Saturday, 25 July 2009

.002 percent

Director Todd Holland on gay actors coming out.

"I’m an out gay director and producer.

Coming out is the single most important event in my life. I came out in 1992 while directing and producing on "The Larry Sanders Show." I was scared, sure. But I did it -- because I needed to live authentically.

My parents were slow to come around. Being Republicans and big-time Christians, they love me, I know. But I think they still have a hard time accepting the gay me. That hurts but, hey, that’s the real world.

And for me, living authentically means living in the real world. And maybe that’s how I came to be the anti-queer poster child of the week.

See, I work in this factory called Hollywood. It’s a strange place. (But remember, we make dreams here -- so it’s bound to have a few quirks.) And here are a few of the things I’ve learned.

One: No one cares that I’m gay. Like ... no one.

Two: there are still prominent creative people living in the closet.

No one cares that they’re gay, either. They care -- mostly because they feel incapable of enduring the perceived rejection of their families.

Three: As far as actors go, if you’re a character actor or a woman, no one cares.

Four: If you’re a guy, no one cares ... unless you're in that fractional .002 percent of the young male actor population, and you really have the goods to become a true leading man. Then there may be obstacles to both living authentically and achieving that Holy Grail of dreams: real, tent-pole-sized Hollywood Stardom.

Gatekeepers abound at every level. Studios are like feisty Chihuahuas -- they are inherently fearful, and if their bottom lines are at risk, they’ll bite. Agents and managers do not push rocks up hill -- they’ll push level (but prefer downhill).

And their bottom lines are also at risk. Casting directors (sometimes gay ones especially) are often very reluctant to promote openly gay actors fearing, I imagine, some “what the f--- are you thinking?” response from straight employers.

My damning words were: "If you are that .002 percent ... I can't tell you to come out."

I never said stay in the closet. And that matters. My meaning in "I can't tell you to come out" is inherently parental.

Translation: “If you take the path of coming out, you will be living authentically -- and that is a great achievement in anyone’s life. But I can't promise you're going to skirt the gatekeepers or scale the hurdles the system has in place.”

To me, that is a real and honest answer. Yes, it is neither activist nor idealistic -- but it is the real world I work in every day. It is the world in which I live authentically."

Source: The Gatekeepers at Hollywood's Closet Door, The Wrap

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Todd Holland said...

Perhaps bloggers thought I was speaking as a gatekeeper myself. Rest assured that if I am a gatekeeper, my gate is so far from the village, you can’t even see the castle from where I am. I tirelessly promote the best actor at every turn.

I cast gay actors in straight roles (experiences from whence my damning anecdote arose ...). It’s my job to identify an actor’s talent -- and then to put them in the saddle, slap the ass of the mule they’re riding and send them on their way to the castle.

It’s their job to steer the mule and avoid the trolls under the bridges.

Meanwhile, as in all good adventures, we’re waiting for the unlikely hero to arise and free the kingdom. But will it really be that oft-spoken of “next generation” who don’t care about “the gay” who will take the throne? It seems kind of obvious to me. Like we’re needing a plot twist to spice up the narrative.

So maybe it will be the established movie star who just says “screw it” and breaks down the doors from within the castle. Or maybe it will be that star on the brink of being outed and who, like Neil Patrick Harris, chooses the honorable path of coming out with dignity.

(Since the bloggers say no one can hide anymore, this seems as likely a plot turn as any).

I’m ready to champion that Chosen One. I know that one way or another, like all third-act resolutions (and like gay marriage), it will inevitably come. And then at last, the bottom line will be free from the tyranny of homosexual panic -- and much money will be made throughout the kingdom from gay actors playing straight.

And that’s really the punchline: The dream factory is all about the money. (I hope I didn’t spoil the ending.)

Anonymous said...

Gemma Arterton described Prince of Persia as a period film in the previous post. She comes off sounding like such a typical uneducated actress/model/moron.

Does she actually think they've recaptured a part of true Persian history in this film?

Disney said...

Of course we did!

Jake said...

Gemma Arterton described Prince of Persia as a period film in the previous post.

Gemma is right. There are no cars, no electricity, no mobiles ... PoP is a period film!

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, as in all good adventures, we’re waiting for the unlikely hero to arise and free the kingdom. So maybe it will be the established movie star who just says “screw it” and breaks down the doors from within the castle. Or maybe it will be that star on the brink of being outed and who, like Neil Patrick Harris, chooses the honorable path of coming out with dignity. I’m ready to champion that Chosen One.

:)

Anonymous said...

Toothy discussions in ONTD Ted's Blind Vices

http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/37538941.html


Toothy isn't forgotten :)

Anonymous said...

PoP graphic novel cover artist Todd McFarlane: “Jake Glynnhal, for everyone who saw 300, dude’s in fantastic shape. My wife, always a big fan, said he went from handsome to stud. I think divorce papers are in order now. He’s acting the part, but he looks the part. It’s superheroic. He was bigger than his stunt doubles. We’ll have the toys, too!”

Sex toys, too?

Anonymous said...

Posted on OMG

Jake Gyllenhaal, pretend heterosexual extraordinaire at the Los Angeles Dodger’s game Wednesday night, at they battled the Cincinnati Reds. Jake was joined by his brother in-law Peter Sarsgaard, while Jake continues to dress like an odd amalgamation of Zac Efron and David Beckham.

The Time of My Life

Travolta said...

Is John Travolta cracking up? It's not just grief - and guilt - over his dead son that are tearing the actor apart

Dead of night, and on a deserted Florida landing strip, the silence of the oppressively hot early hours is broken by the low whirring of an electric golf cart, driving lazy circuits. At the wheel is a bulky, lone figure, hunched forward over the controls as he tries to kill time during another long, sleepless night.

It is a sight that has become something of a regular occurrence in recent weeks, as Hollywood star John Travolta acts out his bizarre nocturnal ritual on the private runway that services his Jumbolair estate.
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But if rumours buzzing around Hollywood this week are to be believed, it's not just the death of his beloved son that has been torturing Travolta of late.
His distress, say sources close to him, has been compounded by the first cracks in his 34-year relationship with the Church of Scientology, the cult-like religion of which Travolta is a prominent and generous benefactor.

And there are dark mutterings that if he carries out private threats to leave, the organisation will go public with embarrassing details of his private life, including, it is claimed, allegations of past homosexual relationships.

Sources in the U.S. disclosed to me this week that his son's sudden death has 'deeply shaken' Travolta's faith in the strange sect, which makes wild claims about its ability to cure a variety of physical and mental disorders. The star - who, thanks to his dedication and open cheque book, has risen to the top of the secretive organisation - is said to be angry that the religion was unable to help Jett, who was widely reported to have suffered from autism.

'There have been strong rumours coming out of Scientology that John Travolta is disappointed that the religion was not able to help his son more,' Rick Ross, an American author and lecturer on Scientology, told me this week. 'It's led him to question his faith.'

But there is much more to this than just a questioning of a once rock-solid faith. 'I think it would be very difficult for John Travolta at this stage, given his history with the religion, to extricate himself from the Church of Scientology,' said Mr Ross, who has investigated the sect for almost 30 years.

'It would be a huge move on his part because Scientology keeps files on its celebrity members containing embarrassing personal information about them. And Scientology has proven in the past that it has a penchant for releasing that information to embarrass people who have left and who have said things it doesn't like. If celebrities leave, they tend to do it quietly and keep their mouths shut, because if they do speak out, they are opening themselves up to attack from Scientology.

'That's why I think Travolta will want to keep his problems with the Church private.'

Daily Mail UK

Travolta said...

Travolta, insiders say, has had to submit himself to years of so-called 'auditing', during which disciples are connected to primitive lie-detectors and subjected to hours of questioning about their innermost secrets. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given Hollywood's obsession with the secret sect, talk in the smarter salons of gossip-hungry Tinseltown is now all about what Travolta might have divulged during these sessions.

At the centre of this rather frenzied speculation has been his continued relationship with Jeff Kathrein, the fellow Scientologist whom Travolta was photographed kissing on the lips on the steps of a private plane three years ago.

Strangely, 29-year-old Kathrein, who is a wedding photographer from Florida, was described as Jett's nanny when it was revealed that he had discovered the boy's body on the floor of a bathroom in Travolta's £3million beach house in Grand Bahama last January.

It is not the first time that Travolta has been the subject of whispers about his sexuality.

In 2001, he was the subject of lurid claims that he had tried to pick up a business executive in a California health club.

The allegations came three years after Travolta was named as a homosexual in U.S Federal court papers, issued by a former member of the Scientology Church, who alleged the sect used the actor as an example of how gays could be 'cured' by the religion.

Earlier, the prestigious Time magazine also reported allegations made by Richard Aznaran, the former security head of Scientology, that the Church's leader, David Miscavige, had repeatedly joked about Travolta's 'promiscuous homosexual behaviour'.

Aznaran's claims came just months after the star was the subject of wild accusations in an American supermarket-tabloid that he had enjoyed a two-year affair with a gay porn star called Paul Barresi, who had a bit part in Travolta's 1985 flop, Perfect.

In the wake of Barresi's claims, Travolta - who at 37 was still a bachelor - announced his sudden engagement to Miss Preston, who was already a committed member of the sect and with whom he starred in the forgettable 1989 comedy The Experts. The couple married two years later.
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Anonymous said...

Poor John.

Jersey Tom said...

I feel for John. I hope he can find real faith and can set himself free from a religion that seems more like a prison. I sure hope people will support him if he decides to stand up against this type of tyranny.

Anonymous said...

The Price of Success.

Anonymous said...

Did I read that Comic Con rite up correctly. They can't even spell Gyllenhaal. Reese is helping Jake's recognition so much.

We know there are no paps in Philly, so if there is a Reekefest, it will be by paid, on staff team.

Anonymous said...

Did I read that Comic Con rite up correctly.

They just couldn't decide which surmane to use:

Gyllenhaal
Gyllnhaal
Glynnhal

lol said...

^^^ surname

RIP said...

E. Lynn Harris, a pioneer of gay black fiction died last night at the age of 54. He became ill at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, but the cause of death is still unclear.

"Orphan" said...

Isabelle Fuhrman, the 12-year-old girl who stars in Orphan is actually pretty adorable in real life. She said, "Usually I can't even see PG-13 movies unless my mom sees them before me. The only reason I was allowed to see [the R-rated Orphan] is that when we were on set in Montreal my mom said, 'I'll let you see the scenes you're in.' And then a producer tapped her on the shoulder and said, 'Uh, that's every single scene!'" But she still hasn't see the whole thing. She added, "My sister sat next to me in the theater and covered my eyes during scenes of Vera [Farmiga] and Peter [Sarsgaard] um, you know."

Reese said...

They just couldn't decide which surname to use

Just call him Mr Witherspoon.

Jake said...

Fuck off Reese!

crazy said...

"He likes dressing up. I think with the "Alice in Wonderland" characters, they've often been portrayed as just crazy without much subtext, and I think he tried to bring something, an underlying human quality to the craziness. He tried to understand it a bit more...We try to give each character their own particular craziness. And he's good at sort of exploring that, I guess because he's crazy. I don't know." - Tim Burton on Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter.

Anonymous said...

Is John Travolta cracking up? article

ONTD comments

curing gayness said...

Activist Starts Website for Gay Man Who Vanished into 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Friends of an Arkansas man have started a campaign and website to find 23-year-old Bryce Faulkner after they say he was sent unwillingly to an "ex-gay" therapy ministry:

"Faulkner, 23, was preparing to come out to deeply religious family in Arkansas when his mother discovered his emails to his boyfriend, Travis who lives in Wisconsin. Bryce was given an ultimatum of being kicked out of his family and put out on the street or going into ex-gay therapy. Before Bryce disappeared his boyfriend Travis recieved one last phone call on June 15th and was crying uncontrollably saying, ‘You should have heard the mean and hateful things they said about me. They made me read out loud passages from the Bible’. 'One of the last things he said to me before falling asleep was, ‘Promise me you will be strong for me and for us’.' Travis said. Travis believes Bryce may be at an Exodus International ministry in Florida. He said a friend of the family had heard Faulkner would be in Mississippi for three weeks and then in Florida for 14 months. His friends have created a ‘Save Bryce’ web campaign to find out where the student is."

This story has more than a few similarities to the 2005 story of a teen named Zach who sent out a cry for help on his MySpace page before being sent away to a "Love in Action" "ex-gay" reparative therapy camp.

Towleroad

Anonymous said...

Bryce was given an ultimatum of being kicked out of his family and put out on the street or going into ex-gay therapy.

Great parents!

Evil Beet said...

Posted on OMG

The Day I Realized That Bradley Cooper Is Probably Gay

Oh, Coop. I have to admit, there’s not much that I know about you. You were pretty funny in Wedding Crashers. I know you did that show Kitchen Confidential. I saw The Hangover and I thought you kinda seemed like a dickhead, but I enjoyed your performance anyway. I think you’re a pretty solid actor, to be honest. But here’s the thing: You’re slipping on your real-life game.

Ya see, a lot of people out there are starting to speculate that you’re pulling a Gyllenhaal. Cute guy, not ready to come out to all of the world, pressured to maintain the “It hottie”-status. It’s understandable. But here’s where Jakey’s got a leg up on you: he picks good beards. Reese, for example: America’s sweetheart, Oscar-winner, A-list all the way and not to mention, quite famously known for being with very straight, very attractive men. If it weren’t for the years of blind items that point directly to his DL-homo lifestyle, no one would suspect a thing.

Bradley, you had the right set up. You’re super hot right now, you’ve got a veritable buffet of ladies to choose from, you’ve been seen out with Jennifer AND Renee, two women I wouldn’t guess you have pull with, to be honest. The picture was painting itself. Ideally you would have put one of these chicks on lock, purchased a home with them in the hills and lived out your gay fantasies privately while all of us were none the wiser. But you blew it.

If ever there was a warning sign that the Hottie of the Moment was likely not hetero, it would be “bringing Denise Richards out of the house in 2009″. Really, for me? That was it. I knew it all had to be a ruse when it was reported that you were seen dining and kinda-sorta canoodling with none-other than the extremely “complicated” ex-Mrs. Charlie Sheen. That may not be enough for everyone, but for me, that’s plenty. Let’s review the facts: You’re very famous right now, she is not. You’ve dated Jennifer Aniston, she’s dated Scott Baio. You star in hit comedies and her most compelling work of late was a post-baby spread in Playboy. How would the two of you even cross paths if you weren’t set up by your management? Or whoever it is that plays Wooly Willy with gay stars and their metaphorical facial hair?

It’s never my intention to put anyone on blast for their sexual preference, but let’s face it: You got sloppy, Coop. You got real sloppy.

Evil Beet Gossip

Anonymous said...

You got sloppy, Coop. You got real sloppy.

LOL

Anonymous said...

But here’s where Jakey’s got a leg up on you: he picks good beards.

Good beard just on paper.

Austin said...

But here’s where Jakey’s got a leg up on you

WTF? Jake's fucking Bradley? Goddamn no-good SLUT.

Anonymous said...

LOL!

Jake said...

Jake's fucking Bradley?

No, you got it wrong, I was just recommended as the role model for bearding in Hollywood.

Jake said...

P.S. Bradley, call me if you need any advice!

Anonymous said...

Straight women and slash

http://www.citypaper.com/arts/story.asp?id=18234

Anonymous said...

"Bearding = BUSINESS arrangement, the very opposite to Jaustin."

As I said before, romantically there is no difference between Jaustin and Reeke. They are all friends and nothing more, Reeke has a business component and Jaustin may or may not (some of the those biking trips near Brentwood look staged).

Regardless of his sexual orientation (and I believe that Austin is a straight as a dye), Austin appears to be just as capable of hetero-whoredom and bearding as Jake. He just isn't big enough to warrant a high-profile bearding contract from Disney.

Romancing the Bone said...

A new sub genre has emerged in the escapist realm of romance novels: stories where you have two strapping, broad chests instead of one. It's gay tales of love and lust, but written by women for women. False Colors by Alex Beecroft and Transgressions by Erastes are two offerings from Running Press. There's no doubt that Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain played a part in this emerging trend. It also should be noted that the cover art for Transgressions has two guys that look a lot like the gay couple on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns.

We gave False Colors to avid reader Shelby Tamres for the woman's perspective and Transgressions to the better half of this reporter, Shane Sears, for the gay man's point of view.

Greg Hambrick: How about some synopsis.
Shelby Tamres: False Colors is a tale about two guys in the English Navy who are finding love and fighting the gay stigma in the 1800s. It's about finding your partner and being okay with your own sexuality.

Shane Sears: (On Transgressions) I think we read the same book. Instead of a boat, it was in a horse stall. It was about a rich land owner's son and a servant.
Greg: What was your expectation going in?

Shane: I thought I was hearing things when you explained it was women writing gay romances. I was like, is this you, (fag hag we know with a knack for falling for gay guys)?

Greg: As romance novels, I figured it would be a smutfest. But, in False Colors, there's a lot of innuendo, but not much sex.
Shelby: Most historical romance novels don't have a lot of sex. In those stories the conflict is the whole sex-before-marriage thing, but the woman finally says, 'OK.' And then they worry about getting pregnant.

Shane: No storks, birds, or bees were harmed in the making of these stories.

Shelby: There were three sex scenes in False Colors and they were between different partners, which you almost never see in female/male romance novels. The details and language are a bit different. The "taut buttocks" definitely takes on a different meaning.
Greg: Much like it does in an Abercrombie and Fitch poster.

Shelby: I've never watched gay porn, but I can guess how sex works between a man and a man. They'd talk about some things and then they'd gloss over about how you get from point A and point B.

Editors note: The conversation detours to a somewhat awkward, blush-filled exploration of gay sex (special thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal and Brokeback), before returning to the books.

Shelby: For the most part, the sex in False Colors is kind of sad and dirty. Not romantic.
Greg: Particularly in the first two sex scenes in False Colors. In the first one, there's a controlling older man.

Shelby: Then there's the scene where the guy walks into the bar and gets on the random big guy's lap.
Greg: Followed by a really long scene with the character trying to cleanse himself. Now, Transgressions had a bit more action.

Shane: It had a lot more sex, but it was also all wrapped up in religion and guilt. There was one character who was trying to get "cured" by having this guy cut him and beat him and starve him.
Greg: It almost seems like they weren't romance novels, but more like stories about the struggle between religion and sexuality in olden days.

Shane: It was almost like a very special episode of Blossom.

Greg: What would you have wanted to see in these stories?
Shelby: More romance would help. You see them become friends, but you don't really see the relationship build.

Shane: I'd like to see the characters like each other and like themselves. In Transgressions, they're together for the first quarter of the book, then they're apart until the last few pages.
Greg: That's almost exactly what happened in False Colors.

Shelby: I just don't think most women would be interested in these books.

Greg: But Shane had a friend once who was curious about gay porn.

Shane: Actually, I think her "boyfriend" was a little too interested in it. He might like these books.

Anonymous said...

^^^^ link

7:25 PM said...

Straight women and slash

Great minds think alike, lol

Women write gay male romance novels for women - Zipper Rippers

Anonymous said...

As I said before, romantically there is no difference between Jaustin and Reeke.

Why do you insist on comparing oranges and apples? What's your point?

Jake said...

Editors note: The conversation detours to a somewhat awkward, blush-filled exploration of gay sex (special thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal and Brokeback)

You're welcome!

Anonymous said...

Women write gay male romance novels for women - Zipper Rippers

Beecroft's publisher, Running Press, wrote in the book's publicity material, "The success of 2005's Brokeback Mountain demonstrated the lure of the subject for a female audience." Or maybe it demonstrated the lure of Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. Informal polls of straight women in the Baltimore/Washington area--i.e. conversations at parties attended by this writer--revealed that they loved the movie, but didn't feel aroused by it. Watching seemed to engage less of their imagination and stoke more sympathy than empathy. But reading requires imagination, which brings the reader's personal experience to bear, and this may provide False Colors with the opportunity to connect and arouse in a way that Brokeback Mountain didn't.

Anonymous said...

NSFW - photoshoped and very naked Jake

NSFW said...

^^^ Blog archive, July 2009, link "celeb sex" on the right - there are some hilarious Jake's faces :)

horny said...

THANKS 8:09! Yum. Even if its photoshopped, still nice to imagine. The gray beanie IMO is the best. It could almost be real except his head (the skull/face part!) needs to be larger. Very nice.

I was just about to lie down and have some fun with a happy ending after I checked the blog. Thanks to you 8:09 now I'll really have a good time....and another and another and another......... :p

Anonymous said...

My favorite

NSFW - photoshoped gay sex Jake

LOL!

Anonymous said...

and another and another and another.........

Wow!

Anonymous said...

"If you’re a guy, no one cares ... unless you're in that fractional .002 percent of the young male actor population, and you really have the goods to become a true leading man. "

Great post, admin. Jake really is in that fractional .0002. It's a blessing and a curse.

For this small slice of the acting pool, it might as well be 1940. Nothing has changed. Their lives are monitored, their words are edited, their political activities are vetted, their sexual lives are neutered, their emotional needs are marginalized and their artistic vision is commodified and packaged, and their happiness is postponed. A male actor with long-standing emotional insecurities, familial trauma and financial obligations is ripe for the picking. Like Raymond Burr, they end up hiding in plain sight.

Best of Jake Naked (NSFW) said...

Photoshopped Naked Jakes. NSFW!

Jake and Matty

I'm Lovin It!

Threesome

O Yeah Baby

Jake and Heath

Jake Ass

Outdoors

Beanie

National Geographic video said...

Dancing, necking and kissing: Gay Giraffes in Love

Anonymous said...

Awww! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm Lovin It!

LMAO!

Anonymous said...

A JIHAD ON BRUNO

Sacha Baron Cohen has stepped up his security after being threatened by a terrorist organization that is angered at its portrayal in the film "Bruno."

The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a coalition of Palestinian militias in the West Bank, said it was "very upset" that it was featured in the movie, starring Baron Cohen's homosexual fashionista alter ego.

Baron Cohen's Austrian character ridicules the terrorist group when he attempts to get himself kidnapped during a meeting with Ayman Abu Aita, who is identified in the film as the leader of the Martyrs' Brigades.

NY Post

Anonymous said...

That was bad idea, Sacha should know to stay away from crazy and heavily armed people.

Anonymous said...

Best of Jake Naked (NSFW)

Wow, some of those pictures are really good! ;)

friends said...

Boy George says that being in prison made him realize how lucky he is and how he discovered he has people to rely on: "Elton offered me love and support from both himself and David [Furnish]. He also sent me a lovely music player. Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Antony Hegarty and Holly Johnson wrote to me too. The only time I got emotional in prison was when I got letters from friends. People that beforehand I wouldn't have thought I could rely on. It was really humbling. I did have a falling out with Elton a few years ago because I was being a bitch [George called him "a humourless grand old dame"] but we made up and we're really good friends again." [DailyExpress]

nice guy said...

Courteney Cox sat down with friend David Fincher in order to get some advice on directing: "I would love to direct more, it's perfect for my personality. I just like doing it, I think it's great," Cox says, "I actually went to dinner with him (Fincher) and I said, 'David I need help', and we sat down and he gave me four hours of his time. He gave me some guidelines and thoughts and it really helped." [DailyExpress]

Anonymous said...

Courteney Cox and David Fincher? Is that Jennifer Aniston connection?

Someone claimed that Jen recommended Jake to Fincher.

Pirates without Orlando? said...

Orlando Bloom won't be suiting up for the next Pirates of the Caribbean film: "Orlando loved the films but thinks it's time to bow out because they tied up nicely for his character Will Turner," says a source. [ShowbizSpy]

Anonymous said...

Looks like Jake is in Philly with Reese, A&D. On schedule!

Anonymous said...

What's A&D?

Anonymous said...

Courteney Cox and David Fincher? Is that Jennifer Aniston connection?

Must be, can't imagine Courteney and David being friends. On the other hand, can't imagine Jennifer and David being friends either :)

Anonymous said...

A&D = Ava & Deacon

Jeeze, who the hell else with initials A&D would be with Reeke. For that matter who the hell would be with Reeke no matter what the initials.

12:37 PM said...

LOL, who would care about beard's kids initials.

Anonymous said...

who the hell would be with Reeke

Reese's children under custody
PR/agents/managers
Hired assistants, trainers, etc.
People selling something (trainer man outside gym)
People cornered and trapped by Drunk Reese
Jake's diehard friend Matthew Frost
Jake's diehard mama

Anonymous said...

"LOL, who would care about beard's kids initials."

Obviously YOU did.

Anonymous said...

Btw 12:37: "A&D" is a helleva lot easier than writing out "Ava and Deacon" or "Reese's kids". If I had just put "and kids" you would have asked "What kids? Who's kids?" So don't give me any crap.

12:37 PM said...

1:16 PM

Silly trolly,

I didn't recognise the initials.

Anonymous said...

12:37/1:21. I am not a "silly trolly." Almost 3 years of Reeking and you don't recognize the beard's kid's initials? After almost 3 years?! You're the stupid, silly one. Instead of calling people names why don't you thank them for answering your asinine question. And YES I was the one who answered you and then you have the nerve to call me a trolly.

12:37 PM said...

Thanks for answering my legit question.

Yes, after all this reeking, I couldn't care less about beard's kids.

And yes, 1:16 PM post was silly and trollish.

Comic-Con video said...

kiss @ 4:55

David Tennant and John Barrowman at Comic-Con

Anonymous said...

Jennifer became friends with Fincher when she was married to Brad Pitt. She was married to Brad when he was doing Fight club.

Anonymous said...

Fight Club (1999)
The Good Girl (2002)

Courteney Cox sat down with friend David Fincher in order to get some advice on directing

Not bad, getting some advice from the cult Hollywood director.

Nikki Finke said...

Saturday box office

1. G-Force 3-D (Disney) $11.7 million Saturday & $32M this weekend. Jerry Bruckheimer attempted his first 3-D foray featuring secret agent guinea pigs. Which just goes to show that sometimes moviegoers will watch anything. But this CGI family fare was incredibly expensive so the pic's profitability is a real question mark.

2. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros) $11.2M & $29M weekend. It continues to drop harder than the last one. Cume is now $221M.

3. The Ugly Truth (Sony) $9.7M & about $27.5M weekend. This Katherine Heigl-Gerard Butler pic, directed by Legally Blonde's Robert Luketic, barely received 15% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and The New York Times' Manola Dargis stuck it to Sony's Amy Pascal for making such anti-feminist crap. But audiences liked it, judging by the surprising "A-" CinemaScore.

4. Orphan (with Peter Sarsgaard) $4.7M; $12.7M weekend. (OK, I hoped this would bomb. It didn't. But Joel Silver still should be ashamed both for making this revolting movie and then marketing it so callously that adoptive parents groups were very vocally protesting.)

Anonymous said...

David Tennant and John Barrowman at Comic-Con kiss @ 4:55

Love the faint, lol!

Anonymous said...

Jerry Bruckheimer attempted his first 3-D foray featuring secret agent guinea pigs. Which just goes to show that sometimes moviegoers will watch anything. But this CGI family fare was incredibly expensive so the pic's profitability is a real question mark.

Jerry won't be pleased.

Anonymous said...

David Tennant and John Barrowman at Comic-Con kiss @ 4:55

Kiss and faint GIF animation

Anonymous said...

Posted on OMG by Special K

July 26, 2009

"Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal were among the Sunday brunch crowd at Sabrina's (910 Christian) near the Italian Market."

philly.com gossip

Jake said...

Kiss and faint GIF animation

OMG, John is so gay!

Jake said...

Which just goes to show that sometimes moviegoers will watch anything.

And let's hope that doesn't change before May 2010!

Anonymous said...

G Force was not screened for critics, a sure sign that its not that good.

Anonymous said...

How odd. The Brazilian filmmaker in LA who twittered about going with/taking Jake to the airport on Sat 7/25 because he was travelling to see Reese (and it must have been true, because Jake is in Philly now) deleted his entry. So far he's kept the one about Reese. But what was so revealing or personal about the Jake one??

danielaragao: This post is to make my friends jealous the: tomorrow I'll Bring the Jake Gyllenhaal at the airport. Has become the home of his assistant...

^^ deleted entry




danielaragao: Then she asked who was in the car I rented it and driving the paparazzi do not follow him. He will travel to see the girlfriend, Reese.

^^ not deleted (yet!)

Anonymous said...

it must have been true

Not necessarily. Maybe he only knew that someone else will take Jake to the airport.

Anonymous said...

But what was so revealing or personal about the Jake one??

Nothing interesting, but Jake's PA should be quiet about her employer.

Driving another car so that paparazzi wouldn't follow Jake must be a joke.

Anonymous said...

G Force was not screened for critics, a sure sign that its not that good.

Jerry, you old fox!

Anonymous said...

"Jake's PA should be quiet about her employer."

STFU! She needs to post every dirty little detail about Jake right here and tell us EVERYTHING.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Jake doesn't share dirty details with PAs :)

Anonymous said...

I'm just amazed that Jake's schedule warrants a PA. There must be more going on in this guy's life than we think.

Anonymous said...

We only see bits and pieces, and 95% of that we see because Jake wants us to see it.

Kris and Adam said...

Kris Allen on Adam Lambert: “If people don’t want me to be friends with Adam, that’s their problem, not mine.”

In hindsight, it’s worked out nicely that Kris Allen won the American Idol crown in May even though it came at the expense of Adam Lambert who had been heavily favored to win the competition.

Adam is a sensation and will be as big a star as he would have been had he won and the more low-key Kris gets the career boost of being Idol champ. What’s also been nice is the genuine friendship that has developed between the two who are currently performing on a cross-country concert tour with the rest of the top 10 finishers.

Kris was asked by Beck/Smith Hollywood if he feels any pressure to be a role model of one sort or another, as the Christian guy who’s pals with the gay guy?

“No,” he answers flatly. “What would I have to be pressured about? I’m just trying to be me. If people don’t want me to be friends with Adam, that’s their problem, not mine. Adam’s an amazing person and I’m so happy to call him one of my really good friends.”

link

OT - '300' sequel said...

Small, sandaled steps are being taken toward a "300" sequel.

Frank Miller recently completed a draft of the graphic novel that follows up his original tale, a book that would serve as the basis for a new Warner Bros.-Legendary Pictures project.
...
Creating a straight sequel will be difficult given the number of main characters who died in the original. Miller’s primary options are either to pen a prequel that features many of the main characters or a sequel with a new group of characters. The latter would preclude much of the original cast — includin Gerard Butler, now a much bigger star — from returning in lead roles.

Since the success of “300,” Hollywood has jumped on the action-epic bandwagon: Universal and Relativity have competing projects in that vein: Louis Leterrier’s “Clash of the Titans” and Tarsem Singh’s “War of Gods,” respectively. Warners and Nunnari also are returning to ancient Greece via “Odysseus,” about the mythic king of Ithaca. It's up to Miller -- and about eight other entities -- whether there'll be yet another trip.

link

Anonymous said...

Creating a straight sequel will be difficult given the number of main characters who died in the original.

What were they thinking? lol

Google Trends said...

Mothers Cringe in Fear as Robert Pattinson Becomes More Popular Than Daniel Radcliffe

Proving crazy hair and bad attitude are more alluring to teenagers than mild-mannered magic, Google Trends shows Pattinson is significantly more searched than Radcliffe.

That snap you just heard was the simultaneous locking of 7 million chastity belts. [PopEater]

Gawker

Anonymous said...

G Force has an 8 on rotten tomatoes. I think that is the lowest score I have ever seen.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I read that wrong. G Force got a 20. Almost as bad. A gawker link took me to another movie without my realizing it.

Anonymous said...

Shame, those guinea pigs are so cute :)

Anonymous said...

" I'm just amazed that Jake's schedule warrants a PA."

IA. It doesn't look as if he's busy enough to justify the cost of a PA right now.

cakewalk said...

It doesn't look as if he's busy enough to justify the cost of a PA right now.

Oh but wouldn't it be great to be Jake's PA right now. Sitting around, watching Atti sleep, taking scarce notes at Jake's almost deserted fansites, waiting for his next urgent text "need pap appt tues 10 am @starbucks". The guy doesn't even need any dry cleaning or tailor alterations dropped off/picked up because he's not going to any award shows or premieres. The hardest part of the job would be trying find the 3 Toothy comments out of the 500+ Twilight ones in the Awful Truth columns.

Anonymous said...

From a WFT2 7/19 10:10 am post, part of Ent Lawyers 2/18/08 Blind Item believed to be Reese:

The fact that these two completely different personalities and looks could both fall for the same woman just boggles the mind.

I'll have to look it up but when Ent Lawyer did his reveals on 7/4/08 or at the end of 2008 (maybe 1/1/09) he revealed 1 of the actresses in this blind. It was Angelina Jolie. Who btw would be the opposite in looks and personality of Reese.

LOL said...

OT

SarahPalindrome: Sentence or phrase that makes no sense frontward or backward.

Anonymous said...

Sad but LOL: the EW POP scan and big ass poster pic on IHR been out for 24 hours and has about 40 views each. Yeah Jake bearding and dirty hair has worked wonders.

Anonymous said...

REEKE: Repelling fans since 2007.

Anonymous said...

LOL

Anonymous said...

The hardest part of the job would be trying find the 3 Toothy comments out of the 500+ Twilight ones in the Awful Truth columns.

:)

Anonymous said...

I'll have to look it up but when Ent Lawyer did his reveals on 7/4/08 or at the end of 2008 (maybe 1/1/09) he revealed 1 of the actresses in this blind. It was Angelina Jolie.

That's correct. Blind Item Reveals from Friday, July 04, 2008

http://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2008/07/blind-item-reveals_1983.html

tidbit said...

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Seacrest were seen wearing the Pilot sunglasses by Mosley Tribes. It has a simple but kickass aviator style. If you want a pair that is hot but is not overly decorated, this has all the right stuff!

Geek sunglasses

PoP said...

Exclusive New Prince Of Persia Images

Sands Of Time is slippery when wet

It isn't just us mere mortals getting soggy this rainy Monday morning, as these new shots from Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time prove.

Getting a little bit carried away trying to cool down in the arid Middle Eastern sun, our Prince Dastan, played by the brooding Jake Gyllenhaal, along with the sultry Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) are shown here drenched from head to foot, and then escaping on horseback still soaking wet.

We also have shots from on set, with director Mike Newell sizing up his subjects and super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer watching on.

Empire UK

Anonymous said...

First photo is cool (water), second - not so much. But the horse is a beauty!

Anonymous said...

Is this the best Disney can do?! No wonder they didn't take PoP to Comic Con.

Comic-Con wows audiences, studios said...

Disney's "A Christmas Carol," from Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" couldn't have played better, especially as they kicked off Comic-Con's first 3-D screenings. Sequel "New Moon" brought back the screaming teens, tweens and "Twilight" moms, who were once again willing to camp out for days for any glimpse of the movie or its stars. And after years of hype, James Cameron satisfied the curious with more than 20 minutes from "Avatar."

Odd no-shows were Disney's "Prince of Persia" and "The Sorcerer's Stone," both from Jerry Bruckheimer. Universal Pictures also stayed home entirely.

Variety

Anonymous said...

Lance Armstrong biopic is not forgotten :)

Tour de Gyllenhaal? Tour de Stiller? Tour de Damon?

Anonymous said...

Whole Foods sighting:

J & R

Anonymous said...

^^^ "Celebrities are just like us" PR.

Anonymous said...

Posted on OMG

Ryan has been in Delaware/Philly all week, took the kids to a Philly game and had some face time with the philly announcers. They asked if he was filming with Nicholson who was a game previously and he said no, his ex-wife was. He was also spotted at a carnival in Delaware later on. He has a place in Delaware. Supposedly he was supposed to stay in Delaware most of the summer to be near the kids because of Reese's filming schedule but i think it's just for July. Reese rented a mansion on the Main line for the summer and Jake, Reese and the kids will be staying there, maye there is room for Ryan, LOL!!

lol said...

Adam Lambert demonstrates the proper way to sign autographs

Jake said...

Some boys have all the luck!

Anonymous said...

The Official Website of Stephen Gyllenhaal

Anonymous said...

^^^^ Beautiful cat!

Anonymous said...

Adam Lambert demonstrates the proper way to sign autographs

Shirtless and with six-pack abs - I bet Jake would never turn them down :)

Nationwide Gay Kiss-Ins Planned said...

A mass gay kiss-in is planned for August 15 in cities around the nation in response to the treatment of a couple who were arrested for kissing on a plaza near Salt Lake City's Mormon Temple:

"A pair of bloggers, David Badash, of New York, and David Mailloux, of Boston, are behind the plans. They say the events are not a protest against those who oppose gay rights. But they say people should be allowed to freely express their affection."

So far events are planned in Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Irvine, Little Rock, New York City, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco San Jose, Seattle with events in Austin, Chicago, Dallas Denver, Erie, Fort Worth, Fresno, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Spokane in the works.

Here's the group's Facebook page for more information.

Also, their first promotional video...

link

Anonymous said...

First photo is cool (water), second - not so much. But the horse is a beauty!

Second photo - Jake's and Gemma's faces aren't pretty and Jake should look taller than Gemma.

Prince of Persia is a superhero after all!

Anonymous said...

Exclusive New Prince Of Persia Images

This is the new issue of Emipre. LOL they made it look like Sherlock is dealing with his demons and Johnny Depp is trying to convince him to do naughty things and Jake is like "NOOOO you must be gooood!"

ONTD

Anonymous said...

^^^^ One of the comments:

That pretty horse is up staging them.

ITA!

Anonymous said...

As anyone who has been to Sabrina's for Sunday brunch knows - the lines are out of control, the quarters are close and the portions are enormous - not what you'd normally expect extremely famous Hollywood actors to seek out.

Reeke is doing their hands-on mixing-with-the-masses "we're a Real Couple" PR in Philly, LOL!

Reeke Brunch

Anonymous said...

Of course they do - US Reekly's slogan is "Stars Are Just Like Us.'

Anonymous said...

Posted on OMG by

New Jake Gyllenhaal "Prince of Persia" Movie Stills: He's Wet & Chesty!

Empire Magazine has revealed a couple new photos of Jake Gyllenhaal from his upcoming movie Prince of Persia in which he is soaking wet. And on horseback. While still soaking wet. Sure, he's dressed up like a combination of a pirate, a gypsy, and Adam Lambert, and he looks a little questionable with hair that long but... that still doesn't take away from the fact that it's Jake Gyllenhaal and he's wet and exposing his chest. Sadly, we have to wait until May 28, 2010 to see the movie. Until then, we have these pictures to tide us over.

Gay Pop Culture, News & Clues

Anonymous said...

I live in Philadelphi, and Sabrina is not where I would have expected Reese to go. I would have expected something in the Rittenhouse square area or one of the major hotels (you are still mixing with the general public, but it's more populous and upscale).

Sabrina sounds more like a Jake choice. I wonder who advised them?

Anonymous said...

PR.

Anonymous said...

They have two PR teams to plan and advise reeking.

Anonymous said...

Reese has been going to Philly for years. Ryan is from the area they had a house not too far from there. She may not need recommendations.

Anonymous said...

Reeke taking the Chin's 2 kids to brunch on a Sunday to a very crowded, very public place in Philly?? IT WAS A PR MOVE. Plain and simple. Just like how Reeke walked thru the crowded NYC Soho streets holding hands on a touristy weekend. Reeke knows people use twitter, texting, cell phone pics. Reeke knows that besides their layouts in US Reekly, that making personal appearances acting as a "couple" to the masses is the next best thing to convincing people that they are for real. Reeke is like the politicians that get out there and shake hands with everyone. It's all a big fat phony show.

Jake said...

I love our weekly live audience Reeke Show! It's the only time I get to act!

Anonymous said...

Reeke taking the Chin's 2 kids to brunch on a Sunday to a very crowded, very public place in Philly??

No mention of kids.

Anonymous said...

I love our weekly live audience Reeke Show! It's the only time I get to act!

LOL

Anonymous said...

Jake's chest hair in the new POP pic looks like it was applied by an artist with black paint and a sea sponge.

Anonymous said...

"No mention of kids."

Not in that article but in an earlier one about the same brunch (and in twitters) it was mentioned that the 2 kids were there. Link in somewhere on this page.

Anonymous said...

12:45, see post above at July 26, 2009 4:05 PM for link. Read comment in link:

Everyone respected their privacy as Reese's two children were along for brunch.

Anonymous said...

^^^ That is someone's comment, anyone can write anything.

philly.com didn't mention kids either.

Anonymous said...

Jake's chest hair in the new POP pic looks like it was applied by an artist with black paint and a sea sponge.

Aww, don't be like that, that is wet chest hair.

Anonymous said...

FYI a few twitters of fellow diners said the kids were there. Btw I believe the twitters in this case because local gossip sites would for sure filter out any mention of the kids, from a safety/security POV, however a person off the street would most likely not take that into consideration and just report what they saw.

Anyway what diff does it make. Reeke is PR with/without her 2 rugrats.

Anonymous said...

"that is wet chest hair"

Are we sure it isn't greasy chest hair to match his mangy head hair? And is it rain coming down or is it grease from an exploding deep fryer?

Anonymous said...

local gossip sites would for sure filter out any mention of the kids, from a safety/security POV

No need for that.

Remember when some big newspaper reported about the chin and her kids MV visit? I believe they posted a pic, too.

Anonymous said...

And is it rain coming down or is it grease from an exploding deep fryer?

LMAO!

Anonymous said...

Who gives a fuck if the kids were there. sheesh.

Anonymous said...

No one.

The sighting was reported on two legit sites and they didn't mention kids. That's all.

PoP game said...

Prince of Peugeot GIF

Anonymous said...

The kids were there, Ryan is back in L.A.

Anonymous said...

^^^ I'm sure you were there, too. lol

Anonymous said...

Anybody who goes to the White House is asked to undergo a quick background check—even squeaky-clean Reese Witherspoon had to do it a few weeks ago.

No wonder there were no pics of Jake or Paul Rudd at the White House...they probably failed the background checks and were never really there to meet Obama. Seriously. The mentions in the rags that Jake was there with his gf was to save face and make it look good, better than "he wasn't allowed in to meet the President."

Newsweek

Anonymous said...

"Prince of Peugeot GIF"

LOL!

Anonymous said...

they probably failed the background checks

I hope so! Jake Badass Gyllenhaal! lol

Anonymous said...

How long does it take for a Secret Service background check? Maybe when the Chin went to the WH there wasn't enough time for them to do Tagalong-Jake's.

Anonymous said...

How long does it take for a Secret Service background check?

Two minutes?

Anonymous said...

The Secret Service probably didn't have enough time to finish reading about Toothy's sordid life in Ted's columns!

Anonymous said...

LMAO!

Anonymous said...

2:00 if you read the link, it's taking Shaq's at least 1 or 2 days.

Anonymous said...

So they more than enough time for Jake's Secret Service background check.

Anonymous said...

So they had more than enough time for Jake's Secret Service background check.

Anonymous said...

Several twitters place Ryan at the House of Blues last night on Sunset strip.

NegativeNatalie: OMFGGGGGGG ryan phillippe is at the asher/kid cudi show at HOB just walked in....I'm dyinggg. Hot.
about 13 hours ago from UberTwitter

Poor bubble boy, Obama only had time to meet with one actor, the A-list one who won a Oscar. LOL!!

The WH is very strict. If it was a tour and they asked to meet with the President at the last minute for example, they weren't going to waste time doing background check on all 3, Reese is the most famous of the 3 so she gets the pic with the Pres.

Secret Service said...

The "Gag Me With Cocaine Blind Vice" was the final incident that blocked Toothy Tile uh Mr Jake Gyllenhaal from meeting Obama. Drugs snorted off a penis, blowjobs and pathetic pretend sex along with bearding, a secret boyfriend and a hidden baby is not the kind of element we want associated with our President.

Jake said...

*Thank Moses, they didn't find out about that other stuff*

Secret Service said...

Also we're still checking the files on Toothy's sexual activities confidentiality agreements.

Jake said...

*Fuck!*

paul rudd said...

What about me??? All I got to do was tag along too! No pics with the Prez. I guess the Secret Service didn't like I love you man .

Secret Service said...

LA, West Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, NYC, Martha's Vineyard, Texas...large territories to cover and thousands of contacts and contract-signers that we have to interview.

taxpayers said...

Stop wasting our money!

Secret Service said...

Also, overseas interviews in London, Italy, Spain and France. By the way, does anyone know who "Paris Fountain Boy" is and how we may contact him?

Mr Gyllenhaal's security check should be finished by 2016. However, a Republican President may be in office by that time and if so the requirements for Mr Gyllenhaal's White House clearance will be stricter.

Jake said...

*fingers crossed*

Jake said...

And if anyone has info where Paris Fountain Boy is let me know too!

Austin said...

Oh, shut up!

Jake said...

LA, West Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, NYC, Martha's Vineyard, Texas...

*Good times! *sigh* *

a little gay is ok said...

Robert Downey, Jr. Reveals Sherlock’s Man Crush On Watson

Speaking at the panel discussion for his upcoming film Sherlock Holmes at 2009 San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Robert Downey, Jr. revealed to fans that there may be some overt man-on-man “love” (ie. affection) going on in the film. While he didn’t go so far as to say that Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. John H. Watson would be lovers, he did reveal that the men are very, very close in the film … as a result of, what he calls, “circumstantial homosexuality”. Shoot, whatever he calls it … I’m all for it!

"Will Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson be the latest bromance to hit Hollywood? Robert Downey Jr., who plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic fictional character opposite Jude Law’s Watson in Guy Ritchie’s remake of Sherlock Holmes thinks he and Law have some sexy chemistry together. “It’s called circumstantial homosexuality,” he jokingly told the press at Comic-Con Friday, after leading lady Rachel McAdams suggested the film’s central love story is really between the sleuth and his sidekick. The two actors took to each other even before Law signed on to the part. Downey was sent to meet his future costar and “sell” him on the role and “Jude walks down the hall and my assistant – who never cares about anything – is standing in the hall and she’s like, ‘Oh my God, there he is!’ He was dressed in that kind of fabulous, super expensive, under-dressed way. “I said, ‘Dude’ – and literally before he said he was going to do the movie, before he said that he was available, before he said that he either did or didn’t want to be courted, we just started talking like two serious actors about what would need to happen to make this work as a piece of straight drama. We just became really close really quickly, because we just rolled up our sleeves and started working from jump.” Downey said Law, who is currently performing Hamlet on stage in London, “is so the right arm of this movie.” But good thing for the ladies, the film isn’t just about male bonding. Downey shares some romantic moments with McAdams – but “not enough for my taste,” he said."

Oh man … how awesome is this. You gotta love actors that are secure enough in their manhood that they can willingly and believingly play male characters that show love and affection for one another without it necessarily being a gay lovestory. While I would have no problem with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson being lovers, that development doesn’t really jibe with the lore that we all know and love. That said, the men are very close and I’m happy to know that that closeness will be respected in the film version of the book series. I have full confidence that RDJ and Jude will do great justice to the beloved characters that they portray … and if they want to take the relationship to a bromantic level, who are we to argue?

Pink

Anonymous said...

But good thing for the ladies, the film isn’t just about male bonding. Downey shares some romantic moments with McAdams – but “not enough for my taste,” he said.

Cock tease!

PoP game said...

Ubisoft has reported that sales for its fiscal first quarter of 2009-10 (April through June) were down just over 50 percent from the same period a year ago. The publisher posted roughly $118 million (€83 million) in sales last quarter; a far cry from the $240.24 million (€169 million) cash injection from the first quarter of 2008-09. "We are currently experiencing a very sharp slowdown in our sales for Nintendo DS as well as sales of back-catalog titles, in the context of a market that is tougher than anticipated," CEO Yves Guillemot said. During today's conference call, Guillemot repeatedly singled out Prince of Persia and EndWar as the top under-performers of the company's recent back catalog.

link

Namath said...

Hollywood Plans Broadway Revival: Jake Gyllenhaal to Star as Joe Namath

There comes a time in every icon's life where the rights to his name and likeness are licensed for the purposes of a major motion picture. For "Broadway" Joe Namath, that time is now. Initially rumored nearly two years ago, a recent update to Jake Gyllenhaal's IMDb filmography is finally confirming him as the actor chosen to portray the New York Jets' legendary quarterback.

The film is expected to follow Namath's life as one of the game's first true stars while transcending the sport to become the most recognizable face of American football. Adapting Broadway Joe's story to the big screen will be David Hollander, most recently known for his work on A&E's critically-acclaimed drama The Cleaner. Mad Chance and Andrew Lazar will handle the production end of the film.

It's unknown where Gyllenhaal's portrayal of Namath will begin, especially given Joe Willie's numerous exploits in the early stages of his career. However, there are at least two logical starting points to properly introduce him to wider audiences. The first of possible introductions could focus upon Namath's 1964 National Championship with the Alabama Crimson Tide under celebrated head coach Bear Bryant.

If Hollander chooses to begin Namath's story after his collegiate career, then he could detail Broadway's decision to decline the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals and sign with Sonny Werblin and the New York Jets with the less-popular AFL for a then-staggering $427,000. As the first American football player to truly transcend the game and embrace his role under the media spotlight, Namath's story should be entertaining enough to captivate any audiences outside of Jets' fans.

But the film has to be done right. Gyllenhaal's resemblance to the illustrious quarterback cannot be the driving force behind capturing Namath's essence for modern day movie-watchers. A Joe Namath film has to do more than paint a picture of the league's first superstar quarterback.

For the sake and integrity of history, the New York Jets players and coaches surrounding Namath must be honored properly. Everyone from Johnny Sample to Don Maynard, Weeb Ewbank to George Sauer, and Matt Snell to Emerson Boozer must be recognized as players critical to Namath's on-field success.

Once his supporting cast is given their due and proper, then the tone of the film must be more than a contrived, inspirational sports story. Fans of the game have been spoon-fed too many of those in recent years. While 2006's We Are Marshall and 2008's The Express were tolerable films, such glossy looks into historic football failed when trying to capture the brutal nature of their respective eras.

Outside of 2004's Friday Night Lights and portions of 1999's Any Given Sunday, football scenes employ too much slow-motion as the primary tactic for building on-field drama. Those two films managed to bring the bone-crunching grittiness of the gridiron to life. If Namath re-defined how America viewed professional football players, then it's only natural for a film about his life to re-define the yawn-inducing stigma surrounding athletic biopics.

Most importantly—and it doesn't matter how it's done—Mr. Hollander must find a way to incorporate Namath's Noxzema commercial with the late Farrah Fawcett into the story. If everyone involved in this film wants a chance to thank the Academy, this scene better be in the can.

Bleacher report

sugarcoating it said...

very sharp slowdown

LOL. Sales less than 50% of the previous year isn't a "slowdown" it's an "almost-stopped."

Jake said...

Shit! More steroids!

Anonymous said...

recent update to Jake Gyllenhaal's IMDb filmography is finally confirming him as the actor chosen to portray the New York Jets' legendary quarterback

Untitled Joe Namath Project - In Development, details only on IMDbPro

Anonymous said...

POP, Namath.. yep there's gonna be a hetero fake marriage and some BlueBoy magazine-inspired squirts into a dixie cup for the in vitro turkey basters in gay Jake's future.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hollander must find a way to incorporate Namath's Noxzema commercial with the late Farrah Fawcett into the story.

Joe Namath: I'm so excited, I'm gonna get creamed!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hollander must find a way to incorporate Namath's Noxzema commercial with the late Farrah Fawcett into the story.

Jake: I'm so excited, I'm gonna get a facial!

Jake said...

Mr. Hollander must find a way to incorporate Namath's Noxzema commercial with the late Farrah Fawcett into the story.

Jake: I always get excited when I'm gonna get creamed!

lol said...

Call me a pervert, but ...

Jake on the horse

Jake on the horse detail - what's this?!

Jake said...

Jake on the horse detail - what's this?!

Duh!

Anonymous said...

A sandbag of fun times?

Anonymous said...

Looks like the "Black Russian" codpiece, very popular model in old Persia!

Anonymous said...

It's padding so Jake wouldn't get excited when he spread his legs and his crotch touched the horse.

Anonymous said...

LOL!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hollander must find a way to incorporate Namath's Noxzema commercial with the late Farrah Fawcett into the story

What about Joe Namath / Jake in full drag ?

Anonymous said...

"Untitled Joe Namath Project - In Development, details only on IMDbPro"

IMDB has the credibility of a cow. God knows how many untitled and unfinished scripts they attach to actors. Jake will *never* play Namath. In fact, he's more likely to fly through space in the mediocre sounding Moon Movie project than parade around in stockings playing Namath in this cheap, pathetic bio-pic. His PR people are just trying to fill the time, and need to make him look macho now, so they probably planted the rumor and updated the IMBD space themselves.

As for the latest round of Reeking, no one should be surprised. Literally, that's all that Jake has on his calendar until Sept. 21st. Besides the occasional PoP pic, Nothing else will get him in the gossip rags.

Of course, none of the elite directors seem to care about the gossip rags, but Jake has given up on them. So, it's either Reeking with the beard, some sports events or concert, or endless nights alone with his right hand in LA.

Anonymous said...

what's the significance of September 21st?

some sports events or concert, or endless nights alone with his right hand in LA.

So basically what you're saying is - living his life like a normal human being? That's what I thought.

Jake's Left Hand said...

alone with his right hand in LA.

Thank god I don't have to touch that thing!

Anonymous said...

I think I found a discrepancy in Cantara's History of the Gyllenhaals. Remember how she said that they, especially Jake and Maggie, weren't aware of the IHJ or Jakewatch fansites, and this was around the BBM/Jarhead era? Well if you go to IHJ there's a thread about when Ally met Jake, with pics. It was way before BBM/Jarhead if I remember right, maybe around TDAT. According to Ally she asked Jake if he heard of I Heart Jake and he answered shyly "Yes" and she told him she was the site owner.

So Jake was lying or Cantara was misinformed. TTYTT I look forward to her book. I hope Stephen screwed her over royally so we'll get some good juice from her especially on Jake. As long as she writes what's true, she has nothing to worry about re lawsuits.

Anonymous said...

"what's the significance of September 21st?"

Sept 21st is the start of Love and Other Drugs, a film he snagged with the considerable pull of his BBM buddy, Anne Hathaway. That's it, as far as I can see. There's no indication that he is writing, directing, producing or even auditioning for any roles on stage or screen. He doesn't have to promote Brothers until November.

"So basically what you're saying is - living his life like a normal human being? That's what I thought."

Correction - Live his life like a bored, unproductive human being.

Could you imagine what Clooney would have done with *all* of the free time Jake has had since December? He probably would have acted in a few movies, written a few scripts or produced/directed a film by now. And he'd squeeze in lots of political activism in his 'spare' time.

Jake has given new meaning to the term 'time off'. But then again, when the beard's around for quick photo-ops, why audition for anything?

I think that he seriously miscalculated the coat-tail affect of PoP. He thought that the film would make him more desirable with elite directors and producers, but it hasn't. Even if he wanted to seriously lobby for the juicy parts, and I'm not entirely convinced that he does, he probably wouldn't receive much interest at this point. After all, he hasn't been seen in theatres in almost two years, and he has a creepy, manipulative beard in tow.

Not exactly the most desirable package.

Anonymous said...

"he has a creepy, manipulative beard in tow"

my god what a perfect description.

Anonymous said...

phillyinsider: "Witherhaal at Alma de Cuba tonight: Reese in white dress, Jake in shorts/T-shirt."

I googled the restaurant and it looks nice, not exactly the place to wear shorts and a T-shirt. Jake doesn't even make an effort to wear pants and a shirt in a nice restaurant for the beard! LOL! He probably wore flip flops. Or his crocs.

Anonymous said...

So can we assume that Jake is going to spend the next 7-10 days trailing after Reese in Philly like he did in DC? I agree with the earlier poster, Jake's been off since end of December and what has he done? Trailed after Reese doing photo ops in LA and then spent time trailing her in DC where he just sat around the set while she was filming. Could he look anymore like a loser? He has nothing better to do than trail after his girlfriend every day while she films a movie in another city. This is one of the reasons I would want POP to fail, so that he can see that 3 years of bearding didn't help him, but hurt him. He has become a parody of himself.

Anonymous said...

Correction- he has nothing better to do than trail after his beard.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why but something about Jake on a horse just seems funny. Maybe because Jack Twist was skittish and the character association stayed with me. He just does not look comfortable.

Why is Bruckheimer taking his own pictures. There are set photographers and the whole thing is being filmed, not just for the movie but for a making of feature and Jerry is taking even more pictures. Kind of creepy.

Mon, 27 July 2009 said...

Sophia Bush & Austin Nichols Reunite?

Sophia Bush and her One Tree Hill costar Austin Nichols may have rekindled their romance.

The twosome was spotted catching a connecting flight in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday (July 26) and took pictures with fans who spotted them together.

Sophia, 27, and Austin, 29, met through mutual friend Jake Gyllenhaal in mid-2005 and reportedly started dating in early 2006. Since 2008, Austin has appeared in a recurring role as Julian Baker on OTH.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols reuniting — YAY or NAY?

JJared

Anonymous said...

"Why is Bruckheimer taking his own pictures."

?? Where did you read that?

Just Jared, 28 October 2008 said...

Sophia Bush is Dating James Lafferty

One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush has ex-husband (and costar) Chad Michael Murray to thank for spilling the beans.

In an interview with CW Channel 11 News, Chad talked about his divorce with Sophia and her current relationship with another costar of theirs, James Lafferty.

Chad shared, “[Sophia and I] both professional and mature enough to get through it. Now, it’s just easy. She’s got James, and James and I are friends. It’s just a little tight group in Wilmington (North Carolina).”

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