Thursday, 30 January 2014

A new poster for Enemy, an Everest update (filming in the UK) and Prisoners is out on DVD in the UK on Monday!

The excitement for Enemy is building! Today we have another new poster for the film which is really rather wonderful. You can click on it to embiggen it. This is from the twitter for @A24Films which today tweeted: 'New ENEMY one-sheet is a beauty. Opens in NY 3/15, exclusive premiere on @DIRECTV 2/6'. This is over a month before its theatrical release and is not too far away at all!

Director Denis Villeneuve talks about the poster at Entertainment Weekly today: 'The poster for the film is an equally disorienting visual that ignores its leading man’s celebrity. “Enemy for me is really an artistic piece,” says Villeneuve. “It was done with no compromises, a real act of cinema. And I think the poster reflects that idea, that it’s about exploration of identity. Sometimes, it’s very healthy to make cinema with just art in mind and you don’t think about the box-office. What I love about [the distributor] A24 and the poster they came up with is that it totally reflects that.”' To go with it is a video interview with Jake Gyllenhaal from TIFF last Autumn.

Many thanks to IHJ for recently uploading new still from Enemy, including one which features one of my favourite sights - Jake on a motorbike. Perhaps not showing Jake at his best but it'll do me... There are more images there.

Everest update

An interesting snippet can be found in a new article about Everest this week. 'According to Nepali Times, “Lama and a group of 12 real-life Sherpas are off to Val Paradiso in Italy to do the outdoor part of the shoot in a make-believe Mt Everest. After that Lama will go to Pinewood Studios near London to film his role of the rescue inside a Ecureuil simulato The movie will be shooted in a studio not in actual Everest. None of actor will visit Nepal in course for shooting.'
So outdoors filming in Italy and the rest in the UK and none in Nepal at all!

And finally...

Meanwhile, a note to all readers in the UK, remember Prisoners is out on DVD and blu ray on Monday (3 February!).

Friday, 17 January 2014

Jake Gyllenhaal begins filming on (or near or somewhere else) Everest plus a video catchup

The Golden Globes came and went, as did the Oscar nominations, with not much love expressed for Prisoners, bar a nomination for Roger Deakins for his cinematography on the film (following Roger's nomination for a Critics Choice Award). However, not to be downhearted about it, Jake Gyllenhaal took off to Nepal and the Everest Base Camp to a) begin making the movie Everest and b) hunt for Yeti. Or did he?

According to Raw Story, a government official in Nepal has confirmed that Jake did arrive in the country, staying in a five star hotel in Kathmandu. 'A local agent applied for permission on behalf of Baltasar Kormakur to shoot ‘Everest’ and received the permission three days ago,” communications ministry official Umakant Parajuli told AFP. Parajuli said the team was permitted to shoot in the Himalayan nation for two weeks.'

However, EW has said that Jake headed off to Italy and not Nepal to begin production on Everest : 'When it comes to ascending a summit, first to the top usually wins. News this week confirmed that Working Title’s Everest, to be released by Universal, is a go. The film, from director Baltasar Korm├íkur (2 Guns) began production Monday in Italy, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes playing four of the climbers who attempted the disastrous 1996 ascent of Mount Everest in the Himalayas, only to be thwarted with terrible conditions that led to the loss of many lives.' It appears that the film is also winning the battle of the Everest movies!

Meanwhile photos of Jake running for taxis and trains in New York City this week suggest he might be enduring quite a commute, to wherever he's commuting.

Thanks very much to IHJ for the videos from the New York Times, Toronto and W magazine!

Monday, 6 January 2014

Happy New Year! Jake Gyllenhaal back to Toronto and news on Enemy and Everest

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful turn of the year and are coping with the return to work and/or the weather.

The snow and ice might have prevented the red carpet event from taking place in Toronto yesterday, but Jake Gyllenhaal and Denis Villeneuve still made it to up to the city for Canada's Top 10 Film Festival. They took part in an In Conversation... with TIFF's Cameron Bailey, which gave Jake the golden opportunity to give us an update on his hairyness. Thanks very much to IHJ for the photos!

Prisoners continues to gather interest. This means new interviews appear all the time, including this one with Screendaily.

Ben Stiller has been demonstrating what a man of good taste he is with his recent comments about Jake following a screening of Prisoners: 'I find Jake Gyllenhaal a very interesting young actor - very dark, handsome, magnetic. I like him.' We like you, too, Ben.

Enemy has also progress. It now has a release date in the US of 14 March, so not long at all. Hopefully, the rest of the world won't be far behind.

Everest, meanwhile, is due to start filming in just a few days, on 13 January. We hear that 'Filming for Everest is expected to mainly take place in Val Senales, Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy. Everest will hit the big screen on December 19 in the US, while the UK does not yet have an official release date.' That's what I call a birthday present!