Archive for March, 2007
Penelope the novel was recently released. It is adapted from the screenplay of the movie and none other than Ms. Witherspoon wrote the introduction for it and thanks to Elizabeth, we have it for your reading pleasure! Read on for Reese’s touching introduction and check out Amazon for your own copy!
I loved reading fairy tales as a child—or better yet, having them read to me—and now my daughter loves them too! The adventures of those beleaguered princesses, so often the youngest, most beautiful, and least appreciated, were magical. Fairy tales tell us who we are and how to live. That’s why they are so powerful. It’s not often that a brand-new tale appears in the world. So imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered . . . Penelope!
Sprung from the brilliantly original brain of Leslie Caveny, Penelope appeared on my desk one fine spring day. I loved the story from the moment I read it, and Penelope came to life in my imagination long before she stepped on-screen.
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I have updated the video archive with eight new videos of Reese, two from the 2007 Oscar Fashion Police, thanks to Jess, and six from Reese’s guest spot on two episodes of Friends, thanks to Eric. Happy downloading
Our favorite leading lady, Ms. Reese Witherspoon, turns 31-years old today!
We launched the Birthday Project a week ago and despite the short notice, we managed to gather 60 contributions from fans from 26 different countries! Quite impressive, if I may so say myself. I want to thank everyone who sent in their lovely entries! We promise to do everything in our power to make sure that Reese herself sees them!
Well, without further ados…
I have bought and scanned the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar for the site. The photos of Reese are divine and she looks so pretty, and the dresses she is in are so lovely. I apologise in advance for the horrible quality, I’m on a new computer and I haven’t worked out everything yet, plus I don’t have my regular software (picture #2 below was the page, the ink apparently bled through), but appreciate them for what they are – Reese! I will re-scan them whenever possible. The article is mostly about her latest fashion hits on the red carpet, with some statements on Nina Ricci’s Oscar Theyskens, those bangs, red lipstick and some really great quotes from Reese.
“The universe constantly reminds you that you’re not in control. You’re not in charge of the whole world.”
Reminder: Today is the last day of our Reese Witherspoon Birthday Project, all pending submissions have been added so if you don’t see yours or haven’t submitted one yet, please do so today! No exceptions will be made, so get them done now.
To pay tribute to the wonderful Reese Witherspoon and to celebrate her upcoming 31st birthday and the success of Walk the Line and her upcoming movies, Rendition and Penelope, Glamour Reese Witherspoon has decided to launch a Birthday Project in the honor of the hard-working actress.
The point of this project is for fans from all around the world to gather together and make a collective and creative effort to wish our favorite actress a happy birthday. We are going to put together this electronic Birthday Project that consists of your letters, poetry, fan art and photographs inspired by Reese Witherspoon; perhaps to give something back for all of the amazing films and entertainment that she has provided us throughout the years. Remember to be creative and have fun! Let’s show her that we really mean HAPPY 31ST BIRTHDAY!
Birthday Project Website
Please spread the word!
Deadline: March 21, 2007
Yay, what a great suprise! Our girl is featured on the cover of the April 2007 issue of Harper’s Bazaar – and even better, the magazine comes with two separate covers, one for the newstands and the other for subscribers. In the article Reese discusses her fabulous new style:
It wasn’t just us. The newly single actress says her appearance at the Golden Globes in January was a chic coming-out for her. “I felt like I looked different than I’ve ever looked,” Witherspoon tells April’s Harper’s Bazaar, on stands March 27.
The Oscar-winning actress and mother of two has taken some fashion hits for dowdy choices. She credits Nina Ricci designer Olivier Theyskens for the fresh look that has evolved since she and husband Ryan Phillippe split in October. “I’ve used a stylist before, but these days I’m kind of just going with Olivier’s taste.”
Also contributing to her new sleek style: closet purging. “I recently put a big pile of clothes on the floor of my closet, and I looked at a lot of the stuff and thought, ‘That’s not me at all. What was I thinking?’ (For Legally Blonde) I went through a pink phase like you wouldn’t believe. Then there was a (Italian label) Marni phase when I was doing Sweet Home Alabama that was out of control.”
Source: USA Today
Emotionally riveting and politically relevant, Rendition is a daring film that isn’t afraid to ask tough questions. With an all-star cast that includes Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep and Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Rendition paints a vast yet intimate canvas of a world in crisis and a family in peril.
Thematically, the film bears some resemblance to Syriana and Bourne Identity, as it’s both a cautionary tale and a taut political thriller. Rendition walks a fine line between interrogation and torture, between working for the greater good in a post 9/11 world and violating basic codes of decency–between fighting terrorism and becoming a terrorist.
The film’s protagonist is Anwar El-Ibraim, a Canadian scientist of Egyptian decent. Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, he is about to find out what happens when that line is crossed. Anwar is anxious to get home and see his family after a business trip in Rio de Janeiro. Unfortunately, his homecoming is delayed.
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Joe Carnahan, the director of Bunny Lake is the first official source to comment on Reese’s reasons for departure from the movie:
Scuttlebutt: How about NOTHING. How about a situation where the press tries to stir it up. These things happen. Movies go away every day. Reese is dealing with a lot of stuff in her life. So am I. We were running up against it as far as time for prep and shooting and scripting, etc. I had already commited to White Jazz and the longer we stretched Bunny the more in jeopardy the WJ schedule became. And there was just no way I could let that happen. I need a nice extended prep period for that flick.
And now I’ve got it.
That’s it guys. I wish there were some truly tasty bits of gossip but there just aren’t. Sorry.
Source: Smokin Joe Carnahan
March 10, 2007 • Category: "Penelope"
Unfortunately Penelope has been pushed back from its original April release to August 17, 2007.
Thanks to Walktheline80 for the heads up.
The press is heavily speculating on why Reese left the production of Bunny Lake. The LA Times is saying she dropped out because of emotional stress due to her divorce and that she did not feel emotionally invested in the role. TMZ reports that Reese was supposed to be given a complete script last week but instead was presented with a script with major sections of the movie outlined:
Last week, Reese was presented with what she thought would be a completed script, but turned out to be 80 pages that had major sections of the movie outlined but not written.
As the deadline approached for a summer shooting, Witherspoon exercised her option not to approve the incomplete script and withdrew as the star of the project. Reese worried about people who wouldn’t have a job shooting this summer. “She’s just as disappointed as anybody,” the source says. “She’s not working too.”
Reese’s representatives have not made an official statement regarding her reasons for departure from Bunny Lake Is Missing.
Variety reports that five weeks before production was scheduled to begin on the Spyglass-financed remake of Bunny Lake Is Missing, Reese Witherspoon abruptly dropped out of the film, much to the chagrin of director Joe Carnahan.
Beyond the late notice, the exit is surprising because Witherspoon and Type A Films partner Jennifer Simpson were aboard to produce with Mark Gordon.
Spyglass is scrambling to find an actress to replace Witherspoon, but chances are the start date will have to be pushed.
The Columbia Pictures release has been in the works for three years. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright, the movie is based on the 1965 Otto Preminger film about a woman who reports that her daughter Bunny Lake is missing — only to be confronted by charges that she never existed.
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On March 6, Reese attended the P. S. Arts Bag Lunch. She was photographed with Zooey Deschanel. L.A. socialite Colleen Bell, hosted the fourth annual event at her Bel-Air home with Elizabeth Stewart from The New York Times and C Magazine’s George Kotsiopoulos.
With 100 percent of the proceeds going to arts education for California’s public schools, attendees Reese Witherspoon, Zooey Deschanel, and Kristin Davis could feel good about spending big. After raising $180,000, everyone grabbed a “brown-bag lunch” filled with a Cobb salad or a gourmet sandwich and headed to the garden, where, Bell notes, “lots of sangria with fresh fruit” was served.