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2009 People’s Choice Award Nominees Announced!!!!   

The 2009 People’s Choice Awards are right around the corner, and now that the nominees have officially been announced, we can pick our own favorites!

Winners will be revealed during the live broadcast of The 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards, which will be hosted by Queen Latifah from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at 6:00 pm Pacific time.

The first awards show of 2009, The People’s Choice Awards will honor fan favorites in television, movies and music. Voting begins today at

Here are the nominees: (Which include Heath/The Dark Knight)

Favorite Movie

1. The Dark Knight
2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
3. Iron Man

Favorite Action Movie
1. The Dark Knight
2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
3. Iron Man

Favorite Cast
1. The Dark Knight
2. Mamma Mia!
3. Sex and the City

Favorite On-Screen Match-Up
1. Christian Bale & Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
2. Tina Fey & Amy Poehler (Baby Mama)
3. Harrison Ford & Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

Christian Bale was Nominated in the following categories:

Favorite Leading Man
1. Christian Bale
2. Brad Pitt
3. Mark Wahlberg

Favorite Superhero
1. Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman
2. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
3. Will Smith as John Hancock



Heath Ledger’s estate to go to daughter.. $20 Million   

SYDNEY (AFP) — Heath Ledger’s two-year-old daughter Matilda Rose will inherit the late Australian actor’s entire estate, estimated to be worth 20 million dollars (16.6 million US), a report said Sunday.

The 28-year-old actor, who died in New York in January from an accidential overdose of prescription drugs, had named his parents and sisters as the beneficiaries in his will, Perth’s Sunday Times reported.

The will, which has been probated behind closed doors at the Supreme Court in Perth, was made before Matilda was born, and there had been speculation that the child’s mother, actress Michelle Williams, would lodge a claim.

But Ledger’s father Kim has put an end to such speculation, revealing that Matilda will inherit the lot.

“There is no claim. Our family has gifted everything to Matilda,” he told the News Ltd paper.

Ledger’s will listed just 145,000 Australian dollars in assets and cash when it was drawn up in 2003, but the Hollywood star’s estate is now believed to be worth more than 20 million dollars, the Sunday Times said.

The Perth-born actor gained international stardom and was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a gay cowboy in the 2005 film “Brokeback Mountain”.

Critics have hailed his performance as the deranged Joker in the recent Batman film sequel, “The Dark Knight”.



Ledger generates Oscar buzz before film’s release   

Heath Ledger’s performance in the upcoming Batman film is winning him rave reviews, with many critics pushing for the late Australian actor to be awarded a posthumous Oscar.

Five months after his death, the first critics to see The Dark Knight – due in Australian cinemas in two weeks – are giving the actor plenty of praise.

Rolling Stone magazine critic Peter Travers says Heath’s portrayal as the Joker was brilliant.

“It’s typical of Ledger’s total commitment to films as diverse as Brokeback Mountain and I’m Not There that he does nothing out of vanity or the need to be liked,” he wrote.

“I can only speak superlatives of Ledger, who is mad-crazy-blazing brilliant as the Joker.

“If there’s a movement to get him the first posthumous [acting] Oscar since Peter Finch won for 1976’s Network, sign me up.”

Sam Rubin, a respected entertainment correspondent for Los Angeles KTLA network, said Ledger would “absolutely be nominated for an Oscar, and at this point in the year is a hands-down favourite to win it posthumously”.

“Ledger offers perfect pitch, perfect tone, his Joker hits all the right notes,” he added.

Meanwhile an Associated Press review described the Joker as possibly Ledger’s finest performance – even better than his Brokeback Mountain role for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

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Heath Ledger’s memorable acting epitaph in Dark Knight   

There’s a shadow hanging over The Dark Knight, and it is because of the dearly departed Heath Ledger. He died a few months after completing his demanding role as the demonic Joker in the follow up to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. The association will be forever.

That’s why Nolan and the film’s cast were solemn when they discussed Ledger at a Beverly Hills hotel Sunday. But they also celebrated his prowess in the film which opens on July 18.

“I felt a great responsibility to put the performance on screen,” said director Nolan. And based on reaction from the preview crowds, he believes he was successful. “I think the people are responding to his performance the way he [Ledger] intended.”

In the movie, Ledger’s Joker is dangerously deviant compared to Jack Nicholson’s borderline camp portrayal in the 1989 Tim Burton picture. But then The Dark Knight, co-written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan, is a great deal more threatening than any previous Batman concoction as the demented Joker challenges the unsettled Batman like never before.

Even Christian Bale’s Caped Crusader seems to be struggling mightily with his irresistible urge for Joker revenge at the expense of justice even as alter ego billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne can’t find his way home. Physical and emotional turmoil reign.

And then there is Aaron Eckhart who portrays District Attorney Harvey Dent on the verge of transforming into the villain Two-Face. Maggie Gyllenhaal replaces Katie Holmes in the role of Bruce Wayne’s friend and do-gooder assistant district attorney Rachel Dawes, completing a volatile love triangle between Batman/Wayne, Dawes and Dent/Two-Face.

Back are some familiar faces, besides Bale. Again Michael Caine plays Alfred the Butler, Morgan Freeman is arms expert Lucius Fox and Gary Oldman defines Lieutenant Jim Gordon.

Meanwhile, fanatics can compare the new Batsuit to the old one. There’s a Batcycle re-imagined as a Batpod. And check this out: Nolan used an IMAX camera to shoot four pivotal sequences, including the first appearance of Ledger’s scary version of the Joker.

But back to Ledger and his tribute.Eckhart said he was amazed by Ledger’s creativity and willingness to push the boundaries. “He thrilled me as an actor,” he said. And he marvelled at Ledger’s “energy.”

Bale noted that Ledger was always casual but intense when it was time act. “I cannot help but be impressed beyond belief.” He described Ledger’s take on Joker as “a punk Clockwork Orange anarchist.”

And, contrary to reports, Bale said that he didn’t find Ledger consumed by his Joker portrayal but just the opposite. Nolan agreed that the actor was “a joy to work with and nice to be around.” during the shoot in Chicago and London last year.

Oldman, who had a reputation for getting immersed in his roles, said Ledger was a rare actor who went beyond just doing his job. He called the Ledger’s work “a landmark performance.”

“There is no vanity in that role,” said Oldman. “It’s tragic that we can’t see more from him.”

Source— Bob Thompson, National Post