Monday, December 31, 2007

The Year In Jake

So USA Today ranked Jake Gyllenhaal at #21 in their 2007 Hottest Celebrities. (Reese came in at #14.) We've done some polling of our own, and curiously Jake is in the top slot for all:

  • Moment that Should Have Been Captured on Tape: Hollywood's It Couple of the moment danced briefly but divinely
  • Couple of the Year
  • Star of the Year
  • Movie of the Year (oh, this one is a tie!)
And in keeping with the spirit, and namesake of the blog, our 10 favorite GyllenBabble quotes of 2007 from the man himself:

No. 10
  • Jake Gooberballs. If you only knew. . . if you only knew.
Late Show With David Letterman
October 15, 2007

No. 9
  • Do you wanna smell it?
Late Night With Conan O'Brien
October 16, 2007

No. 8
  • And you had told her that I called you a couple of months before to play hoop and you had said that you couldn't and then I didn't call you back which made you think that I thought you sucked. And I just want to set the record straight that I think that you sucked.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
February 28, 2007
No. 7
  • Ellen? It's Jake again. C'mon, just pick up the phone. I know you're there. Just call me back, will'ya.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
January 26, 2007

No. 6
  • Jonathan, I don't fly; I swim.
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
October 12, 2007

No. 5
  • You're stressing me out man; I got two and a half minutes.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
October 18, 2007

No. 4
  • Maggie, hand me the child.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
February 27, 2007
No. 3
  • Aaah-maaaay-zing!
Late Night With Conan O'Brien
February 27, 2007
No. 2
  • If I'm going down, baby, I'm going down.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
October 18, 2007
No. 1
  • I'm a Red Sox fan.
Late Night With Conan O'Brien
October 16, 2007

End of year note on behalf of Sarah and me - a toast! Thank you all for taking this ride with us. Thank you for your comments, links, conversation and generosity. We couldn't have done it without all of you. Happy New Year and on to 2008! ~~~felicia

Thanks as always to IHJ for their limitless supply of photos and media.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Jake and Reese Pursuit of Happiness

I had a whole post planned and no time to post it, due to the Patriots game. Thanks for saving me, Jake and Reese!

Check out super happy couple Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon out and about in Santa Monica today. After getting some coffee and lunch, the love birds did a little shopping in Brentwood, all the while playfully flirting and having a wonderful time together. Also, notice the rock on Reese's hand. A Christmas gift from Jake perhaps?

This is the perfect post for the Patriots' pursuit of perfection.

Will add more later...

(Photos courtesy of Flynet Online)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Jake Gyllenhaal - This Day In History

December 27, 2002: The estimable Wall Street Journal calls The Good Girl one of the top 10 movies of the year.

Jake Gyllenhaal is wonderful, too, as an amorous adolescent who calls himself Holden after J.D. Salinger's young hero.

December 27, 2003:
The Good Girl airs on Cinemax channel 4410 in Kingston, Jamaica.

(Kingston, Jamaica)

December 27, 2004:
The Calgary Sun reports that Ang Lee has introduced Jake Gyllenhaal to the Canadian national pastime while on location filming Brokeback Mountain.

And while the production gave Calgarians a chance to glimpse Gyllenhaal and Ledger — along with their co-stars Anne Hathaway (Princess Diaries) and Gyllenhaal's squeeze Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) — around town, it gave the actors a chance to witness the excitement of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Lee himself introduced Gyllenhaal to hockey, attending many of the Flames games.

(Game 6 Stanley Cup Finals, June 5, 2004 - Tampa Bay Lighting at Calgary Flames)

December 27, 2005:
Jenelle Riley for has a fabulous interview with Jake - Jake Of All Trades - where he talks about the three films he had coming out late in that year.

On his role as Jack Twist,

Gyllenhaal says the most difficult part of playing Jack was being unfamiliar with the feelings of his character. "It's foreign to me to be in a love story with another man, being able to make that real and try to move myself into that," he notes. In addition, Jack is the one who pursues the relationship; Ledger's Ennis is more reticent. "To be the one encouraging it, not fighting it, saying, 'This can work, I believe in this' - I've never been in a situation like that," Gyllehaal adds. "A lot of times, as an actor, you can go back and say, 'I can relate this to my life.' And I can relate to being in relationships with women where I've said, 'This can work, this can work.' But there was an added aspect to this that was totally foreign territory to me."

Also on this same date an interview appeared in Los Angeles Times with Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal in advance of her film, Bee Season, being released. Sadly, only an abstract of that interview is available online.

(Premiere of Bee Season at Toronto Int'l Film Festival, Sept. 11, 2005)

December 27, 2006: A year ago, famed Manka's Inverness Lodge suffered a devastating fire in the early morning hours. As we all know now, the Gyllenhaals were staying at the Lodge at the time. Luckily all were able to escape while losing only sentimental possessions (all of Stephen's underwear and Naomi's jewelry).

(The aftermath of the fire at Manka's Inverness Lodge, December 27, 2006)

December 27, 2007:
And finally, MSN Pop of the Day looks back to a year ago in the life of the Gyllenhaals.

Photos courtesy of IHJ, SFGate, Backstage, the Internet

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Jake Gyllenhaal. Reese Witherspoon. Coincidence? Or. . .Fate

Not much to report in the way of Timely, Topical and Totally Unverified Information on Jake, Reese, Brothers or Four Christmases filming, so today's entry is a little feature we're going to call: Coincidence...or Fate.

Shortly after Jake's Untitled Moon Project made news in Variety I became aware of one of Reese's earliest films and thought "What a coincidence! Or is it...fate?"
Oh sure, it's a stretch since we know Jake's movie won't hit theaters with that title. Though it would be funny if it did.

But no my friends, the coincidences don't stop there.
I mean, what are the odds?

Even more coincidental? A sampling of some of the many, and we're talking MANY, photo shoots they've done throughout their career.

Let's call this The Red Phase.

These have that At One With Nature feel.
How many actors do photo shoots with horses? Coincidence? Or. . . fate?

These come from that Vacant Look/Blue-Green Phase.

Do you think all photographers insist on photographing their subjects in that Lolita, or in Jake's case, Lolito, phase no matter what their age? Works for me.

It's uncanny! Reese was doing photo shoots for Jake's films long before he even appeared in them, right down to the denim shirts.

And learning to play the drums for her photo shoot for Jake's film Proof.

Of course no photos of Young Hollywood would be complete without a shot of the Hollywood sign in the background. Reese - check. Jake - check.

How's this for Coincidence. . . or Fate? Two movies that have become synonymous with Reese and Jake have each been adapted for the stage: Legally Blonde The Musical, now in its 10th month on Broadway. . .
. . .and Donnie Darko which ran at the A.R.T. in Cambridge, MA from October 27 - November 18, 2007.

Photos courtesy of IHJ, Glamour Reese, the Internet