Jake Gyllenhaal set for Gulf War movie

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in "Jarhead," the adaptation of Anthony Swofford's Gulf War memoir, Daily Variety reported Thursday.

Stars raise funds for ACLU

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A celebrity concert at New York's Lincoln Center raised $300,000 for the American Civil Liberties Union, the organization said Wednesday.

'Day After Tomorrow' premieres in Britain

LONDON, May 27 (UPI) -- Hollywood stars turned out for the London premiere of "Day After Tomorrow," an event that featured fake snow poured on the throngs of fans.

Heath Ledger signs on as 'Casanova'

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- Australian Heath Ledger will play the title role in Lasse Hallstrom's "Casanova," scheduled for filming in August in Venice, Italy.

Bravo to air Independent Spirit arrivals

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Bravo said it will present its first-ever red carpet arrival show before this year's broadcast of the 2004 IFP Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles.

Bale selected for Batman role

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- "American Psycho" star Christian Bale is answering the Bat Signal and will be the next Caped Crusader.

Testing for new Caped Crusader to start

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Holy casting, Batman -- director Christopher Nolan is expected to test several young actors for the role of Caped Cursader in the next few days.

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NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Actor John C. Reilly has dubbed the small-town drama he stars in with Jennifer Aniston "the feel-weird movie of the year." Numerous film critics, however, are noting "The Good Girl" for Aniston's terrific dramatic turn as a depressed sales clerk -- a true

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Jake Gyllenhaal
American actor Jake Gyllenhaal attends the Orange British academy film awards at Odeon,Leicester square in London on February 19, 2006.(UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (pronounced /ˈdʒɪlənhɑːl/ JILL-ən-hahl; born December 19, 1980) is an American actor. The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting at age ten. He has appeared in diverse roles since his first lead role in 1999's October Sky, followed by the 2001 indie cult hit Donnie Darko, in which he played a psychologically troubled teen and onscreen brother to his real-life sister, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. In the 2004 science-fiction film The Day After Tomorrow he portrayed a student caught in a cataclysmic global cooling event, alongside Dennis Quaid as his father. He then played against type as a frustrated Marine in Jarhead (2005). The same year, he garnered critical acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination as Jack Twist in the film Brokeback Mountain opposite Heath Ledger.

Gyllenhaal has promoted various political and social causes. He appeared in Rock the Vote advertising, campaigned for the Democratic Party in the 2004 election, promoted environmental causes, and campaigned on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of film director Stephen Gyllenhaal and film producer and screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs). Maggie Gyllenhaal, his sister and also an actress, appeared with Jake in the movie Donnie Darko. Gyllenhaal's father was raised in the Swedenborgian religion and is a descendant of the Swedish noble Gyllenhaal family. His last native Swedish ancestor was his great-great-grandfather, Anders Leonard Gyllenhaal. Jake Gyllenhaal's mother is from a Jewish family from New York City, and Gyllenhaal has said that he considers himself "more Jewish than anything else." On his thirteenth birthday, Gyllenhaal performed a "barmitzvah-like act, without the typical trappings", volunteering at a homeless shelter, because his parents wanted to instill in him a sense of gratitude for his privileged lifestyle. His parents insisted that he have summer jobs to support himself, and he thus worked as a lifeguard and as a busboy at a restaurant operated by a family friend.

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