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Joker Arrested in Virginia, Batman Nowhere To Be Found

Jeremy Putman was nabbed for wearing a mask in public, a felony in Virginia

(Newser) - Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword, the AP reports. Winchester Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man made up as... More »

Angry Joker Fan Says He's Suing Over Suicide Squad

He claims trailers promised a level of Jared Leto that the movie didn't deliver

(Newser) - The only people more villainous than clown-faced maniacs are the people who make movie trailers about them, apparently. reports a Scottish Reddit user named BlackPanther2016 claims he or she is suing Warner Bros. and DC over what he claims were misleading Suicide Squad trailers that heavily featured Jared... More »

See Heath Ledger's Joker Diary From Dark Knight

Documentary offers insight into Oscar-winning performance

(Newser) - A clip making rounds on the web this week offers a fascinating insight into Heath Ledger's preparation for his Oscar-winning turn as the Joker in 2008 film The Dark Night. In the clip, taken from German documentary Too Young to Die, Ledger's father leafs through the actor's... More »

'Joker' Busted at Fla. Theater

But man in make-up was no threat, cops say

(Newser) - In the wake of the Dark Knight Rises shooting , turning up at a movie theater looking like the Joker is a good way to attract the attention of the police, a Florida man discovered. A concerned moviegoer called the cops when he saw a man with black, white, and red... More »

Dark Knight Suspect: I'm 'The Joker'

James Holmes wore red hair like Heath Ledger in 'Dark Knight'

(Newser) - Looks like Dark Knight Rises suspect James Holmes may have been imitating a Batman foe when he killed 12 and wounded 59 in a Colorado theater this morning, TMZ reports. The evidence: James Holmes wore red hair and said he was "The Joker" when arrested by police. "It... More »

Homer Is Best TV, Film Character

Simpsons dad wins in survey from past 20 years

(Newser) - The world loves Homer Simpson—even more than Harry Potter. The Simpsons patriarch grabbed the top spot in Entertainment Weekly ’s survey of the best TV and film characters of the past two decades, the New York Post reports. “People can relate to Homer because we're all secretly... More »

Flickr Cowardly for Taking Down Obama Joker

Website caved too easily: image isn't a copyright violation

(Newser) - Flickr is catching fire for its decision to take down the now-infamous image of Barack Obama photoshopped to look like the joker. Flickr says it received a takedown notice under the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act for the Time cover mockup, but that excuse doesn’t fly for Michael Arrington... More »

Chicagoan 'Fesses Up to 'Joker' Poster

But Firas Alkhateeb isn't behind 'socialism' campaign

(Newser) - A 20-year-old college student from Chicago is the artist behind the now-famous image of Barack Obama as Heath Ledger’s Joker, the Los Angeles Times reports. Firas Alkhateeb made the image using Photoshop and Time magazine’s Obama cover when he was bored one day during winter break. It attracted... More »

LA Plastered With Obama 'Joker' Posters

(Newser) - Posters of President Obama in Heath Ledger-like Joker makeup from The Dark Knight with a caption reading “Socialism” have sprung up in Los Angeles and Atlanta, the Daily Contributor reports. Similar posters online have the caption “why so socialist?” The guerilla art attacks, not yet claimed by any... More »

Film's Most Sinister Villains

(Newser) - Movie heroes may get the girl, the fans, and the happy ending, but villains have all the fun. With the summer lineup under way, moviegoers will see evil in many forms—from a megalomaniacal robot/tank to a sinister British sorcerer. But what performances by their predecessors will they have to... More »

And the Oscar Goes to … Matilda, If Ledger Wins

(Newser) - If Heath Ledger is named best supporting actor at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, his 3-year-old daughter will become the owner of the statuette. But it won't really belong to Matilda Rose Ledger until her 18th birthday, in 2023—and even then, only if she signs a contract. Ledger's nomination, and... More »

Ledger Fans Demand Joker's 'Retirement'

Fans want studio to hang up clown suit as tribute to killer performance

(Newser) - A group of Heath Ledger fans are calling for the Batman movies to hang up the Joker's purple suit for good as a tribute to the late actor's last role, CNN reports. Supporters at website "The Ultimate Joker" say no actor could ever nail the killer clown as well... More »

Belgian Daycare Attack Suspect Linked to 2nd Killing

(Newser) - Police in Belgium have linked Kim De Gelder, the man charged with killing two children and a woman at a daycare last week, with an earlier murder, Reuters reports. DNA evidence suggests that De Gelder stabbed an elderly woman to death in a nearby town a week before he turned... More »

Hopeless Is Hot in Hollywood

Movies and viewers love to get miserable

(Newser) - Bleak is the new chic in Tinseltown, writes Dan Zak in the Washington Post. Cloverfield's crowd-trampling monster, the psycho serial killer of No Country for Old Men, and the twisted oil entrepreneur of There Will Be Blood (need we mention the Dark Knight?) highlight the "raw misery of the... More »

'Joker Teens' Nabbed in 'Terror Plot'

Pair could be dealt 20-year sentence for playing card prank

(Newser) - Virginia police didn't see the humor of a Joker-inspired prank that terrified dozens of residents, ABC News reports. Two 18-year-olds have been charged with conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism after leaving playing cards with threatening messages on them scattered around their town. Cops say the felony charge—which... More »

Oscar for Ledger? You Must Be High

'Pretty good actor who did away with himself' doesn't deserve award

(Newser) - It’s time to put an end to the inane campaign to give Heath Ledger an Oscar for The Dark Knight, writes Eric Lucas in the LA Times. Ledger’s much-fawned-over performance “ultimately devolves into a can-can dance of snuffling pseudo-psychopathia,” Lucas writes. “It has all the... More »

Dark Knight Smashes $300M Record

Newest Batman hits milestone in 10 days

(Newser) - Latest Batman flick The Dark Knight grossed $300 million in just 10 days—turning the 16 days Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest took on its head to set a new record. The dark tale, driven by Heath Ledger's strong performance, took in another $75.6 million in its... More »

Dark Knight Dazzles

Heath Ledger's final performance burns in the dark

(Newser) - Dark Knight swoops into cinemas tomorrow and critics say the hype is more than justified. "This is not merely a Batman movie," Amy Biancolli writes in the Houston Chronicle. It is one of the year's best films "and far and away the most hypnotic chiller." The... More »

Batman Marketing in Limbo

Ledger's death forces Warner Bros. to reconsider viral campaign

(Newser) - Heath Ledger’s untimely death is a major problem for Batman—or, more accurately, his marketing people. Warner Bros. has built an entire advertising campaign for the upcoming Dark Knight installment around Ledger’s Joker performance, a tactic that’s now fairly awkward, the Wall Street Journal reports. Fans have... More »

Ledger Autopsy Inconclusive

Coroner needs 10 days, further tests; actor's roles took toll, caused insomnia

(Newser) - An autopsy on actor Heath Ledger was inconclusive, the AP reports, and a medical examiner's office spokeswoman says that further needed tests will take about 10 days. Meanwhile, Ledger's family echoed earlier police statements that the actor had not committed suicide—rather, his death was “tragic, untimely, and accidental,... More »

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