Well, I won the Oscar contest amongst friends and I’m not sure how considering I was off on several categories. I wasn’t able to enjoy the pre-Oscar shows as I was busy preparing the Oscar-themed food pictured below! Juno mini cheeseburges and orange tic tacs. No Country For Old Men taquitos. There Will Be Blood chocolate (oil) fondue and a red velvet cake in the shape of a bowling pin. and a few Sweeney Todd meat pies!!!
accidental drug mix killed ledger February 6, 2008
From the BBC:
Hollywood actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of six different types of prescription drugs, New York authorities have revealed.
The Brokeback Mountain actor, 28, was found dead in January in an apartment he had been renting in Manhattan.
The city medical examiner’s spokeswoman said Ledger died “as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects” of the different drugs.
They include painkiller Oxycontin and anti-anxiety drugs Valium and Xanax.
Spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said: “What you’re looking at here is the cumulative effects of these medications together.”
Traces of painkiller ibuprofen and sleeping pills, Restoril and Unisom, were also found in Ledger’s blood.
Ledger’s father Kim said: “While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath’s accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage.”
daniel day-lewis dedicates award to ledger January 28, 2008
In case you missed last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, I thought I would share a wonderful moment. The brilliant Daniel Day-Lewis dedicated his Actor award to the late Heath Ledger. It was a beautiful, moving and humble speech:
heath ledger found dead January 22, 2008
Actor Heath Ledger, 28, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment earlier today. I was fortunate enough to meet this talented actor when he visited his girlfriend on a film I was working on. He seemed polite and quiet. Heath was most known for his Academy-nominated role in Brokeback Mountain. He was currently filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and recently finished production on the upcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight, playing the role of the Joker. There have been reports Heath was ill with pneumonia when he died. I’m terribly saddened and shocked. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
From the New York Times article:
The police said Mr. Ledger, 28, was found naked on the floor near the bed in an apartment in SoHo that he had been renting. The chief police spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said the police did not suspect foul play.
“There was no indication of a disturbance,” he said, adding that there were no signs that Mr. Ledger had been drinking. Nor were any illegal drugs found in the loft, which takes up the entire fourth floor. Neighbors said Mr. Ledger had occupied it for several months.
Police officials said that a bottle of prescription sleeping pills was found on a nearby night table, but that they did not know whether the pills had anything to do with Mr. Ledger’s death. Officers who checked the apartment found other prescription medications in the bathroom. A spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office said an autopsy would be conducted on Wednesday.
Mr. Browne said no obvious indication of suicide, like a note, was found in the bedroom.
owen wilson, suicide, stigma September 21, 2007
Rarely a day passes that I don’t see evidence of the stigma which still exists with mental illness. I wish we could come up with a new label for mental illness. Maybe then we could start the process of forcing insurance companies to cover the illness like they would diabetes. Categorize it under an illness or disease of the brain and treat it as so. I can’t think of a label but I’m sure someone could. Society continues to associate the word mental with: insane, crazy or mad. Because of this, those with a mental illness are rarely taken seriously and are sometimes discarded, avoided or mocked. But most of all, they are sadly, misunderstood. (more…)
a joker August 7, 2006
i really liked batman begins. i liked the look of the film and the script but it was the casting that did it for me. liam neeson, michael caine, gary oldman, morgan freeman, cillian murphy, tom wilkinson, rutger hauer, christian bale, pretty much the entire cast excluding katie holmes, er, kate cruise….and now for the dark knight, director christopher nolan has cast heath ledger as the joker. what do you think?