Monday, April 2, 2012

Old Blue Eyes

Jake Gyllenhaal appeared at the “Celebration of Paul Newman’s Dream” benefit Monday night. The event raised money for The Hole in the Wall camps, part of what is now called the Serious Fun Children’s Network.

Jake joined fellow performers Josh Groban, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey, among others.And the biggest performers: the campers themselves.

Some video of Jake:

Here's Jake talking about what camp he went to and why he wanted to do the event. Great clip!

And a couple of videos of Jake on stage, talking about Paul and the organization:

Serious Fun by GyllenBabble

Jake talks about Paul Newman and JoAnne Woodward:


UltraViolet said...

Some tweets:

I was literally just five feet from Jake gyllenhaal...

And I must say that he also looks immaculate in person


Jake gyllenhaal is such a cutie and always so nice
6:59 PM

Tina Fey, @jimmyfallon Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, et al were all superb - but the campers stole the show! #seriousfun
9:07 PM

Jake gyllenhaal sat right next to me after he was on stage...i almost died
9:11 PM

UltraViolet said...

Jake's work is done so he's back to his CZ:

Holy crap. Jake Gyllenhaal just walked in & he's sitting behind me.

@ Joe's Shanghai

bobbyanna said...

Thanks, UV! Great photos, and I love the tweets. Taken together, it's like they tell their own little story. : ) Hope there's some video.

(Joe's Shanghai is deifinitely on my Go To list next time I'm in NYC.)

Mary said...

Thanks UV love all the tweets and the pics.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the wonderful pics of Jake. He looks very dapper (of course I wish the beard disappeared but still he looked great)


bobbyanna said...

This tweet made me laugh out loud:

"think I've proven my maturity tonight by not yelling "Take it off!" when Jake Gyllenhaal was on stage at the benefit I just attended"

bobbyanna said...

FYI: The French director Francois Ozon, who was a member of the jury with Jake in Berlin, is in NYC @ Lincoln Center tonight along with MArtin Scorcese, to honor Catherine Deneuve. Hope they got a chance to visit while he's in town.

UltraViolet said...

More from twitter:

Perfect ending to a long day-- Jake Gyllenhaal and Sean Penn at the Mercer.
11:09 PM

And from Brad Gorseki, who I think is a celeb stylist:

After a very long day of work, nothing beats having Jake Gyllenhaal hold the door open for you and say "after you

UltraViolet said...


I locked eyes with Jake Gyllenhaal in the hallway. He has a great smile and his eyes r the color of the sky on a clear day. #swoon

Lucky! Love him! Sounds like a really great evening :)
Tummy Tunes ;)

It was! I loved how they showcased the kids on stage. Good feelings & good music all around.

I just smiled at him. didnt want him to be late.

Jake was super polite & was smiling sweetly at the older folks. At 1 point he was 2 in. away from me. He is super fit & has kind eyes.

And from another tweeter:

Oh and Jake Gyllenhaal could get it, looks even better in person.. #thatisall
10:29 PM

mayumintolor said...

This is my first comment at here, although I've been stopping by GyllenBabble for over a year. And I want to say thank you for the other day about my blog.
Anyway Thank you so much for the great post and also lots of tweets about Jake! Sounds great! Really I love it that Jake doing good things like this.

Chica said...

Thanks so much for posting the pics from the event UV!

I wish i could have attended but im working downtown around Jake's CZ'S all this week so maybe I will run into him!

Daniela said...

Good morning!
I love to see you at these events for well
Thanks for the video UV, although I do not understand what he says (he speaks very fast), I asked Monica community for someone to translate, but if anyone here can tell me, thank very much ;)

UltraViolet said...

Hi Mayumi and welcome :)

No problem about last week - it was all a misunderstanding and not our fault!

I love to see Jake doing events like this, as well. I hope he had a good time and that we'll get to hear what he did on stage.

Chica, looks like blogger was acting up for you! You should try out Joe's Shanghai one of these days :)

UltraViolet said...

Daniela, I'll try to cover it. At first, someone asks Jake a question I can't hear and the press person tells them, "Event-related, please." Then you hear someone else say not everyone goes to camp, so I don't know if they asked Jake about going to camp when he was young?

Jake then says that JoAnne called him "out of the blue after what I know must have been a tough couple of years" and asked him to do the benefit. That the camps were something JoAnne and Paul would always talk to him about when they saw him over the years. He said something about spreading the "generosity of Paul's spirit."

Someone asks him if he has a favorite movie or movie moment of Paul Newman's, and Jake says he grew up thinking of PN as the guy on the salad dressing bottle and not as an actor. And that is what PN cared about more than being an actor. Jake does then say that, yes, there are memorable acting moments of Paul, that PN was always doing something political as someone in his position should.

The reporter then asks if Jake has a favorite salad dressing flavor. He says the original is best - there was just the original first and then came all the other flavors. The very first one was amazing - the vinaigrette. She then asks Jake if he prefers his dressing on the side, but he just laughs.

He says he has never gone to one of the camps - Paul always asked him to but he never got to one, because they were open only at certain times. He talks about how now they've extended the program to hospitals, and it's open at different times. He's hoping to get there this summer.

Then he mentions his work with Edible Schoolyard and says he'd like to get a garden in the camps. Someone asks if he's going to show the kids how to garden, and he says he'll participate but someone else, an expert, can teach them how.

Someone asks if gardening is a hidden talent but he just laughs.

What is he looking forward to tonight? He says the kids. He hears there is a lot of talent, including " the new Adele." Someone asks if he is going to sing, and he just smiles and says no.

The very last, someone asks if he's excited to be an uncle again and he smiles and says yes.

Hope that helps!

UltraViolet said...

Added another video to the post, this link. Thanks to Gyllencrazy for finding it.

Video of Jake and other celebs arriving and leaving the event.

UltraViolet said...

I love that last link, with Jake talking about Walt Whitman camp and beef stroganoff. Even young Jake was a foodie, lol.

You always see all this video taken but never get to actually see/hear it, so I'm grateful for these two clips.

Added two clips of Jake on stage. Hope we get to see more, maybe on the entertainment shows tonight.

Twitter said...

I need a #WhatShouldWeCallMe gif for when one of your BFFs texts you that she just soul-cycled with Jake Gyllenhaal....
10:58 AM - 3 Apr 12 via web · Details

Mary said...

Looks like Naomi was there with him thanks UV.

UltraViolet said...

From a site called Local Bozo:

The incomparable program was an expertly run show, seamlessly interweaving the talented children in and out of the celebrity guest monologues and song performances. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal fondly recalled how influential Paul Newman’s on screen work was on his own acting career, while late host Jimmy Fallon extolled the network of camps and their incredible success today. 30 Rock’s Tina Fey read an actual letter written by the parent of a camper, speaking of the immeasurable relief the camp was able to bring to their family, giving them just a short respite from having to care for the child so intricately. Country star Trisha Yearwood joined the likes of singers Josh Groban, Elvis Costello, and the incomparable Paul Simon for some alternating poignant and rocking live musical performances, both with and without the help of the campers.

Here's an Entertainment Weekly story on the event.

A press release said that Jake made a big announcement. I think that was the change of the name of the organization from Hole in the Wall Gang to Serious Fun. I posted the link to the organization in the main post and here. They have a pretty good charity rating, if you wonder about those things and want to make a donation.

Daniela said...

It helped a lot, UV, thankyou! :)

Ellen Pompeo said...

DempeoMD ‏ @DempeoMD
Ellen Pompeo: Jake Gyllenhaal Hit on Me 10 Years Ago!

bobbyanna said...

UV, these are great!!! You've outdone yourself...again : )

Office of Nancy Pelosi said...

What a great post UV, I love all the photos and videos!

He has such beautiful and soulful eyes, just like Paul.

This is such a wonderful charity and i'm thrilled that Jake was part of this event.

JoAnne and Paul made CT their home, far away from HW.

sass said...

UV, Fantastic post! the videos are wonderful. Jake's goodness shines forth from his eyes and his face...beautiful! These camps the invaluable in a child's journey to wellness. TY again.

sass said...

UV, Fantastic post! the videos are wonderful. Jake's goodness shines forth from his eyes and his face...beautiful! These camps the invaluable in a child's journey to wellness. TY again.

Extra said...

Jake is sure in his element at events like this and it's for a great cause too.

I love how the blue he is wearing brings out his eyes :)

The camps are so important to the kids.

LOL @ Ellen Pompeo, I remember that story!

Leonor E. G. Núñez said...

bobbyanna said...

From Twitter:

"Jake Gyllenhaal just sat behind me at EN."
1 hr ago

EN is a Japanese brasserie in NYC.

bobbyanna said...

From Twitter:

"Jake Gyllenhaal just sat behind me at EN."
1 hr ago

EN is a Japanese brasserie in NYC.

UltraViolet said...

I think we're all getting the blogger double post today!

No beef stroganoff at EN!

Hi Leonor! I Love that Ellen Pompeo story. I think she does, too.

Sass, hope you're feeling better. I think seeing Jake doing these things cheers us all up.

OONP, I think living there and not in LA was one of the keys to their successful marriage.

Extra, the blue definitely did its job :)

You're welcome, Mary. It was fun to have a Jake event to post about again.

Daniela, glad the summary helped. Wouldn't want you to miss out on the Jake fun.

Tweety said...

I love his look here, thanks for a bang up job on this post UV, I felt like I was there myself!

I Like the new name for the charity, Serious Fun.

The Ellen tweeted quote are fun to read even though I heard the story before!

Anonymous said...

I know this is off topic, but today would have been Heath Ledger's 33rd birthday. He meant a lot to Jake so I just thought I'd mention it.


Anonymous said...

Does this guy ever smile anymore? I don't remember the last time I saw this guy look genuinely happy.

UltraViolet said...

No, he never smiles. I don't think I've seen him smile since 2009.

UltraViolet said...

Hi Tweety, thanks! It's fun when Jake does these things.

Happy Birthday, Heath!

Here's an interview with Daniel Wolfe, the director of the Shoes video. And in this clip, the Shoes talk a little bit about Jake.

UltraViolet said...

Lynette Howell was a producer on The Place Beyond the Pines and will be producing a movie starring Reese and Ryan Reynolds.

Wonder what she and Jake were/are looking to work on. It's always encouraging to hear that Jake is meeting with these folks, but it would be nice to hear about an actual project!

Twitter said...

Jake Gyllenhaal breakfasting at this WV cafe, with impressively bushy beard. Zola biopic or indie band side project?
10:16 AM

UltraViolet said...

A little bit of Jake talking about Paul and JoAnne in this clip.

From twitter:

Just saw Jake Gyllenhaal in the post office on Varick St. Almost worth the trek.
11:56 AM

The guy came to the city from Poughkeepsie today, lol.

Anonymous said...

"Jody Rosen ‏ @jodyrosen
Different cafe, many blocks south and east, same bearded Jake Gyllenhaal. WTF step off stalker!"
"sonia smith ‏ @sonia_smith
Just spotted a very bearded Jake Gyllenhaal in the East Village."

bobbyanna said...

These are great finds, UV! I'm especially happy to hear the bit abut Lynette Howell. Good stuff in the Daniel Wolfe interview, and the clip from The Shoes, too.

Jake seems so at ease and comfortable on stage in a live setting. He really connects with an audience.

The tweets are hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Pauline Kim ‏ @keniluap
Spotted: a very bearded Jake Gyllenhaal at La Colombe

bobbyanna said...

Happy 33rd Birthday, Heath...

UltraViolet said...

Is Jake making another video? LOL. Lots of tweets of people meeting him and K'naan, plus this one:

Just bumped into Jake Gyllenhall on St. Marks talking to Kid Cudi. 100 people around and nobody else noticed. #NYC #Hats #Sunglasses
4:20 PM

No, I don't know who those artists are. /old

Bobbyanna, maybe Jake should do a play! :)

bobbyanna said...

K'naan is Somalian. Both artists a pretty cool.

bobbyanna said...

Meant to say, yeah, definitely a play, UV. Jake on stage in NYC. That would be major.

I'd love to see him do Shakespeare in the Park.

Hell, as far as I'm concerned, he could spend a day drinking coffee at LaColombe, and call it performance art! LOL!

As far as I know, Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn have been cast for The Heiress, in the Fall, but I haven't heard whether Morris has been cast.

Daniela said...

Daniela happily helped the summary. Do not want you to miss the fun Jake.

Never, UV!

And what? You saw him smile for the last time in 2009? Wow! I saw the smile many times since I joined lol Jakeword

Unless last smile has something different from what I saw after 2009, what was it?

UltraViolet said...

You can see more footage of Jake onstage here.

From the NY Post:

Jake Gyllenhaal has been turning heads — or “spinning” them — by popping up on the “instructor’s bike” at SoulCycle in Union Square. The “Source Code” star cycled on a stage next to an instructor Monday in full view of an afternoon spin class. He even mouthed the words to a Jay-Z song playing on the soundtrack while wearing “a black tank top, shorts and full beard dripping in sweat,” a spy said, adding Jake even lip-synced, “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one.”

UltraViolet said...

One of the grls who met Jake googled "Why are Jake Gyllenhaal and K'naan friends?" LOL. She got no answer.

There's photo of Justin Bieber coming out of a Union Square restaurant, and another roy the girls mentioned something about a benefit at Carnegie Hall. Someone else saw Jake at the Sony building. All in all, we have no idea what Jake was doing today :)

Tweety said...

I can see why this was never reposted. A blurry pic of Jake at Joe's Shanghai in NY:

Blurry? Really? LOL!!

bobbyanna said...

Found a little more info @ this site about Jake's Monday nite:

A Canadian girl tweeted that "Jake's coming to my work Monday" so maybe he'll be heading to Canada??? Can't find the tweet again.

bobbyanna said...

LOL! The Camp Walt Whitman folk on FB, are weighing in on Jake's comments.

Danziger: "Love this. (I could have done without the beef stroganoff, though.)"
21 hours ago · Like.

Camp Walt Whitman: "It's a Walt Whitman tradition!"
21 hours ago · Like.

Stacy: "Wow that's cool. What a plug...both for camp and beef stroganoff! Is that still served?"
15 hours ago · Like.

Ellen Cutler Levy "He got the candy night right, but beef stroganoff on a Saturday night - never."
14 hours ago · Like.

Ellen Goldsmith Danziger "Maggie go there too?"
14 hours ago · Like.

Gina Frederick "I never had beef stroganoff!"
13 hours ago · Like.

Camp Walt Whitman "Beef stroganoff seems to be the popular topic of the day! It is in fact still an option for kids to choose when we serve bread bowls for lunch. And yes, Maggie was at camp as well."
11 hours ago · Like.

Rebecca Spitz Fullington: "Full disclosure because you all are my CWW friends: Jake was in my opposite bunk when I was a counselor (maybe in '91?) He was a nice kid but spent a lot of time talking about LA and the directors and actors he knew. Anyway, for that reason, we intentionally gave him a small part in our bunks' play. Who's the jack** now? ;-)"
10 hours ago · Like

Mary said...

Boy tweety that pic sure was blurry I couldnt even see him in the pic.

Anonymous said...

4:45 AM - 5 Apr 12 via phnx

Anonymous said...

I look forward to the tweets. So Jake lived well at the camp. Beef Stoganoff. lol

I guess well find out of Jake is starting "Double" in Canada (we never did get a confirmation he was doing the movie. In the past his agents or publicists would confirm role rumors.)

I haven't been to Toronto in several years. I wish I could go back, especially NOW that Jake is supposedly going there


UltraViolet said...

Lily, Jake's publicists and agents didn't confirm his roles in Nailed, L&OD, EoW, Rendition or Brothers. They might have confirmed PoP, I can't remember. But generally, we'd find out from a Variety or Hollywood Reporter story saying he's in talks.

Tweety, that picture is hilarious. I think it takes blurry to a whole new level.

Bobbyanna, thanks for the camp stuff! Institutional beef stroganoff doesn't sound too appealing.

Daniela, I forgot to say yesterday that I was being sarcastic in my post about Jake's not smiling since 2009. I was responding to the anon troll complaining that Jake doesn't smile anymore.

Anonymous said...

Don't remember this pic from the Railway Revival Tour.

UltraViolet said...

Never saw it before, either, so I put it in a new post :)