Contrary to some of the buzz surrounding the New York City premiere of “Dark Knight,” the July 14 event will not serve as a tribute to the late Heath Ledger, nor will Michelle Williams be attending. In fact, the attendance of Ledger’s family isn’t certain, according to a rep for Warner Bros.
In terms of who will be there and the intent of the premiere, Williams’ rep Mara Buxbaum said, “There is misinformation all over the place.” One thing is for certain: Williams was never planning on being at the premiere. “(The premiere) was never on her calendar and she’s not in the movie. This isn’t a press event for her,” said Buxbaum. “She’s not going, there is no reason.”
As for Ledger’s family coming in from Australia, a rep for Warner Bros. said, “We cannot confirm that yet. We’re not even sure they’re coming.” But OK! magazine is reporting that Ledger’s “Brokeback Mountain” co-star Jake Gyllenhaal will join his sister Maggie, who play’s Batman’s love interest Rachel Dawes in “Dark Knight.”
Regarding whether the evening will serve as a tribute, the studio would only say, “We’re treating it like a premiere.”
A rep for Warner Bros. also could not confirm the “tribute” at the end of the film, but one insider does say that “Chris Nolan made the decision that as the screen credits roll, there is a tribute to Heath.”
Will Smith’s school ‘sort of Scientology-ish’
The school founded by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the New Village Academy, is set to open Sept. 3 and as is evident in the L.A. Times’ June 29 piece “Scientology is focus of flap over Will Smith’s new school,” the Smiths are getting more attention for the possible affiliation than the fact they’re starting their own school.
Both Smiths have denied that they’re Scientologists, but the school is employing teachers who are part of the religion and is, according to the L.A. Times piece, using learning methods affiliated with Scientology. “They deny that they’re part of Scientology, yet at every turn they seem to be fairly involved,” said a source with ties to the Smiths.
Would it be wrong to call the school a Scientology school? “No, it’s not a Scientology school per se, it’s sort of Scientology-ish, but they (the Smiths) can’t say that, obviously,” said the source.
Eddie Murphy says no more movies
“Meet Dave” might be Eddie Murphy’s last big-screen role. The comedian told “Extra,” “I have close to 50 movies and it’s like, why am I in the movies? I’ve done that part now. I’ll go back to the stage and do stand-up.”
It’s fitting, then, that Murphy cap off his many films in a larger-than-life way. Murphy’s head — or at least a 15-foot-tall likeness of it — is on tour. “Heddie,” as the studio is calling it, is due to make it to Times Square July 3.
Vanity Fair crowns ‘Hollywood’s next wave’
Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Emma Roberts and Amanda Seyfried are among the young up-and-comers Vanity Fair features as “Hollywood’s next wave” in its August issue. The issue isn’t on stands until July 2 in New York and L.A., but there are a few things we know about this crop already. For starters, they’ve got a clear political preference. “The majority of our respondents, unafraid of commitment, (are) flying in formation for Air Obama,” reported James Wolcott.