At long last we finally got our first two juicy sneak peeks at ‘Prisoners’, thanks to ETOnline and their exclusive visit on the set, with an interview with both leading actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman (yep, it’s my blog and I’ll damn well put Jake first) and some action on set and behind the scenes, which are those I look more forward to (sometimes even more than to the film itself).
That collar looks a little too tight or is it me? It looks like he’s choking
About the plot
Set in the New England town of Brockton, Massachusetts, the film revolves around two neighborly families, the Dovers – Jackman and Bello – and the Birches-played by Davis and Howard-whose young daughters go missing Thanksgiving evening and the fight to find them. Jackman is Keller Dover, a carpenter by day and enraged father by night who will stop at nothing to bring his child back home.
Detective Loki, portrayed by Gyllenhaal, is hot on the case and suspects Paul Dano’s character of committing the deed but can not hold the suspect in custody due to lack of evidence so the hunt continues.
Without any children of his own in real life, Gyllenhaal said he draws off of his love and relationship with his two nieces, Ramona and Gloria Ray, daughters of acting sis, Maggie. ‘My motivation is the children I know and love in my life,’ the Brokeback Mountain actor says. ‘Without having any children of my own my character’s love for these kids in the end is the same type of love that I have for my nieces and the kids I have in my life.‘ [Hugh says about Jake] ‘I absolutely love working with him on every level. He is a spectacular actor.’
With a call for action and many physical scenes in the movie, both Gyllenhaal and Jackman have taken two different approaches to their roles. Always the pinnacle of fitness, Gyllenhaal admittedly reveals that while he attempts to do many of his own stunts he isn’t always inclined to do so. ‘It feels like cheating to me when someone else does it, but I also admit that there are people who know how to do it a lot better than me and if they make me look better than…’ he says. ‘But now if you ask me to push someone into a wall, I’m game,’ he jokes. [GC: Hey, I'm game, too].
Release date: September 20, 2013.
On sadder notes, An Enemy – which is now ‘Enemy Within‘ as we learn from Pathé International’s page dedicated to the film – didn’t make it to Cannes. Mr Thierry Frémaux, head of the Official Selection, rejected it despite a double viewing. On today’s French news, we read
De cette compétition fut écarté Denis Villeneuve pour son film américain An Enemy, mais le cinéaste d’Incendies précise aujourd’hui que son montage n’était pas terminé.
[attempted translation from my rusty French] Denis Villeneuve’s American film An Enemy was rejected from this competition, but Incendies director points out today that the film editing is not finished, yet (GC: which means that Mr. Frémaux saw an unfinished film).
Not only the title changed, but also the synopsis.
This is the new one, which in my opinion gives another idea of the film
ENEMY WITHIN is a mysterious thriller played out in the subconscious of a man in emotional crisis. Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a teacher, living with his girlfriend Mary. He discovers a physically identical man, an actor called Anthony, living nearby with his wife, Helen. But are Adam and Anthony two men? Or does one only exist in the imagination of the other?
and this one was among the first to be published in 2012
AN ENEMY will star Jake Gyllenhaal as Adam, a history teacher whose life is thrown into turmoil upon the discovery of a physically identical man living nearby.
Bemused by the existence of such a doppelganger, Adam begins to stalk his double, initially from a distance, but eventually to the point at which their lives become perilously intertwined…
Two slightly different perspectives, don’t you think? I just wish they’d release a trailer already. Also, the release date, which was August 28, 2013 in France, has suddenly disappeared from the page. I’ve turned my hopes to the Venice Festival and re-crossing fingers and toes.
The latest buzz is all about ‘Nailed‘, remember that film? Rumor has it that we’re going to see it after all, and probably this year. We’ve got stills from around the net (thanks to IHJ as usual but also to JessicaBielCentral) and I know I’m a minority but among Jake’s films this is the first that I’m not counting the hours to see but who knows, it might surprise me.
A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, DC, where sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause – but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?
He keeps reading. And reading. On April 17, 2013, Jake was among a few noted actors, musicians, journalists, and artists who joined the Academy of American Poets at its benefit reading, Poetry & The Creative Mind.
Jake read two poems, Frank O’Hara’s ‘Ave Maria’ and the one I’m posting below by Mary Oliver, which I share here because I love it and I wish I could listen to Jake read it
…in NYC yesterday and he never looked more handsome
People could place a bid to have Jake as an edible tour guide. I mean, as an Edible Schoolyard tour guide. It ended up with $14K for a pizza with the handsomest man alive. Not bad.
Yes, that Jake. Jake Gyllenhaal, actor, our Spring Benefit honoree, and longtime supporter of Edible Schoolyard NYC, is taking you and your friends on a private Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 tour. He knows the garden well — he planted a pear tree in it at the groundbreaking ceremony in 2010. Oh, and he’s staying for lunch! Famed Brooklyn restaurant Roberta’s is transporting its pizza oven to P.S. 216 to prepare lunch from the garden, in the garden, for you and your guests.
Don’t forget that Jake wants you to read, or re-read, Fitzgerald’s classic ‘The Great Gatsby’. He spent hours reading it for you so you have no excuses (you can even download the book here). I’m curious to know about your experience, if you have already listened to the whole thing (someone called it an ‘eargasm’ and yeah, I can relate) so share it with me if you will and I’ll post it. This is the first review I got (many thanks to you-know-who). As soon as I finished reading it I felt the urge to light up a cig. Just saying. Enjoy!
“I know you won’t think any less of me when I confess that I was a Gatsby virgin – until Jake corrected that flaw. I had never read The Great Gatsby, not even in high school. What can I say? Small school, rural area, economically depressed citizenry – I never had a required reading list until I went to college. I read all the time, any books I could get my hands on, but certain classics never found their way to me. I read The Glass Menagerie and To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time just last year. I am woefully ignorant of many of Shakespeare’s plays and am only familiar with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey from movies. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Shame on me! And it can be a crippling defect when playing Trivial Pursuit, but I’m trying to make up for it.
So I happily surrendered my Gatsby virginity to Jake and I am so glad I did! His voice, so gentle and sweet, enveloped me like a tender lover’s embrace, gradually drawing me into the story. The words rolled off his tongue like a dulcet melody next to my ear, warm, entrancing, intoxicating, yet firm and strong. He really knew what he was doing and I could tell he was enjoying it, too. As the story unfolded I found myself breathlessly eager for each new chapter, experiencing this tantalizing journey with Jake as my guide. I listened timidly, passively as he read the exposition, setting the stage for later, more dramatic events. I was transported into Gatsby’s world as he delicately caressed my ears with subtle changes in pitch and tone, emulating the different characters’ voices and accents ever so gently.
Before I knew it, I had given myself with complete abandon to the story arc, anticipating the rising action with fevered intensity. Jake was relentless – expertly relentless! – yet patient, taking his time to bring me along with him to the climax. I never knew a story could be so powerful, so passionate, so energizing! Jake had brought me to the heights of great literature as only a lover of literature could. As wave after wave of emotion coursed through my body, I didn’t want it to end. Finally, sensing his reluctance to end the story, after nearly five hours he was done. My ears still quivering with sated desire, I promised him that I would listen again soon. Very soon.“
You can download it here (from the US and from outside of the US)
And you can listen to 20 minutes of samples clicking below
“We are thrilled to bring this remarkable new recording of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece to our listeners,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Jake Gyllenhaal’s subtle pacing of the narrative and his portrayal of these fabulous characters showcase his versatility as an actor. Fans of his theater and film work will love hearing Jake’s interpretation of Gatsby.”
It’s April 9. Have you all ordered The Great Gatsby narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal?
If you haven’t decided yet, here is a good reason
I haven’t disappeared folks, I’m ready in fact to come back. Just watch this space and in the meantime pre-order
The Great Gatsby audiobook
narrated by our very own Jake (available from 4-9-2013 thanks to audible.com):
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring 20s is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by Fitzgerald’s estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal’s performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsby’s lavish West Egg parties – and of his undying love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.
This special audio edition joins the upcoming film – as well as many other movie, radio, theater, and even video-game adaptations – as a fitting tribute to the cultural significance of Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic, widely regarded as one of the greatest stories ever told.
I ADORE Fitzgerald. And I might have already shared what Jake’s voice does to my…uh…heart. I can foresee multiple listenings to this audio-book.
Roll on 4-9-2013!
Thanks to TuckerPatch.com here are a few pictures from the set of ‘Prisoners’. Jake is in a white shirt (and had a haircut).
A movie called “Prisoners” is shooting scenes this week at an industrial complex in Tucker.
The scenes shooting locally are set in the fictional city of Conyers, Pennsylvania. When Patch visited the set on Tuesday afternoon, actors and crew were working on a scene in which a young couple walks out the front entrance of a police station and is accosted by press photographers.
Gyllenhaal plays the role of Detective Loki, who follows the couple out of the building. Jackman’s character is Keeler Dover, seen sitting in a pick-up truck near the station.
A building belonging to a Tucker soft drink business has been converted into a police station in Pennsylvania
A pick-up truck, left, belonging to Hugh Jackman’s character, Keller Dover. The black SUV on the right is Jackman’s personal mode of transportation during the filming of “Prisoners,” complete with driver
Credit: Kevin Madigan
Hopefully more pictures (and a longer post) soon.
Jake was at Doppler Studios two days ago for ADR work on ‘An Enemy’. A clip from the film wouldn’t be bad.
I hope this short new post finds you all well.
You know why I haven’t been around these past two weeks but I kind of feel guilty all the same for the lack of updates. Thank god Jake Gyllenhaal has been kind to me and hasn’t been around much either, stuck on the set in Atlanta filming ‘Prisoners’ with Hugh Jackman. I haven’t forgotten that I owe you a thorough post about Prisoners, just be patient and I’ll get there.
This may be one of my shortest posts but that doesn’t mean that you don’t get a couple of pictures.
Jake at the Arts In The Armed Forces event on November 11, 2012.
Damn, but I miss that beard
As I said, not much on the news front but I found this the other day and it makes me really happy, because Jake sure deserves to be honored for supporting good causes like the Edible Schoolyard and yeah, Jake Gyllenhaal alert!
More soon. Thanks for your patience.
I’m sorry for the lack of updates. Life is kicking my butt and having me worried sick for a close friend who’s struggling between life and death. This post will be deleted when I’ll feel like resuming my regular Jake Gyllenhaal ‘watch-and-report’.
In the meantime, you know where to find news about our guy (see a few links suggestions on the right column of the page). It looks like not only did he shave but he also slicked back his hair for his new role in ‘Prisoners’.
Definitely not my favorite look (maybe not his, either?)
but these pics from the Sundance Film Festival warmed my heart (more on IHJ)
I’ll be back.
Silly update I know, but don’t miss this hilarious blog entry!
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Yep. Jake shaved off The Beard.
Let’s not overreact, beards luckily tend to grow back, it’s just a matter of patience.
Jake forgot all about the Golden Globes that denied him a nomination by cheering for good friend Jay-Z’s partly owned Brooklyn Nets at the Barclay Center yesterday, apparently along with Tobey McGuire and the green cargo
Since we’ve been denied the pleasure to see Jake wearing a tux, let’s look back at how totally gorgeous he looked at the Golden Globes in 2011, when he was nominated for Love And Other Drugs. There was a game involved that year, too and you can watch him trying to take a peek whilst talking to Shaun Robinson. I wish I were in her place, I’m sure you can guess the exact moment I envy her for. Anyway, yes, he looks rather distinguished with a beard:
And another interview from Access that I can’t remember having seen before
And a really nice surprise, the hilarious Nick Grimshaw’s ‘BreakfastClique’ video with a short but lovely cameo by Jake at the 0’48 mark
Last but not least, remember that End of Watch comes out on DVD next week (Jan 22). I can’t wait to see the extras, they look promising!
PACKAGING AND EXTRAS:
There are a number of Deleted Scenes (46:41/HD), some of which were clearly cut to keep the film at an appropriate length. There are a lot of good moments in this reel, and some of the material with the supporting cast might just as easily been kept in the film. Finally, there are a couple of Internet Featurettes (10:59/HD), which provide brief interviews from the cast and crew. The segments include: “Fate with a Badge” (2:10/HD), “In the Streets” (2:10/HD), “Women on Watch” (2:00/HD), “Watch Your Six” (2:35/HD), and “Honors” (2:04/HD). Universal also includes its My Scenes bookmarking feature and D-Box Motion Code [source]
In case you missed it, a behind the scenes video
Citizen of the world.