Category: Heath Ledger

Michelle Williams dreams of Heath Ledger; transforms as Marilyn

Michelle Williams, no stranger to beauty and tragedy, is starring in a magazine cover shoot as Marilyn Monroe, whose life story is so strongly associated with those qualities.

Williams once again dons the platinum blond hair of Monroe, whom she portrays in "My Week With Marilyn," along with intimate wear and plenty of sultriness for a GQ spread dropping this month. And while her transformation is sublime the story gets down to the residual heartbreak of losing Heath Ledger.

"Our initial meeting, the circumstances of how we first met, were cosmic or something," Williams recalled, "...it’s a bit like: We had a lot of things to do, because we didn’t have a lot of time, or something."

Heath and Michelle dated from 2004 to 2007, cohabiting for the last two years of their courtship thanks to the arrival of a baby girl, Matilda. Ledger died in 2008 from a lethal combination of prescription medications, but the magazine wondered: Had Heath not passed, did Williams see them ending up together?

"[It's] one of my favorite things to imagine," she said through tears. "It’s actually one of my favorite places to visit."

Williams won best actress in a musical or comedy at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards. Her speech was a testament to little Matilda, whose "bravery and exuberance is the example that I take with me in my work and in my life."


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Photo: Michelle Williams becomes Marilyn Monroe. Credit: Michael Thompson / GQ

Michelle Williams: 'Oz' set was wonderful for daughter Matilda

Michelle Williams say 'Oz' was a wonderful set for daughter Matilda

Michelle Williams may find serious fare such as "Blue Valentine" and "My Week With Marilyn" rewarding work, but she was thrilled recently when one movie set offered something else: an awesome place for her daughter to hang out. 

On "Oz: The Great & Powerful," Williams said she and the late Heath Ledger's little girl, Matilda, could really enjoy the wonders of the production, led by director Sam Raimi.

"It's been such an amazing move for us as a family. It's a really happy place to go to work and a happy place for her to come visit," she told 24 Frames.

"Often -- the 'Marilyn' sets and the 'Blue Valentine' sets -- they aren't really ideal places for children. She can still come visit, but she can't really get comfortable and hang out for a while. This really integrates my life and my work in a great way," she said.

Williams plays Glinda, the "good witch" from the classic "Wizard of Oz," but it's at the start of Glinda's magical career. She says she'll be exploring the character's coming into power, before she's the omniscient beauty we've known. 

"Oz" co-stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis. "Marilyn" releases this week in Los Angeles. 


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Photo: Michelle Williams at the premiere of "My Week With Marilyn" in New York City on Oct. 9. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Michelle Williams keeps pixie haircut as a memorial

Michelle William's pixie cut isn't going anywhere

If you asked us to guess why Michelle Williams retains a super-cropped haircut, we'd assume a penchant for whimsy, or simply ease in chasing after her 6-year-old.

But the actress reveals the haircut signifies something deeper: It's a memorial, of sorts, to a person she lost who preferred the length.

Daughter Matilda would prefer her mother's hair longer, the "My Week With Marilyn" star told British Elle, but the style isn't going anywhere, as she "cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it."  

That tribute could very well be for one-time love Heath Ledger, who passed away in January 2008 after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. 

We'll be seeing lots of Williams and her hair in the coming months, as she's a shoo-in for awards attention thanks to her portrayal of screen legend Marilyn Monroe. Having embodied the sex symbol, mass appeal isn't lost on Williams.

"Of course, the only people who like it are gay men and my girlfriends," she says of the 'do.

"Straight men across the board are not into this hair!" 

We think somehow, some way, Williams will find a way to speak to the straight guys.


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Photo: Michelle Williams attends the premiere of "My Week With Marilyn" during the 49th Annual New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on  Oct. 9. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Michelle Williams has yet to find meaning in Heath Ledger's death

Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger Michelle Williams has quite the heavy movie on her hands with "Blue Valentine," but she went into even deeper emotional territory in a recent interview to promote the romance flick.

Williams chatted with Cynthia McFadden about the death of Heath Ledger and her search for meaning in the loss, on Tuesday's "Nightline."

"In a strange way, I miss that year because all of those possibilities that existed then are gone," Williams said of 2008, when Ledger's prescription-drug overdose shocked the world. "It didn't seem unlikely to me that he could walk through a door or could appear from behind a bush."

"In some ways I'm sad to be moving further and further away from that."

Williams and Ledger's relationship was solid through the birth of their daughter, Matilda, in 2005, but took a downturn leading to separation in 2007. After Ledger's death, Williams turned to Joan Didion's book "The Year of Magical Thinking" to cope.

McFadden pressed the actress to see if she'd found meaning in Ledger's death.

"I found meanings around the circumstances but the actual event itself ... can't find a meaning for it," Williams said.

Watch the full clip below, then sound off in comments. "Blue Valentine" opens Wednesday.


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Photo: Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger at an NBA game in Los Angeles on March 6, 2006. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


Shocking shock! 'New Moon' is mightier than 'Dark Knight'!

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Any "Twilight" fans surprised? Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner have taken away the one-day box-office crown previously held by Heath Ledger and Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight."

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" sold $72.7 million worth of tickets Friday in the U.S. and Canada --  smashing "Dark Knight's" $67.2-million one-day sales record, Company Town reported.

The three-day total is $140.7 million, meaning "New Moon" just racked up the No. 3 domestic opening weekend of all time.  

But is the power of "Twilight" limitless? There was a massive drop-off in ticket sales between Friday and Saturday, which indicates that a lot of fans absolutely, positively had to see it as soon as possible. Saturday, not so much.

Still, the folks over at Ski Channel alleged Friday that the "sexual energy" of Lautner, Stewart and Pattinson in "New Moon" was enough to move people off the mountains -- the ski resort mountains -- and into theaters over the weekend.

They were totally making that up, but this link is funny anyway.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Robert Pattinson looked pretty dang happy at the "New Moon" premiere in Westwood last week -- wonder how happy he is now? Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

A peek into the Category 5 hurricane that is Lindsay Lohan's life

LohanWith friends and family like these, it's amazing that Lindsay Lohan is doing as well as she is.

Audio tapes that Lindsay's dad Michael Lohan provided to RadarOnline.com -- featuring Lindsay, Michael, mom Dina Lohan and assistant Jenni Munro -- are chock-full of drama, drama, drama.

It's hard to make sense of the out-of-context conversations, some of which are only one-sided. (And we know from experience that conversations fueled by emotion are rarely 100% accurate.)

Addiction! Money! Samantha Ronson! Heath Ledger! Look at the people around her! She's cutting! She lies! She wants to see her dad! No she doesn't! Yes she does! No she doesn't! It's bad! It's urgent! It's an emergency! It's all out of context, without time elements! 

We got stressed out just listening to the stuff. Can you imagine living in the center of that chaos?

"I admit, I'm being a bit selfish in releasing the tapes," Michael Lohan told RadarOnline. "But I'm tired of being lied about."

Who the heck tapes their own phone calls? Or phone calls with their own child? Can we loan Lindsay our  mom and dad for a week or two so she can experience parents?

Meanwhile, Lindsay is ticked off about the recordings being released, telling Gossip Cop exclusively that instead of selling stories -- there are unconfirmed reports Michael is being compensated -- her dad might try "getting a real job like normal people do."

Our advice? Run, girlfriend.

There must be a place where Lindsay can chill for a while, free of paparazzi, parasites and parents.


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Photo: Lindsay Lohan attends Richard and Eve Branson's "Rock the Kasbah" charity event for Virgin Unite at Vibiana in L.A. on Oct. 26, 2009. Maybe Sir Richard could arrange a flight for Lindsay to some secret destination? She looks like she could use the break. Credit: Alexandra Wyman / Getty Images.

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Online now: 'Cause an Effect' video directed by Heath Ledger

First there was his Oscar-winning turn in "The Dark Knight." And "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" will open Dec. 25. Now add another line to the list of posthumous releases of Heath Ledger's work: A video he directed for childhood friend and Australian rapper No Fixed Abode (a.k.a. N'fa) is now online. 

This isn't the first posthumous release of a video directed by Ledger; he helmed the Modest Mouse "King Rat" video that premiered in August.

A "making of" mini-doc (see it after the jump) features N'fa discussing how he and Heath came to make the video (surprise -- it started with a 5 a.m. phone call) and takes us bumping along to a showing at the 2009 Rome Film Festival, where Heath's memory was honored.

Ledger was found dead in a New York apartment in January 2008.

Says N'fa about working with Ledger: "The thing that was special about Heath is that he held every moment very highly in his hands -- and so, given a situation to be directed by him in the video, every moment's still exciting, and every moment is impactful and really cool."

The "King Rat" video is after the break too. Toward the end of the "making of" video, check out N'fa's extensive thanks to friends, fans and family for their support of "the hero that Heath was."

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