Friday, 27 December 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal and the SAG Foundation plus a new Enemy poster

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I also hope that you managed to avoid spending most of it bedbound with flu, unlike yours truly.... But as one year draws its curtains and another one peeps around the corner, Jake Gyllenhaal has a message for you about the work of the SAG Foundation. It's good to see Jake's charity work continuing unabated. Please note, though, how I'm not mentioning the hair...

Thanks so much to IHJ for the video and for the accompanying portraits.

From Canada we have a new Enemy poster - and I like it a lot..

As a reminder, this was the earlier version:

There is also a new video from Hitfix of Jake talking about Prisoners.

Enjoy the chocolate!

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Happy birthday, Jake! And the perfect Christmas gift across the pond

Today is that day when Jake Gyllenhaal will wake up in bed and sit up and remember that this was the day he came into the world 33 years ago:

*** Happy birthday, Jake! ***

It's just as well then that a certain film came out on DVD in the US this week - the perfect birthday (or Christmas) present for anyone, I'm sure you'd agree. The special features, even on the blu ray, are a little thin on the ground with just two features 'Every Moment Matters: Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal explore the tense relationship between Keller and Loki' and 'Powerful Performances: Get up close and personal with this all-star cast'. In the UK we must wait until 3 February.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal appears on the Ellen Show again at last and a WDW Tuscany Interlude

Well, what do you now... I go away for a week and Jake Gyllenhaal appears on the Ellen Show, the show that I've been looking forward to more than any other for a Jake reappearance. It's with thanks to IHJ that I'm able to watch it on my return.

Otherwise, Jake has been moving between LA and New York City, fitting in a bit of househunting and looking like he's put back on some of the Nightcrawler weight. He also has been seen wearing The Jumper - it's been quite a while since we've seen it!

Jake has also reaffirmed his work with the New Eyes for the Needy charity, revealing he is driven by making his 96-year old grandfather proud. There is also an interesting new interview here.

WDW Tuscany Interlude

I have just got back from a wonderful trip to sunny and beautiful Tuscany, taking in Pisa, Florence, the stunning Cinque Terre seaside ports to the north of Pisa and the walled city of Lucca. I thought I'd post a few photos.

I hope you all had a good week!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal to be part of Canada's Top 10 Film Festival and an award nomination

Jake Gyllenhaal is heading back to Toronto. On January 5 Jake and Denis Villeneuve (director of Prisoners and Enemy) will be appearing in conversation with Cameron Bailey (TIFF Artistic Director) as part of Canada's Top 10 Film Festival. You can read the details here and, if you're lucky, buy tickets to watch Jake in conversation for 90 minutes! I've had the privilege of watching something similar and I can guarantee that it would be unforgettable. And funny.

This does, of course, mean that the Toronto International Film Festival is rather chuffed by Jake's work with Denis and it is a huge honour for Enemy that it has been listed in its top ten for the year.

The other good news this week is that Jake has been nominated for an award by the International Press Academy! The award nomination is for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and is for Prisoners. While we know only to well how unreliable and tipsy the awards season can be, this can only bode well. It also continues the acclaim that Jake has received for Prisoners and Enemy this year.

Thanks to Sonja for a link to this great interview with Jake in It would seem that blockbusters aren't on Jake's mind right now. Jake also admits to being rather intense when he's at work: 'But I am focused when I work on something, and I think my tendency of late has been to move towards darker material.' It's good to see a mention of Bubble Boy but it looks like a comedy could be a way off still.

Thanks to IHJ for this photo of the cast and crew of Nightcrawler on set in LA. Love this. There are some great new photos up from Elle Man China (one is above) so do take a look.

I'm off to Florence and Tuscany in the wee hours of Saturday so I will see you soon!