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Five Favorite Heath Ledger Roles


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Tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET we are showing Terry Gilliam’s fantastical film “The Brothers Grimm.” The film stars Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as the titular brothers who are making the living as itinerant con men exorcising the very hauntings, possessions and general supernatural nuisances that they are themselves staging. It’s not glamorous, but it’s a living, right? But their bluff is called when a French general (Jonathan Pryce) conscripts them to find out who (or what) is behind the disappearances of several young girls from a small village. The residents suspect dark forces are at work, and it turns out they’re right – the kidnappings come courtesy of the Mirror Queen (Monica Bellucci), a witch who needs the girls’ blood to maintain her own beauty and immortality. The only thing that can save them is The Brothers Grimm and they very well may not be up to the task.

In Heath Ledger’s tragically abbreviated filmography, this film stands out as a role that Ledger played to the fullest. Ledger’s Jake is awkward, edgy, and full of right angles and nervous twitches. It’s clear that Ledger is having fun playing up the tics and fully incorporating them into the character. It’s the sort of fully-invested character acting that audience members came to expect from Ledger, whether it was the strong silent type of his role in “Brokeback Mountain” or the heart-rending ladykiller “Casanova.” Ledger was an increasingly brilliant actor and it’s just a shame that his life and career were both so sadly short.

Here are five of our favorite roles played by Heath Ledger. Gone too soon, man. Gone too soon:

5. Sonny in “Monster’s Ball”

4. Skip Engblom in “Lords of Dogtown”

3. Dan in “Candy”

2. Ennis in “Brokeback Mountain”

1. The Joker in “The Dark Knight”

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“The Brothers Grimm” airs tonight at 10:30 PM ET; Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10:15 PM ET; and Thursday, Nov. 8 at 10:15 PM ET

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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