Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Gay Edition

Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
November 19, 2009

Dear Ted:
I was just looking through People's Sexiest Man issue. How many of the drool-worthy guys pictured in that issue are something other than hetero? Adam Lambert is one, so two or three? Four? More than five? Or would it be easier and less litigious for me to ask you which ones are straight as an arrow?
—Sebastiadams

Dear Yummy Edition:
People's (Out) Gayest Men Alive just wouldn't really sell, now would it?

Source: Ted Casablanca's The Awful Truth
Screencaps from Access Hollywood Jake Gyllenhaal On 'Brothers' & Working With Tobey Maguire video

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Jackie said...

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reposting said...

I'm going to say something that I'm EVERYONE who reads this blog will not agree with--I'm just being honest here--I don't think it's a huge tragedy but...based on how Jake looks at the cocktail party for Brothers and on that E interview, he is not aging well or rather as he gets older, he is losing his boyish prettiness. Not a huge deal but he's not nearly as beautiful as he was during his BBM period. I'm sure EVERYONE will disagree of course.
November 24, 2009 6:50 PM

^^ not everyone here will disagree, I won't. I was thinking exactly the same thing as you are.
November 24, 2009 6:55 PM

Thanks. It's like he's going through an awkward period. It's strange. I mean he's only 28, right?
November 24, 2009 7:00 PM

Just Saying said...
"I'm sure EVERYONE will disagree of course."

I was thinking the same thing but it could be stress.
November 24, 2009 7:02 PM

It’s like Jake has aged a lot in the last couple of years or maybe he’s just losing his boyishness. Not that I think he isn’t good looking still but he used to be beautiful.
November 24, 2009 7:04 PM

" Not that I think he isn’t good looking still but he used to be beautiful."

Not really, it was cast with alot of other men. Seriously Jake is one of those guys looks hot sometimes and then others, you think what the hell happen? His People pic is horrible. It looked like one of those oomputer created images that the police use to identify a criminal.
November 24, 2009 7:08 PM

Granted, he's NOT unhealthy looking the way Heath (may he RIP) was before he died. He just looks like he's either going through an awkward period or isn't aging well. Maybe as he gets older, he's getting more unphotogenic angles?
November 24, 2009 7:11 PM

James Franco is 32 and he's looking younger than Jake IMO. I think what Jake needs is to put on weight again. But yes, he was absolutely perfect looking in BBM. I doubt he'll ever look as good. Not that that's important anyway.
November 24, 2009 7:13 PM

7:11 PM, as I've said, I think it's the weight loss presumably for LAOD.
November 24, 2009 7:14 PM

Anonymous said...

...based on how Jake looks at the cocktail party for Brothers and on that E interview, he is not aging well or rather as he gets older, he is losing his boyish prettiness.

I think Jake looks very good here :)

E!'s Daily 10 - Jake Gyllenhaal (11.23.09)

7:20 PM said...

Strike that!
E! interview - with such good lighting Jake looks great!

Anonymous said...

I think what Jake needs is to put on weight again.

Sounds like a good idea. I think Jake's weight loss has nothing to do with LAOD.

Anonymous said...

His People pic is horrible. It looked like one of those oomputer created images that the police use to identify a criminal.

Bad pic, I agree. What the fuck were they thinking? Oh, I forgot, they used a bad photo of Johnny Depp for the cover! lol

Anonymous said...

Re. Jake's looks: You have to consider that last year wasn't easy for him... Heath died, parents got divorced, he worked a lot and Reese probably isn't the easiest companion either. So...

Anonymous said...

So Jake should dump the beard ASAP and spend as much time as possible in Martha's Vineyard!

Cake said...

Jake is always more than welcome!

Anonymous said...

" worked a lot..."

When, where and what. Its 2009, his last pic was POP finished in 2008. Heath died in early 2008, didn't he?

Anonymous said...

^^

POP finsihed shooting for him in late 2007, I remember because of the famous Laker game romantic kiss. I'll go throw up now.

Anonymous said...

7:59 PM - True between POP and LAOD he had almost a year off.
Maybe it's really as simple as him losing weight for the role in LAOD and it just doesn't suit him that much?

Anonymous said...

No it was 2008 for POP.

Anonymous said...

"POP finsihed shooting for him in late 2007"

I think you mean late 2008.

Anonymous said...

"Maybe it's really as simple as him losing weight for the role in LAOD and it just doesn't suit him that much?"

But why, Anne's character is the sick one?

Anonymous said...

"But why, Anne's character is the sick one?"

Well, her weight loss is explained by her character's condition then. ;) Anne doesn't look good either tbh. Both look better with more meat on their bones.

Just Saying said...

Jake lost his bulk from POP which is good thing. I didn't like his abs, they were too bulky. I just think he's no longer a boy. It happened to Brad Pitt and now its slowing happening to Jake. Its mother nature simple as that. But Jolie happened to Brad too.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Witherspoon is no Jolie. LOL.

Anonymous said...

Pitt was beautiful for a LONG time--when he did Troy, he was in his late 30s (maybe turned 40). Jake is only 28. And about how difficult 2008 was for Jake--citing Heath's death. Well, clearly Jake got over that one very quickly (a week) so I guess not.

Anonymous said...

Brad was 40 when he did Troy. People forget he was born in 1963.

Anonymous said...

Brad is in his 40's for crying out laud. Jake is just 28.

Anonymous said...

But why, Anne's character is the sick one?

I'm bad, this made me laugh.

Just Saying said...

I was talking about Brad from his breakout movie Thelma and Louise he was boyish then, but soon after he grew into a man. I know Brad is over 40 now, I was talking about the natural progression from boy to man. I was just taking a hit at Jolie, I'm glad Reese is not Jolie. Jolie seems really dark and scary.

nose job said...

"He plays guitar and has a great voice. Kids and dogs love him. He loves his mom and sister and girlfriend. He's perfect... too bad he's ugly." — Natalie Portman on Jake Gyllenhaal. I know she's kidding, but I do suspect he's had a nose job. [Mirror]

Jezebel

Anonymous said...

Doesn't it seem Jake has been in his twenties forever. Its time for the boyish looks from Brokeback to go?

Anonymous said...

Jezebel - Babblers should check out comments about Jake.

Anonymous said...

Its time for the boyish looks from Brokeback to go?

No, not yet :)

Anonymous said...

Pitt was beautiful for a LONG time...

Brad needs to lose that ugly beard ASAP :)

Anonymous said...

People do realize that Jake's people ok'd Natalie's comments for People magazine right? I don't think its spontaneus by a long shot. She's promoting a movie co-starring Jake coming.

Anonymous said...

^^
out soon.

Anonymous said...

Agree Jake does not look his best. Stress takes its toll, as does lying continuously, measuring every word to make sure you don't say the wrong thing. To me, he is aging oddly. His face is too gaunt, yet his demeanor is effeminate and boyish.

Anonymous said...

I agree. There's nothing masculine about him one bit.

Anonymous said...

I think Jake was always effeminate. When he was young it was called boyishness and it was cute. Now it's just not very appealing, shall we say. And having a bitchface, uptight beard makes it worse.

Anonymous said...

Yet he seemed vaguely masculine in BBM.

Anonymous said...

Did Jake actually make a joke about dating Sheridan? Geesh, the man is like a walking Freudian slip in progress. His gayness is really the gift that keeps on giving. And now you wonder why he's been muzzled by Disney/CAA for two years? Christ. At least he didn't call Sheridan 'divine' this time, if even worse, suggest that Sheridan grows a mean beard.

This man is so skittish, incoherent and unpredictable now. He's like a dog straining on the leash. Or maybe the image that I'm looking for is a chemically castrated gay pony with impulse control problems. Choose your poison.

Anonymous said...

People do realize that Jake's people ok'd Natalie's comments for People magazine right?

I bet Jake's people wrote it and Natalie ok'd it :)

I’m gay, gay. The third gay – that was pushing it said...

Did Jake actually make a joke about dating Sheridan?

Yes, and I must admit that I love it!

Anonymous said...

hayesz: jake gyllenhaal is an interesting interviewer, not interviewee but interviewER!
about 3 hours ago

NATHANIEL R said...

Mare Hugs Jake

Watch me bury the lead.

I'll be writing about Brothers, the new war-at-home drama, for Tribeca Film soon but for now I just wanted to say that I didn't even know until I was watching it how much I'd missed Mare Winningham. She's an actress whose vibe is a little closer to television (familial, earthy, someone you might see every day) but whose talent is silver screen (rare, outsized, possibly superhuman). I was thrilled when she was unexpectedly nominated for an Oscar for Georgia in the 90s. If you've never seen that performance you must. She's projecting so many layers of character in that film, you start to realize that most performances are threadbare. Put some layers on, actors! You'll catch a cold.

Even though Mare has next to nothing to do in Brothers other than project step-maternal concern, I wanted to hug her as hard as she's hugging Jake Gyllenhaal in the photo.

And usually when someone is hugging Jake Gyllenhaal I am thinking about being them rather than hugging them back. I'm just sayin'.

So yeah, I met Jake Gyllenhaal.

Also rare, outsized, superhuman...

He looks exactly the same offscreen as on (which isn't always the case for better and for worse). I don't advise, if you are a mere mortal like myself, to stand next to celebrities and be photographed. You will just feel so... pathetically human. I don't normally do it (this is only the second time but the first was with Julianne Moore years ago and in both cases, I couldn't not. I'm only human). He was friendly and after I paid him the mandatory compliments that probably sounded like weird if familiar gibberish to him (I'm guessing) we chatted very briefly about Brothers and the Danish film its based on -- yes, he's seen it --before we took this photo. Then I let him loose on the next person who was desperate to talk to him. They were also human.

It's so weird when celebrities are in a room. The crowd can be totally dispersed and navigable and then *boom* bottleneck traffic jams. Everyone wants to be in the place nearest to the celebrity/celebrities.

Film Experience blog

Anonymous said...

^^^ Check out comments :)

miley said...
So ?

Gay vibe or not ?

(Please God, please make Jake-y a big Top-y)

Anonymous said...

LOL! The Sheridan bit reminds me when Jake was doing press for Rendition. He was being interviewed on the Red carpet and was asked about taking dates to events like this and he pointed to his BG and said that he was his date!

Also during a Rendition Press conference they tried to bring up the Reese dating rumors, he said that he didn't want to talk about that but apparently he is dating a number of people and not all of them are of the opposite sex and then encouraged the reporter to start a rumor about him and Peter dating.

This was the same interview that he said that Reese grew a mean beard after a reporter noticed that he and peter both grew beards and "matched".

IMO It's a way of Jake confronting the gay rumors, by joking about them. It's not a slip, it's on purpose and PR sanctioned, especially crap shows like E wher stuff like that can be edited out, LOL!

Brothers said...

New, short Brothers trailer

Anonymous said...

He was being interviewed on the Red carpet and was asked about taking dates to events like this and he pointed to his BG and said that he was his date!

That was the BEST part of the Rendition promotion :)

Anonymous said...

I think Jake was always effeminate. When he was young it was called boyishness and it was cute. Now it's just not very appealing, shall we say.

I liked it before, I like it now, it looks good on him :)
I love masculine men, but effeminate Jake has it, too.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

IMO It's a way of Jake confronting the gay rumors, by joking about them. It's not a slip, it's on purpose and PR sanctioned, especially crap shows like E wher stuff like that can be edited out, LOL!

November 25, 2009 6:21 AM

Possibly so, but why? Would it be PR supported as a purpose of denying the gay rumors, or maybe supporting them?
Thinking he can joke about them, there is no truth to the rumours whatsoever?

Anonymous said...

Thinking he can joke about them, there is no truth to the rumours whatsoever?

Joking about gay rumors is a great way of selling straight image AND a way to joke about his own gayness.

When Esquire discovers a Web site that calls Clooney "gay, gay, gay," the good-natured actor quips, "No, I'm gay, gay. The third gay - that was pushing it."

BBMt said...

ChachiSays: LUke thought that Gyllenhaal was here to film Brokeback Mountain 2 the bridge saga and cried for 3 days when he was wrong #ravenstahlrumors
about 2 hours ago

Location Pittsburgh, Pa

Anonymous said...

IMO It's a way of Jake confronting the gay rumors, by joking about them. It's not a slip, it's on purpose and PR sanctioned...

How is it PR sanctioned?

Anonymous said...

(Please God, please make Jake-y a big Top-y)

LOL, the world is full of bottoms!

Anonymous said...

It's PR sanctioned because crap shows like E, ET, Access HW and Extra are all PR sanctioned shows and stars film their segments with PR in tow. They saw the rushes before anyting is aired, also the interviews are not spontaneous no matter how it looks. The Extra, E, Access, ET interviews were all done back to back during the press junket on Saturday, PR was there and probably checkled at the planned Sheridan joke.

The press conference from Rendition in 2007, the one where he mentions being rumored to be dating a whole bunch of people including people not of the opposite sex, Peter, Reese growing a beard, etc. was done one day after the NE did the story on Jake and BT, based on J. Jaxson story. It wasn't on the front page but you bet PR knew about it and most likely told the press no questions about that but Jake most likely decided to joke about the rumors and PR was OK with it.

The press conference was at the TIFF and the night before Lainey was on air talking about it , said it was a joke/BS just like the NE did but she also showed footage of the red carpet arrivals, saw Chris, pointed him out to the panel, and said that this is the guy he was rumored to be with.

At the time I was surprised that she would name a "civilian" in gossip but I was told that she did it before, naming Chris on the air, kind of reckless IMO.

Anyway, PR IMO is OK with actors joking about it.

Anonymous said...

Does Jake care what his PR thinks about gay jokes? PR works for Jake, not vice versa.

Anonymous said...

Jake's PR didn't bother with this:

Did you catch this?
When you watch the interview you hear the reporter ask him about the paparazzi taking picutre of him when he is out with Reese and he then says.

"Well, that's just a little part of this job", that Jake corrects himself and then says "the job"?

Anonymous said...

Posted on OMG by Jersey Tom

I think Jake was totally relaxed and enjoying the interview [E!'s Daily 10 - Jake Gyllenhaal (11.23.09)]. It seemed like he liked Ben. I think Bens sweating was due to the lighting. I was impressed with Jakes remark about Nixon sweating in the famous Nixon vs Kennedy debate. Jake knows his politics. That debate took place in 1960.
------

Jake seemed sharp as a tack in the interview whereas I thought he was almost incoherent at the Brothers premiere press conference. Very weird.

Ted said...

Dear Ted:
Is Whore-Hey Hoeman, Anderson Cooper? Are Judas Jack-Off and Dashed Dingle-Dream, Jake Gyllenhaal and Austin Nichols? Thanks, and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.
—DDSunshine

Dear Guessing Game:
Wrong guesses, babe! But all of them have obviously been Vicers, you've just got the wrong pairings. Happy T-Day to you, too!


Dear Ted:
My friend knew Taylor Lautner back in the day when they were in the same karate circuit, and he tells me that Taylor was really cocky and arrogant, just a total d-bag. Is he still the same way? Because after seeing New Moon, I so want to be on Team Jacob, but not if he isn't the sweet guy he acts like he is. Not buying the whole Tay-Squared deal either. Lots of love!
—V.D.O.

Dear Jocking Jacob:
Every time we've chatted with Taylor he's been a doll. But those usually arethe fishy types, when they're all Reese Witherspoon-y. Still, haven't heard much about Lautner's being like that. Tell your friend to cut him some slack—we were all idiots at some point back in the day.

Bitch-Back! Was Sweet Taylor Ever a Li'l A-Hole?

Polanski said...

Swiss court has approved Roman Polanski’s offer to be released from prison on a $4.5 million bail. Under the terms of the offer, Mr. Polanski will be kept under house arrest and monitored electronically at his Swiss chalet.

NY Times

Ted said...

Dear Ted:
I'm curious about how you get information and, more importantly, what is the criteria that you use when deciding who to write about. Yesterday, you were asked about a variety of different actors. You picked "Jackles" as one that intrigues you. Why? Good looking...seemingly close friends...but there are tons of other actors who work together, and their show will end soon, probably. So what, specifically, is it that makes you want to write about them?
—Roget

Dear Work Ethics:
Because it's my blolumn.

Ted said...

Dear Ted:
I thought One Tree Hill was just a handy closet for storing beards and boyfriends whilst not in use. Are you telling us the star of one of your Blind Vices also lurks there? If so, is it someone we thought was just a bit player, or did Chad Michael Murray manage to keep one of his exploits out of the tabloids?
—Curious Kate

Dear Nice Try:
Hmmm, I feel like if I answer this question, it'll be giving too much away.

Anonymous said...

10:49: No they didn't and you know they screened it, it was done on Saturday, PR was all over the place.

Obviously they didn't give a shit, you and SK must be so dissapointed!

Anonymous said...

What?!? Are you joking?

I'm happy to hear Jake caught in a lie like that - and I'm sure I'm not the only one :)

Anonymous said...

P.S. Just as I was happy to see Witherspoon caught in a lie (Ellen DeGeneres Show).

Anonymous said...

No they didn't and you know they screened it, it was done on Saturday, PR was all over the place.

WE don't know what Jake's PR did or didn't do on Saturday.

in good company said...

dhartiparbojh: i dont think adam lamberts cute. but here r some of mine: NPH, jake gyllenhall, my friend rishi....
about 24 hours ago

review said...

Pete Hammond didn't change his mind ;)

"Structurally, Brothers is remarkably faithful to the Bier film. Sheridan and screenwriter David Benioff still tip the balance in this version to Sam’s character after a pivotal scene in Afghanistan where he is forced to make a wrenching decision that strips him of his humanity. After that point the character goes in new directions taking the key dramatics of the film along with him.

As the tortured marine, Maguire gives the best performance of his career to date. His anguish during the scene with the Taliban and his slow burn during the aforementioned dinner scene build to the boiling point but the actor never goes over the line. It’s a mature role and a risky one that he pulls off with skill. Despite the film’s title Gyllenhaal is really a supporting player here and handles the part of the evolving sibling well while Portman is terrific as the emotionally confused but sympathetic wife. Standout among the rest of the cast is 10 year old Bailee Madison who delivers one of the best kid performances seen in a long time. Her bit with the balloon at the dinner table is an instant classic."

http://boxoffice.com/reviews/2009/11/brothers-1.php

Brothers said...

Review from the "Brothers" premiere is mixed & Oscar chances seem DOA as Best Actor category is too crowded any nothing else is good enough
about 8 hours ago

http://twitter.com/JackattheMovies

review said...

The performances are hit and miss in terms of the casts deliveries but overall make for a passable ensemble performance. Natalie
Portman, the Oscar nominated actress of Closer, takes on her most mature role of her career. Playing a mother of two with Portman’s
age 28 is a stretch when looking at the petite and youthful actress. Portman takes on her transformation with poise and charisma.
Jake Gyllenhaal, our young “Jack Twist” from his Oscar nominated Brokeback Mountain, has been a talent to watch for years now. As
“Tommy,” Gyllenhaal brings a hard yet tender performance not seen before by him. He doesn't command “Tommy” like I had hoped,
but Gyllenhaal is an outstanding talent with much promise to win his own Oscar someday. Veteran actor Sam Shepard, who was
once nominated by the Academy for The Right Stuff, does an impeccable job as Hank, an ex-marine with a drinking problem, who
makes evident preferences of children. It’s great to see an actor of Shepard’s caliber still giving great work. Mare Winningham, Patrick
Flueger, Taylor Geare, and especially Bailee Madison, all contribute beautifully to an outstanding cast.

In the end, it’s Tobey Maguire who gives his best performance to date. As “Capt. Sam Kahill,” Maguire has finally showed up his once
promising acting chops in his earlier part of his career. Maguire’s “Sam” is once a devoted father and husband with much love for his
younger brother “Tommy.” After his painful capture and lucky return to civilization, there is something different about Sam. His entire
post-traumatic war syndrome is manifested in his constant concern of whether or not his brother and his wife slept together during his
absence. Maguire is wrapped in Sam like a quilted blanket, desperately trying to release the anguish of his pain. Maguire’s approach
to the character is different then initially interpreted. He brings it to a whole new level, something excruciating and dying to be set free
from.

It’s Maguire’s performance that stands out as the only worthy part of the film in need of citation. He would have faired better however,
in the supporting category. The three main characters are all co-leads which make it tricky to campaign them but if he’s Lead then all
of them should be and vice-versa. Brothers doesn't measure up to some of the Iraqi-war films we’ve seen succeed as of late.

http://www.awardscircuit.com/Reviews09/brothers.html

Anonymous said...

Did Jake actually attend the Brothers premiere after party but not walk down the red carpet? Is anyone going to suggest that his plane arrived mysteriously in time for the after party but not the movie?

This is exactly the kind of loony behavior that happens when you beard with a certified manipulative, vindictive, jealous sociopath like Witherspoon. Oscar level directors don't tolerate that kind of nonsense for long, which is exactly why Reese couldn't buy a film like Brothers for ten million dollars and why we won't see Jake in another film like Brothers for a long time.

At that press conference, Sheridan, Portman and Maguire look like they are indulging a small child with ADD. They all have this exasperated look on their faces.

Anonymous said...

Did Jake actually attend the Brothers premiere after party but not walk down the red carpet?

No, Jake was at the Brothers party on Saturday and back in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Brothers said...

ComingSoon.net attended the New York City press conference for the movie with Maguire, Gyllenhaal and Portman all in attendance, along with director Jim Sheridan and producer Ryan Kavanaugh.

Maguire, Gyllenhaal and Portman on Brothers

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Anonymous said...

2:01 I hope you get some Anger Management classes for Christmas.

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Anonymous said...

^^Some of you here also are more homophobic, predjudiced and the most vulgar, disrespectful remarks than anywhere I have ever seen, which is sad for so-called gay-friendly blogs. There are plenty of straight guys who are not the most stereotypically masculine, doesn't say anything about their sexuality or not, and the opposite is true as well. You say more about your own predjudices than anyone else's. I haven't seen one word about the defeat of gay marriage in ME, just nonstop TT nonsense.

Anonymous said...

... was impressed that he managed to fit in Saturday

LOL!

Anonymous said...

2:52 PM

Are you saying that Jake is masculine? Or that there's something wrong with being effeminate?

Anonymous said...

Why would there be something wrong with being effeminate, and why would you infer that from what I wrote? I'm saying there's nothing wrong with either - people are who they are. I think there's a broad definition of male is what I'm saying. All are wonderful, as long as someone is being real. There's too much divisiveness. Try again.

Anonymous said...

" Did Jake actually attend the Brothers premiere after party but not walk down the red carpet?

No, Jake was at the Brothers party on Saturday and back in Pittsburgh on Sunday."

Actually, the answer is yes. He did not walk the red carpet *before* the premiere and he did attend the party after the premiere. Get your logic straight.

Anonymous said...

Why would there be something wrong with being effeminate, and why would you infer that from what I wrote?

You said: Some of you here also are more homophobic, predjudiced and the most vulgar, disrespectful remarks ... There are plenty of straight guys who are not the most stereotypically masculine...

What was your point?

Anonymous said...

Actually, the answer is yes. He did not walk the red carpet *before* the premiere and he did attend the party after the premiere.

The answer is no. Jake was in NYC on Saturday, not Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Brothers premiere was on Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Someone is obviously confusing the Saturday cocktail party after the press conference, which he did attend and the premiere and after party on Sunday that he couldn't attend because he was back on set filming. There are tweets and sightings of them filming on Sunday - today.

You must have alzheimers, it's been posted here ad naseum.

Get over it, you didn't get to see bubble boy in a monkey suit, not the end of the world.

Film Experience blog comment said...

jimmy said...

i had pneumonia last june - could hardly move. i gave my incredible Nationals / Red Sox presidents Club tickets to my 20 year old son & his pals. i get a text a few hours later...."sitting next to this movie dude Jake from Brokeback Mountain. He's pretty cool." my son, who didn't know who he was, said he chatted w him throughout the game. augh! so pissed i missed that game.

http://filmexperience.blogspot.com/2009/11/mare-hugs-jake.html

Anonymous said...

I think the point is that you can't tell someone's sexuality by a tone of voice, how they look, or that they like music and the arts, and further that it shouldn't even be an issue. If anyone else made those broad assumptions, they'd be labelled a homophobe. I personally don't have "gaydar" and it's insulting to read these things. Comments like that.

Polarizing debates like this only cause ill feelings. It reminds me of the women's movement when women's traditional roles were thought of as oppressive, like the prison of stereotypical masculine roles can be thought of, no variations allowed. It was only later that for women, her right to choose to live her life the way she wants to truly defined freedom for women, and I hope that men can be whoever they are without being judged, masculine, effeminate or anything in between.

Anonymous said...

I think the point is that you can't tell someone's sexuality by a tone of voice, how they look, or that they like music and the arts...

Of course you can - ask gay men about it.

Anonymous said...

The Clooney 'I'm gay' approach only works if the rumors around you aren't serious and you're a good liar. But the rumors around Jake are very serious (and probably easily documented if you didn't have to worry about the lawyers), and he is one of the worse liars in Hollywood. For actors in the latter category, a Freudian slip is likely.

Anonymous said...

I personally don't have "gaydar" and it's insulting to read these things.

Is calling someone gay an insult?

Anonymous said...

The Clooney gay rumors are serious, have been for awhile, where have you been? And unfortunately the latest is that he is HIV pos., posted on gay boards anyway.

He can get away with the joking because he is A-list, something Jake isn't despite his PR spin and fangirl insistance that he is.

Clooney doesn't have to lie, he just trots out some nameless bimbo when he has a movie out and dumps her when awards season is over and the press never asks about the bimbos because they are gone!

He's smart and so is his PR team, Jake and his PR team are dumber than dirt.

Anonymous said...

No. If it were simply about calling someone gay only. It's not that simple. It's the stereotypical assessments of someone that sometimes can be, and ridiculing a group of people most definitely is, and being derisive of effeminacy most definitely is. Don't pick out one clause of a sentence, you need to comprehend the entire post. But you knew that.

Anonymous said...

... he is one of the worse liars in Hollywood. For actors in the latter category, a Freudian slip is likely.

That's the reason I think joking about being gay is a good strategy - people won't take the slip seriously.

Anonymous said...

Don't pick out one clause of a sentence, you need to comprehend the entire post.

Sorry, your 3:44 PM post don't make much sense and I think you don't want to admit what's really bothering you. Here are the most recent comments about being effeminate or masculine - tell us which ones you have a problem with:

To me, he is aging oddly. His face is too gaunt, yet his demeanor is effeminate and boyish.

I agree. There's nothing masculine about him one bit.

I think Jake was always effeminate. When he was young it was called boyishness and it was cute. Now it's just not very appealing, shall we say. And having a bitchface, uptight beard makes it worse.

Yet he seemed vaguely masculine in BBM.

I liked it before, I like it now, it looks good on him :)
I love masculine men, but effeminate Jake has IT, too.

Anonymous said...

Clooney doesn't have to lie, he just trots out some nameless bimbo when he has a movie out and dumps her when awards season is over and the press never asks about the bimbos because they are gone!

True, lol!

Anonymous said...

Without knowing me, or knowing who I am or anything about me, I don't think you could have any idea what is really bothering me. You tried to corner someone into the answer you wanted, and when that failed, you punt and flat out accuse someone with no basis in fact at all. You are wrong on all counts. I don't have a problem with any of that post, it's an opinion, it's subjective. I don't define things so rigidly. It's also not a fact. There are other, more mocking posts that I am referring to - not the particular one you post. My post may not make sense to you, but that doesn't make it worthless. Also, if you are a gay man, you might have a point - but if not, it's not your culture to borrow. Simple as that.

Anonymous said...

I don't think he is effeminate at all ! boyish yes.

Anonymous said...

Without knowing me, or knowing who I am or anything about me, I don't think you could have any idea what is really bothering me.
That's why I asked you to tell us what's really bothering you (post 4:27 PM).

Also, if you are a gay man, you might have a point - but if not, it's not your culture to borrow.
Already forgot about our "ask gay men about it" advice?

Anonymous said...

"The Clooney gay rumors are serious, have been for awhile ..... "

The rumors around Clooney are not serious at all. Do you weigh all internet gay rumors the same way? You can't compare the persistence of Toothy Tile and all of the rumors about Jake way before BBM (dating back to Billy Crystal's statement and Jake's admission that he was interested in men at Columbia) and after BBM (so much evidence it's embarassing) to idle speculation about Clooney, who doesn't get skittish about his lifestyle (or even residence) the way that Jake does. There is absolutely NO comparison between Clooney and Jake. Comparing them is like comparing VWs to Porsches.

"Clooney doesn't have to lie, he just trots out some nameless bimbo when he has a movie out and dumps her"

If Clooney doesn't have to lie, why trot out the bimbettes? It's simple. Because he *is* a serial heterosexual filanderer, he's been that way for a long time, everyone knows it and he's not ashamed of it. And even if he did have to lie, he'd do a better job than Jake, not because his pr is better but because he's naturally smarmy and manipulative (just like Witherspoon).

Jake's lies are as obvious as the day is long because he's a bad liar naturally, there is overwhelming evidence that he is gay (so much in fact that his lawyers are always on some gossip columnists' speed dial), he has taken great pains to strip down his life and muzzle his comments and political activism in order to squelch gay rumors (Clooney has never done that), and everyone knows that gay men have to lie in order to land the romantic action lead in an expensive franchise.

Disney just did Jake a huge favor, but he had to sell his sold to get his dream. He is clearly very skittish and conflicted about the whole thing.

"That's the reason I think joking about being gay is a good strategy - people won't take the slip seriously."

Jake has around ten million reasons to lie, and Clooney doesn't. Actors love to play with gay rumors when it suits their purposes, but for some actors, like Jake, the ruse just doesn't work because you know their history and character. That's why Disney and CAA have muzzled him for two years. They know his character and temperament as well.

You can't compare a great liar who doesn't have to lie to a bad liar who does.

Anonymous said...

"Its time for the boyish looks from Brokeback to go?

of course it's time! I don't understand people fixed obsessively on "brokeback" period like if nothing should change.

Anonymous said...

"Jake's lies are as obvious as the day is long because he's a bad liar naturally, there is overwhelming evidence that he is gay (so much in fact that his lawyers are always on some gossip columnists' speed dial)"

really?

Anonymous said...

Perfection should never change :)

Anonymous said...

There are plenty of straight guys who are not the most stereotypically masculine, doesn't say anything about their sexuality or not

Of course there's exceptions. But remember, stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason. IMO some posters like you argue against them because they want to portray Jake as a gayish straight man - the effeminate but totally fabulous straight guy who's dating Reese! LOL

I haven't seen one word about the defeat of gay marriage in ME, just nonstop TT nonsense.

Whut?! First, the defeat of gay marriage was all covered ad nauseum in CA prop 8 - ME is a rerun. Second, plenty was spoken of it on Godot where many of their posters are from the East. Third, you're welcome to start the convo - why do you wait for others? Fourth, hate to burst your bubble but guess what - this IS a blog about TT.

Anonymous said...

"dating back to Billy Crystal's statement and Jake's admission that he was interested in men at Columbia)"

actually these rumours came after BBM

Jakey said...

20 year old son & his pals

The boys were cute, young and hung!

Anonymous said...

stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason

Exactly. Majority of gay men love musicals for a reason.

Anonymous said...

"Jake has around ten million reasons to lie, and Clooney doesn't"

you may be wrong.

Anonymous said...

"Of course there's exceptions. But remember, stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason. IMO some posters like you argue against them because they want to portray Jake as a gayish straight man - the effeminate but totally fabulous straight guy who's dating Reese! LOL"

And for those who think he is not effeminate but are TT belivers ?

Anonymous said...

"But the rumors around Jake are very serious"

Yes we know BT is very serious LOL

Jake said...

I don't think he is effeminate at all!

Duh!

Anonymous said...

And for those who think he is not effeminate but are TT belivers ?

Tell us about Jake's masculine qualities :)

Anonymous said...

There are quite a few effeminate, but straight guys.

I think Jake's a bit effeminate and bi.

White Horse (not impressed) said...

You might be mounted on my back with your legs spread but even I can tell you're a bottom.

Anonymous said...

Jakey said...
The boys were cute, young and hung!


We didn't doubt that for a second!

Anonymous said...

what is effeminate in him exactly ?

Newsweek review said...

Verdict: "Portman has some of the most difficult scenes, and this is her most accomplished work since Closer. But Brothers is Maguire's movie. So gaunt that he almost looks like a ghost, he bites into his character like a rabid dog. Brothers shows us that even when our troops do come home, their war may be far from over."

Newsweek

Anonymous said...

Take the Brother press conference for instance and explain me in what he is effeminate precisely at that moment?

Anonymous said...

what is effeminate in him exactly?

Anonymous said...

"what is effeminate in him exactly ?"

His voice for instance. And he seemed to be pussy whipped by Kiki and to a larger extent now by Reese. This diminishes his masculinity a bit as well.

Anonymous said...

Giggling.

Anonymous said...

"His voice for instance. And he seemed to be pussy whipped by Kiki and to a larger extent now by Reese. This diminishes his masculinity a bit as well."

he has a clear and sweet voice yes, but nothing effeminate.

Anonymous said...

he has a clear and sweet voice yes, but nothing effeminate.

You perceive the voice differenly than I do. I guess we have to agree to disagree.

Anonymous said...

"You perceive the voice differenly than I do. I guess we have to agree to disagree."

yes

Geoff said...

OMG!! I might be meeting Jake Gylanhaal (spelling?) next week!
42 minutes ago

Name Geoff Wakeling
Location London
Web The Guide to Gay Gardening
Bio Creative writer. Novelist. TV freelancer & gardener. Sci Fi Nerd. Marathon runner

twitter.com/GeoffWakeling

Anonymous said...

more about the press conference :

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=61101

Anonymous said...

^^^ When Portman was asked about forming chemistry with her two male leads, she enthusiastically responded, "It was actually really exciting 'cause this is the first time I've ever worked with actors that I knew before. "I met Tobey when I was 14, I met Jake when I was 18, so there was a level of familiarity from the first day, which was really a nice way to enter into it. We also had a nice rehearsal period for a few weeks before we started, where we got to go over each other's houses and talk about it and try things out."

Atticus said...

he bites into his character like a rabid dog.

*confused*

Anonymous said...

:)

BT said...

There are no males, yes, that's right, its a fully female world for the vine weevil. Reproduction is through producing eggs without the need to fertilise

Like me but the opposite!

Jakey said...

Hey Geoff wanna hang out?

Anonymous said...

Speaking of hanging out. No wonder Jake stared agape at JG Francis. The guy looks like a cross between Austin and Heath.

Austin said...

Stop trying to defend him, Jakey is a slut!

Anonymous said...

Geoff - gay, loves gardening, creative, runs marathons, animal lover. Jake and Geoff are a match made in heaven!

Anonymous said...

Interesting, Geoff is in the US now, but for how long? He says he may meet Jake next week and he lists himself as a free-lance writer as well. Next week in L.A. for Brothers PR or is he flying back to the UK?

Reese will be in the UK next week...

PS: Clooney is gayer than a bbox of pink christmas bows.

Anonymous said...

Geoff is a Brit, and is in the US at the moment. He also lists being a freelance writer. Might meet Jake next week: L.A. for Brothers PR or in the UK? Reese is suppose to be in the UK next week.

PS: Clooney is gayer than a box of flamingos

Anonymous said...

Reese is suppose to be in the UK next week.

What for?

Anonymous said...

Avon gig.

Anonymous said...

Nonsense. Stereotypes are not stereotypes for a reason. They exist because of ignorance - a few people may or may not have certain qualities, so the same qualities get applied to everyone in that group. That's why stereotypes exist. Try doing that with women, African-Americans, etc. and that logic doesn't work.

ME is a rerun? Every state counts for gay rights. Again, you prove your vulgarity by dismissing such an important topic. This is not Godot; kudos to them if they talk about it, but it wasn't discussed much here. If this is a gossip blog, then don't make any pretenses about being for gay rights.

4:49, you are too Reeke obsessed. Try taking up a more rewarding hobby instead.

Anonymous said...

Reese will be in the UK next week? For what? Shopping? Hawking Avon? Beard Convention?

Anonymous said...

Avon gig.

Anonymous said...

6:59 #1, you're booring. Go find somewhere else to complain complain complain.

Anonymous said...

Avon UK has teamed up with the charity Refuge to help tackle domestic violence.

Avon global ambassador, Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon, will host a press conference at the House of Commons on 2 December to show her support.

The Four Ways campaign calls on people to speak out against domestic violence.

It encourages people to sign a petition, which asks the government to provide more domestic violence services. According to Avon, one in three local authorities do not provide any domestic violence services.

Celebrities who are backing the campaign include Lorraine Kelly, Betty Jackson, Fiona Bruce, Helen Mirren, Ruby Wax and Jo Brand.

Consumers can download a poster to display in their local area to raise support. Avon is selling a necklace to help raise money for the charity.

Avon has supported Refuge for the last two years and has raised around £4m for the charity.

Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, said: ‘Every week up to two women are killed by a current or former partner and 10 more commit suicide as their only way to escape abuse.’


Source: marketingmagazine


This Geoff person also lists inhis Bio as being in TV production as well. If he is involed in some TV show in the UK, maybe Jake is doing PR in the UK or could be US related, I doubt it's about gardening, plenty of gardners in the US.

He also has chickens and such in the UK, maybe Reese can give him some pointers!

Anonymous said...

Interesting, Geoff is in the US now, but for how long? He says he may meet Jake next week and he lists himself as a free-lance writer as well. Next week in L.A. for Brothers PR or is he flying back to the UK?

Too early for Brothers PR - UK release date: 22 January 2010.

Source Code?

lol said...

PaulashB: Toby Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal are in a movie togoether. This flies in the face of my theory that THEY ARE THE SAME PERSON!!! STOP LYING
about 2 hours ago

Anonymous said...

Posted on OMG

Jake is scheduled to be on Jimmy Kimmel on the 3rd in New York

Reese is scheduled to be on Jonathan Ross in the UK on the 4th

Anonymous said...

"This Geoff person also lists inhis Bio as being in TV production as well. If he is involed in some TV show in the UK, maybe Jake is doing PR in the UK or could be US related, I doubt it's about gardening, plenty of gardners in the US."

Jake is booked to do Jimmy Kimmel on 12/3. He will probably do the LA Brothers premiere on 12/1. To bad the Chin will be in the UK. Does this mean she's missing the opportunity to do the red carpet and then the after party with Jake? I'm surprised. If we don't get a Reeke photo op weekend this weekend, then for sure we'll get one the following weekend when the Chin is back in LA. It's been a while since they did a photo op, she must be in withdrawal, the few she's done the past few weeks must have been quick fixes for her.

Anonymous said...

Reese wouldn't be at the LA premiere anyway. After party - maybe, but I doubt it.

Anonymous said...

Chin will get her publicity fix from UK Avon promotion.

Anonymous said...

"Chin will get her publicity fix from UK Avon promotion."

Maybe is Reese is starting to prefer to get her own PR from appearances like Avon maybe she's winding down from Reeke. After all enough time has passed that she's beyond the abandoned wife thing. After 3 years, Reeke can spilt and she can use the "me time, not ready for marriage and more kids" excuse and still come out on top.

Anonymous said...

Reeke is still the only remotely interesting thing about Reese.

LAOD said...

jaguarfx: Working on set of Anne Hathaway and Jake G's movie, #Love & Other Drugs. They are delightful together! Going to be a terrific movie!
about 11 hours ago

Anonymous said...

Jake and Reese have never done the red carpet together, ever. ven when they went to the Vanity fair party. Jake tagged along for the PR v=for MVA overseas but never did the red carpet with her. The L.A. premiere, the same and he was in L.A. at the time. She was at the Peoples choice awatds, and no Jake, but they met up afterwards.

Yet after all that, you got you undies in a knot over a possible appearence. It ain't happening even if she wasn't going to the UK. Jake hasn't even been confirmed for the L.A. appearence.

As for the lack of pap pics, I take it as that they were both working back to back and the lack of paps in PA. Twitter is the new phase.

She has a contract with Avon, she goes where they send her, last year it was Japan and Brazil.


PS: I read some comments on ONTD yesterday on some BI : They guessed K. Stewert and Pattison for the B I. Anyway Jake and Reese came up and someone claimed that Jake took Reese to meet his relatives in Bryn M, in PA , aunts, uncles, coisins several tomes. Claims he did the same with Kiki. If teue it must have happened while filming for both

Anonymous said...

I read those comments on ONTD also. The writer was using that as an example of why they thought that Jake was straight and Reeke was real. They also said that Jake visits the family about 5 times a year and Papa G goes back all the time. They said the family is laid back and that if Jake was gay it would have been known for years already. They also reasoned that why would Jake take a beard to meet his family, he would only do that if she was a serious girlfriend.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Jake is not gay, but I think he's bi. He definitely wasn't just platinic friends with Austin. Maybe it was just trying it out and having some fun. Who knows?

Anonymous said...

8:05 PM, unfortunately I doubt Reeke will end anytime soon.

Anonymous said...

I saw those comments on ONTD and dismissed them as a babbler fantasy from back when they used to pretend Reeke were visiting wedding chapels and reese's mother was babysitting the kids. Just someones made up fairy tale. It's amazing how Reeke's schedules are keeping them apart more and more. By the time the bearding contract expires they will have been leading totally separate lives.

Can you believe the nerve of some people. They come to a blog about waiting for toothy and then complain that that is all we want to discuss.

Anonymous said...

"Just someones made up fairy tale."

each one has his favorite fairy tale.

George said...

Maybe Jake is not gay, but I think he's bi

Jake is gay, gay, gay!

Anonymous said...

The writer was using that as an example of why they thought that Jake was straight and Reeke was real. They also said that Jake visits the family about 5 times a year and Papa G goes back all the time.

Trolls know everything about Jake, LOL.

Anonymous said...

Jake and Reese have never done the red carpet together, ever. ven when they went to the Vanity fair party.

That was their decision. I guess they didn't want to take their faking too far.

Anonymous said...

IMO Bitchface would take it as far as she can; it's Jake who's setting the limits.

Anonymous said...

Bitchface is the one who's flashing rings (when she's alone, lol - never when with him), spreading then denying the engagement rumors, talking about Jake in interviews and magazines. All Jake has done so far is show up for photo ops when he has nothing better to do.

Anonymous said...

Trolls know everything about Jake

I bet if we asked how many times a day Jake pees, a troll would have an answer.

Atticus said...

I pee at every tree, bush, shrub, plant, hedge, wall, fire hydrant, light pole, strange smell, mailbox, trashcan, fence, gate, trellis, lawn, doorway, stairs, signpost, curb....

Anonymous said...

IMO Bitchface would take it as far as she can; it's Jake who's setting the limits.

I agree.

Noah said...

Me too!

NOT EVERYTHING’S ‘JAKE’ ON THE SET OF “LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS” said...

JAKE GYLLENHAAL reteams with his BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN ‘wife’, ANNE HATHAWAY, in the currently shooting ED ZWICK feature LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS. We caught up with GYLLENHALL last week at the Manhattan press day for BROTHERS and he talked a little about late night shooting on the set of the ZWICK drama. Listen in below:

Jake about LAOD: It's gonna be great!

Jeffrey Wells said...

An Invictus screening begins in 28 minutes (i.e., 6:30 pm) so I don't have time to write anything about my chat yesterday afternoon with Crazy Heart costar Maggie Gyllenhaal. Okay, I can repeat the general feeling out there that her performance as a 30ish single mom who falls in love with Jeff Bridges' roly-poly alcoholic country music star is a quiet, unforced, true-heart thing. More lived-in than "performed." A supporting standout, in the view of most I've spoken to.

Gyllenhaal also has the most beautiful eyes I've been close to in a long time. There's something extra-vivid about them live, more so than they are on film. The last time I saw eyes this deep-blue intense was when I got close to Elizabeth Taylor at a Manhattan party in the early '80s.

I shot some video of our discussion but it's taking forever to load and convert. Later tonight or tomorrow morning.

Hollywood Elsewhere

Jersey Tom said...

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at WFT2.

Gooble gooble...........

Anonymous said...

Thanks Tom!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone :)

Anonymous said...

Jake about LAOD: It's gonna be great!

I hope so. Fingers crossed that they didn't turn an interesting book into silly romcom.

t said...

swimfischer: Celeb Spotting: Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway at Newark Airport
19 minutes ago

Anonymous said...

"I hope so. Fingers crossed that they didn't turn an interesting book into silly romcom."

I have a good feeling about it. Jake and Anne make an interesting pairing.

One sex sells said...

Were men being discriminated against at People magazine last week? In previous years, staffers of both genders did TV interviews hawking the glossy's "Sexiest Man Alive!" issue. But this year, it seemed only women were interviewed. "It was decided that metrosexual New York men -- no matter their sexual persuasion -- would harm sales of the issue," laughed one source. Editor Larry Hackett denied any anti-male edict, but admitted, "Women are better at talking about how sexy men are." He added, "Most of our readers are women."

Anonymous said...

Jake and Anne make an interesting pairing.

Well, they certainly look good together :)

The Most Touching Video About [Marriage Equality] Love We've Seen said...

As we watched this video earlier today, we felt like we'd been knocked over with a barrel of sadness. And then came Adam Joseph's music video "Finally," which we're promptly saving to our iPhone so we can play it whenever we want. For now, the video is more fantasy than anything, because no, most gay Americans don't have their marriage rights. But this holiday season, we're thankful for those fighting the fight to make this a reality. God bless.

Queerty

Anonymous said...

t said...
swimfischer: Celeb Spotting: Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway at Newark Airport
19 minutes ago


Most likely means Jake is spending Thanksgiving in Ne York with his family. I wonder where the general is?

Anonymous said...

Why do you wonder about the chin?

Anonymous said...

I am very concerned for the welfare of UV and FL and the other 3 babblers on this Thanksgiving Day. There MUST be a sense or urgency and panic. For how could two lovers such a Jake nad Reesenot be together on this day.Think now Reeke lovers will feel. Think of the void within their lives. Lets hope they have some medicine to help them through.

Anonymous said...

Babblers are "good" fans and just support Jake's straight image - I don't believe for a second that they really like Reese.

Anonymous said...

Lets all think of the Babblers at dinner when we give thanks. How they must suffering at this moment.

Anonymous said...

Laughter is the best medicine!

Anonymous said...

Well, they certainly look good together :)

They sure do.

If Jake were straight or bi, I wouldn't mind them hooking up. I think they fit more than he does with Natalie I dare say, although JiS believers seem to love the idea of Jake and Nat, but I don't see it.

Anonymous said...

I'll think of the Babblers when fauxmance ends :)

Anonymous said...

I think they fit more than he does with Natalie...

Old Jake and Natalie pictures are very, very nice :)

Anonymous said...

Old Jake and Natalie pictures are very, very nice :)

I didn't find them nice. I must admit, they go on my nerves together.

I remember being bothered by Jake ignoring Anne during BBM promo and instead being glued to H&M. I hope we'll get some nice promo pics of them this time around.

Anonymous said...

^^Fans were asking if Jake had something against Anne, but I don't think so. He called her beautiful and even said that his favourite scene in BBM was one with her.

Anonymous said...

Favourite BBMt scene - sorry Jake, I wouldn't believe that in a million years.

Anonymous said...

^^He said so, you can either believe it or not.

Anonymous said...

I remember being bothered by Jake ignoring Anne during BBM promo...

You forgot how much Anne enjoyed Jake's gay jokes!

review said...

Throw in the names of Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and 10-year-old Bailee Madison in the list of contenders for acting prizes in this awards season. The four gave top-rate performances in the film “Brothers,” Jim Sheridan’s remake of a 2004 Danish drama with the same title that was co-written and directed by Susanne Bier.

Tobey, a competent actor who has yet to earn major acting nominations, may finally turn things around with his portrayal of Sam Cahill, a straight-arrow brother and Marine captain whose helicopter is shot down in Afghanistan.
...
Jake could only attend the early evening reception and not the premiere the following day because he had to go back to the set of a movie he is working on.
...

INQUIRER.net

Anonymous said...

Another positive review. I think the positive ones may dominate and the three leads could have serious chances for awards. We'll see what happens.

Anonymous said...

Positive ones may dominate, but that's not good enough for major award nominations.

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to hear what WFT2 and OMG posters think about Jake in "Brothers" :)

George said...

Listen, this is the thing about George Clooney: He did the studio trip when he first became famous from TV's E.R, but it didn't work out so well.

Batman And Robin is the worst Batman movie ever made — in which Clooney is upstaged by his Batman nipple suit. Besides providing fodder for self-deprecating one-liners, the bomb of a film provided Clooney with a jarring reminder back then that playing with other people's studio money can be a dangerous Hollywood game.

After that humbling debacle, Clooney started positioning himself as a guy who takes control of his commerce and his craft. And guess what? He's a movie star with a decent bank account and an Oscar statue he can show folks while lounging at his Italian villa.

The formula that rejuvenated Clooney is not that complicated. It goes like this: If the film is one of his personal projects, he only makes a profit if the film does, and if it's a studio deal, he makes sure everybody's happy with his or her percentage. "Listen, this is the thing," says Clooney during a recent interview. "If the movie makes money, I make money. If I don't, I've still made the movie I wanted to make."

So far, his philosophy has yielded many more pluses than minuses.

There's the lucrative Ocean's Eleven trilogy, which gave him the security and the confidence to produce, direct and co-star in the multiple Oscar-honoured Good Night, and Good Luck — the same phase in which he won the supporting-actor Oscar for his heralded Syriana role. His Michael Clayton film earned Clooney another Academy Award nomination, helped Tilda Swinton pick up a supporting-actress statue, and established Clooney as a thespian who enjoys the rare combination of box-office clout and critical acclaim.

George said...

Which brings us to Up In The Air opening Dec. 4 in Toronto and throughout Canada later in the month. The Jason Reitman film profiles a corporate downsizer (Clooney), who escapes home life by constantly travelling to his assignments to lay off employees. His first-class, frequent-flyer facade unravels when two traumatic things happen: His boss (Jason Bateman) hires a perky, fresh-out-of-college know-it-all (Anna Kendrick), who has a plan to fire folks online. And Clooney's road warrior falls for a fellow corporate traveller (Vera Farmiga), who seems to share his avoidance syndrome while banking miles.

Mixing satire with romance and a little bit of melodrama, Up In The Air is a delicate balance, but Reitman says Clooney's just about perfect for the part of the seemingly confident bachelor with commitment problems. That was, of course, Clooney before his relationship with Italian girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, but even the 48-year-old actor acknowledges the similarities.

"The film certainly addresses certain things that were in my life," says Clooney, "and there were some parts I find a little harrowing. "And," adds the actor who can't resist, "I am the same height as he is."

Fact or fiction or a little bit of both, Up In The Air is another Oscar-calibre tour de force for Clooney and Reitman, who previously received great notices and an Oscar nod for his directorial efforts on Juno. In the tradition of sharing the praise, Clooney maintains Reitman was "perceptive and thorough," while Reitman says Clooney's all about the film and not about himself: "He's an actor who thinks like a director.”

Clooney also thinks like a survivor, who made it later in life after struggling with bit parts in silly shows, some of them famous, such as The Facts of Life, and some obscure of them obscure, such as The Return of the Killer Tomatoes. "Look, everything is luck," says Clooney, a mantra he's been uttering for 20 years. "Everything that we do is luck, and the truth of the matter is that I ended up on a television show (E.R.) that was averaging 40 million people a week."

That's double what a top-rated show receives these days. "So numbers like E.R. make you famous, no matter what you do," Clooney continues. "It was an overnight thing after 12 years of doing really bad television for a long period of time."

Ever the quipster, Clooney changes the subject quickly to People's sexiest-man-ever contest, before Johnny Depp was named the latest winner. "Listen, Matt (Damon) was very competitive with both Brad (Pitt) and myself," notes Clooney, pretending to smirk. "Now Brad and me are both two-time Sexiest Men Alivers. Matt's only won it that one time, and I consider it a bit of a fluke. "Having seen him recently," his buddy says of Damon, "he's got a lot of work to do if he wants to get it back."

link

Anonymous said...

It's too funny, some fans on IHJ are pissed that Tobey goes for lead and Jake for supporting. Even comparing it to how ufair it was that Heath was lead, Jake supporting. Truth is that critics prefered Heath and if they had to choose between two leads for actor awards they'd have chosen Heath in all probablility. Jake had more chances in supporting category and even won a Bafta. Some of the fans shouldn't be arrogant, they should be happy if Jake gets a supporting nom for Brothers, which isn't too likely either. First people need to see Brothers and see who is lead and who supporting and how their performances are before judging. I'm sure one fine day Jake will be up for best actor too.

babbler said...

It's too funny, some fans on IHJ are pissed that Tobey goes for lead and Jake for supporting.

True fans!

Anonymous said...

True fans!

Probably.

What does it say about me then? (hides) I think I'm just a very critical fan. ;)

Anonymous said...

True fans!

Probably.


Just typical fangirls :)

Anonymous said...

^^Yeah, that's more likely. ;)

Anonymous said...

Batman And Robin is the worst Batman movie ever made — in which Clooney is upstaged by his Batman nipple suit.

LOL

Anonymous said...

I liked Maguire in Pleasantville, Wonderboys and Cider House Rules. He chooses good movies ouside his Spiderman frachise. Some were complaining that Maguire seemed to play it hammy in the trailer for Brothers. But in the movies I watched with him, I thought he came off natural, even more natural than Jake comes off in movies (esp. nowadays). I think Jake is very solid too though, I'd compare him with Clooney and Pitt actor ability wise.

Dr Kevorkian said...

Lets hope they have some medicine to help them through.

Cyanide!

Anonymous said...

It's too funny, some fans on IHJ are pissed that Tobey goes for lead and Jake for supporting. Even comparing it to how ufair it was that Heath was lead, Jake supporting. Truth is that critics prefered Heath and if they had to choose between two leads for actor awards they'd have chosen Heath in all probablility.

I haven't seen IHJ but IMO, the Academy needs to STOP choosing leads by gender. For example, Jake and Heath were both leads in BBM, not lead/supporting. If either of their roles was played by a female then the other would be named in the leading actor category and the female's in the leading actress category, period. But because it was 2 males?! It had to be lead and supporting?? IMO that's bullshit. Take another example - "Saving Private Ryan" - only 1 woman in the entire movie, and she had maybe 2 minutes of screen time - but technically she could have been nommed for best actress. WTF? It all goes back to the assumption that everyone is hetero and all movies are stories with a male and female. More bullshit.

Until AMPAS and moviegoers stop taking the male/female roles/awards for granted and assuming that all stories are hetero love stories and/or have to feature both genders in lead roles, the lopsidedness of nominations and the obvious distaste and dismissal of roles different than the norm and the actors who portray them, won't change. AMPAS needs to nom people on their acting, not their gender.

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