Readers: It’s time for another Trivia Contest. This time I’ll be testing your John Wayne knowledge. The good folks at Batjac Productions and Paramount have provided me with copies of the Duke’s latest DVD collections — remastered and many of them with special features and commentaries — which I will give away to nine lucky readers. I will randomly draw nine names from all the correct trivia-question submissions, and each will receive one John Wayne DVD collection — either The John Wayne Century Collection, The John Wayne Western Collection or The John Wayne Adventure Collection. (I will randomly choose which winners get which DVD collections.) All you have to do is correctly answer this question: From which John Wayne film did the name of his production company, Batjac, come from? Send your answers by e-mail to email@example.com or by snail mail to Cindy Elavsky, King Features Weekly Service, PO Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. All entries must be received/postmarked by July 10. One contest entry per household. For those who want their John Wayne collections now (these make perfect Father’s Day gifts!), go to JohnWayneOnDVD.com or your local retailer to see descriptions of each of the collections, and to purchase your own. *** Q: My husband insists that The Dark Knight is the last film that Heath Ledger made before he died. I say he still has another one coming out. Who is right? — Farrah D., via e-mail A: You are correct on this one. Heath Ledger, who died of an accidental prescription-drug overdose in January 2008, was filming Terry Gilliam’s latest offering, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The fantasy movie has sequences that take place in the “real” world and some in an “otherworldly” setting. Heath had completed filming the real-world portions of the movie before his death. His character is then supposed to take three trips into the imaginary world, which Heath did not get to film. Actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell stepped into the roles of Heath’s “fantasy” characters so the completed film could be released. *** Q: I keep hearing rumors that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have broken up. If anything, for the sake of all those children, I hope it’s not true. — Margaret M., Wilmington, Ohio A: Brad and Angie were very much together last month at the Cannes Film Festival, where Brad was promoting his movie, Inglourious Basterds. Brad told reporters: “I am in love, and I have the most beautiful family. What else can a guy want? I am the happiest man ever.” *** Q: Will NBC’s “Medium” be back next year? — Genie H., via e-mail A: NBC decided not to renew the paranormal drama, but CBS was quick to scoop it up. And you won’t have to wait until January for new episodes, as was its schedule with NBC. “Medium” will begin airing on CBS this fall.
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