Posts Tagged ‘The Dark Knight’

Aussie Award for Heath Ledger…

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Australia rewards Ledger’s Joker performance

 

 

Family accepts posthumous best actor prize from film institute

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The Associated Press
Mon., Dec. 8, 2008
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MELBOURNE, AustraliaHeath Ledger’s family paid a teary tribute to the late actor as they accepted a top Australian film industry award on his behalf.

 

Ledger was posthumously given the Australian Film Institute’s international award for best actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

 

His father, Kim; mother, Sally; and sister Kate accepted the award.

 

“It’s been without a doubt the most difficult year, losing such a loved family member,” said Kate Ledger, fighting back tears.

 

“We are so proud of him and humbly accept this award on behalf of his beautiful daughter, who we will cherish forever,” she said, referring to Matilda, his 3-year-old daughter with actress Michelle Williams.

 

Ledger’s performance in the Batman blockbuster is regarded as having a solid chance for a posthumous Academy Award for best supporting actor.

 

“It was this swaggering, psychopathic clown that turned his career into a legacy and the name Heath Ledger into an ongoing inspiration to actors everywhere,” the Australia Film Institute said at the awards ceremony Saturday night in Melbourne.

 

Sally Ledger thanked the film institute for the tribute to her son, who died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in New York in January. He was 28.

 

“We are immensely proud of him, not only for his professional achievements, but in the way he truly cherished his family, friends and his precious Matilda,” she said.

 

“Heath was never one to accept mediocrity, he put his heart and soul into achieving what he believed was required and followed his passions with great enthusiasm and an insatiable curiosity,” she added.

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Ledger Death Probe Dropped…

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

BREAKING NEWS

Feds have dropped Heath Ledger death probe

 

 

DEA had wanted actress Mary-Kate Olsen to discuss actor’s medications

The Associated Press
Aug. 6, 2008

 

 

NEW YORK – Federal prosecutors have decided not to pursue a criminal case into how Heath Ledger obtained the powerful painkillers that contributed to his overdose death this year, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.

 

Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan had been overseeing a Drug Enforcement Administration probe into whether the painkillers found in Ledger’s system were obtained illegally. But the prosecutors have bowed out “because they don’t believe there’s a viable target,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no charges have been filed.  (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Christian Bale Update…

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

BREAKING NEWS

Bale reportedly ‘flew off the handle’ at mother

 

 

  

British paper says ‘The Dark Knight’ star angered by comment about wife

Access Hollywood
Wed., July. 23, 2008

 

LONDON – New details are emerging in the arrest of The Dark Knight star Christian Bale.

 

The incident that led to the actor’s arrest reportedly occurred following a confrontation between the actor and his mother, Jenny Bale. She allegedly insulted Bale’s wife, Sandra ‘Sibi’ Blazic, according to Britain’s The Daily Mail.

 

A source close to Bale told the newspaper he “flew off the handle” at his London hotel when Jenny Bale said “some outrageous things” about her son and his wife.

 

Though The Dark Knight star was arrested and released on bail, the newspaper’s source claims Bale did nothing wrong.

 

“Christian was stressed, but he didn’t lay a finger on anyone. Instead, he flew off the handle and cussed his mother. He just got very loud because his mother was saying some very outrageous things about him, and his wife,” the source said.

 

Bale’s lawyers issued a statement Tuesday denying the allegations of assault.

 

The actor’s sister, Sharon Bale, told Britain’s Telegraph an “incident” had occurred but would not offer up any details surrounding the events that led to her brother’s arrest.

 

“OK, there was an incident but the police are dealing with it,” she said. “It is an extremely sensitive situation. There is nothing more I can say.”

 

Jenny Bale was also tight-lipped, but said they did not call the police.

 

“Yes, I was there, and yes there was a family situation, but the police are handling it and I cannot say anymore at the moment,” Jenny told the Telegraph. “We didn’t call the police to the scene. I can’t say anymore, but we didn’t call the police.”

 

Bale is expected to attend The Dark Knight premiere in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday.

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Christian Bale Arrested…

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

BREAKING NEWS

‘Batman’ star allegedly assaulted mom, sister

 

 

 

British media report Christian Bale arrested over incident at London hotel

 

The Associated Press
July. 22, 2008

LONDONBatman star Christian Bale was arrested Tuesday over allegations of assaulting his mother and sister, police and British media said.

 

British media had reported that Bale’s mother and sister complained they were assaulted by the 34-year-old actor at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Sunday night, a day before the European premiere of his latest film, The Dark Knight.

 

The women made the allegation at a local police station in southern England on Monday, Britain’s Press Association news agency said. It later said Bale had been arrested, citing “police sources.”

 

Asked whether Bale was in custody, a police spokesman did not refer to him by name but said: “A 34-year-old man attended a central London police station this morning by appointment and was arrested in connection with an allegation of assault.”

 

The spokesman spoke anonymously in line with force policy and refused to go into more detail. British police do not name suspects before they are formally charged.

 

U.S.-based representatives for Bale didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment. Repeated phone calls to Bale’s London representative went unanswered.

 

The Sun newspaper said police didn’t question the actor Monday because they didn’t want to interfere with the premiere of the movie.

 

Wales-born Bale first made a splash as the child star of Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun in 1987. His screen credits also include American Psycho, The Machinist and Batman Begins.

 

In The Dark Knight, Bale reprises the role of wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego Batman, a brooding vigilante superhero still scarred by the murder of his parents.

 

The film, which stars the late Heath Ledger as Batman’s nemesis The Joker, took in a record $158.4 million at the box office in its opening weekend in the U.S. last week.

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 UPDATE

 

Bale’s London representative issued a statement on Tuesday. “Christian Bale attended a London Police station today, on a voluntary basis, in order to assist with an allegation that had been made against him to the police by his mother and sister. Mr. Bale, who denies the allegation, co-operated throughout, gave his account in full of the events in question, and has left the station without any charge being made against him by the Police.”

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‘The Dark Night’…

Friday, July 18th, 2008

BREAKING NEWS

‘Dark Knight’ brightens Warner Bros. day 

 

 

 

It’s a happy Friday in Burbank.

 

Warner Bros.’ Batman sequel The Dark Knight took in a record $18 million-plus at this morning’s 12:01 shows, according to an executive at the studio, jump-starting what could one of the summer’s top hits. Warner produced the movie for an estimated $180 million with partner Legendary Pictures.

 

Dan Fellman, the studio’s president of domestic distribution, said his staff was still crunching the numbers and expected the final gross from some 3,000 theaters in the U.S. and Canada that ran midnight shows to be in the $18-million-to-$19-million range.

 

“A lot of exhibitors called up desperately asking us, ‘Can you send more prints, and quickly?,’ ” said an especially chipper Fellman.

 

Twentieth Century Fox’s Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith had owned the midnight bragging rights after it snagged $16.9 million from eager geeks in May 2005.

 

Adjusted for ticket price inflation, that’s about $18.7 million — although in Hollywood, where records are made to be broken, broken, and broken again, the number-crunchers never get around to that.

 

All 18 screens at an AMC theater in Barrington, Ill., sold out their 12:01 shows for the PG-13-rated The Dark Knight. adventure. One exhibitor called Warner this morning to report his full weekend grosses for the movie.

 

“He said, ‘I don’t want you to think I’m manipulating the numbers but I’ve sold out every seat at my theater through Sunday night,’ ” Fellman said.

 

— Josh Friedman, Los Angeles Times

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