Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Ever wonder what Jake Gyllenhaal was doing hanging around Austin, Texas last April?


Jake at the San Jose Motel , Austin, TX, on April 22, 2007
Photo by Keith Eby

Seems he was catching the new play, Wireless-less by friend David Modigliani, and checking up on his investment.*

Next month starts the week-long South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, being held as it is every year since 1944 in Austin, Texas.

According to Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Observer, among the films most likely to be jam-packed at next month's South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin: David Modigliani's doc Crawford, which purports to answer the question: "What happens to the 705 residents of Crawford, Texas, when George W. Bush moves to town?" The trailer, posted yesterday, should give you some idea.

Also, this is no small-time affair: Sitting on the moviemakers' "advisory board" are such folks as Jake Gyllenhaal, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and director Brad Silberling.

Could this Jake's first foray into film producing? According to the film's official site:

*Join Jake Gyllenhaal, Ted Danson and a committed group of patrons and investors who are funding Crawford's push to completion.

The film's advisory board's Martha's Vineyard connection is no fluke. Nor is this David Modigliani's first documentary. In 2006 David produced a tribute piece to the Chilmark (MA) Community Center. According to the Martha's Vineyard Times David Modigliani, started at the Center as a camper as a three-year-old, became a counselor when he was 11, and stayed at it until he was 18 - a typical track for many Center kids. Modigliani wrote poetry as an undergraduate at Harvard, but now he is focusing on playwriting and screenwriting as part of a three-year fellowship at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. How fitting that his first completed film was a 30-minute tribute to the Chilmark Community Center, called "Barefoot at Beetlebung: The Center Through Fifty."

To capture the Center's essence, Modigliani interviewed dozens of people who have been directly connected to it - campers, parents, directors, board members, teachers, neighbors, and friends. They all spoke with open affection for the Center. Some saw the organized chaos of mornings at the center as an invitation to experiment, which helped them develop self-reliance. Others praised the ease with which people mixed at the Center - people from different backgrounds, different generations, different everything.

While the Chilmark Community Center has been around 50 years, some of us only recently became aware of it this past summer.

The Chilmark Community Center is a vital part of local life. Profits from the annual Chilmark Road Race go to support the Center.

To read more about David Modigliani's movie, Crawford, see below.

Crawford Official Site

David Modigliani's Blog

Photo courtesy of The Vineyard Gazette

Quick note on one of Jake's acting jobs: IGN has a DVD review for Rendition. Not a lot of info - no real details on the deleted scenes, just that there are five of them.


sass said...

Just in from voting and I get to post first.:lol...people who post this on various blogs and forums are rubbing off on me...*forgive*

As usual you both have found new and exciting Jake news. So, Jake is involved in producing now. It doesn't hurt that the subject is our lame-duck president. I never thought of the town of Crawford, TX, being a temporary residence for #43, therefore,
I'm totally anxious to see this film now.

I attended the SXSW festival in Austin, TX when I lived in San Antonio, TX. It's a Very exciting place to be, great fun, hearty TX food, and excellent music.
The live band capitol of America is the only place to be when SXSW is on.
Thanks again for letting us in on Jake's participation in his friends film. He has so many irons in the fire, it's hard to keep up with all his projects. I am glad to have this blog to help us out:)

I wish I could see BBM again on the big screen. Maybe it will happen here...iwish ihope. I'm glad you saw it again with friends and fans.

chica said...

I just got back from voting too! It was really crowded, a good sign.

You guys are the best, you always find great Jake stuff, i love tgis blog!!

The documentary sounds interesting and I'm glad to hear Jake's involvement with it, i would love to see it.

I never attened the SXSW but I heard that it's one of the best film festivals.

If I remember corectly, Jake has his own poduction Co. called Nine Stories.

office of nancy pelosi said...

Election update /projected winners from the AP: Obama wins GA & ILL, Clinton: OK.

McCain: NJ,ILL,Conn

Romney: Mass

Glad to hear that Jake is involved i the documentry on Bush, way to go Gyllenhaal!!!

suvee said...

FL, what a wonderful post today...... you ladies are the best, bar none!

"Crawford" looks like a doc I will definitely want to see (for so many reasons). Jake is a man of many interests and passions.... I kinda like that about him! Thanks for showing us this side of him, and yes, I really did wonder about that pic of him and Chris in Austin last year. Now I know, they were supporting an old MV friend.

"Almost like a craving."

Lawgoddess, I know exactly what you mean...... and my addiction needs to be fed soon with some new pics! All I can say is, that beard better be gone just as soon as "Brothers" is done filming. : )

Back to watching Super Tuesday returns...

office of nancy pelosi said...

CNN are projecting Clinton the winner in AR & TN and Huckabee the winner in AR.

get real said...

Oh thank you for the info ladies! Crawford looks very interesting. I love docs like this. Like Chica, I hope it gets distribution and is on theatres. Way to go Jake for being behind the scenes on films like that.

Happily voted today. Was a close decision but Hillary got my vote.

UV and FL your post about seeing BBM again was lovely and so touching.

Hugs all

get real said...

Hillary just won New York.

chica said...

Yes she won NY and Mass too!!

FluorescentLamp said...

Hillary has been declared Democratic winner in Massachusetts. No small feat that, since our governor, Deval Patrick and two senior senators, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, came out in support of Barry O.

*FL happy with the outcome*

lawgoddess said...

Great post, but am I the only one who can't see any pictures? B.

bobbyanna said...

FL this was a GREAT post. Lots of interesting information. Amazing how you connect the dots !( Jake's visit to Austin)LOL! Really happy to know Jake is branching out! But like LGBarb I can't see the pictures either!!!! Crawford sounds very interesting.

I remain fascinated at these "overlapping relationships" and how they seem to facilitate Jake's involvement in such a range of projects.

I have to say that since the last debate, when the two candidates "played nice" with each other, I will be very proud no matter which one gets the nomination! I will continue to support Senator Obama, who is holding his own right now, but I am also very excited at the possibility of Hillary getting the nomination. When she gets into discussing issues, and policy, etc. she is really effective! I also cannot ignore my mother! LOL!!
It is just a delight for me to watch this 90 year old woman feeling so optimistic and so passionate about the prospect of a woman as President of the United States.

suvee said...

I can see the pictures, and the YouTube trailer played for me.
I'm on a MacBook.

FluorescentLamp said...

LBarb, bobbyanna perhaps clear your cache? At the moment I can see the pics, they are a wee bit slow loading, but they're there.

Let me know if you still can't see them after you clear your cache.

agent_krycek said...

No problem seeing the photos or the film here.

That documentary looked really interesting, sort of reminded me of something Louis Theroux would do. Really nice to know about Jake's behind the scenes stuff. And to quote bobbyanna - love you for connecting the dots :D

extra said...

Michelle arrives in Australia for Heath's funeral:


Jake struggling with Heath's death:


Anonymous said...

Looka like it was an accidental prescription overdose.


josie said...

I thought that it was an accidental overdose of prescription drugs at the time nd now it has been confirmed.

He is home now, RIP Heath.

agent_krycek said...

Accidental, as most of us thought, he just wanted to sleep - how horribly sad :(

RIP Heath

agent_krycek said...

Heath's family statement on the autopsy results


Heartbreaking and beautiful words

FluorescentLamp said...

Such a tragic accident. Those damn opiates.


get real said...

Very sad and upsetting news about the toxicology report. Tragic. RIP Heath. I hope you are at peace. :(

His fathers words really are beautiful and gut wrenching.

Thanks for the info everyone.

Hugs all

sass said...

Just came on NY channels...OMG He just wanted to sleep and be pain free and sleep and calm his nerves...just like we all thought...my poor darling boy...I am finished for mow...until later.

Heath's report

Medical Examiner: Ledger Died From Prescription Drug Overdose

February 06, 2008

The city medical examiner has concluded that the death of actor Heath Ledger was "accidental," the result of an abuse of prescription pain medications.

The statement released by the chief medical examiner reveals that the actor had taken a lethal combination of painkillers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medication, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine.

"We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescription medications," read the brief statement.

Just minutes after the release of the medical examiner's statement, Ledger's family released their own, which read in part:

"While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage."

The 28-year-old was found dead in his SoHo apartment on January 22nd.

Ledger has a two-year-old daughter Matilda Rose with ex-girlfriend Michelle Williams. The couple split up last year. They met while working on the film "Brokeback Mountain," for which Ledger earned an Oscar nomination.

Some of Ledger's other credits include "Monster's Ball", "A Knight's Tale" and "The Patriot." He will also appear as the Joker in "The Dark Night," a sequel to 2005's "Batman Begins."

Ledger's parents and other close relatives have been gathering in their hometown of Perth, Australia, this week after spending nearly two weeks in the U.S. immediately following his death.

They are reportedly planning a private service in Perth and will either bury Ledger's body or inter his cremated remains in the city.

sass said...

Kim Ledger's Statement. I respect him for warning others about the dangers....

We remain humble as parents and a family, among millions of people worldwide who may have suffered the tragic loss of a child. Few can understand the hollow, wrenching, and enduring agony parents silently suffer when a child predeceases them. Today's results put an end to speculation, but our son's beautiful spirit and enduring memory will forever remain in our hearts.

While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage.

Our family enjoyed an extremely happy two week visit with Heath just prior to the New Year. Those recent precious days will stay with us forever. We as a family feel privileged to have some of his amazing magic moments captured in film. To most of the world Heath was an actor of immeasurable talent and promise. To those who knew him personally, Heath was a consummate artist whose passions also included photography, music, chess and directing. We knew Heath as a loving father, as our devoted son, and as a loyal and generous brother and friend.

We treasure our beautiful granddaughter Matilda (to our dear Michelle) as well as an unbelievably wonderful network of close friends, forever, around the world. Families rarely experience the uplifting, warm and massive outpouring of grief and support as have we, from every corner of the planet. This has deeply and profoundly touched our hearts and lives. We are eternally grateful.

At this moment we respectfully request the worldwide media allow us time to grieve privately, without the intrusions associated with press and photography.

sass said...

meant to post above statement via DCF farewell heath forum...

chica said...

Just as I thought, how sad & heartbreaking.

RIP Heath

Narcissa said...

Heartrending, and yet uplifting words from Heath's father.

UltraViolet said...

No worries, sass - it's good to have Heath's father's beautiful words here. The statement was so moving.

I hope the news about the cause of death gives them some sort of closure, though I imagine some of Heath's family and friends will be haunted by what-ifs.

The gloomy weather outside in Boston certainly reflects the mood of the day. I hope the weather is fairer in Perth.

sheba baby said...

Heath's father's words are both heartbreaking and beautiful.

Yes, I hope this is a closure for everyone.

sass said...
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shondra said...

The DEA is investigating how Heath's death:


I don't know what to say anymore.

Anonymous said...

Jake may be attached to Nailed again:


suvee said...

"Nailed" might really be Jake's next project? Jessica B. notwithstanding, I sure hope so.

Well, according to IMDB, "Nailed" starts filming April 14 in South Carolina and Connecticut.
Wasn't there recently some "have lunch with Jake Gyllenhaal" in Connecticut thing being reported? And weren't we wondering why Jake would be in Connecticut in the spring?

FluorescentLamp said...

Mmmmm...Connecticut in the springtime. Nothing finer.

So who wants to play another round of connect the dots?


UltraViolet said...

Ha! FL, I bow to your superlative detective skills. The BAFTA mystery man is finally revealed.

How cool of Jake to take his friend to a film industry shindig, knowing he'd make connections.

Nice job!

sheba baby said...

You guys are awesome! Mystery man at the Bafta'a revealed, I thought he was a PA at the time, LOL!!!!

It's geat tht Jake helps his friends out any chance he gets, I love playing connect the dots with you guys.

sass said...

Awesome sleuthing. How about that Jake. He is a great friend.
see ya later:)

extra said...

I know that there was some chatter amongst some online fanse regarding Jake attending Heath's memorial. I was watching E news last night and they mentioned that Jake was there, they also mentioned that Michelle was there and it was reported at the time that she wasn't.

Just thought I would mention it since that blogger had to lock her entry regarding Jake and Reese at the service.

Anonymous said...

A comment on the IMDB board posted on 1/13/08 (Sunday) regarding the engagement rumors:

"ya know i heard that too, i live in charleston and heard she was vacationing here right now and that they were engaged, then i looked up gossip sites and its said nothing about it, so i didnt know if it was true or not"

The reason why I posted this was of course was because if Nailed starts filming in April in CT and SC, it will be filming right where Reese vacations. I heard that's one of her favorite placed to go and there were rumors at one point that she wanted to move there. I do wonder if she was vacationing in Charleston last month though.

Also, Mary Steenburgen is on the advisory board for the Crawford Documentary, Mary also will be playing Reese's mom in Four Christmases!!

Anonymous said...

Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson are friends of the Gyllenhaals and have had a place on MV for ages. That's where Jake met Chelsea Clinton. Is Borthers still shooting?

extra said...

Jake and Michelle expected to be at Heath's funeral on Saturday:


Office of Nancy Pelosi said...

Breaking news:
Romney campaign is kaput!


lawgoddess said...

In a way I hope jake is going to Australia ( I don't really trust the reports). If he is, maybe he can be a help to Michelle.

And maybe if he goes, it will silence the mean people who are presuming to tell him how to grieve.

He is doing a good job of avoiding the paps and press. I think he has good people around him, Reese included. B.

extra said...

Wake for Heath to be held on his favorite beach:


Anonymous said...

Jake still in shock:


Anonymous said...



Red Sox vs The Phillies, LOL!!

lawgoddess said...

I looked at this site


and searched National Ledger and didn't see a story about Jake being in shock. The most recent article there was over a week old.

Does anyone have a better link?


Anonymous said...

That story from Yahoo is a total lie. Funny, but a lie.

Anonymous said...

The story is from OK magazine, National ledger just reposted it.


jessica fletcher said...

UV/FL :I'm impressed with your detective skills, Jake and Chris in TX to support and check out their friends play, the same friend with Jake at the '06 Baftas.

I could have used you guys on the Cove....

extra said...

Blogger who worked on Brohers as an extra. His last date was last Frida, 2/1 and he worked with Tobey, no Jake or Natalie but interesting:


get real said...

FL, you rock at the detective work! Nice to see Jake having friends with him at important moments like Bafta.

These Jake/Ryan/Reese fighting "stories" are so ridiculous. Ugh... And the Jake "in mourning" stories are enough. Just leave the guy alone already. So insulting to him and to everyone mourning Heath.

Anonymous said...

Jake and Reese got married!

Anonymous said...

LOL!!! I just wanted to let folks know that there are pics of Ryan out food-shopping with Deacon on Wednesday.

chica said...

Jake is no longer attached to Farragut North, probaby due to Nailed:

John Hughes to direct 'Farragut North'
Production to begin performances in summer

Doug Hughes will helm "Farragut North," Beau Willimon's Broadway-bound play about a young man who is a staff member for rising presidential candidate.
Production aims to begin perfs early this summer at a theater to be determined.

"North" will be the second politically themed Rialto outing this year for producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, whose production of David Mamet's presidential comedy "November" opened last month. Also on the "Farragut" production team are Steve Traxler, Michael Filerman and Stuart Thompson.

In recent months the rumor mill had pegged Mike Nichols, who will direct a Broadway revival of "The Country Girl" this spring, as the director of "Farragut." Jake Gyllenhaal was rumored to be interested in the lead role, but is now said to be no longer a possibility.

Hughes is one of Broadway's most regularly employed helmers, with credits including "Doubt," "Frozen," "Inherit the Wind" and Mauritus"


UltraViolet said...

Aww, it's too bad Jake won't be doing Farragut North. I hope he does a play at some point, though!

Now, three links saying that Jake has arrived in Perth.

I wish there were more details; it's pretty sketchy. But I do hope it's true.

UltraViolet said...

Oops - left this link out. Sorry!

bobbyanna said...

Thanks, UV. I'm hoping these reports are accurate. I found some additional information on the funeral itself, no mention of who'd attend, but it was attached to a report on the ME's findings.


sass said...

I think about Heath all the time these last few days, maybe because this weekend he will be at home with his family.

When I read that Jake had arrived in Perth my chest got this heavy feeling almost like heart pain. I can't imagine Jake's pain.
{{{{{Jake and Heath's family and Michelle and Matilda}}}}}

My heart is still heavy. I can't shake this sadness.
good nite babblers all,

Anonymous said...

Reese is done filming Four Christmases. This is from a Vince Vaughn interview, he is currently promoting a movie.

Vaughn, though, won't stray too far from his more acerbic "Wedding Crashers" and "Old School" brand. He's just finished a comedy in that vein, "Four Christmases." He and Reese Witherspoon play newlyweds who spend the holidays visiting four bitterly estranged parents.

agent_krycek said...

Still feeling so sad about this, also the fact that tommorrow Heath will be buried, it still seems completely inconceivable :(

If Jake is there, I hope and pray he gets the chance, along with the rest of Heath's loving family and friends, to say goodbye in peace, in no way, shape or form do I need or want to see pictures of the funeral

get real said...

Hey all,

Appreciate the info, UV of Jake in Perth. Does sound as if he is there. I am sure we will get more confirmation as the funeral approaches. :( My heart is with Jake, Michelle, Matilda and Heath's family right now. AK I don't want to see any pics of the funeral. I think our hearts will be heavy for the loss of Heath and for his loved ones for a while. Especially tomorrow and the funeral.

FN is out but I hope Jake does do a play one of these days. I would be there in a second! So I guess we will hear more about "Nailed" or the Moon Movie soon if one of them is starting filming soon in March or April. I would be very excited if filming was in CT!

Have a good Friday everyone.

sheba baby said...

Thanks for the info and links UV,
It sounds like he arrived in Perth.

I hope they are given the privacy and they are allowed to grieve with out the sleazy paps around.

My thought and prayers are with his family and loved ones, he has returned home.

Southern Comfort said...

Something occurred to me regarding filming for "Nailed."

An above poster reported that it will film in Conneticut and South Carolina. I suspect that the majority of it will actually be shot in Conneticut and South Carolina will only be used for the "Congress scenes."

The state house in South Carolina had the same arcitech as the Capitol building in Washington. In fact, it was directly modelled after the Capitol building. That's why many Hollywood productions use the South Carolina State House in place of the Capitol when filming. Ironically enough, Reese Witherspoon's film, "Legally Blond 2: Red, White and Blond" used the state house for this very purpose.

Jake plays a Congressman right?

I have a gut feeling that's what is going on here.

Anonymous said...

Seems a press release has been sent out for The Night Before event. Both Jake & Reese are on the list.



Celebrities on this year's hosting committee include: Jennifer Aniston, Tanya Haden Black & Jack Black, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Luciana & Matt Damon, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Jake Gyllenhaal, Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt, Jennifer & Tobey Maguire, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Christine Taylor & Ben Stiller, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Weisz, Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks, Kate Winslet & Sam Mendes, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas.

Reese's parents live in Charleston, S.C. (she is rumored to own a home there) but Columbia is a two hour drive from there.

southern comfort said...

Reese's parents live outside Nashville, Tennessee.

Reese does not own a home in Charleston. It is where she got married though. Apparently she likes it there a lot.

You're right though, the film will probably shoot in Columbia.

dixie chick said...

I remember the rumors about Reese moving with her kids to S. Carolina after her split with Ryan which she denied.

She is said to love it there and does vacation there so that's where the rumors started.

chica said...

Theresa who runs the beautiful HeathLedger Memorial Blog (linked here) will be closing the blog this Tuesday as she promised.

Stop by when you get a chance before she closes it on Tuesday, it was a beautiful tribute to a beautiful man.

get real said...

It's Saturday morning in Perth. Thinking of everyone there....

Interesting connection of "Nailed" filming in SC. Love the Reese/Jake connection!

Take care everyone

Anonymous said...

A few of the posters over at IHJ translated an interview with Jake from Italian from the Italian Vanity Fair. He did the interview back in October:


Anonymous said...

Reese's parents moved some years back, they do live in S.C. now.
Here brother and uncles still live near Nashville. She got married in S.C. and her folks may have lived their dating as far back as that.

I'll try to get some old articles for you.

Anonymous said...

Heath's funeral service will be starting soon...10:00 A.M. in Perth.
He has been in my thoughts and prayers all day.

southern comfort said...

I'm pretty sure her parents live in Nashville.

After all, her mother is a professor at Vanderbilt University, which is in Nashville; and her father is a throat (ears and nose as well) surgeon and knows many Country stars from Nashville. During her interview with Jay Leno in October she spoke of her father

It's possible that the Witherspoon's own a summer house in Charleston, and vacation there. That would actually explain the Reese connection to Charleston (it was also there that Ryan proposed to her, while they were on "vacation") and why she visits so often, but I'm 99.9% sure her family still lives in Nashville.

After all, Reese visited there over Thanksgiving remember?

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure on this one, but I think they may have a home in Charleston at the very least. I remember Lainey saying Reese was spotted at her Uncle's home in Nashville for the holiday, I also think her brother is a Real Estate agent there, or was at one time.
It's possible Reese's parents are retired. Perhaps Reese purchased a vacation home for the entire family in Charleston.

Anonymous said...

Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
- Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at III, ii)

bobbyanna said...

HI, everyone. I've picked up some news on events in Perth, but there isn't too much yet. I hope UV, with her vastly superior "research skills" might be able to find better info. But so far, ninemsn.au has said that hundreds of people have arrived for Heath's funeral at Penrhos College and more are still arriving. Heath's father earlier held an impromtu news conference to let the media know they'd worked with the police to have an area from which pictures of people arriving and leaving could occur. ID is being checked at the door of the chapel. Only the immediate family will be
at the interrment. Then the wake at Heath's favorite beach will happen I think. Not sure. Only person the Aussie news is reporting on is Gemma Ward arriving at the chapel.

Heath's father has been so gracious and so thoughtful through this ordeal. I can only say they are all in my prayers.

UltraViolet said...

That's pretty much all the information I have, Bobbyanna. Jake is still said to be there, but no photo evidence so far. It's a waiting game at this point.

sass said...

Evening everyone,
I haven't read all the posts yet, but I thought I'd post my Perth and my home clock.
It's 1:39 PM in Perth Saturday afternoon and it's 11:29PM Friday night in at home in NYC.

bobbyanna said...

Getty images now has pictures of Michelle and Kate Ledger arriving. people.com is saying Cate Blanchett and Brian Brown are there. They say there are hundreds with more arriving. I am really comforted to know how much love and esteem so many people have for him.

sass said...

Kim Ledger pleads for privacy while burying son, Heath

sass said...

Some of Heath's Funeral

sass said...

Can't sleep...found interesting article about accidental overdose deaths among our soldiers.

Military Eyeing Mysterious Deaths
It seems the Army is encountering accidental deaths among our soldiers and are very concerned. Perhaps that's why Bush was going to hold a press conference until Heath passed away.
I sent a copy of this article to Andrea Peyser of NY Post fame; she should remember me or maybe she won't;)
She's unbelievable, using Heath's death to make her bones again in the tabloid world.
love to all

UltraViolet said...

Consider the source, but the NY Daily News says that Jake arrived in Australia on Friday but wasn't seen at the service. The only reason I even bother posting it is that it's more specific than other stories about when Jake allegedly arrived.

Wherever Jake is, I hope he is okay.

The service for Heath seems like it was heart-wrenching. You can see the program and cover.

That is a wonderful Heath pic!

This story says Jake was on the guest list. No idea how they know that.

RIP, Heath.

Anonymous said...

Well it seems people are assuming Jake didn't go to the funeral. I don't think we will know one way or another until Jake says something. But I hope some people will not judge him without some sort of knowledge of his actions.

Anonymous said...

Jake Gyllenhaal, who co-starred with Ledger in the critically-acclaimed gay cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" was this week reported to be planning to attend the funeral but has not yet been seen in Perth.

Quote from World News Blog

Anonymous said...

It's possible he didn't fly to Perth. There are other people who were very close to Heath, like Ben Harper and his wife Laura Dern, and Martin Henderson, Orlando Bloom, and Russell Crowe, who may or may not have been at the LA service, but nevertheless, have to be deeply affected by his death.
Philip Noyce who would have directed him in Dirt Music, attended the service.

extra said...

Tear and tributes for Heath:


get real said...

Hi all

Thank you for all the updates, links, info, everyone.

Surreal that this is happening. Don't know if Jake was there or not but I hope people won't give him a hard time for it. He should be able to mourn the way he needs to. Just as Michelle and Heath's family do. Sounds like Heath got a wonderful sendoff.


Good to have you all here. (((Babblers)))

Anonymous said...

Jake noticably absent. From the Daily Telegraph

Anonymous said...

If Jake was seen arriving in Australia and not seen at the service perhaps he stayed with Matilda since she was not seen either and he is her godfather.

Anonymous said...

UV, your posts today at DC have been very illuminating.

shondra said...

The story and pictures of Michelle and others swimming and celebrating Heath's life put a much needed smile on my face, thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

Jake would not fly all the way to Perth to babysit Matilda. Jake didn't go to Australia.

Anonymous said...

The only person from America to have gone to Australia seems to be Michelle. Everyone else who was there is actually from Australia.

It wouldn't surprise me if he didn't go. In fact, I don't think that he did.

Anonymous said...

From Rolling Stone Magazine: Tribute to a reluctant star:


Anonymous said...

If Jake went then that's ok. If he didn't attend the funeral, then that's ok too.

I just get tired of seeing all these articles saying "will Jake attend?" "will Jake not attend?" "Jake Gyllenhaal has arrived" "Jake Gyllenhaal is no where to be seen"...etc.

quote from IHJ

I'll add to that not only the media but also BBM fans!!!!
Leave him alone...

Anonymous said...

Some Jake & Reese parts to the puzzle.

Untiltled Rufus Wainwright documentary.

Director = Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes = directed Jake in Jarhead

Sam Mendes wife = Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet = Reese Witherspoon's friend. Reese presented Kate with this years BAFTA Britanna Award. They never worked on a project together, Reese never worked with Sam either. But in the words of Reese "Imagine my good fortune when Kate Winslet moved into my neighborhood, rang my door bell and said, 'Dahling Sam [Mendes] is off shooting, and I believe our children are the same age. Could they possibly have a play date and oh, by the way, it's almost 9 o'clock and I've had nothing to drink, do you have any wine?'"


Now we all know that Jake loves Rufus, I can provide links but I don't think I need to. First there is the BBM music, then the the NYC show, later the first offical hollywood reported party to which Jake attended the party with Reese and of course the New Years Eve concert and photos.

As for Jake & Sam, Jake has made a public point that he was willing to beg for the part in Jarhead and that he went so far as to call Kate and beg her to help him get the part.

Both Jake & Reese have said that the knew each other for years. I have read blogs by so called insiders which say that friends of the duo hooked them up, that they made sure to invite both to mutual party.

It seems they have more in common than we knew, one of those things is Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet.

Gyllenspooner said...

Another is their mutual friendship with Jennifer Aniston and her little gang: Courtney Cox, David Fincher (Jen was the one who suggested Jake to David), Cathrine Keener, etc.

gyllenspooner said...

Mark Ruffalo --- Reese's co-star in "Just Like Heaven" and Jake's co-star in "Zodiac."

Mark's wife Summer is said to be very good friends with Michelle Williams, so it is likely that he and Jake are close friends as well, given Jake's friendship with Heath and Michelle.

Also, have you guys noticed how many people (both actors and crew) were in both "Just Like Heaven" and "Zodiac."

UltraViolet said...

A couple of IMDb posts indicating that Jake was in New Mexico this past week.

I'm sure Jake will be excoriated for drinking in a bar instead of delaying the movie, not to mention interrupting the lives of the other cast and crew, and flying to Perth, but there you have it.

UltraViolet said...

Interesting info on the Sam Mendes/Rufus Wainwright doc. Hollywood is a small town!

bobbyanna said...

I'm pretty convinced that blogger was telling the truth when she said she worked in catering and saw Jake and Reese at the large memorial service in LA. All the "reports" that Jake was going to Perth were wishful thinking from people on the fringes, or from the media who really doesn't know...the same media that had Reese and Jake breaking up every other week...when they weren't reporting Reese's "pregnancy."
It's a lot easier to get from NM to LA than to Perth!

gabbana said...

The IMDB sightings seem to be credible - at least to me. I have never believed that Jake went to Perth and was surprised to read "he has arrived".

Sometimes I am getting the creepy feeling that some people are more interested in speculating about Jakes reaction than in honouring Heath - unfortunatly also some of the Brokeback fans.

I really wish people would give it a rest now.

The celebration on the beach after the funeral service was heartbreaking and a wonderful way to send someone off. Heath was a free-spirited soul - he would have loved this way saying good-bye.

agent_krycek said...

I'm sure Jake will be excoriated for drinking in a bar instead of delaying the movie, not to mention interrupting the lives of the other cast and crew, and flying to Perth, but there you have it.

Must admit, when I saw the filming schedule for Brothers I couldn't work out how on earth he could have got there - I'm sure he's said goodbye to Heath as he wanted to, and that's all that matters, how he mourns his friend is completely his own business.

The photos from the beach are just amazing, make you grin and cry at the same time - perfect send off for him.

Anonymous said...

According to this past weeks Star, Jake and Reese are living together.

Considering the source I doubt it.

IMO, Jake attenede both of the Memorials in LA because he knew that he wouldn't make the funeral in Perth due to filming.

suvee said...

Thanks UV, for passing along the 2 "Brothers" sightings of Jake this past week. Not surprised.... I thought it highly unlikely he would go to Perth, given "Brothers" was not done filming.

I do believe he attended at least one (if not both) of the L.A. memorials for Heath. "People" may be a gossip mag, but they do at least make an attempt to be accurate. Combined with the LJ girl's report of seeing J & R at the 2nd memorial, it just seems believable to me that he was there.

Looks like the writer's strike may really be settled..... so now I am wondering if we will see Reese or Jake as presenters at the Oscars. Reese seems the more likely bet IMO. Would love to see a clean shaven, nattily dressed Jake there though! : )

get real said...

Morning all. :)

Appreciate the Brothers info, UV! It makes sense that Jake was back in NM to finish filming. All I can say is good on him. He needs to do what he needs to do. I agree that he was probably part of those LA memorials and probably spent time with the Ledgers/Michelle/Matilda privately.

Always fascinating to read the connections in HW. Everyone seems to be connected in some way.

Now we just have to wonder if J/R will still be hosting that pre-Oscars event.

suvee said...

"Now we just have to wonder if J/R will still be hosting that pre-Oscars event."

get real, I'm hoping they will still be there.

Can't find the article now, but I did read last week a little blurb about this "Night Before" Oscar event....... and apparently it's a "no press" party. So we may never know if J/R attended.

Anonymous said...

"According to this past weeks Star, Jake and Reese are living together."

Not that I have ever read the Star but I have thought that for a while now.

Gyllenspooner said...

Why would the LJ story be false?

It wasn't even about Jake and Reese. It was about all the celebrities she saw while working at that event, and one line was dedicated to Jake and Reese (out of a whole page of information). She just casually mentioned how she had seen Jake and Reese there and certain people went ape-s**t.

Because certain people, who otherwise believe in fairy tales, don't believe it doesn't mean that it didn't happen.

Second, I doubt that they are living together. It's not because I think it's too soon, it's because I don't think Reese would feel comfortable having a live-in boyfriend living with her kids. I just can't believe how much stuff the tabloids make up.

Third, I think it's obvious that Reese and Jake will be at that pre-Oscar event together since they are both co-hosts of the party.

Jake finishes filming "Brothers" on Tuesday. Reese is already done filming "Four Christmases." There will probably be more photos of them together in the coming weeks.

gyllenspooner said...

Correction: Jake finished working on Brothers today. I think he is officially wrapped "Brothers" as I write this.

Off topic: What do you guys think about the presidential election? I was cheering for Hillary, but I'm beginning to think that she will lose. I don't write this easily. I am in total shock about this.

lawgoddess said...

On a frivolous note, I sure hope the end of Brothers filming means the end of the beard. I want to see Jake's handsome face again.B.

office of nancy pelosi said...

As a supporter of Senator Clinton, I'm concerned as well. Her campaign amnager either quit or was moved elsewhere and she looks like she is losing Maine tonight, sigh.

extra said...

Bafta winners announced:

Atonement named Best Film
La Vie en Rose wins 4 BAFTAs
No Country for Old Men wins 3
Anthony Hopkins receives Academy Fellowship

Atonement was named Best Film at tonight’s Orange British Academy Film Awards, held at London’s Royal Opera House.

La Vie en Rose received the highest number of wins with 4 BAFTAs. No Country for Old Men won 3 BAFTAs, with Atonement and The Bourne Ultimatum receiving 2 BAFTAs each.

Marion Cotillard received the BAFTA for Leading Actress for La Vie en Rose for her portrayal of Edith Piaf. The film also won awards for Music, Make Up & Hair and Costume Design, presented posthumously to designer Marit Allen.

Joel and Ethan Coen won the Director award for No Country for Old Men and Javier Bardem was named Supporting Actor for his performance. The film also received the Cinematography BAFTA.

In addition to winning the Best Film BAFTA, Atonement also won the Production Design award. The Bourne Ultimatum won the awards for Sound and Editing.

Anthony Hopkins was awarded the Academy Fellowship, the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA, in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.

Daniel Day Lewis won Leading Actor for his performance as oil baron Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood. The Supporting Actress award was presented to Tilda Swinton for her role in Michael Clayton.

This is England was named Best British Film, one of 6 award categories decided by BAFTA jury. The Film Not in the English Language award was won by The Lives of Others.

The Original Screenplay BAFTA was presented to Diablo Cody for Juno and the Adapted Screenplay award went to Ronald Harwood for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

The award for Animated Film was won by Ratatouille. The Special Visual Effects BAFTA was presented to The Golden Compass.

Writer Matt Greenhalgh won The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film for Control.

The Pearce Sisters won the Short Animation award and the Short Film award was presented to Dog Altogether.

Property Master Barry Wilkinson was presented with the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. This award is given in the Gift of the Academy and its primary purpose is to honour the talents of individuals from the film industry whose achievements are not usually recognised in other awards categories. Barry’s credits include Indiana Jones, Titanic, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Fifth Element, and the Harry Potter films.

The Orange Rising Star Award was presented to Shia LaBeouf, star of Transformers. This award recognises a young international actor or actress who has demonstrated exceptional talent and has begun to be recognised as a film star in the making. This award, now in its third year, was created in honour of Mary Selway, the highly respected casting director, who died in 2004.

The winner of 60 Seconds of Fame, BAFTA and Orange’s short film initiative, was announced earlier this afternoon in front of a big screen in Covent Garden Piazza. Hundreds of filmmakers from the 15 BBC Nations and Regions around the UK entered 60-second short films, which were then voted on by regional BAFTA panels. Up to five films in each region were put to a public vote and over 24,000 votes were cast. The winning film from each region was viewed by a BAFTA jury who decided the overall winner. The winning film, United (Polar Showtime Dancers) was created by Cheryl Marshall from the East Midlands.

The Orange British Academy Film Awards were hosted by Jonathan Ross and broadcast on BBC ONE at 21:00. The Awards were sponsored by Orange for the 11th year running and the awards broadcast was produced by Whizz Kid .


UltraViolet said...

Posted on IHJ - the In Memoriam tribute from the BAFTAs. Heath is at the end. For some reason, this has made me cry and cry.

BAFTA tribute

Fed Up said...

The BAFTA's are so pro-British (and anti-American) that it's not even funny. I'm surprised Jake won for BM.

If a British person was nominated in a certain category, they almost certainly won.

Boo England.

bobbyanna said...

I know it is probably very little consolation UV, but I cried too. I thought I was doing OK today, but I'm not. That is not the Award show segment I ever thought to see Heath in. The BAFTA clip, opening with young William jousting in Knight's Tale, to the scene from BBM, was very well done. He really looked beautiful.

sass said...

Heath did look beautiful in that clip. I never expected to him in that category either.
good nite all:)

sheba baby said...

The stories and the pictures coming out of Austraila regarding Heath's funeral was both sad and uplifting.

The Bafta clip had me crying all over again...

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize Heath was cremated:


RIP Heath

agent_krycek said...

The BAFTA clip was just beautiful, just turned the BAFTAs on when that came up - felt bad for Orlando and Sienna who were obviously really close to tears, did make me glad Jake wasn't there as I'm sure the camera would have lingered on his face :(

The BAFTA's are so pro-British (and anti-American) that it's not even funny. I'm surprised Jake won for BM.

Apart from the fact that an American film and a French one completely outperformed the British film ???

Jake/Reese living together - I, obviously, don't know, but all his freetime does seem to be spent in Brentwood these days....

UltraViolet said...

Yup, if Jake's not living with Reese, I bet he at least has a drawer :)

New post!