Tuesday, July 04, 2017

When Heath Ledger Swam to the Siren

Her honey mouth has got the old fool gold. 

In the gold dust rush I only genuflect.

Note: That's actress Abbie Cornish. Cornish and Cornell are the same surname, both meaning "From Cornwall."
Heath Ledger's final farewell ends in sunset swim

Mourners at Hollywood star Heath Ledger's funeral in Perth celebrated the acclaimed actor's life by stripping off and diving into the surf at his favourite beach, reports said Sunday.

Ledger's family held a two-hour service in his hometown of Perth on Saturday attended by more than 500 mourners including the young actor's former fiancee Michelle Williams and Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett.

After a private funeral for 10 family members only, mourners gathered at a restaurant overlooking Perth's Cottesloe beach, one of Ledger's favourite spots, for a sunset wake.
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“The guy just made a big mistake — put some Led Zep on I’m going to go for a swim, I’ve got my Doc Martens on, what a great idea. He’d actually gone swimming on the Gold Coast with his girlfriend Joan (Wasser) the year before he died. His tour manager John Pope said to me everyone talks about him dying in the river in Memphis but we had to go and pluck him out of the surf." - 
"Jeff Buckley link to Chris Cornell revealed on 20th death anniversary" - News.com.au

Come Feel the Deep.

Michelle Williams, who moved to LA earlier this year to pursue acting roles, has successfully sold the Brooklyn home she and the late Heath Ledger bought together in 2005. When the gorgeous, ivy-covered six-bedroom house at the corner of Hoyt and Dean streets first listed in September for $7.5 million, commenters thought it was "overpriced…"  

A little history: The house had been previously owned— and significantly fixed up —by Nell Campbell, the Australian actress who was Little Nell in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and who owned the nightclub Nell's.

I did the swim
(Splash splash, she's a mer-mermaid)
I did the swim
(Splash splash, she's a mer-mermaid)
I did the swim
(Splash splash, she's a mer-mermaid)
I did the swim

Heath Ledger‘s well-documented obsession with his psychopathic role as the Joker in the Batman movie “The Dark Knight” has a new twist: He turned his Manhattan apartment into a shrine dedicated to the iconic supervillain, The Post has learned.

Police investigators who responded to the Oscar-winning actor’s Soho loft after his fatal 2008 drug overdose walked into a world filled with Batman comic books, literature on the Joker and clowns, small clown statues and recordings of Ledger practicing his oddly shifting Joker voice in high and low octaves, a law enforcement source revealed.

Ledger had immersed himself in the reading material that extended back to the very beginnings of Batman, the Joker and clown performers, the source noted.

Detectives also noticed that the loft at 421 Broome St. was “immaculately clean,” with all of Ledger’s research on the Joker neatly stacked, the source said.

Balthazar opened in SoHo in the spring of 1997. The bustling, romantic brasserie serves traditional French fare from breakfast through supper every day, with brunch served on weekends.
Siren- Balthazar

Siren- Balthazar

Starbucks logo change: No name. More mermaid. Will it sell more coffee? 
Starbucks logo undergoes a redesign that drops its name. Is the coffee giant's mermaid (actually, a siren) strong enough to stand on her own?



Director Christopher Nolan has mentioned that The Killing Joke served as an influence for the version of the Joker appearing in the 2008 feature film The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger, who played the Joker, stated in an interview that he was given a copy of The Killing Joke as reference for the role.

"It all depends on your intentions. If you associate with it, 
or use the name, it all depends on your intentions, 
what happens to you."
The process of playing the Joker, however, was devastating. Ledger isolated himself from friends and family, spending a month locked in a hotel room trying to find the Joker’s posture and, crucially, a voice without any echoes of Nicholson’s performance.

He wrote diaries as the Joker, full of cruel things that the character would find funny, and refined his worldview and outlook, taking elements from Sid Vicious and A Clockwork Orange as much as from the comics. This Joker’s look is the result of make-up – which deteriorates steadily through the film along with his mind – rather than chemical damage, but few even among the purists have criticised it.
Barnes caught up with the guitar icon at Wednesday’s 2010 Classic Rock “Roll Of Honour” Awards, where Page presented “The Innovator” Award to legendary U.K. band Killing Joke.

“I got a call whether I’d like to give an award to Killing Joke. The thing is, I go back a long way with Jaz Coleman and the band,” said Page. “I used to go and see the band, and it was a band that really impressed me because Geordie’s (Walker) guitar sound was just really, really strong. And they were really tribal, the band, and it was really intense.”
A fellow lover of arcane symbols, Jimmy Page, was featured prominently in the 2013 Killing Joke documentary, The Death and Resurrection Show. How did you first meet him? 

I can’t tell you that. I can tell you it was 1983, but the circumstances I just can’t tell you. It’s impossible.
"A concert for TV"

By 1982, members of Killing Joke, especially Coleman, had become immersed in the occult. That year, Coleman and Geordie, Youth following shortly, relocated to Iceland to weather the apocalypse, which Coleman predicted was soon. While in Iceland, Coleman and Geordie performed in various Icelandic bands. After a few months, Youth decided there was no indication of the apocalypse, and decided to relocate back to England.  
"(Treasure's) song titles, a list of unusual and whimsical names ('Lorelei', 'Pandora', 'Cicely', 'Amelia'), combined with Sutherland's statement ( "surely this band is the voice of God") and the seemingly deliberately obscured lyrics, led to bizarre suggestions that the (Cocteau Twins) were playing with witchcraft and subverting the nation's airwaves with subliminal sorcery." 
- Volume Magazine, 1992

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