24 January 2007

Stars, friends react to Heath Ledger's death

Actress Julia Stiles: Ledger's 10 Things I Hate About You co-star spent last night at a bar, the Bowery, a few blocks from where he died. "I am drinking away my sorrows right now," she told the Independent.

Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee: "Working with Heath was one of the purest joys of my life. He brought to the role of Ennis [Del Mar] more than any of us could have imagined."

Lee said Ledger had "a thirst for life, for love, and for truth, and a vulnerability that made everyone who knew him love him. His death is heartbreaking".

Talk show host Ellen Degeneres: The comedian took a moment at the end of her talk show on Wednesday to remember Heath Ledger in a touching and humorous tribute. Calling the actor an "amazing, amazing, talented young man," DeGeneres said: "He was a friend and we will miss him," before running a clip from his last appearance on her show, on February 13, 2006.

Model Helena Christensen: "He was such a special and genuine person, so extraordinarily talented because he was so raw and honest with his feelings," Christensen told Women's Wear Daily. "He was so full of life, so electric."
Ledger, she said, was "a sweet, smart and talented young man and had many friends. My heart goes out to his family. I am just beyond sad at this point, and shocked."
Christensen also said she was about to see the 28-year-old actor when she heard of his death. "I was on my way over to pay him a visit when I found out," she said.
"I had just left him a message and heard his voice on the machine."

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd: "It was with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Heath Ledger.
"It is tragic that we have lost one of our nation's finest actors in the prime of his life.
"Heath Ledger's diverse and challenging roles will be remembered as some of the great performances by an Australian actor."

Actress Nicole Kidman: "What a tragedy. My heart goes out to his family."

Neil Armfield, who directed Ledger in the 2006 Australian drama Candy: "He was always a complex and complicated man to work with but ... just a master."

Scriptwriter Luke Davies, who wrote Candy: "This is just an awful, awful day and and awful awful loss."
"He was a very beautiful person. We got to know each other quite well on set - he just had an immediate connection with people."
"I feel so sad and just weirdly privileged to have been involved with him. What amazed me about Heath was his amazing tactile, emotional response to a script and other actors.
"He just brought a huge amount to a script - and it was just magnified on the big screen."

Actor John Travolta: "He's touched me deeply as a talent and it's a great loss. Losing him at any age would be a loss but it was pretty rough news. I was really shocked by it."

Alan Horn, President and CEO of Warner Bros, the producers of the upcoming Batman movie The Dark Knight, in which Ledger stars: "The studio is stunned and devastated by this tragic news. The entertainment community has lost an enormous talent. Heath was a brilliant actor and an exceptional person. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."

(NZ Herald 11:42AM Thursday January 24, 2008 here)

14 January 2007

Kings of Leon

We went, we saw... and sang and danced and had an awesome time! Kings of Leon were fantastic!! A great end to the first week back at work





01 January 2007

Books Read [2007]

63 books read for 2007

02 Jan: Blood Memory, by Greg Isles
04 Jan: Ancestor Stones, by Aminatta Forna
08 Jan: Dark Debts, by Karen Hall
22 Jan: Blood Work, by Michael Connelly
28 Jan: Julie/Julia Project, by Julie Powell
03 Feb: Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
04 Feb: Death of a Darklord, by Laurell K Hamilton
14 Feb: Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
02 Mar: Ordeal, by Deanie Francis Mills
04 Mar: Love in the Present Tense, by Catherine Ryan Hyde
04 Mar: Can You Keep a Secret?, by Sophie Kinsella
06 Mar: Dead Until Dark (Book 1), by Charlaine Harris
08 Mar: Living Dead in Dallas (Book 2), by Charlaine Harris
09 Mar: Club Dead (Book 3), by Charlaine Harris
10 Mar: Dead to the World (Book 4), by Charlaine Harris
11 Mar: Dead as a Doornail (Book 5), by Charlaine Harris
16 Mar: Definitely Dead (Book 6), by Charlaine Harris
17 Mar: Not a Star, by Nick Hornby
18 Mar: I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
25 Mar: Pay It Forward, by Catherine Ryan Hyde
27 Mar: The Wages of Sin, by Jenna Maclaine
07 Apr: A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby

Comics read (courtesy of Angela & Paul)
21 Apr: 300, by Frank Miller (images by Lynn Yarley), Volumes 1 - 5
22 Apr: 30 Days of Night, Steve Miles (images by Ben Templesmith), Complete collection.
22 Apr: Buffy, Season 8 by Joss Whedon, Volumes 1 & 2
22 Apr: A Dame to Kill For, by Frank Miller (Sin City), Complete collection.

26 Apr: Night Watch, by Sergei Lukyanenko
01 May: Notes on a Scandal, by Zoe Heller
12 May: Prior Bad Acts, by Tami Hoag
15 May: Happiness Sold Separately, by Lolly Winston
20 May: Shoot the Moon, by Billie Letts
28 May: The Mermaid Chair, by Sue Monk Kidd
10 Jun: Day Watch, by Sergei Lukyanenko
16 Jun: The Honk and Holler Opening Soon, by Billie Letts
17 Jun: Confessions of a Shopollolic, by Sophie Kinsella
20 Jun: Undead and Unwed, by Mary Janice Davidson (Book 1)
23 Jun: Undead and Unemployed, by Mary Janice Davidson (Book 2)
28 Jun: The Long Firm, by Jake Arnott
01 Jul: The Club, by Mandasue Heller (I should've stopped reading this book - the writing was really bad)
06 Jul: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Brilliant post-apocalypic tale of survival)
07 Jul: Undead & Unappreciated, by Mary Janice Davidson (Book 3)
07 Jul: Undead & Unreturnable, by Mary Janice Davidson (Book 4)
09 Jul: Undead & Unpopular, by Mary Janice Davidson (Book 5)
19 Jul: The Big Picture, by Douglas Kennedy
24 Jul: All Together Dead, by Charlaine Harris (Book 7)
26 Jul: The Witch of Portobello, by Paul Coelho
28 Jul: Derik's Bane, by Mary Janice Davidson
29 Jul: How to Marry a Ghost, by Hope McIntyre
29 Jul: Severed, by Simon Kendrick
09 Aug: After dark, by Haruki Murakami
13 Aug: Single White Vampire, by Lynsay Sands
18 Aug: Shopaholic takes Manhattan, by Sophie Kinsella
26 Aug: Dead and Loving it, by MaryJanice Davidson
26 Aug: Fragile Things, by Neil Gaiman
31 Aug: Perfume, by Patrick Suskind
09 Sep: Touch the Dark, by Karen Chance
23 Sep: Claimed by Shadow, by Karen Chance
07 Oct: Twilight Watch, by Sergei Lukyanenko
10 Oct: Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
12 Oct: Shopaholic Ties the Knot, by Sophie Kinsella
15 Oct: Undead and Unwed, by MaryJanice Davidson
03 Nov: The Post-Birthday World, by Lionel Shriver
06 Nov: The Hallequin, by Laurell K Hamilton (#14 or 15.. I've lost count!)

Concerts Rocked [2007]

19 Jan: The Big Day Out @ Ericsson Stadium [ link ]
Highlights: Kasabian, Lily Allen, My Chemical Romance, Muse, The Killers, Violent Femmes, Dimmer, Jet.. (And the fact that Richard and myself were again in the East Lounge, meant we mingled with NZ celebrities and had an awesome *air conditioned* area to hang out in!!!)

04 June: The View @ The Kings Arms

08 Aug: Bloc Party @ TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre [ link ]

14 Aug: Jose Gonzalez @ The Hopetoun Alpha

16 Aug: Ryan Adams (YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) [ link ]

14 Sep: Snow Patrol @ Vector Arena [ link ]
Can I just say big ups to Snow Patrol for a fucking awesome concert. When I wasn't singing along I was laughing at all Gary's jokes! Great night - better than I had imagined :)

23 Nov: Muse @ Waitakere Trust Centre
This concert was incredible! Almost non-stop energy, extreme-guitar-playing, for 1.5 hours, plus an encore. It's days later and I still have Muse ear-worms, but in the bestest possible way :)

Movies Seen [2007]

31 movies for 2007

03 Jan: Casino Royale
03 Feb: Volver
12 Mar: Ghost Rider
15 Mar: Miss Potter
17 Mar: The Pursuit of Happyness
17 Apr: 300
24 Apr: Hot Fuzz
15 May: Snowcake
20 June: Blades of Glory
04 Jul: Paris, Je T'aime
05 Jul: Shrek the Third

International Film Festival
13 Jul: The Secret Life of Words
14 Jul: Conversations with Gardener
15 Jul: After the Wedding
21 Jul: Day Watch
27 Jul: Death at a Funeral
28 Jul: Perfume

24 Jul: Pirates of the Carribean 3
06 Aug: No Reservations
23 Aug: The Simpsons Movie
25 Aug: Transformers
22 Sep: Stardust
30 Sep: Waitress
02 Oct: The Brave One
17 Oct: Eastern Promises
06 Nov: Away from Her
09-Nov: Deathproof
December-ish: Evening,and Atonement
29 Dec: Mr Magoriam's Wonder Emporiam
31 Dec: Hitman