New! 5/2/2000 - U-571 still torpedoes the
competition (sorry, couldn't help it) at the box office.
This past weekend, it took in a respectable $12.2 million,
for a total of $38.1 million overall. It beat newcomers
"Viva Rock Vegas" (why oh lord, why make
this film?), "Frequency," and "Where
the Heart Is."
4/25/2000 - U-571 is tops at the box office after its
first weekend, earning $20.3 million in 2583 theaters,
for a $7859 average. There are several reviews, nicely
excerpted, at Rottentomatoes.com's
U-571 page - so far, the film's more "fresh"
than "rotten." It seems to be a film (yeah,
I haven't seen it yet!) that doesn't lend itself to reviews
of actors--the good reviews cite it as a rockin' good,
pulse-pounding action pic, not a character study. There
are thus very few JakeMentions (TM) as yet. His character
has been called "shady," "haughty,"
and (gulp) "wimpy." Considering most of these
critics are guys anxious for some violent blowed-up-real-good
action, I shall assume that these terms should be translated
into "complex," "well-bred," and "intelligent,"
Ooh wait, I just found a quote at Mr. Showbiz,
that master of all things Hollywoodish, where critic Richard
Jameson calls Hirsch "a sallow-faced git...who mostly
communicates in clipped German except for the announcement
that he will be in operational control of the mission."
Ain't it amazing how so many critics hate smart characters?
3/31/2000 - Official U-571 site now has bio info on Jake
and the rest of the cast. Happy day, Jake is listed fifth
in the credits--below only Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon
Jovi, Bill Paxton, and Harvey Keitel. Not too shabby!
And check out the great background image of Jake-as-Hirsch
looking pretty intense. Also, if you are looking
at the "enhanced" version of the site, click on the "Mission"
section and you'll recognize the voice as Jake's. For
more new details, including an interesting couple of
quotes from Jake, click here to visit our U-571
3/22/2000 - If you've seen the full version of the
trailer, you may recognize the gentle tones of Jake throughout
the voiceover! In this trailer (there are a couple out there),
Jake is quite prominent throughout: Hirsch appears to be an intelligence
agent specializing in secret codes. It's Hirsch who briefs the
others on the mission, and he seems to be one of the leaders of the men.
Don't miss our obsessive and detailed look
at Jake-ish moments in the trailer!
8/2/1999 - Jake's character in U-571 has a name:
Lt. Hirsch! At least it seems that he's playing an American. I
had the dread feeling he'd be a Nazi.
3/5/1999 - Filming has begun in Rome for "U-571,"
Jake's newest feature. "U-571" stars Matthew McConaughey ("A Time to Kill,"
Universal's upcoming "EDtv"), Harvey Keitel ("Pulp Fiction"), Jon Bon Jovi
("Moonlight & Valentino"), and David Keith ("Indian in the Cupboard").
Jake's role is uncertain; all we know is that this
WWII film follows a a group of Americans involved in a daring plan to steal
the Enigma coding device from a Nazi U-boat in the Atlantic. Allied intelligence
needs this machine so that they can decipher enemy movements and stop the
attacks on convoys carrying vital supplies across the Atlantic.
Does he play a German? An American naval officer? Or even
a Brit? (The "Enigma" machine was decoded by British intelligence,
not Americans. We shall see! For more info, see
our Media page.
New! According to a post on our new
message board, it appears Jake is a newlywed! At U-571's
opening down in Austin, TX (a benefit for the Austin Film
Society), our poster Shannon and her husband met Jake
- and his new bride. Shannon says our boy Jake was quite
gracious and friendly. His new wife's ID is unknown, but
she could be Nora Ariffin, the co-star of "Skin Art,"
with whom Jake has been involved for several years. Whoever
the lucky lady is, congratulations to them both!
Apparently Jake became friends with David Keith during
the U-571 shoot, because he was in attendance at Keith's
mid-April wedding. Click here to check
out the story from the Knoxville News-Sentinal.
Here's a quick sample of some of the big photos
waiting for you on our U-571 page.
It's a long wait when you get there, but oh-so-worth it!
|New! 3/31/2000 - There's now a
New Line Cinema
site for The Cell (not much info there now, but there is some
plot description). According to the site, opening date is
now August 18, 2000. My birthday, not that this will
mean anything to anyone. On 3/30, there was a preview of a
rough cut of the film. An audience member at the screening
didn't describe it very positively, and didn't mention Jake or his
character. Vince Vaughn is playing the hunky FBI agent opposite Jennifer
Lopez; Vincent D'Onofrio is the psycho killer (qu'est-ce que c'est?).
The audience member did mention that Jennifer has a group
of "boring" sidekicks that helps her try to find D'Onofrio's
victims; alas, I think that's probably Jake's gang. Call it a
8/2/1999 - Long drought of info over! In mid-July,
it was announced that Jennifer Lopez will star in "The Cell," a thriller
about a top scientist (uh, Lopez) who delves into the mind of a comatose
killer to try and discover where he's keeping a kidnapped girl. Jake's listed
in the Variety summary of the film, though there's no indication of
his role. The cast listing so far--hopefully in role size order--is: Jennifer
Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dylan Baker,
Jake Weber, Pruitt Taylor Vince (bet he's the serial killer!),
Patrick Bauchau, James Gammon, Gerry Becker, Catherine Sutherland, Gareth
Williams, and Musetta Vander. The Avery Pix production (filming starts 8/2)
will be distributed by New Line Cinema.
|New! 3/22/2000 - Looks like
Cherry's coming to video and the Sundance Channel! Great news, huh?
website has been revamped accordingly, including (gasp!) a lovely cover
page with the movie poster. With Jake on it! Here's a
Also, you can check out a positive review of the
film from the New York Times, right here in our
new Cherry section. Here is a link to
Blockbuster Video's page for Cherry. (Not currently
available for sale, but you might get lucky at your local Blockbuster
|8/26/1999 - Jake's character is named Daniel Connelly.
No review has mentioned him yet - I fear this is a small role. Uneducated
guess...an FBI agent mentioned once in a summary of the plot? This link
will take you to a
of ITD reviews available on the web.
8/2/1999 - In Too Deep opens mid- to late-August!
I've seen two dates so far--August 11 or 27. But still no details on
Jake's character. Check out the official site (pretty skimpy right now) at
Films. BTW, I was wrong--Tucci doesn't play the drug kingpin! He's actually
the tough-as-nails police captain.
12/8/1999 - Jake has joined the cast of "In Too Deep,"
a Miramax crime thriller starring Omar Epps (ex-Dr. Gant in "ER"), LL
Cool J, Pam Grier, and Stanley Tucci. Also in the cast are Nia Long
("Soul Food"), Veronica Webb (yes, the model), Hill Harper (from Spike Lee's
"He Got Game"), and singers Jermaine Dupri, Nas and Mya. Directing
is Michael Rymer--not sure about his credits yet. With this cast, we
can expect something pretty interesting! More info as we learn it. Check
out the Media page for an article about this
Apparently, in this based-on-a-true-story film, Epps
plays an undercover officer for the Boston Housing Authority and the Drug
Enforcement Administration who goes "in too deep" in the drug world he's
infiltrated. The actual cop, named Jeffrey Coy, brought down a drug
kingpin in 1990 but ended up addicted and traumatized.