WEIRDLAND: Clip Kisses, Jake Gyllenhaal, The Look of Love

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Clip Kisses, Jake Gyllenhaal, The Look of Love

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) directed by Frank Capra

I could have filled my entire top five with Jimmy Stewart's various lip-locks (The Philadelphia Story, Vertigo, Come Live with Me, Rear Window.) He was said to be nervous about filming this particular kiss, his first since returning to Hollywood after the war. The resulting embrace was so passionate that it raised eyebrows at the censor's office and ended up partially cut. Modern audiences might scorn at this momentary meeting of mouths (and the preceding lady-shaking) but the tension between Stewart and Reed cements it firmly in my list.

From Here to Eternity (1953) directed by Fred Zinnemann

Up there with the most iconic movie moments of all time, Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr's extramarital frolics in the surf left 1950s audiences hot under their collars. Supposedly many prints of the film ended up missing parts of the infamous scene owing to projectionists taking the cells home as souvenirs. Seeing it on the big screen for the first time last week, it struck me just how out of place their lack of inhibitions seem for a film of that period and it certainly hasn't lost any heat in the 60 years since its release. Source:

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan in "Source Code" (2011) directed by Duncan Jones

Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhaal come across a bouquet of red roses, on 7th February 2005 in LA (new additions from IHJ gallery)

Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett in "The Virgin Suicides" (1999) directed by Sophia Coppola

Tamsin Egerton and Josh Hartnett in SoHo, New York, on September 10, 2012

Hunky actor Josh Hartnett has reportedly moved on from ex-girlfriend Amanda Seyfried with another leggy blonde actress, his Singularity co-star Tamsin Egerton. According to US weekly Life & Style, Hartnett recently flew the 23-year-old St. Trinian's star over to the US for his birthday bash at the Icehouse restaurant in his hometown of Minneapolis. 'Josh doesn't usually bring his girlfriends home so this one must be special. He's really into Tamsin,' a source told the magazine. Source:

Love Hurts: Winterbottom’s Biopic a By-the-Numbers Look at London’s Infamous King of Soho - Michael Winterbottom continues on with his whirlwind filmography, unleashing one of his most standard projects in years, The Look of Love, a biopic on the rise of Paul Raymond, coined the King of Soho for his elevation of adult entertainment out of the gutter and into the public imagination. A trailblazer in Britain’s history as far as censorship and heterosexual nudity goes, there’s no doubt that Raymond is indeed a prolific figure and his personal life has just enough tragedy to make for a doable life and times treatment. However, once we’re given a few telling details about Raymond, his profession, and the three most important women in his personal life, it’s not hard to predict how Raymond and his ladies all eventually end up. Source:

Director Michael Winterbottom and Tamsin Egerton attending 'The Look Of Love' premiere during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Raymond brags about his wealth -- telling everyone at his daughter’s wedding how much it cost, for instance -- and is a terrible name-dropper (“I’m friends with all the Beatles, except Yoko Ono of course.”) He sleeps with half his models, sometimes several of them at a time.

Yet Raymond failed to hold on to the three women he cared about. His first wife Jean, played by Anna Friel, won the biggest divorce settlement in the U.K. after he abandoned her for one of his performers. Fiona Richmond (leggy Tamsin Egerton) left to lead a “normal life” after seven years. Source:

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