As part of the New York Film Festival there is a display at the Walter Reade Theater's Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery of signed celebrity polaroids taken by photographer Henny Garfunkel. As one might expect, many of these informal photographs, called One Last Shots, show the stars letting their hair down - two of these stars are close to our heart. Henny photographed Jake Gyllenhaal at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005 where, of course, he was promoting Brokeback Mountain.
Henny tells us: "I shot Jake in Toronto in 2005. He was there for Brokeback Mountain and there was alot of buzz around him," Garfunkel remembers of a playful Gyllenhaal. "Anne Hathaway, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams were all in the room while I was shooting and someone came in and told them they had just won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. They were all jumping up and down." The next year Henny took a picture of Heath Ledger, also at Toronto, where Heath was promoting Candy. Heath signed his Monkey Man! Thanks to Jantoinette for this, it made my evening.
I have three video links to post tonight. The first, which several of you saw last night, shows Jake being interviewed in Toronto by someone who is clearly full of admiration for Jake's films and Jake's 'really good choices'. I enjoyed hearing Jake talk in this interview about the appeal of film festivals, particularly Toronto, as places where everybody who loves movies comes together to watch great films. This was certainly my own experience of Toronto, as opposed to Cannes and Rome. The misspelling of Jake's name in the article that accompanies this video is not easy to ignore.
The second video is from the LA Rendition premiere event and, in addition to a chat with Jake, it includes a little interview with Aramis Knight, the boy (now aged 8, Jake tells us) who played Isabella's son, which is very amusing. Jake offers his interviewer a piece of the beard action.
The final video is also from E! and is a brief look behind the scenes of Rendition - hopefully indicating that there may be plenty of extras ahead for the DVD. It is painful to hear Omar Metwally discuss his worst day of filming.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Natalie Portman discusses her music tastes - which includes an appreciation for The Shins. The interview also featured a brief mention of Brothers: Natalie says of the original version of the film: 'I actually haven't seen it yet either. I'm not sure if I will because I'm a little scared. I'm always scared that my whole performance will be dictated by either trying to do the same or trying to do something different than what I see someone else do.'
A taste of the Jake and Reese special in People magazine was shown on US TV on E! News and was captured by Stephanie at IHJ. Here are a couple of the pictures, giving us a taster of what we will see when the issue hits the US stands, tomorrow I believe.
Includes pictures from IHJ.
I know everyone here would like to join me in sending heartfelt good wishes to Sass who isn't feeling too well at the moment. We wish you a speedy recovery friend.