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It seems hard to believe, but five years ago today, Heath Ledger died at the age of 28. The actor's passing left a mark on his fans around the world, especially those eagerly awaiting the role that would eventually win him a posthumous Academy Award, as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight."

In honor of the anniversary of his passing, we've assembled clips from the five best performances in Ledger's short career.

Click past the jump to see the video tribute to Heath Ledger.


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Steve Carrell isn't an actor we would typically think of as being despicable, but that seems to be the point of "Despicable Me." The villain he voices, Gru, actually ends up having a heart of gold -- as it turns out, he's not so despicable after all.

But there are quite a few other villains out there who are not as redeemable by the time their movies end. Here's a look at some of the most despicable bad guys in movie history, who we're sure will be keeping audiences terrified for years to come! Read More...

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There's a new trailer out today for director Terry Gilliam's latest effort, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." The movie, which features the final screen performance of Heath Ledger, hits theaters on Christmas Day of this year. Gilliam has always been possessed of an odd cinematic vision, and it's on full display in this new trailer. Check it out below.

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Tonight, the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off with the world premiere screening of "Creation," directed by Jon Amiel. The movie stars real-life husband and wife Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly as Charles Darwin and Emma Darwin, respectively. It is an adaptation of the Darwin bio "Annie's Box" by Randal Keynes.

Of course, "Creation" just kicks things off. There's a whole weekend of indie madness to immerse yourself in. Sure, those of us who aren't fortunate enough to be in Toronto are going to have to wait. But there are some good flicks coming out of the fest, stuff that you're sure to see hit theaters in some form in the coming months. Here are a few of the highlights we have to look forward to... Read More...

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-- Rebecca De Mornay, who I'll always identify with the delightfully cheesy "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle," gets to roll out her sadistic mommy act again when she stars in the upcoming remake of the 1980 horror flick "Mother's Day." Latter-day "Saw" director Darren Lynn Bousman is directing, so expect plenty of greasy, grimy gore to keep you up at night when De Mornay and her band of twisted sociopaths terrorize a family living in their old home. (Variety)

-- Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in the revenge flick "Driving Angry," which will be a 3-D release. Cage will play a man who sets out on a quest for bloody murder after his daughter is killed and her child is kidnapped. Patrick Lussier will direct a script that he co-wrote with Todd Farmer. Lussier previously directed "My Bloody Valentine 3D," so he's got plenty of experience in looking at a scene with an eye towards multi-dimensional spectacle. (The Hollywood Reporter) Read More...

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I'm a little disappointed by the content of this exclusive image from "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus." After that trippy trailer, I've expected (hoped?) that every subsequent glimpse of the movie would put forth more of director Terry Gilliam's weirdness.

Yes, yes... a movie's got to have character moments too. And there is something heartrendingly sweet about seeing Heath Ledger share this tender moment with Lily Cole in his final screen performance. Click the image below to check out the rest of MTV's 2009 Fall Preview gallery.

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I've soured a bit on Terry Gilliam in recent years. The 2005 two-punch of "The Brothers Grimm" and "Tideland" couldn't have been more disappointing, especially as a long-awaited follow-up to 1998's fantastic adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas." With "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" however, it looks like Gilliam is back.

Putting aside the cast -- which features Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer and Heath Ledger, in his final performance -- you've still got what looks like another delightfully twisted fantasy adventure, sort of like a cross between "12 Monkeys" and "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen." I know this because a new trailer dropped over the weekend. Now you can know it too.

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What would happen if the whales one day decided to turn the tables on their whaling hunters? I think the answer here is quite obvious. They'd get their flippers on a big boat, hunt swimming humans with harpoon guns and turn their fresh catch into processed seal food. 'Natch folks... this is elementary stuff.

Today marks the debut of the music video for Modest Mouse's "King Rat," directed by the late Heath Ledger. And it's some weird, weird stuff. We're talking cigar-smoking, boat-captaining whales. Humans being skinned like latex gloves being pulled off. Mean-looking seals. I'm freaked. And I can't embed the video here, but you can check it out over on MySpace. Instead, here's a clip of director Terry Gilliam discussing Ledger's final performance in "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus." Hit the jump for additional details on the video, compliments of the official press release.


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A lot of content popping today Around the Blogosphere. Before getting into vampire romance and genital mutilation, I'll start things light with a rebooted take on "Point Break," Cinemash-style. Human Giants Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel are joined by "Reno 911" cops Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant in a return to the classic Patrick Swayze/Keanu Reeves surfer cop drama.

<a href=";from=sp_en-us_cinemash&#038;vid=02fbd38f-cf72-487c-a788-bbca5eb51d94" target="_new" title=""RENO 911!" and Human Giant Cinemash "Point Break"">Video: "RENO 911!" and Human Giant Cinemash "Point Break"</a>

Plenty more to come, so click yourself past the break. Read More...

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2009 MTV Movie AwardsAll this week, will be running category previews for this Sunday's 2009 MTV Movie Awards. Today's previews take a look at the Best Villain and Best WTF categories. Voting has been open for some time now; if you haven't done so yet, I urge you to head over to the website and make sure your voice is heard before it's too late.

Since we try to dish out something a little more personalized and special for you Movies Blog readers, I'm going to share my own thoughts on the previewed categories each day. No, that's not the treat. This is: you all get to vehemently disagree with me. I encourage everyone to hop in and -- respectfully please -- drag my opinions through the mud in the comments section below. More than that, give us your most heartfelt appeal for why one nominee or another should win. Try to keep it in these categories though; don't worry... we'll get to the others in the coming days. Read More...

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