Thursday, May 8, 2008

Thievery and New Pics Redux

People seem to be having trouble getting the comments page. (More reason not to use IE!) So let's try this again. (We'll bring all the comments over, as well.)

On Saturday, Ang Lee appeared at the eighth annual Ebertfest. In a Q&A following the screening of his version of The Incredible Hulk, Lee was asked about working with Heath Ledger on Brokeback Mountain. He is quoted in several places as saying: “Heath was the perfect cowboy. I wanted Heath to carry the movie and Jake Gyllenhaal to steal the show.”

I think that's a wonderful way to view the movie.

Of course, Jake has shown himself to be a master show-stealing thief. Whether it's hosting a comedy show:

Jake Gyllenhaal - Dreamgirls sélectionné dans Humour et Sketchs

Presenting an award:

"The claps, the whistles, the screams. He was the evening's rock star."

Winning an award

"One of the most popular awards of the night came with the presentation of ‘Best Supporting Actor’. Although George Clooney was nominated for two awards in this category (Good Night, and Good Luck And Syriana), and Matt Dillon and Don Cheadle were suitably perfect in Crash, there was a lingering moment when I do believe I wanted Jake Gyllenhaal to win. Not only for Brokeback Mountain, but for Donnie Darko and everything in between. To win an award to show that he was not merely another Hollywood heartthrob. And so he did… for the first time, in what has seemed like decades, an actor has looked genuinely shocked to have won. Gasping in terror as everyone burst into rapturous applause, Gyllenhaal made it to the stage but seemed too shell-shocked to make a speech. But like the respectable young man we know him to be, he delivered a genuinely thankful speech, full of praise for the BAFTAS. Isn’t it wonderful when an American seems just a little bit British?"

Working with more famous veterans:

"But it was Gyllenhaal I found most affecting. His performance is a largely interior one -- more so than in his earlier performances in pictures like "Donnie Darko" and "Lovely & Amazing." I suspect some people will think he's just not doing much, but for me, that's exactly the key: Joe is so immersed in grief that he's had to remove himself from it as a survival tactic -- he's drifting and paddling alongside it, like a cowboy who has dismounted his horse to ford a river."

Or wearing a Santa hat:

What are your favorite Jake scene steals?

FITS is at it again - new pics and trying to stir up trouble. But if they were taken last night, as they say and as the details indicate, then Jake certainly wasn't at a mall in LA yesterday.

(Pics courtesy of FITS)


FL said...

FluorescentLamp said...

See, when I said I expected "some other blog" to do a post about that quote, what I really meant was some other blog owner, preferably the co-owner of a blog that goes by Gyllenbabble. Hee.

Great post, UV.

Favorite Jake scene-steal? Easy. When he pops his shoulder in City Slickers. Or his silent torment, face to the wall, in the Bop Gun episode of Homicide. He really had IT early on didn't he.

May 8, 2008 10:35 AM

UV said...

UltraViolet said...

Hee - I almost put that shoulder pop on there, but I ran out of time!

He was a scene stealing prodigy.

Actually, I need to find that baseball team photo you had - the one where he's the only one not wearing a cap! That showed he was a star from the early days!

Cute Columbia celeb Starbucks roll:

Our friend Kelly O! left Los Angeles for love in South Carolina-- and ironically stumbled upon some big celeb sightings at the Starbucks where she works. Here are her words.

THE PLACE: Columbia, SC.
THE MOVIE: "Nailed," starring Jessica Beil, and Jake Gyllenhall.
Jake Gyllenhall ordered TWO Venti, non-fat, Capuccinos. I unknowingly snaked one of his remaining shots (espresso) and alas, he had to stand there just a tad longer before his drink was complete. He came in himself and was very friendly. Talking to locals, shaking hands, etc.

Catherine Keener, also very cool, down to Earth and a big tipper--NICE!-- ordered Venti, non-fat, 4 raw sugar, Cap.

Kurt Fuller also comes in. He's just a coffee guy, but friendly too.

James Marsden has been in, but I haven't seen him.

FUNNY STORY: The first time Jake came in, the new girl at the register went BEET red and said, "Well, I guess we don't need your name for your cup!" Cute.

Jessica Biel has not been in to my knowlege, but I hear she's renting a house in the Lake District. So, it stands to reason the fact that Justin Timberlake was here playing basketball at the Strom Thurmond gym (or whatever it's called) on Monday lastweek.

It's pretty funny that I lived my whole life in California, and in only 3 months in South Carolina (of all places) I've seen as many celebrities!

May 8, 2008 11:58 AM

UV said...

UltraViolet said...

This is an old Jake/Reese story from Us, but some Charlestoners sought it out and posted about seeing them on Saturday:

9:14 PM Stephanie Says:
I saw them too this past Saturday on the street in Charleston. They just stroolllled right by, hand in hand, chit chatting on a Saturday afternoon. No one else around us even noticed it was them. They were SUPER cute. And Reese had on the cutest white jeans I've ever seen. And Jake's lips/profile are even hotter in person.

9:10 PM Anonymous Says:
We just saw them walking around on king street in charleston sc. They look great together

Another in the "Jake is even hotter in person" column!

May 8, 2008 12:47 PM

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Great post UV, Jake scene stealers um to hard to pick I'm afraid, all of them.

Also I could not get to the comments for this post, had to keep reloading the page.

May 8, 2008 2:10 PM

UV said...

UltraViolet said...

Hmm - thanks for the heads-up, anon. I was beginning to think this was our most unpopular post ever :) Or that everyone got sucked into the stolen scenes and couldn't find their way back out!

May 8, 2008 2:15 PM

lawgoddess said...

lawgoddess said...

Delightful post.

I thought Jake stole every scene he was in in the film Lovely and Amazing. I really don't care for the movie, but I watch it for the sweet, sexy, late adolescent Jake and his scenes with Catherine Keener.

May 8, 2008 2:31 PM

sheba baby said...

sheba baby said...

Moonlight Mile: Even with Sarandon and Hoffman in the cast, I thought he stole most of the scenes.

What a wonderful movie and performance.

May 8, 2008 2:39 PM

bobbyanna said...

bobbyanna said...

First, all these people in who had the chance to see Jake and Reese together, just BEING together, wandering around, going to the local Starbucks, etc. are so lucky!(sigh!)

OK. I'm probably missing the point on this thread, but the scenes Jake "steals" for me are really these little moments. Gems.

I'm totally enthralled whenever he's on screen. But there are certain moments that are quintessentially Jake.

When he says, "That's my slave name..." in GG. Or the way he is looking at Heath in BBM when they are sharing whiskey by the fire, and Heath says, "Whut?"

The way he moves in that SNIT scene, when Heath pulls him over, and he lowers himself on top of him. Gave me goosebumps!

That little secret, shy smile, when he buries his face in Heath's curls at the Siesta Motel, and whispers, "Yes I did...I redlined it all the way..."(Gettin' teary here!)

In Jarhead, after they drag away the marine who watches his wife have sex with the neighbor, Jake is sitting there,barely able to contain his volcanic rage, his hurt,when Peter asks what he's doing. "I'm just waitin' for you to leave so I can watch it again!"

I've found with Jake, I can't just watch a movie once. I have to really pay attention to him. For me, his films are rich with these little gems.

Of course,the absolute tops as far as ultimate scene stealing is Rendition...his opening scenes! I am a whimpering mess for Douglas. (Altho the way he delivered that line: "Maybe I'll get to use my gun..." was just... OY!)

Great post, BTW! Love it!

May 8, 2008 3:01 PM

shondra said...

shondra said...

From Bubble boy:

"Supper time was the best! Nothing could beat Mom's homemade, vitamin-rich, soy-based, germ-free, fat-free fiber cookies"

I know, not a scene but one of my favorite lines in the movie!

$500 dolla!!!

May 8, 2008 3:55 PM

UV said...

UltraViolet said...

New pics of Jake and Jessica from last night, apparently.

Those FITS idiots say they look as if they are arguing, when it looks just fine.

Drama queens!

May 8, 2008 4:24 PM

bobbyanna said...

bobbyanna said...

It could be anything! They could actually be rehearsing??? OR maybe she is upset with the director and he is trying to help? Since the pictures were taken on set, I'm certain it was job, not Jake,-related. There is something to be said for closed sets:) Didn't someone say that the other day? Looking at these pictures, I am also remembering the pictures of Jessica arriving in NYC looking so totally wiped out. Maybe she is having some problems. Who knows. FITS certainly doesn't! There's bound to be some drama on a movie set! I think FITS ahs been looking for an excuse to get more attention. Scum!

May 8, 2008 4:49 PM

bo said...

bobbyanna said...

I, too am having a really hard time getting access for commenting, guys.

May 8, 2008 4:50 PM

monica said...

Monica said...

I will not take early conclusion!

Jake seemed calm in the photos. Very quiet for those who may be taking screams.

May 8, 2008 4:59 PM

fl said...

FluorescentLamp said...

I think Jake is on the phone with the local Dominos. Jessica is telling Jake to tell the Dominos guy that she wants - "Mushrooms" on hers.

May 8, 2008 5:20 PM

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Theres still a problem getting the comments page.

May 8, 2008 5:48 PM

narcissa said...

Narcissa said...

"I think Jake is on the phone with the local Dominos. Jessica is telling Jake to tell the Dominos guy that she wants - "Mushrooms" on hers."

It was probably no more dramatic than that! :D

May 8, 2008 6:14 PM

chica said...

chica said...

I can finally post!! I will have to think a bit regarding Jake's scene stealing.

I see FITS is at it again, maybe they wee filming a scene?

And to give E the benefit of a doubt, they didn't say the sighitng was from yesterday, we just assume because it was posted today.

It could have been any day, none of those sightings have dates.

May 8, 2008 7:02 PM

UltraViolet said...

Thanks for moving all the comments, FL! Now give yourself a raise. And a big drink.

UltraViolet said...

Okay, let's hope the comments issue is solved.

About the FITS photos - they said they were taken last night, and the date on the photos (if you look in the info/properties) is 5/7. So it seems as if they are from yesterday.

The idiotic commentary on there is from anyday/everyday.

UltraViolet said...

Bobbyanna, I loved your comment. The poist was about Jake stealing the show from other folks, but I like your concept more. How Jake steals his own show!

When he says, "That's my slave name..." in GG.

Yes! Great moment. I repeat that in my head sometimes.

The way he moves in that SNIT scene, when Heath pulls him over, and he lowers himself on top of him. Gave me goosebumps!

Yeah - me, too! One of the sexiest moves in cinema history.

In Jarhead, after they drag away the marine who watches his wife have sex with the neighbor, Jake is sitting there,barely able to contain his volcanic rage, his hurt,when Peter asks what he's doing. "I'm just waitin' for you to leave so I can watch it again!"

Yes! A great moment. I love Jake's anger and resentment and surliness.

I've found with Jake, I can't just watch a movie once. I have to really pay attention to him. For me, his films are rich with these little gems.

You are so right. And I think a future topic has been born :)

And sheba baby, I'm totally with you on Moonlight Mile. Great performance from Jake. Totally underrated and overlooked.

UltraViolet said...

Again with the spam, I am. But here's a report from a Nailed extra, with a bonus Jake pic.

lawgoddess said...

In the picture the blogger took, it looks for all the world like Jake is carrying a woman's purse.:)

I said after the coffee shop thing where Reese paid, he's secure. :)

Bette said...

I know some people get annoyed with how open this set is, but I kind of like it, despite the rumors and such. We've been really spoiled with all these pics, and accounts. It's so much unlike the brothers set where we got what? Pretty much nothing.

Somebody mentioned the Jarhead scene where Jake's character cracks, and wants to see the guy's wife have sex. That scene is so uncomfortable. That was actually the first movie of his where I actually liked his portrayal, but I wasn't too sympathetic with his character at that point. But by the end I kind of loved his character for some reason. In fact I think I am going to pop my Jarhead dvd in now, and watch it.

UltraViolet said...

I agree on both counts, Bette. Despite the annoying commentary, it's fun to have more consistent Jake news and pics.

And Swoff is unlikable in that scene, as he is in the "repeat after me!" scene. And I find unlikable Swoff incredibly attractive!

I'm going to commit a bit of heresy here and say that I don't really think Peter Sarsgaard was the right actor for the role of Troy. I never found him believable as a Marine.

Bette said...

There's something dark in Jake that just pops in scenes like that. It's a mix of rage, obsession, and something else. It is very attractive. In fact it's down right magnetic when he gets brooding.

agent_krycek said...

How on earth does that look like arguing, Jake's on the phone, Jessica is coming out the door, she then pulls the door closed and obviously says something to Jake (how about 'Say hi to Reese' ;-) ) Jake then carries on with a fantastic bit of multi tasking - talking on phone whilst doing cuffs up and Jessica walks off. Maybe she seems a bit upset in the later photos cos she's realised some numpty brain from FITS is taking her photo(who seriously need to learn how to work their cameras, every photo is extremely low quality - just how shoestring are they)

Anyhoo, Jake scene stealing - probably for me, the cow and calf operation scene, he's just so young and hopeful in that, you can see it in his face, eyes and body language, every yearning, every dream about Ennis and him for the past 4 years is there and beautiful conveyed, he's mesmerising in that short scene.

agent_krycek said...

BTW (sorry for spamming) can you get a 'Sorry your hit count has dropped to single figures again, Jake has moved on, and so have we' e-card for the people at FITS to send at the end of filming.

Anonymous said...

agentk lol.

agent_krycek said...

Not directly Jake, but interesting, Donnie Darko sequel coming. Rabbits, but no Donnie.

extra said...

I have to go with bette and the Jarhead scene, uncomfortable but a great scene. He was fantastic in that role, a performance and movie that I think a lot of people didn't pay attention to at the time due to the subject.

OT: I knew they were friends but I don't think they dated:

Before dating Reese Witherspoon, Kirsten Dunst and Natalie Portman -- and before he told Heath Ledger he couldn't quit him -- Jake Gyllenhaal had a girlfriend in a higher place -- the White House. According to Star magazine, Jake briefly dated Chelsea Clinton in 1999, and the two remain good friends. A source tells the celebrity weekly that Chelsea endorses the Gyllenhaal-Witherspoon hook-up and advised Jake, "Don't let her get away."
He just might make my Top 5 List.... if he's good enough for Reese, he's probably good enough for my List. But don't Laminate that just yet!

Anonymous said...

Another poll, another Reese win.

US Weekly had a poll yesterday which asked which celebrity would you like to be your mom.

Nearly 100,000 people voted and the results were:

Reese Witherspoon 43.4%
Jennifer Garner 35.1%
Angelina Jolie 15.0%
Katie Holmes 6.5%

I'm sure it'll be featured in this weeks US Weekly.

UltraViolet said...

Another Planter's Inn tidbit:

anyway, last night one of the guys who works here said jake and reese stayed in this hotel last saturday. they were supposedly very nice and low maintenance. is that low maintenance for a regular person?--or low maintenance for a celebrity?

The blogger also assumes PeeWee is playing the person who gets Nailed, lol.

UltraViolet said...

Hey Extra, interesting Chelsea Clinton tidbit. I'm not sure they dated either, but it's nice that htey are friends still. And that she approves of Reese.

If any of that is reliable.

UltraViolet said...

Agent K, this is cracking me up:

Sorry your hit count has dropped to single figures again, Jake has moved on, and so have we

If that card doesn't exist, it should! And I totally agree on the phone call/fight issue. Those FITS folks have such lame imaginations.

Paula said...

Thanks for finding that Jake and Reese tidbit UV, you are so good at that! I wonder if they plan to make a return visit??

The SNIT scene in BBM, definately.

bobbyanna said...

"Bobbyanna, I loved your comment..." Awww. Thank you UV. Very sweet to say that.

In that Jarhead scene, while I agree it was uncomfortable, I thought Jake's acting chops were seriously center stage.

The anguish written on his face, fighting back tears, while being "tough;" a guy conditioned to tamp down his feelings and "be a man" and he was in tears, ready to explode, because he was actually seeing what he'd only imagined betrayal looked like. It was very raw.

I thought Peter was a great choice for Troy. I thought that was Mendes' point. He really didn't look like "Marine" material. IMO. This was his way to be someone and mean something more then a nothing from a small town.

I thought he desperately wanted to fit in, be The Marine. He'd idealized/romanticized the whole thing. He's drawn to Swoff, the new guy who looks up to him,...who eventually becomes what Troy idealized, the Perfect Marine. By the time Troy breaks down, the role reversal is complete.

The irony that Troy was ultimately rejected by the Corp, was really very profound and very tragic.

lawgoddess said...

You know what I noticed in the BAFTA clip? The way Charlize Theron hugged him for perhaps a shade longer than usual, and the way she rubbed his back. And who could blame her?

I really think that in real life Jake is just so glowing and charismatic that even other movie stars want to touch him.

Two other things I noticed. One was George Clooney smiling fondly during his speech. The other was how happy Heath looked for him in the reaction shot. Broke my heart.:(

Anonymous said...

Loved Loved Jarhead, the "this is my rifle" scene. Brilliant.

Anonymous said...

A sequel to DD? I don't know about that.

I got a giggle at the directer's name : Chris Fisher!!!

Narcissa said...

Jake's initial appearance in BBM redefines scene stealing. One critic called him: "devilishly sexy", which just about nails it.

Btw, Jake's IMDB page has been updated to include PoP, but still "rumoured".

sallykirkland said...

narcissa: "Jake's initial appearance in BBM redefines scene stealing..."

The second time I saw BBM, I got a genuine sense that Ennis, leaning against that trailer with his head down, was waiting for more then Aguirre...when that truck came sputtering up, and Jack got out and kicked the tires, cussin' up a storm...that was it! Then he "struck a pose" cruising the poor thing who, I do believe, was probably ready to surrender right there on the spot! I loved it!!!
That is scene stealing redefined.

This is a fun thread UV/FL!

Anonymous said...

Well after reading various sites and blogs I think it's an overhelming NO to a Donnie Darko sequel.

Narcissa said...

Oh and the post-motel scene! Poor, poor Alma looks out of the window and sees Jack leaning against the truck looking like....... words fail! Well, he looks like he'd just had more sex in one night than most people have in a lifetime. :) How could Alma compete? Ennis blunders around the apartment, babbling inanely. I think she just gave up.

That is one hell of a trick Ang and his actors pulled: to make us totally on the side of the adulterers, without any of the usual cheap tricks, such as making Alma the villain.

chica said...

The Thanksgiving scene in BBM, where Jack finally had enough, you could feel the anger and frustration and the satisfaction of finally telling him off, great scene.

chica said...

The Thanksgiving scene in BBM, where Jack finally had enough, you could feel the anger and frustration and the satisfaction of finally telling him off, great scene.

Monica said...

The scene where he's a show is that of Jack's last meeting with Ennis.
The scene was the Jake.

The scene of Thanksgiving as well.

sass said...

Evening UV and FL:)
It's hard to open the comment page tonight...arrrgh.
Favorite Jake scene steals
When they come down the mountain and Jake says with his face, and his eyebrows, and his cowboy hat what is in his heart and what he wishes would happen, my heart starts to break and never stops.

When Jake gets out of his truck with his fingers hooked in his belt loops, he looks defeated, fearful and filled with angst until he sees Heath and hears his joyful fantastic Jack Fuking Twist open- armed greeting.

The way he looks at Heath's mouth prior to THE kiss. *thud*

(make me stop)

The shell shocked look on his face when Heath heads upstairs after THE kiss. The way Jake's uses his cowboy hat to signal love, distress, desire for Heath. The way Jake can barely hold himself together when he's introduced to Alma. I can feel Jake's urgency to touch Heath and hold him and just be with each him...redlined all the way.
Tis the absolute best love story I've seen in years and years

Jake tells Heath he misses him so much he can hardly stand it while they sit smoking and drinking; one of the most powerful scenes I've ever watched on screen.

"Maybe I'll finally be able to use my gun." Jake's contemptuous snarl and the look of pure disgust in his eyes amazed me. He's got loads of untapped talent, as did Heath, which is why I have these damned black dog days...Heath was really coming into his own...

Jake's acting in the deleted scenes is also phenomenal. When he confronts his girlfriend about her phone calls. I always thought the scene was unfinished in the movie and now I know why. I wish the had kept those scenes in and continued with that subplot..maybe.

The Santa dance.

His pain sitting watching the video of his fellow soldier's wife while he thinks about his ex-girlfriend gets me everytime.

sass said...

I think I missed the point too bobbyanna...Jake scene steals...I have too many instances;)

Oh Narcissa, that initial scene... WOW! Poor Ennis del Mar. He never knew what hit him:) I would have made sure sexy hot Jack Twist got what he wanted to eat too. :lol:lol

How did Ang do that? How did he have us crying for poor Alma and happy for Jack and Ennis.
Genius that's how.

extra said...

Hey, A shout-out to gyllenbabble!

so it seems my site has been linked to some jake gyllenhaal fan site today because it has been blowing up all day. i have no idea which fan site it is--there are like a gajillion, but thanks to whoever gave me the free press. i will take it whenever i can get it. also, if any of you newbies need a t-shirt, i have plenty for sale. sorry though, nothing with jake's mug on it.

Anonymous said...

The scene in Zodiac where he is in the basement with that creepy guy and hears someone walking upstairs.

UltraViolet said...

Man, I have no idea what to make of this:

EXCLUSIVE: I'm told by knowledgeable sources that David O. Russell's indie pic Nailed may have been put on hold yesterday. It's a political comedy starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel who sources say are standing by to see if the movie can continue to completion. It began filming April 15th. Details are sketchy, but I've gleaned that the pic's predicament is related to its financing, not to its helmer Russell. True, the temperamental director is known for turbulent shoots especially when it comes to actors. Already on Nailed, Jimmy Caan quit the South Carolina set two weeks ago after he and the helmer couldn't agree on the best way for the actor to choke to death on a cookie during a scene. (Caan’s role of U.S. Speaker Of the House was being recast before this new problem.) Russell also had well-documented differences with George Clooney (the two came to blows on the set of Three Kings) and Lily Tomlin (profane exchanges on the set of I Heart Huckabees... See my previous Lily 'Liberated' By F-Bomb/C-Word Video). But now the pic's woes go way beyond just a tense set. There are a lot of rumors circulating, and I'm trying to separate what's fact and what's fiction. Besides Gyllenhaal and Biel, the movie stars James Marsden, Catherine Keener and Tracy Morgan in a tale of a woman who gets a nail lodged in her head and travels to Washington to fight for better health care. Those are a lot of name actors to be sidelined. One source with insider knowledge about the production tells me, "The actors are waiting to see if the movie will continue. It's kind of amazing, really."

UltraViolet said...

Forgot to add that this is a real source. Nikki Finke is a big-name industry reporter. This isn't like the FITS folks talking smack.

Bette said...

Well shit that sucks for Jake.

FluorescentLamp said...

Man, I have no idea what to make of this

Yeah, really. The hell? I guess we'll find out soon enough.

UltraViolet said...

Let's hope with the Jarhead producers on board that things will stabilize. Talk about a roller coaster ride. As an observer, it's unsettling. Can't imagine what it's like to be in the middle of it all.

UltraViolet said...

Hey, Extra, this cracked me up:

Hey, A shout-out to gyllenbabble!

I always feel a little funny outing these small blogs, so I'm glad she was happy for the traffic!

UltraViolet said...

Unsettling Nailed news, new post!