January 24, 2008
~~ Towleroad (and Dan Abrams) take on the moronic blacklash in the wake of Heath Ledger's passing. I'd instantly suspected some ignorant heartless souls would link his death to his role in Brokeback Mountain, and sadly I wasn't disappointed.
A commentor on Towleroad, referring to Fox's John Gibson's heartless parody:
This is an excellent oppurtunity to send Mr. Gibson back to the "stone age" if we (gay men who can "spell" & "bite" with words) all let him & Fox News know exactly where we're coming from & what this means to us. Contact Fox News: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
I couldn't agree more. If you haven't seen the Dan Abrams piece, check out Towleroad at the link above ... and then blast FOX.
January 22, 2008
(from the Houston Chronicle) ~ A man who was convicted this week of sexually assaulting a teenager at gunpoint after abducting him from his driveway was sentenced Thursday to 99 years in prison.
The jury also imposed a $10,000 fine on Keith Hill, who confessed to kidnapping and raping four other young men in Baytown during an eight-month spree in 2006. In a statement read in court during the punishment phase of his trial, Hill said he deeply regretted the attacks and hopes his victims "find it in their heart to forgive me."
"It would not happen if I did not have mental issues," Hill added.
He blamed his aggressive behavior on an incident when he was 13, when a "white guy in his 40s" knocked on his door and said, "We're going to have some fun." He said he screamed and ran away after the man touched his "personal areas."
Okay ... not that I feel sorry for him, but 99 years is a little extreme. A black/white thing? A Texas thing? Hmmm .....
The actor Heath Ledger was found dead ... in an apartment in Manhattan owned by the actress Mary-Kate Olsen, according to the New York City police. Signs pointed to a suicide or an accidental overdose, police sources said. Mr. Ledger was 28.
At 3:31 p.m., a masseuse arrived the fourth-floor apartment of the building, at 421 Broome Street in SoHo, for an appointment with Mr. Ledger, the police said. The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who then knocked on the door of the bedroom Mr. Ledger was in. When no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger naked and unconscious on a bed, with pills scattered around his body. They moved his body to the floor and attempted to revive him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities.
The police said they did not suspect foul play. Officials said they believed Ms. Olsen, 21, was in California and that Mr. Ledger had been living in her apartment. Ms. Olsen attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, for the premiere of “The Wackness,” a film in which she stars with the actor Ben Kingsley. It was not clear where she went after the film screening.
Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the office of the city’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, said that employees of the office were at the apartment and that an autopsy would be conducted on Wednesday.
Mr. Ledger, a native of Perth, Australia, won acclaim for his role as a co-star in “Brokeback Mountain” (2005). The film, based on a short story by Annie Proulx about two cowboys who fall in love, won critical acclaim. Reviewing the film in The New York Times, the critic Stephen Holden wrote, “Mr. Ledger magically and mysteriously disappears beneath the skin of his lean, sinewy character. It is a great screen performance, as good as the best of Marlon Brando and Sean Penn.” ~~
So sad. I fell in love with his performance in "A Knight's Tale", "The Patriot", and of course, the awesome "Brokeback Mountain". I'm at a lose for words. Two of my favorite young actors gone in such a short time. I have nothing else to say.
January 21, 2008