Saturday, February 21, 2015

Missed Independence

 Nightcrawler is the type of film that the Independent Spirit is about: small and smartly made, not originally funded by a studio, edgy, taking risks in storytelling that the studio system wouldn't risk.

The success of  Nightcrawler has carried past the critic's reviews and on to acclaim at the Independent Spirit awards.

Attending the awards director Dan Gilroy and his wife (and Jake's co-star) Rene Russo were the biggest representative of Nightcrawler.

At the awards Nightcrawler won two:

BEST SCREENPLAY - Dan Gilroy Nightcrawler

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
Director: Dan Gilroy
Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak

Sadly Jake was not there but back in NYC with Constellations which ends its run in mid March.

While Jake was able to attend the Golden Globe in January,  it is interesting that he was unable to attended the biggest weekend in Hollywood.  For all the talk about him making film choices to position himself back into the award race, his absence is notable.

If he was really campaigning wouldn't he be in LA? ( Check this out about Oscar campaigning)  Maybe not presenting an award since his movie wasn't nominated, at it would be a bit awkward, but at least a part of the Academy scene.

Even more so the Independent Spirit award.  They are Jake's sweet spot, he came up an indie darling, and it is those films and that indie spirit where he really shines.  Jake's success is wrapped in independent films, and it is there where he could have the freedom both on and off screen that could bring him work-life balance.

OMG catch up:

So what's Jake been up to?

And Austin? 

 I woke up early to finish The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. Impressive woman and writer from Mississippi. Wow.  - AUS10

 Although the painting by Carel Fabritius would have been far more interesting if the Goldfinch was chained to an actual fish (perch). - AUS10

Sometimes it's easy to forget that there is a reason for OMG a bit bigger than just a little blog that friends stop by to talk about Jake and Austin.

OMG wants to keep the reminder of their story from past to present.  So to that point OMG's going revisit and keep posting all those pictures, that seem to be getting "lost" out there in the big gossip round up.

First up for OMG's Picture This:

And as for the winter of Special's discontent:

Who knew there were Alps at MIT -  but this winter there is:

Dang Jake you could've filmed Everest right here and with REAL snow.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Out Spotlight

Today's Out Spotlight is an English singer and songwriter who was nominated for 6 Grammy awards. Today's Out Spotlight is Sam Smith.

Samuel Frederick "Sam" Smith was born May 19, 1992 in London, England, the son of Kate Cassidy and Frederick Smith. He is an alumnus of Youth Music Theatre UK and starred in their 2007 production of "Oh! Carol". Before entering the musical theatre, Smith had been in jazz bands.

Smith studied singing and songwriting under jazz vocalist/pianist Joanna Eden. He attended St Mary's Catholic School in Bishop's Stortford and was a member of the Bishop's Stortford Junior Operatics (now Bishops Stortford Musical Theatre Society) and the successful Cantate Youth Choir.

He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. His subsequent feature—on Naughty Boy's "La La La"—earned him his first number 1 single in May 2013.

In December 2013, he was nominated for the 2014 BRIT Critics' Choice Award and the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll, both of which he won. He released his debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour, in May 2014 on Capitol Records The lead single, "Lay Me Down", was released prior to "La La La". The second single was "Money on My Mind" which became his second number one single in the UK. The album's third single, "Stay with Me", was an international success, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart and number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, while the fourth single "I'm Not the Only One" reached the top five in both countries. Fifth single "Like I Can" reached number nine in the UK.

On January 20 2014, Smith made his American television debut performing "Latch" with Disclosure on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He also performed on Saturday Night Live on March 29 2014, performing "Stay with Me" and an acoustic version of "Lay Me Down". "Stay with Me" reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The fourth single from the album, "I'm Not the Only One", reached number three in the UK and number five in the U.S.

In August 2014, Smith's single "Stay with Me" was named Variance Magazine's Song of Summer. He performed "Stay With Me" live at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on August 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. On November 15 2014, Smith joined the charity group Band Aid 30 along with other British and Irish pop acts, recording the latest version of the track "Do They Know It's Christmas?" at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London.

In February 2015, Smith subsequently awarded 12.5% of the royalties from his hit "Stay with Me" to Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, co-writers of Petty's 1989 hit "I Won't Back Down", upon being confronted with the similarities between the two songs. Petty and Lynne are now listed as co-writers on the track.

Smith won a 2014 American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock.

In December 2014, Smith was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, "Stay with Me" for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, and In the Lonely Hour for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. During the Grammy's held this evening (February 8, 2015) he won four including: Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. During one of his acceptance speeches Smith said his success came when he was able to truly be himself.

In May 2014, Smith revealed to the public that he is gay. His former partner is Jonathan Zeizel.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Hello My Friend Hello

Looks like someone might have missed me.  ; )

Is that why you started tweeting it up?  LOL  And what happen to that 'stach there buddy?

No worries for any other OMG'ers   I'm here,  not abducted by aliens, or a writer taken ala Misery.  It's a more than snowy here but I'm not going anywhere.  So look for a little forward and backward in posts for the next bit.  One step forward (new post) two steps back (catch up posts) - sometimes just like it seems with Jake and Austin.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Out Spotlight

Today's Out Spotlight is known as "Hip-Hop’s First Lady," she is an acclaimed entertainer in music, film and television. She has received a Grammy, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. Today's Out Spotlight is Queen Latifah.

Born Dana Elaine Owens in Newark, New Jersey, she was raised in the Baptist faith and attended Catholic school. At age 8, a Muslim cousin gave her the nickname Latifah, an Arabic word meaning “delicate and sensitive.” In high school, Latifah was a star basketball player and with friends formed a rap group called Ladies Fresh.

At 18, a demo recording of Latifah’s rap song “Princess of the Posse” landed her a recording contract with Tommy Boy Music. In 1989, her debut album, “All Hail to the Queen,” was released and went platinum. She has recorded seven albums, including a collection of soul music and jazz standards titled “The Dana Owens Album.” In 1991, she founded and became CEO of Flavor Unit Records. Three years later, she earned a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance for “U.N.I.T.Y.”

Her acting career launched on television in the 1990s with a starring role on the sitcom “Living Single.” She then appeared in a series of successful films, including “Set it Off” (1996), “Living Out Loud (1998) and “The Bone Collector” (1999).

Her breakout role came in the Oscar-winning film version of the musical “Chicago” (2002), playing the part of Matron “Mama” Morton. For her performance, Latifah received a SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Academy Award, making her the first female hip-hop artist to receive an Oscar nod.

Latifah’s subsequent film appearances include the box office hits “Bringing Down the House” (2003) and “Hairspray” (2006). For her portrayal of an HIV-positive woman in the HBO film “Life Support” (2007), she won a Golden Globe and her second SAG Award.

Queen Latifah received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On September 16, 2013, Latifah premiered her own syndicated daytime television show titled The Queen Latifah Show. On January 26, 2014, Latifah officiated the weddings of 33 same-sex and opposite-sex couples during a performance of "Same Love" by Macklemore at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Ring Ring

It's going to be a busy weekend for Jake with heading out to the Golden Globes and all, so Constellation has a break for a couple of days of break.

But Jake didn't rush out to LA on Friday and get a jump on the jet lag.  (I mean where would he stay he sold his house, right?  Please) On want to go to those Golden Globe parties at least on Friday night.

So where was he?  Friday night Fight night.   NY and at Roc Nation Sports Presents: Throne Boxing.

Not  necessarily dress up but was definitely buttoned up, all the way up for the event. 

Socks, socks, underwear, socks, lucky underwear, black socks, stress relief could I forget my backpack.... oops has the fight started?

 Can you guys help me pick a filter?
I don't know if I should go with XX Pro or Valencia
I wanna look tan
What should my caption be?
I want to be clever
How about "Livin' with my bitches, Hashtag LIVE"
I only got 10 likes in the last 5 minutes
Do you think I should take it down?

 Sorry, I'm not standing for that entrance.  
Play Pon de Replay

And this must be where Jay-Z told Jake were he was sitting.

Girls!?!?!  They have cooties. 
Ha Ha - you'll get girl cooties.

Friday, January 9, 2015

All the Love

Jake isn't the only one who's had a movie renamed and repacked with a Love title.

Remember this one from Austin?

 It was originally called Thanks to Gravity

and was changed to Love and Debate,  right around the time Love and Other Drugs came out.

And we can't talk about that project without bring back those picture of Austin do press during his suspenders/braces fashion phase.

Congratulations and love to Jake who was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actor for his performance as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler.

Leo's not sure how fair it is that Jake's outfited for the polar temps right now to his Bean boots on Thursday,  while he is going au natural.

Jake we'll give you 20 bucks if you show up on the BAFTA's red carpet wearing your Teddy Bear Flap Hat.  Whaddya say?

100 bucks if you do the hat and Austin's braces.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Nailed Down

If finally happened the "lost" film of Jake's has finally seen the like, although the trouble movie Nailed looked like it went through a little witness protection program.

New name, new background story.

What once was a black comedy, satire about the state of healthcare and politics, now is repackaged an offbeat RomCom as Accidental Love.

Millenium Entertainment will release David O. Russell's shelved 2008 film Nailed on February 10th  with the title Accidental Love.

'Stephen Greene' is now credited as director of the troubled, PG-13 political romantic comedy about a rollerskating waitress called Alice Eckle.

Guess with the PG-13 rating the major storyline of Alice becoming a nymphomaniac from the nail gun means she now just a silly girl in love. What they do with Tracey Morgan's character prolapse anus will probably now be hemorrhoids.
 Producer Lucy Fisher told Collider in 2013 that making the movie was 'debilitating and so devastating' due to the film being shut down a total of 14 times. Russell walked about from the movie after Millenium Picture purchased what there was and began the odyssey.

Many knew it had been shut down a few times during production in South Carolina for money troubles but doubt anyone knew it was 14 times.

If you are interested in see what it looks like, check out this trailer.