Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spring Awakening



We are apparently on a quarterly posting schedule here at GB! News about a Leonard Bernstein movie biography, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, indicated it is time for a new post, mixing some recent photos among the latest news.



Bernstein lived a fascinating life, and I look forward to seeing Jake and CJF interpret it. This Bernstein bio tops a very long slate of projects to which Jake is attached:





There are a couple on there that could drop off and I'd be fine. But if he does them all, he'll be busy for years.

Jake has been in Los Angeles filming Dan Gilroy's latest film. That seems to have wrapped, going by IG photos. Next we wait to see if Jake goes to Cannes for the screening of Wildlife on May 9.


Almost forgot Jake's Cartier appearances.

The short video ad:



And a brief interview:



(Bernstein/Gyllenhaal photos courtesy of Deadline and Rex/Shutterstock. Other photos from Donald Mowat.)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A late start



It's a new year, and I think it's past time for a new post. Too much to catch up on since last time, so let's make it simple with some outtakes from the recent NY Times Jake interview.





The interview seemed like part of a last-minute, fruitless push for Jake and Stronger to get some awards traction. Like most of the promotion for Stronger, it didn't do much.

A shame, because the movie and Jake deserved so much more. As many people agreed.

Eric D. Snider‏ Verified account @EricDSnider
Just realizing Jake Gyllenhaal isn't nominated for Best Actor. I haven't seen the Denzel movie, but I know Jake's performance was better.

Indiewire:
David Gordon Green’s “Stronger” was an acting powerhouse that could’ve made any of its performers a nominee this year, from Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role to Tatiana Maslany and Miranda Richardson.

Variety
Dear Academy: Don't overlook these great performances
First and foremost, there are a few contenders that seemed strong coming into the season, but have somehow been all but forgotten. Take Jake Gyllenhaal in “Stronger.” Here is one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films (93% on Rotten Tomatoes), dealing in a well-worn, Oscar-friendly genre (a biopic centered on a disabled person who beats the odds), featuring another great turn from an actor who has delivered a number of awards-caliber performances lately that have gone unrecognized by the Academy (“Prisoners,” “Nightcrawler,” “End of Watch”). What’s it going to take to put his name on the ballot?

But let's not get bogged down. 2018 got off to a strong start for Jake, as Wildlife premiered at Sundance to very good reviews.

Carey Mulligan got most of the heat, but Jake's turn was lauded, as well.

Los Angeles Times
Kenneth Turan
An exceptionally sensitive portrait of a marriage headed off the rails, beautifully acted by Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal and impeccably directed by actor Paul Dano.

NPR
Kenneth Turan again
Yeah, there are two others that I really liked. One is called "Wildlife." It's the first directing for Paul Dano. He's an actor who people will probably remember from "Little Miss Sunshine." He played the young Brian Wilson in "Love & Mercy." He's taken a Richard Ford novel - this is a novel about a marriage kind of slowly falling apart. The co-stars are Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. It just was a pleasure to experience this film.

Variety
Owen Gleiberman
Paul Dano, in his directorial debut, stages an artfully deliberate small-town saga, with Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal as haunted parents.
Jerry is a man who likes his beer, and though we never see him flat-out drunk, Gyllenhaal gives him the self-pitying short fuse of an alcoholic; he’s like a Don Draper who never made it to the city. Jerry blames everyone else for his problems, and he has too much misplaced pride to even take his job back when it’s offered to him.

The Film Stage
Jordan Raup
Gyllenhaal’s role may be minor, but his missing presence is certainly felt, and when his inexorable return occurs, and the cards are laid on the table, his brings an unexpected ferocity. In fact, so much so that the climax can feel rushed compared to the patient touch Dano had previously built up.

The New Yorker
David Edelstein
I like Gyllenhaal better here than in his showier roles. He hasn’t completely figured out Jerry, which I mean as a high compliment — Gyllenhaal sometimes pins his characters down too much. The key is that Jerry hasn’t figured himself out. He wanted to be a pro golfer, he wanted to be a big man, and he has shrunk to nothing in his own eyes. Seizing on the job of a faceless auxiliary firefighter living in tents alongside other men (many of them long jobless) is a way of burning off his ego as a start for reinventing himself. He works wonderfully with Oxenbould, who’s the opposite of your standard coming-of-age juvenile.

The Young Folks
Katey Stoetzel
Based on the synopsis, I was expecting Gyllenhaal’s presence to be minimal but was pleasantly surprised to find how much of the film he’s in. His earnest portrayal of a down-on-his-luck father and husband led by his pride is interesting and heartfelt.

Jon Frosch
I liked Paul Dano’s WILDLIFE a lot, even if it often feels self-consciously cautious and controlled. Mulligan and Gyllenhaal both excellent; Ed Oxenbould even better.

Nick Johnston @onlysaysficus
WILDLIFE: Oscillated between poles on this one while watching, but it’s ultimately a heartbreaking portrait of the collapse of a family. Dano’s got skills, especially with his actors and his staging. #Sundance18

Also Mulligan is brilliantly upsetting, and one scene with Gyllenhaal and his kid made me shed tears. “Grown men love each other, too.”

Assorted tweets:

WILDLIFE is so quietly devastating. Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ed Oxenbould are pitch-perfect. Paul Dano is not only one of my favorite actors today, but now one of the most exciting directors. #Sundance18

WILDLIFE stunning debut! Paul Dano filmmaker is also great. A hard but very well written drama of a family falling to pieces, emotional and very powerful. Jake Gyllenhaal Super but my girlfriend Carey Mulligan is extraordinary! The best of #Sundance now 👌🏼

Man.Paul Dano’s #Wildlife. Beautiful. Jake Gyllenhall & *Carey Mulligan* supreme. A film about many things, but perhaps central: what no ££ does to relationships, families... and yet .. how wealth gilds over disconnect. Ambiguous enough to leave hope ✅

(Photo Credit Bryan Derballa for The New York Times)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Event Fall

Event Spring 2017 - Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford recording Move on for the Sunday in the Park with George cast album:





It has been a busy autumn for Jake Gyllenhaal, with film festivals, screenings, conversations, presentations, perfume ads and more. And now an award.

Jake was given the Hollywood Film Awards Best Actor trophy for his performance as Jeff Bauman in Stronger. May it be the beginning of a fruitful awards season. We live in hope...





A beautiful speech by Jake. You can feel how much this experience has meant to him. I hope it's not the last time he gets the chance to give a speech for playing this role!

From the red carpet and the awards:













Caption This:



Jake and Tatiana conversation after Stronger screening:



At Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, day of Boston premiere:



Zurich:





Red carpet and awards presentation snippets



Photos and video: 40 movies?!

Jake on the green carpet

Rome:








Video highlight reel

The title of the post could also have been Event Fail, as I have not kept up with all of these events. I'm going to add to this post with some other photos or videos that we all may have missed or just want to see again.

(First photo taken by Cyrill Matter at the Zurich Film Festival.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fortius

95% Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score
90% Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score
A- Cinemascope
76 Metacritic Score

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman have seemingly been everywhere promoting Stronger, which is enjoying raves from audiences and critics alike. Now if only the box office would catch up...

There have been so many good pictures and fun interviews that it was impossible to keep up. Herewith, a random assortment of shots, stories and clips that appealed to me.










From Jane Goodall's Facebook page:

When on the road, Jane is never sure who she is going to meet. Luckily for Jane, fate was on her side when on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and she crossed paths with the incredible Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman - a survivor of the horrific Boston Marathon bombing and the inspiration for the new film 'Stronger'. Their conversations reinforced Jane's reason for hope - the indomitable human spirit - as Jeff is indeed the embodiment of strength and kindness.




The first four are from Greg Russell Photography. Love the (literal) framing.






Don't know who took these, but they are fantastic:







Worth flipping through the series on the above IG post.

Boston premiere:






Patients and others at Spaulding Rehabilitation greet the Stronger crew:



Q&A and other videos









Popcorn with Peter Travers:


Another Jake and Jeff interview


Jake discusses the able-bodied/disabled actor issue with The Frame

An hour with Jake!



Jake raps Kris Kriss:



Podcast with Jake and Jeff/Tatiana and Miranda

Don't forget to download Sunday in the Park with George!