For the hippies at Woodstock, it was the summer of sex and psychedelia but back across the Atlantic, the buttoned-up Brits who eschewed the hedonism of 1969 preferred to call it the summer of cinema.
Johnny Depp has bought his own island hideaway to get away from the pressures of fame and movie making.
A dead A-lister, a dwarf, a trio of male cuties and a former Python with a wacky cackle drew the world's paparazzi to the Cannes Croisette last night for the first showing of Heath Ledger's final performance – but Terry Gilliam's fantasy tale The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus still lacks a distributor.
Terror and gore are nothing new at the film festival, and with vampire priests, bloodthirsty Nazi hunters and creepy crows, this year won't disappoint – though Coco Chanel's fragrant presence might temper the screams. Jonathan Romney previews the best the Croisette has to offer
This is the complete list of the 2009 Academy Award nominations:
Warner Bros pushes claims of Batman blockbuster for Golden Globes and Oscars
Obviously, I go to photography exhibitions. London Through a Lens at Getty Images Gallery is a collection from Getty Images' Hulton archive. I've got a picture there of David Bowie with a dog. I was shooting the Diamond Dogs album cover. There are loads of photographers in the exhibition. I saw Lichfield at Chris Beetles Art Gallery in summer. It was very entertaining. Patrick is a good friend, so I can't say anything untoward. It was a good comprehensive selection of his work.
It was an Oscar-winning film lauded for its sensitive portrayal of two lovelorn cowboys and their illicit passion in America's homophobic Midwest. But despite the success of Brokeback Mountain, starring the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, the author on whose story it was based has complained that the tale has become "the source of constant irritation in my private life".
The mystery surrounding Heath Ledger's death deepened yesterday, when it emerged that the actress Mary-Kate Olsen is refusing to co-operate with investigators trying to establish how the Dark Knight star got hold of the powerful painkillers that caused his accidental fatal overdose.
The new Batman movie, besides being wildly popular, may be the most violent and disturbing film to have been passed as a 12A – and that rating has led some people to question the validity of the movie certification system. Concern has been expressed in the Press, and on Newsnight Review on BBC2 last week, critic Paul Morley said that he was "absolutely staggered" that children would be able to attend the film. The controversy is heightened by the fact that under the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)'s 12A rating, a child of any age accompanied by an adult will be able to see the movie.
Long gone are the camp portrayals of Batman and his various enemies – Heath Ledger's terrifying Joker is way too dark for the kids
She was known for playing troubled characters, but as a new mother Maggie Gyllenhaal's ready for happier roles. By Gill Pringle
Huge crowds, a red carpet snaking the length of Leicester Square and celebrities galore. This, though, was no ordinary film premiere – the first sign of that being the two-ton black Batmobile that crawled slowly through the streets of the West End before pulling up at a Bat-emblazoned Odeon theatre to offload its A-list cast.
The Australian actor's death deprived Hollywood of one of its brightest young stars. But his performance as The Joker in the new Batman film suggests he was saving his best for last. David Usborne reports on an unlikely candidate for success at the Oscars
The cult of the late Heath Ledger is set to grow with his astonishing performance in the new Batman film. Sean Porter was on set with the troubled Hollywood star for his last ever shoot. Here, he reveals what happened during those three manic – and spookily portentous – days
When he died, Heath Ledger was preparing to direct a film about a chess prodigy. The writer Allan Shiach talks to rob sharp about the project's similarities to the actor's own unhappy situation