Sunday, 30 October 2011

A perfect day in NYC and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard in Rome for Hysteria

Let's start with a test: What makes a good day? Winning a tenner (or more) on the lottery? Getting nuzzled by your favourite cat? Sunshine dappling through your curtains and bathing you in unseasonable warmth? A big bowl of hot veggie chilli? Or seeing Jake Gyllenhaal standing opposite you on a train in NYC while reading a script and looking ultra lovely in a white t-shirt? No prizes for guessing which one this lucky blogger Rachel went for. Read her post here. And what a great picture! Rather peculiarly, this event didn't seem to make the day for the chap on the right. Mind you, a Jake Gyllenhaal encounter is best appreciated when you're conscious.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Maggie took Hysteria to the Rome International Film Festival. If there's one thing better than Maggie on the red carpet, it's Maggie and Peter Sarsgaard on the red carpet, resulting in one of my favourite photos of the year, here via Just Jared.

Please note how I'm not mentioning Rupert Everett's jumper.

Pictures from links.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal cooks up a treat and Source Code opens in Japan!

I do apologise for any blurring in this post. Having endured dental surgery this afternoon and then had to deal with leaking sewage, I hope I may be forgiven for my levels of spaced outedness. However, as I get ready for a month of liquid diet (liquid in more ways than one), it does me good to see that there are some people who can still eat. Top amongst them is eating maestro Jake Gyllenhaal, who not only eats for pleasure he also eats for charity. We have new pictures today, thanks to IHJ, of Jake attending a NYC Edible Schoolyard event.

On Wednesday (26 October), chef Gabrielle Hamilton was given the task of cooking for Edible Schoolyard's NYC benefactors, many of whom may have been delighted to see Jake among their number, particularly when he owned up to his prowess with a kale pizza. The report shows how Jake has been visiting schools and cooking with the kids, who 'like making pizza with the Prince of Persia'. Personally, I wouldn't like to limit it to pizza.

Source Code opens in Japan!

Source Code today opens in Japan! This is great news - at last SC has reached as far as it will go. I must thank our friend Rintaro Wintanabe for this photo he took today. You can also, if you read Japanese, read Rintaro's interview with Duncan Jones here. I wish everyone associated with Source Code all the best of luck in Japan and I am so glad that our friends in Japan may at last see the film we've been raving about for so many months.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal in Japan's Screen ahead of Friday's Source Code's release and Duncan presents SC to BAFTA tonight

If you live in Japan, you don't need me to remind you that this Friday your long, long wait for Source Code will end at last. Finally, you'll be able to acquaint yourselves with Colter, aka Jake Gyllenhaal, and see for yourselves why the film attracted so much interest, for Jake and for director Duncan Jones. With many thanks to our good friend in Japan Mayumintolor, here are pictures of Jake's appearance in the magazine Screen on 21 October.My Japanese is a little rusty so I can't make out what it says but I think on page 1 is says 'Jake is hot'.

Tonight, Duncan is hosting a screening of Source Code in London for BAFTA members, followed by a Q&A. One hopes that something very important will come out of this - votes.

Talking of votes and following Jake's appearance in some curious polls, it's become clear that it's time we had another poll on WDW. At the moment we're in the process of having a poll on what poll to do. So, if you have a preference, an idea, do post a comment.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Beth Grant remembers Jake 'Phantom of the Opera' Gyllenhaal and Donnie Darko

Jake Gyllenhaal was spotted walking around NYC yesterday (23 October) with actress America Ferrera, his co-star from End of Watch. Jake took The Bag with him. The pictures provide the perfect accompaniment to this new interview with Beth Grant, who appeared in Donnie Darko and has already spoken about how little boy Jake swam naked with her two nieces. With many thanks to Conojito for the link, we can hear a smidgen more about what a joy it was for Beth to work with Jake. As well as talking about how wonderful it was to work on Donnie Darko, and with old friend Patrick Swayze, Beth has this to say about Jake:

'It was not just that Jake Gyllenhaal was doing the part, whom I'd been in love with since he was three years old. The first time I saw Jake he was running across my in-laws' back lawn to the pool, because he was best friends with my twin nieces, and I remember turning to my sister in law and asking, "Who is that beautiful child?" He just was magical, always, so generous and open. I remember the sixth grade show they had at the end of the year. There he was, this sixth grade boy, and he stood up and sang "The Music of the Night" fromPhantom of the Opera. What a song for an eleven year old! I thought, this kid is a star. Whether or not he's going to be a movie star, who knows, but he's a star in the world, because he's luminous.'
 'We do have it on video! My in-laws have it. It's just crazy, we looked at it one Thanksgiving, still before he became a star, and I thought it all over again. So, for me to be acting with him — and also with Buddy [Swayze], who in many ways was a hero of mine, because he'd been the first person from our acting class who'd really made it, and who'd been a big influence in teaching me to love and accept myself as a character actress — the role became kind of true to life. It was a magical experience doing that film, it really was.'

 Many thanks to IHJ for the new and old pictures!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

On Ang Lee's birthday, Brokeback thanks

Today is Ang Lee's birthday and Focus Features took the chance to wish their director happy returns by reminding their followers on Twitter of what is arguably Ang's finest film - it's certainly the one I love the most - Brokeback Mountain. Take a look at their Brokeback site and let it wash over you. Their Vice President of Global Operations, Gordon Ampel, picked his favourite scene from the film, which you can see here:

'This sequence in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN comes very late in the movie. After learning that the love of his life, Jack Twist, has died, Ennis Del Mar (so beautifully incarnated by Heath Ledger) has come to pay his respects at the family homestead. The emotional crux of the movie has been Ennis’ internalizing his feelings, and not really expressing them – even with Jack, he would make only so much of an exception. Visiting Jack’s childhood room, gut-wrenching emotions come to the fore for Ennis – but, wordlessly, and without flashbacks to their time together or even audio echoes. It all plays out on Ennis’ heretofore stoic face, and when we see tears gathering, it is heartbreaking. The sequence builds powerfully with the nearly-silhouetted staging of the scene in the room’s closet where the full force of the love lost hits Ennis. The postscript to the sequence does include dialogue, but it’s what’s not being said that moves Ennis – and me, every time.' 

Thanks Ang and happy birthday.

My review of Contagion is now up at MovieBrit.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Catching up - Jake Gyllenhaal victim of yet another bizarre poll

The Indian Summer is about over. I can tell because my head is about to blow off my shoulders thanks to a horrible cold. Nevertheless the Gyllenworld continues to turn with sightings of Jake Gyllenhaal in the theatres, coffee shops, trains and gyms of NYC. With thanks to Susan for the heads up, it's very possible that Jake will continue his stay at least until 26 October when Grassroots, the film by Jake's father Stephen, will screen at Jake and Maggie's old college Columbia University. The photo below is suitably theatrey, showing Jake in London in those This Is Our Youth days.

While Jake's eyebrows could win prizes - as I'm sure you'll agree looking at these new old photos from IHJ - Jake has been slightly less successful of late in the awards although, judging by how little Jake has been in the public eye in recent months, I think he's done pretty well. Jake didn't win a Scream, thanks to some show called Doctor Who (never been the same since the Tom Baker days). But who cares about that when you have another of those glorious polls that demonstrate that Jake is on our minds.

In this latest poll, Jake has been voted as one of the favourite celebrities to squish up to on a flight. It doesn't specify which flight although, obviously, a transatlantic flight would be far preferable to a hop across the English Channel during which you're lucky if you get a biscuit, let alone the chance to snuggle up to some unsuspecting movie star. The poll also seems to presuppose that we're all flying First Class, which is fine by me. Jake got 21% of the vote (although how many people voted is as big a mystery as why the veggie option on a flight is always tikka misala).

Something to consider while on that transatlantic flight, in first class, with tikka masala and a handy moviestar to comfort one through those turbulent bumps, is the sad fact that Jake Gyllenhaal is now, like me, slightly over 25 years old. The fact that actors such as Jake and Leo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire made such an impact on the big screen while so young (can one believe that Jake was younger than 25 when he played Jack Twist? Remarkable), begs the question of who are the youngsters making a similar mark. The NY Mag has been having a ponder. Many thanks to Mermon for such an interesting link.

Thanks to IHJ for the pics!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal runs and hugs around NYC (17 October)

Jake Gyllenhaal took a break from the New York Film Festival yesterday and was seen and photographed outside in the open air. He took the opportunity to give someone a hug in the street - either they were very lucky indeed or they were a friend. They certainly like similar bags. Jake was also seen running for - or from - a cab.

Jake continues to be seen around NYC. A sighting puts him today holding the door open for a very fortunate tweeter at Bklyn Larder. He might be in a hurry but he's certainly polite.

Many thanks to IHJ for the new pics!

Monday, 17 October 2011

[Updated with more pictures] Jake Gyllenhaal at George Clooney's premiere of Descendants at NYFF

George Clooney took to the red carpet yesterday (16 October) for the premiere of The Descendants at the New York Film Festival. However, if one were to look a little to the left, down a bit and round the corner, there not on the red carpet for the premiere of Descendants was none other than our NYFF eyes and ears, Jake Gyllenhaal, here photographed with a lovely young lady.

Meanwhile, the November issue of the UK Cosmopolitan focuses on the attitude of men to love and sex, including both famous men and not so famous men. Among the former is Jake along with the quote: 'The wonderful part about falling in love is the time spent naked... the times spent intimate like that.' There is far less from Jake than the other male celebrities in the magazines (I took a look at lunch time) and it is a line very reminiscent of the interviews for Love and Other Drugs.

Updated to add another couple of pictures from IHJ of Jake and his gorgeous smiling friend at the premiere:

Many thanks to IHJ for these lovely new pictures!

My review of the most wonderful Lion King 3D on MovieBrit.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal at the Apple store in NYC for Source Code and a WDW Interlude

There is a possibility that some of you may have spent a good bite out of yesterday lining up outside an Apple store to get your mits on the latest crop of tasty telephones. Jake Gyllenhaal has of course proved his commitment to the brand over the years and was one of the first to grab hold of the iPad, back in those Wondercon (April 2010)  days.

He also likes to take his iPad for a walk.

Jake also has other uses for it.

But all this talk of Apple reminded me that I have yet to post the videos that turned up from Jake's visit, along with Duncan Jones and Michelle Monaghan, to the Apple store in NYC as part of the Love and Other Drugs promotion. You can see a snippet of the Q&A itself here but there are other videos of Jake arriving and leaving.

Pictures from IHJ.

WDW Interlude

Today we were promised what may well turn out to be the last sunny warm day of the year and so off we went on the motorbike into the Cotswolds. In one village we were surprised to see a river full of baby ducklings - about ten of them. I don't think I've ever seen any so late in the year before. This has been a very odd Autumn. Among the photos below are the Roman amphitheatre in Cirencester, the beautiful village of Bisley and the view from a massive Iron Age hillfort close to Stroud in Gloucestershire. 

It may have been warm for much of the day but I can confirm that this all changed on the long ride home and I am still a popsicle...

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal at the NYC Film Festival (again), Bear Grylls part 2 and Annie Proulx' tips

The London International Film Festival is now underway. On the other side of the pond, the New York City Film Festival is also full steam ahead and, should you be so lucky as to attend one of its screenings and parties, you might want to keep your eyes open. Since supporting Michelle Williams at the premiere of her My Week With Marilyn Film, Jake Gyllenhaal has been seen at two other screenings (and the number could be increasing by the hour).

On Tuesday, Jake was seen at the screening for one of the least memorably named movies around, 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' (or something like that). Note, Jake still hasn't found his contact lenses.
'At the party — also attended by a scruffy Jake Gyllenhaal and “Gossip Girl” star Chace Crawford — the three Olsens “held court at a corner table all night” and toasted Elizabeth’s movie with Bear Flag Wine, an eyewitness told us. Though Elizabeth is quickly entering star territory, she hasn’t mastered one celebri-feat: wearing sky-high heels all night. At the party, she “took off her very high heels and slipped on a pair of moccasins,” our source said. Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, also kept things casual, wearing cargo pants, a long-sleeve tee and glasses to the screening, then skipping the after-party. "I don’t think anyone knew he was there,” the source said. “He clearly did not want to be seen.”'
Last night, it was the turn of 'The Skin I Live In', which stars  Antonio Banderas. At the same screening was David Lynch.

Should Jake fancy taking in more movies, how about a spot of LIFF?

Bear and Jake

Bear Grylls has been talking some more about Jake's appearance in Man Vs Wild. In this interview from Australia, Bear talks about Jake wanting to go for the full monty (in a manner of speaking) and he includes those immortal words 'What happens on the mountain, stays on the mountain'.

And finally...

I really wanted to include a link to this interview with Annie Proulx I saw today in which she gives some tips for those who want to write. It includes a mention of arguably her two most famous creations, Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar.
'Proulx doesn’t mold characters after any real-life people, and when pressed, says only that it’s possible she draws inspiration from what’s happening around her. For example, the characters of Ennis and Jack in “Brokeback Mountain” may have sprung from some unconscious desire to counteract the “John Wayne, right-wing” mindset where she lives in Wyoming that cowboys can only be and act a certain way, she says. “I realize stories I’ve written are contrary to the culture and have a touch of the corrective about them,” she says. “I’m not saying that’s how it is, I’m saying, perhaps.”'

Includes pictures from IHJ.

My review, better late than never hopefully, of I Am Number Four is on MovieBrit.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

'He was a dude' - Bear Grylls on Jake Gyllenhaal and Japan gets ready for Source Code

Bear Grylls has been talking a little about his experience of having Grizzly Sasquatch (aka Jake Gyllenhaal) on Man vs Wild this year.
'On the insurance nightmare in taking Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal into the wild: "I never understand this. I don't know why one man's life is more valuable than another. I will commit 120 per cent of my energy to keeping anyone alive, I don't care if they're a superstar or whatever." On taking Gyllenhaal into the wild: "He was nervous but at the same time he said don't hold back. He was a dude."'
Also worth noting from this interview with the Courier Mail, in addition to Bear's efforts to keep Jake alive despite making him creep along a rope above an almighty gorge, is that it doesn't do to ask Bear what he thinks of Vegemite. Jake's opinion on this substance is not known. Personally, I would say to any Australian reading here that you're very lucky to have Vegemite - consider the alternative: marmite.

Japan gets ready! Three weeks to go until Source Code

Source Code has almost reached Japan. It's taking its time but on 28 October, Source Code at last opens. Obviously, we all hope it does very well, not least so that Japan doesn't have to wait as long again for Jake's films or those by Duncan Jones. I'm grateful to Mayumintolor for keeping an eye on everything for us in Japan. She has sent these pages from the October issue of the cinema complex magazine Cine Com Walker.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal supports Michelle Williams as her film My Week with Marilyn premieres in NYC

Last night (9 October), Michelle Williams' new film - My Week with Marilyn - premiered at the New York Film Festival at the Lincoln Center. There to support Michelle, just as he did at the premiere of Blue Valentine last December, was her good friend, her daughter's godfather and Brokeback co-star Jake Gyllenhaal. They posed together at the cocktail party hosted by Grey Goose and Dior at the Hudson Hotel, with Michelle looking absolutely breathtaking in her Dior gown. Mind you, not that Jake looks shabby and with his new never-be-seen-without fashion accessory - the specs - he made sure that he could enjoy the film afterwards by being able to see it.

There are more pictures of the event at the Mail and at Socialitelife.

This seems like the perfect opportunity to repost that lovely picture from the Blue Valentine premiere, here via Just Jared.

The Marilyn in question in Michelle's new film is, of course, Marilyn Monroe. Take a look at the trailer below. As you can see it is also overflowing with English national treasures.

Pictures from links.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal celebrates Yom Kippur with the brainy look

After reports of Jake Gyllenhaal having been seen in 9 out of every 10 organic cafes in the city of New York, it's good news indeed that this weekend we get our first glimpse for quite a while. This enables us to check on the progress of the Hair and the Face Pet, both of which seem to be in recovery after the devastation wreaked on them by End of Watch. It's also a bit of a red letter day for another reason. On attending a service for Yom Kippur with the family yesterday (including the very gorgeous Peter Sarsgaard), Jake gave many of us our wish and let us see him with his 'proper' glasses on. Not those modern fad things known as sun shades, but bona fide specs that you read books with and do newspaper crosswords with. Looks like Jake has also taken up a new form of transport.

I hope that all readers who celebrate had a great day too!

Earlier in the day, Jake decided to make Central Park look extra lovely.

On Thursday (6 October), Jake took his muscles for a smoothie and a laugh at Organic Avenue, which specialises in the 'food of love' and is not only organic but also vegan.

Pictures from Just Jared and IHJ - there are many more there!

My review of the Scorsese documentary Living in the Material World is now on MovieBrit.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal goes back to school and Anna Kendrick tells us more about 'brutal' and 'startling' End of Watch

Jake Gyllenhaal has been putting in some more hours in the classroom. In addition to helping kids grow food with Edible Schoolyard, and distracting them in English classes with the help of Ethan Hawke (full account here and some pictures here), Jake spent some of yesterday at LaGuardia Arts in NYC with the dramatists and gatecrashers. Unfortunately, we have yet to see any pictures although quite a few of the pupils have been painting an image of the class with words.

From Aiss Ice baby: 'One he was so marvellous.he had on green cargo pants,with a hole above the knee,and a white t-shirt. his stuffed bookbag was on the floor next to him. on his little table there was a  full, un-opened jug of orange juice. he answered questions,and made jokes and told all these wonderful little anecdotes about actors he knows. oh,he was just too good. also he said his only goal in acting was for people to be able to pronounce “gyllenhaal” correctly.'
From Arielleighrose: 'I met Jake Gyllenhaal today with my drama class at LaG. He came to speak to us and answer questions. He was down-to-earth, funny, and generally awesome and I loved him as much as I thought I would. He is a beautiful human being and I told him so and I got to shake his hand. It was amazing.'
It's good to think of Jake inspiring another generation of future actors and performers - as well as making them a little giddy.

Jake has also been seen just about everywhere else since then, including the Town Hall - with the Face Pet - and in shops and in cafes ('The fact that I'm sitting like 3 feet away from Jake Gyllenhaal right now is making it really difficult for me to eat my lunch'.) and in other cafes ('I just saw Jake Gyllenhaal at my coffee place... pretty eyes, nice hair, he's tall, good taste in coffee.... *le sigh* ah, he's beautiful'. And then there's always trains
Fortunately, there were no lovely dogs distracting the tweeters this time...
End of Watch
I'm delighted to say that Anna Kendrick has been continuing to do her bit to tell us little bits about End of Watch, this time to the AV Club:
'In End Of Watch, I play a wife who doesn’t have her own storyline outside of being married to Jake Gyllenhaal. That freaked me out a little bit, because I thought, “Oh, this might be really bad,” but I feel like the wives in that movie, even though they don’t have their own storyline, they ground the entire thing, because if these men are putting their lives on the line in a vacuum, it feels like a videogame. It doesn’t matter. If you see their lives outside of that, it means something. There’s a reason for those kinds of roles, in a lot of cases.'
'It’s pretty tough. The script is really startling, but then surprisingly, you find moments of levity in places where you wouldn’t, necessarily. I was thinking about that, like, “Oh God, this is my first movie where there’s no comic angle, no infusion of comedy.” But then you get on set and you think, “Oh no, real life, when it feels honest, is really funny and really light, as much as it can be really dramatic.” I was surprised at that. It’s a startlingly brutal script, but I think there are moments of levity.'
Do read the rest of this interview, there is a lovely tribute to Michelle Williams' work in Brokeback Mountain.

Many thanks to IHJ for the wonderful new old pics from Good Girl's festival appearance at Sundance back in 2002. Thanks too to BBMISwear for the much appreciated help with some of the links.

My review of Melancholia, quite possibly my favourite film of the year so far, is up at MovieBrit.