Heath Ledger’s Last Film

There is an issue with the domestic release of Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Heath Ledger’s last film. After Ledger died in the middle of filming, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, and Colin Farrell stepped in the complete the role. But the film has not received a domestic distribution deal. There is a concern that the film might be too “weird” for mainstream audiences. The film is scheduled oven in the UK in June. 

You can read more about the The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus here.

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For Your Consideration: The Dark Knight

This week, the National Board of Review named The Dark Knightas one of the ten best films of 2008.The summer blockbuster has maintained the momentum it needs to push it to the front of the Oscar race and it is now a likely nominee for Best Picture, Best Director (Christopher Nolan) and Best Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger).

While it is unusual for comic book adaptations to be taken seriously, Batman Begins (2005) elevated the genre to new critical and commercial heights and the sequel has ensured that the superhero genre will be taken seriously.

Aaron Eckhart, who plays Harvey Dent, said: “It is a genre movie, but I think it goes beyond it with the themes in this movie. It’s an important movie sociologically. I feel like in this day and age, with terrorism and with the cancers of the city and people trying to find a voice within their own city, this is an important film. But it’s a Batman film, so it has that going for it. It has that going against it.”

But more than anything else The Dark Knight is Heath Ledger’s film and indicative of the mark he has left on Hollywood. The Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 22, the one-year anniversary of Ledger’s death.

Director Christopher Nolan said: “I’d like to think he would be very quietly proud of the fact that people really responded to it in the way he’d intended, were moved by the performance. As far as Heath goes, any and every validation of the success of his performance is a great source of pride to me and relief to me that I’ve done my end of getting his performance out there.”

Still the question remains, it is enough to earn Ledger a posthumous nomination? Some critics believe so and so does this one.

First Photos: Heath Ledger’s final role

The first photos of Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus have surfaced on the internet.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, directed by Terry Gilliam, is set to be released next year. Following Ledger’s death in February, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law signed on to the finish the film in Ledger’s place. Each will portray variations of the character originated by Ledger.

You can find more photos from The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus here.