Ledger fans demand the Joker retired from film

via CNN

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 It deserves to be withdrawn from any Batman sequels.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

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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NY Post/Huffington Post :

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

via My Way News

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.

Factoring in higher admission prices, “Spider-Man 3” may have sold slightly more tickets than “The Dark Knight.” Continue reading

[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.