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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 10, 2009

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Brokeback Mountain Comes to the Stage

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: FOCUS, Adaptation, Drama, Romance,

Brokeback Mountain

Two years after won three Academy Awards comes news of another plan for Annie Proulx’s tale. The New York City Opera has just commissioned composer Charles Wuorinen to adapt the love story for the stage.

Wuorinen said the relationship between Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar was something he has always wanted to tackle. “Ever since encountering Annie Proulx’s extraordinary story I have wanted to make an opera on it, and it gives me great joy that Gerard Mortier and New York City Opera have given me the opportunity to do so.”

While some may think this production is an attempt to capitalize on Heath Ledger’s recent death, the opera’s scheduled date may change a few minds. Brokeback Mountain will not even open until 2013—a whole five years from now.

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BREAKING NEWS: Heath Ledger Found Dead

Put Description HereOn a day when Hollywood should be celebrating movies, actors are instead mourning the loss of one of their own.

Actor was found dead this afternoon in New York by his housekeeper.  The star in this year’s was only 28.  While no official cause of death has been released, it appears it may have been drug-related.

Ledger, a Best Actor nominee for 2005’s , leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter.  Matilda’s mother, actress , met Heath in 2004 on the set of their Oscar-nominated movie.  Although it was often rumored the two were married, the couple parted ways last September.  Prior to Williams, Ledger had been in an on-and-off relationship with another former co-star, .

In addition to this year’s sequel, Ledger’s work can currently be seen in (co-starring recent nominee Cate Blanchett).

- Heath’s co-star in 2000’s - just released this statement to Entertainment Tonight about the tragic news:

“I had such great hope for him. He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

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Break-Up Report:  Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams

LedgerWilliams In surprising couples news, actors Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger have called it quits after three years together.  (Those betting on Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise to be the first major post-Dawson’s breakup better pay up).  The Oscar-nominated actors met on the set of Brokeback Mountain back in 2004.  The couple, often rumored to be secretly married, have a young daughter together. 

Ledger is currently filming The Dark Knight—the highly-anticipated sequel to Batman Begins—in which he will star as ‘The Joker’.

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Couples With The Worst On-Screen Chemistry

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Lucasfilm Ltd., Casting, Lists,

Star WarsChemistry, schmemistry.  If you know people are going to be watching your movie anyway—does it really matter?  Whaddya say, ?

Film advertising company Pearl & Dean polled 3,000 British moviegoers to see which couples they felt had the worst on-screen chemistry.  Based on the results, it’s hard to say whether or not those opinions had any affect on the eventual box office receipts.  While I completely agree that Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen fizzled as secret-lovers, I don’t know that the movie’s storyline (or final numbers) could have improved with a different twosome.

Take a look at the poll results and see what you think.  Which couples would you add to this list?  Three pairings that come to my mind:  / Nick Nolte (I Love Trouble), Julia Roberts/ Brad Pitt (The Mexican) and Julia Roberts/ John Cusack (America’s Sweethearts).

  1. Natalie Portman & Hayden Christensen - Stars Wars: Episode II
  2. Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck - Gigli
  3. Keira Knightley & Orlando Bloom -
  4. Madonna & Adriano Giannini - Swept Away
  5. Catherine Zeta-Jones & Sean Connery - Entrapment
  6. Andie MacDowell & Hugh Grant - Four Weddings and a Funeral
  7. Kate Beckinsale & Ben Affleck - Pearl Harbor
  8. & - Eyes Wide Shut
  9. & -
  10. & - Titanic