Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Update: Premiere of Alanis Morissette's PoP Song. New Jake Gyllenhaal interview - 'In a list of fears for the movie, no 1 would be the ostriches'

Update: After all the talk yesterday, follow this link to the premiere of Alanis Morissette's 'I Remain', which was written especially for The Prince of Persia. Let me know what you think! Alanis: 'It's an honor to write from the voice of an empowered princess about a love that empowers them both to new heights, healing and consciousness... The song wrote itself and this story was the ultimate muse.'

In advance of Jake Gyllenhaal's appearance at WonderCon in San Francisco this Saturday, Coming Soon has released a video interview with Jake recorded at that fabulous set that we are becoming used to from each Thursday's fan question. You can watch it here.

In this great interview, Jake discusses many aspects of working on Prince of Persia ('Is this a dream?' he asked himself at the beginning of making the film) - including the challenge of The Accent. 'In a list of fears for the movie, number one would be ostriches, number two would be the accent and number three would be swordfighting. I know in British culture... and the British are highly suspect of an American doing a British accent - as am I. I was nervous to do it right and get it right. There are so many dialects and so many ways to speak and I wanted to do it service.'

On being asked how he thought he did, Jake says: 'I'm actually pretty proud of myself. I don't want to be presumptuous but I worked very, very hard and I think we pulled it off.' Well, speaking as one of those highly suspect Brits, you did a bloody good job, Jake, and you should be proud of yourself! Not sure what the ostriches think...

At WonderCon, we hear that Jake will be introducing another new clip from the film.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Prince of Persia gets its song, thanks to Alanis Morissette, and Jake Gyllenhaal and The Forgotten Sands

Towards the end of February, we reported that Prince of Persia: Sands of Time was complete except for one crucial element - it had no closing song. Nothing for people to ruin while trampling over feet and bags to get out to check their phone (the exception is clearly Avatar - if ever there was a closing song to run away from that was it). And nothing for us to slump into our seats to after two hours of Jake Gyllenhaal in the sands. All we knew was that 'a very well-known female artist' was being leant towards. Now we know her name - Alanis Morissette - and her song will be called I Remain.

Known to many as the barefoot, skipping and loud-of-mouth God in Dogma, Alanis Morissette is a singer/songwriter who knows how to get her point across with no dilly dallying and has a fine voice to boot. So this is good news indeed and in further good news the soundtrack album is now available to preorder. Give it a couple of months and you too can sway with your partner to 'Ostrich Race' and 'Hassassin Attack'.

The soundtrack's composer is Harry Gregson-Williams, best known for his work on the Chronicles of Narnia, X-Men and endless Shreks.

To illustrate the point that there are other lovely products on the way with which to fill every spare square metre of one's homes, offices and cars, this post's pictures includes some examples.

Lest we forget that Prince of Persia is based on a videogame and not on an authentic chronicle rediscovered in a long-lost royal library, reclaimed from the sands in the heart of the ancient desert city of Susa, a new game is on the way to mark the release of the movie. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands will be out on the Wii in May - complete with the original PoP game that irritated and enthralled me in equal measure back in another century (the versions for other platforms will be a tad later).

Fitting indeed then that the wonderful IHJ has posted today new old pictures of Jake playing on a PS2 back in 2001 at Sundance. But be warned - these photos come with a Hideous Jumper Warning. Do take care, particularly when trying not to look at the elbows.

Obviously, in this day and age, Jake will be enjoying the new game on the wii, having already perfected his Wii Tennis Serve.

And finally...

In preparation for 9 May, the lovely Gemma Arterton and her shoes took to the splendour of a very wet red carpet for the world premiere of Clash of the Titans in London last night. Apparently, Leicester Square was turned into ancient Greece for the night with lots of men in miniskirts. More than ever, this gives me hope for something quite special on 9 May for the Prince of Persia premiere and I'm not talking scorpions loose in the Square.

Includes pictures from IHJ, links and Amazon.

Monday, 29 March 2010

When the character fits - shaping Jake Gyllenhaal

Call it feminine intuition if you like, but I detect that Jake Gyllenhaal may have got rather muscular for Prince of Persia. It's become a talking point for PoP - for Brokeback Mountain the famous question was 'What's it like to kiss a guy?', for Brothers it was 'Have you ever been mistaken for Spider-man?' and now for Prince of Persia it's 'How did you get so buff?'. Going off on a tangent, I suppose the question for Zodiac was 'Would they have caught him if they'd had mobile phones?' and for Rendition 'Is torture ever a good thing?' For Source Code it could be 'Did you ever suffer from deja vu?' I can only imagine what it'll be for Love and Other Drugs.

So, to get back on track... Jake's five pounds of muscle have attracted some attention in the media, both as an object of delight and as a demonstration that you too can get huge muscles if you work out for five hours everyday and eat nothing but tuna. Jake's ability to build on the weight and then shed it as required - something he has done twice now - surely earns Jake the right to make a bestselling Christmas DVD. In the meantime, Jake must make do with being marvelled at as the Prince of Persia excitement grows.

Today Men's Fitness Magazine picked Jake as one of its 25 fittest 25 male celebrities. Previously, Empire has contrasted Jake the cartoonist with Jake the all-leaping videogame Prince. A trifle unfair perhaps, especially as David Fincher stood over Jake's arms with a tape measure to ensure that each lost every single one of the ten pounds that Jake wore so well in Jarhead:

Orange County Register asked: 'Where's buff Jake? JAKE GYLLENHAAL: Buff Jake's gone. Fincher told me I had to lose 10 pounds on each arm because I'm playing a cartoonist. OCR: How sad. GYLLENHAAL: Yeah, it was emasculating. I really enjoyed being buff. OCR: How do you get un-buff? GYLLENHAAL: Have two movies come out in less than a month, and you'll lose the weight out of sheer excitement and sitting in hotel rooms talking endlessly about them. OCR: And I imagine you stopped lifting? GYLLENHAAL: I stopped lifting weights and started running a lot.'

And to the question about what Indie Jake told his friends about why he had had done The Day After Tomorrow (as if thinness equals cerebral and muscly arms equals special effects): 'I told them that I think Robert De Niro is a genius in "Raging Bull," but I also think Will Smith is a genius in "Independence Day." Good acting is good acting; it doesn't matter what kind of a movie it is. A movie that makes a lot of money can be as rewarding as a movie that doesn't make any money.' More from this interview here.

IHJ has just posted some wonderful pictures from a Robert Graysmith character photoshoot for Zodiac and they do indeed highlight the contrast between this Jake and the aggressive and powerful Swoff and the dashing and leaping Prince who has to have extra arm room cut out of his armour.

One reason for Jake choosing to switch movie types to make Prince of Persia was that it gave him the chance to test new muscles and not just the one in his head: '"I'd come off a lot of films that were very character driven and I had exercised all those muscles, it was time to try something else. It's so much fun to just run around and fight. It's like what I always dreamed of doing when I thought about being an actor as a little kid. And then I made all these movies where I was like... I mean, I like all the stories I made, but I've always wanted to do this. It's a legitimate action movie!"'

'The 'Brokeback Mountain' star spent six months in the gym training for the part but said he wasn't just doing it to "look good". He told Empire magazine: "How did I get so big? In order to be a warrior fighting in all these scenes and to actually fight with these people and have legitimate fun in the movie, it required six months of pretty heavy training, as if I were fighting, as if I were running on walls, as if I were jumping up and down and grabbing things. I mean, it was really fun stuff."'

Jake has demonstrated that he is able to transform himself completely for a role, way beyond simply gaining/losing muscle and weight. The lean fitness of Douglas Freeman became the dominating power and bulk of Tommy Cahill, which, in turn, was strengthened and trained into Dastan. Despite Jake's claims that he would soon be fat and happy, there has been little sign of that, with Jake quickly becoming again the fit and slender Jake that we are familiar with and who will be seen on screen in Love and Other Drugs and Source Code. Damn Yankees, if that is next, may require another adaptation. But for Jake this is all part of the discipline of making a new character fit like a fine suit.

And finally...

Richard Coyle plays Jake's older brother Tus in Prince of Persia and HeyUGuys asked him about the film at the Jameson Empire Awards afterparty last night: 'Richard Coyle (The Libertine, Coupling) shared his sentiments telling us how happy he was at Ian McKellen’s win. We also had a chance to talk to him about his recent experience on The Prince of Persia. He confided that the contrast between the “tough, tough, desert shoot” and the “impressive final product” was “amazing”. He had only recently seen the finished film and was blown away by how good it was and “proud, very proud” of his work on the film.'

WDW Interlude

Totally offtopic, I went out for a constitutional today and ended up going back into the mists of time...

Doctor Parnassus is out on DVD in the UK today.

Pictures with thanks from IHJ, Empire and here and WDW.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Updated: New Jake Gyllenhaal interview ('All we have is right now'), Jarhead Jake retrospective and rave reviews for LAOD

Update: A new interview with Jake Gyllenhaal thanks to the release of Brothers in Australia's theatres. And at last we learn more about the ankle injury that led Jake to need crutches and wear - deep breaths - crocs. All Tobey's fault! Also, I don't know if it's just me, but in that first answer, I can sense the weight of the loss of Heath Ledger.

'Q: Having interviewed you several times over the years, you seem more at ease with yourself nowadays? JG: Yes, I do feel that. I think that’s part of growing up. A lot of things happened in my life while I was making this movie, and it made me think that we never know what’s going to happen in the future. All we have is right now, so what do you have to lose but to go for it?'

'Q: You spent your first day of shooting in a jail? JG: Yes. People are most open and most vulnerable when they feel it is safe, and it is hard to feel that way in a jail, that’s for sure. It was weird to start the first day of a movie in a jail. Q: That must have been tough? JG: It was. I went to LA County Jail and then I went to a couple of juvenile halls which was life changing. Q: How so? JG: I think we tend to generalise and to just look at anybody who is in jail a certain way. We don’t look at the story of each person who is in there which is what I think is frustrating. It’s the same as people saying, ‘Is this movie a war story? Is this a story about war?’ I feel you tend to generalise each individual story, what the story is. If someone is a soldier and they are at war, does that mean they are just a soldier at war? Or do they have their own story? And has that story become a war story because they are a soldier? People are coloured by things and that type of prejudice because it’s not what the story about. But in this movie, as in every movie, I found myself learning a different lesson and the biggest lesson I learnt from this movie was from my experience with these boys in juvenile hall.'

Q: Working in the same field as your sister (Maggie) do you feel pressure to compete with her? JG: No, I think we have a lot of other complications, but I don’t think that’s one of them. Q: Like what? JG: The idea of competition, particularly in a creative atmosphere, is always present and if you don’t acknowledge that then you are doing yourself and the process a disservice. What made it so much fun working with Tobey for example, is that he’s my contemporary, and what’s great is the acknowledgement of admiration, the acknowledgement of competition, the acknowledgement of the complications. As regards my sister, if you are really with someone from the beginning of your life, like I have been with Maggie, she had a couple of years on the earth before me but I’ve been with her since the beginning of my life. This would take so long to explain. Sorry, I’ve gone off on a tangent. Can you ask me the next time you interview me?'

'Q: OK, I’ll hold you to that. In this movie Tobey again will be seen as a great actor. A lot of people just remember him as Spiderman – do you think people will be surprised? JG: Yes. It’s like when I worked with Heath Ledger. When we started working together I think people were blown away by his performance in the movie (Brokeback Mountain). I don’t think people expected that from him. At least that’s what I heard that from the journalists and people who saw that movie. It is wonderful to see someone who everybody talks about. It is wonderful to hear. It is wonderful to have either fooled the people as he has done or to have been honest in the way that he has been that they go, wow!.'

'Q: You studied Eastern religions? JG: I haven’t heard that question in a very long time. At the time, I just went with what moved me. I read this book by this Lama when I was in high school, and I thought it was fascinating. The ideas were fascinating and so when I went to college there was an incredible Eastern religions professor, so I just started studying it. I couldn’t give you a reason for why I gravitated towards it, it just seemed right. It was just one of those things. My mother’s Jewish, my father’s Christian, so when I grew up I didn’t really know exactly like where I fitted in or how I felt spiritually. Then I started to believe and started to like the idea that we’re all kind of interconnected. I liked it on an intellectual level but I didn’t really understand what it meant. I still don’t totally understand what it means, but then I studied Tibet and the culture of Tibet in particular, and again, I found it unbelievable how they went from being a totally warring society where essentially they ruled the world to a non-warring, all spiritual country, nation. All of it was fascinating to me and somehow, who knows, maybe it’s another life or something. I don’t know, but I just liked it.'

'Q: Are you spiritual – for instance do you meditate? JG: Yeah, of course, I do lots of things. Yeah, I do. Q: What does meditation give to you? JG: What does it give me? Sometimes it gives me gas, sometimes it creates a sense of ... God. We’re getting really serious now. Sometimes I think that. ... one can’t separate the world from one’s self, and it kind of brings you back to, this is me and that’s what’s happening in the world, and what’s the difference? Is it me that’s doing it, or is it just what’s happening? It just gives perspective.'

'Q: Actors always say they love each other when they’re talking about a film they’re promoting, but the three of you actually do seem to like each other. JG: I was honoured that Tobey wanted to do the movie, because I know he’s very picky. And he’s had so many opportunities to choose to do movies and he picked this one. So, from the beginning I felt kind of honoured that he wanted to do it. I don’t believe and I could be wrong, that there are filmmakers who are so extraordinary, that they can make something charismatic, or they can make something moving, when two people don’t like each other at all, or have no connection. I do think that’s possible, and there are those famous stories about all those things that people love, but in this case there was real camaraderie between us. Tobey and I would work out together, we played basketball together, I tore both ligaments in my leg and my ankle because of it ... and I don’t think either of us ever pretended like there wasn’t great admiration and great competition. And I think that made for the experience.'

'Q: You seem to have a natural style about the way you work – what kind of role do you think you wouldn’t be able to pull off? JG: Well, I definitely couldn’t play Denzel Washington’s part in Glory. That would probably not work out so well. But it would be interesting in some strange way.' Source.

Jarhead retrospective

Last night, Rendition had its premiere on British terrestrial TV. Its broadcast time of 11.35pm is unlikely to have won it much of a new audience, nevertheless Radio Times hailed it as Film of the Day. Of course, this was not the first (nor the last) film that Jake Gyllenhaal has made about war and conflict. In today's Sunday retrospective, time to go back to the first one, Jarhead, via the WDW Dusty Archives, revealing how completely Jake threw himself into the role of Swoff, right from the very beginning.

'[Sam] Mendes said he kept Gyllenhaal waiting for four months before he gave him the part. "It was a long casting search. I saw every actor under 30. I had seen Jake onstage in London, and I knew he had the acting chops, but I felt he was a little soft. A boy. Doe-eyed and puppish. But he persisted. He left me messages and said, 'I'll do anything I have to do to play this part. I'm the one for it.' And he did. He went through six weeks of weight training that completely changed his body, adding weight and muscle. He danced naked in one scene. I think he got so totally into the part that he was hallucinating at times - completely channeling the madness of the desert."'

'Interviewing him in Los Angeles the day after "Jarhead" was unveiled, Gyllenhaal obviously had lost much of the weight he put on to play the young Marine. "I had a physical trainer who put me through workouts twice a day for six weeks, with a heavy diet of protein. I didn't consider it hard. I considered it necessary." The film was shot in the deserts of California and Mexico, not the Middle East. "I liked the grunginess of the role. You didn't have to worry about how you looked. The desert was the real enemy."' (Source: Virginian Pilot, November 2005.)

And in another article from November 2005 (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram): '"Usually, the action's moving so fast you don't get the opportunity to see the psychology, really," notes 25-year-old Gyllenhaal, who's on quite a roll this year with Jarhead, Proof and the upcoming Brokeback Mountain. "You do see the effects of it, but you don't see what happens when people are given these standards to live up to and pushed to the brink but not given a situation where they can use that. So the enemy becomes themselves, ultimately. The idea that both a film and a book could be made about waiting and boredom, and make them entertaining, was pretty extraordinary... And as an actor, you can go to those places of rage and aggression and feel those feelings, and have so much fun doing it. I think that's also part of what the armed forces harnesses. Every day, I woke up excited to go to work, even with an hour's sleep sometimes."'

'"When I was in Jarhead, I felt really good about my body, really confident," says Gyllenhaal, who got in the habit of doing 25 push-ups between each take at the film's main location, the Holtville airstrip east of El Centro, Calif. "Insecurities just sort of go away in that atmosphere. You're messing around with the guys, that's what was going on in my mind. I walked around the set all day, naked, with that thing on. I didn't care . . . especially when you have a rifle in your hands!"

'"I have a friend who is in Iraq right now and is doing a lot of good over there, restoring schools and helping democracy in a way. Do I agree with the administration and their intentions behind this war? I don't know; I don't think so," he says. "But I can't do anything but support wholeheartedly, and actually look up to, these soldiers in a way that I never did before I made this movie."'

Jake's performance won over Swoff himself: '"I love Jake's performance," Swofford says. "It's thoughtful, introspective, rough, brash, conflicted . . . and those are things that I was. Through the combination of having read the book, Bill's script and Sam's direction, he really captured that young 20-year-old Marine at war with many things."'

Love and Other Drugs

Talking of rave reviews over Jake's performances, they're still coming in from previews of Love and Other Drugs. You can read the full reviews here, but here are some little, non-spoilery tasters. Thanks to Silver for the headsup!

'The film, which is like 'Up in the Air' with more humour or '(500) Days of Summer' with less quirk, is fantastically acted by the leads and supporting ensemble of familiar faces. The writing is phenomenal with some of the freshest dialogue and wittiest banter I've seen since Howard Hawks's 'His Girl Friday.' The story is also very topical, especially in the days of the fight for healthcare reform. Director Edward Zwick (Glory, Blood Diamond) puts forth one of the best films of his career alongside a list of solid past work, creating some of the most heart-wrenchingly sad and gut-wrenchingly funny cinematic moments in years. The film is also full of some of the hottest and funniest sex scenes I've seen in a long time, so the movie's humour isn't all guys will want in this romantic-comedy. Overall, 'Love and Other Drugs' is a great variation to the 2010 romantic comedies thus far, giving something worthwhile outside of the typical 'The Bounty Hounter'-type rom-coms.'

'Saw a preview tonight. Really, really good. Plenty of nudity from the leads....Well paced, well acted and well written.'

'I was expecting something good from Ed Zwick and Anne Hathaway but Jake Gyllenhal really tore it up. This movie is very, very good and will be a huge hit commercially and critically when it comes out. I will say it is long. It has the perfect mix of gross out comedy, serious dramatics, and emotionally connecting love story... This is absolutely, hands down the best role Jake Gyllenhal has ever played... The movie was laugh out loud funny the entire film... The chemistry is off the charts between Jake and Anne which is obvious but the other characters do a fantastic job standing out as well. I have seen a lot of films and enjoy good films of all genres but this might be the best Romantic Dramedy I have ever seen.'

For the latest on another upcoming movie Source Code, do keep an eye on the excellent Man Made Movies blog.

Articles from the WDW Archives (pdfs as always available on request) and pictures, including two new old goodies from January this year, with big thanks to IHJ.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Kung fu expert Jake Gyllenhaal talks PoP stunts and goofs, and some hints from SC Stunt Day

Are you up to anything exciting today? I know Jake Gyllenhaal is... Director Duncan Jones has just tweeted that Jake's spending the day jumping out of a moving train for Stunt Day on the Source Code set in Montreal. Puts my trip out to the shop to buy a Cadburys Flake Easter Egg into perspective. One must also hope that when Jake is jumping out of a moving train, he has a comfy landing...

We know that Jake enjoys all this high action stuff, not least because he says so in a new interview out today to publicise Prince of Persia. 'I wanted to do everything' he says. We also learn that his armour had to be adapted to make way for those spectacular shoulder and arm muscles. This was during the filming of a famous PoP game move - the Climbing Up the Wall on Arrows move.

'“I look pretty cool doing that,” says the soft-spoken Californian actor when interviewed in Santa Monica. “But what you don’t know is the behind-the-scenes goofs. My arm and shoulder muscles were so big that the chest plate I wore prevented me from reaching up to grab the arrows,” he says. “There were many funny takes of me doing that and in the end, they literally had to cut wider arm holes in the chest plate,” he says with a laugh.'

Time to insert a plea to Disney to please include these behind-the-scenes goofs on their five-disc Prince of Persia Director's Gyllenhaalic Special DVD.

'“I’ve always loved watching action-adventure films and dreamt of being one of those characters as a kid. You know, like Indiana Jones and the cool, swashbuckling Errol Flynn flicks,” he says. “When I read Prince, I saw a clear role for me. This guy is wry, gets to do lots of fun stuff and best of all, is ‘bad’ and funny,” says the 29-year-old actor, who was once considered for the roles of Spiderman and Batman. Gyllenhaal now has his own action figure line. “Yeah, it’s crazy,” he says, with a laugh. “It’s interesting to note that although the film is inspired by the popular video game of the 1980s, the platform game itself was inspired by action films like Raiders Of The Lost Ark.”'

'Looking casual in a pair of black jeans, sneakers and a Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop T-shirt [sound familiar?], the six-footer looks fit as a fiddle. “I’m a physical person by nature, I love being active,” says Gyllenhaal, who is an avid cyclist and kung fu exponent. For the film he learned parkour, which sees the environment as a jungle gym obstacle course. It was founded by David Belle. “The role was incredibly acrobatic,” says Gyllenhaal... “There is a scene where my character runs along a wall, which seems impossible, but Belle made it happen. It’s one of my favourite scenes from the film,” says Gyllenhaal of the film which was shot in Morocco and at Pinewood Studios in Britain.' [I wonder if Jake means this scene below]

'He says he does many of the stunts himself, including a 10.6-metre jump with wire work. “I wanted to do everything,” he says. “Why sign up for a film like this if you’re not game for some real action?”' Source.

Absolutely. But Kung Fu??? And all this time we thought he was doing yoga...

I think it won't hurt to repeat this:

And finally...

Several tweets also put Jake at Montreal's Velvet club last night - sounds like a cool place.

Pictures with thanks from IHJ.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Updated: Jake Gyllenhaal answers fan question no. 2! Maggie Gyllenhaal's big London night (with pig)

Jake Gyllenhaal answers fan question number 2! This time it's not from an Erin (or me, alas) but the lucky fan is Aamnaa and she asks Jake how filming Prince of Persia was different from his other films. Jake's answer conjures up an image of running between film units so that every element and feature of this world could be visualised.

Last night in Leicester Square, in London's West End, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson enjoyed the premiere for Nanny (You've been very naughty) McPhee. Also in attendance was a pig - a hairy one, called Scarlett. This does indeed give me hope that when Jake Gyllenhaal graces the other big black Odeon just across the Square on 9 May, we might get an ostrich or two. Camel, perhaps? After all, for The Dark Knight premiere, I did have my eardrums peppered by a Batmobile.

Maggie suggested that, despite having spent so much time in England filming and having pulled off a pretty good English accent in Nanny McPhee, she still needs an interpreter when over here due to problems with the lingo. Something to do with pants...

Speaking of premieres, there is further confirmation of a little event taking place on 9 May, not to mention some other events coming up in the Big Smoke (Moonwalk anyone?).

We have another Prince of Persia ShoWest review - it's rather informal, not at all stuffy and seems to suggest that PoP does exactly what it says on the tin. In other words, if you go into the theatres expecting a fun spectacle, verbal sparring between two hot leads, some parkour straight out of the games, and pomp and splendour, then you're not ging to be disappointed. On the contrary, you may find yourself loving it! It does not, however, have any explosions, which is possibly not too unexpected. Thanks to Monica for the link.

'It's a summer film based on a video game series, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. So yes, it's exactly what just about everyone in the world is expecting it to be: big budget, big action, not the deepest of plots and dialog, and tons of blockbuster-movie clich├ęs. It doesn't make any advancements in fight choreography, but it doesn't do wrong there, either. The parkour moments were fun to watch, especially when Jake Gyllenhaal's Prince would do things straight out of the games, like flag-pole-to-flag-pole flips, wall runs, and the like. They were such direct nods to the franchise, that I wanted to tell the guy next to me, "That's from the video game, you know." (And by the way, some parts even made me think "Assassin's Creed"....)... Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is all "popcorn flick," but I'm sure you suspected that long before I said anything. It won't be up for any "Best Picture" nominations, but I had a very good time watching it nonetheless.'

The publicity machine is no doubt ready to crank up another gear, and there's a rather clear indication that we may be getting a report from these Disney movie surfers (pictured below) who visited the PoP set in London and Morocco. Don't quote me on this, as it may well not come to pass, but I have also heard that Jake may make an appearance at Saturday's Nickelodeon Kid's Choice awards in LA (fingers crossed...). Prince of Persia was also amongst Total Film's 20 Exciting Cannes Rumours as a blockbuster that may present out of competition and provide some stardust.

All of this is as nothing when compared to my dilemma of what to do with all my Prince of Persia stickers...

Source Code filming has now reached its midway point - Vera Farmiga is set to being filming at the start of April and Russell Peters has tweeted that 'It's a wrap!' for him at least and he's now 'Heading back to LA... Finally! It was fun, successful and emotional... By for now Canada!' Love and Other Drugs, meanwhile, had another screening last night to some great responses on Twitter and Facebook, including 'if you enjoy jake gyllenhaal's nekkid butt, go watch "love & other drugs" when it comes out.' Obviously my love and appreciation for Jake Gyllenhaal are pure and driven by respect and admiration for his talent and powers as an artiste, but I have decided that I will not be put off by the film's inclusion of Jake's bottom.

Apparently, and not unexpectedly, Love and Other Drugs is not yeet finished. This is made clear by one Facebook poster's comment that he has been recalled by director Zwick to redub one word. Yep, A word. One wonders what this crucial word might be... At least now we'll hear it.

Pictures from the PoP Visual Guide (at last on its way to me in the post!) via IHJ.