Ledger fans demand the Joker retired from film

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LONDON, England (CNN) — A group of Heath Ledger fans have taken their reverence for the late “The Dark Knight” star to a whole new level.ledger

Followers of the actor, who electrified audiences with his chilling reinvention of the Joker in the second Batman blockbuster, are calling for the character to be retired from the movies permanently.

Ledger supporters at new Web site, The Ultimate Joker, launched a petition last week calling for studios to remove the Joker from any future Batman movies. The petition currently has 2,431 supporters.

“We think Heath deserves this honor,” the site’s team leader, Fer Barbella, told CNN from Buenos Aires, Argentina. “He is the ultimate Joker.

“We are Batman fans from the comics and from the movies,” he said, “After we saw ‘The Dark Knight,’ we thought this Joker was really the best. It deserves to be withdrawn from any Batman sequels.

“When Michael Jordan retired, they withdrew the number 23 jersey as an honor. It’s the same thing with Heath.”

Barbella said he thinks any new performance just won’t be able to top Ledger’s.

“He upgraded the character in a thrilling way,” he said. “Although a lot of actors would love the chance to play the Joker, as Batman fans and now Heath Ledger fans, we think no one could ever perform it as well as he did.” Continue reading

China Refuses to Release “The Dark Knight” in Chinese Cinemas

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Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight” won’t be screened in Chinese cinemas, Warner Bros. said in a statement Wednesday.

The studio said that the acclaimed film — the second highest-grossing movie in US box-office history — would be canned in China, with “cultural sensitivities” cited as one of the reasons for the no-show.

“Based on a number of pre-release conditions that are being attached to ‘The Dark Knight’ as well as cultural sensitivities to some elements of the film, we have opted to forego a theatrical release of the film in China,” a statement emailed to AFP said.

It was not clear what “cultural sensitivities” were at issue but the movie includes an action sequence shot in Hong Kong where Batman, played by Christian Bale, apprehends a Chinese money-launderer.

In 2006, Chinese authorities barred the release of Hollywood movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” amid speculation its portrayal of Japanese courtesans played by Chinese actresses could spark public controversy.

Taiwanese director Ang Lee’s gay cowboy drama “Brokeback Mountain” was also denied a release in China.

Editor’s Note: Wow, now Heath Ledger has the distinction of having both of his biggest films being banned from Chinese cinema, Brokeback and Batman.  Can’t they just let a brother live, posthumously?

The Dark Knight sells 3 MILLION DVDs On Tuesday alone !!!

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The Dark Knight is breaking all sorts of records!!

The flick brought in about $530 million in movie ticket sales just in the U.S. alone. And, now, almost 3 million DVDs of the movie have already been purchased on DVD in the U.S., Canada, and Britain since its release on Tuesday.

And as many as almost 600,000 DVDs were purchased as Blu-ray DVDs.

Iron Man was only able to sell 260,000 Blu-rays on its first day of release!!

Ron Sanders, president of Warner Home Video, says, “It’s encouraging. The Blu-ray sales of ‘Dark Knight’ were exceptionally strong and much higher than our projections.”

The Dark Knight will be a big Christmas present this year.

Heath Ledger’s $26,000 apt can’t find a tenant

Now I sincerely think the $26,000 price tag is why this baby is still free. Just the notoriety of the Ledger death would make a bunch of people want to have this apartment which will probably eventually become a tourist attraction. Anyway here is the scoop:

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THE rental listing of the SoHo apartment where Heath Ledger accidentally overdosed has been pulled without a taker willing to cough up $26,000 per month. The Post’s Braden Keil reports the three-bedroom loft at 419 Broome St., which was officially relisted in late July after Ledger died there last January, couldn’t attract a tenant – most likely because of its spooky provenance and a cooling high-end rental market. A Corcoran Group source would only say the 4,400-square-foot pad is “temporarily off the market.”

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Spoiler Alert:Batman killed by his OWN dad

When will the actual movies catch up with the actual storyline in the comic? Anyway all you comic geeks here is the ultimate spoiler for the newest Batman comic.

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Bruce Wayne – who by night is Batman – gets murdered by a man claiming to be the father he thought was dead.

In a highly controversial new storyline Bruce, who first appeared in 1939, is killed by Simon Hurt – the leader of the shady Black Glove organisation.

Simon claims he is really Dr Thomas Wayne, saying he faked his own passing when Bruce was a child.

The superhero dies when he tries to stop his foe escaping by helicopter in the new comic Batman R.I.P.

Writer Grant Morrison said: �This is so much better than death. People have killed characters in the past but to me, that kind of ends the story!

“I like to keep the story twisting and turning. So what I am doing is a fate worse than death. Things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all.

“This is the end of Bruce Wayne as Batman.”

Batman will live on though, with another character filling his Batsuit.

Two likely contenders are Dick Grayson – the original Robin – or current Boy Wonder, Tim Drake.

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Heath Ledger as The Joker by Dave White

 

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Classically trained artist, Dave White, has created this fantastic painting of the recently deceased Heath Ledger as The Joker. Ledger did an incredible job portraying the dark character and has without a doubt, left an indelible impression with a performance for the ages as the comic book villain. White’s 4-foot high oil painting is currently on display at the Opus Art Gallery in Newcastle as part of a solo show for the artist that features paintings of superheroes and villains. White was enchanted by Ledger’s portrayal of the character and felt compelled to immediately begin work on this painting.

The Curse of The Dark Knight Strikes Again

Damn, don’t you love a good ritual? Now, before you accuse us of going off the dead-end, please understand that this analysis is substantiated by research and all that is required is for you to do the research on your own.  Now we’ve previously reported on Christian Bale‘s denial that there was a curse that was following The Dark Knight, all this prior to him being arrested the weekend of the release of what some are calling potentially the biggest release of ALL time (Titanic is sitting lovely though with $600 million under its belt).  With a rash of beheadings being attributed to Joker symbolism (Heath Ledger brandishes the “Joker” tarot card which has the Joker brandishing a severed head), the untimely accident involving Morgan Freeman and  a renewed  interest of the circumstances surrounded the death of Heath Ledger, bloggers are running wild with speculation.  Now. much attention is being paid to what is being termed, The Curse of The Dark Knight.

Olsen Twin Wants Immunity From Feds Concerning Ledger O.D.

Everyday something new and bizarre come out surrounding The Dark Knight and everyone involved.

Earlier today is has being reported that Morgan Freeman has been in an serious car accident and now this bombshell about Mary-Kate asking for immunity concerning Heath Ledger’s overdose on prescription meds.

You mean to tell one of America’s sweetheart’s could of been Heath’s illegal prescription drug connection? Tsk Tsk, don’t give her any immunity ,let her face the consequences like anybody else would, after all somebody is dead.

The NY Post is reportng that Mary-Kate is seeking immunity before she speaks to federal prosecutors concerning Heath Ledger's overdose.

The NY Post is reportng that Mary-Kate is seeking immunity before she speaks to federal prosecutors concerning Heath Ledger's overdose.

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Pint-size actress Mary-Kate Olsen has refused to be interviewed by federal investigators probing the accidental drug death of her close friend Heath Ledger unless she receives immunity from prosecution, The Post has learned.

The actress’ lawyer has repeatedly rebuffed attempts by the feds to question Olsen, who was the first person called after her masseuse discovered Ledger’s body in his SoHo apartment in January.

Heath Ledger overdosed on OxyContin and other drugs at his SoHo apartment. Feds are looking into how he got those drugs.

PILL TRAIL: Heath Ledger overdosed on OxyContin and other drugs at his SoHo apartment. Feds are looking into how he got those drugs.

Frustrated federal officials could obtain a grand-jury subpoena to compel the funky “Full House” actress to tell them whatever she knows about the “Dark Knight” star’s behavior, his possible drug use and the events of that fateful morning, according to sources.

Probers have interviewed everyone connected to Ledger and his death, including his doctors, the masseuse, bodyguards, housekeepers, business associates and even the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, Matilda, his “Brokeback Mountain” co-star Michelle Williams.

“Ms. Williams was extremely nice and cooperative,” a source said.

Another added, “Everyone has been very eager to help, saying what a great guy Heath Ledger was, everyone except Mary-Kate, who has refused to speak.”

`Dark Knight’ grabs $43.8M more, nears $400M total

This movie is not going anywhere. There are also a bunch of rumors about Batman 3 that really has the blogosphere buzzing, but I think they may be a bit premature. Of course Catwoman or The Riddler would be great. Trust me they will find someone to make the next installment just as exciting if that is even possible. Latest numbers below:

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Even an army of the undead could not dislodge Batman from his box-office perch.

The Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight” hauled in $43.8 million to rank as Hollywood’s top movie for the third-straight weekend, fending off “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” which opened a close second with $42.5 million.

“The Dark Knight” has soared to a $394.9 million haul in just 17 days, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Warner Bros. release should sail past the $400 million mark by Monday or Tuesday, said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner.

That would be on the film’s 18th or 19th day of release, another record for “The Dark Knight,” which had an all-time high opening weekend of $158.4 million. The previous $400 million record-holder was “Shrek 2,” which hit that mark in 43 days.

“It’s a film that is just rewriting the record books every day and redefining our notions of what a blockbuster can be,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers.

“The Dark Knight” will top $500 million, predicted Fellman, who would not speculate on whether it could approach the all-time domestic revenue record of “Titanic” at $600.8 million.

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Dark Knight on way to pulling $300 million in 10 Days…

Source: Deadline Hollywood Daily

 

Dark Knight is on its way to making $ 300 million

 

This movie is simply doing amazing box office and possibly will challenge the Titanic for biggest box office of all time. That will not be easy and will depend on how many people will be repeat customers and Heath Ledger’s performance just might be what keeps people coming.More below:

 

SATURDAY AM: Warner Bros’ The Dark Knight continues to power drive the North American box office and grossed a whopping $23.1 million Friday from 4,366 theaters. That’s down only 66% from its record-smashing debut a week ago. With an expected $78 million weekend, down only 50% from the best-ever Fri-Sat-Sun, the Christian Bale-Heath Ledger actioner directed by Chris Nolan is also well on its way to making $300M in just 10 days, the fastest ever (beating Pirates Of The Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chestwhich did it is 16 days).

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“The Dark Knight” Delivers Bright Day for Hollywood; Shatters Records

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Batman has sent Spidey packing as king of Hollywood’s box-office superheroes.

“The Dark Knight” took in a record $155.34 million in its first weekend, topping the previous best of $151.1 million for “Spider-Man 3” in May 2007 and pacing Hollywood to its biggest weekend ever, according to studio estimates Sunday.

“We knew it would be big, but we never expected to dominate the marketplace like we did,” said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros., which released “The Dark Knight.” The movie should shoot past the $200 million mark by the end of the week, he said.

Hollywood set an overall revenue record of $253 million for a three-day weekend, beating the $218.4 million haul over the weekend of July 7, 2006, according to box-office tracker Media By Numbers.

“This weekend is such a juggernaut,” said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, whose musical “Mamma Mia!” debuted at No. 2 with $27.6 million.

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[Video]’The Dark Knight’ hits the racetrack

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A touch of Hollywood magic arrived at the Silverstone racetrack on Thursday (July 3) ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend.As part of the promotion for the new Batman movie ‘The Dark Knight’, Italian Toyota driver Jarno Trulli raced against the movie’s Batmobile marking the partnership between the Toyota team and Warner Bros. Pictures.

‘The Dark Knight’ is the follow up to 2005’s ‘Batman Begins’ which stars Christian Bale as the film’s eponymous hero. The death of actor Heath Ledger soon after he completed filming for his role of The Joker is likely to overshadow a lot of the movie’s promotion.’The Dark Knight’ opens 18 July in the U.S. and across the world soon after.

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Nokia 6205 Dark Knight Mobile Has Arrived

Batman, Can You Hear Me Now?

Clearly the theme of this movie going season is comic book adaptations and long-awaited sequels. Well this franchise has both going in its favor, not to mention mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of one of its principal stars, The Joker. Can you spell BLOCK BUSTER? So it is no surprise that brands will be cross integrating with this promotion. The world’s biggest cellphone manufacturer partners with what could arguably be the biggest movie this summer to bring to you the Bat-Mobile.

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With the next Batman movie scheduled to hit theaters within a month (July 18), Verizon and Nokia are releasing the special edition of the Nokia 6205 clamshell. The device comes in a “mysterious black color” and is embellished with a subtle “The Dark Knight” emblem. In addition, the device is pre-loaded with themed wallpapers, voice tones, animated screensavers and a full movie trailer.
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[video] “Dark Knight” Trailer #2.

With the success of Iron Man cemented in stone, all eyes are on the next comic book themed blockbuster of the summer on deck. Warner Bros., hoping to capture some of the steam from Iron Man’s earth-shattering debut, released the second trailer to the highly anticipated “Dark Knight” movie. Considerably alot darker than Iron Man, lets see if the Ledger hysteria will hold up to carry this flick to the “Blockbuster” finish line. We’ll see come July 18.

Paparazzi Gave Heath Ledger Coke: Lawsuit Claims….

Source: Reuters

 The footage was recorded at Los Angeles\' famed Chateau Marmont Hotel where actor John Belushi died of a drug overdose in 1982.

A new lawsuit has arisen about video footage showing Heath Ledger sniffing cocaine in a LA hotel room.
This is one story that has produced one bombshell after another and will definetly fuel unimaginable anticipation for the Batman Dark Knight movie due this summer. Here are the new revelations:

Related Posts: Ledger Death Fuels Jokermania

A lawsuit filed on Friday against a Hollywood photo agency says two of its paparazzi supplied actor Heath Ledger with cocaine so they could secretly videotape him snorting the drug in a hotel room two years ago.

The suit says footage of the Ledger encounter, a portion of which aired briefly on two U.S. television shows days after his death in January — prompting an outcry in Hollywood — was sold to media outlets around the world, some in Britain and his native Australia.

The lawsuit claims the video has generated more than $1 million in revenues that should be forfeited under a California state law that requires paparazzi to disgorge any profits obtained through illegal activity.

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[Video] Heath Snorting Coke here

Heath Ledger Fuels Jokermania, Dark Knight Campaign Begins

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The death of Heath Ledger has fueled unprecedented interest in the upcoming Batman movie The Dark Knight. On the heels of that excitement Warner Bros. has released its international poster officially igniting The Dark Knight campaign. They also threw out a script synopsis so fans can draw a mental picture of what the Batman Joker showdown will play out like. Enjoy.

“Christian Bale once again embodies the man behind the mask in “The Dark Knight.” The film reunites Bale with director Christopher Nolan and takes Batman across the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman has been making headway against local crime…until a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger) unleashes a fresh reign of chaos across Gotham City. To stop this devious new menace–Batman’s most personal and vicious enemy yet–he will have to use every high-tech weapon in his arsenal and confront everything he believes.”

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