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.
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.
December 27, 2005: Jenelle Riley for Backstage.com 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.
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).
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