Despite having told sister Maggie that there was nothing at the end of it, I always knew that Jake Gyllenhaal liked rainbows. We know this thanks to Disney who've posted a video from that fabulous golden elephant set to publicise the fast-approaching DVD and Blu Ray release of Prince of Persia (the film with the 'really cute prince'). This appearance on Leo Little's Big Show includes a fine performance by young Amy who gets to utter those five magical words, which we must all utter at some point in our Gyllenhaalic career with - and I'm pronouncing this with a Mike Newell voice as you can tell - GUSTO: 'I love you Jake Gyllenhaal!'
This video serves as a fine reminder of those days when Jake's face had yet to be kidnapped by The Beard. It also promises interesting things from the Blu Ray interactive segments.
Many thanks to runner and writer Jessica who kindly got in touch with me to clear up the mystery of just who the man with no hair was in That Picture from last weekend's epic trail run in Leadville. Jessica knows the people concerned and so was able to tell us that he is Ted 'Barefoot' McDonald from Seattle. Some years ago Ted discovered that, just like the Mexican villagers who inspired Chris McDougall's Born to Run book, he can run for miles, free of pain, without shoes, or just wearing his luna sandals.
It took Ted over 27 hours to finish this epic endurance event of 100 miles and, writing on his blog, he recalls the last few hours of it were spent running and chatting with McDougall: 'We turned the last 3 1/2 hours into a time for catching up...hearing about all the exciting things happening including a possible film adaptation of BTR. Very cool stuff.' In other words, confirmation that the film adaptation is indeed a possibility and not just a rumour. Many thanks again to another runner Brandon Fuller for the picture that is helping to solve the puzzle. And thanks to him for linking back to WDW.
One potential difficulty for me in all this is a) my phobia for feet and b) my passion for Nike. If the movie goes ahead then Jake must do all in his powers to distract me from the feet.
Another runner and blogger has given some more background information: 'Jake Gyllenhaal and another big star that my non-movie-star, non-fanboy head can't identify, and a small crew of others who seemed to be producers and/or directors and movie technician guys showed up and followed the race. And I mean they really followed it. They lived in Leadville for a few days before the race, they didn't sleep much or at all during the 30hr race, and even at night, I ran into them again at Fish Hatchery aid in the middle of the night. Mostly they watched, but I think they helped at times too.'
They didn't seem to be filming any final footage of anything. It seemed to be tons of snippets. I was standing around with a random runner and friends at Twin Lakes. Jake G's star-friend was taking photos of us with a huge camera. It was only later that I noticed he had a small shotgun-mic attached. So he was taking movies and over-heard everything we said!'
Love and Other Drugs - 'This movie is sexxxxxxy'
Film Experience has posted another early review of Love and Other Drugs from a recent screening. We have had a few of these now and they continue to glow: 'The movie is well above average in the world of romantic comedy, and rest assured, that's what it is. As you could clearly note from the trailer, it has all of the usual romcom trappings and succeeds primarily due to the strength of Jake & Anne's chemistry - which is ENORMOUS and immensely satisfying. I must admit, and then dodge anything you might throw my way, that I'm not a big fan of Rachel Getting Married, or Anne's performance in it. So, given that, I'd have to say that this is her best performance. It's really a perfect role for her, as it's mostly comedic (which is where she excels) with tinges of drama.'
'Jake pulls off the smarmy-but-charming almost George Clooney-esque character incredibly well, and his character's transformation as he becomes more involved with Anne is not necessarily written as well as it could have been, but he's great. And he ultimately sells one of the rather cliché romcom moments far better than anyone had any right to. It's really all about the two of them, so the supporting cast's screen time is quite limited, although Oliver Platt steals every scene he's in. P.S. Jake & Anne spend like half the movie completely naked. This movie is sexxxxxxy.'
Many thanks again to Jessica, Brandon Fuller, Disney and IHJ for the help and pictures.