Monday, October 31, 2016

The Life of an Actor

In the good kind of October surprise, Sony dropped the first official trailers for Life, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds. First up, the U.S. version:

And the international trailer:

There was also, apparently, a commercial during The Walking Dead. Sony is getting the party started!

NA promo interviews:

Jake presented Ang Lee with the BAFTA John Schlesinger Britannia for Excellence In Directing award on Friday night. Some tidbits:

“Ang knows that to tell a big story, you have to keep it small.”

“Standing here tonight, I can’t help but think about Heath and how much he would have loved to witness all this incredible change that has been effected in the LGBT community in the intervening years. He would be proud to know that he had played some small part in it. I know I am."

Gyllenhaal then cracked that Lee's first English-language film, 1995's Sense and Sensibility, "is one of the most British movies ever, which is extraordinary when you remember that Ang grew up in Taiwan."

"What makes him so unique and so deserving of our highest honor is that Ang realizes that each film is elementally different. Look at his body of work. How is it possible that Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon were made by the same man? That Ice Storm and Life Of Pi sit at opposite ends of the spectrum too?”

Lee, for his part, said that Brokeback Mountain "brought me back to life" and was "the one time I had a strong sense there is a movie god and he loves me."

Video from the Broadway for Hillary event. Jake and Jon Hamm doing an excerpt from Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't Happen Here," a satire about a populist demagogue who becomes president. Shudder.

This last part of the post is going to be a work in progress. I want to add the reviews for Sunday in the Park and some photos, but I'll have to do that later on today. I never did it for Little Shop, and I regret not having collected them all. For now, the music will have to speak for itself.

Finishing The Hat

Move On

Oh and a couple of candids from/with SITPWG costar Philip Boykin, who played Boatman. And Phylicia Rashad. They were both wonderful.

Jake at the City Center gala honoring Adrienne Arsht, philanthropist for the arts:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Watch out for Nocturnal Animals

From GQ UK: When Jake Gyllenhaal met Tom Ford

Jake Gyllenhaal is not just an Oscar-nominated actor with a legendary work ethic and a drop-dead smile. He is also a Jewish boy from LA, a Swedish nobleman, godson of Paul Newman, has studied Buddhism at Columbia with Robert Thurman, and is known for transforming himself physically and emotionally for his roles. Tom Ford is not just a fashion designer and film director, he is ะฐ 21st-century Renaissance man. After revolutionising fashion, he moved effortlessly into film with unprecedented success: his first film, A Single Man, was nominated for a raft of awards including the Best Actor Oscar nomination for lead Colin Firth. Now the two have teamed up for Mr Ford's sophomore feature, Nocturnal Animals, with Jake Gyllenhaal taking the dual role of Edward Sheffield, a writer, and Tony Hastings, the main character from Edward's book who suffers an unfortunate fate with his family while going on their summer holidays. Here, in an exclusive transatlantic telephone conversation, Mr Ford interviews Mr Gyllenhaal about the art of making movies, writing screenplays and being vulnerable.

Finally, the trailer!

And the teaser for the teaser:

And since Jake didn't get to go to TIFF, let's revisit Venice, in black and white:

#JakeGyllenhaal #NocturnalAnimals #Venezia73 #BiennaleCinema2016 #venice

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Jake Gyllenhaal #jakegyllenhaal #venezia73 #nocturnalanimals #venicebiennale

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Jake Gyllenhaal arrives for #nocturnalanimals premiere at @labiennale. #venicefilmfestival #venezia73 #jakegyllenhaal #leicaq

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Venit, vidimus, vicit

Nocturnal Animals and Jake Gyllenhaal made a triumphant appearance on the Lido in Venice last week. There was high praise for the movie and its stars, both on-screen on on the red carpet. Trying something new for GB, here are some Instagram photos and videos that show off the style - and the fun - of the Venice Film Festival.

✨Jake Gyllenhaal at Venice Film Festival 2016✨ I would love a picture like this with Jake๐Ÿ’• #jakegyllenhaal #jacobbenjamingyllenhaal

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รˆ una statua e tremo ancora #jakegyllenhaal #Venezia73

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so blessed so moved so grateful

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il mio cuore a Venezia, io a casa. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’› #jakegyllenhaal #venicefilmfestival

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I parallelismi di #JakeGyllenhaal #venezia72 / #Venezia73

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#jakegyllenhaal #redcarpet #venice #venicefilmfestival #2016 #nocturnalanimals

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(Thanks to all the IGers for posting such great shots and comments.)