Jake Gyllenhaal (born Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, 19.12. 1980) Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor known for 'Donnie Darko', 'Brokeback Mountain' and 'Nightcrawler'.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2013, Jake Gyllenhaal has a net worth of 65 million USD.
Childhood Jake: Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer and screenwriter Naomi Foner, and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He and his sister, Maggie, are related to the Swedish noble family of Gyllenhaal through their father, though they were brought up to appreciate their privileged lifestyle, by which Jake Gyllenhaal's Bar Mitzvah took place at a homeless shelter. Gyllenhaal had many summer jobs as a child, amongst which were acting as a lifeguard and a busboy at a restaurant.
Career: Jake Gyllenhaal made his film debut at the age of eleven in 1991's 'City Slickers'. He received a part in the 1992 film 'Mighty Ducks', yet his parents did not allow him to work on the project as he would be away from home for too long. In 1993, both he and his sister Maggie appeared in the film 'A Dangerous Woman' before Gyllenhaal later had a part in an episode of 'Homicide: Life on the Street'. In 1998, Gyllenhaal appeared in 'Homegrown' and was later allowed to appear in the film 'Josh and S.A.M.'. In 1999, Gyllenhaal had his first starring role in the film 'October Sky'. After the film became a commercial success, it was seen as Gyllenhaal's breakout film. The success led to Gyllenhaal landing the titular role in 'Donnie Darko', which became a cult classic. After this, Gyllenhaal starred in 'Highway', which was critically savaged and seen as a flop. Gyllenhaal was given a lead role in 'The Good Girl', however, before also starring in 'Lovely & Amazing'. In 2001's 'Bubble Boy', he was once again criticised and the film was panned by critics. As 'Spider-Man' actor Tobey Maguire was suffering from health problems, Gyllenhaal was considered to take over the role in the second film, however Maguire recovered. Instead, Gyllenhaal starred in 'The Day After Tomorrow'. Following this, Gyllenhaal made his debut theatrical appearance in 'This Is Our Youth' on stage in London. During the show's eight-week run, Gyllenhaal received tremendous critical praise. In 2005, Gyllenhaal starred in three highly revered movies: 'Proof', 'Jarhead' and 'Brokeback Mountain'. 'Brokeback Mountain' saw Gyllenhaal nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award at the Academy Awards, however he lost it to George Clooney. Also in 2005, Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in 'Batman Begins', however the part went to Christian Bale. In 2007, Gyllenhaal stared in David Fincher's 'Zodiac' before starring in 'Rendition' in the same year. In 2009, Gyllenhaal starred in 'Brothers' with Tobey Maguire, before appearing in 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' which led to critical backlash for him portraying a Persian. He later played a leading role in 2010's 'Love and Other Drugs'. In 2012, Gyllenhaal starred alongside Michael Peña in 'End of Watch' which received glowing reviews from critics. In 2014, Gyllenhaal starred in the erotic thriller 'Enemy', before producing and starring in 'Nightcrawler', for which he received a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Gyllenhaal signed on to star in 'Everest', with a release date set for September 2015.
Personal Life: Jamie Lee Curtis is the godmother of Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal himself is godfather to Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams' child, Matilda Rose Ledger. He and Ledger became incredibly close friends while filming 'Brokeback Mountain'. He was devastated by Ledger's sudden death in 2008, finding it hard to come to terms with the death. In 2002, Gyllenhaal began dating actress Kirstin Dunst, with their relationship lasting for around two years. While filming 'Rendition', Gyllenhaal began a relationship with his co-star, Reese Witherspoon between 2007 and 2009. In October 2010, he began a relationship with singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, however the relationship ended in January 2011. Between July and December 2013, Gyllenhaal dated model Alyssa Miller.
For the sci-fi horror thriller Life, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds team up to play astronauts trying to contain an aggressive alien creature.
The film reunites Reynolds with Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. And Gyllenhaal says that the script left him "legitimately terrified". But both actors say they were drawn to the project because it was just a big, fun movie. "It felt like blasphemy that we were having such a good time," Gyllenhaal laughs. "It literally felt wrong that you could have so much fun making a movie that is as terrifying as it is."
On the press tour, they have been putting on a riotously entertaining display of their new bromance. "I love this person as an artist," Reynolds says of Gyllenhaal. "Like, I truly am genuinely a biggest fan. So it's like one of those milestones. You go, 'Oh, I get to work with someone I admire. Someone who does things that I wish I could do.'"
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Like a mash-up of Alien and Gravity, this ripping sci-fi horror movie is very effective at generating tension and terror. And it helps that an adept cast is on board to give some weight to characters who are rather thinly written. The script, by Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, keeps everything lean and mean, concentrating on the scary stuff while ignoring any thematic depth or topicality. But director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) keeps it moving briskly.
It's set on board the International Space Station, where a specialised six-person crew is examining new soil samples from Mars. Science officer Hugh (Ariyon Bakare) finds alien life in the dirt, and watches in amazement as the cells grow and cooperate to create an interactive jellyfish-like creature, which schoolchildren on Earth name Calvin. Infectious disease doctors David and Miranda (Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson) are concerned that this life-form remains contained in the lab. So Captain Kat (Olga Dihovichnaya) and technicians Roy and Sho (Ryan Reynolds and Hiroyuki Sanada) set out to lock things down. But of course, this proves trickier than they thought it would be.
What follows is, unsurprisingly, a stalker slasher movie in which the crew members go down one by one. Calvin is a quick learner, and grows into a seriously menacing creature, complete with the silly addition of a kind of evil digital face. It also gets a few corny point of view camera angles. But mainly Espinosa holds his nerve, maintaining a believable sense of the science and the setting as things get increasingly out of control. Each terrifying set piece is followed by a brief moment of silence in which the characters (and audience) catch their breath. This also allows them to add one back story detail per person, in an attempt to stir up some emotional connection. But it doesn't really matter once the violent mayhem kicks into gear again.
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It's been seven years since designer Tom Ford made a splash with his award-winning writing-directing debut A Single Man, and it's no surprise that his second film is just as exquisitely beautiful to look at. What's unexpected is the complexity of the storytelling. Adapted by Ford from Austin Wright's novel Tony and Susan, this movie has three sides to it: a romantic drama, a darkly personal odyssey and a freaky thriller. These elements kind of fight for the audience's attention, but they're sharply played and packed with intense emotion.
Set in Los Angeles, everything revolves around gallery owner Susan (Amy Adams), who lives in a spectacular home with her banker husband Hutton (Armie Hammer), who's facing financial problems. Susan is shocked when she receives a manuscript by her ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal), who has finally finished his long-gestating novel. But as she reads it, she realises that their break-up inspired the story, and she pictures Edward in the central role as Tony, a man travelling through Texas with his wife and daughter (Isla Fisher and Ellie Bamber), who are kidnapped and brutalised by roadside thugs led by the unstable Ray (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). So Tony teams up with jaded detective Bobby (Michael Shannon) to track them down.
The film's central narrative is Susan's deeply internalised discovery of her own dark soul, which plays out both in her scenes with Hutton and figuratively in the fictional thriller narrative. All of these things take complex twists and turns that have vivid moral shadings. But of course the Wild West action element continually steals focus from the more understated personal drama. In this sense, Gyllenhaal has the trickiest role, or rather two roles, as the story's catalyst and victim. Meanwhile, Adams is strikingly transparent as Susan, engaging in jagged interaction with both Gyllenhaal's enigmatic Edward and Hammer's eerily heartless Hutton.
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On board the International Space Station, a group of astronauts and scientists are risking their lives in order to study various outer worldly scenarios. When the team are sent a pod by an exploration vessel based on a planet Mars, the delivery process is risky but the skilled engineers manage to intercept the pod with little issue.
As the team re-group and begin to investigate the findings of the mission, not one of the crew members expects what has been delivered to them. The team of six unbelievably find that the Mars rover has found a form of life. A primitive large single cell; without expecting to, the team appear to have just proven that life on other planets is possible and they're the first ones to see exactly what it is.
Lead by a British scientist, the team quarantine the sample and begin to culture and nurture it in a bid to discover what the cell is part of. Everyone on the Space Station is overwhelmed and equally intrigued by the discovery and the secrets it holds but as they soon realise, the lifeform is far more dangerous than any of them could ever comprehended and it soon wishes to take over its new host.
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For a short time, Edward and Susan had a happy marriage, they lived in a nice neighbourhood, Susan had a good career and Edward was not far from taking the bar. Susan lives a fast-paced life and as such barely sleeps and Edward would somewhat affectionately tell her that she's a 'nocturnal animal'.
25 years later, Susan has remarried a serial philanderer and her life is far from happy. Unexpectedly a manuscript arrives at her door titled 'Nocturnal Animals' and with the dedication to 'Susan'. She pushes the pages aside and decides to leave them but eventually she can't help but start to read the book that she inspired Edward to write.
The story that unfolds is an incredibly dark tale of murder and revenge and Susan is shocked and traumatised that she would play such a pivotal role in the creation of such a dark piece of work. Susan's interpretation and retelling of the story soon impacts on her life and is unsure how Edward's return into her life will turn out.
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Jake Gyllenhaal wearing a striking outfit whilst filming new movie 'OKJA' in New York, United States at Wall Street. OKJA is being directed by Joon Ho Bong and also stars Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano. Saturday 16th July 2016
With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) isn't quite what it appears to be. It's not, for example, an exploration of grief, although that's in here. And it also isn't meant to be taken literally, because it's more of a parable. The main clue is in the moment when the central character comments that everything in his life seems to be a metaphor. Indeed it is. And this heightened sense of meaning makes the entire film unusually vivid.
The film opens as Wall Street banker Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) emerges unscratched from a car crash that kills his beautiful wife Julia (Heather Lind). Unable to grieve, he begins to feel like the world around him is shifting inexplicably. So he starts taking things apart to see how they work, or why they don't. Soon he's dismantling his entire house. His father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper), who is also his boss, becomes increasingly perplexed at Davis' erratic behaviour. And the only person Davis confides in is customer services rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and her confused 15-year-old son Chris (Judah Lewis). As Davis worms his way into their world, he slowly begins to see his own life more clearly.
This is a film about how some people let themselves drift along in the expected ways, never questioning what happens even though it doesn't feel quite right. In Davis' case, his wife's death jolts him awake. He begins to see the real world around him for the first time, including the absurdities of the life he had built around himself. Gyllenhaal invests Davis with remarkable layers of emotion as a generally cheerful guy being pulled apart from within by something he initially can't understand. His reactions to people around him grow increasingly more honest as the film progresses. And by the end, he's defying expectations and conventions in ways that feel shocking but are actually bracingly truthful.
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The stars were certainly put through their paces to succeed at this project.
The new adventure epic Everest dramatises a real-life event from May 1996, when the mountain was packed with climbers just as a freak storm rolled in. Of course, even in ideal conditions, the world's tallest mountain is an enormous challenge. As team leader Rob Hall (played by Jason Clarke) says in the film, "Human beings simply aren't built to function at the cruising altitude of a 747."
Everest tells the true story of mountaineering's most shocking disaster
Clarke was familiar with the story. "I was doing theatre in Sydney in 1996, and during a tech rehearsal it was on the news," he recalls. "By the time I heard about the film, I had read the book and visited base camp as a traveler."
With visually stunning imagery and a solid A-list cast, this film just about transcends its oddly uninvolving story. Based on true events, the scenes are harrowing and emotive, but spreading the story among an ensemble obscured by mountaineering gear and snowstorms makes it difficult to engage with anyone. And the plot-strands that do find emotional resonance feel like they've been manipulated.
In the early 1990s, companies began selling Everest expeditions to wealthy clients, and by the spring of 1996 there were 20 teams of climbers jostling for position on the slopes of the world's highest peak. Kiwi guide Rob (Jason Clarke) opts for a cautious approach with his team, which includes impatient Texan Beck (Josh Brolin), journalist Jon (Michael Kelly) and the nervous Doug (John Hawkes), who only just failed to reach the summit on his previous attempt. Rob's base camp manager Helen (Emily Watson) keeps everything running smoothly and, since the mountain is so overcrowded, Rob coordinates the climb with a rival guide (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his team. On the day of the final ascent, the skies are clear, but delays along the way and an approaching storm threaten the climbers.
Since the is a true story, it's clear from the start that some of these people won't make it home. And Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur lays on the emotion thickly, with an overly pushy-majestic score by Dario Marianelli and several sentimental phone calls home. Rob's wife is played by Keira Knightley, and you can almost hear the ominous chord when she reveals that she's pregnant. A bit subtler is Beck's interaction with his wife, played with insinuating bitterness by the always terrific Robin Wright. Meanwhile, Clarke's sensitive leader and Brolin's bullheaded alpha male contrast nicely with Gyllenhaal's cool dude, while Sam Worthington is almost lost in the shuffle as a friend who's climbing a neighbouring peak.
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Davis Mitchell is very successful in what he does for a living, though he's not as productive when it comes to his marriage. He's an investment banker stuck in the same old daily routine and he tends not to ever think about anything else. However, he is forced to re-evaluate himself and the way he lives his life when his wife Julia dies suddenly in a car accident. His father-in-law and boss Phil doesn't think much of Davis, but encourages him to pick himself up off the ground and start appreciating the world around him. After deciding to file a complaint to a vending machine company, Davis ends up writing numerous letters about his personal struggles and confessions. When they are discovered by a woman named Karen whose struggling to overcome problems of her own, they start a friendship that will encourage Davis to take apart his life, and re-build.
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Get ready for the likes of 'Everest', 'The Danish Girl' and 'Black Mass'.
With the Venice Film Festival kicking off this week, awards season is officially underway. Venice has been the launchpad for a number of films that have gone on to Oscar glory. Last year, the opening night film was Birdman, and the year before it was Gravity. So there are big hopes for this year's opener, the true-life thriller Everest, directed by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur with an ensemble cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, Emily Watson and Jason Clarke.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in true story disaster thriller 'Everest'
And anticipation is running even higher for a number of other movies. Venice is hosting the premiere of The Danish Girl, the true story of one of the world's first-known transgender women, played by Eddie Redmayne. Can he win back-to-back Oscars? This week's new poster and trailer are very promising.
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Date of birth
19th December, 1980
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