(Heather C.--thank you so much! The packing slip referred to two packages? The one today had books in it?)
Andrew Wyeth, Painter, Dies at 91.
Rumpole Creator Sir John Mortimer Dies.
Patrick McGoohan: Son of a Bitch. "At its heart, The Prisoner is about the ways in which society seeks to crush and compromise the individual, to force people into blind acceptance so that the trains run on time, the clocks are always set, and faces are forever smiling. Out of all his movie and TV work, it's here that McGoohan's fury finds its true purpose. His is the passion of anyone who's ever been told to fit in, to quiet down, to agree more, to listen less, to know one's place, to never question it. For once, we aren't the target of his anger, we share it. For all the outcasts, here is someone who wouldn't compromise how nicely he was asked to."
Heath Ledger: The untold story. A really interesting (and really long) series of anecdotes from friends and colleagues over at EW. Maybe this is just me, but I found it completely fascinating:
Donna Morong, casting director, 10 Things: Heath drove up in a convertible, top down, and jumped out of the car without even opening the door. He was adorable. Gorgeous. So full of life. He smoked cigarettes and was wearing tight, white jeans. He was impish, like he was in on a joke, like he had this secret that tickled him.
Wes Bentley: Heath's fun clouded its way through a room. It was infectious. If you were stuck in an elevator with him, you'd be entertained. He liked to go to Vegas dressed snazzy. He'd walk the streets of Vegas and never really have a plan, dressed up in a pink blazer and a tie.
Terry Gilliam: He was a very old soul. When we were in Prague doing Grimm, there was one night we went to see this gypsy band. Somehow his age came up in conversation. At that time, Matt Damon was 32, and I always felt Heath was the same age, if not older. He said, ''I'm 24.'' I said, ''What? That's not possible!"' He had a kind of wisdom you only get from centuries of former life.
Nicola Pecorini: Heath was extremely relieved he didn't win the Oscar. I saw him the next day and he was like, ''It's a big, bloody weight off my back.'' I said, ''Don't you have even a little regret?'' He said, ''No. It's over! I'm free now!''
Gary Oldman: If Heath does get an Oscar nomination, I can just picture him up there, looking down and going, F---!
Gilliam: They tried so hard to pin [drug abuse] on him, but they couldn't because Heath was as clean as you could be. We know about the pills. But he had stopped smoking. Marijuana was no longer in his life, which he had enjoyed a bit. He wasn't drinking. Nothing. This was a body that had cleansed itself for over a year of anything.
Pecorini: He was so solid into keeping clean, it was quite stunning. I really think he died of a broken heart. I know it can sound very romantic, but it's very tragic. I think that's what killed him.
‘Watchmen’ Legal Battle Concludes, Fox & Warner Bros Reach Settlement.
Knitters Take To The Streets.
Edgar Allan Poe Awards Nominees Announced.
Science Fiction Writers' Cruddiest (And Craziest) Day Jobs.
From the past to the future, the time for 'Lost' has arrived; We've got the scoop about Lost season five, which you won't believe; Why We're Worried About Lost's "Global" Climax. ~LA LA LA NOT READING~
ABC executive defends 'Grey's Anatomy' ghost.
Steve Carell owns a general store in Massachusetts. Really.
Robert Redford sums up the state of Sundance; Park City — And MTV News — Gear Up For The 2009 Sundance Film Festival; Cinematical: Live from Sundance: Our Coverage Begins!; Do Believe The Hype: Defamer Invades Sundance; Sundance Dispatch: Reading the Attendance Tea Leaves; The Semi-Official 2008 Sundance Scorecard; Freeman foots prom bill in Sundance doc; Sundance Opening Night: 'Mary and Max'; Sundance Photo Booth: Amy Poehler And Parker Posey Show Off Some Funky Shades.
Oh, look, a possible Oscar nomination controversy... (re: blackface in 'Tropic Thunder,' although I thought the point was to mock the kind of people who would be willing to use blackface as part of their "craft").
Images: 'Monsters Versus Aliens' Versus Stephen Colbert.
Trailers and clips: Watch This: 'Coraline's' Dancing Mustache; Trailer for 'The Young Victoria'; Sundance Exclusive: Watch The First Trailer For ‘Humpday’; Restricted 'I Love You, Man' Trailer Online; 'All About Steve' Trailer; Eddie Murphy is: 'Imagine That'; Find Out Why The Hell Chev Chelios Is Still Alive In 'Crank 2' Trailer; Sundance: Get A First Look At Amy Poehler’s New Comedy, ‘Spring Breakdown’; 'The Outlander' Trailer Touches Down; More Proof That Astronauts Ruin Everything ['Planet 51' Trailer].
Director's [sic] Fight Over 'Eclipse' Gig (allegedly); Win a lunchdate with your favourite Twilight actor (RPattz sold separately); Conversation heart candy? Are you serious? (I don't even know what "orange obsession" has to do with anything); ARMY OF PERFUME MOBILIZES.
'Wolverine' Reshoots: Warning Flag Or Victory Banner?
Terminator's Anton Yelchin on becoming Kyle Reese.
Meet The Long-Delayed Monsters Of 'Where The Wild Things Are.'
Got A Question For Alan Moore? Yes: When your dread legion of freakish terror sweeps the land, can I be among those who die quickly?
Roger Ebert give 'Notorious' three and a half stars; Actor Woolard had B.I.G. shoes to fill in 'Notorious'; 'Notorious' rationalizes Biggie Smalls' life choices.
Answered Prayer: 'Prayers For Bobby' is a Groundbreaking Gay TV Movie.
'Defiance' offers vision of strength amid horror; Review: 'Defiance' solid but lacking; Director Zwick defies the typical WWII film.
Sundance 2009 Review: Duncan Jones' 'Moon.'
Dead Snow Review, Plus Zombie Nazi Endorsements [Dead Snow Foreign Review].
Terry Gilliam Returning To ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.’ And God help everyone involved, after what happened last time.
Philip Seymour Hoffman To Direct ‘Jack Goes Boating’ Adaptation, Adds Amy Ryan To Cast.
Sundance: Spike Lee Reveals ‘Inside Man 2′ Plot Changed, Additional Casting Revealed.
Emma Stone Joining Woody Harrelson For ‘Zombieland.’
Francis Lawrence reveals what he wants in an 'I Am Legend' prequel.
'Girls Rock!' is Finally Making its Way to DVD.
'American Teen' & The Problem Of Exclusivity.
Underworld's Rhona Mitra endured rain, horses and blinding contact lenses.
Watch our exclusive interview with the stars of 'My Bloody Valentine 3D'; EXCL: 'My Bloody Valentine 3D' Cast Interviews.
Casey Affleck Filming Joaquin Phoenix's Music Career; Didn't We Call Bullshit On Joaquin Phoenix Already? [Hoaxes].
Diablo Cody Writing Taming of the Shrew Adaptation?; Exclusive: Diablo Cody talks 'Jennifer's Body'; Critics Are Of Many Minds About 'The United States Of Tara' (ah, I see what you did there); 'United States of Tara' has multiple delights, flaws; For Collette, complex 'Tara' was an easy choice; Toni Collette & Diablo Cody On The View.
Roland Emmerich + 'Foundation' = Make the bad man stop!
The Stunning, Monstery Insanity That Is 'Alien Grey: Zone-X' ("Of course it makes sense that if you're going to have a dinosaur lab out in the middle of the desert, you'd create a spider cyborg to guard it").