While I get ready to settle down to the BAFTAs and cheer on Duncan Jones, Carey Mulligan and An Education, it's good indeed to read a review of Love and Other Drugs on IMDb from an early screening in Pasadena. And if Anne Hathaway's naked 'half the time', then I'd say there are pretty good odds that so may Jake Gyllenhaal.
'Just saw “Love and Other Drugs” last night at a preview screening in Pasadena. I don’t know what I was expecting, maybe just another idiotic rom-com, but this movie is original, funny, unbelievably sexy, and really moving. And it’s about something. Have to admit I’ve never been much of a Jake Gyllenhaal fan, but here – as a slick Viagra salesman – he’s not only charming and witty, he’s also got this new, warm, strong and quiet leading man thing going. Anne Hathaway meanwhile burns up the screen, and not just because she’s naked half the time. Even when she’s dressed you simply can’t take your eyes off her. I thought she was good in “Rachel Getting Married,” but in this one – as a free-spirit arty girl with early-onset Parkinson’s – she’s very funny and really hard-core. My guess is another nomination will be coming her way. What else…? Josh Gad, who I recognized as one of the correspondents on The Daily Show, is the potty-mouthed younger brother. Sometimes it feels like he’s a refugee from a Judd Apatow movie, but he’s also sweet and innocent. Oliver Platt, who’s always good, is in it, too. And Judy Greer has got some funny stuff but she seems underused (like maybe they cut part of her story?)'
'I’m the big know-it-all who always predicts what’s going to happen next in a movie, but this time I was always surprised. One minute I was laughing hysterically and the next I found myself wiping tears away. Some people will compare it to “Jerry Maguire” – which I think is a truly great movie – but this one has real depth to it. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a comedy show a relationship with this kind of intimacy and authenticity. I don’t know how else to say it – I really believed these two people were in love, and so was I.'
Twitter sightings of Jake in the East Village, NYC, in book shops with Natalie Portman, suggest that he may be making an appearance alongside Natalie at tonight's Feed Foundation Event One. Let's hope we get some pictures!
I took a walk around London's Royal Opera House yesterday and preparations were well underway. The BAFTAs themselves deserve a gong, if only for getting the curling off the BBC...
Includes pictures from IHJ and WDW.