Monday, April 18, 2016

Boston Stronger

Patriots' Day is a special day in Boston. Three years ago, it turned into a somber day. The city and the supporters have reclaimed the day. The movie Stronger, the story of a Boston Marathon bombing survivor, hopes to capture some of that essence and spirit.

Today, the 120th running of the Boston Marathon will be held. Filming coincides with the race and with the annual Red Sox Patriots' Day game. Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman will throw out the first pitch at the Red Sox game and also captain the team running the marathon for Boston Medical Center, where Jeff Bauman was treated after the bombing.

The BMC team held its traditional pre-race pasta dinner on Sunday. Jake and Jeff participated in an apparently entertaining Q&A hosted by former New England Patriot Jerod Mayo. Jake talked about the inspiration he gets from Jeff and from the city. Jeff called Jake a nerd ;)

Bauman, alongside Gyllenhaal on the red carpet, explained that, for his role, Gyllenhaal “wants to know so much about the prosthetic world.”

“You’re like a nerd, I consider you like a doctor of prosthetics.” Bauman said to Gyllenhaal. “He’s so good at, you know, acting.”

Though Gyllenhaal is from Los Angeles, he said he spent his childhood summers in Cape Cod. His best friends are from Boston. He’s a self-proclaimed Celtics and Patriots fan. And both Bauman and Gyllenhaal are throwing out the first pitch at the Red Sox game at Fenway on Monday.

“This side of the country and this part of the world is probably the dearest to my heart,” Gyllenhaal said. “Being in Boston itself, I’ve never spent as much time in the city. But we’ve been shooting everywhere. I love the South End and I love Back Bay —“

“And Chelmsford,” Bauman joked.

The movie will be filming at Fenway, so Jake will have filmed at both the Garden and Fenway Park. Pretty good for a Boston fan.

Demolition cast plays "Would You Rather..."

Interesting Demolition interview.

Too many good pictures and video from today not to share. Sorry it will make the post even longer. But what a special day for Jake. He is beaming.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Beginning and Ending

The life cycle of moviemaking: As Jake Gyllenhaal begins shooting Stronger in Boston, Demolition will open on Friday. So there are lots of reviews, clips and interviews coming out, plus video and photos of filming in Boston.

Coming Soon

Jake and Tatiana Maslany filmed at TD Garden in Boston, with some of the crowd left over from the Bruins game. They recreated a powerful moment, as seen in the photos above. But they also appreciated the fans staying to participate. Jake enthusiastically thanked the enthusiastic crowd.

Remember, Demolition opens this week:

A video posted by @foxsearchlight on

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Demo promo

There's been a lot of Jake Gyllenhaal promotion over the past week. Behold a random assortment.

Kelly and Michael. And Erin:

AOL Build:

Jake, Naomi, Judah and writer Bryan Sipe talk about the movie and life:


From the Huffington Post:

Generally, suitable words cease to exist in the midst of a tragedy. While the horrific terrorism in Brussels is no exception to this, actor Jake Gyllenhaal managed to express a heartfelt sentiment while on the press tour for his new film.

A mere hours after news of the repulsive acts broke, Gyllenhaal and his Demolition costars were set to partake in a live interview on AOL BUILD. The Academy Award nominee looked visibly upset as he took to the stage with the rest of the cast. Once the interview began, Gyllenhaal politely paused from answering the moderator’s first question regarding the film. He felt it was more important to address the fresh wounds that terrorists had cut in the world.

“In the spirit of compassion, I feel like I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge all the people in Brussels today who are victims of the horrific bombing that happened there,” he said gazing at the audience. “We’re all having fun here now and talking about a movie we deeply love, but at the same time it’s important that we express our support. So, I wanted to say that, first and foremost, before we get into everything...”

When the interviewer asked if hearing terrible news makes it feel different to go out and promote a film, Gyllenhaal responded eloquently:

“I had the honor of meeting President Obama many years ago and he said to me very clearly — it is your job as entertainers to provide entertainment and, given the tough times that we all live in, to create art that says something, but also really brings people joy. So, I consider that to be my initiative. I think we all do here. It’s very important that we stay positive and always create things that are saying something, but also entertaining.”

Looping back to the question he said, “it is weird and feels a little funny, but it’s important for things to go on.”

The other talent on stage (which included Naomi Watts, Judah Lewis and Chris Cooper) firmly nodded in agreement and applauded, along with the studio audience, as Gyllenhaal finished his statement. He appeared to not only extend support to Brussels, but to urge everyone (artist or not) to do what they can to go on with their lives in a positive manner.

Jake also managed some beautiful political shade. Hee sometimes seems reluctant to take a stand but that was pretty clearly aimed at Trump and perhaps Cruz, as well.

Jake and Jimmy Fallon are spitting images:

Jake, PeeWee Herman and Rita Wilson before the show:

Demolition premiere/special screening in New York:

@bennettmarcusThis is what it's like when you interview #JakeGyllenhaal, he looks dreamily into your eyes. #Demolition @cinemasociety

Junket interviews from the weekend:

Bonnie Laufer Krebs:

Sean O'Connell:

Behind the Velvet Rope:

Kevin McCarthy:

TWC News

The Insider

ET Canada

We Got This Covered:

From SXSW:

Nerdist conversation at Banger's. Wish we'd gotten the whole thing.

JG and JMV:

SXSW Red Carpet and Moviee Q&A

Jake gets more peanut M&Ms:

AMFM Magazine

The Today Show offered a look at 2002 Jake before his appearance today:

Sunday, March 13, 2016


Jake Gyllenhaal made his second official visit to SXSW, headlining a Q&A and attending the American premiere of Demolition. Both the conversation and the film seemed enthusiastically received.

Conversation first:

Then more chatting: Jake and Jean-Marc Vallee did an interview with Nerdist and Nick Kroll at local Austin restaurant Banger's Sausage House:

Then the big event: premiere and Q&A:

Famed movie maven and Gyllenhaalic Alicia Malone did get to interview Jake on the Demolition red carpet, and you can watch it here.

Some other videos from the day:

Psychologist: You play unbalanced well
Jake talks Donnie Darko
Just after Banger's convo
Red carpet video
Post-movie Q&A (terrible camera angle for Jake but it has the full Q&A)
Jake talks to local Austin TV
Jake and JMV with ET Canada
First TV spot
Jake talking musicals and theater
Jake gets rowdy
Jake takes a lick

From Jake's stylist on Instagram:

nina.clareNo smoke. No mirrors. Just good hair and good tailoring. #jakegyllenhaal #Demolition #sxsw @tomford @nina.clare #classicninaandclare @therexagency