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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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