Thursday, July 03, 2008

Emerging from the Dark




David Coyle's oil portrait of Edgar Allan Poe portrays the author as the dark soul he was through thick, tortured brushstrokes of browns and blacks. Opening Sat., July 5, 6-11 p.m.

Theories as to what caused Poe's death include suicide, murder, cholera, rabies, syphilis and that Poe was a victim of cooping. He was found lying in the streets on election day wearing someone else's clothing in Baltimore. Evidence of the influence of alcohol is strongly disputed.[3]

And along the same vein:

Ledger's Oscar bid from beyond the grave

Xan Brooks: July 2, 2008

Tough sell ... Heath Ledger as the Joker in the Dark Knight
Spare a thought for the posthumous Oscar winners, the ones who are unable to accept their award in person. This sparsely populated guest-list extends right back to Gone With the Wind writer Sidney Howard, who was all set to attend the ceremony right up until the moment his tractor rolled on top of him.
Next February could see the arrival of a fresh ghost at the party, with the late Heath Ledger installed as the unlikely frontrunner for the best supporting actor award. The Australian actor died earlier this year, shortly after completing his scary, slippery performance as the Joker in the next Batman blockbuster. "The Academy tend to overlook movies like this," admitted his Dark Knight co-star Gary Oldman. "But his acting is so good it's going to be hard for them to avoid it." Elsewhere, the Oscar campaign is already underway. According to US entertainment writer Sam Rubin, Ledger is now the "hands-down favourite" to take the prize.

Sweet Dreams,

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