Roll out the red carpet! Tonight Prince of Persia has its American premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. This evening, Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton and a host of stars from Jerry Bruckheimer's other runaway successes will walk the red carpet and celebrate the career of this great producer. Jerry himself will also leave his mark on procedings in the shape of his hand and footprints, a perfect and permanent reminder of what will be a fantastic event. And you can watch it all right here on WDW. Just keep an eye on this video below as the time approaches for the stars to arrive (between 5 and 6pm Hollywood time).
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But in the hours to come before the premiere, there are yet more PoP goodies to keep us entertained. And to all those fans who have made it to Hollywood to watch and gain memories of their own, we are with you in spirit (and indeed, as the night draws on, in spirits). So let's put smiles on our faces first - in this interview, Jake and Gemma find themselves interviewed by their own son! Dastan Jr. I think he's been overindulged. Fortunately His Royal Highness Nizam is there to terrify him appropriately. Intriguingly, Dastan Jr is German.
I must say, these PoP press junkets seem a million miles away from those we saw for Rendition, when the most Jake had to joke about was piecharts and how this was his first torture. Admittedly, these two films are not comparable, but even so, it must make a change to be interviewed by someone dressed as your early medieval Persian/German son who has his own spangly dagger of time and some salt.
We also have an audio interview with Jake Gyllenhaal and absolutely everyone else who was involved in this film, ever. You can listen to that here.
Disney has sent me a new clip from this most magical of films. Take a look and count those days until we're all in the theatres. Another self-plug coming up... I have written my own (non-spoilery) review of Prince of Persia and you can read it here. I hope you enjoy it.
NME may be a serious music mag but it recognises that in Jake Gyllenhaal we have a serious lover of British music - he has publicly supported a number of Brit bands in the past, including the Guillemots and, more recently, Mumford & Sons. Therefore it's great that they had their own interview with Jake and asked him about other British bands that he enjoys: '"At the moment I'm really into Mumford and Sons," he said. "I really love them, and Laura Marling. I think I may go see Florence And The Machine, which I'm really looking forward too."' I'm not familiar with Laura, although I'll check her out, but Florence and the Machine's Lung is a fantastic album and it's good to hear Jake likes it.
What else does Jake say in NME? Jake's name has been (loosely) connected to a Kurt Kobain biopic and here Jake says: 'I don't know if I'd be the right choice – but the hair from Prince of Persia could translate somehow. We could just bleach it!' Please don't! You can read more at NME.
We also have an Italian interview with Jake. It is, not surprisingly in Italian. Nevertheless, I studied Latin for two years and if I can cope with Catullus and Juvenal, I'm sure I can deal with Jake speaking Italian. Perhaps not... Anyway, it has some interesting moments, including Jake saying that he only 'went out to dinner' with Isabel Lucas (this does not make him engaged). He likes being single and it's all about 'beer and junk food' (I think he's joking - but maybe not!). And when you're in a couple, this can mean you shut others out and neglect them 'I'm trying to fix this' and that he's spending his time with his family. Jake also speaks of his goddaugter Matilda Ledger: 'I see her whenever I can, when she comes to Los Angeles with her mother.'
Jake's favourite fairytale as a child was 'The Sword in the Stone' - a tale of Arthur and a boy called Wart by T H White - and it still is. 'My father always read it to me and my sister before we went to sleep.' Many thanks to friends for this link.
Now this is strange... Imagine you're waiting for your bus - trying hard not to get distracted by the glorious full-colour posters of Jake Gyllenhaal and his arms at each end of the shelter - and then suddenly they speak to you. Yes, if you have an iPhone and the correct App, this will happen. Read more here. Let's hope they don't do this with Piranha 3D.
So! The countdown is on and soon Jake Gyllenhaal will shine his way across the LA red carpet, just as he did in London a week ago. Bring it on! And remember, you can watch it all here, live on WDW. Just refresh that first video. Next week Jake will be appearing on a number of US talkshows - stay tuned for details and look out for their listing on the front page of WDW.
Pictures from links, Disney and IHJ. More info on the film itself from the official Prince of Persia site. You can also watch the livestreaming at the Prince of Persia Facebook page.