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Tom Hardy Doesn’t Want to Compete with Heath Ledger

Tom HardyTom Hardy doesn't want to compete with Heath Ledger.

The Inception actor has admitted he isn't worried about living up to the late actor's legacy by taking on the role of the villain in the third Batman installment, The Dark Knight Rises.

"That would be putting myself in a competition with somebody who's clearly brilliant. And it's not a question of whose talent is greater or whose work is greater. It's just trying to be the best that we can be. I'm not trying to be better than somebody else. What he did was amazing. That's that. I've got a part I've got to play, and I want to play my part."

Tom portrays muscular comic book super-villain Bane in Christopher Nolan's latest film, while Brokeback Mountain star Heath was awarded a posthumous Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

The Dark Knight Rises producer, Emma Thomas, said the writers wanted to steer clear of similarities with Heath's iconic Joker character: "We were obviously never going to revisit the Joker, and you don't want to be trying to chase that. It's fun to have a very different sort of villain in this, and a different sort of challenge for Batman to meet, much more physical. It's almost a more even match in some ways, you know, in a physical sense."


Movies Coming to a Facebook Near You

Facebook has actually found a way to keep you on the site even longer. Warner Bros. has launched a new app on the social media site that allows viewers to watch movies. The first title available? The Dark Knight, the movie that made Heath Ledger a legend.

But, don’t watch it until your friends give it at least 10 “likes.” Until Thursday, the movie is available for $3 US. The clip we provided above is completely free.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: April 27, 2010

Here are some of the options today:

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus DVD

  • Armageddon: Blu-ray
  • Cold Turkey: DVD
  • The Descent: Part 2: DVD
  • Disgrace: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dune: Blu-ray
  • Elizabeth: Blu-ray
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age: Blu-ray
  • Five Minutes of Heaven: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Gallant Hours: DVD
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: DVD, Blu-ray
  • It’s Complicated: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Jackal: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Out of Africa (25th Anniversary): DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Ride with the Devil: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Tombstone: Blu-ray
  • Traffic: DVD/Blu-ray combo

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 5, 2010

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs DVD

  • 10 Things I Hate About You (Special Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • 50 Dead Men Walking: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Cheaper by the Dozen 2: Blu-ray
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004): DVD/Blu-ray (combo)
  • Dogtown and Z-Boys: Blu-ray
  • Doom: DVD/Blu-ray (combo)
  • Falling Up: DVD
  • The Final Destination: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Green Berets: Blu-ray
  • Jarhead: DVD/Blu-ray (combo)
  • The Last Starfighter (25th Anniversary Edition): DVD/Blu-ray (combo)
  • Lorna’s Silence: DVD
  • Riding Giants: Blu-ray
  • Trucker: DVD

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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In Theaters This Holiday Week: December 23, 2009

It's Complicated

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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Jude Law to Help Award Heath Ledger Scholarship

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celeb News,

Jude Law and Heath Ledger

has been asked to judge the Heath Ledger Scholarship competition.

The Sherlock Holmes actor - who along with Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell took over the late actor’s role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus after he died - said he was “delighted” to have the opportunity.

“I am delighted and honored to do what I can to keep Heath’s legacy alive. He was a brilliant actor and a wonderful man and it is only fitting that this scholarship has been developed in his name,” Law stated.

The Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship is awarded to an emerging Australian actor who wants to pursue a career in America. This year’s finalists will be announced in February 2010.

First Look: Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Trailer

Is it possible that a trailer can make you feel giddy yet sad all at the same time?

In this trailer for , we get to see Heath Ledger on the big screen for the final time. Although the project was put in limbo after the Oscar winner’s January 2008 death, the generosity of three fellow actors helped save the film.

Instead of scrapping the movie altogether, director Terry Gilliam (Brazil) recruited Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell for the adventure. The three men not only donated their time, they donated their fees to Matilda Ledger, Heath’s daughter.

Parnassus - also starring Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Verne Troyer and Lily Cole - opens on Oct. 16.

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Celebrity Double-Take: Joseph Gordon-Levitt vs. Heath Ledger

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Heath Ledger

For today’s installment, we have Joseph Gordon-Levitt (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) on the left and the late Heath Ledger (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) on the right.

Aside from the fact that the two actors experienced extreme transformations to portray two of pop culture’s most notorious villains, Cobra Commander and the Joker, the pair could pass off as brothers when the makeup comes off!

(Make sure to check out more of our Celebrity Double-Takes here, here and here.)

2009 MTV Movie Awards: The Winners


Here are the results of tonight’s broadcast hosted by SNL‘s Andy Samberg:

  • Best Movie: Twilight
  • Best Male Performance: Zac Efron, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Best Female Performance: Kristen Stewart, Twilight
  • Best Breakthrough Performance (Male): Robert Pattinson, Twilight
  • Best Breakthrough Performance (Female): Ashley Tisdale, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Best Villain: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
  • Best Fight: Robert Pattinson vs. Cam Gigandet , Twilight
  • Best Kiss: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson , Twilight
  • Best Comedic Performance: Jim Carrey, Yes Man
  • Best WTF Moment: Amy Poehler (peeing in the sink), Baby Mama
  • Best Song: “The Climb” (Miley Cyrus), Hannah Montana: The Movie
  • Generation Award: Ben Stiller

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Preview Heath Ledger’s Final Work in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Adventure, Independent, Videos,

The Dark Knight might be the thing we most remember Heath Ledger by, but it wasn’t the Oscar winner’s last film. In , Heath plays a member of a theater troupe that has made a series of pacts with the devil. Their deals allow audience members to explore their imaginations through a magical mirror.

Although it’s not known whether Parnassus will ever be distributed stateside, the movie - which Ledger was filming when he died - is being shown at Cannes this week. Johnny Depp, one of Heath’s three fill-ins, is expected to be at the screening this Friday.

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