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Reese Witherspoon to Star in ‘Wild’
Reese Witherspoon is set to star in “Wild” for Fox Searchlight, which has acquired worldwide rights to scribe Nick Hornby’s (“An Education”, “High Fidelity”) adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s NY Times #1 best-seller.
Pic will be produced by Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea through their Pacific Standard banner with River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad. Fox Searchlight’s Claudia Lewis and David Greenbaum will oversee the project.
Strayed’s book recounts how she hiked 1,000 miles alone on the Pacific Crest Trail following years of destructive behavior in the wake of the dissolution of her marriage and her mother’s death.
The film is slated to begin production in the late fall once a director is in place.
“We are so excited to be working with Fox Searchlight to bring ‘Wild’ to the screen,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “It is an extraordinary company that continually strives to bring original, inspirational films to the marketplace. We are thrilled to collaborate with them on ‘Wild.’”
Reese graces the cover of the new issue of UK Red magazine, with photos from her 2012 Elle magazine photoshoot alongside what seems to be a new interview. Check out the cover in our Gallery, and the interview below. I’ll be on the hunt for scans!
Reese Witherspoon New baby, new production company and two of the best roles of her career – Reese Witherspoon is at the top of her game. She talks ambition, inspiration and why her girlfriends keep her sane, with Rosamund Dean.
There are some actresses who are so adored on screen, you almost don’t want to meet them, in case the reality doesn’t live up to the fantasy. Reese Witherspoon is one. This is the woman who taught us the ‘bend and snap’ in Legally Blonde, played Rachel’s little sister in Friends, and won an Oscar as resilient, conflicted June Carter in Walk The Line.
Sitting in the bar of the Beverly Hills Hotel where we are to meet for afternoon tea, I wonder: how can the real Reese Witherspoon possibly compete? Then, she strides in, all impenetrably dark sunglasses and stylish black sweater thrown over a red Carven dress.
For a second, she looks intimidating, but then the glasses come off, that megawatt smile comes on and I relax. She actually is the charming southern belle we know and love, her conversation peppered with ‘y’know’ and ‘y’all’.
‘Yeah, people definitely hug me a lot, and hand me their babies,’ she says of her girl-next-door image. ‘But it’s better than people throwing stuff at me, right? I’m always met with smiles.’
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Mindy Kaling on Reese Witherspoon: “We Want to Work Together!”
It seems as if everyone in Hollywood is dying to guest star on The Mindy Project — Reese Witherspoon included!
At FOX’s Winter TCA Tour cocktail party in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 8, series creator and star Mindy Kaling chatted with Us Weekly about why she’d love to see Witherspoon make a cameo on the freshman comedy. (The two were first spotted on a lunch date in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood on Dec. 1, 2012.)
“She is a fan of my book which is a really nice thing. She wrote me a nice note about it,” the Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? author, 33, said of Witherspoon, 36. “We want to work together; we’re just trying to think of a good project.”
Reese is voicing her support for Naomi Watts and her performance in The Impossible in Entertainment Weekly’s new ‘Consider This’ Oscar featurette. Being a big fan of Naomi Watts myself, I am so excited to see Reese doing this! Reese describes the film so powerfully and eloquently.
To see what Reese is talking about, go and see The Impossible when it hits US theatres on December 21st. Check out international release dates at IMDB.
CONSIDER THIS: Reese Witherspoon’s fan letter to Naomi Watts for ‘The Impossible’
With Academy Awards voting underway, EW’s Prize Fighter is kicking off the “Consider This” series, asking folks with Oscar histories of their own to share their personal favorites of the year. Reese Witherspoon, who won the best actress award in 2006 for Walk the Line, shared with us a letter she wrote to Naomi Watts about her role in The Impossible, playing Maria Belon, a mother of three fighting for her family’s survival in the 2004 tsunami:
I know we don’t know each other well. I hope it’s ok that I am reaching out to you, because I simply could not contain my enthusiasm about your performance in The Impossible.
Wow. Just wow. I was blown away by the film. The story of survival and the incredible images of the tsunami and the performances of the entire cast were astounding. By far, one of the best films I have ever seen in my life.
I could not speak for 24 hours after seeing the film. It was more than a movie. It was a mediation on life and family and humanity. It was fortifying.
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Here’s a fun little tidbit – Reese was spotted out having lunch with fellow actress Mindy Kaling a few days ago, and while Mindy won’t confirm or deny whether it was a business meeting or just two friends catching up, she did tell E! that she would love to work with Reese
“Because she’s so sweet and so articulate and well raised, to me it would be really fun to have her play somebody out of control. That would be really fun for me.”
A month or so ago rumours circulated that Reese was going to record a duet with Michael Buble, and now the singer himself has confirmed this is true! Michael Buble told UK morning show Daybreak that “By all accounts it would be true. I just really am a big fan and so myself and my camp, we wanted to do this with her and we were thrilled that she was excited about it, too.”
The duet will appear on Buble’s 6th studio album, which is set for release in 2013.
We will bring you more on this as it comes out!
EDIT: As I continued to go through recent Google news articles on Reese, I came across a more recent one from E! which claims that a “source” confirms to them that this duet is “not happening”. Either way, we’ll keep you posted…
Nick Hornby To Adapt Cheryl Strayed Memoir ‘Wild’ For Reese Witherspoon And River Road
EXCLUSIVE: After seeing so many of his novels turned into films, Nick Hornby is taking on the work of a peer. He has signed to write the script for Wild, the bestselling Cheryl Strayed memoir that Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea have set up with River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad. Witherspoon and Papandrea will produce with Pohlad, who’ll finance development.
In Wild, Strayed tells the inspiring story of a woman who tries to rebuild her shattered life by taking on a mission not seen in film since Forrest Gump ran across the country. Traumatized by the death of her mother and then the breakup of her marriage, Strayed made the impulsive decision to try regaining her mojo by taking on an 1100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. Despite no experience in long-distance hiking, she succeeded and in the process pulled herself back together. Wild is among several female-driven projects that Witherspoon and Papandrea have put in development since they formed Pacific Standard last March; others include the Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl, Mitch Larson’s Pennyroyal’s Boot Camp, and Pharm Girl. Just as important, Wild creates an opportunity for Witherspoon to play a strong heroine, the role she shines in most brightly.
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The Hollywood Reporter has a new article about three of Hollywood’s current most popular authors and the stars who are bringing their books to the big screen. Gillian Flynn, who wrote Gone Girl – which Reese bought the film rights too – is one of the authors, and poses alongside Reese for a photoshoot for the publication.
See the photo in our Gallery and read the blurb that came with it below. Read THR’s interview with Gillian Flynn at their website (there is no mention of Reese in it).
Gillian Flynn and Reese Witherspoon, Stephenie Meyer and ‘The Host’ Cast: Authors With Their Stars
Three of The Hollywood Reporter’s most powerful authors pose with the talent who will bring their characters to life.
Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl drew the attention of Reese Witherspoon, who read the novel before it was even published on a recommendation from screenwriter Leslie Dixon. Witherspoon says she was impressed with the way Flynn was able to effectively tell the story from both male and female perspectives while also employing a nonlinear structure. “It’s just an incredible feat that Gillian was able to accomplish,” she says. “You really can’t anticipate where it’s going, but it’s one of those books you can’t stop reading.” The adaptation rights went to Fox in a summer auction for a reported $1.5 million; Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Dixon are producing.
Congratulations to Reese for scoring a nomination for Favourite Comedic Movie Actress at the People’s Choice Awards! Voting is now open – and you can vote as many times as you want – at peopleschoiceawards.com. Voting is closed on December 9th, and the ceremony takes place on January 13th.
Below is some information on the different ways you can vote. Once you’ve decided how to do it then go vote for Miss Reese!
You voted for categories in September. You voted for nominees in October. Now, starting today on November 15, you are officially invited to vote for the winners!
Our 2013 nominees were announced this morning at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, and what an awesome collection of nominees they are. As you know, at the People’s Choice Awards, we are all about the people. To make sure that your voice is heard as loud and as clear as possible, we’ve created several different platforms from which you can cast your votes. Check them out below:
PeoplesChoice.com – The main voting hub is sitting pretty right on this very website! Click around to all of the different categories and make sure you vote, vote, vote!
Facebook – If you’re anything like us at the PCA HQ, you’re on Facebook 24/7 anyway. So if you can’t make it all the way over to PeoplesChoice.com, head to our official Facebook page (Facebook.com/PeoplesChoice) and vote right there. You can personalize your page, share votes with your friends and even RSVP to the People’s Choice Awards on January 9!
Twitter – Talk about sharing your votes, how about TWEETING your votes! Like the last few years, we have once again enabled voting on Twitter. It’s super simple and a great way to show support for your favorites in movies, music and TV: After voting on the web or Facebook, you’ll be asked to “Tweet your vote.” Once you choose that option, you will automatically cast a second vote through your twitter account. Best of all, retweets count too!
Mobile Apps – Everyone please help me welcome our brand new iPhone and iPad voting apps! In addition to the Android app that was introduced two years ago, the iOS apps let you vote for the 2013 PCA winners, check out red carpet and backstage photos & videos and vote in our daily polls – all on your handheld! So if you find yourself out of the house and wanting to vote on the go, head to the App Store or Android Marketplace and download this FREE app now.
There you have it! You can vote as early and as often as you like until December 13. So what are you waiting for? Start voting NOW!
It seems that Wild, the book that Reese bought the rights to for her production company, is moving forward, with book author Cheryl Strayed tweeting that Nick Hornby is on board to write the script:
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