Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

"Meek's" is no mere "movie movie." Resurrecting the big screen Western on its own classic mythological and Freudian terms and on elliptical allegorical terms of her and screenwriter John Raymond's own devising, Ms. Reichardt has pulled off the American genre film coup of this century, brilliantly photographed in a radically anachronistic narrow [1.33:1] film frame.   WSJ


WSJYauch's O'scope to Release Meek's Cutoff




Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American distribution rights to Kelly Reichardt’s western drama, “Meek’s Cutoff,” which played this year’s Venice and Toronto film festivals to positive reviews.

Ocilloscope worked with Reichardt on her 2008 release, “Wendy and Lucy,” which also starred Michelle Williams.   O-Scope will release the film in the first half of 2011 and is readying a new Spike Jonze about Maurice Sendak, called Tell Them Anything You Want.





At NY Film Festival 2010
Meek's Cutoff
Kelly Reichardt, 2010, USA, 104m
In 1845, three families hire the wild-eyed, bushy-bearded Meek (Bruce Greenwood) to lead them over Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Trekking through parched lands and running dangerously low on water, the group begins to lose faith in their tall-tale-telling guide, further questioning his instincts when they encounter a Native American wanderer. Like her earlier, incomparable Pacific Northwest-set films Old Joy (ND/NF 2006) and Wendy and Lucy (NYFF 2008), Kelly Reichardt's sublime Western explores American myths, precarious safety nets, and the kindness-and cruelty-of strangers. Magnificently shot by Chris Blauvelt, Meek's Cutoff reteams this essential director with deft screenwriter Jon Raymond and Wendy and Lucy star Michelle Williams, perhaps the toughest young bride in a calico dress you'll ever see.







Michelle Williams filming Take this Waltz



Michelle Williams, Luke Kirby, and Seth Rogen started shooting Take This Waltz in Little Portugal, Toronto. In the movie, Williams is married to Rogen but begins to question their marriage as she develops feeling for someone else.

On Wednesday, the movie was also spotted filming on Mackenzie Crescent in Toronto.







Harvey Weinstein bids for Miramax?

NYTimes

NYPost

Michelle Williams, British designer Georgina Chapman





BLUE VALENTINE. The film will hit theaters later this year on December 31st, making it the Weinstein’s hopeful home run for next year’s Academy Awards.

Festival de Cannes - From 12 to 23 may 2010

MW gets a haircut and photo op



Take This Waltz will begin production in Toronto in July with a budget of about $9 to $10 million
Michelle Williams will be coming to Toronto this summer to shoot Sarah Polley’s latest feature film, a romantic drama called Take This Waltz.

The film’s producers are also confirmed to be in talks with comedian Sarah Silverman and actor Luke Kirby. Take This Waltz has an estimated budget of $9- to $10-million.
Take This Waltz, a title inspired by a 1988 Leonard Cohen song from the album I’m Your Man, recently made the 2009 Black List, a compilation of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. It was green-lit to go into production after Telefilm Canada’s Canada Feature Film Fund for English-language production stepped forward, as well as private investors.

Take This Waltz
from The Essential Leonard Cohen

LYRICS

Now in Vienna there's ten pretty women
There's a shoulder where Death comes to cry
There's a lobby with nine hundred windows
There's a tree where the doves go to die
There's a piece that was torn from the morning
And it hangs in the Gallery of Frost
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take this waltz with the clamp on its jaws

Oh I want you, I want you, I want you
On a chair with a dead magazine
In the cave at the tip of the lily
In some hallways where love's never been
On a bed where the moon has been sweating
In a cry filled with footsteps and sand
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take its broken waist in your hand

This waltz, this waltz, this waltz, this waltz
With its very own breath of brandy and Death
Dragging its tail in the sea

There's a concert hall in Vienna
Where your mouth had a thousand reviews
There's a bar where the boys have stopped talking
They've been sentenced to death by the blues
Ah, but who is it climbs to your picture
With a garland of freshly cut tears?
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take this waltz it's been dying for years


There's an attic where children are playing
Where I've got to lie down with you soon
In a dream of Hungarian lanterns
In the mist of some sweet afternoon
And I'll see what you've chained to your sorrow
All your sheep and your lilies of snow
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
With its "I'll never forget you, you know!"

This waltz, this waltz, this waltz, this waltz ...

And I'll dance with you in Vienna
I'll be wearing a river's disguise
The hyacinth wild on my shoulder,
My mouth on the dew of your thighs
And I'll bury my soul in a scrapbook,
With the photographs there, and the moss
And I'll yield to the flood of your beauty
My cheap violin and my cross
And you'll carry me down on your dancing
To the pools that you lift on your wrist
Oh my love, Oh my love
Take this waltz, take this waltz
It's yours now. It's all that there is.

"Blue Valentine" to Cannes





After showing their film at Sundance, Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling will bring "Blue Valentine" to the French resort town.
The Un Certain Regard section runs parallel to the main Palme d’Or competition, awarding prizes to lesser-knowns (i.e. Cianfrance, who makes his feature-length debut) and more experimental fare. This year’s Un Certain Regard panel will be headed up by Claire Denis, no stranger to Un Certain Regard herself .
the official selection's Un Certain Regard sidebar balances up-and-comers with world-class auteurs who have previously appeared in the competition.
One American-directed film to screen in Un Certain Regard is Derek Cianfrance's well-received Sundance marital drama "Blue Valentine," starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams,

Director Derek Cianfrance must be feeling mighty fine right about now. His locally-shot divorce drama Blue Valentine was chosen as part of the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. He is the only American director featured in that category. Blue
Valentine, which stars Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, was lauded at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where his work was shown against primarily American filmmakers. But at Cannes, Cianfrance is among such heavy hitters as Jean-Luc Godard and the 101-year-old (!!!) Manoel de Oliveira. Valentine will be released stateside on the gimme-my-damn-Oscar date of Dec. 31 by the Weinstein Company

It’s been a long time since the company went into Cannes empty-handed. (Harvey and Bob Weinstein are still in a heated negotiation to win back their library from Disney, which is looking to close a deal with either them or the Gores brothers.)

Sarah Polley's next film is a romantic comedy slated to star Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams.

"Take This Waltz," is about a young woman who struggles with her infidelities. Telefilm Canada says Polley will direct and produce the film, which begins production in July in Toronto.













Baumbach  "The Emperor's Children"

Michelle Williams has met with director/writer Noah Baumbach about "The Emperor's Children,"  set up at Imagine Entertainment with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer producing.   It is still seeking financing, and the longer that takes, the greater the danger of missing its proposed summer start date.




In its sixth weekend, No. 8 with $3,175,000, raising its domestic total to $120,600,000
(Estimate)   
In its fourth weekend, Paramount's "Shutter Island,"was No. 5 with $8.1 million, raising its domestic total to $108 million.

Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic:      $108,008,000        75.5%
+ Foreign:      $35,000,000        24.5%
= Worldwide:      $143,008,000      
In Release:      24 days / 3.4 weeks
Shutter Island  -March 8 - third weekend
Shutter Island came in third place over the weekend, with $13,300,000.
total to date  Shutter Island .. $ 95.8 million
Shutter Island down 46%
"Shutter" saw domestic ticket sales decline a studio-estimated 46% , its second
weekend, while "The Departed" dropped only 29%. 

"Shutter Island' is now on track to end up with a final domestic gross very close to that of "The Departed," which finished its run at $132.4 million.


Meek's Cutoff         Director: Kelly Reichardt
Writer(s): Jon Raymond
Producers: Neil Kopp (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy)
Distributor: Rights Available.

The Gist: The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage....(more)

Cast: Paul Dano, Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Shirley Henderson, Zoe Kazan.

Reichardt's modest and economical explorations of America's Western landscapes are a breath of fresh air.

 In post-production, Wendy and Lucy preemed at Cannes, and if a French distributor is in place, then I'm thinking this should find itself on the Croisette as well.
Blue Valentine Deals
Mimi Steinbauer’s Hyde Park International has closed a raft of deals on Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine, which The Weinstein Company acquired for North America and France following its world premiere in Sundance.Deals have closed with Wide in Spain, CDI in Italy, Gussi in Latin America, Lusomundo in Portugal, and Front Row in the Middle East. Steinbauer licensed further rights to Seven Group in Greece, Forum in Israel, Aqua Pinema in Turkey, Pioneer in the Philippines, and Myndform in Iceland. In all the conversations about the film, even a lot of people who responded to it, have said, in essence, “What sort of chance does this movie have in the real world?”  Camera (Technicolor, Super 16mm/DV-to-HD),he all-star romance

Strong No. 1 Opening
The gamble worked: “Shutter Island,” yanked from the fall release schedule by a cost-cutting Paramount Pictures, arrived in theaters on Feb.19 and was a strong No. 1 at the North American box office.
This R-rated thriller, directed by Martin Scorsese, sold an estimated $40.2 million in tickets.
Ouch!
Something TERRIBLE is afoot.

Sadly, that something turns out to be the movie "Shutter Island" itself, directed by Martin Scorsese

Michelle Williams pops up in smudgy, color-drenched memories and hallucinations as Teddy’s dead wife, Dolores, her intonations as thick and clammy as chowder. Those dialect-coached Boston inflections predominate in “Shutter Island,” the whole movie has been a strained and pointless contrivance A. O. SCOTT


Premiere of 'Shutter Island'


Actress Michelle Williams attends the premiere of 'Shutter Island' at the 60th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast on February 13, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.





Super Bowl Shutter Island








MTV on Blue Valentine




Michelle Williams deserves an award, a standing ovation, a cookie, whatever she wants for her performance in this film. Many actresses shy away from a character as dark and as unlikeable as this,


Weinstein Co. nabs Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Derek Cianfrance, and Jamie Patricof

WME Global’s Graham Taylor, producers Lynette Howell, Jason Patricof and Alex Orlovsky fielded offers Thursday night from Butch’s on Main Street, then repaired back to their condo, where they conferred via phone with their financeer, 18-month-old Incentive Filmed Entertainment in New York and Harvey Weinstein in L.A., who pursued the project with the most passion, spending time on the phone with director Cianfrance. They closed the deal at 6 AM.   As Disney closed the doors Friday on the Weinsteins’ old company Miramax, , The Weinstein Co. nabbed North American and Pan Asian rights in a low seven-figure deal,

I'm Here



Most buzzed-about right out of the gate was Spike Jonze's 35-minute short, I'm Here. What was essentially a depressingly honest look at a deteriorating relationship set against a whimsical not-so-distant future where robots and humans co-exist, this, to me, felt like Jonze's most personal film to date. I know nothing of his prior relationship with Michelle Williams, or what went wrong there, but it was pretty obvious that Jonze crafted this "love" story -- about one robot who keeps giving to his self-destructive partner until he's nothing but a shell of his former self -- after experiencing this sort of thing first hand, either personally or through a close friend. Sweet and heartfelt, yes, but a sobering reminder that we sometimes lose ourselves in these relationships that aren't healthy because we're in love with the idea of being with a person, or the idea of being in love -- of doing something different with your life that breaks away from everyday boredom and exposes you to what is perhaps our most dangerous drug: love. When you step away from the film's central themes, though, you find yourself immersed in the fantastical mythology that Jonze and his team created. The robots themselves feel very "thrown together", constructed not out of new technology, but out of our 20 or 30-year-old computers and computer parts. These were robots who were designed to serve a purpose -- to take on menial work -- but they're also robots who are slowly evolving and recognizing their presence in the world; recognizing that they exist, that there's a reason why they exist and that they're allowed to celebrate this existence by dancing and partying and taping hand-drawn pictures of happy faces that say "I'm Here" to benches and street lamps and anything that will, at least temporarily, carry on their message, their legacy. Funded by Absolut vodka, there's no sign of them at all inside the film, which should comfort those who may have thought this was all one big commercial cleverly wrapped in a fun, hipster vibe. Of course, on repeat viewings, one may spot a bottle on a table or a tagline on a bus stop, but it's not immediately recognizable. I'm sure many will ask Jonze whether he plans to revisit this universe at some point down the line, and I'm pretty sure he won't, but once this finds its way online (here's hoping iTunes does some sort of distribution with it), you genre geeks are going to have a field day dissecting this new world. And perhaps those of you in similar destructive relationships will take a step back, recognize that you still have a say -- that you're still here -- and maybe then you'll begin to piece back together what once was or should've been. here

Blue Valentine







 
Where the Wild Things Are

A. O. Scott's Top Movies of 2009, #1
Manohla Dargis's Top Movies of 2009 #10
But now there are new details and shadings to complement the book’s material, like Max’s older sister, Claire (Pepita Emmerichs), whose lank hair and adolescent gloom are touchingly mirrored by a wild thing named K W (voiced by Lauren Ambrose).

No Academy Award Nominations.





Mammoth - Lukas Moodysson

The internationally-acclaimed director of TOGETHER and LILJA 4-EVER, Lukas Moodysson, presents a globe-spanning, modern family drama in MAMMOTH. Gael García Bernal and Oscar®-nominee Michelle Williams star in a story of about the rippling effects of life’s smallest choices, and the epic ironies that bind us all together. It will be released in the United States on 20 November 2009 in a theatrical run exclusive to IFC Films' IFC Center in New York City and available nationwide Wednesday via video-on-demand, on cablevision, comcast, timewarner, etc.
   Opening Weekend:     $4,531   (#81 rank, 1 theaters, $4,531 average)   % of Total Gross:     53.1%




 Where the Wild Things Are has  seen steep declines.
It plummeted 58 percent to $5.9 million for a $62.7 million total in 17 days. Domestic Total as of Nov. 3, 2009: $63,941,984.   a film that seemed to be pitched either at 5-year-old graduates of progressive nursery schools or at 25-year-old graduates of progressive liberal arts colleges, disguising adult anxieties in the costumes of innocent make-believe and fanciful spectacle. 
Nov. 9:     $4,225,000     -28.8%    24 days $69.2M  Nov. 16 $2,415,000     -42.2%     ($73,437,000)   Nov. 22 $640,000 (Estimate)    -73.5%   $74,617,000


Down 57%

Where the Wild Things Are tumbled an alarming 57 percent. Wild Things rustled up $14 million, lifting its total to $53.6 million in ten days, but its drop was much steeper than other similar titles.








 "Wild Things" should end up with only $75-80


The fact it lost the mid-week box office to "Paranormal" is a sign its audience is fading fast.  While many adore it, "Wild Things" should end up with only $75-80 million or so domestic when all is said in done.
After being originally budgeted at about $79 million (Variety, 9/8/2008, p. 30), Where the Wild Things Are eventually cost about $100 million to make, thanks to reshoots. The total cost to the production companies, however, was about $80 million thanks to foreign tax incentives (see L.A. Times, 10/15/2009).







   
Return from Burns, Oregon
The James Mangold production titled Meek’s Cutoff. is a pioneer Western about an ill-fated journey into Harney County in 1845. Three families hire a guide named Stephen Meek to lead them on a detour from the Oregon Trail into unmarked territory, only to get horribly lost in a brutal landscape well known to anyone who has made the mind-numbing trip from Bend to Burns.
The production team has been in Burns for three months, “spending a ton of money” in one local’s words, eating at the local Elk’s Lodge most nights, hiring extras and hitting up local shopkeepers and officials with all sorts of last-minute requests. When the producers asked for permission to build a bonfire at the height of the dry season, the county demanded a million-dollar insurance policy. No problem. They handled it with the same professionalism and deep pockets that they’ve handled everything else with in Burns.   Even if the movie flops, the people of Burns will keep the money, thank you very much.




Lauren Ambrose

attends the "Where The Wild Things Are" premiere at Alice Tully Hall




"Where the Wild Things Are"

 

 

Michelle Williams was originally cast as the female Wild Thing, KW, only to leave the project after her voice “didn’t match the original vision of how the Wild Thing should sound.” She was replaced by Lauren Ambrose, and filming continued.

 

 

 Kelly Reichardt Shooting with Michelle Williams again
Kelly Reichardt is in Oregon currently shooting a period pic that has her re-teaming with Wendy and Lucy's Michelle Williams, and has the filmmaker working with her biggest cast yet

 

 

 here 

here

 

 Shutter Island release date postponed


Fans of director Martin Scorsese will have to wait an additional four months from its originally scheduled release date to see his latest film, Shutter Island.  It’s hard to point to Scorsese’s career and find a full fledged flop. He’s never been the most mainstream of filmmakers, but he typically doesn’t deliver trash. And it could be the material - from the synopsis’s one finds online, this looks like one royal mindf*ck of a movie, a chance for Scorsese to work out some personal demons while sticking some A-listers in a ‘40s asylum setting.

 

 

Spike Jonze film to open

“Where the Wild Things Are” will open on Oct. 16. A week later, Jonze will turn 40.  


           

 

 

 

 Blue Valentine

Filming in Pennsylvania

 

Michelle Williams has been invited into the AA academy

 

 

 



 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invitations included recent acting nominees. Ms. Williams was nominated as Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for: Brokeback Mountain (2005). The academy has just under 6,000 voting members.

She shared the Film Independent Robert Altman Award for Synecdoche, New York (2008) also



Michelle Williams was honored at the Fresh Air Fund Salute (June 4), picking up an America Hero award.

Shutter Island (2009)

Directed by Martin Scorsese. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley. first official picture, April 23, plus paps pic from Boston location

 

Incendiary: DVD May 9, '09

 A woman wrestles with grief, betrayal and redemption in this psychological drama

 from director Sharon Maguire.

 One afternoon, a young woman (Michelle Williams) sends her husband and young son off to see a football game, and while they're gone for the afternoon she enjoys a tryst with her lover (Ewan McGregor), an opportunistic reporter. While the woman is making love to another man, she hears a news report that a suicide bomber made their way into the stadium, and that hundreds of people are dead. The woman is horrified to learn that her husband and child were among the victims, and as she struggles to sort out the pieces of her life, she begins having second thoughts about her illicit relationship while struggling with her feelings about Terrence Butcher (Matthew Macfadyen), a police officer looking into the attack. As the woman tries to come to terms with her grief, she befriends a young boy (Usman Khokhar) whose father happened to be involved in the attacks. Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Chris Cleave, Incendiary received its world premiere at the 2008 ~Sundance Film Festival on January 21. News of Heath Ledger's death came the next day
(Williams was not scheduled to be in Park City, according to the film’s publicist (she was in Sweden on a set); on Wednesday January 23, she arrived in Brooklyn, at the home she once shared with Ledger.)

 Independent Spirit Awards, February '09

 

It has been nine months, in February '09,  since Michelle Williams, 28,  last set foot on a film set  She hopes to throw herself into films like Wendy and Lucy, films which pay little, and in return, demand little in terms of having to promote them.
"I can handle sitting here chatting in a bar in Brooklyn, that's right up my alley," she says. "I just don't want to strap a film to my back – fly all over the world and show up at lots of different places with a different dress and a new hairdo.
"I'll be happy making movies for $300,000 for the rest of my life, if the roles are interesting."

  Mammoth opens at Berlin Film Festival, February '09

Mammoth trailer


Variety Daily: Garcia Bernal and Williams look great but can’t overcome their superficial characterizations and bland lines. The foreign supporting cast (whose scenes are shot mostly in Tagalog and Thai) also look good and rate higher on the likability and credibility scales.

Oscar picks

Manohla Dargis: nominates Michelle Williams as best actress for Wendy and Lucy and for best supporting actress for Synecdoche, New York



Pretty smart take

“Wendy never reveals herself by what she says, and that really interested me,” Ms. Williams said. “I kept thinking I’d missed a scene with some exposition, some kind of backstory that explains why she is the way she is. Then I realized I had to fill that all in with just her voice and her body language. That was a great challenge.”

That’s a pretty smart take. This is movie with no signage, no obvious explanations about who you are looking at and why she is acting this way. The character of Wendy, locked in a town in the Pacific Northwest by engine failure, reveals herself in gestures, by turns hopeful and desperate, that lets the viewer know that there will be no pat end, no big uplift. Sometimes narrative is told through the prism of mood, of what’s not there, and by the time this movie ends, we know the real story is just beginning.         

 

 Matilda  filed a suit

 


ReliaStar , the insurance company. has insisted on investigating the possibility that Heath Ledger, the late actor, took his life.

They then refused to pay out on the policy, stating they were "entitled to investigate Plaintiff's claim to determine if the 'suicide' provision is applicable'".If the company's probe found Ledger's death to be suicide, the policy would be void, apart from the premiums the star paid into it while still alive.

The trustee for Ledger's three-year-old daughter, Matilda, filed a suit against the company, accusing ReliaStar of acting "maliciously, fraudulently and/or oppressively... depriving plaintiff of the insurance policy benefits".

And now, a trial date has been set for 29 August 2009.

 

 MANOHLA DARGIS "my last (though not least) favorite of the year, Kelly Reichardt’s “Wendy and Lucy,”

Award Stew

 The Dark Knight studio, Warner Bros., would apparently prefer Michelle Williams to accept any award to Heath Ledger on behalf of her and Ledger's three-year-old daughter Matilda.
The Daily News of New York reported that the Hollywood Foreign Press members preferred that Michelle Williams accept the Globe, “on behalf of Matilda,” 

 

"No discussions have been made for Michelle to accept [any award for Heath Ledger] nor are there any plans to take part," the spokesman said.

 


Larry Williams in Custody


Carla & Michelle

 Larry Williams was taken into custody this morning and is expected to be sent back to Los Angeles sometime Wednesday.   Mr Williams, 65, the father of Heath Ledger's former partner Michelle Williams, handed his toothbrush and finance books to officers as they stripped him of his belongings at Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney today. Williams, a stock trader, is charged with failing to pay roughly $1.5 million in taxes between 1999 and 2001 on income from book royalties and international speaking tours.   He was arrested by Australian police back in 2006 and, while free on bail, has been fighting extradition ever since.

Michelle explains, "It's a strange thing having one's father locked up, but you get used to it."

The former DAWSON'S CREEK star left home when she was 15 years old and became legally emancipated from her parents so she could move to Los Angeles and become an actress.

Ms. Williams is not close to her father and was shocked when he was arrested in Australia, which is where Ledger hails from.

She adds, "It is ironic to have him (Larry) in Australia, of all places. It's like, 'Could you pick somewhere else to get arrested? Sydney is a little tricky for us!'"   here

 

Synecdoche, New York

 Ms. Williams’s Claire, the adoring young woman who earlier played Willy Loman’s wife, joins the new cast and soon marries Caden,

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK "one of the best films of the year or even one closest to my heart" NYT

produced by Anthony Bregman, Mr. Kaufman, Spike Jonze and Sidney Kimmel



 Michelle Williams and Spike Jonze, October 15, 2008

 

More details on Matilda's claim

Attorney John S. LaViolette sued Minnesota-based ReliaStar Life Insurance Co. in July, claiming the company is trying to avoid paying the claim to Ledger's 2-year-old daughter Matilda Rose.   William Shernoff is the attorney representing LaViolette and Matilda.    RoseReliaStar counters that its inquiries are valid and that the lawsuit is "premature" since no determination on whether to pay the policy has been made.    ING Americas owns ReliaStar.

The lawsuit claims ReliaStar sent a letter a week after Ledger's death seeking medical and pharmaceutical records. The lawsuit claims such inquiries should have been made before the actor's death and are now barred under California law.The lawsuit was removed from Los Angeles Superior Court to federal court in August.   A scheduling conference for the case is scheduled Dec. 1. The lawsuit could take years to resolve.   here

 

 

AN insurance payment of $10m (£5.6m) to the three-year-old daughter of Heath Ledger, the actor who died of an overdose of prescription medicines, is being withheld by ReliaStar Life, the Dutch insurance company, which wants to interview Mary-Kate Olsen, 22, the actress who may have been the last person to talk to him. Olsen’s lawyer said she had no idea where Ledger obtained his drugs.

 here

 

 

 

Blue Valentine on Michelle Williams schedule

 

Many planned David Bergstein/ThinkFilm releases are now in limbo. The drama "Blue Valentine" was never made because the promised funding fell through.

 

 

 

"The last few weeks have been particularly hard on Michelle because Heath's face has been plastered all over TV and on billboards. It's been extraordinarily difficult as she tries to somehow come to terms with his death and what that means for little Matilda.

"Then there is the awful, festering issue of what he was worth, where the money has gone and what there is going to be in the estate for Matilda.""The presumption that Michelle ever intended to attend 'The Dark Knight' premiere is unfounded, but to say she is 'boycotting' due to a rift with Heath's family is absurd," Williams' representative told Usmagazine.com.

"It is time to allow this family to go about their lives without this continued scrutiny and speculation.





 Wendy & Lucy, Michelle Williams almost always on screen.   As of Thursday night’s screening at Cannes, though distributors were circling the room, this pitch-perfect triumph had yet to attract an American buyer. It will. —MANOHLA DARGIS

 Producers

Film Science [us]   Old Joy
 Glass Eye Pix [us]   Zombie Honeymoon

 

 

 A skittish and shaking Michelle Williams stepped out on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, her first official public foray since the death of her ex, actor Heath Ledger, in January. 

Synecdoche, New York (2008), producers Likely Story [us] Sidney Kimmel Entertainment [us] (Kite Runner)


    At one point a bony Michelle Williams shows up in a fabulous haircut and towering heels that would fell a lesser woman. Complications ensue.   NY Times

Deception       * Seed Productions         (X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009))
                            * Rifkin-Eberts        (True Believers (2009))
                           * Media Rights Capital    (This Side of the Truth (2009))


Lisa Taddeo - "The risk of a piece like "The Last Days of Heath Ledger" is that the work winds up in a literary no-man's land. "The biggest problem I see is you are sacrificing the biggest strengths from each of the genres," said Edward Wasserman, Knight professor of journalism at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia "You are losing the veracity of journalism, and you are losing the imaginative license of fiction. You run the risk of ending up with something that is neither true nor interesting." Esquire 

Michelle was back filming drama Mammoth 11 February 2008 in New York. She is planning to head to Boston in March to film Ashecliffe. She is starring in Ashecliffe alongside Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio

Ledger was engaged to actress Michelle Williams, whom he met on the set of Brokeback Mountain. Their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born in 2005. The child's godparents are Ledger's Brokeback costar Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams' Dawson's Creek castmate Busy Phillips. The family home was in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill section at the corner of Hoyt and Dean.  

Reporters and camera  congregated outside the house.

 blogknowsbrooklyn comments The temperature in January was cold, often below freezing and the wind was brisk. Michelle Williams was filming  and had Matilda with her. Williams, 27, made a stop in Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden, before traveling on to New York. She arrived at her Brooklyn home January 23.  Reports claim Williams was with her mother, Carla, and actress Busy Philipps. Someone is at the door in this picture.

Metal fences placed at a goodly distance from the townhouse to keep the media at bay. Photographers were equipped with long lenses. Reporters with furry hoods.  

This crowd gathered outside Heath Ledger's bachelor apartment in Manhattan's Soho section on Broome Street at Crosbie at noon on January 25, 2008.  another crowd

The apartment, where he died on January 22, 2008, is quite near Broadway and south of Houston - an area of clothing shops and restaurants. 

 The journalists also gathered at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Manhattan's East Side.

Heath Ledger's body was transported here, at Madison and 81st,  after the police autopsy.

The crowds still gather at the apartment where a fan shrine continues.

“Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine,”An initial autopsy on January 23 proved inconclusive at determining Ledger's cause of death. Heath's drugs