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‘A Knight’s Tale’: The Story Of The Real Person Behind Heath Ledger’s Character (Video)
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Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale

Recently we found out that A Knight’s Tale writer and director Brian Helgeland was one of four writers brought in by HBO to develop potential Game of Thrones spinoffs with author George R.R. Martin. As a big fan of both Thrones and A Knight’s Tale, this pleased me greatly.

It’s not often you see something related to the 2001 movie starring Heath Ledger these days, let alone two things within one week’s time. But here we are! A new video has been released which dives into the story behind the real-life person Ledger’s character is based on, Ulrich von Liechtenstein.

Check out the video below.

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Trailer For Documentary ‘I Am Heath Ledger’ Released
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I Am Heath Ledger Trailer

Believe it or not, in less than a year it will be one decade since Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose in New York. Later that year his unforgettable performance as the Joker was seen by the world when The Dark Knight was released, a performance that would lead to Ledger’s second Academy Award nomination (his first nomination being for his work in Brokeback Mountain), and eventually his first Oscar win.

As part of their “I Am” series, Spike has released a trailer for the upcoming documentary I Am Heath Ledger. The doc looks at the far too short life of the actor through a mixture of videos he filmed of himself, clips of his performances, and interviews with those who knew him.

Continue below to read a synopsis and watch the trailer.

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Batman vs Joker: Creating The Perfect Antagonist In ‘The Dark Knight’ (Video)
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Heath Ledger as Joker in The Dark Knight

I don’t know if people will be talking about Zack Snyder’s and Ben Affleck’s Batman when the year 2026 or so rolls around or not. What I do know is that people are still talking about Christopher Nolan‘s and Christian Bale‘s Batman, especially 2008’s The Dark Knight, which featured the late Heath Ledger‘s unforgettable Oscar-winning performance as the Joker.

An excellent new YouTube channel (only a couple of months old) called Lessons from the Screenplay takes a closer look at Ledger’s Joker in a recently released video, and what truly made him the perfect villain to face off with the Batman.

You can check it out below.

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5 Batman Villains Who Deserved The Christopher Nolan Treatment
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Five Batman Villains

When Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson) and Dr. Jonathan Crane (The Scarecrow, played by Cillian Murphy) appeared as villains in Christopher Nolan‘s 2005 film, Batman Begins, it was obvious that this Dark Knight series would be a drastic departure from the previous Batman movies by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher.

Sadly, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy has come to an end, and after a heartfelt farewell letter it’s obvious he won’t be revisiting Gotham City any time soon. There’s still hope, however, that instead of rebooting the Batman franchise (and minimizing Nolan’s masterful trilogy), Warner Bros. will find a way to continue the story and put a new twist on some classic villains.

Below are 5 Batman Villains Who Deserved The Christopher Nolan Treatment – impractical, fantastical, altogether colorful bad guys who could be effectively re-worked as gritty, reality-based foes for the Dark Knight…

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Blu-ray Deal: ‘The Patriot’ Starring Mel Gibson & Heath Ledger
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Mel Gibson The Patriot

The extended cut of Roland Emmerich‘s American Revolutionary War drama The Patriot is on sale on Blu-ray for only $9.47 (that’s 65% off the list price of $26.99). The Blu-ray contains the extended cut of the 2000 film, which stars Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger, along with bonus featurettes “The Art of War” and The True Patriots.

Some other Blu-ray deals for this week:

Stand By Me (25th Anniversary Edition) – $9.99
Dr. Strangelove – $9.99
A Passage to India – $9.99
Tommy (The Who) – $9.99

Here’s some continuing Blu-ray deals:

Terminator 2: Judgment Day – Skynet Edition – $5.22
Independence Day – $7.99
Batman Begins – $10.02
Stargate (15th Anniversary Edition) – $5.96
Predator (Ultimate Hunter Edition) – $10.06
My Cousin Vinny – $9.99

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Set To Join ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ … But Who Will He Play?
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It’s been expected for quite some time now that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be re-joining his Inception director, Christopher Nolan, when production began on his third chapter in the Batman franchise, titled The Dark Knight Rises.

Now comes word that the actor is in fact in talks to join the cast, which of course features Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne along with new additions Anne Hathaway, who will be playing the latest Catwoman, and Tom Hardy, who after being left a mystery for a while was revealed to be playing Bane.

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Geek Gear: The Dark Knight Shirt ‘Heath’
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Why So SeriousThe $9 t-shirt deal of the day over at Teefury today is The Dark Knight-inspired “Heath” shirt, by artist Lee Crutchley.

The sale at Teefury began at midnight EST (Saturday, January 8, 2011) and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it’s gone from the site for good.

The design is of Heath Ledger as The Joker from the popular Batman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight. In the face are the words, “Why So Serious?”, The Joker’s famous quote from the film.

The limited-edition t-shirt is available in Men’s and Women’s sizes, both in White color.

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Digital Deal: ‘The Dark Knight’ For $5
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Amazon is offering up The Dark Knight for purchase for only $4.99 through their Video On Demand service.

This digital deal is only for today, Wednesday, August 25, so grab it while you can. The digital version is regularly $9.99. The 48-hour rental of the film is $2.99.

Visit The Dark Knight product page to purchase the film.

The Dark Knight reunites Christian Bale with director Christopher Nolan and takes Batman across the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat known as The Joker (Heath Ledger).

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The Decade List: The 59 Best Films Of The Past Ten Years – Chapter IV
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The Decade List: The 59 Best Films Of The Past Ten Years – Chapter IVNOTE: For structural reasons and to ensure that this list is super-duper pretty at all times, we’ll be posting this same intro for all sections of The Decade List. If you’ve already read all of this, you can just head down to the continuation of our list!

Let’s just get it out of the way right off the ol’ bat: yes, we know it’s been a few months since we left the decade. Most folks undertook this heavy task pre-2010, but we decided that it would be a little bit better to let the new year settle in a bit before hitting you with something of this magnitude.

So here we are, geeks: we’ve officially arrived in FUTURE *cue retro ’50s sci-fi music* and still we have no freakin’ flying cars yet. What’s the deal with that? While it is pretty exciting to be inside of the year 2010 — a year that always seemed unreachable to us mere mortals — we are also exiting another entire decade that leaves us staring at one majorly epic task. That task? To search, dig, locate, retrieve, organize, polish, and present the very best films of the past ten years!

We must once again declare that this list is also simply opinion. You are are without doubt going to find movies here that you hate and do not think deserve to be included. You will surely think of movies that you think should not only be on here, but that should be at the very top of the list. There will even be some that I have not seen and thus, can not add. Even at this very moment, I sit, worrying and wondering if I’ve forgotten any that I would include; that’s just the way things fly when compiling something this massive.

With all of that said, we invite you in to relax and check out Chapter IV our list, The Decade List: The 59 Best Films of the Past Ten Years!

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Christopher Nolan To Godfather ‘Superman’ Movie; ‘Dark Knight’ Sequel Being Written
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Superman

Some major reports are coming straight out of Deadline Hollywood this week, and while confirmation of Tom Cruise’s involvement in Mission: Impossible IV may be huge, this particular story may just top it.

A source close to or within Warner Brothers has revealed that the studio has reached out to Christopher Nolan, the director of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, to act as a sort of mentor or “Godfather” on the eventual second attempt to modernize Superman. A few years back, X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer brought us Superman Returns with Brandon Routh as the iconic hero, but the movie never quite lived up to the hype…both financially and critically. When Nolan took over the Batman franchise for a major reboot (back when studios waited a couple decades first), he brought the characters out of their comic book existence and placed them in our own dark and gritty world.

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