Saturday, 31 January 2009

Jake Gyllenhaal - SBIFFing and Rocking! Jake's tribute to a man with 'a big brain and a big heart'

SBIFF! Santa Barbara was the place to be last night, that's for sure. Looking like he had just walked off the set of Jamie Foxx's music vid, here is movie star Jake Gyllenhaal working that hat for fans and cameras. [Update] And as for what Jake said when he made it to the podium: 'I want to tell you a secret about David Fincher. He has a big brain and a big heart.'

Jake pulled every expression imaginable to fit that fedora, scarf and collar, ranging from smiles and grimaces to heartwilting stares, and all with sizzling degrees of hotness. Many thanks to IHJ for these fabulous pictures!

Finally, Jake was on that Arlington Theatre stage with Benjamin Button's Taraji P. Henson and I had my wish of photographs of Jake alongside the Director in Residence - David Fincher himself.

How I'd love to hear what was being said here!

Rocking Jake

There are more stills from Jake's appearance in the video for Jamie Foxx's Blame It, which will premiere on February 9, and show Jake alongside such figures as Forest Whitaker, Ron Howard and, my own favourite, Big Sam L Jackson.

Pictures from IHJ, People and Just Jared.

Friday, 30 January 2009

Jake Gyllenhaal to feature in Jamie Foxx's new video - with The Hat

OK, I know this is the second post of the evening, but this is just too fabulous to sneak in as an update - Jake Gyllenhaal is to feature in Jamie Fox's new video for his song Blame It! And just look at that hat - it doesn't half look familiar...

'The singer will be joined in the video by Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, director Ron Howard, Cedric the Entertainer, Samuel L. Jackson and Quincy Jones, his label confirms. Directed by Hype Williams, the clip will premiere the week of Feb. 9. Blame It comes from Foxx's latest album, Intuition, which was released in Dec. 2008.' We've seen Jake in a spoof video (for SNL) before but it will be great to see Jake on the screen with Jamie again.

Pictures from IHJ and link.

Jake Gyllenhaal helps Santa Barbara to honour David Fincher (on Scripter Award night)

It's party night! David Fincher is being toasted by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at 8pm this evening and - as if anyone ever needed to have an excuse to go to such a fabulous town as Santa Barbara - Jake Gyllenhaal is on the guestlist. No doubt, David Fincher is bursting to tell Jake all the details about his rendezvous with me (and a few other people) in London a couple of weeks ago.

So here is the official announcement: 'On Friday, January 30, SBIFF will present “A Celebration of David Fincher,” where he will be joined by Jake Gyllenhaal, Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson and a few special friends. The evening, sponsored by Macys and moderated by film historian and critic Pete Hammond, will highlight one of cinema’s most dazzling visual stylists. Fincher established himself in the world of commercials and music videos before becoming one of Hollywood’s most respected talents. He made his mark with the unforgettable thriller “Se7en” and has since gone on to create such critically-acclaimed films as “Fight Club,” “The Game,” “Panic Room,” and “Zodiac” before venturing on to the challenge of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which has garnered 13 Oscar nominations! He’s a unique and refreshingly honest filmmaker worthy of considerable praise.'

SBIFF? I must say that I'm relieved Barbara begins with B. I also appreciate a film festival which has an award named after David Attenborough.

But Jake may have a dilemma on his hands because, not too far away, the Scripter Award will be announced and the head of the panel is none other than Jake's mother, Naomi Foner. Amongst the nominees are screenwriters for Benjamin Button, Iron Man, The Reader and Revolutionary Road - in fact, only 'Slumdog Millionaire' is without a Jake connection (as far as I'm aware).

Here's hoping that Jake has a great evening with old friends while we get great pictures of Jake and David. For a reminder of Jake's experience of working on Zodiac, watch this video, which features a pleasingly dishevelled and relaxed Jake. Rather fortuitously, Zodiac was released on Blu-Ray this week to a very receptive welcome.

Includes pictures from IHJ.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Relaxing with Jake - and three years ago today a life changed

Three years ago today (29 January), I went to see Brokeback Mountain, and I could have had no idea what those two hours would mean for the future of my life - in terms of life decisions, friendships and priorities. And, on top of that, the excitement and thrills of three years of adventures involving one Jake Gyllenhaal. So, tonight, thanks are due to Jake, to Heath, and to all those who created and shaped Brokeback Mountain, for the changes they made in me. And love to all who have shared a similar journey.

A time to relax

After a strange couple of days for Jake, during which his patience has been tested, his boredom threshold challenged and his attempts to go incognito foiled, I wish Jake a day or two of easy living and relaxation, complete with candlelit scented baths and a long movie, watched stretched out on a comfy sofa. Tonight, I thought I'd take a look at some of the ways in which Jake has relaxed in the past - most of which involve a shopping trolley, a furry coat and a vigilant ear, and a plate and glass of the best.

So, to relax the Gyllenhaal way, you might want to head for the shops - to buy clothes or strange items for the kitchen.

Stroke something furry.

Take time out - for a meal, to chat to a friend or just to watch the world go by.

Pictures from IHJ.