Thursday, February 19, 2015

#TBT near and far

In reverse chronological order, here's a smorgasbord of Jake Gyllenhaal photos recently posted or discovered.

I tried to talk Jake into keeping that Tatt! Nah!

Tyrese: Jake Gyllenhaal this dude poked me in my neck - I guess I was too intense that day....

TBT this THIS moment.....oh how I love Jake Gyllenhaal.....he was so sweet!
#jakegyllenhaal #celebrity #yyc #brokebackmountain #calgarystampede #fairmontpalliser #thatmoment #yeg 3w

My 22nd #bday at #moomba w #jakegyllenhaal wearing #vintage #hayleystarr bahaha #tbt #13years ago #tmrw #wowza

#TBT videos, this one promoting Jarhead:

Jake leaving a U2 concert in 2005:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cast of characters: Lou Howard Adam Anthony Billy Rob Loki

2015 is going to be a busy Jake year. He's drawing raves on Broadway for Constellations. And cinematically, things heat up as the long-awaited Nailed (retitled Accidental Love) hits VOD. The movie was shot seven years ago but feels even older than that. You can review the history here. I'm happy we finally get to see it, but it's a curiosity at best. Not too many reviews yet. One from Film Stage and a more positive spin from AV Club:

If there’s any good news here, it’s that, despite rumors to the contrary, Accidental Love is very much a coherent movie. It’s not incomplete; it’s just been sloppily completed—cobbled together, in other words, by filmmakers (or distribution cronies) looking to salvage a releasable product out of footage crying out to be reshot or reworked. Yet traces of Russell’s spirit, a humane screwball exuberance, poke through the compromised results. It’s there in the way the movie keeps stuffing a bunch of yammering eccentrics in a room together, and also in the bug-eyed performance the director coaxes out of Jake Gyllenhaal, whose character—a flip-flopping, libidinous politician—could have fit neatly into American Hustle. Russell fans owe it to themselves to see this disowned disaster, painful as that act of completism will be.

For a darker movie and brighter film, check out Nightcrawler, out on DVD this week in the U.S. The Boston Globe has a nice review of the movie and Jake:

It’s a rare actor who can shift from appealing to unsettling and back again as smoothly as Jake Gyllenhaal. He’s certainly creepy in “Nightcrawler” (2014), as Lou Bloom, an oddball newbie videographer trolling LA for blood-spattered footage that he can shop to the local TV news. In a lone quick featurette, writer-turned-director Dan Gilroy (“The Bourne Legacy”) explains that the character is modeled in part on noted 1940s New York crime shutterbug Weegee. But we half-wonder if Gyllenhaal and Gilroy might also have been thinking of Budd Schulberg’s inside-showbiz novel, “What Makes Sammy Run?” Between Lou’s slimy careerism and the dark LA setting, it feels a bit like we’re watching a socially challenged version of archetypal aspiring weasel Sammy Glick. It’s also tightly coiled strangeness on a par with what we’ve seen Gyllenhaal deliver in his “Donnie Darko” breakout and, just recently, in the doppelganger freakout “Enemy” and as a haunted detective in “Prisoners.” He’s so adept at this sort of thing, you’d think it might put him in the Anthony Perkins category, pigeonholed with cause. But try putting together a videofest of Gyllenhaal’s weirdest work and some of his better mainstream-charismatic stuff — plus “Brokeback Mountain,” of course — and see if you don’t wind up disoriented. He’s well cast in the smart, underrated time-travel thriller “Source Code.” He’s all down-home likability as a teen science enthusiast in the early-career effort “October Sky.” And he even lends some feeling to the popcorn devastation of “The Day After Tomorrow.” Not bad for a nightcrawler.

Indiewire reflects on Jake's 9 Best Performances, including Enemy:


There's also news of Jake's other 2015 releases. First up, a still from Southpaw:

That looks uncomfortable!

There hasn't been much news on Everest but I found this on IMDb:

Jason Clarke is the lead, Jake & Josh are supporting. All are excellent.

It is an ensemble film, but Jason as Rob seems to have more screen time focused on him than the others. Should be a hit, possible Oscar contender, especially in technical categories - cinematography, sound, editing. I saw a screening recently and really enjoyed it. The runtime was just over 2 hours, on this site it says 2 1/2, maybe that was a different cut. ...

Do most of the supporting cast get a decent amount of screen time? Is this one of the most realistic movies based on mountain climbing to hit the big screen?

Yes, the main characters all get ample screen time, but like I said, the focus seems to be on Rob Hall as the expedition leader. Emily Watson really shines as the operations manager at base camp. Robin Wright and Keira Knightly only have a few scenes but make an impact. Haven't seen too many mountain climbing movies (Eiger Sanction comes to mind), and I know this wasn't actually filmed on Everest (there were a few unfinished SFX shots which made me realize this fact), but it looked real to me.

Everest is a movie for all audiences and should do pretty well on its own with good reviews and word of mouth, it's an excellent film. They would be wise to possibly hold the release until later in the year for academy award marketing.

You wont be disappointed. I knew very little about the actual events before the screening and was completely enthralled, have since done some research and the movie gets a lot right, and yes, is very respectful and honest.

Going back to Loki: I don't remember seeing this. I think it's the London Apple Store panel for Prisoners:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

East Coast rules

Jake Gyllenhaal in New York, New York. The Academy holds no sway here.

Certainly not with your dog!

Or with your fans:

Susan Sarandon
Go see Constellations at Manhattan Theatre Club. Moving, funny and definite must-see.

Paul Haggis @Paul_Haggis
Thank you Jake and Ruth for a terrific night of theatre. #Constellations @ Manhattan Theatre Club At…

Baz Bamigboye ‏@BazBam Entertainment Columnist @DailyMailCeleb
#JakeGyllenhaal gets ready for a selfie at stage door @MTC_NYC #Constellations which has become RED HOT ticket in NY
He seems to be lovely and patient....
Baz Bamigboye ‏@BazBam: absolutely, Jake's a great guy.

Jason Adams ‏@JAMNPP 29m29 minutes ago
#Constellations made me cry + want to come home and hug my boyfriend; Jake Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson make for a lovely verbal sparring duo

Author, Broadcaster & News Editor @Broadwaycom.
Am a tough sell, but #constellations is succinct, engaging & Jake Gyllenhaal's Brit accent is better than mine!

An incredibly new and different experience on Broadway. Jake and Golden Globe winner Ruth have the acting chops of true stage masters! Can you tell I loved it? #openingnight #constellations

We headed back out and saw the second play, Constellations which blew us away. It was as if we were watching two dancers, sometimes intoxicated and others times, aggressive, sensual, witty, shy, vulnerable as their world shocked them out of their personas. For just over an hour we sat spell bound by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. After this performance we waited for them afterwards and Ali got her Playbill signed as I snapped some pictures. We walked back to Junior’s for cheese cake and tea and felt this was one night that was worth the wait.

Really enjoyed getting a faceful of Jake Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson im #Constellations. Gotta love a show that takes place in the past, present and future of the multiverse.

I had an amazing time at #Constellations tonight at @MTC_NYC. Jake Gyllenhaal is dreamy and BRILLIANT in his Broadway debut!!!!

Saw four Broadway shows this weekend and #Constellations is the only one that is sticking with me. Still thinking about it. #Constellations performances were spectacular - nuanced and affecting.

Saw #Constellations today #JakeGyllenhaal I'm dazzled!

The best performances currently on Broadway. Jack Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson

Superb acting from Jake Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson in Constellations on Broadway. I expect some @TheTonyAwards talk for sure.

Just saw #Constellations with #JakeGyllenhaal and #RuthWilson, it was absolutely amazing!!!

Gyllenhaal was fantastic. @RealHughJackman has his work cut out for him tonight. I'm not worried tho #theriver #Constellations

Parallel universes and free will, blended with the undeniable chemistry between two people make for a fascinating evening of theatre with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson in Nick Payne's Constellations

Just saw #Constellations and it was amazing! Afterward, someone asked where I got my Justice League UmbrellaSo today I saw Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson on Broadway in "Constellations." It was a very unique performance!! I also got to meet the celebrities and take pictures with them after the show briefly when they came out to sign autographs. Jake seemed so sweet! Apparently I am not immune to feeling star struck...

Constellations w/ Ruth Wilson & Jake Gyllenhall tour de force that transforms emotions each minute. Relativity+quantum mechanics+love story

#Constellations just made me reevaluate everything I thought I knew about the world. My mind is blown, and now I wish I were a quantum physicist. Incredible.

steven did not like it (granted it wasn't the most original idea), but I thought it was beautiful in its message/simplicity. Also Jake Gyllenhaal

LOVED Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson in Constellations. Still have mixed feelings on the play itself like I did in London. Constellations is more of a fun acting exercise that seems more fun for them than us, but Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson def utilize that.

The bright lights of Broadway did not prevent me from seeing stars tonight. No I don't mean celebrities, although Jake Gyllenhaal is phenomenal in his Broadway debut of Constellations right beside his endearing costar Ruth Wilson. A two person, 70 minute no intermission show that is captivating throughout the entire duration leaving you a little unsatisfied that it ever has to end. Literally within the flash of light they change time and emotions and are able to evoke that chaotic rollercoaster on the entire audience. I strongly recommend you go see the stellar show for yourselves. Guys take your Girls. Girls take your Girls. Girls take your Guys. Guys take your Guys.

All of the alternate versions of myself that didn't go see #Constellations at @MTC_NYC tonight are very upset. Don't make their mistakes.

Snow tires or seeing Jake on Broadway ?! Even my husband agrees, see you in March NYC! #Constellations

2015 theater-going has a lot to live up to because my first show of the year - Constellations - was AMAZING. And since I was first in line for rush, we had 2nd row seats. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson were awesome, the play was thought-provoking and I consider this to be one of my favorite theater experiences. I can now cross the Friedman off my list.

We had front row seats to #Constellations. This show is amazing and seeing Jake Gyllenhaal up close and personal helps too.

As a human who is generally not into dudes, I can confirm that up close and personal, and using a British accent, and wearing verrry well-fitting jeans, Jake Gyllenhaal is a beautiful specimen of a human man.

@MTC_NYC #Constellations is fantastic. Will write review after opening. No knowledge of quantum physics required! #broadway #theatre

For anyone interested, Constellations was astounding. See it before it's gone!

Jake Gyllenhaal perfectly portrayed life. What's meant to be, will be. Even if I could, I wouldn't change a single thing. �� #Constellations

Saw this a few weeks ago. If you roll with the stop-and-start nature of it, it's very engrossing. The performances are outstanding!

Okay who went home after @MTC_NYC's #Constellations and tried to lick their elbows? #YouKnowYouDid

We just saw the most amazing play. Constellations with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. Sublime.

Seeing Constellations made me realize that in an alternate universe Jake Gyllenhaal is my boyfriend. Thanks @joxfeld for bringing me my boyfriend.

CONSTELLATIONS - interesting play - I understood and followed the premise. Really wouldn't be produced here probably without the great Jake and Ruth - worth seeing them in this exercise of a play.
we liked "Constellations" a lot - agree that the amazing cast really makes it snap.

A play with a two-character cast about a string of life and love's endless possibilities; imagine a love story strung, like the eponymous theory, between Einstein's relativity and quantum physics. YEP, it was a mind bender and for all of its cerebral twists, it was simultaneously emotionally intense and satisfying, thanks to stellar performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson!!

A beautiful story gently and joyfully unpacked... Perfectly integrated #design, #performances and #direction #Constellations @MTC_NYC

You heard it here: ALL actors MUST see #Constellations @MTC_NYC. The writing.The direction.The delivery. #requiredseeing #masterclass #brill

"Honeybees have an unfailing clarity of purpose" 10/10 #CONSTELLATIONS #jakegyllenhaal #ruthwilson #broadway #play #nyc #thinks

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson were glorious last night in CONSTELLATIONS.

Blown away by Ruth Wilson and Jake Gyllenhaal in Constellations at @MTC_NYC - great chemistry, great acting.

Jake Gyllenhaal had a British accent last night in the play, safe to say my life was complete

Amazing actors, amazing set, amazing lighting, amazing play, Constellations.

Didn't get to officially meet him but I did catch a glimpse of his beautiful little face and see his equally beautiful performance. #jakegyllenhaal #constellations

It's blessed with two wonderful actors. They make each variation work. At this point I would call it more of a writing exercise than a play, but there is enough there for us to dwell on and perhaps it will hold up better than I expect with time.

Constellations at MTC with my amazing date to see my husband #jakegyllenhaal @ Manhattan
Tonight, I had a conversation with Jake Gyllenhaal. He looked at me with those gorgeous blue eyes and exchanged words with me. And I cried.

WE MET JAKE GYLLENHAAL!! He was amazing in #constellations!

Seeing #JakeGyllenhaal tonight in his Broadway debut! And secretly hoping he still has his SOUTHPAW body to witness it in the...flesh.

Saw #JakeGyllenhaal #ruthwilson in #Constellations on Broadway. Amazin acting & dialogue. Learnd bout string theory 2

What a night! Watched Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson in Constellations -10 feet from them for 70 mins. I laughed, cringed, giggled and cried. Then an amazing filet at Keens. Now enjoying an amazing view of the city. Pinch me.

The acting was superb and it was very entertaining

we went to see "Constellations" on bway with Jake Gyllenhaal....he really is a brilliant actor. interesting play....think "sliding doors"....

It was so good! Would love to hear what you think of it!
Best show I've seen. Incredible. They were all of the things. Yes and yes.

"Constellations" was an engaging play telling the tale of how one couple met and their trials and tribulations thru life. A wonderfully abstract staging of an emotional story, with some added comic relief.

Just saw Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson in Constellations. Not sure I really got the point.

Caught #CONSTELLATIONS tonight on Broadway. Jake Gyllenhaal continues to push himself. Great night of theater.

I'd imagine heaven is something similar to Jake Gyllenhaal with a British accent. ������ #Constellations was amazing. #broadway

#Constellations w Jake Gyllenhaal + Ruth Wilson.Wonderful 90 min.Perfect English accent from him. She's less scary than she is on Luther.

#Constellations is brilliant. And James Gyllenhaal's in it!! What more do you need?!

Another day, another play. Didn't really like the #Constellations plot, but Jake Gyllenhaal's always nice to look at.

Starting 2015 with #Constellations was absolutely inspiring. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson (if you watch The Affair, you already love her) are near flawless in the two-person show depicting the theory that the outcomes of every choice you've ever made -- or not made -- exist in parallel realities (the multiverse). Nick Payne balances the existential with humor and romance perfectly. Go see it!

The play "Constellations" is brilliant, and the acting by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson is among the very best I've seen. See this drama!

Congratulations Ruth Wilson & Jake Gyllenhaal with Constellations tonight. Payne knows how to hit a nerve!! #whiteballoons

Night life! You had to concentrate watching Constellation

After seeing Jake Gyllenhaal trying to lick his own elbow, I don't think 2015 can get any more interesting.

Such an awesome show! My baby daddy #jakegyllenhaal killed it! #nyc #constellations #broadway
Jealous! I heard good things about this play. Have fun tonight!
it was amazing! He's such a fantastic actor. Made me tear up. Come to NY and see it! I'll go again
That's awesome! I wish I could get on a plane like now! Was he gorgeous? I bet he was gorgeous...
So gorgeous! and with a british accent. I died!
Ugh you're killing me!
I'll def be having sweet dreams tonight!

Amazing play that investigates multiple timelines and alternate universes to conclude jake gyllenhaal is still attractive.