Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Stage and screen

Updated again, with a new cast photo from the NY Daily News:

Daily News: Jake, what drew you to this play to make your American stage debut?
Jake Gyllenhaal: I read it a few years ago and fell in love with Nick’s dialogue. I think any story about a family is fascinating, too, because it’s filled with complications both universal and specific. There’s never-ending inspiration in that. If you’re going to do a show eight times a week, you need to have stuff to draw on every night.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/jake-gyllenhaal-cast-i-found-discuss-new-play-family-dysfunction-article-1.1151730#ixzz25abF0iLg

Updated to add this photo with the cast of This Is Our Youth, Jake's first stage appearance:

Just released production stills from the Roundabout Theatre's production of If There IS I Haven't Found It Yet, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Annie Funke, Brian F. O'Byrne and Michelle Gomez. You can get a feel for Jake's character seeing the outfit. And we get a glimpse of the play's unique staging, an element mentioned often by attendees.

We have a few more stage door photos, as well:

TV spot for End of Watch, posted by Coming Soon:


UltraViolet said...

Viv, thanks for the EoW tidbits. I'm going to report that last one, in case people missed it:

From FilmSchoolRejects:

The 5 Must-See Movies of September 2012

End of Watch

We can’t say too much about this title on the site, but needless to say, Kate Erbland and I are both fans of David Ayer‘s cop drama. Ayer’s films, even Training Day, are simple B-movies. They’re fun, but don’t contain half the emotion and power End of Watch has, especially in the movie’s third act.

Jonathan Campbell ‏@SoundbiteCultur
@EndOfWatchMovie Saw #EndOfWatch last night, starring #JakeGyllenhaal - perfect antidote to the ridiculous "cops 'n robbers" of #TheSweeney.

And Bobbyanna, it's probably a good idea that you didn't go to the theater with a razor in hand. It might have gotten you bounced, no matter the good intention :)

UltraViolet said...

Also, at some point, I assume I will tire of these stage door shots, but I'm not there yet :)

Mary said...

Thanks UV these pics gives us a glimpse of Jake on stage for those of us who can't see him on stage.And no I wont tire of those stage door shots either.

UltraViolet said...

Glad you're not sick of htem either, Mary!

Funny comment from the persno who posted the last fan picture in the post:

Describe everything in detail: height, smell, etc lol

eek!! Ok, I can't fully put it into words but here goes: he's 5'11, smelled super yummy, was so super chill after his performance, has the most piercing eyes that make you feel like you are the only one in the world that exists and his voice melted my heart when we talked...and he said he wanted to marry me. Yup! That's it...except the last part which I totally dreamt. :D

bobbyanna said...

LOL! UV, I wasn't even thinking about a raczor! Tsk! I was thinking more in terms of some shaving cream or fancy shaving soap, and one of those fancy, bushy brushes to apply it. But It was just a fleeting thought...

I am loving these fan pics, too! The scene photos from the play a great! Now, imagine those jeans being very baggy! He had to keep hitchng them up. : )

UltraViolet said...

Poor form, tweeting during a performance:

Watching the new Gyllenhaal play...... *snooze* #jakegyllenhaal #ifthereisihaventfoundityet
7:25 PM - 4 Sep 12

Hopefully Jake can avoid a wardrobe malfunction ;)

Anonymous said...

Why do the previews have to be so long? Because its Jake, people are paying attention to this play and I fear the negative reviews by play goers will shorten the regular run or scare people off. And I miss Jake doing PR, Michael was in Dallas and Austin promoting EOW. That could have been Jake and I think it would have been a higher profile turn out.

UltraViolet said...

Yikes, I don't think it's as bad as all that. There have been just as many positive reactions, if not more.

I am also bummed that Jake won't be doing as many interviews as he usually does. But this play offers a different opportunity for Jake and fans.

I'm hoping the play timing will then allow Jake to do a movie later in the year.

Anonymous said...


Monica said...

finally some pictures.

UltraViolet said...

From twitter:

The whole cast of "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet" gave a solid performance. Yet no standing ovation received. What was missing?
9:54 PM - 4 Sep 12

I was curious about this. Bobbyanna, Stefanie, Off Broadway, anyone else: Was there a standing ovation when you went?

bobbyanna said...

UV, a lot of people stood, but not the entire audience. They were very enthusiastic in their applause, and the cast bowed several times. Jake even gave us all a smile and a semi-wave as he exited the stage. : )

Screenings in Dallas and Austin with Michael Pena is very good for EoW. Seems like they're hoping to generate a lot of interest and support in Hispanic communities.

UltraViolet said...

Some more Hamptons video. Jake did not have a good rapport with that reporter, not sure why.

NY Mag says EoW is the most likely small movie to break out in September.

Not too many tweets or photos tonight. But there were these:

Bitter I'm not in that show. So bitter. But Jake is so good.
11:52 PM - 4 Sep 12:

You know what, it's fine because Jake Gyllenhaal is at Marshall Stack right now and I got to stare at him.
9:08 PM - 4 Sep 12

Marshall Stack is a bar.

UltraViolet said...

Here's one photo from tonight, a rainy night in NYC.

Also added a photo I hadn't seen before, of Jake and Hayden C and Anna P back in the day.

Monica said...

I saw this photo and others of Jake, Anna and Hayden. I had never seen before.
Jake really doesn't like this reporter.

Stefanie said...

Its unfortunite some people do not understand the play. Definitely was not a snooze fest. I would go see it again. But everyone is a critic

I will tell you I saw Peter and the Starcatcher and that got rave reviews and nominated for Tony Awards this year sadly, I fell asleep in the first act. And I go see a lot of plays I have never fallen asleep in my life. Jake's play I did not once nod off in fact as stated in my review I got lightheaded and had to leave for a few minutes.

UltraViolet said...

Updated again, with a new cast photo from the NY Daily News:

LOL, Monica, he really doesn't.

Stefanie, I think the play is at least keeping most folks awake! I haven't seen Peter and the Starcatcher, but the title is almost as bad as If There Is...

bobbyanna said...

I think you can really appreciate casting decisions when you see a play like "If there is..." Yes, it's a well written play and the dialogue's great, as is the pacing.

We have to give kudos to the director. He really does an outstanding job. But this cast also came thru. They're golden, IMO.

They work so well together, and the chemistry between Terry & Anna is critical to the effectiveness of the play. I never felt bored or distracted. It was tight and well done.

Thanks for the link to the Daily News interviews. I'm glad they talked to all four of them together. I didn't realize it had been so long since Brian had done live theatre.

(OMG, what a speech I heard last night! : ) )

Hagen said...

"End of Watch" will compete for the 'Best Film Award' at the 56th BFI London Film Festival (BFI: British Film Institute). The award recognizes 'inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking'. The festival will run from October 10 – 21, 2012.

bobbyanna said...

Wow, Hagen, thanks! That's wonderful news.

Monica said...

The 10 Best Films To See In September
10. “End Of Watch”
Synopsis: Two young LAPD cops become the number one targets of a vicious drug cartel after pulling off a major bust.
What You Need To Know: More than anything else, this is the film we’re a little less certain on. David Ayer’s career to date as a director has consisted of variations on the theme of his breakout script, “Training Day,” some successful – “Harsh Times” – others less so – “Street Kings.” This is along similar lines, but with the ever talented central duo of Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena taking the lead roles (with Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Frank Grillo and David Harbour among those in support). But there’s one crucial difference – Ayer’s using a found-footage aesthetic, with the film made up entirely of CCTV footage and cameras mounted on the two leads, their weaponry and their car. It should at least be an interesting experiment, and if it pays off, could make for a truly visceral experience. And indeed, we’ve heard wildly mixed things to date – some have called it unwatchable, some have suggested it could be a dark horse Oscar contender. Whether the latter are on the money, or if it follows film like “The Grey” and “50/50” as films whose awards chances are massively over-hyped by excitable bloggers remains to be seen, but we’ll be finding out soon – the film premieres at TIFF in only a few short days.
When? September 21st

Chica said...

I don't think I will ever tire of the stage/fan photos UV so no worries here!

The buzz has been really good about Jake and the cast, the play has been getting mixed reviews. Doesn't matter, I plan on seeing it in a few weeks.

That is fantastic news Hagen thanks! EOW may be one of the sleeper hits :)

Love all the stills from the play and thanks for the link to the Daily News interviews!

Yes that was some speech last night wasn't it Bobbyanna? Michelle rocks!

Anonymous said...

Mellie Davis ‏@TheFatApple

"If There is I Haven't Found it Yet" great performance by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Funke [pic]: http://4sq.com/P03xKq

Anonymous said...


Monica said...

#Movie Screening Passes to End of Watch:

UltraViolet said...

Great speeches tonight, too. This is a much better week :)

Too bad Jake won't be able to attend the London film festival, but I hope the movie is well received.

IndieWire has been skeptical about EoW for months. They mention it every time they write about it. I dearly hope they have to eat crow, though I'm not certain they will admit it even if they do like it.

Monica said...

IndieWire has been skeptical about EoW for months.

Me too. I'm still skeptical.

UltraViolet said...

I understand the skepticism. I'm just tired of them saying it every time they mention the movie.

UltraViolet said...

One review from tonight:

A solid one-act with really interesting (but again, unsubtle) props-'n-water stagecraft. Worth seeing, I think.

"If There Is" isn't subtle, but I liked its portrait of a family in turmoil. Gyllenhaal is perfect as a hurricane that tears the clan apart.

bobbyanna said...

Interesting. Hadn't thought of Uncle Terry as the hurricane.

I saw on twitter there was some kind of party tonight that involved the cast from the play, but Jake didn't attend.

(Definitely, UV, they had some great speeches tonight,again! :))

Anonymous said...

Kathleen Carson ‏@KayX1203

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UltraViolet said...

Do you mean that HipTix party, Bobbyanna? I didn't think that was a cast party, but a party for the subscribers in that program. It's for younger (18 to 35) theater-goers.

No outtakes, unfortunately, or new info, really. But the photographer who did the Backstage photos made a short blog post about it.

Twitter said...

Spotted: Jake Gylenhall in front of Park Bar. But I see him all the time, give me Ryan Gosling!!
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12:25 AM - 6 Sep 12

Viv said...

Toronto #1: Good films are back in season
By Roger Ebert on September 5, 2012 8:24 PM

Another major autumn release also premieres at Toronto over the opening weekend. "End of Watch" is a cop buddy movie, but simply naming the genre is unfair to it. It's more about a relationship between two men doing an impossible job. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña give two of their best performances in careers with lots of them, as Taylor and Zavala, Los Angeles street cops in a tough, largely Mexican-American district.

As the movie opens, Taylor is filming some kind of documentary about the job. Whether this is only for himself isn't made clear. He uses a small hand-held camera and even has a video lens that fits in his buttonhole. Possibly that explains some of the shots in the movie, which doesn't concern itself overmuch with his doc, but does use some of his narration.

It must be said the two men find themselves in an implausibly high percentage of dangerous and violent situations, finally finding themselves targeted by a Mexican drug cartel. There are also some good times, especially the friendship between the two women, Zavala's wife (Natalie Martinez) and Taylor's fiancé (Anna Kendrick). Taylor's wedding party is warm and important.

The writer-director, David Ayer, knows this territory. He wrote Denzel Washington's 2001 Oscar-winning "Training Day," and two other superior cop movies, "Dark Blue" (2002) and "S.W.A.T." (2003). As a director he plunges into often chaotic action and is able to make it comprehensible. The special effects never upstage the characters. The movie opens Sept. 21.

Office of Nancy Pelosi said...

Hope EOW is well received at the London FF too, I do wonder how well it will do overseas sonce it's such an L.A. centric movie. I have to say they are promoting the hell out of it here which is great news.

I love how Jake's character wears such comfy clothes on stage, he must feel right at home :)

The speeches at the convention have been awesome and Bill hit it out of the park last night!

bobbyanna said...

Yes, UV, the HipTix party was the tweet I meant.

I agree, I'm curious to see how much interest EoW generates overseas. I have a feeling it'll do well.

OONP, they are doing a good job of promoting it aren't they! I know opening weekend box office numbers are the measure critics use, but on Rotten Tomatoes,96% of their users are looking forward to seeing it. Whatever that means.: )

Hagen said...

A review of EoW: "The story was pretty good. From the trailer, I had thought that the whole movie was Jake Gyllenhaal (Brian Taylor) and Michael Peña (Mike Zavala) trapped in a house and how they have to get out. But it’s not! There’s more than just “we’re going to shoot ourselves out.” This action/drama/mystery (i didn’t see any mysteries in it, though) is an inside look into the lives of two Los Angeles police officers working on the meanest streets filled with guns, money and drug cartels. We see their home lives, their cop lives, and how they handle the balance between the two.

I would like to ask the screenwriter of this film one question. Do cops and criminals literally talk like that, or is the F-word the only swear word you know? I mean, good Lord, it was “F this, you mother F-ing F, what the F, we’re going to F-ing do this sh-, like F man, it’s F-ing now we gonna F-ing F them up, those F-ing motherFers F FF FfFFfFFFFFFF.”

If you see the movie, you’ll know that was not an exaggeration. If you’re sensitive to language, definitely skip this one.

It’s shot by a combination of third person camera bouncing along with the chase scenes, and Jake Gyllenhaal holding a camera himself. If you get queasy/nauseous with that kind of filming, you’ll want to sit near the back and pop a Dramamine or something.So what do I think?

If you like cop movies with lots of violence and strong language, it’s for you. If you’re not into that, don’t go.

Hagen said...

Jake smokes on stage and still needs a smoke break during a play that takes maybe 100 minutes?

Jake smoking on stage

Jake smiling on stage

UltraViolet said...

I saw those this morning and have them in a new post, just haven't had time to post yet.

Thanks for the review. Seems about right.

Love the Ebert review, too. Glad he praised Jake and Michael's performances.

Hagen said...

I forgot to post this cute picture.

Hope EOW is well received at the London FF too, I do wonder how well it will do overseas since it's such an L.A. centric movie.

I think it's already a success that a movie with a production budget of just $7 million is distributed internationally.

The found footage style could be a deal breaker for quite a lot of people that dislike shaky handcams. 'Found Footage' seems to be somewhat more popular in the U.S. than overseas (Box Office Mojo: Found Footage).

UltraViolet said...

Thanks, Hagen.

Posted the new photos and more in a new post.

maria said...

I would love to see the play and will certainly watch the movie. I regret hat Jake smokes and seems to promote smoking. it's so unhealthy.

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