Friday, May 16, 2014


ETA: Talk about the ultimate tease:

And after blocking paps from capturing his newly shaved face, Jake stepped out on Sunday to catch Newsies. Here he is with one of the show's actors, David Guzman:

And now the haircut, too:

Here's a brief look at Columbia's Year of James Baldwin, featuring some video of Jake earlier this month at a discussion of Baldwin's "Another Country."

The Year of James Baldwin came to campus on May 1 with an eclectic public conversation between Columbia professor and author Colm Toíbin and actor Jake Gyllenhaal aimed at providing fresh context to Baldwin’s legacy.

“He gave us our messy humanity in all of its vulnerability, fragility, destructive fearfulness and imaginative creativity,” said Farah Jasmine Griffin, the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African American Studies, who introduced the event. Baldwin “dared to suggest that the only way we will ever see each other fully is to reach beyond boundaries of race, gender, sexuality, region and nation,” she said.

As The New York Times recently reported in its coverage of the festival, once a staple of high school classrooms, Baldwin’s works are less frequently taught today. It was the urge to revitalize his legacy that provided the impetus for The Year of James Baldwin.

“Here we are, two white guys talking about James Baldwin. We have to justify our presence,” said Toíbin, the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, during the conversation with Gyllenhaal. “I was brought up in a very Catholic society in Ireland, and after reading his second novel, Giovanni’s Room, I discovered—hold on, this guy’s gay. And, of course, I’m gay, and I had thought I was the only guy who was like this.”

Gyllenhaal, who read passages from Baldwin’s third novel, Another Country, talked about how the 1962 best seller, which touches on interracial sex, bisexuality and suicide, highlights how “we are bowled over by convention every single day and look for it to define us.” In Toibin’s words, the novel is “about how to become an adult.”

It's a shame Jake didn't make the trip to France, but it seems like his presence is being felt. No video of Nightcrawler, but it is apparently a hot property at Cannes.

From Vulture:

Each year at the Cannes Film Festival, Harvey Weinstein shows the press some clips and trailers from his studio's coming film slate, and this time, he came ready to tout movies like The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tim Burton's Big Eyes, with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. The general public will be seeing those trailers soon enough, but there's one bit of footage Weinstein showed today that he likely won't release unless your hashtag campaigns are really on point: a shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal workout video.

Weinstein had hoped to have Gyllenhaal there in the flesh to discuss his upcoming boxing drama Southpaw, but failing that, he presented Gyllenhaal's actual flesh, dimming the lights for a video meant to convey the actor's intense training regimen. We watched a bearded, ponytailed Gyllenhaal throw punches in the gym, grimace through sit-ups, and engage in countless torso twists meant to strengthen his six-pack. There was even a slo-mo pan up Gyllenhaal's heaving, sweaty, hairy torso. Could this minute-long beefcake clip be Weinstein's spoiler for the Academy Awards? Yes, yes it could be. I'm calling it now: Your Best Picture Winner Will Be Jake Gyllenhaal's Shirtless Workout Video.

Can we hope that someone sneaked some video of that video?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

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Jake Gyllenhaal joined friends Jay-Z and Beyonce at the Brooklyn Nets game last night. And Twitter and Facebook had a field day. Some highlights:

Tonight's keys for #Brooklyn

I thought a samurai was sitting next to Jay-Z tonight at the nets game but its just Jake Gyllenhall.

At the Nets game, Jay Z & Jake Gyllenhaal are sitting court side together. Imagining Jay asking about Donnie Darko theories is hilarious.

Just want to be a fly on the wall when Jake Gyllenhaal and Hova hang out. You know Kanye is mad jealous.

I just need HOV and Jake Gyllenhaal to let Mirza go out with them tonight

He's always been a boss RT @JJPereira6: Jake Gyllenhaal is sporting an absolute monster beard courtside next to Jay Z at the nets game

The only excitement im getting from this game is how many times i can spot the babe #JakeGyllenhaal . #HeatVsNets

Jake Gyllenhaal talking to your girlfriend, and having her understandably ignore you as a result is the 100th problem

Judging by Jay-Z's face Gyllenhaal's playing with fire. (Via @abe_squad)

Stuck in the middle with you… #poorJayZ #Beyonce #JakeGyllenhaal #JayZ

This budding Gyllenhaal, Jay relationship and Beyonce looking PISSED is my everything right now

ABC straight dissing hipster Jake Gyllenhaal leaving him out of the celeb sighting. HES SITTING COURT SIDE NEXT TO JAY Z

It's funny that every time the cameras pan to Jay-Z and Beyoncé, they cut homeless Jake Gyllenhaal from the frame.

Really into this Jake Gyllenhaal, Jay Z and Beyonce get together. The basketball is kinda good too.

They should do a quick shot of Jake Gyllenhaal everytime either team scores a basket.

Rachel Nichols (CNN Sports): Btw, on that Jay Z pic, that's Jake Gyllenhaal on the left. Or could be the homeless guy who told the Browns to draft Manziel. Not sure.

Between Teletovic's 3-pters and Gyllenhaal's beard! This is an entertaining basketball game! #GoNets #NBAPlayOffs @BrooklynNets

Um. I need that seat Jay Z is occupying or just the space on Jake Gyllenhaal's lap. #itsokayhesonmyhallpass

Jake Gyllenhal must be raising awareness for something... #beard

I know the Heat are down but take a second to peep at Jake Gyllenhaal sitting next to Jay Z. His beard is beautiful. 😍👌

Gyllenhaal looks like he's been staying up late trying to solve the Zodiac killer case.

I think Jake Gyllenhaal is trying to pitch a mixtape idea to Jay

Jake Gyllenhaal or Jesus? @espn

Only Jay-Z can get away with going to a ball night with Beyonce and spend most of it with Jake Gyllenhaal. #NBA

Ooo kill em jake gylenhall looking like he just got off LOST island

Jake Gyllenhall super enjoying his first basketball game!

Is no one else more intrigued by Jake Gyllenhaal's presence as Bey and Jay's guest of honor than the game itself? How did this happen

Gyllenhaal sitting next to Jay-Z at this Brooklyn game with the hair of a GOD... GOODNESS.

I wonder how much Jake Gyllenhaal had to pay to win the "Sit Next to Beyonce and Jay-Z at the Nets/Heat game" Silent Auction item.

Who can? RT @KFCBarstool: Lebron and company just couldn't handle Gyllenhaal

She looks like she's been tryna spell 'Gyllenhaal' for 4 quarters

Gyllenhaal. Beyonce. Jay Z. I FUCKING GET IT TWITTER.

ETA: Some more comments and photos. The first is a classic:

Gawker: Jake Gyllenhaal Cannot Keep Both Jay Z and Beyoncé Entertained at Once (Warning: Some idiotic comments)

methinks jz wants to move so he can concentrate on the game but knows that Jake & his wife are too beautiful to be left alone together; he's between his rock & a hairy hard place.

Man, Jay Z has the bitchiest resting face I've ever
It seems to be saying "I can't believe they are still not talking about me."

If I was sat between Beyonce and Jake Gyllenhaal, I wouldn't know which way to look either..

That moment Jay Z realized Jake Gyllenhaal can take Beyoncé from him.

A few videos (1, 2, 3) of Jake at the game.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How Maggie Met Her Brother

Jake Gyllenhaal attended the 2014 Met Ball in New York with his sister, Maggie.

Here's Jake arriving at the gala:

Some party and post-party shots:

And here's Jake leaving.

While many were critical of Jake's look for the evening, he was chosen as one of the Best Beards. And the LA Times was happy to see Jake and Maggie:

Jake Gyllenhaal and sister Maggie Gyllenhaal get snuggly: Yeah, the sibling PDA was pretty much adorable.