Wednesday, 20 June 2012

End of Watch to open in UK on 23 Nov, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rufus Wainwright, a WDW Interlude with Aung San Suu Kyi in Oxford

Some good news for the UK arrived this week, distracting us from our rainy sodden drought, in the shape of the release date for End of Watch on these shores - 23 November. This might be a couple of months after the US release but it's not too shabby, especially as this is not necessarily a film that travels especially well across seas. I'm hoping to be proved wrong on that. I'm also hoping for news of release dates for other countries soon.

Last night in Toronto, Jake Gyllenhaal was back in the company of Rufus Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt, a week after the concert. This time they ate together at the Harbord Restaurant in Toronto. As it's dinner time in the UK (an I'm hungry) I thought I'd post a link to their very tasty menu.

Lorene Scafaria is the writer and director of the imminent Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, a comedy starring Steve Carrell and Keira Knightly that looks for the bright side of the end of the human race and the annihilation of the planet. When asked about her inspiration, Lorene had this to say: "I was always more interested in the human relationships and the minutia of the people in the films, like 'The Day After Tomorrow' where I'm finding myself more invested in Jake Gyllenhaal's crush on a girl, not necessarily what was going to happen (to the planet)." Clearly, she has her priorities right.

A WDW Oxford Interlude

One of Oxford's most famous annual ceremonials took place today, the Encaenia. Conducted almost entirely in Latin, this 'Parliament of Dons' at Oxford University's most glorious and steeply-seated Sheldonian Theatre bestows honorary degrees on the wise and the good. They were particularly wise and good today. Crowds turned out in their hundreds to welcome Aung San Suu Kyi, and I was among them. These are history-making moments and I don't want to miss them.

Also in attendance were the Chancellor of the University, Chris Patten (whose robes were carried by a pageboy) and another honoree thriller writer John le CarrĂ©. More details of the visit here.

Pictures by WDW and Mr WDW.

Happy Solstice everyone!


Susan said...

Happy Solstice to you to!

I continue to find this blog a very good source of education about many important international matters, and this post was no exception. But why wouldn't End of Watch travel well overseas?

Oh - and congrats to Aung San Suu Kyi on receiving the honorary degree from Hogwarts!

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Thanks Susan! Same to you! I meant because End of Watch is an LAPD drama, which isn't the usual fare in cinemas over here. It's very specialised. It's certainly not the type of film I would normally see. But hopefully, it will be such a good film, people will be drawn in to see it regardless :) A very memorable day today!

Manu said...

Thank you for the latest news of hairy JakeG.
Oh my god, I wish he would get back his razor as soon as possible *sigh*.

Last year was my first time in England and I visited Oxford for a day. With your photos you bring back wonderful memories. :-)
Thank you!!!

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Thanks so much, Manu, and welcome! I'm so glad this is giving you good memories of lovely Oxford! I definitely agree on the razor... Thanks for commenting :)

BBMISwear said...

Great news for those in the UK re: End of Watch!

Wonderful pictures from the Esquire photo shoot...I remember not liking the photos they chose very much when the magazine came out and now I'm seeing a ton I love that I wish they chose for the magazine in the first place!

Lovely interlude with pictures from Oxford University - it sounds like such an "official" event (did you get to celebrate later with adult beverages?! Hee Hee!

Happy summer all...breaking records left and right here in New England (with lots of time spent in air conditioning).

Looking forward to more updates, sightings, photos, etc. from Toronto with only a few weeks of filming left!


Daniela said...

Hi to All!

Sexy and charming at the same time, this is jake lol

"especially since this is not necessarily a film that travels well across the seas"

Kate, you mean that this type of film does not succeed in Europe? I hope this is an exception.
I think here in Brazil EOW will be welcome

A Great Weekend everyone! : D

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi BBMISwear :-) Unfortunately, the event was so official I couldn't get anywhere near the champagne and nibbles! I'm glad it's hot somewhere *sighs*... ;)

Hi Daniela! That's what I meant, films like that don't tend to stay at the cinemas long but I'm hoping that this will be such a good film it can beat that! Have a good weekend!

Have a lovely weekend everyone - the sun's come out.... blimey...