Thursday, October 31, 2013

Night at the Round Table

Jake along with fellow actors Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan and Josh Brolin are featured on the cover of the November 8th issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

The trade's annual series kicked off with a candid conversation featuring the six award winning actors discussing what it's like to be an actor in Hollywood from Brazilian waxes, deals, lousy auditions, mistakes and sacrifices.

And some of Jake's answers:

Let's start with a question about reinvention. How do you not get stale?

JAKE: Bills.

[OMG Note - how many bills does a "bachelor" who looks like he only owns 3 different pairs of pants and 5 different shirts have?]

Have you ever thought of quitting?

JAKE: [Smiles.] It's only appropriate as an indulgent actor to think about quitting 'cause it's such an intense job.

Jake on his biggest mistake:

"The biggest mistake that I've made is not really admitting to myself that filmmaking is a director's medium. We all get into situations where we're working with people, and we try to control that. [But] I realized, once I'm gone, that's going to be this director's vision from here on out. I did that in the past a lot, and now, giving all of that up is such a beautiful and relieving thing."

On the family business:

"My family has been in the movie business — my weirdly extended and immediate family. The movies are such a big part of our interactions. It makes me anxious being around a table here because this particular scenario just makes me feel like the dinner table. (Laughs.)"

And Jake as Frodo? Really?!?!???

“I remember auditioning for The Lord of the Rings [the role of Frodo] and going in and not being told that I needed a British accent. I really do remember Peter Jackson saying to me, ‘You know that you have to do this in a British accent?’ We heard back it was literally one of the worst auditions.”

Here's the almost hour long uncensored discussion:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hats off!

 We know Jake we saw

 You might have faked 'em out

But we know the truth

After the whole year of wearing the Yankees in photos, Jake picks this one time to "officially" wear the Sox.  - Interesting isn't it.

Hey Jake,  Just do it.  Be who you want to be.

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Champions

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Such a chore

Last Tuesday OMG made a laundry list.

This Tuesday - Laundry's done.



Monday, October 28, 2013

Something to chew on

What if Jake's dramatic weight loss is less about Nightcrawling and more about mountain climbing?

Just take a moment and think about it.

 Remember the story of Everest is about two climbing groups who get stuck on Everest because of a freak storm and what happens up the world's tallest peak before they are saved. We know from the book that 8 members die. The conditions are not just harsh they are extreme x10. The climbers are already lean to attempt such a climb, and with a day or two in such conditions and with limited food when you need a high caloric diet to just maintain weight, you could see the dramatic effect it would have on a body.

With Everest set to start shoot next month,  Jake wouldn't have the time to get down to that dramatic weight loss that fast.  What they could be doing is shooting out of sequence and shooting the high mountain drama scenes and rescue first, and then work their way backwards.

With multiple locations all over the world for Everest it will be a long shoot with break in between as they relocate to various countries.  If they shot Jake at his thinnest first, then he can safely regain the weight on the breaks.

With a December 19, 2014 opening (yup Jake's birthday) they don't have a lot of time for Jake to get in the physical condition of being gaunt and left for dead because they have to get shooting. And  Jake knew he didn't have any time between Nightcrawler and Everest so he incorporated the look into storyline for Nightcrawler.  A two for one deal.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Out Spotlight

Today's Out Spotlight was a physicist,  the first female American astronaut in space, the youngest astronaut sent into space and a National hero. Today's Out Spotlight is Dr. Sally Ride.

Born in Los Angeles on May 26, 1951, the eldest child of Dale Burdell Ride and Carol Joyce. She had one sibling, Karen "Bear" Ride, who is a Presbyterian minister. Both of parents served as elders in the Presbyterian Church. Her mother had worked as a volunteer counselor at a women's correctional facility and her father had been a political science professor at Santa Monica College.

Ride attended Portola Junior High (now Portola Middle School) and then Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles (now Harvard-Westlake School) on a tennis scholarship. She excelled in science, while a nationally ranked tennis player. She attended Swarthmore College for three semesters, took physics courses at UCLA, and then entered Stanford University as a junior, graduating with a bachelor's degree in English and physics.

She continued to play tennis in college, and caught the attention of Billie Jean King, who encouraged Ride to play professionally. She decided to finish her education.

At Stanford, she went on to earn a master's degree and a Ph.D. in physics while doing research on the interaction of X-rays with the interstellar medium. She responded to a NASA recruiting ad and was one of 35 people—including six women— chosen from more than 8,000 applicants to join NASA in 1978. During her career, Ride served as the ground-based capsule communicator (CapCom) for the second and third space shuttle flights (STS-2 and STS-3) and helped develop the space shuttle's robot arm.

Ride was selected as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Challenger. On June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman in space as a crew member on space shuttle Challenger for STS-7. The five-person crew of the STS-7 mission deployed two communications satellites and conducted pharmaceutical experiments. Ride was the first woman to use the robot arm in space and the first to use the arm to retrieve a satellite.

Her second space flight was in 1984, also on board the Challenger. She spent a total of more than 343 hours in space. Ride, who had completed eight months of training for her third flight (STS-61-M, a TDRS deployment mission) when the space shuttle Challenger disaster occurred, was named to the Rogers Commission (the presidential commission investigating the accident) and headed its subcommittee on operations. Following the investigation, Ride was assigned to NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she led NASA's first strategic planning effort, authored a report entitled "NASA Leadership and America's Future in Space" and founded NASA's Office of Exploration.

She later became the only person to serve on the presidential commissions investigating both of the nation’s space shuttle tragedies—the Challenger explosion (1986) and the Columbia disaster (2003).

In 1987, she retired from NASA and became a science fellow at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford. In 1989, she joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics and director of the California Space Institute. In 2001, she founded Sally Ride Science, which motivates girls and boys to study science and explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Ride received numerous awards, including the National Space Society's von Braun Award, the Lindbergh Eagle, and the NCAA's Theodore Roosevelt Award. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Hall of Fame and was awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal twice. Two elementary schools in the United States are named after her: Sally K. Ride Elementary School in The Woodlands, Texas, and Sally K. Ride Elementary School in Germantown, Maryland.

In 1994, Ride received the Samuel S. Beard Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.

On December 6, 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted Ride into the California Hall of Fame at the California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts.

Ride was extremely private about her personal life. She married fellow NASA astronaut Steve Hawley in 1982; they divorced in 1987.

She passed away July 23, 2012 seventeen months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

It was after her death, her obituary revealed that Ride's partner of 27 years was Tam O'Shaughnessy, a professor emerita of school psychology at San Diego State University and childhood friend, who met Ride when both were aspiring tennis players. O'Shaughnessy became a science teacher and writer and, later, the co-founder, chief operating officer, and executive vice president of Ride's company, Sally Ride Science. O'Shaughnessy now serves as Chair of the Board of Sally Ride Science. They co-authored six books about climate change and space together. Their relationship was revealed by the company and confirmed by Ride's sister, who said that Ride chose to keep her personal life private, including her sickness and treatments. Ride is the first known lesbian astronaut.

In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded Ride a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Young girls need to see role models. You can’t be what you can’t see.” 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Rocket Boys

Before October leaves and November rolls in,  have to have a flashback to October Sky.  What a incredible start to Jake's career.

Homer Hickman, who Jake played in the  movie, tweeted a never seen picture from the October Sky set last month.

I taught Jake #Gyllenhaal how to run on the day this pic was taken.  - @HomerHickam

 Looks like Jake didn't need any help with popping that hip. Even with the train coming.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Black & White and Read All Over

 Guys. Watch BLACKFISH on . We can be better at being humans. - AUS10

Austin tweeted this yesterday to have people watch a show on CNN. Is this another one of those Austin tweets that reads more than meets the eye?

 Blackfish is a 2013 documentary film directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

From CNN:  "The film tells the story of the killing in 2010 of experienced SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau by a 12,000-pound orca.

You might be surprised to find out that the director of "Blackfish," Gabriela Cowperthwaite, once would routinely take her kids to shows at SeaWorld in San Diego. That was the case until that day nearly four years ago when the whale Brancheau trained and performed with in Orlando pulled her underwater.

The death led Cowperthwaite to make a documentary, raising questions about the safety and humaneness of keeping killer whales in captivity over the past 39 years."

The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Now Austin is pro-environment. Well we think he still us, it's been a while that we've seen him doing his green thing, but we know he has long loved the ocean.

Now CNN was selling the show about the controversy of taking kids to animal theme parks - like SeaWorld.  And where was BLACKFISH's presence on the CNN's website? Their Parent Page.

 So... it's gotta make you wonder was it the whale or CNN's (parent's) sale that got Austin's attention?

So close to San Diego and old stomping grounds make you wonder if going SeaWorld is something that's been discussed around the dinner table a time or two with another tall and some smalls?

 Happy Austin Friday

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Disappear into Thin Air

As he has been doing this month, Jake was filming earlier this week in LA, while the pictures were dated Oct 21, it looks like they might have been in the wee small hours of Monday, since Jake spent Monday evening at the Hollywood Film Awards.

 From this past week there have been a few more clues about Jake's role.  The characters name is Lou, his a videographer chasing stories across the night in LA, and it could be more likely that he is an independent reporter out chasing the story, to sell it back to news outlets.
 Definitely dramatic, Nightcrawler looks like a dark story of the even darker side of the night in City of Angels.  Lou, gaunt and thin, might be hungry for a story (and most definitely a sandwich) but there is more than hungry that is eating the man from the inside out.