Friday, May 24, 2024

Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Ryan Help Stars “Take Shelter”


You know you’ve got a hot film when hot young stars like Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Ryan show up for a premiere. But they were among the A listers last night who helped screen Jeff Nichols’s “Take Shelter” for Peggy Siegal. Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain star in this remarkable little film about a coming storm–I don’t want to give too much away. “Take Shelter” is nominated for a Gotham Award at the end of this month, and will undoubtedly get Indie Spirit nominations. Shannon, Chastain, and Shea Wigham all give outstanding performances. After last night’s screening, Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker–who has his hands full with Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method”–brought the guests to the private room below Rue 57. Gyllenhaal told me his mom, screenwriter Naomi Foner (“Running on Empty”) is prepping her new film with Elizabeth Olsen, Dakota Fanning, and Anton Yelchin. What’s Jake up to? “Just spending time with family”–meaning sister Maggie, and brother in law Peter Saarsagard–the latter will also be in Naomi’s film. Amy Ryan, meantime, is exited about the new Drake Doremus film she just finished with Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones. But it has to wait to be shown–maybe at Cannes–because Doremus’s “Like Crazy” is a hit. “Everyone’s talking to Felicity about it,” Amy said. That’s all right–Ryan’s daughter, Georgia, just turned two, and is keeping Amy and husband Eric Slovin pretty busy. Has she watched “The Office”? “Not really,” Amy told me. “I really miss working with Steve Carell, though.” Yes–someone should pair them in a film quick!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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