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The website of French TV station Canal + is playing host to a video of the entire Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony. Easily the most exciting section is a long montage of clips from different films that will be playing there over the next couple of weeks though you might enjoy the rest, perhaps most particularly Bryan Ferry’s tidy performance of She.

The film clips section starts at around the 15 minutes and 40 seconds mark, and lasts for seven minutes or so. Most films get a 15 to 30 second showcase, which might not seem like much, though in many cases this is the first footage of the films to have turned up online at all. While I found a lot of the material quite exciting none of it compared to the giddiness I have for the 18 seconds of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. The clip focuses on Heath Ledger, dressed in the costume shown in the picture at the head of this post, and addressing the audience of the traveling Imaginarium. I want to see this film right now.

After the break, a list of other films presented in the montage that I think will be of particular interest to /Film readers.

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Update: Apparently Spin’s initial report wasn’t completely true. THR reports that the video directed by Ledger wasn’t animated by Terry Gilliam, but instead helmed by illustrator Daniel Auber, a member of Ledger’s art collective the Massive.

Before his death, Heath Ledger directed a music video for the indie rock band Modest Mouse, animated by filmmaker Terry Gilliam. The music video is for the track King Rat, a bonus track from the band’s 2007 release We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. There had been rumors that the video would never be completed or released, but a spokesman for the band recently told SPIN that the video will be released “soon”, but did not specify a date.

One has to wonder how much of the video was completed under Ledger’s direction. Either way, I’m interested to see it based on the sole fact that it was animated by Gilliam. Thanks to /Film reader Andrew G for the tip.

Cool Stuff: Vote Chaos Art Print

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Rhys Cooper has created a tribute to Heath Ledger, a limited edition art print titled “Vote Chaos”. The site reads: “This art print has been created to celebrate his amazing performance and journey to the acclaim he rightly deserves. Based on the flood of campaign posters in support of Barrack Obama on his rise to history, this parody offers a different view, a chance for the people who wish to vote for a different set of… morals. It’s time people embrace the Agent of Chaos. Vote Chaos.” Printed on 17.9 x 26.7 250gsm recycled art paper off white/tan paper, this print is signed, numbered by the artist, limited to 200 and available for $35 on GigPosters.

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2009 Academy Award Speeches

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Did you miss any of the important Oscar speeches from last night’s Academy Awards? Well you have a second chance to catch them now on YouTube. After the jump we’ve embedded the speeches from Danny Boyle (Best Director), Kate Winslet (Best Actress), Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress), AR Rahman (Best Sound, Best Score), Heath Ledger‘s Family (Best Supporting Actor), and Sean Penn (Best Actor).
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Bored? Frustrated? Desperate for something a bit more filling than the typical bot-crunching blockbuster? If you want something to really get excited about, try The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, the next sly and subversive fantasy from Terry Gilliam. It certainly works for me.

Below the break is our very first look at most of the main cast in character and costume. This is the first time we’ve seen Johnny Depp, Jude Law or Colin Farrell in their shared role of Tony, and there’s another – cheeky- shot of Heath Ledger as Tony too.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

BBC has put a bunch of the acceptance speeches from the 2009 British Academy Film Awards on YouTube. I’ve included some of the highlights after the jump.
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009, will mark the one-year anniversary of actor Heath Ledger’s passing. That same day, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the Academy Award nominations for 2008 (a posthumous nomination for Ledger is considered a virtual certainty). To honor his memory, Entertainment Weekly has published a 28-page retrospective of Ledger’s career featuring heartfelt interviews with a variety of Ledger’s friends and colleagues. It’s a fitting tribute and well-worth the read. You can hit the jump for just a few highlights, and some of the interesting information revealed within the piece.
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As you all know by now, Heath Ledger won the Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role Award at last night’s Golden Globes. Does this mean that Ledger is a shoe in for an Academy Award? Actually, that’s actually a misconception. While Heath’s win probably solidifies the fact that he will be nominated and in contention, history has shown that Academy members tend to disagree with the Hollywood foreign press.

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We have found some of the highlight speeches from tonight’s Golden Globe Awards. After the jump you will find Tracy Morgan and Tina Fey’s hilarious 30 Rock acceptance speeches, Christopher Nolan’s acceptance speech for Heath Ledger’s Dark Knight best performance win, and Mickey Rourke’s Best Dramatic Actor speech where The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky flips Mickey “the bird”. Classic. And after you watch the Tina Fey video, head on over here to find out the truth behind the harsh “internet critics” that Fey tells to “suck it”.
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There has been no movement on a third Batman film, and there won’t likely be anything for a while. But MTV caught up with Dark Knight producer Charles Roven at the People’s Choice Awards and asked him a few questions. When asked if Rovan would have changed the fate of The Joker knowing now that the actor could never reprise the role, Rovan responded that “We have to separate the actors from the role.”

Which I think means, that with all due respect, The Joker and Heath are two completely separate entities. The Joker could return for the sequel if the story called for it. It’s a possibility that we’ve danced around this whole time, because we all assumed it would never happen. That said, I doubt that it will, but I wanted to get your opinion on the possibility.

Discuss: Would you be okay with The Joker being recast so that the character could return for the third film?