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Reese Witherspoon Producing ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ For Fox 2000(11/8/18) Fox 2000 has picked up Delia Owens’ debut novel Where the Crawdads Sing which Reese Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine label will produce as a feature film. The book was included on Witherspoon’s ‘Reese’s Book Club’. The book spent the last 12 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller list and the last two months on Audible.
GP Putnam’s Sons published the book in August and it is set against the backdrop of the mid-20th century South, and centers on Kya, a young woman who, abandoned by her family, raises herself all alone in the marshes outside of her small town. However, when her former boyfriend is found dead, Kya is thrust into the spotlight, instantly branded by the local townspeople and law enforcement as the prime suspect for his murder.
Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter are producing for Hello Sunshine. Elizabeth Gabler and Erin Siminoff are overseeing the project at Fox 2000.
Fox 2000 & Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Team On ‘League Of Wives’ Adaptation(11/8/18) Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights to the upcoming novel League of Wives, with Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter attached to produce via Hello Sunshine. Marisa Paiva and Molly Saffron will oversee for the studio.
Written by Heath Lee, the story follows a group of well-educated, underestimated military housewives. After their fighter pilot husbands are shot down, captured and imprisoned for years under deplorable conditions during the Vietnam War, the women transform into a league of take-charge lobbyists, spies, and human rights activists, determined to do everything in their power to bring their POW and MIA spouses home.
St. Martin’s Press is releasing the novel in April.
Javier Bardem and Jennifer Aniston among TV’s top-paid stars(10/31/18) Javier Bardem, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Norman Reedus are among TV’s top earners.
According to Variety, who released a list of TV actor’s salaries, Bardem is taking home $1.2 million per episode for his untitled series with Amazon, while Witherspoon and Aniston are raking in $1.1 million per episode for their upcoming morning show drama on Apple. Reedus is making $1 million per episode for “The Walking Dead,” while Hulu is paying out Elisabeth Moss $1 million for “Handmaid’s Tale.”
The article notes that some of the celebrities, like Aniston, Witherspoon and Bardem, may be making more because they are listed as executive producers on their shows.
In the unscripted category, Kelly Clarkson is taking home approximately $560,000 per episode of “The Voice,” Kevin Hart comes in at $500,000 for “TKO” and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gets $450,000 for “Titan Games.” On the lower end of the scale, each of the Fab Five on Netflix’s “Queer Eye” get $7,500 per episode.
As for comedy, Variety reports that “The Conners” are cleaning up. John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert are getting $375,000 per episode. Candice Bergen and Tim Allen both have wealthy paydays at $250,000 an episode for “Murphy Brown” and “Last Man Standing.”
Here are some more salaries per episode:
Jennifer Garner – $150,000 for “Camping”
Brad Garrett – $100,000 for “Single Parents”
Alec Baldwin – $300,000 for “Alec Baldwin Show”
Drew Barrymore and James Corden – $350,000 for “World’s Best”
Julia Roberts – $600,000 for “Homecoming”
Sandra Oh – $100,000 for “Killing Eve”
Sean Penn – $500,000 for “The First”
Winona Ryder, David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown – $350,000 for “Stranger Things”
Benicio Del Toro – $400,000 for “Escape at Dannemora”
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes and Cole Sprouse – $40,000 for “Riverdale”
Ryan Phillippe ordered to hand over Reese Witherspoon texts in assault case(10/20/18) Ryan Phillippe’s text messages are fair game in his ex-girlfriend’s assault case.
Phillippe, 44, was ordered to hand over text messages between himself and ex-wife Reese Witherspoon regarding Elsie Hewitt, The Blast reports. The judge also sanctioned him $1,580 for not turning the messages in sooner, delaying the case.
Hewitt first sued Phillippe for $1 million last year, accusing him of assaulting her at his home. She claimed in her suit that he “grabbed [her] upper arm so tightly that his grip left heavy bruises on her arm hours later. He then braced his body and violently threw her down his staircase as hard as he could.”
He denied the 22-year-old’s allegations in his own court filing, and she fired back that he wouldn’t remember the incident because of his drug use. She claimed that he uses “cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms and steroids” among others.
Phillippe’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
Reese Witherspoon Producing Comedy ‘Americanized’ About Undocumented Iranian Family From Sara Saedi At ABC(10/12/18) ABC has put in development Americanized, a half-hour comedy inspired by Sara Saedi’s memoir Americanized: Rebel Without A Green Card, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and ABC Studios, where Hello Sunshine has a broadcast overall deal.
Written by Saedi (iZombie), Americanized tells the story of a loving and off-beat Iranian family who’s been living with a huge secret: they’re undocumented immigrants. Told through an irreverent, heartfelt and a-political lens, the series will give viewers a window into the life of a Middle-Eastern household while exploring the universal truths that bond every type of “American” family.
In the book, Saedi shares her story of growing up in San Jose, California in a loving Iranian family and her shock when she discovers she and the rest of her family are undocumented.
Saidi executive produces with Hello Sunshine’s Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter. ABC Studios is the studio.
The deal comes nine years after ABC took a stab at an Iranian family comedy with Funny In Farsi, based on Firoozeh Dumas’s “Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America.” The project went to a pilot directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, marking the first pilot order for producer Aaron Kaplan, but did not make the cut to series.
In the past few years, ABC has been looking to expand its family comedy brand to better represent different sections of American society. The network successfully launched an African-American family comedy with Black-ish, an Asian American family comedy with Fresh Off the Boat and also tried to find another hit Latinx family comedy with Cristela. In addition to Americanized, ABC also is developing multi-generational Latinx family comedy Food and Familia from Peter Murrieta and Overbrook Entertainment starring Danny Trejo whose life inspired it.
In addition to the CW’s iZombie, Saedi previously wrote for Fox’s The Goodwin Games. She is now on the upcoming ABC/ABC Studios drama Grand Hotel. Saedi is repped by Gersh and Nacelle Company.
Hello Sunshine’s series portfolio includes a limited series at Hulu from Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller Little Fires Everywhere; a comedy series for Apple created by Colleen McGuinness and inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s short-story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It; Apple series Are You Sleeping, executive produced by and starring Octavia Spencer; a limited series adaptation of the novel Daisy Jones & The Six for Amazon; and an Untitled Morning Show series at Apple produced by and starring Jennifer Aniston and Witherspoon. The company is repped by CAA and Gretchen Rush.
Reese Witherspoon & WME Partner On ‘Together Live’ Female-Led Storytelling Event(9/11/18) Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and WME are teaming on Together Live, an all-female live storytelling event that will travel to cities across North America.
Organizers say the event will feature authentic storytelling and inspiring conversations for and by intersectional, intergenerational women, including Witherspoon, Yara Shahidi and Abby Wambach, among others. Hello Sunshine will then produce digital content drawn from the events’ speakers and performers for YouTube, Facebook and original podcast series.
Appearances in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Toronto, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Minneapolis, Fayetteville, AR, and Austin will go on sale September 28th.
Together Live will feature authors, thought leaders, musicians, comedians, celebrities and ordinary people alike who will share raw, real stories from their own lives, according to organizers. In addition to Witherspoon, Shahidi and Wambach, confirmed participants include Brené Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Ruthie Lindsey, Cleo Wade, Luvvie Ajayi, Glennon Doyle, Maysoon Zayid, Priya Parker, Melissa Villasenor, Nicole Byer and MILCK (Connie Lim).
Beginning today through September 16th, anyone interested in purchasing Presale Tickets can register at http://www.TogetherLive.com to receive an invitation along with the presale password to purchase tickets before the general public goes on sale September 28th.
Presale tickets will be available to those with presale codes beginning September 18th; and tickets for the general public are on-sale September 28th.
6th biennial Stand Up to Cancer telecast(8/17/18) The 6th biennial Stand Up to Cancer telecast — airing live and commercial-free on more than 50 networks on Friday, Sept. 7 at 8 pm ET — will feature the following celebrity participants: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Trevor Noah, Keith Urban, Matthew McConaughey, Mahershala Ali, Kathy Bates, Katie Couric, Tony Hale, Marg Helgenberger, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Marlee Matlin, Maria Menounos, Jillian Michaels, Dak Prescott, Italia Ricci, Rob Riggle, Karla Souza and David Spade.
Scarlett Johansson is highest-paid actress of 2018: Forbes(8/17/18) Scarlett Johansson has topped the Forbes list of Hollywood’s best-paid actresses.
The Avengers: Infinity War star reportedly earned US$40.5 million in the past year, according to magazine bosses, to romp past Angelina Jolie, who is a distant second on the list with $28 million, thanks largely to her Maleficent 2 salary.
Brad Pitt’s other former wife, Jennifer Aniston, is third, while Jennifer Lawrence, who was crowned the top earner in 2015 and 2016, and Reese Witherspoon complete the top five.
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is the only new name on the list at 10 — she replaces last year’s number one, Emma Stone, who has dropped out of the top flight.
The combined earnings of the top 10 women this year is $186 million, up 8% on last year’s tally.
Forbes bosses will release the Best-Paid Actors list later on Thursday. Mark Wahlberg topped the countdown in 2017.
The Forbes Best-Paid Actresses top 10 is:
Scarlett Johansson — $40.5 million
Angelina Jolie — $28 million
Jennifer Aniston — $19.5 million
Jennifer Lawrence — $18 million
Reese Witherspoon — $16.5 million
Mila Kunis — $16 million
Julia Roberts — $13 million
Cate Blanchett — $12.5 million
Melissa McCarthy — $12 million
Gal Gadot — $10 million
Reese Witherspoon, Jenny Han, DeRay Mckesson, Mark Manson In ‘Let’s Discuss’ Mode(8/14/18) CAA has set a list of client authors for Let’s Discuss LIVE, an event that will be held at Brooklyn’s William Vale Hotel September 16 as part of the Brooklyn Book Festival. They will be selling tickets to the public through LetsDiscussLIVE.com.
Among those clients with new books who’ll be speaking are:
Reese Witherspoon, who’ll pair with author/comedian Mamrie Hart to discuss their Southern roots and the inspiration behind Witherspoon’s debut book, Whiskey In A Teacup;
Jenny Han, author of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, will pair with Jessica Knoll, author of The Favorite Sister and Luckiest Girl Alive, in a talk about adapting bestsellers into films. Han’s trilogy debuts on Netflix August 17;
Save the People podcast host DeRay Mckesson, author of the upcoming On The Other Side Of Freedom: The Case For Hope, will discuss the intersection of culture, social justice, and politics;
Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck, will discuss the counter-intuitive advice that has helped millions, and preview what he’s working on next.
“Let’s Discuss LIVE creates an opportunity for our dynamic authors to gather and explore the themes of their books, alongside readers who want to hear conversations as diverse as their own reading lists,” said Kate Childs, Executive, CAA Books department.
Amazon Orders ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ Limited Series From Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine & ‘Disaster Artist’ Writers(7/25/18) Amazon Studios has made a preemptive bid for Daisy Jones & The Six, giving a 13-episode order to a limited series based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s upcoming novel. The project hails from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Circle of Confusion and will be a co-production between Amazon Studios and Hello Sunshine.
Feature writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer, The Fault In Our Stars), coming off an Oscar nomination for The Disaster Artist, wrote the pilot script and will oversee the limited series, which will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories.
Daisy Jones & The Six centers on a fictional rock band in the 1970s, following their rise through the ranks of the LA music scene and beyond, eventually becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world.
“When I heard Hello Sunshine was developing Daisy Jones & The Six, I tracked down a copy right away and devoured it in one sitting. I loved it so much I had to take it off the market and bring it to Amazon Studios,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “I was immediately struck by how perfectly it fit into our overall approach of bringing passionate creators and entertaining, compelling content to our Prime Video audience. Reese, Lauren and I are kindred spirits!”
Lauren, whom Salke refers to, is Lauren Neustadter, head of film and TV for Hello Sunshine, who is married to Scott Neustadter.
Based on a book by a female author, with a strong female central character, Daisy Jones, Daisy Jones & The Six also appears to fall under the “addictive female dramas” category in the vein of Big Little Lies and Handmaid’s Tale that Salke has made a priority as such shows are not currently represented on Amazon.
Amazon is planning company synergies around Daisy Jones & The Six. Original music from the series will be made available exclusively through Amazon Music, and the print and audiobook from Ballantine/Random House will be available via Amazon.com and Audible.com. The book, slated for release in March 2019, already is available for pre-order on Amazon.
Witherspoon was an early fan of the book and provided a raving endorsement quote for its cover as her company nabbed film and TV rights.
“As soon as I started reading Daisy Jones & The Six, I immediately fell head over heels in love with it, and I’m thrilled to be bringing it to the screen with Amazon and Jen Salke, whose passionate pursuit of the material spoke volumes. With Neustadter and Weber, two writers I deeply admire, stewarding this project, I am so confident that Daisy and her band’s journey toward finding their voice will leave just as permanent a mark with viewers around the world as it did with me.”
Daisy Jones & The Six will be executive produced by Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine and Brad Mendelsohn will executive produce for Circle of Confusion. Scott Neustadter & Weber will also serve as executive producers, with Taylor Jenkins Reid as Producer.
Hello Sunshine is repped by CAA and Gretchen Rush. Circle of Confusion is repped by CAA and Howard Abramson. Neustadter and Weber are repped by UTA, Kaplan Perrone and Sean Marks. Taylor Jenkins Reid is repped by Circle, WME, Park Literary & Media and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal.
Reese Witherspoon To Host ‘Shine On’ Female Profile Series For Hello Sunshine VOD Channel On DirecTV With AT&T(7/11/18) After 2017’s Emmy-winning success of HBO’s Big Little Lies and the timely Meet My Mom on Facebook Watch earlier this year, Reese Witherspoon’s female-focused Hello Sunshine shingle is about to put the Oscar winner’s inaugural unscripted series on a video-on-demand channel with AT&T.
Debuting on July 17, Shine On With Reese will feature on-location conversations, at home and on the front lines with the likes of A Wrinkle In Time director Ava DuVernay, the legendary Dolly Parton, author Glennon Doyle, as well as World Cup champion Abby Wambach. Spotlighting women who have weaved their way to success uniquely, the nine-episode first season of Shine On will premiere on DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-Verse on the Hello Sunshine VOD channel a week from today. The Hello Sunshine channel will be located on DirecTV’s channel 1112 and U-Verse’s channel 1530.
“I am thrilled to have such like-minded creative collaborators at AT&T to help Hello Sunshine pursue our mission of elevating and showcasing the voices of women that we have such admiration and respect for,” Witherspoon said today of the deal with the communications conglomerate that recently acquired Time Warner.
The nimble Hello Sunshine already has the new season of Big Little Lies in the works for 2019 which will reunite Witherspoon with Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley as well as second-season addition Meryl Streep. There’s also a feature-length documentary on tennis star and activist Martina Navratilova, a Witherspoon- and Kerry Washington co-starring limited series based on the Little Fires Everywhere book, and a Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston series based on TV morning shows on the go too.
In early September, the VOD channel from Otter Media, the joint venture formed between The Chernin Group and AT&T, and Witherspoon’s nearly 2-year-old production company will roll out its second original series with Master the Mess. Fronted by Nashville-based declutterers The Home Edit’s Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, the transformation show pledges to mix smart organizing skills with good humor.
The latter is a bit of a mantra for the Hello Sunshine VOD effort in many ways.
“For us, empowering women and underrepresented voices in entertainment is not a one and done initiative,” AT&T SVP Advertising and Creative Services Valerie Vargas told me of the greater cultural innovation the corporation seeks. “It’s just actually an overall strategy for us. We will continue to invest. Hello Sunshine is such a great example of it to ensure those underrepresented voices continue to get exposure on our platform so they can tell their story to as wide an audience as possible.”
“We have a singular mission and we’re bringing those stories to life in lots of different ways and on the platforms that fit that form,” Hello Sunshine CEO Sarah Harden added. “We know it’s a noisy media environment for anyone and you have to make things that are creatively distinctive and for us that are really on mission,” the former Chernin Group VP noted.
“Launching these things back to back with a sort of fresh episode every week allows us to celebrate women and put the full marketing muscle of Hello Sunshine and also AT&T behind these shows,” Harden told Deadline of the big-picture expanded relationship between the parties. “I think that’s a bit of the theme for this channel. It’s not about aggregating everything under the sun. It’s about tight curation and a specialness. As we roll forward into ’19 I think it’s having something premium there and eventually to where every week of the year you come and you can have a fresh episode of something really distinctive and distinctively Hello Sunshine and that it’s showcasing female stories and storytellers.”
In terms of storytellers to come, Witherspoon’s company and AT&T are going off screen by working with Dreaming Tree Foundation this month on a Filmmaker’s Lab for female artists. “We’ve solicited nationwide for a camp that we will be hosting 20 girls at the end of July for a two-week immersive program where they get to work with Reese as well as other industry experts to create content that actually at the end will then air on the Hello Sunshine VOD channel,” Hello Sunshine’s head of Digital Media and Programming Charlotte Koh explains. “This is really an opportunity because there aren’t really enough women in writing and directorial roles as there should be.”
At least not yet.
Star PR Trio Launches The Lede With Killer List: Rihanna, Will Smith, Reese, Charlize, Lady Gaga, Pharrell, More(6/13/18) Days after Deadline revealed the trio would leave their longtime perch at 42West, Amanda Silverman, Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson and Sarah Levinson Rothman have launched The Lede Company. The former 42West Managing Directors will be co-CEOs; Silverman and Rothman will stay from New York and O’Sullivan Wasson from Los Angeles.
They start with an illustrious client list that includes Rihanna, Will Smith, Reese Witherspoon, Queen Latifah, Charlize Theron, Lady Gaga, Emma Stone, Illumination, Anonymous Content, Pharrell, Amy Schumer, theSkimm, Brad Weston’s Makeready, Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Penelope Cruz, PepsiCo, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel, Mary J Blige, Halle Berry, Riley Keough, Shakira, Cara Delevingne, David Spade, Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jennifer Connelly, and Gabrielle Union among others.
They become the latest in a group of elite publicists who grew up at major firms but have elected to strike out on their own.
In a statement, the trio said: “The three of us have been privileged to work closely together for the last decade, and during that time, we have found that each of our individual styles and specialties in the talent and corporate worlds complement each other. As the entertainment, media and branding worlds continue to grow and shift, we are confident that our combined skills and experience have readied us to implement strategies that move along with it, and we can’t wait to see where this new journey takes us. Our time at 42West was invaluable, and we are so grateful to Leslee, Amanda and Allan for their mentorship, wisdom, for building a company that truly felt like a family, and for their continued friendship as we begin this exciting new phase.”
Reese Witherspoon confirms ’Legally Blonde 3’ in pink bikini(6/8/18) (Video) Reese Witherspoon confirms there will be a “Legally Blonde 3.”
The actress on Thursday posted a video on Instagram of her floating in a pool wearing a pink bikini. The caption read: “It’s true…# LegallyBlonde3.”
Witherspoon starred as Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy, in which the fashion merchandising student enrolls in Harvard Law School to try to win back her ex-boyfriend.
The movie led to the 2003 sequel “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.”
Reese Witherspoon, MGM Bringing The Gang Back For ‘Legally Blonde 3’(6/4/18) MGM is near a deal with Reese Witherspoon to reprise her role as the precocious, idealistic Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3, and they’ve brought back most of the creative team from the first film.
The pic is coming together quickly. Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, who adapted the Amanda Brown novel for the 2001 first film, are in final talks to write the script. Original producer Marc Platt and his Platt Productions president Adam Siegel are producing, and they will be joined this time by Witherspoon, through her Hello Sunshine banner.
The scribes will begin writing immediately and the next step is to secure a director. Robert Luketic helmed the original pic.
It has been 17 years since the original, and the sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde came out in 2003. But the film has been a staple for young-female audiences who’ve rediscovered it on DVD or through the hit stage musical that continues to tour. The original grossed $141 million worldwide on an $18 million budget, and the sequel brought in $124 million on a $45 million budget.
The deal gives MGM another branded title, alongside Creed and the James Bond films. Creed 2 is in production with Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu, and Bond 25 was just firmed with Daniel Craig returning and Danny Boyle directing the script by John Hodges, and Universal releasing overseas.
They are keeping the plot under wraps, but I’m told it will be much in the spirit of the first film, in which Woods’ idealism and pink-dominant wardrobe prevailed over the cynicism and snootiness all around her after the freshly dumped former sorority sister heads to law school. The sequel brought her to D.C. to join the staff of a congresswoman to pass a bill to ban animal testing. The intention here is to make this more about female empowerment, a message that hits at a fortuitous time in the culture. The feeling is to draw back in the audience that grew up with the original film and find a new global audience.
The project reunites Smith and McCullah, who as a team generated such comedies as Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You and House Bunny, and with credits on She’s the Man and The Ugly Truth. Witherspoon is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment; Smith is with Verve, Kaplan/Perrone and attorney Karl Austen; McCullah is with Jaret Entertainment.
Reese Witherspoon Producing Documentary On Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova(5/16/18) Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine is teaming with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald and Suzanne Gilbert (The Untold History of the U.S.) to develop and produce its first feature-length documentary on decorated tennis star and activist Martina Navratilova.
It will spotlight Navratilova’s social and political activism for women and the LGBT community, told through Greenwald’s personal lens – a gay child growing up in the Reagan-era Florida.
“The issues raised by Martina’s legacy resonate now more than ever, which is why it’s so important to tell her story to new generations of engaged young people who may not be aware of the vital role she played in shaping expectations around female identity and LGBT equality,” said Charlotte Koh, Head of Digital Media & Programming for Hello Sunshine. “Having producers Glenn and Suzanne reframe Martina’s impact on society through the lens of Glenn’s personal coming-of-age journey creates a fresh, intimate and relatable film for a wide audience.”
“As monumental as Martina’s on-court achievements were, they pale in comparison to her role as a pioneer and trailblazer on questions of feminism, women’s athletics, equality for gay and lesbians across the planet, transgender visibility, immigrant rights and the right of political dissent,” said Greenwald, who was featured in the 2014 Oscar-winning Edward Snowden doc, CitizenFour.
“I’m excited to be partnering with Reese and Hello Sunshine to explore her truly enduring legacy – her remarkable courage – directly or indirectly inspiring millions of people who lacked any other role models.”
The docu will also feature materials and memories shared by fans all across the world that demonstrate her profound impact on various social and political initiatives.
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Launches ‘Meet My Mom’ On Facebook Watch(5/10/18) Hello Sunshine, a media company focused on telling female-driven stories, is launching a new short-form series on Facebook Watch that’s timed to coincide with Mother’s Day.
Meet My Mom features celebrities chatting candidly with their mothers. The first episode, which premieres today, will feature Reese Witherspoon and her mom Betty drinking sweet tea on a porch in Nashville and talking about movies, nerds, and sneaking out past curfew.
“As a child, it’s sometimes hard to see your mom as an individual with her own life,” said Witherspoon. “But Meet My Mom is the chance to get to know the real person behind the mom and find out what really makes her tick.”
The 5-episode, short-form series will air throughout the month of May and feature other celebrities in conversation with their mothers. Lilly Singh and her mom Malwinder will discuss the elder Singh’s move from India to Canada, the challenges in raising a wannabe rapper, and Lilly’s undying love for The Rock. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon will go toe to toe with his mom Kelly about raising six kids, chasing Adam’s Olympic dreams, and the Pyeongchang moment that meant the most to both of them.
Model Ashley Graham and her mom Linda will dish about the moment Ashley’s grandma saw her first nude spread, why Linda had trouble finding a date, and an important turning point in their relationship. Westworld’s Leonardo Nam and his mom Laura will make spring rolls while they discover that they shared a common form of teenage rebellion, regrettable haircuts, and Laura’s surprising reaction when Leo told her he was going to be a dad.
“We love celebrating mothers not only as parents but also as women whose wisdom only grows more valuable,” said Charlotte Koh, Hello Sunshine’s head of digital media and programming. “Each duo has their own unique yet relatable story to tell and we think Facebook Watch is the perfect platform for a show about the joy of feeling connected to family.”
Each episode of Meet My Mom can be found by under the “Watch” tab on the desktop or the mobile app, or on Facebook’s TV app. Viewers also can add the show to their watchlist by following the Meet My Mom show page to enable notifications for new episodes.
Here’s a glimpse of the show: Video.
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Taps Brand Studio Boss(5/2/18) Rachel Spiegelman has been named Head of Brand Studio at Hello Sunshine, the multiplatform media company founded by Reese Witherspoon. Spiegelman, previously CEO of ad agency Pitch, will report to CEO Sarah Harden and lead efforts to partner with brands that respect the power of the female consumer and create storytelling franchises and experiences.
At Pitch, she worked on campaigns for such brands as Pepsi, Westfield and Netflix. Before that, Spiegelman had gigs at 2oth Century Fox, Warner Bros and MTV Networks.
“Rachel brings an incredible track record in scaling high-growth companies through creative storytelling that solves real business problems for brands,” Harden said. “She’s that rare combination of creative thought-leader, world-class operator and business builder that makes her the perfect person to run Hello Sunshine’s Brand Studio.”
Hello Sunshine already has a slew of female-driven projects in the works after it launched in November 2016 partnered with Otter Media, the joint venture of The Chernin Group and AT&T. It has three series set up at Apple: Are You Sleeping, the Octavia Spencer drama that just got a 10-episode order; a morning show drama executive produced by and starring Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, which has a two-season order; and a comedy toplined by Kristen Wiig. It also has set the limited series Little Fires Everywhere at Hulu with Witherspoon and Kerry Washington starring, and it is a producer on HBO’s Emmy-winning Big Little Lies, which is filming Season 2.
On the film side, it has A White Lie starring Zendaya at TriStar Pictures, and has set up Something in the Water at Fox 2000, based on Catherine Steadman’s novel.
‘Are You Sleeping’ Drama Starring Octavia Spencer Gets Apple Series Order; Reese Witherspoon & Peter Chernin Producing(5/2/18) Apple has given a 10-episode series order to Are You Sleeping, a thriller drama starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures) that hails from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and the scripted drama venture of Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.
Are You Sleeping, created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, originally had been put in development at Apple’s video programming unit. It is the first project bought by Apple to be developed for straight-to-series consideration to get a green light.
Are You Sleeping provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage. Sarah Koenig, host, creator and producer of the true-crime podcast phenomenon Serial, whose breakout success helped fuel that obsession, will consult on the series.
Are You Sleeping is executive produced by Spencer via her Orit Entertainment, Tramble, who serves as showrunner, as well as Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, and Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo for Chernin Entertainment.
Are You Sleeping marks the third Apple series for Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, joining the morning-show drama executive produced by and starring Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, which has a two-season order, and a comedy toplined by Kristen Wiig.
Apple’s other upcoming series include an Amazing Stories reboot from Steven Spielberg, a Ronald D. Moore space drama, a Damien Chazelle series, world-building drama See from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence, as well as an M. Night Shyamalan psychological thriller.
Following her Oscar-winning performance in The Help and Oscar-nominated turn in Hidden Figures, Spencer recently was seen in Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning The Shape of Water.
Hello Sunshine is reppted by CAA and Hansen Jacobson, Spencer is repped by WME, and Tramble Spellman is repped by WME and Industry Entertainment.
Reporter gives Reese Witherspoon her dissertation on ‘Legally Blonde’(3/13/18) Reese Witherspoon was touched when a reporter handed her a 15,000-word dissertation about the beloved film “Legally Blonde” during an interview with the “Wrinkle In Time” cast.
“I want to start by saying I’m obviously a gigantic fan of all of you,” Lucy Ford said to Witherspoon and co-stars Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey. “Reese, I actually wrote 15,000 words on you once. I wrote my university dissertation on ‘Legally Blonde’ and strong female characters.”
She continued, “This is just from me, you can read it, you can burn it, you can clean your windows with it, but I feel like that was full circle for me, but I wrote that four years ago.”
Clearly taken aback, Witherspoon took the heavy report, titled “Blonde Ambition: Legally Blond, Postfeminism and the Reimagination of the ‘Strong Female Character,'” from Ford.
“Thank you, that really touches my heart,” the actress said. “That’s amazing, thank you, that means a lot to me.”
Ford admitted she has watched the flick 800 times.
“I blacked out somewhere between [Witherspoon] taking it and Oprah saying ‘wow'” she wrote on Twitter.
The reporter, who currently works as an entertainment reporter for Bauer Media, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis from the University of Leeds in 2014. She also earned her Broadcast Journalism Master’s degree from Cardiff University the next year, according to her LinkedIn profile.
In her dissertation, Ford came to the conclusion that “by taking our female characters out of the ‘patriarchy’, we let them know that they can fight an army single-handedly or diffuse a bomb whilst at the same time being emotional, feminine and blonde.”
Before the interview came to a close, Witherspoon, sniffing the manuscript, asks, “Is it scented?”
“I actually put perfume on it,” Ford laughed.
Well, we can all agree, it gives it a little something extra, don’t you think?
Reese Witherspoon/Kerry Washington Limited Series Lands at Hulu(3/12/18) Count this as a huge victory for Hulu in the Great Streaming Wars: The streaming service has landed the buzzy Reese Witherspoon/Kerry Washington limited series Little Fires Everywhere with a straight-to-series order, TVLine has learned.
The series, first announced earlier this month, is based on the Celeste Ng bestseller and will star Witherspoon and Washington. (The duo will both serve as executive producers as well.) It’s set in the upscale community of Shaker Heights, Ohio, in the 1990s and follows what happens after a single mother and her teenage daughter rent a home nearby. Liz Tigelaar (Casual) will write the series and serve as showrunner.
“Celeste wove a beautiful, riveting story that spoke to all of us, and when we heard the vision Reese, Kerry and Liz have for the series, we knew immediately that we had to bring it to Hulu,” Hulu chief content officer Joel Stillerman said in a statement. “We’re honored to bring this powerful story to the screen with Hello Sunshine, in their first studio project. This is exactly the type of compelling and culturally relevant content that embodies our Hulu Originals brand.”
Reese Witherspoon shocked by Oprah's film set rules: 'No one chews gum around me'(3/9/18) Reese Witherspoon didn’t realise she had been flaunting Oprah Winfrey’s set rules when they were filming A Wrinkle In Time.
The Oscar-winning actress appears in Ava DuVernay’s fantasy-adventure film alongside the superstar, with the women portraying the characters of Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Which, respectively.
In a recent TV interview, Oprah spoke about her “intense dislike” of chewing gum and how it bothered her when her co-star chewed it in her trailer, and Reese has now shared how stunned she was to learn of her pal’s phobia.
“One day I walking on the set and I was chewing gum because I had coffee breath or something,” she recalled during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night. “And I was like, ‘Hey what’s up? Are you excited about this scene?’ She was like, ‘Are you chewing gum?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah.’ She’s like, ‘No one chews gum around me.’”
But the chewing gum incident wasn’t the only time Reese had unknowingly irritated Oprah. The star likes to play music while she’s preparing for scenes, but later learned that her colleague prefers to keep her space a lot more subdued.
“Nobody gave me the Oprah rules, so when she walked into the hair and make-up trailer on the first day, I’m playing music, I’ve got Sam Cooke playing, and I’m like, ‘Hey y’all,’” the 41-year-old said, adding: “Then I heard from her assistant three days later, (who said), ‘Oprah likes silence in the trailer.’ And I was like, ‘Oh shoot!’”
During Reese’s interview, host Stephen invited U.S. Olympian Adam Rippon to the stage. The figure skater is a long-time fan of the actress and the pair immediately hit it off.
“This is meant to be. This is the relationship the world’s been waiting for,” she laughed, while Adam added: “I think when I watched Legally Blonde. That was it, that’s when I fell in love.”
Reese Witherspoon & New Line Set ‘A Private War’ Scribe For ‘In A Dark Dark Wood’ Adaptation(3/7/18) Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s adaptation of Ruth Ware’s suspense novel In A Dark Dark Wood is kicking up a gear after finding a writer. The film, which is set up at New Line with fellow producers The Gotham Group, is being written by A Private War scribe Arash Amel.
Amel will adapt the New York Times best-selling mystery-thriller which centers on a reclusive writer who receives an invitation to a bachelorette party of her best friend from high school who she hasn’t seen in 10 years. Witherspoon and Papandrea are producing alongside Ellen Goldsmith-Vein (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Lindsay Williams (Maze Runner) and Shari Smiley who will produce for The Gotham Group. There are no plans at present for Witherspoon to star in this one.
Witherspoon and Papandrea ended their successful Pacific Standard collaboration in 2016 but they continue to produce the projects they had in development at the company, which Witherspoon maintains alongside her outfit Hello Sunshine. During their Pacific run the pair championed female-driven properties and movie adaptations of best-selling books such as Wild, for which Witherspoon scored a best actress Oscar nomination, and box office winner Gone Girl. More recently the duo hit it out of the park with HBO favourite Big Little Lies, which has been ordered for a second season.
Amel recently wrote the screenplay for anticipated Marie Colvin biopic A Private War, which is being directed by Cartel Land helmer Matthew Heineman and stars Rosamund Pike as the famed US war correspondent alongside Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci. The film is considered a strong contender for a summer or fall festival slot. Amel is a producer and writer on Sam Worthington sci-fi The Titan, which rolls out this year, and script Seducing Ingrid Bergman, which has Jessica Chastain attached.
Novelist Ware is similarly in-demand. The writer’s New York Times-bestseller The Lying Game is being turned into a television series for Entertainment One (eOne) and the growing Gotham Group while CBS Films has set up The Woman In Cabin 10.
Witherspoon is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson. Papandrea is repped by WME. Amel is repped by CAA, Grandview and Myman, Greenspan. Ware is repped The Gotham Group and Eve White Literary Agency in the U.K.
'It's a story of courage': Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling on the importance of 'A Wrinkle In Time'(3/5/18) Oprah Winfrey is in a hotel room here singing Michael Jackson’s Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.
Reese Witherspoon jumps in to harmonize.
Just another Sunday afternoon in Hollywood.
Winfrey, Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are together to talk about A Wrinkle in Time, the sci-fi children’s adventure based on the famed 1962 novel by Madeleine L’Engle that opens in theatres March 9.
The three women star as ‘The Mrs.’ — Winfrey, 64, is Mrs. Which, Kaling, 38, is Mrs. Who and Witherspoon, 41, is Mrs. Whatsit — three ethereal (and eccentric) beings who help a couple of kids search the universe for their missing father.
A Wrinkle in Time is a story about love, family and self-acceptance; the central character is Meg Murry (newcomer Storm Reid), a nerdy adolescent girl who feels like an outcast at school.
She and her precocious little brother (Deric McCabe) and a neighbour (Levi Miller) set off on an adventure to find their scientist father, and in the process Meg discovers herself and her abilities.
The kids also discover the eternal battle between the dark and light forces of the cosmos and are guided by Mrs. What, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit.
The film is directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma), who has talked about the intention with which she and all concerned took on this project.
The filmmaker has been quite specific about her cast: that it be diverse and inclusive, to reflect the real world. In making A Wrinkle in Time, she says, “We all held hands on this one and became a real family. We tried to give a little bit of sweetness to the world in these dark times.”
We spoke to Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling about A Wrinkle in Time and its importance to today’s younger generation.
A Wrinkle in Time is a classic. What is it you liked best about this story?
OPRAH WINFREY: I liked that the girl is at the centre of her own narrative, her own story. And that she gets to say to the guy, ‘Do you trust me?’ and he says yes and follows her into this unknown cosmos. In the process of taking a big leap of faith for herself, even though she has a lot of self doubt, she has the courage enough to try anyway — which is what courage calls for. I hope people will see this because it’s a story of courage. The great hero’s journey! It’s an adventure for everybody, and you come away knowing that what she says in the end is what we’re all looking for, which is — we all deserve to be loved.
MINDY KALING: I liked that this wasn’t about a teenager trying to find a boyfriend. I liked that it was about a teenager on an adventure to save her father. That’s such an exciting physical adventure, to save the missing person who’s supposed to be the strongest person in your family — your dad. There is a young man who is interested in her, and that’s not part of her journey at all. I enjoyed that part, as an old person who likes seeing young chemistry and romance. [Laughs] But the lead girl did not care.
REESE WITHERSPOON: She’s the hero of her own story, right?
But these three women — I’ve never been asked to be a superhero in a movie before! Or a celestial being, or anything that would guide another person through the universe — these three women represent really strong female leadership, and they all look different. And I think we don’t know what a hero looks like, until filmmakers show you what they look like. So I love that Ava chose to show so many different kinds of heroes in this film.
Was there a book or film that particularly influenced you growing up?
RW: I remember reading this book when I was little and it was really important to me, and I didn’t know why until I got to here and was asked to be in the film. And it all came flooding back to me. I read it again before we made the movie.
There are things that are different [in the script] but at the core of it is this incredibly brilliant little girl, who is dealing with self doubt and all the feelings we have as a teenager, travelling through different universes to find her father. She’s the hero! She saves the guy! [Laughs] And she saves herself. I think back when I thought, ‘I wish I could be Meg Murry. I wish I could travel to different places. I wish I could help people. I wish I could be the hero.’ I remember — and look how long it took to make the movie!
MK: The book I remember reading in 8th grade was [Toni Morrison’s] The Bluest Eye which is not a fun read. I even remember at the time, thinking, ‘This is very different from what I’ve been used to.’ And you’re like, okay, my teacher thinks I can handle it, so I guess I’d better handle it. The book is about self-loathing, and it’s about when you have dark skin and wish you looked like the ‘other’. I went to a mostly white school, and I think the impact it had on me, I’m not African American, but thinking about it — the way you could look at yourself and your representation — if you are not careful, it can destroy you.
OW: When we did The Bluest Eye as a book selection on the Oprah show — I can’t decide if it’s my favourite book or if To Kill a Mockingbird is — we had thousands and thousands of letters from women all over the world who said it was their story, too. Who were not African American. I had thought it was an African American woman’s story, and we heard from Indian women, Indonesian women, from every single place you can imagine where there was some kind of colour discrimination … that was a surprise to me that it had that universal connection … It had a powerful impact for me, but much later on in my life. I’d say books in general, giving me the opportunity to know there was a life beyond whatever I had thought possible for myself, are what put me in the seat I hold in life today. Books and the exposure they’ve given me.
All of you are now on both the big screen and TV. The influence of both is profound. Some would say people learn more at the movies than in the classroom.
OW: After Ava did Selma, oh my God, the number of people who asked, ‘Did this really happen? What part of that is fake?’ Incredible! That’s why film is so important.
RW: There was a time, maybe 10 years ago, with every woman on a reality TV show where it was cute to be dumb. And it really bothered me because I had a little girl, and Ava [Philippe, her daughter] was probably four or five. And these women were the most celebrated people in our culture at the moment. In one of the most popular ones, a girl said dumb stuff all the time, and then there were two girls going around doing dumb stuff and saying, ‘Which one of us is dumber?’ And I thought, ‘This is what our grandmothers fought for?’ This is why they say women shouldn’t vote, or drive cars or take care of the money or run businesses, and it really bugs me. That’s what I’m talking about — just because you have the ability to get attention, you’ve got to be real thoughtful about what you’re putting out in the world. I struggle every time I make a decision. Do I want this to live with me for the rest of my life? Am I proud of this? And there are some things I’m not particularly proud of.
But most of them, I make a conscious decision to say, ‘I think this will land in some way, somewhere, with someone.’ And I hope they do.
MK: To be honest, at the beginning, I didn’t think about other people because I was just so concerned about, will I make it? It’s hard, there’s no precedent, and will I be hired back for the second year of The Office? And then when I started my show, it was like, ‘Will it stay on the air?’ It takes a modicum of success — in my experience, and this is not necessarily the experience of others — that I could feel a lifting of other people up. It wasn’t until after the first year of my show that I felt, okay, I’m now in a place, it’s now going to become unconscionable for me to not make this a priority for myself. It was so hard to get to that, so perilous, the entire journey — before you could help other people you have some kind of platform to be able help them. Now it’s all changed. Now it feels like it’s a responsibility but also kind of a fun part of my job to find female voices to help and discover.
Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington to Star in Little Fires Everywhere Series(3/3/18) Looks like Kerry Washington‘s post-Scandal career is going to involve putting out Little Fires Everywhere.
Washington and Reese Witherspoon will star in and executive-produce a TV-series adaptation of Celeste Ng’s 2017 novel, per The Hollywood Reporter. The project is currently considering offers from a bunch of streaming sites and premium cable networks.
Little Fires Everywhere is set in the upscale community of Shaker Heights, Ohio, in the 1990s and follows what happens after a single mother and her teenage daughter rent a home nearby.
ABC Studios will produce the series. Liz Tigelaar (Casual) will be showrunner in addition to executive-producing and writing the script.
On Instagram Friday, Witherspoon wrote “I can’t wait to finally collaborate with one of my favorite actresses.”
Little Fires Everywhere is the latest in recent flurry of TV projects for Witherspoon. Her drama about a broadcast TV morning show, in which she’ll star with Jennifer Aniston, landed a two-season series order at Apple in November. She’s producing an comedy starring Saturday Night Live vet Kristen Wiig, also for Apple. And she’ll reprise her role of Madeline when HBO’s Big Little Lies returns for Season 2.
Big Little Lies Season 2: Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz to Return(2/16/18) The Monterey moms continue to regroup for Big Little Lies‘ anticipated encore. Sources confirm to TVLine that Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz are set to reprise their respective roles as Jane, Renata and Bonnie in the HBO dramedy’s upcoming second season. The trio — who will all be back as series regulars — join fellow returning stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, as well as BLL newbie Meryl Streep.
HBO, meanwhile, has released a new batch of Season 2 teases for the five central ladies…
Kidman’s Celeste: Reeling from her husband Perry’s death, Celeste is adrift, but determined to fight for her family and find the woman she once was.
Witherspoon’s Madeline: Finding that good intentions don’t always yield good consequences, Madeline confronts the truth of Perry’s death, while coming to terms with her own marriage and traditional notions of family.
Woodley’s Jane: While processing Perry’s sudden death, Jane is trying to build a new life for herself and Ziggy.
Dern’s Renata: The epitome of control, Renata is now faced with new challenges in her marriage.
Kravitz’s Bonnie: Bonnie struggles with Perry’s death and is forced to face demons in her past.
And as previously reported, Streep will play Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgard’s deceased character Perry.
Big Little Lies Season 2 will consist of seven episodes, all of which will once again be penned by David E. Kelley (based on a story by Liane Moriarty, whose novel served as the source material for Season 1). Meanwhile, Jean-Marc Vallée is passing the directing baton to Andrea Arnold, although Vallée will stay on as an exec producer.
Production on Season 2 is scheduled to get underway in March ahead of a 2019 launch.
Reese Witherspoon is Natalie Portman’s social media coach(2/13/18) On January 1, Natalie Portman joined the Instagram community thanks to friend Reese Witherspoon.
“Reese has been a wonderful support system in teaching me the ways of modernity,” Portman, 36, quipped to Entertainment Tonight. “There’s this thing called social media.”
Portman, who since the start of the year has posted 23 times, says she’s not addicted just yet.
“It’s a very new thing in my life, and I feel like a grandmother who’s learning how to use the microwave. Wow, it heats things up!”
Despite being a newbie to the platform, she’s earned 1.2 million followers and has started following some Hollywood heavyweights including Mia Farrow, Gal Gadot, Jessica Chastain, Shondra Rhimes and Mindy Kaling.
Oprah Reveals Reese Witherspoon Showed Signs of PTSD After Harvey Weinstein Scandal Broke(2/8/18) Oprah Winfrey opened up about how Reese Witherspoon first felt when news of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein broke in October.
At the time, the A Wrinkle in Time costars were filming together when the pair had a conversation about Weinstein with a group of women.
“This was like two days after the Harvey scandal had broken in The New York Times,” Winfrey told actress Salma Hayek during a special live taping of the podcast, SuperSoul Conversations, on Wednesday as reported by Entertainment Tonight.
“Everyone, including Reese – I’ve said this to her – was acting like, I was seeing some of the girls at my school behave, who were suffering from PTSD. Everybody was acting like they were afraid and they were having the conversation,” Winfrey remembered.
“And I remember Reese saying, ‘Oh god, this is just so upsetting. And someone mentions his name, I start tearing up. And every time I hear someone else speak, it just causes me to be upset and I haven’t slept in two days,’ ” Winfrey said. “So I said, ‘Jeez, you guys are suffering from PTSD. Did something happen to you?’ Nobody said anything at the time.”
Later that same month, during an emotional speech at the Elle Women in Hollywood event, Witherspoon revealed she was just 16 when she was sexually assaulted by a director.
Witherspoon’s comments came after dozens of women accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct — including Cara Delevingne, Ashley Judd, and Angelina Jolie. In addition, over 50 women came forward to The New York Times and The New Yorker to expose the decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault against Weinstein.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Weinstein’s attorneys, Blair Berk and Benjamin Brafman, said: “Mr. Weinstein has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct. There is a wide canyon between mere allegation and truth, and we are confident that any sober calculation of the facts will prove no legal wrongdoing occurred.”
On Jan. 1, Witherspoon, along with Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria and more, took action against sexual harassment in Hollywood by launching the Time’s Up movement, and has since raised over $20 million for a legal defense fund.
And most recently, during a separate Super Soul Sunday talk, Witherspoon told Winfrey that making the decision to leave an abusive relationship was the most important one she made to fulfill her destiny, recalling how the abuse was “psychological, verbal.”
Winfrey’s special will air on OWN Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m.
A Wrinkle in Time opens in theaters March 9.
Reese Witherspoon says leaving abusive ex made her woman she is today(2/6/18) (Video) Reese Witherspoon became an ambitious go-getter after leaving an abusive ex.
The actress, producer and lifestyle guru has opened up to her A Wrinkle in Time co-star, Oprah Winfrey, in a new interview, revealing her decision to walk away from a negative relationship in her 20s was truly life-changing.
The 41-year-old tells Oprah leaving her unnamed ex was the “most difficult decision” she has ever made, revealing he was psychologically and verbally abusive towards her.
“A line got drawn in the sand and it got crossed, and my brain just switched and I knew it was going to be very difficult but I just couldn’t go any further,” she says. “But it was profound and I was young.”
Witherspoon insists that she would never have become the person she is today had she not walked out: “It changed who I was on a cellular level, the fact that I stood up for myself.
“People say to me, that knew me then, ‘You’re a completely different person’. I didn’t have self-esteem. I’m a different person now and it’s part of why I can stand up and say, ‘Yes, I’m ambitious…’ because someone tried to take that from me before.”
And she now realizes that so many women share her story – a fact that was hammered home as she developed hit cable TV drama Big Little Lies, which revolves around domestic abuse.
“There wasn’t a woman there (on set) that hadn’t been affected by abuse,” she explains.
Witherspoon is confident the #MeToo and Time’s Up anti-harassment movements will give more and more women strength to leave abusive relationships: “Social media has opened up a conversation that was not possible even 10 years ago,” she adds. “Women are talking about things they’ve never spoken about, and they’re actually being heard.”
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Names Sarah Harden CEO(1/28/18) Former Otter Media president Sarah Harden, who had been serving as interim CEO of Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner since June, is joining the company full-time in the top position.
“From the moment I met Sarah Harden, I have been in awe of her vast understanding of business development and digital media brands around specific communities,” said Witherspoon. “Sarah is a force of nature. Not only does she believe that women should have every opportunity to succeed in media, she actually makes it happen. There have been so many ideas that I have wanted to execute over the past seven years. Sarah simply put her head down, did the work and made them happen. She leads with the motto ‘less talk, more progress.’ She elevates every idea, conversation and collaboration. I’m thrilled to have her lead this talented Hello Sunshine team.”
Witherspoon formed Hello Sunshine in 2016, in partnership with Otter Media, the joint venture formed between The Chernin Group and AT&T. The media company focuses on on telling female-driven stories across all platforms.
In her former role as President of Otter Media, Harden oversaw the growth of the digital media venture and its companies Fullscreen, Rooster Teeth, Crunchyroll, and Gunpowder & Sky and the formation of Otter’s initial partnership with Hello Sunshine. Before that, Harden served as EVP at the Chernin Group, where she focused on video-centered initiatives including the acquisitions of Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, McBeard and the formation of Otter Media.
“Having the opportunity to launch and build Hello Sunshine with Reese Witherspoon is a dream come true,” said Harden. “And to be able to do it at this particular time and with the backing of the same incredible partners in the Chernin Group and AT&T that I have had the privilege of representing in my role at Otter is about as good as it gets.”
Said Jesse Jacobs, President of the Chernin Group: “Sarah has been a force in optimizing Otter’s incredible growth since its inception, and we are thrilled that she is joining Hello Sunshine as CEO. Sarah has always been a champion for women, and her passion for building a modern, female-focused media company makes her the perfect executive for this role. “
In addition, Charlotte Koh has been named as ?Head of Digital Media & Programming for Hello Sunshine. She’ll be responsible for developing and producing unscripted, social and editorial content across the company’s digital distribution channels. Most recently, Koh was Head of Video at HuffPost and previously the first Head of Originals at Hulu. Prior to Hulu, Koh was SVP Business Development at Marvel Studios and Creative Executive at Fox Searchlight.
Koh joins the Hello Sunshine executive team which also includes Lauren Levy Neustadter, Head of Film and TV.
Next book project for Reese Witherspoon?(1/26/18) Could “Grist Mill Road” be the next “Big Little Lies”?
The hot new thriller, which hinges on a gruesome crime among three teenagers in the woods, is getting major Hollywood buzz.
On Monday and Tuesday, Selma Blair Instagrammed pics of herself reading the “incredible” page-turner by Christopher J. Yates, and “Big Little Lies” developer for HBO Reese Witherspoon — who famously turns books into powerhouse productions — replied: “I want to read that book!!” Blair responded: “It is up your alley.”
Insiders say several Hollywood bigwigs are gunning to turn the book, published by Picador and repped by ICM, into a feature film or TV series.
Reese Witherspoon-Zendaya Thriller ‘A White Lie’ Lands At TriStar Pictures(1/26/18) TriStar Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to the Zendaya-starring psychological thriller A White Lie, beating out six buyers in a competitive deal. Zendaya is producing the project with Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter via their Hello Sunshine label.
Monica Beletsky penned the script, which is based on Karin Tanabe’s 2016 novel The Gilded Years. The film is inspired by the true story of African American Anita Hemmings who, passing as white, became the first Black woman to attend Vassar College, the country’s most exclusive school for women.
Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee the project for TriStar.
Zendaya is repped by CAA, Monster Talent, and Skrzyniarz & Mallean. Hello Sunshine is repped by CAA and attorney Gretchen Rush. Tanabe is repped by Aevitas Creative Management. Beletsky is repped by CAA and Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown.
'So Many Memories': Reese Witherspoon Pays a Visit to Her Grandparents' House(1/20/18) (Photo) To grandmother’s house she goes!Reese Witherspoon took a trip down memory lane on Thursday, posing for a photo outside of a very meaningful home.
“This is my Grandparents house where I spent every day after school,” the Wrinkle in Time star, 41, writes in a post on Instagram showcasing the brick build with a blue-painted front door and American flag. “Grandma taught me to love books. Grandpa taught me how to grow vegetables, and they both showed me how to be a good neighbor.”
Witherspoon’s company, Draper James, was also tagged in the shot. The lifestyle brand, which includes everything from clothes to kitchen supplies, was named in homage to said grandparents and her upbringing.
“I started this company to honor my Southern heritage and in particular, my grandparents who were, and still are, the greatest influences in my life,” she previously wrote on her website. “My grandparents taught me everything I know about gracious Southern living. From them I learned to dress and act like a lady, to take pride in my home, to reach out to help a neighbor, and to always invite everyone in for a visit.”
Witherspoon is one of many celebs enduring a rare winter storm that’s making its way through the south this week. To stay cozy on her afternoon jaunt, she donned a red sweater and hat, a gray coat and black faux-fur boots.
But after her recent trip with husband Jim Toth, the mom of three is braving the cold and returning to her roots, even if it is just for a quick selfie.
“So many memories,” she continued in the throwback. “Here’s to all the great Grandmas and Grandpas who are raising the next generation!”
Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series Produced by Reese Witherspoon(1/17/18) Apple is taking a bite out of Kristen Wiig.
The former Saturday Night Live star is set to headline a half-hour, Reese Witherspoon-produced comedy series for the company, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A studio is not yet attached.
Inspired by You Think It, I’ll Say It — an upcoming collection of short stories by Curtis Sittenfeld, who will serve as a consulting producer — the yet-untitled comedy, which has been ordered for 10 episodes, marks Apple’s first scripted comedy order. It also marks Wiig’s first series-regular TV role since her SNL days.
After departing Saturday Night Live in 2012, Wiig has appeared on a variety of TV shows, including Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, The Last Man on Earth and The Spoils of Babylon; that last one earned her a Primetime Emmy nomination.
Series creator Colleen McGuiness (30 Rock) will serve as showrunner. She will also executive-produce alongside Wiig, Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter of Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine company.
Other Apple projects coming down the pike include: a dramedy about TV morning shows, starring Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, which has already been ordered for two seasons; a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories; and a yet-untitled space drama from Outlander boss Ronald D. Moore.
Rose McGowan: CAA agents were Weinstein’s ‘pimps’(1/15/18) Rose McGowan is being hailed for her bravery in calling out the powerful CAA talent agency for enabling Harvey Weinstein. She refers to CAA agents as his “pimps.”
CAA represented many of the actresses who were sent to meetings with Weinstein at his suite at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
“Harvey worked very closely with CAA. It’s amazing they’ve managed to escape all this scandal unscathed,” one Hollywood veteran told me.
CAA has even been hailed for its embrace of the #TimesUp movement against sexual harassment and for providing its offices in Los Angeles, New York and London for simultaneous meetings.
Attached to the invite for Wednesday’s meeting, McGowan tweeted: “Who do you think is behind this ‘great’ pr? Why, it’s the company of pimps that sent so many into the Monster’s Lair themselves. CAA. #TIMESUP fakes.”
And when Weinstein was desperately trying to kill Ronan Farrow’s exposé in the New Yorker, he called a CAA managing partner, Bryan Lourd, who told Weinstein that Farrow, a CAA client, wouldn’t meet with him.
CAA issued an apology last month after it was reported that at least eight of its agents had been approached with complaints about Weinstein’s behavior.
“We apologize to any person the agency let down for not meeting the high expectations we place on ourselves, as individuals and as a company,” the statement read. “We unequivocally support those who have spoken out publicly.”
While Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Penélope Cruz and Reese Witherspoon are still repped by CAA, Rae Dawn Chong left in 1990, when she says her complaint of being harassed by fellow CAA client Steven Seagal was ignored.
A CAA spokeswoman had no comment.
‘CBS Sunday Morning’: Oprah Winfrey Time’s Up Panel Interview Includes Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes(1/13/18) (Video Preview) Oprah Winfrey this Sunday will interview a gathering of prominent Hollywood woman – Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Tracee Ellis Ross, Shonda Rhimes, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, attorney Nina Shaw – about the Time’s Up campaign that gained much attention at this year’s Golden Globes.
Winfrey’s taped interview, conducted earlier this week in Pasadena, will air on CBS Sunday Morning (CBS, 9 am ET). Watch a clip above.
In excerpts released by CBS, Witherspoon says about the movement to take on sexual harassment, “There’s moments that you have to evaluate whether silence is going to be your only option. And certain times that was our only option. But now is not that time.”
Witherspoon talks about her own sexual assault at 16 by a director.
“We’re humans. We’re all humans,” Portman says. “And I think it’s treating people as fellow humans and – and it’s not because you have a daughter that you respect a woman, it’s not because you have a wife or a sister, it’s because we’re human beings, whether we’re related to a man or not. We deserve the same respect.”
Ross of ABC’s Black-ish says, “At this moment it’s a campaign. “And we’re all sort of workers among workers and women among women, sort of rolling up our sleeves and doing whatever sort of comes to the forefront.”
Says Kennedy about speaking for women without public profiles, “We have to maintain the momentum of this conversation because they can’t.”
‘Big Little Lies’ Reese Witherspoon: “Time Is Up, We Will Tell Your Stories” – Golden Globes(1/8/18) (Video) HBO’s Big Little Lies capped off a Golden Globes sweep with the prize for Best Limited TV Series/Made for TV Movie tonight. The win joined earlier trophies for Best Actress Nicole Kidman, Best Supporting Actress Laura Dern and Best Supporting Actor Alexander Skarsgard. The hardware haul tonight follows eight Emmy Awards back in September and comes amid the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, making the series seem even more relevant.
Time’s Up, a group of 300 women in the entertainment industry that recently started a legal defense fund for sexual harassment claims, was cited out by Big Little Lies star and exec producer Reese Witherspoon upon accepting the Limited Series Globe. “This show is so much about the life we present to the world that could be very different than the life we live behind closed doors,” she said. “So I want to thank everyone who broke their silence this year and spoke up about abuse and harassment. You are so brave. And hopefully shows like this, more will be made so people out there who are feeling silenced by harassment, discrimination, abuse: Time is up. We see you, we hear you and we will tell your stories.”
Based on Liane Moriarty’s novel, the David E Kelley-scripted, Jean-Marc Vallée-directed Big Little Lies tells the story of a group of women in a tight-knit, well-heeled community in Monterey, CA. When a murder rocks the gossipy residents, the fragile truths behind their picture-perfect lives threaten to be exposed.
Kelley said tonight, “This one’s been a real joy. It started with Liane’s great book, HBO’s unflinching support” and Vallée. “He took this material into his heart and more importantly he delivered it from his heart elevating every page, every performance,” Kelley added, noting, “As for the cast, take a look at this cast, many of which have already been honored but two of which are also ferocious producers, Nicole and Reese.”
The series is getting a second installment with a seven-episode order coming through in early December. Back for the follow-up are Kidman and Witherspoon as well Kelley who again is penning all of the scripts partially based on a story by Moriarty. Andrea Arnold is directing.
When the greenlight was announced, Witherspoon said, “It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them.”
Added Kidman, “This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realized by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold. What a journey this has been.”
BLL is made by HBO Entertainment, David E. Kelly Productions, Pacific Standard and Blossom Films.
Golden Globes 2018 Winners(1/8/18) Best Limited Series: Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria to Walk 2018 Golden Globes Red Carpet Together(1/4/18) Women in Hollywood are preparing to make a statement at the 2018 Golden Globes.
As the countdown continues for the start of award season, two beloved actresses are teaming up for Sunday's big show.
E! News has learned Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria will walk the red carpet together Sunday night in support of Time's Up.
The movement launched on New Year's Day aims to promote equality and safety in the workplace. The initiative also addresses legislation, corporate policy and hiring practices.
"Thank you to @nytimes for helping us shine a light on ALL people silenced by abuse and harassment within their own industry," Reese wrote on Twitter when the movement was announced. "I'm very proud to be part of this group of over 300 women & men who are determined to take this moment to help others. @timesupnw."
Eva added, "I stand with women across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation. @TIMESUPNW."
According to the New York Times, Time's Up has also been urging women to wear black at the Golden Globes to use the red carpet as an opportunity to raise awareness about the initiative.
"This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment," Eva shared with the publication. "For years, we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour. This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around. That's not what this moment is about."
Jennifer Aniston, Shonda Rhimes, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Rashida Jones are just some of the many Hollywood stars also supporting the initiative in various ways.
The Blast was first to report Eva and Reese's red carpet news.
Watch E!'s Countdown special Sunday, Jan. 7, starting at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT followed by the two-hour Live From the Red Carpet: 2018 Golden Globes special at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT! The 2018 Golden Globes air on NBC starting at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. After, recap the night during E!'s After Party starting at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. For complete Golden Globes coverage, watch E! News Monday at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m
‘Are You Sleeping’ Drama Starring Octavia Spencer In Works At Apple With Reese Witherspoon & Peter Chernin Producing(1/3/18) Apple has landed Are You Sleeping, a thriller drama series project starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures), which hails from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. The recently launched scripted drama venture between Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content is the studio.
Are You Sleeping, created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) based on true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, has been put in development at Apple’s video programming unit headed by Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg. Like other streaming platforms, Apple’s slate is expected to feature projects it snags with straight-to-series orders — like the recently greenlighted morning show drama starring Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, the Amazing Stories reboot from Steven Spielberg and Bryan Fuller and a Ronald D. Moore space drama — as well as projects it takes in to develop for straight-to-series consideration.
Are You Sleeping provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage. Sarah Koenig, host, creator and producer of the true-crime podcast phenomenon Serial, whose breakout success helped fuel that obsession, is on board to consult on the series.
Are You Sleeping is executive produced by Spencer via her Orit Entertainment, Tramble as well as Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, and Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo for Chernin Entertainment.
Are You Sleeping marks the second project Apple has commissioned from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, joining the morning show drama executive produced by and starring Witherspoon and Aniston, which has received a two-season order. Hello Sunshine is repped by CAA.
Following her Oscar-winning performance in The Help and her Oscar-nominated turn in Hidden Figures, Spencer is currently seen in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. She is repped by WME.
Spellman and her husband, fellow writer, Malcolm Spellman, have been attached to Confederate, Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s controversial slavery-themed followup series for HBO. She is repped by WME and Industry Entertainment.
Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content — the unit that combined WME and IMG’s scripted television and film financing and sales groups — launched their venture two months ago with the goal to finance, develop and create premium scripted drama series with international appeal for all distribution platforms.
Barber is repped by CAA and Fletcher & Company.
‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Celebrates The New Year With TV Spot, Motion Posters(1/1/18) (Videos: TV Spot, Oprah, Reese, Mindy) Disney invites audiences to “tesser” into 2018 with a new TV spot and motion posters for the forthcoming Ava DuVernay-directed adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic young adult novel, A Wrinkle in Time.
The new TV spot released on Facebook is another morsel of fantastical goodness for Wrinkle starring Storm Reid as the book’s young heroine Meg Murry. We get more glimpses of the epic universes from the book punctuated by Oprah Winfrey’s Mrs. Which saying “Be a warrior!”
In addition, Disney posted trippy motion posters featuring the movie’s uber-fierce and fancy supernatural beings that help Meg and her crew tesser (i.e. “fold” and “wrinkle”) through the universe: Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, and Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who.
The epic adventure based on the timeless classic takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
The movie, which is set to open in theaters on March 9, also stars Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Pena, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard, and Zach Galifianakis.
Hollywood women launch anti-sexual harassment initiative(1/1/18) A star-studded group of female Hollywood figures — including Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington — has launched a new initiative to combat workplace sexual discrimination and inequality.
The Time’s Up campaign — spearheaded by more than 300 actresses and executives — will push for a marked increase in women hires along with equal pay and benefits across professions both glamorous and otherwise.
“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end,” the group said in a statement. “Time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly.”
The initiative will also feature a legal defense fund for both women and men who believe that they’ve been discriminated against or harassed in their workplace.
“Time’s up on silence,” tweeted producer and participant Shonda Rimes in support of the campaign. “Time’s up on waiting.”
A range of Hollywood boosters — including Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg — have already donated to the fund and have raised $13 million thus far.
“Unfortunately, too many centers of power — from legislatures to boardrooms to executive suites and management and academia — lack gender parity and women do not have equal decision-making authority,” the group said in an open letter released on New Year’s Day.
The coalition also demanded greater representation for minorities, immigrants, and those in the LGBTQ community whose “experiences in the workforce are often significantly worse that their white, cisgender, straight peers.”
The effort also counted Emma Stone, America Ferrera and Eva Longoria as supporters.
Noting recent disclosures of mistreatment by members of the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance, Time’s Up lobbied for more attention to gender-related problems in less prominent industries.
“We fervently urge the media covering the disclosures by people in Hollywood to spend equal time on the myriad experiences of individuals working in less glamorized and valorized trades,” the letter read.
In addition, the group will seek legislation that would penalize misbehaving companies as well as a specific push to achieve gender parity at Hollywood studios and talent agencies.
Hoping to generate momentum, Time’s Up called for women to wear black at the upcoming Golden Globes as a sign of solidarity to the victims of sexual harassment who have come out over the last few months.
SAG Awards Nominations(12/13/17) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
LAURA DERN / Renata Klein – “BIG LITTLE LIES” (HBO)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Celeste Wright – “BIG LITTLE LIES” (HBO)
JESSICA LANGE / Joan Crawford – “FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN” (FX Networks)
SUSAN SARANDON / Bette Davis – “FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN” (FX Networks)
REESE WITHERSPOON / Madeline MacKenzie – “BIG LITTLE LIES” (HBO).
75th Golden Globes Nominations(12/12/17) BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
JESSICA BIEL, THE SINNER
NICOLE KIDMAN, BIG LITTLE LIES
JESSICA LANGE, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
SUSAN SARANDON, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
REESE WITHERSPOON, BIG LITTLE LIES.
‘Big Little Lies’: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman back for Season 2(12/8/17) Fans of Big Little Lies are getting an early Christmas gift.
HBO announced Friday that its star-studded limited series will be returning for a second season with seven episodes.
The first season of the series, which featured Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley as suspects in a crime that occurs in their small California town, won eight Emmys earlier this year, including Best Actress in a Limited Series for Kidman. The first season also starred Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz and Alexander Skarsgard, among others.
Witherspoon and Kidman will return as the show’s stars, playing the same characters, while David E. Kelley will pen scripts for the new season. New director Andrea Arnold (Transparent) will take over from Season 1 helmer Jean-Marc Vallee.
“It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them,” Witherspoon tells EW. “I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm. Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team.”
Added Kidman: “This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world … What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”
The new season will be based on a story written by Liane Moriarty, who wrote the original bestselling novel.
AFI Awards: ‘The Good Place’, ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘This Is Us’, ‘Stranger Things’ Among TV Honorees(12/8/17) The 18th annual AFI Awards list of the best TV shows of 2017 are out, and among the usual suspects — awards season-wise — is one somewhat surprising entry: NBC’s The Good Place. In fact, the Peacock got all of the broadcast love from AFI this year as its This Is Us also made the list of 10 “culturally and artistically significant” programs.
The Good Place picked up a Critics’ Choice Award for Most Exciting New Series for its freshman season last year but went unnoticed by the Emmys and Golden Globes. This Is Us, on the other hand, was a favorite at the Emmys in September and many other trophy shows since its fall 2016 debut.
HBO and Netflix each grabbed three slots on the AFI list to go with NBC’s two, leaving precious few slots for other networks. Hulu’s Emmy-laden The Handmaid’s Tale and FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan also made the cut.
Here is the full list of shows earning AFI Awards this year:
Big Little Lies, HBO
If you notice some big names missing from this top 10, note that it’s sometimes tough to compare the AFI winners to other trophy shows because of the eligibility windows. But that’s not the case for HBO’s Veep — the four-time defending Emmy champ — and AMC’s Better Call Saul, which are among the high-profile snubs.
Critics' Choice Awards 2018 Nominations(12/7/17) The live ceremony airs Thursday, Jan. 11 at 8/7c on The CW
Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series
Reese Witherspoon Sued Over 'Gone Girl'(12/7/17) Reese Witherspoon got a lot of accolades for producing "Gone Girl," and now she's got a lawsuit.
Leslie Weller claims she wrote a screenplay called "Out of the Blue" back in 2005. She sent a copy to a script consultant and claims that set the wheels in motion for someone to jack her work. She says the book "Gone Girl" which came out in 2012 is a rip off of her screenplay.
Weller claims a bunch of similarities ... they both focus on a married couple's relationship where the husband and wife are slowly drifting apart. They both contain a key twist where the wife is not the nice, normal, and somewhat naive housewife and is in fact a psychopath who sets up her husband.
Weller goes on ... both her screenplay and the novel are structured in the same way -- first, everyone sympathizes with the wife, and then you start to despise the husband, but things turn and by the end, you despise them both.
And she says both her work and "Gone Girl" feature a scene with a hammer that leads you to believe the husband might hurt the wife.
Weller is also suing the book's author, Gillian Flynn, along with the movie's director, David Fincher. She says the movie lifts from the book, which lifts from her screenplay.
Reese Witherspoon's Daughter Ava Phillippe Wows During Paris Debut(11/26/17) (Video) She's the belle of the ball!
Ava Philippe has switched the city of stars for the City of Light, making her first official public debut in Paris.
Reese Witherspoon's oldest child—and only daughter with ex Ryan Phillippe—has debuted at the oh-so glamorous Parisian debutante ball, le Bal des Débutantes—and boy, did she sparkle! The blonde opted for a voluminous ball gown for her big debut.
The highly renowned annual affair took place at the Peninsula Paris hotel on Saturday night. The celebrity offspring was one of six Americans (including Steve Harvey's daughter) and 20 debutantes total.
The 18-year-old, who attended the event with her lookalike mom and stepfather Jim Toth, was escorted by 19-year-old Maharaja of Jaipur Padmanabh Singh, who also waltzed the A-lister in front of the well-heeled crowd.
Vanity Fair previously confirmed that Ava would be donning a gown by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture for the special occasion.
(Video) Several images of the grand affair were caught and shared on Instagram by Vogue Brasil writer Bruno Astuto.
Launched in 1992 by Ophélie Renouard, the ball typically features young women from all around the world who come from notable families. Partnered with a cavalier, the debutantes usually don designer gowns with couture labels.
Phillippe is certainly not the first famous child to debut at the elegant event. Star daughters like Sophia Rose Stallone, Tallulah Willis, Autumn Whitaker, Scout Willis, Tallulah Willisand Kyra Kennedy have all debuted in previous years.
While Ava maintains a rather normal life mostly out of the spotlight as a student, she has sparked attention for looking like a twin to her movie star mom. "People come up to her [all the time]. We were at a premiere and they were congratulating her on her performance," Witherspoon previously told E! News. "She's like, 'I'm not in the movie.'"
She may not have been in that movie, but her life certainly looked like a fairy tale tonight!
Reese and Ryan to unite for Ava Phillippe’s debutante ball in Paris(11/25/17) Reese Witherspoon and daughter Ava Phillippe were scheduled to arrive in Paris for Phillippe’s coming out at Le Bal des Débutantes on Saturday.
Phillippe — Witherspoon’s child with Ryan Phillippe — is one of 20 women being introduced to society at the annual event and one of just six Americans this year.
Vanity Fair has reported that Ava will be dressed by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture and escorted by her “cavalier,” the Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, India, (no offense, but we’d be more impressed if it were LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers).
It’s a rare public appearance for Witherspoon’s look-alike daughter, — who just this month also stepped out as Reese’s date at MoMA for the WSJ. Magazine 2017 Innovator Awards. Ryan’s also expected to attend the glamorous event.
Also making her debut at the shindig this year, reportedly, is Steve Harvey’s 20-year-old stepdaughter, Lori Harvey.
Other American celebrity spawn to swan at the ball in the past include: Warren Beatty’s and Annette Bening’s daughter Ella Beatty, artist Cy Twombly’s granddaughter Maia Twombly, Pat Cleveland’s daughter Anna Cleveland, Kyra Kennedy, Sylvester Stallone’s daughter Sophia Stallone, and Larry David’s daughter Romy David.
A Wrinkle In Time Trailer Drops: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling Fight Darkness With Magic(11/19/17) (Trailer) (Posters) Disney just dropped the official trailer for A Wrinkle In Time during tonight's 2017 American Music Awards and it looks out of this world!
Ava DuVernay's adaptation is based on the Madeleine L'Engle book from 1962 and deals with the consequences of inter-space travel, specifically from Earth to a planet that possesses all the evil and darkness in the world.
As seen in the center of the poster, Dr. Alex Murry, played by Chris Pine, discovers a way to travel to a new planet he discovers. Unfortunately, this move opens the floodgates of travel and the planet's darkness begins to spread freely throughout the universe.
Dr. Murry's kids, Meg (Storm Reed) and Charles (Deric McCabe) enlist their classmate, Calvin O'Keefe (Levi Miller), to help track down their father and put a stop to this evil threat. Of course it wouldn't be an intergalactic adventure without space guides, or astral travelers in this case, known as Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey).
This fantastical and scientific film is much different than DuVernay's previous directorial work, which all centered on realistic stories about racial tensions like 2014's Selma or 2013's 13th. But she leads the female centric story for a powerhouse classic filled with top-billing ladies.
The cast got so close shooting in New Zealand that Kaling even shared her pregnancy news with them before the rest of the world, and Oprah was even the one to accidentally let the news slip. Those close bonds are sure to make for an emotional but action-packed experience!
A Wrinkle In Time premieres March 9, 2018.
Zendaya To Star In ‘A White Lie,’ Pitch Package From Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine(11/13/17) The hot pitch package on the street is A White Lie, an adaptation of the Karin Tanabe novel The Gilded Years. The book is a psychological thriller built around the true story of Anita Hemmings, a light-skinned African-American woman. The daughter of a janitor, she passed as white so she could attend Vassar at the turn of the 20th century. Spider-Man: Homecoming star co-star Zendaya will play Hemmings. Monica Beletsky is writing the script, and Hello Sunshine’s Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter are producing along with Zendaya.
The singer-turned-actress next will be seen co-starring in the Michael Gracie-directed The Greatest Showman, co-starring alongside Hugh Jackman. She will also reprise in the Spider-Man sequel opposite Tom Holland. Zendaya is repped by CAA and Monster Talent; Withespoon is with CAA and LBI.
‘Big Little Lies’: Reese Witherspoon Backs Out Of ‘Pale Blue Dot’ As HBO Miniseries Nears Second Installment(11/9/17) Reese Witherspoon is stepping back from Pale Blue Dot, the Fox Searchlight sci-fi pic from Noah Hawley that she had intended to produce and star in. The project, which came together in February, is based on a spec by Brian C Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi and tells the story of a female astronaut who, upon returning to Earth from a mission in space, begins to slowly unravel and lose touch with reality.
Witherspoon’s exit, confirmed today, only fuels the rumors the the long-gestating potential Season 2 of HBO’s Emmy-winning limited series Big Little Lies is getting closer to reality. Earlier today, our sister publication TVLine reported sources saying that the network is eyeing a spring 2018 production start.
Sources say that the cast has not been locked yet to return but talks are underway. There also is a search for a new director.
Yesterday, Deadline reported that Apple landed the hot morning show drama series project executive produced by and starring Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston with a two-season order. Production on that — two 10-episode seasons — would most likely start after a Big Little Lies shoot.
The drumbeat for a second season of Big Little Lies has grown since the first installment of the adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel cleaned up a the Emmys, winning eight in all including Best Limited Series (Witherspoon earned a statuette as an executive producer) and Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for star/exec producer Nicole Kidman. Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgard also starred and Jean-Marc Vallée directed.
Moriarty, Witherspoon, Kidman and Vallée all hinted backstage at the Emmys that a Season 2 was a strong possibility. The main obstacle had been the lack of source material as the novel was a one-off. But sources says Moriarty — who had acknowledged she had been approached by HBO and the producers about a second season — has written a short novella that picks up the story and envisions what happens next with the main characters.
Big Little Lies Eyes Spring 2018 Production Start for Season 2(11/9/17) It’s amazing how a crate full of Emmys can hasten the development process. Case in point: A second season of Big Little Lies is poised to become a reality (much) sooner than later.
Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that HBO is eyeing a Spring 2018 production start for the female-driven phenom, which snagged eight Emmy statues in September, including for Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for Nicole Kidman. As recently as two weeks ago, Big Little Lies EP/writer David E. Kelley strongly intimated to TVLine that a second season was nearing the scheduling stage.
“We’re kicking around ideas and trying to lasso the talent [and] get the band back together,” he shared. “It’s just a lot of logistical things. But I’m optimistic because everyone wants to do it. We feel we still have storytelling to do. No decision has been made yet, but we’re hopeful. Where we left it, I felt like it did open the opportunity for a lot more storytelling.”
An HBO rep declined to confirm anything about a potential second season.
Even before Big Little Lies triumphed at the Emmys, HBO asked Liane Moriarty — whose novel the miniseries was based on — to “take a crack at” coming with with a story for a potential second season. Kidman and fellow leading lady/EP Reese Witherspoon both expressed interest in keeping the franchise going, and director Jean-Marc Vallée — who initially balked at doing a sequel — now wants in. “It’d be great to reunite the team and to do it,” Vallée said backstage at the Emmys. “Are we going to be able to do it, altogether? I wish. We’ll see.”
Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston's Morning-Show Drama Gets 2-Season Series Order at Apple(11/9/17) The A-list early birds get the worm: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon‘s drama about the behind-the-scenes goings-on at a morning talk show has received a two-season pickup at Apple, our sister site Deadline reports.
The Friends and Big Little Lies actresses will star in and executive-produce the scripted series, which is based on an idea from former HBO executive Michael Ellenberg and which will include context from Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. The project also has apparently had some tweaks since its inception: When we first reported on the potential series in July, it was conceived as a comedy.
The order is for 20 episodes spread over two seasons.
The series will mark Aniston’s first regular TV gig since Friends ended in 2004.
Reese Witherspoon addresses the ‘ugly truth’ of harassment(11/3/17) Reese Witherspoon spoke out about sexual harassment in Hollywood at WSJ.?Magazine’s Innovator Awards on Wednesday to a crowd including Gwyneth Paltrow — who, last month, with Angelina Jolie, publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassment.
Also at the gala, held at MoMA, were Naomi Campbell, Karlie Kloss, Joe Jonas, Maddie Ziegler, Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons, Candice Bergen and Witherspoon’s daughter, Ava Phillippe.
The “Wild” star and producer, who’s on WSJ.’s new cover, said she’s on a mission “to do more for others in my industry.”
“We’ve been dealing with some really ugly truths .?.?. and it’s been rampant far longer than I have been an actress. It has brought back a lot of painful memories for people. It’s been a real time of reckoning for us,” Witherspoon said after accepting an award from Diane von Furstenberg with a video tribute from Oprah Winfrey. “There is definitely a growing realization we need to take the time to really examine the biases that exist in our industry and make much needed change. Because this is not an issue about actors and actresses .?.?. This is a bigger issue about power.”
Also in the crowd were financier Vivi Nevo, MoMA director Glenn Lowry, Tory Burch and WSJ. Editor-in-Chief Kristina O’Neill and publisher Anthony Cenname.
Reese Witherspoon Is 'Over Being Bashful' About Her Talent: Men Are Like 'I'm Amazing! I Rock!'(11/1/17) (people.com) Reese Witherspoon will not apologize for her success. The multihyphenate star (not only is she one of the biggest actresses in the industry, she simultaneously runs a production company and clothing line while raising three children) landed the cover spot of WSJ. Magazine’s “Innovators” issue along with the title of Entertainment Innovator of the Year thanks to her assertiveness, leadership and unwavering activism for female empowerment.
“I know I’m good at things,” she shares in her cover interview by close friend Derek Blasberg. “And I’m over being bashful about it. Do basketball players have to sit there and act coy? Tell me something: Does LeBron James twiddle his thumbs and say, ‘Jeez, I’m kind of great at shooting, and I guess I’m OK at dribbling and passing’? No, he’s like, ‘I’m amazing! I rock!’ I wish more actresses had that kind of bravado.”
And that confident attitude is something the star says she was born with.
“I was never going to be an actor who lives in their car because their dream was so big. [If acting didn’t work] I would have gone from Stanford to medical school and become a surgeon,” she shares. “Right now, I’d probably be the premier surgeon and pediatric cardiologist at Vanderbilt University … What? I’m just being honest. I’m ambitious, and I’m over hiding that.”
Witherspoon’s latest venture, the production company Hello Sunshine (which absorbed her last company Pacific Standard), not only produces films and TV series, but will expand its focus to include exclusive digital content and social media ventures. Wild, Gone Girl and the eight-time Emmy-winning series Big Little Lies have all been overseen by Hello Sunshine.
“I wasn’t being offered opportunities to grow my company until I got that third hit,” Witherspoon shares of Big Little Lies completing the “hat trick” she need to solidify her production company in Hollywood. “A guy has one hit at Sundance, and he gets Jurassic World.”
The 41-year-old actress also wants to create a space where a wide range of roles exist for women. “We women are too talented to be fighting over roles like this,” she says.
That’s why the female-driven Big Little Lies holds a deep meaning for Witherspoon and the entire cast.
“Laura, Nicole and I kept looking around saying, ‘We would never be on set together!'” she says. “My part is equitable to her part, which is equitable to Laura’s part, which is equitable to Shailene’s and Zoë’s.”
Her BLL co-star Nicole Kidman praised Witherspoon for her do-it-all attitude, saying that she inspires those around her.
“Reese is a doer,” Kidman, who refers to Witherspoon as “my baby sister,” tells the magazine. “I always say to her, ‘You don’t understand how rare this is!’ To her, it’s like, ‘Yeah, now what?’ She can do it all standing on her head.”
When she’s not acting, producing, directing or spending time with her family, Witherspoon is busy designing her line Draper James, which launched in 2015 and recently landed at Nordstrom. (The line has doubled its sales since launching two years ago, according to the magazine, and will open a fourth stand-alone store at the end of 2017.)
And there is no one that reps the line more than Witherspoon herself.
“Well, I was being approached by other brands that were based in the Northeast, and I thought, I don’t really know anything about that, but what I do know is how beautiful the South is, and I had this incredible upbringing there,” says Witherspoon of the inspiration behind her brand, which includes everything from party dresses to accessories to housewares.
As for her business-minded nature, Witherspoon maintains that she’ll always hold on to that Elle Woods mentality: “You can be unapologetically feminine but also smart and driven.”
“At least once a week I have a woman come up to me and say, ‘I went to law school because of Legally Blonde,'” she adds of her most famous on-screen alter ego. “It’s incredible.”
WSJ. Magazine’s Innovator’s issue, on newsstands Saturday, November 4th.
NBC Buys NICU Drama ‘Delivery’ From Kristin Newman & Rob Wright, With Reese Witherspoon Producing(10/20/17) This is probably the most heartwarming story you will hear this broadcast selling season. NBC has put in development Delivery, a family drama set in a high-risk perinatology unit, from writers Kristin Newman (The Muppets) and Rob Wright (Lethal Weapon). The project hails from ABC Studios and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner.
Delivery is a deeply personal project for Newman and Wright, who are married and new parents. The two are not writing partners but teamed for the first time to write this script on spec during the three months they spent living in a hospital labor and delivery ward — with Newman initially on bed rest — following the birth of their daughter 10 weeks early. (Above is a photo of the two of them in a hospital bed writing.)
Delivery was set up at ABC Studios, where Newman is under an overall deal. The script got the attention of ABC Studios-based Hello Sunshine, founded by Reese Witherspoon with the goal of creating content that puts women at the center of the story.
Newman and Wright executive produce the drama, about a group of doctors with deep familial ties who must navigate their personal and professional lives in a high-volume perinatology unit, with Hello Sunshine’s Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustader.
This is the latest broadcast sale to an unaffiliated network by ABC Studios this year. The list include drama Bastards at Fox, a co-production with 20th TV.
Newman, who authored the travel memoir What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding, is working on new ABC comedy series The Mayor under her overall deal at ABC Studios, where she has been for six years, most recently serving as a co-executive producer on The Real O’Neals. She is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.
Wright co-created Fox’s drama The Mob Doctor and is currently a co-executive producer on Fox’s action drama Lethal Weapon. He is repped by ICM Partners and Bloom Hergott.
Witherspoon, who recently shared a best miniseries Emmy for HBO’s Big Little Lies, is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
Reese Witherspoon Says She Was Sexually Assaulted By Director At Age 16(10/17/17) Reese Witherspoon revealed during a speech to introduce honoree Laura Dern at Elle’s Women In Hollywood event last night that she has experiences multiple instances of harassment and sexual assault during her career in Hollywood — including an assault by a male director when she was 16 years old.
The admission come as women in Hollywood and elsewhere are coming forward with their experiences in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Witherspoon, with her daughter Ava Phillippe in the room, said Monday the revelations about the mega-producer’s decades of alleged sexual abuse and harassment forced her and other women to “to remember and relive a lot of ugly truths.”
That included Jennifer Lawrence, who during her speech at the event Monday recalled producers on one of her films who asked her to lose weight. “And, during this time, a female producer had me do a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much thinner than me,” Lawrence said. “And we all stood side-by-side with only paste-ons covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating lineup, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.”
Witherspoon also told her story.
“I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly, and I found it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate,” she said. “A lot of the feelings I’ve been having about anxiety, about being honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier or taking action. True disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger that I felt at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment. And I wish I could tell you that that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly, it wasn’t. I’ve had multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault, and I don’t speak about them very often, but after hearing all the stories these past few days and hearing these brave women speak up tonight, the things that we’re kind of told to sweep under the rug and not talk about, it’s made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I felt less alone this week than I’ve ever felt in my entire career.”
Witherspoon added that in the recent days she has spoken with many women who have had similar experiences, saying that the fact they went public with their own stories made them brave.
“I feel very encouraged by this group of people tonight who have created a community of people who are champions now of a new attitude toward harassment in our industry and every industry that’s going to address the abuse of power in this business and every business and I feel really, really encouraged that there will be a new normal.”
She added: “For the young women sitting in this room, life is going to be different for you because we have you, we have your back. And that makes me feel better because, gosh, it’s about time. I just also want to say as a course of action because sometimes people, they talk about things but I was really thinking last night, what can we do, what can do we do? And I just want to say, there’s a lot of people here who negotiate quite frequently with different companies and heads of companies, and I think maybe during your next negotiation, this is a really prudent time to ask important questions like, who are your top female executives? Do those women have green-light power? How many women are on the board of your company? How many women are in a key position of decision-making at your company? Asking questions like that, I found, it seems so obvious, but people don’t ask those questions.
“If we can raise consciousness and really help create change, that’s what’s going to change this industry and change society. So I’m so sad that I have to talk about these issues, but it would be, I would be remiss not to.”
Said Lawrence to conclude her speech: “We’re all here for each other. Together, now, we will stop this kind of behavior from happening. We will stop normalizing these horrific situations. We will change this narrative and make a difference for all of those individuals pursuing their dreams.”
Reese and Ryan’s daughter to make her debut in Paris(10/8/17) Ava Phillippe, 18, the only daughter of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, will lead a contingent of six American debutantes to le Bal des Débutantes on Nov. 25 at the Peninsula Paris hotel.
The other Americans “coming out” include Laila Blavatnik, 18, daughter of Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik; Lori Harvey, 20, stepdaughter of Steve Harvey; and Charlotte Bell, 17, whose father, Bradley Bell, produces the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” and whose mother, Colleen, is also a producer and was the US ambassador to Hungary under President Obama.
Jeanne Malle, 16, great-niece of filmmaker Louis Malle, is one of two French debs, although she was born in and lives in New York.
Alice Ho, 18, daughter of Stanley Ho, who helped turn Macau into the world’s top gambling mecca, is a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology near Boston.
Britain is sending Cecily Lasnet, 17, daughter of model Stella Tennant. Plus, there are royal princesses from Belgium, Portugal, Brazil and India.
Le Bal, run by Ophélie Renouard, raises money for the New York-based Seleni Institute, to provide care and research for the mental health of teenage mothers.
Reese Witherspoon would ‘never change’ marrying Ryan Phillippe(Video) Reese Witherspoon has no regrets about her first marriage to Ryan Phillippe.
The “Big Little Lies” star, now 41, tied the knot with her “Cruel Intentions” co-star when she was just 23 years old. While discussing her new movie, “Home Again,” Witherspoon compared her onscreen character to her real life.
“It’s about that next chapter in your life. What do you do when you get to 40 and you’ve made a decision when you were 25 to get married and have kids?” she said on ITV morning show “Lorraine.” “I got married when I was 23 and I had two kids by the time I was 27.”
Witherspoon and Phillippe divorced in 2007. They share two kids together, Ava, 18, and Deacon, 13.
In hindsight, Witherspoon admitted 23 might have been a bit young to get married. “I don’t know, sometimes it’s good to know yourself [first],” she said before clarifying, “I would never change anything.”
But for their daughter, Ava, Witherspoon had some advice: “I’ve said to my daughter, ‘I think you know, at 25 you start to know yourself a little bit better.'”
Witherspoon is now married to Jim Toth, with whom she shares 5-year-old son Tennessee.
Phillippe has most recently been in the news for an ex-girlfriend suing him over claims he physically assaulted her in a drunken rage.
2017 Emmy Awards WinnersOutstanding Limited Series
Big Little Lies
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with David E. Kelley Productions, Pacific Standard and Blossom Films
Star-Studded, Unifying ‘Hand In Hand’ Telethon Raises Over $14 Million For Those Affected By Hurricane HarveyThe biggest names in Hollywood banded together tonight for Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief. The event spanned across multiple networks and online. The star-studded telethon which filmed in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and San Antonio raised over $14 million and included appearances from Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Justin Timberlake, Billy Crystal, Kerry Washington, Stephen Colbert, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Dwayne Johnson, Beyonce, and many, many more.
The hour-long event began with the legendary Stevie Wonder encouraged working together regardless of race, religion, political affiliation or sexual preference to help those devastated by the storms. Before performing a rendition of the classic Bill Withers tune “Lean On Me” he took a jab at climate change deniers saying, “Anyone who believes there’s no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent, Lord, please save us all.”
Beyonce, a native of Houston, gave a passionate pre-recorded speech, saying, “During a time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage and forever change lives.” She added, “Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together. Seeing everyone of different racial, social and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive, restored my faith in humanity.”
The telethon seemed to stray away from politics and controversial moments similar to Kanye West’s “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” comments during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina concert. Instead, there was an overwhelming, genuine focus on unity and encouraging of helping those affected by the hurricane.
During the telethon, Colbert announced the news that Apple donated $5 million while Jimmy Fallon said that Albertsons and Merck donated $1 million on top of that. Houston Rockets player, who was on hand answering phones said NBA Players Association not only donated $500,000 but said they would match any professional basketball player’s donation up to $20,000.
The telethon also included footage from Houston as they tried to rebuild from the aftermath of Harvey and more encouraging, heartfelt words and appearances from celebrities including Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Julianne Moore, Bruce Willis, Sofia Vergara, Justin Bieber, Taraji P. Henson, and more. The phone bank itself was a who’s who of Hollywood. Lupita N’yongo was active on social media, documenting the event.
Texas native Selena Gomez gave a tearful speech saying “no matter who we are, the differences we have suddenly did not seem to matter. Since that day, we have joined together — neighbor helping neighbor, without stopping to think about race, religion or anything else.”
Matthew McConaughey, who is also a Texas native, took to the stage and said that the we “can’t bring back what they lost, but we can help them know where to take the next step and provide some solid footing for them to place their next foot. A path to stability. To a place where they can rebuild.”
In addition to the performance by Wonder, many other musicians and artists collaborated to give stirring, emotional performances. Usher and Blake Shelton did a duet of “Stand By Me” from Nashville while Luis Fonsi and Tori Kelly sang a soulful “Hallelujah.” Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato, Darius Rucker and Cece Winans performed “With a Little Help from My Friends” and George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett approriately closed the evening’s performance of “Texas” and “I Believe” from San Antonio.
Hurricane Harvey Telethon: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC Join Forces for Star-Studded (Beyonce, Oprah, Babs) FundraiserThe major broadcast networks, with a little help from a Bey-vy of A-listers, are banding together to raise funds for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8/7c, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and cabler CMT will simulcast a one-hour telethon titled “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief.” Houston native Beyonce, as well as George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon are among the boldfaced names scheduled to appear on the special, which will be based in Los Angeles with cutaways to New York and Nashville. (It will air live on the East Coast and via tape delay on the West Coast.)
Also slated to lend their support: Jamie Foxx, Tori Kelly, Karlie Kloss, Matt Lauer, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Quaid, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan and Blake Shelton.
Proceeds will benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and The Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas late last month, leaving behind a record 52 inches of rain, billions of dollars in damage and anc least 60 deaths.
Reese Witherspoon wanted to be presidentReese Witherspoon wants to crush the stigma that ambitious women are selfish.
“What the heck is wrong with being ambitious?” she wrote in a new essay for Glamour after reading various articles and studies that claimed women with ambitious traits were viewed as “selfish” and “less worthy of being hired.”
“I have been ambitious all my life. In fact, I vividly remember telling my third-grade teacher that I wanted to be the first female president of the United States. Ambition is simply a drive inside of you—it’s having a curiosity or a new idea and the desire to pursue it,” she wrote.
Witherspoon has proven that ambitious women are the most successful. In 2012, she started her own production company — Pacific Standard — in order to create more roles for women. Some of her producing credits include “Gone Girl,” “Wild” and “Big Little Lies,” which was nominated for 16 Emmys.
“I can tell that I’m considered a player now because of the respect I get from studio heads,” she wrote, noting in the article that every studio but one passed on “Gone Girl” before it became a best-selling book. “They call me back quicker and give me thoughtful responses when I pitch ideas. It has been quite a shift for me.”
She calls out some of the women who have made big changes in the industry over the years like Felicity Jones, Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, Ava DuVernay, writer Jennifer Lee, directors Nancy Meyers and her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer.
But there are still challenges.
“Women made up just 29 percent of protagonists in last year’s highest-grossing films—that’s a new high, but come on … it’s not even a third,” she wrote. “The stakes are also much higher for stories about women. There is a lot of pressure to generate a huge profit. When any movie with a group of women starring in it doesn’t make heaps of money, the studio take away is that those types of films ‘aren’t working.’ But the truth is not every movie works.”
She also pointed out that having a good support system around her has helped her make her dreams come true and praised her husband of six years, Jim Toth.
Her advice? “Run away from a man who can’t handle your ambition. Run. So many men think ambition is awesome and sexy!”
At the end of the essay, she declares that if we encouraged more women to be ambitious, the world will change.
Reese Witherspoon Extends Overall Deal With ABC StudiosReese Witherspoon is extending her overall deal with ABC Studios for another year through her new company, Hello Sunshine. Under the pact, Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine’s head of film and television Lauren Levy Neustadter will develop comedy and drama TV projects for the studio.
Witherspoon previously had an overall deal at ABC Studios though Pacific Standard, the production company she co-founded with Bruna Papandrea. The pact yielded multiple sales and an ABC drama pilot in 2016 written by Meaghan Oppenheimer. Papandrea exited the company last year to start a new venture.
Witherspoon, who recently executive produced and starred in HBO’s buzzy limited series Big Little Lies, is repped by CAA, LBI, and Hansen Jacobson.
Houston Telethon Features Big Stars in Nashville, L.A. and New YorkThe Houston telethon TMZ just revealed will be held in 3 cities, hosted by huge stars, many of whom have deep roots in Houston.
Houston legend Bun B tellsl TMZ, the Sept 12 telethon will be fronted in 3 cities ... L.A., New York and Nashville.
As we reported, it's being organized by Bun B and the folks who organized the Ariana Grande One Love Manchester concert. Bun says Scooter Braun, who was a driving force behind Manchester, is at the helm.
As for the hosts, Bun says Reese Witherspoon and Blake Shelton will host from Nashville. The L.A. portion will be hosted by Jamie Foxx and tentatively Hilary Duff, who was born in Houston. As for New York, we're told Michael Strahan -- also born in Houston -- will host and organizers are trying to lock in Kelly Rowland, also born and raised in Houston.
We're told one of the people organizers really want is Jim Parsons, from "The Big Bang Theory," who was also born and raised in Houston.
As we reported, the major networks will run the show in primetime, but only for 1 hour, so every minute counts. This will limit the number of performances and a lot of time will be spent on the need to help and contribute.
Reese Witherspoon Talks Her First Red Carpet: "I Wore Cowboy Boots!"You can take the girl out of Nashville, but you can't take Nashville out of the girl!
It's no shocker that Reese Witherspoon is a southern girl through and through. The actress has never been shy about discussing her Southern belle upbringing, and when E! News' Jason Kennedy spoke with her at the Home Again premiere, she shared a fun fact about her first premiere in Los Angeles.
"You know what's crazy, my first premiere was here in this building, right there," she revealed. "I was 14 years old and I wore cowboy boots." Not the typical red carpet glam you'd expect, but Reese had her reasons. "Well, I was from Nashville," the actress shared.
Reese also dished on raising her children in Hollywood and how she keeps them grounded. "I want my children to have a real experience of knowing the world and giving back," she revealed.
Reese Witherspoon to Guest-Star on The Mindy Project's Final SeasonHere’s some big (little) news: Reese Witherspoon is going to be part of The Mindy Project‘s final season.
The Big Little Lies star will appear a Season 6 episode, Mindy star/creator Mindy Kaling revealed Tuesday via Instagram.
In the caption to her post, Kaling likely refers to working with Witherspoon on A Wrinkle in Time, the movie adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s novel, which is slated for release in March.
Witherspoon tweeted a photo later in the day; from that post, we know that she’ll show up in Episode 7.
It’s unclear what’s happening in the photos Kaling posted to social media, but here’s our theory: Mindy, whom Kaling has already stated will be divorced from new husband Ben in the upcoming season, goes on a Lorelai Gilmore-inspired Wild hiking trip and winds up lost, delirious from hunger and sheltering in a cave, where she has a vision of the effervescent Witherspoon (who, herself, played Wild author Cheryl Strayed, in the 2014 movie of that book). It’s not so far from plausible, given that Mindy will have a lot to think about in the series’ final run of episodes: As previously reported, Chris Messina will return as Danny for multiple episodes.
“We aren’t super interested in [tying everything up in a bow],” Kaling has said of the series finale. “We’re trying to avoid [that], while also leaving the audience with the sense that [Mindy] had some growth.”
Reese Witherspoon’s new flick goes inside Hollywood(Video) Reese Witherspoon’s “Home Again” is the feature debut of writer-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the daughter of rom-com queen Nancy Meyers and producer Charles Shyer.
So perhaps it’s not completely surprising that the film’s filled with Hollywood insider references.
Spies at advance screenings say one character — a young Hollywood producer “who’s ubersuccessful making horror movies” as played by “Veep” star Reid Scott — seems eerily similar to “Paranormal Activity” and “Get Out” producer Jason Blum.
We also hear that three aspiring filmmakers in the movie moving in with Witherspoon’s character are “loosely based” on Wes Anderson and Owen and Luke Wilson moving to LA together.
Reese Witherspoon is bringing her new movie to the HamptonsReese Witherspoon will head to the Hamptons this weekend to screen her new film, “Home Again,” on Saturday night.
Witherspoon stars as a divorced woman who invites three young men to move in with her. The film is the directorial debut of Hallie Meyers-Shyer — daughter of rom-com queen Nancy Meyers — and we hear both will also be at the East Hampton screening.
On Wednesday night, Witherspoon surprised a thrilled Dallas audience at a screening by appearing via Facebook Live for a Q&A.
Reese Witherspoon Slips Back Into Elle Woods' Wardrobe From Legally Blonde(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) All these years later, Reese Witherspoon still understands the important of having a bunny costume ready in your closet.
While its been 16 years since the Oscar winner headed to law school as the beloved sorority girl turned attorney, Elle Woods, it was as if no time had passed at all when she dug up a bunch of her iconic costumes from the film and modeled them on social media last year.
Remember when she showed up to a fake costume party in a body suit and bunny ears only to storm out and buy a laptop? Yup, she still has it. What about the striped off-the-shoulder top, pink pants and newsboy cap Elle sported to meet her new classmates on the green at Harvard? "Still fits too," Witherspoon wrote on Snapchat with excitement.
Of course, who could forget the pink printed halter dress she wore to dinner with Warner, expecting to get engaged but really was just dumped. Yes, all these years later, Elle's pain still stings, but the dress still looks superb.
No outfit is complete without shoes and, fortunately for Witherspoon, she still has rows and rows of Elle's, including two sets of fuzzy slippers and a handful of various pink heels and sandals.
The snaps resurfaced this week and caught the attention of even Witherspoon herself. "Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed!" she tweeted to a fan who shared the old images of the try-on session.
While the star looks exactly the same as she did the first time she acted in the outfits, she's reminded of time's passage by her 17-year-old daughter, Ava Phillippe, who had just celebrated her first birthday when they were shooting.
"I remember her visiting the set and how much she loved all of the costumes and all the pink clothes and the dog. It was a really fun cast and everybody was excited about creating something that wasn't just confection," she told the Instagram blog last summer. "It actually had a meaningful story that we had no idea would resonate so strongly with so many people. And it was about female empowerment. It wasn't necessarily about the girl getting the guy."
While the girl did get the guy, she also got the degree, the job and a fabulous closet to boot.
Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon to Star in Morning Show-Themed ComedyThe latest salvo in the #PeakTV wars has been launched: Jennifer Aniston is eyeing a return to the small screen in a comedy series that would also star Big Little Lies Emmy nominee Reese Witherspoon.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the A-list duo have signed on to headline a prospective sitcom that explores morning shows and the larger New York media scene they inhabit. The comedy will be shopped around to cable and streaming nets in the coming weeks (cue the Hulu-Amazon-Netflix bidding war in 3, 2, 1… )
The untitled project — which would mark Aniston’s first major TV gig since Friends concluded 13 years ago — is reportedly based on an original idea hatched by former HBO head of drama Michael Ellenberg. House of Cards‘ Jay Carson penned the script and would serve as an EP alongside Aniston and Witherspoon.
The gig marks a reunion for the two actresses: Witherspoon guest-starred in two Season 6 episodes of Friends as the younger sister of Aniston’s Rachel.
2017 Emmy Awards NominationsLEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Carrie Coon - Fargo, FX Networks
Felicity Huffman - American Crime, ABC
Nicole Kidman - Big Little Lies, HBO
Jessica Lange - Feud: Bette And Joan, FX Networks
Susan Sarandon - Feud: Bette And Joan, FX Networks
Reese Witherspoon - Big Little Lies, HBO.
‘Home Again’ Trailer: Reese Witherspoon Walks The Line With Younger Man(Video) The first full trailer for Home Again pads out a bit of story that we might have missed in the teaser trailer, but the gist holds over: Reese Witherspoon plays a recently separated mother dating – and maybe finding love with – a much younger man. How young? When he (Pico Alexander) offers to buy her a drink, he gets carded by the bartender. No worries, though, he passes at least that initial test.
Written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer (producer Nancy Meyers’ daughter, making her directing bow here), Home Again has Witherspoon as Alice Kinney, the newly (if not yet legally) single 40-year-old mom to two young daughters embarking on a starting-over life in Los Angeles.
With the encouragement of her mom (Candice Bergen), Alice loans out her guest house to three young aspiring filmmakers – played by Alexander, Nat Wolff and Jon Rudnitsky – ensuring some rom-com complications, especially with the re-entry of her estranged hubby (Michael Sheen).
Home Again is produced by Nancy Meyers and Erika Olde. Open Road releases the film in September.
Take a look at the trailer above.
Reese Witherspoon Visits Her Old College Dorm Room and Meets Student Living in It(Pic) Elle Woods has returned home!
Well, not to Harvard. But Reese Witherspoon did recently visit her actual alma mater, Stanford University, as a guest speaker. She also visited her old dorm room and hung out with its current resident, a student named Caitlyn.
"Surprise! While re-visiting @Stanford, I popped by my old dorm room.... and met its newest tenant, Caitlyn!" the Oscar-winning actress and Legally Blonde and Big Little Lies star wrote on Instagram Saturday, alongside a photo of her and the student inside the room.
"She was so nice; she even welcomed me in! #LoveSurprises #Stanford #FearTheTree," Witherspoon said, referring to the college's unofficial mascot.
The photo also shows another student in a dorm room opposite Caitlyn's, typing away at their computer, seemingly unaware of the actress' presence is standing several feet away.
Witherspoon attended the university in the '90s as an English Literature major but never graduated, opting to concentrate on an acting career.
Last week, she spoke before students at Stanford's Graduate School of Businesses, as part of its View From The Top speaker series.
"You're the one responsible for your own path, so throw yourself at it," she said at the event.
"Thank you @stanfordbusiness for having me yesterday," Witherspoon wrote on Instagram. "It was a honor to share my experiences and chat with all of you bright minds. Keep studying hard and dreaming big! #stanford."
‘Home Again’ Trailer: Reese Witherspoon Stars As “A Newly Separated Loser”(Video) Open Road has released a new trailer to the upcoming romantic comedy Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon. The pic, helmed by first-time director Hallie Meyers-Shyer, will arrive in theaters September 8.
“Alice is a newly separated loser”, Witherspoon’s character says in the trailer above. Following her separation, Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters as well as three aspiring filmmakers. Her unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand.
Written by Meyers-Shyer, the film co-stars Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen and Lake Bell.
Check out the trailer above.
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Sets Two Novels For ScreenReese Witherspoon’s new company Hello Sunshine has set up to produce the Gail Honeyman novel Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and the Catherine Steadman novel Something in the Water.
The latter will be adapted by Julia Cox and was acquired by Fox 2000 for Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter to produce with Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey and Jaclyn Huntling. Witherspoon will develop that one solely to produce, but Eleanor Oliphant will be a potential star vehicle for her.
Witherspoon, who produced the book-generated films Gone Girl and Wild and the HBO series Big Little Lies before splitting with Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea, formed Hello Sunshine and set Neustader to be Head of Film and TV, with the goal of continuing to find female-centric literary properties for film and TV projects.
Both of these books are by female first-time authors. Eleanor Oliphant is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine who goes from living a lonely life to realizing the only way to survive is to open your heart. The novel was just published by the Penguin Random House imprint Pamela Dorman Books. Something in the Water is about a woman whose life is on the upswing. She’s about to get married and is establishing a successful career as a documentary filmmaker. Then she’s thrown a curveball that challenges her ethics and priorities and her life begins to slip from her grasp. APA sold the book and reps the scribe and author. The novel will be published by Bantam in the U.S. and Simon & Schuster in the UK after making a splash at the London Book Fair.
Eleanor Oliphant author Honeyman is repped by The Artists Partnership, Emily Hayward Whitlock and Madeleine Milburn Ltd.
Reese Witherspoon tears up at Goldie Hawn’s Walk of Fame ceremony(Video) “The first time I ever fell in love with a movie star, it was Goldie Hawn,” said Reese Witherspoon, speaking from behind a (quite literally) star-studded podium along the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.
Witherspoon was one of three speakers (along with Kate Hudson and director Quentin Tarantino) at Hawn’s and Kurt Russell’s ceremony commemorating the couple’s Walk of Fame stars. “Oh my gosh, I’m going to try not to cry,” Witherspoon continued, choking up during her speech.
After taking a moment to collect herself, Witherspoon continued to profess her admiration for Hawn. She described a time in 1986 when her father had taken her to see “Wildcats,” the feel-good sports comedy film starring Hawn as a sunshine-y high school track coach who quits her job to coach a football team across town.
So, when she was presented with the opportunity to speak at Hawn’s ceremony, Witherspoon was thrilled.
“I can’t believe Goldie actually texted me, about a month ago, and asked me to be here,” Witherspoon said. “Huge honor.”
And, in keeping with her well-established history of charming, quippy speeches, Witherspoon added: “I hope it’s not weird that I printed out a text and I framed it and I put it on my wall.”
But, between these women, honorary tributes are a two-way street. At Glamour’s 2015 Women of the Year Awards, Hawn presented Witherspoon with an award for her work in creating stronger, more independent women characters onscreen.
Still, Witherspoon emphasized that her reverence for the 71-year-old superstar is pretty unparalleled.
“I had to go down and make an ‘I Love Goldie’ button because I am literally her biggest fan,” she says. “Really, I mean it.”
And, in case there was any shred of doubt, Witherspoon revealed that her very first email address was firstname.lastname@example.org — a reference to both Hawn and Russell’s 1987 romantic comedy film of the same name.
Then, employing the same kind of heartfelt sweetness that made her Glamour acceptance speech a bona fide tear-jerker, Witherspoon pivoted:
“That’s how much I love these two people.”
Reese Witherspoon: Women have to prove themselves twice as hardReese Witherspoon says women have to work twice as hard in Hollywood to get the same recognition as men.
The Oscar winner told Vanity Fair’s executive West Coast editor Krista Smith that Tinseltown is finally ready to see her as a producer.
“I finally had my three hits,” she said, referring to her films “Gone Girl” and “Wild” and her HBO series “Big Little Lies.” “Finally, I feel like the story had changed. I am a producer.”
The odds of making it to that level, she said, are particularly stacked against women, who have to “prove themselves twice as hard,” and for whom it can take “twice as long.”
“A guy has one hit and they say he’s going to win an Oscar. A guy has one movie at Sundance and he gets ‘Jurassic Park,’?” she explained. “A woman has a hit at Sundance, and she has to make six more movies.”
Witherspoon made the remarks at Vanity Fair’s Founders Fair — a daylong summit for women entrepreneurs held at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. The day concluded with a conversation between VF editor Graydon Carter and Tory Burch.
Reese Witherspoon speaks out against elephant poachingSparkly, exquisite diamonds were the draw but Reese Witherspoon‘s thoughts were with something much larger — elephants.
The Oscar-winning “Big Little Lies” star attended a party in New York on Friday night to celebrate Tiffany and Co. and said she backed the jewelry company’s commitment to stop global trafficking and demand for elephant ivory.
“I’ve had the great opportunity to work with elephants in my career, and spend a lot of time in Africa with elephants. I love that they are doing so much for conservation, and helping save the elephants,” said Witherspoon.
Between 20,000 and 30,000 elephants are killed every year for their tusks. Last year, Tiffany & Co. partnered with the Elephant Crisis Fund to raise money to fight for the elephants.
“They provide a lot of information about what they’re doing to ethically source diamonds, gold, and silver, so it’s a very responsible brand; not only beautiful, but very responsible,” Witherspoon said.
Fresh from a film shoot in South Africa, Dominic West also cheered the impact that the Elephant Crisis Fund has made on the poaching of elephant tusks. He just wished it would also apply to rhinoceroses. Poachers are also killing them for their horns. “Oh, they’re killing thousands every year in South Africa. It’s just appalling,” he said.
Also attending the Tiffany event were Jennifer Hudson, Claire Danes, Haley Bennett and Ruth Negga.
As for “Big Little Lies,” the HBO miniseries starring Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman that had its season finale earlier this month, Witherspoon said she was hopeful a second season would happen.
“We love playing these characters, and we loved being together with this great, extraordinary group of people, so hopefully it will happen. Fingers crossed,” Witherspoon said.
Oprah is intimidated by Reese WitherspoonEven Oprah Winfrey feels intimidated sometimes.
In an interview with People’s Jess Cagle, Winfrey, 63, opened up about fears that surfaced when she was asked to act in her new film, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”
“I’d never played a role like that and nor have I done it enough to feel really solidly comfortable in the space,” she said. “I have a lot of actor friends … like I was on set the other day with ‘Wrinkle in Time’ and I said to Reese [Witherspoon], ‘So Reese, how many movies have you done?’ and she said, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know … hundreds, I don’t know.’ So I was like ‘Oh God, please don’t ask me how many movies I’ve done.'”
Winfrey said that asking Witherspoon about how many movies she had acted in really made her think. “I think I’ve done five,” she added. “It’s rare that I feel intimated, but I felt intimidated.”
Winfery and Witherspoon both star in “A Wrinkle in Time,” which is set to come out next year.
‘Home Again’ Starring Reese Witherspoon Gets Release Date From Open RoadHallie Meyers-Shyer’s directorial debut Home Again, the romantic comedy that stars Reese Witherspoon, has just been dated by distributor Open Road. The film, which Meyers-Shyer also wrote, will be released September 8, 2017. Her mother Nancy Meyers is producing alongside Black Bicycle Entertainment’s Erika Olde, who also financed.
Home Again follows a recently separated mother (Witherspoon) of two whose new life in Los Angeles is overturned when she decides to take in three young, charismatic guys (Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff and Jon Rudnitsky) who become part of her unconventional family. Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen and Lake Bell co-star.
The film will be released one week after another Wolff film — the animated Leap! — is being released by The Weinstein Company. Right now, the date is clear for Home Again which is the only romantic comedy in that slot. The only other movie slated for that weekend is Warner Bros’ horror film It.
IMR International is handling the international sales.
Reese Witherspoon Just Found Out She's IrishWhat a lucky lass!
On the eve of her 41st birthday, Reese Witherspoon learned something new about her ancestry. "I called your producer on the way here in the car because I was every excited," the Big Little Lies actress told Conan O'Brien on TBS' Conan Tuesday. "I did one of those genetic testing things and I found out that I'm 63 percent Irish. I had no idea. I had no idea! I thought I was Scottish and Welsh. It turns out my parents are just full of s--t, I guess. But now I'm Irish!"
"It just makes so much sense," Witherspoon said. "I'm a really good drinker. I love St. Patrick's Day. Potatoes are delicious. I'm looking forward to meeting all my cousins." Before she could continue, O'Brien said, "No, no—you don't want to meet those people." Witherspoon's mind was racing, and she got so excited that she told the TV host, "You and I are probably related!"
But the best part is speaking like an Irishwoman. Using her best brogue, Witherspoon said, "Now I get to say things like, 'It's in me genes! I love that Conan' O'Brien; he's such a nice fella."
Looking at the 6-foot-4 comedian, she joked, "You're kind of like a giant leprechaun."
It turned out O'Brien had traced his own genealogy at the insistence of Lisa Kudrow, who executive produces the documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? for TLC. The "only thing" they learned about O'Brien, though, is that he is 99.8 percent Irish. "I think I'm more Irish than people living in Ireland," he joked. "I looked into it and I was like, 'That means I'm inbred!'"
During her Conan appearance, Witherspoon also talked about working with Oprah Winfrey in Ava DuVernay's upcoming film adaptation of the novel A Wrinkle in Time. "She's amazing. We would spend three hours every morning in the hair and makeup trailer, and sometimes you just felt like you were in Oprah magazine," she said. "Like, you couldn't believe it was happening."
"Sometimes she'd do the voice. She'd be like, "HelloOoOo! Who wants cofeeeeee?' And you're like, 'Oh, my God! She's doing the voice!" Witherspoon said. "But it was different than being in a normal hair and makeup trailer where everybody was kind of shooting the crap. She'd be like, 'You know what book I really love?' and everybody would get silent. 'You know what the most important thing in my life I ever learned is?' And you can hear a pin drop. You're like, 'What?'"
"She also just loves to bring everybody muffins—but not like a regular muffin. She has muffins flown in from Napa! She doesn't just give them to a few people; she gives them to the entire crewwwww. I don't care what it is Oprah gives you, you're just like, 'Oh my God! She gave us muffins!'" she said. "I had to Instagram the muffins. It's so exciting. She's so nice. So generous."
Reese Witherspoon Workshops Ideas for a Legally Blonde Sequel(Video) Start practicing your bend and snap.
Reese Witherspoon appeared on The Late Late Show Wednesday, where she told host James Corden she would love star in another Legally Blonde movie. "I think it would be kind of cool to see her 15 years later. Like, what's she doing now? What do you think? I don't know. But I need a good idea," she said. Corden suggested her character, Elle Woods, could be the first female president of the United States. "She could, yeah," the actress said. "She could be a Supreme Court Justice, or she could be a really great, powerful attorney—or she could be in prison!"
"She could be anything," Witherspoon added. "I don't know!"
Corden was tickled by the possibility of bringing the cast back together for round three. "Why isn't this film happening?" he wondered. "What do we have to do to get this film over the line?"
Witherspoon's co-stars Mary Lynn Rajskub and Luke Wilson asked the same question when they appeared on Corden's show in 2015. They might want to make a third film just to save their reputation after Legally Blonde 2 made Entertainment Weekly's list of worst sequels ever made. "That's why we need to do three," Wilson argued at the time, "to bring everybody back."
Reunion talks aren't just talks, either. The cast really wants to reunite on the big screen.
As Witherspoon told E! News' Marc Malkin in January, it's not an impossibility. "We've thought about it," she said "I need somebody really clever to come up with a great idea and we'll do it."
"It's a good time to do it," she added. "I think women need that kind of positivity right now."
Lauren Levy Neustadter To Head Film, TV For Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine LabelLauren Levy Neustadter has been appointed Head of Film and Television for Hello Sunshine, the female-centric storytelling shingle launched by Reese Witherspoon and The Chernin Group and AT&T’s Otter Media. Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine CEO Kerry Tucker made the hire. Neustadter comes from FBC, where she is senior vice president of Programming and worked on shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project, Lethal Weapon and 24: Legacy. She also has film experience, previously serving as production veep at Fox where she oversaw films that included This Means War and Parental Guidance, and where she developed the Hugh Jackman-starrer The Greatest Showman on Earth, which is in production. Before that she served stints at Offspring Entertainment and Miramax. Neustadter leaves Fox to take the new job at month’s end.
Said Witherspoon: “I’m thrilled to welcome Lauren to the Hello Sunshine team. I had a wonderful experience working with her at 20th Century Fox and was very impressed with her accomplishments at Fox Television. Her passion for storytelling in both film and television gives me tremendous confidence in what she will bring to Hello Sunshine.” Tucker called her “an amazing addition to the Hello Sunshine team. Her accomplishments as an executive, her profound energy and insatiable curiosity make her the perfect person to oversee Hello Sunshine’s film and television efforts.”
Levy Neustadter said she was “beyond excited to have the opportunity to work alongside extraordinary women like Reese and Kerry with the goal of telling remarkable stories built around dynamic female characters. I’m inspired by Hello Sunshine and all it aspires to be, and I feel privileged to be a part of the team.”
Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm and More Join Forces for Tory Burch's #EmbraceAmbition Campaign(Video) Gwyneth Paltrow, Kerry Washington, Anna Wintour and more are joining Tory Burch to raise awareness for the #EmbraceAmbition Campaign in honor of International Women's Day.
The star-studded public service announcement calls for women all over to not shy away from their ambitions. The campaign attempts to destroy the negative connotations associated with women being ambitious. In the PSA, Reese Witherspoon says, "I can think of a lot of dirty words, ambition is not one of them."
Jon Hamm and Chris Pine are also featured in the campaign, as well as athletes known for testing boundaries, breaking through barriers and excelling in their sports such as Gabby Douglas, Billie Jean King, Laila Ali and Jason Collins.
Yara Shahidi, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gayle King and Julianne Moore state their piece as well.
During New York Fashion Week, Burch exclusively told E! News how excited she was about the #EmbraceAmbition campaign.
"We are really excited to show you 40 incredible people speaking out," the designer said. "It's not only star-studded, I think it's just inspiring people. It's women, men and children."
She was excited about the variety of people involved saying, "It's so many wonderful people. It's everyone from Gwyenth Paltrow to Rashida Jones, to a wonderful fire fighter in New York, to a woman who has escaped from North Korea. It's a mix of people, men and women, but they have something to say on this issue."
In addition to the public service announcement, Tory Burch will be selling #EmbraceAmbition bracelets and t-shirts will be available for purchase, where 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which "empowers women entrepreneurs in the United States."
Watch the full PSA above!
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are Truly Stylish at Big Little Lies Premiere(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) We mustn’t tell Big Little Lies: Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are leading ladies with serious style.
The costars brought their fashion A-game to the Los Angeles premiere of their HBO miniseries on Tuesday evening.
Kidman, 49, was all about romantic ruffles as she opted for floral patterned gown from Altuzarra’s Spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection. The star, who was accompanied by husband Keith Urban, accessorized her look with bracelets and rings from Fred Leighton and an Omega watch.
Witherspoon, 40, shined bright thanks to her extravagantly detailed Elie Saab ensemble. Her long-sleeved mini dress featured lace panels near the shoulders as well as a belted waistline and sexy slit. And what better accessories for her outfit than Tiffany & Co. jewelry and pointy black Christian Louboutin heels.
Joining the actress was her equally stylish 17-year-old daughter Ava, who wore a metallic gold dress from Haney’s Fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection.
Like Witherspoon, costar Shailene Woodley also chose Elie Saab for her red carpet attire, which she dressed up with Jimmy Choo heels.
Also at the star-studded event were Zoë Kravitz (in off-the-shoulder Vera Wang), Laura Dern, Adam Scott and Anne Heche.
Based on Liane Moriarty’s 2014 novel of the same name, Big Little Lies revolves around three mothers (played by Witherspoon, Kidman and Woodley) whose seemingly normal lives are disrupted by unspeakable tragedy.
The first of seven episodes premieres on Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
2017 Kids' Choice Awards: Complete List of NominationsJohn Cena will host the ceremony live from USC's Galen Center in L.A. March 11 at 8 p.m.
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Big Little Lies' Reese Witherspoon on How the HBO Project Broke Her Out of Hollywood's 'Smurfette Syndrome'Nearly three decades of working in male-dominated Hollywood left Reese Witherspoon feeling blue. And then Big Little Lies — HBO’s seven-part dark comedy — came along.
“For 25 years, I’ve been the only woman on set, so I had no other women to talk to,” Witherspoon lamented Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “They call it ‘Smurfette Syndrome.’ Because she’s got a hundred Smurfs around her and she’s the only girl. And who gave birth to all those Smurfs, anyway? But, honestly, it’s so refreshing to get to spend time with women.”
Witherspoon’s desire to employ women both in front of and behind the camera is what led her to option Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel (she’s also an exec producer on the HBO miniseries, as is co-star Nicole Kidman). “Things have to change — we have to start seeing women as they really are,” the Oscar winner shared. “We have to see real women’s experience. Whether it involves domestic violence, whether it involves sexual assault, whether it involves motherhood or romance or infidelity or divorce. We need to see these things.
“We learn from art, and what can you do if you never see it reflected?” she continued. “[I’m tired of seeing] women of incredible talent playing wives and girlfriends in thankless parts. I’d just had enough. So it’s a unique privilege to be able to come to other women with a piece of material that I feel deeply proud of.”
Witherspoon went on to call the Big Little Lies cast, which also includes Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz, “the greatest ensemble I’ve ever [worked with].”
'Wonderful Christmastime': Fallon, Paul McCartney, Reese Witherspoon Lead Star-Studded Performance(Video) Jimmy Fallon called on a few famous friends to help him spread a little melodic Christmas cheer on Tuesday.
The Tonight Show host welcomed Paul McCartney and the cast of the animated film Sing — including Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane and Tori Kelly — for an a cappella performance of McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime.”
A cappella sing-alongs have become something of a holiday tradition for Fallon. Last December, he was accompanied by the Force Awakens cast on a Star Wars medley.
‘Penguin Bloom’ Binds Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon & Bruna PapandreaNaomi Watts is teaming with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea to produce a movie based on the top selling Australian book Penguin Bloom. They’ve optioned the book to produce, with Watts set to star. The trio will produce along with Aussie-based producer Emma Cooper.
Set on Sydney’s northern beaches, Penguin Bloom is the true story of a unique little bird that saves a family. The book is written by Bradley Trevor Greive, with photographs by Cameron Bloom. Cameron and Sam Bloom and their three boys were an everyday family until a shocking, near-fatal accident left Sam paralyzed. She fell from a balcony while on holiday in Thailand, and was left paralyzed from the chest down. As the family struggled to adjust to her new situation, an unlikely ally entered their lives in the form of an injured Magpie chick which the Bloom clan called Penguin. The wild bird became a mascot for the family.
Watts was captivated by the life-affirming nature of Sam’s story. “Sam’s undeniable spirit and the intense physical and emotional journey she and her family embraced resonated with me both as a storyteller and as a mother,” she said. Papandrea had a similar reaction. “Every family will respond to this universal and heartwarming story of a family dealing with tragedy,” she said. The book’s subjects hope the movie will create awareness and financial support for the spinal cord injury research being undertaken by SpinalCure Australia, Wings for Life, and The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
The film will shoot in Australia, and they will now look for a screenwriter and director. Watts will next be seen starring for Colin Trevorrow in The Book Of Henry, and the Destin Daniel Cretton-directed The Glass Castle opposite Brie Larson. She also stars in the Netflix psychological thriller Gypsy. Witherspoon and Papandrea have together produced Wild, Gone Girl and Hot Pursuit and are teamed on Luckiest Girl Alive at Lionsgate and Ashley’s War at Fox 2000.
Atria Books will publish the book April 4 in the U.S. and Canada under the title Penguin The Magpie, with 10% of royalties going to those spinal cure charities.
Reese Witherspoon: I Wanted to Be the First Female President of the United StatesReese Witherspoon took on Washington, D.C. as Elle Woods in the sequel to Legally Blonde.
The actress showed she had a knack for politics in the dark comedy Election.
"When I was six, I either wanted to be Dolly Parton or the first female president of the United States," the Oscar winner told me yesterday while promoting her new animated flick Sing.
We were talking childhood dreams because in Sing, Matthew McConaughey stars as a koala who fell in love with the idea of running a live theater when he was just six years old. Witherspoon plays a pig that secretly yearns to be a singer while raising 25 piglets. They meet when the koala holds an American Idol-like singing competition to keep his theater from going under.
"At six, I wanted to be a Washington Redskins running back," McConaughey said. "I had no idea. I never even thought about [acting]. I didn't realize this until I was 21 years old. I was a late bloomer."
Witherspoon cracked that having dozens of young piggies in the movie has not inspired her to want more kids of her own. She's mom to Ava, 17, Deacon, 13, and four-year-old Tennessee.
McConaughey, who has three kids (Levi, 8, Viva, 6 and Livingston, 3) with wife Camilla Alves, asked, "What's the number when it doesn't matter how many more [you have]?"
Witherspoon quipped, "When you're on a TLC show."
No, she doesn't watch TLC reality programming. Witherspoon explained, "If I watch anything, I'll watch Westworld or something like that. I love it. I don't understand it, [but] I just like it."
That's not all the Reese and Matthew we have for you. Check out the video below to find out what happened when they brought their kids on Saturday to the Sing premiere in Los Angeles. Too cute!
Sing is in theaters on Dec. 21.
Reese Witherspoon, Otter Media Pact For New Company Hello SunshineReese Witherspoon and Otter Media, the joint venture formed between The Chernin Group and AT&T, have started up a new company called Hello Sunshine which will focus on telling female-driven stories across all platforms. That will include not only film and TV but also daily social and short-form digital content. To that end, Hello Sunshine starts launching content in 2017 at Hello-Sunshine.com.
Leading the effort will be newly named CEO Kerry Tucker who joins the new venture directly from The Video Genome Project. While at VGP, she built and managed the strategy and operations as COO, and served as one of the principal architects of its sale to Hulu. Before that, she was executive VP/CMO of Victoria’s Secret, and earlier than that, she served as marketing head for all divisions of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
The announcement was made today by Witherspoon and Sarah Harden, President of Otter Media. “Reese is a phenomenal partner with a unique sensibility, and together with Kerry, who has championed women’s voices throughout her career, we are excited to launch a company that is anchored in the ambitious vision of reflecting and inspiring women everywhere. We look forward to producing content that resonates deeply with our community in all formats, and through all channels,” said Harden in a statement.
Hello Sunshine will operate under Otter Media’s umbrella and will leverage Otter’s expertise in content, distribution and monetization models, as well as its strong track record in investing, building and scaling content brands and OTT video services, they say. AT&T and The Chernin Group formed Otter Media in April 2014 to acquire, invest in and launch global over-the-top (OTT) video services.
Its portfolio includes Fullscreen Media (which owns Rooster Teeth); social marketing agency McBeard; Ellation (which manages Crunchyroll, a subscription and ad-supported video platform for Japanese anime); VRV, a multichannel video platform built for a community of fans who love anime, animation, gaming, comedy, fantasy and technology; and Gunpowder & Sky.
Seth Rodsky, Founding Partner of Strand Equity Partners, is partnered with Witherspoon on the deal and will join the Hello Sunshine board.
Reese Witherspoon Gets to Talk to Dolly Parton About Her 'What Would Dolly Do' Draper James TotesReese Witherspoon just opened her second Draper James location in Dallas, Texas and announced she’s writing a Southern lifestyle book, but nothing solidifies her title of “queen of Southern style” quite like getting the cover of InStyle’s December issue with an accompanying interview by the Dolly Parton.
The actress poses on the cover in an outfit fit for a fancy holiday party (an Armani Privé black gown with stacks of sparkly bracelets) and poses throughout the spread in cozy winter gear: cashmere sweaters, tweed dresses and ladylike capes (of her own design!). While her business is rapidly growing by the minute, she talks about the huge risk she took to start it.
“It’s a new chapter for me starting a business, going around passing the hat, and promoting it all over the place,” she tells Parton. “It’s a different experience, but I’m enjoying learning something new. I’ve been acting for about 25 years, and I still love it, but I like the challenge of trying something else too. I find there are a lot of people talking about New York and Los Angeles, but there’s a whole world out there in between, and that’s who I like to tell stories about and make products for — people who love the life they have and have a sense of style that’s uniquely their own.”
Parton explained her sense of drive that pushed her to do a lot of big things in her career. “I have always said my desire to do something has always been greater than my fear of it,” the country star said.
And Witherspoon channeled that same mindset when she got into the design business. “I think that’s a good lesson for young women: No one knows what they’re doing. You walk into boardrooms with these executives — they don’t really know anything more than anybody else. You have to put yourself out there and just give it a try because who you are and where you’re from offers a unique perspective that everybody needs.”
While any fan of Witherspoon knows she admires Parton (she made a tote bag that reads “What Would Dolly Do?”), she actually explained that at five years old she knew she wanted to grow up to be Parton. “You were such a big inspiration to me. I loved country music, and I thought you stood for so many things. You were a beautiful story teller. And you made me feel proud about being from a place that other people made fun of. I wanted to be you — and I still do.”
So does Parton carry around the tote bag inspired by her? “I can’t carry that myself, of course, but my friends are buying them up. It was sweet of you to do that!”
Why 2016 Is Reese Witherspoon's Best Year YetReese Witherspoon is ending the year on a high.
E! News has the exclusive first look at InStyle's the December 2016 issue, featuring the actress, producer and entrepreneur on its cover. Witherspoon—who next appears in Sing and HBO's upcoming miniseries Big Little Lies—has been working overtime this year, due in part to her clothing and lifestyle brand, Draper James. It can be overwhelming, at times—but it's worth it.
"It's a new chapter for me starting a business, going around passing the hat, and promoting it all over the place. It's a different experience, but I'm enjoying learning something new," says Witherspoon, who debuted the line in 2015 and launched pop-up stores in 2016. "I've been acting for about 25 years, and I still love it, but I like the challenge of trying something else too."
Witherspoon calls her own shots, in life and in business. And like her childhood idol Dolly Parton—who interviews her for the cover story—the Southern star is a steel magnolia. "I've learned, particularly when you're in a business for a long time, you need to treat people the way you want to be treated," Witherspoon says. "Because at the end of the day, you're going to be up, you're going to be down, but it's really about how you behaved. That's important to me."
Cross the line and Witherspoon will make sure the person knows it. "I lose my temper only about once a year, but when I do, they usually deserve it," she tells InStyle. "Really deserve it."
In those instances, Witherspoon reevaluates her relationships. "I've realized that life is too short to spend my time with anybody who doesn't appreciate me, treat me with respect or bring value to the relationship," she explains. "I'm much more confident now, and I feel like I have the ability to say, 'Nope, I don't want to work with that person.'"
Witherspoon hopes her kids—Ava Phillippe, 17, Deacon Phillippe, 13, and Tennessee Toth, 4—will learn from her example.
"My mom worked, and I think it's good for kids to see women working and being successful. I think it's going to make them hard workers because they see that I don't get much sleep. But I love what I do. I want them to grow up with passion," she says. "This is the one life you get, and you have to live it to the very end."
For more from Witherspoon, pick up InStyle's December issue, on sale Friday, Nov. 11.
Reese Witherspoon: My Kids Will Only Talk to Me Through Snapchat!Reese Witherspoon: Oscar-winning actress, lifestyle entrepreneur and embarrassing mom?!
It's hard to fathom being anything but completely enamored by the vibrant star, but as she dished to Today Friday morning, not everyone picks up her phone calls.
Take Witherspoon's two oldest kids for example, 17-year-old Ava Phillippe and Deacon Phillippe, who turns 13 this weekend. When talking to co-host Jenna Bush Hager about her love of Snapchat she explained, "I have two teenagers, and I've discovered that they will Snapchat me back, but they will not call me back. And I think it's important for people to communicate well with their children."
Hey, whatever works! And just for the record, we'd drop all prior commitments to snap and call Reese back.
But speaking of raising a teenager, the Draper James guru also revealed she often calls on her mini-me daughter with ex Ryan Phillippe for fashion advice.
"I usually ask my daughter, my 17-year-old daughter, 'Does this look good?' and she'll be honest with me. She'll be like, 'No. You do not look good. You cannot wear that.' So I depend on her brutal honesty," Reese explained.
Meanwhile, Witherspoon also recently gushed to E! News' Marc Malkin about how proud she is of her daughter.
"She's just a sweetheart," she said. "And just a nice young woman who's turned out to have this huge heart and soul and, I'm just so proud of her."
In 2012, Reese and hubby Jim Toth welcomed son Tennessee James. Just last year, Witherspoon told Today of her blended family, "My older kids are just so in love with their baby brother and help out so much. It's kind of like having this big extended family. We always talk about in our house, the more people that love you, the better your life is. So, I love it."
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman Get Murderous in Big Little Lies Trailer(Video) There are monsters underneath the beautiful surface in the first trailer for HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies, starring Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
The teaser begins with idyllic shots of the ocean and happily family times before revealing a deadly plot that plagues the characters played by Kidman, Witherspoon and The Secret Life of the American Teenager‘s Shailene Woodley.
David E. Kelley penned the eight-episode adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s 2014 darkly comic novel about three mothers of kindergartners whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.
The cast also includes Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), James Tupper (Revenge), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Laura Dern (Enlightened) and Zoë Kravitz (Californication).
Big Little Lies — directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild, Dallas Buyers Club) — premieres in 2017.
Reese Witherspoon, Robin Wright & ‘Spotlight’ Producer Team For First Ladies TV Series Based On ‘First Women’ BookReese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard and Spotlight producer Anonymous Content are teaming to produce a timely TV series based on Kate Andersen Brower’s bestseller First Women: The Grace & Power Of America’s Modern First Ladies. It will be directed and executive produced Robin Wright, who plays a First Lady on TV on Netflix’s House Of Cards.
The book, published April 12 by HarperCollins, is described as an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Wright, who won a Golden Globe for her role as FLOTUS Claire Underwood on House Of Cards, is attached to direct the pilot. She executive produces, along with Pacific Standard’s Witherspoon, Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, and Bruna Papandrea. Anonymous Content’s Ashley Zalta and Doreen Wilcox-Little are co-executive producers.
A former First Lady, Hillary Clinton, is now the Democratic nominee with a shot at becoming the first female U.S. President.
First Women author Brower is a former White House reporter for Bloomberg News who covered the Obama administration, as well as a former CBS News staffer and producer for Fox News.
First Women: The Grace And Power Of America’s Modern First Ladies’ paperback edition will be published by Harper Perennial on January 24, 2017. Brower was repped in the deal by the Ross Yoon Agency and Hotchkiss & Associates.
Open Road Going ‘Home Again’ With Reese Witherspoon PicOpen Road Films has scooped up North American rights to Home Again, a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon. Hallie Meyers-Shyer wrote and will make her feature directing debut with the film, which also stars Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff and Lake Bell. Production is set to begin in the fall for a planned release in Q4 2017.
Witherspoon plays as a recently separated mother of two whose new life in Los Angeles is overturned when she decides to take in three young, charismatic guys who become part of her unconventional family. Nancy Meyers is producing alongside Black Bicycle Entertainment’s Erika Olde, who also financed the film. MadRiver is selling international rights.
“Home Again is a funny and sparkling script that will be brought to life by the incomparable Reese Witherspoon,” Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said in announcing the deal. “Nancy Meyers has brought audiences some of their all-time favorites and has a proven track record at the box office. We are proud to be in business with this family and the entire team.”
Ortenberg and Open Road’s COO/General Counsel Elliott Kleinberg negotiated the deal, with CAA repping the filmmakers.
Meyers-Shyer is repped by WME. Witherspoon, Meyers, Black Bicycle and Wolff are with CAA. Sheen is repped by ICM Partners and Bell by UTA.
Why Reese Witherspoon Apologized to Taylor Swift and Katy Perry!Uh-oh! Is there trouble brewing between Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift and Katy Perry?
Not really—but the Oscar winner felt she needed to do some apologizing to the music superstars because she actually performs "Shake It Off" and "Firework" in the upcoming animated flick Sing.
Witherspoon is the voice of a pig that enters a singing competition while trying to raise 25 piglets.
"I actually told both of them," Witherspoon said of Swift and Perry. "I saw them and said, 'Please don't hold it against me because I did the best I could.' I was like, 'I have really a lot of respect for how hard you girls work.'"
I caught up with Witherspoon at the movie's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
She has nothing to worry about—her performance will leave Swift and Perry (and anyone who sees the movie, for that matter) smiling.
Witherspoon's youngest son, Tennessee, has already seen clips of his mom's animated pig work.
"I think he's just kind of stunned and sort of surprised by everything," the actress said of his reaction. "He's really excited to see the film. Obviously, it's right up his alley. He's four years old and it's the perfect time for him to see a movie like this."
The star-studded cast also includes Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Kroll, Seth MacFarlane, Taron Egerton, Leslie Jones and John C. Reilly.
Directed and written by Garth Jennings, Sing is in theaters on Dec. 21.
Reese Witherspoon Is Bringing Elle Woods Back—But It's Not What You ThinkReese Witherspoon is giving us a little bit of Elle Woods again.
No, there's not going to be a Legally Blonde 3. The actress appeared on the Sing premiere red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival in a dramatic yet ultra-feminine beauty look, reminding us of her fictional days at Harvard.
Think: dark-lined eyes and pink, sparkly lips. This time, though, Reese wasn't drawing from a character; her look was inspired by her off-the-shoulder Ulyana Sergeenko mini.
"Reese Witherspoon is always such a blast and joy to create looks with," said makeup artist Molly R. Stern. "For her Sing premiere, we went with our recent obsession of ‘matchy-matchy' and pulled our color inspiration from her gorgeous dress designed by Ulyana Sergeenko."
The Hollywood beauty maven was so kind to break down the look for us.
Step 1: Apply EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation sparingly just to even out tone.
Step 2: Using a neutral contouring blush, shade to enhance the hollows of the cheeks slightly. Then apply a pop of warmth to onto the apples using EX1 Blusher in Natural Flush.
Step 3: Base your lids with Nars Dual Intensity Eye Shadow in Tan Lines. Then add a veil of pink using the center shade of Dior 5 Couleurs Skyline palette in #806 Capital of Light.
Step 4: Create an outward-fused cat-eye shape using the metallic gray from the Dior palette. Add a metallic wash over the lid using Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color in Starfish.
Step 5: Intensify the lash and wet line using Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Desperation.
Step 6: Curl lashes and coat with YSL mascara.
Step 7: Finish off the look with Votre VU Drawmatic Lip Liner in Simmer with Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour in Shy. Then top it off with Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in 659.
Think of this as Elle Woods, 2016 edition.
‘Gone Girl’ Producers Reese Witherspoon & Bruna Papandrea PartingReese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, who co-founded and co-ran the production company Pacific Standard that produced such hits as David Fincher’s Gone Girl and the Jean-Marc Vallee-directed Wild, are ending their long partnership.
Papandrea will be leaving to start a new venture. Witherspoon will retain control of Pacific Standard, and the duo will continue to produce the projects they have in development together including Luckiest Girl Alive at Lionsgate/Summit, All Is Not Forgotten at Warner Bros, and Ashley’s War at Fox 2000. They also have the upcoming HBO mini Big Little Lies which stars Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern. They also will continue to work together under Pacific Standard’s overall deal at ABC. At a time when books often get short shrift as source material, Witherspoon and Papandrea have shown they can be a gold mine and that emphasis put them on the ground floor of strong projects from Gone Girl to Wild and Big Little Lies.
“I’m very proud of the projects that Bruna and I have produced together,” said Witherspoon. “Bruna is a hard-working, extremely talented producer. I’m happy to further collaborate with her on the strong slate of Pacific Standard properties.”
Said Papandrea: “It’s been an amazing 5 years with Reese. I’m so proud of what the two of us have created together. She’s such a talented and inspiring producing partner and I’m really excited that we’ll continue to collaborate on our many terrific on-going projects.”
Reese Witherspoon Says They're ''Thinking'' About Another Legally Blonde SequelFor all you Gemini vegetarians who have been waiting for your favorite lady clad in pink to take the screen again...you might just get your wish!
Reese Witherspoon hosted a Facebook Live session on Thursday and opened up about her career among many other things, discussing some of her favorite moments of filming.
While she said she loved working on Wild—which landed her an Oscar nomination a few years ago—she can't help but gush about her time playing Elle Woods.
"[Picking a favorite movie] is like picking your favorite kid," she admitted. "But...I loved making Legally Blonde, because I love pink! It was really fun!"
She added, "I got to wear all the amazing costumes. I also got to work with a dog every day...I'm obsessed with dogs. I love dogs!"
In fact, Witherspoon joked that her favorite co-star of all-time was Bruiser, the little chihuahua from the film who unfortunately passed away in March.
"He was just really sweet! I miss him, I really do," she smiled, before noting that she also adored the elephant in Water for Elephants. "She was amazing! She was great. Her name was Thai!"
Now, going back to one of the most important tidbits from her Q&A, the actress hinted at a possible new sequel.
"[Legally Blonde] was really fun," she said. "A lot of people have asked me if we're going to make another Legally Blonde, and we're thinking about it."
Thinking about it, meaning there is definitely a glimmer of hope! And what better time to make it than now—in the midst of Hillary Clinton's run for president?!
In fact, in 2015, Witherspoon joined Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe and admitted she thinks the "world is ready" for a Legally Blonde 3.
"A lot of writers over the years have come up with different ideas for it," Witherspoon explained of the film, which saw its sequel, Red, White and Blonde, in 2003. "I actually think it's kind of great right now because we're talking about women in politics and how important that is to get more women. And I think it'd be kind of a cool thing to have her be a Supreme Court justice or someone who runs for office, like president!"
There's also another one of her older films she'd really like to see make happen again.
"We are not making a [Sweet Home Alabama] sequel that I know of," she said during her Facebook chat. "But if Disney wants to make a sequel, they can just call me: I would happily make Sweet Home Alabama 2."
We'll take both, please!
Reese Witherspoon & Nicole Kidman Reteam On Deal For Liane Moriarty Novel ‘Truly Madly Guilty’Reese Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard production banner have re-teamed with Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films to option the film rights to best-selling novelist Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty. Witherspoon and Kidman will produce with Pacific Standard’s Bruna Papandrea and Blossom’s Per Saari. The novel has topped the New York Times bestseller lists, and Witherspoon and Kidman’s companies are in postproduction on a limited series based on Moriarty’s Big Little Lies for HBO. The series was adapted by David E. Kelley and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and stars Witherspoon, Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Alexander Skaarsgard.
Through one fateful event, Truly Madly Guilty explores the most fundamental relationships —marriage, sex, parenthood and friendship — and how too often we don’t appreciate how extraordinary our ordinary lives are until it’s too late. The tale takes place over a weekend, among six adults and three cute kids. The Australian author wrote What Alice Forgot, Three Wishes, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and The Husband’s Secret, as well as a line of children’s books.
Both companies have proved good at identifying and acquiring tastemaker material. Pacific Standard produced Wild, Gone Girl and Hot Pursuit and is percolating Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive at Lionsgate and Ashley’s War at Fox 2000. Blossom produced Rabbit Hole, The Family Fang and Monte Carlo and is adapting The Silent Wife, Reconstructing Amelia, and the off-Broadway vampire hit Cuddles.
The author is repped by Jerry Kalajian of Intellectual Property Group and attorney Matt Sugarman on behalf of Fiona Inglis at Curtis Brown Australia and Faye Bender in the US. CAA reps both production companies, and Hansen, Jacobson reps Pacific Standard and attorney Alan Wertheimer reps Blossom.
Reese Witherspoon's Daughter Ava Is Her Mirror Image In Latest Instagram Post(Pic) It's like looking in a mirror!
Reese Witherspoon enjoyed some quality time with her daughter Ava Elizabeth, 16, and an image of the pair on Instagram has us seeing double.
"Mother daughter time," Witherspoon, 40, captioned the snap.
In the photo the two blue-eyed blondes lean in as they smile for the selfie.
Although the actress didn't specify where they're vacationing, she has shared multiple photos on her Instagram over the last few days that reveal she's on a tropical island getaway.
This isn't the first time the mother-daughter duo could be taken for twins. In September, Witherspoon celebrated Ava's 16th birthday on Instagram and the photo the Wild star chose to share of the teenager proves the striking resemblance.
In May of last year, Witherspoon shared another photo with Ava before the two took the red carpet for the Hot Pursuit premiere, and the like comparison was there again.
Beyonce, other celebs express anguish over latest shootingsThe shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police in the matter of days has led to an outcry nationwide, and celebrities were among those expressing their anguish in social media.
Beyonce released one of the most powerful statements on the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile on her website on Thursday, praying for "an end to this plague of injustice in our communities." John Legend tweeted: "We should not have to jump through hoops to prove black people shouldn't be shot by police during routine traffic stops."
And rapper Macklemore called on other white people to react: "The systematic oppression that enables a murder like this, will be corrected once white people care enough to change it."
Here are more responses from the celebrity world:
"We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities. It is up to us to take a stand and demand they 'stop killing us.' We don't need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives." — Beyonce in a long post on her website that includes links to contact Congress.
"The assault on the black body in this country is as American as apple pie. It is time for a #CallToAction. Let's prove #BlackLivesMatter." — Nate Parker, actor and director of the upcoming "The Birth of a Nation" film.
"My heart is broken for all of these suffering families. Something has to change. #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #StoptheViolence" — Reese Witherspoon on Twitter.
"In the interest of time, would ye noble patriots please provide a list of infractions punishable by spontaneous public execution? Thanks! ... Upon receipt of this list, we'll return to our quarters and study up, eager to enjoy freedoms of white mass murders. #LIFEHACK" — Actor Jesse Williams, on Twitter.
"This is what lynchings look like in 2016! Another murder in the streets because the color of a man's skin, at the hands of the people who they say will protect us. When will they be held accountable? or did he fear for his life as he executed this man?" — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, on Instagram.
"Don't forget to set your clocks back 300 years tonight." — A meme posted by Questlove of The Roots on Instagram.
"This is not acceptable. One more life taken. One more family heartbroken. Another fatherless child. Accountability. #PhilandoCastile" — Susan Sarandon on Twitter.
"I can't keep calm I have a black son." — A meme posted by actress Niecy Nash.
"I would say good morning but it's not. Bs like this keeps happening. This is sickening. When will it end?" — San Francisco 49ers player Torrey Smith.
"Yo man, something's gotta give, bro, it just has to. ... We're getting killed every day. ... This (expletive) is (expletive) horrible, and it needs to (expletive) stop." — Singer Chris Brown, in an Instagram video.
"And now I come home to this??????? !!!YES!!!!! We all NEED to see this OVER and OVER ... because it's REAL...And it's happening NOW!!!! I'm sad and sadly not shocked. The gig is up and we need to fix it!!! My prayers to this man's family." — "Empire" producer Lee Daniels, posting a video of the Alton Sterling killing.
"Ppl have the ability to be outraged about failing to see the humanity of a GORILLA, but magically don't have the ability to see our worth." — Actress Gabrielle Union, on Twitter.
"Perhaps if we witness enough tragedy we will reflect on our shortcomings & make decisive change. #PhilandoCastile" — Actor Adrian Grenier on Twitter.
In London I have to wake up to this. He was black. Shot 4 times? When will something be done- no REALLY be done?!?! — Serena Williams, after the Castile shooting, on Twitter.
Inside Reese Witherspoon’s Style Empire: The Totes That Make Her Hug Strangers, Being a Boss, and MoreNot many people get to celebrate two birthdays in one year, but our reigning Best Dressed Woman, Reese Witherspoon not only turned 40 in March, but her fashion and lifestyle brand Draper James celebrated one year in business on May 5. And the star and her team haven’t slowed down since the launch. “We’re just always working, working, working,” Witherspoon tells PeopleStyle in this week’s issue. “If I’m in L.A., I’m on Skype. If I’m in New York, I’m at the offices. When I’m in Nashville, I’m at the store. It’s busy, but it’s so great. You make mistakes, and then you correct yourself.”
Since in getting into fashion, she’s learned how to stay in her lane. “It’s important to not be afraid to say, ‘I don’t know how to do that.’ Sometimes an idea doesn’t work. Sometimes things don’t sell when we thought they were going to. But then, we had no idea that we were going to sell 3,000 “Totes Y’all” bags in a year,” she says. “One of the greatest and most exciting things happened when I was on vacation in Florida, and I saw a woman walk down the street with one those bags. I stopped her and hugged her!”
In addition to Draper James, Witherspoon has a production company, Pacific Standard, which she founded in 2012. And there are some similarities between both businesses. “I’ve been working collaboratively with other artists all my life,” she says. “When you’re on movies, you’re talking to writers and directors trying to shape the story and characters. In Draper James meetings, we try to connect a story to a product. We create things that remind us of our southern upbringings and want everything we put out there to bring you joy and be something you’ll have forever.”
She thinks DJ has excelled in a few areas. “Anything that had a southern saying on it people really responded to,” she says, “Like the coasters and mugs with sayings on them, and the ‘Tell me something good’ cocktail napkins.” She’s also seeing success with dresses. “I feel like we really nailed a certain silhouette,” she says.
Witherspoon has also nailed the idea that each of her brands should empower women; Draper James works with Girls Inc., and Pacific Standard aims to create more narratives and jobs for women in the film industry. “I definitely think that strength coexists with femininity and [being strong] doesn’t mean you can’t be girlie,” she says. “I’m really trying to help push that within my own industry, and it’s fun! I mean, part of the reason I did Legally Blonde was because I loved the idea of this character who loved to dress up and have her nails done, but she also wanted to be taken seriously and was a really hard worker. I think most women feel that way. Just because you’re a woman in a position of power doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate being a woman.”
What Reese Witherspoon Won't Wear Now That She's 40PeopleStyle’s reigning Best Dressed Woman in the World, Reese Witherspoon, just reached a major milestone with her fashion business: Draper James turned one year old on May 5th. She also celebrated her 40th birthday in March. And though not much has changed as far as her always-stellar street style, she just might’ve had a change of heart about sharing her designer duds with her 16-year-old daughter, Ava. Last July, she told us that Ava has free reign over her closet. “She and I just swap clothes,” she said at the time. But it seems like some things have changed!
“I have a rule that if my teenage daughter is wearing it, I’m not supposed to be wearing it. Ava and I can go through an entire magazine and be like, ‘That’s for you, and that’s for me!'” she tells PeopleStyle in this week’s issue. “Like, some women love to wear cutoff shorts and look really good in them, but I like a polished, tailored short. I feel like I am too old to be wearing cutoffs at this point … It probably does have to do with my age.” And she’s very steadfast on her anti-cutoff stance: She has said before that no matter how boho trends get, she steers clear of them. “They’re just not my personal style,” she told us last summer.
But that doesn’t mean she steers clear of the silhouette entirely. “I like a high-rise short,” she says. “They remind me of the ’60s. I’ve put inspiration photos on my Instagram of girls in the ’60s walking around in their high-waisted shorts. I think they are so cute.”
Witherspoon’s daughter Ava does take risks when it comes to her personal style: She’s experimented with her hair color (it’s been blue and now it’s pink!) and she really embraced Coachella’s hippie-chic vibe this past April.
Says Witherspoon of her Ava and her friends’ festival style, “They looked so cute! But no, nothing her and her friends wear is right for me. It’s great to see them having so much fun with fashion. They will always remember these times. They wear big sunglasses and things they wouldn’t normally wear, and it’s great to see them expressing themselves. I remember growing up in Nashville, we used to go to country concerts in the summer and it was so fun to dress up for festivals. It’s a rite of passage for sure.”
For more on the star’s style advice, plus all the scoop on how she runs her business Draper James, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on stands everywhere Friday.
Reese Witherspoon Welcomes Frenchie to Her Family(Pic) Reese Witherspoon's wolf pack is growing.
One of 2016 PEOPLE's Most Beautiful Women, it makes sense this stunning actress welcomed an equally gorgeous dog into her family.
On Monday, Witherspoon, 40, posted a photo of a blue-grey Frenchie with a small smile and introduced the pup as her new dog.
“Introducing Pepper! Welcome to the Family,” Witherspoon wrote in the post.
Pepper is joining cutie LouAnn, a bull terrier the actress adopted in 2015. Sadly it hasn't been all good dog news for Witherspoon this year. In March, it was announced that Moonie the chihuahua who played the pup companion and accessory of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde passed away.
Kristen Wiig Joins Matt Damon In Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ After Reese Witherspoon ExitAlexander Payne is setting Kristen Wiig to star with Matt Damon in Downsizing for Paramount Pictures. The lead role was originally to be played by Payne’s Election star Reese Witherspoon, but she has had to withdraw over scheduling. He then locked Wiig, the former standout Saturday Night Live performer who followed Bridesmaids with The Skeleton Twins, with the Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters coming July 15.
Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau are also set in a film that will start production in the spring. It’s Payne’s third film for Paramount, where he most recently directed the Oscar-nominated Nebraska. Downsizing tells the story of an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size and who moves to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.
Payne is producing with Mark Johnson. Wiig is repped by UTA and attorney Karl Austen.
Reese Witherspoon Celebrates Five Years with 'Sweet Husband' Jim TothIt's been a March of joyous celebrations for Reese Witherspoon.
One week after her star-studded 40th birthday bash – not to mention a birthday dinner with Nicole Kidman – Witherspoon took to Instagram Saturday to celebrate her wedding anniversary to Jim Toth.
Or as she put it with a simple hashtag: "#5years."
"Happy anniversary to my sweet husband! I love you, JT!" Witherspoon wrote with the photo, a black-and-white image of the two, their clasped hands at the center.
The couple, who share a 3-year-old son, Tennessee, "very much complement each other," a Witherspoon source told PEOPLE last week.
"Since marrying Jim, Reese is transformed," the source said. "Even now, she often gets giddy when she talks about him."
"Jim is a great dad, stepdad and husband," the source said. "He is her rock."
Reese Witherspoon celebrates birthday with BFF Nicole Kidman(Pic) Forty, flirty and thriving.
Following her star-studded birthday bash on Saturday, Reese Witherspoon continued the celebration on her actual birthday, March 22, with an intimate dinner with friends, which included Nicole Kidman.
“This is 40 … I am one lucky gal,” she shared on Instagram.
The low-key festivities were a far cry from the nearly 200 guests who partied with Witherspoon at the Warwick in LA until 1 a.m. over the weekend.
Joined by husband James Toth, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Robert Downey Jr., among others, capped off the swanky soiree with performances from Kidman’s husband, Keith Urban, and special guest Taylor Swift.
“Although there were lots of big names, the party felt fun, relaxed and natural,” a guest told Page Six. “She looked like she had the time of her life.”
Reese Witherspoon’s A-list birthday bash rages on until 1 AMReese Witherspoon certainly has no shortage of famous friends.
The actress was joined by a who’s who list of nearly 200 industry A-listers as she rang in her 40th birthday Saturday with a party at the Warwick in LA.
Giving a nod to Witherspoon’s native New Orleans, décor for the bash was Mardi Gras-inspired with beads and plants hanging from the ledges and elevated areas of JT Torregiani and Sylvain Bitton’s Hollywood hotspot.
Guests included the actress’ husband, James Toth, and pals Robert Downey, Jr., Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Aniston, Chris Martin, Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Tobey Maguire, Chelsea Handler, Kate Hudson and Courtney Cox – to name a few.
“Although there were lots of big names, the party felt fun, relaxed and natural,” a guest told Page Six. “Casamigos provided tequila shots throughout the night to keep the party going.”
Family and friends toasted the “Legally Blonde” star with touching speeches before Keith Urban took the stage for a special performance dedicated to the mother-of-three.
“The whole room shifted to the stage to watch Keith’s set,” explained the guest. “About an hour into the performance Taylor Swift got up and played ‘Shake It Off,’ which basically kicked off a dance party for the rest of the night.”
Witherspoon — whose actual birthday is March 22 — was a constant fixture on the dance floor until the elite affair ended at 1 a.m.
“She looked like she had the time of her life,” added the source.
What Reese Witherspoon Really Thinks About Turning 40On March 22, Reese Witherspoon will turn 40 – but she's far from nervous about the big birthday.
"Reese enjoys getting older," a source tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "She feels much more confident than she did a few years ago."
Late last month, Witherspoon started the festivities with a trip to Mexico with friends, and as her birthday approaches, Witherspoon will be ringing in her big day with celebrations in Nashville and L.A.
It's a milestone that the Oscar-winning actress is welcoming with open arms.
"Some women might feel nervous about turning 40, but Reese is not one of them," says the source. "She is in such a good place and couldn't wish for anything else."
How Reese Witherspoon's Five-Year Marriage to Jim Toth 'Transformed Her,' Says SourceReese Witherspoon has never seemed happier.
One reason for her joy? She'll be celebrating the fifth anniversary of her happy marriage to husband Jim Toth on March 26.
"Since marrying Jim, Reese is transformed," a source close to the actress who turns 40 next Tuesday tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "Even now, she often gets giddy when she talks about him. They very much complement each other."
The source also adds that Toth, 45, is a great dad to the couple's 3-year-old son, Tennessee, and her two children with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, 16-year-old Ava and 12-year-old Deacon.
"Jim is a great dad, stepdad and husband," says the source. "He is her rock."
Why You Need to Be Watching Reese Witherspoon's Southern Guide Videos(Video1, Video2) Every once in awhile, the Universe offers up a special gift. And it's up to us, the mortals, to be willing to receive it. Today's celestial offering is a new video series from Reese Witherspoon's company Draper James.
The videos—née, works of art!—are called "A Southern Guide To..." and they reflect the very essence of what it means to be a Southern belle, wrapped from head to toe in seersucker and good manners, the very essence of Reese Witherspoon. Like everything else stemming from Draper James—sensible tea dresses, farmers market bags emblazoned with phrases like "Totes, y'all" and "Gone Shoppin'," and articles such as "Here's What to Serve at a Whiskey Tasting"—these films are meant to subtly educate we northerners (read: bumbling non-mannered people) on what it means to be from below the Mason/Dixon line.
It is but a young video series, with the second installment hitting the airwaves today, but my what knowledge it hath wrought. The first lesson was called "A Southern Guide to Movie Quotes with Reese Witherspoon," and thank heavens for it, because it made us realize that we have been saying our catch phrases wrong this entire time!
Our silly northern mouths have been saying "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" instead of "I'm gonna make him a cornbread he can't refuse." And "Say hello to my little friend" instead of "Say hey y'all to my little friend." We're so dumb and not Southern.
The second installment, out today, is called "Thoughts From a Wicker Chair." Let the deep-ness wash over you.
What this video teaches us is exactly that: How to think while sitting in a wicker chair. For this you will need several things. First, a wicker chair. Then, an adorable wrap-around porch, preferably one that overlooks a patch of ivy. And finally, you'll need Reese Witherspoon's accent, perfect blowout, and overwhelming charm.
Now, once you've gathered all your supplies, you will sit your adorable self in your wicker chair, sip on a Pinterest-perfect iced tea, and say things like "There's a lot of celebrities from the south" and "Madonna is from the south of Detroit, I'm pretty sure."
There you have it, you have become a Southern belle!
Reese Witherspoon Sued: She's a Common Magnolia Thief!(Pic) Reese Witherspoon's logo for her popular clothing and jewelry line is a dead ringer for a piece of jewelry designed several years before hers ... according to a new lawsuit.
Jordann Weingartner says she created in 2008, and got a copyright for a "distinctive six-pointed floral design" which she called Magnolia. In her lawsuit, Weingartner points out her jewelry is a hot-seller in stores and online ... and in multiple states including Florida, New York, Texas, and California.
Then along comes Reese in 2015, rolling out a magnolia design for her Draper James line, according to the docs. Weingartner says Reese's version is a total knockoff of hers and confuses the marketplace.
She's suing to get a cut of Reese's profits and to get her Draper James Magnolia yanked from stores ... like an annoying weed.
Reese Witherspoon Leads the Applause for Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift's legendary squad immediately took to social media after the singer's epic Grammys win on Monday, espousing praise for their "Fearless" leader.
Leading the charge was Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, who applauded Swift's pointed album of the year acceptance speech, during which she seemingly responded to Kanye West's claims that he was responsible for her fame.
"Loved your amazing words!" Witherspoon Tweeted. "Keep encouraging all those young women to write their stories [and] sing their songs #Grammys."
The first woman to ever nab the album of the year twice, Swift – who also won best music video and best pop vocal album Grammys – told the audience:
"There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. If you just focus on the work, and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world."
Several of Swift's other regular pals took to social media to praise her wins and speech.
"Congratulations @taylorswift13 first you looked amazing, second you performed like a queen and you ended with an on point speech," Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose posted on Twitter.
And several of Swift's "Bad Blood" music video costars also chimed in to express their mad love.
"MY HEART. I love you Taylor," Hailee Steinfeld Tweeted; Serayah wrote, "You slayed this entire year"; and Mariska Hargitay – whose Law & Order: SVU character is one of Swift's cat's namesakes – shared, "@taylorswift13 is a #talent and a #treasure. You deserve every success #Go1989."
And famous fans like Maria Shriver, Angie Harmon and Uzo Aduba also sent public commendations and congratulations.
And Jaime King, whose youngest is Swift's godson, chimed in on Instagram, writing, "Yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes! I AM SO PROUD AND GRATEFUL!!!!! First woman @taylorswift to win Album of the Year TWICE!!! And to all of the producers and everyone who worked on 1989!!!!"
After the show came to an end, Swift celebrated her win with boyfriend Calvin Harris, Lorde, Ellie Goulding and Jack Antonoff at the Republic Records afterparty in Los Angeles.
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Reese Witherspoon Bemoans Being Offered Girlfriend Role in 'Dumb Comedy' That Eventually Starred Two Oscar WinnersEven some of Hollywood's top leading ladies have to draw the line somewhere.
In Entertainment Weekly's Beyond Beautiful issue, Reese Witherspoon revealed the day she decided to stop chasing "awful roles" and become more selective about the movies she makes – even if that meant making fewer movies.
"About four years ago I got sent an awful terrible script," she explained. "And this male star was starring in it, and there was a girlfriend part. And I thought, 'You've got to be kidding me. No, I'm not interested.' "
Without naming the movie, the actress, 39, goes on to explain that the filmmakers tried to pursue her by telling her that "three Oscar winners and two huge box office leading ladies" were also going for the role.
But instead of motivating her to take the part, it opened Witherspoon's eyes to a more alarming problem for women in Hollywood.
"I thought, 'Oh, that's where we're at? You're fighting to be the girlfriend in a dumb comedy? For what?' "
"And by the way, two Oscar winners did it," she added.
In the special issue, Witherspoon joined Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Banks and Eva Longoria for a candid conversation about the woman's place in the film industry.
While Longoria, 40, discussed the problems of tabloid gossip, Banks and Washington touched on other challenges women face.
Washington, 39, said she believes that women feel an immense amount of "pressure to be extraordinary," adding, "You just know, you have to be twice as good. In a way, until girls don't have that feeling, we will not have done our jobs."
Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria and Elizabeth Banks Join Forces to Fight Sexism in Hollywood(Cover) Ever wondered what Hollywood's most fabulous women discuss when they get together for a casual wine and cheese night?
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly's "Beyond Beautiful" issue, we now get the chance to be a fly on the wall during a particularly candid conversation between Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria and Elizabeth Banks on all things women in the entertainment industry.
The powerhouse actresses, who also appear together on the mag's cover, swap stories and hatch plans for further world domination (well not really, but they might as well be).
On the pressures women face, Washington likened her experience to one felt by all minorities in the industry.
"It's this idea you have to be twice as good to get half of what they have," the Scandal star explained. "It's something that most black people I talk to, when they heard that line, it completely resonated with how they were raised and the messaged their parents gave them."
The outspoken star believes "the pressure to be extraordinary," is the "same for women," adding, "You just know, you have to be twice as good. In a way, until girls don't have that feeling, we will not have done our jobs."
Banks echoed Kerry's statements as well, recalling feelings of being "underused" when she first set out to act. "I'm competitive naturally as a human being. And suddenly I was in an industry that said, 'You can just sit over there and wait and we'll call you,' the Pitch Perfect 2 director revealed.
But even decades after establishing a successful career, Witherspoon expressed she still encounters "awful, terrible" scripts that place female characters on the back burner.
Offering one alarming example, the Oscar winner says after turning down a part, "[The filmmakers] said, 'Well this actress is chasing it, that actress is chasing it: three Oscar winners and two huge box office leading ladies.' And I thought, 'Oh, that's where we're at? You're fighting to be the girlfriend in a dumb comedy? For what?' And by the way, two Oscar winners did it."
As for any changes these leading ladies hope to see for women in the future?
In reference to events celebrating women in Hollywood, Washington believes, "It'll be so exciting when we don't have to do this because we're just equal players at the table."
For more, check out this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly on newsstands Feb. 5.
ABC Picks Up Kevin Williamson’s ‘Time After Time’; Reese Witherspoon, Fazekas/Butters, Sander/Moses DramasABC is jumping into the time-travel craze this season with a pilot green light to Kevin Williamson’s Time After Time. It is one of several drama orders by the network today, including pilot pickups for the untitled Meaghan Oppenheimer project (formerly Please Don’t Go), produced by Reese Witherspoon; and The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez, from writer Charise Castro Smith and producers Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters; as well as pilot presentation order for Spark (formerly Power), from writer Michael Cooney and producers Ian Sander & Kim Moses. Additionally, ABC is finalizing a pilot order for drama Notorious, based on Mark Geragos, from Josh Berman and The Firm, which should come later this afternoon.
Time After Time, written/exec produced by Williamson based on the 1979 novel by Karl Alexander, chronicles the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells and his Time Machine using the book and its feature adaptation as a starting point. The studio behind the project, Warner Bros. TV, had been high on it, making “if come” deals with casting directors in the event that it was picked up.
Time After Time is the latest high-profile time-travel project to get a pilot order this season, joining NBC drama Time, from Shawn Ryan & Eric Kripke, and Fox comedy from Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Julius Sharpe. (Additionally, the CW has new time-travel superhero drama series Legends of Tomorrow).
The Meaghan Oppenheimer project, which the We Are Your Friends scribe wrote, follows the personal and professional life of a ruthless divorce attorney in Dallas, which begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets. Witherspoon executive produces alongside her producing partner at Pacific Standard, Bruna Papandrea. Oppenheimer co-executive produces. ABC Studios is the studio.
The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez, written by Cuban-American playwright Charise Castro Smith, is described as a sexy revenge drama with a supernatural twist and as MacBeth with a Cuban twist. It centers on Eva Sofia Valdez, an immigrant who rose from rags to riches and is a celebrated Miami entrepreneur and a champion for immigrant rights. But her success is fueled by an insatiable ambition that could destroy her family, a vendetta against the lover who betrayed her, and ghosts from the past who threaten to reveal the dark sacrifices Eva Sofia made to attain the American Dream. Marvel’s Agent Carter executive producers/showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters executive produce alongside Castro Smith. ABC Studios, where Fazekas and Butters are based, is the studio.
Spark is described as a lavish primetime genre soap of passion, greed and hope in a Steampunk reality circa 2016. Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires. Michael Cooney (Identity) wrote the script and will executive produce with Sander and Moses. This is a re-teaming of Cooney and Sander/Moses whose drama Runner went to pilot at ABC last year, landing Paula Patton for the lead.
Reese Witherspoon Joins Conversation on Oscars Controversy: 'I Would Love to See a More Diverse Voting Membership'Reese Witherspoon is adding her name to the growing list of celebs who have commented on this year's Oscars controversy.
On Thursday, the actress shared her thoughts on the nominations in a thoughtful Facebook post.
"I really appreciated this article in Time on the lack of racial and gender diversity in this year's Oscar nominations," Witherspoon, 39, said. "So disappointed that some of 2015's best films, filmmakers and performances were not recognized.
"Nothing can diminish the quality of their work, but these filmmakers deserve recognition. As an Academy member, I would love to see a more diverse voting membership."
Days after the Oscars became a hot topic, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released an official statement regarding the lack of diversity in this year's nominations.
"I'd like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year's nominees. While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion," she wrote. "This is a difficult but important conversation, and it's time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership."
While the Wild star did not reveal whether or not she'll be joining Jada Pinkett Smith's boycott, she's been a vocal advocate for diversity in Hollywood, even opening her own production company, Pacific Standard, to provide more leading roles to women.
"I think it was literally one studio that had a project for a female lead over 30," the actress told Variety about the inspiration for her company. "And I thought to myself, 'I've got to get busy.' My daughter was 13, and I wanted her to see movies with female leads and heroes and life stories."
When Reese Met Meg: Rom-Com Icons Witherspoon and Ryan Are Actually Friends(Pic) Romantic-comedy royalty united in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.
Reese Witherspoon and Meg Ryan were spotted smiling and chatting as they left an office building together.
Oscar winner Witherspoon, 39, was dressed in her usual preppy style, donning a blazer and a bow-patterned sweater with denim and pink pumps. The Hot Pursuit star carried a handful of pretty patterned dresses that looked a lot like the blonde's Draper James line.
The 54-year-old Ryan looked casual behind her tinted frames, wearing oversize black trousers and a black shirt with boots.
Ryan, who recently directed her first movie, Ithaca, has been outspoken recently about aging in Hollywood, telling Porter in December that she loves her age.
"I love my life right now. I love what I know about. I love the person I've become, the one I've evolved into," she explained, adding, "There are more important conversations than how women look and how they are aging."
Reese Witherspoon on Turning 40 and the Biggest Lesson She's Learned With AgeReese Witherspoon will ring in her 40th birthday in March, and while that number may frighten some people, the actress can't wait to celebrate the milestone.
In chatting with Harper's Bazaar magazine for their February issue, Witherspoon dishes on her big plans for her special day.
"You know, live music, eating, kids [with friends and family in Nashville]," she says. "I wanted to hike Machu Picchu. But then I was like, ‘Wait, I did enough hiking last year.' I'm done with hiking for a minute."
But in more than just the material celebrations of her birthday, the blonde beauty is excited to revel in how far she's grown emotionally over the years.
"I'm much more open now," she tells the publication. "In my 20s, I was scared of everything. I didn't know what my career was. I didn't know why people liked my movies. I was wary of interacting with people. I was 25 when Legally Blonde came out, 26 for Sweet Home Alabama, and 29 for Walk the Line. And I was scared, really scared."
She continues, "Now I feel like a different person. It's a great thing getting older. You are who you are; you say what you mean."
Part of the woman she's become includes being a mother to three children—Ava, Deacon and Tennessee—a wife to Jim Toth, a business owner, a producer and a highly sought after actress. So what does she do when she has a minute to relax in between all of that?
"You know what I like to do? Reorganize bookshelves and my sock drawer," she laughs. "[My husband] Jim's like, 'What have you been doing for four hours in your closet?' I'm like, 'Um, reorganizing my underwear?'" LOL!
Read Witherspoon's full interview in Harper's Bazaar.
Reese Witherspoon Rang in the New Year with Some Tropical Family Fun(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4) It’s family first for Reese Witherspoon in 2016.
The actress, who is mom to daughter Ava, 16, and sons Tennessee, 3, and Deacon, 12, had her main “crew” by her side to kick off the new year in an enviable tropical location.
Witherspoon, who shared a variety of photos from the trip during the nearly week-long vacation, announced her sun-soaked arrival last Tuesday.
“#MadeIt… Vacation mode starts now,” she wrote.
The Oscar winner also posted an image of a gorgeous sunrise over the ocean with “2016” drawn into the sand.
“Looking good so far,” she captioned.
Witherspoon spent her “last day of vacation” in the pool with her and husband Jim Toth‘s adorable toddler on Sunday.
Wearing a polka dot one-piece and shades, Witherspoon beamed while Tennessee held tight to a flamingo floatie.
It appears the little boy already has his mother’s preppy fashion sensibility — his tiny trunks perfectly matched the pool toy!
ABC Developing Reese Witherspoon-Produced Drama ‘Please Don’t Go’ABC has put in development Please Don’t Go, an hourlong drama from We Are Your Friends scribe Meaghan Oppenheimer. Reese Witherspoon will executive produce with her producing partner at Pacific Standard, Bruna Papandrea.
Created/written by Oppenheimer, Please Don’t Go follows the personal and professional life of a ruthless divorce attorney in Dallas. Raised in the trailer parks of Texas, she has left behind a life of struggle amid squalor, working her way into a corner office and mansion in Dallas’s most prestigious neighborhood. But beneath her facade of togetherness, she’s plagued by self-destructive tendencies and long hidden family secrets that begin to unravel her life. ABC Studios is the studio.
Oppenheimer, repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Morris Yorn, is currently writing feature Kelly Jackson for Temple Hill and Fox 2000 . Her other writing credits include We Are Your Friends for Warner Bros. and Working Title and AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead.
Witherspoon and Papandrea’s Pacific Standard also is exec producing Tiny Beautiful Things, a drama project in development at HBO, based on Cheryl Strayed’s book.
Reese Witherspoon and Lena Dunham Are All Smiles During Lunch Date in L.A.(Pic) Girls' day out!
Reese Witherspoon and Lena Dunham were spotted grabbing lunch together at A.O.C. Restaurant in Los Angeles on Monday – and from the looks of it, they had a great time.
The pals were all smiles while walking side by side as they left the restaurant.
The Legally Blonde actress, 39, kept to her signature southern style for the midday get together, wearing clothing from her new clothing line, Draper James.
Dunham also dressed with a classic flare, wearing jeans with a floral shirt and black blazer on top. The Girls star, 29, kept her hair pulled back out of her face for the afternoon and looked to be wearing very little makeup.
This isn't the first time Witherspoon and Dunham have been seen hanging out together. In September, the two met for a lunch meeting with Dunham's writing partner, Jenni Konner, immediately sparking rumors that the group might be working on a new project together.
While neither of them have given any hint as to what they could be collaborating on, Dunham has been vocal about wanting to work with the actress in the past.
"I love Reese and the idea of working with her. We're friends and I adore her, but she's never outright asked," Dunham told Howard Stern while appearing on his radio show last year. "But now I'm going to use this as an entree."
After her interview, Witherspoon tweeted Dunham, saying she'd be more than willing to work with her.
"Hey @lenadunham all I gotta say is you write the script and I'm there girl! #Seriouslytho," wrote Witherspoon, who recently teamed up again with Wild author Cheryl Strayed and costar Laura Dern for an upcoming HBO series based on Strayed's "Dear Sugar" advice column.
Perhaps Dunham really did write that script? We'll have to wait and see.
The Obamas, Reese Witherspoon and Miss Piggy Kick Off Holiday Season at Star-Studded National Christmas Tree Lighting(Pic, Pic2) It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House.
The First Family officially kicked off the holiday season by lighting the National Christmas Tree on the White House Ellipse on Thursday. The star-studded ceremony was hosted by Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon and featured performances from David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, as well as Fall Out Boy, Andra Day, Aloe Blacc and more.
President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, their daughters, Malia and Sasha, and Michelle's mother, Marian Robinson, all took the stage together at the 93rd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting.
"Happy holidays to Reese and everyone here tonight and everyone watching at home," the president said.
After leading the crowd in a countdown, the Obamas lit the tree together. "Merry Christmas, everybody," Obama said.
The festive event also featured performances from Scandal's Bellamy Young, Kelsea Ballerini, Tori Kelly, Trombone Shorty, the Joyous String Ensemble and the United States Coast Guard Band.
Another guest of honor was none other than Miss Piggy, who, after trying unsuccessfully to steal Witherspoon's hosting gig, read the famous poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas along with the First Lady.
>"You look fabulous," Miss Piggy told Michelle. "Almost as fabulous as moi."
Reese Witherspoon to host National Christmas Tree lightingActress Reese Witherspoon will host the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree.
Witherspoon was announced Tuesday as the headliner of Thursday's lighting ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House. The National Park Service also announced that actress and singer Bellamy Young, who appears on the ABC series "Scandal," will appear.
Also scheduled to perform are Crosby, Stills and Nash; Fall Out Boy; Trombone Shorty; Andra Day; and Miss Piggy of "The Muppets," among others.
Witherspoon won an Academy Award for her performance in "Walk the Line." Her other credits include "Legally Blonde" and "Wild."
President Calvin Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree tradition in 1923.
Matthew Aldrich To Adapt ‘Opening Belle’ Pic For Reese Witherspoon & Warner BrosScribe Matthew Aldrich has been tapped to pen the adaptation of Opening Belle, the potential Reese Witherspoon-starrer at Warner Bros. The pic is based on Maureen Sherry Kinsky’s upcoming novel about a mother of three trying to balance home life with her Wall Street career during the year before the financial meltdown. Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea are set to produce.
Pacific Standard made the deal in July for Klinsky’s book, which is due out in February from Simon & Schuster. The novel is based loosely on her experiences as a managing director at Bear Stearns.
Chantal Nong and Julia Spiro are overseeing the project for Warner Bros.
Aldrich had Black List scripts in back-to-back years with The Ballad Of Pablo Escobar and before that Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery And Eskimo Kisses. Warner Bros acquired that spec too in a heated 2011 auction and had Matt Damon circling to star in and direct the story of a man who goes on the lam with his daughter, his accomplice, on a three-state crime spree.
Aldrich is repped by WME and manager Jewerl Ross.
Reese Witherspoon's Thanksgiving 'Food Coma' Is Way Too Cute() Reese Witherspoon is all turkey-d out.
The Oscar-winner embraced her post-Thanksgiving "food coma" on Friday in a cute new photo.
Looking effortlessly chic in just a pair of pjs, Witherspoon covered her face in assumed exhaustion as she held tight to a gingham mug (from her own line, Draper James) of a tasty warm beverage.
Despite a day of stuffing herself with stuffing, Witherspoon's manicure was still intact and her blonde hair looked perfectly coiffed in the Instagram snap.
"Day after #Thanksgiving #foodcoma got me like....." Witherspoon wrote. "Anyone else??!!"
Witherspoon's Draper James is a clothing, accessories and home goods line, all inspired by the star's own Southern roots.
The brand also played into Witherspoon's celebrations on turkey day, as her table featured items from the store's home accessories line.
The Wild star's perfectly set Thanksgiving table included bronze pinecones and acorns, and powder blue place cards with sweet sayings from Draper James.
"#HappyThanksgivingYall #LetsEat #SoMuchToBeThankfulFor," she wrote on the photo sharing site Thursday.
A mother of three, Witherspoon wrote she is "thankful" for her brood, among other things.
"I am thankful for all the good people I meet every day," she shared, also on Instagram. "I am thankful for my kids, my family and my friends that feel like family. I am thankful for nature and the world around me and all of my blessings. I am thankful for all of you."
Guess Who Helped Reese Witherspoon Write Her Speech for Glamour's Women of the Year AwardsWhile Reese Witherspoon has accepted her fair share of honors—including an Oscar and a Golden Globe—she asked for a little help when it came time to prepare for Glamour's 25th annual Women of the Year Awards.
On the red carpet at the black-tie event yesterday, the 39-year-old mom of three told E! News that 16-year-old daughter Ava Phillippe provided some feedback while Witherspoon was repeatedly reviewing her remarks for the evening.
"They've had to listen to my speech over and over and over again because I practice through my audience and my daughter helped me tweak my speech," the actress divulged. "She's a very beautiful writer, so she was like 'Mom, I don't like how it ends.' She was very helpful."
While the mother and daughter are so much alike in the looks department, there are certain things they still can't agree on. Ava may have offered constructive criticism on Witherspoon's speech, but there's one activity of mom's she simply can't get behind.
"She doesn't like my hash-tagging," Witherspoon revealed. (So it turns out celebs can embarrass their kids as much as any parent can.)
And when the spotlight beckoned, Witherspoon confidently took the podium Monday night to discuss the evolution of her new production company, Pacific Standard, and what inspired her to develop it after decades in front of the camera. Hint: her focus involved empowering women.
"I dread reading scripts that have no women involved in their creation because inevitably I get to that part where the girl turns to the guy, and she says, 'What do we do now?!' Do you know any woman in any crisis situation who has absolutely no idea what to do? I mean, don't they tell people in crisis, even children, 'If you're in trouble, talk to a woman,'" she said during her speech. "It's ridiculous that a woman wouldn't know what to do."
So, she sought out to transform the industry, knowing full well that female-driven films were an untapped value in more ways than one.
"Films with women at the center are not a public service project," she declared."They are a big-time, bottom-line-enhancing, money-making commodity."
Witherspoon proved herself right. For its first two projects alone, Gone Girl and Wild, the new company garnered three Oscar nominations and a half-a-billion dollar profit. The Oscar winner and her business partner are now in the process of developing more films and television shows featuring women from virtually every walk of life.
"Like Elle Woods, I do not like to be underestimated," she invoked the Legally Blonde heroine that turned her into a household name.
Thanks to Witherspoon's ambitious spirit, she followed through with a business venture some wouldn't even consider.
"I believe ambition is not a dirty word. It's just believing in yourself and your abilities," she continued. "Imagine this: What would happen if we were all brave enough to be a little bit more ambitious? I think the world would change."
We don't know what Ava changed about her mom's speech ending, but it came to a perfect conclusion. Now, we just have to sit and patiently wait for her to produce Amy Schumer's biopic.
"Amy, I'll have to play your grandmother in the movie (by Hollywood standards), and you'll probably have to play your own mother," Witherspoon joked.
With the producer-actress-businesswoman at the helm of Hollywood's female-driven film world, we doubt those ancient standards will be around for much longer.
Reese Witherspoon Offers to Produce Amy Schumer's Biopic, Slams Industry Sexism: 'I'll Probably Have to Play Your Grandmother'Reese Witherspoon won't keep quiet about the double-standards she's encountered in Hollywood.
The actress, 39, addressed the work that still needs to be done in the industry while accepting her award at Glamour's annual Women of the Year fête Monday in New York, where she was honored for her production company Pacific Standard and fashion line Draper James.
In an impassioned speech, Witherspoon called out everything from ageism to sexism in the entertainment industry.
"I hope, Amy Schumer – and all the other incredible nominees – that you'll give me the rights to your biopic first," the multi-hyphenate said. "Although, Amy, I'm five years older than you, so I'll probably have to play your grandmother in the movie, by Hollywood standards, and you'll probably have to play your own mother."
Another topic close to Witherspoon's heart: making movies with more female leads, a goal she's tackling with Pacific Standard.
She started the company after receiving some advice from her own mom: "My mother, a very strong Southern woman, said to me, 'If you want something done, Honey, do it yourself,'" Witherspoon said.
Not that it's been easy. When some tried to discourage the Oscar winner from creating more female-focused films, she had a Legally Blonde moment.
"Like Elle Woods, I do not like to be underestimated," she added.
"Films with women at the center are not a public service project. They are a big-time, bottom line-enhancing, money-making commodity," she said, citing two of her company's box office smashes: Gone Girl and Wild.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I think we are in a cultural crisis in every field, in every industry. Women are underrepresented and underpaid in leadership positions," Witherspoon added toward the end of her speech. "No wonder we don't have the healthcare we deserve or paid family leave or public access to early childhood education. And that really worries me. How can we expect legislation with our rights and needs being preserved if we don't have equal representation?"
Then, ending her remarks, she challenged the predominantly female-filled audience: "I believe ambition is not a dirty word. It's just believing in yourself and your abilities. Imagine this: What would happen if we were all brave enough to believe in our own ability? To be a little bit more ambitious? I think the world would change."
Caitlyn Jenner, Reese Witherspoon honored at Glamour AwardsCaitlyn Jenner, one of the most talked about women in the world, accepted a Glamour woman of the year award on Monday, telling an admiring crowd that she believes she was put on Earth to tell her story and make a difference in the world.
Jenner, one of a group of honorees that included actress Reese Witherspoon, dancer Misty Copeland and designer Victoria Beckham, also said that, in case anyone was wondering, "I'm very happy to be living on the other side."
She said that before she had come out as a woman, she stayed home most of the time. "Now," she said to cheers, "I actually like going out, and being myself."
Jenner described her journey to becoming a woman, and spoke of how she sat down with her children to discuss her plans to go public. She said she had realized that perhaps "this is why God put me on this earth, to tell my story ... and make a difference in the world."
Jenner is not the first transgender woman to be a Glamour Woman of the Year; last year, actress Laverne Cox was honored. Still, Jenner's inclusion sparked some backlash on social media. "We prefer to focus on the positive," Jenner said through a spokesman ahead of the announcement.
Cindi Leive, Glamour's editor-in-chief, told The Associated Press that criticism of Jenner's inclusion "certainly gives you an appreciation for the hostility to the trans community that still exists out there."
The annual ceremony at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan mixes high-wattage celebrities with lesser known names, and this year, the award winners include five women touched by the South Carolina church massacre — Alana Simmons, Nadine Collier, Bethane Middleton-Brown, Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard — and lauded in the aftermath as "The Peacemakers of Charleston." Also among those honored: Entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, Planned Parenthoood's Cecile Richards and the victorious U.S. women's soccer team.
Copeland, who became the first female African-American principal at American Ballet Theatre in June, took the opportunity to serve as a role model in accepting her award.
"Thank you for honoring a black ballerina." To the young girls seated in the balcony from various schools and girls clubs, she said, "We're trying to set the best example for you."
Witherspoon gave the final speech of the night, speaking passionately about female ambition. "I believe ambition is not a dirty word," she said.
Witherspoon co-founded a production company, Pacific Standard, which aims to make films featuring strong female lead roles as way to fight the gender gap in Hollywood. The company's "Wild" and "Gone Girl" earned Oscar nominations for Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Rosamund Pike.
Witherspoon described her quest to give more actresses leading roles in films — "not the wife or the girlfriend, but the lead," she said.
Among the achievements of some of this year's other honorees:
Beckham gained fame as a Spice Girl, but has since become a highly respected fashion designer.
The U.S. women's soccer team handily defeated Japan to win the 2015 World Cup in July, and was recently welcomed at the White House by President Barack Obama.
Reese Witherspoon Enjoys Glam 'Date Night' with Husband Jim Toth at LACMA's 2015 Art+Film Gala(Pic) Nothing quite like a date night under the stars ... or street lamps, in this case.
Reese Witherspoon took to Twitter on Sunday to share two pictures from her "date night" with husband Jim Toth at the LACMA's 2015 Art+Film Gala on Saturday.
"Date night this weekend," she captioned a photo of herself snuggled up to Toth while standing in the LACMA's "Urban Light" public art exhibit.
In the second picture she showed off her view from the under the famous rows of vintage L.A. street lamps.
Witherspoon, 39, kept to her elegant, Southern style for the night, dazzling in curve-hugging strapless black gown. She accessorized her look with trendy dangling earrings and kept her long hair swept back and pinned off her face.
Toth looked equally sharp for the evening, donning a black tuxedo and thick rimmed glasses.
Reese Witherspoon was Jeremy Sisto’s first actress girlfriendIn 1992, Jeremy Sisto only had eyes for Reese Witherspoon.
The pair, then just cute teenagers, co-starred in the TV drama “Desperate Choices: To Save My Child.” But on Monday during a Reddit Ask Me Anything chat, Sisto, 41, explained why their love went south.
“It was great. She was my first actress girlfriend,” the 41-year-old “Clueless” alum said when asked what it was like working with Witherspoon. “We had a long distance relationship for a long time. I was so into her.”
But their romance took a hit after Witherspoon booked a movie, “A Far Off Place” according to Us Weekly, which was shot on another continent.
“Then she went to Africa to do a movie. And I guess I thought she had broken up with me because she didn’t call that much so I moved on and met my ex-wife Marisa [Ryan],” Sisto recalled. “When she returned I found out that wasn’t her intention but I had already gotten involved.”
Looking back Sisto said he “felt badly,” about it, but that she’s a “great person.”
Reese Witherspoon Gets Emotional: Tears Up Talking About Her Husband and Three KidsReese Witherspoon's Hollywood career was celebrated last night by a star-studded lineup of presenters when she was honored with this year's American Cinematheque Award.
But the truly emotional moment of the night occurred when the Oscar winner talked about her husband Jim Toth and three kids Ava, Deacon and Tennessee.
Witherspoon called Toth "my biggest fan and my greatest champion and without whom I would never have scaled a mountain or started a new company or parented three amazing kids."
It was then that Witherspoon eyes began to fill up with tears.
"Speaking of my amazing children—Ava and Deacon are here. Hopefully Tennessee is asleep. He never sleeps—I just want to thank you for all the times you had to say goodbye to your mom while she packed to go on a location or for missing your school trips or special days because you were on some location in some far flung area in Georgia or Louisiana or London or wherever and for understanding that I love my job, that it feeds my soul to be creative and how I hope one day it may feed your soul too and that you'll teach your children to be hardworking and creative and for knowing in your heart that no matter where I am in the world you are always with me," she said. "I love you more than you will ever know."
Wiping away her tears, the Walk the Line star said, " You can't be in this business if you don't have a wonderful supportive family and I have the most amazing family."
As is always the case with such tributes, there were also plenty of jokes being tossed around.
Sofía Vergara revealed that she calls her pint-sized Hot Pursuit co-star, "My Little Pony," and also recalled promoting their comedy with Hispanic media outlets.
"She was so gracious that she even spoke in Spanish on live TV with a very weird accent but at least she was trying," Vergara cracked. "It was embarrassing to me."
The Modern Family star continued, "She has the best skin and the biggest butt of any white woman in Hollywood. You know, it's true—you have said it to me, too!"
Kate Hudson was 11 when she first met Witherspoon. They've been friends ever since, but also competitors.
"I can't even tell you the number of times I'd call my agent and I 'd say, 'What happened with that audition?' and he'd be like, 'Well, it's between you and Reese,'" she said with mock frustration. "And the other thing that I always heard was, 'Well, Reese has the offer, but if she passes it may come to you.' So that's been my life."
Other presenters included Matthew McConaughey, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, music producer T Bone Burnett, Witherspoon's producing partner Bruna Papandrea and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee.
Sponsored by Fiji Water, the tribute also included pre-taped messages from Chris Pine and Robert Downey Jr., who jokingly complained that he was having trouble ordering a table runner from Witherspoon's lifestyle website Draper James.
"I have been lucky enough to wear several Draper James dresses," Jennifer Garner gushed, before adding with a laugh, "Not tonight--this is Valentino. But I'm happy to report that [Draper James dresses] are beautifully made in America. I hope so because I didn't check. I just came up with that on the spot."
Kenny Chesney performed his hit "Wild Child" in honor of Witherspoon and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg received the organization's inaugural Sid Grauman Award.
Glamour's Women of the Year: Witherspoon, Jenner, Copeland(Cover) aitlyn Jenner, Reese Witherspoon, Misty Copeland and five women touched by the South Carolina church massacre and lauded in the aftermath as "The Peacemakers of Charleston" are among this year's honorees as Glamour magazine's Women of the Year.
Victoria Beckham, billionaire entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, Planned Parenthoood's Cecile Richards and the women's FIFA soccer Team USA round out the Class of 2015, announced Thursday. They will be honored at a gala on Nov. 9 at Carnegie Hall.
Witherspoon was selected for the magazine's December cover, to hit newsstands Nov. 10, while Jenner, Copeland and Holmes will be pictured on foldout covers.
This year is the 25th anniversary of the awards celebrating the achievements of diverse women in entertainment, fashion, politics and business. Amy Schumer will open the ceremony that draws a star-studded crowd each year. Former honorees Madeleine Albright, Serena Williams and Billie Jean King will be among the guests to help mark the awards' quarter-century. Jennifer Hudson and Ellie Goulding will perform.
The honorees announcement came just a few days after word of Jenner's inclusion leaked, prompting a backlash on social media with criticism of her inclusion as a transgender woman of wealth and privilege. Some apparently thought Jenner was THE woman of the year, as opposed to one of many.
"Where there is hateful chatter on Twitter, there is just as much, if not more, love and support. We prefer to focus on the positive," Jenner said through a spokesman ahead of the announcement.
Cindi Leive, Glamour's editor-in-chief, said in an interview that criticism of Jenner's inclusion "certainly gives you an appreciation for the hostility to the trans community that still exists out there." The awards, she said, are intended to honor diversity among women leaders and trailblazers who are as "diverse as the population of women in this world."
"We're proud of that and we're proud of what Caitlyn Jenner has done to illuminate what so many in the trans community go through," Leive added.
Actress Laverne Cox, also a trans woman, was among last year's honorees.
To mark the 25th anniversary, the Empire State Building will be lit in Glamour's signature pink the night of the awards, and Mayor Bill de Blasio will proclaim Nov. 9 the Women of the Year Day, the magazine said.
Among the honorees' achievements as noted in the Glamour spread:
— Witherspoon: She co-founded a production company, Pacific Standard, and started buying up books and scripts featuring female protagonists as a way to fight the gender gap in Hollywood. By 2015, the company's "Wild" and "Gone Girl" earned Oscar nominations for Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Rosamund Pike.
— Copeland: She became the first female African-American principal at the American Ballet Theatre in June. It had been a long struggle. She began dancing relatively late in childhood and had gotten used to being the only woman of color in the room. Then late-onset puberty brought on curves and a more muscular build that took her physique beyond the tiny ballet ideal. She fought back from injuries and prevailed.
— Jenner: After years of hiding her true self, the Olympic hero and Kardashian-Jenner family reality TV parent has faced her share of critics since coming out as a trans woman earlier this year, including some within the trans community who felt her wealth and privilege made her an outsider in their world, too. Jenner, who turned 66 on Wednesday, vowed to educate herself while educating others through her docuseries, "I Am Cait," which was just picked up by E! for a second season.
— Charleston Strong: The June shooting at the black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, brought on mass protests over racial injustice. For these Glamour's honorees, it was personal. Alana Simmons, Nadine Collier, Bethane Middleton-Brown, Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard lost loved ones and two nearly their own lives, but all, one by one, stood up in a courtroom at the bond hearing for the young, white defendant and declared their anger but not their hate.
— Beckham: She came to the fashion world as a Spice Girl celebrity but rolled up her sleeves to make her own way as a designer as she balanced life as the wife of David Beckham and mother of their four children, some of whom have followed her into the industry. She has also helped raise several million dollars for AIDS research.
— Team USA: Early on, the U.S. national team had been written off as having no chance of taking the FIFA Women's World Cup. They dominated and became vocal advocates for women in soccer.
— Holmes: She founded her fledgling blood-testing company, now called Theranos, in her dorm room after dropping out of Stanford as an undergraduate but convincing an engineering professor to admit her into his graduate research lab. Her mission: to democratize access to potentially lifesaving lab testing by making it painless, accessible and affordable.
— Richards: The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the daughter of a civil rights lawyer-dad and a politician woman, the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards. She has been an organizer since her days at Brown, where she missed graduation to protest South African apartheid. She admits she almost didn't go to her interview at Planned Parenthood, fearing she wouldn't measure up. Today, she is responsible for more than 10,000 employees at 700 Planned Parenthood centers across the country.
Reese Witherspoon & Laura Dern To Produce Drama Project For HBO Based On Book By ‘Wild’ Author Cheryl StrayedWild stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern have reteamed for another screen adaptation of a book by Wild author Cheryl Strayed, this time for TV. HBO has put in development Tiny Beautiful Things, a drama series based on Strayed’s bestselling 2012 book of the same name, a collection of essays compiled from Strayed’s Dear Sugar advice column. Strayed and her husband, filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, will write the TV adaptation, set to explore love, loss, lust and life through the eyes of a Portland family who live by the mantra that the truth will never kill you.
Witherspoon, Dern, Strayed and Lindstrom will executive produce with Witherspoon’s producing partner at Pacific Standard, Bruna Papandrea, as well as Jayme Lemons. Wild was a passion project for Witherspoon and Papandrea who optioned Strayed’s memoir months before it was published. In the 2014 Fox Searchlight film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, Witherspoon portrayed Strayed and Dern played her mother. The movie was well received, with both Witherspoon and Dern earning Oscar nominations earlier this year.
HBO already is hosting a Wild mini-reunion with the limited series Big Little Lies, in which Witherspoon is starring alongside Nicole Kidman, with Witherspoon and Papandrea executive producing and Vallée in negotiations to direct.
Reese Witherspoon's Mini-Me Son Deacon Is Quite the Stylish Gentleman on His 12th Birthday: See Him Looking All Grown Up With Mom(Pic) Looks like Reese Witherspoon has raised quite the stylish gentleman.
The actress' son Deacon Phillippe turned 12 yesterday and of course Mom had to go for the embarrassing birthday-suit shot—literally, we mean.
Looking as though they were on their way to a more formal celebration, a dressed-up Reese posed for a pic with her no-longer-baby boy, Deacon wearing a smart navy blazer with on-point red trousers and a most aw-worthy striped bow tie.
The smiling lad, who looks so much like his famous mom (and his adorable dad and gorgeous sister, go figure), had already taken a bite out of the tempting-looking chocolate cupcake he was holding, so no wonder he looked so happy.
"Happy birthday to my sweet 12 year old boy!" Witherspoon captioned the pic, punctuating the sentiment with a cake and other celebratory emojis. "You bring joy to everyone you know. I feel so blessed to be your mom ??."
All the feelings.
Deacon's big sister Ava, who just celebrated her sweet 16 back in September, also wished her brother a happy birthday via Instagram, posting the cutest throwback of the both of them riding a roller coast at Six Flags' Magic Mountain.
"happy birthday to my imaginative and kind little brother and friend since '03. love you so much, buddy. ?? #12," she wrote.
Reese is parent to Ava and Deacon with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, who enjoyed a celebratory dinner with his kids for his own big 4-1 last month, and the Oscar winner has a 3-year-old son, Tennessee, with second hubby Jim Toth.
We hope the whole family had a great time celebrating!
Reese Witherspoon has a great idea for ‘Legally Blonde 3’President Elle Woods. Boom. That's the plot for "Legally Blonde 3."
On an upcoming episode of "Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe," actress Reese Witherspoon fields a fan question about "Legally Blonde 3," a possible sequel to the 2001 and 2003 movies of the same name, and her answer is absolutely OMG-inducing.
"A lot of writers over the years have come up with different ideas for ['Legally Blonde 3']. I actually think it's kind of great right now because we're talking about women in politics and how important that is, to get more women," says Witherspoon.
"I think it'd be kind of a cool thing to have her be a Supreme Court justice ... or someone who runs for office -- president!" she continues. "It would be cool. I think we're ready to see Elle and see what she's up to lately. ... Call MGM!"
You heard the woman -- call MGM. Fans need the bend and snap, Oval Office-style.
After all, it's exactly what "Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde" alluded to in its waning moments.
Reese Witherspoon Weighs in on Bradley Cooper's Plan to Help End Gender Wage GapReese Witherspoon is giving props to Bradley Cooper's fight for gender equality.
The American Hustle star recently said that he would start revealing his salary to his female costars to help in their contract negotiations.
"That's great," Witherspoon told me Sunday at the L.A. County Walk to Defeat ALS. "I love to hear that."
Jennifer Lawrence set off the most recent wave of headlines about the issue when she wrote in an essay for Lenny saying she was scared of asking for more money because she feared being labeled "difficult."
The Hunger Games star wrote, "At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn't worry about being 'difficult' or 'spoiled.' I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable! F--k that."
Cooper commented that he was upset when he learned how much Amy Adams was paid for her work in American Hustle. "She worked every day on that movie and got paid nothing. It's really horrible actually, it's almost embarrassing," he said.
Witherspoon also said, "It's great that Hollywood is taking steps in the right direction" to correct things, but stressed that all industries "should be talking about it."
Reese Witherspoon, Courteney Cox, Renée Zellweger, More Come Together at L.A.'s Walk to Defeat ALS to Support Publicist Friend(Pic) Several of Hollywood's leading ladies came together to support publicist Nanci Ryder at the 13th annual L.A. County Walk to Defeat ALS on Sunday.
Reese Witherspoon and Courteney Cox, along with a fresh-from-London René Zellweger, made up "Team Nanci" for the charity walk.
The trio posed for photos with Ryder – whom Witherspoon calls "incredible" – at the Exposition Park event, and brought along family members for the walk.
Ryder, who suffers from the disease, was in good spirits but emotional as she chatted with her PR colleagues and famous friends.
"There's so much that happens to people in life, but it's the way that you deal with it, and she's such, to me, someone that I really admire for the way that they handle things with levity, as much humor as she could possibly muster at any moment," Witherspoon, who was joined by husband Jim Toth and daughter Ava Phillippe at the event, tells PEOPLE of Ryder. "And also, just complete grace."
The Oscar-winning actress, 39, adds that when Ryder was first diagnosed with ALS, the pair "cried for, like, two hours."
"So many people are living all over the U.S. and all over the world with this terrible, devastating disease," she says. "We've got to get to the root of where it comes from. Not just deal with the symptoms, like really get to the root of it."
Zellweger, 46, who says she values the way Ryder has been using her experience to "raise awareness" about the fight to end ALS, adds that the disease "affects all of us."
"One in a hundred people over the age of 40 will be diagnosed with this disease," she tells PEOPLE, adding, "I mean, there's not anybody who doesn't know somebody who's been affected by ALS or a motor neuron disease."
Cox, 51, who notes she's known Ryder since 1986, says being "part of" the ALS community makes her "so happy."
"I have a lot of hope. There's a lot of great new things that are being worked on," she tells PEOPLE. "There is some promising, I don't know, research. I just hope it all works out."
Miley Cyrus also attended the event, making a surprise appearance on the walk's main stage with Pilates instructor Mari Winsor, who also has ALS.
The "Wrecking Ball" singer helped Winsor and her team lead an impromptu Pilates workout to Pharrell's hit single "Happy."
Dramas Produced By Mila Kunis & Reese Witherspoon Set At ABC, Including ‘Black Stiletto’ABC has put in development Black Stiletto, a drama written/executive produced by Javier Grillo Marxuach (Lost), from Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farm Prods., and an untitled drama written/executive produced by Rob Long, from Reese Whitherspoon’s Pacific Standard. ABC Studios is behind both projects.
Black Stiletto, based on the novels by Raymond Benson, follows a young woman’s evolution into a modern-day hero when a family secret from the past is revealed and puts the only family she’s ever known in imminent danger. Kunis will executive produce along with her Orchard Farm Productions partners Cami Curtis, Susan Curtis, and Lisa Sterbakov. Tony Eldridge and Nancy Moonves are are attached as executive producers. Orchard Farm is repped by CAA and Patti Felker. Grillo Marxuach, repped by ICM Partners, rose up through the ranks on Lost and currently is co-executive producer on The 100. He also created and was the showrunner/executive producer of The Middleman. Eldridge and Moonves are repped by CAA.
The untitled Rob Long project is a romantic mystery involving a billionaire, newly acquitted for the murder of his wife and her lover, and the female detective who almost succeeded in putting him away. Rick Porras and Pacific Standard’s Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea also executive produce.
Reese Witherspoon & Bruna Papandrea Land Hot Frankfurt Book ‘The Dry’Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’ s Pacific Standard has just closed a deal for film rights to The Dry, a debut novel by Jane Harper that is one of the hot publishing titles in play at this week’s Frankfurt Book Fair. In The Dry, a policeman returns to the drought-stricken town of his youth to bury his childhood best friend, who is the perpetrator of a murder-suicide. Secrets of the cop’s past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend’s crime. The book sold at auction to Christine Kopprasch at Flatiron Books in a three-book deal, and other publishing deals have been made in over a dozen territories. Harper is a business writer for the Herald Sun in Melbourne. Her book won the 2015 Victorian Premier Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, before publishers began snapping up book rights.
“When you fall in love, the feeling is undeniable and Jane’s remarkable book possesses my two favorite things: brilliant writing and an Australian setting, ” said Papandrea, an Aussie in her own right.
Papandrea and Witherspoon have proven adept at sniffing out celluloid-friendly books before they become publishing hits. That includes Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, and the Liane Moriarty novel Big Little Lies. They teamed with Nicole Kidman on that deal and it is taking shape as a major limited series at HBO, with David E. Kelley scripting and Witherspoon starring early next year with Kidman. They also are producing a Fox 2000 adaptation of Gayle Tzemach Lemmon book Ashley’s War: The Untold Story Of A Team of Women Soldiers On The Special Ops Battlefield, with Shame scribe Abi Morgan writing it. Witherspoon and Papandrea just bolstered their producing banner by setting Bad Robot vet Casey Haver as director of development for TV (they have an ABC deal), while they promoted Jeanne Snow to be director of development for film.
Harper is repped by Intellectual Property Group’s Jerry Kalajian and Clare Forster at Curtis Brown Australia and Writers House’s Daniel Lazar.
Meet Reese Witherspoon's Newest (and Super Cute) Four-Legged Family Addition!(Pic) Reese Witherspoon's brood just added another adorable face into the mix—a sweet bull terrier named LouAnn!
The blond beauty introduced fans to the newest member of her family through a precious snapshot posted on both Instagram and Twitter.
"Drum roll please!!!! Introducing the newest member to our family #LouAnn !! #bullterrier #madlyinlove (just look at that face *sigh*)," Witherspoon wrote on IG with a close-up shot of her four-legged pal hanging out in her mama's arms.
Prior to revealing the exciting news and cute picture on Twitter, Witherspoon led her followers on a little mystery game, by providing riddles before actually announcing the addition.
She tweeted, "What's white and black and fuzzy and cute and sweet and charming? Any guesses?," which drew a variety of guesses from fans, including "a nun with a beard," a panda and a "North Atlantic narwhal."
Reese tried to help them out with a clue, and posted a picture showing LouAnn's ear. People still didn't really get it..."Come on guys. It's NOT a moldy Oreo cookie :) clearly!!!," she wrote.
So, she tried again (Witherspoon clearly loved this). "Clue 3. She rocks an eye patch better than any pirate.... (Last clue! Hehe!)," she tweeted.
Finally, she posted the sweet snap and wrote, "Drum roll please!!!! Introducing the newest member to our family #LouAnn !! #wegotapuppy #Thankyouforplaying."
We must say, this was quite the entertaining announcement. Congrats on the new pet, Reese!
Matthew McConaughey To Present Reese Witherspoon With American Cinematheque HonorMatthew McConaughey will present Reese Witherspoon with the midcareer American Cinematheque Award during the organization’s annual gala October 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Century City. Kenny Chesney will perform at the event, which also will honor DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffery Katzenberg with the first-ever Sid Grauman Award.
McConaughey was the recipient of the 2014 American Cinematheque Award so he knows the drill; Witherspoon in fact was one of his co-stars who offered up tributes to him. The award is given to filmmakers “who [are] fully engaged in his or her work,” and “committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture.” The Cinematheque said her selection was unanimous, citing her work as both an actress and producer.
Katzenberg’s inaugural award is for an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Hollywood film industry in the continuing advancement of theatrical exhibition.
Paul Flattery and Barbara Smith are executive producing this year’s show, Irene Crinita will produce, and Corrine Mann is the event producer.
Reese Witherspoon climbs up a skyscraperReese Witherspoon faced her fears to race Neil Patrick Harris up a skyscraper suspended in the sky.
The duo completed the stunt for Harris’ new variety show, “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” which debuted on NBC on Tuesday.
In the clip, the 39-year-old Oscar-winning actress climbed up the sides of the metal structure, walked over obstacles, climbed to the very top and ziplined to the ground.
“Neil, I’m going to kill you!” she shouted to Harris, 42.
Once she made it to the ground, Witherspoon looked shaken up and barely able to catch her breath.
“Oh my God! I need a nap,” were her first words. “Neil, you did not tell me that’s what we were doing.”
Harris was all smiles.
Bust a Move: Reese Witherspoon Reveals She's Secretly a Hip-Hop Dance Pro(Pic) We know about her contributions to the bend-and-snap movement, and her tutelage under Sofia Vergara in the realm of Latin dance – but it turns out Reese Witherspoon also has some hip-hop moves in her repertoire.
The Wild actress, 39, graces the October cover of Women's Health, and tells the magazine that her best-kept secret is her hip-hop skills.
"I am a bit of a hip-hop dancer," Witherspoon confesses. "That's sort of a secret a lot of people don't know."
That she likes to dance – or as she puts it, "I've got a dance in my heart at all times" – is not such a well-kept secret.
The subject of Witherspoon's skills on the dance floor came up during her press run with Vergara while promoting their film Hot Pursuit.
In an interview with Pridesource.com, the actress joked that her bend-and-snap routine from Legally Blonde "legitimized my dance moves" and added that "Sofia's taught me how to Latin dance.
"You didn't need me to teach you anything," Vergara said. "You knew already."
Dance also plays a big role in Witherspoon's exercise routine. Her training at Body by Simone "incorporates dance, strength training and stretching, and it's all in an hour, which is perfectly doable for me," Witherspoon tells Women's Health.
She also runs, spins and does yoga to stay fit, noting that for her, "physical strength is important."
How Reese Witherspoon is helping women in Hollywood(Cover, Pic) Chances are you’ve seen one of Reese Witherspoon‘s female-centric movies.
The Oscar winner started her production company Pacific Standard Films to push for strong female characters and create more opportunities for women in Hollywood.
“I really feel like if I can help one other woman tell her story, or help one other woman get a show on a network, or make a movie about something that she’s passionate about then I’ve done my job,” she told Women’s Health for the magazine’s 10th anniversary issue. “It’s hard to get to the place where I’m at, but it feels really good to be able to use the opportunities that I’ve had and the relationships that I have in order to create new opportunities for other creative women.”
Among the titles her company helped bring to the big screen are “Gone Girl,” starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, and “Wild,” in which Witherspoon portrays writer Cheryl Strayed on her journey of self-discovery up the Pacific Crest Trail.
“[“Wild”] is a real spiritual movie and I’m ready to tell more meaningful stories,” she said of the project that earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination last year.
Next on tap for the company are a few more books to adapt to the screen: the new thriller “Luckiest Girl Alive,” by Jessica Knoll, and “Ashley’s War,” about female soldiers on the Special Ops battlefield in Afghanistan.
“I’m really inspired by those women and excited to bring their story to the screen,” she said, “We have a lot of different projects — women who are astronauts, women who are working on Wall Street — we are just trying to diversify the idea of how you see women on screen and portraying real women, all ethnicities, all ages. It’s a really exciting time.”
Reese Witherspoon Takes a Lunch Meeting With Lena Dunham—Find Out What They Might Be Working on Together!(Pic) What are Reese Witherspoon and Lena Dunham up to? The Academy Award winner, 39, and the Golden Globe winner, 29, had lunch with Dunham's writing and producing partner, Jenni Konner, at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills Tuesday.
Konner was seen holding a manuscript of the upcoming novel All Is Not Forgotten, and Witherspoon's production company, Pacific Standard, is in the process of turning the book into a movie. Author Wendy Walker's thriller "centers on a teenager's rape in suburban Connecticut and the efforts by her parents and psychiatrist to help her recall the details of the attack," Variety recently reported.
The subject matter in All Is Not Forgotten shares similarities to what Dunham wrote about in her 2014 memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, so it's possible she was sharing more of her story with Witherspoon. After the meeting, Witherspoon left with a letter from Dunham addressed to her 15-year-old daughter, Ava Phillippe.
Neither Witherspoon nor Dunham has publicly revealed the reason for Tuesday's afternoon meeting. Regardless, Witherspoon has been a fan of Dunham's for several years. While promoting the movie Wild in September 2014, she thanked Dunham for promoting female empowerment and encouraging women to own their own sexuality. "I think she's changing cultural attitudes with her honestly and willingness to bare all," she said at the Toronto Film Festival. That same month, as part of Vogue's 73 Questions series, Witherspoon said she hoped to make an appearance on HBO's Girls. Asked about it in a Howard Stern interview, Dunham, said, "I love Reese and the idea of working with her. We're friends and I adore her, but she's never outright asked. But now I'm going to use this as an entree."
After Dunham's interview, Witherspoon tweeted in response, "Hey @lenadunham all I gotta say is you write the script and I'm there girl! #Seriouslytho."
In February, Allison Williams revealed that her character, Marnie Michaels, had been influenced by one of Witherspoon's most iconic characters: Tracy Flick from Election. "Lena says 'Tracy' a lot when she's directing me—that's Marnie's thing. One aspect of Tina Fey's genius is in Mean Girls, when someone says to Lindsay Lohan's character, 'You're, like, really pretty.' She says, 'Thank you.' The other girl says, 'So you agree? You think you're really pretty?' Like you're not supposed to like yourself," the actress, 27, told Glamour. "You're not supposed to be confident."
#IntoTheWoods: Reese Witherspoon Reunites with Wild Collaborators Laura Dern & Cheryl Strayed for Walk in the Wilderness(Pic) And a Wild reunion it was!
It hasn't even been a year since the movie Wild hit theaters, but it looks like Reese Witherspoon is already missing the movie's team. So, naturally, the star called for a reunion and, luckily for us, took to Instagram to let us see.
The 39-year-old actress Tweeted a photo of herself alongside Laura Dern, who played her on-screen mother Bobbi, and Cheryl Strayed, the hiker-turned author whom Witherspoon portrayed in the film, which was based on Strayed's eponymous novel about her 1,100-mile hike of self-discovery along the Pacific Crest Trail.
"#IntoTheWoods #WildReunion @LauraDern @CherylStrayed (Guess where???)" the caption accompanying the photo reads.
The pic shows the three walking along a path in a wooded area, surrounded by trees and shrubs.
Earlier this month, the star took to Instagram to post an adorable throwback photo from her middle school days as a cheerleader – proving that she was a star long before we knew her name.
She recently used her star power, and Southern drawl, to narrate Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee's first novel since the classic To Kill a Mockingbird.
Reese Witherspoon Wishes Look-Alike Mom Happy Birthday with Sweet Instagram Photo(Pic) Reese Witherspoon took to Instragram to wish her mother, Betty, a happy birthday – and the uncanny resemblance is enough to make one do a double-take!
"To my wonderful, sweet mother for her birthday! The epitome of Southern grace & charm!!!" she captioned the sweet selfie of them looking like twins.
They are aren't the only doppelgängers in the family: Witherspoon's own 15-year-old daughter, Ava Phillipe, is her spitting image as well!
This isn't the first time the 39-year-old mother of three has given her mom a social media shout-out. Earlier this year, she posted a screenshot of her texts the day of the Oscars, flaunting how supportive her mom has been of her career.
Witherspoon has always been very vocal about just how much she values her family relationships. In fact, it was her traditional Southern upbringing that helped inspire her lifestyle line Draper James (named after her grandparents).
Growing up with a working mother who maintained a strong household has given the Hot Pursuit actress a model on how to keep a strong family unit, despite her hectic work schedule.
"There are some sacrifices you make, and it hurts your heart sometimes, but my kids tell me they're proud of what I've accomplished, and that just means everything," she told Southern Living in its September issue. "I grew up with a working mom, and I have so much respect for the things she did as a nurse and a teacher. I would never begrudge her that."
Gimme That! Reese Witherspoon's Favorite $65 Sneakers(Pic) Reese Witherspoon is a lady who knows what she likes. And what she likes are those Puma Match Lo Sneakers.
Reese Witherspoon Posts #TBT Cheerleader Pic – and We're Flipping Over It(Pic) All salute General Witherspoon!
Wild star Reese Witherspoon took to Instagram on Throwback Thursday to post a cute vintage photo from her middle school cheerleading days, proving she's always been a star.
"#TBT to my days as a proud General #cheernation #firstsquad #lilgeneral," the actress captioned the pic, referencing her time as a cheerleader for the Harding Academy Generals, class of 1990, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Little Reese was already modeling at the time – she got her first gig when she was 7 years old – and she later won the Ten-State Talent Fair at age 11. Always a good student, Witherspoon went on to graduate from the all-girls Harpeth Hall School, and attend Stanford University as an English literature major.
She recently lent her Southern drawl to narrate Harper Lee's highly anticipated Go Set a Watchman, the acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird author's first publication since 1960.
Witherspoon also starred in the summer buddy comedy Hot Pursuit with Sophia Vergara, and is attached to play the lead in Paul Feig's upcoming Wish List.
Reese Witherspoon's New Movie Role Is Cold!Reese Witherspoon is getting ready to scare you.
The Oscar winner will star in Cold, a "dark thriller with supernatural elements," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Witherspoon will produce the Lionsgate film with her Pacific Standard Films production company with Bruna Papandrea.
Pacific Standard has been on quite a roll since its launch last year with Gone Girl and Wild.
"The place and the position that I've had I feel a responsibility to take care of others, help tell more women's stories [and] get the word out there that women are complex, dynamic [and] interesting," Witherspoon told me in October. "We're not just one thing or another."
It was recently announced that Witherspoon will star in and co-produce Tink, a live-action movie about Peter Pan's Tinker Bell character.
Big Little Lies, a limited HBO series, will co-star Witherspoon and fellow Oscar winner Nicole Kidman.
Witherspoon also teased in October that she was getting ready to direct a film.
"I've actually been thinking about it," she said. "I'm actually working on a project right now."
Reese Witherspoon: ‘No One’s Really Doing Parenting Perfectly – You Do the Best You Possibly Can’(Cover) Reese Witherspoon says she’ll never be able to juggle motherhood and a career “perfectly,” but approval from her kids makes everything worth it.
“No one’s really doing it perfectly,” Witherspoon tells Southern Living of finding balance in its September cover story, which hits stands Aug. 21. “I think you love your kids with your whole heart, and you do the best you possibly can.”
The Wild star and Draper James founder, 39, is the mother of three children: daughter Ava, 15, and son Deacon, 12, with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, and son Tennessee, 2½, with husband Jim Toth.
“But, you know, right now I’m feeling sad missing my little 2-year-old, and my daughter’s about to finish her freshman year of high school, and my son has a golf tournament this weekend that I hope I don’t miss,” the actress continues.
Witherspoon, who tells the magazine she lives by her grandmother’s motto of “if you look good, you feel good,” says support from her children make difficult decisions easier.
"There are some sacrifices you make, and it hurts your heart sometimes, but my kids tell me they’re proud of what I’ve accomplished, and that just means everything,” she says in the interview. “I grew up with a working mom, and I have so much respect for the things she did as a nurse and a teacher. I would never begrudge her that.”
The actress, who recently bought a house in Nashville — “Everything is a little bit slower here, and I think I’m ready for that in my life again. When I’m here my brain relaxes” — says being back where she grew up brings out her drawl.
“Early on, someone said, ‘Well, you’re never gonna get a job with an accent like that.’ I learned to change it up, but it’s like a pair of slippers that I put on when I’m at home. I start to talk more and more Southern. My kids know when I’m serious. I get really Southern,” Witherspoon jokes.
Jessica Alba and Reese Witherspoon Talk Shop During a (Very Glamorous) Business Meeting(Pic, Pic2) Jessica Alba and Reese Witherspoon have both managed to parlay successful acting careers into thriving business ventures, and the friendly boss ladies met on Friday to talk shop — and dole out some serious praise on social media.
“This southern beauty @reesewitherspoon is on to something w @draperjamesgirl -I got schooled today on all things Southern @honest HQ,” Alba, 34, wrote on Instagram Friday, captioning a shot of the pair sitting together at The Honest Company’s home base in Santa Monica.
Witherspoon, 39, launched Draper James in May, and the shopping website named after her grandparents offers everything from jewelry to clothes to gifts and home items with a distinctly Southern flair.
Her new venture follows in the footsteps of Alba’s wildly successful Honest Company, which recently reached the $1 billion valuation mark after its 2012 launch — even as it weathers a recent controversy involving the effectiveness of its sunscreen.
Clearly inspired by Alba’s success, Witherspoon said she’s now officially an Honest convert.
“Spent a fun day with this impressive bosslady @jessicaalba at the @honest HQ! I was blown away by how they are making our households safer and chemical free! I’m converting my whole house to #honest !” she wrote beside a photo of the smiling duo.
Reese Witherspoon & Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard Inks ABC Studios DealReese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s three-year-old production company Pacific Standard is making a foray into broadcast television with an overall deal at ABC Studios. The two-year pact, which is exclusive in broadcast, comes on the heels of Pacific Standard’s first TV greenlight, for limited series Big Little Lies, which recently received a straight-to-series order at HBO. The adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel, written by David E Kelley, stars Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
Under the deal with ABC Studios, which is run by EVP Patrick Moran, Witherspoon and Papandrea plan to hire a dedicated TV executive to work alongside Pacific Standard creative executive Jeanne Snow.
ABC Studios, home of such female-centered dramas as Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, recently departed Revenge and the upcoming Quantico, toplined by Priyanka Chopra, is a good fit for Witherspoon and Papandrea, who have built their company with the goal of helping make films with strong female leads. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Patrick and his team at ABC Studios, a company who genuinely share our goal of creating great roles for women, ” Witherspoon and Papandrea said.
Since Pacific Standard Films’ launch in 2012, the company produced features Wild, which earned Witherspoon an Oscar nomination, David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl, as well as the Warner Bros. summer comedy Hot Pursuit. The company also will produce Disney’s Tink, a live-action take on the classic Peter Pan character Tinker Bell, in which Witherspoon will star in the title role, and Pale Blue Dot at Fox Searchlight. Pacific Standard’s feature development slate also includes Ashley’s War at Fox 2000, Luckiest Girl Alive at Lionsgate, and All Is Not Forgotten at Warner Bros.
In TV, the company has Supreme Courtship, an adaptation of the book by Christopher Buckley, set up at Sony Pictures TV’s TriStar Television.
“As evidenced by Reese and Bruna’s award-winning film track record, their eye for material is unparalleled,” Moran said. “We’re very excited to be their television partners.”
The deal was brokered by CAA.
Her Outfit Costs What?! Reese Witherspoon's $1,037 Summer-Perfect Street Style(Pic) Two words: Draper James. Sound familiar? That's the name of Reese Witherspoon's new clothing, accessories and home goods line, and it's every inch as chic as the actress herself. Which is why it makes perfect sense that the 39-year-old has stepped up as her brand's best street style model this summer.
Most recently, she donned this effortlessly chic Draper James ensemble while running errands in Los Angeles, and instantly inspired a serious case of outfit envy. While none of the pieces alone are overwhelmingly expensive, the look head-to-toe will take a serious chunk out of your wallet.
Looking pretty in polka dots, the Oscar-winner sported a classic black and white blouse with crisp white jeans, which ring in at $145 and $175 respectively. She opted for a summer-perfect pair of nude platform wedges in the form of these Paul Andrew beauties. However, at a hefty $372, they're not exactly the budget-friendly shoe buy.
Adding a punchy pop of color to the ensemble, Reese opted for a sweet Draper James cherry tote for $165. And tying the look together, she slipped on a trendy pair of sapphire aviators. And if these $177 Ilesteva Leonard mirrored sunnies look familiar, then it's probably because you've seen similar versions on Beyoncé, Cara Delevingne and Vanessa Hudgens, who are all big fans of the brand.
And there you have it: Reese's summer-chic street style for $1,037.
Breaking it down piece-by-piece:
Reese Witherspoon Goes to the Salon for Some 'Baby Blonde,' Here's the Result(Pic) Reese Witherspoon‘s Instagram feed is filled with beautiful vacation photos, book suggestions, entertaining ideas and, of course, a ton of outfit inspiration. And the 39-year-old actress just used the social media platform to debut her latest hair change.
Witherspoon visited celebrity colorist Lorri Goddard to freshen up her signature blonde shade.
“Nothing like a great salon day! Thank you @lorrigoddard_ for my baby blonde and @cervandohair for my rockin’ cut ! #summerstyle,” she captioned the photo above.
Goddard, who’s also the woman behind Nicole Richie and Elizabeth Olsen’s blonde manes, responded to the actress: “THANK YOU! I So Adore @reesewitherspoon Beautiful Lady !!! ?????? @brazilianbondbuilder #b3 @goddardbragg” (Note: Brazilian Bond Builder is a product that can be mixed into haircolor to help prevent breakage and keep hair healthy during and after the coloring process.)
For her cut, it looks like Witherspoon shaved an inch or two from her ends and added a few layers thanks to hairstylist Cervando Maldonado.
The actress opens up about her style and new Draper James line in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, where she reveals she still lives by Elle Woods style and beauty mantra.
“When you look good, you feel good,” the actress tells PEOPLE. “I know that’s what Elle Woods says, but it’s true! When you look good, you feel good.”
Reese Witherspoon Still Lives by Elle Woods's Style Mantra: 'When You Look Good, You Feel Good'(Pic) We remember Legally Blonde‘s Elle Woods for her flexibility (read: the Bend and Snap) and her festive designer wardrobe (she was an early adopter of the matchy-matchy outfits trend). Turns out, Reese Witherspoon still turns to her famous big screen alter ego — and everyone’s favorite Delta Nu — for fashion wisdom.
“When you look good, you feel good,” the actress tells PEOPLE. “I know that’s what Elle Woods says, but it’s true! When you look good, you feel good.”
Witherspoon’s grandmother, Dorothea Draper, who inspired the actress’s Draper James line along with her grandfather, Williams James, also followed a similar style rule.
“She was just sort of this quintessential Southern lady,” Witherspoon explains. “She didn’t leave the house without feeling somewhat put together. That doesn’t mean she was dressed to the nines at all moments, but she pulled herself together and her presentation to the world was like, ‘I’ve got my stuff together.’ But it’s a good lesson as a young person: It doesn’t matter what’s going on in your life, but you’ve got to show your best self to the world.”
The busy mom of three says she doesn’t have time to lay her outfits out the night before, but she somehow manages to always look perfectly polished and put together in pieces from Draper James, including a mix of bright pencil skirts, gingham dresses and magnolia-covered shirts.
While the preppy vibe of the collection might not mix with some of the laid-back street style in L.A., Witherspoon maintains it’s important to stay true to your own signature style.
“I’ve always been Southern… so I’ve always been attracted to that J.Crew preppy look with more color and sense of humor, even when there are boho vibes going on in California. I don’t feel comfortable in cutoff jean shorts. I think they’re really cute; they’re just not my personal style,” she explains. “I wanted to do something that was quintessentially Southern, [for the] girl who has traveled the world but has decided to come home. Whenever I’m in Nashville, that’s how people dress.”
For more on the star’s style advice, plus all the scoop on Draper James, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on stands everywhere Friday.