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?

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For Your Consideration: Fan Created

These two fan-created “For Your Consideration” advertisements have been making their way around the Internet in support for Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight.

Yesterday Hollywood was a buzz with news that the Los Angeles Film Critics had awarded WALL-E “Best Picture of the Year”, a first for an animated film. Today the New York Film Critics Circle announced their yearly award winners, and the list is just as shocking – Josh Brolin (Milk) edged out Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) for the Best Supporting Actor award. One could argue that Brolin’s performance was a lot more subtle and understated, while the natural instinct is to award the “theatrical”. I liked Brolin in Milk, but any other year he wouldn’t have even been in the running for nominations. What do you think? Comment below!

NYFCC also named Milk “Best Picture” and Mike Leigh “Best Director”… What?! Many insiders look towards the big city film critics awards as a sign of what may happen come Oscar time. You can read the full New York Film Critics Circle Awards results below:

Best Picture: Milk
Best Director: Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, Milk
Best Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Screenplay: Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married
Best Cinematographer: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Animated Film: Wall-E
Best First Film: Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Best Foreign Film: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Best Documentary: Man on Wire

Warner Bros has publicly begun its push with this Variety advertisement for Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Academy Award ballots are mailed on December 26th, polls close on January 12th, and the nominations are announced on January 22nd.

Discuss: Should Heath Ledger be nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award?

He will have to contend with Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt, John Malkovich in Changeling, Ralph Fiennes in Duchess, John Malkovich and Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading and Robert Downey, Jr. in Tropic Thunder. Will the Academy recognize an outstanding performance in a “comic book movie”?

source: BOF

Cool Stuff: The Audacity of Joke T-Shirt

James Lillis has created a t-shirt with a design mash-up of the popular Obama Hope poster and Heath Ledger as The Joker from The Dark Knight.  Available on Red Bubble for $25.94.

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Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

/Film reader David D sent over this new photo of Heath Ledger in his last movie, Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. You can also watch the previously released teaser trailer/featurette here.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary ‘Imaginarium’, a traveling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Many centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Valentina is now rapidly approaching this ‘coming of age’ milestone and Dr Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr Parnassus promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man that helps him win. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles – and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all.

10 Things I Hate About You TV Series?

ABC Family has ordered a half-hour television pilot based on the 1999 teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, which starred Julie Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Many teenagers don’t realize that the film was actually a modern day tetelling of William Shakespeare’s Taming Of The Shrew (hence the film’s title – 10 Things I hate About You). Gil Junger, who filmed the original 1999 film will also helm the pilot.

The series will focus more on sisters Kate and Bianca Stratford facing their new high school enviorment. Whatever that means. No word on if the series will continue to play off Shakespeare (I doubt it) or if Julie Stiles will have a cameo, or possibly a reoccurring role as a teacher or guidance councilor (not likely)? The whole thing sounds like a really bad idea. 10 Things is one of the few really good high school romantic comedies of the last ten years for a combination of different reasons, none of which will likely translate to the ABC Family television series.

source: THR

Quick Stop Entertainment has, what is being billed as the first teaser trailer for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, but most people would probably consider it more of a featurette as it lacks proper footage. Terry Gilliam gives us an introduction to the world of his next film, through a combination of photos and concept art.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary ‘Imaginarium’, a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Many centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Valentina is now rapidly approaching this ‘coming of age’ milestone and Dr Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr Parnassus promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man that helps him win. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles – and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all.

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