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Reese Witherspoon on her Oscar nomination: 'I can't imagine ever having a year this good'

Reese Witherspoon had a good morning: The Wild actress got her second Best Actress Oscar nomination (she previously won for Walk the Line), and her co-star Laura Dern, who plays Witherspoon’s mother in the film, also snagged a Best Supporting Actress nod. EW talked to Witherspoon about her big day.

EW: Were you awake?
Reese Witherspoon: I was asleep.

I’m surprised you can sleep through that! This is a big morning. 
I mean, no. The baby was up a lot last night. I was in a mother coma.

Clearly no one told him that it was Oscar nominations day.
Clearly no one told him! He didn’t check his email! My kids were so excited and congratulating me, which was so nice. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Reese Witherspoon joins Matt Damon in Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing'

• Reese Witherspoon will star opposite Matt Damon in Downsizing. Alexander Payne will direct from a script he wrote alongside Jim Taylor. Set in the near future, the film follows a man who realizes he’d be better of if he shrunk himself. Payne, Taylor, and Witherspoon all previously worked on Election. [Variety]

• The Fault in Our StarsAnsel Elgort is joining Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener in November Criminals. Sacha Gervasi is directing. Steven Knight adapted Sam Munson’s teen-thriller novel for the screen. The story tracks two teenagers in Washington D.C. who investigate a friend’s murder, and fall in love in the process. [Deadline]

• Liam Neeson will star in a remake of Rupert Wyatt‘s The Escapist. The original had Brian Cox as its lead, a prisoner sentenced to life who breaks out in order to see his sick daughter. Wyatt will produce the remake with Sean O’Keefe writing the script. [Collider]

• Exodus: Gods & KingsMaria Valverde is set to star in Ali & Nino. Asif Kapadia is directing the film, which is an adaptation of Kurban Said’s novel. Christopher Hampton wrote the script. Valverde will take the role of Nino, a Christian Georgian girl, with Omar’s Adam Bakri in the part of Ali, a Muslim man with warrior roots. Set in Azerbaijan, the pair are childhood sweethearts who are torn apart by political strife. [Deadline]

• The Drop’s Matthias Schoenaerts has signed on for director-producer Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, and Amber Heard also star. The film—based on the novel by David Ebershoff’s novel—tells the love story of Danish painters, Einar Wegener and his wife, Gerda. Wegener became one of the first men to have a sex-change operation; he had his procedure in 1930. Lucinda Coxon adapted the novel for the screen. [Deadline]

• Jack Griffo has been cast in Those Left Behind. The cast is composed of Daphne Zuniga, Michael Hogan, Debra Mooney, Colby McLaughlin, Annie Read, Grant Jordan, and Jack Herndon. Maria Finitzo is writing and directing the film, which follows Shelly (Zuniga), a woman who, upon returning home to be with her mother, faces her past in order to move forward with her life. Griffo takes the part of Noah, Shelly’s son, who is accompanied by his girlfriend on the trip. [The Wrap]

Reese Witherspoon and Cheryl Strayed find the meaning of 'Wild' in exclusive clip

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In 1995, Cheryl Strayed hiked 1,000 miles up the Pacific Crest Trail in a purifying, last-gasp effort to become the woman her late mother died thinking she could be. Her self-destructive grief following her mother’s death from cancer had cost her her marriage, and it wasn’t until she was alone out in the wild for 94 days that she rediscovered herself.

But it took years for her to truly understand the meaning of that trek, says Strayed, who didn’t publish her best-seller, Wild, until 2012. “I turned to the trail at a time in my life when I felt lost, at a place that I didn’t know how to come to terms with the death of my mother,” Strayed says in an exclusive featurette about the film, which opened Dec. 3 and expands on Friday. “It became about what it means to bear the unbearable.” READ FULL STORY

Critical Mass: 'Wild' about Reese Witherspoon again

The sleeper indie hit Mud was considered a pivot-point for Matthew McConaughey, who was transitioning away from mimbo roles into darker and more complex territory, like his subsequent Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club. But Mud also featured another actor at a similar career crossroads: Reese Witherspoon.

In Wild, Witherspoon teams up with McConaughey’s Dallas director Jean-Marc Vallée and writer Nick Hornby to bring Cheryl Strayed’s 1,100-mile-hike memoir to the screen. It’s a savvy career move by the revitalized actress/producer after several years of mediocre choices (Four Christmases? How Do You Know?) that failed to take advantage of her 2006 Oscar win in Walk the Line.

Not unlike Into the Wild and 127 Hours, Wild is a journey into the unknown, both in nature and the human psyche. Cheryl embarks on her solo adventure after her mother (Laura Dern) died, and her grief had sent her on a downward spiral of self-destructive behavior that cost her her marriage. She heads off into the wilderness, completely naive and unprepared for the physical hardships that await, as well as the danger that lurks with every human—mostly male—encounter. “Witherspoon ditches her sunny persona before she laces up her first mountain boot and plays Cheryl with real grit, drawing you in from the opening scene, in which she rips off a battered toenail,” writes EW’s Tina Jordan. “There’s been much talk recently of the 2014 Reese-aissance; Wild is all the proof you need that Witherspoon has indeed found creative rejuvenation.”

Read more from EW’s review, as well as a roundup of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY

'Wild' director Jean-Marc Vallee explains the movie's memory music

In the first moments of Wild, Cheryl Strayed—played by Reese Witherspoon—is on a cliff, preparing to rip off one of her toenails. Through heavy breaths, she says to herself, “I’d rather be a hammer than a nail”—lyrics you may recognize from Simon and Garfunkel’s “El Condor Pasa (If I Could).” Director Jean-Marc Vallée envisioned that trilling song as the movie’s theme.

In the film, which is based on Strayed’s memoir about hiking across the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother, music often functions as memory—meshing into the movie’s flashbacks, sometimes even seeming to emerge out of Cheryl’s own mind as she sings to herself on the trail. Tiny bits of songs repeat themselves; it’s like they’re floating in from another world, or maybe just from the past. Elsewhere, music appears organically, coming from radios and street musicians. The movie accurately conveys what Strayed describes in the book as the “mix-tape radio station” in her head, “playing and replaying scraps of songs and jingles in an eternal, nonsensical loop.”

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EW's PrizeFighter analyzes the Best Actress race, brought to you by Reese Witherspoon

Thank goodness for Reese ­Witherspoon.

Despite a recent surge in strong roles for women (e.g., Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, Jennifer ­Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook), Hollywood really dropped the ball when it came to showcasing interesting roles for actresses in 2014. If it weren’t for Witherspoon’s newfound strength as a producer, two of this year’s likely ­nominees wouldn’t exist—and the Best Actress race would look even more dire than it currently does.

Witherspoon herself is one of the primary contenders, of course, for her portrayal of a novice hiker looking for redemption in the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild (which the actress produced). But she also optioned and developed the box office hit Gone Girl, which should land a nomination for Rosamund Pike, playing the iciest (and scariest) wife in modern ­cinema. Neither of them is the front­runner, however. READ FULL STORY

Queen Latifah on what to expect from tonight's Hollywood Film Awards

Founded in 1997 by Carlos de Abreu to recognize excellence in filmmaking, the Hollywood Film Awards ceremony is arguably the beginning of awards season. And the event has remained one of the industry’s best-kept secrets—until Friday. Now in its 18th year, the Hollywood Film Awards is finally making its broadcast debut.

Queen Latifah is hosting the ceremony, which will hand out 18 awards on air, tonight at the Hollywood Palladium. She will be joined by stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Michael Keaton, and Julianne Moore, who have received early buzz for Wild, Birdman, and Still Alice, respectively.

In advance of tonight’s show, Latifah tells Entertainment Weekly her thoughts on awards season and what to expect from the Hollywood Film Awards’ inaugural broadcast. READ FULL STORY

Reese Witherspoon, Michael Keaton among stars to appear at Hollywood Film Awards

Here comes awards season…

Reese Witherspoon, Michael Keaton, Gerard Butler, Robert Duvall, Julianne Moore, Jack O’Connell, Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Jean-Marc Vallée, and Shailene Woodley are scheduled to appear at the inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards.

Queen Latifah will host the awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, November 14.

Carlos de Abreu founded the Hollywood Film Awards in 1997, and also executive produces the show with Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, and R.A. Clark. Dick clark productions produces.

More stars attending will be announced soon.

See Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix in 'Inherent Vice'

We’ve already seen a glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, the stoner private investigator at the center of the much-anticipated adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.

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Reese Witherspoon's Peggy Lee biopic gets a director

Reese Witherspoon is on a roll this year thanks to three upcoming films, one of which is already garnering serious Best Actress chatter, and it looks like her hot streak is going to continue. Witherspoon has long been attached to a biopic of singer Peggy Lee—she even obtained the rights from Lee’s estate—but now the project is getting underway with Todd Haynes on board. Haynes, who directed the ’50s period piece Far From Heaven and unconventional Bob Dylan movie I’m Not There, is now attached to direct the film, EW has confirmed. Originally the project was supposed to be written and directed by Nora Ephron, who died in 2012. The film is based on Ephron’s screenplay, but Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Doug Wright came on to work on the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter. READ FULL STORY

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