Monday, December 1, 2014

(It's never too late for) Giving Thanks

This has been a very good year for Jake Gyllenhaal and for Jake Gyllenhaal fans. Though we missed Thanksgiving day last week, we can still give thanks for all of the riches 2014 has brought so far.

The delayed post gave us the opportunity to post the above shot from Dove Shore photography. Let's hope there are more where that came from! Here's a gorgeous shot from the Variety Actor on Actor series:

From a different photo shoot, Jake in the water:

I'm thankful for the opportunity to see Jake onstage again this year. Jake and his Constellations cohorts visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York last week. From the AMNH curator:

Had a really nice time giving the crew of the new play Constellations (see the link below in my other post) a tour of the Rose Center. Here's a little pic that Craig Chesek, one of the AMNH photographers, took during the tour. I was really impressed with these lovely people--all really smart and, it was fun to meet them. They asked a lot of great questions and seemed to like the space show, which deals with some of the science in the play, I understand. I hope some of the science we talked about comes out in the play. From left: Michael Longhurst (Director), Ruth Wilson (who plays the astrophysicist), an astrophysicist most of you know, and Jake Gyllenhaal (who plays a bee keeper I think.) A number of the other crew were present too. Delightful morning and I am looking forward to seeing the play.

The cornucopia of Nightcrawler promotion continued with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman:

And a brief clip from Deadline's Rough Cut interview:

Nightcrawler was a happy surprise for audiences and critics. Big thanks to Dan Gilroy, Roger Deakins, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed and Jake for a fascinating, provocative film. Fingers crossed for more nominations - and wins!

It was named Empire Magazine's #2 film of 2014:

We have a full slate of movies to look forward to, including Demolition. I don't remember seeing this photo from filming:

There's also Southpaw. This photo has really made the rounds, with many people exclaiming thanks for Jake's dedication to his body, er, craft:

Always grateful for people who manage to persuade Jake to take a photo - and to smile! Jake at the Gotham Awards:

I'm truly grateful for the health and well-being of family and friends. And for all of you out there - posters and lurkers alike. This is a great time to be a Jake Gyllenhaal fan, and I'm happy to be among you all.


Mary said...

Thanks UV for this lovely post. It has been a good year for Jake and his fans I'm thankful for that and for this site.And of course thankful for my family and that my son finally got a job took him a year to find one even if it's in Virginia.12

Anonymous said...

I saw that first pic the new post on twitter today, he is so handsome. His body is so sexy with or without clothes.

UltraViolet said...

It is a beautiful photo. Not sure what publication it's for.

Mary, good for your son, though it's sad that he's all the way on the other coast.

I missed Jake on the Gotham awards. I think he presented Best Actress. Here's a shot.

Edit: Yes, he did. Here he is with Julianne Moore.

Monica said...

SV, Angelina had a script by the Coen brothers (in fact, they wrote a draft), the World War II theme, story of a hero, Deakins's cinematography, desplat's soundtrack. She gathered a large number of talented people for the film and people began to overestimate, even though her first film as a director wasn't well received.
And now some people are disappointed. I never had high hopes, despite being a fan of hers. These people, studios and bloggers need to stop the PR hype.

Jake looked great in the Gotham Awards. Ruth Wilson is there with him.

Anonymous said...

There is a good chance Maggie Gyllenhaal quietly could be nominated for a Golden Globe and or SAG award for her television work this year.

It would suck if Jake was ignored all together this year yet again, although I am sure he would be happy for his sister.

UltraViolet said...

Well, it will be fun if they are both nominated!

Jake does look good, even though I'm not a fan of the dark/dark combo. But it works better with no tie!

Forgot to post this tweet from Kurt Sutter:

I watched Jake train. His skill as a boxer was as amazing as his body transformation. Such a good man. Great actor.

And another Best of 2014 list; this time from Edgar Wright:

"It's been a year of great crime movies, but Jake Gyllenhaal's Lou Bloom slinks his way to the top without ever blinking his eyes. Surely the decade's creepiest tale of how to succeed in business, this film is a blackly funny, deadly satire on the media creatures who only come out at night in LA."

BlueJean said...

What a beautiful post, UV.

Thanks as always.

I'm happy to be a Jake fan - what a year it has been! And thanks to everyone on here for making this blog such a great place.

Also, to everyone who's going to see Jake on Broadway: have fun!!! I'll be with you in spirit.

Much love to you all.

bobbyanna said...

"I'm happy to be a Jake fan - what a year it has been! And thanks to everyone on here for making this blog such a great place."

BlueJean says it perfectly!

I can only add that I'm grateful for the wonderful friends I've met thru Jake. : )

UV, this blog is very special because of you and the way you have allowed us to all share information, and participate.

That first photo is absolutely one of the sexiest I've seen lately. What a beautiful man! : )

BlueJean said...

Has this been posted? Funny article.

Piruleta said...

As a newbie I have to thank everyone because I felt welcome from the start. And especial thanks for you, UV, for the work you do on the blog, this is a great site. I like to come here to read news, share news and discuss with all of you about movies and all that stuff. It's nice :D

Btw, Nightcrawler will be seen tomorrow at Madrid Premiere Week Festival, can't wait to read the reactions.

Oh! I'm happy for all of you who have tickets for Constellations! And I'm sure I wanted to say something else but forgot what it was LOL!

Hagen said...

The National Board of Reviews has listed "Nightcrawler" among its Top 10 movies of 2014.

Monica said...

Great news. So happy for jake and nightcrawler team.
A little upset that the Lego movie won best original screenplay. I mean, come on!

bobbyanna said...

"A little upset that the Lego movie won best original screenplay. I mean, come on!"

No kidding! I agree, monica.

Hagen said...

Great news. So happy for jake and nightcrawler team.
Yes, that's pretty great. I thought "Nightcrawler" would be on the 'Top 10 Independent Films List', but that's a better than expected result.

Monica said...

Deadline Hollywood @Deadline
Jake Gyllenhaal Drama ‘Demolition’ Sells To The World

Jess said...

Good for Nightcrawler, Jake is still selling movies-Demolition is the film I want to see in 2015. I am hoping against hope that the dancing (if not cut) comes with singing.

Hagen said...

Fox Searchlight is plotting a 2015 release in the US and is also distributing in the U.K, France, Germany and Australia/New Zealand.
I'm glad to see that Fox will distribute "Demolition" in Germany. And the distribution rights are already sold out worldwide. :thumbs up:

Both "Everest" and "Demolition" are my most anticipated movies of 2015. I'm not fully convinced of "Southpaw" yet.

Mary said...

Just read on variety that they are going to make source code 2 picked a director Anna forrester. But the same goy who wrote the first one is doing the second one no mentioned if Jake or any of the others would reprise their roles.

UltraViolet said...

I'm annoyed that there was a tie for actor, and Jake wasn't one of the winners. It's nice that NC made the Top 10, but basically meaningless. Prisoners made their Top 10 last year.

Good news about Demolition.

UltraViolet said...

Ooh, interesting, Mary. There was a time I would have loved the idea. But it all depends on the other people involved.


Hagen said...

It's nice that NC made the Top 10, but basically meaningless. Prisoners made their Top 10 last year.
The point is that there are quite a few people who like these movies a lot. I don't think that's meaningless. It's not all about the Oscars.

UltraViolet said...

Well, meaningless from an awards perspective is what I meant. I think it's pretty clear that I'm happy a lot of people like the movie :)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait Southpaw, this one is the most interesting for me, Everest is not my cup of tea on the other hand.

How they write about that unusual child in Demolition, I had a feeling the child from pictures has Dawn Syndrom.

NBR reminds me to think if there was ever tie in Oscar vote and how is this handled then.

Monica yes, Coens script and Deakins's cinematography means something, but I still have a problem to predict movie whilst unseen, Ridley Scott is one of the best directors ever and he has many flops as well, so I would be reserved about this. and again NBR lists the movie in top tens?

Also I am happy they listed in top indie movies The most wanted man with PSH, I want to see that movie, but The most violent year is not in top ten movies and NBR winner? How does this work? SV

UltraViolet said...

A Most Wanted Man was good. I enjoyed it.

Just added a great shot of Jake and Patricia Arquette. And here's the Variety SC story.

Anonymous said...

Btw. on Gotham awards he has again those crappy shoes and also I would throw to garbage that outdoor silver jacket he always wears :-). This is on behalf of new trousers he needs to buy as an award celebration. SV

Hagen said...

That's a super cute picture of Jake and Patricia Arquette.

I suspect "Source Code 2" will be some straight-to-DVD fare like "Jarhead 2".

Jess said...

"I suspect "Source Code 2" will be some straight-to-DVD fare like "Jarhead 2"."

Maybe not if Jake is involved, SC has garnered a lot of fans on DVD and the small screen. But it needs Jake, Michelle and Vera not to mention Duncan. Jake had mentioned early on that he could see sequels but that was when the movie first was released.

An unknown director will not help the film at all. There could be more action scenes than storyline and acting.

I felt the same UV about the National Review top 10 but it is still nice for Jake as a producer. I want Jake to not only be nominated for some of these awards but actually win a couple.

UltraViolet said...

Did people click on my LOL link? Because it's too funny. We have reached peak Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake on his Southpaw transformation:

I lived in [the competitive fighting] world for six months," he says. Leading up to filming he took in a number of HBO fights, along with director Antoine Fuqua, paying visits to Vegas and Madison Square Garden in New York for the Miguel Cotto versus Sergio Martinez fight. (He says Cotto is his favorite fighter.) He also trained daily, like a fighter, for months, including some time at the [Floyd] Mayweather Boxing Club in Vegas, at at the Church Gym in New York.

The movie is now in the can and being edited, but Gyllenhaal doesn't plan to put down the mitts any time soon. "I will box for the rest of my life," he says. "It's an impossible form to master because it's like a language and every day you find new ways to use what you have. I'm nowhere close to mastering it," he says. "I could talk for hours about it. It's so wonderful for the mind and especially for youth, to understand how to express your physical power. I think especially, talking as a man, to know you are capable of a certain power and to know that you don't have to use it."

A couple of video interviews from last night, both on the body: ET and Extra.

I hope he gets a shorter answer to the question ;)

UltraViolet said...

Oops, the Extra link above was incorrect. Here it is.

FP said...


What a wonderful post UV!:)

Monica said...

real: ihj

UltraViolet said...

Forgot to say thanks for all the nice words :)

Article about the Gotham Awards with a couple of nice photos of Jake:

Uma Thurman, the evening’s host, promptly took the stage as the first course was served, causing latecomer Jake Gyllenhaal to scurry to his seat. “Ugh, I have to stare at Jake’s face all night,” Hawke faux-bemoaned as the actor took a seat across the table.

A couple of IG Jake photos from last week. And this is funny.

Tweety said...

I'm thankful for my good health, family and friends and this awesome Jake blog! Thanks so much UV for making this place my favorite place for all things Jake and all the wonderful posters!
Jake looks yummy in that first pic even though like you UV, i'm not a fan of the black on black !
It's excting times for Jake fans and congrats to Jake and NC team for all the nominations and hopefully more to come.
I have no interest in a SC sequel minus Duncan and Jake.

Hagen said...

"Nightcrawler" will expand from currently 570 to 1,257 theaters on Friday (theater count). I don't know if there will be any "two tickets for the price of one"-deals like two years ago with "End of Watch".

Monica said...

Script review: Southpaw

UltraViolet said...

I'm glad they are trying something for Nightcrawler. Not sure how effective it will be, but this is apparently a traditionally slow weekend for the box office.

End of Watch got a big bump but it didn't end up helping anything. We'll see.

Unfortunately, the movie has just leaked online. Or fortunately, depending on your download ethics.

I kind of wish NC had made more exciting DVD covers. It's silly, but I wish it stood out more from the others.

A short clip of Jake and Ruth Wilson in that photo shoot.

This picture demands a caption.

Hi, Tweety!

And thanks for the link, Monica. I skimmed very quickly. IT was rated "Good." Not a rave, but not a pan, either.

Does it sound like a good story to those who read it? (Please avoid spoilers.)

jess said...

"This picture demands a caption."

Yes! I got another Oscar vote besides my sister's.

bobbyanna said...

My caption would be:
"...and it was the best pumpkin risotto I've ever made!"

I read the Southpaw summary, and the story seems derivative, but it also provides a real opportunity for some character development.

I guess I mean, IMO, it'll probably be one of those storylines that are definitely improved by the cast and the acting.

I do like boxing movies, though. My father was a boxer. Olympic team. We used to watch the Friday night fights together when I was a little girl. : )

Whether this is another Raging Bull or Hurricane, or even Cinderella Man, (which had a powerful fight scene) remains to be seen. But I have a feeling it could be.

I've felt that way about several of the movies I've seen this season. Few are as unique as Birdman and Nightcrawler.

Anonymous said...

Bobbyanna, my father was boxer's massage therapist, so I also often attended local boxing fights in our city.

I also read the SP script review and on the paper it sounds like average boxing movie, that is why is very important how ensemble will handle characters, with Whitaker and Jake it really might be high rated movie. SV

Anonymous said...

Jake Gyllenhaal in “Constellations”

“It’s less about string theory than about love,” said Gyllenhaal of his role as a beekeeper who falls for a physicist in “Constellations,” the new play by the British playwright Nick Payne. The 33-year-old actor has performed on smaller New York stages, but this is his Broadway debut. “If you know anything about love or have experienced it in any way, you might know more about string theory than you think you do.”


Jess said...

I love France:

Anonymous said...

Scriptshadow reviews a draft from 2011. Fuqua brought a writer to polish the script when Jake signed on in 2014.
Guaranteed Jake made more of his character than what was scripted in 2011 for Eminem. For instance, in the current summary Billy is the alchool and drug addict, not the trainer.
If Tick was the Oscar friendly role in 2011 version, I bet my house that Billy is the Oscar friendly role now that Jake plays it.

UltraViolet said...

Vive La France! That's great to hear. It will boost NC's overseas numbers, which is great for Jake and the NC team.

As for Southpaw, it definitely sounds like Jake has the Oscar role now. I guess we'll see. It does all sound pretty formulaic. Hopefully the script changes and the performances will elevate the material.

I did see this tweet from the LA screening:

@sutterink just caught pre-screen of Southpaw. Phenomenal. Never knew you were a boxing fan.

Thanks for the NY Times link, SV. I liked Jake's answer.

LOL at your captions :)

Anonymous said...

Have you also read this?

Open Road Films announced Wednesday afternoon that it would re-release "Nightcrawler" into theaters beginning on Dec. 5. There’s no hiding the intention: The company’s press release notes that members of AMPAS, ACE, ADG, ASC, BAFTA, CAS, DGA, FIND, HFPA, MPEG, MPSE, PGA, SAG NOM COM and WGA would be able to use their guild cards to gain free entrance to the screenings. People need to see "Nightcrawler" and start thinking Best Actor.


UltraViolet said...

I think Hagen posted a similar link above, SV, but worth a second look.

Best Of 2014: The 17 Most Thrilling Action Sequences Of The Year:

1. “Nightcrawler” – The Car Chase
“We ultimately looked at it as one long accident, rather than a car chase” director Dan Gilroy told Buzzfeed, encapsulating one huge reason why this thrilling scene from the grimily excellent “Nightcrawler” sits atop this list. In it, there’s a sense of hurtling toward doom, of building momentum, of you not being so much on the edge of your seat as on the edge of a cliff. Good movie car chases derive a lot of their tension from a kind of cognitive dissonance as regards their physics —editing, cinematography and performance all combine to build the sense that the very next shot is going to be some sort of cathartic release, yet it goes on and on, near misses stacking up on close calls to the point that it should break our suspension of disbelief. But the best movie car chases (and Gilroy cites touchpoints “The French Connection” and “Bullitt” as inspirations) are so firmly grounded that that never happens, and instead we get, like in “Nightcrawler,” a scene in which you can almost taste the gears grinding and smell the burning rubber. It’s also remarkable how much time we spend with Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed inside the car, making this action scene also a fantastic character moment for both and never allowing us lose sight of the overarching stakes. Spectacular but also unusual for being a scene in which a car chases a car chase, editor John Gilroy (another Gilroy brother) and maestro cinematographer Robert Elswit deserve huge kudos for pulling this off, as do second unit director and DP Mike Smith and Christopher Moseley. It’s a great example of doing more with less, as originally Gilroy had imagined a much more elaborate scene, but limited budget and resources forced a downscaling, which feels like it can only have helped the scene’s intimate, immediate feel. Six weeks of planning went into it, but happenstance still played its part —the cop car meant to spin into the other lane once hit actually stayed put, in a shower of sparks, giving a whole new dynamic to the next few scenes, the more visceral for us having seen that stunt happen realistically, erratically. But even aside from the technical skill on display in all quarters, we love this scene for the function it performs in the story, almost as a microcosm of the overall film, which itself has the fascination of a slow motion car crash of degrading morals and rotten voyeurism, all playing out on the sleazy nighttime streets of downtown LA.

I saw NC twice in Toronto, and both times, the crowd erupted into applause at the car chase end. It was thrilling.

I was reading this story on my phone and getting increasingly annoyed that NC wasn't in the list. I was so happy to see it at #1.

Chica said...

Nightcrawler mad the top ten on Time magazines list!

I feel blessed and thankful for all I have and thankful for GB and UV!

So happy with all the praise NC is getting and thrilled that it's going wide again today.

FP said...

Cover of The Warp

Jess said...


I love Jake but that smile on the cover seems forced and like he is trying really hard not to look uncomfortable. Just my opinion.

Chica said...

Forgot the Time Link:

My only complaint is how the hell did Lucy get on the list???

Jess said...

I agree Chica, I liked Lucy but it is not as good as Nightcrawler or Birdman. Not even close, I commend Time for not including the Oscar bait bio movies though.

That being said, Time seems to be trying hard to not be like the other lists. Birdman and Nightcrawler are ranked too low in the top 10. For me it would be of course Nightcrawler, Birdman, Grand Budapest Hotel as the top 3. I know Boyhood is getting a lot of buzz but it seems gimmicky to me (the new Osacr bait) but it's working.

Anonymous said...

Michael and Kelly video


UltraViolet said...

I know what you mean about Jake's trying too hard sometimes, Jess. But that looks like just a normal photo to me.

Woo hop for NC making some Top 10 lists. There are also some interesting pieces today. First, from Vox:

Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in the film Nightcrawler is 2014 in a nutshell

Lou Bloom is a creature of 2014, through and through.

Lou, the character Jake Gyllenhaal plays in the darkly funny, terrifically smart little film Nightcrawler, at first seems like a simple riff on someone like Gordon Gekko from Wall Street or Patrick Bateman from American Psycho — a sociopath who has absorbed the lessons of his culture so thoroughly that they have become the blood running through his veins. But look a little closer, and there's a desperation to Lou that feels very post-Great Recession. He's a man who was told he would be rich, and now he's not. What is he to do with that? ...

Nightcrawler, on its surface, is a relatively straightforward thriller, built around a slightly improbable but very effective main character, a man who starts as an antihero and plunges straight ahead toward villainy. It takes place in a world that doesn't resemble our own, and it makes no real effort to fix that discrepancy.

But, then, it doesn't need to. Nightcrawler isn't a realistic story. Nightcrawler is a parable of bitter, burbling resentment, of people who think they deserve certain things just because of the accident of birth, and of a society that is simply too tired to deny them everything. Lou Bloom isn't going to win because he's particularly intelligent, or because he's a great speaker, or even because he has a brilliant idea. He's a leech, who uses other people to get ahead, over and over again. Lou Bloom is going to win because men like Lou Bloom always win. And what's more 2014 than that?

Some interesting things about white privilege in there. didn't perceive Lou necessarily the way the author did. But you can certainly make that argument

UltraViolet said...

Jake Gyllenhaal: Best Leading Actor of the 2000s?:

Two nights, ago, I posed a simple question on Twitter. Here, you can see some of the responses:

The Question
Why isn’t Jake Gyllenhaal more readily mentioned when discussing the greatest actors of our time?

The Context
I posed this inquiry less than a week after Deadline released a picture of Gyllenhaal in his latest role, Billy “The Great” Hope in Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw. The image is a shocking one, showcasing a physique that is markedly different than the one Gyllenhaal exhibited as squirrelly sociopath Louis Bloom in this year’s Nightcrawler. Southpaw tells the story of a Prize Fighter, so such a stature is necessary and central to that sort of storyline, but what is extraordinary is that this new bulging body type was accomplished in such close proximity to Nightcrawler, a film for which the actor reportedly dropped forty pounds.

In the Deadline article, Fuqua provides a glossed over anecdote regarding Gyllenhaal’s commitment to attaining the bulk, pointing out that Gyllenhaal “literally… broke up with his girlfriend” because of the amount of time he was spending in the gym. Of course, physical adaptation to a role is but one way to view commitment to the craft (and probably not even the best measurement and certainly not the most intelligent). But physique change is often quickly cited in discussing some of the greatest actors of recent times: Tom Hanks, Christian Bale, and, most recently, Matthew McConnaughey. This new image works as a microscopic metaphor of just how dedicated Gyllenhaal has become to capitalizing on his theatrical roles.

The Question
Why isn’t Jake Gyllenhaal more readily mentioned when discussing the greatest actors of our time?

The Evidence
When I asked our Twitter followers who they thought to be the best acting talent of the modern film era, Jake Gyllenhaal was literally the last individual mentioned for the evening. I find this exceptionally strange given that his current streak might be the best streak of any actor or actress of the entire 2000s and we are right now in the middle of that streak. No one ever seems to committedly endorse Gyllenhaal to that strong of a degree even though, in the current year, he’s given three stellar performances in two movies and his next movie was just days before occupying headlines on the second page of the movie news.

Consider the commercial, award, and critical praise showered on Matthew McConnaughey during the McConnaissance. Take nothing away from McConnaughey’s mostly deserved attention, but stack his current roles against those of Gyllenhaal. McConnaughey has played five or six different Texans (one of whom was named Dallas) in different dramatic contexts while Gyllenhaal in his last five roles (Nightcrawler, Enemy, Prisoners, Source Code, End of Watch) has moved all over the boundaries on the map of cinematic storytelling. ...

Anonymous said...

I don't know, but I am annoyed with the comparison with MMC. He is far over 40, Gyllenhaal is much younger and has much challenging roles than MMC ever had and many challenging roles before him assuming it from his attitude and intelligence. Honestly if there is not last year movie DBC, no one mentions MMC at all. And also I don't find him convincing actor at all. Where he was in Gyllenhaal's age? Somewhere mostly in romantic comedies and not very risky movies playing with visage more than skills. Gyllenhaal was one of the few Oscar nominees before his 30s. This is also not an usual situation, academy from some reason doesn't like these young heartthrobs.

Also that sentence with "some of the greatest actors of recent times." OK if they count Robert De Niro is not the greatest actor of recent times, he is one of the greatest actors of all times. Physical changes included. Then there is Forest Whitaker = Idy Amin was one of the most deserved Oscars of all time considering the actor is quite soft and tender person and the transformation in the movie was incredible. Did they see movie called A Better Life with Demian Bichir? I know he is not tabloids friendly, but much better than MMC just in one performance.

But they need to compare with peers, back to Gyllenhaal, he was also very close to nom for Jarhead and role like Donnie Darko is cult movie, how many cult movies has MMC? Closer to MMC age is Leo DiCaprio and honestly MMC is far away from him, so what all the people and press are talking about? Closer to Gyllenhaal is Ryan Gossling, Tom Hardy (fantastic actor btw) and then far far behind types like Tatum, Bradley Cooper. There was also Colin Farrel, which is also far more talented than MMC plus Jude Law, but they somehow faded out, but as for talent and acting skills there is no discussion about it. So they need to be compared. All in all Gyllenhaal got much more appreciation than all of those peers in 30s, what MMC may just dream about. One Oscar is out of context and for me just lucky price. Only comparable actor with him was Heath Ledger (RIP), now it is Cumberbatch probably.

Regarding those the greatest actors I forgot of course Gene Hackman with fantastic civil acting plus Morgan Freeman. Any Bales or MMCs are the least I would mention. My opinion. SV

Anonymous said...

Only comparable actor with him was Heath Ledger (RIP), now it is Cumberbatch probably.

Gyllenhaal of course SV

Anonymous said...

I've just returned from watching NC and I'm absolutely blown away. Fully worth the wait. This is by far Jakes best performance - to date - and that's saying a lot considering his many stellar performances. The agility with which he can make you recoil and chuckle and admire Lou Bloom is not just oscar worthy but a testament to his tremendous skill and commitment as an actor. And guess what despite his gaunt appearance there's still something very hot about this Jake. I'm looking forward to all the different manifestations of our Jake from Everest to South Paw to Demolition to the bee keeper in Constellations. He has without a doubt reached his sweet spot.


Jess said...

"He has without a doubt reached his sweet spot. "

Wow I like that statement Malavika. Sums up Jake's career choices now.

Hagen said...

Jean-Marc Vallée initially planned to film "Demolition" before "Wild" (Dork Shelf): Well it was right when I was wrapping up Dallas Buyers Club, and Reese reached out to me because she wanted to see the film. Both Reese and Matthew McConaughey have the same representation, and it was recommended that I might be a good fit for Wild. So she watched a rough cut of Dallas, but she called me and sent me the script and the book – both of which I read – and I just said “Oh my god, I really need to be involved with this picture.”

I was going to make Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts instead, but we weren’t quite ready to go on that one. So I called the producers and I asked, “Is it OK if I make this one first? Because this movie is just so beautiful that I really feel like I need to tell it to the world.”

Piruleta said...

Constellations: first look
And another video

Piruleta said...

Shit, looks like the links didn't work:

Monica said...

Nightcrawler was submitted in drama at the Golden Globe:
Feinberg predictions

Anonymous said...

Piruleta thanks for the links. I don't think there's anything more beautiful than jake in these constellations promos. Just saying.


UltraViolet said...

es, thanks for those links! I intended to do a new post, but the day has gotten away form me. Will try tonight.

Jake does look great!

Looks like NC did well in its expanded release, but not gangbusters. Should inch closer to $30 million, though, which it wouldn't have without the extra theaters.

Monica, does Feinberg know that, do you know? Or is he just assuming? Look at that comedy category. Jake would have definitely gotten the nod there.

Hagen, it's interesting that Demolition was a done deal so long ago. You never know what Jake has in the works, it seems!

Monica said...

does Feinberg know that, do you know?

I think so

Anonymous said...

uff... these Feinberg predictions really suck! I know I shouldn't care... but it's stronger than me, and I care... Hope he's wrong! Really I thought J. would have a locked nod for the G. Globe!

UV, I know it's "closing time" but thanks for this wonderful thanksgiving post!

For everyone like me who'll never see Constallations on stage... on Amazon the script is available... while hoping to see the actual play somehow, it's better than nothing!


Anonymous said...

Feinberg predictions: where did he take Al Pacino and Robert Downey Jr. as front runners, plus movie The Judge? No way...MMC no comment, hope this doesn't happen.

Btw. Washington critics, NC is completely out:

Best Film:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Gone Girl

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
Ava DuVernay (Selma)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Best Actor:
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year)
Michael Keaton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
David Oyelowo (Selma)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Best Actress:
Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Best Supporting Actor:
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
Laura Dern (Wild)
Emma Stone (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)

Best Acting Ensemble:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods

Bostno critics as well unfortunately:


Alejandro González Iñárritu, BIRDMAN

Brendan Gleeson, CALVARY

Marion Cotillard, TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT

Edward Norton, BIRDMAN

Tilda Swinton, SNOWPIERCER

John Michael McDonagh, CALVARY

Calvary is surprise somehow. SV

Monica said...

where did he take Al Pacino and Robert Downey Jr. as front runners, plus movie The Judge? No way...MMC no comment, hope this doesn't happen

Because they are stars. That's what matters to the golden globe.

Hagen said...

Nice honor for Dan Gilroy: The Boston Society of Film Critics named him "Best New Filmmaker" for "Nightcrawler".

Anonymous said...

Interview Cinema, I have never seen it before:


Jess said...

Tom Hardy was chosen best actor by LA Film Critics??????

Michael Keaton was runner up.

Rene Russo was runner up for best supporting though.

I cannot figure out these lists whatsoever, so to keep my sanity I am gonna just resolve myself to the fact Jake will not be recognized any more this season.

Monica said...

It was unexpected, for a moment I thought Jake could win when I saw that Rene Russo was runner-up.

UltraViolet said...


UltraViolet said...

I didn't mean to hit enter, but really, there isn't much more to say. It sucks that Jake hasn't broken through. I had high hopes for LA and NBR, and they both let me down.

Monica said...

I had high hopes for LA

Me too. Disappointing.

bobbyanna said...

" cannot figure out these lists whatsoever, so to keep my sanity I am gonna just resolve myself to the fact Jake will not be recognized any more this season"

Jess, I SO agree with you. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster. I'm trying to put myself in the place, emotionally, where I'm hoping for the best, but expecting nothing; otherwise my sanity is shredded. LOL!

I'm so,so happy NC is doing so well, and Jake got the IS nomination. He's really getting a lot of praise, not only for NC, but in general, and that's wonderful.

I don't think I've seen such enthusiastic reactions since BBM. If he doesn't get any recognition from SAG, or GG, or Oscar, yes, I'll be very disappointed, but I don't want that to spoil all the enthusiasm for NC I've seen.

No matter how this season turns out, I'm very comforted knowing Southpaw (and Harvey Weinstein) is coming out next year.

Office of Nancy Pelosi said...

Ditto Bobbyanna. I was disappointed that Jake didn't make the nominations that came out this weekend. I saw NC again this weekend he is incredible.

I'm happy with his Independent Spirit nomination but I'm hoping for more.

Anonymous said...

What is the positive though is, that no actor wins all the critics, so the winner is not clear at least in male's category, and even if Jake's performance is mesmerizing, the movie alone is not, so I didn't expect any wins, but nominations. So everything is still open on GG and Oscars. The nominations on those two awards might open the doors for SP better chance to win. I just thought that Keaton and Cumberbatch will be winners of the most of these critics, so there is still chance even for Jake to be nominated, because Tom Hardy for example won't be even nominated there, some critics go for less conventional way and JG has still good acclaims. But the nomination for NC will be the top. SV

BlueJean said...

I'm so,so happy NC is doing so well, and Jake got the IS nomination. He's really getting a lot of praise, not only for NC, but in general, and that's wonderful.

I don't think I've seen such enthusiastic reactions since BBM. If he doesn't get any recognition from SAG, or GG, or Oscar, yes, I'll be very disappointed, but I don't want that to spoil all the enthusiasm for NC I've seen.

I second that completely. I'm not counting on any nominations for Jake anymore.

He's doing so well, he's worked so hard these last couple of years - he'll get recognized someday. If not this year, maybe next year. Or the year after that... it'll happen, just wait.

Just continue to do what you're doing, Jake - it'll work out fine.

Jess said...

Well this helps me a little bit, although its the online critics, good for Jake and Nightcrawler:

Jess said...

I know its all about the emotional being of Jake's fan lol but it's nice to see him acknowledged in any way possible.

Hagen said...

The American Film Institute (AFI) has named "Nightcrawler" one of their top 10 (or actual top 11) films of 2014.

Mary said...

I just saw that too Hagen good news

Monica said...

Great news, Hagen. Very happy for Jake and Nightcrawler team!!

For those interested, SAG nominations will be on December 10; Golden Globe nominations on 11 December.

UltraViolet said...

Just when we say we're not going to worry about nominations, he gets one :)

New post.