Thursday, 31 October 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, Josh Brolin, Michael B. Jordan around the table

What do you get if you combine Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto? A very happy WDW, that's what. This week Jake appeared on an Actors Awards Roundtable alongside Matt, Jared (just think Highway), Forest Whitaker, Josh Brolin (will appear in Everest with Jake) and Michael B. Jordan. This treat is courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. The stars had auditions on their minds and you can read part of the transcript here as well as watch the video if the embedded player below doesn't work for you.

We hear in this interview about Jake's audition experience for Frodo in Lord of the Rings. Some things are not meant to be and for that I am truly grateful.

Thanks so much to IHJ for images from the Roundtable. There are scans there too so do go and take a peek.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Updated with new videos! Jake Gyllenhaal honoured by Monday's Hollywood Film Awards!


With thanks to Mermon for the heads up, here is a wonderful 30 minute interview with Jake:

Here is Jake's acceptance speech from the Hollywood Film Awards

There is more here on Jake's dramatic weight loss.

On with the post!
Last night, the 17th Hollywood Film Awards honoured Jake Gyllenhaal with its Supporting Actor Award for Prisoners, hopefully, the first in a long string of gongs that will adorn Jake's mantelpiece over the coming Silly Season. The award was presented to Jake by Viola Davis, one of Jake's Prisoners co-stars

Jake bedecks the cover of November's Australian GQ magazine and it's a great interview. For instance: 'I really, really love listening to really poppy music. I play a lot of intense characters and going the other way can help. Sometimes if you listen to something that’s the complete opposite of the feeling you’re having, you can dive even deeper. Somehow you’re not thinking so much. And then bam, you’re in it. I’m obsessed with food. I love eating in general, but if I’m somewhere on location, I tend to find one restaurant and weirdly will eat one or two things that I love. Then I’ll know I’m going there at the end of the day to eat that thing. It’s like a strange catharsis to me. I don’t know what it does… but it kind of breaks the boundaries of something that’s different to what my character would eat.'

And on how Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain and End of Watch changed his life: '"These movies are markers on my path and life. We all have them in different ways,” he says. “Mine are a little absurd and happen to be movies, but all I have is the experience of those movies and they’ve all been extraordinary in their own way.” It’s clear he loves what he does, but is under no illusions that he’s performing brain surgery. He likes a laugh, and tries to keep things light on set, even when the material is dark. “I’m devoted to what I do and I take it seriously,” he says, “but I have a sense of humour, too.”'

Here is Hugh Jackman's summary of Jake: '“Oh, Jake’s hilarious, he’s a cheeky bugger,” says Jackman. “We became good friends, and he’s a good mate to have.”' I like that.

Here are some videos from last night's red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Last week some rather intriguing images of Jake on the Nightcrawler set emerged.  Seeing the bottom image, I'm rather reminded of Bubble Boy. I rather like the top knot in the photo above...

Thanks so much to IHJ for the photos!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Meet Lou from Nightcrawler - Jake Gyllenhaal on set in LA

We have our first proper look at Lou, Jake Gyllenhaal's character in Nightcrawler, which is now filming in Los Angeles. Jake did seem rather gaunt when I was lucky enough to speak to him last month but he didn't look this thin - I'm hoping much of this is due to the role, ie posture, dress and hair. As for that hair..... Dan Gilroy and I may be having words.... So, what do you think? Thanks very much to IHJ for the new pics!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Meet the FIlmmakers

I am so happy to see this! Thanks very much to IHJ for showing us the London Apple Store Meet the Filmmakers, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman and Denis Villeneuve. (I'm on the front row towards the right.)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal in the movies - Prisoners, Enemy, Nightcrawler and The Good Girl

Jake Gyllenhaal is a man of three films and in today's post there's a little bit from all three - and a fourth. Firstly, there are some new stills from Enemy, both in front of and behind the camera.

There are also some new images from Prisoners, including a wonderful on set photo of Jake with little Erin Gerasimovich, the talented young actress who plays Anna Dover. Incidentally, Prisoners topped the UK box office not only for the first weekend of its release but also its second!

Jake is currently filming Nightcrawler in LA with first-time director Dan Gilroy. Variety has this from its producer: “We really had no choice but to shoot this in Los Angeles, because it’s set in L.A and it’s a quintessentially Los Angeles kind of project in that the city is very much a character in the movie,” said producer David Lancaster. “It’s a similar situation to ‘Drive,’ where it’s essential to set the movie in L.A. And we also got the tax credit. Thanks to a very fortunate spectator we have our first view of Jake (in pink) in character - a currently unnamed character.

I'm still waiting for the the podcast of Jake and Hugh's London Apple event but iPlayer has captured their interview with Edith Bowman for her BBC Radio 6 show. Their bit of the show begins at about the 2 hour and 37 minute mark. Jake and Hugh also appeared on Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2 and you can listen to some of that here. They also appeared on the Lorraine Show and that is here.

Jake recorded an interview with Neil Fox and that's available to listen to in two parts here.

Apologies if any of the links don't work for you due to region. This is a most annoying irritation.

Thanks so much to IHJ for the wonderful photos. Do take a look at the gallery as it is overflowing with scans of recent interviews in the media.

And now for the fourth film. This wonderful interview from 2002 when Jake was promotion The Good Girl alongside one of my very favourite of Jake's co-stars, Jennifer Aniston, is now available to watch again. Marvellous.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Prisoners catch up and a glimpse of Enemy

It's a week now since that glorious day in London and Jake Gyllenhaal is back in the States, possibly hard at work on Nightcrawlers. His visit to Europe lasted just a day but Hugh Jackman has been doing great things, whizzing around and making a lot of people very happy. Last Friday Prisoners opened in the UK, which meant that at least I was able to see it and read some of these articles about the film. I didn't want to be spoiled any more that I had to be. I was nervous about Prisoners, I'll be honest. I'm not good with films on that kind of theme but I was completely blown away by it! Its acting, photography and directing were second to none and I was riveted to it for a fast and speedy and thrilling two and a half hours. I know many people have yet to see it in Europe so I don't want to say much but what I can say is that I agree that Inspector Loki is a career-best performance by Jake. He is to be congratulated, along with Hugh and Denis and everyone else involved with the film. I am chuffed and proud!

So, here are a few more videos from the Prisoners promotion. There is a lot more out there and it'll take a while to catch up - at leisure which is a good thing. There is also this interview from Empire.

I loved seeing these snippets from the Apple event! They give you a bit of an idea of what it was like

And thinking ahead, here is a clip from Enemy.