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August 9, 2008
THANK YOU for the article about Heath Ledger ["Great Acting's Tragic Flaw," by Charles McNulty, Aug. 4]. I don't want to hear about what was happening in his personal life, and I don't need to know the tragedy of his death in inappropriate detail. I want to remember Heath on his own terms, with his work and his words. Articles like this, so insightful, help fans like me grieve in a more respectful, healthy way, rather than indulging in tabloid gossip. Rose Graham Sumner, Wash.
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June 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
There's no tribute more fitting - or eerie - than a well-known actor who dies, then materializes months or years later on the movie screen. It happened to James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause.” Ditto for Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight.” Now James Gandolfini will join their tragic ranks. Gandolfini, who died Wednesday at age 51, shot two movies since last summer that he won't get to see. The rest of us, fortunately, will. PHOTOS: James Gandolfini | 1961-2013 In Nicole Holofcener's  “Enough Said,” shot in August and September in Los Angeles, Gandolfini plays a character we haven't seen him play before: a gentle, lovable soul who is just looking for love.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 1986 | RICHARD CROMELIN
"3-WAY TIE (FOR LAST)." Minutemen. SST. Inevitably, this album is colored by the knowledge that main Minuteman D. Boon died in a highway accident shortly after it was recorded. While his tough-minded music suggests that he'd firmly resist sentimental urges, there's a tendency to hear an extra edge of poignance in "3-Way Tie"--especially in John Fogerty's soaring, bittersweet "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
F. Scott Fitzgerald made $16,666 -- the equivalent of about $219,529.02 today -- off the movie rights to "The Great Gatsby," according to a calculation by Marketplace . Baz Luhrmann's " The Great Gatsby ," which is set to open nationwide May 10, had a production budget of about $104.5 million. An earlier version, starring Robert Redford, has grossed $20,563,273 since its release in 1974. The figures, where Fitzgerald is concerned, come from a recently released digital version of his financial ledger at the University of South Carolina's Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., will reduce its newsroom staff by nearly half through voluntary buyouts as New Jersey's largest newspaper seeks to return to profitability. Jim Willse, the Star-Ledger's editor, said the newspaper accepted 151 buyout offers from its news staff, or about 45% of its 334 editorial employees.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
F. Scott Fitzgerald made $16,666 -- the equivalent of about $219,529.02 today -- off the movie rights to "The Great Gatsby," according to a calculation by Marketplace . Baz Luhrmann's " The Great Gatsby ," which is set to open nationwide May 10, had a production budget of about $104.5 million. An earlier version, starring Robert Redford, has grossed $20,563,273 since its release in 1974. The figures, where Fitzgerald is concerned, come from a recently released digital version of his financial ledger at the University of South Carolina's Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sherman "Jocko" Maxwell, 100, a pioneering black sportscaster who chronicled the Negro baseball leagues before the sport's racial barrier fell, died Wednesday at a hospital in West Chester, Pa., after battling pneumonia, according to his son, Bruce Maxwell. Supporting himself with a post office job during the day, Maxwell worked at night as a radio sportscaster. He was a prolific writer, submitting stories to the Ledger in Newark, N.J. -- the predecessor of the Star-Ledger -- on games played by the Newark Eagles.
NEWS
May 8, 1990 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In their final days in the Malacanang presidential palace, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos engaged in an orgy of spending--dispensing tens of millions of pesos to thugs, politicians and journalists--in a desperate campaign to retain power in the Philippines. According to a palace ledger, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, the couple spent more than 170 million pesos (about $8.5 million) from boxes of cash stored in their bedrooms during the last 100 days of the Marcos regime.
SPORTS
January 29, 1989 | MIKE PENNER
The Angels canceled their opening round of arbitration hearings, scheduled for Wednesday with Greg Minton, by signing the 37-year-old relief pitcher to a 1-year contract worth about $650,000 Saturday. Of the club's four remaining arbitration cases, Minton's figured to be the most likely to produce an early agreement, as only $90,000 separated the two sides. Minton filed for a $690,000 salary in 1989, and the Angels offered $600,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2008
THANK YOU for the article on the passing of Heath Ledger "The Ambiguous Hero," by Reed Johnson, Jan. 24]. It was the only one I've seen that speaks to not only Ennis Del Mar's journey to find out what it means to be a man, but Heath's as well. Heath's life was filled with deep, soul-searching moments where he was looking for deeper answers. Maybe in the end it cost him his life -- we'll never know. But for those of us whose lives were repaired by getting to know Ennis Del Mar, we will be eternally grateful for Heath Ledger sharing part of his soul with us, giving Ennis life.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Joining the ranks of teenage homeowners is "Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson, who has bought a place in the Hollywood Hills West area for $2.5 million. Called the Tree House, the 2,000-square-foot-plus house has been home at different times to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and the late actor Heath Ledger. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, built in 1951, sits behind gates on nearly a half-acre filled with sycamores. Features include glass walls, polished concrete floors, an office, beamed ceilings and video security.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
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.
NEWS
February 17, 2010 | By Susan King
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2009 | By KENNETH TURAN, Film Critic
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is as unusual and idiosyncratic as its one-of-a-kind title. You'd expect no less from Terry Gilliam, and admirers of this singular filmmaker will be pleased to know that "Imaginarium" is one of his most original and accessible works. A member of the Monty Python troupe, Gilliam is nothing if not audacious; witness earlier films such as "Brazil," "Time Bandits" and "Twelve Monkeys." Here he applies his fantastic and fantastical imagination to a visually dazzling tale of combat for men's souls.
NEWS
October 18, 2009 | Joel Achenbach, Achenbach writes for the Washington Post.
One day in 1791, President George Washington received a bill for 60 pounds, 1 shilling and 7 pence from his friend Dr. James Craik, who regularly made the rounds at Mount Vernon. The invoice ran two pages: "Anodyne Pills for Breachy . . . Laxative Pills for Ruth . . . syphilic Pills for Maria . . . oz 1 Antiphlogistie Anodyne Tincture . . . Bleeding Charlotte . . . oz 4 Powdered Rhubarb . . . Extracting one of your Negroes tooth . . . a Mercurial Purge for Cook Jack . . . " This brief glimpse of life in the 18th century is contained in what historians say is a vast and underappreciated cache of financial documents from the life of the first president.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2009 | Liesl Bradner
A basic plaid button-down intertwined over a simple blue denim shirt evoked more emotion from the reticent Ennis Del Mar than any words Heath Ledger could've spoken in "Brokeback Mountain." Ennis discovered the two lonely shirts hanging in a closet after the death of his lover Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Symbolic of their lifelong forbidden relationship is that Jack's denim was draped over Ennis' plaid as if to protect him.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Australian hometown of the late actor Heath Ledger named a theater in his honor Tuesday for his commitment to acting. The $87-million, 575-seat Heath Ledger Theater in Perth is a fitting tribute because Ledger was always supportive of other young actors, Western Australia state Premier Alan Carpenter said. Ledger died at 28 of an accidental prescription drug overdose in New York in January.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Michelle Williams broke her silence Friday, saying her "heart is broken" over Heath Ledger in her first statement since the "Brokeback Mountain" actor's death. The 27-year-old actress and Ledger became a couple during filming of 2005's "Brokeback," in which they costarred as husband and wife. They later settled in New York, and had a daughter, Matilda, born October 2005. "I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father," Williams said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2009 | Denise Martin; Scott Collins; Alex Pham
Judging by Thursday's 25-minute preview unveiled at Comic-Con, James Cameron's 3-D "Avatar" will be every bit the spectacle of his 1997 Oscar-winning film "Titanic." The animated "Avatar" is set on a distant, lush planet called Pandora, a super-saturated world filled with 1,000-foot trees, exotic, near fluorescent forests, fearsome predators and an indigenous people known as the Na'vi -- tall, blue humanoids who are peaceful until provoked.
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