March 1, 2012 |
It doesn't take much scratching beneath the surface to find a celebrity name in a home's title history or the public record in L.A. County. Among recent listings with celebrity pedigrees are: -- An Italian-style villa in La Canada Flintridge built in 1989 by actor Kevin Costner with his then-wife, Cindy. The walled compound has 6,754 square feet of living space in the main house, 2,400 square feet of loggias and a detached 840-square-foot structure with a 1,000-bottle wine cellar, tasting room, office and bathroom.
February 17, 2010 |
Christopher Plummer has barely taken a breather since the publication in 2008 of his autobiography, "In Spite of Myself." The charming 80-year-old Canadian-born actor was in four movies last year -- three of which have received Oscar attention: He has the title role in Terry Gilliam's surreal fantasy "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" (which earned art direction and costume design nominations); he was the voice of Charles Muntz, the maniacal explorer with a pack load of talking dogs in Disney-Pixar's "Up," nominated for best picture and animated feature; and he played the octogenarian Russian author Leo Tolstoy in "The Last Station," for which the academy bestowed a supporting actor nomination.
January 24, 2008 |
Over a wildly eclectic 15-year movie career, Heath Ledger rose from relative obscurity in Australia to become one of the finest actors of his generation. Disappearing into many of his roles -- he could do glamorous, menacing and abject with equal ease and could flawlessly pull off American and British accents -- the actor never appeared content to rest on his professional laurels. "I don't really like to do one thing twice," Ledger told The Times in 2005.
August 5, 2009 |
The music video Heath Ledger directed for "King Rat" by Modest Mouse debuted online Tuesday. The six-minute animated video is both whimsical and dark, showing whales and dolphins aboard a ship, fishing for humans in the water. It concludes with a message in white letters on a black screen: "This began with our friend, a great defender of life, and was completed in his spirit." Ledger was 28 when he died last year. Modest Mouse announced in March that it would release the video "in honor of Heath's last piece of work as a director," according to spokeswoman Lisa Markowitz.
January 23, 2009 |
There are always a lot of emotions on Oscar nomination day, but there was an especially bittersweet surge on Thursday when the late Heath Ledger's name was called out in the category of supporting actor for his portrayal of the maniacal Joker in "The Dark Knight" -- one year to the day after his death. Even as the team behind the Warner Bros. film embraced the posthumous honor for Ledger, it also dealt with the disappointment that the acclaimed blockbuster was left out of the best picture race.
November 20, 2005 |
HEATH LEDGER is driving me home. Movie stars don't usually deign to drive journalists anywhere, especially long distances that require time, effort and knowledge of the arcane, helter-skelter rules of the New York streets. But this Brooklyn transplant of just five months powers his car -- a hulking blue BMW -- with the leisurely assurance of a cowboy on the range.