Topic: heath ledger

Video: ‘Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli’ and 24 Other Amazing Improvised Scenes in Film

Video: 'Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli' and 24 Other Amazing Improvised Scenes in Film

A few months ago we highlighted the best instances of enforced method acting — when directors surprise actors into reacting naturally. In the same vein, you have this great video that’s been making its rounds on the Internet today: Twenty-five standout scenes or lines from famous movies that were totally unscripted. Here, the decisions belonged to the directors or the actors; in many cases, stars like Heath Ledger and Matt Damon were given free reign with how they filled the time. More »

Snap This: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Teaser Poster

Snap This: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Teaser Poster

Last night I found this teaser poster for The Dark Knight Rises floating around Twitter — starting the promotion early since Christopher Nolan‘s latest Batman film doesn’t come out til next summer. While the posters for 2005′s The Dark Knight could use the Joker (Heath Ledger) and Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) to hype up the movie, this one seems more focused on the city of Gotham itself. As EW pointed out, the way that the infrastructure is crumbling resembles Nolan’s last big movie, Inception. More »

Why It Feels Weird to Become a Fan of a Dead Celebrity

Why It Feels Weird to Become a Fan of a Dead Celebrity

I remember hearing about Douglas Adams‘ death in 2001; having never read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, my reaction was fairly nonchalant. Only a few months later, I happened to pick up the first book of the series, and I was hooked. Suddenly, I was filled with regret: Why couldn’t I have started reading the books when the genius who created them was still alive?

Movies, TV, and books make it so that we never fully lose the people who directed, acted in, or wrote them: Their likenesses and their ideas are captured in film and print, and can be reproduced until the end of time. But there’s a difference between admiring a celebrity and later mourning his/her death, and not discovering someone until after he or she has passed away. More »

10 Riffs on Fairy Tales That Are Cooler Than ‘Red Riding Hood’

10 Riffs on Fairy Tales That Are Cooler Than 'Red Riding Hood'

Retellings of fairy tales are all the rage these days, and there’s a good reason for that. Fairy tales hit something primal inside us, so they’re always relevant, and Disney aside, they’re always just a tiny bit scary. There have been loads of retellings of fairy tales around before Beastly and Red Riding Hood hit the scene, though. Here are some of our favorites. Get ready to take your once upon a time and send it to some really interesting places… More »

Actors Have a Tougher Time Than Directors in Swaying Audiences’ Opinions

Actors Have a Tougher Time Than Directors in Swaying Audiences' Opinions

Even though here at Crushable we cover actors more often than directors, would you be surprised to learn that you could sum up most actors’ screen careers as merely “meh”? Using Rotten Tomatoes’ film ratings, Slate compiled several graphs comparing Hollywood career trajectories for, you guessed it, the average actor and director.

While directors receive higher acclaim as they make more and more movies — honing their skills and really getting to the heart of the stories they want to tell, presumably — actors seem doomed to forever hover around the 50% rating no matter how many movies they star in. More »

Virgin Viewing: ‘The Dark Knight’

Virgin Viewing: 'The Dark Knight'

Not all classics were made before I was born. Though many of the movies I’ve watched so far for this feature have been older than me, I realized that there are plenty of contemporary movies I’ve missed out on. One of those was The Dark Knight, the movie that will probably always be best known for winning Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar. And while the film is well-directed, brilliantly acted, and has great art direction, it’s not a movie I plan to re-watch. Because even though The Dark Knight is a good movie, it wasn’t an enjoyable movie. It turns out that something can be of incredibly high quality and still be absolutely terrible to watch. More »

Poll: Does Chord Overstreet Look Hotter As a Blonde or Brunette?

Poll: Does Chord Overstreet Look Hotter As a Blonde or Brunette?

With Glee officially on summer hiatus, Chord Overstreet ditched his Justin Bieber haircut of blond, shaggy locks for a shorter, dark brown look. Not only does it distract from the duck lips, but it also makes his face look skinnier; something about the Bieber cut gave him some baby fat in the cheeks. Would it be going too far to say that I’m getting a Heath-Ledger-circa-2000 vibe? More »

When Did Paul Bettany Get Typecast as Controversial Religious Figures?

When Did Paul Bettany Get Typecast as Controversial Religious Figures?

What’s the last major role of Paul Bettany‘s that you can remember where he didn’t play a warrior priest with a sick cross forehead tattoo; a fallen angel who cuts off his wings and straps on some firepower to protect the next Jesus Christ; or an ardent (albino) Opus Dei assassin who flogs himself for his mistakes? Bettany’s been pigeonholed as the token religious character in a string of underwhelming movies — I’m surprised he didn’t find his way into M. Night Shyamalan‘s Devil — and we miss the sweet guy we first met in A Knight’s Tale. More »

What’s the Deal with Movies Like ‘Your Highness’–Medieval Settings Plus Modern Humor/References?

What's the Deal with Movies Like 'Your Highness'--Medieval Settings Plus Modern Humor/References?

Fantasy flick Your Highness, from Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green, actually seems a lot like a stoner comedy set in the woods. And while the movie — starring James Franco, Danny McBride, and Natalie Portman — had a few snicker-worthy moments, the most interesting element was this incongruous combination.

Highness, written by McBride, isn’t the first movie to ground its characters in the familiar medieval setting of castles and warlocks’ towers, arm them with bows and arrows and formal speech, but then pepper every interaction with anachronistic pop culture references. More »

Gallery: Actors Who Really Got Into Their Roles

Gallery: Actors Who Really Got Into Their Roles

Big Love star Chloe Sevigny is preparing to play axe murderer Lizzie Borden for an HBO miniseries — which is a great choice, considering her capacity for portraying deadly, emotionless women. Although screenwriter Bryce Kass is only halfway through the script, Sevigny is committed to the project: She’s even staying at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, MA, the town where spinster Borden hacked up her father and stepmother in 1892. (Sing the song with me: Lizzie Borden took an axe / Gave her mother 40 whacks / When she saw what she had done / She gave her father 41…) More »

What’s Halloween Without Celebrity Jack-O-Lanterns?

What's Halloween Without Celebrity Jack-O-Lanterns?

Can you believe Halloween is this weekend? We haven’t even gotten our pumpkin yet! Much less decided how to carve it (though we doubt we’ll go with anything more complicated than two eyes and a scraggly-toothed smile). If like us, you’re in need of some jack-o-lantern inspiration, check out this gallery of pumpkins carved with celebrity faces. Some are spookier than intended. More »