Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Jake Gyllenhaal's Miraculous Baseball-Themed Stand Up to Cancer PSA - NOW UPDATED with More PSA Action

Would you like to see Jake on your television???  If you are an American person with or without cable, you can do so tonight!  Just watch the baseball game on FOX, and at some point, the advertisement below will appear on your screen.

OR you can watch it now:

I made light of Jake's "Stand Up to Cancer" hoodie that he was seen sporting the other day, but that's because I make light of everything in Jake's life.  But I don't really think it's appropriate to make light of cancer (or even cancer-related baseball analogies) so all I will say about the video above is that Jake's beard looks well-trimmed and so does his casually rolled-up button-down blue shirt.

YAY for public service!

MORNING UPDATE: And now there's another, longer version, arguably better than the original!

Video, via Entertainment Tonight, courtesy of Just Jared, via TheHappyDogBlog.  Thank you!! :)


KD,  July 13, 2010 at 9:38 PM  

Uwah. Jake looked tremendous. What a sexy voice as well.

I credit good lighting and a great sound guy.

KD,  July 13, 2010 at 9:44 PM  

And on a note about cancer, it's very concerning how little people actually know about it.

I recently conducted a survey where I questioned a group of 40 well-educated adults about cancer - questions like "What is cancer? Is there a cause to cancer? What are the treatments of cancer? Why is cancer so hard to treat and manage?"

It was surprising how few people managed to give answers that were even close to the truth. I think PSAs like these and organizations such as Stand Up to Cancer are great to help raise awareness, but perhaps they also need offer/provide free education material.

It doesn't help when the people standing up for a cause don't understand what the cause is. I have many friends and family members who have personally battled various forms of cancer, and am hopeful that increased awareness will help motivate research and development.

So thanks, Jake!

gyllenhaalisgr8 July 13, 2010 at 10:01 PM  

Jake was simply radiant! The beard was a tad long for me, but he is growing out his hair!!! Hair as wonderful as his should not be shorn (even though he is self-concious about a big head), just as a face that gorgeous should not have TOO much hair hiding it! But finally seeing him so fresh and current was a real gyllentreat!! Sweet dreams tonight...!

Becky Heineke July 13, 2010 at 10:20 PM  

Well said on all counts!!

And KD, as a one-time biology major, I know you are all too right about the lack of knowledge out there (regarding most things in science, actually...but cancer for sure). It's a great cause, and one I truly did not want to belittle while posting this video. Hats off to young master Gyllenhaal for his good deed. :)

KD,  July 13, 2010 at 10:24 PM  

PG, sweetness. I'm a bio major as well. I can see you are now a writer though. ;D

The lack of knowledge of all things science is very alarming. Even science fiction has taken a back seat to romance novels! (Though Star Trek and Avatar helped bolster us sci-fi nerds' credibility)

Hats off to Jake indeed!

Becky Heineke July 13, 2010 at 10:47 PM  

KD, I didn't even know you were old enough to have a major. ;D Bio majors unite! True, I have not put my biology degree to much *cough*any*cough* use since graduating, but I remain a science nerd. :) I never thought about that with sci-fi but you are so right... Not cool. :(

Vanessa,  July 13, 2010 at 11:12 PM  

Whoo-hoo, so glad to see more science nerds that are Gyllenfreaks. I adored biology, & love anything science or even sci fi. Thanks KD for mentioning Avatar, LOVE THAT MOVIE. PG, you mentioned about how many times I saw PoP, well, it was 8 after today's viewing, but that doesn't touch Avatar. 15 times to see that treasure & am going again to see it at the end of August when they do their re-release at the IMAX. I also adored the new Star Trek, & can't wait for the sequels to both.

Anyway, it was really great to see our lovely hero do such a wonderful PSA on TV. He is so damn cool. Thanks dude.

& KD, you hit that nail on the head about the total "UN"awareness out there about cancer. It also just blows my mind that we can put a man on the moon, but we can't find a cure for damn cancer? I've had a few family members get cancer & it is so hard to watch them go thru the horrid chemo & radiation therapy. I am still astounded with the technology we have today that cancer still runs rampant all over our planet. We all need to stand up to cancer without a doubt.

Go Jake! >;-)

KD,  July 13, 2010 at 11:49 PM  

Ahaha, well technically you're right PG, I'm not old enough. But I got to a very...how to say...challenging and rigorous high school and they sort of make you choose your major second year into high school. (They want to keep their 2nd place in CA and top 10th in the nation status) The school and the student then model their class list around said major. That's not to say students aren't free to choose wayward classes and all. For example, I'm taking the History of Cinema as a subclass this upcoming year

I adore science fiction. It's my favorite genre of novels and film (although for film I'll watch just about anything.) Star Trek was great, though once a trekkie always a trekkie, so how could I not love the movie? I thought enterprise had more merits though. I'm such a film glutton that I own so many DVDs I have to catalog them! Vanessa, PG, have you ever read the Ender series? or The Martian Chronicles? The Hitchhikers' "Trilogy"?

And about cancer, I think it goes back to the fundamentals. I think scientists and researches nowadays are so focused on finding a "cure" through the backdoor that they ignore what essentially makes cancer, cancer. All these drugs to combat the effects, when it is probably more effective to target the source of the problem. I read in an older science journal that a group of American researches were attempting to use gene replacement therapy to reverse the mutated cancer genes...but I never heard much about the experiments after that...too bad, it was a good concept.

Speaking of man on the moon, what about that "Untitled Moon Project" Jake has been attached to? Whatever happened to that?

KD,  July 13, 2010 at 11:51 PM  


"top 10% in nation"*

What incredible fail.

Vanessa,  July 14, 2010 at 1:49 AM  

Please, KD, no worries about typos, I am so OCD that I have to reread my emails & everything I type until I make myself crazy. I hate being like that & don't know why I am either. Most people I work with don't give a shit about their typos or misspellings & that can drive me up a wall too. Geez, how did I ever get thru any part of my life??? JK, I am really pretty laid back about most things & am so severely open minded I can get myself in trouble since I tend to not watch my tongue either. At any rate, I used to read about everything I could get my hands on, a lot of sci-fi, including the Martian Chronicles, loved Ray Bradbury. I have a lot of favorite authors, but I tended to lean more towards fantasy/sci-fi/weird shit, (Stephen King). If you like that kind of thing, I highly suggest you check out Anne McCaffrey & her Dragonriders of Pern series. Some day they may finally make the movie.

I don't have access to imdbpro so have no clue whatever happened to the untitled moon project, anyone else know? One of his that I can not WAIT for to be released next year is Source Code! Have you checked out what it's about yet? It sounds like it'll be off the rails insane. They best make sure that his character has HIS face at all times, though if they know what's good for 'em.

Here is a link to a little info on the untitled moon project. http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie/untitled-moon-project/ but still no definite info anywhere yet. Maybe it is in production hell like so many others lately. Case in point, "Nailed", when in the fuck are we ever going to get that movie??? Jake said they still had not totally finished it when Miramax went bankrupt even though his scenes were complete. Oh crap, never mind, I just now saw an article saying Nailed will take even longer to be released now, due to the director leaving it behind unfinished. Thanks a lot shithead. They have to find another director to finish it now. Crap & this one had our lovely with possibly lots of sex scenes, OMG. They best find a way, damnit, they can't do that to us Gyllenho's!

Sam July 14, 2010 at 3:24 AM  


He just knew how much this means to me... I'm not sure he can take his awesomeness to another level now, i think he just hit the top!

Anonymous,  July 14, 2010 at 3:41 AM  

PG - I keep forgetting to log in, Anon = HappyDogBlog hehe. Anyway! Thought it was very cool of him. I lost a young 33yr old friend to cancer so its something very close to my heart.

Becky Heineke July 14, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

Alright, I'm on my way out the door for a run, so I will be back with appropriate responses after while...but

1. This post is now updated with a new version of the PSA, which is even more awesome.

2. THANK YOU HappyDogBlog!! I changed the credit at the bottom of the post. ;)

Back after while!

Becky Heineke July 14, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

And I'm back. UMP - NOT looking good. That project's actually been hanging around so long that I wrote about it on JW when it was first announced. That was 3 years ago and...nothing. And now the director is attached to a bunch of other projects. That one seems to be indefinitely on hold. :-/

Nailed, also not looking good. Even if we do eventually get a finished product (which I'll admit I have some skepticism about considering the sheer magnitude of the fuck-up-ed-ness of the entire process), I can't imagine it NOT being negatively affected by all this behind-the-scenes drama.

At least we have Love and Other Drugs and Source Code. :)

AS FOR book-reading, you guys are making me feel very under-read! Come to think of it, I haven't done all that much fiction reading at all this year... My book tastes kind of jump all over the place though, so I'm not sure I could pin down one genre that I consider myself devoted to. Upon reading your author/book suggestions, however, I can safely say I haven't done a lot of sci-fi reading...not even the Hitchhiker trilogy! (Which makes me one of the few people on earth, I know. :))

KD,  July 14, 2010 at 3:22 PM  

Vanessa - I am SO excited for Source Code. Have you read the script yet? I downloaded the script a while ago and read through the entire thing. With some edits and revisions which I know will be made, the story read fantastically. I'm so excited to see the finished product! If you haven't read the script and want to, I can email it do you.

Loved the Martian Chronicles. PG, if you haven't read Hitchhikers, I highly recommend it. Good humor, plus you get to understand little tidbits on the internet, like how babblefish got its name!

Vanessa,  July 14, 2010 at 4:37 PM  

Oh, KD, a girl after my own heart. Are you sure you aren't my long lost daughter??? I do have the script to SC already, thank you for asking. I started reading it, & then stopped myself at pg 18, because I don't like to spoil movies for myself, I would rather be surprised. That said, I SO can't wait to see that movie! Not fond of the Jake coiffe in it, though, not sure why they felt it necessary to cut his gorgeous locks off, I guess due to the character he plays, but still...

I have to admit I did not read Hitchhiker series yet, but I did see the 1st movie, (there probably won't be a sequel, since it's been 5 years now). Anyway, it was OK, & I know I would love the books, so they are on my list of must reads.

KD,  July 14, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

The movie was a disappointment for me. The humor didn't quite work as they did for the books. Something about textual humor hardly ever translates correctly to the big screen.

SC was awesome, although there are some definite points in the plot which I (hope) think the producers, director, and script writers edited and fixed because there were loops.

Leslie July 14, 2010 at 9:40 PM  

Wow, are we all science geeks or what? *me points at herself* Environmental Science and GIS special major from SUNY at Buffalo (NY - I live in FL now). Started as a pre-Med. LOVED biochem!!!! Yes, I'm a nerd.

KD,  July 14, 2010 at 9:53 PM  



It's usually very difficult to find other film fanatics who are crazy about science and science fiction as well. Well, maybe not IRL, but online for sure.

Becky Heineke July 14, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

Jake clearly attracts REALLY smart fans. :D

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