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    Heath Ledger, RIP


    An incandescent young actor poised for glory, heartbreakingly struck down in the prime of his years. And he was just getting started.


    At 28, he'd already garnered high praise and picked up a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars for his work in Brokeback Mountain. But his truly iconic part came only posthumously with his devastating performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight.


    Truly one of the most chilling villains of all time, and a performance impossible to judge minus the performer's context. Indeed, this man will be missed.

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    he Writer's Strike closing down the Golden Globes

    The Writer's Guild Association went on strike in November 2007, but even as late night talk show hosts lent their backing with indulgent gags, nobody quite expected that the revolt would really stop Hollywood in their tracks.


    Here's a quick primer, and things came to a head when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was forced to cancel the Golden Globe awards because stars weren't willing to cross the picket lines. The result: a press conference announcing the names of the winners.


    When a bunch of angry writers can stop Armani-wearers from pirouetting for the red carpet lensmen, you know the world's not entirely doomed.

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    Wall-E


    In the annals of animation history, this film is a watershed.


    Pixar has always made great animation, but this film -- a look at a dystopic future wasted by humanity, where a tin protagonist seeks succour in the company of a cockroach -- humbled the critics and became the best-animated film of all time.


    Within moments of Andrew Stanton's film release, the buzz began about how this was an animated film good enough to get a Best Picture nomination. The only other instance was Beauty And The Beast, back in 1991, which eventually lost to Silence Of The Lambs.
    This year, the magnificent Wall-E could do deservedly better. "Osk-aa?" Why not?

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    Tom Cruise gets his cool back


    It took a while, but a huge bunch of us were rooting for the couch-jumper to head back into the realm of the supercool.
    And this he did with remarkable humour, playing a hairy, unrecognisable, repulsively tongued producer -- with a thing for expressing emotions via dance -- in Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder. It is one of the most glorious cameos in comedic history, and Cruise is so awesome that we can't help but love him long before the end credits reveal that it is actually him, after which we fall into worship.
    We've always liked men who can laugh at themselves, and Cruise seems in fine self-deprecatory fettle these days. Check out one of the funniest bits on Letterman in ages. That line about Vaporub is just priceless.
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    Tina Fey as Sarah Palin


    Comedic parodies of real-life politicos are as old as comedy itself, and a fair few of the most-forwarded ones of today come from Saturday Night Live...


    But this one set a new standard.


    Tina Fey's take on the woman who gifted Barack Obama the 2008 elections was inspired, brilliant and, quite simply, uncanny. We've seen Will Ferrell do George Dubya, and Thandie Newton made an insanely good Condoleeza Rice in Oliver Stone's W, but Fey's Palin was the funniest thing imaginable.

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    Pacino and De Niro collaborate


    It was a moment calculated to leave cinephiles gasping. Two of the greatest actors of their generation finally coming together in a project that would require them to spend some on-screen time together.
    No Godfather II like father/son dichotomy. No Heat like cat-and-mouse game where the cat and mouse only ever meet once, in a diner. No sir, Jon Avnet's Righteous Kill had both actors constantly slugging it out, scene after scene.



    Unfortunately, the acting legends aren't what they used to be. No, they can still carry a scene for sure, but reading a screenplay is clearly another thing, and their signing onto this half-baked drivel is a choice their fans will have trouble letting go off.
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    How I Met Your Mother: Barney storms America


    It's The Fonz, circa now. Classic television sitcom Happy Days (1974-1984, set in cliched 50s-60s Americana) featured Henry Winkler as a secondary character named The Fonz, a one-dimensional womaniser with a thing for leather, absolute irresistibility, and enough cool to rule. This he did, the show soon becoming about Fonzie, and his trademark "Aaaaiii" exclamation.


    Today, in one of America's sharpest written comedies, How I Met Your Mother -- think Friends liberally dosed with alcohol and some wicked edginess -- Neil Patrick Harris is the New Fonz. Harris, who played Doogie Howser as a kid, has risen to absolute stardom with his role as the utterly unscrupulous Barney Stinson.


    Barney's replaced leather with a well-tailored suit, and a finger-snap with the fastest pick-up lines in the west, but he's the coolest character on television right now. He uses the term for everything around him, but he's the one who really is legen -- wait for it -- dary.

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    Meet Mikaeel Jackson


    Musician Yousef Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, sat by as the moonwalker made his declaration of faith to an Imam and converted to Islam. In a tiny hat, the 50-year-old legend sat on the floor and went through the shahada, the Muslim declaration of belief.


    His name is now reportedly Mikaeel, the name of one of Allah's angels.
    What will this affirmation mean for the man with the most unpredictable life story of them all? Only time will tell.

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