Sunday, 1 September 2013

Catch up! Jake Gyllenhaal's 'career best' performance in Prisoners, videos, photos, interviews and news - Prisoners and An Enemy

After a wonderful week in deepest Cornwall - with no internet, phone, or electricity, just an awful lot of sea, sunshine, clotted cream, seals and Tribute ale for company - it's time to catch up a bit. I hope you all had as good an August as I did.

Prisoners has had its premiere. It appeared, to some surprise, last Friday at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado and to great acclaim too. Scott Foundas' review for Variety is a joy to read, it really is, with its talk of 'career best performances' for both Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman. 'It immediately enters the ring as an awards-season heavyweight.'

'Det. Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) is spending his Thanksgiving alone, flirting with the waitress in a lonely Chinese diner, when he first responds to the case. In the best film-noir manner, rain is sheeting down, and the camera of the great d.p. Roger Deakins (who has shot the film in wintry blues and blacks with an expressionist edge) pushes in slowly from behind. Loki, we are told, has never failed to solve a case, though this is at odds with the man’s solemn demeanor, his haunted gaze and the elaborate tattoos jutting out from his collar suggesting reserves of private rage. Compare this to the eager-beaver murder sleuth Gyllenhaal played in David Fincher’s “Zodiac” and the full breadth of his impressive range immediately comes into focus.'

All in all, it couldn't bode better for Prisoners' appearance at Toronto later this month. And don't forget (An) Enemy - The Buzz certainly hasn't. There are some great new stills from An Enemy - thanks so much to IHJ for them. 

Jake will be making the rounds of the TV talkshows. We know that he recently recorded Inside the Actor's Studio but there are more details from The Wrap (as well as the photo below). The programme will air on 19 September and in it Jake discussed 'his films "Brokeback Mountain," "October Sky," "Donnie Darko," "End of Watch," and the upcoming "Prisoners." In addition, he discussed his famous Hollywood family and revisited his relationship with late friend and "Brokeback Mountain" co-star Heath Ledger.'

On 16 September, Jake will be among the stars featuring on the very first Queen Latifah Show, along with Will Smith and John Travolta. This show will tape in LA on 12 September. 

This post is illustrated with scans from Jake's appearance in Germany's winter edition of GQ Style - with thanks so much to Sasha for not only scanning the article but also going to the trouble of translating the interview. You can read and see all on Sasha's Tumblr here. It's an interesting interview in which Jake talks about the craft of movies - including that he reads a couple of scripts a day. Also:

'In any case I got very agitated when I sensed being labeled as a “celebrity”. I don’t want to get certain roles in expensive movies because I’m well known. What I am really interested in, is the craft of being an actor. That means understanding everybody else’s craft on set as well: cinematographers, make-up artists, costume designers. I have been extremely lucky, but right now I just want to be part of a functioning group. In short: yes, the team is the key.' I think these two photos of Jake must rank very high (or low) in my list of least favourite portraits.

Jake is also interviewed in the October issue of Total Film. Again, thanks to IHJ for the scans below.

Thanks again very much to Sasha and IHJ for all their help with this catch up post. More to come!


Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hello everyone! Sorry for the long silence - I've had such a great time over the last couple of weeks but unfortunately no internet, phone or even electricity... I'll put a few photos up when things are calmer on the Jake front! Lots to catch up on. I hope you're all having a good weekend.

Sonja said...

Hi Kate!

Great to read this new post! Thanks very much! Can't wait to see Prisoners!

Just one question: does detective Loki have a first name? ;-)

Keep up the good work!

mermon said...

Kate! Welcome back to civilization! Just in time for hot things around Jake.
It made me so happy that all the reviews of Prisoners, screened on Telluride Film Festival are so positive and praising. No Jake or Hugh in it, Denise Villeneuve and the producers were there though.
There were A&Q meeting Telluride:World's First Screening of 'Prisoners' Leaves Audience Stunned
The winter GQStyle interview translated by Sasha is very fine, with interesting questions and answers. It was a pleasure to read it.
Enemy was also screened for cast and crew. Judging by twitters, in Toronto, I guess. So far the viewers are rather silent about it. Secrecy.
@Sonja - no name for Loki, I think. I went through a kind of script, didn't find any, just detective or simply Loki. Maybe in the movie we'll find it.

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Thanks so much, Sonja! Sorry for going AWOL so long. I went cold turkey with the internet!

Thanks, Mermon! Thanks for the links, too. It's good to have such a great buzz for both movies. I hope this translates into bums on seats.

Anonymous said...

kate, you should have popped in to see us in St. Cleer near Liskeard! I need a fellow Jake admirer to talk to :-)

It's interminable, waiting for Jake's films to come out, like watching paint dry! But getting so excited, and I'm SO glad Prisoners is getting good reviews! I saw The Prestige the other day with Hugh Jackman, the fist film I've seen in him, believe it not (doh!) and obviously think he's adorable too....deep sighs. I hope Cornwall cinemas ( or at least one) will show Prisoners or else it will be a rip over to England (Plymouth). :-)
Amanda (BMC)

Anonymous said...

fist = first, rip = trip

LMAO! Too much wine...

Carol said...

Very very excited with the first reaction to Prisoners.

Can't wait to see more:)

Michelle said...

The pictures from Jake's elle men china shoot look interesting. Has anyone seen them around online? Someone posted a camera pic of the magazine elsewhere, Jake is looking very good (and clean shaven, which is always a plus)

Anonymous said...

it's been a while since I've been here. Thanks for the update about Jake's films. I'm already anticipating seeing Jake's talk show appearances. He is going to be on Letterman Tues 9/3 (tomorrow)

Thanks for the date on Queen Latifah. I have to see what time it airs.


Eureka said...

Hi Kate,
Thanks for the post. Looking forward to Prisoners. Not sure which will be the opening date over here.
Thanks Sasha for the translated interview.

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi Amanda! You should see Les Mis - loved Hugh in that. Cornwall was gorgeous, as it always is. Lovely place.

Great to see you Carol!

Thanks for the heads up Michelle, I'll look for those.

Hi there Sweetpea :) Good to see you.

Hi Eureka!

New emergency post.....