

While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage.

Our family enjoyed an extremely happy two week visit with Heath just prior to the New Year. Those recent precious days will stay with us forever. We as a family feel privileged to have some of his amazing magic moments captured in film. To most of the world Heath was an actor of immeasurable talent and promise. To those who knew him personally, Heath was a consummate artist whose passions also included photography, music, chess and directing. We knew Heath as a loving father, as our devoted son, and as a loyal and generous brother and friend.

We treasure our beautiful granddaughter Matilda (to our dear Michelle) as well as an unbelievably wonderful network of close friends, forever, around the world. Families rarely experience the uplifting, warm and massive outpouring of grief and support as have we, from every corner of the planet. This has deeply and profoundly touched our hearts and lives. We are eternally grateful.

At this moment we respectfully request the worldwide media allow us time to grieve privately, without the intrusions associated with press and photography.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 06, 2008, 01:18 PM
Our poor Heath died of a prescription overdose.  See the story at CNN:

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/06/heath.ledger/index.html

I've just read it and I feel devestated all over again. Even though that was my guess, it's still so hard to hear it. I can't begin to describe how awful I feel. Our boy. :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Heath's Funeral
Post by: Halenfarewell on Feb 06, 2008, 01:20 PM
I just heard on the radio that Heath's funeral will be held today or tomorrow depending on when Michelle Williams arrived.  I believe that "Extra" plans to cover it on their program tonight 02/06.  Final autopsy reports are also supposed to be released today or tomorrow. 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Feb 06, 2008, 01:29 PM
Keren, Froggy  :ghug:  :ghug:

I know what you mean Keren. As much as we wanted the official results to be released (and end some of this disgusting gossip), it makes it so final, so real somehow, in a way that it wasn't for me before. :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 06, 2008, 01:33 PM
I've just read it and I feel devestated all over again. Even though that was my guess, it's still so hard to hear it. I can't begin to describe how awful I feel. Our boy. :\'( :\'( :\'(

I'm feeling the same than you,Keren.As soon as I read the news I'm worse than I'd began to feel during these days.It has been what has been,the only important is that he isn't with us,and that means an enormous waste of talent,youth,sensibility and beauty.But we must,you must,overcome all this; you must do it,if not for yourself,for Heath's memory...Promise me you'll do; if you want to talk,don't doubt in sending a PM if you want to,dear. :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Iswear... on Feb 06, 2008, 01:57 PM
I've just read it and I feel devestated all over again. Even though that was my guess, it's still so hard to hear it. I can't begin to describe how awful I feel. Our boy. :\'( :\'( :\'(

I totally understand what you're feeling keren  :\'(
When I read the news, it was almost like the day I found out that he was gone  :\'(
and now I'm feeling angry, I was even yelling at Heath pic saying "don't you know you should NEVER mix drugs prescriptions?!!!"
or maybe the f*** doctors didnt' ask him if he was already taking something, to prevent the mix...
I know that all this is pointless but I can't help... I'm sure he is angry at himself too
What a terrible, terrible loss (and for what???) I can't believe this...
I miss him so much  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Feb 06, 2008, 02:03 PM
   It's sad, but getting the toxicology results was going to hurt either way.  Finding heroine or cocaine would have hurt.  But finding only
anti-anxiety and sleep aids also hurts, because we now know that sleep disorder was very, very painful and exhausting, and we also know...
he just needed better medical care.  It didn't have to happen.
  This news brings some closure.  Also discredits the news magazines.  But leaves that alternative ache---of wondering, if only things had
gone a different way.  Am not one of those who believe some things were meant to be.  This wasn't.  We would have suffered either way,
on the news.  Now, we know which way.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: dirtbiker on Feb 06, 2008, 02:07 PM
Well, I had faith all along that it was an unfortunate combination of medications he was taking and certainly not an intentional harm to himself.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 06, 2008, 02:13 PM
 Am not one of those who believe some things were meant to be.  This wasn't.  We would have suffered either way, on the news.  Now, we know which way.

You're so right. This wasn't meant to be.

Thank you friends, for being here. I can't tell you how much it means to me, to be with people who understand and feel the same. I am so greatful, because I don't think I could deal with this horrible grief without you.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Feb 06, 2008, 02:19 PM
I've only just seen this....  :\'( :\'(  it makes it all real, and brings it all back..  :\'( 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Feb 06, 2008, 02:52 PM
I've only just seen this....  :\'( :\'(  it makes it all real, and brings it all back..  :\'( 

 :ghug: :ghug: :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Hanna on Feb 06, 2008, 02:58 PM
I've just read it and I feel devestated all over again. Even though that was my guess, it's still so hard to hear it. I can't begin to describe how awful I feel. Our boy. :\'( :\'( :\'(

Same here  :\'( :ghug: 

I don't know what to say..  :-\\ :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Aurora on Feb 06, 2008, 03:38 PM
Keren, Froggy  :ghug:  :ghug:

I know what you mean Keren. As much as we wanted the official results to be released (and end some of this disgusting gossip), it makes it so final, so real somehow, in a way that it wasn't for me before. :-\\

FlowerChild, you have posted the words I wanted to say... it's so final now... I'm sad  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 06, 2008, 04:34 PM
I feel so unbelievably sad.   :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(  I just don't know what to say.

I just read Kim Ledger's beautifully worded statement, and it just made me cry.   :\'( :\'( :\'(  What a wonderful and loving family Heath came from.  These words are just so heartbreaking.  Don't know why, but "our boy" just got to me.....

Me, too -- that got to me when I read that also...   :\'(

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 06, 2008, 04:48 PM
Well, I had faith all along that it was an unfortunate combination of medications he was taking and certainly not an intentional harm to himself.

Me, too, DB, knowing it was no way intentional.  Someday I would like to hash this all out, the specifics of the tragic circumstances, but not right now.  I have so many questions and anger, also, at how he could have so many different prescriptions, etc.  I think it's important and relevant, but I don't want to rake him over the coals so to speak...  As for my pain at thinking about him exhausted and feeling at the end of his rope...I can't get into that.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 06, 2008, 08:08 PM
I am really touched and impressed with the way Heath's family is handling this. True grace in unbearable circumstances. I liked what his father said about the grief and support from all over the globe- they know, they really do. It helps a little to know that even if we are nameless, faceless people that they can take even more comfort in what a special being their son was and that he meant so much to so many. ( I hate using past tense because it will always remain present tense) There wouldn't have been an outpouring of grief otherwise. And that it came after all of that wretched speculation still speaks volumes in terms of people not buying it and/or not caring what picture the media tried to paint. He is loved and that is the bottom line. And I think it is truly wonderful that the are taking the time to share a little and throw some comfort back.
 :ghug: :ghug: to everyone
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Feb 06, 2008, 08:11 PM
Beautifully said LJN. I wish I could've found the words.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 06, 2008, 09:39 PM
christie wood, thank you for posting this from Heath's father. Now I know where Heath's wisdom comes from. In their own unbelievable grief, the man is so generous and humble, so thoughtful of everyone else, from other parents, to Michelle, to Heath's close friends, even for us. It feels so good to have him recognize the grief, the love, the support that we share. Under the guidance of such an amazing family, I am certain Matilda will grow up to make her father proud.  :\'( :ghug:

I feel so unbelievably sad.   :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(  I just don't know what to say.

I just read Kim Ledger's beautifully worded statement, and it just made me cry.   :\'( :\'( :\'(  What a wonderful and loving family Heath came from.  These words are just so heartbreaking.  Don't know why, but "our boy" just got to me.....


We remain humble as parents and a family, among millions of people worldwide who may have suffered the tragic loss of a child. Few can understand the hollow, wrenching, and enduring agony parents silently suffer when a child predeceases them. Today's results put an end to speculation, but our son's beautiful spirit and enduring memory will forever remain in our hearts.

While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage.

Our family enjoyed an extremely happy two week visit with Heath just prior to the New Year. Those recent precious days will stay with us forever. We as a family feel privileged to have some of his amazing magic moments captured in film. To most of the world Heath was an actor of immeasurable talent and promise. To those who knew him personally, Heath was a consummate artist whose passions also included photography, music, chess and directing. We knew Heath as a loving father, as our devoted son, and as a loyal and generous brother and friend.

We treasure our beautiful granddaughter Matilda (to our dear Michelle) as well as an unbelievably wonderful network of close friends, forever, around the world. Families rarely experience the uplifting, warm and massive outpouring of grief and support as have we, from every corner of the planet. This has deeply and profoundly touched our hearts and lives. We are eternally grateful.

At this moment we respectfully request the worldwide media allow us time to grieve privately, without the intrusions associated with press and photography.
 
 

I really do hope that the press and media give this incredible and devastated family time to grieve in private and to allow to let Heath rest in peace. 

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Del_Marvelous on Feb 06, 2008, 10:08 PM
LuvJackNasty, your post was right on. I seem to be taking Heath's death especially hard this week. It's so terrible that the combination of those pills caused his death. How scary to think our doctors prescribe us so many medications at once.  

Del_Marvelous
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 06, 2008, 10:54 PM
 :ghug: to you Del Marvelous
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 06, 2008, 11:21 PM
christie wood, thank you for posting this from Heath's father. Now I know where Heath's wisdom comes from. In their own unbelievable grief, the man is so generous and humble, so thoughtful of everyone else, from other parents, to Michelle, to Heath's close friends, even for us. It feels so good to have him recognize the grief, the love, the support that we share. Under the guidance of such an amazing family, I am certain Matilda will grow up to make her father proud.  :\'( :ghug:


A beautiful post from Kim Ledger and I hope the world will honor his request as I know we will. It is done, let us keep the memory and carry it foward of a talent shared and lost, but no forgotten.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 07, 2008, 12:11 AM
Well, I had faith all along that it was an unfortunate combination of medications he was taking and certainly not an intentional harm to himself.

Yup, all along I believed his friends when they said that he made plans to meet them the next day. There was no doubt in my mind. I still felt bad as Tony pointed out, and his interviews confirmed that Heath often had trouble sleeping, and always felt anxious during a project. It led to this tragic result. I got over the depression, the anger, and accepted this fate.

It is still tragic. He was still, as Eric Bana said, robbed of the beautiful years from 28-38. This week has been tears and smiles for me - tears for the lost years, smiles for getting to know Heath better, loving him more, and knowing how he lived life to the fullest. There is finally a irrefutable reason to get off my butt and do something, anything, to live up to his way of tackling life, full throttle. I think there will always be tears, just as there will always be love. It is why Ennis' last scene, with tears in his eyes, and a faint smile on his lips, gives me comfort in this unbelievable pain. This tragic love that is bittersweet.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Kazza on Feb 07, 2008, 03:54 AM
I feel so unbelievably sad.   :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(  I just don't know what to say.

I just read Kim Ledger's beautifully worded statement, and it just made me cry.   :\'( :\'( :\'(  What a wonderful and loving family Heath came from.  These words are just so heartbreaking.  Don't know why, but "our boy" just got to me.....


Christine - that was very moving. Thanks for posting it. "Our boy" indeed. Heath's family have just been so dignified at such a tragic time. I hope too that they are given the privacy that they need to mourn.

I picked up the paper this morning and saw an article about the coroners report and it threw me for six again as I wasn't expecting it. Not that the cause really matters to me to be honest, but at least the gutter press might leave Heath's memory alone now.

Karen
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Feb 07, 2008, 08:04 AM
I hate all these pills which killed him !

 :( :\'( :( :\'(

Simone
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 07, 2008, 11:12 AM
I hate all these pills which killed him !

 :( :\'( :( :\'(

Simone

I am surprised that he would take so many pills. The grocery store clerk said that he would normally purchase fruit and vegetable, and organic produce. It sounded like he was very health conscious. I just wish more people will be aware of the dangers of pills, of any forms. Just because it came with government approval doesn't mean that it is safe.

I hope you all can get over this toxicology report. It doesn't change the tragedy, as Tony said, it only confirms what we already know in our hearts, that Heath was full of love for people and for life. It was a tragic accident, but even out of this, some good came out of it, to see all the love and support that poured out from all corners of the world, where no one might have expected it. Who would have known about Daniel Day-Lewis, Ryan Gosling, Eric Bana,....all the talented peers of Heath, and all the loving memories of Heath's encounter with ordinary people.

Even from his death, Heath is giving us so much love.  :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: trekfan on Feb 07, 2008, 03:59 PM
I think Heath is sending us his love.   He loved life and he loved his family, friends and fans. 

it was a tragedy, I wish he were still here with us.   But he will always be in our hearts and memories.

Linda  :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 07, 2008, 04:02 PM
It may be a comfort for some of you to know that a federal investigation is now underway regarding sleeping aids.  Apparently, there have been other incidents...



Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Toadily on Feb 07, 2008, 08:47 PM
I am surprised that he would take so many pills. The grocery store clerk said that he would normally purchase fruit and vegetable, and organic produce. It sounded like he was very health conscious. I just wish more people will be aware of the dangers of pills, of any forms. Just because it came with government approval doesn't mean that it is safe.

I hope you all can get over this toxicology report. It doesn't change the tragedy, as Tony said, it only confirms what we already know in our hearts, that Heath was full of love for people and for life. It was a tragic accident, but even out of this, some good came out of it, to see all the love and support that poured out from all corners of the world, where no one might have expected it. Who would have known about Daniel Day-Lewis, Ryan Gosling, Eric Bana,....all the talented peers of Heath, and all the loving memories of Heath's encounter with ordinary people.

Even from his death, Heath is giving us so much love.  :ghug:

You know when I was his age I was yes very health conscious but did some dumb things, experimented with drugs. I was lucky nothing tragic happened.  And of course others have been too, like Carrie Fisher almost died several times.  Just a stroke of different luck might have meant a trip to the hosptial, a stomach pump and a major lesson learned.  But it didn't happen that way...
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 07, 2008, 10:59 PM
You know when I was his age I was yes very health conscious but did some dumb things, experimented with drugs. I was lucky nothing tragic happened.  And of course others have been too, like Carrie Fisher almost died several times.  Just a stroke of different luck might have meant a trip to the hosptial, a stomach pump and a major lesson learned.  But it didn't happen that way...

It's a wonder I am alive myself Toadlily, considering the drugs and booze I put in my body back then. It was a accident, one some of us understand all too well we could have made. I still feel like he was done with this place and has moved on to a better one. IMHOP
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Feb 08, 2008, 11:57 AM
An interesting development as a direct result of Heath's accident. Apparently there have been numerous past cases in the US military with recouperating troops that will now be investigated.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Army-Drug-Overdoses.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=heath%20ledger&st=nyt&oref=slogin

Thank you, Heath.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 08, 2008, 03:06 PM
An interesting development as a direct result of Heath's accident. Apparently there have been numerous past cases in the US military with recouperating troops that will now be investigated.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Army-Drug-Overdoses.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=heath%20ledger&st=nyt&oref=slogin
Thank you, Heath.
As I frequently noticed, the real world is more imaginary from any fantasy our imagination can provide, and here is that example of it,
something good out of this tragedy....
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 08, 2008, 03:27 PM
It has been reported in several Australian news agencies that Jake has arrived in Perth for Heath's funeral.

I wish him a quiet time to grieve with the family, and hope that the rest of the world respect their wish to mourn in private.



Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: dirtbiker on Feb 08, 2008, 04:04 PM
Time to write this insensitive b**ch a thing or two  >:(


WARNING: THIS IS A VERY NASTY ARTICLE.  READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL. 
http://www.nypost.com/seven/02072008/news/columnists/his_pals_are_guilty___and_so_was_he_701915.htm

andrea.peyser@nypost.com

(DB: I hope you don't mind if I took out the explicit quote of the article -- it may prove too much for some of the members, so I placed a caveat before the link you provided.  Again, I hope this is OK with you. -- tpe)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Feb 08, 2008, 04:30 PM
I saw that earlier today as well. It is absolutely appalling and yet another reminder that there will always be hateful, ignorant, opinionated people in the world, too many of whom have a public forum with which to spread their venom.

I was glad to see that, outside of that publication's population, this article was met mostly by scorn and disgust. Anyone who has paid any attention to the actual facts in this case knows that this is one person's very unpleasant attempt to insert her own personal feelings into a topic that does not even remotely resemble what she's written or the conclusions she has drawn.


I am even more heartened though to see that for every one of this type of person there are at least a dozen more with open minds, compassionate hearts, and respectful attitudes. I have seen this illustrated nowhere quite so well as right here on this forum, which represents literally thousands of people from all over the world. The message that we, and like minded people everywhere, put out will be the enduring legacy that prevails for Heath, and in time the rest of these bitter excerpts will only be a vague, unpleasant memory for his family, who will have their memories of Heath, and the knowledge that he was, in fact, loved and respected by many, to wipe any such unpleasantness from their minds.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 08, 2008, 04:41 PM
Time to write this insensitive b**ch a thing or two  >:(
http://www.nypost.com/seven/02072008/news/columnists/his_pals_are_guilty___and_so_was_he_701915.htm
It's all very well DB, but why did you have to copy that whole repulsive article...we shouldn't repeat such a trash 
Sorry if I'm angry nothing personal and I apologize in advance dear,but I started to read it and almost puke... >:(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Feb 08, 2008, 04:42 PM
Sounds like poor Andrea is somewhat bitter ‘cause her life hasn’t worked out quite as well as Heath’s might have. Yet another example of why most of the media, along with most politicians, are held in such low esteem by just about everybody on the planet. And why fewer and fewer people pay any attention whatsoever to what they have to say. JMHO
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Feb 08, 2008, 04:51 PM
And to counterbalance that horrific example of trashy behavior, here is a piece on Daniel Day Lewis expressing his displeasure about the 'media circus' that has been surrounding Heath's family since his death. Yet another example of how classy this guy can be, how respected and admired Heath was, and how decent most human beings can be at a time like this. Thank you Daniel. :)

Day-Lewis slams media 'circus' around Ledger death

Agence France-Presse
BERLIN - British film star Daniel Day-Lewis blasted the media "circus" Friday surrounding the death of Heath Ledger after his moving dedication of a top award to the Australian actor last month.
Day-Lewis, 50, who was at the Berlin Film Festival where his new picture "There Will Be Blood" is in competition, said the round-the-clock coverage was only compounding the grief of Ledger's family.
When asked about the tribute he made at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards in Los Angeles on January 27, Day-Lewis said he was wary of speaking out publicly about Ledger again.
"I'm reluctant to talk about it now. As much I was glad to have a chance to say something in that moment, I now feel...there's plenty more I could say but I'm not just fuelling a fire that's already out of control," he said.
"His family, for instance, at this moment, are trying to suffer the unimaginable grief in the full scrutiny of a !@#$ circus and anything that I say is going probably to just contribute even more to that because it keeps the story running and running and running and running."
He said he hoped the focus would return to appreciation of Ledger's performances.
"There will come a time eventually when people just remember that he was a beautiful man who did some wonderful work and we have seen great things from him," he said.
"And right now I can't say I'm too enthusiastic about adding more fodder to what's already just a horrendously, seamy, overblown machine that's gathered around his death. It's horrible."
The New York chief medical examiner's office released a toxicology report Wednesday showing that Ledger, 28, died of accidental intoxication caused by painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs.
In the SAG acceptance speech, Day-Lewis said the Australian's performances -- in particular his role in the 2005 gay cowboy drama "Brokeback Mountain"-- had deeply inspired him.
Day-Lewis has also been nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as a tyrannical oil prospector in "There Will Be Blood".
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 08, 2008, 05:08 PM
Thank you FC, DDL is truly a noble man   <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 08, 2008, 05:09 PM
You know what? I'm going to go and see There Will Be Blood in the cinema (it comes out here next Friday) just because of how I feel about Daniel Day Lewis now. The man has more class in his little finger than the entirety of the media have in their whole bodies.

Thank you, Daniel, for once again reminding people that a family is grieving here.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 08, 2008, 05:12 PM
You know what? I'm going to go and see There Will Be Blood in the cinema (it comes out here next Friday) just because of how I feel about Daniel Day Lewis now. The man has more class in his little finger than the entirety of the media have in their whole bodies.

Thank you, Daniel, for once again reminding people that a family is grieving here.
Yeah, you're right.
Btw, I saw that movie, and he is brilliant in it plus that's a very good movie.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Feb 08, 2008, 05:29 PM
  I saw that Post article before it was deleted down to a link for optional reading.  It is vile.  It is loathesome.  And it is false.  But what I have
to say further, is said very carefully.
  The overwhelming evidence that her slamming of Heath is unforgivable exists in that suddenly appearing river of information that Heath was
physically ill (possibly the flu), was suffering extreme sleep deprivation, and did not have the type of personality that would lay this on others.
He wanted people around him to be happy, and so found it hard to complain of legitimate pains.  But we have been suppressing that very same
information, to some degree, the facts that would show she is a liar, because of the focus on his career rather than his suffering.
  Accidentally, with the best of intentions, we may have left the field open to her attack. I hardly think the accusation of "selfish" could stand
for a second, if the real facts were kept out in the open--he was suffering and yet did not want that to cause suffering in others.  That's not
selfish.
   Finally, what kind of creature would make this kind of attack, just as this man is being laid to rest?  The timing damns her, above all else.
 

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: dirtbiker on Feb 08, 2008, 06:12 PM
Apologies for the strong reaction that some had on the article, but for those who have chosen to read it and has fueled your anger, I would humbly suggest that you flood her email & the NY Post exec contacts about the inappropriateness of her rant.  It helped get an apology (although insincere) from that FoxNews Radio character who spewed the same vileness in his talk show.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Feb 08, 2008, 06:16 PM
DDL proves yet again what an incredible and sensitive human being he is! Simply wonderful!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 08, 2008, 06:16 PM
Apologies for the strong reaction that some had on the article, but for those who have chosen to read it and has fueled your anger, I would humbly suggest that you flood her email & the NY Post exec contacts about the inappropriateness of her rant.  It helped get an apology (although insincere) from that FoxNews Radio character who spewed the same vileness in his talk show.
You have a point there... ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 08, 2008, 07:33 PM
Time to write this insensitive b**ch a thing or two  >:(


WARNING: THIS IS A VERY NASTY ARTICLE.  READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL. 
http://www.nypost.com/seven/02072008/news/columnists/his_pals_are_guilty___and_so_was_he_701915.htm

andrea.peyser@nypost.com

(DB: I hope you don't mind if I took out the explicit quote of the article -- it may prove too much for some of the members, so I placed a caveat before the link you provided.  Again, I hope this is OK with you. -- tpe)

Thanks dirtbiker. I saw references to this article in other news items but haven't read it till now. Most reactions to it are apparently negative, but some Australians actually agreed with her, especially puzzling is one Ben of Perth. These are comments left on the NYPost website. So they may not be representative of general reaction.

Reading this made me realize how quickly people jump to conclusions. And how erroneous their conclusions can be.

She started by saying it takes a lot to kill a healthy 28-year old. Then she went to simply ASSUME that Heath had an addiction problem, citing the questionable video as evidence, as the only evidence. And she combined all the innuendos with accusations of Heath's friends being implicit in helping him to PLAN, and then to covering up etc, without ANY evidence. I think there is a clear case of slander, not only against Heath, but many of his closest friends.

Problems with credulous fools like Ben of Perth and others are simple. They believe lies like this joker's without checking, without looking, without questioning, just because SOMEONE says SOMETHING with a note of authority, without any shread of actual truth mind you, just enough self-deceit and self-confidence to convince people that they know what they are talking about.

Hilter had this kind of charisma. The trouble with our celebrity-driven society today is that charisma counts more than character. Personality and glitter are more revered that truth and substance.

As long as people don't ask questions, as long as people react faster than the speed of blogs, as long as people disregard common sense, people like Andrea Peyser and John Gibson will keep on stealing from the memories of good people to make a rich living, and then simply make a limp apology as if that's going make it alright. Worse still, many others get away with no apologies, no remorse...continuing the same malicious modus operandi with nothing but themselves in their own mind.

I've already written about the nature of evil. No one else seems to be interested in the topic. I am glad to have this opportunity to just get this off my chest. I am sure there will be others opportunities. Moderators please feel free to edit or delete. I am satisfied with simply writing it.

Selfish, self-important psychopaths with no empathy for others was the motivation behind Heath's portrayal of the Joker. How ironic that people like the Joker are the ones with darts to throw at him now.

I will certainly write emails to the New York Post. But not to her directly. People like her and John Gibson don't respond to reason or plea, only strength and strength alone. By pressuring their employers, we hit them where it would get their attention. Here is a link to the Letters to the Editor page: http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/letters/letters_editor.htm

In second thought, a nasty letter to Ms Peyser will make me feel better.



Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 08, 2008, 07:44 PM
Here is the letter I sent to NYPost.

Dear Sir,

it is with disappointment that I read Ms Peyser's article on Heath Ledger (
HIS PALS ARE GUILTY - AND SO WAS HE - February 7, 2008 ).

I expected a higher standard of journalism from the city of New York.

Her column was based entirely on erroneous assumptions and misinformation. She ASSUMED that Heath had an addiction problem and built a case around it. She neglected to include the facts that Heath had been suffering the flu, jet lag (after his trans-continental flights from Europe to Australia to Ameria), insomnia, anxiety and other stressful factors..

Instead of allowing Mr Ledger's family to grieve in private, your columnist decide it was time for her to throw darts at the man's character, as well as his friends.

Ms Peyser's ill sense of judgment, of reasoning, and of journalistic integrity so disappointed me, that I doubt I can recover from this shock. Furthermore, your complicit permission to print her column is also disappointing.

=========

The one to Ms Peyser is not fit to reproduce here.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: dirtbiker on Feb 08, 2008, 07:53 PM
A very thoughtful, sensible response to NY Post, LC!   O0
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Feb 08, 2008, 07:58 PM
   Lance, your words are right on target.   But I am really certain Dirtbiker showed the way, in one of our obligations----to fight back.  Lies,
unchallenged, become accepted.  The family can't get into these slanders, and that leaves--his friends, including us, to keep the story straight.
  Hpv said the real world can be stranger than any imagined world-and who would have thought so grotesque an attack would be possible
as the one Dirtbiker posted?  Time to get real.  We should not fall limp.  Dirtbiker----you are a true friend of Heath Ledger.  You rock, dude.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 08, 2008, 08:03 PM
Having time to think of a better approach, here is my letter to Ms. Peyser:

Someone said in the quotation thread that it is better to forgive your enemy, than to put hot coal on their head.
========

Ms Peyser,

you assumed that Mr. Ledger had an addiction problem, and then accused him and his friends of conspiring to plan the accident that took his life.

How stupid can you get? You have no evidence that there was an addiction problem, building a case against the man based on speculation is simply wrong.

How insensitive can you get? In the middle of writing your column, did you pause ONCE to consider the feelings of the family, and his closest friends?

How selfish can you get? I have no doubt that the only motivation for your column was to get it accepted by your editors, to be the devil's advocate, to stand out among the many other columns. On the way to success, you are willing to put aside common decency and common sense.

May those who write your obituaries be more kind to you than you had been to Mr. Ledger and his family.

May you live long enough to recognize the errors of your ways, repent, and seek the forgiveness of the wonderful and generous people who gave to the world a fine actor, and a great human being.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 08, 2008, 08:06 PM
   Lance, your words are right on target.   But I am really certain Dirtbiker showed the way, in one of our obligations----to fight back.  Lies, unchallenged, become accepted. The family can't get into these slanders, and that leaves--his friends, including us, to keep the story straight.
  Hpv said the real world can be stranger than any imagined world-and who would have thought so grotesque an attack would be possible
as the one Dirtbiker posted?  Time to get real.  We should not fall limp.  Dirtbiker----you are a true friend of Heath Ledger.  You rock, dude.


Tony, you are always there.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 08, 2008, 10:15 PM
I sent her my best regards... and to her boss too

Well, don't mess with people I love & respect, my big toe is just too much sensible when you step on it ::)

Sorry for the OT  :-X :-X :-X

I'm just so p*ssed off  >:(

Back to topic... can you send some kind messages too?  >:D #)

andrea.peyser@nypost.com
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Feb 08, 2008, 10:33 PM
   Dear Chameau----you're the man.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 08, 2008, 10:44 PM
Well I beleive in the power of the internet, I wonder how many Emails they will get?   :*(

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 08, 2008, 11:22 PM
I sent her my best regards... and to her boss too

Well, don't mess with people I love & respect, my big toe is just too much sensible when you step on it ::)

Sorry for the OT  :-X :-X :-X

I'm just so p*ssed off  >:(

Back to topic... can you send some kind messages too?  >:D #)

andrea.peyser@nypost.com

She will recieve my own "special" salutations tomorrow.  ^-^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Asali on Feb 09, 2008, 12:28 AM

Heath Ledger is being farewelled with a ceremony in Perth, to be followed by a private funeral with the Hollywood actor's immediate family only.

Ledger's father Kim Ledger said the family was finding it hard to cope with the actor's death, let alone the media attention from around the world.

Mr Ledger said the funeral itself would be limited to 10 people.

Model Gemma Ward, rumoured to have been a former girlfriend of Ledger, has also arrived at the exclusive girls' school.

Ward was dressed in a black jacket and skirt and wore dark glasses.

Those attending are being asked to show identification before they are allowed in.

Arrangements have been made for the media to take photos of mourners arriving at and leaving the ceremony.

"I know that a lot of you have travelled from all around the world to take footage of as much as you can of our ceremony for Heath," Mr Ledger earlier told reporters before leaving for the service.

"...I just ask you if you wouldn't mind to respect our privacy.

"The funeral will be very, very private. There will only be 10 people there, immediate family and nobody else."

Ledger's two-year-old daughter Matilda and his former fiancee, actor Michelle Williams, arrived in Perth this week ahead of the funeral.

Mr Ledger said the family appreciated the outpouring of grief from around the world.

"I'm sorry, we really haven't had a chance to expose ourselves to you guys (the media and public).

"It's a pretty sad time and we're finding it difficult to cope by ourselves, let alone cope with everybody around the world.

"Having said that we do really appreciate the outpouring and the emotional support from all over the world, which, suffice to say, we're luckier than most families, most families that are in our position, our grieving position, don't have that kind of support.

"So thank you all very much. That's all I've got to say."

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 09, 2008, 12:31 AM
 :\'(

Rest in peace bud.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 09, 2008, 12:43 AM
I said it before, but they are the most gracious people. I hope they find some peace.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 09, 2008, 01:01 AM
Woops, I wasn't looking at what I was posting. The Post and the Times both got a nasty letter.  :8  %&)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Feb 09, 2008, 01:11 AM
:\'(

Rest in peace bud.

You bet.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: dirtbiker on Feb 09, 2008, 02:56 AM
Some good news about all our efforts in responding to Ms. Peyser's vile NY Post article.... Keep them coming! It made the news:  (be forewarned however, that there are some excerpts of references to reader comments in support of Peyser, but overwhelmingly, they were against her views)

Angry Ledger fans bombard US website
By Peter Mitchell


http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23184699-5001021,00.html
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 09, 2008, 03:14 AM
And to counterbalance that horrific example of trashy behavior, here is a piece on Daniel Day Lewis expressing his displeasure about the 'media circus' that has been surrounding Heath's family since his death. Yet another example of how classy this guy can be, how respected and admired Heath was, and how decent most human beings can be at a time like this. Thank you Daniel. :)

Day-Lewis slams media 'circus' around Ledger death

Agence France-Presse
BERLIN - British film star Daniel Day-Lewis blasted the media "circus" Friday surrounding the death of Heath Ledger after his moving dedication of a top award to the Australian actor last month.
Day-Lewis, 50, who was at the Berlin Film Festival where his new picture "There Will Be Blood" is in competition, said the round-the-clock coverage was only compounding the grief of Ledger's family.
When asked about the tribute he made at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards in Los Angeles on January 27, Day-Lewis said he was wary of speaking out publicly about Ledger again.
"I'm reluctant to talk about it now. As much I was glad to have a chance to say something in that moment, I now feel...there's plenty more I could say but I'm not just fuelling a fire that's already out of control," he said.
"His family, for instance, at this moment, are trying to suffer the unimaginable grief in the full scrutiny of a !@#$ circus and anything that I say is going probably to just contribute even more to that because it keeps the story running and running and running and running."
He said he hoped the focus would return to appreciation of Ledger's performances.
"There will come a time eventually when people just remember that he was a beautiful man who did some wonderful work and we have seen great things from him," he said.
"And right now I can't say I'm too enthusiastic about adding more fodder to what's already just a horrendously, seamy, overblown machine that's gathered around his death. It's horrible."

The New York chief medical examiner's office released a toxicology report Wednesday showing that Ledger, 28, died of accidental intoxication caused by painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs.
In the SAG acceptance speech, Day-Lewis said the Australian's performances -- in particular his role in the 2005 gay cowboy drama "Brokeback Mountain"-- had deeply inspired him.
Day-Lewis has also been nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as a tyrannical oil prospector in "There Will Be Blood".


Thank you Daniel Day Lewis, thank you so much. What a sensitive noble man, he speaks for all of us and I will admire him forever for his words and actions.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 09, 2008, 03:27 AM
Heath Ledger is being farewelled with a ceremony in Perth, to be followed by a private funeral with the Hollywood actor's immediate family only.

Ledger's father Kim Ledger said the family was finding it hard to cope with the actor's death, let alone the media attention from around the world.

Mr Ledger said the funeral itself would be limited to 10 people.

Model Gemma Ward, rumoured to have been a former girlfriend of Ledger, has also arrived at the exclusive girls' school.

Ward was dressed in a black jacket and skirt and wore dark glasses.

Those attending are being asked to show identification before they are allowed in.

Arrangements have been made for the media to take photos of mourners arriving at and leaving the ceremony.

"I know that a lot of you have travelled from all around the world to take footage of as much as you can of our ceremony for Heath," Mr Ledger earlier told reporters before leaving for the service.

"...I just ask you if you wouldn't mind to respect our privacy.

"The funeral will be very, very private. There will only be 10 people there, immediate family and nobody else."

Ledger's two-year-old daughter Matilda and his former fiancee, actor Michelle Williams, arrived in Perth this week ahead of the funeral.

Mr Ledger said the family appreciated the outpouring of grief from around the world.

"I'm sorry, we really haven't had a chance to expose ourselves to you guys (the media and public).

"It's a pretty sad time and we're finding it difficult to cope by ourselves, let alone cope with everybody around the world.

"Having said that we do really appreciate the outpouring and the emotional support from all over the world, which, suffice to say, we're luckier than most families, most families that are in our position, our grieving position, don't have that kind of support.

"So thank you all very much. That's all I've got to say."


My heart is with the Ledger family. Rest in peace Heath, I'll always love you. :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Carefree Wind on Feb 09, 2008, 04:47 AM
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23184908-2,00.html (http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23184908-2,00.html)

Heath Ledger farewelled at Perth funeral

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Feb 09, 2008, 05:11 AM
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23184908-2,00.html (http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23184908-2,00.html)

Heath Ledger farewelled at Perth funeral



 :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Feb 09, 2008, 05:14 AM
The news have just reported that Heath Ledger was cremated.
That's it.

Farewell x
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Asali on Feb 09, 2008, 05:20 AM
Ledger farewelled in emotional service
Saturday Feb 9

Heath Ledger has been farewelled in an emotional and moving hometown memorial service attended by some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Ledger's former partner actor Michelle Williams, Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett, supermodel Gemma Ward, Australian actors Bryan Brown, Michael Caton, Rose Byrne, Shane "Kenny" Jacobsen and Joel Edgerton and footballer Ben Cousins attended amid tight security in Perth.

They joined family, school friends and politicians at the memorial for the 28-year-old actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Brokeback Mountain.

Before the service, Ledger's father Kim told reporters his family appreciated the outpouring of grief from around the world.

"It's a pretty sad time and we're finding it difficult to cope by ourselves, let alone cope with everybody around the world," Mr Ledger said.

"Having said that we do really appreciate the outpouring and the emotional support from all over the world, which, suffice to say, we're luckier than most families, most families that are in our position, our grieving position, don't have that kind of support.

"So thank you all very much.

"That's all I've got to say."

Williams and the actor's family drove in an escorted convoy of four black vehicles to the memorial service at Penrhos College, a private girls' school in the south Perth suburb of Como.

The couple's daughter Matilda was not with her emotional mother, who, clad in a cream dress, was supported into the building by Ledger's older sister Kate.

Mourners, who had to show identification to get into the service, were given a program that read: "This room is filled with the love we all felt for a great friend who will be missed by all of us.

"We want to thank those of you who took care of him and participated in his beautiful life."

One of the mourners said the service was emotional, moving and at times funny as it celebrated Ledger's life.

Blanchett "gave a funny moving eulogy about their times spent together", the woman said.

Kate Ledger spoke beautifully about her childhood with Ledger and how close she felt to her younger brother, she added.

Ledger's parents Kim Ledger and Sally Ledger Bell also paid tribute to their son.

Mourners watched family montages and a montage about Matilda, Ledger's two-year-old daughter with former fiancee Williams.

The service heard some of Ledger's favourite music including the song The Times Are A Changing by Bob Dylan.

His family and Williams left by a side entrance before going to Fremantle Cemetery, where it is understood they held a small, private cremation service while the other mourners gathered for a wake at a popular beachside restaurant in Cottesloe.

The memorial came after two farewells in Los Angeles, one a 1,000-strong, star-studded tribute for Ledger.

Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on January 22.

The New York Medical Examiner's Office ruled Ledger died from an accidental overdose of prescription medications.

Despite rampant speculation, plans for Ledger's funeral remained a closely-guarded secret - when Kim Ledger spoke to reporters for the first time since he read a statement to the press on the day his son died.

"I know that a lot of you have travelled from all around the world to take footage of as much as you can of our ceremony for Heath," Mr Ledger said.

While arrangements were made for the media to photograph mourners arriving and leaving the ceremony, Mr Ledger said the family wanted to grieve in private.

"I just ask you if you wouldn't mind to respect our privacy," he said.

"The funeral will be very, very private. There will only be 10 people there, immediate family and nobody else."

Those who attended the 90 minute memorial service included directors Phillip Noyce and Neil Armfield. Armfield, who directed Ledger in the Australian film Candy, also spoke at the service.

Actor David Wirrpanda and band members from Eskimo Joe also attended the memorial which began with a didgeridoo performance by local musician Levi Islam.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Feb 09, 2008, 05:22 AM
I am now listening to all the songs played that day.
I can't believe I had them all on my computer!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Feb 09, 2008, 07:49 AM
 :\'( :\'( :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Feb 09, 2008, 08:52 AM
:\'( :\'( :ghug:


:ghug::ghug::ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 09, 2008, 09:49 AM
The news have just reported that Heath Ledger was cremated.
That's it.

Farewell x

Goodbye my love  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Carefree Wind on Feb 09, 2008, 10:10 AM
Goodbye dear man. You shall never be forgotten by those who love you. For there is so much for us all to learn, from your life, and as strange as it may be to some, by your death also. You did not die in vain, by your untimely and tragic death, others might now be saved.

A beautiful soul does not die..it exists eternally, to look upon and guide those it once knew and loved, when it once could exist upon the earth, in its physical form. That Heath, had such a soul, has been shown time and and time again, since he passed away. True, he had many failings and faults, which made him all the more human, someone much like us all. It was just that, which mesmerised and intrigued those who had the pleasure to have known Heath in life..they saw the beautiful soul, which existed within him.

Golden slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles awake you when you rise
Sleep pretty darling do not cry
And I will sing a lullabye

(The Beatles)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 09, 2008, 10:21 AM
The news have just reported that Heath Ledger was cremated.
That's it.

Farewell x


 :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(

Rest in Peace, our beautiful boy.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jacks_key on Feb 09, 2008, 10:24 AM
I got emotional again last night, thinking that he is now "officially" gone from us.  I'm trying very hard at this moment not to break down.  Rest in peace, Darling Man.  :\'(

(As for the NY Post - that paper is a rag anyway; I'm not surprised they wrote a nasty article on Our Boy.) 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Feb 09, 2008, 10:31 AM
It's so hard to say goodbye.

Rest in Peace, Heath.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 09, 2008, 10:34 AM
Goodbye dear man. You shall never be forgotten by those who love you. For there is so much for us all to learn, from your life, and as strange as it may be to some, by your death also. You did not die in vain, by your untimely and tragic death, others might now be saved.

A beautiful soul does not die..it exists eternally, to look upon and guide those it once knew and loved, when it once could exist upon the earth, in its physical form. That Heath, had such a soul, has been shown time and and time again, since he passed away. True, he had many failings and faults, which made him all the more human, someone much like us all. It was just that, which mesmerised and intrigued those who had the pleasure to have known Heath in life..they saw the beautiful soul, which existed within him.

Golden slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles awake you when you rise
Sleep pretty darling do not cry
And I will sing a lullabye

(The Beatles)

Beautiful post  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 09, 2008, 10:57 AM
The news have just reported that Heath Ledger was cremated.
That's it.

Farewell x

Goodbye, Heath

 :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 09, 2008, 11:12 AM
The news have just reported that Heath Ledger was cremated.
That's it.
Farewell x
:\'(
That's so final...hard for me to except, but in the end....well.....he is now up there in heaven with the the angels.
goodbye my sweet,beautiful boy  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Feb 09, 2008, 11:24 AM
The news have just reported that Heath Ledger was cremated.
That's it.

Farewell x


 :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(

Goodbye sweet angel.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Feb 09, 2008, 12:03 PM
Farewell little darlin, sweet angel  :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(

(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa318/gschaller/glitter.jpg)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 09, 2008, 12:34 PM
I wonder if Jake is alright. He has been missing from all the public appearances, including this one, or at least, no mention of him. I hope this is the family's way of protecting his privacy, and not his own secluding himself. It would be much healthier for him to be able to mourn and let it out. I read he calls his sister and Reese Witherspoon daily, but I think he needs someone like Daniel Day-Lewis, Eric Bana, an older brother figure who can help him cope.

The cremation ceremony would have been a moment for him to let go. I wish he was there.  :\'(

Thanks, Asali, for sending the news updates.

Ledger farewelled in emotional service
Saturday Feb 9

Heath Ledger has been farewelled in an emotional and moving hometown memorial service attended by some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Ledger's former partner actor Michelle Williams, Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett, supermodel Gemma Ward, Australian actors Bryan Brown, Michael Caton, Rose Byrne, Shane "Kenny" Jacobsen and Joel Edgerton and footballer Ben Cousins attended amid tight security in Perth.

They joined family, school friends and politicians at the memorial for the 28-year-old actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Brokeback Mountain.

Before the service, Ledger's father Kim told reporters his family appreciated the outpouring of grief from around the world.

"It's a pretty sad time and we're finding it difficult to cope by ourselves, let alone cope with everybody around the world," Mr Ledger said.

"Having said that we do really appreciate the outpouring and the emotional support from all over the world, which, suffice to say, we're luckier than most families, most families that are in our position, our grieving position, don't have that kind of support.

"So thank you all very much.

"That's all I've got to say."

Williams and the actor's family drove in an escorted convoy of four black vehicles to the memorial service at Penrhos College, a private girls' school in the south Perth suburb of Como.

The couple's daughter Matilda was not with her emotional mother, who, clad in a cream dress, was supported into the building by Ledger's older sister Kate.

Mourners, who had to show identification to get into the service, were given a program that read: "This room is filled with the love we all felt for a great friend who will be missed by all of us.

"We want to thank those of you who took care of him and participated in his beautiful life."

One of the mourners said the service was emotional, moving and at times funny as it celebrated Ledger's life.

Blanchett "gave a funny moving eulogy about their times spent together", the woman said.

Kate Ledger spoke beautifully about her childhood with Ledger and how close she felt to her younger brother, she added.

Ledger's parents Kim Ledger and Sally Ledger Bell also paid tribute to their son.

Mourners watched family montages and a montage about Matilda, Ledger's two-year-old daughter with former fiancee Williams.

The service heard some of Ledger's favourite music including the song The Times Are A Changing by Bob Dylan.

His family and Williams left by a side entrance before going to Fremantle Cemetery, where it is understood they held a small, private cremation service while the other mourners gathered for a wake at a popular beachside restaurant in Cottesloe.

The memorial came after two farewells in Los Angeles, one a 1,000-strong, star-studded tribute for Ledger.

Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on January 22.

The New York Medical Examiner's Office ruled Ledger died from an accidental overdose of prescription medications.

Despite rampant speculation, plans for Ledger's funeral remained a closely-guarded secret - when Kim Ledger spoke to reporters for the first time since he read a statement to the press on the day his son died.

"I know that a lot of you have travelled from all around the world to take footage of as much as you can of our ceremony for Heath," Mr Ledger said.

While arrangements were made for the media to photograph mourners arriving and leaving the ceremony, Mr Ledger said the family wanted to grieve in private.

"I just ask you if you wouldn't mind to respect our privacy," he said.

"The funeral will be very, very private. There will only be 10 people there, immediate family and nobody else."

Those who attended the 90 minute memorial service included directors Phillip Noyce and Neil Armfield. Armfield, who directed Ledger in the Australian film Candy, also spoke at the service.

Actor David Wirrpanda and band members from Eskimo Joe also attended the memorial which began with a didgeridoo performance by local musician Levi Islam.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tizi17 on Feb 09, 2008, 12:39 PM
.. and this wonderful wake at his favourite beach.. what a moment...  :\'(

goodbye my love.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Feb 09, 2008, 12:45 PM
I wonder if Jake is alright. He has been missing from all the public appearances, including this one, or at least, no mention of him. I hope this is the family's way of protecting his privacy, and not his own secluding himself. It would be much healthier for him to be able to mourn and let it out. I read he calls his sister and Reese Witherspoon daily, but I think he needs someone like Daniel Day-Lewis, Eric Bana, an older brother figure who can help him cope.

The cremation ceremony would have been a moment for him to let go. I wish he was there.  :\'(

Thanks, Asali, for sending the news updates.


I hope he's alright too, I heard he was going to Australia but I guess he didn't :-\\ :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 09, 2008, 02:44 PM
I hope he's alright too, I heard he was going to Australia but I guess he didn't :-\\ :\'(

I dunno - there were quite a few reports yesterday saying that he'd arrived in Perth.

Whether he did or not, I hope he'll be okay. This has got to have hit him so hard :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 09, 2008, 02:46 PM
I hope he's alright too, I heard he was going to Australia but I guess he didn't :-\\ :\'(

I read news report that he arrived in Perth. But it may be that he was too distressed to be seen in public. I just hope he has the support he needs to get through this.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Feb 09, 2008, 02:48 PM
I dunno - there were quite a few reports yesterday saying that he'd arrived in Perth.

Whether he did or not, I hope he'll be okay. This has got to have hit him so hard :-\\

Yeah, I feel so bad for him, I can't emagin loosing a close friend :(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 09, 2008, 02:58 PM
Yeah, I feel so bad for him, I can't emagin loosing a close friend :(

 :\'( I hope Jake will be strong for Matilda's sake. But for now, he also needs to let his grief show. He doesn't need to be the strong silent cowboy. He needs to be Ennis in the last scene, hurting, but accepting the peace and hope of future reunions. It will probably take a long time, and he has such a heavy work load...Brothers is an emotionally demanding movie. I just hope the people around him will give him the shoulders for him to cry on, and the fr#$#king media will stay off his back, let him show his grief in private.

(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc126/lancecowboy/Ennis-last-scene.jpg)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 09, 2008, 03:04 PM
Everybody has their own way to grieve and deal with pain... Jake is doing it in his own way.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Feb 09, 2008, 03:30 PM
:\'( I hope Jake will be strong for Matilda's sake. But for now, he also needs to let his grief show. He doesn't need to be the strong silent cowboy. He needs to be Ennis in the last scene, hurting, but accepting the peace and hope of future reunions. It will probably take a long time, and he has such a heavy work load...Brothers is an emotionally demanding movie. I just hope the people around him will give him the shoulders for him to cry on, and the fr#$#king media will stay off his back, let him show his grief in private.

(http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc126/lancecowboy/Ennis-last-scene.jpg)

yea they should everybody in his life be alone. they need time to grief.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 09, 2008, 03:31 PM
Everybody has their own way to grieve and deal with pain... Jake is doing it in his own way.

Yup, you bet. And I hope and pray that he gets over this.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvHeath4ever on Feb 09, 2008, 03:32 PM
I see that there are tons of posts since yesterday, because Heath has finally been laid to rest.  I came across an article on AOL, showing pictures of family and friends at the beachside memorial.  Very beautiful.... :cr)

*edited by mod*

Please, friends. We all mourn for Heath, but his family had asked of the media to respect their privacy and let them grieve over their loss in private. Out of respect for the Ledger family, please refrain from posting pictures from Heath's funeral or memorial. Thank you.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Feb 09, 2008, 03:35 PM
Yes, It's a very beautiful tribute to him :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvHeath4ever on Feb 09, 2008, 05:00 PM
I see that there are tons of posts since yesterday, because Heath has finally been laid to rest.  I came across an article on AOL, showing pictures of family and friends at the beachside memorial.  Very beautiful.... :cr)

*edited by mod*

Please, friends. We all mourn for Heath, but his family had asked of the media to respect their privacy and let them grieve over their loss in private. Out of respect for the Ledger family, please refrain from posting pictures from Heath's funeral or memorial. Thank you.


This was a link through AOL news, I was assuming if it's a legitimate source, it was ok. 
Why have this thread if you can't post legitimate things???   :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: vivici on Feb 09, 2008, 05:47 PM
Farewell, beautiful one...  Lord, it's real.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 09, 2008, 06:44 PM
This was a link through AOL news, I was assuming if it's a legitimate source, it was ok. 
Why have this thread if you can't post legitimate things???   :-\\

There are paparazzi shots, for example one of Heath and Matilda.  As per  our guidelines, it's the reason why it was edited, for respect of their private life.  Thanks for your understanding.  :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvHeath4ever on Feb 09, 2008, 11:14 PM
Ok, here's a link to the Memorial Blog that only has a few pics in it:

http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/michelle-williams-plunges-into-ocean-to.html (http://heathledgermemorialblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/michelle-williams-plunges-into-ocean-to.html)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 09, 2008, 11:35 PM
Thanks for that LuvHeath4ever.  :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 09, 2008, 11:56 PM
My heart goes out to Jake. That is all I can say.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 10, 2008, 12:02 AM
An interesting development as a direct result of Heath's accident. Apparently there have been numerous past cases in the US military with recouperating troops that will now be investigated.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Army-Drug-Overdoses.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=heath%20ledger&st=nyt&oref=slogin

Thank you, Heath.

Plus it's absolutely shameful how in the past few years pharmaceutical companies are advertising drugs on TV.  All of a sudden I started seeing it, and it's just gotten more and more and more.  Even though they say those bizarre warnings (side effect may include death...), still, it's way out of hand.  They ought to take them off, like they did liquor for a while -- though I notice those ads are back on, for hard liquor (while saying to please drink responsibly -- right).

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 10, 2008, 12:04 AM
It's all very well DB, but why did you have to copy that whole repulsive article...we shouldn't repeat such a trash 
Sorry if I'm angry nothing personal and I apologize in advance dear,but I started to read it and almost puke... >:(

I'm not reading it.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 10, 2008, 12:16 AM
I dunno - there were quite a few reports yesterday saying that he'd arrived in Perth.

Whether he did or not, I hope he'll be okay. This has got to have hit him so hard :-\\

I do hope he was there -- he needs to be with everyone else who was closest to Heath -- that in itself will be a comfort and healing to him.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Asali on Feb 10, 2008, 12:27 AM
I wonder if Jake is alright. He has been missing from all the public appearances, including this one, or at least, no mention of him. I hope this is the family's way of protecting his privacy, and not his own secluding himself. It would be much healthier for him to be able to mourn and let it out. I read he calls his sister and Reese Witherspoon daily, but I think he needs someone like Daniel Day-Lewis, Eric Bana, an older brother figure who can help him cope.

The cremation ceremony would have been a moment for him to let go. I wish he was there.  :\'(

Thanks, Asali, for sending the news updates.

In today's newspaper the following was reported.
Noticeabley absent from yesterday's memorial was Ledger's best friend and godfather to Matilda, Jake Gyllenhaal - his co-star in Brokeback Mountain. While many of Ledger's friends and family have spent the past two weeks attending memorials in the US, Gyllenhaal has remained secluded as he comes to term's with his mate's death.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 10, 2008, 03:14 AM
In today's newspaper the following was reported.
Noticeabley absent from yesterday's memorial was Ledger's best friend and godfather to Matilda, Jake Gyllenhaal - his co-star in Brokeback Mountain. While many of Ledger's friends and family have spent the past two weeks attending memorials in the US, Gyllenhaal has remained secluded as he comes to term's with his mate's death.


Thanks, Asali. Your news is much appreciated.

As I said before, my hopes and prayers go to Jake.  :ghug: :ghug: :ghug: The survivor sometimes has it tougher. The anger, the depression, the denial, the guilt, the cycle that keeps going over and over until somehow, miraculously, there is acceptance and peace. I hope Jake will receive the gift that Jack gave to Ennis, and receive the peace that Ennis found in the two shirts.

 :\'(  :ghug:

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 10, 2008, 03:32 AM
As I said before, my hopes and prayers go to Jake.  :ghug: :ghug: :ghug: The survivor sometimes has it tougher. The anger, the depression, the denial, the guilt, the cycle that keeps going over and over until somehow, miraculously, there is acceptance and peace. I hope Jake will receive the gift that Jack gave to Ennis, and receive the peace that Ennis found in the two shirts.

 :\'(  :ghug:



You're right, LC - death is always hard on those left behind. I am a little surprised that Jake hasn't attended, though. I thought he would have needed to be there, to pay his respects to his mate. I guess the fact that he wasn't just goes to show how devastated he's been by this tragedy :-\\

I hope you're right about him finding peace in the end. It's a tragedy that Heath is no longer with us - I'd hate to see the light go out in Jake's eyes too :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 10, 2008, 03:42 AM
You're right, LC - death is always hard on those left behind. I am a little surprised that Jake hasn't attended, though. I thought he would have needed to be there, to pay his respects to his mate. I guess the fact that he wasn't just goes to show how devastated he's been by this tragedy :-\\

I hope you're right about him finding peace in the end. It's a tragedy that Heath is no longer with us - I'd hate to see the light go out in Jake's eyes too :\'(

Have faith, NoReins, that Jake will find his way to peace again. It will take time, and perhaps a little help from his friends, old and new. As long as the media will give him the privacy he needs.

 :ghug: :ghug: :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 10, 2008, 07:12 AM
You're right, LC - death is always hard on those left behind. I am a little surprised that Jake hasn't attended, though. I thought he would have needed to be there, to pay his respects to his mate. I guess the fact that he wasn't just goes to show how devastated he's been by this tragedy :-\\

I hope you're right about him finding peace in the end. It's a tragedy that Heath is no longer with us - I'd hate to see the light go out in Jake's eyes too :\'(

I was surprised too that he hasn't attended, but everybody has their own way to deal with grief. For some people, attending memorials and being with other mourners brings comfort, for other people it might be more difficult. I guess Jake is dealing in his own way.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Feb 10, 2008, 07:38 AM
I hope when Jake do interviews in the future that he don't have to deal with a lot of questions about Heath. Maybe that's why hes staying away from all the media. I don't know :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 10, 2008, 08:02 AM
All I know is, that it was reported that Jake was so devastated about the news of Heath's death that he took some time off the set of "Brothers" he is currently filming...

Quote
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal has been left traumatized by the death of close pal Heath Ledger, according to a US report.A source on the set of the star’s new movie, Brothers, revealed he was somber and staring into space following news of Ledger’s tragic death.
Gyllenhaal, 27, took a break from filming Brothers in New Mexico when he learned the news of Ledger’s January 22nd death.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Feb 10, 2008, 08:06 AM
omg, I feel so bad for him. I just wan't to hug him :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 10, 2008, 08:10 AM
He probably needs to be with family and friends, and the last thing he needs is reporters and questions. My heart just goes out to him, I keep thinking that my pain is nothing compared to his. I hope people will leave him alone and let him come to terms with this tragedy in his own time and his own way.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Feb 10, 2008, 08:14 AM
He probably needs to be with family and friends, and the last thing he needs is reporters and questions. My heart just goes out to him, I keep thinking that my pain is nothing compared to his. I hope people will leave him alone and let him come to terms with this tragedy in his own time and his own way.

Well said :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 10, 2008, 09:17 AM
Heath Ledger (1979 – 2008)
A tribute to the reluctant star, whose finest roles eerily mimicked his all-too-short life


http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/18355273/heath_ledger_1979_8211_2008/2

He arrived onscreen looking windy and fresh, as if he'd just blown in from someplace else. His face just missed being pretty; there was the tiny, precise mouth, but also the mulish neck and shoulders and then the rich tobacco roll of the voice. He became a locus of passionate admiration, the senior you hoped to be as a freshman. Two days after Heath Ledger's death, at the age of twenty-eight, Daniel Day-Lewis halted an appearance in the confessional of Oprah. "I'm sorry - it just seems somehow strange to be talking about anything else," the actor said. "I didn't know him. I have an impression, a strong impression, that I would have liked him very much, as a man, if I had."
We count on our performers for many things — as demonstrators of excellence, as figures of monstrous envy — but we rarely expect to feel luckier than they are, and never anticipate they will leave without a speech. Friends tell me they can't stop thinking about Ledger; none can explain why, some apologize for the absurdity, in a nation at war, to find this outpouring of sympathy and shock directed towards one man. But stars embody our dream lives. They're who we intend to be, once we get the job stuff settled, find the person we'll love, once the shooting is over and we're finally at home. Stars embody one quality; that's what makes them stars. And Ledger was a star in a very particular way. To stare at him — and in theaters and living rooms, we stare with an intensity we exercise nowhere else — was to receive a sense of capacity, power, and potential, a kind of perfectly vivid health and youth. That's why his death feels wrong, and why the response has felt primitive, tribal. It means youth and vitality aren't enough. It's like losing a season.

The story moved swiftly, with unpredictable reversals of field. A massage therapist discovered his body on a Tuesday afternoon, face down in his Manhattan bedroom. By evening, the named culprit was recreational drugs, an overdose; pills were reported strewn by his bedside. By Wednesday, these turned out to be prescription medications, neatly stowed in bottles and foil wrap and a rolled-up bill had been inspected and cleared of charges. The substances were Xanax, Valium and Ambien, which made Ledger's bedroom just like a thousand others in downtown Manhattan, home of the anxious, the ambitious, the sleepless. There was the sight of Michelle Williams — his ex-fiancée, mother of his daughter, Matilda — in a car bound for the airport, resembling a first lady in mourning. (Arriving in Brooklyn, what stuck was not the pale blue lightning of the digital cameras, but the sight of chauffeurs and bodyguards fishing into the passenger cab for her daughter's stuffed animals and toys.) There was his family expressing their regrets, in front of a sunny suburban house and lawn that looked shockingly ordinary. At Sundance, premieres were canceled, in Hollywood, studio statements were released. By the weekend, New York Police were speculating that the medications had accidentally bonded into a kind of cocktail that stopped Ledger's heart. Gossip columnists darkly hinted of hard partying, of stories to come that would "make our collective hair stand on end," and a People magazine obituary issue was like a tone poem on the single word "excess." ("He was trying to lead a healthy life," a friend told the magazine. "But sometimes he went to excess.") Outside the Screen Actors Guild Awards, fringe evangelicals picketed, because Ledger had once portrayed a homosexual cowboy. The last most people saw of him was in a zippered black bag, wheeling into an ambulance, with its sad little bumps for his feet and head.

Ledger grew up in Perth, Western Australia — "the most isolated city," he told me, "in the world." His father designed and drove race cars, mother taught French, and Ledger offered something of their mix, the rugged and the cultural. He wanted to act, could not cast himself in the role of student — "I had a problem with authority" — and at sixteen he drove to Sydney with less than an Australian dollar in his pocket. It was already a life of bold strokes, simple and large movements and changes of scenery; a life from a movie.

When it happens, it happens fast. Ledger's Hollywood career began a year before George Bush's election, and did not outlast his presidency. In 1999, Ledger took the lead boyfriend role in the high school comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, where his appearance was gently disorienting, as if Sean Connery had been aged down and cast in a John Hughes picture. For a year, he refused other high school roles; one of his talents was for pausing at the right moment, sitting still, and waiting for situations to develop in his favor. He played Mel Gibson's son in The Patriot. Then he was cast to carry the medieval drama A Knight's Tale. He was twenty-one. His body still had a kid's loose, unstringed movements, but it was clear he would become a star. There was the big frontal block of the smile, lines racing up from his chin to his ears; when he smiled, his face fanned brutal and turned warn; it was a great, manly smile, a smile that commanded.

The second part of Ledger's career was a reaction to that picture: he'd glimpsed the highway being paved ahead of him, the career he was being given; he stood up in the middle of a studio marketing meeting, locked himself in a bathroom. "It was a full-on anxiety attack," he said. "I was hitting my head, hitting the walls." From there, he steered his own course, towards darker movies, chillier commercial prospects. He meant to scrape away the star's glossy coating, replace it with the raw, flexible skin of an actor. "I wanted to take the blond out of my career," he said, "kill the direction it was going. I was like, 'How am I going to make this a career I would like to have?' "

Four years later, from the uplands of award nominations and Brokeback Mountain, having acted with directors Lasse Hallstrü m, Terry Gilliam, Ang Lee, he looked back at the moment with satisfaction. He'd stepped in, and piloted own life. "I just felt like I earned it, like I deserved it more, you know? And I sleep better that way."
"Well, that's very important," I said.

"Yeah, it is," he said. "Absolutely. You die young ?"

Off-set, he clomped around in big boots and a hoodie, hands kangarooed in the pocket; interviewed, he kept on his sunglasses, to subtly maintain a private world, a kind of eye Kevlar. Celebrity was impractical, was what the clothes said. He hadn't accommodated himself to the deal, with its pluses and minuses: you sell the media slices of private life, in exchange for set time and the immense freedoms of the salary. Profiles began to circle around the same words: wary, restless. (A London Times writer, who interviewed him on six occasions, wrote simply that Ledger had "worried himself to death.") He couldn't seem to disengage; the inexactness bothered him. "For you or anyone sitting here to really know me," he explained to me, "you'd have to sit here for a year, it would take that much time for me to explain it."

He approached his own work with the same hardness; he did not, he said, class himself an artist, and never believed he'd been good. "I always want to pull myself apart and dissect it." Accepting a part, "I always go through the process of hating it, hating myself, thinking I've fooled them, I can't actually do this." Leger had no formal training, and there's this to be said for acting school: it teaches you to approach a role as foreign, as a language you'll temporarily speak. Ledger didn't appear to have that. He needed to dig for (and inhabit) the part of himself that was the character. "Performance comes from absolutely believing what you're doing," he said. "You convince yourself, and believe in the story with all your heart." It didn't always shut off when a production did, and I think it ground him. Finishing Brokeback, he immediately flew to Venice, and Casanova. "I don't think I could have just gone home and not worked, to unwind from it," Ledger told me. "I would have just sat there and kind of slowly beat my head against the wall, until it went away."

On the Brokeback Mountain set, he'd began a relationship with Michelle Williams, his onscreen wife. They had a daughter — "we just fell very deeply into one another's arms, our bodies made those decisions for us"— bought a Brooklyn townhouse. A year later, Ledger told reporters he felt as content as he'd ever been. "When you're this happy," he said, "everything seems to fall into place."

The story his best movies tell is a unified story, in chapters, about connection and someone learning how to be. In the Australian drama Candy — playing a heroin addict, with all of a successful addicts sly, soft corruption — the story was about what happens when you transform other people into the means to a destination. Casanova was about how to shift from being a lover — which is abstract and general — and push ahead with the business of actually loving one person. Brokeback Mountain warned of the life where you refuse love, the costs everyone around you must pay. In I'm Not There, he played a man who had — like himself when the film was released — for reasons he could not explain but could not correct, lost his lover, family and home. As The Joker in next summer's The Dark Knight, he will appear as a man severed from all connection. A "psychopathic, mass-murdering clown with zero empathy," is how he described it to the New York Times. On set, Michael Caine said the performance sometimes turned so frightening he forgot his own lines.

When Ledger and Williams split last September, the explanation appeared to be drug use. Ledger took an apartment in SoHo and missed his daughter. Sleep became a problem. "I need to do something with this head because sometimes I just don't sleep, it just keeps ticking." He talked medications, telling the Times he was managing about two hours a night. On an evening when one Ambien didn't do the job, he swallowed a second, passed out, came to an hour later, head still whirring. On his last film set, co-star Christopher Plummer reported that Ledger didn't seem to be sleeping at all. Among the saddest images of the past month is Ledger, forty-eight hours before his death, alone at a late-night bar, hoodie hiked up, drinking through the mouth-hole of a ski mask.

It's been a time of tributes. Todd Haynes, his director on I'm Not There, paid Ledger the compliment he denied himself: "Heath was a true artist." He added, "This is an unimaginable tragedy." Ang Lee, who won the director's Academy Award for Brokeback, said "Working with Heath was one of the purest joys of my life. His death is heartbreaking." Dark Knight director Chris Nolan wrote about "charisma — as invisible and natural as gravity. That's what Heath had. I've never felt as old as I did watching Heath explore his talents." At press time, the New York Police Department has yet to settle on an official cause of death, but in a sense it's right there in front of us. Ledger made great demands on his heart — romantically, professionally, personally, physically. And in the end, his heart said "No."

From Issue No. 1046, February 21, 2008

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 10, 2008, 09:30 AM
Eric Roberts' memorial of Heath Ledger

http://www.badtaste.it/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2886&Itemid=82

Actor Eric Roberts, whom we interviewed some time ago, sent us a memorial of Heath Ledger, whom he met on The Dark Knight set. Here's what he wrote:

"In the UK, on The Dark Knight set, we shot a scene with much of the cast, many of the guys playing my henchmen, and me, playing Salvatore Maroni, with Heath as “The Joker”.
He had an incredibly written speech to give, and we were blown away. He was just fascinating and amazing in the part.
I once turned down a chance to play “Stanley Kowalski” in "A Streetcar Called Desire" for a fantastic director and phenomenal cast (Ann-Margaret, Randy Quaid, Raphael Sbarge, Beverly D’Angelo). I felt that role had been played consummately by Marlon Brando, so I turned the role down, which I have regretted ever since: Treat Williams played “Stanley” in that production.
Here comes the role of “The Joker”, as if we weren’t all in love with Jack Nicholson in the role (and in every role)… I have to admit being unable to picture anyone in the role.
On that day, Heath Ledger earned my respect. I’d loved him in MONSTER’S BALL and his other films, but this was a whole other world. Heath was a lovely man, who clearly had had his life taken over by his daughter, as much of THE DARK KNIGHT cast & production had with their children…
Our kids mean everything to us.

It was obvious he worked hard and took his character very seriously, and did something really risky and unexpected with it. I am so proud to have been part of THE DARK KNIGHT, and can only wish he knew how loved and appreciated he was. It’s painful to watch people focus on someone who’s passed away and to realize that person is not here to receive all that positive energy.

My wife, Eliza, was in "Animal House", and she was working on a show for DBS when John Belushi died. For weeks after, that cast and production stayed in close touch with each other, visiting each others’ respective sets and studios and homes. My stepson, Keaton Simons, lost his bass player, Loren Toder, to an undetected heart ailment, when they were nineteen years old. The agony of losing someone as young as Heath, Loren and John were does not abate.
They have so much more art in them…

I did not see any indication of his having any problems of any kind. I have worked with other actors whose behavior is symptomatic of either depression or self-medicating, and I do believe in taking well-advised steps to reach out and help someone. But I saw none of that with this man and am in no position at all to comment. I used to have a terrible problem with myself resulting in problems with drugs, including the drug of alcohol. I wish I hadn’t been so good at scaring people into not approaching me. I needed their help. Though, truth is, several people tried and did a really excellent job, which I undid. Until one day…"
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: cynical21 on Feb 10, 2008, 09:55 AM
Heath Ledger (1979 – 2008)
A tribute to the reluctant star, whose finest roles eerily mimicked his all-too-short life


http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/18355273/heath_ledger_1979_8211_2008/2


The story his best movies tell is a unified story, in chapters, about connection and someone learning how to be. In the Australian drama Candy — playing a heroin addict, with all of a successful addicts sly, soft corruption — the story was about what happens when you transform other people into the means to a destination. Casanova was about how to shift from being a lover — which is abstract and general — and push ahead with the business of actually loving one person. Brokeback Mountain warned of the life where you refuse love, the costs everyone around you must pay. In I'm Not There, he played a man who had — like himself when the film was released — for reasons he could not explain but could not correct, lost his lover, family and home. As The Joker in next summer's The Dark Knight, he will appear as a man severed from all connection. A "psychopathic, mass-murdering clown with zero empathy," is how he described it to the New York Times. On set, Michael Caine said the performance sometimes turned so frightening he forgot his own lines.

When Ledger and Williams split last September, the explanation appeared to be drug use. Ledger took an apartment in SoHo and missed his daughter. Sleep became a problem. "I need to do something with this head because sometimes I just don't sleep, it just keeps ticking." He talked medications, telling the Times he was managing about two hours a night. On an evening when one Ambien didn't do the job, he swallowed a second, passed out, came to an hour later, head still whirring. On his last film set, co-star Christopher Plummer reported that Ledger didn't seem to be sleeping at all. Among the saddest images of the past month is Ledger, forty-eight hours before his death, alone at a late-night bar, hoodie hiked up, drinking through the mouth-hole of a ski mask.

It's been a time of tributes. Todd Haynes, his director on I'm Not There, paid Ledger the compliment he denied himself: "Heath was a true artist." He added, "This is an unimaginable tragedy." Ang Lee, who won the director's Academy Award for Brokeback, said "Working with Heath was one of the purest joys of my life. His death is heartbreaking." Dark Knight director Chris Nolan wrote about "charisma — as invisible and natural as gravity. That's what Heath had. I've never felt as old as I did watching Heath explore his talents." At press time, the New York Police Department has yet to settle on an official cause of death, but in a sense it's right there in front of us. Ledger made great demands on his heart — romantically, professionally, personally, physically. And in the end, his heart said "No."

From Issue No. 1046, February 21, 2008


What a lovely article, and I, being the kind of nerd who collects favorite quotes like some people collect baseball cards, think that final observation is going right to the top of my list of favorites.  Also have to agree with the comments concerning I'm Not There.  Just saw it yesterday, and had the sense, throughout, that I was watching both another consummate performance from a wondrously gifted young man - and, perhaps, a tiny little slice of his own life.  It was almost ominous in the way it paralleled his personal experiences - almost too close to reality for comfort.

Thanks for posting this.

CYN
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 10, 2008, 11:02 AM
Wow - that's a pretty amazing article from Rolling Stone.

Thanks for posting, Keren ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 10, 2008, 11:54 AM
I found a rare interview... it's a press junket from the Berlin Film Festival, February 2006, when Heath was promoting Candy. There were 6 journalists around the table, and Heath. One of the journalists was Israeli and I found it on his blog, he posted the full audio recording. The quality is not so good, but I managed to understand parts of it... I loved how he talked about Matilda, how she wakes up in the middle of the night giggling, and about the research that Abby Cornish and him did for "Candy".

http://www.esnips.com/doc/40fac116-0a4b-4f07-b932-2ccf36d733e6/heath-ledger-interview
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 10, 2008, 01:55 PM
I really liked the Rolling stone article. Thanks for posting Keren  :ghug:

I'm going to check out the audio link later.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Feb 10, 2008, 02:01 PM
The Rolling Stone article was great. Thank you Keren  ^f^  I'm off to listen to the audio now.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: trekfan on Feb 10, 2008, 02:42 PM
I heard that Jake was on the set of Brothers and they wrapped up yesterday.  That was probably why he wasn't in Perth.   Someone had mentioned he was at the Sony studios memorial.   (a friend who lives out there  told me)

I think that Jake having to work might have been the best thing for him.  Mentally.   It will take time for him to process all this.  Like for the rest of us.   But even more deeply for him since he was Heath's friend.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rønnaug on Feb 10, 2008, 03:44 PM
http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9Mb__kMQrw&NR=1

tribute by a reporter for TEN network :) very nice

"Well, I'll drive a car...."
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: dirtbiker on Feb 10, 2008, 04:01 PM
Wow, that was a great tribute, Esme  O0
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 10, 2008, 05:15 PM
http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9Mb__kMQrw&NR=1

tribute by a reporter for TEN network :) very nice

"Well, I'll drive a car...."

Lovely tribute - and what a great quote that car one was :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: cowgirlKt! on Feb 10, 2008, 05:24 PM
This week i was quite emotional as my tribute to Heath got into UKs Star magazine and they printed my painting i started before he died but when he did, finished it as a tribute. I put my whole heart into the painting and i wrote how everyone will miss Heath and how matilda will have her daddy looking over her always. It was moving to see they had printed it. :\'( To see my painting and magazine cutting go on my face book page and then look in photo album, "other stuff" . Heath miss you... this ones for you. ^f^ Thanks for inspiring me to paint after all these years!...x #)
 http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=752611678

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Feb 10, 2008, 05:38 PM
hey cowgirl, I'm just about to add you as a friend, so when you see that 'Koraljka Suton wants to be your friend', confirm my request, alright? ;)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 10, 2008, 05:41 PM
Just watched the "In Memory" bit of the BAFTAs. For most, they only showed a small clip or just a photo. For Heath, they showed clips from 10 Things, A Knights Tale and Brokeback along with a beautiful picture of him - and when they cut back to the audience there were several folks wiping their eyes and Orlando Bloom looked really upset.

Had to say I was going to bed so my other half wouldn't see me cry.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Feb 10, 2008, 05:46 PM
Just watched the "In Memory" bit of the BAFTAs. For most, they only showed a small clip or just a photo. For Heath, they showed clips from 10 Things, A Knights Tale and Brokeback along with a beautiful picture of him - and when they cut back to the audience there were several folks wiping their eyes and Orlando Bloom looked really upset.

Had to say I was going to bed so my other half wouldn't see me cry.

I could not watch it tonight...will check it out tomorrow x
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Feb 10, 2008, 05:50 PM
Esmelily, thank you so much for the link. god, watching it was so strange and surreal and brought the whole thing back. I've been watching loads of Brokeback videos today and not once did it cross my mind that Heath was gone...it still feels as if it were just a dream...

NoReins, do you by any chance happen to have a link to a video of some sort?! Because they unfortunately don't broadcast the BAFTA awards over here ( only the Oscars ). Oh, and I'm glad Atonement won, it has become my third favourite movie :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: gambrinus on Feb 10, 2008, 06:06 PM
NoReins, do you by any chance happen to have a link to a video of some sort?! Because they unfortunately don't broadcast the BAFTA awards over here ( only the Oscars ). Oh, and I'm glad Atonement won, it has become my third favourite movie :)
I have just uploaded the tribute to youtube. It's the whole tribute - Heath is the last one remembered.

And I agree about Atonement. Wonderful movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTGcboZGg0Q
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Feb 10, 2008, 06:12 PM
I have just uploaded the tribute to youtube. It's the whole tribute - Heath is the last one remembered.

And I agree about Atonement. Wonderful movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTGcboZGg0Q

thank you so very much for posting this. It was moving, at the least :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(

I'm glad you agree about Atonement- it's simply a heart breaker!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Feb 10, 2008, 06:21 PM
I have just uploaded the tribute to youtube. It's the whole tribute - Heath is the last one remembered.

And I agree about Atonement. Wonderful movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTGcboZGg0Q


 :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: gambrinus on Feb 10, 2008, 06:22 PM
thank you so very much for posting this. It was moving, at the least :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(

You're welcome. Yes, it was moving, especially as it was last and a little bit longer than the others, and they played Ennis's "Why don't you just let me be" line before the final photo of him.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Feb 10, 2008, 06:26 PM
You're welcome. Yes, it was moving, especially as it was last and a little bit longer than the others, and they played Ennis's "Why don't you just let me be" line before the final photo of him.



I absolutely agree. That was just heartbreaking and oh so SYMBOLIC on so many different levels. One of them being the following: why don't people just let him be?  :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 10, 2008, 06:32 PM
I have just uploaded the tribute to youtube. It's the whole tribute - Heath is the last one remembered.

And I agree about Atonement. Wonderful movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTGcboZGg0Q

Thanks!  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 10, 2008, 06:52 PM
http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9Mb__kMQrw&NR=1

tribute by a reporter for TEN network :) very nice

"Well, I'll drive a car...."

Thank you for that.  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 10, 2008, 06:55 PM
Just watched the "In Memory" bit of the BAFTAs. For most, they only showed a small clip or just a photo. For Heath, they showed clips from 10 Things, A Knights Tale and Brokeback along with a beautiful picture of him - and when they cut back to the audience there were several folks wiping their eyes and Orlando Bloom looked really upset.

Had to say I was going to bed so my other half wouldn't see me cry.

 :ghug: Lindsey
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 10, 2008, 07:00 PM
I have just uploaded the tribute to youtube. It's the whole tribute - Heath is the last one remembered.

And I agree about Atonement. Wonderful movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTGcboZGg0Q

Thank you  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 11, 2008, 04:43 AM
I have just uploaded the tribute to youtube. It's the whole tribute - Heath is the last one remembered.

And I agree about Atonement. Wonderful movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTGcboZGg0Q

Damn  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Feb 11, 2008, 05:28 AM
Even though Daniel Day-Lewis didn't mention Heath when he received the Best Actor Award at BAFTA, he mentioned Heath again at a press conference backstage:

Absent friends

Day-Lewis - voted best actor for There Will Be Blood - remembered Heath Ledger in a backstage press conference.


He said: "Obviously, if I hadn't already had the occasion of the screen actors' guild awards to dedicate this award to Heath Ledger then Heath would certainly have been a man tonight I would liked to have recognised."


The full article is here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7238184.stm
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 11, 2008, 05:41 AM
I have just uploaded the tribute to youtube. It's the whole tribute - Heath is the last one remembered.

And I agree about Atonement. Wonderful movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTGcboZGg0Q
Thank you for the video!!!  :^^)  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Feb 11, 2008, 06:01 AM
Even though Daniel Day-Lewis didn't mention Heath when he received the Best Actor Award at BAFTA, he mentioned Heath again at a press conference backstage:

Absent friends

Day-Lewis - voted best actor for There Will Be Blood - remembered Heath Ledger in a backstage press conference.


He said: "Obviously, if I hadn't already had the occasion of the screen actors' guild awards to dedicate this award to Heath Ledger then Heath would certainly have been a man tonight I would liked to have recognised."


The full article is here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7238184.stm


I ADORE this wonderful, TREMENDOUS human being!!!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 11, 2008, 08:11 AM
Everybody has their own way to grieve and deal with pain... Jake is doing it in his own way.

I was sad that he was unable to go, apparently.  But you are right: let him do it in his own way.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 11, 2008, 08:24 AM
Wow - that's a pretty amazing article from Rolling Stone.

Thanks for posting, Keren ^f^

I agree.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Hanna on Feb 11, 2008, 08:51 AM
I have just uploaded the tribute to youtube. It's the whole tribute - Heath is the last one remembered.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTGcboZGg0Q

Thanks  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Feb 11, 2008, 11:08 AM
I have just uploaded the tribute to youtube. It's the whole tribute - Heath is the last one remembered.

And I agree about Atonement. Wonderful movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTGcboZGg0Q

 :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Feb 11, 2008, 12:14 PM
Tha BAFTA tribute was indeed beautifully done. :\'(  <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Feb 11, 2008, 02:25 PM
the tribute made me cry :\'( :\'(

I miss you Heath :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Audrey twist on Feb 11, 2008, 02:36 PM
the tribute made me cry :\'( :\'(

I miss you Heath :\'(

it's the same for me  :\'( I can't stop my tears
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 12, 2008, 12:50 AM
Heath Ledger (1979 – 2008)
A tribute to the reluctant star, whose finest roles eerily mimicked his all-too-short life


http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/18355273/heath_ledger_1979_8211_2008/2

From Issue No. 1046, February 21, 2008

Thank you so much for this, Keren.  Of course, being Rolling Stone, it is exceptionally written.

I can't say the words myself, but I am inordinately gratified that so many have been saying such powerful things about our Heath. 

Now I have stinging tears again...

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 12, 2008, 01:16 AM
I have just uploaded the tribute to youtube. It's the whole tribute - Heath is the last one remembered.

And I agree about Atonement. Wonderful movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTGcboZGg0Q

Oh god, a tearfest for me tonight.  THis was very special...  Thank you, gambrinus, for posting it.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 12, 2008, 02:42 PM
First of all,thanks to all these who have been posting all kind of tributes;I've been a little "disconnected" from this thread last days,so I haven't could congratulated for all your beautiful posts :ghug:  .I've found a picture from the Ledger's tomb;here in Spain they said that he would be buried here,but I suppose that it'll be the place where his ashes will rest...I don't know if you've already seen it.

(http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e234/boreanaz12/boreanaz12-2/0a79576575.jpg?t=1202377226)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 13, 2008, 03:30 AM


  I still can't believe what I been reading and seeing on tribute about the actor. the dream. and the inspiration.  Mr. Heathcliff Andrew Ledger.



My day is not complete without having to see some of his photographs. some of his memories.

Tears are in my eyes for missing him.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Feb 13, 2008, 05:00 AM
First of all,thanks to all these who have been posting all kind of tributes;I've been a little "disconnected" from this thread last days,so I haven't could congratulated for all your beautiful posts :ghug:  .I've found a picture from the Ledger's tomb;here in Spain they said that he would be buried here,but I suppose that it'll be the place where his ashes will rest...I don't know if you've already seen it.

(http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e234/boreanaz12/boreanaz12-2/0a79576575.jpg?t=1202377226)

Thank you dear myprivatejack for that pic... :\'( .  Here in Belgium we have few magazines about Heath  :(, they all show pics of Nicolas Sarkosy with Carla Bruni, I don't care !. Fortunately, I have found some magazines in an english bookshop... :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Feb 13, 2008, 05:04 AM
Oh god, a tearfest for me tonight.  THis was very special...  Thank you, gambrinus, for posting it.

kathy

I agree with you kathy, that vidéo is so sad, all those wonderful people who left  :(  :\'(..;Too bad  :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 13, 2008, 12:22 PM
 :ghug: MPJ- I see pics like that and yet it still doesn't seem real to me. I have no idea what it's going to take for the whole surreal feeling to wear off.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 13, 2008, 12:33 PM
:ghug: MPJ- I see pics like that and yet it still doesn't seem real to me. I have no idea what it's going to take for the whole surreal feeling to wear off.

I know,Michelle,it's the same for me... :ghug: Sometimes I still think that it's like a dream-or better said,a nightmare-,or a stupid marketing strategy,or a bad joke...I suppose each one of us has his or her own time to regret it and to wear it off;where're no miraculous recipes for this. :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 13, 2008, 01:56 PM
I see pics like that and yet it still doesn't seem real to me. I have no idea what it's going to take for the whole surreal feeling to wear off.
Surreal is just the word I was looking for...
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 13, 2008, 04:20 PM
He was found face down on his bed. He took enough medication that his brain didn't tell his lungs to take in air. Along with that, there was also the fact that the friction between him and his pillow, he was done for. The doctors that gave him those medications, should be ashamed of themselves. It wasn't about drug abuse folks. It was that he was sick, had a respiratory infection, couldn't sleep, couldn't relax, and was in an enormous amount of pain. I guess relaxation after making it as big as he was, didn't really come into play. Who knows, what do I know. Maybe it was an addiction that he was battling, but I find that hard to believe. Apparently, Michelle Williams (of Dawson's Creek fame) has told their daughter that Daddy went away.

In my opinion. He was given a wrong prescription without being diagnosed.
I thought in the US. it is not easy to buy all those medicines and doctors are professionally practicing their craft.

It is unfair! It does not take a HEATH LEDGER to discover this fact.
My heart does not agree.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Feb 13, 2008, 04:32 PM
He was found face down on his bed. He took enough medication that his brain didn't tell his lungs to take in air. Along with that, there was also the fact that the friction between him and his pillow, he was done for. The doctors that gave him those medications, should be ashamed of themselves. It wasn't about drug abuse folks. It was that he was sick, had a respiratory infection, couldn't sleep, couldn't relax, and was in an enormous amount of pain. I guess relaxation after making it as big as he was, didn't really come into play. Who knows, what do I know. Maybe it was an addiction that he was battling, but I find that hard to believe. Apparently, Michelle Williams (of Dawson's Creek fame) has told their daughter that Daddy went away.

In my opinion. He was given a wrong prescription without being diagnosed.
I thought in the US. it is not easy to buy all those medicines and doctors are professionally practicing their craft.

It is unfair! It does not take a HEATH LEDGER to discover this fact.
My heart does not agree.


I agree with you white_angel. He didn't know what he was taking and I bet he'd do anything to just relax and take the pain away. We all know he loved his family, especially his daughter, and would never think of leaving her this soon. I hate when people come up to me, knowing I'm a fan and tell me a total lie about him. I was looking at things for a collage I'm making and my brother wanted to go on the computer and he saw a picture of Heath and said "He was a druggie, he's dead, get over it"...It is truly a shame  :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: dirtbiker on Feb 13, 2008, 04:39 PM
I know we are all impassioned as to what could've been prevented, but putting the blame on anyone doesn't change the fact that these medications were legally prescribed medications, safe when taken as intended, and if anything, it raises our alertless as to the devastating effects that could happen when combined inadvertantly, even to healthy individuals.   :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Feb 13, 2008, 07:34 PM
I know,Michelle,it's the same for me... :ghug: Sometimes I still think that it's like a dream-or better said,a nightmare-,or a stupid marketing strategy,or a bad joke...I suppose each one of us has his or her own time to regret it and to wear it off;where're no miraculous recipes for this. :^^)

 :ghug: I've thought of/felt all those things you mentioned. and nope, no miraculous recipes- just time. That's probably the only thing that is going to bring the healing.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 13, 2008, 11:10 PM
I know we are all impassioned as to what could've been prevented, but putting the blame on anyone doesn't change the fact that these medications were legally prescribed medications, safe when taken as intended, and if anything, it raises our alertless as to the devastating effects that could happen when combined inadvertantly, even to healthy individuals.   :-\\

Perhaps you can clear something up for me DB. I read somewhere that one of the drugs he took is known to affect memory and that perhaps he forgot that he had already taken one or two of the pills and took another one which might have been the final blow. I know it won't bring him back but it comforts me to know that is was all just a tragic accident. The Supreme Being's way of calling home one who has done what he was placed on this earth to do.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 14, 2008, 12:33 AM
Perhaps you can clear something up for me DB. I read somewhere that one of the drugs he took is known to affect memory and that perhaps he forgot that he had already taken one or two of the pills and took another one which might have been the final blow. I know it won't bring him back but it comforts me to know that is was all just a tragic accident. The Supreme Being's way of calling home one who has done what he was placed on this earth to do.

You know, it's not necessarily even that he may have taken one, then another, or too many at a time.  Some of these are the kinds that stay in your system (the anti-anxiety meds), and as his father made a point of saying, and others have said, even in low doses these things can react wrongly together.  So it's not even really an "overdose" per se.  But a mis-dosed combination, combined with a weakened state.

Oh my heart hurts -- "if only" someone was taking care of him right then.  But someone almost was -- he had someone coming to give him a healing massage...and the timing was just cosmically wrong.  Then again, I suppose it's cosmically right, but we are too small to really understand that, to really know it.  Or, what is to be understood is that our pain is part of our own psychoemotional health...

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: dirtbiker on Feb 14, 2008, 12:38 AM
Perhaps you can clear something up for me DB. I read somewhere that one of the drugs he took is known to affect memory and that perhaps he forgot that he had already taken one or two of the pills and took another one which might have been the final blow. I know it won't bring him back but it comforts me to know that is was all just a tragic accident. The Supreme Being's way of calling home one who has done what he was placed on this earth to do.

The one that causes amnesia is Ambien.  I can attest first hand that the effect is quite powerful.  A few years ago, I had taken one before bedtime, after I got back from a different time zone (jetlagged), but I made the mistake of talking to a friend online and arranged for meeting up over the weekend.  Well, I completely did not remember that conversation at all, and somehow he had the chat session saved and showed me.  I tried to tell him that it was the effect of the medication but he didn't believe me, and soon we drifted apart  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 14, 2008, 02:05 AM
I agree with you white_angel. He didn't know what he was taking and I bet he'd do anything to just relax and take the pain away. We all know he loved his family, especially his daughter, and would never think of leaving her this soon. I hate when people come up to me, knowing I'm a fan and tell me a total lie about him. I was looking at things for a collage I'm making and my brother wanted to go on the computer and he saw a picture of Heath and said "He was a druggie, he's dead, get over it"...It is truly a shame  :-\\

Hi lil_dwarf!

      Some news says that he was ( is) a dug addict. but have we read a confirmation from Michelle Wiliiams ( that I believe that only one true love of Heath Ledger. because he had made a lot of comments about her being in love , agree? ) I affirmatively believe HEATH LEDGER IS NOT A DRUG ADDICT. Look at his movies. recent and old and compare. Have we heard from the movie staff about his reacton and attitude when shooting the film? NO! Review his lines and hear it closely. the voice is  deep and clear.  and his acting. super.. great! There was NO TRACE HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT! and for me HE IS STILL ALIVE IN MY MEMORY. IN MY HEART and TO ALL THE BROOKIES HE TOUCHED THIER LIVES VIA BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.
The pain I have in my heart for Heat was.. no one was there in his apartment when he felt dying.
The agony..I can't bear to imagine how he died. My heart bleeds for " ROAST". I love this sweet Heath. no matter what they say.



 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 14, 2008, 03:09 AM
I know Heath is a young man with  full of love and compassion in his heart.
Pardon me for not using ( past tense in Heath . I can't! )
We in the Philippines is a day ahead of you guys. it is February 14. 4:10 PM Manila Time. and we are celebrating the " Hearts Day".

My greetings to my sweet Heath  on this day of  the heart. and he is up there watching us.

(http://www.geocities.com/hmoredeux/sweet_heath.gif)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 14, 2008, 05:41 AM
Hi lil_dwarf!

      Some news says that he was ( is) a dug addict. but have we read a confirmation from Michelle Wiliiams ( that I believe that only one true love of Heath Ledger. because he had made a lot of comments about her being in love , agree? ) I affirmatively believe HEATH LEDGER IS NOT A DRUG ADDICT. Look at his movies. recent and old and compare. Have we heard from the movie staff about his reacton and attitude when shooting the film? NO! Review his lines and hear it closely. the voice is  deep and clear.  and his acting. super.. great! There was NO TRACE HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT! and for me HE IS STILL ALIVE IN MY MEMORY. IN MY HEART and TO ALL THE BROOKIES HE TOUCHED THIER LIVES VIA BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.
The pain I have in my heart for Heat was.. no one was there in his apartment when he felt dying.
The agony..I can't bear to imagine how he died. My heart bleeds for " ROAST". I love this sweet Heath. no matter what they say.

Don´t worry,White_angel,because I'm sure that he never realised what was happenning to him in that moment.Perhaps he felt alone before,perhaps he was passing a bad time,perhaps he was even sad,but he was full with life and reasons to live.In these cases,doctors say that the person is slept and passes from this to the eternal sleep,to say it in any way.No pain,no suffering,no agony.It's the relief we must have now.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Feb 14, 2008, 08:17 AM
He, I've been reading all of your posts on the prescription drugs Heath had taken...I've been meaning to share something with you guys for quite some time now, but I wasn't exactly sure how to put it into words. Anyway, after Heath died, I talked to a friend of mine ( a girl, 18 years old ) and she told me: 'it was suicide!' I couldn't believe what she was saying and I immediately started debating her, telling her there's NO WAY in hell Heath would have been so selfish as to leave his little girl behind and tried reasoning with her by exclaiming how he simply had a sleeping problem+the stress got to him etc. Well, here's what she told me: 'look, all those drugs he took, well, I had taken ALL (!) of them over the past 3 years ( she was a quite depressive teen and yes, she really was given loads of medication :( ) and I tell you, when you mix even three of them ( she mentioned which, I can't recall their names at the moment ), and believe me, this is strong stuff, you become so suicidal that in those moments, you don't care whether you have a bunch of people who love you and care for you, you are completely numb, empty and hollow and just want to go to sleep- forever. And you do whatever is necessary to get that peace'. Her statement made me cry. Of course, I'm NOT implying that that's the case with Heath, because ultimately, we will never know what REALLY happened and what was really going on in his head ( alas, just as Ennis never really knew what happened to Jack- he was left only with what he chose to believe but the fact that he didn't know for sure ate him alive ), but I must admit that hearing the whole thing from another perspective, hearing it from a person who HAD ACTUALLY BEEN THERE and done that, made it easier for me to come to terms with things....and to understand that, even if it WAS intentional, that there are numerous things that need to be taken into account- namely the state your mind is in after taking such strong drugs, which is MILES away from 'our' states of mind. Because that was a factor I HADN'T considered so far, a factor I hadn't taken into account at all. So it's always good, I believe, to put things into perspective. Because we will never know how Heath really FELT and what state his mind and soul were in, but we could at least TRY to simply- understand. to try to GET IT in a way.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 14, 2008, 10:05 AM
Koka, there is no need to debate with anyone about it. Heath did not die from suicide. When people debate, they speculate. We have to be VERY careful to distinguish between facts and speculation. What she said about people feeling suicidal after taking the combination of drugs, that is speculation. The FACT is, Heath made plans to meet people the very next day. He died by accident because he did NOT understand the drugs, their combinatorial effects, their side effects, and most of all, their effects on his already weakened condition due to the flu, and jet lag, and overworked stress, and lack of sleep.

To debate with people who speculates without facts, is to open yourself to lies. Yes, I use that word on purpose because many people lie to themselves, and then justify it by trying to convince other people, as if by convincing others, they gain legitimacy. The truth is, they are only lying to themselves, and others. Heath knows it was a tragic accident. His father, his soul mate and best friend, who spent two glorious wonderful weeks during the Christmas holidays, recognized right the way in the aftermath of media frenzy that it was an accident.

We, Heath's friends and loyal fans, do no need to convince anyone, but we need to be firm in our own conviction that Heath loved life, and would NEVER consider suicide. It is simply ridiculous.

I hope your depressive friend gets over her own problems and depression. It sounds like her depression has made her cynical and she is projecting the same dark colors in her heart onto everything she sees. It is a real danger, when people project their own inward anger to those around them. Depression is what they call anger turned inward. Some people get over it. I did. Others find other ways to protect themselves, by turning that anger into hatred, or cynicism, and hurt the people who loves them.

Take care of yourself, Koka, be confident that Heath loves life, and, please, leave the darkness to those who crave it. Stay in the light. You can help your friend by being strong in your love for Heath, and not be swayed by lies.

 :ghug: :ghug: :ghug:

He, I've been reading all of your posts on the prescription drugs Heath had taken...I've been meaning to share something with you guys for quite some time now, but I wasn't exactly sure how to put it into words. Anyway, after Heath died, I talked to a friend of mine ( a girl, 18 years old ) and she told me: 'it was suicide!' I couldn't believe what she was saying and I immediately started debating her, telling her there's NO WAY in hell Heath would have been so selfish as to leave his little girl behind and tried reasoning with her by exclaiming how he simply had a sleeping problem+the stress got to him etc. Well, here's what she told me: 'look, all those drugs he took, well, I had taken ALL (!) of them over the past 3 years ( she was a quite depressive teen and yes, she really was given loads of medication :( ) and I tell you, when you mix even three of them ( she mentioned which, I can't recall their names at the moment ), and believe me, this is strong stuff, you become so suicidal that in those moments, you don't care whether you have a bunch of people who love you and care for you, you are completely numb, empty and hollow and just want to go to sleep- forever. And you do whatever is necessary to get that peace'. Her statement made me cry. Of course, I'm NOT implying that that's the case with Heath, because ultimately, we will never know what REALLY happened and what was really going on in his head ( alas, just as Ennis never really knew what happened to Jack- he was left only with what he chose to believe but the fact that he didn't know for sure ate him alive ), but I must admit that hearing the whole thing from another perspective, hearing it from a person who HAD ACTUALLY BEEN THERE and done that, made it easier for me to come to terms with things....and to understand that, even if it WAS intentional, that there are numerous things that need to be taken into account- namely the state your mind is in after taking such strong drugs, which is MILES away from 'our' states of mind. Because that was a factor I HADN'T considered so far, a factor I hadn't taken into account at all. So it's always good, I believe, to put things into perspective. Because we will never know how Heath really FELT and what state his mind and soul were in, but we could at least TRY to simply- understand. to try to GET IT in a way.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Koka on Feb 14, 2008, 10:24 AM
Koka, there is no need to debate with anyone about it. Heath did not die from suicide. When people debate, they speculate. We have to be VERY careful to distinguish between facts and speculation. What she said about people feeling suicidal after taking the combination of drugs, that is speculation. The FACT is, Heath made plans to meet people the very next day. He died by accident because he did NOT understand the drugs, their combinatorial effects, their side effects, and most of all, their effects on his already weakened condition due to the flu, and jet lag, and overworked stress, and lack of sleep.

To debate with people who speculates without facts, is to open yourself to lies. Yes, I use that word on purpose because many people lie to themselves, and then justify it by trying to convince other people, as if by convincing others, they gain legitimacy. The truth is, they are only lying to themselves, and others. Heath knows it was a tragic accident. His father, his soul mate and best friend, who spent two glorious wonderful weeks during the Christmas holidays, recognized right the way in the aftermath of media frenzy that it was an accident.

We, Heath's friends and loyal fans, do no need to convince anyone, but we need to be firm in our own conviction that Heath loved life, and would NEVER consider suicide. It is simply ridiculous.

I hope your depressive friend gets over her own problems and depression. It sounds like her depression has made her cynical and she is projecting the same dark colors in her heart onto everything she sees. It is a real danger, when people project their own inward anger to those around them. Depression is what they call anger turned inward. Some people get over it. I did. Others find other ways to protect themselves, by turning that anger into hatred, or cynicism, and hurt the people who loves them.

Take care of yourself, Koka, be confident that Heath loves life, and, please, leave the darkness to those who crave it. Stay in the light. You can help your friend by being strong in your love for Heath, and not be swayed by lies.

 :ghug: :ghug: :ghug:


this was a really nice post lance, thank you for it, but I actually have the feeling that what I wrote came out a bit wrong.
What I meant was, that if it by any chance WAS suicide ( in the sense that the combination of those drugs made him even MORE depressed ( which my friend told me was the case with the drugs in question ) resulting in him simply wanting the pain to stop and taking some more pills ), after hearing what effect those drugs HAVE on people, I can understand him and do not by any chance judge. That was the point of my post actually, and the fact that I am glad to hear different perspectives on things. Although I personally choose to believe that it hadn't gotten that far for Heath...and I think that being suicidal ( because of a certain combination of drugs ) and not loving life have nothing to do with one another. I believe that Heath loved life, I really do, but that doesn't exclude the fact that he had been having a rough time, caused by various factors that had occurred simultaneously in his life. and vice versa of course. but of course, having a rough time doesn't imply being suicidal either. or in other words: nothing is black and white.

And what you said about my friend and about depression itself- you are spot on as usual. I am well aware of all those things and I strongly agree with everything you wrote.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 14, 2008, 11:22 AM
Don´t worry,White_angel,because I'm sure that he never realised what was happenning to him in that moment.Perhaps he felt alone before,perhaps he was passing a bad time,perhaps he was even sad,but he was full with life and reasons to live.In these cases,doctors say that the person is slept and passes from this to the eternal sleep,to say it in any way.No pain,no suffering,no agony.It's the relief we must have now.

 I believe you. I had to believe you or else my mind would not let me sleep at all thinking how he died.
You can see it from my posts. the time  of every posts I made. They were posted when everyone is asleep here in the island.

Heath, the young man I always had in my dreams of meeting him one day has left the world of imperfection.
In this world that he tried relating to almost everyone in  their lives from the roles he played in his movies.
He did not choose to be identified in a role and to keep his image as a hearhthrob rather he was choosy  of  his acting craft doing every roles par excellence. and my admiration grew fonder.

 My mind and my heart won't let him go.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Feb 14, 2008, 11:26 AM
"My mind and my heart won't let him go."


That's it exactly.  :ghug: to everyone.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Feb 14, 2008, 12:54 PM
I don't care how It happend, I just hope he wasn't in any pain :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Feb 14, 2008, 01:05 PM
     After reading some of the more recent posts, I feel I have to speak up.  I owe it to Heath Ledger, and to many of those who have grieved
his death.
    Yes, there has been an enormous amount of speculation, gossip, and even slander about the circumstances of his death.  And these should
be resisted.  But, in doing so, it is a hurt in the opposite direction to make it all nicey-nice, an unexpected accident, and all was well with Heath
before he died.  It wasn't, and that can't be covered up or air-brushed out.  Something was wrong, those last months, and arguably, this kind
soul, who often could not express himself with regard to his hurts, could only signal the inner pain that was assaulting him from some direction.

*the photos from London---look at his eyes.  Yes, he had pnuemonia, but the sadness there was awesome.

*look at a few of the formal photos on that same page.  They bear no resemblance to the happy Heath we knew.  They don't even
  resemble him.  One looks like 20 years of hard times squeezed into a few months, aging him almost beyond recognition.

*am sorry-the formal painting, showing 3 Heaths, is not playful, nor artistic posing, not simple self-exploration.  That painting is grotesque,
  and shows a man in deep turmoil.

*the early news reports contained much garbage, but also professional reporting from verified sources (including neighbors and friends) and
  those reports said he had aged 20 years and was deeply depressed.  Those credible reports were yanked off the networks along with the
  garbage reports.

I do well understand the different approaches to grieving.  I easily understand that we should not wallow in whatever was going on in those
months.  And I have zero problem with moving to a focus on the happy times and the great contributions this man made to tolerance and
decency.
  But not at the price of a complete, phony, cover-up of convenience.  Because one thing is NOT speculation---Heath was in trouble.  And
he was showing that the only way he knew how (some people cannot verbalize their pain, but can only signal, or hint, in hopes someone will
get the message sent).
  What that pain was---yes, that is speculation.  But it existed, is there before our very eyes, and I, for one, feel we owe it to Heath to
get the message he sent, even if it was too late.  We owe him that.  And THEN, having given him what he asked for---empathy for whatever
darkness was assaulting him, THEN, this good man would want us to....move on.  Not until then.
  He would not want us to wallow in that darkness.  He would want us to hear and see, finally, that his pain was understood. And then from
there, a celebration of his life. I can only speak for myself.  I got his message. I will never agree to gloss over his suffering.  I owe him that,
and this post.  No cover-up.  Accepting the joys.....and the pains.  Both.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Feb 14, 2008, 03:47 PM
Hi lil_dwarf!

      Some news says that he was ( is) a dug addict. but have we read a confirmation from Michelle Wiliiams ( that I believe that only one true love of Heath Ledger. because he had made a lot of comments about her being in love , agree? ) I affirmatively believe HEATH LEDGER IS NOT A DRUG ADDICT. Look at his movies. recent and old and compare. Have we heard from the movie staff about his reacton and attitude when shooting the film? NO! Review his lines and hear it closely. the voice is  deep and clear.  and his acting. super.. great! There was NO TRACE HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT! and for me HE IS STILL ALIVE IN MY MEMORY. IN MY HEART and TO ALL THE BROOKIES HE TOUCHED THIER LIVES VIA BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.
The pain I have in my heart for Heat was.. no one was there in his apartment when he felt dying.
The agony..I can't bear to imagine how he died. My heart bleeds for " ROAST". I love this sweet Heath. no matter what they say.
 

When I see a paper like National Enquierer or Star and see an article about his death, I know most of it is, speculation. No one knows what he was actually going through in his heart and mind. I agree with everyone here, he was in pain and I wish that someone who've seen it sooner and give him a shoulder to lean on. But he was never a drug addict, the way he acted never showed he might've been. I was furious when I was watching Insider with my mom and they said that his constant fidgeting might be a signal of drugs!! I couldn't believe what they are saying just to get another story. Though now, 3 weeks later (wow), that the news of him has supsided and that soon, his body will lie peacfully and the people will soon forget about the rumers and just remember the great man, father, actor he was.
At the same time, for us, it is sad. We know that there is no way of turning back now. I remember my friend, a fan as well, was talking about him with me and she said "is" and then paused, realizing how now she must say "was". It is hard and together, we still cannot believe something happened to a man so beautiful and loving.
I just pray that he is peacful and smiling down upon us up in Heaven now.     #)  #)  <^(  #)  #)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 14, 2008, 03:54 PM
Hey Brokies, sorry to put the moderator's hat on.  I have been reading some of the last post and first of all many are off topic.  This thread is about News, articles and Tributes.  It is turning to chit chat about assumptions if Heath had or nor drug addiction... there is no proves about either.  If you don't mind going back to topic and avoid assumptions... and chit chat. 

Thanks! :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 16, 2008, 02:29 AM
Quote
   
Michelle breaks down watching Heath's video
Washington (ANI): American actress Michelle Williams broke down while watching a video montage featuring Heath Ledger and their 2-year-old daughter Matilda. The video montage was shown at an intimate memorial held on Feb 9 in Perth, Australia in honour of the late actor. It had the song "Happy Ever After in Your Eyes," which was penned by Ben Harper for Matilda at Ledger's request.

"Just seeing it all there in front of you was humbling," Usmagazine.com quoted one mourner as saying about the tribute. "It's just amazing how much he fit into his short life," the mourner added. Williams, who is 27-years-old, is heartbroken about the loss, but she is managing to hold on despite of the pressures of grieving, working, and mothering.
   
"She is really keeping it together. And she's so great with Matilda," a friend told Us. "She is happy to be working," another pal told Us. "It is a welcome distraction," the pal added.

This may be old news for some of you. It is the first time I've seen it. Have kleenex ready.

Sorry, I removed the link to the youtube video because it used quite a few pappirazzi photos of Heath in public with Matilda. I just realized that these photos usually have Heath wearing hoodies. One of them, even Matilda was wearing a hoodie outfit in her stroller. I am sure you can find it on youtube if you want to see it. I guess it is always a difficult question, where to draw the line, in our respect for Heath's privacy.

Quote
BEN HARPER LYRICS

"Happy Everafter In Your Eyes"

The morning sunrise spread her wings
While the moon hung in the sky
Held the sea in your hands
And happy everafter in your eyes

Couldn't leave you to go to heaven
I carry you in my smile
For the first time my true reflection i see
Happy everafter in your eyes

Every star in the night
Promises the dawn
I will be there if you fall
To ever so heavily rest upon

All that i can give you
Is forever yours to keep
Wake up every day with a dream
And happyever after in your eyes

Happy everafter is in your eyes

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Feb 16, 2008, 05:06 AM
Hey Brokies, sorry to put the moderator's hat on.  I have been reading some of the last post and first of all many are off topic.  This thread is about News, articles and Tributes.  It is turning to chit chat about assumptions if Heath had or nor drug addiction... there is no proves about either.  If you don't mind going back to topic and avoid assumptions... and chit chat. 

Thanks! :)

So true.  Please forgive me to add the following sentence:

Lancecowbody - I agree with your post 100%.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 17, 2008, 05:22 PM
Naomi Watts, Geoffrey Rush gave tributes to Heath Ledger

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23229907-5006023,00.html

of all places, in Australia's annual Tropfest short film festival.

Quote
Said Rush: "He is one of our brothers, he is one of our clan and I had the great fortune to work with him on two films and know him a little bit socially. We are going to miss him."
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 18, 2008, 05:29 AM
http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=-LOEbRuZMUY

(it takes them a little time to get to Heath...)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 18, 2008, 05:51 AM
Found this through a link on Wranglers - a Heath filmography desktop wallpaper

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x24/ttheart/wallpapers/hfilms_1024x768_by_cake_2008-02-15.jpg (http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x24/ttheart/wallpapers/hfilms_1024x768_by_cake_2008-02-15.jpg)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 18, 2008, 06:04 AM
I was just reading Heath's interview from "The Advocate" back in 2006, and came across this - just another little reminder of why I love him so much.

Having played Ennis, on the off chance that your child comes to you with the “Dad, I’m gay” speech, do you think you’re ready to hear it now?
 
Oh, it wouldn’t have bothered me beforehand. I don’t have a further appreciation for people who are gay; I always have. It’s never been an issue for me. Of course, if my child came to me and said that, I’d love them even more for being honest with me.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 18, 2008, 06:13 AM
Found this through a link on Wranglers - a Heath filmography desktop wallpaper

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x24/ttheart/wallpapers/hfilms_1024x768_by_cake_2008-02-15.jpg (http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x24/ttheart/wallpapers/hfilms_1024x768_by_cake_2008-02-15.jpg)


OMG, this is wonderful. Thank you Lindsey.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Feb 18, 2008, 10:00 AM
Found this through a link on Wranglers - a Heath filmography desktop wallpaper

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x24/ttheart/wallpapers/hfilms_1024x768_by_cake_2008-02-15.jpg (http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x24/ttheart/wallpapers/hfilms_1024x768_by_cake_2008-02-15.jpg)


Thank you Lindsey, it's lovely.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Feb 18, 2008, 12:58 PM
Thought I was finally feeling better . . . then in the mail comes the latest edition of The Advocate:

(http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q313/jackster545/Advocate-1007.jpg)

A nice tribute inside titled "So long, partner".
And one titled "An actor who changed gay lives"
This edition, #1003, is not up on their website yet, [Advocate.com] but I imagine it will be shortly.
It's worth looking for at newsstands.

A brief quote from the Editor's page:

It's one of the contradictions of our gay lives now: some of us are millionaires, and some are still on Brokeback Mountain. Through his art, Heath Ledger brought our worlds together. He earned his place in all our hearts.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Feb 18, 2008, 01:18 PM
Thanks Keren, Lindsey and jackster. :)

The Advocate isn't on the stands yet, but I'll be there when it arrives, to be sure.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 18, 2008, 01:50 PM
Thought I was finally feeling better . . . then in the mail comes the latest edition of The Advocate:

(http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q313/jackster545/Advocate-1007.jpg)

A nice tribute inside titled "So long, partner".
And one titled "An actor who changed gay lives"
This edition, #1003, is not up on their website yet, [Advocate.com] but I imagine it will be shortly.
It's worth looking for at newsstands.

A brief quote from the Editor's page:

It's one of the contradictions of our gay lives now: some of us are millionaires, and some are still on Brokeback Mountain. Through his art, Heath Ledger brought our worlds together. He earned his place in all our hearts.


Thank you, guyinjax. I have to get this magazine and it's impossible to find it in Israel - can one of you guys contact me when it gets out?
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Asali on Feb 18, 2008, 02:28 PM
Oh cool and I discovered I can get a copy from a store in the city, I will ring them to find out when it's in. O0
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 18, 2008, 03:30 PM
Oh I so want that copy of The Advocate.  I don't think they sell it in the UK though.  :(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Asali on Feb 18, 2008, 03:39 PM
Oh I so want that copy of The Advocate.  I don't think they sell it in the UK though.  :(
Yes they do, if you print the pic out it has the UK price there, would at least be in the city stores.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 18, 2008, 04:02 PM
Yes they do, if you print the pic out it has the UK price there, would at least be in the city stores.

Oh thank you so much for that Asali.   ^f^  I will definitely look out for it.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Feb 18, 2008, 04:27 PM
I really want this magazine now. I wonder if they'll have it in NY..I'm sure, right??  :s)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 18, 2008, 04:36 PM
I really want this magazine now. I wonder if they'll have it in NY..I'm sure, right??  :s)

For sure....

Keren check your PMs
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Feb 18, 2008, 04:41 PM

For sure....


Thanx Cham, I'll deff. have to annoy my mom to go and find this issue for me soon  ;D
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Asali on Feb 18, 2008, 09:37 PM
I rang the city bookstore and it should be in within 2 weeks so he is making sure I get a copy by post.
When I told him he said, everyone is going to be after that one.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 18, 2008, 10:06 PM
I rang the city bookstore and it should be in within 2 weeks so he is making sure I get a copy by post.
When I told him he said, everyone is going to be after that one.

That's what I'm afraid of... I'll be looking for some extra copies for friends who can't get it in their hometowns.  Since I'll be traveling next week, chances are I could find copies in Montreal & Toronto airports but I guess I'll play safe and go to some newsletter store in the gay Village here, pay in advance and secure some.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 18, 2008, 10:36 PM
Thanks Keren, Lindsey and jackster. :)

The Advocate isn't on the stands yet, but I'll be there when it arrives, to be sure.

Hon, buy me a copy please. Doubt they sell The Advocate around here.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Feb 18, 2008, 11:23 PM
Will do. O0 I'll buy as many as I can get my hands on.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Kemmer on Feb 19, 2008, 12:05 AM
What great news!!  I've subscribed to the ADVOCATE for years, and that issue should be in my mailbox this week.   :clap:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 19, 2008, 10:08 AM
Thank you, guyinjax. I have to get this magazine and it's impossible to find it in Israel - can one of you guys contact me when it gets out?

Me too!
I want a copy of this. fellows please contact me.
I know there will be some copies here in the  Philippines but I m sure they will be all sold out before it reaches me.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Hanna on Feb 19, 2008, 01:01 PM
Is it somehow possible to get me a copy, too?  :-\\  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 19, 2008, 02:35 PM
If I could give you a tip... for the ones living in big cities where you could find some gay districts The Advocate is very easy to find in newstands or bookstores in these areas in most countries.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Bellstoll on Feb 19, 2008, 04:48 PM
Really good article from The New York Times. The author steps away from making his own opinions and assumptions and lets those that knew Heath speak. I think its one of the most respectful articles out there. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

http://nymag.com/news/features/44217/
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 19, 2008, 09:41 PM
Really good article from The New York Times. The author steps away from making his own opinions and assumptions and lets those that knew Heath speak. I think its one of the most respectful articles out there. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

http://nymag.com/news/features/44217/

 It is a respectful article for the actor whose name and character. personality and achievements  has embedded in our system.

The last paragraph touches me most ( about  Heaths being a doting father)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 19, 2008, 10:37 PM
I am deeply touched by this article. I think it sums it all up.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Feb 19, 2008, 10:45 PM

The article was wonderful and went deep into some of the emotions and life of Heath IMO  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 19, 2008, 10:47 PM

The article was wonderful and went deep into some of the emotions and life of Heath IMO  :\'(

Right on girl.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Bellstoll on Feb 20, 2008, 12:04 PM
I am deeply touched by this article. I think it sums it all up.

Yes and it was very honest.

He wasn't a demon and he wasn't a saint. He was human, just like the rest of us.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 20, 2008, 07:02 PM
Christopher Nolan's tribute to Heath Ledger

http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/01/28/christopher-nolans-tribute-to-heath-ledger/


"Heath was bursting with creativity. It was in his every gesture. He once told me that he liked to wait between jobs until he was creatively hungry. Until he needed it again. He brought that attitude to our set every day. There aren't many actors who can make you feel ashamed of how often you complain about doing the best job in the world. Heath was one of them."


Christopher Nolan calls it Heath Charisma as natural as gravity.


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 21, 2008, 03:07 AM
OUTWARD magazine features the actor. the inspiration. Heath Ledger....

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Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 21, 2008, 07:51 AM


http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=film&article=465

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Behind the mask of masculinity Film

Two-day tribute to Heath Ledger at the Castro Theatre
Published 02/21/2008
by David Lamble
 
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Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain .

 
Our cinema church is in session for two days as the Castro hosts six screenings of Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain (Feb. 24, 25) while fans of the film grieve the inexplicable demise of its Oscar-nominated lead actor, Heath Ledger.

Perth-born, a man of the West (Western Australia), the lanky one-time teen idol (10 Things I Hate About You) would publicly disavow any serious trajectory to a career that began with a puppy-dog cute 17-year-old crossing the Outback to test the waters of Sydney TV. An early job popped up in the Olympic tryouts series Sweat. Interestingly, Ledger opted to play a gay cyclist, figuring that the role might catch the eye of American casting agents.

Ledger courted critical dismissal with performances that seemed to skate across the surface of his talent, hiding his depth of commitment to his art. The producer of the Revolutionary War epic The Patriot cited his graceful depiction of a young soldier's harrowing transition from adolescence to adulthood: "There's a natural nobility about him, standing toe-to-toe with Mel Gibson."

After Ledger's brief but memorable turn as the suicidal son from a family of racist Southern prison guards in Marc Forster's Monster's Ball, co-star Billy Bob Thornton noted, "Heath and I seem to have exactly the same sadness." In a brilliant touch, father and son are shown, in different scenes, !@#$ the same female prostitute, from the same camera angle, and in the same sleazy Louisiana motel. In just under a half-hour of screen time, Ledger's scarred loner passes through similarly perilous dramatic beats as his emblematic Brokeback character.

Repeated viewings of Ledger's beautifully tortured Ennis Del Mar reveal a man who has no language to express feelings he doesn't know he possesses until saddle buddy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) makes the first move in their pup tent one cold night. Two years ago, during a phone chat from the Brooklyn flat he was sharing with girlfriend and fellow Brokeback cast member Michelle Williams, Ledger walked me through Ennis' head as he confronts an unspeakable passion.

"The first time Ennis and Jack get together in the tent, I wanted Ennis to be on the verge of just beating Jack up, because violence was pretty much the only form of expression Ennis had allowed himself. So the first time that Jack and Ennis confront each other, I wanted it to be somewhat explosive, when instincts and passions come into play. I wanted for it to be quick, over and done. Then there were more intimate moments where I wanted to flip the coin a little, to show a sliver of kindness, a small moment of Ennis being more vulnerable for the first time in his life, and actually allow himself to be guided deeper into love. It was important to show that for the tragedy of the story, but also to help portray this beautiful love."

"It was one of the most beautiful screenplays I've ever read. I was certainly drawn to Ennis as opposed to Jack. His silent complexities, there's a huge battle within him, and there were so little words to express this, so I knew there would have to be a thorough investigation into his character. There was a brilliant short story from Annie Proulx, incredibly descriptive, essentially it was a biopic. It was clear how we had to play it. It was going to be the most masculine person I'd played, telling a story which hadn't been told before."

"I think innate conservatism is a part of his genetic structure, the beliefs and fears of his father that have been passed on through him. I see this battle within him; the other half of his battle is that he hasn't recognized it as a battle. I had to capture it in his walk, or his inability to express love; I wanted his words to fight their way out; but while I'm playing Ennis in front of the camera, I had to pretend that I didn't know that this is occurring.

"Half the problem with today's society is that we like to label situations and people, and the term gay is just there to segregate a type of people. It has been overused and abused, and our point is that gay people, straight people: there are people at both ends of that title. Ennis and Jack are just two human beings who fall in love, so whether they're gay or not, I really couldn't care. The story is about two souls who connect."
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 21, 2008, 12:29 PM
Beautifuly said.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Feb 21, 2008, 02:38 PM

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I've looked through 2 bookstores near me and they don't have the Advocate in either one. Can anyone tell me where else I could possibly find it??
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 21, 2008, 02:42 PM
I've looked through 2 bookstores near me and they don't have the Advocate in either one. Can anyone tell me where else I could possibly find it??

If you have a Borders or a Barnes & Noble near you, you should be able to find it under periodicals, or else, in a separate Gay and Lesbian section.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Feb 21, 2008, 02:46 PM
If you have a Borders or a Barnes & Noble near you, you should be able to find it under periodicals, or else, in a separate Gay and Lesbian section.

Haha, Borders and Barnes & Noble are the stores I went to, but I went to the magazine section instead of the "Gay and Lesbian" section...I'll check next time I go, thank you tpe!!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 21, 2008, 03:45 PM
I'm not sure the March issue is yet available in stores
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Feb 21, 2008, 04:04 PM

"The first time Ennis and Jack get together in the tent, I wanted Ennis to be on the verge of just beating Jack up, because violence was pretty much the only form of expression Ennis had allowed himself. So the first time that Jack and Ennis confront each other, I wanted it to be somewhat explosive, when instincts and passions come into play. I wanted for it to be quick, over and done. Then there were more intimate moments where I wanted to flip the coin a little, to show a sliver of kindness, a small moment of Ennis being more vulnerable for the first time in his life, and actually allow himself to be guided deeper into love. It was important to show that for the tragedy of the story, but also to help portray this beautiful love."

"It was one of the most beautiful screenplays I've ever read. I was certainly drawn to Ennis as opposed to Jack. His silent complexities, there's a huge battle within him, and there were so little words to express this, so I knew there would have to be a thorough investigation into his character. There was a brilliant short story from Annie Proulx, incredibly descriptive, essentially it was a biopic. It was clear how we had to play it. It was going to be the most masculine person I'd played, telling a story which hadn't been told before."

"I think innate conservatism is a part of his genetic structure, the beliefs and fears of his father that have been passed on through him. I see this battle within him; the other half of his battle is that he hasn't recognized it as a battle. I had to capture it in his walk, or his inability to express love; I wanted his words to fight their way out; but while I'm playing Ennis in front of the camera, I had to pretend that I didn't know that this is occurring.

"Half the problem with today's society is that we like to label situations and people, and the term gay is just there to segregate a type of people. It has been overused and abused, and our point is that gay people, straight people: there are people at both ends of that title. Ennis and Jack are just two human beings who fall in love, so whether they're gay or not, I really couldn't care. The story is about two souls who connect."


I love his words!! BEAUTIFUL. I understand Ennis better when he talks about him, and also I like so much to learn things about Ennis when it's Heath who is saying them.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Asali on Feb 21, 2008, 04:25 PM

"Half the problem with today's society is that we like to label situations and people, and the term gay is just there to segregate a type of people. It has been overused and abused, and our point is that gay people, straight people: there are people at both ends of that title. Ennis and Jack are just two human beings who fall in love, so whether they're gay or not, I really couldn't care. The story is about two souls who connect."
Beautiful.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 21, 2008, 04:49 PM

"Half the problem with today's society is that we like to label situations and people, and the term gay is just there to segregate a type of people. It has been overused and abused, and our point is that gay people, straight people: there are people at both ends of that title. Ennis and Jack are just two human beings who fall in love, so whether they're gay or not, I really couldn't care. The story is about two souls who connect."


Asali,beautiful and so clever on the part of Heath¡It´s admirable he thought in that way¡ The pity is that not everybody can understand this still... :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 21, 2008, 10:49 PM

"Half the problem with today's society is that we like to label situations and people, and the term gay is just there to segregate a type of people. It has been overused and abused, and our point is that gay people, straight people: there are people at both ends of that title. Ennis and Jack are just two human beings who fall in love, so whether they're gay or not, I really couldn't care. The story is about two souls who connect."


Beautiful post Thomas. If we all only understood that being gay or being str8, or being bi was only a part of who we all really are. I stopped being a gay man a long time ago.I am a man who is gay, and that is only a small part of who I am. I hope that makes sense.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 22, 2008, 05:23 AM
Beautiful post Thomas. If we all only understood that being gay or being str8, or being bi was only a part of who we all really are. I stopped being a gay man a long time ago.I am a man who is gay, and that is only a small part of who I am. I hope that makes sense.

It makes a perfect sense,BBBOY,and it should make sense also for all these who are a little sensitive and comprehensive with other persons reality.Sometimes we see some persons who,being very open-minded in social and political topics,are really narrow-minded in,let's say,moral(?) ones-situation that I can't understand but it exists-.All of us have many sides,and our sexual option MUST be only one more among all the complex reality we all are. :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 22, 2008, 05:57 AM
http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=film&article=465
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Behind the mask of masculinity Film
Two-day tribute to Heath Ledger at the Castro Theatre
Published 02/21/2008
by David Lamble
(http://ebar.com/images/articles/11_film_brokeback_0808_lrg.jpg)
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain .
"Half the problem with today's society is that we like to label situations and people, and the term gay is just there to segregate a type of people. It has been overused and abused, and our point is that gay people, straight people: there are people at both ends of that title. Ennis and Jack are just two human beings who fall in love, so whether they're gay or not, I really couldn't care. The story is about two souls who connect."
That is so beautifly put into words, Heath just said it!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Feb 22, 2008, 05:58 AM
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I see on the Advocate website [Advocate.com] there is a place to call if you want to order back issues 1.800.827.0561. Of course this is not a "back issue" yet, but they may be able to help those looking to get a copy of issue #1003.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 22, 2008, 06:03 AM
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Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 22, 2008, 06:30 AM
Christopher Nolan's tribute to Heath Ledger
http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/01/28/christopher-nolans-tribute-to-heath-ledger/
"Heath was bursting with creativity. It was in his every gesture. He once told me that he liked to wait between jobs until he was creatively hungry. Until he needed it again. He brought that attitude to our set every day. There aren't many actors who can make you feel ashamed of how often you complain about doing the best job in the world. Heath was one of them."
Christopher Nolan calls it Heath Charisma as natural as gravity.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/105580         ****Charisma as Natural as Gravity***
This tribute is pure joy to my eyes, describing Heath with so much love!!! <^(

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 22, 2008, 07:39 AM


Thanks friends.  What struck me about that article was that it was largely Heath in his own words, and about BBM.  After 2 years, the words speak to us still.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 22, 2008, 07:48 AM
Beautiful post Thomas. If we all only understood that being gay or being str8, or being bi was only a part of who we all really are. I stopped being a gay man a long time ago.I am a man who is gay, and that is only a small part of who I am. I hope that makes sense.

OT:

Thanks BBBoy.  Athough it is well known that my thoughts about this don't exactly match Heath's (and Jake's, for that matter), I agree with the major premise that people are people.  For the arguments I have posited against this, members can read the appropriate thread entitled "Was Ennis Gay?" in "Characters, Quotes, and Scenes" part of the forum.  It is inappropriate to raise this argument here.

Yes, what you say does make sense.  But I should add that although it defines a part of us, that part is truly significant.  In some ways, it defines us.   But do people understand the full significance of your statement: "I stopped being a gay man a long time ago.  I am a man who is gay..."?  I do.  :)


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 22, 2008, 10:30 AM
OT:

Thanks BBBoy.  Athough it is well known that my thoughts about this don't exactly match Heath's (and Jake's, for that matter), I agree with the major premise that people are people.  For the arguments I have posited against this, members can read the appropriate thread entitled "Was Ennis Gay?" in "Characters, Quotes, and Scenes" part of the forum.  It is inappropriate to raise this argument here.

Yes, what you say does make sense.  But I should add that although it defines a part of us, that part is truly significant.  In some ways, it defines us.   But do people understand the full significance of your statement: "I stopped being a gay man a long time ago.  I am a man who is gay..."?  I do.  :)


Hey, tpe, I think many understand BBBoy's statement, and I think most young people today growing up without the constant reminder of being gay means being different would understand the second half. If you want to start a new topic discussing the significance of growing up under a cloud of prejudice, of oppression, of repression, of facing a label that overwhelms one's own sense of self-identity, I'd be happy to participate.

I think the lesson that I learned from my own experiences, and drilled into my soul in emotional language that is unambiguous and clear by Heath, is that it does not matter who you love, not their gender, not anything. What really matters is HOW you love them, and how they love you.

Without love, no relationship is significant; with love, no label is significant.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 22, 2008, 11:21 AM
http://www.newsweek.com/id/105580         ****Charisma as Natural as Gravity***
This tribute is pure joy to my eyes, describing Heath with so much love!!! <^(



 Yes, it is true!

 The small things A HEATH LEDGER does  were noticeable under a curious eye.
But A HEATH LEDGER passes with flying colors in his good gestures and deeds.
With so much love and much respect in his craft and the people around him.....

A beautiful person that I miss.

Heath  Ledger.  His Charisma as Natural as Gravity.  Christopher Nolan is exactly right!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 22, 2008, 11:28 AM
Hey, tpe, I think many understand BBBoy's statement, and I think most young people today growing up without the constant reminder of being gay means being different would understand the second half. If you want to start a new topic discussing the significance of growing up under a cloud of prejudice, of oppression, of repression, of facing a label that overwhelms one's own sense of self-identity, I'd be happy to participate.

I think the lesson that I learned from my own experiences, and drilled into my soul in emotional language that is unambiguous and clear by Heath, is that it does not matter who you love, not their gender, not anything. What really matters is HOW you love them, and how they love you.

Without love, no relationship is significant; with love, no label is significant.


OT: Thanks for the comment lance.  Although BBBoy's comment looks paradoxical, it DOES make perfect sense, no?  I hope people understand it as not just a play of words.

In the interest of keeping this thread on course, we can continue the discussion via PMs or in the said thread in Characters Quotes, and Scenes.  It is a rich topic of discussion, and by no means is it black and white.

 

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 22, 2008, 12:08 PM
Quote
Heath said: "Half the problem with today's society is that we like to label situations and people, and the term gay is just there to segregate a type of people. It has been overused and abused, and our point is that gay people, straight people: there are people at both ends of that title. Ennis and Jack are just two human beings who fall in love, so whether they're gay or not, I really couldn't care. The story is about two souls who connect."

Beautiful post Thomas. If we all only understood that being gay or being str8, or being bi was only a part of who we all really are. I stopped being a gay man a long time ago.I am a man who is gay, and that is only a small part of who I am. I hope that makes sense.

OT:

Thanks BBBoy.  Athough it is well known that my thoughts about this don't exactly match Heath's (and Jake's, for that matter), I agree with the major premise that people are people.  For the arguments I have posited against this, members can read the appropriate thread entitled "Was Ennis Gay?" in "Characters, Quotes, and Scenes" part of the forum.  It is inappropriate to raise this argument here.

Yes, what you say does make sense.  But I should add that although it defines a part of us, that part is truly significant.  In some ways, it defines us.   But do people understand the full significance of your statement: "I stopped being a gay man a long time ago.  I am a man who is gay..."?  I do.  :)

Hey, tpe, I think many understand BBBoy's statement, and I think most young people today growing up without the constant reminder of being gay means being different would understand the second half. If you want to start a new topic discussing the significance of growing up under a cloud of prejudice, of oppression, of repression, of facing a label that overwhelms one's own sense of self-identity, I'd be happy to participate.

I think the lesson that I learned from my own experiences, and drilled into my soul in emotional language that is unambiguous and clear by Heath, is that it does not matter who you love, not their gender, not anything. What really matters is HOW you love them, and how they love you.

Without love, no relationship is significant; with love, no label is significant.


OT: Thanks for the comment lance.  Although BBBoy's comment looks paradoxical, it DOES make perfect sense, no?  I hope people understand it as not just a play of words.

In the interest of keeping this thread on course, we can continue the discussion via PMs or in the said thread in Characters Quotes, and Scenes.  It is a rich topic of discussion, and by no means is it black and white.

Hi, tpe, I think this is a rich topic for discussion as you said. It is the whole basis of Brokeback Mountain and why we love Heath's portrayal of Ennis Del Mar. It is because he gets us. Heath understood what it meant to love, with a label around your neck like a stone. He understood what it meant to be liberated, like finding the two shirts, and take flight into the sky, when no labels mattered. He also understood what it meant to have loved and lost, like standing in front of his closet, with tears.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Feb 22, 2008, 01:56 PM
     One part of these weeks, mostly small, has been looking through the torrent of information, sometimes in a gloomy mood.  It has helped
a little.  Anyway, I found something trivial, but will pass it along, for those, like me, who do look for those little facts and events prior to 1/22.
    When Ayashae started a thread--"Synchronicity", I mostly avoided it; hadn't known what it referred to, and then decided it was a little
too deep for me.  But Heath knew what it was, which shows he had a broad base of knowing the strangeness in events in life.
   I came across a more complete interview with the director, Shakhar Kapur, who had called him, the night before.  Heath complained of jet lag,
(which can, in itself, be a very serious physical ailment), and Kapur said he was scheduling Heath for a massage for 3 P.M., the next day, which
would be a good way to induce sleep, by deep muscle relaxation.  Heath said he already had an appointment for the exact same time and they
cracked jokes about....synchronicity.
  Considering all the things that went wrong---damn.  And yet that may well have been the last hearty laugh Heath had---the strange coincidences
in life----Ayashae's subject---synchronicity.  Not much to most people, but it did show me that Heath was very well-read.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 23, 2008, 07:56 AM
     One part of these weeks, mostly small, has been looking through the torrent of information, sometimes in a gloomy mood.  It has helped
a little.  Anyway, I found something trivial, but will pass it along, for those, like me, who do look for those little facts and events prior to 1/22.
    When Ayashae started a thread--"Synchronicity", I mostly avoided it; hadn't known what it referred to, and then decided it was a little
too deep for me.  But Heath knew what it was, which shows he had a broad base of knowing the strangeness in events in life.
   I came across a more complete interview with the director, Shakhar Kapur, who had called him, the night before.  Heath complained of jet lag,
(which can, in itself, be a very serious physical ailment), and Kapur said he was scheduling Heath for a massage for 3 P.M., the next day, which
would be a good way to induce sleep, by deep muscle relaxation.  Heath said he already had an appointment for the exact same time and they
cracked jokes about....synchronicity.
  Considering all the things that went wrong---damn.  And yet that may well have been the last hearty laugh Heath had---the strange coincidences
in life----Ayashae's subject---synchronicity.  Not much to most people, but it did show me that Heath was very well-read.



Ayashae's subject---synchronicity.  Not much to most people, but it did show me that Heath was very well-read.

You said it right. he is one of the very few.
Title: Re: News Coverage: February 2008
Post by: MarieMJS on Feb 23, 2008, 07:32 PM
Ok I'm a bit new to this so forgive me if it has been posted elsewhere(I still have so many posts to read :D). I thought it was pretty amazing :)

This is a great editorial about Heath from TheAdvocate.com:

http://www.advocate.com/issue_story.asp?id=52310&page=1



So long, partner

In his short life, Heath Ledger barely had time to tap his potential. But for us, he had already achieved the performance of a lifetime—and losing him so soon after Brokeback Mountain is like suffering a death in the family.
By Kyle Buchanan
From The Advocate  March 11, 2008
So long, partner


On January 22, just minutes after we were introduced at the Sundance Film Festival, lesbian filmmaker Lesli Klainberg dashed over to me, white as a sheet. “Heath Ledger is dead,” she said.

Speaking to me later, Klainberg looks back at that moment with some confusion. “I don’t know what came over me,” she says. “You and I had just met, but as soon as I heard about Heath, my first thought was that I had to find you. Isn’t that weird?”

To me, it made perfect sense. The death of Heath Ledger meant many things to many people, but thanks to Ledger’s Oscar-nominated role as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, the loss resonated with gays and lesbians in a way that other fans may not fully understand. Not just at Sundance but across the country, we sought each other out for comfort when the news hit.

And now -- as the global audience moves past its initial shock and begins to speculate on how Ledger’s death will affect the opening weekend box office for his final completed film, The Dark Knight -- gay moviegoers are still saying goodbye. Many of us are settling in with a deeper sadness that will far outlast this movie season.

“It was clear that there was something very specific to the queer community about his fame,” says film theorist B. Ruby Rich, who witnessed a similar outpouring of grief around the actor’s death. “It’s almost as though he’d been taken up as one of ours, so his death felt very, very personal. People felt implicated in what happened to him.”

Though Ledger was straight (formerly partnered with his Brokeback costar Michelle Williams, with whom he had a daughter, Matilda), many gays took pride in him as a sort of “local boy made good,” an actor whose ascendancy served as living proof that a star could play gay and flourish. While he was not actually a gay star, the thinking went, he was the next best thing: a star whose gay role launched him on to the A-list.

“There is a sense of ownership, and people feel personally stricken,” says Rich. “His role as Ennis blazed a path into people’s hearts and souls, and his death now feels like a continuation of the movie.”

Indeed, for a population who grew up on a filmic diet of doomed gays and lesbians, Ledger’s real-life death adds an extra layer of tragedy to his character in Brokeback Mountain. The life Ennis had carved out was not a happy one, but he was, at least, a survivor. With a minimum of makeup, Ledger had taken the character into his 30s and 40s, ages the actor will now never see. The compromised triumph of Ennis Del Mar—the idea of a happy life gone unlived—grows more bittersweet when coupled with thoughts of what Ledger himself might have gone on to accomplish.

That idea of what could have been isn’t merely informed by Brokeback -- it’s irrevocably intertwined with it. Prior to filming Ang Lee’s gay romance, Ledger was best known for featherweight entertainments like The Patriot, A Knight’s Tale, and the teen romp 10 Things I Hate About You. Groomed for stardom from a young age, Ledger bristled at the roles that were being offered to him (he memorably turned down Columbia Pictures head Amy Pascal when she offered him the plum role of Spider-Man, fearing he’d be typecast).

Like us, he felt himself different, and he honored that feeling.

 “In a way, I was spoon-fed, if you will, a career,” he told Time magazine in 2005. “It was fully manufactured by a studio that believed that they could put me on their posters and turn me into their bottle of Coca-Cola, their product.”

Instead of taking that easy path to stardom, Ledger took supporting roles in Lords of Dogtown and Monster’s Ball that allowed him to flex his muscles in a way so rarely required of matinee idols. And then, in Brokeback Mountain, he married his two best attributes -- the charisma of a movie star and the psychological plumbing of a character actor -- to create an indelible portrait of a man tormented by inner longing.

“That performance…I don’t know how to put words on it, really,” says Adam Sutton, a friend of Ledger’s who had visited the actor during the making of Brokeback. Like Ennis Del Mar, Sutton was a closeted cowboy when he and Ledger first met. He credits Brokeback with giving him the courage to come out in The Sydney Morning Herald and, more recently, in his memoir, Say It Out Loud.

Though Sutton claims he gave Ledger no advice on how to play Ennis, he remembers being shocked by the performance during his first screening of the film. “It was pretty surreal, because I looked at my life as a reflection of it,” he says. “I saw everything about me in the film. Heath gave me the inspiration to tell my story, just from a role he played on set.”

The two had met initially on the set of Ledger’s 2003 Aussie western Ned Kelly, where Sutton was hired to teach the actor horse-riding skills. It’s there that Sutton realized just how independent the actor could be, when Ledger—who had a taste for surfing and skateboarding—refused to wear a helmet and brushed off Sutton’s attempts to make him don one.

“He said, ‘But you’re not wearing a helmet!’ ” Sutton laughs. “And so I said, ‘Yeah, true, but you guys have to.’ It was a little bit of a standoff—he went off to himself for an hour. Eventually, he did wear a helmet, but I had to eat my humble pie and wear one too!”

Though they eventually became good friends, Sutton says there was always something elusive about the actor. “He was pretty withdrawn, and he never let anyone right into him. I think he did early on, but the more public he became, the more he went into himself. He never let anybody know who ‘Heath Ledger’ was.”

It’s precisely that enigmatic quality, which protected Ledger in life, that now makes the actor’s story so irresistible in death. Initially, he was a blank slate for speculation, catnip to the 24-hour news cycle that could spin him to fit into any narrative they pleased. One of the most compelling stories, one likely to grow with time, compares Ledger to James Dean. Beyond its most obvious connection, it’s an instructive primer of the homoerotic ingredients that go into creating a masculine icon.

 Rebel Without a Cause gave Dean his most famous role, and though the character was straight, he was the object of homosexual desire (and informed by the actor’s own sexual ambiguity). In spite of that—or, I’d posit, because of it—Dean’s Jim Stark became a classic masculine archetype. Ledger’s Ennis Del Mar, though, wasn’t merely the object of gay interest—he was gay himself. The character was iconic from the time Brokeback was released, but Ledger’s early death—and the photos of Heath as Ennis that accompanied nearly every obituary—has hastened his entry into the pantheon of on-screen masculinity.

If that enshrinement raises interesting questions about the role of gay men in creating masculine icons, it’s also caused an early reevaluation of the phenomenon that was Brokeback Mountain. “In a way, [Brokeback fever] had just barely died down and was being put to rest, and now I think that Heath Ledger’s death has made it spring up again,” notes Rich. “That film became a classic, became a cult film, became a personalized object very quickly.”

For a gay audience unused to seeing ourselves on such a big canvas, that level of identification is also why the death of Heath Ledger matters so much to us. We felt so deeply for Ledger because we felt so deeply for Ennis. To watch Heath’s career soar, to watch him fulfill his potential, was to provide, at least by proxy, the happy ending that Ennis never got. Ennis expected nothing, but we expected everything for Heath, and the idea that we’ll never get to see it puts one in mind of Jack Twist, turning away from Ennis Del Mar as his own dreams are dashed. “There’s never enough time,” he mutters. “Never enough.”   
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 23, 2008, 07:53 PM
It was a good place to post it Marie but if you don't mind I moved it here to the Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes. :)

Thanks for posting it by the way  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: MarieMJS on Feb 23, 2008, 08:02 PM
OOoooh yeah that was absolutely right to do that, I should have thought about it, I just put it in the general news, ahaha *doh dumb moment*...
I realise now that people have talked about it here already, geez I have so much to catch up with :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Feb 23, 2008, 08:04 PM
Don't worry hon' just the gesture of posting the article was very kind of you, I know members here will appreciate it... a lot!  :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: MarieMJS on Feb 23, 2008, 08:13 PM
Aw thanks, I love this place already, people are so nice(I know it does sound cheesy, but after 10 years on the internet, I can say it's not often we are treated that nicely :)) Can I give you a random virtual hug? :)


oh and other news, I just read that :

"In what was arguably the most touching moment of the day, actress Cate Blanchett took time out to honor her friend and fellow Aussie Heath Ledger at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon.

Accepting her award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "I’m Not There", which also starred Heath, a very pregnant Cate ended her thank-you speech by honouring Heath, calling him “one the most beautiful, independent spirits of all” before dedicating the award to him.
Always a woman of class. Today was no exception."


Source : fadedyoutblog.com through the fashion spot :)

Cate is absolutely fantastic, just one of the best actresses out there!!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 23, 2008, 08:15 PM
Don't worry hon' just the gesture of posting the article was very kind of you, I know members here will appreciate it... a lot!  :)


Yes, MarieMJS, merci beaucoup! I am grateful that you posted it. And welcome!  #$#

Please don't worry, this is a very friendly place.

I look forward to reading more posts from you.

 :ghug: :c) ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Feb 23, 2008, 09:07 PM
I recently posted the following quote in the "Until the shirts" thread, but realized maybe it should be here because it seems so pertinant, mods can fix if they deem necessary.

Diana Ossana was quoted in the recent Heath Ledger tribute issue of the Advocate:

"One of my most endearing memories of working with Heath on the set was the day we filmed the final scene in Brokeback. Before the first take, Heath walked over to me, a big smile on his face, and said, "I think you're going to like what I've done with this scene" . . . I watched the monitors roll . . . and realized that Heath had chosen to reverse the order of those shirts . . . Such was Heath's commitment to the truth of our story and to the rawness and depth of his portrayal."

It will never get any better than this, this dedication and understanding to ones craft. How fortunate we are to have seen (and felt) this level of commitment. I think we can all see Heath walking over to Diana with that big smile, his energy radiating from that small trailer onto screens around the world.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Feb 23, 2008, 09:32 PM
Thank you Jackster. I can indeed visualize Heath, in his charismatically casual way of strolling up to Diana Ossana and give of himself, of his deep understanding of a character from his heart, without any bravado as other spoiled stars would do. He was simply relating to a friend, something that connected them together in a labor of love. It is what Heath does best, touching souls. I miss that, everyday, every time I read about something he had done, he wanted to do.

Thank you for the memory of that moment. I will always treasure that.

I recently posted the following quote in the "Until the shirts" thread, but realized maybe it should be here because it seems so pertinent, mods can fix if they deem necessary.

Diana Ossana was quoted in the recent Heath Ledger tribute issue of the Advocate:

"One of my most endearing memories of working with Heath on the set was the day we filmed the final scene in Brokeback. Before the first take, Heath walked over to me, a big smile on his face, and said, "I think you're going to like what I've done with this scene" . . . I watched the monitors roll . . . and realized that Heath had chosen to reverse the order of those shirts . . . Such was Heath's commitment to the truth of our story and to the rawness and depth of his portrayal."

It will never get any better than this, this dedication and understanding to ones craft. How fortunate we are to have seen (and felt) this level of commitment. I think we can all see Heath walking over to Diana with that big smile, his energy radiating from that small trailer onto screens around the world.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Feb 23, 2008, 10:31 PM
Beautifully put, both of you.  O0
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 24, 2008, 12:20 AM

http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=film&article=465

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Behind the mask of masculinity Film

Two-day tribute to Heath Ledger at the Castro Theatre
Published 02/21/2008
by David Lamble
 
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Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain .


Thank you for this, Thomas.  I was just going to post it just now.  I love what Heath said about Ennis, of course, and I appreciate how the writer "got" Heath...

(Too bad we can't go to San Francisco tomorrow to see BBM at the Castro, huh?)

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 24, 2008, 12:24 AM
(http://www.geocities.com/philippines_first/heath1.jpg)

(http://www.geocities.com/philippines_first/heath3.jpg)


Thank you for posting these, white angel.  The local newspaper obituaries are such a nice old-and-current tradition, and I appreciate seeing these...

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Feb 24, 2008, 12:39 AM
ynnaf posted this in the other News, Articles thread -- has it been posted here?

It's really good.  I felt better after reading it -- after all these weeks of bits and pieces, this writer has tried to put together the bigger picture of Heath.  Of course, a lot of well-written articles by people who care are by now surfacing.

kathy


NewYork Magazine

http://nymag.com/news/features/44217/ (http://nymag.com/news/features/44217/)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 24, 2008, 07:20 AM
I am not sure if someone has posted this article dated February 7,2008. but anyway here it is.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/02072008/realestate/life_after_ledger_118140.htm

 
LIFE AFTER LEDGER   Life after Ledger    LIFE AFTER LEDGER  Life after Ledger  LIFE AFTER LEDGER


February 7, 2008 -- It didn't take long for Heath Ledger's rental apartment in SoHo to go back on the market.

We hear that the fourth-floor loft at 421 Broome St., where the actor met his demise as a result of mixing an assortment of drugs on Jan. 22, is already quietly being shopped around.

"You don't wait around in a hot rental market like this," says one broker. "As ghoulish as it sounds, people will

rent that place in a heartbeat, especially when the vacancy rate is below 1 percent."

The spacious 4,400-square-foot apartment, which Ledger began renting last September for approximately $22,000 a month, includes three bedrooms, 2½baths, an office, laundry room, gourmet kitchen and a small balcony.

Also featured are 15-foot tin ceilings, cast-iron columns, exposed-brick walls and a wood-burning fireplace.

Sources say it's now being offered for around $25,000 a month.

But for all that money you're still going to have to open the lobby door and haul your own packages. Instead of a doorman, the five-unit building uses an audio/visual intercom system with key-locked elevator.

Calls to the previous listing broker, the Corcoran Group's Darren Kearns, were not returned. The owner of the building, Donald A. Burns - who recently sold "Old Trees," his Southampton estate that had a $48 million price tag - could not be reached for comment.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Feb 24, 2008, 08:20 AM
Heath Ledger remembered at the Spirit Awards

Friends and colleagues of Heath Ledger paid an emotional tribute to the tragic star after winning an award for one of his last films.

The director and cast of Bob Dylan homage ‘I’m Not There’ dedicated the honor to Heath at the Film Independent’s Spirit Awards.

They went up on stage together to pick up the Robert Altman Award, given to a director, casting director and ensemble cast. And they told how desperately they miss talented Heath, who died last month from an accidental drug overdose.

Stars including Cate Blanchett looked on as director Todd Haynes saluted Heath, who played seducer Robbie Clark in the movie.

Haynes said: “Honouring this amazing ensemble today is so bittersweet given how shattered we are by Heath’s inconceivable absence.

“We all loved him so dearly.

“He really was unlike anybody I have ever known, giving of himself less like an actor than a creative partner on the film as a whole.

“Far beyond his startling depth and sensitivity on screen, Heath was already an astounding film-maker in his own right and the creator of some of the most exquisite and diverse music videos I have ever seen.

“I know our film, the way it was made, was very close to his own artistic sensibilities and ambitions.

“In fact he had just started circulating a future script that he was planning to direct, an adaptation of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ by Walter Tevis.

“I have no doubt he would have made an astounding director.

“When I’m not looking bitterly or perhaps selfishly at the future of cinema without him, I treasure the time we shared on this film and the love and talent he gave so freely.

“I know I speak for everyone honoured today in accepting this award in memory of the dazzling and creative spirit of Heath Ledger.”

Blanchett also dedicated her Best Supporting Female award for the film to Heath. She described him as “probably one of the most beautiful spirits of all”, and added: “This is for him.”

By Iain Burchell, Feb 24 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

http://www.showbizspy.com/2008/02/24/heath-ledger-remembered-at-the-spirit-awards/
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Feb 24, 2008, 09:12 AM
 :t) for sharing that, yb. A very touching tribute.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Feb 24, 2008, 09:42 AM
I am so deeply touched by the beautiful tributes made by people who knew Heath and loved him. This tribute from Todd Haynes and Cate Blanchett have brought me to tears - again. And the editorial from The Advocate is outstanding... thank you everybody for posting them here.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Feb 24, 2008, 09:47 AM
I know the feeling keren_b :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Feb 25, 2008, 02:36 AM
One of Heaths last photographs...filming " The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus


     (http://www.geocities.com/plane_apple/heath_drpanarssus2.jpg)


     (http://www.geocities.com/plane_apple/heath_drpanarssus1.jpg)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 25, 2008, 03:33 AM
Heath Ledger remembered at the Spirit Awards

Friends and colleagues of Heath Ledger paid an emotional tribute to the tragic star after winning an award for one of his last films.

The director and cast of Bob Dylan homage ‘I’m Not There’ dedicated the honor to Heath at the Film Independent’s Spirit Awards.

They went up on stage together to pick up the Robert Altman Award, given to a director, casting director and ensemble cast. And they told how desperately they miss talented Heath, who died last month from an accidental drug overdose.

Stars including Cate Blanchett looked on as director Todd Haynes saluted Heath, who played seducer Robbie Clark in the movie.

Haynes said: “Honouring this amazing ensemble today is so bittersweet given how shattered we are by Heath’s inconceivable absence.

“We all loved him so dearly.

“He really was unlike anybody I have ever known, giving of himself less like an actor than a creative partner on the film as a whole.

“Far beyond his startling depth and sensitivity on screen, Heath was already an astounding film-maker in his own right and the creator of some of the most exquisite and diverse music videos I have ever seen.

“I know our film, the way it was made, was very close to his own artistic sensibilities and ambitions.

“In fact he had just started circulating a future script that he was planning to direct, an adaptation of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ by Walter Tevis.

“I have no doubt he would have made an astounding director.

“When I’m not looking bitterly or perhaps selfishly at the future of cinema without him, I treasure the time we shared on this film and the love and talent he gave so freely.

“I know I speak for everyone honoured today in accepting this award in memory of the dazzling and creative spirit of Heath Ledger.”

Blanchett also dedicated her Best Supporting Female award for the film to Heath. She described him as “probably one of the most beautiful spirits of all”, and added: “This is for him.”

By Iain Burchell, Feb 24 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

http://www.showbizspy.com/2008/02/24/heath-ledger-remembered-at-the-spirit-awards/


That's really very beautiful, and I'm filling up again.   :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Feb 25, 2008, 06:22 AM
That's really very beautiful, and I'm filling up again.   :\'( :\'( :\'(

Oh, Christie, that's absolutely beautiful.  But it's also getting more and more painful to read all these - how Heath is loved by all those who had worked with him, and the music videos that he had shown them; to think about what would have been if ....
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Feb 25, 2008, 07:14 AM
Oh, Christie, that's absolutely beautiful.  But it's also getting more and more painful to read all these - how Heath is loved by all those who had worked with him, and the music videos that he had shown them; to think about what would have been if ....

I know exactly what you mean.  I really do.  It just fills me with so much sadness, to know he was so loved, which I know is a beautiful thing, but the fact is, he should still be here.   :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tpe on Feb 25, 2008, 10:38 AM


Check the Catro Theatre web site for more information...

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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/25/DDTGULUDN.DTL

Ledger honored

In tribute to the late Heath Ledger, the Castro Theatre will screen "Brokeback Mountain" tonight. The 2005 film features Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two young cowboys on a remote ranch who develop a physical relationship.

"Brokeback Mountain" was directed by Ang Lee, based on a story by Annie Proulx. The film received three Academy Awards, including best director, and Ledger won a nomination as best actor.



Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: gambrinus on Feb 25, 2008, 02:16 PM
Well, the Oscars included Heath in their In Memorium segment, but it all felt a bit rushed - I thought the BAFTA one was much better. Here's a clip of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3YN-MmPTu8

Heath is right at the end.

Note: it looks like quite a few Oscar clips have been removed already, so the one above might not last long.
Title: Re: Compilation of Tributes to Heath Ledger
Post by: Rønnaug on Feb 25, 2008, 04:04 PM
I am reading Empire magazines live coverage of the Oscars.. minute by minute blog and this made me smile a sad smile.


04.08 GMT - It's the obituaries. In our current exhausted state, the entire Empire staff may cry. Silence please.

04.11 GMT - Yes, just got something in my eye during Heath Ledger.



Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Kemmer on Feb 27, 2008, 12:48 AM
I received my copy of THE ADVOCATE today, with Heath's picture as Ennis Del Mar on the cover.  A very moving article and series of quotes.  I was surprised and very pleased to see included a full-page photo of "Ennis Del Mar" on Brokeback, seated on a log with the dogs at his feet, looking in the general direction of the camera over his left shoulder.  It's a keeper.   :-X
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 27, 2008, 04:53 AM
Please,could anybody tell me how and where can I get a copy of "The advocate"?I don´t know if one can find it here in Spain. :t)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Asali on Feb 27, 2008, 05:38 AM
Please,could anybody tell me how and where can I get a copy of "The advocate"?I don´t know if one can find it here in Spain. :t)
I will try to buy two when it comes in. If I don't hear from the bookstore tomorrow I will ring again to check they haven't forgotten me, but they promised to save a copy, hopefully they'll have a spare.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 27, 2008, 07:32 AM
I will try to buy two when it comes in. If I don't hear from the bookstore tomorrow I will ring again to check they haven't forgotten me, but they promised to save a copy, hopefully they'll have a spare.
 

Could I have one,please?Tell me what I must do for getting it,do you want? ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Feb 27, 2008, 08:04 AM
Please,could anybody tell me how and where can I get a copy of "The advocate"?I don´t know if one can find it here in Spain. :t)

Dear MPJ:
On the ADVOCATE website [Advocate.com] they list the following contact info. Note they have an "Outside USA" phone number. They take VISA/MC. I think if you can call them during their business hours in the USA they should be able to you get as many copies as you want. Hope this helps. :)
PS. It is Issue #1003 that you want.

BACK ISSUES
Call:

Monday - Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. EST
(800) 827-0561 (USA)
(845) 457-1574 (Outside USA)
Visa/MC/Amex accepted

Write:
Advocate Back Issues
P.O. Box 410
Montvale, NJ 07645
$3.99 US each, plus $4.50 US postage for the first copy, $1.50 for each additional copy
*Indicate issue number or date.

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Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 27, 2008, 10:09 AM
Thank you,Jackster¡ I´ll try it as soon as I can... :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Feb 27, 2008, 05:15 PM
A very nice tribute to Heath along with a very nice 7 min. video montage of Heath photographs (on and off camera) set to the music of "He Was A Friend of Mine" followed by "The Maker Makes".

The Movie Barn advertises itself as blogspot featuring Gay Themed Non-Commercial Must-See Movies.

The tribute is long, but thorough and well written and the video is extremely well done.

http://moviebarn.blogspot.com/2008/01/remembering-heath-ledger.html


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Feb 28, 2008, 12:18 AM
A very nice tribute to Heath along with a very nice 7 min. video montage of Heath photographs (on and off camera) set to the music of "He Was A Friend of Mine" followed by "The Maker Makes"
The Movie Barn advertises itself as blogspot featuring Gay Themed Non-Commercial Must-See Movies.
The tribute is long, but thorough and well written and the video is extremely well done.
http://moviebarn.blogspot.com/2008/01/remembering-heath-ledger.html
That just beautiful!! thank you for sharing!!!  :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 28, 2008, 12:07 PM
A very nice tribute to Heath along with a very nice 7 min. video montage of Heath photographs (on and off camera) set to the music of "He Was A Friend of Mine" followed by "The Maker Makes".

The Movie Barn advertises itself as blogspot featuring Gay Themed Non-Commercial Must-See Movies.

The tribute is long, but thorough and well written and the video is extremely well done.

http://moviebarn.blogspot.com/2008/01/remembering-heath-ledger.html


Thanks,Jackster¡ But hearing "He was a friend of mine" still hurts too much... :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ayasha on Feb 28, 2008, 04:29 PM
     One part of these weeks, mostly small, has been looking through the torrent of information, sometimes in a gloomy mood.  It has helped
a little.  Anyway, I found something trivial, but will pass it along, for those, like me, who do look for those little facts and events prior to 1/22.
    When Ayashae started a thread--"Synchronicity", I mostly avoided it; hadn't known what it referred to, and then decided it was a little
too deep for me.  But Heath knew what it was, which shows he had a broad base of knowing the strangeness in events in life.
   I came across a more complete interview with the director, Shakhar Kapur, who had called him, the night before.  Heath complained of jet lag,
(which can, in itself, be a very serious physical ailment), and Kapur said he was scheduling Heath for a massage for 3 P.M., the next day, which
would be a good way to induce sleep, by deep muscle relaxation.  Heath said he already had an appointment for the exact same time and they
cracked jokes about....synchronicity.
  Considering all the things that went wrong---damn.  And yet that may well have been the last hearty laugh Heath had---the strange coincidences
in life----Ayashae's subject---synchronicity.  Not much to most people, but it did show me that Heath was very well-read.

Dear Tony,

excuse my delay in replying your post,  but you know I thank you so much for pointing me to it ^f^: This anecdote makes me feel warm at heart, Heath knowing about this specific topic, shows that, at any rate, we were in the same wavelength...it's such a sweet wink for us, isn't it?

I'll try to find out more about it, maybe you're right when you said you wanted to know more about the true Heath...surely not the most private ones, but there are so many things we don't know about him that would make us feel somehow closer to him, and with that feeling of warmth inside, despite the sorrow and longing.

How strange this is...it all seems a bad dream and when I come to this threads it all becomes so real...gosh  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Tony on Feb 28, 2008, 06:05 PM
  Hi, Ayashae---am glad you found out that Heath had an understanding of a rare subject most of us had never heard of before, except you
and Lance.  And maybe that was a wink....who knows?  After all, that's the nature of that subject, at times.  At any rate, except for you,
I would never have understood what he was saying.  Many thanks.
 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: MarieMJS on Feb 28, 2008, 07:20 PM
Thanks,Jackster¡ But hearing "He was a friend of mine" still hurts too much... :\'(

Oh geez, I so agree with that... And whenever I hear a sad Rufus Wainwright song, it's the same(crazy!!)...

Wonderful tribute though...
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Mar 03, 2008, 01:59 PM
I don't know if someone has posted this tribute before-if so,excuse me...-.It's from the Australian Short Film Festival (Tropfest) Tribute and also with "He was a friend of mine".It has some previous publicity,but,well...

http://video.msn.com/video.aspx/?mkt=en-au&brand=ninemsn&fg=rss&vid=2a738e92-72d7-4ac0-8cee-71471bea08fa&from=imbot_en-au_general&wa=wsignin1.0

And this article about the last person who spoke with him-I repite,if it's a repetition,forgive my awkwardness-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/02/23/bfkapur123.xml

 

 

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 03, 2008, 04:58 PM
I don't know if someone has posted this tribute before-if so,excuse me...-.It's from the Australian Short Film Festival (Tropfest) Tribute and also with "He was a friend of mine".It has some previous publicity,but,well...

http://video.msn.com/video.aspx/?mkt=en-au&brand=ninemsn&fg=rss&vid=2a738e92-72d7-4ac0-8cee-71471bea08fa&from=imbot_en-au_general&wa=wsignin1.0

And this article about the last person who spoke with him-I repite,if it's a repetition,forgive my awkwardness-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/02/23/bfkapur123.xml


Thank you so much for both of them, I don't think they were posted before.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 05, 2008, 02:35 PM
In presenting the Robert Altman Award, actress Patricia Clarkson added: "Anyone who has seen the film 'I'm Not There' will remember the line, 'Live in your own times, child.' As actors, we were lucky to live in Heath's times. We only wish they could have been longer."

Earlier during the prizegiving in Santa Monica, California, Cate Blanchett dedicated her Best Supporting Actress award to her 'I'm Not There' co-star and fellow Aussie, Ledger, who she called "probably one of the most beautiful independent spirits of all."

http://breakingnews.iol.ie/entertainment/story.asp?j=247445234&p=z4744594x
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Mar 09, 2008, 05:19 PM
Posthumous Oscar nomination for Heath Ledger's 'stunning' Joker?

From the LA Times website 9 March 08, with a link to a much longer story in the NY Times.

"Ledger gives a 'terrifying, amazing performance as the Joker, promises director Nolan. Ledger said it was 'the most fun I've ever had playing a character.' "

Read the story:

http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2008/03/no-joke-posthum.html
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: gambrinus on Mar 10, 2008, 12:04 PM
Director Terry Gilliam has said he is "delighted" that Heath Ledger's final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, will be released.

Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell will now appear as Ledger's character, but scenes he had previously filmed will be included in the movie. Gilliam said he was hoping "to touch people's hearts and souls as Heath was able to do" through the film. He added filming on the British-Canadian production had resumed in Vancouver "with the blessing and support of Heath Ledger's family".

It had been suggested that Ledger's role would be completed using CGI (computer generated imagery) special effects, which is what happened when Oliver Reed died during the making of Gladiator. In a statement the film's producers said other allowances had been made.

"Since the format of the story allows for the preservation of his entire performance, at no point will Heath's work be modified or altered through the use of digital technology.

"Each of the parts played by Johnny, Colin and Jude is representative of the many aspects of the character that Heath was playing."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/entertainment/7287953.stm
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 10, 2008, 12:40 PM
"Since the format of the story allows for the preservation of his entire performance, at no point will Heath's work be modified or altered through the use of digital technology.

I'm so relieved to hear that. I want to see him as he was... and I do hope they will include all his scenes in their entirety. I trust Terry Gilliam to treat Heath's work with the respect it deserved.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Mar 11, 2008, 12:55 PM
Here´s another nice tribute with the music of "The Wings"; lyrics and performance are by Shane August.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzuA7cYmKtY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzuA7cYmKtY)

"You give me the wings to fly
You are the clear blue sky
I'm floating so free, so high
Falling with grace, for you, am I
You give me the wings to fly"


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Mar 11, 2008, 02:50 PM
Here´s another nice tribute with the music of "The Wings"; lyrics and performance are by Shane August.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzuA7cYmKtY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzuA7cYmKtY)

"You give me the wings to fly
You are the clear blue sky
I'm floating so free, so high
Falling with grace, for you, am I
You give me the wings to fly"




Oh man, this one is amazing!!! The song is totally beautiful and heartbreaking. Made me cry a lot. God.  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(

Thank you Ali; I'd never found this.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Audrey twist on Mar 11, 2008, 04:31 PM
Here´s another nice tribute with the music of "The Wings"; lyrics and performance are by Shane August.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzuA7cYmKtY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzuA7cYmKtY)

"You give me the wings to fly
You are the clear blue sky
I'm floating so free, so high
Falling with grace, for you, am I
You give me the wings to fly"



 :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Mar 12, 2008, 12:35 AM
I don't know if someone has posted this tribute before-if so,excuse me...-.It's from the Australian Short Film Festival (Tropfest) Tribute and also with "He was a friend of mine".It has some previous publicity,but,well...

http://video.msn.com/video.aspx/?mkt=en-au&brand=ninemsn&fg=rss&vid=2a738e92-72d7-4ac0-8cee-71471bea08fa&from=imbot_en-au_general&wa=wsignin1.0

And this article about the last person who spoke with him-I repite,if it's a repetition,forgive my awkwardness-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/02/23/bfkapur123.xml


I love this article.  I had read other things by/about Kapur.  Heath would have been great as that TV war reporter I think.  And I love what Kapur said, that by this time, his face had matured, and he could have played that part...

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Mar 12, 2008, 12:37 AM
Director Terry Gilliam has said he is "delighted" that Heath Ledger's final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, will be released.

Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell will now appear as Ledger's character, but scenes he had previously filmed will be included in the movie. Gilliam said he was hoping "to touch people's hearts and souls as Heath was able to do" through the film. He added filming on the British-Canadian production had resumed in Vancouver "with the blessing and support of Heath Ledger's family".

It had been suggested that Ledger's role would be completed using CGI (computer generated imagery) special effects, which is what happened when Oliver Reed died during the making of Gladiator. In a statement the film's producers said other allowances had been made.

"Since the format of the story allows for the preservation of his entire performance, at no point will Heath's work be modified or altered through the use of digital technology.

"Each of the parts played by Johnny, Colin and Jude is representative of the many aspects of the character that Heath was playing."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/entertainment/7287953.stm

This is good.  I was hoping this would be the solution they would agree to.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Mar 12, 2008, 08:02 AM
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Mar 12, 2008, 08:28 AM
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082


Thanks so much for this link, yb.  :\'( :ghug:

I think the candid and emotional response from Ang Lee surprised both the interviewer and Ang Lee himself.

The questions he asked were so poignant. I didn't catch his name, but whoever it was, good job!

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Hanna on Mar 12, 2008, 08:43 AM
Yes, beutiful interview.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 12, 2008, 11:01 AM
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082

Oh, that's really... beautiful and sad and... :\'( Ang Lee is such a sweet, gentle man. To hear him say that he misses Heath a lot, it really touches me.

But what was it exactly he said about Heath and the shirts? I'm not sure I understood.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 12, 2008, 11:05 AM
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082



that was a really beautiful interview, and Ang's touching words were really heartfelt.   :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Mar 12, 2008, 11:08 AM
Oh, that's really... beautiful and sad and... :\'( Ang Lee is such a sweet, gentle man. To hear him say that he misses Heath a lot, it really touches me.

But what was it exactly he said about Heath and the shirts? I'm not sure I understood.

That was a really nice, open and honest interview. You don't see those very often.

He was saying that it was very intense, and Heath was very intense, getting ready to do the scene with the shirts. And one of the times they did a take, he opened the door and they weren't there.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 12, 2008, 11:10 AM
I thought Ang was incredibly genuine in his grief for Heath, he was such a lovely man, and you felt his pain, especially when he was saying he wished he'd spent more time with him socially.   :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Mar 12, 2008, 11:25 AM
That got to me too Christie, especially with the themes of regret for missed opportunities that run through BBM. I liked what he said about what they did together being up there though, and giving him the best parts of himself.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Mar 12, 2008, 11:34 AM
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082



I'll have to watch this when I get home. Thanks for posting it.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Mar 12, 2008, 12:14 PM
What a lovely interview with Ang. Thanks for posting, yb.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 12, 2008, 12:27 PM
That got to me too Christie, especially with the themes of regret for missed opportunities that run through BBM. I liked what he said about what they did together being up there though, and giving him the best parts of himself.

Oh I know, and it was wonderful to hear how much Ang enjoyed working with Heath.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Mar 12, 2008, 09:06 PM
I thought Ang was incredibly genuine in his grief for Heath, he was such a lovely man, and you felt his pain, especially when he was saying he wished he'd spent more time with him socially.   :\'( :\'(

Me too- you could see it on his face. I felt bad when he said he'd probably have a hard time watching batman and seeing the trailer gets to him and also when he said that they made something together and it's there and that's his consolation.  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 13, 2008, 04:20 AM
Me too- you could see it on his face. I felt bad when he said he'd probably have a hard time watching batman and seeing the trailer gets to him and also when he said that they made something together and it's there and that's his consolation.  :\'(

Oh god I know!  He was touching his heart when he was saying watching the batman trailer gets to him....like it really hurt his heart to see Heath on screen, when he's no longer here.  You could tell Ang was genuinely affected and so sad. 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 13, 2008, 04:27 AM
Williams and Friends pay magazine tribute to Ledger

HEATH LEDGER's closest Hollywood pals, including ex-partners MICHELLE WILLIAMS and NAOMI WATTS, have spoken out for the first time since his death in January (08). The pair joined forces with director Todd Haynes - who made Ledger's movie I'm Not There - actors Sean Penn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, his agent Steve Alexander, and pal Ellen DeGeneres, to talk to Interview magazine about their relationship with the star. Williams, the mother of his daughter Matilda, describes Ledger's energy and talent, saying, "He had an uncontrollable energy. He buzzed. He would jump out of bed. "For as long as I'd known him, he had bouts with insomnia. He just had too much energy. His mind was turning, turning, turning - always turning. "He had a talent for everything that he put his mind to. He didn't know limits. "I think that the interesting thing about Heath, which maybe people have only really fully discovered in his death, his how vulnerable he was. "You can pick up on it in his performances, but it's easy to overlook because he was so physical and beautiful and strong and masculine. But there was always that underlying sensitivity. That's who he was." Watts, who dated Ledger for two years, adds, "His acting was just so touching, so connected in truth. I think he was just getting started." Seymour Hoffman, who met Ledger when they were both nominated for the Best Actor Oscar in 2006, describes the actor's "childlike enthusiasm," adding, "His body was always in motion." And his agent Alexander paints the picture of a Ledger as a "rolling stone".  
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 13, 2008, 10:11 AM
STIPE PAYS LIVE HOMAGE TO LEDGER

REM frontman MICHAEL STIPE paid an emotional tribute to tragic HEATH LEDGER - before launching into one of the actor's favourite songs. The band dedicated their track Until The Day Is Done to Ledger in front of a packed crowd at Stubb's Barbeque during their stint at Austin, Texas' South By Southwest festival on Wednesday (12Mar08). A visibly upset Stipe announced, "This is dedicated to Heath Ledger who loved this song," before shouting at the end, "Goodbye Heath, we loved you!"

This is such a wonderful thing to do. If you want to listen to the song that was one of Heath's favourites, click on the link.  This isn't the actual concert mentioned above, but one from last year in Dublin.  Having listened to it, I can  understand why Heath loved it. It's really beautiful, with Micheal Stipe's haunting voice together with Peter Buck's gorgeous guitar playing - it gave me shivers. I would have loved this even if Heath hadn't, but the fact that he did, makes me love it even more. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nuhD68mr84
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Mar 13, 2008, 10:23 AM
Thank you Christie  for the updates !!
Quote
"I think that the interesting thing about Heath, which maybe people have only really fully discovered in his death, his how vulnerable he was. "You can pick up on it in his performances, but it's easy to overlook because he was so physical and beautiful and strong and masculine.
What a wonderful thing to say,then  of course the would since they knew  him so well...

The tribute from MICHAEL STIPE and song by REM is indeed beautiful!  O0
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Mar 13, 2008, 10:31 AM
The tribute by Michael Stipe was indeed beautiful, I hope there will be footage of it so that we can share that moment.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 13, 2008, 10:32 AM
The tribute by Michael Stipe was indeed beautiful, I hope there will be footage of it so that we can share that moment.


I really hope so too.   :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Mar 13, 2008, 10:46 AM
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082



That was so lovely. Ang really showed how he feels about Heath, and it was a beautiful, heartfelt tribute.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Mar 13, 2008, 10:51 AM
Williams and Friends pay magazine tribute to Ledger

HEATH LEDGER's closest Hollywood pals, including ex-partners MICHELLE WILLIAMS and NAOMI WATTS, have spoken out for the first time since his death in January (08). The pair joined forces with director Todd Haynes - who made Ledger's movie I'm Not There - actors Sean Penn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, his agent Steve Alexander, and pal Ellen DeGeneres, to talk to Interview magazine about their relationship with the star. Williams, the mother of his daughter Matilda, describes Ledger's energy and talent, saying, "He had an uncontrollable energy. He buzzed. He would jump out of bed. "For as long as I'd known him, he had bouts with insomnia. He just had too much energy. His mind was turning, turning, turning - always turning. "He had a talent for everything that he put his mind to. He didn't know limits. "I think that the interesting thing about Heath, which maybe people have only really fully discovered in his death, his how vulnerable he was. "You can pick up on it in his performances, but it's easy to overlook because he was so physical and beautiful and strong and masculine. But there was always that underlying sensitivity. That's who he was." Watts, who dated Ledger for two years, adds, "His acting was just so touching, so connected in truth. I think he was just getting started." Seymour Hoffman, who met Ledger when they were both nominated for the Best Actor Oscar in 2006, describes the actor's "childlike enthusiasm," adding, "His body was always in motion." And his agent Alexander paints the picture of a Ledger as a "rolling stone".  

Thank you for posting this tribute Christie, you can see how these women loved this wonderful man.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Mar 13, 2008, 10:52 AM
STIPE PAYS LIVE HOMAGE TO LEDGER

REM frontman MICHAEL STIPE paid an emotional tribute to tragic HEATH LEDGER - before launching into one of the actor's favourite songs. The band dedicated their track Until The Day Is Done to Ledger in front of a packed crowd at Stubb's Barbeque during their stint at Austin, Texas' South By Southwest festival on Wednesday (12Mar08). A visibly upset Stipe announced, "This is dedicated to Heath Ledger who loved this song," before shouting at the end, "Goodbye Heath, we loved you!"

This is such a wonderful thing to do. If you want to listen to the song that was one of Heath's favourites, click on the link.  This isn't the actual concert mentioned above, but one from last year in Dublin.  Having listened to it, I can  understand why Heath loved it. It's really beautiful, with Micheal Stipe's haunting voice together with Peter Buck's gorgeous guitar playing - it gave me shivers. I would have loved this even if Heath hadn't, but the fact that he did, makes me love it even more. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nuhD68mr84

What a lovely thing to do. I do hope we get to see it.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 13, 2008, 12:55 PM
Williams and Friends pay magazine tribute to Ledger

HEATH LEDGER's closest Hollywood pals, including ex-partners MICHELLE WILLIAMS and NAOMI WATTS, have spoken out for the first time since his death in January (08). The pair joined forces with director Todd Haynes - who made Ledger's movie I'm Not There - actors Sean Penn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, his agent Steve Alexander, and pal Ellen DeGeneres, to talk to Interview magazine about their relationship with the star. Williams, the mother of his daughter Matilda, describes Ledger's energy and talent, saying, "He had an uncontrollable energy. He buzzed. He would jump out of bed. "For as long as I'd known him, he had bouts with insomnia. He just had too much energy. His mind was turning, turning, turning - always turning. "He had a talent for everything that he put his mind to. He didn't know limits. "I think that the interesting thing about Heath, which maybe people have only really fully discovered in his death, his how vulnerable he was. "You can pick up on it in his performances, but it's easy to overlook because he was so physical and beautiful and strong and masculine. But there was always that underlying sensitivity. That's who he was." Watts, who dated Ledger for two years, adds, "His acting was just so touching, so connected in truth. I think he was just getting started." Seymour Hoffman, who met Ledger when they were both nominated for the Best Actor Oscar in 2006, describes the actor's "childlike enthusiasm," adding, "His body was always in motion." And his agent Alexander paints the picture of a Ledger as a "rolling stone".  

Oh my god, it breaks my heart to read all this... This is Heath just like I thought he was, just like I imagined him to be. I need to get this magazine, or at least find the whole interview online.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 13, 2008, 01:18 PM
STIPE PAYS LIVE HOMAGE TO LEDGER

REM frontman MICHAEL STIPE paid an emotional tribute to tragic HEATH LEDGER - before launching into one of the actor's favourite songs. The band dedicated their track Until The Day Is Done to Ledger in front of a packed crowd at Stubb's Barbeque during their stint at Austin, Texas' South By Southwest festival on Wednesday (12Mar08). A visibly upset Stipe announced, "This is dedicated to Heath Ledger who loved this song," before shouting at the end, "Goodbye Heath, we loved you!"

This is such a wonderful thing to do. If you want to listen to the song that was one of Heath's favourites, click on the link.  This isn't the actual concert mentioned above, but one from last year in Dublin.  Having listened to it, I can  understand why Heath loved it. It's really beautiful, with Micheal Stipe's haunting voice together with Peter Buck's gorgeous guitar playing - it gave me shivers. I would have loved this even if Heath hadn't, but the fact that he did, makes me love it even more. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nuhD68mr84

Christie, you are killing me with these news. I love R.E.M and I've adored Michael Stipe for years. I thought that him and Heath might have been friends because I saw some pictures of them together at a couple of events. But anyway, Michael Stype is a great singer with an amazing voice, and this is such a beautiful thing to do. And it's so like him, to do something like this. If I'm not mistaken, R.E.M's album "Monster" was dedicated to River Pheonix (I've heard that somewhere) and one of the songs in it, "Let Me In" (which I absolutely love) was written in the memory of Kurt Cobain. I always had great appreciation for him, and this tribute he made for Heath makes me love him even more.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 13, 2008, 02:39 PM
Christie, you are killing me with these news. I love R.E.M and I've adored Michael Stipe for years. I thought that him and Heath might have been friends because I saw some pictures of them together at a couple of events. But anyway, Michael Stype is a great singer with an amazing voice, and this is such a beautiful thing to do. And it's so like him, to do something like this. If I'm not mistaken, R.E.M's album "Monster" was dedicated to River Pheonix (I've heard that somewhere) and one of the songs in it, "Let Me In" (which I absolutely love) was written in the memory of Kurt Cobain. I always had great appreciation for him, and this tribute he made for Heath makes me love him even more.

Oh honey.   :ghug:  I'm sorry, I know that reading this kind of thing is heartbreaking, but at the same time, its so amazing to be reminded of all those people who loved him and,like us, are still dealing with his death.  I think Heath and Michael were friends. 

And I love REM and I have always, always, loved Michael Stipe's voice.  I heard it for the very first time, on an album of another band, and I was blown away - I didnt even know of REM then.  Did you listen to the song?  If not, you must. Honestly, if you love his voice, you will be blown away by it in this song....its just so raw, it reminds me of earlier songs, such as Hairshirt and You are the Everything, and lots of others too. 

I didnt know about them dedicating their album Monster to River Phoenix.  Wow. 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 13, 2008, 02:47 PM
Oh my god, it breaks my heart to read all this... This is Heath just like I thought he was, just like I imagined him to be. I need to get this magazine, or at least find the whole interview online.

Me too.  Those words...."how vulnerable he was" just get to me.  Because its true.  You can see it, its there. 

I definitely want this magazine, doubt I can get it here though. Hopefully it will be on line Keren.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Mar 13, 2008, 04:32 PM
Ang Lee talked emotionally about Heath in an interview at ShoWest 2008, here's the link to view the video:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=228082



I didn't understand much cause I have my baby shouting around here, but I've cried so much only looking at Ang's face. OMG.  :\'(  :\'(  :\'( What a sad heartbreaking expression. Damn.  :\'(  :\'(  :\'( He's beaten. I know that. I can feel it there.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Mar 13, 2008, 04:46 PM
Williams and Friends pay magazine tribute to Ledger

HEATH LEDGER's closest Hollywood pals, including ex-partners MICHELLE WILLIAMS and NAOMI WATTS, have spoken out for the first time since his death in January (08). The pair joined forces with director Todd Haynes - who made Ledger's movie I'm Not There - actors Sean Penn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, his agent Steve Alexander, and pal Ellen DeGeneres, to talk to Interview magazine about their relationship with the star. Williams, the mother of his daughter Matilda, describes Ledger's energy and talent, saying, "He had an uncontrollable energy. He buzzed. He would jump out of bed. "For as long as I'd known him, he had bouts with insomnia. He just had too much energy. His mind was turning, turning, turning - always turning. "He had a talent for everything that he put his mind to. He didn't know limits. "I think that the interesting thing about Heath, which maybe people have only really fully discovered in his death, his how vulnerable he was. "You can pick up on it in his performances, but it's easy to overlook because he was so physical and beautiful and strong and masculine. But there was always that underlying sensitivity. That's who he was." Watts, who dated Ledger for two years, adds, "His acting was just so touching, so connected in truth. I think he was just getting started." Seymour Hoffman, who met Ledger when they were both nominated for the Best Actor Oscar in 2006, describes the actor's "childlike enthusiasm," adding, "His body was always in motion." And his agent Alexander paints the picture of a Ledger as a "rolling stone".  

Thank you so much for this Christie. It's beautiful but, you know, so sad. Heath was like those sweet candies I used to love: hard solid attractive cover outside and then soft melted sweetness inside. This man could have his candy cover, his armor and his costume but deep inside there was the child, the tenderness, the warm heart that made people smile and dream just like a child in front of a candy.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 13, 2008, 04:56 PM
Thank you so much for this Christie. It's beautiful but, you know, so sad. Heath was like those sweet candies I used to love: hard solid attractive cover outside and then soft melted sweetness inside. This man could have his candy cover, his armor and his costume but deep inside there was the child, the tenderness, the warm heart that made people smile and dream just like a child in front of a candy.

Aww Tammy, thats beautifully put.  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Mar 13, 2008, 08:42 PM
Williams and Friends pay magazine tribute to Ledger

HEATH LEDGER's closest Hollywood pals, including ex-partners MICHELLE WILLIAMS and NAOMI WATTS, have spoken out for the first time since his death in January (08). The pair joined forces with director Todd Haynes - who made Ledger's movie I'm Not There - actors Sean Penn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, his agent Steve Alexander, and pal Ellen DeGeneres, to talk to Interview magazine about their relationship with the star. Williams, the mother of his daughter Matilda, describes Ledger's energy and talent, saying, "He had an uncontrollable energy. He buzzed. He would jump out of bed. "For as long as I'd known him, he had bouts with insomnia. He just had too much energy. His mind was turning, turning, turning - always turning. "He had a talent for everything that he put his mind to. He didn't know limits. "I think that the interesting thing about Heath, which maybe people have only really fully discovered in his death, his how vulnerable he was. "You can pick up on it in his performances, but it's easy to overlook because he was so physical and beautiful and strong and masculine. But there was always that underlying sensitivity. That's who he was." Watts, who dated Ledger for two years, adds, "His acting was just so touching, so connected in truth. I think he was just getting started." Seymour Hoffman, who met Ledger when they were both nominated for the Best Actor Oscar in 2006, describes the actor's "childlike enthusiasm," adding, "His body was always in motion." And his agent Alexander paints the picture of a Ledger as a "rolling stone".  

 :\'( Barb shared this with me earlier and it just tugged at my heart. She managed to convey so very much in so few words. I think its the April edition of the magazine that this is in- if my search was correct.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Mar 13, 2008, 08:43 PM
Thank you so much for this Christie. It's beautiful but, you know, so sad. Heath was like those sweet candies I used to love: hard solid attractive cover outside and then soft melted sweetness inside. This man could have his candy cover, his armor and his costume but deep inside there was the child, the tenderness, the warm heart that made people smile and dream just like a child in front of a candy.

 :ghug: Tammy. That is so beautifully stated.  :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Mar 13, 2008, 08:56 PM
:\'( Barb shared this with me earlier and it just tugged at my heart. She managed to convey so very much in so few words. I think its the April edition of the magazine that this is in- if my search was correct.

Thanks, Michelle. I will definitely get the April edition, if that is the case. I love all the quotes, but like you said, this really tugged at the heart:

Quote
"He had a talent for everything that he put his mind to. He didn't know limits. "I think that the interesting thing about Heath, which maybe people have only really fully discovered in his death, his how vulnerable he was. "You can pick up on it in his performances, but it's easy to overlook because he was so physical and beautiful and strong and masculine. But there was always that underlying sensitivity. That's who he was."

 :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Mar 13, 2008, 09:00 PM
I didn't understand much cause I have my baby shouting around here, but I've cried so much only looking at Ang's face. OMG.  :\'(  :\'(  :\'( What a sad heartbreaking expression. Damn.  :\'(  :\'(  :\'( He's beaten. I know that. I can feel it there.

You said it babytammy. I thought I was the only one who felt his pain. It looked as though he aged ten years since January 22. I am most touched by his honesty, about his regret that he never socialized with Heath more often, that he wished he had, despite his normal rule for not socializing with actors during projects.

I hope someone is there for Ang Lee, to give him the hugs that we have been getting here.

Should we send sympathy cards to the cast members or family members? I'd be happy to chip in.

 :ghug: :ghug: :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Mar 13, 2008, 09:20 PM
There're more tributes from Heath's friends:

Friends Cheer Hear! Hear! to Heath

The latest issue of Interview has a great tribute to Heath Ledger, a touching spread of quotes from folks he changed who will miss him.

A few highlights:

Amy Pascal:  "He was always introducing you to 3,000 mates whose names you can’t remember."

Philip Seymour Hoffman:  "Heath didn’t have the cynicism that this business can eventually put upon people, or the pretension that certain artists can carry with them sometimes. He had a really honest quality about him. He obviously had never lost his wide-eyed optimism."

Michelle Williams:  "I think that the interesting thing about Heath, which maybe people have only really fully discovered in his death, is how vulnerable he was. You can pick up on it in his performances, but it’s easy to overlook because he was so physical and beautiful and strong and masculine. But there was always that underlying sensitivity. That’s who he was."

Sean Penn:  "Heath was not simply a quiet and gifted actor who liked to go surfing, though that is how I primarily knew him in life. In the time we spent together, we spoke a bit about family, about travels, but most of all, about film.Yet, in his unassuming way, he never revealed to me the visual poet of the first order who I discovered watching the film clips he directed, music videos and such, after his death. His talent does speak volumes of the kind man, the loving father, and, in fact, the brilliant and gifted guy I really missed out on—that we all did, in the long run. Heath might have been a giant."


http://www.eonline.com/gossip/hum/detail/index.jsp?uuid=2e0657c9-9f6a-4436-af27-79e0b3ae857b&sid=fd-hum

The more I read about the film clips and music videos he directed and showed his friends, the more I feel what a tragic loss it is to us.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Mar 13, 2008, 09:25 PM
There're more tributes from Heath's friends:

Friends Cheer Hear! Hear! to Heath

The latest issue of Interview has a great tribute to Heath Ledger, a touching spread of quotes from folks he changed who will miss him.


Sean Penn:  "Heath was not simply a quiet and gifted actor who liked to go surfing, though that is how I primarily knew him in life. In the time we spent together, we spoke a bit about family, about travels, but most of all, about film.Yet, in his unassuming way, he never revealed to me the visual poet of the first order who I discovered watching the film clips he directed, music videos and such, after his death. His talent does speak volumes of the kind man, the loving father, and, in fact, the brilliant and gifted guy I really missed out on—that we all did, in the long run. Heath might have been a giant."


http://www.eonline.com/gossip/hum/detail/index.jsp?uuid=2e0657c9-9f6a-4436-af27-79e0b3ae857b&sid=fd-hum

The more I read about the film clips and music videos he directed and showed his friends, the more I feel what a tragic loss it is to us.



That last one was especially hard to read. The could'ves and might have beens.  :\'( Just the words "visual poet" set me off.  :\'(

Thanks for posting this YB  :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Mar 13, 2008, 09:35 PM
That last one was especially hard to read. The could'ves and might have beens.  :\'( Just the words "visual poet" set me off.  :\'(

Thanks for posting this YB  :ghug:

LJN, yes, those are really difficult to read.  Chris Nolan, Todd Haynes had talked about the clips and music videos and now Sean Penn, it's not getting any easier even though it's been almost 2 months.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Mar 13, 2008, 09:47 PM
LJN, yes, those are really difficult to read.  Chris Nolan, Todd Haynes had talked about the clips and music videos and now Sean Penn, it's not getting any easier even though it's been almost 2 months.

No it's not.  :-\\ :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Mar 14, 2008, 02:41 AM
There're more tributes from Heath's friends:

Friends Cheer Hear! Hear! to Heath

The latest issue of Interview has a great tribute to Heath Ledger, a touching spread of quotes from folks he changed who will miss him.

A few highlights:

Amy Pascal:  "He was always introducing you to 3,000 mates whose names you can’t remember."

Philip Seymour Hoffman:  "Heath didn’t have the cynicism that this business can eventually put upon people, or the pretension that certain artists can carry with them sometimes. He had a really honest quality about him. He obviously had never lost his wide-eyed optimism."

Michelle Williams:  "I think that the interesting thing about Heath, which maybe people have only really fully discovered in his death, is how vulnerable he was. You can pick up on it in his performances, but it’s easy to overlook because he was so physical and beautiful and strong and masculine. But there was always that underlying sensitivity. That’s who he was."

Sean Penn:  "Heath was not simply a quiet and gifted actor who liked to go surfing, though that is how I primarily knew him in life. In the time we spent together, we spoke a bit about family, about travels, but most of all, about film.Yet, in his unassuming way, he never revealed to me the visual poet of the first order who I discovered watching the film clips he directed, music videos and such, after his death. His talent does speak volumes of the kind man, the loving father, and, in fact, the brilliant and gifted guy I really missed out on—that we all did, in the long run. Heath might have been a giant."


http://www.eonline.com/gossip/hum/detail/index.jsp?uuid=2e0657c9-9f6a-4436-af27-79e0b3ae857b&sid=fd-hum

The more I read about the film clips and music videos he directed and showed his friends, the more I feel what a tragic loss it is to us.



Those are beautiful tributes. I loved them all, each giving us a glimpse of the beautiful man Heath was. I loved hearing how he would introduce you to about 3,000 mates....not wanting to leave a single person out, genuinely valuing everyone. That's a beautiful thing to know about him.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 14, 2008, 04:01 AM
Those are beautiful tributes. I loved them all, each giving us a glimpse of the beautiful man Heath was. I loved hearing how he would introduce you to about 3,000 mates....not wanting to leave a single person out, genuinely valuing everyone. That's a beautiful thing to know about him.

I smiled when I read that, about his 3,000 mates, you could see Heath doing that.  Thanks for posting this yb, I do love reading about what people thought of him, but its unbearable at times.  Sean Penn's words were hard to read.  He touched so many people, and I bet Heath didn't have a clue how he was valued.   
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 14, 2008, 06:02 AM
It is so difficult to read all these things, what Michelle said and what Sean Penn said, about how amazing and talented he was. I know he was an amazing person, but every thing I read that validates that makes my heart break a little more. It's like as time goes by, the loss gets bigger.

I thought Ang's interview was so emotional and heartfelt. I could really feel his honesty and his pain in speaking about Heath. And I couldn't help but notice that he still talks about him in the present tense - "he's a great actor, he's a great guy". I wonder if Heath knows how many hearts and lives he touched.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Mar 14, 2008, 06:38 AM
I noticed that too Keren.


And of course I'd say he knows now, but being the kind of person he was, I doubt he really knew just how much he touched people because he just seemed a little more humble than that. I mean, how many people would give themselves that much credit? But I do think that he knew what a big impact BBM had on people, and how much his work was appreciated in that. And my guess is that his friends and family let him know how much he was valued.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Mar 14, 2008, 08:55 AM
It is so difficult to read all these things, what Michelle said and what Sean Penn said, about how amazing and talented he was. I know he was an amazing person, but every thing I read that validates that makes my heart break a little more. It's like as time goes by, the loss gets bigger.

I thought Ang's interview was so emotional and heartfelt. I could really feel his honesty and his pain in speaking about Heath. And I couldn't help but notice that he still talks about him in the present tense - "he's a great actor, he's a great guy". I wonder if Heath knows how many hearts and lives he touched.

It was like Haynes said, "we lost a lot, we lost double, we lost triple."

I noticed that too Keren.

And of course I'd say he knows now, but being the kind of person he was, I doubt he really knew just how much he touched people because he just seemed a little more humble than that. I mean, how many people would give themselves that much credit? But I do think that he knew what a big impact BBM had on people, and how much his work was appreciated in that. And my guess is that his friends and family let him know how much he was valued.

I was going to highlight and bold the part that touched me, but I ended up highlighting most of your post. Reading it the first time, in the context of Keren's post, in reference to Ang Lee, I thought your post referred to Ang Lee, but then I realized it could equally apply to Heath. One aspect of Heath that constantly amazed me was his humility given his immense talents. He never showed off, and that was why few people outside of his closed friends knew of his many different aspects of talents. Visual poetry, from Sean Penn, really got me. I have noticed Heath's ability to move, like the cliche in sports - poetry in motion, or bringing to mind the Russian ballet dancer, Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov (I googled it  :) ) . His every movement on screen is as Mark Addy said in A Knight's Tale special features, so self-possessed, never hurried, always measured. Yet at the same time, his self-possessiveness is also so generous, to the other actors, to the director, to the crew. He gave so much until he felt empty, and could give no more.  :\'( Someone once wrote in this forum that he died because his heart couldn't keep up with his spirit. I can see that now. And now his spirit is free to soar without earthly limits. Every bird circling in flight reminds me of the hawk's calling in Brokeback Mountain, and Heath's spirit, surfing the clouds.

 :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Mar 14, 2008, 08:58 AM
It was like Haynes said, "we lost a lot, we lost double, we lost triple."

I was going to highlight and bold the part that touched me, but I ended up highlighting most of your post. Reading it the first time, in the context of Keren's post, in reference to Ang Lee, I thought your post referred to Ang Lee, but then I realized it could equally apply to Heath. One aspect of Heath that constantly amazed me was his humility given his immense talents. He never showed off, and that was why few people outside of his closed friends knew of his many different aspects of talents. Visual poetry, from Sean Penn, really got me. I have noticed Heath's ability to move, like the cliche in sports - poetry in motion, or bringing to mind the Russian ballet dancer, Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov (I googled it  :) ) . His every movement on screen is as Mark Addy said in A Knight's Tale special features, so self-possessed, never hurried, always measured. Yet at the same time, his self-possessiveness is also so generous, to the other actors, to the director, to the crew. He gave so much until he felt empty, and could give no more.  :\'( Someone once wrote in this forum that he died because his heart couldn't keep up with his spirit. I can see that now. And now his spirit is free to soar without earthly limits. Every bird circling in flight reminds me of the hawk's calling in Brokeback Mountain, and Heath's spirit, surfing the clouds.
 :ghug:

I love you're comment, so beautiful :)
 :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 14, 2008, 09:03 AM
It was like Haynes said, "we lost a lot, we lost double, we lost triple."

I was going to highlight and bold the part that touched me, but I ended up highlighting most of your post. Reading it the first time, in the context of Keren's post, in reference to Ang Lee, I thought your post referred to Ang Lee, but then I realized it could equally apply to Heath. One aspect of Heath that constantly amazed me was his humility given his immense talents. He never showed off, and that was why few people outside of his closed friends knew of his many different aspects of talents. Visual poetry, from Sean Penn, really got me. I have noticed Heath's ability to move, like the cliche in sports - poetry in motion, or bringing to mind the Russian ballet dancer, Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov (I googled it  :) ) . His every movement on screen is as Mark Addy said in A Knight's Tale special features, so self-possessed, never hurried, always measured. Yet at the same time, his self-possessiveness is also so generous, to the other actors, to the director, to the crew. He gave so much until he felt empty, and could give no more.  :\'( Someone once wrote in this forum that he died because his heart couldn't keep up with his spirit. I can see that now. And now his spirit is free to soar without earthly limits. Every bird circling in flight reminds me of the hawk's calling in Brokeback Mountain, and Heath's spirit, surfing the clouds.

 :ghug:

What a wonderful comment.  One of the reasons I liked Heath was because of the way he carried himself, he had no ego (or as you say, he never showed off), he was just who he was.  In one of my favourite interviews he gave for BBM, he said when asked if he was apprehensive about the risk of taking on the role, and he said no, because he didn't think he had a career to risk.  I love that line, it reminds me what an amazing talent he was, but also someone who did what he did because he loved it, not because he wanted to please others...he was a free spirit.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Mar 14, 2008, 11:19 AM
It was like Haynes said, "we lost a lot, we lost double, we lost triple."

I was going to highlight and bold the part that touched me, but I ended up highlighting most of your post. Reading it the first time, in the context of Keren's post, in reference to Ang Lee, I thought your post referred to Ang Lee, but then I realized it could equally apply to Heath. One aspect of Heath that constantly amazed me was his humility given his immense talents. He never showed off, and that was why few people outside of his closed friends knew of his many different aspects of talents. Visual poetry, from Sean Penn, really got me. I have noticed Heath's ability to move, like the cliche in sports - poetry in motion, or bringing to mind the Russian ballet dancer, Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov (I googled it  :) ) . His every movement on screen is as Mark Addy said in A Knight's Tale special features, so self-possessed, never hurried, always measured. Yet at the same time, his self-possessiveness is also so generous, to the other actors, to the director, to the crew. He gave so much until he felt empty, and could give no more.  :\'( Someone once wrote in this forum that he died because his heart couldn't keep up with his spirit. I can see that now. And now his spirit is free to soar without earthly limits. Every bird circling in flight reminds me of the hawk's calling in Brokeback Mountain, and Heath's spirit, surfing the clouds.
 :ghug:

 :\'( Beautiful comment Andrew.  :ghug:
All of these comments from everyone do seem to confirm what we felt and in a way that is nice because it shows that we did have some connection, however tenuous or hazy, but we were in tune. And you know they are heartfelt and sincere. It's heartening to see so many peope saying such deep, meaningful words of tribute. I know most people won't come out and speak ill of the dead but there is a difference in   saying "He was a great guy" and the comments that Michelle and SP made. SP's made me cry all over again- the words "visual poet" are just haunting me now-it's conjuring up so many images in my mind. I'm still doing the head shake while my mind continues to ask "It's real isn't it?" The initial shock has worn off but all that does is allow the stabbing pain of reality to permeate slowly. As Keren said: It's like as time goes by, the loss gets bigger.  :\'( :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Mar 14, 2008, 01:29 PM
God, that's so beautifully put by all of you. :ghug:


And yes, Andrew, I was referring to Heath in my post, although I can see how it applies to Ang Lee as well. I had the privilege of seeing Ang Lee speak in NY last fall, and only wish I could have done the same with Heath. I am enormously jealous of every interviewer who ever spoke with him.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Mar 14, 2008, 03:40 PM
:\'( Beautiful comment Andrew.  :ghug:
All of these comments from everyone do seem to confirm what we felt and in a way that is nice because it shows that we did have some connection, however tenuous or hazy, but we were in tune. And you know they are heartfelt and sincere. It's heartening to see so many peope saying such deep, meaningful words of tribute. I know most people won't come out and speak ill of the dead but there is a difference in   saying "He was a great guy" and the comments that Michelle and SP made. SP's made me cry all over again- the words "visual poet" are just haunting me now-it's conjuring up so many images in my mind. I'm still doing the head shake while my mind continues to ask "It's real isn't it?" The initial shock has worn off but all that does is allow the stabbing pain of reality to permeate slowly. As Keren said: It's like as time goes by, the loss gets bigger.  :\'( :ghug:


It is real. And one day we'll probably even accept that. But yeah, we were in tune, and there is actually comfort in that. Still, I have those moments of thinking why someone so special? Why someone so worth being? But then I try to remind myself there could have been a world without him in it at all, and that would really be bleak, so I'll give thanks for those 28 years he had and the few years we had of his graciously sharing himself, and go from there.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: B_Mountain_Girl on Mar 14, 2008, 05:08 PM
I don't know about other people but I certainly believe death is just crossing on another "side". Like a two way mirror.
We can't see them, but they can see us. I am not surprised Ang Lee talks about Heath in the present tense.

When I saw his latest music clips I understood, he was fascinated by dimensions.
White/black, light/dark, liquid/solid... I really want to see Drake's clip... it must be fascinating, as much as I could make off of what they showed, he not only covered the line between life and death but he captured Drake’s struggle between living and dying.

The prim plan of his somber face on a Merry-go-round (could see the person’s mind already gone) vs. the spinning (twister) background (life still goes on weather you’re here or not). Heath and Drake’s minds were too fast for the pace the world was going for them.   

As the newscaster said the clip was “disturbing”… which at this point I really don’t care for their opinion. The clip must be a work of art.

These are the clips Heath directed… (thanks to Caroline for posting them on LJ)

http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/bh_reason.html (http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/bh_reason.html)

http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/benharper_morning.html (http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/benharper_morning.html)

http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/nfa.html (http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/nfa.html)

http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/nfa_seduction.html (http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/nfa_seduction.html)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Mar 14, 2008, 05:38 PM
OMG! Thank you so much B_Mountain_Girl! These clips are beautiful  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: B_Mountain_Girl on Mar 14, 2008, 05:40 PM
Very welcome.

Beauty must be seen.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Mar 14, 2008, 05:50 PM
Very welcome.

Beauty must be seen.

You bet! :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: B_Mountain_Girl on Mar 14, 2008, 05:53 PM
The Queen's Gambit , might go on with a new director. Everyone know it was Heath's cinema baby... it would be interesting to see.
Since the script was already written while Heath was alive... his visions are in it.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/film-and-tv/features/heath-ledger--a-prophetic-tragedy-795344.html (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/film-and-tv/features/heath-ledger--a-prophetic-tragedy-795344.html)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Mar 14, 2008, 07:19 PM

Thank you BMG!!  :ghug:

The vids were absoultly amazing and I could see what you mean, he had such a different view and way of using different dimententions in a way that they can come together. Oh, and the article on the "Queen's Gambit"...i could only imagine what that movie could've been if Heath was there to guide it. Though I'm glad that he helped bring it to back up from just a screenplay. I can only hope that whoever takes his place will use what Heath gave as well as their own vision, to make this movie a delicate but beautiful work of heart  :\'( 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Mar 14, 2008, 07:42 PM
Thank you for posting those links. The videos were wonderful to see, and the article about The Queen's Gambit was interesting too. Wish we'd had a chance to see it as he envisioned it.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Mar 14, 2008, 11:04 PM

It is real. And one day we'll probably even accept that. But yeah, we were in tune, and there is actually comfort in that. Still, I have those moments of thinking why someone so special? Why someone so worth being? But then I try to remind myself there could have been a world without him in it at all, and that would really be bleak, so I'll give thanks for those 28 years he had and the few years we had of his graciously sharing himself, and go from there.


Yup. I am with you there, FlwrChild. I cannot imagine a world without Heath, so I am thankful for every picture of him I see on the web. I am grateful for every interview I found, whether on youtube, or in text, where I can learn a little bit more about the man behind the screen. I am forever indebted to everyone who helped to bring Heath into the world, on to the screen, and most of all, in all the roles that I love and cherish. For the moment, that includes Ennis in Brokeback Mountain, and William in A Knght's Tale. I am not too crazy about Skip in Lords of Dogtown. I recall the son in The Patriot only vaguely, so I will just have to watch it again.

I could never understand in the past, when I saw people crying and fainting in Beatles or Elvis concerts. Or how some people were fanatical about Elvis memorabilia. Now I understand, because I cry watching Heath in different movies, interviews or photographs, because I want to collect everything that is connected with Heath, because I think about Heath whenever I am not busy or distracted with mundane things. It is the same mourning process that went on for years twenty eight years ago. I wish I can say that it gets better. I think it got better for a while, after I watched A Knight's Tale. But it got worse, after I watched Lords of Dogtown. The antidote for that was watching Brokeback Mountain again, and bookmarking all the great moments of Heath, capturing the visual poetry we spoke of. I try to see all the good that Heath gave us, and try to ride out the sense of loss. There is no other way, and if I've learned anything from Ennis in Brokeback Mountain in the last few scenes, and to paraphrase myself from the poetry corner way back when, before that tragic day:

I spent too many years
thinking of yesterdays with you
when I can be looking ahead
to warm hearts and embraces
right here and right now

I am thankful that if I gotta stand it, I gotta stand it with all you warm and wonderful people.

 :ghug: :ghug: :ghug: %)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Mar 14, 2008, 11:20 PM
That's beautiful lc. :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Mar 14, 2008, 11:34 PM
I watched the vids Heath directed. Stunning! Esp the Ben Harper ones- that first one- the whole kaliedoscope thing was awesome! and then second one- the close ups on the instruments were beautiful! I wasn't too fond of the music in the last two but the vids were amazing- the cause and effect teamed up with color and negative. God I miss him.  :-\\ I didn't read the Queen's Gambit article yet though.


I could never understand in the past, when I saw people crying and fainting in Beatles or Elvis concerts. Or how some people were fanatical about Elvis memorabilia. Now I understand, because I cry watching Heath in different movies, interviews or photographs, because I want to collect everything that is connected with Heath, because I think about Heath whenever I am not busy or distracted with mundane things. It is the same mourning process that went on for years twenty eight years ago. I wish I can say that it gets better. I think it got better for a while, after I watched A Knight's Tale. But it got worse, after I watched Lords of Dogtown. The antidote for that was watching Brokeback Mountain again, and bookmarking all the great moments of Heath, capturing the visual poetry we spoke of. I try to see all the good that Heath gave us, and try to ride out the sense of loss. There is no other way, and if I've learned anything from Ennis in Brokeback Mountain in the last few scenes, and to paraphrase myself from the poetry corner way back when, before that tragic day:

I spent too many years
thinking of yesterdays with you
when I can be looking ahead
to warm hearts and embraces
right here and right now

I am thankful that if I gotta stand it, I gotta stand it with all you warm and wonderful people.

 :ghug: :ghug: :ghug: %)


Beautiful post Andrew  :ghug: I'm in that same mourning process as I was 6 years ago, I didn't think I'd ever feel that bad again. I was wrong. It took years for me to get "right" again with that and this hit with as much impact so I guess I'm strapped in the car waiting to see where the "ride" goes.

The last line of your post is so well stated and right back at ya.  :^^) :ghug: %)

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Mar 15, 2008, 12:58 AM
:\'( Beautiful comment Andrew.  :ghug:
All of these comments from everyone do seem to confirm what we felt and in a way that is nice because it shows that we did have some connection, however tenuous or hazy, but we were in tune. And you know they are heartfelt and sincere. It's heartening to see so many peope saying such deep, meaningful words of tribute. I know most people won't come out and speak ill of the dead but there is a difference in   saying "He was a great guy" and the comments that Michelle and SP made. SP's made me cry all over again- the words "visual poet" are just haunting me now-it's conjuring up so many images in my mind. I'm still doing the head shake while my mind continues to ask "It's real isn't it?" The initial shock has worn off but all that does is allow the stabbing pain of reality to permeate slowly. As Keren said: It's like as time goes by, the loss gets bigger.  :\'( :ghug:

"He might have been a giant" got to me, too.  He was a giant.  A giant talent and heart and soul...

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Mar 15, 2008, 01:19 AM
OMG! Thank you so much B_Mountain_Girl! These clips are beautiful  :\'(

Yes, thank you BMG for posting these.  I'd heard about Heth's videos he directed, but had never seen any.  These are fascinating!  I love the first and second ones, especially the kaleidoscope one.  The last one is intriguing, too.  All of them are -- seeing them gives us more pieces of Heath, yes, the "visual poet."

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 15, 2008, 05:27 AM
I've seen the Heath-directed videos before but I'm glad they were posted again - thanks B_Mountain_Girl!!  they are incredible - he had so much talent.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Mar 15, 2008, 06:51 AM
Thank you so much for the vids; they're wonderful!! I loved especially the second one: Ben's Morning yearning. It's stunning, utterly beautiful and mesmerizing.

Yeah, Heath might have been a giant....  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(

Thank you for your so touching posts Andrew. I can see all the precious things Heath was through your words and the other brokie's words cause I can't keep watching or reading interviews, I can't keep looking at his pics. I quit that two weeks ago more or less. I couldn't stand the pain anymore. And now you made me cry again.  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Mar 15, 2008, 06:57 AM
 :ghug: Tammy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 15, 2008, 08:06 AM
The Queen's Gambit , might go on with a new director. Everyone know it was Heath's cinema baby... it would be interesting to see.
Since the script was already written while Heath was alive... his visions are in it.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/film-and-tv/features/heath-ledger--a-prophetic-tragedy-795344.html (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/film-and-tv/features/heath-ledger--a-prophetic-tragedy-795344.html)

This article made me so sad... but then, everything I read about Heath these days makes me so sad. I'm crying now, just from reading this. Reading about his unique talent, his vision, his enthusiasm, and knowing that he will never get to see this movie done, thinking about what it could've been if he had the chance to complete this project like he dreamed, and knowing that it won't happen anymore. It just gets too hard. I'm thinking about him in those long sleepless nights, sitting in front of the computer and writing emails with his ideas and his thoughts, his mind working non-stop while the rest of the world is asleep. There was so much he wanted to do, to experience, so many plans and dreams, so much talent and potential. He was like a bright star in the sky, and there are just no words for such a loss.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 15, 2008, 08:10 AM
Thank you for the videos B_Mountain_Girl, Heath had so many talents...  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Mar 15, 2008, 09:12 AM
Thank you so much for the vids; they're wonderful!! I loved especially the second one: Ben's Morning yearning. It's stunning, utterly beautiful and mesmerizing.

Yeah, Heath might have been a giant....  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(

Thank you for your so touching posts Andrew. I can see all the precious things Heath was through your words and the other brokie's words cause I can't keep watching or reading interviews, I can't keep looking at his pics. I quit that two weeks ago more or less. I couldn't stand the pain anymore. And now you made me cry again.  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(


Sorry, Tammy,  :ghug: I try not to bare my soul too much on the forum, especially when it is still grieving for Heath. But once in a while, I just need to say it to feel better. I hope you will feel better soon, too. With Easter coming, and spring flowers blooming, let us both think happier thoughts, of Heath surfing clouds and singing with birds, twinkling from heaven's night sky, and whispering like the wind.

 :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Mar 15, 2008, 09:32 AM

Sorry, Tammy,  :ghug: I try not to bare my soul too much on the forum, especially when it is still grieving for Heath. But once in a while, I just need to say it to feel better. I hope you will feel better soon, too. With Easter coming, and spring flowers blooming, let us both think happier thoughts, of Heath surfing clouds and singing with birds, twinkling from heaven's night sky, and whispering like the wind.

 :ghug:

No, please keep posting your thoughts, it makes me feel better that there are still others who are feeling the same, that I'm not alone on this road.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 15, 2008, 10:40 AM
This article made me so sad... but then, everything I read about Heath these days makes me so sad. I'm crying now, just from reading this. Reading about his unique talent, his vision, his enthusiasm, and knowing that he will never get to see this movie done, thinking about what it could've been if he had the chance to complete this project like he dreamed, and knowing that it won't happen anymore. It just gets too hard. I'm thinking about him in those long sleepless nights, sitting in front of the computer and writing emails with his ideas and his thoughts, his mind working non-stop while the rest of the world is asleep. There was so much he wanted to do, to experience, so many plans and dreams, so much talent and potential. He was like a bright star in the sky, and there are just no words for such a loss.

Beautifully said, Keren, I agree with it all.   :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Mar 15, 2008, 10:42 AM

I could never understand in the past, when I saw people crying and fainting in Beatles or Elvis concerts. Or how some people were fanatical about Elvis memorabilia. Now I understand, because I cry watching Heath in different movies, interviews or photographs, because I want to collect everything that is connected with Heath, because I think about Heath whenever I am not busy or distracted with mundane things. It is the same mourning process that went on for years twenty eight years ago. I wish I can say that it gets better. I think it got better for a while, after I watched A Knight's Tale. But it got worse, after I watched Lords of Dogtown. The antidote for that was watching Brokeback Mountain again, and bookmarking all the great moments of Heath, capturing the visual poetry we spoke of. I try to see all the good that Heath gave us, and try to ride out the sense of loss. There is no other way, and if I've learned anything from Ennis in Brokeback Mountain in the last few scenes, and to paraphrase myself from the poetry corner way back when, before that tragic day:

I spent too many years
thinking of yesterdays with you
when I can be looking ahead
to warm hearts and embraces
right here and right now

I am thankful that if I gotta stand it, I gotta stand it with all you warm and wonderful people.

 :ghug: :ghug: :ghug: %)

LC, all I can say is that your words are beautiful!! Your last words of your posts express what I have felt as well..it's so hard to comprehend such a loss  :\'(  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 15, 2008, 10:42 AM
I definitely want this magazine, doubt I can get it here though. Hopefully it will be on line Keren.



For anyone in the UK, Borders stock this magazine.  I saw the march edition in there today...I know we will have to wait a little longer than others, but it will be worth it.   :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Mar 15, 2008, 06:27 PM
I don't know about other people but I certainly believe death is just crossing on another "side". Like a two way mirror.
We can't see them, but they can see us. I am not surprised Ang Lee talks about Heath in the present tense.
When I saw his latest music clips I understood, he was fascinated by dimensions.
White/black, light/dark, liquid/solid... I really want to see Drake's clip... it must be fascinating, as much as I could make off of what they showed, he not only covered the line between life and death but he captured Drake’s struggle between living and dying.
The prim plan of his somber face on a Merry-go-round (could see the person’s mind already gone) vs. the spinning (twister) background (life still goes on weather you’re here or not). Heath and Drake’s minds were too fast for the pace the world was going for them.   
As the newscaster said the clip was “disturbing”… which at this point I really don’t care for their opinion. The clip must be a work of art.
These are the clips Heath directed… (thanks to Caroline for posting them on LJ)

http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/bh_reason.html (http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/bh_reason.html)

http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/benharper_morning.html (http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/benharper_morning.html)

http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/nfa.html (http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/nfa.html)

http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/nfa_seduction.html (http://www.wearethemasses.com/musicvideos/nfa_seduction.html)

Amazing!! I already saw the second clip on YouTube before Heath's passing...
Again you just can not help it, but say "what a talent"!!!, he was gifted!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 16, 2008, 10:56 AM
Todd Haynes dedicates Robert Altman Award to Heath Ledger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fI7KcDKGLo
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tizi17 on Mar 16, 2008, 10:59 AM
thank you keren.. wonderful...  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Mar 16, 2008, 11:09 AM
Todd Haynes dedicates Robert Altman Award to Heath Ledger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fI7KcDKGLo

omg, that made me cry so much :\'( :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Mar 16, 2008, 01:17 PM
Todd Haynes dedicates Robert Altman Award to Heath Ledger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fI7KcDKGLo

Thanks Keren  ^f^ What a beautiful dedication. I'm in tears now  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 16, 2008, 02:54 PM
Todd Haynes dedicates Robert Altman Award to Heath Ledger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fI7KcDKGLo

Oh god, Keren..... :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(

Todd Haynes's words were so beautiful and touching, but they totally broke my heart.   :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Mar 16, 2008, 03:47 PM
Oh my, Keren....  :\'(  :\'(  :\'( His words are just precious....

And what about the gap they leave between Cate Blanchett and Bruce Greenwood?  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(

How touching this is. Damn.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Mar 16, 2008, 03:57 PM
Todd Haynes words were so touching.. I can't help but cry watching and listening.

Without Heath Ledger in the past and in the present, there will be no other actor who will  ever be remembered his share of  craft in acting, his very own unique personality as an actor , his natural charisma as a person. his very own way of delivering himself to the audience in his speeches during special awards and events.  he is a "gem" in every lives he touches with his courageous performance in our epic of Brokeback Mountain... he is a "diamond" among his peers.....He is not just someone but an angel who is always with us in our memories  till eternally.

A face we can't forget....an angel ...a legend.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Rosie on Mar 16, 2008, 04:20 PM
Todd Haynes dedicates Robert Altman Award to Heath Ledger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fI7KcDKGLo

So beautiful, but so heartbreaking.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Mar 16, 2008, 04:53 PM
Todd Haynes dedicates Robert Altman Award to Heath Ledger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fI7KcDKGLo

Really wonderful,but heartbreaking and so sad...Why does all this hurt so much still?  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Mar 16, 2008, 04:58 PM
Really wonderful,but heartbreaking and so sad...Why does all this hurt so much still?  :\'(

oh  :ghug:

i dont think the pain will ever go away but it will get better
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Mar 16, 2008, 05:17 PM
oh  :ghug:

i dont think the pain will ever go away but it will get better

I know,Emelie, :t)  ; but one always falls by reading or listening things that remind us He's no longer with us...     :ghug: 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Mar 16, 2008, 07:36 PM
Todd Haynes dedicates Robert Altman Award to Heath Ledger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fI7KcDKGLo

Oh God!  :\'(

Thanks for posting little darlin'  :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jessicat80 on Mar 16, 2008, 09:07 PM
Really wonderful,but heartbreaking and so sad...Why does all this hurt so much still?  :\'(

I'm sure this has been posted many times, but I think it was said best in the tribute article written in this month's The Advocate, that wrote while others are thinking of the disappointing loss of an entertainer and concerned with the box office of Batman, the fans of Brokeback Mountain are still mourning the loss of a family member. It's ok that it hurts this much, it's how we honor the life he had. But we can't let it hold us down, we need to continue on; that's how we honor the life he should still have.

Sometimes... I just really miss my friend though.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Mar 16, 2008, 09:30 PM
It's ok that it hurts this much, it's how we honor the life he had. But we can't let it hold us down, we need to continue on; that's how we honor the life he should still have.

Sometimes... I just really miss my friend though.

I second your emotion. I feel the same way. Heath was not a God, he was a man. He gave all he could while on this planet and I'm sure would not want to be lionized. Let us move on with his memory and his extraordinary gifts and know we are the better for having seen and felt them.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Mar 16, 2008, 10:25 PM
Todd Haynes dedicates Robert Altman Award to Heath Ledger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fI7KcDKGLo

Shit.  It just makes me curse, damnit.  I guess I'm in the "anger" phase.  Like life sucks, that this should happen, that we have Heath no more.

This is so beautiful, though, Todd Haynes to do this.  Heath touched so many people so strongly.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: B_Mountain_Girl on Mar 17, 2008, 12:07 PM
I couldn't watch it. When Todd Haynes started the speech, I lost it  :\'( :\'( :\'(
I watched it again later... then cried some more when I saw Cate fighting back tears.

I can feel the void more and more  :\'(

I love the dedication... Heath deserves it thousand time over, he did a great job in I'm not there.

Heath (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y4/MamaCeleste/Smiles/bravo_2.gif)(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y4/MamaCeleste/Smiles/13_187.gif)(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y4/MamaCeleste/Smiles/bravo_2.gif)(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y4/MamaCeleste/Smiles/13_187.gif)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Mar 17, 2008, 02:41 PM
Todd Haynes words were so touching.. I can't help but cry watching and listening.

Without Heath Ledger in the past and in the present, there will be no other actor who will  ever be remembered his share of  craft in acting, his very own unique personality as an actor , his natural charisma as a person. his very own way of delivering himself to the audience in his speeches during special awards and events.  he is a "gem" in every lives he touches with his courageous performance in our epic of Brokeback Mountain... he is a "diamond" among his peers.....He is not just someone but an angel who is always with us in our memories  till eternally.

A face we can't forget....an angel ...a legend.

i cant agree well done.

 more i am crying so much after that but what can we do he is still with us and im sure he is happy at the love and support we are all sending him in our thought and prayers, but more then anything im sure he does not want to cause us hurt we should grieva and mourn it is only natural but heath was so kind he would deffinatly want us to go on as normal and thats what i am trying to do some days are harder then others but reallyill cry when i need to but i wont stop my normal life heath wouldnt want that. (sorry i just repeated the same thing about 5 times)
 :ghug:

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Mar 18, 2008, 02:54 PM
i cant agree well done.

 more i am crying so much after that but what can we do he is still with us and im sure he is happy at the love and support we are all sending him in our thought and prayers, but more then anything im sure he does not want to cause us hurt we should grieva and mourn it is only natural but heath was so kind he would deffinatly want us to go on as normal and thats what i am trying to do some days are harder then others but reallyill cry when i need to but i wont stop my normal life heath wouldnt want that. (sorry i just repeated the same thing about 5 times)
 :ghug:



Yes. I know Heath won't let us grieve forever because he has left so much for us to cherish and remember.. but reading  those tributes for our baby turns me to cry.. mixed emotions of gladness and sadness.. glad because people all around the world acknowledge his craft with gusto,,  because his wings flew up there and rest in the arms of the angels.

There is only one actor like him to come in a  hundred years.. maybe none.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Mar 18, 2008, 03:08 PM
Yes. I know Heath won't let us grieve forever because he has left so much for us to cherish and remember.. but reading  those tributes for our baby turns me to cry.. mixed emotions of gladness and sadness.. glad because people all around the world acknowledge his craft with gusto,,  because his wings flew up there and rest in the arms of the angels.

There is only one actor like him to come in a  hundred years.. maybe none.
i dont think there has ever been a person like heath before and im not sure there ever will be again.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Mar 18, 2008, 03:10 PM
i dont think there has ever been a person like heath before and im not sure there ever will be again.

no, there will never be another heath and im happy about that, no one can ever replace him :-\\ :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Mar 19, 2008, 09:21 AM
no, there will never be another heath and im happy about that, no one can ever replace him :-\\ :\'(

 No other can ever replace our dearest Heath.. no one... I agree.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 19, 2008, 10:15 AM
yb found the Interview magazine article and asked me to post it here, for everyone to read.   Thanks yb.  ^f^

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j237/christiegwood/Brokeback%20Mountain/Heath%20Ledger/2nlwy21.jpg)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 19, 2008, 10:16 AM
(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j237/christiegwood/Brokeback%20Mountain/Heath%20Ledger/2j2j995.jpg)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 19, 2008, 10:16 AM
(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j237/christiegwood/Brokeback%20Mountain/Heath%20Ledger/2ue0gea.jpg)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 19, 2008, 10:17 AM
(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j237/christiegwood/Brokeback%20Mountain/Heath%20Ledger/mt5shj.jpg)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Mar 19, 2008, 10:25 AM
everyone loves him and they have great reason too he is possibly the greatest kindest man to have ever walked the earth,
im sad we cant see him for a while but i know we havnt seen the last of him and we will se him again.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 19, 2008, 10:43 AM
Oh My God, thank you yb and thank you Christie for posting it. Such a gift, to read these things from people who truly knew him and loved him. I feel such an enormous sense of loss reading that. :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Mar 19, 2008, 10:56 AM
Thank you for posting that christie. I'd just read it online and was coming to see if it had made its way here yet. :)

It really was so generous of all of them to express their thoughts about him and share them with the rest of us. Speaks volumes about the kind of person he was that these are the people he surrounded himself with. It makes me think of a line from A Knight's Tale:

"Your men love you. If I knew nothing else about you, that would be enough." 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Mar 19, 2008, 11:14 AM
Thanks for posting the article  :ghug:

Great quote Barb. I loved this one "... so everything was possible for him."  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Mar 19, 2008, 02:15 PM
Thank you SO much for the article!!  :ghug:  :\'(  :ghug:

I was almost ready to cry when I read one of Todd Haynes quotes ~

" When I think about where Heath was headed - I don't know what would have happened, given his taletn. But I just feel so sad about what we're being deprived of and the work that he would have continued to bring to us. He just seems like he was on a different plane"

I try not to think about what would've happened if he was still with us but then when I read something like this, it always comes right back to me like a ton of bricks  :\'(  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 19, 2008, 02:18 PM
Thank you SO much for the article!!  :ghug:  :\'(  :ghug:

I was almost ready to cry when I read one of Todd Haynes quotes ~

" When I think about where Heath was headed - I don't know what would have happened, given his taletn. But I just feel so sad about what we're being deprived of and the work that he would have continued to bring to us. He just seems like he was on a different plane"

I try not to think about what would've happened if he was still with us but then when I read something like this, it always comes right back to me like a ton of bricks  :\'(  :\'(

I know, it's really hard. I find myself smiling at the tributes and lovely things said about him, but at the same time, there's an unbearable sadness about them....
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Mar 19, 2008, 02:29 PM
I know, it's really hard. I find myself smiling at the tributes and lovely things said about him, but at the same time, there's an unbearable sadness about them....

yer i agree i think most people will too
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Mar 19, 2008, 02:39 PM
Thank you so much for this Christie and YB!!! It's wonderful and very heartbreaking.

I just love how Heath was good in everything he did. He was a very talented man, so amazing. He was awesome but I know he could have been the greatest actor in the world.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Mar 19, 2008, 03:52 PM
Thank you Christine, this is priceless. :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Mar 19, 2008, 05:53 PM
 

Thank you very much Chris,for sharing it with us.It´s really wonderful... :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Mar 19, 2008, 08:14 PM
Thank you christie, I am touched by all the tributes but most of all, this gem from Sara Cline,

Quote
I feel as though Heath has sort of slowly and quietly taken all of the people in his life that meant something to him, picked them up, and set them on this invisible road that's only become known in his passing. We're all kind of standing on it saying, "Well here we are." And we have no choice but to walk forward to do so together.

Although I don't feel the privilege of being put on the invisible road by Heath, I do feel the same sense of purpose that says, here we are, we have no choice but to follow. It's the same force that drew us here to the forum after Brokeback Mountain. Heath has a way with whispering that shout louder than thunder, that we cannot ignore.

Thanks for putting the tributes, Christie.

 :ghug:

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Mar 19, 2008, 08:23 PM
Thank you Cristie for sharing it with us.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Mar 20, 2008, 12:12 AM
Thank you SO much for the article!!  :ghug:  :\'(  :ghug:

I was almost ready to cry when I read one of Todd Haynes quotes ~

" When I think about where Heath was headed - I don't know what would have happened, given his taletn. But I just feel so sad about what we're being deprived of and the work that he would have continued to bring to us. He just seems like he was on a different plane"

I try not to think about what would've happened if he was still with us but then when I read something like this, it always comes right back to me like a ton of bricks  :\'(  :\'(

Me, too, Lis.  "Like a ton of bricks."  Reading this earlier tonight (another friend sent me scanned copies also), I just had to stop for a while, come back to it later.  What a huge loss...

I adore the "pregnant" Heath pic!

(I was at Borders earlier tonight, but they still had last month's issue, so I'm glad I get to read the posted version anyway.  And speaking of which, I never got the Advocate, either.  Will someone scan and post that, also?  I don't believe it has been, has it?)

I love every single thing that everyone said, but I really like this, by Sara Cline, which speaks to us:  In his absence, I feel as though Heath has sort of slowly and quietly taken all of the people in his life that meant something to him, picked them up, and sat them on this invisible road that's only become known in his passing.  We're all kind of standing on it saying, "Well here we are."  And we have no choice but to walk forward and to do so together.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 20, 2008, 04:06 AM
Thank you christie, I am touched by all the tributes but most of all, this gem from Sara Cline,

Although I don't feel the privilege of being put on the invisible road by Heath, I do feel the same sense of purpose that says, here we are, we have no choice but to follow. It's the same force that drew us here to the forum after Brokeback Mountain. Heath has a way with whispering that shout louder than thunder, that we cannot ignore.
Thanks for putting the tributes, Christie.

 :ghug:



You're all really welcome.  :)   Thanks should go to yb too for finding the article and asking me to post it. 

I love this quote too, Lance, and I love your response to it, especially:  Heath has a way with whispering that shout louder than thunder, that we cannot ignore

That's lovely.   ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Mar 20, 2008, 04:40 AM
Lovely tributes. Thanks to yb for finding it and Christie for posting :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Hanna on Mar 20, 2008, 09:31 AM
OMG!  :\'(  Thank you so much christie and yb!!  :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 20, 2008, 11:28 AM
For Kathy's request, I scanned the tribute article from The Advocate. I'm sorry it's difficult to read, the quality is not so good... :(

First, they gave him the cover:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x206/barkank/Heath%20general/TheAdvocatetribute-cover.jpg)

The editorial:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x206/barkank/Heath%20general/TheAdvocate-editorial.jpg)

The article:


(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x206/barkank/Heath%20general/TheAdvocatetribute1.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x206/barkank/Heath%20general/TheAdvocatetribute2-1.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x206/barkank/Heath%20general/TheAdvocatetribute3-1.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x206/barkank/Heath%20general/TheAdvocatetribute4-1.jpg)

The last two pages are side by side, so the bottom of the last page is a continuation of the what Diana Ossana wrote about Heath, you should read it like this:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x206/barkank/Heath%20general/TheAdvocatetribute5-1.jpg) (http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x206/barkank/Heath%20general/TheAdvocatetribute6-1.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x206/barkank/Heath%20general/TheAdvocatetribute5-1.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x206/barkank/Heath%20general/TheAdvocatetribute6-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Mar 20, 2008, 11:39 AM
the advocate scans made me cry so much, why did this happen??? i dont understand :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Mar 20, 2008, 11:43 AM
Michelle sent to me one copy (thanks again Michelle) and I just loved the whole thing, but that picture of Heath as Ennis (with James Dean) just touched my heart. It's damn beautiful.

Thanks Keren for posting this.  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Mar 22, 2008, 01:07 AM
Thank you so much, Keren.  :\'(

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Mar 22, 2008, 01:39 AM
Thank you so much Keren..

Every line in each page that I read .. there are tears in every word.
I know this is also happening to all those who were reading  the article..

The actor who brought us here.
The man who gave his all in his performance to reach the heart of too many..
To understand what is  love in every soul . in every piece of heart.

Thank you so much Keren, thank you.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Mar 22, 2008, 10:48 AM
First of all,thank you Keren,with all my heart... ^f^   :^^)
 I´ve found in a French forum this hommage that I´ve wanted to post here in a day like this: 2 months...damn¡ :\'(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIR7bygM4_I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIR7bygM4_I)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ynnaf on Mar 22, 2008, 02:05 PM
Anne Hathaway pays a little tribute to Heath at the end of the speech  :) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZuIdQVEVY0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZuIdQVEVY0)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 22, 2008, 02:16 PM
Anne Hathaway pays a little tribute to Heath at the end of the speech  :) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZuIdQVEVY0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZuIdQVEVY0)

Her whole speech was brilliant, she is one classy lady. I adore her.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Mar 22, 2008, 06:48 PM
Wow, thanks, Keren, ynnaf, Anne Hathaway is amazing. I love the speech, especially "love is a human experience, not a political statement....until the political limits on love is smashed."

And her tribute to Heath... :\'(

What amazing loving parents she must have, to raise her big brother, who brought home his first boyfriend, and husband! That's love!

 :clap: <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Mar 23, 2008, 03:23 AM
That clip of Anne Hathaway is wonderful. What an incredible person she is.

And the Advocate article is fabulous too. I finally got round to reading my copy of it yesterday (thanks, Missy :^^)) and it's one of the best tributes I've read.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 23, 2008, 10:30 AM
Wow, thanks, Keren, ynnaf, Anne Hathaway is amazing. I love the speech, especially "love is a human experience, not a political statement....until the political limits on love is smashed."

And her tribute to Heath... :\'(

What amazing loving parents she must have, to raise her big brother, who brought home his first boyfriend, and husband! That's love!
 :clap: <^(

I totally agree.  :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 23, 2008, 11:29 AM
This is the video Heath made for Nick Drake's song "Black Eyed Dog". The video includes footage of Heath himself.

http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=sPKnGo_WOp4&NR=1
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Mar 23, 2008, 11:32 AM
This is the video Heath made for Nick Drake's song "Black Eyed Dog". The video includes footage of Heath himself.

http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=sPKnGo_WOp4&NR=1

wow i havnt seen heath music vids yet i cant wait :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Mar 23, 2008, 11:39 AM
wow it was very good strange and very extraordinary but what else could we expect from heath??
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Mar 23, 2008, 11:43 AM
This is the video Heath made for Nick Drake's song "Black Eyed Dog". The video includes footage of Heath himself.

http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=sPKnGo_WOp4&NR=1

Wow!  Keren, thanks for this.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 23, 2008, 11:46 AM
You're welcome. I'm a little speechless now.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Mar 23, 2008, 11:46 AM


The advocate article was absoulutly beautiful  :\'(  :\'(

This is the video Heath made for Nick Drake's song "Black Eyed Dog". The video includes footage of Heath himself.

http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=sPKnGo_WOp4&NR=1


Thank you Keren! I've seen news vids about this music vid. but this is a much wonderful tribute without speculations. His acting, directing ability is amazing and I only wished we could've seen move of it  :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Mar 23, 2008, 02:55 PM
You're welcome. I'm a little speechless now.


Oh wow, Keren....I'm speechless too...

It made my spine tingle to see Heath in this vid, its a beautifully hypnotic and strangely compelling video, I loved the music, the colour, the way it was shot, everything.....but I wanted to freeze every single frame of Heath and stare at him and not stop. 

Thanks honey for posting this.  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Hanna on Mar 23, 2008, 03:37 PM
Wow, keren, thank you! Like Lis I have only seen parts of it and wasn't able to find the whole one by myself..

Not needful to say that, but I love the vid.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 23, 2008, 03:46 PM
Yeah I know, I think it's new on youtube because I've been looking for it ever since I heard about it and wasn't able to find it until now.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Mar 23, 2008, 07:16 PM
Thanks for the vid link Keren. Needless to say I'm stunned and feeling that punch in the gut again.  :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Mar 23, 2008, 07:28 PM
This is the video Heath made for Nick Drake's song "Black Eyed Dog". The video includes footage of Heath himself.

http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=sPKnGo_WOp4&NR=1

OMG!  ??? :-\\ :\'(

Thanks hon' for posting it!  :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jessicat80 on Mar 23, 2008, 10:24 PM
This is the video Heath made for Nick Drake's song "Black Eyed Dog". The video includes footage of Heath himself.

http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=sPKnGo_WOp4&NR=1

This was beautiful, I can't believe it was finally online. They said the Drake estate owned it and would decide if they would release it. I hope they chose to, if not it will dissapear soon.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Mar 24, 2008, 12:45 AM
I think I've heard he shot it in London. Does anyone know if he shot any other Nick Drake videos or just this one?
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Asali on Mar 24, 2008, 06:02 AM
As far as I know this was the only one. I saw the clip of 'Black Eyed Dog' weeks ago but I couldn't bring myself to talk about it, it's so deep.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ynnaf on Mar 26, 2008, 02:37 PM
The whole real video belongs to the Nick Drake estate and it will not be released in public, that's what i've heard. There are only bits released and those are available on youtube, the real thing won't be released.
But the bits i've seen and posted here are great, Heath did a great job!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Mar 31, 2008, 05:42 PM
Another beautiful video of Nick Drake & Heath Ledger: Day Is Done   <^(
http://youtube.com/watch?v=BUFRmXGJPTg&feature=related
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Apr 01, 2008, 05:13 AM
It's a beautiful song. I wish I could hear Heath talking more about Nick Drake, about what fascinated him so much about this man. He said that he was practicaly obsessed with him.

I'm still haunted by "Black Eyed Dog", although I find it hard to watch the video. Does anyone have the lyrics?
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Asali on Apr 01, 2008, 05:59 AM
A black eyed dog he called at my door
The black eyed dog he called for more
A black eyed dog he knew my name
A black eyed dog he knew my name
A black eyed dog
A black eyed dog.

Im growing old and I wanna go home
Im growiing old and I dont wanna know
Im growing old and I wanna go home.

A black eyed dog he called at my door
A black eyed dog he called for more.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Apr 01, 2008, 06:27 AM
A black eyed dog he called at my door
The black eyed dog he called for more
A black eyed dog he knew my name
A black eyed dog he knew my name
A black eyed dog
A black eyed dog.

Im growing old and I wanna go home
Im growiing old and I dont wanna know
Im growing old and I wanna go home.

A black eyed dog he called at my door
A black eyed dog he called for more.

Thanks Asali. The song is so sad, when you know what the black eyed dog stands for. And Heath cought the atmosphere so well, which is probably why it's so hard for me to watch.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Apr 01, 2008, 06:38 AM
Thanks Asali. The song is so sad, when you know what the black eyed dog stands for. And Heath cought the atmosphere so well, which is probably why it's so hard for me to watch.

I agree Keren, the words from the song together with the images of Heath in the video are really powerful and sad.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Apr 08, 2008, 09:11 AM
I got the following 2 pieces from dcf:

About Heath's Portrait

I know the portrait of Heath by Vincent Fantauzzo is quite controversial, here's an interview of Vincent by the Art Gallery of New South Wales during which he has talked in depth about Heath and the portrait, here's the link to the interview which I think is worth watching:

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/events/multimedia/vincent_fantauzzo

An Article by Luke Davies, the author of Candy

Luke Davies has written an article paying tribute to Heath in the March issue of The Monthly, here's the link:

http://www.themonthly.com.au/tm/node/821




Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Apr 08, 2008, 01:45 PM
That is an absolutely wonderful tribute by Luke Davies. Thank you so much for posting the link. :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Apr 08, 2008, 03:19 PM
I agree Flwrchild, I have only read the Luke Davies tribute so far and its absolutely amazing.  I loved all the insights into Heath's life that we got to see, it made me love the man even more than I did before, if thats possible.  Thanks for posting these yb,  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Apr 08, 2008, 03:42 PM

yb, that Luke Davis article was amazing, even put a lumb in my throat, which is hard to do. Thank you!!  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Apr 08, 2008, 04:17 PM
I agree Flwrchild, I have only read the Luke Davies tribute so far and its absolutely amazing.  I loved all the insights into Heath's life that we got to see, it made me love the man even more than I did before, if thats possible.  Thanks for posting these yb,  ^f^

It happens to me with every new thing I learn about him. Luke Davis's tribute made me cry again, I don't have the words to describe how I feel...  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Apr 08, 2008, 04:21 PM
It happens to me with every new thing I learn about him. Luke Davis's tribute made me cry again, I don't have the words to describe how I feel...  :\'(

Oh Keren..... :ghug: :ghug: :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Apr 08, 2008, 04:30 PM


It happens to me with every new thing I learn about him. Luke Davis's tribute made me cry again, I don't have the words to describe how I feel...  :\'(


Keren, Christie
I agree with both of you, it always makes me very worse because it tells you how much more it was to loss such a man like Heath  :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Apr 08, 2008, 07:52 PM
I just read the Luke Davies article and wow  :\'( :\'(

as the flurry of phone calls and text messages multiplied, wishing for anything, anything at all other than this abrupt impossibility. I think we all know that well  :\'(

Yet he fully inhabited his life, and he left not just traces but great swathes of himself. That was so perfectly stated. This article brought that gut punch again.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Apr 08, 2008, 08:48 PM
That interview with Vincent Fantauzzo is fascinating as well.  I know a lot of people have reservation about the portrait, but in the interview he talked extensively about how he and Heath discussed about the approach to the portrait, how Heath was at work and his interaction with his mother and friends.  One thing that stood out to me when watching the interview is Vincent Fantauzzo is also a shy person.  I highly recommend it.



Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Apr 08, 2008, 09:00 PM
I agree yb. And for people who have been a little put off by the portrait, or just feel uncomfortable with it, I think watching this would be somewhat reassuring. :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Apr 08, 2008, 09:17 PM
I had watched a vid about the portrait and if my memory isn't faulty he said that he was offered lots of money for it but was thinking of giving the portrait to Heath's mother. Or am I confusing things in my head? At any rate I was moved by the fact that it's not the money and some decency remains in this world.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Apr 08, 2008, 09:20 PM
Yes, he said that he's going to give it to Heath's mom. He has been offered a lot of money, but as you said, some decency remains in this world. They were genuinely friends and I'm glad that he's honoring Heath's memory that way. He also said that his mom was there for the sitting and in on the creative process, so I'm sure for her the picture will have all kinds of meaning.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Apr 08, 2008, 09:35 PM
I really like that interview, it gives us some insight to the last month of Heath's life  :\'(.  And I love that Heath was obviously having a great time in his hometown.  The down side of it was it brought back all the tears about this tragedy.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Apr 08, 2008, 09:43 PM
 :ghug: YB
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: BBBOY on Apr 08, 2008, 09:50 PM
I got the following 2 pieces from dcf:

About Heath's Portrait

I know the portrait of Heath by Vincent Fantauzzo is quite controversial, here's an interview of Vincent by the Art Gallery of New South Wales during which he has talked in depth about Heath and the portrait, here's the link to the interview which I think is worth watching:


Thank you for this interview.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Apr 08, 2008, 10:53 PM
That is an absolutely wonderful tribute by Luke Davies. Thank you so much for posting the link. :^^)

Yes, thank you, yb, for posting that.  I was just about to, as a friend sent it to me earlier today.  It was quite a beautiful picture of Heath at work and play...

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Apr 08, 2008, 11:37 PM
YB, thank you so much for this. The Luke Davies tribute is simply amazing. I cried all the way through.

"a simpler kind of sadness - at the loss of someone we enjoyed being in the presence of, someone whose transparent openness to his characters' emotions had made us feel, however briefly, more richly our own."

"nailed not only the mannerisms, cadence and physical presence of Skip," says Donnelly, "but also how he raises Skip's spirit, which is the heart and soul and most of what's really great in a not-altogether-great film."

That was the greatness of Heath, raising ordinary mortals to a higher level, enriching impoverished lives with his endless store of kindness, energy, sincerity.

I am especially thankful, to watch the interview, to understand more fully the intended interpretation of the painting, as a reflection of Heath's thought processes when faced with the media. The darkness of the painting always bothered, but understanding it now, I can see it in a proper light, and feel better for it.

It is difficult to imagine, that tears come so easily after so many days for someone I never met. But as Luke Davies said, his "transparent openness to his characters' emotions had made us feel, however briefly, more richly our own." There is no question that for me Heath enriched my life.

I got the following 2 pieces from dcf:

About Heath's Portrait

I know the portrait of Heath by Vincent Fantauzzo is quite controversial, here's an interview of Vincent by the Art Gallery of New South Wales during which he has talked in depth about Heath and the portrait, here's the link to the interview which I think is worth watching:

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/events/multimedia/vincent_fantauzzo

An Article by Luke Davies, the author of Candy

Luke Davies has written an article paying tribute to Heath in the March issue of The Monthly, here's the link:

http://www.themonthly.com.au/tm/node/821





Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Apr 09, 2008, 12:17 AM
I agree yb. And for people who have been a little put off by the portrait, or just feel uncomfortable with it, I think watching this would be somewhat reassuring. :)

This is absolutely the case, yes.  I have a whole other feeling and concept about the painting now, having watched this interview with Vincent F.  I respect him tremendously, and value the process the two of them went through together...

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Apr 09, 2008, 08:39 AM
This is an interview (video and article) of Verne Troyer recalling working with Heath on Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and how a lot of people working on the set has tattooed a heart which Heath had scribbled on a note in memory of him.  Here's the article and the link where you may see the video in which he broke down in tears:

Verne Troyer Recalls Working With Heath Ledger On His Final Film: 'Heath Meant A Lot To A Lot Of People'

Troyer even got a tattoo with other 'Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' cast- and crewmembers in memory of the late actor.


SANTA MONICA, California — When people normally see Verne Troyer, sadness is the farthest thing from their minds. The world's smallest movie star has brought laughter to millions as Mini-Me, the diminutive sidekick to Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" films, and reteams with Mike Myers in June for the comedy "The Love Guru."

The drama he most recently finished shooting, however, has grabbed international headlines with its tragic and ultimately inspiring behind-the-scenes story. This week, an emotional Troyer tried to hold back the tears, speaking about his "Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" co-star and friend Heath Ledger.

"I've just got to say thank you to Heath for letting me be a part of his life for that short period of time," Troyer said, thinking back to the day the world first heard about the Oscar nominee's January 22 death. "It's just tragic.

"What happened was that we had just finished filming in London, and I had a scene with Heath, as did Christopher Plummer, who's also in the film, Lily Cole and Andrew Garfield," the actor recalled. "We had all just worked with him and we all flew back. He flew back to New York, I flew back to L.A., and two days or three days after he was in New York was when it happened. I was still recovering from jet lag back in L.A., and I didn't know about it until my manager called me. She wouldn't tell me on the phone. She literally came over and told me. And I just literally broke down."

At that sensitive memory, Troyer had to pause for a moment and request a tissue. But still, he insisted on finishing up the thought.

"He was such a talented actor and just a good person all around," he added. "I couldn't believe it."

Written and directed by legendary filmmaker Terry Gilliam, Troyer admitted that any attempt at summarizing the fantasy world of "Parnassus" would be futile. Still, he gave it his best shot.

"Christopher Plummer plays Doctor Parnassus, and I play Percy. My real name is Percival St. Antwon Delatrane the third," he grinned. "It's a traveling theater group, and we have an old horse-drawn carriage, and the wagon folds out into a theater with a stage. We travel from town to town. We have a magic mirror that people go into to experience their imaginations, and they have a choice of which direction they want their lives to go. There's one direction where it looks good, but it's actually not good, and then there's [one] that doesn't look good, and that's probably the right path to take."

After Ledger's death, there were concerns that the film could be scrapped and the actor's final scenes lost forever. Then, Troyer remembered, something very special happened.

"We had Johnny Depp, we had Colin Farrell, we had Jude Law come in and do scenes, just to honor Heath," he explained. "[Now], when Heath goes into the mirror, he comes out as another person, and that's where these other actors come in."

As those A-listers helped complete the film, Troyer and many of the other people in the "Parnassus" family devised their own tribute to the "Brokeback Mountain" star. "There was a note that Heath had written his e-mail on and had given it to Holly, who is Terry's daughter and a publicist for the film," he explained. "After his e-mail, he scribbled a heart on it."

Now, that very scribble is inked forever on Troyer's right hand. "A lot of us went and copied that heart and had it tattooed, in remembrance of Heath," he explained, showing off his heartfelt symbol. "We had it copied identical to how he scribbled it. ... [We have it in] various places. I believe Lily got it on the inside of her arm. Holly got it up on the inside of her arm."

As it now stands, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is looking like it will survive to give Ledger's legion of heartbroken fans the opportunity to glimpse the last scenes he ever performed before a camera, likely sometime in 2009. Troyer understands why they're eager to experience one last Ledger memory — and will always be happy that he was able to do the same.

"It's a scene where we've just picked up Heath, and he was knocked-out, and we put him in the trunk of the carriage and he comes out of the carriage not knowing where he's at," Troyer recalls of his favorite memory of the late actor. "Then I come out of my quarters, which is underneath the wagon, in a drawer that pulls out. ... It was this scene where it's just me and him. He was off-camera [for a while]. It was basically just on me, and I got to react off of him. He helped me get through a scene [where I had to say my name]. I stumbled a couple of times trying to get through it.

"Terry, don't get mad at me," he continued, offering his director an apology. "I have footage, personal footage, of that scene that I took on my camera. And that's something I'm going to treasure for a lifetime.

"Heath meant a lot," Troyer added, "to a lot of people."


http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1585063/story.jhtml
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Apr 09, 2008, 08:47 AM
yb, this is such a lovely article.....I loved how so many people were touched by Heath enough to have that one scribbled heart tattooed on them, as a constant reminder of the man they loved and admired....

Thanks for posting.  ^f^  Sadly, I cant access the video as I am not in the US.   :(

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Apr 09, 2008, 08:55 AM
Christie, I don't know why, but I can watch it.  It's basically the same as the article, but at one point he had tears rolling down and they had to stop for a while for him to recoup.  He has the heart tattooed at the same position as Heath's maple leaf.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Apr 09, 2008, 09:00 AM
Thanks for posting ^f^
I can see the video, its heartbreaking :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Apr 09, 2008, 09:01 AM
Christie, I don't know why, but I can watch it.  It's basically the same as the article, but at one point he had tears rolling down and they had to stop for a while for him to recoup.  He has the heart tattooed at the same position as Heath's maple leaf.

I wonder why I cant watch it?   :(  Oh well, maybe I will get to see it eventually. 

Thanks for posting it anyway.  But its just so heartbreaking....so many people all over the world are affected in some way by Heath's death.... :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Marj on Apr 09, 2008, 09:11 AM
Oh my, this is so lovely and sad, this shows what a terrific guy Heath was!!
I cried the whole video, can you imagine how Heath made such an impact on other people.  :\'(
It's such a sweet and wonderfull idea to tattoo a heart with the crew to rember him by.
Thank you yb for posting !!

PS: Christie..I live in The netherlands and I can watch the video.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: totc on Apr 09, 2008, 11:40 AM
I can watch the video too. Troyer's sadness seemed so genuine, it was heartbreaking to watch. Thanks for posting it.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tizi17 on Apr 09, 2008, 01:08 PM
this takes my heart away... oh dear ...  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Apr 09, 2008, 02:17 PM
This is an interview (video and article) of Verne Troyer recalling working with Heath on Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,
...."I've just got to say thank you to Heath for letting me be a part of his life for that short period of time" 
oh...I cried with him ... :\'(
and what an amazing thing to say!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Apr 09, 2008, 02:28 PM

I had no idea Troyer worked with Heath on Dr. Parnassus..
I repected Veren so much as an actor, even when he was just beginning
I almost cried when I saw the tear rolling down his eye. He and so many of the people their were affected SO much by him..
I loved the tattoo that some of the members had gotten as tribute of him as well  :\'(
Thank you yb  :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Apr 09, 2008, 03:32 PM
OMG!!! I've cried a lot with that vid!!! When he was saying those things about that horrible day and then he started to cry..... :\'(  :\'(  :\'( Jesus, his tears running down his face....he seemed so lost......I felt so sad, so sad. And Heath's friends and the heart.....what a beautiful thing to do!!!

Oh Heath, baby, why did you leave?  :\'(  :\'(  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: hpv on Apr 09, 2008, 03:46 PM
An Article by Luke Davies, the author of Candy
Luke Davies has written an article paying tribute to Heath in the March issue of The Monthly, here's the link:
http://www.themonthly.com.au/tm/node/821
..........There was, of course, his face: intelligent, kind, beautiful. Those eyes. That mouth. That smile. His extraordinary physical agility - he was a great natural clown. And that rich, glorious voice."
Oh, the voice.. <^(
Well everything was said already but I just had to quote this from the article.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Apr 10, 2008, 11:19 AM
This is an interview (video and article) of Verne Troyer recalling working with Heath on Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and how a lot of people working on the set has tattooed a heart which Heath had scribbled on a note in memory of him.  Here's the article and the link where you may see the video in which he broke down in tears:
.......................................

yb, thank you so much for sharing this article and video with us...  :\'( :\'( :\'( I cried watching it. To see Troyer crying in front of the camera like that, it's absolutely heartbreaking. I loved the fact that they had Heath's heart tattooed on their bodies. I'm a mess now.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Apr 11, 2008, 12:21 AM
yb, thank you so much for sharing this article and video with us...  :\'( :\'( :\'( I cried watching it. To see Troyer crying in front of the camera like that, it's absolutely heartbreaking. I loved the fact that they had Heath's heart tattooed on their bodies. I'm a mess now.

There might just be a run on a certain scribbled heart tattoo...

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Apr 11, 2008, 03:11 AM
There might just be a run on a certain scribbled heart tattoo...

kathy

I was thinking that too. As I didnt see the video, does Verne Troyer show the tattoo he has? 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Apr 11, 2008, 03:17 AM
I was thinking that too. As I didnt see the video, does Verne Troyer show the tattoo he has? 

He did flash it to the camera, but it's from a distance so you can't really make out the shape of the heart.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ynnaf on Apr 11, 2008, 06:54 AM
Aww Verne is a sweetheart! The tatoos were a great idea!
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tizi17 on Apr 11, 2008, 11:00 AM
There might just be a run on a certain scribbled heart tattoo...

kathy

don't laugh.. even i was thinking about that.. really hard...
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Apr 11, 2008, 11:11 AM
i dont think i will suit a heart tatto but i think i might get the leaf that heath had on his hand... maybe but i cant have tattos on my lower arms or hands if i want to join the police so i might get the leaf but on my upper arm.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Apr 11, 2008, 11:12 AM
There might just be a run on a certain scribbled heart tattoo...

kathy

I was thinking of that too- have pondered getting a tat for a while- still trying to figure out what to get that will only be picked up on by those in the "know". And then there is the whole low pain threshold thing.  ::) But I was thinking of that heart. Glad to see I'm not the only one, though it doesn't surprise me at all.  :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tizi17 on Apr 11, 2008, 11:14 AM
I was thinking of that too- have pondered getting a tat for a while- still trying to figure out what to get that will only be picked up on by those in the "know". And then there is the whole low pain threshold thing.  ::) But I was thinking of that heart. Glad to see I'm not the only one, though it doesn't surprise me at all.  :)

me neither... and you are right..
i always wondered about a little tatoo that only BBM people would understand.. but that's somehow difficult.. this here really is an option..
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Marj on Apr 11, 2008, 11:16 AM
I was thinking of that too- have pondered getting a tat for a while- still trying to figure out what to get that will only be picked up on by those in the "know". And then there is the whole low pain threshold thing.  ::) But I was thinking of that heart. Glad to see I'm not the only one, though it doesn't surprise me at all.  :)

Well we all have the same thoughts, i was thinking about that too  :)..but wouldn't it be nice if it's the same heart, when i get that tat, it must be the same as the crew has...so maybe wait of a close up pic?
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Apr 11, 2008, 11:20 AM
Hopefully one will surface- I had an idea for a BBM one and maybe I can combine them. I'll have to see if I chicken out. I think that was the sweetest and most touching thing they did in getting that tatooed and that interview with Troyer set off more tears.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tizi17 on Apr 11, 2008, 11:21 AM
Well we all have the same thoughts, i was thinking about that too  :)..but wouldn't it be nice if it's the same heart, when i get that tat, it must be the same as the crew has...so maybe wait of a close up pic?

would be good - where from?
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Marj on Apr 11, 2008, 11:25 AM
would be good - where from?

I don't think there is any close up pic yet, i searched internet but couldn't find one.
Only the small pic of Verne Troyer, but it's from a distance so you can't really make out the shape of the heart.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Apr 11, 2008, 12:23 PM
I was thinking of that too- have pondered getting a tat for a while- still trying to figure out what to get that will only be picked up on by those in the "know".

I had the same thought. I thought about that celtic design he had around his wrist, or the maple leaf. I just played with the idea in my head. but I think if I could put my hands on that little heart design I'd go for that.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Apr 11, 2008, 12:45 PM
I had the same thought. I thought about that celtic design he had around his wrist, or the maple leaf. I just played with the idea in my head. but I think if I could put my hands on that little heart design I'd go for that.

Me too, Keren!!

I've been thinking about some BBM for a long time. I was thinking about one of the most beautiful and haunting quotes of the film, you know, one of those phrases we all love. Even I thought about some of the BBM's pics.....but now, I'd go for that heart, Heath's heart. It'd be so precious if I know that out there, there are a lot of people with the same tattoo as me, loving BBM and Heath as much as me. That would make me feel I'm not alone, there is someone else feeling the same as me.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Apr 11, 2008, 03:25 PM

I've been thinking about some BBM for a long time. I was thinking about one of the most beautiful and haunting quotes of the film, you know, one of those phrases we all love. Even I thought about some of the BBM's pics.....but now, I'd go for that heart, Heath's heart. It'd be so precious if I know that out there, there are a lot of people with the same tattoo as me, loving BBM and Heath as much as me. That would make me feel I'm not alone, there is someone else feeling the same as me.


Wow, I had the same thoughts too. Scary thing is, I already, even before Heath's death, wanted to get a tattoo of a black heat on my right hand and if we could see the tattoo more visably, I would love to get it for Heath  :\'(

(http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k116/lil_dwarf_611/Heath%20Ledger/In%20loving%20memory/281x211_b.jpg)

I am with you Baby Tammy, I was thinking of a phrase from BBM too, like "If you can't fix it, you gotta stand it" but I'm not sure and I gotta wait at least a year in half to even get a tattoo  :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Apr 12, 2008, 06:37 AM
Wow, I had the same thoughts too. Scary thing is, I already, even before Heath's death, wanted to get a tattoo of a black heat on my right hand and if we could see the tattoo more visably, I would love to get it for Heath  :\'(

(http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k116/lil_dwarf_611/Heath%20Ledger/In%20loving%20memory/281x211_b.jpg)

I am with you Baby Tammy, I was thinking of a phrase from BBM too, like "If you can't fix it, you gotta stand it" but I'm not sure and I gotta wait at least a year in half to even get a tattoo  :-\\

If I ever get a chance to get this tattoo I think I'll get it on my chest, above my heart.

"I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart".
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Marj on Apr 12, 2008, 06:45 AM
If I ever get a chance to get this tattoo I think I'll get it on my chest, above my heart.

"I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart".

WOW that's really beautiful Keren  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Apr 12, 2008, 07:57 AM
If I ever get a chance to get this tattoo I think I'll get it on my chest, above my heart.

"I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart".

OMG :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Apr 12, 2008, 09:38 AM
If I ever get a chance to get this tattoo I think I'll get it on my chest, above my heart.

"I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart".


Keren...that's so precious..... :\'(  :\'(  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Apr 12, 2008, 09:53 AM
If I ever get a chance to get this tattoo I think I'll get it on my chest, above my heart.

"I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart".

 :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :ghug: :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Apr 12, 2008, 12:41 PM


If I ever get a chance to get this tattoo I think I'll get it on my chest, above my heart.

"I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart".


Wow, I never knew how meaningful my signature would be  :-\\
That was beautiful idea Keren, to get the tattoo on your chest  :\'(  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Toadily on Apr 12, 2008, 02:46 PM
I am still bracing for Batman movie...sigh.  I mean i am going to go, but will need to go easy on myself.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Apr 23, 2008, 04:21 AM

An Article by Luke Davies, the author of Candy

Luke Davies has written an article paying tribute to Heath in the March issue of The Monthly, here's the link:

http://www.themonthly.com.au/tm/node/821


Thank you yb for posting that very great tribute to Heath  from Luke Davies  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Apr 27, 2008, 05:55 AM

Wow, I never knew how meaningful my signature would be  :-\\
That was beautiful idea Keren, to get the tattoo on your chest  :\'(  :\'(

 I am planning a tattoo in one of my palm. They say. lines in your palm tells the future and the past,
 I would tattoo the name of Heath in one of my palm and the tattoo itself will speak how I think of Heath.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: stephan on Apr 27, 2008, 06:55 AM
I very much enjoyed that interview with Vincent Fantauzzo on the making of his portrait of Heath.
Thanks for posting the link  %)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Apr 29, 2008, 09:32 AM
Heartbreak mountain

http://xinkaishi.typepad.com/a_new_start/2008/02/ft-heartbreak-m.html

......................................

"The message of King Lear, and of Brokeback Mountain, is that we must all have our hearts broken. In some strange way, these profound works do not merely convey but also enact that message; they perform a homeopathic heartbreak that leaves us miraculously breathing, more deeply and richly than before.

If only Heath Ledger had not had to break our hearts again, in a room in Manhattan, not a film-set or a stage."


 :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Apr 29, 2008, 09:33 AM
Heartbreak mountain

http://xinkaishi.typepad.com/a_new_start/2008/02/ft-heartbreak-m.html

......................................

"The message of King Lear, and of Brokeback Mountain, is that we must all have our hearts broken. In some strange way, these profound works do not merely convey but also enact that message; they perform a homeopathic heartbreak that leaves us miraculously breathing, more deeply and richly than before.

If only Heath Ledger had not had to break our hearts again, in a room in Manhattan, not a film-set or a stage."




 :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Apr 29, 2008, 09:34 AM
Heartbreak mountain

http://xinkaishi.typepad.com/a_new_start/2008/02/ft-heartbreak-m.html

......................................

"The message of King Lear, and of Brokeback Mountain, is that we must all have our hearts broken. In some strange way, these profound works do not merely convey but also enact that message; they perform a homeopathic heartbreak that leaves us miraculously breathing, more deeply and richly than before.

If only Heath Ledger had not had to break our hearts again, in a room in Manhattan, not a film-set or a stage."


 :\'( :\'( :\'(

 :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Apr 29, 2008, 09:37 AM
Heartbreak mountain

http://xinkaishi.typepad.com/a_new_start/2008/02/ft-heartbreak-m.html

......................................

"The message of King Lear, and of Brokeback Mountain, is that we must all have our hearts broken. In some strange way, these profound works do not merely convey but also enact that message; they perform a homeopathic heartbreak that leaves us miraculously breathing, more deeply and richly than before.

If only Heath Ledger had not had to break our hearts again, in a room in Manhattan, not a film-set or a stage."


 :\'( :\'( :\'(


OMG :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Apr 29, 2008, 03:13 PM
Heartbreak mountain

http://xinkaishi.typepad.com/a_new_start/2008/02/ft-heartbreak-m.html

......................................

"The message of King Lear, and of Brokeback Mountain, is that we must all have our hearts broken. In some strange way, these profound works do not merely convey but also enact that message; they perform a homeopathic heartbreak that leaves us miraculously breathing, more deeply and richly than before.

If only Heath Ledger had not had to break our hearts again, in a room in Manhattan, not a film-set or a stage."


 :\'( :\'( :\'(


Damn.  :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Apr 29, 2008, 03:18 PM
Heartbreak mountain

http://xinkaishi.typepad.com/a_new_start/2008/02/ft-heartbreak-m.html

......................................

"The message of King Lear, and of Brokeback Mountain, is that we must all have our hearts broken. In some strange way, these profound works do not merely convey but also enact that message; they perform a homeopathic heartbreak that leaves us miraculously breathing, more deeply and richly than before.

If only Heath Ledger had not had to break our hearts again, in a room in Manhattan, not a film-set or a stage."


 :\'( :\'( :\'(

 :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :ghug: :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Lis on Apr 29, 2008, 09:05 PM

Heartbreak mountain

http://xinkaishi.typepad.com/a_new_start/2008/02/ft-heartbreak-m.html

......................................

"The message of King Lear, and of Brokeback Mountain, is that we must all have our hearts broken. In some strange way, these profound works do not merely convey but also enact that message; they perform a homeopathic heartbreak that leaves us miraculously breathing, more deeply and richly than before.

If only Heath Ledger had not had to break our hearts again, in a room in Manhattan, not a film-set or a stage."


:\'( :\'( :\'(


That was a beautiful but heart-wrenching article...I just can't get over the last sentence  :\'(  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Apr 29, 2008, 10:24 PM
Heartbreak mountain

http://xinkaishi.typepad.com/a_new_start/2008/02/ft-heartbreak-m.html

......................................

"The message of King Lear, and of Brokeback Mountain, is that we must all have our hearts broken. In some strange way, these profound works do not merely convey but also enact that message; they perform a homeopathic heartbreak that leaves us miraculously breathing, more deeply and richly than before.

If only Heath Ledger had not had to break our hearts again, in a room in Manhattan, not a film-set or a stage."


 :\'( :\'( :\'(

Thank you, Keren.  A fine article.  And so true, and Ennis, about Heath...

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Apr 29, 2008, 11:04 PM
Heartbreak mountain

http://xinkaishi.typepad.com/a_new_start/2008/02/ft-heartbreak-m.html

......................................

"The message of King Lear, and of Brokeback Mountain, is that we must all have our hearts broken. In some strange way, these profound works do not merely convey but also enact that message; they perform a homeopathic heartbreak that leaves us miraculously breathing, more deeply and richly than before.

If only Heath Ledger had not had to break our hearts again, in a room in Manhattan, not a film-set or a stage."


 :\'( :\'( :\'(

Thank you, Keren. On a day, of all days, when I am already in the middle of PBS, reading this article was difficult through tears that flowed non-stop. The man is a fine writer who understands human nature and Brokeback Mountain, but most of all, Ennis Del Mar. I've managed to put Ennis behind my thoughts of Heath, and this article brought him front and center again, but not upstaging Heath, rather hand in hand, as Ang Lee said, Heath brought so much to Ennis. I was only thinking no more than an hour ago, that Heath really created the Ennis that we know...a man opaque to himself...the article is such a treasure. Thanks again.  :ghug: :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Apr 30, 2008, 07:50 AM
You're welcome. I don't think the tears will ever end.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Hanna on Apr 30, 2008, 08:24 AM
I don't think the tears will ever end.

That's for sure  :(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Apr 30, 2008, 08:35 AM
 :ghug: Doesn't seem like it, does it?

That was a beautiful article.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Apr 30, 2008, 11:09 AM
In Loving Tribute

Words Cannot Express

The Depths of Our Love

and How much We

Miss You.

Heath Andrew Ledger

1979 - 2008

__________

 

I had finished filming ‘The Imaginarium…’

with Heath Ledger on 20th January,

and during all that time he was nothing but professional -

working into the small hours in the freezing cold,

clad only in satin, fighting flu, doing his own stunt work,

chilling out with the crew, viewing the rushes with Gilliam.

There was no star system and Heath was part

of the crew, helping out and working damned hard.

Besides that, Heath was caring and friendly,

 and if you didn’t know him, you quickly grew to love him

 because he had a genuine way of connecting with people.

I was totally enchanted by Heath’s performance,

and it was a pure joy to be around him.

(Baba Berni, London, April 15, 2008)


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Apr 30, 2008, 11:19 AM
Beautiful words that reflect very well the way Heath was and how we imagine him; not being a star,but a humble and friendly person who gave a part of himself with every role.And what's more and better,with every person he met...Thanks for sharing it with us,White_angel¡  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Apr 30, 2008, 11:28 AM
‘Heath was spectacular’
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Posted date: March 26, 2008

MANILA, Philippines—No question about it, Heath Ledger was “hot.”

This is according to recent Manila visitor Crystal Bourbeau, a manager at Mandate International—a company of Lions Gate, which is behind Ledger’s last film.

Bourbeau is among the few who have seen footage of the late actor’s performance in “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.”

“Heath was spectacular,” said Bourbeau. “He had always been a wonderful actor, but especially so in this film. It would be a tragedy not to share this movie with the world.”

Ledger had been working on the flick in London when he passed away suddenly in his New York apartment in January.

Production was thrown into a quandary. “The film is split between reality and fantasy. Fortunately, Heath had finished all the reality scenes,” Bourbeau said. The creative team, led by director Terry Gilliam and producer Samuel Hadida, invited A-listers Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law to play “transformed” versions of Heath in the fantasy worlds.

“They jumped on board quickly,” Bourbeau said. As luck would have it, all three proved available for the shoot in Canada, which began this month.

“They are absolutely doing it for the love of Heath,” said Bourbeau.

“Thrilling,” she described the movie. “It reminded me of [Gilliam’s] ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’ with its fabulous sets and costumes.”
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Apr 30, 2008, 04:16 PM
In Loving Tribute

Words Cannot Express

The Depths of Our Love

and How much We

Miss You.

Heath Andrew Ledger

1979 - 2008

__________

 

I had finished filming ‘The Imaginarium…’

with Heath Ledger on 20th January,

and during all that time he was nothing but professional -

working into the small hours in the freezing cold,

clad only in satin, fighting flu, doing his own stunt work,

chilling out with the crew, viewing the rushes with Gilliam.

There was no star system and Heath was part

of the crew, helping out and working damned hard.

Besides that, Heath was caring and friendly,

 and if you didn’t know him, you quickly grew to love him

 because he had a genuine way of connecting with people.

I was totally enchanted by Heath’s performance,

and it was a pure joy to be around him.

(Baba Berni, London, April 15, 2008)




That's wonderful to read.   ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jessicat80 on Apr 30, 2008, 04:25 PM
That's wonderful to read.   ^f^

Yes, with so many awful negative stories fighting for publicity, it's nice to hear from the people that were really able to experience working with him...they were so lucky to live that experience :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Apr 30, 2008, 04:36 PM
Thank you, Keren. On a day, of all days, when I am already in the middle of PBS, reading this article was difficult through tears that flowed non-stop. The man is a fine writer who understands human nature and Brokeback Mountain, but most of all, Ennis Del Mar. I've managed to put Ennis behind my thoughts of Heath, and this article brought him front and center again, but not upstaging Heath, rather hand in hand, as Ang Lee said, Heath brought so much to Ennis. I was only thinking no more than an hour ago, that Heath really created the Ennis that we know...a man opaque to himself...the article is such a treasure. Thanks again.  :ghug: :\'(

I understand you well, friend!! I could quote the whole article.


But Ennis Del Mar is not one of those cold heartbreakers. What makes him both irresistible and devastating is the depth of baffled tenderness in him; the love that he can only fitfully express in his relationship with Jack Twist but that shines through at the end of the film in his relationship with his daughter Alma Jr.

This is what Heath Ledger so marvellously conveys, in his slow-burning, laconic performance: a man struggling over the course of a whole life to come to terms, not so much with his sexuality (I do not see this only as a gay film but more universally as a film about blocked love) as with his tremendous need for love and, ultimately, with his ability to give love.

Finally, you feel, Ennis's heart is well and truly broken. And the broken-hearted Ennis will no longer be violent and uncomprehending in the face of love.

The message of King Lear , and of Brokeback Mountain , is that we must all have our hearts broken. In some strange way, these profound works do not merely convey but also enact that message; they perform a homeopathic heartbreak that leaves us miraculously breathing, more deeply and richly than before.

If only Heath Ledger had not had to break our hearts again, in a room in Manhattan, not a film-set or a stage.


Damn.  :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( This man really knows Ennis Del Mar. Now my heart is so broken again. I love Heath more than ever. I love Ennis with such a force that I have no words to describe it.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Apr 30, 2008, 04:45 PM

Damn.  :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( This man really knows Ennis Del Mar. Now my heart is so broken again. I love Heath more than ever. I love Ennis with such a force that I have no words to describe it.


 :ghug: :ghug:
I know exactly how you feel
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Apr 30, 2008, 05:45 PM
Damn.  :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( This man really knows Ennis Del Mar. Now my heart is so broken again. I love Heath more than ever. I love Ennis with such a force that I have no words to describe it.

Me too baby Tammy, me too. :\'( :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on May 01, 2008, 02:47 AM
I understand you well, friend!! I could quote the whole article.


But Ennis Del Mar is not one of those cold heartbreakers. What makes him both irresistible and devastating is the depth of baffled tenderness in him; the love that he can only fitfully express in his relationship with Jack Twist but that shines through at the end of the film in his relationship with his daughter Alma Jr.

This is what Heath Ledger so marvellously conveys, in his slow-burning, laconic performance: a man struggling over the course of a whole life to come to terms, not so much with his sexuality (I do not see this only as a gay film but more universally as a film about blocked love) as with his tremendous need for love and, ultimately, with his ability to give love.

Finally, you feel, Ennis's heart is well and truly broken. And the broken-hearted Ennis will no longer be violent and uncomprehending in the face of love.

The message of King Lear , and of Brokeback Mountain , is that we must all have our hearts broken. In some strange way, these profound works do not merely convey but also enact that message; they perform a homeopathic heartbreak that leaves us miraculously breathing, more deeply and richly than before.

If only Heath Ledger had not had to break our hearts again, in a room in Manhattan, not a film-set or a stage.


Damn.  :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( This man really knows Ennis Del Mar. Now my heart is so broken again. I love Heath more than ever. I love Ennis with such a force that I have no words to describe it.

Oh wow, thanks Tammy for posting the rest of the article....how amazing was that?  He totally got Ennis del Mar, and saw how amazing Heath's portrayal of him was... :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on May 08, 2008, 03:52 AM
Ledger portrait wins people's art prize

http://www.thewest.com.au/aapstory.aspx?StoryName=480852

A haunting portrait of the late actor Heath Ledger has taken out the people's choice award at the Archibald Prize exhibition.

The painting "Heath", by Vincent Fantauzzo, was announced as the winner of the popular prize at the Art Gallery of NSW on Thursday.

More than 32,000 people voted in the competition.

The portrait, which features three images of Ledger, was painted just weeks before the late actor's death in New York in January.

The Art Gallery of NSW said the popularity of the painting had helped the gallery record its biggest attendance since the competition began in 1921.

A spokeswoman said the Ledger family and Fantauzzo had decided to donate the painting to the gallery.

Melbourne-based Fantauzzo receives $2,500 and a $1,000 gift card for winning the award.

The Archibald, one of Australia's most prestigious art awards, was won this year by Sydney artist Del Kathryn Barton, with her painting You are what is most beautiful about me, a self portrait with Kell and Arella.
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Post by: christie wood on May 08, 2008, 04:03 AM
Oh wow, thats wonderful news...... :)

As much as the prize must be a bitter sweet reward, I hope Vincent Fantauzzo is proud of the amazing painting he produced. 

I also hope Heath's parents can take some solace in Heath's painting being on permanent show for everyone to appreciate...
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Post by: myprivatejack on May 08, 2008, 10:25 AM
They're wonderful news indeed¡.It' s like another homage to Heath by means of someone who painted his image for eternity. :)
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Post by: Matt Nasty on May 08, 2008, 10:30 AM
this is great news :)
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Post by: babytammy7 on May 08, 2008, 04:57 PM
Oh, wow, BRAVO!!!! <^( <^( <^(  Vincent and Heath deserve that!! I would have liked that Heath had seen that.....but maybe he's watching....
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Post by: white_angel on May 09, 2008, 12:06 PM
Been looking and searching where I can feel the presence of " ROAST".
One American show gave me this short break from sadness of grieving,
American Idol Michael Jones from Perth Australia.
As I watch the show and the performance of Jones. my eyes gets teary. It was just like feeling Heath is alive by watching his childhood friend Michael Jones.

 I guess. all thngs and people  that is related to Heath , reading and watching the news from Perth gives me comfort.
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Post by: Candy on May 09, 2008, 01:36 PM
that's really wonderful...i like that portret very much
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Post by: myprivatejack on May 13, 2008, 09:23 AM
(http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g271/luanajoy/heath_ledger.jpg)
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Post by: keren_b on May 16, 2008, 03:08 PM
This is from a blog of a girl who was one of the dancers hired to perform in the video "Morning Yearning", directed by Heath:

Now, here I am, downtown l.a. about to get mugged. I hesitantly knock on the outside of a dirty garage door..... There weren't any REAL doors to be found.
I hear people and the garage starts to lift.....

"Hi! I'm Heath! You must be the dancers!" As if I had no idea who even was, even though I'd been obsessing over him since 10 Things I Hate About You.

He stretched out his hand with a firm handshake and smiled.
"Um, you can just go sit on that couch over there, maybe show me what clothes you brought and we'll get started in a minute...Thank you guys SO much for coming, really."

Typical Hollywood protocol involves a crew, wardrobe, catering, production assistant, gaffers, cameramen, assistants to the assistants, etc. I surveyed the room...and it seemed everyone else had, taken the day off?? Half the time you didn't SEE the director let alone speak to him.
6 dancers, 2 cameramen, 1 assistant, Heath, and Ben.

Here he comes....I love him, I love him, I love him. -ok, be professional.

"K uh. So, this is my first time directing. I came up with the concept- I just really loved the song and Ben is a friend so I wanted to do it. I want it to be really organic. Wear lose fitting clothes, maybe earth tones......and you're just going to improv." He was so passionate, so excited and....
Improv?! Holy hell. I'm going to make a jackass out of myself in front of a creative genius.

"I used to modern dance, in Australia and I want it to be....well, like this sort of."
This Academy Award nominated actor starts dancing, swinging his arms, exploring levels, high and low, closing his eyes....
"See? Do you guys have any questions?.....Ok, so how about we start with you??"

He's pointing at me, dear Lord, he's pointing at me- acknowledging my existence.
"SURE!!" I just screamed, tone it down Chels, tone it down.

I jump on the stage, the smoke machine starts blowing, my palms are sweating and Heath jumps up next to me, he crosses his legs and grabs onto both ankles like a little boy....
"So.....do you have any suggestions for me??"

Did he really just ask if I had suggestions for him?! Me? some chick dancing for a mere 25 dollars, some stranger, and he wants my advice? This was the humblest thing I'd ever seen in Hollywood.
"Uhm....no?"

"Ok...." He's staring at my face....studying it. "Can you take your hair down? There and flip your head over, tousle it a bit...."
I shake my hair out and he reaches towards me, putting both hands in my hair, scratching my scalp and giving it that messy look.
"Beautiful."
The music starts....my hearts beating and I start to move. 2 minutes pass like nothing, I was "in it", I was going to perform and get lost in the music just as he had in all of his performances.... the song ends and silence fills the room.

I peer up and Heath is standing at the end of the stage....he grabs my hand with both of his, looks my straight in the eye and says, "That was brilliant. Really inspiring....I got chills. Thank you."

I am in love.
He continues with the next dancers, demonstrating movement occasionally- eventually splitting his pants, but he continued anyway. He experimented with lights and smoke, showing his excitement when something worked perfectly. Then we broke for lunch....
I station myself on the dusty warehouse floor and he sits on the ground next to myself and the other dancers, immediately striking up conversation as if we were longtime friends.

"I LOVE GRANOLA." I blurt out as I devour handfuls at a time.
"That should be a a shirt...you know, like one of those quirky shirts with sayings, that's funny."
His voice was charming, a slight Australian accent making words like quirky sound; quirky.

The 7 hours passed quickly and he graciously thanked each and everyone of us, making eye contact and profusely thanking us for the inspiration. He pulled his wallet out and handed us each a hundred bucks.
"I know it's not much...."

I didn't care. The experience was priceless.

Heath (and Ben) was one of the humblest people I have ever met. Unaffected. Warm. Genuine. He listened when people spoke, watched intently, and had the most positive, serene energy. I am blessed to have worked with him in his short life, and it is a tragedy he didn't get to continue on making incredible films and inspiring us all.

The result of his first and last music video was beautiful, organic and modest. I am honored to have been a part of it....in loving memory;


You can find the whole thing here:

http://chelseatalkssmack.blogspot.com/2008/01/rest-in-peace-heath.html
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Post by: christie wood on May 16, 2008, 03:15 PM
Oh wow Keren, that was gorgeous! I felt load of emotions reading that - I was laughing as the girl described being spoken to by Heath, being asked her opinion by Heath and - most importantly - having her hair tousled by Heath... (t)   But I felt sad as I realised how enthusiastic he was about the whole process, and how we knew he wanted to do more of that,  :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(

Thanks for posting this Keren.  ^f^
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Post by: Lis on May 16, 2008, 03:24 PM

Keren, the blog by that was so beautiful and she was so lucky to have met him!
He was so humble towards her and the dancers and I love he asked them for suggestions
And how started dancing, closing his eyes, almost like nothing but this, meant the world to him
Things like this always make me miss him even more
Thank you again Keren for posting this one girls tribute to a gentle, loving man, we all miss dearly..
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Post by: myprivatejack on May 16, 2008, 03:34 PM
Every time I read something about Heath I realise more and more the kind of person he was.The way he treated that girl is really lovely,very far from the image we all have of a movie star;because Heath was not that,but a humble and friendly person with everybody.Thanks for posting it,Keren,and for making us know him better still¡. ^f^
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Post by: keren_b on May 16, 2008, 03:38 PM
Every time I read something about Heath I realise more and more the kind of person he was.The way he treated that girl is really lovely,very far from the image we all have of a movie star;because Heath was not that,but a humble and friendly person with everybody.

Just one of the reasons why I love him so much.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on May 16, 2008, 05:39 PM
Just one of the reasons why I love him so much.

And you're not the only one...   :ghug:  :^^) 
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Post by: Raisa on May 16, 2008, 10:23 PM
This is from a blog of a girl who was one of the dancers hired to perform in the video "Morning Yearning", directed by Heath:


Thank you for posting this girl's blog, keren!

These small things which are told about him, makes me love him even more.
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Post by: christie wood on May 17, 2008, 05:42 AM
Thank you for posting this girl's blog, keren!

These small things which are told about him, makes me love him even more.

I feel that way too.  :)
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Post by: babytammy7 on May 17, 2008, 08:19 AM
I shake my hair out and he reaches towards me, putting both hands in my hair, scratching my scalp and giving it that messy look.
"Beautiful."The music starts....my hearts beating and I start to move. 2 minutes pass like nothing, I was "in it", I was going to perform and get lost in the music just as he had in all of his performances.... the song ends and silence fills the room.

I peer up and Heath is standing at the end of the stage....he grabs my hand with both of his, looks my straight in the eye and says, "That was brilliant. Really inspiring....I got chills. Thank you."

OMG Keren..... :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( This is really moving, very special. Heath was the most amazing man ever!!!! Very humble, passionate and sweet. Tell me, isn't it sweet when he said that "beautiful"? When he said to the girl that her work was brilliant and really inspiring? Awww, this man touch my heart every time I read something new about him. How could every simple person in the world not to love him? That's impossible!!

Thank you so much for this, sweetie.  :^^)
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Post by: titabeille on May 17, 2008, 08:25 AM
I feel that way too.  :)

Dito !  I quote  :clap:
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Post by: titabeille on May 17, 2008, 08:41 AM
Below is the link to an article (in french) about a painting of Heath :

http://www.news-de-stars.com/actualite/heath-ledger-n-039-est-pas-a-vendre_art3841.html

Below is the wonderful painting:

(http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff1/titabeille_photos/Heath%20Ledger/image4349-w460.jpg)
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Post by: keren_b on May 17, 2008, 01:46 PM
OMG Keren..... :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( This is really moving, very special. Heath was the most amazing man ever!!!! Very humble, passionate and sweet. Tell me, isn't it sweet when he said that "beautiful"? When he said to the girl that her work was brilliant and really inspiring? Awww, this man touch my heart every time I read something new about him. How could every simple person in the world not to love him? That's impossible!!

I totally agree with you Tammy. If I was that girl, I would've cherished those moments for the rest of my life...
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Post by: ksxks on May 20, 2008, 11:40 PM
OMG Keren..... :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( This is really moving, very special. Heath was the most amazing man ever!!!! Very humble, passionate and sweet. Tell me, isn't it sweet when he said that "beautiful"? When he said to the girl that her work was brilliant and really inspiring? Awww, this man touch my heart every time I read something new about him. How could every simple person in the world not to love him? That's impossible!!

Thank you so much for this, sweetie.  :^^)

Yes, Keren, thank you much.  As everyone has already said, things like this just make me love Heath even more.  What a beautiful soul, what a pure and energetic love of life, and an inspired artistry...  Makes me so sad...

kathy
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Post by: FlwrChild on May 21, 2008, 08:44 PM
You've all said it already, but how could I not add my thanks as well? Keren, that's just one in a long line of personal accounts by people who knew or worked with him, all saying the same things about his friendliness, humble nature and generosity, and it was so beautifully and humorously expressed too.

Just wonderful. <^(
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Post by: LuvJackNasty on May 21, 2008, 09:09 PM
Thank you for that Keren  :ghug: I'm all teary now, of course, but I smiled at a lot of it and giggled at some parts. This was the humblest thing I'd ever seen in Hollywood.  <^(
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Post by: ynnaf on May 27, 2008, 08:50 AM
What Christian Bale had to say about Heath in the new Details magazine:

Quote
He was incredibly intense in his performance but incredibly mellow and laid-back. Certainly there was this great anarchistic streak to it — just getting dirtier than anybody’s envisioned the Joker before. Naturally, (the movie) was something I wanted to share with him — and expected to do so. And I can’t do anything else but hope that it will be an absolutely appropriate celebration of his work.
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Post by: keren_b on May 27, 2008, 09:31 AM
Thank you ynnaf. I'm sure Christian Bale was looking forward to promoting the movie together with Heath, sharing all the excitement around it together... :\'( :\'( :\'( Oh God this is one of the moments it hits me again, I can't believe he's gone.
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Post by: lancecowboy on May 27, 2008, 09:44 AM
Thank you ynnaf. I'm sure Christian Bale was looking forward to promoting the movie together with Heath, sharing all the excitement around it together... :\'( :\'( :\'( Oh God this is one of the moments it hits me again, I can't believe he's gone.

 :ghug: Keren  :ghug: Like Christian Bale said, "I can’t do anything else but hope that it will be an absolutely appropriate celebration of his work." Heath is deeply missed by everyone but his life and work is a celebration of his incredible talent, gifts.  :ghug:
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Post by: christie wood on May 27, 2008, 09:47 AM
I know it, creeps up on you, when you are least expecting it.   :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(

Great words from Christian Bale though...
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Post by: myprivatejack on May 27, 2008, 11:44 AM
I'm sure Heath won the affection and friendship of Christian Bale as well as any person he worked with; and I'm sure that Christian is really true when he says he was expecting to promote the movie with him.He,like all of us,can't understand still that such a loving person,with such a whole life before him to fill with so many projects,can be celebrated not only for his latest work,but for his LAST WORK...It's difficult to understand for anybody sensitive enough. :\'(
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Post by: ynnaf on May 27, 2008, 01:04 PM
You are welcome guys!

There are so many beautiful tributes from family, friends and colleagues. It makes me happy that so many people liked and respected him.
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Post by: ynnaf on Jun 06, 2008, 03:01 PM
Michelle Williams Helps Fund Heath Ledger Scholarship:

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20204917,00.html?xid=pop (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20204917,00.html?xid=pop)
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Post by: FlwrChild on Jun 06, 2008, 03:05 PM
Classy gal. What a nice gesture on her part. :)
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Post by: myprivatejack on Jun 06, 2008, 04:02 PM
Wonderful tribute of Michelle to the man who loved her so much... :clap:
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Post by: Matt Nasty on Jun 06, 2008, 05:45 PM
Michelle Williams Helps Fund Heath Ledger Scholarship:

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20204917,00.html?xid=pop (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20204917,00.html?xid=pop)

thanks for this :), im almost crying  :\'( sort of a mix of  happy and sad tears :) :\'(
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Post by: lancecowboy on Jun 07, 2008, 12:56 AM
Michelle Williams Helps Fund Heath Ledger Scholarship:

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20204917,00.html?xid=pop (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20204917,00.html?xid=pop)


Thank you so much ynnaf...not only for this one article, but the many others that you posted in the past.

I love this quote from Gregor Jordan: "When he had nothing, he still found a way to give to others." It's not the size of the gift, but the heart behind it. And Heath's heart is as magical as they come.

Thanks ynnaf... :ghug: :(
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Post by: keren_b on Jun 07, 2008, 04:16 AM
Thank you so much ynnaf...not only for this one article, but the many others that you posted in the past.

I love this quote from Gregor Jordan: "When he had nothing, he still found a way to give to others." It's not the size of the gift, but the heart behind it. And Heath's heart is as magical as they come.

Thanks ynnaf... :ghug: :(

I quote this. Thank you ynnaf.
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Post by: ynnaf on Jun 07, 2008, 06:14 AM
You are welcome guys! :)
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Post by: LuvJackNasty on Jun 07, 2008, 01:40 PM
Thanks ynnaf. I completely ditto Andrew's post, too.
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Post by: christie wood on Jun 10, 2008, 06:17 AM
I think this is such a sweet story. 

SIENNA MILLER has a special way of remembering her late pal HEATH LEDGER - she wears a pair of pyjamas the actor once gave to her.
The British beauty starred opposite Ledger in 2005's Casanova and the pair became close, socialising with each other after the film had wrapped.
And Ledger gave Miller the comfortable bedwear when she got soaked after falling in the rain after a night out with him and her mother in Venice.
She tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "Heath and I had this amazing night out in Venice with my mother. It had been pouring with rain. Heath ran out in the middle of St. Mark's square and we were running around, and I slipped over.
"We all ran back to his (apartment) and he gave me these dry pyjamas to get home in."
And the star repaid the favour two years later, when the Brokeback Mountain star struggled to sleep while staying at her house.
She explains, "When he came over to my house last November, and he was having trouble sleeping, I gave them back, to help him sleep."
Ledger, who was found dead at his New York apartment in January (08), was said to have struggled with sleeping, which led him to overdose on the prescribed medication which killed him.
And Miller was so devastated after hearing about Ledger's death earlier this year (08), she asked the tragic star's father Kim to send the pyjamas to her so she would have a keepsake to remember him by.
She adds, "When he died, I was so sad that I didn't have these stupid pyjamas anymore, so his father found them to give to me."


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Post by: Emzan on Jun 10, 2008, 06:25 AM
I think this is such a sweet story. 

SIENNA MILLER has a special way of remembering her late pal HEATH LEDGER - she wears a pair of pyjamas the actor once gave to her.
The British beauty starred opposite Ledger in 2005's Casanova and the pair became close, socialising with each other after the film had wrapped.
And Ledger gave Miller the comfortable bedwear when she got soaked after falling in the rain after a night out with him and her mother in Venice.
She tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "Heath and I had this amazing night out in Venice with my mother. It had been pouring with rain. Heath ran out in the middle of St. Mark's square and we were running around, and I slipped over.
"We all ran back to his (apartment) and he gave me these dry pyjamas to get home in."
And the star repaid the favour two years later, when the Brokeback Mountain star struggled to sleep while staying at her house.
She explains, "When he came over to my house last November, and he was having trouble sleeping, I gave them back, to help him sleep."
Ledger, who was found dead at his New York apartment in January (08), was said to have struggled with sleeping, which led him to overdose on the prescribed medication which killed him.
And Miller was so devastated after hearing about Ledger's death earlier this year (08), she asked the tragic star's father Kim to send the pyjamas to her so she would have a keepsake to remember him by.
She adds, "When he died, I was so sad that I didn't have these stupid pyjamas anymore, so his father found them to give to me."




I saw this yesterday, It brings a tear to my eye, its so sweet :\'( <^(
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Post by: myprivatejack on Jun 10, 2008, 06:31 AM
It's a nice and sweet story indeed. <^(  And it shows that Heath was all a gentleman who get on well with everybody he worked with.I saw Sienna in the tribute made in Oscar's ceremony and she looked very sad for her friend...Thank you for posting it,Chris¡  :ghug:
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Post by: welshwitch on Jun 10, 2008, 06:41 AM
I am increasingly concerned by the content of some of these posts - while I think it legitimate to mourn the loss of potential, beyond that I think it unnecessary to go.
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Post by: Matt Nasty on Jun 10, 2008, 06:50 AM
I think this is such a sweet story. 

SIENNA MILLER has a special way of remembering her late pal HEATH LEDGER - she wears a pair of pyjamas the actor once gave to her.
The British beauty starred opposite Ledger in 2005's Casanova and the pair became close, socialising with each other after the film had wrapped.
And Ledger gave Miller the comfortable bedwear when she got soaked after falling in the rain after a night out with him and her mother in Venice.
She tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "Heath and I had this amazing night out in Venice with my mother. It had been pouring with rain. Heath ran out in the middle of St. Mark's square and we were running around, and I slipped over.
"We all ran back to his (apartment) and he gave me these dry pyjamas to get home in."
And the star repaid the favour two years later, when the Brokeback Mountain star struggled to sleep while staying at her house.
She explains, "When he came over to my house last November, and he was having trouble sleeping, I gave them back, to help him sleep."
Ledger, who was found dead at his New York apartment in January (08), was said to have struggled with sleeping, which led him to overdose on the prescribed medication which killed him.
And Miller was so devastated after hearing about Ledger's death earlier this year (08), she asked the tragic star's father Kim to send the pyjamas to her so she would have a keepsake to remember him by.
She adds, "When he died, I was so sad that I didn't have these stupid pyjamas anymore, so his father found them to give to me."




thats sweet and very sad...
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Post by: christie wood on Jun 10, 2008, 06:50 AM
It's a nice and sweet story indeed. <^(  And it shows that Heath was all a gentleman who get on well with everybody he worked with.I saw Sienna in the tribute made in Oscar's ceremony and she looked very sad for her friend...Thank you for posting it,Chris¡  :ghug:

You're welcome...
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Jun 10, 2008, 09:12 AM
I think this is such a sweet story. 

SIENNA MILLER has a special way of remembering her late pal HEATH LEDGER - she wears a pair of pyjamas the actor once gave to her.
The British beauty starred opposite Ledger in 2005's Casanova and the pair became close, socialising with each other after the film had wrapped.
And Ledger gave Miller the comfortable bedwear when she got soaked after falling in the rain after a night out with him and her mother in Venice.
She tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "Heath and I had this amazing night out in Venice with my mother. It had been pouring with rain. Heath ran out in the middle of St. Mark's square and we were running around, and I slipped over.
"We all ran back to his (apartment) and he gave me these dry pyjamas to get home in."
And the star repaid the favour two years later, when the Brokeback Mountain star struggled to sleep while staying at her house.
She explains, "When he came over to my house last November, and he was having trouble sleeping, I gave them back, to help him sleep."
Ledger, who was found dead at his New York apartment in January (08), was said to have struggled with sleeping, which led him to overdose on the prescribed medication which killed him.
And Miller was so devastated after hearing about Ledger's death earlier this year (08), she asked the tragic star's father Kim to send the pyjamas to her so she would have a keepsake to remember him by.
She adds, "When he died, I was so sad that I didn't have these stupid pyjamas anymore, so his father found them to give to me."




That is a sweet story and I'm glad she got a momento to remember him by <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jun 10, 2008, 09:37 AM
Thank you for posting this story Christie! I agree, it's so sweet, and I can't help but smile when I picture Sienna going home dressed in Heath's huge pyjamas... ;D
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jun 10, 2008, 09:40 AM
Thank you for posting this story Christie! I agree, it's so sweet, and I can't help but smile when I picture Sienna going home dressed in Heath's huge pyjamas... ;D

I know me too. Its bittersweet, but its nice to know these things he did for people, and the memories they have of him because of them.  You can imagine the fun they had.....
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jessicat80 on Jun 10, 2008, 03:04 PM
What a sweet story Sienna has. I know how much we all love the Heath pajamas Ethan owns from BBM, and they weren't even really his own. I hope she holds onto those forever, it almost worries me that she travels with them, but what I love most of all about the story, is the fact that as heartbroken and depressed as Heath's dad Kim must have been, he still went out of his way to make Heath's friends feel better by finding and giving them things that ment something to them <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Jun 10, 2008, 09:15 PM
I love that too Jess. That man has been so gracious to everyone, the general public included through a horrific, uninimaginable time.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jun 10, 2008, 11:45 PM
I saw this yesterday, It brings a tear to my eye, its so sweet :\'( <^(

Aww, PJ's.  So humble, personal, comforting.  Yes, this is sad but a lovely memory of Heath...

kathy
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Post by: Audrey twist on Jun 11, 2008, 03:12 AM
A great news  :\'(

http://www.nysun.com/arts/charles-wuorinen-takes-on-brokeback/79508/

Gérard Mortier, the incoming general manager and artistic director of the New York City Opera, has commissioned composer Charles Wuorinen to create an opera based on "Brokeback Mountain," Annie Proulx's short story, first published in the New Yorker magazine and later adapted into a celebrated movie by Ang Lee. The opera is currently scheduled to make its premiere during City Opera's 2013 spring season.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Jun 11, 2008, 03:45 AM
A great news  :\'(

http://www.nysun.com/arts/charles-wuorinen-takes-on-brokeback/79508/

Gérard Mortier, the incoming general manager and artistic director of the New York City Opera, has commissioned composer Charles Wuorinen to create an opera based on "Brokeback Mountain," Annie Proulx's short story, first published in the New Yorker magazine and later adapted into a celebrated movie by Ang Lee. The opera is currently scheduled to make its premiere during City Opera's 2013 spring season.

OMG, I want to see this :\'(

Thanks for posting Audrey ^f^
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Post by: myprivatejack on Jun 11, 2008, 08:34 AM
Ledger Tribute Planned For Premiere
10 June 2008 6:43 PM, PDT

The premiere of Heath Ledger's final complete film will be dedicated
to the actor - and his family will be the special guests at the event.

The actor's family will make the trip from Australia back to New York,
the city where the star died from an accidental overdose in January,
for the screening of Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight on 14 July.

Christopher Nolan, the film's director, has also created a memoriam to
the actor, which will be shown at the end of the movie.

http://www.imdb.com/news/ns0000002/#ni0246628 (http://www.imdb.com/news/ns0000002/#ni0246628)

(P.S.:You can find this news at the end of the page)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Jun 11, 2008, 09:11 AM
Ledger Tribute Planned For Premiere
10 June 2008 6:43 PM, PDT

The premiere of Heath Ledger's final complete film will be dedicated
to the actor - and his family will be the special guests at the event.

The actor's family will make the trip from Australia back to New York,
the city where the star died from an accidental overdose in January,
for the screening of Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight on 14 July.

Christopher Nolan, the film's director, has also created a memoriam to
the actor, which will be shown at the end of the movie.

http://www.imdb.com/news/ns0000002/#ni0246628 (http://www.imdb.com/news/ns0000002/#ni0246628)

(P.S.:You can find this news at the end of the page)

thanks for this ali
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jun 11, 2008, 09:18 AM
Ledger Tribute Planned For Premiere
10 June 2008 6:43 PM, PDT

The premiere of Heath Ledger's final complete film will be dedicated
to the actor - and his family will be the special guests at the event.

The actor's family will make the trip from Australia back to New York,
the city where the star died from an accidental overdose in January,
for the screening of Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight on 14 July.

Christopher Nolan, the film's director, has also created a memoriam to
the actor, which will be shown at the end of the movie.

http://www.imdb.com/news/ns0000002/#ni0246628 (http://www.imdb.com/news/ns0000002/#ni0246628)

This is a beautiful gesture from Chris Nolan and the studios... but it breaks my heart to think about it. Just reading these words is so hard for me. :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jun 11, 2008, 09:22 AM
This is a beautiful gesture from Chris Nolan and the studios... but it breaks my heart to think about it. Just reading these words is so hard for me. :\'( :\'(

Thats how I feel....I am glad they are honoring Heath in this way, but I know its going to be a really difficult occasion, and its going to be so hard for his family, when Heath should be there.  :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Jun 11, 2008, 09:27 AM
 :ghug:

Thanks Alicia. It is indeed a beautiful gesture.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jun 11, 2008, 09:57 AM
This is a beautiful gesture from Chris Nolan and the studios... but it breaks my heart to think about it. Just reading these words is so hard for me. :\'( :\'(

Keren,don't cry... :ghug: 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Jun 11, 2008, 10:25 AM
Ledger Tribute Planned For Premiere
10 June 2008 6:43 PM, PDT

The premiere of Heath Ledger's final complete film will be dedicated
to the actor - and his family will be the special guests at the event.

The actor's family will make the trip from Australia back to New York,
the city where the star died from an accidental overdose in January,
for the screening of Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight on 14 July.

Christopher Nolan, the film's director, has also created a memoriam to
the actor, which will be shown at the end of the movie.

http://www.imdb.com/news/ns0000002/#ni0246628 (http://www.imdb.com/news/ns0000002/#ni0246628)

(P.S.:You can find this news at the end of the page)


I hope this memoriam will be shown worldwide, I will be very mad if they didn't.  But it will be very difficult to watch and keep my composure.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jun 11, 2008, 10:28 AM

I hope this memoriam will be shown worldwide, I will be very mad if they didn't.  But it will be very difficult to watch and keep my composure.


I know what you mean. I want to see it, but I also know it's probably gonna make me cry, again.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jessicat80 on Jun 11, 2008, 10:33 AM

I hope this memoriam will be shown worldwide, I will be very mad if they didn't.  But it will be very difficult to watch and keep my composure.


It's likely just for the premiere, but it would be nice if the put it online for his fans <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Jun 11, 2008, 10:37 AM
It's likely just for the premiere, but it would be nice if the put it online for his fans <^(

Oh, you're right, I forgot the word 'premiere'.  I'm disappointed but I hope WB will put it up on the official website for us to download after the premiere.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Jun 11, 2008, 10:44 AM
That would be great. I hope so too.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jun 11, 2008, 11:59 PM
A great news  :\'(

http://www.nysun.com/arts/charles-wuorinen-takes-on-brokeback/79508/

Gérard Mortier, the incoming general manager and artistic director of the New York City Opera, has commissioned composer Charles Wuorinen to create an opera based on "Brokeback Mountain," Annie Proulx's short story, first published in the New Yorker magazine and later adapted into a celebrated movie by Ang Lee. The opera is currently scheduled to make its premiere during City Opera's 2013 spring season.

2013??  Jeez.  Actually, my good friend's mother is like best friends with both Wuorinen and Mortier, and we're fantasizing having front-row seats.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jun 12, 2008, 12:21 AM
Ledger Tribute Planned For Premiere
10 June 2008 6:43 PM, PDT

The premiere of Heath Ledger's final complete film will be dedicated
to the actor - and his family will be the special guests at the event.

The actor's family will make the trip from Australia back to New York,
the city where the star died from an accidental overdose in January,
for the screening of Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight on 14 July.

Christopher Nolan, the film's director, has also created a memoriam to
the actor, which will be shown at the end of the movie.

http://www.imdb.com/news/ns0000002/#ni0246628 (http://www.imdb.com/news/ns0000002/#ni0246628)

(P.S.:You can find this news at the end of the page)

Thank you so much for this. I look forward to the movie, just to watch the memoriam.  :\'( :ghug: <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ynnaf on Jun 12, 2008, 05:17 AM
Heath ensured daughter would be wealthy:

http://breakingnews.iol.ie/entertainment/story.asp?j=258177846&p=z58y7855z (http://breakingnews.iol.ie/entertainment/story.asp?j=258177846&p=z58y7855z)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jun 12, 2008, 06:02 AM
I felt very strange that,by being without a recent will,he left Matilda without her inheritance.She was the world to him... Every time I get more convinced of what a great person he was. :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jun 12, 2008, 09:28 AM
Heath ensured daughter would be wealthy:

http://breakingnews.iol.ie/entertainment/story.asp?j=258177846&p=z58y7855z (http://breakingnews.iol.ie/entertainment/story.asp?j=258177846&p=z58y7855z)

Like the "source" said, he knew what he was doing. I'm pleased to know he ensured not only his daughter's future, but her mother's too.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Jun 12, 2008, 11:28 AM
 thats so great that heath ensured matildas wealth, he really was an amazing man  :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: bruxa23 on Jun 12, 2008, 12:58 PM
thats so great that heath ensured matildas wealth, he really was an amazing man  :\'(
I quote :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ynnaf on Jun 14, 2008, 08:50 AM
Some quotes from Christian Bale about Heath:

http://www.myparkmag.co.uk/articles/celebrity/christian-bales-heath-anger.html (http://www.myparkmag.co.uk/articles/celebrity/christian-bales-heath-anger.html)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Jun 14, 2008, 09:00 AM
Some quotes from Christian Bale about Heath:

http://www.myparkmag.co.uk/articles/celebrity/christian-bales-heath-anger.html (http://www.myparkmag.co.uk/articles/celebrity/christian-bales-heath-anger.html)

thansk for this :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jun 14, 2008, 09:38 AM
Thanks ynaff. It's time they put those rumours to rest.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Jun 14, 2008, 11:18 AM
Ditto Keren
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jun 14, 2008, 04:05 PM
I quote Keren's words and I say a hurray for Bale's words...Thank you for posting it,Ynaff ¡  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Jun 16, 2008, 01:54 PM
I think this is such a sweet story. 

SIENNA MILLER has a special way of remembering her late pal HEATH LEDGER - she wears a pair of pyjamas the actor once gave to her.
The British beauty starred opposite Ledger in 2005's Casanova and the pair became close, socialising with each other after the film had wrapped.
And Ledger gave Miller the comfortable bedwear when she got soaked after falling in the rain after a night out with him and her mother in Venice.
She tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "Heath and I had this amazing night out in Venice with my mother. It had been pouring with rain. Heath ran out in the middle of St. Mark's square and we were running around, and I slipped over.
"We all ran back to his (apartment) and he gave me these dry pyjamas to get home in."
And the star repaid the favour two years later, when the Brokeback Mountain star struggled to sleep while staying at her house.
She explains, "When he came over to my house last November, and he was having trouble sleeping, I gave them back, to help him sleep."
Ledger, who was found dead at his New York apartment in January (08), was said to have struggled with sleeping, which led him to overdose on the prescribed medication which killed him.
And Miller was so devastated after hearing about Ledger's death earlier this year (08), she asked the tragic star's father Kim to send the pyjamas to her so she would have a keepsake to remember him by.
She adds, "When he died, I was so sad that I didn't have these stupid pyjamas anymore, so his father found them to give to me."




Very sweet  <^( and sad  :\'( story indeed, thanks to post it christie  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ynnaf on Jun 25, 2008, 02:52 PM
Quote
Your co-star Heath Ledger, who plays The Joker, died tragically after the fi lm wrapped. Do you mind talking about him?

No, listen, I want to talk about Heath.
When you miss somebody, you want to speak about him. He was a unique character, a very infectious character. He was a good man, and I was glad to have spent time with him. He
was somebody who I’d been seeing on a daily basis for months. It takes a long time to accept that someone’s gone, when all body and mind are telling you that this is somebody you will know for a great deal of time. He was something of a kindred spirit to myself.

It must be difficult.

Much of it has to do with my respect for his daughter, whom he loved so dearly and whom he would talk about so often. For me, that is of
incredible importance. I hope in a small way that The Dark Knight can be a celebration of his work. Not like the hideous circus after he died, which I felt was an invasion of
a private life. This movie is not a personal home video. This is what he did. I hope people will embrace that in the correct fashion.

http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/06/25/christian-bale-parade/ (http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/06/25/christian-bale-parade/)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jun 25, 2008, 02:59 PM
http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/06/25/christian-bale-parade/ (http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/06/25/christian-bale-parade/)

It takes a long time to accept that someone’s gone, when all body and mind are telling you that this is somebody you will know for a great deal of time.


 :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(

Wonderful words from Christian Bale...thanks for posting, ynnaf.  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jun 25, 2008, 04:35 PM
Thank you so much for posting it ynnaf. I loved what Christian Bale had to say.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jun 25, 2008, 04:40 PM
So beautiful and sad.  :\'( :\'( :\'( Thank you for this!! I love CB words. He's a good man.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jun 25, 2008, 04:43 PM
Some respectful words from a respectful and wise man.He realised the way Heath was;I wish everybody was like him,instead of spreading some stupid rumours ¡   :clap:  Thanks for posting it,ynnaf¡  ^f^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ynnaf on Jun 25, 2008, 04:44 PM
You are all welcome! :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Jun 30, 2008, 11:48 PM
Performing arts centre named in honour of Ledger
1st July 2008, 11:00 WST

Construction of the $91 million venue began late last year and is due to finish early in 2010
Perth’s new performing arts venue has been named after Heath Ledger.

Family members of one of Perth’s most famous performing arts exports were at the Northbridge venue’s construction site for the announcement this morning by Premier Alan Carpenter.

http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=77&ContentID=82080

 :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jun 30, 2008, 11:53 PM
Oh, this gives me chills, it's so beautiful they're doing this.  And well-deserved!

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Jun 30, 2008, 11:54 PM
I think that's just wonderful. <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: chameau on Jul 01, 2008, 12:10 AM
Yessssssss!  ^-^
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jul 01, 2008, 03:48 AM
That is just wonderful....bittersweet, but a beautiful gesture. 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jul 01, 2008, 09:02 AM
It's the best they could do in his home town to remember him and his work forever¡ It's a sad sensation on one hand,but glad on the other because we see how loved he was... <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Jul 01, 2008, 09:13 AM
Exactly christie and mpj. :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jul 01, 2008, 12:49 PM
Performing arts centre named in honour of Ledger
1st July 2008, 11:00 WST

Construction of the $91 million venue began late last year and is due to finish early in 2010
Perth’s new performing arts venue has been named after Heath Ledger.

Family members of one of Perth’s most famous performing arts exports were at the Northbridge venue’s construction site for the announcement this morning by Premier Alan Carpenter.

http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=77&ContentID=82080

 :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

That's really wonderful!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap: What a beautiful thing to do!!  <^( <^( I think he deserves that.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Jul 02, 2008, 05:15 PM
"Heath Ledger theatre naming ironic"
1st July 2008, 19:15 WST

This is an op/ed piece in the local Perth paper about the irony of naming a "live" theatre for a film star. He makes some very good points. Most interesting to me however, is the idea he put forth of Heath playing Hamlet. WOW! Would that have been fantastic or what.

http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=9&ContentID=82199

He's correct, it is too bad that Perth does not have a film institute, maybe this will encourage the west Aussies to launch an effort.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jul 03, 2008, 08:19 AM
"Heath Ledger theatre naming ironic"
1st July 2008, 19:15 WST

This is an op/ed piece in the local Perth paper about the irony of naming a "live" theatre for a film star. He makes some very good points. Most interesting to me however, is the idea he put forth of Heath playing Hamlet. WOW! Would that have been fantastic or what.

http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=9&ContentID=82199

He's correct, it is too bad that Perth does not have a film institute, maybe this will encourage the west Aussies to launch an effort.

That's an interesting viewpoint, and I can understand the comments he makes. 

I heard that Heath really wanted to do stage work, I didn't realise he was apprehensive about it, I think he would have been truly amazing.

A film institute in Perth named after Heath would a wonderfully fitting tribute, but I do think that the naming of the theatre in his memory is a gorgeous gesture too.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jul 03, 2008, 09:09 AM
I think Heath had enough skills as to triumph in the theatre as well as in the movies.No matter what he had dedicated to professionally; in both cases,naming these places after him are some wonderful tributes as he deserves.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Jul 11, 2008, 12:08 PM
"Heath Ledger's Final Days Among the Masses"

A story in LAWEEKLY about one of Heath's many projects to inspire the work of others . . . .

A short excerpt:

“The company started as a dream,” says Cline, Masses’ executive producer and the collective’s first official hire. “Heath kind of came in and made that dream a reality. We were all, literally, living the dream of working in a collective of artists, where everyone had great respect for each others’ work and talent, but we also had this great force behind us to actually make things happen.”

http://www.laweekly.com/film+tv/film/heath-ledgers-final-days-among-the-masses/19241/

A long, but rewarding read looking into the multifaceted life of an incredible man.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: FlwrChild on Jul 11, 2008, 10:18 PM
Thank you for posting this jackster. :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jul 12, 2008, 01:45 AM
"Heath Ledger's Final Days Among the Masses"

A story in LAWEEKLY about one of Heath's many projects to inspire the work of others . . . .

A short excerpt:

“The company started as a dream,” says Cline, Masses’ executive producer and the collective’s first official hire. “Heath kind of came in and made that dream a reality. We were all, literally, living the dream of working in a collective of artists, where everyone had great respect for each others’ work and talent, but we also had this great force behind us to actually make things happen.”

http://www.laweekly.com/film+tv/film/heath-ledgers-final-days-among-the-masses/19241/

A long, but rewarding read looking into the multifaceted life of an incredible man.

Wow.  Thank you, jackster.  I just read this entire article, and it's a beautiful story, the Masses, the group and how it came together and how Heath came into it.  This is quintessential Heath as I like to think of him.  Of course, his acting was of extreme importance to him, but he had so much energy for even more than that, and the work (and play) he was doing with these people was him having the time of his life, and free of the media, too.  I love the photos of Heath also, how I like to remember him.  I feel an even broader picture of him after reading this, knowing more details from these people close to him and involved with him in his creative work.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jul 12, 2008, 05:02 AM
"Heath Ledger's Final Days Among the Masses"

A story in LAWEEKLY about one of Heath's many projects to inspire the work of others . . . .

A short excerpt:

“The company started as a dream,” says Cline, Masses’ executive producer and the collective’s first official hire. “Heath kind of came in and made that dream a reality. We were all, literally, living the dream of working in a collective of artists, where everyone had great respect for each others’ work and talent, but we also had this great force behind us to actually make things happen.”

http://www.laweekly.com/film+tv/film/heath-ledgers-final-days-among-the-masses/19241/

A long, but rewarding read looking into the multifaceted life of an incredible man.

Thank you so much Jackster for posting it... it really is a beautiful story. Such a special glimpse into his life. And it really sounds like this group of people and this place were a safe haven for him, a place where he felt at home and free to create.
Reading about all the things he was involved in, all the things he was planning to do, just stressed it for me - he had so much to live for. He had so many plans and ideas, so many dreams. He was such an incredible, special man, and loved by so many people... the loss is unbearable.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ynnaf on Jul 12, 2008, 04:59 PM
A new article about Heath's career and appeal (analyzing it):

http://www.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/story.html?id=0ea7af0b-3c01-400d-bc51-ab1c479a4ebf&p=1 (http://www.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/story.html?id=0ea7af0b-3c01-400d-bc51-ab1c479a4ebf&p=1)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jul 12, 2008, 09:44 PM
"Heath Ledger's Final Days Among the Masses"

A story in LAWEEKLY about one of Heath's many projects to inspire the work of others . . . .

A short excerpt:

“The company started as a dream,” says Cline, Masses’ executive producer and the collective’s first official hire. “Heath kind of came in and made that dream a reality. We were all, literally, living the dream of working in a collective of artists, where everyone had great respect for each others’ work and talent, but we also had this great force behind us to actually make things happen.”

http://www.laweekly.com/film+tv/film/heath-ledgers-final-days-among-the-masses/19241/

A long, but rewarding read looking into the multifaceted life of an incredible man.

Thank you so much for this, Jackster.

The tears starting welling up as soon as I read about Heath's career was only about to take off, compared to the likes of De Niro, the character actors. What we lost that one horrible day! And reading how Heath always rode around LA on his yellow Ducati...always something new to learn about...

Then the tears flowed non-stop, when I read on page 5...how Amato heard the news of Heath's death on Jan 22, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, filming a music video for "Wolves, Act I and Act II", and on page 7...when the crowd chanted "Home is wherever I'm with you" with Heath's bands.  :\'(

Thanks again bud.  :ghug:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Jul 12, 2008, 09:46 PM
Thank you so much for this, Jackster.

The tears starting welling up as soon as I read about Heath's career was only about to take off, compared to the likes of De Niro, the character actors. What we lost that one horrible day! And reading how Heath always rode around LA on his yellow Ducati...always something new to learn about...

Then the tears flowed non-stop, when I read on page 5...how Amato heard the news of Heath's death on Jan 22, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, filming a music video for "Wolves, Act I and Act II", and on page 7...when the crowd chanted "Home is wherever I'm with you" with Heath's bands.  :\'(

Thanks again bud.  :ghug:
i havnt gotten through this whole article yet, i mean to but it tears me up and just need to wait for the time to be right for me to read...
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jul 12, 2008, 11:23 PM
Thank you so much Jackster for posting it... it really is a beautiful story. Such a special glimpse into his life. And it really sounds like this group of people and this place were a safe haven for him, a place where he felt at home and free to create.
Reading about all the things he was involved in, all the things he was planning to do, just stressed it for me - he had so much to live for. He had so many plans and ideas, so many dreams. He was such an incredible, special man, and loved by so many people... the loss is unbearable.

Yes, Keren.  Me, too.  This loss of years of creativity from this most fascinating of men...   :\'(

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jul 13, 2008, 12:56 PM
Michelle Willians is making a movie about Heath.


http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/showbiz/2008-07/09/content_6831416.htm


"This is incredibly important for Michelle to do. It makes Michelle's heart ache that Matilda was so young when Heath died and she's unlikely to retain any memories of her father.

She wants to keep his spirit alive with something Matilda can treasure all her life."

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Jul 13, 2008, 01:02 PM
Michelle Willians is making a movie about Heath.


http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/showbiz/2008-07/09/content_6831416.htm


"This is incredibly important for Michelle to do. It makes Michelle's heart ache that Matilda was so young when Heath died and she's unlikely to retain any memories of her father.

She wants to keep his spirit alive with something Matilda can treasure all her life."


ink thats a lovely thing for michelle to do, and it will also put some of those awful rumours that said michelle didnt want anything to do with heath to rest.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Jul 13, 2008, 01:17 PM
Michelle Willians is making a movie about Heath.


http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/showbiz/2008-07/09/content_6831416.htm


"This is incredibly important for Michelle to do. It makes Michelle's heart ache that Matilda was so young when Heath died and she's unlikely to retain any memories of her father.

She wants to keep his spirit alive with something Matilda can treasure all her life."



This sounds great :) <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jul 13, 2008, 01:43 PM
I'm sure Michelle will make sure that Matilda knows what a unique man her father was.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: yb on Jul 13, 2008, 07:24 PM
I don't think this article has been posted.  Being not familiar with The Independent, I'm not sure how reliable the article is, but anyway, it is written by an extra who was on set with Heath the last 3 days before he flew back to NYC in January. 

Heath Ledger's final cut: An exclusive, on-set diary

The cult of the late Heath Ledger is set to grow with his astonishing performance in the new Batman film. Sean Porter was on set with the troubled Hollywood star for his last ever shoot. Here, he reveals what happened during those three manic – and spookily portentous – days

Sunday, 13 July 2008

I'm breathless and Heath Ledger is downright furious. He rips off his frilly clown hat and hurls it to the floor. It's a minute past midnight and the cameramen are looking at their watches and mumbling stuff about "the union". The director Terry Gilliam is beside himself too, as he scrambles around the set of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to persuade his mutinous crew to agree to one more take; but it's too late – the permit to film ran out at midnight, and pieces of equipment are already being hastily stashed into their silver flight-boxes, ready for the next job.

In a final attempt to salvage the situation, Heath joins Terry in petitioning them: "C'mon guys... Please! Just one more take... Just one more. I mean, c'mon, what difference is another 10 minutes going make?" But it's all in vain as they continue packing.

As it will transpire, the scene that's just been shot – a vile mob giving chase to Heath Ledger through the winding backstreets of London's East End – will be the last he'll ever shoot. I was a member of that mob; and in roughly 72 hours, Ledger's dead body will be found by his personal masseur in his loft apartment in New York City.

Nearly six months after his death, as the PR machine for The Dark Knight swings into gear, the actor will unavoidably be in the spotlight again; there's also a suggestion that he'll be nominated, posthumously, for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, for his role as the Joker in that film.

The first time I saw a publicity still from the Batman film, it was a disconcerting experience: a live man, looking like a dead man already. Heath Ledger as the Joker, with lax, yellow hair, caved-in face, and smudged, blood-red lipstick, bright and colourful and terrible, like a Japanese water-demon, or something from a Corman horror. This image, loaded with ghostly resonances, speaks solely of death; and this is what I find strange, because in those last three days I worked with Heath, I encountered a man who was so full of life.

This was my first job as an extra, and on the first day, before I'd even had the chance to sit down and quaff a quick coffee, we were given our call and escorted down to the set: a tatty and forgotten pub in the heart of Clerkenwell – The Ring O Bells. Terry Gilliam was dashing about, a hand on his battered, suede cowboy hat, to stop it flying of his head; in his wake, a small retinue of production minions struggling to keep up with him. The willowy and strangely beautiful Lily Cole was making her way across the set, and as if from nowhere, a tall, thin figure appeared and pranced and jigged his way towards us – it was Heath and he was dressed up like some daft and dishevelled Pierrot doll.

"Jesus! Heath, you look crazier than a clown's c*ck!" I offered. He creased up with laughter.

"And.... CUT," shouted a distant voice; then "Good... Good... We'll go again in five..."

"That's hilarious," said Heath. "Where'd you get it from?"

"A film called Kenny," I told him. "A mockumentary about this guy who's got a Portaloo business in Melbourne".

"Oh, Jeez... I know the one you're talking about, it's got what-his-name in it? Shane Jacobson – that's it! Shit, I really must get to see it..."

And with that, Gilliam beckoned him over to the monitors. It was soon apparent that Heath was utterly immersed in this role and in this whole project. After each scene had been shot, he'd be running off to watch it played back, regardless of whether he had starred in it or not. He was so active on set that if he wasn't wearing such an outlandish costume, it would have been impossible to distinguish him from the any of the production team's top brass.

All the talk on the set of was of his performance as the Joker. The buzz was that once it was released, Heath would to be seen in a whole new light – as a "proper" actor, a "brilliant" actor, possibly. He would be massive – absolutely massive; and after what I'd seen of his work ethic on that first day, absolutely wasted too. '

The following day, I happened to arrive at the unit base at the same time that Heath and his PA pulled up in some outrageous super-car a certain German manufacturer had loaned him while he was staying in London. The roar of the engine drowned out my quick "Hello", so I nodded casually and walked straight past, headed for the catering truck.

I popped back after lunch to have another look at the car. As I inspected it, I noticed Heath sat on the steps of his trailer, a black hoodie pulled tight over his head, skinny black jeans and a pair of sneakers, and sucking on a fag as usual. After a minute or so, he wandered over, his PA lurking behind him carrying his Starbucks bucket and Camel fags. "So what d'you think of the car, mate?" he asked.

"I'm not too sure, cars aren't really my thing, but I know what Freud would say..." I replied.

"It's ridiculous isn't it? Talk about a c*ck-extension... Ha! It's fun, but not really my style," said Ledger. But he seemed a bit uneasy and broke off the chat, saying something to his PA. They wandered back to his trailer together.

Back on set, Terry and Heath were soon having another of their private conversations. It was hard to tell who was directing who. I shimmied closer, only to overhear some scurrilous gossip about Tom Cruise. Heath eventually broke off and came over to ask if any of us had seen the new film about Joy Division – Anton Corbijn's Control: "Their music's amazing!"

On the final day of filming, Saturday 19 January, there were guns and explosions and violence on set. There were arguments, and a bad vibe descended on the pub. Heath himself no longer looked like a clown. He was dirty, wired and manic: he hadn't stopped for three days – kicking about the set whether or not he was due to shoot a scene. He'd be there when I arrived and after I'd gone. And I was doing a 10-hour shift. When he wasn't on set he was back in his hotel room reading or watching some of the Oscar-nominated movies that, as a member of the Academy, he'd be asked to vote on.

He'd been throwing himself around a lot, doing his own stunts, take after take – attempting to lob himself on to the "Imaginarium", a horse-drawn, travelling sideshow, decorated with a series of Gilliam's own hallucinogenic graphic confections – sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing.

It was common knowledge on set that he had a spinal injury and that he was on some hefty medication for it. Late in the day, with shooting behind schedule, Heath's back was playing up. He lay prostrate on the cobbles between the pub and the Imaginarium doing his Alexander Technique exercises, motionless, his eyes shut tight. As I walked past I nearly tripped over one of his elongated clown shoes.

"You all right, Heath?" I asked.

"Yeah. I will be in few minutes..."

"I thought you'd snuffed it there," I said, trying to raise a laugh. Heath just closed his eyes. Once he had recovered, the filming resumed; Ledger pursued by an angry, drunken mob, all baying for his blood. Incendiary devices were popping everywhere, fired from a blunderbuss by Verne Troyer, the 2'8" actor who played Mini Me in the Austin Powers films. And this is the last scene Heath Ledger ever shot; it reached midnight and the union curfew kicked in.

By the time Heath and Terry calmed down, the set had thinned out dramatically. Heath walked around, thanking and hugging people, then came over to us few extras who were still left and thanked us and began walking off. I walked after him to ask if he was going to stay and have a few drinks.

"Sorry, but I'm on the wagon... have been for about 17 months now," he said, mock-triumphantly

"Oh... nice one!" I replied, somewhat tongue-tied.

"Cheers, mate" he said before turning and sloping off despondently up the narrow lane back towards unit base and his warm trailer. "Bye Heath..."

The following Tuesday, at about 8pm, I received a text-message from my sister, who I'd been keeping in the loop regarding my adventures on Doctor Parnassus. In that dull and toneless medium, and in the truncated vernacular of text-speak, it read: "Wot sort of effect do u have on people? U no that actor u were workin with... they found him dead!"

It took a while to register, then I turned on the radio and, within seconds of finding a news station, her message was legitimised: "Heath Ledger... found dead... being treated as a possible suicide... slumped on the floor of his loft-apartment in New York..." I called a couple of other extras to find out if they knew what was going on. All they knew was what I knew: Heath was dead – the circumstances open to speculation. They all expressed a sense of shock and loss. Some wept.

As I sit here, looking at his picture, I still really don't know what to say about Heath Ledger. All I can add to what's already been said is my imperfect but valid little story: the story of a man whom I met, but whom I never really knew; the story of a man who I worked with for just three days but left one of those indefinable imprints that make you feel you've known someone a lot longer.

My image of Heath is of a man envisioning a life rather than a death; of an actor deeply committed to his art – perhaps to such a degree that it contributed to his undoing. But looking back at my time on set, I also see strange portents of his demise: there was even a moment when one of the extras, a devout Christian, began reading aloud from The Revelation of St John. And after our conversation about Joy Division, whenever I think of Heath, I'm reminded of the band's lead singer, Ian Curtis – another young man with immense energy stubbed out in his prime. Heath would have liked such a comparison, I think.

This wasn't how the movie was supposed to end; I was shocked, I still am; but then, what do I know? I was just an extra.

The writer's name has been changed for the sake of anonymity. 'The Dark Knight' (12A) goes on release in the UK on 25 July

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/film-and-tv/features/heath-ledgers-final-cut-an-exclusive-onset-diary-864638.html

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jul 14, 2008, 05:19 AM
It was common knowledge on set that he had a spinal injury and that he was on some hefty medication for it.


Oh, I didn't know this...Poor baby.  :-\\ :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jul 14, 2008, 05:41 AM
Thank you to sharing this with us,yb¡  ^f^ I only can keep on thinking that Heath was a very special person,whom anyone who knew him only can now praise.It's so sad to know,however,that he felt bad for his spinal injury,sad because he had a bad time and sad because all this medication's ensemble led him to his end.If just somebody could have done something about¡... :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Emzan on Jul 14, 2008, 09:40 AM
Thank you to sharing this with us,yb¡  ^f^ I only can keep on thinking that Heath was a very special person,whom anyone who knew him only can now praise.It's so sad to know,however,that he felt bad for his spinal injury,sad because he had a bad time and sad because all this medication's ensemble led him to his end.If just somebody could have done something about¡... :\'(

 :ghug:
I know, thats what I keep thinking :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jul 14, 2008, 09:55 AM
Michelle Willians is making a movie about Heath.


http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/showbiz/2008-07/09/content_6831416.htm


"This is incredibly important for Michelle to do. It makes Michelle's heart ache that Matilda was so young when Heath died and she's unlikely to retain any memories of her father.

She wants to keep his spirit alive with something Matilda can treasure all her life."



I find wonderful on Michelle's side to have this initiative and put it into practise.Beyond all the reasons that brought them to the split-that's nobody business,but theirs...-,she shows a great respect and affection for the man who made happy during some years and who gave her a lovely daughter.And that she wants to keep her father's good image for the little girl speaks volumes in favour of her,IMO.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: sportstalk23 on Jul 14, 2008, 12:18 PM
:ghug:
I know, thats what I keep thinking :\'( :\'(

I got a sneaky suspicion we are not the only ones  :-\\
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: gambrinus on Jul 14, 2008, 03:51 PM
Heath Ledger tipped for posthumous Oscar

Speculation is growing that Heath Ledger will receive an Oscar for his role as The Joker in upcoming Batman movie The Dark Knight.

Rolling Stone critic Pete Travers has backed calls for the late actor to pick up the first posthumous Academy Award since Peter Finch won for Network in 1976.

Ledger also has the support of Academy member and Dark Knight co-star Sir Michael Caine, who said he had earned a best supporting actor nomination at least.

The Sydney Morning Herald quotes him as saying: "I was stunned by his performance. I was absolutely stunned by it."

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/a110665/ledger-tipped-for-posthumous-oscar.html

(sorry if this has already been posted - I have been away a while...)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: sportstalk23 on Jul 14, 2008, 07:23 PM
Hey Brokies I just bought a copy of this months Marie Claire with Maggie Gyllenhaal as the cover girl first off the young lady who is my age I become more of a fan of hers every day she speaks her mind and is really intelligent and she looks great by the way  :) since I dont have a scanner at my friends house where I'm housesitting I'll just type for you word for word what she had to say about Heath

"My heart broke when he died, I think seeing the movie will be painful, I saw this new trailer, which I loved, but Heath was all over it, and it was very sad to see it, hard to watch" 

she sums up what alot of Heath's fans feel as much as I look forward to his performance it will not be easy knowing the years of work I knew he had in him we will not see its a great read so check it out its Aug edition of Marie Claire
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jessicat80 on Jul 14, 2008, 09:38 PM
Hey Sports, and everyone else too :)

Thomas posted this in the Maggie thread, she does discuss Heath, here is the link to the thread...

 http://ennisjack.com/index.php?topic=10149.690

Or if you would like to go directly to the article...

http://www.marieclaire.com/hair/celebrity/behind-scenes/maggie-gyllenhaal-interview-dark-knight

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jul 15, 2008, 08:28 AM
Heath Ledger tipped for posthumous Oscar

Speculation is growing that Heath Ledger will receive an Oscar for his role as The Joker in upcoming Batman movie The Dark Knight.

Rolling Stone critic Pete Travers has backed calls for the late actor to pick up the first posthumous Academy Award since Peter Finch won for Network in 1976.

Ledger also has the support of Academy member and Dark Knight co-star Sir Michael Caine, who said he had earned a best supporting actor nomination at least.

The Sydney Morning Herald quotes him as saying: "I was stunned by his performance. I was absolutely stunned by it."

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/a110665/ledger-tipped-for-posthumous-oscar.html

(sorry if this has already been posted - I have been away a while...)

I've already said before that I don't have much faith in the Academy, but I'm quite sure he will be nominated. I will be extremely disappointed if he won't be.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jul 15, 2008, 08:35 AM
"My heart broke when he died, I think seeing the movie will be painful, I saw this new trailer, which I loved, but Heath was all over it, and it was very sad to see it, hard to watch" 

It will be hard for everybody who worked with him and knew him...  :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: sportstalk23 on Jul 15, 2008, 08:40 AM
Hey Sports, and everyone else too :)

Thomas posted this in the Maggie thread, she does discuss Heath, here is the link to the thread...

 http://ennisjack.com/index.php?topic=10149.690

Or if you would like to go directly to the article...

http://www.marieclaire.com/hair/celebrity/behind-scenes/maggie-gyllenhaal-interview-dark-knight





hey thanks I didnt know Maggie has her own thread too  :clap:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jessicat80 on Jul 15, 2008, 09:25 PM


hey thanks I didnt know Maggie has her own thread too  :clap:

Few do, that's why I posted it too, and not just the article ;) 

She's been saying such caring and moving things about Heath... all his costars have, but it's nice to hear these words from a costar and a friend.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: white_angel on Jul 16, 2008, 06:38 PM
It was common knowledge on set that he had a spinal injury and that he was on some hefty medication for it.


Oh, I didn't know this...Poor baby.  :-\\ :-\\

 Felt so sad to find this one.  poor Heath. poor baby.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jackster on Jul 17, 2008, 07:48 PM
What the butler saw - Michael Caine recalls January 22 this year.
18th July 2008, 8:30 WST

After almost 100 movies in an acting career that reached its 50-year milestone two years ago, Caine has said goodbye to many of his co-stars, but the death of Heath Ledger shook him to the core.

Michael Caine recalls January 22 this year. The day had been unremarkable and the 75-year-old Londoner was in a comfortable chair at home watching the BBC’s 10pm news bulletin.

“It suddenly came up on the news,” said the two-time Oscar winner, his face, all these months later, mirroring the shocking moment. “I ran to my wife and said, ‘Heath has died.’ I couldn’t believe it.”

The entire story from today's The West Australian, at:

http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=5&ContentID=85555
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jul 17, 2008, 11:00 PM
Thanks for this, jackster.  This is a really interesting article about Michael Caine.  I would have loved to see him and Heath together on the set, getting to know each other...

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jul 17, 2008, 11:02 PM
From Tribeca Film Festival on-line.

Heath Ledger, You Got Us Good

As excitement mounts for The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger as the Joker, we take a look back at Ledger's towering performance as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain.


http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/news-features/features/heath.html (http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/news-features/features/heath.html)

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Jul 18, 2008, 01:31 AM
From Tribeca Film Festival on-line.

Heath Ledger, You Got Us Good

As excitement mounts for The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger as the Joker, we take a look back at Ledger's towering performance as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain.


http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/news-features/features/heath.html (http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/news-features/features/heath.html)

kathy


What a wonderful article - thanks for sharing it, Kathy.

With Ennis Del Mar, the young actor delivered a performance so stunning and true that we’ll never be able to quit him.

How true <^( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: sportstalk23 on Jul 18, 2008, 01:47 AM
Hey brokies good news so its like 2am here and I'm watching the Reelz Channel just watching regular programming when underneath the screen comes this bulletin, and its saying that screening for TDK have already started and already their predicting this movie could be the second highest grossing movie EVER  &**) they can add my money in a few hours too  ;) RIP Heath you were born a Ledger but you went out a Legend
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jul 18, 2008, 04:14 AM
From Tribeca Film Festival on-line.

Heath Ledger, You Got Us Good

As excitement mounts for The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger as the Joker, we take a look back at Ledger's towering performance as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain.


http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/news-features/features/heath.html (http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/news-features/features/heath.html)

kathy

This is a fantastic review and tribute, thank you so much Kathy for posting it.

"Ennis may have lived a miserable half-life, but Ledger’s performance ironically delivers a full, radiant life. When people talk about "promising" actors it means they’ve generally been impressed but they’re still waiting for one great performance or signature role to come. Ledger’s death came far too early; there’s no disputing that. But promising isn’t the right word for his gifts. His breakthrough performance was not a promise made but a promise fulfilled. Ledger’s death and this towering performance have placed us in the awkward position of Jack Twist himself.  We’re still staring greedily at Heath Ledger, asking in vain for more. With Ennis Del Mar, the young actor delivered a performance so stunning and true that we’ll never be able to quit him."
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jul 18, 2008, 05:43 AM
From Tribeca Film Festival on-line.

Heath Ledger, You Got Us Good

As excitement mounts for The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger as the Joker, we take a look back at Ledger's towering performance as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain.


http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/news-features/features/heath.html (http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/news-features/features/heath.html)

kathy

Wonderful words and wonderful article,just a little of what Heath deserved.Reading it has brought tears to my eyes again,it really has... :\'( But I'm happy however for having read it to know,once more,what a great actor he was.Heath,you got us good...Yes,you did. <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: froggy on Jul 18, 2008, 03:45 PM
From Tribeca Film Festival on-line.

Heath Ledger, You Got Us Good

As excitement mounts for The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger as the Joker, we take a look back at Ledger's towering performance as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain.


http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/news-features/features/heath.html (http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/news-features/features/heath.html)

kathy

I can'tread this yet..but I love the title (so I'll save the link for later)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: sportstalk23 on Jul 18, 2008, 06:36 PM
I can see why it will gross that much, I went to a popular theater 3 blocks from where I'm staying  with friends the line 2 blocks long  ^*) It's like 200 degrees so i wasnt standing there so i go across the street and guess what that movie theater wasnt even showing TDK  ^*) so I walked 7 blocks and pay dirt I got a ticket for the 12:45 show why cuz all their early shows from 7-9 all sold out ,and the reviews on the news I swear I havent heard reviews like this for a movie like maybe never  :clap: I have not heard a bad review not once from any outlet anywhere I cant wait I saw people coming out of the theater and they were cheering and gushing about Heath and the entire movie
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: LuvJackNasty on Jul 18, 2008, 07:56 PM
From Tribeca Film Festival on-line.

Heath Ledger, You Got Us Good

As excitement mounts for The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger as the Joker, we take a look back at Ledger's towering performance as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain.


http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/news-features/features/heath.html (http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org/news-features/features/heath.html)

kathy

That was a wonderful article, Kathy. Thank you.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jul 19, 2008, 01:01 AM
Hey brokies good news so its like 2am here and I'm watching the Reelz Channel just watching regular programming when underneath the screen comes this bulletin, and its saying that screening for TDK have already started and already their predicting this movie could be the second highest grossing movie EVER  &**) they can add my money in a few hours too  ;) RIP Heath you were born a Ledger but you went out a Legend

I love hearing all the talk about the amazing box office!  But "second"?  What was first?

I saw Annie Proulx say that about Heath  -- not Ledger, but Legend.

kthy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jul 19, 2008, 01:03 AM
This is a fantastic review and tribute, thank you so much Kathy for posting it.

"Ennis may have lived a miserable half-life, but Ledger’s performance ironically delivers a full, radiant life. When people talk about "promising" actors it means they’ve generally been impressed but they’re still waiting for one great performance or signature role to come. Ledger’s death came far too early; there’s no disputing that. But promising isn’t the right word for his gifts. His breakthrough performance was not a promise made but a promise fulfilled. Ledger’s death and this towering performance have placed us in the awkward position of Jack Twist himself.  We’re still staring greedily at Heath Ledger, asking in vain for more. With Ennis Del Mar, the young actor delivered a performance so stunning and true that we’ll never be able to quit him."


Yes, Keren, I just loved that whole paragraph, too.  It is so difficult -- to feel so proud of him, and at the same time to be so brokenhearted by his not being here.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jul 19, 2008, 01:06 AM
I can'tread this yet..but I love the title (so I'll save the link for later)

I understand, of course, Froggy.  But do read it later.  As I jsut said in reply to Keren, this is a difficult time for us, isn't it?  Heath has become so present right now.  Yet not.

As many have said, I think it's good that the Joker is so almost-unrecognizable Heath, that we get to just really enjoy the ride.  (The Imaginarium will be more difficult..)

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jul 19, 2008, 07:00 AM
If this is not the right place please feel free to move it.

Entertainment Tonight in their 7P EDT broadcast reported that TDK may well break records by grossing over $150,000,000 THIS WEEKEND.  What a bittersweet moment for those who love and miss Heath; he was singled out in the newscast for his role in the movie contributing to the expected success.  If only you were here, Heath, to share in this wonderful moment and see how your legacy to us and your little daughter is growing.  For many brokies, this is a once-in-a-lifetime happening, to experience and appreciate these works of such a great person and actor who left us at such an early time.  Rock with the angels, Heath.  RIP

I totally agree with you, I feel the same... it's so bittersweet, because I'm so thrilled to see how TDK ecceeds all expectations, knowing how much Heath was invested in this role, but also so sad because he's not here to share it and to hear all the wonderful praises.

I quote Kathy: "It is so difficult -- to feel so proud of him, and at the same time to be so brokenhearted by his not being here."
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jul 20, 2008, 11:33 AM
I totally agree with you, I feel the same... it's so bittersweet, because I'm so thrilled to see how TDK ecceeds all expectations, knowing how much Heath was invested in this role, but also so sad because he's not here to share it and to hear all the wonderful praises.

I quote Kathy: "It is so difficult -- to feel so proud of him, and at the same time to be so brokenhearted by his not being here."


And I only can but quote all and every word has been said in these nice posts... :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jul 20, 2008, 08:42 PM
This is a real tearful article, so be forewarned:

http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2008/07/dark-knight-n-2.html

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: sportstalk23 on Jul 20, 2008, 09:26 PM
This is a real tearful article, so be forewarned:

http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2008/07/dark-knight-n-2.html




 :t) for posting this and where can I send flowers to this writer for stating what I've said for 3 years that a certain cowboy was just way too much for quite a few of those voters homophobic sensitivites yeah lets award a caricature of somebody gay, a sterotype that hollywood likes to portray gays, but no way not a symbol of american manliness, which is why all this praise Heath is getting is not something I'm all warm and fuzzy over, yes he deserves every each of praise for his work and acknowledgement, but where the hell were all these calls  for oscars and other awards during BBM. Gee maybe BBM would have actually WON BEST PICTURE instead of that movie whose name I will never utter, maybe all the acting roles should have won something, I love Clooney like the day is long and always will but was he that much better than Jake? And can someone please tell what movie Rachael Weiz was in when she beat out Michelle for that Oscar cuz I cant recall this is why I have a bittersweet attitude towards talk of awards, they had a real chance to honor Heath when he was alive and they BLEW IT BIG TIME and that travesty cant be taken back
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jul 21, 2008, 03:31 AM
This is a real tearful article, so be forewarned:

http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2008/07/dark-knight-n-2.html

Thank you for posting this article,Andrew¡  :) Well,I think it would be unfair that Heath win the Oscar as a postmortem tribute,or that this circomstance could be an obstacle to win it.I think that,beyond what was done when he was alive,if he will win the Oscar,it must be mainly because he deserves it as an actor now and he deserved it as an actor before,for his surprising performance in BBM above all.Period.
I've always thought that if he and the movie didn't win in 2006 wasn't for being some other better movies or actors;but for many social and political pressures that came from some of the most reminded Academy members.So,the possibility of winning this Oscar a year after his passing,mustn't be a prize for a young person because he's not already here,not even a way to arrange what was unfairly done before;it would be an act of justice to good acting. :clap:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jul 21, 2008, 11:46 AM
Film festival to honor Ledger posthumously

http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2008/07/19/Film_festival_to_honor_Ledger_posthumously/UPI-41971216488124/
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jul 21, 2008, 09:31 PM
Thank you for posting this article,Andrew¡  :) Well,I think it would be unfair that Heath win the Oscar as a postmortem tribute,or that this circomstance could be an obstacle to win it.I think that,beyond what was done when he was alive,if he will win the Oscar,it must be mainly because he deserves it as an actor now and he deserved it as an actor before,for his surprising performance in BBM above all.Period.
I've always thought that if he and the movie didn't win in 2006 wasn't for being some other better movies or actors;but for many social and political pressures that came from some of the most reminded Academy members.So,the possibility of winning this Oscar a year after his passing,mustn't be a prize for a young person because he's not already here,not even a way to arrange what was unfairly done before;it would be an act of justice to good acting. :clap:

I hope you are right that from now on, the Academy award will be apolitical and is purely on artistic merit. I can understand giving life-time achievement awards to actors who happened to be out of awards due to bad timing, as in going against the best movies of that year. But the best actor, best movie, etc, should be simply that...best for that year. Anything else and it would be meaningless.

As for Heath's Joker, I will be as objective as I can be tomorrow night. But honestly, I have no doubt that it will be a memorable experience simply as an extrapolation of what I've seen in the trailer. I can hardly wait to share it in the spoilers threads.

Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jul 22, 2008, 04:12 AM
I hope you are right that from now on, the Academy award will be apolitical and is purely on artistic merit. I can understand giving life-time achievement awards to actors who happened to be out of awards due to bad timing, as in going against the best movies of that year. But the best actor, best movie, etc, should be simply that...best for that year. Anything else and it would be meaningless.

As for Heath's Joker, I will be as objective as I can be tomorrow night. But honestly, I have no doubt that it will be a memorable experience simply as an extrapolation of what I've seen in the trailer. I can hardly wait to share it in the spoilers threads.

I really hope that as soon as possible,prizes will be for a good job,and not be rejected for being in the wrong place and in the wrong time doing a performance...And I hope too that you enjoy your watching TDK tonight;please,tell us what's your opinion about,that will be very appreciated.Unluckily,it'll takes some time before I'll be able to watch it here¡.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jul 23, 2008, 04:09 AM
I really hope that as soon as possible,prizes will be for a good job,and not be rejected for being in the wrong place and in the wrong time doing a performance...And I hope too that you enjoy your watching TDK tonight;please,tell us what's your opinion about,that will be very appreciated.Unluckily,it'll takes some time before I'll be able to watch it here¡.

Hi, MPJ, I love the movie...as I said in the Heath the Joker thread. I am glad to see it on the big screen with the special sound effects. This is one movie you want the theatrical experience, for sure.

Heath went above and beyond his usual brilliance. He made the most vile villainous villain almost lovable. Yes, I said lovable. I felt sorry for the Joker. Even though I knew he lied about his childhood, how he got those scars, how his father ...etc, there was just enough humanity and sanity in the portrayal to make the character believable, and at the same time, almost lovable. The love-hate relationship he had with Bathman was instructive. The most truthful parts of his dialog was the part when he said to Batman, "You complete me." The Joker was as alone, and lonely, as Batman, but he didn't know that Batman has friends. The Joker was truly alone.

Anyhow, I will wait until the spoiler thread to post any more observations.

I will not be surprised if Heath should get a nomination for Best Supporting Actor; it's anyone's guess whether he will win; I will not be surprised if Heath should win an Oscar.  :clap:  <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: rlh03 on Jul 25, 2008, 05:49 PM
Well, folks, figures don't lie and I hope those critics etc., who deserve it get a big helping of crow.  MOJO reported today that, after just 7 DAYS (week 1 from July 18, 2008 thru July 24, 2008) TDK's box office has grossed the phenomenal amounts of $238,615,211 for domestic showings, $41,300,000 for foreign showings, amounting to a worldwide total $279,915,211.  Rock on, Heath!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Jul 25, 2008, 05:56 PM
Well, folks, figures don't lie and I hope those critics etc., who deserve it get a big helping of crow.  MOJO reported today that, after just 7 DAYS (week 1 from July 18, 2008 thru July 24, 2008) TDK's box office has grossed the phenomenal amounts of $238,615,211 for domestic showings, $41,300,000 for foreign showings, amounting to a worldwide total $279,915,211.  Rock on, Heath!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jul 26, 2008, 12:13 AM
Well, folks, figures don't lie and I hope those critics etc., who deserve it get a big helping of crow.  MOJO reported today that, after just 7 DAYS (week 1 from July 18, 2008 thru July 24, 2008) TDK's box office has grossed the phenomenal amounts of $238,615,211 for domestic showings, $41,300,000 for foreign showings, amounting to a worldwide total $279,915,211.  Rock on, Heath!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Yup, the page for Dark Knight on mojo is like a whole long columns of 1's. Number one in just about every category imaginable. Fastest to $200 million, and they say the record to $300 million will be broken this weekend. I, for one, will go back this weekend for a second time. I can see why you all were crazy for Brokeback Mountain in the theatres, going multiple times.  There is something to be said for fanaticism.

One observation from the reviews was interesting, that Dark Knight does not appeal to women audience as much as it does to men. I can understand this, but I wonder how true this is. The theatre last Tuesday had a mix of audience from family to adolescence of both gender. Perhaps the second and third timers will be mostly men. Then again, I understand some ladies are very attracted to Christian Bale. I don't understand why  ::) but perhaps they will help bring up the box office numbers to help lift Dark Knight above Titanic in the biggest box office numbers yet.

By the way, what does everyone think of a letter of support to Christian Bale in his time of need. I think we can learn a lesson from Spider-Man, and Heath that superheros sometimes can use a helping hand. I don't know how to go about it, but perhaps an open-letter of support from say, "friends of Heath", to ask for the same respect for privacy that other stars asked of the media.

I see Christian's latest media pictures, and they remind me so much of Heath's, gaunt and tired. Am I crazy or reading too much into it? He is making the next terminator movie, after all.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jul 26, 2008, 01:24 AM
Lance, I hadn't given a thought to TDK being more of an appeal to men or to women.  Interesting.  I would be curious to ultimately see some statistics about that.  You just never can tell.  I am a TDK fanatic, but considering all the movies of similar genre that I haven't seen (until on video, maybe), it's obvious that what drew me to TDK is Heath.  But then, I do love the fantasy-fantastic stuff and visual wow-ness also.  Besides everyone else in the movie.  It's not like it was a total boring movie but oh yes, HL is great.  ;) 

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jul 26, 2008, 01:33 AM
Lance, I hadn't given a thought to TDK being more of an appeal to men or to women.  Interesting.  I would be curious to ultimately see some statistics about that.  You just never can tell.  I am a TDK fanatic, but considering all the movies of similar genre that I haven't seen (until on video, maybe), it's obvious that what drew me to TDK is Heath.  But then, I do love the fantasy-fantastic stuff and visual wow-ness also.  Besides everyone else in the movie.  It's not like it was a total boring movie but oh yes, HL is great.  ;) 

kathy

I was kind of surprised at the reviewer's comment, too. The fact that only one woman character of note is in the movie, was his reasoning, and I can see why he made the comment.  But I never gave it much thought, and I honestly don't think it makes sense. Men and women go to movie for the same reason, to be entertained and for the experience. True, some movies appeal more to women than men, and some movies appeal more to men than women, but I think the majority of GREAT movies, appeal to both, because great movies necessarily reflects some part of real life that resonates in all people, regardless of gender, etc. I find this in Dark Knight. I personally believe it is a great movie, as important as Brokeback Mountain, even. Yes, I see it speaking to the soul of humanity as Brokeback Mountain spoke to the soul of gay men. I can hardly wait till the thread opens up the discussion. Please Warner Brothers, make Dark Knight distribution world wide, NOW, please!  &**)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Marj on Jul 26, 2008, 02:48 AM

One observation from the reviews was interesting, that Dark Knight does not appeal to women audience as much as it does to men. I can understand this, but I wonder how true this is. The theatre last Tuesday had a mix of audience from family to adolescence of both gender. Perhaps the second and third timers will be mostly men. Then again, I understand some ladies are very attracted to Christian Bale. I don't understand why  ::) but perhaps they will help bring up the box office numbers to help lift Dark Knight above Titanic in the biggest box office numbers yet.

For me, it's not true, I would have gone even when Heath was not in it, simply because this is my kind of genre.
I like it rough  ;D  ;D I like horror, thrillers, superhero movies, adventure movies and action movies with lots of things blowing up! The crazier the better for me!  ;)
I usually don't go for the romantic genre, but of course some appeal to my taste, like BBM and Shelter.
Yesterday evening there were more women at TDK then men


Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jul 26, 2008, 02:59 AM
For me, it's not true, I would have gone even when Heath was not in it, simply because this is my kind of genre.
I like it rough  ;D  ;D I like horror, thrillers, superhero movies, adventure movies and action movies with lots of things blowing up! The crazier the better for me!  ;)
I usually don't go for the romantic genre, but of course some appeal to my taste, like BBM and Shelter.
Yesterday evening there were more women at TDK then men

I am glad to hear this. Thanks, Marj. And I'd never guessed that you like it rough  ??? from you comments in the Shelter thread. I'd thought you are like me, into romantic comedies, and other girlie movies... ::) :P

Seriously, though, I hope men and women continue to see Dark Knight, over and over. It's a great movie, a great morality tale, a great classic.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: sportstalk23 on Jul 26, 2008, 03:21 AM
let me tell yall in theaters all over nyc women were out huge numbers to TDK normally its guys dragging ladies to see "action" movies and women dragging their guys to see "chick" flicks, but TDK transcened all of those ideals about who watches what kinds of movies, one of my dream wishes was to get Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in a movies, we wound up with I'm not there and TDK, as I loove Christian Bale as I do Heath and Jake cant wait to see this again  :clap:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jul 26, 2008, 11:05 PM
I was kind of surprised at the reviewer's comment, too. The fact that only one woman character of note is in the movie, was his reasoning, and I can see why he made the comment.  But I never gave it much thought, and I honestly don't think it makes sense. Men and women go to movie for the same reason, to be entertained and for the experience. True, some movies appeal more to women than men, and some movies appeal more to men than women, but I think the majority of GREAT movies, appeal to both, because great movies necessarily reflects some part of real life that resonates in all people, regardless of gender, etc. I find this in Dark Knight. I personally believe it is a great movie, as important as Brokeback Mountain, even. Yes, I see it speaking to the soul of humanity as Brokeback Mountain spoke to the soul of gay men. I can hardly wait till the thread opens up the discussion. Please Warner Brothers, make Dark Knight distribution world wide, NOW, please!  &**)

But as you said, BBM spoke to more than gay men!  Something to say to everyone, to see in their own lives where fears caused loss, etc.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jul 26, 2008, 11:26 PM
let me tell yall in theaters all over nyc women were out huge numbers to TDK normally its guys dragging ladies to see "action" movies and women dragging their guys to see "chick" flicks, but TDK transcened all of those ideals about who watches what kinds of movies, one of my dream wishes was to get Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in a movies, we wound up with I'm not there and TDK, as I loove Christian Bale as I do Heath and Jake cant wait to see this again  :clap:

You know what, duh me...  It totally slipped my mind until you just said it that CB was in I'm Not There.  I only saw it once, and I was not really familiar with CB before, as you obviously are!  How cool that they worked together twice, then.  Although in INT they maybe didn't actually ever film together.  But they sure were face-to-face in TDK!!

I'm not surprised when I read CB was really depressed over Heath's death.  As everyone who knew him is...and all of us who didn't exactly know him.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: sportstalk23 on Jul 27, 2008, 01:32 AM
That's funny K ;D quite a few people said that too,CB is one of those people like Heath and Jake where I'm a fan from the start.CB was also in Little Women, and I'm real glad he was one of the first to debunk those stupid rumors of the Joker pushing Heath over the edge,and yes he also took Heath's death hard
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jul 27, 2008, 01:33 AM
But as you said, BBM spoke to more than gay men!  Something to say to everyone, to see in their own lives where fears caused loss, etc.

kathy

You are right. This forum proves it.  %&) By the same extension, Heath's Ennis spoke to everyone about the loss of love, so Heath's Joker speaks to everyone about the moral dilemma when confronted with evil, not just to the souls of heroes or the nihilist agents of chaos. Thanks for the reminder.  :ghug: :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ynnaf on Jul 27, 2008, 06:44 PM
Terry Gilliam:

Director Terry Gilliam, now in post-production on THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS, Heath Ledger's final film, was interviewed recently at the Ischia Film Festival. Gilliam had high praise for Ledger, calling him "a genius." He also complimented the three actors--Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell--who stepped in to complete Ledger's role in PARNASSUS after his untimely death last January:

TERRY GILLIAM: The great thing about it is that when Heath died, and we have a character that wasn't finished in the movie, those three actors [Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell] came along and saved the day. And so the character is now basically four actors creating one character. And that's . . . it's very interesting, and maybe even more interesting than it would have been with one actor going all the way through. I'm still not the best judge, because I have in my head what the film was going to be with Heath all the way through, and now there's a different film there. But all I know is, it's very funny.

Gilliam sounded proud of his film and genuinely awed by the generosity of the actors who came forward to save the picture and ensure its completion. Despite their high profiles, Depp, Law, and Farrell took no compensation for their work; instead, they donated their salaries to Heath Ledger's two-year-old daughter, Matilda.

TERRY GILLIAM: The three actors were totally heroic coming in. This doesn't happen very often . . . where there's a tragedy like this, and very famous, very successful actors suddenly say, "Okay, we'll do whatever it takes to help." They came; they did the work; they allowed the movie to be finished; they didn't take money--the money goes to Heath's daughter. That's extraordinary! And wonderful . . . and when you're part of that, you think, "Ah, this is maybe why I went into the movies, in the beginning. I thought it would be full of wonderful people. And in our case, we've got a movie full of wonderful people, who did extraordinary things to help."


Link: http://will-porter.livejournal.com/213052.html (http://will-porter.livejournal.com/213052.html)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: Matt Nasty on Jul 27, 2008, 07:08 PM
thats great, i never knew about jude law, colling farrell, and johnny depp giving there salarys to matilda
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: sportstalk23 on Jul 27, 2008, 08:04 PM
thats great, i never knew about jude law, colling farrell, and johnny depp giving there salarys to matilda

heres a standing ovation for those 3 for stepping and being so thoughtful of Matilda  :clap: :clap:  :t) for posting
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jul 27, 2008, 11:34 PM
thats great, i never knew about jude law, colling farrell, and johnny depp giving there salarys to matilda

Me, neither.  That is a beautiful thing to do.

Besides, from what it sounds like, from the parts Heath had already done, I think it's going to be a fantastic film with their parts.  I so strongly look forward to this.

kathy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: lancecowboy on Jul 28, 2008, 12:02 AM
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Link: http://will-porter.livejournal.com/213052.html (http://will-porter.livejournal.com/213052.html)

Thanks, ynnaf, Heath's impact on the world never ceases to bring tears  :\'(. Their response is inspirational. I never paid much attention to these three actors before, except for Judd Law in Enemy at the Gates and Gattaca, and Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street and Don Juan de Marco. Now I know why they have their stature as actors, because they must have wonderful hearts to respond to Heath in this way. Bravo  :clap:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: christie wood on Jul 28, 2008, 02:53 AM
Oh thats such a lovely gesture, I had no idea that the 3 actors did that. 
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: NoReins on Jul 28, 2008, 03:26 AM
What an awesome thing for those three to do :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jul 28, 2008, 05:25 AM
...........................
Gilliam sounded proud of his film and genuinely awed by the generosity of the actors who came forward to save the picture and ensure its completion. Despite their high profiles, Depp, Law, and Farrell took no compensation for their work; instead, they donated their salaries to Heath Ledger's two-year-old daughter, Matilda.

TERRY GILLIAM: The three actors were totally heroic coming in. This doesn't happen very often . . . where there's a tragedy like this, and very famous, very successful actors suddenly say, "Okay, we'll do whatever it takes to help." They came; they did the work; they allowed the movie to be finished; they didn't take money--the money goes to Heath's daughter. That's extraordinary! And wonderful . . . and when you're part of that, you think, "Ah, this is maybe why I went into the movies, in the beginning. I thought it would be full of wonderful people. And in our case, we've got a movie full of wonderful people, who did extraordinary things to help."



Link: http://will-porter.livejournal.com/213052.html (http://will-porter.livejournal.com/213052.html)

Thank you so much for posting it here ynnaf, this news bit had truly brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful thing for these three actors to do, and Terry Gilliam is right, it doesn't happen very often... but Heath had such a deep effect on people. It moves me so much that they felt this need to do that for him, because they appreciated him so much, obviously not for the money. Even in his death he still inspires people to do wonderful things.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: myprivatejack on Jul 28, 2008, 09:29 AM
It's a wonderful news to know because speaks volumes about the quality as human beings of these actors;but also the great impact that Heath had absolutely in each person who knew him.Things like this make me surer still that I'm not a fool for missing so much somebody I hadn't known personally;his magnetism went far beyond your getting in touch or not with him. :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ynnaf on Jul 28, 2008, 12:06 PM
You are welcome guys! I thought it was sweet what the 3 men did and thought i'd share the article. :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jul 28, 2008, 01:35 PM
It sure was sweet, and I'm glad you decided to share it.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Jul 31, 2008, 03:45 AM
 :h) brokies,
Yesturday, before watching "The Dark Knight" I bought a book in an english librairy (Waterstones) : the tittle is :
A TRIBUTE TO HEATH LEDGER
THE ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY
The autor is Chris Roberts. It costs 18,30 euros and it's beautiful, full of nice pics  O0

Below I post some pics I scanned for you  ^f^

(http://i310.photobucket.com/albums/kk433/solangepa/Heath%20Ledger/HeathLedgerbiography.jpg)
 
(http://i310.photobucket.com/albums/kk433/solangepa/Heath%20Ledger/Sanstitre-Numrisation-01.jpg).

I'll post more pics later  :c) (If you wish  ;))
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Jul 31, 2008, 03:57 AM
This is a real tearful article, so be forewarned:

http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2008/07/dark-knight-n-2.html



Many thanks lance to have posted that link  ^f^.  I really hope Heath will receive an Oscar for his astounding performance as the Joker (a posthumous Oscar).  That will be a very good thing for his little daughter, later, she'll be proud of her father  O0.  :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: tizi17 on Jul 31, 2008, 11:48 AM
:h) brokies,
Yesturday, before watching "The Dark Knight" I bought a book in an english librairy (Waterstones) : the tittle is :
A TRIBUTE TO HEATH LEDGER
THE ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY
The autor is Chris Roberts. It costs 18,30 euros and it's beautiful, full of nice pics  O0

Below I post some pics I scanned for you  ^f^

(http://i310.photobucket.com/albums/kk433/solangepa/Heath%20Ledger/HeathLedgerbiography.jpg)
 

.. and again i am so overwhelmed by what happened today..

i saw this today, and when i arrive home my younger son has already bought it for me....  <^(

i am in tears now... for this book and for what he did....  :\'(  <^(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Jul 31, 2008, 11:58 AM
OMG Fausta!! That's so very sweet.  <^( <^( <^( After your previous post about the reaction of your son to BBM, and now with this one, I think he's a gem, a true kind free spirit, a gift for a mother.  <^( <^( I'm so glad for you, baby.  ^f^

And I want that book so bad!! I think it's wonderful but I can't fing it here.... :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jul 31, 2008, 01:53 PM
.. and again i am so overwhelmed by what happened today..

i saw this today, and when i arrive home my younger son has already bought it for me....  <^(

i am in tears now... for this book and for what he did....  :\'(  <^(

Fausta that's wonderful! For him to get you this book, because he knows how much you care about Heath...
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Jul 31, 2008, 01:57 PM
Maggie Gyllenhaal: Heath Ledger's Joker Deserves an Oscar

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20213999,00.html

A posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger for his Joker performance?

"I would vote for him," his Dark Knight costar Maggie Gyllenhaal told reporters Monday at the film's London premiere.

Gyllenhaal, 30, said of Ledger's Oscar prospects that the "degree of difficulty should be incorporated into the award."

"To be that incredible in a movie that's this huge, that's about so many things, is really an accomplishment," she said. "In a way I feel funny thinking about the Oscars when he isn't alive, but at the same time I'm a member of the Academy and I would vote for him."

Gyllenhaal – who replaced Katie Holmes in the role of Assistant District Attorney Rachel Dawes – spoke to reporters while her fiancé Peter Saarsgard watched from a few feet behind.

She said of Ledger's performance: "In order to be a good actor you have to find a place where you are free, but it's very unusual to be absolutely free in the way that he was in this movie. It was inspiring working with him."

At the premiere – which featured a 2.5 ton replica of the Batmobile, shooting flames – fans carried signs and banners campaigning for an Oscar for Ledger.

Michael Caine, who plays Batman's butler Alfred, told reporters he "would pay good money" to see a performance that could top Ledger's for the Oscar. Previously Caine said Ledger was worthy of nomination.
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: ksxks on Jul 31, 2008, 11:35 PM
OMG Fausta!! That's so very sweet.  <^( <^( <^( After your previous post about the reaction of your son to BBM, and now with this one, I think he's a gem, a true kind free spirit, a gift for a mother.  <^( <^( I'm so glad for you, baby.  ^f^

And I want that book so bad!! I think it's wonderful but I can't fing it here.... :\'( :\'(

I must get that book also, definitely

I love hearing about these sons of our Brokie mothers -- beautiful young men obviously, sons of special mothers!  I suspect lots of young men -- and other people -- can now more freely feel okay about digging Heath Ledger, whereas before, it might have been difficult for some, especially young men, when he was only connected in the public eye with BBM.

kahy
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Aug 02, 2008, 11:56 PM
Dear Fausta, I am very glad you have received that wonderful book, that's very kind from your son  ^f^

Tammy, I hope you'll find it  ^f^

Keren, that's fine from Jake's sister to vote for a winning oscar for Heath  :clap:

Heath deserves an oscar
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Aug 02, 2008, 11:59 PM
OMG Fausta!! That's so very sweet.  <^( <^( <^( After your previous post about the reaction of your son to BBM, and now with this one, I think he's a gem, a true kind free spirit, a gift for a mother.  <^( <^( I'm so glad for you, baby.  ^f^

And I want that book so bad!! I think it's wonderful but I can't fing it here.... :\'( :\'(

Dear Tammy, let me know if you can't find the book (by PM)...Perhaps can I buy one for you in the english librairy  O0 :^^)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Aug 03, 2008, 12:05 AM
Some other pics scanned from the book, for you  ^f^ (may I post here ?)

(http://i310.photobucket.com/albums/kk433/solangepa/Heath%20Ledger/Sanstitre-Numrisation-05.jpg)

(http://i310.photobucket.com/albums/kk433/solangepa/Heath%20Ledger/Sanstitre-Numrisation-06.jpg)

(http://i310.photobucket.com/albums/kk433/solangepa/Heath%20Ledger/Sanstitre-Numrisation-07.jpg)


 :ghug: :ghug: :ghug:  Let me know if you want some more    :s)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: babytammy7 on Aug 03, 2008, 08:23 AM
OMG, Simone, thank you so much!!!! He's so gorgeous, so sweet... :\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: keren_b on Aug 03, 2008, 08:31 AM
Thank you for the photos Simone! You know I always love to see photos of Heath... but I think it's best to post them in the "Oh baby" thread, that is the place for Heath pics. :)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: jessicat80 on Aug 03, 2008, 09:02 AM
Hey Brokies,


"Film Review" Magazine has The Dark Knight on the cover again. There are a few things about Heath throughout it, not just in the TDK article, though the article is really good, and talks about him a lot also. There is also a cool article on the 25 best actors/actresses working in Hollywood and Christian Bale is #1!

I believe it's a UK magazine, but I found it here in the states at Barnes and Noble. You can check out it's website...

http://www.visimag.com/filmreview/f221_display.htm

(http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh264/jessicat80/Mags/BBMFilmmagJul08cover.jpg)
Title: Re: Heath Ledger - News Articles and Tributes
Post by: titabeille on Aug 03, 2008, 11:12 AM
Thank you for the photos Simone! You know I always love to see photos of Heath... but I think it's best to post them in the "Oh baby" thread, that is the place for Heath pics. :)

Hello Keren, I know you love photos of Heath, so I'll post other scanned photos from the book on the appropriate thread  O0  :^^)

Dear Tammy, if you want to see more pics, you need to go to "Oh baby" thread  :)