I added scans of most recent Vanity Fair Italian issue, featuring Jake:
Way back around 2008 or so, David O. Russell shot most of a political satire called Nailed. The reason we’ve never seen it is that he eventually abandoned it in 2010, after many stops and starts and financial struggles. But every so often, we get word that someone, somewhere might still try to put it out. And as today, a real release seems closer than ever.
U.K. distributor Arrow Films has scooped up Nailed, now called Politics of Love, with intentions of releasing it in 2015.
Russell was almost done with shooting Nailed when he finally walked away. Afterward, producers continued to try and finish it. A test screening was held, a composer was hired, and a final cut was quietly put together by Kia Jam without Russell’s input. Last year it got as far as a PG-13 rating by the MPAA (for “sexual contact and language”). But this is the first we’ve heard about concrete plans for a theatrical release.
Arrow Films’ acquisition of Politics of Love covers only the U.K. and Ireland territories. However, production company Voltage Pictures is screening the film this week for buyers at the American Film Market, so we may see some concrete plans for a U.S. release soon. If that happens, it should be interesting to see what’s become of this project post-Russell. Those 2011 test screening reactions were not kind, but that was before the current edit.
Formerly known as Nailed (David O. Russell), Politics Of Love tells the story of a small town waitress (Biel), who accidentally gets a nail lodged in her head as her boyfriend (Marsden) attempts his marriage proposal. Her predicament leads her on a journey to Washington DC, where she meets a dashing but clueless congressman (Gyllenhaal), who might be able to help her unusual case.
Will their blossoming romance survive the cut-throat politics of the Capital? With an all-star cast that also includes Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan, James Brolin and Paul Reubens, Politics Of Love is the funny story of what happens when sparks fly and love interferes with what you stand for.
Scans of Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter magazines, both featuring Nightcrawler, are now up at the gallery.
Nightcrawler producer and star Jake Gyllenhaal has learned a few things about being in front of the camera by briefly stepping behind the scenes.
When asked what he wishes more producers understood about acting, and vice versa, “my answer to both sides is, don’t take things personally, everyone has an agenda and it’s to be respected,” he said on Saturday morning, during a panel at the inaugural Produced By: New York conference at the Time Warner Center. “Acting is an incredibly immature and selfish profession, but I also believe on the flip side of that coin, it can also produce great empathy. … Understand that it is an extraordinarily sensitive job, and I don’t mean to be self-indulgent, but it’s an odd job. … It’s an odd thing conjuring up feelings in the midst of all this chaos … it’s magic.”
He also recalled how End of Watch co-star Michael Pena withdrew from a midnight set for a moment when lighting logistics were interrupting production, saying, “Feelings are like animals, coaxing a tiger in a jungle, … I need to keep the tiger quiet.”
The first NYC edition of the PGA’s `Produced By’ confab launched this morning with a conversation between former PGA president and producer Hawk Koch and Nightcrawler‘s Jake Gyllenhaal, also in town prepping for his Broadway debut in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Constellations.
Pointing out that Gyllenhaal already is a certified film star (with an Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain behind him all the way up through his “amazing performance” in Nightcrawler) Koch started off by asking him that, with all the problems associated with the job, Why become a producer?
“I think that headaches and heartbreak are part of any job if you put your heart into it,” Gyllenhaal responded. “I grew up with my parents behind the camera and that was the language that I knew. It wasn’t until later that I became an actor. I’ve aways been fascinated with the abrasion between the actors in front and the people behind the camera, and with balancing all the issues between the two.”
Nightcrawler’s Louis Bloom, the oily, robotic, not-quite-all-there Angeleno who will stop at nothing to succeed in the sleazy world of crime scene videography, is a far cry from Jake Gyllenhaal’s mostly warm-hearted characters. But if we’re looking for parallels between the actor his latest character, we can start with work ethic: Gyllenhaal hasn’t slowed down since he started acting in movies in 1991, and Nightcrawler marks the 33-year-old’s 25th movie release.
He began as a pre-teen in City Slickers (1991), came of age in dramas like October Sky (1999) and Donnie Darko (2001), and grew into a leading man in movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005), Jarhead (2005) and Zodiac (2007).
Along the way, Gyllenhaal became a major movie star in the process, landing lead roles in studio tent-poles like The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and The Prince of Persia. (2010) The latter didn’t pan out to be Pirates-esque franchise Disney hoped for, and it may be the best thing that could’ve happened to his career — and to movie lovers. In the years following Persia, Gyllenhaal has gravitated toward interesting, bold, and in largely experimental films like Source Code (2011), End of Watch (2012), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2014) – and they’ve paid big dividends. His latest, Nightcrawler, might just be his best turn yet.
We took a drive down memory lane with Gyllenhaal in looking back at six of his most notable roles (which you can watch in the video above), including his breakout role in the cult favorite Donnie Darko and the “uncomfortable” but ultimately rewarding work he did alongside Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain.