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A TOUCHING TRIBUTE

According to the UK’s The Sun, the three Hollywood stars who completed Heath Ledger’s final film role (also featuring Andrew Garfield) have donated their pay to his two-year-old daughter, Matilda.

Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell were worried for Matilda’s future as Heath left an old will which did not include the little one.

Heath’s dad, Kim Ledger, is in control of Heath’s estate. Family members have said they’re concerned that daddy will mismanage the actor’s money.

The three played versions of Heath’s character, Tim, in fantasy epic THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS.

Film director Terry Gilliam said, “They didn’t take money ? it goes to Heath’s daughter. That’s extraordinary! And wonderful . . . and when you’re part of that, you think, ‘Ah, this is maybe why I went into the movies in the beginning. I thought it would be full of wonderful people. And we’ve got a movie full of wonderful people who did extraordinary things to help.”

Johnny Depp is a father of two, Jude Law has four and Colin Farrel has a son.

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A STAR TO WATCH

NEWSDAY.COM has published an article about Andrew about BOY A. (Article by Joseph V. Amodio; Glenn Gamboa; Verne Gay)

This ‘Boy’ could be ready for the ‘A’ list

He’s headed for your local multiplex and we’re telling you now – he’s one to watch. Name’s Andrew Garfield. Heard of him?

Probably not, unless you caught last year’s “Lions for Lambs” (with Robert Redford) or follow Britain’s top acting awards. He won the British Academy’s television award for best actor for his compelling performance in “Boy A,” which hits Manhattan theaters Wednesday and Long Island screens Aug. 1

Garfield, 24, plays Jack, a likable chap with a terrible secret – he’s the infamous Boy A, once on trial as a child for a horrific crime. Now released from prison, he must create a new life. He makes a friend, meets a girl – and you can’t help rooting for him, wondering: Can he outrun his past? Or the press?

Garfield – half Brit, half American – moved to England at age 4. He has few U.S. memories, save for a Disneyland trip “and my brother winning a glow-in-the-dark visor,” he recalls. Cue the jealousy, tears, and wee Andy “was given a cloth visor out of pity, which was nowhere near as exciting and which I rejected shirtily.” (Yes, shirtily, British slang for crabbily.)

Since then, he’s channeled his angst into acting and won two best newcomer awards for stage roles at the National Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange. He’s shown range, from, like, an American slacker frat boy (in “Lions”) to Romeo (on stage in England). That role, he notes, was “like running a marathon [and] being on stage feels like an adrenaline sport. Connecting with a live audience is incomparable.”

He’ll likely hit Broadway soon enough. As for his own favorite actors? He’s inspired by Daniel Day-Lewis, Dustin Hoffman, Ryan Gosling and Isabelle Huppert. But catch Garfield on screen and it’s like watching Sean Penn in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” or Jodie Foster in “Taxi Driver.”

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HEATH LEDGER, JUDD APATOW

Andrew recently did an interview with “VULTURE” and he shared his thoughts on topics like Judd Apatow and Heath Ledger.

JUDD APATOW:
“Judd Apatow is genius, I think. He’s defining this decade of comedy, like what Monty Python did for their generation. I’d love to work with him.”

HEATH LEDGER:
“The amount of stuff he left me with was astonishing. I will never ever lose hold of what he had to offer. He just had this total spontaneity and the ability to do anything at any point: fly off the handle or joke. It was electrifying and I never knew what he was going to do ? like punch me, you know? But how he did it is a mystery to me.”

To read the full interview:

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AN ANDREW INTERVIEW

Listed as one of Variety’s 10 actors to watch in 2007, Andrew Garfield, 24, is among Britain’s rising film stars, after success in ‘Boy A’, ‘Lion for Lambs’ and ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’. The DVD of ‘Lion for Lambs’ is out next week. The British Academy Television Awards are on Sunday 20 April, BBC One

READ THE INTERVIEW:

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TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

As April comes to an end, it’s time once again for the annual New York tradition, the Tribeca Film Festival, a constantly-evolving event that gives tens of thousands of New Yorkers and out-of-towners a chance to see the premieres of new movies from a variety of indie, documentary and foreign filmmakers, as well as a first look at some of the movies coming out in the early summer. This year’s festival runs from April 24 through May 4, and unlike last year, all of the screenings will be held below 23rd Street plus the festival offers a unique fluctuating pricing system that offers half-price tickets for movies showing before 5pm on weekdays or after 11pm every day.

The Weinstein Company continues its tradition of having a strong film festival presence with a number of films that have been doing the rounds including Lou Reed’s “Berlin” (July 17), a concert film directed by recent Oscar nominee Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), John Crowley’s BOY A (July 23) starring Andrew Garfield as a juvenile offender released back into the world after 14 years, and the controversial Brazillian thriller “Elite Squad.”

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“BOY A” INFORMATION

“Boy A” is a fictional story starring Andrew Garfield (Lions for Lambs) as Jack. His involvement in the murder of another child means Jack, at 24, has spent most of his young life in juvenile prisons. Released from prison into an unrecognizable adult world, Jack is given a new name, new job, new home; a new life. But anonymity is both a blessing and a curse as Jack has to contend with not being able to tell the people he gets to know, and love, of his true past and the monstrous secret he must keep hidden.

The drama also stars acclaimed actor and director Peter Mullan (“The Magdalene Sisters,” “Children of Men”) as Terry, Jack’s care worker and the only person he can really trust.

Co-starring Shaun Evans (“Teachers”) and Katie Lyons (“Green Wing”), “Boy A” is based on the award-winning novel by Jonathan Trigell, has been adapted for the screen by writer Mark O’Rowe and is directed by John Crowley (“Pinter’s Celebration,” “Intermission”).

The film is set to be released on JULY 23, 2008 in selective theatres. Movie trailer and more information to follow shortly.