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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Is Reese Witherspoon the most fun actress in Hollywood right now? It sorta seems like it if you pay any attention to the Internet. The actress has always been likable in films like Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama, but recently she’s become a viral-video sensation due to leaked videos of herself in an elevator at May’s Metropolitan Costume Gala and weeks later singing onstage at a charity event with Kenny Chesney. Earlier this week, Witherspoon was filmed and photographed having a good ol’ time at a wedding event in Capri, Italy. Basically, the takeaway is that Reese is not only a great actress but the A-lister you most want at your event.
EW talked to the actress for this week’s Fall Movie Preview—Witherspoon appears in three movies this fall including the Oscar-buzzy Wild and produced the highly anticipated Gone Girl—about being caught on camera having a good time. “I have to say I am a lot of fun to hang out with,” says the Academy Award-winner, who admitted she had no idea these videos had become so popular. “People go, ‘You’re really fun!’ And I’m like, ‘Was I not fun before?’ I like to have fun and I enjoy it, man. I would wanna sit next to me at an awards show!”
Will Reese Witherspoon have an Australian accent, or will Nicole Kidman put on an American one?
EW has confirmed that Witherspoon and Kidman’s production companies (Pacific Standard and Blossom Films, respectively) have teamed up to option the screen rights to Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Deadline first reported the story.
Reese Witherspoon’s looking to find herself—and maybe a little awards recognition along the way.
The just-released trailer for Wild finds Witherspoon playing real-life author Cheryl Strayed, who decided to take a 1,000-mile-plus hike along the Pacific Crest Trail alone to atone for years of addictive and destructive behavior. The film is based on the book Strayed wrote about the experience.
Reese Witherspoon would like another Oscar—so she dyed her hair Serious Brown and channeled Erin Brockovich by way of The Blind Side for her latest movie, The Good Lie. (As the trailer quickly tells you, The Good Lie is brought to us by the same producers as Sandra Bullock’s football drama.)
Based on the true story of an out-of-her-element American woman who takes in four Sudanese “Lost Boys” refugees, the film costars House of Cards‘ Corey Stoll in what looks to be the Aaron Eckhart role and boasts this tagline: “Miracles are made by people who refuse to stop believing.”
The Good Lie is just one of a few Serious Projects Witherspoon has lined up for the fall. She’ll also star in the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir Wild, and is producing the highly-anticipated adaptation of Gone Girl.
Watch the trailer for The Good Lie below: READ FULL STORY
Cheryl Strayed spent a summer hiking 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail — from Southern California to the southern border of Washington State. Now we will get to see Reese Witherspoon re-create Strayed’s journey this December when Wild, adapted from the hiker’s memoir of the same name, hits select theaters on Dec. 5.
Currently the Fox Searchlight release from director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) has the weekend all to itself, but that’s destined to change as the Oscar season calendar starts filling up. READ FULL STORY
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Jon Favreau spent most of the past decade directing the cinematic equivalent of two cheeseburgers (with extra cheese) in the form of the first two Iron Man blockbusters and one expensively overcooked turkey in the shape of Cowboys & Aliens. Now the former indie-scene hotshot (remember Swingers?) is attempting to prove he’s still capable of whipping up a character-driven comedy via the more modestly budgeted Chef.
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The true story of the West Memphis Three has been told many times in many different forms, notably the trio of documentaries from filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who helped shed light on the miscarriage of justice that convicted three Arkansas teenagers for the ritual killing of three young boys in 1993.
On May 9, the haunting tale comes to theaters and digital home video with Devil’s Knot, Atom Egoyan’s star-studded feature with Reese Witherspoon as the mother of one of the murdered boys and Colin Firth as the investigator who senses that the truth had been lost in the town’s rush to judgement. Three troubled teenagers were convicted of committing the murders as part of a Satanic ritual that the prosecution and the media used to whip-up paranoia and speculation.
One of Hollywood’s biggest young stars, Dane DeHaan, who stars in the upcoming Spider-Man sequel, plays the minor role of Chris Morgan. While the police quickly targeted the three major suspects — Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin — Morgan was briefly questioned since he knew the victims, had a history of substance abuse, and had suspiciously left the state shortly after the crime.
In the exclusive clip below, Morgan takes a polygraph test to clear his name. READ FULL STORY
Devil’s Knot, Atom Egoyan’s docudrama about the West Memphis Three, will arrive in U.S. theaters and on VOD on May 9. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, the movie recounts the tragic true story of three missing boys in the religious community of Memphis, Ark., and the frenzied rush to justice that condemned three teenagers to prison for a horrific crime. The West Memphis Three — Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin — were convicted in 1994 of murdering the three boys, in part because of hyped suspicions that the trio were satanists. Doubts about the three men’s guilt were widespread, though, and their plight became a cause célèbre that resulted in several documentaries that shed new light on the case.
In the film, Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the victims, but her anguish gives way to doubts as community fears and hysteria gain momentum leading up to the trial. Firth plays Ron Lax, the private investigator who becomes suspicious of the community’s rush to judgment and pokes holes in the evidence used to convict the teenagers.
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