WEIRDLAND: January 2009

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Jake with Fedora at SB Film Festival

"Jake Gyllenhaal keeps warm in a fedora and scarf at the 24th Annual Santa Barbara Film Festival held at The Arlington Theatre on Friday (January 30) in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The 28-year-old actor joined came out to support David Fincher, who was honored as the “Director In Residence”. He directed Jake in the 2007 crime drama Zodiac. Taraji P. Henson was also in attendance, who was directed by Fincher in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". Source:
Jake at "A Celebration Of David Fincher (2009 SB Film Festival)". Pictures courtesy of

Jake in Jamie Foxx's videoclip

"Jamie Foxx is getting a hand from a variety of Hollywood heavyweights in the new music video for his song, "Blame It".

The singer will be joined in the video by Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, director Ron Howard, Cedric the Entertainer, Samuel L. Jackson and Quincy Jones, his label confirms.

Directed by Hype Williams, the clip will premiere the week of Feb. 9. "Blame It" comes from Foxx's latest album, Intuition, which was released in Dec. 2008".

"Jamie Foxx calls upon a few of his most famous friends in Hollywood to star in the music video for his new single “Blame It”, off his latest album Intuition (out now).

The 41-year-old singer was joined by Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Samuel L. Jackson, director Ron Howard, Cedric the Entertainer and Quincy Jones.

The vid was directed by Hype Williams, who most recently did Kanye West’s “Heartless” and Coldplay’s “Vida La Vida.” It will premiere the week of Feb. 9. Source:

Friday, January 30, 2009

Naomi Watts on Heath Ledger

"Naomi Watts graces the upcoming issue of PARADE. Inside she talks about former boyfriend Heath Ledger, who she met doing "Ned Kelly", and current love Liev Schreiber, with whom she has two young sons.
Heath and Jake at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, January 2006.
On Heath:

"I hadn't really been that familiar with his work," Watts recalls. "Then, when I got to the set and did that first scene with him, I was like, 'Wow! This guy is alive.' It was just something deep in his eyes. You could look into them, and they would tell a thousand stories in one glance. There was a wonderful mixture of power and fragility at work in everything he did, which just pulls you in. His strength didn't scare you. It intrigued you. And his fragility touched you."

The couple parted amicably in 2004, separated by the distance of two growing careers, but stayed friends until Ledger's tragic death from an accidental overdose in early 2008 at age 28. "It's still incredibly difficult," Watts says, her voice trailing off".

Michelle Williams for coffee run

"Michelle takes her daughter Matilda, 3, for their regular coffee run during an early morning stroll to their neighborhood cafe in Brooklyn, New York on Friday (January 30).

An out-of-court deal was recently reached in a lawsuit over Heath Ledger’s $10 million life insurance policy. A lawyer for the actor had sued ReliaStar Life Insurance company, claiming it was refusing to pay death benefits to his daughter Matilda. ReliaStar had refused to honor the policy because it asserted that Heath’s death could have been a suicide. Details of the settlement are being kept confidential".

Emile Hirsch - Speed Racer (Killing Smile)

A video featuring images of Emile Hirsch in "Speed Racer". Songs "Good Fruit" by Hefner and "Killing Smile" by Death in Vegas & Hope Sandoval.

Reese shopping for linens

"Reese Witherspoon was spotted shopping for linens on Thursday (January 29) in Los Angeles, Calif.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese were shopping at APC clothing store in West Hollywood on this past Saturday, holding hands as they walked to their car". Source:

Amanda Seyfried - A Woman of Importance

"Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried has beaten Lindsay Lohan to the lead role in a big-screen adaptation of Oscar Wilde play 'A Woman Of No Importance'. 'Mean Girls' star Lohan was first linked to the part in 2006, but she appears to have lost out to Seyfried, who will step back in time for the upper-class dark comedy, set in Britain's Victorian era.

She will star opposite Sean Bean, who will portray womaniser Lord Illingworth, and Annette Bening will play his mother, according to Variety". Source:

"What made Lilly particularly awesome (aside from the fact that her character was a free spirited wild-child) was Amanda Seyfried's performance. Seyfried busted onto the scene as the dumbest of the Mean Girls, and impressed in Nine Lives
-she also notably appears on HBO's Big Love [as Sarah Henrickson]
Like her Veronica Mars costar Kristen Bell, Seyfried is shaping out to be one of the better actresses of our generation. Seyfried played head wound sporting Lilly in her pep squad uniform wry and witty, no sap only sarcasm".

Reese Witherspoon in "The Importance of Being Earnest" (2002) based on Oscar Wilde's play.
"After Reese Witherspoon won her Best Actress Academy Award for "Walk the Line" (2005) and solidified her standing as one of Hollywood's leading ladies, a spot opened up for Hollywood's newest wide-eyed and blonde ingénue. Amanda Seyfried had the talent, looks and charm to fill that role, with scene-stealing appearances in teen blockbusters, edgy Indies, and compelling TV series.
After making appearances on the big screen, Seyfried returned to television, playing Lilly Kane - the title character's murdered best friend - on "Veronica Mars" (UPN/CW, 2004-07). The actress' role involved flashbacks and visions, and it was often compared to the tragic Laura Palmer character in "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91).
In 2007, Seyfried appeared in "Alpha Dog", a violent drama inspired by the true story of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever on the FBI's Most Wanted List. The film boasted a cast of Hollywood up-and-comers, including Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Justin Timberlake, along with veteran screen actors Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone. That same year, it was announced that Seyfried was to star as Sophie, the lead role in "Mamma Mia!" a lavish film version of the long-running Broadway production, opposite Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan".

September 2004: A small but pivotal part as Kristen Bell’s murdered best friend in “Veronica Mars” turns Seyfried into the Laura Palmer of the Gen Y set.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hugo Boss Fashion Week

Maggie Gyllenhaal at the HUGO BOSS concept store in the Meatpacking District, 2008.Jake in a photoshoot for "Details" Magazine. Coat by Boss Hugo Boss. Shirt by Diesel. Scarf by Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane.Emile Hirsch & Jake Gyllenhaal in "Esquire Magazine".

Emile Hirsch & Brianna Domont arrive for the Hugo Boss fashion show at the Berlin Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2009 in Berlin on 28th January.

Paul W.S. Anderson (director of "Resident Evil", "Death Race") and Mila Jovovich at the Hugo Boss Berlin Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2009.

Rachel Dawes' arc

"But somehow, the major arc that began in the film as a real relationship between two men and a woman became the story of two men in love, with the object of their affection fading further and further into the abyss of either the cutting room floor or overlooked even initially in Nolan's script.

When the Rachel Dawes arc abruptly ends, we've had neither a scene of her kidnapping, or a funeral. Someone suggested to me that perhaps we have a stronger, and simpler, reaction to cute little blond boys, that putting a girl in harm's way would have a sexual overtone that would have muddied the waters somehow, as if the Joker's gun to the head must necessarily become a Freudian symbol. We have a long way to go in giving female characters the same credit as the males. It still seems to be okay for every film to wrap up with a damsel in distress somehow. It doesn't happen every time, but you know when it does, the female in question is going from solid human (if she managed to start that way) to flat and stereotyped". Source:


Jake vs TMZ cameraman

"Our cameraman was waiting for Jake to return from a scheduled lunch break from jury duty, when a frustrated Gyllenhaal walked into the door after pushing instead of pulling. We asked how he was doing ... wrong question ... Jake stomped down into our guy's shin.

Jake's now inside the courthouse, waiting to find out if he'll be selected on a jury that will hear -- get this -- a battery case".

UPDATE: 5:14 PM ET: Gyllenhaal was just excused from jury service in the battery case ...


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Jake has been excused from jury

"Actor Jake Gyllenhaal has been excused from jury service in Los Angeles, after spending a day and a half waiting to hear if he'd be called to trial. The Brokeback Mountain star spent all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning mingling with other potential jurors and court officials as part of an upcoming misdemeanour battery trial.

He was allowed to go through court questioning to determine juror suitability in a private room, according to

He learned he wouldn't be required to be part of the trial just after lunch on Wednesday". Source:

Emile Hirsch (Legendary Heart)

A musical video featuring some images and stills of Emile Hirsch. Songs "Legendary Hearts" by Lou Reed and "Do I love you" by The Flamin' Groovies.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jake - a prospective juror

"Jake Gyllenhaal has more important things to do today than Reese Witherspoon -- he's a prospective juror in a misdemeanor battery case in an L.A. courtroom.
Jake was just told to take his hat off inside the courtroom.

UPDATE: Jake has finally been excused for the day -- but he hasn't been excused from the case.

While inside the courtroom, Jake was allowed to go through voir dire (the juror questioning process) in a private room". Source:

Oscar random facts

"This year marks only the fifth time in Oscar history that the Best Picture and Best Director races matched 5 for 5. It last happened just three years ago, when Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Good Night and Good Luck, and Munich were recognized in both categories.

With Frank Langella's nod for Frost/Nixon, Richard Nixon is the first president more than one man has been Oscar-nominated for playing. (Anthony Hopkins scored a nod for Nixon in 1996.)If Heath Ledger wins the Best Supporting Actor award for The Dark Knight, he'll be only the second posthumous acting winner ever, after Network's Peter Finch in 1977. Like Ledger, Finch had earned one prior nomination, and like Ledger, it was for playing a gay man, in 1971's Sunday Bloody Sunday".