Christopher Nolan has written a sorrowful salute to Heath Ledger at Newsweek: "That’s real charismaâ€”as invisible and natural as gravity. That’s what Heath had." Over at People, Christopher Plummer, Ledger’s costar in the film he was working on at the time of this death, Terry Gilliam’s "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," suggests that the film may not be scrapped after all:
"Terry’s throwing himself into the job of trying to salvage the picture," veteran actor Christopher Plummer told PEOPLE over the weekend.
Despite earlier reports that the director might shelve the $30 million production, Gilliam, whom Plummer describes as "terribly saddened" by Ledgerâ€™s death is "trying to work out at this moment how to continue on. Fortunately, because the film deals with magic, there is a way, perhaps, of turning Heath into other people and then, using stills and I think they call it CGI…
"Terry was a very good friend [of Heath’s]," adds Plummer. "He very wants to go on with the movie, and I can very much understand why. Because he wants to dedicate it to Heath, of course."
We don’t know how much of an authority Plummer actually is on Gilliam’s plans (or this alleged "CGI" he speaks of) but, tragedy aside, Gilliam’s had some terrible luck making films.
Guillermo del Toro is in talks to direct both part of "The Hobbit," reports E!.
Defamer reports that an allegedly wasted Sean Young cut loose at the DGA Awards and actually acted on an impulse we know was felt by not a few sitting in the audience of his press conference at the New York Film Festival last year, heckling Julian Schnabel from the audience. We mention it really only to include Schnabel’s rather soignÃ© response, "Have another drink, honey."
"4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days" director Cristian Mungiu briefly discusses the film’s dinner scene over at the Washington Post: "It’s very difficult to imagine you can shoot a dinner table scene in an original way after 100 years of cinema."
And Cahal Milmo at the Independent reports that Turner Prize-nominated artist Sam Taylor-Wood, famous for her video portrait of David Beckham sleeping, will direct an adaptation of Julie Myerson’s novel "The Story of You," with Anthony Minghella acting as a producer.
+ Charisma as Natural as Gravity (Newsweek)
+ Show Will Go On for Heath’s Last Movie, Says Costar (People)
+ Del Toro a Hobbit-Forming Director (E! Online)
+ Sean Young Ejected From DGA Awards For Being Overserved? (Defamer)
+ Feast Your Mind: How to Show Thought on Film (Washington Post)
+ After Beckham’s dream scene, Taylor-Wood heads to Hollywood (Independent)