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Posters of Batman

One of the best ways for fans to express their love for Batman is by displaying a poster of the super hero. Batman is an important comic book hero and is followed by many. Not only is Batman well known but so are the colorful characters that populate Gotham City. The Batman series is enjoyed by fans across the globe and this makes Batman stand apart from other comics.

There are lots of types of posters you can get of characters from Batman’s world. Many fans want a poster of Batman in particular but many are after poster of the villains from Gotham City, like the Joker or the Riddler. These characters are timeless and a great way for a Batman fan to display just how much they enjoy Batman.

Batman Movie Posters

Thus far there have been quite a few films made that feature the Batman character. When a new Batman film is released there are usually many posters created and distributed for its debut. Some of these show off Batman, but there are also posters that feature the villain in that movie or one of Batman’s few allies. This makes collecting posters of Batman fun!

The Dark Knight Movie Posters

The newest release in the series of Batman films is the Dark Knight and it may be the most popular film release based on Batman yet. It is the second movie to feature Christian Bale as the Batman hero, the first being Batman Begins. The more popular of the roles in this latest Batman adventure is Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker, one of Batman’s most hated enemies. Because of his incredible performance, The Joker posters are very popular now.

Batman Begins

The first movie to have Christian Bale as the Batman super hero is Batman Begins. Batman Begins shows a darker side to the Batman character and even has a revamped Batmobile that is unlike any we have seen to date. This movie was accompanied by a slew of posters for its release. While not as popular as the follow up, Batman begins sets the stage for an awesome sequel.

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Posted in Film by Peter Bainum : October 1, 2009 - 4:08am


An Assortment Of Definitive Major Motion Picture Write Ups

Check out some movie reviews below. If you are looking for a movie download site here are some phrases to search. You should try two or three searches, with terms like, “New Movie Downloads”, “DVD Rental Movies”, and “Music Services”.

Onionhead: A messy film with Griffith joining the Coast Guard in pre WW2 and becoming a ships chef. The film tries to be a comedy, a romance, and a drama at the same time and succeeds at none. Cast includes Andy Griffith, Felicia Farr, Walter Matthau, Erin O’Brien, Joe Mantell, Ray Danton, James Gregory, Joey Bishop, Roscoe Karns, Claude Akins, Peter Brown, and Tige Andrews. (110 minutes, 1958)

Laws of Gravity: Extreme, lucid journal of 3 significant nights in the lives of a set of youthful blue-collar Brooklyn robbers and their lady friends. Shot on a minuscule spending limit, and differentiated by abrasive, Scorsese-like reality. The acting is superb and Jean de Segonzac’s hand-clutched camcorder is a chief plus. Cast includes Peter Greene, Adam Trese, Edie Falco, Arabella Territory, and Paul Schulzie. (100 minutes, 1991)

Seminole: Adept cast in uncommon drama in reference to sincere cavalry lieutenant Hudson trying to help Indian tribe’s attempts to prevail free of white man’s law. Cast includes Rock Hudson, Barbara Hale, Anthony Quinn, Richard Carlson, Hugh O’Brian, Russell Johnson, Lee Marvin, and James Best. (87 minutes, 1953)

Prince of Darkness: The anti-Christ entombs the evil child of Satan in a cannister of a forgotten about L.A. temple. It’s up to pastor Pleasence and the grad students of Prof Wong to tidy up the mess. They must stop the religious sect attempting to free this child named the “Brotherhood of Rest.” Cast includes Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Susan Blanchard, Anne Howard and Alice Cooper Panavision. R (110 minutes, 1987)

Red Sorghum: Evocative, beautifully filmed amalgamation drama, black comedy, kid story, fable which journals a most non traditional union between a set of rural lovers throughout the 1920s. The years pass, a new years shows up, and with it materialize Japanese invaders. Cast includes Gong Li, Jiang Wen, Liu Ji, Teng Rijun, and Qian Ming. (91 minutes, 1987)

Night Nurse: Phenomenal, hard story of nurse (Stanwyck) who couldn’t disregard bizarre goings on in home where she works. blondell adds zingy aid and it is one of Gable’s most impressive early appearances. Cast includes Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan blondell, Clark Gable, Charlotte Merriam, and Charles Winninger.

Foxes: Foxes is about 4 teenaged gals try dealing with the normal not in our town complications carried by growing up in San Fernando Valley. Adept cast and evidently genuine motives are sabotaged by rough storyline that just isn’t gripping enough. Cast includes Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, Marilyn Kagan, Kandice Stroh, Scott Baio, Sally Kellerman, Randy Quaid, and Lois Smith. (106 minutes, 1980)

Just for Fun: A group of adolescents develop their own partisan group to climb the pop polls completes this forgettable rock musical trifle. Cast includes Mark Wynter, Cherry Roland, Richard Vernon, Reginald Beckwith, John Wood, Bobby Vee, The Crickets, Freddie Cannon, Johnny Tillotson, Ketty Lester, and The Tremeloes. (85 minutes, 1963)

The Good the Bad and the Ugly: The third and the best of Leone’s man with no name trilogy, set throughout Civil War. 3 very different people look for Confederate government treasure chest, each know only a piece to the puzzle of the location of this treasure. This film must be considered one of the true Western classics. Cast includes Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, Rada Rassimov, Mario Brega, and Chelo Alonso. (1061 minutes, 1966)

Remember, nearly any film you can think of can be downloaded off the web these days. Remember to use search terms like “Hollywood Movies Online” and “Movie Download Software” when looking for movie sites. Another good term might be “Online DVD”.

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Posted in Film by Gwen Parks : September 27, 2009 - 4:46am


Movie Downloads Online - What A Deal

Have you ever considered how much money that you spend on a monthly or yearly basis renting movies and game from the local movie rental store? It is probably a lot if you took the time to sit down and calculate it. Not only is it expensive, you have time constraints on how long you can keep it out. Consider up to six dollars per movie spread out over the year! That is probably enough to pay a utility bill or two! That is why movie downloads are becoming more popular.

Many different companies offer movie download services. How does this work exactly? Well, it depends on which site you chose to download movies from. Some offer the services for free! All you need to do is click on the movie and it will stream from their site to your computer.

If you think that your computer monitor is too small to really enjoy the movie, there is an option. Check to see if your television has computer hook ups. Many of the newer televisions have adapters to hook your computer up to the television and then you can watch the downloaded move on your television screen.

The movies that are available for download from these sites are complete legal movie downloads. Whether you are in the mood to watch a new release or just cuddle up on the couch for an old time favorite, these sites will have the movie for you.

Depending on which site you go to, you may be asked to sign up for movie download subscriptions. After you sign up for the service and agree to pay a little fee per month, you will be entitled to the entire movie watching pleasure that you care to watch. No more spending time running to the movie store.

Movie download software is something that you may need to download before watching a movie on your computer. It usually only takes a couple minutes and should be offered for free. The price will depend on the site that you are visiting. Run the software through your computers virus software to make sure that is not infected.

Since you have already downloaded the movies onto your computer, you can also burn DVD’s of the movie and share them with friends and family. They will surely appreciate a free movie from you and you can slip the DVD into a DVD player anywhere and enjoy the movie again.

Many people watch movies online these days. There are many different sites to choose from and they all have excellent movies. All you need to do is select one.

At most of these sites you can buy online movies as well. If they are not offering it for free, why not pay a small fee and buy the movie so you will own it forever?

If you are not very computer savvy but would still like to have the opportunity to download movies, just remember that these services are very easy to use. They will help you forget about the movie rental fees at the video store. You will never go there again!

Movie rentals are becoming a lot more popular. It is much less expensive to watch a movie from home than it is to go out to a theater or even to a movie rental store. Online movie downloads are the way of the future and the internet has made watching your favorites that much easier!

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Posted in Film by Dustin Maldonado : September 23, 2009 - 4:21am


About 10 Definitive Motion Picture Summaries

It wasn’t that long ago that a trip to the corner video shop was the most convenient way to get a movie. The next generation it seems will be getting their movies from movie downloads, avoiding any trips to the store. Just about any movie every made can be attained through a movie download site now. Check out these samples.

Traffic: This movie is about America’s war on drugs. The new drug czar has a daughter who is a drug addict. The boarder police are often corrupt. Nothing is what it seems to be.

Man in the Chair: Alcoholic down-on-his-fortune, a former office worker meets a disobedient youthful filmmaker at a blurring revival film show. They forge a kinship that leads to a joint effort which additionally revitalizes the lives of few occupants of a motion-image retirement home. Well-meaning tirade is strange at times although a fine aiding cast make it worth a look. Cast includes Christopher Plummer, Michael Angarano, Cast includes Emmet Walsh, Robert Wagner, Joshua Boyd, Tracey Walter, and Ellen Geer. (107 minutes, 2007)

Framed: Railroaded to prison, Baker pledges reprisal on the corrupt cops who set him there. The author, controller, and megastar of Strolling TALL, old hands at this sort of action melodrama, make the most of the circumstance. Cast includes Joe Don Baker, Conny Van Dyke, Gabriel Dell, John Marley, Brock Peters, and Roy Jenson. (106 minutes, 1975)

For Love Alone: Pleasantly filmed romantic tirade, set in the 1930s, with Australian university scholar Buday falling in love with her professor Knitting; even albeit he treats her badly, she follows him to England. Neill does well as a completely variant gentleman who enters her life. Movie is based on the novel by Christina Stead. Cast includes Helen Buday, Sam Neill, Hugo Knitting, Hugh Keays-Byme, and Naonti Watts. (102 minutes, 1986)

Proof of Life: Amusing if all too recognizable soap opera thriller set in Latin America. Crowe comes to the help of anxious spouse Ryan, while her idealistic architect spouse is abducted by a cutthroat band of rebels turned drug lords. Caruso nearly robs the film as the negotiator. Cast includes Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse, Pamela Reed, David Caruso, Anthony Heald, Stanley Anderson, and Gottfried John. (136 minutes, 2000)

The Baron of Arizona: Cost has territory rights as land grabbing miscreant who virtually takes over of Arizona in the 19th century. Cast includes Vincent Cost, Ellen Drew, Beulah Bondi, and Reed Hadley. (100 minutes, 1984)

Hook, Line & Sinker: Conceivably ludicrous premise about allegedly dying guy who runs up one hundred thousand in credit card debt. Even Lewis fans can be bored. Cast includes Jerry Lewis, Peter Lawford, Anne Francis, Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Jimmy Miller, and Kathleen Freeman. (91 minutes, 1951)

Buffalo Bill and the Indians: Cast includes Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy, Burt Lancaster, Geraldine Chaplin, and Harvey Keitel, Blunt Kaquitts, Can Sampson. Altman makes the point that Buffalo Bill was a elaborate deceit, then belabors it for 2 hours. Not without interest, however still one of the controller’s duller films. (120 minutes, 1976)

Marley and Me: Johnny and Jenny Grogen have moved to Florida to start their new life together. Jenny is ready for children, but John isn’t so sure. Instead, he gets her a puppy, Marley. Marley turns out to quite a bit to handle.

Okay, if your looking for downloads, try phrases like “Online Movie Downloading”. Not all searches get the right result. If the first one fails to work out try another one. See if “Rent DVD Movie Online” gets a better result.

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Posted in Film by Lauri Graham : August 30, 2009 - 4:35am


Screenwriting - A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Coming up with movie idea and writing a script treatment are what I like to call the honeymoon phase of screenwriting. You’re excited with the newness of the story you want to tell. That newness slowly begins to fade as you prepare to dig in to write. If you’re a newcomer to screenwriting it’s like your first marriage. How do I make it through this?

Formatting Your Script

First off your movie script should look like a real movie script. If you can afford screenwriting software get it before you put one word to paper. All the formatting is done for you freeing up your mind to focus on writing a script instead of dealing with formatting issues. I currently use Final Draft 7 and love it. If you’re going to run a marathon you would buy cool running shoes. Same thing with writing a script. Get cool screenwriting software because writing a script is a marathon. Moving on from formatting.

There Is No Right Or Wrong Way To Work On Your Script

I like to work alone without a writing partner. If you’re going solo writing your script, prepare yourself for a lot of late nights inside your own head. No one will be there to brainstorm with or motivate you. If you do not see yourself as the self-motivated type look into finding a writing partner to work with. It’s like a marriage, so make sure it’s the right person or you’ll drive each other crazy. Remember it’s thin line between love and hate when writing.

Some screenwriters like to schedule a block of time each day to work on their script. Some lock themselves in a room weeks on end. There’s no right or wrong way to work on a script in my opinion as long as you are making progress and are happy with what’s being written on the page.

When I get into writing a script I can write 10 hours or more a day losing track of time. I don’t have a set writing schedule. I work hard when I feel the story flowing, pull back when I hit a block, and sometimes don’t touch the script for a few days. Your life situation will often dictate how you work on your script. I know writers that work on their scripts before going to work or after the kids have gone to bed. What you feel works best for you is the path to follow. Creativity can be found anywhere when you’re in the right frame of mind to write.

Hitting The Wall

Marathon runners sometimes experience fatigue where they feel like they can’t go any further. It’s called “hitting the wall.” Sometimes screenwriters experience “hitting the wall” on a mental level. The newness of the script has worn off. You’re feed up with your story, what you’ve written, and tired of looking at this script that never seems to be what you want it to be. Maybe you could have been more prepared before coming? Maybe there is something else you can do as a writer to save your relationship with your script? Or do you walk away?

Hopefully you found this article useful. If you want to read more about one filmmaker’s story making movies please pick up my new book. The First Movie Is The Toughest by Sid Kali is packed with no nonsense advice, help, and entertaining stories about making movies outside of Hollywood on limited budgets. This book is for aspiring Screenwriters, Directors, and Producers along with the casual movie viewer with their own great story idea for a movie. No hype. No bull.

Posted in Film, Film Maker, Film Making, Filmmaker, Filmmaking, Films, Movie, Movie Making, Movies, Screenwriting by KeyserSoze : May 16, 2009 - 5:00pm


Scariest Horror Movies

Everyone loves a good horror movie. The best ones don’t often rely on great HD special effects, although a great many have excelled in that area. Here’s a list some of the most frightening, hair raising and just plain scary horror movies that have ever been made. Remember that you can catch many of these movies on your satellite TV movies channels.

Arachnophobia: This 1990 movie starring John Goodman features those eight legged creatures so many of us fear. Spiders rule in this movie. They attack humans and wreak general chaos, causing quite a bit of destruction in their wake. This movie will send chills down your spine, because spiders are just plain creepy. Be sure to check your satellite TV guide to watch this movie.

The Innocents: This 1961 movie is based on the Henry James’ novella Turn of the Screw. Ghosts real or imaginary, you decide, make this movie quite the scare-fest. Although there are no big special effects nor high definition shots, this movie is pretty scary.

The Wicker Man: The original Wicker Man and not the Nicholas Cage remake is definitely a lot creepier. It’s filled with atmospheric nuances that keep you wondering. In the movie a British police officer heads out to a remote island which plays home to an odd cultish group of inhabitants. Although this horror movie isn’t packed with once a minute thrills it is well worth the watch.

Rosemary’s Baby: This Roman Polanski movie is seriously creepy. Two people, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into an apartment that has a less than great reputation and then bad things start to happen. This classic is a must see. Again flip through your satellite TV guide to find out when you can catch this gem of a horror film.

The Brood: This 1979 film focuses on a husband who has it in for his wife’s therapist. He wants to get a look at his techniques that he uses on his mental patient wife. There’s a lot of blood and gore in this film a long with a gang of mutant children. This is one of the weirder horror films around.

Eraserhead: David Lynch is known for his odd and surreal works and this one is definitely one of the odder ones from his oeuvre. Eraserhead uses a lot of weird imagery to unsettle you. Eraserhead’s misshapen son will definitely make your hairs stand on end.

Amityville Horror: A young family movies into their first home. The home happens to be haunted. Bad things ensue. A ghost screams at a priest to get out and there are glowing red eyes in the walls. It’s based on a true story too.

Saw: These movie series is known for its gruesome, gory scenes. Limbs get chopped off. Blood splatters every where. Jigsaw, the serial killer behind all of this gore, is more than happy to play games with his poor victims. Watch this in HD to get the most of the visuals.

The Grudge: This Japanese horror movie definitely made a mark. From the ghost boy to the massive amounts of black ghost hair, this horror flick will leave you quaking in your boots. HD is a must.

‘The Ghosts of Crowley Hall’ Documentary

Ghost InvestigationThe full Ghost Investigation at Crowley Hall conducted by Arron Kasady and his team was filmed for a full documentary entitled ‘The Ghosts of Crowley Hall’. Now you can see what really happened at Crowley Hall in the Summer of 2007. Why did the Ghosthunting Team have to abandon the Investigation part-way through on their first attempt? What really happened to Arron Kasady when he confronted the Evil Spirits there? How did they feel going back a second time to finish what they had begun? And what did they really uncover there?

Find out what they discovered at the old sanitarium and what Dr. Leys was really doing with his patients in secret all those years ago. Find out why there are still restless spirits at Crowley Hall and the answers that lay behind it’s darkest secrets. Discover Kasady’s revelations and conclusion of the infamous haunting in England, and his confontation with Leys’ Ghost.

What people are saying about ‘The Ghosts of Crowley Hall’ Documentary -

“The movie is seamless, one if not the best para-docs out there. It blows 14 degrees way out of the water. The movie has everything a paranormal investigator would want to see in a film. Great Job….
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The Ghosts of Crowley Hall’ Documentary is available to buy from a number of sites. The Full DVD is avilable to buy only from this site for only $9.99. The DVD includes the full documentary ‘The Ghosts of Crowley Hall’ and extras including an interview with Ghosthunter Arron Kasady, Web Promo’s, Music Video and Short Movie. Buy the Full DVD Now for only $9.99.

The Documentary is available to Buy and Download for $4.99 in DivX format, allowing you to watch it on your PC or Burn to DVD.

The Documentary is also available to buy exclusively from Amazon.com for US customers only. Available to Buy and Download now for $6.99. Alternatively available to Rent and Download now for ony $1.99.

Posted in Arron Kasady, Crowley Hall, DVD, Daren Marc, Entertainment, Film, Films, Fright, Ghosts, Haunting, Horror, Movie, Movies, Paranormal, Scary, Walrus Films by KeyserSoze : May 13, 2009 - 5:00pm


Star Trek Has Arrived

Star Trek has been popular for decades. It has gained popularity with comic book readers, addicted television watchers, and movie lovers. Star Trek fans can see their favorite characters, such as Captain Kirk, Spock, James, and Uhara, come alive in the new release by Jeffrey Jacobs, “J.J.” Abrams. The Star Trek movie features actors Chris Pine, John Cho, Zachary Quinto, and many other amazing actors. J.J. Abrams is an award winning director who was a great choice for directing this movie. Star Trek fans, also known as Trekkies, would be hard to disappoint because he was in the director’s chair. He has won both Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his work.

The new release is the eleventh Star Trek movie based on the franchise. The science fiction movie is filled with action and adventure. What’s different and unique about this movie is that it previews the history of characters James Tiberius Kirk and Spock. It tells of their journey about how they started their careers on the USS Enterprise. The plot of the movie is an exciting one. The opening scenes of the movie show an attack against the USS Kelvin by a Romulan vessel, Narada. James Kirk’s life begins during the attack because he was born during all the fighting. The movie then continues on 22 years after the attack when James is an adult.

At a bar in Iowa, James meets captain Pike and a love interest, Uhara. After a bar brawl, Captain Pike convinces James to straighten up his life, use his intelligence, and join the Starfleet academy. Upon arrival of the academy, James runs into Uhara and the guys he fought at the bar. However, that didn’t stop him from doing so well in the academy. He also sits next to Dr. Leonard McCoy, who soon becomes one of his good friends. James excels in the academy and beats an unbeatable test; instincts just like his father. Some of the students from the Starfleet Academy were called to join the USS enterprise because there was an attack in space. James wasn’t chosen because he was accused of cheating on a test, but his friend Dr. McCoy sneaks him on the USS Enterprise.

The action and adventure continues with the USS Enterprise fighting off Nero, captain of the Narada. Nero destroyed a Vulcan empire and had plans to destroy Earth. James Kirk is promoted to a first officer and then becomes captain. He and Spock work together to defeat the Narada. The best way to find out if the Narada is defeated is to see the movie and watch the action.

Posted in Captain Kirk, Cinema, Entertainment, Film, Films, J.J. Abrams, Movie, Movies, Spock, Star Trek, USS Enterprise by KeyserSoze : May 12, 2009 - 5:01pm


Paul Newman: 1925-2008

Paul NewmanBeloved actor and humanitarian Paul Newman has died of cancer in his home in Westport, Connecticut. He was 83.

Newman, whose stunning blue eyes and immense capacity for generosity made him one of the most cherished personalities of his era, was an extremely private man and was rumored to have been seriously ill for several months. He had canceled some planned appearances in the summer.

Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 1925, Newman first made his mark on the stage and TV but his startling good looks and undeniable presence destined him to appear on the screen. Newman often played troubled characters with streaks of nobility such as “Fast” Eddie Felson in The Hustler, and the eponymous, irrepressible roles of Hud Bannon in Hud and the imprisoned rebel, Cool Hand Luke.

But it was his role as Butch in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, opposite Robert Redford, that thrust him into the realm of superstardom. He followed it with other classic films including The Sting, The Towering Inferno, Slap Shot, and The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.

Newman was a star right out of the gate, however, being nominated for an Oscar for his third major role as Brick Pollitt, the drunken husband locked in a loveless marriage with Elizabeth Taylor’s smoldering “Maggie the Cat” in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Newman’s real-life relationship was exactly the opposite. He was married to actress Joanne Woodward for 50 years. The two worked together in 1958’s The Long Hot Summer. It was the same year they were wed and that Woodward won an Oscar for her work in 1957’s The Three Faces of Eve.

It was not the end of their professional collaborations. Newman also directed her to another Oscar nomination in Rachel, Rachel (the film picked up four nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay by their lifelong friend, Stewart Stern). Newman also directed Woodward in The Glass Managerie and starred with her in Mr. & Mrs. Bridge.

Nominated for seven Oscars (including Best Actor nods for Absence of Malice and The Verdict), Newman finally won on his eighth nomination for his reprisal role of Fast Eddie in Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money (he would be nominated two more times afterward, for Best Actor in Nobody’s Fool and Best Supporting Actor in Road to Perdition).

But of all the trophies Newman won or was awarded in his life, none seem more appropriate than his honorary 1994 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Newman’s charitable giving, from his Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, a camp for seriously ill children or his proceeds from Newman’s Own, are legendary. As was the man. As will be his legacy.

Newman is survived by Woodward, his five daughters and several grandchildren. A son, Scott Newman, died of an accidental drug overdose in 1978.

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Posted in Cinema, Entertainment, Film, Films, Golden Age, Hollywood, Movie, Movie Studios, Movies, Paul Newman by KeyserSoze : September 29, 2008 - 6:45pm


Movie Stars That Died Before Their Time

With the success of the Dark Knight and in particular The excellent performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker, Mytvtalk.com decided to take a look back at some of Hollywood’s finest young actors and actresses who died before their time.

Heath ledger

Born Heath Andrew Ledger on the 4th of April 1979 and sadly passed away on the 22nd of January 2008. Heath was 28 at the time of passing. Rumour has it that Ledger only started to act because he was made to choose either to take cooking classes or acting classes, Ledger couldn’t see his self cooking so he tried his hand at acting. At the age of 17 Ledger and one of his friends finished school and set off to Sydney Australia with a reported 69 cents in his pocket. Ledger would take many minor roles to try and get noticed from a gay cyclist to a small role in the television series home and away. Ledgers big break came when he appeared in an Australian crime thriller called Two Hands which got him noticed and also the part in 10 things I hate about you. However Ledger wasn’t happy in being type cast as a Hollywood heart throb so Ledger would go on to take more serious roles in the future. In 2005 all of Ledger’s hard work paid off, as his work in Brokeback Mountain earned him both an Oscar and Bafta nomination. Ledger who will go down as one of the best portrayals of a superhero arch enemy passed away of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs that included, sleeping pills, anti anxiety and pain killers.

Brad Renfro

Just a week before Heath Ledgers death, Brad Renfro also passed away. Renfro who made is acting debut at the young age of 11 in the movie ‘The Client’ which he starred alongside Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. In December 2005 Renfro was charged and arrested for the possession of heroin and was sentenced to 3 years probation. Renfro broke this probation in 2007 by not enrolling in a long term drug treatment program. Renfro was found dead on the 15th of January 2008 after a night of partying; however official cause of death hasn’t been determined. Renfro was 25 at the time of dying.

River Phoenix

The older brother of Joaquin Phoenix, and one time Oscar nominee died on the 31st of October 1993 after a drug overdose of Heroin and Cocaine. The 23 year old actor fell to the ground outside the Viper Room night club that was partly owned by Jonny Depp at the time. His brother Joaquin, sister Rain and girl friend Samantha were at the scene at the time and were unable to tell if River was still breathing when they phoned 911. River passed away at 1:51am on the morning of October 31st.

James Dean

The two time Oscar nominated actor also known as James Byron Dean was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and remains the only person to have two posthumous acting nominations. James shot to stardom with movies such as Rebel without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant. James other passion rather than acting was racing cars, James came 2nd in the Palm Springs road races in March 1955 and 3rd at Bakersfield in May of the same year.
On September the 30th 1955 Dean and his Mechanic Rolf set off to enter in another race in California, Deans Porsche that was nicknamed ‘Little Bastard’ was supposed to have been put on a trailer that day, but a last minute decision which would be fatal to drive the car changed James fate forever. James Dean and his mechanic Rolf were hit head on by a 1950 Ford Custom Tudor coupe, in which the mechanic would survive but James wouldn’t be so lucky. James Dean was pronounced dead at 5.59PM on the afternoon of September the 30th. Rolf the mechanic would live till 1981 where he would eventually die in a car accident. James Dean’s famous last words would be ‘That guy’s gotta stop… He’ll see us.’ Dean died at the young age of 24.

John Candy

The comedy legend that first got noticed on the Canadian comedy show SCTV, which opened doors for the comedian/actor. Candy would star in the romantic comedy Splash along side Tom Hanks, from this point Candy mostly played lovable losers and characters with bad luck but big hearts in movies such as Uncle Buck and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Candy died of a heart attack in 1994.

Bruce and Brandon Lee

Bruce Lee the star of Enter the dragon was already a household name when he died of a cerebral edema at the young age of 32. Many years after the passing of Bruce in 1973 rumours still persisted that Bruce Lee had faked his own death.

Brandon lee the son of Bruce wasn’t lucky enough to have even lived to the age of 32. Just like his dad a martial arts expert he also turned to acting. With Brandon’s first major role in the movie the Crow (1993) things were looking up for Brandon, however a faulty prop gun on set led to the young actors death. Brandon died at the young age of 28.

Sharon Tate

Sharon Marie Tate was eight and half months pregnant when she was murdered in her home, along with four others, by followers of Charles Manson. Tate who in the 1960’s played small roles in TV shows later went on to star in several films such as Valley of the Dolls in which she was nominated for a Golden Globe was regarded as one of Hollywood’s up and coming stars. Her life was cut short when she was murdered along with 4 others at the age of 26.

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Posted in Brad Renfro, Cinema, Entertainment, Film, Films, Heath ledger, Hollywood, James Dean, Movie, Movies, River Phoenix, The Dark Knight by KeyserSoze : September 26, 2008 - 9:04pm


The Dark Knight - Don’t You Dare Miss It!

The Dark KnightIn the making of the film The Dark Knight, the brilliant construction of the plot, the careful assignment of the character roles, the designing of the costumes, and the care in filming and production of the movie carry this film to it’s rightful place-at the top of the charts.

The plot of this heavily dramatic work of art places the idolized comic book superhero, Batman, in a compromising position that draws him away from the superhero genre-an interestingly different approach that fives the viewers a second opinion of what goes on in the mind of a superhero. Is anyone really squeaky clean in the world of crime?

The chosen actors in The Dark Knight really submerge themselves deeply into the personalities of the characters. Christian Bale, who plays Batman, is totally dedicated in his portrayal. The Joker is always an outstanding character in the Batman movies-they say the villain “makes the movie”. Heath Ledger who simply becomes The Joker prepared himself for this role by hibernating in a hotel room for an entire month in order to lose his own identity and replace it with that of The Joker for the duration of the filming-intense drama is generated from such a commitment.

Aaron Eckhart is the DA, Harvey Dent. His character was changed from a “white hat” guy to a “black hat” guy after The Joker causes his disfiguration and his girlfriend is killed-he becomes the villain, Two Face, a cold hearted killer and vengeance seeker. These are only a few of the characters who carry out the intriguing plot of The Dark Knight.

The filming of this movie took place in various locations-many of them in Chicago. Jour of the main scenes of The Dark Knight were shot in IMAX in order for its showing in IMAX theatres.

The critic, Roger Elbert states that this movie lends an entire new definition to what a comic book story can be transformed into. This film is an outstanding box office hit and has a rate of approval of 90%. The Dark Knight is a must see film. I’m sure the theaters will be packed with fans and newcomers. Buy your ticket and hold on for the ride.

Author: Matt Murren

Posted in Batman, Christian Bale, Cinema, Entertainment, Film, Films, Hollywood, IMAX, Movie, Movies, The Dark Knight by KeyserSoze : September 25, 2008 - 7:58pm


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